SparkPeople Our Marriage, is it Fireproof? Team Messageboard A Threefold Cord is not easily broken. Is your Marriage {FIREPROOF}? Come and join us as we work on making sure our marriages, as well as our eating habits, are stable and secured. SparkPeople Our Marriage, is it Fireproof? Team Messageboard The Grass is Greener... I was reading a devotional for women the other day and one point really touched my heart. So often we hear or think that the grass is greener on the other side, or in another field or someplace I am sure you have heard... <BR> <BR> The truth is the grass is greenest where it is fed and watered. Are you feeding and watering your grass? Do you pray for your husband? Do you call him part way through the day and ask him how you can pray for him today? <BR> <BR> I have started this... it has... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 00:21:41 EST WHAT'S FOR DINNER? CHICKEN AND VEGGIES Mon, 10 Oct 2011 15:23:57 EST MY Rx TO KEEP ME MOTIVATED! GOD GAVE JOB ASSURANCE AS HE DOES US! <BR> <BR> I KNOW MY REDEEMER LIVES, AND THAT IN THE END HE WILL <BR> STAND UPON THE EARTH. JOB 19:25 <em>296</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> COME AND YOUR YOUR Rx. PG Mon, 12 Sep 2011 22:11:41 EST Three Wisdom Gems THREE WISDOM GEMS (for marriage) <BR> <BR> The first one is to remember that we are separate souls and spirits. Sometimes in close relationships we forget that everyone has a different way of looking at the world. Different belief systems and emotional responses to different circumstances. Honor the other in his or her uniqueness and allow each person the space to be who they are. <BR> <BR> The second gem is to keep one another on a pedestal. When your friend or partner falls from the pedes... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 19:38:55 EST PRAYER WALL, SHARE YOUR PRAYERS FATHER, I THANK YOU FOR WAKING ME UP THIS MORNING IN MY RIGHT MIND. <BR> A MIND TO WANT OT GIVE YOU ALL THE GLORY AND PRAISE. LORD FORGIVE <BR> US IF WE HAVE GOTTEN OFF TRACK AND HELP US TO LOOK TO YOU AND <BR> KEEP THE WORD FLOWING DOWN ON THE INSIDE! LORD I THANK YOU FOR <BR> STRENGTHENING US ALL. BLESS OUR MARRIAGES AND KEEP US REALIZING <BR> JUST HOW BLESS WE ARE IN YOU. IT IS IN JESUS NAME I PRAY AMEN! <BR> <BR> <em>459</em> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:14:11 EST LET'S KEEP ANITA MOVING! ANITA IS OUR MOTIVATION BRIDE, THIS HELPS US TO REALIZE THAT MARRIAGE IS <BR> WORK AND WE HAVE TO KEEP THE LORD BEFORE US SO THAT WE CAN FIREPROOF <BR> OUR MARRIAGE. PG <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>336</em> Wed, 6 Jul 2011 12:11:33 EST HEY, WHY DID YOU GET MARRIED? I GOT MARRIED BECAUSE I LOVE BEING MARRIED. Wed, 6 Jul 2011 12:06:36 EST TEAM PRAYER, AND PRAYER REQUESTS ONLY! FATHER, THANK YOUR FOR OUR TEAM, LORD I ASK THAT YOU BLESS EACH ONE OF US. STRENGTHEN US WHERE WE ARE WEAK. AND LORD HELP US IN OUR MARRIAGES.HELP US LORD TO REMEMBER THAT LOVE COVERS FAULTS AND TO KNOW WHO WE ARE IN YOU. FATHER I BIND SATAN AND HIS LIES. AND I KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK OUT FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE WHO LOVES YOU AND RE CALLED <BR> ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE. THANK YOU LORD FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR US. <BR> FATHER WE GIVE YOU PRAISE AD GLORY. IT IS IN JESUS NAME I DO PRAY AMEN... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 12:04:38 EST WHAT WILL YOU DO TODAY? ONE THING IS TO PRAY FOR OUR TEAM, <BR> MAKE SURE I DRINK MY WATER. <BR> MAKE SURE TO ENCOURAGE SOMEONE <BR> TODAY. PG Wed, 6 Jul 2011 11:56:53 EST ALL PRAYER REQUEST HERE! PLACE ALL PRAYER REQUEST HERE. Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:33:48 EST ALL PRAYER REQUEST (HERE) ONLY PLACE ALL PRAYER REQUEST HERE Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:31:41 EST THE LOVE DARE (40) DAYS JOURENY I WILL BE PLACING 40 DAYS OF LOVE DARES TO FOLLOW <BR> EACH DAY. I HAVE A SET OF LOVE DARE CARDS SO JOIN <BR> ME AS WE TAKE THIS JOURNEY EACH DAY TO MAKE SURE <BR> OUR MARRIAGE IS FIREPROOF! PG <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> DARE 1 <BR> <BR> THE FIRST PART OF THIS DARE IS SIMPLE. <BR> ALTHOUGH LOVE IS COMMUNICATED IN <BR> A NUMBER OF WAYS, OUR WORDS OFTEN <BR> REFLECT THE CONDITION OF OUR HEARTS. <BR> FOR THE NEXT DAY, RESOLVE TO DEMONSTRATE <BR> PATIENCE A... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:28:00 EST MOMENTS WITH YOU! Wednesday, June 01, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> JUNE 1 <BR> <BR> Scriptures on Standby <BR> <BR> But his delight is in the law of the LORD. . . . He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water. PSALM 1:2-3 <BR> <BR> As our children grew up, Barbara and I decided that we would “embed” Scriptures in our children’s lives. We did this so that they would know how to make right choices in tempting circumstances. God’s Word has a way of bearing fruit at just the right time, pro... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 09:30:36 EST BIBLE PROMISES JUST FOR YOU! ATTITUDE <BR> <BR> BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS, <BR> AND DO THE WORK. DON'T BE <BR> AFRAID OR DISCOURAGE, FOR <BR> THE LORD GOD...IS WITH YOU. <BR> HE WILL SEE TO IT THAT ALL <BR> THE WORK... OF THE LORD IS <BR> FINISHED CORRECTLY. <BR> <BR> 1 CORINTHIANS 15:58 <em>296</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> JUST ME PG <em>43</em> Mon, 30 May 2011 14:35:41 EST Lets keep Ted Moving Along! <em>338</em> Sat, 28 May 2011 16:06:59 EST please pray formy son hey all my son Jordan woke up this morning with what I thought was the stomach flu, after he took a shower he said his foot felt tingly, it has been that way all day, he is 20 years old, I got on webmd, and the worst thing I could find was ms! so needless to say it scared me! I a out of town working so the earliest we can take him to the drs is thursday, please pray its not serious! thank you! Tue, 17 May 2011 22:35:58 EST WHAT ARE YOU READING (SHARING TIME) i HAVE JUST STARTED READING LOVE ON A DIME <BR> BY CARA JAMES <BR> <BR> I JUST GOT THROUGH WITH WALKER'S WEDDING <BR> BY LORI COPELAND <BR> <BR> IT IS ABOUT WALKER MCKAY WHO IS DETERMINED <BR> NEVER TO MARRY OR LET ANOTHER WOMAN GET <BR> CLOSE TO HIS HEART BECAUSE THE LADY HE WAS <BR> ABOUT TO MARRIED RAN OFF WITH SOME ONE ELSE <BR> <BR> sARAH LIVINGSTON WANTS TO BE MARRIED, BUT <BR> ALL OF THE MEN WANTS HER FOR THE FAMILY <BR> FORTUNE. SO SHE LEAVES HER HOME AND <BR> MEETS A YOUNG LA... Wed, 11 May 2011 13:14:44 EST WHY DID I GET MARRIED? (Sharing somethning new) COME AND SHARE WITH US ON WHY DID I GET MARRIED. <BR> <BR> ONE OF THINGS THAT I GOT MARRIED WAS AND STILL IS <BR> GOD BROUGHT MY HUSBAND AND I TOGETHER AND <BR> WHEN I ALLOWED THE HOLY SPIRIT TO DIRECT ME, <BR> ALL THINGS FELL IN PLACE. PG <em>43</em> Wed, 11 May 2011 13:02:50 EST DON'T FORGET TO SPIN! 2 <em>347</em> Tue, 3 May 2011 20:05:39 EST A POSITIVE ATTITUDE! I WILL SPEAK POSITIVE AND OF THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD! PG <em>224</em> Sat, 16 Apr 2011 12:52:09 EST THE LOVE DARE LOVE IS PATIENT <BR> <BR> BE COMPLETELY HUMBLE AND GENTLE; BE PATIENT, <BR> BEARING WITH ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE. <BR> EPHESIANS 4:2 NIV <em>296</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> LOVE WORKS. LOVE IS BUILT ON TWO PILLARS THAT BEST <BR> DEFINES WHAT IT IS. THEY ARE PATIENCE AND KINDNESS. <BR> <BR> SO YOUR DARE BEGINS WITH PATIENCE. LOVE ALWAYS <BR> INSPIRES YOU TO BECOME A PATIENCE PERSON. SO <BR> FOR THE NEXT DAY RESOLVE TO DEMONSTRATE <BR> PATIENCE AND DO NOT SAY ANYTHING NEGATIVE TO YOUR <... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 12:49:37 EST What is Gods plan/purpose for marriage? Please give your thoughts... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 09:54:17 EST WHAT ARE YOU READING! TELL US WHAT YOU ARE READING. <BR> <BR> I JUST GOT THROUGH READING SOON AND VERY SOON <BR> BY SHERRYLE KISER JACKSON AND IT WAS ABOUT A <BR> HUSBAND AND WIFE HAD JUST GOTTEN MARRIED AND <BR> THE LORD TOLD THAT TO COMBINED BOTH OF THE <BR> MINISTRIES TOGETHER I TELL YOU THEY WHET THROUGH <BR> SOME THINGS BUT THE LORD'S WILL PRESSED ON FORWARD! <BR> <BR> SO HOW ABOUT YOU? Wed, 23 Mar 2011 16:00:12 EST 1st of the Month Weigh-In! We are at the end of Feb. so as let's weigh in and see how we are doing! <em>192</em> Sun, 27 Feb 2011 14:41:43 EST How many Minutes? (Ridding Bike) Challenge! I rod my bike for 15 min ya! Sun, 27 Feb 2011 14:23:44 EST Join me in Prayer or if you have a Prayer Request. FATHER I THANK YOU FOR LIFE THIS DAY. LORD, YOU KNOW WE NEED YOU HELP IN MANAGING OUR WEIGHT SO THAT WE CAN BRING YOU GLORY. STRENGTHEN US AND KEEP OUR FOCUS ON YO SO THAT WE CAN ENCOURAGE OUR SPOUSES AND KIDS. <BR> IT IS IN JESUS NAME I DO PRAY AMEN. Sun, 27 Feb 2011 13:35:24 EST Speak the Word in and Over You and Your Famly! this is Speak the Word over you ad your Family. The word of God is quick and Powerful. <BR> we have to speak in and over our spouse and our children. The Bible says I shall not died but live and declare the works of the Lord. I speak life over my husband now, over my son and my spiritual daughter now in the name of Jesus. <BR> <BR> Ps. 118:17 <em>296</em> <BR> <BR> join me and speak a word over your Family! <BR> <BR> just me PG <em>43</em> Sun, 27 Feb 2011 13:31:11 EST Any one Like to Dance? Well Get up! Hey I did Belly Dance today! 30 min PG <BR> Come and join me. PG <em>224</em> Sun, 27 Feb 2011 13:13:16 EST Did you get up amd Move Today? Challenge Danced around why I got ready for Church. (smile) PG <em>224</em> Sun, 27 Feb 2011 13:09:51 EST Married and Thankful, having Rought Time. Hey everyone, I am married and thankful God is truly blessing us. I don't care what we go through we are in this together and I Just give God all the Praise. PG <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> What about you and How are you. Sun, 27 Feb 2011 12:58:41 EST LET US TAKE THE TIME TO SAY WE CARE! HEY EVERY ONE JUST STOPPING IN TO BLESS THE TEAM I PRAY EVERYONE HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND KNOW THAT YOU ARE SPECIAL THE MIN. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 15:55:43 EST WHAT MISSION ARE YOU ON? I AM ON THE MISSION OF SPEAKING POSITIVE TO MY HUSBAND! <BR> JUST ME THE MIN <em>224</em> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 15:50:46 EST NEED HELP, OR YOU NEED TO VENT (THIS IS THE PLACE) PRAISE THE LORD EVERYBODY!, SOMETIMES WE NEED TO GET SOME THINGS OFF OUR MINDS OR JUST NEED SOME ENCOURAGEMENT. THIS IS THE PLACE. <BR> <BR> FOR ME SOMETIMES I GET A LITTLE UPSET WITH MYSELF WHEN I SEE THAT MY WEIGHT IS AT A STAND STILL, BUT I KNOW THAT THIS IS A ONE DAY AT A TIME. <BR> COME AND JOIN ME. THE MIN <em>43</em> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 15:49:00 EST LET'S WORKOUT TOGETHER! (CHALLENGE) I HAVE STARTED BACK WITH MY TAP DANCING AND ALSO BALLET WITH A LITTLE BELLY DANCING. THE LORD HAS BLESS ME TO HIS GLORY. SOMETIMES I BE IN PAIN SO I HAVE TO DO A LITTLE OF THINGS AT A TIME. SO WHAT ABOUT YOU <BR> <BR> TODAY IS MY OFF DAY. THE MIN <em>246</em> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 20:16:45 EST HAVE YOU BLESSED YOUR SPOUSE LATELY? WE NEED TO TAKE THE TIME AND BLESS ECAH OTHER IN MARRIAGES. <BR> <BR> I TOLD MY HUSBAND I LOVE HIM AND I APPRECIATE HIM. <BR> WE HAVE TO AFFIRM OUR HUSBANDS THAT'S IN THE WORD! <BR> <BR> JSUT ME THE MIN <em>43</em> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 17:53:10 EST help me! Help me! I'm so frustrated. I'm been working so hard at eating the right things and working out and there has been next to no movement on the scale. I've been at this for weeks now and all I've lost is a pound. My motivation is starting to slip now. Does anyone have any suggestions? Mon, 19 Jul 2010 09:15:45 EST Cut the cost...not the romance... I'm trying to get some ideas together regarding low cost/free romantic/quailty time outtings. I will soon have to quit my job to complete my student teaching and we are looking for low cost ways to keep the romance during this stressful time in our lives. Night-in or night-out...all ideas are welcome:) Sat, 3 Jul 2010 17:17:40 EST TurboFire is available Now !! Hi there - <BR> <BR> Here is video explaining it: <BR><BR>rbogaldawn?bctid=95745939001 <BR> <BR> Here is the basic infor on TurboFire: <BR> TurboFire is the intense new cardio conditioning program from fitness innovator Chalene Johnson. She'll help you get leaner with exercises that burn up to 9x more fat and calories than regular cardio does. And with more than 20 smoking-hot music remixes, TurboFire will pick you up and push you past your limits. ... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 20:57:22 EST Interesting sex article This couple tried to have sex every day for a month. Very interesting read.