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 Updating settings to include nursing You used to be able to add that you were nursing in the settings on but that webpage now redirects to sparkpeople so is there a way to add that on sparkpeople? Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:27:17 EST Making time for yourself With all we do as moms, we can easily get caught up in everybody and everything else. But we need to remember to make time for ourselves. We can't be there for our family if we can't take care of ourselves. Spend at least 10 minutes a day doing something for you. Whether it's extra exercise, meditation, yoga, pilates, or just sitting down in a quiet room by yourself. It's important for us and our health. What are some things you do to take care of yourself, or ways you make time for your... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:45:45 EST Carbs in pregnancy My 3rd child was born with an intestinal problem that caused her to be fed all her nutrition through an IV in a port in her chest until she was 5 months old. When she finally came home from the hospital at 6 months, her feeding team suggested that when we started food, we went organic to combat the chemicals in her system. So our family made a dramatic change and started on an organic journey. We found a great local organic farm we didn't even know was there and joined the CSA program and sta... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 17:12:38 EST Aspergers Daughter Overweight I am scared for her health. I will guess she is at least 100lbs over weight. She is high functioning 21 y/o college student and very smart. Yet I think she is trying to sabotage herself. She just ate a whole gallon of ice cream herself in a day. She gets little to no exercise or movement. She does do spinning 2x's a week. But when college is in session I doubt she will find time for it. <BR> <BR> I am afraid that diabetes, hypertension, and other metabolic diseases are right around the corn... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:44:36 EST Parental Alienation I have to say that this is my biggest, most painful struggle that tries to get in the way of me working towards my goals towards getting healthier. Parental Alienation is one of those things that you have no control over, no power to change in life. No matter how hard you try you can't make it better. Not until they make their own choice to stop listening to the other parent. Until they want to know their other parent for who they are, not what they've been told. I've finally reached a point ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:05:34 EST Looking Hey Ya'll :) Happy Tuesday <BR> <BR> I have just recently started a new group for anyone looking to stay accountable and just take it day by day. Feel free to come and join! Just copy the link and it will take you right to the team <BR> <BR><BR>se Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:51:40 EST Online tools for divorce Has anyone used online tools or web-based applications to create divorce documents? My spouse and I are recently separated and I am currently in the research phase. I was wondering if anyone has used ? Or can anyone recommend other websites for separation agreements and divorce forms? <BR> <BR> Thanks for the help in advance! Thu, 14 Jul 2016 22:55:32 EST Surgery scheduled for 10/5/2016 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm in the pre-op stage of gastric sleeve surgery which is scheduled for early October. Looking to be involved with like minded people and others with the same goals. Nice to meet you all! <BR> <BR> Lorene Wed, 6 Jul 2016 06:05:04 EST Who Dislikes Their Son or Daughter In Law ? I changed hates to dislikes because I don't want to sound mean. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:49:13 EST 40+ topics of weight, other Is it more difficult losing weight in your 40's than it was earlier on in life? I'm not looking for excuses to get out of weight-loss, just wondering if it's harder getting around for many, than when we were in our 20's, with overall health issues, etc. Also, looking for people I can relate with, not that age matters the most, just overall chats. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:47:54 EST Losing weight and TTC with PCOS? Hi all! Is anyone here with PCOS actively trying to conceive while losing weight? I was diagnosed last year with PCO (Polycystic Ovaries, Insulin Resistance) and have been trying to cut those yucky carbs from my meals in order to shed some weight. <BR> <BR> I am trying for my first baby and my doctor said that even dropping 3% of your body weight can help improve fertility -- so here's to hoping! <BR> <BR> What are somethings that you are doing to lose weight while you TTC? Mon, 27 Jun 2016 03:12:26 EST VGS and panic disorder Hi. First time poster here. I am scheduled to have VGS surgery and am worried about my anxiety meds not working after surgery. I would love to be thin for once in my life, but my sanity is not something I'm willing to trade. Has anyone on anxiety meds like Effexor for panic disorder had this surgery? If so, what were your results? I'm getting very nervous just thinking about going back to dibilitating panic episodes. Thanks for any advice. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:36:10 EST summer workoouts I'm wondering how other parents are faring with trying to workout in the summer with kidz at home. <BR> <BR> I seem just exhausted at every corner. <BR> <BR> I would love some ideas Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:13:04 EST deleted . Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:14:10 EST How Do You Stay Close To Your Grandchildren? Does anything besides giving them money work? Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:03:12 EST he hides his Other family from me it doesn't make sense that I have to find out from the kids that my husband takes them to his parents house while I work. <BR> I understand things could be worse. At least the kids love their gma and gpa. But why does he hide this info? <BR> it's just rude! Tue, 14 Jun 2016 18:37:52 EST sucrolose I am having the sleeve done on Thursday and I am in a bit of a panic. I have never tolerated artificial sweetners well and I just realized that all the protein shakes are making me nauseous. I am trying to find a protein drink without splenda/sucrolose, but everything seems to have it. Does anyone know of any decent protein drinks without it? I found an all natural vanilla one, but I am hoping to find some others that are not neccessarily milk based. I just don't like milk and never have... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 20:34:15 EST Gastric sleeve for over 60 year olds Anybody 60 or over who is considering or have had the gastric sleeve surgery? Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:08:28 EST Looking for mentor through process I am looking for a mentor/friend through this process. <BR> <BR> I am just in the initial stages (filling out forms, setting appointments) for gastric sleeve surgery. It's the first time, after being obese for 20+ years that I have even considered surgery as an option. <BR> <BR> I would love to share my story and have you share yours. <BR> <BR> I am from Upstate (rural) New York, turn 50 this month and am raising my granddaughter as a single parent. Feel free to check out my page and se... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 14:37:36 EST Single Parents!! Where are you! :) Single Mom of a sweet, stubborn, loving one year old boy! I'm not looking at the pounds loss but at how I feel in my skin. Happiness with myself and body is the goal:).. and more energy would be nice too ;) Thu, 2 Jun 2016 00:07:27 EST Family Budgeting I am trying to do better with my finances. its hard. <BR> <BR> In the past, I tried with software, and it helps to look at graphs but in order to do really well, I have to have something physical that i write in. <BR> <BR> and I tried looking on amazon for budget planners and it just made me feel even more lost. <BR> <BR> le sigh <BR> <BR> not too happy about that one. <BR> <BR> but anyways. <BR> <BR> does anyone have any advice on how to do this? <BR> <BR> I would deeply appreci... Sat, 14 May 2016 20:25:49 EST What's your biggest challenge for weight loss? Hey lovely mums, <BR> <BR> I managed to lose weight prior to having kids and I did pretty well but now that I have a 17 month old I am finding it a real struggle! I am super tired working full time and taking care of him -he's also been sick loads since he started daycare so I'm up at nights and I always end up turning to chocolate and junk food to keep me going! Plus no time for a gym membership. I'd really like to fit back into some of my old clothes! Anyone else struggling with this? Fri, 13 May 2016 05:44:05 EST healthy college kid My daughter has just moved out to a college apartment, and is learning to cook. she never showed interest when growing up, and is now floundering. She signed up for Spark, as she wants to lose ten pounds. She needs easy healthy recipe ideas. I am making a list for her, and could use some suggestions. Sun, 8 May 2016 11:29:29 EST Last weekend before hospice My uncle is going into hospice next week and my grandparents have lost two other children in the last three years including my dad. I really want to try to keep Mother's day upbeat as possible and make the most of this last weekend all together, but I'm a wreck and at a loss for ideas. Anyone have anything? Fri, 6 May 2016 09:08:33 EST Getting Sleeved on 5/24/16 Hello everyone, I have been approved for weight loss surgery and I am scheduled to have my sleeve operation in 5/24/16. I am very excited and thought others would be excited for me also, but now I feel like everyone is just saying negative things to talk me out of it. Everyone continues to say that I don't need it now that the date has been scheduled. This is making me very confused because I don't feel as if the support is there. Regardless of how I feel I will push through and do what is be... Tue, 3 May 2016 12:00:00 EST Going thru a divorce I am going through a divorce. I'm not happy about it, but I'm not overly upset either. My kids aren't even real upset about it. But it still brings a lot of stress and stress eating. I really want to feel better and be healthier, but I seem to be sabotaging myself. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:17:13 EST Spouse Unsupportive I've always struggled with my weight; when I started dating my husband I found myself making a real effort to lose & success came with it. After our son was born, I slid back into my old ways. <BR> <BR> We've been struggling as a couple for most of my son's life> some of the time was my depression, some was his (which he refuses to address). Now we're faced with our son's issues as a child with autism. <BR> <BR> So I've lost 40lbs since Feb (Medifast) & he was completely nonplussed when I... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:07:01 EST Addiction To Food Do you have an addiction to food? What are your triggers? How do you deal with your triggers and urges? Do you constantly feel like your starving even though you know your not? How do you deal with this emotionally? Mon, 25 Apr 2016 22:28:59 EST Birthday Party Ideas for girl. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!! My daughter will be 12 in August. Beings she has been invited to a few parties lately she is thinking about her birthday. She suggested a Paris themed party. I looked on Pinterest and found a few awesome ideas for decorations. But nothing for activities. Any ideas?? Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:26:21 EST Anyone dealing with aging parents? Mine are 85 and starting to fail. I want to care for them, but don't want to give up my whole life. I'm so conflicted and falling into a depression about this. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:58:25 EST Any other PWS parents in here? I decided to change my eating habits and exercise me to be an example for my daughter who was born with Prader Willi Syndrome. The hallmarks are hypotonia (low muscle tone), a slow metabolism, and (later) hyperphagia (an uncontrollable appetite. So she will have to be active and watch what she eats always. She's two. And I want to lead by example. I'm curious if there are any other PWS parents in SP Sat, 23 Apr 2016 18:54:59 EST Parents of school age children - need feedback pls Hello all, a little bit off topic but maybe you can give me some feedback. We had new neighbors move in about one and half year ago. My kids were thrilled; they have kids too. My son today is 8 in 2nd grade, the neighbor kid (Dan) turned 9 yesterday and in 3rd grade (they are 6 months apart) my daughter and the neighbor's daughter are both in 6th grade. The kids played together (but are not best friends). They were generally nice people until yesterday. They were happy my son came to Dan's b... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 13:47:59 EST to moms who wonder how "other moms" get it done! <link><BR>tm_source=FB </link> Sat, 16 Apr 2016 13:40:50 EST Had a baby 17 months ago can't get the weight off Hello ladies! I had a baby at 39 years old she is now 17 months old and although I lost most of the weight I had gained with the pregnancy I gained it all back and than some mo the after I had her. Not to mention I have herniated disc, bulging disc, small fracture in my back and right wrist tendinitis that all started two months after having the baby via emergency c-section. I feel horrible I keep gaining weight and my back is killing me. I can't seem to get on the eight loss track. I starte... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 04:04:26 EST How do I make myself the priority when... ....I have two children with autism. This is what I am struggling with. I reset my account today so that I can start fresh. Back in January, I had a very successful month, then both children started having difficulties at home and and school and I have been off the chain since that time and gained back the 10 I lost. I am a teacher, and spend all of my prep time at work making phone calls and trying to find services, and all of my out of school time going to therapist appointments and ser... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:01:01 EST lifestyle change Started a whole foods plant based lifestyle. My mom is upset that I won't eat her cooking. Lots of dairy and animal protein. Losing weight quick. Feel awesome. Sun, 10 Apr 2016 22:31:54 EST Getting fit after 50 I am afraid that taking care of my 89 year old Mom has been so consuming that I have just ate and drank what ever I want when ever I want to. It is time to start caring for the caregiver before she has a heart attack. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 01:38:09 EST Night time exercise Hey... This is going to sound ridiculous, but I want to be able to go running at night but I'm afraid of the dark. Lifelong phobia. Any advice for getting over it? <BR> Thu, 7 Apr 2016 22:39:57 EST eating healthy with kidz my kidz love horrible foods like ramen and macaroni cheese. <BR> <BR> now I buy it for them, I'm gonna end up eating it too. bad I know. <BR> <BR> anyone have any advice on this? Thu, 7 Apr 2016 19:43:52 EST Learning to Lead Being a Mommy wasn't something I had planned, but I am thankful for my beautiful child. I want to be a good leader to her, not a dictator. I started this journey today and dedicated it to her. Mon, 4 Apr 2016 20:42:41 EST Indecisive Toddler So my son is 3. He is the most happy, energetic, loving child!!! He is also what they call stubborn, spirited, strong-willed, difficult!!! This has made raising him a huge challenge but he is my only child and I don't know any other way!!! <BR> <BR> Our latest obstacle is indecision! He's come to the age where he CAN make decisions and ask for things. Lately, however, he has become indecisive: <BR> <BR> "I want to go to the park... PWEESE!" <BR> "OK we have time ... Lets Go :)" <BR> "I don... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 12:46:51 EST Favorite Thing to do on Mother's Day Going out to dinner is my favorite. Fri, 1 Apr 2016 14:44:38 EST Help Me Find Time This is my schedule. Going to be 50 next year, want to lose about 25 lbs. Please help me find some time. <BR> I invest lots of time with my family, can’t seem to find time for me. Writing this in the bathroom! <BR> (Need to knows: live in a rural area, no family or friends close-1 hr. away, oldest son drives takes care of some of the little things already.) This is not a “woe’s me.” <BR> <BR> 4:45-5:00 Ironing/get coffee going <BR> 5:00-6:00 Shower/dress/make-up/hair/let dog out and in fo... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 19:04:56 EST I am close to hating my18yr old daughter Our daughter is 18 but still in high school. She will graduate in June. She has such disrespect and anger towards us that I'm am super close to hating her and moving out! Her older sister told her that she looks like her Godfather and not any of them or my husband(their father), now she wants us to go on Maury and do a DNA test (I REFUSE that nonsense, Maury or a DNA test). <BR> She told us that until we do DNA to prove that my husband is her daddy, she won't respect us because we don't resp... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 10:52:29 EST Protein shake Hello, <BR> <BR> Am wondering if anyone can recommend a good protein shake? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:26:07 EST My Hubby Won't Help!!! So my hubby and I have gotten into a few fights recently because when he is in charge of watching out toddler (3 yr old) he just lets him roam free and he's been breaking/ ruining/ messing up things left and right!!! My hubby only watches him while I'm at work (3-4 hours) maybe 3x/wk!!! <BR> <BR> The latest things were- <BR> Sat: Came home to sprinkles all over the floor (hubby said he cleaned it up but I noticed right <BR> Mon: Broken pulleys on the blinds, ripped calendar... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 02:08:15 EST Pregnancy at 38 Hi! I am a 38 year old woman and will be TTC (trying to conceive) shortly. Currently tracking ovulation pattern in hopes of conceiving a boy which are lacking on my spouse's side of the family (Shettles Method). I have 2 great kids already and we will be trying for that third little miracle. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to reach out to other women who are in the same stage of "older maternity" and would like to share stories. The last time I was pregnant, I was 29 but I have never felt so health... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 20:12:29 EST Bake sale drama Does anyone have good advice on dealing with team Mom drama? My daughter's team had a bake sale yesterday as part of their big home competition and I was excited to help so I really went all out. I got 5 cases of cake pops donated through a work connection and baked a big batch of cookies and two flavors of filled cupcakes, nicely decorated and packaged with individual labels. Apparently the cupcakes were a sore point- the woman in charge came up to me during the sale saying they were a hi... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 23:26:49 EST New Grandmother Getting baby outside in stroller so I can exercise more while babysitting. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 01:54:15 EST How to get a teen to drink water? I am stumped at how to convince my teen to drink water. There are days he does not drink much of anything at all. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 22:29:48 EST N/A N/A Wed, 9 Mar 2016 10:57:34 EST My daughter My daughter is 11 years old. I had the wallpaper on my phone a pic of her. She seen it and freaked out and took my phone and deleted it, along with all other pics of herself. Don't know why. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 08:29:17 EST Need some advice please Has anyone had issues with inflammation My hip hurts so bad I can barely excersise I had a mri and they said I have degenerative disk disease and arthritis in <BR> my back . So I just don't know what to do just excersise my arms or what ? Sun, 28 Feb 2016 21:47:09 EST love my boys My 3 boys are under 6yrs. <BR> They are my angels. I feel sad when I return from work and hear how naughty they were. <BR> How do I handle their behavior while I'm gone? <BR> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 21:42:09 EST How can I help my husband? <BR> My husband had been big ever since we met 10 years ago. But he's really started gaining weight this last year. He is a stress eater (like me), but while I've been making changes to address my weight and health, he is not at all. <BR> <BR> Last night really opened my eyes. He brought home McDonalds. I did ask him to, my fault. But, while I split 10 chicken nuggets and a medium fry with our 2yo, he ate 20 nuggets, a double cheese burger, and a large fry. <BR> <BR> He tried to encourage... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 14:13:58 EST teen girl issuses .... am i alone? I have a 13 yr old girl , that does not listen to me at all , just blows me off , she is a good kid but she makes me so mad , cause its like what I say don't matter but Dad is now getting it to Mon, 8 Feb 2016 16:12:42 EST Stopping medication before TTC Has anyone had an experience of having to stop a medication before trying to conceive? I have been on a very effective medication that was helping me manage my migraines and I have to be off of it for three months before I can even TRY to get pregnant. I've been slowly reducing my dosage these two weeks and am already feeling the migraines get worse. <BR> <BR> I'm getting a migraine right now, and I'm starting to get very anxious, I remember how bad the pain used to get and how it affected... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:07:29 EST We have a grown daughter dragging her feet 9 months ago our daughter did some bad things that led to her losing her 6 month old son to me and grandpa. She was angry and blamed us for not giving him back to her on the sly. He was underweight and couldn't even roll over. We took this to mean neglect and so she decided to not come to visit him for months until her boyfriend was forced into rehab and then VOILA here she is every weekend. Her BF mom came in the beginning but we discovered she was giving baby cold meds to make him sleep!! S... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:53:11 EST Anyone dealing with defiant child? My 5yo granddaughter is the most defiant person I have ever dealt with. I mean its bad. I live with my daughter and her 2 daughters so I see first hand just how oppositional she is. This is daily. We have tried everything to get her to do what's asked of her. Once she decides that no she's not going to she just flat out won't. She's extremely intelligent so she understands what she's supposed to do, she just won't. Its frustrating and very draining. Any advice? She and my daughter are schedul... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:14:24 EST Ideas for quick to eat meals? My daughter's dance showcase is coming up, and there are a few days where she dances 3:30-8:15 with a 15 minute break at 6:30. What can I bring her for dinner that she can eat really quickly? I'm such a hack. All I can think off off the top of my head are the below: <BR> <BR> Smoothie (frozen fruit and milk) + chips, crackers or pretzels <BR> <BR> Proteins: <BR> Beef stick, hardboiled egg, 2 tbsp of Nuts N More protein peanut butter, string cheeses <BR> <BR> Fruit/veg: <BR> Fruit/veg pouch... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:48:34 EST Watched a birthing video So I watched a home natural birthing video... not sure why, but it really freaked me out. The lady was screaming... I mean SCREAMING! Was this because she was on no meds? <BR> She really looked like she was in torture... pregnancy and birth and babies are amazing to me, and I cant wait to be a mom one day... however... seeing this really scares me. I wrote a post before about being scared of labor, that still hasnt changed. I probably shouldnt watch these videos but I want to know whats goin... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:41:12 EST Toe nail One of my nails is thicker than others , Does anyone know whats best to cure toe nail fungus ? I think thats what i got ? Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:09:22 EST Parental Alienation Anyone ever experience it? Tell me what you think it is. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 22:28:26 EST Do you homeschool or want to learn more about it? Join the Spark Homeschooling Parents team! <BR> <BR> The team has been pretty quiet so it's time to get it revved up again! With over 1000 members there should be a lot of helpful advice and support! <BR> <BR> I have over 10 yrs of homeschool experience and have 4 kids ages 17,14,11,6 so have been through it all! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the team. Hope to see you there! <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=1994 </link> Sun, 3 Jan 2016 20:42:55 EST weight loss after my sleeve Today marks 2 weeks post op and I have lost 15 pounds since surgery...I feel like it should be more. My post op appointment was yesterday the doc said my weight loss is normal I still have swelling and fluids being shifted around...when dose this even out? Also it seems like I am at a stand still with my weight loss even though I am working out...I have been at 303 for the past 3 days now. Any helpful insight or your experience with this would be great. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 10:41:13 EST digestive issue So i have been haveing probleums with constipation any advice would be appreciated. I went to doc they gave me miralax . I need to know what else to take food to eat etc how much water to drink? Any help please Fri, 18 Dec 2015 21:50:05 EST Planning for first child My hubby and I are thinking of starting a family next year. I am super excited but super nervous. I know you can’t plan everything 100%, but I can’t help but think about what I need to do to get ready for this but I have no clue where to start. <BR> <BR> Currently we live in an apartment and want to buy a house before we have kids. My plan is to start trying around March, go house hunting over the summer and be moved in and ready for the baby. Ofcourse anything could happen (job loss, no luc... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 08:59:45 EST WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY AND WHAT DO YOU DO? Have a family dinner. Tue, 8 Dec 2015 16:56:48 EST Cooking Healthy for 3 Different Eaters My husband is a meat and potatoes-comfort food kind of man and my baby girl is just starting to eat solid foods. Does anyone have any advice on how to efficiently prep meals to satisfy everyone, while keeping it healthy? I feel like I am cooking 9 meals a day! Tue, 8 Dec 2015 00:18:46 EST What do i do? Well my sis got married 2 yrs ago she got her own house , and 2 part time jobs <BR> well her husband started drinkin then he wrecked his jeep , and had to go to jail for two weekends , My sis says she doesn't know what to do she is uber stressed right now <BR> and she has 4 kids she trying to raise too one of the kids is her husbands they adopted i mean i love my sister but i thought she was smarter than that what do i do seems like if i give her advice things gets worse and she tells me he ... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 16:28:45 EST Parents: How do you do it? Hi everyone! Spark helped me lose a lot of weight a couple of years ago and it was such a great support system. A lot has happened in my life since then, most recently having a baby. I really want to start eating healthy and exercising again. My question is how do you guys do it when you have a baby? <BR> <BR> I feel like I go, go, go all day long and anything more than unhealthy pizza delivery or quick spaghetti is overwhelming. My baby is 3 months old so she requires a lot of attention. I... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:44:15 EST 4 weeks post-op from sleeve surgery I'm looking for someone who is either just ahead of me in recovery from gastric sleeve surgery or at the same point. I had my surgery 10/16/15. I've been pretty miserable. The protein drinks make me sick so luckily I'm on soft foods. Trying to get the protein in thru foods instead but I'm generally not hungry. And this deep stabbing pain is getting to me. Anyone out there able to relate? <BR> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 08:57:30 EST Wanting another baby I'm 42. And found out I was pregnant. I lost the baby . my husband and I are trying again. I think I'm obsessed over it. My Dr says I shouldn't have any problems . anyone have any tips ? Im taking folic acid, I've also last 60 pounds . and other ideas? Sat, 7 Nov 2015 09:53:42 EST The AUTISM PDD-NOS ASPERGERS Sharing Thread Hi, <BR> <BR> I thought it would be nice to have a designated Autism thread for those of us with children, grandchildren, relatives or just friends that have Autism and related disorders. <BR> <BR> My son and grandson have Autism, in their case Asperger's and PDD-NOS respectively. They are both very intelligent and highly functional. My son is 31 years old and my grandson is 13 years old. I am proud to say they are both doing fantastic. My son is getting married in a few months to high swee... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 02:41:55 EST Just had a baby, but hoping to lose! My goal is to drop nearly 60 inches off my person! <BR> <BR> Sept. 11th I gave birth to my son 2 weeks late. It was difficult and long story short, my doctor ignored my pleas for a C-section (Which I never wanted, I was terrified of the idea until they'd burst my waters too early and still wasn't given the OK to push 12 hrs later) so we'd asked nurses that came and went to seek a higher doctor. 24hrs later I was rushed for a C-section with my fiance, my son born with next to no waters left, ... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 05:58:45 EST 2+ years out, post op, feeling nervous! I had the sleeve in July of 2013 and for the first 18 months I felt no hunger and was able to lose 80 pounds. I went from a size 24W to a regular size 12. It has been one of the best things I have ever done for myself. <BR> <BR> But I put on 6 pounds this summer and it scares the crap out of me! I fell off the exercise wagon and stopped journaling my food. I am living proof that the surgery is just a tool!! I would like to get the 6 off by my three year check up (I have time!), as I wil... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 12:50:43 EST babysitter woes Anybody else having or have had issues finding a reliable babysitter? We've had a couple in a row already that just seem to think it's okay to just cancel at the last minute or not show up or decide to send someone else in their place who has no experience with babies. <BR> <BR> Just wondering if I'm alone in this issue. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:33:07 EST How in the world can I do this? I was talking with some friends yesterday, several of whom are trying to lose weight, and a woman who isn't doing the same mentioned that she cannot notice the weight that I have lost. That she wasn't "good at that kind of thing" and that you could "tell with Michelle but not with you". I was floored. I have no idea how to do this. My life is totally devoted to my 3 boys, 6,4,2. When I'm done giving them everything, I have nothing left for myself. And I need my whole self to be focused on mak... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 10:22:40 EST Sleeved 09/04/2015 On 09/04/2015 - I was sleeved and all when well with the surgery. I was released 09/07/2015 - sent home on a liquid diet which went well for the first two weeks. I am now 5 weeks post op and so far have lost 25 pounds in total... But now for two weeks I have seemed to stall in my weight loss the number has not moved for 2 weeks and its super frustrating cause I am doing everything I am suppose to be doing. Does anyone have any suggesting? I would love to hear from others and there experie... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:06:18 EST Busy MoM - How do you keep up! Hello! I am a full time working mom to a special needs child and I am back in school for my masters....I just wanted tips from others in the same situation on how you manage your time better, when to exercise because it's hard to fit it in when your tired and how to stay on track eating healthy. I do fairly good all day until I get home. <BR> <BR> What do you do?? :) Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:48:06 EST Sleeved on 9/28/15 Hi to all. I just found this site and have been reading through the posts and it looks like a great place to get information and support. I've just had the sleeve done on 9/28/15 (5' 7" SW 262 lbs) and they also repaired a hernia. So, after surgery, thank goodness, all is going well however i'm ALWAYS hungry. What is up with this? I didn't feel this hungry before but now my stomach just constantly grumbles. I hope this goes away soon. Also, i'm thinking i'm just miserable now because i... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 19:00:48 EST Mommy's and Working Out with Babies Hey everyone what are your tricks for working out with your baby or while your baby is awake? Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:00:54 EST HI EVERYONE ! NEW TO THIS FORUM AND TOPIC! HI THERE ! I HAD GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY NOVEMBER 2014 AND HAVE ALREADY LOST 77 POUNDS. I WAS NOT EATING RIGHT FOR THE LAST 3 TO 4 MONTHS AND HAD GAINED 8 POUNDS BACK! THE DOCTOR TOLD ME THAT IF I DID NOT GET BACK ON TRACK WITH EATING THE RIGHT FOODS ,( I HAVE A BAD LIKING FOR CASHEWS AND CHOCOLATE!) I WOULD GAIN THE WEIGHT BACK! I AM A DIABETIC AND NOW I AM BACK AND MORE DETERMINED TO FOLLOW THREW. ANYWAY I THOUGHT MAYBE WE COULD BE FRIENDS ....DIANE <img src=" Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:23:06 EST Gastric sleeve procedure coming up.... I am scheduled for this procedure on 10/14/15. I am nervous, excited, terrified, anxious....but the one thought that keeps going through my mind is that the surgery is a cop-out. I have tried SEVERAL diets, spent a ton of money on their programs, supplements, etc and have always gained the weight back. I feel like this is my last resort, but then I feel like I am just doing it because I am not strong enough to do the other stuff AGAIN. <BR> <BR> Have any of you had these thoughts? Were y... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:48:06 EST moms got issue K so my mom is 60 yrs old and shes got bio polar depression and ocd,copd. etc so she been says she been hearing snakes and thinks her gradson is their so we went to doc took blood and she going to have mri in morning . So I hope she did not have a stroke , but she been saying her legs r week and she been having headaches etc. So anyone else been threw this ? to? Tue, 22 Sep 2015 21:11:31 EST Husband's behavior affecting me... need advice My husband works part time, overnight shifts, so he has a lot of free time during the day. He decided late last year that he needed to start exercising, as he found himself sitting around on the couch too much and wasn't feeling good about himself. I was glad, he felt so much better and was taking care of himself. <BR> <BR> Then he lost his dad this February. It was very sudden, and obviously very hard. My husband's exercising habits suddenly went from 'getting in shape' to a distraction... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:17:58 EST MY KIDS HELP Since I told my children about me wanting to lose weight they have been very helpful. They find all kind of ways for me to do things for them and in return I stay active. If they call me and I say im doing nothing they will find something for me to do, I love the way they support me and don't realize they do it. Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:03:31 EST second job Ok i just need to vent alittle.... ok I work full time and the I come home and cook clean take trash out etc.. well I kinda mentioned about getting a second job to get money for Christmas and my daughter graduation. Well I had a place call me and my bf that I live with kept bugging r to call back. But I was kinda hesitant because I am already workinv 40, clean and take care of the house and my daughters mow my grandma yard on the weekend and now im suppose to add a second job. And the kicke... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 00:23:51 EST Do you have an out of control teen? A big contributing factor in my weight gain was depression and guilt, as I have dealt with my oldest son's behavior issues. One of the biggest challenges I have had to face, has been dealing with this alone, with little support from family, and none from friends. If anyone else is having similar issues, I just wanted to let them know they aren't alone. I found no specific team for this type of support, but I am willing to share and be supportive if anyone else needs it. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:53:36 EST The Sandwich Generation 'kids-ME-parents' Hi, I'm Susan and I'm 47. I could use some friends that share the Sandwich Generation with me. I have a large family, homeschool, and am assisting my mother who is currently living with us. Anybody out there? Let's connect! :) Tue, 15 Sep 2015 00:28:58 EST How to be nice to an ungrateful spouse/person? My husband grew up as a spoiled brat, and as a codependent partner I felt like that was attractive at the time. I was the middle child and not special. <BR> <BR> But now when he's been super great and caring, I want to give him a gift or card or something and he is always the same...."what am I going to do with this?" <BR> <BR> Help! So annoying! Sun, 6 Sep 2015 08:52:50 EST Breastfeeding and SparkPeople Hey, does anyone know if there is a place where I can say I'm breastfeeding when tracking my food? I know that Weight Watcher's has this since it changes your nutritional needs. But I can't seem to find it on here. <BR> <BR> I'm 4 months postpartum with my second and once again gaining weight instead of loosing it. Everyone is still telling me that the weight will just fall off while I'm nursing. It didn't happen the first time and it is NOT happening this time. I'm frustrated with the extr... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 18:27:59 EST gastic sleeve I got surgery. Monday the 31 2015 i feel so hungrey protein drinks make me want to vomit what should i be eatting does any got some ideas. Sat, 5 Sep 2015 18:02:52 EST Helping my 15 year old lose weight My daughter is 15 and while I have known for awhile that she was losing control of her weight, I have been careful about how I approach her because I don't want to make her feel badly about herself. I have changed the diet in our home because my husband and I are both working on our own weight and it has of course trickled down to the kids. We got a family gym membership and have been encouraging her to join us but she has been very resistant and I don't always force it. She recently decided ... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:53:51 EST My daughter told me I'm fat My heart hurts! Kids can be the most honest. I know I'm fat, and I hate it, but hearing it from my 4 year old hurt more than anything. <BR> When I was 16, I stopped eating. I would go days without eating a thing. Then I would leave my boyfriends and stuff my face with rice and popcorn for a day and start all over again. I was thin. My "diet" worked. Looking back now, I know it was an eating disorder. I know I messed up my body. Even being thin, I thought I was fat. I would put jeans on and t... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:16:44 EST I need help here I just recently had a miscarriage and now i have become an emotional eater. I have gained 10 LBS in just two weeks, I'm trying to lose weight here and its not working I'm creeping up to 200 LBS again and I once swore I would never see that number on my scales again, can someone help me? Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:48:38 EST what to do? I need some opinions..... my bf of 7 years, I love to death, but his kids keep coming to our house with bedbugs, head lice, and scabies. The bad thing is when they come its always something different and my youngest always gets both. Just like I had her head totally clear snd I by chance just checked her head. And once again she has them its flipping ridiculous. I want to be in the relationship but I dont know how much more I can take. Over the past two years I would get my youngedt clear o... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 01:13:43 EST Good morning! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I took today off, trying to enjoy the summer with my little guy. He's 7. I work 30 hours a week. Monday-Thursday 8:30-4:30. I've committed to taking another day a week off at least every other week. I have the opportunity to do it. Helps with keeping my emotional balance :). I am also finishing my BA and some days it feels all work and no play. <BR> Hope everyone has a great day! Thu, 9 Jul 2015 13:49:19 EST What would you do? So I'm trying to get myself back on track and eat healthier. My husband, who is naturally tall and skinny (in 15 years he's gained and lost the same 5 lbs repeatedly despite eating junk food all the time, but he also works physical labour), doesn't always understand my approach to better eating. <BR> He hates most veggies and only really eats fruit if I make his lunch for him. He frequently snacks on chips and drinks lots of pop (we usually have a stockpile of 5 - 10 large bottle of pop in t... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:23:45 EST Struggling with weight after having a csection Hiya everyone, my name is Natalie and I'm very new to this. Wondering if any one can give me some positive help/feed back on how to lose my weight after giving birth to my son last year. I had to have a planned csection at 38 weeks because I was in a lot of pain, due to my son being breach footling, and then during delivery he got stuck and had to have forceps to pull him out. Since having him, I am struggling to get back to my goal weight I was before being pregnant, finding it hard to exerc... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:07:02 EST Unsupportive Family Hi everyone! <BR> So I am a college student home for the summer trying to improve my health and fitness. I have recently started counting calories. I bought a food scale and use other measuring utensils for my food but having to explain all of this to my family is embarrassing. I feel like they are judging me for measuring every single thing I put in my mouth. They keep asking questions about it and I just feel a sense of judgement. Don't get me wrong they are great parents but this one thing... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 18:07:07 EST Autism parenting stress It's so hard to stay healthy while raising 2 autistic kiddos. I love them but it is a lot of time, energy and stress. My body is showing the signs. Anyone have coping strategies to avoid stress eating when autistic kiddos are finally asleep!? Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:01:14 EST Say Something Positive No negative thoughts are welcome here... Wed, 20 May 2015 15:33:12 EST Stay on track while depressed? Hi everybody, I don't usually ask questions but I really need some help. I'm a college student and I'm trying to get healthy. Towards the end of the school year, I was working with my roommate, who is honestly the kindest person I know and she just generally knows how to make my day brighter. It's easy for my to stay on track when I feel like I have so much to work for, when I'm happy and enjoying my life. But I'm home now, and my home life isn't nearly as sweet. My dad hates his job and he h... Mon, 18 May 2015 21:33:45 EST Favorite Thing To Do On Mother's Day? Breakfast in bed?, Dinner at a fancy restaurant? For me just being able to be with my kids would make my day! Wed, 6 May 2015 15:32:58 EST Stressed... On Friday my husband got laid off. It was totally unexpected, but apparently the company is downsizing. This will be the 3rd layoff in 6 years. All of it due to circumstances beyond his control. The first one his job was eliminated nationwide. The second one, his department was moved to Arizona...we live in PA. This most recent one is due to lesser work volume. He does customer service and payroll. He is trying to remain positive as am I. <BR> <BR> He already got his resume updated and has... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:39:49 EST family support help Hello All, <BR> <BR> My spouse had the sleeve done about 2 months ago. While she has lost lbs., she has been depressed, won't eat, been to Dr. for dehydration and feels like it has been a big mistake. I can't say I know what she is going through as I haven't been through it. But I want to support her any way that I can. I know it is an adjustment, but if there is any advice anyone can give, I would appreciate it. I don't know how to help her get past this feeling like she ruined her lif... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:59:23 EST Sparkteens Does anyone here have teens that use sparkteens? My daughter keeps saying she wants to start a healthier lifestyle but I think she is having accountability problems, and of course doesn't want to listen to me when I suggest something because I'm mom. I tried to go check out the site but you cant really see anything unless you have an account. I was curious what it was like Sun, 12 Apr 2015 07:58:23 EST Empty Nest I am dealing with empty nest syndrome. My oldest is in the Navy and was away at college before that.... so his going was not so bad because I had the youngest to help me adjust, now I am dealing with the fact that the youngest moved out back in Nov, but I thought he would come back home now he just got his own apartment a few weeks back. <BR> <BR> Is there anybody else out there going through the same thing? <BR> How do you deal with it? Thu, 9 Apr 2015 20:57:23 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 How old are your children? My dd is 12 years old. Wed, 5 Dec 2012 15:15:06 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