SparkPeople FLYbabies Team Messageboard For those who use FLYLady techniques to bring control to their homes and lives; and to support, encourage, and have fun along the way! (Click on FLYBaby Patch to "fly" to FLYLady!) SparkPeople FLYbabies Team Messageboard February 22-28: Zones 4 - Master Bedroom Zone 4: Mission #1 Monday <BR> <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Today I want you to spend 15 minutes getting rid of anything that does not belong in your bedroom. Things that have gotten thrown in a corner, on a chair or even the floor. The things that you almost don't even see because they have just become part of the room, get it out! If it does not belong there then out it goes! <BR> <BR> This does not mean that you have to spend three hours in your bedroom, do what you can do for 15 min... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:08:02 EST February 15 - 21: Zone 3: Bathroom & One Extra Rm This week we are in Zone 3: The Bathroom and One Extra Room <BR> <BR> This month's Habit is: Decluttering for 15 Minutes a Day <BR> <BR> Zone 3: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are gearing up for our virtual vacation and spa retreat! We are in the bathroom this week and our other room will be the kids room! Let's have some fun! <BR> Your mission for today is to set your timer and declutter the bathroom! Dump the magazines, empty shampoo bottles, bubble bath bottles, old s... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:17:17 EST 365 less things Hi! <BR> I have been following a blog called "365 less things" and they post a daily mini- mission for decluttering. Hence, 365 fewer things you'll have by the end of the year! <BR> <BR> So, I thought I could post the daily mission in case any of you were interested. I thought it was better in this forum rather than at challenges because that forum seems to be organized for something different.I hope I chose correctly. <BR> <BR> <BR> MINI- MISSION: <BR> Declutter a kitchen utensil or two.... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:46:04 EST Former team leader Hi everybody! <BR> <BR> I used to be a team leader here but since only Psalm3rd (Hi Rhoda!!!!) is still active from back them, I thought it best to reintroduce myself. <BR> <BR> I was born, raised and have always lived in Uruguay, South America. I am an English teacher, divorced. I have an 18 y-o daughter-this is her last year living with me. Next year she'll move 6 hours away, across country. <BR> <BR> I have a black pug- Pochie. <BR> <BR> I won't be participating much in the forums, b... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:34:00 EST February Habit: Decluttering 15 minutes a Day February is here, and it’s time for a new habit. This month, we are going to practice hard at decluttering for 15 minutes a day. With less clutter, it’s much easier to keep our homes clean and organized — and that means we have more time for fun! <BR> <BR> You Can Do Anything for 15 Minutes!” ~ FlyLady <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear FlyLady & Friends, <BR> <BR> My DS 16, innocently asked me if I wanted anything from the market down the street. I told him, "I have everything I want."... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 14:48:16 EST February 9 - 13, 2015 Zone 2: The Kitchen Zone 2: Mission #1 Monday <BR> <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are in the Kitchen this week and we are ready to Fly! <BR> <BR> For today I want you to grab your broom and your mop. Sweep your kitchen floor really well and then mop. There are several ways to mop a kitchen floor and no real wrong way. Hot soapy water and wipe. There is no "perfect" mop and no "perfect" way to do it. Just Do It! <BR> <BR> Don't obsess and get caught up in perfection! It won't matter if you <BR> don't mop the... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 14:46:16 EST January 25 - 31, 2015: Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 5: Mission #1 Monday <BR> This week we are in Zone 5, The Living Room and I want each and every one of you to go into your living rooms and stand there. While you are standing there I want you to look around you and look at the flat surfaces (end tables, coffee tables, tops of tv's/entertainment centers, bookcases, mantles, etc) <BR> <BR> What do have on these surfaces? Are they the same decorative things that you have always had? Do you really love them? Are they cluttered up wit... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:50:04 EST January 18 - 24, 2015: The Master Bedroom This week we are in: <BR> Zone 4: The Master Bedroom <BR> <BR> Missions <BR> Zone 4: Mission #1 Monday <BR> <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Master Bedroom. Today I want you to spend 15 minutes under your bed. Take this time to get the things out from under the bed that you have shoved under there during a mad stash and dash through the house. 15 minutes might not be enough, but for today, just try to put a dent in the stuff that you have put there. Things that just don... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:48:49 EST Back to the Basics Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> Sometimes we just need to Go Back to Basics. Who is ready to get BACK TO BASICS on FLYLADY? We start tomorrow! Tell everyone! <BR> <BR> We are going to use our timers and take our babysteps. <BR> <BR> Are you ready to FLY? <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> FlyLady <em>188</em> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:44:34 EST body clutter Hello everyone, <BR> I have been a Flybaby for several months. And her ''brain washing'' is working very well for me to stay on track for the housework. :-) <BR> I think a system like this would work too for dieting et getting healthy. I have tried to adapt the routines, the zones, the Weekly Hour Blessing.... to these health themes. But it is hard ! <BR> Has someone been trying too ? I'd love to share ! <BR> Katarine from France Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:17:09 EST Not Exactly New Flybaby. ...Still Fluttering Hello! My name is Karen, and I'm very glad to find this group of FlyBabies on Sparkpeople! <em>524</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I've been Flying for years. So my house is immaculate......NOT! haha~ My wings give out occasionally. Life happens.....and I start over again. But I don't feel defeated anymore when this happens. Because I firmly believe in the FlyLady mantra: "You're not behind!! Just jump in where you are!" <BR> <BR> I know that the FlyLady system works for me.... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:02:56 EST January 11 - 17, 2015 Zone 3: Bathroom & Extra Rm January 11 - 17, 2015 <BR> <BR> This week we are in Zone 3: The Bathroom and One Extra Room <BR> <BR> Zone 3: Mission #1: Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This is one of my favorite missions! This is what I will be doing tomorrow morning! <BR> Spend 15 minutes decluttering health and beauty aids! This means toss the old medicines, hair sprays, gels, shampoos, conditioners, old razors, old dried up nail polish, old cosmetics and anything else that is hanging around in your bathroom that ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:45:22 EST January Team Leaders January Team Leaders for 1/3 to 1/10 <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> JOYCE2U <BR> IAM_HIS <BR> SHARONHARTLAUB1 <BR> URBANAUDREYE <BR> KAREN91 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> PHARM_TECH14 <BR> PHILOFOREST <BR> IAM_HIS <BR> ADKMOMMY <BR> SOCDIRECTOR <BR> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:14:44 EST January 4 - 10, 2015: Zone 2: The Kitchen Zone 2: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Your mission for today is to Scrub down your counter tops, I don't mean to just wipe a rag across them. I mean you get some hot soapy water and you wipe down the counters from front to back and side to side. Yes, you have to move the stuff on the counters to do this. DON'T take everything off at one time and then plan to put it all back again, I promise you will get sidetracked. You just move your toaster (or coffee pot or whatever this ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 10:59:26 EST new FLYbaby Hi: I am from Southern Ontario, I work fulltime nights and am hoping with your help that my house will get a much needed cleaning makeover! I find myself very short on time as my work schedule and my husbands just doesn't make it easy. Where do I begin? Mon, 5 Jan 2015 06:38:27 EST Dec 28 - Jan 3, 2015 - Zones 5 & 1 December 28, 2014 - January 3, 2015 <BR> <BR> This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> December Habit: Pampering <BR> January Habit: Shining Your Sink <BR> <BR> Zone 5: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Back to the Living Room we go! Your mission for today is to go sofa and chair diving. This is where we start digging through the furniture and pluck out the Cheerios and old socks. I am always am... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:47:25 EST Monthly Habit: January – Shining Your Sink Shining Your SinkIt’s a brand new year and a brand new month. That means it’s time for a brand new habit. Welcome to January and Shining Your Sink. All month long we are going to practice keeping our sinks nice and shiny. Here’s some great information from FlyLady to help get you started. <BR> <BR> When you get up in the morning, your sink will greet you and a smile will come across your lovely face. – FlyLady <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you need a way to make the idea of shining your sink a little... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:44:58 EST What would you like for us to know about you? Welcome to FLYBabies! What would you like for us to know about you? <BR> <BR> Is there something unusual about you that you would like to share? Have you been a contestant on a game show? Have you traveled around the world? Are a member of a motorcycle club at nite and a respectable banker by day? We would love to know! <BR> <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 26 Dec 2014 10:52:10 EST Dec 14-20 Zone 3: The Main Bathroom & Another Rm This week we are in: <BR> Zone 3: The Main Bathroom and Another Room <BR> <BR> Missions <BR> <BR> Zone 3: Mission #1 Monday <BR> <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week we are in Zone 3. This is the main bathroom and another room. Our "other" room is going to be taking 5 minutes at those stash and dash spots in your home. Maybe it is the basement, a corner in your bedroom, the guest room, or garage. Just 5 minutes each day to put a dent in the stash and dash piles we have built. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:16:40 EST December 8 - 12: Zone 2: The Kitchen This week we are in: <BR> Zone 2: The Kitchen <BR> <BR> <BR> Missions <BR> <BR> Zone 2: Mission #1 Monday <BR> <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are back in the kitchen! The mission for today is not fun! Clean your kitchen trash cans. Take out the trash and wash those nasty cans out. You know what happens when that trash bag slips down and yet the rest of the family still tosses things in there. Use a soapy rag and wipe down the sides and the bottom. Some of you may need to take the can ou... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 14:51:22 EST December Habit: Pampering Welcome to December — the month of Pampering! This is the best habit. All month, we are going to take time to take care of ourselves. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of your family. So, this is such an important habit to practice. <BR> <BR> “If you don’t take care of you who will?” ~ FlyLady <BR> <BR> Hi again friends! I'm super excited to share this week's Pamper Mission with you. We've all been working so hard to make the holidays special this year and we deserve a... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 13:17:58 EST November 30, 2014 - December 6, 2014: Zones 5 & 1 This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> Zone 1: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are heading into the Entrance area of your home today. Let's grab all those shoes, books and jackets that seem to pile up right by the front door and put them away. Grab these things and set your timer. I bet you can do this in less than 15 minutes. <BR> Zone 1: Mission #2 Tuesday <BR> <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> To... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 13:15:01 EST November 23-29,2014 Zone 5: The Living Room Zone 5: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> This week, we have a full week in Zone 5: the Living Room. Today, I want you to spend 15 minutes getting rid of anything that does not belong in your living room. Things that have gotten thrown in a corner, on a chair, or even the floor. The things that you almost don't even see because they have just become part of the room, get it out. If it does not belong there then out it goes! <BR> This does not mean that you have to spend three ho... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:18:30 EST November 16 - 22: Zone 4: The Master Bedroom Zone 4: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Today I want you to spend 15 minutes getting rid of anything that does not belong in your bedroom. Things that have gotten thrown in a corner, on a chair or even the floor. The things that you almost don't even see because they have just become part of the room, get it out! If it does not belong there then out it goes! <BR> This does not mean that you have to spend three hours in your bedroom, do what you can do for 15 minutes. <BR> <BR... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:46:46 EST How do you clean that messy room? When I moved into my house I felt overwhelmed and in the middle of the worst mess on earth. You see, I had just gotten married, so I had my furniture, my husband furniture and all the furniture in my new home from my parents. Believe me, it was a MESS. Plus, my parents were pack rats. The back upstairs room had receipts from the 1940's to 1996, 30 years of newspapers, broken appliances that my father planned on fixing, etc. <BR> <BR> I had no idea how to clean up this mess. Honestly, ... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:30:50 EST Zone 3 Bathroom and an Extra Room Nov 9-15 Zone 3: Bathroom and an Extra Room <BR> This week we are focusing on the main bathroom and one extra room. The extra room may be a second, or third bathroom, a guest bedroom, a child’s bedroom, the office, or maybe the laundry room. Just pick one extra room and focus on it this week. <BR> <BR> The bathroom: Do you live in fear that someone will actually see your bathroom? It is too easy to close our eyes to the mess that is hiding right behind the bathroom door. This week, we are going to op... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:43:33 EST SAY IT IN FIVE WORDS I will do better tomorrow! Wed, 5 Nov 2014 14:20:14 EST Zone 2 - The Kitchen: November 2 - 8 Welcome to Zone 2- The Kitchen. With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, our Kitchens will be put to very good use soon. What better time to start getting them ready for the buzz of holiday activity? Our Fly Spot alert will help us tackle the task. <BR> <BR> It’s time to go through our pots, pans, baking sheets, and to go containers. Set your timer for 15 minutes and toss what needs to be tossed. That cookie sheet that’s had baked on chocolate for two years? Toss it! The pot ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:05:24 EST Monthly Habit: November – Menu Planning It’s a brand new month and time to practice a brand new habit. Welcome to November — the Menu Planning month. All month long, we are going to learn how to plan our menus to save money and feed our families healthy. This will be a fun habit to learn and to practice. Check out the great info below! <BR> <BR> “A little menu planning can go a long way toward feeding your family and saving money at the same time.” – FlyLady <BR> <BR> Listen to internet radio with FlyLady Tools on Blog Talk Radio... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:03:09 EST October 19 - 25, 2014 - Zone 4: The Master Bedroom Zone 4: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Your mission for today is to set your timer for 15 minutes and gather up somethings that just don't belong in your bedroom. Spend 5 minutes gathering and 10 minutes on a delivery mission to either put things away or toss them in the trash! <BR> <BR> Zone 4: Mission #2 Tuesday <BR> Today is the day to attack the clothes pile. Now you all know what I am talking about. This pile is either on a chair, on top of the hamper, dresser or at the foot of your bed. Set yo... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:51:45 EST 31 Beginner BabySteps Are you ready to start BabyStepping? <BR> 31 Beginner BabySteps <BR> <BR> Dear Precious New Member, <BR> <BR> I know that you have become overwhelmed by your home and the chaos that you have been living in. We are here to help you, and it doesn’t cost you a dime. Keep in mind that your home did not get this way overnight, and it is not going to get clean in a day. We are going to teach you how to take BabySteps and establish little routines for getting rid of your clutter and maintai... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:33:17 EST Monthly Habit: October – Paper Clutter It’s October and that means it’s time to get working on a new habit! This month, we are going to focus on getting the Paper Clutter under control and out of our homes. We all have paper clutter and if we don’t spend some time getting rid of it, it will completely take over and create CHAOS! FlyLady wrote a great article about Paper Clutter for you. Check it out below. <BR> <BR> “You will have time for pleasure when the clutter is gone.” – FlyLady Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:27:57 EST October 5 - 11, 2014 Mission in the Kitchen! We are in the kitchen this week! <BR> <BR> Take 15 minutes and scrub your stove top! Soak the knobs and drip pans in hot soapy water while you clean the stove top. Some elbow grease and hot soapy water will take care of a lot! Don't become a perfectionist and try to get it as clean as the day it was new. Just do the best you can and then scrub the drip pans and knobs. Don't scrub the knobs so hard that the numbers and words scrub off! <BR> <BR> Anything that you do will be better than what ... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:26:32 EST Pamper Mission 10/05/14 Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> When was the last time you took time for you? I mean- time alone to dedicate just to pampering yourself and taking care of you! Do you know how important taking care of yourself is? What does the flight attendant tell you every time you fly somewhere? Put your air mask on before helping someone else! This is because you can’t help someone else if you haven’t first helped yourself! This means that not only do you deserve to be pampered and taken care of, it’s essential... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:23:10 EST What are you thankful for today? A Dose of Gratitude: Being Thankful Can Keep You Healthy. Studies have shown that people who regularly practice giving thanks are happier. <BR> <BR> So what are you thankful for today? Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:11:57 EST What have you done today - Trick or Treat? Today I have treated myself! Grapes (healthy), peanuts (somewhat healthy), and pretzels (somewhat less healthy). Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:08:28 EST What's your goal? How've you worked on your goal? Welcome! <BR> <BR> We all have resolutions! Where ever you are at.... it is a GREAT place to start! <BR> <BR> We can achieve all goals if you use the SMART system! SO - <BR> <BR> S - List your Specific goal <BR> M - Let us know if this a Measurable goal for you? (How) <BR> A - Is your goal an Attainable goal for you? <BR> R - Is your goal Realistic for you? <BR> T - What is your Timeframe to achieve your goal? <BR> <BR> Also - What will you do when you are faced with obstacles? (H... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:05:01 EST ON THE BRIGHT SIDE .... Sometimes we feel like whining, sometimes we have these ugly voices nagging from inside us. And it seems like there is nobody out there to help us change those thoughts or our mood. <BR> <BR> So, we'll have this game: <BR> <BR> One person will post something negative going on in their lives. Then the next person starts out by saying regarding the negativity "On the bright side.." and says something good about the bad thing! Next put your own negative issue for the next person to find th... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 11:04:57 EST im back hi my name is cyndi and i am ready to do this again and this time im ready to get it done Fri, 8 Aug 2014 12:49:56 EST Last Friday I shined my sink The weekend before we had an overnight guest--picture the mad, frenzied, exhausting cleaning binge to make the house marginally acceptable. Over the week stuff accumulated. Last Saturday I cleared clutter from the living room and polished the glass coffee and end tables -- and as a reward, placed a vase of fresh flowers on the coffee table. Sunday I did laundry AND PUT IT AWAY--that's important as laundry is in the downstairs bath. Kept the dishes done, the counters wiped, and did the m... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:25:25 EST 2014 New Year's Resolutions Welcome to 2014! <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> It's a new year and time for new things. In this thread I'd like for you to: <BR> <BR> 1. List what you want to do differently this year. <BR> 2. List how you plan to do it <BR> 3. List how we can help each other out <BR> <BR> Ready,,,,,Set,,,,, GO!!!!! <em>312</em> <em>355</em> <em>332</em> <em>237</em> <em>306</em> <BR> Wed, 8 Jan 2014 21:36:25 EST Welcome, Check In, Just Say Hi <em>235</em> <em>213</em> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:07:00 EST Fall 2013 Challenge - Getting Ready for Holidays By now, we should be back into the school habit. So, it's time to think about Fall coming and the holidays. Let's see if we can be ready for them without being so stressed. Let's see if we can do something around the house each week to get ready and something you will normally do to get ready for the holidays. <BR> <BR> I went to some garage and rummage sales. I found some great things still in the original good containers to give as gifts. When I brought them home, I went through the... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 07:16:42 EST What is your goal today? 8000 steps Mon, 2 Sep 2013 09:58:18 EST Spetember 2013 Declutter Challenge It's the beginning of a new month. Let's see what we can accomplish this month. Try to list daily what you've accomplished. <BR> <BR> Today, I went through some magazine articles that I had saved and either filed them or got rid of them. The pile is going down! Sun, 1 Sep 2013 08:17:49 EST Did you exercise today? <em>244</em> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:33:36 EST Did you read a member's blog today? <em>244</em> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:31:04 EST What did you do in this week's zone today? I worked on the book shelf in the bedroom. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:00:30 EST Did you huddle today? <em>244</em> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 09:57:54 EST COUNT UP BY TEN 12 Sat, 3 Aug 2013 16:43:11 EST DID YOU GET YOUR CARDIO IN TODAY? <em>224</em> Sat, 3 Aug 2013 16:42:38 EST DID YOU GET A WALK IN TODAY? <em>224</em> Sat, 3 Aug 2013 16:42:07 EST LOG IN POINTS 7/7 Sat, 3 Aug 2013 16:41:31 EST What did you get rid of this week? I managed to go through the house every day and fill up a tall kitchen garbage bag to take out to the trash. I also went through my clothes and took a bag to Salvation Army. Sat, 3 Aug 2013 10:03:41 EST What did you get done in your 15 minutes today? I went through two drawers in my dresser. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 10:00:38 EST Well, I am here, and that's what counts I have been battling weight my whole life really. I had a handle on it in highschool and then I went to work and it's been down hill ever since I turned 21 moved out of my house and started gaining. I have only been under 200 pounds one time and that was after losing weight after I had my 2nd child at 29, I thought I was going to win, then we moved to a place where I had a hard time finding a place to walk, and my routine was interupted then I got pregnant again and have been yo-yoing ever ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:49:14 EST Hi, I'm Cindy I've been a flybaby for a long time and I'm making progress and learning to love who I am right now while I try to get even better. I'm 42, married with two kids and a stay at home mom who recently started running a weed eater for my husband's lawn care business on the weekends. <BR> I have 20 lbs left to lose down from 175 and stuck at 155. My body really seams to like this weight because I keep getting stuck here and giving up. I'm trying to stop that cycle and focus on feeling and loo... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 12:20:14 EST What Would Y'all Like to See Here? I'm back again after a long absence and I don't think Psalm3rd posts on here anymore, so my question is what would you like to see in this group? <BR> <BR> More challenges, updates related to the zone/challenge of the week, or whatever. Just let me know what would make this more helpful to you. Tue, 28 May 2013 21:38:57 EST New to team I tried flylady back in the Yahoo days, and again at new years, and I did okay on the weight loss but fell of the flylady. I really want to, but the babysteps seem so easy I start skipping days and before you know it, I'm back where I started. <BR> <BR> But here I am, trying again. I'm a 42 year old mom of 4 ranging from toddler to taller than me. I'm hoping I can bring the success of sparkpeople to my clutter and chaos. <BR> <BR> I joined all three flylady related teams, so we'll se... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:20:04 EST A New Day is Dawning It has been quite a while since I have even signed on here. A lot has happened in my life and the result is that I have put back on the weight that I managed to lose. I've been forced to buy new clothes because I got rid of all the old ones that i swore I'd never have to wear again. So now here I am back to the beginnng of my journey. <BR> <BR> <BR> For me a new day is dawning. A day where I have to realized that I will never be immmune from this journey. There will never be a day wh... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 12:17:08 EST Hubbies eyes grinned when he saw... Yep, CJ is back. I got into my Control Journal File tweak here and there and printed it off even with color paper for each section and I updated a bit but I know it will be adjusted as we go along so I did not fret to much over it but it took me most of the day to print, organize, and find a dry erase marker - lol <BR> <BR> Hubby Know what my CJ is all about and when he looked down while I was drinking my water and his eyes grinned. Not one word but his eyes told me he approves. I never did ... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 20:41:45 EST Flybaby Here Hello, I need help Flying again. Back in 2000 when I had Head Injury my Speech therapist got me flying. I have my Control Journal here and I need to update it. I always start then I kinda Drop Off, if you will. So this week I want to work on updating it. I want to Fly again and Spark! <BR> <BR> I am going to be 40 this year and I am welllllll, not happy with me at the moment, shall I say. So I want to lose the weight, get my surgeries done and over with, learn to walk after that, I need to ... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 10:17:37 EST Assorted Candies revived!!!!!!!! I really liked this challenged when Katty first introduced it so I am reviving it to hopefully jumpstart myself back into the game. I'm using the original post, but you may substitute some of the wording as long as you keep the general purpose of the chore. Hope all of you join me on this one: <BR> <BR> You know what's it like when somebody has this big bag of assorted candies and offers and you never know what you'll get but whatever it, you'll eat it? Well, that's what we are going to be... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 23:07:11 EST Flylady's Clog Cannon? Do you have Flylady's CLog Cannon? How well does it work on double sinks and bathtubs? Thanks! <BR> Fri, 5 Aug 2011 18:24:51 EST Recently moved, need new appliances Not long ago I moved into a lovely 80's home, and the appliances are definitely "over the hill". <BR> <BR> I'm looking to buy new appliances: a dishwasher (white door, inside stainless or white and top shelf that is adjustable), a white fridge with automatic icecube maker and water dispenser, HE top load washer and front load dryer(white as well). <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend good brands and/or models? I'm not looking for the cheapest (in this case), I want good quality appliances so ho... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 12:09:24 EST Mt. Washmore Problem Lately some of our laundry has been turning pink. I think I might have found the culprit, but how can I get the pink out of the other clothes? Why does it run into clothes but not out of clothes??? <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> <BR> I wash in cold water and dry hanging up, sometimes in the sun and sometimes inside. <BR> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 16:17:48 EST Hello, I'm new. My name is Teressa, I'm 47 am a homemaker. I'm looking forward to learning from all of you and getting to knw you. <BR> <em>213</em> <em>249</em> <em>247</em> Sun, 12 Jun 2011 16:44:36 EST What did you do today to First Love Yourself First Loving Yourself is important to be able to love and care for others. What did you do today to love yourself? Sat, 28 May 2011 00:38:04 EST Decluttering Challenge II For the next two weeks, least see what we can get rid of. Each day let's try to get rid of something different. Or in a different area. And guess what, if you get rid of any weight, that counts too! <BR> <BR> Here are some suggestions: <BR> 1. email <BR> 2. clothes <BR> 3. food in the frig or pantry <BR> 4. trash in the yard <BR> 5. papers <BR> 6. junk mail <BR> 7. purging the address book <BR> 8. books and magazines <BR> 9. toys <BR> 10. craft supplies <BR> 11. old toiletries <BR> 1... Tue, 17 May 2011 09:35:50 EST SparkPeople exercise video challenge! Here is a new challenge for everyone. this week try to do at least 2 SP exercise videos. Doesn't matter which ones you do just do two. For everyone that does two, I will send a spark goodie. <BR> <BR> Just let me know which ones you have done and they have to be done by Friday. <BR> <BR> ready...set...GO!!! Tue, 17 May 2011 09:26:47 EST Seven Pounds In Seven Weeks! Challenge This challenge is for Bellefaith42! In honor of her upcoming birthday we are going to shed 7 pounds. Don't care how we do it but our goal is at least one pound a week. <BR> <BR> Suggestions: <BR> 1. Track your food. I think for most people this is the number one issue. Either not tracking or not tracking correctly. You can use the SP trackers or just a piece of paper, but tracking is essential. <BR> <BR> 2. Do at least 20 min of good exercise 3 times a week. If you already do thi... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 09:12:40 EST Biking from Cally to NY Jen and I kinda took over the tearoom with our biking challenge, so I decided to move it down here. If anyone wants to join us please do. Jen mapped the route so that you can follow along depending on how many miles you have ridden. I put the route in excel format, so I could get the cumulative at each turn. So right now I have gone 18+ miles, which puts me on I-10. Tomorrow, if I do my average 3 miles, I will be getting on to I-605N for about 5 miles. This is a fun way make a boring bi... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:36:48 EST Alpha Basic Challenge To kick off the New Year we are going back to the basics and learning our ABC's and 123's. Remember when our kids were first learning their numbers, letters and colors, we used to pick a number, letter or color for the day and have fun discovering things that went with them. Well that's what we are going to do this month. <BR> <BR> The major goals this challenge works on are losing weight and getting organized, which is a great way to start the New Year. If you have kids, this is a grea... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 09:03:41 EST Christmas clean challenge I started to extend the decluttering blog, but thought I'd give this a new twist. Most of us are seeped in tradition, so I'd wager that many of you may also have a huge array of Christmas decorations (like me) that seem to multiple every year. Problem is that I can't possible put them all up. Each year I end up with pieces that have broken (I'll get around to fixing that) or "were" part of a set (what did I do with the other three bells?) or just simply can't be identified (...and this wen... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 10:06:55 EST Making sure you Log In points Sunday - 5 Sat, 20 Nov 2010 17:26:11 EST TIPSTICK Thought it was time for something new and different. <BR> <BR> This thread is for you to post tips that have helped you with your weight journey or to get more organized. If it helped you, it may very well help someone else. So when you have one of those brilliant ideas, or one of those "aha" moments, jot it down here. It just may be the ticket that someone else is looking for. <BR> <BR> Rhoda Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:20:03 EST What are you doing today? I'm going to finish cleaning the windows. I still have the stair window, very awkward as it is a tall one at the side of the house, and then the back windows to do. Thu, 11 Nov 2010 18:19:07 EST Decluttering challenge Here's the challenge: <BR> <BR> You have until the end of the week to get rid of some stuff. Do it and post it here and you could get a goodie. <BR> <BR> I will be awarding goodies to <BR> <BR> 1. The first to post a toss <BR> 2. The largest item to go <BR> 3. The most that is tossed <BR> 4. The most unique item <BR> 5. The most unique manner <BR> 6. The most original story of decluttering <BR> <BR> The goal is to get it out. The manner is up to you. <BR> <BR> Let's do it ladies... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 00:30:40 EST A Flying Leap Here's a challenge that I hope will help some of you who may be having a hard time getting started. When I first started I had a hard time doing all the Flylady challenges and quickly got burnt out trying. So in the true Flylady spirit, I came up with my own way of dealing with the chores that needed to be done. I divided the house into zones (chores) that we still use even today. The zones I am going to use fit my house perfectly, but yours may be different. Key is that each person in the ho... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 22:07:56 EST Double Duty Cutie Ok, we all know why we are here. We are in Sparks because we'd like to see that cutie bootie that we used to have. We are in Flybaby, because we could use a little hand in getting things cleaned and/or cleared. <BR> <BR> So this weeks challenge is to find ways to do both. Here's an example: <BR> <BR> Each morning I spend between 30-60 min decluttering. I walk in place while sorting and then vigorously walk to where each item should be and put it away. I know how many steps it is from t... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 01:13:56 EST Ring Around the World We are such a diverse group, from so many places that I think this will be an interesting challenge. What I would like to see is how many states and countries and continents that we have represented here. <BR> <BR> When you reply to this post tell us where you are from and how much weight you have lost. <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Aug 2010 16:54:12 EST I am new to the team. Hi everyone. <BR> I am new and looking forward to getting to know everyone. I am completely new to flying... <em>213</em> Sun, 30 May 2010 16:46:25 EST Weekly Scavenger Hunt I posted this under the weekly challenges, but there are too many sticky topics for it to show, so I reposted here. <BR> <BR> How about a weekly scavenger hunt to help motivate our team? Remember you have all week. <BR> <BR> This week (May 23-29) lets look for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. The top of our dresser. (Just one for those who have multiples) <BR> 2. The smell of clean sheets. (One bed only) <BR> 3. A shiny mirror. (Again one room only) <BR> 4. 