SparkPeople The Official Omaha Spark Team Team Messageboard Omaha this is your team headquarters for wellness in Omaha, NE. Networking with fellow Omaha residents to support and encourage a healthy lifestyle. SparkPeople The Official Omaha Spark Team Team Messageboard House for sale Hi Omaha Sparkers! I thought I'd let you all know that our house is for sale in Omaha. It's located just off 90th &amp; Fort, two streets behind ShopKo. It's close to the Keystone Trail, schools, shopping and the interstate. <BR> <BR> It's a family home, over 2400 square feet. Four bedrooms, with a 5th nonconforming in the basement, 2 1/2 baths, two living areas, with a large kitchen, and a sprinkler system. Nice master bedroom with private bath. The bedrooms are larger than expected in a ho... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 07:39:57 EST Weekend 10/23-10/25 Halloween Omaha Events Halloween Event at Bass Pro Shop – FREE <BR> <BR> 2901 Bass Pro Drive, Council Bluffs, IA 51501 United States <BR> <BR> Free photos, crafts, trick-or-treating, and costume parade October 24-31st. <BR> <BR> Saturday, October 24th the festivities will start at noon and go till 5:30 p.m.. We will be having a free 4X6 photo with the peanuts gang characters . New character this year to match the movie coming out in theaters November 6th. First 100 kids to get photo taken will recieve a free fl... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:30:05 EST Welcome to October! <em>419</em> Welcome to October Omaha SP Team! <em>420</em> <BR> <BR> There are a lot of great family/fitness activities around the metro area to get those fitness minutes in. Stay active Omaha! <BR> <BR> <em>431</em> Staying away from all the Halloween treats is going to be my goal this month. <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the month? <em>364</em> <em>365</em> <em>366</em> ??? <BR> <BR> <em>424</em> <em>333</em> <em>275</em> <em>422</em> <em>423</em> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 11:21:15 EST Newbie Hello! My name is Halee. I'm 21 years old. I was born and raised in Omaha. I'm a student studying textile arts and history. I have 202lbs to lose. Sat, 19 Sep 2015 19:45:09 EST Apple Jack Festival - Nebraska City, NE Sept 19-20 September 19-20, 8:00 AM-7:00 PM <BR> <BR> 5995 G Rd, Nebraska City, NE 68410 <BR> <BR> ***Parking is limited, prepare to walk a lil ways to the orchard from the highway. Last year it was a tad bit muddy. :) <BR> <BR> Lots of FREE Entertainment and samples to check out!! <BR> <BR> Join us at Kimmel Orchard for Nebraska City's annual Apple Jack Celebration. <BR> <BR> We will have hay rack rides running all weekend taking you to the pick your own apples, a bungee trampoline, rope makin... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 11:24:18 EST Omaha Pumpkin Patches, Orchards and Fall Festivals There is a fabulous website with links to all of the Omaha Area Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, Orchards, and Fall Festivals. The site provides direct links to the businesses websites for hours and event information for the following: <BR> <BR> Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard <BR> Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch <BR> Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze <BR> Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm <BR> Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure <BR> Camp Fontanelle Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze <BR> Ditmars Orchard and... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 11:20:03 EST Welcome to September! I don't know about you but I am ready for everything FALL! The leaves are already falling in Bellevue and only 20 more days until we are officially there! <BR> <BR> Who is looking forward to the first Husker's Game???!!??? <BR> <BR> Here's to pumpkin flavored everything, apple scented everything, Husker games and being able to get outside for some walking/riding/running (whatever it is YOU do to get FIT) with the cool crisp fall air! <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>431</em> <em>426</e... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 10:42:02 EST Welcome to August! Can't believe it is already August! For me this year went by way too fast. Here is to starting off August on the right foot and continue working towards those year end goals! <BR> <BR> This month I will be working on my calorie count daily. I have really worked to get this down a little bit each month and coming off of being pregnant/nursing for a year it was proven a difficult task. I am however back to a lower carb diet and really focusing on my ultimate goals. <BR> <BR> Good luck Omaha... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:35:59 EST Fitness Minutes Challenge!!! <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <em>84</em> <em>224</em> <em>208</em> <BR> Calling all Omaha SP team members!!! I challenge each of you to a summer fitness minutes challenge!!! Challenge starts this week, July 6-12 and ends the week of Aug 31-Sept 6. <BR> <BR> To participate: <BR> <BR> 1. Enter in your weekly fitness minutes every Monday for the previous week. <BR> 2, Dedicate at least 105 minutes of fitness each week. That is just 15 minutes of physical activity each day. Any ac... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 22:15:06 EST Group Challenge Ideas What are some challenges that this group would interested in? Rewards for completing? Mon, 6 Jul 2015 22:01:01 EST GAME: Related Words! I'll start with two related words. <BR> <BR> food <BR> banana <BR> <BR> Now you take the last word and come up with a word related to it, like this.. <BR> <BR> banana <BR> fruit <BR> <BR> Now the next person says <BR> <BR> fruit (then says a type of fruit) Sun, 5 Jul 2015 00:26:00 EST GAME: List Brand names A-Z A - Allstate Sat, 4 Jul 2015 23:53:01 EST Welcome to July! <em>283</em> <em>232</em> Welcome to the month of July 2015 Omaha SP Team! <em>87</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> What are YOUR monthly goals? Adding up those fitness minutes? Cutting down those calories? <BR> <BR> Looking forward to seeing everyone's goals! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>224</em> <em>84</em> <em>9</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:21:40 EST Father’s Day Special Events There are so many great FREE events in the Metro are for Father's this weekend! Please see the link below for more details. <BR> <BR><BR>thers-day-with-special-events-in-omaha/ <BR> <BR> The Kroc Celebrates Fathers! – June 20-21 <BR> <BR> Guest Fathers get Free entry into the Kroc Center all day Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21. <BR> Member Fathers can be nominated for a fantastic prize. Completed forms may be dropped off at the Kroc Center ... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:56:48 EST 4th of July Plans This year is our second Independence Day as a family. Last year our little Lola was only 11 days old and we were still getting used to having a baby around. She was so little last year we ended up staying inside to keep her out of the heat and away from the noise. This year is so much different! We are excited she will be a little bit older to enjoy the sights, maybe not the noise yet, however being able to get outside with her to see some fireworks is exciting!! <BR> <BR> What are YOUR pla... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 09:41:47 EST The Color Run Omaha July 18 Not a FREE event however a great and fun experience for Omaha Runners of all levels. <BR> <BR> $49.50 - Solo Runner Pricing or $45.00/person - Team Runner Pricing <BR> <BR> Experience the Shine Tour Jul 18, 2015! <BR> <BR> <BR> What Is The Color Run™? <BR> <BR> The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Now the single largest event series in the world, The Color Run has exploded since our de... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 12:03:36 EST Papillion Days June 17-21 Lots of summer festivals/carnivals to keep you active this summer!! Papillion Days is a must see for all in the Metro area. My family goes to this one every year and it gets better each time!! <BR> <BR> Carnival Hours: <BR> <BR> Thursday: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm <BR> Friday: 3:00 pm – Midnight <BR> Saturday: Noon – Midnight <BR> Sunday: Noon – 6:00 pm <BR> <BR> Full information can be found at<BR>s-schedule/ <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 10:47:22 EST What are your June goals? My goal this month is to eat cleaner and keep up with my 30 day squat challenge! <BR> <BR> What are YOUR June goals??? Mon, 1 Jun 2015 10:34:33 EST Omaha Summer Arts Festival June 5, 6, & 7, 2015 Lots of things for families, kids and plenty of walking to get those cardio minutes tracked for the weekend! <BR> <BR> Artists’ Market <BR> <BR> Friday & Saturday: 11am–8pm <BR> Sunday: 11am–5pm <BR> World Music Pavilion Stage <BR> <BR> Friday & Saturday: 11am–9pm <BR> Sunday: 11am–5pm <BR> Children’s Fair <BR> <BR> Saturday: 11am–6pm <BR> Sunday: 11am–5pm Mon, 1 Jun 2015 10:29:37 EST Ideas for new Omaha Sparklers TWITTER & YOUTUBE Hey Omaha Sparklers, <BR> <BR> We are on social media with our very own Twitter Account & YouTube channel where DJBLAZEKIN and I can create relevant statuses and our very own YouTube videos. This is very exciting! <BR> <BR> Give us ideas of things to Tweet <BR> Give us ideas of Omaha Twitter accounts to follow <BR> and Give us ideas of videos to produce for you! <BR> <BR> Brandon and I love you so much! And we want to make this site a fun and interactive site! <BR> <BR> <BR> Charitym00... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:28:39 EST Omaha Sparklers Meetings Going Great! We are having a great time meeting. Looking for suggestions! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:13:09 EST What are you doing for Easter or Ostara? It's that time of the year! What are you lovely people planning for the glorious celebration of rebirth? <BR> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:05:00 EST chrisie I just started today, I am having a problem with the calorie in take.Can't get to work..... Like how many calories are in something that I have put down,it always says O that does not help me!!! Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:09:03 EST Warm March Days Would love to hear what everyone's outdoor plans are the next week during this warm weather. <BR> <BR> My plans to burn some calories and get outside include: <BR> Cleaning out my cars <BR> Walk with new puppy <BR> And sweep all that gravel in the street in front of my house <BR> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 17:00:01 EST How much SLEEP do you get each night? Since being on the CPAP machine (three weeks now) I get a 5-6 hours of good, sound sleep. Before that I was getting about 4 hours of restless sleep. I am feeling more energetic during the day and I don't get as sleepy as I was getting. YES!! <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:54:02 EST Part time job at Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Hello this is for everyone in the Omaha area. Do you know anyone who is looking for a part time job? they have to be good with people and especially elderly people. We have an opening at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home as a dietary aide. The pay starts at 9:00 an hour or depends on experience. Free food when you work and a first class nursing home. <BR> <BR> Please apply in person at 323 S 132 Street. Ask for Jennifer Addison or Michael Aparo. <BR> The phone number for the home is 402-338-427... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:09:28 EST Cutting the SALT Intake! This week I have eaten way too much salt and the scale shows it! I really need to watch how much sodium/salt I eat. Here is an article I found on "Easy Ways to Cut Sodium Intake". <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=625 </link> <BR> <BR> Do you have problems with eating too much SALT? What measures do you use to cut the salt down in your foods? Do you see that eating salt changes your weight? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:05:28 EST Games Forum? This used to be called the Games forum and now the title is Current Events. Could you please change the title back to Games and move the Omaha News thread to Current Events? I think this would help everyone. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:02:48 EST January 24 - FREE Crafts for Kids FREE Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Store <BR> <BR> <BR> Date: <BR> Jan 24, 2015 <BR> Time: <BR> 11:00 am - 3:00 pm <BR> Cost: <BR> Free <BR> <BR> More Info: <BR> View Website <link><BR>ntent/store_locations/storeCrafts.jsp?f=m </link> <BR> Schedule: <BR> Every week until December 26, 2015 <BR> Venue <BR> <BR> Lakeshore Learning Store <BR> 12005 W. Center Rd., Omaha, NE 68144 United States <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:05:28 EST Cathedral Flower Festival – FREE Jan 24, 2015 Cathedral Flower Festival – FREE <BR> Details <BR> <BR> Date: <BR> Jan 24, 2015 <BR> Time: <BR> All Day <BR> Cost: <BR> Free <BR> More Info: <BR> View Website <link> </link> <BR> Schedule: <BR> Every day until January 25, 2015 <BR> Venue <BR> <BR> St. Cecilia Cathedral <BR> 701 N 40th Street, Omaha, NE United States <BR> + Google Map <BR> <BR> Enjoy amazing floral displays in the beautiful Cathedral! The 30th Annual Cathedral Flower Festival presents flora... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:00:39 EST 80+ Family-Friendly Things to Do in Omaha Winter My wife charitym00n and I are getting cabin fever on the very cold days of winter, but it turns out there are a lot of many activities many FREE that people can enjoy this winter. <BR> <BR> How many favorite FREE activities can we find? <BR> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ns/things-to-do-in-omaha-in-winter/ </link> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:53:40 EST What are your favorite Dance songs? Ever since my wife charitym00n and I went to the Rave at Anime Nebraskon we have loved dancing together. <BR> <BR> So since we have a group goal for dancing 10 minutes 6 days a week we thought this would be a perfect thread to cover our favorite dance songs. <BR> <BR> <em>352</em> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:48:28 EST Chit Chat Just Shooting the Breeze. <em>199</em> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:42:41 EST Arcade Games Amusement Parks & Family Fun Centers <BR> <BR> Amazing Pizza Machine <link> </link> <BR> Chuck E. Cheese <link> </link> <BR> Dave and Buster’s <link><BR>reInformation.aspx?trackid=47_NE__OMAH<BR>A&StoreId=47 </link> <BR> Family Fun Center XL <link> </link> <BR> Sempeck’s Bowling and Entertainment <link> </link> <BR> The V Omaha <link>www.thevomah... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:37:55 EST Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) for Exercise Stand on Platform with four arrows. Forward, Back, Left, and Right. You can pop any version of the game into Playstation, Wii, or Xbox game systems consoles. Choose your favorite song. Then follow the onscreen instructions to the beat of the music. Originated in Japan. <BR> <BR> Have fun! <BR> <BR> <BR> DJBLAZEKIN Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:04:53 EST Omaha NEWS Latest News in the Omaha area. <BR> <BR> A joint project by charitym00n and djblazekin <em>203</em> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:43:25 EST Omaha Sparklers Leaders charitym00n and djblazekin Greetings Omaha Sparklers, <BR> <BR> We're a married couple who love to dance. So we established a brand new group goal to dance everyday for 10 minutes for 6 days. What is your favorite music to dance to? What are your favorite places to dance in Omaha? <BR> <BR> We are artists who love Julia Cameron the author of The Artist's Way among her very dynamic creative writing books. We love video games and we have a passion for creativity. We are seeking photographs from creative Omaha Sparkler... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:39:33 EST What are your personal goals for 2015? Greetings Omaha Sparklers, <BR> <BR> What areas of your life you feel you need to work on this year? <BR> <BR> Mind <BR> Body <BR> Heart <BR> Spirit <BR> <BR> Remember that Wellness is the balance of the mind, body, heart, and spirit. <BR> <BR> charitym00n <BR> djblazekin Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:45:33 EST INTRODUCING the Omaha Sparklers of 2015 Greetings Omaha Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I am happy that we are starting FRESH with a New Year so let's begin this year with a brand new set of Introductions for 2015. <BR> <BR> The person with the best Introduction of the month will get an awesome Team SparkGoodie. <BR> <BR> charitym00n <BR> djblazekin Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:28:14 EST Questions Greetings Omaha Sparklers, <BR> <BR> This is the new moon today a time of new beginnings. How appropriate. Feel free to ask DJBLAZEKIN or I any questions. <BR> <BR> charitym00n <BR> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:37:58 EST Request for Omaha videos Greetings Omaha Sparklers, <BR> <BR> If you got a special Omaha event or Omaha video we want to see it. Post a link down below. You can even upload your video in your Spark Blog and let us have the url. <BR> <BR> Let's celebrate OMAHA! YAY! YAY! <BR> <BR> Charity M00n <BR> Lead Sparkler <BR> <em>223</em> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:23:16 EST Call for FREE events in Omaha, NE Greetings Sparklers, <BR> <BR> I am very interested in using this thread to post upcoming FREE events in Omaha, NE. If something feels exciting will bump up your post to an actual Omaha Spark event! Yes! <BR> <BR> Please post your FREE Omaha events down below! <BR> <BR> Charity M00n <BR> Lead Sparkler Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:21:14 EST OMG it's FREE to go to the ZOO Saturday January 17 Greetings Omaha, Sparklers! <BR> <BR> <BR> Hey spontaneous MEETUP at the Omaha Zoo. My husband tells me that the local Omaha Zoo is going to be having FREE Admission Saturday January 17. Come say hi to me and my husband Brandon we should be there hopefully after 11 am. <BR> <BR> <BR> Join Us for Community Free Day <BR> <BR> Saturday, January 17, 2015 is Community Free Day. All Zoo visitors will receive free gate admission from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:18:53 EST We're Going to the Zoo! Greetings Omaha, Sparklers! <BR> <BR> <BR> Hey spontaneous MEETUP at the Omaha Zoo. My husband tells me that the local Omaha Zoo is going to be having FREE Admission Saturday January 17. Come say hi to me and my husband Brandon we should be there hopefully after 11 am. <BR> <BR> <BR> Join Us for Community Free Day <BR> <BR> Saturday, January 17, 2015 is Community Free Day. All Zoo visitors will receive free gate admission from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:15:14 EST Goals for 2015 Omaha Sparklers, <BR> <BR> What would you like to see happen in Omaha Spark for 2015? <BR> <BR> Charity M00n <BR> Lead Sparkler Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:13:27 EST Need 2015 Omaha Photo Hey Omaha Sparklers, <BR> <BR> Let's start fresh with 2015 using a brand new Omaha Photo. Do you have an awesome photo of Omaha we could use for our Team photo. Something inspiring and lifts up the spirit? <BR> <BR> Please send the photo to <BR> <BR> Charity M00n <BR> <BR> Lead Sparkler Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:11:03 EST What do you like to eat when it's COLD outside? I like hot foods rather than cold foods. Soups are good. I have the crock pot going filled today with meat and veggies. <BR> I am about to get up for a hot cup of TEA. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 12:34:17 EST What do you hate more the cold or the snow? I would have to pick the snow. I don't like to drive in the snow. I can bundle up against the snow. But driving in the snow is scary. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Thu, 8 Jan 2015 08:33:10 EST Share a smile with the team! Use ANY emoticon to add a smile to the page. I'll start. <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 18:58:22 EST Do you have Children? No. I am single with no children. <BR> <BR> Now at 65 years of age, that is ok with me. <BR> <BR> Do you have Children? Grandchildren? How many? Do they live with or near you? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 17:57:58 EST January 24th, 9:00 AM, Westroads Panera's! The SparkOMAHA team will get together on Saturday January 24th. We will be at Panera Bread at Westroads at 9am. <BR> <BR> Address: <BR> Panera Bread - Westroads Mall <BR> Address: 10000 California Street <BR> Omaha, NE 68114 <BR> <BR> Let us know who can come that day so we can save enough seats and tables. <BR> <BR> I'll be there....... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 17:50:32 EST What are your Goals for JANUARY? I have three goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Get settled in my new apartment. <BR> 2. Prepare several talks about my work in Africa... to give in churches. I give my first one to a luncheon for Seniors this coming Tuesday. <BR> 3 Lose weight. I would like to lose a pound a week but any weight loss will be welcome. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 17:40:06 EST Have you taken down your Christmas Decorations? I did not put up decorations this year because I was not in my own home. I am now in my new apartment and I'm putting those Christmas decorations I have found scattered in my storage bins into one RED bin that I bought a few years ago for storage of Christmas items. It will be easy finding the items for Christmas 2014. <BR> <BR> How about you? Have you taken down your Christmas decorations? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 17:35:39 EST Nebraska YouTubers Nebraskan YouTubers gather sensational followings <BR> By Cynthia Todd on November 15th, 2012 <BR> Arts And Entertainment <BR> <BR> An aspiring actor or singer used to have to audition to land a role or a record label. Now, something as simple as a YouTube video can launch the next big career. A multitude of celebrities, including Justin Bieber, Sophia and Grace, and Cody Simpson, claimed their rise to the top using the video-sharing site. <BR> <BR> The trend has even hit home for Nebraskan... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:35:04 EST Do you have plans for the HOLIDAYS? I have already been to several Christmas activities and parties, my next being tomorrow. I will be with my StepFamily on Christmas eve and with my cousins on Sunday the 28th. Although I will not be giving out many Christmas presents, I still have a little shopping to do. <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas to all who celebrate the birth of Jesus. <BR> <BR> <em>444</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:52:52 EST Omaha Team Get-to-gether in January? Are there others interested in meeting together in January for a brunch? We have met in the past several times but not recently. I just moved back to Omaha from working in Africa and this time I'm here to live as I am retiring. <BR> <BR> When should we meet? I propose that we meet on Saturday January 10th but my schedule is flexible. Will that morning work for you? <BR> <BR> Where should we meet? <BR> <BR> When? <BR> <BR> Let's chat here about meeting together in January. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 05:11:27 EST All about Omaha! A-Z Got to start off with. <BR> <BR> A - Ak-sar-ben Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:48:23 EST What are your NOVEMBER goals? Here are my November goals... <BR> <BR> 1. Continue no soda (2 months and counting!!) <BR> 2. Fast food only 1 time per week. <BR> 3. 10 minutes of exercise per day. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a successful month!! :) SPARK ON!! Sun, 2 Nov 2014 14:37:12 EST Looking for a Room in Omaha, NE Greetings, I am online Graduate MBA with the concentration of Non Profits student with Crown College starting October 27, 2014.I am seeking a room around the $350 rate in Omaha, NE. Since I am an online college I require internet. I am 41 years old moving to Omaha, NE December 1, 2014 from Waukesha, WI. <BR> <BR> I am coming to Anime Nebraskon on Thurs October 30- Mon November 3rd staying at a local hotel. I am interested in scheduling seeing rooms on Monday November 3, 2014 <BR> <BR> Loo... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:29:52 EST A-Z 5-letter words with no repeating letters Thought we could change it up a little bit with some new games. <BR> <BR> A - actor Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:53:29 EST Word Association Here's a new game to try. The first person jots down a word (e.g. "food") then the next person replies with the first word they associate with the previous word (e.g. "apple") and so on. <BR> <BR> water <BR> <BR> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:43:36 EST A little late, but...what are your OCTOBER goals? I've been logging in through the mobile app for the past couple weeks. So sorry for the delay on this!! Life's gotten nutty! :) <BR> <BR> So....what are your goals for this month?? <BR> <BR> Mine are pretty simple.... <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to not drink pop. (6 weeks and counting!) <BR> 2. Increase the fresh fruits and veggies to 2 per day. <BR> 3. Eat at home more often. <BR> <BR> Happy October and good luck to everyone!! :) Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:30:36 EST Great Omaha place to walk/exercise? One weekend, I went and walked around Lake Zorinsky. It has great scenic view but I hate bikers zooming me by. I'm hard of hearing so this walk had made me more apprehensive since I cannot hear people coming up from behind. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know some places in Omaha where I could do some walking? Please don't tell me the mall.. I would rather look at clothes than get interrupted by a zombie group blocking the way. Biggest pet peeve ever. <em>30</em> Mon, 6 Oct 2014 17:00:31 EST Do You Have a "Go-To" Snack? I sometimes eat one slice of "Laughing Cow" cheese. That satisfies me. <BR> <BR> Do you have other ideas? Keep the ideas coming. <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Sep 2014 07:42:48 EST What are your goals for SEPTEMBER?? Sorry for the delay in this thread! :( <BR> <BR> My September goals are.... <BR> 1. Continue not drinking soda (6 days and counting....) <BR> 2. Increase my daily fresh fruits and veggies. <BR> 3. Reduce stress. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a very successful month!! :) Sun, 7 Sep 2014 19:19:47 EST What are you goals for AUGUST?? My August goals are small, but significant. <BR> <BR> 1. Fast Food once per week tops. <BR> 2. Work my way down to 3 pops per week. <BR> 3. MOVE MY BODY! Doesn't matter what I do, just do something! <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone! :) Sun, 3 Aug 2014 18:44:43 EST Word with same First and Last Letter! (new game) Word with same First and Last Letter! <BR> <BR> Carolyn introduced this game on one of the other team pages and two years ago on the Omaha page. Thought it would be fun to try this one again. No special order to follow. <BR> <BR> demand <BR> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:21:02 EST Fruits & Veggies A-Z (new game) A - Apricot Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:12:18 EST What are your plans for the JULY 4th Holiday? We will have a 4pm BBQ here in Africa where I live. Someone will grill all the chicken. I'm making lots of potato salad to contribute. There will be about 22-23 Americans at the Picnic. <BR> <BR> Have a great week and a Happy JULY 4TH, INDEPENDENCE DAY, Celebration! <BR> <BR> P.S. No fireworks here I'm thinking. <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:21:51 EST What are your GOALS for JULY? I did not make progress losing weight in June but I would like to do so in July. I would like to LOSE WEIGHT! <BR> I also will be getting ready for my August 2nd garage sale so I have the goal of getting my "stuff" ready for selling. <BR> I need to walk outside at least 5 times a week as it is a cooler season right now so better for walking. I also don't have classes in the afternoons so I should be free to walk. Now to just do it! <BR> <em>521</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:17:47 EST Is Brown Sugar healthier? This article about Brown Sugar was interesting. I understand that much of the sugar we eat in the States is from beets, not cane. Here in Africa where I live it is only from cane. Here is a link to the article entitled, "Get The Skinny on Brown Sugar": <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-skinny-on-brown-sugar/ </link> <BR> <BR> I mostly use white sugar except in cookies. Which do you prefer, what sugar or brown sugar? <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 01:08:33 EST GAME - The Next Book Title is.... Here is an idea for a game I came up with. Changed it from another forum to match one of my great interests - books! <BR> <BR> In this game, you use ONE word from the previous book title and find a book title with that word in it. <BR> <BR> So I am posting: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame <BR> <BR> Now the next person must find a book title using Wind or Willows. Please be sure to post the author's name as well. :) Mon, 9 Jun 2014 11:29:20 EST Does life slow down? I'm sorry I've not been actively pursuing my goals. I've been consumed with work and helping at my child's school. There just weren't enough hours in my day. I'm still busy with work and no I'm helping my child at the library. I'm hoping I can make some kind of time. I'm tired for always being tired. Fingers crossed. <em>298</em> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 15:45:22 EST Brand Names A - Z A new game! <BR> <BR> A - Allstate Sun, 1 Jun 2014 16:05:43 EST What are your GOALS for JUNE? I'm starting June at 213 pounds and I would love to weight LESS at the end of the month!! Any weight loss would be very welcome! I'll let you know how it goes. <BR> <BR> I also need to keep Clutter Busting my home, getting rid of everything but a few suitcases of things as I plan my move back to the States at the end of November. I have an August 1st garage sale scheduled. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sat, 31 May 2014 23:59:44 EST What are you doing this Memorial Day? Memorial Day is not a holiday here in Africa where I live so I'm gong to work. What are YOU doing today? Or did you have some special activities this weekend? <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 May 2014 01:47:36 EST STEPPING DOWN as SparkOmaha Team Co-Leader! To the Omaha team, <BR> <BR> I wanted everyone to know that today I will be stepping down as a Co-Leader of the team. I have just six months left in Africa after having lived here for 37 years. I have so much to do to transition out of Africa and back to Omaha for eventual retirement. I have decided that one thing I must do is SPARK less as I go through my transition time. Thanks for understanding. <BR> <BR> It has been fun to help lead this team these past few years. I will not be leaving ... Wed, 14 May 2014 16:39:42 EST Do you LIKE Exercise? No, I would rather sit but I know I must exercise so I do it. I do like walking when I can walk with someone but I often walk alone. That's not as much fun. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 May 2014 23:00:38 EST What exercise has been your HARDEST to do? I climbed the volcano Mount Fuji twice. I lived in Japan for two years and it is said that "He who comes to Japan and climbs Mt Fuji is fool and he who climbs Mt Fuji twice is double fool!" Well, I climbed it twice so..... <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> My lungs and legs would never let me climb Mt Fuji now!!! <BR> Sun, 11 May 2014 22:58:30 EST What is your FAVORITE Exercise? Mine is walking. That's the only one I really enjoy right now. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Sun, 11 May 2014 22:53:24 EST Thea I'm back! Sun, 4 May 2014 17:10:59 EST Memorial Day Challenge- Lose 5 pounds! This challenge will start NOW. Weigh in and then weigh in again on Saturday May 31st. Yes, that is after Memorial Day but that way we will keep off what we've already lost before the Holiday! That means it is a four week challenge. Losing 5 pounds in 4 weeks seems quite reasonable. <BR> <BR> You choose the amount of weight loss but I suggest a goal of losing 5 pounds. <BR> Let us know if you're "in" for this challenge and if you chose to lose 5 pounds or if you set your goal at lower or hi... Sat, 3 May 2014 05:30:49 EST Today I am THANKFUL for.... SATURDAY! <BR> <BR> What about you? What makes you thankful today? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sat, 3 May 2014 03:00:32 EST A place to Chat, Ask Questions, Give us your news! This thread will have a Multipurpose. It will be for chatting, asking questions, giving us your news. Are you new to SparkPeople and have questions? <BR> <BR> Let us know how you are doing, what you are doing, your plans. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:53:41 EST Do you like the new SP Changes? This morning SP was the same old same old. Now this evening there have been major changes, especially with the Team Pages. No more Huddle Wall. No more column on the right side, which I used ALL the TIME to get to various areas in SP. They did bring the new member information into that column, and noticeable now rather than having it at the bottom. I'm not sure what I like and what I don't care for. <BR> <BR> How about you? Did you notice the changes? Do you like them? <BR> <BR> <em>38</e... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:49:31 EST What are your GOALS for MAY? It's hard to believe that May is almost here already. <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> 1. Exercise at least three times a week. That's not much but it is more than I've done these past weeks. <BR> 2. Continue to clutter bust my house towards my goal to get rid of EVERYTHING in the house before I move back to the States at the end of November. <BR> <BR> What are your GOALS for May? Tue, 29 Apr 2014 01:23:59 EST Two things that go together Another new one. <BR> <BR> Cookies & milk <em>30</em> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:27:16 EST 3 letter words A-Z Here's a new game to try. <BR> <BR> A - age Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:23:12 EST How long can you thaw frozen food on the counter? The answer can be found in this article about FOOD SAFETY! <BR> <BR> <link>ahealthyme.uat.staywellsolutionsonli<BR>,1547 </link> <BR> <BR> Read it and let us know if you follow the guideline for thawing frozen food. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:55:55 EST April 13-19 GOODIE CHALLENGE! This week let's encourage others on the Omaha team by giving out SparkGoodies! During the week give out at least FIVE goodies and then let us know when you've finished the challenge. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 01:05:25 EST How are you doing in APRIL? Well, I'm not doing too well in April. I keep gaining and losing the same couple of pounds. I'm at a high too which is not good. Today I'm on a down and I'm listening to motivational podcasts which should help me to eat better and move more. <BR> <BR> How about you? How are you doing in APRIL? Are you making progress? Enjoying the warmer weather, using it to get out more and MOVE? Thinking about your veggie garden that you'll plant, take care of? Is it planting time yet in Omaha? <BR> <BR>... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 01:01:27 EST A-Z words ending in "A" - new game New game borrowed from another message board. <BR> <BR> A - ambrosia Wed, 9 Apr 2014 21:20:23 EST Conga Line I found this game on another board and thought it might be challenging.and fun. <BR> <BR> Begin your word using the last two letters of my word. <BR> <BR> Example: My word is smilES and I turned that into EScaPE <BR> <BR> Next one: I changed EScaPE into PEnsiON <BR> <BR> Your turn: Begin your word with ON <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:54:13 EST How to get over a BAD Weigh In.....! Here's a great blog entry SP entitled, "55 Things the Scale Won't Tell You". I personally am trying to break away from my dependence on the scale. I need to celebrate other victories. This SparkPeople blog mentions 55 of them!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=55_things_the_scale_wont_tell_you </link> <BR> <BR> Be encouraged. Let us know what you think. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 07:42:43 EST Change one letter to make a new word! This game has been around for a while but it's still a good one. <BR> <BR> hare Sun, 16 Mar 2014 13:02:35 EST Nutrition QUIZ about FIBER Here is a quick quiz on FIBER. Take the quiz and then let us know how you did. <BR> <BR> <link>ahealthyme.uat.staywellsolutionsonli<BR>,DietaryFiberQuiz </link> <BR> <BR> I got a 71% on the quiz. I teach Nutrition in the Nursing School right now but I still need to learn more. <BR> <BR> Now to eat more FIBER!! <BR> <BR> How did you do on the quiz? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 00:38:17 EST A-Z: Double letter words A - apple Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:45:09 EST Why are we AGING so fast? Here is an interesting article from the news. It is entitled "13 everyday habits that are aging you" I find that many of them describe me! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-everyday-habits-that-are-aging/?intcm<BR>p=obnetwork </link> <BR> <BR> How about you? Are you aging faster then necessary? <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 02:28:41 EST What is in YOUR GARDEN? Food or Flowers? I have many bushes/plants around the house here in Africa where I live but they grow year round and do not need to be replanted. Periodically someone will come looking for work and I will pay him to trim my bushes. I do not have a food garden. <BR> <BR> With Spring soon arriving in Omaha, many will be thinking of planting their garden. Will you garden? Will you plant Food or Flowers? What kind of food? Which flowers? <BR> <BR> <em>376</em> <em>378</em> <em>374</em> <em>375</em> Sat, 8 Mar 2014 05:51:04 EST You know you're a Spark person when...... You get up first thing in the morning & spin the "log in" wheel! <BR> <BR> This thread will have a sticky on it for awhile so let's think of lots reasons for Sparking! Read and enjoy what others write. Let's have some fun! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 8 Mar 2014 05:18:13 EST OMAHA SPRING CHALLENGE! Yes, it's almost SPRING. Spring starts on March 20th. The Omaha Spring Challenge will go from NOW until March 20th. What is the challenge? <BR> <BR> The choice is yours. Pick which challenge or challenges you want to make. <BR> <BR> 1. Lose weight. How much do you want to lose during these 20 days? <BR> 2. Lose inches. How many inches do you wish to lose? <BR> 3. Fitness Minutes: How many fitness minutes are you aiming at? <BR> 4. Another goal of your choosing. <BR> <BR> Let us know which... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 01:05:03 EST How many Points til your next Sparks Trophy? Sparks Trophies have been a great booster to my Sparking in the past. Now I am at the highest trophy, level 20. There is no more motivation for getting lots and lots of points. I still like to get them though, especially when I spin 25 points at a time! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> How many Points do you have until you get your next Sparks Trophy? <BR> <BR> <em>264</em> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 00:48:30 EST What are your Goals for MARCH? My goals for March: <BR> 1. Eat less. I really don't like to track food but tracking will get me back on track of eating less. I'll at least track some days. <BR> <BR> 2. Sort through and file my home office paperwork that is sitting in piles. I've already started this project. Just need to finish. <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 00:35:53 EST Omaha Chat Room - March & April I am BACK off of SparkBreak. I took a month or so "off" of Sparking much. Did keep up with a challenge team but otherwise did very little. I did work on some work and home projects though. <BR> <BR> Now I'm back, almost fatter then ever so March needs to be a breakthrough month for me. I wish it were like "Spring" in the States here when it's easier to get in fitness minutes, motivated at being outside. Instead here in Africa where I live March and April are our hottest months, full of high ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 00:19:50 EST Greetings! I'm the new girl on the block. Hello everyone! My name is Shar'ron, but you can call me Ronnie. I signed up about a month ago to get Swagbucks, but now it is time to get started with SparkPeople. I have 80-100 pounds to lose. I just turned 50 and have a 4 year old preschooler. I've got to get fit to keep up with him and because I want to be around to see him married with children. I'm really looking forward to being a part of the community and meeting all you good people. May you all have a prosperous day! Blessings, Shar... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 07:37:07 EST Greetings! I'm the new girl on the block. Hello everyone! My name is Shar'ron, but you can call me Ronnie. I signed up about a month ago to get Swagbucks, but now it is time to get started with SparkPeople. I have 80-100 pounds to lose. I just turned 50 and have a 4 year old preschooler. I've got to get fit to keep up with him and because I want to be around to see him married with children. I'm really looking forward to being a part of the community and meeting all you good people. May you all have a prosperous day! Blessings, Shar... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 07:35:37 EST Greetings! I'm the new girl on the block. Hello everyone! My name is Shar'ron, but you can call me Ronnie. I signed up about a month ago to get Swagbucks, but now it is time to get started with SparkPeople. I have 80-100 pounds to lose. I just turned 50 and have a 4 year old preschooler. I've got to get fit to keep up with him and because I want to be around to see him married with children. I'm really looking forward to being a part of the community and meeting all you good people. May you all have a prosperous day! Blessings, Shar... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 07:34:47 EST Girl Scout cookies.....yes or no? It's that time of year again where the temptation of Girl Scout cookies are around every corner. you buy them?? If so, which kinds are your favorites? <BR> <BR> I bought FIVE boxes this weekend (Bad Jamie!). My favorites are Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties and Peanut Butter Sandwiches. I think I need to learn to tell my niece no. ;) Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:21:52 EST Name one thing you did "right" today! It's the small steps that lead to bigger ones. Tell us one thing that you did "right" today. It can be anything. <BR> -Did you park farther away from the store? <BR> -Did you pass up a donut at work? <BR> -Did you take your dog on a 15 minute walk? <BR> -Did you choose a baked potato over fries? <BR> <BR> Let us know so we can celebrate all the "little things." They add up and bring us to our "bigger" goals! Sat, 8 Feb 2014 11:22:55 EST What's your favorite Superbowl snack? I love chips and salsa! We usually make chili as well, but are trying something different this year. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:22:52 EST Care to Join Me? Healthy Omaha Events & Activities If there is a healthy event or activity you'd like to share with other Omaha Sparkers, share it here. Participants can wear a red shirt to identify yourself as a member of SparkOmaha. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:06:34 EST Thread Closed. Challenge canceled <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:20:15 EST January 16-22nd Weekly Challenge! Chose one or more mini challenges to work on this week. <BR> <BR> 1. Give a SparkGoodie this week to five different Omaha team members. <BR> 2. Huddle on the team daily. <BR> 3. Write at least one blog entry this week. <BR> 4. Do at least two activities on the team each day. For instance, Huddle, reply to any of the many posted threads, play a game, start a discussion question, etc. <BR> 5. Track all your food at least five days. <BR> <BR> Which if these mini challenges will you plan on do... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:32:11 EST What do you DRINK most frequently during the day? I mostly drink mostly plain black tea or iced tea. <BR> <BR> <em>469</em> <em>469</em> <em>469</em> <em>469</em> <em>469</em> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:49:27 EST Did you overeat yesterday? Unfortunately YES. <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:46:17 EST An invitation to ALL Omaha Sparkers I would like to invite ALL Omaha SparkTeam members to join me at the Omaha 1/2 Marathon on September 21,2014. I think it would be great fun to run this as a group. Time is not important, but you must be able to complete the course in four hours. (I think.) <BR> <BR> It wouldn't really be a "race," but a way to connect with other Spark members. We could even divide up into groups for those that want to go a bit faster and those that want to just have a nice leisurely jog. <BR> <BR> Plea... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 17:23:55 EST I have a question about how to track food I made a huge amount of lasagna for the holidays. Homemade sauce and lots of cheese. I have two 9x13 pans in the freezer. How on earth do I know how much I can have and how to track it? I went through the list of foods but how can I compare my homemade to someone elses? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 22:59:14 EST One week into 2014...... For those of you who make New Year's resolutions, are you still keeping them? <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> P.S. I don't make resolutions.... but I am not on track either. I really need to do better with eating less. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 23:20:26 EST January 9-15th Weekly Challenge! Join in the Omaha weekly challenge this week. Here are a few choices of mini challenges and you may join in one only or in all. Let us know which challenges you want to join and then let us know daily or at the end of the week how you did. <BR> <BR> Mini challenges. <BR> 1. Get in at least 10 fitness minutes daily. <BR> 2. During the week give at least three SparkGoodies to various members of the Omaha team. <BR> 3. Huddle daily on the Omaha team. <BR> 4. List on this thread what veggies you... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 23:59:33 EST How did you prepare for the Omaha COLD WAVE? The weather in Omaha and much of the USA is below freezing and is supposed to stay there for days. How did you prepare for these days? Did you go grocery shopping to stock your food shelves? Do you have a fireplace to help keep your house warm? Do you still have to go to Work or School? Grocery shopping? Outside? Are you staying PUT? <BR> <BR> How did you prepare for the Omaha COLD WAVE? <BR> <BR> <em>259</em> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 22:37:59 EST What is your favorite FRUIT? Fresh peaches, YUM! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 22:32:23 EST Lost, Gained, Turtled or Maintained? This is a Check in thread for weight loss, gain or staying the same. Weigh yourself weekly and then report here if you LOST, GAINED or TURTLED (stayed the same). It is not necessary to tell us your weight but you may if you want. You may use words or you may use emoticons such as. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> or <em>29</em> or <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Or be creative. The point is to check in and let us know how you're doing. You may chose the day of the week. <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:35:03 EST A - Z....words that end in "Y" A- Actuary <BR> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 00:53:51 EST SHOVEL SHOW? How many Calories are burned? Omaha gets it's fair of snow. Shoveling snow is a good fitness activity. <BR> <BR> How many calories you burn depends on your weight. Here is a tool to help you calculate how many that would be for 30 minutes of shoveling snow. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_burned.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Do you like to shovel snow? How may calories would you burn for shoveling snow for 30 minutes? <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 00:29:37 EST Hi!! Hello everyone!! My name is Starr. I have lived in Bellevue/Omaha since 1996. I met my husband here and have been married since 97'. I have been in my own business for the past eight years now and stress have caused me to gain weight. I have 3 children and our last child is where I put on 40 plus pounds of weight as well. I really want to lose the weight and just have a healthier lifestyle for myself, husband and children. I have trouble staying committed after four months and really want ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 10:52:27 EST Obstacles: Food, Exercise, or Emotional Eating ? I found this topic on another message board but it is a good one. What is your obstacle in losing or maintaining weight? Food, Exercise, or Emotional Eating ? Or do you have something else that hinders you? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 00:49:39 EST Omaha Chat Room! Happy New Year!!!! <BR> <em>283</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>411</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> It is 1am here in Africa where I live. I'm watching CNN and the fireworks going on in the UK as they celebrate the arrival of 2014! <BR> <BR> Welcome to the first Omaha Chat room of year 2014! In the Chat Room we can get to know each other better. Ask questions that you have about the team or about SparkPeople. Just stop by and ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:04:21 EST Do you have plans for New Year's EVE? Tonight is New Year's Eve. We are going to have a White Elephant gift giving party then play board or card games tonight. Normally we have quite a few people here but many are on trips and we only have seven. I'm not sure if any of us will last til midnight but we will have fun (and snacks) this evening. <BR> <BR> Do you have plans for New Year's EVE? or New Year's DAY? <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 00:32:40 EST Do you have a PET? No, I have had several cats over the years but I do not have a pet right now. <BR> <BR> <em>239</em> <em>241</em> <em>240</em> <em>338</em> <em>200</em> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 22:25:54 EST New and Returning Member: Pls Introduce Yourself! If you are a new or returning member to the SparkOmaha team after a long break please introduce yourself either on this thread or start a new thread in the Introduction Forum. Let us know how we can help you. Best wishes for meeting your SP goals. <BR> <BR> <em>199</em> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 22:15:38 EST What are your GOALS for January 2014? My main goal for January is to get in at least 500 Fitness minutes. I haven't been doing well at all at that!! <BR> Another goal is to keep clutter busting my house. Throwing, sorting, giving, selling stuff. First to go will be my Christmas decorations that I will not take back to America when I leave Africa in November 2014. <BR> <BR> How about you? What are your GOALS for January 2014? Sat, 28 Dec 2013 02:58:20 EST Do you Ice Skate? No, I could never ice skate. My ankles were just too weak. When I was younger I liked to roller skate though. <BR> <BR> Do you ice skate? <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 00:38:24 EST HOW IS YOUR ENERGY LEVEL TODAY? (1-10) 6 Wed, 25 Dec 2013 00:30:55 EST January 2-8th Weekly Challenge! Starting in January and as long as there is an interest in joining challenges, I will plan a weekly challenge for those who wish to participate. Each challenge will have several mini challenges that you may chose to join or you can chose to join all of them. Here are the mini challenges for the first weekly challenge: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink at least 6 glasses of water each day. <BR> 2. Eat at least 5 fruits and veggies each day. <BR> 3. Give a Spark Goodie to five different Omaha team members du... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 23:46:39 EST Have you met your 2013 GOALS? Nope, I have not met my goals for 2013 as far as weight loss goes. I wanted to lose weight but I am essentially the same weight as I was a year ago. Actually I'm a few pounds down but at least my weight is not up. <BR> <BR> Have you met your 2013 GOALS? They might have been to lose weight, maintain weight, simplify your life, make other lifestyle changes. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:56:20 EST A-Z Foods! A- artichoke <BR> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:48:42 EST Do you have plans for Christmas? Friday night I have invited an African family over for dessert and a Christmas movie plus I have gifts for them. They leave on vacation the following day. <BR> Sunday we'll have a visiting pastor at the Kanda Church to give a Christmas message and communion. <BR> Christmas Eve I'll have a few over for dinner and then I will go to the Bongolo Church to attend their Christmas Eve service which will include music and skits. <BR> On Christmas Day we foreigners (Americans plus one Canadian) will ... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:07:51 EST Two Word Game I got this from another team....... <BR> <BR> I'll start with two related words. <BR> <BR> food <BR> bananas <BR> <BR> Now you take the last word and come up with a word related to it, like this.. <BR> <BR> bananas <BR> fruit <BR> <BR> Now the next person says <BR> <BR> fruit (then says a type of fruit) <BR> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 23:45:06 EST A-Z Thanksgiving Time! A- Apple pie <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 02:13:09 EST How do you plan to celebrate THANKSGIVING DAY? We are not going to celebrate on Thursday but we will do so on Friday. There are 9 Americans and 1 Canadian who will be here on the station on Friday and we plan to have a big meal together, then play games, perhaps watched a taped game or something. Tomorrow I will see if I can find turkey in the store. If not, we will likely use chicken. I've offered a pumpkin pie. I'm not sure what else. Everyone will bring something. <BR> <BR> How about you? <BR> <BR> <em>53</em> <em>471</em> <e... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 05:30:29 EST Travelin g......! I will be Traveling Saturday Nov 16 through Tuesday Nov 26th. Five days of that I will be at a big conference in Spain. I will not always have internet. It will be available at the hotel in SPAIN but for a price and I may not pay for it if I think I'll be too busy at meetings of the conference..... or at site seeing. I'll be back online just before Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> Bye for now Thu, 14 Nov 2013 23:52:37 EST Earn 500 SparkPoints with the Member WelcomeGuide! Omaha team, <BR> <BR> I have noticed over the years that November through January are the busiest months for new members joining SparkPeople. Also, the Omaha team will be getting many new members in the coming weeks. <BR> <BR> SparkPeeople released another new feature today, before this big rush of new members starts. It is the New Member Welcome Guide. All new members as well as seasoned members like many of us are are encouraged to use this new Member Welcome Guide. Doing so will earn us ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:19:17 EST Omaha November - December Chat Room! <em>235</em> <BR> Welcome to a thread to ask questions, let us know how you are doing and also a place to get to know each other. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 23:34:02 EST I'm back after a year absence and ready to go!! Hi everyone, it's been a year since I've even considered getting back online and doing the Spark way of life again. I'm excited but probably picked the wrong time of year to start back up. In the past year, I've had knee surgery (nothing big, just arthroscopic) that took me waaay tooo long to heal. I wasn't really interested in anything because it hurt so bad, but now I'm starting to feel much better and can't wait for the holidays. Does anyone have any advice about my impending journey and... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 13:33:18 EST Do you listen to PODCASTS? Yes, I download and listen to podcasts. Because our satellite internet does not often support us watching videos or listening to streaming audio, I download the SparkRadio and many other podcasts and then they are on my computer/IpodTouch and I can listen to them when I want. I often put on a podcast to listen to while I'm in bed in the evening. Podcasts can be found in many subjects and I listen to a variety of them. <BR> <BR> Do you listen to PODCASTS? <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> <em>339<... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 01:58:07 EST Today I am THANKFUL for........ Having been able to purchase the Flu Vaccine here in Africa!!!! I got my "shot" yesterday. Normally I get the flu vaccination only in America not Africa but I will soon be traveling to Spain and attending a conference where many people are flying in from the States. Because I have asthma I am an "at risk" person and need the flu vaccine in those circumstances. <BR> <BR> As we begin November, the month we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, for what are YOU thankful? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <BR... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 01:52:23 EST What are your Goals for NOVEMBER? Perhaps your goal is to lose weight, or maintain your weight. Perhaps you want to quit drinking soda or stop eating a certain food. Perhaps you need more sleep or more exercise. <BR> <BR> What are your goals for November? <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>250</em> <em>386</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 01:57:41 EST END of the Omaha Fall Challenge... CHECK IN! Nine weeks ago we started an Omaha Fall Challenge. Each member who joined set her/his own goal to meet before October 31st. Now or on October 31st is the time to let us know how you did. Did you meet your goal? What have you learned from this challenge? Would you like another challenge that is perhaps shorter as this one was two months long? What other challenges would you like to see on the Omaha team? <BR> <BR> So you did you do on THIS challenge? <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>9</em> ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 01:47:29 EST Do you track your Food? With what Food Tracker? I very much dislike tracking my food so usually do not track. I know, this is not a good idea. <BR> There are those who use the SparkPeople food tracker but others who keep track of their food on a notebook in their home. Still others use other food trackers that are online. <BR> <BR> Do you track your food? What method of Tracking do you use? <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 01:56:21 EST Hot or Cold? Do you prefer hot weather or cold weather? The weather in Omaha is getting cooler. Do you dread this? Snow, do you like it? It's part of being in Omaha. Which do you prefer, summer or winter? <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>54</em> <em>257</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 01:47:15 EST Omaha Fall Challenge WEEK NINE! My goal: Lose 10 pounds. <BR> Beginning of challenge: 261.5 <BR> Last week: 254 <BR> Today: 256 <BR> Gained this past week: 2 <BR> Lost during the challenge: 5.5 pounds <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Our Omaha FALL Challenge has started it's 9th week. It will end on October 31st. Each of us set our own goal. So far I've made progress (not this past week) but I have not yet reached my goal. <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing? What was/is your goal? Are you making progress? How can w... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 23:27:36 EST New SparkPeople START PAGE coming Monday! SparkPeople is totally changing the START Page as of Monday October 21st. Check out an article on the coming changes at this link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=introducing_a_brand_new_sparkpeople<BR>_experience </link> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:44:06 EST What is your SparkVersary? January 7, 2008. <BR> <BR> When did you join SparkPeople? Thu, 17 Oct 2013 01:13:54 EST Omaha Fall Challenge WEEK EIGHT! My goal: Lose 10 pounds. <BR> Beginning of challenge: 261.5 <BR> Today: 254 <BR> Lost: 7.5 pounds <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Our Omaha FALL Challenge has started it's 8th week. It will end on October 31st. Each of us set our own goal. So far I'm making progress but I've not yet met my goal. <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing? What was/is your goal? Are you making progress? Do you need to tweak your goal? How can we help you? <BR> <BR> Keep pushing on! <em>381</em> <em>386... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 09:10:57 EST Do you Own or Rent? I'll be moving back to Omaha in a year and I'm not sure if I will buy a condo or rent an apartment. There are advantages and disadvantages to each. I have enjoyed doing some "shopping" online to see what's available in Omaha now. <BR> <BR> Do you rent or own your home? Is that working out for you or do you wish to change your living situation? What are your recommendations for either owning or renting your home? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 23:22:00 EST Do you Snow Ski? I went skiing in the Japan Alps one weekend. The first day I was with one who knew how to ski and a couple who did not know how to ski. The one who knew how gave us a quick lesson and then we took the ski lift up a short ways. She forgot to tell me how to get OFF of the ski lift. I just rolled off of it, not able to ski off of it. Then after awhile everyone (but me) wanted to go to the TOP of the mountain. I went with them. Big mistake. That meant that I had to come back DOWN from the TOP. Th... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 23:47:53 EST What Exercise do you do in the Omaha Winter? When I'm in Omaha during the winter, I like to Mall Walk. It's warm and I can people watch at the same time. I have walked at Crossroads and at Westroads. I'm not sure where I will be living at the end of next year when I retire and move back to Omaha. I might have to chose another mall. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 23:36:37 EST Would you ever???? This is a fun getting to know you game. <BR> <BR> We start with the question "Would You Ever?" <BR> Next person answers, yes or no (adds a little something if they choose) then poses the next "Would You Ever?" <BR> <BR> To get us started: <BR> <BR> Would you ever go scuba diving? Mon, 7 Oct 2013 08:09:01 EST Omaha Fall Challenge WEEK SEVEN! Wow, it's hard to believe that we are starting week seven of this Fall Challenge which ends on October 31st. Each one of us has chosen his or her own goals for weight loss or maintenance. <BR> How are you doing? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Sun, 6 Oct 2013 22:36:01 EST Have you seen the new EMOTICONS? Here are some of the new emoticons: <BR> <BR> <em>527</em> <em>521</em> <em>525</em> <em>526</em> <em>520</em> <em>385</em> <em>523</em> <em>524</em> <em>549</em> <em>550</em> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 23:30:55 EST What are your Goals for OCTOBER? My goal is to be able to keep up with all the SparkPeople challenge's I've managed to join! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My main goal is to lose weight. Any amount but towards my 5% weight loss goal that I'm setting by joining the 5% Fall challenge. That is a two month challenge but has not actually started yet. I will soon be blogging about it. <BR> <BR> I want to read the Spark Solution book. I know, that was also my challenge for September but it did not get done. I also want to make ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 23:11:15 EST Omaha Fall Challenge WEEK SIX! We've completed up to five weeks in this Omaha Challenge but there are still FOUR weeks to go as the challenge does not end until October 31st. It's still time to lose weight and meet your own goal. If you've not yet joined the challenge, it's not too late. Just post here that you're joining the challenge and let us know how much weight you plan to lose in October. <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? Are you working to meet the goal that you set five weeks ago? There are still four weeks left.... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 01:47:21 EST Top 3 Today List Supervise nursing students this morning. <BR> Teach midwifery this afternoon. <BR> Take a walk. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 01:03:11 EST Omaha Fall Challenge WEEK FIVE! Today we start WEEK FIVE of the Omaha Fall Challenge. Each one of us has set his or her own goal for weight loss or weight maintenance during this challenge which will end on October 31st. If you have not already joined the challenge, you may do so right here on the thread. Each Monday I start a new thread so we can share with each other how we are doing. <BR> <BR> How are you doing on the challenge? <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 08:40:00 EST Omaha Fall Challenge: WEEK FOUR! This is the start of WEEK FOUR of the Omaha Fall Challenge. We have been on the challenge for only three weeks so we are only beginning. Each of us set our own goal for the nine week challenge, ending October 31st. Most wanted to lose weight. Some might want to maintain. It's not too late to join the challenge. Just join on this thread, that's fine. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> How are you doing? You don't have to reveal your weight, just your weight loss or gain. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 23:52:00 EST Do you watch COOKING Shows on TV? Yes, I like several of them. My favorite TV Cooking show is "Chopped". It's a competition between four people with three of them eventually being "Chopped" and the last remaining as the champion. <BR> <BR> Do you watch COOKING SHOWS on TV? Which one or ones are your favorites? <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 00:02:31 EST Do you take a DAILY MULTIVITAMIN? Yes. I don't always take a multivitamin but I have since I broke my knee then had it replaced. I needed 5 blood transfusions because of blood loss (3 the week I had my fall and 2 after my knee replacement). Now that I have recuperated from that trauma I may not continue to take a multivitamin after my present bottle is emptied. I have not decided. <BR> <BR> Do you take a DAILY MULTIVITAMIN? <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 02:14:24 EST What TIME of day do you SPARK? I Spark early in the morning and sometimes later but always early in the morning. Since I am also in a time zone 6-7 hours early than Omaha, that means I start Sparking before some of you have Sparked for the evening before. <BR> <em>128</em> <em>56</em> <em>12</em> <em>56</em> <em>128</em> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 00:21:33 EST Omaha Fall Challenge WEEK THREE! We are just starting week THREE of our Omaha Fall Challenge. It's not too late to join. We are each setting our own weight loss goal, weight to lose before the end of October. You may start the challenge here. If you are in maintenance mode, pick your own challenge between now and the end of October. <BR> <BR> For those on the challenge, how are you doing? Are you making progress? Let us know on this thread. Let's encourage each other. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 9 Sep 2013 01:09:30 EST Omaha Fall Challenge WEEK TWO! The Omaha Fall challenge is starting it's second week. <BR> <BR> I started at 211.5 pounds but attended a three day retreat and ate too much so I now have more than 10 pounds to lose before the October 31st date. I still maintain my same goal to lose the 10 pounds though but I'll have to work harder to do so. <BR> <BR> How about others who are in the challenge? How did you do? <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 2 Sep 2013 01:36:02 EST Omaha Septembe -October CHAT Room! This thread is for either chatting, asking questions about the Sparkpeople website or giving us your news. <BR> Are you new to SparkPeople? Do you have questions about navigating around the site? <BR> Are you doing well? Meeting your SparkGoals? <BR> Have you recently run a race? Walked a 5K? Joined a Gym? <BR> <BR> Here's a question to start with..... so you're on the Omaha team. Where do you actually live? In Omaha? Gretna? Iowa? another State? Africa (I live in Africa)? <BR> <BR> W... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 01:03:38 EST Are you TEACHING or ATTENDING School? There are many Sparkmembers who either TEACH school or ATTEND school. Are you one of them? What do you teach? What are you studying. Has your school year started already? If not, when do you start school? Does being in school, or teaching school change the way you SPARK? <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> <em>150</em> <em>207</em> <em>203</em> <em>387</em> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 00:39:56 EST Do you have plans for this LABOR DAY Weekend? Actually, I live in Africa so it's not a holiday here. I am at a retreat for the Nursing Students though and that will end Sunday noon. Monday will be a regular work day for me. <BR> <BR> How about you? Are you doing something special this Labor Day Weekend? <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 00:35:27 EST What are your Goals for SEPTEMBER? My goal for August was to lose 4 pounds. I lost 1.5 so far and have kept it off. I still have a few days left of August. <BR> <BR> My goals for September: <BR> 1. Lose 4 pounds. <BR> 2. Finish reading two books that I have started. <BR> 3. Exercise at least 500 minutes to get a 500 minute trophy. <BR> <BR> How about you? What are your Goals for September? <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 01:40:41 EST What Exercise did you do TODAY? What exercise did you do today or what exercise do you plan to do today? <BR> <BR> <em>326</em> <em>318</em> <em>319</em> <em>237</em> <em>278</em> <em>364</em> <em>311</em> <em>362</em> <em>321</em> <em>315</em> <em>324</em> <em>332</em> <em>317</em> <em>131</em> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 01:25:24 EST Give it AWAY Challenge! What are we to give away? SparkGOODIES! <BR> <BR> Give a SparkGoodie to each of two people from the Omaha Team and then when you've finished the challenge let us know with an emoticon on this thread. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 08:27:37 EST Please JOIN.....Omaha FALL Challenge! <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <BR> <BR> Let's have an Omaha Fall Challenge! <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <BR> <BR> From now until the end of October, let's lose weight. There are about nine weeks before the end of October. Each person can decide his or her goal for these weeks. <BR> <BR> MY challenge will be to lose 10 pounds in the next NINE weeks. You chose your own weight loss challenge. You may join the challenge anytime during the ch... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 03:34:59 EST NEW TO THIS BUT EXCITED :) Hi, I am new to all this and trying to get motivated. I was shocked to see so many people from Omaha do this :). If anyone works out at the Kroc Center and would like a workout buddy, I could use the push and would be happy to work out with someone or a group of people. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:40:31 EST Do you eat Hot Oatmeal? Yes, and I had it for breakfast this morning. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 00:26:26 EST How many SparkPoints do you aim for each day? When I was first on SP I tried to get about 50 SparkPoints each day. Now I aim for 25 points so I can get the Bonus Spin. Of course, since I'm at level 20, I have no more trophies to work towards. <BR> <BR> How about you? How many SparkPoints do you aim for each day? <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 00:25:05 EST Do you like your veggies Fresh, Frozen, or Canned? I eat them all. It is hard to get frozen veggies in town but they are available in the capital city. Many fresh veggies are not always available here on the equator. I eat lots of canned veggies. <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> <em>267</em> <em>291</em> <em>372</em> <em>370</em> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 01:05:24 EST Do you MEASURE your Food? Not everything. I do measure some foods but not most. I also don't track my food but I SHOULD! <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 22:25:31 EST How do you use your Microwave Oven? I mostly just heat up leftovers. I do heat my water for tea each morning. I also make my scrambled eggs in the microwave as well as my hot oatmeal when I have it for breakfast. Last week I did do some chicken pieces in the microwave by first adding a bit of BBQ sauce on top of them. <BR> <BR> How do you use your Microwave Oven? <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 04:59:39 EST Automatic or not? Do you drive a vehicle with Automatic Transmission or a car with a manual transmission? <BR> <BR> I should be driving a vehicle with automatic transmission because of my left leg that won't bend correctly but my car here in Africa is a manual. I am able to drive but have to really concentrate to get my foot on the clutch pedal. <BR> <BR> How about you? What do you drive? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 04:53:26 EST The Glow Run 5k Anyone doing it? <BR> <BR> I am. Also doing a diabetes walk this weekend! :) Fri, 9 Aug 2013 00:08:27 EST I am back I am back. I was gone because I had emergency surgery. I wasn't feeling well after having breakfast. Sever stomach pain. After 2 days I final had husband take me to the ER. I thought it might be my appendix. They did a CT scan. I had a infection. my colon was inflamed from my diverticulitis. I was diagnosed with diverticulitis in Jan. Shortly after that I found out that I had cysts on my ovaries and then had my ovaries removed. <BR> <BR> After I had my CT scan on July 21 they also seen I ha... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 03:49:15 EST Easy Ways to Lose Weight!!!! Below find a link to a Reader's Digest article called, "Easy Ways to Lose Weight: 50+ Ideas". It has a very good list of weight loss tips for each of us! Enjoy....... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>asy-ways-to-lose-weight-50-ideas/ </link> <BR> <BR> One tip I thought was good was, #30-- " Use flavorings such as hot sauce, salsa, and Cajun seasonings instead of relying on butter and creamy or sugary sauces." <BR> <BR> What are some of the tips that you appreciat... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 07:53:53 EST A-Z Things you can do besides EAT! A- Articulate! <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Aug 2013 00:11:07 EST What are your Goals for August? I gained some weight in July so my goal is to lose weight in August. I would like to lose at least three pounds. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 10:57:29 EST Do you eat JELLO? Yes, I love Jello. I like it with fruit, or marshmallows. It is refreshing. I like most flavors but certainly red ones. I like both regular and diet JELLO. <BR> <BR> Do you eat JELLO? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:04:14 EST Master Cleanse.... disgusting. This elixer is the worst. Anyone ever try this, is it safe or is it all a hoax? I read it can deteriorate lean muscle. 50% say its bad, the other half say we're supposed to cleanse twice a year. I don't know what to think of it anymore. <BR> <BR> The salt water flush makes me nervous too, because that much sodium daily is kind've scarey. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 01:51:49 EST If you wake up early.......... If you wake up early can you fall back to sleep? <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 00:32:02 EST How do you SLEEP? I don't sleep well and need to really work on getting more sleep. Right now it's before 4am and I am about to take a nap! I think I have sleep apnea and will check on that the next time I'm in the States. Also, our internet here in Africa is faster (working) during the night so when I wake up, I get up... far too early! That is not good for me... nor my health. <BR> <BR> How do you sleep? <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 22:49:12 EST Nutrition & Fitness Tracker Changes! Many of you have already seen this article about the Nutrition and Fitness Tracker Changes... but perhaps others have not yet seen it. Recently the Nutrition and the Fitness Trackers were changed so that they talk with each other. The suggested calorie range is based on fitness level day by day as I understand it. <BR> <BR> For those already on SP when the new changes took place, they are not automatic. If you would like these changes to take effect you'll need to follow the instructions in ... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 13:34:17 EST So Excited!! I went to the doctor yesterday and he increase the dosage on my Januvia to 50mg and I woke up this morning my fasting sugar was 107 reading.. YES!!! it was most of the time 135-145. I am so excited. People with diabetes will understand. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 10:50:30 EST this is not diet related I have to move to a new place that does not except pets. If anyone would like a sweet and adorable cat we have two. I would love to keep them but we have to move. If you look at my spark page you can see pictures of them. They are both girls and they are both very sweet. If you have a friend who is looking for a cat they are both spayed and front claws removed. They both are licensed for the city of Omaha and both have micro chips if they get lost. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 23:32:18 EST under or over bmr? I'm confused. Do I eat my BMR or do I eat below it or over? I work out an average of 500 calories a day by swimming or golfing, so.....if my BMR is 2200, do I eat around 1700 and then work out and burn 500 calories? I want to lose weight safely but I want to get it off asap. Isn't loosing a pound every few days okay? What do I do?! Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:28:00 EST On HOW MANY teams do you HUDDLE each day? I huddle on 4-5 Sparkteams each day. I huddle at twice on the Omaha team so I get my five points for huddling. For those who are new to SP, HUDDLING is like Cheering on team members. If I have no time to do anything else on SP, I at least try to Huddle on certain teams so people know I'm still around. <BR> <BR> On HOW MANY teams do you HUDDLE each day? <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:34:46 EST Did you watch FIREWORKS this week? No, there were no fireworks here in Africa since it was not their Independence Day. <BR> <BR> How about you? Did you watch Fireworks this week? Did you go someplace to watch them or did you watch them from your yard? <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> Sun, 7 Jul 2013 10:53:28 EST Do you use Artificial Sweeteners? There is much to say about the use of Artificial Sweeteners. Here is an article about them. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=289 </link> <BR> <BR> I do not use Artificial Sweeteners except when I drink Diet Coke which I have not yet given up. I also drink Crystal Lite Tea. Otherwise I do not have Sugar Free (artificially sweetened) foods available to me here in Africa. <BR> <BR> Do you use Artificial Sweeteners? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 07:23:17 EST Changes with SparkPeople! Perhaps you have noticed some changes with the Start page or with the Polls being gone. This link will explain some recent changes. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=simplified_sparkpoints_and_more_of_<BR>them </link> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 00:37:44 EST What is your favorite kind of MELON? What is your favorite kind of MELON? <BR> <BR> I love Cantaloupe but I can not buy it here in Africa. I ate some watermelon this week at the hotel where I stayed. That tasted great. <BR> <BR> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <BR> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 15:50:59 EST What are your plans for JULY 4th? I have invited a friend over for dinner for JULY 4th but we here on the station will be celebrating Independence Day on Saturday July 6th. We will have a meal together and then watch a movie. I don't think anyone has any fireworks this year and of course it is not a Holiday where I live in Africa. There will be about 17 of us, 13 kids and 4 adults. A friend and I tried to buy a Watermelon but we could not find any for sale. I'm not sure what our Celebration meal will be but it should be somet... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 15:37:54 EST Omaha JULY-AUGUST Chat Room! Here's a Chat Room for the Omaha team. Come meet others and just get to know each other better. <BR> <BR> I have just finished one week of vacation and plan to enjoy one more week of a STAYCATION, staying at home. Then the next two weeks I'll be teaching a computer class to Nursing Students. <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 15:31:11 EST SparkPage Decorations for JULY 4th! I have just decorated my SparkPage up for INDEPENDENCE DAY! <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> I will give a SparkGoodie to any Omaha SparkTeam Member who also decorates his or her SparkPage up to help celebrate JULY 4th. Let me/us all know on this thread when you are done decorating your SparkPage so we can all enjoy the Red White and Blue!!! <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 15:27:52 EST What are your Goals for JULY? My goal for JUNE was to get a Fitness Minutes trophy and I did get a 250 minute Trophy! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> My goal for JULY is to get a 500 minute Fitness Minutes Trophy! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 15:22:49 EST Do you own a Flat-screen TV? Nope, not yet. I have two old fashioned TVs here in Africa and I hope at least one keeps working until I move back to the States at the end of 2014. When I get to the USA for retirement, I'll buy a flat-screen TV. <BR> <BR> How about you? Do you own a Flat-screen TV? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 00:05:40 EST Do you drink MILK? Yes. I was raised in a milkman's house. Out here in Africa though we get either powdered milk or sterilized long shelf milk which does not have to be refrigerated until opened. I don't care for either unless it becomes chocolate milk. In the States I often drink milk. <BR> <BR> <em>466</em> <em>466</em> <em>466</em> <em>466</em> <em>466</em> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 23:57:17 EST What are your favorite Cooking Tools? Crock pot, rice cooker and George Foreman Grill! I also like my yogurt maker and of course my electric mixer. Oh, my Microwave probably is the most necessary "tool" in the kitchen besides the stove/oven. <BR> <BR> Non electric? paring knife. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 08:01:23 EST A-Z Television Names- Either Real or Screen Names A- Alvin the Chipmunk :-) Sun, 9 Jun 2013 08:27:24 EST Have you ever eaten in secret? Here's a discussion question I got from another team: <BR> <BR> Have you ever eaten in secret and/or hidden food or food containers/wrappers? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 9 Jun 2013 08:11:57 EST Do you SLEEP well? I do not sleep many hours but when I am asleep I sleep well. Sometimes I only sleep 4-5 hours though. I need to work on sleeping longer as I know that would be better for me health. I often get up and sit in my recliner and then sometimes fall back to sleep for a "nap". <BR> <BR> How about you? Do you SLEEP well? <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 23:19:39 EST hi Hi my name is Sheila Foster and I am new and eager to learn and want to loose the weight i love to take pictures and have a <BR> business of childcare of 32 years and now its time for me i want to loose weight. please help in anyway u can. thank u Tue, 4 Jun 2013 10:35:12 EST On how many SparkTeams are you ACTIVE? I am active or semi active on six SparkTeams. <BR> <BR> How about you? On how many SparkTeams are you ACTIVE? I am not asking on how many teams you are a member but on how many teams are you ACTIVE? <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sun, 2 Jun 2013 02:26:38 EST What causes you to Struggle? For me it would probably be lack of motivation. If I were more motivated to lose weight I would eat better. Of course with my knee break last year it makes walking more of a struggle so exercising is more difficult. <BR> <BR> I will NOT GIVE UP though!! <BR> <BR> How about you? What causes you to Struggle? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 2 Jun 2013 02:23:34 EST What are your plans for the SUMMER? With schools letting out and the good weather in Omaha, what are your plans for the Summer? Will you be taking a vacation? Traveling? Planting a garden? Running or Walking a race? Going to the Zoo? Moving your Exercising outside? Flying off somewhere? Taking a cruise? Camping? <BR> <BR> What are your plans for the SUMMER? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 03:07:15 EST What are your GOALS for June? May is almost done and June will be here by the end of the week! What are your goals? <BR> <BR> Mine = removing fast food/processed foods from my diet/pantry. I feel best when I am eating clean and that is going to be my goal for June! I want to have removed fast food entirely and updated at least 75% of my pantry to whole grains for cooking clean. Ready, set, go!! <BR> <BR> <BR> GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE WITH THEIR JUNE GOALS!!! Tue, 28 May 2013 23:17:36 EST Have you met your Weight Goal? Are you maintainin? No, I am still working on losing weight. <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> Sun, 26 May 2013 23:42:45 EST Which MEAL do you prefer to eat at a Restaurant? Between Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, which meal do you prefer to eat out at a Restaurant? <BR> <BR> I think I prefer to eat out for evening dinner because I would be with a friend or family. Other meals that I would maybe eat out alone. I do like to eat breakfast type foods at a restaurant though. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Sat, 25 May 2013 11:23:43 EST What Exercise Equipment do you own? Balance ball, no seated foot peddler, 5 pound dumb bells, walking shoes, Trekking poles, pedometer, exercise DVDs. <BR> <BR> I use some of them. Need to use more. <BR> <BR> How about you? What do you own? Do you use them? <BR> <BR> <em>60</em> <em>34</em> <em>317</em> <em>322</em> <em>327</em> <em>326</em> <em>278</em> <em>68</em> <em>325</em> <em>294</em> <em>281</em> <em>260</em> <em>315</em> <BR> Sat, 25 May 2013 10:24:13 EST Are you in TRAINING for a RACE (Walk or Run)? Omaha is now in the season where there are many fundraiser Walk and Run Races. Have you recently been in a race or are you in TRAINING for one? Which one or ones? <BR> <BR> <em>364</em> <em>365</em> <em>366</em> <em>363</em> <em>311</em> Mon, 20 May 2013 02:35:17 EST Have you had a SPORTS INJURY? I have had plenty of injuries but never because of Sports. Well, I have had plantar fasciitiss in my heels because of walking but nothing else that is sports related. <BR> <BR> Have you ad a SPORTS INJURY? <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sat, 18 May 2013 02:43:38 EST Do you change your Exercises in warm weather? How? I live in Africa where it is always warm. My exercise remains walking outside. <BR> I know it is finally warmer in Omaha. Do you change your Exercises in warm weather? How? <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>260</em> <em>300</em> <em>323</em> <em>318</em> <em>278</em> <em>281</em> <em>321</em> <em>313</em> Tue, 14 May 2013 02:03:39 EST CLA? My mother and sister have been using CLA (helps reduce fat around hips and stomach), they have reported great results. I started taking 2000 mg per day today. Has anyone used this supplement? Any good information/resluts? Tue, 7 May 2013 17:33:56 EST Omaha MAY- JUNE Chat Room! May is here. I hope Omaha has some nice flowers out now. There are flowers year round where I live in Africa. I have some flowering bushes around my house. I don't know many names except "snow on the mountain" and also hibiscus in various colors. I also have a purple bouganvilia bush. <BR> <BR> Happy May Day! Wed, 1 May 2013 01:39:50 EST How often do you give SPARKGOODIES? I should give out SparkGoodies every day but I don't. I have lots of Points that I could use for giving them out. I'll need to try to do better to encourage people through giving Goodies with memos. I love getting them although I don't always thank those who send them. Thanks to all who encourage me through your goodies and notes. <BR> <BR> How about you? How often do you give SPARKGOODIES? Do you live GETTING them? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 08:49:42 EST What food did you eat for your last meal? My last meal was Sunday lunch. I ate leftover sweet and sour chicken over rice plus corn. I had some bread with cheese and some papaya. <BR> My meal was frozen and it seemed to take FOREVER to cook in the microwave. I sure hope my microwave is not going bad. <BR> <BR> How about you? What food did you eat for your last meal? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>4</em> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 08:40:53 EST What EXERCISE TROPHY is your Goal for MAY? Since breaking my knee I have not been exercising enough. My goal is to get ANY exercise trophy during the month of MAY. I will be happy to get a 250 minute Exercise trophy. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 08:17:35 EST do you watch exercise videos? DVD or online. I like to watch the videos at Spark People. They always give me good ideas and I feel great when I am done. <BR> <BR> <em>317</em> <em>322</em> <em>34</em> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:48:04 EST What grows in your GARDEN? Gardening can bring good exercise. Many people plant flowers. Others plant veggies, or even fruits. Do you GARDEN? What grows in your GARDEN? <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> <em>87</em> <em>126</em> <em>378</em> <em>284</em> <em>210</em> <em>289</em> <em>45</em> <em>368</em> <em>367</em> <em>370</em> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 01:35:25 EST What are your plans for Exercising this weekend? Saturday, today, I will be getting ready for a garage sale that I will have next week. I will be hauling lots boxes and things to another location. That will be lots of exercise. I may also get in a walk outside. Tomorrow I will likely not exercise unless I do take a walk. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 02:55:27 EST Will you buy a ZOO pass this year? With a wonderful ZOO in Omaha comes a great place to walk, exercise. Do you normally buy a zoo pass? Will you buy a ZOO PASS this year? <BR> <BR> <em>86</em> <em>174</em> <em>200</em> <em>240</em> <em>134</em> <em>160</em> <em>219</em> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:59:12 EST Have you reached your Weight Goal? Most of us on SparkPeople want to lose weight so we set a weight goal. I have not lost the weight I want to lose but I have lost some weight. Had I not been on SparkPeople I'm sure I would have gained weight instead of lost it. <BR> <BR> Have you reached your ultimate Weight Goal? Are you now on maintenance mode? <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> <em>224</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:53:47 EST How many Televisions do you have? I have two, one in my livingroom and one in my bedroom. I admit, I watch entirely too much TV. <BR> <BR> How many Televisions do you have in your house? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 4 Apr 2013 03:15:56 EST Strawberry or Grape? If you use jam, which do you prefer? Strawberry or Grape? <BR> <BR> Of the two, I prefer Strawberry. But my favorite is Blackberry. In fact, I shipped some sugar free blackberry jam from the States to Africa because it is not available here. <BR> <BR> <em>476</em> Thu, 4 Apr 2013 03:12:00 EST Pancakes or Waffles? I love them both but make pancakes more often because they are quicker and easier to make. I like them with butter and sugar free maple syrup on top. I sometimes also put peanut butter and syrup on my pancakes. <BR> <BR> Which do you like? Pancakes or Waffles? How do you like them fixed? What topping? <BR> <BR> <em>484</em> Thu, 4 Apr 2013 03:07:40 EST Did you pre-order The Spark Solution book? Yes, I did decide to order the book which will be out in May. It will be mailed to a home in the States and then I will have it brought over to Africa by a visitor who will come this summer. <BR> Through pre-ordering the book I got three months of SparkCoach free. Now I need to take advantage of that and lose some weight! <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> Tue, 2 Apr 2013 00:40:38 EST Omaha registered voters. Will you be voting? Will you be voting in the Mayoral primary on Tuesday? <BR> <BR> I will vote. <BR> <em>38</em> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 15:52:10 EST Do you do a daily SparkPeople Poll? Yes, if there is a poll that I have not done. Since I have been on SP for over five years I sometimes go a week or two without doing a SP poll then go look to see if there are new questions. A week or so ago I found that SP had added more poll questions so for now, I am again answering them. <BR> <BR> Do you do a daily SP Poll? <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 07:55:21 EST What are your GOALS for April? I would like to lose at least 2 pounds. <BR> I would like to finish reading two books that I have started. <BR> I would like to take regular walks outside. <BR> I plan to have a garage sale on the 20th. That wil take lots of my time. <BR> <BR> How about you? What are your GOALS for April? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 03:30:29 EST Are you on Multiple diet websites? Are you on Multiple Diet websites or does SparkPeople meet your needs? <BR> <BR> I am only on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> <BR> How about you? <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:37:25 EST Do you SAVE money? Yes, I try to. I have money sent to a retirement account each month. Also more money to an employee's saving account that I can get at if I have a larger purchase to make. <BR> <BR> Do you SAVE money? <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:09:23 EST Do you make LISTS? Do you follow them? Do you make lists of things to do, groceries to buy, etc? <BR> <BR> I do not usually make a list of things to do unless I am overwhelmed and think I might forget something. Or the night before a trip, so I remember what to take. I do make grocery lists but I do not always take them with me to the store. I do not make a written schedule for my time. Nor do I make a meal plan for the week. <BR> <BR> Do you make lists? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 02:15:37 EST Which Cranberries do you like? Do you like cranberries? In which form, whole or in a gelatin like sauce? Do you buy your cranberries in a can or fresh? <BR> <BR> I prefer cranberries sauce rather than whole cranberries. I only use that which is in a can. I have never prepared fresh cranberries. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 02:33:35 EST Do you get enough SLEEP? Nope, I go to sleep well but wake up early, way too early. This has been happening for past years although I slept better at a younger age. <BR> <BR> How do you sleep? Do you get enough sleep? What helps you to sleep better. Have you every had sleeping problem but then were able to change to a good sleep pattern? <BR> <BR> Please give your ideas here as I believe there are many more people out there who have problems sleeping. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:05:22 EST Favorite Food..... What is your favorite food if calories were no issue....and if they are, have you found a way to healthy up that food? <BR> <BR> My all time favorite can-eat-it-every-day food is sushi....i know not everybody's cup of tea but I love it, next would probably be steak. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:20:56 EST Trivia Quiz? Do you take do the Trivia Quiz on SparkPeople? Are you happy with your results? <BR> <BR> I do much better than I used to do but of course some questions I have missed over and mover. My percentage is gradually creeping up though. <BR> <BR> Do you enjoy doing the Trivia game on SP? <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 23:15:59 EST Do you BLOG? I love to blog and I keep two of them up. I also do my hospital website but sadly, I've not been keeping that one up very well. When I blog, it is very factual. I am not good at showing much emotion in my blogs. No deep secrets from me. <BR> <BR> Do you BLOG? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 23:11:20 EST Do you eat BEETS? Yes, I eat beets but not very often. I have only had Harvard beets or plain canned beets. I have never had a non canned beet. <BR> <BR> How about you? Do you eat BEETS? How do you like them prepared? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 00:04:06 EST How is your WAIST? I'm sure not going to let you know what my WAIST measures, only to say that it is far too large!! I am obese and want to have my waist measurement diminish. I am not "apple" shaped nor "pear" shaped. I have an "avocado" shape! <BR> <BR> Here's an article to read about the three shapes. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=776 </link> <BR> <BR> How is your WAIST? What is your SHAPE? <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:22:35 EST How are your EYES? I wear glasses all the time. No line progressives with prisms for double vision. I can not see much without them but I can see very well with my glasses. <BR> <BR> How are your EYES? <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:43:53 EST How are your HIPS? My hips are pretty good. The only time I've had problems with arthritis pain in my right hip is when I drive a long distance with my foot on the pedal of the car (no cruise control on my vehicle) or during the time that I spent three months using a walker and hoping on my right leg! <BR> <BR> <em>360</em> <BR> <BR> How are your HIPS? Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:58:27 EST ABC's of/in/about your house A- Aprons <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:18:09 EST How is your THYROID? I have a hypothyroid. I have a goiter that is being treated with synthroid (levothyroxine). I have had several untrasounds, showing nodules. <BR> <BR> How is your THYROID? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:06:26 EST What is your favorite EXERCISE? Walking <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 00:27:38 EST How are you TEETH? In inherited bad teeth. Forty years ago I had many of my teeth removed because of periodontal disease. I have permanent bridges in place to replace most of those teeth that were taken. I still battle with my gums though and now have many crowns. Over all, I do not have toothaches. I do have jaw aches sometimes if I have been clenching my teeth while sleeping. A night mouth guard helps that. I am able to eat well with my teeth, as is evident from my weight! <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Now y... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 00:01:57 EST The Color Run in Omaha on May 25, 2013 I would love to get a team together to do The Color Run in Omaha on May 25, 2013 (not to be confused with the Color Me Rad 5K on the 11th in Council Bluffs). I will be walking the whole thing since my knees are shot, but this one isn't timed, and ANYONE is welcome, even 80+ year old walkers (who are probably STILL faster than I am!) Please e-mail me if you'd like to walk together or just register as a team to save $5 each! The charity is Habitat for Humanity. Sat, 9 Mar 2013 21:40:48 EST My SparkBlog! After 146 weeks of a blogging streak, I am again unable to post my blog entries. I write them but I get an error message when I try to post the blogs. I have tried changing computers, changing browsers, deleting cookies, the cache, writing with Word and copying and pasting, etc. I have written to SP tech but no one has been able to help me. For awhile in January I was able to post but then not since then. <BR> <BR> Today I started an Alternate SparkBlog using Blogger. I don't get points for ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 01:33:57 EST How are your KNEES? I have had bad knees for over fifteen years. Osteoarthritis set into my knees because of age, obesity, use, etc. I have taken Glucosamine and Chondroitin for many years for this pain with much relief from using these over the counter remedies. Then one year ago I broke my left knee and had five surgeries on my leg. Today that knee does not have arthritis but feels tight, stiff, etc because of all the trauma and the metal and plastic knee inside. My right knee though still has the osteoarthrit... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 00:57:22 EST How are your FEET? Many people who walk a lot or who run or jog have problems with their feet. I know that when I have walked a lot, especially if I did not have good shoes, I have had bouts of plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the plantar region of the foot which caused a lot of pain in my foot or feet. I have had cortisone injections several times. My feet are now ok. <BR> <BR> How are your FEET? <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 23:28:14 EST Have you ever seen a Sea Turtle? Yes, about ten years ago I went to the beach twice to see Sea Turtles. They are huge! The females were on land and laying eggs and then went back into the sea. I live on a coastal country on the equator, in Africa. It is one of the countries where sea turtles lay eggs. <BR> <BR> Have you ever seen a Sea Turtle? Maybe there is a Sea Turtle or a huge Tortoise at the Henry Dourly Zoo. <BR> <BR> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 23:23:40 EST Do you eat Chocolate Nut Spreads? I just had breakfast and ate one piece of peanut butter toast and a second piece of toast with a chocolate nut spread, similar to Nutella. It helps me get my "chocolate fix". <BR> <BR> Do you eat Chocolate Nut Spreads? <BR> <BR> <em>493</em> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:12:48 EST Omaha March- April Chat Room! Come on in!! Welcome to the Omaha Chat Room. It's a place to meet, ask questions, get to know each other. Drop in when you can. <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 03:28:37 EST What are your GOALS for March? I tweaked my goals a couple of weeks ago. I do not have a specific weight loss goal. My goals include: <BR> <BR> Read a Heath News Article at least 3 times a week. <BR> Read a Motivational SP Article at least 3 times a week. <BR> Take a walk at least 3 times a week. <BR> Avoid eating after 8pm <BR> <BR> Etc. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> What about you? What are your GOALS for March? <BR> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 03:24:23 EST Motivating and Inspiring Quotes! We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while <BR> <BR> others judge us by what we have already done. <BR> <BR> - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Sun, 24 Feb 2013 02:21:36 EST Goodie Challenge! Give a Spark Goodie to at least 3 Omaha Sparkteam members. Then come to this thread and let us know that you have finished the challenge! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 01:42:57 EST Do you like to watch TV shows about weight loss? There are so many TV shows about losing weight. Some are factual about someone who has lost a lot of weight through various methods. Some are trying to sell a product. Others are reality contests to see who can lose the most weight. Do you like to watch TV shows about weight loss? <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> <em>7</em> <em>7</em> <em>7</em> <em>7</em> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 01:38:33 EST Pancakes or Waffles? I like them both but usually make pancakes. I use a low calorie syrup. Sometimes I also like to use peanut butter on my pancakes. <BR> <BR> How about you? Pancakes or Waffles? How do you like them? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 01:34:12 EST What is your favorite COLOR? Blue but purple takes a close second! <BR> <BR> <em>322</em> <em>322</em> <em>322</em> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 01:31:14 EST Anyone interested in a lunch "reunion?" After reading all the blogs and threads, it looks like we may need another SparkOmaha Reunion! People are getting fitter, their looks are changing and it seems like it's time to celebrate all the positives that I've been reading about. Changes in size, mental outlook, health, commitment, etc. all should be celebrated. <BR> <BR> So, who would be interested in lunch at the Westroads' Panera? Any suggestions on a date? It's been said before, but "let's just do it!" <em>41</em> <BR> <BR... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 13:03:55 EST Do you use the SP Food Tracker? No, but I should! <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 23:39:47 EST Do you have CHILDREN? How many? I have no children. <BR> <BR> Do you have Children? How many? Do they live with you or are they grown and out of the home? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 01:37:00 EST Ketchup, Mustard or Mayonnaise? I prefer Ketchup on beef but Mustard on ham. I prefer Mayonnaise on poultry. I am talking sandwiches. I usually do not use condiments when I am eating a meat at a main meal. <BR> <BR> How about you? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 01:50:26 EST Do you use MIXES or bake from SCRATCH? I do both. I order some brownie mixes and sometimes cake mixes via a shipment from the States but I make all my chocolate cakes by scratch. <BR> <BR> How about you? Do you use MIXES or bake from SCRATCH? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 00:41:54 EST Do you like to cook with garlic? I like to eat garlic and sometimes use garlic powder or garlic flakes. When I buy a whole garlic is seems to get forgotten in the fridge and it dries out before I can use it. <BR> <BR> Do you like to cook with garlic? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 02:44:59 EST Did you Celebrate Valentine's Day? Nope, I live in Africa where Valentine's Day is not celebrated. I did receive a little heart from some of the American kids here. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if you received or bought Valentine's Day candy? Chocolates? Did you eat candy yesterday? <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 23:45:29 EST Papillion dweller <em>213</em> Hi! I have been on SparkPeople since January. Just really started getting involved though. I have mainly just been using it to log my food. Can't believe all the resources out here!! I live in Papillion near Walnut Creek and can't wait for the weather to get warmer so I can go walking! I have had trouble getting excercise in. I bought Zumba Gold for baby-boomers and have yet to open it. Need some motivation here!! LOL!! Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:45:08 EST Making Progress or Struggling? Are you making progress with changing your lifestyle or weight or are you struggling to do so? <BR> <BR> I'm still struggling, It's a matter choice and I need to make wiser food choices. I also need more exercise. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 00:32:55 EST OWN or RENT? I rent my duplex. It is actually provided for me here in Africa but on my salary stub it appears as if it is a rented house. <BR> <BR> How about you? Do you own or rent the place where you live? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 00:29:41 EST Do you prefer shoveling snow or cutting grass? I prefer to cut grass. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 00:25:46 EST Taco Salad - Dressing or no dressing?? Earlier this week we made taco salad (and it was so yummy!). Do you like dressing on yours?? <BR> <BR> I like to use salsa for my dressing! :) Fri, 8 Feb 2013 23:54:08 EST What are your GOALS for February? My goal is simple. Lose weight. Any amount of weight. Right now I weigh 260 pounds but I have recently weighed three pounds less. I would like to weigh 256 or less by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> I do some walking in the late afternoon but with temperatures in the 90s it is so hot. <BR> I would also like to do more reading. I have so many books that I would like to read. My goal is to finish the one I am reading and to perhaps finish a second, at least to get started on it. <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 Feb 2013 23:37:43 EST Are yo doing anything special for VALENTINE'S DAY? No, except that I have a couple of Valentine's cards that I will give to the American children who live on the Station. <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 23:32:20 EST Do you LIKE to Shovel SNOW? I live in Africa most of the time so do not need to even think about SNOW but in Omaha there is plenty of it. Because of my leg injury last year I do not think it wise for me to risk falling on icy snow. I guess my snow shoveling is over. I don't particularly like being out in the cold but I know that some people like it. <BR> <BR> Do you LIKE to Shovel SNOW? <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 04:48:26 EST Are you active on more than one ONLINE Diet site? No, I'm only active on <BR> <BR> How about you? Are you active on more than one ONLINE Diet site? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 05:17:59 EST Do you Scrapbook? No, I do not Scrapbook in the craft sort of way. I have put photos in an album but I am not artistic. I did enjoy making one online photo book though. <BR> <BR> Do you Scrapbook? <BR> <BR> <em>203</em> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 05:15:19 EST Do you like Orange Marmalade? No, I do not care for it. I remember my grandmother using it on her bread though. <BR> <BR> <em>474</em> <em>474</em> <em>474</em> <em>474</em> <em>474</em> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 05:11:50 EST Favorite season and why? I love fall! Riding horses, or any other outdoor activity, when the colors are changing and the temps are cooler is just about as good as you can get. I love the smell of fall, too. So crisp and clean! Mon, 21 Jan 2013 16:56:01 EST Rice or Potatoes? I like rice but prefer potatoes. <BR> <BR> Which do you prefer, rice or potatoes? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 23:42:01 EST How many hours of SLEEP to you get each night? On average I probably get 5-6 hours of sleep a night. I might doze in my recliner at another time during the day. <BR> <BR> How many hours of SLEEP to you get each night? <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 23:38:03 EST Congratulations to ISMEME for Reaching GOAL!! <em>242</em> to ISMEME for losing 95 pounds to reach your GOAL WEIGHT!!! <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <em>380</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>236</em> <em>248</em> <em>9</em> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Check out ISMEME's blog entry telling that she reached her goal weight. Check "I Like" on her blog entry if you like what she says so she'll get a Popular Blog Award! Here is a link to her blog. <BR> <link> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 07:53:50 EST Did you get a Flu Shot? I get a flu shot when I'm in the States because I have asthma so I'm one of those "at risk" people. When I am in Africa.... I do not get one because the country is not in the flu zone. No flu here like in the States. I did get one this fall because I was in the States. <BR> <BR> People in the States who work in most hospitals MUST get a flu shot as they are exposed all the time. In the hospital where my friend works, if an employee refuses the shot, he or she must wear a mask at work. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 02:08:11 EST Tell about your favorite "pet!" I put "pet" in quotes because mine are considered furkids. My favorite and soul mate was my horse of over 30 years. I had her from the time she was weaned off her mom until she was 31 years old. I shared every big moment with her from the age of 13 on. I could go on and on about my Tequila. <BR> <BR> I have to say a very, very close second was my doggy soul mate. She was my first therapy dog that I also trained as a service dog for my students. She died 2 days short of her 12th birthda... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:16:44 EST Do you take walks or.... walk on a treadmill? When i walk, I actually go somewhere. I walk outside. I do not have a treadmill. <BR> <BR> How about you? <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 19:15:10 EST Do you put together Jigsaw puzzles? I like putting jigsaw puzzles together. I have one going now that is of the U.S. Capital building. It is very hard, for those age 12 and up. There are strange pieces and flags all over!! I do enjoy it though. <BR> <BR> How about you? Do you put together jigsaw puzzles? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 23:47:35 EST