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  • Family constantly nagging me to lose weight, it's making things worse?

    Hi,

    I'm 19 and overweight, have been all my life. I'm currently 115kg (5'4" tall). I realise this is really bad, and will affect my health should it continue. Recently my family have all been nagging me about it and it's really getting to me. Obviously they have my best interests at heart and are trying to help, but I've politely explained to them that it's not helping at all and instead is making me eat more because it depresses me. However they're not stopping. Bear in mind, my mother is heavier than me and can hardly walk up a flight of stairs yet has wine and chocolate every night. My father is a diabetic who won't take his medicine and refuses to change his diet. My brother was heavier than me but due to a growth spurt and the fact that he's taken up smoking(!!!) has done really well and lost it all.

    I have a fairly healthy diet; don't eat chips/crisps, sugary drinks, excessive carbs, etc. I do love chocolate but have it only every 2-3 days or so. I am going the gym 4 times a week and my job involves me being on my feet all day carrying 15kg bags, so considering how heavy I am I'm actually fairly fit. Yet still they nag me, making a fuss of trying to hide chocolate from me and judging me every time I eat.

    It's getting me to the point of tears. I want to scream and cry and just disappear when they comment on it. Obviously I don't, but it's really eating away at me (pardon the pun) and making me very unhappy. Advice or support would be appreciated! x

    2 AnswersFamily7 years ago
  • What is the best tablet?

    I need something that is:

    -Light enough to carry around all day

    -Reasonable battery life

    -Under 200 UK pounds

    -Able to take notes on from university lectures

    Thanks!

    2 AnswersLaptops & Notebooks7 years ago
  • What tablet would you recommend for me?

    Hiya!

    I'm looking for some recommendations/advice on various tablets that would suit my situation. I have a Toshiba laptop which I've dropped a few too many times - it still goes, but it's infuriatingly slow, as very heavy. I'm starting uni in a couple of weeks and need something that

    -is light enough to carry around all day

    -is relatively fast fir simple internet/wifi use

    -doesn't need recharging more than once daily

    -can be used to record notes from lectures

    -isn't too expensive. I'm looking at spending 100-200 UK pounds.

    A bit of background info:

    I like listening to music but this isn't really necessary

    I won't need to use it for taking photos

    I won't be playing games/using apps on it

    I won't be going on facebook much

    Thank you in advance :)

    2 AnswersPDAs & Handhelds7 years ago
  • Red Jewel Cichlid in a community tank!?

    Hi,

    I work in a pet shop and recently had a customer come in telling me about her tank. It's a tropical community with neons, platys, cories etc as well as, in her words, a 'chicklid'. I love it when people call them chicklids :D Anyway, I asked her to show me a picture, thinking it must be a German ram or something but sure enough there's a great big Red Jewel cichlid sitting happily under a fake log. She said she's had it for years, and it's never once attacked or eaten any of her other fish. I was amazed.

    Has anybody else kept them successfully like this?

    9 AnswersFish7 years ago
  • Help! Question for cat breeders?

    Hi, I'm looking for some advice from a cat breeder or anybody who has experience with pregnant cats.

    My cat is about 1 month pregnant, or so we think (her scan is booked for later this week so it's not actually defnite that she is yet). She is a healthy 2 year old, this will be her first litter. The stud was a carefully chosen, healthy male ragdoll, she is a birman cross. As I said we aren't sure for definite if she is actually pregnant because she hasn't been scanned yet, but her tummy is growing a little and she's sleeeping a lot more so she appears to be. Her vet check is booked for later this week to make sure everything is going well, but we've noticed that for the past couple of days she has been meowing constantly. She doesn't seem to be in pain, she has gone of her food a bit and is quite needy for attention. She's definitely agitated, and the meowing does seem to be trying to tell us something (cat people will agree, there's a difference between a relaxed meow and a 'trying to get your attention meow).

    My question is, is it normal for pregnant queens to behave like this in there 4th week, or is it a sign that something isn't right? We've wondered if she's miscarrying, or if it's just the amount of hormones confusing her. Please put my mind at rest, I can't stand to see her so agitated :(

    3 AnswersCats7 years ago
  • Is this tank overstocked?

    Hi all,

    Just wanting some opinions on whether or not this is overstocked please!

    Tank: Juwel Vision 180 (approx 180 litres)

    Temp: 27C

    Layout: some densely planted areas with swimming space in between, driftwood, a couple of rocks. Quite a bit of water movement due to Juwel filter + very strong air pump giving plenty of circulation. Substrate is fine, smooth gravel.

