SparkPeople SparkPeople Cafe Messageboard General, fun discussion about a variety of topics. Please post one-word answer and game threads in the Game Room, not in the Cafe. SparkPeople SparkPeople Cafe Messageboard Motivation Hii! I have been gone for awhile and lot has changed! I am now 300 lbs and type 2 diabetic because I let my weight get the best of me. I need to know how to get motivated! How do u guys do it? I have so much to live for and my family needs me yet I don't control my sugars. I make excuses constantly! Idk what to do to get my head out of clouds. Any suggestions Fri, 4 Sep 2015 22:15:32 EST Mall of America Has anyone been there? I would enjoy hearing about your experience. What you liked about it, what to watch out for, what is a must see. <BR> <BR> My DH woke up at 6:30 this am and decided we are going in a month :) I love him being spontaneous. Fri, 4 Sep 2015 11:59:08 EST Big plans for the Holiday weekend? I am canning, babysitting a 10 month old, sending my DH off to the field for a month, 30 mile bike ride with friends, cleaning, gardening, mowing the lawn, weeding the rocks.... I think that is it :) Fri, 4 Sep 2015 11:50:31 EST cycling Are you a bike rider, or just riding a bike? Fri, 4 Sep 2015 11:21:47 EST Men With Pedicures and Toenail Polish So, last night, I had just put my laundry in the dryer when a man in his twenties came into the Laundromat. As I was walking past him, I noticed that he was wearing sandals. Okay, it's summer, lots of people are wearing sandals. It wasn't the sandals that caught my eye. It the was the fact that we was wearing lime green nail polish. They looked to be professionally done because they looked nicely pedicured. I didn't say anything to him. Just walked over to my seat to read my book. <BR> <BR... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 10:16:36 EST What is going on? I have been trying to lose weight by watching what I eat and exercising till I work up a sweat. Ppl have been complimenting me on my weight loss but my weight has been increasing. Plus, though I am getting some definition on my abs (where previously there was just flab), my waist has increased from 28 to 31 inches. <BR> <BR> So, I am confused, am I making progress or not? <BR> <BR> Regardless, I will watch my portion sizes, work closely with the renal dietitian and keep exercising! It's all... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 02:19:35 EST Spark points In the spark points section it has verify nutrition info in our food database. I am wondering how to do that. I have done things several different ways and am not getting the point. Just wondering no biggie. Thanks <em>41</em> Thu, 3 Sep 2015 17:06:38 EST Hey, how ya, ah...." That awkward moment when you realize you TOTALLY went blank (aka forgot their name) and maybe it's someone you talk to regularly. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Every year when I go back to work and I know I'll be seeing my friends and colleagues after not seeing them all summer I try to go over in my mind names of folks before I talk to them but SOMEtimes I walk right into them and I'm surprised or not prepared. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Does this happen to you? <BR> Thu, 3 Sep 2015 16:42:07 EST I won't go to the doctor unless I'm sick I know most people will cal me crazy, but I won't go to the doctor unless I'm sick. <BR> <BR> I won't do regular check ups. I won't do blood tests, unless necessary. <BR> <BR> Me and my body have a strong bond and I listen to it carefully. It tells me when something is wrong. <BR> <BR> Maybe one day it won't, and I'll regret it, but I think the stress of regular doctors appointments will do it more harm than good. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Sep 2015 11:04:23 EST Has anyone tried raspberry keytones??? Im just curious I just hear people bang on about them all the time has anyone used them and had success?? or did they not work for some. <BR> <BR> Working hard every day with body revolution and a healthy diet to shift these pounds. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 06:56:02 EST 12 Year Old Boy Chosen to Model Women's Clothing It was just a matter of time before a fashion house decided to use a 12 year old boy to model clothes for women. Hasn't the industry (except for lingerie like Victoria's Secret) been favoring women models with the bodies of adolescent boys with boobs ? <BR> <BR> Would you buy clothing modeled by a 12 year old boy ? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the article. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.y... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 16:30:42 EST Looking for an alternative I work in a museum doing guided tours and sometimes i need to speak for groups of 50+ people without a microphone. <BR> <BR> Recently i noticed my voice is changing is becoming rougher so i went to the pharmacy and they gave me a herbal supplement in a spray form to put in my throat. Problem is i just noticed it has a TON of added sugar and honey in it and i have to use it quite often. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know of na alternative that i can use to soothe my voice and it's practical enough ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:31:09 EST Fiber Ideas...... I need to up my fiber intake. What foods do you eat that are high in fiber?? Tue, 1 Sep 2015 21:29:15 EST Waist Training - Thoughts ? Folks, <BR> <BR> I'm curious to know your thoughts on the recent trend of "waist training". Now this isn't really new, women have been cinching their waists for centuries. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> However, everything old is new again. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to an article about Khloe Kardashia... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:27:22 EST Workout Fitness Minute Leaders Am I the only person who notices that one person (always the same person) already has 16 HOURS of fitness minutes before 10 AM Central Daylight Time? Another person has 14 HOURS at the same time. I know that not everyone is in my time zones, but I find these numbers quite hard to believe. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:56:33 EST Just getting started is there a buddy site? <em>521</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 00:48:20 EST SP Challenge Question I have enjoyed many of the SP Calendar challenges. I am looking to do another one for Sept. My question is time. I know I will have surgery on the 9th & we'll be on vacation for 2 weeks after that. I want something that will only be 10-20 minutes a day and pretty easy to incorporate to family life & recovery. <BR> I just completed the Small Changes calendar. I did the Diabetes one before that. <BR> I'm trying to decide between the Plateau Buster and Balanced Life. <BR> <BR> Any ideas or thou... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:09:29 EST Whole30 plan? Has anyone tried it? In short, no dairy, grain, sugar, legumes for 30 days. <link><BR>30-program-rules.pdf </link> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:20:08 EST Make A Wish! Make a wish. Make many wishes! Here's mine for just today. <BR> <BR> I wish I had a housekeeper. <em>188</em> <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:49:12 EST Maybe I am making progress? A few ppl have remarked that I have lost weight. <BR> <BR> But I won't be complacent! I will gradually step up my workouts! <BR> <BR> Found some great HIIT workouts on youtube! Gotta work up to it though! <BR> <BR> Looks brutal! Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:19:56 EST Starting Again After years of saying I'm going to get under 250 pounds last Friday I weighed in at 244.6. How did I celebrate? I was hungry! Made some bad choices that night and Saturday. Today is Sunday, a new day, and a new month. I got myself up determined not to screw up my success and walked/ran 1.6 miles on the treadmill. My body feels great! Then I thought get back on the Spark thing, so here I am. I don't think I've ever posted on the message board before but I think it's good to type out wha... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:09:34 EST Coulrophobia The fear of clowns! <BR> <BR> A hospital surveyed 250 pediatric patients and all of them admitted to a fear of clowns. I'm right there with them. I hate clowns and sock monkeys... <BR> <BR> How about you? Does Pennywise give you nightmares? Does Bobo give you the shivers? Or do you think clowns are fun loving creatures that live to give children joy and cotton candy? <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:28:19 EST Daily Mantra I can do this one small change at a time. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:18:18 EST Contrave This one didn't seem appropriate for too many of the other boards, so I hope it's OK here! <BR> <BR> I've got PCOS and managed to lose 40 pounds on my own over the course of two and a half years with a gigantic struggle, but I stalled where I tend to always hit a wall (about 180, and then I just can't seem to keep going) and it's been slowly returning and my doctor talked me into trying Contrave before she wrote me a referral to an endo. <BR> <BR> Is there anyone else on it? How long? Did y... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:17:11 EST Wanting to share!!! I am having an awesome weigh day, Good News!!!!! Since at SP I have lost 4Lbs. May not sound like much to some but this is a great achievement for me. I've been really watching my calorie intake and walking when I feel I can [I have COPD]. <em>104</em> Thanks to all for your encouragement.. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:30:50 EST Hair color Let me preface this by saying that I'm not entirely pleased with my latest haircut. I feel like it was cut just a TAD too short, and there's a part where the bangs don't really blend in with the rest of it. Unfortunately, with it being so short, there's really not much I can do about it. <BR> <BR> That being said, I have an overwhelming desire to dye my hair... like NOW (ok, tomorrow morning- but don't tell anyone <em>100</em> ) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:01:13 EST Mystery Emoticons? Does anyone know what this: <BR> <em>327</em> <BR> is supposed to be? I think I've got all the other ones figured out, but I can not work that one out, and neither can anyone else on my team. <BR> <BR> Anyone else have any emoticons you can't figure out? Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:24:28 EST Hypothyroidism I'm looking for this message board. Please can someone direct me? <BR> Thanks Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:24:23 EST Trim down club has anyone ever heard of this? Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:17:27 EST Where did my goal board go?? Did Spark make changes again? The one thing that was helping is gone! Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:33:17 EST My Mom is soooo nice! I m currently undergoing dialysis. Abt half an hour ago, my Mom came over just to bring me lunch! She did call me earlier to ask what I would like for lunch. <BR> <BR> Aren't Moms the best? It's like she was worried that I'd be hungry. Well, I was getting hungry but now I am feeling very satieted! Ahhhhhhh! Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:17:37 EST Sick of lazy ppl! There are older dialysis patients that keep ordering me ard and taking me for granted. They keep expecting me to open the door for other ppl. The door of the dialysis center has an auto lock mechanism for security. <BR> <BR> I wouldn't really mind if they asked nicely, but they bark orders as though I was a maid. And I would understand if they had difficulty getting up or walking but I really don't apreciate it if they can get up but they are just lazy! If they are healthy enough to open the... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:26:47 EST What is your favorite pick-me-up exercise? mine is dancing in my livingroom with my kids! Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:26:10 EST Internet Screen Design pet peeves Is it me...or have Most Web Designers gone insane. <BR> And I'm talking about most websites these days. <BR> I spend half my time scrolling down because the screen takes a second more than I think and then a huge ad pops up at the top and forces me to scroll down. And because I didn't realize the screen had not finished, I click...and it turns out that I clicked on an ad...and it pops me into something else. <BR> <BR> And I love website slideshows. Where is the NEXT button ? Too often... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:34:59 EST SP changes today - what do you think? I miss having my Goal Board on my Start page - I just posted a message a day or so ago about how motivating it is for me! <BR> <BR> I know there's a link to it, but everytime I leave my Start page and go back, it's gone again. I wish it could at least be a setting, to show it or not to show it. <BR> <BR> It looks like the walls have disappeared on the message boards. I kind of liked them, but no big deal. Otherwise, I don't have much of an opinion on the changes either way - at least, not y... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:46:44 EST "Workout" stories...funny or not so funny ones Yesterday was back and bicep day, not my favorite but the worst (that's leg day). So my routine is: <BR> Deadlift 6x6/175lbs with 2 minutes rest in between sets (I am going to muscle mass rather than strength) <BR> One-Arm DB Rows 6x10/40# <BR> Bicep 21's w/DBs 6x21/20# <BR> <BR> I listen to the nightly news from the night before (I don't have cable any more) on my iPad while I get set up for my routine. Lately I've been considering using my weight lifting straps because my grip is starting ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:26:34 EST Hey, lovers of the canines... <link><BR>pittsburgh-steelers-sign-michael-vick-<BR>1-year-deal </link> <BR> <BR> Would you still be a fan of the Steelers because they signed Michael Vick? Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:18:30 EST Board Games: Part Deux <link><BR>ay-games/ </link> <BR> <BR> So, there are these board games these days that are becoming more and more popular and fading are the American classics most of us grew up with like Monopoly, The Game of Life, Trouble, and the likes. The link has a list of ten of these board games (9 of them I own except Pandemic), if you have a family member who likes to play board games I'd give these a look at, board gaming has been on the rise for about 15 year... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:10:03 EST Ppl who do you wrong then act like... you did THEM wrong. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Long story short, my M-I-L is in the hospital (COPD) and she's close to the end. My wife and I have been diligent in taking care of her as much as we could while she was in her apartment but then last week admitted her to the hospital because her condition just got worse. <BR> <BR> My B-I-L and his wife have IGNORED my M-I-L (Nina) for over a year now and have told others we're to blame for Nina getting sick. They have told fringe family m... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:24:47 EST Have we gone too far? This is a topic that is bound to upset a few people.... <BR> <BR> On another site there was an article about a group that took pictures of overweight models and celebrities and made them skinny. The stated goal was that we need to accept that "fat is not healthy/normal" and that we have gone too far in accepting that fat is normal. <BR> <BR> They also stated things along the lines of "skinny shaming has replaced fat shaming". The site stated that they wanted people to see how much better t... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:27:10 EST general advice on this site! Hi there, I am a long time Spark person....and while the new site is amazing and colorful, i admit it is a bit overwhelming,,,,like the ADHD of websites -I don't even know where to start, and could easily spend all day roaming around the site. I use MyFitnessPal for tracking meals as I have been using it for a while and it "knows me" . But what is your advice on how to pick and choose what aspects of SP to look at when you are a busy single mother of 2, working full time? <BR> Thanks for any... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:37:58 EST Thanks to the person that motivated me. I knew after some time off, it was time for me to jump back on track. I lost some weight and am maintaining, and wanted to see the scale once again begin its downward journey. How I wish the lbs would just drop off my body in a few short weeks! If there was a easy way to lose all this extra weight. I felt down and so unmotivated. I went for a walk to help me focus on continuing losing. Then after hearing a loud "excuse me" a woman much larger than myself ( I'm 5'7 237 lbs) wearing a ... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:40:44 EST Anyone around White Lake Wisconsin? I'm new to the area. I would really like to have a couple of folks who have similar goals. Serious about health and fitness. <BR> Everyone I've met seem to prefer living on their sofas in front of the TV or live in the local bars/taverns. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:48:17 EST How did you start your day??? Well, not a very good start for me unfortunately. I started my day with a walk, after breakfast of course, and the end of my walk is on a busy street. I all of a sudden see a small black dog on the side walk, it saw me of course and darted in the street, luckily the car was able to stop enough not to totally run it over, but the poor thing got its leg broken. Me being an animal lover, stupidly went to go get it out of the road and got bit, but not too bad. So I took off my jacket and wrappe... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 14:58:08 EST Need help with interface here Hi, all, <BR> I just signed up for Sparkpeople yesterday, and I'm having trouble finding how to set something on here. My cardiologist wants me to try to be on a plant based diet, and, since there are few meats I enjoy, I'm willing to try. But I can't find how to set this option here on Sparkpeople and I get recipe suggestions that include more meat than I want to eat. Can anyone tell me how I can get vegetarian and/or vegan suggestions? Thanks a lot. This looks like a really useful site... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 13:46:22 EST Let's play Hide The Veggies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What is your trick for getting your family to eat more veggies? Sun, 23 Aug 2015 11:00:15 EST HELP! Spark People There is not s Contact Us that I can find, do two questions...1) I forgot my password, so cannot sign into a Team blog and, 2) how do I access a team I signed up for? <em>24</em> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 07:20:26 EST Rewards for achieving small goals? Hi! Do you guys reward yourselves for achieving small goals? If so, I would love for you to share some of your ideas. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Julie <BR> <em>9</em> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:24:39 EST paris train attack bonjour, <BR> i am writing this,riding on a paris train. its all over the news here how the americans stopped a gunman from shooting everyone on that train.. <BR> it makes me so proud to hear that,americans saved the day-Thank God for our military Again,and Again <em>10</em> <BR> <BR> it makes me so proud Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09:05:48 EST Oh no! I met a very weird woman a few years back when I was part of the young methodist adults' fellowship. As you know, I am on dialysis. Well, this young woman kept on cornering me and asking me weird questions like "how does a dialysis machine work?"; and other such intrusive and innapropriate questions. <BR> <BR> It didn't matter that I kept telling her that I didn't know or I didn't want to discuss it. It offended me that she insisted on treating me like a dialysis freak and not a normal perso... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 04:09:35 EST Eeek! So my sister's wedding looks like it will be in May 2016. That is not enough time to lose 20 lbs and do my self improvement projects. I also need a gift with the wow factor but it can't cost more than $20 Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:03:24 EST Why so many word games? That's all I see on my Start page - word games from all my groups. What gives? <BR> <BR> I'm not against games, but I would be much more motivated to see some health, fitness, and weight loss messages on my Start page. <BR> <BR> Is there a way to filter content, so I see fewer games? Fri, 21 Aug 2015 22:46:41 EST What's Your Prediction 5 Years from Now ? I found this interesting meme on time capsules and I thought .. hmmmm <BR> How do I see myself 5 years from now? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> HOW ABOUT YOU? Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:39:25 EST What Would Your Message in a Bottle Say ? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> More than 100 years after being set afloat off the shores of Great Britain, a message in a bottle was recovered by a woman vacationing near a beach in Germany. <BR> <link><BR>oldest-message-in-a-bottle-discovered/<BR>ar-BBlXh4Q?ocid=spartanntp </link> <BR> <BR> What Would Your Message in a Bottle Say ? <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:24:31 EST Discouraged by UPC Scanner I am a new member but I am getting discouraged because at least half the time I add a food item to my nutritional tracker by scanning the UPC code using my phone, it gives me incorrect nutritional information. Then I have to manually enter the information, which defeats the whole purpose of using the barcode scanner. <BR> <BR> Is there an easier way to do this? I can't even provide feedback because I have to go to my computer to provide feedback and when I search for a product, I don't kno... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:46:55 EST Is there hope Is there hope for a sedentary old person to walk to lose weight . Or it is difficult to start walking at the age of 50 with 40 kg extra weight Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:09:06 EST My cut and color! <img src=""> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:36:04 EST Dungeons & Dragons Players EXPOSED! <em>227</em> <BR> This is a fictional story. <BR> <BR> AP - A morality group called "Angels Against Demonic Behavior" hacked into the D&D website and are ready to publish the names of anyone who has played this disgusting immoral game where demons are worshiped & He is forsaken. The group claims that this unnatural behavior is a foot where small children are offered to demons so the players can gain abilities like being able to cast sorcery spells, get +1 to melee attack rolls and worse, ... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:27:37 EST Bulu Box Anyone Subscribe and get the Bulu Box? Did you find the product samples worthwhile? I just ordered it for a 6 month subscription. I had a coupon for half off so guess we will see how I like it. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 04:08:59 EST Fitbit vs. all others I've been shopping for the wrist fitness band; I've seen many online and read their descriptions. I have not found one that says it can be used while swimming. Does anyone have a fitness band that they have used while swimming and not fried it out...if so, what brand is it? Thanks for any input. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 23:06:12 EST Finally kicked one bad habit I knew I had a drinking problem and have been sober on and off 2 times before. I knew the drinking was making me heavy but I just couldnt give it up completely. Until a year ago. I have totally quit, and this timeit feels different. It feels permanent. I love being sober, I'm no longer craving that poison. During the year of getting to this point, I allowed myself to indulge in foods that soothed the cravings. Of course they are the high sugar foods! I just didnt have it in me to feel ... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:24:30 EST So. Many. Inactive. Teams. I used to really, really love the community aspect that SparkPeople promoted. It's still there, but it's a shadow of its former self. Has there been any consideration about removing inactive groups--as in, inactive for a year or more? Any kind of motivation to promote or incentives for being a group leader? The in-house tools are still just fine, but should I be concerned that SparkPeople seems to be dying? I'm not really finding great alternatives that are as pro-community out there, so... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:17:06 EST Tips for early mornings? Just wondering if you all have any tips for getting up early? <BR> <BR> I was doing so well for a while, getting up at 6am and working out and doing my housework before the day was even started and it was great! But then somehow I feel back into my old habits of hitting snooze and staying in bed as long as possible. I'm still working out, but it feels more forced because I have to work it into my day and I am just so freaking tired lately. Help? Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:47:37 EST Purple bruise where I sprained my foot! I sprained my left foot abt 3 weeks ago. There is not much pain now but I have a huge purple bruise there now. My foot feels much better but still no hiit. Shld I b worried? Wed, 19 Aug 2015 05:24:30 EST "I jiggle, therefore, I am" video I have watched this video several times now and I have a question. At the end of the video when the gal falls down onto the couch and then the camera goes in close on her face...what does she say? I can't make it out. :-) Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19:58:07 EST Coworker Makes Me Mad!! Ok, so we keep the front door to our office locked at all times, and pretty much always have. We don't have any customers coming to us directly and are in a big office complex so we don't want anyone to be able to just come in, we may not even know someone has come in as no one's desk has direct eyesight to the front door. <BR> <BR> But there's this ONE coworker who always forgets her key and always has her daughters or son or husband coming to work knocking on the door.... I've seriously ha... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:12:15 EST moving, packaging, shipping tips After being on a waiting list for over 3 years for an apartment I finally got the call. My apartment is ready and I have to accept it in 30 days. My move is from Central Florida to Northern California. After doing some research I have decided it is not really worth it for me to move furniture especially if it heavy. So I'm sorting the rest of my household good quite drastically and just shipping that. What is driving me nuts is one carrier want one size box at a certain max weight and th... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:48:51 EST How old is too old? I'm in my late twenties, and I find myself increasingly attracted to someone in my choir. He is in his late forties. <BR> <BR> I've told a couple of my friends about it and they have been somewhat taken aback, aside from one who just kept saying "No. No! He's so old! Ew! No, he's too old." over and over. <BR> <BR> It is a big difference, but when I chat with him his age never crosses my mind. I just enjoy being around him. <BR> <BR> I wonder how small the age gap would have to be for that... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:46:43 EST Who has started their Christmas shopping?! I don't have the funds yet but I am already considering what to get for the nurses at the dialysis center. <BR> <BR> I'll have to shop ard for my parents, brother and a few relatives. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:35:24 EST I never heard of this... Pascal's Wager: <BR> The argument that it is in one's own best interest to behave as if God exists, since the possibility of eternal punishment in hell outweighs any advantage of believing otherwise. <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>------- <BR> <BR> I just don't know what to think about this. <BR> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:17:31 EST Can't tell the difference between... when they're "kidding around" or "serious". <BR> <BR> Humor is a TOUGH call especially when folks aren't consistent with it. My wife isn't humorous by nature but loves to laugh. When I kid around with her it's WAY obvious that I am and she's very good at knowing that I am a.s.a.p. <BR> <BR> However, when she's kidding around I often mistake it for her being serious or visa versa I mistake her seriousness for kidding. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure it's my inability to get a proper read on her B... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:14:03 EST what wake up you is not alarm clock but your dream i always want to do some excises in the morning but can not get up early . i think it is the most painful thing in the world you have to wake up when you are so sleepy! <BR> <BR> i got a very cute alarm clock from my hubby . at first sight i thought it was so cute ,does it work for waking me up ? but i immeditely changed my mind when it was ring next morning . it is really loud ! he he.... <BR> cute and small shape with the loud voice . so funny !! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 01:57:03 EST Expat Hi: <BR> I just joined a team for expats which is not very active. I am looking for other persons not living in their native country to join that team with me. <BR> I am an American living in Thailand. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 00:56:08 EST Interrupting someone who's talking... I have a colleague that continuously interrupts me when I'm talking to him. Those of us who work with him use to say we're getting t-shirts with his face on it that has him saying, "Please stop talking while I'm interrupting!" <BR> LOL! <BR> <BR> One day, when I felt we were close enough I called him out on it, he said he knows he does that but he does it because he already KNOWS what others are going to say and to him it's a waste of time. <BR> <BR> o_0!? <BR> <BR> That was last year so n... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:29:12 EST Is perfection attainable? A slim body? A flat stomach? In my 40s? Is it possible? Mon, 17 Aug 2015 01:38:21 EST Rude old man There's another dialysis patient that keeps commenting on my belly fat. He keeps saying that losing my belly fat should be a cinch just because I have my 4 limbs and can exercise, but I have been trying for years and it isn't easy! Plus I have menopaused early and recently, the kidney doctor has increased my hormone injections for making red blood cells too. I did some research online and found out that these injections can lead to water retention, so that's another factor. <BR> <BR> I am al... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:04:59 EST how to lose weight during menopause How can you lose weight when ur 68, in change, lower and upper abs stick out like you are pregnant? Use to be in great shape most of my life a 9/10 now 14.Extreme;y discouraged and always hungry. Help! Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:07:59 EST What are your favorite cold remedies? What are your favorite cold remedies? <BR> <BR> Cold virus is already spreading here. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 00:14:43 EST What's the secret to a happy relationship/marriage What is your secret to your happy, healthy relationship/marriage? What keeps you two connected? Sat, 15 Aug 2015 10:15:56 EST Calling all Star Wars fans! Are you excited abt the new Star Wars movie?! I am! <BR> <BR> I prefer the original trilogy though! But the prequels done later starring Natalie Portman were good too but not as good as the older ones! I hate Jar Jar Binks though, so annoying! <BR> <BR> The new movie will open December this year! Who's going to see it?! Sat, 15 Aug 2015 02:59:16 EST Connect your Garmin to your SP account! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I wanted to let you know that you can now connect your Garmin to your SparkPeople account. Here's the page that shows all of the devices available to connect: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>your-device.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:45:37 EST Excuses Versus Accountability Just thinking this morning about how some people in life always have a zillion "reasons" (excuses) why they did or did not do something they really wanted or needed to do and how others simply seem to be in tune with the concept of being accountable to themselves (or others) for what they do or don't do. <BR> <BR> Neither, in my opinion, is all negative or all positive. Both sides of this spectrum are just ways of thinking, of looking at the world and their own place in it. <BR> <BR> I thin... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:09:20 EST Tracking Fruits/Veggies Hello all, <BR> <BR> I've crossed over from WeightWatchers. Actually, I started with SP several years ago, and have switched between SP and WW over the years, but money is tight and saving where we can, so that means no WW. Which I don't mind, I love SP, it's just a little different. <BR> <BR> So, my issue: WW counts many fruits and veggies as zero points. So my banana, nectarine, and broccoli I brought to work for snacks I wouldn't even need to track really except for the sole purpose of w... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:17:28 EST Daily Mantra Do you have a daily mantra that keeps you focused? Mine is No Matter What...! It started when I was driving to weekly WW meeting for Weigh in. I had what I felt was an off week and kept saying "No matter what the scale says do not forget what you have done so far". Now I use that phrase in so many areas of my life. No matter what..I will be positive! <BR> What words do you use to remain centered? Wed, 12 Aug 2015 08:31:19 EST Too much, or just the right time? I'm back on the horse on my journey to loose weight. I'm eating right and exercising almost daily, and enjoying it. <BR> <BR> In January 2012 I smoked my last cigarrette, replacing it by the e-cig. At the time I thought I would vape forever, never really thought of quitting. But now it is getting too complicated, with replacing equipment, to finding new e-liquids, to the new tax on the liquids. I really want to leave all this stress behind me. <BR> <BR> The question is: can I do it and cont... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 05:09:17 EST Calories burned added to daily calorie allowance Hello all, <BR> <BR> When you log your fitness, it adds those calories to your daily calorie allowance. Does anyone know if there is any way to turn this off? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:52:43 EST Should I have waited? I am aiming to lose at least 5kg. I used to have a 28 inch waist but bcoz of maybe water retention or just plain weight gain, my waist is now abt 31 inches. I am on dialysis, so losing weight is very difficult. Plus my hormone injections to make red blood cells has increased, so it is possible that it is water retention. <BR> <BR> I really want a certain pair of booty shorts I saw online to workout in. They are quite pricey but I really want them and I have been saving up for them. <BR> <BR... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:35:07 EST Has anyone tried carb cycling ? Just wondering if anyone has tried carb cycling by Chris Powell ? If so, what do you think of it, what we're your results ? Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:22:36 EST Logging on to SparkPeople After I moved, I quit logging on and over time, without the incentive, I also quit the good habits that I had acquired because of the daily reminder to be mindful about what I was eating, exercise and the support I got. But I'm back on track now. (smile). Mon, 10 Aug 2015 08:13:20 EST Is the scale your friend or your foe? I've recently been trending upwards on the scale and an acquaintance told me I should stop daily weighing because it is a harmful obsession that must be upsetting me. <BR> <BR> But I don't agree with that acquaintance. The scale is actually my friend and the daily weighing practice is the best thing I've ever started. It does not upset me that I'm seeing an upward trend. It is just good information that over time will keep alerting me to where my body is at any given point and will help me m... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 10:27:01 EST What do you do to find time for healthy living? In previous post I complained about it being hard to make time to workout. That bothered some people who do make time. I presume that everyone here is not an heiress with maid service and a gym/trainer; but normal people with jobs, partners, kids, school, etc. So what do you to make time for a healthy lifestyle? <BR> Sat, 8 Aug 2015 21:44:06 EST CUTE SAYINGS/SHARE YOURS Saw the curtest saying on a napkin. It said, "I hope to meet someone who looks at me the way I look at chocolate cake." Loved it! I'm not a sweet eater so in my head I replaced it with Pasta! Sat, 8 Aug 2015 13:46:07 EST Push or Pull When you are really struggling with something <BR> do you push yourself even harder to get over the hill <BR> or do you pull back a little and take it a step at a time? Sat, 8 Aug 2015 10:09:18 EST Politically Incorrect What do you think about Politically Incorrect Political Leaders <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> In my opinion <BR> Expressing politically incorrect ideas reveals the Speakers character, bias, level of intelligence, and prejudices. A lot of politically incorrect Speakers take the attitude of: "I'm just telling it like it is". It may be totally ignorant and void of facts, but it says a lot about the type of person the Speaker is. What is worse is that being Politically Incorrect can encourag... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 10:04:42 EST Micronutrients Can I see my micronutrients on here? Fri, 7 Aug 2015 15:00:59 EST What helps you push yourself through workouts? The mind is the biggest enemy of the body, but the heart is your greatest ally. Trust not the possibility of failure, but the glory of success. Life is all about the grind. It's simple, believe. I am a personal trainer intern out of Dallas and would love to hear everyone's response! Fri, 7 Aug 2015 12:00:40 EST Weight? Is yours trending up or down? Mine has been trending up for a while and I intend to get a grip on that, but my immense love for food is fighting me. Right now I'm trying to just hold the line, but I need to eat a bit less and start trending down. Fri, 7 Aug 2015 10:44:23 EST What's on your mind today? Anyone want to share whatever is on their mind today? Fri, 7 Aug 2015 10:39:39 EST Frustrating Topics When Overweight I bought a stepper last weekend so I could start exercising indoors -- too hot outside right now. The stepper came with a video that you can step along with. I watched it this week, and there's no way I can move as fast as the three people demonstrating the workouts (who were all perfectly in shape and slim). When you weigh a lot and are completely out of shape from lack of exercise, it's so frustrating that you can't find any videos or classes that go LOTS slower and let you build up. Ri... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 09:15:24 EST CPAP/Bipap Does anyone use one? I knew I had sleep apnea and was so excited to finally get diagnosed and get my machine. I expected to feel tons better right away and so much more rested, but it hasn't happened. It takes me forever to fall asleep, and I usually end up only wearing it 2-3 hours a night. I've started taking it off in my sleep. Anyone got any tips? I'm so tired of being tired. Thu, 6 Aug 2015 22:22:22 EST Anyone had laparascopic hernia surgery? I am contemplating getting an incisional hernia fixed later this year and could use some advice from someone who's done it. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any help. Thu, 6 Aug 2015 21:51:45 EST overeating vs satisfied vs just right I eat just part of what is recommended on SparkPeople and am satisfied. But still do not lose weight. I guess what I want to know is if I eat until I am satisfied and don't eat all that is recommended could that be why I am only maintaining? I know that if I overeat I will gain. But where my confusion comes in is with the eating until satisfied and eating the recommended calories. Thu, 6 Aug 2015 14:15:55 EST How Did You Find SparkPeople? One of my doctors actually mentioned SparkPeople to me several years ago but at that time I was doing Weight Watchers. I'd popped over here and even tried some of the recipes but didn't get involved here until just this May. <BR> <BR> I remembered it after a visit to my orthopedic told my my knee was shot and was going to need a replacement. My only other option would be to lose a LOT of weight and see if it felt any better. WW has changed quite a bit since I did it last and I don't like th... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 09:00:19 EST I want to ride a roller coaster! Okay, in a year I am taking my high school choir to Disney and Universal Studios for a performance trip. I took a preview trip this summer with the tour company. I was so excited to ride the Harry Potter rides. (Big Fan!). I got on the ride and the safety bar did not go down all the way. I pushed and pushed and they even released it and had me try to push it in place again, but there just was too much of me in the space they give you for a seat, so they politely asked me to get out. I ge... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 15:48:05 EST I've got this! I started, again, back in April 2015. Since then I have made changes, sometimes one a time, sometimes more and replacing bad habits with good habits. <BR> <BR> Now I am completely off soda, cookies, candy, chips, and most things in the middle of the food aisles. The term "food" there is used loosely becuase most of it is "food products" really. But that's another discussion. <BR> <BR> I've been eating mostly real foods (with the exception of muscle milk used sparadically for meal replacem... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 14:29:36 EST Parties, how to handle them Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been invited to an evening party, where I know there will be delicious food and nice drinks. <BR> <BR> These are good friends of my husband, that are in town for just a couple of days, so I couldn't really say no to going. <BR> <BR> How do I handle it? Will it be rude not to eat or drink anything? I know if I start to nible my willpower will go down the drain. <BR> <BR> I just starting my journey and I don't want to ruin my week calorie count on this. <BR> <BR> Thanks ... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 10:19:19 EST Anyone in menomonie, wi? Anyone on here live in menomonie, wi or somewhere close? Tue, 4 Aug 2015 16:13:37 EST Pushing the Season? The drugstore/beauty shop/convenience store up the street has brought out its hallowe'en candy Tue, 4 Aug 2015 15:17:41 EST Cash is King?? I grew up with a Grandma who said and lived that phrase all the time. Then came my parents who came up in the credit card living phase. They were always spending too much, getting credit calls and fighting about money. I like Grandma's way better and have always paid with cash. Not credit cards now then pay with cash, not bank debit cards (my bank charges me to use it). Cash now no worries later. I might miss some points or a few pennies the card companies would give me but have always ... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 14:52:53 EST journey to give up soda I've tried so many times before to give up soda. I've noticed that even getting started the first day is MENTALLY hard. One day without soda/caffeine doesn't physically affect me. Day 2 is when I start feeling the caffeine and sugar withdrawal symptoms. The caffeine withdrawals only last a day or 2 and are manageable (no, I don't want to get caffeine from an alternate source...I feel so much better without it). But the craving for the soda lasts FOREVER it seems. I was off soda for 2 mo... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 13:00:33 EST What will they think of next? Had to laugh when I saw this article, but I'm there will be some people who will fall for it and waste good money on it. <link><BR>cle-3184831/Dieters-rejoice-Weight-los<BR>s-CLOTHING-hacks-metabolism-trick-body<BR>-burning-1-000-extra-calories-DAY-make<BR>rs-claim.html#comments </link> Tue, 4 Aug 2015 12:31:38 EST Loose skin......What can be done??? A very unfortunate side effect of weight loss, especially if it's pretty substantial, is a lot of loose skin or 'wrinkles'. There are a lot of creams and gels out there in the market and a lot of different products, anywhere from nutritional supplements to compression clothing, I can't say that I have found anything that really works thus far.... So I'm wondering if any of you have had to deal with this in your journey? What have you done to help? Does anyone know of anything that actually wo... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:42:33 EST Share Something Positive! I always get very frustrated when I read people saying things like "I hate exercise", "I don't have time to XYZ", "I can't stick to a healthier lifestyle because..." I think it's because it reminds me of how I was in the past - and I want others to benefit from a positive mindset just as I have in the last 4 years! <BR> <BR> So - all this thread is for - is to share positive things! Cute cat youtube video you saw at work? Share it! Have a great birthday party with your family? Share it. Insp... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 09:35:20 EST Weight loss with kidney disease Stage 4 Renal failure. Working out six days per week - weights and cardio. 3 days do aerobic for 120 mins and burn +1150 calories. <BR> Have lost 48 lbs since March 1, but am STUCK now. <BR> Any suggestions, especially from kidney compromised folks? Mon, 3 Aug 2015 18:29:41 EST What goals have you achieved without money? There's a million things I want to achieve (despite not having limitless money). I was wondering what goals have you achieved without money? Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:48:58 EST Idealized Perfect me goes through life always in good mood and energetic (even late in the evening). She never has a bad hair day or weighs more than 125 lbs. Clothes always fit as if they were custom made for her. She is top of her game at manners and socializing. Her posture is model perfect and her teeth white. Her net worth is high. I need an easy to follow plan that doesn't cost anything or take much time out of my day (I am very busy). <BR> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 21:20:54 EST Sizes at different weights So, I have a friend who is my exact height, similar build, and about 180 lbs, which is about 70 lbs lighter than I am now. The thing that confuses me is that she's a much smaller size (a size 14), than I was when I was at that weight., When I was there I was a size 16. THe difference is that she works out and at that size I wasn't as into working out (hence my scary weight now). So my question is, does working out make that big a difference in your size? Is it possible for me to be a size 1... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 23:56:03 EST Give my dog prescription meds? Hey guys, I'm having a battle going on in my head right now. <BR> <BR> My dog (who is pretty much my son), developed this sort of blister thing within a day or two. Being prudent, I took him to the vet and they say they think it's just some sort of insect bite or sting, and prescribed an NSAID (for pain and inflammation) and an antihistamine for any allergic reaction that may have occured and itch relief. <BR> <BR> The thing is, my dog is one of those "special needs" kids. He's got a histor... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 17:09:15 EST model my diet Id like to hear what other people think of the website "model my diet" with the virtual model. Sat, 1 Aug 2015 16:55:17 EST Eating too little and working out I got a red note on my page about this topic. I do not understand. I thought the object of, "the weight loss game" is to eat less and exercise more so that you do shed pounds. What am I doing wrong? <BR> HELP! Sat, 1 Aug 2015 13:23:20 EST I went above my calories again! Honestly! I am VERY disappointed with myself! After I went to see a renal dietitian too! Why do I feel hungry all the time?! I have to have more self control and not keep stuffing my face all the time! I REALLY REALLY need to get my diet under control! I will have to submit my bloodwork to the dietitian in 3 month's time. <BR> <BR> My phosphate, potassium and blood sugar levels are way high! I really don't want to be prediabetic on top of everything else! I am so, so worried! Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:48:14 EST Office politics: How do you cope? I work in an office where there's so much unnecessary minutia it's more a choice of where do you step to get the least "stuff" on your shoe. I'm wondering how others deal, cope, side step their minutia issues at the office? Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:38:44 EST Apple cider vinegar . Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:57:15 EST What do you do instead of snacking in the evening? Me, I find keeping my hands busy with crafts helps, and crocheting sometimes. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:28:19 EST frustrating Undertone ads Are you guys getting frequent Undertone ads lately here on SparkPeople? I can't even read articles now without them popping up. Any way to block them? Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:23:20 EST Teamspeak Correspondence Group I am feeling rather inspired today so I've decided to act on an idea I've been pondering. Not sure if it's viable, but I was thinking of creating a voice chat group to help with motivation. Of course, that's what SparkPeople is, but I feel if you voice chat, you create an added sense of depth, and therefore are more motivated to see your goals become a reality. Just a thought though, who's interested =o? Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:56:28 EST But I love my Nyquil!!!!!!!! Cough and cold season is heading our way again and I thought you might find this article interesting. It’s from the Journal of Evidence Based Medicine (Evid Based Med. 2015;20(3):98) I’ve edited for space and to remove some of the how’s and whys of doing the study to make it easier to read and leave us with the “meat”. <BR> <BR> <BR> Will the results change what you do? I'm going back to the hot toddies! After which I guess I won't care if I'm coughing :) <BR> <BR> The authors included 29... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:39:31 EST Syncing Weight Tracker Changes to Mobile App From How do you do that? Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:16:28 EST Gave my scale away. I decided to get rid of my scale. The reason why is that once it goes down I start to slack off. I'm not going to measure either. I decided to wait and let my clothes fall off. Wish me luck please! Today is day one. My biggest concentration is getting plenty of water down. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:03:22 EST Opinions on scales? Hey everyone! I've never had a scale at home because I pretty much hated to see the number go up. But now I want one to help motivate me. Anyone have a recommendation on what scale to get? I'm a college student so I don't want to spend a ton.. My gym has one but I'd like something at home as well. Thanks in advance :) Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:11:31 EST Reward for meeting goal! I am aiming to lose about 5 kgs by the end of this year, if possible. Otherwise, I will just keep on trying. <BR> <BR> When I succeed, I will go for a trim and color job at my regular stylist. If I don't succeed by Christmas, I will just settle for a trim. But if I manage to lose enough, I will color my hair as well. The grays are starting to appear! Sigh! Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:26:14 EST at what point does one buy new clothes? I've lost 8 lbs (or 10 lbs depending on the day). I want to lose another 10 to be at my goal...but my clothes are sagging on me. Yeah! But at what point does one invest in new clothes on their weight loss journey? Does anyone else have this dilemma? Maybe I should just buy some mark down summer clothes to get me though the season - I don't want to keep wearing baggy clothes - as it's an incentive to eat (cause my clothes aren't tight fitting any more). Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:18:37 EST Pet Peeves/ What's Yours Mine is the TV show "Extreme Weight Loss." Watched it last night on Hulu. I am all for looking the best you can be but I think they take it to an extreme. After the person loses the weight, they get skin surgery, new teeth, new hair and beautiful expensive clothes. Then they say you can now conquer the world. I wish they would say now you have the confidence to start that business that you always wanted to start. Or now you have the confidence to take tap dancing which you always wante... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:30:40 EST August Plans & Goals, Anyone? Just wondering if anyone has goals and plans in mind for August that they'd like to share. <BR> <BR> My month is going to look like this: <BR> <BR> Get everything in place and return to classes <BR> <BR> Take care of my pets' monthly needs re meds and their health <BR> <BR> NOT miss ONE day of 10,000 steps (plus do weights as usual) <BR> <BR> Get eating back on track <BR> <BR> Lose some weight towards releasing my 10-pound surplus <BR> <BR> Anyone else? Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:26:52 EST Quick question about counting calories. I'm trying to count my calories that I ate at lunch and I went on the Subway website for nutritional information and it gave me calories for a 6" Subway club as 310. Now do I also add 230 calories for the 6" Honey oat bread. I was wondering because that sounds like a lot of calories just for meat or is the 310 calories for the sandwich including the bread. <em>24</em> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:49:38 EST Curves Protein Drink, Chocolate (nutrition info) I'd like to enter this in my food tracker. When I do a search for it, I come up with many options that others have entered. But, they don't seem to be the same product as what I have. For example, their info has a different number of calories than mine; theirs have 100 or 100 and mine has 120 calories. And, theirs has a different amount of fiber (1g), instead of 5g, like mine. <BR> <BR> I suspect that Curves may have changed their product at a some point. Does anyone have a tip on how t... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:26:14 EST Has anything else noticed? That after eating better, getting more sleep, exercising more, and frequently visiting SparkPeople you have bundles of energy? <BR> <BR> I'm not cranky at work anymore, tired in the afternoon, and much more productive during the day. <BR> <BR> ...or is it just me? Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:49:38 EST The Latest on Artificail Sweeteners I subscribe to a lot of different medical journals and newsfeeds. This came through today. I thought you might find it interesting. I edited to remove links that wouldn't work for you. <BR> <BR> Is sugar a healthier option than artificial sweeteners? Despite some common misperceptions, artificial sweeteners are clearly the healthier choice, Aaron Carroll argues in the New York Times' "The Upshot." <BR> <BR> Artificial sweeteners are often cited as being harmful chemicals, in part because of... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:27:04 EST How much weight have WE lost?! ... I like doing this every once in a while to see how AWESOME our numbers add up. <BR> <BR> I've lost 35 lbs so far ... so that's the number we'll start with. Add your weight to mine ... the next person adds their weight ... and we keep it going - it's a totally feel good exercise. <BR> <BR> Ex/ <BR> <BR> Me - 35lbs + Next Person's total weight loss = NEW NUMBER <BR> <BR> Let the game begin ... GO! <em>344</em> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:30:46 EST Pay the Encouragement Forward To the next person to post on this thread, my advice for you today is: <BR> <BR> Think twice when making choices -- you know you can do what's right. Also today, do something for someone else that's unexpected. It will bring joy to both you and them. Have a wonderful day. Feel free to let us know how things went. <BR> <BR> Your Spark Friend <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>224</em> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:32:08 EST Doggie got a haircut Looking at my profile picture, my mum gave our dog a shave because she was so fluffy and its been so hot, we figure she must be very hot. So now she has soft puppy fur all over. It's so cute. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:00:29 EST Amazon Gold Deal Tonight 7/27/2015 - ZUMBA DVD Set This sale that this message is about will likely expire in the next 2-3 hours, depending on your time zone (it's 10:19 pm CST now where I am, in the USA) - and I have no idea if any of this works outside the USA - But....the Gold Box Deals of the Day: Over 25% Off Select Zumba Fitness DVDs - they look to be offering 4 basic packages, and 2 of the packages look like they are the same thing, but different prices.... I tried to put this link on my Status update, but I think it cut off - <BR> ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:23:44 EST Drawing the line of when to care what others think Time & again I either read on social media or hear people say, "I don't care what others think of me, I am who I am,...." <BR> <BR> I care what others think of me but not every facet of my existence. Do I care that people know I am a band or gamer geek? <BR> No. <BR> <BR> Do I care that the clothes I'm wearing are clean because I don't want people to think I'm a hobo? <BR> Yes. <BR> <BR> Where's your line? Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:26:01 EST Is Eating Ice Bad for You? Pica is a disorder where people feel the urge to eat items of little or no nutritional value, such as soil, chalk, sand, or glass. This disorder generally occurs amongst children and people who have developmental issues. <BR> <BR> Pagophagia is a form of pica—it’s a disorder where people have the constant urge to consume ice, or iced drinks. But, why is eating ice bad for you? Chomping on a piece of ice may appear to be a seemingly harmless habit, but it can actually be detrimental to your t... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 04:15:39 EST Loss of my brother He been gone 2 yrs and I still can't stand living without him aim not happy any more see I am a addict and my brothers wife wouldn't allow me to come see him for a yr cause I was using but my step brother who was shooting drugs was allowed to live there , thing hurt cause I didn't stop useing wn my brother was sick. I feel like dying , I hate my self for it. Wn he lye in the hospital. He said why are u all here I am not dying. He held my hand and said I love u sis. That was the last time I... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:31:08 EST Sprains are Contagious! At least at my house. <BR> <BR> First my DD sprains her back at work. Doing the whole PT bit, getting better yada yada yada. <BR> Then DH slips and sprains his back at home. Medicating, massage, getting better yada yada yada. <BR> Then I strain my wrist, doing everyone else's heavy lifting. "RICE" getting better, yada yada yada. <BR> <BR> This is all the people in my <BR> <BR> Last night the dog sprains her back...trip to the vet, medications, rest for ten days ....yada yada ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 15:08:24 EST What Are Your Sundays Like? Besides worshipping (not a religious discussion), do you use Sundays for wind-down? or are Sundays another day to make the most out of weekend activities? <BR> <BR> I do both -- depends on what I've done on Saturday. Today I'm working on crafts and a few chores. Then later, we'll watch a couple of our favorite TV shows. We've planned a really healthy dinner already, which will take some time to prepare. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day! <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> <em>125</em> <em>87</em> ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 12:26:46 EST Pilates ineffective? I did some research on youtube and found some ppl recommending heavy lifting and deadlifts, saying that Pilates is ineffective. That it doesn't do much for your body? I'm really confused because other ppl say that Pilates is body weight exercise and builds muscle. <BR> <BR> I've been following Cassey Ho's workouts <link> </link> and I'm just wondering if I've been wasting my time. However, I can't lift heavy weights because of the fistula on my left arm that enables me to un... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:14:01 EST Catchy TV Commercials -- Good or Bad! I don't know why this one caught our attention, but it's the Bushes Baked Bean commercial where the husband shops, comes home and his wife asks him if he bought some beans, and he replies "Yes, yes I did!" <BR> <BR> Now, around our house, when asked a question, we reply either "Yes, yes I did!" or "No, no I didn't!" It's getting sickening. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:09:23 EST Fun and Unique Cooking Tips Both my spouse and I love cooking. We aren't 5-star chefs, but we do make some pretty good food (so our family and friends tell us). I'm always excited to learn new ways of cooking, the process of cooking and baking -- anything that makes for ease in the kitchen -- even cleaning the kitchen. Here's one I learned lately, and it really works: <BR> <BR> To peel garlic cloves easily, and without getting all those sticky peels stuck on your hands, separate cloves from the garlic head. Place c... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:59:43 EST KITCHEN LOCATION CAUSES FAT A lot of kitchens today are open and in the same room where the family hangs out like the den. We rented a vacation house like that and I found I snacked more and ate more as I could smell and watch my honey cook meals. My residential home has a kitchen in it's own room and not visible to the rest of the house. <BR> <BR> Do you think kitchen location and weight loss or gain is a reality? Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:37:40 EST Do you consider Friday "THE WEEKEND?" I do and a lot of people I know do think of Friday as the kickoff of a Friday-Saturday-Sunday "weekend," which I define as a period of time that is somehow "different" from the "week," even if I am working or have tasks to do. <BR> <BR> But I am old enough to remember when the "weekend" with its difference and special qualities used to be just Saturday and Sunday. <BR> <BR> How about you? Do you consider weekends as somehow different from weekdays, even if you work weekends or just don't ch... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:26:49 EST still see myself fat hi there. i know it might be silly but it bugs me alot. <BR> on my biggest days my weight was 82 kg. (i am 165cm) and i hated it with all my might. throughout a few years with breaks i managed to go down to 65 ultimate goal is 60 so just 5 kg to go. not clothes went down from 16 uk to 10-12 uk so there is a difference in a body size/shape. but every time i stand naked in a front of a mirror i see the same 82 kg. looks like all those kg are still in my head and i s... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:50:58 EST Ketogenic Hello, <BR> I was wondering if any one on here is doing the Ketogenic diet for health reasons? <BR> I am looking for support in how to get started and recipes ect... <BR> I have looked all over in here and I have not found where they are? <BR> Thank you <BR> Marilyn Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:17:49 EST Sharknado Night!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you going to indulge in the guilty pleasure of watching 3 really trashy shark movies in one night? <BR> <BR> I admit it, I am. The worse these movies are the more I enjoy them. I know they are badly written, with bad acting and are over hyped...but I DON"T CARE! <BR> <BR> Break out the popcorn cuz here we go! Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:00:37 EST How to make this message board more exciting. I suggest the following change to SparkPeople Cafe. <BR> <BR> Please discontinue giving people points for posting on this forum. This encourages many people to add quick answers just to get an extra point. <BR> However, you may want to continue giving points to people who post in the <BR> Woo Hoo! Button to Celebrate Success and other similar message boards. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:29:03 EST Do you work Weekends? When I ask "do you work weekends?" I don't mean chores or errands, I mean do go to your place of employment and do work for which you are paid? If so, where? <BR> I do. I work at Tim Horton's Café and Bake Shop. They are open every day except Christmas, so someone's got to be there. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:39:13 EST Rosacea Laser Treatments Hello, <BR> I posted my pics on my blog - <BR> i am on a 3 day rest from this treatment <BR> is anyone else doing laser ? <BR> <em>204</em> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:18:54 EST Emotional Overeating A string of family drama in the last few days has left me an emotional wreck. For a couple of days, I had absolutely no appetite. Everything was tasteless and I felt as though my throat was closing up which made swallowing difficult. <BR> Yesterday, all of that changed and I made some very poor choices that added up to 500 calories over my maximum daily limit. Today, whenever the emotions start to bubble to the surface, I am searching for snack foods. The lunch I packed was gone before 11:30... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:01:39 EST Addicted to Food Channel I'm a real foodie and love watching the Food Network station. I've learned a lot of things about food and cooking from there, but it seems like a lot of the shows are all about "comfort" foods. I really get hungry, too, watching some of the shows that highlight "best foods" from somewhere. I can't tear myself away from watching, though. I even like the cooking competition shows. I wonder if my addiction to this station has played any part in my gaining back lots of weight. Anyone else w... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:54:39 EST What Activity Level Would You Call This ? A lot of people work at desk jobs where they sit for most of 8 hours. <BR> Then a lot of these folks commute for a half hour trip home. <BR> Some might take a walk during some of their lunch break (maybe 20 min) <BR> maybe even half hour walking their dog in the morning and evening. <BR> <BR> What activity level would you categorize that? <BR> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:17:51 EST Do you lose 8 oz? I heard someone size they had lost 8 oz after coming out of bathroom. Not going to be crude here, but is this correct that you can lose 8 oz after you eliminate in the bathroom? Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:13:54 EST SPARKPEOPLE HOW DO I MAKE SPARK PEOPLE MY HOME PAGE. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:50:54 EST Conflicts with personal trainer I recently started seeing a personal trainer, and while she's been great with what I REALLY want to do, I have found we are already conflicting on nutrition. Basically, she asked me how many calories SP told me I could eat. I have my FitBit synced up, so that makes it complicated as it adjusts my calories by my activity level. So then that prompted a bunch of "advice" I was already aware of (don't eat back all your exercise calories, you can't eat TOO LITTLE or you'll go into starvation mode... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:17:09 EST Slow and Steady Wins the Race There's nothing worse than working your butt off trying to lose weight, but no one notices. Your clothes feel loose, the scale says you're losing weight, you physically look like you're losing weight, but yet no one says a word. I know you're not supposed to care about what people think or say, but you have to admit it bothers you. <BR> <BR> I think I know why: <BR> <BR> 1) I started off at 220 pounds and I'm now 194. Yeah, I've lost weight, but I'm still overweight.You're not going to co... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:32:17 EST Virtual Walk? When I was a part of SP years ago, there was a group that was doing a virtual walk following the story of the Lord of the Rings..... <BR> <BR> Does anyone know if there's any other virtual walks that follow a book or story in that way? Or a trail? <BR> I've seen virtual walks of the West Coast Trail, Pacific Crest, Appalacian, etc, that all have info along the route you're walking, and pictures as you go, but they all cost money through various other sites. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:18:33 EST What would you change if you could live life over? I'd do some things differently, including work harder at algebra in the 8th grade. <BR> <BR> What about you? Tue, 21 Jul 2015 02:18:46 EST Weddings? My sister told me she is engaged. I don't know if I'm going to be in the bridal party. I know that I can't spend any money on myself now and that I have to stop eating. Other than that I don't know what to do. Like how many gifts do I have to buy and what to buy), for example. I want to be the ideal sister: slim, attractive, perfect wedding behavior, giving the best gift, an awesome speech,all that. But I've not even attended a wedding in my adult life. Can anyone recommend websites that migh... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 01:42:19 EST SUGGESTIONS FOR SMART PHONE OR I-PHONE PLEASE Three months ago I got a Jitterbug smart phone. I'm a senior and not very technical. I liked the large numbers. It does not record all my messages. Others complained and I tried myself. Any suggestions for phones that will be easy to text on and one you would recommend for a non technical senior. THANK YOU! Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:56:20 EST I sprained my left foot and now I can't do hiit workouts for a week at least! I m feeling v disappointed bcoz I am really trying to lose weight. How could I have been so careless?! I just don't want to talk abt how I sprained my foot bcoz it's so stupid! Now, I m mad at myself for being so careless! Esp now I m on a roll with the hiit! Sigh! Sun, 19 Jul 2015 21:59:15 EST :) :) :) My 3yr old grandson called to say Hi and tell me about his new house. <BR> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:51:08 EST Guess my age Looking at my photo, how old would you guess I am? Don't worry about offending me, you won't. You can get a better view in my gallery. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 12:39:53 EST Resting Metabolic Rate Test I have been on either Synthroid or Armour Thyroid (dependent on the whims of the doctor) for about 40 years. This week my newest doctor had me take a Resting Metabolic Rate Test. It was a 10 minute test that showed that my metabolism is off-the-charts low. <BR> <BR> From that test, the nutritionist was able to determine the number and type of calories I need each day to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure I buy into this whole test quite yet. Do any of you have experience with this test? ... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 12:21:10 EST Street Food These days, you hear a lot about food safety, food spoilage, cross contamination, and harmful bacteria. <BR> So do you feel comfortable buying food from a street cart, or at an outdoor fair? Do you watch to see if the person who prepares your food, also handles the money? Are you checking to see how clean things are kept? Sat, 18 Jul 2015 12:17:18 EST Good habit you've been neglecting? I've been seriously slacking on my good habit of doing 10,000 steps daily, no matter what other exercise I get in a given day or what is going on in my life. When I get those steps in, no exceptions unless I physically cannot walk, which hasn't happened yet, my BP goes down, my mood stabilizes and a lot of other good physical, spiritual, emotional and weight-related things fall into place. I do at least 5,000 daily but really, 5,000 is not 10,000. <BR> <BR> I'm going to stop neglecting the 1... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 10:52:37 EST FREEDOM OR SPEECH OR BULLYING? Flying over the internet is the video of the "so called" male comedian and his act where he degrades another comedian who is female for being fat. He says, "you know that fat smell, fat people have. It's because they can't get clean the area where their stomach hangs over. He talks about yeast growing or something. He also makes fun of her having one arm which she lost in a car accident as an adult. <BR> <BR> There is a video also of that female comedian and her response to him. She s... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 10:37:58 EST Thanks cat. My cat ran down the battery on my digital scale! She sits on it every morning and night while I'm in the bathroom. Arg! <BR> How do your pets affect your weight loss journey? Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:46:35 EST first full day First day with you. Let's get started. <em>521</em> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:02:31 EST Do you include massage as part of your self care? I have found great benefit in therapeutic massage. There are so many benefits I can't imagine not trying it. -- I aim for 1 each month whenever possible. <BR> <em>224</em> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:37:15 EST ios What are your favorite iOS apps for meal planning? Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:47:20 EST ARE YOU TAKING HIGH CHOLESTEROL PILLS? Well I made it to two months short of 63 years of age without taking any pills. As of two weeks ago I now take high cholesterol meds. Anyone have side effects? I read pros and cons of taking the meds if you have no other medical problems. Whats your opinion? Thu, 16 Jul 2015 02:49:36 EST Step one The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:03:04 EST Clean eating I'm just starting day 2 and o need a good knowledgeable support team any suggestions Wed, 15 Jul 2015 08:54:58 EST Forgetting stupid things I seem to be growing more absent minded lately..or more distracted .... <BR> <BR> I find myself doing stupid trying to get out of the car without taking off my seatbelt. Or squinting from the glare when my sunglasses are on top of my head....Or writing the shopping list and leaving it on the counter.... if I remember the list, I forget my coupons... <BR> <BR> Anyone else having "fun" moments? <BR> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:28:06 EST Farmers Market is expensive! Do you have local farmers market? How are the prices? <BR> <BR> I went to ours recently and as blown away by the prices. $3.00 for a bunch of radishes (5 radishes per bunch), 2 bunches for $5 was typical. Most vegetables were in the $3 to $5 price range per item or bunch. <BR> <BR> I can get 2 bunches of radishes at the local grocer for .99. True, they aren't organic and they are half the size but I get 8 to 10 radishes so volume wise it works out to about the same amount for 1/3rd the p... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:04:48 EST TEES THAT DON'T SHRINK/know of any? Anyone find a T shirt label that doesn't shrink two sizes in the dryer? I love the 5 dollar tees at Walmart. Cute designs and long. I like tees to come down to right below my hips. I buy them two sizes larger but when I put them in the dryer they shrink and hit me above my bellybutton. I wear tees when exercising so need a lightweight material. It is over 100 degrees here. Thanks. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:43:35 EST Spark Coach Do they still offer this feature? Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:06:37 EST How to look rich? I am 30 years old and not rich at all. I have no money to spend on my looks. Rich women tend to look amazing. Rich women: <BR> have white teeth <BR> spa days <BR> personal trainer sessions <BR> nutritionists <BR> hair that isn't frizzy <BR> housekeepers/ maids to clean their home while they are out getting pampered <BR> image consultants/personal shoppers <BR> <BR> <BR> I have none of this. How do I get that rich look? I want that because who DOESN'T want nice hair, white teeth, fit body... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 10:43:13 EST If I had it to do over... I would never have dentures inserted immediately after a multiple extraction. I had 10 teeth pulled today and my dental plates were put in about 30 minutes afterward. I was given a scrip for a pain med but was unable to get to the pharmacy before it closed so can't fill it til tomorrow and I am in agony!! If I could do it over, I would wait til the bleeding completely stopped and the numbing subsided. I was told not to remove the plates til I return to the dentist tomorrow. I don't know ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 22:53:48 EST Who has said "good-bye" to their Cpap? I have had my Cpap maching for about 8 months. It is one of the developments that has spurred me on to getting healthy for good. One of my long term goals is to get rid of my Cpap machine when I am at a healthy BMI. I am interested in hearing from anyone who has done this. I want to make sure it's a realistic goal of mine. Thanks! <em>24</em> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 04:38:26 EST Starting Over is there anyone else here who needs to start over? <BR> <BR> I have gotten away from my healthy eating and exercising routines, have gained quite a bit of weight back after losing it, and have to start over, but finding it very hard to get started again and keep going. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 21:41:45 EST What do you usually do on the Weekend? Do you usually... <BR> Go to church <BR> Go to work (your job) <BR> Visit family or have family visit you <BR> Do housework <BR> Go out to eat <BR> Go shopping <BR> Any other weekend traditions? <BR> <BR> I usually... <BR> Go to church <BR> No <BR> Go to work (your job) <BR> Yes <BR> Visit family or have family visit you <BR> My brother visits on Saturdays <BR> Do housework <BR> Yes, I garden and cook and sometimes clean <BR> Go out to eat <BR> Yes, we usually have hamburgers at A&W on Satur... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 20:47:36 EST DO YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE WITH THE OVEN ON? I was raised that it is dangerous to have the oven on and not watch it. I'm a senior but that has always stuck with me. Stoves are different now but I can't seem to leave the house when I have something in the oven. The other day I made something that needed three hours in the oven. I could of done a lot of errands in that time but I could not bring myself to leave. <BR> <BR> Do you leave the house with the oven on? Sun, 12 Jul 2015 07:20:47 EST Off topic, fight with the husband So it is Saturday night at about 6:15pm and I am at my office, alone because we're closed today, but had nowhere else to go and wanted to get out of the house. <BR> <BR> My husband and I had a fight. It wasn't one of those stupid fights about really nothing, it was going to happen sooner or later, and it seems it ended up happening later because he really let me have it. He must have been feeling some things for a while and totally unloaded on me today. I argued back, defended myself. But at... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 18:24:53 EST cycling how far? Sat, 11 Jul 2015 15:10:56 EST What's your favorite pizza? Does anyone have any great pizza recipes or a favorite take-out, delivery or bake-at-home variety that they LOVE? <BR> <BR> My favorite is a gluten free pizza made from scratch at a local restaurant. I always have mushrooms and cheese on it. I only go there once in a blue moon, but it's a huge treat. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 09:27:03 EST Weekend Plans? Does anyone have any exciting weekend plans coming up? <BR> <BR> I am just planning a shopping trip to get a few clothes, but that's pretty exciting to me. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 09:23:01 EST Anyone else with clinical depression? I have major depression and anxiety. I take medication and go to therapy, but as anyone with depression knows, some days are just more difficult than others. I'm having a really tough day. Trying to deal with it by eating well and keeping busy but it's hard. What are some coping strategies that work for you? Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:59:40 EST How do I learn to love myself........ despite what I weigh? <BR> <BR> In 2011 from January to September I lost 35 pounds, it was hard but I did it. Then in Feb 2012 I went into menopause and in December 2012 I had a hip replacement. From about April 2012 to April 2013 I gained about 15 of it back and for the last 27 months I have been struggling to get that 15 pounds off again. No matter what I do (besides starving myself which only results in a minor loss that always returns) I just yo-yo between a 6 pound variance never lower ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:26:07 EST So far, I love lamictal Hello, I'm new to this board but I just have to tell everybody something. <BR> I started on lamictal (generic) 25 mg on July 1, 2015. I must say that it has completely made a difference in my life. I used to self-medicate with alcohol but after 1 day, I was unable to hold my liquor anymore. I was a very heavy drinker as a woman. I had a couple shots and it was as if I drank the entire bottle! The next day I tried to have a few sips of beer and it came back up almost immediately. So I was don... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 22:08:37 EST Drug ADs...Are we supposed to prescribe ourselves? I watch most of my tv watching on the internet...and I am amazed at the number of pharmaceutical commercials that come up. Half the time I don't even know what the drugs are used for. Considering most HMOs want patients on generic drugs, are patients supposed to ask to pay more for these brand name drugs? Thu, 9 Jul 2015 14:56:13 EST Television - Three Questions Last night, I was watching a commercial for FIOS. One thing that they emphasized was how you could have programs in every room of your home from your television to your tablet to your laptop and even your cell phone. It implied that most people had a TV in every room. I've seen similar commercials for cable. <BR> <BR> Three TV related questions <BR> <BR> 1) How many do you own ? <BR> 2) Where are they located ? <BR> 3) How many hours per day do you watch ? <BR> <BR> My answers <BR> <B... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 10:16:28 EST Back to 'MY LIFE' Friend of my lost her pet and mother with in the 3 month of each, she was so lost, for the last two plus year, I try to schedule my life with in her's, so she won't be feel lost or alone, now she is got her self back, busy with two new pet she just adopted, am back to do what I need, for my self. Thanks God, was able to be there when she needed some one. Thu, 9 Jul 2015 08:31:19 EST SparkCoach The last time I was here there was SparkCoach. I can't find it. Is it gone? Wed, 8 Jul 2015 23:34:53 EST The Exercise Sweet Spot JAMA recently published a study that followed over 6000 people, tracking death rates/ages and exercise patterns. <BR> <BR> The current recommendations of 30 min 5x a week for moderate exercise and 25 min 3x a week for vigorous exercise are shown to have a very beneficial effect in reducing your risk of sudden cardiac death. (25-30%) <BR> <BR> But the sweet spot that reduces your risk of sudden death by 40% is 450 minutes of exercise per week, or a little over an hour a day. <BR> <BR> Min... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 22:57:27 EST French Fun Facts- Bonjour Bonjour <BR> - is used to say , Good Morning, and Good Day <BR> you always say this, when you enter any building, and meet a person <BR> <BR> only around dinner time, 8 pm- ish, is when you switch over to Bonsoir ( Good evening) <BR> <em>10</em> Wed, 8 Jul 2015 18:35:03 EST Nashville TN, you ever been there? We are planning a trip to Nashville in a few months and we have never been before. <BR> <BR> Just curious if anyone has any recommendations on places to stay, visit or eat? <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Wed, 8 Jul 2015 11:07:35 EST weight loss hypnosis Just curious if anyone else has tried hypnosis for weight loss. I've been doing it for about a week and a half now (just some free video on YouTube) and I really seem to have a handle on my junk food cravings--actually, I don't have the cravings at all; I do, however, crave fruit and vegetables. This is something totally different for me because I could probably win the world record for biggest sweet tooth. Has anyone else had any experience with hypnosis? It's not that I've dropped a ton of ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 10:55:58 EST Come Join us in the Virtual Racing Team group Here is the link to help find us. <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=43603 </link> <BR> We have a Virtual Run Week each month with the next one coming up on July 13. We keep track of our times on a team spreadsheet so we can cheer each other on. <BR> Come walk, run, walk/run. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 14:45:13 EST Has anyone tried Almased? What were your results? Just curious if anyone has tried this. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 12:25:56 EST Favorite Veggie Burger? Because of a shift a year or so ago to needing to eat gluten free, I stopped eating a brand of veggie burger that I enjoyed as it was wheat based. I don't like any of the veggie burger recipes that I've tried to make at home because to me a veggie burger ought to be a quick meal that, frankly, I like better if it comes from a box. Lately, though, I've been eating the one gluten free brand I could find that I liked. I was a vegetarian for many decades of my life and although I eat the occasion... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 10:27:10 EST Transportation Napping Do you fall asleep while travelling? <BR> I can't stay awake on the bus. A long car ride is like a sleeping pill. It's hard to stay alert enough to get up at my stop on the subway. Anyone else have trouble staying awake while travelling? Mon, 6 Jul 2015 19:43:36 EST Anyone do subscription boxes? Ipsy, Birchbox, Glossybox, etc? <BR> <BR> You pay a small fee (I have an Ipsy subscription that runs $10/month) and you get 4-5 large samples of different makeup or beauty products. I've found that the retail value of the bags I've gotten so far runs around $35-$40 dollars each month. I like it as a way to try new stuff without a large financial commitment. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 17:21:37 EST Are You Competitive with Exercise ? When you exercise with a buddy or in a group <BR> Do you automatically feel a little competitive with someone else <em>38</em> <BR> or Do you just try to beat your last best effort <em>38</em> <BR> or Do you just try to complete the exercise <em>38</em> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:17:18 EST Spark Coach Does spark still have their coaching program?? I haven't noticed it and just wondered if it was still offered. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:41:41 EST How Much Of Your Clothing is STRETCH ? What percentage of your clothing is made from material that stretches? <BR> <BR> Comfort is my thing but sometimes I wonder if it would be good to have 1 pair of pants that don't stretch as a monitor of when I'm starting to put on a few extra pounds Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:20:50 EST Separation Anxiety and your pets This post is not so much about your pets having separation anxiety as it is about you having separation anxiety when separated from your pets. I don't mean during the day while you are at work, place of worship, or out and about for the day. What I am talking about is when you are gone for more than a couple of days. I am on a temp job and they put me up in an apartment (for two months) and pets aren't allowed. I've been other temp jobs where pets weren't allowed in the housing but I wasn't a... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 19:54:39 EST What do you do with your grey hairs? Do you splurge and go to a salon or do you do it yourself with Pharmacy bought color? Is your hair long or short? Don't you agree that long hair is more messy and difficult to color yourself? Mine is about shoulder length and already I feel that coloring it myself is one big mess, so I have no choice but to save up and go to a salon. <BR> <BR> I will need time to save up though, planning on a cut, color and treatment somewhere during Christmas or maybe the beginning of next year. Thinking of... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 02:19:28 EST Hands up! Those who feel lazy to exercise! Sigh! I really have to stop procrastinating and JUST DO IT! <BR> <BR> I have to make appts. with myself for exercise and stop diddy dallying and JUST DO IT!!!! <BR> <BR> Do you ever feel meh! when it comes to exercise?! I wish I didn't! Sun, 5 Jul 2015 02:15:00 EST how to tie your shoes... this video was going around on Facebook. I tried this method today - perfection! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I have very high arches. Several years ago, I changed the way I lace my running shoes, skipping every other hole. That helped with the numbness in my feet, but my feet would move around more inside my shoes. The video link shows a lacing method that corrects that issue. Sat, 4 Jul 2015 21:15:11 EST 3 common mistakes tourists make in Paris <img src=""> <BR> <BR> bonjour, <BR> I am living in Paris, and have seen these 3 things, ALOT <BR> so I thought I write a small blog <BR> to help SP friends <BR> merci Sat, 4 Jul 2015 14:50:23 EST Happy Friday July 3rd Happy day before the 4th of July !! <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> Did you have the day off from work or did you have to go in ? If you have the day off, what did you do ? <BR> <BR> I have the day off. So, instead of getting up early to go to work, I took a 90 minute boxing class. I wasn't expecting to go that long, but it seemed everyone in class had the day off. After class, went home, got washed up and went out to enjoy the nice day. <BR> <BR> Ho... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 16:43:45 EST Question about Sparkteams About the amount to lose sparkteams: If I need to lose 100lbs, do I stay in the 100 lbs to lose team my whole weight loss journey? Or do I move into the 50-99 lbs to lose when that time comes? <BR> I feel like this is a stupid question, and I am not sure it makes any sense..... <BR> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:43:33 EST Do you go by how your clothes fit -be careful Since my workplace allows wearing jeans, I was off the scale for a few weeks and thought I was doing great since my jeans were feeling slightly looser. When I weighted to see just how much I lost, I was horrified to see I gained 15 lbs! How!! My clothes were feeling looser! Ok, heres the story, my jeans were the kind with spandex as many brands now are. My jeans were growing with me as the spandex stretched out feeling he same or looser. Wearing, washing, drying was making the spandex loos... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 12:36:47 EST Keeping track with no internet. Suggestions please I am going to a place in the boonies for a few days where there will be no internet access. No cell phone coverage. It might be as long as a week. <BR> <BR> So has anyone out there done anything similar? How did you stay on track? Exercise will not be a problem (plenty of places to walk!) and I am taking my own 'safe' food. <BR> <BR> Can I write it all down manually and enter it when I get home? Will it still count toward my challenges? Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:17:11 EST Are there non-stick pans that are also non-toxic? Are ceramic or porcelain enamel pans the only safe pans that eggs don't stick to? Cast iron and stainless steel don't work well with eggs. Teflon and all those other coatings are carcinogens. Any suggestions to specific pans or brands I can buy that are non-stick also non-toxic? Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:08:50 EST What is your latest craving? Lowfat cottage cheese topped with fresh cherries! Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:11:14 EST Are Beauty Pagents Still Relevant ? Yesterday, NBC severed its ties with Donald Trump over his controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants. the Donald is the owner of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. With those ties severed, it means that both pageants need to look for a new network. The news says that viewership for the pageants has been steadily decreasing over the past few years. <BR> <BR> The question is this,"do you watch beauty pageants like Miss America, USA or Universe ? Are they still relevant ?" <BR> <BR... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:10:55 EST Introduction Hi there, my name is Kathleen. I am one of those people who hasn't quite gotten it right yet.......Therefore, I keep returning to Spark People to get back on track. <BR> This is the greatest site around for help and support on A Healthy Lifestyle Journey. I enjoy hearing about other peoples struggles with stubborn weight loss, and sharing my own.... so , If you want a friend to chat with, feel free to look me up on here................Thank you all.... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:14:47 EST How do you, "Shake it Off?!" OK, over the weekend I did a Charity Walk for Suicide Prevention and was kind of on a high since people were out along the walk route cheering us on telling us how amazing we were for doing this 16-18 mile walk in the rain. I was posting on my Facebook along the way of my brother that I lost to suicide (so my main motivator to do the walk) as well as other highlights of the walk. I come into the office this AM and a FB friend that *I think* was trying to be funny who said to me, "No one giv... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:23:12 EST SparkPeople survey: We want to hear from you! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We've been making a bunch of changes this year to make the SparkPeople experience better. Could you spare five minutes and let us know how you feel? We really appreciate your time and opinions; these surveys help us get an idea of what we're doing well and what we could improve upon. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eople_2015 </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:14:45 EST Gift advise for an arangetram An arangetram is the classical dance debut of an Indian girl, usually an older teenager. <BR> Next Saturday the girl in the family I nanny for is having her arangetram. She is 17, and leaving for college in August. I'm trying to figure out some sort of gift idea. I don't want to simply give her money, as that's not my way with these kids. I try to find unique things that match their personalities. However, I'm sort of drawing a blank. Any suggestions would be helpful. <BR> Thanks! Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:18:14 EST How to LOVE working out? I don't love working out (or eating right). So naturally I don't look how I want to. I can't spend ANY money (I'm economically challenged) . I have a waist that hovers around 30 inches. How do you get to be that person who is so happy to have a workout and eat kale? <BR> This is more like how I WANT my body to look: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (How long does it take to get a body like that anyway?) Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:15:58 EST Looking for a Workout Buddy :) Hey guys I live in the Chicagoland area I am looking for a workout buddy... I am thinking of joining x-sport on state and I would just love someone fun to hang out with (it would help if you are a good looking male).... I am accepting anybody however who is looking to lose weight. <em>46</em> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 09:29:52 EST ANYONE DYE THEIR EYEBROWS? I am getting white hairs in my eyebrows and a eyebrow pencil is not doing the trick. I color my hair and want to know if anyone colors their eyebrows and do you use the same color as your hair or go darker? Thanks. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:59:30 EST Starving. Suggestions? I lowered my calories to match my new weight and I feel like I'm starving now. Any new suggestions? I do herbal teas, brothy soups, salads, fruit... <BR> Cannot lose weight on my old calorie range any longer, so I know I'm not eating too little. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:28:40 EST Spark People Stinks! I don't know what happened to this site but there are so many pop ups now that it takes forever to add your food choices to the tracker. I haven't been on here in a couple of years and this site was awesome a few years ago. Every time I attempt to add a food to the tracker its so delayed that I keep clicking and then 10 of the same thing is added to my page. I then have to go through the same frustration to remove all of it. I'm looking for a new site because Spark People has become more ... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:27:13 EST Are You Larger or Smaller ? In the panic room, a female member was concerned that they weighed more than their boyfriend. I assured her that one spouse weighing more than the other was not unusual. <BR> <BR> So, the question is this,"are you larger, smaller or about the same size as your husband/boyfriend, wife/girlfriend or significant other ?" <BR> <BR> For a while, I was about the same size as my boyfriend. Now, I weigh less. How about you ? <BR> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:25:05 EST new awareness In having to keep track of what I eat at each meal, via food tracker, I have had a flash! I have been unconcious when it comes to have I feed myself. <BR> It would seem I nibble my way through LOTS of food. Just a bit here a bit there. <BR> I have been keeping track with the easy to use trackers and I note on the tracker what I eat and when. SO>>>>>I am no longer snacking All day. <BR> I have also noticed I head for a bite of this or that when certain difficulties pop up. I am learning I dea... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:39:06 EST I don't know what happened!!! Ate everything but the kitchen sink today.....and it's only my 7th day in! <em>495</em> <em>468</em> <em>480</em> <em>493</em> <em>494</em> (couldn't find a kitchen sink) Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:58:04 EST What do others do to break no weight loss in weeks Hi Everyone: I'm at a stand-still in weight loss. Very frustrating to say the least. I have been following a hi protein type program with carbs being low...and usually staying within 1500 calories per day. I have lost a few inches in waist but minimal anywhere else. I started back with Spark on May 1st. Doing at least 15-30 min per every other day with walks and aerobics..I'd like to do more but my legs won't allow on some days. I'm all ears for some ideas to get this plateau gone. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:56:23 EST vacation its time Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:39:03 EST I'm New So nice to see all of these encouraging posts! I think I'm going to like it here. <em>381</em> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 02:29:12 EST Support System Hey guys, Something came to mind today. I always try to find people to add to my friends list but, it seems like its hard to find active people on this website. Alot of SP Pages are from 2013 ect. So, if you active NOW and you want support NOW.. Add me as a friend!! We need all the support we can get! Im here for you guys!! Love you all, and lets get this weight loss journey accomplished with the thoughts and ideas of others!! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:32:10 EST I'm in a sour mood today... Yesterday I was really sour. I totally blew it this last weekend. Drank too much alcohol which (of course) ultimately led to me eating poorly. Got on the scale on Monday and was up 3 lbs. <BR> <BR> I was feeling so much better today. Had a nice talk with the husband about how I've been trying for two months to lose weight and I just keep failing. We talked about how we could both make sure I stay on track. I'm back on track, had an AWESOME workout this morning, totally planning to have a gu... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:46:01 EST How do you deal with negative friends? My best friend and I have been friends for over 20 years. Our kids grew up together, our husbands are friends. We coached our kids little league teams together, vacation together, go to church together, etc...We have always been your family is my family close. Well we have also most always been about the same size. Then I lost a lot of weight. The friendship is suffering. She makes rude and snarky comments. She tells me how bad I'm looking bc I am too skinny. I look old, it's unhealthy, etc. ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:51:23 EST Company Picnic It's that time of year... the company picnic. I'm trying to maintain a very positive attitude about forced socializing on my day off...... <BR> It helps that I am taking off early everyday this week to make up for the hours I have to put in on Friday. <BR> <BR> I even volunteered to help and have planned lots of fun stuff for the kids and made sure we have lots of prizes for everyone. See, I am really trying. :) I've got face painting, a piñata, a sno cone machine etc.... <BR> <BR> Now, th... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:55:26 EST what would you do if you saw a DRONE? these days you can buy drones on Amazon. <BR> So my question is ... if you spotted an industrial quality drone following you <BR> <BR> What would you do <em>38</em> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:19:29 EST JAWS is 40 ?....OMG I remember seeing JAWS when it first came out... <em>46</em> OMG I'm old <BR> it made me think twice about going for a swim in the ocean..But that didn't last long. YouTube has a few videos of real divers that have been attacked by sharks while in cages , and lately there have been a lot of shark attacks in the news. <BR> I recently read about cageless shark dives. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> What do you think about sharks <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:45:29 EST Spark Solution Questions I am getting my pantry ready to start a healthier life style by starting Spark Solutions, but my first trip to the grocery store left me feeling over whelmed, and only 1/2 shopping done. Is the flavored greek yogurt supposed to be fat free or low fat? <BR> I am also feeling very anxious of how to take the steps to get this started since I work at least 10 hours a day (in at 7:30 am), and because of family, I will be going to the gym before work, and only have to time to grab something quick... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 09:30:24 EST upper stomach hard/bigger than lower belly I have always been shaped like an eggplant - smaller upper half, bigger bottom half. The only good thing about it was that I always had a smaller, flatter upper abdomen. After years of being heavy and having 2 kids, now I have the severe mother's apron - to thhe point that I can't even see my "hooha" in the mirror. In the past year, I noticed my upper stomach is getting bigger and harder - muscular - and sticking out more!! Ugh. But I think I figured out why! <BR> <BR> My upper stomach is h... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 07:56:37 EST recipe problem Hi, I just put in my blueberry muffin recipe and when I saw it completed, they had added a nutrition label to it which was completely wrong. there was no tab to delete or revise. what do I do? Sat, 20 Jun 2015 10:59:07 EST Which TV Show Best Describes Your Get Togethers? Which TV show best describes your get togethers <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> The Big Bang Theory <BR> Cheers <BR> Friends <BR> Seinfeld <BR> Everyone Loves Raymond <BR> Saturday Night Live <BR> 3rd Rock From the Sun <BR> The Golden Girls <BR> The Brady Bunch. <BR> Modern Family <BR> The Goldbergs <BR> OTHER Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:10:25 EST 450+ I need some help finding clothing. I am up over 500 at the moment but am on my way down and I am looking for shirts in particular that will cover me. I don't want anything short that will have belly sticking out the bottom, but it doesn't need to go to my knees. <BR> <BR> I wasn't going to purchase anything until I lost more weight but my only summer shirt just ripped and the mending job is okay but I would like more than one item to wear in the hot weather. I do most of my shopping onli... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:39:49 EST Active Teams Hi, everyone! <em>213</em> I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for really active Spark teams, please? Thank you! <em>247</em> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 20:26:40 EST Which Phrase Most Describes Your Wardrobe? Let's have fun....Which phrase most describes your wardrobe <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Goth <BR> Somewhere over the Rainbow <BR> Fifty Shades of Gray <BR> RESPECT <BR> I Walk the Line <BR> HELP <BR> Born to Run <BR> Good Golly Miss Molly <BR> A Whiter Shade Of Pale <BR> Or Other <BR> <em>334</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:35:51 EST Smile (: Good morning, <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a great day so far. Let's start the day in a good and positive attitude is good and healthy no matter what, begin the day happy with family, friends, and co-workers. It will make a big difference in you're life. Remember we spend a lot of time on the road and at work, so let's make it fun. Have a great day today and always. Enjoy you're weekends with family and friends and also you're pets they are part of the family. <BR> <BR> Smile (: <BR... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:33:26 EST What's Off Your Bucket List ? We all have a bucket list. Things we'd like to do before we "kick the bucket". Tell me, what are some things you've ticked off that list ? And what are some things you'd still like to accomplish ? <BR> <BR> off my list <BR> <BR> 1) run a half marathon, 5ks and 10ks. <BR> 2) traveled to Europe (saw Stonehenge, Anne Frank House, Coliseum, etc) <BR> 3) ate beignets at the Café Du Monde in New Orleans <BR> <BR> Still on the list <BR> <BR> 1) travel to china or india <BR> 2) run a full marat... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09:43:13 EST what do you listen ? a good mood will help a lot for losing weight .it was confirmed by studies . so what do you listen every day when you are exercising ? Wed, 17 Jun 2015 22:21:22 EST OK--Here's what happened Just before I started making a conscious effort to exercise more and eat better, i had a little cold and an eye infection. Concerned about my eyes, I went to the doctor. On his scales, I weighed 271. When I came home, I weighed myself on my own scales and weighed 264 so naturally I used that number as my starting weight. Now I am thinking that his scales were closer to the mark because after doing this about 4 weeks, I am finding I can stand up straighter and when I weighed myself today, ... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:00:59 EST What color are you rocking on your fingernails? I just painted mine sky blue with daises on the index fingers and big toes. I love it! Tue, 16 Jun 2015 22:01:55 EST Weight Watchers Online with SparkPeople Question I am registered with Weight Watchers Online, as well as here. Is there a way I can share food tracking between the two sites, without tracking in both places? <BR> <BR> Maybe this is a silly question - but I like both sites and my experience has told me I love the articles and videos, and person to person support on here. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:27:22 EST Spark weight scale I want to buy a weight scale from Spark. I dont see it anymore and I was wondering if I would still be able to buy one. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:18:05 EST Groovy Men's Fashions From the 1970s Here is a blast from the past those of us past that certain age might enjoy or cringe at. We talk about how fashions make a come back i.e. like bell bottoms or hip huggers. Some things should stay in the past. LOL. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4079/Groovy-baby-1970s-men-s-clothing-<BR>advertisements-just-cringe-worthy-fash<BR>ion-40-years-ago.