SparkPeople Magic Empowerment Team Messageboard A Sparkpeople board for Pagans trying to lose wieght. SparkPeople Magic Empowerment Team Messageboard Trying again. Not much activity here. Trying to get some interest. <BR> <BR> Let me know what you would like to see. Wed, 10 May 2017 13:54:33 EST 2017 Well 2017 is here. What plans do you have to make your life better? <BR> <BR> I am planning to reduce refined sugars in my diet and to get at least 30 minutes of waking everyday. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:30:07 EST Introducing Myself Once Again Hello there! Merry Meet! <BR> <BR> My name is Allyson. I have been a practicing witch for about 2 years now. <BR> I have been a ritualistic pagan for about 17 years. <BR> I read a lot but really like Laurie Cabot. <BR> <BR> I feel connected with her viewpoint more than anyone else at this point in my life! <BR> <BR> I am the leader here at this point in time. I was away for quite a few months but now I am back! <BR> <BR> I have gone to other sites but this one has more support than a... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:07:52 EST Litha Summer Solstice Challenge Here is the challenge! Each week there will be a mini goal. We need to take advantage of the extra hours or daylight and soak in the sun while burning some energy! <BR> The mini challenge will be posted on Sunday. So you will know what to do for Monday! <BR> <BR> Each day we will post the following: <BR> <BR> Minutes of Exercise: <BR> Water Consumed (glasses): <BR> Total Fruits and Veggies: <BR> Mini Challenge: <BR> <BR> I am going to start on Monday 6/20/16 anyone want to join me like... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 20:57:42 EST Hellom Merry Meet and hello. I am back to exercising and watching what I eat. I am doing both a little bit at a time so I don't burn myself out as fast as I had before. I start a temp job on Friday and the steps will be adding up fast. I am a "newbie" pagan technically though I have been practicing to a point before I started getting formal lessons. I joined on Mabon and it is nice knowing I don't have to hide my faith anymore because of my christian family I had lived around for over 30 years ... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:49:28 EST My Empowerment as a Pagan I recently came out of the broom closet. Most of my friends and family know I am a witch. I owe a lot to Laurie Cabot and Christian Day for this. I have been going around trying to figure out where I belong. I also adore Selena Fox. I have been reading Laurie Cabot's books and they are giving me more of an "aha, I belong" feeling than others. Another that I adore is Dorothy Morrison! Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:46:09 EST Challenges? Does anyone here like challenges or have too many? Let me know. I can create some challenges with weekly check ins. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:45:16 EST August 1 is coming! Anyone getting ready for Lammas or Lughnasadh? If so what do you do? Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:19:41 EST Looking for New Team Leader or Leaders I became team leader years ago and I think it time to find fresh mind/s. IF you are interested in being team leader or sharing co-responsibility please let me know. <BR> <BR> Brightest blessings and warm hugs. ~ Lin Wed, 3 Jun 2015 18:52:14 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:25 EST Hi ho Hi Ho back to spark pages I go 3 years ago, I started sparkpeople and with the help of my endocrinologist I lost 70 lbs.... then I ended up pregnant! My baby boy is now 4 months old and I am now 25 lbs heaver than I was RIGHT BEFORE HE WAS BORN! So, I am back.... and determined to lose weight. <BR> <BR> About me, I am a 34 year old mother of 3 wonderful kiddos- 14yrold step son, 6yr old daughter, and 4 month old son. <BR> <BR> I am an admin for the Wild Witch Facebook page, seasoned pagan, reiki master, tarot reader an... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 03:24:24 EST Hello Took few days to get into the swing of logging to Sparks consistently, now that I am getting that habit formed - I am slowly stopping in through the groups I joined to say hello. I am 34 and in the middle of a wonderful journey through life. I can be incredibly shy, so please stop in and say hello if you ever feel up to it. Wed, 5 Jun 2013 14:32:09 EST new here hello. I'm Freda, I'm from the Richmond VA area. I am 43, married with seven pets. I don't follow one particular pantheon or tradition, but I guess it would be a nice mixture of Wiccan and Heathen. <BR> <BR> My starting weight was 325 in March 2013. I am currently hovering around 300. I had an Achilles' tendon injury in early December. I haven't been able to weigh myself since then. I have increased my vegetable and fruit consumption and eating a lot at home. I have a lot of goals but I ha... Thu, 30 May 2013 11:03:56 EST Hi all Hi my name is Heather, <BR> <BR> I have just found you on sparks and its fantastic <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I