    Intending to keep:

    4 German blue rams (2 males, 2 females. I've created a clearly separate territory for each pair)

    15 Neon tetras

    6 Otocinclus catfish

    5 Kubotai loaches (will grow very slowly, I will probably upgrade to a 4ft tank for these guys within a couple of years)

    1 Bristlenose pleco

    1 Zebra pleco

    PLUS I would love a pair of Angels or small discus (there's sadly a lot of stunted discus around here that need saving) but do you think that would be too much?

    I know it is pushing it on stock levels but I've got a fair bit of experience so can keep a very close eye on things. What do you all think?

    3 AnswersFish7 years ago
  • Should I get this cockatiel?

    It's a long story sorry, so I'll try to compact it as much as possible!

    About 2 years ago I got a hand-raised budgie and called her 'Nana. I had her for about 18 months and absolutely doted on her. She spent hours on my shoulder, I could always make time for her no matter how busy I was and she was honestly the best pet ever. She died 4 days before Christmas, we suspect it was a genetic issue or an internal tumour because she was the picture of health, gorgeous shiny feathers, healthy eyes, healthy droppings, normal behaviour and everything. There was no warning and I was devastated.

    My mum tried to cheer me up and persuaded me to buy 2 more budgies. It was the wrong thing to do, it felt too soon but she meant well and I was easily persuaded because 'Nana's mate was missing her too and I didn't like to see him so upset. Well I never really bonded with them, because they were very much bird-orientated and didn't like cuddles like 'Nana had. As a result I only rarely get them out of the cage (though it is a big cage). So all the time I've had them I've been looking after them well, caring for them as it's my responsibility to do so but I've never enjoyed them and if anything they make me sad because they make me miss 'Nana.

    Then a couple of days ago we got a handraised cockatiel in the place where I work. He/she is lovely, though I haven't had the chance to get it out the cage yet. But I can't stop thinking about it. I was thinking I could find a place with an aviary to give my budgies too so they can have more chance to fly around and stretch their wings and I could have the cockatiel instead. (It's not like we've never had a handraised cockatiel in the store before, but this is the first one that I've made a connection with, cheesy as it sounds)

    But then I think, is the same thing just going to happen again?

    Advice?

    5 AnswersBirds7 years ago
  • Is it worth applying for a manager's position for 3 months?

    Ok, so I can't decide what's best here and would like to hear the opinions of a bunch of strangers for some guidance :D Sorry there's so much to read!

    I've been working in a retail shop since Christmas and in that 9 months we have been through 7 managers and 50% of the remaining staff have resigned. The place is a shambles. Our latest assistant manager started last monday and resigned 5 days later, leaving the current manager desperate for somebody to just take the job and help him out.

    I'm on a gap year and will be leaving for uni in december, but he's asked if I'm interested in the job until then. He's not *offered* it to me, just casually mentioned it to see my reaction.

    Everybody leaves because they can't cope with the stress levels here. I'm used to it now, I've been through the stage of thinking about leaving, and learnt to cope with things how they are. However I'm only 18 and this is my first job, so I guess I'm kind of worried they'll just laugh at the idea.

    On the job description, it does ask for some management experience, which I don't have much of obviously. Although in the past few weeks he's been leaving me in charge as 'manager on duty' on his days off, and he's given me the security code/taught me how to do the cash handling procedures and other things that the assistant manager would usually do.

    My question is, do you think it's worth me applying for the job, but telling them i can only do it for 3 months? Pro's: Might ease the stress on the team, looks great on my CV, better pay, experience and development.

    Con's: More responsibility, will be leaving so soon, might worsen the stress, I might mess things up.

    If you've read this far. thanks :) Now tell me what you think!

    1 AnswerPolls & Surveys7 years ago
  • Should I apply for this job?!?

    Ok, so I can't decide what's best here and would like to hear the opinions of a bunch of strangers for some guidance :D Sorry there's so much to read!

    I've been working in a retail shop since Christmas and in that 9 months we have been through 7 managers and 50% of the remaining staff have resigned. The place is a shambles. Our latest assistant manager started last monday and resigned 5 days later, leaving the current manager desperate for somebody to just take the job and help him out.

    I'm on a gap year and will be leaving for uni in december, but he's asked if I'm interested in the job until then. He's not *offered* it to me, just casually mentioned it to see my reaction.

    Everybody leaves because they can't cope with the stress levels here. I'm used to it now, I've been through the stage of thinking about leaving, and learnt to cope with things how they are. However I'm only 18 and this is my first job, so I guess I'm kind of worried they'll just laugh at the idea.

