SparkPeople Foodservice Professionals Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=4839 A team for those of us who work in foodservice- chefs, cooks, servers, counter people, etc to discuss trials and tribulations of working around food. SparkPeople Foodservice Professionals Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=4839 29 Signs You’ve Worked In A Restaurant Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x55426564 I think this need no explanation! <BR> <BR> <link>www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/sign<BR>s-you-worked-in-a-restaurant-kitchen </link> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:05:20 EST Organic vs local http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x53463879 I have seen the major food trends organic and local. If you have to make a choice which one do you make? I can get great local product here,thanks to the farmers markets, and the local fisherman who will sell product at the docks. However If I want certain organic products I have to go Sobey's because I can't get them locally, but some of them I can get at the market but they may not be organic. I guess my question is organic food really better for me then the local product fresh from the fa... Fri, 24 May 2013 12:40:57 EST And so how was your day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x53117958 So another day is upon us - or ending - how did it go? <BR> What did you do? <BR> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:46:19 EST Hungry for change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x52559897 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Has anyone seen the Hungry for change, films about food, there is a free screening coming up this month at http://www.hungryforchange.tv. If anyone is interested, I watched them a the first movie a few years ago and though it had some great information, although some of it I did question, I am just wondering what other cooks and chefs think about this. Please let me know. Sat, 16 Mar 2013 12:39:31 EST MARCH WORKOUTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4911x4839x52282500 Sorry I haven't been posting. <BR> <BR> I love my fitbit. It tells me how active I am, how many steps I've taken,how many calories I should eat based on my physical activity. It syncs real well with Sp. The only downsize is if you sync foos to fitbit from Sp, it sends everything over again so u have to go in and delete stuff. I am eating more than I should but I'm getting better. Weigh in tomorrow. last week scale was up 2 pounds but I had a lot of sodium the day before. Tomorrow hopefully ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:20:55 EST Has Spring Sprung? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x52109683 I thought this was a topic I had already posted - but I don't see it - so I will ask - Do you see signs that winter is over? <BR> Or at least almost over? Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:30:43 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x51944561 Hey I am Sage I am prep/line cook at family run business, we have a pub menu and a more causal lunch menu and a formal supper menu. I work the morning shifts Monday -Friday when hours pick back up, right now I am only getting a couple of hours per week, but that the way it is here on the coast! Its been too cold for people to be out! My goal is to lose 35-40 pounds. I look forward to meeting all of you as we try and meet our goals. Sat, 2 Feb 2013 13:50:10 EST February the Love Month !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x51927838 This month could be more stressful than others. <BR> There is romance expectations or the lack of romance sorrows. <BR> There is chocolates and the other sweets that are advertised everywhere to entice us to give in! <BR> Business probably will be busier as couples eat out more. <BR> <BR> Please share how you are going to cope. <BR> How will you overcome the stress - tensions of this Month? <BR> <BR> I am sure we all will need encouragement and that is why we are here. <BR> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 11:17:22 EST What did you cook today at home or work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x51916461 Lets share some of the interesting food's we make. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:07:49 EST Ticked off http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x51905561 We know kitchens are a stress bowl - so many different personalities - pressures of time - guests / customers who just drive us nuts - not to mention the management team - ( sorry owners and managers). <BR> Who or what ticked you off the most today? <BR> Who or what happened to make your day? Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:45:36 EST Do you make a menu plan for home meals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x51872594 At work I have to plan and order all the groceries for a week at a time - or twice a week to feed 25 to 180 people. Yet when it come to home shopping - I go to the supper market and buy this and that and each day figure out what I can prepare from what I have. After all I can always go back and pick up something whenever I wish. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:12:23 EST Camp Chef http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x51864920 Hello everyone. I am chef at a summer camp - I have been cooking for over 25 years ranging from restaurants - nursing homes - oil rigs and Children camps. I got my first start as a fast food cook at KFC then I moved to Banff Alberta where I went to a hotel looking for work. I was asked want did- I do - I replied I was a cook at KFC - oh you are a cook - they hired me instantly and took me up to the kitchen and I was placed in front of a grill - I had never seen one before. Talk about on the j... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:14:03 EST DEC 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x50982995 Is anyone still here? <BR> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 07:04:49 EST Hello- I am new to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x50578668 Hi- My name is Melissa and I am new to the group,though I've been on Sparkpeople for several months now. I am trying to get back on track after sliding for a few months since I graduated with my bachelor's. I worked in various types of restaurants for about twelve years, doing everything from cooking to cashier to cleaning to serving/bartending to shift leading. I have been working on the manuacturing side of the food world for the past couple of years in R & D as an intern during school and ... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 21:27:50 EST OCT CHECK IN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x50207160 Good morning everyone. Not feeling too chipper this morning. Yesterday I got up feeling "off" but went to work anyway. By the time I had been there for a couple hours smelling food I started feeling sick. By the time they started change-over for lunch I was all I could do to keep my stomach under control. So I came home and went straight to bed. Without going into all the gory details, I lost 6 pounds. Today has not been a low carb day, I had a piece of dry toast for breakfast and just had a ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 11:25:27 EST HI I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x50047170 Hi everyone, I work for wicomico county board of education food service and before that i worked for walmart in the deli. It is hard to be around food.But it is getting much easier since they are eating much more fruit and veggies and alot less junk. <em>491</em> <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 21:59:38 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x49942136 Hi everyone, <BR> I'm new too this site and thought this would be a great group to join. I'm an Assistant Manager at a KFC and A&W combo store. I have realized that the hardest thing is that working around all the food for 15+ hours a day and having it for all meals since its free is my biggest problem. Does anyone else have this problem? How do you make better choices when the only food you can eat is the food you are around all day? Sat, 15 Sep 2012 02:39:46 EST SEPT CHAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x49778121 Good morning team. I have the day off and am planning on starting my "fall" cleaning. Fun huh? Oh well. Got a couple outdoors stuff to do too as long as it doesn't rain too much. <BR> <BR> Made some broccoli slaw for later and had some yummy bacon and eggs for breakfast. Wed, 5 Sep 2012 08:30:32 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x48728305 I am a food prep at Bob Evans in ST.Louis metro area and have been one for 18+ yearsI <em>198</em> One would think that the 10,000 steps plus I walk every working day would be enough to quell my tendency to gain weight. Well, that ain't so. I am so tired when I get home I find it very difficult to get up and do "formal" exercise. Anyone feel this way or anyone cut through the tiredness and actually work out? Help!!! <em>213</em> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 06:42:23 EST Excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x47712294 Hey guys! I've been on spark on-and-off for a few years and just found this team. I know my job at a major casual dining restaurant has contributed to my weight and I'm excited to hear from all of you! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to making progress together! <BR> -mrs-Harper <BR> Sun, 22 Apr 2012 22:21:02 EST FS APRIL CHECKIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x47407004 Studying for my ServeSafe certificate Tue, 3 Apr 2012 13:24:20 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x46835525 Hi everybody, <BR> My name is Cecile, I am 33 years old, and I have been serving on and off for more than 10 years now. Right now I am a bartender/server in 2 different places : in a casino and in a very busy pub. On call on both, mother of 2 young kids (3years old and 7 months old)... I would like to loose like 50lbs (23kg), but I feel like I could stop before if I like my body before that goal! <BR> I was wondering if some of you were tracking their job as a work out? If yes, do you use a ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 19:28:43 EST Call Me RJ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x46526078 Hi there... My name is Rasheda, but all of my regulars call me RJ, and you can too... <BR> <BR> I am a "Renegade Server" at Chili's in Arizona. I'm 34 years old. I'm a wife, and mother of 3 (6 year old daughter, 5 year old son, and 4 year old daughter). <BR> <BR> Over the past six years, my kids have been my world. Anything, and everything, I did was about them in one way or another. But when it came down to it, improving my health had to be a choice for me. When I got injured at work, I h... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 21:47:36 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x46205526 I am cook with Delaware North Companies at Soldier Field and am finishing up my last semester of culinary school. Between working long hours on the weekend and school and other commitments during the school week, it is often hard to find time to workout. We all know industry food is not always the healthiest. What are some tips for staying healthy that have worked for you? Mon, 23 Jan 2012 22:44:34 EST Newbie here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x46001794 Hi! I'm Jesse-Linn. I am new to SP and this group. I am a cashier/server at a cafe. It is a cute little place that caters to both the full-service crowd and the grab a quick snack group. The WORST part is that desserts are on display! We have amazing homemade treats and I have to stare at them day in, day out! The good part is, as I am eating healthier, I crave the sweet treats less and less. My question to you all is how do you avoid the pitfalls of spending so much time around food? What ... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 02:57:09 EST JANUARY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x45875253 Good morning. I was hoping to be able to go in to work and work at least a couple hours today but they haven't called me so it probably won't happen. <BR> <BR> I've got to go track my food.Will be back later. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 07:37:40 EST MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x45643087 I realized that I haven't been here for awhile so here I am. Sun, 25 Dec 2011 09:48:40 EST Hi, I'm new... and I'm a little stuck. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x44490392 It's awesome that this group exists! I'm one of a team of four in a small French restaurant in NC. We have about a 60 person capacity and we serve a mixed menu but most of our food reflects the heritage of our exec/owner (Provençal). Luckily, I usually work garde manger/patissier, so I can have a salad for my family meal with one of our servers. I'm about to hit a "road block" of sorts on Stage 2 of the sparkdiet... Meal Planner! When family meal rolls around at the end of shift, I can't... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 13:06:42 EST What is happening this fall? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x43948935 The weather is changing! (at least where I am...) We are slow at work right now but know that in a few weeks the busy will start! <BR> <BR> Do you have seasonal changes in your job as far as busy and slow times? <BR> <BR> Is it better when it is busy for you? Or slow? Wed, 7 Sep 2011 06:32:54 EST Delivery or shopping? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x43488511 Because we're seasonal and our tourist traffic ramps up slowly in spring and falls off somewhat abruptly in fall, we get about half of our supplies delivered (food service, ice cream, and Coke) and the rest we buy at a local food service warehouse and Costco. <BR> <BR> If you know, what do you guess is the amount of shopping you do and how much is delivered? Thu, 11 Aug 2011 15:21:11 EST Team Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x43418646 I'm only finding the one that says "workout 1000 minutes" <BR> I'm sure we can all come up with some more :) <BR> I think drinking the 8 glasses of water is a given in some of our hot kitchens haha <BR> we could add: walk/bike to work <BR> share a healthy snack <BR> <BR> I know I can think of lots more, but maybe not right off the top of my head - so add yours! <BR> Sun, 7 Aug 2011 18:27:18 EST female professional cook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x43359493 professional cook <BR> trying to get back on track with my fitness <BR> I look around and think...I'm not that bad look at that cook... <BR> then a server walks by...epic fail. <BR> I just got home from work and I'm hungry, it's been a long night but it's 12:30am and the only thing convenient in my fridge are english muffins or frozen yogurt. The fage yogurt I'm saving for breakfast, and the english muffins too Idon't want a piece of the something my roommates whipped up. yuck. So I'm stuck i... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 00:24:08 EST general chat-fs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x41905157 anyone still here? Wed, 18 May 2011 17:26:02 EST Server chic with lbs to lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x41494557 Tally Ho fellow food service "professionals". My name is Kymberly and I am from Northern Indiana. I have worked at a local family run pizzeria for a total of 7 yrs now. The restaurant has been in business for well over 40 years and is an central Indiana Landmark. Darn it too, the food it good and over the years it show in my hips. Aww who am I kidding, it show all over. Fortunately our meals are no longer free and I am a tight wade so resisting is a little easier. <BR> Now I did not get... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 11:22:39 EST FS-APRIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x41201847 Hello. Day off from both jobs today. I went and picked up my check, got my errands ran, put in an application for a job closer to home, raked around the fence in the back yard, got one loads of clothes washed and have stuff preparing for shish kabobs for dinner. <BR> <BR> I tried on a pair of pants that I couldn't zip r button last month. They zipped and buttoned and I could bend over and still breath <em>9</em> Scale isn't moving but must be losing inches. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:21:28 EST Where have you had success finding crew? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x40778940 We're in a small seaside community so we don't really have a large population to draw from and we need a baker for the summer season. <BR> <BR> I've put a note on our Facebook page and I will post it to Craigslist tomorrow. The cafe across the street uses CL with good success. I'd rather not resort to a newspaper ad, but I might. For our normal summer crew, we just put a sign in the window and we re-hire as many from the previous season as we can. We get people asking anyway each spring as ... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 22:53:29 EST FS-MARCH CHAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x40287801 HELLO Wed, 2 Mar 2011 16:27:13 EST Howdy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x39172610 I'm not sure that I'm a professional yet, but I've definitely taken a leap into foodservice! <BR> <BR> My boyfriend's parents' have operated a candy shop/bakery/cafe/deli/pizzeria for 40 years (as of June 2011) and they were looking for a way to retire. We decided to take it on so here we are. Well, not right now as it's a seasonal business, but we've got a lot of off season projects as well. <BR> <BR> We went through the whole season last year and learned a lot. We did wholesale Easter c... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 02:29:30 EST newbie team member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x38900523 Hey guys, just wanted to drop a note. I have just recently found this, what seems to be, awesome website. I joined yesterday and am pretty excited about reaching my goals. <BR> <BR> I too am a food service professional, I am the Executive Pastry Chef of 2 very popular upscale restaurants in the Austin, TX area. Being a pastry chef has been a battle with my body over the last 15 years, especially as I get older! <BR> <BR> I am hoping to hear some other stories about chefs and industry types ... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 10:18:42 EST FS-JANUARY CHAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x38812390 I hope everyone had a great holiday but it's back to work gang. Let's shed some pounds and get healthy. Sun, 2 Jan 2011 14:18:41 EST Nov/Dec CHECK IN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x37948535 Good evening. well I made it to Walmart today to do a stock up. All I need now is some meat for Thanksgiving and we'll be in decent shape for a couple weeks. <BR> <BR> I had to go to the surgeon today for more xrays so they can order my new "joint". I am so ready to be done with this. I stopped on my way home and got my schedule for McDonalds. I'll have enough to pay a couple bills and that will help. <BR> <BR> well I need to go take half a pain pill so I'll check back later. Have a good ni... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 18:57:33 EST What's for Thanksgiving? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x37915819 I'd love to hear about everyone's Thanksgiving plans. Being out of the states I really miss this holiday and all of the days off! Sun, 14 Nov 2010 05:35:56 EST October check in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x37219906 What's up for October? <BR> <BR> For me this month it is all about getting ready for winter! It gets cold here fast. I will be changing the dessert menu to be all about Apples, pears and dates...of course there needs to be some chocolate too though. I hope your October is fun! Sun, 10 Oct 2010 05:40:17 EST I challenge you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4911x4839x37219887 This is a game where we challenge each other. The first person makes a challenge like: <BR> <BR> "I challenge you to drink 8 glasses of water today!" <BR> <BR> The next person takes the challenge, does it and then comes up their own challenge and posts it for the next person and so on... <BR> <BR> Here goes: <BR> "I challenge you to drink 8 glasses of water today!" <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Oct 2010 05:35:43 EST What is your biggest challenge at work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x36625267 Working around food all day can be challenging when trying to lose or maintain weight but what are your biggest challenges with it. Maybe we can help each other with suggestions. <BR> <BR> My biggest challenge is not stopping during the day to eat a proper meal...I feel too busy...and then I find myself nibbling here and there and it all adds up! Sat, 11 Sep 2010 16:08:33 EST SEPT FS CHECK IN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x36523117 A little late. But here we go on another month. Mon, 6 Sep 2010 18:59:27 EST What's for dinner tonight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x36336876 I had veggie pasta made with eggplant, zucchini and fresh tomatoes. Sat, 28 Aug 2010 17:38:52 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x36153304 Hello, my name is Debbie and I'm a foodservice professional... <BR> <BR> At the moment, I'm not actually one, but I do have a culinary degree, and have worked in the industry for 15 years. Currently I'm pursuing a degree in Dietetics, so I still qualify, right? LOL <BR> <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself, and I look forward to swapping tips and war stories... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:59:03 EST I have a question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1429x4839x36134053 I am new to tracking food that I eat every day. My question is, how am I supposed to track the bits of food that I taste in school and for my job? I can't very well figure the calories for tastes here and there. What do you do? Wed, 18 Aug 2010 15:38:55 EST Hello, I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x36133796 Hi there! My name is Cherise and currently I am in culinary school and also apprenticing at a local bistro. I joined SP yesterday, and am excited to make a change in my life! I'm hoping these boards will help me overcome the challenges that I face being in kitchens 4 days a week. Wed, 18 Aug 2010 15:23:05 EST Favorite Summer Harvest Fruit or Vegetable? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x35875690 What is your favorite Late Summer Fruit or Vegetable and what do you make with it? <BR> <BR> I live in Oslo where the forests are starting to fill up with edible mushrooms and berries. I love to forage and finding a patch of chanterelles is the best!...but a nice patch of wild raspberries comes in a close second. <BR> <BR> My favorite way of eating wild mushrooms is in an egg white omelette with fresh herbs. I actually never manage to get the raspberries home to make anything they get ea... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 06:53:46 EST I am new team leader and would like to say HI! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x35875164 Hello! My name is Ronna and I have been fortunate enough to be added as a team leader to this team along with Dreamweaver. I am an American living in Oslo, Norway and am about to re enter the workforce (next week). I am a Pastry Chef but have been in the foodservice industry for years and done a multitude of jobs. I absolutely love the hospitality industry and am very excited to assist in leading this team! Fri, 6 Aug 2010 05:09:14 EST AUGUST CHECK IN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x35771551 HI. This is not a very active team. I do check in but no one is posting. I got an email that some requested to be a co leader but the link is not working. I have no problem with that but you'll have to let me know who you are so I can send the request. Sun, 1 Aug 2010 17:13:10 EST 5 words -describe your diet today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x35771470 Hi everyone. This is a variation of a post on another team. <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Aug 2010 17:07:23 EST McAng http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x34971248 Hi team. My name is Angela and I work at a McDonalds. Im looking for a bit of help with the weight loss thing hopping to gain some hints. Tue, 22 Jun 2010 22:05:55 EST Hello, loves! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x34721574 My name is Kayla, I'm a 20 year old female working the *night shift* (10p-5a) full time at Denny's is Austintown, OH and attending Youngstown State University full time for Information Technology. <BR> <BR> Working at night as well as at a restaurant makes it really difficult to stay healthy and in shape. You're constantly around greasy, unhealthy food all the time, and if you fall victim to a bad choice, you may just sleep with the abomination still floating in your stomach! Recording progr... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 18:18:36 EST No more fast food!