<BR>1269063/Could-make-love-day-month-This<BR>-couple-tried--did-marriage.html Tue, 27 Apr 2010 22:09:26 EST Just a little note... I've been thinking a lot about how I want to make a difference on the inside and out. I am working hard to reach my goals. I can't help but be grateful for my husband who continues to be encouraging through my rough days. I bought him a little thank you card today. Will anyone join me in thanking their wonderful husbands for loving us through it all? Tue, 4 Aug 2009 17:36:26 EST (Un)Healthy Hubby I have been working hard these last two weeks and sticking, for the most part, to all of my goals. I am slowly making changes. My frustration is coming from having a husband who does not share in the motivation. He knows and understands that we both need to be healthier but he is not putting for the effort. Any suggestions on how to motivate the stubborn loves in our lives? Sun, 2 Aug 2009 16:15:18 EST New to the team Hello everyone. I will be married a year in October. I have to make some changes. I have gained around 12lbs since I got married and I cannot allow it to continue. Besides that, my husband could use a little widdling around the waist. I have to make changes for myself before I can expect him to. I'm really looking forward to contributing to this group. Tue, 28 Jul 2009 20:14:44 EST DVDs that need a New Home Hi! <BR> <BR> Here's a list of DVDs I am looking to get rid of. If interested, Spark Mail Me. <BR> <BR> <BR> DVD List <BR> <BR> The Firm: <BR> Upper Body Sculpt <BR> Super Cardio Sculpt <BR> Total Muscle Shaping <BR> Lower Body Sculpt I <BR> Lower Body Sculpt II <BR> Maximum Cardio Burn plus Abs <BR> Cardio Sculpt <BR> Ab Sculpt <BR> Complete Body Sculpting <BR> Fat Blasting Cardio <BR> Advanced Cardio Blast <BR> <BR> Other Titles: <BR> High Intensity Step Mix <BR> High Intensity Step ... Sun, 19 Jul 2009 17:41:11 EST Pilate's I recently bought a Pilate's kit. I really like the DVD that came with but when I log in my stuff into spark I'm really not sure where I should put it. The cardio section has a place for it but it seems more strength training to me (killer ab workout). I really didn't get a major increase in my heartrate and for 20 minutes of Pilate's it only burns like 40 calories. <BR> Does anyone else do Pilate's? How or where do you log it in? <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Jun 2009 20:50:13 EST Suggestion on Storing Veggies Hey All: I have come to realize this morning that I really like scrambled eggs with veggies! I made two eggs with bell peppers, onion, and tomato! It was delish - downfall - during the week I do not have time to dice all those veggies for a great breakfast. <BR> <BR> Anyone pre dice veggies in this group? If so, what is a good way to store them? I am thinking just putting the diced veggies in a Tupperware container should work well right? <BR> <BR> Suggestions and ideas are always wel... Sun, 31 May 2009 09:34:32 EST FDA Recalls diet pill Hydroxycut!!! <link><BR>e_me/us_med_diet_pill_recall </link> <BR> <BR> Seems it causes liver damage and other harm to the body. This is just another reason to not take diet pills! Is losing 20+ lbs really worth killing your body? Fri, 1 May 2009 12:39:49 EST Exercise Myths: 6 Ab Mistakes Exercise Myths: 6 Ab Mistakes That Are Holding You Back partner <BR> by Marie Claire, on Fri Apr 24, 2009 <BR> <BR> 1. Myth: To get rock-hard, you have to work your abs every day. <BR> Why: Abs need rest and recovery: It's only during rest that your muscles build. "Three to five days a week of consistent, dedicated abdominal training should get you strong, sleek abs," says Kathy Kaehler, trainer and author of Kathy Kaehler's Celebrity Workouts. <BR> <BR> 2. Myth: A good ab workout takes ha... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 14:40:18 EST Acai Berry side effects?? Check out this article it's pretty interesting. <BR> <link><BR>Berry-Side-Effects&id=1564390 </link> Sun, 26 Apr 2009 16:40:52 EST Easy Quick Breakfast Ideas Hey everyone - after being in a funk I am starting to go back to the gym in the morning before work. This means I will be leaving my house at about 5:30am. What are some good breakfast ideas that are healthy and fast. I won't be going home after the gym so it is something that has to come with me. I have been stopping at a local Bagel place which has to stop because that is NOT healthy! Any suggestions?? Fri, 24 Apr 2009 09:05:23 EST Favorite Exercise(s)? So what are your favorite exercises and/or DVDs? Wed, 22 Apr 2009 16:20:51 EST Get more sleep, lose weight! I just came across a really interesting article that talks about a study done with women to determine the effects of increased sleep on health and weight loss. The women were told to get at least 7.5 hours each night for 10 weeks but make no other major changes to their lifestyles. At the end of the 10 weeks, many of them lost weight and even inches because of the study! Here's a link to the article: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> How much sleep do you get e... Fri, 17 Apr 2009 12:19:01 EST New Here... I'm new here...Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm 26 years old and I've done the whole Spark People thing before but this time it's serious! Seriously! haha...Anyhow, I'm married and have been for a little over a year and a half. My husband is a chef, his name is Jamie. We are trying to get healthy and lose weight together and before we have children. But I want to get healthy again and lose weight so that my husband looks at me the same way he did when we were dating. Tue, 7 Apr 2009 19:57:10 EST Dieters gain more weight during pregnancy! Read this article if you are thinking about starting a family or adding to yours! <BR> <BR> I also read about this in another magazine yesturday. The article stated that the sooner your became pregnant after losing weight/being in a calorie deficit, the higher % of your weight was gained back. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eters-gain-more-weight-during-pregnancy/ </link> Fri, 13 Mar 2009 13:03:24 EST Look what my husband got me!!! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> He had someone make me the "hug". I fell in love with this commercial and it's just too cute! Thu, 12 Mar 2009 13:03:18 EST New SP Feature: Friend Feed I just read about this and thought I would share it with the team. Starting next Monday, March 16, SP will have what's called a Friend Feed. It will publish little blurbs about your activity on the site (posting, giving goodies, new blog posts, etc.). You can opt out of it if you want. Here's a link to the article: <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1288 </link> <BR> <BR> What do you think? I like the idea! It reminds me of facebook, which I'm addicted... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 12:37:12 EST Sodium I'm having a hard time keeping my sodium levels down. I've cut my salt intake but it really hasn't made much of a difference. Does anyone else have this problem? Any suggestion? Thu, 5 Mar 2009 10:43:25 EST Book suggestions?? Has anyone read a book that has helped your marriage in some way? If so, would you mind sharing the title/author? Mon, 2 Mar 2009 22:49:16 EST Finding your "Happy" Weight Here's an article that talks about how to find your "happy" weight! <BR> <BR> CAUTION: beware of the "happy" weight times your "ideal" weight at an extremely low weight, at least for me it did! It put me into an anorexic range. Literally, I would be around a size 2 or 0 at the weight is suggested. Other than that, the advice was good! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>post-what-is-my-ideal-weight-5-tips-fo<BR>r-finding-your-happy-weight-39... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 16:50:32 EST What made you smile today? So tell me, what made you smile today? <BR> <BR> Waking up realizing that my husband was laying next to me! I was expecting him to be gone before I got up as he had another convention to go to. It made me feel good knowing he was there. Sat, 21 Feb 2009 11:32:00 EST Recipe Portions This article caught my eye today as I got on the computer. I was shocked to see the changes in recipes over the years. It really is a good reminder of how much most people over eat! <BR> <BR> I wonder if I can get my hands on the 1930's edition of The Joy of Cooking <BR> <BR> <link><BR>al/20090217/Fat.Recipes/ </link> Tue, 17 Feb 2009 11:38:25 EST Happy Valentines Day Happy Valentines Day! What are everyone's plans? My hunny and I are going out to dinner then he's taking me bowling. Sat, 14 Feb 2009 08:39:13 EST The 11 Most Controversial Food Additives Wondering about high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil? Check out this list: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_11_Most_Controversial_Food_Additives/<BR>1_Acesulfame_Potassium_Acesulfame-K.php </link> <BR> <BR> Do you eat any foods with these additives? Has this list made you think twice? Thu, 12 Feb 2009 12:04:20 EST Manage & Lose weight without Dieting!!! Check out this article, it might help some of you, I know a few things sparked some thought for me! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>u/8766/the-easy-diet-trick-that-really<BR>-works/ </link> Tue, 10 Feb 2009 16:29:56 EST Fiber I finally discovered how to view nutrients beyond carbs/proteins/fat on my nutrition tracker! <em>244</em> Too bad I didnt know about it before! <BR> <BR> I was pleased to see that my cholesterol intake is good. My sodium intake is usually good. (I cant imagine how much sodium the average person eats. I have attempted to avoid sodium for a while now!) <BR> <BR> The part I was disappointed with was fiber. Over the last several days, I have only been getting about half of the fibe... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 08:29:56 EST February 2009 Fitness Minutes Make your goal for this month! Mon, 2 Feb 2009 13:26:26 EST February 2009 Goals What are your goals for the month of February? Fri, 30 Jan 2009 14:06:47 EST 8 Reasons People Fall Off the Diet Wagon I read these on a blog post by Tom Venuto, in which he mentions that 80-95% of people who lose weight gain it back, and often even a little more. Here are 8 reasons he says this happens: <BR> <BR> 1. No focus: you didn’t set goals, you didn’t put your goals in writing, and or you didn’t keep your goals in mind daily (by reading them, affirming them, looking at a vision board, etc.) <BR> <BR> 2. No priorities: you may have set a goal, but you didn’t put it on or near the top of your priorit... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 16:26:59 EST Portion Sizing I have just entered Stage 2 of the SparkPeople plan! <em>244</em> Since I have begun to track my calories, I have been more aware of how much I am eating. Even before entering this stage, I have done some measuring and counting (for snacks) to know I am getting only 1 serving. It is amazing how different a serving is compared to the portion most people eat! <BR> <BR> Today, I am heading to a buffet with a group from work for lunch. My plan of attack includes salad and fruits and veggie... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 09:56:16 EST "Date Night" Movies He wants action, you want a chick flick. Ever have conflict about what film to see? What are some of your favorite movies to watch with your sweetie? Sat, 24 Jan 2009 14:33:14 EST What I'm looking foward to is.... What are looking forward to this year? This Summer/Spring? 2009 Holiday Season? Any time at all, what are you looking forward to? Wed, 14 Jan 2009 16:23:30 EST Mid January: How r u doing so far? January is half way over already!!! How is everyone doing on reaching their goals for the month and New Year? Wed, 14 Jan 2009 14:28:19 EST WOW If you have 5 minutes check out this video. I can't believe people will actually eat here. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>991n </link> Tue, 13 Jan 2009 12:22:13 EST Another great article Check out this article. I think it would really help a lot of us to follow its advice and its really simple advice. <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=339 </link> Wed, 7 Jan 2009 09:35:04 EST The Worst Foods of 2008 The dailySpark (SP's blog) recently did an entry of the worst restaurant foods of 2008. <BR> <BR> Here's the list: <BR> <BR> 1. Starbucks Signature Hot Chocolates <BR> 2. Wendy's Gourmet Mushroom Swiss Burger <BR> 3. Burger King Mushroom Swiss Steakhouse Burger <BR> 4. Romano's Macaroni Grill Seared Sea Scallops salad <BR> 5. Butterscotch Rocks Pancakes at IHOP <BR> 6. KFC Original Recipe Fully Loaded Box Meal <BR> 7. Taco Bell Fully Loaded Nachos <BR> 8. Olive Garden Chicken (& Shrimp) Car... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 16:14:53 EST Question of the Week: Jan. 5-11 I'm resurrecting the question of the week! This week's question: What is one thing you hope to accomplish this week? Mon, 5 Jan 2009 13:28:14 EST Question about Green Tea! Okay so lately I have been drinking large amounts of green tea for two reasons..One the health benefits and two although it is only a little caffine - it helps take the edge off since I am not drinking coffee anymore! <BR> <BR> But my question is this...Does this count towards your water intake for the day since it is mainly water? Or should you drink ___oz of water a day in addition to the green tea? <BR> <BR> Just curious! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 11:52:04 EST Where WILL you be in 6 months? We all have goals and what we would like to see happen, but what are we GOING to make happen? Where do you see yourself in 6 months? How will you get there? How will you keep the motivation alive? <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Sun, 4 Jan 2009 22:16:46 EST Yoga Does anyone practice yoga? I've tried it with a DVD that someone gave me and really liked it. Problem is the DVD is only about 15 minutes and really basic. I'd like to get serious about it and need some DVD suggestions. Remember I am a beginner and not that flexible. That is one of the reasons I want to get serious about it. I'm looking for flexibility and stress relief. <BR> Any suggestions? Fri, 2 Jan 2009 10:24:37 EST January 2009 Fitness Minutes This thread is to track your Fitness Minute Goal for the month. Check back periodically to update how many minutes you've exercised in regards to your original goal. Thu, 1 Jan 2009 13:04:38 EST A New Year and A New You Challenge Happy 2009 Team! <BR> <BR> It's the New Year already and it's time the rubber hits the road. This is the time to decide what you want to achieve over the next 12 months and set the ball in motion to make it happen! It's time we begin to really challenge ourselves, no more baby steps! If we want real change to happen, we have to make it happen! <BR> <BR> This Challenge will focus on just that, Making it Happen! Decide what you want to accomplish over this next year and what it is you can do ... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 13:01:52 EST The TRUTH about DIET SODA Article: <BR> <BR> By David Zinczenko, with Matt Goulding Provided by: <BR> <BR> Eat This, Not That: The Truth About Diet Soda <BR> <BR> We talk a lot about ''watching what we eat,'' but if you never gave a thought to what you ate and instead watched only what you drank, you could probably cut 450 calories a day out of your life. (Yes, nearly a pound of fat loss a week!) That's what a study from the University of North Carolina found. Americans today drink about 192 gallons of liquid a ... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 15:18:35 EST CLEAN Eating? Are there any other team members that are following the Eat Clean Diet? This is a book by Tosca Reno and emphasises no processed foods, sugars, added salts, chemicals, artificial sweeteners, whole/natural foods, ect... <BR> <BR> I've been doing this now for about a month with a cheat meal once per week. Just wondering who else, if any, is doing this same system? I'm loving it and I think it's so worth all the effort and extra cost! My body feels great and I'm seeing physical changes each wee... Sat, 27 Dec 2008 23:45:41 EST A new Year, A New You! Goals for 2009 What are your goals for 2009? How will you accomplish those goals? What will you do to avoid pitfalls, negative thoughts, and whining (LOL, had to add that one!)