SparkPeople Cooking for Fast Lives Team Messageboard Life is faster than ever, so how to get healthy, delicious meals on the table? We'll explore slow and pressure cookers, big-batch cooking, and other ways to make fantastic meals stress-free! SparkPeople Cooking for Fast Lives Team Messageboard Hello! Hello, I'm a returning (long inactive) user under a new name, ready for a fresh start. I'm a librarian in Ohio, and struggling with food addiction/inactivity. I'm hoping to make a concentrated effort to change my diet and lifestyle to become a healthier person. I'm also an avid reader and gamer. I love to cook, and have been trying to find healthy recipes that fit in with my work schedule and my husband's picky taste! I've been playing with my Instant Pot for the past year, but would like to ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:33:18 EST New here Hi everyone! I've been a Sparker since 2007 but went MIA for much too long. I'm back with a vengeance. Sun, 14 Oct 2018 02:24:35 EST Hello! Cooking novice looking for easy recipes Hi, everyone, <BR> <BR> I just found this team! I am a novice cook - only know the basics. My husband is diabetic, allergic to seafood and a picky eater. He loves comfort food so any easy, healthy recipes would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to participating! <BR> <BR> - Janet Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:48:23 EST I want to learn more about spark people! Hello everyone!! I’m writing a paper about online communities for school. If you could answer a few questions it would be very appreciated!!!! <BR> <BR> 1) how has sp had an effect on your life? <BR> <BR> 2) do you believe most people stop using sp shortly after joining? <BR> <BR> 3) do you ever meet up in person? <BR> <BR> Thank you!!! Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:55:26 EST Learning to Cook Hello, everyone. I'm excited to be a part of this team because growing up, I never learned how to cook. In a few months I'll be moving into my first apartment and I obviously need to learn to cook to survive. Any super easy recipes for a person extremely new to cooking? Any advice would be most appreciated. Sun, 30 Jul 2017 22:28:26 EST Electric pressure cookers Has anyone found a really good cookbook with a variety of recipes for maximizing the use of an electric pressure cooker? I have a Power Pressure Cooker XL, similar to the Instant Pot, and I have so far made quinoa pilaf, shrimp broccoli risotto, steamed green beans, and canned stewed rhubarb. I'm anxious to explore the capabilities of this new toy, but the recipe book that came with the cooker is very limited. I'm also open to good websites if you know of any. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 09:43:46 EST Good Morning! Kristine from FL here. WOW can I use this group!!! Sun, 17 Jul 2016 08:07:47 EST Greetings All I've been on SparkPeople several years but never committed to it. I have around 100 pounds to lose and I'm in my 40's, so that's no easy task. I also have back issues that slow me down, though I know if I weighed less much of that would be gone. I am looking for work as I was recently let go and I want to get a head start on my cooking organizational skills. So, greetings all. I could use some encouragement and cooking tips. <em>213</em> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:15:45 EST uk 40 plus Hi, my name is mel and I am from Scotland in the UK. I am fairly new to spark people so I thought I would just say hi. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:38:04 EST Hello to everyone! I am not new to SP but I have been absent for a long time now. I am back in the hopes of losing the weight. There are only two people in my household but I can get really lazy when it comes to cooking. So I just started doing Mon-Thurs meal prepping in the hopes of saving calories and time! Looking to learn new techniques and inspiration. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 16:18:02 EST Pressure Cooking Does anyone use a pressure cooker? If so, what do you prepare in it? <BR> <BR> I have an 4 quart electric pressure cooker that has preset buttons such as "beef" "chicken" "fish" "soup" etc, It does not have a traditional countdown timer. (I also have a stove top unit but I don't like to use it because I tend to fall asleep so easily.... Not a good idea to leave a pressure cooker on the burner ! ! ! So I just use that as a large stock pot when needed.) <BR> <BR> At some point this year,... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:46:15 EST Hello all Hello folks <BR> I've been with Spark people for a while--drop out once but back again. I've always enjoy cooking but never had the time to devout to it--or at least that was my excuse. Looking forward to helpful hints and motivation from the group. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:41:02 EST Getting started!! I've always cooked "from scratch" and enjoyed using my slow cooker. I've recently started preparing freezer meals instead (another freezer is now on my wish list). I know that continuing to watch what we eat, portion control, and for me -- ADDING EXERCISE -- will help bring me to my goal weight!! <em>521</em> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:24:18 EST A summer puzzle <link> </link> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:54:16 EST Take it or leave it? Easy game. Just tell us something (could be anything). The next person will say take it or leave it, then name something new for the next person to decide on. How far can we take it? <BR> <BR> Picnics. <BR> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 17:39:52 EST Hi Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Callie and I have 55 lbs to lose. I am off to a great start with SP. <BR> <BR> I am currently doing three official SP challenges. <BR> <BR> SP Official 'Eat Up, Slim Down' Challenge (in week THREE), SP <BR> Official Stress Busting Challenge (in week ONE), and SP Official Better Sleep Challenge (in week ONE) <BR> <BR> Here are the changes I have made so far: <BR> 1. Planning meals now <BR> 2. Drinking 2.2 L of H2O per day <BR> 3. Keeping fruit in bowls thro... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 05:54:28 EST Panang Curry (Thai) I don't really measure things when I cook, but this should be pretty close. <BR> <BR> <BR> Panang Curry <BR> Serves 4-6 <BR> <BR> evoo <BR> 6-8 chicken breast tenderloins (or substitute tofu) <BR> 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced <BR> 1 c snow peas, trimmed <BR> 3 T soy sauce (or tamari) divided <BR> 3 T ginger paste or fresh grated ginger <BR> 3 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 2 T peanut sauce <BR> 1/4 c peanut butter <BR> 2 oz green curry paste <BR> 2 cans coconut milk (I use one regular an... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:53:39 EST Panang Curry (Thai) I don't really measure things when I cook, but this should be pretty close. <BR> <BR> <BR> Panang Curry <BR> Serves 4-6 <BR> <BR> evoo <BR> 6-8 chicken breast tenderloins (or substitute tofu) <BR> 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced <BR> 1 c snow peas, trimmed <BR> 3 T soy sauce (or tamari) divided <BR> 3 T ginger paste or fresh grated ginger <BR> 3 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 2 T peanut sauce <BR> 1/4 c creamy peanut butter <BR> 2 oz green curry paste <BR> 2 cans coconut milk (I use one reg... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:52:21 EST Hello!!! I am married and have one child, a 6 year old son. I work in an office 5 days a week. I love to make my lunch for the week on Sunday and divide it up for 5 or 6 days and freeze whatever might be left. When I have 5 individual meals in the freezer I know I can give my wallet and time a break that week. :) My husband is a meat eater so it is a constant struggle to put something on the table that he will eat but is still healthy for me. I'm looking forward to meeting you all and learning s... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:50:14 EST A puzzle for spring <link> </link> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 12:06:25 EST Just me Good afternoon, my name is Cryssy and I am the cooker/baker in our home. I take care of my husband and father in law who are disabled. my mother in law works outsied the home. I am my father in law are both diabetic. we keep lots of appointments, so we wat alot of crock pot meals or meals that can be thrown together in under 35 minutes. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:29:07 EST Saturday Silliness 3/8 How's your weather today? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite thing about spring? <BR> <BR> Do you have problems when the clocks change? <BR> <BR> When was the last time you laughed out loud? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite song? Feel free to share link to video, if available. Sat, 8 Mar 2014 10:45:27 EST cheerio& #128075; Just wanted to say hi. Had sparkpages awhile but just started really using it &#128521;;. I need a LOT of inspiration for meal planning so I love to scroll through and see what real people are eating and not chefs and great cooks. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the inspiration&#128516; Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:48:13 EST Salutations - from Spokane, WA! Where is everyone from? <BR> <BR> I've started and stopped "Sparking" several times - but the GOOD NEWS is when I do fall off the wagon it's not taking me as long to get back on. <BR> <BR> Finnegan is trying again! <BR> Jeannie Sun, 23 Feb 2014 08:55:22 EST HI~ <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> My name is Lynda and I actually joined SP nearly 2 years ago but didn't keep up on it because I didn't really have a plan. Just knew I needed to, and wanted to, lose. In 2013 I quit floundering and got more serious. Joined a weight loss program that wound up not being a good fit for me, but I learned some valuable lessons about what works and what doesn't, with my temperament, eating preferences, etc. What I'm doing now is basically low carb, not a program of any ... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 01:46:52 EST Hello hello! Hello! I recently joined a gym and started tracking on Spark, but I haven't spent much time getting to know the community yet. <BR> <BR> I'm a graphic designer and illustrator living in Minneapolis, MN. <BR> <BR> I love video games, dinosaurs, drawing, building stuff, reading, cycling, and cooking. <BR> <BR> Feel free to check out my page for a bit more of my story, and add me as a friend if you'd like! Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:13:18 EST Hello Busy Sparkers! I'm Julie from Lebanon, Indiana. I've been on Sparkpeople for several years, had my ups and downs, gains and losses. I'm loving all the new things I'm seeing on the site and am working hard to stay involved, though it does take time. Hopefully, I'll find some great ideas on this team to save a little time. I have two young teen boys and they love when I cook healthful foods for them. My husband and I own a restaurant so I am all about food. Hopefully, I'll have some ideas to share as well. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 05:01:34 EST Hi there! My name is Kasey McFarland (no, I'm not Irish, but someday I will go there just to hear a real Irishman say my name :)). I'm here on Spark People to start shedding the extra 30 pounds I have gained in the last 5 years working full time as a secretary after being a very busy and active stay-at-home mom for many years. Sitting all day does NOT agree with me. You know that commercial, "a body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest, stays at rest"? Well, I've been resting for 5 years and I ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:28:43 EST 2014 Looking for assistance and help on forming a diet plan to eat healthier <BR> and lose significant weight loss any advice would be greatly appreciated Sun, 12 Jan 2014 10:34:41 EST Good Morning All Ok people this is the first team I am joining in a very long while. Mainly I don't have time to read everything. I could use a lot of help with cooking healthy with my busy schedule. My household is down to three now, myself, husband and daughter(17). I have slowly been losing weight, nothing drastic, 12 lbs last year, which my doctor prefers. Finally after 17 yrs I am below 200. Big accomplishment for me. My husband is overweight and my daughter could drop a few lbs. My daughter is willing... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 11:19:58 EST Not slow cooker but <BR> <BR> OK, so my daughter sells Scentsy and now Velata and she had the opportunity to do a last minute vendor show for the Velata, I said go for it even tho she does not have any cash and carry stock, she could still get her name out there. So I go with her for the entire day, support and help as it is her first vendor show. Down the aisle from us is a lady who sells Tupperware and as I walk past I notice she has a set of Disney canisters and several other items Disney. I could not pass ... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 16:21:18 EST A Thanksgiving puzzle <link> </link> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 10:34:21 EST Hello all! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm slowly trying to get back into using SparkPeople. I've been using it on and off (mostly off) since 2007, with varying results (IE, I do well when I'm sticking to it, and not so well when I'm not!) <BR> <BR> I'm currently a full time student, my fiance works and goes to school part time. So this means not only do we have no time, but we also have no money. It's delightful! So I'm looking for more ideas for healthy, fast, cheap recipes. I want it all <em>41</... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 10:23:03 EST Hi there, new to his team!! Hi. My name is Kelly. My husband and I are cooks at a seasonal resort. For 8 months out of the year our lives are non-stop go go go. As a result, we don't eat the way we should. Most of the time it's grab and go and we eat whatever is convenient. You would think that working in a restaurant I'd be able to eat healthy. When you don't have time to sit down or even use a fork...chicken fingers, french fries, anything quick and easily eaten is what you get. As a result, I have put on about ... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 06:57:36 EST How to begin eating at home, where to start? I've lost my weight by eating out in restaurants. and now my food tastes have changed. <BR> <BR> Still struggle with pepsi and coffee, but I can go longer on the good track with out them, still relapse sometimes <BR> <BR> Still finding a good plan to buy and fix at home, a week is too long for me to plan, and carrying food with other stuff I need to take with me, afraid that I will hoard the food in the car without taking it out. <BR> <BR> where would you get help if you had this problem? ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 19:57:26 EST What do you spread on your toast? Share with us what toppings you spread on your toast Tue, 29 Oct 2013 03:43:29 EST A Halloween puzzle <link> </link> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 09:48:27 EST Help!!! My husband and I recently moved in with my parents, so I now have 8 people to prepare meals for. I love cooking, but finding healthy recipes that satisfy everyone is becoming more and more difficult. Suggestions are more than welcome! Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:46:51 EST Hola! I'm Victoria, from California, and have a large family to cook for. I love cooking, but it can be difficult to create meals large and filling enough to satisfy my family, but healthy enough to make me happy. I welcome all helpful tips and suggestions! Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:39:40 EST new yet not... I'm a marathon runner and currently use My Fitness Pal. I love it but am looking for a community of weight training buddies to help with my winter off season goals. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 13:15:05 EST AARRGGHH!! My faithful old crock pot bit the dust Sunday in the middle of a batch of chili. Gee, I can't imagine why, since I've only had it for a measly 35 years. A new one is on order. Half the ingredients in my pantry are for crock pot recipes! Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:46:35 EST Saturday Silliness 10/12 What's your favorite thing about fall? <BR> <BR> Do you have any hobbies? If so, what? <BR> <BR> Who's the last person you talked to on the phone? <BR> <BR> Are you going to decorate for Halloween? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite fall fruit/veggie? Sat, 12 Oct 2013 11:16:51 EST Hello! Hello! My name is Kelly. I am a full time graduate student, and I work as a hall director at university. I am going non-stop for at least 12 hours a day. I barely have time to make sure I eat, let alone cook for myself. I have gotten into the bad habit of eating almost all frozen meals for dinner. Frozen meals, sandwiches, and salads make up most of my diet. Recently, I have gotten bored and I have started to cheat a lot more often. I am happy I found this team so that I can get some motivat... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 18:49:51 EST When do you weigh yourself - and why... I usually weigh myself every day and write the weight and fatpercent in a little book <BR> <BR> If my weight has gone down or up I write how much exercise I did the day before and what I ate in order to find the reason. <em>192</em> <BR> How often do you do it - and why? <BR> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 02:05:11 EST "U" turn We're looking for words that start with the letter "u." <BR> <BR> ultimate Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:52:03 EST August puzzle <link><BR>?z=1 </link> Sat, 3 Aug 2013 11:55:52 EST A year and a half later... I am introducing myself a bit late in the game... I have been using sparkpeople on and off for a year and a half. I should be on more than I am. I have a hard time posting when I know I am doing 'bad' and am more likely to post when I am doing 'good'. I need to hold myself more accountable no matter what day it is! Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:38:18 EST Saturday Silliness 7/27 What's your favorite ice cream flavor? <BR> <BR> What time do you usually go to bed at night? <BR> <BR> What's the last book you read? <BR> <BR> What high school did you attend? <BR> <BR> Do you like to shop online? Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:11:12 EST Hi, I'm new! Hi everybody! I thought it'd be nice to join this team with always looking for ideas to cook a good meal. It will be nice to get acquainted with everyone too. <em>224</em> <em>286</em> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:43:09 EST New, Looking for Meal Planning and Buddies! Hi!! My name is Melissa, rejoined SP after a few years off and I am on a roll. This time I have to do it! I am 36 w/ 2 little ones at home (4, 1 1/2), work 45-50 hours per week and a work from home husband who lost 35 lbs. sooooooo, I need to figure out how quickly I can cook, plan ahead, freeze/bulk cook and would love a buddy to encourage them but also cheer me on! Come on, who's with me? Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:17:04 EST Summer puzzle <link> </link> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 11:16:23 EST Hi So I've technically been a member of Spark People for a little less than a year; however, about a month into it, other stuff intruded and I stopped coming to the site. I'm trying it anew and once thing I do love to do is cook. So I'm excited about this team and what I may learn here and what I can help impart. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:52:54 EST What is your favorite easy fast cooking tip? I will sometimes buy an already baked chicken from deli to get a jump start on my families dinner. I work full time Mon.-Fri. and often don't get home until 6:00p.m, as I am a mother of two sometimes we have to eat even later due to after school activity, or work related meetings. Sat, 8 Jun 2013 13:12:49 EST Saturday Silliness 6/8 What's your favorite thing about summer? <BR> <BR> Have you ever gone swimming in the ocean? <BR> <BR> Where would you spend your dream summer vacation? <BR> <BR> Do you like hot weather? <BR> <BR> What do you like best cooked on the BBQ? Sat, 8 Jun 2013 11:00:20 EST Epic pasta fails The slide show is hysterical! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sta-fails-photos_n_3322463.html?icid=m<BR>aing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl4%7Csec1_lnk3%2<BR>6pLid%3D317849 </link> Sat, 25 May 2013 14:27:29 EST A Memorial Day puzzle <link> </link> Sat, 25 May 2013 10:46:51 EST Penne Margherita Ingredients <BR> • 1/3 cup chopped onions <BR> • 1 clove chopped garlic <BR> • 2 tsp olive oil <BR> • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes <BR> • 1 Tbsp water <BR> • ½ cup cooked shelled edamame <BR> • 1 Tbsp fresh basil <BR> • 1/8 tsp salt <BR> • Pinch of black pepper <BR> • 1 cup cooked whole wheat penne <BR> • 1 Tbsp parmesan cheese <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> 1. In a medium pan, sauté 1/3 cup chopped onion, 1 chopped garlic clove in 2 tsp olive oil, 2 minutes. <BR> 2. Add 1 cup halved grape tomat... Wed, 22 May 2013 09:41:24 EST Hi there Hi there TEAM! I'm new to the spark world! Any beginners suggestions would be greatly appreaicted! Mon, 20 May 2013 01:21:09 EST Saturday Silliness 5/10 How's your weather today? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite pasta dish? <BR> <BR> What are you wearing on your feet right now? <BR> <BR> How far do you live from the city you were born in? <BR> <BR> What was your favorite subject in high school? Sat, 11 May 2013 13:12:19 EST I Need Help In This Department! My wife and I were just talking last night how we are so exhausted at the end of the day. Personally, I get up, go to the gym, work, home and to the gym, then cook, college work for an hour (maybe 2), down time, then finally bed. I found a nice crockpot meal we had on Tuesday, but could use more recipes or tips to help with this fast paced lifestyle! Thu, 2 May 2013 10:15:56 EST A puzzle for Saturday <link> </link> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 12:35:42 EST Saturday Silliness 4/20 What's your favorite cookie? <BR> <BR> Do you wear nail polish? <BR> <BR> Are you a good dancer? <BR> <BR> What's the last thing that made you laugh? <BR> <BR> Do you like camping? Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:25:46 EST Hi. Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm new to this team, but I've been on Sparks for a while. <BR> Suffering from intermittent motivation. Shouldn't this be an official condition?"IM" :-) <BR> <BR> I used to love to cook. Now I'm blaming job stress. After work, give me PB&J or pizza. <BR> Gotta get outa THAT rut. <BR> This team looks like it could be just the thing!! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> PS: Is there a forum for asking for a specific recipe? <BR> Thanks! <BR> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 07:30:36 EST Playing favorites What's your favorite: <BR> <BR> color? <BR> <BR> song? <BR> <BR> flower? <BR> <BR> breakfast? <BR> <BR> movie? Sat, 6 Apr 2013 11:55:16 EST Getting ready to try again for weight loss. I am Vicki, 46 and am 44 lbs in to obese,so 235 lbs, I'll take 191 lbs right now which is just overweight. I must get out of being obese as I have too many health issues for someone my age. So I'll focus on the 44 lbs for now, once there I can focus on the rest. I don't workout regularly and I feel starvation strongly when I diet. Trying to workout strategies for those times. I am mom to 2 special needs boys and far away from my family, so looking for support online. Local buddies all seem... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:26:55 EST Bird is the word There are literally thousands of types of birds in the world. How many can we come up with? <BR> <BR> peacock Sat, 30 Mar 2013 09:17:20 EST An Easter puzzle <link> </link> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 12:50:44 EST I'm new and excited Hello everyone. I am excited to be a part of this team. I am just like everyone else that has a busy life. I have 4 children that keep me on my toes at all times. Their hectic schedule leaves me very little time to cook. I need healthy meals that I can throw in a crock pot or spend my Sundays cooking and freezing to get me through the week. I also am just starting out on my journey to loose weight and I'm hoping to be about 90 pounds lighter. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 21:34:04 EST cooking for different needs I am having a hard time feeding EVERYONE well when we all have different needs. <BR> <BR> my hubby has a dietary problem where sometimes he can't eat lots of veggies and fruits and NEEDS lots of carbs. <BR> <BR> my kidz can handle carbs no problem. and are getting pickier with AGE. sigh. <BR> <BR> me - I need LOTS of veggies - let get real here - I CRAVE them. hehe. I also need animal protein, etc. but should watch my carbs. <BR> <BR> ideas on how to balance this all out? Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:57:33 EST eating in season for spring what are your fav dishes to eat for season eating in spring? Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:55:20 EST A puzzle for spring <link> </link> Sat, 9 Mar 2013 10:45:39 EST Caution When Using Chicken Fat for Cooking Found this article interesting: <BR> <BR> Caution When Using Chicken Fat for Cooking <BR> <BR> (We have organic chickens ourselves) <BR> <BR> (excerpt) <BR> <BR> A recurring theme on this blog is the critical importance of utilizing Traditional Fats for cooking rather than industrialized factory fats such as margarine, spreads and vegetable oils that are rancid from processing and devoid of nutrients. The type of fats used for cooking can make or break your health regardless of other kit... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 08:34:39 EST New new to group. married with 3 kidz. would love to learn how to cook fast delicius budget food. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 03:26:01 EST Freezer Cooking Recipe Books? Does anyone have a favorite recipe book for freezer cooking that they use? I saw one in the store today by Southern Living, but I didn't get it. I checked Amazon and it seems like there are a few others that are good too. Would love to hear other opinions on this! Also, on freezer cooking, I notice that often the dish must be removed from the freezer the night before (not a big deal) and then cooked for sometimes up to an hour - the hour is difficult, sometimes I don't get home from work ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 20:55:59 EST Freezing Leftovers for Later I am trying always trying to plan ahead on our meals since i am so tight on time. I have seen omelets in the freezer section in the grocery and I am wondering if I fix omelets myself (so I can do them my way with veggies), would I be able to freeze them? Then I could take them out of the freezer the night before and heat them up in the microwave at work the next day. Has anyone tried this? Sat, 2 Mar 2013 15:16:07 EST Place names "end to end" Give a place name that starts with the last letter of the name before. For instance, if I say Moscow you could say Wisconsin. This is a big world with many place names, so let's come up with a lot! <BR> <BR> Montreal Sat, 23 Feb 2013 12:30:12 EST New, looking for weight loss buddies! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Lori, I'm 30 years old and I'm on the road to dropping these last 33lbs that have been plaguing me for the past several years! <BR> <BR> I joined SP to build a support team to help me do this. I always want to learn as much about health, diet and fitness as possible. I hope to get to know some supportive motivational people who I can share my goals with and who I can help motivate to their success as well! Fri, 22 Feb 2013 18:36:40 EST Saturday Silliness 2/16 What's your favorite thing about spring? <BR> <BR> What's one thing that's guaranteed to make you smile? <BR> <BR> What color was your first bicycle? <BR> <BR> Have you ever gone on a cruise? <BR> <BR> Do you have a tablecloth or placemats on your table righrt now? Sat, 16 Feb 2013 14:47:43 EST A Valentine puzzle <link> </link> Sat, 9 Feb 2013 00:33:20 EST Hi... Hello...My name is Tracy. I am new to this goup. I thought it may help me out with some quick cooking ideas being I am always on the go. Thu, 7 Feb 2013 00:13:38 EST Blue "J" Okay, they don't have to be blue. But we're looking for words that start with the letter "J." <BR> <BR> justify Sat, 2 Feb 2013 10:33:29 EST Pressure Cooker for One Or Two When you have a small household , a 6 or 8 quart pressure cooker is way too big.. <BR> but there is an alternative. <BR> I love my WMF Perfect Plus 3-Quart Pressure Cooker <BR> pricey yes but worth every penny. <BR> <link><BR>ressure-Cooker/dp/B000060NSX/ref=sr_1_<BR>4?ie=UTF8&qid=1359768413&sr=8-4&keywor<BR>ds=wmf+pressure+cookers </link> <BR> <BR> I takes me 20-30 minutes from start to finish to make the most amazing dishes <BR> and I don't have... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 20:31:49 EST How do you clean your ceramic liner? The ceramic insert (liner) of my crockpot is black but is developing a whitish tinge (from repeated use?). I clean it very well with soap and water but each time I use it, it developes more and more. I can scrub it clean with SOS pads, but I am afraid that will damage the ceramic finish. <BR> <BR> So I am wondering how do you clean your crocks? Fri, 1 Feb 2013 19:50:12 EST Hello :) I am so excited about SparkPeople, and just found this board! Perfect Fit for me! I'm Becky from Washington State <em>247</em> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:20:30 EST Hi I've been a member of sparkpeople before but have never had much success. I think my bottom was when I was diagnosed with diabetes. Since 10/20 I've lost 46 pounds. I'm hoping I'll hit the 50 lb mark tomorrow. That would be nice. But, it's a long shot so if I have to wait another week that's okay. <BR> <BR> I cook a lot of healthy food and really have only started cooking since I moved into my Brother's house where there is a nicer kitchen than you would find in an apartment. <BR> <... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 23:00:59 EST Excited about this team Hi everyone I'm Michele. I like everyone have a crazy work schedule that causes some very long days at certain times of the year. I got the Spark Cookbook last summer and have made all the recepies with my slow cooker and have started doing some batch cooking but would love help/advice from some experts on more healthy recepies and suggestions on batch cooking. <BR> <BR> I am really excited about this team and can't wait to pick all of your brains. <BR> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 20:42:18 EST New to cooking I thought this looked like a great team to join. I am very new to cooking. One of my biggest problems is that I like simple things. I usually just heat up a tv dinner, eat something quick or hit a drive thru. I would like to learn how to cook so I can eat healthier. I want to start with 3-5 ingredient meals so if you have an ideas please let me know. Oh and I own a slow cooker but thats about all I know on that. Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:55:09 EST Manmade objects A to Z Tools, buildings, utensils, vehicles -- anything people make and use. We humans are a creative bunch, so let's come up with a lot of them! <BR> <BR> ambulance Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:24:19 EST Hello Team, I joined this team a few minutes ago because the name of this team explains my life. I'm hopeful to pick up some ideas to make cooking for my busy family easier. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:20:15 EST "N" the beginning Easy -- we're looking for words that start with the letter "n." <BR> <BR> neighbor. Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:31:35 EST School subjects A to Z There are a LOT of them! How many can we come up with IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER? <BR> <BR> algebra Sat, 5 Jan 2013 12:19:58 EST Right Up My Ally! I am new to SparkPeople and just saw this team forum...this is just what I need! From the time I get up for work to the time I get home, sometimes it is 14 or more hours....not a lot of time for cooking with that schedule. I think that I will be using my crock pot very often! Sat, 29 Dec 2012 19:17:47 EST Merry Christmas Hope you all are having a great holiday season. Tue, 25 Dec 2012 13:33:26 EST A Christmas puzzle <link> </link> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 10:05:49 EST 15 Minute Miso Steak <BR> Miso Steak with Green Beans and Baby Potatoes <BR> <BR> Makes: 4 servings <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 pound baby potatoes <BR> 12 ounces steam-in-the-bag green beans <BR> nonstick cooking spray <BR> 1 pound skirt steak, trimmed and halved crosswise <BR> 1/4 teaspoon salt <BR> 1/4 teaspoon black pepper <BR> 1 tablespoon white miso <BR> 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar <BR> 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger <BR> 1 teaspoon sugar <BR> 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil <BR> 2 tablespoo... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 11:53:48 EST 10 Mins Prep 20 Mins Cook Time 3 Bean and Tomato Chili recipe <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cipedetail.aspx?cId=0&rId=42&AspxAutoD<BR>etectCookieSupport=1 </link> Fri, 7 Dec 2012 08:15:41 EST Saturday Silliness 12/1 What's winter like where you live? <BR> <BR> Do you celebrate either Christmas or Hanukkah? <BR> <BR> Do you like snow? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite cold-weather food? <BR> <BR> Have you ever gone skiing or ice skating? Sat, 1 Dec 2012 01:07:30 EST Double letter words A to Z Cheerfully cribbed from another team. <BR> <BR> allow Sat, 17 Nov 2012 13:22:40 EST coffee Random question about how to make coffee. I just never get it right. At this time i'm using a farberware electric pot. I make 6 cups and I'm using maxwell house medium roast. How many coffee scoops would I use? Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:46:02 EST Thanksgiving dinner game Let's come up with all kinds of great stuff for Thanksgiving dinner, traditional or not! <BR> <BR> Turkey (duh) Sat, 10 Nov 2012 11:17:09 EST hello friends! Hey guys! My name is Sarah, and I am a 26 year old baker from Northern Vancouver Island, Canada. Just recently I have resumed my journey to better health. I love to cook, especially healthy food. Right now I am trying to gather some recipes and advice from other people who share this passion. I just started a food blog on facebook where i will post what I eat. I would love to have other people join and share their recipes and experiences. The address is Sun, 4 Nov 2012 17:43:02 EST My journey continues... Hi Everyone! I joined spark about 3 weeks ago. I have lost a little over 100lbs so far. I still have 25 - 30 to go. I am looking forward to sharing ideas with everyone. I am also hoping to make some friends along the way! Sun, 4 Nov 2012 13:45:26 EST A pretty puzzle You can change the cut to make it as easy or as hard as you like. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 12:45:21 EST Just got back on the barn wagon!!! Hi there after weeks of being not so good feeling the this time of the year it kicks in.. along with so much stress at work .. but i have decided to pick myself up stop felling the blues and move on... I signed in and began to look around and spotted this group just fits the bill I am always on the go.. i am a mother of two wonderful boys I work 8 plus hour 5 days a week on weekend I slow down maybe too much.. need to get cooking again but food that I like as well as my family.. I ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:30:12 EST Chili Turkey & Hot Chicken Sausage Chili <BR> 1lb Ground Turkey <BR> 1lb Hot Chicken Sausage (Remove meat from casings) <BR> 4 Cans of KIdney Beans <BR> 4 Cans Rotel <BR> TBS: Onion Powder <BR> 1/4 Sweet Bay Rays Barbecue Sauce <BR> 2 TBS Weber's Kicking Chicken Seasoning <BR> 1 tsp Chili Pepper <BR> <BR> Spray the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray to make cleaning easier. <BR> <BR> I made this for a post football game party and they didn't realize that it was ground turkey and chicken. I... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 20:02:08 EST Spooky Saturday Silliness 1. Do you celebrate Halloween? <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever worn a Halloween costume? If so, which was your favorite? <BR> <BR> 3. Have you ever carved a jack-o-lantern? <BR> <BR> 4. Do you like scary movies? <BR> <BR> 5. What's your favorite Halloween candy? Sat, 27 Oct 2012 11:24:02 EST Hello! Hi! I'm new to this team but not new to Spark. I joined in 2010, have reached my weight goal last year but put on a couple of pounds since. I'm trying to learn new recipes for slow cooker as well as "big batch" cooking for two. As an outdoor enthusiast, I don't have much time in the kitchen. Looking forward to "meeting" you and sharing ideas for nutritious meals. <BR> <em>4</em> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 19:53:07 EST Recommited! Hello everyone! My name is Stacey and I have been on and off spark for some time (and a yo-yo dieter too). I am recommitting to getting in shape and losing weight! I would love any support and to make new friends who are also in the same boat! I love that this team is so active and seems to have lots of ideas to help stick with meal plans. I am a very busy pharmacist and work 11 hour + days so the quicker the better when I need to whip up dinner. Hope this is a great fit for me this time! :) Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:12:30 EST Venison Does anyone have crockpot recipes for venison? Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:19:27 EST Seven-letter words The title says it all -- how many can we come up with? <BR> <BR> concert Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:19:30 EST Hello Hi my name is Beth. I am a work at home mother of 2, married to a wonderful supportive man. I am trying to get my cooking back on track but often work 12 hr a day. I am using my slow cooker a lot (I have 2!!) I also take advantage of my bread machine and I am experimenting with batch cooking and freezing meals/prepped meals for convenience. Looking for any suggestions for freezing meals or prepped meals that can be frozen and then just heat and eat or add a few items and heat. To make my... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 22:36:39 EST Saturday Silliness 10/6 1. Do you celebrate Halloween? <BR> <BR> 2. What's your favorite kind of soup? <BR> <BR> 3. What was your first car? <BR> <BR> 4. How many siblings do you have? <BR> <BR> 5. Are you a fan of any sports teams? If so, which one(s)? Sat, 6 Oct 2012 20:39:04 EST hope this isn't TMI I joined this site early this morning at 3am (I work a swing shift so I'm often up very late) after attempting to go to the gym. It took me over an hour to walk 3 miles! And the only way I got through it was because I was watching TV shows on Netflix with my smart phone. <BR> <BR> I'm not over weight at all but I'm also the laziest person I know. I've noticed that I don’t' really do... anything! If I try and work out I get tired almost immediately. And for eating healthy... It’s just so muc... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 13:29:10 EST Pumped!! Time for a lifestyle change... It all started with a plan and has snowballed since... I was overwieght and have struggled with my weight for some time now. Growing up I was ALWAYS active. After school I got heavy into weight training and packed on some serious weight. Then came a busy work schedule and family... and thats where things went southMy weight went as high as 280 lbs. I lost a bit here and there with some dieting and then was introduced to a very controversial method of weight loss...HCG. Starting weight going i... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 20:20:55 EST Movies "by the numbers" We're looking for movies with numbers in the title. Forms of numbers, like "first," etc. also count. There are a lot, so let's work our brains (or Google!) and come up with a lot. <BR> <BR> The Magnificent Seven Sat, 29 Sep 2012 10:44:10 EST Why hello Oh hi there, my names Holly - I love to cook so hoping this team can help me to cook when I have less time. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 06:23:59 EST NO!!! <link><BR>bacon-shortage-unavoidable-223157784.html </link> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 21:20:55 EST Saturday Sillines 9/22 Have you ever ridden a motorcycle? <BR> <BR> What color towels are hanging in your bathroom right now? <BR> <BR> If you're American, who was President the year you were born? <BR> <BR> When was the last time you laughed out loud? <BR> <BR> What's a fashion you wish would die forever? Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:22:04 EST September Saturday Silliness What do you like best about autumn? <BR> <BR> How was your summer? <BR> <BR> Are you or anyone else in your house going back tro school? <BR> <BR> It's the start of football season! Are you a fan? <BR> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:28:04 EST Introduction Hi! All!I'm 67+ yrs old from India.Fitness ethusiast,working out in Zym indoor & running out door since June'2012.Goal is to run marathon. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:28:15 EST Classic games No joystick, controller or "system." How many classic card, board and playground games can we come up with? <BR> <BR> Chess Sat, 8 Sep 2012 14:30:56 EST Hi everybody! I'm Debbie and while I'm not new to Spark, I just found this team! I hope to discover some new meals that I can throw together. Breakfast and dinner is where I struggle and usually end up over-doing it. <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Sep 2012 08:52:35 EST Need to lose last 30 pounds Hi, <BR> I joined the SparkTeam today to seek help in losing my last 30 pounds. I have already lost 72 pounds in 1 1/2 years. Went from size 26 to 16. could use all the help and suggestions I can get. <BR> <BR> Thanks Sun, 2 Sep 2012 21:56:20 EST "Do" tell We're looking for words with the syllable "do" in them. Beginning, middle or end, doesn't matter. <BR> <BR> bulldozer Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:01:59 EST Are "U" ready? Easy -- words that start with the letter "u." <BR> <BR> utter Sat, 25 Aug 2012 10:53:17 EST Three-word phrases A to Z Simple. If, for instance, my letter was R I could say "read a book" and the next person could say "set a date." Okay, let's go! <BR> <BR> any day now Sat, 18 Aug 2012 10:17:26 EST Newbie here Hi all! <BR> I'm lala from Chicago. I have a family of 4. Two daughters(20months old and 3yrs old) and a hubby. I've lost over 70lbs and he's lost over 60. Looking forward to learning about slow cooking recipes/ideas and other methods. I've always said slow cooker meals make dinner time easier, especially in the winter. Fall is approaching and I'm ready for some healthy, warm and comforting family meals. Thu, 9 Aug 2012 21:31:57 EST Chicken Salad Sandwich Filling I actually found this recipe on either pinterest or a book I read, but I have made a lot of variations to it to make it mine. Its really tasty, easy to make and you can make a bunch at one time that will last a week. <BR> <BR> 1 giant can of canned chicken breast in water (I use the trader joes canned chicken) <BR> 1 cup Greek yogurt 0 or 2% <BR> 4 Tbsp flavored light mayo <BR> 1 tbsp yellow mustard <BR> THESE INGREDIENTS ARE TO YOUR TASTE: <BR> salt and pepper <BR> dried cranberries <BR> ch... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 01:17:41 EST What to do with your left over whole chicken Post your leftover user recipees. How do you use you extra meat? <em>24</em> Mon, 6 Aug 2012 14:17:00 EST I'm new! I am beginning to cook, so I don't really have much experience. Maybe that's lucky, because I don't have to relearn unhealthy habits, but I'm looking forward to getting more experience. Mon, 6 Aug 2012 12:48:07 EST Song titles A to Z How many song titles IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER can we come up with? <BR> <BR> All the Time (Johnny Mathis) Sat, 4 Aug 2012 00:11:50 EST I thought this was a group for users of the pressu I see an awful lot of posts about using the crock pot. Was there a typo in thename of the group? Or did everybody mis-read it? <BR> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:11:11 EST HI AGAIN!!! It's been awhile since I have been here and I have changed my screen name. It was once LadyFlannel.. MY MY MY how this team as grown! <BR> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 17:57:28 EST Things that make us smile How many things give us a big grin? Let's list as many as we can. <BR> <BR> Playing with kittens. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 10:56:58 EST Turkey Recipes (Post your Turkey Recipes here) Turkey Breast with Cranberries: <BR> 1 Turkey Breast <BR> 1 Can Cranberry Relish <BR> 1 Package Onion Soup Mix <BR> <BR> Place all three ingredients in the crock pot and cook 7-8 hours. Provides a nice combination of sweet and savory flavors. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:18:14 EST Saturday Silliness, foodie edition Do you like to cook? <BR> <BR> How do you like your steak cooked? If you're a vegetarian, what is your favorite entree? <BR> <BR> What's a bad food habit you're struggling with? <BR> <BR> What foods are you picky about? <BR> <BR> Do you prefer sweet or savory? Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:23:01 EST Right now... What's your weather? <BR> <BR> What are you wearing on your feet? <BR> <BR> What, if anything, are you eating/drinking? <BR> <BR> What do you hear? <BR> <BR> How do you feel? Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:28:26 EST Live WELL Laugh OFTEN Love MUCH Hello, I was introduced to SparkPeople by a young lady co-worker about a year ago and i've dabbled in it here and there and have always found it to be very interesting and interactive. This year i've decided to commit to a healthy lifestyle and look forward to any and all encouraging information, tips & tools. Don't ever hesitate to reach out to me. I've been told I'm a very friendly face in the crowd. Wishing All great sucess in their goals, whatever they may be. Wishing You Peace & Serenity... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:18:14 EST Hello! I'm here to learn. I have two slow cookers, a 5 qt and a small one (I think 1.5 qt). I haven't used either very much lately. I have two part time jobs and am trying to exercise daily. Needless to say, time is precious to me and I have sacrificed home cook meals for the most part. I have tried slow cooking, but often stuff ends up as mush from over cooking. My husband is retired now and I think between the 2 of us we can make some healthy slow cooked meals. I'm looking forward to perusing the recipes on th... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 22:43:02 EST Hi cooking group Just wanted to introduce myself. I am excited to join this group because I am always on the go and with a crazy schedule like mine its hard to make meals at home. I am hoping to get some new Ideas here for quick foods. I am really bad about eating veggies, and need to find some new recipes that will make them more pleasing to eat Mon, 9 Jul 2012 01:37:03 EST "N" the beginning Easy -- words that start with "n." <BR> <BR> neighbor Sat, 7 Jul 2012 00:35:36 EST Positives A to Z We hear (and use) too many negative words, including about ourselves. Let's see how many positive adjectives, in alphabetical order, we can come up with. <BR> <BR> Awesome Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:06:44 EST Either/Or Tell which of a pair of items you prefer, then suggest a new pair of items for the next person. <BR> <BR> Roses or orchids? Sat, 23 Jun 2012 10:43:44 EST Hello! My name is Alisha I am 29 years old, and I have been overweight most of my life. I am looking for a support group to help me reach my weight-loss goal of 100 pounds. I also want to be able to encourage and support others to reach their goals. I know that I can do this, and I SHALL do this! Fri, 22 Jun 2012 21:44:42 EST Hello fellow cooks For the last few years, I have been eating lunch out nearly every day. I am now getting back to cooking my own meals. I genuinely enjoy cooking, but when I'm under stress, it goes by the wayside. I try to cook four recipes in one day, and freeze them in individual servings. That keeps me for nearly a month. I'm a vegetarian because I don't find meat palatable. While I don't find eating very pleasurable in general, I do like tomato sauce and chocolate! <BR> <BR> Thank you for your suppo... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 19:46:55 EST Crock Pot Meal Ideas Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> So I am looking for new crock pot meal ideas. I have gotten tired of the same things over and over again. I tend to make pulled pork, pulled chicken, or soups. I dont usually eat too much red meat due to dietary restrictions so mainly looking for chicken or turkey recipes. The occasional red meat recipe is totally fine too lol. <BR> <BR> What is your favorite meal to make in the crock pot? <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 10:37:41 EST Hello there! Hi, my name is Karenina (or Kay) and I am a mother of 5 with a loving husband. Now that it's summer, the last thing I want to do is stand over a hot stove trying to cook up a healthy dinner. But I know I can't turn to the fast food just to satisfy my lazy days of summer mood. So here I am. I'm no stranger to the slow cooker, however, I am a bit terrified of the pressure cooker (too many horror stories of exploding tops as a kid). Anyway, I look forward to sharing recipes and tips with yo... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:30:44 EST Hi everyone!!! Hi!!! My name is Jeannette. I live in Colorado with my wonderful husband, and 4 beautiful kids. They range from 15 years old to 4 months old. My overall goal is to lose 77 pounds but I have smaller goals along the way. I can't wait to see all the cool recipes and ideas that you all have to share! Sat, 16 Jun 2012 12:18:30 EST Saturday Silliness 6/16 Did you have an imaginary friend as a kid? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite summer activity? <BR> <BR> Would you ever try an extreme sport (skydiving, bungee jumping, etc)? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite veggie? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite fruit? <BR> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 11:37:09 EST Non-dialysis Kidney Disease My daughter was diagnosed with sudden onset Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) when she was just 29. The doctors told her she'd be on dialysis within months. I started researching CKD and quickly found the medical system isn't really geared up for people who aren't yet on dialysis and are even trying to resist going on dialysis for as long as possible while still maintaining the best health. <BR> As a result of my researching and recipe experimentation she has increased her eGFR (a measure... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 11:05:29 EST Anxious I wonder if I should accept my weight and lack of motivation to exercise because I am a Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Reading health mags, it is recommended to love yourself, no matter size or age. Any comments? Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:55:07 EST Saturday Silliness 6/9 What kind of phone do you have? <BR> <BR> Do you own/are you owned by any pets? <BR> <BR> When was the last time you laughed? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite picnic food? <BR> <BR> Did you have a lemonade stand as a kid? Sat, 9 Jun 2012 10:08:21 EST Hello everyone! Hello, Sparkfriends! My name is Stephanie, and I'm a 41-year old work-at-home-Mom living in the south with my husband of eighteen years and our two children. I recently reached my highest weight of 325 pounds, and I am now on my way to losing the weight and getting my life back. My husband and children deserve a happy, healthy wife and mother, and that's what I'm going to give them. I would love to add some new friends so we can help support each other! Good luck to you all! <BR> <BR> <em>2... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 09:16:01 EST Anyone know of good chicken recipes to freeze? My family; my daughter and myself don't eat much meat, basically ground turkey and chicken, red meat just has too much fat, and is too expensive. I would like to know if anyone has any good chicken recipes,such as casseroles that would be good to freeze. I like to make big batches of food and freeze them, since we are constantly on the go. Thanks Sun, 3 Jun 2012 00:50:32 EST Want to be fabulous at 50 Hi, my name is Debrah. I've been on a transformation plan for a year now. I've lost about 50 lbs. Want to lose about 20 more and get healthy and toned for the next phase of my life. Glad to find a place with lots of info and inspiration. Sat, 2 Jun 2012 14:19:17 EST "Colorful" movie titles How many movie titles with colors in them can we find? <BR> <BR> Goldfinger Sat, 2 Jun 2012 00:23:43 EST Hey everybody! Hey everybody! My name's Liz. I'm looking too learn to cook. I'm in college living in an apartment on campus and I'm a horrible cook! But I'm really picky! I hope everyone is doing fantastic and it's nice to meet you all! Tue, 29 May 2012 19:04:29 EST Birthday wish.... Hello all! Yesterday day was my 39th birthday. The wish that I made as I blew out the candles atop my Italian Cream cake was to be happier and healthier. So as I lounged in my hammock, sipping a sweet, frosty Pina Colada, I came across an article that mentions Sparkpeople. I rolled out of my comfy spot and created an account right then. I admit that I did not do ANY physical activity yesterday and I ATE yummy, rich, fattening food. However, today is a NEW day and I am committing myself to fol... Tue, 29 May 2012 13:36:59 EST Glad to be here I am happy to have found a group with similar goals as myself. I'm looking forward to establishing my own healthy habits, so that I can help our family to become more healthy and active. SparkPeople seems to have lots of resources to help me do that. I'm excited! Mon, 28 May 2012 08:48:08 EST HI I'm Nuha Hey everyone. I'm Nuha from Egypt. I am trying to regain my stamina but its not going well. I hope that by joining this community I will get the motivation I need to jump-start my heath. wish me luck ! Tue, 22 May 2012 05:24:03 EST Hi everyone, my name is Marlene. I think this is the 4th time I've started this program. I get excited about it, then I loose interest, then I forget my user name and/or password. But now my body has stopped responding to the metformin and my glucose is not where it should be (even though I'm eating right) very frustrating. I have a doctor appointment tomorrow. I really don't want to go. When my glucose is high, so is everything else. I shake my head when people think this disease is only about the sugar and carbs you t... Mon, 21 May 2012 11:19:03 EST Saturday Silliness 5/19 Are you eating/drinking anything right now? If so, what? <BR> <BR> Not counting the spread, how many blankets are on your bed today? <BR> <BR> You're offered your choice of your dream car or dream vacation. Which do you choose? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite ethnic cuisine? <BR> <BR> What household chore do you hate most? Sat, 19 May 2012 10:22:41 EST Social Chef Hello, I just spotted this team on another person's page. I really love to cook & could spend hours in the kitchen if I have a friend or family member with me. Guess you could say I'm a SOCIAL chef (okay, using the term lightly - LOL)! Any way, most of the time I'm a loner in the kitchen so I just want to get it over with but still love to experiment with recipes. <BR> <BR> To your good health!! Thu, 17 May 2012 16:19:11 EST World Cities A to Z This is a big world. In alphabetical order, how many cities on all of the inhabited continents can we come up with? <BR> <BR> Athens, Greece Sat, 12 May 2012 11:43:46 EST Glad to be here Hi my name is Marti. I am excited to join sparkpeople and to contiue on my weight loss goal. I have currently lost 38 pounds however I am stuck at this point. I thought this would be a great place to help encourage me and to adjust myself so I can continue on my weightloss journey. I have many health issues that limit what I can do however I do my best. I have four beautiful children 3 girl and one boy. I would love to teach them to make healthly choices for themselves also. Fri, 11 May 2012 14:03:31 EST New to this Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new here, Im scared, and I need help. Im always here for support whenever im needed too! I cannot do this alone! Mon, 7 May 2012 11:55:58 EST Name Five Name five: <BR> <BR> Foods you like: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> Books you've read: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> Movies you've seen: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> Songs you like: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> Places you've been: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. Sat, 5 May 2012 10:16:41 EST Brown bag lunch options So my daughter is developing a weight issue and I pack her lunch everyday. Problem is she does not like most breads. She likes those mini hamburger buns (snacker size) and I have been putting lunch meat in them. I tried pinwheels but she does not like the break for them as well. I am now down to cheese cubes, crackers and fruit. Thank goodness the school year is almost over. Any suggests! PS she does not like carrots at allll So I can't throw in those carrots sticks and dip options. Wed, 2 May 2012 14:18:10 EST Hey All! Hi! I am new here. I'm hoping that being a member of sparks will help me be more active and get fit! Wed, 2 May 2012 13:00:06 EST Hey all, looking for support, how 'bout you? Hello there. Never introduced myself to an online team, but there's a first time for everything right? I'm currently a college student here in Idaho and want to have my high school body again (don't we all though?), I tried a few sports in high school, but fell in love with theater. I'm involved in different community theaters around the valley, and was on the student Improv Comedy team at the college for a little bit. I volunteer lots of my time to Operation: Military Kids (if any are intere... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 22:20:30 EST hey hello all, I am Paola from Panama, for two years I have been losing weight and now I lost all excess weight, I am very interested in the subject of health, healthy food, and everything to do with being well emotionally and physical. <BR> why I joined this group :) <BR> <BR> hugs <BR> <BR> Paola <em>9</em> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 22:17:04 EST Hello I had a new member join a group I am in and I noticed this group from her page. I am a VERY busy mom of two. I work full time, am married to a Navy man for the past 13 years (so he is not home half the time), I am the den leader to my son's cub scout pack, I am the recording secretary to the PTA and I am on the board for the program committee at church. I feel like I never stop going. This week alone I have to make two fruit trays, 48 deviled eggs, buy two birthday presents, go to an hono... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:50:01 EST Hello All! My name is Robin and I live in the Pacific Northwest. I am happy to meet you all and look forward to good ideas for cooking in spite of a fast paced life. Sat, 21 Apr 2012 22:55:11 EST "Colorful" song titles How many song titles with colors in them can we come up with? <BR> <BR> Blue Velvet Sat, 21 Apr 2012 11:13:26 EST Saturday Silliness 4/14 What sounds do you hear right now? <BR> <BR> What was your first pet as a child? <BR> <BR> How's your weather today? <BR> <BR> Coconut -- love or loathe? <BR> <BR> What was the last book you read? Sat, 14 Apr 2012 10:09:46 EST Hi Hi My name is Jenny. I just came across this team and am very excited to learn from everyone! Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:22:57 EST Hi :) Hello everyone. I'm here and ready to get ideas to cook healthier but in an easier manner. Sat, 7 Apr 2012 17:41:59 EST Occupations A to Z How many careers, in alphabetical order, can we come up with? There are a lot, so let's be creative! <BR> <BR> architect Sat, 7 Apr 2012 10:08:55 EST Can't eat husband's dinners, need quick ideas My husband and kids have trouble keeping weight ON, and I of course have the opposite problem. In my mid-30's now, the weight is starting to pack on around my middle, and stress is making me want to eat all night long. I eat great at work, but when I get home, I'm starving, and my husband often cooks with olive oil (good in small amounts, tho he doesn't use small amounts!), sometimes fatty meats, high carbs, etc. Everything that would taste SO good, but has led to too much weight packing on t... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 22:58:02 EST Hi! I'm Jovita I'm new to this online weightloss program. I'm a former marathon runner/runner in general. I have recently put on 10lbs due to new medicine. I would like to get back to my goal weight of 127-130. That's where I am the best weight for my build (5'2' and muscular). I do not have a problem with fitness, but I tend to like easy stuff for meals. Any help with meal plans or even fitness plans I have not tried yet would be great! Thanks! Tue, 3 Apr 2012 16:53:43 EST Saturday Silliness 3/31 If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have? <BR> <BR> What color was your first bicycle? <BR> <BR> How do you like your eggs cooked? <BR> <BR> What color towels are hanging up in your bathroom right now? <BR> <BR> Have you ever been to a farm? Sat, 31 Mar 2012 10:42:54 EST What's in YOUR fridge? <link><BR>side-the-refrigerator-w_n_1385888.html<BR>?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7C<BR>dl12%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D147680 </link> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:24:19 EST Vintage cookbooks <link><BR>ntage-cookbooks_n_1388715.html?ref=topbar </link> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:13:18 EST Flowers A to Z In honor of spring, let's see how many flowers we can name in alphabetical order. Blooms from all seasons are welcome. <BR> <BR> Aster Sat, 24 Mar 2012 10:42:27 EST Introducing my self .... Hello Hi, Just getting started here on the site. I have been to many tracking sites in the past. I was told that this one is hands down AWESOME! I haven't really did much in efforts to change my lifestyle as of yet. But building the plan is i guess the first step! <BR> I do have a lot I need to improve on in my own life. So I"m excited and a bit dreadful.. I remember how hard new things like this is hard to start and I also remember how i felt when i did this last time! <BR> I do want that feel... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:59:10 EST Very Excited to Be Here :) I am new to the world of Spark People, but I am looking forward to reading all the tips and ideas from others to help me in my adventure to losing weight! Thu, 22 Mar 2012 09:08:47 EST Hello! How exciting! This is my first time doing a message board, so I'm a little nervous. I found this site by chance while trying to find a way to count calories and I am so happy I did. I have been counting calories, doing the fitness recommendations and I even started blogging (although I really don't know if I am doing it right). My goal is to maintain my weight. I have worked very hard to lose all the weight I gained over the last 14 years of having and raising 4 kids and I am trying so h... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:25:17 EST Saturday Silliness 3/17 1. It's St. Patrick's Day! Do you have any Irish in you? <BR> <BR> 2. As a kid, did you walk/bike to school, or did you ride the school bus? <BR> <BR> 3. What's your favorite type of cookie? <BR> <BR> 4. Do you sleep on your side, back or tummy? <BR> <BR> 5. Finish this sentence: "One thing I'd love to do today is..." Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:25:29 EST Hello All Hello --- my name is Terrie. I am totally new to Sparkpeople, but it sounds like a great group of people. I need a miracle! I am in my late 40's and very overweight. I've been fat since second grade. I've gained and lost more than I can count. I can't stand the thought of being fat the rest of my life. I want to be healthy. <BR> <BR> In the past, I have done about every diet known to mankind. I can't do diets anymore. My goal is healthy food choices and healthy (aka not Fred Flintstone l... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 17:06:39 EST Hello to the site Hello everyone! I am Bridget and I stumbled upon this site when I was looking on my Nook for a weight loss book. I bought the book and I registered on the site. I am so impressed with everything so far and I look forward to tracking my progress and success as I try to regain a healthy lifestyle! <BR> <BR> I am an intermediate school principal, wife, and mother to 3 children (9,13,18). After my third child I had lost all of my baby weight and I maintained a healthy living and eating lifes... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 13:33:22 EST Hi! I'm Diana! So, I found this website when searching for vegan recipes and it looks pretty amazing! I'm not "going vegan" so to speak, but I figured, who better has delicious veggie recipes that my lactose-intolerant husband might actually eat than vegans! So, I'm excited to make more recipes where the vegetables are central and the meat optional instead of the other way around! :) <BR> <BR> Also, I'm doing a yeast-free, sugar-free diet in order to try and get a handle on candida that has plagued me... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 11:55:29 EST "Colorful" phrases We're looking for phrases of two to four words with a color in them. Here we go: <BR> <BR> In the pink Sat, 10 Mar 2012 10:04:53 EST Hi Everyone I'm New I have been with sparks for a while but trying to join teams that can help me on my journey <em>41</em> Tue, 6 Mar 2012 09:29:39 EST Five food myths busted <link><BR>/food-myths-busted </link> Sun, 4 Mar 2012 12:55:51 EST Two words -- change one Change either word in the two-word phrase to make a new phrase. And yes, you can change the order. <BR> <BR> fire truck Sat, 3 Mar 2012 11:42:54 EST New Vegan...TIps?? I am new to the Vegan world (due to medical issues) and would like some quick go to's.....It seems everything I eat now, I have to prepare....It would be nice to have quick pick ups....Also looking for fave Vegan Recipes with NO cheese either... I can no longer tolerate meat and dairy and prefer not to use 'cheese subsititutes' ...Thanks <em>30</em> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 21:09:17 EST Hakuna Frittata So, last night was our weekly staff meeting for and, of course, there was food. Really good food. <BR> <BR> One thing I love about working and hangin’ out with chefs and foodies is, not only is the menu always amazing…but invariably someone in the group rummages through the fridge and just “throws a little something together” on the spot…and it usually turns out awesome! <BR> <BR> Last night was no exception. While I was finishing up the apple gravy for the roast pork (for ne... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:10:48 EST Hi - I'm new to the Team My name is Sharon, and I live in Central PA. I joined SP 6 months ago, have shed 20 pounds so far, and just LOVE this community! I want to learn more about batch cooking, freezing and so forth, and this seems like a perfect fit. I look forward to getting to know you and picking up some tipsl -Sharon Mon, 27 Feb 2012 18:59:09 EST Saturday Silliness 2/25 What month/day is your birthday? (Don't worry, we won't ask you the year). <BR> <BR> If you could buy your dream car, what would it be? <BR> <BR> Road trips -- love or hate? <BR> <BR> Night owl or morning person? <BR> <BR> Spring is coming -- what do you like best about spring? Sat, 25 Feb 2012 10:20:37 EST Incorporating fruit into a quick dish I don't know what it is about fruit, but I'm just not a fan...The fruit I do enjoy is very limited and you can only eat one of something so much before you just get sick of it. I need help sneaking more fruit into my diet! I am a travel nurse so items I travel with are juicers, food processors, or blenders here...Although I do have a crockpot of course....Any-Hoo, I am wondering if any of these fruit juices on the market are actually good for me...Odwalla, Naked Juice, V8 V-Fusio... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 15:35:28 EST Spark Recipes good for freezing?? Does anyone have any recipes from Sparkpeople that are good to portion and freeze? It's just my daughter and I and I'm wanting to make some healthy homemade "TV dinners" to have in the freezer. <BR> <BR> Thanks!! :) Sat, 18 Feb 2012 12:52:39 EST Farmers' Market A to Z IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER, how many fruits, veggies and herbs can we find? There are a lot, so let's keep this going! <BR> <BR> asparagus Sat, 18 Feb 2012 11:06:59 EST Hey there!!! I lost almost 60 pounds last year, and gained back 30 of it. I am in training for two half marathons, and I seriously have been slacking after a traumatizing breakup with my ex. I am so ready to be feeling better again and taking my trainign serious!! Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:04:20 EST Good Afternoon! I just joined SparkPeople and am anxious to begin what I consider a "plan for life" - not just to lose weight, but to learn how to continue eating the right way once I have reached my goal to maintain. There is so much support, which is very important to me. <em>213</em> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 16:02:51 EST hello I joined Sparkpeople because I was tired of all the other diets out there. This doesn't seem like a diet its more like a learning on how to eat healthy. I have tried tons and fail at them and gained more weight, I end up with more health issues than before, and it was so frustrating and depressing for me, not to be able to go and buy clothes that actually fit me. I'm taking it one day ar a time. I'm a mother of 4 girls, have 1 grandson and a full time job, so i'm always on the go and eating w... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 15:52:33 EST Just for fun (Cheerfully cribbed -- er, BORROWED -- from another team) <BR> <BR> What did you do today? <BR> <BR> Pick the month you were born: <BR> <BR> January-------I kicked <BR> February------I loved <BR> March--------I karate chopped <BR> April----------I licked <BR> May----------I jumped on <BR> June----------I smelled <BR> July-----------I did the Macarena With <BR> August--------I had lunch with <BR> September----I danced with <BR> October-------I sang to <BR> November-----I yelled at <BR> Dece... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 10:13:02 EST Cooking Times? Can anyone explain if it's possible or ok to add time to the cooking time of a recipe? <BR> <BR> For example, some recipes are like cook for 6 hours, 8 hours, 9 hours... some days though I'm gone for 15 hours, 16 hours... Some weeks/months the only time it can cook for 6-9 hours with me able to shut it off after that is possibly evening to morning... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 22:26:47 EST New & Question! Hello I'm new. I'm very busy in general and my life will be coming so much more busier this year than ever before (12 hour work days will be coming up!). <BR> <BR> I was wondering when people normally slowcook (while work, on weekends, while sleeping)? I also am curious what other fast meals / easy methods of cooking do people (or this team) use? <BR> <BR> I've been trying all sorts of things to get into practice before my schedule gets even more tight so I'd love to hear from you and I ... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 07:00:21 EST Hi.. im new! =-/) i have alot of goals! And searching for more! My main work in progress, at the moment, is to take better care of myself by - drinking enough water, eating enough food, getting enough rest and plenty of exercise - and to lower my stress / anxiety levels! =-) Thu, 9 Feb 2012 20:03:41 EST Week In a Day Has anyone else watched this show on Food Network and/or Cooking Channel? Rachael Ray shows how to spend one afternoon cooking meals to put away for a week, so that you just have to heat and maybe make a salad. Worth checking out! Wed, 8 Feb 2012 00:13:46 EST snuffie12 Hello, this is my first time posting a message. Am I on the right track? Fri, 27 Jan 2012 09:46:22 EST Morning, Sparkers! Hi folks, I'm Perry. Been on SP for some time now, just just found this group. I'm a private chef, author, menu coordinator, and food blogger. 3rd generation chef, and, unfortunately, a lifetime dieter. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting some new folks! <BR> <BR> -Perry <BR> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 10:30:06 EST What's new, pussycat? I haven't used my crockpot in a while, and I am often tired by the time dinner rolls around so that might be a reason to get it out and start it up. Also lunches by myself are not so interesting. Should I get a smaller crock for just me for lunches? There are two of us for dinner, so the large crock would work fine for that. I don't mind making extra and freezing which I often do, but I need some new ideas to change it up a bit. I like some things that my husband doesn't so that is why I... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 15:52:31 EST Hello!! Hello! My name is Susan. I'm a married mother of three adult-age (doesn't mean they always act like adults) children. I'm unemployed at the moment, but need to find a job - quick - to help pay for all the remodeling/redecorating we just finished in our house. After 30-some-odd years away from school, I completed my Bachelor's Degree in May 2011!! I am now trying to catch up on all the "just for fun" reading I missed while I was in school. My husband and I enjoy cooking, and we like to ... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 09:17:03 EST Good Morning Happy New Year <BR> <BR> Ok, so I am tired of feeling blah, My 4 kids are all grown, still somewhat at home, so I dont cook for anyone, and I just dont eat. What I do eat is usually good, but just not enough. I work 2 jobs 4 10 hr days in an office, and 2 12 hr days in an ER, as a coordinator. So I am hoping this group will help me wiht cooking ahead maybe. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to working towards my fitness goals, and learing to eat better. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 12:31:25 EST Looking forward to this! Hello everyone, I have joined this site in hopes of living a healthier lifestyle for me and my family. I want to instill a healthy lifestyle for my 6 year old. I also would like to get rid of some of the weight that I have not lost since having my child 6 years ago, as we are planning on trying for our second later this year. <BR> I look forward to the challenge and to gaining knowledge from all of you! Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:34:48 EST Newbie Hi everyone!! I am a restart to spark. I lead a very busy life with a full time job that gets me home right at suppertime and I am in need of quick, easy tips to get a healthy meal on the table in a short amount of time. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to help my family eat healthier too as my children are eating way too much fast food due to both mine and my DH busy work schedules. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 11:26:04 EST newbeee here Just joined spark. Mom of 2 still battling baby wieght. Fri, 6 Jan 2012 11:59:23 EST Hello I had lost 48 lbs and now find that I have slipped back by about 20 lbs. I need help to pick myself up and get back on track. I can't go back there!!! Tue, 3 Jan 2012 13:04:36 EST howdy Hi I have actually been on sparkpeople since 09 and am still in my yoyo ways. Recently had an interest in batch cooking and freezing meals so I'm here to get tips. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 02:19:14 EST turkey999 I've been on SparkPeople since June after seeing my doctor. The nutritionist introduced me to the site and I have enjoyed using it. The articles, daily emails and recipes are great. I have lost 16 pounds and I have increased my activity. Actually, my goal was 3600 minutes through the end of the year and I managed to make it! I joined the site because I was struggling to lose any more weight on my own and I so badly wanted to get back to my pre-kids weight. I want to continue to make progres... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 20:31:58 EST New to group and SparkPeople Hi everyone, I'm new to this group, Sparkpeople and, well trying to eat better. This site, after only a week, has already been a huge help. I hope to find lots of recipes here to help me improve! Thanks to all.! Sat, 19 Nov 2011 20:37:40 EST Still so far behind Okay... I have a slow cooker and the busy schedule. <BR> I have the desire to eat more healthy. <BR> <BR> I have had this account for a long time but have no idea how to deal with it, as I haven't taken the time to play with it yet. <BR> <BR> That's me in a nutshell... that and I'm a people person that seems to be stuck in a body and with clutter that is holding me back from letting the real me be totally seen. <BR> <BR> Sat, 12 Nov 2011 18:18:07 EST Glad to find this team! I can't wait to learn how to slow cook and freeze food! Sounds like it will make my life much simpler! Sat, 12 Nov 2011 11:32:49 EST New to the SPARK Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I just joined the site this week and this was one of the Spark Teams they recommended I try out. Generally looking to live healthier and explore better ways of cooking healthy meals for me and my partner. I've come a long way since I first learned to cover just over two years ago and I'm eager to expand my horizons away from fried food. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to interacting with everyone! <BR> <BR> rOckY Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:29:57 EST Holiday meals I need some microwave holiday recipes, anybody got some that are full-proof? Mon, 7 Nov 2011 12:31:24 EST New here I'm a busy mom of a 5yr, 2yr, and 6 week old. I am starting my own mineral makeup business and trying to drop weight that I haven't been able to get off since I had my first daughter. I am sleep deprived and don't have a lot of time to cook. My husband and I are kind of "foodies" so I hope I can find healthy quick meals that actually taste good too. :) This community is a Godsend. Hugs to you all as we walk this journey together. <BR> <BR> ~ Joy Wed, 12 Oct 2011 10:54:29 EST Hey Ya'll My name is Jessica, i am a 28 year old living in Indianapolis, IN with my husband and kids. I have an 8 month old with another on the way, only about a month along. I am trying to get more fit and healthy so i can keep up with my kids. I am new to this kind of thing, never used a website before, but my husband is a member and he encouraged me to join. Sun, 9 Oct 2011 20:16:29 EST WooHoo! Joined the team AND posted my first blog! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm so excited to be here. I'm Mad. I find myself eating out alot, because it's quicker than cooking a meal. How about you? I'm a Cancer Survivor. I'm here, trying to lose the weight I gained during my 'lost years.' I can't wait to meet everybody. If you get a chance, please read my blog post and let me know what you think! <BR> <BR> Mad <BR> Fri, 7 Oct 2011 13:34:08 EST Hello Friends! Im new to the forum. Im married with 2 beautiful children and am tired of throwing food away all the time. I love to get recipes so I can freeze or create in the slow cooker, so I can be able to go home and not spending hours in the kitchen, more time for me and exercise. Sun, 2 Oct 2011 20:31:08 EST im daisy hello i am darlene i just been told i have sugar diabetes i was shooked but i guess all get thur it just have to remenber god is watching over me and he wont give me more them i can handle its also nice to have freinds out there too Thu, 29 Sep 2011 21:24:23 EST New to the boards Hello everyone. I am a first time mother of a beautiful baby girl. I am sick of making excuses for myself and always falling off the wagon. I need to get in shape/be healthy for my family and hope to find some great tips here and maybe a workout buddy or two. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 10:42:37 EST Busy Mom in Houston Hi there. I am a happily married Christian woman living in Houston, TX. I have four children of my own, plus we have two foreign exchange students living with us - one from Ukraine and one from Korea. Needless, to say I am feeding a big family on a tight budget midst a crazy schedule. I am just now learning the art of cooking. I use to weigh 318 pounds ... and have lost over a 100 ... but have more work to do. I seem to have plateaued so I need to shake things up a bit ! <BR> <BR> I am not n... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 22:39:43 EST hello i am new here just started today. i am a single mom of 3 boys. i work full time and have no time for cooking during the week cause it is usually after 6 when we get home and then bedtime is 8. we usually do simple meals that are not the healthiest. Sun, 18 Sep 2011 21:27:18 EST Hello!! I just joined today, am looking to eat healthier (more balanced meals/snacks). Hopefully this site will give me the help I need. Also, just started jogging this spring. Wed, 7 Sep 2011 14:23:33 EST Hi Hi I'm Sam, I am kind of new to this. I've been on here for about a week now. Not quite meeting my water requirements. I work as a short order cook and I am always at work around greasy food. I try to eat healthy but its hard to do with my schedule and my job. I need the most help with quitting smoking and finding better things to eat. I work mornings on the weekends but then nights in the week so that sort of throws me off a bit. I also live with 4 guys so there isn't ever a lot of healthy f... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:16:59 EST Healthier Arkansas Hi i work at a hospital i need to lose 140lb . I have back trouble and feel the weight . Tue, 16 Aug 2011 15:24:55 EST Hello All!! Hello everyone! I have been a member of SparkPeople for a couple of years. I've lost weight and then gotten off track and gained. I am back to try to lose again, and I've bought The Spark so I'm hoping I'll stick with it this time. <BR> <BR> I've recently moved and my commute to work is over an hour each way. I've gained so much weight since I've started commuting so much because I have no time to cook healthy meals - plus I'm exhausted when I get home so the last thing I want to do is c... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 20:41:49 EST Hello everyone Good day, my name is Donna, I live in Alberta Canada and boy is life hectic right now! We have had three nights where dinner was at 10 p.m. due to scheduling and I just can't eat like that anymore - I am diabetic and need to be much stricter with my schedule. I am hoping to straighten that out on this site - by planning and organizing life better - and hopefully get some great ideas for cooking things for those crazy days! Thu, 4 Aug 2011 12:07:19 EST new member Hi - i am a senior widow w/o any family. live in SE FL from NYC - down here people eat out mostly but i find the restaurant meals not healthy. <BR> <BR> am not a meat eater and loved green veggies. also eat Tofu and other soy products, also eggs. <BR> <BR> not much of a cook and cooking for one is a challenge - so use microwaved mostly - any suggestions for cooking for one would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> JO alwayslowfat <em>482</em> <em>45</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>258</... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 22:25:18 EST Busy Day BBQ Brisket My favorite -- and the easiest -- brisket recipe ever: <BR> <BR><BR>rbeque-brisket/detail.aspx <BR> <BR> I save even more time by using a pre-made rub, rather than creating my own. :) Mon, 1 Aug 2011 07:11:41 EST Hello, SparkWorld I am here primarily to utilize the fitness/nutrition trackers as well as the support groups as I find time to join them. I am here to actually gain about 15 pounds of muscle mass and lose about 10 pounds of fat. I have about 25 years experience in the iron/nutrition/weight management lifestyle. Love talking/chatting about things regarding this portion of my life, as I am always learning. Hopefully, some of my experiences and knowledge can also be of use to others! Fri, 29 Jul 2011 12:16:32 EST Hi I just joined the group because I'm always looking for options to get healthy meals quickly. I teach microwave cooking as part of my nutrition education program where I work- and love everything I've learned to make in the microwave. <BR> <BR> I just started menu planning so that I don't have the "what are we having for dinner tonight"'s- or the "ugh, I'm too tired to cook" nights. Which tend to happen more than I care to admit! Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:21:11 EST Greetings from Down Under Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> <BR> Type 1 IDDm who owns a horse studand never seems to have enough hours in the day and looking for quick satisfying meals to feed my brood and help keep the blood sugars up!!!! Have a Ab Fab week cheers from Down Under <BR> Sun, 17 Jul 2011 06:43:56 EST High cholesterol and high tryglicerides :/ Need meal plans! Have to check in with Doc less than 2 months, HELP! Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:22:16 EST Hi there! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I just joined the site because I'm hoping it will help me organize my meals and the time it takes to make them. In turn that should aide me in avoiding my typical "I'm in a rush, I don't have time to eat, I'll just grab a granola bar" habits. <BR> <BR> I'm a vegetarian of sorts - I still eat eggs & dairy, and I sometimes eat fish... so if you want to get technical, I'm a lacto-ovo-pescatarian. I'm in my late 20's (eek) and I figure now is as good a time as any to... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 14:22:18 EST Debra Hi today is my first day on I am especially that I discovered this by reading my January 2011 Woman's Day issue. I see it's never to late to get started. Also, I began water aerobics two weeks ago. Can't swim but the group has chosen me as sort of their "mascot". It really feels good to have their support and I look forward to meeting new friends on this blog. I am a 47 year old grandmother and just need that extra inch of energy to exercise and get back down to a size ... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 17:15:17 EST Finally saying Hello! Hey, <BR> <BR> My name is Janelle. I am 25 years old and am currently in school studying to be a Medical Laboratory Technician. <BR> <BR> I have been on a weight roller coaster since Highschool. Everytime I lost weight is was not a healthy way to lose it (i.e gall bladder disease and stress). I used to be some what active but not enough to make it a habit. As I am getting older though I have noticed that I am not as sharp as I used to be and my health is declining once again. I have finall... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:20:21 EST lowfat salad dressing recipe was wondering if anyone had a good recipe for a lowfat salad dressing recipe... <BR> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 00:00:23 EST Liz Here, Introducing Myself Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Liz and I live outside of Boston. I'm currently preparing myself for my first ever real round of P90X. I know that for me if I can get the diet plan down first, I can stick to the program. Eating will be the big challenge. I dont have a high weight loss goal, but I have a high fitness goal, and I really want to get there! <BR> <BR> Thanks for the support! Mon, 20 Jun 2011 14:38:44 EST Learning my way around Spark... Hi all! I am finally doing "this" after a couple of months hesitation and a wake up close-call. <BR> Time to be real and time to be my true to myself! I With all that I have read here so far, I have come to the right place to learn about myself (and others) and to evolve into the person that I was meant to be...better late than never! <BR> So many of you are inspiring to me... THANKS! Fri, 17 Jun 2011 00:21:43 EST Wanting and Needing a change. Hey everyone <BR> <BR> I'm a 42 year old SAHM/Homemaker named Sue and have a wonderful partner Tom and [yes I know I am biased] a gorgeous 6 year old girl named Amelia. <BR> <BR> I am wanting to change the way I cook and prepare foods. Now it's summer I have a full family to cook for .... my partner is working 3rd shift and my daughter is now at home. We have lots of time as a family and I want quick and easy meal preparation. One that my daughter can easily get involved in at times as well... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 16:25:29 EST Hi... Just stopping by to introduce myself! <BR> <BR> I am a hard working single mom who does it all by herself. By the time I get home and cook and actually sit down to eat, I am starving, probably eat way to late and to much at one time. So trying to eliminate some weight gain factors, such as waiting to eat when I am starving and waiting till it's 9 at night to eat. <BR> <BR> So anyone with tips and ideas how to manage my cooking time and help with horrible eating habits...please feel fr... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 14:09:58 EST Now is the time for change! Hurray! Hi everyone! Blogging is new to me, actually this is my first one. Spark people sounds like a great program with great people all seeking similar goals. I've got some major health issues and challenges. However, isn't all of life a challenge? So, I've decided to make some changes and I could really use your support. Will you help me in my journey? I know we can do it. . .together! Thanks and God bless Barb Sun, 29 May 2011 11:48:59 EST So happy to meet you all ; ) Hello everyone, I am so excited to be a part of spark people. There are so many great blogs, and amazing people on here doing amazing things. Feel free to friend me so we can get to know each other. I am currently in the process of doing a motivation challenge on my facebook page this July so be in touch if you would like to participate. <BR> Many blessings to you all. Keep up the hard work. Thu, 26 May 2011 02:31:08 EST Hi Everyone! Hi, my name is Alicia. I am 33 and have been living with Acid Reflux since I was born. I live in Montana. Besides Acid Reflux, I also suffer from Lupus which has dictated how I live my life for the past year. My goals are to learn to live a healthy lifestyle while learning to better control these two ailments without so much medication. I am looking forward to getting to know others and getting in better shape. Thu, 19 May 2011 15:46:17 EST Hi another newcomer here :-) Hi, I'm new to sparkpeople, just joined today as a matter of fact. I'm here to improve my health through exercise and more appropriate eating habits. Are there any hikers/walkers out there? I'm looking for a walking buddy. I'm just recouping from a kidney infection so I can't hit the trails today .... but the doc says soon. I'm out in the Chugiak - Eagle River area. Sun, 15 May 2011 11:56:29 EST Introducing Pat! I'm a 66yo granny with 8 DGD ranging from 4 months to 17 years old. I used to plan and cook all the time. Now I find that I'm not doing so well...I seem to have developed a mental block. I need to get past this because I'm a heart patient and need to eat healthier so I can live better. Sun, 8 May 2011 18:23:42 EST judiibell44 ready to go I'm 67yrs old and need to control my diet and my life. Fri, 6 May 2011 16:29:50 EST Introducing myself Just wanted to say hello.. my name is Amy and I am 36 and I love to cook when I get the chance too.. I am in this weight group called TOPS/ Take Off Pounds Sensibly... I have a ways to go but just taking everyone one step one day at a time... I made my six weeks no gain 2 weeks ago and then gained a little... I want to lose at least 100 pounds... I have all these recipes and things.. I didn't know if we would share things on here? I made this Strawberry No Bake Cheesecake for Easter and it ... Wed, 4 May 2011 00:20:15 EST Hello! Just wanted to introduce myself and say how interested and excited I am in this website. Two days in and it is already changing the way I think about eating and exercising. I also love the emphasis on making decisions that reflect a desire for health, not just weight loss. This marks a continued process of becoming a healthier person for me, and I look forward to connecting with others online and sharing our dreams, goals, failures, and success!! Sun, 1 May 2011 09:33:55 EST Newbie here-crock pot disaster Hello, I'm so excited this group is here! <BR> <BR> I just recently got my first crock pot last week. I happily tried two recipes that involved chicken. One was chicken stew and the other was a pineapple chicken recipe. I followed the instructions to a T but when I tasted the chicken from both meals, I was HORRIFIED and puzzled. How could liquid cooked chicken be THIS dry? Yuck it turned to saw dust in my mouth. I'm so repulsed and pissed that i invested in these groceries and these reci... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 16:31:08 EST Taking A Stand for a Better Tomorrow. Hi, name is Greta and I hail from Bellevue, Washington. I am a 48 year old single mother to my awesome 7 year old little man and caregiver for my elderly parents. I have battled weight and self esteme issues all my life. Earlier this year I learned that the mortality rate for caregivers is almost 60 %. I have no intention of being a part of that 60 % so I am taking a stand for a better tomorrow for both myself and my son. When I stated my weight loss journey, I had 150 pounds to lose. I've lo... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 00:57:06 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I am hoping that SparkPeople will help me encourage me to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As a college student, it is way too easy for me to brush off responsibility for what I eat and avoid making time to cook, exercise and go grocery shopping for healthier choices. I joined SparkPeople yesterday, and was really motivated to change things around. Today, I started to study for a final exam, and as the stress built, I went on a binge. I'm not proud of it - Haribo Gummy Bears, c... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 02:43:42 EST in need of weight loss myname is sha. ive been trying for years to loose weight but i not even seem to loose ten pounds and keep it off ! i have no friends and no life. i have a husband butt he doesnt love me anymore. i got married when i was skinny then had kids and gained 100 pounds i want to loose 100 pounds ! please train me and be my friend Wed, 27 Apr 2011 11:54:25 EST Hey I'm Bethany Hello, I'm Bethany and I am new to spark people. My mom does it and is always telling me about it. I figured I'd give it a try especially to clean up my bad eating habits. right now I am a college student, driving from home to school and then back to the gas station I work at. Yeah no good food at a gas station or the fast food places between here and home and work. Tue, 26 Apr 2011 16:06:12 EST Hi, I'm Brandy. Hi, I am new to all of this and I would like to find someone to help support me on my journey to my healthier life and my weightloss goals. Any tips or tricks would be appreciated. Sun, 24 Apr 2011 20:39:35 EST Hi Everyone, I'm new to Spark People!! Hello my name is Melissa and so far this website seems like a great way to make myself accountable and also meet fellow friends who are also trying to lose weight to get healthy. My biggest struggle this winter has been to get motivated to do something about my recent 40 pound weight gain shortly starting after my dream wedding in October. I know that my Vitamin D and B-12 are dangerously low and the doctors are taking care of that part but there is no reason why I should have gained the weig... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 13:30:21 EST Hi Hi Everyone, I'm new to Spark People and the group. My name is Sheri and I'm 28 years old. After 13 years of weight issues and other medical problems, my doctor has discovered I have PCOS, insulin resistance and sleep apnea. All of this within the last 3-4 months and all is currently being controlled in one form or another. I'm looking to learn more about losing weight with PCOS and taking Metformin and the successes to make it happen. I want to meet people who know how I feel and are h... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 18:12:26 EST Southern-Fried Chic Hello, I am excited about being involved with SparkPeople. I am impressed at how well the sight is setup and with all the information that is available to help me in this new adventure. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 10:43:21 EST jan Hi. I am a 50 year old working mother, working 2 part-time jobs just to make ends meet. I don't exercise because I am too tired. I would like to get fit and healthy but my diet gets in the way. My husband and son work as well but we all work different shifts so it is hard to have meals together. I would appreciate any advice and motivation. I did recieve all the emails from the teams I joined. <BR> <BR> In 2002, I was diagonsed with breast cancer. I went through chemo and raditation and hav... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 16:04:18 EST Ello' Hey i'm lexi, new to sparkpeople and can't wait to explore the site and get my workout and healthy life style back on track! :) <BR> Thanks for the future support! <BR> xoxo Fri, 18 Mar 2011 14:19:10 EST New to the Team Hello, my name is Kristi. I am sure you have already guessed that my life is crazy and I am in need of "Cooking for Fast Lives" I am the mother of two boys, Hunter who is 7 and Tanner is 4 and have been happily married for 11 years. I am currently working full-time and going to college full-time so like I said my life is pretty crazy. I am looking forward to chatting with all of you. <em>48</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 17:19:26 EST I'm a adventureous person I'm a adventureous person that is looking for someone that is the same way and wants to join my journey in the way of life, cooking, baking, travel ...anyone out there that wants to join me...let me know... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 12:21:30 EST Skippy Peanut Butter Recall How to Make Sure Your Peanut Butter Is Safe <BR> By Reader's Digest Editors <BR> <BR> Before you make your kids a PB&J for lunch tomorrow, check your pantry. Unilever, one of the world’s largest food conglomerates, has just announced a recall involving two varieties of its Skippy peanut butter because of fears of salmonella contamination. The possibly tainted products include jars of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread that were so... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 14:27:09 EST low sodium i'm on the Dash Diet, & nope that doesn't mean dine & dash as in eating very quickly. my doc is monitoring my low potassium levels and wants me to use the Dash Diet, which is mainly low sodium, low fat, & lots of produce. so will welcome all ideas on how to accomplish my goals. Thank you!! Thu, 10 Mar 2011 09:31:50 EST Hey Y'all, New to the team Hey Y'all, I'm new to the team. <BR> I just moved and am struggling with finding cheap, fast, healthy options and I'm hoping I can get some advice and learn more here! Wed, 9 Mar 2011 11:34:05 EST Love This New Product Try the new Phillie Cream Cheese Mixers in the dairy aisle. There are 3 or 4 flavors. We tried Chipotle first. Mixed it with a can of chopped tomatoes, bag of frozen chopped onions and 4 very large chicken breasts. Cooked at 375 for about 45 min. Was great and only took 5 min to prep. These mixers are my replacement to cream of anything! Tue, 8 Mar 2011 17:05:58 EST Thyroid problem Hi My name is Ivonne. I was diagnose with hypothyroid. I have been taking Levothylin for 6 weeks and can't handle the side effects. I am considering taking natural herbs to contain my thyroid. Do you have any recommendation. Sat, 5 Mar 2011 23:15:09 EST GETTING HEALTHIER AT 50 MY NAME IS GIRLET I AM 50 YEARS YOUNG. i HAD LAP BAND DONE LAST APRIL. THIS HAS BEEN QUITE AN ADVENTURE FOR ME. I HAVE DISCOVERED YOU DONT JUST HAVE THE PROCEDURE DONE AND THAT IS IT. LAP BAND IS A TOOL AND YOU HAVE TO DO THE WORK OF GOOD NUTRITION, EXERCISE AND MENTAL HELATH CHANGES FOR YOUR LIFE TIME TO MAINTAIN THE RESULTS OF THE THE GOALS YOU WORKED TO REACH AFTER HAVING THIS DONE. I HAVE HAD MANY POSITIVE CHANGES I HAVE APROXIMATLY 50 MORE POUNDS TO GO AND HAVE LOTS MORE WORK TO DO TO CH... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 19:06:18 EST Hi All- Freezer Cooker- extreme couponer- Disney! That about explains me, lol! Sat, 26 Feb 2011 20:09:21 EST Hi My name is Daphne. I am 28 and living in a small town in the White Mountains of Arizona. I am looking forward to living a healthier life. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 21:22:41 EST Hi Buddy I am new Here and i will to introduce myself and make good friends. My name is Ola, 29years old. I am simple, Honest and Fun loving Fri, 18 Feb 2011 01:58:18 EST Excited to Spark Hi, My name is Alicia and I started to Spark because I wanted to be more accountable for exercising and eating right. I have been trying to exercise regularly for about four years. When the weather is nice, I like to bike, but I live in a part of the country where I can't safely bike for about three months out of the year. I'm trying to come up with ways to keep exercising even when I can't get out on the bike. I've trained for a several 5K's, but I'm increadibly slow. I have trained fo... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 10:15:35 EST Too busy for myself looking to change Hi, I'm Sarah. I'm a happily married mom to three boys aged 11 - 7. I work full time + and am the President of our local soccer association. I'm also a Christian and enjoy studying the Bible with my husband and friends. <BR> <BR> Life has gotten so busy that I spend most of my time sitting at a desk or on my couch working on a computer. I've neglected excercise and eating right and have gained back the 25 lbs that I lost 3 years ago. I'm now at my heaviest weight ever and am quite unc... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 08:40:21 EST this is something I WILL finish! Hello! My name is Kari! I'm 28 years old, married for almost 9 years and have an eight month old little girl named Emery. I'm determined this time around to losing weight but most importantly learn to live a healthier lifestyle. My whole life I was extremely athletic and active however I was never taught proper nutrition therefore leading me to gain weight in college after I quit playing sports. Over the last nine years I've tried everything from Weight Watchers to giving myself HCG injecti... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 00:02:55 EST Hi Everyone! I just joined the team today. I love to cook, but both my husband and I work full time and are in school in the evenings, so there's not a lot of time for preparation. I look forward to sharing recipes and tips with everyone! <BR> Clare Sun, 30 Jan 2011 14:10:03 EST Hello I'm new This looks like an interesting group. I work night shifts and have twins and a ten yr old so I guess I dont need to explain why I'm into slow cookers. I just started using a crock pot a few mnths ago and am converted! My goal is to get under 200 lbs by June. Thu, 27 Jan 2011 09:42:12 EST Hello Hi all, I have been on SP for about 3 weeks. I am still adjusting but sure could use some healthy dinner options. I work full time and have a 3 year old and 7 month old. It keeps me busy and fast dinners are a must! Tue, 25 Jan 2011 17:39:29 EST Ninj KS 1100 Okay, I have one now. I'm ALL excited, but since I didn't order it off of the infomercial, I didn't get the cookbook with it. I know I can make smoothies, that's not rocket science (I don't think... I just got it, so have yet to try one). <BR> <BR> I know you can make salsa, sauces, doughs, and other things. Anyone know the recipes???? Or where to find them? The product website only has about 6 recipes. I KNOW there are more! thanks in advance :) Sat, 22 Jan 2011 18:56:18 EST New too! I am new to the Spark, and am trying very hard to eat better without having to spend hours in the kitchen. My biggest issue is having 2 snackers in the house... an 18 year old boy and my husband. They are terrible snackers, and even when I try to buy the healthier snacks, someone will come home with something 'not so healthy'. So here to hope I get some good ideas for the kitchen. Quick times are a definite plus. Thanks all! Thu, 20 Jan 2011 17:57:21 EST The Guy in The Gym That Never Drops Weight Hello all,ran across this website when i goggled weight loss inspiration,I'm 46 yrs old with a 16yr old son.and a lot of weight to lose. The sad thing about this is i love to workout,but my diet must be horrible for my weight to keep going up as i go to the gym and workout.Wow,how much would i weigh if i didn't go to the gym? Well its time for me to address being obese,and i'm searching for tools that can teach me to take it one day at a time.Very important that i change my lifestyle and get ... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 03:32:53 EST New at 45 Hello everyone! I am trying something new I am reaching 45 yrs old and I want to get healthy for myself and family. I need all the help I can get! Tue, 18 Jan 2011 14:53:28 EST Hi New here help me Fri, 14 Jan 2011 23:49:11 EST Gluten Free Foods I have been very dedicated to a gluten free diet for the last three months because I just found out I have celiac disease, ricketts, and several other health problems. I was under the understanding that I could eat plain baked potatoes. I was just told today that you could not eat the potato skins. I am not sure this is correct. Could someone please explain. Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:07:24 EST High cholesterol Hi everyone <BR> I just found this site a couple of weeks ago and found it extremely helpful in tracking what I eat. My goal is to lower my cholesterol by diet change rather than go on medication. The doctor didn't set a deadline but intimated I have 6 months to make a dent in my readings! <BR> I'd love to know the experience of others. Is it possible to reduce the levels by diet or are some of us destined to have high cholesterol? <BR> <BR> I'm strong willed so am confident of staying away ... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 16:41:25 EST Walking with Leslie Sansone Thursday 1/6/11 - just over 10,000 <BR> Friday 1/7/11 - over 12,000 <BR> Saturday 1/8/11 - 10,679 <BR> Sunday 1/9/11 - 5,575 <BR> Monday 1/10/11 - 11,160 (15.5 miles) <BR> Tuesday 1/11/11 - <BR> Wednesday 1/12/11 - <BR> Thursday 1/13/11 - <BR> Friday 1/14/11 - <BR> Saturday 1/15/11 - <BR> <BR> Linda, CPT Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:48:37 EST Hello All!? No time to cook has brought me to this board....well, not wanting to use my little bit of free time to cook lol. I work 40+ hrs a week managing 6 persons with developmentally disabilites, so when I have time off I want to do fun things. I'm hoping this site will give me some fast meals that are better for me than the usual junk I whip up. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:38:28 EST Recipe's Hi, I just found this site last week and it is great. I have been monitoring my foods and have it down pretty good. I have lost 10 lbs. and my blood sugar has dropped considerably. <BR> I am now working on my Blood Pressure and I was wondering if anybody has any good ideas of how to reduce my sodium intake. I cant seem to get it under 2400 in any one day. <BR> Thanks for any Help, HaysiBoy Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:45:01 EST