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 coke Is anyone struggling to give up Coke---which in the south, covers all soft drinks? I am struggling with it. <BR> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:55:41 EST Do you want to start your own business someday? What are your dreams and goals in this case? Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:15:57 EST Did you gain weight when you quit Smoking I did Thu, 21 Jun 2018 03:32:39 EST hot weather What kind of exercises can I do instead of walking? It is going to be 97 today. Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:21:58 EST Here I am again... Hello! <BR> I've lost weight before with Sparkpeople... almost reached my objective, then fell. Tried again very briefly several months later, didn't work. I just decided that it was enough and that I needed to do something, as I knew without weighing myself that I had reached a new high. Well, I did weigh myself, and my BMI was 30, which is the low index for being obese. It was a real shock. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, when I decided that I would start losing weight today, I thought for a moment :... Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:56:43 EST Read some of my old posts I mentioned wanting my name to be synonymous with perfection. Now I think that was stupid. And vague. I'd like my name to be synonymous with etiquette, glamor, and( most importantly )ambition. Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:40:27 EST Medium Frappucino Had a coupon for a free one. $5.00 drink. After having about half, I decided to stop and check nutrients. Loaded with sugar and carbs. This was a custom made mocha. Wondering why these drinks are selling so well!!! Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:43:18 EST Any secret exercises for weight loss? Is there any secret exercises that help in rapid weight loss? <BR> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 02:33:17 EST What makes you admire the people you know? Just curious about that. Sun, 17 Jun 2018 22:16:07 EST Staying on plan when out of town/on vacation I've finally gotten back on track in the last month and a half and the scale is moving in the right direction. Unfortunately, my husband's birthday is next month and we are going to spend a weekend at a nice hotel in Chicago. We'll be hiking, going to a play, and, of course, eating out a lot. <BR> <BR> I want to be able to go to nice places while we celebrate his birthday, but am feeling a bit panicked at eating out so much (especially since nicer restaurants don't often have nutritional in... Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:07:20 EST Would you ever go to the movies alone? I sometimes go to the cinema alone. My friends don't always have the same interests as me, so, sometimes I have to go alone. <BR> <BR> I don't consider myself a loner and I don't feel sorry for myself. I just happen to enjoy my own company. My friends have different schedules that make meeting up hard sometimes. <BR> <BR> I take walks at the neighborhood park when the weather is fine and I chat with the neighbors so I am not a loner. <BR> <BR> Just wondering. Must you have company to do ev... Sun, 17 Jun 2018 09:40:55 EST Where are my posts on movies? Hello, I posted one post on Jurassic World and one post on Hans Solo but they were removed. Why? There was nothing offensive or objectionable in them! Fri, 15 Jun 2018 06:02:12 EST Using Points I have a lot of points but because I live in Australia, I don't know if I can use them. If I buy something, is it just a virtual item or a physical item? What is the position if I want a physical item, could it be shipped/posted? Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:01:53 EST is there a bright lines eating community board? thx! Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:38:58 EST Blog on Food and Lifestyle- name ideas? I am starting to get back into the world of Blogging. Over the years, I've had several blogs: most notably "From the Mind of Lissa Kristine" (which eventually led to my self-published book of the same name) and "From the Scales of Lissa Kristine" which chronicled my continuing struggle with my weight. (That's where my username originated). <BR> <BR> I am currently working on a new blog that is going to chronicle my journey towards finding peace with food, exercise, and the scale. In addition... Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:22:41 EST Mobile SparkPeople... GRGRGR I cannot put any decimals, no , or . would work. Ideas? <BR> <BR> Also, I cannot browse my favorites, even from favorites I have to scroll down one by one... a true nightmare for someone who has been on the site for over 8 years... <BR> <BR> So, how to use decimals, I dont want 1 full gyoza serving, I want 0.80 o 0,80??? <BR> <BR> How to browse my favorites, not going onne by one!? <BR> <BR> Is there gonna be any feature as food-recents as on the main site? <BR> <BR> Any possibility to ... Mon, 11 Jun 2018 04:55:31 EST serotonin good or bad?? reading an article on serotonin <BR> if low levels of serotonin brings about depression <BR> yet, increased levels of serotonin causes diminished sexual arousal, how is that possible???? <BR> if i am not aroused, i get depressed. <BR> do i want high levels or low levels? <BR> does it matter because one is going to make me sad the other happy but am i really going to be happy?? <BR> Fri, 8 Jun 2018 19:58:02 EST Nearing goal issues I am at 168 pounds and within ten pounds of reaching my goal. I really don't have a set goal number in mind. I just want to be under 160. I have given up having a "magic" number. Over the years I have gone from 220 to 140. Neither were healthy weights for me, and that is my goal now, being healthy. I was ecstatic when I saw that 168 on the scale. It has been many years since I have been under 188 much less under 170. <BR> Now comes the trouble. Every time I have reached my goal weigh... Wed, 6 Jun 2018 13:57:54 EST Darkened Inner Thigh? Hi guys, it's been quite a while since I've been on the forums but I had a question about darkened inner thighs that I wanted to ask and didn't know where exactly I should put it! <BR> <BR> Sorry mods if it's in the wrong spot! <BR> <BR> Now onto the question... I know that the biggest cure for darkened inner thigh is to lose weight and I am absolutely working on that. However, since I've gained weight back (about 50 lbs and I am back to trying to lose it) I've found that my thighs have be... Tue, 5 Jun 2018 11:57:04 EST How do you find a weight loss buddy? I was wondering if there is some formal tool on the site to find a buddy to chat with and keep each other accountable. In case somebody is reading this - I am 37 years old working Mom of a toddler. I have about 50 pounds to lose at this point. I am Czech, originally, and I currently live in MN. I don't have time for anything (sleeping in particular) but I am trying to get on with healthy life style. If anybody wants to connect, feel free to message me. Thank you! Mon, 4 Jun 2018 15:26:25 EST Women Mid 30s With No Kids who loss Pregnancies I'm looking to build some friendships with other ladies around my age of 35 who has loss a pregnancy or pregnancies and still doesn't have any earth bound children yet. I still consider myself a Mommy although I didn't get to birth my babies due to a miscarriage and ectopic. If you can relate ladies please feel free to message me. Our Angel Babies still exist in our hearts and alway's in our thoughts. <BR> Mon, 4 Jun 2018 08:59:39 EST Add "Emotional Eating" category to food tracker Eons ago I added the Emotional Eating category (you can call it whatever you want) and suggested it in my teams. It occurred to me to share the tip again and one of my team leaders had the wisdom to suggest I bring it here, too. <BR> <BR> The separate category helps me better distinguish between sane eating and out-of-control eating. Sometimes I use the Add Notes section to track at which times of day I've been out of control and with which foods. <BR> <BR> The separate category and notati... Mon, 4 Jun 2018 08:35:21 EST Invitation Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I made a friendly and fun new team. If you want some new motivation and hang out with nice people, please join :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>groups_individual.asp?gid=69028 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>593</em> Mon, 4 Jun 2018 01:01:39 EST Effects on A1C from Donating Blood <link><BR>=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0170802 </link> <BR> <BR> A very interesting article on how donating blood *might* make your A1C falsely low...for longer than you might guess! I'm going to keep it in mind the next time I'm due to be tested for A1C. Its kind of a long article...but nicely summarized at the start and end. <BR> patti <BR> Sun, 3 Jun 2018 12:31:29 EST Sunday Plans What plans do you have for Sunday? Church?family? Exercise? Sun, 3 Jun 2018 07:39:53 EST Rewards What do you use as a reward for meeting small goals? Sat, 2 Jun 2018 08:22:54 EST Multiple Sclerosis Any other MSer's using sparkpeople? Fri, 1 Jun 2018 21:23:20 EST Favorite Podcast? Do you listen to Podcasts? I'm in the car a lot for work, always looking for good ones. <BR> <BR> My Favorite Murder is mine :) Fri, 1 Jun 2018 15:24:30 EST Needing some support peeps! :) Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Claire, and I actually started my weight loss 18mo ago (had a baby in that time too), and have already lost 92lb. I've got 52 more to go though! <BR> <BR> I'm actually looking for an accountability partner outside of this website (I don't have wifi at work), so someone I can either use text to talk to, or like kik or something. <BR> <BR> What I hope to get out of this - <BR> Constant supporting each other <BR> Talk about successes <BR> Talk about st... Thu, 31 May 2018 13:15:57 EST Coffee and weight loss I read this article that describes benefits and cons of drinking coffee. The key was to drink it only in moderation. I found it so interesting because before I got back on Spark I tried giving up coffee and this far haven’t had any for 2 weeks Thu, 31 May 2018 07:35:06 EST weight loss and loose skin queation. I have about 100 lbs to lose and I was wondering if there was a way to lose it without getting all that loose skin? Wed, 30 May 2018 20:50:08 EST New goals What new goals do you have? Wed, 30 May 2018 08:41:25 EST Help sleeping I seem to have a problem with staying asleep. I go to bed around 10:30 to 11 each night, falling asleep in around half an hour. However, for the last week and a half, I have been waking up around 4 am. I use the washroom, go back to bed, and nothing. I can't fall back to sleep. This morning was quarter after 3. I am getting tired of waking up before the birds, or the sun for that matter. Does anyone have any suggestions that I can try to help me get a little more sleep? Please? Wed, 30 May 2018 03:49:26 EST Exercise What is your favorite exercise to stay fit? Tue, 29 May 2018 12:27:39 EST Motivation What motivates you to keep going? My elliptical has motivational messages and one I really like is “Keep up the good work, believe in yourself.” Tue, 29 May 2018 12:26:38 EST Daily Goals What are everyone’s daily goals for today? Mine are to stay on track with healthy eating and good exercise Tue, 29 May 2018 12:15:06 EST Why the mobile site is so useless?? Did you actually tried searching within your favorites? Yes, its not working!! Are you looking for something you uploaded and know exactly the name? Well then! Its not here!!! <BR> <BR> What a piece of sh**!!! Sun, 27 May 2018 16:25:22 EST Your Work out at the Gym ! Just wondering whats everyone's routine at the gym ? <BR> How long do you work out for and what type of things do you do..??? <BR> Sat, 26 May 2018 23:55:15 EST Yogurt (Yuckurt!) Substitute Does anyone else hate yogurt as much as I do??? My jowls water just saying the word! LOL! Once in a while I like a smoothie but have not found a good substitute for the yogurt...I've also seen other recipes that look good until I see yogurt in the list of ingredients...I am open to any suggestions! Thanks!! Sat, 26 May 2018 09:19:30 EST Confused. On 7/8/2013 I purchased Spark Premium. <BR> I took a very long break. <BR> When I got back, I noticed that there was a new Spark Premium. Instead of asking questions, I signed up. <BR> I had a couple of weeks free, then I started paying $4.99 a month. <BR> <BR> Is there anyone available to give me an idea how to fix my mistake? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for any advice. Fri, 25 May 2018 21:45:55 EST Checkout the Hula Hooping for Fun & Fitness Team Do you want a new type of exercising. Try hula hooping. Weather you waist hoop or dance with off body hoop tricks, it is a fun workout. Come visit our Hula Hoop for Fun & Fitness team here on Spark People. We are starting a new healthy habits (Summer Prep) challenge on May 28, 2018. Come by and check us out.