did even think about looking for other pagans in the spark world to help and become friends with. <BR> <BR> Im really happy I have found it. <BR> <BR> Good look to all <BR> <BR> <BR> Blessed be! <em>199</em> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:04:20 EST Returning to SparkPeople Happy Saturday! I just re-joined SP after about a year of not participating. It's taking me a while to get motivated on the site this time but I thought I'd start by posting an introduction. <BR> <BR> My name is Kirty and I am a stay-at-home-mom to my 2 dogs. I'm 45 years old and have been happily married for 20 years. We recently relocated to Orlando from St. Petersburg bcuz my husband got a promotion. I think I like it here, but I'm still trying to find my way around. <BR> <BR> I've lost ... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 03:57:45 EST Joyful October ! <em>31</em> Greetings - Isn't October a wonderful time of year? I just joined this team - while I love all my Christian friends, I was excited to find a group that apparently is open to more. I feel best following the threads in my heart, rather than an organized religion. Blessed Be! Fri, 14 Oct 2011 00:02:10 EST hello Blessed Meet! <BR> <BR> I am here and I consider that a point of pride - it is a small step but right now I accept every little step as success! <BR> <BR> At the same time, my husband and I are taking our household and our family into a stronger spiritual path. For too many years, I have been forced into the broom closet by ex's and other negative influences on life. My husband and I have spent a lot of time talking since we first met and now we are deciding to take steps to be more posi... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 20:05:54 EST New Team Member Bright Blessings to all. Just happened upon this site and it looks like a lot of fun. Looking forward to participating and being a productive member of the team. I do have to use a public computer so just bear with me a few more days and I'll have DSL at home. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 12:24:08 EST Plans for Litha What are people doing for the summer solstice? I am supposed to be planning a ritual for my coven but I am not feeling terribly creative. I am 21 weeks pregnant and all of my focus has been on the baby... <BR> <BR> Fablemaker Thu, 16 Jun 2011 08:56:41 EST Spin Points for the day. I thought we could post our daily spin points. <BR> <BR> 2 for me today. Thu, 26 May 2011 15:23:23 EST Where do you draw EMPOWERMENT from? I was wondering where everyone finds empowerment from? <BR> <BR> I get empowerment from helping others. Sun, 6 Mar 2011 20:58:16 EST Hello I'm new and just wanted to check in and say hello to all. Tue, 4 Jan 2011 23:37:24 EST Toning Shoes I was wondering if anyone has tried the new toning shoes? What you think of them and which ones you think are worth the money or not? Sun, 28 Nov 2010 14:33:38 EST OHIO PAGANS OK, I didn't want to start a whole new sparkteam just to find other Earth followers in my area. So. Different tactic. I'm just going to post in this nifty little thread that I'd like to meet people in the ohio area that are pagan. I don't have many pagan friends, and I'd love to have more. <BR> <BR> So, I'll start this off. <BR> My name is Joanna. I live in the Greater Cincinnati area. I've been following natures path for roughly 5 or 6 years now, most of the time I'm still clueless about t... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 12:26:55 EST New Team for NM Pagan/Wiccan/D Druid/Wildling Folk Yep, I'm taking the bold step of starting yet ANOTHER Pagan/Wiccan/Druid/Wildling group here on spark. I've taken the liberty of calling it Magickal New Mexico. Original, I know. <BR> <BR><BR>s_individual.asp <BR> <BR> We have, as near as I can tell, 19 assorted Earth Religion related groups. I can't tell which ones are active and which ones aren't. I can't tell WHO is active and who isn't. And I have ZERO idea of who is local to me and who isn't... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 20:06:12 EST This is the only forum on which I feel safe asking *ahem* I am a Pagan, but I'm somewhat modest, so bear with me and my shyness. I feel this is a valid question. <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> How would one figure sexual activity into one's exercise goals? In other words, can someone give me an idea of how many calories sex burns? <BR> <BR> My other question is: If I try to add an exercise slot for it in my cardio tracker, is SP going to reject it? If so, what else would you suggest? <BR> <BR> It burns a good number of calories, ... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 08:56:57 EST So glad to be here Hello fellow Pagan Sparklers ... 'Tiz that a twinkle me sees in your sparkling eyes? Aha! It is! It is! <BR> <BR> What a Merry Meet place this is to BE! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know a few of you a bit better over time here. <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Sep 2010 20:01:59 EST Pagan Pride Day As Pagan Pride season arrives, I'm wondering... <BR> <BR> When is PPD where you live? <BR> Will you be attending? <BR> Will you be participating? <BR> <BR> Share your plans! Thu, 19 Aug 2010 02:31:36 EST Southern California Sparkpeople event August 14th! Two Part Event <BR> <BR> EVENT #1 <BR> Participate with team members and friends in the 5/10K race or walk. <BR> <BR> Please use the following information to register for the walk/run on August 14, 2010: <BR> <BR> 31st Annual Run Through the Pines (or walk) <BR> Saturday, August 14, 2010 @ 8:00 AM local time <BR> Around Lake Gregory in Crestline <BR> 24740 San Moritz Way Crestline, CA <BR> Here’s the link to register: <BR> nnual-run-through-the-pi... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 13:51:52 EST Beltaine time of Year MAY DAY TRIVIA!!! <BR> <BR> May Poles were banned by the Puritans in 1644 as a pagan custom. Popular parodies of the day, such as this one, ridiculed the decision: "Some fiery zealous brother, full of spleene, That all the world in his deep wisdom scornes, Could not endure the May-Pole should be seen, To wear a cox-combe higher then his hornes; He took it for an Idoll, and the feaste, For sacrifice unto that painted beast, Or for the wooden Trojan asse of sinne, By which the wicked merry Gr... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 09:26:43 EST Sacred Fire Circles This is the time of year when all those Fire Circles are starting up; at least here on the U.S. East Coast. Dancing around a fire circle can not only be spiritually enlightening but a fun way to exercise; whether you are drumming or dancing. <BR> <BR> have you been to fire circle or know of any upcoming events? Wed, 31 Mar 2010 10:18:25 EST Hi, i'm a new member! My name is Tanya, I live in cumming,ga. I've having a hard time balancing out my life between my needs/wants and my families needs/wants. Does anyone have any suggestions on balancing your life while still making time for your family members? Sun, 21 Mar 2010 19:38:38 EST Message from Coach Jen Regarding Copyrights Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Recently we've had a number of issues with members posting copyrighted information- primarily in their blogs. The original authors have been contacting us, asking that their work be removed, or properly cited, or in some instances they want to be paid for the fact that someone else is using it. <BR> <BR> As a reminder: <BR> <BR> If you are going to post something on the boards or in your blog that someone else has written, you need to credit the source. Our policy... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 21:58:16 EST Merry Meet I am known as Wulfcwen on most boards and I am a Solitary Eclectic Hearth Witch <BR> I live in Milton Keynes Englad and have followed my path for a long time. <BR> I love cooking and making things for friends family and the home. <BR> I need to shed the pounds for my health and could do with a little support. I am looking at making lifestyle changes rather than follow a set diet. <BR> <BR> I love to learn new thinsg and make new friends. <BR> So here I am looking at making 2010 the year I m... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 18:30:20 EST HAPPY IMBOLC! <em>125</em> Tue, 2 Feb 2010 15:51:57 EST The "Reply To All" Button This is a message from Coach_Jen <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> During the holiday season, I know a lot of people like to send out SparkMails to all of their friends, wishing them Happy Holidays. <BR> <BR> Many times when someone gets that SparkMail, they click "Reply To All" and send a response back. If the list of friends is quite large, it creates a cascade of SparkMails- which can become annoying and time-consuming to continue deleting. <BR> <BR> So I would ask that you spread the... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 08:48:09 EST Challenge for the Holiday Season of 2009 I am purposing a challenge of Small Acts of Kindness each day. <BR> <BR> It could be from holding a door open for someone or picking trash that someone dropped or even helping out a stray animal in your neighbourhood. Post your act of kindness no matter how big or small it is daily. This will help inspire others on things they can do to spread kindness throughout our universe. <BR> <BR> My first act of kindness was to help a neighbour finish trimming their bushes after them became ill. Sun, 25 Oct 2009 11:43:29 EST Autumn ABC List things in alphbetical order of things that we see or happen in the Autumn. <BR> <BR> Apple picking Sun, 25 Oct 2009 10:43:59 EST New Feature for Video Bloggers New Feature - Video Blog Entries <BR> <BR> Merry Meet everyone <BR> <BR> You now have the option to upload a video blog entry! To do this simply go to your blog page and you will see a new "Add a Video Blog" button under the "Add a Blog Entry" button. Uploading is 3 easy steps: <BR> 1) On the first page enter your video title and description, agree to the video Terms and Conditions, and choose the video file* from your computer to upload. You can then click the Upload button. It will tak... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 20:43:21 EST Resetting of Articles From Coach Jen Hi Everyone, I don't know if you are like me and have run out of articles long ago. Well SP has done something about it. The following is from Coach Jen. <BR> <BR> Based on member feedback, we've made it so that you can now reset the articles you’ve read more than 6 months ago. To reset articles, you can go to Account/Email Preferences ( <BR> ence.asp) from your MyStart page, and scroll down on the Account tab to the Reset Articles section of the ... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 20:29:42 EST Here to say " Hi" My name is Mira. I am working on getting as healthy as I can be. I look forward to learning from you all and perhaps even sharing what I know, if it can be of help. Tue, 26 May 2009 17:15:42 EST the chubby statue on top of the page Can anyone tell me the story behind the statue, since she looks so much like me, I'm very curious. also want to add, that you folks are a real inspiration to this creeky old girl. Be well, Helen Tue, 26 May 2009 16:00:14 EST Remembering the Real Meaning If you are like me the idea a having a 3 day weekend means catching up on chores and having fun. But please on this 3 day weekend take a moment out to remember the real meaning of this weekend and those who have laid their lives down so we could enjoy the freedoms we have. Take a moment out and view this video. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> Fri, 22 May 2009 21:58:41 EST 13 Witch Jokes Did you know that a coven of witches, means a gathering of 13 witches. Unfortunately, for some of us, a coven of witches can gather not just at Halloween, but at any time of the year. Wife, mother-in-law, sister, niece, aunties, .... hmm that's a lot of witch power. <BR> <BR> Here is 13 Witch Jokes(One for each member of the coven) <BR> 1. One of the witch's coven gave birth to twins. The problem arose when the other witches could not tell which witch was witch. <BR> <BR> 2. Member E... Thu, 16 Apr 2009 11:08:24 EST Spring/Summer ABC Game To start this new forum of I thought we would honor the changing seasons, let's start an ABC game for Spring and Summer items. Anything that reminds you of Spring or Summer. I'll start with the letter A and we will go through the alphabet naming Spring/Summer items. <BR> <BR> A - Apple Blossoms <BR> Thu, 16 Apr 2009 10:57:41 EST If anyone is interested... At the school I run I publish a newsletter every month through Lulu (the funds keep my school free and up and running) <BR> This month we are discussing Imbolic and Romance. <BR> <BR> Our Imbolic newsletter discusses, Brigid, Eros, Imbolic, Making Candles, Rekindling Romance, Seed Blessings, The Winners of the Spell of the Month Ritual: Peace, Class graduates, a school calender for February, tons of recipes, a word search, horoscopes,rituals, spells, and much much more! <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 12:43:06 EST Hello from Colleen Hello! <BR> I am 35 and I live in Noblesville Indiana. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I run an online Pagan school at <link> </link> and have an online bookstore through the school and write and publish books which can be found here <link><BR>269 </link> <BR> <BR> I am also a big horror movie officiando. In fact my husband and I have our own pod cast and he also has another pod cast he does with Horror Hound's Bloody Good Horror... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 18:54:34 EST Today I Will Today I will: <BR> <BR> Rededicate myself to the Mother <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Compost more <em>210</em> <em>147</em> <em>69</em> <em>284</em> <em>258</em> <BR> <BR> Love myself <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> Namaste, <BR> Celia Mon, 15 Dec 2008 09:56:41 EST MTs Majikat, looking for a new start & new friends ~*~ Brightest Blessings Everyone ~*~ <BR> <BR> I am just getting reacquainted with SP after some time away. I joined some local animal rescue groups and focused my energy on those events for a while; eventually starting my own named Aurora’s Mysticatz, to try and help our community’s feline overpopulation problem. I started this group with a great friend and we have a delightful website featuring our foster kitties at In May of this year I had a major foot surgery that ... Tue, 23 Sep 2008 12:51:58 EST I'm new here Hi I'm Lori and I just joined your team. Sun, 14 Sep 2008 02:46:46 EST Superfoods Do you try to get any particular superfoods into your daily diet? Wikipedia's superfoods list includes: <BR> <BR> * Bananas[citation needed] <BR> * Blackcurrants [9] <BR> * Wolfberries aka Goji Berries[10] <BR> * Cacao, Raw chocolate [11]. <BR> * Blueberries[12] <BR> * Raspberries [13] <BR> * Bilberry [14] <BR> * Coffee Berry [15] <BR> * Bee Pollen [16]. <BR> * Açaí.