? <BR> <BR> It's almost a New Year! Now it's time to work on a New You! <BR> <em>107</em> <em>195</em> <em>236</em> <em>58</em> <em>216</em> <em>180</em> <em>107</em> <em>195</em> <em>236</em> Fri, 26 Dec 2008 23:53:02 EST Merry Christmas How was everyone's Christmas? Mine was good. Hubby knowing what a bookworm I am bought me a bunch of books. We had a quiet Christmas. We opened gifts together at home then went to daughters house to open gifts with the grandkids. My grandson who just turned 1 would rip off a little piece of paper bring it to me then go back and rip off another little piece and bring it to me...needless to say it took him quite a while to open his gifts. <BR> We then made dinner (Prime rib, loaded redsk... Fri, 26 Dec 2008 11:03:32 EST I'm Back! Hey ladies! Just wanted to let you guys know that I'm back. I just gave birth to a precious little boy November 19th! I have pictures posted so go check out my Sparkpage. Unfortunately, I gained 62lbs during my pregnancy and am already down 33lbs. I know most of that loss is fluid and baby but a good start. I have a long way to go! My goal is to get back down to my prepreggo weight of 166lbs by May and ultimately down to 130lbs by next fall/winter. It's good to be back!!! If anyone h... Wed, 17 Dec 2008 17:01:45 EST What's Your Spark Story? I thought it would be neat to see what motivated everyone to join SP and begin a weight loss journey! What happened to finally make you begin? How did you learn about SP? How has SP helped you? Share your stories here! Tue, 16 Dec 2008 19:29:33 EST Calorie Myths: Negative Calories I just got done reading another great issue of Oxygen Magazine and wanted to share one of the articles about Calorie Myths. Calorie Myth # 1 is in regards to Negative calories: <BR> <BR> From Oxygen mag, Jan 09 Issue: <BR> <BR> Myth 1: <BR> <BR> Calories from certain foods burn fat bc they have a negative calorie effect. <BR> <BR> TRUTH: <BR> Think Grapefruit or cabbage soup burns fat? Think again, says Liz Applegate, Ph.D., director of sports nutrition at University of California, Davis.... Fri, 5 Dec 2008 17:10:01 EST December Cardio/Fitness Minutes Challenge This is a challenge that is determined by you. Post your December Goal and update weekly! Make it challenging, but doable! Wed, 3 Dec 2008 13:37:27 EST December Goals Hey Team! <BR> <BR> It's December all ready!!! What are your goals this month? What would you like to accomplish? <BR> <BR> <em>233</em> <em>263</em> <em>113</em> Mon, 1 Dec 2008 14:52:52 EST Dec. 1-31: Coasting through Christmas Challenge! Hi, ladies!! As you're all aware, the Christmas season is in full swing, which means lots of shopping, parties, and of course, food! This simple challenge (courtesy of our fearless leader, MRSPRINCESS07) encourages you not to forsake your goals but to focus on the basics. Work on making each of these a daily part of your life for the whole month of December, and you'll be sure to stay on track! <BR> <BR> 1. Get in those 64 ounces of water! Take a water bottle with you when you run erra... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 20:32:33 EST What are you Thankful for In the spirit of Thanksgiving everyone need to tell what they are thankful for. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful for my fantastic family, my extra loving and supportive husband, my health, and having a job that I truly love. I thank God everyday for all of them. Wed, 26 Nov 2008 09:04:46 EST Question of the Week: Nov. 24-Nov. 30 What is your favorite Thanksgiving food/meal? Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:59:12 EST "Accidental Exercise" Challenge: Nov. 17-Nov. 23 We all know that exercise is important, but sometimes it can be hard to squeeze in those cardio minutes, especially during holiday season! This challenge encourages you to think outside of the box when it comes to exercise and look for ways to get in some "accidental" exercise--exercise you do while doing something else! Resolve to get in at least 10 min. of accidental exercise each day of the challenge. Here are some suggestions to get you started: <BR> <BR> Park your car far away and wa... Mon, 17 Nov 2008 11:24:55 EST Holiday Calories Quiz How much do you know about all the classic holiday meal favorites? Take this quiz to test your calorie knowledge and then come back here and report how you did! <link><BR>_questions.asp?quizid=38 </link> Thu, 13 Nov 2008 20:32:49 EST Brain Games SP just posted 5 new "brain games" that are supposed to challenge and stimulate your brain. Go check them out! Here's the link: <link><BR>ames.asp </link> <BR> <BR> I played "Split Words" a few times, and I thought it was really fun and challenging. Wed, 12 Nov 2008 13:35:43 EST Question of the Week: Nov. 10-Nov. 16 This weeks' question: When do you put up your Christmas tree? After Thanksgiving? The beginning of December? Right before Christmas? Why do you do it that way? Mon, 10 Nov 2008 13:00:09 EST How to Blast Stubborn Belly Fat !!!!! Here's an article that tells us how to blast stubborn belly fat!!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 5 Nov 2008 20:46:17 EST Blog Changes! Check out your blogs!!! They've changed the format! <BR> <BR> WOOOO Wed, 5 Nov 2008 09:49:58 EST Inexpensive healthy foods I just came across this SparkPeople article that lists 20 healthy foods that cost $1 or less. Some of the foods include oats, apples, broccoli, beans, potatoes, and bananas. Here's a link to the full list: <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1210 </link> <BR> <BR> What are some inexpensive healthy foods that you like to eat? Tue, 4 Nov 2008 15:10:16 EST Question of the Week: Nov. 3-Nov. 9 Okay, this week's question: Which upcoming holiday do you feel will make sticking to healthy eating most challenging? Mon, 3 Nov 2008 13:19:22 EST Ideas for team goals The goals for the team haven't been updated for a while, so I thought I would ask for team input as to what our goals should be! We can change them every month or seasonally or however, so throw out some ideas! <BR> <BR> Our current goals: <BR> Abs 3 days a week <BR> Fruit and Veggies-A variety of Colors! 4 At least 3 different colors! per day <BR> Brown Baggin' It 2 meals per week <BR> Exercise 800 Minutes per month <BR> <BR> Do you guys like the current goals? Suggestions for new ones... Mon, 3 Nov 2008 13:16:22 EST The ABCs of Weight Loss! Here's a link to a really informative article with weight loss tips from WebMd: <link><BR>ht-8/diet-tips </link> <BR> <BR> Check it out and tell me what you think! Thu, 30 Oct 2008 17:30:22 EST Point to Success Challenge: Nov. 1-Nov. 15 This two-week challenge is all about points! As a way of promoting involvement on this team and on SparkPeople, you will have the chance to earn points for a variety of activities, most of which you probably already do anyway. But if you struggle in one of these areas, perhaps this will be a little added motivation for you! The winner of this challenge will receive a LUXURY SPARKGOODIE from me at the end of 2 weeks, as well as adulation from all of the team members! <em>30</em> <BR> <B... Wed, 29 Oct 2008 15:45:25 EST Question of the Week: Oct. 27-Nov. 2 I thought it would be easier to have the questions of the week in separate threads, so it's easier to tell what the week's question is. <BR> <BR> This week's question: What is your favorite workout song? Mon, 27 Oct 2008 11:12:30 EST Quote to share... <BR> "The first step you take is always the most important one. The first steps you take on any journey won't get you where you want to go. But without those first steps and the many more that follow, you would always be standing right where you are, looking towards the future and wondering what it would really be like to see your world the way you always dreamed it could be. One of the greatest lessons in life is the one you learn about moving forward and taking steps to reach your goals. L... Sun, 26 Oct 2008 15:51:20 EST hi I;m new to the team an want to get in on all the challenges <BR> I been married for 5 years no children, but one day Fri, 24 Oct 2008 15:10:59 EST A Blog everyone SHOULD read! <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=1513453#c<BR>omments </link> <BR> <BR> This is a blog from WALKING%5FGIRL, a member on another team I belong to and I think it's got a lot of great info in it! It's long but well worth it! Wed, 15 Oct 2008 14:20:47 EST Calories in / calories out This may be a stupid question but I'm still confused about the whole calories burned thing. For example if I eat 1300 calories a in a day but burn 500 does that mean I really only ate 800 calories? <BR> It just doesn't seem right to me. Tue, 14 Oct 2008 08:50:35 EST Question of the Week I thought it would be fun to have a question that everyone answers each week, as a way of getting to know each other. I'll start by posting this week's question, and for the rest of the week, everyone reply with their answer! <BR> <BR> Question for the week of October 13: What is your favorite type of exercise and why? <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Oct 2008 18:04:18 EST Need a waist whittler. Okay, so my big problem area is my waist and belly. I think I'd be quasi-content if I could just get rid of this dunlap thing I have going on. <BR> <BR> When my mom was young, she weighed 90-ish pounds and had an EIGHTEEN-inch waist. Yes, you read that right. Have you ever held up a measuring tape and looped it at 18 inches to see how unbelieveably tiny that is?? I've seen pictures of her at 18. It's freakish. <BR> <BR> So anyway, she SWEARS that the way she "whittled her waist" is by ... Thu, 9 Oct 2008 22:56:34 EST New to the team Hi. My name is Cynthia and I am new to the team. I actually just got married on September 21st so I am a newlywed! I lost 20 pounds before the wedding, but then I gained a few pounds right before the wedding due to the stress of everything and the lack of exercise. I seem to have lost some of my motivation since getting back from my honeymoon and I'm not sure if it's because I no longer have my wedding as motivation or what. I still have 20 pounds until I reach my goal and I fully intend to r... Tue, 7 Oct 2008 15:20:37 EST Anniversary Cake.... Okay so this is a question for all you that have passed your first anniversary... <BR> <BR> I am supppper excited that Monday (Oct. 6th) is going to be my One year anniversary..YAY! But anyway I am soooo looking forward to my cake top - I loved my cake (white with chocolate ganache and fresh raspeberries in the middle) YUMMMMM. <BR> Anyways any suggestions on thawing this out??? Should I not be that excited because it is going to taste nasty???? Thu, 2 Oct 2008 09:14:22 EST Meatless Wednesdays I'm trying to convince my hubby to designate one day a week to eating no meat. He's a bit hesitant on the idea so I need to come up with some great vegetarian recipes. Any suggestions? Tue, 30 Sep 2008 09:33:13 EST The Halloween Challenge: Oct. 1-Oct. 31 Halloween is just around the corner, so if you're wanting to get into a cute, sexy costume this is the challenge for you! (And if you're like me and don't really care about Halloween, this is still the challenge for you! LOL) This month-long challenge will help you focus on achieving specific goals. So set your goals and then report back to the team! <BR> <BR> 1. WEIGHT LOSS GOAL: Set a weight loss goal for the month. This can be as much or as little as you'd like, since we all lose ... Sun, 28 Sep 2008 16:57:24 EST Any Pampered Chef Consultants???? Is anyone a pampered chef consultant? If so, how do you like it? Do you find it easy to find people that want to host parties? How about the earning potential? <BR> <BR> I am considering it and I would like some honest opinions? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Lola Sat, 27 Sep 2008 05:57:37 EST A Little Humor Okay Ladies - I wanted to share this with all of you because I am sure you will ALL find the humor in it. It is a little lengthly but well worth it!!! <BR> <BR> Wax Anyone??? <BR> <BR> All hair removal methods have tricked women with their promises of easy, <BR> painless removal - the Epilady, scissors, razors, Nair and now...the <BR> wax. Read on.. <BR> <BR> My night began as any other normal weeknight. Come home, fix dinner, <BR> and play with the kids. I then had the thought that wo... Wed, 24 Sep 2008 14:40:21 EST Getting to know you I thought it would be fun for members to post fun facts about themselves here, as way for us to get to know each other better! It can be as many things as you want to share! <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> 1. I joined SP in January of this year, and I absolutely LOVE it! <BR> 2. I have been married for 15 months now, and my DH is very supportive. <BR> 3. I love reading! I read whenever I have spare time. <BR> 4. I teach freshman composition, which means that my whole life revolves a... Tue, 23 Sep 2008 16:33:31 EST What Are Your Secrets to Success? I thought it would be a good idea to have a topic where we can share the things that work for us. What have you found to be really helpful or successful on your weight loss journey? What advice would you give to others? Share it all here! Mon, 22 Sep 2008 18:01:17 EST Week of Sept. 22-Sept. 29: Make It New! This week's challenge encourages you to do 3 things: <BR> <BR> 1) Try one new type of exercise that you've wanted to try but haven't. Go bike riding, play tennis, get on the stair climber, try a new fitness DVD, you get the idea! Changing up exercise is a great way to "shock" your body into burning those calories! <BR> <BR> 2) Try one new healthy food. You don't have to love it; just try it! <BR> <BR> 3) Try one new strength training exercise. The SparkPeople fitness library has ... Mon, 22 Sep 2008 17:52:05 EST Article: Interest in Dieting Declining!!! Check this article out! A recent study has found that Americans are decreasing their interest in dieting!