SparkPeople SparkPeople Cafe Messageboard General, fun discussion about a variety of topics. Please post one-word answer and game threads in the Game Room, not in the Cafe. SparkPeople SparkPeople Cafe Messageboard What Nice Thing Did You Do for Yourself TODAY??? A sleep-in <em>102</em> followed by a nice HOT shower! Sun, 18 Feb 2018 18:54:17 EST Dr. Jason Fung : "The Complete Guide to Fasting" I'm presently reading this book and find it to be absolutely incredible . Dr. Fung a nephrologist from Toronto explains the reason why obesity and diabetes is so common today in understandable terms backed by scientific study. <BR> Then provides a viable solution to remedy the epidemic of Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes .The best explanation of insulin resistance I've ever read . <BR> Truly recommended. <em>48</em> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:39:20 EST Help Is there a way to change my food tracker to plant based foods? <BR> <BR> Thank you Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:36:46 EST Keep it positive- what are you grateful for today? I'm grateful to be alive Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:13:26 EST How do i reset my weight tracker thingy How do i reset my weight tracker thingy Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:45:03 EST Discussion: Bait and Switch This morning in my email was the usual daily selection of highlights from SparkPeople. The subject head - the lead article - was "How much exercise do you need?" with the subheads "Do you really need to exercise that much?" and "How much exercise is too much?" <BR> <BR> So I clicked on the link - hey, who doesn't need to exercise? - only to be led to one gigantic advertisement for Jenny Craig. <BR> <BR> Now, I know all the "advertising keeps the site free" arguments" and I have no problem w... Thu, 15 Feb 2018 03:05:47 EST Happy Valentine's Day! What are you planning to do for your Valentine today to make them feel loved? Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:49:51 EST Cleaning my closet I was digging around for jeans that I could wear to work. I found a pair of jeans that didn't fit. Even if they did fit I'd have to get rid of them the rise is a bit too low to be good for my personal brand (and I'm trying to overhaul my image in real life.) In the donation box they went. <BR> I also found a pair that almost fits -meaning another "good" month or two and I can wear them. <BR> There's more I haven't decided on yet. Probably ought to go through all my clothes and accessories (... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:12:30 EST What to do in Richmond on a Rainy Day Sitting here at my desk and I am trying to find inspiration for doing something after work. Typically I go home, watch a little TV, read some, maybe do something around the house to try an improve it. Mostly, sit in front of the TV wondering why I am not motivated. <BR> <BR> What motivates you? Also, if your from Richmond what are you doing tonight? Something fun? Some idea I can borrow =) Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:08:53 EST Foods You Can't Eat Anymore Since you have changed your diet and have started to eat more healthfully, have you noticed there are certain foods you can't eat anymore ? And not because you consider these foods off limits. <BR> <BR> Have you noticed there are foods you can't eat because they upset your stomach ? <BR> <BR> For me, it's fried foods. I love fried chicken. I love fried clams. I love chicken parmesan. But I noticed that if I eat too much fried food, I get really sick to my stomach. If I eat fried food, I c... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:03:34 EST Exercise videos with real sized people I'm looking for some exercise videos with some "chubby" people. I am more motivated by seeing real-sized people do the exercises. Does anyone know of some YouTube videos that could help me. The SparkPeople videos are NOT fat-woman friendly! ;) Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:34:19 EST Stitchfix Has anyone used this service? What did you think? Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:26:30 EST Form u 3 Diet Plan - melt down to stage 3 Does anyone have the Form u 3 diet plan from Melt down stage to stage 3 they could email me please ? I lost 70 lbs on it last time . Sun, 11 Feb 2018 20:17:56 EST Why won't my steps record? I'm tracking my steps on my fitness page, but they don't show up in the leaderboards. It show 0 steps. Help?????? Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:12:13 EST Counting steps Where on SP do I add daily steps? Thanks. Thu, 8 Feb 2018 13:09:51 EST Sparkteam You Are Not Alone Hello. <BR> <BR> Just wondering if any of you have seen Sparkteam "You Are Not Alone"? I know the team is still active, but not showing up when I search. <BR> <BR> If any of you are members or know anything about, would you kindly send the URL? <BR> <BR> I would appreciate it. Thanks! Thu, 8 Feb 2018 11:30:55 EST healthy snack tomatoe tuna melt with cheese yum Wed, 7 Feb 2018 11:08:42 EST Another Reason To Lower The Carbs <link><BR>cess-sugar-linked-to-alzheimers-study-<BR>finds-tipping-point.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Wed, 7 Feb 2018 01:48:15 EST What Are Your Thoughts on Lady Doritos ? There was an article in yahoo news talking about comments made by the CEO of PepsiCo (Doritos). If you don't want to click on the link, just search the news for Lady Doritos. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-goes-viral-ceos-comments-women-snack<BR>ing-125703955--abc-news-Recipes.html </link> <BR> <BR> Indra Nooyi commented that women eat Doritos differently than men. To paraphrase, she said that women don't lick their fingers the way men do when they eat Doritos... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 14:48:55 EST New Colon Cancer Research I guess it's bad news that it happens, but the good news is that now we know about it: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tyle/health-and-wellbeing/040218/how-t<BR>umours-develop-where-these-gut-bacteri<BR>a-thrive.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>585</em> Mon, 5 Feb 2018 14:45:54 EST smiling I step on the scale and lost eight pounds!!! Still smiling!! Mon, 5 Feb 2018 12:08:33 EST Mattress Toppers I am thinking about buying a mattress topper to place on top of my current mattress. <BR> Does anyone have any recommendations or suggestions for these? <BR> <BR> Are they comfortable? Do they last long? What about cleaning them? Will my sheets fit over them? I toss and turn a lot, is it easy to turn over with these? Where can I buy these? I looked online, but I think I would like to see them in person. <BR> <BR> Input is appreciated. Thanks. Sun, 4 Feb 2018 22:43:07 EST What is your favorite spark recipe Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm trying to get more creative with my cooking. <BR> So I'm asking what is your favorite spark recipe? <BR> Please keep in mind we can NOT eat peppers of any kind. No bell peppers, cayenne pepper, pepper flakes, green pepper sauce. Black pepper is fine. <BR> Every time I ask for recipe ideas they have peppers of some kind. <BR> Thanks for sharing. Sun, 4 Feb 2018 18:32:26 EST Text/Accountability Buddy Wanted I’m a 28 yo guy who has gotten out of shape in the last year and a half. Like running the most but will go to the gym if I have to. <BR> <BR> If I’m being honest, I’m not going to come back to this board often enough to matter. I need a text buddy who can agree with all the following conditions: <BR> - receive texts at any time, reply whenever <BR> - be able to give and receive motivating insults <BR> - don’t be easily offended <BR> <BR> Text 318.697.3016 Sun, 4 Feb 2018 17:47:45 EST When did you need smaller clothes? How many pounds or inches did you lose before you needed smaller clothes? Sat, 3 Feb 2018 19:54:25 EST "Don't Miss Out On"...leads to Ads?! "Consider a new way to lose weight"....interesting, OK...but it leads directly to a whole page of Jenny Craig ads/stories....! AT LEAST LABEL THE ARTICLE TITLE WITH "SPONSORED", OK? Then those of us who don't want to waste our time will skip it. <BR> patti Fri, 2 Feb 2018 15:48:00 EST Pet Peeves Come on now! We all have them. <BR> <BR> Mine are people who grunt, groan and slurp while they eat. It drives me <BR> ba na nas. I definitely couldn't watch any eating shows on the tubey place. They add moaning to their grunting, groaning and slurping. <BR> <BR> People who are perfect and love to rub our noses in it. Remind us every chance they get how perfectly, perfect they are in their perfection. <BR> <BR> So what are yours. This is your safe space to rant away! Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:28:30 EST Looking For Recommendations I am in need of some new foundation. I have some discoloration and acne scars. So I need some that doesn't settle into fine lines. Oh and my skin is also oily. <BR> <BR> I am on a budget. So I am looking for grocery store brands. As nice as MAC, Christian Dior and Prada are, I cannot afford them. Well I probably could, but then I couldn't eat for the week. <BR> <BR> I had to mention that I cannot afford some brands. I have asked for recommendations on other boards. Someone posted that Chr... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:20:32 EST Using Sparkpeople article in English Lang lessons So I'm an English teacher in the UK, and my Year 11s have to sit a non fiction reading paper where they compare points of view between two authors on the same topic. I found this article by Bill Bryson on Junk food: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ment/brysons-america-my-last-junk-food<BR>-binge-drove-me-to-crispbread-1194635.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> and I want a good article to compare it with in terms of points of view (also because a bit of nutritional edu... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 05:28:46 EST Share with your blogging experience please I'm going to create my own rather soon so I need some tips about the best ways of making your own blog. Which tools did you use for creating it? How expensive it was or did you choose a totally handmade one? What ideas for design can you recommend me? <BR> My blog will be devoted to my own weight loss journey, useful recommendations about fitness, diets etc. <BR> Would be very grateful for your help! Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:58:45 EST What kind of books do you like best My favorite books to read are Mystery's. I have Arora Teagarden Mystery's, and Nancy Drew Mystery's. Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:03:33 EST It's quarter to three .... (....well, almost) and I can't sleep <BR> <BR> <link>// </link> <BR> <BR> Kris Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:17:14 EST Are you interested in a fun challenge? <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser goes for 10 weeks. It consists of 10 teams participating in weekly Fitness and Nutrition challenges. The Spring challenge will be getting started the beginning of March. It consists of fitness and nutrition challenges that are often in a form of a game. If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Winter we had Help Santa ... Mon, 29 Jan 2018 23:36:00 EST Avoiding bad foods when people around you are eati My mother in law came over Saturday for the night. She’s one who is always in some yo yo diet, but this weekend apparently she wasn’t dieting. She shows up with chips, fried chicken, jack in the box, and a pile of other stuff we are trying to avoid. I’ll tell ya, it was all I could do to not scream sitting across the table from her watching her eat this stuff. Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:46:18 EST Your fave Pedometor & Calorie Apps? Questions Hellooooo Spark friends! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I have a new phone to install goodies into and am adding a pedometor and calorie tracker. First downloaded of course was Spark People :) BUT I wanted to ask a couple possibly dumb questions. <BR> <BR> Regarding pedometer app, what are your favourites and does it work properly in a purse or pocket or does it need to be in a holder on arm/hip to properly gauge steps? <BR> <BR> Also, I know Spark people is perfect for tracking food / calori... Sun, 28 Jan 2018 16:04:52 EST Nutella Riots - France Have you read the news lately ? Not only is the Seine flooding in Paris, but there have been NUTELLA riots !! <BR> <BR> I'm not kidding. It seems for a promotion, Nutella discounted their jars by 70%. The price dropped to the US equivalent of $1.76 a jar. Some of the Parisians went a little nuts. You know the Black Friday riots we get here ? Okay, Nutella caused something similar in France ! They are fighting for jars of discounted Nutella. <BR> <BR> <link> Sat, 27 Jan 2018 16:17:08 EST Excuses abound...RANT I loathe excuses. I’ll be the first to admit I LOVE bread, candy, cakes, etc. But I absolutely cannot handle it when people around me try to state that by giving up grains and dairy will hinder my weight loss. Before I gave up grains, all grains, my waist was 43”, even though my weight was the same. After just one week of no grains my waist measured 39”. Not everyone can handle grains, and clearly I can’t. I avoid dairy because it makes me gassy. <BR> <BR> My mother in law and sister ... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 10:18:55 EST BIG RANT: Kroger Lasagna Noodles!! Ok... I very seldom treat us to lasagna, but decided to this week. I have been using the same 13 x 9x 2 pan for 30 some years to make lasagna. And, these past 10 years have sought out whole grain lasagna noodles. The store didn't have Barilla which I normally I bought the Kroger brand. Fair enough. <BR> <BR> Problem: cook them up...and they don't fit my pan!! They cover about 12" long, and three wide cover about 8.25". Look at the box which of course is the same size: no lo... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:18:56 EST Ads and popups Sorry to rain on anyones parade, and not knowing where to begin, I will post here to see if this helps. I can understand the whole advertising income for 'Spark'. But isn't this a bit much?? My pages for reading, menus and such are less than 5 inches wide the remainder of 14 in screen is ADS!!! Now to top it all off, they are allowing "Asian Beauties" dating link site. Come on Sparkle are you really that in need for the $$$. Thu, 25 Jan 2018 08:14:05 EST Contrave I have apx. 120 pounds to lose. I am 61, and while I have lost weight before, nothing I have ever had success with is working now at this stage of life. <BR> <BR> My Dr. has recommended that I take Contrave and gave me a prescription for it last week. I have not filled the prescription yet because I want to find out as much as I can about it, from people who have taken it before. <BR> <BR> Anybody ever taken this? What was your experience with it? Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:52:54 EST Sports! I wish anyone but the Patriots was going to the super bowl. <BR> <BR> Once I was flying home from Boston. The flight attendant was a Patriots fan. It took all my energy. To not go and sit on the wing for the entire flight. <BR> <BR> I love Philadelphia. Such a charming town. Not necessarily the Eagles, but Feb 4th I am an Eagles fan. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:22:30 EST Tsunami Alert re Alaska Earthquake I hope that all affected by this huge earthquake stay safe. Please, don't take any chances and keep away from the water. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Kris Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:38:40 EST Wheat or NOT <em>180</em> <BR> Growing up, sandwiches were a typical lunch food in our house. As an adult I always figured I ate pretty good, and if I avoided fast food and canned meals and the like, I was good. When the scale didn’t change, I dove into research. I did a whole 30 challenge two years ago, lean proteins, veggies and fruit only. Absolutely NO dairy or grains. In the first two weeks I lost 12#. No exercise. I love sandwiches and pastas, and of course crackers, but when I include them... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:27:06 EST What sizes are your bedrooms/kitchens? The reason I ask is because I am curious. I love watching those shows where people are shown 3-4 houses/apartments to buy or rent (mostly the shows from USA) and am often amazed at how the purchasers bitch at the size of the kitchens or the size of the bedrooms, claiming they couldn't POSSIBLY get a bed in there, yadda, yadda, yadda. The thing is, most of the bedrooms I have seen in NZ are nowhere near the size that they seem to expect. My 'master' is only 10'x11' and easily have a queen be... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 02:47:21 EST 2018 flu Who's had the flu this year and how long did it take to kick it? <BR> <BR> edit to add: How many days of work did you (or those you know) have to miss? Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:19:55 EST Sodium Study Another reason to avoid it if you need another: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/hold-salt-gut-reaction-may-impair-br<BR>ains-mice </link> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:20:03 EST Bananas New found appreciation of bananas! Great take along snack, in the evening if I'm needing a treat (particularly in winter) I can slice a banana, slick a pan with oil very lightly, and give the slices a warming on both sides- feels like luxury! <BR> <BR> Any other simple banana ideas? Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:18:22 EST Question-Not tracking correctly? I entered my lunch today & individuallt I count 5 carbs on the break down. The total at the bottom of my lunch says 4??? I even closded out & reopened, it was still wrong. <img src=""> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:55:19 EST Silly Sounding Goals: Want to lose weight so I ... Let's have some honest comments about what we look forward to being able to do after losing some weight or getting more fit. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:11:56 EST Now that I figured the nutrition out Now that I figured out what I need nutritionally, today is a very off day and I just can't eat or drink enough to cover it. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. That's normal for me though.. good days and not so good.. but at least I have more good! Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:32:24 EST Are you planning a holiday getaway? Anyone looking forward to a vacation? Where are you headed? <BR> We are crossing the Atlantic on a new ship in April. Looking forward to the adventure. Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:34:43 EST By Jove I think I've got it! Before I comment I need to explain that I am 40 pounds overweight, elderly disabled with multiple medical problems that create loss of appetite and have been unable to lose a pound and couldn't figure out why. Doc put me on low sodium , high protein, low carb , low fat diet. And using these charts for 3 days I, I discovered my caloric intake was 800 calories or less, protein was lower thanI realized, and worst of all, carbs were almost 'non-existent'. In addition, I am active and burn ... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 02:41:48 EST Do You Clip Coupons? Yes. I like to save money any way I can, especially if it is food. Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:42:04 EST Suggest A Good Cookbook Any JoAnna M. Lund cookbook. <BR> <BR> I have "Party Fare" and "A Potful of Recipes". <BR> <BR> Ms. Lund lost over 100 pounds by tweaking her own recipes. <BR> <BR> There are even 2 JoAnna M. Lund Sparkteams if you are interested. Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:37:50 EST Do You Buy Expensive or Thrift Clothes? Thrift. <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:35:07 EST dinner what is something good for dinner that is filling need ideas Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:39:03 EST It Would Be Nice If...... I love Spark People and it is wonderful. I am so grateful that it is free. <BR> <BR> It would be nice though. If it was easier to edit our manually entered favorites. Since nutrition information does change. I attempted go through all my manually entered favorites. Deciding that I would just be off. <BR> <BR> So if when you are upgrading. If you could keep that feature in mind. I would appreciate it. <BR> <BR> Thank you for listening. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 18:50:32 EST do you chart this.... let's say I weighed 175 one day....then the next day, due to water retention (and not bingeing) I weighed 176....should I submit that weight on my trackers or leave the original and probably more accurate weight of 175? Mon, 8 Jan 2018 08:55:17 EST Do you find it easier to stick to your food guidelines/goals during the week, or over the weekend (day off versus work day for those who work different schedules)? For the most part, I find it way easier during the week - work days - than when I'm off. How about you? Mon, 8 Jan 2018 02:52:43 EST Feeling Fragmented I've been struggling lately. Dealing with stuff at work, home, and with my mother who's now in assisted living--and her affairs. <BR> <BR> I find it's impossible to stick to a routine. <BR> <BR> I lose stuff all the time now. My mom's paperwork is a mess. I'm constantly being pulled in different directions. Day by day, minute by minute, hour by hour. <BR> <BR> I feel rudderless, like a ship just bouncing in the waves, banging against rocks, other ships. <BR> <BR> I have to get... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 13:58:20 EST Weight scale-- I need a new scale to weigh myself-does anyone have any recommendations? Sat, 6 Jan 2018 09:50:53 EST Favorite Salad Goodies What are your favorite salad toppings or salad recipes? <BR> <BR> My DH and I enjoy a bed of spinach or lettuce, but I would like ideas for what to top it with. Some of our staples are: <BR> <BR> Eggs <BR> Cheese <BR> Sunflower Seeds <BR> Pumpkin Seeds <BR> Flax Seeds <BR> Tomatoes <BR> Turkey bacon <BR> Black beans Fri, 5 Jan 2018 10:28:29 EST Bitter Cold Wintry Weather What's the weather like where you are? It's south central Florida here and it was 31 degrees when I woke. That's OK as the sun is shining and it will reach 50s 60s today. <BR> <BR> There is a terrible storm brewing in the northeast today. I hope those affected don't lose power and stay warm and safe. <BR> Thu, 4 Jan 2018 11:18:25 EST Surprise, Surprise! <link><BR>-health-care-expensive-country-compari<BR>son.html? </link> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Thu, 4 Jan 2018 01:42:50 EST What length dress should I buy? Hi, I am hoping for some opinions about what length and type of dress I should buy. I am going to the ballet with my sister at the end of April at 8:00pm. The ballet is at Butler University in Indy. I've only ever been to the ballet during the day before so I'm not sure how dressed up I should be that night. I don't know anything about fashion because I live in sweats and yoga pants but since I've lost weight and I am feeling better about myself I would like to get a dress. The problem is I a... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:24:11 EST can our spark friends can see our food intake????? I have looked through several people's spark pages and I can't see anyone else's food ticker/trackers? I checked the "setting" where mine can be visible...but I don't know if it actually is??? I want my spark friends to be able to hold me accountable by seeing what I've eaten for the day (as an option)....does this make sense? But I'm not sure if this really is a feature on the spark pages? help?! Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:00:00 EST im needy :) I need the following: <BR> <BR> someone who will go look at my sparkpage and see if you can see what I'm tracking food-wise (and fitness) <BR> <BR> someone who will spark "friend" me and help hold me accountable. <BR> <BR> I need support! I've failed and struggled too long!!! thanks for reading. :) Wed, 3 Jan 2018 11:55:08 EST good morning well i have accomplished my first goal...i tracked my first meal....not much a know but my puter is slow so i usually just give up and use it an excuse to not follow...but i said to my self....Self this is the day to do or die and im just not up to dieing so here i go...everyone have a great day...and may the Lord bless you Wed, 3 Jan 2018 09:37:40 EST destined for failure? So I came across this article on CNN and was a little discouraged. To me it felt like they were implying successful weight loss cannot be achieved. I'm just wondering what you guys think of it... <BR> <BR> <BR> How your body fights back when you diet <BR> <BR> Diets do not work. <BR> The scientific evidence is clear as can be that cutting calories simply doesn't lead to long-term weight loss or health gains. <BR> <BR> We suspect most dieters have realized this by now too. And yet, here ... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 14:05:12 EST Happy New Year Okay so I was half way to my goal before the holidays. I gained I am sure although I have not gotten on the scale but clothes still feel the same. I did not blow it the way I have other years. I have 19lbs to go and now I want to do this mostly for my health. I want to find a buddy on line here to do this. Is there any special place for that? Mon, 1 Jan 2018 12:27:59 EST 2018 let's get fit in 2018 and not watch the scale Mon, 1 Jan 2018 07:38:48 EST Prednisone and increased appetite Hello people, <BR> Does anyone have thoughts about how to change a diet for someone (not me but my husband) whos appetite has gone thorough the roof since being on Prednisone. <BR> He loves bread and butter and this is his go to snack. He could breathe better without his belly. I have been researching bread recipes and wonder if anyone has made soul bread or other low carb bread. I have made some cloud bread but it didn't go over very well--pun intended. So if you have ideas, please let me kn... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 21:35:18 EST Weigh in? When you weigh in do you count what it says like if you weigh 237.8 do you count that or do you drop the .8 and just say i weight 237 lbs? Sat, 30 Dec 2017 17:22:00 EST For ONE week, I RESOLVE TO...