[17] <BR> * Aloe Vera [18]. <BR> * Probiotics [19] <BR> * Noni Fruit [... Mon, 8 Sep 2008 15:30:33 EST my next month's goals To share with all on my SparkTeams <BR> <BR> <BR> August 31, 2008 <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is September 1, 2008 and these are the goals I am going to try and accomplish during the month of September and I thought that I would share them all with you. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Keep track of my calories and meals, except for when I allow for that cheat meal or cheat day and learn not to feel guilty over it. <BR> <BR> 2. Get in more cardio and more than 2 or 3 times a week and do 2 strength training wor... Sun, 31 Aug 2008 19:26:26 EST Let me say a loud Merry Meet Didn't know there were so many Pagan groups. Go to my SparkPage to find out more about me if you like. <BR> <BR> My name is Kimberley and I am 42 and have been practicing Wicca for about 14 years though only recently felt like I need to be more dedicated and make more time instead of feeling like a beginner all the time. I have a great boyfriend Lance but he's not Pagan but he's supportive and loves my energy when I've been practicing on a regular basis or meditating a lot, that's what he t... Sat, 23 Aug 2008 10:56:20 EST Why do you diet? Health reasons? Emotional reasons? Spiritual reasons? <BR> <BR> <BR> Gwen says: <BR> how is your WW's going? <BR> Allison says: <BR> Well I gained a few with all the birthday stuff at my dad's, but I'm not going to let it stress me out <BR> Allison says: <BR> The shape of the body has no effect on the essence of the soul, and the energy of "God" that is Me. <BR> Allison says: <BR> That's what I feel on it right now. <BR> Gwen says: <BR> that is a very healthy attitude to take <BR> Allison s... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 02:23:47 EST Meditation Do you meditate? How often? How long? :) <BR> <BR> I started this summer, and in September (after my 25th birthday on Sept 22nd 2008) I am going on a 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat, 10 days of silent meditation. :) So... 10 days of day long meditation (Nearly 8 hours a day) when I can go for maybe 10 minutes at a time at home? I'm hoping to gain some focus and discipline out of this. Thu, 21 Aug 2008 01:51:17 EST Crazy Question Everyone knows those handy dandy canned soups, the healthy choice, the ones that EVERY recipie calls for including a bunch on Spark Recipies. So here's the question - does anyone know anyone who knows the original recipies for soups like cream of mushroom, or cream of celery? I am extremely allergic to Monosodium Glutemate, and it is in EVERY canned soup out there, progresso used to be ok, but recently soups I used to buy now say MSG on the back. I really would love to be able to make casse... Thu, 24 Jul 2008 23:17:54 EST Happy Beltain Eve (Or Samhain) Whatever you do and however you celebrate I want to wish each and every one of you a safe, happy and blessed Beltain or Samhain. <BR> May you never thirst. <BR> <em>274</em> Wed, 30 Apr 2008 09:01:43 EST Resolutions Has anyone made any resolutions? <BR> <BR> I am vowing to keep eating right and to reach my goal weight. Mon, 31 Dec 2007 06:08:22 EST What lifestyle change has had the most impact? What works for you? What do you think is the main change you've made in your lifestyle that is leading to your weight loss? <BR> <BR> For me, its a combination of going to the gym and drinking a "Green juice" each day (see blog) Mon, 5 Nov 2007 01:44:56 EST Chili's isn't so bad... until you order desert. Ok, so I had eaten only 400 calories or so during the day so we went to Chili's for dinner. I had the cajun chicken sandwich (820 calories) which would put me within my range (Had it with spring greens and 2tbsp of italian dressing) <BR> <BR> But then I ordered beer (185cal, forgivable if I had stopped there). Because pints of Rickards were on special. And the beer told me the molten lava cake was a great idea.' <BR> <BR> Holy cow, its 1270 calories on its own and 172 grams of fat. I know. ... Fri, 20 Apr 2007 11:39:38 EST Stone Magick & Weight Loss? There's obviously no magic stone that causes weight loss, but the vibrations of some stones can encourange better digestion, increased energy, or just to mellow you out so you don't stress and binge. This would be similar to taking flower essences in holistic healing, you don't actually get medicinal value, its the vibrations. <BR> <BR> Gonna flip through my copy of Love Is In The Earth here... And this is why I like this book so much, Melody is SO thorough and there's every use you could wa... Tue, 17 Apr 2007 12:46:26 EST Introductions, what's your goal? Feel free to introduce yourself here, and say a little about your goals on sparkpeople :) <BR> <BR> My name is Allison, I'm 23 and studying Spira paganism. I did Weight Watchers for over a year and I can't stick with it enough to get the weight off there so I have switched to a free board to relieve my credit card, and I am psyched this time because this calorie range thing is so much less pressure than OMG DO NOT GO OVER 22 POINTS :d I started WW at 180, I am at 166.4 right now and my goal ... Mon, 16 Apr 2007 16:00:04 EST