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2008/09/21/interest_in_dieting_slims_d<BR>own/?s_campaign=yahoo </link> Sun, 21 Sep 2008 16:14:13 EST What can you accomplish in one year? Sometimes we get so focused on what we want to do within the next few weeks or months that we don't think about the long term. Looking back knowing where you started at and where you're at now, where do you want to be in one year? What do you want to accomplish within the next year? What are your hopes, dreams, and aspirations? Sun, 21 Sep 2008 10:41:16 EST Article: 5 Essential Weight Loss Foods Dr. Mao's Secrets of Longevity 5 Essential Weight Loss Foods <BR> Posted Mon, Sep 15, 2008, <BR> <BR> There are many fad diets that promise to help you lose weight in almost no time at all. After two or three weeks on the diet you find yourself losing enough to be able to brag to your family and friends about it, and you're so optimistic that this new lifestyle will be your ticket to a smaller waistline that you start to browse the stores for new clothes. <BR> <BR> You continue to lose w... Wed, 17 Sep 2008 13:33:01 EST What are your weight loss struggles /hurdles? I know all of us struggle with different things as we are on this weight loss journey, and we often have certain hurdles we must get over to keep going. I think it's really important to be aware of those areas that cause us difficulty so we can be proactive about changing! So post your struggles here, or offer suggestions to others on how to overcome those problem areas! <BR> <BR> I know one thing I struggle with BIG time is comparing myself to other people. It seems that there is alway... Tue, 16 Sep 2008 16:00:49 EST RE: Wife !!! This was emailed to me by my Dh this's funny! <BR> <BR> It's the difference in faces between the race car loving Hubby and the not-so-fan Wife!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ccardo-patrese-takes-his-wife-for-a-ride/ </link> Tue, 16 Sep 2008 12:13:34 EST Getting what you Ordered..... Okay so this morning I stopped at Caribou Coffee cause I really had a craving for a Hot Chocolate. It was just one of those mornings...So I ordered a large (I know horrible but it was going to be my breakfast) skim milk, no whip. I get it and it has whip on it! I was in the drive thru and running late so I didn't want to go in and have them re-make it. But it got me thinking - Are we really getting what we ask for when we order stuff? How do I know that what I got was actually skim milk.... Tue, 16 Sep 2008 09:34:17 EST Move of the Week! Sept 15-21st The goal is to do each move at least twice but no more than three times this week. Remember, 1 day of rest in between! <BR> <BR> Upper Body Move: Tricep Kickbacks <BR> Lower Body Move: Calf Raises <BR> Core Body Moves: Side Oblique Crunches <BR> <BR> Use dumbbells, Resistance bands, or tubes to make these moves more powerful! SP Fitness Library has Demos for each exercise! Mon, 15 Sep 2008 11:10:33 EST Literb93 Hi all. My name is Elita, I'm 33 and have been married for 8 wonderful years. My hubby and I have decided to get healthy together, mostly to control my diabetes and to help him not get them. Since we are both overweight he wants to avoid the diabetes. I don't blame him it sucks. We have no kids, only furry ones. Sat, 13 Sep 2008 15:21:53 EST End of the 2008 Goals! Well it's coming! We have exactly 16 Weeks until the end of the Year!!! WOW, were has time gone? <BR> <BR> Since we're rounding the Holiday Season and the end of 2008, what are your goals to accomplish by the time we ring in 2009? Big or small, we still have plenty of time to accomplish great thing! Let's make 2008 the year of great change and success! <BR> <BR> So what are your goals? <BR> <em>195</em> <em>233</em> <em>263</em> <em>248</em> <em>7</em> <em>68</em> <em>113</em> <em>1... Wed, 10 Sep 2008 13:55:07 EST Challenge Ideas?? Hi, ladies! Julia (MRSPRINCESS07) and I thought it would be a good idea to start a topic that asks for ideas from you. We want to know what kind of challenges you'd like to see for the team, whether weekly or monthly. So let us know your ideas for challenges! Thanks! Tue, 9 Sep 2008 11:00:41 EST Water Suggestions? Hi everyone <BR> I always seem to struggle with getting in my 8 glasses of water. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make this water intake a more pleasant experience ??? <em>194</em> Thu, 4 Sep 2008 07:56:04 EST I danced with a Smurf... I saw this on another page and though it was quite funny...try it out! <BR> <BR> What did you do today? <BR> <BR> Pick the month you were born: <BR> <BR> January-------I kicked <BR> February------I loved <BR> March--------I karate chopped <BR> April----------I licked <BR> May----------I jumped on <BR> June----------I smelled <BR> July-----------I did the Macarena With <BR> August--------I had lunch with <BR> September----I danced with <BR> October-------I sang to <BR> November-... Wed, 3 Sep 2008 18:48:25 EST 9 Fat-Burning Eating Tips Article I read earlier today: <BR> <BR> 9 Fat-Burning Eating Tips <BR> <BR> Now don't get all excited. We don't have any magic wand solutions that will take the place of exercise and eating right. But we do have a few foods that could help you on your journey to rid yourself of excess flab. Hungry Girl's here with the scoop... <BR> <BR> LEAN PROTEIN <BR> To put it simply, protein takes a lot of effort for the body to break down and digest. A lot more than, say, fat. So while your body is ... Wed, 3 Sep 2008 16:16:06 EST Another Newbie...:-) Hi everyone <BR> My name is Becky and have been married for 2 years. My husband and I have decided to go back to eating properly and exercising as we've both gained about 50lbs since getting married :-( It's a bit discouraging as we worked hard to lose that prior to getting married. But...we're committed to doing this together. I'm looking forward to meeting some of you and participate in these challenges together! <BR> <BR> Becky Wed, 3 Sep 2008 15:50:22 EST Getting Back into the Swing of Things! So many of us have been really busy these past weeks and months! We've also just had a long Holiday weekend and many good habits get put on the back burner. While that's not bad, it sometimes is difficult to get back into the saddle and ready to go again. <BR> <BR> So this week, we're going to focus on getting back into the swing of good and healthy habits. <BR> <BR> * Drink your 8+ glasses of water a day <BR> * Get active and exercise at least 30 mins/5 days a week <BR> * Eat your fruits ... Tue, 2 Sep 2008 09:54:42 EST Suggestions Needed - Hey Everyone!!! I need some suggestions if anyone has any - I am going to Wolf Creek Winery this weekend with a group of friends - the concept is you bring blankets and sit outside overlooking the grape fields and enjoy some wine - Everyone is bringing either a dessert or appetizer. I am not a huge "wino" so I am not sure what to bring cheese and cracker has already been taken =( Any Suggestions? <BR> <BR> Also if you want to check it out <BR> seems like ... Fri, 29 Aug 2008 09:31:32 EST What Song was #1 on your Birthdate? <link><BR>y/SelectMonth.htm </link> <BR> <BR> The above link will show you what the # 1 SOng was on the day that you were born! It's fun, give it a try! Thu, 28 Aug 2008 14:11:10 EST Is everyone ok? Hi All - <BR> <BR> I check in as often as I can (new job - can't get online as often...sigh...), but now I'm noticing there aren't as many folks huddling on the huddle wall. Is everyone ok? <BR> <BR> Please drop just a quick line on this thread and let me know how everyone is doing. <BR> <BR> Sending a big hug! <BR> Amy Wed, 27 Aug 2008 22:18:57 EST Im back Hi everyone. I just wanted to say I am back. I just had my two beautiful daughters on August 23rd. They were born, unfortuately early at 29 weeks, but are doing great at the NICU they are at. I am going to use some of this time to get myself into a small routine, nothing major yet to help me keep my mind off of them not being home with me yet. Wed, 27 Aug 2008 11:32:27 EST Better to Fit & Fat, Thank Skinny & Unfit! I saw this on another website that I belong to and wanted to share it with all of you! <BR> <BR> August 19, 2008 <BR> Well <BR> <BR> Better to Be Fat and Fit Than Skinny and Unfit <BR> <BR> By TARA PARKER-POPE <BR> <BR> Often, a visit to the doctor’s office starts with a weigh-in. But is a person’s weight really a reliable indicator of overall health? <BR> <BR> Increasingly, medical research is showing that it isn’t. Despite concerns about an obesity epidemic, there is growing evide... Sun, 24 Aug 2008 11:43:22 EST Hi Everyone! Well I just got married in May and since then I have definitely put my health and exercise goals on the backburner in order to start our new life together succesfully. But now I'm here on sparkpeople and this group to change all that <em>30</em> <BR> -Laura Sat, 23 Aug 2008 14:30:34 EST anyone work from home? Right now I am starting a new job outside of the home, but once D and I start having kids I would like to be a SAHM that also works from home. The income does not have to be sizable, especially when you factor in the money that would be saved on childcare alone. <BR> <BR> Anyone work at home, or have ideas? Sat, 23 Aug 2008 08:23:08 EST Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Info and Advice Ok, DH and I are going on our honeymoon the first week in Oct to Waikiki beach. I need to start figuring out what we are going to do there for fun. We are staying at the Embassy Suites and decided not to rent a car. Parking is $25 a day. Jeesh! So for any of you that have been there before, can you share the best/worst aspects of it and maybe recommend things to do and see or places to eat? Thanks! Thu, 21 Aug 2008 13:33:53 EST Hi Everyone! I have been on SP for about a week now and have talked to such great people. I am a newlywed and we got married almost 8 weeks ago. I figured this team could really understand how married life can distract you from eating healthy when all you want to do is be domestic with your hubby <em>20</em> ! <BR> Hope to help others along their way in meeting their goals and also get a little support from other newlyweds. Looking forward to "meeting" all of you! <BR> <BR> ~Ericka <em>87</em> Wed, 20 Aug 2008 14:42:20 EST Motivation Outfit?? I was thinking that I should get an outfit, like shorts and a tank that I like, and think will fit when I get to goal. I think it would act as motivation. Then I could take pictures of me now struggling to get the pants on, or the SUPER tight top... then have pictures along the way of the outfit starting to fit better. <BR> <BR> The hard part is that I have no clue what size I will be. I am aiming for under size 10, which was what I was when I weighted 170lbs when I first met my husband 7 yr... Mon, 18 Aug 2008 23:42:06 EST off topic: car insurance My husband and I will be doing our first car insurance together. I was wondering what you had for opinions as far as insurance companies (geico, progressive, and liberty mutual). I cant call LM until tomorrow, Geico was way to pushy and was $400/yr more than progressive. The guy from progressive was very nice, and did not push me to sign up right then, he was understanding that I had to talk to my hubby, where as the guy from Geico told me he would call my hubby for me. <BR> <BR> Just wanted... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 15:16:19 EST Off again Well I am off again until Wednesday. I'm going to the county treasurers conference with my husband. Conference is always a challenge since they wine and dine you and have an open bar. Luckily the hotel we are at has a pool and a workout room so I'll be taking advantage of both when hubby is in classes. <BR> <BR> See you all Wednesday. Sun, 17 Aug 2008 10:24:56 EST Newlywed advice? Since I am a newlywed I thought it would be fun for those that have been married for a while, or those that have been married not so long, to share their tips on a successful marriage! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 15 Aug 2008 00:00:55 EST WOOHOO... I got the job!!! I had my interview at the hospital a week and a half ago, they called me today to offer me the job! I am so excited. Not only will we have more money (D starts his job through the college Sept 2), but we will also have INSURANCE!!! Which means that we can have BABIES!!!! I know some places you have to work there for a certain amount of time before you can get maternity leave, so I am going to figure that out before we TTC...but still it is SO EXCITING!!! D and I cant wait to start making our ... Tue, 12 Aug 2008 22:00:30 EST New Here! Hi all! I'm new here, and have now officially been on SP for 5 weeks. I have been married to my best friend for almost a year and a half. Anyway just wanted to say hi! <BR> Tue, 12 Aug 2008 01:53:39 EST Not a newlywed but still feel like one Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Katy, and I've been happily married to my best friend for the last 22 years. I have 2 grown children, with the youngest leaving for University in September. I'm a pet lover as well. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you all better. <BR> <BR> Katy Mon, 11 Aug 2008 21:33:46 EST I'm Back Hello ladies I'm back from the Caribbean. I had an awesome time! Weather was beautiful, food was great, the ship was huge, and the beaches were awesome. I have lots of pictures plus it was a family cruise so when the family gets together in a couple of weeks I'll have even more. My brother in law took a bunch. <BR> Today is back to reality. I'm in the middle of doing laundry and trying to catch up on everything. Hopefully with in the next couple of days I'll get some pictures on line to... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 12:01:26 EST Problems with Heart Rate Monitor Hey everyone. I started using a heart rate monitor (HRM) several months ago, and it's been such a valuable tool in tracking the amount of calories I burn during exercise. In the last month, however, I've noticed it acting a little strangely. I'll be in the midst of a workout, and the HRM will suddenly start publishing really high heart rates, like 210 and higher! At first it was just for a few seconds and not during every workout, so I thought it was some sort of abnormality, but not it h... Wed, 6 Aug 2008 16:35:02 EST Recipe Swap Hi Ladies - I thought it would be fun to have a forum for recipe swapping - we are always asking each other for recipes so I figured this way we have a place to go to post our favorite recipes so others can try them out! Wed, 6 Aug 2008 16:24:53 EST name change? When I got married in June I changed my name to reflect that. I loved my maiden last name so much that I dropped my middle name completely and now use my maiden name. Is that so weird? When I tell people this they give me weird looks. I did it because I love the name so much. And plan on using it for possible middle names for our mom uses her maiden name as her middle name(although she didnt have one before) <BR> <BR> Any thoughts? Wed, 6 Aug 2008 15:59:32 EST supportive/u unsupportive wife or husband... I couldn't imagine having my husband NOT support me! I know that there are many men/woman out there that are not getting support from their wive/husbands and it breaks my heart. There are even men/woman out their that sabotage their wife/husbands weight loss. <BR> <BR> D is very supportive of my efforts to lose weight, and he has now joined me in eating healthier. We both have about the same amount to lose to reach our goals(60lbs). It is nice to have his support, and he even keeps me on tra... Wed, 6 Aug 2008 10:20:30 EST 100 Hundred Push ups Challenge <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This is a link/website dedicated to the 100 Push ups Challenge. This Challenge is to help you do 100 "boy" Push ups on your toes in about 6 weeks! <BR> <BR> So many of us NEED to increase our upper body strength and this is a great challenge to help us to do so. So who's With me? Mon, 4 Aug 2008 15:57:34 EST Newlywed but a Spark veteran! Hi guys! <BR> <BR> I've been married to my wonderful husband since May 31 2008, and I've been a member of SP for nearly 3 years!! <BR> <BR> I've drifted in and out of the Spark program, hence me not losing any weight!! Not even for my wedding, which really upset me. <BR> <BR> I really want to get to my first wedding anniversary at the weight that I wanted to be for my wedding. Mon, 4 Aug 2008 12:47:01 EST Do you read monthly Fitness Magazines? I was wondering if anyone reads any fitness magazines or xubscribes to any? I have within the past month subscribed to like 3 or 4 new ones and am really excited about it. I have found some great recipes, exercises, challenges, and motivation from these new ones! <BR> <BR> I've always read ones like Shape and Self, but these newer ones really have done it for me! Just wondering what ones get you all excited? <BR> <BR> My Recent Orders: <BR> <BR> Healthy Cooking Mag <BR> Cooking Light Mag <... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 09:23:45 EST NEW WIFE, NEW TEAM MEMBER I married my high school sweetheart on July 11, 2008. We were reunited after 20 years apart. I am so excited about our new lives together. I am looking forward to all the support I know this team will provide. <BR> <BR> Melissa <BR> <em>220</em> Sun, 3 Aug 2008 11:22:57 EST No More Double Chin!!! I just wanted to shout this from the roof-tops...I NO LONGER HAVE A DOUBLE CHIN!!!!! <BR> <BR> My DH said he's notcied this for a while. I was thinking 1. And you couldn't have told me this sooner and 2. How dare you think I have a double chin! <BR> <BR> All joking aside, I took new pics today (no body shots bc I can't find our real camera, just out Iphones) And you can see I have no double chin! My face was even pointed down!!! <BR> <BR> I got so used to lifting my head/chin slightly for ... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 22:45:12 EST What are Your Goals for August? I think it would be good for all of us to focus on our monthly goals. It gives us each something to work towards each day! <BR> <BR> So what are your goals for August? <BR> <BR> <BR> My Goals for August: <BR> <BR> * Lose 4 Inches <BR> * Lose 1-2% Body Fat <BR> * Lose 1-2 lbs TOPS <BR> * Get my required protein each day (6 days per week) <BR> * Strength Train with Heavy weights 3 days a week Thu, 31 Jul 2008 12:50:02 EST Macro-nu trients! July 31- Aug 8 This 8 day challenge is about Macro-nutrients!!! We all know the importance of getting our fruits, veggies, and water, but what about your required macros? <BR> <BR> Macro-nutrients are your proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. When you look at your SP Nutrition Page, it will show you your percentages with the pie chart of what you have consumed for the day. <BR> <BR> If you are into Strength Training/wanting to build muscle, then aim for 1 gr of protein for every pound that you weigh. If yo... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:12:48 EST Healthy Fitness Horoscopes Here's a link to find out your Healthy Fitness Horoscope! <BR> <BR> How does yours describe you? Was it accurate? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=886 </link> Mon, 21 Jul 2008 17:31:05 EST Outback Steak House Only 4 more days until my special anniversary dinner at Outback. Out of curiosity I went to the to check out calories fat grams ect. Wow!! I'm sure glad we don't go there very often. The cocktail I get alone is over 500 calories. I'm not going to worry about it still gong to go and enjoy myself but wow no wonder we are an over weight nation. <BR> Thursday we definitely be a cheat day! Sun, 20 Jul 2008 09:49:30 EST A question about differences bewteen men and women Do you think men are more prone to the occasional 'grand gesture' instead of doing little things that count all the time? <BR> <BR> (and please excuse the typo in the header) Fri, 18 Jul 2008 23:46:51 EST New to this team... I've been married for almost year so its still counts as newly married in my book!!! Anyways Im 26 and Hubby is 36 and I am here to change my life style so i can be my Hubby's sexy wife!!! Even though he already thinks I'm sexy but I want to feel sexy for him and for myself! Fri, 18 Jul 2008 17:32:50 EST 40 Tips for a Better Life I received this from another member and wanted to share it with you! <BR> <BR> 40 Tips for Better A Life - 2008 <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant. <BR> <BR> 2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. <BR> <BR> 3. Buy a DVR and tape your late night shows and get more sleep. <BR> <BR> 4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My purpose is to __________ today.' <BR> ... Fri, 18 Jul 2008 15:37:43 EST Water intake I used to be really good about drinking my water. I was getting in like 10 glasses a day. Lately I'm lucky if I get in 5. I think I could get over this plateau if I could just get more water in but I'm just having problems doing it. I know I need to especially with all this humid weather we've been having lately. <BR> Any suggestions? Fri, 18 Jul 2008 08:50:51 EST Newlywed wife - Girlfiend forever My name is Alicia. I live near Minneapolis. I just got married on July 8 and moved my membership from the Bride team to here. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 17 Jul 2008 14:39:29 EST When do you workout? I am reading a book that I got from the library yesterday - The Body Sculpting Bible for Women. It has some really great information in it. <BR> <BR> In the book they recommend working out in the morning as soon as you wake up, on an empty stomach (drinking 16oz. of water). Doing so allows you to burn 300% more body fat this way. <BR> <BR> If this can't work for you the authors said to complete your strength training first and then your cardio (3 hours after any meal). <BR> <BR> The reas... Thu, 17 Jul 2008 12:19:37 EST If you were a Cartoon Character... If you were a Cartoon Character who would you be (male or female) and why? <BR> <BR> Silly question but I think it's fun! Thu, 17 Jul 2008 00:14:20 EST Colors of the Rainbow: Week of July 14, 2008 Hey team! <BR> <BR> This week's Challenge is to eat from the Rainbow! Try to eat 4-6 different colored fruits and veggies each day for 7 days. Really push yourself (if you can find goods ones) to eat from all 7 color groups! The amounts of different nutrients and flavors are amazing! So pick some colors and enjoy! Mon, 14 Jul 2008 11:27:19 EST Went to a wedding last night... My friend called me up and was looking for a date to a wedding she had to attend last night(her date was not feeling well), so I joined her(we knew no one-my friend only knew the bride). When it came time for the bouquet toss all the other girls at the table went up and one of them told me to come. I told her I was married and she was like "really?"...I didnt know whether to think she thought I was too young or too fat or too ugly to be married.... I simply said "yeah, I did all this about tw... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 08:59:56 EST NEW team member (and newly-wed too!) Hi ladies! <BR> <BR> I just got married June 14, 2008, and I am back on sparkpeople! I used to site in the months before my wedding, and it helped me stay on track! I am looking for a fun group of women who are in the same stage of life as me who can help motivate me!! <BR> <BR> I was part of a group before I got married who did awesome challenges that really kept me accountable. Do you guys do consistent challenges in this group? If not...let's start! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward ... Sat, 12 Jul 2008 10:42:44 EST Article: Reach Your Fitness and Diet Goals Here's a great article about how to reach our fitness and "diet" goals. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Training and Fitness: Where to Start <BR> <BR> I want Peace of Body! Everyone talks about peace of mind, but what about peace of body? I don’t think you can have one without the other. <BR> <BR> It all starts with total acceptance of where you are today. From there, start training. <BR> <BR> Make yourself a weekly exercise routine, whether it’s walking 3 days a week or working out 5 times a week, and... Sat, 12 Jul 2008 10:31:11 EST Healthiest Foods for under $1 Here's a great link for Super Foods that give you the best bang for your buck! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/52070-20-healthiest-foods--1/2 </link> Thu, 10 Jul 2008 19:46:36 EST Gonna be MIA Sorry I haven't been around much this week. We are leaving for vacation this Saturday so I have been packing and cleaning a bunch. Not much time to get on and update my stuff. <BR> <BR> I didn't workout Sunday or Tuesday because of a stinking Migrane but I got up and hit the gym this morning before work. We leave super early on Saturday so I won't be able to hit the gym then either. DH & I are planning on jogging on the beach in the AM while away. (every other day at least, maybe everyday..... Thu, 10 Jul 2008 15:33:20 EST newly married and new team member Hi! <BR> <BR> I have only been a Mrs. since June 27, 2008. <BR> <BR> My husband(still weird to say)and I have been together for almost 7 years. He is truly my best friend and the love of my life. Alot of people say that the first year is the hardest, but we have been living together for almost 5 yrs, and have been through ALOT... being each others rock through it all... through abusive family members, financial struggles, my grandmothers death, and my fathers cancer... and more, I am sure,... Thu, 10 Jul 2008 09:05:42 EST Next week.......... ......will be tough, I just know it. <BR> <BR> We are leaving Saturday to go to the beach for a week. DH & I plan on getting up and jogging every morning so that will keep me in the swing of things but I just know that the food is going to be hard to control. <BR> <BR> Guess I will be eating lots of salads while every one else eats the bad stuff. Mon, 7 Jul 2008 13:12:32 EST Sugar & Fruit I have a question about the amount of sugar I consume on a daily basis, through the fruit that I eat. I came across this article that talks about the sugar in fruit: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>029501/Can-fruit-make-fat-Natural-suga<BR>r-fruit-fuelling-nations-obesity-epide<BR>mic.html </link> <BR> <BR> I eat a lot of fruit on a daily basis. I eat about 1 cup of fresh fruit each morning (strawberries, melon, pineapple, watermelon) and then snack on fruit thr... Thu, 3 Jul 2008 12:19:45 EST Favorite fitness / nutrition books I was wondering if anyone could recommend some good books about fitness, nutrition, strength training, etc. I'd love to educate myself better! Wed, 2 Jul 2008 14:09:20 EST Poll Question: Regarding Family... I am curious about everyone's family dynamics... <BR> <BR> My family is very small, including extended family; same with DH's family. Also 95% of my family is not on speaking terms at any given time, and Pat's all live out-of-state. <BR> <BR> My Poll Question for you is: <BR> <BR> How many of you tend to spend the Holidays with just the Immediate Family (you, spouse, and kids, perhaps occasional Parent stopping by)? Wed, 2 Jul 2008 13:02:42 EST Article: Teen Curfews and Your Love Life! This was an article that I just read about what your teen's curfew says about your love life. I don't have children, but some of this seemed "right on" with my own mom and my curfew. Kind of interesting... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5501441.html?mod=yhoofront </link> Thu, 26 Jun 2008 13:17:57 EST Rekindling the "spark" I've been a member of SP for almost a year---and though I haven't lost any weight---I've made several new healthy choices in my eating and sleeping habits. <BR> <BR> I'm starting off year two with SP with the ambition to excercise more and stick with a routine to be more active. <BR> <BR> I also didn't dive into the spark teams at all last year so maybe this will help. <BR> <BR> Y'all seem like wonderful ladies----and most certainly "on a mission" <BR> <BR> :) Wed, 25 Jun 2008 20:31:14 EST How much water should we be drinking? <BR> <BR> I came across the article and thought I would share. I had no idea that I should be drinking half my body weight in water. Crazy! But now I know. Wed, 25 Jun 2008 12:06:33 EST What have you Lost? Weight Equivalent Chart... I was surfing the net and found this chart that compares your weight loss to everyday items and some out of the ordinary things too! <BR> <BR> So here are some weight comparisons...What equivalent have you shed and what will you be shedding? <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 pounds = a hum... Tue, 24 Jun 2008 14:47:29 EST Getting back in the groove I have been MIA for a WHILE now. I really need to get back in the swing of things (my fitness & this site). I think it's funny how you take a break from working out and then it seems like such a chore to do it but once you get back at it you feel amazing. <BR> <BR> Last friday I joined a gym and I have worked out 3 times since joining and I feel like a new woman. <BR> <BR> My goal is to workout on Tuesdays & Thursdays before heading to work and to workout on Saturday & Sunday. So far so go... Tue, 24 Jun 2008 14:09:29 EST You Pick! Week of June 23, 2008 Hey Team! <BR> <BR> We all have been so busy lately that I think this would be a great time to have a " You Pick" Weekly Challenge! <BR> <BR> Some of us have more Spring Cleaning, home repairs, out-of-town guests, homework, ect, that it can be difficult to fit all of this into our routines. So this week, in addition to your regular routines, pick something to tackle at home or in your personal life. This will help to get some of those projects out of the way and hopefully help us to relief ... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 14:04:48 EST I just asked hubby how often he thought I'd visit if he was in hospital like my friend is - he said hopefully never because I should have better things to do like walk the cat LOL. <BR> <BR> So then I asked him if he'd visit me every day - and I got a very hesitant "yeeeaaaahhh". <BR> <BR> What should his punishment be? <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Sat, 21 Jun 2008 18:01:36 EST What is Normal Eating? I have found a SP Article that discusses what Normal Eating is. This is a series of article that mey prove beneficial for so many of us! I hope you found them helpful and useful! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=600 </link> Thu, 19 Jun 2008 18:08:26 EST Test Your Fitness IQ! Hey Team! <BR> <BR> Here's a SP Quiz to test all of our fitness IQ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_questions.asp?quizid=33 </link> Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:30:08 EST The Essentials! Week of June 16, 2008 This week we will focus on the essentials of better health. These will be a given, but so many neglect to do them all each day. By adding them back into our busy schedules, we can only benefit and will make time to do so each day... *smiles* <BR> <BR> The Challenge for the Week~ Do these each day: <BR> <BR> * Water: 8+ Tall Glasses <BR> * Sleep: 8+ Hours <BR> * Exercise: 30 mins+ for 5 days this week <BR> * 5-9 fruits and veggies <BR> * Stress Management- Take a breather and count to 10 whe... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 22:16:04 EST Blessing Your Husband - Questions So, at the end of each chapter are some journal questions, and I thought these were very thought provoking. <BR> <BR> 1. Perfect love is... <BR> <BR> 2. Being married has most changed me by... <BR> <BR> 3. When I think about God's love for my husband, I know... <BR> <BR> For me, prefect love is God's love and nothing else. I cant even come close to showing His perfect love. But I guess if I also norrowed it down to a few words, I'd say sacrafice, unconditional acceptance, and pure jo... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 21:23:00 EST Blessing Your Husband I'm reading, Blessing Your Husband, and there are a few points that I wanted to share with you. <BR> <BR> ~ Open your hert to seeing your husband as he is in the Father's eyes rather than thinking about who you want him to be. <BR> <BR> ~ Nurture emotional as well as physical intimacy. Touch your husband while silently praying for his physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. <BR> <BR> ~ Admit it when you realize youre wrong: "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for ea... Sat, 14 Jun 2008 20:11:07 EST Over the Fence: Daily Chit-Chat Hi Team! <BR> <BR> We're getting larger and I thought it would be nice to have a section on this team where everyone can come and chit-chat with other members! <BR> <BR> Share your thoughts, feelings, news, ideas, questions, concerns, weather, or just any ol' thing on your mind! You're among friends here so stop by often! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>179</em> Thu, 12 Jun 2008 20:33:51 EST SP Article: The 10% Solution This is a great article about making 10% your goal loss instead of focusing on the amount of pounds! <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=454 </link> Thu, 12 Jun 2008 18:46:27 EST Do you ever... Do you ever get cravings for healthy food? What foods do you crave? <BR> <BR> <BR> I find myself craving pineapple, oranges, and cherries. I also find that those cravings increase if the stores don't have any or the produce isn't very good looking. Thu, 12 Jun 2008 12:37:33 EST What's your definition of Success? I want to know what your definition of success is? Tue, 10 Jun 2008 16:08:40 EST Stretch It Out! Week of 6-8-08 Hi Team! <BR> <BR> This week's challenge has been pulled from the Boot Camp Challenge to help give this a little more focus. <BR> <BR> Stretching! We all need to do it! It helps to lengthen the muscles, relax the body and mind, and helps the body repair and rest the muscles which helps recovery. <BR> <BR> Our Challenge is: <BR> <BR> Stretching Sessions 3 days this week. It can be a yoga or pilates DVD or class or even just sitting on the floor for a little while getting in a little more i... Sun, 8 Jun 2008 15:57:06 EST Welcome to Boot Camp! 6-9-08 to 7-7-08 I want to thank Lakendal for this Month's Challenge! <BR> <BR> Welcome to Boot Camp Ladies! Summer is here and there is no turning back at this point! We're going to focus on whipping our butts and bodies back into Summer Shape! <BR> <BR> This is a 2 part challenge as some of the team members have their own fitness routines that they wish to follow. <BR> <BR> Part One- For the Boot Campers: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1102 </link> <BR> <BR... Sun, 8 Jun 2008 15:49:55 EST Can you maintain this for a life time? I was having a conversation tonight with my husband and he asked a very important that he was curious of fellow sparkers. I thought I would ask it here and share my response. I'm curious to hear yours! <BR> <BR> Can you maintain your current eating/nutritional intake (foods and amounts) and fitness levels for a lifetime? Meaning what you are doing right this minute, can you maintain that every day for the rest of your life to maintain the success that you've had? <BR> <BR> Ea... Fri, 6 Jun 2008 23:46:57 EST Pizza Joint Question (help!) Hi guys, <BR> <BR> This may seem silly but I have a dining out question. I'm going to a bday party tonight and they're having it at a local pizza joint. I've checked out their menu and don't see any really healthy options. Secondary "problem": I weigh in tomorrow and was up a pound last week... <BR> <BR> I could get one of their salads without the cheeses or Italian dressing and have them add chicken but I know that the pizza is going to smell incredible and I'll sit there feeling deprive... Fri, 6 Jun 2008 10:57:23 EST Trying to get back on track? Spark just sent m an article with a plan to help get yourself back on track. It's a "boot camp" workout. Sounds great I think I am going to try this. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1102 </link> Wed, 4 Jun 2008 08:27:17 EST Spot Reducing? Does it really work? I have seen many people here on SP as well as in daily interactions that believe in "Spot Reducing" and "Spot Training". The idea that you can train a particular part of the body to lose weight and/or inches within that one spot. <BR> <BR> Some people want to reduce the size or define solely one or 2 area like the hips and butt, abs, and arms. Here are some SP Articles that will give you more information about "Spot Training/Reducing" and what you can do to help the areas you deem a problem... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 18:23:08 EST Why dieting can actually make you fatter! This is a portion from the Book "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" by Tom Venuto. I thought this was a really good example to show everyone why Low-Calorie Diets/restirctions can be harmful. That is why I recommend checking your BMR so you know you're not going to low!!! <BR> <BR> Why dieting can actually make you fatter! <BR> <BR> Let’s take a look at how these physiological and psychological responses to low calories affect the real world results of a typical dieter. <BR> <BR> Suppose our “... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 22:22:32 EST HELP! So I have been doing a lot more exercise then I originally planned for - Does anyone know how to adjust my calories on SP? I don't think I am getting enough for the amount of exercise I am doing and I got an alert that my calories do not adjust automatically. Can anyone help? Mon, 2 Jun 2008 12:57:51 EST long time no see.... i mean, post :) Well, I have no been on here or sparkpeople for forever. So quick update. I graduated college, started a new job, quit said job as my husband got a job 2.5 hours south of where we were. Got "fired" a week early from job as they found someone who could start right away. Actually was a good thing as I didn't have to travel back up for 3 days and had more time to move in/unpack. Had an interview last week and never heard back. I'm switching my path to office assistant type work instead of daycar... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 12:42:00 EST Cherished Time- Week of June 2, 2008 This week's challenge is about the "quality" of time spent together, not the quantity! <BR> <BR> For this week I challenge you to spend at least 2-30 minute durations with your spouse ALONE. This time is to reconnect on every level. Instead of flipping the Tv on or just sitting down in the living room together, do something meaningful! <BR> <BR> Take a walk together and hold hands, have a meaningful conversation, lay together on the bed as the sun goes down and talk about your hopes and dr... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 09:35:32 EST I could use some advice please Wow it's been a while since I posted on here huh. <BR> <BR> As some of you may be aware I've had a pretty stressful month or two, I've quit my job, my best friend has been in hospital for nearly a month and most likely has considerable brain damage, and I'm feeling unappreciated at home. <BR> <BR> I have a new job to go to which I start next Wednesday, so I'm nervous as hell about that - I've been with my current company for seven years so it's a big change. <BR> <BR> There's not really an... Thu, 29 May 2008 18:09:40 EST A Miracle Berry? Look what it can do! Check this article out about the "Miracle Berry" <BR> <BR> It has the power to completely change the way foods taste! <BR> <link><BR>flavor.html?no_interstitial </link> Thu, 29 May 2008 15:56:26 EST 8 Ultimate Flat-Belly Summer Foods Eat This, Not That 8 Ultimate Flat-Belly Summer Foods <BR> <BR> As the summer inches closer and the siren call of weekends at the beach grows louder, we have plenty of reasons to slim down. <BR> <BR> But with all of the neighborhood barbecues, pool parties, and vacations come a slew of dubious dietary intruders — it's like the world has become one big surf shack, and we're all grabbing the large fries to go with our crispy clam strips. (And oh, we'll have the small chocolate milk shake wi... Tue, 27 May 2008 15:32:44 EST Emotionally Charged! Week of 5-26-08 There are many people out there that suffer or have suffered from emotional eating. This challenge is to help with that experience. <BR> <BR> For this challenge, instead of turning to food, we will turn to journaling or blogging. When we turn to food for comfort, it's usually because we have a variety of overwhelming emotions swirling around us. So instead of food, lets get those emotions out in healthy and productive ways! <BR> <BR> Write about your emotions: What's causing the feeling(s... Tue, 27 May 2008 13:40:57 EST Obtaining Body Fat% via Online Calculators... I have been checking out some websites that offer to calculate your Body Fat% based on certain measurements and weight. I just want to let everyone know to be cautious when using the online calculators. <BR> <BR> I tried no less than 3 websites and all gave different numbers and ALL gave me readings at least 12% or more under my actual BF%. I recommend that if you are truly interested in calculating your BF% to invest in a BF Caliper...Digitals are a little easier to use. <BR> <BR> I use ... Tue, 27 May 2008 13:01:07 EST pasta serving size I'm making some whole wheat pasta for my lunch tomorrow and got to thinking. Is the 2 oz serving size before or after its cooked? I measured out 2 oz and cooked it then measured it again...there is a big difference (like double the weight). I need to make sure I'm logging it in correctly. <BR> Please help me. Mon, 26 May 2008 21:56:18 EST Thanks to all! I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for their kind words and support. I did take some time off and when I came back, I never thought anyone would notice that I had been gone. It made me realize that I am not doing this alone and I have so many people that do support me. It has been rough going since I came back, but thanks to all of you, I know I can do it. Mon, 26 May 2008 00:11:31 EST New to team Hello! My name is Melissa, and I just joined this team. I have been active on spark for a while, and I was looking for some new interesting challenges to keep me moving. I've been married for nearly a year, since the BIG day: 07/07/07. At the time we planned it, we didn't realize it was going to be the biggest wedding day of the century, but at least I'll never forget the date! I'm glad to be here and get challenged and toned! Sat, 24 May 2008 20:07:22 EST Woo Hoo! Post your Success & Victories Here! I thought we all could use a Success and Woo-Hoo Topic Post Area. <BR> <BR> So any success that you have, a proud moment, or victory big or little, let us know! We'll celebrate with you! Sat, 24 May 2008 19:50:05 EST Good Morning America Don't know if any of you saw this on the front page today but tomorrow morning (May 22nd) at 8:30AM (EST) Nichole Jones from Sparkpeople is going to be on the show, "Good Morning America" on ABC. She went from 240 pounds to 130 pounds with Spark and is a huge inspiration for us all. I'm definitely going to try to catch the show tomorrow morning, you should too! <BR> <BR> <BR> Her spark page: <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 May 2008 19:42:38 EST What Have You Accomplished since New Years? We've all been working hard to reach one or more goals since the New year. Let's take some time and reflect on this... <BR> <BR> What have you accomplished thus far? <BR> <BR> What are you working towards? <BR> <BR> How do you feel about your progress? <BR> <BR> Are you happy with your success? Why or Why Not? <BR> <BR> How are you going to accomplish your next or remaining goals? <BR> Tue, 20 May 2008 16:55:42 EST Test Your Cellulite Knowledge! Here's a quiz from SP to test your Cellulite Knowledge! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_questions.asp?quizid=49 </link> Mon, 19 May 2008 18:59:34 EST SP Article: 4 Signs It's Time to Change... This is a great Sp Article called "4 Signs It's Time to Change your Workout Routine". <BR> <BR> It has some great info and helpful ideas! <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=874 </link> Mon, 19 May 2008 16:18:08 EST What are your plans for Memorial Day? Anyone have any plans for Memorial Day? I can't believe it's Next Monday already! June is less than 2 weeks away! WOW! Time flies! <BR> <BR> <BR> We're having a BBQ at my Mom's and will probably have a Bon Fire. I'm looking forward to the long weekend with my Husband! I think if the weather is nice we'll get in some yard work. <BR> <BR> I'm also planning a Romantic Picnic for Sunday Afternoon. If the weather is bad, I'll spread the blanket out in the living room and put on some soft music!... Mon, 19 May 2008 12:55:12 EST PLEASE PRAY FOR US MY UNCLE DIED TODAY! My uncle passed away today on a massive heart attack at 4 and it was a great big shock for all of us, <BR> his wife just passed on 4 months ago , <BR> ( both from diabetes) <BR> remember when I had to go to a funeral, <BR> well I have to go again soon and I am feeling so devastated, <BR> its hurts so much. <BR> I am going out to my mother inlaws and to go see my mom!mY MOMS BROTHER! <BR> Please pray for us! <BR> SPIRITANGEL <BR> HUGS <em>223</em> <em>220</em> Sun, 18 May 2008 19:20:36 EST Body Composition: Week of 5-19-08 Did you know that for every pound that is lost, up to 30% of that can be Lean Muscle Mass?! We need that muscle to keep our metabolism high and active! SO while we think the scale is a good indicator of progress, it can really be showing not only fat and water lost, but our muscles too!!! <BR> <BR> This week's challenge will focus on learning about your body composition. We will be taking Body Fat Readings. You will need to get a Caliper...a digital one is easier to read. They cost between $... Sun, 18 May 2008 10:47:59 EST nutrient tracking I am not sure if this is the right place to post this question. I am new here so please forgive me. I was wondering what nutrients everyone tracks? I see that you can add more to track but I am not sure if I should just add all of them or the default 4 that spark sets for you or what? Any tips? Sat, 17 May 2008 23:38:43 EST What is the Definition of a Splurge Day to you? I would like to know what other people's definition of a Splurge day is and how do you use it? <BR> <BR> Personally I believe "Everything in Moderation". I also define a Splurge or Cheat Day as: A day each week where you can go somewhat over your range without it affecting your progress. This day you are allowed to indulge in those cravings like Chocolate Tower Cake, Fast food, Cheetos, or having fun with family and friends at cook outs without worrying so much about every little calorie". <... Sat, 17 May 2008 21:10:40 EST Article: Lose Weight Eating Restaurant Foods! Lose Weight Eating Restaurant Foods <BR> <BR> Posted Mon, May 12, 2008, 4:06 pm PDT <BR> <BR> A recent study from the University of Arkansas says a mouthful: The average diner underestimates his or her calorie count by up to 93 percent when eating out. So every time you step through a restaurant door, you may be consuming twice what you bargained for. And that’s bad news for all of us: This year American’s will spend $500 billion — half of our total food dollars — eating out. It’s a doubl... Thu, 15 May 2008 17:56:20 EST New to SP and New to marriage. I just got married May 3rd. We have been together for over 7 years. This si not our first marriage, but it has been a long time for both of us. Look forward to meeting new people. <em>26</em> Thu, 15 May 2008 13:55:02 EST Congrats Jeninrussia! I wanted to say <em>242</em> and <em>243</em> for being the Featured Spark Motivational Member today! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> You're doing an awesome job and you are a total motivation! Thu, 15 May 2008 10:14:11 EST Favorite Motivational Quotes "You get out only what you put in!" Tue, 13 May 2008 13:36:49 EST King of the Castle- Week of 5-12-08 This week's challenge is for our loving and hard-working husbands!!! <BR> <BR> This week I challenge you to PRAISE your husband daily. Also, NO NEGATIVE COMMENTS!! <BR> <BR> Our hubbies work so hard and at times they forget to do things or don't quite do them as well as we'd like. Instead of pointing out the bad, focus on the good. Compliment and point out all the wonderful things he does for you and your family each day. When he feels lifted up from your words, he's sure to want to live up... Mon, 12 May 2008 12:41:23 EST I'm Home I'm back! Florida was very hot and wonderful. It was a great vacation. Spent a lot of time playing in the pool but didn't get to much walking in like I'd planned. It was just too hot. The coolest day we were there was 88 degrees which was great for laying around the pool reading but not strolls. <BR> I wasn't real good about the food we ate but I didn't over indulge. However being on the road for hours we ate a lot of fast food. I ate more fast food than I have in years. I think I'm go... Sun, 11 May 2008 08:56:58 EST How to increase your Metabolism Hi Team! <BR> <BR> This is a great article that will give you some great information about increasing your metabolism! <BR> <BR> Take a could really make a difference in your body and the way you feel! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>submit/tom-venuto/repair-metabolic-dam<BR>age.html </link> Fri, 9 May 2008 17:54:25 EST Calorie Cycling Does anyone one else take part in the Calorie Cycling Method? <BR> <BR> I am starting this program today and was curious to see who else does this. I am not going as extreme as some people are, but instead my own variation of it. <BR> <BR> I decided to my Goal Weight's BMR Calorie Maintenance number average that for the week. It gave me totals that match Spark's Calorie range. With this said I made High Days, including one day over my range and the rest are average to low end goal days. <BR... Thu, 8 May 2008 17:10:02 EST Articles: BMI, Fat Loss, Weight Loss, & Much More! These are some very good links to articles that talk about BMI, weight loss, fat loss, muscle loss/gain, ect... <BR> <BR> I recommend checking them out as I was shocked and impressed by what I read. They basically help to point out that just because you lose 10, 20, 50 doesn't mean you lost fat! <BR> <BR> WOW! <BR> <BR> "IDEAL WEIGHT: IS THERE SUCH THING?" by Thomas Tadlock. This link doesn't work on nights and some weekends. <BR> <link><BR>on... Tue, 6 May 2008 16:17:03 EST Melting Away Monthly Challenge- 5-5-08 to 6-5-08 This month's challenge is similar to one we've had in the past. <BR> <BR> This Month's Challenge is to lose inches. Pounds lost are fabulous, no doubt, but this month, we're going to celebrate those inches lost more! <BR> <BR> For those of us that have hit plateaus or are seeing slower weight loss, it's always beneficial to see results in other categories. So let's bust out those measuring tapes again! Take measurements from your waist, hips, chest, one arm, thigh, calf, and your neck. One ... Mon, 5 May 2008 12:34:26 EST Because You're Worth It- Week of 5-5-08 This week's challenge is to reward all of our hard work thus far! <BR> <BR> For this week, we are going to Pamper Ourselves! The challenge is 3 times this week! <BR> <BR> Give yourself a facial, manicure, pedicure, candlelit bubble bath, some quiet time for reading, watch a chick flick, get a massage, go shopping at the mall for a day; anything that is pampering and relaxing! <BR> <BR> We all work so hard and every now-and-then we need to focus on relaxation and rewards. These will help to... Mon, 5 May 2008 00:41:49 EST Motivation- How do you keep yours? I think we all at one point or another lose motivation; even if only for a day or two. What are some of the ways that you keep your motivation up and running? What would be your advice to others who either need motivation or are just starting their journey? <BR> <BR> By compiling a list, we have a reference point to look back on when ever we need a boost! Sat, 3 May 2008 16:05:34 EST FYI- Spark has a Swimsuit Challenge! For anyone who is interested, Spark is having a swimsuit challenge that begins tomorrow May 4th. <BR> <BR> You follow their exercise routines for about a month and you have a chance to win prizes! It might be worth checking out if you are currently bored with or need a new fitness routine! <BR> <BR> Good Luck! <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=20982 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> <em>47</em> <em>248</em> <em>7</em> Sat, 3 May 2008 11:43:05 EST Article: 6 Skinny Cheeses That Taste Creamy Article I found: <BR> <BR> May. 02, 2008 <BR> <BR> 6 Skinny Cheeses That Taste Creamy <BR> <BR> by Val Weaver, RealAge, on Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:13pm PDT <BR> <BR> Determined to lose a few pounds but already feeling cranky and deprived? Take a cheese break. There’s nothing like cheese to make you feel like you’re not on a diet. And there are lots of low-fat varieties -- they’re just not all worth eating. But these 6 are. We know. The RealAge staff taste-tested dozens to find them. What’s m... Fri, 2 May 2008 15:43:44 EST Can Weight Lifting Be Considered A Cardiovascular? This is an excellent article that discusses the benefits of both cardio and strength. it also talks about what "Toning" is and how it works... <BR> <BR> by Cathe Friedrich <BR> <BR> Can Weight Lifting Be Considered A Cardiovascular Workout ? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> By now we all know that exercise makes us look and feel great. We understand that regular participation in aerobic exercise and weight training will increase our energy, vitality, and overall quality of life. But what we may not ... Thu, 1 May 2008 20:55:18 EST Team Goals Hi! <BR> <BR> I've posted 2 team goals so far, but looking for suggestions. <BR> <BR> Since this is everyone's team, I would like goals to benefit us all. We all have different schedules, lifestyles, likes, and personal goals, so it would be nice to have several goals that will incorporate all of our needs and wants. <BR> <BR> If you have any suggestions, please let me know. These goals can be weekly, monthly, or permanent. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <em>30</em> <em>205</em> <em>235</em> ... Thu, 1 May 2008 17:50:46 EST Inches Lost Let's post our inches lost here! It's another way to show progress and often tells more than the scale! <BR> <BR> This will also help keep you motivated and looking for new ways to track your successes! Inches lost equals smaller bodies! <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> <em>9</em> <em>225</em> <em>244</em> <em>259</em> Wed, 30 Apr 2008 23:24:35 EST Favorite Exercises & Ones You'd like to Try? I've done almost every exercise, piece of equipment, DVD type and style, and infomercial program out there. <BR> <BR> I was wondering what are some of the ones you've tried, the ones You love and are currently doing, and ones you'd like to try in the future. <BR> <BR> <em>285</em> <em>68</em> Wed, 30 Apr 2008 23:03:58 EST New here! Hi Girls! <BR> My name is Deb and I have been around for a while but dropped off for a time. I am a missionary in Jamaica with my husband. We have been married 27 years. It has been good, hard, wonderful, sad, a little of it all. We are now empty nesters which is a whole new season. We started Sparks about a year in a half ago when my husband ended up in the hospital here. I was looking for some kind of diet for him and I was the one that it really ended up helping. I lost about 20 pou... Wed, 30 Apr 2008 21:06:03 EST Calculating your proper BMR... Hi team! <BR> <BR> Your BMR is an important number to know. This will tell you how many calories you need to live and for calculating gains/lose/maintenance weight. <BR> <BR> This website helps you see what your needs are now and what they will be in the future depending on weight and activity level. If your goal is to lose weight, choose the Sedentary Formula and make sure there is a 500 or so calorie deficit between calories and exercise. <BR> <BR> Have fun and I'm sure you'll learn a ... Tue, 29 Apr 2008 17:03:17 EST Comparative Disorder - CD As defined by a fellow team mate, I just thought this could apply to others. I won't post your personal can...but wanted to add to it for support... <BR> <BR> Comparing yourself to others...CD! <BR> I thought about it and this is what it reminded me of. <BR> Have you ever been to an aerobics class? Or are you too afraid? Do you think you will walk into a class and people will look at you? Or that as you are trying to keep up with the class, someone is behind you looking at... Fri, 25 Apr 2008 20:45:58 EST NO EXCUSES! If she can, so can YOU!!! Ladies- <BR> <BR> We all know weight training does a body good, so for some motivation take a look at this link- <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3/naked.shtml </link> <BR> <BR> If this woman can do it, so can you! You don't have to compete, but there is no longer an excuse for not lifting weights or lifting challenging weights. We all can do it no matter what our bodies, minds, and prior injuries tell us. There is always something we can do...Some lifting is bet... Fri, 25 Apr 2008 12:28:44 EST Message boards How many spark teams do you belong to? How many do you post regularly on? I belong to 4 this is the board I post the most on. I may not post every day but I do check it daily. The others not as much. There was one other board that I belonged too and posted on quite a bit but due to lack of support from other members I no longer belong to that one. <BR> <BR> I wanted to say thank you ladies. I believe this is the best team to be on. We have a great support system and even though we hav... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 09:06:26 EST Week of 4-21-08: The Great Outdoors! This week's Challenge: <BR> <BR> Get outside and do an activity at least 3 times this week! Walk the dog, garden, go for a bike ride or jog! Enjoy this wonderful Spring Weather and take advantage of exercise that is actually enjoyable! Tue, 22 Apr 2008 23:59:08 EST Emotional eating? Hi ladies- <BR> <BR> Surprise, surprise. I seem to have fallen off the wagon again. I just don't know what to do to keep myself on track and hold myself accountable. My latest problem is that I'm an emotional eater. (not a NEW problem by any means) <BR> <BR> Over the last week I have been responsible for finding a house and a new job in a city that is over 1100 miles away from the state that i have called home. Stressful time? ABSOLUTELY. I of course, fell off the wagon. <BR> <BR> So... Mon, 21 Apr 2008 10:13:21 EST 10 Things About You We are developing some great friendships here and thought it would be exciting to learn a little more about each other!! <BR> Enjoy! Fri, 18 Apr 2008 11:46:02 EST I have the flu. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> That's all....just needed to whine to someone. Wed, 16 Apr 2008 22:34:20 EST Week of 4-15-07: Self Reflection Challenge Today I was inspired by DAISYDIVA. Her blog made several very interesting and important points that I think we all need to see. <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is to read her blog "Freedom vs. Size" <BR> <BR> After you have read it post here or blog yourself about what this entry means to you. How has it helped you, how are you able to relate, and what has it inspired within you? <BR> <BR> We all get caught up in the "less is best" philosophy at one point or another, and some more than ot... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 12:53:15 EST Because I'm too lazy to troll through recipes ... Does anyone have some great slow cooker recipes? <BR> <BR> I love using it, especially now we're coming into winter in NZ, but I'm getting sick of using tinned tomatoes as my liquid base. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to think up easy recipes that involve a lot of veges but I'm not sure what to use instead of the diced tomatoes that have become the staple of all my throw-togethers. Sun, 13 Apr 2008 19:34:34 EST Anyone Use a Heart Rate Monitor? I decided that since I exhausted myself last week, that it would be a good idea to go out and get one. I bought a Polar F6 in Pink. This way I could more accurately track the amount of fat and calories that I am burning during activities. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else use one? Sun, 13 Apr 2008 12:55:03 EST Checking in I thought this would be a good topic for all of us who get real busy and don't get to get on spark as much as we would like. <BR> I've been subbing a lot and then in the evenings we go to my mother-in-laws to make dinner for her so I really haven't had a lot of time to get on here. I am proud to say I have still been logging in my food and workouts but haven't been on the message boards too much. Next week I am scheduled all week so I probably will not be on too much then either. So if you... Sat, 12 Apr 2008 09:39:46 EST Which body part do you most want to improve? Another thread got me thinking about this. <BR> <BR> I most want to improve my legs and arms, I'm doing a lot of treadmill and stationary bike stuff (to try and get legs that I actually like. I've never been happy with them, even when I was at my ideal weight, I think it's partly because I rode horses a lot when I was young and when that stopped all the built-up muscle turned jelly-like. I think my arms went when I stopped swimming competitively, I have that lovely underarm wave thing goin... Fri, 11 Apr 2008 20:57:10 EST How tall are you? Just wondering if there are any other shorties in this group? I am barely 5'2 on a good day! lol <BR> <BR> Fri, 11 Apr 2008 18:16:42 EST I Love... Tell us what you often as you'd like! Mon, 7 Apr 2008 23:03:03 EST Week of 4-7-07: Contract for Success This week's challenge is to help everyone focus on their goals and understand what is really important to them. <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is to read the Spark Article "Contract for Success" and write one of your own. This contract gives you the opportunity to build on your current successes, take risks, or to renew your motivation to try again or to try harder at reaching your goals. <BR> <BR> We all can make it to the finish line with hard work and dedication. This is just one more t... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 08:56:16 EST confessions I figured we had a food confession board we should have a regular confession board too. <BR> My confession is that today is the last day of spring break and I pretty much sat on my butt the whole time. <BR> My plan was to get in some really intense workouts. I didn't workout at all until yesterday. No reason except pure laziness. I was kinda bored and blue. I was looking forward to spring break but once it got here I didn't know what to do with myself. <BR> Thank God school starts again ... Fri, 4 Apr 2008 12:15:31 EST Weight Watchers? Is anyone following weight watcher's core plan??? I've been living off of chicken since I started and I'm looking for something to shake things up. The website has recipes but nothing that is really sticking out at me... Wed, 2 Apr 2008 10:25:56 EST Its my Anniversy Today! Its my Anniversy Today, We have been happily married <BR> for 14 years! And I am proud to have a man like him! <BR> He is the best and would never change him for the world! <BR> He is taking me out for chinese and my mom is taking <BR> my girls over night! <em>224</em> <BR> I am so happy! <BR> spiritangel <em>129</em> <em>214</em> Love forever 2 as one! Tue, 1 Apr 2008 16:36:20 EST Bust the Plateau! Week of 3-31-08 This is to help everyone stuck on a plateau or for members that think they may be in one! It will help EVERYONE regardless! <BR> <BR> This week I challenge everyone to: <BR> <BR> Hi-Low Intensity Cardio! Do at least 10 mins of High Intensity cardio for every 30 mins of aerobics you do each day. <BR> <BR> If you walk on the treadmill, walk 3 mins, jog 2 mins. <BR> <BR> If you use an elliptical, go at a moderate pace for 3 mins, then kick it up 2 mins with more resistance, incline, and or s... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 18:00:54 EST Vegetable serving size Does anyone know how many pieces of asparagus is a serving size? I only eat fresh and usually eat quite a bit and was wondering how many servings I'm actually eating? Thanks! Mon, 31 Mar 2008 12:56:15 EST Does lifting weights make women bulky? Here's a great post from a favorite team of mine: <BR> <BR> I hear this so much, that I really wanted to share this article (it's one of many, many articles - do a search on the web). <BR> <BR> If you avoid lifting weights because you are afraid training with weights will give you bulky muscles, you might be surprised when you hear that it will not. To obtain those "bulky" muscles, you literally have to spend hours in the gym. The level of strength training required for general good health... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 21:34:10 EST Success Stories I don't know about anyone else, but I just love reading success stories. I've seen so many on SP, and I love magazines that show them, too. I like reading about what works for different women. <BR> <BR> Here's the Self Magazine success stories: <BR> <link><BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the Fitness Magazine success stories: <BR> <link><BR>gory.jhtml?categoryid=/templatedata/fi<BR>tness/category/data/1130364033552.... Wed, 26 Mar 2008 10:34:14 EST Any weekend plans? I'm going to visit my sister downstate in Fenton (Michigan). We will probably do lunch with the family on Saturday. The women in my family meet every Saturday for lunch. I'm not sure where but it's probably not going to be good for me...I'm voting on Olive Garden. <BR> Wed, 26 Mar 2008 09:37:34 EST Article: Ditch the Diet Pop! By Lucy Danziger, SELF Editor-in-Chief Provided by: <BR> <BR> Happier, Healthier You: Skip the Diet Soda <BR> <BR> Posted Mon, Mar 24, 2008, 11:33 am PDT <BR> <BR> 84% of users found this article helpful. <BR> Post a Comment View All 2 Comments Get ready to ditch your soda habit. I’m kicking Diet Coke — it takes time, and I’m down to five a week from a high of 12, but it’s worth it. <BR> <BR> Here’s why: Recent research has shown that artificial sweeteners in soda may interfe... Tue, 25 Mar 2008 19:40:08 EST Where the heck is Spring? It's snowing AGAIN! We are in the middle of a winter weather advisory. They are expecting 5 inches and lots of blowing. I'm sooooo sick of winter. Please make it go away! <BR> <BR> Sorry had to get that little meltdown out of the way...I feel better now. Tue, 25 Mar 2008 10:20:46 EST What are you doing today for Easter? What special plans do you have for today? <BR> We are going to my in-laws for lunch and an easter egg hunt. And my son wil get his easter egg basket there. It will be fun as this is the first easter he will kind of 'get it'. He will have fun hunting for easter eggs and getting into his basket. We are just having sandwiches and no candy. Sun, 23 Mar 2008 14:16:05 EST Hello!! Hey all...I am 31 years old. I have a beautiful little girl that just turned three. Hubby and I have been married for almost 7 years. I am hoping to shed 20 or more pounds to get me to pre-baby weight. Quite honestly it is not a numbers game to me, I just want to fit into my old clothes without a muffin top hanging over the rim and to feel confident in myself again. I am hoping to be successful this time as the last three years have proven to be one diet failute after another! Sat, 22 Mar 2008 01:03:33 EST What is your best asset? What do you really love about you?! Fri, 21 Mar 2008 11:36:41 EST Warm Weather Prep Challenge From March 31 to April 30th <BR> <BR> This Challenge is to help us and our bodies get ready for the warmer weather in the coming months. <BR> <BR> For this Challenge we will be following the Bikini Workout posted to the team favorites section. <BR> <BR> The Challenge is to do 1 or more exercises from each category listed twice a week minimum. These exercises can be done easily at home, the office, or the gym. <BR> <BR> By the end of the month you will have a noticeable change in muscl... Thu, 20 Mar 2008 21:40:17 EST What is a Fruit Serving Size? You Asked: Fruit Serving Size? <BR> Thu, 03/20/2008 - 4:00am by FitSugar 97,477 Views - 9 comments <BR> <BR> You're asking and I'm answering. <BR> <BR> "I have read before that the "medium apple" is no longer at all the average size of apples we'll find in the store . .. what's the REAL deal with that issue? What is the size of a medium apple? A medium banana? A medium peach? And then... what are the calorie differences per fruit? Does size really matter there too? <BR> -kellybel006 <BR> ... Thu, 20 Mar 2008 13:19:12 EST Taking a leave of absence Life has been so, so, so busy ... between these two jobs I am working (50 - 60 hours a week) and school (2 classes) and my family (too many pets, 3 kids, a husband, and my younger brother), I can never seem to get online to do hardly anything so I am going to take a momentary leave of absence until the end of April. <BR> I will be back at the end of April rev'd up and ready to go!!! <BR> Best wishes to everyone in the meantime!! <BR> Have a great Easter Weekend! Thu, 20 Mar 2008 11:30:53 EST Tips for No-Diet Weekends Happier, Healthier You Tips for the No-Diet Weekends <BR> Posted Fri, Feb 29, 2008, 2:58 pm PST <BR> <BR> I love the weekends — two full days to spend having fun with my kids. In my house, that means baking cookies with my daughter (who happens to be tall and willowy — lucky girl!)...and inevitably eating the dough as we go along. <BR> <BR> Between cookie calories and restaurant meals, my Saturday is a lost cause. I'll bet that eating healthy on the weekend is tough for most of you, too.... Thu, 20 Mar 2008 10:17:28 EST HAPPY EASTER TO ALL MY SPECIAL FRIENDS! Dear, To all my spark friends <BR> <BR> Like gentle spring breezes... <BR> Thoughts of you at Easter <BR> bring a special kind <BR> of happiness to my heart. <BR> <BR> Your special Friend, Spiritangel37 <em>145</em> <em>172</em> <em>296</em> <BR> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>184</em> Thu, 20 Mar 2008 02:37:25 EST Top 5 Exercise Plateau Breakers *****I saw this on another team and thought it was important to share with everyone!!! <BR> <BR> Top 5 Exercise Plateau Breakers <BR> by: Gillian Hood-Gabrielson <BR> <BR> Plateau. That dreaded word that you do not want to hear, let alone experience. Especially if you have been diligently exercising in an attempt to get fit or lose weight. We have all experienced a plateau at some time all of a sudden you stop losing weight or you just cant seem to run any faster. When you hit a plateau, ... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 13:57:27 EST Update Many of you know I have been have breast health issues. I had what they call a stereotactic biopsy yesterday. I'm still a little sore and swollen but overall I'm doing well. My results should be in probably by the end of the week. Good news is that the radiologist was optimistic. Bad news is that I have to wait to find out anything. I'm not very good at the waiting game. At least I'm scheduled to work the next two days to keep my mind off of things. <BR> <BR> Breast health is very imp... Tue, 18 Mar 2008 09:02:26 EST Thank you everyone! I just got an email that said I am now a: <BR> <BR> Spark People Motivator!!!! <BR> <BR> I just want to say Thank You SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much for those of you that voted for me! That really means so much to me! I'm sitting here like a nerd tearing up; I'm so excited! <BR> <BR> Again thank you and I hope that I can continue to motivate everyone! Thank you, thank you, thank you! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>304</em> <em>146</em> Mon, 17 Mar 2008 16:31:41 EST YOUR AGE BY DINER & RESTAURANT MATH YOUR AGE BY DINER & RESTAURANT MATH <BR> <BR> This is pretty neat <BR> <BR> DON'T CHEAT BY SCROLLING DOWN FIRST! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to <BR> go out to eat. (more than once but less than 10) <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold) <BR> <BR> 3. Add Five <BR> <BR> 4. Multiply it by 50 <BR> <BR> 5. If you have already had your <BR> birthday this year add 1758... <BR> <BR> If you haven't,... Sun, 16 Mar 2008 00:12:27 EST Completely off-topic--- ...but go to: <BR> <BR> and read the entry "The Health Club." All the entries are good but this is my favorite. And pertains to some(if not all) of us at some point. :) Fri, 14 Mar 2008 22:25:40 EST Article: Diet vs Life Style Change Here's a great article I just read in the Spark resources. I really think it will help so many of us to stop playing a numbers game. <BR> <BR> I hope this helps to motivate and inspire you; while soothing that voice in your head that says "the scale rules"! <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=620&page=1 </link> Fri, 14 Mar 2008 16:45:24 EST What are your accompli shments? WE all focus on what we want to or have not accomplished; but do you recognize what you have? <BR> <BR> What have you accomplished since joining Spark, within the past 3 to 6 months, and even today? <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Mar 2008 21:28:17 EST New This Week! Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am new to SP this week and new to this group. <BR> <BR> I'm a 25 (26 on 3/28) year old teacher in SC. My husband and I don't have any children yet. I want to be healthy and fit for when we do start a family <BR> <BR> I've done a lot of research and know a lot about what I need to do to succeed. It's really just getting started and sticking with it! I keep a food journal regularly and that has helped me tremendously. Having to write that extra snack down is very ... Wed, 12 Mar 2008 16:41:04 EST