(finish the sentence) I was reading statistics on New Year's Resolutions and did you know that 27.4% of people do not make it through the first week! Really! Over a quarter of the people who make resolutions admit to quitting within the week... that's quite a few... and kinda sad. So then I started thinking, what if I had some resolutions that were only meant for ONE week? That's not a ton of pressure, right? If I knew I had to only do something for seven days, I could probably handle it! So besides my bigger reso... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 13:50:16 EST Latest Top News Story Opening SparkPeople this morning, I was greeted with: <BR> <BR> Today’s Top Story: Achieve Rapid Weight Loss Results Today! <BR> <BR> Lose Weight, Feel Great with Rapid Results! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is no reflection on Jenny Craig. Lots of Sparkers use Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, TOPS, etc., and there's nothing wrong with that. <BR> <BR> But I’m disappointed with SparkPeople's placement of... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 04:06:43 EST For All You Freelancers! Hello! My name is ON_A_DIET. I am a team leader for a team called Freelance Writers Support Team. <BR> <BR> The team is small in size and small in number. With as big as Sparkpeople is, I am sure there has got to be more freelance writers out there! <BR> <BR> I would love to build the team up, thus writing this message to you. <BR> <BR> Simply go to: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rsteam </link> <BR> <BR> and join! <BR> <BR> If you do end up being interes... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:30:44 EST When did you become overweight? And, was there a trigger event that started the weight gain? (i.e. Age 23 after having a child or after receiving an injury.) <BR> <BR> Share your story! Thu, 28 Dec 2017 02:23:21 EST A must-watch for animal lovers! Amazing! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In the video you see the Trust Technique demonstrated by James French. This method is a way of being mindful which helps animals (horses, dogs, cats, lions, bears) to relax and feel safe. <BR> The video shows the technique's effect on horses that have been abused. <BR> The animals get so relaxed they fall asleep. The technique can help to get a wounded animal to accept treatment or an abused animal to overcome it's trauma. <BR>... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 10:31:32 EST Depression One of the ancient rabbis said it was a sin to be unhappy. It showed ingratitude for the gift of life. An interesting thought for meditation. Sun, 24 Dec 2017 08:28:53 EST So much for a free makeover My intent was to look amazing without blowing more money (I've spent a crazy amount on fitness and trying to look good over the years). But I went to the Dollar Tree and impulsively spent $4 on Rodney Yee yoga DVDs when I know yoga burns next to no calories. <BR> I'm already over budget in my 2018 makeover! <BR> Fri, 22 Dec 2017 22:23:36 EST What do you want for Christmas this year? A friend made my day yesterday simply by asking me this very question. <BR> <BR> They wanted to know what I wanted for Christmas from them. I never get anything for Christmas, but just being asked this question made me really happy, especially since I'm going through a rough time. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It got me wondering, what would you really want for Christmas? Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:59:45 EST SparkPeople Gear I am the current leader of the SparkPeople New Orleans team, and I am planning on getting a team together for some upcoming 5K races. Does SparkPeople have any race shirts or gear we can wear? Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:23:03 EST Need Ideas My bowling league has a Christmas Party where we all bring something and this year I have no ideas. It is a morning (9:00 am) league and there are always plenty of sweets but I'd like to have something different, appealing, and healthy. I tried Pinterest but was overloaded with the unhealthy things. <BR> Any ideas? Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:11:29 EST Resolutions... too soon? Do you make them? I make them and usually fail because I fail to plan. <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:27:00 EST Holiday eating Are you sticking to plan? Are you struggling? How are you staying motivated? Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:24:21 EST Whatcha doing? What are you all up to this weekend? Christmas shopping? Christmas Partying? Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:23:00 EST What change did you make that improved your life? What change did you make that improved your life? Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:11:16 EST I am in need of a hobby to keep me busy I am in need of a hobby to keep me busy, meet new people, and have more fun. What are your hobbies? Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:24:21 EST When I reach my goal weight I am going too ... How are you going to celebrate when you reach your goal weight? <BR> We work so hard to reach our goal weight; there should be a big celebration with healthy food and a dance party Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:15:47 EST Anyone into home imrpovement? I'd like to know whether caulking works. I was looking windows and door company reviews and came across a blog here <BR> <link><BR>tton-winter-exterior-home-maintenance-<BR>tips/ </link> . Does caulking work? Is there a company which does this? <BR> I have my kids at home and I don't want them to get sick. Right now we are living on our savings and I don't want anything to increase the load on my heating system. <BR> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:55:02 EST Southern Calif Fires... Prayers for all who are affected or have family and friends in those fire zones.... May the Firefighters who are also at risk stay safe!! <BR> patti Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:03:55 EST What's your favorite workout tune(s)? Any fast paced the Ramones for example. <em>335</em> Sat, 9 Dec 2017 18:01:12 EST does early darkness make you unhappy ? YES. I do not like standard time Sat, 9 Dec 2017 17:20:28 EST Tracey Anderson? Anyone ever do any Tracey Anderson DVD workouts? I'm interested, but don't know if they're good. Sat, 9 Dec 2017 15:55:15 EST Do you have a morning ritual? As the title says, do you have any morning ritual? For me i like to wake up and do a meditation+affirmation eat my breakfast,do maybe a shower. What about you? Thu, 7 Dec 2017 13:28:36 EST shaunt t vrs jillian michaels so I use Beach Body Shaun t <BR> what have you tried and recommend ?????? Thu, 7 Dec 2017 08:51:22 EST Healthy eating practices hi everyone, how do you think the products we bought from outside are healthy? Do you know the contents of the products you have eaten? I am very influenced by emotional changes and in such situations my eating habits change very quickly. Even though I do sports, I have insomnia and stress because my sleeping routine disordered. What can I do? Wed, 6 Dec 2017 03:02:43 EST Your Christmas Treat What is the ONE treat that is synonymous with the Christmas Season for you? <BR> Will you be enjoying it this year? If so, how will you keep the portion reasonable? <BR> <BR> The hands down winner in my Life is my Grandma's Fudge recipe. I will be making several batches to share with my Dad and family over the Holidays. When I make it, I immediately package it up in plastic/foil for the intended recipient...and away it goes into the refrigerator. snitching! I leave 4 or 5 piece... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 15:31:01 EST Benefits/Drawbacks of a Sauna There is a sauna in the locker room of the gym and I have recently thought about giving it a try. What are the benefits and drawbacks of doing so? Any tips or hints about what to do/not do in there? Thanks! Tue, 5 Dec 2017 07:15:34 EST Do depressed people tend to be introverts? Do depressed people tend to be introverts or do extroverts fight depression, too? <BR> <BR> It seems to me that depressed people are usually introverts? I would guess it is because us introverts spend so much time inside our heads that we overthink and get depressed easier. Maybe I am wrong altogether and extroverts just seem more withdrawn when depressed. What do you think? Are there extroverts out there with opinions? Mon, 4 Dec 2017 15:59:56 EST No excuses! It's not the size of your dreams that determines whether or not they come true, but the size of the actions you take that implies their inevitable arrival. <BR> <BR> And just so you know... the bigger the dream, the bigger the action. Sun, 3 Dec 2017 16:19:51 EST Question for Twitter Fans - Who Do You Follow ? Full disclosure, I don't have a twitter account. It never really appealed to me. <BR> <BR> I found a statistics website that said Katy Perry and Justin Bieber both had over 100 million followers. Taylor Swift and Rihanna had 80+ million followers. <BR> <BR> So I'm curious, for those who do use twitter regularly and read or re-post tweets, who do you follow ? <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Dec 2017 14:38:32 EST Small Kindnesses Lately, I have been positively disgusted by the news here in the USA. This thread and discussion are not about that. I am actually hoping to hear about the positive things people are doing for each other. Hopefully there's a good story behind what prompted you to start it. I love a good story! <BR> <BR> One tiny thing I like to do is save somebody a measly quarter at Aldi by passing off my cart to them without taking a quarter in exchange. I have even left my cart unchained so the next pers... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 08:17:32 EST How should i determine my Goal? Hi, <BR> I am new here:) I just started my a diet and daily routine exercises. I do not clearly determined my goal for 1 year later, do i have to determine a goal. Is it beneficial for me. If yes, what kind of goal it should be. Many thanks <BR> Sat, 2 Dec 2017 14:46:46 EST Exercise advices ? Hi, <BR> I just started my a diet and daily routine exercises. Despite, I set my daily exercise routine, i am not satisfied what i am doing, so i really want hear from you, what should i do as a daily routine exercise. Many thanks. <BR> Cafer <BR> Sat, 2 Dec 2017 14:41:26 EST Building a wardrobe during weight loss - Tips? Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a writer for SparkPeople, and we're creating a piece about how to build your wardrobe during a weight loss journey. I'd love to hear your feedback! <BR> <BR> Understandably, many people aren't thrilled about the idea of buying a new wardrobe every few weeks. Do you have any tips for navigating this journey? What should someone keep in mind when they *do* buy clothes? <BR> <BR> If you've experienced this in the past, or are currently experiencing it, I'd love t... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 13:34:06 EST Lower back pain Anybody an expert on lower back pain: pills, shots, surgery, electric devices, whatever Sat, 2 Dec 2017 12:29:56 EST Favorite Fitness Magazine? Hi, Everyone! <BR> I was wondering if any of you subscribe to a favorite fitness magazine. <BR> I used to get Shape 26 years ago, lol, and thought that was pretty cool. <BR> How about now? <BR> Do you have any suggestions? Sat, 2 Dec 2017 01:32:59 EST You Can Do It You are better than ever. The past has made you wise and challenges have made you strong. Setbacks have developed your stamina, problems have supersized your solution-finding savvy and experience has given you every reason to feel confident. You've got the right stuff to live any dream! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>381</em> Fri, 1 Dec 2017 00:24:30 EST Arithmetic Help Needed <BR> It would mean a lot to me if you guys could read my blog "How Much Water?" and solve the story problem therein. <BR> <BR> The 1st person to provide an accurate answer receives {after real world testing} : <BR> <BR> #1. A virtual goodie of your choice {up to 200 points} <BR> #2. An acknowledgment in a new blog. <BR> #3. That "warm fuzzy feeling" you get when you've helped someone. <em>211</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks, <em>492</em> <BR> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 01:18:27 EST Colored or White lights? Which do you prefer on your Christmas tree and/or home. I'm a colored lights kind of girl and honestly I think it sort of depends on what kind you had growing up. <BR> <BR> How do you feel about icicle lights? Are they out of style? And what about the little thing you stake in the ground that project the lights on you house? Or the blow up figures you put on your lawn? <BR> <BR> I leave for work while it still dark outside and I really enjoy ALL of the lights I'm just curious what you fol... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:46:02 EST Wedding Guest Tips I was a guest at my sister's wedding over a year ago. It cost me over a week wages (I'll never recover).If you're going to a wedding they year, here's some things I learned that I wish I'd known: <BR> -See if you can chip in on a gift with someone else. <BR> -If you're hoping to lose more than a few pounds, wait to buy your clothes. (But don't wait til the last minute, of course) <BR> -If the shower has a theme don't worry about your gift going with it (what are they going to do? Throw you ou... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:09:52 EST The 2018 Dream To have a lifestyle blogger worthy look <BR> Wear great clothes <BR> Get leg definition (if I can't have skinny legs, I should at least have leg definition) <BR> Drop 15-20lbs <BR> Be super efficient with my time <BR> Be on top of everything <BR> Get my home looking great <BR> <BR> And spend very little money on it all! Sun, 26 Nov 2017 13:57:01 EST Advice, on how to stay focus ? Mind wonders So yesterday i wanted to pass a journal on my computer, i could have finished in 2 hours but it took me 5 hours after that i felt frustrated ,drained. et.c <BR> <BR> When i try to do something fast or better(improve) my mind wonders from the point A to B,C <BR> <BR> I become too conscious on my movement and i lack of awareness and that gets me really irritated even though i don't quit i hate those feelings because i can't move on with my life i am stacked. <BR> <BR> So any ideas how to s... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 03:30:32 EST Black Friday - Small Shop Saturday Shopping Who was out shopping at 5am Friday morning ? Did you snag a deal ? I didn't go out until later that morning. I was still recovering from the turkey hangover. <BR> <BR> I found some nice toys at TJ Maxx/Marshalls that were reasonably priced. All the kids in my family are all teens or adults. So, what I've been doing these past few years is buying toys for my "Toys for Tots" donation. I like knowing my toy made some child's Christmas a little happier. <BR> <BR> For gifts, I tend to give gift... Sat, 25 Nov 2017 16:29:29 EST Showing a body at goal weight Is there an app or website out there that I can upload a current photo to and it will show what I might look like at my goal weight? Thanks!! Fri, 24 Nov 2017 21:59:18 EST Do you have employee benefits that cover wellness? Do you have employee benefits that cover a gym membership or a weight loss program? Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:30:48 EST Don't Panic ! It's Only Thanksgiving ! First, I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Second, no matter how much you eat today,"DON'T PANIC !" <BR> <BR> I know we're either trying to lose weight or maintain the weight we've lost. BUT, I don't want anyone beating themselves up if they happen to eat a little too much today. Here are a few strategies that might help you get through your day. <BR> <BR> 1) Eat a little something at breakfast. Don't starve yourself to save room for extra dessert. If you go to the meal already ... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:13:47 EST Happy Thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Spark Friends!!! Love and hug your loved ones on this blessed Thanksgiving day because they may not be with you next year. I lost my mom three months ago, and she will be dearly missed tomorrow, on Thanksgiving day!!!! God bless all of you!!!! Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:44:38 EST Is weight loss just not an option for some people? I'd love to lose weight. I try to eat less and workout. But one thing that's been screwing me up is this tooth I've been have problems with (I've missed workouts because of it). Also there's lots of can't miss things scheduled this year (I presume more missed workouts and bad eating) <BR> Probably by the end of the year I'll have gained weight. <BR> Does this mean I'm destined to be fat? Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:15:47 EST Hashimoto’s t3 & t4 synthetic compound I’m living where I can’t buy synthroid so I switched to novothyroid which is a t3 & t4 combo. Has anyone else tried this? How were your results... more energy/less energy, less hairloss/more hairloss, weight loss/gain? Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:21:15 EST Reasons to lose weight- I need your ideas! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm writing a piece called "100 Reasons to Lose Weight". I'm looking for as many ideas as possible, so if you have any to share, please comment on this post. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your help! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:50:10 EST Looking forward to the holidays? Are you looking forward to the holidays? <BR> <BR> I'm some where in the middle myself. I don't have any children or close family it's just my husband and I and sometimes it's kind of hard to get into the spirit. <BR> <BR> Any tips? Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:38:52 EST Binge eating I ate an entire bag of peanut m&ms last night. I am so angry with myself. I don't even know why I did it. I haven't done this in a long why now? How do I recover? Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:12:32 EST HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH SWEETS Sweets are the downfall of many of us. How do you deal with the compulsion for sweets when they hit? Do you ignore them" Find something else to do? Give in to them? Call a friend? Go for a walk? So what is your go to defence? <BR> <em>222</em> <em>287</em> <em>495</em> <em>475</em> <em>473</em> <em>76</em> <em>471</em> <em>493</em> Sun, 12 Nov 2017 13:51:19 EST Bottoms Up? <link><BR>-action/alcohol-statement-asco-cites-e<BR>vidence-and-calls-for-reduced-alcohol-<BR>consumption </link> <BR> <BR> <em>33</em> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:20:43 EST How to achieve all of my goals in 2018? I want to achieve some amazing things in 2018. <BR> I don't want to just focus on one thing. Because, (along with other things) I want to lose weight, clean out my home AND increase my net worth (all equally important) . <BR> How do you achieve everything on a long list? Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:04:42 EST what is the coolest thing you own under $100? I need gift ideas! Thu, 9 Nov 2017 12:14:02 EST Women's average THIGH and CALF size! What's yours? I'm trying to find the average thigh and calf sizes for women online and found nothing substantial to compare myself to. I am bottom heavy and my goal is to fit in regular rain boots but am unsure what the standard calf size is for women. I want a number to set my goals to! Thu, 9 Nov 2017 12:12:20 EST Food Bank Mini-Challenge Many years ago I was part of a small private weight loss group. At one point our Leader asked us to bring in a Food Donation that was equivalent to the amount of weight we had lost. It was quite an amazing experience to go to the store, pick up a 5# sack of flour and 2 lbs of butter, and carry it in my arms up to the counter to pay for it! And, then give it to a group which needed it more than I did.... <BR> <BR> I'm going to suggest that as many of us as possible do that same thing this... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 17:03:13 EST Biggest Loser Winter Challenge Starts in Dec. <em>445</em> Are you having a difficult time staying motivated, doing your exercises, eating right, drinking your water? Do you need some friendly challenges and competition to get out of your rut? <BR> <BR> Why not join a BIGGEST LOSER TEAM? We're a group of men and women, all ages, all fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. Regardless of fitness level, whether you're new to healthy eating or a seasoned pro, there's always something to learn from others. These teams are a... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 18:35:31 EST How did you pick your goal weight? Hi everyone, <BR> I am .9 lbs from my selected goal weight and I'm hitting the stage of trying to decide where I want to end up. I originally chose 140 (I'm 140.9 now) as a goal weight because I've always felt it was more attainable. It puts me in a healthy BMI as anything at or under 145 is considered normal for my height. <BR> <BR> My lowest weight (ever) is 120 lbs, and I've been there both as a teenager and as an adult. It's very hard to get to though, and requires a lot of dedication. ... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 15:25:40 EST What Would You Do ? If your internet was out ? <BR> <BR> The news, this morning, said there was a local outage that left thousands without internet access. So, what would you do if you had no internet ? <BR> <BR> I'd read a book. I'll admit it, I need to do more reading and stay away from the computer and my game apps. <BR> Tue, 7 Nov 2017 06:22:53 EST Do you enjoy counting calories? I am pretty addicted to knowing my calorie intake and sparkpeople makes it so easy to track with my phone or computer. I realized today that I don't always enjoy it unless I hit a low number which I am able to do using the HMR shakes. <BR> It's just become a good habit... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 22:05:07 EST How do you plan to stay on track holiday season? What are you going to do to achieve your goals during the most hetic time of the year? Fri, 3 Nov 2017 13:44:52 EST does early darkness make you unhappy ? As for me I enjoy the evenings drawing in sooner at this time of year. When evenings ast its long shadows it gives me the feeling of coziness. That seems to be a time for me,as people do not seem to visit as much. I like reading up on summer magazines that I purposely save for the winter. Cleaning my closets,and cupboards is a favorite during winter months, making decisions on anything that must be done the following spring, and making plans for the following years vacation. We started early ... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 10:36:26 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy! ;) Hey, I'm Jaquelyn, <BR> <BR> I was trying to think of ways to motivate myself and keep going and I know that I was always very competitive so I though maybe having somebody with somewhat similar goal would be a very helpful thing. <BR> I'm 22y.o., I'm 167cm (5'5') tall, 65kilos (143,3) hoping to loose 10 kilos (22lbs) by January 1st. <BR> I would be very happy to find my soulsister, my partner in crime and hopefully a great friend to go through this journey together. ^_^ Wed, 1 Nov 2017 16:56:38 EST Food For Thought and Debate Fodder <link><BR>s-obese-no-surgery-nhs-uk/index.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Wed, 1 Nov 2017 13:00:59 EST Tired of sugary Halloween's No Halloween. I'm so tired of this holiday. So much junk food, etc. Blah Tue, 31 Oct 2017 21:05:23 EST Bitcoins? Hello. This has nothing to do with Sparkpeople, but I do need some advice. <BR> <BR> I found a side hustle that pays in bitcoins. Huh? <BR> <BR> I looked up bitcoins and am completely lost. <BR> <BR> Would any of you be able to explain? <BR> <BR> Keep sparking! <BR> <BR> (and wish me luck!) <BR> <BR> Thank you. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:34:03 EST Have any of you heard of Well, I recently discovered it and am very excited. So, I thought I would share. <BR> <BR> It is a health currency where you earn Wellcoins for doing healthy things throughout your day. <BR> <BR> Once you accumulate enough Wellcoins, you can go to the Wellcoin store and buy something healthy (free). <BR> <BR> What do you think of this? Tell your fellow Sparkpeople members! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:59:16 EST Subglottic Stenosis Hello there, <BR> <BR> My name is Heather, and I was diagnosed with subglottic stenosis a year ago. I was diagnosed with asthma my entire life, only to be told at the age of 35 that it wasn't asthma at all, it was a mass of scar tissue below my vocal cords, likely there since I was a newborn. I am looking at surgery number 3 in December, and I am really struggling. I still struggled over the last year to lose the weight. It didn't matter what I did, it refused to come off. I am debating whet... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:41:53 EST Who made you laugh out loud and why? My hubby commenting a cat :) Tue, 24 Oct 2017 06:32:34 EST Adding and Changing Special Goals Hello everyone, I am still trying to figure out SparKPeople. I want to add and change my special goals to keeep track of things I want to accomplish personally. Can any tell how to add additional Special Goals or change the 4 that are in the system? Sun, 22 Oct 2017 22:40:05 EST The Autumn Hibernation Cycle So...for the first time in many months, I've just gained weight. <BR> <BR> Looking at what is going on in my Life (not anything bad that's for certain!), and talking with my sister, we came to the (unscientific) conclusion that our old Survival Genes kick in this time of year as our bodies want to prepare for hibernation and/or that coming lack of winter food supply. LOL <BR> <BR> Anyone else notice a subtle change in your eating patterns or desires to eat/sleep this time of year? Do y... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:38:20 EST Before/after picture So I just took a "before" picture. I've been avoiding looking at myself undressed, wearing mostly baggy clothes, sucking my stomach in and systematically refusing to acknowledge the issue. <BR> <BR> How did I let it get this far, I feel terrible and like this is not my body at all. Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:13:33 EST Eating to distract instead of eating out of hunger Hi everyone, <BR> Just started on this site today and having a closer look why I gained so much weight and how to reverse it. <BR> So I just noticed that I really want to right eat now even though I'm not hungry. Thinking back I guess that happens often. I eat (or do other things) because I'm avoiding doing things that scare me. It calms down some of the stress and distracts my mind for a little while. <BR> Anyone else eating to distract/avoid? <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 11:38:05 EST Lunch today What are you cooking for lunch today? Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:58:06 EST Low Carb dieting Is anyone here following a low carb diet plan? Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:55:28 EST Do you just feel "skinnier" some days? I don't have any weight change today, but I feel like my stomach is flatter and I feel, well, thinner. No reason for it, but it makes me feel good. What about you? Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:32:36 EST What's your favorite scrape-together healthy meal? When there is virtually nothing in the cupboard, and you are unable to run out to shop, what do you do to pull together a meal that conforms to your sparkpeople plan? <BR> <BR> Today I had some packaged ramen noodles and some left-over cauliflower and will be pulling together the 5th of the following recipes to bring to work:<BR>cipes/10-healthy-ramen-noodle-recipes/<BR>slide/1 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:21:57 EST SparkPeople app update? Has anyone heard anything about an update to the iPhone app? I can't use it as Apple says it needs to be updated. <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:44:05 EST Daily calorie confusion I am confused about the calculated "daily calories". How does it know how much I want to lose per week? I can't seem to find the setting to indicate if I want to lose 1 or 2 pounds per week. Is the daily caloric recommendation automatically set to a range for a 1 to 2 pounds loss of weight? Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:56:34 EST Looking for HMR diet buddy I just started today and have 39 pounds to lose, doing decision free diet, all shakes and a cereal. Done it before and lost the weight but having a buddy would really help to stay accountable and have fun while the weight falls off. <BR> Sparkcheers:) <BR> Michelle Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:12:57 EST Would You Like To Be A Team Leader Gratitude Journals Team is looking for a new leader. It's a small team that had no leader a year or two ago. I took over so that it could keep going. With the right leader I think it could become a much bigger and active team. <BR> <BR> If you are interested send me a Spark Mail and I will get back to you as soon as I can. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=59036 </link> <BR> <BR> Marion Sun, 8 Oct 2017 14:35:20 EST Eye bags - Puffiness HELP Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> For as long as I can remember ive had those extreme puffy bags under the eyes and I know its from my allergies which cause me to itch my eyes really hard at times. On a normal day when I barely itch or touch my eyes I still have the puffy bags!!! How do I get rid of them? What can I use? ive tried the de-puffy eye rollers they don't work I tried stuff from oil of Olay, loreal etc but I just cant get them to go away and im just soo conscious about it that I don't feel p... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 14:30:17 EST How to post a pic? How do I post a pic? I push add image but it don't put pic in post Tue, 3 Oct 2017 09:05:06 EST What are they called I went to wal mart today and I wanted to get something that tracked my steps but I can remember what they are called. Can you help me out? TIA Mon, 2 Oct 2017 15:32:23 EST New Format I tried the new format a few months ago. I hate the page layout, I like the old layout. How can we get the old format back. I am back to the site again and still hate it. Maybe I just need to seek something new. Note to programmers: If it's not broke, don't fix it. Sat, 30 Sep 2017 17:35:39 EST Blog wont post I wrote my blog for today and itr wont post it just goes to a blank white page. What could be wrong ? Sat, 30 Sep 2017 08:46:50 EST Learned Something New Today Diagnoses with low thyroid - 30 years ago. Taken thyroid medication every day (sometimes I miss a day). Symptoms - tiredness, cold, constipation .... <BR> Since still experiencing these - next doctor appointment plan to discuss with my doctor. Plus get a TH4 blood test - last one 4/2016. <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> <BR> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:18:48 EST Learned Something New Today Diagnoses with low thyroid - 30 years ago. Taken thyroid medication every day (sometimes I miss a day). Symptoms - tiredness, cold, constipation .... <BR> Since still experiencing these - next doctor appointment plan to discuss with my doctor. Plus get a TH4 blood test - last one 4/2016. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:06:38 EST Amazon Prime Series We have a Netflix series thread. So I figured it would be nice to have an Amazon Prime thread. <BR> <BR> My favorite series on Amazon Prime. Is Another Dirty Room. Real motel reviews. <BR> <BR> Although the hosts are salty and their findings are really gross. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:12:07 EST Presents I was at a big box store. In the card section. When I saw a card for a Bachelorette. And it had slots for a gift card. <BR> <BR> So now do we have to give a bachelorette present. If we are invited to the party? Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:00:29 EST Ever try anything from Pinterest? I have tried a couple workouts in the past, but that's about it. How about you? Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:59:57 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy Hello <BR> <BR> I am in the search for someone that would like to talk to me everyday share our lives together. <BR> I am 34 and have 2 boys that r my world <BR> I want to lose around 90lbs. I am, doing shakeology now and I pray it works for me. <BR> Hope to talk to you soon Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:48:00 EST how to get a tracker I want a tracker of my weight loss. How do I get one tia Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:07:50 EST how do i verify my e mail I didn't get a e mail to verify my e mail and I cant post in blog until I verify. Please tell me what I should do tia Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:40:14 EST What do you look forward to wearing? What is something that you look forward to wearing or fitting in once you reach your goal weight? I'm looking forward to being able to fit into my short denim shorts, and I'd also like to wear a pair of high heels with a dress or short skirt again one day. I want to be able to wear a cute bikini too. When I used to be thinner I had like 10 different bathing suits! Lol. I definitely want to start collecting them again once I reach my goal. I'm a huge girly girl, so I love clothes and dressing ... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:50:05 EST how do i get to sparkpage? I cant seem to figure out to get to my sparkpage. I would like to journal in it please help. thanks so much Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:07:55 EST Do you watch soap operas? I love the shows Days Of Our Lives and General Hospital. Do you watch any soap operas? If so, which ones? Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:55:08 EST What's your favorite TV show to watch? Do you have any favorite TV shows or shows on Netflix that you watch? If so what are they? Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:52:43 EST Is this a new world record? Today my 5 team bonus spins totalled 124. Beat that somebody! Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:45:53 EST Healthy Wage Has anyone heard or participated through the website Healthy Wage? Just wondering if anyone knows it is legit Sat, 16 Sep 2017 17:25:23 EST Apple Watch - battery life For those of you that have an Apple watch. What is your battery life when exercising outside using the GPS? The website states up to 5 hours. TIA Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:12:37 EST Has anyone heard of Gastric Band Hypnosis? I had never heard of this before and ran across it online. The theory is that you can be hypnotized into believing that you've had the actual gastric bypass surgery and your mind will react by telling you that you have a smaller stomach, you're full quicker, etc. This fascinates me but I don't trust anyone enough to open my mind to this. Just wanted to see what anyone else thought. <BR> By the way, can you ever really know what subliminal messages people put on those things? Excuse me, let me... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 12:37:54 EST Severe upper back pain Does anyone know of a group around this topic, it would really help. Thanks and have a blessed evening. Fri, 1 Sep 2017 19:53:39 EST Robert Redford Turned 81 in August I had no idea that Robert Redford was over 80 !! And Clint Eastwood turned 87 in May. EEK ! <BR> <BR> That made me feel a little old for a few minutes. LOL <BR> <BR> Do you have a favorite Robert Redford or Clint Eastwood movie ? <BR> <BR> I have a couple that immediately came to mind. <BR> <BR> 1 - the Sting <BR> 2 - This Property is Condemned <BR> 3 - the Great Gatsby <BR> <BR> For Clint <BR> <BR> 1 - the Spaghetti westerns like "the Good, the Bad and the Ugly" <BR> 2 - Dirty Harry... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 12:32:12 EST looking for a weekly check in buddy Hi, <BR> <BR> Getting back into Spark and all things healthy. Would love to have an online friend to check in with sometimes and help me stay accountable. <BR> Let me know if interested! Fri, 1 Sep 2017 10:08:24 EST every other day not everyday but skip two days or the weekend...but 143 is the weight I was in 2007 so 10 years off weight...hurrah now 20 pounds to go was doing 1500 calories a day cut that down to 1300 calories a day went to goodwill a few days ago got jeans in size 10 they fit, a little snug but zip up and I can breath. so, 16, 14, 12 go in box in garage now. Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:03:24 EST Joe Pags Anyone listen to Joe Pags Tue, 29 Aug 2017 01:03:00 EST How Many Points Did it Take You...?? Here's a curious thought.... I wonder what the "average" number of Spark points are earned while trying to reach a significant losing the last 15 pounds for example. I *know* we all start at such vastly different points on our Journey, that there won't be a way to calculate this overall. But--do you remember where your point total was when you hit a cherished goal?? <BR> <BR> After several years on my Journey, I am finally reaching a Healthy BMI...and find myself at 78000+ po... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:59:50 EST Recovering from rotator cuff surgery One arm is in a sling for six weeks. I am gaining eating the food my husband makes. What easy meals can I make without a lot of cooking? Mon, 28 Aug 2017 05:40:20 EST TV Show Friends - What's Your Favorite Scene? Mine is "The One with the Jellyfish" when Monica, Chandler and Joey are telling the story about what happened when Monica got stung by the jellyfish. It kills me every time I see it. <BR> <BR> What's your favorite episode/scene? Sat, 26 Aug 2017 18:59:42 EST Hurricane Harvey Prayers to all effected by Hurricane Harvey. Stay safe. <em>247</em> Sat, 26 Aug 2017 08:32:07 EST Video Ads Issue Is it just me or is anyone else having an issue with the video ads on the forums pages here on Spark? <BR> <BR> Video ads that cannot be closed. They are making my PC slow and it'll jump back to the top of page when I'm trying to scroll down so I am forced to watch them. <BR> <BR> They are not a pop up, they are an ad that cannot be closed and I can pause them but when I go back to write somethng in the message box they start playing again. <BR> It's super annoying! <BR> <BR> Anyone els... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:21:36 EST 75 unhealthiest foods on the planet (article) It's hard to imagine that I've eaten several of these foods over the years without a second thought--especially when I was a kid and my parents did not know much about nutrition. My Mom tried, but my Dad was more concerned about getting foods at a cheaper price. We were pretty poor when I was growing up and my Dad was more focused on filling our bellies than the quality of the food that went into them. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5-unhealthiest-foods... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 12:42:57 EST New dx in May 2017 Hello! I can't imagine that I'm going to bring much to the convo's that have been happening, but I was diagnosed with Hypo/Hash's just 3 months ago, 36yo. Started on Synthroid 100mcg and I don't notice much of a change although my numbers have improved considerably. I wish I wasn't so tired all the time, and this weight gain thing is really bummin' me out, and the brittle thinning hair / dry skin is the pits. I have my first appt with an Endo in October so I'm hoping for more answers when I m... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:20:25 EST Jerry Lewis - Dies Age 91 The news announced that Jerry Lewis passed away at age 91. I would stay up late watching the MDA telethon when I was a kid. <BR> <BR> Rest in Peace, Jerry. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:25:33 EST I made my goal! I made a promise to myself when I started my lifestyle makeover in July that if I lost 20 pounds I could have a piece of cake for my birthday this Saturday. I actually lost 22! Now I am not so sure I even want a piece of cake! Well...I am sure I want it, but it wouldn't be a big deal if I skip it! I am so happy to have met this goal! Still a ways to go on my overall goal but WOW...I did this, I can do anything, right? <BR> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:21:39 EST Where will you be watching the Eclipse from?? For me, home in SW Washington State will be at 99%.... <BR> I'm not going to fight the traffic to get further south to 100%..! (although part of me says --Go For It!!) <BR> patti Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:26:33 EST What Are Your Favorite Healthy Snacks? Hi Sparkers! I'm working on a roundup of our members' favorite healthy snacks! What do you love to nosh on between meals? Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:06:45 EST App Question I deleted the sparkpeople app. I just reinstalled it but it looks different and I can't find the chat on it. I am thinking maybe I downloaded the wrong app this time <BR> Does anyone have the app where I can connect with others in the chat? Sun, 13 Aug 2017 19:16:33 EST How To Leave a Team? There used to be a button to tap on to leave a team. Cannot find it any more. <BR> <BR> I have way too many teams. Many our inactive teams. <BR> How do I exit or withdraw from teams I am no longer interested in? <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:39:47 EST what music are you listening to RIGHT NOW? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Jackson Browne - Fountain of Sorrow <BR> <BR> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:58:37 EST Support Group for Thyroid Issues? I am newly diagnosed with a thyroid nodule. I don't have a treatment plan or prognosis yet, my biopsy is Monday. I suspect it has made me become hypo. I have really been struggling because since I noticed the lump enough to ask a doctor about it, I have really felt tired and exhausted and working out seems to exacerbate all of my symptoms. So if I workout, I feel like I need to sleep for two days or like someone has been beating me with a stick. I was in descent shape before this happened, so... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:58:08 EST Power balance wristband Does anyone wear a power balance wrist band and does it work? Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:09:06 EST What is your favorite Vegan recipe? Send me your favoriteVegan recipe & tell me why you love it Wed, 9 Aug 2017 21:07:43 EST Vitamins What vitamins should we take to rev metabolism? Wed, 9 Aug 2017 10:19:34 EST Looking for penpals, motivation, and fun!! <BR> Am looking for some friends here to help me thru my diet adventures! I am a old guy who loves to make people laugh!! Anybody out there???? thanks scott Wed, 9 Aug 2017 09:44:33 EST Light in the Box Has anyone ever used LITB? <BR> How much is shipping? <BR> How long does it take to get your item? <BR> What about returns? <BR> What is your general feeling about the website? Mon, 7 Aug 2017 00:24:30 EST Spark Teams I have been MIA for a bit and returning. I have found that some of my spark teams are no longer active. I love being on a team and connecting with team mates. I am looking for a couple new teams to join. <BR> <BR> Do you have a Spark Team that you find supportive that you love? Would you want to share about your team and experience? Fri, 4 Aug 2017 14:18:38 EST Favorite workout dvd Leslie Sansone's Miracle Miles! <em>331</em> Thu, 3 Aug 2017 23:59:02 EST When you have a surplus of calories to use ... This just happened to me recently. At the end of the day, I was under calories and had 200 more to use. In this situation do you ... <BR> <BR> Rejoice and eat a 200 calorie snack? <BR> <BR> Sacrifice and go to bed, feeling good? Sun, 30 Jul 2017 12:51:03 EST Atkins Low Carb Diet In recent years I began swimming in May 3 or 4 times a week and eating a low carb diet. I swam 1 mile 74 laps each time. By the Summers end I was down 30 lbs.. Had to change my swim suits to smaller 3 times .. Now I am eating a low calorie diet and not counting carbs and it just doesn't help me lose the weight like I did on Atkins. So this is day two of low carbs and the scale is already staying down to my lowest weight and not fluctuating! This tells me I just need to maintain a low carb... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 10:43:14 EST Is it okay to eat eggs every day? I normally eat one egg in the mornings as part of my breakfast nearly every day. With it, I will have veggies, one slice of toast or one tortilla sometimes, every once in a while some turkey bacon, or rice instead of the toast or tortilla. I usually always have fruit in the mornings with breakfast whether I have eggs or something else. <BR> <BR> Once in a while, I will cook with an egg in a soup or a rice dish for lunch or dinner, but this is only occasionally. If I am out to eat, and I ord... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 11:40:31 EST 7 days- 7 goals have doing a little challenge with myself and wanted to invite others to join me. Here is what i am doing. For me long term challenges like 30 days are always to hard. I need short term goals. So i figured 7 days and 7 goals seemed just about right. <BR> <BR> Guidelines <BR> 1. Write down your 7 goals every morning then check them off as you go or at the end of the day ( meet every goal its only 7 days) <BR> <BR> Here are my goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 60-100 oz of water <BR> 2. Eat between... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:43:07 EST Need a Great Challenge Group? Are you having a difficult time staying motivated, doing your exercises, eating right, drinking your water? Do you need some friendly challenges and competition to get out of your rut? <BR> <BR> Why not join the BIGGEST LOSER TEAM? We're a group of men and women, all ages, all fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. Regardless of fitness level, whether you're new to healthy eating or a seasoned pro, there's always something to learn from others. These teams are also a great s... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:42:37 EST SMART promises Hi everyone! I've created a SMART plan with my weight loss coach and she said I needed to share it with someone so I will have more chance of sticking to my promises <em>41</em> I thought sharing it here would be a good place to start... so here it is! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>an.png </link> <BR> <BR> Anyone else been asked to do anything like this? What are ... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 04:55:48 EST Let's work on healthy habits - SERIOUSLY! I started a team for those of us who would like to seriously work on better habits! It is meant for people who are willing to commit to writing a post - can be a very short post - EVERY DAY about their work towards a better habit. <BR> <BR> If you are serious about getting into a healthy new habit, join me! <BR> <BR> You can find the team through my sparkpage. It's called the 'HEALTHY HABITS - THE SERIOUS TEAM'! :) <BR> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:55:33 EST Boogie 2988 I watch Boogie on You Tube. <BR> <BR> He's a 500 + pound man. And soon he's going to have gastric bypass. He's been talking a lot about his upcoming surgery in his videos. He was supposed to have it today. It's been postponed. <BR> <BR> I found him because of the Daddy o Five. Controversy <BR> <BR> He's a cool guy. The nicest guy on You Tube probably <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:31:28 EST HTML I'm trying to post a comment for a challenge and it won't take it. Keeps saying no HTML. How do I change it so I can post? Never had this problem before. It seems to be taking it here. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:41:51 EST Womens clothing for big hips, small waist Time to just buy clothing in a size up even though I hate to waste the money. <BR> I'm searching for some clothing brands for women with smallish waists and big hips/thighs. I'm a short size 10. I need all bottoms; shorts, skirts, pants (especially), and workout gear. I've been wearing my old stretched out smaller clothing for a while (a long while) and really need to get something new. I think if I feel better about the way I look losing will be easier. <BR> Cross-posted sorry if you see it ... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:23:59 EST What is your favorite fitness subscription box? I see all the Fab Fit Fun sub box reveals online...I love sub boxes and was wondering if anyone has found a fitness one they are crazy about? <BR> <BR> I've never done a fitness one, just skin care & a little jewelry (birchbox, popsugar, julep, the jewelry one (I forget the name, and another one I forget the name).... <BR> <BR> You can still order the Fab Fit Fun one...there are gobs of $10 coupon codes so don't order without that. (Without code, it's normally $50 shipped.) Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:08:33 EST Spark Teams What are the best teams to join on Spark? Looking for teams that are really active. Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:17:50 EST That doesnt sound right! <BR> Weighed on a scale at a walmart today! According to that I ave gained six pounds. I can see maybe a two pound gain in the afternoon but six pounds??? I sure hope not. This is not my normal scale by the way. Thanks all. <BR> <em>46</em> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:47:03 EST What did you eat TODAY that made you feel guilty? I'm on vacation and the hotel serves a hot breakfast with a lot of things that are hard to resist.... Although I skipped the fresh hot waffle, I DID manage to eat some breakfast sausages that in themselves might not have been so bad, but combined with the bad choices I've made since being away from home, have stirred some guilty feelings... <BR> <BR> What have you eaten today that has made you feel guilty, or make you wish you could have a Do-over? Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:12:29 EST Bad for swimming. Good for ducks <BR> I am going to have to change my swim schedule. Too many thunderstorms here to swim in the afternoon!!! Summers in Florida are rough. Is anybody challenged by the weather?? Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:15:31 EST Exercise equipment The one exercise equipment you use, and how often do you use it. I have a Nano Gym, I use it almost every day, I rest every couple days. Sun, 16 Jul 2017 16:03:00 EST How do you stay on track while vacationing? I am leaving for the beach in the morning. Looking for suggestions on keeping my nutrition on track while vacationing. Sun, 16 Jul 2017 13:47:27 EST OT: Excited I just got my first book contract! Sat, 15 Jul 2017 18:49:58 EST Features You Wish Spark People Had I wish that Spark People had a block member feature. Like other social media platforms. <BR> <BR> While 97% of members are the awesome sauce. There are a couple that are arrogant and insufferable. <BR> <BR> I guess until that happens. I will just have to ignore, sigh <BR> <BR> 😀? Thu, 13 Jul 2017 18:39:08 EST Corsets and Waist Trainers I was looking for abdominal exercises on Pinterest. Of course the ads for waist trainers and corsets popped up. <BR> <BR> I was looking at them. When that little suffragette that lives in my head said. "We worked so hard to get rid of corsets. Why do you want one?" <BR> <BR> I don't know? I have no waist. Even though I doubt there's any real lasting benefit. I might like to appear that I have a waist. Even though I know as soon as I take the thing off. My waist will become jelly, again. <BR... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:41:12 EST Do You have a Part Time Job ? According to this survey from YAHOO news, 44 million Americans have a full time job and a part time job. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urvey-44000000-americans-side-hustle-1<BR>44652229.html </link> <BR> <BR> I'm one of the 44 million. I have a day job and a part time job working as a personal trainer. I'll bet there are plenty of Spark peeps who work more than one job for the extra money or personal pleasure. <BR> <BR> There has to be a barista or two out th... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:35:20 EST Wimbledon Can I track watching Wimbledon as exercise? <em>334</em> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:47:45 EST exercise Does anyone know how many calories walking 20 and 30 minutes burn? Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:58:16 EST Mindfulness May Lower Blood Sugar Levels <link><BR>blood-sugar/ </link> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:52:01 EST Steps and obesity <link><BR>phones-study/ </link> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:41:31 EST Starting Over Again I was on Spark People about 5 years ago and wish I would have stuck with it. I get discouraged and down on myself and quit. I've gained 50 pounds! I need to lose weight for my health and mean it this time. I hope this community of other like minded people will help to keep me motivated and going strong. Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:53:58 EST Plateau <em>24</em> <BR> Help, looking for some ways to break a plateau or at least I think its a plateau. I had lost 36#...spring came and life just got busy. Yes, my eating got a little distorted and exercise got pushed to the side. The last 2 months I have been trying to "get back on track" and since doing so I have gained 9# back. Do you think this could be a plateau? My eating isn't horrible, but not on point either. I do Leslie sansone walking DVDs, walking about 3 mile a week and also light... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 10:37:59 EST Don't you ever wish you were someone else? Like don't you ever wish you were born elsewhere or had different physical characteristics/features etc.? <BR> <BR> I wish I was born in London or the US and was Caucasian with red hair and green eyes. <BR> <BR> But I was born in Malaysia and am Chinese and female. I do sometimes wish I was born male instead because males seem to have life a lot easier. Females are expected to do housework and such in my country. Males seem to have an easier time. Sat, 8 Jul 2017 02:18:40 EST I AM..... ....doing really well so far, eating well and I have been exercising for the past 3 days. It's weigh day on Tuesday so here's hoping lol xx Thu, 6 Jul 2017 14:56:32 EST Fascia blaster? Anyone know anything about the fascia blaster? Mon, 3 Jul 2017 11:01:55 EST Opinions Needed: How Often do you Weigh Yourself? So I've been on this journey for almost a week now (1 week tomorrow) and I'm trying to decide on when I want to do weigh ins. I've done once a week, every two weeks and once a month all the past. But for some reason I can't decide what way I want to do it this time around. <BR> <BR> Maybe it's because I'm scared of what I'll see. What if I've gained instead of lost (I haven't started exercising yet, after all)? <BR> <BR> So what do you guys do, personally? Sun, 2 Jul 2017 19:45:26 EST How Do You Manage Cooking Big Meal For Family I have a family that enjoys Steak, Potatoes, Baked Goods, no restrictions. Do you have this situation, and if so, how do you handle it. <em>468</em> <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <em>494</em> <em>22</em> <em>496</em> <em>477</em> Sun, 2 Jul 2017 14:43:43 EST fascia blaster Anyone tried the fascia blaster? Sat, 1 Jul 2017 12:14:39 EST Are you close to reaching your weight goal What is your weight goal Sat, 1 Jul 2017 01:43:58 EST Weight watchers vs Spark People Hi everyone! New here for the second time. <BR> I joined ww 3 weeks ago. I liked it because I never felt real hungry, But the really push the fruits and veggies to fill you up. I am not a huge fruit and veggie person. Mostly because I have IBS. So I am finding that Iwould rather just track my fruit and veggie calories and not depend on them to fill me up, which they don't anyway. <BR> I have only lost about 3.5 lbs in 3 weeks. Sounds fine, but the weight is up. I lost 4.5# the first... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:26:16 EST Interesting slide show!! <link><BR>ing/45-healthy-swaps-that-sabotage-you<BR>r-weight-loss/ss-BBDpSiP?li=BBnba9O&oc<BR>id=spartandhp&parent-title=why-you-sho<BR>uldnt-exercise-to-lose-weight-explaine<BR>d-with-60plus-studies&parent-ns=ar&par<BR>ent-content-id=BBDpXw8&fullscreen=true#image=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Have a look! Don't fool yourself! Fri, 30 Jun 2017 02:24:24 EST Why is this forum so quiet these days? There's nowhere near as much action on here as there used to be. <BR> Thu, 29 Jun 2017 23:21:18 EST Outrageous!!! Ever noticed how humongous some restaurant portions are!? <BR> <BR> Seriously!! Esp chains like Chillies or TGIF! I prefer local cafes who serve more reasonable portions! <BR> <BR> What about you? Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:28:39 EST Network Error code 400 I so often get the following message after being locked out of Spark: <BR> Network Error http error response code 400 Bad Request <BR> <BR> Does anyone know how to take care of this? <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:41:22 EST Should I join? I'm contemplating joining a cinema club. Benefits include 2 free movie tix and 1 popcorn set upon joining. ditto on my bday month. Plus I get to collect points with every purchase of a movie tix. The popcorn set includes soda. <BR> <BR> The catch is : RM30 upon joining and an annual fee of RM10 to renew membership. And I don't really want free popcorn or soda. <BR> <BR> Do you think I should join? It's attractive but I don't go to the cinema that often. What happens if I get the free tix bu... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:20:27 EST A Genie Grants You One Wish (This is for Fun) You're out taking your morning walk and discover a magic lamp. You rub the lamp a la Aladdin and out comes a Genie. the Genie says he will grant you one wish, not three. But there is a catch. The Genie gives you three wishes to choose from and you pick one. <BR> <BR> Wish 1 - the Genie will give you the body of your dreams. You can be taller, slimmer, red headed, curly hair, straight hair, six pack ABs... whatever you want. But you'd have the same job, live in the same house, etc. nothing e... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:39:53 EST S U C C E S S Success consists of going from failure to failure <BR> without loss of enthusiasm. <BR> - Winston Churchill Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:53:32 EST new spark team I started a new weight loss surgery team called Bariatric Sparks. If you have had any kind of weight loss surgery your welcome to join. The more ppl we have the more information we can share with each other. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:42:01 EST Ever purchased something you regretted buying? I bought a handbag but after using it for a few months, I found it to be too small. I bought a 2nd handbag and this time I'm happy with it because I feel it's the perfect size and I love it soooooo much. <BR> <BR> But I can't help feeling that I wasted money on the first bag. It seemed like a good purchase at that time but it was too small! <BR> <BR> I have to be wiser in my spending as I don't earn much! <BR> <BR> What about you? Ever bought something then regretted buying it? Sun, 25 Jun 2017 04:18:24 EST My 600 Pound Life I recently started watching My 600 Pound Life reruns on HULU. It may just be the inspiration I need to get myself back under control. I only have a measly 40 pounds I have been battling. Watching what these people through to lose hundreds of pounds is amazing and a lot of times, the stories behind the psychological reasons for their food issues is so heart wrenching. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:41:32 EST What are your favorite podcasts? Why? I discovered podcasts with the Serial story from This American Life. I was mesmerized by that one, but I didn't appreciate what a shocking effect a podcast could have until I listened to their second season, S Town. Now I can't get enough of them. They're fascinating and so unique from another. Here are a few I've thoroughly enjoyed: <BR> Katie Couric (I felt like I was in the kitchen w/ her and the Barefoot Contessa); <BR> You Must Remember This (stories from Hollywood's first century -... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:48:55 EST Disney So, I'm planning a trip with my family to Disney World in family. I figure with all of the walking around we'll be doing, fitness shouldn't be a problem, but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on the best restaurants that won't completely blow the new lifestyle? Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:11:10 EST Happy Father's Day!!!! It's Father's Day today in Malaysia! I don't know if it's the same the world over. But I am planning on taking my parents out to dinner today, my treat! My brother is working till late though. <BR> <BR> He is off on Tuesdays but I also have Bible Study on Tuesday nights. So our schedules clash. So it's just me and my parents tonight! <BR> <BR> What about you? Sun, 18 Jun 2017 07:00:06 EST new to sparkpeople and gastric bypass Hi, I am new to sp and I joined because my bariatric doctor wants everyone to join for the support and experience of others that have gone through or is going through the same things I am. But all the groups I found that are related are not active. So are there any bariatric ppl look for a group for support? If so I would be willing to Co lead one.. hit me up! Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:43:35 EST What do you do about facial hair? I am embarrassed to ask this, but what do you do about facial hair? Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:17:29 EST Join our Gratitude Journals Team We would love to have you join our team <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=59036 </link> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:14:47 EST It finally rained!!!! Finally, we are getting a good rain! After days and days of horrible heat!!!! I hope this means the monsoon season has started here in Malaysia! I've had enough of this horrible heat wave!!!! <BR> <BR> How's Summer in the US! I think you are so lucky to have 4 seasons! We have only 2 : heat and rain! Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:12:09 EST Netflix series I love my shows especially Call the Midwife and Person of Interest. I like shows about people helping people. Can anyone recommend any more shows on Netflix like that? Thanks ahead:) Fri, 16 Jun 2017 02:04:09 EST ww winning points i can not afford to go to ww now...but still have the old winning points there a way to convert those pts to the new pt program or maybe i should just use it as is??? <BR> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:28:10 EST anyone hate to fly? I hate flying. Note that I am not afraid to fly, I just hate it - squeezed in that coveted middle seat between two people who probably should have had to buy two seats so I can't even use the arm rest. Trapped like that for hours... <BR> <BR> anyone have any tips on getting through it? <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:41:54 EST New hypothyroid diagnoses....what should I know? I was diagnosed with hypothyroid last Thursday. I was upset about being given a diagnoses that was "chronic"...but at least I know and its treatable....My doctor is great and we will do more blood work in two months to see how the medicine is doing, as well as my "real food" eating plan. I am eating as much "real" food as possible...but sometimes do stray from it, for example, breads or tortillas/wraps...but really trying to stay with the real food stuff. <BR> <BR> What foods should I try ... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:08:03 EST bugs in the system I have been having a whole lot of issues trying to do anything on here the last couple of days. Anyone know why or is it my side telling me there are to many bugs here and trying to kick it off? Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:35:19 EST What helps if you're having trouble sleeping? I get really tired at night but I can't seem to fall asleep...any suggestions on how to go to sleep? Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:32:18 EST Foods You Loved as a Child, But Hate Now We all had foods we hated as a child, but love as an adult. veggies seemed to be a popular response. <BR> <BR> Okay, so what is a food you absolutely loved as a child, but hate now ? <BR> <BR> Cottage cheese. <BR> <BR> When I was a child, I loved eating cottage cheese. now, I wont touch the stuff. I don't like the consistency. <BR> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:38:07 EST Rabbits in my garden dose anyone know how to stop rabbits from eating my veggie in my garden? first time gardener. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:51:30 EST BMI is no longer the best way to identify obesity <BR> <BR> <link><BR>o-longer-best-identify-obesity-article<BR>-1.3228612 </link> Sun, 11 Jun 2017 11:29:18 EST The calorie-counting debate Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I have read quite a lot about the move away from counting your daily calorie intake, keeping your intake less than what you use and how scientists and dietitians are moving away from this approach. I felt a little lost, because this was the only approach that somewhat worked for me, but because I couldn't keep off weight in a sustainable manner with this method, I was looking for something else. On the other hand, I just didn't feel comfortable about eating loads of fat... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 07:47:37 EST Expedia - Purchasing Airline Flights I have a question for my spark peeps who do a lot of traveling. Do you use Expedia (or one of the other cheap flight websites) to purchase airline tickets ? If so, what's your experience ? In past, I have always booked my flights directly through the airline. However, today I talked to one airline about booking a flight and they quoted me prices that were significantly higher than prices I found via Expedia. <BR> <BR> I've read some online reviews that say, don't use them. But I'd like to k... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 14:57:43 EST metformin Good Morning Everyone! <BR> Metformin is not working for me. What does everyone else take? Fri, 9 Jun 2017 09:53:07 EST Metformin, does it work for you? <BR> Good Morning! <BR> I am on Metformin and it is doing nothing to control my blood sugars. <BR> <BR> What is everyone else taking? Fri, 9 Jun 2017 09:29:17 EST Random Thrift Store Finds Recently, I found a Starbuck's Verismo (first version) at a thrift store for $10. I had been looking at getting a new one because my espresso machine, which was over 15 years old, finally died after moving and subsequently sitting in a non climate controlled storage unit for a year. <BR> <BR> The new system retails for around $180 if you get the bundle. I was not wanting to spend that kind of money because my budget is tight. So, discovering this used one was exciting. I saw it on Sunday, ... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 06:35:34 EST Have you ever been called fat? yesterday while drinking, my husband called me fat and it really hurt my feelings <BR> <BR> When I called him on it the next day (he didn't even remember saying it), he was just like, "well it only upsets you because it's true. do something about it or get over it." <BR> <BR> I don't think he meant to hurt my feelings when he said it the first time. It just popped out after I mentioned that if I have too many drinks, I'm gonna get fat <BR> (then he was like, "you're already fat) and didn'... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 17:59:01 EST What is your go to meal. Salmon cakes W/Onion's, ground turkey burgers W/ peppers and onions. <BR> Spinach and egg's. Sun, 4 Jun 2017 21:01:06 EST Which type of scales do you use? Electronic or not I am using an electronic scale right now- I have a normal one too but that shows me less... I am not sure which to believe! Sun, 4 Jun 2017 14:30:29 EST Spark points How do you spin the wheel the second time for soak points when you are on mobile Spark? Sat, 3 Jun 2017 20:22:22 EST Tracking for life? Does anyone else see tracking both food and exercise as a life long event or until the weight is lost? <BR> <BR> Two years ago, I did great.....I felt great and lost a bunch of weight just by eating real foods, water and walking 3 miles a day. I felt I had control. And I stopped tracking. <BR> <BR> I am 40 years old now, mother of a 4 year old, work full time and was going to school full time. Life was stressful. And slowly I stopped tracking and then stopped everything. Started fast fo... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 09:39:03 EST to congratulate strangers at the gym...or not? I was at the gym yesterday and as I was leaving I saw a lady on the treadmill who had a hard time walking because she was very heavy. But dammit, she was on there and doing what she could do. She took that step that so many others don't. And I was PROUD of her! I have no idea who she was or whether I will see her there again - but I really wanted to tell her how awesome she was for taking control of herself and doing something I know she thought was difficult. <BR> <BR> Do you think it'... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 08:52:50 EST I Stepped on the Scale Today.... And I've lost 4 POUNDS! Not bad for a week (I joined last Thursday and found out I had eaten over 2000 calories that day!) Since then it's been around 1200-1300 a day. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Found out yesterday I was down one size, but I was still afraid to check my weight. But i just HAD to know. <BR> <BR> SO EXCITED. Four pounds! Not a lot by any means, but I will take it! If I keep going as I'm going and lose four pounds a week, it won't be too long and I'll be loo... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 23:20:05 EST Nature-Throid (or Armour) 2 times a day? Can you take Nature-Throid (or Armour Thyroid) 2 X / day? <BR> <BR> I started recently with only ONE-HALF grain (32.5 mg) but it is NOT doing the job. I used to take Armour 3 years ago and had NO problems with it but doctors switched me to Synthorid (Levothyroxine). Got so I could NOT take Levothyroxine anymore. <BR> <BR> Requested doctor to start me on Nature-Throid (similar to Armour Thyroid). I requested a LOW dose (one-half grain = 32.5 mg) but feeling weak, with little energy. <BR> ... Wed, 31 May 2017 22:01:10 EST Nature-Throid (or Armour) 2 times a day? Can you take Nature-Throid (or Armour) 2 X / day? Wed, 31 May 2017 21:55:24 EST Breast Cancer Diabetes and Weight Gain Hello Everyone! <BR> I have been under treatment for breast cancer for over one year now and I would like to hear from others experiencing the same issues as I have. I have currently gained approx. 25 lbs from meds regardless of my healthy eating habits. Any help would be greatly appreciated. <BR> Thank you. Wed, 31 May 2017 13:12:08 EST Letting go of Caffeine - HELP! I'm a caffeine addict, and this addiction leads to many other problems in my life. You can read a blog I wrote today (5/31) to get an idea of what I mean. But for now, let me just ask you: have you struggled with caffeine? Have you overcome an addiction to it? If so, what did you do? What advice would you give to me as I seek to let it go for good? Wed, 31 May 2017 12:00:29 EST The Warning Signs of Stroke The warning signs of stroke: <BR> <link><BR>stroke </link> Tue, 30 May 2017 23:03:18 EST Rotator Cuff Issues?? Which excercises are good? Hey ya'll! I am having trouble when I increase my weights at the gym and lower my reps. Should I just lower the weight resistance and do more reps? Any advice would be APPRECIATED GREATLY! Also I am swimming laps? Should I also be careful about how many etc? I am not going to surgery for this.... so .. anyway Mon, 29 May 2017 10:52:48 EST Depression & motivation I was diagnosed with depression 3 years ago and was on prescription medication for it up until a couple of months ago when I decided to get off of it due to the side effects. I'm managing the depression pretty well on my own, but there are still days that I feel the sadness and lose motivation to do much of anything. Can anyone relate, and if so, what do you do to get your motivation back? Thanks. Mon, 29 May 2017 02:18:55 EST Starting Sunday I'm starting the meal plan that sparkpeople provides on Sunday. Anyone else following it for diabetic? I am 44 and want to lose over 50lbs. Anyone have a good recipe for the refrigerator muffins? Most of the recipes don't have reviews Fri, 26 May 2017 21:21:26 EST Mixers/blenders for smoothies suggestions In an effort to squeeze in a little extra protein in my life I have added protein powder to my diet. The only issue I am having is I feel like I could be using a better tool. I have an older blender by Oster, its kind of meh. I tried my Cuisinart food processor, seems like overkill. Lots of pieces to clean, and the containers are kind of big. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for something smaller and easier to clean that isn't going to poop out in 6 months. Any suggestions on mixers/blenders? Fri, 26 May 2017 11:28:38 EST Ever bought something you didn't need for a 'free' gift? <BR> <BR> I saw a set of handcreams (heck! I don't even use them) that came with a free pouch! I wanted the pouch so bad! It was sooooo pretty! But it doesn't even have a handle and I asked myself when will I ever use it! <BR> <BR> So, I put it back, else I would have spent RM50! But I'm still thinking about it! Like I said, the pouch is sooo pretty! <BR> <BR> Would you get it? <BR> <BR> Wed, 24 May 2017 01:44:03 EST Compression clothing for loose skin I work hard to stay as gym motivated as I do with my food. It is so hard bc after so many years with my eating disorder and abuse of my body I have so much loose skin from when I was even larger than I am now. Does anyone know where to buy good compression clothing for plus sizes? Also, I have bunions and a horrible time with my feet after 20 years in the medical field. What are your favorite tennis shoes? I had found mine but of course Sketchers stopped making them! Tue, 23 May 2017 20:12:17 EST THAT SUGAR FILM interesting info Just watched THAT SUGAR FILM (2014) by Filmmaker Damon Gameau where he documents his experiment in the effects of eating supposedly healthy foods that contain high amounts of sugar. Before the experiment the Australian filmmaker and his wife were health conscious people who avoided refined sugar and ate primarily whole foods. He puts himself through a grueling 6 week diet consuming the equivalent of 40 teaspoons of sugar a day...which is what many people do eating a 'normal' diet....and h... Tue, 23 May 2017 16:27:14 EST Met a SparkFriend in person? Tell us about it! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm writing a blog for the site, featuring stories of friendship from SparkPeople members. Have you met a special friend on the site? How have they helped keep you on track with your healthy living goals? Have you ever met in person? <BR> <BR> Please SparkMail me the details of your story and it could be featured in an upcoming blog. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Tue, 23 May 2017 10:46:30 EST Rower or Elyptical machine Which one is best for over all fitness? Mon, 22 May 2017 21:18:58 EST Question about SparkPoints What can I do with my SparkPoints? Mon, 22 May 2017 16:23:57 EST Come Join the BLC Summer Challenge BLC34 - SUMMER CAMP IS REGISTERING NOW! <BR> <BR> (Registration will close on May 27....time is running out!) <BR> <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is an 8 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? <BR> Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CH... Sun, 21 May 2017 11:32:34 EST Sweet or Savory? What are you fave foods? I just love salty or savory banana chips! I don't really like it sweet! <BR> <BR> As for sweets, I'm a big ice-cream person but I wouldn't really classify myself as having a sweet tooth. I'm more a savory person! Potato chips are my downfall! I also love salted nuts. But I can't have too much nuts because I'm on dialysis and have to watch my phosphate levels, among other things! Sun, 21 May 2017 03:13:33 EST 13 reasons why? Ladies, what do you think about the Netflix show " 13 reasons why"? Has anyone watched t? I keep seeing people say that they love it, but I also see a lot of people hating on it as well. What is the show and why is it generating so much controversy? Fri, 19 May 2017 23:16:53 EST tracking food! I can't keep up with writing down what I eat and the nutrition values. I thought about using the weight watchers points instead but they don't track carbs for diabetes. For example the fruit count as 0 points, So I think to just write down what I need to keep track of that also will do. What do you think? Fri, 19 May 2017 13:50:45 EST having trouble tracking what I eat! I love Subways flatbread pizza, but have a hard time adding it to my tracker. It's the 8" flatbread, sauce, and cheese. Then nothing but veggies, no meat! example: tomatoes, gn peppers, banana peppers, onions, spinach, black olives(FATg), Then I eat half at lunch then half at supper! Fri, 19 May 2017 13:45:28 EST My butt is... On your phone, type "my butt is" then use the autocomplete words to make a sentence. <BR> <BR> My butt is next to the dog and she didn't pay for the most important holiday. Fri, 19 May 2017 10:39:16 EST foods you hated as a child, but love now Vegetables of any kind. I didn't like them when I was young. I would put ketchup on my peas to mask the flavor. Now I love vegetables, they are the mainstay of my diet. What about you? Thu, 18 May 2017 17:00:24 EST Really Good Blog! So many bloggers. Act like they're perfect and have it all together. At my age. I know that no one is perfect and has it all together. <BR> <BR> <BR> This blog is about being mediocre and satisfied. I think pursuing this state of perfection. Which is really only a facade.It doesn't exist. Is detrimental to our health and well being. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 18 May 2017 13:43:09 EST RECUMBENT BIKE vs STATIONARY BIKE I prefer a recumbent bike. For me it is easier to ride because of the back and it is lower to the ground. Wed, 17 May 2017 20:58:02 EST