I join Spark Teams that have challenges that I can join and fully participate in like the Biggest Loser Challenge or Curves T-shirt workout. Gives me accountability and motivation!
Everyday you look at recipes to gain Sparkpoints, why not start cookbooks of recipes you like for later use? Better yet each week hunt up a recipe on a specific vegetable. That'll give you new ways to cook a specific veggie. *winka
Look beyond the unintentional insult and realize this is a moment to 'educate' them quietly and politely using a smile on your face. Often times they don't realize they have insulted you because this is their first experience. You're setting the stage for their next encounter so make this positive