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x34690669 Okay, considering where I work and the perks of free food when I work, this may sound crazy... but I am swearing off the fast food. It is anything but helping me!!! I will still eat side salads (no chicken) and the parfaits and such... but nothing from the grill... nothing that is greasy and bad for me! This goes for all fast food, not just when I'm working! Wed, 9 Jun 2010 11:32:48 EST JUNE FOODSERV CHECK IN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x34498927 Hi gang. Just getting us ready for a new month. <BR> <BR> I have a job interview tomorrow for an office type position. Might be best at this point with all the knee issues going on. Mon, 31 May 2010 20:39:45 EST MAY/.JUNE FOODSERV CHECK IN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x34208021 Since we are halfway into May and so few check in, I'll just combine this thread. Mon, 17 May 2010 18:56:25 EST Hi, I am Christy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x34051284 <em>29</em> Hi, my name is Christy, joining today, work at a restaurant, and need to loose about 45 pounds, so very Hard. Need any advise or secrets anyone can share. Mon, 10 May 2010 21:08:23 EST Hi! Just joined - my intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x33851802 Hi, I'm Tee and I'm a chef at a small deli that I run for my girlfriend. I am also a substitute teacher because we all know that you don't make much money as a chef or a teacher, so I had to combine the two! <BR> <BR> I am a mother of 2 - 13 yr old girl and 14 yr old boy. I technically joined Sparks in August of '09 but didn't really do anything until the end of February and now I'm so motivated and I'm really on a roll. I just lost 20 lbs~ <BR> <BR> I gained almost 25 lbs while in Culin... Sun, 2 May 2010 11:36:43 EST Hey Y'all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x33591415 I've been in the food business for more than 20 years and it shows. I've been an executive chef and now I am a general manager of a university food service. Food is always around me and sometimes I feel like an alcoholic working as a bartender! I finally quit smoking about a year ago and I'm working on the rest of my lifestyle including getting my weight down. Wed, 21 Apr 2010 08:31:48 EST 'ello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x33423959 Figured i would just kinda introduce myself. My name is Jessica and i work at Panda Express, and Chuck E. Cheese's... both of which make eating healthy extremely difficult at times. (especially when you get free food while your working :P) <BR> <BR> BUT i'm here to combat the evils of fast food :) Wish me luck! Wed, 14 Apr 2010 01:16:40 EST APRIL FOODSERV CHECK IN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x33084928 Since I am headed to the hospital tomorrow, I'm getting new threads set up tonight since I won't be home until Saturday. See ya when I get back. Tue, 30 Mar 2010 18:51:53 EST just cuz http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x33025902 well all i went out for a bit of a jog this morning and found out fast I'm way too big to be jogging i think a fast walk is in order first hope all have a great day Sun, 28 Mar 2010 14:08:37 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x32818028 This is actually my second run on SP. <BR> Deleted my old account and started over. <BR> I lost 90lbs 3 years ago and I have gained back 1/2 of it :(. <BR> <BR> I am a prep-cook at one of Micheal Symon's restaurants called "B SPOT". It is a great new location and the food is sooooooooo goooooooood! <BR> Only problem is not letting my self eat it when I am there, and making some of the recipes at home too. <BR> <BR> hoping to grab some healthier options hear and dropping the weight once and ... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 15:57:56 EST MORNING COFFEE FOR MARCH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x32372396 I'm not sure if anyone is checking in here but here's a new thread for March. Tue, 2 Mar 2010 10:50:16 EST Hi Y'all-I'm ready to get started! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x31868700 Hello everyone. I am 47 and the executive chef/owner of a catering company and custom cake bakery. I have always had a weight problem but a thyroid surgery 4 years ago sent my weight through the roof. I am a carb-aholic and can't imagine life without them. I joined this team so that as food professionals we can help each other since we know how crazy this business can be. Thu, 11 Feb 2010 00:25:26 EST JANUARY/ FEBRUARY MORNING COFFEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x31327607 I'll have a medium decaf, no sugar, splenda instead and 2 creams. I think I got a regular coffee instead of decaf because I sure couldn't go to sleep last night. <em>334</em> Fri, 22 Jan 2010 19:06:38 EST Allo! Starbucks / Harris Teeter Fresh Foods Clerk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x31319229 Hello, <BR> My name is Jessica, and as stated above, I work for Harris Teeter c/o Starbucks dept.. I also cake decorate, design party trays, bake, work the deli/bakery/sub counters, as well as barista for the Starbucks Kiosk. I'm happy to see there is a food service group :).. It's very hard to work around food and we all need all the support we can get :) <BR> <BR> Here's to seein ya around the boards :) <BR> -Jessica Fri, 22 Jan 2010 13:09:11 EST Working around food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x30665145 I am a cook by trade. I went to work today and had to cook, when I cook I have to sample what I am making. For example today i made chocolate peanut butter balls, I sampled 3. I made cookie dough and sampled it..hopefully everyone sees where i am going with this. I want to know is there a way to track what I am sampling without bring the recipe home and then braking it down into sample like potions for my nutrition tracker. Am I just sabotaging my self by being a cook or what...I woul... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 18:52:35 EST DECEMBER ROLL CALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x30143548 Is anyone still checking in here? <BR> Fri, 4 Dec 2009 19:13:03 EST OCTOBER ROLL CALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x28863248 Happy October everyone. Who is still hanging in there? Mon, 5 Oct 2009 07:22:13 EST HEALTHY EATING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1429x4839x27531011 Does where you work offer any nutrition information? If so, do you use it to make informed choices? <BR> <BR> I work two different restaurants-Sonic and Quizno's. Both places offer information online and I do use them enough that I have both bookmarked. <BR> <BR> So if you eat at either and need any information you can't find, post your question and I'll try really hard to help you get the information you need. Thu, 6 Aug 2009 20:22:45 EST CHECKING IN FOR JULY/AUGUST http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x27021259 Anyone still around. Wed, 15 Jul 2009 16:21:54 EST JUNE ROLLCALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x26151495 HELLO EVERYONE. Mon, 8 Jun 2009 07:49:33 EST I Work at Domino's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x26149277 Hi, my name is Michelle, and I weigh 224 pounds at the moment. My goal for the year is to get down to 174 pounds. My challenge is that I work at Domino's Pizza as a CSR--which means that I answer the phone. I look forward to getting to know everyone. Mon, 8 Jun 2009 02:33:16 EST MAY ROLLCALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x25578191 Better late than never. Sat, 16 May 2009 08:00:51 EST APRIL CHECK IN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x24347710 HELLO Wed, 1 Apr 2009 20:42:47 EST MARCH ROLL CALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x23784060 I didn't make one for march because no one is checking in. <BR> <BR> Marianne-I was off yesterday. The sunshine was great but still cool out. I think we managed to get to 40 by evening. <BR> <BR> No big plans today. Have to work 2-8 today. Sat, 14 Mar 2009 08:34:34 EST I'd like to introduce myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x23713123 Hello, all, I'm a restaurant server with 30+ years of working in the food business. Just when I think I've hung up my work shoes, another opportunity comes my way. My worst fear is that I'll end up like Flo from Mel's Diner, the "Kiss my grits" lady, chomping on my gum and insulting everyone. Food service is hard work, if you're on this team you already know that. Hoping to meet some other folks, I'm from PA with 2 sons, 21 and 16, I'm 49.5 and losing weight is a slow process at this age. Let... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 19:31:58 EST Anyone out there who can help me?