SparkPeople Gay Men Sparking Team Messageboard A safe space for Gay Men to support, share, talk, listen, reduce, restructure, and live! Come on in! SparkPeople Gay Men Sparking Team Messageboard Life Affirmations I saw this posted on another Spark Team and liked it so much I wanted to share it. This is from the Spark member OLDEROWL: <BR> <BR> We pledge to strive to live each day, a Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy, and Joyous life. <BR> <BR> Wholesome because we strive: <BR> -to eat only wholesome foods, and get a proper amount of exercise, <BR> -to live every moment guided by principles based upon religion or which we deem to be in harmony with the universe, <BR> -to refer to our guiding prin... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:40:12 EST Birthday, Anniversaries & Any Life Celebrations <em>236</em> <em>389</em> <em>384</em> <em>247</em> <em>592</em> <em>389</em> <em>212</em> <em>523</em> <em>242</em> <em>248</em> <em>220</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> GMS love to Celebrate all our special days. This thread is just the right place to post just those special messages to each other! <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Jul 2018 18:57:49 EST Hey y'all!!! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Josh and I am from West Virginia. I've been struggling with my weight for quite some time. As a Christmas gift, my parents gave me a Weight Watchers membership (it's not as cruel as it sounds, I was very excited!). I managed to lose 93.5 pounds while on the program, then I went on vacation and gained 13.5 pounds and spiraled out of control from there. I've managed to gain back all of that plus some. This caused me to get to my highest weight ever at ... Sun, 29 Apr 2018 14:29:04 EST Movie Review: Lady Bird I'm very neutral on Lady Bird. This is a coming of age movie set in the early 2000's. I never have fully appreciated nor understood difficult mother-daughter relationships. I am also much less of a dreamer and more of a doer in meeting the goals I set in life. I'm glad I saw this movie, but I didn't leave the theater feeling moved, uplifted, or anything else. It was like this happened and life goes on. Tue, 6 Feb 2018 08:15:55 EST Movie Review: The Post History seems much more interesting as I get older. I loved The Post. To be honest, I didn't know much about the Pentagon Papers. I knew the Vietnam era was when Americans really started to not trust the government leading to films like Soylent Green and Logan's Run. Streep's performance was spot on. Hanks was excellent as well. As much as I despise smoking, there was some novelty with a high-end restaurant with ashtrays on the table. It was a very different time. Fri, 2 Feb 2018 08:08:54 EST Movie Review: The Shape of Water I watched The Shape of Water this weekend. I find this to be a polarizing movie based on comments I read. People either love it or hate it. I will say that am glad I only paid matinee price to see it. This was an unoriginal story. One small plot device was lifted straight out of Waterworld. There was a secondary story line that just seemed unnecessary and gross. The gay story line was underdeveloped and fodder at best. I do think Sally Hawkins had an excellent performance and was truly the br... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 07:48:08 EST Back to the team Hi, <BR> I'm Paul, and I first joined Spark People and Gay Men Sparking back in 2008. Back then this team was called Gay Men Sparking Proudly, and I made several really great friends. I also had a lot of support and encouragement (and success). <BR> <BR> I pretty much feel like a new member after all the time that I've been away. My original Page is still intact, please feel free to visit and comment, I will be updating it soon. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading, I hope you all have a great day! Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:31:43 EST Define "top". Define "bottom". What do the terms mean to you? Are the terms relevant? Sat, 9 Sep 2017 02:05:59 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I'm Bobby, recently joined SparkPeople and definitely enjoy it's features. I'm 31, living in Upstate New York. Looking to make friends and connect with people who are looking to create a healthier lifestyle. Fri, 11 Aug 2017 20:35:48 EST Saying hello Hey guys - Jeff here from North Carolina. Thank you for creating this group on Spark People! I look forward to sharing this journey with each of you. <BR> <BR> A bit about me - my full time home is in Raleigh but I do spend a fair amount of leisure time in the NC mountains, which I love. Hiking, camping, biking are a few of my favorite down time activities. <BR> <BR> In terms of fitness - I was quite fit about 3 years ago and due to poor choices (no gym and bad eating habits), find myself... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 05:07:05 EST Gay historical fiction Does anyone else like the MM historical fiction? <BR> <BR> I've just been reading and reading. I had a goal this year to give myself more time to read. I seemed I was always waiting until to late to go to bed that I just didn't have time to read. My goal was to read at least 52 books this year - 1 per week. I'm about 5-6 books over my goal for this time period. <BR> <BR> I just like being transported to another time. For me is really is MY time --- my leisure! Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:55:49 EST “Berlin Patient” Timothy Brown Celebrates 10 Years “Berlin Patient” Timothy Brown Celebrates 10 Years of Being Cured of HIV <BR> <BR> So why is he taking meds every day? <BR> <BR> Timothy Ray Brown—formerly known as the “Berlin Patient”—has marked a decade since he was cured of HIV. Brown, who now lives in San Francisco, celebrated the anniversary with a cake during a community workshop in Seattle, site of the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), reports The Bay Area Reporter. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While li... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:04:19 EST The Best and Worst Frozen Foods <link><BR>-worst-frozen-foods/?utm_source=newsle<BR>tter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_camp<BR>aign=010317_ss </link> Wed, 4 Jan 2017 13:09:57 EST The 13 WORST Alcoholic Drinks <link><BR>-13-worst-alcoholic-drinks-sure-derail<BR>-diet/?utm_source=newsletter&amp;utm_m<BR>edium=email&amp;utm_campaign=1231_sat_curated_m </link> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 10:57:17 EST Shaving? Here's a getting to know you set of questions. I hope you'll play along. Here are the questions: <BR> <BR> Do you shave? <BR> If yes, do you use an electric shaver or shave cream and razor? <BR> What brand(s)? <BR> How often? <BR> Where? Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:46:10 EST The Evil Scale So I have an issue. When I try to weigh I get on the scale and the numbers jump around like i'm dancing on it or something and it will never settle on 1 number long enough for the scale to lock to it and proclaim the weight (it talks). The problem is that it isn't just a few numbers difference that it jumps from it is like a 30lb range. I stand as still as possible no movement at all. Any ideas on how i can get a good weight? Mon, 22 Aug 2016 22:53:05 EST U.S. Navy to name a ship for Harvey Milk Awesome news. Are you familiar with Harvey Milk? If not, I highly recommend that you look him up. <BR> <BR> <BR> “In the navy, Yes, you can sail the seven seas <BR> <BR> In the navy, Yes, you can put your mind at ease <BR> <BR> In the navy, <BR> Come on now, people, make a stand…” <BR> <BR> And the United States Navy is doing just that, taking a stand for LGBTQ sailors by naming its next ship for slain San Francisco politician and gay rights activist Harvey Milk. <BR> <BR> Milk served ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:23:41 EST Movie Review: Ghostbusters 2016 I saw this with a couple of my friends. Unfortunately, all of us agreed a 4 star out of 10 rating. I found myself yawning throughout the movie and wished I had a better experience with it. I would wait for DVD on this one if you haven't seen it yet. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:26:32 EST Boy Scouts Rebound This was on the front page of today's Santa Rosa newspaper. Were you ever a Boy Scout? Was it a positive experience for you? <BR> <BR> --- <BR> <BR> Since gay shift, Boy Scouts rebound <BR> A year after group eased ban on gay leaders, most who left are returning <BR> <BR> By DAVID CRARY AND BRADY MCCOMBS, ASSOCIATED PRESS <BR> <BR> NEW YORK — There were dire warnings for the Boy Scouts of America a year ago when the group’s leaders, under intense pressure, voted to end a long-standing bla... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:24:09 EST Accountability Partnership Forming Hey Guys! <BR> <BR> Losing weight and getting into better shape isn't always that easy, but I don't think it's the toughest thing to do in the world either. Almost anyone can get into better shape, provided that the environment exists and a person is motivated to reach their goals. <BR> <BR> For most people, including myself, motivation is the key. Sometimes it's easy to get distracted from doing what's best for us, and when that occurs, we can do better when someone else can help remind ... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 14:15:00 EST 35 Foods to Get you Swimsuit ready <link> </link> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:35:34 EST Avoid these health food frauds. <link><BR>s-that-can-wreck-your-diet?ecd=wnl_spr<BR>_033116&amp;ctr=wnl-spr-033116_nsl-ld-<BR>stry_title&amp;mb=NXSrwIpYhkkP3QnQ4Uaf<BR>suHnVev1imbCf%40Rw6Vbri7I%3d </link> Fri, 8 Jul 2016 12:30:58 EST Walking Calories Burned by Miles <link><BR>rned-by-miles-3887154 </link> Sun, 3 Jul 2016 11:51:08 EST 11 Lightest Pies <link><BR>ow.asp?show=79 </link> Sat, 2 Jul 2016 11:47:54 EST Hello Thank you for having this group. <BR> My name is Christopher. I currently live in Central Mass. I'm looking forward to connecting with you all. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 06:16:38 EST 18 Best Probiotic Foods for a Healthy Gut and a Fl 18 Best Probiotic Foods for a Healthy Gut and a Flat Belly <BR> <BR> <link><BR>31&amp;ms=MjU2MjU0MTUS1&amp;r=OTI0OTIx<BR>NzAzMzQS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=ODIwMDM5NjA3S0<BR>&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0 </link> Wed, 1 Jun 2016 17:36:49 EST Morning Workouts I am currently unemployed, so I figured it would be a good idea to see how long it takes me to go through a morning routine with a workout. My findings: 2.5 hours. When I am working, I work an 8-5 job and I don't see how a morning workout is really feasible. I would have to get up at 4:30AM in order to have a morning workout session. Worse, that would mean being in bed by 8:30PM in order to get in 8 hours of sleep. I don't see how I can possibly go to bed that early. <BR> <BR> I'd like to... Mon, 9 May 2016 09:30:56 EST Third time's the charm So this is my third attempt to live a healthier lifestyle using SparkPeople. When I use it, it really helps, but then I tend to stop using it and fall back into old habits. <BR> <BR> I'm starting at 250 pounds and want to lose 50 pounds by the end of October. Other goals include reducing my triglyceride levels and glucose levels. I have type 2 diabetes and my A1C is currently at 8.6. Sat, 7 May 2016 22:19:31 EST Like the Phoenix here I am again Hey guys. This is Michael. I was on here several years ago and I did great. I lost over 40 lbs. Well, they are back plus a few more added on. I plan to stay on track eat healthily and get back to some sort of fitness routine. <BR> <BR> PEACE Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:33:29 EST I'm back! Here I am again, tracking food intake and exercise. When I first joined like 5 or 6 years ago my goal was to fit my fat ass into 32 pants. Since then I've lost over 30 lbs and could probably fit into a 32. The smallest I've bought recently is a 33, which fit comfortably. <BR> <BR> So, why am I back? Because I've registered for a total of five 5k's beginning next month. Even with losing the weight I have, I still feel a little chunky, so maybe I can get rid of a few more pounds around the be... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 14:38:51 EST April-June: Looking good for summer Challenge We all want to look good. Especially, during the summer months. Now's the time to be on the Internet less and working out more. If you have a lot of weight that you need to lose, break it down into short term goals. For example, instead of expecting to lose 20lbs in one month, set your goal to lose 8lbs per month. Losing 2lbs a week is the healthiest way to do it. Keep working on your short term goals, and before you know it, you're at your goal weight. Next, write down HOW you are going to a... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 06:04:20 EST The Best and Worst Protein Powder for Your Waistli <link><BR>2&amp;ms=MjUwNjc3MTgS1&amp;r=OTI0OTIxN<BR>zAzMzQS1&amp;b=0&amp;j=NzY0MDExMTk0S0&<BR>amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0 </link> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 18:54:13 EST Saying goodbye to 2015 -- As we say goodbye to: <img src=""> <BR> <BR> what are YOU glad to say goodbye to? Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:51:46 EST Hello Everyone! Hi All, <BR> My name is Joe. I live in Michigan with my partner of 20 years and our West Highland Terrier. I'm originally from California. I am a professor at a community college teaching Business. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know everyone! <BR> <BR> Joe Thu, 24 Dec 2015 07:39:11 EST JOHNNYLSAND hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new team member.... <BR> <BR> Hi JOHNNYLSAND <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Sun, 6 Dec 2015 09:07:45 EST 12PEDRO hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new team member.... <BR> <BR> Hi 12PEDRO <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 10:02:48 EST DAVIDOMER hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new team member.... <BR> <BR> Hi DAVIDOMER <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:44:14 EST TOMNDECATUR hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new team member.... <BR> <BR> Hi TOMNDECATUR <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:42:55 EST Tips to help you be more successful Here are some of the things I've done on SparkPeople that have helped me achieve my goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Make your SparkPage public. This allows others to leave you comments of encouragement and give you SparkGoodies to make you feel special (and they have ZERO calories!). To make your SparkPage public, go to your SparkPage and click "Edit My SparkPage" (or go here: <link> </link> ) In the upper right corner under More Options, clear out the first two chec... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 09:30:39 EST ANX1910 hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new team member.... <BR> <BR> Hi ANX1910 <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Tue, 3 Nov 2015 11:07:45 EST Is anyone else no longer getting Spark emails? hi everyone <BR> i got this email from the team leader forum and i thought some of you might like to read it. here's the link.... <BR> <BR><BR>messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10276x<BR>62880701 <BR> <BR> cheers, <BR> pdq Mon, 2 Nov 2015 08:48:52 EST I'm Back Hi <BR> I left for a short time, but I missed everyone here, so I rejoined. <BR> Nice to be back. My user name used to be NEWHARRY but I had to change it when I signed up again, now it's NEWERHARRY <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:00:47 EST DAVIDBYRNS hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new team member.... <BR> <BR> Hi DAVIDBYRNS <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 09:49:31 EST FLSLEEPDOC hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new team member.... <BR> <BR> Hi FLSLEEPDOC <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 09:47:48 EST MORPHIN hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new team member.... <BR> <BR> Hi MORPHIN <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 13:48:56 EST Nutrition Info wrong When you add food to the food tracker make sure you are putting the correct nutrition amounts. <BR> Every time I click the search button the nutrition info are all different. <BR> This morning I went through 20 listings for Lean Cuisine Cheddar Potatoes with Broccoli and not one was the same. <BR> <BR> Harry <em>9</em> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:32:26 EST ERICGREENE hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new team member.... <BR> <BR> Hi ERICGREENE <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:27:02 EST Here's some inspiration for you Out Magazine just posted a photo gallery of men over 50. If this doesn't inspire you to get healthy and fit, have someone check your pulse: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>os-men-over-50-project </link> Sat, 26 Sep 2015 11:34:47 EST Microwaves <img src=""> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:47:40 EST MMMMMM Yogurt Since joining Spark People I learned to like Yogurt. Before I couldn't eat it, I tried it and threw it out. <BR> After giving up the ice cream addition, I tried Non Fat Greek yogurt and I love it. <BR> That little 6 oz container fills me up the same way two bowls of ice cream used to. <BR> I still haven't had ice cream in two months. <BR> <BR> Harry <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 12:29:00 EST BOBBYWV hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi BOBBYWV (aka Bobby) <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Sun, 6 Sep 2015 08:35:03 EST MJK1981 hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi MJK1981 <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:32:12 EST Firefox Are any members of our team using Firefox, or are we still supposed to be mad at them for their anti gay stand? <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:46:52 EST 8.30: Tired of Starting Over? <link><BR>st=motivation_monday_tired_of_starting<BR>_over </link> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:38:41 EST Gaily Check In Let's have a place where we can check in with each other, get to know each other better, and support our efforts. <BR> <BR> Today at the lake - it's cooler (a high of just 81 after days of 95+) and breezy. We're heading up the mountain to have dinner at Loch Lomond, about 40 minutes away. Traditional Italian - 5 courses, good food. It's a good thing I didn't have lunch today! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow - administrative stuff, getting our permit application prepared for the city to do our remodel, ... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:30:10 EST Here's How Donald Trump Would Explain His Anti-Gay Here's How Donald Trump Would Explain His Anti-Gay Marriage Stance To His Grandkids <BR> <BR> <link><BR>trump-gay-marriage_55df3412e4b029b3f1b<BR>1d228?ir=Gay%2BVoices%253Fncid%253Dnew<BR>sltushpmg00000003 </link> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:45:13 EST Man Proposes To Boyfriend At Church, Church Respon Man Proposes To Boyfriend At Church, Church Responds Perfectly <BR> <BR> <link><BR>poses-to-boyfriend-at-church_55df447ee<BR>4b0e7117ba920df?ir=Gay%2BVoices%253Fnc<BR>id%253Dnewsltushpmg00000003 </link> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:43:49 EST Spark Changes Update <link><BR>st=check_out_sparkpeoples_new_challenges </link> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:49:43 EST ((September Challenge))Do Something Different We've reviewed the team members, and it looks like all of us are on different levels. Some are already in maintenance mode, while others are in the losing weight mode. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. September is going to be a little bit different. Instead of posting a challenge, the leaders will be posting articles, videos, etc... that will show you HOW to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> You can choose a challenge for yourself at this link: <BR> <BR> <link> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:00:04 EST Gay and Bisexual Men's Health <link> </link> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:08:50 EST Convention I was just wondering, Does Spark People ever have any kind of convention where we can all get together and meet each other? <BR> <BR> It would be neat to have a big get together somewhere like Disney where we could have a great time and get exercise with all the walking. <BR> <BR> Harry <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 19:04:28 EST GET OUT!!! When it was said, Sunday is a day of rest, They weren't talking to YOU!!! <BR> Go out and have a great day of healthy eating and activity. <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> <em>313</em> <em>237</em> <em>359</em> <BR> <BR> Harry <em>9</em> <BR> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 08:56:03 EST Connect your Garmin to your SP account hi - i got this from coach jen today and thought some of you might like to know about this feature. <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> _________ <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I wanted to let you know that you can now connect your Garmin to your SparkPeople account. Here's the page that shows all of the devices available to connect: <BR> <BR> <BR> yo <BR> ur-device.asp <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:53:23 EST 8.13.15: Spark Spotlight is on STEVENKEIRON today. STEVENKEIRON is in maintenance mode and is doing very well in the physical department, which is awesome. In one of his blogs, I think he hit a note with the majority when it concerns dating. I still believe there is someone for everyone. You have to put yourself out there to find the guy for you. After all, Mr. Right isn't going to just walk up to your door. Your attractive and if you continue to get out of your comfort zone, you'll be taken in no time. <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:17:42 EST 8.12.15: Team Spotlight is shining on BELANOS BELANOS has lost a whopping 112 pounds! Congratulations buddy. <BR> <BR> I hope this finds you in good spirits and full of life. <BR> <BR> Please leave a comment on his page and/or give him a Spark Goodie. Below is the link to his Spark Page. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LANOS </link> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:44:36 EST Shake the salt Hi <BR> Please read this blog and see my comment at the end. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=you_asked_what_are_some_ways_to_red<BR>uce_the_sodium_in_my_diet </link> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 22:41:35 EST 8.10: Team Spotlight is on Great Martin I noticed that in one of his blogs that he went to the market and bought a bunch of healthy food to eat. This is one of the most important things to do. Exercise, healthy diet, and get plenty of rest. <BR> <BR> Let's post some comments on his Spark Page and/or give him a goodie. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>EATMARTIN </link> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:49:26 EST RunKeeper app I tried out the RunKeeper app I downloaded last night. <BR> It works great! <BR> Every five minutes a voice comes on and tells you how long you have been walking or running, <BR> It tells you far you went and how fast. <BR> It gives you a GPS map of your walk. <BR> <BR> I will be using it all the time. <BR> <BR> Harry <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:12:45 EST 8.8.15: Team Spotlight is on TODDERICKV Todd has revamped his routine and checking his body stats to ensure he's getting all of the nutrients he needs; and ensuring he's not going over. Spark People has tons of articles on this, but place number 1 is to have a full bloodwork completed by your doctor, including having a vitamin D test and a testosterone test done. I had my vitamin D done and was stunned that I had to take 55,000iu once a week. Not all Vitamin D is the same. What you see on the shelves, you will want to choose the Vi... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 08:20:25 EST 8.8:Letters: Leave Confederate statues as reminde Letters: Leave Confederate statues as reminder of dignity in defeat: <BR> <BR> Personally, I think they should stop talking about this issue. The change is done, signed and sealed. What do you think? Sat, 8 Aug 2015 08:00:42 EST TEVYEPLEASE hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi TEVYEPLEASE <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Fri, 7 Aug 2015 17:10:07 EST _RANDY_ hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi _RANDY_ (aka Randy) <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Fri, 7 Aug 2015 17:08:21 EST Walk it off If your feeling down or you can't cope with something, you feel overwhelmed, try going for a long walk, it does wonders to clear your head of what is bothering you. <BR> Enjoy the outdoors, even if it is raining, it's only water, you wont melt <em>257</em> , just stay away from lightning. <em>54</em> <BR> <BR> Harry <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 7 Aug 2015 09:49:50 EST 8.5.15: Team Member of the day is MPLSKEN MPLSKEN: Over the years, Mplsken has been a huge supporter to our team mates, leaving encouraging comments to our team mates. If I'm not mistaken, he is also in maintenance mode and a long time bike rider. Thank you for all that you do. <BR> <BR> Please click the link below that will take you directly to his Spark Page where you can leave comments and/or give a Spark Goodie. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LSKEN </link> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 14:46:18 EST 8.4.15: Team Member of the Day: NEWHARRY Today's Gay Men Sparking spotlight of the day is NewHarry: <BR> <BR> He knows the meaning of saying no when people offer him food, even just a bite. Please click on the link below and post some supportive comments and/or give him a spark goodie. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>WHARRY </link> Tue, 4 Aug 2015 15:09:32 EST 8.3: Member of the Day SRWYLIE SRWYLIE has been in maintenance mode and an awesome inspiration on how much SRWYLIE has inspired the team. Please click on the link tomorrow to go to his page and post a comment of congratulations or give him a Spark Goodie. <BR> <BR> Congratulations again! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>WYLIE </link> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:15:20 EST LGBTQ HISTORY:Roberta Achtenberg. (b. 1950) American activist and politician Roberta Achtenberg has been a strong advocate for civil rights, especially <BR> those of gays and lesbians. In 1993 she became the first openly gay person to be confirmed by the United <BR> States Senate for a major political post, Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. <BR> Achtenberg's parents both immigrated to the United States, her father from the Soviet Union and her <BR> mother from Quebec. The Achtenbergs owned and ran a neighborhood gro... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 18:41:16 EST Just Say No When people say to you, Oh you can have this it wont hurt your diet, Just Say No <BR> When people say to you, you can have a little. Just Say No <BR> When they say, You walk around all day you don't have to go for your walk today, Just Say No <BR> If they ask you if dieting and exercising is hard, Just Say No <BR> <BR> If they ask you if Spark People is the best way to do it, Just Say YES YES YES!!!! <em>315</em> <em>548</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Harry Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:21:52 EST JIMMY_HELLAS hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi JIMMY_HELLAS <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:03:42 EST Great day Today my husband went with me for my morning walk. <BR> He drove his mobility scooter, but It was nice to have him go with me. <BR> It was better because his scooter goes fast so I had to walk faster. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Harry Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:30:54 EST DBPB061811 hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi DBPB061811 <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:26:55 EST LGBTQ: Rufus Wainwright: SUCCESSFUL SINGER AND SON SUCCESSFUL SINGER AND SONGWRITER NOTED FOR WITTY LYRICS AND RICH MELODIES, 1973 <BR> <BR> Singer and songwriter Rufus Wainwright has built a successful career with witty lyrics and rich melodies that have earned him comparisons to Cole Porter and George Gershwin. Wainwright cites Al Jolson, Edith Piaf, and Nina Simone as artists who were among his early inspirations. <BR> <BR> Both music critics and Wainwright's loyal fans appreciate the structural complexity and lush orchestrations of his ... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:06:10 EST BOBBYBOYTEE hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi BOBBYBOYTEE <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:37:06 EST Can You Drink Too Much Water? <link> </link> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:28:21 EST How to Wash Fruits and Vegetables to Remove Surfac How to Wash Fruits and Vegetables to Remove Surface Bacteria <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:43:52 EST How to Eat Effectively Before and After Exercise <link> </link> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:41:53 EST 4 Apartment Workouts To Burn Fat Insanely Fast <link> </link> </link> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:39:47 EST DECINOR78 Hi :) Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:32:12 EST NEWHARRY hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi NEWHARRY <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:45:48 EST Grilling Meat and Cancer Risk <link><BR>r-mens-health/fl/Grilling-Meat-and-Can<BR>cer-Risk.htm?utm_source=exp_nl&utm_med<BR>ium=email&utm_term=list_menshealth&utm<BR>_campaign=list_menshealth&utm_content=20150721 </link> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:40:12 EST The Better Blood Pressure Diet <link><BR>r-mens-health/fl/The-Better-Blood-Pres<BR>sure-Diet.htm?utm_source=exp_nl&utm_me<BR>dium=email&utm_term=list_menshealth&ut<BR>m_campaign=list_menshealth&utm_content=20150721 </link> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:37:35 EST 7.18.15: Casablanca I watched this timely classic for the first time last night. I'm more into other modern titles than the old black and white movies; but, I thought it was a pretty good movie. I wouldn't buy it, 1 viewing is enough for me. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:36:29 EST NICOLAI13 hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi NICOLAI13 <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 19:22:31 EST 7.16: Spark Page Settings For those of you who haven't done it already, go to your sparkpage and click on edit sparkpage and make sure the 2 check boxes in the upper right hand corner are NOT checked and click on Save. This will allow us to post comments on your Spark Page and give you goodies and overall support. If you still want to keep your page private, that's ok too. You will receive more support if you turn the private settings off. <BR> <BR> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:22:41 EST Fitness and Spark Points earned for June Great job to those of you who met the teams fitness minutes and spark point goals. Let's keep up the momentum. <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> TODDERICKV(x) KEVINK64(x) RIPPEDPAUL1(x) TOZNEE2(x) STEVENKEIRON(x) MPLSKEN(x) GMCTERRAIN(x) DAN1964(x) TENNISJIM(x) PDQ1203(x) MEDICAL689(x) MCZIMM(x) CHANMU1(x) JCP1979(x) DAVEROWELL(x) SRWYLIE(x) STEVEELBERT(x) DAVEED(x) BELANOS(x) MPGANSCHOW(x) TALLBUNNY(x) ESWAGGINS(x) GLENNMACDO(x) FILIAULT(x) ... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 14:43:43 EST LEATHERBEARCA hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi LEATHERBEARCA <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 19:14:29 EST John Barrowman (b. 1967) Accomplished actor and singer John Barrowman has won plaudits as a musical theater star, as well as for his roles in film and television. He is especially known for his extremely skillful interpretations of the works of Cole Porter, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Stephen Sondheim. <BR> <BR> A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Barrowman was born on March 11, 1967. He spent much of his youth in Aurora, Illinois after his father, employed by the Caterpillar construction equipment company, was transferred ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 17:48:18 EST LGHRUSKA1974 hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi LGHRUSKA1974 <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:20:58 EST July's "Marriage Equality Success Challenge" This is a very exciting time for us. Since I live in a rural area in TN, there already have stories from pastors who say they will not marry a gay couple in his church. oy vay I'm interested on how this is all going to pan out and the logistics of it; but, I'm very, very happy that the right thing was done. <BR> <BR> Take a look at the team goals located at the bottom of the home page, these are our goals. If you meet the goals at the end of the month, you will receive a Team Spark Goodie fo... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:40:55 EST Ignore computer problems Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:40:45 EST Ignore My computer is messed up. ugh Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:40:28 EST Ignore My computer is f'd up and duplicated the 1st post, sorry. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:40:13 EST Safer Sex Practices <link> </link> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:56:45 EST 6.27.15 Part 2: I've been volunteering in the Facebook group, International HIV/AIDS and the people who love us group to give advice, support, and supply resources. I've learned a great deal about HIV/AIDS that I didn't know about. If you want to check it out, simply go to Facebook, click on Groups, and type International HIV and the closed group will populate. While in this group, and since it's a closed group, none of your friends or family will be able to see that you are in this group, nor will they see ... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:40:53 EST 6.27.15: National Free HIV Testing Day Today is the day to get tested for hiv infection. I've seen all, single men, couples who are in open relationships as well as couples where one of them goes astray without the other persons knowledge. Either way, you should get tested regularly, because the earlier you find out you are hiv+, the sooner you can get on treatment. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ting.html?ic=wnhp </link> <BR> <BR> Even for couples, if you have sex, wear a condom. Besides, there are... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:32:41 EST We Won!!!!! <link><BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:50:06 EST UPWARDGAZING hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi UPWARDGAZING <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:23:49 EST 6.25.15: Movie Review: The Conjuring I'm a big sci-fi and horror fan, and The Conjuring scared the crap out of me. I give it 5 stars if you like horror movies. Bonus: It's based on a true story. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>v_sr_1 </link> <BR> <BR> Trailer <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/?ref_=tt_ov_vi </link> <BR> <BR> Ed and Lorrain Warren's web site who investigated this and many other cases: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:47:11 EST BILLYSLICK hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming (back) a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi BILLYSLICK <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:53:32 EST AARONB81 hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi AARONB81 <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:45:19 EST G_PHER hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi G_PHER <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:43:51 EST JIMGETTINGFIT hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi JIMGETTINGFIT <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:43:44 EST Does Anyone Have a Good Protein Bar Recipe? I was just wondering if anyone had a good recipe for a high protein and lower calorie protein bar that isn't filled with junk like most of the ones you can buy? I am thinking of experimenting in the kitchen, but thought I would ask around before that. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 18:36:03 EST ESCHOENAUDIT hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi ESCHOENAUDIT <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 09:35:51 EST Hello ;-) Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Jay. New to this team, but have been here since mid-January. I am currently half way through week 10 of p90x and so far have lost about 13lbs. Sparkpeople has helped me to be more aware of my food choices and make some healthy changes in that regard. <BR> <BR> I am looking to connect with others who are on their own health journey so that we can support and inspire one another. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:16:16 EST MEDICAL689 hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi MEDICAL689 (aka Jay) <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:59:51 EST Good evening everyone! I hope this finds you all doing well and well on your way to reaching your goals. <BR> <BR> I apologize for my absence. I was on a special Project to educate those in Africa on HIV/AIDS. Unfortunately, it was a disaster, as all they wanted to do is find someone to day using the Whatspp application. After a tiring 3 months, I had to let it go, as they were not paying attention to the education that was presented to them. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm back, and I missed you all. <BR> <BR> See you o... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 17:54:27 EST Movie Review: Jupiter Ascending I met up with some friends to catch Jupiter Ascending a couple weeks ago. I had seen a local news reporter give their review the week it opened. He pointed out there was poor dialogue between the characters. Being a big sci-fi geek, I loved the foundation and direction the story went and was able to move past the dialogue because I was trying to figure out the origin of how things got to the point in the movie. I will say the story could have been fleshed out more. Ultimately, this movie is p... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:19:59 EST oscars? i know some you are in to movies.... <BR> <BR> what did you think of the oscars? <BR> overall, i enjoyed the show. <BR> <BR> cheers, <BR> pdq Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:08:51 EST FATTY_NO_MORE1 hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi FATTY_NO_MORE1 (aka Sean) <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 10:04:37 EST Gay Love Letters Through the centuries <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:22:27 EST January Stats Coming Soon Thanks for your patience. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:20:35 EST 2 17th century gay men 17th Century Gay men. <BR> <link><BR>eautiful-and-unbroken-marriage-souls </link> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 08:36:35 EST My Gay TV, or where to turn when Bravo is boring Just got an email from NetFlix yesterday that "The Interview" was available for streaming. I watched and gave it 4 out of 5 stars. Franco & Rogen are todays Hope & Crosby. Please don't ask me who the heck Hope & Crosby are! Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:23:45 EST Hello :) Hello! I'm back on SparkPeople after some time (will be updating profile soon). I've chosen this group to be a core group for me as I feel I need to connect with other gay men who face similar challenges as I. Often I feel excluded from the community due to my weight and am looking forward to making new friends and getting myself to a healthier, and happier place! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting you guys! <BR> <BR> Daniel Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:27:36 EST KEVINK64 hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi KEVINK64 <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:17:05 EST MHHEALY hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi MHHEALY <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:15:49 EST TARK1980 hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi TARK1980 <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:17:54 EST BLUE97HARBOR hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi BLUE97HARBOR <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:57:51 EST TOZNEE2 hey everyone.... please join me in welcoming a new member.... <BR> <BR> Hi TOZNEE2 <BR> and <em>229</em> to the team <BR> cheers, pdq <BR> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:05:41 EST Taylor Negron 1957-2015 Was saddened upon getting up this morning and hearing the news about his passing. He was a beautiful and gifted soul. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>negron-final-piece </link> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 10:24:28 EST Movie Review: Amour (2012) On Wednesday I watched Michael Haneke's "Amour" with Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva as an aging couple, retired music teachers, who grapple with significant changes in their relationship when the wife, Anne, suffers a brain incident from a blockage in her carotid artery. When surgery to repair the blockage isn't successful, she returns home, only to suffer a stroke that paralyzes her right side and eventually causes her speech to fail. <BR> <BR> She wants to die, but her devoted ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:51:30 EST new year resolutions this is the time of the year that many people make resolutions. i find this quote from runners world something to consider…. <BR> <BR> “Everything changed the day that I understood that if I was to become a runner, I would have to run with the body I had.” (John Bingham - he’s a regular contributor to the magazine) <BR> <BR> cheers, and happy new year <BR> pdq <BR> Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:43:09 EST Energy Ideas? So I've noticed a consistant pattern every day between 1 and 3pm I tend to lose alot of energy. It doesn't matter if I'm at work or home. Does anyone have any good healthy solutions for energy boosts? Tue, 6 Jan 2015 08:46:06 EST Hey There Cool Kids! Well tomorrow starts my journey. I'm very excited! Ultimately I've decided one of the biggest reasons why I've failed in the past is due to the pressure I've put on myself. This year I'm doing it different. <BR> <BR> No major number goals. I plugged in what I weigh this morning and I plan to watch my calories carefully and track them. My plan is to weigh once a month and the ultimate goal is to just lose each month whether it be by 1 pound or 10! <BR> <BR> I currently weigh 273 and if in Fe... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:42:48 EST RuPaul's Drag Race One of our guilty pleasures is RuPaul's Drag Race. Season 7 is coming soon, and there are some previews on the LogoTV website. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ce/season_7/series.jhtml </link> <BR> <BR> "If you don't love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an Amen?" Sat, 3 Jan 2015 17:50:03 EST Movie Review: PRIDE We watched "PRIDE" the other night. It's the story of a group of London gays and lesbians who form a group to support a group of striking miners in a small town in Wales during Margaret Thatcher's "reign" in 1984. At first, the miners aren't too thrilled with the idea of a group called "Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners," but they find it hard to turn away the money that the group raises for them by holding buckets outside the local gay pubs and asking for donations. The group raises more ... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 18:43:36 EST December Stats: Final <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1) RIPPEDPAUL1 3,720 <BR> 2) TODDERICKV 3,600 <BR> 3) GMCTERRAIN 3,520 <BR> 4) PDQ1203 3,340 <BR> 5) FITZY147 2,662 <BR> 6) SRWYLIE 2,433 <BR> 7) CORRALES_SCOTT 2,095 <BR> 8) TENNISJIM 2,090 <BR> 9) DAVEED 1,893 <BR> 10) SPRICHARD304 1,860 <BR> 11) MCZIMM 1,813 <BR> 12) DAN1964 1,526 <BR> 13) STEVENKEIRON 1,323 <BR> 14) DAVEROWELL 1,170 <BR> 15) KELOWNAGUY20 1,103 <BR> 16) STEVEELBERT 938 <BR> 17) PKASAL 878 <BR> 1... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 18:43:18 EST January: Choose Your Own Challenge The holidays are over; hopefully, not much weight was gained. We also want to welcome the new members to the team. For this month, create your own challenge. Whether it's back to basics, continue your own program, or if you've already lost the weight and you're in maintain mode. Try something different if you haven't already and be sure to log each morsel that you put in your mouth. It will amaze you to see how fast the calories add up. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year Guys! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:15:10 EST OMG It's one week to Christmas!!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:29:43 EST 12.14: Hello Guys I just wanted to shoot you a message that I hope you've had a good weekend and that you're enjoying the day. For those of you who celebrate the holidays, this is the 2nd worst month to try to lose weight with all of the parties and home made goodies. For those of you who don't celebrate the holidays, no offense is intended. <BR> <BR> We have a lot of new members and we welcome you all and to the members who already know me, it's good to see you again, you've been missed. <BR> <BR> If you'r... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:17:48 EST Spark People made another change... Good news, <BR> <BR> The changes that have been made to Spark People will allow me to distribute Spark Goodies to those members who have reached the team goals listed on the home page at the bottom. <BR> <BR> Hit it hard in July folks, and thank you to those members who have been active and supporting each other. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:31:50 EST 12.11 Hello guys, <BR> <BR> I mentioned to you about my absence for the last 4 weeks for training in a Facebook group that I'm an Admin in. Now that I'm fully trained, I'll be more active in this group. I noticed that some of you are already active on the threads, which is awesome. If you would like to be a co-leader, just shoot me an SparkMail message requesting to do so. All that a co-lead does, is post something of interest to the team, and check up on each other, comment on blogs, etc... No sc... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:18:00 EST Let's be Facebook Friends Sorry, guys. I haven't posted in about 4 weeks. I found a group called International HIV/AIDS and those who support us on Facebook that I'm involved in. It has over 10,800 members and it's worldwide and very active. Now that I'm comfortable with helping others in the group, I can be more active on the team. In the meantime, if you would like to be Facebook friends, simply do a search of my email address, which is and I'll add you as a friend. <BR> <BR> I look forward to... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:35:48 EST What is your favorite form of exercise? Currently, I think mine is walking. <BR> <BR> What do you enjoy doing most? Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:52:53 EST Making space for exercise equipment One of my biggest challenges is having space for all the workout stuff I've collected. I currently have a recumbent exercise bicycle in the corner of the bedroom, dumbbells in another corner (along with various resistance bands), a Total Gym that is in a closet up at the lake, and I would like to have a treadmill for walking on an incline (which my PT recommends). I do better working out at home rather than joining a gym, but where do you put all the stuff? <BR> <BR> Any advice? Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:26:16 EST Hello! new to this program Hey there, <BR> <BR> Just a friendly hello to everyone! I'm new and I'm looking forward to making some great connections, and of course meeting my goals. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:40:24 EST Introvert or Extrovert? I'm an introvert. My husband is an extrovert. Somehow, we make it work, but today was a challenge. <BR> <BR> What about you? Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:24:25 EST Partner Dilema: how to eat and exercise together Hi all, <BR> So here's one of my dilema's that I'd like to get some feedback. My partner and I love to eat and find it hard to exercise together. (I try to get my minutes and steps in at lunch or before he gets home.) We're kind of bad together when it comes to good health. I need to lose 35 pounds and he needs to lose at least 60. Any suggestions on how to eat better together (and not soooo late - we're both snackers) and move more together? I suppose that's several more than just one diema ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:18:58 EST 9.30: Anyone Relate To This? Hey everyone. I want to start by saying I'm generally new to the dating world. <BR> As an outsider looking in, the accepted method for gay men to meet and converse is by meeting at a bar, or a an event, or a group. <BR> This gets me a bit down, because where is the spontaneity in any of that? The hope? What if I don't fit in any of those places, like I've never fit in anywhere in my life and never will amen? <BR> <BR> At the same time, I'm not sure where else to turn. I've been on online dat... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:31:37 EST What's Hotter? Boxers, Briefs, Boxer Briefs or going commando? <BR> <BR> Boxer Briefs for me. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:09:55 EST Dragon*Con Anyone? I'll be heading to Atlanta in just over a month for Dragon*Con. This is my second year to attend. I was wondering if there were any other D*C goers in the forum? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:58:22 EST Hi, Everyone! New Here Hi, Everyone! <BR> <BR> I just joined the team, and I wanted to introduce myself. I'm a 30 y/o New Jersey native. I've struggled with my weight all my life, and am ready to start living healthily. I have at least 150 pounds to lose, and I am looking for support, especially from other gay men who might be going through or have gone through this process. I look forward to hearing from some of you and making some new friends. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Rob Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:08:36 EST May Stats Final Congratulations to those of you who met the team goals. Rock on ! <BR> <BR> Spark Points <BR> <BR> 1) TENNISJIM 5,625 <BR> 2) TODDERICKV 5,532 <BR> 3) ATLTRAINR 5,214 <BR> 4) PDQ1203 4,722 <BR> 5) BELANOS 4,348 <BR> 6) GMCTERRAIN 4,130 <BR> 7) MPLSKEN 3,678 <BR> 8) ALEXTHEHUN 3,540 <BR> 9) SEASONS_CHANGE_ 3,231 <BR> 10) RIPPEDPAUL1 2,475 <BR> 11) BAIXOMUSIC 2,369 <BR> 12) DUTCHPETE641 2,155 <BR> 13) ASMARTERWAY 1,918 <BR> 14) DAVEROWELL 1,786 <BR> 15) ZENANDNOW ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:59:01 EST 13 Things You Should Never Put In The Microwave <link><BR>crowave-cooking-tips_n_5488231.html </link> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 04:52:41 EST Pick Yourself Up, Dust Yourself Off, and Start All If ever you stray, and wake up some dark and distant morning with an oreo stuck to your cheek, doritos dust in your hair, SPARKPEOPLE patiently waits for your return. Welcome home. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 11:40:10 EST How To: Be A Straight Acting Bromo... <link><BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:30:53 EST Extreme Six Pack Abs Workout - Can You Do It? <link><BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 15:18:37 EST 9 Expert Tips For More Mindful Eating <link><BR>ow-eating_n_5419625.html?ir=Healthy%20<BR>Living&utm_campaign=060614&utm_medium=<BR>email&utm_source=Alert-healthy-living&<BR>utm_content=Title </link> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 07:16:16 EST Can You Do This Challenging 36-Min SOLDIER Workout <link><BR>oldier/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medi<BR>um=email&utm_campaign=0404 </link> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 07:21:27 EST 17 Products With Absolutely Bogus Health Claims! <link><BR>-17-diet-health-fitness-products-total<BR>ly-bogus-claims/?utm_source=newsletter<BR>&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=0404 </link> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 16:48:03 EST Which Type of Yogurt Is Best for You? <BR> Overview <BR> <BR> First of all, what is yogurt? Yogurt is a fermented milk product that has been used for centuries to preserve liquid milk from spoilage. Like milk, yogurt contains important nutrients such as protein and calcium. Traditional yogurt is made by adding two bacterial cultures (Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus) to milk to “ferment” the lactose into lactic acid, giving the product a tart, sour flavor and creating the thick consistency with which we a... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 07:13:52 EST 12 Surprising Immune System Killers Cancer researchers just published strong evidence linking Roundup weed killer to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The probable mode of action? The pesticide likely mutates your white blood cells, throwing your immune system into a tailspin. But did you know other everyday things can knock down your immunity, too? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>em?cm_mmc=TheDailyFixNL-_-1716834-_-05<BR>292014-_-12_Surprising_Immune_System_K<BR>illers_title </link> Tue, 3 Jun 2014 06:34:04 EST Seven Foods that Fight Sun Damage Seven Foods that Fight Sun Damage <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While wearing SPF is still the best way to avoid sun damage, we've got your backup defense. These seven foods protect and heal your skin from the inside out—eat up today if you don't want to look like a lobster tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>o-eat/7-foods-fight-sun-damage?utm_sou<BR>rce=MF-Newsletter&utm_medium=Newslette<BR>r&utm_term=Mens_Fitness_Newsletter&utm<BR>_campaign=Newsletter60214... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 09:33:06 EST Everything You Need To Know Before Riding A Road B Everything You Need to Know Before Riding a Road Bike <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nd-fitness_b_5378691.html </link> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 11:17:46 EST 34-Minute No-Equipme ent-Needed Strength Workout! <link><BR>ron/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=<BR>email%20&utm_campaign=0527 </link> Thu, 29 May 2014 07:44:42 EST 7 Things You're Probably Not Paying Attention To W 7 Things You're Probably Not Paying Attention To When You Run <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nning-form-performance_n_5373531.html?