    On the job description, it does ask for some management experience, which I don't have much of obviously. Although in the past few weeks he's been leaving me in charge as 'manager on duty' on his days off, and he's given me the security code/taught me how to do the cash handling procedures and other things that the assistant manager would usually do.

    My question is, do you think it's worth me applying for the job, but telling them i can only do it for 3 months? Pro's: Might ease the stress on the team, looks great on my CV, better pay, experience and development.

    Con's: More responsibility, will be leaving so soon, might worsen the stress, I might mess things up.

    If you've read this far. thanks :) Now tell me what you think!

    2 AnswersOther - Careers & Employment7 years ago
  • Would this be ok for keeping a single Jack Dempsey?

    Hi all,

    Quick question for the cichlid fans: I'm not a total beginner to fish and have kept goldfish, 3 different tropical communities, and even a marine tank for a short time. Have never given cichlids a go but been thinking of it recently and even more so now that I'm able to get a young Electric Blue Jack Dempsey for a good price. He/she is around 8cm long (definitely past the 3" mark that I've read is when they tend to die easily) and eating well. I've only got a 2ft tank free at the minute but would either upgade or move him to a friend's large cichlid tank once he's outgrown it.

    My question is this: is a 2ft tank ok for keeping a JD this size for now? How quickly do they grow/how soon would I need to upgrade? Is it ok to keep one, maybe with a few dither fish? Would a pair ofelectric yellows be more suitable to these circumstances?

    Cheers,

    Eikaa

    2 AnswersFish7 years ago
  • Guys, answer honestly. Would you rather date a plus-sized confident woman or an insecure supermodel?

    I recently heard that in a study, 78% of guys prefer the former, which would make my day if it were true haha :D

    However, this could just be a made up statistic! So, let's see if it's true.

    10 Points for best answer!

    11 AnswersPolls & Surveys7 years ago
  • 10 points! Where can I buy worming tablets (for humans)?

    I work with puppies and kittens every day, lots of them are from the SPCA and are infested with intestinal worms when we get them. I'd like to start taking worming tablets every now and then to make sure I don't get them myself. Are they available in a chemist's or does it require a doctor's visit? (I live in New Zealand)

    2 AnswersInfectious Diseases7 years ago
  • I have PCOS. Advice on the pill?

    Hi all,

    I was diagnosed with PCOS at 16, I'm now 18. I've been trying to lose weight but you know how it goes...if anything I've gained a couple of kilos as I no longer have a compulsory 30 minute walk up a steep hill to school each morning. I have however improved my eating habits (smaller portions, low carbs, high veg/protein etc) and now have a job where I am on my feet all day and often carrying 15kg bags. Either way, much to my disappointment, the symptoms are getting worse and I can't remember the last time I had a period. Must have had at least one this year but definitely not for a few months. Also the horrific hair on my chin isn't going anywhere fast (worst.symptom.ever!) and my self confidence is pretty much non-existent :( My parents keep suggesting to go on the pill treatment. When I was first diagnosed, the doctor mentioned this treatment to me but I said I'd rather lose the weight first, and even after all this time failing to lose any weight I just HATE the idea of the pill. It's not like I've heard horror stories about it (though I'm sure there are some lying around on google) but I just have a very strong gut feeling to not even consider it. This is frustrating my parents as whenever they bring it up I can't help but snap a bit and try to change the conversation. I've done a bit of reading up on it, but no matter how everyone tells me it's help out I just don't want to even try that treatment.

    Advice? Has anyone got PCOS and can relate to this, or offer alternative suggestions? Even just a pep talk! Pleeeeease!

    1 AnswerWomen's Health8 years ago
  • If people from England are English, what are people from New Zealand called?

    Other than Kiwis, obviously.

    I say New Zealish, but what is it actually? Do they even have one?

    3 AnswersWords & Wordplay8 years ago
  • How to care for muscovy ducklings?

    Help please!

    Long story short, my muscovy duck has been sitting on her eggs for quite a while and this afternoon they started hatching. When I came home from work there was one newly hatched (we're talking still curled up and wet) baby, and she was trying to take the eggshell off it. But she's a new mum and was very rough, throwing the baby around a bit - I think she only meant to get the egg shell off but one way or another the baby was dead when I came to check on it an hour later.

    There are 4 eggs left, 2 of which definitely have ducklings inside (we've candled them) and 2 which may/may not have been fertile. So I'll be hand-raising them for now. We've got them in a warm box in the house, and I'll be able to get whatever they need from the pet shop where I work.

    Having not looked after newborn ducklings before, I need a "ducklings for dummies" kind of answer! So yes, temp, housing, feed, must do's and must not do's and all the rest. There's somebody home 6 days a week and I can bring them into work if need be.

