Playing, friends, and homework are among the top things a kid thinks about during a day. But increasingly, one's body shape, size and appearance are competing thoughts. According to Kathy Kater, author of the book Real Kids Come in All Sizes (200... Read more
As a teen, your weight and body are changing in a lot of ways that you might not want any part of. You might be worried about gaining too much weight, or just feel awkward of self-conscious about how you look. SparkTeens cares about you and your body... Read more
One particularly hot September afternoon when my daughter was in the fourth grade, she invited a few friends to enjoy an after-school swim in our pool. They entered the house filled with laughter and excitement and rushed upstairs to change into thei... Read more
“My uptown girl! You know I’m in love with an uptown girl!” As these lyrics pump through your headphones, it’s easy to forget that while Billy Joel sings to you, you’re actually running on the treadmill.&... Read more
Friendships seem to be front and center throughout childhood and early adulthood, but once careers get into full swing and families start to grow, female friendships often take a back seat to other priorities. Nurturing good friendships is hugely imp... Read more
I'm looking for another girl to motivate eachother. Maybe a group!? I've lost 50 pounds but recently put around 15 back on. The summer was a little too fun this year!! Would love to share recipes, workouts, and tips!!... Read more
Day 4 of the 30 by Christmas! How is every body doing? My victory from yesterday was choosing lettuce over bread, sweet potatoes over past and drinking plenty of water! Today's goal: I'm actually dating today for healtg reasons so lots of water!... Read more
Instead of letting media images of fit and fabulous women demotivate me, I decided to turn that on its head and use those images as a light to run towards. There is a particular actress who, whenever I see her, I think looks amazing. Her body is fit,... Read more
When I put any food in my mouth I imagine how it affects my body. If I get a negative image in my mind I won't eat it. For example, I get the best images from eating kale and spinach, as I imagine them clearing "gunk" out of my body as they pass thro... Read more
A group for all us girls trying to make a little one! A discussion involving everything from POAS (pee on a stick) to dpo (days past ovulation) to baby dancing. Get ready.... set... conceive!... Read more
Growing up, I remember seeing girls at the local swimming club and wondering why I didn't look like them. I never had a big weight problem (just a stubborn belly that has carried through to my adulthood), but my mom was a constant dieter and there w... Read more
As a fitness instructor, I spend a lot of time listening to music, searching for new (and old) songs I can add to my Spinning classes or listen to while I run. I can't emphasize enough how important music is to my workouts—it really motivates me to g... Read more
While on Pinterest the other day I came across a picture of a mother and daughter both sitting at a lake with their backs to the camera. The woman was of average weight....not too small not too big...same with the girl. The caption on the picture... Read more
It's a great thing to realize you don't have to be embarrassed about your body. It doesn't actually make it all that much easier to overcome those society-ingrained fears of an imperfect appearance, but it at least makes you think more about wher... Read more
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