SparkPeople Breast Cancer Survivors and Those Who Care Team Messageboard This team is for Breast Cancer Survivors and anyone who cares about Breast Cancer Awareness. SparkPeople Breast Cancer Survivors and Those Who Care Team Messageboard Survivor! Hello, everybody! I'm Abby Sharpe from north central Florida. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer when I was 33 - ten years ago. Now I have a clean bill of health, minus one breast (though I did have reconstruction). <BR> <BR> I'm also a romance author, and every October I write an article for the USA Happy Every After blog about romance books and breast cancer. I'm looking for romance readers who have been affected by breast cancer who would like to participate. You can send me a spark ... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 09:39:49 EST Chemo Angels Have you all signed up for chemo angels? They are awesome. I have 2 angels that send me cards and good wishes every week. They are very encouraging and I love getting mail!! Check it out if you haven't already!! Thu, 13 Aug 2015 08:35:44 EST Breast surgery and hysterectomy coming up I had an abnormal mammogram on May 1 of this year. I had gone to the doctor about pelvic pain and abnormal bleeding and I was anemic as a result. I knew I was behind on my mammogram screenings (only by about 7 years <em>198</em> ), so I had one the same day I had a pelvic ultrasound. I put off the biopsy until July 1, because my first granddaughter was born on May 21, and it was more important to me to be with my daughter and help her for the first two weeks. Plus, I think I was in denial... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 21:59:19 EST Herceptin and Radiotherapy Could people share their experiences with Herceptin infusion and radiotherapy? I'm doing cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) and doxorubacin (Adriamycin) chemo right now. When that's done in September, I'll be doing radiotherapy, Herceptin infusion and pills (for estrogen and progesterone positive - I don't know what pills yet). So I'm wondering if people can share their experiences with Herceptin and radiotherapy. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:26:48 EST My introduction to the team - I'm Julie! Hi. I'm Julie. I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer the last part of May. All the genetics testing came back negative. I am going to my second round of chemo tomorrow. I will be doing 4 cycles and then we will see about lumpectomy and then radiation. My body handled the first round of chemo pretty well but I didn't get a full dose. She was worried about my size, as I am "a big girl". and I am short so I don't have as much bone marrow. Anyway, this time I get a full dose... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:45:09 EST Hello SparkPeople! I'm new here. Hi there. I just joined SparkPeople yesterday. I used to belong to SparkPeople about 10 years ago when I weighed 245 lb and this site was most helpful in reaching my goal weight. At this point I need to lose about 18 lb. But most importantly I need to start eating better and exercising, as I'm currently undergoing treatment for bilateral breast cancer. I had my operation in June and had my first round of chemo on July 8. I live in Spain and have limited Spanish, so I'm looking to give an... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:37:01 EST Double mastectomy & Reconstruction Surgery Has anyone ever had a tram flap? I may be considering but unsure... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 16:20:48 EST New to this forum I was discovered to have an "area of concern" on my left breast during my annual mammogram in April. Just went through repeat views and and ultrasound to confirm that something is there. Now scheduled for the biopsy this coming week and am very anxious, to put it mildly. I am 68yo and just finally retired from fulltime work as a nurse 7 months ago. Fri, 29 May 2015 06:41:12 EST VIDEO SERIES: The Truth About Cancer <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> REGISTER for FREE, here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/spring5.php?a_aid=1618291# </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> * Episode 1: Modern Medicine & The Cancer Pandemic (March 30th 9:00PM... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:15:29 EST Fermara I was recently switched from Tamoxifen to Fermara (due to a blood clot). How are others feeling on Fermara? Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:24:12 EST Using Tamoxifin and not losing weight I was wondering how many people use Tamoxifin and having trouble losing weight, I take this and have been exercising a lot but not losing that much, have heard this drug does this. <BR> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:16:27 EST Chemo affecting breathing Hello to Everyone, <BR> among the tiredness, muscle aches, etc has anyone had a problem with breathing? I have asthma that is well controlled with inhalers and is fine unless i get a cold, but now into my 4th round of chemo the side effects are really coming out. If I did any strenuous moving i could feel my chest tighten and i would have to use my inhaler, even though its not my asthma. Any thoughts. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 11:14:54 EST Chemo affecting breathing Hello to Everyone, <BR> among the tiredness, muscle aches, etc has anyone had a problem with breathing? I have asthma that is well controlled with inhalers and is fine unless i get a cold, but now into my 4th round of chemo the side effects are really coming out. If I did any strenuous moving i could feel my chest tighten and i would have to use my inhaler, even though its not my asthma. Any thoughts. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 11:14:40 EST February Daily Questions (2015) - New Thread! I will post some fun questions for our team each day this month, answer if you wish. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Since it is Superbowl Sunday, do you watch? <BR> <BR> If so, what team will you go for this year? Do you enjoy the commercials? <BR> <BR> Do you eat snacks during the game, at home, elsewhere? What snacks might you enjoy? Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:05:47 EST Time for begin again I am a recent survivor. With three herceptin treatments left it is time to become healthy. My goals: to eat healthy (to keep this from returning) to exercise (to get back in shape) and by doing these to lose weight so I can live the life I want to lead. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 11:34:28 EST Celebration/Ac ccomplishments "Goodies" Jan. 2015 Each month Goodies will be given out for personal accomplishments, or celebrations which you may wish to recognize. <em>303</em> post here for goals, met, whatever you feel is a BIG accomplishment, or just a little step in reaching your goal, you should celebrate, and the team wants to celebrate with you. <em>383</em> <em>58</em> <em>384</em> <em>248</em> <em>251</em> <em>344</em> <em>208</em> <em>264</em> <em>205</em> <em>242</em> and a team goodie will be ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:15:05 EST Weekly Weigh In - Jan/Feb 2015 Hope all of you are starting the year off right! <em>91</em> <em>550</em> <em>402</em> This is our weekly weigh in thread. Pick one day a week, and keep track of your progress here with other teammates! <em>193</em> Post your starting weight and continue posting weekly losses, maintenance, or the ups and downs of weight loss that you may be experiencing. <em>192</em> <em>55</em> <em>11</em> <em>49</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 11:32:25 EST 12-1-14 <em>67</em> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:21:52 EST Tamoxifen and Stasis Dermatitis Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Has anyone had skin issues while on tamoxifen. About one month ago I had to go to the emergency room because my lower leg swelled and I had what looked like a deep red bruise. ER diagnosed Cellulitis. Gave me antibiotics sent me home. A week later, after the redness seem to be fading it started all over again. My family doctor prescribed Bactrim, which I quickly discovered that I was allergic to it. He decided to send me to a Dermatologist, which described my ... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:03:17 EST In the fight right now to have victory over cancer I am HER2+ and ER+. I had a double mastectomy May 28 and started 12 weekly chemo infusions June 25 - Sept. 10 of Taxol and Herceptin. Now I am on Herceptin every three weeks for nine months. I know God motivated me to get in the best shape of my adult life for this battle. Before diagnosis, I was walking 30+ miles over six days every week. I have managed to lose a little weight, even though many people gain on chemo. I also managed to walk three or four days a week on chemo until the last wee... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 18:59:14 EST Autumn "Daily Take Your Pick!" Same thread we have had before, 2 choices will be given, Pick your favorite of the two! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pumpkin Spice Latte <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> <BR> Pumpkin Bread <BR> <BR> <BR> me- The Latte, I like hot drinks and also enjoy the pumpkin flavor. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:41:16 EST Autumn Walks, HIkes, Bike Rides...Outdoor Workouts <em>465</em> Get outside, get some miles in enjoying hiking, walking, running, biking, enjoy the beauty of fall with a workout!t <em>479</em> <em>332</em> <em>313</em> <em>182</em> <em>295</em> <em>306</em> post where you went, what you did, and how far. Enjoy! Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:36:52 EST Autumn Weekly Weigh-In Fall is here, make your goals, post your weekly weight loss, gain, remaining stable, or any problems. <em>306</em> <em>465</em> <em>312</em> <em>390</em> <em>55</em> <em>193</em> <em>55</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Try to weigh in on the same day, once a week. <em>32</em> <em>192</em> <em>48</em> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:29:28 EST new on this topic Hello. Well usually I would be on here for dieting or exercising. Life can throw curveball though. Now I am on here looking for ideas on dieting and exercise but now am finding I am more serious. In March I found a lump under my armpit. Thought it might be due to a child biting me at work an They infection being THe cause for it did get infected and I was on antibiotics. Then we moved and I forgot about it until we were all moved. Went to the Dr. And after mammogram and dense breast ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:28:54 EST Summer walks, hikes and bike rides New thread to check in when you take a nice walk, go hiking or have a bike ride. Tell us how long/far you went, did you enjoy it, how was the atmosphere, did you enjoy nature and your surroundings? <em>311</em> <em>182</em> <em>332</em> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:48:13 EST August Daily "Take Your Pick" Back to our daily take your pick of 2 things posted. it may not be every day, every few...hope everyone is having a good summer. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Italian Ice <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> <BR> Frozen Yogurt <BR> <BR> <BR> me - I'll go Italian Ice, very refreshing this time of year. <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:43:32 EST August Celebrations Please post anything you have celebrated this summer, or will be celebrating this month. <em>242</em> <em>58</em> <em>337</em> <em>251</em> <em>515</em> <em>503</em> <em>248</em> <em>364</em> <em>365</em> <em>383</em> <em>44</em> Each person who posts will receive a team goodie. <em>250</em> <em>208</em> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:39:17 EST August - Weekly Weigh In Use this as your weekly team weigh-in thread. Post any ups, downs or maintaining. <em>306</em> <em>49</em> <em>193</em> <em>55</em> Try to weigh in only once a week. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:34:40 EST Metaplastic Breast Cancer Just wondering if anyone here has been diagnosed with Metaplasric Breast Cancer? <BR> A family friend has been diagnosed with it and from what I have read its not good. She will start with a lumpectomy on July 16. She will need chemo for sure but not sure what else. Maybe depending on how the tests come out after the lumpectomy. <BR> <BR> This just is so hard for everyone last year her daughter had leukemia. Her daughter is doing okay now but, they were told not to stress Ali out because s... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:24:47 EST Hi everyone, have a question I'm pretty new here, but not Spark...haven't yet posted but have a question <em>213</em> : I'm 3 months out of chemo, opted out of radiation for some very personal reason (and distance required to travel being one). I had to stop Paclitaxel treatment early because of the neuropathy side effect and then neuropathic pain, The pain has yet to be resolved and now all of a sudden I am barely able to get out of bed. Anyone know if this is typical and how long this might last? Oops! Sorry ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:11:58 EST Just went thru surgery & radiation <em>524</em> - I am new to this team but not new to SP - 6 months ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer revealed from an annual routine mammogram. I was fortunate - it was stage 1 and grade 1 - after surgery was informed that all the margins were clear and it had not gone to the lymph nodes. Also understand that since I took HRT years ago that could have been a contributing factor. <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> Had a lumpectomy in February and finished radiation treatments 10 days ago. B... Wed, 7 May 2014 09:03:43 EST Moving forward after BC Diagnosis We will discuss the aftermath of bc, treatment and drugs to control the disease. Post anything that concerns you. Purpose for this thread to help those feeling down about dealing with this, you can move forward, think positive! <em>104</em> <em>189</em> <em>223</em> <em>390</em> <em>85</em> <em>353</em> Sat, 3 May 2014 12:57:39 EST May - Daily Take Your Pick 2 items will be posted, choose your favorite of the two! <BR> <BR> Spring Flowers <BR> <BR> <BR> Daffodils <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Tulips <BR> <BR> <BR> me- I love tulips more than any flower! Fri, 2 May 2014 10:20:24 EST May Fitness - 1 mile a day or 5 miles a week I got this idea from SP. <em>189</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Pick the fitness activity of your choice, walking, running, cycling indoor or out, elliptical, anything you are able to keep track of mileage. Go for at least one mile a day in the month of may, if easier to track weekly, go for at least 5 miles a week. <em>306</em> <em>311</em> <em>332</em> <em>324</em> <em>231</em> <em>182</em> Fri, 2 May 2014 10:17:12 EST Breast cancer in the News - May Let's keep updated on the latest in breast cancer treatment and healthy living. <em>390</em> Fri, 2 May 2014 10:13:36 EST May Celebrations <em>242</em> on anything you are celebrating this month. <em>58</em> <em>248</em> <em>337</em> <em>183</em> <em>384</em> <em>383</em> <em>390</em> each person who posts will receive a team goodie in celebration! <em>410</em> <em>244</em> Fri, 2 May 2014 10:11:20 EST Weekly Weigh-In May/June Post any losses, gains, maintaining, or any problems/plateaus you may be facing. <em>306</em> <em>55</em> <em>192</em> <em>49</em> <em>386</em> <em>104</em> try to weigh in on the same day each week. <em>48</em> Fri, 2 May 2014 10:08:26 EST Some Updates that I want to share I don't think I wrote about any of these things but I thought it would be interesting to share. <BR> <BR> I did stop taking my Exsemestane (post cancer med) since there were so many side effects and my risk for recurrence is so low. I went to my scheduled appointment with my onchologist and he said that we had a deal and that if the side effects were bad I could stop it and not try any others due to my risk being so low. So he was totally ok with me stopping. He said my labs were good and ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:00:14 EST Opportunity to suppoort me Relay for Life I walked last year and intend to this year as well. It is important for me to help others as I was helped on my journey in cancer treatment. <BR> Please click this link if you would like to support me as I walk to raise money for cancer research, etc. through the American Cancer Socierty. Last year I walked 14 laps around the football field and stayed all 24 hours of the event. That was 3.5 miles which for me was a lot considering I had had radiation etc. prior to that time. This year I hope... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:31:41 EST April Celebrations Post anything special for you this month. <em>383</em> <em>58</em> <em>248</em> <em>337</em> <em>503</em> <em>251</em> <em>390</em> Goodies will be given out to those who post. <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>243</em> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:14:29 EST New to the team Hi everyone. I am new to this team but it has been over a year since my diagnosis of breast cancer. I consider myself very fortunate all in all. I had a mammogram in which a very small lump was found. I ended up haveing 3 surgeries for it. At first it was said to be infiltrating breast cancer and then after prayer and other surgeries it was said to be DCIS. My OctoDX test or whatever it was called had amazing results. Out of 0-100 % chance of breast cancer re-currence my number was 0. Zero. A... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:29:18 EST New to cancer I am Donna 69 years old and live in St. Louis. MO. <BR> <BR> Just found out last week that I have breast cancer. I had a biopsy on 3/20 got the call 3/25 that it was cancer. I went in to see her on 3/27. It is DCIS noninvasive, I will just need a lumpectomy and radiation after. <BR> We have set the surgery for April 11. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 22:12:21 EST Weekly Question 3-27-14 What Super-type stores do you shop at, Target, Walmart, Meijer, other? How often do you go to these places, weekly, monthly? How do you keep costs down? Do you use coupons, make a list?, do you buy only what you need or are you an impulse shopper and pick up things you see as you shop around? Are you on a budget? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:37:28 EST Weekend Question 3-23-14 Are you happy Spring has finally arrived? How have the temps been in your area? What outdoor activities do you look forward to as the weather improves? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:16:59 EST Weekly Question 3-13-14 Have you ever watched any fitness programs on tv, like Biggest Loser, or any of the others that may be on, I know The Livwell network has Live Big w/Ali Vincent, they explore health and fitness? Share any show you may have watched on this topic and if you liked the show or did not care for it? How would you feel if you were in the public eye on your weight loss journey? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:59:13 EST Weekend Question 3-8-14 What color is your bedroom painted? Do you find is soothing to you? Do you have a tv in your room? How have your sleep habit's been? How many hours of sleep do you get on average, per night? <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 8 Mar 2014 11:14:15 EST March Celebrations Post anything special to you during the month of March! <em>438</em> <em>383</em> <em>248</em> <em>58</em> <em>337</em> <em>170</em> <em>503</em> <em>408</em> <em>509</em> Goodies will be given out to those who post! Sat, 8 Mar 2014 11:09:14 EST 2nd Time Cancer Warrior I'm currently battling Stage 1 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I was diagnosed Jan 13th of this year. I start chemo on Monday, March 10th. (Happy Birthday to me! I'm turning 45 on the 9th) My first diagnosis was 8.5 years ago with Stage 3 ER/PR+ cancer. My thyroid died on me last year and menopause was surgically induced in 2012. So... in the span of 2-3 years I have put back on more weight than I ever weighed even pregnant. I'm hoping to get it all back under control and get back to bei... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 22:43:33 EST Weekend Question 3-2-14 Do you generally watch the Oscars? Will you be watching tonight? Have you seen many movies at the theater this past year? If so, what movies would you say were really good? Post also if you have no interest in this, what will you be doing instead? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 2 Mar 2014 11:44:25 EST March into Fitness - Exercise Challenge Keep Moving in March! <em>137</em> <em>311</em> <em>306</em> <em>361</em> <em>381</em> <em>390</em> Think of new things to add to your workouts. Do at least 10 minutes a day. As the weather begins to warm up, think of taking your workouts outside, walking, jogging, or <em>332</em> <em>67</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> post any details about your plan and daily workouts. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 11:32:20 EST March - BC Topics in the News Lets all try to keep updated on the latest advances and news on Breast Cancer. Post if you read anything that is valuable for the team to know of. <em>390</em> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 11:26:51 EST March - Daily "Take Your Pick" Happy March <em>438</em> New thread <BR> <BR> Take Your Pick <BR> <BR> <BR> Water Aerobics <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> <BR> Lap Swimming <BR> <BR> <BR> me - I have done both, I think I chose water aerobics, it was always a great workout! Sun, 2 Mar 2014 11:23:56 EST March/April Weekly Weigh-In Post your weekly weight, do it on the same day each week. Post any gains, losses, or maintaining. Post any hurdles you may be facing, or goals reached! <em>193</em> <em>55</em> <em>192</em> <em>49</em> <em>11</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>390</em> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 11:20:28 EST Weekly Question 2-28-14 How do you deal with stress in your life? Do you participate in anything that helps you slow down, yoga, meditation, other? Has food ever been a source of comfort, during those tough times? How do you avoid stress eating? How does Spark People help with such issues? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:51:17 EST Weekend Question 2-22-14 How often do you eat poultry, chicken, turkey, other? What is your favorite way to cook/prepare these meals? For new ideas you can always try Spark recipes! <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 22 Feb 2014 09:31:58 EST Weekend Question 2-16-14 How often do you go grocery shopping? Do you check ads and follow sales? Do you make a list and or plan recipes so you have all you need in one trip, or do you go to several stores? What stores are popular in your area? What would you say your weekly food cost is, and for how many people? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 16 Feb 2014 11:16:09 EST Weekly Question 2-14-14 Happy Valentine's Day! Do you do any kind of celebrating, any gifts, cards, candy, etc? Are you going out for dinner, or bringing it in, maybe making it? Do you have any suggestions for a romantic V-day type movie? Most important is..., how can you show love to someone today? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>290</em> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:06:11 EST Weekend Question 2-8-14 Did you watch the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics? Will you be watching any events? Which are your favorites? Have you ever known anyone who trained or went to the Olympics? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 8 Feb 2014 11:19:04 EST Weekly Question 2-6-14 What a winter, how is the weather in your area? This may have been asked recently, but this winter has been extreme for most. Do you know how much snow fell in your area if you have it? How do you cope with these conditions? If you are lucky to live in a warm area, have you been able to get out and enjoy the weather? <em>311</em> <em>332</em> What temps will be in your area over the next week or so? <BR> <BR> <BR> share your answer's with the team! Thu, 6 Feb 2014 09:23:34 EST Weekend Question 2-1-14 Do you have any hobbies or participate in any arts and crafts that you enjoy? There are so many handicrafts, photography, knitting, needlework, ceramics, leather work, painting, etc? have you ever taken any classes to learn your craft? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:42:53 EST February Celebrations Post any special occasion, milestone, goals met, etc. Goodies will be handed out to those who post! <em>242</em> <em>58</em> <em>337</em> <em>383</em> <em>77</em> <em>248</em> <em>503</em> <em>44</em> <em>364</em> <em>408</em> <em>390</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:34:48 EST February - BC Topics in the News A monthly posting of any breast cancer news. Please post if you hear anything important relating to this disease, and then share it with the team! <BR> <BR> <BR> I just read hot flashes can last 10 years for many women. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:31:27 EST February Fitness Challenge 2nd month of the year already. <BR> <BR> Aim for at least 3-5 days of exercise a week, take rest days in between when needed. <BR> <BR> Try a Spark People Challenge from challenge central if you need some accountability. <BR> <BR> <BR> Try a new piece of exercise equipment this month. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>390</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:28:02 EST February Daily - Take Your Pick <em>235</em> February! <BR> <BR> new take your pick! <BR> <BR> <BR> Which do you prefer? <BR> <BR> Winter Olympics <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> <BR> Summer Olympics <BR> <BR> <BR> me - I'll go winter, like skating, bobsledding and <em>329</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:21:42 EST Weekly Question 1-31-14 Do you shop online? If so, how many times a year do you order something? Do you participate in sites like Ebay? What are some of your favorite sites that you have received goods from, and you were satisfied? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:27:53 EST Food of the Week (Jan 26. - Feb. 1) This week our food is Eggs, easy, simple, generally inexpensive. Do you like eggs, are you aware of their nutritional content? How many eggs gives us too much cholesterol for they day? Check your nutrition tracker to stay on top of what you are eating. <em>490</em> <BR> <BR> So gives eggs a try this week, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks or a recipe, you will enjoy it! Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:56:09 EST Exercise Equipment of the Week (Jan. 26 - Feb. 1) This week we will explore the Ab Roller, do have one? they are not too expensive and you can do some really great workouts. And don't most of us need to strengthen our abs and core. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have one myself, and you can really feel it working. <BR> <BR> <BR> Check out SP workouts to use the ab roller in your fitness plan. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:51:19 EST Weekend Question 1-25-14 Do you carry a purse, if so, what size, small, med., large, x-large??? What essentials are in there that you must have at all times? What could you remove that you don't really need? Have you ever cleaned your purse? I have seen studies that show they can be real germ carriers. <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 11:10:12 EST Weekly Question 1-22-14 Do you wear makeup? How much, and about how long does it take to apply? Do you wear it for everyday, or just when you go out somewhere? Have you ever tried false eye lashes, if so are they difficult to put on or remove? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:36:24 EST Exercise Equipment of the week (Jan 19-25) This week we focus on small dumbbells for arm workouts. <em>34</em> <em>85</em> <em>34</em> Try 1, 2 or 3 lb weights to help sculpt and shape your arms, As women age, our arms sometimes get bigger, seems to come along with menopause. Measure your arms, and choose comfortable weights and workouts that fit what you are trying to accomplish. Go for 10 minutes or less to start, remember all the Spark videos available to help you reach your goals. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:18:42 EST Food of the Week (Jan. 19-25) Our food of the week is sweet potatoes. I think most of us have tried them. Try baking them for a simple snack or meal. SP recipes has many recipes, and you may also have some of your own. This week get out and try some new sweet potato recipes, whether simple or a bit complicated you will enjoy it. <BR> <BR> more info during the week. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:31:42 EST Weekend Question 1-19-14 Have you ever used protein powders? If so, what do you mix them with, water, milk, other foods? What type of protein powder's have you used, brand names, ingredient types? Spark people has some interesting recipes that use protein powder, like pudding, check them out if you want to find out more ways to incorporate this into your diet. <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 11:17:52 EST Weekly Question 1-16-14 Did you make a New Year's resolution this year, or did you just make some goals, small steps which can get you on the right track? How is it going? have you faced any obstacles? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:45:58 EST Hi everyone, I'm new to Spark but not to cancer. Hi everyone, I'm turning 57 soon and want to lose at least 57 lbs. I've survived bilateral invasive BC and the rounds of chemo. I moved onto Tamoxifen and gained most of my excess weight. I'm now off Tamoxifen and starting to get my energy back. <BR> <BR> I look forward to participating on this team and hope to celebrate many successes along our journey. Blessings to all. <em>213</em> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 23:53:00 EST Weekend Question 1-11-14 How many things do you own that can connect you to the internet? Home PC, Laptop, Smart Phone, other??? I know there are tablets and so many new things, Share what you own, how often it is used, what you like best? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>17</em> <em>387</em> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:46:28 EST Weekly Question 1-9-14 How many Spark Teams are you currently on? Have you joined any new ones for the New Year? Have you participated/joined any of the teams in Challenge Central? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 9 Jan 2014 09:21:46 EST Exercise /Fitness Equipment of the week 1/5-1/11 Each week a new exercise or piece of exercise equipment will be featured. <BR> <BR> Week One, try a Kettleball! <em>323</em> <BR> <BR> do you have one, if so try some new workouts. <BR> <BR> consider buying one if you would like to add a great piece of fitness equipment to home workout area. <BR> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 12:25:52 EST Food of the week / Jan 5-11 New Thread Idea! <em>189</em> Food of the week! <BR> <BR> A food will be posted each week, so join in and try it, maybe make a new recipe! <BR> <BR> Our first food of the week is: Parsnip <BR> <BR> I will post more info as the week goes on, <BR> <BR> Have you tried parsnips before? If not try them now! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 12:20:19 EST Weekend Question 1-5-14 What kind of weather are you experiencing currently! I know there is a lot of extreme stuff going on, be safe! <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! I know some of you are in the <em>259</em> <em>67</em> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 10:34:11 EST Weekly Question 1-3-14 How many calories are in a typical lunch for you? What are some of your favorites that you eat for lunch? For those who work, do you pack a healthy lunch or try to get something healthy at a fast food type place or restaurant? <BR> <BR> <BR> share your answer's with the team! Fri, 3 Jan 2014 09:24:34 EST January celebrate with a Goodie <em>503</em> <em>244</em> Post anything special you celebrate this month, any occasion, goal met, etc. You will receive a Goodie to celebrate your personal milestone! <em>384</em> <em>383</em> <em>248</em> <em>58</em> <em>251</em> <em>344</em> <em>337</em> <em>104</em> <em>205</em> <em>279</em> <em>252</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:08:35 EST January 2014/ Get Moving Challenge Start the new year right with at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. Then build on that until you are at a pace that works for you. Hopefully by the end of the month you will have a consistent routine. Choose a rest day too, that will help you to not overdo. <BR> <BR> Post goals, workouts, anything else that keeps us going! <em>381</em> <em>311</em> <em>362</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:10:06 EST January Daily - Take Your Pick 2 items will be presented daily, or every few days, choose your favorite of the two! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> New Years Eve night out. <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> <BR> New Years Eve, cozy night home. <BR> <BR> <BR> me - I choose home! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:05:22 EST Jan./Feb. Weekly Weigh In Post your starting weight and how you are doing each week, ups, downs, maintaining. <BR> <em>55</em> <em>193</em> <em>49</em> <em>248</em> <em>306</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:01:43 EST Weekend Question 12-28-13 How was your fitness plan this year, did you reach any goals, what were your major accomplishments? What did you learn? Whatever you did, be happy, you are <em>345</em> <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:11:07 EST Introducing Myself Today is 3 years since my surgery. I was diagnosed with IDC stage 2, no lymph nodes. I had a lumpectomy, chemo, and radiation. We moved across the country this year so just established with a new doctor. I really need to lose my belly fat and I was off to a great start until this week of Christmas, but I am not discouraged, just more determined. I wanted to join a team and hopefully make some new friends who share my goals and experiences. Looking forward to joining team goals and getti... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 21:34:19 EST Weekend Question 12-21-13 What is your favorite food you eat around the Holidays, special family dish, ethnic favorite, a special sweet treat? Where will you be spending the Christmas Holiday if you celebrate? <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 21 Dec 2013 11:30:51 EST Weekly Question 12-20-13 How many hours do you watch tv per day, week? Do you watch too much, or is it just the right balance? How many TV's do you have in your home, are they all used regularly? Do you have cable, satellite or just antenna? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 20 Dec 2013 09:03:59 EST New to the team, but not Spark Hello! <BR> I've been a member of Spark for over 7 years; my name is Shari. <BR> <BR> I will try to keep my introduction brief; my story is kind of long and it's already on my Sparkpage. <BR> <BR> I was first diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in May 2003; I had a bilateral mastectomy without reconstruction, followed by chemo and radiation. <BR> <BR> My cancer returned early in 2007, in my bones. It's not curable at this stage, but it's still treatable. I've been through more radiation ... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:09:51 EST Weekend Question 12-14-13 Do you have any devices that track your steps, exercise, calories etc. throughout the day? (examples, fitbit, spark activity tracker, body bug, other?) Do they link up to a computer? Are you happy w/your device and would you recommend it to others? Maybe these type of items are on your Christmas wish list. <em>543</em> <em>544</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 14 Dec 2013 11:04:01 EST Weekly Question 12-13-13 Do you have any ongoing health conditions in addition to having breast cancer, or are you a supporter of bc, never had it, and you may be facing other health problems, if so what? how do your health issues motivate you, how do they make working out or being healthy difficult? Post anything that you struggle with, and how you overcoming hurdles in your life, to be a positive force in a sometimes dark and negative world! <em>306</em> <em>390</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share ... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:53:02 EST Weekend Question 12-7-13 How much money will you spend on Christmas this year, do you have a budget? What is your favorite thing about December, shopping, the music, Christmas specials, etc? What do you dislike? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 7 Dec 2013 11:20:43 EST Weekly Question 12-6-13 What is your favorite feel good or Holiday movie for the month of December? Is it a family or annual tradition to watch it? <em>272</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> Where do you get your movies, rent from a service like Netflix or Redbox, library, own them, etc. <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 6 Dec 2013 09:08:05 EST Weekend Question 12-1-13 How do you handle the busy of month of December as far as eating goes? Will you be attending parties or holiday functions that may have high calorie food which may derail your healthy eating? Do you make/bring healthy recipes to parties you attend? What is your secret to not gaining those extra pounds during the Holidays? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 1 Dec 2013 11:11:19 EST December - Daily Take Your Pick! new month! <BR> <BR> Take your pick <BR> <BR> Black Friday Shopping <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> <BR> Internet Shopping on Cyber Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> me - I would rather do the cyber Monday shopping at home. <em>17</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 11:06:48 EST Interesting interview with Kathy Bates Here's an interesting interview with Kathy Bates about her breast cancer. It's one of the more complete interviews I've seen with her about it. <BR> <link> /breast_cancer/articles/how_kathy_bate s_beat_breast_and_ovarian_cancer.aspx </link> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:45:14 EST The cancer experience registry I went to my first BC support group meeting yesterday. At the meeting, they were looking for volunteers to complete a questionare about their cancer experience. The purpose is to try to develop better support for cancer patients. Anyone that has had cancer can complete the questionare. They are gathering information from around the world. <BR> <link><BR>enu/ResearchTraining/Cancer-Experience<BR>-Registry.html </link> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:42:17 EST Weekly Question 11-27-13 What is your favorite side dish that you enjoy on Thanksgiving? What makes it special? Do you make it, or does someone else? Have you ever made a Spark Recipe for Thanksgiving? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:30:32 EST Weekend Question 11-23-13 What are your Thanksgiving plans this year? Will you be cooking a turkey if it is at your home? What are some of the side dishes your family enjoys? Do you have a special recipe you make every year? Bonus: How do you cook your turkey, oven, roaster, friend, etc? <em>428</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 23 Nov 2013 10:29:29 EST Weekly Question 11-21-13 How many pairs of shoes would you say you have? if a lot estimate. What are your favorites that you find most comfortable, like for everyday? If you and your family have a lot of excess shoes, many areas have donations sites to send your shoes to countries where these shoes prevent injury/infection, etc, they provide life. Think about donating your extra shoes if possible! <em>295</em> <em>331</em> <em>68</em> maybe you have already done this! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sh... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:58:53 EST Weekend Question 11-16-13 Do you enjoy cooking with beans? Do you use the dried or canned varieties, or both? What are your favorite types of beans, and what are some of the recipes you make that include them? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 10:32:08 EST Weekly Question 11-13-13 Do you eat yogurt? How often? What is your favorite flavor/type/brand? Do you check the amount of sugar in your yogurt? If not, check the label, how many grams is in a serving of your favorite yogurt? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer with the team! Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:45:52 EST Weekend Question 11-9-13 Who or what inspires you to keep going, even when the going gets hard? How do you stay self disciplined? What features on Spark People help you the most to keep healthy and active? Do you read others blogs to support them and inspire yourself, if not, please give it a try! <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team. Sat, 9 Nov 2013 11:08:03 EST Weekly Question 11-7-11 What is your typical workout attire? Do you exercise at home, outdoors or at a club, or combination of these? What time of day do you usually do your routine? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 7 Nov 2013 09:11:15 EST November Celebrations Post any special milestone, occasion, birthday. goal met, anything that is special to you. Team Goodies will be given to those who post. <em>242</em> <em>58</em> <em>384</em> <em>337</em> <em>383</em> <em>107</em> <em>251</em> <em>170</em> <em>248</em> <em>243</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 09:40:52 EST Weekend Question 11-2-13 How do you feel about changing the clocks back? (It's tonight) How does your body react during the first week and deal with the early darkness? What are the positive and negative affects you may experience after the clocks go back? <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 2 Nov 2013 10:36:22 EST November Exercise Challenge Every new month is a chance to try something new and work harder on your fitness goals. Aim for at least 10 minutes of exercise per day, Try weights, join a gym, get out and take a nice autumn hike What can you add to your routine, do you have small weights, a stability call, kettle ball, you may want to add some of these to your home workouts. Share your workouts and how anything new is going. <em>306</em> <em>34</em> <em>323</em> <em>319</em> <em>295</em> <em>426</em> ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 10:31:16 EST November - Daily Take Your Pick 2 items will be posted daily or every other day, pick your favorite of the two! <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's <BR> <BR> <BR> Hot Coffee <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> <BR> Hot Tea <em>469</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> me - Hot Coffee Sat, 2 Nov 2013 10:23:53 EST Nov.