    Answers appreciated! 10 points to the best :)

    Thank you in advance.

    Birds8 years ago
  • Advice to a beginner in DSLR cameras?

    Hi,

    I've had a couple of point and shoot cameras (Olympus FE210 and VR310) and have really enjoyed using them to develop my photography skills over the past 5 years. Now looking to upgrade to a DSLR, but having never studied photography I don't understand a lot of the jargon. I get that DSLR's take better pics than point and shoots, but don't know anything about what features I would use most and therefore what to look for in buying one. I'm looking to join a photography club, do a course and read up a lot, but just wondering if the lovely people of yahoo can offer any advice to a complete novice, and also if there are any specific cameras you can recommend to me.

    Some details:

    -I love Olympus and have been immensely impressed with the quality of their lenses in point and shoots, so would like to stick with their brand if possible.

    -I'm into nature photography, especially macro (from a few centimetres to super-super macro, close up a fly's eye for example)

    -I hate photoshop and avoid any computer editing. I'd rather do things like increase saturation/change contrast BEFORE I take the shot.

    As an amateur (and a student!), I'm on a budget and can't splash out on the latest wizzy-dizzy model.

    Advice appreciated! :)

    10 AnswersCameras8 years ago
  • Why has my budgie died? Help me please :(?

    My handraised budgie, 'Nana (short for banana) would have been 2 in july. She died last night, it was completely unexpected and I'm sat here sobbing my heart out. I checked everything I can think of that might have caused it, and can't see why this has happened. Her 'boyfriend' (they never actually mated, I got them a box in case they wanted to but they weren't interested) was in the same cage, same diet, same exercise etc and he is fine, cheeping away as normal. They didn't fight so I don't think he killed her. Everyone keeps saying it wasn't my fault and these things just happen but I feel so guilty :( I loved her to bits and just want to know what I could have done to prevent this. She seemed perfectly healthy beforehand and even now she is dead she is still beautiful. I have read that they get tumours often so maybe it was an internal tumour? I can't see any lumps on her and I get her out every day, she was eating veggies not so often as she should have but we were working on that (she was a seed junkie and I've been getting her to eat more veg) plus she got a lot of exercise and vitamins etc. I feel a bit lost. Advice please?

    4 AnswersBirds8 years ago
  • Is my budgie in condition?

    Hi,

    My hen budgie has had a deep brown, slightly crusty cere for a few months. Recently it's been spring so day-length is increasing, and I've been feeding her a more rich, nutritious food with the intent of letting her breed with my male budgie. In the past week or so, I've noticed her cere change from the mid brown to a much lighter tan colour (it's not white or blue though). Is this her coming out of condition just before I meant to breed her?! Or is she coming into condition?

    Secondly, if she is going out of condition, can I bring her back into it by increasing daylight more, or leaving the radio on, etc?

    Useful info: She's 1.5 years old, and has been in with the male for over a year, but I only put a nest box in today.

    Help appreciated! :)

    1 AnswerBirds8 years ago
  • Cannister filter (eheim) question? 10 points!?

    Hi all,

    I recently got an "eheim 2213 cannister filter" as part of a fish tank package deal. It's used, but the lady said it worked, and as everything else was in the condition described I don't think she was lying. I don't need it so want to sell it, but I need to check that it is working before doing so. The problem is, I've never used or maintained a cannister filter, so have no idea how to check if it works! Instructions please? :)

    2 AnswersFish8 years ago
  • Is this tank overstocked?

    Calling all fish experts! I've got a fish tank that I'm 'devloping' over the next 6 months, and would like your opinions on whether or not it will be overstocked. The details are:

    Tank size: 54 litres/ about 13 US gallons

    Tank dimensions: 60Lx30Dx30H cm

    Filter: 700 litres per hour, 3 stage removing biological waste and chemicals etc. Theoretically, turnover is about 13

    Layout: Rocks and driftwood, planted up with some Java Ferns, Java Moss, Anubias 'nana' and an unidentified leafy red stem plant from a pet shop. Substrate is fairly big pebbles/gravel

    The fish:

    Bottom feeders - 3 or 4 small Gastromyzon ocellatus (hillstream loach, between 3-5cm long)

    Middle water - 3 guppies (about 3cm long)

    Top/Middle water - 7 small cloud mountain minnows (about 2cm long)

    And once all the water is stable, I'd love to get some ghost shrimp. Preferably 3 or more, because they like company and produce hardly any waste whatsoever.

    Thoughts/advice appreciated. If it came down to it, I'd prefer to keep the loaches over the guppies.

    Thanks in advance! :)

    4 AnswersFish9 years ago