<BR>_individual.asp?gid=69739 Fri, 25 May 2018 08:45:54 EST Dating while plus sized I just wanted to know if you guys had any relationship advice or dating advice for dating while plus size? Sat, 19 May 2018 17:38:04 EST Royal Wedding Cake! I want cake! Anybody know the flavor of Harry and Meghan's cake? Sat, 19 May 2018 09:24:12 EST why is the sparkpeople app being removed clicked on my app this morning for a message to pop up saying on the 25th of may the app will no longer be available ...why?? Fri, 18 May 2018 19:22:35 EST Anyone else have this problem? I feel I'm not home much Monday thru Friday and I'm the weekends I'm too tired to do anything but be lazy. So I don't have time for eating perfectly and working out for an hour a day. <BR> There's still no time for the cleaning that has to be done either. So the house looks bad and I'm 15- 20 lbs overweight. <BR> Can anyone relate to this? Wed, 16 May 2018 10:21:38 EST but was it good for you? What plan "diet", cringe....has worked best for you? <BR> I know we all go thru phases where we try these fads, and we finally get wise and find something that actually works. <BR> So, share your plan. <BR> Did you do something radical, did you try a "diet" that actually worked or did you just start a whole new lifestyle? <BR> I am stuck in a rut, I have tried different plans lately and am having trouble finding something to get myself back into weight LOSS mode. <BR> I am going to just keep ... Mon, 14 May 2018 13:51:18 EST HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY To all of you who are mothers, and to women /men who fill that role for anyone.... <BR> <BR> Raising a child is a lifelong commitment. It brings joy, pain, wonder, and adventure. And it takes as much from you as it gives.... for the rest of your Life. <BR> Celebrate it!! <BR> patti <em>214</em> Sat, 12 May 2018 22:47:15 EST Sweet spot I either eat too little in my calorie allowance and end up binging or I don’t lose weight at all because I have upped my calories. Just curious if anyone has a weight loss ‘sweet spot’ calorie wise where you don’t feel starved but are losing weight. I’m in my 50’s and am noticing weight loss is slower, at one point I was eating 1200 to 1300 calories just to get some movement in the scale. Sat, 12 May 2018 21:08:34 EST looking for the SP exercise videos <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <BR> I know I saw something about the non-SP videos going away, but my beloved upper body work out and the others I used are gone! I just got a steroid shot in my hip so I am pain free and ready to start working out again, but they aren't there! <BR> appears there are some <em>18</em> <em>18</em> ... Thu, 10 May 2018 19:49:56 EST GOODBYE SPARKER'S !! I HAVE SO MANY PROBLEM'S W/ GETTING THIS MAYBE MY LASY BLOG. I'VE BEEN W/ SPARKPEOPLE AND LOST 82 LBS. BUT GETTING ON AND MY BACK IS GIVING ME A HARD TIME. <em>386</em> IT. DON'T GIVE UP. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU <em>46</em> <em>213</em> Wed, 9 May 2018 09:14:32 EST Clothes too big Hi! Does anyone know if there is a place on Spark People where one can sell clothes that are still in great condition but no longer fit because of weight loss??? If not this would be a great idea!!! <em>9</em> Tue, 8 May 2018 15:28:06 EST Growing Long Hair I've been growing my hair for 1 1/2 years now, and I know that nutrition means a lot when you want long beautiful hair. In the year in a half I've been growing my hair I went from ear length to just bra strap length (bsl, as we call it). I'm trying to get to mbl (mid-back length) and I was hoping sparkpeople might have others who are trying to grow their hair as well. <BR> <BR> Anyone? Mon, 7 May 2018 21:49:56 EST Salad Dressing question A friend of mine likes to drown her salads in dressing. As for me, I'm mid way : too much dressing and it's too oily and salty. However prepackaged salads often don't have enough dressing, imho. <BR> <BR> One pack of dressing isn't enough, I will require at least 2. <BR> <BR> How about you? Mon, 7 May 2018 03:51:40 EST Volcano In Hawaii I would like to take a moment to extend my prayers to all affected by the current Volcano eruptions in Hawaii. <em>458</em> Sun, 6 May 2018 18:49:09 EST May the 4th Be With You Hoping you all have a motivational Friday Fri, 4 May 2018 21:13:31 EST The Avengers : Infinity War (SPOILER ALERT) Did you see the new Avengers movie? <BR> <BR> The ending disappointed me! Can't wait for part II! Thu, 3 May 2018 00:18:09 EST Dieting while hypothyroid Anyone want to start a discusson here....? :) Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:05:58 EST Kindle Fire Issues ... I just got a new kindle fire and cannot find the spark people app! They let me install the recipe one but I cannot figure out why I can't find the regular app ... anyone else have this problem? :( Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:57:40 EST Battles You Have Fought And Won I won't post my current battle yet. Perhaps reading others battles fought and won will help get me through this one <BR> "YOU'RE FIRED" Those words, I was at loss for words to respond, I didn't know what to say. As the boss started towards the door I spoke out. <BR> I had just returned from making my deliveries and pickups at a small company I was working for. The boss had too many eggs in one basket and lost a big account. "You probably already heard what happened," he said. Would you... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:13:54 EST Do you prefer a short or long blog? Which and why? Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:12:12 EST Anyone Feeling Balanced? Neither positive or negative, but recognozing both + & - as extremes and seeking a healthy emotional balance? Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:29:15 EST Favorite teams Hi guys! I am back to SP after a couple years and a baby and a new job... and extra 40 pounds, woohoo. I struggle with teams. I used to use them for motivation and daily chatter, but it seems like a lot of teams, both the ones I used to use, and what I am finding based on my current new interests, are "dead" i.e. No posts for months and years. Do you have a favorite team? Are other social tools on the site, like this one, more useful altogether? I used to lose so much weight here and I need t... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:13:49 EST Starbucks I've put on almost 50 pounds and I don't even know why. But, I do know that I am addicted to sweet drinks and treats from Starbucks, and way too many beers per week. I've gotten so accustomed to these things that envisioning quitting seems so difficult (even though I used to do without them). They just kind of crept into my life. Anyone else struggle with beverage calories? Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:15:11 EST Do you think prescription drugs cause weight gain or do they just increase appetite? causing you to eat more and gain weight. Or make you feel lethargic? ie..exercising moving less <BR> IMO I don't think they cause you to lose or gain, although it may influence your habits and behavior. Weight loss is basic calories in minus calories out no matter what, right? Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:08:38 EST WHY do you think we SELF SABOTAGE??? Like so many of us, I am so guilty of self sabotage. I started my new health regime 2 1/2 months ago. I couldn't be happier. I have lost weight; I feel great; I notice major differences in my body. Then, this past week I did everything imaginable to squash my own success. I know I am not alone. Why do you think we do this?????????????? Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:01:06 EST Not Losing Despite Doing Everything Right Here is a screenshot of a typical day. I have been away from Sparkpeople for a while giving up in frustration but am back and same old issue. Do everything correct and do it with enthusiasm and no weight loss. I just do not know what to do. My doctor says I have no issues with Thyroid. I exercise for about an hour 4 times per week. Eating low calorie , low carb :( <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:56:13 EST Let's Discuss, Thank You Notes So there is this interesting discussion going on, on Twitter. About thank you notes. <BR> <BR> A guest went to a baby shower. Before the guest of honor started opening presents. One of the guests mentioned. Let's give you the gift of not having to write thank you notes. The women in the room gasped. (I am not sure what the gasp meant) <BR> <BR> My thoughts on the matter. The woman could have said, 'for herself' Don't worry about my thank you note. She was out of line to speak for everyone ... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:54:56 EST Quick Question So I am trying to plan ahead and fix meals that last a whole week. Mostly my breakfast and lunch. I'm especially trying to vary my breakfast each week so I don't get burned out on an item. I've found several recipes on SparkRecipes that I want to try. <BR> My question is there is an oatmeal recipe that I want to try, but I've never made a large batch to save. What's the best way to save oatmeal portions and what about reheating them? <BR> <BR> I'm normally not a big fan of leftovers, but I'm... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:56:17 EST What do you do to relieve daily stress? I use deep breathing and self hypnosis. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:41:31 EST What is age appropriate workout attire? At 70, I still dress for workout like I did at 30. As a fit lady of advanced years, should I dress differently? I have been told by several that my way of dressing is age inappropriate. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:37:47 EST Thankful! Today is a very exciting day for me. I got back into the 140’s after 28 years. I weighed 149.7 today. That is down 108 lbs in 2+years. So happy😀?Also, 1 year ago today I was in the middle of chemo for breast cancer. Very sick physicall😢??but God has brought me through the year to this day of thankfulness. I am 71 years old and I do not want to go back up in weight. Praising God today. You all have a blessed day. Sheila Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:14:56 EST Change in Tastes I recently started a new position at my company that required me to go back into the office after working from home full-time for 8 months or so. A lady in my cube row has a candy dish and it had some Hershey's Kisses in it. I found myself grabbing some here and there. I suddenly realized that Hershey's chocolate now tastes not good to me. At all. <BR> <BR> I couldn't believe I was wasting precious calories on it! I eat chocolate still but realize I want good quality (Ghiradelli, Godiva, et... Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:51:17 EST What Do You Like To Buy At Dollar Tree? I did buy all of my flavored coffee at Dollar Tree. The flavored coffee was delicious and I could not complain at a buck a bag. However, the store stopped shelving it. I can buy the flavored coffee at, but would have to pay for 24 bags at once (a crate). I cannot afford. <BR> <BR> I do like to buy their boxes of tea bags. A box of black tea bags is 100 tea bags in a box for a buck! <BR> <BR> Then, I like to buy craft supplies there. <BR> <BR> I like to use coupons the... Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:40:20 EST Do You Jump Rope? I have a new jump rope that I bought just to have around last Christmas. The weather is getting better (as I would have to jump outside). <BR> <BR> Do you jump rope and what is your opinion about jump roping? Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:31:59 EST What Is Your Favorite No Bake Recipe? I am an addict of no bake recipes. I love just whipping out the ingredients fast and creating something delicious within 5 minutes. <BR> <BR> My favorite are "buckeyes"...peanut butter and chocolate. <BR> <BR> I like to make oatmeal cookies. <BR> <BR> This past Sunday, I made cake mix squares. <BR> <BR> However, I would like to expand my recipes with your suggestions? <BR> <BR> Any no bake recipes would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Oh yeah, no bakes save you stress! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:25:01 EST Your Opinion About The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet I have the book "The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet". I have only read the intro as I have found the book to be dry reading. However, a fellow Sparkfriend swears by it. <BR> <BR> Have you ever read the book and what is your opinion? Does the diet work? <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> <BR> <em>593</em> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:19:04 EST TAP water or BOTTLED water? Do you drink from the tap or do you pay for bottled water? Just curious. Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:40:19 EST What are the best things for money investing? Share with your experience please, especially the successful one :) Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:01:13 EST My glucose level has dropped! Since going to my doctor 2 months ago and joining Sparkpeople, I have been logging in my meals, following doctor's orders, and exercising daily. My daily glucose level was +200 and I am proud to say it has been consistently lowering daily. As of today, I have a fasting reading of 98! Also, I have lost approximately 13 pounds and I feel proud and great! Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:54:42 EST Stylish or Frumpy ? What's your opinion? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I recently saw the add for the Gudrun Sjoden website. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Do these clothes look stylish or frumpy? <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:05:05 EST Inappropriate Ads How do you take a screenshot on a desk top computer? <BR> <BR> I think there is an ad that is inappropriate for this site. Called Victoria Hearts. It gave me a bad feeling. So I did a little sleuthing. I was right. It is an "adult" website with personals like Craiglist. <BR> <BR> I would get ad block, but that seems to block everything. Plus ads keep spark people free. Sometimes I get ads that I am interested in. Just this one for this, buy a THOT website bugs me. Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:17:42 EST Getting started.....Again <em>20</em> <BR> This is my ba-jillionth time trying to eat better and exercise. I've come to the conclusion i'm not a high intensity exerciser. I like walking at a brisk pace for about an hour 3-4 times a week. I also hate logging my food. I'm down with eating a smaller portion size and going for the veggies instead of the chips. However I do run into trouble at family parties and restaurants. I get so excited to see the food I never get to eat because I'm trying to eat healthy or its ... Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:56:39 EST Looking for Weight Loss Partner I lost about 60 pounds over two years, and have recently gained back about 35 over 5 or 6 months. I'm looking for a weight loss partner who'd like to talk daily for just a few minutes and keep each other accountable, motivated, and give advice, etc. I'm a college student with a hectic lifestyle so someone who can relate would be really nice! <BR> <BR> I got my best results when I had a partner who I talked to daily or texted over the phone. If you'd like to get fit with me let me know! <BR> ... Mon, 9 Apr 2018 18:10:42 EST Anybody Like Homefires Just wondering? <BR> <BR> Just wanted to pass on that after the cliffhanger ending. Then ITV cancelling it. A book is coming out. To finish off the series. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es-Burning-Complete/dp/1785763601/ref=<BR>sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523125467&sr=8-1&k<BR>eywords=keep+the+home+fires+burning+th<BR>e+complete+novel&dpID=51%252BmRrB1l9L&<BR>preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch </link> <BR> <BR> I am waiting for the paperback versio... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 14:26:39 EST Motivation Buddies. I’m not sure if this is the place to post this. I’m sorry if it isn’t. <BR> <BR> I’ve been on and off Spark for a few years, and I’m really trying to get on the right path again. <BR> <BR> I’m looking for a motivation buddy, someone I can message daily (Or every other day). I’m hoping we can motivate each other with quotes, pictures, stories, or links to something. <BR> <BR> I'm a studier of all religions, but I don't have a specific one. I won't bombard you with religious stuff 24/7 if ... Fri, 6 Apr 2018 20:29:33 EST Hi! Looking for funny cat and dog memes!!! Post them here!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 6 Apr 2018 09:03:07 EST Depression Does anyone here struggle with depression and if so do you feel you have a good support system.. I would like to connect with others who deal with depression like I do Tue, 3 Apr 2018 21:38:28 EST I am a Tea drinker so move over coffee <img src=""> <em>593</em> whats your drink? Mon, 2 Apr 2018 12:20:22 EST How do you make time to declutter? This is huge for me. There's a lot of clutter in my home. I've had to pass on workouts before to work on it. How do you live a healthy life and have a clean home? Sun, 1 Apr 2018 18:38:20 EST Self Prescribing Over the Counter Meds With all the info available on the internet, I get a lot of info from what I consider good sources. I do not run to the doctor for every little thing... <BR> unfortunately, by the time I DO go, the little issue is a lot more serious. <BR> <BR> My philosophy is that at my age {and weight}, aches and pains are normal. <BR> <BR> Predict your joint pain level based on the local weather. <BR> A study from Tufts University in 2007 found that every 10-degree drop in temperature corresponded w... Sun, 1 Apr 2018 13:28:27 EST How has losing weight changed your life? How has losing weight changed your life? What is different? What has changed in the way you live your life? For example, after month 1 I noticed I could walk without getting tired. Then this morning as I finish month 2, I noticed there isn't so much pulling and tugging when I put on my clothes. How about you? What has changed? Sat, 31 Mar 2018 11:22:48 EST Schedule Changes I am curious to find out how others have handled their healthy lifestyle when their schedule changes for whatever reason (job change, family change, moves, etc). <BR> <BR> I ask because I recently started a new position. I have been with my current company for several years and find myself back in a call center (ugh) position. We have a daily set schedule and have to take our breaks at specified times and my shift is from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, which is more traditional but I loved working the 6 ... Fri, 30 Mar 2018 06:24:18 EST Been away so long I'm lost The site has changed so much, I can't figure out how to get rid of meal suggestions on my tracking page Thu, 29 Mar 2018 18:25:58 EST Positive <em>593</em> Thu, 29 Mar 2018 14:16:09 EST I do <em>285</em> Thu, 29 Mar 2018 14:14:55 EST Weddings - Is this a thing now? This is a text from a former coworker of mine whom I haven’t worked with for 18 months and have been to 3 ‘games night’ type get togethers with another couple since. Last time was in September 2017. No contact since. <BR> <BR> Text I received last night. <BR> —————- <BR> <BR> Wondering if you are interested in any tickets for our wedding? 1st prize is $1000, 2nd prize is a pair of baseball tickets. They are $10 for 1 or $25 for 3. <BR> <BR> ————— <BR> <BR> While we were working together... Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:19:49 EST Really depressed. Hi, <BR> I have tried this several times. The first time I was very successful and was able to lose weight. Then I gained it back after almost a year. Ever since, I have been gaining and losing and gaining and losing. I am a diabetic. My blood sugar is not very good. I am a hard core sugar addict and there is ALWAYS something in the house like ice cream pie cookies. I am not the victim here I buy it too. It will be hard to just "clean it out" (I am so jealous of the people who can) ... Tue, 27 Mar 2018 10:31:29 EST Just Started a Vegan Team! If you are a vegan or interested in learning more about it, check this out! <BR> <link><BR>groups_individual.asp?gid=69740 </link> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 15:21:54 EST Busy people-how do you stay fit? How do you busy people keep fit? Looking forward to hearing your tips <em>41</em> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 10:01:15 EST Anyone have a Polar A360/370? I am thinking of buying one. I am wondering if you can add/edit the calories burned from a workout using the App? I know trackers are the most accurate during intervals or “gym based workouts”. So I thought I could use my current HRM during the workouts. It is not a Bluetooth chest strap so it won’t pair with the A360/370. But if I can add any calories that the tracker missed into the App that would save me from purchasing the Bluetooth strap. <BR> <BR> Another ? for you, is the tracker al... Sun, 25 Mar 2018 19:58:20 EST Obesity Increase - US Adults Are Getting Fatter If the news wasn't bad enough. Yesterday I saw a report that said that 40% of Americans are now obese. Not overweight, OBESE. According to an article in the NYT (as well as other news sources), in 2007 to 2008, Americans were 33.7% obese. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ealth/obesity-us-adults.html </link> <BR> <BR> I'd like to think that more Americans are aware that they need to take care of themselves, but to see such an increase over the past 10 years is jus... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 16:36:45 EST Tea Time ,What kind of tea do you enjoy Morning! having my Nice cup of hot green tea love my teas Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:09:43 EST Sparks People Hi Cafe Peoples, <BR> I haven't been tracking for a while, went through a bunch of stuff. Thankfully I have kept with most of the lifestyle changes and haven't gained back the 30 lbs I originally lost, so have just basically plateaued. I'm still going to the health coach, so that's good. <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm getting myself ready to track again. I have learned so much from reading different posts here, and seeing how well sparks people has helped. It's so encouraging to know that I don't... Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:03:03 EST Healthy grocery finds- your input needed! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm writing a blog about where to purchase healthy groceries for less. Where have you found good deals on nuts, organic produce, or other healthy food staples? These deals can be from websites or in-person stores. Any other tips for how to save money when you're shopping healthy? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:12:01 EST Do buy/eat Easter or Passover Treats? Those Russel Stover white chocolate bunnies are so so tempting. Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:49:30 EST Do you like to cook. I love cooking and making my own recipes. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:46:38 EST No sodas since July 2017 doing Great! Last soda was July 2017 <img src=""> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:46:42 EST Question about popcorn and portion sizes. Hi, I was wondering if perhaps I overestimated the movie popcorn. <BR> <BR> Considering that a XL pizza in Malaysia is like a medium or large in the US. <BR> <BR> Maybe the portions for popcorn in the US could be bigger too? <BR> <BR> Maybe our large is a regular in the US? <BR> <BR> Anyways, just curious. But I won't be taking any movie popcorn. It's yummy yes, but full of fat and sugar. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:24:48 EST exercising Is a rest day important ? Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:44:26 EST Is the 7,000 calorie thing real? Hi folks, <BR> <BR> Last week, I was really excited to have people to share my weight loss with other people, especially on here! My start weight was 162, and my goal weight (hopefully by late June of this year) is 130. I've been clocking a deficit of at least 7,000 calories a day. I lost 3 pounds last week (162.2 to 159.3). This week, though, maintaining the same calorie deficit, I've stayed at 159 pounds. Yesterday, I had a stomach ache so I had a slightly lower deficit than usual (800 ca... Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:39:39 EST Save Yourself a Few Dollars It never ends: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>prescriptions-could-save-you-money-23-<BR>of-the-time-analysis-shows/?utm_ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:58:09 EST Imagine That Who'da thunk? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rivers-high-healthcare.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:34:42 EST Writer looking for feedback for upcoming article! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> One of our writers is doing an article for the site and could use some member input. If you have a few minutes, can you respond in this thread to the following questions? <BR> <BR> 1) What is your greatest obstacle to maintaining momentum on your weight loss journey? <BR> 2) What strategies have you applied to break through that obstacle, if any, and how did it work for you? <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:04:06 EST SNAFU I recently saw some negative comment about this term. What does it mean? Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:30:06 EST Plateau It's my 3rd weigh in in a row that I have stayed the same weight ( I weigh in every Monday) I have hit a plateau after losing just 6 lbs at rate of 1 lb a week. <BR> I tried slightly upping my calories last week after reading that sometimes you can be taking in too few. This week I am going to adjust to 1200 and also going to work on drinking more water as well. <BR> I am just going to stay the course and up my exercise but it sure is frustrating. <BR> I've been meeting my stpe goals most da... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:37:57 EST Article and blog redesign Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Wanted to give you a heads up about a design change to articles and blogs that will likely go into effect today. It doesn't change anything about how the articles or site work, it's just a cosmetic change to keep things looking fresh. Here's an article example: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:36:45 EST Tracking foods/determining calories Hello. I am curious as to how people track their food/nutrition/calories when they cook themselves? On simple meals it seems easy enough to simply enter ingredients but how about complex meals that use a dozen ingredients, or meals/dishes that ingredients aren't specifically measured. <BR> <BR> I have been doing salads, soups, and an occasional casserole or something and using all fresh ingredients and trying to get good estimates on calories, fat, and sodium specifically. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:23:37 EST 2018 All Hockey Hair Team I just had to share this video. Hockey is a big deal here in Minnesota, AKA The State of Hockey. Every March, the Minnesota State High School tournaments have a huge draw. On Friday night, the boys' hockey torunaments had more viewers than the NHL games available, if that tells you anything. <BR> <BR> Every year, Game On Minnesota gives "awards" to the best "flow". I thought I'd share the video. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>96197?referrer_id=2145002 </lin... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 08:42:17 EST How Do YOU Get Out Of A Funk? I am in a funk today. Any pointers on how to feel better? Sat, 10 Mar 2018 13:10:01 EST Hospitals...... Is Yours One Of These? <link><BR>=221001 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 8 Mar 2018 13:13:38 EST Those in the NE Storms.... Thinking of all our Spark friends without power while the storm damage is repaired.... Stay Safe!! <BR> Sun, 4 Mar 2018 00:44:27 EST Questions About the SparkPeople Food Tracker?? Anyone using the SparkPeople Food Tracker? <BR> They have these guidelines for calories, fat, etc., but do I stay within those to lose weight or are those guidelines there to just maintain what weight I am at now? <BR> <BR> Not sure about this. <BR> <BR> I am logging ALL of the food I consume. This really tells me where I am messing up. <BR> It is time consuming, but it makes me responsible for me. <BR> <BR> All input is greatly appreciated. Sat, 3 Mar 2018 09:03:34 EST Anyone with Adrenal Insufficiency (Addison's)? Hi everyone! <BR> I am back... had lost over 40 pounds using SparkPeople several years ago. Gained about 20 back but leveled off and maintained for years... Fast forward to 2017. Started losing weight without trying (that is a first for me, lol), then came crushing fatigue, then dizziness, nausea, perpetual tan and a wicked craving for olives. Sound weird or sound familiar? Last summer, I found myself down to 135lbs (from 178) and felt so ill I didn't want to eat or do anything. Doctor c... Fri, 2 Mar 2018 12:02:46 EST Amazon Pop up On my iPad, I continually get an Amazon pop up before I can even get to Sparks. Very frustrating. Any suggestions? Fri, 2 Mar 2018 11:07:36 EST Broken in AK. Broke my ankle but not my spirit! Living in Alaska in the winter can test the resolve of most people. 20 hours of darkness, subzero temps and a frozen world can have impacts on the mind and body. I strive to stay active in winter with ice fishing, snowshoeing, sking, and the other necessitates like taking care of the chickens and splitting wood for the stove. However, about 4 weeks ago I was headed down to the coop and tried to avoid a nasty icy spot so I stepped up on a retaining wall on the edge of my driveway. This pro... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 15:39:31 EST my vicious cycle....i really need your advice So, here's my cycle. (btw, I'm 38 yrs old and weight 177 lbs. at 5'5" tall) I have been fighting the weight battle most of my life since age 15. And I've been winning...up until my early 30's...I've been overweight now for a good six years - and my trajectory is not good right now. I'm my heaviest ever right now. I'm a sugar addict. Plain and simple. And I literally can't shake it. I will eat well for two days (low carb, high fat, paleo"ish") ....then on day 3 or 4, I cave again - some... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:33:51 EST Elevated RT3+ Leptin Hi guys- was wondering if anyone had experience in turning around elevated RT3 and leptin resistance? How long it took basically to see improvement. Im 42, fairly healthy, just did a 10 page battery of fasting labs and was already suspecting something was up a couple months back but couldn't pin point it. Lots of research brought me to the conclusion that my doc had me on too much armour as my T4 was always at the top/over the range which would have caused my RT3 to run high and T3 to pool, b... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:15:46 EST Bone Broth Hi Friends! <BR> <BR> I've been seeing more and more cartons of bone broth in my local store. Does anyone drink it? (I've seen online that some folks use it for weight loss.) How does it taste? Do you add any spices e.g. pepper, onion powder? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your input. Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:34:02 EST Positive Messages Have you ever asked a question and received a response that is kind of snippy? Just saying let's keep our answers upbeat. Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:27:00 EST Childhood Obesity More bad news: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hots/2018/02/26/587985555/no-downturn-<BR>in-obesity-among-u-s-kids-report-finds<BR>?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news </link> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Mon, 26 Feb 2018 01:47:43 EST Nutrisystem??? Anyone use nutrisystem? We are considering it. Looking for pros and cons and thoughts in general... Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:09:36 EST What do you like in your omelets? BESIDES EGGS what do you like in your omelets? Wed, 21 Feb 2018 04:57:50 EST Has anyone read: Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More by Brian Wansink Ph.d. <BR> <link><BR>TF8?coliid=I3BDJLLEVNTVCR&colid=13DGS6<BR>FUXOUJL&psc=0 </link> <BR> <BR> And if you did please share your thoughts. Thanks! <BR> <BR> C Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:11:39 EST What Nice Thing Did You Do for Yourself TODAY??? A sleep-in <em>102</em> followed by a nice HOT shower! Sun, 18 Feb 2018 18:54:17 EST Dr. Jason Fung : "The Complete Guide to Fasting" I'm presently reading this book and find it to be absolutely incredible . Dr. Fung a nephrologist from Toronto explains the reason why obesity and diabetes is so common today in understandable terms backed by scientific study. <BR> Then provides a viable solution to remedy the epidemic of Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes .The best explanation of insulin resistance I've ever read . <BR> Truly recommended. <em>48</em> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:39:20 EST Help Is there a way to change my food tracker to plant based foods? <BR> <BR> Thank you Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:36:46 EST Keep it positive- what are you grateful for today? I'm grateful to be alive Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:13:26 EST How do i reset my weight tracker thingy How do i reset my weight tracker thingy Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:45:03 EST Discussion: Bait and Switch This morning in my email was the usual daily selection of highlights from SparkPeople. The subject head - the lead article - was "How much exercise do you need?" with the subheads "Do you really need to exercise that much?" and "How much exercise is too much?" <BR> <BR> So I clicked on the link - hey, who doesn't need to exercise? - only to be led to one gigantic advertisement for Jenny Craig. <BR> <BR> Now, I know all the "advertising keeps the site free" arguments" and I have no problem w... Thu, 15 Feb 2018 03:05:47 EST Happy Valentine's Day! What are you planning to do for your Valentine today to make them feel loved? Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:49:51 EST Cleaning my closet I was digging around for jeans that I could wear to work. I found a pair of jeans that didn't fit. Even if they did fit I'd have to get rid of them the rise is a bit too low to be good for my personal brand (and I'm trying to overhaul my image in real life.) In the donation box they went. <BR> I also found a pair that almost fits -meaning another "good" month or two and I can wear them. <BR> There's more I haven't decided on yet. Probably ought to go through all my clothes and accessories (... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:12:30 EST What to do in Richmond on a Rainy Day Sitting here at my desk and I am trying to find inspiration for doing something after work. Typically I go home, watch a little TV, read some, maybe do something around the house to try an improve it. Mostly, sit in front of the TV wondering why I am not motivated. <BR> <BR> What motivates you? Also, if your from Richmond what are you doing tonight? Something fun? Some idea I can borrow =) Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:08:53 EST Foods You Can't Eat Anymore Since you have changed your diet and have started to eat more healthfully, have you noticed there are certain foods you can't eat anymore ? And not because you consider these foods off limits. <BR> <BR> Have you noticed there are foods you can't eat because they upset your stomach ? <BR> <BR> For me, it's fried foods. I love fried chicken. I love fried clams. I love chicken parmesan. But I noticed that if I eat too much fried food, I get really sick to my stomach. If I eat fried food, I c... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:03:34 EST Exercise videos with real sized people I'm looking for some exercise videos with some "chubby" people. I am more motivated by seeing real-sized people do the exercises. Does anyone know of some YouTube videos that could help me. The SparkPeople videos are NOT fat-woman friendly! ;) Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:34:19 EST Stitchfix Has anyone used this service? What did you think? Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:26:30 EST Form u 3 Diet Plan - melt down to stage 3 Does anyone have the Form u 3 diet plan from Melt down stage to stage 3 they could email me please ? I lost 70 lbs on it last time . Sun, 11 Feb 2018 20:17:56 EST Why won't my steps record? I'm tracking my steps on my fitness page, but they don't show up in the leaderboards. It show 0 steps. Help?????? Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:12:13 EST Counting steps Where on SP do I add daily steps? Thanks. Thu, 8 Feb 2018 13:09:51 EST Sparkteam You Are Not Alone Hello. <BR> <BR> Just wondering if any of you have seen Sparkteam "You Are Not Alone"? I know the team is still active, but not showing up when I search. <BR> <BR> If any of you are members or know anything about, would you kindly send the URL? <BR> <BR> I would appreciate it. Thanks! Thu, 8 Feb 2018 11:30:55 EST healthy snack tomatoe tuna melt with cheese yum Wed, 7 Feb 2018 11:08:42 EST Another Reason To Lower The Carbs <link><BR>cess-sugar-linked-to-alzheimers-study-<BR>finds-tipping-point.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Wed, 7 Feb 2018 01:48:15 EST What Are Your Thoughts on Lady Doritos ? There was an article in yahoo news talking about comments made by the CEO of PepsiCo (Doritos). If you don't want to click on the link, just search the news for Lady Doritos. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-goes-viral-ceos-comments-women-snack<BR>ing-125703955--abc-news-Recipes.html </link> <BR> <BR> Indra Nooyi commented that women eat Doritos differently than men. To paraphrase, she said that women don't lick their fingers the way men do when they eat Doritos... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 14:48:55 EST New Colon Cancer Research I guess it's bad news that it happens, but the good news is that now we know about it: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tyle/health-and-wellbeing/040218/how-t<BR>umours-develop-where-these-gut-bacteri<BR>a-thrive.