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x23669873 Hi everyone! My name is Amy and I am going to be 30 on March 13th, and I just seemed to have let myself go. I really want to start on the right track to living and eating healthy and I really need someone to help motivate me and who wants to become my walking/running partner!! I work in the kitchen of two different restaurants in Lincoln, so I work a lot of night and weekend hours, so anyone who works in this industry knows where I'm coming from. Tue, 10 Mar 2009 14:04:12 EST FOOD GAME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x22516939 We play this on another Team & it's fun. I MODIFIED IT FOR THIS TEAM. <BR> <BR> To Play start by naming a food that is served where you work. The next person posts whether they would SPIT or SWALLOW it depending on if they like the food or not. Make sure you post a choice for the next person. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's begin... <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Feb 2009 15:18:32 EST FEBRUARY ROLL CALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x22452431 I'm here. Is anyone else checking in? Sat, 31 Jan 2009 16:22:59 EST WHAT'S FOR LUNCH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x22451965 Post your restraunt's menu and we can help you stick to your plan. I'll be starting at Sonic soon. I eat low carb so I know that I can find something there that will keep me on track. Sat, 31 Jan 2009 16:00:08 EST STEPPIN INTO 09 -JANUARY STEPS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x21256582 TRYING TO GET SOME ACTIVITY GOING HERE. <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> 2 <BR> 3 <BR> 4 <BR> 5 <BR> 6 <BR> 7 <BR> 8 <BR> 9 <BR> 10 <BR> 11 <BR> 12 <BR> 13 <BR> 14 <BR> 15 <BR> 16 <BR> 17 <BR> 18 <BR> 19 <BR> 20 <BR> 21 <BR> 22 <BR> 23 <BR> 24 <BR> 25 <BR> 26 <BR> 27 <BR> 28 <BR> 29 <BR> 30 <BR> 31 Mon, 29 Dec 2008 14:09:04 EST LETS STEP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4911x4839x20953602 Just a short challenge. <BR> <BR> Let's step our way to Christmas. <BR> 12/12 11991 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 08:22:16 EST Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x19692769 How are you going to handle staying on your plan through the holidays? Mon, 27 Oct 2008 11:25:26 EST hi team members http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x17543046 I'm new to spark hope this works. I will start by telling you about me. I am a mom of 3 I work as a waitress. Being around food all the time is a huge struggle for me. I love to eat. The restaurant I work for has mostly fried and comfort foods on the menu. It's hard to work all night and try and find something health to eat and stay away from the yummy fried foods. Any tips on how any of you do it would help. Sun, 10 Aug 2008 10:59:47 EST WORKOUTS-WHAT WAS YOURS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4911x4839x16448705 10 minute dumbbell workout <BR> 10 minute standing workout <BR> <BR> 30 minute biggest loser 2- <BR> warmup <BR> flexability <BR> low intensity cardio <BR> cooldown <BR> Sun, 6 Jul 2008 15:21:11 EST EWWWWWW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x16408370 12 Germy Items That Will Gross You Out <BR> By Lisa Zamosky, Special to LifeScript <BR> Tuesday, April 8, 2008 <BR> <BR> <BR> With 80% of all infections transmitted by direct and indirect human contact, it’s no wonder experts implore us to wash our hands before eating or touching our eyes, nose or mouth. Germs and viruses can and do set up shop on the objects we come into contact with daily. LifeScript talked with a few germ experts to find out what’s lurking on 12 everyday items and the... Fri, 4 Jul 2008 15:24:07 EST LET'S GET ACQUAINTED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x15945909 My name is Nancy and I live in Ohio. I am a 2 year SPARK member. Thu, 19 Jun 2008 08:26:36 EST 97 members here ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x15850969 The board says we have 97 members...quiet people ?? LOL ! <em>40</em> Mon, 16 Jun 2008 11:10:57 EST How's it going ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x15648475 How's it going with everyone ? I got off track.... by being lazy and am now back at it again and feeling better. How about you ? Mon, 9 Jun 2008 11:15:36 EST Hello my name is Kayla http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x15215730 I work at a Fine Dining restaurant for a Conference Center resort. I serve In-Room Dining at night and the cooks have no problem making me a plate of Prime Rib or buttery Prawns with noodles at 10:00p.m.. When I decided to start my weight loss program I was doing great said NO to everything, but after 3 weeks all I want to do is eat everything in sight. I just need....I just need ......something any advice? Sun, 25 May 2008 14:23:57 EST Hello my name is Kayla http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x15215573 I work at a Fine Dining restaurant for a Conference Center resort. I serve In-Room Dining at night and the cooks have no problem making me a plate of Prime Rib or buttery Prawns with noodles at 10:00p.m.. When I decided to start my weight loss program I was doing great said NO to everything, but after 3 weeks all I want to do is eat everything in sight. I just need....I just need ......something any advice? Sun, 25 May 2008 14:13:18 EST SUMMER GOALS-fsp http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x15118579 Do you have any particular fitness goals for the summer? Wed, 21 May 2008 22:30:19 EST Frustrated with workers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x14637316 Any one else out there just plain frustrated with todays workers? I have some good employees and then the mediocre ones and then the ones I wonder why I hired?! If I am off a day I come back and start from one end and go to the other rearranging, putting away where it belongs, wiping down, double checking their stuff cuz I know it isn't done and so on. With daily mothering they do good but don't turn around or you seem to lose their attention and start over. I try to just leave things go so t... Sun, 4 May 2008 17:45:46 EST Clocking my actual exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x14495563 One thing about the food service business is that you're very rarely stationary. Or at least, I'm not. I run around bringing boxes up front, catch pizzas, help clean up, carry dough and boxes filled with sauces...plenty of cardio if I do it right. Maybe a little strength training there, too. The trouble is, how exactly would I go about calculating that? Or should I just stick with tracking the non-job related exercises I do? (I do count the time it takes me to walk to and from work) Tue, 29 Apr 2008 23:44:32 EST Eat and Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x14426994 One of the challenges I have at my job is that I don't technically GET a break. Mostly, I grab something if/when it slows down for a moment and try to eat it before the phone rings again or the next wave of carry-outs come in...which is a goal rarely accomplished. What really winds up happening is that I grab a slice or two of pizza, head to where I'll be eating it, I MIGHT get to take a bite, and then the phone will ring. Without fail, as soon as I even THINK I might be able to eat someth... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 02:22:27 EST Hi, my name is Michelle...how can I help you today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x14426720 My name is Michelle, I'm 30 years old, weigh 235 pounds, and am 5'1". I'm so glad to find a support group for dieters who work around food all day. I'll explain some of my personal challenges in this area later on. Mon, 28 Apr 2008 01:42:04 EST FIRST WORD GAME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x14097813 Ok just for fun and to get some activity going here, here's a word association game. Don't think, just post the first word that pops into your head. Wed, 16 Apr 2008 21:19:20 EST Greetings from San Antonio, Texas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x13881824 Howdy! My name is Joel, and I recently became a chef...again. I was lucky to get a job with one of San Antonio's premier hotels, and I look forward to starting there this weekend. Now that I got that out of the way. LOL. The great part about working in the hotel is the ffod atmosphere, and the creativity behind it. Downside being surrounded by it for a majority of the day. Of course something that helps is being only 6 miles from home, so I get to squeeze in a workout both before and af... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 01:47:53 EST 2008 WOMENS CHALLENGE-fsp http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4911x4839x13694986 What is the WOMAN Challenge? <BR> This May, thousands of women across the country will embark on an eight-week physical activity challenge for better health. They will be part of the WOMAN Challenge: Women and girls Out Moving Across the Nation. <BR> <BR> To kick-off the ninth annual National Women's Health Week (May 11-17, 2008) the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health is coordinating the WOMAN Challenge. The free eight week WOMAN challenge encourages wom... Fri, 4 Apr 2008 09:32:23 EST The Better Butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x12742942 The Better Butter <BR> By Jorge Cruise, LifeScript Fitness Coach <BR> Saturday, March 1, 2008 <BR> <BR> The thought of having to give up many of your favorite foods in order to lose weight can be daunting. Fortunately, I believe there is room for all foods – including butter – in a healthy, balanced diet. That said, I also believe there are satisfying substitutions you can make for less nutritious foods that won’t leave you feeling deprived. Instead of slathering on the butter, I want you... Sat, 1 Mar 2008 13:16:46 EST HAPPY THURSDAY!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x12470723 HEY EVERYBODY!! Get up off that couch or recliner and get moving!!! Spring is just around the corner even if there's still snow and ice on the ground. Try to work at least 10 minutes of exercise into your day today. If you wanna shout out about it-SHOUT IT HERE Thu, 21 Feb 2008 08:09:41 EST Well hello there:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x12342187 Just wanted to say hello! Hope everyones day went well!!!!! <em>9</em> Sat, 16 Feb 2008 23:33:12 EST hi everybody http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x12297884 I am a 28 year old assistant manager at taco bell. I have been there 10 years. I joined SP about a month ago and was very excited to see this new team. Fri, 15 Feb 2008 08:52:03 EST STATE OR COUNTRY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x12235591 Just out of curiousity, what state or country do you live in? I live in Ohio. Ohio where there is snow and ice right now and my car doors were frozen shut this morning. <em>100</em> Got in my car thanks to a pocketknife but the lock is froze so now the door won't shut. Will definately have to work on that so I can go to work <em>198</em> Wed, 13 Feb 2008 07:41:24 EST THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x12068816 16 Secrets the Restaurant Industry Doesn't Want You to Know <BR> <BR> WebMD Feature from "Men's Health" MagazineBy David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding. Additional research by Lauren Murrow <BR> <BR> We scrambled behind the counters, dug under the drive-thrus, and plunged into the deep fryers to find out what's really going into our meals <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> On October 15 of last year, at the very moment a piece of legislation landed on his desk that could have helped protect the state's 37... Thu, 7 Feb 2008 15:29:28 EST Hi teammates! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x11947281 I'm about a month into SP, and just finally getting around to finding a team. <BR> My name is Martha, I'm 34 and a pastry chef (really I'm degreed as a chef, but working as a pastry chef), and I work long, physical days as I'm sure most of you do. I'm in the Monterey Bay area of California. <BR> I look forward to being part of this team! <em>100</em> Sun, 3 Feb 2008 21:49:15 EST Post your steps-PEDOMETER CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x11828018 I wear a pedometer most days. Do you? Post your daily steps here. Wed, 30 Jan 2008 21:27:52 EST Hi to everyone from MI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x11827565 Hello. I'm Sarah, and I've been working in food service for a couple years now. I'm a crew leader at Arby's, and I work all the positions in my store, including running shifts and handling the cash a paperwork some days. As a part of the management team, I get one free meal a day, which makes it very hard to stay on track. My biggest downfall is the mozzarella sticks... lol The bright side is the fact that we're a pretty busy store, so I do a lot of moving in the 7-8 hours I'm there. ... Wed, 30 Jan 2008 21:12:33 EST Greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x11812290 Hello, I just wanted to introduce myself. I am 48.5 years old and would like to be half my size when I turn 50. I run the foodservice program for our school district. One of my biggest problems is quality control. I feel I need to taste the food to make sure it tastes OK for the kids. Food is always on my mind since I plan the menu's, order the food, help cook etc. I am also always looking at cookbooks and other recipies trying to get new ideas. I do plan healthy meals for the kids but they a... Wed, 30 Jan 2008 12:30:06 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x11787142 I'm so glad this was a featured team! I might not have found it on my own... <BR> <BR> I'm a married 39 year old mom to a 4 year old son. I work PT as a bartender/server at a Bavarian restaurant. With that type of cuisine, you know it isn't healthy but it sure does taste good! <BR> <BR> I end up bringing my own food to eat or ask the kitchen to cook me a healthy meal when I work a double and have to eat dinner there. Tue, 29 Jan 2008 17:16:58 EST Hi there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x11784052 I work at a hotel as a server. It's pretty slow right now on the island. I started putting on alot of weight when I started working in the food service industry. When you are surrounded by a variety of food - especially food that you can not afford on your budget, you tend to go overboard. Cakes, cakes and more cakes was my staple for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In fact, I had gained about 40 pounds before I knew it and did not feel when it happened. So here I am several years later trying ... Tue, 29 Jan 2008 15:38:08 EST waitress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x11779354 hey everyone <BR> I am married, 25, mommy to one beautiful 2 year old. I work at a neighborhood pub in north Vancouver. I started spark 1 week ago sunday and so far so good. Look forward to getting to know eveyone a little more! Tue, 29 Jan 2008 13:16:01 EST Hey everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x11774842 Hi everyone. I'm new to this team but not SP. <BR> I just started a new job as a bartender in a sports bar and so far I am LOVING it. I am nervous though, about the food... it is a lot of fried food and it always smells so yummy. Luckily for me though, lately it's been too busy for me to think about eating <em>30</em> <BR> But that may not always be the case. I am so happy I have SP to help keep me on track :) <BR> ~Ashley Tue, 29 Jan 2008 11:10:21 EST HEY EVERYBODY!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x11768458 We are a featured Sparkteam this week!!! How cool is that? This team had 6 members for the longest time. Now we have 41 members!! How about everyone stoppin by and saying HI <em>4</em> Tue, 29 Jan 2008 08:21:04 EST About me and My new page Please check in my blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x11389559 I plan to place some goodies for you folks that love healthy food.My passion for cuisines and wines started as a chef in the city of New York. I have chefed in many cities and countries and some of my clients include celebrities and dignitaries. I have found people cook and dine differently from state to state, city to city and culture to culture. I have found people are interested in what and how people in other regions eat. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I enjoy passing on my love for the ultimate ... Thu, 17 Jan 2008 02:23:32 EST Back i guess http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x11316528 Hey all - i've been hibernating - bad...my work just closed - Don Pablo's. They told us right before Christmas which sucked and finally closed doors Sat nite. Gonna find a new server job (love it dumb me), but I'm broken hearted! We had an Adios party Sat which was great, but really gonna miss most everyone... <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> Tue, 15 Jan 2008 04:58:40 EST Back again ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x11085992 Yikes ! With the storms here in California and the loss of electricity it's been annoying ! At my house we only loss power for 14 hours or so but we didn't get our iternet connection back for several days and even now it's unreliable ! In any case now I can get back to it ! I missed it here ! Tue, 8 Jan 2008 09:56:18 EST Let's hear from more team members http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x11038266 I have just joined this team, because I am a food salesman (woman). It is a bit of a struggle at times, because I work in restaurants all day long. I go from Italian to Greek to Mexican all in the same day...therefore I can not hide from the delicious calories always awaiting me, but I try. i can't imagine that I am alone in this obstacle if you all are foodservice workers, so how do you keep it all in perspective??? any tips would be appreciated. Mon, 7 Jan 2008 00:45:03 EST WEIGHIN FOR 2008 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x11001676 Ok, it's a brand new year. Would you share your today weight with the rest of the team? Monthly posting of gains and losses can be done here for anyone wanting to. <BR> <BR> January 1st had me at 213 pounds. Sat, 5 Jan 2008 21:18:57 EST magic number http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x10956616 chooseyourdiet.com <BR> <BR> 3,500 calories equals a pound. No matter how you cut it, 3,500 is still the magic number. If you want to lose a pound a week, that’s how many calories you’re going to have to eliminate or burn through exercise. Say you consume one 500-calorie coffee drink every day. By simply cutting out those high-calorie treats, you’ve slashed 3,500 calories for your diet, the equivalent to one pound. If you walk for a little over an hour at a pace of 5 miles per hour, you’ll l... Fri, 4 Jan 2008 10:24:29 EST Happy New Year everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x10870343 May you all have a blessed and productive 2008! <BR> <BR> Kathy <BR> <em>249</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2008 18:20:53 EST Hi! I'm new to this team but not SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x10824306 How is everybody today? I just joined this team. If I new that this team was here I would have joined sooner. Well, my name is Josie and I just turned 35. I need/want to lose over 100lbs. I've been working around food since I was 17. My first job was in a deli. Now I'm a manager at a pizza/sub shop. I've been at my job for almost 16 years! <em>40</em> <BR> Working around food was never a problem when I first started. I can resist a lot of the foods because I see them day after day and after ... Sun, 30 Dec 2007 17:41:27 EST KEEP THE LIGHTS ON http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x10613505 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A candle-lit dinner may get you in the mood for more than just romance. Studies show that poor lighting may actually encourage food binges. Researcher Joseph Kasof discovered that people trying to lose weight were more apt to throw caution to the wind and binge at night or in a darkened room. \Darkness provides a high-risk environment for binge-eating for certain people,\" he says. \"People who spend more waking hours in darkness may be more susceptible, espec... Sun, 16 Dec 2007 14:57:12 EST Any new discoveries that you may have made ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x10551304 Any new discoveries that you may have made ? <BR> I'm finding it's a bit more difficult to keep my food intake the way it should be during the winter. I didn't expect that. During the warm months I liked a salad with some turkey and some fruit for lunch-- but I'm not thrilled with a cold salad now with it cold outside. What is everyone else eating for lunch ? Wed, 12 Dec 2007 10:40:28 EST Stuck again ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x10471651 Oh drat ! I'm stuck again ! Just sort of venting... LOL ! Fri, 7 Dec 2007 10:56:17 EST EXCUSES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x10320290 EXCUSES" <BR> by: Sandy Izer <BR> <BR> Starting on Monday I'll diet or die. <BR> I'll eat celery and carrots instead of pie. <BR> I should cut down my calories to 1000 or so. <BR> Look out world I'm ready to go. <BR> Eat balanced meals without snacks in between <BR> Then soon I should not be afraid to be seen. <BR> Starting on Monday I'll diet or die <BR> But today I'll sneak in my last piece of pie. <BR> <BR> Then Monday arrives bright shinny and new <BR> I've bragged to my fami... Thu, 29 Nov 2007 08:56:13 EST virus alert http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x9799989 This has been confirmed! Here is a link to the snopes page: <BR> <BR> http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/pos<BR>tcard.asp <BR> <BR> <BR> PLEASE <BR> SEND THIS TO EVERYONE ON YOUR CONTACT LIST!! <BR> <BR> A new virus has just been discovered that has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive ever. This virus was discovered yesterday afternoon by McAfee . This virus simply destroys Sector Zero from the hard disk, where vital information for its functioning are stored. <BR> ... Wed, 31 Oct 2007 09:05:19 EST Planning Anything New This Week ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x9628787 Anyone trying anything new this week for exercise or food ? <BR> <BR> I think I will look into Pilates ! It looks a bit hard , but maybe some I can do. I guess I won't know until I actually try it ! Mon, 22 Oct 2007 08:31:22 EST Making Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x9498030 I have had to make some changes to doing more exercise inside. Has anyone else ? We have been getting some rain...and although I don't mind walking in light rain, I don't want to get drenched ! <BR> What kind of exercises do you do INSIDE ? Mon, 15 Oct 2007 08:51:54 EST What's New ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x9371401 How is everyone doing ? <BR> We got a treadmill this weekend so now I can get some walking in when it rains too hard or is cold. <BR> It seems I am doing better at eating healthy and even enjoy the exercise !...although there are still sometimes when I want to go out and buy ice cream ! LOL ! <BR> Mon, 8 Oct 2007 08:18:48 EST WHERE YOU WORK....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x9356118 What is the healthiest item on the menu and do you eat there? <BR> <BR> I work in a sub shop. The healthiest items on our menu is low carb wraps and salads and yes I do eat them. Most of the time I bring food from home though because I have eaten there so much I'm burnt out on the offerings. Sun, 7 Oct 2007 08:46:53 EST Foodservice Professionals Are Never This Quiet ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x9291822 Foodservice Professionals Are Never This Quiet ! LOL ! How's it going with everyone? What are you doing to get healthier? What exercises are you doing? ( I know you are out there ! <em>20</em> ) Wed, 3 Oct 2007 16:38:39 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x9102759 I've been in foodservice for 15+ years now. I recently went back to school and am trying to find time to get to the gym. Anyone have the same or similar problem? I've never been able to balance this issue. Mon, 24 Sep 2007 16:13:30 EST Our GM just quit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x9016745 Hey all, I found out tonight (through the shhhh grapevine) that our GM just quit. He is the guy that made our corporate joint a bit un-corporate and is very much loved by a lot of us. I'm so freaked about a new GM who may not be as cool (how could they possibly?). This is just kind of an emergency post. I left office work after 6 years to go back to serving, found a place I LOVE, and now #1 man is leaving. UGH! Thankfully the only pizza in the freezer is light!!!!!!!!! Thu, 20 Sep 2007 03:23:50 EST How Many "Lurkers" Do We Have ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x8854583 I know you are out there ! LOL ! ...say Hello ! <em>213</em> Wed, 12 Sep 2007 09:15:02 EST DAILY ROLL CALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x8784358 Just curious how many check-in during the day. Sat, 8 Sep 2007 20:17:51 EST YOUR WEIGHT LOSS PLAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x8746270 Do you follow SP recommeendations or do you follow a different plan ands use SP tools for tracking? <BR> <BR> I follow a low carb plan. I feel better and also have better control over my sugar. When I started low carb I had hyperinsulism. Now I pretty much have stable readings Thu, 6 Sep 2007 21:00:39 EST I'm celebrating today ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x8736058 I'm celebrating the fact that I FINALLY walked just over 5 miles today -- and since I just turned 57 ( I must be the "oldie" here )... I'm feeling pretty good about it ! <em>104</em> LOL ! Thu, 6 Sep 2007 11:24:17 EST Anyone Working Some Fun Into Work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x8658248 I bet some of you spend more time at work than you do at home... at least the hours that you are awake. <BR> Are you able to work some fun into your work day?... I hope so ! Sun, 2 Sep 2007 11:55:04 EST Back to Culinary School http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x8629890 Hey all... I start back to Culinary School on Monday. I decided to finish up my degree (personal goal) and besides, it is definately the most fun you can have in school. I am really worried about sticking to a 'diet' that is so strict while in school. One of my classes is Pastry Design (Adv. Pastry), and I already know you have to 'taste' the food before submitting to the professor and taste sauces as you make them. I have been doing the SB diet, but thinking of switching to something a littl... Fri, 31 Aug 2007 13:35:37 EST DAILY DIET TIPS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1429x4839x8622904 Split your meal with your dining companion. Restaurant portions are the ultimate diet trap. Those pasta portions are often enough to feed a family of four. Save on cost and calories by splitting an entrée with your partner. Select a dish that appeals to both of you and have the server bring it out on two separate plates. Size up the portions and put any extra in a to-go container. Fri, 31 Aug 2007 08:23:53 EST Creative, healthy uses for the food we work with? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x8525677 Hi all! <BR> I've avoided "dead" food at work for 4 days now, and am really having fun experimenting with things available at work and not on the menu, mostly at home. Avocados are one of the sides we don't charge for (?!?!) and are free to eat, and I'm loving sammies on toasted whole wheat with avocado, our black beans, pico, leaf lettuce, a slice of turkey and a dab of sour cream. I've also been eating our tortilla soup (pretty good stuff - 'bout time I tried it) with pico & a bit of rice... Sun, 26 Aug 2007 03:43:03 EST Laughing At Myself ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x8510528 Yesterday I had my hair cut from almost waist length to SHORT ! I just couldn't stand it in the heat ! <BR> <BR> Anyway...nothing like a good look at yourself in the beautyshop mirror to help you see what you look like -- after my hair was cut it didn't even look like me anymore and really pointed out that I NEED to keep going at this ! It made me laugh ! Sat, 25 Aug 2007 09:01:48 EST I've made it 60 days - how about you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x8493487 This is my 60th day. I haven't lost a HUGE amount of weight, but my clothes fit better and I feel better in general. How long have you been using the site? Fri, 24 Aug 2007 09:16:20 EST help i've fallen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x8468833 i've been away from spark's since about april. its scary to think that it has been that long and how did i fair. well i didn't. i'm still the same women i was when i left. i would just like to start afresh with everyone support. i also need some accountability. so please feel free to give me a kick or two as thats the only way that i'm ever going to get my act into gear. Thu, 23 Aug 2007 06:22:30 EST How many hours a day do you work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x8447618 Just curious about how many hours a day you all work. <BR> <BR> I'm not working right now, but somehow that doesn't make it much easier to get things done. It seems I ALWAYS have a list and tend to "over-plan" my days and things carry from one day to another and sometimes week to week ! Wed, 22 Aug 2007 08:28:56 EST I finally broke 3 miles walking ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x8429362 I've been trying to walk 3 miles when I walk and usually land just a smidgen under. Today I FINALLY walked 3.5 miles . At my age I'll count that as a success ! <em>198</em> Tue, 21 Aug 2007 11:27:50 EST Here's to a better week ahead ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x8405230 I hope everyone has a better week ahead ! I still really have to plan what I eat - if I don't .... I mess up. <BR> <BR> When I started I thought exercise would be my trouble spot --- but it has turned out to be the easiest --- maybe because I can get it overwith early in the day...food I have to manage alllllll day ! Mon, 20 Aug 2007 09:40:39 EST TRIVA GAME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x8403077 http://my.funtrivia.com/tournament/Nancys-<BR>Daily-Challenge-75314.html <BR> <BR> If you like trivia games, here is our own personal game. Mon, 20 Aug 2007 07:54:30 EST Finally another GOOD Thing ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x8375477 I was stuck at a plateau and FINALLY took the advice I have seen on the site and raised my calorie level to be more inline with the exercise I am doing each day. It WORKED ! ...but it's such a hard concept to get -- "eat more, and lose weight ! " LOL ! Sat, 18 Aug 2007 10:51:17 EST What's One Thing You Have Learned About Yourself ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x8311146 When Using the sparkpeople site -- what's ont thing that you have learned about yourself? For me it has been that I CAN finally stick to a program. For me that's a first ! LOL ! Wed, 15 Aug 2007 09:37:49 EST So what does everyone do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4839x8046250 I'm a server at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World. I pretty much LOVE my job, the money is good, and our food is terrific! I'm just a server to get through college, then I'll be a teacher. I've been serving for a little over 3 years though, so I sort of know what I'm doing at this point. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> What's your job? Thu, 2 Aug 2007 00:22:03 EST JUST A POUND http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x6103417 came across a Sparker named SEBINE's and this was on her Spark page. I loved it! <BR> <BR> Another member posted this in her blog, I want to make sure it's repeated: <BR> <BR> Hello, do you know me? <BR> If you don't, you should. <BR> I'm a pound of fat. <BR> And I'm the HAPPIEST pound of fat that you would ever want to meet. <BR> Want to know why? <BR> It's because no one ever wants to lose me; <BR> I'm ONLY ONE POUND, just a pound! <BR> Everyone wants to lose 3 pounds, 5 pounds, ... Fri, 20 Apr 2007 19:20:08 EST STARTING NEW INTRODUCTIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x6093482 Hi. I'd would love it if all our members would take a couple minutes to reintroduce themselves. I'm doing some postings trying to add to our members, so if anyone know someone who would be interested in joining us-send them an invite. <BR> <BR> My intro- Nancy is my name. I am the Manager of a small sub shop. I have issues with fried mushrooms and french fries. They are out to get me. Just ask my hips, they'll tell you. <em>100</em> . This week I've started cutting out all fried goods, star... Fri, 20 Apr 2007 09:09:53 EST WHAT FOOD DID YOU RESIST TODAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x6087316 I'm back on low carb as of Monday. I had all these people wanting those dratted mushrooms. One of the girls I work with brought me 1/2 a fry. I straight up told her NO-THEY ARE EVIL!!!! I think I made her mad but she is skinny and I can't eat like she does unfortunely. Thu, 19 Apr 2007 20:11:52 EST EASTER WEEKEND http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x5843071 Hi everyone. Just wanting to welcome any new people I've missed and wish everyone HAPPY EASTER. If you indulge in goodies at least try to keep yourself accountable and add it to the tracker. Fri, 6 Apr 2007 21:55:16 EST success strategies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x5827791 Hi. I'm a waitress in a little cafe--read greasy spoon. We make awesome hamburgers, our cream soups and gravies are 100% heavy whipping cream, and the only vegetable usually offered at dinner is corn. In butter. The fryer always has a few extra fries in it, there is always leftover soup, gravy, and mashed potatoes (with more cream and butter), and I am allowed to eat whatever I want--don't even get me started on the desserts. <BR> <BR> So I thought I would share a few of my strategies to kee... Fri, 6 Apr 2007 03:22:59 EST nutritional info http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x3866356 someone posted about nutritional info for eating out, and since it was my restaurant, i thought i'd share. <BR> <BR> http://sparkpeople.com/myspark/messagebo<BR>ard.asp?imparent=4393790&imboard=7 Sat, 25 Nov 2006 23:55:19 EST Intros http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4839x3593848 I just wanted to start this team because working around food has been a big hurdle for me with my weight loss. I am both a baker and line cook at a bistro-style restaurant and all those tastes of things really add up. I am looking to share some tips and strategies. <BR> <BR> Welcome! Tue, 24 Oct 2006 17:06:19 EST