Sharon246, I agree with Miss Viva on this:
Her post was not rude. Miss Viva was simply pointing out that the original post included an advertisement and she would prefer to read and discuss the various aspects of your personal weight-loss effort, which is exactly why this forum exists. In fact, the reason this forum is so valuable to many of its members is because of people such as Miss Viva who have spent time participating, helping and encouraging other members in their efforts.
And another thing - look at this web page and note that the areas outside the forum such as the banner advertisements at the top, bottom and down the side are where advertising is allowed. The advertisers there pay for the privilege of advertising on one of the best weight-loss websites in the country and would, I imagine, think it rather RUDE that other businesses such as yours received free advertising space within the forum.
To put this into perspective, consider that each day hundreds of advertisements are posted to this forum. Almost all of them are deleted or edited as quickly as possible by the (unpaid volunteer) moderators so that its members can participate in serious discussions without having to navigate through a maze of advertising. Normally I'll instantly delete any post that has even the faintest whiff of advertising about it, but the fact that Miss Viva has spent time constructing a diplomatic response - and that you, Sharon, seem genuine and passionate regarding your weight-loss efforts - has given me hope that the forum may gain another valuable member.
Striving to improve in every way possible.