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>585</em> Mon, 5 Feb 2018 14:45:54 EST smiling I step on the scale and lost eight pounds!!! Still smiling!! Mon, 5 Feb 2018 12:08:33 EST Mattress Toppers I am thinking about buying a mattress topper to place on top of my current mattress. <BR> Does anyone have any recommendations or suggestions for these? <BR> <BR> Are they comfortable? Do they last long? What about cleaning them? Will my sheets fit over them? I toss and turn a lot, is it easy to turn over with these? Where can I buy these? I looked online, but I think I would like to see them in person. <BR> <BR> Input is appreciated. Thanks. Sun, 4 Feb 2018 22:43:07 EST What is your favorite spark recipe Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm trying to get more creative with my cooking. <BR> So I'm asking what is your favorite spark recipe? <BR> Please keep in mind we can NOT eat peppers of any kind. No bell peppers, cayenne pepper, pepper flakes, green pepper sauce. Black pepper is fine. <BR> Every time I ask for recipe ideas they have peppers of some kind. <BR> Thanks for sharing. Sun, 4 Feb 2018 18:32:26 EST Text/Accountability Buddy Wanted I’m a 28 yo guy who has gotten out of shape in the last year and a half. Like running the most but will go to the gym if I have to. <BR> <BR> If I’m being honest, I’m not going to come back to this board often enough to matter. I need a text buddy who can agree with all the following conditions: <BR> - receive texts at any time, reply whenever <BR> - be able to give and receive motivating insults <BR> - don’t be easily offended <BR> <BR> Text 318.697.3016 Sun, 4 Feb 2018 17:47:45 EST When did you need smaller clothes? How many pounds or inches did you lose before you needed smaller clothes? Sat, 3 Feb 2018 19:54:25 EST "Don't Miss Out On"...leads to Ads?! "Consider a new way to lose weight"....interesting, OK...but it leads directly to a whole page of Jenny Craig ads/stories....! AT LEAST LABEL THE ARTICLE TITLE WITH "SPONSORED", OK? Then those of us who don't want to waste our time will skip it. <BR> patti Fri, 2 Feb 2018 15:48:00 EST Pet Peeves Come on now! We all have them. <BR> <BR> Mine are people who grunt, groan and slurp while they eat. It drives me <BR> ba na nas. I definitely couldn't watch any eating shows on the tubey place. They add moaning to their grunting, groaning and slurping. <BR> <BR> People who are perfect and love to rub our noses in it. Remind us every chance they get how perfectly, perfect they are in their perfection. <BR> <BR> So what are yours. This is your safe space to rant away! Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:28:30 EST Looking For Recommendations I am in need of some new foundation. I have some discoloration and acne scars. So I need some that doesn't settle into fine lines. Oh and my skin is also oily. <BR> <BR> I am on a budget. So I am looking for grocery store brands. As nice as MAC, Christian Dior and Prada are, I cannot afford them. Well I probably could, but then I couldn't eat for the week. <BR> <BR> I had to mention that I cannot afford some brands. I have asked for recommendations on other boards. Someone posted that Chr... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:20:32 EST Using Sparkpeople article in English Lang lessons So I'm an English teacher in the UK, and my Year 11s have to sit a non fiction reading paper where they compare points of view between two authors on the same topic. I found this article by Bill Bryson on Junk food: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ment/brysons-america-my-last-junk-food<BR>-binge-drove-me-to-crispbread-1194635.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> and I want a good article to compare it with in terms of points of view (also because a bit of nutritional edu... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 05:28:46 EST What kind of books do you like best My favorite books to read are Mystery's. I have Arora Teagarden Mystery's, and Nancy Drew Mystery's. Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:03:33 EST It's quarter to three .... (....well, almost) and I can't sleep <BR> <BR> <link>// </link> <BR> <BR> Kris Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:17:14 EST Are you interested in a fun challenge? <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser goes for 10 weeks. It consists of 10 teams participating in weekly Fitness and Nutrition challenges. The Spring challenge will be getting started the beginning of March. It consists of fitness and nutrition challenges that are often in a form of a game. If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Winter we had Help Santa ... Mon, 29 Jan 2018 23:36:00 EST Avoiding bad foods when people around you are eati My mother in law came over Saturday for the night. She’s one who is always in some yo yo diet, but this weekend apparently she wasn’t dieting. She shows up with chips, fried chicken, jack in the box, and a pile of other stuff we are trying to avoid. I’ll tell ya, it was all I could do to not scream sitting across the table from her watching her eat this stuff. Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:46:18 EST Your fave Pedometor & Calorie Apps? Questions Hellooooo Spark friends! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I have a new phone to install goodies into and am adding a pedometor and calorie tracker. First downloaded of course was Spark People :) BUT I wanted to ask a couple possibly dumb questions. <BR> <BR> Regarding pedometer app, what are your favourites and does it work properly in a purse or pocket or does it need to be in a holder on arm/hip to properly gauge steps? <BR> <BR> Also, I know Spark people is perfect for tracking food / calori... Sun, 28 Jan 2018 16:04:52 EST Nutella Riots - France Have you read the news lately ? Not only is the Seine flooding in Paris, but there have been NUTELLA riots !! <BR> <BR> I'm not kidding. It seems for a promotion, Nutella discounted their jars by 70%. The price dropped to the US equivalent of $1.76 a jar. Some of the Parisians went a little nuts. You know the Black Friday riots we get here ? Okay, Nutella caused something similar in France ! They are fighting for jars of discounted Nutella. <BR> <BR> <link> Sat, 27 Jan 2018 16:17:08 EST Excuses abound...RANT I loathe excuses. I’ll be the first to admit I LOVE bread, candy, cakes, etc. But I absolutely cannot handle it when people around me try to state that by giving up grains and dairy will hinder my weight loss. Before I gave up grains, all grains, my waist was 43”, even though my weight was the same. After just one week of no grains my waist measured 39”. Not everyone can handle grains, and clearly I can’t. I avoid dairy because it makes me gassy. <BR> <BR> My mother in law and sister ... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 10:18:55 EST BIG RANT: Kroger Lasagna Noodles!! Ok... I very seldom treat us to lasagna, but decided to this week. I have been using the same 13 x 9x 2 pan for 30 some years to make lasagna. And, these past 10 years have sought out whole grain lasagna noodles. The store didn't have Barilla which I normally I bought the Kroger brand. Fair enough. <BR> <BR> Problem: cook them up...and they don't fit my pan!! They cover about 12" long, and three wide cover about 8.25". Look at the box which of course is the same size: no lo... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:18:56 EST Ads and popups Sorry to rain on anyones parade, and not knowing where to begin, I will post here to see if this helps. I can understand the whole advertising income for 'Spark'. But isn't this a bit much?? My pages for reading, menus and such are less than 5 inches wide the remainder of 14 in screen is ADS!!! Now to top it all off, they are allowing "Asian Beauties" dating link site. Come on Sparkle are you really that in need for the $$$. Thu, 25 Jan 2018 08:14:05 EST Contrave I have apx. 120 pounds to lose. I am 61, and while I have lost weight before, nothing I have ever had success with is working now at this stage of life. <BR> <BR> My Dr. has recommended that I take Contrave and gave me a prescription for it last week. I have not filled the prescription yet because I want to find out as much as I can about it, from people who have taken it before. <BR> <BR> Anybody ever taken this? What was your experience with it? Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:52:54 EST Sports! I wish anyone but the Patriots was going to the super bowl. <BR> <BR> Once I was flying home from Boston. The flight attendant was a Patriots fan. It took all my energy. To not go and sit on the wing for the entire flight. <BR> <BR> I love Philadelphia. Such a charming town. Not necessarily the Eagles, but Feb 4th I am an Eagles fan. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:22:30 EST Tsunami Alert re Alaska Earthquake I hope that all affected by this huge earthquake stay safe. Please, don't take any chances and keep away from the water. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Kris Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:38:40 EST Wheat or NOT <em>180</em> <BR> Growing up, sandwiches were a typical lunch food in our house. As an adult I always figured I ate pretty good, and if I avoided fast food and canned meals and the like, I was good. When the scale didn’t change, I dove into research. I did a whole 30 challenge two years ago, lean proteins, veggies and fruit only. Absolutely NO dairy or grains. In the first two weeks I lost 12#. No exercise. I love sandwiches and pastas, and of course crackers, but when I include them... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:27:06 EST What sizes are your bedrooms/kitchens? The reason I ask is because I am curious. I love watching those shows where people are shown 3-4 houses/apartments to buy or rent (mostly the shows from USA) and am often amazed at how the purchasers bitch at the size of the kitchens or the size of the bedrooms, claiming they couldn't POSSIBLY get a bed in there, yadda, yadda, yadda. The thing is, most of the bedrooms I have seen in NZ are nowhere near the size that they seem to expect. My 'master' is only 10'x11' and easily have a queen be... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 02:47:21 EST 2018 flu Who's had the flu this year and how long did it take to kick it? <BR> <BR> edit to add: How many days of work did you (or those you know) have to miss? Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:19:55 EST Sodium Study Another reason to avoid it if you need another: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/hold-salt-gut-reaction-may-impair-br<BR>ains-mice </link> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:20:03 EST Bananas New found appreciation of bananas! Great take along snack, in the evening if I'm needing a treat (particularly in winter) I can slice a banana, slick a pan with oil very lightly, and give the slices a warming on both sides- feels like luxury! <BR> <BR> Any other simple banana ideas? Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:18:22 EST Question-Not tracking correctly? I entered my lunch today & individuallt I count 5 carbs on the break down. The total at the bottom of my lunch says 4??? I even closded out & reopened, it was still wrong. <img src=""> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:55:19 EST Silly Sounding Goals: Want to lose weight so I ... Let's have some honest comments about what we look forward to being able to do after losing some weight or getting more fit. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:11:56 EST Now that I figured the nutrition out Now that I figured out what I need nutritionally, today is a very off day and I just can't eat or drink enough to cover it. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. That's normal for me though.. good days and not so good.. but at least I have more good! Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:32:24 EST Are you planning a holiday getaway? Anyone looking forward to a vacation? Where are you headed? <BR> We are crossing the Atlantic on a new ship in April. Looking forward to the adventure. Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:34:43 EST By Jove I think I've got it! Before I comment I need to explain that I am 40 pounds overweight, elderly disabled with multiple medical problems that create loss of appetite and have been unable to lose a pound and couldn't figure out why. Doc put me on low sodium , high protein, low carb , low fat diet. And using these charts for 3 days I, I discovered my caloric intake was 800 calories or less, protein was lower thanI realized, and worst of all, carbs were almost 'non-existent'. In addition, I am active and burn ... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 02:41:48 EST Do You Clip Coupons? Yes. I like to save money any way I can, especially if it is food. Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:42:04 EST Suggest A Good Cookbook Any JoAnna M. Lund cookbook. <BR> <BR> I have "Party Fare" and "A Potful of Recipes". <BR> <BR> Ms. Lund lost over 100 pounds by tweaking her own recipes. <BR> <BR> There are even 2 JoAnna M. Lund Sparkteams if you are interested. Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:37:50 EST Do You Buy Expensive or Thrift Clothes? Thrift. <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:35:07 EST dinner what is something good for dinner that is filling need ideas Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:39:03 EST It Would Be Nice If...... I love Spark People and it is wonderful. I am so grateful that it is free. <BR> <BR> It would be nice though. If it was easier to edit our manually entered favorites. Since nutrition information does change. I attempted go through all my manually entered favorites. Deciding that I would just be off. <BR> <BR> So if when you are upgrading. If you could keep that feature in mind. I would appreciate it. <BR> <BR> Thank you for listening. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 18:50:32 EST do you chart this.... let's say I weighed 175 one day....then the next day, due to water retention (and not bingeing) I weighed 176....should I submit that weight on my trackers or leave the original and probably more accurate weight of 175? Mon, 8 Jan 2018 08:55:17 EST Do you find it easier to stick to your food guidelines/goals during the week, or over the weekend (day off versus work day for those who work different schedules)? For the most part, I find it way easier during the week - work days - than when I'm off. How about you? Mon, 8 Jan 2018 02:52:43 EST Feeling Fragmented I've been struggling lately. Dealing with stuff at work, home, and with my mother who's now in assisted living--and her affairs. <BR> <BR> I find it's impossible to stick to a routine. <BR> <BR> I lose stuff all the time now. My mom's paperwork is a mess. I'm constantly being pulled in different directions. Day by day, minute by minute, hour by hour. <BR> <BR> I feel rudderless, like a ship just bouncing in the waves, banging against rocks, other ships. <BR> <BR> I have to get... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 13:58:20 EST Weight scale-- I need a new scale to weigh myself-does anyone have any recommendations? Sat, 6 Jan 2018 09:50:53 EST Favorite Salad Goodies What are your favorite salad toppings or salad recipes? <BR> <BR> My DH and I enjoy a bed of spinach or lettuce, but I would like ideas for what to top it with. Some of our staples are: <BR> <BR> Eggs <BR> Cheese <BR> Sunflower Seeds <BR> Pumpkin Seeds <BR> Flax Seeds <BR> Tomatoes <BR> Turkey bacon <BR> Black beans Fri, 5 Jan 2018 10:28:29 EST Bitter Cold Wintry Weather What's the weather like where you are? It's south central Florida here and it was 31 degrees when I woke. That's OK as the sun is shining and it will reach 50s 60s today. <BR> <BR> There is a terrible storm brewing in the northeast today. I hope those affected don't lose power and stay warm and safe. <BR> Thu, 4 Jan 2018 11:18:25 EST Surprise, Surprise! <link><BR>-health-care-expensive-country-compari<BR>son.html? </link> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Thu, 4 Jan 2018 01:42:50 EST What length dress should I buy? Hi, I am hoping for some opinions about what length and type of dress I should buy. I am going to the ballet with my sister at the end of April at 8:00pm. The ballet is at Butler University in Indy. I've only ever been to the ballet during the day before so I'm not sure how dressed up I should be that night. I don't know anything about fashion because I live in sweats and yoga pants but since I've lost weight and I am feeling better about myself I would like to get a dress. The problem is I a... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:24:11 EST can our spark friends can see our food intake????? I have looked through several people's spark pages and I can't see anyone else's food ticker/trackers? I checked the "setting" where mine can be visible...but I don't know if it actually is??? I want my spark friends to be able to hold me accountable by seeing what I've eaten for the day (as an option)....does this make sense? But I'm not sure if this really is a feature on the spark pages? help?! Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:00:00 EST im needy :) I need the following: <BR> <BR> someone who will go look at my sparkpage and see if you can see what I'm tracking food-wise (and fitness) <BR> <BR> someone who will spark "friend" me and help hold me accountable. <BR> <BR> I need support! I've failed and struggled too long!!! thanks for reading. :) Wed, 3 Jan 2018 11:55:08 EST good morning well i have accomplished my first goal...i tracked my first meal....not much a know but my puter is slow so i usually just give up and use it an excuse to not follow...but i said to my self....Self this is the day to do or die and im just not up to dieing so here i go...everyone have a great day...and may the Lord bless you Wed, 3 Jan 2018 09:37:40 EST destined for failure? So I came across this article on CNN and was a little discouraged. To me it felt like they were implying successful weight loss cannot be achieved. I'm just wondering what you guys think of it... <BR> <BR> <BR> How your body fights back when you diet <BR> <BR> Diets do not work. <BR> The scientific evidence is clear as can be that cutting calories simply doesn't lead to long-term weight loss or health gains. <BR> <BR> We suspect most dieters have realized this by now too. And yet, here ... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 14:05:12 EST Happy New Year Okay so I was half way to my goal before the holidays. I gained I am sure although I have not gotten on the scale but clothes still feel the same. I did not blow it the way I have other years. I have 19lbs to go and now I want to do this mostly for my health. I want to find a buddy on line here to do this. Is there any special place for that? Mon, 1 Jan 2018 12:27:59 EST 2018 let's get fit in 2018 and not watch the scale Mon, 1 Jan 2018 07:38:48 EST Prednisone and increased appetite Hello people, <BR> Does anyone have thoughts about how to change a diet for someone (not me but my husband) whos appetite has gone thorough the roof since being on Prednisone. <BR> He loves bread and butter and this is his go to snack. He could breathe better without his belly. I have been researching bread recipes and wonder if anyone has made soul bread or other low carb bread. I have made some cloud bread but it didn't go over very well--pun intended. So if you have ideas, please let me kn... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 21:35:18 EST Weigh in? When you weigh in do you count what it says like if you weigh 237.8 do you count that or do you drop the .8 and just say i weight 237 lbs? Sat, 30 Dec 2017 17:22:00 EST For ONE week, I RESOLVE TO...(finish the sentence) I was reading statistics on New Year's Resolutions and did you know that 27.4% of people do not make it through the first week! Really! Over a quarter of the people who make resolutions admit to quitting within the week... that's quite a few... and kinda sad. So then I started thinking, what if I had some resolutions that were only meant for ONE week? That's not a ton of pressure, right? If I knew I had to only do something for seven days, I could probably handle it! So besides my bigger reso... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 13:50:16 EST Latest Top News Story Opening SparkPeople this morning, I was greeted with: <BR> <BR> Today’s Top Story: Achieve Rapid Weight Loss Results Today! <BR> <BR> Lose Weight, Feel Great with Rapid Results! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is no reflection on Jenny Craig. Lots of Sparkers use Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, TOPS, etc., and there's nothing wrong with that. <BR> <BR> But I’m disappointed with SparkPeople's placement of... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 04:06:43 EST For All You Freelancers! Hello! My name is ON_A_DIET. I am a team leader for a team called Freelance Writers Support Team. <BR> <BR> The team is small in size and small in number. With as big as Sparkpeople is, I am sure there has got to be more freelance writers out there! <BR> <BR> I would love to build the team up, thus writing this message to you. <BR> <BR> Simply go to: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rsteam </link> <BR> <BR> and join! <BR> <BR> If you do end up being interes... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:30:44 EST When did you become overweight? And, was there a trigger event that started the weight gain? (i.e. Age 23 after having a child or after receiving an injury.) <BR> <BR> Share your story! Thu, 28 Dec 2017 02:23:21 EST A must-watch for animal lovers! Amazing! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In the video you see the Trust Technique demonstrated by James French. This method is a way of being mindful which helps animals (horses, dogs, cats, lions, bears) to relax and feel safe. <BR> The video shows the technique's effect on horses that have been abused. <BR> The animals get so relaxed they fall asleep. The technique can help to get a wounded animal to accept treatment or an abused animal to overcome it's trauma. <BR>... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 10:31:32 EST Depression One of the ancient rabbis said it was a sin to be unhappy. It showed ingratitude for the gift of life. An interesting thought for meditation. Sun, 24 Dec 2017 08:28:53 EST So much for a free makeover My intent was to look amazing without blowing more money (I've spent a crazy amount on fitness and trying to look good over the years). But I went to the Dollar Tree and impulsively spent $4 on Rodney Yee yoga DVDs when I know yoga burns next to no calories. <BR> I'm already over budget in my 2018 makeover! <BR> Fri, 22 Dec 2017 22:23:36 EST What do you want for Christmas this year? A friend made my day yesterday simply by asking me this very question. <BR> <BR> They wanted to know what I wanted for Christmas from them. I never get anything for Christmas, but just being asked this question made me really happy, especially since I'm going through a rough time. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It got me wondering, what would you really want for Christmas? Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:59:45 EST SparkPeople Gear I am the current leader of the SparkPeople New Orleans team, and I am planning on getting a team together for some upcoming 5K races. Does SparkPeople have any race shirts or gear we can wear? Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:23:03 EST Need Ideas My bowling league has a Christmas Party where we all bring something and this year I have no ideas. It is a morning (9:00 am) league and there are always plenty of sweets but I'd like to have something different, appealing, and healthy. I tried Pinterest but was overloaded with the unhealthy things. <BR> Any ideas? Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:11:29 EST Resolutions... too soon? Do you make them? I make them and usually fail because I fail to plan. <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:27:00 EST Holiday eating Are you sticking to plan? Are you struggling? How are you staying motivated? Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:24:21 EST Whatcha doing? What are you all up to this weekend? Christmas shopping? Christmas Partying? Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:23:00 EST What change did you make that improved your life? What change did you make that improved your life? Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:11:16 EST I am in need of a hobby to keep me busy I am in need of a hobby to keep me busy, meet new people, and have more fun. What are your hobbies? Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:24:21 EST When I reach my goal weight I am going too ... How are you going to celebrate when you reach your goal weight? <BR> We work so hard to reach our goal weight; there should be a big celebration with healthy food and a dance party Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:15:47 EST Southern Calif Fires... Prayers for all who are affected or have family and friends in those fire zones.... May the Firefighters who are also at risk stay safe!! <BR> patti Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:03:55 EST What's your favorite workout tune(s)? Any fast paced the Ramones for example. <em>335</em> Sat, 9 Dec 2017 18:01:12 EST does early darkness make you unhappy ? YES. I do not like standard time Sat, 9 Dec 2017 17:20:28 EST Tracey Anderson? Anyone ever do any Tracey Anderson DVD workouts? I'm interested, but don't know if they're good. Sat, 9 Dec 2017 15:55:15 EST Do you have a morning ritual? As the title says, do you have any morning ritual? For me i like to wake up and do a meditation+affirmation eat my breakfast,do maybe a shower. What about you? Thu, 7 Dec 2017 13:28:36 EST shaunt t vrs jillian michaels so I use Beach Body Shaun t <BR> what have you tried and recommend ?????? Thu, 7 Dec 2017 08:51:22 EST Healthy eating practices hi everyone, how do you think the products we bought from outside are healthy? Do you know the contents of the products you have eaten? I am very influenced by emotional changes and in such situations my eating habits change very quickly. Even though I do sports, I have insomnia and stress because my sleeping routine disordered. What can I do? Wed, 6 Dec 2017 03:02:43 EST Your Christmas Treat What is the ONE treat that is synonymous with the Christmas Season for you? <BR> Will you be enjoying it this year? If so, how will you keep the portion reasonable? <BR> <BR> The hands down winner in my Life is my Grandma's Fudge recipe. I will be making several batches to share with my Dad and family over the Holidays. When I make it, I immediately package it up in plastic/foil for the intended recipient...and away it goes into the refrigerator. snitching! I leave 4 or 5 piece... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 15:31:01 EST Benefits/Drawbacks of a Sauna There is a sauna in the locker room of the gym and I have recently thought about giving it a try. What are the benefits and drawbacks of doing so? Any tips or hints about what to do/not do in there? Thanks! Tue, 5 Dec 2017 07:15:34 EST Do depressed people tend to be introverts? Do depressed people tend to be introverts or do extroverts fight depression, too? <BR> <BR> It seems to me that depressed people are usually introverts? I would guess it is because us introverts spend so much time inside our heads that we overthink and get depressed easier. Maybe I am wrong altogether and extroverts just seem more withdrawn when depressed. What do you think? Are there extroverts out there with opinions? Mon, 4 Dec 2017 15:59:56 EST No excuses! It's not the size of your dreams that determines whether or not they come true, but the size of the actions you take that implies their inevitable arrival. <BR> <BR> And just so you know... the bigger the dream, the bigger the action. Sun, 3 Dec 2017 16:19:51 EST Question for Twitter Fans - Who Do You Follow ? Full disclosure, I don't have a twitter account. It never really appealed to me. <BR> <BR> I found a statistics website that said Katy Perry and Justin Bieber both had over 100 million followers. Taylor Swift and Rihanna had 80+ million followers. <BR> <BR> So I'm curious, for those who do use twitter regularly and read or re-post tweets, who do you follow ? <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Dec 2017 14:38:32 EST Small Kindnesses Lately, I have been positively disgusted by the news here in the USA. This thread and discussion are not about that. I am actually hoping to hear about the positive things people are doing for each other. Hopefully there's a good story behind what prompted you to start it. I love a good story! <BR> <BR> One tiny thing I like to do is save somebody a measly quarter at Aldi by passing off my cart to them without taking a quarter in exchange. I have even left my cart unchained so the next pers... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 08:17:32 EST How should i determine my Goal? Hi, <BR> I am new here:) I just started my a diet and daily routine exercises. I do not clearly determined my goal for 1 year later, do i have to determine a goal. Is it beneficial for me. If yes, what kind of goal it should be. Many thanks <BR> Sat, 2 Dec 2017 14:46:46 EST Exercise advices ? Hi, <BR> I just started my a diet and daily routine exercises. Despite, I set my daily exercise routine, i am not satisfied what i am doing, so i really want hear from you, what should i do as a daily routine exercise. Many thanks. <BR> Cafer <BR> Sat, 2 Dec 2017 14:41:26 EST Building a wardrobe during weight loss - Tips? Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a writer for SparkPeople, and we're creating a piece about how to build your wardrobe during a weight loss journey. I'd love to hear your feedback! <BR> <BR> Understandably, many people aren't thrilled about the idea of buying a new wardrobe every few weeks. Do you have any tips for navigating this journey? What should someone keep in mind when they *do* buy clothes? <BR> <BR> If you've experienced this in the past, or are currently experiencing it, I'd love t... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 13:34:06 EST Lower back pain Anybody an expert on lower back pain: pills, shots, surgery, electric devices, whatever Sat, 2 Dec 2017 12:29:56 EST Favorite Fitness Magazine? Hi, Everyone! <BR> I was wondering if any of you subscribe to a favorite fitness magazine. <BR> I used to get Shape 26 years ago, lol, and thought that was pretty cool. <BR> How about now? <BR> Do you have any suggestions? Sat, 2 Dec 2017 01:32:59 EST You Can Do It You are better than ever. The past has made you wise and challenges have made you strong. Setbacks have developed your stamina, problems have supersized your solution-finding savvy and experience has given you every reason to feel confident. You've got the right stuff to live any dream! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>381</em> Fri, 1 Dec 2017 00:24:30 EST Arithmetic Help Needed <BR> It would mean a lot to me if you guys could read my blog "How Much Water?" and solve the story problem therein. <BR> <BR> The 1st person to provide an accurate answer receives {after real world testing} : <BR> <BR> #1. A virtual goodie of your choice {up to 200 points} <BR> #2. An acknowledgment in a new blog. <BR> #3. That "warm fuzzy feeling" you get when you've helped someone. <em>211</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks, <em>492</em> <BR> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 01:18:27 EST Colored or White lights? Which do you prefer on your Christmas tree and/or home. I'm a colored lights kind of girl and honestly I think it sort of depends on what kind you had growing up. <BR> <BR> How do you feel about icicle lights? Are they out of style? And what about the little thing you stake in the ground that project the lights on you house? Or the blow up figures you put on your lawn? <BR> <BR> I leave for work while it still dark outside and I really enjoy ALL of the lights I'm just curious what you fol... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:46:02 EST Wedding Guest Tips I was a guest at my sister's wedding over a year ago. It cost me over a week wages (I'll never recover).If you're going to a wedding they year, here's some things I learned that I wish I'd known: <BR> -See if you can chip in on a gift with someone else. <BR> -If you're hoping to lose more than a few pounds, wait to buy your clothes. (But don't wait til the last minute, of course) <BR> -If the shower has a theme don't worry about your gift going with it (what are they going to do? Throw you ou... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:09:52 EST The 2018 Dream To have a lifestyle blogger worthy look <BR> Wear great clothes <BR> Get leg definition (if I can't have skinny legs, I should at least have leg definition) <BR> Drop 15-20lbs <BR> Be super efficient with my time <BR> Be on top of everything <BR> Get my home looking great <BR> <BR> And spend very little money on it all! Sun, 26 Nov 2017 13:57:01 EST Advice, on how to stay focus ? Mind wonders So yesterday i wanted to pass a journal on my computer, i could have finished in 2 hours but it took me 5 hours after that i felt frustrated ,drained. et.c <BR> <BR> When i try to do something fast or better(improve) my mind wonders from the point A to B,C <BR> <BR> I become too conscious on my movement and i lack of awareness and that gets me really irritated even though i don't quit i hate those feelings because i can't move on with my life i am stacked. <BR> <BR> So any ideas how to s... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 03:30:32 EST Black Friday - Small Shop Saturday Shopping Who was out shopping at 5am Friday morning ? Did you snag a deal ? I didn't go out until later that morning. I was still recovering from the turkey hangover. <BR> <BR> I found some nice toys at TJ Maxx/Marshalls that were reasonably priced. All the kids in my family are all teens or adults. So, what I've been doing these past few years is buying toys for my "Toys for Tots" donation. I like knowing my toy made some child's Christmas a little happier. <BR> <BR> For gifts, I tend to give gift... Sat, 25 Nov 2017 16:29:29 EST Showing a body at goal weight Is there an app or website out there that I can upload a current photo to and it will show what I might look like at my goal weight? Thanks!! Fri, 24 Nov 2017 21:59:18 EST Do you have employee benefits that cover wellness? Do you have employee benefits that cover a gym membership or a weight loss program? Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:30:48 EST Don't Panic ! It's Only Thanksgiving ! First, I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Second, no matter how much you eat today,"DON'T PANIC !" <BR> <BR> I know we're either trying to lose weight or maintain the weight we've lost. BUT, I don't want anyone beating themselves up if they happen to eat a little too much today. Here are a few strategies that might help you get through your day. <BR> <BR> 1) Eat a little something at breakfast. Don't starve yourself to save room for extra dessert. If you go to the meal already ... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:13:47 EST Happy Thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Spark Friends!!! Love and hug your loved ones on this blessed Thanksgiving day because they may not be with you next year. I lost my mom three months ago, and she will be dearly missed tomorrow, on Thanksgiving day!!!! God bless all of you!!!! Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:44:38 EST Is weight loss just not an option for some people? I'd love to lose weight. I try to eat less and workout. But one thing that's been screwing me up is this tooth I've been have problems with (I've missed workouts because of it). Also there's lots of can't miss things scheduled this year (I presume more missed workouts and bad eating) <BR> Probably by the end of the year I'll have gained weight. <BR> Does this mean I'm destined to be fat? Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:15:47 EST Hashimoto’s t3 & t4 synthetic compound I’m living where I can’t buy synthroid so I switched to novothyroid which is a t3 & t4 combo. Has anyone else tried this? How were your results... more energy/less energy, less hairloss/more hairloss, weight loss/gain? Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:21:15 EST Reasons to lose weight- I need your ideas! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm writing a piece called "100 Reasons to Lose Weight". I'm looking for as many ideas as possible, so if you have any to share, please comment on this post. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your help! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:50:10 EST Looking forward to the holidays? Are you looking forward to the holidays? <BR> <BR> I'm some where in the middle myself. I don't have any children or close family it's just my husband and I and sometimes it's kind of hard to get into the spirit. <BR> <BR> Any tips? Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:38:52 EST Binge eating I ate an entire bag of peanut m&ms last night. I am so angry with myself. I don't even know why I did it. I haven't done this in a long why now? How do I recover? Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:12:32 EST HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH SWEETS Sweets are the downfall of many of us. How do you deal with the compulsion for sweets when they hit? Do you ignore them" Find something else to do? Give in to them? Call a friend? Go for a walk? So what is your go to defence? <BR> <em>222</em> <em>287</em> <em>495</em> <em>475</em> <em>473</em> <em>76</em> <em>471</em> <em>493</em> Sun, 12 Nov 2017 13:51:19 EST Bottoms Up? <link><BR>-action/alcohol-statement-asco-cites-e<BR>vidence-and-calls-for-reduced-alcohol-<BR>consumption </link> <BR> <BR> <em>33</em> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:20:43 EST How to achieve all of my goals in 2018? I want to achieve some amazing things in 2018. <BR> I don't want to just focus on one thing. Because, (along with other things) I want to lose weight, clean out my home AND increase my net worth (all equally important) . <BR> How do you achieve everything on a long list? Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:04:42 EST what is the coolest thing you own under $100? I need gift ideas! Thu, 9 Nov 2017 12:14:02 EST Women's average THIGH and CALF size! What's yours? I'm trying to find the average thigh and calf sizes for women online and found nothing substantial to compare myself to. I am bottom heavy and my goal is to fit in regular rain boots but am unsure what the standard calf size is for women. I want a number to set my goals to! Thu, 9 Nov 2017 12:12:20 EST Food Bank Mini-Challenge Many years ago I was part of a small private weight loss group. At one point our Leader asked us to bring in a Food Donation that was equivalent to the amount of weight we had lost. It was quite an amazing experience to go to the store, pick up a 5# sack of flour and 2 lbs of butter, and carry it in my arms up to the counter to pay for it! And, then give it to a group which needed it more than I did.... <BR> <BR> I'm going to suggest that as many of us as possible do that same thing this... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 17:03:13 EST Biggest Loser Winter Challenge Starts in Dec. <em>445</em> Are you having a difficult time staying motivated, doing your exercises, eating right, drinking your water? Do you need some friendly challenges and competition to get out of your rut? <BR> <BR> Why not join a BIGGEST LOSER TEAM? We're a group of men and women, all ages, all fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. Regardless of fitness level, whether you're new to healthy eating or a seasoned pro, there's always something to learn from others. These teams are a... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 18:35:31 EST How did you pick your goal weight? Hi everyone, <BR> I am .9 lbs from my selected goal weight and I'm hitting the stage of trying to decide where I want to end up. I originally chose 140 (I'm 140.9 now) as a goal weight because I've always felt it was more attainable. It puts me in a healthy BMI as anything at or under 145 is considered normal for my height. <BR> <BR> My lowest weight (ever) is 120 lbs, and I've been there both as a teenager and as an adult. It's very hard to get to though, and requires a lot of dedication. ... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 15:25:40 EST What Would You Do ? If your internet was out ? <BR> <BR> The news, this morning, said there was a local outage that left thousands without internet access. So, what would you do if you had no internet ? <BR> <BR> I'd read a book. I'll admit it, I need to do more reading and stay away from the computer and my game apps. <BR> Tue, 7 Nov 2017 06:22:53 EST Do you enjoy counting calories? I am pretty addicted to knowing my calorie intake and sparkpeople makes it so easy to track with my phone or computer. I realized today that I don't always enjoy it unless I hit a low number which I am able to do using the HMR shakes. <BR> It's just become a good habit... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 22:05:07 EST How do you plan to stay on track holiday season? What are you going to do to achieve your goals during the most hetic time of the year? Fri, 3 Nov 2017 13:44:52 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy! ;) Hey, I'm Jaquelyn, <BR> <BR> I was trying to think of ways to motivate myself and keep going and I know that I was always very competitive so I though maybe having somebody with somewhat similar goal would be a very helpful thing. <BR> I'm 22y.o., I'm 167cm (5'5') tall, 65kilos (143,3) hoping to loose 10 kilos (22lbs) by January 1st. <BR> I would be very happy to find my soulsister, my partner in crime and hopefully a great friend to go through this journey together. ^_^ Wed, 1 Nov 2017 16:56:38 EST Food For Thought and Debate Fodder <link><BR>s-obese-no-surgery-nhs-uk/index.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Wed, 1 Nov 2017 13:00:59 EST Tired of sugary Halloween's No Halloween. I'm so tired of this holiday. So much junk food, etc. Blah Tue, 31 Oct 2017 21:05:23 EST Bitcoins? Hello. This has nothing to do with Sparkpeople, but I do need some advice. <BR> <BR> I found a side hustle that pays in bitcoins. Huh? <BR> <BR> I looked up bitcoins and am completely lost. <BR> <BR> Would any of you be able to explain? <BR> <BR> Keep sparking! <BR> <BR> (and wish me luck!) <BR> <BR> Thank you. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:34:03 EST Have any of you heard of Well, I recently discovered it and am very excited. So, I thought I would share. <BR> <BR> It is a health currency where you earn Wellcoins for doing healthy things throughout your day. <BR> <BR> Once you accumulate enough Wellcoins, you can go to the Wellcoin store and buy something healthy (free). <BR> <BR> What do you think of this? Tell your fellow Sparkpeople members! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:59:16 EST Subglottic Stenosis Hello there, <BR> <BR> My name is Heather, and I was diagnosed with subglottic stenosis a year ago. I was diagnosed with asthma my entire life, only to be told at the age of 35 that it wasn't asthma at all, it was a mass of scar tissue below my vocal cords, likely there since I was a newborn. I am looking at surgery number 3 in December, and I am really struggling. I still struggled over the last year to lose the weight. It didn't matter what I did, it refused to come off. I am debating whet... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:41:53 EST Who made you laugh out loud and why? My hubby commenting a cat :) Tue, 24 Oct 2017 06:32:34 EST Adding and Changing Special Goals Hello everyone, I am still trying to figure out SparKPeople. I want to add and change my special goals to keeep track of things I want to accomplish personally. Can any tell how to add additional Special Goals or change the 4 that are in the system? Sun, 22 Oct 2017 22:40:05 EST The Autumn Hibernation Cycle So...for the first time in many months, I've just gained weight. <BR> <BR> Looking at what is going on in my Life (not anything bad that's for certain!), and talking with my sister, we came to the (unscientific) conclusion that our old Survival Genes kick in this time of year as our bodies want to prepare for hibernation and/or that coming lack of winter food supply. LOL <BR> <BR> Anyone else notice a subtle change in your eating patterns or desires to eat/sleep this time of year? Do y... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:38:20 EST Before/after picture So I just took a "before" picture. I've been avoiding looking at myself undressed, wearing mostly baggy clothes, sucking my stomach in and systematically refusing to acknowledge the issue. <BR> <BR> How did I let it get this far, I feel terrible and like this is not my body at all. Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:13:33 EST Eating to distract instead of eating out of hunger Hi everyone, <BR> Just started on this site today and having a closer look why I gained so much weight and how to reverse it. <BR> So I just noticed that I really want to right eat now even though I'm not hungry. Thinking back I guess that happens often. I eat (or do other things) because I'm avoiding doing things that scare me. It calms down some of the stress and distracts my mind for a little while. <BR> Anyone else eating to distract/avoid? <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 11:38:05 EST Low Carb dieting Is anyone here following a low carb diet plan? Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:55:28 EST Do you just feel "skinnier" some days? I don't have any weight change today, but I feel like my stomach is flatter and I feel, well, thinner. No reason for it, but it makes me feel good. What about you? Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:32:36 EST What's your favorite scrape-together healthy meal? When there is virtually nothing in the cupboard, and you are unable to run out to shop, what do you do to pull together a meal that conforms to your sparkpeople plan? <BR> <BR> Today I had some packaged ramen noodles and some left-over cauliflower and will be pulling together the 5th of the following recipes to bring to work:<BR>cipes/10-healthy-ramen-noodle-recipes/<BR>slide/1 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:21:57 EST SparkPeople app update? Has anyone heard anything about an update to the iPhone app? I can't use it as Apple says it needs to be updated. <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:44:05 EST Daily calorie confusion I am confused about the calculated "daily calories". How does it know how much I want to lose per week? I can't seem to find the setting to indicate if I want to lose 1 or 2 pounds per week. Is the daily caloric recommendation automatically set to a range for a 1 to 2 pounds loss of weight? Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:56:34 EST Looking for HMR diet buddy I just started today and have 39 pounds to lose, doing decision free diet, all shakes and a cereal. Done it before and lost the weight but having a buddy would really help to stay accountable and have fun while the weight falls off. <BR> Sparkcheers:) <BR> Michelle Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:12:57 EST Would You Like To Be A Team Leader Gratitude Journals Team is looking for a new leader. It's a small team that had no leader a year or two ago. I took over so that it could keep going. With the right leader I think it could become a much bigger and active team. <BR> <BR> If you are interested send me a Spark Mail and I will get back to you as soon as I can. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=59036 </link> <BR> <BR> Marion Sun, 8 Oct 2017 14:35:20 EST Eye bags - Puffiness HELP Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> For as long as I can remember ive had those extreme puffy bags under the eyes and I know its from my allergies which cause me to itch my eyes really hard at times. On a normal day when I barely itch or touch my eyes I still have the puffy bags!!! How do I get rid of them? What can I use? ive tried the de-puffy eye rollers they don't work I tried stuff from oil of Olay, loreal etc but I just cant get them to go away and im just soo conscious about it that I don't feel p... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 14:30:17 EST How to post a pic? How do I post a pic? I push add image but it don't put pic in post Tue, 3 Oct 2017 09:05:06 EST What are they called I went to wal mart today and I wanted to get something that tracked my steps but I can remember what they are called. Can you help me out? TIA Mon, 2 Oct 2017 15:32:23 EST New Format I tried the new format a few months ago. I hate the page layout, I like the old layout. How can we get the old format back. I am back to the site again and still hate it. Maybe I just need to seek something new. Note to programmers: If it's not broke, don't fix it. Sat, 30 Sep 2017 17:35:39 EST Blog wont post I wrote my blog for today and itr wont post it just goes to a blank white page. What could be wrong ? Sat, 30 Sep 2017 08:46:50 EST Learned Something New Today Diagnoses with low thyroid - 30 years ago. Taken thyroid medication every day (sometimes I miss a day). Symptoms - tiredness, cold, constipation .... <BR> Since still experiencing these - next doctor appointment plan to discuss with my doctor. Plus get a TH4 blood test - last one 4/2016. <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> <BR> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:18:48 EST Learned Something New Today Diagnoses with low thyroid - 30 years ago. Taken thyroid medication every day (sometimes I miss a day). Symptoms - tiredness, cold, constipation .... <BR> Since still experiencing these - next doctor appointment plan to discuss with my doctor. Plus get a TH4 blood test - last one 4/2016. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:06:38 EST Amazon Prime Series We have a Netflix series thread. So I figured it would be nice to have an Amazon Prime thread. <BR> <BR> My favorite series on Amazon Prime. Is Another Dirty Room. Real motel reviews. <BR> <BR> Although the hosts are salty and their findings are really gross. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:12:07 EST Presents I was at a big box store. In the card section. When I saw a card for a Bachelorette. And it had slots for a gift card. <BR> <BR> So now do we have to give a bachelorette present. If we are invited to the party? Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:00:29 EST Ever try anything from Pinterest? I have tried a couple workouts in the past, but that's about it. How about you? Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:59:57 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy Hello <BR> <BR> I am in the search for someone that would like to talk to me everyday share our lives together. <BR> I am 34 and have 2 boys that r my world <BR> I want to lose around 90lbs. I am, doing shakeology now and I pray it works for me. <BR> Hope to talk to you soon Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:48:00 EST how to get a tracker I want a tracker of my weight loss. How do I get one tia Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:07:50 EST how do i verify my e mail I didn't get a e mail to verify my e mail and I cant post in blog until I verify. Please tell me what I should do tia Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:40:14 EST What do you look forward to wearing? What is something that you look forward to wearing or fitting in once you reach your goal weight? I'm looking forward to being able to fit into my short denim shorts, and I'd also like to wear a pair of high heels with a dress or short skirt again one day. I want to be able to wear a cute bikini too. When I used to be thinner I had like 10 different bathing suits! Lol. I definitely want to start collecting them again once I reach my goal. I'm a huge girly girl, so I love clothes and dressing ... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:50:05 EST how do i get to sparkpage? I cant seem to figure out to get to my sparkpage. I would like to journal in it please help. thanks so much Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:07:55 EST Do you watch soap operas? I love the shows Days Of Our Lives and General Hospital. Do you watch any soap operas? If so, which ones? Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:55:08 EST