15 minutes of relaxation (whate... Mon, 24 May 2010 14:20:40 EST Weekly Scavenger Hunt Moved post to general discussion board. Mon, 24 May 2010 14:15:33 EST Hello from Ardsley, PA Hi, <BR> <BR> I am trying to find a way to manage my food, money and house all at the same time. I really want to get this all under control. So, today I have decided to join Spark People once again. I joined last year, lost 28 pounds, stopped tracking and it all came back, the house went way out of control and the money is being watched more closely. Tue, 4 May 2010 13:41:05 EST Challenge Revival Okay, so I'm not Katty and certainly I don't have her creativity when it comes to challenges. But I need something to jumpstart me back into the game. So I'm issuing a Challenge Revival! <BR> <BR> Similar to a church revival this challenge will last for a week starting on Sunday. And also like a revival we want to take something we've been taught and breath fire in it again. So here is your challenge revival. Each day for a week starting on Sunday, April 11th, I want you to take one of ... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 08:31:11 EST Shooting the Breeze Well, it's been a while since I've actually posted on here, though I've been lurking. Been pretty caught up in trying to get some things worked out. But last night I finally finished my taxes, which was big pain in my side. I still have a few things on my plate, but I'm realizing that the further I get away from SP and the relationships I've developed, the easier it is to slip back into my old ways. And going backwards means gaining instead of losing weight. So I need to get back on track... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 08:16:22 EST Stick It to the Money Pam's new deal for giving money just doesn't cut it with me. Have you seen it yet? Flylady sent an email with a link to the site. What it is is stickers to decorate a folded bill that you give someone. I guess I'm not into the giving of money in most cases, so I'm not into making it fancy to give! What do you think? Thu, 25 Mar 2010 19:55:00 EST THE RAINBOW IN OUR KITCHENS THE RAINBOW IN OUR KITCHENS: <BR> <BR> THe challenge is easy: focus on the colours you're eating! Fruits and veggies are so beautiful to look at! Please post your colours! <BR> Thu, 18 Mar 2010 12:33:12 EST What are your cleaning secret weapons? Today as I was cleaning crayon off of my kitchen wall for the four-millionth time, and singing the praises of the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, I started thinking about my cleaning supply arsenal and all the products and tools I would be lost without. So my question for you guys is what are your cleaning secret weapons and what makes them so amazing? Here are mine: <BR> <BR> Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, of course (it really is magic!) <BR> <BR> Child sized tooth brush-great for scrubbing little nook... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 21:13:32 EST "House Rules" I vaguely remember seeing "House Rules" somewhere years ago that said something like "if you drop it, pick it up, if you ___ do ___". But I can't really remember them. They were sort of cutesy. Does anyone remember these? <em>303</em> Wed, 17 Feb 2010 14:01:20 EST OT - Prayer Request for Teen I just heard from a friend - his niece has been gone for four days. The family is frantic. She is 18 and her name is Brittany. She is local to us. <BR> <BR> Please pray for her and her family! Thank you! <BR> Mon, 8 Feb 2010 17:13:01 EST LET'S GO RED HUNTING!!! The challenge involves anything red or heart-friendly. That is, you can post the intake of red fruit and veggies, the exercise you did that helps keeping your heart healthy, your cholesterol daily intake, your heart rate during exercise, veggies you know are specially good for your heart, or you can even go red hunting! If you're decluttering, look around and see any red that needs to go, look in your closet, the junk drawer, school supplies, pantry. If you spend time in your garden, notice a... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 11:49:46 EST HOW DO YOU SPARK? fruit,veggies, water,exercise! THis is simple: just post the fruit, veggies and water you have each day and the exercise you did. IF you also want to share your weight, use this thread too. Thu, 28 Jan 2010 10:58:56 EST Rubba Swisha? I have questions about the rubba swisha. You know, the purple toilet brush that Flylady sells. Well, I bought one, and I tried it out today. I was disappointed because it kept bouncing off of the surface I was trying to clean! Is this because I was pressing too hard? It looked like it wasn't scrubbing much at all. It this normal? What have you experienced? Fri, 22 Jan 2010 23:05:13 EST SHINE YOUR SINK HABIT: how are you doing? I haven't done the whole thing yet but my sink stays free of dishes the whole time and it is in pretty good shape. <BR> <BR> Shining it thoroughly is what I'll do this week, and that's a promise ladies! Sun, 17 Jan 2010 08:30:36 EST MAGIC NUMBERS! Ok, new year, new challenges! We're going to get our homes in order by playing Magic Numbers! All you have to do is pick the 5, 10 or 15 min task for each day, and do it! <BR> <BR> Are you game? <BR> <BR> SUNDAY <BR> 5 min to dust the decorative items in your living room (picture frames,lamps, knick knacks) <BR> 10 minutes to toss containers(excess lids, stained or melted bowls, old margarine or ice cream containers) <BR> 15 min to attack the clothes pile(fold and put away,iron,hang,wash) <... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 15:08:20 EST Hoarding I just finished watching a television show about hoarding. The houses were so full of stuff that the people had to inch by to get from one place to another. <BR> <BR> Sometimes people call me a hoarder, or used to. But what I have isn't hoarding like that. Yes, I do have piles of things, and I go through them and dispose of them in various ways. Yes, I do have my collections - I have a bag of pinecones - I miss my pine trees and am keeping the pinecones to help me feel better. But they are n... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 01:17:46 EST Weekly house blessing! I'm in a rut here. <BR> Every time I start this I take too long. <BR> I worked out a way I can make it in 2 hours if I rush but I cannot get over wanting to do it "properly" and you know where THAT gets me!! <BR> Most times I sweep then 2 days pass... so If I was thinking of mopping, by now I'll need to sweep again! <BR> <BR> Any ideas? Sun, 10 Jan 2010 18:43:52 EST Thank You I really appreciate the encouragement that started me on the road to a cleaner environment. I'm going to be quitting SparkPeople altogether. I'm using a borrowed computer. I've found I have more time to do what I need done without computing as much. <BR> <BR> A wonderful thing has happened....I have started a part-time housekeeping!!!! I am cleaning Condos. I've only had one day at it and I am already learning to do things the easier way. <BR> <BR> Thanks again....Love, Peggy Sat, 9 Jan 2010 09:57:17 EST EAT FROM YOUR PANTRY AND SAVE MONEY! Ok, just a mini ongoing challenge to get us started this year. Another will follow soon this week! <BR> <BR> So, remember how Flylady challenge us to cook from our pantries some time each year? Why not do it now? <BR> <BR> We have leftovers, we have pantries full, and we have refrigerators full. But! our wallets and purses are empty! So, isn't this the best time of the year to do this challenge? <BR> <BR> Another advantage is that we get to declutter! And we get to clean our fridges and ou... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 09:03:39 EST More or Less Stuff? I have been decluttering, getting rid of extra things like the too many towels we have, keeping the nicest ones and using them. Well, for Christmas, my husband gave me two sets of towels for our master bathroom, even though I had it down to three sets! and one of the clors I don't like, but he does so I'll keep it :-) <BR> <BR> Sigh. I'm Trying to have less stuff! Fri, 25 Dec 2009 23:54:27 EST Plans to Keep the Spark during the Holidays? The holidays are here and we're trying to cope with everything, but I bet most of us are already having problems with keeping our Sparkgoals. The problem with it is, it may take long before we go back on track. So, the idea with this thread is to share tips to get through the holidays with the least damage to our efforts to shed pounds. <BR> <BR> What are your plans? <BR> Mon, 21 Dec 2009 09:04:46 EST 12 Days of Joy Do you realize we have 17 days before Christmas? I want to focus on 12 Days of Joy. Making a joyful memory each of those 12 days for my family and friends. So, hopefully you all don't mind but I would love to hear about what you would like to do special to make your holiday season bright. <BR> <BR> May God bless you all with health and happiness this season! Tue, 8 Dec 2009 13:34:26 EST Want Help! I would appreciate help with some things: <BR> <BR> #1 I want some cinnamoned pine cones! HOw are they made? Is it easy enough for me to make them myself instead of buying them? I have a bunch of pinecones I need to use. <BR> <BR> #2 I received a bag of turkey meat tonight and need some methods to use it, not in soup or sandwiches. It is currently frozen. <BR> <BR> #3 There is something else, but I don't remember what it is because my children have been in here talking and just talked it r... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 22:20:06 EST HELP! Not sure this is going to be useful, but I just thought of it today and decided to give it a try. <BR> <BR> If we find we need HELP! with something, we may come here and post and get the help we need. IT's like the emergency button we have at community home. Only that we may be more likely to come to a cozy and safe place we know than go there where we know no one. <BR> <BR> I'll leave it open and we'll see with time if it is works for us or not. Wed, 11 Nov 2009 16:50:14 EST What are you thankful for? I don't know if you've all seen this, but RWILLIAM56 posted this in her status, and with Thanksgiving right around the corner for the US, I think its a very nice challenge. <BR> <BR> "Every day this month until Thanksgiving, think of one thing that you are thankful for and post it as your status. "Today I am thankful for..." The longer you do it, the harder it gets! Just repost " <BR> <BR> I'm gonna give it a whirl, anyone want to join in? Wed, 11 Nov 2009 13:12:33 EST FLYLADY TUTORIAL This is a tutorial for those who are new to Flylady or want to restart. I have two people in mind, but this is open to everybody! It is not the way FLYLADY does it but, it will be done in a way that you see result soon and so get motivated. <BR> <BR> So, this week we are going to work on <BR> <BR> THE WONDERFUL 15! <BR> <BR> THis concept is so liberating and so much gets done! <BR> <BR> The idea is: <BR> <BR> I CAN DO ANYTHING FOR 15 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> It is NOT about doing as much as ... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 10:58:12 EST OH THE HOLIDAYS! <BR> Each of us will post a list of what you want to accomplish for the week (please, make it a short list so you can really feel successful at the end of the week, not frustrated! It is also about prioritising: What is it that you really NEED -not "want"- to have done at the end of the week?). Each week in November we'll start with a new list. <BR> <BR> We will have our lists there and you can go on ticking it off or deleting or making comments, your choice. But we will also make a daily c... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 09:02:40 EST Cruising through the Holidays I think we deserve a special forum just for these missions, lol. I am posting the missions that have come out so far, but that is not to say you can't just jump in where you are. Missions are sent out Monday-Friday only. May I suggest that anyone wishing to track their accomplishments either post once here and update it daily, or set a goal for it under "Other Goals" and mark it off there. Let's FLY through the holidays..... <BR> Here are the missions so far: <BR> <BR> ________________... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 14:50:37 EST STOP THE CLOCK! THis is a very serious challenge! <BR> THe holidays are near and many people get all anxious about it. <BR> The school year is coming to an end and there is so much to do some other people get all anxious (like!) <BR> There are some other people who are all anxious about medical exams results. <BR> There are some who are in the process of moving, or just moved and are trying to make a hpme out of their houses, and once again, they are all anxious! <BR> See a pattern here? <BR> Well, the... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 10:12:04 EST Permanent Changes Hi Beautiful Members of Flybabies: <BR> I've searched many teams and found that Flybabies has what I need. The qualifications were people making permanent changes and encouraging others to do the same. For the past 16 years I have had illnesses that have really good days and really bad days. My goal is to keep up the routines and make them habits so that my family can maintain them on my bad days. <BR> One of my triggers is that when I am tired I eat for energy I feel it will give my body.... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 15:48:16 EST Can I Rant Here? **Katty, if this isn't the right place to post - please feel free to move -- ** <BR> <BR> I need to rant. <BR> Instead -- I'll take you, dear reader, on a journey. A journey into my bizarre kitchen and then traversing into the Back Entrance. <BR> Come... welcome to my home. :) <BR> <BR> My house was built about 205 years ago. It's had major changes made to it's appearance along it's timeline. <BR> The house, Now, used to be 2 buildings - the main house and a detached structure we believ... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 09:26:27 EST DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE The challenge this week may seem very simple, but, it is not! It will demand a lot from you! <BR> <BR> I've noticed some of us have been falling off the wagon in different areas, and as Cynthia said, it's time to regroup! <BR> <BR> You can think of it as making adjustments to your original plan to make your you'll reach your goal! <BR> <BR> So, this is the idea: <BR> 1- take a VERY close look at your life. You have to be able to see what it is that is bringing you down at the moment. <BR> ... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 15:22:07 EST You work or study? Come here often? Yes, we're going to a dance this week! And, we're going to meet people! <BR> <BR> Ok, confesion here: I am enlisting your help to reach to more people because our team got too big for me to try to touch every person every other day. Is that a problem? Yes, it is! We love our team because we make it personal. We are not mere members. We are people! What I noticed is that with the increasing number of members and the decreasing numbers of pc hours I've had lately, we've been losing that warm p... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 18:45:54 EST Anti-procr s-tination : Just Do It Now Well it's that day again -- wow, the week went by fast. <BR> <BR> Here's what I would like to accomplish today: <BR> <BR> Call online music store - invoice came yesterday from last week's order, I was charged full amount (was supposed to be 20% off, Grrr) have them fix. <BR> <BR> Return bottles w/E -- Money put aside for Halloween items. <BR> <BR> That's it for today - still working on my box of Candies :) and removing the debris from tearing down the roof. <BR> <BR> edit - for some rea... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 05:57:01 EST ASSORTED CANDIES! You know what's it like when somebody has this big bag of assorted candies and offers and you never know what you'll get but whatever it, you'll eat it? Well, that's what we are going to be doing this week! <BR> <BR> I've put together a big bag of candies for you, some very sweet, some not so much. You may even find a couple of pepper flavoured ones! LOL. So, you'll close your eyes, think of a number between 1 and 21 and then go see what you got! Whatever it is, you'll eat it because that's ... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 14:26:11 EST GAME: TRUE OR FALSE I borrowed this from another group because I thought we might have some fun playing it! <BR> <BR> I will make a statement here and the first person to reply will say 'true' or 'false' as it applies to them. Then, make a new statement for the next person, and it goes on. <BR> <BR> So, <BR> <BR> I love warm sunny days Sun, 4 Oct 2009 13:00:07 EST HABIT FOR OCTOBER_ PAPER CLUTTER ------------------------------------------<BR>-------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> New Habit for October - Focus on Paper Clutter <BR> flylady, 9/30/2009 7:45 am <BR> <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> Our new habit for October is focusing on our Paper Clutter!! <BR> <BR> Let's take a look at our paper clutter!! <BR> <BR> You all have it, so let's see exactly what it amounts to. <BR> <BR> 1. Piles of newspapers. <BR> <BR> 2. Baskets of unread Magazines <BR> <BR> 3. Junk mail <B... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 10:04:37 EST Hello from Christine Hello everyone! <BR> I'm new to the team. I've been fluttering with FlyLady for about a year now, and just love seeing these groups who follow her and add support. I have house clutter and 50lbs of physical clutter to lose. <BR> Please feel free to stop by my page and say hi. <BR> Christine Wed, 30 Sep 2009 11:23:32 EST Anti-Procr astination Hump Day 9/30 What have you put off that you could accomplish today? <BR> <BR> Me? I have a list :) <BR> Sharing it so I can be accountable. <BR> <BR> 1- Order Barry Sax Reeds w/ 20% off coupon that expires Today! <BR> <BR> 2- Schedule Dentist appointments for cleanings; Me & kids <BR> <BR> 3- Color hair. Way overdue <BR> <BR> 4- Watch Les Choristes (the chorus) w/C while she is home, so I can return it to Netflix <BR> <BR> 5- Other town: Library books returned (were due 9/21) <BR> Stop at Bank: Depo... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 07:42:50 EST POTTY TRAINING-hehe We're going back to basics this week, but not so basic! LOL. <BR> I thought we could go through our basic routine. Some members are new to Flylady, some are old.... at Flylady, that is- wink- and so may be on automatic pilot and yet find some aspects have been forgotten, and some people are starting over so they need a boost. So, this is the basic Flylady Routine we get on email but with some FLYbabies touches. Hope you enjoy them. Remember this is not fixed. If you don't have a dishwasher, ... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 11:59:58 EST Do you Own any FlyLady Tools? I started using FlyLady in 2004 - since I joined I have purchased some of her items. I was wondering if other members also have and use her products. <BR> <BR> My first purchase was the calendar (we still use, and I need to order a new one for the coming year) I liked how they included the 'I'm so proud of you' pen and clings with the order. <BR> <BR> I also got her dusters - which I love. They've lasted these 4-5 years and still look pretty. <BR> <BR> It's funny as I think on it, I gues... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 09:54:35 EST I'm hoping I haven't joined any teams since I've reSparked - so this group is my first. I'm hoping I made a good choice - <BR> <BR> I've been with Flylady since 2004 and had worked her program quite well in my small apartment - but I've been having problems since I moved just over a year ago. I've been trying to re-adapt Flylady to my new location though I'm having problems with my own mental blocks. <BR> <BR> The house I now rent from my in-laws was built in 1804 - and has not been maintained well.... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 10:18:35 EST DICTATORSHIP WEEK <BR> I am not sure you'll like this challenge. I turned a tyrant and decided I'd better watch you closely! <BR> So, starting now <BR> <BR> DAY 1- Clothes Watch. <BR> I'm going to check all yur clothes are taken care of. Is there laundry to do that has not been done? Is there clothes to fold and put away that is still lingering somewhere other than it belongs? Is there clothes to mend? Is there clothes to bless somebody else with? You better care of that! <BR> <BR> Day 2- Food Watch <BR> Di... Mon, 21 Sep 2009 21:23:32 EST Sick Day Meals I have always stuck to traditional meal when the family and I are sick - soup. The family have been fighting a cold for over a week. I have fixed chicken soup, vegetable soup and potato soup. My husband informed me that he is tired of soup. <BR> <BR> I was wondering, what everyone else fix for dinner when the family is sick? Are there any home remedies other than chicken soup and black pepper? All suggestions are greatly appreciated! Fri, 18 Sep 2009 13:05:14 EST Big News From Flylady! Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> We are so excited to announce our newest partnership for our Email delivery system. Starting on Thursday, September 17, 2009 we will begin our transition from Yahoo to the BigTent community ( <BR> <BR> BigTent has custom built my dream email delivery system for my FlyBabies! This will bring many positive and exciting changes. In addition to the email delivery system, we are working towards having forums/message boards, an online comment board for p... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 16:02:11 EST NOSY NEIGHBOUR COMES TO VISIT! Sept 14-20 You know when this neighbour comes uninvited and stands by you when you open your fridge and says "Oh, darling. those leftovers have a nasty look, may be a hazard to your health, you know?" And gives you that sweet innocent look. Then she goes to your bathroom and comes back saying "What do you have that bottle with gas for? I've never heard you can clean anything with gasoline" and you think to yourself "Darned! I had forgotten everything about that bottle! And how did it end there anyway?" ... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 20:15:23 EST It's only 15 min, love! September 7 -13 <BR> The challenge for this week is going to be short and sweet! You know how you linger over something for too long and then you don't have time to do something that would have given you peace of mind. In my case the distractor is the pc, for some others it is the tv. <BR> <BR> So this week we are going to choose a time to get away from our distractor for just 15 minutes. Yoou can even leave your internet connection open or your tv on. And then go see what you can accomplish in 15 min. <... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 19:52:34 EST what's your Before Bed Routine like? Our habit this month is to do our Before Bed Routine. Do we all have one? What it natural to us, or something learned from Flylady? Does it vary along the year? Do you always stick to something no matter the circumstances? <BR> <BR> My BBR: <BR> have dinner <BR> do dishes <BR> take out the trash <BR> check doors and windows are closed <BR> put together my bag and jacket and any other thing I'll need for work in the morning <BR> brush teeth <BR> lay out clothes for the morning <BR> go to bed ... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 20:19:34 EST I DID WHAT NEEDED BE DONE TODAY!!!!! 8/30-9/6 We've falling off the wagon so maybe we need TIME TO REST and GAIN NEW STRENGTH. So this week are going to SLOW DOWN BUT NOT STOP!!!! <BR> <BR> Our challenge&rArr, commit to do what we need to do each day. <BR> <BR> We can post a 3-4 items to-do list each day if it helps us, or simply post when we did what we needed to do that day. <BR> <BR> This challenge is very open but not as easy as it seems: it will require you to pay close attention to your life to see what is it that needs to be... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 18:40:41 EST PLATEAU BUSTED!! 24-30 AUGUST iN THIS FIRST POST YOU'LL HAVE THE INFO BY THE EXPERTS. <BR> <BR> Training, whether for an event or what we do to get healthier, is a response from repeated stress and therefore over time our bodies can become adapted to the stress…meaning you have to work harder to reap the same benefits as you did in the beginning. <BR> <BR> So every 4-6 weeks or so, it is a good idea to shake things up just a tad and the four ways to do this are...FIT and recovery. <BR> <BR> Frequency-adding more days... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 19:23:16 EST THE TEAM RULES 2! The first 7 people to answer this thread will post 7 tasks for the whole team to do this week.Remember it's one per day- unless you want to multi-task!. <BR> <BR> There are members who spend most of their day outside the home so the tasks should not take more than 10 min. <BR> <BR> The first person to answer will write <BR> <BR> #1 The name of the task. <BR> A brief explanation of what is to be done. <BR> <BR> The second will do the same but changing to #2, and so on. <BR> <BR> LET'... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 09:06:53 EST DINNER IDEAS FOR SANDY! HELP NEEDED! Sandy (TRYINGHARD) lives in Australia. Her husband Ken has to go to hospital every day. that implies both of them spending most of their day there. <BR> Sandy is now finding it difficult to have dinner ready. <BR> <BR> Can we think of ideas to help her? Must be quick, unelaborated, if it only requires putting things together(ensembling?), much the better. No brands as she may not have the same products there. She might be able to cook something during the weekend. We'll wait for Sandy to tel... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 10:42:41 EST New to the team Hello, everyone, I'm new to this team, but I have been on Spark and Flylady for quite a while. I haven't followed Flylady. I would usually start with the baby steps and then try to cram them all into one day and burn out. Not this time! Taking it slowly and one baby step at a time. <BR> <BR> I have a job that gets really busy (80-100 hour weeks) for about 4 months of the year, so I am hoping that I can get some routines established during our slower time and keep a streamlined version during... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 15:58:20 EST NIGHT NIGHT AND DANCE BY THE 80-20! 17-23 August NIGHT NIGHT! <BR> If you have problems with your sleep: <BR> <BR> For the first 2/3 days of this week, <BR> <BR> jot down the hours of sleep you have, <BR> the time you go to bed and <BR> the time you get out of bed. <BR> Write how you feel in the morning so as to find out how many hours you need to sleep (The 8-hour pattern doesn't fit all). <BR> <BR> In the next 5 days <BR> <BR> go to bed at the same time each night and <BR> get up at the same time each morning regardless of the... Mon, 17 Aug 2009 08:21:13 EST GAME: THE TEAM RULES! The first 7 people to answer this thread will post 7 tasks for the whole team to do this week. <BR> <BR> There are members who spend most of their day outside the home so the tasks should not take more than 10 min. <BR> <BR> The first person to answer will write <BR> <BR> #1 The name of the task. <BR> A brief explanation of what is to be done. <BR> <BR> The second will do the same but changing to #2, and so on. <BR> <BR> Are you game?? <BR> I am! <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 19:31:02 EST FLYLADY 101- the basics Some members of the team are new to Flylady, and some others may need a quick dust of their knowledge. <BR> So, why don't we post here the very basic stuff from Flylady? <BR> Please do it like this. <BR> <BR> ACRONYM <BR> LONG NAME <BR> BRIEF EXPLANATION <BR> TWEAK <BR> <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> <em>188</em> <BR> WHB <BR> WEEKLY HOME BLESSING <BR> It's a set of 7 activities you do once a week and it is part of your BASIC WEEKLY PLAN. <BR> Toss old magazines. <BR> Change sheets... Fri, 14 Aug 2009 20:22:18 EST SURPRISE CHALLENGE WITH A SURPRISE! <BR> LADIES: You'll have a choice of two and if you give the challenge a tweak, please share with us! <BR> <BR> #1grab your broom and your mop! <BR> Sweep your kitchen floor and then mop. Hot soapy water and wipe. Don't obsess and get caught up in perfection! <BR> <BR> House work done incorrectly still blesses your family! <BR> <BR> #2- would you open your closet to company? <BR> <BR> check if you have any clothes that have fallen off of the hangers and have become jumbled up on the... Fri, 14 Aug 2009 14:10:07 EST Couponing I was asked to start a thread in the group on couponing since I wrote a blog recently about one of my shopping adventures using coupons. <BR> <BR> I am going to copy most of my blog to this thread and anyone interested can get an idea of how I organize my coupons and use them. As we go along, I can share links to different sites that have helped me. I also always am interested in learning from others as well. My best ideas have been what I learned from someone else and adapted or taken a st... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 06:55:10 EST Introducing Labdog Hi, everyone, thought I would introduce Labdog to you. It's not just a coincidence that the dog on her messages look like mine. He is one and the same. <BR> <BR> Labdog is my dd. Her name is Rebekah and she is 11 yo. I opened up this account for her so she could monitor her food and exercise, and read the articles to learn to make healthy choice. She also loves the games. I usually monitor her account very closely and keep her spark page private. However, she would definitely welcome ... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 22:16:34 EST FREE TO WASH OTHER THINGS THIS IS A TESTIMONIAL I FOUND IN MY FLYLADY MAIL TODAY. I JUST COPIED THE MAIN IDEA: <BR> <BR> One great thing I've found about doing a load of laundry a day is that I almost weekly have a free day from clothes and usual household items that are washed all the time. <BR> <BR> I use this free day to wash things that don't get laundered weekly- In the dining room, my tablecloth. In the living room, pillows, the zippered pillow covers, blankets and slipcovers. In the bedrooms, pillows, comfor... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 09:56:51 EST HIDDEN EMOTICONS I included this thread here because we need it is a sticky and we only get 3 stickies per forum. <BR> <BR> I just learnt that there are hidden emoticons (HEY JARI, I know you'll love this!) and all you have to do is play around with numbers to uncover them. <BR> <BR> like this: <BR> <em>475</em> 475 <BR> This icon is not in the list we have but you can copy it and you can learn how to make your favorite ones! They are always made with <BR> <BR> less than sign, em, greater than, a nu... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 09:33:24 EST 15 minutes It is amazing what can be done in 15 minutes. During my 15 minute brake I took a walk, I was surprised that I was able to get in 1,990 steps in only 15 minutes. <BR> What other accomplishments (big or small) have been achieved in 15 minutes? Mon, 10 Aug 2009 11:31:37 EST Watch out! There's a sumo in your kitchen! ok, team,once again, you get to choose, or you can combine: <BR> <BR> LET'S EAT ENOUGH! <BR> We'll be looking at the bottom end of the calories range this week. I do not mean here eating only the minimum calories in our range. You get to decide how much you'll eat. But for this week, do not look at the top of your calories. Concentrate only on giving your body what it needs. Think you're nourishing your body , not feeding it. Let's also take a look at our portions. It's all about learning... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 07:21:19 EST surprise challenge: HOT SPOT FIRE DRILL! This is the Riley Challenge for the day and I thought we could use it. I wanted to give Rhoda something special to help her in her project. so, for you Rhoda! And the rest of us! <BR> <BR> We are going to do what is called a Hot Spot Fire Drill! <BR> <BR> This is when we look around our rooms at the flat surfaces of our furniture. The desk, the tables,the countertops, the dresser and the nightstands. These are theplaces that we will just pile things on instead of throwing them away or put... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 07:45:56 EST CELEBRATE SUCCESS! it's not easy to change a life of unhealthy habits, so, every little success counts. <BR> <BR> You dropped a pound, let's celebrate! <BR> You dropped half a pound, let's celebrate! <BR> You didn't stop at Starbucks or MacDonald's, let's celebrate! <BR> You took the stairs instead of the elevator, let's celebrate! <BR> You had water or tea instead of soda, let's celebrate! <BR> You made your bed after a very difficult night, let's celebrate! <BR> You made 5 sit-ups, let's celebrate! <BR> <B... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 12:16:50 EST LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE GAME Sometimes we feel like whining, sometimes we have these ugly voices nagging from inside us. And there's nobody oout there to help us change those thougts or our mood. <BR> <BR> So, we'll have this game: <BR> <BR> One person will post something negative. Then the next person goes on "On the bright side.." and says something good about the bad thing and then put one negative thing of their own for the next person. <BR> <BR> Like, if I say "I have so much to study and so little time!" <BR> So... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 14:47:09 EST 1-2-3 I LOVE ME! 3-9 August Challenge Choose your challenge! <BR> <BR> DROP THOSE POUNDS! <BR> For this challenge you'll pick three diet or exercise things that you did right each day and post them here. Not matter how small they may seem, if you do 3 things well each day, you'll be on the right track to losing weight, controlling your cholesterol and blood pressure, improving your mood, and giving your poor heart a hand! <BR> <BR> TAME YOUR CHORES! <BR> You know what needs to be done in your home. But, motivation is not alway... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 14:34:44 EST JULY 27-AUGUST 2- PICK YOUR CHALLENGE! Choose the challenge you want for the week, but we are all going to be posting in the same thread, ok? <BR> <BR> DROP YOUR BODY CLUTTER CHALLENGE: <BR> If you decide to take this challenge, you'll work hard this week to make your scale move. IF it doesn't, not to worry. But you'll know you did your best! That involves <BR> increasing your exercise (you decide how much), <BR> tracking every single item you eat (even that one cookie in your hand.LOL!), <BR> increasing the fruit and veggies c... Sun, 26 Jul 2009 09:41:30 EST BEFORE AND AFTER I had been thinking on starting this thread the past two days and I just noticed you were in the same line! The idea is to comment the changes there have been in our lives after Flylady and after Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> It is possibly better if we don't post everything together as our posts would be way too long!- at least mine would! <BR> <BR> This is just a good way to see how our lives have improved. Fri, 24 Jul 2009 19:35:15 EST DECLUTTERING: Let's make room for a better life! Let's find ONE THING to GET RID of EACH DAY. If you find more than one item to give away or send to the trash, much better! But you can give yourself a golden star if you take one thing out of your home each day. <BR> <BR> you may choose ONE ROOM to work in the whole week- the bedroom, the garage, the mudroom... <BR> <BR> you may choose ONE PLACE to work in the whole week- say,your closet, or the pantry, your work area in your office, your saved files in your computer <BR> <BR> you may ch... Sun, 19 Jul 2009 15:52:14 EST Hints When I was looking at Katty's teeth cleaning I thought of a good hint for using old electric toothbrush heads. As you probably know old toothbrushes are great for getting into difficult places. Try using your electric toothbrush with an old head and the work is done in half the time and the smaller head with the rotation does a great job. Sun, 12 Jul 2009 21:24:57 EST July 13-19 Crisp Kitchen! Ready for a new challenge? We are going to go into our kitchens this week and use 10 minutes to give it a new feel! The crisp feel! <BR> <BR> The idea is to do what you normally don't. Have you seen how we stop noticing things after some time? So, we stop noticing the grime building on your fridge seal, the smudges on the microwave oven, the blurred windows views, the dirt in your drapes, the gunk around your faucets. And the list goes on! <BR> <BR> So, this week we're going to do our n... Sun, 12 Jul 2009 17:03:51 EST Personal challenge, but open for buddies! In winter I have trouble with veggies and fruit, and with water. Most of the liquid I get is from teas. So I decided to set this personal challenge here for accountability. I know it will work better for me than the trackers. <BR> My goal is to take at least one serving of fruit or veggies per day, and drink a glass of water (plain water) per day. I'll also make myself have a cup of veggies soup in the afternoon or mid-morning once a week. This last thing is to make myself get used to new ta... Fri, 10 Jul 2009 18:27:43 EST ARTICLES If you find an article worth reading outside Sparkpeople and think it would help us, please post it here. Remember to include the source. Fri, 10 Jul 2009 09:25:15 EST NUTRITIONAL CLUTTER- as appeared in Flylady mail Food For Thought - Nutritional Clutter <BR> Posted by: "KELLY" <BR> Tue Jul 7, 2009 7:44 am (PDT) <BR> <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> Just because you like something doesn't mean it serves a worthy purpose. Take potato chips for example--the perfect analogy to nutritional clutter. Their purpose isn't to feed your body, but just crunchy entertainment for your mouth. They leave <BR> their clutter however, on your hips, well-being and appetite. You want more and you ... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 10:43:29 EST surprise challenges this thread is to post whatever comments you want to do about our surprise challenges <em>235</em> Wed, 8 Jul 2009 10:25:43 EST COOKING- simple, easy, few ingredients, and tasty! Just thought we could have an ongoing thread for those kinds of recipes which are keepers. You know, the ones that don't demand many steps,that anyone can do, that can be prepared in a short time, that take just a few ingredients so you don't have to run to the supermarket to make them, and, of course, that taste good! Wed, 8 Jul 2009 09:47:23 EST WORDS GAME What about a little game? <BR> Read the word in the top post and repy with the first word that comes to mind. That simple. <BR> <BR> 1st word: overweight Mon, 6 Jul 2009 17:48:17 EST June 6-12 Scavenger Hunt! ok, this is the deal: this week we'll try to find exercise in hidden places. When we say "exercise" we think of a planned time, exercise outfit, sweating,pain-LOL!. But there's exercise hidden everywhere! <BR> Park your car a block away where you need to go- that gives you about 5 minutes walk(round trip, of course) and about 47 calories lost. <BR> Take the stairs instead of using the elevator- again, lose some calories, and if climbing down the stairs, exercise some muscles we don't use mu... Sun, 5 Jul 2009 10:49:33 EST Where is God in your life?- not peddling religion! This is a real question. I never intended to lead a team but felt a nagging, I believe by the Spirit, to take the lead in this one. I saw many, if not most of our members are Christian people, and it fit in with what I had felt. But I do not want to put someone off by mentioning God. My beliefs can't interfere with the teams purpose which is to takes us to a place of better health in body and mind- and better shape!. <BR> So, I'd appreciate your feedback. I am not saying I would start talkin... Sat, 4 Jul 2009 19:38:07 EST NATIONAL HOLIDAYS So, 1st July is Canada's Day (Independence?), 4th July is USA Independence, 18 July is one of the 2 major national holidays in Uruguay (Independece is 25th August). What are the dates for Australia and Scotland? <BR> How do you celebrate these days in your own countries? <BR> Here in Uruguay we don't do much 18 July, but we have parades on August 25. Schools, high schools, the army, and organizations which want to keep our traditions alive. That is done in the morning. THe parade is done down... Fri, 3 Jul 2009 18:22:05 EST MEMBER OF THE MONTH I am seeing a pattern in this team- we have many people who reach out to others with a word of encouragement or recognition. What if we practice some gratitude here? If you feel a member was specially kind to you, if they empowered you or lifted you when you most needed it, if they listened to you when you yearned for sharing something, take the time to say thanks here. They will all get the recognition they deserve and, one will also get to be picked as the Member of the Month. <BR> All you... Sun, 28 Jun 2009 16:17:59 EST WEIGHT LOSS ok, I weigh-in once a week. No weight lost this week. But sometimes the scale doesn't tell the whole truth. My clothes feel less tight, and I am starting to see some shape (good shape, not round shape!. So, I think that is good too. <BR> Oh! And whoever it is that dropped that pound(s), congrats!!!! Sat, 27 Jun 2009 21:59:10 EST Intro Question for Everyone! PHYSICALITY <BR> <BR> 1. What's your first name? <BR> 2. Where do you live? <BR> 3. House, apartment, or other? <BR> 4. Kids? <BR> 5. Significant Other? <BR> 6. age? <BR> 7. Hair color/ <BR> 8. Eye color? <BR> 9. Height? <BR> 10. Ideal weight? <BR> 11. Tattoos/Piercings? <BR> 12. If so what/where? <BR> 13. Can you curl your tongue in half? <BR> <BR> FAVORITES <BR> <BR> 14. Perfume? <BR> 15. Beverage? <BR> 16. Fruit? <BR> 17. Veggie? <BR> 19. Desert? <BR> 20. Dinner out?... Sat, 27 Jun 2009 18:50:48 EST Hi! Hi, my name is Sandy and like Katty I come from the southern hemisphere but from Melbourne, Australia. I've been with Spark People since November 2007. I have three grown children and two grandchildren, all of whom live in Melbourne. I originally come from Scotland but emigrated thirty eight years ago. I'm looking forward to meeting you all. <BR> Fri, 26 Jun 2009 21:21:12 EST 15 min cleaning challenge- week June 28 July 5 This is very simple: some of us struggle with keeping our homes in good shape for different reasons. The common fact is, we need encouragement. So, for this week we're going to commit ourselves to getting off our frannies and do something around the house for 15 MINUTES. Careful! We tend to get sidetracked, so it would be better if you chose and area of your home or a task (like work in the kitchen, or vacuum the house) and stick to that one task! <BR> I think my first will be mop the kitchen... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 12:39:37 EST Menu Planning As I said, especially for Gloria and Junepa, but I know I'll join you to plan for the week! <BR> Take some time today, sit with a nice cup of something cold and healthy (hot tea for me!) and think of what you're going to feed your family! Do you need to grocery shop? Can you use things from your pantry and freezer? Maybe fresh produce from your own land? (we have girls here who have them!) <BR> Whatever, it woould be a good idea to keep that menu somewhere you can go back later when you run f... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 11:11:59 EST two-day challenge -let's all do it for Jari! have you tried Sparkpeople exercise videos? I have! And love them!-ok, I have not done any 15 min one, I must admit. But the 5 and 6 min ones are great! You can squeeze them almost anytime during your day. Hey, it's just 5 min! And because they are so short, we don't tremble at the thought of allllll that pain and effort and suffering! hahaha. <BR> So the challenge for Thu and Fri is to <em>215</em> pick ONE 5-min or 6-min video, and do it! <BR> Please be kind to yourselves: choose something... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 17:56:59 EST MOST URGENT NEEDS? ok, this thread is for you to post what your most urgent needs are around the house or about yourselves. I have lots of ideas for challenges, but we should address what we most struggle with, first. <BR> For me, these past weeks was getting off my franny! So I joined a challenge about cleaning for 15 min each day. Guess, what? My kitchen now makes me smile, and today I got to dust the library! <BR> <em>104</em> . And Mount Washmore, it's half-way conquered! <BR> So, what do you need help wi... Tue, 23 Jun 2009 19:47:29 EST Half-week challenge- haha I'll be setting a new challenge each Sunday (which is when I have more free time)but I don't want all this energy and excitement to fade.So,let's get started right now! <BR> I saw we need help with emotional clutter too.That's the worst kind of clutter because it glues us to our seats and our lives fall apart meanwhile! <BR> So, one very nice challenge to start: <BR> You're going to go to the mirror and.... tada! Smile! But wait! There's more! You'll have to make 10 different kinds of smile (... Tue, 23 Jun 2009 19:37:33 EST TEAM GOALS? Please post here what you would like were added as our team's goals. We'll choose the 2 or 3 most people want. Tue, 23 Jun 2009 11:34:06 EST waiting for everybody Hey guys! <BR> Just wanted that ugly sign on our team wall to disapper (the one that says our leader has not posted in the last 60 days). <BR> I'll be working on our forum from today onwards. Be patient, though- it'll go little by little, okay? <BR> Blessings! Katty Tue, 23 Jun 2009 10:57:35 EST Q ABout Flylady's Comment In one of the emails I received from FLylady on Friday, it was said that she said not to renew our memberships to warehouse clubs where we pay for the privilege to buy stuff. <BR> <BR> Why not? What is her reasoning? We actually save money there, even considering our membership fees. We also buy things at other places, and check prices. <BR> <BR> Please help me with this. Thank you! <BR> Sat, 20 Jun 2009 00:19:18 EST Flinging!! Other than weight, what one item would you like to fling? Sun, 19 Apr 2009 21:41:32 EST What Have You Flung? What have you flung recently? <BR> <BR> I know what I would Love to fling - several pounds of fat!, but that's isn't what has gone. Instead, we have been cleaning back spaces of the house, and getting rid of things. <BR> <BR> What are some of the things You have flung recently? Tue, 7 Apr 2009 20:23:16 EST I'm New Here! Hi All! <BR> I'm new here, but not to Sparks and not to FLylady. <BR> I'm just extremely slow on jumping on bandwagons and joining new groups, new for me :-) <BR> I'm in Texas. Fri, 27 Mar 2009 23:48:34 EST Who's with me? I have discovered a new vim and vigor! I'm ready to tackle my weight and my home! I'd love to do some challenges with someone. :D <BR> <BR> In case you don't know, challenges are timed events. We chat for 15 minutes and then go clean for a specified amount of time. The usually choices are 15, 30 or 45 for cleaning. Depending on how we're feeling that day. <BR> <BR> Does anyone want to do any challenges with me today? I'm going to start at 12:30EST... that's about 7 minutes from now. I'll b... Sat, 1 Nov 2008 12:24:29 EST Motivation... I need some. hehehe The sun is out, it's chilly outside but warm inside. And my livingroom is a mess. ugh. I want to do my WATP dvd but in order to turn on the vents I had to pull off the books off one of my bookcases, pull it out and cover the vent. I put plastic on the window while I was back there so that's done too. It's all back and most of the books are back on the bookcase but I decided to take advantage of them being off the shelf so I'm decluttering the romance novels I'm so fond of ... Sat, 11 Oct 2008 18:32:58 EST Get it away from me!! Hi! I was sitting here, sucking back a 60 calorie Halloween sized pack of Twizzler Nibs, when I realized that I need to get them AWAY from the computer desk and get it STUCK in my brain that they're for the kids lunches! I've come to the conclusion that I can resist chips (yes, even Doritos!... mostly lol), chocolate and baked goods (although that one's a toughie!!) but for some reason I can inhale a bag of licorice before I know what's hit me. Not sure why that is but wow are they hard to re... Fri, 12 Sep 2008 21:36:58 EST Vote and show your Sparklove! Business Week is conducting a poll on health & fitness websites. If you haven't already, vote for Sparkpeople and show your Sparklove! Spread the word! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ofweb2 </link> Mon, 8 Sep 2008 02:15:26 EST Good morning!! Today has been a good day so far. I've got only 648 steps in but I've gotten my dishwasher unloaded and reloaded and running. I'm going to go unload and reload it again in a few. :) I made a good breakfast and updated the last 3 days of my food list. Kids are fed, I'm showered, dressed to shoes and happy! :D Got my country station on and I'm ready to go to work! I have to clean up my livingroom and treadmill because I accepted a challenge from my "coach" to do an hour of walking. I'd like to... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 13:18:07 EST Hello Everyone Well I have a question for anyone seasoned in both topics of Menu Mailer and Spark's My Nutrition page. I subscribe to Leanne's yearly Menu Mailer, which I love by the way. Is there any way to import her recipes into Sparks? I wouldn't make them public or shared, re, protecting Leanne's income. Has anyone had this same question and found success they can share? Thanks alot. Wed, 23 Jul 2008 21:45:46 EST Stop In & Say Hello Hi, where are you? Please take a moment and drop a line. Maybe we can get some discussion going here. <BR> <BR> Lynn Fri, 28 Mar 2008 04:53:05 EST Rainy day = Time to boogie I live in Missouri so was awake most of last night while the storms rolled through. The kids and I made pallets in the hallway floor and waited it out. I'm pretty tired this morning. I took ds6 to school, it's still raining and he was crying, afraid a tornado would come while he was in school. I told him he's safer at school than at home, they have a basement at school. <BR> I was supposed to run a few errands this morning but dh forgot to leave me the checkbook so I'm going to be cleani... Tue, 8 Jan 2008 10:00:17 EST It's a new year! Hi everyone! With the holidays behind us, and a new year ahead of us, I'm planning how to keep myself on track better. I'm reassessing my diet and making a decision to be more aware of the nutrition behind what I eat. I need to start babysteps to returning to a more active lifestyle. I also need to get my home looking like it used to before I started back to work more than a year ago. I know that the combination of Flylady and Spark People gives me what I need to get back on track. I have de... Tue, 1 Jan 2008 10:52:04 EST Hello from Oklahoma Hi team. I just discovered this team on SP. I have been with Flylady since '04 and SP just since July. <BR> <BR> I am anxious to share the Flylady system with others. <BR> Sat, 17 Nov 2007 16:38:06 EST A new Challenge: Nov. week 1 OK. I'm challenging you to join me in exercising daily for this week. I got off track this week and need to get motivated. My goal is to exercise 6x this week. (As a Pastor's wife, I take Sunday's off. Too busy!) <BR> <BR> Are you going to join me? Mon, 5 Nov 2007 14:32:52 EST A special challenge for this week. Hello, Ladies! Let's challenge ourselves this week! We all know that FlyLady encourages us to do things in Baby Steps. So let's baby step our way into fitness! <BR> <BR> This first step will be to be sure to drink our water EVERY day! If you skip a day, just jump back in where you are! Absolutely NO Guilt allowed! <BR> <BR> Check in every day and let us know if you succeeded Monday through Sunday (10/22-10/27). Mon, 22 Oct 2007 12:31:33 EST Revisit our goals... Let's take a minute and revisit our goals for our body. Do we have body clutter to get rid of? Why are you here? <BR> <BR> <BR> For my part, I have about 100 pounds I need to shed, I know that being a S.H.E. has a lot to do with it! Medically, the doc wants me at 125 because of a hip condition I was born with. I had surgery as a child for it and had done well until I packed on the pounds in college and beyond. For my family, I know that I will not be here for my daughter and Grandchildren??... Thu, 11 Oct 2007 22:47:01 EST New Flybaby here I just joined a few days ago and am Shining My Sink as I type this (it's soaking with the Clorox). Any tips for a brand new Flybaby? I look forward to meeting others trying to contain their clutter! Sat, 19 May 2007 10:30:00 EST New to SP... long time flybaby Hi everyone! I just applied to join your team. lol I'm not exactly sure what that means but I'm game to learn! I really need motivation and accountability for my home clutter and body clutter! lol :D <BR> <BR> My name is Candice and I've been flying for 6 years now. I'm still not decluttered (3 moves and 1 kids later lol) but I'm slowing getting there. :) My house is MUCH better than it was when first child was born! My breaking point came when I realized he didn't have anywhere to learn t... Thu, 10 May 2007 13:29:29 EST wake up ladies Are you still flying in this new year? Thu, 8 Mar 2007 23:16:00 EST changed user name Hi,, I changed my user name.. Used to be ciufls in case anyone wants to know Mon, 5 Mar 2007 13:42:19 EST looking for the support of flybabies When I started spark in july of '06 I had already lost 20 lbs and was very motivated. A lot has happened since then and I have gained 11 of the 20lbs that it took me almost a year to lose. I have been fluttering with flylady for a month or so. It's time to get motivated again but I've been dragging my feet. I can use all of the help I can get to release this body clutter. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Selenia <em>88</em> Thu, 15 Feb 2007 02:02:27 EST New Here Hello to all. I am new here. I was very excited to see Flylady forums here! Wed, 14 Feb 2007 03:07:59 EST sweets and such Has anyone just had to completely stop eating something to get where you are at today? ie - stoped eating sweets completely to lose the weight? Tue, 6 Feb 2007 23:14:48 EST Hi everyone :) I have a confession to make. Not only did I let myself get fat, I'm a major messie as well. A visitor to my spark page suggested there was a FlyLady team so I did a search and found y'all :D <BR> <BR> I'm on step one of the baby steps - polishing my sink. However I have a problem. Right now my kitchen sink is a plastic utility sink (I don't yet have a proper kitchen). So how do I polish it? I could wax it till it's thickly coated and it won't shine LOL. I'm going to strive to get it a... Tue, 6 Feb 2007 10:32:20 EST the new year so far... How is everyone doing with the new year so far. Any good weight loss and inches lost. Are your new Christmas clothes already to big?! <BR> <BR> I'm still working on getting in the calorie range. I show 3 of 7 days within range! I think that will be my streak to work on! Fri, 26 Jan 2007 11:16:39 EST SparkPeople/ /Food/weight loss For everyone that has lost weight "using" sparkpeople. Are losing the weight following the eating plan or are you doing your own eating? Thu, 11 Jan 2007 20:10:57 EST has anyone tried messies anonymous programs? has anyone tried any of these type of programs to help them get through their situation?? Wed, 10 Jan 2007 17:33:07 EST any from St. Louis out there??? Hi,new to group.. whats going on? <BR> Any one from St. Louis that has a messy problem <BR> let me know...later.. Mon, 8 Jan 2007 17:02:50 EST Why why is that when you take the day off and fill your mouth with whatever and don't exercise that you finally show a drop on the scales? Sun, 7 Jan 2007 07:23:05 EST Holiday Wrap-Up Now that the holidays are over, I find this to be a great time to make notes on what worked & what didn't. I created a Holiday Control Journal this past year & used it to track my goals, plans, meals, recipes, shopping, etc. Everything didn't go as well as I had hoped, so I really want to prevent this from happening again next year. So I picked up my CJ & made notes in the appropriate sections to say what I felt worked, what needs to change, & ideas I have for next year. <BR> <BR> I also di... Sat, 6 Jan 2007 22:38:24 EST My loss Well, I'm excited. I still haven't lost much weight but I have lost 1.5 inches in my waist. 1.5% body fat and have increased by water hydration by 1.5%. All this since Dec. 9!! <BR> <BR> How are you doing? <em>7</em> Mon, 1 Jan 2007 10:15:05 EST discouraged Does anyone else have trouble keeping up with the family. I get very discouraged when I spend time cleaning and in just a few min. they have messed it up again. My DD thinks her toys belong in the doorway or at the bottom of the steps. My DS takes everything apart and leaves stuff everywhere. And of course let not forget the DH. He just as bad, does not know how to pick up after himself. At times I get so overwhelemed that I just give up. <BR> I just want to be able to have friends drop by a... Sun, 31 Dec 2006 08:10:42 EST temptations I really want some Chips and salsa - Alberts Hot sauce. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Maybe I cabn get to the grocery store Sunday. The kids have been sick. Fri, 22 Dec 2006 11:53:25 EST Christmas I am the dumbest person ever. I just realized that I have no plans for Christmas Day. We have two family Christmases this weekend and one next weekend. I didn't even stop to consider that we had no plans ourselves the actual day of Christmas (other than opening presents.) Fri, 22 Dec 2006 06:37:28 EST New FlyBaby Hi All <BR> I'm relatively new to the group... I read flylady book months ago, and have so far only been able to keep my sink clean and laundry done... i know i have a ways to go, but hopefully this group will help. Tue, 19 Dec 2006 10:38:14 EST Christmas Parties Tell me, what are your tricks for making it through the parties this season. And when you have multiple parties in one day (lunch and the dinner) what would you do? <BR> <BR> Thanks I wish I had asked this earlier... Fri, 15 Dec 2006 22:31:25 EST Newbie to Spark People and also a flybaby! Hi all- <BR> <BR> I am really hoping this group is active- I am a flybaby and hoping to shed some of this weight! <BR> <BR> Lillian Wed, 13 Dec 2006 10:32:09 EST New here-and have been flying since Sept! I sure wish flylady had said something about this site on her site. I have wanted to use a site like this but finacially was not able. <BR> <BR> I have been with Sparkpeople for just a few days. My hardest thing right now is not eating the sweets. I get terrible headaches. Not addicted to caffine just the sweets. Oh well everyone has to have something. :) <BR> <BR> I'm proud of you guys. Keep up the hard work. Mon, 11 Dec 2006 16:07:03 EST Hi! New Here ... Hi SparkFlyBabies! :) I've been "fluttering" now for a couple of months and have been with SparkPeople since July. I only thought today to search the teams and see if there are any other FlyBabies on board. Happy to have found all of you - somehow, I feel comfortable around other FlyBabies just knowing that we "speak the same language" - know what I mean? <BR> <em>246</em> Wed, 6 Dec 2006 04:53:47 EST What makes you whine the loudest? Just curious. Is it going to bed, drinking your water, shining your sink? Maybe wearing shoes?? Which of flylady's reminders make you groan?? <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> For me, I just have a mental block about laying out clothes!!! Sat, 28 Oct 2006 06:15:44 EST Hi everyone! New here! Hi. I'm Barbara. I've been flapping with Flylady for over a year, although I've progressed slowly and even regressed for a few months this year. The house looks better than it ever did. <BR> <BR> My favorite parts of Flylady's methods are weekly home blessings and date nights. I also like the weekly boogies - refrigerator, car, and purse. I don't shine my kitchen sink much because my husband is my dishwasher, but I do make my bed every day - it's my shiny sink! I wear my shoes, too. <BR>... Thu, 26 Oct 2006 08:23:33 EST Holiday Cruising I haven't started yet, I've had too much on my plate. But I have started seeing, and thinking... and that's important too. <BR> <BR> How are you doing this far? Mon, 16 Oct 2006 13:12:59 EST glad we are in zone 4 this week <BR> I was busy in the living room this morning and I let the dogs in the youngest one J J took off chasing the cat, it,s agame they play alot. I finshed vac and went to put the vac away I looked in my room and JJ was having a fine time jumping on my bed with muddy paws.I had to strip the bed. I was not happy with JJ but at least he made sure the bed was clean. Do you think he is reading my E mails? <em>198</em> Kay Thu, 21 Sep 2006 22:06:28 EST Streak Challenge! OK guys! <BR> What is is that will get you going? What is it that you want to do for 15 minutes EVERY DAY! I'm starting my streak! <BR> I'm going to do my bedtime routine every night! Check in here to keep us updated! <BR> Jennifer Thu, 6 Jul 2006 22:57:30 EST flybabies Group Forum This topic was automatically created when the SparkPoints Group "flybabies" was started. Here is the description for this Group: <BR> <BR> For people who use flylady techniques to bring control to their homes and their lives Wed, 17 May 2006 15:33:42 EST