-Dec. Weekly Weigh In Post your weight loss, ups and downs or maintaining. Post if you reach your weight loss goal for the week, month. etc. <em>306</em> <em>390</em> <em>386</em> <em>193</em> <em>55</em> <em>192</em> <em>49</em> <em>48</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 10:20:50 EST Weekly Question 10-31-13 Happy Halloween! <em>431</em> Will you be giving out candy, if so what kind? Does Halloween post any risks to you, will it sabotage your healthy eating plan for the day? Will you have a calorie conscious treat, if so what and how many calories? Bonus, anyone dressing up or have a cute family member costume to share, have a great day! <em>423</em> <em>422</em> <em>333</em> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:55:30 EST Weekend Question 10-26-13 Name something you have seen that has gone <em>390</em> PINK <em>390</em> for Breast Cancer Awareness month, it can be in your area, national, on tv, or any where. <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 26 Oct 2013 11:05:30 EST Weekly Question 10-25-13 What are your favorite autumn foods and activities? <em>465</em> <em>431</em> <em>422</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:28:35 EST Who's who on the team - Re-Introduce yourself Spark People is ever changing, so let's post a little something about ourselves, so we can get better acquainted and reach our goals. Some of us have been here for years, others are brand new, let's work together on our goals! Sat, 19 Oct 2013 11:34:55 EST Weekend Question 10-19-13 How often do you drink coffee? What is your favorite type, with what in it? Do you like flavored coffee, if so what is your favorite flavor? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>271</em> <em>287</em> <em>106</em> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 10:53:29 EST Irony <link><BR>0358783013/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>0358586706/in/photostream/lightbox/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our tax dollars at work. <BR> <BR> The real irony is that some people will believe that these do have nutritional value. <BR> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 05:23:45 EST Surgical Drain Logger App They even have an app now for logging surgical drain output. <BR> <BR> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:21:47 EST Lotions, sunscreen, makeup, deodorants Since being diagnosed with breast cancer, I've become concerned about the chemicals I had been putting on my body though my makeup etc. I switched deodorants to a natural crystal and only use that when I think I'm going to be hot and sweaty. Turns out plain old soap and water every day works pretty good for me most days. <BR> <BR> I've been doing some research on sunblocks and makeup but I haven't settled on brands there yet. Anyone have any suggestions? <BR> <BR> I have discovered that ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 12:30:08 EST Starfish Project As most of you know, I work on the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation's Hope Bus. For nearly two years, as we traveled through Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts, we asked people who were touched by this disease in any way - patient, survivor, family, friend, medical caretaker - to create a starfish to represent themselves or the person they love who lives with breast cancer. Yesterday we revealed the art display. Though you don't get the same effect as if you see it in perso... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 14:04:42 EST Weekend Question 9-28-13 Do you enjoy nuts? What are your favorite types? How often do you eat them? Do you eat them alone, in recipes or both? Do you have a favorite recipe that includes nuts? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 28 Sep 2013 09:27:00 EST The Bathtub Test A friend sent me this today and made me laugh so I just had to share it with my other friends! <BR> <BR> The Bathtub Test. <BR> <BR> During a visit to a mental asylum, I asked the director <BR> "How do you determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalized?" "Well", said the director, "We fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a tea cup and a bucket to the patient and ask them to empty the bathtub" <BR> <BR> "Oh, I see, So a normal person would use the bucket because i... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:17:40 EST hello I am Rhonda I live in SHelby NC & I am a 2.5 yr breast cancer survivor. look forward to chatting with everyone. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:01:50 EST Weekly Question 9-11-13 Where were you when you heard about the tragic events of 9/11? What are your feelings on the situation, how has it affected how you view safety and homeland security? Take a moment to think of those who lost there lives. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:39:33 EST Weekly Question 9-2-13 Happy Labor day! How will you spend your day? Any great memories of Labor days past? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:45:01 EST Weekly Weigh In - Septembe /October Post any weight loss ups and downs or maintenance. Also post if you are experiencing a plateau or need some extra support on your weight loss. <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> <em>193</em> <em>49</em> <em>192</em> <em>386</em> Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:43:03 EST Weekly Question 8-30-13 How would you sum up your summer this year? Were you able to keep up with a regular exercise routine and did you try anything new? What was your greatest adventure of summer 2013? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:10:28 EST Weekend Question 8/23/13 I'll take the weekend question for this week: <BR> <BR> With autumn just around the corner for many of us, let's share some of our favorites: <BR> <BR> Favorite autumn activity? <BR> <BR> Favorite autumn food? <BR> <BR> Favorite autumn clothing? Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:34:43 EST Has Anyone Else Been Told This? My daughter saw her primary doctor today and was asked if she had the the "red" chemo drug adriamycin during her treatment which she did have. It's the A in the cocktail of drugs like AC, ABC, etc. <BR> <BR> The doctor said that anyone who has had this drug needs an annual echocardiogram because the red in the drug goes directly to the heart through the port and causes some sort of damage which can show up even years later. She wanted to do a baseline echo now even though there is no sign o... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:38:09 EST Weekly Question 8-14-13 Have you been tracking your foods, and how many calories you eat per day? What is your current calorie range? Are you allergic or do you avoid certain types of foods? Does having cancer, being a survivor, or a person concerned about cancer, have any impact on your eating choices? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:57:00 EST Weekend Question 8-10-13 What is the largest body of water near your home? Do you participate in any water sports/activities, swimming, boating, water skiing, jet ski/wave runner? How about kayaking or something else that involves water? Have you made it to the lake, ocean, etc. this year? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:35:04 EST Weekend Question 8-3-13 What healthy foods do not taste so good to you, but you eat them anyway because they are beneficial to you? have any foods grew on you over time, maybe you used to dislike them and now they are a regular part of your diet? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 3 Aug 2013 11:04:22 EST August Celebrations Share any special occasions, milestones, birthdays, goals met, etc. Everyone who posts will receive a goodie to celebrate! <em>242</em> <em>248</em> <em>383</em> <em>251</em> <em>337</em> <em>516</em> <em>58</em> <em>270</em> <em>364</em> <em>365</em> <em>366</em> <em>205</em> <em>264</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 11:16:21 EST Weekly Question 8-1-13 What is your favorite summer time treat if given a choice, Ice-cream, frozen yogurt, Italian ice, gelato, other? What is your favorite flavor? What is the best place in or near your area that you can enjoy such a treat? What would a good size serving be for you ,as you are on a healthy lifestyle change? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>76</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 11:12:47 EST Long-time Sparkmember having biopsy tomorrow Hi all, <BR> I have a 2 cm lump in my left breast that the mammo and ultrasound results last Tuesday were "highly suspicious of malingnancy." The local breast center even sent me the mammo results by registered mail....signature required. They aren't messing around! <BR> <BR> I'm having my biopsy done tomorrow in Nashville at Vanderbilt. They say it will be 3-5 business days before they have the results. I was initially very scared and extremely depressed, but I'm kind of thinking that ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:45:53 EST Triple Negative Breast Cancer I am in a research study for TNBC. I have received excellent medical care. I had two lumpectomies, chemo, & radiation. I joined the SparkPeople coach to work on gaining my strength & stamina back after chemo. I am a retired RN in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. I enjoy water aerobics @ the YMCA 8 hrs./week. I am using 8 lb. weights on each arm. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 11:48:28 EST Weekend Question 7-13-13 How often do you read? Have you or are you involved in a summer reading group or book club anytime of the year? How often to you go to your local library and utilize their materials and technology? When and what was the last book you read? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share you answer's with the team! Sat, 13 Jul 2013 08:27:57 EST Weekly Question 7-11-13 What are some of your favorite snacks, sweet, crunchy, salty, <em>38</em> How many calories do you allow for a snack, and how many per day is usual for you? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:21:36 EST Am I supposed to still be having mammograms??? Okay to start with I have just returned to Spark this week and I can see already that it was the right decision. <BR> I had DCIS, in Dec 2009 I had a bilateral mastectomy and was told it is estrogen receptive. <BR> I did not have an oncologist involved because of the surgery I chose. I had no radiation, chemo, tamoxifin, etc... <BR> I have silicone implants and do not regret my decisions at all. <BR> I had a many appointments in the first year after my surgery, mostly due to my reconstructi... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 09:38:06 EST Trying I woke up this morning and wondered why am I not doing Spark People? I know it works because I used it before with success and I need help, so here I am again. Mon, 8 Jul 2013 11:33:10 EST Weekend Question 6-6-13 How much water have you been drinking lately? Do you get 8 glasses a day or more, or do you have trouble drinking all that? What other beverages do you generally drink? What drinks do you avoid, which may not work for your healthy eating plan? Share any tips or secrets for consuming more water, and have you seen any benefits? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 6 Jul 2013 10:22:20 EST Weekly Question 7-3-13 How do you celebrate for the 4th of July? (Independence day) Do you watch fireworks, go to a party, stay home and make some food on the grill? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your plans and what you like about the Holiday with the team! Wed, 3 Jul 2013 09:02:34 EST July Celebrations Post any special occasion, goal met, Sparkanniversary, BC survivorship anniversary, etc. There are so may things to celebrate in life, share them here. All who post will receive a goodie! <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <em>383</em> <em>337</em> <em>58</em> <em>410</em> <em>170</em> <em>503</em> <em>205</em> <em>248</em> <em>208</em> <em>510</em> <em>380</em> <em>44</em> <em>250</em> <em>218</em> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 16:21:44 EST Weekly Weigh In July/August Post any weight loss ups and downs or remaining stable. <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> <em>55</em> <em>192</em> <em>49</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>390</em> <em>344</em> <em>386</em> <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> post <em>248</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:39:43 EST A reminder for our sisters and daughters! This is for our sisters and daughters... <BR> <BR> Stay healthy! Remember to check for lumps and bumps and get your mammograms. <BR> <BR><BR>1o&list=PLpNdH752uT_Tb232u2YNuT6YjXdyp<BR>YuCH Sat, 29 Jun 2013 08:57:28 EST Weekly Question 6-27-13 When was the last time you took a vacation? How did you handle your eating habits while away from home? Will you be going away this year? If so how will you stay on track, will you have a max. calories range for the days gone? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:06:45 EST Weekend Question 6-22-13 What healthy foods might we find in your picnic basket? <em>191</em> <BR> What is your favorite BBQ food? <em>53</em> <em>496</em> <em>498</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 22 Jun 2013 10:20:13 EST Summer Workout Challenge Summer is here! <em>67</em> <em>218</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Let's make working out a regular habit this season. Have you been exercising at least 3 times a week or more? Do you want to add a little more, maybe start something new, try a hiking or biking adventure? How about swimming, water aerobics or, kayaking? Post here to share your workouts, which may be journey of exploration? Anyone going to a cave or National park this summer, post what you please here! Let's all mak... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:51:01 EST Weekly Question 6-20-13 Do you enjoy walking, hiking or running? How often do you get out for a walk or run? Do you have nice hiking trails near where you live, if so what are they like? What is the farthest you have gone? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:13:12 EST Weekend Question 6-15-13 With father's day this weekend, share a special memory of your dad, wisdom learned, etc. or a memory of your husband w/your kids that brings a smile to your face. If you didn't have a dad in your life, who was a man you looked up to, uncle, grandpa, other, how did they influence you? I hope all the dad's out there have a great weekend. <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 15 Jun 2013 11:31:00 EST Weekly Question 6-14-13 What are your favorite beverages? what do you drink most around the house? how about when eating out, what do you usually drink? If you were on a road trip and had to get a gas station beverage, what would you choose? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:23:19 EST New cute nipples today Hi all <BR> <BR> ......So now Im sort of done.. went for my tattoo nipples today <BR> it was easy friendly professional and it looks great. <BR> <BR> .....or like I told the tattoo maker..:) when you have walked the BC walk <BR> everyday is good every breath is fresh <BR> Life is good <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> From Sunny Florida <BR> Yvonne Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:38:42 EST Weekend Question 6-9-13 How do you make your baked goods healthy, less sugar, special recipes, adding apple sauce or other things that lower calories? Do you like or make fruit pies? what is your favorite? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 9 Jun 2013 10:57:43 EST Weekly Question 6-6-13 How many days per week do you eat meat (pork, chicken, beef)? <BR> How many days per week do you eat fish? <BR> How many days do you enjoy meatless meals? <BR> favorite meal you eat at home. <em>190</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 6 Jun 2013 11:22:04 EST It could not happen to me......... ....but it did...I never had a mammogram (I'm 70 years young) <BR> and we have no BC generations down in our family so why worry .. <BR> but I should... <BR> <BR> I went for more estrogens which I have used since I was 38 years old <BR> had in my head the idea that I could not live without them <BR> <BR> The Dr refused to prescribe them to me if I didn't have a mammogram <BR> I said...I don't believe in putting radiation in women's breast. <BR> She returned that by telling me that she ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:07:09 EST Happy to join you guys :) Hi to everyone <BR> I did not expect to land here but a Lady kindly asked me to join since I put in blog <BR> that I just had a double mastectomy with expanders and now "The real thing" <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> It was all over and done with in 5 months and I dont know how I would have survived it all <BR> if someone had not introduced me to the daily devotional "Jesus Calling" author Sarah Young <BR> It has kept my sanity . <BR> However Im happy to join this group <BR> and I wish you... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 11:10:00 EST June Fitness Miles Post any mileage of fitness activities you participate in this month, keep a running total. <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> <em>217</em> <em>313</em> <em>324</em> <em>314</em> <em>311</em> <em>332</em> <em>363</em> <em>57</em> <em>231</em> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 10:47:56 EST June Celebrations Share any special occasion, milestone, making progress, reaching goals, etc. All who post will receive a team goodie! <BR> <BR> <em>384</em> <em>58</em> <em>383</em> <em>390</em> <em>248</em> <em>205</em> <em>380</em> <em>170</em> <em>337</em> <em>204</em> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 11:49:08 EST Weekend Question 6-1-13 What is your favorite summer time activity? How often do you participate in it? What are the normal summer temps in your area? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 1 Jun 2013 11:45:56 EST Hello i'm Maggie Hello all, <BR> I am Maggie in Texas. I am in my third year of fighting breast cancer. <BR> I am ready to reclaim my health !! I want to get some of this medication weight off of me. I want to build my strength back up through exercise !! I want to connect with other survivors. I am thankful I found this group !! Sat, 1 Jun 2013 09:12:41 EST Weekend Question 5-26-13 Do have any veterans or loved ones your are remembering this memorial day? Let's share there names, who they were and what they meant to us. Do you generally visit the cemetery during the holiday weekend? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <em>220</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 26 May 2013 09:31:17 EST Weekly Question 5-24-13 Are you currently reading any books? How many days a week do you devote to it, daily, other? Do you read during exercising? How often do you complete a book? What is a favorite you have read? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team. <em>149</em> Fri, 24 May 2013 10:37:46 EST Need Survivor Stories Hello Ladies, <BR> <BR> I am working on my doctorate in Health Education and I need to find survivors (as many as possible) that are willing to share their experience with me ~ <BR> <BR> If you are interested in sharing with me (I am hoping to publish this research and maybe even create a short booklet - all anonymous of course) ....please send me an email on here with your email address and tell me how long you have been a survivor. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Dee Kinney (3 year survivor) Fri, 24 May 2013 09:00:22 EST Weekend Question 5-18-13 What are your top 3 favorite kitchen appliances or cookware items? Which do you use most often, why is it so essential? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 18 May 2013 08:09:21 EST Weekly Question 5-16-13 What is the biggest city you have ever been in? What is the farthest you ever traveled away from home? What did you think of your experience? <BR> <BR> <BR> share your answer's with the team! Thu, 16 May 2013 10:08:47 EST Weekend Question 5-11-13 What is the <em>285</em> advice you received from your mom, grandma, aunt, or other significant person in your life, maybe even a teacher? How has that person's wisdom and guidance shaped your life? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answers with the team! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>146</em> Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, grandma's, great grandma's, anyone who celebrates the day! <em>214</em> <em>251</em> <em>81</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bonus, share how many Kids, Grandkids you have! Sat, 11 May 2013 10:54:25 EST Weekly Question 5-8-13 Do you have any of the Spark People Books or DVD/Videos? If so which ones? What do you think of them? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>348</em> <em>305</em> <em>307</em> <em>756</em> <em>308</em> Wed, 8 May 2013 09:30:45 EST Experimental Drug Shows Dramatic Results Experimental Drug Shows Dramatic Results at Stopping Spread of Breast Cancer <BR> <BR> Just read this article and wanted to pass it on to my sister survivors. <BR> <BR><BR>Experimental-Drug-Showing-Dramatic-Res<BR>ults-at-Stopping-Spread-of-Breast-Canc<BR>er--206353251.html <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 May 2013 15:04:57 EST Weekend Question 5-4-13 How many devices do you access the internet with that you own pc, laptop, Phone, android, etc. Which do you use the most? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 4 May 2013 09:21:44 EST Weekly Question 5-1-13 Do you plant a garden, what types of vegetables, fruits or herbs do you grow? Do you use plants, seeds or a combo of both? What is your favorite home-grown food? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 1 May 2013 11:38:21 EST Weekly Weigh-In May/June Post any weigh loss, goals met, ups, downs or maintaining. <em>55</em> <em>193</em> <em>49</em> <em>248</em> <em>192</em> Wed, 1 May 2013 11:05:09 EST Unloading bad habits, unhealthy foods, dump here This a thread to unload anything that is weighing us down, unhealthy trigger foods, bad habits we want to quit, even a bad day, come vent here. Get it off your chest, out of your mind, out of your house if you have to. <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <em>230</em> <em>493</em> <em>228</em> <em>495</em> <em>227</em> <em>270</em> <BR> <BR> Today is a fresh new start <em>249</em> time to unload anything that may be toxic to your life, release the negative and concentrate on th... Wed, 1 May 2013 11:02:03 EST May Fitness Miles Now that the weather has improved, let's log our miles, walking, running, biking, treadmill, elliptical, let's see how far our team can get this month! <em>249</em> <em>311</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> starting at zero, keep a running total as miles are added. Wed, 1 May 2013 10:55:28 EST May Celebrations Post any special occasion, milestone, weight loss goal met, cancer survivor anniversary, what is special to you is a Celebration to the team! Anyone who posts will receive a goodie! <em>384</em> <em>390</em> <em>383</em> <em>248</em> <em>503</em> <em>170</em> <em>244</em> <em>205</em> <em>344</em> <em>58</em> Wed, 1 May 2013 10:52:26 EST Weekend Question 4-27-13 How long have you been fighting the weight loss battle? Where you overweight as a child? When do you first remember trying to lose weight? How many pounds are you now from your goal? Have you ever reached goal and re-gained and had to go back to start again? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 27 Apr 2013 10:27:48 EST Weekly Question 4-25-13 What are your top 5 healthy food favorites? <BR> <BR> <BR> share your answer's with the team! Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:45:52 EST Fellow Survivor - help with informal research? Hello Everyone! I just celebrated my 3 year survivorship ~ and I am currently working on my doctorate in public health. <BR> <BR> I am writing a paper on sexual health and body-image in breast cancer survivors post-mastectomy and I would really appreciate it if you could email me or post comments here if you are comfortable about your personal experience with sex and sexuality or body-image and self-esteem. Here are some questions to get you started.... <BR> <BR> In my own experience sexua... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 18:39:10 EST Weekend Question 4-20-13 What is your favorite tv show you currently watch? What is one of the dumbest shows you have seen which you think is ridiculous, there are quite a few these days? How many hours do you watch tv, daily and weekly? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:11:03 EST Biopsy was today Well, my biopsy was today. <BR> <BR> At first, they couldn't find the lump. I was talking to the woman who did my ultrasound and she said some women come in and you can tell it's cancer and mine wasn't like that. She said it was round in shape and looked more like a complex cyst to her. <BR> <BR> I just don't know what to think and I am scared. <BR> <BR> <BR> THanks for reading. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:49:37 EST Smelly girl..... My "flavor of the month" right now in the chemo department is Doxel. I guess it's working okay, Im still here and the side effects are easier than my last. Won't know for sure until my next scan. The problem is, I stink. I stink BADLY. My urine and sweat smells. My clothes smell. My HOUSE smells. Everything smells like this drug. I go through terrible sweats that soak my clothes and furniture. Being at someone else's place when it happens is awful, because then THEIR house smells! I have to c... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 15:07:33 EST Weekend Question 4-13-13 What kind of bed do you have/sleep in? What color is your bedroom? Do you find your room to be soothing or distracting/confusing? Do you have a tv in there? What can you do to improve your sleeping area? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 13 Apr 2013 11:27:17 EST Pain Did any of you have pain in your breast with your cancer? Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:40:43 EST Biopsy I am going in for my biopsy Monday. Wow am I scared. They found a lump of 1 cm but couldn't tell me anything more without biospy. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:39:59 EST Oncology appt Good news! No chemo! A good score of 14 on the onco test and less than a 9% chance of recurrence in the next 10 years. Less because I have only 10% breast tissue. I have some kind of infection going on though so I am on an antibiotic. Check with the next doctor on Friday Wed, 10 Apr 2013 23:48:05 EST Weekly Question 4-10-13 What is your favorite way to prepare/eat chicken, grilled, baked, salad, etc? <em>53</em> How often do you eat chicken? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:06:13 EST Weekend Question 4-6-13 What are your favorite leisure activities? What do you enjoy doing when you have some free-time? Do you have any hobbies? Are you a part of any clubs or organizations that you enjoy? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 6 Apr 2013 11:07:57 EST April Celebrations Post anything special to you this month! <em>384</em> <em>383</em> <em>58</em> <em>205</em> <em>337</em> <em>170</em> <em>408</em> <em>410</em> Goodies will be given out in honor of your special occasion, event or milestone! <em>244</em> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 11:05:30 EST Weekend Question 3-30-13 What does Easter mean to you? How does your family celebrate and spend the day? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>449</em> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 11:31:00 EST Not fat and happy Getting back on that horse called weight loss. Gained 20+ pounds last year through chemo and radiation. Now is the time to get back to taking it off. Training for the Boston Komen 3 day and would like to do it with 20 less pounds to hall around. <em>386</em> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 22:08:04 EST Weekly Question 3-27-13 How many pairs of shoes would you say you have? How high is your highest heels? What pair are your favorites? Have you ever donated old shoes of yours, or your family to organizations that send old shoes to underdeveloped countries? If you have alot of excess, think about donating old shoes, look for a drop-off in your area, they can provide a lifesaving gift to needy people. <em>331</em> <em>295</em> <em>138</em> <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 27 Mar 2013 11:12:32 EST Currently a Warrior, trying to get healthy My name is Courtney, I am 29 years old. I was diagnosed August 2012 with stage 3 triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma. I have since gone through chemo (gaining 15 pounds due to steroids!) and a bilateral mastectomy/reconstruction. I start radiation on April 1st. <BR> <BR> I am more than ready to shed the extra weight I am carrying and I feel the NEED to cut out as much sugar from my diet as possible since we all know that cancer thrives on sugar and I have no other "protection." I... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:33:11 EST Weekend Question 3-23-13 What are your favorite first signs of Spring? Do you have any blooming plants on your property, flowers, trees, etc. What activities do you like to resume when the weather gets warmer? How has it been in your area? many are having a very cold spring. <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 23 Mar 2013 11:11:11 EST Weekly Question 3-21-13 Do you buy girl scout cookies? How about eating them, do you? How many would be an acceptable portion? What is your favorite variety? <BR> Bonus: Were you or your daughter a girl scout? (if you have one) Any former leaders? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:04:25 EST Please read this!! <BR> <link><BR>g-180-pounds-really-does-body-8212-160<BR>-163900419.html </link> <BR> <BR> Please read this article if you didn't already see it on Yahoo. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:33:48 EST Weekend Question 3-16-13 How many times do you eat a day, meals, snacks? Do you track what you eat? if not, start today! <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 16 Mar 2013 11:58:48 EST Weekly Question 3-13-13 How many hours of sleep do you get on a regular basis? What time do you generally go to bed/wakeup? How can you improve your sleep habits? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:34:16 EST exercise during treatment I have been using a rowing machine, but am starting radiation, and am thinking the friction wouldn't be good. Anyone do workouts during radiation? If so, what were they? Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:10:51 EST Weight loss on Tamoxifen? (Early menopause) Have you lost weight while on Tam. Tips? Sat, 9 Mar 2013 12:43:51 EST Weekend Question 3-9-13 What is the highest weight you have been at? How much weight have you lost on Spark People? How many pounds do you have to go on your weight loss? <BR> <BR> <BR> share your answer's with the team! Sat, 9 Mar 2013 10:22:43 EST Weekly Question 3-7-13 What do you wear during your indoor workouts? t-shirt/shorts, sweats, yoga pants, other exercise clothes? How about if you head outdoors, anything special you wear outside? <BR> What kind of athletic shoes do you have and how many pairs? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 10:47:22 EST Has anyone undergone neoadjuvant endocrin therapy? Hi, all, <BR> <BR> I received my diagnosis of Invasive Lobular Carcinoma of the left breast earlier this week, ER+/PR+. I meet with my surgeon for a consultation Monday morning, but I've been doing a lot of research, and have come across a fair amount of information about neoadjuvant therapy. Has anyone done this? <BR> <BR> I'd love to connect with others who have ILC - I understand it's fairly uncommon. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Christine Sun, 3 Mar 2013 00:35:25 EST Out with Old Habit's - In with the New! Now it the time to get rid of something that is weighing you down, any habit you want to quit, and any new habit you want to incorporate into your life can be achieved. Focus on who you want to be, and what you want to release in your life. Just give it some thought, we can all become better, healthier and fitter. Spark People can teach us so many new things! <em>252</em> <em>225</em> <em>249</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:26:12 EST March Fitness Miles Post your mileage on walks, runs, bikes, elliptical, treadmills, etc. Let's see how many miles we can rack up for the month! <em>137</em> <em>315</em> <em>332</em> <em>311</em> <em>324</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> keep a running total Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:14:17 EST Weekly Weigh-In March/April Post your weight loss, gains, or stability. <em>55</em> <em>193</em> <em>49</em> <em>306</em> <em>344</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:11:33 EST March Celebrations Post your special occasions, accomplishments, goals met, any success or special event for you! Goodies will be given in celebration! <em>384</em> <em>383</em> <em>58</em> <em>337</em> <em>248</em> <em>242</em> <em>264</em> <em>205</em> <em>503</em> <em>390</em> <em>408</em> <em>204</em> <em>251</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:09:57 EST Weekend Question 3-2-13 How many types of exercise equipment have you tried? What do you use regularly? What equipment did you not like for your work-out? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>322</em> <em>323</em> <em>34</em> <em>327</em> <em>314</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:06:08 EST No health insurance I just got the word today that the health insurance offered through my employer will not insure me due to pre-existing conditions. Mind you, I hadn't even gotten the opportunity to MENTION the breast cancer...the minute they heard about the diabetes (now well controlled by diet only) and the blood pressure meds, they were done. <BR> <BR> So, now I'm facing this journey without insurance. The Breast Care Coordinators at the hospital have told me, "No matter what, you WILL be treated!" - th... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:02:57 EST Weekly Question 2-28-13 How many cookbooks do you have? Do you use them often? Do you have a favorite? Do you have the Spark People cook book? Do you make recipes you find on this website? <em>756</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team? Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:51:40 EST Newly diagnosed This morning, I found out what I think I've known deep in my heart for the last few days...I have breast cancer. I've been very fragile all day, with tears off and on. At one point, I apologized to my husband of 5 years, knowing that he surely did NOT sign up for this. His response, God bless him, was, "Honey, neither did you." He's right, of course. Frightening though this is, I am grateful that at least I now have a sense of the dragon I will be waging war against, thus ending the last... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:01:14 EST Weekend Question 2-23-13 Do you watch the Oscars? Have you seen any of the movies up for an award, or even recall the name of any? If you saw any, what movie was best to you? I know alot of people don't go to the theatre as they used too, how many times a year do you go? Do you prefer watching at home? <em>272</em> <em>103</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 23 Feb 2013 09:27:45 EST New to the team - biopsy results pending Hi, all, <BR> <BR> I now know what it's like to live in fear...I had an MRI-guided biopsy (2 sites, L breast) this past Tuesday, and I'm anxiously awaiting the results. I know it sounds fatalistic, but I have to tell you that somehow, I'm convinced that there's SOMETHING going on in there - now, it's just a matter of what and how serious. This journey of diagnosis, which has been going on for about a month, is truly humbling. I've heard it said that God only sends serious life challenges ... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:41:55 EST Weekly Question 2-18-13 Happy President's day, hope some of you have the day off. <BR> <BR> What is one of your favorite historical events of the United States? Share any of your favorite moments in history since the country began in 1776. <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:51:47 EST Weekend Question 2-16-13 Do you eat fish and seafood? What are your favorites? Do you cook it yourself, or eat when dining out? Do you have any concerns over mercury or other chemicals that may be in fish products? Do you eat fish in cans, like salmon, tuna, sardines? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>492</em> <em>498</em> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 11:08:17 EST Weekly Question 2-14-13 <em>129</em> Happy <em>214</em> Valentine's <em>26</em> Day! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> If you could give yourself a gift today what would it be? new hair style, pedicure, starbucks treat, etc. go for it if you can! <BR> <BR> Do you do anything special with your friends or family today? <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:16:33 EST New to this team and back to SP Hi. I actually joined Spark over a year ago but after several tries never really followed through. Now due to raising insurance costs, the orthopaedic group where I work has decided to offer a Wellness program in which they will reduce our insurance premium if we participate. So I'm back and hopefully will make it work this time. Also, this is my 5th year of being a breast cancer survivor! I found the lump five years ago end of January and my last chemo treatment was end of August. So at that... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:32:52 EST Weekly Question 2-9-13 What's your favorite restaurant in your area for a nice lunch or date night out? Since valentines day is coming up, make plans for a nice time out sometime this month, you deserve it, take hubby out or call a friend you have not seen for a while. <em>190</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Bonus question, What is your favorite romantic type movie? <em>272</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> share your answer's with the team! Sat, 9 Feb 2013 11:20:04 EST Weekly Question 2-6-13 What is your favorite type of music? Do you listen while you work-out? Any favorite songs that really get you going? <em>276</em> <em>339</em> <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 6 Feb 2013 09:42:43 EST hello hello there. just a little about myself. I have always been a big supporter of breast cancer awareness. any doubt would be dismissed if you see my kitchen where i have all pink appliances that donate percentage to the cause. Then about 6 months ago i got a job setting appointment for mammo's. and i felt i was doing real good, till the reality of health care and insurance system set in. 4 months ago it hit home when my sister was diagnosed with Padget's disease. luckily she caught it at ... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 09:21:52 EST Weekend Question 2-2-13 2 parts today..... <BR> <BR> Do you believe this "groundhog" tradition, or is it just for fun and not really accurate? <em>219</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you watch the superbowl? Whether you watch or not, what is a healthy snack you like to eat during such an event? <em>281</em> <em>291</em> <em>22</em> <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Feb 2013 11:10:28 EST February Celebrations I slacked off on this for a while, sorry to those whose celebrations we may have missed. <BR> <BR> Post anything special for you this month: <em>384</em> <em>248</em> <em>383</em> <em>503</em> <em>58</em> <em>337</em> <BR> <BR> Team goodies will go out to all who post! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:47:25 EST Weekly Question 2-1-13 How has the weather been in your area? have you been exercising indoors or out? Do you change your exercise routine as the season's change? <em>425</em> <em>67</em> <em>126</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:28:35 EST Daily Take Your Pick! Each day or so, two items will be posted, choose your favorite of the two. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Deep Dish/Stuffed Pizza <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Thin Crust Pizza <BR> <BR> <BR> me - deep dish/stuffed <em>483</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:07:23 EST Miles many did you do today? Post how many miles you did on your choice of exercise, treadmill, bike, elliptical, walking, hiking, running, anything where you keep track of mileage, go for at least a mile each time you exercise. Post here, mileage and an emoticon of your exercise if possible. Let's keep a running total for our team, how far can we go? <em>324</em> <em>315</em> <em>313</em> <em>332</em> <em>363</em> <em>295</em> <em>306</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:03:18 EST February 4 week Challenge - Week 1 February is a great month to get going again. Each week we will concentrate on getting back on track and keep up with a goals. <BR> <BR> Week 1 Water and Food Tracking <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> staying hydrated is important, all year round. make your daily goal, and stick to it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>271</em> <em>474</em> <em>490</em> <em>277</em> <em>492</em> <em>140</em> <em>470</em> track your food, set a daily calorie limit and stick... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 09:59:12 EST Support for 3-Day walker? Hi All ~ Some of you may know me, others may not. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2010 .... so I am a survivor. <BR> <BR> As part of having a sense of closure from that experience I had wanted to walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk that year. However, I had developed plantar fasciitis and had other issues related to my treatment. <BR> <BR> Happy to say I am finally feeling like I am back to where I was prior to my diagnosis. <BR> And - this year I have committed to walking ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 16:14:55 EST Weekend Question 1-26-13 Do you eat breakfast? What are some of your favorite's, and how many calories do you usually consume? Do you ever incorporate vegetables into your breakfast? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:23:57 EST Weekend Question 1-19-13 Easy 2 part question for this weekend. What is your favorite piece of exercise/fitness equipment? What is your favorite exercise with no equipment? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:57:38 EST Large Breast Size and Cancer All the women in my family are large chested and my mom always feared that large breasts were more prone to breast cancer. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else heard this or know of any information stating this is a myth? <BR> <BR> Thanks Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:07:12 EST Inflammatory Breast Cancer Recently, I had a scare that I had inflammatory breast cancer. I woke up and my left breast was swollen and sore. It looked to me like my nipple was inverted. <BR> <BR> Well, I read everything I could on the topic and saw it was rare, but very deadly. So, I made an appt with an ob.gyn. <BR> <BR> Well, she did a manual breast exam and just said "I feel no lumps, nothing." So I explained to her I was worried about IBC because there was no presentable lump. She just proceeded to look at... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 01:14:28 EST Reducing the risk of a re-occurre nce~Taking charg Hi, I'm Emily...I have been out of tx for almost 2 years now...I am overweight and don't exercise...I need to take charge and cut back the risk of a reoccurrance. I feel like I set myself up to fail...does anyone else seem to have these issues? Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:04:39 EST NEW YEAR AND NEW ME Hi, my name is Addie and from a state where people love to eat, New Orleans,La. I'm 66 years young and retired. <BR> <BR> My purpose for joining your team is because I too am a cancer survivor, this past August I had a bilateral mastectomy and thankfully I did not have to have radiation or chemo, but I do take a HER2 inhibitor. I feel pretty good, sometimes I tire real easy. Had physical therapy but I have one arm where there are limitations as to how far I can reach or how far back. <... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:03:24 EST Weekend Question 1-12-13 Hope everyone's new year is going well! Since we are in a time of new beginnings, think of a food you have not tried, something new to you, maybe tofu, quinoa, pomegranate, etc... Pick your food to try, do a little research, find a recipe, let us know what you chose and if possible come back and share how you liked or disliked it. <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:07:50 EST I am a 2 year survivor Hello to everyone first time that I have come across this team page site. So glad to connect to a group of beautiful woman that has traveled the journey I am on. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer back in 2011. I had a right breast mesectomy, 6 months of chemo, and 34 sessions of radiations. I will be having my reconstruction surgery the early part of this year (2013) as I want to put this phase of my life behind me. I try to have a positive out look on life each and everyday, an... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 14:25:06 EST New to team! <em>213</em> everyone! I just finished my radiation treatment, just days before Christmas and I'm here to give support where I can. I'm not new to SP, but have been absent from the site for a while. Life handed me a few challenges I had to get through first before I was ready to commit to losing weight. Getting cancer showed just how tough I really am and I'm ready to get tough again with my weight. <BR> <BR> <em>390</em> sooz <BR> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 05:56:40 EST Just joined the group.. I am a survivor! I found out in July of 2011 that I had breast cancer and lived on the roller coaster of life and still am on it!! Not that it has been a thrilling ride but I am still here enjoying the smoother side of the coaster. I was over weight prior to my cancer and only gained more during treatment. I was always trying to get that medicine taste out of my mouth... now I only that a bill that leaves no after taste and it is time for me to get healthier. I know I can do it after th... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 20:11:25 EST Weekend Question 1-6-12 Do you get a flu shot each year? Has alot of flu been reported in your area? Have you got the flu this year? How do you prevent illness or treat it when it hits? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 6 Jan 2013 11:48:20 EST Weekly Weigh-In Jan./Feb. 2013 Post your starting weight for the year. Post on a weekly basis, ups, downs, maintaining. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <em>49</em> <em>193</em> <em>55</em> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> it may be helpful to do your weigh in on the same day each week. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:24:03 EST Weekend Question 12-29-12 Time to reflect and look at how you did for 2012, give yourself a personal assessment of where you made progress and the areas where improvement is needed. Give yourself a pat on the back for a job <em>380</em> Now is the time to set new goals for 2013, what do you hope for in the new year? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 29 Dec 2012 10:32:51 EST Weekend Question 12-23-12 What are your plans for Christmas this year? Are you ready, shopping done? Do have any baking or recipes to make? Have you wrapped your gifts? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> Merry <em>445</em> Christmas! <em>460</em> Sun, 23 Dec 2012 08:56:25 EST Winterbreak!!!! Happy Holidays everyone, Christmas shopping starts today. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 11:07:19 EST Weekend Question 12-15-12 How many Holiday celebrations will you be attending this month, work, family, ethnic, clubs, etc.? <em>446</em> <em>500</em> <em>445</em> <em>447</em> <BR> <BR> How about Holiday baking, do you do any? What is a favorite of yours to make? <em>475</em> <em>495</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> also, let's keep our thoughts and prayers with those in CT and all who were touched by such a senseless tragedy. <em>220</em> <em>458</em> ... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 13:16:39 EST hello - freshly diagnosed Hi everyone...this may be premature because I haven't met with the surgeon yet, but I was just diagnosed with breast cancer this morning. I have an appointment later tonight with the surgeon to discuss further testing and surgery, but until then I'm sitting on my couch with my thoughts. So, I needed to do something...and here I am. :( Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:43:26 EST Weekend Question 12-8-12 What's your current favorite healthy snack, one that keeps you on track and away from the Bad stuff? What exercises have you been doing lately? How many days a week have you been exercising? How much water have you been drinking daily? Basically this is a check up on YOU with a series of questions, share your answer's with the team! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>390</em> <em>386</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 8 Dec 2012 09:27:19 EST Weekend Question 12-2-12 Have you had problems in the past with weight gain during the holidays? What Holiday de-rails you the most, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Other Ethnic Celebration, etc.? What strategy helps you eat healthier during such times? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 2 Dec 2012 09:52:59 EST Returning member It has been a while since I was a member, but, I am back! I am a 5 year survivor, however, I have discovered another lump, but we are just keeping an eye on it, for now. If it gets any bigger, I should call. Anyway, I am happy to be back and have promised myself that I will work hard and do what I need to do. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:13:12 EST Gratitude I just woke up and can't get back to sleep. I found out a couple weeks ago that I have breast cancer. I have my first appointment with the surgeon at 8am. I am so grateful to find this link. <BR> <BR> My diagnosis has made me aware that I need to be more committed to exercise and healthy eating. I've procrastinated. This is a wake up call. I am scared but grateful for your being here. Grateful for an early diagnosis. Grateful for being knocked out of denial.. May we all have a peace filled... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 03:31:13 EST Weekend Question 11-17-12 What are your plans for Thanksgiving this year? If you are doing cooking, what are some of the specialties you will be making? What other traditions make your family holiday special? <BR> How many of you will be traveling, or staying home? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>426</em> <em>428</em> <em>427</em> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 10:39:49 EST Weekend Question 11-10-12 What is your favorite way to reward yourself, beauty treatment? shopping? special outing?Other? Share how you celebrate any progress or reaching goals on your weight loss journey? <BR> if you are maintaining, how do you remain stable, how often do you weigh yourself to prevent gaining again? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 10 Nov 2012 09:28:58 EST Hello I'm Rhonda, and I am a 4 1/2 yr survivor. Glad to join your group and looking forward to hearing from everyone. Thu, 8 Nov 2012 07:07:53 EST I am thankful for.... In November most of us share thanksgiving with our families, loved ones, friends. In that spirit, let us share things we are thankful for in our daily lives. Post as often as you wish during this month. <em>426</em> <em>304</em> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 11:28:50 EST Sugar Danger There are so many types of sugar, do you have problems with eating too much sugar? Do you check how much you actually consume? Be aware of hidden sugars. I will be posting types of sugars that exist, and as cancer fighters and survivors, eating less sugar is <em>285</em> . Please add any info. you come across as well. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>230</em> <em>495</em> <em>228</em> <em>493</em> <em>227</em> <em>494</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 11:25:36 EST Weekend Question 11-3-12 Name 5 things you do for yourself to make your life better! <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> <BR> You can use emoticons if you wish! Sat, 3 Nov 2012 11:20:44 EST Weekly Weigh In - Nov./Dec. Post your weekly weight loss, gains, or remaining stable, ask for help or suggestions if needed! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>193</em> <em>55</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> <em>192</em> <em>381</em> <em>11</em> <em>446</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 11:12:12 EST Pink Glove Dance 2012 I've watched a lot of the videos & this one is my favorite. It makes me cry every time & it is so inspirational. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 18:21:10 EST reconstruct or not reconstruct I was diagnosed with stage 0 DCIS in November 2010. I had a right side mastectomy with an expander placed at the time of surgery. After going through the weekly Dr. visits for expansion, my expander leaked and I had it replaced only to ultimately have it removed due to skin and Aloderm failure. I am BRCA 2 positive with family history of breast and ovarian cancer. I had ovarian surgery in May to complete a hysterectomy and I take Tamoxifen. Now I am considering preventive mastectomy on t... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:22:17 EST Weekly Question 10-23-12 How many hours of sleep are you getting per night on average? What time do you go to bed and get up in the morning? Is it usually the same on the weekends? Have you had any problems such as insomnia? Give your best relaxation tips for a good nights sleep. <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>102</em> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:18:43 EST Weekend Question 10-20-12 Do you have a Pedometer? What Kind? Do you use it? Do you have any other fitness devices, body bugg, other? SP is promoting a new device, have you seen it? It is called the Fitbit, I saw it on the Daily Spark, check it out. Do you think you may get one? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 20 Oct 2012 08:49:33 EST Weekly Question 10-18-12 What ways can you help our world stay GREEN? Do you carry your own bag to the grocery store? Do you recycle, re-sell or donate items you no longer use? Does your home have any special features such as solar panels, wind energy, other? Have you seen wind turbines in your state or in the car as you traveled through the country? Is your car a hybrid type or gas efficient, even electric? Do you avoid plastic water bottles and use your own fillable one? Give any other info, on a GREEN lifest... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:45:25 EST Hello.....I'm ready to get healthy! Hello, I was diagnosed with breast cancer twice in less than a year. I finished chemo this summer and will finish radiation on Tuesday. I thought I'd lose some weight during chemo but actually gained 15 pounds. I am at my heaviest weight right now. My hair's finally growing back, I'm back to work and feel pretty good except for my weight. I am having a hard time getting motivated but am ready to lose weight, get healthy and get on with my life. I've hear nothing but good about this website a... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 22:36:18 EST Question about Juice A few weeks ago, one of our weekly questions was about the top 5 beverages you drink. I noticed not too many people are juice drinkers. I drink it daily, and was wondering why some of you avoid drinking juice? Thanks for sharing some info. about this. Sat, 13 Oct 2012 09:44:46 EST Weekend Question 10-13-12 How long have you been a member of Spark People? How many teams are you active on? <BR> How far are you from your weight loss goals? What have you accomplished by being a SP member, have you reached your goal and now following a maintenance program? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 13 Oct 2012 09:41:52 EST Weekly Question 10-11-12 Do you watch movies? What are your favorite types, comedy, thriller, drama, etc.? <BR> How often do you go to the movie theatre? Do you watch at home? How do you rent/view your dvd's, Netflix, Redbox, other? Last great movie watched? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>272</em> <em>103</em> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:56:58 EST Weekend Question 10-6-12 What exercises do you do for your core? Do you use equipment? have you tried any of the SP exercises and watched the videos? Please read the daily Spark today to get more ideas for core exercises. I think many of us bc survivors can gain in the middle/abs, especially due to many of us being put into a med. Menopause. How is your core, how many inches have you lost, or plan on losing? maybe a size goal? <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the TEAM! Sat, 6 Oct 2012 11:39:46 EST Seeing PINK! There is alot of Putting on the Pink going on everywhere, post when you see something interesting to share! <BR> <BR> I just heard this morning the White House has gone PINK for BC Awareness! Very nice to see! Fri, 5 Oct 2012 09:07:52 EST Weekly Question 10-4-12 What is your favorite slow-cooker meal for autumn? How often do you make it? Have you tried any SP slow-cooker recipes? If given a choice would you prefer chili or soup on a cool crisp fall night for supper? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 4 Oct 2012 11:01:24 EST SP Breast Cancer Quiz <link><BR>_start.asp?quizid=84 </link> <BR> <BR> Stuff I didn't know in here. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Wed, 3 Oct 2012 08:20:25 EST October Celebrations Share your personal celebrations for the month of October. Anyone who posts will receive a goodie to share in your celebration! <em>242</em> <em>503</em> <em>383</em> <em>248</em> <em>337</em> <em>77</em> <em>218</em> <em>58</em> <em>104</em> <em>44</em> <em>364</em> <em>215</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 2 Oct 2012 10:17:45 EST October Pink Carnation Goodie Challenge As a team, lets spread the word of the importance of monthly self breast exams, mammograms, offer support, inform. We can do this by giving goodies to communicate our desire for Breast cancer awareness. It can also be used to support or honor a team member or spark friend. Aim for 1 a day if you are on SP every day. Team goal would be at least 3 a week, you will feel good sharing this important info. with others. <BR> <BR> Post here if you are participating. <em>184</em> <em>390</em>... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 09:59:58 EST Wearing PINK in October Last few years our team did PINK mondays, basically wearing PINK one day a week to raise breast cancer awareness. Pick one day a week or more and wear your pink with pride! <BR> <em>390</em> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> Post here when you wear Pink, let us know about what you wear and how you can spread bc awareness with friends, co-workers, family, etc. <BR> <BR> Have a PINK month! <em>223</em> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 11:39:03 EST Weekly Question 9-26-12 What are the top 5 beverages you consume on a regular basis, number one - five, with one being the drink you consume most often? <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:36:40 EST An awareness.. The past three days I haven't been binging, like in the past, BUT I have become aware at a behavior of mine that sets me up to jump off the wagon every time. I'd eat a little extra at lunch or another meal. Then, I would do the same over a period of time and finally find myself binging on food. All of the intensity of emotional eating would resurface and I'd spiral down emotionally for a very long time. Last night, I had a mexican food meal with friends. Because of schedule conflicts, I... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 21:07:50 EST AZ Dragonriders At a recent breast cancer expo I discovered a group of local (Phoenix metro) women who had started a team of bc survivor/patients paddling a dragon boat (think 2,000 year old Chinese/South Pacific sport of racing large dugout canoes). The team, called "Abreast in the West", was organized to promote exercise (fantastic upper body and core!), create a sense of well being, and foster a sense of harmony and togetherness. I've been to two training sessions and am sold! We meet Sunday mornings ... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 19:47:31 EST Weekend Question 9-22-12 Happy Autumn! <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>427</em> <BR> <BR> What are your Fall favorites, activities, foods, hikes, colored leaves, etc? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 22 Sep 2012 11:14:56 EST Weekly Question 9-20-12 What is your bed-time ritual like, do you read, take a bath, listen to music, other things? What time do you usually go to bed/get up in the morning? Is your schedule the same on weekends, or do you sleep in? If you have had any sleep problems, share ideas that have helped you get a good night sleep. <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:39:57 EST Weekend Question 9-15-12 Did you cook as a child? Did you learn special recipes from your mom, grandma, aunt, other? <BR> What where some of the first things you ever made? Did your HS have home economics classes? Did you ever take one? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:35:08 EST Weekend Question 9-8-12 What is one of your favorite healthy meals? Do you cook it, or is it made by someone else, restaurant or carry out? How often do you eat this? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> <BR> <BR> Bonus, Do you know the calorie count of the entire meal? If not, track it here on SP! Sat, 8 Sep 2012 12:01:36 EST Weekly Question 9-6-12 How often do you go to the grocery store? Do you go to more than one to take advantage of sales? Do you use coupons or follow sale papers to save you money? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the Team! Thu, 6 Sep 2012 11:35:23 EST Have to share something funny Today I was at the gym with a good friend of mine. I haven't the guts yet to work out without my prosthetic breasts, so I work out with these monsters on my chest despite the extra heat caused by them smacking against my chest cavity during a cardio workout. Anyway.... today, I was working on an ab machine, and what I had to push on to lift the weights was situated right at my breasts. I didn't realize it had been this long since I have been on this machine because the last time I was, I h... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 22:56:18 EST Weekend Question 9-1-12 Do you have any plans for the Labor day Holiday weekend? Do you attend any parties, visit friends, get to the beach one last time? Have you ever traveled over Labor day, and will you be going somewhere this year? Are you sad summer is coming to an end, or do you enjoy cooler temps? Will this weekend be one where you enjoy some physical type of activity? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:59:21 EST September Celebrations Share any special occasion you are celebrating this month. Birthdays, Anniversaries, Sparkanniversary, Survivor anniversary, ANYTHING that is special to you is worth a Team Celebration, you will receive a Goodie for posting on this thread. <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>337</em> <em>503</em> <em>58</em> <em>390</em> <em>244</em> <em>248</em> <em>104</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:52:54 EST Weekly Weigh-In Sept./Oct. Post your weight loss/gains or maintenance. Post any problems you may be facing, like hitting a plateau. Also share when you reach a goal! <em>193</em> <em>55</em> <em>15</em> <em>192</em> <em>49</em> <em>248</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:44:52 EST September/ October Walk, Hike, or Run Challenge Walking is a great way to keep on top of your fitness program! As the weather cools down, plan some walks in your area, start slow and try to get up to 2-3 miles. You can also run if you are more experienced. Post your walks, hikes or runs here (share how far/long and where you went). Our goal is to try to build ourselves up so we can do anywhere from 3-5 miles. Join today! This is also an opportunity to ask a friend or spouse, or a child to come along, or even the family dog! <BR> <BR... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:32:28 EST Daily Workout Sept./Oct. Post your daily workout here, also try to watch the new SP videos and get spark points for them daily! <em>315</em> <em>295</em> <em>307</em> <em>348</em> <em>308</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:24:56 EST Weekly Question 8-31-12 End of August generally means end of summer for many. How would you sum up your summer? Did you take a vacation, take day trips, or visit anything interesting in your own state? How has your weight, exercise and healthy eating been? Have you done well, average, or is there room for improvement? All in all, did you enjoy your summer? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:36:11 EST Weekend Question 8-25-12 What is your favorite piece of cookware or kitchen appliance? What are some things you make in it? How often do you use it? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>286</em> <em>302</em> <em>254</em> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 10:36:57 EST Weekly Question 8-20-12 How have your summer eating habits been? Do you eat pretty much the same as the rest of the year, or have you eaten bbq, icecream, etc? Has your weight remained stable, or have your experienced any gains or losses? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Mon, 20 Aug 2012 12:47:57 EST Slipped and fell I have been lax about posting for quite qwhile.Have been thinking about getting back on track. My dr says that I should be able to loose weight once I finish my 5 years on Arimidex in January. <BR> <BR> Wow, I did a real number on myself July 29.I slipped and fell in the bathhroom andbrokemy pelvis - a badthing to do! I am a patient at an inpatient rehabilitation facility at St Mary's Hospital We have 3 hours of therapy a day. Iam really making progress. Yesterday was my second time in th... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 10:13:34 EST Weekly Question 8-10-12 Last Question was about the Olympics and we will continue with another regarding that. Have you been watching the Olympics? Have you learned about any new sports you had no knowledge of? What has intrigued you? Have any athletes or events inspired you? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:24:57 EST August Celebrations Post any special occasion you are celebrating this month. All who post will receive a team goodie! <BR> <em>242</em> <em>383</em> <em>58</em> <em>503</em> <em>384</em> <em>248</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 11:26:30 EST new member Hi I am slowly trying to learn how to navigate this site. I am ready to make changes now that I have the last of my reconstruction surgery in less than two weeks. I am hoping I will be off the steroids soon. 20+ pounds later, out of shape, curly short hair. Old friends don't even recognize me and that makes me sad. I used to be proud of the physical shape I was in. Now i am out of shape and all my old clothes don't fit :( thats depressing. I need the support of others like myself to tr... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:29:11 EST I am a survivor and blessed Hi. My name is Karyn, and I am a breast cancer survivor. I was blessed to find only a small lump (the beginning of stage 1) considering I hadn't had a mammogram for THREE years! I know, shame on me. I have between 80 and 100 pounds to lose. I developed serious infections back to back when I started reconstruction. I believe all of this was due to my diabetic condition and my obesity. I want reconstruction, and I don't want to die, so I checked into bariatric surgery. My insurance won't ... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 20:01:44 EST Weekly Question 7-27-12 Are you going to watch The Olympics? What events might interest you? <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:50:08 EST Hi! Iam a survivor, wanting to become a thriver. I am a 5 yr survivor as of last February. I am a single mom of 2 daughters, (widowed). The two blessings I call my daughters are getting older and I am able to think more about the direction my life is going to take. I want to become more active and take better care of my health, First on the journey to better health is to lose weight and then to maintain it. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 07:45:31 EST Weekend Question 7-21-12 What is your favorite type of ethnic food? Do you make it yourself, or go to a restaurant, if so what is the name of the restaurant where you enjoy it? What do you usually make or order? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:45:39 EST New Breast Cancer Survivor Hello, <BR> <BR> I've been on and off Sparkpeople for ages, it seems. I had been at about my goal weight for a bit, finally, and then I got diagnosed with BC. I did a lot of eating and drinking and my weight went up and up and up. I just completed radiation this week, and now I need to start getting back into the exercising and watching what I eat. I also started Tamoxifen this week, so hopefully I won't gain too much weight (if any) from that. I wanted to join a team of ladies who have... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 09:32:50 EST