SparkPeople FLYbaby Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1168 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 FLYbaby Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1168 Today is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x64424166 May 26, 2016 is <BR> <BR> National Blueberry Cheesecake Day <BR> <BR> Today is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day! Although cheesecake recipes can be traced all the way back to Ancient Greece, the flavored versions we know and love today are a fairly recent innovation. People have come up with all sorts of interesting and unique cheesecake flavors, but today is a celebration of the classic blueberry variety. <BR> <BR> The type of cheese used to make cheesecake has a huge impact on the... Thu, 26 May 2016 10:32:28 EST Today I can.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x64422977 .... clean out the icebox Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:28 EST THURS....DAILY FOCUS..May 1-7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64246214 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4599fe55-4a3c-4c10-b596-0d3b6ccca347.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab39dbb1-3adf-4978-ba6d-1d3f441bd1b9.jpg"> SUNDAY <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2cc8fe96-2e3b-468d-b277-a917250b3748.jpg"> <BR> <BR> May 1 - 7, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f3d3c4a3-45c3-4745-a400-d73eab81e5fa.j... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:03:57 EST SAT....DAILY FOCUS...April 24-30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64196987 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/285e252c-37c3-4a16-b3bb-d2b1438069ae.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ecf76e4-16a7-49f6-8687-5180abdbf35f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9bf7d1ce-138a-4f62-a55b-0281d4a0548d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> April 24 - 30, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Living Room <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17ee0f70-ce5d-4cb8-918c-7d68304d09c2.jpg"> <BR> This month's Habit ... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 07:44:41 EST SAT....DAILY FOCUS....April 17 - 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64148351 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df194711-93cc-4dca-bf38-2b44fe98f533.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/144f1e58-ccea-4484-a3f6-ad18e7464acd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f42e7c34-fa65-4183-8323-e49bc607488d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Master Bedroom <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/764d7c47-0e73-417a-a38b-47e67ada195f.jpg"> <BR> This month's Habit is: Making Your Bed <BR> <i... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 14:57:07 EST SAT...DAILY FOCUS... April 10th - 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64095558 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/06ee1fd0-3c2c-4e1c-a2c1-ccd1d0432295.jpg"> <BR> <BR> JUST A REMINDER.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1020c1db-a2ba-4061-b21d-411ce4f240aa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b37a3203-db5b-46d7-9703-2b62b92589d1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cd3170ea-ce2a-4cfe-9d8b-0cf313ebb528.jpg"> <BR> <BR> April 10 - 16, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in ...... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 12:00:00 EST SATURDAY. ...DAILY FOCUS ....April 3rd - 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x64039484 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/72ecbddf-65bc-4f32-8a36-de7434301a3b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> April 3 - 9, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in the kitchen <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2c5dfe5-11a5-4c06-ab3e-ce01ce28f22b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6ab4ac28-5564-4059-b87b-320f3250abe2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Welcome to April! It’s a brand new month and that means it’s time for a brand new habit. This month, we are co... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 07:48:03 EST April... MONEY JAR CHALLENGE... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x64003180 <em>440</em> <BR> <BR> REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON April 1ST...2016. <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of APRIL. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:47:01 EST April Challenge .....EAT A RAINBOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x64002355 This Challenge will start of April the 1st. <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> We all know the importance of eating fruit &amp; vegetables, but how many of us actually get our 5 a day. With this challenge we will be able to eat a variety of fruit &amp; veg and maybe try something we haven't tried before. <BR> <BR> These are the colours we will use- <BR> <BR> *Yellow/Orange <BR> *Blue/Purple <BR> *Green <BR> *White <BR> *Red <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> *Yellow/Orange-Yellow pepper, Ora... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:28:14 EST SAT...DAILY FOCUS.. Mar. 27th-April 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63986933 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a8e18cf7-1e96-412e-9e0c-0d73e841dcb6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7f7f14ee-2e56-4325-aabe-a359ab855b98.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5fe05d16-2b57-4833-b744-13aa249ca626.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sneak Peek for the Week <BR> <BR> March 27, 2016 - April 2, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in The Living Room and The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> March Habit: Getti... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 12:27:06 EST SAT....DAILY FOCUS.. Mar. 20th-26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63932659 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/db27a6df-8d1d-4d9c-ba4a-b18ff122a685.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fc7dd0bf-2a43-4af5-851c-19a9248ebf04.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Master Bedroom <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cca5eacd-b259-48f4-87bb-3292f7279283.jpg"> <BR> This month's Habit is: Getting Dressed to Shoes <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7bbaa026-404b-4a1f-9cb2-3692168ba400.jpg">... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 07:07:59 EST did my daily mission http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63925003 took a nice relaxing shower and used some yummy shower gel; also cleaned out a bookshelf in my office. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 23:15:08 EST So glad i found this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x63919211 I'm a 44 yo married mom to 2 adorable dogs. (flydogs!) I have followed the tips i learned from flylady for years now and still love that it organizes my days....so glad to be here. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 07:07:02 EST TODAY I AM THANKFUL FOR.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63893061 Today I am thankful for a wonderful husband who takes care of his family. Mon, 14 Mar 2016 15:03:31 EST SAT...DAILY FOCUS... Mar. 13th-19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63830293 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/02c43401-43e1-4caa-8170-91479957ebc5.jpg"> March 6th....2016 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/42b51937-2c1a-461b-8d75-7fe4dc6e6ecd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91342aeb-d84a-48a2-b20f-691271b3237b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS WEEK WE ARE WORKING IN THE KITCHEN <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3eb05b54-2caa-4319-a508-4e18fecb91cd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src=... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 07:35:14 EST SAT. ...DAILY FOCUS..Feb. 28 - Mar. 5th, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63783546 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ed311cf-ca8e-408e-8df1-a9e76eb9dab4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> February 28, 2016 - March 5, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in The Living Room,The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> February Habit: Decluttering for 15 Minutes a Day <BR> March Habit: Getting Dressed to Shoes <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0fa741ab-51dc-4f05-be87-31b77e41cc9b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gui... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:28:22 EST Are You Exercising Mindfully? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63764629 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/68345c8b-8247-44d3-b701-e0926668a2fd.png"> <BR> <BR> Are You Exercising Mindfully? <BR> <BR> By Melissa Rudy, Health &amp; Fitness Journalist <BR> Related Content <BR> <BR> <BR> We're masters at self-distraction: If you walk into any gym, you'll likely see people's gazes fixed on magazines, TVs or phones as they chug away on treadmills or ellipticals. When jogging outside, you might run through a mental to-do list or listen to a podcast ... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:14:02 EST SUNDAY ...FOCUS FOR WEEK..Feb .21.-27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63737941 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c30fe5c8-33a0-412c-af27-5177d7da550e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> REMEMBER..... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f89acf5-f473-4026-b9ab-c2a381348a99.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/573808e2-4ce8-40e4-a2c8-a855141aaed9.jpg"> TUESDAY <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d672be8d-43b9-4f58-b6f4-582c66fd882e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is the day to attack the clothes pile. Now you all know wh... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 08:34:29 EST Monday...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Feb. 21 - 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63722253 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c267e8d-2825-41a2-a0c3-f39c74bce6f9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> February 21 - 27, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Master Bedroom. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d47cac4b-d28b-41b1-a4fe-cf8067c5b937.jpg"> <BR> <BR> THIS MONTHS HABIT <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d4944a7-4f15-4bc2-85c7-d0ad4b6fdb8f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f1c7a24a-8fbc-45ec-8fda-8... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 08:17:47 EST Intermittent Fasting.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63717464 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19586559-93b1-418f-b2c9-42c04a12e424.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> What seemed to be the latest weight loss fad a few years ago may actually be a formula for weight loss success for some. For others, including Coldplay's Chris Martin, it's a way to become more appreciative and aware of food. What is this "fad-turned-fact" you ask? Intermittent fasting. <BR> <BR> I'll be the first to admit that I was a skeptic when I first read the dieting steps used... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 13:12:58 EST 8 benefits of drinking coffee.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63711016 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ae87a6d8-0519-4fe9-af28-ccfe8f485313.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 8 Health Benefits of Coffee <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you enjoyed a cup of coffee this morning, you have already started the day on a healthy (and possibly more productive!) note. Not only does a cuppa Joe deliver your trusty a.m. caffeine boost, but it also may reduce the risk for certain healthproblems and can improve bodily functions. Check out the top eight health bene... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 14:50:04 EST 6 Weirdest Fad Diets of 2016 (So Far) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63695096 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c2c834b0-c299-4947-86d9-6ff1f13c353c.png"> <BR> <BR> 6 Weirdest Fad Diets of 2016 (So Far) <BR> <BR> By: Melissa Rudy, – Melissa Rudy, Health &amp; Fitness Journalist <BR> <BR> <BR> Each year seems to usher in a new wave of fad diets. In 2015, millions of dieters tried the Paleo, Mediterranean, Flexitarian, South Beach, Zone and Macrobiotic regimes. Although some can be beneficial, most trendy weight loss plans usually pick up steam quickl... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 11:27:55 EST Dietary Supplements for Osteoarthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63687309 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/742470b2-f45f-46f7-990b-204e71197a4a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dietary Supplements for Osteoarthritis <BR> What Does the Research Really Show? <BR> <BR> <BR> By Becky Hand, Licensed &amp; Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> When cartilage that cushions your joints begins to breakdown faster than your body can replace it, you develop osteoarthritis. Without this protective tissue, the bones in your joints rub together, causing pain, tenderness, swelling a... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 12:09:00 EST What Causes GERD? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63677417 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3bd64c11-9b5c-4f60-958c-f67c4fc6c356.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What Causes GERD? <BR> Learn Which Risk Factors You Can Control <BR> <BR> By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, causes painful symptoms like heartburn and acid regurgitation. Although there are many theories on the causes of GERD, experts aren't sure exactly what causes it. There are two main categories of risks that can contribute to GERD—tho... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 07:14:41 EST Tips to Stay Full Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63669904 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cb1f23da-300b-415c-988e-7a11b9b43eb1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tips to Stay Full Longer <BR> Beat Hunger and Boost Satisfaction <BR> <BR> By Becky Hand, Licensed &amp; Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> No doubt about it, hunger is unpleasant. In fact, it can be downright embarrassing when your tummy grumbles for your attention at the most inopportune times. When you’re watching your calorie intake to lose or manage your weight, there will be days when y... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 08:02:04 EST Saturday ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Feb. 14-20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63669823 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e632819b-caf1-4ef5-b3c4-bbf30072493f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> February 14 - 20, 2016 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af69f08f-de8b-43e7-b60d-57148f450053.jpg"> <BR> This week we are inThe Bathroom and One Extra Room <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ac14e79-1a5f-45f0-94ed-377daefb14a4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> SUNDAY MISSION... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97ecc04a-d10f-427e-9350-a6... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 07:44:09 EST ''Free'' Foods for Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63663733 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d1da57c5-93e4-4eb8-90fe-a27db4ecd633.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ''Free'' Foods for Diabetes <BR> A List of Foods That Don't Impact Blood Sugar <BR> <BR> <BR> By Amy Poetker, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator <BR> <BR> In diabetes meal planning, blood sugar control is the main goal. Typically, people with diabetes are advised to follow carbohydrate-controlled diets in order to minimize blood sugar spikes and manage their disease. Si... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:13:33 EST Portion Distortion Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63649459 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/28474fd6-3bae-48d3-8939-f31df1cc88b5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Portion Distortion Guide <BR> A List of Serving Sizes <BR> <BR> By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor &amp; Health Educator <BR> <BR> Selecting the right foods also means choosing portions that are proper serving sizes. The terms "portion" and "serving" are often used interchangeably, but they don't mean the same thing. <BR> <BR> A "portion" is the amount of food you choose to eat fo... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:19:37 EST 7 Ways to De-Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63640862 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f0d346b-8f55-4305-9e3a-55fe896facfe.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 7 Ways to De-Stress <BR> Try These Tips When You Feel Stressed <BR> <BR> By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> Stress happens. No matter how organized you are, how good your systems are, or how friendly your work and living environments are, stress can find a way to poke its ugly head in from time to time. What can you do? Turn to a convenient Stress Buster – a small, simple acti... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:51:16 EST What to Eat Before You Work Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63633162 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b815ad2e-5925-44f7-9a10-6b3ac6bf3256.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What to Eat Before You Work Out <BR> Eating Before Exercise for Maximum Results <BR> <BR> By Dean Anderson, Fitness Expert <BR> <BR> Everyone knows that athletes must plan and time their meals and snacks very carefully to reach their performance goals. But what about the rest of us? You try to squeeze in 30-60 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Do you have to be careful about what... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 07:17:26 EST Clever Cardio for Those with Mobility Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63625866 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/486a5307-58a5-49f7-8133-82c351fcc54c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Clever Cardio for Those with Mobility Issues <BR> <BR> <BR> By: Beth Donovan, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> One of my mantras is: "That which I cannot do now is my aspiration, not my defeat." <BR> <BR> If you are have trouble moving or haven’t exercised in awhile, it can be very daunting to take on new cardio moves. Most cardio moves involve the need to be on your feet, so I’m going ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:27:44 EST 6 Ways to Relax Before Bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63617788 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d4d11a97-284c-415f-9990-31fe48bdf617.png"> <BR> <BR> 6 Ways to Relax Before Bed <BR> Take the Stress Out of Sleep <BR> <BR> By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> Sleep is something that every body craves. So why does everyone struggle with it periodically? You’ve tried to do it right – you skip caffeine late in the day; you don’t eat a heavy meal right before bed; you make sure the lights are off; you try to follow a consistent bedtime sch... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:15:11 EST Saturday. ...FOCUS FOR THE WEEK...Feb. 7-13, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63617682 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eeaf0dc4-20fb-44da-8583-2571146579f5.jpg">SNEAK PEEK OF THE WEEK <BR> <BR> February 7 - 13, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in The Kitchen <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/06f4c4e0-5694-4cbc-b264-e25ad7c80f18.jpg"> <BR> <BR> THIS MONTHS HABIT.. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9acece42-be0f-4639-baeb-44cfc2794647.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/831c5167-7... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:02:47 EST Busting the 10 Biggest Cold & Flu Myths http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63610203 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3eca4558-8eae-4800-a6e8-b53a0041f1fc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Busting the 10 Biggest Cold &amp; Flu Myths <BR> The Cold Hard Facts about Colds &amp; the Flu <BR> <BR> By Robin Donovan, Health Writer <BR> <BR> Eat chicken soup. Bump up your vitamin C intake. Don’t step outside with wet hair. Each year as cold and flu season approaches, you probably hear these common tricks for avoiding illness. However, not all of the prevailing wisdom about viral in... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 08:10:24 EST Defend Yourself Against Diet Saboteurs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63604676 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3a518c9e-177f-4d68-b440-6a9ea5f11a3d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Defend Yourself Against Diet Saboteurs! <BR> Are Your Friends and Family Making You Fat? <BR> <BR> By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> There’s one in every crowd— at the office, in your church group, among your closest friends and family. Sometimes they mean well, sometimes they seem a tad malicious, often they have no idea how they’re sabotaging you. But every time you take a step... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:31:22 EST Four Healthy Changes That Start in Your Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63597430 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c104f063-950c-468a-8139-4b82a3562c70.png"> <BR> <BR> Four Healthy Changes That Start in Your Kitchen Cabinets <BR> <BR> By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger, – Lea Schneider <BR> <BR> Keeping that promise you made to yourself to kick off your healthiest year yet becomes possible when you're armed with more than just good intentions. If you're one of the many people who committed to a healthier lifestyle, both for yourself and for your family, the ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:12:06 EST 8 Exercises for Better Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63587096 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2765effa-91f9-48e6-bb45-bd56b1926f02.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 8 Exercises for Better Balance <BR> <BR> By: Nancy Howard, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> <BR> I was first introduced to balance exercises by my running coach when I developed a minor ankle injury a few years ago. However, before I even began using the balance board my coach had me do series of progressive balance exercises initially using only one-foot on solid ground, followed by doing ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:16:56 EST Eating with Diabetes: Counting ''Net'' Carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63577905 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de01d94b-63ef-4e88-ac3a-6342a0fc8966.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Eating with Diabetes: Counting ''Net'' Carbs <BR> What Are Net Carbs? How Do They Affect Blood Sugar? <BR> <BR> By Amy Poetker, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator <BR> <BR> Since low carbohydrate diets became popular, the phrase "net carbs" has become a fairly regular fixture on the labels of food products. But, if you are not familiar with the term you may be wondering ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 08:50:35 EST 12 Heart-Smart Tips You Haven't Heard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63568984 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/383ecc94-184d-464e-8b96-8d630915fc2e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 12 Heart-Smart Tips You Haven't Heard <BR> There's More to Heart Health than Diet and Exercise <BR> <BR> By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> When I flip my calendar to February, two things usually come to my mind. One, I’m getting tired of the cold and snowy winter, and two, Valentine’s Day is coming. Now, I don’t know how you feel about this “holiday," but I like it.... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:39:04 EST Saturday..Daily Focus Jan. 31st - Feb. 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63568955 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/46c43fdb-a65f-465e-86d4-8b27c272ae8f.jpg"> Jan. 31st - Feb. 6th....2016 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8b76141-39a5-4ca2-a7aa-42250ac4022a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Monthly Habit: February – Decluttering for 15 minutes a day <BR> Decluttering for 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 muc... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:34:03 EST 5 Ways to Love Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63560573 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/01a5002a-d7cf-4a10-a611-60f339c9a014.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 5 Ways to Love Your Body <BR> <BR> By Carrie Myers Smith, Health &amp; Exercise Expert <BR> <BR> While many of us have an easy time showering other people with love, we find that Cupid has yet to hit us with the "body love" arrow. Don’t wait for Cupid! Begin today to start appreciating, accepting and yes, even loving your body. <BR> <BR> Stop picking yourself apart <BR> Let’s face it: No ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:03:03 EST Think You're Too Heavy to Exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63553099 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03d0be11-ff46-42d3-98ab-a0db72488cb6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Think You're Too Heavy to Exercise? <BR> <BR> By Dean Anderson, Fitness &amp; Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> I’m not going to sugarcoat things here, or tell you that starting and sticking to an effective exercise plan will be easy or fun. The fact is that if you’re very overweight and out of shape, you’re likely going to face some obstacles—both physically and mentally—that will challenge... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:35:03 EST Homemade Beauty Recipes for Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63545093 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d3930d3-9e1e-40ab-a22c-ad1340d704f8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Homemade Beauty Recipes for Skin <BR> Natural Treatments for Face &amp; Body <BR> <BR> By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> French (women Don'T Get Fat) Toast Recipe <BR> <BR> Many of the same wholesome foods that you eat to help your skin glow from the inside-out can also be used externally, as cleansers, moisturizers, and skin masks. These vitamins, minerals, and oils that n... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:03:46 EST Give Yourself a Reality Check-Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63537296 Give Yourself a Reality Check-Up <BR> Are Your Weight-Loss Expectations Realistic? <BR> <BR> By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> Perhaps the biggest reason that permanent weight loss is so difficult is that it is stressful—for your mind and your body. And when you're stressed out, you just don’t function at your best, mentally, emotionally, or physically. In fact, chronic stress tends to make you into your own worst enemy, impairing your judgment, making you emotionall... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:11:14 EST How to Exercise Without Exercising... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63529110 10 Clever Ways to Sneak Exercise into Your Busy Day <BR> <BR> By Melissa Rudy, Health &amp; Fitness Journalist <BR> <BR> No time to get to the gym—or even into your gym shoes? One of the main reasons people don’t exercise is that they think they don’t have enough time. The truth is, you don't need an uninterrupted hour to reap the many benefits of physical activity. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends getting at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week (and up to 50 minutes ... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 08:55:02 EST FUNctional Fitness.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63521300 FUNctional Fitness <BR> We All Want Fitness to Be More Fun! <BR> <BR> By Mare Petras, Fitness Expert &amp; Author <BR> <BR> As far as your back is concerned, more fun comes from more functional fitness. The simplest, easiest, most basic moves are usually the most important gift you can give your bodyevery day. These exercises are common sense, preventative movements that when done on a daily basis will keep you tuned up so you don’t miss out on one minute of fun! <BR> <BR> What’s Function... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:09:40 EST Interested or Committed? Discover the Difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63512307 Interested or Committed? Discover the Difference <BR> 6 Tips for Achieving Your Healthy Living Goals <BR> <BR> By Ellen G. Goldman <BR> <BR> No matter your motivation—New Year's resolutions, an upcoming high school reunion, a milestone birthday—everyone has experienced that looming feeling of urgency when they feel that a life change needs to happen and it needs to happen now. <BR> <BR> Whether the goal is losing weight, getting in shape, getting more sleep, organizing the house or any o... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:02:52 EST SUNDAY ...FOCUS ZONE THIS WEEK..Jan.24 - 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63512047 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19a8cb11-1afd-4ca9-a1e3-46a8b7f62815.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> January 24 - 30, 2016 <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Living Room <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1242bcf1-e0a0-450c-b0db-476ad46d4d9c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Monday <BR> <BR> I would like 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... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:30:22 EST I am excited to be a part of this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x63511337 My name is Lisa. I have been using Spark People and Flylady for many years now. I am very happy to find a team that combines both. My goals for this year are to establish some habits for both my weight loss and becoming more organized. I am going back to basics with both and taking baby steps to create new habits. I look forward to any advice and encouragement. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 06:43:37 EST Turning It around When You're Spiraling Out of Con http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63504076 Turning It around When You're Spiraling Out of Control <BR> <BR> By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> <BR> Embarrassed... I admit to you all that for a few days last month I was out of control. I binged one or two times and chose really junky food that left me feeling toxic and demoralized and strangely enough like eating more of it. Sometimes I get to feeling so badly, that I eat badly, and feel worse, so I eat worse... It's really hard to dig out or even have the... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 08:53:53 EST 5 Secrets to Winter Health and Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63496906 5 Secrets to Winter Health and Energy <BR> Stay Healthy and Happy to Weather the Season <BR> <BR> By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> Related Content <BR> <BR> My monthly weight loss support group sat around looking rather dismal at the first meeting following an unexpected autumn snowstorm. Winter was arriving sooner than anticipated, and my group voiced worrying thoughts about how they'd stay happy, healthy and energized—and continue losing weight—through the colder month... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:37:11 EST What's in Your Soup? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63489054 What's in Your Soup? Campbell’s Campaigns for Federal GMO Labeling Regulations <BR> <BR> By: Melissa Rudy, – Melissa Rudy, Health &amp; Fitness Journalist <BR> <BR> <BR> Earlier this month, the Campbell Soup Company released a statement supporting the federal standardization of food labels for products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). If this legislation passes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Architecture will have control over which food... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:09:14 EST Have You Found Your Inner 'Normal Eater'? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63480820 Have You Found Your Inner 'Normal Eater'? <BR> <BR> By: Dean Anderson, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> <BR> One of the goals of making a “lifestyle change” (as opposed to going on a diet) is to develop a healthyrelationship with food and eating that feels normal, comfortable, usually enjoyable, and relatively easy to maintain over time. <BR> <BR> No elaborate eating rules, no worries about “good” foods and “bad” foods, no guilt feelings or verbal self-abuse for breaking the rules, no gett... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:26:36 EST The Amazing Avocado: Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63474619 The Amazing Avocado: Health Benefits You Need to Know <BR> <BR> By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger, – Lisa W., SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> It's no secret that delicious avocados can be the shining star in guacamole, salads, sandwiches and as the creamy center of your California roll. But did you know that avocados are packed with nutritients and make a great diet food, even with their high fat content? <BR> Hass avocados are the most popular variety in the United States, but you can... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:34:18 EST Five Common Foodborne Illnesses ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63463835 Five Common Foodborne Illnesses and How to Prevent Them <BR> By: Melissa Rudy, – Melissa Rudy, Health &amp; Fitness Journalist <BR> <BR> <BR> Just when you thought fat and calories were the biggest restaurant hazards, some new threats have been making headlines lately. Chipotle was recently subpoenaed by the Federal Grand Jury when more than 140 Boston University students contracted norovirus after eating at the Mexican grill near campus. Additional outbreaks have named E. coli and salmone... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:31:36 EST The Before-Dur ring-After Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63454912 The Before-During-After Journal <BR> The Write Way to Build Your Intrinsic Motivation <BR> <BR> By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you often have trouble finding the motivation to stick to your exercise and nutrition goals? If so, then you might not be looking in the right place. <BR> <BR> Experts who study motivation have long recognized two basic types of motivation: <BR> Extrinsic (external) motivation, when you are motivated primarily by external rewards... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:47:25 EST FOCUS ZONE THIS WEEK.. Jan.17TH - 23RD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63454667 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b70070b-3dca-4499-99f9-0cade42c4b25.jpg"> 17th......23rd. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d028418d-0dc4-468e-b9b5-cae5a81575e3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 3: The Bathroom and One Extra Room <BR> Zone 4: The Master Bedroom <BR> <BR> 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 bath... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:23:24 EST Meal Planning Made Simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63446667 Meal Planning Made Simple <BR> 4 Steps to Plan Meals and a Healthy Grocery List <BR> <BR> By Sarah Haan, Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> Without a shopping list, a casual trip to the grocery store can be a recipe for disaster. Sometimes, even with a list in hand, we still find ourselves in a state of confusion as we meander through the store. <BR> <BR> Organizing your shopping list can smooth out your grocery shopping experience and make shopping and cooking more efficient. <BR> <BR> Whet... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 09:20:11 EST Is Your Exercise Program Wearing You Out? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63440003 No Pain = BIG Gain <BR> Is Your Exercise Program Wearing You Out? <BR> <BR> By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> We’ve all heard that a combination of diet and regular exercise is the best way to lose weight and keep it off long term. <BR> <BR> For some of us, common sense dictates that the more you work out—and the higher the intensity—the better. But that’s not necessarily true. Even if you’ve gradually increased the intensity, duration and/or frequency of your w... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 11:34:24 EST Are You in a Cardio Rut? Break Free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63430578 Are You in a Cardio Rut? Break Free! <BR> 6 Easy Ways to Bust Boredom <BR> <BR> By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> Are you bored with your cardio workout? Do you yawn when thinking of getting on the stationary bike again? Are you already dreading the stair stepper workout that you have scheduled for tomorrow morning? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you're quite likely in a rut, and when you're in a rut, it's easy to fall ... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:04:30 EST How Yoga Can Help Relieve Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63423115 How Yoga Can Help Relieve Depression <BR> <BR> I struggled with bouts of depression and anxiety in my teens and early 20s. It was in the middle one of those battles, during my junior year of college, that I discovered yoga. A friend saw a flier for an eight-week yoga session at the campus rec center. Since I hated sweating and would only run if I were chased, I thought yoga sounded like a good form of exercise. <BR> <BR> The room, usually populated by step aerobics and dance classes, felt ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:05:08 EST 5 Healthy Habits That Fight the Signs of Aging... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63417343 5 Healthy Habits That Fight the Signs of Aging <BR> How to Maintain a Youthful Appearance <BR> <BR> Since I turned 40 this year, the passage of time has weighed heavily on my mind. While I certainly don’t want to be 21 again, I wouldn't mind looking more youthful. But the anti-aging creams and surgical procedures that are often promoted as the only ways to ward off the hands of time freak me out. I've always believed that treating your body well and caring for your complexion throughout your... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:00:03 EST Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63406432 Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up? <BR> <BR> <BR> If we had friends that treated us the way that many of us treat ourselves, they wouldn’t be our friends for very long. Imagine a friend who calls up just to complain–about you. Or an alleged buddy who quickly says “I told you so” when you screw up. Or someone who encourages you to give up instead of encouraging you to do your best. <BR> <BR> Why do we do this? Why do we treat ourselves in such horrible ways? For some, the negative self-talk is so... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:39:34 EST 10 Tips to Lose 10 Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63400696 10 Tips to Lose 10 Pounds <BR> <BR> By: Melinda Hershey, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> Congratulations: You have officially survived the holiday season! Now it's time to get back on the wagon and reach some major milestones in the new year. Weight loss may be at the top of your list of goals for 2013, as it is for many people. And whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 100 pounds, you're going to have to make some changes to your lifestyle habits. <BR> <BR> The good news is that you don't... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:15:57 EST FOCUS ZONE THIS WEEK...Jan.10TH - 16TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63397514 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8ca48bea-f911-4ac1-aae0-9bdc1f02de40.jpg"> 11th - 16th....2016 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d4729d2e-9e8f-459d-bc6e-8a7d1d14b3bf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Zone 3: Bathroom and an Extra Room <BR> <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 ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:06:06 EST 13+ Budget-Friendly Ways to Work Out at Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63388875 13+ Budget-Friendly Ways to Work Out at Home <BR> <BR> By: Jen Mueller, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> I remember the days when I had time to drive to the gym for a workout multiple times a week. Now as a busy mother of four, those days long gone! However, that doesn't mean my fitness level has to suffer. I'm still able to squeeze in a good workout in the morning before the rest of my family wakes up. By investing in a few key pieces of equipment, I've been able to create quality, low-c... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 08:23:03 EST Common Foods That Could Be Hurting Your Belly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63380498 Common Foods That Could Be Hurting Your Belly <BR> <BR> By Robin Donovan, Health Writer <BR> <BR> What You Need to Know about Fiber <BR> It can be as frustrating as it is familiar: the achy tightness in your abdomen after you eat, or the sharp pain, bloating and distension you feel after a large meal--or any meal. With so many foods now composed of a multitude of ingredients, it can be tricky to figure out which foods are helping and which are hurting. <BR> <BR> Any food that causes a p... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 08:05:48 EST How Often Should I Replace my Running Shoes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63372515 How Often Should I Replace my Running Shoes? <BR> <BR> By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger, – Andrew S., SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> Running shoes cushion feet during jogging and other high-impact exercises, keeping them comfortable while also preventing injury. Fail to replace shoes when they get too old, and you expose yourself to unnecessary risk. Thankfully, there are a variety of methods you can use to determine whether it's time to hit up the local sporting goods store. <BR> Me... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 08:17:50 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x63369019 Hello all! My name is Lina. I work in the evenings and spend my days with my soon to be 2 year old. I have recently been photographed and I did not like what I saw. I am wanting to be at a healthy weight. I am looking forward to talking with all of yall. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 20:01:36 EST 12 of the Worst Restaurant Foods in 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63367357 12 of the Worst Restaurant Foods in 2015 <BR> <BR> Whether you're road-tripping, heading out for date night or just need a break from dirty dishes, there are bound to be times when a restaurant meal is in order. As long as you avoid the fast food and opt for a full-service restaurant, you should be okay, right? Not always. You may be surprised to learn that many of the dishes highest in calories and fat are served up at sit-down eateries instead of drive-thrus, according to a University of T... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 16:06:34 EST 10 Fitness Items to Splurge and Save On... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63355512 10 Fitness Items to Splurge and Save On <BR> Tips to Save on Workout Accessories <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Getting fit can be a pricey endeavor. From having the proper footwear to the right sweat-wicking apparel to the gadgets, gizmos and equipment that promise to help get you to your fittest and healthiest, you can spend a small fortune on working out. But—and this is a big but—you don't have to! Whether you're t... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 09:05:00 EST What Causes Insomnia..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63355447 What Causes Insomnia? <BR> Learn Which Risk Factors You Can Control <BR> -- By Liza Barnes &amp; Nicole Nichols, Health Educators <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most people have experienced sleep problems at one time or another, but what causes insomnia is very individual. There are actually two different forms of insomnia—secondary (when insomnia occurs as a symptom or side effect of something else) and primary (when insomnia is a disorder in itself, not occurring as the side effect of another co... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 09:00:25 EST Allergy- Proofing Your Home.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63355330 Allergy-Proofing Your Home <BR> Reduce Dust Mites, Dander, Mold and Pollen <BR> <BR> By Leanne Beattie, Health &amp; Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> Allergic reactions to everyday substance in the home can make life uncomfortable, no matter how much medication you take. Avoiding known allergens and making your home as allergen-free as possible can help minimize your symptoms and increase your quality of life. While no home can ever be 100% allergen-free, with the right steps you can reduce y... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 08:49:10 EST DECLUTTER 101..Staying Clutter-Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63333048 Declutter 101: Staying Clutter-Free <BR> <BR> By Cynthia Ewer, Author of <BR> Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Organized <BR> <BR> <BR> There's a bedrock belief among the clutter-afflicted that if they could only get rid of all the clutter, just once, the clutter problem could be solved. <BR> <BR> It's not quite so simple. True, it's easier to maintain a decluttered environment than it is to achieve it, but there's more to the problem than the mere absence or presence of clutter. <BR... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 21:31:11 EST Decluttering guilt....5 Reasons to let it go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63333000 <BR> Decluttering guilt – 5 reasons to let it go! <BR> <BR> By Chrissy Halton in Declutter on Sep 5, 2012 <BR> <BR> William Morris famously said “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” but how many of us actually adhere to this, very sensible rule? <BR> <BR> Not many! <BR> <BR> We all have items in our house that we feel we should / we need / we ought to keep – for many different reasons. <BR> <BR> But are they actually helping you e... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 21:26:39 EST 31 Days to DeClutter Your Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63332925 Before you dive head first into that clutter packed space let’s go over some purging rules to keep in mind. <BR> <BR> Rules <BR> <BR> One year rule <BR> <BR> If you haven’t worn it/used it/looked at it in a year, get it out of your house. <BR> <BR> Broken beyond repair <BR> <BR> It’s broken, it’s busted, it’s a goner. Get it gone. <BR> <BR> Not even yours <BR> <BR> This is the worst type of clutter – you don’t even own it! Give it back to the person who does. <BR> <BR> Guilt <BR> ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 21:18:40 EST Been a member since 2006 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x63320049 I've been a member of Sparks since 2006 and am learning to be better organized at home. I have a semi-permanent Hot Spot List where I keep a generic to do list by dates, and I can check them off. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to begin having invited guests again, I think. <BR> <BR> I look forward to learning about other members. <BR> <BR> Best to you! Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:50:56 EST 2016 Hot Spot List of To Do Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x63319860 Hi, <BR> <BR> I started reading about home organization books when there was very few of them about. The one that I remember the most was written by two sisters named Pam and Peggy who used three by five cards. I could never use the cards, just too much to organize, but when Flylady came along, I joined that website and I took the 30 day challenges and organized them into a list in a converted teacher grade book, and that is what I've used. I have been in and out of several home organizati... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:26:19 EST FOCUS ZONE THIS WEEK...J an.3-9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63318654 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ba08ded-685e-41db-97f7-f0198508b0b9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our FLY Spot this week is in our Dining Room. Walk into your Dining Room. What is the first thing you see? What catches your eye first? Is it beautiful flowers on the table? Or a pile of newspapers stacked in a chair? Maybe a picture hanging on the wall that’s been there for 30 years? If what you saw first made you happy and brought a smile to your face, then your FLY Spot is easy! Take a m... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 11:11:30 EST Share Your Success Here ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63274590 I will begin by saying quite happily, I became diligent about tracking my food ..... <em>4</em> <BR> My rule is: If I 'Smack It-I Track It." ..... <em>212</em> <BR> So ...... Today I weighed and since Saturday, I lost 1.2 pounds! (my scales would not budge til then ...... or was it ME forgetting to track something? ...... <em>246</em> <BR> Excited to hear about yours ........ Sun, 27 Dec 2015 17:03:05 EST GAME PLAN FOR SUNDAY...We Can Do This http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63271127 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/87ea62d0-54f8-4fcb-95f8-8111492076cd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily Focus Sunday <BR> <BR> Renew Your Spirit <BR> <BR> Each Sunday is the day to Renew Your Spirit. This is a day to take time for yourself and build YOU up with your favorite things. If you don’t Renew Your Spirit, you can’t renew the spirit of others. Here are some great ideas: <BR> <BR> A movie at the local theater <BR> A walk in the park <BR> Curl up with a good book <BR... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 08:52:40 EST GAME PLAN FOR SATURDAY....We CAN DO this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63264396 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d1fe8e41-4ebc-4c91-baab-c79d53d2cfa9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/74eb256f-35a0-4903-8da9-c844fbad5bb0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saturday <BR> <BR> Family fun Day <BR> <BR> Saturday is especially fun because it’s the day we have Family Fun Time! This a special time just for you and your loved ones to spend time renewing your relationships with each other. Your week has been busy and time has been limite... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 06:22:32 EST GAME PLAN FOR FRIDAY....We CAN DO this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63260000 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/58403360-aeca-42a9-99e4-9f0ff1964818.