SparkPeople SparkPeople Cafe Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=1 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=1 Your current Netflix, Hulu, Amazon indulgence? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39128236 I'm currently watching the show 11.22.63 on Hulu Fri, 27 May 2016 12:22:48 EST Weight Watchers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39123845 I was a success story in 2004, lost 63# Back up to 150# now and can't get my eating in check. Has anyone had success with Weight Watchers? Craving sweets all the time. some is nerves because of things going on in my life that I can't change. Any ideas or maybe a Spark buddy for a while? I am in Ohio.Thanks from an Old member who would like to be on success page again. Fri, 27 May 2016 00:04:50 EST Need some advice.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39122806 So i have been having this on going pain in my upper abdomen on the right side, I had it a year ago really bad, they were never able to figure out what it was then it went away a couple months and now it is back, I have went to ER countless times and they aren't able to find anything but my white blood cell count being high. <BR> <BR> I am waiting to my Specialist appointment on June second but it is getting to the point where I can eat or drink anything without the pain getting worse. It h... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:42:21 EST Yoghurt or Ice cream? Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39122429 To be honest, I like both! <BR> <BR> My fave is salted caramel ice cream but I also like soft serve plain yogurt! I like the tang of it. But I don't take either often! Too much sugar! Thu, 26 May 2016 20:38:42 EST A "Bathroom" Topic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39120719 Are you an over the top toilet paper person or reverse (under)? <BR> <BR> What!? <BR> <BR> What did you THINK I was going to talk about? <BR> <em>20</em> Thu, 26 May 2016 14:29:33 EST Making a temporary SP acc't.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39118834 Just so you can voice an opinion (quite possibly an UNPOPULAR ONE) on a controversial thread? <BR> <BR> This is about my 4th acc't. but none of them were for anonymous reasons ; I was Killer Joe, Puppet, KJFitnessdude & now LoganX62. <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 May 2016 09:35:41 EST Calcium and Iron. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39117165 I'm not getting enough Calcium and Iron in my diet. I'm looking for a solution that wont take up more than a few hundred calories. I would prefer not using a supplement or vitamin pill. Is anyone getting enough of both of these and if so how? Thu, 26 May 2016 06:51:07 EST SparkTeam Wanted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39113965 I'm looking for a SparkTeam that has an active leader AND active members. I notice there are some teams where the leader is the only one posting and there's thousands and thousands of members. Then there are some where the team is holding itself up, but the team leader has been long gone for 100+ days. So there's no adjustment to the challenges or anything. <BR> <BR> If you are part of a team with fresh challenges, and actively motivating members who keep each other accountable, PLEASE let m... Wed, 25 May 2016 19:55:36 EST What is the best % that things should be http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39112208 Carbs/Fat/Protein <BR> <BR> I would like to get to the best % each day - if I can that is Wed, 25 May 2016 14:42:23 EST What inspires you? What motivates you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39106326 They say you can't change your life unless you change something you do daily. <BR> <BR> What have you changed? What motivates you to be healthier? To be a better you? To stay on your journey? <BR> <BR> What inspires you? Who inspires you? <BR> <BR> Maybe your changes or your motivators or your inspiration will help someone else. Tue, 24 May 2016 22:52:14 EST What's In Your SparkFavorites? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39105643 I'm new here and have saved only one or two SparkFavorites and I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions? Recipes, articles, workouts... whatever you've found helpful or interesting! There's so much on this site, it would be nice to start with people's favorites. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 24 May 2016 21:20:47 EST Turning on barcode scanner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39103339 When i updated my phone to a Galaxy 7, my sparkpeople bar code scanner stopped working. How do I turn the permissions back on? Tue, 24 May 2016 16:02:32 EST GOOD MORNING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39101322 <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> HAVE A GREAT DAY! Tue, 24 May 2016 10:48:05 EST SPAM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39093693 Anyone else get this email? <BR> <BR> To <BR> BCC GreatMartin2003@yahoo.com <BR> Today at 1:28 PM <BR> Hello my dear and how are you today? <BR> My name is ROSINE FAISALS,an American <BR> by Nationality and a Military <BR> Doctor by profession. <BR> i saw your email here now <BR> www.sparkpeople.com <BR> Please kindly to contact me <BR> with this email I.D <BR> (selly_101@hotmail.com) <BR> I have something that <BR> I will like to share with you Ok? <BR> Thanks and regards, <BR> sgt... Mon, 23 May 2016 14:57:26 EST Snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39092711 What's your best low cal snack. Mon, 23 May 2016 11:57:28 EST Funniest Race Signs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39092578 Hello, all! Hope you're all having a motivated Monday! It's a gorgeous sunny day here in Cincy, made for a perfect morning run. <BR> <BR> Speaking of running... here at Spark, we thought it would be fun to do an article showing some of the funniest race signs that spectators hold up along race routes. When our team ran the Flying Pig half marathon earlier this month, we saw some pretty hilarious ones. If you have any great signs to share, we'd love for you to upload them to our Instagram pag... Mon, 23 May 2016 11:34:02 EST "It" usually wins. Input Needed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39091366 My problem is I start off really good and I'm eating healthy, losing weight, and even feel 100% better physically, and WHAM!!!!! Out of nowhere cravings begin. I'm talking about a complete breakdown where all I think about is sweets, chips, and all the things that made me gain weight in the first place. <BR> <BR> It's like something inside me is dead set on sabotaging me. Guess what? "It" usually wins. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know why something like this happens. I mean it comes out of... Mon, 23 May 2016 09:07:26 EST Diet Bet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39087860 So starting tomorrow I am doing a Diet bet type contest with my dad, the first one we are doing is from May 23 through June 2. For this one we don't have a set amount we have to lose and we are going by percentages just to keep things a little more fair. Any tips??? Sun, 22 May 2016 23:59:28 EST please help all you computer geeks out there!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39083309 So you know the little wheel (google chrome) that goes round and round when you pull up a new window like Sparkpage or Gmail, my little circle keeps going round and round and round to the point where I sometimes get the note: This page will not open. I also have been getting "plug in has crashed" followed by a Shockwave message. And, where I used to have 2 or 3 windows open at the ready across the top, now Gmail and/or spark has to reboot before it opens. Everything has slowed way down ... Sun, 22 May 2016 12:05:15 EST Where is the "Add a Friend" Button???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39082556 Where is the "Add As a Friend" button on the new Spark pages? <BR> <BR> One of my Spark friends seems to have left SparkPeople because she was so upset about the changes that were sprung on us with no warning. <BR> <BR> Her last post said that some of our Spark pages have a "Add as a Friend" button, but others don't. Hers didn't (and neither does mine) and she was upset that no one could add her as a friend. She was also very upset about the other pages changes, as well. I just think this ... Sun, 22 May 2016 10:16:08 EST Low carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39077719 Hi , <BR> Are there any low carb dieters in here . I am doing the low carb diet and am very successful. I lost 160 pounds in 8 months and have 38 more pounds to go to get to goal . I am new here . Sat, 21 May 2016 20:22:11 EST What to drink instead of water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39071451 Yes, I hate - no I DETEST the taste of water. Usually I used it when I am sick and trying to throw up (not intentionally but when I am dry heaving) <BR> <BR> I have tried adding fruit (barely taste it), I have tried adding lemon or key lime juice - I can get a little bit in - but not the amount I NEED in per day. <BR> <BR> I used to be able to drink a gallon of water a day when I drank crystal light. Now I diluted it - I took 1 packet per 1 gallon of water (vs 1/2 gallon) <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 21 May 2016 00:08:42 EST Do you wish Peanut Butter was low calorie? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39068676 I could live off of peanut butter....I would be so happy if it was low calorie Fri, 20 May 2016 15:08:32 EST I Need a "True Friend" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39064175 I Need a “True Friend” <BR> <BR> I probably wasted a good hour of my life and journey tonight on a potential teammate. <BR> <BR> I don't get it. I reach out to people hoping to create something more than a superficial blogging team of cheer leaders, and the folks I have talked so far just aren't into it. <BR> <BR> I don't understand. <BR> <BR> Why would anyone prefer to blog meaningless rah-rah comments to one another, and then claim they are providing, or receiving, anything more ... Fri, 20 May 2016 04:15:28 EST What are you May goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39062552 What are your may goals and how are you doing on them? Thu, 19 May 2016 21:46:05 EST BE MY FRIEND! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39054425 Hello all! I've been on and off SparkPeople for years. I think it would be helpful for me to have friends. I have joined some groups, but a lot of them are practically inactive. I've been doing great for almost a week with being disciplined. Please check out my SparkPage and add me as a friend. I need folks to talk to! Thu, 19 May 2016 00:55:00 EST New SparkPage look! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39049316 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> This morning we launched an updated look for SparkPages. They hadn't been updated in quite some time, so we hope you like the changes! <BR> <BR> The main changes include: <BR> - Background image has now become your banner image, going from background to the top of the page. You can still edit/crop and change this image as you'd like. <BR> - When you view your own page (and you're logged in), you can click the pencil icon to edit different sections. <BR> <BR> You'... Wed, 18 May 2016 12:04:56 EST Background pic missing from my SparkPeople page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39048893 I like the new format for our Spark pages, but not so thrilled that my background pic has disappeared. Also, I was keeping tabs on my BMI on my page.....that is also gone. <BR> <BR> I really appreciate this site and the support I receive here, but I wish there was a way to keep some of the features I had on my page. <BR> <BR> Any input on this? <BR> Thanks and blessings. Wed, 18 May 2016 10:50:05 EST Come Try the Biggest Loser Challenge Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39034027 Hi everyone! If you've ever thought of trying a challenge, the summer round of the Biggest Loser Challenge is set to begin at the beginning of June! This is a 10-week challenge. There are 10 teams of 24, competing against each other. Each team also has mini challenges within their own group. <BR> <BR> Not only can you meet some amazing Sparkers, you can work toward your goals in a fun, friendly and competitive atmosphere! It's much less strict than some of the other challenges out there, so... Mon, 16 May 2016 21:13:33 EST How do I avoid getting into a rut? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39032833 I feel like I'm heading into a rut. Mon, 16 May 2016 17:19:27 EST Ruts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39032809 Help! What do I do to keep from getting into a rut? I feel like I'm heading into one. Mon, 16 May 2016 17:16:13 EST How successful were you this week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39025740 I guess I can say I was pretty successful. Need to stay away from pizza, though. Way too much sodium. Sun, 15 May 2016 22:56:19 EST Bad news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39024312 The dialysis center will no longer provide free wifi. I have to use my own data plan to connect to the net. <BR> <BR> This is bcoz the admin person complained of slow connection bcoz of all the devices connected previously. She claims it's getting in the way of her work. <BR> <BR> This will add to my monthly expenses! Sigh! Sun, 15 May 2016 19:48:12 EST Would You Like to Join a Great Challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39023724 Hi everyone! If you've ever thought of trying a challenge, the summer round of the Biggest Loser Challenge is set to begin at the beginning of June! This is a 10-week challenge. There are 10 teams of 24, competing against each other. Each team also has mini challenges within their own group. <BR> <BR> Not only can you meet some amazing Sparkers, you can work toward your goals in a fun, friendly and competitive atmosphere! It's much less strict than some of the other challenges out there, so... Sun, 15 May 2016 18:04:40 EST question for women over 40 about menstrual period http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39023356 Hi! I wasn't sure where to ask this question. I'm 43, and my period is still going, and it's been 17 days straight. I've researched it online, and the websites tell me this is common is perimenopause, which can start as early as the age of 35. I'm not really seeking medical advice, but was wondering if anyone else has experienced this. It is a light flow, but going on 17 days now. Normally, it's 3 to 5 days of heavy flow. I don't have medical insurance, so I was just wondering if this is norm... Sun, 15 May 2016 16:48:36 EST The recommended meal plans? Yay or Nay? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39017816 So, looking through the meal plans they have for your daily stuff.... and I see nothing that works for my taste or that I would put together. Does anyone actually eat them? What are some of your favorites? What do you recommend if you don't? What are some good balanced meals that keep you full? Sat, 14 May 2016 22:31:47 EST Does Garcinia Combogia really work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39014787 This has been heavily advertised on the net. <BR> <BR> The ads claim that taking Garcinia in the morning and the master cleanse at night for 30 days and you will lose weight like 30lbs or so. <BR> <BR> Lots of celebs swear by it. I am wondering is this too good to be true? <BR> <BR> They only require you to pay shipping for your free 30 day trial but they don't ship international, just within the US. Wah! <BR> <BR> Do you think it works? Sat, 14 May 2016 12:44:20 EST Thoughts on sugar ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39014322 Sugar is weight loss's enemy, leave the sugar alone. Quit sugar. I'm going cold turkey . Sat, 14 May 2016 11:16:24 EST Scale or no scale ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=39014316 I believed initially that the scale wasn't important but it is very important. Weighing in weekly allows you to stay accountable and aware. Please get on the scale so you'll know where you stand. Sat, 14 May 2016 11:15:11 EST Morality in media entertainment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38997189 Specifically I'm talking about "Board Games", obviously this subject could include movies, music, video games, so chime in with regards to those too. <BR> <BR> There is a board game called Blood Rage, here's the descriptor from the game's manufacturer: <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>------------------- <BR> "Life is Battle; Battle is Glory; Glory is ALL" <BR> <BR> In Blood Rage, each player controls their own Viking clan’s warriors, leader, and ship. Ragnarök has come, and... Thu, 12 May 2016 08:31:55 EST lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38994331 Got lost when computer had to be reset. was SCRUBS2016, but when reset am now SCRUBS2010. Don't really care about that, but now have no history of last three weeks with all of you, and have no friends from before. Started out at 320 and ended at 290. Would like to combine my new acct with my original one, but not sure how. Computer stuff confuses me. <em>198</em> LOL Anyone know what I should do? <em>24</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 23:06:20 EST On Being an Expert http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38990709 So there's this study out that says that a lot of people will read a blurb, meme, poster, a short paragraph and then feel like they have enough "expertise" to make/dispense seemingly intelligent and well thought out dialogue on just about any topic of what they briefly read. <BR> <BR> The study suggested (including the study itself) that most Americans (specifically) do this and apparently without hesitation or self-critical analysis of what they're saying and feel like they're saying saying... Wed, 11 May 2016 13:33:51 EST The scale moved after a 2 week drought! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38990052 I lost 6 lbs after my first week, which is a big loss for me. My usual loss on any program is never more then 2 lbs. But, I am heavier starting out this time, so maybe that accounts for it. I knew it would be more difficult this time, because I am also older, and retired from my physical job. I do a brisk walk or bike ride 25 minutes every day. <BR> <BR> I have stayed within my calorie count of 1200 - 1500 c, and carb allowance of 100 g. <BR> Different posters here commented to others...stic... Wed, 11 May 2016 11:36:19 EST Calling all vegetarians & vegans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38980594 How do you do it? Giving up animal products and dairy? I am considering going vegan but I am afraid it will be too difficult. What kind of supplements must I take if I do go vegan? <BR> <BR> Atm, I am doing research by watching youtube videos. I am starting to feel guilty eating animal products when I see how they suffer. The things I will miss most are fish, seafood, cheese, ice-cream and yogurt! Tue, 10 May 2016 11:28:50 EST Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38976803 My sister's wedding is over! It turned out okay because my favorite family friend came and my sister didn't get stressed at her own wedding. Of course, I'd have loved to be thinner, but I've lost about 7 inches since mid November. Now without that looming I can focus on getting more fit and making all of my dreams come true. Tue, 10 May 2016 00:54:32 EST Maintenance Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38971339 I've recently read some literature on maintenance and the statistics worry me. It seems to be a pretty consistent scientific theory that after your body loses weight that it will fight to put that weight back on by way of slowing metabolism and/or increasing hunger. <BR> <BR> If there is anyone who can put my mind at ease, or wants to discuss this topic, please, lets, because I want to do this the right way and I think the best way is to ask the people who have done it. Mon, 9 May 2016 10:24:51 EST MOTHERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38963883 <BR> HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL THE WONDERFUL MOTHERS OUT THERE! <BR> <BR> HAVE A GREAT DAY! Sun, 8 May 2016 11:12:43 EST Would you feed your pet the same thing everyday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38954900 Like the same brand of kibble for years and years? <BR> <BR> Personally, I wouldn't do that! My dog ate leftovers and believe it or not, fresh fruit! Whenever I have fruits, I give him a few bites! The leftovers are usually minced meat and rice, sometimes fish and rice. <BR> <BR> He likes a bit of sesame oil and soy sauce mixed in with the rice. He gets a fairly varied diet! <BR> <BR> Dogs like variety too! Sat, 7 May 2016 07:02:58 EST Doing pretty well, all things considered... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38943210 Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new here, already introduced myself on the other forum. Now I am here. I am Tai and I am trying hard to lose weight. I have succeeded, although I still have far to go. I started at 350 pounds and have lost over 20 pounds in a few months. I am thrilled. I have never lost any significant about of weight on my own before so this was big for me. I am focusing on getting into the 320's, then on from there. If I lose 10 more pounds, my sister and brother in law are going to g... Thu, 5 May 2016 20:12:24 EST Biggest Loser: How do you feel about it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38943058 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm going to be writing a blog about the Biggest Loser, specifically tied to an article that game out in the New York Times this week: <BR> <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2016/05/02/health/bi<BR>ggest-loser-weight-loss.html </link> <BR> <BR> I wanted to see if you have any reactions to the article, and if it changes your feelings about the show at all? If the show motivates you and you're a fan, can you tell me a little more about that? How has the show helped in yo... Thu, 5 May 2016 19:51:12 EST Why do people regain weight? Your input needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38943014 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> One of our writers is doing an article about some of the reasons people tend to regain weight. Here are some she found: <BR> <BR> 1. Setting Unrealistic/Unsustainable Goals <BR> 2. Mindless Eating <BR> 3. Using A Short-Term Diet To Lose Weight <BR> 4. Losing Sight Of Physical Vs. Emotional Hunger <BR> <BR> Can you relate to any of these? If so, please share your experiences here, and your responses could be featured in an upcoming article. <BR> <BR> Thanks in ad... Thu, 5 May 2016 19:41:55 EST Would you rather? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38940112 Would you rather a live to be 70-75 years old without pills that cause side effects or would you rather take dozens of pills that make you feel bad and live to be 100? Personally, I'd rather live a healthy life style and die at 70 than to prolong the enviable by propping myself up with chemicals that might help one problem but cause 10 others. Cars wear out, bodies wear out that's what happens. Thu, 5 May 2016 12:00:28 EST Am I the only one who hates these? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38933293 All the threads on the boards with thousands of post of one or 2 word answers. <BR> They take up half the page, you have to scroll through them to get to any useful threads with information and discussions and the good threads get knocked of the page by everyone constantly posting on these one word threads over and over. <BR> <BR> I wish there was a different spot for all of these threads with thousands of one work responses and there were a lot more discussion and informative threads on the... Wed, 4 May 2016 17:50:33 EST Tracker Recommendations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38932764 Anyone have a tracker they would recommend? Wed, 4 May 2016 16:21:45 EST Weight Loss topics only, please... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38931634 But the blurb for the SP café' reads: <BR> "General, fun discussion about a variety of topics. Please post one-word answer and game threads in the Game Room, not in the Café." <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>----------- <BR> <BR> Remember when we use to have "spirited" conversations here with provocative topics? <BR> <BR> I've been spending time elsewhere immersed into the torrid world of BOARD GAMING! <BR> <BR> Weight Loss comment: I'm currently doing a 5x5 3-day-split w... Wed, 4 May 2016 13:22:54 EST "Biggest Loser" study - thoughts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38930660 By now, I am sure many people have seen some coverage of the Biggest Loser study (detailed piece here: <link>www.nytimes.com/2016/05/02/health/bi<BR>ggest-loser-weight-loss.html?_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> If anyone here is super science-y, here's the full study: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002<BR>/oby.21538/epdf <BR> <BR> I feel like a lot of the response I've seen is "Well, I guess weight loss is impossible!" Yet there's no reference to studies that show what happens to the met... Wed, 4 May 2016 10:45:26 EST Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38929241 What is your favorite snack or snacks? Wed, 4 May 2016 07:38:08 EST Ants! Help!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38928982 My house is being invaded by ants! It is especially bad when it rains out and it has been raining a lot lately. <BR> <BR> It's just my husband and I we have no pets so there's no dog bowls on the floor. We do not keep any food on the counters and we load the dishwasher immediately we also sweep the floor several times a day. <BR> <BR> I have tried going the natural route and have used vinegar & spearmint essential oil and it was like I put out a bag of sugar they went absolutely nuts. I... Wed, 4 May 2016 07:17:26 EST Have you ever been attracted to the packaging? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38926011 I have! Many times! Sometimes the packaging and it's literature is so attractive that I get tempted to buy the product, even if I don't really need it! <BR> <BR> I bought a compact hairbrush the other day just bcoz the packaging lit said it will smoothen my hair! <BR> <BR> Has this ever happened to you? Tue, 3 May 2016 20:43:19 EST Counting Calories surprise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38921769 Hi! I have only been at this for a little over a week but I have to say I was so surprised about how many calories I actually eat. I thought I ate basically healthy. A treat here and there and maybe I would graze while I cooked dinner but those calories add up fast!!! The past week has been a very eye opening experience for me. Reminded me of when I started counting steps and I was shocked about how few steps I actually took. I am so thankful that I found Spark!! Thank you <em>224</em... Tue, 3 May 2016 09:41:45 EST Aquatic Centers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38916345 What is everyones favorite exercises in the pool? I just joined a gym with a pool, warm water therapy pool, and a water track. <BR> Mon, 2 May 2016 16:30:09 EST connecting with other sparkies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38914137 I have been active the last few weeks and focused on a new plan. I am looking to connect with other spark people. I have started crossfit, use If It Fits Your Macros flexible dieting, run and am a dog momma. I have 40 pounds to loose and am down 4 so far. Mon, 2 May 2016 11:12:25 EST Do You Have Any Fitness/Weight Loss Superstitions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38909916 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> For an upcoming Friday the 13th article, I'm looking for members to share their superstitions related to fitness, health and/or weight loss. It can be anything from having to run races in a certain pair of socks, following a certain sequence of events at the gym or using a specific cooking technique. The more unique, the better! <BR> <BR> Thanks so much for your input! <BR> Melissa Sun, 1 May 2016 22:43:53 EST I remember why I left http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38908915 I now remember why I left SparkPeople so many years ago....this week that I have utilized the site again reminded me of my original frustration of the lack of flow to this site verses other sites. Not that it's not a great site that helps thousands of people....we all just have to find our fit and this just isn't as coesive a layout. I find it too time consuming navigating it. <BR> <BR> Best of luck to everyone here and one size doesn't fit all, nor does one site. Enjoy the journey and cele... Sun, 1 May 2016 20:32:19 EST The Angry Birds Movie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38902698 Who has seen it? Is it good? Is it cute? Sun, 1 May 2016 05:40:00 EST Nutella~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38899775 Not sure how bad I should feel lol. I had Nutella and gram crackers for lunch and snack today (and with my scheduled dinner it puts me at 1516 calories. Not too bad since I have a very active job) <BR> <BR> So I stayed in calorie range (at the top of my range, but still in it!) and got to have nutella too :D <BR> <BR> Except... Nutella is really bad for you lol so I probably shouldn't be so proud of this :D <BR> <BR> Tastes amazing though! Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:24:47 EST How has weight loss changed your life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38898721 Since I lost 155 pounds my life s completely different! I try new adventures all the time to keep myself motivated and celebrate that I can do things now that I wasn't physically able to do a few years ago. Anybody else? I am doing some writing and was wondering how weight loss impacted everyone else. If you have a few minutes I'd love to hear your story.... <BR> <BR> I am documenting my adventures on a group called Never Bypass Adventure on Facebook. If you have a minute, stop by there! <BR... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:35:08 EST Is anyone else doing the Prevent program? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38897107 My employer recently rolled out the Prevent program. It is meant to help those who are at risk for diabetes and other diseases to stay healthy. I qualified and it is free, so I decided to give it a try. They send you a scale that is connected to the internet, so it automatically records your weight every day. They provide you a Coach for 16 weeks and put you in a group with others for motivation. My group starts tomorrow. I am kind of looking forward to it. I was just wondering if anyo... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:30:04 EST Whole Grains & yogurt smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38896678 I have begun to make my own plain yogurt. As I do not enjoy the taste of plain yogurt but do enjoy the benefits of it I have been making a daily smoothie as follows: 1 plain yogurt, a banana, a handful of strawberries, 1/4 cup of raw oatmeal and a splash of milk. My question is do I get any nutritional benefits from the oatmeal? Does blending it up take away the fiber benefit. It tastes good and my stomach likes the homemade yogurt made with live cultures. Any suggestions of other healt... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:13:40 EST Happy Labor Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38895188 What are you going to do this long weekend? <BR> <BR> We were thinking of going to Penang but I guess we'll chill out at home as usual! Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:09:02 EST Has this ever happened to you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38895176 Case 1 : My Samsung S3 suddenly froze! (Mobile phone). I lost many videos and pics. I'm not sure if I backed them up. I think some of them but not all. Including vids and pics of the dearly departed Chico, my neighbor's cat. And some orchid pics. Very sore about that. I should have backed everything up but it's too late now! <BR> <BR> Case 2 : I replaced my S3 with a J2, also from Samsung. I was doing some housekeeping, clearing my Whatsapp folders and all that when I accidentally deleted EV... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 02:45:00 EST Specially priced food deal...what would you do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38891477 I went shopping this afternoon and found a package of Turkey Thighs that were priced at half of what all the other packages were marked. They looked good and they did not smell funny...but they looked as if they had been re-wrapped. <BR> <BR> Would you buy them or pass? Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:54:35 EST What Would You Do With $5 ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38890830 What would you if you found $5 ? <BR> <BR> That's what happened to me this morning. I was walking to work and found $5 on the ground. I posted on my Spark feed that, "walking is not only great for your heart. It's great for your wallet too!" LOL ! <BR> <BR> So, what would you do with $5 ? A friend is in town visiting. I'll be using that money towards a nice lunch/meal tomorrow. If I wasn't meeting a friend for lunch, I'd probably go to the Goodwill and check out their books/DVDs. I would a... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:36:07 EST Do you still use makeup after the http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38885367 used by date? Is it risky? Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:53:34 EST Persistance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38881443 “We can do anything we want as long as we stick to it long enough.” ~Helen Keller <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:47:31 EST Help I have fallen and I can't get up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38878486 I started off weighing 326 lbs. I lost 130 lbs. I then gained back 84 lbs. I then had gastric bypass lost 60 lbs. I then gained back 98 lbs. I am just not doing well. I need motivation to get back up. It seems stress is getting the best of me. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 04:18:16 EST Canadian Playboyz http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38875591 Bit of excitement and motivation to help me stick to this plan. <BR> Myself and two girl friends and going to see the Canadian Playboyz <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> The show is mid-May. Already got a target outfit picked. <BR> <BR> Super freakin' excited <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a Wonderful Wednesday <em>67</em> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:36:55 EST softball teams http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38872765 great exercise if just once aweek Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:09:23 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38865505 Am a week new here, and my first post. I love Spark; all you guys. You are making my dreams come true. 20 pounds into this so far; although the boards say 15 for some reason. Not too good at figuring out all the computer stuff yet. LOL Anyway, want to thank all of you guys for being out there. Finally figured out how to post something; well more by accident while tolling through the menus. Ha, ha. Hope I can find it again, so I can read and post with all of you everyday. :) Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:22:55 EST looking for new spark friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38862524 I am needing to lose 100+ and I am looking for sparkfriends that are doing the same. All me to your friends list and I will do the same. Let's motivate each other. God bless. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:05:51 EST Being a boss vs being a b*tch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38857094 I've never been good at this. And I'm once again presented with the need to do this. I manage two people, but their (apparent) definition of being "managed" means I hold their hand and make every decision for them so they don't have to think for themselves. We're a SMALL office, I have the job of three people, I am the only one-man department here- I WOULD have the job of only two people, except managing these two is a full time job. <BR> <BR> So I tried to get one of them to help me with th... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:15:23 EST Virtual PhysEd Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38857063 <em>213</em> Hello Sparkfriends! I am writing to ask for a favor... <BR> <BR> I am looking for a virtual PhysEd job. If you ever come across an opening, while surfing the net, would you pass it along to me? <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:07:05 EST Positive Self Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38852670 Positive self talk is so important for self esteem. I think it's something most people don't do enough of. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> DAILY CHALLENGE - Name something you like or are proud of about yourself or that you're good at. <BR> <BR> -------------- <BR> <BR> I'm proud I finished a very hard bike race yesterday and I even rode all of the last hill (20% grade) even though it hurt something fierce. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 06:06:16 EST Veganism VS Omnivorous diets! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38850387 Which do you think is better for you? Why? Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:41:44 EST Nothing funnier than http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38838514 Watching my daughter try to do yoga with the assistance of a 13 pound tuxedo cat, a 12 pound marmalade cat and a 65 pound black lab all "helping". The tux is under her back, the marmalade is on her tummy and the dog is trying to play. <BR> <BR> What made you laugh today? Sat, 23 Apr 2016 14:53:39 EST Bad news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38824465 I just asked the nephrologist if I should slash my calories way down to about 1000kcal and he agrees! This is bcoz I am on dialysis, hence I need less food than a normal person. This is becoz thru the years I kept on gaining, therefore I have come to the conclusion maybe my caloric needs are less. <BR> <BR> Wah! I have to eat less! <BR> <BR> Bad news for my brother too! He is on holiday in Japan but they lost his luggage! <BR> <BR> I wonder why my family is cursed with misfortune! Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:07:34 EST Getting through a Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38822340 Hi Everyone, I have lost 32lbs and I now find myself at a plateau. Does anyone have any easy steps to get through the plateau that we all run into? Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:49:55 EST Shocking News !! RIP PRINCE !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38822099 Shocking news is being reported by TMZ and other news agencies. They're saying that Prince has passed away at 57 !! <BR> <BR> That's insane ! No word on cause of death, but he had recently canceled some shows because of severe flu symptoms. If it turns out he died as a result of a heart attack, I wont be surprised. I know people who died of a heart attack in their 50s and they too had severe flu like symptoms prior to having their heart attack. <BR> <BR> Many people don't realize that th... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:07:57 EST diet foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38822055 trying to get good info on diet foods, email me answers at norfleeth14@students.ecu.edu Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:56:17 EST Your input needed for a new article http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38820883 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm writing a new article about health/fitness advice you'd give your younger self. If you think back 10, 20 or even 30 years, are there things you did then that you know better about now? For instance, I used to think any run less than 6 miles was a waste of my time. Since becoming a mom and being stretched for time, I've learned to make shorter workouts just as effective. Maybe you used to try all kinds of crazy diets before you realized that wasn't the best way t... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:11:40 EST Hmmm,....that's weird (weight loss) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38820507 Since Christmas I have dedicated myself to eat cleaner (again), my starting weight the day after Christmas was around 199ish, so my goal was to drop (on average) 1 pound per month and since then I've pretty much on track maybe a bit better. <BR> <BR> This past weekend I had a really bad food weekend (I ate what I wanted to and it was all so delicious!) On Friday morning I weighed 191 (GOOD!) and Monday morning I weighed 194!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> uber UGH! <BR> <BR> But rather than trying o... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:21:09 EST Don't know what to get my Dad for http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38820433 Father's Day! He is very hard to shop for. He is very fussy about his clothes. I bought him some good Christian books before, but he has never read them. I am trying to reach out to him as he is not a Christian yet. <BR> <BR> He loves chocolate but is very health conscious but hardly exercises. A safe bet would be some nice chocolate but I don't like giving food as gifts because nothing is left after consuming them! <BR> <BR> So, what should I get him? Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:12:37 EST Mother's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38809148 What are you getting for your Mom for Mother's Day?! <BR> <BR> My gift arrived today! It's a compact set of makeup brushes with a concealer palette! I got 2 sets! One for me, one for her! <BR> <BR> I even got a discount! Wed, 20 Apr 2016 03:40:45 EST weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38805334 How long to start seeing results, been very on or under allowances for 10 days now lost 1 pound, wife has lost none <BR> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:41:10 EST Looking for Anyone from Susanville, California http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38803025 We have a Susanville, California Team. Looking for people to do running/walking/biking events, sharing, caring, etc. I know you're out there! <BR> <BR> Smiles, <BR> <BR> Stephney Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:59:00 EST Are you happy with your progress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38799674 How long have you been working on your goals? Is this your first time taking a stance on your health/first go on SP? How are you feeling about your progress? <BR> <BR> So many of us are at different points of our journey, just wondering where everyone is and how they're feeling about it!? I'll admit, this is my 7th go around on SP. I'm one of those who knows the exact equation of what it takes to be successful, AM successful, then stop SP and quit working at it. That being said, I restarted ... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 22:47:10 EST Has this ever happened to you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38794547 Coming off a weekend that was a total diet disaster and getting back on track today. Problem is after all that overeating, I still feel hungry! I shouldn't ! I should feel overstuffed, and my tummy is telling me it wants food although I feel somewhat bloated. I drank a few glasses of plain water in case signals are getting crossed, but I still feel like I want to eat something! Going to ignore this feeling, take a walk, get a few chores done before my next meal which I'm keeping light. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:38:33 EST Looking for a Buddy!! Is it You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38793428 Hi everyone. I am looking for someone that is interested in communicating, either through spark people or email to mentor, motivate and help each other on our paths to a healthy weight and lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I am a 46 year old female, from Australia who has a great outlook on life and loves to motivate and be motivated. I have struggled with my weight for the past few years, mostly due to quitting smoking, aging and just being plain lazy. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to find someone who is in... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:04:49 EST Traveling and watching your diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38792577 Does anyone have advice on how to travel while be able to eat healthy? I am going away for roughly a month and will be on the road quite a bit, at least a week of driving. Thankful, not all at once but 3 days here and 2 days there. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 06:51:25 EST We Want to Hear About Your Groceries! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38790895 Hi all! <BR> <BR> My name is Melissa Rudy; I'm a writer for SparkPeople. I&#65533;m looking for input from our members on an article I'm working on. It will focus on grocery plans for a variety of households (i.e. single people, couples, small families, large families, active/fit people, adventurous cookers, those on weight loss plans, etc.) <BR> <BR> I would love to include your input in my article! If you're interested, please include the following info: <BR> <BR> - How many people are i... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:42:35 EST The Best Thing Mom Taught You About Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38790880 Hi there! I’m a writer with SparkPeople, and I'm working on a Mother's Day article about great cooking tips/techniques from Mom. <BR> <BR> I would love to include some responses from SparkPeople members. Let me know what valuable cooking info your mother (or grandmother, or mother figure) passed along to you. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much! :) <BR> Melissa <BR> Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:41:11 EST Do you have a cheat day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38786637 Why or why not? If you do, do you go indulge a bit, or do you still watch what you eat? Sun, 17 Apr 2016 11:45:02 EST What do you think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38784025 Here is how my hair looks currently : <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af6ff1e8-d104-40c4-b784-28a59d80b6dd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the cut I am thinking of getting : <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c9d92e8-5d61-45a7-87a8-246a1c7d883b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am so tempted to get this cut but at the same time, a leetle apprehensive. Atm, it's just so easy to throw my hair in a ponytail but at the same time, I may look great with this cut! <... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 05:17:52 EST Any Pregnancy websites out there for nutrition?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38781928 I'm annoyed to discover that babyfit by spark people no longer exists. Does anyone know of anything LIKE what used to be babysit? Help!! I really want to be fit and healthy this time around and really need pregnant support! Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:56:26 EST Downloading weekly Meal plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38781672 Is there a way to download the suggested weekly meal plan to go shopping without having to wright down everything? Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:04:34 EST Day 15 and finally lost weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38779119 I just needed to share with someone so here goes. When I started two weeks ago I was on steroids and had pneumonia. My scale was not moving in part to illness and not having this plan down well. My husband gave me a fitbit blaze for my birthday and I started to realize how little I was actually moving. So now since I received it a week ago, I have increased my movement each day, one goal after another. I was not seeing the scale go down at all. It actually went up another pound while was... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 11:43:28 EST Smartwatches? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38776207 What do you think of those new fangled smartwatches? I am eyeing the samsung gear2 classic in rose gold! Are they worth the price? <BR> <BR> Do you own a smartwatch? Which model would you recommend? Why? Sat, 16 Apr 2016 02:27:59 EST Hoping to make new friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38775085 New to this site, just feeling my way around. I am hoping to make some new friends in the same situation as I. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 22:40:58 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38773341 Hi! I'm a new member, Day 4 with Spark! <BR> <BR> Looking to meet new people and make friends to help keep it fun and encouraging! Fri, 15 Apr 2016 18:54:52 EST Superman Vs Batman? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38760603 Has anyone seen it? Is it good? What do you think? Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:18:13 EST fitness goal buddy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38755510 Hi everyone. I am looking for someone that may be interested in communicating over spark people or through email to help each other staying motivating to start/continue a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I am a 29 year old male that has struggled with continuing a healthy lifestyle since high school. I was very physically active, played at high levels in sports. Since then I have tried to continue working out in a gym setting either by myself or with a work out partner but have continually slip... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:25:11 EST Weight Watchers Beyond the Scale Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38752496 I have been considering joining WW and was wondering if anyone could shed some light on their Beyond the Scale program. What's it like, is it easy to follow and do you feel it works for you? I would like any input that I can get on this program. <BR> Thank you! Wed, 13 Apr 2016 04:13:57 EST did I "barge in" line at the super market? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38749187 I had an old man go past me on the express checkout (I was still checking out and he was finished) accuse me of "barging in line." <BR> <BR> I know there is more important stuff, but while I sometimes forget to be mindful of others; I do not consider myself a person who would barge in line. <BR> <BR> Situation: an express checkout with 2 checkout clerks, one further up and another lower down same checkout line (think Walmart). When I started to go through there was 1 lady at the abov... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:50:46 EST Cheap Healthy Meal Idea Search http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38748309 My biggest pet peeve lately is trying to find new, healthy, easy (and most of all) budget-friendly recipes. They're all disguised as easy and/or cheap, but then they have like a million ingredients, and weird stuff that you don't just have around the house. I love cooking so I can usually revamp stuff to fit my needs, but I need some new material, and badly! <BR> <BR> Anyone have some easy and cheap recipes that utilize staple pantry items? (Note: My husband's a chef so we have a bunch of sp... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:01:36 EST Do people still use Spark? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38747836 Hi, I'm back after some time off Spark. Wow! How things changed since I was here! Just wondering if people still use this site, was scrolling some in the message boards and many posts seem to be the same ones since last time I was here last year. Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:48:57 EST Miss Universe 2015? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38747225 I think Miss USA, Olivia Jordan should have won the title! <BR> <BR> Miss Phillipines is sweet but too ordinary looking. <BR> <BR> Olivia exudes glamor! Even Miss Columbia would have been a better choice but I vote for Miss USA, Olivia! Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:21:26 EST Beyond diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38747172 Hello I am new here and I know you have already discussed the beyond dirt but I can't seem to find it. Is it worth to buy the program? I am curious s out the step 1 program? Does she give you the macros you should be eating per day? Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:15:06 EST T-Minus 25! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38740959 After kind of bobbing back and forth through the last 5 pounds, I finally stepped on the scale and saw that I made it to my own first milestone! The 25 pound marker! 11 months. I could have done it sooner, I know that. But I hit a really depressive snag. PTSD was on a high, my friend losing her mother, brought up my own grief about losing mine. But I didn't completely give up the eye on the prize. Sure I indulged in ridiculous snack sessions, but I was conscientious about it and knew what it ... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:13:22 EST Hiit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38739972 How do you determine calories burned in a session? I read you can count 15 calories burned per minute but is that just the high intensity minutes or both the high intensity minutes plus the rest minutes? Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:48:07 EST Looking for Spinning enthusiasts to interview! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38738714 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Our Editorial staff is hard at work on the next installment of our "Home is Where" blog series. Here's a link to one if you haven't seen them: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=home_is_where_the_half_marathon_is </link> <BR> <BR> We would like to feature Spinning in one of these stories, so I'm hoping to find members to interview! If you are interested, please SparkMail me with answers to the following questions: <BR> <BR> Name (Ideally... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:37:26 EST Oculus? What dyu think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38727256 I hate the ending! So pointless! <BR> <BR> What abt u? Sun, 10 Apr 2016 04:41:14 EST Waiting...waiti ing...waiting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38721723 I'm sure everyone here can relate to this: I've lost about 6 inches, but I still have more to go. I'm so eager to be skinny and buy smaller clothes, but the waiting for it to happen is hard. How did you keep yourself from being frustrated waiting for the weight loss to come? Sat, 9 Apr 2016 10:28:19 EST Feeling good....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38717133 hope you are too <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>354</em> Fri, 8 Apr 2016 18:47:51 EST Scared to go back to work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38716027 I work a very busy seasonal job, where I work somewhere between 9-12 hours a day 6 days a week. The season will be starting up soon and I'm scared to death to go back to work because that's when my progress really seams to fall apart. The long days don't leave much time for anything else other than eating dinner and going to bed so I can get up and do it all over the next day. The nature of my job doesn't allow for breaks, so you eat what you can when you can and it's usually quick, easy a... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 15:27:33 EST Did not hit my goal....but great success anyway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38713636 I wanted to be down to 200 lbs by 5/8/2016.... I won't be able to hit that goal. But looking back, I started at 312 and lost 58 pounds, that is great! <BR> <BR> I've kind of stalled around Christmas time and this semester at college (going back after 17 years) has been difficult....but the last three days, I went to the gym and starting to eat better, and track, again... <BR> <BR> I am sure I'll get back on track and the weight will come off again....its a process....it may have been too ... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 08:43:20 EST Would you do it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38710266 I am bored with my shoulder length style! I'd like to try a shorter style but I lack the courage to go for the chop! Atm, my hair length is very convenient, if I am feeling hot, I just clip up my fringe and put the rest in a ponytail! <BR> <BR> I am afraid I might regret it if I were to cut it short! I have a square face so I can't get a pixie. <BR> <BR> This is the style I m thinking of : <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97646533-7e87-42ba-a3c6-6356d58f0ccf.jpg">... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 21:26:17 EST My 600 pound life...tv program http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38709494 Does anybody else watch it? I am so amazed by these courageous people...such an inspiration! It's also intriguing to listen to them talk about their need to change and yet not able to change. <BR> <BR> I am fascinated by their journeys. One of the things I have learned is that when I see a fat person I know not to judge them. I don't know where they are in their journey or how much struggle is in their lives. For all I know, every obese person I see has already lost over 100 pounds. <BR... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 19:29:25 EST Glass of Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38708151 How many ounces do you consider to be a "glass of water" for purposes of drinking your daily 8 glasses of water? Thu, 7 Apr 2016 15:09:36 EST How Much For a Dozen Eggs ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38707776 In different thread, a member mentioned that they paid $5 for a dozen eggs. That astonished me. Locally, I can buy a dozen organic eggs for $6. Last week, I bought a half a dozen organic eggs on sale for $2. If I had bought conventional eggs, I know a place where I can buy them for $2 to $2.50 a dozen depending on size. <BR> <BR> So, I'm curious, what do people pay for their eggs or any other produce ? How much is a bag of apples ? At Star Market, I can buy a bag of apples (I think about 8 ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 14:07:19 EST Husband encourages me to cheat on my diet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38700411 I want to lose weight, and my husband also wants me to lose weight. I have started a diet plan that doesn't allow starchy vegetables or sugary foods, but if he feels like eating corn or potatoes that night with dinner, he will tell me that it's ok if I have some and encourages me to eat them. Or if we are out to eat, he will always offer me the bread on the table and then when I decline, tell me it's ok to have some. It's very frustrating, and I've told him to read the diet book that I am ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 18:08:32 EST Being A Supervisor... Is Annoying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38699404 Not weight loss related, except for the fact that it makes me want to drink copious amounts of alcohol! <BR> <BR> I'm the supervisor of one of our departments here at work, which consist of two brand new people. One has been here for three months, the other about a month and a half. So training is long since over, but really we all learn something new all the time, and especially when you've been here a short amount of time, lots of things are new. I'm not discounting that. <BR> <BR> But th... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 15:50:10 EST Manging a good diet on food stamps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38698662 What are some ways that I, myself can make a little over $100.00 spread out a month food stamp wise and still eat healthy ? <BR> Wed, 6 Apr 2016 14:05:18 EST How to Earn "Set SparkPeople Goals" Award http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38698213 It's the 1st award under the "One Time Self-Reported Trophies. How can I earn this? Wed, 6 Apr 2016 12:41:31 EST Michigan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38697393 Michigan peeps ~anyone near Belleville, MI or close to it? Im on day 14 of the '21 day challenge' as of today Wed, 6 Apr 2016 10:43:37 EST Water? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38697023 I keep hearing how great water is. I used to drink lots of it. Then my lifestyle became such where I became super busy. Now I drink 8 oz of soy milk and 8-16 oz of various beverages. How would my life and looks change in a month if I started drinking more water? Wed, 6 Apr 2016 10:06:03 EST Dogs or cats? Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38692419 I love both! I like the way dogs always welcome you but I like the way cats rub themselves on your legs! I have dog days and cat days. On dog days, I pat all my canine friends, on cat days, I stroke all my feline friends. The reason for this is their natural animosity towards each other! Lol! Tue, 5 Apr 2016 21:35:58 EST Question for the Ladies Only about the Girls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38681289 Okay ladies, how much weight do you typically lose before going out and buying new bras? Mon, 4 Apr 2016 17:27:55 EST Political ads http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38680299 I do not feel that this is not (NOT) a politcal group and there should be no election advertisements in this website!!!! Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:03:10 EST Outlander Season 2 Starts April 9! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38670033 Anyone who is a fan of these fabulous books by Diana Gabaldon, Season 2 of Outlander begins this Saturday on Starz! <BR> <BR> We have a SparkTeam if anyone would like to chat with your fellow Sassenachs! <BR> <BR> Je suis prest! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp </link> Sun, 3 Apr 2016 10:33:26 EST Food Search! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38663911 I love the SparkPeople food search! Amazingly, everything I want to track shows up. I'm especially pleased that every ALDI item I key in is listed. At least I haven't come across a food item wasn't...yet. (So different from W.W.'s) All this makes my tracking and ultimate weight loss so much easier. Thx!! Sat, 2 Apr 2016 16:21:44 EST Food Search! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38663909 I love the SparkPeople food search! Amazingly, everything I want to track shows up. I'm especially pleased that every ALDI item I key in is listed. At least I haven't come across a food item wasn't...yet. (So different from W.W.'s) All this makes my tracking and ultimate weight loss so much easier. Thx!! Sat, 2 Apr 2016 16:21:24 EST What healthy habits are hardest to stick with? Why http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38661799 For me it's blogging. why? Because every time I update my status or blog, I only get likes and no answers. One post I got answers. I even ask questions in my posts and get nothing. It's very depressing, quitting blogging frequently crosses my mind. The only reason I started blogging was a challenge from Spark Coach. I thought we're a support for each other and a team. Sat, 2 Apr 2016 10:31:00 EST Exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38661742 I notice that Sparkpeople tracker system says I only burned 80 calories. Surely it's more than that! I did the 100, 2 sets of 10 of butt lift/bridge, 2 sets of 10 of scissors with each leg, 2 sets of 10 abs crunch. No hand weights Sat, 2 Apr 2016 10:25:09 EST Dealing with jealous friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38654761 I walk my daughter to school every morning with a neighbour. My neighbour is a little bigger than me.. anyhow I was mentioning to her this morning that my SIL lost 35 lbs and that I have started a "new life" and have already lost a few lbs myself. She got very jealous and upset. She actually told me that she couldn't walk back with me. I was just making small talk and wasn't rude. I have always supported all my friends weigh loss and encouraged them as much as I could so I was very thrown by ... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 11:38:46 EST Retired Dancer or Athlete and Weight Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38654060 Hi All, <BR> I'm brand new to Spark! Just started tracking and slowly piecing together a workable plan for weigh loss. <BR> My weight gain began after retiring from a career in dance at age 30. Nothing can replace 3 - 4 hours of dance per day so I started gaining weight immediately..and then the can of worms was opened. Unhealthy eating habits so I could stay thin, poor body image, perfectionism, self-criticism, pressure to perform - all techniques I used to stay thin while still in perf... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 10:06:07 EST Anyone ever use an image consultant? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38646167 I think it might be fun to see an image consultant but we don't have any where I live. Has anyone here used one? What was the best advice they gave you? Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:45:23 EST anyone use fitness tracker like Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38640682 My question to you if you do most fitness trackers count resting calories burned and active calories burn . So do you only go by SP tracking logs ? I just started using IFIT and just started to reuse SP fitness & nutrition trackers and of course the IFIT has me buring more calories then SP does so I'm a little confused I have had major success here before but I know people who said with their FITBIT they are losing weight <BR> <BR> Any input would be great Wed, 30 Mar 2016 21:15:38 EST Memory Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38637435 Hi. <BR> <BR> I have a question. Has losing weight improved your memory? I need to lose about 100 pounds and I have a lot of trouble with my memory. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Phil Wed, 30 Mar 2016 13:40:05 EST Squeaky shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38636792 Any tricks to get leather boots to not squeak anymore? They aren't cowboy boots. And it's a soft leather. Not sure if it's the boot or the sole. But the squeaking noise is driving me crazy! <BR> <BR> Thank you. Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:22:22 EST Food and Fitness Tracking: FitBit vs SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38632484 I have a FitBit Charge HR and am struggling to find the best ONE place to track all my data. I'll list some of my pros (cons are the opposite of the others pros) and if you guys could give me your opinions/solutions that would be great! <BR> <BR> SparkPeople: <BR> Pros: I can do/look at everything in one place, there's other features (fitness help and community), and a detailed list of my nutrition goals <BR> <BR> FitBit: <BR> Pros: Accurate food listings, easy and quick to read dail... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:25:39 EST Did you allow yourself any Easter candy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38623836 I brought home 4 mini chocolate eggs from church. my Dad ate 3, i only ate one. today, I am eating the one caramel egg I bought. that is the end of my easter treat till next year. <BR> <BR> my dad says i m not to eat any more chocolate till i lose some weight. sigh! Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:16:30 EST Tracking Without Feeling Bad About Having To? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38617398 If I had my way, I'd be one of those people who LOVES healthy eating and working out.I hate workouts because I am bad at them and I love nothing I'm bad at. I also want to be a very glamorous person. But I'm not :( I'm way to fat to be glamorous in my eyes. <BR> Anyway there's only about a month until the wedding. My last shot at getting any thinner seems to be tracking my food. Tracking, to me seems very not-so-glamorous and like something people with no self control do. <BR> Any tips for ... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 10:08:03 EST Purpose of tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38611050 Every time I eat I record in my Sparkpeople trackers. Twice I was invited out to eat and nothing I eat is listed and the restaurants have NO nutrition count (calories, fat, protein, etc to enter for foods not listed in Sparkpeople trackers) so what's the purpose recording? I guess I won't include them in my calories Sun, 27 Mar 2016 15:17:53 EST Your Best Money Advice Please? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38609860 My bank account is in tatters because of the wedding. How can I recover financially? Sun, 27 Mar 2016 11:44:26 EST Happy Easter Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38607546 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/322959bb-5556-44a3-8531-855048de2beb.png"> <BR> May you have a blessed day and enjoy the gifts of health, laughter and loved ones <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 05:22:17 EST Looking for a daily check-in buddy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38601081 Hello all! <BR> <BR> I would love to meet someone who is interested in having a daily check-in buddy. I need someone to be accountable to, but I think it is also beneficial to have someone counting on me to help them through the tough days too. <BR> <BR> A bit about me... <BR> I'm a 33yo high school teacher near Toronto, married no kids. I have about 73 lbs to lose to get to my goal weight. I have been overweight since I was 8 years old, and have always been trying to lose the weight, but e... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 07:26:49 EST How to Maintain Weight on a Cruise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38593364 We came back from a four day cruise to the Bahamas and I'm proud to say I maintained. I realized a couple of things on the trip. <BR> <BR> 1) Take the stairs as much as you can. First off, it's faster than waiting on the elevator, and as much running around as you're going to do you might as well work in a few flights of stairs along the way! <BR> <BR> 2) Leave empty space on your plate. I found the meals in the dining room not excessive, and in the buffet line, I took just a few bits ... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:44:43 EST Why are there advertisements in everything ugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38592542 I was on AllRecipes.com this morning and noticed there were advertisements embedded within the main page of the recipes. I've seen ads on the sides of the sites which are already annoying to me but I just ignore them, but to see them as part of the recipes is new ugghhhhh <BR> Such a turn off, i'm so sick of seeing ads everywhere. Even on my phone, I cant read my email without having to close 3 pop up ads Fri, 25 Mar 2016 07:34:30 EST Childish Hobbies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38589901 Do you think collecting action figures and other collectibles a childish hobby? <BR> <BR> But I think only adults have the means and finances to do so. <BR> <BR> Most children can't afford to care for such items, much less afford them, unless they are given to them as gifts. Thu, 24 Mar 2016 22:20:38 EST Points given http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38586874 this message is for the administrators. I enjoy the articles and the recipes, but the points are no longer added to me. I used to use spark everyday and now I just pick and choose. Is there something wrong with my log on. <BR> Thanks, Judith Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:27:39 EST Fitness Guru's to follow on Social Media? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38585957 Hey I just downloaded Instagram (might download twitter too) so I could follow people who can inspire me to meet my goals :D <BR> <BR> Specifically people who are just kicking butt in the fitness and health department so I don't cheat on my 1 week, twice a day cardio challenge... <BR> <BR> Does anyone know any NOT crazy but super inspiring fitness guru's I can follow? <BR> <BR> I already found blogiloties :) Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:21:13 EST gain weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38585190 Why did you gain all that weight? What did it do for you. How did it make you feel. I am really curious why we all gained our weight. Was there a reason? I am trying to find out why I did. Why I have struggles since I was 15. Up and down has been my life. I feel and look so much better down. Why not stay there. <BR> What is your story? Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:46:20 EST Scrapbooking online http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38583230 Has anyone tried it? <BR> <BR> I would like to do the real thing but am really lousy at handmade projects. So I'm thinking online. <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 06:23:10 EST How can I beat the heat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38573452 Good Lord! I can't stand this heat wave! It's above 30 degrees Celcius! I wish it would at least rain, but it hasn't rained today. I just came back from the mall and I'm burning up. I am in front of my computer now with the air conditioning on and the ceiling fan full blast! That's the only way I can tolerate this horrible weather! <BR> <BR> I wish I had snow! I wish I was a mermaid, living in the water! Anything is better than this heat! Wed, 23 Mar 2016 05:58:48 EST Anyone do the 21 day fix container system? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38562377 Results? I'm thinking about buying. I don't plan on doing shakeology because energy=anxiety for me. Mon, 21 Mar 2016 21:48:55 EST I'm New, Trying New Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38559133 I've been keeping track of my food for a couple of weeks. I'm type 2 diabetic and normally eat a high fat/ low carb diet. But the carbs having been creeping up along with my weight, so I decided it was time to take a look at that. I'm getting myself to eat more veggies which is good and looking at timing of meals. The last several years I have gone to 2 meals, but tend to snack in the evening, so I'm playing with the times of my meals and healthy snacks to see what works best for me. I've nev... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 13:47:17 EST Looking Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38558083 I think the stress of the wedding is causing me not to lose the amount of weight I should be. So I'm setting so goals that extend after the wedding to focus on instead: <BR> Be thin enough to need less courage to wear shorts <BR> Lose enough weight so I don't get a lecture from my Dr in six months <BR> And be so skinny by the 1st anniversary of the wedding the dress I wore is waaayyy too big Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:55:40 EST Wrong decisions in life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38554490 I really regret giving up ballet lessons when I was 12. I was just frustrated bcoz I should have been in Grade 6 but had to repeat years primary to 3rd Grade bcoz the teacher didn't have a Grade 4 class available for me to join. <BR> <BR> By the time I did my Grade 3 exams again, I was considered too old, plus I didn't have the height or the right body type. <BR> <BR> Now, looking back, I guess I should have persevered! Sigh! Mon, 21 Mar 2016 02:49:20 EST Loosing focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38549702 I am really low on focus. <BR> I am easily swayed into eating out of my diet .....how do I focus and really concentrate on what I want.....to keep going.... <BR> I feel like I have been watching what I am eating....but getting nowhere <BR> can some recommend anything? Sun, 20 Mar 2016 14:48:38 EST Paid Position? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38549630 Hello! My name is the_little_lady. I am a contributing editor, editor and Sparkteam leader. I love being a Sparkteam leader so much that I would like being a paid health coach. Do any of you know how I should go about doing this? I have pitched to some magazine editors about fitness and nutrition articles but have not received a reply yet. I cannot afford to be a Beachbody coach as is very expensive. I do not want any sales type position. Any comments? Thanks. <BR> <BR> <em>104</e... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 14:37:51 EST Happy first day of Spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38548355 I love Spring... it feels like the world is waking up from a long slumber. <BR> <BR> On my morning walk, I paid extra attention to the sounds surrounding me. I heard woodpeckers, cardinals, redwing blackbirds, robins and sparrows. What a wonderful way to usher in the new season. <BR> <BR> <em>376</em> <em>378</em> <em>375</em> Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:23:16 EST Tracking vs Logging In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38546828 This may be too petty for a topic, but I cannot understand how I can have 11 days of tracking food and fitness and only 10 days of logging in. I couldn't track if I wasn't logged in. <BR> <BR> Guess I'm just a little OCD. Sun, 20 Mar 2016 07:59:29 EST Why does makeup have to be so expensive?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38545651 I was just walking ard in the mall when a salesperson approached me to try out their makeup primers. I declined, saying I don't use them but mentioned my problem of my eyeshadow not staying put. <BR> <BR> Then she showed me these lovely cream eyeshadows that stays. It's in a plastic swivel tube like lipstick, so you don't even have to sharpen it. The colors were very nice too but it was more than RM100 each! <BR> <BR> The next time I was there, another salesperson approached me with some li... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 02:12:38 EST Just can't get motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38544881 I walk a mile a day, maintain my home and run all the errands alone for my house. I am having a hard time establishing a work out routine. I want to build muscle/maintain muscle during my weight loss. I just can't see to get up and do it. Walking is a chore but I manage to do so everyday now. Any suggestions? <BR> Sat, 19 Mar 2016 23:01:35 EST Reaching out and it's hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38536071 So I joined SparkPeople a long time ago, made a token attempt at utilising the site once or twice then forgot about it for the past 6 years. I have a real problem with motivation and sticking with things, my attention span is pretty shocking and I'm generally very lazy. I also have a real problem with opening up to people and interacting with strangers, so this post in and of itself is pretty hard for me. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to lose weight for both health reasons and for my wedding in Octo... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 22:56:54 EST What came first, the chicken or the egg beater? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38532805 Which do you use, real eggs, or an egg substitute? I have become accustomed to Egg Beaters. It is just too bad that you can' poach, or fry them over medium. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:20:29 EST Always hungry!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38531788 I am supposed to eat 1500 to 1800 calories a day. I am a picky eater and I am always hungry. I'll drop 25 (with exercising) but eventually give in to my hunger and gain it back. I am in the middle of losing again but know that after I drop down from 200 to 175 I will eventually put it back on. 1800 calories just seems like its so little. <BR> Jason Fri, 18 Mar 2016 12:29:52 EST insulin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38530847 does anyone have a hard time loosing weight on insulin Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:09:01 EST Am I being petty? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38525836 I wore my favorite tshirt to dialysis today and the nurse accidentally got ballpoint marks on it as she was checking my blood pressure! <BR> <BR> I was annoyed at her carelessness! She did apologize but the damage has already been done! <BR> <BR> Do you think it will wash out? Thu, 17 Mar 2016 20:42:50 EST Too faced melted chocolate lipsticks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38521835 Has anyone tried them? Are they worth the price? <BR> <BR> I emailed them but unfortunately, they don't ship to Malaysia! Sigh! Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:03:32 EST LOSING MOTIVATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38521741 Back in August 2015,I hurt myself and have to stop going to the gym. I ended up having to have knee surgery in December and was finally able to start going back to the gym in the middle of February this year. Because I was inactive for so long- I gained about 20lbs. <BR> I have been eating right and exercising now for over a month. I have been cooking my own food and watching what I eat. The scale and the inches are not budging. This is getting really depressing- worst part about it- I've ac... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 11:55:40 EST Luke Wilson 2005 film Idiocracy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38520941 <link>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiocra<BR>cy </link> <BR> <BR> Have you seen this movie? <BR> <BR> If not take a minute to read the plot. Reply back if you think we may be headed that way now... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 10:22:39 EST Health and Fitness Apps: Which Do You Like? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38519803 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We're working on an article highlighting other mobile apps people should try - obviously in addition to our apps. Are there any fitness, motivation, health, or food apps that you like and that you feel help you on your healthy lifestyle journey? <BR> <BR> If so, please share here! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Thu, 17 Mar 2016 08:10:08 EST triglycerides elevated - http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38514197 I am a diabetic with kidney issues, both my b/s and triglycerides are elevated despite my best efforts???????????? Wed, 16 Mar 2016 17:33:59 EST Methimazole, Anyone taking this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38505961 If you are you know what it's for, My question did you have to readjust you calories that Spark tells you to eat? I just feel like I am eating too much and Methimazole slows your thyroid down. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 21:44:24 EST Plans this Easter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38504762 There is church service Monday to Thursday night in the bigger church and Good Friday service in the smaller church. With service at the usual time, 10am on Easter Sunday. <BR> <BR> I m still undecided on attending church nightly but I defintely have to go on Sunday bcoz I am on worship duty! Tue, 15 Mar 2016 19:34:27 EST A smelly post - I'm talking BO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38490733 I don't use deodorant usually in the winter time. I shower every day and that usually takes care of it. If I know I'm going to have a heavy sweat day I use some. When I do use deodorant it seems like I have to use it again the next day and the next day and I start this cycle of needing it. If I can stand myself for a few days and stop using then I go back to a shower is enough. This makes me feel like the companies that make deodorant are putting something in there to keep you using. Li... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:21:31 EST Funny of the day based on my weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38489054 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ae6dd5a1-1071-433c-acd5-3d0334fa8b03.jpg"> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 06:48:50 EST Sparkpeople Boards and Abnormal Behavior http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38482118 I almost feel as if these boards are truly abnormal. I have been around a lot of message boards over the years, but these appear to troll free for the most part. <BR> <BR> People are actually nice and supportive around here...go figure. <BR> <BR> I don't know why it took me so long to figure that out, I don't post a whole lot on any boards, but I do read quite a few. <BR> <BR> It hit me today. I was on another board and someone mentioned Lent, then the haters came out and started attac... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:53:01 EST Is the Affordable Care Act working out for you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38480561 Along with the ACA is the the Patient Protection Act From personal experience it does not contain enough to protect the patients. Since the PPA was made on the Federal level it should include where to file complaints, suggestions, comments, and the department that would address those issues. According to my representative in Congress it is the states primary responsibilities but I have yet to receive a response from them. Since the ACA was enacted providers are required to keep Electronic... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 09:34:18 EST Food Tracker Adding New Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38480040 I have added a new food item to the tracker, listed the calories and the nutrition facts, saved it and then tried to search for it on the tracker and it doesn't come up. What am I doing wrong? Sun, 13 Mar 2016 07:51:36 EST Spark Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38475936 Can I ask what the Spark Points are used for? Are they worth anything? I don't know the purpose of them. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 17:42:24 EST Do you believe in natural or synthetic products? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38472971 All natural products tend to be more pricey. By synthetic products I mean those products you can get easily at your local pharmacy, those with a long ingredients list with long chemical names you can't pronounce. <BR> <BR> I have no choice but to use synthetic products bcoz I can't afford to use the natural products all the time. I am using some samples of natural products from Annmarie but I really can't afford the sky high shipping! So I will have to fall back on my usual synthetics! Sat, 12 Mar 2016 10:38:27 EST Achieving things without much time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38464316 My sister's wedding is in less than two months. I look nothing like how I wanted to. I wanted to be thin and glamorous with perfectly white teeth. I don't feel as if I can look very good because I have zero time for myself (because I have to get rid of things, help others and hold down a job) and I ended up spending a week's net income on the wedding expenses (my finances are forever ruined and I'll probably end up homeless at some point in my life). Photos will be taken and I don't want bad ... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 10:30:22 EST Whipped Yogurts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38455939 I discovered the whipped yogurts last night. I now think I am in love. They are delicious! Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:13:12 EST Leg cramps at night - is it due to weight loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38454568 Hi everyone - I've had occasional leg cramps at night, but since I started eating healthy and within my caloric range, my leg cramps have really increased to Charley Horse status. I only have about 4-5 cups of water a day and am trying to increase that to 8 just to make sure that's not it. Any suggestions on what causes them and how to stop them? Thanks for your thoughts. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:35:29 EST Gained 10 pounds back. how to stop stress eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38453643 It took me 6 months to lose ten pounds, two more pounds and I was going to get a body massage as a reward, but didn't make it. I'm so disappointed, any suggestions. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:58:43 EST Things that annoy you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38451023 1. Going to a shop for somethg and when you get there, it's closed! <BR> <BR> 2. Pushy salesppl who won't leave you alone! <BR> <BR> Grrrrrrrr! Thu, 10 Mar 2016 02:57:40 EST False ads! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38449365 I get really annoyed when I come across false ads. They advertise a low price but when you actually click on the link, the price is much higher than expected! <BR> <BR> Why advertise a low price if you are going to lie abt it? Wed, 9 Mar 2016 21:43:26 EST Questions about everything healthy really http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38445293 1. When you do exercise, do you personally log it all separately or all together; <BR> Say if you did 10 minutes walking in the morning and the evening, do you log it as 20 minutes or separately? <BR> <BR> 2. How much water is too much water in a space of time? <BR> I don't really get to drink much between 8am-5pm...I have a tea/coffee at around 5:30am/6-6:30am then about 3 between 8am-11am and have a few sips of water between 12-5pm due to my work day. When I get home I've always wondered... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 13:02:22 EST Skinny Mirrors in retails stores... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38443365 If you knew a store was using skinny mirrors so that you look well.....skinny in clothes, would that deter you from going to that or would that have no effect on you? <BR> <BR> I know, this is an old topic but I saw them talking about it on The Today Show this morning. <BR> <BR> <link>www.bustle.com/articles/51502-are-sk<BR>inny-mirrors-being-used-in-popular-ret<BR>ailers-dressing-rooms-i-decided-to-find-out </link> Wed, 9 Mar 2016 09:12:56 EST LEAN SHAKE FROM GNC.....FANTASTIC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38436870 I went to GNC over the weekend and purchased a can of Choc Lean Shake and I can only tell you that this product tasted so good. My plan is to have two shakes a day...one at breakfast, and one at lunch with a regular meal in the evening. Currently, I am counting calories and I believe this also helps me to know exactly where I am at. My recommendation would be for anyone wanting a change to try this product. <BR> <BR> Bon Tue, 8 Mar 2016 17:44:10 EST Spark Coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38435051 You'll find Spark Coach in Google Play store, it's free :) however today is my second day using it and it still goes back to first day each time. :( how do I get it to recognize that on my phone? Tue, 8 Mar 2016 12:51:21 EST Happy 10TH SPARKIVERSARY BDTHOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38430714 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6ab30720-8ef0-43d8-8de5-0fdc4818324f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>384</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>283</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Please join me in wishing Brian a Happy Sparkiversary <BR> here is a link to his sparkpage <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=BD<BR>THOM </link> <BR> <BR> {..Can you tell I love photoshop?.....I had fun with this....} <em>246</em> Tue, 8 Mar 2016 01:47:22 EST Tracking Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38428069 Sugar is still not tracked on Sparkpeople. Sugar is not shown as a nutrient so I added glucose, sucrose, dextrose to my nutrient tracking goals. But that does not track "sugar" and I am diabetic and need to track it. For example, 1 cup of non-fat milk has 12.5 grams of natural sugar. That shows on the nutritional profile of milk. However, on the tracker it shows as zero since sugar is not tracked on nutrients. As a diabetic I need to monitor both carbs and sugar (both added sugar such... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 19:10:11 EST Hi!I'm Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38419630 I am back! I was gone for a while because I was doing well and had almost reached my goal, but then i fell off the fitness wagon and gained a few pounds and lost some muscle. So here I am once again, back on track and ready to go! I really hope I can stick to it this time! I only have 10 pounds left to lose, so it shouldn't be that bad, my main goal is just getting fit, eating better and gaining some muscle. I am 26, and I have 4 kids (yes you read that right 4 KIDS) and a handicap husband, ... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 00:55:22 EST Very nervous about flying at my weight and size http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38415678 I am taking a vacation with 12 of my family members and of course I'm the big one. I'm flying Southwest and of course they have a policy on people of size. I'm concerned at my size of 280 lbs and a size 24 I may not fit as I carry the majority of my weight in my hips, butt and thighs. However, I do fit in desk chair with sides at work as well as my car seat with plenty of seatbelt left over. I hope I'm just worried for nothing. Any suggestions or experience would be greatly appreciated! Thank... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 15:53:50 EST workout favorites http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38415641 Is there a way that I can make a workout video favorites list, so I don't have to search every time I do one of them. Thanks Sun, 6 Mar 2016 15:42:20 EST Motivation Videos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38407904 Hello, <BR> <BR> Im looking for the best motivation videos on the web. i have seen some websites like vmotivation.com and on youtube. They have until now the best motivation video content. Do you have any reccommendations? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 5 Mar 2016 18:37:13 EST Good Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38403462 I hope everyone has a blessed day! We are going out on our boat today can't wait I will post pictures later Sat, 5 Mar 2016 08:25:29 EST Steroids and Weight gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38402580 Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I have been taking a new medicine for my asthma for the last couple of weeks that has a large dose of steroids. I made my goal in November of 2015 and have been in Maintenance. But now the scale is creeping up no matter what I do. My exercise has increased and I eat mindfully so it isn't what I am doing. <BR> <BR> I looked here yesterday in the community for articles pertaining to Steroids and Weight Gain but all I could find were very old posts on different threads ... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 06:42:53 EST It's been a long hard road... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38398061 and as symptoms begin to peak their annoying little heads through, I find myself wondering - is this the point of no return? <BR> Tingling sensations in my feet and legs, skin stretched so that now its too lose even for my fat, high blood pressure, water retention feet and legs swelling...and hands and arms. Weird electric shock sensations in my chest and an ever increasing awareness of how dumb I was for ever picking up a cigarette. Head aches, back aches... a tiny almost microscopic (though... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 16:50:31 EST Moving home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38398047 I am in the middle moving home. Got moved into new place just clean up at old place. I am bugger but will get there and then unpacking and work out where to put everything. Fri, 4 Mar 2016 16:46:25 EST food plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38389689 I really need to lose 40 pounds. I hate counting points when I was with weight watchers. What I need is a meal plan for the week. Anyone out there to help me? Thu, 3 Mar 2016 19:46:17 EST Should I get it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38389632 I saw some deep conditioning treatment for hair last night at the mall. <BR> <BR> Usual price RM55, sale price RM29.90, that's almost RM30. <BR> <BR> I could have bought it but that would leave me with only RM30 for next week. I decided not to buy it last night. Do you think it's a bargain too good to pass up? Should I just get it? Thu, 3 Mar 2016 19:36:45 EST Non Stick Pans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38387133 Any recommendations for a healthy brand of non stick pans? Would appreciate it! Thu, 3 Mar 2016 13:26:12 EST gastric sleeve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38379920 Anyone follow spark people diet tracker while having had gastric sleeve surgery? Wed, 2 Mar 2016 21:03:46 EST watch age 55+ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38379150 Boy! Since moving to Texas, one doctor and problem after another. Got here, age 66+, now age 73. I have been to more doctors in that time spell than age 13-65!!! Wed, 2 Mar 2016 19:30:28 EST Sheetz Ad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38377791 Am I the only one who finds the Sheetz ad that appears on the SP site INCREDIBLY ANNOYING?? It's the ad with the mule that yells "HEE HAW" every couple of minutes that the ad is on your page. <BR> Honestly, SP....have them come up with a different/less annoying ad, please!!!!!! Wed, 2 Mar 2016 16:39:34 EST Do you like "Fun" topics on message boards? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38376917 Do any of these topics appeal to you? <BR> <BR> Hopes and aspirations <BR> Hobbies/interests in general <BR> Music <BR> Dreams <BR> Romance <BR> Friends <BR> Travel <BR> Vacations <BR> Movies <BR> Entertainment <BR> <BR> If so, what are some of things you like about them and if not, which ones don't interest you? Wed, 2 Mar 2016 15:01:07 EST Anyone an H. P. Lovecraft fan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38375045 I have yet to read any of his books but I do like horror films, games and books. Just thought I'd ask before I delve into the whole Cthulu mythos. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 11:02:26 EST what makes you happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38373488 when I ride my bike I let my mind go blank and just wander. Its really enlightening to find out what swirls around in my brain... so today I was wondering what makes you really happy... will you share your thoughts with me ? Wed, 2 Mar 2016 08:08:26 EST Did you have a difficult time beginning your plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38369028 Hi! I'm Annie and I am having a difficult time staying on my plan. Problem is I find comfort in food for any reason, eat when I'm not really hungry, just want something to put in my mouth, mostly junk. I can't seem to stay motivated very long. I know I have to work at losing this weight and there is no magic pill/supplement. I want to lose about 80 lbs and tired of restarting every time a gain back a few lbs because I feel I failed-again. Any one else like this, or just me? Tue, 1 Mar 2016 21:04:43 EST Super Tuesday - Did You Vote Today ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38366786 I did my civic duty and voted today because Massachusetts is part of Super Tuesday. Are you voting today or did you already vote because you're in New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada or South Carolina ? Maybe you vote at a later date. Do you vote in the primaries or do you wait for the big elections. <BR> <BR> I'll admit it that when I was younger, I tended to skip the primaries because I didn't think they mattered as much as the presidential election. Today, I try to vote in most if not all elect... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 15:58:03 EST picking a scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38365858 So I don't own a scale, and my fiancee's scale is... busted...it sorta kinda works in that its zero'd to 5lbs and is off by a few pounds the higher you go..but at any rate i want a new scale!! <BR> <BR> Any recommendations? I have a fitbit flex but paying $100+ for a scale seems nuts... i saw some on amazon for under $20 but wonder about longevity. I dont need crazy functions or down to the 1/4 oz, just a loose estimate, but less loose then the mans, lol! Thanks! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 13:27:58 EST Barnes & Noble Board Game Events http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38364534 Good news for board game hobbyists, Barnes & Noble Book Stores are sponsoring board game nights at their select locations where store employees will be demonstrating various "hobby" (or designer style) board games. <BR> <BR> I think this is a pendulum reaction to what seems to be excessive solo or online video game play experience where folks can hide at home and play video games void of in-person human interaction, lol. (Take a shower and get outside, hahahahaha). <BR> <BR> <link>icv2.co... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 10:28:46 EST Ability to extract meaning from verbal dialogue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38363962 This is about folks who either experience trouble with being able to extract meaning from verbal dialogue/conversation or people who experience the frustration of getting their point/message across through dialogue/conversation. <BR> <BR> Here's a simple example that actually happened to me: <BR> Me: "Oh yeah, they have a very frosty relationship." <BR> Person I'm talking to: "What does that mean?" <BR> Me: "It means that they're cold to each other." <BR> Person: "What does THAT mean?" <BR> ... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 09:28:19 EST Any one here use weight watchers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38362442 Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I am thinking of joining weight watchers. I think it might help me join my goals. I was thinking of doing it online since the days of the meeting do not work well for me. <BR> <BR> How many of you here use weight watchers? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 06:23:01 EST How did get the weight loss tracker? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38360236 Some people's posts show a long rectangular bar that shows how much weight they have lost. Some are pink or sports related etc. I was wondering where can I get one of those? Thanks :) Mon, 29 Feb 2016 22:22:44 EST past week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38356157 hi everyone ! what kind of week did you all have? well as far as steps go i get them but i still have to step my game up so these pounds can start dropping. talk to everyone later. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 14:52:15 EST Portion Containers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38351148 Has anyone used those portion containers? I don't eat a lot of meat, I definitely don't eat red meat or pork. So I was wondering for those who are vegetarians or don't eat a lot of meat, what would you put in the meat container? Protein shake, nuts, legumes, combo? Mon, 29 Feb 2016 03:46:52 EST Happy Leap Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38350810 <em>224</em> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:19:36 EST Political ads http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38347362 Not real happy about a political ad while trying to watch exercise demo. Can't I get away from these people who think they are the answer to the world??? I will quit watching demos for the sake of not watching politics. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 17:57:55 EST Support and Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38345988 Hi mobile chat buddies! I decided to set this up in SparkPeople Cafe, as I noticed there were comments from younger Sparkers looking for motivation buddies and didn't want to leave anyone out. I hope everyone is having a great Sunday! Where is everyone from? I'm in beautiful Colorado. <BR> <BR> <em>524</em> <em>199</em> Sun, 28 Feb 2016 13:57:44 EST If girls were boys for a a day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38332873 http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/origin<BR>al/001/043/157/37a.gif <BR> <BR> <BR> Yep... this would be me! Sat, 27 Feb 2016 00:31:19 EST finding friends to help how daunted I feel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38332510 I am feeling pretty comfortable doing the exercises, but when I look at the actual calories I have just taken in, I get so scared about how am I supposed to loose weight while I am taking in so many calories? I also am worried on how I will loose weight as I am over 300 lbs. I found out I couldn't do any of the jumping or quick movements I'm the exercise program I participated in and it was for beginners. I worry if I will ever be able to move like I did when I was younger. Help and suggestio... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 23:20:00 EST MOTIVATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38328072 What motivate you to be the best you ? <BR> My main motivation is being able to run & play with my children always . Fri, 26 Feb 2016 11:51:18 EST How do you log in your exercise to reduce calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38320230 I logged in my food for the day and now I cant log in the 10 minuets I walked today. Please help me find my way around. <BR> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:32:41 EST delete exercise on tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38318127 Hi there. <BR> im new and was trying to add an.exercise on my tracker but when i want to delete it i cant find the option to do it. Can someone tell me how to? <BR> Thanks! Thu, 25 Feb 2016 12:18:06 EST Renaissance Festivals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38316586 I am in dfw texas, and I try to go to Scarborough Fair Renaissance Festival each year. This year, I am wanting to get dressed up for it. However, my weight and insecurities have me worried about how I would look, so I am going a more conservative route than I have dreamed about. <BR> I am looking at the cotton off shoulder shirt, corset, long skirt, plus accessories. <BR> I have always dreamed of belly dancer outfits or skimpy leather armor outfits. <BR> <BR> Do any of y'all go to renaissanc... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:35:02 EST Any homeschooling moms? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38311961 I homeschool my 3 daughters. Any other homeschoolers Sparking? Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:43:04 EST Need help with Tickers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38307132 I had one on my page I'm not sure what I did but i must have hit a button now I cant figure out where to go to get it back on my page does anyone know where I can go to fix this? Thank you Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:54:46 EST I'm officially going back to school! But... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38302261 Okay I withdrew from College when my child was 2 so that I could raise her and re-evaluate what I wanted out of life. <BR> <BR> I was a Business Administration major. I decidedly do NOT want that out of life; the thought fills me with dread. <BR> <BR> Recently I started working at a hospital. I find that helping people and finding new ways to help people is more up my alley. I'm going to school for an Associates in Applied Science. <BR> <BR> This is so that it will be easier for me to t... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 23:42:41 EST Ever Lost Your Wallet?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38299910 Just getting over that vey scary feeling of having lost my wallet this afternoon.... <BR> Fortunately, In a fit of not paying attention, I had actually slipped it into an unusual pocket of my pack...one I seldom use. Who knows why I did that?!! <BR> <BR> BUT...this reminded me that I'd been "meaning to" take out all the unneccesary cards (like my National Park Pass...)...and then PHOTOCOPY everything I am leaving in it. So I have now done that!! Copy is all together in the safe, and all ... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 18:35:36 EST weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38288538 I'm a little confused. I hear so many women talking about what size they wear in pants, some weigh more than I some less. Anyway, my question is, I recently lost about 40lbs., I'm 5'7 and I fluctuate in pants between a size 10-12. Most women my weight maybe even more wear a size half the size that I am. I am going on 50 years old, however, many of them are as well. In fact, even when I was 19 when I meant my husband and weighed 120lbs. I didn't wear a size 6 or below, lol, I just don't get it... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 15:56:16 EST Plateau? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38286682 Did you begin losing the weight after the new year, but, now you're in a plateau? <BR> <BR> Visit us here at Plateau Busters: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11578x637<BR>31664 </link> <BR> <BR> You'll find some stickies there that may help you with ideas, and I'll respond to any posts you make. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:17:33 EST What motivates you to exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38286656 For me, losing weight results in less prescriptions and looking for support system when I'm not motivated Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:14:46 EST Deadpool http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38285888 [tap-tap-tap, is this thing working?] <BR> <BR> So, Deadpool is a kid's cartoon, right!? <BR> <BR> FALSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!! <BR> <BR> Granted, it's billed as a Marvel Movie and the Avengers were cool, the Iron Man movies were awesome and the Captain America movies were wholesome (Thor,....eh) but DEADPOOL is not a kiddies movie......I do believe DEADPOOL is rated "R" and for good reason, too! <BR> <BR> I saw it and it was g... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:52:26 EST What would you do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38285825 I've had my meals for the day. It's nearly midnight and I m feeling peckish. I made a promise to myself : no in between meals and no midnight snacks. <BR> <BR> I really need to lose my excess weight but I am hungry now. <BR> <BR> Should I just go to bed? Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:44:03 EST What Day of the Week Did You Begin Your Journey? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38285084 On what day of the week did you begin your journey to a healthier life? Did you choose that day for a reason? <BR> <BR> <BR> I began mine on a Thursday simply because that was the day I decided "enough is enough." Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:26:56 EST How do you deal with http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38283874 questions about your weight loss? <BR> <BR> I am getting to the point where people are openly noticing my weight loss. First, it makes me really uncomfortable. I don't like being noticed (which is part of the reason I ended up heavy and invisible in the first place, but that is another issue entirely). <BR> <BR> But also, I panic when they ask "what diet are you doing?" I feel like they're looking for some sort of quick-fix trendy magic pill solution to their own issues. The real answer ... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 07:13:15 EST Sunday greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38274169 Good morning everyone. Have a wonderful day. Sun, 21 Feb 2016 07:21:40 EST Joyce Vedral Sparkteam? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38266283 I found a Joyce Vedral Sparkteam in the past but now cannot find. I want to join such team. Would you happen to know such team and point me in the right direction? <BR> <BR> Thanks Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:45:11 EST Atkins Induction: How To Sweeten Iced Coffee? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38249669 Hello! I am beginning Atkins Induction but have a problem... <BR> <BR> I read that I may have 3 packets of sweet n low each day. But, I use 3 packets in EACH GLASS of iced coffee! <BR> <BR> I am not going to give up my treat of iced coffee. Today, I bought protein shakes and have used some to sweeten the iced coffee. Just wondering if you have any other ideas? <BR> <BR> I know you'll pull through for me! <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> the_little_lady <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Feb 2016 16:25:41 EST Am I the only one that has regained http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38247260 weight after losing some? 2 years ago, I was getting compliments but now I have gained some weight. <BR> <BR> Pls tell me I m not the only one! <BR> <BR> I feel like a failure! Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:44:58 EST Where do people get their weight loss tickers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38239716 I see them all over the forums. Are they connected to Spark or do you have to update them evry weigh in? Thanks! Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:44:28 EST How do you normally take your coffee? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38233991 I normaly have just instant coffee and creamer. I only add sugar like once a week. I am lazy to brew coffee from grounds. I normally take those prepackaged coffee sticks/packets. <BR> <BR> What abt you? Wed, 17 Feb 2016 05:12:18 EST Remind me why eating a bag of tator tots is bad D: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38232820 I have a strong urge to make an entire bag of tator tots and eat them by myself with a whole jar of ranch dressing. I am controlling it. I will not eat this... but I want to sooooo bad! Tue, 16 Feb 2016 23:37:34 EST spark points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38219794 just beginning Mon, 15 Feb 2016 18:30:57 EST Looking for active teams http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38218597 It's been a while since I have been involved on here. I have been lookig through teams and it seems most aren't active. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks :) Mon, 15 Feb 2016 15:46:48 EST Shin Splints http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38217796 I went roller skating with my family this past weekend on top of doing my four mile walk the same day. Needless to say, it was too much for me and I developed a bad case of shin splints. Yesterday was my rest day, but I would really love to try to get in some exercise today if possible. My legs are still hurting though, any suggestions? TIA Mon, 15 Feb 2016 13:42:17 EST Need Advice from Personal Trainers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38213085 I started working with a personal trainer two years ago. I like him, but in the last 2-3 months he started bringing in others so that he is training 2 to 4 of us at the same time rather than just me. I know he thinks it is no big deal because he still has an exercise program for each of us. I also understand that he can make more money from a group than from an individual. But I feel frustrated and cheated because it is not what I signed up for. What to do? Mon, 15 Feb 2016 02:10:29 EST Losing inches but no lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38211035 Since mid November 2015 I've lost just over 3 inches total (no pounds). But I never lose pounds. Inches have always come off me easier than pounds (Is that odd?) I weigh about 148-150 lbs (I'm approaching a 32.5 inch waist). I've got a bridal shower to go to on March 6, so I'd like to be 1.5 inches smaller. I'm thinking about not going to the shower if I have to be this fat at it. Sun, 14 Feb 2016 20:10:16 EST Food Scales http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38204419 I been looking at food scales on Amazon. There are pages and pages of different brands and models. Do you use one? Which brand and or model would you suggest. Thank you in advance for your help Sun, 14 Feb 2016 02:10:44 EST Happy Valentine Day to all!