SparkPeople Parenting and Family Support Messageboard Trying to balance work, weight loss, and family? Share tips for keeping your whole family fit and healthy. SparkPeople Parenting and Family Support Messageboard Hello Hi All, <BR> I had my sleeve done on 3/4/15 and I am down 16 lbs. That's great for me, never lost that in two weeks. Now I am coming up on my third week and the scale hasn't moved yet. Is this normal? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:16:00 EST Post c-section rehab programs Any suggestions of workouts (DVDs, YouTube videos etc) to rehab post c section? I am an avid horseback rider and am more worried about regaining my core strength carefully and correctly than about the cardio-weight loss components. I am almost at the 6 week mark. I have almost no pain from the incision and have been walking approx 30-40 mins a day for the last 3 weeks, so I'm itching to take on a little more. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 19 Mar 2015 18:20:29 EST Ideal Protein Phase One I am curious if there is any other Spark people are doing the Ideal Protein program? Sun, 15 Mar 2015 13:25:08 EST Pregnant and needing to lose weight I'd love to say that I was active on here from early 2013 to early 2014. I lost nearly 30 inches, dropped from 272 lbs down to 242 (30 lbs) between oct 2013 and march 2014. In may, I lost a job and started a new one, in june I quit a job and started a new job - and began working 50-60 hrs each week + Online schooling which brought me to roughly 80-90hrs spent a week doing stuff besides sleep, exercise, and relaxing. Obvious enough to say - I stopped taking care of myself...I ate a lot of bad ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:17:21 EST How do I ask for a significant raise at work? I know this isn't food, exercise, or weight related, but I need help. Any advice or shared experience might help me in this problem. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am working as an x-ray tech in an urgent care. Because I work mainly front desk/reception and our x ray quota is usually small, I am grossly underpaid, basically I am being paid as a receptionist 15.00 dollars an hour, instead of the 25.00 an hour that a newly graduated x ray tech can expect to get paid in our area. <BR> I have been working ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:43:14 EST Daily Bible Verse - JESUS LOVES YOU!!! by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. <BR> 2 Peter 1:4 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 06:53:04 EST Grand families - kinship caregivers? raising LO? Hi all - we are raising our special needs 2&1/2 year old Grandson, full time since July. It has been a roller coaster since my daughters pregnancy 3 & 1/2 years ago and the past 2 have taken its toll in my fitness level! Would love to connect with others that are getting fit and can relate. Mon, 9 Mar 2015 11:03:50 EST Hello to all! Missed you guys! Just getting back on Spark after (I don't know what happened) a lengthy absence. <BR> Every blessing to you all! Mon, 9 Mar 2015 03:15:11 EST problems with niece I am having a little problem with my 5 year old niece, Brianna. She has seen me exercising more and dieting to lose weight for an upcoming surgery since November. All of a sudden, whenever I am exercising, she wants to exercise with me, saying that she needs to lose weight too. Brianna is pretty skinny to begin with (she has always been small, despite eating a lot), and I worry that her saying this might lead her to believe that she is fat. I have read that there have been kids as young a... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 03:33:59 EST Daughter wants Ear Gauges - Help! My daughter is trying to enlarge her ear piercing holes to accomodate those gauge stud things. I hate how it looks and she knows I am not pleased by this...but at 17, she feels she is wise enough to make her own decision, it's her body, blah blah... <BR> <BR> She has always been a challenging child and has had difficulty with anxiety and depression. She's had her share of bad things happen to her as well - date rape, sexual assault by someone twice her age, and a close friend committed suici... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 05:26:26 EST What do you want from Sparkpeople? Be specific, loose weight, get healthier, you name it! I am enrolled in Spark people to avoid having to pay $1,500.00 deductible on my health insurance... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:53:37 EST Grandma's getting fit. I became a Grandmother in Aug/15. It was one of the happiest days of my life. Now I am working on getting healthy and fit so I can keep up with that little sweetie when she starts getting more mobile. <BR> I want to be there for all kinds of her big events...which means staying focused so I can reach my deal. I now have a very big motivator. <BR> <em>178</em> <em>183</em> <em>521</em> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:53:29 EST Have you had a pregnancy loss? Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm losing weight in order to sustain an Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:31:56 EST ambiviilence Hi All- <BR> My name is Sandy. I am 68 years old and have completed all of the pre-reqs for the gastric sleeve surgery. <BR> I am concerned that I am so ambivalent about it at this point--- <BR> Was anyone else? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:46:02 EST Exhausted mom of 4 month old. Help! There are probably a million posts similar to this. NO, i so don't have time to check them. Really, i'm at work not working in order to do this anyway. <BR> <BR> I'm a new mom. I want to work on my body and loose weight because i'm not happy with how I look. While the natural after birth weight loss has stopped (unfortunately), the good news is that I've not gained anything since it stopped. I bought the Beach Body video set TurboFire. And I got through about a week of it. I'm totally... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:27:27 EST mirena Getting the mirena monday i have sever endometriosis so they are doing it in the operating room i am terrifed of being in pain because im already in severe pain everyday they want me to get the mmirena to slow the growth of new endometriosis. Have already had a laproscopy.done to remove most of it this is my last hope before a hystrectomy can anyone tell me what they experienced good or bad id like to know please and thank you Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:46:47 EST working out with a two year old Hi i have a two year old and when it was warm outside i would take her for walks go on trails and run around at the park. Any ideas how i can include her in my workout routine now? Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:05:00 EST What to do if your grown kids are fighting? My son and daughter have not been getting along and do not want to be in the same room with each other. Makes it hard to feel like a family. Any suggestions? Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:34:40 EST Moms...working out/staying on track during period Just wondering how you other women stay on track during your period. I find that I am EXHAUSTED that week. I have been forcing myself to workout, but I definitely am not able to put the energy level in that I usually can. I also crave sweets WAY more during my period. I have been trying to just have a small piece of dark chocolate to help myself stay on track and satisfy the craving, but sometimes that just doesn't do it. It doesn't help that I just retain water during that time as well...mak... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 13:31:45 EST How to explain the gift of giving I've obviously missed the mark on this as a parent. My 16 year old son believes in the receiving..not the giving. He expects Christmas presents, birthday presents,etc.. but doesn't think he should be on the giving end. He refuses to spend his money on any type of gift for myself or his sister. Not even so much as a homemade Christmas card or birthday card. <BR> <BR> I've tried to explain that it will make him feel good to give. But he doesn't get it. I have no idea where I went wrong b... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 09:53:26 EST Gastric sleeve Who do you tell if it's not working? I feel like I'm not full Sun, 8 Feb 2015 21:39:16 EST Gastric sleeve bypass How many ounces should you be eating on a. Normal day? Had surgury 11 days ago and not losing hardly any weight? Sun, 8 Feb 2015 03:03:47 EST Can I tell you how awesome my grandson is? My grandson Glenn is 12 yrs. old and a roller hockey player. He is so talented and a true athlete. Diet and nutrition are very important to him. He is very careful about what he eats before a game to achieve maximum performance. I can lean a lot from him! Thu, 5 Feb 2015 13:06:41 EST Depo Provera vs. Mirena So last year I was taking the shots and after a year of being on it was great didn't have to worry about it. My hormones so good I never was stressed out not emotional I was losing weight but I was also working out eating right and I was able to drop nearly 35 pounds. after going off the depo it has been 6 months now and I put on all 35 pounds again is this the depo?..or is this something else I haven't changed my eating style I've actually started exercising more. I'm looking at maybe going ... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 18:03:26 EST survey online Anyone ever done one of those surveys Online that u get paid for ? Any info would be appreciated Wed, 4 Feb 2015 14:02:31 EST What age for my young daughter to start running? I am a runner and my daughter always begs to come along with me, but she is only 4. I was wondering what age is appropriate for kids to start running any sort of distance? I know she won't be able to do my long runs but I would love for her to be able to run a 5k with me one day. Can anyone give me advice on what age to start her at / expectations to have for her endurance? She is an active kid and always begs to come run with me. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 10:03:10 EST Managing life. I have found that in order for me to take of care everyone else. I need to take care of me. This is hard with so many family responsibilities,husband children, work and home. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is how I balance life. I feel better, I have more energy, and I feel like it's not an obligation, I want to take be there fro my family because I have done something for me. We must not forget we are important too. <em>381</em> Tue, 3 Feb 2015 08:46:09 EST Trying to save a 35 yr old friendship HELP PLESE I really need help and advice on a problem I am going through, and cannot seem to fix on my own. <BR> To start - Susan & I met about 32 -35 years ago, and we were closer to each other then to our own sisters. And even though I moved all around the United States even if we lost touch for a year or 2 next time we spoke contacted each other it was like not a day has passed. <BR> But, something happened I do not what- The last time we spoke was in Aug. 2013 just after her mom passed away. I exp... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 01:37:27 EST Who's Life is it anyway?! Ready for spring?! I am, and I'm ready to take charge of my life too. Recently married in July of this past year I'm getting used to this addition of another family. One thing that seems to keep tugging at my mind though is the control my in-laws seem to exert over my wife. I can even see them trying to influence me as well. Please bear with me because I feel like this must be a common problem for multiple child households as they age. My wife's older brother is the center of conversation, hi... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:49:38 EST please ignore this... posted in wrong place and dont know how to delete it :) Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:34:01 EST what does a psychiatrist look for I need advice can some please tell what they will ask and why they might say no to the surgery please help me out Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:41:21 EST Is It Just Me? Maybe it is just me, but does anyone else find this whole weight loss thing to be alienating? I constantly feel like I'm not invited to a party that everyone else is currently attending. There are always occasions to eat. When I am choosing not the cake, the second hot dog, the this, the that, I am feeling 1) tempted and 2) like I am being no fun. I am making good choices, I am resisting temptation. I am on the treadmill when everyone else is watching tv together. I just feel so alone in it. ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:40:45 EST Hello i am new to this forum! My name is Diane and i had gastric sleeve surgery on November 20th 2014. My starting weight on Sept 1st 2014 was 326. I started my diet just before the 1st, around October 28th. I went through the liquid diet for 3 weeks before surgery and that was so hard to do!.But i did it and have never regretted it. I now weigh 275 and i am feeling much better and getting more better each day. My goal weight is 150 and hope to be there in 2016 December. <em>244</em> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:03:14 EST Hiking with small children I want to start going on family hikes my 17month old can easily go I'm a carrier but not sure about my 3 1/2 yr old she gets easily distracted and would probably need to be carried after about 1 km....can anyone recommend a child carrier (she's 3'2 and 30 lbs) or/and tips on how to get her to walk without stopping every two minutes Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:56:43 EST Looking for advise on dealing w/ teen attitude I'm at my wits end here..literally. I have a 15 year old son with so much attitude I hate to go home. I can honestly say that I don't like him right now. He bad mouths me at every turn..fights every rule..,there is absolutely no peace in our house. I feel like I'm mentally battered and just can't pick my self up any more. <BR> <BR> He is a very very brilliant boy... 95% average in grade 10. He does homework only when absolutely necessary and does not put any effort into it at all. Neve... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 09:25:45 EST Five Month Old and Gaining Weight.. Five months ago, when I gave birth to my daughter, I had lost an immediate 26lbs.. The last check up I had gone to the nurse told me I had slowly gained my "baby weight" back.. I had never been more than 155lbs until after giving birth and I'm not sure as to why I'm exceeding way past that weight.. <BR> Any moms that have had the same problem but have been working at loosing the weight, I would love some advice as to where I should start. <BR> I eat plenty of veggies and chicken but I do tend... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 21:15:44 EST The Pill, Conceiving, Fears, and Questions I'm 29, definitely starting to get baby fever. I've been married to my husband for almost 2 years, and we've been together for almost 7. I also have concerns surrounding trying to conceive. I've been on the pill for the last 10 years-ish. <BR> <BR> Before I started the pill, I had really bad cramps, migraines, mood swings, and sometimes even got physically sick (almost like morning sickness) every time I would get close to AF time. Since I've been on the pill, none of this has happened. I'm ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:28:30 EST Obtaining family support Hello, I am so tired of having to remind my family that I have other priorities than them, It is 11:00 pm and I just started doing the things that I need to do. I need suggestions on how to explain and obtain family support. <BR> <BR> PS... my family is not bad, they just really expect me to be super woman. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 00:05:11 EST Mother In Law Woes: Advice? What is the polite way to interact with my mother in law? What can be reasonably expected of me? <BR> <BR> We have other issues, but I find myself having difficulty getting over the fact that she called my 5 year old daughter (who is in the 5th percentile for weight and can run 5k's without stopping) overweight - in front of her. I don't mind her disparaging me (I have a pretty thick skin), but my daughter is another story. My daughter is already very thin and very active and in fact needs t... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:58:59 EST Overweight, pregnant, and looking for support! Hi everyone! I am a long time member of Spark People, but have never really used it like I should have! I am currently 22 weeks pregnant and just wanted to find some people to go through this with me. I was overweight before pregnancy and am trying really hard to keep it under control for the next 18 weeks and beyond. Anyone else pregnant and looking for friends?? Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:54:29 EST HELP! 15 yr old son pot smoker Today is an emotional day. I just found out (through a bit of snooping in correspondence between him and his father) that my 15 year old son is doing pot! I divorced his father a year and a half ago (pot smoking was a huge factor in the decision) and now I find out he does it..and his father is totally ok with it. I have no idea how to handle this as I have no actual proof other than the messages I wasn't supposed to be reading! <BR> <BR> Any advise on how to proceed?? My son is in grade... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:33:59 EST Badly Behaved Momma I recently noticed that I am really judgmental. I am ashamed. <BR> I force myself to go out and meet other moms, pay to be in a group, and try to convince myself the whole time that I will have fun. <BR> But after doing my obligatory volunteer position for the group, I felt extremely judgmental of certain women who irk me. <BR> I know it's okay not to like everyone, but I feel so awkward. <BR> I know I should TREAT OTHERS as I want to be treated, but sometimes I am honestly too tired to give ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:12:53 EST profile pic Anyone know how to put a profile pic up??? Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:33:14 EST SSI I just found out recently they r cutting my sons check off and this is the worst time with Christmas and all ,And the thing is they r not telleing me when they r cutting me off Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:20:48 EST Gastric Sleeve 10/27/2014 I am 4 weeks post op and am down 28 pounds....That was the easy part. <BR> The emotional aspect of the surgery has been much harder than the physical. It is easy to lose weight when your stomach won't hold more than 4 ounces, but it still doesn't change the fact that your brain is programmed to want to eat (even when you are not hungry). Bad habits led me to being overweight and bad habits are not easy to break. I am not saying they can't be broken. I know they can and I know mine will but ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:30:38 EST Need help for a friend My close friend who is 54, morbidly obese with 2 bad knees and hips and housebound, has just lost her 56 year old husband to cancer. She is alone, in a lot of pain and has been used to her husband doing most things for her. Her doctor will not operate on her knees or hips until she loses 100 lbs. She is in a bad place and I don't know how to help her. Does anyone know where to start? Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:00:14 EST Fit Mom's Bootcamp Hello to my fellow moms!!! I am starting a free Fit Mom's online Bootcamp. I'm a mom of 4, and I'm looking to help other moms lose weight, tone up, eat healthier, and just meet other moms!!! <BR> <BR> Message me, or email me, and I'll give you the info :) <BR> <BR> Thank you! Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:43:17 EST eating due to loneliness and depression I think I HAVE BEEN EATING to beat my emtpiness about being a new mom and having limited support. Any suggestions to strategies to stop ? Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:58:27 EST Lost my job I got let go out of the blue yesterday, I'm so nervous about the holidays and I've just lost 70lbs which is great but awful for interview clothes and I hope there are companies willing to hire right before the holidays.. so sad, I haven't told my teen yet or my extended family.. I'm trying to stay focused and I sent out a ton of resumes, hit the gym, and did my own hair color. I just wish I could sleep and stop running scary scenarios in my head. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 15:12:35 EST Feel so ugly I can honesty say that this is the first time that I've actually really felt ugly :'( As I type this I'm in tears. I feel so alone. I had my beautiful little boy a year ago, and have since then put more weight on then after I gave birth. I'm not really sure how to begin to lose the weight. Any help would be so appreciated. I feel that the hardest thing for me is to find the time to work out and eat healthy. I'm a single mom, I work full time, and take college classes online at night. I feel s... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 06:11:44 EST Food ads on this site Does anyone else think it is ridiculous that a health site has promos for Popeye's Chicken and for subways pastrami melt. I get they have to put adds up to keep the site free, but come on monitor what you are putting up. Here i am tracking my calories and making it hard to be satisfied with what I just ate. Fri, 7 Nov 2014 15:58:01 EST possible post pardom anxiety from weanning anyone else feel that weaning breastfeeding makes you moody , causes appetite changes,? Thu, 6 Nov 2014 15:05:31 EST Support from our Spouses <em>24</em> My wife is not getting it. I have to eat 2710 in cals a day, and every time she asks me if I can have something and I ask what the brand is to look it up, she gets upset! Like really?? <em>198</em> I love her to death but she just thinks I'm overeating when I am just trying to get this weight off. It makes me want to give up, because I'd rather us be happy and getting along than arguing. But I have diabetes, hbp, asthma, and sleep apnea to boot. I'm tired of being like this.... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 21:10:04 EST Pre-pregnancy health I dont have kids yet, but i'm hoping in a couple years my fiance and I will be trying. I still have time, but i'd like to do whatever I can now to make sure my body is healthy and ready for my future mini me. I didi ask my doctor this same question, and he said just eat healthy, be good to your body and it will respond positively. Any advise? Tue, 4 Nov 2014 07:52:46 EST I'm Having A Baby I just found out a few days ago that I am pregnant with the baby expected in July! I am so excited but the baby has already taken a lot out of me. I'm constantly tired, my boobs hurt, my lower back is beyond painful whenever I lay down and try to get up it's like a lost cause. I've been moderately crampy. Plus my two step kids just love to jump all over me. It's been a lot but I just hope that my baby makes it and that I have a healthy baby come July. I will be having a Vegetarian pregnancy a... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 12:51:25 EST Calling any military people or any other newbies. Hi, I'm currently deployed and would like to find some other military members who can relate to what I'm going through, but I'm open to meeting others. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:08:51 EST My bariatric sleeve surg is on November 20th 2014 Hello to you all! my surgery will be on the 20th of November .....and my pre-op appointment is on the 29th of this month,,,,,wish me luck with my liquid diet and surgery!! ......Diane Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:26:39 EST Calling all MOMS :) I've started a team for moms! <BR> Stay at home, working, single, married, dating, widowed, divorced, biological and non-biological moms of any age! <BR> As long as you're a mom then this team is for you! <BR> <BR> We'll have weekly challenges beginning Monday November 3rd. Our monthly challenge will begin November 1st-- simply pick your fitness minutes goal and update it regularly in our November challenge thread. <BR> <BR> Team goodies will be given to our Top 3 "Monthly Achievers" in fi... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:32:45 EST Flying Ok I'm panicking! I am flying allegiant in a few days and haven't flown in about 5 years. I'm currently heavy, 5'0, 217lbs and am nervous about needing a seatbelt extension. Pretty sure my husband would be pretty embarrassed of I needed one (I know that sounds mean on his part). I am just reaching out to see if anyone has any thoughts or advice I this?? TIA!! Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:45:53 EST Christmas My 10 year old has been invited to several Halloween Parties. She is now wanting to have a Christmas Party for her and her friends. What kinda games and activities can we do in a 2 hour time limit for kids between the ages of 9-11? Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:59:07 EST gastric sleeve without family support I'm scheduled to have my sleeve done on 11/3. My concern is will I be able to continue to cook for my family and not over eat. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:53:05 EST Gastric Sleeve - Emotional eating Hey there! I had my surgery on February 5, 2014 and I am down 73.5 lbs. I have always been an emotional eater and I'm starting to fall back into that habit again. Work and home life have both been a bit stressful and I've been reaching for the bad stuff. This past week is the first week I've gained any weight back. Granted it was only 1.5 lbs, but it made me sad. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to help me get through this? I just can't seem to get myself motivated. Thank you f... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:24:55 EST sharing cell phone nightmare/ vent My husband and I have a son who will be 14 in 2 weeks. My husband, we'll call John, and our son, we'll call Jr., share a cell phone. He says Jr. is old enough can mow and weed eat the lawn but comes to cell phone he has decided they can share and we get a land line. Problem is that it becomes a continual issue with them sharing and their schedules. Jr. walks across our small town and wants to take the phone with him or wants to have it at night to text friends when John needs to take it f... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 14:10:38 EST A Favor I have a favor to ask of yins. My daughters school is having a contest to see which class brings in the most Box Tops For Education. So far, her class is in 2nd place. The 1st place class gets a pass for a free movie for each kid. If anyone has any that they could send in, could you please send them to me? Thank you very much. Send me a spark email and I will give you my address. Thank you. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 12:57:46 EST possible ADD/ODD diagnosis in 5 year old hello, my 5 year old daughter could possible have ADD/ODD, she doesnt listen at all to authority, she throws fits for no reason or over the tinest thing..shes also very stubborn, she has all the traits for the ODD diagnosis, one thing i dont understand is that she is pretty good at school and other people houses (until she become comfortable there and then some of her behaviors come out) anyone able to lend a few pointers or been here before? Tue, 7 Oct 2014 08:02:48 EST Three year old getting glasses!! I found out yesterday that my three year old is going to need glasses and that she's going to need her eye patched a couple hours a day, Has anyone every had experiance with this and do you have any tips or tricks to get them to wear the patch?? <BR> <BR> She is Nearsighted in one eye and Farsighted in the other, so she will need glasses and as I already said to be patched for a few hours everyday. But if she doesn't wear the patch then she has to have drops put in her eye everyday that will... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 08:12:25 EST I did it! I went to see about weight loss surgery on May 21st, 2014 just to get information and to see if gastric surgery was a possibility for me. I attended the nutrition classes, got a psych evaluation submitted every on September 4th, endoscope on Sept 18th, approved by my insurance and my surgery for gastric sleeve was done on October 1, 2014. I am at home today, not to much pain or gas and sipping on tea and water. <BR> I have tried every diet out there and I weighed less the day of my surgery th... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 19:56:46 EST Vegetarian & Pregnancy Hello Everyone, <BR> I have not been on Spark People in a very long time and I deeply regret it because I have been gaining weight yet again. Since the last time I was on here I have gotten married and accepted two wonderful step children into my life. We are trying to conceive a child of our own right now and he is worried about the fact that I am a vegetarian and that I am not receiving all of the nutrients that I need not only to take care of myself, but also to take care of the baby. The ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:25:11 EST Depo Shot problems Who has had experience with this form of Birth Control? What are your thoughts? <BR> <BR> My first shot was june 2013. I researched all the side effects but I thought no periods and not having to remember a pill every day was worth it. I knew weight gain was a side effect, but I also thought I was experienced in tracking my food and I knew how to handle my cravings. Well, turns out I knew how to eat and handle my cravings when I had normal ones. All I wanted to do on the shot was eat. I did ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:16:03 EST constantly on the go! well, I am a single mom of a 12, 10 and 2 yr old and working full time. My oldest does cheer which practice is 3 nights a week and my 10 yr old does church choir which is 2 nights a week and Sunday service. I literally pull into my driveway and the girls come running out and off we go! I will usually run into the house to go the bathroom and grab a handful of something, anything! and back in the van I go. lol They have said to do extra cooking on weekends but then weekends is cheer at the foo... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:47:36 EST Where to buy lollipop sticks? I wanted to make a cute snack idea I saw on some blog and that needs lollipop sticks. Besides ordering it on Amazon does anyone know which stores carry it? It is not a very healthy snack but we don't usually indulge in unhealthy items so figured once in a while would be ok to have at class party or gathering. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:36:15 EST Managing Separate Meal Plans for Everyone My reality is that my boyfriend, my 18 month old son, and I are all on a different meal plan and we are all eating at different times. There is an end in sight for this and I minimize the need for it whenever possible, but it is definitely my reality. <BR> <BR> I'm managing pretty well - it helps that I plan all of our meals for the week ahead of time and shop accordingly. I was just wondering if anyone else is doing this juggling act as well and, if so, do you have any tips on how you're ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:30:34 EST Terrible nightmares Has anyone ever had a dream that's like the world burning up and your driving threw it ?I have been having nightmares for a while just wondering how y'all gals deal with it please help Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:15:42 EST People with Health Issues ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Hi, I would like to invite you to the team 'People with Health Issues United' , we are a small group and would like some more company. <BR> <BR> Here is the Link for the Team.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=58444 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Katie (Team Leader) Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:50:26 EST Back to work after baby Any working moms out there? I've been feeling a little blue since I started back to work last week. DD is 11 weeks old, and my husband is at home with her. I know I'm so lucky that he is the one looking after her, but I feel jealous! This morning, my heart broke a little as I kissed her goodbye. I'm hoping that things will get a little easier as I get back into the rhythm of things and when she starts sleeping longer at night. Anybody have any advice in the meantime? Thanks in advance for com... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:52:30 EST Going to be 46, had a surprise baby 1 year ago... Hi everyone-- <BR> <BR> My name is Sheila and I turn 47 at the end of this month, and I am a STRESS eater..and boy do I feel stressed...alot. <BR> <BR> I am married, and I have 3 kids of my own, ages 22, 11 and my husband has 3 kids ages 18, 9 and 6 and we have a 16 month old together-- <BR> <BR> Charlie was a huge suprise, and I have done nothing but gain weight since his birth---I weigh more now than I did during my pregnancy, and weight loss and gain has been a roller coaster for me for... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 10:03:25 EST mom with cancer My mother is 64 with stage 4 bone cancer. I think a lot of the days to come; will death be a year, two? I fear for the pain she will feel and the spreading. Will she end up with brain cancer and then die fast? I stress about getting her to Jamaica and Ireland; destinations on her bucket list. I worry about how can I service with out her? Is that selfish? Is it selfish to wonder how I can live without some one so much part of my life? How I will feel empty and lost. How much time do I... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 05:46:37 EST raising grandkids is tough <em>24</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:59:29 EST Extremely full plate....stressed! My story is kind of complicated (isn't everyone's) so I'll just put a few bullet points to summarize for context. <BR> <BR> - I live in Ghana, a "developing" nation is West Africa. I have been here 6 1/2 years as a missionary/volunteer. Power outages, water shortages, malaria, typhoid etc. are all common here. <BR> - I got married in February of 2012 and now have two beautiful girls, a 20 month old and a 6 week old. <BR> - We've been working on the paperwork for my husband's visa (he's Gh... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:30:25 EST problems with mom My mom is very cruel and mean she tries to talk my nephew into running away fro home and whenever I take my son to my mom I tell him to do something then she says he doesn't have to , she just makes me depressed bad tells me something is wrong with me ,she got bio-polar and is depressed , and has told me she makes me upset for a reason, I had to change my number so she wouldn't bother me all the time ,Anyone else have this same problem? Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:53:11 EST Pregnant Mama Looking For Accountability Hi all. I am pregnant with kiddo number three and looking for someone for support and accountability during and after pregnancy. I want to try and get back to healthy habits for the remainder of the pregnancy so that going back to trying to lose weight isn't so hard after birthing the baby. Is anyone else maybe pregnant and looking for help as well? Tue, 5 Aug 2014 09:06:19 EST mothers of teen boys- past &present- need advice I have a 13 year old son, almost 14. I have always told him to brush his teeth every morning and night, and now that he has gotten older, am trying to get him in the habit of putting deodorant on etc. and I am really thinking that by now I should not have to tell him these things. When he takes a shower, he often emerges without having washed his hair, and um he is a boy! He plays and works hard so when he doesn't wash from head to toe, he stinks! How do you get your kids to do this without b... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:58:27 EST Helping my wife see results Good evening everyone. I am new here and looking to help my wife. We both have been doing T25 and are on the beta section of week two. My wife works at a hospital 12 hour shifters 3 days a week. She is active and always busy doing something around the house when she isn't working. <BR> We. Started T25 and took pictures and have been doing the weigh ins. I have lost over 15 pounds already and down too 203 pounds. My wife started at 154 pounds and is still at 154 pounds. <BR> What and... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:32:51 EST What's your favorite activity to do with your kids I love any outside activity, running, biking or swimming. Fitness for the whole family. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:54:10 EST MIL Troubles My mother in law and I started out with a very strained relationship. 2 years ago, after the loss of my youngest daughter, our relationship drastically improved, however, I am always nervous that one wrong word or slip up on my part will undo everything. <BR> <BR> The issue I am facing right now is that she is constantly wanting to make plans to come over and drink with my husband and myself. This isn't exactly something I am okay with. I can't get a baby sitter for my little ones, and I ju... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:05:12 EST Mom all over again. In February of 2013, I began taking care of my 2 great-grandchildren. It was supposed to be temporary, however because of circumstances it has become permanent. We are almost finished with adopting them. Ages(4 & 5.) I stopped caring for myself to take care of them and have gained 20 pounds. I need help to get motivated to get healthy, Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:08:13 EST Not feelin the love. My husband is a very thin and active guy. He really doesn't understand the challenges that I face everyday being over weight. He's not supportive and he doesn't encourage or say anything kind about my efforts. He always want to eat fast food and doesn't help cook healthy meals. I know that it my fault for the weight that I've gained but I feel like I'm swimming upstream against the current. How do I talk to him about this? I'm very sensitive about weight and I really need my family on board w... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 04:07:22 EST non diet stress my in laws havent really bothered with us or our kids, the kids are 5, 4 and 3. my MIL has mental problems, she gets very stressed and even banned the kids from going in their house. the last time we went over our 5 year old ended up locked in their bathroom and to this day she is adamant that my MIL locked her in( you can lock and unlock their doors from outside). our beautiful lil girl ended up messing herself coz she was too scared to go to the toilet, even at home. it took months to get h... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:27:35 EST 1 yr. or more since gastric sleeve surgery support I just made it to my 1 year surgiversary since my gastric sleeve surgery. I don't regret it although in the beginning I had my days. But I just wish I had done it sooner - but since I am just over a year since surgery my body is adjusting and I am really having to fight to keep going to reach goal. <BR> <BR> But since being overweight most of my life - I still have to deal with osteo arthritis, hip bursitis, feet problem and knee problems and lower back issues. These problems don't affect m... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 23:25:03 EST Moving While Pregnant I am 5 months pregnant and High Risk attempting to move out of state with my SO and my daughter. This is a very difficult time for us but we are doing everything we can to make it happen as the results could be life changing. Any support whether they be kind words or anything are GREATLY appreciated! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:57:58 EST Mother-in-laws! Has anyone's MIL pointed to their stomach and said "you have 3 stomachs"? I'm guessing my baby muffin top is one of them. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:02:45 EST Looking for advice I have a few obstacles in beginning my weight loss and healthier living lifestyle. I would appreciate any feedback from those who may have experienced one or all of these. <BR> <BR> One being I am a single parent of a 4 year old, with little to no support. He is with me, and only me, all of the time. This makes going out to exercise difficult. Yes gyms offer child care but he is already in daycare for 9 hours out of the day while I work, not to mention the obstacle I face of adding one more ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:21:47 EST Working mom of 3, need time/energy to exercise I am SO discouraged! I am a working mom of three, Kendal- 7, Kara- 5, Jake- 7mos. I do not get home until 5:30 in the evenings, and I don't ever sit down until I put my head on the pillow at night, most nights that is between 10:30 and midnight. My husband helps as much as he can, but he works crazy hours where he gets up at 3 a.m. for work and I sometimes have no clue what time he will get home, could be 2 p.m., could be 5 or 6. When he does get home, he is exhausted, and he goes to bed ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:04:44 EST How do I help my 15 year old I have a gorgeous 15 year old daughter. I'm not just saying that she really is gorgeous. However, she is overweight and prediabetic. I have recently lost 80 pounds (and counting) and I'm hoping that my lifestyle changes will motivate her. I don't want her to think she is less than because of her weight and I want her to have a healthy body image. I am hoping to get some help in putting the focus on her health as opposed to her actual weight or appearance. I love her just the way she is ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:06:21 EST SO spends way too much time running Let me start this by saying that I value fitness, nutrition, and a healthy, active lifestyle (I'm at Sparkpeople after all lol). <BR> <BR> My SO is almost 30 years old. He has been a runner since he was 12. He ran cross country in both high school and college. We've been together 5 1/2 years and I know he likes to run. <BR> <BR> For most of our relationship, he ran somewhere around 20 miles a week. In the past few months, however, he has gone back to the schedule he used during colleg... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 18:23:15 EST Relay for Life, family walking fun! <em>520</em> I'm happy to share that last night my family participated in the Relay for Life walk (through my work) - my husband came and walked with and 2 of our 3 sons. I had set a goal to try and reach 15,000 steps on my Fitbit but with the encouragement and support of our two sons I was able to get 20,000 STEPS! My current daily steps average is around 8,000 and had never gotten more than 13,500 before (I've been tracking off/on since 12/2012). I'm so happy we were able to spend the e... Sat, 31 May 2014 12:04:56 EST Just diagnosed with PCOS and feeling discouraged :( Anyone been through this? Fri, 23 May 2014 10:07:13 EST Parenting and weight Hi folks, <BR> <BR> I have 2 boys 6 & 10 and am an older parent. I am wondering about a connection with binge eating and parenting. My kids have the ability to drive me crazy and when they do I end up overeating. Also I feel their struggles intensely so I feel their pain and then overeat. How to you keep eating in check when there are so many challenges with parenting and you tend to overeat? When they scream, whine, get angry it makes me want to overeat. How do you all deal with day to day ... Fri, 23 May 2014 09:32:12 EST Breakfast Veggies I've heard of adding butternut squash puree to oatmeal. What tips do you have for adding veggies to the most important meal of the day? Tue, 20 May 2014 11:02:33 EST Meal Planning with a Baby How do you juggle meal planning with taking care of your baby? <BR> <BR> I love my baby and would rather spend all my free time weekdays that I am not working/sleeping with my baby. Which we do because I breastfeed him after I get home then I have just enough time to wash his bottles from daycare and get our things ready for the next morning before we get him ready for bed. I go to bed when the baby goes to bed because he wakes up 1-2 (more or less) during the night and I need the sleep. <... Tue, 13 May 2014 09:38:25 EST trying to get pregnant could weight be the problem Hi everyone. me and my husband are trying to concieve, i heard that weight is and isn't the problem, not sure what to think. i currently weigh 250. i asked one of my friends how much did she weigh when she got pregnant and she said 264. she told me her dr said its not the weight its how you have sex. <BR> right i m not even sure if im ovulating since i found out i had a cyst on my right ovary in march and i am still bleeding to this day not sure whats going on but i have a ob-gyn appt may 29... Mon, 12 May 2014 17:00:55 EST Lose weight first, or have a baby first? Opinions? Hi All!! <BR> Not sure if I posted this in the correct forum, I hope I did. I figured this might be the best place to ask since this forum is Parenting/Family related. <BR> <BR> I am not a parent yet, but this is where my question begins. <BR> <BR> I joined this community a while ago determined to lose weight but caved and haven't been on in a while. This year I am more determined to keep going. I've been with my significant other for almost 7 years now and the family question pops up more ... Mon, 12 May 2014 10:05:57 EST Happy Mother's Day to All! Whether you're a mom or not, if you're on this site, you're probably a little better at giving love and nurturing others than yourself. If that describes you, I hope you take some time today to mother and celebrate yourself. <BR> <BR> Happy day to you! Sun, 11 May 2014 09:22:19 EST I think older children are harder than toddlers! I am just losing my mind with my daughters, ages 16 and 19. I was divorced 2 years ago and there's still lingering resentment from that. My older one doesn't want to grow up and the younger one is having a hard time organizing her life and chores. There are also issues with their father, where the older one adores him and the younger one won't speak to him and is scared of him. <BR> Mostly wanted to vent but holy moly, I didn't expect all of this at their ages! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> alay... Sun, 4 May 2014 10:26:07 EST Gastric Sleeve It's nice to find this Forum and hi there guys. <BR> <BR> I am having a gastric sleeve inserted on the 11th June and have a couple of questions. I am in Australia and would like to know what products you take to maintain your hair which I believe falls out substantially post op. Also what products do you take for constipation. <BR> <BR> Thanking you guys and have a great day. <BR> <BR> Mieke May Sat, 3 May 2014 22:40:54 EST money issues I need advice. Okay I lived with my mother for like 6 years. She supported me and let me live there for free but I ended up paying for groceries and anytime something needed fixed I always fixed it with my money and top of all that she would always ask to borrow money from me resulting in never being able to save money. I also have two kids that I support 100%. anyways my bf and I have moved out for about 6 months now. we have bought a house. my mother I still always asking to borrow mon... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:30:59 EST Passions? What is your child passionate about? What about you? Sun, 27 Apr 2014 22:05:52 EST New mom, always been overweight How do i get started? I have a one year old. I was 75 lbs overweight before I got pregnant and I still am! <BR> <BR> I haven't found an exercise that I love. (I've tried running, swimming, gyms, videos) <BR> I take care of my one year old when I'm not at work. <BR> Also, I'd like to get pregnant again in the next 6 months. <BR> <BR> Any starting advice? <BR> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:16:35 EST got rid of child's easter candy, feeling guilty My 10 year old son does not live with me, but he visits. He left some of his Easter candy at my house, and I told him several times that I did not want him to. I told him it may not be there when he comes next time. <BR> FromSunday until Wednesday I was eating his candy, and going over my recomended calories, fat, carbs or a combination of the three. This morning I decided to give the candy away. I decided that when he comes I can get him ONE piece of candy like a chocolate bar for the weeke... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:27:21 EST Need advice on jogging strollers for a 5yr old I've just recently taken up jogging and my 5yr old daughter loves to go with me when she doesn't have school, but she has asthma and can't run or walk for long without exacerbating it. I would love to get a jogging stroller so that she doesn't have to miss out on what's become our favorite quality time activity but after researching a bunch of strollers online I'm more confused than ever. I don't have a ton of money to spend but I want something safe that will accommodate her weight (she's t... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:02:07 EST Toddlers make it difficult to exercise That, and teens that are able to eat whatever and have these tempting treats all over the place. <BR> <BR> So parents...what do you do about exercise time without feeling guilty? We have a membership to the Y, but I feel awful dropping my girls there. They like it, have fun with the kids, and actually ask to go. But I feel selfish, especially when I don't want to take them swimming after. Advice?? <BR> <BR> Thanks :) Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:02:50 EST Autism Awareness Day It is Autism Awareness Day! I encourage all of you who are on the spectrum or raising children on the spectrum to continue to be the brave, amazing people that you are. Those of you that do not deal with this on a daily basis, I encourage you to be accepting, open minded, and above all- kind. <BR> <BR> Remember that the kid who is spinning in circles isn't trying to get in your way, he may be trying to reset his nervous system; the kid who doesn't look you in the eye when you talk to him may... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:13:01 EST Did my first 5k yesterday! Eeek! Okay so place wise I didn't do stellar, but honestly my only goal was just to not come in last. Goal achieved. I have to say with it being my first 5k it was really the best experience! My husband and several friends from church did it with me. I didn't run as much as I had planned on, but a friend of ours couldn't really run due to a toe that was healing from being broken. We all had our own goals, but no competition between anyone. We just all wanted to do our best. We are all talking... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:09:53 EST Gastric Sleeve or Bypass?? I am scheduled for WLS. I was sure for months that I wanted the sleeve. Hpwever, after a recent meeting with my surgeon, she suggests the Bypass as that is her surgery of choice and believes it is the gold standard of WLS. It has the most data behind it. <BR> <BR> I do not have any co-morbid conditions other than arthritis. <BR> I am not a sugar addict. I eat in volume. <BR> <BR> From the research I have done, the sleeve would be a good match for me. However, I would like to follow my su... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:46:25 EST If your having bullying problems read this Do you know that if your child doesn't fall into certain categories such as: <BR> 1. having a disability <BR> 2. racism <BR> 3. or sexual orientation (gay , lesbian or transgender) <BR> That there is really nothing a parent can do????? That your at the mercy of the school system, I know because my son has had 2 threats made against him and I've called EVERYWHERE and was told that a child like mine that doesn't fall into any of those categories falls through the cracks. <BR> So a child can bul... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:54:56 EST The Easter Bunny got lost on the way to our house I am reaching out to ask for ideas and support around easter baskets, candy and chocolate. As much as I try to be creative with what else to put in our eggs, it inevitably ends up being those chocolate eggs. I have labeled "treat bags" for my girls and they do pretty much know what is in there but I have to admit I am already anxious about getting through this holiday. Suggestions, ideas and humor all most appreciated! <em>303</em> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:13:07 EST BEYOND THE SCALE~ 10 Week Challenge! How often have you wished you could find something to help you with your "stick-to-it-ness"? Have you found that you LOVE Sparkpeople, but have just hit a lull and need a little extra something? <BR> <BR> This 10 week challenge places you on a team with approx. 30 other members who are all working toward the same goal - to be accountable, get and give support, learn some nutrition tips, and build friendships! By setting a 10 week goal, and weighing in each week, you make a COMMITMENT to you... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:12:28 EST Disturbed Adult Child affecting Me Adversely I have made it thru this week without binge eating. We just got back Monday from Snowbirding in AZ. Our troubled 22-yr-old daughter was house-sitting and pet-sitting for us. While we were down there, she kept texting me 'I miss you mommy' and 'come home.' We came home two weeks early because we felt so bad. She is chronically unemployed, LOVES gambling, smoking, drinking, overeating, is bipolar. She had a job when we left in Oct and got 'laid off' again in Jan. I bought her all these s... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:54:33 EST Help...trying to motivate my 12 yr. old daughter.. My husband, daughter, and I have recently purchased the Focus T-25 series. We are all overweight and need to get healthier. The exercising is going ok (all going at our own pace, but working out together)'s the food part with our daughter. She doesn't like eggs, unless she can dip toast in them, she says she is tired of eating fruit, and she doesn't like a lot of vegetables....any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!! She lost 6 lbs. last week and we thought that would motivate... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:29:03 EST my gastric sleeve Hello everyone. I'm not sure if im doing this right posting under a new topic. This is my first time in an online community. I am having my gastric sleeve april 10th and I am just looking for some extra support. to give a little background on myself, I am 25 years old, and i have struggled with my weight for my whole life. I am excited to start my new life as a healthy active individual. The thing that scares me most is having extra skin. I know that to have that be my main fear is very... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 11:40:16 EST my gastric sleeve Hello everyone. I'm not sure if im doing this right posting under a new topic. This is my first time in an online community. I am having my gastric sleeve april 10th and I am just looking for some extra support. to give a little background on myself, I am 25 years old, and i have struggled with my weight for my whole life. I am excited to start my new life as a healthy active individual. The thing that scares me most is having extra skin. I know that to have that be my main fear is very... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 11:39:32 EST Are all scales the same? A scale is a scale right? I went to the doctor today and the scale weighed me 5 pounds heavier than my scale at home. I was kinda freaked out. Did I over react or can my scale at home be that off? Just wondering what your thoughts are. Thanks for any advise. <em>192</em> <em>11</em> <em>193</em> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:34:28 EST Very Defiant 6year old..HELP!?! I have a 6 year old daughter who is very defiant and will not listen to anyone. We have tried everything from, grounding, time outs, rewarding good behavior and nothing works. She is hyper active, but when she gets upset or doesnt wanna do something, she has the worst attitude. She is in Kindergarden and has already served detention for hitting other kids and a teacher. I have had many meetings with the school and she has has numerous therapy sessions and i do not see a change. I am afraid th... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:12:32 EST Twin Girls need to vent I have 16yr old twin girls that are driving me crazy … screaming is an everyday norm in our house….they have no chores they do not help around the house the stay on the computer all day and all night if I let them. When I try to give them chores they do a half ass job if I ask them to re-do it I get screaming and slamming doors…the problem was that I would take privileges away and my wonderful husband of 26yrs would let them have them back…we finally got on the same page after I threatened to... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:45:21 EST New jogging stroller group Hello all! My name is Brook. I'm a 34 year old stay at home mom to 2 gorgeous girls ages 1 and 10. We stay very active. I love running with my bob jogging stroller. I have been a stay at home mom now for over a year and I love it. Prior to doing this I was a group fitness instructor and massage therapist. I have been a spark member since 2007. I have lost 60lbs since having my second daughter now, but would love to loose 10-20 more. I am looking for like minded happy, inspiring people to help... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:05:08 EST Scared of Pregnancy Hello, I am 25 years old and have been with my fiancé for 6 years now. We do not have kids, but eventually we want to, but it scares the c^@p out of me! The idea of having children in our lives doesn’t scare me, it’s the idea of pushing a baby out of my body… and the pain… and the changes… and especially any complications… it really really scares me. I’m so excited for one day to become a mother, but the whole process just really freaks me out. When people at work talk about child birth I get... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:22:37 EST Need advice regarding an overly critical mother Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I hope this is the right board for this. I apologize if it isn't. I need some advice regarding my mother, and I apologize in advance, because I know it's going to be long! My mother has been critical of my appearance for over half of my life. She was the athletic and pretty member of her family while growing up. But after she married my dad in her early 20's she started gaining weight over the years. She's been obese as long as I can remember and has Type 2 Diabet... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 17:30:13 EST Any Homeschool Moms/Dads Out There? Just want to connect with other homeschoolers out there. How do you manage to stay on track amidst the madness? Hints and tips are welcome. For me, I still haven't totally figured it out yet, but now on my third year teaching/wrangling and feeling okay. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 05:24:21 EST Extended Breastfeeders post here! Hi All! I am wondering who all is breastfeeding their toddler past the age of 1? ***PLEASE, no judgement here!*** And how is your weight loss journey going in sight of that? What adjustments have you made to your journey to make it work without compromising your breastfeeding journey? <BR> <BR> I have a 21 month old boy who still nurses several times a day. My biggest challenge is the variance in appetite it causes if he has a heavy nursing day (teething, for example, he nurses a lot!). Some... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:27:10 EST Hello I'm new to this forum, just dropping in to say Hello. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:56:39 EST What Has Marriage Taught You?!?!?! Communication, trust and faith is so important! <em>337</em> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 07:30:45 EST Prayers For All! Prayer of the day <BR> <BR> "A Prayer For Seeing The Big Picture" <BR> <BR> Father, there is much that we can learn from our temporal problems here on earth that better prepares us for eternity. As we work through these troubles, they enable us to have the mind of Christ so that attitudes reflecting the fruit of the Spirit become a spontaneous response to the difficulties that challenge us daily. Just as light, soil, air and moisture are requirements for growth in vegetation so must faith... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:26:07 EST Menu Planning I want to start menu planning and was needing some advice on the simplest way. <BR> Is there websites? Or is there a part of SparkPeople that has this? <BR> Any advise would be great... Thank you! Sun, 1 Sep 2013 02:20:23 EST Stopping emotional eating I'm a busy mom of 5, but regardless of how crazy life gets, I still reach for food when I'm happy, sad, bored, angry, or stressed (especially sugary foods). I need to find other things to do, especially when I'm stressed. I can't always drop everything and go for a walk so I need some other practical ideas on what to do instead of eating junk. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 15:10:19 EST Any homeschoolers? I am homeschooling my middle school daughter and wondered if there were any other homeschool moms and dads who would like to have a place to chat. This is our second year homeschooling after having DD in a private school through 5th grade. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:57:27 EST Do you know anyone with Asperger's Syndrome? I have a 19 year old son with Asperger's Syndrome and life has been very difficult lately. Does anyone else have experience with Asperger's Syndrome? Are you willing to share some thoughts and ideas? Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:45:17 EST Fostering Children I have been a foster parent for three years. I have found this to be rewarding and tiring. I have young adult that are out on their own. I feel I have room in my home and in my heart to help. <em>148</em> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 08:46:58 EST How old are your children? My dd is 12 years old. Wed, 5 Dec 2012 15:15:06 EST If you don't eat what do u do.? I feel like not eating any more , so that I loss weight and I get my boyfriend to love me more, andi feel if I do that it would work Mon, 21 May 2012 14:44:28 EST Weight loss and Polyscystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS Hey! Has anyone else suffered with Polcystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS? I have recently been diagnosed. I have changed my diet and am quite proud of how well I am doing. I try to exercise, but this thing has kicked my butt! My hormones are a mess and my energy level is 0. I am trying to find some other women who have had this problem and try to figure out what I can do to ge things moving. Starting to feel discouraged and need some help. :) Tue, 3 Apr 2012 21:13:48 EST Gastric Sleeve Surgery Anyone on this sight have the Gastric Sleeve Surgery? <BR> <BR> I was sleeved on 1/3/12 and looking to create a support group through SparkPeople. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:01:08 EST Has anyone here had a baby after age 40? If so please tell how it went? Tue, 3 May 2011 22:01:25 EST Does anyone else have the c-section pouch? Help! I'll be the first to admit, I never had a tight and sexy stomach- however- after having an emergency c-section.. I now have this pouch like stomach! Well, it's almost like a flap where the scar is.. anyone else?.. and how do you deal with this.. and tone it??. Thanks! Sun, 1 May 2011 23:36:30 EST pregnancy calories/weight did anyone keep track of their calories and nutrition during pregnancy to try and keep their weight gain within the "normal range" (20-25 pounds according to my doc)? Tue, 1 Feb 2011 15:58:28 EST weight loss after baby - anyone else struggling? Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I am so frustrated right now! I am 8 weeks post baby and working my butt off - especially for being a new Mom, but still having zero results. I would be happy if I was even losing a pound here or there - but I have been working hard for the past 4 weeks (I had a VERY easy pregnancy and delivery thats why I rebounded so quickly), and the scale hasn't even budged a pound. The only thing I can be happy about is I've gone down 2 inches in the waist and 1.5 in the hips ... Tue, 25 May 2010 10:14:27 EST Mirena IUD and weight gain I got a Mirana IUD last may and since then my weight has been gradually creeping up which I attributed to the stress of my PhD program. Now that I have been eating clean and working out hard for 30 days, I am shrinking inches but the miserable number on the scale is staying the same. I have been doing some reading and some women have claimed to have gained on it while the package insert says no. My doc says weight gain is not a side effect to her knowledge and will not take it out just for... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 10:28:56 EST What size do you wish you were? Ok, ladies lets get just a little vain for a minuite. What size do you wish you were? I myself would love to be a size 6 again. Even though that was over fifteen years ago. I think I looked healthier when I was a size 12 though because I am half Mexican and I have those child bearing hips! LOL. <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2008 10:04:16 EST Use an emoticon to show your feelings today. <em>41</em> <em>30</em> Tue, 20 May 2008 14:42:29 EST Loving Our Husbands ( and children too)!! Good morning ladies! I thought we might like to share the things we do with our husbands to keep the bonds of love strong. We touched on that in another thread, but somehow it seemed to have turned negative. So here is a fresh start.Everyone is welcome to join in on the conversation and we all make a pinky promise not to have any harsh judgements on anyone else!!! Each of us have ways we show our love to our husbands and children. Lets have fun sharing them!! We might just add a spark to each... Fri, 3 Mar 2006 10:30:18 EST