SparkPeople SparkPeople Cafe Messageboard General, fun discussion about a variety of topics. Please post one-word answer and game threads in the Game Room, not in the Cafe. SparkPeople SparkPeople Cafe Messageboard Cannabis during weight loss? Here in Cali it's legal. What are your experiences with cannabis and your weight loss journey? Fri, 22 Nov 2019 08:47:23 EST What is your opinion? What if you found a nice pattern for nail art and you brought it to your manicurist to paint on your own nails; and the manicurist enters the pattern into her library in order to use it as an option for other clients. <BR> <BR> You might argue that it's already on pinterest or the internet in general, so it's public anyway. But you are the one who found it and what if other ppl copied your nail art. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Tue, 19 Nov 2019 04:59:04 EST What would you rather be doing on Thanksgiving? Rather than a typical Thanksgiving, I would like to go to the beach and stay in an oceanfront cottage, grill a big salmon fillet outside and serve it with broccoli and garlic bread and forego the traditional turkey and sides that we usually have. <BR> <BR> Anyone else have something they'd rather do, or do differently, on Thanksgiving? <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Nov 2019 14:27:33 EST Finances Hi, I'm new to Spark People. I'm wondering if there is a group for saving money, thrifty living, etc? That is something I am also working on. Thanks! Sun, 17 Nov 2019 19:29:32 EST Do you prefer manual calendars and/or organizers? Or do you prefer to use your mobile's calendar function or even google calender? <BR> <BR> As for me I have both, I feel I need both in order to keep track of everything. And I feel better that I have manual backup in case my phone goes haywire or something, after all you never know with this new fangled gadgets. And I like to see my plans in a monthly or even entire year's view. I find it's easier to jot down in a manual organizer. I have a very pretty organizer that I got for a nice price ... Sat, 16 Nov 2019 00:33:46 EST Ad that keeps coming up Hi, I don’t know if this is the right place to post this but there is an Eggland egg ad that keeps coming up, very frequently, while I am looking at different SP things. Could someone please help me out? It is very annoying. Thank you. Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:40:34 EST how to get points for sparkbook2? I just bought the cookbook. In the back was a code: sparkbook2. <BR> <BR> What do I do with the code? <BR> <BR> Thanks, chris Sat, 9 Nov 2019 13:33:03 EST Do you overeat when you're sad or angry? I do, though I know eating isn't the right response to unpleasant feelings. <em>39</em> Wed, 6 Nov 2019 21:53:50 EST Christmas Shopping 2019!!! Hi, folks! <BR> <BR> I've done all my Christmas shopping and also wrapping for this Christmas!!! <BR> <BR> What about you? <BR> <BR> Now I am ready to distribute them! Each nurse in the dialysis center I go to is getting a little something! Also a little something for the admin person too! Tue, 5 Nov 2019 03:59:25 EST Diabetes thread somewhere? Hello <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I'm diabetic, and struggling with blood sugars after a lot of years- post-diagnosis I wasn't on meds and could manage things with diet alone. Then progression hit and I ended up on insulin. Then chemo for leukemia which REALLY messed things up. Now, it's a cluster. <BR> <BR> My doc is NOT proactive (docs and medical care here are abysmal, and I'm essentially housebound, so no traveling), and says that since my A1C is below 7, it's all fine. NO it's no... Mon, 4 Nov 2019 09:56:15 EST replacing my ice cream I have discovered a new way for me to replace my ice cream. <BR> I made, a smoothie the other day. blueberries, strawberries, yogurt, milk <BR> after I poured me a glass I put the rest into a bowl and place the lid on it. then I placed it in the freezer. I remembered it today. I took it out and am now enjoying it as an ice cream. delicious. <BR> any other ideas of how to replace ice cream? Sat, 2 Nov 2019 17:35:29 EST Halloween Leftovers I didn't have any trick-or-treaters yesterday evening. I have had 1 in the 4 Halloweens I have lived here. I wanted to be prepared because I know there are some children in my neighborhood. So, in the end, I have candy in my house! Not necessarily <BR> <BR> So, I needed a way to get it out of my house without throwing it out because that would be wasteful. Then it hit me: There is a Little Free Pantry a couple of blocks from me. A Little Free Pantry is like a Little Free Library ... Fri, 1 Nov 2019 06:35:56 EST Do you use Sparkpeople meal plan or no, and why? I am debating whether to use the meal plan provided in nutrition. I don't know if it will help me lose better or not. I want to lose about 2 lbs a week or more if it naturally comes off. What are your experiences? Thu, 31 Oct 2019 14:21:31 EST Over thinking it I have noticed that the more wintry to set my mind to working on my diet the harder it is for me. The more I work on doing better it is all I can think about. It ends up stressing me out to the point I quit. I dont know how to change my ways without itnbeing the only thing I think about. Wed, 30 Oct 2019 05:35:34 EST Sitting down exercises? I just discovered this week that I am diabetic. I've been packing on the weight for two reasons I believe, 1st is lack of activity and second is my addiction to sugar. I'm waiting for knee surgery and can't walk a lot but I know there has to be exercises out there for people who can't walk or find it hard to walk. So my question is, are there any exercises you would recommend? find any on you tube you follow? or anywhere else? Tue, 22 Oct 2019 18:54:11 EST Weight Loss Surgery Has anyone out there had weight loss surgery? <BR> Which procedure? <BR> Are you glad you did it? <BR> What advice do you have for someone thinking about it? <BR> <BR> My left hip is shot and my right hip is not great. The ortho says he would feel better about surgery if I lost 100lbs. My general practitioner has given his OK for weight loss surgery. I am still in the checking it out phase. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:58:05 EST Staying Healthy in Cooler Weather I am in Minnesota and it's fall, which means one of our "lovely" winters is just around the corner. We get cold and snow. <BR> <BR> But that doesn't stop me from keeping up with my health habits. I do at least one road race every month. Yes, I have done races in snow, wind, and when the air temperature is below 0 F; I have plenty of fitness clothes to layer as appropriate. I also keep mostly healthy food choices around too. I have plenty of fitness DVDs and 4 free indoor tracks within a 10 ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 06:07:17 EST How Do You Cheer Your Fellow Teammates On? I usually tell them what SparkGuy says... Simply do 10 minutes and you are going to see the difference! <BR> <BR> Also, you can eat budget food and still be healthy. Sat, 19 Oct 2019 11:39:36 EST Michelle Obama - Becoming Has anybody read this book (released 2018)? I'd be interested in what you thought about it. <BR> <BR> Stephanie Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:04:36 EST Topamax Hello! I was on 100mg of Topamax for about 3-4 years and for migraine prevention. I recently stopped due to feeling fatigued all the time - I run and my times have slowed down tremendously. Since stopping, I have gained 5lbs in a couple weeks time . Has anyone ever experienced this ? I weighing more now than before I started it. Wed, 16 Oct 2019 08:18:41 EST What is your Spark streak? I am curious to see what everyone's Spark streak for logging in each day. I keep getting the 7 day streak. I forget to login everyday! Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:43:16 EST Adjusting Measurements How and where do I adjust measurements? I don't eat or use the amount of serving sizes printed on the containers. Plus, when tracking my water, I don't see where I can save the results. Fri, 11 Oct 2019 08:49:53 EST Guilty! A few years ago, I was 60 lbs lighter than I am right now. A lot of "stuff" happened one right after another and I gained weight. I feel so guilty. I don't know how I let pain in my life show up on the scales. <BR> <BR> Want to know about me? Here is what happened: <BR> 1. My parents disowned me. My dad had a brain tumor and in his mind, he believed that I did something to deserve it. He died not talking to me. The worst part is that a lot of family members are not the most intellig... Mon, 7 Oct 2019 21:33:19 EST Anybody doing the Eat Local Challenge? I was thinking about creating a team if there are other people interested in sharing the challenge. <link> </link> Sat, 5 Oct 2019 07:46:25 EST Fitness tracker for pool use Does anyone have experience using a waterproof tracker in the pool to track walking and aerobic exercise? I know there are some that track swimming laps. Due to back and hip issues I do most of my exercise in the pool. Fri, 4 Oct 2019 12:47:47 EST Your Shop Section I know you make money when we click on the link to go to Amazon to look at the items like the clothes etc. most of us on this site are trying to lose weight and can’t fit into any of these clothes. Fri, 27 Sep 2019 13:10:44 EST What is your way of staying positive, even on your I try to find one positive thing to do that will take my mind off my pain- usually something that I can see good results from! Thu, 26 Sep 2019 12:17:28 EST Do you prefer real jewelry or costume? would you rather save up for real jewelry or just get costume jewelry? I prefer real jewelry but can't afford it. But I almost never buy costume jewelry because they don't last. I might, if it's reasonably priced. But if it is also expensive (but of course not as expensive as the real stuff), I'd rather save up for a real piece. Tue, 24 Sep 2019 02:34:09 EST Daily notes Could someone please tell me where I can find my daily notes? Thank you Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:27:14 EST Feeling Empowered? I recently changed doctors after a horrible experience with one during a June medical issue this year. The person I saw in June was someone I had seen before and made the most extreme recommendations for otherwise benign issues. She was most unpleasant in June and solidified my exit of the clinic system with which I had been dissatisfied for a couple of years. <BR> <BR> Enter new doctor who is a lot better and doesn't great me like I am stupid. I went in for my annual exam recently and had ... Fri, 20 Sep 2019 06:31:11 EST Wow! Wouldn't That Be Somethin'?! <link><BR>prevention/article/21106128/a-cure-for<BR>-the-common-cold-stanforducsf-study-reports </link> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 18 Sep 2019 22:15:17 EST What movie have you seen recently? I recently saw Angry Birds 2! It was such a cute movie. Only I was stuck in a full hall full of screaming kids! LOL! <BR> <BR> I would say it's even better than the 1st part, which was good too! <BR> <BR> I wish I could see The Art of Racing in the Rain too but the time slot is in the middle of the night. So, not very practical for me, I read the book tough! Such a good book! Wed, 18 Sep 2019 09:18:09 EST Which is the greater crime? The crime of the millennium has been committed in England today - but I'm not sure which is the worst crime - nicking the toilet, or hanging the toilet roll the wrong way round. Any thoughts? <BR> <link><BR>gold-toilet-worth-1m-stolen-from-blenh<BR>eim-palace/ </link> Sat, 14 Sep 2019 10:30:13 EST Surviving Unpleasant Things On Friday, I had to have an hour long MRI as follow up to a medical event in June to make sure there was nothing bigger causing the issue, Of course, that meant an hour of zero movement other than breathing. Several of the images took 5 or 7 minutes to create and my back was so stiff and sore once everything was done. <BR> <BR> I was able to listen to the radio and since they couldn't get in my favorite talk station, I listened to music radio. I was able to get through the longer images by... Mon, 9 Sep 2019 07:01:13 EST Tell Me About Your Car! Especially if it's a compact hatchback. <BR> <BR> What safety features do you have? <BR> <BR> Also has anyone driven a CVT transmission? How is it different from Automatic? Fri, 6 Sep 2019 18:22:24 EST Labor Day Weekend Happy Labor Day Weekend to my fellow American Sparkers! Are you doing anything fun? I'd love to hear about it. <BR> <BR> At the last minute, I decided to head "Up North" (what we Minnesotans call cabin country) to my parents' cabin. I packed what I needed and loaded the car, got the dog, set out some food for the cat. I made it here last night around 9 PM Central. The Northern Lights are supposed to make an appearance this weekend but we saw nothing. Oh well, maybe tonight. Sat, 31 Aug 2019 08:09:31 EST tapping hi im jacquie i just wondered if any was interested in tapping/eft there is a team but it is not active and i would like to get it going again <BR> jacquie Wed, 28 Aug 2019 19:57:14 EST Introducing myself <em>46</em> I'm at my wit's end. I am 26 and extremely overweight. I have tried so many weight loss programs and have failed since I was about 18. I'm tired of being unhealthy and overweight. My sister and mother recently changed to a healthy lifestyle and have lost so much weight. They look great and I'm happy for them.. but I can't help but wallow in self pity about myself. I have extreme depression due to not having any self confidence. It's so bad I don't like for people to look at me.... Fri, 23 Aug 2019 14:49:59 EST Weight recording Hello could someone tell me where you record weight loss on here, thanks in advance Wed, 21 Aug 2019 23:43:23 EST Instagrammers Here? I am always looking for interesting people to follow and would love to have some fellow health-chasers to follow. <BR> <BR> Drop your IG name and I'll follow you! Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:41:17 EST Remember when SparkPoints hard to reach 100 Joined Sparkpeople in 2009. Trying to accumulate 100 points/day was a difficult task. Within 6 mo you had to reset articles to read because they could be read only once. Now you can read the same articles over and over in the same day and get points! <BR> Now it is not unheard to accumulate 200 to 300 points, granted a lot of work has to be done since there's more to do. Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:49:25 EST Leaderboards & Points Has anyone checked the Leaderboards? It's the blue button in the box that shows how many points you've accumulated. How are Sparkers getting thousands of points in less than a month? I mean more than 10,000 in the middle of August! <BR> Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:20:21 EST Do you use MeetUp (or similar) for fitness? Do you join walking or workout groups, aside from classes? How useful are they to you? <BR> <BR> <BR> I’ve joined a couple MeetUp hiking groups, and one group that hosts several walks around the Denver area. <BR> They serve as new ideas and accountability. <BR> I find they help me get going earlier, and the result is better, more stable energy through those days. <BR> I’m something of an ambivert (I joke that’s an introvert that can fake extroversion for an hour), so these work as my socia... Sat, 17 Aug 2019 10:26:33 EST What makes certain days of the week more difficult Which is harder to stick to your plans, weekends or weekdays? Why? Sat, 17 Aug 2019 10:07:33 EST Don't trouble yourselves to help another sparker. I no longer need your help. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 13:06:26 EST Finding my Favorites No one knows how to find "My Favorites" on Spark? <BR> Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:58:08 EST Finding my Favorites Can anyone please tell me how to find "my favorites"? Fri, 16 Aug 2019 10:54:27 EST Do you eat by the clock or by your hunger signals? What happens if you have had a heavy breakfast, then it comes time for lunch but you are still full? Will you eat a little something just because it's time for lunch or will you eat later when you are actually hungry? Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:48:18 EST Wardrobe as you drop sizes As you lose weight, and inches, how loose do you allow your clothes to be before you get smaller sizes? <BR> Do you alter any of your clothes? <BR> Treat yourself to a few new things in in-between sizes? <BR> <BR> <BR> I sort of like wearing the too big clothing for a while, as it’s a tangible sign of lost inches here and there. <BR> Right now, my loss is a size or two, so I use belts on trousers and skirts, but I’m nearing the point where some tailoring is needed. So, I’d say three to four... Tue, 13 Aug 2019 12:08:07 EST Oh No! ;-) Minnesota's Largest Candy store suffered some damage after a collision on the highway sent a car careening through a wall. Thankfully, no humans were hurt but about $50,000 worth of candy was damaged. They carry a lot of international items. <BR> I guess this is one way to keep your healthy eating safe? LOL.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-car-crashes-into-minnesota-s-largest-<BR>candy-store </link> Mon, 12 Aug 2019 06:20:13 EST Need a Great Challenge Team? It’s hot outside, but Fall is coming! Are you ready to join a Challenge and work on your healthy lifestyle goals? The Biggest Loser Challenge is looking for members for it’s next Challenge starting the first week of September. The challenge consists of 11 Teams that participate in 10 weeks of Nutritional and Fitness Challenges. These challenges can be modified to fit individual needs allowing members of all abilities and dietary needs to participate. <BR> <BR> If you would like to be a memb... Thu, 8 Aug 2019 10:52:53 EST How do you get your water in each day? Tips and strategies, folks. <BR> <BR> What strategies do you use to get your water in daily? <BR> Especially if drinking water isn’t your favorite thing. <BR> <BR> I use bottles of set sizes and know I’ve to drink x number of them. <BR> I have one bottle that marks it by 2-hour increments and says For Fox’s Sake, Drink Your Effing Water. Sun, 4 Aug 2019 19:31:27 EST Why do some people answer a yes/no question daily? Reading over the Café, I notice some people answer repeatedly, and some daily to weekly, often in a simple yes or no question thread. <BR> What’s the purpose or value of this? <BR> Sun, 4 Aug 2019 10:04:46 EST Have you found group you like? I like BLC... I was in SP for about a year before I stumbled upon the BLC group. <BR> I like them as it is small enough groups (10-25 people) that you feel you are connecting with people rather than bigger groups where you either get lost or most people don't chat. I have tried out other challenge groups that are popular but they are not as good a fit for me. <BR> <BR> I like that BLC has weekly challenges to help push you to do the weight loss tasks to help you lose weight. Sometimes in a fun game or i... Sat, 3 Aug 2019 23:20:09 EST Do You Ever Have Baked Potatoes For Breakfast? If you have baked potatoes for breakfast, what length of time do you nuke them and what particular toppings do you use? <BR> <BR> Sat, 3 Aug 2019 19:42:04 EST Have You Ever Been On The Carnivore Diet? If you have ever been on the Carnivore Diet, what was the diet like? Are you still participating? For or against? Sat, 3 Aug 2019 19:35:06 EST Do you pay attention to the lyrics of hit songs? or do you just enjoy the beat and ignore the lyrics? <BR> <BR> Most hit songs today have not very clean lyrics. A lot of sexual innuendo in them. So do you abstain from pop music just because of the offensive lyrics or do you close one ear just because the beat sounds good? Thu, 1 Aug 2019 03:12:35 EST under 200 <em>590</em> Finally under two hundred, I am very happy. However having stabbing pains in my legs. What's up with that? Sun, 28 Jul 2019 18:13:17 EST Tackling Dreaded Tasks And the dreaded tasks I am talking about are not what a lot of are here for: eating better, getting fitter, and losing weight. I am talking things like getting organized or getting rid of clutter. You know, the tasks you know need to get done and it feels great when you get them done but the middle part of doing is rough. <BR> <BR> I ask because I managed to clear out several boxes of stuff that I have been moving for 20+ years. I found a bank statement from 1986; I was in junior high! I rec... Sun, 28 Jul 2019 08:02:33 EST cooking at home or eating in restaurants So cooking at home is much cheaper. But hypothetically if money was no object , is it better to eat outside or cook at homel. I mean in the overall health situation. Sat, 27 Jul 2019 11:44:01 EST What do you do on your days off? I recently bought a miniature piano kit. I just need to get some tweezers, then I can start assembling it! Hopefully, this will be the start of an enjoyable hobby. <BR> <BR> I love to cross-stitch too, but my eyesight is not as good as it was before. I am just getting on in years..... <BR> <BR> Today, I have the day off. I just walked to the nearby dessert stand to have a leisurely breakfast. I had 1 small packet of nasi lemak & 1 small cream of mushroom soup with garlic bread. I love going... Sat, 27 Jul 2019 01:55:17 EST Where to find free exercise classes in denver? Going away 4 a few? Any ideas? Thu, 25 Jul 2019 04:32:28 EST what would you do if you had time to kill, you're in the mall with a cinema but you have already seen all the interesting movies? <BR> <BR> Will you : <BR> <BR> 1) Go home <BR> 2) Do something else like window shopping, then go home OR <BR> 3) Just pick some movie and watch it? Mon, 22 Jul 2019 03:29:15 EST success and failure - more like failure I think Dear Lord I am sorry I am a failure at life. Maybe I am a good example of how not to lead your life. Negative examples are useful as well. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 22:58:49 EST what works to lose weight Raw octopus! I once bought a raw octopus at the fish market, meaning to cook it but busy at work it was left in the fridge. Not frozen. I lost about 7 lbs that week. Every time I opened the fridge the odor of that octopus took away any apetite I had. I left it in on purpose for another few days then I threw it out. 7 lbs lighter. <BR> This ought to be a patented way to lose weight. Its more effective than recipes. lol Fri, 19 Jul 2019 22:55:54 EST where is the main source of calorie intake? July 19, 2019. Total Calories including snack binge was 3056 <BR> <BR> Here is the breakdown: <BR> The Hormel chili was 540 Kcal. That was the highest calorie food. It would have been better to use some sauce instead for the chicken breast I was cooking.. <BR> Also, the ice cream was 500 Kcal. It was an impulse buy. <BR> pasta Roni was 775 Kcal. ! <BR> without ice cream, chili, and pasta roni it would have been 1775 kcal less ! <BR> OR 1300 Kcal Total for the day! <BR> whats common to P... Fri, 19 Jul 2019 22:49:56 EST Trying To Be DIET Honest I have 59 days until my cruise embarkation. I started my first 30 day challenge yesterday - to exercise at least 10 minutes a day every day. I'll do a second fitness type challenge for the final 30 days before the cruise. <BR> <BR> So, yesterday I ate a Hershey's Almond bar and forgot about it. I didn't log it in my log, so I wasn't counting it in my calorie count. I came in to work this morning and saw the wrapper still sitting so obvious in my trash can. <BR> <BR> What did I do? I went ba... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:22:10 EST Washing New Clothes Before 1st Wearing Went on a small shopping spree and notice all the tags warn to Wash before wearing. I got curious. I have sensitive skin. Now I know why what the problem may be. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>efore-wearing-2146345 </link> Wed, 10 Jul 2019 22:16:26 EST Stupid Stuff... ... that most of us don't think about, but should. If you're a gardener, here's a to-do list for you, but most important for me was the last thing down. Didn't realize that was a dwelling place for tetanus: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/index.htm?utm_campaign=20190710_gmd_p<BR>rv_gal&utm_content=english&utm_medium=<BR>email&utm_source=govdelivery </link> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Wed, 10 Jul 2019 13:51:02 EST How many Mondays have gone since you said How many Mondays have been and gone since you said "I'll start next week"?! Tue, 9 Jul 2019 08:10:41 EST Californian Earthquake For those who were affected by the earthquake, or have friends/family living there, I hope that all are safe. <BR> <BR> Kris xxx Sat, 6 Jul 2019 05:04:34 EST How Do You Celebrate 4th Of July I will be going to a water park to celebrate the 4th. Mon, 1 Jul 2019 06:17:44 EST TV Line Up What do you watch on TV? I don't work and most of my days revolve around my tv shows. <BR> <BR> Here is what I watch: <BR> <BR> 7-9 AM GMA <BR> 9 AM Live With Kelly and Ryan <BR> 10 AM Lets Make a Deal <BR> 11 AM Price Is Right <BR> !2 PM Local News <BR> 12:30 Young and the Restless ( my favorite) <BR> <BR> And sometimes The Talk and Ellen <BR> <BR> That is it! My tv day! <BR> Fri, 28 Jun 2019 16:10:07 EST Search "detox water" On YouTube There are so many, I do not have the time to post all. <BR> <BR> However, I have been drinking "detox water" for quite a few days and feel so much better! <BR> <BR> You are not going to be disappointed! <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 20:26:36 EST Do You Know Of Any Really Good Direct Sales Jobs? I am interested in a good direct sales opportunity. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Mon, 24 Jun 2019 20:23:24 EST motivating statements I need a good motivating statement or two that I can easily come up with in those moments when faced with a temptation or other overwhelming situation. <BR> <BR> What are your favorites that help you in times of trouble? Sun, 23 Jun 2019 15:43:06 EST Back to Tracking I've been mostly inactive here on Sparkpeople for the past year. I've also gained about 5 lbs. so I'm back to tracking. I hope to lose the 5 lbs. plus the last 15 I need to be to my ideal weight. Sure hope it works! Wed, 19 Jun 2019 21:08:21 EST What are you doing today ( besides exercise ?) What are you doing today? Sat, 15 Jun 2019 08:11:44 EST Missing Spark messages Every so often I find my spark messages page and find that I've missed messages. I am not talking about my private email. Where can I get to these spark mail messages? <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:45:41 EST AM I A DIET BORE ? SO THIS PLAN WORKS FOR ME <BR> I TRY TO POP ON AND TRACK EACH DAY <BR> I FIND READING OTHER PEOPLES STORIES <BR> FOOD IDEAS <BR> PEOPLES UPS AND DOWNS WHAT WORKS FOR THEM OR NOT <BR> I AM HAPPY TO GIVE HELP IN ANY WAY I CAN EVEN IF JUST BEEN GOOD I PERSON TO RANT TOO <BR> HAPPY TO SHARE FOOD IDEAS <BR> THIS ALL KEEPS ME FOCUSED <BR> HAPPY FOR PEOPLE TO ADD ME <BR> BUT TRUTH FULLY DOES THIS MAKE ME A DIET BORE <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Jun 2019 07:12:02 EST How to find time to work on multiple goals? I want to be able to improve multiple areas of life simultaneously. <BR> <BR> -Get the clutter out. I donated two medium boxes and a storage container recently but you can't tell. I found almost 20 items to donate today (cds). I've also sold some things on ebay <BR> <BR> -Help Mom label family photos <BR> <BR> -Read more <BR> <BR> -Lose body fat. I'm not in as good of shape as I once was so I can't handle long or strenuous workouts (I also suspect I have Achilles Tendentious and am going ... Tue, 11 Jun 2019 01:08:01 EST Overeaters Anonymous Any members here? Please share your experience. Sun, 9 Jun 2019 00:51:22 EST Weather What is your weather like today? It is about 73 and cloudy here in Central Indiana! Sat, 8 Jun 2019 12:29:36 EST I'm back I'm back! Started trying to loose with ww but I want to also count calories. Wish me luck! Sat, 8 Jun 2019 09:54:32 EST Craving cream cakes! There is this new cake shop that has opened in the mall near me. The other day they were handing out bite sized samples. I tried a few flavors, the ones I liked were chocolate and the other one was blueberry. <BR> <BR> They were layer cakes with thick buttercream icing. They come in little squares, you have to buy a minimum of 2 pieces at RM9.90. Not too bad as prices go. But you can taste how much sugar is in each piece! Too much! Waaaay too much! But oh! so delicious! <BR> <BR> I plan to... Wed, 5 Jun 2019 07:42:35 EST What has lately surprised you? I was amazed how just one-time lymphatic therapy could change so much my cellulite texture! Definitely going back. Wed, 5 Jun 2019 00:01:22 EST What is your sign? I am a Cancer 69 I love knowing what someones birth sign is. The stereotype is Cancers & Taurus tend to be foodies so, are typically the ones battling weight issues also not excluding the other two water signs (Scorpio and Pisces) as they too will turn to the deliciousness of food to suppress their issues. Yikes. Well...who knows. I do know that we are here so that is a first step right? Ugh babble babble babble (that is my mercury in Leo) GASP! Tue, 4 Jun 2019 15:01:35 EST What was your favorite article today? Today being relative... <BR> What article really intrigued you? <BR> Why? <BR> Please share a link. <BR> <BR> This 2011 article popped up, and I think it applies in my job, too. <link><BR>/wellness_articles.asp?id=1691 </link> Sat, 1 Jun 2019 11:13:29 EST You've Been A Sparkpeople Member For ____ Years? 4 years... Seems like forever though! Fri, 31 May 2019 21:41:32 EST Other Fitness & Nutrition Websites Do you participate in other fitness and nutrition websites? If so, would you share which ones? <BR> <BR> I recently came across Have you heard of such website? <BR> <BR> Any tips? <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Fri, 31 May 2019 21:38:12 EST Banner board Could someone please tell me how to change my banner picture? Thank you <BR> Fri, 31 May 2019 17:01:59 EST Would you want to be around this person? Someone who: <BR> Was always cheerful, accomplishing things AND looking great while doing it? <BR> That is who I want to be. Tue, 28 May 2019 12:50:55 EST Back Brace, Do you use and what kind I have chronic lower back pain. I'm thinking a back brace might help. Do you use one and what type do you use? Tue, 28 May 2019 10:15:30 EST Any Other Fasting Enthusiasts? So, I have been doing IF for awhile now. But last August I was diagnosed with a chronic medical condition and liquid diets (I guess they don't like calling it fasting lol) is sometimes a part of that. <BR> <BR> There's a group for people into it and we need more support (OK, I do!). No hospotalizing medical conditions required. <BR> <BR><BR>ps_individual.asp <BR> Sat, 25 May 2019 10:51:13 EST SparkTeams and inactivity Do you notice some of your teams are languishing in the doldrums? <BR> Are posts months apart, and well, vapid at that? <BR> <BR> What do you do? Post? Ignore? Drop the team? <BR> And why. Fri, 24 May 2019 13:45:01 EST So tempted to get a blooming onion cutter! So I can make blooming onions! <BR> <BR> But wait! Isn't a blooming onion basically deep fried battered sweet onion? <BR> <BR> So, isn't eating it more often a bad idea? <BR> <BR> But those contraptions look so easy to use! <BR> <BR> But I guess making and eating more blooming onions isn't really a good idea! <BR> <BR> And those cutters are really expensive! Sat, 18 May 2019 04:20:32 EST Dieting Has anyone done the HCG diet? I have and I've lost 50#. I have put 12 back on and can't seem to get motivated to get it back off!! Wed, 15 May 2019 17:08:00 EST One week done Good Morning Everyone, <BR> <BR> I finished 1 week on Sparkpeople! Slowly but surely I am learning a lot of new things that are helping me reach my goals! <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> Rosario Wed, 15 May 2019 12:00:32 EST Not returning change...A new scam? Two times last week, (in different shops), I handed the cashier $10 to pay for a $2 <BR> cup of coffee. Next was the "Have a nice day" spiel as the clerk proceeded to ring up the next customer. Do checkout clerks think all seniors are feeble-minded and would forget or be too embarrassed to speak up for their change? Honest mistake or what? Mon, 13 May 2019 14:34:45 EST Is all the hype abt in n out burger true? Ppl who have eaten their burgers rave abt it! Is it still considered fast food and unhealthy? I m really curious! Is it that delicious? <BR> <BR> Has anyone eaten there? Are their burgers healthier than other joints? <BR> <BR> Pls tell me! Mon, 13 May 2019 10:49:04 EST what is your fave lettuce and why? I love baby romaine lettuce because of the flavor and the crunch! Mon, 13 May 2019 03:38:54 EST Who saw Avengers Endgame!!!!???? What an absolutely brilliant movie!!! <BR> <BR> I love it!!!! Wed, 8 May 2019 09:23:59 EST daily calorie goals I am new to this and wonder: Why does the daily calorie goal I set keep changing? Sun, 5 May 2019 12:41:43 EST What Part Of The Day Do You Exercise? If I wear a pedometer all day, then my exercise varies all day when walking around the house. Sat, 4 May 2019 15:33:46 EST Trying to not weigh until Sunday I have lost a decent amount of weight over the past year or so and up until the past few weeks I had no problem weighing in once a week. I hit a plateau three weeks ago and now I am obsessed with the scale. I have not weighed since last Sunday, but I think about it all the time now. I KNOW after all this time that I can not depend on the scale as the only way to measure my success, but wow, this is really tough. My husband works the opposite shift so we do not see each other every day. E... Fri, 3 May 2019 14:56:22 EST Smiling <img src=""> Fri, 3 May 2019 06:13:52 EST Crocheters Anybody here crochet?? Thu, 2 May 2019 12:10:02 EST List a quality you like in others honesty Wed, 1 May 2019 19:25:20 EST How many calories should I have a day? I am not sure how many calories I should have per day? I am 5’5” and weigh 150.2 today. I seem to go over my calories every day. Need help. Thank you <em>252</em> Wed, 1 May 2019 18:29:41 EST Crohn's Disease Hey guys! I just joined and I have a question. Does anyone here have Crohn's Disease? I have had a couple of crappy health years and need to lose weight. I am curious if any other 'Crohnies' have suggestions to help. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 11:14:13 EST Low carb Hi, is there a group for low carb eaters? Thank you <em>252</em> Thu, 25 Apr 2019 21:36:21 EST NEW APPLE WATCH SERIE 4 & SP SYNC Hello, <BR> <BR> Just got added the SP APP to the Apple Health app in order and I can see the calories I have been eating but the data doesn’t get synchronized so I dont have any detailed data on the HEALTH app. <BR> <BR> My problem is with my job, we use an app that sync with a either food tracking (not SP) app OR HEALTH APP FROM APPLE. Since the data doesn’t grt transfered, I don’t get any points with work. <BR> <BR> Can you please help. I really dont want to have to change food tra... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:30:44 EST Looking for others with PCS Struggling to stabilize as a person Post TBI. I am on support groups on FB but I think that chat format here would be better for the socialization I lack right now. So easy to feel isolated right now. <BR> Tried the "Search Message Boards" function but couldn't find any reference to concussion, TBI, brain injury...etc. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:40:43 EST Spark points Can someone explain the point of spinning the spark points wheel. I just don't understand the purpose, What am I missing? <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Apr 2019 13:53:50 EST Teaching Meal Prep Thinking of opening a business to teach others to meal prep. Is this a service you would be interested in and pay for if it was available in your area? (not soliciting customers, just getting a feel for if it would be something of interest) Mon, 22 Apr 2019 10:30:44 EST Cell phone shopping 04/18/19 Cell phones? Anyone have a Galaxy S 7, or other type cell phone? <BR> I have an I-Pad, Do I need to have an I-phone to have same Apps? <BR> <BR> My current phone is failing and not a Smart phone. Looking for inexpensive options. Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:27:37 EST Lark app Has anyone tried to Lark app? 23andme is offering a discount. All the reviews I have read rave about it. Thought I'd reach out here. Tue, 16 Apr 2019 17:37:04 EST Notre Dame Fire Paris <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am sad to share this .. <BR> but i feel this may not be an "accident" <BR> in this Catholic country , this week is called <BR> "Holy Week" this is the worst thing to happen to your "High week " <BR> i will post more, as i learn more. <BR> <BR> so if you were planning on visiting this 800 year old church ..cross it off your list <BR> <em>39</em> Tue, 16 Apr 2019 05:03:35 EST Chickens Does anyone else have chickens? How many? Do you raise them for eggs and/or meat? <BR> <BR> We have 17 currently. We raise them for eggs mostly. After 2 years the meat isn't very good. We are going to donate our chickens to the Hawk/Eagle rescue agency. They will use them to feed the Hawks/Eagles while they rehabilitate the birds. Mon, 15 Apr 2019 10:26:58 EST Calling all dog lovers! Who has seen Alpha?! <BR> <BR> It's a very good movie detailing how our relationship with Man's best friend started! <BR> How and injured boy and an injured wolf cooperated together for survival and started the lineage of today's dogs. <BR> <BR> I wonder how historically accurate this movie is, but it's a very good, heart-warming movie! If you love dogs, you HAVE to see it. <BR> <BR> Oh, it's in some ancient caveman language though, you'll have to make sure you've got English subtitles! Fri, 12 Apr 2019 08:01:49 EST Easter Anyone concerned with their calorie intake for Easter. We usually have a big spread of food so I am concerned. Wed, 10 Apr 2019 13:47:12 EST Dave Ramsey Followers Are there other DR followers on here? <BR> <BR> We started last year and are on BS 4-5-6. Its has helped our finances and our health journey. We budget our dollars and our nutrients. Mon, 8 Apr 2019 13:23:31 EST Gardening Do you have a garden? Have you started planning and planting yet? Mon, 8 Apr 2019 13:20:45 EST News from Paris - Gillet Jaunes Tax Revolt Bonjour to all, <BR> I have not written in a long time, I have been fighting depression, the cold weather, and bronchitis 2x this winter .. <BR> I wanted to reach all SPs who are thinking of coming to France this year .. <BR> I think, it would be a good year to pass .. <em>10</em> <BR> <BR><BR>c_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6580592 Fri, 5 Apr 2019 04:33:13 EST day 1 3/31/19 wish me luck people. Sun, 31 Mar 2019 21:22:19 EST Stinkin' Thinkin' Lately I have been plagued by stinkin thinkin. I feel anxiety coming on and my mind automatically goes to food. I've been out of work since August and it's stressful. Has anyone got any advice on how to beat this? Sun, 31 Mar 2019 15:47:10 EST It's the first day of my new life! I feel so motivated! I really want to meet some nice, positive people here to lose weight together. I can't wait to dive into the challenges and read the theory, and change my life one step at a time! <BR> <BR> To your success! Fri, 29 Mar 2019 04:35:51 EST knapsack or shoulder bag, that is the question Dyu think I should get a shoulder bag or a knapsack. I'm leaning towards a knapsack as it will be handy to fit my new water bottle and Bible study class gear. But a knapsack won't be as handy as a shoulder bag but it is better for my body as the weight will be evenly distributed. <BR> <BR> It's a puzzle............... Thu, 28 Mar 2019 03:55:13 EST Never thought I would be Hooked on Twitter I've become numb to the news headlines...enough already. <BR> But I have finally discovered two really fun Twitter accounts <BR> @Number10Cat and @DevinCow put a smile on my face. <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Mar 2019 22:05:55 EST Have you made anyone smile today? How? My friend trains seeing eye dogs. I saw a sweet article on Facebook about a puppy who has become the guide for a senior dog who is now blind. I posted to her and she loved it. It put a smile on her face. <em>338</em> Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:36:05 EST All Leashed Pets Welcome???? Did anyone else see this story about a Texas man bringing his prize steer to Petco on a leash? It cracked me up! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>teer-to-petco-to-test-all-leashed-pets<BR>-are-welcome-policy?fbclid=IwAR3KiWe7S<BR>hMfoIwUlxdgpVd4WZTjrlXAriQfUfb1DrBpA-Q<BR>1CjeBAFTqcHY </link> Fri, 22 Mar 2019 06:25:48 EST How do you control water retention? I need tips about how to control water retention. I seem to be sensitive to sodium, something I probably got from my mother. I swell up pretty easily, and when I do, I feel rather stiff and sore. So I've been decreasing sodium. <BR> <BR> My work is not active, since I mostly sit throughout the day, teaching my children. Being 250ish pounds, I'm sure my body's functions don't circulate too well. <BR> I do exercise 50 minutes a day now on my rebounder, 5 days a week and some on Saturdays. <B... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 02:04:25 EST Spring is Coming Today at 4:58 PM Central, spring will officially arrive here in the Northern Hemisphere. After the Polar Vortex in January and a February that saw 39 inches of snow, I am ready. Had it been a Leap Year, we would have gotten 45 inches because March 1 was another snowy day. <BR> <BR> I am ready for Spring. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 06:41:55 EST Kdrama anyone?! I just finished watching My Only One, all 106 episodes! It was great! A very happy ending, wrapping up all the loose ends! It's about a young woman whose life get turned upside down when her biological father appears after abandoning her as an infant after 28 years! Why? You'll have it watch it to find out! ;-) <BR> <BR> Some kdrama, like this one, can be very long winded, some are snappy, only 20 episodes. I love both! Depending on the story line. As a side note, kdrama is Korean drama. Kdr... Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:07:32 EST How Do You Feel About On-Line Dating? Yes, I am single and no I do not trust on-line dating. I think that there are just too many creepers are out there. <BR> <BR> Now, grant it, I am a team leader for a Sparkpeople singles team, but there is barely any activity, let alone any indecency, vulgarity, or sexually explicit period. <BR> <BR> I have attempted going out into the community, but the men are either married or gay. <BR> <BR> Do you have any words of wisdom? I am in no way of putting you down if you have found your mate... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 17:22:51 EST Do You Know Of Any Good Drink Recipes? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> New York Egg Cream <BR> <BR> 1 cup milk <BR> 1 cup seltzer <BR> 4 to 5 tbsp. chocolate syrup <BR> <BR> Mix <BR> <BR> Slurp with a straw! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Sun, 17 Mar 2019 17:09:45 EST What Part Of Your Body Do You Focus On? When I exercise, I focus on my belly. As I suffer from over-production of cortisol, the stress hormone goes straight to the belly area, leaving me looking like a woman carrying an elephant. <BR> <BR> It took over 10 years to put on, so I guess another 10 years are needed to take the belly fat off. <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> How about you? <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Mar 2019 17:05:28 EST Is it worth splurging on skincare? I feel that getting expensive skincare isn't worth it beyond a certain age because you just can't stop the aging process, no matter how much you spend! <BR> <BR> What dyu think? Sat, 16 Mar 2019 10:45:52 EST Question about Walking and I Phone 7 I have recently purchased an I phone 7. I did not realize it was tracking my walking. Today it says I have walked 1 mile..... that includes: housework, laundry, spray painting, helping the repairman..... You know, everything. <BR> <BR> How do I log this? I tells me how many steps I took, but it also says 1 mile. Thu, 14 Mar 2019 21:55:04 EST Pampering Ideas Need help! <BR> <BR> What can I do (something small) to pamper myself today?! Thu, 14 Mar 2019 12:35:34 EST Pi Day! Anyone planning on eating some sort of pie today? My local bakery makes sugar- free apple pies. Maybe? Thu, 14 Mar 2019 10:10:27 EST What's in a gift? What is your view on this? <BR> <BR> I have a tight budget when it comes to getting gifts. Because there are so many nurses to shop for. I normally get the nurses in the dialysis center I go to birthday and Christmas gifts. Because there are so many of them, I can't afford to get pricey gifts for everyone. <BR> <BR> I do gift better gifts for those nurses I'm esp close to but for the rest I just give a little something. The gifts for the others may be cheaper but I make sure they are nice l... Thu, 14 Mar 2019 05:33:41 EST Unsubscribe Hi, could someone please tell me how to unsubscribe to a message board? Thank you <em>252</em> Wed, 13 Mar 2019 17:24:30 EST What's your favorite music to workout to? I have a mixed play list between country, hip hop, and today top 100. Mon, 11 Mar 2019 23:48:43 EST Lent I got this idea from another thread I am following. Do you observe Lent and if so, are you giving up something? <BR> <BR> I do observe Lent but have never given anything up. This year, I am giving up excess sugar, namely baked goods. I have been eating too much garbage in the form of cupcakes lately. So, I will be staying out of the bakery section. And even harder: no white Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs..LOL <BR> <BR> The only things I am allowing are the 2 Splenda packs I drink in the morning... Wed, 6 Mar 2019 06:51:38 EST Grace Jones, Age 70 Modelling Tommy Hilfiger Hard to believe that Grace Jones is 70 and still a fashion icon. She was just on the runway for Tommy Hilfiger/Zendaya. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and well, guess who is 84 ? Sophia Loren ! Another ageless icon. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 3 Mar 2019 17:21:10 EST Night Owl Sparkteam? I was the team leader for Night Owl Sparkteam for a lengthy while. Due to lack of any active members, I removed myself from the team. Well, I wanted to give the team one more attempt today and found the team to be private. If you are on this team, would you kindly message me? <BR> <BR> Thank you. Sat, 2 Mar 2019 16:05:53 EST Change my weight to lbs Good day to everyone, could someone please tell me how to change my daily weight to lbs? Thank you <em>252</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2019 10:24:19 EST What dyu think I should do? I have a question : my Samsung Galaxy Tab S has a swollen battery. It even caused my screen to detached a little in the middle. The consultant said that if it is still functioning properly (which it still does), then it is a minor problem. <BR> <BR> I will cost me about RM230. To replace the screen will cost a further RM790, but she said it wasn't necessary as it was still functioning well. I wanted to just ditch it and get a S4 for RM3,999 but my Mom wouldn't let me. She said : "just replac... Wed, 27 Feb 2019 04:13:00 EST Would you still buy clothes if you already have enough clothes? Say you are window shopping and you see something cute, would you get it even if you don't technically need it? Wed, 27 Feb 2019 04:11:31 EST What is your view on jewellery? Are they too expensive? Do you think they are a waste of money? <BR> <BR> Do you buy them for yourself, never intending to resell, so you don't take into account of their resale value? <BR> <BR> Are you willing to buy an item of jewellery for your Mom for instance? <BR> <BR> Or do you just buy them as a special treat for yourself? Tue, 26 Feb 2019 03:45:41 EST Tidying Up with Marie Kondo! Hi I just created a new spark team called that Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. If anyone is looking for such a team drop me a line and join up with the group. She is an organizer guru from Japan and totally inspirational and awesome. Her show is on Netflix called Tidying Up and you can also watch her on Youtube and Amazon Prime. She has 2 books out. I have read the one and hope to read the second book soon. She is so popular in my community that all 11 books are out with 4 holds! <BR> <BR... Mon, 25 Feb 2019 06:39:18 EST Any other sepsis survivors out there I am one year post septic shock and am wondering if there are any others out there that have survived this horrible thing. It is so hard to get used to the new me, and I am a lot luckier than most! Mon, 25 Feb 2019 02:01:17 EST Keranique? This may not seem weight-loss related, but I am stress eating because my hair is falling out. I know that stress causes hair loss, but I can't stop stressing. Or eating. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried Keranique? If so, what did/do you think of it? Does it work, or is it just a waste of time & money? <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for any feedback you can offer. Sun, 24 Feb 2019 19:52:34 EST any tips for reducing plastic? We use shopping bags and gave up straws and plastic utensils. That wasn't super easy because we do a lot of camping. <BR> <BR> I've been making tea in a glass tea pitcher to both cut down plastic and drink less diet coke. <BR> <BR> what other small moves have people had success with? Sat, 23 Feb 2019 18:51:05 EST Peter Tork - Rest in Peace The news has reported that Peter Tork passed away at age 77. The Monkees was one of my all time favorite shows as a kid !! That leaves Mickey Dolenz and Mike Nesmith as the surviving members. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:43:57 EST Illness Face it. We all get sick. colds, flu, other things. Is there a way to hit "pause" while going through it? My case, I'm down with cold/flu for the 4th day straight. Of course I can't track meds. I have to stay as still as possible to keep "espisodes", shall I call them, at bay. Can you help? Fri, 22 Feb 2019 08:49:49 EST Would you give to a begger? Normally I don't because some of them could be working for a begging syndicate and I don't want to encourage them because the Malaysian government has allocated homes for them. <BR> <BR> The reason they beg is because they think they can get more begging. That's why we are discouraged from giving to them. <BR> <BR> What dyu think? Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:41:25 EST My 600 Pound Life Star Sean Milliken Passes Away For those of our members who watched My 600 Pound Life. the news is reporting that Sean Milliken passed away at 29 as a result of an infection. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>600-lb-life-star-sean-milliken-dies-29<BR>-201308587.html </link> <BR> <BR> I never saw the whole show, only segments posted on YOUTUBE. It's a shame because he had lost so much weight and was continuing to work towards his goal of living a healthier life. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:14:20 EST Struggling with Urge to binge Hi. <BR> <BR> I've had a terrible week of eating which has triggered my binge eating disorder. Today I feel very discouraged and it's all I can do not to snack and stuff my face. My urge to binge is very strong. I am going through a bout of depression which is also contributing. <BR> <BR> Any help is appreciated! <BR> Thanks <BR> Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:30:52 EST What Would You Do If you had a friend that was trying to lose weight. They were using slimfast or appetite suppressants to do so. <BR> <BR> What would you do? <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Feb 2019 00:31:53 EST Can a Person With a BMI Over 30 Be Healthy ? I have a hypothetical situation for everyone. <BR> <BR> Let's say, there is a 72 year old male, who is 6ft 3 inches tall and weighs 243 pounds. His BMI is 30.4, making him obese. He plays some golf for exercise on the weekends, but no other physical activity during the week. <BR> <BR> total cholesterol is measured at 196, with an HDL of 58 and an LDL of 122 <BR> blood pressure is 118/80 with a heart rate of 70 beats per minute <BR> <BR> Nutrition is your typical SAD (standard American di... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:41:00 EST Happy Valentine's Day This Valentine's Day show some love for your own heart. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/healthy-heart.asp </link> Thu, 14 Feb 2019 18:44:01 EST TV Ad: South Beach now "Keto Friendly" I got my laugh today.... South Beach is now advertising that it's "Keto Friendly". Huh?! What does that mean?? <BR> <BR> My guess is that most of the folks that are Keto probably aren't buying into too many commercial prepared products, nor are they following a prescribed program like South Beach. Compatable? Probably...but more probably just trying to snag uneducated viewers!! <BR> <BR> So this question: if you are following Keto: how many 'commercial' products do you buy, and wou... Tue, 12 Feb 2019 21:44:47 EST What is something that makes you cringe? What is a word or phrase that instantly makes your cringe? <BR> I cringe every time I hear the word bae or boo Sat, 9 Feb 2019 11:42:30 EST Would you buy it? Hi, it is CNY (Chinese New Year) season currently and it is a big festive season here in Malaysia. <BR> <BR> Everywhere, vendors are still selling snacks in bottles, hoping to cash in! <BR> <BR> My question is : is it worth the price to buy some snacks when it will all just end up expanding your waistline! And the asking prices isn't cheap either. They range from RM20 to RM28 per bottle! RM80 if you buy 3 bottles! One bottle free if you buy 6 bottles, that's 7 bottles. <BR> <BR> Yikes! Wh... Sat, 9 Feb 2019 01:01:05 EST CLOTHES TOO BIG Has anyone else ever thought there should be some kind of system on SparkPeople where people could sell their too big clothes and buy smaller ones similar to Poshmark only better? I would love to be able to sell my clothes where they could do someone some good and add a little extra cash to my pocket. <BR> <BR> Thoughts??? Thu, 7 Feb 2019 00:22:49 EST 3 things I am thankful for today. #1.) I am thankful for God giving me another day to live. <BR> #2. ) I am Thankful for my Husband who works hard. <BR> #3. ) I am Thankful for my Family who love me and does what they can to always be here for me. Mon, 4 Feb 2019 18:44:07 EST Is there a food you'd NEVER eat even if hungry? Sometimes, I think it could be worse. I could want to eat everything and anything. However, I realized I do have limits. For example, I could be extremely hungry, but I would never eat pie even if I was presented with a table full of them. Same goes for other yucky foods (to me) like anything avocado, smoothies, pudding, cooked spinach, corned beef, liver, sauerkraut, etc. The list could go on and I would rather go hungry. Do you have any foods on your YUCKY, NEVER list? Tue, 29 Jan 2019 12:22:33 EST Crazy!!! I live in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and we are experience some of the coldest weather in 25 years. Predicted actual air low temperatures are -28 and -27 F (-33.33 C/-32.77C) and we have a windchill warning.This in itself is crazy. <BR> <BR> However, there are 146 people who embarked Monday on a 135 mile race from International Falls, MN to Tower, MN. Even I draw the line at this lol! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ace-minnesota?fbclid=IwAR3xQBIzB2Ixk9o<BR>... Tue, 29 Jan 2019 06:32:23 EST Name one POSITIVE HABIT you have I have been thinking so much about routine and HABITS. It seems so easy to develop bad or unhealthy habits. I am determined to change this. I asked myself, what is one good, POSITIVE habit I have already? I suppose for me, I would say I always get a very healthy 7-8 hours of sleep each night. What is one of your good habits? Mon, 28 Jan 2019 09:03:15 EST Happy CNY!!! CNY : Chinese New Year! <BR> <BR> My Mom has purchased 6 boxes of mandarin oranges, 4 bottles of fried nacissus bulbs and several kilos of mini crispy spring rolls. As well as 2 bottles of rose shaped cracker things. <BR> <BR> I've made up my mind that this year, there will be no mindless snacking on my part. The rest of my family are welcomed to the snacks but I am determined NOT to latch on to any bottles and snack! <BR> <BR> Instead of putting on weight this CNY, I want to lose weight i... Mon, 28 Jan 2019 01:41:46 EST Regrets I still regret not looking fabulous at my sister's wedding almost three years ago. I ruined her wedding pictures! I was fat (compared to how I wanted to look) and wore the wrong thing. I'd wanted to look like a beautiful fashion blogger in part so that she could look back on her wedding happily ("My wedding was awesome and my family looked great") <BR> <BR> Well, now I just found out three of my cousins are engaged. I don't know what weddings I'll be attending. I don't think my sister will a... Sun, 27 Jan 2019 22:14:37 EST The Power of Positive People Hello, everyone! This is Melissa, a writer here at SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> We are working on an article about the importance of surrounding yourself with positive people when trying to lose weight or lead a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> We'd love to include your input/experience on this topic, if you'd like to share. <BR> <BR> How has positivity helped you? And, conversely, how have negative influences held you back? <BR> <BR> Would love to hear your story or stories. <BR> <BR> Thanks so m... Sat, 26 Jan 2019 16:29:05 EST Are You Ready to Join a Challenge? It’s cold outside, but Spring is coming! Are you ready to join a Challenge? The Biggest Loser Challenge is looking for members for it’s next Challenge starting the first week of March. The challenge consists of 11 Teams, that participate in 10 weeks of Nutritional and Fitness Challenges. These challenges can be modified to fit individual needs, allowing members of all abilities and dietary needs to participate. <BR> <BR> Here are some of the members comments written on a Survey Monkey poll:... Sat, 26 Jan 2019 16:06:32 EST Telepathy, what's the point? I would like some examples as to how telepathy has ever helped anyone... Is there any reason not to directly approach someone and talk to them face to face? Why are people ruining my life with their bullsh*t assaults? <BR> <BR> I just want to do my chakra release, which is something beautiful, and people are constantly interfering with me. When I approach them they pretend as if I'm the one who is in error or they just ignore what I said. Fri, 25 Jan 2019 17:29:34 EST Dieting and exercise but not losing like I did Since last Thanksgiving, I have made significant changes in my activity and diet. I lost 14 lbs efficiently - but then this cold snap month arrives, nada. My food intake is under 1000 cal a day and I try not to skip meals. My diet is very balanced, varied and has lots of veggies and complex carbs. I started walking this week, at least 20 to 60 min at a brisk pace, everyday. I am happy and I sleep well. <BR> <BR> However, I have held on to a morning ritual of a great cup of coffee. <BR>... Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:18:08 EST Tumeric Ad So the latest AD to popup when I try to sign in... <BR> TUMERIC -- SUPPORTS HEALTHY INFLAMMATION RESPONSE <BR> <BR> Ah...odd phrasing... I thought turmeric was supposed to reduce inflammation. Their ad makes it sound like it increases inflammation...! Perhaps some of the exaggerated supplement claims have given way to trying to get in positive vibes with "support"/ Healthy" and convincing us we need that! <BR> <BR> PS before I get slammed: I actually take Boswellia,--recommended by my Do... Wed, 23 Jan 2019 21:21:54 EST Starting a weight loss journey- I need your input! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm writing an article/blog about how to start a weight loss journey when you feel completely overwhelmed. Would you be willing to share what worked for you? What are the first few things someone can do to start heading down the right path without feeling like it's all just too much? <BR> <BR> You can post your comments here or SparkMail them to me and they might be featured in my piece that comes out next month. Thanks in advance for your help! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Tue, 22 Jan 2019 08:48:47 EST Making Headway! What have you done to make issues better for other folks trying to get ahead in their journey to be healthier? <BR> <BR> I brought my family of 7 to a salad restaurant. They liked it.! Mon, 21 Jan 2019 19:22:35 EST wanna read The Elephant in the Room with me? I'd like to read this book with others who are also on the same journey. Looking for people to discuss it with me as we read. Are you interested? <BR> You can hear an interview with the author at the link below. <BR> <img src=""> <link><BR>was-460-pounds-what-confronting-his-we<BR>ight-taught-him-about-obesity-in-americ </link> Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:33:42 EST getting in enough healthy carbs, without eating I finally got my protien up, but i can't seen to get the amount of carbs i am supposed to have in, any suggestions Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:03:54 EST Printing meal plans I really like this website but my computer does NOT! It freezes up several times while i'm trying to do things. I'm wondering if, after filling in the nutrition tracker, there's a way to print out the day's meals with the nutrition info? I think that would be helpful to me. Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:31:05 EST Clemson Tigers Invited to White House and Served McDonalds, Wendy's and Burger King <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/2019/01/14/clemson-tigers-visit-whit<BR>e-house-meet-with-trump/?noredirect=on<BR>&utm_term=.abaec6740207 </link> <BR> <BR> First off, congratulations to the Clemson Tigers for an amazing football game. <BR> <BR> Since this website is dedicated to learning to live a healthy lifestyle; I... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:28:22 EST Gut Doctor-click bait. What is the one Vegetable? I can't give in and spend the time to sit through the entire slide show from the Gut Doctor. The ad is on SparkPeople and states, "this is the one vegetable you should not eat". Is there one vegetable or is it typical click bait? Mon, 14 Jan 2019 09:16:28 EST Most active spark teams? <BR> Most of the teams I join are inactive. Any suggestions? Sat, 12 Jan 2019 18:12:34 EST How do I get a weight tracker on my spark page? <BR> I am having a hard time figuring out my weight tracker. Please help Sat, 12 Jan 2019 18:04:34 EST Have you tried to do a pay it forward in 2019? I love when you can pay it forward to someone you know or someone you just met. It seems to have a triple once it gets started. Some see by others actions. I think it is awesome on both of the give or receive. <BR> Have a great day! Fri, 11 Jan 2019 18:10:10 EST Current Food Obsession? Mine is oranges. They are SO good this time of year! Thu, 10 Jan 2019 09:52:28 EST Judged by someone with body odor! I'm a cleaner and I was doing my job in the bathroom and this grungy looking couple was glaring at me, totally judging me because of my job. I didn't want to deal with it so I left. The man totally had body odor! If you stink, you have no right to judge others. Those two didn't even look clean! <BR> Sadly, earlier another down and out looking person was treating me the same way. Incidentally, these people seem to love splashing water all over the sink. I never do that when I wash my hands so ... Wed, 9 Jan 2019 10:34:50 EST fun weight loss posters I am looking for one page fun articles / education posters to print out for work. We are doing the biggest loser challenge. We will be making a fun bulletin board to stay motivated and have a fun competition. On that board I will be putting a fun article / education poster on it. I have one about stress / nonscale victories / calories in vs out. Do you have any articles or posters that would help us out? <BR> Tue, 8 Jan 2019 12:31:55 EST Trouble sleeping? We want to hear from you! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> A writer is doing a story about sleep troubles for SparkPeople and would like to include experiences from members. If you have trouble sleeping, would you mind answering a few questions? See below: <BR> <BR> 1. What is your experience with sleep troubles (falling asleep and/or staying asleep)? When did these troubles start? <BR> <BR> 2. Have you sought out medical help? If so, what was the diagnosis? Was it linked to certain health conditions or habits? <BR> <BR> 3.... Mon, 7 Jan 2019 21:09:09 EST Paying for Premium, still seeing ads? Is anyone else having this experience? I pay monthly for premium but I still see tons of ads and pop ups and my front page has the 14 day free trial banner ad. Mon, 7 Jan 2019 15:52:11 EST Achilles Heel, Literally Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm new here and my name is Shelly. I have tried WW off and on and SP off and on. I lost 30lbs, but gained it all back. Now my goal is to lose 100 lbs by August 13, 2020, my 50th birthday. I am committed to this challenge because my weight is destroying my body. I need to exercise in order to lose, but have some physical barriers. <BR> <BR> I have inflammation of my achilles heel and some micro tears. I love walking, but when I walk long distances 2 or more miles, my in... Mon, 7 Jan 2019 15:26:26 EST Did coming out effect weight? <BR> I came out last year and I gained about 20 Mon, 7 Jan 2019 09:56:31 EST Who uses a electronic pressure cooker? I found making healthy meals quick using my multi purpose pressure cooker. No need for fast food when you can serve your family a dinner in 30 minutes for most meals. Sat, 5 Jan 2019 21:40:40 EST Want a fun way to motivate & reward your walking? I am always at a loss when trying to think of rewards for meeting goals. I had always centered them around food, which kind of defeats the purpose. And I can never really think of things to buy for myself. So I came up with a fun idea. My walking buddy and I pick a place on the map where we want to visit. I map it out on Google to determine the number of miles it would take to walk there. We then add up our daily mileage. When we reach the number of miles it would take to walk there, we get a... Sat, 5 Jan 2019 08:09:01 EST What Do you Think About Most All Day? For me it's my upcoming hiking trip. I obsess about it with my planning and now I'm starting my training. Sometimes I wonder if it's unhealthy. But I gotta do it! Thoughts thoughts thoughts! Thu, 3 Jan 2019 10:27:20 EST Why do you think people relapse? One thing I love to do is read and watch weight loss transformation stories. They give me a feeling of joy and happiness for those people and their accomplishments. I always look them up to see how they are doing NOW. More often than not, many have regained the weight and stopped their fitness programs. Like many people, I relate to that. I have transformed quite a few times. Albeit, my relapses are slow and steady over a period of years. Then, I have to start all over again. <BR> WHY DO YOU ... Wed, 2 Jan 2019 09:54:10 EST Active Spark Teams I am looking for some Spark Teams to join and noticed many of them are either inactive or almost to that point. I am tired of looking and about to give up looking for some good teams. Does anyone know of some that are pretty active? Wed, 2 Jan 2019 00:16:03 EST New Year's Resolutions! I must be more mindfull of what I eat and drink! <BR> <BR> My life depends on it as I am on dialysis! <BR> <BR> I will also exercise more regularly! <BR> <BR> What abt u? Tue, 1 Jan 2019 21:12:00 EST Accountability/F Friends/Motivation Good Morning!!! Happy December 27th everyone!! I hope the holiday treated you well and you were all blessed!! <BR> <BR> I am looking for friends here that share the same goals I get healthy and take back my life!! I have over 100+ pounds to lose and I am in my early 30s. I have a desk job as well from 9-5 Mon-Fri. <BR> <BR> I also would love to find someone that I can help motivate but they also help motivate me; you all know that we hit the wall and sometimes forget how to climb t... Thu, 27 Dec 2018 09:56:06 EST Posture Check Whether you are sitting or standing check your posture. Words of wisdom I learned from my grandparents. If you are just starting out with an exercise program exercises the effect the posture would be a good place to start. Once you have proper posture everything else seems to fall into place Fri, 21 Dec 2018 13:11:21 EST Did You Make Any New Years Resolutions? New Years Day would come and go and so would my resolutions. So I changed my strategy years ago and started at the beginning of December when I quit smoking and started exercising. The transformation was remarkable. I had more energy and a more positive outlook I did more bike riding, swimming, and jogging. Resisting the negative forces gets positive results Mon, 17 Dec 2018 19:16:25 EST Changing plan to diabetic plan How do u change it? Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:05:47 EST Diabetic How do I change my spark page diet to diabetes diet? Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:03:51 EST Can you keep good eating habits during the Holiday I will certainly try! Mon, 17 Dec 2018 10:14:00 EST What are your 2019 goals? We want to know: What is YOUR goal for 2019? We are working on a goals list to share with our members. Thanks for sharing! Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:44:56 EST How To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain I have discovered a new strategy for avoiding holiday weight gain. Have a friend you haven't seen for a few months make the following comment,"Have you gained weight?" <BR> <BR> I must also mention that this comment involves a men are from mars and women are from venus situation. After I asked my friend if he was telling me I was fat, he replied,"NO. I meant it as a compliment". he said I looked better than when he last saw me. I mentioned to him that even if he meant it as a compliment, too... Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:12:28 EST MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!! It's December!!! Which means Christmas is coming soon!!!! <BR> <BR> I have a Christmas church party this Saturday and Christmas carolling on Sunday!!! <BR> <BR> I may also have a high tea on Friday! <BR> <BR> I will really have to control myself those 3 days or I'll be in trouble with the dialysis nurses come Monday!!! sigh!! <BR> <BR> I am meeting a friend for lunch on Monday too! <BR> <BR> Fun! Fun! Fun! <BR> <BR> On Tuesday, I also may have family trip to Genting Highlands to see th... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 01:21:04 EST Exercise when sick Hi guys! I have a question about exercising when you are sick. What do you do? I have a cold and can't go to the gym. What are some things I could do at home instead for even just 10 minutes? Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:59:33 EST How many pounds/kg until you hit your goal? Last December I decided to get serious about losing weight, and am 40 pounds down so far! It occurred to me today, I only have 15 more pounds to go until I hit the original goal I set for myself. Will I be happy staying at the goal weight? I’m not sure. I just figured I’ll know if I’m ready to maintain when I get there, or if I’ll want to do more work. <BR> <BR> So I wanted to know, where is everyone else? Do you think you’ll be happy at your goal, or will you also need to figure out how muc... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 01:38:37 EST Late night snacks? My late night snack usually turns into a feast BUT lately I've been enjoying mini chocolate chips for something sweet, or carrots & hummus if I want something salty. What do you like? Sun, 9 Dec 2018 16:32:19 EST Spark People Emails I didn't receive a single email from SP today, and I usually get many. Is there something wrong on SP's end? <BR> <BR> Diana Sat, 8 Dec 2018 19:14:15 EST How often should the scale move? So, I do check my weight every morning when I get up. For the last 2 days, I haven't even lost a ounce. I'm stuck! I exercise everyday in some fashion, whether it be walking, cardio dvd, or weights, I stay moving. I've completely change my diet and feel better for it but it would be nice to see the scale continuously move a little. It would help keep me motivated better. <BR> <BR> Is this a normal thing or should I do something different? <BR> <BR> Thanks, Wendy Fri, 7 Dec 2018 13:55:54 EST Have you started/finished your Christmas shopping? Hopefully, I have bought the last of about 15 gifts! Now the hard part, the wrapping to start tonight. Thu, 6 Dec 2018 11:17:09 EST He has Dementia and I am eating my way through it Is there a message board for caregivers for dementia patients? I am caring for my husband who was diagnosed last year, and every dispute sends me to kitchen. Some days are wonderful and others are dreadful. Thu, 29 Nov 2018 12:45:46 EST Trouble saving exercise minutes from Start page Hi, I am having trouble saving minutes from the start page. The button seems to be in the wrong place. Is it just me? Wed, 28 Nov 2018 11:36:13 EST Do you give money to the Salvation Army? It's that time of year again, seeing the Salvation Army red bucket bell ringer volunteers outside malls and grocery stores. I used to throw in a few bucks until last year. In passing, I saw the worker pocketing some money. It might have been harmless, but it looked kind of suspicious to me. <BR> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 12:33:49 EST How do you find ways to love your body? Hi Sparkers! I'm working on an article about "How to Learn to Love Your Body a Little More Every Day." I would LOVE to include your tips for how you find ways to love/appreciate your body, despite your goals for change. Feel free to respond to this post, or send an email to <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> Melissa Fri, 23 Nov 2018 23:31:20 EST Happy Thanksgiving!!! Hi, friends! <BR> <BR> A little ecard for ya! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d1ccdf376da9301695bf6b04bcdb7ec563e6b8<BR>70e/5c476df5 </link> <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Elaine Thu, 22 Nov 2018 08:38:25 EST CDC warns of e.coli danger with Romaine Lettuce Nov 20 <BR> Don't eat romaine lettuce, CDC urges amid E. coli concerns <BR> <link><BR>e-lettuce-e-coli-cdc/index.html </link> <BR> <BR> just my luck, I've been eating it all this week.... <em>39</em> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:56:14 EST new here and mostly ignorant I am 81 yrs old and was diagnosed with hypothroidism in August of this yr (2018) I had been loosing weight for months mainly due to not being able to eat much and not at all late in day.I get so much gas that builds up in my chest that I can barely breathe and sometimes think I wont be able to get another breath. lots of anxiety and sometimes panic attacks, have lots of stress and worry constantly.Of course stress makes everything much worse but cant seem to stop it. Most times I will only g... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:46:37 EST Spending Thanksgiving Home or Away? Away. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:05:09 EST Are you drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily Yes and additional liquids Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:49:13 EST Do you make presents for others? I have been working on sewing presents for family/friends. I was wondering how many others make their presents instead of buying them. Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:14:53 EST Odd But Healthy Habits? In your journey to a healthier you, have you developed any unusual habits to try and stay healthy? I am not talking the standard exercise for whatever amount of time or the consumption of more fruits and vegetables and healthy fats. I am talking souped up habits but still healthy? What caused you to do it? <BR> <BR> My example is that I jog in place at the elevator at work if I am the only one riding it. (I have bad osteoarthritis so taking the stairs too much causes pain.) I started doing t... Sat, 3 Nov 2018 07:25:29 EST THANK YOU CHRIS DOWNEY/ SPARKGUY I wanr to thank Spark Guy for helping and inspiring us! <BR> Thank you for giving us this website!!! Tue, 30 Oct 2018 00:07:02 EST Are You Dieting During The Holidays? Yes Fri, 26 Oct 2018 12:57:51 EST Beans & Rice My new go to. There is a lot you can do with them!! Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:50:56 EST How to get respect? I get no respect. I know I need to lose 20 lbs (i've already lost 13lbs this year) . And even though I have bad hair days regularly, don't live in a Pinterest home,earn less than six figures,don't have a college degree and never know the "right" things to talk about I should still get some respect. People just throw respect at everyone else. How can I get respect? Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:32:01 EST What Advice Changed Your Life? We want to know!! What advice or words or wisdom turned things around for you? Sun, 7 Oct 2018 15:38:04 EST Halloween Pumpkins Do you buy pumpkins to display on your front stoop? Carve or paint them? <BR> Roast the pumpkin seeds or bake pies or muffins? <em>764</em> <BR> <BR> Each year I toss them out when they become too soft <em>764</em> <em>774</em> <em>771</em> <em>471</em> Wed, 3 Oct 2018 15:24:45 EST Any other Disney World or Disneyland fans? Just wondering if there are any other Disney parks fans out there! We don't live in Florida or California, but we try to go at least once every few years. I am in my 40's and probably enjoy it more than the kids. :) (at least, as much as the kids) I even use these trips to try to keep up my fitness and health goals. Sooooo many steps! Wed, 3 Oct 2018 13:29:10 EST Name One Thing You are THANKFUL for today I planted Morning Glories early in the summer. They didn't turn out well. The only good thing that happened is they produced seeds. I planted those seeds and this second generation is going crazy. I am THANKFUL for them. They make me smile every morning. :-) <img src=""> Wed, 3 Oct 2018 09:09:50 EST Poll: What makes a SparkTeam great? I'm a long time member of SparkPeople, but I drifted away for awhile (years) and coming back I see lots of changes/additions to the ways people can communicate with each other on SP. I'm used to interactions being based on SparkTeams, but now there is the team walls, the community feed, and the forums (which were here, but I didn't use much back then). <BR> <BR> Coming back to SP, it seems that any of the SparkTeams I was on are mostly dead or low attendance (and before going to look at what... Sun, 30 Sep 2018 01:08:54 EST I love Spark because? I love that Spark is here whenever I come back and the out pouring of support! Sun, 23 Sep 2018 11:44:00 EST What Do You Do When In A Funk? I do something good for someone else. Sat, 22 Sep 2018 21:40:53 EST Does anyone else do this? I log my whole day of food under the same meal. I hate logging 🤨? so I just list everything for the day. Numbers are numbers, and it works out for me. Does anyone else do this, or do you break it up by meals...? Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:34:10 EST What is your favorite snack? This is mine...fresh berries! Thu, 6 Sep 2018 10:28:09 EST When you're not "the fat friend" anymore Anyone else see subtle changes in their relationships when the weight starts coming off? People who always seemed to bring up body and weight issues 'incidentally' in conversion don't anymore - and when I make a reference to my journey they change the subject. <BR> <BR> I have a dear friend who is like a sister to me. She would never shame me, but when mutual friends had bariatric surgery she would talk about it a lot to me, mention how well they were doing, etc. She was very public in suppo... Thu, 30 Aug 2018 08:44:00 EST How was your workout today? How was your workout today? And what helps you have a great workout? <BR> <BR> Mine was great. Leg and shoulder day.. yes I said great and leg day in the same sentence. LOL.. <BR> I find I have better workouts when I have a good music playlist. <BR> Helps me stay motivated throughout my workout. . Wed, 22 Aug 2018 16:19:50 EST Does anyone do mushrooms for Winter? I love mushrooms. I try to salt them, or marinade them. But I do not have recipes. I do use too much salt. Does anyone do mushrooms? <BR> thanks. Wed, 22 Aug 2018 15:09:48 EST Do you hula hoop? Anyone interested in hula hooping or would like to learn more? Come join Hula Hoop for Fun & Fitness team. We are starting a new challenge on Monday. Come by and check us out. <link><BR>groups_individual.asp?gid=69739 </link> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:01:44 EST coke Is anyone struggling to give up Coke---which in the south, covers all soft drinks? I am struggling with it. <BR> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:55:41 EST What makes you admire the people you know? Just curious about that. Sun, 17 Jun 2018 22:16:07 EST Would you ever go to the movies alone? I sometimes go to the cinema alone. My friends don't always have the same interests as me, so, sometimes I have to go alone. <BR> <BR> I don't consider myself a loner and I don't feel sorry for myself. I just happen to enjoy my own company. My friends have different schedules that make meeting up hard sometimes. <BR> <BR> I take walks at the neighborhood park when the weather is fine and I chat with the neighbors so I am not a loner. <BR> <BR> Just wondering. Must you have company to do ev... Sun, 17 Jun 2018 09:40:55 EST Do you prefer a short or long blog? Which and why? Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:12:12 EST Do you think prescription drugs cause weight gain or do they just increase appetite? causing you to eat more and gain weight. Or make you feel lethargic? ie..exercising moving less <BR> IMO I don't think they cause you to lose or gain, although it may influence your habits and behavior. Weight loss is basic calories in minus calories out no matter what, right? Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:08:38 EST WHY do you think we SELF SABOTAGE??? Like so many of us, I am so guilty of self sabotage. I started my new health regime 2 1/2 months ago. I couldn't be happier. I have lost weight; I feel great; I notice major differences in my body. Then, this past week I did everything imaginable to squash my own success. I know I am not alone. Why do you think we do this?????????????? Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:01:06 EST What do you do to relieve daily stress? I use deep breathing and self hypnosis. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:41:31 EST What is age appropriate workout attire? At 70, I still dress for workout like I did at 30. As a fit lady of advanced years, should I dress differently? I have been told by several that my way of dressing is age inappropriate. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:37:47 EST What Do You Like To Buy At Dollar Tree? I did buy all of my flavored coffee at Dollar Tree. The flavored coffee was delicious and I could not complain at a buck a bag. However, the store stopped shelving it. I can buy the flavored coffee at, but would have to pay for 24 bags at once (a crate). I cannot afford. <BR> <BR> I do like to buy their boxes of tea bags. A box of black tea bags is 100 tea bags in a box for a buck! <BR> <BR> Then, I like to buy craft supplies there. <BR> <BR> I like to use coupons the... Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:40:20 EST TAP water or BOTTLED water? Do you drink from the tap or do you pay for bottled water? Just curious. Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:40:19 EST How do you make time to declutter? This is huge for me. There's a lot of clutter in my home. I've had to pass on workouts before to work on it. How do you live a healthy life and have a clean home? Sun, 1 Apr 2018 18:38:20 EST Do buy/eat Easter or Passover Treats? Those Russel Stover white chocolate bunnies are so so tempting. Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:49:30 EST Do you like to cook. I love cooking and making my own recipes. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:46:38 EST How Do YOU Get Out Of A Funk? I am in a funk today. Any pointers on how to feel better? Sat, 10 Mar 2018 13:10:01 EST What do you like in your omelets? BESIDES EGGS what do you like in your omelets? Wed, 21 Feb 2018 04:57:50 EST Keep it positive- what are you grateful for today? I'm grateful to be alive Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:13:26 EST Pet Peeves Come on now! We all have them. <BR> <BR> Mine are people who grunt, groan and slurp while they eat. It drives me <BR> ba na nas. I definitely couldn't watch any eating shows on the tubey place. They add moaning to their grunting, groaning and slurping. <BR> <BR> People who are perfect and love to rub our noses in it. Remind us every chance they get how perfectly, perfect they are in their perfection. <BR> <BR> So what are yours. This is your safe space to rant away! Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:28:30 EST Do You Clip Coupons? Yes. I like to save money any way I can, especially if it is food. Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:42:04 EST Do You Buy Expensive or Thrift Clothes? Thrift. <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:35:07 EST Favorite Salad Goodies What are your favorite salad toppings or salad recipes? <BR> <BR> My DH and I enjoy a bed of spinach or lettuce, but I would like ideas for what to top it with. Some of our staples are: <BR> <BR> Eggs <BR> Cheese <BR> Sunflower Seeds <BR> Pumpkin Seeds <BR> Flax Seeds <BR> Tomatoes <BR> Turkey bacon <BR> Black beans Fri, 5 Jan 2018 10:28:29 EST For ONE week, I RESOLVE TO...(finish the sentence) I was reading statistics on New Year's Resolutions and did you know that 27.4% of people do not make it through the first week! Really! Over a quarter of the people who make resolutions admit to quitting within the week... that's quite a few... and kinda sad. So then I started thinking, what if I had some resolutions that were only meant for ONE week? That's not a ton of pressure, right? If I knew I had to only do something for seven days, I could probably handle it! So besides my bigger reso... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 13:50:16 EST When did you become overweight? And, was there a trigger event that started the weight gain? (i.e. Age 23 after having a child or after receiving an injury.) <BR> <BR> Share your story! Thu, 28 Dec 2017 02:23:21 EST When I reach my goal weight I am going too ... How are you going to celebrate when you reach your goal weight? <BR> We work so hard to reach our goal weight; there should be a big celebration with healthy food and a dance party Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:15:47 EST Colored or White lights? Which do you prefer on your Christmas tree and/or home. I'm a colored lights kind of girl and honestly I think it sort of depends on what kind you had growing up. <BR> <BR> How do you feel about icicle lights? Are they out of style? And what about the little thing you stake in the ground that project the lights on you house? Or the blow up figures you put on your lawn? <BR> <BR> I leave for work while it still dark outside and I really enjoy ALL of the lights I'm just curious what you fol... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:46:02 EST Advice, on how to stay focus ? Mind wonders So yesterday i wanted to pass a journal on my computer, i could have finished in 2 hours but it took me 5 hours after that i felt frustrated ,drained. et.c <BR> <BR> When i try to do something fast or better(improve) my mind wonders from the point A to B,C <BR> <BR> I become too conscious on my movement and i lack of awareness and that gets me really irritated even though i don't quit i hate those feelings because i can't move on with my life i am stacked. <BR> <BR> So any ideas how to s... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 03:30:32 EST Do you enjoy counting calories? I am pretty addicted to knowing my calorie intake and sparkpeople makes it so easy to track with my phone or computer. I realized today that I don't always enjoy it unless I hit a low number which I am able to do using the HMR shakes. <BR> It's just become a good habit... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 22:05:07 EST Who made you laugh out loud and why? My hubby commenting a cat :) Tue, 24 Oct 2017 06:32:34 EST What's your favorite scrape-together healthy meal? When there is virtually nothing in the cupboard, and you are unable to run out to shop, what do you do to pull together a meal that conforms to your sparkpeople plan? <BR> <BR> Today I had some packaged ramen noodles and some left-over cauliflower and will be pulling together the 5th of the following recipes to bring to work:<BR>cipes/10-healthy-ramen-noodle-recipes/<BR>slide/1 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:21:57 EST Do you watch soap operas? I love the shows Days Of Our Lives and General Hospital. Do you watch any soap operas? If so, which ones? Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:55:08 EST What's your favorite TV show to watch? Do you have any favorite TV shows or shows on Netflix that you watch? If so what are they? Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:52:43 EST Is this a new world record? Today my 5 team bonus spins totalled 124. Beat that somebody! Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:45:53 EST Do You have a Part Time Job ? According to this survey from YAHOO news, 44 million Americans have a full time job and a part time job. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urvey-44000000-americans-side-hustle-1<BR>44652229.html </link> <BR> <BR> I'm one of the 44 million. I have a day job and a part time job working as a personal trainer. I'll bet there are plenty of Spark peeps who work more than one job for the extra money or personal pleasure. <BR> <BR> There has to be a barista or two out th... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:35:20 EST Ever purchased something you regretted buying? I bought a handbag but after using it for a few months, I found it to be too small. I bought a 2nd handbag and this time I'm happy with it because I feel it's the perfect size and I love it soooooo much. <BR> <BR> But I can't help feeling that I wasted money on the first bag. It seemed like a good purchase at that time but it was too small! <BR> <BR> I have to be wiser in my spending as I don't earn much! <BR> <BR> What about you? Ever bought something then regretted buying it? Sun, 25 Jun 2017 04:18:24 EST What are your favorite podcasts? Why? I discovered podcasts with the Serial story from This American Life. I was mesmerized by that one, but I didn't appreciate what a shocking effect a podcast could have until I listened to their second season, S Town. Now I can't get enough of them. They're fascinating and so unique from another. Here are a few I've thoroughly enjoyed: <BR> Katie Couric (I felt like I was in the kitchen w/ her and the Barefoot Contessa); <BR> You Must Remember This (stories from Hollywood's first century -... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:48:55 EST What helps if you're having trouble sleeping? I get really tired at night but I can't seem to fall asleep...any suggestions on how to go to sleep? Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:32:18 EST Have you ever been called fat? yesterday while drinking, my husband called me fat and it really hurt my feelings <BR> <BR> When I called him on it the next day (he didn't even remember saying it), he was just like, "well it only upsets you because it's true. do something about it or get over it." <BR> <BR> I don't think he meant to hurt my feelings when he said it the first time. It just popped out after I mentioned that if I have too many drinks, I'm gonna get fat <BR> (then he was like, "you're already fat) and didn'... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 17:59:01 EST Which type of scales do you use? Electronic or not I am using an electronic scale right now- I have a normal one too but that shows me less... I am not sure which to believe! Sun, 4 Jun 2017 14:30:29 EST Wrist circumference and body frame size? I've always been self conscious about my wrists. I think they are to thick. According to, you can determine your body frame size measuring your wrist with a tape measure and using this chart: <BR> <BR> Women: <BR> <BR> Height under 5'2" <BR> Small = wrist size less than 5.5" <BR> Medium = wrist size 5.5" to 5.75" <BR> Large = wrist size over 5.75" <BR> <BR> Height 5'2" to 5' 5" <BR> Small = wrist size less than 6" <BR> Medium = wrist size 6" to 6.25" <BR> Large = wrist size... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 11:59:58 EST Recording what you eat - once a day or every time? Hello All - I'm curious for those of you who are successful at recording everything you eat every day, do you record every time you eat something or wait til the end of the day, or something in between? What works for you? And how do you remind yourself to record? Sun, 2 Apr 2017 11:21:39 EST Do You weigh everyday? I had always thought it was not good to weigh every day because weight can fluctuate but I've only been back with Spark for 11 day and so far weighing everyday is keeping me focused. Soooooo, I think I'll keeping weighing everyday until the plateau comes (which is probably a ways off since I am more than 100 lbs over my healthy weight!) Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:45:55 EST What are you grateful for today? What are you grateful for today? <BR> I am grateful for being quietly at home to recover from my accident last week- I fell and dislocated my knee but evaded surgery- something else to be grateful for ! <BR> <em>239</em> 'Kat <em>661</em> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:24:54 EST What are your reasons for losing weight? I've been told by my PA that my reason for losing weight is not motivating me. She said this because I've not been motivated enough to do what I need to do for good results. The reason I gave her was I wanted to lose it for my health which is true, but she's right. Apparently, I need more to motivate me which sounds silly, I know. <BR> <BR> I suffer from depression. I'm functional and being treated, but I have trouble with motivation for a lot of things. Losing weight and getting healthy is ... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 17:48:17 EST What is your favorite breakfast? I have found that I do best if I have a solid, protein packed breakfast in the morning. I am trying to shake it up a bit -- what are your go-to breakfasts? Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:36:58 EST Are you happy with your progress? How long have you been working on your goals? Is this your first time taking a stance on your health/first go on SP? How are you feeling about your progress? <BR> <BR> So many of us are at different points of our journey, just wondering where everyone is and how they're feeling about it!? I'll admit, this is my 7th go around on SP. I'm one of those who knows the exact equation of what it takes to be successful, AM successful, then stop SP and quit working at it. That being said, I restarted ... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 22:47:10 EST Do you have a cheat day? Why or why not? If you do, do you go indulge a bit, or do you still watch what you eat? Sun, 17 Apr 2016 11:45:02 EST How do you normally take your coffee? I normaly have just instant coffee and creamer. I only add sugar like once a week. I am lazy to brew coffee from grounds. I normally take those prepackaged coffee sticks/packets. <BR> <BR> What abt you? Wed, 17 Feb 2016 05:12:18 EST Do you have your own garden? If you have your own garden, share which vegetables and plants you have. If not, and you've thought of doing your own gardening, what veggies and herbs do you have in mind that you just gotta have! <BR> <BR> Yum! <BR> <BR> Sun, 25 Oct 2015 15:00:49 EST How did you start your day??? Well, not a very good start for me unfortunately. I started my day with a walk, after breakfast of course, and the end of my walk is on a busy street. I all of a sudden see a small black dog on the side walk, it saw me of course and darted in the street, luckily the car was able to stop enough not to totally run it over, but the poor thing got its leg broken. Me being an animal lover, stupidly went to go get it out of the road and got bit, but not too bad. So I took off my jacket and wrappe... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 14:58:08 EST What's your favorite pizza? Does anyone have any great pizza recipes or a favorite take-out, delivery or bake-at-home variety that they LOVE? <BR> <BR> My favorite is a gluten free pizza made from scratch at a local restaurant. I always have mushrooms and cheese on it. I only go there once in a blue moon, but it's a huge treat. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 09:27:03 EST What do you do with your grey hairs? Do you splurge and go to a salon or do you do it yourself with Pharmacy bought color? Is your hair long or short? Don't you agree that long hair is more messy and difficult to color yourself? Mine is about shoulder length and already I feel that coloring it myself is one big mess, so I have no choice but to save up and go to a salon. <BR> <BR> I will need time to save up though, planning on a cut, color and treatment somewhere during Christmas or maybe the beginning of next year. Thinking of... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 02:19:28 EST Do you drink alcohol and still lose weight ? I've lost 35 pounds with SP by mainly limiting the amount of alcohol I drink. I have alcohol-free streaks - my longest being 107 days over the holidays last year. I've found that when I go for weeks or months without alcohol - the weight just comes off naturally. And then if I slip for a couple days - the weight comes back on quickly. <BR> <BR> Recently I've read "How to Change Your Drinking - a Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol" by Kenneth Anderson. Discovered I had been following his ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:24:49 EST How often do you weigh yourself? I weigh myself every morning. I don't know if I think I lose weight in my sleep. But it is an habit that I have. Can I enter my weight changes each morning? The weight tracker says to enter it in weekly. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 09:36:03 EST Coffee Bliss Thank goodness coffee is only a couple calories. I don't know what I'd do if it was more. Thank you food gods! <em>304</em> Sat, 9 Feb 2013 14:33:02 EST So, this is a cybercafe, what'll it be? I'll have a black coffee and a pain au chocolat. No calories of course, since it's all virtual. <BR> <BR> Next order please? Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:32:56 EST What do you drink most frequently during the day? For me, various types of herb tea. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:22:09 EST What book are you reading? I am listening to The Poet by Michael Connelly. Fri, 29 Oct 2010 16:07:08 EST