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 New Fall TV Shows I just watched an episode of MADAME SECRETARY and became an instant fan. <BR> Good script, great acting, and wonderful plot mix is intelligent, interesting and has sophisticated humor. <BR> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:56:22 EST Dresses in the workplace My mom made an offhand comment the other day and I'm wondering if this was a generational thing or what. She mentioned that she believes dresses are unprofessional in most business situations and always wears separates. She's pretty senior in a fairly formal office and was really making her career in the 80s through the 90s. <BR> <BR> Hence why I'm wondering why this is a generational thing because I work in a more business casual office and I like having a couple of dresses in my wardrobe... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:47:01 EST Fitbit Friends? Anyone interested in being Fitbit friends? My user name for Fitbit is the same as it is here, so feel free to send me a request! Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:09:35 EST how to find a weightloss accountability partner Hi Everyone i like in irving texas, and wanted to get your opinions on what is the best way to find an accountability partner. I need a friend/somewhere who i can work with to lose weight. We can go to the gym together or just workout outside and get fit and lean together. I want someone who will be willing to break a sweat with me. Please let me know how i can go about finding someone in my area to lose weight with? Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:59:19 EST Only one theme in most pop songs I must be getting old but I find that a lot of pop songs theses days are all about sexual inuendo! <BR> <BR> Can't they sing abt anything else? What do you think? Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:31:07 EST Any K-pop fans here? Please tell me I'm not alone!~ Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:55:42 EST How do you work nights and have regular fitness? I occasional have to work nights doing papers for my husband when he's away on one of his jobs. It really does a number on my body b/c its not something i do all the time. My weight fluctuates and my workout regiment takes a major hit. I need help balancing sleep, work, fitness,and all my other responsibilities without gaining back the weight i have lost. I just want to maintain not gain. :/ tracking my food is not a problem but without my regular sleep and excerise my body really suffe... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:59:06 EST feeling bleh I m bored but at the same time, I just don't feel like needlework! <BR> <BR> But I have to keep working on my projects or I will never finish! <BR> <BR> I think I will just watch a movie, then do some needlework later. <BR> <BR> What do you do when u feel bleh? Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:57:18 EST Do you drink alcohol and still lose weight ? I've lost 35 pounds with SP by mainly limiting the amount of alcohol I drink. I have alcohol-free streaks - my longest being 107 days over the holidays last year. I've found that when I go for weeks or months without alcohol - the weight just comes off naturally. And then if I slip for a couple days - the weight comes back on quickly. <BR> <BR> Recently I've read "How to Change Your Drinking - a Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol" by Kenneth Anderson. Discovered I had been following his ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:24:49 EST random question i don't know if this is even the right place to put this but whatever <BR> <BR> is there a way to reply to blog comments? like respond so the person who left the comment will see it? or do i have to go post on their page or shoot them a private message? <BR> <BR> there ought to be if there isn't already. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:11:54 EST Exercise Does anyone know a new fitness craze that has real results? Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:48:03 EST ot: instagram Hi! I'm getting bombarded with smart phone notifications for people I don't even follow on Instagram. I know how to turn off push notifications, but I'm still getting these random notifications for people I don't follow. Anyone know how I can clean this up? I've tried Googling but I only get steps for turning off notifications for people I follow or for comments on my own photos. <BR> <BR> thanks in advance! Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:09:28 EST Holidays are coming Its almost October and the holidays are just around the corner, what do you do to prepare yourself for the holidays? Food wise, festivities, decorating, traditions? Anything that has to do with the holidays! Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:24:20 EST SCOTLAND Such a relief for me as an English person. Scotland voted against Independence. I'd have been very sad to see the end of the United Kingdom. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:25:46 EST Should the NFL ban or suspend those accused? So, what do you think? <BR> <BR> Should the NFL or other major sports organization suspend a player for being charged with a criminal offense? Should they be fired or banned? <BR> <BR> Or should they wait and ban the player if they are convicted? <BR> <BR> Should they be held to a higher standard than the general public? The average person isn't suspended from their job if they have charges being against them, with a few exceptions of course. <BR> <BR> But keeping this about sports .... ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:30:42 EST Input foods so that they are there ahead of time. Can one input foods without connecting them to a specific meal such as breakfast, etc? I would like to input foods with all the nutritional info so that it is there when I might eat that particular food. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:19:06 EST First 30 day isagenix cleanse.... tips? I am starting my first Isagenix 30 day cleanse on Monday Sept 22. I plan to do 1 cleanse day a week and 6 shake days. I am a little nervous about how little food I will be eating, but am excited for the potential results. Does anyone who completed the 30 day cleanse have any helpful tips?? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:40:14 EST UP24 Just found out how to sync my UP24 to this site and finally starting to use this site. Any tips how to get the best out of both? I am a little unsure where to really start on here and sometimes I just don't pay attention to my UP2. Would love to know any tips for utilizing both to their greatest ability. Thanks!! <BR> Smiles, <BR> <BR> -Heather :) Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:13:39 EST fast stomach workout I am not looking for something easy, just some quick workout to get rid of this gut! I have lost 3 inches in my butt from doing more exercises and walking. I haven't been hard core anything just doing this at "my" lifestyle pace and things are working for the most part but the gut has to go. I am not sure if I heard or read that sit ups don't do anything for your stomach, and not sure if that is crap to or not, but I need something different to try. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:49:18 EST Trying Spin Class For the First Time!! I'm going to try spinning tonight...I'm excited and nervous. I'm already sore from Zumba on Monday and I've heard I should wear padded shorts.....yikes haha So, what are your experiences? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:46:31 EST Download data to a spreadsheet? I record everything I eat here and would like to have access to the data to home for further analysis. Is there anyway I can download my Spark data to an Excel compatible spreadsheet? I would like to get as much information as possible (foods eaten & for which meals, the nutritional data for those foods plus any I've entered to my favorites list). Isd this possible? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance... Bob Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:52:37 EST Please read my blog. SO IMPORTANT! Please check out my newest blog!!!! <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781096 </link> <BR> <BR> WOOOO!!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Tasha Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:10:02 EST Caring for an aging parent My mother is moving in with my husband and me this weekend. I haven't lived with her for 29 years. We've tried very hard over the past 4-5 months to keep her in her own home but she's on oxygen 24/7. If she forgets the oxygen she gets so confused because of the lack of oxygen to her brain. She was caught smoking while her oxygen was still on. Most of the time I think she forgets to put the oxygen back on after a cigarette. Her standard answer is "I'm working on it". <BR> <BR> Anyway,... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:28:21 EST New Here! I have been a member since 2009 and have failed a number of times. I am at my heaviest and finally need to do something about it! I have medical problems which cause me to be very weak and not want to put in the effort in the gym, but I feel i have used that as an excuse to get out of going to the gym and i don't want to do that anymore. This is the first time I've ever posted anything and hoping that maybe it might motivate me to strive to do better and be accountable for my actions. <BR>... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:27:43 EST Concentrating Issues. Help! Has anyone ever had a hard time focusing? I am a 24 year old female that has been dealing with mental fog for about a year now. It's been tolerable until the last few months. Just seem to have gotten worse. I love a good book and never had issues in the past. Now, I don't see the individual words, but it kinda all just blurs together as a whole. Also, I have difficulties following conversations lately. These are just a few examples. Anyone else go through a phase like this? Was it sleep, diet... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:08:10 EST What do you find harder diet or exercise. What do you find harder diet or exercise? <BR> I love working out most of the time but I struggle with my eating. <BR> I do well with it at times and others I find myself going to the drive through and ordering crap I know I shouldn't eat. So diet is rough for me.. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:57:04 EST Connection Trouble Hi is anyone else having problems using the site , when I try to put in my daily nutrition it's keeps saying sparkpeople not responding. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:39:45 EST What's ONE thing that you're going to do better..., than you did yesterday? <BR> <BR> I'm going to go an extra mile on the stationary bike. <BR> <BR> -ChefP Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:14:09 EST Excess Skin... I have been on this weight loss journey now for over 150 pounds. 50 since Feb 2014. I think I am on a path to a healthy weight and a healthier heart. <BR> <BR> My question/comment is about excess skin. <BR> <BR> What can/should be done with all this skin? All these fabs and flaps? <BR> <BR> I think it is a cosmetic thing, mostly, but what can I do? There is the inconvenience of rashes and breaks in the hanging skin. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:17:48 EST Can't add food to a grouping I have started having a slice of bacon on my existing sandwich grouping. I'm trying to add the bacon to that grouping. When I click "add food to grouping and dialog box comes up that is empty, no foods listed to add to that group. Help please. Thanks... Bob Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:00:19 EST spark points? Can anyone tell me the purpose of spark points? Can you do anything with them? Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:36:53 EST Was there video support? Hi Guys, <BR> <BR> I was hoping you might be able to help me out. I'd read on the board (via Google search) that there was once support groups that were connected through web cams. I was just wondering why it didn't work out? <BR> <BR> Seems like something that people would want to use. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:18:20 EST Run 10 Feed 10 Fundraiser I found this fundraiser in the free paper today: <BR> <BR> <em>186</em> <em>551</em> <BR> <BR> Have any of you heard of it? <BR> <BR> stranger70127 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:12:44 EST Where Is Your Silent Retreat? Thoughts? Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:45:19 EST Good Morning! Up early! <BR> <BR> Trying to be quiet (we have grandparents visiting) but I need my tea! :) <BR> <BR> Tons to do on the website revamp today, plus planning the next set of cooking classes for the foster kids, and winter camps for Sparks of Hope...oy! Oh, and I'll be posting the second in my series "How to choose the right meal plan" on the meal Planning Team page this morning, as well! <BR> <BR> Thinking that a couple of eggs (1 yolk, 2 whites) scrambled with some of last nights roasted ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:24:25 EST something is troubling me My Mom came back from China a few months ago and she bought me a beautiful ruby ring and pendant. I don't know what got into me but I rejected her gift because I seldom change pendants and I don't like wearing rings. <BR> <BR> This is the truth but I know I shouldn't have hurt my Mom that way! To make a long story short, I have lost a valuable gift and hurt my Mom horribly when all she wanted was to give me something from her trip. <BR> <BR> The thing that bothers me is this : am I the onl... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:07:37 EST Some things are just wrong, should not be allowed! Things like fruit flavored candy corn. Totally wrong, should never have happened. <BR> Carob chip cookies, nasty, should never be allowed (unless you're allergic to chocolate). <BR> Chicory flavored coffee substitute ... had it for the first time today ewwwwwww <BR> <BR> What else should never have been allowed??? Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:02:00 EST I'm just mad and disillusioned (not food-related) I had a horrific day on Tuesday. I helped a neighbor-in-distress (so I thought) and got burned badly as a result. He is quite evidently a professional con artist, and I fell for it. It's just my nature... I'm not suspicious of people without having a reason to be so. I regularly collect warnings and admonitions from family and friends on the topic. <BR> <BR> In this instance, he stole my billfold (with nearly $200 in cash and all my store cards and ID and membership cards), and my cell phon... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:53:27 EST Menu Planners Team is back! Hey all, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to let you all know that, after a long time away, I'm back, and the Menu Planners Spark Team is up and running once again. Just posted Step #1 in "How to find the right meal planning service for you." <BR> <BR> Come on over and check it out! <BR> <BR> Team URL: <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=39781 </link> <BR> <BR> -Chef Perry <BR> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:37:10 EST Motivation: BMI? Scale? Health? or Clothes? For me, basically it is to eat healthy and live an active lifestyle. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:05:53 EST Fear/ Love I heard someone ask a person do you want to live from fear or love? LOVE.. I need to treat myself with love.. Humans are drawn to love and run from fear. SO which do you want to live by? ;) Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:38:44 EST Just diagnosed with Hashimoto's Hi Everyone! I was just diagnosed with Hashimoto's today. Apparently I am asymptomatic and had no idea until my physical appt last week (it had been over 15 years since my last one). My initial blood work showed my TSH level was really low at .006. Upon further testing my T4 and T3 levels were normal but my antibodies was high at 1.7. I have to wait for my insurance to approve seeing an Endocrinologist. I have been overweight all my life and finally starting taking care of me by making lifest... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:44:36 EST guilt free take a break day Today I am sore. I sprained my ankle yesterday and had to walk 3 miles home with it sprained, hit the top of my hand with my walking stick (don't ask...LOL) and had a monkey bump on it, and today I am just worn down and out. So I am just hanging out, and putzing around my home doing things I have been avoiding, and that is a mental workout. Feels good to take a break...and tomorrow well that is another workout day! Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:36:47 EST Perfume? Would you spend hundreds on branded perfume? <BR> <BR> Some of them costs insane amounts of money! <BR> <BR> I just can't justify spending so much just to smell nice. I'd rather just use deodarant! Much cheaper! Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:09:51 EST diet tea has anyone tried the diet tea at Mcdonalds? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:50:07 EST Healthy Coffee How much would you pay for a GOURMET cup of coffee with health benefits?? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:22:44 EST super annoying new patient! There's this annoying new patient in the dialysis center I go to. She keeps calling the nurses like every 3 seconds! I swear! It's nurse! Nurse! Nurse! I get so annoyed that if I wasn't connected to the machine, I'd get up and smack her! <BR> <BR> The nurses have explained to her countless times that she has to go thru the 4 hours of dialysis, and that if she needs to go to the loo, she has to go before or after treatment. Why can't she just go thru the 4 hours peacefully like the rest of us... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:01:03 EST Question about mobile app tracker Hey everyone.. i am going to start tracking my stuff tomorrow. Now i have the app but i want to know when i change my starting weight in my ONLINE settings... will it also change automatically in the Spark People Tracker app aswell? Tue, 9 Sep 2014 10:17:55 EST My hair just doesn't seem to be growing at all! I had a trim a few months ago, and my hair doesn't seem to have grown at all! It still seems to be the same length and not any longer! <BR> <BR> On the bright side, I can save money on haircuts! But it's such a pain when you're trying to grow your hair! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 03:06:37 EST Keep your germs at home or I'll Lysol you! Once again, one of my wonderful co workers comes into work with a cough and a fever and complaints of diarrhea. He survived for 2 hours before going home sick. <BR> <BR> Gee, thanks for sharing your germs with the rest of us. <BR> <BR> I sit less then 3 feet from this guy. I swear I'm going to buy a can of Lysol and spray it in his direction every time he coughs. Because, of course, he swears he will be fine and able to work tomorrow. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 00:16:46 EST Looking to start a small motivation group. Hiya! my name is Sarah. I'm looking to get together a small group of awesome peeps (both men and women, 30's-40's-ish) who are just starting a healthy life journey and want to help each other, through sweat, tears, laughs (and maybe one or two lite beers). <BR> <BR> I'm thinking something small, just five or six people with one common goal and a commitment to helping each other succeed. If you're interested, shoot me an email telling me a little bit about yourself and your goals. I would lo... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 19:19:46 EST feeling How is everybody feeling today? Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:32:57 EST Any Hairdressers here at Spark People? Are there any hairdresser, barbers, cosmetologists on Spark People in the Vancouver, WA or PDX Metro area in Oregon? I am trying to survey the beauty colleges in Vancouver, WA and PDX Oregon to attend soon around February 2015. I am planning to go to them as a customer and see how they operate, but I'd like to to connect to hairdressers in Vancouver, WA the town I plan to move to and work in. I tried Meet-Up to see of a group of Hairdressers go to events, but no such luck. I was a working Cos... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 11:26:11 EST Eating for nutrition I am happy to report that I have lost my initial goal of 24 pounds in 12 weeks! Thanks to SparkPeople, I journaled every bite of food I consumed, and I ran nutrition reports to ensure I was getting enough nutrients while eating only REAL (not highly processed or with added chemicals) plant-based food. The weight just dropped week after week, and I feel super healthy and energetic! I am looking forward to even more great results. <BR> <BR> I just blogged about HOW I am eating healthy. I'... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:06:57 EST Sunday whats everybodys Sunday been like? Sun, 7 Sep 2014 20:53:08 EST Sparkpeople is not weight watchers Hi, I just wanted to make sure, SparkPeople has nothing to do with weight watchers right? They are two totally seperate programs? Sun, 7 Sep 2014 19:55:38 EST Walking buddy needed I'm in Broward county Florida and would like to find a beginning walking buddy. Just getting over a bad tear of my Achilles tendon and other ankle issues, so I have to take it slow and easy. Also have a gym here in my community where we can do treadmills on rainy days, and a nice little park across the street. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 18:50:33 EST Bonus Spins I have not been getting Bonus Spins the last two days plus the first points spin after l point today. I do not know who to report this to. Could someone help me. (I know this will not count on my 3-point message posts as I've already done them) Just hope someone can get back to me. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 09:26:35 EST Found out my oxygen level in my body is low When I found out my oxygen is low I also found out it is from low iron and not enough water. So remember to have both of these in your system or you will be very tired and get exhausted doing the slightest things. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 22:07:45 EST Hi ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Hi, I would like to invite you to the team 'People with Health Issues United' , we are a small group and would like some more company. <BR> <BR> Here is the Link for the Team.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=58444 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Katie (Team Leader) Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:48:51 EST Friday What is everyone up to on Friday? Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:48:27 EST LOOKING DUMPY ON PURPOSE <em>29</em> Would be grateful for some advice. I have the feeling my boss tries to make me look bad or sabotage me sometimes because she is jealous of me. <BR> I wore a new shirt to work on Tuesday and she made a comment that sounded a little snarky. She has seemed to get meaner to me the more weight I lose. It is to the point where I am struggling to stay on my eating plan because of her. Am I just imagining things? She brings in food, like muffins in the morning, and then constantly... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 18:33:35 EST I need info about the NutriBullet For several weeks now, I've been thinking of buying the Nutribullet. My understanding is that I can make nutritious drinks in it, combining fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> I already have a small smoothie maker but it definitely would not pulverize veggies, hard fruits, etc., so this is my query. <BR> <BR> If you use a Nutribullet, what are the health benefits of the drinks? Can the drinks help with weight loss? Do you have any tried and true recipes? <BR> <BR> What is your take on the ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:12:24 EST Bountiful Baskets spark team I created a spark team to bring together SP members who are also BBFC members and volunteers. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:08:30 EST Is stress worth it? As I’m getting older my priorities in life have been shifting (and I’m sure always will be), and I have been reflecting a lot on what is important to me. I am getting married next year, so I’ve been thinking a lot about family and settling down. One main thing I have come to realize this year are my stress levels and how that is affecting the people I love. As we have all heard , ‘stress is a killer’, is it really worth it? <BR> I started a post the other day about work/ life balance and poin... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:29:20 EST why must fried foods/junk be so delicious? In Malaysia, fried bananas, sweet potato slices and fried fish cakes are a common teatime snack. Fried cempedak is also popular. <BR> <BR> No matter how many times I eat them, they still taste delicious! I try not to eat them too often but I wish I didn't like eating them so much! <BR> <BR> Don't even get me started on potato chips, fries, burgers, pizza and fried chicken, esp KFC! I would weigh 200lbs if I had no self-control! As it is, I still need to lose 30lbs! Fri, 5 Sep 2014 04:33:59 EST not hunngry My husband basically forces me to eat. <BR> <BR> 15 days at the hospital w/4 illnesses _ I wasn't hungry all the time (sometimes I gota sandwih at subway - but i probably only consumed 2.5 days worth of calories (not including gingerale cream soda <BR> <BR> I really can't eat! I am far from hungry (15 days w/ barely any food can do that to you) <BR> <BR> I mashed potatoes w/ gluten free strips tonight - I hate two tenders and a couple bites of potatoes <BR> <BR> DH even tried to get me... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 22:38:17 EST KJfitnessdude where are you? I just tried to email KJ because I haven't seen him on the boards lately. It wouldn't go through and after some digging I find out he has gone offline. I will surely miss him. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 19:59:06 EST Joan Rivers Dies at 81-- Joan Rivers Dies at 81-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Joan Rivers, a pioneer for women in stand-up comedy and television, has died, her daughter confirmed. She was 81. Rivers died at 1:17 p.m. ET Thursday in New York surrounded by family and friends. <BR> <BR> "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh," Melissa Rivers said. "Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon." <BR> <BR> From Carson's couch to the ice bucket cha... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:16:41 EST Whole30 - Your experience or opinions. I'm doing the Whole30...partially. I'm actually using their grocery list and limiting my processed food intake. <BR> <BR> I feel the program is too restrictive for me so I choose to use it as more of a guide to clean eating and a lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> Am I going to leave out dairy....probably not. I'm not really eating cereal though and that's really the only time I have milk, I can't stand the taste of it by itself...soo, I'll probably find a way to get that in. <BR> <BR> I haven't... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 12:15:37 EST Back after a long while...looking for support... Hi, I'm Melissa... <BR> <BR> I had been on Spark on & off for some years now. Then about 6 or 7 months ago I joined Weight Watchers and really started losing weight that I could never seem to take off before. I yo-yo'd around the 23-25 pounds lost mark. However, I can't afford WW at this time & not sure if & when I'll be able to go back to it. <BR> <BR> I've been back tracking on Sparkpeople to see how this goes again. I need to learn how to be more accountable to myself. The thing I did r... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:56:36 EST Need some encouragement I moved twice in 3 months, and it's taken me another month to actually recover from the second move. All that stress got me away from taking care of my physical self, as it was all I could do to stay sane! Now that I'm in my new place, I have specific goals, but I"m going to need a lot of encouragement to stick with them, as I'm still under a lot of stress. I'll be writing in my blog every day, so that's probably the best place to reach me. Any encouraging words or emoticons will help. I'm on... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 06:52:08 EST RUSSELL_40 - Where are you? Has anyone heard from RUSSELL_40 lately? Wed, 3 Sep 2014 08:07:51 EST Hello Kitty! Do you like Hello Kitty products? <BR> <BR> I find they cost a little more but they are soooo cute! <BR> <BR> I have a Hello Kitty flask and it's so handy! <BR> <BR> The epitome of kawai! (Cute in Japanese) Wed, 3 Sep 2014 04:11:43 EST quick weight loss, need to keep it off I was in the hospital w/ sepsis, yeast in the blood and severe kidney infection (I ended up in ICU) I was 250 when I went into the hospital. I blew up like a balloon from all the fluid (I was so bad I has worse than cankles) I didn't weight myself when I got home b/c of all the weight - but today I did (as most of it is gone. I went from 250 - 231.6 <BR> <BR> Now, I want to keep this off EXERCISE IS NOT 100 POSSIBLE as I cannot stand - I have a machine that is like an ellipitical but w/... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 23:40:22 EST What is your word for today? Mine is "beginnings". I'm back on the path, putting one foot in front of the other. I'm going to be successful this time. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:19:38 EST What do you love about fall today? I love the beautiful colors, and they're everywhere. I work at Michaels and when I get to work I am surrounded by autumn decor, and I love that! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:18:09 EST STUPID WEEKENDS!!! The weekends totally throw me off of my plan!! During the week I am AWESOME!! On the weekends I stink. I think it may be because my routine is off. I need to get better!! Does anyone have any good tips for sticking with it on the weekend??? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance!!! <BR> <BR> Corine Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:05:59 EST You weigh less in the mornings Here's a short little video which explains why you weigh less in the mornings than at any other time of the day. <em>36</em> <BR> <BR><BR>gh-less-morning-040000120.html?vp=1 Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:51:58 EST Galaxy Tab 2 with Sparkpeople Does Sparkpeople work with the Galaxy Tab 2? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 07:05:08 EST not a good idea but for discussion's sake..... Could you finish a whole carton or pint of ice-cream? <BR> <BR> I know I could, if I don't control myself! AND I don't even have a sweet tooth! What abt those ppl who do?! <BR> <BR> I m just curious here! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 00:22:05 EST woooooooohooooo!!! I have September off! No worship duty at all this month! <BR> <BR> Which means no Saturday pracitice and I don't have to go to church an hour early on Sunday this month! WooooooHooooooo! <BR> <BR> I get to sleep in every Saturday in September! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:49:32 EST Sparkling Ice Have you tried it! It is favorite is Peach Necterine! Such a treat! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:28:14 EST What came first, the chicken or the Egg Beaters I have been back with Sparkpeople for 9 days now and today I finished the last of the dozen eggs that were in the fridge. I will be buying some egg beaters (redi egg from TJs) today. <BR> <BR> What is your choice, eggs or egg beaters? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:17:18 EST Retirement Age At what age did you retire? or At what age do you plan on retiring? <BR> <BR> My answer January 2009 age 58. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:12:32 EST Spark People Meal Plans Hello Fellow Sparkisters....I just have a question since I am very new here...I really need structure so I decided to follow the meal plans on SP...but the issue that I have is that the meal plans sometimes don't go well together...I mean for a snack on my first day it asks for black beans, yogurt and a fruit....seriously...that food combination is horrible...and because of the food choices this meal plan groups together it has thrown me off to follow the there any suggestions from... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:56:44 EST Ticker I see some people on here with tickers that show things other than weight. I would love to have a fitness minutes ticker, or a body fat percentage ticker as opposed to the weight one. How can I change it? <BR> <BR> Edit: Oops, found it. Should have looked harder before asking. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:02:39 EST blah I am feeling blah today and dont know why? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:38:14 EST Fancy Mystery Boxes/Think it's worth it? Just found out about this. Curious if you get these, what you think. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:54:03 EST How do you make change the pictures that appear? When I upload new pictures to my page, how do I make sure they show up on the main spark page? Thanks Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:53:24 EST Dogs in the grocery store I was rather taken aback to see two different people walking their dogs in the grocery store tonight. <BR> <BR> Does anyone think this is acceptable? <BR> <BR> Personally, I don't think any animal belongs anywhere where food is being sold or served. With the exception of patio areas that are designated as dog friendly. <BR> <BR> People seem to think they can take their dogs, restaurants, libraries etc. <BR> <BR> I love my pets and get great enjoyment from them. (Curre... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:09:43 EST Store Brand vs. Name Brand I had this on another topic thread, but I thought it would go better here: <BR> <BR> I tried a name brand albacore tuna today that doesn't taste nearly as good as the Great Value brand of the same type tuna at Walmart. I was pleasantly surprised to learn this. <BR> <BR> Have you found this to be true of other less expensive products? I'm interested in saving money! Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:34:20 EST End or summer plans - what are you doing? Hikiking a different trail each weekend Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:45:10 EST Big Mabelline ad on the top, Dare to Go Bare I can't help myself, that huge ad at the top from Mabelline, "Dare to Go Bare", has these piles of different colors of brown, that look like pieces of different flavors of chocolate fudge, homemade or whatever.................sort of odd, but I guess it caught my attention, so it sort of worked. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:47:34 EST today How is everyone doing today? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:07:18 EST Must shut up....don't say it ....keep quiet... But it's so dang hard! <BR> <BR> I'm a nice person (most of the time lol). I'm a nurse. I want to help people. I want you to be healthy and to feel good physically and psychologically. I want to teach and support and provide you with every resource that I can find to help you make your life better. If you want it, need it and it's good for you I'm there. <BR> <BR> Having said that ....I work with 4 people that are overweight. <BR> <BR> One is about 20 pounds up, but is working out and eat... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:03:22 EST TOPS What is TOPS? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:38:53 EST Oooops! Fell back - big time. After losing 24lbs in in 20 weeks, felt good, got off my diabetic meds, felt so positive....what the heck happened? <BR> Well, I had a couple of physical setbacks, that gradually let my mind-set change back to it's old way of thinking, which caused me to gain 7 lbs ---and I want desperately to get back on track. <BR> This is all in my head. I know that. So why did I lose control? And how can I get it back? <BR> OK, I walked this morning... that's good. today I start tracking my food ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:08:26 EST Body Changes mid30s Hi all. I began using this site after my daughter was born in 2005. I lost 60 pounds since her birth, and I have been able to maintain my weight for several years.I exercise daily and track my calories. However, over the past few months my clothes seem to be getting tighter (especially around my belly) while I have actually lost a few pounds according to my scale. Has anyone experienced anything similar? It's really disheartening, and I'm at a loss for what to do to combat the issue... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:36:13 EST Pop up adds I know that pop up adds support this site, and I don't mind when they are on the sides or even the top of the page. Today they started getting so annoying by pushing the page content down so I have to keep scrolling to post something. Makes me want to boycott the sponsors that do this. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:39:43 EST tgif THANG GOD IT'S FRIDAY! I NEED A DAY OUT OF THIS FLORIDA HEAT! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:45:55 EST What a cool techie thing! Octopus camouflage! wow <BR> <link><BR>-inspired-camouflage-material-blends-i<BR>nto-environment </link> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:33:34 EST Need a new sparkie for motivation Hi, trying to connect to other journeymen and women. Need to read and interact with people who are trying to get healthy. This is an amazing site. I am getting better at recording my info. I have been periodically logging in and out...lost for awhile. I have been at it for more than a week. Noticed I haven't had anyone connected. The blogs and communities are great for reading. Just connecting and seeing everyone else's accomplishment can be a motivator. Good day! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:05:11 EST Neti Pot What's your experience with using a neti pot? Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:27:43 EST Inches I am not losing weight but my clothes are fitting better. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:38:47 EST water plus I like to drink water with lemon and lime, without the sugar, yum! So refreshing. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:35:41 EST walk the mall I completed my workout this morning for today and now I am going to the mall for a 2-3 mile walk. Should be fun! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:30:58 EST Fractured Ankle I fractured my ankle 4 days ago. I am looking for cardio suggestions. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:49:31 EST It's finally sinking in Hi! I just recently closed my sp account (an old one I didn't use) and rejoined sp. I finally realize that sp is not a diet. It is a life change tool. In the past I used to be ravenously hungry in the evening and even though I had calories left that I could use I didn't use them. In other words I was dieting. Since restarting I'm eating all my calories if I'm hungry. I realize now (finally) that this is a lifestyle change. I think that is a big hurdle for me. I'm no longer ravenous and am get... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:25:57 EST hello hello Jangeline <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:18:15 EST Coffee Creamer Sugar Free or Fat Free? I use French Vanilla Creamer and could not live without it. <BR> Fat Free has 25 calories per serving and 0 Fat <BR> Sugar Free has 15 calories per serving and 1 gr Fat. <BR> <BR> Which do you use, what's the difference/ Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:28:14 EST Kindle "books" Does anyone else find Kindle books less satisfying than paper editions? I have quite a few on mine... but the editing is awful, a lot of the content is seriously sub-par and amateurish (despite rave reviews)... <BR> <BR> I guess I'm talking mostly about the inexpensive things I keep getting touted in my emails. It goes back to the "you get what you pay for", I suppose. What should I expect of a book for 99¢, or $2.99? Still... how tough is it to run a spell- *AND* grammar-checker on these t... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:05:18 EST Work/Life Balance What advice would you give someone who is starting their career in their 20's as far as work / life balance goes... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:03:52 EST Second page of friend feed With the changes, I can't get to the second page of my friend feed page - there is no "next" button to click on at the bottom. It's frustrating - am I missing something? Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:01:21 EST What do you think of the new message board layout? I'm personally not a fan. The titles of the different threads are not bolded so it makes it harder to read. I hope SP changes it back or makes it easier to read because right now a first year graphics design student could do better in Microsoft Frontpage. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:53:41 EST what do you think of designer labels? Like Coach, Prada, Louis Vutton that costs an insane amount of money? <BR> <BR> Personally, I wouldn't be spending that much on a handbag, piece of clothing or whatever, just in order to boast of having it. It's such a waste of money. <BR> <BR> I also don't believe in getting more shoes or bags or whatever it is if I have enough of them to use. My weakness is white gold and diamond jewellery but even then, I would only spend a few hundred, not thousands! <BR> <BR> What abt you? Tue, 26 Aug 2014 03:08:08 EST Candy Crush Saga - Whats your level? Any other Crushers out there? I think quitting food will be easier than trying to stop playing Candy Crush Saga. Level 327 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:14:00 EST weight loss and Levothyroxine I have been taking Levothyroxine for over 10 years now. I never had a problem with dose until just a few weeks back. As soon as I got down to 155 pounds, I noticed that I was flush all the time, sweating all night long, hot all the time, and my muscles started twitching all the time. I called the doctor and they gave me a blood test that confirmed that my dose is too high. After a week these symptoms are still with me. My doctor told me to be patient. Anyone know how long it should take to ge... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:21:12 EST Monday today is Monday and what has your day been like today? Mine has been good day. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:32:22 EST Looking for Active Members I've been on here for going on close to 4 years or you can imagine, most of my spark friends from way back when are now gone. I'd love to have some new spark friends that can motivate me again (I've gained the 40 some lbs back :(, ugh!) and that are consistently active. I'd love to be able to connect with people that have the same goals as me and are roughly the same age...20's to 30's, but by no means will I deny a friendship to anyone!!! <BR> <BR> I've lost my motivation and I want... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:09:00 EST can u afford to be fashionable? I have yet to get a cutout dress or blouse. That is the latest fashion. I have more than enough clothes, so I don't need more. But it would be nice to have the latest fashionable clothes but I just can't afford it right now! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:54:35 EST losing weight but not inches? For the last couple of weeks the number on the scale has gone down but my measurements have remained the same. How is this even possible? If I am losing weight shouldn't my measurements be changing as well? Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:29:37 EST Saturday Whats everybody doing today? Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:42:40 EST vegetarian I am trying to find a good vegetarian diet for weight loss. I do not eat eggs or drink milk. I am having a hard time figuring out a meal plan. Thanks! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 03:34:05 EST Do You Have a "Go-To" Snack? Do you have a go-to snack for those moments that you just need something? For me, its 100 calorie pack pretzels. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:48:52 EST I am beyond thrilled! I have been taking long walks for cardio both in the mornings and evenings. I am also easing into a Pilates routine. I have noticed my lower belly pooch actually getting smaller! <BR> <BR> I will keep at it with the walking and Pilates! <BR> <BR> Here's to 6 pack abs! Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:41:28 EST Ebola Great news on the 2 patients who have recovered from Ebola. <BR> That is wonderful <BR> but ... does it seem a little fast to anyone else that they have released these 2 from the Atlanta hospital so fast...when a little over a month ago they were in critical condition. CDC feels they are not a threat to public health. <BR> <BR> They have recovered thanks to the experimental drug. But I would feel a lot better if they had waited until a lot more of the drug was available to release to p... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:26:56 EST I don't understand "POINTS" and "FRIENDING" What does it all mean!?! What the heck do points do for me? Why do I have "Spark Friends"? What is that all about? It's alllll sooooo confusing!!! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:16:33 EST Ordered a spark activity device??? no i didnt Have any of you notice that your status states you ordered an activity spark device? I didn't and yet it states that I have? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:04:25 EST feeling bad I am feeling bad today and cant get myself going to do anything anybody else feel that way today? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:18:17 EST I am back It has been almost one year since I damaged my old computer, so that is why I have not been online much. I now have a new iPad so I hope to be on more. It feels good to be back. I am struggling to lose last 20pounds and I need all the help I can get. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:57:07 EST Are there any medical assistants out there?? I start my medical assisting program on Tuesday and I am extremely nervous. Just looking for someone who can relate. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:56:05 EST Dramatic weight loss - good? Bad? Scary? I typically weigh every Monday. I started off at 331 pounds, my heaviest ever. My first week, I dropped about 9 pounds - typical. Two pounds the next week - progress. <BR> <BR> So I weighed myself this week, coming off a week of 320 pounds. I weigh on the same scale at the same time of day under the same circumstances. <BR> <BR> It showed my weight as 300 pounds. I tested it again - same. <BR> <BR> I'm a little concerned. I don't even know if this is real weight loss. Yes, I've been exerci... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:07:36 EST Belviq weight loss drug I decided to be my own guinea pig and try belviq a new weight loss drug that is advertised. I went to the official website and printed out a voucher or a free 15 day supply and got my dr. to prescribe it. I have to say....I'm FAMISHED on belviq! I realize drugs may affect people differently but this drug makes me hungry!!! I'm so glad I got to try it for free because it would have been a big disappointment had I had to pay for it. It costs over $200 a month. Then I got to researching it a bit... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:22:28 EST Any living organ donors out there? Part of the reason I'm on this weight loss journey is to get healthy as a potential living liver donor. I don't know anyone who has done this to turn to and ask questions about personal experiences with it. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:02:37 EST Finally got the nerve to post pictures... I'm finally 45 pounds down on my journey to awesomeness. I uploaded some before/during/present pictures on my spark page. I always like looking at other people's so I figured I would share mine! <BR> <BR> I have 40 more pounds to go. Should get there just in time to start 2015 the fit way! <BR> <BR> If any of y'all have pics of your journey, let me know and I will check them out! <BR> <BR> Good luck to all of you, it's worth the hard work. <BR> <BR> Nora <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:49:48 EST Does anyone just do only workout DVDs as exercise? I think I am going to quit the gym (expensive) and just do my workout DVD's. Is that enough? Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:48:03 EST Do You Play Mind Games with Your Inner Child? I wasn't a peanut butter fan as a kid...but I started making up for lost time. <BR> As a result, I looked for sales and stocked up when I found a great price...the problem is, that like everything else....when it's in the house, it calls out to my inner child. I found that buying the peanuts in the shell, unsalted, is less of a problem for me. No added ingredients. <BR> 20 peanuts = 1 serving. <BR> It takes time to shell the peanuts, and it fills the bowl...makes my inner child happy.... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:05:53 EST Love John Oliver on Misleading Food Ads As smart as I am about healthy choices in the supermarket, I still get drawn into looking at products that advertise the words: Natural...Heart choice...antioxidant...and...of course...low-fat. <BR> That's why watching John Oliver's LAST WEEK TONIGHT is so refreshing. <BR> Educating people to open their minds and think about the facts is a lesson we should re-learn over and over. <BR> <BR> In April a show about Misleading Food Ads was the topic on the show...I just w... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:10:21 EST Time sure does fly! Can you believe it's mid August already?! <BR> <BR> Soon, it'll be Christmastime again! <BR> <BR> I m already planning for Christmas! <BR> <BR> I can't believe that I've already been on dialysis for almost 10 years! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 03:20:55 EST Iced Coffee I just discovered iced coffee quite by accident. I poured coffee into my glass of ice cubes instead of water. Where is my head! Hmm so I added some Truvia and little half n half. Not bad but I am thinking chocolate would be good too. But I will leave well enough alone. <BR> <BR> Do you make your own iced coffee and how do you do it? <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:54:38 EST Vision World Comments on Vision World--good and bad. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:19:02 EST Doc suggest wt loss <BR> Hi all, <BR> My doc recommended me to lose weight. <BR> Did any of your physicians talk about your weight? How did they approach the topic? Did it offend you? <BR> <BR> Should healthcare providers even talk to us about weight loss? Is it their business? <BR> Next thing you know, will nurses and pharmacists get involved too????? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:55:39 EST what's the most delicious food you enjoyed today? Food was meant to be enjoyed! What was your favorite meal or snack for today? <BR> I had a delicious tuna salad sandwich! It had almonds, cranberries, celery, boiled eggs, and tomatoes in it! Yummy!!! Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:39:22 EST weekend Whats everybody got going on this weekend? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:26:32 EST Starting Over...and a little scared! Last year I was doing Great on Spark, but fell out of my rhythm. Of course, having been overweight most of my life, that little negative ninny in my head takes over my thoughts. "What makes you think it'll work this time?" "You always start and then never follow through". <BR> <BR> How do you beat that voice in your head? What do you tell yourself to get past it? How am I going succeed with my goals?? <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:52:31 EST When you go to a party.... I'm taking the boys to my nieces birthday party today. This is where I always fail. Good food, and A LOT of it! How do you resist the temptation when you're at a party? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:59:34 EST Snacks I just received my first box of snacks from I've only tried two snacks so far but both were good. Since they offer a calorie counter box I thought it might be a good way to mix things up and try something new and different as I tend to get into ruts which then lead to boredom which eventually lead to trouble. Has anyone else tried a snack company like this to break up your eating routine? If so what and do you have any feedback? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:28:10 EST Non fiction books Read any good non-fiction lately? Or have any favorites? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 06:44:11 EST Thank Goodness for Flame Broiler and Waba Grill Yesterday I took my boys to a small amusement park -- promising them lunch on the way home -- so we didn't have to end up eating the junk at the park. Of course they wanted McDonald's Happy Meals (which I did not want to partake in -- but I allowed them to get them because it is only an occasional occurrence -- less than once a month for them). A few blocks down the road I found a Waba Grill (with a drive thru). I had never been to it but it looked healthy and had a drive thru. I usually ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:41:51 EST Smoking Pot Where do you stand on all changes in the marijuana laws? I can't believe it's finally happening, I never thought it would happen in my day. I was pretty much a daily smoker for many years. The only reason I stopped, about 5 years ago, was because my suppliers were getting arrested, I moved to a new town and it became hard to come by. My next vacation might have to be to Colorado! I think the government can make lots of tax dollars off of it. I do worry that the big tobacco industries wi... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:44:51 EST Another summertime scam Yesterday, a teenage boy rang my bell. The kid tells me that he is going off to college next week, and could I donate $50 to help with all of the expenses? As I'm shutting the door he says "OK, how about $5?" If he offered to mow the lawn, I would have given him $10. Really, what world does this kid live in expecting total strangers to shell out money? <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:04:11 EST trending vs. streaking I have been hanging around sparkpeople for over two years. I lost 40 plus but...found 30 of it again. excuses .... yeah I have a few. today when walking the dog I was thinking I almost had a streak going except for a couple of days when it didn't happen (insert excuse here). bottom line is I figure I'm better off not streaking because life can get in the way as long as I continue to trend towards regular dog walks and refusing the chip bowl when I can I may be better off. it's tha... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:59:03 EST Pathetic puppy- my excuse for not exercising today Just FYI - I usually work out an hour a day to the point of being a sweaty, drippy mess 6 or 7 days a week. <BR> But: <BR> We have a litter of 9 puppies that we are fostering. They are old enough to start getting spayed/neutered. Katy Ka Boom and Buster had their surgeries today. Buster acts like nothing happened. Katie is all pathetic, looks totally stoned and wants to just sleep in my lap. <BR> Everytime I put her down she whimpers cute and sad. She has an adoptive mommy waiting in t... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:22:15 EST Too close for comfort! A friend of mine, an elderly man, is now in hospital. He has been in hospital for more than 2 weeks now. He used to be physically able, driving himself to the dialysis center. Now he can't even walk! His son and daughter in law were driving him to the dialysis center prior to his admission to hospital. <BR> <BR> I was shocked when I saw him about a month ago. He wasn't the vibrant, healthy old man I knew. He looked so haggard! <BR> <BR> I'm feeling uncomfortable with this new state of him,... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:54:00 EST I Had A Dream That I reached level 20 and was all excited and then asked myself, "Now What"? So I am no longer obsessed by points. I want to look good, feel good, and be my best. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:25:55 EST Helicopter Parents I'm sitting in a tennis club with the 12 year old I nanny for. Well, he's taking a tennis lesson and I'm doing all kinds of random things. But this guy and his kid joined me in the cluster of chairs I'm sitting in. So far, all he's done in the 10 minutes they've been sitting here is nag his kid. "Don't eat that with your hands" It's a granola bar, how else is he supposed to eat that? "How much water have you had? Did you drink your whole bottle?" The kids is at least 10, probably 12. ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:12:40 EST one down! I lost my first pound since I'm here! :D Anyone else just lose their first pound? :D Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:45:32 EST What do you do with failures? What do you do with the food when you try a recipe and it just doesn't work out? <BR> <BR> I tried a new type of fish, Swai. Hubby and I liked the seasoning I used but hated the taste of the fish. Soapy is the only way I can describe it. We threw away dinner and I gave the rest of the fish to my BFF. She and her hubby loved it! <BR> <BR> Would you eat the dinner? Or keep the fish and try another way of cooking it? Give it away? <BR> <BR> I tried a new lo fat/sugar cinnamon roll recipe, the... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:01:56 EST Would you dare wear a bikini if you had.... a lower belly pooch? A less than perfect body? <BR> <BR> I'm always a little self-conscious in my bikini! <BR> <BR> But I just wing it anyway because I love to swim so much. <BR> <BR> And bikinis are more convenient if you want to go to the loo! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:15:41 EST Even a bad day is a good day. Sick as a dog, mother of three, 148 pounds overweight, and I work 11 hours a day. But...... even when I have a long, busy day at work. My babies have the apartment clean and keeping me positive and helping through this journey. I am ready two and a half weeks into this and I am staying positive. Besides, I have everything I need. Thank you God. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:26:36 EST HOW CAN YOU GET A GOOD MEAL AT A SENIOR FACILITY SENIOR FACILITIES OFFER WHAT THEY OFFER, & LOTS OF TIMES WITHOUT CONSULTING RESIDENTS. WE HAVE A MEETING EVERY TUESDAY MORNING WHERE RESIDENTS SAY WHAT THEY LIKE & DISLIKE ABOUT THE MEALS. UNFORTUNATELY, SOMEONE SUGGESTS A "WONDERFUL" MEAL THAT OTHERS DON'T LIKE SUCH AS LIVER OR OKRA. IF YOU ARE DISABLED AND CAN'T GET TO THE MEETING, YOU ARE OUT OF LUCK. SO MY ANSWER IS, I don't know. I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE A SUGGESTION BOX IN A CENTRAL PLACE. THANKS FOR LISTENING. <em>652</em> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:57:07 EST US actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89 US actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89 -- <BR> <BR> US film and stage actress Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89. <BR> <BR> Her Hollywood career spanned seven decades, with a memorable debut aged 19 opposite her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, in To Have and Have Not. More than 50 years later, The Mirror Has Two Faces earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination. <BR> <BR> Bacall's famed line from To Have and Have Not: "You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? Yo... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:36:47 EST Now you don't even have to go out to spend money! If you have a debit or credit card, you can shop online, spend money right in the comfort of your home or office! <BR> <BR> Do you think it is a good or bad thing? <BR> <BR> My savings account is getting emptier but there are just so much stuff that I want! Sigh! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:25:01 EST It isn't like you worked for it a little over 2 1/2 years ago, I had gastric bypass surgery. Since that time, I have lost about 130 pounds (sometimes 140 depending lol) and have maintained that weight loss. <BR> <BR> I was speaking with a co-worker last week about weight loss and fitness. She threw out the comment "well, it isn't like you worked for it" - I felt like I had been slapped in the face! <BR> <BR> I don't understand why people assume that? She knows I spend at least 2 hours a day in the gym. She sees what I e... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:31:38 EST Question about loose skin Im 19, and though my family say not to worry, im really worried that because of my being overweight for so long, when i do lose, i'll end up having a lot of loose skin. Should i be worried? Or am i young enough that it'll snap back? Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:24:44 EST What should I have for lunch? Normally I pack my lunch but didn't feel like it today. I had salad for lunch and dinner yesterday, so I'd rather not go there. I don't eat wheat and try to limit my carbs. I'm starving and can't decide on what I want. Feed me! LOL Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:38:58 EST Muffin Baking Times When baking mini muffins vs regular size muffins, how much do I decrease my baking time? Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:58:53 EST fun time have fun while I worship with the lord Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:59:45 EST Robin Williams Died I just heard that Robin Williams was found dead and that he committed suicide. What a shock and such a shame. He was one of my favorites and he will be missed. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:50:21 EST tracking calories and exercising .. gaining weight I started on a 1400 cal/day diet 4 weeks ago. <BR> I have been exercising 3-4/week (min calorie burn 400 per session) <BR> Gained 4lbs! <BR> <BR> Anyone have any ideas what is happening? Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:07:19 EST NOT tracking question Has anyone lost weight by NOT tracking what they eat? Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:01:37 EST Artificial Sweeteners -- Sweet Misery DO YOU STILL USE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> you may want to watch this <BR> <BR> I came across a video on You Tube on artificial sweeteners called <BR> SWEET MISERY A POISONED WORLD <BR><BR>JE <BR> (it runs about 90 minutes) <BR> <BR> Now... I have severely cut back on sugar and I shy away from artificial sweeteners but I was a heavy user of diet soft drinks. And you hear the warning on one...and you start using another. So wa... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:51:02 EST How to Remove Meal Plan from Nutrition Tracker I opened up my nutrition tracker this morning and there were too many things to see on it. I noticed now there is a meal plan. Is there any way to remove it? Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:29:06 EST Favourite Salad Toppings Hey Guys! I'm starting back to work after mat leave, I'm a nurse that does 12 hr shift work. I don't want to do vending machines or cafeteria so I'm brainstorming food ideas to bring. What I want to do is make a salad for either my lunch or dinner meal. Looking for ideas for salad toppings so my salads never get old and boring. What are yours? Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:22:02 EST BREO Ads on here Does anyone know if the nice looking older lady really has COPD or not? That ad shows up so often, I've seen this gal in my dreams, and I wonder as to her health. Maybe she is a model though. Wondering how she is doing now, is all I ask. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:05:34 EST EMERGENCY - PLZZZZ HELP ME Loneliness is sometimes my worst enemy. Overeating for most of your life can make you feel like an addict. When you are on the right track or in "rehab" it's easy to be strong when you are surrounded by other people who support you. However, the real test is when you are alone. When nobody is seeing you and you feel the urge to binge, sneak a bite, "reward yourself" for good behavior by doing exactly what you are not supposed to do. <BR> <BR> I am a writer and I am writing a book titled "Th... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:46:01 EST doTERRA or Young Living Oils Hi everyone! I suffer from anxiety and while exercise helps, I have been looking into oils and I'd like to hear some of your thoughts and ideas surrounding this topic. I love using a lavender scented bubble bath and night and was realizing it's great for anxiety. <BR> <BR> Any true believers or skeptics out there?? Would love your feedback! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Kim Sat, 9 Aug 2014 23:29:57 EST protein shakes? Does anyone use protein shakes? I am usually low on calories and protein at the end of the day and one of these seems to help balance but I wonder if it would be better just to skip it. I like GNC Total Lean™ Lean Shake™ 25... Thoughts? <em>38</em> Sat, 9 Aug 2014 20:58:15 EST Cruise coming up! A few days ago I received some great advice from one of the message boards about how to track nutrition while on the cruise since the app will not work w/o internet. With that being said, I haven't been on a cruise for a while, and although I travel a lot for work, I'm not in the mode of cruising too often. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear any suggestions on best ways to enjoy a cruise without losing traction? (Not too much traction anyway <em>30</em> ) Sat, 9 Aug 2014 20:52:37 EST travelling I need help and advice about travelling. I always eat horribly when I am out of my routine and lose progress. Any advice? Sat, 9 Aug 2014 17:03:16 EST Exercise DVD I would like to find a good and easy beginner exercise/workout DVD. I have pain in my knees so that is a concern. Any Ideas? Sat, 9 Aug 2014 05:54:13 EST Back! After visiting relatives for a couple weeks and eating tons of fast food or unhealthy fried, salty, sugary, homemade foods, I am So Ready to get back on Track! I Gained 10 lbs! I never realized after becomming used to healthier food choices and moderate portion control, I could physically feel so horrible after eating the type of foods I Used to eat before! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 12:22:44 EST Can't make this daily thing work for me I don't eat dairy...I drink rice or almond milk...I do eat some fish but no other meats. I don't do soy or most breads, per say. There are no substitutes on my daily choices? Is this even going to work for me? Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:26:00 EST Challenges, where are they? I am looking for the calorie burn challenge and the mileage burn challenge and can't find them. I know they are here on spark somewhere but can't seem to find them. There is just so many great things on spark I can't keep up with them all! <BR> <BR> Any help will be greatly appreciated! <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:20:47 EST any ideas for healthy potluck? We're going to a potluck picnic and would appreciate some ideas on what I can bring that is healthy. <BR> Thanks Fri, 8 Aug 2014 00:33:01 EST 126 points today I love reading and watching the video's. It helps me stay motivated. <em>381</em> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 22:59:51 EST Back, after being away for too long! I have been on SP for years but for some reason life (and excuses) got in the way and I drifted from the site. I started focusing (again) on my health and fitness again a few months back but really need the accountability and motivation from people here. I'm looking for friends to help me stay focused as well as help them achieve their own add me : ) <BR> Joanna Thu, 7 Aug 2014 18:41:25 EST Outlander by Diana Gabaldon The adaptation is FINALLY coming to Starz (you can watch the first episode for free, even if you don't subscribe to Starz, either On Demand on your cable provider or at Note: NSFW) and there is an Outlander SparkTeam! <BR> <BR> This show is going to explode. Join early! Thu, 7 Aug 2014 16:56:51 EST Healthy Weight For the first time in my adult life I am at a healthy weight according to BMI and fat percentage. <BR> <em>104</em> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:16:59 EST Do you take Confession on A Thursday PM ? This is a mea culpa. I have been too trapped in a framework of justifying why my life is NOT working and how excruciatingly arduous it is to improve my life, than I have being about being stubbornly and determinedly committed to paying the price to do what will cause my life, in due season, to become what I desire it to be. <BR> <BR> I make some good starts but I've also seen those crash and burn FAR too easily and often. I moved earlier this year from Greater Dc to a rural community in Cent... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:14:51 EST DESPERATE in TEXAS Folks, I am desperate to find a weight loss program that works. I am a 58 yr old female, diabetic, on Lantus and regular insulin and Metformin. I am hypertensive, and have cholesterol and triglyceride issues. I am currently trying low carb. My blood sugar numbers are better, but have not dropped 1 lousy pound. A friend of mine has lost 70+ pounds doing low carb. Previously I tried WW and worked out at the gym with a personal trainer and still only lost 12 pounds in 3 years. Can someone... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 12:14:38 EST Weight Watchers Has anyone had success on the Weight Watchers program? Wed, 6 Aug 2014 20:04:49 EST non productive day This Wednesday has been a challenge for me. I am normally a very busy, productive, on the go person and today just hasn't been that. I didn't sleep well last night - pain from arthritis. Probably up 15 times during the night to walk off the pain. I know I am tired and that colors everything. A friend wanted to go out for a free breakfast - big apple bagel - I think I did fine but tonight my hubby's company is having their annual picnic with hamburgers, fried chicken and ice cream sandwic... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 14:28:37 EST A small rant Will somebody please tell restaurants that a bowl of lettuce with a tiny scrap of some other vegetable on top is not really a salad? I am losing patience with this. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:46:13 EST What if my calories expended where WAY ... hi... <BR> yesterday I power house on cardio... <BR> 1st I cleaned my house for 1.5 hrs... heavy stuff like walls, floors were washed, vacuumed and rearranged a room... <BR> than I gardened for 1.5 hours.... weeding making new planting area, watering etc.... <BR> so when i put all my exercise & food in I have a large deficit btwn the 2 <BR> <BR> today I am very hungry but am afraid to exceed my planned intake d/t no exercise planned.. <BR> any input appreciated Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:35:56 EST sparkfriend question how do you see who has added you as a sparkfriend - so that you can add them back? Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:34:59 EST Samsung Galaxy Tab or iPad? I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and I absolutely love it! <BR> <BR> True, I wish for a Tab S now but there will always be new models coming out all the time! <BR> <BR> iPads are pricier, an iPad mini is cute! But I wouldn't trade my tab for anything! Well, maybe for a Tab S! For work, I still prefer my notebook though! Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:03:54 EST When did you notice that you lost weight? I have about 20 pounds to lose, I am wondering how long it took before you felt or could tell you have lost weight? Was it a 5 pounds, 10 pounds...? A week, 2 weeks? Wed, 6 Aug 2014 06:10:40 EST How many Carbs do you eat while on weightloss Plan I am just wondering- <BR> <BR> I know Spark people gives a Carbohydrate range along with the Calorie Range. <BR> <BR> I was consistently losing weight mainly following my calorie recommendation, but I hit a plateau. I am thinking of reducing my carbs. Right now carbs are between 40-50% of my calories, which is in line with what Spark recommends for me. It recommends 30% fat, 20% protein and 50% Carbs. <BR> <BR> How many carbs do you typically aim for, also it would be helpful to kno... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 03:03:38 EST overcast Today is Tuesday and has been overcast Tue, 5 Aug 2014 21:08:53 EST Ethical Dilemma Do you think it is ethical/acceptable to bring your own drink mixes (like Skinny Girl or Mio or Crystal Light) to restaurants and add them to your water? <BR> <BR> Would your answer change depending on whether or not the restaurant offers any drink options on their menu that are both sugar-free and caffeine-free? Tue, 5 Aug 2014 18:17:44 EST Watch Pedometer Combo Suggestions? So I'd love to have a Fit Bit, but I already religiously wear a watch that I feel naked without. I have a friend that has a super nice one that he spent close to $500 on, but unfortunately I don't live in fantasy land and I can't afford to spend $500 on a watch! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any good suggestions? I'd love to have Fit Bit functionality but still function as a watch. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 5 Aug 2014 18:04:05 EST Macbook Air? Hi! I'm about to buy a new computer....I'm leaning toward the Macbook Air and wondering if anyone here has feedback about it? <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 14:53:53 EST Websites to pass the time at work I have had a lot of downtime at work recently and have exhausted my normal internet sites. What do you read online when you are bored? After Sparkpeople of course. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 14:11:04 EST What would you rather fill up on? So I just had lunch and i'm stuffed =( I brought a salad and decided to get some toppings from the Cafe, but I loaded up on a bunch of veggies and beans for toppings, not realizing how full i'd get now i'm stuffed, but i'm glad I overate on fresh veggies rather than processed bad for you foods. <BR> If you had to get stuffed off a certain type/ group of food what would it be? Something you wouldnt get sick of Tue, 5 Aug 2014 12:26:59 EST An excellent lunch! I had lunch at Chillie's today. It was a set lunch. I had a chicken and mushroom soup. It had chunks of fresh mushroom and chicken breast in it. The main was a chicken, onion and cheese quesalada with a side if baked black beans. The portions were just right for a light lunch! <BR> <BR> The entire meal cost only RM22! As an added bonus, the iced water was free! <BR> <BR> Yummo! Tue, 5 Aug 2014 05:06:16 EST How to disable auto log in Can anyone please tell me how to reverse auto log in. I checked remember me, but now I don't want my username and password to automatically populate. Thank you. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 00:10:42 EST Night Guards for teeth grinding Apparently I grind my teeth so my dentist wants to fit me for a night guard ....for $500 <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Has anyone had any experience with kits that let you take your own impression and then send it back for a custom mouth guard? (Something like this:<BR>m-Strongest-Protection/dp/B00DJC3MPG/r<BR>ef=cm_cr_pr_product_top) <BR> <BR> I love my dentist and all but that's a little excessive... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:47:31 EST Simply posting to get points! <em>248</em> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:18:23 EST Constant headaches =( Usually when I get a headache it goes away in a couple days, I try not to take medication I like to sleep off the pain. But this past week and a half I've been getting constant headaches and its no fun. Its like waves of pain on the left side of my head. I've been downing ibuprophen, migrain meds, sinus pressure meds... nothing is helping. For someone who barely takes pain meds i'd thought this would do the trick. I even got a Thai massage yesterday and the lady did some head massage in case ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 07:15:02 EST foreign maids Lot's of women from poorer countries come to Malaysia to work as maids. A lot of them don't even get time off! So, a simple matter of going to the mall to get hair ties may not be even possible for them. <BR> <BR> So, I have decided to give 2 hair ties to a maid I know. It feels good to be kind! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 05:16:27 EST Any Expats on Sparkpeople? Hi all - <BR> <BR> I am in Expat from the United States currently living in Poland. I am just wondering if there were any Expats trying to get healthy here on Sparkpeople? It would be nice to have other expats to discuss the challenges of losing weight in another country (Like not being able to read labels because they aren't in English!). Mon, 4 Aug 2014 03:55:43 EST Tea flavors I have never been big on drinking hot tea so I was wondering....What's your favorite flavor? Mon, 4 Aug 2014 02:14:33 EST activity tracker owner My workout minutes used to show up for my friends & me and all sparks owner, but since it was down for repair in July, it now shows up for my friend & me. When I try to go to all owners team it said I am not a member. What is wrong? Sun, 3 Aug 2014 21:14:00 EST Do you give yourself a 'free day'? One day each week, either Saturday or Sunday, I give myself a 'free day' where I allow myself to eat whatever I want, no food tracking or calorie counting. It seems to really help me not have the cravings for 'bad' foods throughout the week and the longer I'm eating right I've noticed that my 'free day' choices are just naturally becoming healthier. I don't want to eat all the bad food like I used to. :) Sun, 3 Aug 2014 13:58:20 EST are you sick watch this and watch all of it Sun, 3 Aug 2014 13:26:57 EST Spark Coach Good morning - I'm debating whether to buy Spark Coach - so far I have been using the free site and love it but just wondering if the spark coach would be helpful/useful. For those of you who do have it, do you find it worth it? Sun, 3 Aug 2014 10:25:30 EST Did you Sharknado 2? If you did, what was your favorite scene? <BR> <BR> I loved it when our hero was standing on top of the van with the giant chain saw and the shark swooped down and he cut it in half from stem to stern. No blood spatter on the crowd and a perfect cut! <BR> <BR> There were so many campy, hilariously bad moments. I think it repeats tonight in case you missed it. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 17:32:24 EST Activity trackers? I'm thinking about buying a Fitbit. Does anyone have an opinion about the Fitbit or any other brand of tracker? I have been reading some reviews but I'm not sure I'm ready to commit just yet. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 20:29:50 EST What luxury do you allow yourself? It doesn't need to be food or about health; it doesn't need to cost $ but it may. So what's something nice you do for you? Fri, 1 Aug 2014 20:07:45 EST New to counting calories I have tried just about every weight loss plan there is on planet earth. My mother always said that the first bottle I ever took was 8 oz and it's been a problem ever since. I have struggled with bulimia and anorexia, I have been a Weight Watcher leader and yet I still struggle, I do like counting calories - I'm much more aware of carbs, fats and all that information that I should have paid attention to in the past. <BR> <BR> I try not to be absolute with finding the exact food and puttin... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 19:44:04 EST Wedding dress shopping Has anyone here gone wedding dress shopping alone? My day isnt till next June, but I figured I would start looking to see whats out there. This is my first time going to a store and trying a dress on, do I need to go with someone? Or will I be seen as the weirdo trying on dresses by myself? I'd rather go myself but is that weird? Fri, 1 Aug 2014 15:20:05 EST Accountability Partner?! Hey my name is Alora and I am so excited to start getting healthy! I am 21 years old and about to enter my final year of college and I want to graduate healthier than I entered :) I would love to have an accountability partner if anyone is interested! Just send me a message and we can encourage each other! I am trying to lose a total of 150 pounds but my current goal is to lose 50 pounds by January 1st which is about 10 pounds a month. Let me know your goals! <BR> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:28:08 EST Your Last Meal If this was your last day on earth what would you choose for your last meal? <BR> <BR> I think for me it would be a traditional thanksgiving day feast. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes...pumpkin pie. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 04:47:07 EST Calorie allowance goes up due to fitness My calorie allowance goes up when I enter fitness minutes. I don't want it to. Can anyone tell me how to stop this from happening. I want my calorie range to stay same all the time. <BR> Thank you for any help. <BR> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:59:45 EST Can't Use App on a Cruise Ship I'm going on a cruise in a few weeks and I can't use the app since it requires a network connection and internet access is expensive on a cruise ship. Any suggestions on alternate apps I can use for that week to track my calorie intake? <BR> <BR> I'm posting this on 2 other boards as well since I'm not sure exactly which board is the correct one to use for this. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:23:29 EST think I have hypothyroidism I am 22, active and otherwise healthy, and I can't figure out why the weight won't budge. I'm tired and Moody and get horrible headaches. I have most of the symptoms: dry skin, thinning hair, fatigue, and worst of all high cholesterol and stubborn weight. Despite dieting and exercise for months, the scale hasn't moved at all. It makes me not even want to try anymore. :-( has anyone ever had any luck with a juice detox? I'm completely out of ideas. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:52:05 EST Are there any PDX, Or or Vancouver, Wa hairdresser Are there any hairdressers on Spark People who are in the PDX Oregon or Vancouver, Wa area? I am planning on attending beauty college and am trying to get information, details, maybe even buy used equipment from students. I am interested in the theory books. So, I can get a jump start on reading. I can't decide which is better, go to school in PDX, OR or to go to school in Vancouver, Wa. My knickers are getting in a twist, and I am starting to rethink, and second guess myself. HELP! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:56:23 EST Raffle question, who would you say won this money A couple of days ago, I came home to a message on my voicemail saying I had won $3000! I have received plenty of scam phone calls and did not recognize the number on the phone ID so I was certainly skeptical, to say the least. <BR> <BR> But I called it anyway, and a person told me yes, I did win and he would need my address to send the check. So I gave him that, and then he said he needed my social sec. #. That is when I decided I needed more information before giving it, so said I would cal... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:34:10 EST My parents still blame me for my condition! I am now on dialysis. I have been on dialysis for abt 10 years. I have an aggressive form of SLE. The doctors told me that it was only a matter of time before my kidneys failed completely. I got this diagnosis in 1997. I started dialysis in November 2004. So I managed to stall it for abt 7 years. I was put on the renal diet in 1997. <BR> <BR> The problem is, my parents still blame me for my kidney failure! I have tried my best at the renal diet but my kidney still failed anyway. I feel very ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:14:06 EST I found my crochet hook! I honestly thought I dropped it somewhere when it was hiding in my paper bag all along! It was under the cardboard at the bottom! <BR> <BR> I decided to have another look to be sure and lo and behold!, I saw it sticking out! I am so happy! Now I can proceed with the lace tablecloth! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 03:33:11 EST Long lasting scented lotions or body sprays? I am looking for reviews of scented lotions and body sprays. I'd love to find one that stays on for a whole day. Any first hand reviews? TYIA. :) Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:23:27 EST today Whats everyone up to today? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:39:20 EST Do you have progress pictures to share? I was seriously considering deleting my old progress pictures since I gained back all of the weight, but decided instead to keep them as a reminder to myself of the fact that I did it before, I can do it again. I did add a new one now that I am starting over, even though I don't think that I look any different. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have pictures they care to share? I figured that not everyone has pictures in their profile, but if you respond here, then I can check them out! Thanks! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:00:08 EST Where would you live in the US? My husband and I would like to relocate somewhere in the US. We currently live in Minnesota, but have had a hard time finding jobs we both like. He's in IT, and I'm an admin, with Travel Agent experience, as well as Beer Promotions and brewing knowledge. If you could pick up and move anywhere in the US and get a job, where would you go? Please give pros and cons as well, I love to travel and have been to a lot of places, but my hubby has not. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:49:37 EST I did it!!! 200 squats!!! I didn't think I could do it! I was actually aiming for 100! <BR> <BR> I plan to gradually work up to 1,000 squats eventually! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:03:04 EST just making small talk I had a lovely chopped chicken salad for lunch from Subway today. <BR> Came home to do some cleaning and watch some Neflix before cooking dinner. <BR> Did some stair stepping and dumbbells for exercise. <BR> We are getting ready to see more rain here. <BR> I look forward to the day when my foot is healed and I can get back to the walking track, it has been a decent day so far. <BR> How was yours??? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:27:27 EST What are the Spark Goodies? Also, where are they? I keep winning them on bonus spins but I have no idea where to find them or what to do with them. Any help is appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks All! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:43:06 EST calorie range Does the calorie range change as you lose weight? does it automatically change or do I have to reset something? <BR> Thanks <BR> Mary Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:37:03 EST meteorologist warns extreme heat where do you walk I try to walk all the floors of my apartment building. Walking both directions on each floor and using the stairwell instead of the elevator is about 1 mile. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:20:08 EST Whoops! Bike Accident. Now, the rode I am living on has been under construction due to a new sewer system. About 3 weeks ago, they finally put the first layer of pavement for the road. They haven't put in the second layer, so there's about an inch or two between the road and the cement curb. <BR> <BR> So, today I rode my bike to the gym that's about a mile away. Got my work out in and started riding home. About 2 blocks from home, my front tire caught the curb and I fell off and managed to get a few abrasions, ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:23:08 EST I've had depression like symptoms I've been on an antibiotic that caused depression like symptoms. I've been struggling to get out of bed, and to eat. Plus my grandma passed away. Tough times. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:36:43 EST Should I take my scale on vacation? We're going to the shore, so driving. I was going to take my regular scale and food scale. I'm on a good path and am worried that when away from my trusty scales that I'll just eat with restless abandon and undo some of the good I've done. WWYD? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:04:39 EST 5,000-10,000 calories a day Yup. That's about what I ate at my all-inclusive resort vacation for 11 day, including alcohol. My uniform still fits, so I'm wondering how long before the pounds show up. I knew what I was doing. I'm good all year and let loose on vacation. I'm back on track though. <BR> <BR> I don't feel guilty either. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:17:22 EST today what is everybody up to today its Sunday so some people may be working or at home? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:33:47 EST anyone tried the doctor's diet? I am trying The Doctor's Diet (from TV show) it's healthy eating but having no success. I had rolls in my stomach before and now there is no waistline. Stomach as big as when pregnant years ago. Anyone have some suggestions on how to lose this enormous belly fat? Thoroughly disgusted with me. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:05:36 EST How did you get a passion for Exercise? I love my house plants and pets, but how do I find a passion for exercise? I don't mind exercising but I want to feel excited about the process. Is this a weird question or what? :-) Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:12:16 EST I lost my crochet hook & it was the only one of that size! I've had it since I was 12! I loved that hook, now I'll just have to buy another but the mall is packed during the weekend! So I'll have to wait. Sigh! I can't wait to get that lace tablecloth done! <BR> <BR> You know the feeling? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:17:59 EST Anyone heard about Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss? A few days ago I came across a newspaper article about hypnosis for weight loss. It was really interesting so I searched up a little more on the internet. <BR> <BR> Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy that utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. <BR> <BR> The process itself aims to alter our state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:32:40 EST My first weigh in...... Is tomorrow. I'm excited but nervous! Any first time weigh in stories out there? Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:13:16 EST What is your weekend workout plan? I plan on run/walking 8.5 miles tomorrow. <BR> <em>312</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:07:19 EST Song recommendations please!! I'm trying to find more songs to exercise latest find is 'All About the Bass - Meghan Trainor' ....I would appreciate any recommendations though to help me build my playlist. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:33:48 EST Market Basket Anyone from the New England Area? We have a grocery store here called Market Basket, known for their good prices and well treatment for their employees. Last week it was announced that the CEO was fired (family disputes, MB is a family run buisness). There was been strikes and protests all week by the employees and customers to get the CEO back, he puts his customers and employees first. Apparently Shaws/StopnShop/Hannifords has been swamped with customers since everyone is boycotting Market ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:45:03 EST Plus Size model?! No way. Did anyone see this article today? <BR><BR>odel-posts-untouched-bikini-photo <BR> Absolutely ridiculous! This girl is absolutely NOT plus sized. And this totally illustrates why our country has a body image problem. Ugh. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:47:01 EST headaches so for the last month every time i go for a walk (i try to get out at least 3 days a week) i end up with a headache that usually goes away by the evening but is back when i get up the nest morning. this really makes me not want to take the risk by walking and i really have come to en joy it. i drink plenty of water (8 glasses a day) and started eating before i go (morning) to see if that makes a difference and it hasn't any help or advise please!! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:14:01 EST Thursday Hope everyone had a great Thursday and even better Friday Yeh!!! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:14:49 EST Wedding reception foods? What entrée and sides did you serve at your wedding? Was it full service or buffet style? If you were to do it over, would you change anything? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:07 EST TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) question? I am on a mission to lose 60 pounds. I have done it on my own through reading a book and following a program called Body for Life (but that was 10 years ago -- before marriage and kids). It is harder now to focus on me now and I don't feel like I have the same intensity as I had in the past when I was single and self-centered. I really think I need the accountability of being weighed in weekly and the weekly support of others in a group setting so that I don't lose momentum. I have been c... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:59:53 EST Would You Buy This??? New Fitness Bracelet Delivers Electric Shock if You Don't Work Out: <BR> <BR> Do you like jogging, but wish it was a little more like a Saw movie and/or dystopian nightmare in which thigh gaps have become the global currency? Well, today in horrible ideas: A new wearable fitness tracker that actually zaps users with an electric shock if they stop exercising will be hitting the market later this year. <link><BR>ivers-electric-shock-if-you-don-161039<BR>08... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:17:05 EST sugar I have decided that I am consuming way too much sugar. I know that one of the best ways to eliminate sugar is to just not have it in my home. <BR> I have gone thru my frig, freezer and cabbards and either thrown out or given away any foods with 4 or more grams of sugar. <BR> Any other suggestions? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:45:31 EST Excess skin question. Hi all. I have a question that has been bugging me and i was wondering if anyone has some "on hand" advice/experience they could share. <BR> <BR> When I lose this weight (and please note the optimism that I said "when" not "if" <em>9</em> ) will I have a lot of excess skin on my stomach. And if so, other than expensive surgery, how am I going to reduce it. Or will it go away naturally and eventually. <BR> <BR> I am 5' 3" and currently weigh 184. I wear a size 14/16. Kind of a 15.... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:03:17 EST How old were you when you developed weight issues 6. I had measles and was put in bed for weeks. Must have changed my metabolism due to not getting any exercise. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:14:47 EST Gluten free (celiac or gluten intolerant) If you are celiac or gluten intolerant, can you talk to me about your symptoms when you accidentally ingest wheat? <BR> <BR> I've been gluten free since 6/9 as I suspected intolerance. I went out to dinner last night and was eating an appetizer that should have been gluten free based on the ingredients, but of course, cross contamination in a restaurant kitchen is not very far fetched. <BR> <BR> As I finished the appetizer I was overcome with stomach pains, bloating, gas, and eventually end... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:53:45 EST Food, Calories, and counting them My story is far from unique, my weight has been up and down a large part of my adult life. I have had successful bouts of dieting, exercise and counting calories and at one point had lost nearly 70 pounds and was not too far off from my ideal goal weight. <BR> <BR> I am back on the train again and I am finding one of the things I struggle with the most is when I cook really understanding how many calories are in a per serving of what I cook. I tried a couple recipe calculators but I did ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:17:16 EST Prioritizing: What and How? Ok, so this is a general topic, but I'm curious how others prioritize all the things they have (and want) to do! <BR> <BR> Not just chores, but also the fun things. Where do we spend our time, and why?! Who writes lists? Any hints? Examples of times where it all just came together and times where it all came crashing down. <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:36:23 EST Favorite quote for the day. What's Yours? Hi all. I am trying to do something a little different with my blogs. I am picking a quote a day that feels right to me and using it as a blog title for the day. Come on by! <BR> <BR> Today's is: <BR> <BR> The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends. <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a good day! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:06:50 EST ulseravtive colitis Hi <BR> Has anyone on the forum have ulserative colitis ? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:19:58 EST How Long do you Work Out For? Just Curious how long does everyone work out... and how often... Hope people reply to this Post that I Created... oxox Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:20:16 EST Am I a good candidate for liposuction? My belly is driving me nuts! It seems the only way to be rid of my lower belly pooch is to suck it out! Should I be saving for a liposuction? Is it the only way? Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:37:15 EST Considering gastric bypass Advice please! I'm thinking about having gastric bypass. I'm going to a information meeting tomorrow. I'm not sure whether to continue trying diet and exercise alone or having surgery. If I do have surgery should I do roux-en-y or gastric sleeve or lap band? Also do you really have to give up pop forever if you have surgery? I would love to get advice please! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:10:32 EST Arranging the freezer They have shown a video of arranging a chest style deep freeze today. I used to have an upright (now used for a pantry), but it went out and now I have only the small freezer on top of my fridge. Just wondering how people arrange their small freezers so they can get sale items instead of having to pay high prices all the time or put leftovers in the freezer so they don't get wasted. <BR> <BR> I keep trying to re-arrange it so that I have more room, but things are always moving when I try p... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:03:56 EST Do I need to supplement? I like to think that I eat a pretty balanced diet even if I don't consume wheat, but I've noticed that several items I never seem to meet the recommendations for. Should I be concerned? Should I somehow be supplementing? Most noticably, I average only 11-12 g of fiber per day and I pretty much never meet the goals for Vitamin E, Vitamin B-12, Zinc, and Calcium. I also never meet it for Vitamin D either, but I'm not too concerned about that since I do spend a lot of time outside. What would yo... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:22:16 EST Morning Radio Shows Most of the time I listen to my local NPR station and that's at any time of the day when I'm driving in my car but on occasion when I'm just want to listen to the radio for mindless drivel I turn on Pittsburgh Star 100.7 <BR> The Star morning show is exactly the kind of mindless drivel I need to escape from real news. <BR> They have games where people call in, they have people call in about their personal problems, they give away concert tickets every hour, and they play the same top 40 over ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:31:31 EST sugar alcohols why doesn't the place where we list our foods have a place for sugar alcohols? russell stovers for example have sugar al. I do low carb and cannot get correct count on my graph this way. <BR> <BR> tia Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:15:46 EST ??spark tracker If you have a spark activity tracker how do you like it? How is it different from fitbit? Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:37:47 EST Losing weight without any effort.... A loud groan should've emanated from your brain after reading the title, lol! <BR> <BR> I think this is a subject that can't be discussed about enough and that is the pursuit of losing weight via SHORT CUT! <BR> <BR> Why, WHY do folks come here in search of a short cut? There is no pill. There is no shake. There is no short cut to losing weight. <BR> <BR> Time and "real" effort is required. I highlight real because time and again I read posts from folks who say they eat 100 calories a day,... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:08:36 EST Spark Favorites from app (droid) I want to use some of the workout videos while I am at the gym. Is there a way to access my Spark Favorites from the app to save time between routines? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:30:21 EST I blew it- and need to reboot I had been on an incredible run. I was stuck at 203 for almost 3 weeks and then , over a one week period dropped to the 200 pound mark (my goal for july) and then after obtaining it I went on a feeding frenzy and blew it all away. After my Phys therapy session I was so exhausted and sore that I binged on salty foods. I feel so crappy - but know I need to pick myself up, dust myself off and start again. <BR> <BR> time to put it behind me and re-boot the program. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:56:17 EST Calling all Japanese Spitz Lovers!!! Whether you own one or just love one, it doesn't matter! <BR> <BR> As long as you love this beautiful breed of dog or are just a dog lover in general, please join!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=63414 </link> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:47:18 EST finding "joy in the journey"...! As we "journey" towards health & fitness, here are a few synonyms for JOURNEY: <BR> <BR> JOURNEY: adventure, campaign, course, drive, expedition, exploration, hike, itinerary, jaunt, migration, odyssey, outing, passage, crossing, pilgrimage, quest, route, sojourn, tour, travel, trek, trip, visit, wandering, progress... <BR> <BR> Which one represents your path you are on?? <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:44:14 EST Autoimmune Illness Thread I have Lupus and fibromyalgia and I am trying to lose weight. <BR> <BR> So far I have lost a fair bit. <BR> What do you have? Let's support each other! <BR> Our weight loss might be even slower than others' but we CAN do it, I am proof of that. <BR> <BR> What do you do to lose weight? Are you on a special diet? <BR> I used to do SBD but that depleted me of nutrients so now I just try to eat mostly whole foods and don't restrict anything, I just eat less of it and try to get small portions ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:19:55 EST Why do all these cats run from me? When all I want to do is stroke them and be friends! I really mean them no harm! Honest! I only have a few feline friends that allow me to stroke them! I wish they could sense how much I love them and stop running! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:07:54 EST Blender, food processor, or what? Seeking advice. The motor on my food processor burnt out, not from overuse, & I'll say no more on that topic. I've had it for a long time, and mostly used it for making cakes & latterly, since I have been low carbing, ricing cauliflower. I'm quick enough with the knife to do most of my veggie prep with a knife. So, though the processor had all the bells and whistles, I haven,t used it a whole lot. <BR> <BR> I am a fan of soups & smoothies, which I make using my trusty stick blender. This is a very doughty ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:32:21 EST Is This Normal? Today I gave away ALL my way to big clothes and for some reason feel somewhat sad. I should be feeling happy i'm no longer that size and that someone else can wear them! I never planned on wearing them again and didn't want to be "tempted" by keeping one or two "just in case". For some reason, I miss my old clothes! This a normal feeling? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:12:16 EST ??? about joining Spark Teams I tried to join VA team but I keep getting a page telling me I could join Spark People for free. As you can see, I am already a member. <BR> <BR> Any help would be great!! <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Elizabeth <BR> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:12:19 EST How do you celebrate your wedding anniversary? Trying to think of an inexpensive fun way to celebrate our wedding anniversary. How do you celebrate? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:38:01 EST Soup and other stories I am now cooking a pot of soup from vegetables from my crisper and freezer. It includes a bit of ground sausage (about 3 oz) and a box of vegetable broth, water plus: <BR> <BR> Carrots <BR> Celery <BR> Onion <BR> Garlic <BR> Asparagus <BR> Green Beans <BR> Corn <BR> Yellow squash <BR> Spinach <BR> Peas <BR> Mushrooms <BR> and a bit of tomatoe paste <BR> <BR> I laughed when I looked up "refrigerator soup" on the SP recipe search and found several, none of course like mine. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:27:25 EST Do you get Bountiful Baskets? I do every week, they've really helped my family be able to eat healthier because we can afford all that 'good for me' foods they have to offer! :) Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:29:26 EST i need some suggestions/advice I weigh 237 and I am trying to lose 50 pounds by january, IS walking a good way to lose weight or should i be doing something else? Also I will need to tone up when i Lose the weight, should i lose the weight then tone up or try doing it at the same time? Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:53:26 EST Is loose/excess skin an issue or fear of yours? I've read that many times when people lose a significant amount of weight that excess or loose skin becomes an issue for them. <BR> <BR> Has this happened for anyone on here? Is anyone on here who is on their way to their goal weight afraid of having excess skin? What do you do if it happens? Can it be prevented? <BR> <BR> My friend says pilates can prevent it and that the only thing that can be done for it is surgery to have it removed, is this true? <BR> <BR> I'm sorry if I'm posting thi... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:52:26 EST message to have a message saying I am making progress Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:18:10 EST Fall & Winter Clothing Here in 90+ degrees Florida the stores are stocking fall/winter clothing in JULY. I really had to search for short sleeve tops. <em>101</em> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:15:14 EST I sure hope I'm not the only one! I'm really, really bad when it comes to housework! <BR> <BR> I hate folding or doing laundry, tidying my room etc. But it just has to be done! <BR> <BR> Am I a strange person? Does anyone else feel this way? Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:47:37 EST good swimsuit for plus size I didn't know where to post. I am wanting to begin swimming for exercise in hopes to ease by back and knee pain. My problem is finding a good suit. Problem is I wear an 18 ..all in the belly and flat chested. They usually are to loose in the chest. Any suggestions? Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:31:55 EST good swimsuit for plus size I didn't know where to post. I am wanting to begin swimming for exercise in hopes to ease by back and knee pain. My problem is finding a good suit. Problem is I wear an 18 ..all in the belly and flat chested. They usually are to loose in the chest. Any suggestions? Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:29:24 EST Prilosec users...??? Could you please share what results you have experienced with this medication? Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:12:00 EST What is Whole30? I have noticed quite a few sparkers mentioning their whole30 plan. Curious on what that is about. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:23:31 EST good swimsuit for plus size I didn't know where to post. I am wanting to begin swimming for exercise in hopes to ease by back and knee pain. My problem is finding a good suit. Problem is I wear an 18 ..all in the belly and flat chested. They usually are to loose in the chest. Any suggestions? Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:21:17 EST Stopping Lupron Hi all, <BR> <BR> I was hoping that anyone knows how to stop and reverse Lupron before it wears it's course? My doctor put my partner on it for endometriosis and it has not been successful. She just got her shot 1 month ago and wants to reverse it. When she told her doctor that he said that was it was not a good idea, so we are taking it into our own hands. I've heard you can do this by taking birth control, is there a specific birth control that you need to take or a specific drug to reve... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 07:57:00 EST