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38202920 Always keep a smile and make it a great day! Sat, 13 Feb 2016 21:24:55 EST Protein intake per day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38199702 Hi everyone... <BR> <BR> Question.....How much protein should a 214 lb., 5'8" woman, who exercises 75 minutes per day (well, I do NOW!!!)....eat per day to keep the fat burning going? I am so confused. Wherever you look on the internet, there are a ton of differing opinions. TOO much protein is taxing on the kidneys (I have one kidney)....too LITTLE and you're not burning fat, even if you are working out.....Does anyone have a definitive, simple response? Thanks so much for the continual... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:23:51 EST Happy Valentine's Day ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38190675 <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <BR> Wishing you a very HAPPY and HEALTHY Valentine’s Weekend. <BR> Love yourself…..Spoil yourself…. You are worth it! <BR> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <em>148</em> <em>148</em> <em>148</em> <em>148</em> <em>148</em> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:36:56 EST green tea capsules http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38188034 ok so this maybe cheating but im struggling to quit the night time cravings so decided to give these ago has anyone else tried these x Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:22:08 EST How do you fight the urge to snack? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38185116 I am currently struggling with this! Esp now that it's Chinese New Year! You know when you are not really hungry but you just want to munch? How do you fight the urge to snack? Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:58:59 EST Euchre (the card game) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38184935 Any Euchre players in the Café> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:41:24 EST Do close ones near to you sabotage your efforts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38184352 I come from a family of large people and most have lost weight through surgery, though they have lost weight the cooking habits have not changed, snacking, fried foods, sweets and other fatting things. I have tried to change my cooking habits but have been told that the food is not to the likes of others and revert back to old habits. Financially I have to cook what the want but how do I get out of this old habit and bring my family along on a healthy journey. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:31:15 EST Meditation/Binaural Beats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38181343 I'm curious if anyone has experienced success with managing stress by routinely using meditation. <BR> <BR> I listened to this binaural beats track and it put me into a trance. I swear I could hardly open my eyes. The feeling was almost blissful. I tried the same track again today and it didn't happen again. Almost felt like I was taking drugs. <BR> <BR> I just want to hear everyone's thoughts on meditation and/or binaural beats. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:41:57 EST Any good movies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38180998 Have you seen any good movies lately? What are you looking forward to seeing? Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:52:20 EST Levothyroxine alternatives? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38176206 I have hypothyroidism and have been taking levothyroxine for about 6 months. I missed a couple of doses and noticed an immediate difference in how I feel. I'm less tired and have a better mood without it even though it's supposed to produce the opposite effect...weird. So my question is, has anyone tried any natural alternatives to levothyroxine, and if so, how have they worked for you? Thanks :) Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:46:11 EST Nutrition Settings Problem... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38170511 Hello everyone! I'm trying to edit my Nutrition Settings by adding "Fructose" to the settings. I went in and put my goals for the day for "Fructose", and hit "Save"....However when I went into my Nutrition Page and looked for the "Fructose" totals for the day, it said "0". I tried to enter a one cup glass of chocolate milk to my Nutrition Page for the day, and since I KNOW there is a lot of fructose in a glass of chocolate milk, I figured it would show up in the Nutrition Report for the da... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:30:18 EST Hair question: Am I OVER conditioning my hair????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38164772 I was told that it was possible to OVER condition your hair today and with me trying to GROW my hair (I'm aiming waist length as my goal!) and to grow it healthy... I am worried. <BR> <BR> So what are the signs that I am over conditioning my hair? With the crazy weather we are having in the Cincinnati river valley I have been using a deep conditioner once a week. When that ran out I started doing hot oil treatments (it's cheaper to just buy coconut oil and apply that once a week and it has ... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:03:44 EST to fitbit or Garmin ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38162892 I have been on the fence about these devices, and I was wondering how people here felt about them. I do have the run keeper app on my phone. <BR> So are you for or against them? <BR> Do you find them helpful? <BR> which do you prefer? <BR> did you have regrets about buying it? <BR> <BR> Help me please! Tue, 9 Feb 2016 20:10:23 EST Pets... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38161545 If you're like me, your pet(s) is more than just a pet. They are family. They have toys, a special place for treats (and they know where you keep them), at least one pet bed, etc. <BR> <BR> For me, my cat, Peanut, is my furbaby and my best friend. She has two pet beds, one of which has a couple of handmade blankets (specifically for her, by her grandma, my mom). Peanut has a couple of other places that are specifically for a pet to hide and sleep, as well as a couple of blankets and a coupl... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 17:12:49 EST Feeling sad and lonely http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38161053 I like healthy food. I love to move. What hold me back is that I am ill, and because of that I can't leave the house much. I want to enjoy the world around me, and be close to people, but I feel like I have the flu all the time, and all I want to do is lay in bed and hope the pain goes away. When I am not nauseous, I try to comfort myself by eating. I already ate, but right now I am really craving foods that would make me feel like I am having "fun," like I am not alone... <BR> <BR> I realiz... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:57:21 EST Are you celebrating Fat Tuesday today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38161032 If so, how do you celebrate. Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:55:52 EST What did u do this CNY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38158529 Chinese New Year, that is. This year it fell on this Monday and Tuesday. <BR> <BR> I have been munching, time to stop munching! <BR> <BR> My cousins came over today to demolish the chow. <BR> <BR> Well, less for me...... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:09:15 EST day after superbowl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38150013 feeling the affects of to much snacking? <em>4</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 14:34:35 EST Valentine's day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38148767 What are you doing for your significant other for Valentines Day? <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:46:37 EST Anyone use Slim Fast to make smoothies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38137742 I bought some French Vanilla Slim Fast powder, also some of their French Vanilla already mixed bottles. But I've heard of mixing the powder or the ready made ones with different things to make them more filling and flavourful. <BR> <BR> I'd like to use these for a while, to give my weight loss a 'boost' but need to find out about adding and blending foods with them. What foods? etc. <BR> <BR> Appreciate any help I can get. Thank you. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:11:58 EST The Gift of life, Donate Blood http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38124237 Since a pint is pound, you lose a pound every time you donate whole blood. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:23:02 EST Do we have any other Comic Book fans here?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38114848 Just curious; maybe I've not been on the right section of the spark but I haven't really encountered many others so just thought I'd take a quick roll call! <BR> <BR> My favorite Heroin is Carol Danvers and my Favorite Hero is definitely Captain America (Cap is also my fitness role model!) <BR> <BR> I like Iron Man too, but it's hard to like him TOO much after that whole Goliath/Clone Thor thing he pulled. <BR> <BR> Spiderman is another favorite of mine (peter parker; I haven't had a c... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 22:54:46 EST Do you feel the improvement in your health yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38109704 Though I've only been on this journey for 2 weeks, I am already beginning to feel the improvement in my body. I have more energy. My skin is tightening up but not as cushy like I felt when I gained more weight. I have greater stamina. And my mood is improving. I'm so excited and determined to make these changes permanent in my life! Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:15:23 EST Do you observe Lent? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38107071 Do you typically give up something, or do you do something extra or special in observance of Lent? I've done both (gave up chocolate, sodas--a permanent thing now, contacted people I hadn't touched base with in a while, let drivers cut in front of me, etc.). Still pondering it for myself for this year and would love to see how others approach it. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 08:11:27 EST Out of cabbage! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38105563 We just went to the supermarket. Would you believe that cabbages were sold out?! Chinese New Year is on Monday and it seems every Chinese family wanted cabbages. Fortunately, my Mom finally got some from the bargain bin! At a discounted price! <BR> <BR> My home has a few bottles of goodies, not as much as last year as we are all watching our diets. What's new this year is surimi fried with curry leaves and caramel popcorn! I don't recall seeing them last CNY! <BR> <BR> With the sluggish eco... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 05:05:09 EST Anyone Want to Drop a Note to a Lonely Recruit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38100848 My daughter is in basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. She has about two weeks left before she graduates. <BR> <BR> She has a battle buddy who for whatever reason is not getting a lot of mail from home. Mail call is very important for morale. <BR> <BR> If anyone is interested in sending an encouraging note, PM me and I will send you her friend's address. Cards and letters only, please. They're very limited on what they can receive in a care package and we don't want to get her... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 16:29:10 EST I look for "L_Drouin"... My name is Drouin too... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38099317 I would appreciate your communication back... Who knows ? We may be related... <BR> <BR> Thank you anyway to be on Sparkpeople ! Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:09:21 EST coffee - water ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38099141 Do you count your coffee as water? Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:47:21 EST Help - Technical Issues! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38098355 Hi there all my Spark friends! <BR> <BR> I hope that you are well today. <BR> <BR> I have been having problems with tracking on my Spark page for awhile now and am wondering if any of you are having the same problem. <BR> <BR> I NEED to track my food every day. For me, that is the only reason that I have been successful at losing and keeping the weight off. However, I am finding that the tracking tool is slow and difficult to use. Do any of you have the same problem? <BR> <BR> Every day ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:56:18 EST adding a category to spark people tracker page. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38096577 Good morning All. Im new to sparkpeople , I just started logging food and fluid intake. Can or is there way to add a Sodium tab? Thank you in advance. Steve Wed, 3 Feb 2016 07:24:09 EST Um.... this spark video is set to private???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38096523 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dailysp<BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=121 </link> <BR> <BR> Why show us and then disappoint us? <BR> <BR> chris Wed, 3 Feb 2016 07:19:34 EST Am I aiming for the impossible? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38093756 Am I being unrealistic to aim for a 25 inch waist at my age? (early 40s). <BR> <BR> I currently weigh abt 130lbs, I am aiming to weigh 100lbs. I am 4 feet 11. <BR> <BR> Am I being too ambitious? Tue, 2 Feb 2016 22:09:57 EST Growing my bangs for this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38093712 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ddf32c80-0068-4735-b445-c702b31b3790.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Planning on getting this cut! Right now my bangs aren't long enough. Growing them now! Tue, 2 Feb 2016 22:05:55 EST Mental Break --- Books? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38093135 I am getting back into making my workout routines and watching what I eat. However, it is a lot harder than ever before. Part of some issues have also surrounded me needing a mental break. My friend was mentioning the Khloe Kardashian book and how she addresses her new outlook on working out. Anyone read any books like this that are worth reading? Looking for a bit of a mental relief. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 2 Feb 2016 21:01:52 EST Free upgrade to Windows 10 - did it go smoothly? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38088004 I have been putting off upgrading to windows 10 for weeks. I just didn't want to learn something new and had heard mixed reviews on it. I finally did it yesterday and it appeared to go smoothly and did not operate much differently than my old system. I had left my computer on over night for the install and all was well. Then I powered down for the next night and this morning I was given temporary user access and not all my files are were they should be. Oh crap, looks like I'll spend the... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:48:49 EST Under 500 Menu at El Pollo Loco http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=38083095 So I got the double Chicken Avocado Salad which was listed as 380 calories. It was a good choice and left me very satisfied. When entering dinner to my tracker, I noticed that the Creamy Cilantro dressing was a separate entry and had 221 calories plus 20 grams of fat. Live and Learn Mon, 1 Feb 2016 21:50:56 EST