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:57:59 EST Hallmark and other name brand greeting cards....?? Do you buy them? <BR> <BR> My friends and I have a pact to never waste our money on these; dollar store cards are just as nice and the money saved can be used for something useful. I'd rather receive a post-it that says "I love you, Happy Bday". I'd have more respect for the sender who saved five bucks. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:41:33 EST Gym Locker Room Etiquette The set up: my gym's locker room has 5 stations with outlets and mirrors for someone to do their hair and makeup in the morning. On average, when I'm getting ready there are about 15 other women getting ready post-gym as well and competition for the outlets is *fierce.* <BR> <BR> The situation: there is one woman who after she works out will layout all of her stuff at a makeup station before showering (laying out make up, hair appliances, etc), shower for 10-15 minutes, and then come back an... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:14:30 EST Squirrel exercises portion control :-) So, I was in my backyard this weekend, when I saw a squirrel on my roof, eating a pear from our pear tree. He was DEMOLISHING that thing - it was so cute! After he ate about half of it, he threw the other half on the ground, and ran away. I looked on the ground, and saw a pile of about 10 half-eaten pears - I need to be more like the squirrel - eat until I'm full, and then throw the rest of my food on the ground, er, or put the leftovers in the fridge. Hope you guys can see the pic below,... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:00:57 EST Tess Holliday - Plus Size Model - Thoughts? "Tess Holliday has gotten a lot of attention lately. <BR> <BR> Some of it from fans cheering on her success from the sidelines because they see this as fat acceptance and progression from what would be considered normal beauty standards. Others though, have criticized her for what they believe to be the glorification of an unhealthy lifestyle" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Article here - <BR> <link>popdust.c... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 07:51:54 EST Being beautiful and fit = a full time job? I would love to be fit and beautiful (as those who read my posts probably know <em>41</em> ) But I have very little money or time. If I'm lucky I have time to read a tip online or something. But all that you have do to makes it seem SO time consuming. Make healthy meals, workout (cardio, strength,toning, and yoga),remove body hair and sleep a lot . You also must do things to make your hair and skin look good and whiten your teeth. And your clothes must be perfect, #outfitoftheday worthy. ... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 16:54:57 EST Escape Rooms My family and I are going to an escape room later today (early Father's Day celebration). The scenario - we are trying to get our Capt out of a POW camp. There are 8 of us and we have an hour to rescue him. Really looking forward to trying this out. Saw the gang in an escape room on Big Bang Theory and it looked like fun - mind you we aren't nearly as smart as those guys lol. Not sure how active of an event this will be but it seems like a great thing to do with the family - adult childr... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 12:00:06 EST Why Back into a Parking Spot ? I will never understand the idea of backing into a spot in a crowded parking lot? <BR> <BR> why people do it? <BR> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 12:01:54 EST Laser Lipo Has anyone had the Strawberry Laser Lipo done? I have lost 74 of my 81 pound weight loss goal. I am really surprised that my skin has been so cooperative and THANKFULLY I have very little sagging skin. I thought I would have to have some tucks, but the doctor says the laser lipo will take care of it. It's expensive if it doesn't work. A bargain (compared to a tuck) if it does....I have an appointment to get it done Tuesday and now I am second guessing it. If anyone has had it done I would lo... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 06:13:41 EST Looking for Buddy! asap I am looking to start fresh next week on Monday! (starting in the middle of the week just doesn't work for me) <BR> I would like to find someone with similar goals and keep in touch, daily if possible, if not no biggie! Sometimes it is nice to have someone there that struggles just as I do. Friends and family that are in my life are not very understanding of my goals so sometimes it is hard to stay motivated when it feels like you have no one there that understands what you are going through!... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 17:01:20 EST Would you spend good money on distressed jeans? I saw a trendy looking pair of distressed denim shorts for RM85 but for a pair of shorts, esp torn ones, they are very pricey. My most expensive shorts are only RM49.90. <BR> <BR> What abt you? Would you spend so much on torn shorts? I know my Dad would probably hit the roof if he saw me wearing it! Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:18:30 EST A hygeine question I wash my hair almost daily these days. It's because my hair feels icky esp after cardio. Sometimes I sweat during HIIT and strength training too. Whenever I sweat, my hair feels sweaty and dirty, so I have to wash my hair too. <BR> <BR> I always put some hair serum on the middle and ends to combat dryness after washing though. <BR> <BR> What abt you? Do you wash your hair after every exercise session? Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:10:04 EST Creative ways you've managed to get hurt? Please tell me I am not the only accident prone person in the world..! <BR> <BR> Today while waiting for a bus, standing still, reading a book, a bicycle was riding on the sidewalk and the girl had a hoodie on. <BR> <BR> Before I realized she wasn't going to go around me, because her hoodie was in her face, she ran right into me. <BR> <BR> We both fell back and now I have a scrape and huge huge bruise on my elbow. <BR> <BR> This is perhaps the strangest way I've gotten hurt..... <BR> <B... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:37:03 EST Very depressed over rude remark! I went to eat a waffle with ice-cream yesterday, the waitress remarked that I am so fat now. But I am still fitting into all my clothes! And I even think I've lost some belly fat! <BR> <BR> I feel so sad now! But it was a bit rich coming from her, she is much more overweight than me! Btw, I go to this dessert stand abt once a month, it's within walking distance from my house. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:29:31 EST Gallbladder Was just wondering if anyone had gallbladder attacks with this kind of eating. Day 4 and having an attack worse than when I eat high fat foods? <em>24</em> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:16:52 EST Ten positive statements about yourself? This is just for fun. Quickly, can you state 10 positive things about yourself? <BR> <BR> Actually, it doesn't have to be 10 things, any number of things would be great! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:49:13 EST Bummer SparkPeople Food Tracking I like SparkPeople and the community is really nice to have, but I used to use Cronometer to track my food and I have to admit it is SO much easier and the database is so much more expansive than what is available here. It converts between grams and ounces easily and it has a wide range of options for most fruits and vegetables. On SparkPeople I can't find things such as fresh coconut water, raw unsalted cashews, peaches measured in grams, etc. Disappointing! Thu, 11 Jun 2015 18:26:51 EST Belly Button Challenge As if young women don't have enough pressure to be super slim, there is a new craze sweeping across Asia and making its way towards the US/Europe. The BBC calls the trend, waist wars. The object of the challenge is to see if you can wrap your arm around your waist to touch your belly button. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is not something the average person can do. Out of curiosity, I tried it to see how ... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 12:25:26 EST Christopher Lee Rest In Peace Any fans of the legendary actor Christopher Lee ? He passed away today at the age of 93. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pher-lee-legendary-movie-villain-and-1<BR>21265764947.html </link> <BR> <BR> I've been a fan for years. Watched everything from his Dracula movies to Fu Manchu up to his portrayal of Saruman in the Lord of the Rings. Did you know that he knew Tolkien ? He read the books every year. a great actor as well as literate. We can't say that abou... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:26:15 EST Exercise should you exercise in heat good or bad? Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:28:17 EST How do you organize... ...your life, your home, whatever? I am always looking to be more organized, so I"d love to hear your tips. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:49:32 EST Weather Watch? Do you pay attention to the weather in your immediate area? I do. The weather has a big effect on how I feel physically and moodwise on any given day, although I don't let it change my plans or schedule. <BR> <BR> What about you? <BR> <BR> Does the weather affect you at all or do you ignore it for the most part? <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:25:56 EST Positive Thought Challenge Copy and paste <BR> _____________________________________ <BR> Weight loss isn't going to be easy, especially for those that have started recently and still trying to find a routine - or keep their routine. A great way to keep you going is to look at what you've accomplished SO FAR and how that's a positive thought to keep you going. <BR> <BR> What is YOUR positive thought of the day? <BR> _____________________________________ <BR> <BR> My positive thoughts of the day: <BR> <BR> ---I've h... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 20:28:17 EST Favorite fruits My husband jokes that I have a fruit addiction. Maybe. I certainly am pretty obsessed lately because it's the perfect time of year in our area for juicy, flavorful fruits! Lately I've been eating a lot of grapes, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, peaches, plums, and nectarines. I want to take advantage of their deliciousness while they're in season! While I could get them all year round, a fresh nectarine in November just doesn't have that same incredible, amazing, juicy flavor, plus it'... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 14:09:23 EST Workout songs What are your favorite songs to work out to? My IPod consists of everything from Eminem, Bush, Black Crows, Nicki Minaj, Outkast, to Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Pink, Fleetwood Mac and Beth Hart (and so much more). <BR> <BR> Whats you running / quick moving fav song and your fav cool down song? Tue, 9 Jun 2015 13:24:59 EST Favorite Exercise? If for some reason you were limited to doing only one type of exercise for the rest of your life, what would it be and why would you choose it? Tue, 9 Jun 2015 10:32:36 EST How do you store your fruit/veggies? I live in a rural area, so its not always convenient to stop for fresh produce. Does anyone have any tips on storing produce so it lasts longer? Tue, 9 Jun 2015 08:43:06 EST I am just waaay too nice! and now I'm mad at myself for not being firm! <BR> <BR> I was out shopping with my Mom at the supermarket. Then this man started up a convo with me asking me if he's seen me before and what church I attended. I told him the name and area where my church was but he then asked for directions to my church. <BR> <BR> Normally, someone drives me there and I am very bad with giving directions so I said I couldn't explain further. Then he asked for my mobile number, which I declined to give. Then ... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 06:56:14 EST Need some help... My job consists of a lot of sitting all day....what do you do to sneak some exercises in through out the day? Also any Ideas for great low carb snacks? Mon, 8 Jun 2015 23:30:48 EST Propaganda & Debating Techniques I can't remember which thread it was but someone made mention of debating techniques like Straw Man and Fallacy, it got me to thinking about many Facebook friends I have to tear apart anything I post (I do not do that same to theirs) pro (not negative against those who don't support these) Unions, Teachers, Healthcare, etc... <BR> <BR> So I looked it up and saw this: <BR> <link><BR>nda.html </link> <BR> <BR> WOW! I have got a lot of reading to do thi... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 09:59:32 EST Entitlements or Earned Benefits? In your opinion, are public employee pensions that people have paid into (on time at that) entitlements or benefits, the difference for this purpose is being that entitlements are getting something for nothing and benefits are something that one pays for and gets the benefit of whatever that is and in this case a pension. <BR> <BR> My state (Pennsylvania) is trying to take away public employee benefits that were already paid for but are calling them entitlements. My state has been late payin... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 09:35:56 EST Anyone trying "Stubborn Fat Gone"? Hi There <BR> is anyone trying Jorge cruise's "Stubborn Fat Gone". I Bought the book and read it, just have not done the program. I am actually starting it Monday. I know that it takes more than another diet plan to reach my goals. I do well for a while and then I slip back into old habits. If anyone is interested in starting a weight loss journey, please join in. <img src=""> Sun, 7 Jun 2015 20:17:57 EST Anyone have experience or knowledge of NutriMOST? I've been seeing these full page and half page ads in our local newspaper from one of the local Chiropractors for a program called NutriMOST <BR> <BR> <link> </link> seems to be the mother lode, but each Chiro sets up their local page so there's one for Wichita or NJ or various places that I've seen, with a little customized tweaking. <BR> <BR> And of course, it's one of those "sounds too good to be true" with the fantastical patient testimonials. The Chiropractor w... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 18:56:14 EST Shame as a deterrent? Our state has had a rash of wrong way highway drivers lately. They are always impaired (ie drunk) and usually kill several people and it has never been their first offence.. From memory (like a sieve- full of holes) is ~ 6 instances with ~17 deaths...could have been more ...could have been less... <BR> <BR> There has been lots of discussion in the paper about how to prevent this from occurring. <BR> <BR> Flashing lights when entering the highway the wrong way...spike strips activated by en... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 17:27:19 EST Do you sleep in on your day off work? Do you sleep me,in on your day off work? Do you try to stick to the same bedtime and wake up? Sun, 7 Jun 2015 08:08:26 EST private messaging I want to send someone a private message but do not see an inbox anywhere so I know if they responded. Is it the same thing as Friend Feed? Does their response show up on my Spark page? Sat, 6 Jun 2015 12:04:34 EST Fess up - Who succumb to the donuts? It's National Donut Day, they are giving away free donuts today. Who stopped and got one? <BR> <BR> I managed to get to work and drove by TWO Dunkin Donuts and a Krispy Kreme without stopping - it did help that they were all really crowded! LOL Fri, 5 Jun 2015 15:45:43 EST