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5952368b-429c-4db6-87de-871d48598ce0.jpg"> my sparking friends. <BR> <BR> I will post the Mission Plan and Daily Plan for today but totally understand If you choose not to do it today. Take time to enjoy your day without stress or worries. <BR> <BR> <BR> Friday Mission Plan <BR> <BR> Today is the day to get rid of the dust i... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 07:34:49 EST GAME PLAN FOR THURSDAY....We CAN DO this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63254907 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07c26fd9-a970-4ca4-9231-d7be268ad8ef.jpg"> GOOD MORNING FLYbabies...taking those baby steps to success. <BR> <BR> Thursday Mission: <BR> <BR> <BR> It is time to fling some socks and pantyhose today. You know that drawer that is full of old pantyhose and mismatched socks that you have held on to for reasons you don't even know. It is time to go through and toss. Be good to yourself and let go of these things that are cluttering up your bedr... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:30:39 EST GAME PLAN FOR WEDNESDA Y.....We CAN DO this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63248006 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b135562-74c8-458f-a193-4ac15c00d93d.jpg"> GOOD MORNING FLYbabies...taking those baby steps to success. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wednesday Mission: <BR> <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 doe... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 06:37:45 EST GAME PLAN FOR TUESDAY.....We CAN DO this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63241387 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e728bda-f415-4665-8b98-8a2116e5dcb7.jpg"> GOOD MORNING FLYbabies...taking those baby steps to success. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tuesday's Mission: <BR> <BR> Accessories can contribute to some of the biggest clutter problems! Today I want you to take 10 minutes and purge your jewelry boxes, chest, whatever. Now I am not talking about the family heirlooms here. I am talking about the costume stuff that we have collected, been given or don't even know ... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 06:11:43 EST December 20 - 26, 2015: Zone 4: The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63237868 Zone 4 Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are in the Master Bedroom this week and we can't stress enough to you how important it is for your mental health to have this room decluttered. Being surrounded by clutter while you sleep is just not good for you. For today your mission is to do a 27 fling boogie in the bedroom, grab that trash bag and start tossing. Anything counts, old pantyhose to junk mail! <BR> FlyLady Rebecca <BR> <BR> Zone 4 Mission #2 Tuesday <BR> Dear Friends... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 14:49:41 EST GAME PLAN FOR MONDAY....We CAN DO this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63234773 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf07a99a-66e4-421c-8e0c-cd087d7ab0b2.jpg"> GOOD MORNING FLYbabies...taking those baby steps to success. <BR> <BR> <BR> Monday....Mission <BR> <BR> We are in the Master Bedroom this week and we can't stress enough to you how important it is for your mental health to have this room decluttered. Being surrounded by clutter while you sleep is just not good for you. For today your mission is to do a 27 fling boogie in the bedroom, grab that tras... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 06:51:58 EST Did You Use The Trackers Today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x63215964 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/578aa628-0f18-43a3-a7d6-7523b0831262.jpg"> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 08:56:17 EST Pass the broom along... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x63203925 <em>542</em> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:22:31 EST Emoticon or Image....Say Hi to our team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63202152 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/65209e30-d4c6-4ba4-9261-b14cc090f571.jpg"> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 07:46:25 EST NEW TO THE GROUP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x63199001 Hello everyone!! My name is Cindy, I am from Kenosha, WI, and I am a huge procrastinator and would definetly like your motivation ideas. At times, I have some energy to clean the clutter off my counter to some extent and other days....none. I live in a small apartment, not married, 54, and it shouldn't be that difficult....but guess what?? It is!! <BR> <BR> Looking to meet new people, lose weight,feel healthier and better about myself here on Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> (((( HUGS)))) <BR> <BR... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:05:45 EST 5 Ways to Declutter Your Body and Mind... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x63197878 <BR> Five Ways to Declutter Your Body and Mind <BR> <BR> Clearing physical spaces can help clear our mental spaces as well. Try some of these tips for both. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I don’t know about you, but I feel so much better when my environment is neat and organized. After a long day of work, coming home to a neat space is like coming home to myself. It is a refuge, truly, and I feel soothed. <BR> <BR> I do know, however, that there are certain ingredients that will immediately crea... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 14:22:36 EST Clutter Free Gift Ideas..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x63197341 Feel free to give us some of your ideas to attach to this list. <BR> <BR> <BR> Paper Shredder <BR> Peppermint or other scented foot lotion <BR> Gift Certificates, clothing store, hardware store, gardening supply store, grocery store etc. <BR> Tickets to the theater or upcoming events. <BR> Date for lunch out or shopping together in the mall, date to go walking, visit the zoo. <BR> Manicure <BR> Pedicure <BR> Some one to come in and clean the house. <BR> Make a family photo album. <BR> Make ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:37:58 EST December 13-19,2015:Zone 3:Bathroom & Extra Rm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63191715 Zone 3: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week we are in the bathroom and the laundry room. For today your mission is to declutter the empty bottles and used up bars of soap that are taking up space in your tubs and showers. This is a quick mission, just toss toss toss! <BR> For the other room today, do the same thing in your laundry room! Toss the empty soap containers, fabric softner bottles, boxes, spray bottles and bleach containers! <BR> <BR> FlyLady Rebecca <BR> <BR... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:16:38 EST Give a Goodie..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x63190782 This game is a great way to get to know each other by visiting other spark pages and giving support, motivation and encouragement to team members. <BR> Each person posts the next number in order. If your number contains 2 or 3 of the same digits, you give a goodie to someone on our FLYbabies team. <BR> For example: if you get 11, 44, 121, 333, 2445 etc. you give a goodie! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll start... <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:19:23 EST NO LONGER AVAILABLE ....TOPIC HAS BEEN STOPPED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63189830 MONDAY: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ca1ef38-4ea5-4659-aec1-937161dd12ff.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> BATHROOM and ONE OTHER ROOM <BR> <BR> <BR> #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week we are in the bathroom and the laundry room. For today your mission is to declutter the empty bottles and used up bars of soap that are taking up space in your tubs and showers. This is a quick mission, just toss toss toss! <BR> <BR> For the other room today, d... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:33:16 EST Inspirational Quotes of the Day...Come Share http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63173512 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/245baf94-8925-4057-a85e-ac854e69373d.jpg"> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 23:22:21 EST Did You Swish, Swipe and Spritz Today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63173505 AN EXAMPLE OF A DAILY CHORE CHECKLIST <BR> KITCHEN/ BATHROOMS <BR> <BR> 1. FILL / EMPTY DISHWASHER <BR> 2. WIPE OFF DISHWASHER <BR> 3. WIPE OFF MICROWAVE <BR> 4. WIPE OFF STOVE <BR> 5. WIPE OFF COUNTERS <BR> 6. WIPE OFF CHAIRS <BR> 7. WIPE OFF TABLE <BR> 8. WIPE DOWN TUB <BR> 9. SWISH TOILET <BR> 10. SHINE SINKS &amp; FAUCETS <BR> 11. SHAKE AREA RUGS <BR> 12. SWEEP FLOOR <BR> 13. EMPTY TRASH/ TAKE OUT <BR> RECYCLABLES <BR> <BR> BEDROOMS <BR> 1. MAKE BED <BR> 2. CLOSE CLOSET DOOR <BR> 3. FEA... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 23:21:38 EST Emoticon or Add An Image.... FLYbabies Say HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x63173496 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f331c7d-d0d8-4b01-88c0-5c3264e2e89f.jpg"> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 23:19:33 EST December 6 - 12, 2015: Zone 2: The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63170306 <BR> Zone 2: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> If you are like me, and feel like you cook from Thanksgiving until Christmas, I bet your kitchen could use some extra attention. For today, I want you to clean the front of your upper cabinets. Get all the dust and food splatters. I would even go a little farther and spray the handles with disinfecting spray. Remember we are only wiping the fronts, so don't get side tracked and open them up and start rummaging through them. <BR> FlyLad... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 12:51:46 EST Monthly Habit: December – Pampering http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63170288 <BR> PamperingWelcome 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> <BR> “If you don’t take care of you who will?” ~ FlyLady <BR> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 12:48:27 EST Monthly Habit: November – Menu Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63003815 <BR> Menu PlanningIt’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... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:48:36 EST November 15 - 21:Zone 3: The Bathroom & 1 Extra Rm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x63003093 Zone 3: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week we are in Zone 3. This is the main bathroom and another room of your choice. We are gearing up for the holidays so let's make our extra room this month be the guest room. <BR> Your mission for today in the bathroom is to wipe down around the base and the back of the toilet. Grab a rag and some general purpose cleaner and wipe down the toilet from the bowl downward, the floor around the base and behind the base. <BR> <BR> Your ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:56:16 EST Monthly Habit November: Menu Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62975465 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> How are you coming along? Fri, 13 Nov 2015 22:26:03 EST November 8-14: Zone 2: Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62971774 The kitchen is the heart of our home. <BR> <BR> FLYBABIES: Focus on one little part — reclaim your kitchen sink. Empty everything out of your sink, shine it up, fill it with hot soapy water, and start washing dishes, one at a time. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ~Do a 27-Fling “Trash” Boogie. Trash is clutter. When the bag is full, take it outside, right away, to the trash bin. <BR> ~Clear out your mail hotspot. Get rid of the old magazines, catalogs, and advertisments. <BR> ~Clear the clutte... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 12:15:20 EST EOs Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x62915142 Hello there! I have been flying for years &amp; flying really saved me many moons ago. I used to post on the fly lady forums which are gone now. I've tried several diff forums to no avail. So I thought, hmmm maybe I can use sparkpeople... <BR> <BR> So here I am. Each night I used to write out my schedule &amp; my todo list. I really miss that &amp; would love to do that here if I can. It would actually be great to see a section for this sort of thing :) <BR> <BR> We recently moved &amp; thi... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 22:35:31 EST October 25 - 31, 2015: The Living Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62849408 <BR> Zone 5: Mission #1: Monday <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> On this rare occasion we are in Zone 5 for a full week! Let's take advantage of that and start with a 27 Fling Boogie. Grab your bag and put on some of your favorite music and start flinging. For those of you who are new to FlyLady a 27 Fling Boogie is where you get a bag, and go through the room and pick up 27 tings you no longer need or want. Today we will focus on trash, and getting it out of this zone. So, grab your bag and fl... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:58:05 EST October 11-17:Zone 3- Main Bathroom &Extra Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62724289 Zone 3: Mission #1 Monday <BR> <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> This week we are in Zone 3 and that is The Main Bathroom and an Extra Room! Since this month's habit is paper clutter, we are going to visit each zone and work on paper clutter for 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> For your mission today, wipe down the outside of your bath tub, toilet and cabinets. Don't forget the top of your medicine cabinet, and the part where the tub or cabinet meets the floor. <BR> <BR> For the extra room, let's start a... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:31:19 EST October 4 - 10, 2015: Zone 2: The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62676071 <BR> Zone 2 Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Take 15 minutes today to look at your kitchen floor. Does it need to be swept? Mopped? Sweep the floor, damp mop it and then...here is the big one, make sure that you wipe down the baseboards that surround the floor. These tend to get dusty and dirty, but are never seen. I will be wiping mine down today when I get home! <BR> Set your timer and do this quickly, don't be a perfectionist, just do it! Have fun! <BR> <BR> FlyLady Rebecc... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 11:38:27 EST Give WooHoo if you worked on Paper Clutter today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x62676003 Monthly Habit: October – Paper Clutter <BR> Paper ClutterIt’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! <BR> <BR> “You will have time for pleasure when the clutter is gone.” – FlyLady Tue, 6 Oct 2015 11:28:47 EST Monthly Habit: October – Paper Clutter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62619424 <BR> Paper ClutterIt’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! <BR> <BR> “You will have time for pleasure when the clutter is gone.” – FlyLady Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:15:18 EST Sept 27 - Oct 3: Zone 5/Living Rm & Zone 1/Entranc http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62619394 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 5 Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Today is our first day in the Living Room! This will be a short zone. Let's have a detailed vacuuming session. This means to vacuum the room, making sure to get up against the baseboards and to get under the furniture. Please be careful that you don't hurt yourself trying to move furniture. If it is too difficult to ... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:09:24 EST September 20 - 26: The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62560805 Zone 4: Mission #1 Monday <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't belong. If you don't have anything under your bed, then grab a vacuum cleaner or ... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:06:22 EST September 6 - 12, 2015: Zone 2: The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62452433 Zone 2: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Your mission for today should you choose to accept it: 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 co... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 17:29:02 EST WooHoo if you did Before Bed Routine Last Night? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x62405966 Before Bed Routine. September is the month we work on our Before Bed Routine. This is such a simple habit that makes our entire day run more smoothly. With just a few minutes each night, we can ensure that our mornings are happier and smoother. Check out FlyLady’s very own Before-Bed Routine below. <BR> <BR> <BR> “This is the most important routine of your whole day. It helps your morning start off on a less stressed foot.” – FlyLady <BR> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:44:02 EST Aug 30 - Sept 5, 2015: Living Room & Entrance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62397983 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 5: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> We are in Zone 5 for today only. Lets make the most of it and declutter for 15 minutes. If you have been with FlyLady for a while and have moved to the detailed cleaning in this area that is great! Go down the list and do what you can for 15 minutes. If you need a refresher go to the Zone 5 detailed cleaning list o... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 19:24:00 EST Monthly Habit: September – Before-bed Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62397967 <BR> Before Bed RoutineSeptember is the month we work on our Before Bed Routine. This is such a simple habit that makes our entire day run more smoothly. With just a few minutes each night, we can ensure that our mornings are happier and smoother. Check out FlyLady’s very own Before-Bed Routine below. <BR> <BR> <BR> “This is the most important routine of your whole day. It helps your morning start off on a less stressed foot.” – FlyLady <BR> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 19:21:11 EST August 23 - 29, 2015:Zone 4: The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62341731 <BR> <BR> Zone 4: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> Your mission for today is to grab a trash bag, set the timer and start tossing anything that is trash. Just toss toss toss. Sometimes we have hidden trash in our bedrooms, things that are disguising themselves as necessary items but really they are trash. Toss those magazines, the junk mail that has been tossed in a pile, the old perfumes that are never worn but still have a place on your dresser, the old clothes that are on the c... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:53:17 EST WooHoo if you did Laundry today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x62222310 LaundryOur habit for August is working on Laundry. If we can control our laundry by doing one load of laundry per day, laying our clothes out each night and getting dressed each morning becomes a simple habit to practice. Our habit this month is all about making our lives easier. So, join us in our new habit of doing one load of laundry each day. Check out the great info below. <BR> <BR> A load a day keeps CHAOS away! – FlyLady Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:22:22 EST August 9 - 15, 2015: Zone 2: The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62222078 Zone 2 Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are in the Kitchen this week and we are ready to Fly! <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. One of our members told me that she uses her kitchen trashcan as a bucket for the soapy water while mopping so her trash ca... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:48:57 EST Monthly Habit: August – Laundry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62165641 <BR> LaundryOur habit for August is working on Laundry. If we can control our laundry by doing one load of laundry per day, laying our clothes out each night and getting dressed each morning becomes a simple habit to practice. Our habit this month is all about making our lives easier. So, join us in our new habit of doing one load of laundry each day. Check out the great info below. <BR> <BR> A load a day keeps CHAOS away! – FlyLady Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:38:15 EST August 2 - 8, 2015: Zone 1: Entrance, Front Porch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62165626 Sneak Peek for the Week <BR> <BR> This week we are in Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> Zone 1: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> We are heading in to Zone 1 today, and that is the Entrance, Front Porch, and Dining Room. Grab your timer and declutter for 15 minutes. You pick the space that needs this Mission the most, but you have to stay in Zone 1. <BR> <BR> Zone 1: Mission #2 Tuesday <BR> Dear Firends, <BR> <BR> Today it is time for a Super Fling ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:36:51 EST July 26 - August 1, 2015: Zones 5 & 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62111712 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> July Habit: Swish & Swipe <BR> August Habit: Laundry <BR> <BR> Zone 5 Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> It is our first day in the Living Room! Lets take 10 minutes to blast through any hotspots that are around. Get that stuff tossed out or put away! If ten minutes is not enough, you van go for round two if you would like to and you have the time! Don't ge... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:47:33 EST July 19 - 25, 2015: Zone 4: The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x62055794 Zone 4 Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are going to have some fun in the bedroom today! You are going to do a 27 fling boogie in the bedroom for a mission today, but we want you to look for those UFO'S and tell us about them! <BR> What is a UFO? Anything that is the Ugliest, Funniest, and Oldest that you are going to fling today! <BR> <BR> Send your UFO's to flylady@flylady.net, please make sure to put UFO in the subject line. <BR> Have fun! <BR> <BR> Love and Blessings, ... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:13:31 EST July 12 - 18, 2015: Zone 3: The Bathroom and One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61998873 Zone 3 Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Bathroom! Your mission is to grab a trash bag and do a 27 fling boogie in the bathroom!! For those of you that are new to us here at FlyLady, here is an explanation of a 27 fling boogie: <BR> This is a tool to help you declutter your home. Do this assignment as fast as you can. Take a garbage bag and walk through your home and throw away 27 items. Do not stop until you have collected all 27 items. Then close the ga... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:04:24 EST Monthly Habit July - Swish & Swipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61950054 What does Swish and Swipe Mean? <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> As part of my morning routine I clean my bathroom. Now this is not the crisis cleaning because company is coming and you have not touched the bathroom in months. This is a daily maintenance that keeps it company ready all the time! I know many of you don’t think that this needs to be done but I assure you that you deserve to clean and fresh smelling bathroom all the time too. <BR> <BR> It don’t take much time to do this either. Th... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 11:21:46 EST July 5 - 11, 2015: Zone 2 The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61949998 Zone 2: Mission #1 Monday <BR> 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> Anything that you do ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 11:14:04 EST June 28-July 4:Zone 5/Living Rm & Zone 1/Entrance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61899699 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> June Habit: Drinking Water <BR> July Habit: Swish & Swipe <BR> <BR> Zone 5: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week, we are in Zone 5, the Living Room for two days. 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... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 12:22:28 EST June 21 - 27, 2015: Zone 4: The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61822242 Zone 4: Mission #1 Monday <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't belong. If you don't have anything under your bed, then grab a vacuum cleaner or b... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:25:38 EST June 14 - 20, 2015: Zone 3: Bathroom & Extra Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61766755 <BR> Zone 3: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> We are in the Zone 3 which is the main bathroom and another room in the house. This week that other room will be the Laundry Room. We told you last week that we are going to focus on Laundry and going after the laundry room will be part of our zone missions. <BR> The bathroom: Today we are going to focus on our least favorite job in the bathroom. You may have to bring out the heavy guns for this one. We are going clean around the b... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:46:22 EST Monthly Habit: June – Drinking Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61706456 <BR> Drinking WaterWelcome to the month of June and to a brand new habit. This month, we are going to work on Drinking Water. With the hot summer months upon us, now is a great time to start the habit of hydrating and re-hydrating. <BR> <BR> This is one simple way to love yourself. Take the time to drink your water. If you don’t, who will take care of you? – FlyLady Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:46:49 EST Week June 7-13, 2015: Zone 2: The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61706443 <BR> Zone 2 Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are in the kitchen this week! <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! <B... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:44:57 EST Did you Shine Your Sink Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x61590363 FLYing Lesson: Shining Your Sink <BR> This is your first household chore. Many of you can’t understand why I want you to empty your sink of your dirty dishes and clean and shine it when there is so much more to do. It is so simple; I want you to have a sense of accomplishment! You have struggled for years with a cluttered home and you are so beaten down. I just want to put a smile on your face. When you get up the next morning, your sink will greet you, and a smile will come across your lovel... Tue, 26 May 2015 10:41:48 EST Did you De-Clutter today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x61590257 Declutter 15 Minutes a Day <BR> Your home is filled with clutter of all shapes and sizes. This is why you are unable to keep it clean — you have too much stuff! All we ask is that you set a timer and spend 15 minutes a day decluttering. That’s it. Anyone can do anything for only 15 minutes, even if you have to break it down into five-minute segments. These are the five tools we give you to help you declutter and also make it fun for you! When you get the e-mail reminders/checklists from FlyLa... Tue, 26 May 2015 10:32:11 EST Two Emoticon Change One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x61590228 <em>236</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 26 May 2015 10:28:19 EST Show How You Feel Today With an Emoticon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x61589891 <em>250</em> Tue, 26 May 2015 09:50:56 EST May 24 - 30, 2015: Zone 5: The Living Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61589754 <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... Tue, 26 May 2015 09:34:58 EST Ways to Get More Out of Your Day from SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x61540772 Do you always feel pressed for time? If so, you are certainly not alone. Last October, millions of Americans participated in the first annual “Take Back Your Time Day,” a project of the Center for Religion, Ethics and Social Policy at Cornell University. The idea arose as a way to make the public aware of the “epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine” in our society. <BR> <BR> Lack of time can be detrimental to our physical, emotional and spiritual health. When we are pressed fo... Wed, 20 May 2015 12:03:22 EST May 17 - 23, 2015: Zone 4: The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61523976 Zone 4: Mission #1 Monday <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't belong. If you don't have anything under your bed, then grab a vacuum cleaner or ... Mon, 18 May 2015 16:50:54 EST From SP Fitting Healthy Habits Into Your BusyLife http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x61479002 There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you need to do. And it can feel like an added stressor when you are trying to integrate healthy habits into your already hectic schedule. But if you make time for healthy habits, you’ll find yourself with extra reserves of energy that will lower your stress and help you get through life’s challenges. <BR> <BR> Here are a few things you can start doing right now to make healthy habits a relatively painless part of ... Wed, 13 May 2015 12:41:02 EST Tips for those who hate to exercise from SPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x61477697 Are you the type of person who hates to exercise? You're not alone! If your motivation (or creativity) is lacking, try some of these workout ideas from SparkPeople members like you. They're simple, accessible and fun—you'll never dread another workout again! Wed, 13 May 2015 10:07:57 EST 5-Minute Decluttering Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x61477380 18 Five-Minute Decluttering Tips to Start Conquering Your Mess <BR> “Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein <BR> Wed, 13 May 2015 09:44:15 EST May 10 - 16, 2015: Bathroom & One Extra Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61472052 <BR> Zone 3: Mission #1: Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This is one of my favorite missions! <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 you have not used in the past year! <BR> <BR> Grab a trash bag and start tossing. Don't hold onto something because you "might" use it, or becau... Tue, 12 May 2015 18:06:36 EST Monthly Habit: May – Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61400196 Moving <BR> <BR> It’s May, and that means it’s time to get moving! Each May we practice the habit of getting our bodies used to a few minutes of daily loving movement. This could be walking, running, dancing, etc. Whatever you do, make it fun and it will get done! Here is some great information to help you get started: <BR> <BR> In Honor of our habit, we will be taking a virtual walking tour of several beautiful educational locations across the globe! We will be exercising our bodies and ou... Mon, 4 May 2015 15:28:22 EST May 3 - 9, 2015: Zone 2: The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61400184 <BR> Zone 2: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Your mission for today should you choose to accept it: 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 ... Mon, 4 May 2015 15:27:13 EST April 26, 2015 - May 2, 2015:Living Room&Entrance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61345254 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> April Habit: Making Your Bed <BR> May Habit: Moving <BR> <BR> Zone 5: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are only in Zone 5 for four days this week. Take time today to put out any major hotspots in your living room. Put out those fires before they really start to flare up! <BR> <BR> Zone 5: Mission #2 Tuesday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> For today you ... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:53:44 EST Sharon: Declutter here, there and everywhere! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x61291550 Hi my name is Sharon. <BR> <BR> Declutter here, there and everywhere, especially my kitchen and bathroom!! <BR> <BR> My sink gets shined at night. However, after 10 PM my husband raids the refrigerator and fills the sink back up. Again after breakfast it gets shined. Keeping my kitchen clean is a 24/7 job for me. If I don't clean it up, no one else does. <BR> <BR> My husband is not neat! He leaves his things where ever he last used them. Also, he never finishes what he starts...this dri... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:48:40 EST Lauren'sQues st-DeClutter My Life & Enjoy My World http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x61281981 I am a perfectionist. I have trouble when things are out of place. I got married and I married Oscar to my being Felix. When things would be out of place or I would see messes I would actually hyperventilate because it caused me so much stress. <BR> My friend helped my to "breath" through it when I couldn't clean the messes right away. I had some hospice cats and have been working 2-3 jobs; being gone from 7:30am till after 12 midnight. <BR> The house is a horror inside and out, BUT it ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:18:17 EST Monthly Habit: April – Making Your Bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61275272 <BR> Making Your BedWelcome to April! It’s a brand new month and that means it’s time for a brand new habit. This month, we are concentrating on Making Your Bed. This one small step makes a huge difference in the look and feel of your room. Here’s some great information from FlyLady to get you started. <BR> <BR> Your bed in the bedroom is what the sink is to your kitchen. – FlyLady Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:58:48 EST April 19 - 25, 2015: Zone 4: The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61275257 Zone 4 Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Let's clear out the clutter of dust and cobwebs! <BR> Your mission for today is to look up, and get rid of the cobwebs and dusties that are hanging in the balance. Look not only at the ceilings but at the walls as well. If you have a ceiling fan in your bedroom then dust that too! Look on the window frames, the curtains and the tops of door jams and doors. <BR> <BR> Your Bedroom should be a place of peacefulness and tranquility. You will... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:57:14 EST March 29 - April 4, 2015 Living Room & Entrance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61077863 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> March Habit: Getting Dressed to Shoes <BR> April Habit: Making Your Bed <BR> <BR> Zone 5: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week, we are in Zone 5, the Living Room/Family Room for two days. <BR> 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... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:42:35 EST March 22 - 28, 2015: Zone 4 - The Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x61013664 Zone 4: Mission #1 Monday <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't belong. If you don't have anything under your bed, then grab a vacuum cleaner or broom and get the... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:08:50 EST March 15 - 21: Zone 3: The Bathroom and One Extra http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60947728 Zone 3 Misson #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> This week we are in the Bathroom! Your mission is to grab a trash bag and do a 27 fling boogie in the bathroom!! For those of you that are new to us here at FlyLady, here is an explanation of a 27 fling boogie: <BR> This is a tool to help you declutter your home. Do this assignment as fast as you can. Take a garbage bag and walk through your home and throw away 27 items. Do not stop until you have collected all 27 items. Then close the gar... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:29:15 EST My Success as a FlyBaby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60946629 When I was ill my husband and daughter agreed to take care of the house. I cannot believe that a grown man and a 14 year old cannot clean up. Here is what my kitchen looked like after two days of their kitchen duty: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l415698000.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now that I am feeling better, this is how my kitchen looks today: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2043385604.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As you can see, I have an old f... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:35:31 EST March 8 - 14, 2015: Zone 2: The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60882270 This week we are in Zone 2: The Kitchen <BR> <BR> Zone 2: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> Your mission for today is to Scrub down your counter tops,and I don't mean to just wipe a rag across them. You should 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 j... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 12:29:30 EST Monthly Habit: March – Getting dressed to shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60814063 <BR> Getting Dressed to ShoesMarch is here, and you know what that means — it’s time to practice a new habit. This month, we are going to work on getting dressed to shoes. This is such an important part of our day. If we aren’t dressed to shoes, we can’t face whatever our day might throw at us! Here’s some great information from FlyLady to help get us started. <BR> <BR> With shoes on those feet of yours, your mind says, “Okay, it’s time to go to work.” – FlyLady Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:47:20 EST March 1 - 7: Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60814054 Zone 1: Mission #1 Monday <BR> Dear Friends: <BR> <BR> We are in Zone 1 this week, that is the Front Porch, the Entrance area and the Dining Room. <BR> Today you are to sweep your front porch area around your front door. nShake out your welcome mats and wipe down your front door. This makes a huge difference in how your home looks. We have a tendency to neglect this area and yet it is the first thing that people see when they come to your home. <BR> <BR> Spend 15 minutes taking care of this... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:46:32 EST February 22-28: Zones 4 - Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60746853 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60677551 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x60659824 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x60659745 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 Body Clutter - from the book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x60658691 If you feel the need to add another fad diet book to your collection, don't buy this book. Body Clutter, by Marla Cilley and Leanne Ely, is not another fad diet. In fact, it's not exactly a "diet" book at all. Compared to typical diet books, this book is notable for what you won't find: recipes, menus, calorie lists, fat gram counters, or rigid plans that trash entire food groups. What you will find is a motivational pep talk, delivered in a gentle manner, that's intended to help you recogniz... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:04:16 EST February Habit: Decluttering 15 minutes a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60609953 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60609932 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60485713 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60421428 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x60386126 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x60332565 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x60331167 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60306967 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x60293977 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60222018 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x60218871 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60145749 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60145717 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 15 Minutes of Loving Movement (exercise) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x60119586 Daily we need to practice the habit of getting our bodies used to a few minutes of daily loving movement. This could be walking, running, dancing, etc. Whatever you do, make it fun and it will get done! <BR> <BR> So what tell us what you did for your 15 minutes of loving movement! <BR> <BR> A little moving will energize you and you will feel better! – FlyLady Fri, 26 Dec 2014 12:04:32 EST What would you like for us to know about you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x60119000 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 31 Beginner BabySteps - Are you ready to start? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x60118574 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 maintaining ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 10:01:12 EST Dec 14-20 Zone 3: The Main Bathroom & Another Rm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x60030996 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59980034 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59916372 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59916356 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59849631 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59798015 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x59742923 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59721348 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x59673676 I will do better tomorrow! Wed, 5 Nov 2014 14:20:14 EST Zone 2 - The Kitchen: November 2 - 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59650937 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59650907 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59512921 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59387622 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59387590 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59387580 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x59387547 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x59387484 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x59387459 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x59387438 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 .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x59386893 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 What did you do for yourself today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x59331100 FLYlady says Finally Love Yourself.... I have been feeling overwhelmed by my clutter, beating myself up, and eating for comfort. Oh, yes the only thing that gets accomplished has been to gain weight! Doing FLY LADY'S baby steps have helped me to start feeling good about my house and wanting to take care of me! To lose weight and exercise! Thu, 2 Oct 2014 05:02:13 EST How did you make cleaning fun? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x59331077 FLYlady talks about making cleaning fun. I don't feel it! Just work, but it feels good when it gets done! Maybe others can share how they make cleaning fun! Thu, 2 Oct 2014 04:51:25 EST im back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x58781691 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x58417666 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x56281253 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x54918908 <em>235</em> <em>213</em> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:07:00 EST Fall 2013 Challenge - Getting Ready for Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x54873589 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x54750232 8000 steps Mon, 2 Sep 2013 09:58:18 EST Spetember 2013 Declutter Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x54736407 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x54676940 <em>244</em> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:33:36 EST Did you read a member's blog today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x54676910 <em>244</em> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:31:04 EST What did you do in this week's zone today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x54618431 I worked on the book shelf in the bedroom. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:00:30 EST Did you huddle today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x54444223 <em>244</em> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 09:57:54 EST COUNT UP BY TEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x54382792 12 Sat, 3 Aug 2013 16:43:11 EST DID YOU GET YOUR CARDIO IN TODAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x54382785 <em>224</em> Sat, 3 Aug 2013 16:42:38 EST DID YOU GET A WALK IN TODAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x54382781 <em>224</em> Sat, 3 Aug 2013 16:42:07 EST LOG IN POINTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26658x1168x54382776 7/7 Sat, 3 Aug 2013 16:41:31 EST What did you get rid of this week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x54378866 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x54366669 I went through two drawers in my dresser. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 10:00:38 EST New to FlyLady and Flybabies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x54351822 I'm Patty. I live in a suburb of Detroit and have two daughters. Sarah lives in Huntsville, AL and Sherry lives in Halifax, NS. I'm hoping they move home soon and have babies. <BR> <BR> I finally checked out FlyLady about a week and a half ago and liked what I saw. I've been a Sparker for three years now and think it's great that we have Flylady teams. I'm anxious to get the place in shape. It's actually my daughter's condo that I am renting: two bedrooms and a laundry room with the ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 09:10:22 EST Well, I am here, and that's what counts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x53960816 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x53959702 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x53515071 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x49040448 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x45233771 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x44051124 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x44022297 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!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x43966650 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x43388926 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x43273144 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x43097863 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x42384419 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x42084526 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x41874510 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x41874323 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x40525198 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x40460943 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x38835482 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x38469457 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x38039029 Sunday - 5 Sat, 20 Nov 2010 17:26:11 EST TIPSTICK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x37974760 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x37874455 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x37442146 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x37135693 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x36182329 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 The Tea Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x36162263 This is the place to come, grab a cup of tea, relax and have a chat or two. Check in daily or whenever you can to catch up on the latest news, ask questions or offer advice. <BR> <BR> This is a hard journey we've chosen, but we can get through it if we hold each other up. <BR> <BR> So, come on in and place your order. Thu, 19 Aug 2010 23:37:45 EST Ring Around the World http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x36069910 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x34477043 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x34353408 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x34353289 Moved post to general discussion board. Mon, 24 May 2010 14:15:33 EST Hello from Ardsley, PA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x33907359 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x33287346 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x33286988 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x32967523 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x32789457 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x32446483 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" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x32031929 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x31800730 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!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x31791865 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x31486924 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x31332698 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x31157340 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x31142454 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x30967709 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x30957536 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x30915963 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 job....in 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x30708901 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x30513502 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x30444816 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x30216698 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x29876462 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x29681568 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x29677396 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x29650435 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x29439906 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x29369022 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x29339043 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 ...me!) <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x29282621 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x29236481 **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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x29150284 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x29030097 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x28911710 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x28849432 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12162x1168x28847729 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x28782590 ------------------------------------------<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x28759466 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x28754037 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12012x1168x28710154 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1168x28685099 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1168x28668501 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