SparkPeople Bikini Bodies Team Messageboard We encourage each other to do our best no matter what weight or age we may be. We are all working hard to get those Bikini Bodies for the beach or any special occasion! SparkPeople Bikini Bodies Team Messageboard Spring has sprung It's almost bikini season!! Your future is determined by what u do today, not tomorrow :) Make today count and have a fantastic day!! Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:04:21 EST 2013 Daly Chat Good morning everyone. At computer in library. Hope everyone is doing good. Sat, 16 Feb 2013 09:27:33 EST Is this team still active? Hi does anyone know the status of this team. I'm looking at posts and it looks like it's been a while since it's been updated. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:38:37 EST Hello! Hi! Was a "Sparker" couple years ago but lost the weight and got busy with life. I just had a little girl who is now 3 months old and looking to lose the baby weight plus some. Love this website. The support from everyone if awesome! Tue, 13 Sep 2011 13:02:11 EST Just joined! need a buddy!! :) Hey! <BR> <BR> I'm 21, and I just joined the group! <BR> <BR> I love working in teams, it makes every experience so much better, and I'm always more motivated when I hear someone else tell me about their progress or their struggles! I myself am having a hard time because I'm at a plateau right now, but I really want to stay motivated! I think having a buddy to help me through and keep me accountable would be great! <BR> <BR> <BR> Any takers? Wed, 27 Jul 2011 19:44:03 EST Best Zumba DVD I would like to know what the best Zumba DVD is out there. I love doing Zumba at the YMCA but most of the time I'm unable to make it on time to do it from start to finish. So I'm wondering what is the best DVD that you guys have found? I would so love to do it from home. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 16 Jun 2011 20:10:08 EST Hello I'm looking to work my butt off in a bikini after delaying the "baby weight" that stayed on me from pregnancy 3 years ago. Hint the quotes on the baby weight lol. I'm Jessica, busy mom and job seeker. Learning how to schedule exercises around a schedule of a 3 year old is my new challenge. <BR> I enjoy photography, hiking, swimming (safer in pools and lakes but LOVE anywhere with water), and zumba. Looking to any strength training workouts for someone with no gym or fitness club membe... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:54:17 EST STRENGTH AND CARDIO WORKOUTS - Report in..... Whatever your workouts or exercises - its all important, so report in here and lets see just what we are all getting up to - if anything?!!! <BR> <BR> Walking, Jogging, Running, Dancing, Cycling, Exercises, Hiking........... Housework, your job............. <BR> <BR> (Jillian Michaels has its own thread further down the threads) Thu, 26 May 2011 07:10:40 EST JILIAN MICHAELS WORKOUTS - Report in..... Whichever workout you are embarking on, commit here and report in with your progress. Look forward to working out with you! Wed, 25 May 2011 17:28:01 EST Best Fat Burning Advice - SP Its worth reading this to clear up some facts from fiction! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=847 </link> Sun, 8 May 2011 08:45:56 EST MAY - Progress Report: your 3 Ws..... The Three W's are: <BR> <BR> Water <BR> Walking <BR> Workout <BR> <BR> Report in your achievements for recognition and support! <BR> Mon, 2 May 2011 13:15:45 EST Sun Protection vs Vit D - Can we have both? This is the Cancer Council ACT site:<BR>-d.aspx <BR> <BR> This link gives some good information to help clear up some confusion and gives good advice. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>20Protection%20and%20vitamin%20D%20Jun<BR>e10.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Please take time to read and give your feedback and any personal advice or experiences you may have had with the subject. Others will benefit from your knowledge. <BR> ... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 17:40:14 EST MAY - What is your workout schedule going to be How many of us start out strong and then dwindle away after the first flush of enthusiasm - report here your intentions and we will help to keep you accountable! <BR> <BR> <BR> FOR ME: <BR> SP Bikini Workout during April, reporting back to Class on the relevant thread on the main team page. <BR> <BR> Improve my jogging. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 19:53:46 EST Other Newsworthy Weightloss Info.... The Acai Berry Diet?! <BR> <BR> Regardless of the weightloss this is a very healthy berry to include in your diet. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ort/acai/lp2/ </link> Sun, 6 Mar 2011 16:00:29 EST March Team Challenge, all welcome! *The Challenge for this month is to do at least 10 min.(or more depending on your time, fitness levels etc it's up to you) of exercising, <BR> <BR> *Drink 8 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> Log in your workouts here, everyday or once a week so that we can keep cheering you on. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 09:42:04 EST Birthday 's--lets celebrate! <em>409</em> post your birthday here so we can help you celebrate <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 07:41:37 EST Feb' Exercise Minutes Challenge, All Welcome! <em>217</em> <em>331</em> <em>402</em> <em>311</em> <em>216</em> <em>414</em> <em>325</em> <em>237</em> <em>316</em> <em>294</em> <BR> <BR> Set a goal for the number of workout minutes you would like to complete for the month of February. <BR> Post how many minutes and what workout you did on this thread each day or total them up once a week. <BR> <BR> For example:-I challenge myself to do 1600 mins for the month of Feb <BR> Day 1-40 mins turbo sculpt. 30mins walk=70mins <BR> <B... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 06:37:23 EST 2011 All New Bikini Bodies Member Post Here! <em>235</em> To Bikini Bodies <em>229</em> <BR> <BR> Please use this thread to introduce yourself to the team, tell us a little bit about you. <BR> <BR> Thank you for joining us and i hope you really enjoy being an active member of our great team. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>344</em> <em>236</em> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 05:09:19 EST 2011 Daily Chat Thread. Hi ladies, <BR> Thanks Mandy for reminding me i'd forgotten to update the chat thread. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Come on over ladies and have a chat with us, let us know what you are doing and how your goals are going. Sun, 16 Jan 2011 11:22:25 EST Never worn a bikini before... Hi! I'm Amanda. I'm twenty-four, 167lbs right now, and I've NEVER worn a bikini in my life, even at my smallest. Well, I'm pre-engaged and we're planning on getting married by the end of the year with a beach I guess this is the time to get in shape! Sun, 9 Jan 2011 19:52:34 EST THE CHINA STUDY..Truth about weight loss & disease The truth is not always easy to find and sometimes it takes just one person to 'step out of the system' to get the truth to the ordinary person on the street. <BR> <BR> Take a few minutes and read this if you really want to know how to avoid disease and lose weight! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> ALSO <BR> <link><BR>trition-advice-from-the-china-study/ </link> Sun, 9 Jan 2011 16:26:36 EST Cardio Kick Start Jan 2011 Just to kick start our New Year Goals I challenge you to do: <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of cardio every day - its up to you how many times you do 10 mins each day of course!! <BR> <BR> Cardio = rapid heart rate producing sweat! <BR> <BR> Log here for recognition of your efforts! Sun, 2 Jan 2011 17:54:26 EST NEW YEAR GOALS AND RESOLUTIONS... Mine is to lose 10 lbs by end of February. <BR> <BR> Detox to start with then on a vegetarian diet until reaching goal with the additional help of juices and smoothies to aid digrestion. Sun, 26 Dec 2010 14:13:28 EST Join in our Virtual Xmas Party!!! <em>446</em> Merry Xmas Team, enjoy the spirit of Christmas... <em>408</em> oops, <em>296</em> . <BR> <BR> Love to you all and your families <em>236</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Have fun.. <em>497</em> <em>428</em> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 11:36:59 EST Little Black Dress Xmas Team Challenge! <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>499</em> <em>499</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>425</em> <em>501</em> <em>500</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Ladies. <BR> <BR> The party season is fast approaching, time to get serious so that we can shine in our party clothes. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's Week 1 of the challenge:- <BR> Starts Dec 5th <BR> <BR> # 30-40mins Exercise of Your Choice <BR> & <BR> # 15 Jumping Jacks <BR> & <BR> # Single Leg Squats With Toe Touch 2 se... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 13:59:43 EST November Team Challenge, Jump On In! <em>216</em> <em>315</em> <em>231</em> <em>311</em> <em>331</em> <em>332</em> <em>313</em> <em>413</em> <em>330</em> <em>414</em> <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> Week 1 <BR> Nov 6th till 13th <BR> <BR> *30mins Exercise of your choice (can be workout videos, spark videos, exercise class, walk etc) <BR> *8 glasses of water <BR> *Come and chat on the daily chat thread. :) <BR> <BR> Any questions please feel free to ask. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Sat, 6 Nov 2010 08:59:18 EST Spooky October Team Challenge! Hi Team, <BR> Here's our team challenge for October. <BR> <BR> <em>419</em> <em>420</em> <em>422</em> <em>421</em> <em>423</em> <em>431</em> <em>333</em> <em>424</em> <em>147</em> <em>494</em> <em>275</em> <BR> <BR> Spooky October is about doing something to make yourself more active and food aware. Did you add a fruit? A veggie, or do a workout? Did you stay away from the halloween candy? Compliment or support a Sparkler? Or find something good about yourself today? <BR> <BR>... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 15:51:19 EST Your Next Big Social Event ? What is your next event that makes you want to look your best? Wedding, Birthday, Holiday........ <BR> <BR> Oh yes?............... So what are you doing about it! <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Sep 2010 12:43:56 EST Ready to be comfortable in a bikini Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Julie, I'm a nurse in Boston. <BR> <BR> Currently I weight about 178-180 and I'm NOT lovin' it! Even at my wedding weight a year ago at 165 I wasn't comfortable, and even when I met my husband 6 years ago weighing 150 I wasn't comfortable... I'm ready to be in a bikini and feel good in my own skin. <BR> <BR> I'm starting P90x weight lifting days and 3 days of Brazilian Butt lift the other days... and some walking/light jogging other days. When I complete ... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 20:31:10 EST SEPT' TAG TEAM CHALLENGE. Everyone Welcome! Hey Guys! <BR> Forgot to check who was doing this months team challenge. So here's a quick one we can all join in with. We all choice an exercise, healthy food or drink for the next person who clicks on the challenge, then that person leaves a challenge for us. <BR> <BR> I'll start. <BR> <BR> Starting challenge:- <BR> 15 Jumping Jacks. <BR> <BR> So for example, one of you will complete the 15 jumping jacks then write another challenge....please keep in mind we are all at different fit... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 09:56:40 EST How do you create side by side comparison? You know how a lot of people have that before and after side by side comparison with the footer and they put either the date or the weight, or both. I'm not computer savvy at all so I was wondering if there's a website where you can do that. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 11 Aug 2010 12:34:08 EST August Team Challenge Information Only! Hi Team, <BR> I'm using this thread to write down the info for the August challenge... <BR> <BR> Week 2 <BR> *Choice #1-Love your arms challenge, click on the link. <link><BR>/exerc </link> <BR> <BR> Choice #2-Jumping Jacks try for 200 in sets of 20 or 25, each day. <BR> <BR> Choice #3-Power Walking make it about 3-5 times during your day you should try to do a 10 to 15 minute fast walk, shoot for an hour total each day. Walking is something everyone... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 09:21:38 EST WE NEED TO HELP! Hello, how are you? I would like to invite you all to join my new group on facebook: I CAN be slim! Why? There are many people who have a problem with weight what makes them feel bad and they need an additional motivation. I would also like to invite more facebook fans to join SPARKPEOPLE so I hope that you can help me. I know that there is a group which represents this page but if someone doesn't know about it SPARK, he will never find it. <BR> I'll see you there! Hugs, XxX Wed, 4 Aug 2010 07:31:18 EST August Team Challenge! Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Our team challenge for this month is:- <BR> *Week 1 <BR> <BR> *30-40mins Exercise of your choice. <BR> <BR> *5 portions of fruit & veg <BR> <BR> *Visit a bikini bodies team members page, leave a quick message of encourgement, motivation, congrats' etc <BR> <BR> I will work on the rest of the months challenge, sorry i'm a bit behind at the moment. <BR> <BR> Have fun! x Sun, 1 Aug 2010 16:38:52 EST Detox bath??? I was reading through teh "did you know" topic and came across detox baths. I googled it and it sounds simple enough! <BR> <BR> Hot bath at least 20 minutes with epsom salt to apparently rid your body of toxins. What are your thoughts on this? It sounds like one of those 'to good to be true' kind of things. Have any of you ever tried it? <BR> <BR> And if I do it (and on the off chance it DOES do something to my body) should I limit how many times I do it? Once a week, once a month? <BR> <... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 12:18:36 EST 12-month contract for gym? I`m just curious how other people feel about this. If you haven't already, Would you sign a 12-month contract at a gym if there was no way to cancel? Even if you got injured, you could only freeze your account or if you move more than 40 miles away. My gym is changing to this plan and i`m trying to make my decision so I wanted to hear your thoughts. Wed, 14 Jul 2010 20:30:25 EST Just found more motivation I am going on an Eastern Caribbean Cruise in April!!! I've never been anywhere tropical. I am so excited <em>244</em> I'm going to have to keep up my exercise and healthy eatting to have a bikini body at the beginning of April. At least I have until April to get it. I can't wait to see clear blue water, maybe I will actually want to go in the ocean <em>30</em> Sun, 11 Jul 2010 22:26:01 EST July "100" Challenge- Let's have fun! Come in! Hello Fabulous Team! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It's time for our awesome July challenge. This month's challenge will be easy and completely customized to you! You pick what you want to do 100 times, minutes, reps.. it's your choice. Just log it in a post here when you have completed it. Here we go! <BR> <BR> Examples: Choose on or more of the following to complete. <BR> <BR> - 100 jumping jacks <BR> - 100 minutes of exercise <BR> - 100 squats, crunches, etc.) <BR> - or 100 of anything... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 09:04:14 EST Get your 8! Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to remind everyone to drink those 8 glasses of water. With it becoming increasingly hot outside (especially in the sub-tropical zones) we need to stay hydrated. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 29 Jun 2010 12:49:15 EST Buddy Wanted! I am 25 and looking to loose about 40lbs, by the end of September. Hoping to find someone to pair up with, to hopefully hold myself more accountable.. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Alecia Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:52:14 EST How to lose the flap on my arms... Ok, I know just about every woman has this problem area. What kind of workout can I do to help get rid of the flap that I'm starting to get on my arms? Would doing push-ups help? Lifting weights? I'm not sure how to go about it to begin with. So please ladies give me some ideas. <BR> <BR> Thank you! Sun, 20 Jun 2010 21:25:17 EST ROLL CALL! This team has 611 members! Take a minute to post a note about yourself! <BR> <BR> What are you doing? How is it working for you? How are you feeling? What are your goals? <BR> <BR> Share a little about YOU! <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> (Hope the mods don't mind me posting this discussion!) Thu, 10 Jun 2010 09:34:12 EST PLANKS - Do You Dare? Love them or Hate them - no denying the benefits of them - just watch your abs and stomach muscles improve! <BR> <BR> What Type, How Many and for How Long???? Wed, 2 Jun 2010 13:08:09 EST JUNE CHALLENGE - 67 x Daily.......? Year 2,010 divided into 30 days of June = 67 per day <BR> <BR> What can you do EVERY DAY, 67 times - Set your own Challenge and log it here - dare you to push past your comfort zone! <BR> <BR> Find your spark and set it alight - Lets go Team, just 2 months til July and the height of Summer! Tue, 1 Jun 2010 10:32:46 EST Hello I restarted my calorie intake this week, also have been working out this week, trying to not eat out and limit my drinking when I go out, will try dancing a lot, it's a great work out!! My goal is to add muscle to my arms and stomach, I feel my arms really fat!! Wed, 19 May 2010 17:14:02 EST Beginner's Workout Challenge For those who are in need of a gentler approach to that bikini body, have a go at the following: <BR> <BR> 5 Min warm up - Marching on the spot, high knees <BR> 25 Squats <BR> 15 Calf raises <BR> Crunches x 25 <BR> Bicycle crunches x 25 <BR> elbow/knee crunches x 25 <BR> reverse crunches x 10 <BR> Wall Push ups x 25 <BR> Cool Down - Marching in the spot, gradually slowing. <BR> <BR> Let us know how you do - if you need more challenges just ask! <BR> Wed, 19 May 2010 14:23:11 EST When will you be getting out that bikini? So... who is going to the beach this summer? When are where are you going? <BR> <BR> How long until you need to be bikini ready? Sun, 2 May 2010 13:56:04 EST May Team Challenge! Hi Ladies. <BR> Here's our new challenge for May. <BR> Any questions please feel free to ask. <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> <em>318</em> <em>320</em> <em>416</em> <em>402</em> <em>317</em> <em>34</em> <em>314</em> <em>327</em> <BR> Week 1--10 minute Cardio Workouts <BR> <BR> 1.Warm up <BR> 2.Squat and reach=1min <BR> 3.Front Jabs, alternating arms=1min <BR> 4.Front Kicks, alternating legs=1min <BR> 5.Faux Jumping Rope=2mins <BR> 6.Squat Thrusts=1min <BR> 7.Step-Touch=1min <BR> 8.... Sun, 2 May 2010 13:27:59 EST Is there no stretching on Myfitness? Hi, I'm new here and I just started C25k yesterday. I didn't stretch. I know, bad! I am in sooo much pain today I feel like someone big and mean came along and punched me all over from my obliques and down! Did you know you have muscles on top of your hips? I didn't know that. Now I do. <BR> <BR> So my workout regimen is MWF and today I've been doing nothing. 0 calories burned. Which is ok, I can't do much anyway but I wanted to get a little activity (and maybe some calories burned as well)... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 17:24:37 EST Nutrition Troubles Hey everyone. I've been tracking my nutrition and I always seem to fall short getting my minimum for protein and surprisingly I've been lacking in carbs as well. Fat and calories are not a problem at all though. Does anyone else find this to be the case for them? Any suggestions on how to get more protein and carbs in for the day but yet not going over my fat and calories? Tue, 27 Apr 2010 19:46:54 EST Nutrition Troubles Hey everyone. I've been tracking my nutrition and I always seem to fall short getting my minimum for protein and surprisingly I've been lacking in carbs as well. Fat and calories are not a problem at all though. Does anyone else find this to be the case for them? Any suggestions on how to get more protein and carbs in for the day but yet not going over my fat and calories? Tue, 27 Apr 2010 19:37:01 EST love handles is there anything specific i can do to help my love handles go away? <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> ^i cant wait to look like him! :) Mon, 26 Apr 2010 18:39:02 EST VACATION IN JUNE So I just booked a vacation in June with my husband and daughter. We are going to go to Ocean City Maryland. I'm so excited. 5 days of just boardwalk and beach time!! I just hope it doesn't rain. <BR> <BR> Anyway its time to get bikini(or just bathing suit) ready. I would like to drop 15lbs by the time vacation comes up. Its about 9 weeks away so I think thats doable. Heck I would be happy with 10! <BR> <BR> So heres me recommiting my self <em>104</em> Wed, 14 Apr 2010 15:58:04 EST Active April Challenge, Week One! Come on in! Active April Challenge <BR> 4 weeks <BR> Win Points! Be a featured winner! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>209</em> <em>306</em> <em>244</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Good Morning Ladies! It's time to get active! We are so close to summer that we can taste it! Time to get Bikini ready! Read about the April challenge below and join :) <BR> <BR> Each day you will be able to accumulate 10 points per task completed. At the end of each week, total up your points and add it to the bottom of your post. Yo... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 21:15:12 EST MARCH - Lets Get Physical Wk 4 Remember Team: After this week, we are another month gone by and closer to those Beach Days - will you be ready?! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=656 </link> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1403 </link> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=675 </link> <BR> <BR> Remember Ladies, time waits for no man!! Sun, 21 Mar 2010 12:42:43 EST Stress Eating A telemarketer called and upset me by talking down to me yesterday. <BR> <BR> Because my husband gets phone calls from many people I do not know that he works with, I thought this call might be one of them. He asked for my husband by first name only. I asked him who he was (nicely) and he mumbled his name and I asked for his name again because I didn't understand it. He mumbled his name again and then I asked him what company he represented and he said Frost Mortgage. And then I knew it was ... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 13:42:29 EST MARCH - Lets Get Physical-WK 3 Sorry i'm late posting week 3 of the challenge. <BR> <BR> 20 min dumbbell workout <link><BR>_articles </link> <BR> <BR> Calf and ankle stretching <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1170 </link> <BR> <BR> 10 min cardio workout <link><BR>_articles </link> <BR> <BR> 6min upper body workout <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 15 Mar 2010 12:14:39 EST March: Let's Get Physical week2! Hello Team! <BR> <BR> Time for week 2 of the March, get physical challenge! <BR> <BR> We're on our way to those bikini bodies-- we've worked our lower body, this week we will challenge our core and get some cardio! <BR> <BR> Check in and report on your progress, motivate another member! Let's do this! <BR> <BR> Aly <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> See links below: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1330 </link> <link>www.sparkpeople.c... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 16:44:04 EST Hello! I am Angee - 46 years old and fitness freak. I love to run and workout. I am trying to get back down to 119 lbs. I had a minor setback in Sept. and I am rebuilding my life. I am happy to be here and it is lovely to meet you all. <BR> You girls seem young - am I the oldest one here? Wed, 3 Mar 2010 13:34:35 EST Am I working out to much?? I'm working out around 6 days a week. Monday, Tues, Thurs and Friday one hour of spinning, Wed Elp for 10-30 mins and 45 weight training and one other day during the week on the Elp or a Fitness DVD. I wasn't losing any weight (really..just toning a little over the last couple of months..)then I DROPPED my cals a lot and started losing finally...but now in the last couple of days the weight loss stopped and I gained back 2 lbs. AWW!! <BR> <BR> 1. Am I working out to much? <BR> 2. Is it ... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 15:31:50 EST MARCH - Lets Get Physical !! Throughout March we will be pushing ourselves a little bit harder - Want that Bikini Body? This is where it starts! <BR> <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE: Lower Body and Cardio <BR> <BR> Mon <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1038 </link> <BR> <BR> Wed <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=727 </link> <BR> <BR> Fri <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1038 </link> <BR> <BR> Please report back and sup... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 10:18:39 EST Getting toned Hi everybody! I have a question about toning. I would love to lift weights but I want to get lean and toned. Not really bulky. The one area I would love to tone is my chest but I'm afraid to do so because I am naturally big chested. I don't want to start doing weights and then all of a sudden have a much bigger chest than what I do now. A friend of mine said to do the chest machine but on a low weight and many reps. Would that work or would something else work? <BR> <BR> Thanks again! Mon, 22 Feb 2010 23:31:03 EST Hi! Glad to be here! I have a lot of work this spring to do and am determinded to get my rear into gear... <BR> <BR> Coffeegirl Thu, 4 Feb 2010 10:21:44 EST Hello I have been registered on here for awhile but im barely getting into the groove and this is one of my goals, I would love to be able to wear a bikini one day and actually look good. . hoping to hear some success stories and get some motivation Sun, 31 Jan 2010 14:52:16 EST Valentine 14 day Challenge... 1st - 14th February <BR> <BR> My cozzy is in view - is yours? My personal challenge for the next 14 days is EVERY time I pass by my cozzy, I must do 10 Jumping Jacks!.... doesn't sound like much....... my cozzy is between the lounge and the kitchen .... !!! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 13:28:21 EST Question about Jillian Michael's DVDs I have been contemplating getting a Jillian Michael's workout DVD. I have PX90 but since I am on a running training schedule I don't have time to get in all those workouts. <BR> I was wondering if anyone has any of her DVD's and what their opinions of them are? <BR> Thanks in advance for any advice. Tue, 26 Jan 2010 10:59:45 EST What Are You Listening To? So what's on rotation when you're at the gym? <BR> <BR> For me, this week: <BR> <BR> Maroon 5 - Wake Up Call <BR> Lady Gaga - Poker Face remix <BR> Beyonce - Single Ladies <BR> Finger Eleven - Paralyzer <BR> Kanye West - Stronger <BR> Thu, 21 Jan 2010 17:33:34 EST Committed :) So I'm a college freshman, who's been slightly overweight all her life. <BR> And who's decided now to get thin and pretty the right way - eating right and working out, even though clicheest thing I've heard. <BR> Because it's worked :) I've been here about a month, and lost 7 pounds already. Can't wait to get to my goal! Thu, 21 Jan 2010 00:38:56 EST Grab your Tape Measure and MEASURE UP! With sooo much emphasis on those dreaded scales, its just as important to measure up too - and sometimes a more acurate reading of our progress! Wed, 13 Jan 2010 11:42:37 EST How much are you planning to shed? I thought this might be a fun way for everyone to see where we all stand with our goals and let new members see how we've reached (or are planning to reach) success. <BR> <BR> How much is everyone wanting to lose? <BR> What was your original weight? <BR> How long are you allowing yourself to lose it in? <BR> What are you using as motivation? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share whatever you want to about your health, weight, goals, etc.! <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll start. <BR> I started out at 200 pounds. ... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 18:20:13 EST TAG TEAM CHALLENGE---JAN 2010 Hey Guys! <BR> Forgot to check who was doing this months team challenge. So here's a quick one we can all join in with. We all choice an exercise, healthy food or drink for the next person who clicks on the challenge, then that person leaves a challenge for us. <BR> <BR> I'll start. <BR> <BR> Starting challenge:- <BR> 15 Jumping Jacks. <BR> <BR> So for example, one of you will complete the 15 jumping jacks then write another challenge....please keep in mind we are all at different fitness... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 13:40:31 EST "2010" DAILY CHAT. <em>244</em> Happy 1st Jan 2010. <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a great night celebrating. <BR> <BR> What are your goals for Jan? Fri, 1 Jan 2010 08:53:03 EST Victoria Secret Bikinis I'm super excited I just ordered a few bikinis from Victoria's secret for my trip at the end of January and I got a great deal. I saved an additional 20% on a selection they had that was already marked down. I hope they work out! But if you are interested you should check them out and the code is SAVESWIM. All though I had to call my order in because online it wasn't giving me the extra discount. Mon, 28 Dec 2009 15:11:16 EST Shins hurt...What can I do to help stop the pain? Hi everybody! I really need your help. This week hasn't been my week for doing my walking/jogging routine because my left shin starts to burn and then it turns into pain. The burning doesn't bother me it's the pain. I've tried to warm up before I do my routine and last week I did fine. This week just isn't working out. Any suggestions or ideas? Anything will help at the moment. <BR> <BR> Thanks!! Wed, 2 Dec 2009 13:31:38 EST December Team Challenge! Hi Ladies. <BR> <BR> The party season is fast approaching, time to get serious so that we can shine in our party clothes. <BR> <em>236</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Here's Week 1 of the challenge:- <BR> Starts Dec 2nd <BR> <BR> # 30-40mins Exercise of Your Choice <BR> & <BR> # 15 Jumping Jacks <BR> & <BR> # Single Leg Squats With Toe Touch 2 sets of 12 <BR> *Starting Position <BR> -Lift right foot a few inches off the floor and soften left knee. Place left hand on hip. <BR> *Action <BR> ... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 16:34:28 EST Advice Needed! I'm looking for some advice about what to eat! As part of my university courses, I'm spending a lot of time in the anatomy lab. The specimens in there are preserved with a fluid that is known to lower your blood sugar when you breathe in...I could eat a full meal, and within 1/2 hour I feel like I haven't eaten in days. (This leads to 2x dinner!!) So I'm looking for foods to help keep my blood sugar even, I guess? Any help would be SUPER appreciated! Thanks! <em>30</em> Thu, 26 Nov 2009 21:58:07 EST Hey ! This is Courtney, Hey, I'm Courtney. <BR> <BR> Just a quick introduction here; I am looking to tone up, lose the excess and not be bored, hungry or tired while doing it. Fitting into a bikini would go down pretty sweet too. <BR> <BR> I am in a new country, the food is obviously different and I have to creat new eating habits. <BR> It was alright in the first month, I was doing 5 + hours of sport a week but I was eating junk (which wasn't good anyway) so I managed to keep the same weight. <BR> But now I re... Sat, 21 Nov 2009 18:02:39 EST Older...but want bikini bod! Hello...I am an older new join who has a bikini in my drawer..and want to wear it somewhat proudly! Mon, 16 Nov 2009 00:43:53 EST Envy I just purchased a used DVD set of 4 20 minute workouts that focus on specific body parts (abs, legs, buns, arms) called EnvyGirls. It's from the producers of Carmen Electra's striptease. What I'm wondering is has anyone used the EnvyGirls or Carmen Electra's Striptease? I haven't used either. I am going to try this one tomorrow, but I was curious if anyone else had tried either and what their experience was like? Responses are appreciate :D Thank you. Fri, 13 Nov 2009 19:26:11 EST Hey ladies! Do you find that you gain weight during that time of the month and are we supposed to? Wed, 11 Nov 2009 08:51:23 EST What do you do to tone your arms? My Hubby made a comment about my arms last night. (Don't start booing him, he said it in a nice way, and I appreciate the honesty.) I know my arms need work. Do any of you have an arm routine I could steal? Mon, 2 Nov 2009 11:56:25 EST Nov. Holiday Fat-Buster Challenge! Join in... Hello Team! <BR> <BR> I am very excited to announce that our November Challenge Begins NOW! <BR> <em>208</em> <BR> <BR> This challenge will challenge you and should be do-able!! We will have a new challenge piece each week, we will log what we do each day! (or what you can). <BR> <BR> Here's how it works: there are 3 parts to each week's challenge. <BR> <BR> Part 1.) Strength challenge - 10 pts per day <BR> Part 2.) Cardio challenge- 10 pts per day <BR> Part 3.) Health Challenge- 10 p... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 21:26:36 EST 12 week challeng e-eating clean and building muscl I'm bound and determined to get the best bikini bod ever. I will be going on a tropical vacation at the of January and I've decided to start eating clean to achieve this body. I also want to see some muscle, tone, and great definition so I'll be upping my strength training. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else eat clean?? I want to look like one of those girls in Oxygen!! Fri, 30 Oct 2009 12:25:51 EST Turbo Jam or other Beachbody workouts. I bought Turbo Jam about a week ago and just started using it regulary. During the summers I go to the gym but once the new semester starts its hard for me to find time to go. On days I don`t have class I do one of the 45 minute workouts. On days that I have classes I usually do the 20 minute workout! Its great because I can do it in between classes and get a great short workout. Beachbody makes other great workouts such as "Slim in 6", "Yoga Booty Ballet" "PX90" "Chalean Extreme". Have an... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 23:42:08 EST diet make over I need to makeover my diet. I'm trying to stay between 1,300 and 1,400 calories. I'm almost always at 1,400 up to 1,500. And I'm not eating anything that's super high in calories. I've added more produce, and my calories are still up there. I try to eat more in the morning, I don't know if I should cut back there. I really don't want to cut out milk. (I drink Skim at dinner). I feel like I've been battling the same 5 pounds forever!! Any suggestions? Wed, 21 Oct 2009 14:48:33 EST Oct' Trick Or Treat Challeng e....... Hey Guys, sorry i'm late with this. <BR> <BR> Everyday will be a different challenge, so keep checking in. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Please remember to warm up first. <BR> Moves are done as one set only. <BR> <BR> #1-Bicep curls=30 <BR> And <BR> #2-Jumping Jacks=25 <BR> <BR> Now for the trick or treat part, which one will you choose? <BR> <BR> <em>275</em> =Treat--child pose. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> <em>424</em> =Trick--Pushups into side planks=10 <BR> <BR> Hope to see you all joining... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 13:21:54 EST I don't know if I'll get in a bikini.. Hi, I'm Suzanne. I'm 27 and I have 3 kids. My last baby left me with some stretch marks and a c-section scar. I have an old belly button piercing scar. I would love to get in a bikini again, but my tummy is tore up. I'm okay with it, Valerie Bertinalli looks hot in a one piece! I'm excited to join this team and can't wait for the Oct. challenge. Wed, 30 Sep 2009 08:48:46 EST Remedies for Bloating I saw this article in this months issue of Redbook and thought it was interesting. Check it out. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dvice/remedies-for-bloating </link> Tue, 29 Sep 2009 11:56:51 EST SEPT 'TEAM' CHALLENGE An ongoing daily/weekly challenge. Each exercise will change as soon as the Team has reached that goal. So if we work hard and fast, we get a new exercise - but if we're slow or don't compete.... it could take a week! <BR> <BR> 1st Challenge: 1000 JUMPING JACKS <BR> <BR> Please deduct your amount and leave the total for the next person who will do the same. <BR> <BR> <BR> ARE YOU READY GIRLS - THEN LETS GET JUMPING ! This is a TEAM effort so every single Jumping Jack counts! Sat, 29 Aug 2009 14:55:22 EST August 8 Pound Challenge, Week 4! JUMP ON IN :) Week Four!!! <BR> <BR> I decided to put up a challenge that will make us work even harder than ever, and hopefully show us some results. Now, this may seem a hard or too high goal for some, so if it is, you can modify this in any way you need. <BR> <BR> I would like for us to have a goal of losing about 2 pounds a week, for about a total of 8 pounds for the month of August. I was thinking that having a number attached to the challenge that we are trying to get, would help us to kick start o... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 19:48:04 EST August 8 Pound Challenge! - Week 3!!!!! Week 3! <BR> <BR> Have Fun! <BR> <BR> I decided to put up a challenge that will make us work even harder than ever, and hopefully show us some results. Now, this may seem a hard or too high goal for some, so if it is, you can modify this in any way you need. <BR> <BR> I would like for us to have a goal of losing about 2 pounds a week, for about a total of 8 pounds for the month of August. I was thinking that having a number attached to the challenge that we are trying to get, would help us... Mon, 17 Aug 2009 04:06:53 EST August 8 Pound Challenge, Week 2! JUMP ON IN :) <BR> Week Two!!! <BR> <BR> I decided to put up a challenge that will make us work even harder than ever, and hopefully show us some results. Now, this may seem a hard or too high goal for some, so if it is, you can modify this in any way you need. <BR> <BR> I would like for us to have a goal of losing about 2 pounds a week, for about a total of 8 pounds for the month of August. I was thinking that having a number attached to the challenge that we are trying to get, would help us to kick st... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 19:52:41 EST Bonjour from Westchase in Tampa :) just wanted to say hi, hope y'all are having a great week! :) Wed, 5 Aug 2009 16:31:29 EST August 8 Pound Challenge! - Week 1: 8/3 - 8/9 Good Morning Team! <BR> <BR> I decided to put up a challenge that will make us work even harder than ever, and hopefully show us some results. Now, this may seem a hard or too high goal for some, so if it is, you can modify this in any way you need. <BR> <BR> I would like for us to have a goal of losing about 2 pounds a week, for about a total of 8 pounds for the month of August. I was thinking that having a number attached to the challenge that we are trying to get, would help us to kick s... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 10:22:35 EST ALOHA!!!!! Hello Everybody! <BR> <BR> Just thought i would drop in and let everyone know that i made it safely to Hawaii, and that i am back. Sorry for the lapse, but for anyone that has ever moved i am sure you know how the game goes. IT'S SO GOOD TO BE BACK!!!!!!! I've missed you all. Have a great day!!!! Sat, 25 Jul 2009 16:15:59 EST July Challenge Week 4 Starts Weds 22nd Check your inch loss, how much have you lost this month? <BR> <BR> Coach Nicoles 10-min Cardio Kickboxing workout vid. <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1330 </link> (hope i got that right) <BR> <BR> Or/And:~(can do both or one) <BR> <BR> Coach Nicoles 6-min Butt Blasting workout vid. <BR><BR>ess_articles.asp?id=727 <BR> <BR> 6 servings of fruit & veggies. <BR> <BR> Please join in and have fun while you tone your bik... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 17:08:45 EST HEALING FOODS: Fruit & Veg .... Did you know?.. There is an ever-growing appreciation of the role of diet in determining our level of health. It is now well established that certain dietary practices cause, as well as prevent, a wide range of diseases. Research indicates certain diets and foods offer immediate therapeutic benefit. So.... <BR> <BR> If foods are medicines, which ones offer the greatest benefit for specific health problems?..... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 06:50:42 EST "Success Stories" Hey Guys, <BR> <BR> Tell us your success story. Even if it's just 5-10 pounds, we want you to tell us about it. <BR> <BR> You could encourage your teammate to keep going! <BR> <BR> Tell us what you did, and how it has made you feel or encouraged you to keep going! <BR> <BR> Muah, <BR> <BR> Aly <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 16 Jul 2009 12:11:09 EST July Challenge Week 3 Weds 15th WEEK 3:~ <BR> <BR> ***200+ CRUNCHES A WEEK <BR> <BR> The goal is to work up from what you presently do for crunches to achieve 200+ for the week. You may do more, we are all at different fitness levels. Adapt this challenge to suit you. x <BR> <BR> They can be straight forward crunches, or with waist twists or a more advanced exercise- resting your left ankle on your right knee and sitting up reaching your left shoulder towards your right knee for a number of reps then changing sides, o... Wed, 15 Jul 2009 08:16:12 EST Alcohol ANyone else have problemg giving up beer? LOL. I promise I'm not a alcholic. I just love my beer with my hubby. <BR> <BR> I know I can look so much better if I didn't drink so much but it is so hard not too. <BR> <BR> Ugh. <BR> <BR> I always find an excuse and with the weather it tastes great. LOL. Oh ,and I go back to school the end of August, meaning I won't be able to drink at much anymore, so I use that as a reason to enjoy myself now. Ugh. <BR> <BR> The bad part is I work my butt... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 14:41:13 EST Try a salad instead - Log it here! Hi Team! <BR> <BR> A great idea to help you shed those pounds is to try a salad instead! Take one meal out of your day and fill it with a nice large, well-balanced salad. Any meal you want to replace with a salad, you can. Then, log it here, when you do. This will help you lose weight and stay healthy. <BR> <BR> Each day when you replace your meal with salad, come in here and log it in! Date and what meal you replaced! <BR> <BR> EXAMPLE: <BR> <BR> Monday: <BR> <BR> Lunch- salad <BR> <B... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 10:26:47 EST GREEN QUEEN I've just started a group for all 'green' minded people. <BR> <BR> The idea is to share tips & experiences & bring up issues related to the environment & environmentalism. <BR> <BR> I'll be sharing green cleaning & gardening tips, herbal remedies, recycling etc. <BR> <BR> If you're interested please come along & have a look <BR> <BR> Teresa <BR> xxx Sun, 12 Jul 2009 12:28:39 EST July Challenge WEEK 2. Wednesday 8th WEEK 2:~ Starts Wednesday 8th <BR> <BR> ***HEALTHY BREAKFAST CHALLENGE*** <BR> Eating a good healthy breakfast is very important to a keeping a healthy body. They say it is the most important meal for us to eat and actually aids weight loss (stops mid morning munching) and stimulates your metabolism. <BR> I thought this thread would encourage us all to have breakfast. We can post what we have each day. <BR> <BR> Plus:~ <BR> <BR> *Dumbell chest press 3 sets of 15. <BR> *Dumbell Flys 3 ... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 04:19:39 EST Bikini Bodies "Surf Paradise Diner" Hey Team! <BR> I thought it might be a good idea for us to log in what we have had or planning to have for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks on this thread. <BR> It will hopefully help to keep us motivated and also give us some great food ideas. Tue, 7 Jul 2009 11:48:54 EST Challenge For July Ideas! Week 1 is already posted. x <BR> <BR> WEEK 2:~ Starts Wednesday 8th <BR> <BR> *HEALTHY BREAKFAST CHALLENGE <BR> Eating a good healthy breakfast is very important to a keeping a healthy body. They say it is the most important meal for us to eat and actually aids weight loss (stops mid morning munching) and stimulates your metabolism. <BR> I thought this thread would encourage us all to have breakfast. We can post what we have each day. <BR> And <BR> *Dumbell chest press 3 sets of 15. <BR>... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 08:35:02 EST July Challenge!! Week 1. Starts Wednesday 1st Hey team, <BR> here's your new challenge for July, sorry im late posting it. <BR> Starts today. <BR> <BR> Week 1 <BR> *Inch Loss-(as suggested by TANNAAUGER) Lose 4 or more inches by the end of July. Or you chose how many inches you want to lose. <BR> <BR> *25 Wall pushups <BR> <BR> *45 Seated Knee Lifts (you can break it down to 1 set of 15 reps throughout the day) <BR> <BR> *2 sets of 15 Airplane pose <BR> <BR> *6 Glasses of water. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to join in. x Wed, 1 Jul 2009 08:01:21 EST What temps you to fail or give up on your diet? Emotions tend to play a large part in my success with dieting. Since I am an emotional eater, I have to work extra hard to find a different outlet than food when I get upset. This is often the barrier that stops my diets. Everyday I have to work to get past this. <BR> <BR> Temptations are: <BR> <BR> *Blizzards (dairy queen, reeses and ice cream) <BR> *Sunflower Seeds <BR> *constant desire to snack <BR> <BR> I have to fight all of these temptations. Writing them down helps to get them out o... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 12:58:26 EST Starting my excersice routine today suggestions? This will be the first time I've exercised in over a month. Seeing as I'm wayyy out of shape and I dont really want to over do it I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to where to begin. Luckily I have a an exercise bike, a recumbent bike and a treadmill as well as free weights and an exercise ball. I'm just feeling a little overwhelmed with where to start. I joined late last night so this is my first day. Thu, 25 Jun 2009 17:10:43 EST new girl hey everyone! <BR> im glad i joined this group... its a good fit for me! <BR> i hope to make friends & get motivated! <BR> <BR> ttyls - dawn <em>67</em> Thu, 25 Jun 2009 11:20:34 EST New to the team. Hi, <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm 28 years old live in South Carolina with my boyfriend our dog and our 2 cats. I'm a bit of a geek love most things sci-fi. <BR> I'm really just looking to trim down and tone up. While I've never had a problem with obesity I've never had the "bikini body." My main problem with exercise is motivating myself. Looking forward to getting to know everyone! <BR> <BR> Lindz Wed, 24 Jun 2009 23:45:57 EST How days a week do you workout? How many days a week do you workout and long do you work out for? On Average how many lbs do you lose per week? Tue, 23 Jun 2009 16:31:35 EST Is it possible? It it possible to work really hard and make it 122 by my vacation July 11th? 130 right now and workout 6 days a week. Elp (20-45 per day 6 days a week?) and strength training (3-4days per week)? Tue, 23 Jun 2009 13:18:55 EST The mommy tummy I'm almost there...almost to my goal weight, but how do I get rid of the flabby mommy tummy? The sagging skin with fat underneath? Some say that a tummy tuck's the only way, but others say you just have to burn off the fat underneath and it will be firm and taut again. Anyone had any luck with this? Tue, 23 Jun 2009 12:06:43 EST JUNE "Hot Bikini Bodies" Challenge Week FOUR! JUNE "Hot Bikini Bodies" Challenge- WEEK 4! <BR> <em>402</em> <BR> Thank you for joining the challenge! Here is week four!! This last week will be the toughest! <BR> <BR> <BR> Below is what to expect this week Monday-Sunday, for the Week 4 of our June Hot Bikini Bodies Challenge! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's WEEK 4!: <BR> <BR> You get ten points for each one you complete. Just total up the numbers for me! (you can just edit your post each day!) <BR> <BR> ****This week, if you would, I... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 09:25:18 EST Let's try this again!!! Hi Guys <BR> <BR> I am back once again! As some of you know I originally joined SparkPeople for a 2 week trip to USA, I lost weight, felt loads better and healthier and proud of myself. <BR> <BR> When I came back it took me about a month to get back on here, I managed one day of posting and food tracking and then I went off the rails again and didn't come back!!! So please be patient with me while I try this again!!!! <BR> <BR> Here is what I have been up to for the last few weeks -- whic... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 04:56:46 EST Calorie burn How many calories do you find you actually burn WORKING OUT every week? <BR> <BR> So far I have burned 1700 calories. <BR> Fri, 19 Jun 2009 15:04:49 EST What Fills Your Up? When I'm tempted by the thoughts of cheeseburgers and chili fries - it's really tough to eat just a Lean Cuisine and feel stuffed. I like to add LARGE salads or soups to every meal to feel full. Miso soup, low-cal microwaveable soups, anything that's 200 calories or under. Salads are great too - 3 cups of lettuce is what...15 calories? Add in some croutons and a dash of parmesan cheese, a little low-cal dressing...and you've got something to chomp and crunch on. <BR> <BR> So - what fills... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 14:45:24 EST Gaining inches Hi all <BR> <BR> I've stuck to the diet & am working out nearly every day. My weight hasn't changed for 3 weeks, & I've put on an inch around my waist <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Any idea what I could be doing wrong?? <BR> Thanks <BR> Teresa Tue, 16 Jun 2009 06:52:18 EST JUNE "Hot Bikini Bodies" Challenge Week THREE! JUNE "Hot Bikini Bodies" Challenge- WEEK 3! <BR> <em>402</em> <BR> I want to thank you for joining the challenge! Here is week three, a little more intense! Have fun! <BR> <BR> Below is what to expect this week Monday-Sunday, for the Week 3 of our June Hot Bikini Bodies Challenge! <BR> <BR> (Intro) <BR> Want to look hot in your bikinis this summer? You've come to the right challenge! You definetly want to join this month's challenge! Starts tomorrow June 1st! This challenge will help you ... Sun, 14 Jun 2009 23:55:12 EST ? about Monokini Suits Ok so im am now within my goal weight (118-123) and i am happy with how i look always need to work on some toning but no complaints otherwise! Well my SIL gave me one the monokinins to wear it fits and it looks good im happy BUT the problem: MY BOOBS!! they are hanging out everywhere!! I havent tried on more of these suits at the stores yet but i'm just wondering are they are ALL like this? I'm not a big girl i only wear a C cup in a bra so i dont know why it would look like that but i swear ... Fri, 12 Jun 2009 17:00:09 EST Hi All I am new here but I like this team and wanna join. <BR> A little about myself, I am a 26 (soon to be 27) year old wife and mom of a 9 month old now. I work full-time & going to school to become a Registerd Nurse soon. I hope :-)~!!! <BR> I am 5'7" and 140-145 lbs, depending on the day!! :-)~! I really want to get down to 135 lbs. <BR> I just started P90X and love it but am having a hard time fitting in 6 days/week. Oh boy! It's tough. <BR> ANyway, I am happy to be here with you guys. Thu, 11 Jun 2009 18:49:03 EST JUNE "Hot Bikini Bodies" Challenge Week TWO! JUNE "Hot Bikini Bodies" Challenge- WEEK 2! <BR> <em>402</em> <BR> I want to thank you for joining the challenge the first week! Week two begins June 8th! You are all doing fantastic, and I can't wait to see how you will do this week! Don't forget to total up your points for week one, so we can keep track of points! <BR> <BR> Below is what to expect this week Monday-Sunday, for the Week 2 of our June Hot Bikini Bodies Challenge! <BR> <BR> (Intro) <BR> Want to look hot in your bikinis this... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 23:01:53 EST JUNE "Hot Bikini Bodies" Challenge Week 1: 6/8 JUNE "Hot Bikini Bodies" Challenge- WEEK 2! <BR> <em>402</em> <BR> I want to thank you for joining the challenge the first week! Week two begins June 8th! You are all doing fantastic, and I can't wait to see how you will do this week! Don't forget to total up your points for week one, so we can keep track of points! <BR> <BR> Below is what to expect this week Monday-Sunday, for the Week 2 of our June Hot Bikini Bodies Challenge! <BR> <BR> (Intro) <BR> Want to look hot in your bikinis this... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 22:58:44 EST What Kind of Bikini Do you Want to Wear? My goal this summer, is to wear my VS bikini! <BR> <BR> What kind will you guys get? Thu, 4 Jun 2009 00:41:27 EST A Quick Guide To Food Additives! Hey Guys, <BR> I've just read this article and thought i would share it with you. <BR> <BR> Family guide to food additives <BR> What are they used for and how can we reduce our intake? <BR> <BR> More than 3,000 additives are licensed for use in the EU, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is clear that all of them must pass safety assessment and approval procedures. Additives may be ‘artificial’ (eg saccharin); ‘natural’ (eg colouring from turmeric); or ‘nature identical’ (eg vanillin, a man-mad... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 13:13:51 EST JUNE "Hot Bikini Bodies" Challenge Week 1: 6/1-6/8 JUNE "Hot Bikini Bodies" Challenge <BR> <BR> <BR> Want to look hot in your bikinis this summer? You've come to the right challenge! You definetly want to join this month's challenge! Starts tomorrow June 1st! This challenge will help you get ready for these awesome summer months! <BR> <BR> Here's Week One: <BR> <BR> You get ten points for each one you complete. Just total up the numbers for me! (you can just edit your post each day!) <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> <BR> Cardio: 30 minute... Sun, 31 May 2009 23:00:49 EST I am back!! Hi Guys <BR> <BR> I am officially going to start Sparking again tomorrow 1st June but just wanted to say Hi! <BR> <BR> Went to LA for first 2 weeks of May and it was absolutely amazing, incredible, couldn't have been better! Getting our pics sorted so look out for them soon. We had a lovely pool at our hotel and we went to Santa Monica twice, so I was sooooo glad I had done a bikini diet!!! If you have watched the episode of The Hills where Spencer proposes to Heidi on Santa Monica ferris w... Sun, 31 May 2009 08:07:36 EST MAY CHALLENGE WEEK 4 Ok ladies here's week 4 of the challenge, any questions feel free to ask. <BR> Starts Thursday 27th. <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEK 4:~ <BR> 2mins Jump rope (you don't need to use a rope just move hands & arms while jumping) <BR> <BR> DECLINE PUSHUPS- Use the couch, chair or ball if you have it, and place your feet there. Then do a pushup. 25 total or as many as you can <BR> <BR> PRAYER SQUATS- Get in a squat position, with hands place in a prayer. Do the squat down and raise back up to start. 25... Tue, 26 May 2009 15:59:42 EST Any one tried the 10 minute solution fitness dvds? Just wondered if anyone had tried them and what their thoughts were? Tue, 26 May 2009 13:14:19 EST May Challenge "Week 3" Starts Thursday 21st May.......... Here's the challenge for week 3. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> *Various Planks hold for as long as you can. (modifiy if needed) <BR> *Various Crunches (as many as you can) <BR> *Double leg lifts (as many as you can) <BR> *30mins Cardio or 30mins Strength. <BR> <BR> Log in what you have done. <BR> Wed, 20 May 2009 15:56:42 EST Find A Buddy! HERE! We all need someone to keep us accountable. Finding someone on your same team to work with you one on one as well as with the team, is a great support mechanism! You can do this together. <BR> <em>220</em> <em>223</em> <BR> *Post that you are looking for a buddy and you can also view other teammates looking as well.** <BR> <BR> Remember- we're always here for you guys! <BR> <em>104</em> Wed, 20 May 2009 12:17:39 EST How's The Swimsuits Coming Ladies? Just chking in thought i would see how every1 is and how the swimsuit strutting is coming? This past weekend was swimming on Saturday and the Lake on Sunday I was actually not embarrassed to take my shirt off with just my bikini top under!! It felt great!! <em>224</em> <BR> I havent been doing as good as i could have i should be doing more but i been hanging in there! Here's a brand new pic of me if any1 wants to see!! <BR> <link><BR>mypspwork/Edited%20P... Fri, 15 May 2009 00:20:26 EST Biggest Obstacles YOU have overcome in 2009! What are some of the biggest obstacles you have overcome in 2009? Anything from weight loss, to self-esteem, to job / professional life. <BR> <BR> Me: <BR> <BR> I have pushed past the first 11 pounds, and am on my way to my ideal body <BR> <BR> I have passed my teaching exams and am ready to teach as soon as a job becomes available! <BR> <BR> <BR> Whatever your obstacles are, you can overcome them, and this team is here to support you! <BR> <BR> Aly <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>... Wed, 13 May 2009 15:32:55 EST April "Fool-Proof" Challenge! WINNER SLIMJIM! Total Points for the April Challenge are here! The Winner is SlimJim!!!! Congrats!!!! Great job to everyone!! It was a close match!! <BR> <BR> <BR> SlimJim: 1280 <BR> Shyana: 1260 <BR> Taffy: 1250 <BR> Jasmine: 1110 <BR> Bryder!: 550 <BR> Kayla1025: 310 <BR> Pinkaboo: 200 <BR> VanityFair55: 120 <BR> Crzysurfchic: 60 <BR> Samot_h: 50 Mon, 11 May 2009 14:58:31 EST Week2--May Challenge. WEEK 2:~ <BR> Coach Nicoles New Bootcamp Videos Day 1 to Day 7 <BR> <BR> Hi ladies. <BR> <BR> Some of you are all ready doing coach nicoles bootcamp videos. (sweatsuit to swimsuit team) so you know how great these videos are. <BR> You can choose to do any of the bootcamp videos along with the workouts you are all ready doing. <BR> <BR> Here's what i'm going to do this week, feel free to join in. <BR> <BR> Day 1:~New YOU Bootcamp: Day 1 Workout <BR> And <BR> 10-Minute Pilates Thigh Work... Mon, 11 May 2009 05:12:33 EST Off to L.A. I hope everyone I have speaking to on Spark will see this. Thank you all so so so much for all your support over the last few weeks. Sorry I have gone off the map a bit over the last few days, I had lots of stress at work, getting ready to go away, a job interview in the middle of it all, the list goes on!!! <BR> <BR> Anyway I am off to LA tomorrow at 12 and feel so so much better in myself since finding Spark. Wish me luck with my bikini and speak to you when I get back <BR> <BR> <em>67</... Fri, 1 May 2009 17:35:38 EST BikiniSTyle Question!!! Ok, what is the name of the cut of bikini bottoms that are low rise, and cuts up across the butt a little more than a regular cut, but not a thong? <BR> <BR> Is it a french cut? <BR> <BR> I was looking to get a new bikini thru Victoria's Secret, but all the bottoms look like a regular cut back, or they don't show it. I'm looking to spend $100 or less. If anyone knows of a website, that would be so helpful!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ~J. <em>212</em> Thu, 30 Apr 2009 12:36:39 EST May Challenge -WK1-Card Game. Hey Team, <BR> Here's WK1 of the May Challenge:~ <BR> Starts Friday 1st May till Thursday 7th. <BR> <BR> WEEK-1. <BR> <BR> A card challenge:~deal out 7 cards and play that hand,you can start with 5 cards, or however many you want to's up to how much time you have or how you are feeling. <BR> <BR> Deck of Cards: <BR> SPADES = Squats <BR> CLUBS = Push-ups <BR> HEARTS = Jumping Jacks <BR> DIAMONDS = Sit Ups <BR> <BR> Numbered cards equal their face value and <BR> JACKS = 11... Thu, 30 Apr 2009 08:02:05 EST Details For The May Challenge!! Hey Team! <BR> Thought i'd post the details for the May Challenge early so that you could come on over and check it out. <BR> Sorry haven't got a name for it yet, Aly's the one that comes up with great names. I can't think of one at the min. lol! <BR> Starts 1st May. <BR> The Card Challenge and Wk4's Challenge are from Trainer T's (A Better Me Team) awesome challenges. Thank you T for letting me use them. xx <BR> <BR> WEEK 1:~ <BR> <BR> A card challenge:~deal out 7 cards and play that han... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 15:32:55 EST I know I can't spot train but... Although I lost a pound this week and feel much MUCH healthier, I have gone into a one week to go meltdown this afternoon and am still looking at my non flat tummy and my saddlebags (??? my boyf says they are called love handles???) I don't know what you call them but basically at the bottom of my back from my spine to my side used to be flat, and now it isn't!!! I remember when I was about 20 you could see two dint things at the bottom of my back, and now you can't!!!! <BR> <BR> I have been... Sat, 25 Apr 2009 13:14:06 EST newbie:) hey ladies! <BR> <BR> im lisa! came here because i think it is the perfect place to help me reach my goal! i want to had a bikini body this time next year because i am going on holiday and havnt worn a bikini for 6 years! <BR> <BR> i know i can do it! so any advice would be great! <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Apr 2009 19:45:07 EST WEEK 4: April "Fool-Proof" Challenge 4/23 - 4/30!! Week Four <BR> <BR> <BR> Health / Nutrition: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat a fiber rich breakfast <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> <BR> 1. 5 minutes stretching <BR> 2. 35 minutes cardio <BR> 3. 40 Crunches <BR> 4. 25 Reverse Crunches <BR> 5. 15 oblique crunches (Each side) <BR> <BR> (Example) <BR> <BR> Point Tracker <BR> Name: ALY_SHIRLEY <BR> Monday <BR> 1. 10 pts <BR> 2. 10 pts <BR> 3. 10 pts <BR> 4. 10 pts <BR> 5. 10 pts <BR> Total for Monday: 50 points <BR> <BR> Remember guys- have fun!!!!! You are on... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 07:22:56 EST Help Save Steve's Place--A ustraila Zoo The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve (SIWR) is a wetland conservation property and a tribute to Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. <BR> <BR> The 135,000 ha property, in Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula, is home to a set of important spring fed wetlands which provide a critical water source to threatened habitat, provide permanent flow of water to the Wenlock River, and is home to rare and vulnerable plants and wildlife. <BR> <BR> <BR> The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve (SIWR) was acquired as part of ... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 16:38:51 EST April "Fool-Proof" Challenge WEEK 3 4/16-4/23 WEEK THREE, APRIL FOOL-PROOF CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> <em>279</em> <em>67</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Week Three: <BR> Health / Nutrition: <BR> 1. Drink one glass of milk / soy milk per day <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> 1. 5 minutes stretching <BR> 2. 30 minutes cardio <BR> 3. 10 push-ups <BR> 4. 15 bicep curls per arms (You pick weight) <BR> <BR> (Example) <BR> <BR> Point Tracker <BR> Name: ALY_SHIRLEY <BR> Monday <BR> 1. 10 pts <BR> 2. 10 pts <BR> 3. 10 pts <BR> 4. 10 pts <BR> 5. 10 pts <BR>... Thu, 16 Apr 2009 10:31:21 EST Going Bikini Shopping This Wkend....Who's With Me? <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Or maybe I have just been trying really hard to think of a new topic for me to post as my first one!!!! <BR> <BR> I have decided to treat myself to a gorgeous pink bikini this weekend to motivate myself and wanted to share the idea with you guys!!! <BR> <BR> Let me know if you are doing the same and we can discuss my 2 favourite things....clothes and pink! <em>247</em> Wed, 15 Apr 2009 16:05:13 EST HI I'm OLIVIA hi everyone my name is olivia i an new to SP and i am still geting used to it. my whole life i have stuggled with my weight and i am finally throwing in the towel and taking control of my life. i want to lose at lease 30 pounds and i want to feel good about what i look like Fri, 10 Apr 2009 00:58:53 EST April "Fool-Proof" Challenge WEEK 2: 4/9-4/16 Here's Week Two: <BR> <BR> Remember to total your points and edit your posts! Great Job Guys!! <BR> <BR> April 9th - April 16th <BR> <BR> Week Two: <BR> Health / Nutrition: <BR> 1. 5 servings of fruits or veggies <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> 1. 5 minutes stretching <BR> 2. 25 minutes cardio <BR> 3. 30 squats <BR> 4. 30 lunches (15 per leg) <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>417</em> <em>104</em> Thu, 9 Apr 2009 17:32:40 EST meat portions Is there any rule of thumb to telling what a portion of meat is, without actually weighing it (because I don't have a scale) and chopping it all up ahead of time and measuring by the cup full (because it drives my husband crazy that I am watching my calorie count). I once heard that you could compare, to the size of your palm, or the size of your fist or the size of a deck of cards and that would tell you approx how many ounces it was and that would be a good reference point. If anyone has ... Wed, 8 Apr 2009 13:06:43 EST new to bikini bodies Hi everyone <BR> I'm new to this team but it looks like this is where I need to be. I'm at 146 only 5"1 so I have a long way to go to reach my healthy weight of 115. Hoping you all can help me stay motivated! Mon, 6 Apr 2009 15:32:35 EST BIKINI BODIES WORKOUT VIDEO- BY ALY_SHIRLEY!!!! Hey Guys!!! Guess what! I made a workout video- just for you guys!! I filmed it and put this together myself. Please give it a try!! Enjoy!!!!! <BR> (PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK TO BE DIRECTED TO MY WORKOUT VIDEO!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> **The video is processing- it will be working very soon** Fri, 3 Apr 2009 09:32:58 EST April "Fool-Proof" Challenge! Week One 4/2 - 4/9 April “Fool-Proof” Challenge <BR> OVERVIEW <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <em>216</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Four Weeks <BR> <BR> This is the April “Fool Proof Challenge!” Each week, you will complete a health / nutrition section and an exercise / strength section! It will be a blast. For each one you complete, you will receive 10 points! Have fun! <BR> Keeping Track of your points: <BR> In order to make sure we have the correct points for you, please edit your post at the end of each week... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 07:31:31 EST Fitness Tools & Motivation! READ THIS! :) Hi Guys!! <BR> <BR> Thought you might enjoy some of these fitness tools, videos and success stories I found at! Check it out! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> To find out your ideal body weight, click on this link: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ight/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> FOR WORKOUTS: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> To read some awesome success stories, click this link: <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 10:19:24 EST Leg / Buttock, Toning,... Log It Here! Any leg-work, buttock-work, or toning, log it here. Get fit in this zone! Sexy Legs are the bomb! You can do it! Mon, 30 Mar 2009 16:39:04 EST Up Late? Evening Chat Here! :) Up late? Chat here! How has your evening been? How was the day for you today? Let us know what you struggeled with today or what's bothering ya! :) Mon, 30 Mar 2009 16:32:24 EST Laughter Is Good For The Soul! <BR> Got these off another team i'm on:~ <BR> <BR> MEN ARE JUST HAPPIER PEOPLE <BR> <BR> NICKNAMES <BR> If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah. <BR> If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla and Four-eyes. <BR> <BR> EATING OUT <BR> When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in £20, even though it's only for £32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and non... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 06:35:15 EST March Challenge WK4. Ok ladies here's your new challenge!! Starts Thursday 26th. <BR> <BR> Each week you will get a choice of 3 things to do, you can either do one of them or all 3. It's up to you, just log in what you've done each day. <BR> <BR> WEEK4. <BR> *Dumbbell side bends~2x15 & Seated side twist with medicine ball or dumbbells~2x15. & Pendulum~2x15. <BR> <BR> *Walk~Keep increasing your steps. <BR> <BR> *Lunges. (how ever many you can do) <BR> <BR> You can also include any of the challenges from ... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 08:01:38 EST Discouraged! I need a little encouragement. I have been working out for at least an hour everyday for a week and ive been eating good and ive actually gained weight! Mon, 23 Mar 2009 23:42:05 EST Hellooooo Everyone!! Hey guys I just wanted to drop in and let everyone know that i'm still alive. Sorry i haven't been active on the team, but i am getting everything ready for my big move to Hawaii!!!! I've got about a week and a half left, and i am getting anxious. I hope everyone is doing well. And keep up the outstanding work, before you know it you'll be rockin a sexy bikini on the beach! <BR> <BR> <BR> XOXO, <BR> ~Jill <em>47</em> Sat, 21 Mar 2009 16:47:02 EST Hey everyone! Not sure to post under the sticky or new topic??? lol <BR> Hey there! So Ive been a member of SP since the end of Dec...I have def. noticed the more active I am on here Im more motivated to workout and eat right! So its working lol.. <BR> So I am 24yrs old, married w/2 lil kids..I gained all my weight after I got married..I was already big when I got pregnant lol..before that when I first met my husband I was only 115-120lbs..Right now my goal is 140lbs and then when I hit that I will re-eval... Fri, 20 Mar 2009 11:50:32 EST March Challeng e----WK3 Ok ladies here's your new challenge!! <BR> <BR> Each week you will get a choice of 3 things to do, you can either do one of them or all 3. It's up to you, just log in what you've done each day. <BR> If you want to you can include any of the challenge's from WK1 & WK2, mix it up how you like. <BR> <BR> WEEK3. <BR> *3 different crunches~ie~Elbow to knee crunch. Crunches with twist. Crunches. Try to increase the amount you already do, for example~if you already do 60 try to do 70. <BR> <B... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 16:08:59 EST Non-Scale Accomplishments I only weigh myself once a week - sometimes every 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> But this morning I had a definite accomplishment - I put on a pair of trousers I haven't worn in months because they were too tight and they fit! Not only that, I think they fit better than when I originally bought them. Woot! <BR> <BR> What about you guys? Any non-scale victories to share? Tue, 17 Mar 2009 17:42:26 EST Hello!! Hello, My name is Amanda. I've been on SP for a while, but I have lacked motivation in the past. This time feels different. My BMI is in normal range, but I'm planning an extra special 10th Anniversary celebration vacation in Walt Disney world. I'm working toward looking great in a bikini (or lingerie). I've been running on my treadmill, working out on my wii, and watching what I eat. I just feel like this is the time to focus, and work toward such a goal. I feel that I'm one of those ... Sat, 14 Mar 2009 18:13:40 EST March Challenge--WK2 Here's Week 2, starts tomorrow-(Thursday) <BR> <BR> Each week you will get a choice of 3 things to do, you can either do one of them or all 3. It's up to you, just log in what you've done each day. <BR> <BR> WEEK~2. <BR> Walk~increase your steps from last week. <BR> <BR> Stretch 5 different ways,ie:~Back extensions. Superman. Swimming. T-Stand. Childs pose. Mermaid stretch.etc. Or you can do one of Coach Nicole's stretch video's. <BR> <BR> Exercise of your choice, can be a video or tr... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 17:21:37 EST C25K Question I started the C25k program last week. I completed d1w2 today! YAY me!! <BR> Actually I felt that week 2 is easier than week 1. <BR> <BR> My question is why does the program say to do this every other day? A lot of marathon or avid runners will run everyday or back to back days. So what is the big deal? I finished d3w1 yesterday & moved on to d1w2 today...I feel great! <BR> <BR> <em>186</em> <em>68</em> <em>186</em> <em>68</em> <em>186</em> <em>186</em> <em>68</em> <em>186</em> <em... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 11:55:52 EST February Challenge WINNER! DANCING JILL! Our featured winner for the month of February was DANCING JILL! Jill came in first place with a total of: 1358 points!! Jill has already lost 19 pounds here at spark, and is an amazing person! Great Job Jill! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> Also, I want to let Star (who was very close) great job! You guys ROCK!! And Great Job to everyone else who participated in the February Challenge, you Guys did Awesome!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Points: <BR> <BR> DANCING JILL- 135... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 17:19:22 EST March Challeng e--"Work Your Core!!" WK-1 Starts Thursday 5th March. <BR> <BR> There are four parts to the challenge and it will last for 4 weeks. You can fit these challenges into your everyday exercise's, everyone is at different fitness levels so do as many sets/reps that you feel comfortable with. <BR> <BR> Each week you will get a choice of 3 things to do, you can either do one of them or all 3. It's up to you, just log in what you've done each day. <BR> <BR> WEEK 1. <BR> *Walk:~Try to aim for 5,000 steps. (2.5 miles) <BR>... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 17:16:50 EST March Challeng :---Work Your Core!! Ok ladies here's your new challenge!! <BR> <BR> There are four parts to the challenge and it will last for 4 weeks. You can fit these challenges into your everyday exercise's, everyone is at different fitness levels so do as many sets/reps that you feel comfortable with. <BR> <BR> Each week you will get a choice of 3 things to do, you can either do one of them or all 3. It's up to you, just log in what you've done each day. <BR> <BR> WEEK 1. <BR> *Walk:~Try to aim for 5,000 steps. <BR> <B... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 09:51:31 EST Surviving Weekend Vacations Went on a mini-vacation this weekend out camping and thought to myself - how will I stay on track diet-wise? <BR> <BR> Before we left I prepared a cooler with: <BR> <BR> 1 large tupperware of chopped carrots <BR> 2 small containers of berries & apple slices <BR> Activia yogurts <BR> Fruit cups <BR> Low-cal bread & cheese & meat slices <BR> Rice crisps <BR> Sugar free candies <BR> Light Cran-apple juice <BR> <BR> This way I avoided most of the chips & junk food that other people brought wit... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 19:14:49 EST WEEK 4: "Love Your Parts" CARDIO / HEART HEALTHY!! This Week: <BR> <BR> WEEK FOUR: "CARDIO: HEART HEALTHY!" <BR> <BR> *Dance to 3 fast paced songs for 5 minutes <BR> <BR> *Do 20 minutes of Cardio exercise <BR> <BR> emoticon <BR> YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> OVERVIEW OF CHALLENGE IN TOTAL: <BR> <BR> February "Love Your Parts!" Challenge <BR> 4 Part Challenge <BR> <BR> <BR> Overview of Challenge: <BR> <BR> This is the "Love Your Parts" challenge! It consists of 4 weeks! Each week you work on a different core secti... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 20:56:33 EST Exercising and... (that time of the month) An indelicate subject, I know. <BR> <BR> Do you still go to the gym? Thu, 19 Feb 2009 11:58:11 EST WEEK 3: "Love Your Parts Challenge" ARMS/CHEST This Week: <BR> <BR> Week Three: Arms / Chest <BR> <BR> *3 Sets of Bicep Curls <BR> *3 sets of Triceps <BR> *3 Sets of Butterfly's (or exercise of your choice) <BR> <BR> <em>84</em> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> OVERVIEW OF CHALLENGE IN TOTAL: <BR> <BR> February "Love Your Parts!" Challenge <BR> 4 Part Challenge <BR> <BR> <BR> Overview of Challenge: <BR> <BR> This is the "Love Your Parts" challenge! It consists of 4 weeks! Each week you work on a different ... Mon, 16 Feb 2009 00:18:01 EST Calorie Counting How strict are you with it? Do you log every little thing? Fri, 13 Feb 2009 17:25:08 EST "Love Your Parts" Challenge WEEK TWO: 2/9-2/15 This Week: <BR> WEEK 2 <BR> February 9th to February 15th <BR> <BR> Legs / Buttocks <BR> 3 exercises <BR> <em>417</em> <BR> <BR> *Do 3 squat sets <BR> *Three sets of leg lifts <BR> *Lunges <BR> <BR> ***Any extra leg /buttock workout counts as bonus- 5 pts each!*** <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> OVERVIEW OF CHALLENGE IN TOTAL: <BR> <BR> February "Love Your Parts!" Challenge <BR> 4 Part Challenge <BR> <BR> <BR> Overview of Challenge: <BR> <BR> This is the "Love Your Parts" challenge! It... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 21:47:43 EST Hullo. Just joined the team here as my ultimate goal has always been to have a bikini body. Thu, 5 Feb 2009 12:19:19 EST "Love Your Parts" Challenge: WEEK ONE! 2/2 - 2/8 <em>244</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> February "Love Your Parts!" Challenge <BR> 4 Part Challenge <BR> <BR> <BR> Overview of Challenge: <BR> <BR> This is the "Love Your Parts" challenge! It consists of 4 weeks! Each week you work on a different core section of your body! You can earn 10 points for each exercise completed, per day! You can also opt to do extra exercise per day, for a bonus of 5 points per day! At the end of the four weeks, you will have sculpted your main concern areas & ... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 17:10:56 EST A Goal Reached? Ok so I just did my weight in for the end of January and I dropped one inch off my chest, a half a inch off my hips, my waist stayed the say, and my weight was 160.2. That's where I have the problem. On my signature one of my first weight goal is 160, but I don't know if I should put down that I reached it, or just wait till I lose the .2 pounds. Any suggestions? <em>38</em> Sat, 31 Jan 2009 12:17:01 EST Stores putting the swimsuits out ALREADY!! NNNNOOOOOO!!! I'm not ready lol!! I was at target the other day and they had bathing suits out already!! I was like omg no no im not ready!! i need these last few months to finish toning! But i saw they had this super cute pink and black polka dot bikini!! Oh i wanted it lol! But i dont think i will get a real bikini or has to be with shorts! i wanted to get a Monokini and some shorts!! Like you said Jas. my DH is over protective too and he dont me flashing my rear to all the male members in ... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 13:34:17 EST question about pilates? would pilates be considered strength training cardio or both? Tue, 27 Jan 2009 01:51:28 EST WK-4--Fun Challenges! Hey team! <BR> You have all done a fantastic job with the last 3 challenges, thanks for joining in. I hope you all join in with the new challenge. :) <BR> <BR> There are eight challenges for you to complete and score points in. <BR> 1.Stay within your calorie range.=5pts <BR> <BR> 2.Drink your water, minimum 6 glasses.=5pts <BR> <BR> 3.Personnal time.=5pts. (Try for 15mins of alone time in the day, whether it be reading, meditation, relaxing in the bath tub,etc. It does not have to be 15 c... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 16:41:30 EST What are your "slips" and how do you stop them?!?! I'll admit it...I am addicted to chocolate!!! I crave it all the time. My problem is I cant just have one piece or one bite. For the past three nights I have caved into my chocolate addiction and had some Hershey Kisses. Now maybe some people can have two or three and feel satisfied but no not me. I started off thinking I would just have two or three and each time I had about 20...I'm not exaggerating. Today...I threw the bag out (it was a really big bag!!). Don't get me wrong I ate ab... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 19:18:43 EST January Challenge WK-3-Eat A Rainbow! Each day you will get 5 points for every different colour of fruit/vegetable you eat. And 5 points for drinking 6 or more glasses of water. <BR> <BR> These are the categories we will use:- <BR> <BR> 1.Water <BR> 2.Red <BR> 3.Green <BR> 4.Blue/Purple <BR> 5.White <BR> 6.Yellow/Orange <BR> <BR> Maximum of 30 points per day. 210 points for the week <BR> <BR> Rules:- <BR> Eat as many fruits/veggies you like, but you will only get a maximum of 30 points a day. <BR> <BR> If you only eat the in... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 17:49:03 EST Help With Cellulite! Hey Team! <BR> <BR> Do any of you have a certain routine that you do that addresses cellulite? <BR> <BR> Please post any ideas, tips, advice. <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> <BR> Jas x Wed, 14 Jan 2009 17:01:28 EST "January Challenge" WK-2-Exercise! Hi Ladies, <BR> Thanks for joining in Wk1's challenge, everyone did fantastic. <BR> <BR> Here's week 2's challenge, this is borrowed with permission from one of Trainer T's (some of us have already done it and know it's fun) Any questions please ask. :) <BR> <BR> *Cardio-Your Choice 20-30mins=5pts <BR> (walk/run, exercise video's etc anything that gets you moving.You can do more than 30mins) <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 17:04:41 EST Hi from CA So I'm a mother of 2kids my daughter is 10 y/o and my son is 3 y/o so yes I don't have the I just had a baby excuse. I have just always been fat. and I have been on the yoyo diets so I'm done and trying to show my self to live better and make good decisions. <BR> so thanks for all you help and for the challenges. <BR> Luisa Sun, 4 Jan 2009 21:30:58 EST Bikini Bodies Cookbook- Your favorite recipes! Hi Team! I was sitting here thinking- what do I make for dinner this week for my husband and I that we will both like? It's hard to come up with ideas alone. So- i realized that we have almost 300 members, we can simply all post our different & favorite meal ideas with their servings & calorie contents! This can help us all to have more ideas and keep things fresh in the kitchen! <BR> We can create our own Bikini Bodies Cookbook! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's how it works! <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 18:20:16 EST What do you need to do before you're Bikini ready? Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Let's discuss what we all would like to do to be ready for our bikini's!! <BR> <BR> I need to work on my abdominals! Sun, 4 Jan 2009 17:48:33 EST "2009" Daily Chit Chat!! Come on over and have a chat everyday, let us know how you feel, what your exercise plans are for the day. Or if you are in need of support, we are all here to help each other. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Lets make 2009 a fantastic year for Bikini Bodies and ourselves, we can do this team!!! <BR> <BR> Don't forget to check out the January challenge. :) <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Jas x Thu, 1 Jan 2009 10:00:16 EST What Videos Will Yall Use 2 Tone b4 Summer? I was just wondering which if any exercise videos yall will be using to tone up b4 the big day comes to try those swimsuits on? I plan on using the next 2 months to shed the weight and then in march i really wanna focus on toning and would like a video to work out to so if you know any good ones and where i can get them at please post!! I dont want something that involves getting on the floor i dont have carpet in my pc room and floor stuff just really kills my bk!! Wed, 31 Dec 2008 13:43:29 EST What Else is Every1 Worried About? So i was just wondering what else every1 is worried about besides fitting in our new swimsuits? I not only worry about fitting but my skin is very white which is not appealing and i have dont have enough money for tanning and i have not found products that work! So any1 else? Any tips? My other problem is i have Eczema which peeps totally freak out when they see it so i really hope it goes away by summer time!! Sun, 28 Dec 2008 16:57:44 EST 2009 Resolutions Well to begin i just wanted to say that i hope everyone had a great christmas, or any other holiday you celebrate. So now the juicy question is what are your New Years Resolutions?? I will list mine right now. :) <BR> <BR> To wean myself away from smoking cigarettes <BR> To be true to myself and not let anyone bring me down <BR> To have a positive outlook on everything <BR> And to continue all of my hard work and dedication to my new lifestyle. :) <BR> <BR> I would love to hear what all of... Fri, 26 Dec 2008 14:19:21 EST Awesome January Challenge Week 1 January 2009 Challenge WK1-Back to Basics. <BR> Starts Thurs 1st-7th. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~***********~~~~~~~~~~********<BR>***~~~~~~~~~~~***********~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Below is a list of all the fast break goals SparkPeople suggests. <BR> Pick two of the fast break goals and stick to them everyday! They can be 2 from Nutrition, 2 from Fitness, 2 from Motivation, or 1 from two of the sections. Your choice. <BR> <BR> Scoring: <BR> You get 5pts per goal met per day (Max 10pts per day). <BR> ALSO ... Fri, 26 Dec 2008 10:34:31 EST Ab work-crunches, planks etc. Post all your core work, crunches and planks here!! <BR> <BR> A crunch can be any rep of ab work. Choose lots of different ab exercises and work uppers, lowers and obliques (sides) to get the best result. <BR> Fri, 26 Dec 2008 10:15:28 EST Awesome January Challenge!!! Hi Bikini Bodies!! <BR> <BR> It's almost January which means it's almost time for a new Monthly Challenge. <BR> This month we are going to have four separate weekly challenges to get us moving, motivated, back on track and losing those pesky pounds!! <BR> <BR> WK1-Jan 1st-7th <BR> WK2-Jan 8th-14th <BR> WK3 Jan 15th-21st <BR> WK4 Jan 22nd-28th <BR> Bonus Jan 29th-31st <BR> <BR> The four challenges are called:- <BR> Back to basics <BR> Exercise <BR> Eat a rainbow <BR> 14 Tasks to complete <... Fri, 26 Dec 2008 10:04:18 EST ? about making the inches fall off I'm new here and I joined because this year i want to make my goal and fit in swimsuit and not feel fat in it! Wells since joining SP in November i have lost give or take 8lbs! Which is great the scale is moving but as for the tape measure its refusing to budge! What else can i do? im doing crunches and jacknifes everyday as well as cardio yogo and running (in place of course its wii fit) Fri, 19 Dec 2008 15:37:36 EST HI GUYS!!!!! My name is Jill, i'm 24 and i am working on getting a killer bikini bod. I am moving to Hawaii in April so i am pushing myself extra hard. This team looks amazing. I love challenges and i love motivating others :) I can't wait to meet all of you Sun, 14 Dec 2008 22:11:49 EST Motivational Quotes... Do you know any motivational quotes? is so post them here. <BR> So that when we are feeling down <em>39</em> or just lacking in motiavtion we can come here and hopefully feel better. <em>30</em> . <BR> <BR> Jasmine x Wed, 10 Dec 2008 08:54:29 EST Greetings from Steeler Country... ittsburgh, PA!:) Hello, sexy ladies! It's great to be here! I'm Rachel, 26, from western PA. Anyone else near here? <BR> <BR> I hope I can keep up my hard work and dedication into bikini season, which here in PA, is WAY too far off. I've never been overweight. In fact, I danced for most of my childhood and teenage years and even a bit in my early 20s. I more or less have problem areas (butt and thighs and stomach, UGH!) that I have been working on. I haven't been able to stick to anything, and when I ... Sun, 7 Dec 2008 20:22:04 EST anyone interested in trying a challenge with me? This is something I already do for myself. But I was wondering if anyone wanted to do this with me so we can kind of keep track of each others progress... <BR> <BR> Basically for everyone minute spent in front of the TV or computer (not counting work)... Spend .5 minutes (30 seconds) doing some form of physical activity (on top of your normal workout routine)... not necessarily only exercise, but other things like cleaning or just whatever. <BR> <BR> This is something that I've been doin... Fri, 5 Dec 2008 14:34:24 EST Hello everyone... New here. Hello. I am new to the team. I like what I see on here so far... Everyone seems so friendly & supportive. I really believe that this can help keep me motivated to stay on top of things. <BR> <BR> I will be going on a trip for a week to the east coastline in the summer... I want to make sure I look my best in a bikini. I am tired of bathing in a pool of self pity when it comes to my appearance. It is seriously time for a change. <BR> <BR> Anywho... <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to workin... Fri, 5 Dec 2008 14:03:43 EST Newbie Here!! hey all! my name is amanda and i am aiming for a bikini body by summer!! i havent worn a bathing suit in 3 years and really miss it! Thu, 13 Nov 2008 16:58:17 EST Just A Little Extra Challenge! Hey Guys! Here's how the "A little extra" challenge works! <BR> <BR> WEEK by WEEK <BR> <BR> About 3 times a day, find a way to burn a little extra calories by doing regular everyday things! Such as: <BR> Parking far away from the grocery store & walking, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, dance while you vacuum (LOL), wash your car, etc.) <BR> <BR> Then post here, and we will see how many extra possible calories we've burned each week by doing a little extra! <BR> <em>249</em> <... Thu, 13 Nov 2008 07:12:37 EST Exercises for Collar Bone visibility? Hi team, <BR> <BR> Can anyone help and advice? I am 29 yrs, weigh 99lbs and have a BMI of 20.7. I have been gyming since Oct 2007 and have lost over 16 LBS. i am healthy and on my ideal weight. But the issue is inspite of all the exercise (5 days a week- 3 cardio sessions of 45-60 minutes and 2 45 minutes strength training session, My collar bones arent still prominently visible. I can see them when I shrug or try to bring them out. How do I get these babies out? are there any specific exerc... Sat, 8 Nov 2008 03:39:02 EST INVITE NEW MEMBERS FUN CHALLENGE!!!! Hey Team, <BR> this is already a great team, but i'd love it to be bigger and more active. <BR> So i was thinking that we could invite our friends and/or fellow team mates from other teams to our great team. <BR> <BR> Let's see our many new member's we can all get. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Go Team Bikini Bodies. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Luv ya!! <BR> x Thu, 6 Nov 2008 05:48:07 EST Hello name is Betty and I'm working to have bikini body by 06/2009! <em>67</em> Wed, 29 Oct 2008 14:59:15 EST Stay Full--- Longer! Hey Guys!! Here are some great tips to help us stay full longer, taken from a great Sparkpeople article! <BR> <BR> STAY FULL EATING THIS WAY: <BR> <BR> The following are all water-rich food choices with about 90% bound water. They can have a great impact on the calorie density of your diet. <BR> <BR> * EAT MORE broth-based soups like chicken broth and vegetable broth. <BR> * EAT MORE leafy greens like lettuce, baby spinach and mixed salad greens with fat-free dressing. <BR> * E... Wed, 29 Oct 2008 13:43:10 EST Stay Full--- Longer! Hey Guys!! Here are some great tips to help us stay full longer, taken from a great Sparkpeople article! <BR> <BR> STAY FULL EATING THIS WAY: <BR> <BR> The following are all water-rich food choices with about 90% bound water. They can have a great impact on the calorie density of your diet. <BR> <BR> * EAT MORE broth-based soups like chicken broth and vegetable broth. <BR> * EAT MORE leafy greens like lettuce, baby spinach and mixed salad greens with fat-free dressing. <BR> * E... Wed, 29 Oct 2008 13:42:54 EST Let's Make a Mini-Week Goal! 8-27-08 thru 9-2-08! Let's make a mini-week goal and beat it by next monday!! My goal is to drop from the 120's! Thats about 3-4 pounds! It's just the kick start I need! What's your goal? Post here! <em>249</em> <em>250</em> <em>192</em> Mon, 27 Oct 2008 19:50:41 EST New!!! I'm Lorraine! I'm from the Jersey Shore area so bikinis are a necessity! I still wear them, but I would like to drop about 15-20 pounds and get back to feeling HOTT in a bikini instead of just meh. :-) Sun, 26 Oct 2008 18:55:31 EST When Is Your Birthday ...Let's Celebrate!!!! Post your birthdays on this thread,you don't have to put your age if you don't want to. <BR> Lets celebrate with calorie free cakes etc. <BR> <em>236</em> <em>177</em> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>143</em> Fri, 17 Oct 2008 13:50:41 EST Silly Name Game!!! This was posted in another team and i thought it was really funny, so i thought i would share it with you. <BR> <BR> Sometimes when you have had a stressful day or week, you need some silliness to break up the day. Here is your dose of humor.... <BR> <BR> The following is excerpted from a childrens book. Captain Underpants And The Perilous Plot Professor Poopypants, by Dave Pilkey, in which an evil Professor forces everyone to assume new names. <BR> <BR> Follow the instructions to find you... Tue, 14 Oct 2008 16:57:19 EST Daily Check In & Mini Challenges!! Hey team, <BR> Thought a daily check in would be a great idea to get everyone posting again, this way we can chat and support each other through our weight loss journay. <BR> Also there will be daily mini challenges, nothing too hard just for fun. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone joins in. <BR> <BR> Jasmine x <em>252</em> Sun, 12 Oct 2008 13:45:24 EST Be More Active To Get Results!! Becoming more active in your everyday life is the key to successful long-term loss and better health. <BR> <BR> *Ways to be more active* <BR> * Use the stairs more at work, and in public places. <BR> * Park the car further away from where you need to be <BR> * Leave the car at home sometimes and walk. <BR> * Take up a new physical hobby or sport. <BR> * Book active hoildays. <BR> * Play active games and sports with your children, partner. <BR> * Get a bike and use it. <BR> * Be more energeti... Sun, 12 Oct 2008 11:02:13 EST Bikini Bodies Sexy Abs Challenge!!! Come on ladies lets get ready to show off our sexy abs in our new bikini's. <BR> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <BR> Here's the challenge:- <BR> You pick your level- choose to do either 1500 or 3500 <BR> crunches for 4 weeks. Starting 13th Oct'-10th Nov'. <BR> <BR> A crunch can be any rep of ab work,to get the best results choose to do lots of different ab exercises that work your uppers, lowers and obliques (sides). <BR> <BR> Report your progess here. <BR> <B... Fri, 10 Oct 2008 16:05:24 EST HOLIDAY CHALLENGE!!! LET'S GET READY ! CHALLENGE STARTS: OCTOBER 13TH, 2008 ENDS: NEW YEARS DAY, 2009 <BR> <BR> Hey Guys! Here is your Holiday Christmas/ /New Years' Challenge! Since everyone is at a different weight, We want everyone to pick a challenge goal weight: It can be anything achievable in that amount of time- 5,10,15... whatever you feel you want to do! <BR> <BR> For this Challenge: <BR> <BR> Exercise: 4 times per week <BR> <BR> Food: Healthy- Lean meats, whole grains, balanced veggies & fruits. <BR> <BR> Pick a ... Thu, 9 Oct 2008 21:18:57 EST What Are Your Plans For Halloween?? So what's everyone got planned for this Halloween, are you getting dressed up, going to a party, trick or treating?? <BR> <BR> Jasmine x Wed, 8 Oct 2008 12:34:04 EST BLOG IT / LOG IT CHALLENGE!! Log your calories / exercise / daily struggles!!! It is so great to get things out! <em>243</em> Sat, 4 Oct 2008 21:35:41 EST What's Your Favorite Workout? Rate Here! Ok Guys! Let's have a vote! Select which workout below you find most effective! <BR> <BR> 1. Classic Gym Cardio (Treadmill & Elliptical) <BR> <BR> 2. Strength Training <BR> <BR> 3. Cardio & Strength <BR> <BR> 4. DVD Collections: (Turbo Jam, Slim N Six, Tae Bo) <BR> <BR> 5. Live Classes @ the Gym <BR> <BR> 6. Outdoor Activities (Sports, Running, Swimming!) <BR> <BR> <BR> Let Us Know!! <em>205</em> <em>304</em> Tue, 30 Sep 2008 20:39:17 EST Blog Weekly! Hey guys! I just wanted to challenge all of us, (including myself) to blog weekly! It's a wonderful tool to get out our struggles, accomplishments, and to let others see how we're doing!! Tue, 30 Sep 2008 20:33:42 EST Blog Weekly! Hey guys! I just wanted to challenge all of us, (including myself) to blog weekly! It's a wonderful tool to get out our struggles, accomplishments, and to let others see how we're doing!! Tue, 30 Sep 2008 20:32:36 EST Show How You Feel Each Day With An Emoticon!!! <em>41</em> Tue, 30 Sep 2008 07:06:16 EST Just For Fun!! Spit...Or. .Swallow!! What food or drink would you swallow or spit? <BR> <BR> I'll start it off. :0) <BR> <BR> Melon-(swallow) <BR> <BR> Chicken-(spit) <BR> <BR> Carry the game on from Chicken. (would you spit or swallow?) <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Sep 2008 05:05:54 EST DO IT/ DID IT CHALLENGE!!!! In this challenge we challenge each other. <BR> For example if i were to say "Do 20 squats," the next person would do the 20 sqauts and then come back and say "DID IT!" and then give a new challenge of their own. <BR> <BR> It can be anything from exercise, healthy living, motivation related!! Just have fun with it and join in!! <BR> <BR> So to start it off........:0) <BR> <BR> 30 Crunches. <BR> Mon, 29 Sep 2008 05:00:49 EST Log In Your Exercise and Minutes Here!!! Use this thread to log in your exercise and minutes for the day. <BR> Jasmine Thu, 25 Sep 2008 13:27:01 EST So Who's Up For A Challenge? I've noticed that there still isn't a lot of activity on the team, so i think that its time for a challenge. If anyone has any ideas please post them here, we would love your input. After all this is a team effort. <em>30</em> Mon, 22 Sep 2008 05:25:42 EST Anyone tried Turbo Jam? Ive done slim in 6 which is by the same makers but its gotten boring to me and I wanted something new. What did you think of it? Mon, 15 Sep 2008 19:25:40 EST Where Is Everyone??? So where has everyone gone? Come on ladies time to get into shape for our bikinis. :0) Wed, 10 Sep 2008 07:51:42 EST Please introduce yourself here. Use this thread to introduce yourself to the team. <BR> Tell us a bit about yourself, your goals etc. <BR> Jasmine. Sat, 30 Aug 2008 06:37:23 EST Bikini Body Hi Everyone! Just the new girl - trying to get motivated to get into shape. Always been considered "chubby" especially in the Asian culture. Would like to look and feel great - to fit in a bikini and just know that I'm looking good instead of feeling self conscious and jumping into the water quickly and hoping that no one is looking...thanks for listening... <em>247</em> Thu, 28 Aug 2008 09:17:35 EST Sept' 1-7 Cardio, Strength & Calories Hey all, <BR> I've borrowed this challenge from another team i'm on, i thought it would be a great way to kick start September. <BR> <BR> Track your cardio intake, strength training exercise and calorie intake. Write down the minutes you exercised and your calorie range (if you were on range or under) <BR> <BR> For example <BR> Mon- 45 mins Cardio, 30 mins Strength. In range <BR> Tue <BR> Wed <BR> Thurs <BR> Fri <BR> Sat <BR> Sun <BR> <BR> If you have any questions about this challenge pl... Tue, 26 Aug 2008 18:24:28 EST Hey Team!!!! Hi guys!!! <BR> Just letting you all know that ALY_SHIRLEY is still the main team leader. STAR and myself are Co-Team Leaders. <BR> <BR> Hope this helps to clear up any confusion <BR> Jasmine Tue, 26 Aug 2008 17:28:58 EST From BodyFat to Fabulous Well about my self I have always been slim but fit and muscular however I gained some weight over the last 3 years but I was ok with this but I dont mind some of the areas now has filled out but I would love to lose some of the extra that has come for me cardio makes me loose my hips butt and thighs and this is the area that i have gained along with my belly. My measurments are 40-33-38 and i always been top heavy and i wanted some extra weight to balance the top unfortunaly i got to much i w... Tue, 26 Aug 2008 01:17:15 EST August 25-31 challenge. I have decided to make a small challenge for the last week of August. Starting Monday, I challenge all of you to dance to 3 songs everyday. Once you are complete you should come back and post what 3 songs you danced to. Anyone wanna join me on this one? <BR> <BR> ETA: I also wanted to add that it does not matter what kind of dancing you are doing as long as you are off your butt and moving to some music, that's what counts!! Sat, 23 Aug 2008 21:48:36 EST What your motivation? What is your motivation to lose this weight once and for all? Sat, 23 Aug 2008 20:20:50 EST Goals and Rewards? What are your goals and what are you going to do to reward yourself once you reach it? Sat, 23 Aug 2008 11:45:46 EST Weekly Weigh In Weigh in here. Sat, 23 Aug 2008 11:37:29 EST Welcome to the team!! Introduce yourself here. Fri, 22 Aug 2008 23:26:58 EST Let's Chat... How is everyone doing? Fri, 22 Aug 2008 23:24:57 EST Music What songs do you like to listen to when you work out? Fri, 22 Aug 2008 23:06:51 EST Challenge ideas? I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas on what they would like for a challenge. This team has not had a challenge in the longest and I think it would great if we had one. Fri, 22 Aug 2008 20:30:45 EST How the best way to lose belly fat? I know cardio is the best to lose weight, but as for belly fat. My body is kinda weird, all my fat is in my belly and it does sag after having my Daughter. Whats the best way to get rid of it, cardio or crunches? Wed, 20 Aug 2008 13:43:31 EST hi I'm new Hi, my names Tanya. I want a bikini body back. Right now I wouldn't be caught dead in one. I moved from Michigan to S. Florida the beginning of this yr. Hell I live in Florida it's required to wear a bikini here!! SO I'm trying to lose the weight so I can wear one again and have my hubby stair at me not at some skinny girl on the beach!! Wed, 20 Aug 2008 13:39:27 EST My motivation. This is the one piece swimwear that I would like to wear someday. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>plication/prodDisplay/?namespace=produ<BR>ctDisplay&origin=onlineProductDisplay.<BR>jsp&event=display&prnbr=9C-223522&page<BR>=2&cgname=OSSWMOPSZZZ&rfnbr=158 </link> Mon, 11 Aug 2008 10:57:02 EST BUDDY CHALLENGE---Au gust-September hey!!! you look great and your progress is inspiring!! would you like to join my buddy challenge?? its from august-sept. if you'd like to join the challenge but receive this comment after the start date (8/1), thats totally fine!! just join in anyway! (as opposed to ending on sept 1 u'll end the same day the following month. i.e. u join on the 8th.. your end date will be 9/8. dont feel left out at all!!! no matter if ur end date is 9/30!! the group support and motivation will remain strong!) ... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 14:17:46 EST Oh Lord!! Hello there!!! I'm a 25 (soon to be 26...YIKES!!) mother of 2 little girls 2 and 4 tyring to get back into that two piece. There's nothing like getting into a one peice and looking like a stuffed sausage as a wake up call... I"m 5'6 and 152 lbs wishing I was 125 or at least 135 again. I do cardio, crucnches and push-ups everyday and I'm trying this new thing called watching what I eat. I've NEVER had to do these things before b/c I"ve always lead a REALLY active lifestyle...not so much anymor... Wed, 23 Jul 2008 10:18:56 EST canned juice So I bought some of those canned juices from the frozen section at the grocery store and I didn't realize that I hadn't gotten the ones that are 100% fruit juice. I got the kroger fruit punch and limeanaid. So are those any healthier than if I just bought a jug of regular old premade sugary juice? Thu, 10 Jul 2008 21:15:32 EST Good Morning! Hi everyone! I'm 35, 5'8 and currently 171. I am on a mission to be fit, healthy and in a rockin bikini!! I'm a married, stay at home mom with a 5 year old and a 1.5 year old. I have been exercising regularly and have really been surprised at how much I like weight training. If I could keep my eating in check I'd be making a lot more progress. I have lost 15 pounds total so far- so I'm half way there. Can't wait to talk to you guys and be an active part of this team. Have a great and HEALTHY ... Wed, 9 Jul 2008 12:18:44 EST Hi! Just want to introduce myself: I'm 20 something, 5'4'' and weigh 125 pounds. Because of this horrible cellulite on my legs I don't dare to go out in anything shorter than knee-length. And I would love so much to look great in bikinis! So I joined this team and hope for success :-) Tue, 8 Jul 2008 10:35:22 EST Could Use Some Help I have hit a bit of a slump the last few days. College has had me stressed out, and I pretty much ate what I should not have. I want this so bad, and I want to buy that bikini instead of a swimming dress. <BR> <BR> Any advice would help immensely. <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 Jun 2008 12:23:48 EST story about that not so perfect bikini I flipped through the racks of swimsuits, my fingers sliding past the size zeros. After not exercising all year, I’d put on nearly 15 pounds since last swimsuit season. Now I was an 8, just a few Krispy Kremes away from double digits. Finding my new size felt like a trip down Obesity Lane: After zero, there was size 2, which I wore in college when I was a bike-riding vegetarian; 4, my size in grad school, despite all those appetizer samplers at Eat N’ Park; and just a year later, an 8. Trying... Fri, 13 Jun 2008 09:02:08 EST Hey Everyone I just wanted to say Hi and that I have never worn a bikini, its about time though. I hope that everyone is doing good working towards there goal. Good luck! Thu, 12 Jun 2008 10:38:11 EST What Motivates You I would be interested in hearing what motivates everyone in losing weight. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am int his for my health, for my spirituality, and most impportantly to turn the head of the man that I am in love with. Fri, 6 Jun 2008 16:07:01 EST Here Is The Bikini I Am Buying Myself I have found the bikini I am getting once I lose the weight :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>J273 </link> Mon, 2 Jun 2008 17:51:09 EST New Here I am a 38 year old female, who is in the process of losing weight. I have been overweight for over 18 years. I decided I was sick of feeling tired all the time. I have a man who I am in love with who is both Hot and fit. I am starting out on raw foods, and I have days that I slip up, but so far have lost 4 pounds. I want to be able to get back into a bikini, and turn his head :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Any tips on how to get rid of the stomach fat after losing the weight, so that I do not have a bow... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 19:33:24 EST Newbie Hello....My name is Angie I am 33 and trying to get down to the size I was before I had my first child. I have a little less than 10lbs to go. However, I would really like to be fit. I am currently doing Slim4Life and walking and starting the slim in 6 program. <BR> Mon, 19 May 2008 09:41:47 EST Almost there and fell off the wagon a little bit.. Okay I didn't mean to but I fell off the wagon a tiny bit and now I'm back on track. Does anyone else get discouraged after they lose weight and looking really good and then one day you look in the mirror and feel that some of your progress is gone and you mad because you don't look as toned and ALMOST bikini ready as the last time you looked. I was looking GREAT about2 weeks and now I'm just look kinda floopy again. Mon, 12 May 2008 21:53:08 EST How many days a week are you suppose to.... How many days a week is it okay for you to work your stomach? Also is it okay every once in a while to do a really major stomach workout day and the next day do a couple of short stomach exercises. I know I heard that you are not suppose to work the stomach 2 days in a row but a lot of the workout DVDs that I do have stomach exersises thrown into the mix. Wed, 30 Apr 2008 17:42:09 EST I`m a new member. This is so much different from myspace but I think i`ll get used to it. Alyson made my page today. I just wanted to say Hi to everyone. <BR> Right now I am 126 and I am working to be 110. Thu, 24 Apr 2008 19:41:03 EST Looking for work out motivation buddy My plan is to jog m-w-f walk thurs strength training sunday . I'm interested in meeting up with someone i share some interest with. Tue, 22 Apr 2008 22:33:01 EST Buying a new bikini!! Im going to get to my goal weight and post some hot new pics ....then cry lololol....thats what i want Tue, 22 Apr 2008 22:20:40 EST PMS Hunger I've been PMSing for the past three days and I've been totally ravenous. I've been wanting to eat everything in sight. I haven't been actually doing it, but I've come close. In addition, it was my birthday weekend and I'm trying to bounce back from an indulgent two days. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to make healthy choices and avoid simple carbs, but can anyone tell me how to STOP EATING? Tue, 22 Apr 2008 17:44:26 EST humor Ever notice that the Roman Number for 40 is XL? Fri, 18 Apr 2008 16:18:20 EST Workin' on thin thighs! Hi all! My name is Gretchen and I am from Austin, TX. I am ready for summer, but not quiet ready to buy that new bikini yet this year! I am hoping to reach my goal by June 7th. I wanna look smokin' hot in my swim suit!!! I am happy there is a group here for potential bikini babes! <em>218</em> Wed, 16 Apr 2008 21:48:19 EST Summer's almost here Okay gals- Memorial Day is the unofficial first swimming day in many places- first picnic of the year and all. This year it is on May 26th. That is only 40 days away. Are we ready for it? <BR> <BR> I am not- I still have more toning up to do and more weight to lose. <BR> <BR> In 40 days. <em>198</em> Wed, 16 Apr 2008 19:47:29 EST in need of motivation! I have been over eating so much lately! I got into a bad habit of not paying attention to what I ate over the weekend and now I can't seem to help it. I keep eating and have no energy to go workout. <BR> Any tips for what to do in times like this? Wed, 16 Apr 2008 19:44:06 EST Upper Thighs My big problem area is the area right under my bum, the backs of my upper thighs. And unfortunately this area is super visible in any bikini. I have been doing a lot of squats and the exercises in the SP butt blasting video for a while now with little change. Does anybody know the best exercises to tone up this area? Tue, 15 Apr 2008 15:16:55 EST Weird! Anyone else? As you guys are losing weight are you noticing when you are doing certain things like Pilate's or sitting on a hard chair that areas where you once had fat cushioning bone in places (more than you should have)that now those area are sensitive because they are use to being more protected? Mon, 14 Apr 2008 21:43:22 EST SheWoreAnItsyBitsyTeenyW eenyYellowPolkADotBikini Hello Everyone! I'm new! I'm Audrey- a 28 year old single mom, to my beautiful 8 year old daughter Alayna. We live in Central Virginia- and love going to the beach-wish I could get back into a BIKINI! I haven't been able to since like middle school-but I can't wait for summer to get here! I am also an Army GF- my Brian has been in the Army going on 12 years and we have been dating again for about a year and 9months- will be 2 years in july! It's really hard- he's all the way in El Paso, TX.. ... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 16:59:48 EST PUSH ME I'm tired! I don't want to go workout, I want toea,t a heavy meal and then relax. At 145 I'm not bad loking, but definately not bikini ready. Someone, PLEASE help me! Thu, 10 Apr 2008 10:27:10 EST New Girl - trying to get my bikini body back! I am going to Mexico in a few weeks - I have lost some weight, but I know that I am not going to feel comfortable in my swimsuit during this trip...however, I am also going to Hawaii this Fall and I plan on wearing an itsy bitsy tiny bikini, and feeling great in it. <BR> <BR> I have 6 months to get to my goal. Wed, 9 Apr 2008 13:08:38 EST Hello Everybody Im new , just wanted to say hi :) Fri, 4 Apr 2008 10:37:49 EST Back Workouts? I have a lot of flub on my back that does not seem to go away. I really want to fix it, but none of my workouts seem to remember that people can see my back sometimes too. If you know what I am talking about and a way to fix it, HELP!!! <BR> If I don't make any sense, let me know and I will try to clarify it. Wed, 2 Apr 2008 21:24:52 EST New person here too Hi, I am Erin. I am from Concord, NC, 36 years old and am 5'7 tall. I currently weigh 159 but am motivated to lose 20 lbs. or more to get into bikini shape. This is the year that I am going to be toned, healthy, fit...all of these and be a hot sexy wife and mom. I look forward to reading and contributing to the posts! Wed, 2 Apr 2008 19:24:39 EST New as well Hi, I'm Rachael and I want to look hot in my bikini this summer. The last few summers I avoided the beach like the plague because I felt uncomfortable with my weight. This year that will change, I want to be comfortable in a swimsuit and look HOT at the beach. I mean I do live in Sunny San Diego after all. I love sparkpeople for all the support and it's really what keeps me going when I hit a plateau. I love seeing so many people who have found so much success with their weight loss. Thu, 27 Mar 2008 23:40:24 EST New! I'm new here and my goal is to tone up and lose a few pounds. <BR> Even though the only water near me is the Ohio River, I want to get a bikini body. It's not so much because I want to wear a bikini in front of people (I'm not sure I'll ever be comfortable enough for that) but it's because I want to feel better and know that I COULD wear bikinis all the time! :) Fri, 21 Mar 2008 21:49:12 EST New I just recently started Spark people (2/21) and I am looking to tone up the flabby belly area and lose some weight to! Sun, 16 Mar 2008 19:14:10 EST New Member! Hi my name is Jackie I am 20 years old and I have never felt comfortable in a swimsuit. My goal is to be able to look good in a bikini by June 1st, I have about 10 lbs to lose so I have a lot of work to do! Wed, 5 Mar 2008 13:58:28 EST Find a Buddy! Post Here :) Hey! Post here if you are looking for a buddy or someone to keep yourself accountable with. <BR> <BR> Make it a goal, it really can make your journey a success. I always do better when I know I have someone to be accountable to. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ** I am looking for one! so if you would like to join me just stop by my page and let me know! Thanks!** <em>220</em> Fri, 29 Feb 2008 10:54:25 EST New Bikini Now? Hey Everyone <BR> I'm trying to decide if I should go buy a bikini now to use for inspiration? I still have a ways to go before I'm ready for one, but I thought if I hung it up where I could see it all the time, it might encourage me to work out when I don't feel like it, or stop me from raiding the fridge. Any thoughts? Tue, 26 Feb 2008 12:37:38 EST New Canuck Hi Everyone <BR> My goal is to be bikini ready by June. Not only do I want to be able to wear cute summertime clothes, but I want to be able to wear a cute bikini poolside in Vegas!! I look foward to chatting, and good luck everyone! Tue, 26 Feb 2008 12:30:02 EST Newbie Hi everyone. I'm new to the group and I'm very excited to be here. I need to lose over 100 pounds and I can't wait to have a bikini body. Wed, 30 Jan 2008 10:32:50 EST Looking for someone to hold me accountable! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Losing weight is a CHALLENGE for me. Its also a very personal thing for me. I dont really like to discuss it with family, friends, or my boyfriend. Im looking for someone to check in with and share ideas with....I have 11 pounds to lose before June 1st. Plus I have a wedding to attend (in the Bahamas) in May...I just want to look better and younger than my 31 years:) Sat, 12 Jan 2008 10:28:00 EST HI I am new, from east central IL I am a former california beach girl. now live here in the flat cold lands. <BR> It has been hard to stay in the same fitness routine. definitely. but I try. <BR> I have abikini now and want to post on my blog in it, pcis. maybe tomorrow will be my before pic! ha <em>252</em> Thu, 10 Jan 2008 10:08:41 EST Help - Men at the Gym How do you get them to leave you alone? I feel that the gym time is my time to unwind for myself, but they wont stop talking to me. I like to get into the gym do my thing and get out. The more they talk the longer things take and it really smells in there plus I have better things to do. <BR> <BR> I wear headphones, baggy clothes, no make-up, bandana, don't look pretty at all. What else can I do, I try to ignore them but they stand right infront of me. I don't want to be rude but they are cu... Thu, 29 Nov 2007 13:29:30 EST Question about stretchmarks I've had very light stretchmarks on my stomach since I was about 14 years old. <BR> <BR> My friend had very dark stretchmarks on her stomach when she was pregnant and now she has a lot of excess, saggy skin. <BR> <BR> I know that I'm not going to have as much as her, but with them being light (faint enough that you can't see them unless you're within 2-3 feet of me) is there anything I can do to help prevent excess skin without having any surgical procedures done? <BR> <BR> Any suggestions... Thu, 15 Nov 2007 13:29:47 EST Here's what I do! To keep myself in the best shape, I do a workout series called "Slim In 6." It really works great to burn fat and harden muscles fast! <BR> <BR> Fri, 26 Oct 2007 14:40:21 EST NOVEMBER CHALLENGES... there are 2! Hey All! <BR> <BR> This months challenge is to use your "Blog." Every day try to blog what you ate, and what you did for exercise! It keeps us accountable. Feel free to post about how you are doing. <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE #2 for November: <BR> <BR> Find a Blogging Buddy. Get a fellow Bikini Bodies member to be your partner, and check each others blogs daily. You can work together to stay on track! <em>131</em> Fri, 26 Oct 2007 14:36:30 EST bikini diet so I am about 163 lbs and want to get in bikini shape by march for spring break!!! I also just want to look and feel good. I was wondering i anyone knew any advice besides caloried counting..Does anyone have any scientific bikini diets? Just like a lower car plan or something that has worked really well for them Fri, 19 Oct 2007 01:09:12 EST Newbie! Hi everyone! I just joined this team so I thought I'd post a bit about myself. I'm Rachel, 27 years old and happily married for 5 years. I have a 14 month old daughter and a dog that both keep me on my toes. <BR> <BR> I am 4'11" tall and at my highest weight was around 165. Right now my goal is to hit 110 and tone my body. I don't want to be "skinny", I want to be "fit". I fear that even if I do lose the weight I want I won't ever look good in a bikini for the simple fact that when I... Fri, 14 Sep 2007 12:07:15 EST Goal for September Lets all try to make an effort to blog what we eat and exercize each day. It really helps to have others see what your doing. It makes us accountable to one another. Mon, 10 Sep 2007 11:57:26 EST Hi there! Well I'm Charlotte, 19 years old, from England, 5ft6" and 165.2 pounds! Am wanting to lose 23lb by 1st December to get to 142lb! Am new to this so thought I should introduce myself and get to know others. Umm thats about it for now, Bye! <BR> <BR> Charlotte Tue, 28 Aug 2007 05:09:47 EST Month of August Goal I weigh 152 on August 1 <BR> I want to weigh 146 by September 1 <BR> and exercise 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes a day. <BR> <BR> Anyone want to join me in this August Goal? List your current weight, goal by the end of August and anything else. Wed, 1 Aug 2007 12:44:47 EST I wore a bikini on Sunday Well, it was a skirted bikini. But, I wore one anyways. My goal is to wear a string bikini someday! <em>236</em> <BR> I had a class reunion and we all jumped off a swinging rope over a pond. I have asked for a photo from the guys that were filming everything. I am scared to see what I look like, but it may be more motivation for me also. I will post the photo on here if it ever surfaces. Tue, 24 Jul 2007 12:46:43 EST