<BR>ir=Healthy%20Living&utm_campaign=05271<BR>4&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-he<BR>althy-living&utm_content=Title </link> Thu, 29 May 2014 07:43:00 EST What Happens To Gay Dads' Brains When They Raise A Study Shows What Happens To Gay Dads' Brains When They Raise A Child <BR> NEW YORK (Reuters) - Having a baby alters new mothers' brain activity, researchers have found, and a new study adds the first evidence of such changes in the brains of gay men raising children they adopted through surrogacy. The men's pattern of brain activity resembles that of both new mothers and new fathers in the study. The research, reported on Monday, could feed into the debate over whether gay men should be allow... Wed, 28 May 2014 10:05:14 EST Get 6 Pack Abs Fast <link><BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Tue, 27 May 2014 18:12:42 EST Foods for Your Liver: Heal With These Detoxifying <link><BR>cm_mmc=TheDailyFixNL-_-1708816-_-05272<BR>014-_-TheBestFoodsforYourLiver_text </link> Tue, 27 May 2014 10:55:07 EST Starting Over Again Hi, I'm Kenneth. I have been overweight my whole life. At this time I weigh a whopping 517lbs. I am scared for my life. I have a new niece and I need to be here and be able to be there for and do things with this wonderful little girl. I can't stay like this and go on. I hurt all the time and have zero energy. I get out of breath walking into work from the car. <BR> But..... <BR> I have started anew today. <BR> I am within my calorie goal and am in good spirits. <BR> My partner is behind me... Mon, 12 May 2014 20:39:56 EST ARE THERE STILL GAY MEN SPARKING?? Hello there, <BR> <BR> My name is Bryan, and I joined SparkPeople way back in 2008. I was fairly active in 2008-2009 with posting some pics, and a few blogs, and then, as it goes, I kinda stopped posting and dropping by. <BR> <BR> Not even sure what made me remember that I had a profile here, but I found my way back here yesterday, and decided to update my profile, and rededicate myself to dropping this last 40 pesky pounds. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople seemed to be pretty "hopping" back then...l... Wed, 7 May 2014 11:44:55 EST New in these parts I start Sparking tomorrow 5/4. Wish me luck! <em>524</em> Sun, 4 May 2014 22:58:56 EST April Team Stats: Final Congratulations to those of you who met the team goals and for your participation. <BR> <BR> Spark Points <BR> <BR> 1) TENNISJIM 6,696 <BR> 2) ATLTRAINR 6,427 <BR> 3) GMCTERRAIN 5,620 <BR> 4) TODDERICKV 5,352 <BR> 5) PDQ1203 4,971 <BR> 6) SEASONS_CHANGE_ 4,349 <BR> 7) BELANOS 4,311 <BR> 8) RIPPEDPAUL1 4,031 <BR> 9) MPLSKEN 3,869 <BR> 10) NEARALARM34 3,087 <BR> 11) DONALDAUDET71 2,916 <BR> 12) DUTCHPETE641 2,858 <BR> 13) BAIXOMUSIC 2,789 <BR> 14) BEARSBEARSBEARS 2... Sat, 3 May 2014 11:38:30 EST New here Hi, my name is Chance. I'm 25 years old and I'm from New Orleans. I am new to spark people. I was introduced to it by my mom. I've been struggling with my weight for the past couple years. I fell into a bit of a depression after a break up and then my grandpa died which caused me to shut down and be less social. I've become more of an introvert and started emotional eating. I've always struggled with my weight but, I've never been this uncomfortable with my body. I've lost a few friends from ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:31:21 EST Texan gay guy here! Looking for new buddies Hey Gents! <BR> <BR> Texan gay guy here! Looking for new weight-loss buddies... I wish everyone the best of luck! <BR> <BR> Patrick Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:38:28 EST March Team Stats: Final <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1) WRHUNT0 3,720 <BR> 2) ATLTRAINR 3,720 <BR> 3) RIPPEDPAUL1 3,679 <BR> 4) GMCTERRAIN 3,584 <BR> 5) PDQ1203 3,250 <BR> 6) JIMSTER 2,851 <BR> 7) TUSDAE 2,725 <BR> 8) SEBQUEST40 2,699 <BR> 9) JCP1979 2,635 <BR> 10) CORRALES_SCOTT 2,587 <BR> 11) TENNISJIM 2,480 <BR> 12) GLENNMACDO 2,414 <BR> 13) BELANOS 2,373 <BR> 14) SANGIMINICK 2,232 <BR> 15) TWSEAL1977 2,182 <BR> 16) REYVNCFOX 2,145 <BR> 17) MOTLEYWIZARD 2... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:46:35 EST Fred Phelps, Founder of Westboro Baptist Church, D Fred Phelps, Founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Dies <BR> <BR> The 84-year-old founder of a Kansas church known for its anti-LGBT protests at public events died of natural causes Wednesday, March 19, CNN reports. Fred Phelps founded the Topeka–based Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) in 1955. The small congregation consists mainly of people related to Phelps through blood or marriage. <BR> <BR> Westboro preaches that the acceptance of homosexuality by the United States has brought God’s punishm... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:26:16 EST February Month End Stats: Final <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> 1)  RIPPEDPAUL1 3,360 <BR> 2)  ATLTRAINR 3,360 <BR> 3)  GMCTERRAIN 3,189 <BR> 4)  PDQ1203 3,185 <BR> 5)  JCP1979 2,837 <BR> 6)  ZARLOT 2,755 <BR> 7)  JIMSTER 2,665 <BR> 8)  TUSDAE 2,636 <BR> 9)  REYVNCFOX 2,385 <BR> 10)  INKENBEAR 2,384 <BR> 11)  TALLBUNNY 2,324 <BR> 12)  CRISTALCONNORS 2,306 <BR> 13)  CORRALES_SCOTT 2,202 <BR> 14)  PER4MERKC 2,166 <BR> 15)  TENNISJIM 2,040 <BR> 16)  SEBQUEST40 1,908 <BR> 17)  GLENNMACDO 1,762 <BR> ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 06:47:31 EST Friend Feed Settings As you may already know, the Friend Feed now automatically tracks and posts your fitness activity. To turn the "Fitness Tracker" off, please follow these steps. <BR> <BR> If you want it turned off: <BR> <BR> 1. Click on the START icon <BR> 2. Next, next to the Friend Feed Heading there is a link for Settings, click on it. <BR> 3. Then, uncheck the boxes next to "Tracking Fitness" <BR> 4. Finally, click on Save Settings, whala. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:14:15 EST January Month End Stats: Final Great start to the new year. <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1)  ATLTRAINR 3,720 <BR> 2)  GMCTERRAIN 3,643 <BR> 3)  RIPPEDPAUL1 3,638 <BR> 4)  EARLUTR 3,480 <BR> 5)  ZARLOT 3,190 <BR> 6)  PDQ1203 3,085 <BR> 7)  JIMSTER 3,007 <BR> 8)  CRISTALCONNORS 2,971 <BR> 9)  SEBQUEST40 2,611 <BR> 10)  INKENBEAR 2,539 <BR> 11)  CORRALES_SCOTT 2,333 <BR> 12)  TALLBUNNY 2,323 <BR> 13)  PER4MERKC 2,310 <BR> 14)  TODDERICKV 2,240 <BR> 15)  GLENNMACDO 2,142 <BR> 16)  REYVNCFOX 2,040 <BR> 17)  JCP1979 1,9... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 16:04:20 EST Food tracker options... Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Long time listener, first time caller. I jest. It's been a while it I'm back to our little community and wish old and new the best! <BR> <BR> I'm struggling with the food tracker on this site. It seems with rising popularity the database of foods has grown significantly (and without any editing). Since I have a personal goal to be a professional chef much of the food I eat is my own, or can easily be broken down to raw ingredients (salads, soups ect.) Since that ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 08:48:18 EST December and Year End Stats: Final Happy New Year! Let's see if you can increase your mojo and beat your 2013 stats. You can do it! <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> Below, reflects fitness minutes earned in December and the 2nd number reflects the fitness minutes that you earned for 2013. Good job! <BR> <BR> 1)  ATLTRAINR 3,720 43,675 <BR> 2)  RIPPEDPAUL1 3,718 40,012 <BR> 3)  EARLUTR 3,515 33,590 <BR> 4)  JIMSTER 3,267 21,348 <BR> 5)  PDQ1203 3,220 39,080 <BR> 6)  GREATMARTIN 3,120 41,540 <BR> 7)  MOTLEYWIZARD 2,891 24,... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 06:57:49 EST Hello everyone Hi all, <BR> Gay guy from the UK here. Looking to shed the weight and maybe make some friends along the way. <BR> Hope you all had a great Christmas! x Sun, 29 Dec 2013 12:03:22 EST November Team Stats: Final <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> 1) EARLUTR 3,690 <BR> 2) RIPPEDPAUL1 3,600 <BR> 3) ATLTRAINR 3,600 <BR> 4) JIMSTER 3,274 <BR> 5) GREATMARTIN 3,240 <BR> 6) PDQ1203 3,175 <BR> 7) TALLBUNNY 2,937 <BR> 8) SEBQUEST40 2,857 <BR> 9) MOTLEYWIZARD 2,763 <BR> 10) GLENNMACDO 2,557 <BR> 11) CRISTALCONNORS 2,429 <BR> 12) TENNISJIM 2,420 <BR> 13) TODDERICKV 2,400 <BR> 14) ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 06:58:30 EST GLBT Icon: Heinrich Hössli: PASSIONATE APOLOGIST F PASSIONATE APOLOGIST FOR HOMOSEXUALITY <BR> <BR> (1784-1864) <BR> <BR> Nineteenth-century Swiss milliner and anthologist Heinrich Hössli was a passionate apologist for homosexuality, but his work exerted almost no influence. <BR> <BR> Hössli was born in Glarus, Switzerland, on August 6, 1784, the first of 14 children. He received no formal education, but learned the trade of hat-making in Berne. He returned to Glarus, where he became known as the town's leading milliner and interior decora... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:04:56 EST October Team Stats: Final Awesome stats guys! <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1) ATLTRAINR 3,720 <BR> 2) RIPPEDPAUL1 3,716 <BR> 3) GREATMARTIN 3,600 <BR> 4) EARLUTR 3,540 <BR> 5) JIMSTER 3,487 <BR> 6) PDQ1203 3,265 <BR> 7) TALLBUNNY 3,204 <BR> 8) MNREADER 3,180 <BR> 9) SEBQUEST40 3,143 <BR> 10) GLENNMACDO 3,009 <BR> 11) MOTLEYWIZARD 2,966 <BR> 12) AADAM101 2,724 <BR> 13) CRISTALCONNORS 2,715 <BR> 14) KMACINLOVE 2,600 <BR> 15) REYVNCFOX 2,580 <BR> 16) TENNISJIM 2,485 <BR> 17) MIKE... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 11:50:59 EST GLBT Icon: Ana Lynch (Ana Matronic): LEAD SINGER LEAD SINGER FOR THE BAND SCISSOR SISTERS <BR> <BR> The American pop band Scissor Sisters was spawned in New York City's gay club scene and has cultivated a large glbtq fan base around the world, especially in the United Kingdom and the United States. <BR> <BR> With four of its current five members openly gay men; with the lyrics of their songs regularly addressing transgressive sexuality and glbtq subjects, such as transsexual prostitutes and coming out to one's family; and with the group's... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 06:07:01 EST Diet/Fitne ess/Health Apps Do you guys regularly use any apps related to diet/fitness/health/etc? <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:48:27 EST A question pondered by some <link><BR>e-within-rank-hottness/ </link> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:03:35 EST GLBT Icon: Rudi Van Dantzig: ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER OF THE DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET FROM 1971 TO 1991 <BR> <BR> (1933-2012) <BR> <BR> As artistic director and resident choreographer of the Dutch National Ballet from 1971 to 1991, Rudi van Dantzig brought his company to international attention with a repertory that embraced works of both classical elegance and modern energy. He created a body of choreographic work that explores liberation, hope, and the place of homosexuality in our time, as well as such cont... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 04:27:34 EST What's hotter? Pecs or abs? Having both is a bonus, but which one makes your knees go weak? I'm more of a leg man myself. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 04:23:28 EST Part: 1. Does An Open Relationship Vs. Monogamy He Part: 1. Does An Open Relationship Vs. Monogamy Help Or Hurt You? <BR> <BR> Personally, I'm a one man's man. What about you? Check out the interesting conversation about this subject at the link below. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 05:40:55 EST It gets better, unless you're fat! A great article and well worth the read, discussing the gay community and weight. <BR> <BR><BR>-gets-better-unless-youre-fat Fri, 11 Oct 2013 19:06:24 EST Which foreign guys are hot? I cannot tell a lie. I think a guy with an accent makes me swoon. From the Irish down to the men from down under. What about you? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 05:17:56 EST GLBT History: Richard von Krafft-Ebing: PSYCHIATRI PSYCHIATRIST WHOSE CASE STUDIES SHED LIGHT ON A VARIETY OF SEXUAL PRACTICES <BR> <BR> (1840-1902) <BR> <BR> Before Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung monopolized the spotlight as the world's most preeminent psychiatrists in the early twentieth century, Richard von Krafft-Ebing filled the role in the latter part of the nineteenth century. His carefully detailed work involving hundreds of case studies shed light on the sexual habits of a wide spectrum of men and women. Although he personally abhorr... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 06:31:53 EST September Stats Final September was a busy month. Let's see what we can accomplish in October. <BR> <BR> Cheers.... <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1) EARLUTR 3,600 <BR> 2) ATLTRAINR 3,600 <BR> 3) RIPPEDPAUL1 3,482 <BR> 4) JIMSTER 3,387 <BR> 5) SEBQUEST40 3,354 <BR> 6) MNREADER 3,258 <BR> 7) GREATMARTIN 3,240 <BR> 8) TALLBUNNY 3,133 <BR> 9) PDQ1203 3,120 <BR> 10) REYVNCFOX 3,115 <BR> 11) DRNATURAL 3,104 <BR> 12) CORRALES_SCOTT 2,800 <BR> 13) AADAM101 2,759 <BR> 14) CRISTALCONNORS... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 14:18:25 EST GLBT Icon: Walter Pater: ENGLISH AESTHETE AND CRIT (1839-1894) <BR> <BR> The aesthetic of the important and influential Victorian critic Walter Pater reflected a homosexual sensibility. <BR> <BR> Among British prose writers of the Victorian era, Pater stands as the embodiment of stylistic elegance. His critical essays--ranging widely over Classical, Renaissance, Romantic, and contemporary artists and writers--are themselves literary works of the first order. William Butler Yeats called Pater's novel Marius the Epicurean (1885, rev. 1892) ... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 07:48:38 EST James Baldwin: AMERICAN AUTHOR OF ARTICULATE CHALL AMERICAN AUTHOR OF ARTICULATE CHALLENGES TO RACISM AND MANDATORY HETEROSEXUALITY <BR> <BR> (1924-1987) <BR> <BR> James Baldwin, a pioneering figure in twentieth-century literature, wrote sustained and articulate challenges to American racism and mandatory heterosexuality. <BR> <BR> The circumstances of Baldwin's birth were unremarkable: He was born on August 2, 1924, at Harlem Hospital in New York City to a poor, unmarried, twenty-year-old woman named Emma Berdis Jones. But his death sixty... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:54:53 EST Student's 'Scientific Proof' Why Gay Marriage Is W Student's 'Scientific Proof' Why Gay Marriage Is Wrong May Be The Dumbest Thing We've Ever Heard <BR> <BR> The Huffington Post | By Cavan Sieczkowski Posted: 09/16/2013 <BR> <BR> A student in Nigeria claims he has scientific proof that same-sex marriage is wrong. <BR> <BR> The so-called discovery was made by Chibuihem Amalaha, a postgraduate student at the University of Lagos who told Nigeria's This Day Live that same-sex marriage is "eating deep into the fabric of our human nature all o... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:22:27 EST GLBT Icon: Yves Saint-Laurent: ONE OF THE SEMINAL ONE OF THE SEMINAL FASHION DESIGNERS OF OUR ERA, 1936 <BR> <BR> (1936-2008) <BR> <BR> One of the seminal fashion designers of our era, Yves Saint Laurent not only created a venerable fashion empire, but also inspired many other designers. <BR> <BR> Born in Oran, Algeria on August 1, 1936, to French parents, Yves Saint Laurent had a difficult childhood. Although taunted at school, he found solace at home in his drawing and painting and occasional designs of dresses for his mother and two si... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 04:51:20 EST GLBT Icon: Herman Melville: AMERICAN NOVELIST WHOS AMERICAN NOVELIST WHOSE TEXTS REFLECT HIS HOMOSEXUALITY <BR> <BR> (1819-1891) <BR> <BR> The most important American novelist of the nineteenth century, Herman Melville reflects his homosexuality throughout his texts. <BR> <BR> Melville was born in New York City to a prosperous and distinguished family. In 1830, his father's bankruptcy and subsequent madness brought a radical alteration in the young man's life. The sense of a patrician past, of a dark secret, and of a radical loss of socia... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 03:40:57 EST what do you think? <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Is it something you would take daily? yes NO why? Were you aware of it? I wasnt and am not sure i would without some further trial/info Mon, 9 Sep 2013 10:59:40 EST Sean Eldridge: ACTIVIST FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY Hughes, Chris (b. 1983), and Sean Eldridge (b. 1986) <BR> <BR> Chris Hughes has been a creative force in two enormously successful on-line ventures, the social networking site Facebook and the web site, which was key to the candidate's victory in the 2008 presidential election. In each case, his focus was on the power of community and on facilitating communication among members of groups. <BR> <BR> He and his partner Sean Eldridge have lent their own voices and resources ... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 06:36:06 EST Mom Writes BEAUTIFUL Letter To Son After He Comes Mom Writes BEAUTIFUL Letter To Son After He Comes Out On Facebook <BR> <BR> Zach, <BR> I was surprised by your facebook post where you came out. I want you to know that I love you unconditionally. I love you with my actions, not just my words. I’m so proud of you. You are the bravest person I know. I’ll fight for you always. Your sexual orientation does not define you. You are still the boy who forever won my heart. The only thing that concerns me is the number of empty soda cups and tea bot... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 04:45:12 EST GLBT Icon: Ian Roberts: AUSTRALIAN RUGBY STAR WHO AUSTRALIAN RUGBY STAR WHO CAME OUT DURING HIS PLAYING CAREER AND LATER BECAME AN ACTOR <BR> <BR> (b. 1965) <BR> <BR> Australian rugby superstar Ian Roberts was renowned for his amazing combination of hard-hitting physical play and remarkable agility and finesse. At the height of his athletic career he made the courageous decision to come out as a gay man. The handsome former footballer has embarked on a second career in acting. <BR> <BR> A native of Chelsea, England, born July 31, 1965, Ia... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 05:05:17 EST Now Until Halloween Challenge You can join any time before Halloween. <BR> <BR> 1. State your starting weight. <BR> 2. State your weight loss and exercise goals you want to reach by Halloween. <BR> 3. State at least 3 goals that will help you reach those main goals. You may include as many goals as you desire, tho... for anything you want to keep track of. <BR> 4. Commit to post weekly. <BR> <BR> Copy and paste: <BR> start date <BR> 1. My starting weight is____. <BR> 2. Halloween goals: to have lost ___ lbs. and... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 03:12:31 EST August Team Stats: Final <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1) RIPPEDPAUL1 3,657 <BR> 2) MNREADER 3,603 <BR> 3) GREATMARTIN 3,600 <BR> 4) ATLTRAINR 3,480 <BR> 5) REYVNCFOX 3,479 <BR> 6) JIMSTER 3,432 <BR> 7) EARLUTR 3,390 <BR> 8) GLENNMACDO 3,370 <BR> 9) PDQ1203 3,210 <BR> 10) MOTLEYWIZARD 3,049 <BR> 11) MIKE501 2,778 <BR> 12) TALLBUNNY 2,721 <BR> 13) CORRALES_SCOTT 2,629 <BR> 14) DRNATURAL 2,575 <BR> 15) RUGGYBEARLA 2,541 <BR> 16) TENNISJIM 2,490 <BR> 17) MPLSKEN 2,357 <BR> 18) ... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:37:08 EST GLBT Icon: Richard Rodriguez: ESSAYIST, MEMOIRIST, ESSAYIST, MEMOIRIST, AND SOCIAL COMMENTATOR <BR> <BR> (b. 1944) <BR> <BR> Essayist and memoirist Richard Rodriguez is a thoughtful, and often controversial, commentator on issues related to the experience of American Latinos in particular and to American life generally. Perhaps the most widely read of Latino American authors, he positions himself as an outsider in America, not only because of his ethnicity, but also because of his sexuality. <BR> <BR> Rodriguez's first book, Hunger of Mem... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 01:34:42 EST legally-married same-sex couples, regardless of wh the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service have just announced a ruling that ensures all legally-married same-sex couples, regardless of which state receive the same tax cuts as straight legally married couples. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:45:54 EST say what??? Have you heard the recent claims by Pat Robertson...the man is as arse backwards as one human being can get...the really sad thing is the gigantic fool has a following Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:02:41 EST I'm back. I'm sure none of you remember me. I was only active for a couple months back in 2011. Well, I'm back and I'm determined to get to my goal weight! Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:38:26 EST GLBT Icon: David Norris: SENATOR, SCHOLAR, AND A R SENATOR, SCHOLAR, AND A RESPECTED LEADER OF THE GLBTQ RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN IRELAND <BR> <BR> <BR> (b. 1944) <BR> <BR> David Norris began his career as a scholar, specializing in the works of James Joyce, but his involvement in the glbtq rights movement in Ireland led him to challenge the country's repressive laws. As a senator, Norris has continued to work valiantly for equality for all Irish citizens. <BR> <BR> David Norris is the son of an Irishwoman and an Englishman. The couple had been... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 05:20:43 EST What do you clean your body with to stop certain o What do you clean your body with to stop certain odors? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 00:29:19 EST GLBT Icon: George "Chet" Forrest COMPOSER AND LYRICIST WHO ADAPTED CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR STAGE MUSICALS <BR> <BR> For over seventy years Robert Wright and George Forrest were partners in life and art. Together they wrote music and lyrics for film, stage, and club acts. They specialized in adapting themes from classical music into engaging tunes for movie scores and stage musicals. <BR> <BR> George Forrest Chichester, Jr., later to be known professionally as Chet Forrest, was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 31, 1915. A mus... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 01:31:02 EST A Tennessee First One of Chattanooga's more conservative suburbs is the first municipality to approve same-sex benefits. <BR> <BR><BR>aug/06/collegedale-tenn-oks-benefits-s<BR>ame-sex-spouses/ <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the young woman's family is having to deal with bigotry. <BR> <BR><BR>aug/21/repent-or-leave/ <BR> <BR> Baby steps indeed. <link><BR>g/21/repent-or-leave... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 07:09:46 EST GLBT Icon: Sean Patrick Maloney: OPENLY GAY OPENLY GAY MEMBER OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES <BR> <BR> (b. 1966) <BR> <BR> Long a champion of glbtq and progressive causes, Sean Patrick Maloney was elected to the United States House of Representatives from the 18th District of New York in 2012. He is the first openly gay U.S. Representative from New York state. <BR> <BR> Maloney is a member of what he humorously described to Jonathan Miller of the National Journal as a "small Irish-Catholic family." He has five brothers and on... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 01:05:46 EST So these 2 lesbians go into a bar No in actuality I was wondering what your thoughts are on the 18 and 14 yr old lesbians that are going to court...underage sex and the terms of probation ...both were in high school and were dating Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:59:05 EST GLBT History: AN IMPORTANT PRESENCE IN DANCE SINCE AN IMPORTANT PRESENCE IN DANCE SINCE THE 1950s, <BR> <BR> (b. 1930) <BR> <BR> One of the most influential dancers and choreographers of the twentieth century, Paul Taylor has been an important presence in American dance since the 1950s. <BR> <BR> When he wrote his autobiography, at the age of 57, Taylor revealed his ambivalence about sex and gender in dance and life, remarking that to "pick partners of consistent gender would've run against an arbitrary streak" that he considers one of h... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 03:26:56 EST GLBT Icon: Poet A LEADING CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POET, <BR> <BR> (b. 1929) <BR> <BR> John Ashbery, one of the leading contemporary American poets, avoids explicit gay content in his poetry, but his work shares concerns with other late twentieth-century gay writing. <BR> <BR> Ashbery was born in 1929 near Rochester, New York. He is author of more than fifteen books of poems, beginning with Turandot and Other Poems in 1953, and is considered one of the leading contemporary American poets. His works range i... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 05:47:18 EST GLBT Icon: Gerard Manley Hopkins SEXUALLY REPRESSED ENGLISH POET WHO PRAISED MALE BEAUTY, 1844 <BR> <BR> (1844-1889) <BR> <BR> In some of the most original poetry of the Victorian period, the sexually-repressed Gerard Manley Hopkins celebrated male beauty as one of the most splendid witnesses to the divine. <BR> <BR> Born into a financially comfortable family of marine insurance adjustors, the oldest of nine children, Hopkins was small of stature and extremely lively of mind. Acceptance into Balliol College, Oxford, on a... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 01:35:18 EST Gay Sailor Celebrates His Homecoming With A Propos Gay Sailor Celebrates His Homecoming With A Proposal <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-celebrates-his-homecoming-with-a-prop<BR>osal.html </link> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 05:36:25 EST Creepiest thing a guy has ever said or done to you <link> </link> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 01:17:27 EST Relationship vs Companionshi ip....What's the diff Relationship vs Companionship....What's the difference? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 09:55:51 EST Once a cheater, always a cheater? <link> </link> Fri, 9 Aug 2013 00:59:06 EST Harvey Fierstein Urges Boycott of Russian Olympics <link><BR>_urges_boycott_of_russian_olympics.html </link> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 01:43:50 EST Existing vs Living and what are you leaving behind Do you live or do you exist? Explain your answer <BR> <BR> When all is said and done what will be left behind in your memory how will you life be memorialized? Wed, 7 Aug 2013 19:43:23 EST Jason Jacobs, Seattle Gay Man, Beaten In Alleged H <link><BR>attle-gay-hate-crime_n_3709719.html?ir<BR>=Gay%20Voices&utm_campaign=080613&utm_<BR>medium=email&utm_source=Alert-gay-voic<BR>es&utm_content=Title </link> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 15:57:51 EST What's the best thing you did so far this summer? Personally, I moved into a new apartment. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 01:25:47 EST GLBT Icon: Rufus Wainwright: Singer SUCCESSFUL SINGER AND SONGWRITER NOTED FOR WITTY LYRICS AND RICH MELODIES <BR> <BR> (b. 1973) <BR> <BR> Singer and songwriter Rufus Wainwright has built a successful career with witty lyrics and rich melodies that have earned him comparisons to Cole Porter and George Gershwin. Wainwright cites Al Jolson, Edith Piaf, and Nina Simone as artists who were among his early inspirations. <BR> <BR> Both music critics and Wainwright's loyal fans appreciate the structural complexity and lush orches... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 07:12:33 EST somethings that I did that get in there I am in a group online (facebook) called i run for micheal it is a program that matches you up with a disabled child and you run or workout for them...i think it is a remarkable program and urge people to look into it to see if it is something for them <BR> <BR> there is an app that you can use on your smart phone called charity donates a certain amount to charities for every mile you log ...there is a list of charities and since you are already working out its a good deed you cou... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 10:38:16 EST GLBT History: Larry Levan: Disc Jockey CONSIDERED THE WORLD'S GREATEST DISC JOCKEY, 1954 <BR> <BR> (1954-1992) <BR> <BR> Larry Levan is regularly hailed as the world's greatest disc jockey and widely credited with changing the sound of dance music in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the driving force behind the legendary Paradise Garage dance club in New York City for the entire time it was open (1976-1987). <BR> <BR> Levan made connections with the meanings and feelings of songs, often sending messages in music to the dancers. He... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 09:00:26 EST GLBT History: Hart Crane: Poet A POET AND SUCCESSOR TO WALT WHITMAN WHO WAS TORTURED BY HOMOSEXUAL SELF-HATRED, (1899-1933) <BR> <BR> A successor to Walt Whitman, Hart Crane found spiritual transcendence in homoerotic desire. <BR> <BR> Harold Hart Crane was born in Garrettsville, Ohio, on July 21, 1899, the only son of Grace Hart Crane, an intelligent, sensitive woman, and C. A. Crane, a success-driven businessman. The poet's childhood was materially secure but emotionally difficult. <BR> <BR> When Harold was five, th... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 09:20:34 EST July Team Stats Final Terrific stats for July guys! <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1) GREATMARTIN 3,600 <BR> 2) EARLUTR 3,600 <BR> 3) JIMSTER 3,518 <BR> 4) RIPPEDPAUL1 3,293 <BR> 5) TALLBUNNY 3,253 <BR> 6) PDQ1203 2,970 <BR> 7) GLENNMACDO 2,909 <BR> 8) MIKE501 2,754 <BR> 9) REYVNCFOX 2,720 <BR> 10) DCGUY72 2,691 <BR> 11) MNREADER 2,641 <BR> 12) MPLSKEN 2,552 <BR> 13) TENNISJIM 2,515 <BR> 14) CORRALES_SCOTT 2,346 <BR> 15) DRNATURAL 2,283 <BR> 16... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 17:06:52 EST GLBT History: Ernest Hemingway NOTED AMERICAN WRITER WHOSE FICTION INCLUDED NEGATIVE AND ABUSIVE PORTRAYALS OF GAY MEN <BR> <BR> (1899-1961) <BR> <BR> by: Gregory Woods <BR> <BR> Ernest Hemingway, himself sexually insecure, included negative, even abusive portrayals of gay men in his fiction. <BR> <BR> The hunting-shooting-fishing (and writing) life of Hemingway begins with a little boy who was dressed in girl's clothing by his mother during his early years, a point he would later avoid when mythologizing his youth. H... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 02:08:18 EST 8.1.13: Team Reboot Good morning guys! Ahhhh, the first of a new month. So many possibilities. Hopefully, you have your goals in place and that you joined the August team challenge. I'm still shaking my head over Russia. <BR> <BR> Anyway, we're still looking for more co-leads who can commit to posting 1 topic of interest in the General Discussion Forum 1 day each week. If you're interested, shoot me a Spark E-Mail. <BR> <BR> With that said, enjoy the day and make the most of it. <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 02:03:53 EST Aug Challenge: Earn 500 Fit Min to Boycott Russia What Russia is doing is beyond insanity. Earn 500 fitness minutes for the month of August to boycott the Olympics in Russia. Come on team, let's show our pride! <BR> <BR> If you want to join this challenge, reply that you're in! Wed, 31 Jul 2013 05:27:20 EST I like them all...yum yum give me some? What is it that gets you all hot and bothered? <BR> Is it thick, a twink, leather, daddies, muscles, intelligence, humor....what will you over look and what will you straight out refuse? Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:48:31 EST Cold war over but new threat emerges Have you all been following the issue in Russia and what has been happening to people. I just read that they will try to enforce the gay propaganda laws during upcoming Olympics...not to mention what individuals in russia are doing to young gay people...on a side note just as bad the sheriff in usa arresting gays in park who were meeting up (I think it was Louisiana?)...two steps forward and seems like a leap behind Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:41:43 EST Use an emoticon to express how you feel today. Here we are, the new thread. Post on guys! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 08:51:11 EST Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act A stunning and historic milestone for gay rights! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/26/19151971-supreme-court-strikes-do<BR>wn-defense-of-marriage-act?lite </link> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:15:43 EST very good Did anyone else see that the president invited two gay dads and their child to white house for fathers day...thought that was wicked awesome! Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:05:54 EST 2 snaps up and a Alright you silent Bast$$ anyone doing anything fun for pride or have you heard of anything going on in your areas??? Wed, 5 Jun 2013 13:50:30 EST No sorry I want to but no Okay question for those of you who are on hook up sites or have been: <BR> Where I am at not a lot of places to meet eligible guys and so I partake in these sites...dont get me wrong on the dating sites too ...what is your take? I make it clear I am not looking for hook ups and some say the same but usually after 2 or 3 conversations thats right what we are back or hook ups. Do not get me wrong I am not a prude but looking for a bit more at this stage in my life Mon, 3 Jun 2013 14:55:16 EST Oh boy, we went main stream! I was doing my usual go around for news in the net and found this article about gay pride on Interesting as History, and as a sign that gay has gone main stream... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>love-sex/the-history-of-lgbt-pride-mon<BR>th#image=2 </link> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 12:05:16 EST The 1st time...stop it hurts! when was the last time your arse tried something for the 1st time...anything?? <BR> ie event, food, project, anything at all <BR> <BR> I did a color run with my youngest demon and it was a blast (last weekend)! Wed, 29 May 2013 08:39:51 EST June Alright ya crazy bas$ards what shall yee say...June is just about on top of us...get your minds outta the gutters...what are we doing to make ourselves better?? Stuffing only works like Cinderella...once midnight chimes the reality hits...! <BR> Exercise? <BR> Mentally? <BR> Fun? Wed, 29 May 2013 08:36:40 EST Powerful story/video <link><BR>ne-bitney-crone/two-years-gone-but-nev<BR>er-forgotten_b_3226322.html </link> Fri, 24 May 2013 17:18:55 EST Boy Scouts of America votes to lift ban on... ...openly gay youth a 61% margin! <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>380</em> A victory for gay rights and for openly gay boy Scouts across the USA!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>w/la-na-nn-boy-scouts-lift-ban-on-gay-<BR>youth-20130523,0,5686326.story </link> Thu, 23 May 2013 19:27:22 EST Memorial Day plans Anyone have any fun Memorial Day plans? <BR> <BR> I don't. But I'm having a small get-together at my house the Friday night after Memorial Day, so I imagine I'll be preparing for that in some way (read: cleaning). <BR> <BR> Relaxing at the lake sounds nice, but I guess not in my cards this year. Tue, 21 May 2013 13:28:32 EST Hello Everyone! Hello My name is Gabriel and I would like to get back down to 180lb. Right now I am at about 240 and am really unhappy with how I look and feel on a daily basis. I hurt my knee a while back and since then everything kinda went down hill. The other day I was shopping and nothing fit me. On top of that I really was just unhappy with how the clothes looked. I was seeing all of the curves that should not be there. So I decided that I really needed to do something before it go more difficult to lo... Mon, 20 May 2013 22:57:31 EST Sumer Around the Corner I have been doing really great throughout the school hear but summer is approaching and this is when I usually struggle and put weight back on. I have lost nearly 100 pounds in the last year and a half but when I am working I have a very regimented structured life. I am going to leave for a month to Europe, month road trip around the USA, and then weekend in Miami with four night Bahamas' cruise before I go back to work. Does anyone have any helpful hints to keep me from gaining 20-25 poun... Sun, 19 May 2013 15:54:27 EST On gay men and what makes us SEXY! I just joined another group - Gay Men wanting to look more sexy - and while introducing myself I segued into a little thought storm about sexiness that I thought I'd share here as well. <BR> <BR> I think it's great for us as gay men to embrace our sexuality in healthy, positive ways and to be open about the fact that for us it's not just about feeling fit and being healthy - but we also want other guys to check us out. Many of the other teams (e.g. Christian soccer moms 'R US) are more focu... Fri, 17 May 2013 14:38:12 EST Grumble So I recently got back into the clean eating thing and initially dropped about 5 pounds. Since then the scale has been creeping up again even though my eating and daily routines have not changed. WTF? <BR> <BR> Is it time for Lipo? Thu, 9 May 2013 13:09:14 EST Is it just me? Or do you read "Gay Men Spanking" when you read across the page fast? Wed, 8 May 2013 13:07:04 EST Sex addiction I was surfing the net and saw this article about David Tutera (Yes, I do like his show) divorcing his husband. The husband claims David has a sex addiction. I wonder... Is there really such thing or it is just na excuse to justify a sluty behaviour? Have you ever met somebody with sex addiction? I do like sex a lot, but I do not think I have an addiction. What is your take? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ivorce-my-fair-wedding-host-splits-fro<BR>m-husband-ryan... Thu, 2 May 2013 11:07:13 EST Technology x Politeness It seems to me that nowadays everybody has a mobile electronic gadget that allows internet connect, movie streaming, and all sort of magic that I do not understand. I, myself, have a smart phone (which I use [shock!] to make phone calls and tablet (Kindle fire) which I like a lot. But what has been calling my attention is that with this super connectivity it seems that people are losing the basics of good manners. <BR> I have to confess that although I do not like people in a general way,... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 12:22:18 EST To staburck or not to Starbuck. That's the questio Every morning, when I go to work, it amuses me the long line in each one of the Starbucks that I pass by. People actually go out of their way to get their stylish caffeine fix. <BR> I am not a refined coffee drinker. I am a huge coffee drinker (No jokes Bill! LOL), but I think that Starbucks is overrated and overpriced. <BR> I like to go to the Starbucks and order “a cup of coffee”. The look I get from the barista (yes, I speak a little bit of the lingo) is priceless. <BR> How about you... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:05:02 EST Back on the truck - Day 1 I'm back boys - and sad to report that I fell off the pick-up truck and regained all the weight I lost - 10 loathsome pounds. <BR> <BR> I've been off the grid while preparing for an important licensing exam and the stress and anxiety led me inexorably down the path to chocoholism. Clearly I can't multitask as studying AND watching my food intake was too much for me. <BR> <BR> I was in denial to some extent until yesterday when I saw some photos of me at a friend's birthday party - all bloa... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 01:53:14 EST Gay-Friendly Places To Live? I've been meaning to post this now for ages but I've been so busy lately! So anyway, where I am from, there are not very many (openly) gay people, barely any gay resources/recreation, and an overall poor acceptance of gay people. So unless there are some DRASTIC changes made here over the next few years... I do not plan to stay here after I graduate! <BR> <BR> So, getting to the point! Do YOU know any "gay-friendly" places to live? (Cities, Countries, Etc.) By "gay-friendly" I mean general... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 21:33:25 EST OUT's Power 50 Good morning Men! <BR> <BR> Out Magazine has just released its 7th most powerful gay men and women list. By now you guys (probably) have noticed that I just love a list. LOL <BR> <BR> Lots of the select are in the entertainment business, what is not surprising. I think that Rachel Maddow and Ellen Degeneres are way more influential than Tim Cook, but every list brings different opinions. Below I posted the link for the magazine in case you guys want to check who made it. <BR> <BR> <l... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:10:53 EST Would you do it? Have you done it? I just read this article and found it quite interesting. This woman moved 3,000 miles (From NY to Portland) alone. Would you do it? Have you ever done something like that? <BR> <BR> I have, and more than once and I haven't regretted it one single time. Are you the gypsy kind or more like the one that stay where you are? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4822.story#!stackState=0__%2Frelations<BR>hips%2Fmoving-1534822.story%3FpageId%3D5 </link> Tue, 9 Apr 2013 13:38:43 EST It's Time For A Change. And, I'm heading away from SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315942 </link> Mon, 8 Apr 2013 14:04:27 EST The Outs If you haven't seen it yet, check out The Outs web mini-series. <BR> <BR> Some REALLY great writing and camera work. You'll fall in love with it. <BR> <BR> I think I've watched every episode about 10 times. <BR> Mon, 8 Apr 2013 09:46:31 EST four legged friends Do you have pets? What are your feelings towards them? have you lost one? Any tips on making the loss easier? Mon, 8 Apr 2013 07:49:43 EST GLBT History: Ricky Wilson: MEMBER OF THE ROCK BAN MEMBER OF THE ROCK BAND THE B-52S, 1953 <BR> <BR> <BR> Bookmark and Share <BR> B-52s <BR> <BR> page: 1 2 3 <BR> <BR> The B-52s are commonly known as the "World's Greatest Party Band" and the "tacky little dance band from Athens, Georgia" who created such hits as "Rock Lobster" and "Love Shack." <BR> <BR> They dared to be different long before it became a cliché, and welcomed everyone else who did the same. Naturally, this held—and continues to hold—appeal for the glbtq communit... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 04:35:07 EST GMS Team Spotlight is on BHAMDAVID Meet David, <BR> <BR> David is here because he says "enough is enough" and wants to lead a healthier life before things get out of hand. <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> ****************************** <BR> <BR> David's Page <BR> <BR> I used to be in much better shape, but like many, let pounds add on slowly and stopped exercising. I finally reached a point where I just said enough was enough and before things got out of hand I would take control. So here I am. <BR> <BR> <BR> Profile <BR> <BR... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 04:29:13 EST GLBT History: Peter Taylor: OLYMPIC EQUESTRIAN, 19 OLYMPIC EQUESTRIAN, 1953 <BR> <BR> At the elite level of sports there are very few out gay male athletes. Some who have come out after retiring have cited fear of a homophobic reaction by others in the sport as a reason for remaining closeted while they competed. <BR> <BR> The atmosphere in the sport of equestrianism is different from most, however. "I would say that many gays are involved in the horse world. . . . It is certainly no secret. This is a very accepting community," stated disti... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 11:26:31 EST GMS Team Spotlight is on PASTORPETER Meet Peter, <BR> <BR> I love what he wrote in his introduction. <BR> <BR> "I feel energetic and confident about not just losing the weight, but keeping it off as I live a healthy life." <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> **************************************** <BR> <BR> Health Wellness & Joy <BR> <BR> I am creating my best, healthiest lifestyle and life. <BR> <BR> I maintained my ideal weight for three years, and then retreated into unconscious eating and not making time for regular exercise.... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 11:21:27 EST 4.7.13: All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy Good morning guys. What do you do to relax. With hectic schedules and other stressors, it's important to give you some downtime. What do you do to relax. Me? I pop in a DVD and get lost in the story. What about you? Sun, 7 Apr 2013 11:09:43 EST Compound vs Isolation Exercises Compound: it allows us to workout at the gym in less time because we are working out more muscles groups, its less stress on our joints, and it produces more anabolic hormones. <BR> <BR> Vs. <BR> <BR> Isolation: Helps us build volume with a specific muscle group, its good for people after an injury and need to make a specific muscle stronger, its good for training smaller muscle group s like the biceps, calves and triceps. <BR> <BR> Which do you prefer doing? Sat, 6 Apr 2013 06:46:39 EST GLBT History: Sir Richard F. Burton: CONTROVERSIAL CONTROVERSIAL BRITISH SOLDIER, EXPLORER, AND EXPERT ON SEXUALITY IN INDIA AND THE ARAB WORLD, 1821 <BR> <BR> (1821-1890) <BR> <BR> Although Sir Richard F. Burton bore the stamp of the Victorian era in which he lived, in his outlook on sexuality there was little about him that seems "Victorian" in the sexually restrictive sense of that term. Based on his extensive travels in exotic lands, Burton translated and published works that were shocking for their sexual frankness. Moreover, his accou... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 06:43:25 EST The Coolest Marathons You've Never Heard Of <link><BR>ce/the-coolest-marathons-youve-never-h<BR>eard-of?utm_source=MF-Newsletter&utm_m<BR>edium=Newsletter&utm_term=Mens_Fitness<BR>_Newsletter&utm_campaign=Newsletter326<BR>13&utm_content=Final </link> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 06:40:00 EST GMS Team Spotlight is on MOTLEYWIZARD Meet MOTLEYWIZARD, <BR> <BR> This member is working hard to making a healthy lifestyle a habit. <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> ********************* <BR> <BR> The journey is the destination <BR> <BR> I'm working hard to make a healthy lifestyle a habit. <BR> <BR> <BR> Profile <BR> <BR> Member Since: 4/8/2009 <BR> <BR> SparkPoints: 7,509 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes: 5,987 <BR> <BR> <BR> Spark Page <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TLEYWIZARD </link> <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 06:36:07 EST 4.6.13: How's April Working Out For You So Far? Good morning team. The first week of April is almost over. How are you doing? Running into any problems? Met a personal goal yet? <BR> <BR> Where I live, the temperatures are rising, which means more time hitting the trails. What fitness activity do you enjoy doing? Sat, 6 Apr 2013 06:28:00 EST GMS Team Spotlight is on DUTCHPETE641 Meet DUTCHPETE641, <BR> <BR> Meet Pete, he recently stopped smoking. <em>243</em> Unfortunately, some extra pounds came after that; however, this is something he can work off. I bet you can breathe a lot better and the foods taste much better too. <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> Stopped smoking and the kilo's piled on! <BR> <BR> Dutch guy living in the UK has decided to do something about middle age spread. <BR> After hitting 40 it is so hard to loose the weig... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 05:19:41 EST 4.5.13: Team Ranking Good morning guys. For those of you who are off on the weekends, I'm sure your smile is a little bit brighter today. <BR> <BR> We are in 3rd place in both Fitness Minutes and Spark Points in the Gay category. <BR> <BR> If you haven't joined the April challenge, it's not too late. Come on, take a chance and join in. <BR> <BR> Whatever you have planned for the day, make it a good one. Fri, 5 Apr 2013 05:15:10 EST Have You Ever Fallen In Love with Your Best Friend When I was in school, I had a big crush on my best friend but never told him. What about you? Ever fall for the guy you would consider your right hand man? Fri, 5 Apr 2013 05:12:59 EST Now in Theaters: 4.5.13 Evil Dead (2013) <BR> <BR> Certificate R 91 min - Horror <BR> Metascore: 69/100 (11 reviews) <BR> Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival. <BR> Director:Fede Alvarez <BR> Stars:Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 05:09:12 EST GLBT History: Eugène Frederik Jansson: SWEDISH PAI SWEDISH PAINTER KNOWN FOR BOTH CITYSCAPES AND DEPICTIONS OF THE MALE NUDE, 1862 <BR> <BR> (1862-1915) <BR> <BR> Although well known in his native Sweden, the painter Eugène Jansson has only recently begun to receive the international attention that his accomplishments merit. During the past decade, queer commentators have proclaimed Jansson as Sweden's first gay artist. This reputation is based primarily upon the paintings that he produced during the final decade of his life. <BR> <BR> By... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 09:43:46 EST GMS Team Spotlight is on SOUTHSHOREGUY Meet Bill, <BR> <BR> He has a great sense of humor, a lover of Broadway Shows and even being in Broadway Shows even better. He's very active on the team threads and is a good friend. Thanks for all that you do Bill. <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>*** <BR> <BR> AT LEAST ONE POINT OF MY TURMOIL HAS BEEN LIFTED! <BR> <BR> Things just keep changing, and changing, and changing. But let's not change everything at once. Oh no. That's not good. Or so they say. I am still tr... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 09:40:26 EST Eat it, Own it, Burn it I watched a documentory about gays and fitness. There were guys (hot skinny, hairless guys) on there talking about how they spend hours each day at the gym burning off whatever calories they took in that day. <BR> <BR> My first thought was, where do they find the time to spend hours at the gym and still hold down a full time job and go to the clubs at night (them not me). <BR> <BR> My other thought would be, where did they get the energy for that sort of working out. I used to work out ever... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 16:07:39 EST I have been seeing a lot of virgin eyes Has anyone else been seeing these? Anyone participate? <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 3 Apr 2013 08:45:19 EST questions? What say yee? I was pondering a few do you feel about the threat of N. Korea...with us not being fully withdrawn from middle east? <BR> <BR> Pop culture stars and the amount of news coverage they receive along with the cash/incomes they generate? <BR> <BR> are you comfortable? are you settling? What have you done that scares you forces you to do something normally you wouldnt? Wed, 3 Apr 2013 08:33:45 EST sometimes its more about slowing down then rushing I read this and thought to myself this is what I would hope someone would do for my mother or my children if I wasnt around <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 3 Apr 2013 08:30:05 EST GMS Team Spotlight is on BELANOS Meet BELANOS, <BR> <BR> I had to laugh when I read the title of his Spark Page, classic. <BR> <BR> This die hard member has lost a whopping 80 pounds! <em>243</em> You'll have to tell us what program you're using that's working so well for you. <BR> <BR> ****************************** <BR> <BR> "Creative Title to Appear Here" (as soon as I think of one) <BR> <BR> I find that logging what I eat really helps keep me on track. (Those french fries have HOW MANY calories?!?) I thought I'... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 21:41:01 EST GLBT History: John Kander: COMPOSER WHOSE WORK CEL COMPOSER WHOSE WORK CELEBRATES THE POLYMORPHOUS PERVERSE, 1927 <BR> <BR> Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb are the musical poets of the polymorphous perverse. The stage (and, in two cases, subsequent film) versions of their commercially successful and critically lauded Cabaret, Chicago, and Kiss of the Spider Woman glorify the creativity inherent in sexual ambivalence and celebrate the social renewal fostered by unorthodox forms of political action. <BR> <BR> Surprisingly for many ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 21:30:23 EST 30 Taco Recipes To Get Excited About <link><BR>co-recipes-chicken-mexican_n_1612180.html </link> Tue, 2 Apr 2013 21:27:18 EST Hello I'm here because a friend told me I should check it out after I confessed to her that I didn't know where to turn next for my weight problem. <BR> <BR> I am nearly 300 pounds right out of the shower. More than 300 fully dressed. I hate the way I look and how I feel and yet I still find myself stuffing my face all the time. <BR> <BR> I HATE feeling like this and hope that maybe... just maybe I can turn things around this time. Then again I've tried many, many, many times before only to end ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 12:24:18 EST Another List I planned to have a political topic for Tuesday, but when I was doing my morning surffing I saw this lsit, and being a moive lover, I could not resist. The best 100 movies ever made. I have already watched 69 of those in the list. I was a bit surprised.... <BR> <BR> BTW, Airplane!? really? And where is My Fair Lady? Well, a list is just someone's opinion, and we know that each one of us has our own. <BR> <BR> Here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 08:26:59 EST GLBT History: Wilfred Owen: ENGLISH WAR POET WHO P ENGLISH WAR POET WHO PRECISELY OBSERVED THE HORROR OF TRENCH WARFARE, 1893 <BR> <BR> (1893-1918) <BR> <BR> English war poet Wilfred Owen combined the homoeroticism latent in the elegy tradition with precise observation of the horror of trench warfare. <BR> <BR> Owen was born and brought up chiefly in Shropshire, England. After failing to get into university, he worked for a vicar and then in France as an English teacher before enlisting at the beginning of World War I at the age of 21. <B... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 03:38:11 EST GMS Team Spotlight is on MPLSKEN Meet Ken, <BR> <BR> This member has lost 90 whopping pounds and is currently in maintenance mode. <em>243</em> He stays very active, but is never too busy to check in on the threads. <BR> <BR> ******************************* <BR> <BR> MplsKen <BR> <BR> Looking to get back into shape this year! <BR> <BR> Edit: 6 months later, I'm not really "looking" to get back into shape anymore... I am GETTING back into shape! <BR> <BR> Edit: almost another 6 months later, I'm pretty much where I... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 03:23:25 EST Suspended cups of coffee? I recently read a post on FB in regards to suspended cups of coffee? Have you heard of this and do you know where one can do this? <BR> <BR> I will try to see if i can find it again but it breaks down to prepurchasing coffee for people who need it...i find we often overlook those less fortunate then us be it to caught up in life or whatever have you but kindness matters at least in my opinion! <link><BR>c=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&ved=0CEAQq<BR>QIwAg&url=... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 16:32:48 EST feel the burn....ouch it kinda hurts??? How often do you change up your workouts? Do you notice the difference or do you maintain the same routines? Cross train? high weights low reps...or low weights high reps? Mon, 1 Apr 2013 16:28:02 EST March Stats: Final <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1) GREATMARTIN 3,690 <BR> 2) CORRALES_SCOTT 3,445 <BR> 3) PDQ1203 3,355 <BR> 4) DCGUY72 2,937 <BR> 5) RIPPEDPAUL1 2,674 <BR> 6) KNIGHTJCB 2,480 <BR> 7) REYVNCFOX 2,325 <BR> 8) RUGGYBEARLA 2,311 <BR> 9) TENNISJIM 2,260 <BR> 10) TODDERICKV 2,145 <BR> 11) CLWEAVER71 2,059 <BR> 12) SANDERS1965 1,996 <BR> 13) OLAFGLADANDBIG 1,740 <BR> 14) GALVINROBERT 1,678 <BR> 15) WILLAMLC 1,615 <BR> 16) THEORAS 1,440 <BR> 17) MPLSKEN 1,269... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 06:31:11 EST GMS Team Spotlight is on PDQ1203 Meet PDQ1203, <BR> <BR> This member is retired and traveling with his partner. How he got into fitness started with quitting smoking and it snowballed from there.... <BR> <BR> ********************** <BR> <BR> nomad <BR> <BR> retired fall 2011 and my partner & I, with our two dogs (Zoey & Lucy) full time in our motorhome. vancouver is home base. departed boxing day and currently wandering so. cal. for 3 months (jan, feb, march) <BR> <BR> why i run? <BR> several years ago, we quit smoking,... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 23:29:26 EST Classic Homoerotic Art <link> </link> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 23:21:51 EST The Best Smoothies for Every Season <link><BR>mc=TheDailyFixNL-_-1241010-_-03252013-<BR>_-The_Best_Smoothies_Every_Season </link> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 23:07:50 EST