SparkPeople Missourians! Team Messageboard Anyone living in the "Show-Me" State or has connection with our state....Welcome Friends! SparkPeople Missourians! Team Messageboard Hi. Just joined spark people. Just starting my weight loss journey. Have joined a gym and am committed to eating better. Pretty motivated, but have doubts of staying that way. I wanted to start now to avoid gaining even more weight over the holidays. Lots of work food activities planned as well as holiday parties. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:02:51 EST Building consistent habits Hi Sparkers! I'm motivated to get back into exercise and healthier eating. Why? I need to reduce stress and lift my mood. I want more energy. And I'm tired of giving myself excuses. Usually I'm too shy to post, but this time I thought I'd take that extra step and reach out for support. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 20:03:37 EST Chelsea Hello, my name is Chelsea :) I will be beginning my journey with Advocare (24 day challenge) on Sunday, November 30, 2014. Join me in the challenge and follow me on Spark :) Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:27:05 EST Kimbooz73 Day 1 - I want to lose a small chunk, around 75 lbs. starting with food tracker first couple weeks and adding in excercise. <BR> <BR> What are your 3 favorite foods that give you the most energy or fill you up? (Low calorie, high fiber, high protein)."The details matter less than the power packed food options I should consider as I head to the grocery store this week) Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:14:43 EST I am THANKFUL ... A - Z Less than 2 weeks to Thanksgiving Day so it is time to review our gratitudes.... <BR> <BR> - A - antacid <em>2</em> slept better after taking one! <BR> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 12:57:20 EST Hello everyone :-) I'm new and a little nervous about trying to lose 75 pounds! Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:15:22 EST Zombie Walk, Saturday, October 25 Don't be scared, all you Sparkers. Just because I plan to be in costume shouldn't frighten you too much. <BR> <BR> Come on out to the Al Foster Trail located southwest of St. Louis. The Al Foster leads to the Zombie Trail that you may have heard about because it IS haunted. Start your walk on a beautiful autumn Saturday through the woods full of fall color. The level gravel trail follows the Meramec River, except where it intersects with the Zombie which is paved. Really is pretty out there... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:03:18 EST Hello fellow Show Me State Friends! It's time that I take charge of my health and spend the time on me! <BR> <BR> Look forward to good advice, friends and motivation Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:13:30 EST Sad to say... I have lived in Joplin or at least MO most of my life and I have never really traveled through MO, I went to kansas city two the airport, to the GED testing center, one of the malls, and to springfield a dozen times. and to Branson 4 times maybe 5. and then the little towns around me around 50 times. but other than that I've never really seen MO. I've never been to st louis, or jefferson city. I don't even know what towns are in that little chunk of se mo. <BR> I'm just one of those who like... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:46:01 EST Question of the day? Which do like better - blueberries or strawberries? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:44:17 EST Hello Hi, I am from Hillsboro area Fri, 5 Sep 2014 17:06:28 EST Hello all!! Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Jenn & I'm a 39 y.o. wife and mom to two fur babies in St. Louis. This is my first day on Spark & what lead me here was a search for exercise/fitness buddy. If anyone is interested in communicating here and or knows of safe parks/hikes/good yoga studios/fitness clubs I'd be glad to know ya! Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:31:12 EST A - Z ....Safe driving tips August 3-9 is <em>227</em> on Red awareness..... So, how about A - Z safe driving tips? <BR> <BR> - A - Always wear your seat belt Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:16:08 EST Hello! Hi, my name is Karen and I live in St. Joseph. I had back surgery 4 weeks ago today, and am doing well. Just started back to work yesterday, & I'm ready to get on with life now that I'm pain free. I'd like to lose 40 lbs. because I think it would be a lot easier on my joints and I would just feel better all the way around. I'm looking forward to utilizing the tracker to keep me accountable. I also like to look at the forums to see what everyone else is doing, as well as to get tips on re... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:27:10 EST New member looking for online buddy to email I am 43 yr old mom of 2 teens, a teacher, and a foodie. I am wanting to lose about 20lbs and would like someone similar to myself to communicate with via Facebook or email to share my journey. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:58:34 EST Help Hi, <BR> My name is Shelly, I am looking for help..I am disabled at 52 years old from an accident and looking at having several surgeries, but must lose weight before. I have so many obstacles right now that have played a huge role in my weight gain and inability to lose the weight! One of the many things I have wrong is Thyroid disease, hypothyroidism and I have only gotten worse..I see no hope in sight as I am doing this all alone and unable to exercise...So I guess God has sent me to this ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:17:39 EST Newbie! Hi! I am a divorced Mom of 3 young children, and live in Cedar Hill. My goal is to lose 50lbs by the end of the year, if not before. Sat, 5 Jul 2014 15:00:18 EST Happy 4th of July! I hope this post finds all of my Missouri friends celebrating --or preparing to celebrate-- a fun and safe 4th of July! <em>232</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:49:02 EST Slow Starts I guess I should have waited to sign on here until I got myself moved this past month and settled. I am still unpacking and so tired to do the extra on here full force. I am excited to get going. I am setting my sites on next Monday to really get serious. Fri, 4 Jul 2014 08:39:42 EST Hi! from St. Louis, MO I am obviously new here. Just wanted to say Hi! Looking forward to the journey. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:44:48 EST Hello from Sturgeon Missouri Hi everybody! My name is Rhonda and I live in Sturgeon, yes I did just type Sturgeon like the fish <em>334</em> . Any how I am smack dab in the middle of Columbia and Moberly. Little bitty town but it has been my home pretty much my whole life. On April 29th I made the first step in the rest of my life and had lap ban surgery. I have MS and over the last 10 years of my life and a million medication changes I packed on way to much weight. We finally have my meds in order and I decided it wa... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:42:05 EST hi everyone Hi everyone ! Im a 31 stay at home mom of 3 kids. 5 years ago I weight 125-130 pounds, now I am up to 173. I live in Jefferson county, but originally from South County/ Lemay. Ive been on Weight Watchers for over a year and have only lost 7 pounds to date. I did lose 20, but 13 of that was due to stress and not eating for a week, then gained it all 13 back in less than a month. Its time to try something different. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:20:06 EST A newbie saying hello Good morning, I am new to SP and would like to introduce myself. I joined SP late last month and still finding my way around so if anyone has some suggestions I would be glad to hear them.. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 10:07:18 EST Top Ten Team Leaders For May 2014 As a team, you are all doing well. Our team was #17 in our category (City-to-City Challenge) in Spark Points with 619,682 points and #19 in Fitness Minutes with 653,224 minutes. <BR> <BR> PLEASE NOTE: If you are on the lists below & didn't receive your Sparkgoodie, please check that <BR> (1) you have a Spark page set up <BR> (2) it is not set to private. <BR> (3) You have posted to the team page in the last 30 days. SP will no longer allow team leaders to send team goodies to members wh... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 16:41:10 EST New and excited to get more healthy... Hello everyone! Im trying to improve myself and would love to interact with others who are also, feel free to add me as a friend and tell me about yourself... Wed, 14 May 2014 11:13:30 EST Top Ten Team Leaders For April 2014 As a team, you are all doing well. Our team was #17 in Spark Points in our category (State to State Challenge) with 647,556points and #18 in Fitness Minutes with 616,833 minutes. <BR> <BR> PLEASE NOTE: If you are on the lists below & didn't receive your Sparkgoodie, please check that (1) you have a Spark page set up & (2) it is not set to private. If both of those things are OK, please contact me so that we can figure out what the problem is. <BR> <BR> The top ten team leaders in Spark Poin... Sat, 10 May 2014 14:05:19 EST Hello! Hello! My name is Susan and I am having a hard time losing weight even though I am trying. It is hard to stay consistent. I am hoping Spark People will keep me motivated instead of giving up and quitting. I really want to get this weight off and reach my goals. Tue, 6 May 2014 08:54:51 EST New to Sparkpeople and Missouri. I am new to SparkPeople and Live in Lebanon, Missouri. I'm disabled and don't drive but, looking for new friends and possibly a buddy to go walking with. Fri, 2 May 2014 09:05:19 EST Hello! Anyone else in Branson/Sp pringfield Area? Hi there! I'm Brittani! I;m 23. My husband and I recently moved to Branson from the Quad cities. I'm pretty new to sparkpeople and love meeting new friends! My husband and I are trying to have a baby, but I definitely need to lose some weight first. I love to chat so feel free to send me a friends request! :) Wed, 30 Apr 2014 03:28:17 EST Hi I'm in Richmond. I have been diagnosed with so many things and after the death of my Ex-Husband/Best Friend and 3 failed back surgeries. I fell into a depression and gained so much weigh t I'm not sure I will ever be able to recover from. Working out hurts. Extremely bad even with the gazillion pain pills I'm prescribed. I'm just plain miserable and would like to find the "happy me" once again but feel it's quite impossible...But anyway...Hi...I'm Lorrie <em>39</em> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:06:57 EST April 25 is 'Malaria awareness day' Show we care...even if we don't suffer from it. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Don't let the mosquitoes bite! Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:18:47 EST Anyone in Columbia, MO? Just curious! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:06:46 EST Review Safety information with those you LOVE <link><BR>riving /Pages/Hands-free-is-not-risk-free.aspx </link> <BR> Recognize April 2014 as Distracted Driving Awareness Month <BR> <BR> Thousands die needlessly each year because people continue to use their cell phones while driving, handheld or hands-free. <BR> Join the National Safety Council this April in urging those you care about to: <BR> <BR> Stop using cell phones while driving <BR> Recognize that hands-free devices offer no safety benefi... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:19:06 EST "Farmer's Market" in Kansas City Area? I am looking forward to a summer of fresh fruits and veggies. So I started wondering if any of my fellow Missourians know of a good Farmer's Market in the South Kansas City area? Thu, 3 Apr 2014 06:53:08 EST A-Z Guide for Summer Fun in St. Louis -- 2014 Edi <link><BR>a-z-guide-for-summer-fun-in-st-louis.h<BR>tml?m=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Just in case any of you are interested. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 17:44:14 EST Any Missourians going to Supercross tonight?? Can't wait for the races! Anyone else going? <BR> <BR> <em>105</em> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:34:08 EST I have nothing?! Not sure why I am so nervous. I know there is a great support group out there! I just really need to lose this weight so I am no longer hurting. My hips and knees are killing me. Any way, thanks for listening (reading :) ).... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:19:20 EST Here I go again Greetings to all! I've been with SparkPeople before but I, um, fell off the band wagon so to speak and I'm climbing back on that horse for multiple reasons. I'm not at all comfortable with my weight (I'm the biggest person at my place of business. Not exaggerating) and that has drilled my confidence to below the line. So even if I have to create another personality that acts as a drill sergeant to whip my ass into shape, I will. I need this. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:40:43 EST My name is jill and I have already lost 8 pounds. Hey everyone, I just joined Spark People to help me continue with my weight loss goals. I have lost 8 lbs already in a month and a half, and would like to at least lose 24 more. Not only to look better but mainly feel better. I have noticed that if I don't get on the treadmill each day it makes me grumpy. So I think it is a habit now. YAY. Wish me luck, as I wish all of you. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 14:38:23 EST Hello Hi from Jefferson City! I am 41 and a mom of 2 girls, age 8 and 10. I used Sparkpeople a few years ago and had success (60 lbs!). I slowly found myself returning to bad habits and regained (and then some). I am here to try again and to make some permanent changes. I have use Spark for tracking, but this is the first time I have visited the message boards. I love to see all of this community support and hope it will help me stay on track. Definitely looking forward to warmer weather and more ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:20:14 EST Hello Hi from Jefferson City! I am 41 and a mom of 2 girls, age 8 and 10. I used Sparkpeople a few years ago and had success (60 lbs!). I slowly found myself returning to bad habits and regained (and then some). I am here to try again and to make some permanent changes. I have use Spark for tracking, but this is the first time I have visited the message boards. I love to see all of this community support and hope it will help me stay on track. Definitely looking forward to warmer weather and more ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:19:17 EST Glad I'm not alone Hi to all Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:50:11 EST Top Ten Team Leaders For February 2014 As a team, you are all doing well. Our team was #18 in Spark Points in our category (State to State Challenge) with 596,476 points and #20 in Fitness Minutes with 552,462 minutes. <BR> <BR> PLEASE NOTE: If you are on the lists below & didn't receive your Sparkgoodie, please check that (1) you have a Spark page set up & (2) it is not set to private. If both of those things are OK, please contact me so that we can figure our what the problem is. <BR> <BR> The top ten team leaders in Spark Poi... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 14:01:40 EST Hi, my name is Faith I have pre diabetes, A1C is 7.1 my goal is to lose 70 lbs. by my birthday 22 Jan. 2015. But right now I need to lose 20 lbs in 8 weeks. Does this sound like to much? I don't want to disappoint my Dr. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 21:12:49 EST Good morning Sparkspeople! A little bit about myself. I'm a mom of 3. My 33 Birthday is this month and I have spent my whole life over weight and ready to make a change. Its been a hard year on my family and I've come a accept the things I can not change and change the things I can. Its time for a better ME! I started my journey last week at 259 and as of today 253.6! My workout is T 25 ready to start week 2! Mon, 3 Mar 2014 08:42:55 EST Hi there. I've tried several sensible ways to live healthier. Some of them have worked for a while, but eventually I seem to lose motivation. Then the weight creeps back and I stop exercising. I guess I need a community to remind me about my goals. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 21:18:42 EST Hello from Aurora, MO I joined SparkPeople last week after joining the Bod4God class at our church here in Aurora. I am trying to get used to tracking everything I eat and managing my exercise routines. I am also not good at posts where I am supposed to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My husband and I adopted two of our grandchildren and they are 5 and 6 years old. Recently I made the decision that I wanted to see them grow up and decided to improve my health by losing weight and changing my eating habits. I also gav... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:02:42 EST A day to say tongue twisters.... Who would have imagined there is an International Tongue Twister Day??? <BR> <BR> Check out my link and make yourself (and your family) laugh. <BR> <link><BR>html </link> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:57:16 EST I need help. Is this all free? I I am lost and do not where I can get help about signing I know how to post my weight and all information but need to know where to go for help. <BR> Since I have come this far do you know if there is a group for low or no carbs. My doctor has told me to cut my carbs,no sugar and I have lost 9 punds but have to a stand still.Can you start me in the right way <em>521</em> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:50:18 EST Missouri is....Okay i live in Missouri because my family retired here and it is a pretty state and very christian. <BR> however i was raised in Washington with purple mountains in the horizon and evergreens all around. <BR> i live here in where family is and my finace moved down here to be with me as well. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:03:16 EST SP Friend Feed Updates Here's a link for a copy of the... <BR> Introducing SparkPeople 'Friend Feed' Enhancements Blog from yesterday. <BR> <link><BR>st=int roducing_sparkpeople_friend_feed_enhan cements </link> <BR> <BR> And the Manage Friends link... <BR> <link><BR>p </link> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:45:25 EST Top Ten Team Leaders For January 2014 As a team, you are all doing well. Our team was #16 in Spark Points in our category (State to State Challenge) with 844,135points and #20 in Fitness Minutes with 583,325 minutes. <BR> <BR> PLEASE NOTE: If you are on the lists below & didn't receive your Sparkgoodie, please check that (1) you have a Spark page set up & (2) it is not set to private. If both of those things are OK, please contact me so that we can figure our what the problem is. <BR> <BR> The top ten team leaders in Spark Poin... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:50:24 EST Hey KC.... This is my first full day with sparkpeople are any of you Missourians from the KC Metro Area? Mon, 10 Feb 2014 07:45:54 EST Favorite Family Destinations With all the snow and cold outside, I started thinking of spring/summer plans of places we could go for a fun day with the family. What are your favorite places in Missouri to visit? I'm especially looking for places where we could be active. My kids are 8 and 10. <BR> <BR> We have been to Rockbridge State Park and Ha Ha Tonka park. We like to go camping and have been to Bucksaw and Table Rock. We have also been to the KC and St Louis Zoo. (The Omaha Zoo is fantastic too). We also hav... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 04:14:10 EST SNOW!!!!! I hope everyone is staying safe today! The snow is really coming down and we are an hour east of Kansas City. Let's hope we don't get the 6-10" they are calling for! <BR> <BR> Be careful everyone!! Tue, 4 Feb 2014 12:22:41 EST My Update! Here I am, a month into my new 'plan' and I can't believe how different things are! I have been holding out to weigh on the 1st and I didn't think it would ever get here! LOL As of Saturday, I have lost a total of 21.6 lbs (meeting my first goal) and a total of 17"! I have a long way to go, but I'm feeling on top of the world and want to shout it from the rooftops! I have so much energy and am still very motivated. Usually by now, I've given up on a diet, but I'm still rearing to go and feeli... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 10:45:29 EST I need will power Hello fellow weight losers. I seriously want and need to lose weight and eat healthy and exercise for my son and myself. But some place down the road I've lost my will power to do any of it. I thought that by joining this site/community it might help. Sincerely hope so. If any of you have any advice please email/text me. <BR> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:38:17 EST My Spark Tracker Arrived Today! That's a major yeah!!!! Sat, 18 Jan 2014 12:10:17 EST warm welcome Thanks for responding so quickly with such a warm welcome. My husband and I are both turning 53 in a few weeks. Our goal is to get healthier this year. We have both started exercising but need help on curbing our healthy appetites. We love food and both have a sweet tooth. We look forward to sharing our journey to healthier living with this support group. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:43:45 EST 100 Missouri Miles Challenge Missourians walked, hiked, rode and rolled more than 1,162,000 miles during 2013. <BR> <BR> The 100 Missouri Miles Challenge will re-launch in March 2014. <BR> <BR> I'm in. Will you join me? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 22:10:55 EST jagors I am new to this site obviously, however, I was just searching for answers when I found this site. I am trying to gather information on how to shop for the correct foods, carbs etc. It is so overwhelming. I am very active as far as physically working out at the local Y at least four days a week. During good weather I ride a bicycle 25 miles at least three times a week. I just cannot get the food consumption correct. I tried to stop all breads,cakes etc. but my blood sugar dropped to the... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:24:07 EST Top ten team leaders for December 2013 As a team, you are all doing well. Our team was #17 in Spark Points in our category (State to State Challenge) with 498,330 points and #20 in Fitness Minutes with 372,859 minutes. <BR> <BR> PLEASE NOTE: If you are on the lists below & didn't receive your Sparkgoodie, please check that (1) you have a Spark page set up & (2) it is not set to private. If both of those things are OK, please contact me so that we can figure our what the problem is. <BR> <BR> The top ten team leaders in Spark Poi... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 18:54:59 EST Hello team Thank you for the warm welcome and I a happy to be a part of the team here in MO. <BR> <BR> Make it a great day, Connie <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 21:13:15 EST Shedding for the Wedding! In anticipation of my upcoming nuptials and dress shopping, I've vowed to lose weight! I feel like I've really let myself go. I want to re-gain my confidence and make my fiance proud of me. I weighed almost 40 pounds less when we first met and I want to get back to the body I was comfortable and content in! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:17:17 EST Hi all! Hello everyone! I'm new to the team and I'm looking forward to reaching my weight loss goals with you all! I hope everyone is keeping warm and safe during this epic snow filled January. Good luck reaching your weight loss goals this year! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:04:46 EST KC area Mom I'm in this for the long haul. I have a bunch to lose but I'm setting my goals in 20 lbs. chunks. That's my goal for now. I want to be 20 lbs. lighter when my anniversary rolls around in June. I have three children ages 13, 6, and 6. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 07:17:52 EST Newbie!! Hello!!! <BR> My name is Kim and I'm from St. Charles. Ready to be the best I can be in 2014!!! Sun, 29 Dec 2013 16:32:14 EST Great Day to start Today was a great day to join the Sparkteam, and start. Very cold here north of Jefferson City. We went to our daughter in laws graduation yesterday, and after seeing photo's of myself I decided it was time I joined my husband along in his journey to get healthy. Its time. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 22:55:20 EST Healthy Holiday Survival Guide "Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season <BR> <BR> Don't let your wellness fall by the wayside this winter! These tips, recipes and workouts will help you stay healthy and motivated all the way until spring." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e_center.asp?id=5 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:06:14 EST Hello from Springfield area Hello everyone, I am trying to get myself back on track after stepping off the path for a bit. I have been fighting with my weight for some time now, up and down. I have a history of letting other things get in the way of me meeting my goals. As of today I am going to start putting my nutrition and health first and realize I have to lean on folks as I cannot do this entirely on my own. So hello to everyone and here is to a successful lifestyle change. Mon, 9 Dec 2013 11:32:23 EST The top ten team leaders for November 2013 are... As a team, you are all doing well. Our team was #16 in Spark Points in our category (State to State Challenge) with 554,338 points and #19 in Fitness Minutes with 466,246 minutes. <BR> <BR> PLEASE NOTE: If you are on the lists below & didn't receive your Sparkgoodie, please check that (1) you have a Spark page set up & (2) it is not set to private. If both of those things are OK, please contact me so that we can figure our what the problem is. <BR> <BR> The top ten team leaders in Spark Po... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 13:41:59 EST Few More Spark Changes Per Coach Tanya: <BR> <BR> This morning we launched a slightly redesigned version of the nutrition tracker. The changes entail: <BR> <BR> 1) An overall visual redesign. We simplified the colors, and a few other things. The goal was to better match the redesigns recently launched on pages like our homepage and Start page. <BR> <BR> 2) As part of the redesign, we moved a few things around the page: <BR> - The biggest is that the water tracker, Tracker Options, and Daily Feedback buttons were... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:08:59 EST Namaaria Hello everyone, I am from rural Missouri near St. Louis. My name is Tina, I am 42, I am a believer, a wife, and a mother, and I love being all of those things. We live on a small farm and homeschool three children. I have been to Sparkpeople before, had some success, but quit last year during a long illness. I came back about a month ago, and I am so happy that I did!!! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know you guys and to being an encouragement!!! Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:27:26 EST 26 Fitness Experts Share 3 Best Weight Loss Tips Fantastic Compilation of Helpful Tips! <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> From Coach Calorie: <BR> "I reached out to numerous PhDs, nutritionists, TV hosts, fitness pros, celebrity trainers, influential bloggers, authors, and personal trainers and asked them to share their 3 best weight loss tips. They didn’t disappoint. <BR> <BR> Below you will find a small section dedicated to each fitness expert that includes a picture, a short bio, and their 3 best weight loss tips. I encourage you to click th... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:10:04 EST New Challenge !! I'm not sure how to post photo to this area, but I just posted a really good challenge to my blog post. Check it out. <BR> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:08:37 EST Welcome Guide SP has launched a new Welcome Guide on the new StartPages which would earn members 500 points when completed. Even though this guide is for new members, existing ones can complete the 7 steps of the Welcome Guide as well, at any time, at their own pace. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=earn_500_sparkpoints_with_our_new_w<BR>elcome_guide </link> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 06:21:18 EST Hello Missouri I was born and raised here but moved away for almost two decades when I married my husband. I am so happy to be back. My family and I love it here. However, the trip back has been a stressful one and I gained a lot of weight. I am a stress eater! And I make all the wrong choices. I lost 20 pounds 6 years ago when I gained and was successful with WW. But now at my age of 41 I want to make a life time change. I want to be healthy and feel good for my children and my hubby. So a few wee... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:51:53 EST Animal Induced Exercise !! I try to walk some every day, but it always seems like on the days I don't have the ambition to do so, my animals make sure I get out there and get it done. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I was tired and my Fibro was acting up. I just didn't feel like walking. Lo and behold, our mini pig decided to find a way through the fence and out into the horse pasture. My husband and I spent a good 25 minutes looking for her and found her on the far side of our 20 acres. Have you ever tried to herd a pig ... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:07:48 EST Hi Everyone !! I am a 61 year old gal from the Doniphan, MO area. I started gaining weight about 7 years ago when I was put on steroids and other medication for Fibro. I started gaining weight and ended up at 320 lbs... WOW !!! I finally told my doctor that I wanted off the meds and she agreed to try. Along with this, I started to eat healthy (I am also diabetic) and cut the carbs out of my life. I am now down to 265 and feel GREAT !!! I would like to get back to around 160, that's where I was bef... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:52:30 EST Do we need a Missouri "City challenge"? Found the 'Leaderboards'...... <BR> <BR> .today.....St Louis 33 <BR> Spfd 43 <BR> KC 46 <BR> <BR> KC are you going to let little Springfield stay ahead of you on the Leaderboards?? Fri, 8 Nov 2013 12:54:21 EST NOVEMBER GOALS ?? Mine is to continue to lose 1# a week . <BR> <BR> 1. Not bringing home leftovers from Thanksgiving <BR> 2. Not going back for just one more bite at the table !! <BR> 3. Continue with the gym and keep exercises going all month no matter what ! Sun, 3 Nov 2013 13:00:51 EST The top ten team leaders for October 2013 are..... As a team, you are all doing well. Our team was #19 in Spark Points in our category (State to State Challenge) with 458,167 points and #19 in Fitness Minutes with 524,921 minutes. <BR> <BR> PLEASE NOTE: If you are on the lists below & didn't receive your Sparkgoodie, please check that (1) you have a Spark page set up & (2) it is not set to private. <BR> <BR> The top ten team leaders in Spark Points were: <BR> <BR> 1 – BUSYGRANNY5 - 6,794 <BR> 2 – FISHINGLADY66 - 5,749 <BR> 3 – ALLYALLYT -... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 15:22:12 EST introduction Hello everyone. My name is Sarah. I have struggled most of my adult life with my weight. It looks like I have found a place to get some help and answers. I look forward to posting with all of you and getting some great ideas about how to muddle through this weight loss/improving lifestyle journey. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 21:17:36 EST hi from Joplin Hi, I'm Kathy. I now live in carthage. I used to live in Joplin. I've been on sparkpeople since 2011. I lost control however after the tornado due anxiety and depression and gained 40 more lbs, but I'm back and taking baby steps. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 04:08:36 EST SparkGuy's Blog about New Start Page! <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519295 </link> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:20:13 EST Hi!! :) Hi all! My name is Amanda, and I'm new to this entire SparkPeople thing. I'm trying to start living a more healthy lifestyle, and figured I could use as much support as I can possibly get here. I'm using today to plan, grocery shop, prep food, and schedule workouts to set myself up for a successful first week. I'm motivated and excited, and I'm ready to make some positive changes in my life. <BR> <BR> Have a great week everyone!! Sun, 20 Oct 2013 14:06:29 EST Random Act of Kindness Weekend This weekend, let's visit 5 of your fellow team members. Some ideas are to visit their page and comment, or send a spark goodie, or maybe visit their blog and comment. <BR> <BR> I love visiting team members and encouraging them along their journey. To be honest, it really helps me to stay on track also! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Report back if you visited, or if you were visited!! Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:02:45 EST Changes coming! Brand New SparkPeople Experience! "Introducing a Brand New SparkPeople Experience!" <BR> <BR> Starting on Monday, October 21, 2013 <BR> <BR> "So what's changing? Your SparkPeople "Start" page. Members of SparkPeople know this page well since it's the page you see every time you log in to your SparkPeople account. That page has undergone a few changes over the years, but none are going to have as big of an impact as this one. The page is laid out in a completely new way, and even has some brand-new features!" <BR> <BR> <li... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:52:34 EST 30 Day Skinny Jeans Challenge If you accept the challenge, please come back and let us know how it is going so we can cheer each other on!! <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> *************************** <BR> <BR> The 30-Day Skinny Jeans Workout Plan <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=the_30day_skinny_jeans_workout_plan </link> <BR> <BR> From Coach Nicole: <BR> "As a fun way to motivate our readers to keep working toward their goals, I developed a brand new challenge that is sure to kick your butt—... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 09:36:20 EST 4 Bodyweight Exercises to Tone Your Butt 4 Bodyweight Exercises to Tone Your Butt <BR> Take 7 Minutes to Reshape Your Rear <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1947 </link> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 09:19:20 EST Hello from Republic Hello all, been a while since I've been to this site, well a few years lol. I had tried weight watchers year ago before I got pregnant again, and didn't really lose any weight. I don't know if it had to do with age or what, but one thing is clear, exercise will be a must. This site has improved so much since I've last been here. I was going to try first then switch to weight watchers again, however with all the improvements here I am pretty excited and don't see the need to change. Both ... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 04:44:14 EST A Guide to Walking Meditation A Guide to Walking Meditation <BR> Zen and the Art of Multitasking <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=894 </link> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 05:05:44 EST My Favorite Fall Activity is.... <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Please share with us what you like to do in the fall! <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 05:04:47 EST Top ten team leaders for September 2013 As a team, you are all doing well. Our team was #1 in Spark Points in our category (Other Missouri Teams) with 424,902 points and #1 in Fitness Minutes with 522,722 minutes. <BR> <BR> PLEASE NOTE: If you are on the lists below & didn't receive your Sparkgoodie, please check that (1) you have a Spark page set up & (2) it is not set to private. <BR> <BR> The top ten team leaders in Spark Points were: <BR> <BR> 1 – BUSYGRANNY5 - 5,300 <BR> 2 – ALLYALLYT - 4,576 <BR> 3 – COOP9002 – 4,183 <BR> ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 21:57:09 EST Busy Schedule Good Morning, Missourians! I've been very busy with a full schedule! Wishing all, a great day, stay safe! Off to St. Louis in a few. <em>382</em> <em>386</em> and supporting one another! I know I appreciate your support! <em>304</em> <em>247</em> , Again, Wishing all a Great and Safe day! <em>390</em> Thu, 3 Oct 2013 08:08:03 EST 30 New Emoticons! From SP: <BR> "Our Tech folks put up about 30 new emoticons today, based on some of the most popular suggestions you've given. <BR> <BR> Enjoy!" Wed, 2 Oct 2013 15:50:57 EST Starting anew Moving my health and fitness up in priority in my life. Starting the Simple Diet as my basic plan and adding exercise. Looking forward to hearing others success and hope it will motivate and encourage my own success. Tue, 1 Oct 2013 23:31:39 EST interductions hello my name Ben im 39 year old male after a life full of making wrong food choices im choosing to eat better to lose weight. I have a family history of heart attacks and strokes cancer ect. so I am doin this for me as wel las my family so my kids will not grow up without their father. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 23:52:25 EST losing myself Hello everyone my name is pinki, and lately I've been feeling a little overwhelmed about the fact that I need to lose at least 25 pounds.. every time I lose the weight it comes right back. I have been dieting for about 3 days now, and I don't feel very motivated, but I know that this is something that I have to do, I was starting to feel tired all the time and very sluggish. The thing with me is that I don't eat as frequently as I should, I work nights 11pm-7am, so I really don't know what th... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 03:57:47 EST Prepare now...Talk Like a Pirate day Sept 19 We aren't for one minute suggesting that real, honest-to-God pirates were in any way, shape or form worth emulating. <BR> So what is it exactly that we're celebrating here, if not pirates? What, you're wondering, is the point? <BR> <BR> simply because it's fun. <em>221</em> <BR> Kids of all ages enjoy this so start preparing now and have a great TLP Day <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 11:31:45 EST Mom trying to get back on track. Hi my name is Jacqueline. First time on Spark and pretty nervous -not sure what to expect. So much information on the website not sure where to start. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 19:33:15 EST Bear Hugs Thanks for the bear hug, Missourians! Mon, 2 Sep 2013 12:29:12 EST Team Leaders for August 2013 are..... As a team, you are all doing well. Our team was #1 in Spark Points in our category (Other Missouri Teams) with 466,092 points and #1 in Fitness Minutes with 553,702 minutes. <BR> <BR> PLEASE NOTE: If you are on the lists below & didn't receive your Sparkgoodie, please check that (1) you have a Spark page set up & (2) it is not set to private. <BR> <BR> The top ten team leaders in Spark Points were: <BR> <BR> 1 – BUSYGRANNY5 - 5,373 <BR> 2 – COOP9002 - 4,412 <BR> 3 – ALLYALLYT - 4,012 <BR> ... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 12:22:58 EST What are your September Goals? Do you have any September Goals for Nutrition? <em>301</em> <BR> For Fitness? <em>311</em> <BR> Do you want to start a new streak? <em>249</em> <BR> Continue a streak? <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Tell us about your September Goals so we can cheer each other on!! <em>381</em> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 10:18:04 EST A New Team Leader! Please welcome GRYPHONBABE (Amy) as a new team leader! She will be visiting team members via their blogs! <BR> <BR> Please stop by and let her know how much we appreciate her! <BR> <link><BR>YPHONBABE </link> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 16:46:53 EST A little scared Hi! I am Amy and I am more than a little nervous about trying AGAIN to lose weight. I am lucky that I have my sister and my daughter doing this with me. I am excited about SparkPeople, but I really feel like I need extra support. Good to meet you all! Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:21:28 EST Birthday & Sparkiversary DOB---- October 15, 1943 <BR> Spark---August 04, 2013 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:49:10 EST Hi from West Plains Hi, my name is Richard, 69 years young. I will take off 25lbs by my birthday, October 15th. I do need all the support I can get. Please help, thanks. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:34:58 EST Not Sure How To Start Hi everyone. I'm new.... not to losing and gaining weight though! I have lost about 50 pounds in the past and gained it all back. I don't know how to begin again. Any advice? Sun, 18 Aug 2013 22:32:40 EST Would you like to be a team leader? Hey gang! <BR> <BR> We could use another team leader or two, if you have some free time. Not an every day thing, but on the odd number days and only those "odd" days that you have some time. <BR> <BR> Would greatly appreciate it! Just send me a message if you would like more info! <BR> Thanks! <BR> Melinda Sun, 18 Aug 2013 13:03:18 EST Try this!!!! So as I was driving in to work this morning I started thinking about an episode I saw on Extreme Weightloss. And what I remember from that show made sense to me this morning. So I thought I would share it with all of you and maybe it will make sense to you. <BR> <BR> The girl that was on the show would get frustrated when she didn't see the number on the scale go down. And who of us haven't done that. So she would stop eating which still hurt her because she wasn't getting enough calorie... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:12:06 EST The Team Leaders for July 2013 are..... First, I would like to apologize for being so late with this. Last Saturday, when I normally would have done it, I was in a training workshop on Educational Advocacy. <BR> <BR> As a team, you are all doing well. Our team was #1 in Spark Points in our category (Other Missouri Teams) with 520,379 points and #1 in Fitness Minutes with 547,762 minutes. <BR> <BR> PLEASE NOTE: If you are on the lists below & didn't receive your Sparkgoodie, please check that (1) you have a Spark page set up & (2)... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 11:00:28 EST How's Your Summer Going? Tell us what you have been doing this summer! <BR> <BR> <em>502</em> <em>342</em> <em>313</em> <em>256</em> <em>332</em> <em>260</em> <em>379</em> <em>376</em> <em>218</em> <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> We'd love to hear all about it! Fri, 9 Aug 2013 09:32:47 EST Hello my name is Melissa I have been sick for the last week and not feeling good about anything. Thought since I had not eaten much this week I would have lost some weight, but didn't and getting very tired of trying to figure out what to do to lose weight. Gained over 40 pounds when I had my hysterectomy over 10 years ago, lost about 30 lbs. but have managed to gain it all back. I feel like giving up. I have been on every diet out there and taken just about every diet pill that I could afford to purchase. Now I am t... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 21:13:41 EST Hello My name is Melinda and I live in Poplar Bluff. Me and my husband moved here in 2008 from TN. He is from here and I am from SC. It's good to see fellow Missourians on here. I have lost 76 pounds before joining Sparkpeople, but am in a rut now. I got turned on to Sparkpeople when I was looking for exercises to do for obese people on Youtube. I'm disabled, so finding those kinds of exercises was kind of tough. I found the videos and did the exercises and loved them! I'm really hoping to lose ano... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 04:09:26 EST Branson Checking to see how many Branson people are on SparkPeople <em>252</em> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:08:27 EST Stepping out of my box Hi everyone! I have never posted on any social network type atmosphere before. So, this is way out of my comfort zone! I know that in order for me to make this time trying to lose weight and get healthy the real deal, I must give it my best shot! I am nervous but excited at the same time! Hoping for continued strength on this journey!! Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:44:32 EST ALERT - Scam on SparkPeople Someone who is a Spark member calling him/herself FRIEND4YOU5. She calls herself <BR> Princess Sameera Michel & is asking for help in getting a very large amount of money out of her country and also for her to relocate to our country!! <BR> <BR> SCAM - I guess he/she thinks that sending through Sparkmail - you might think its genuine !! <BR> DO NOT answer it!! <BR> <BR> At the bottom of the Sparkmail there is a button - report inappropriate Sparkmail! - click on this and report it!! Sun, 21 Jul 2013 11:33:50 EST Sorry I,m so sorry for not being on lately, my dad passed away July 3rd 2013.I miss him so much and food is my weakness so plz help me to stay on track <em>39</em> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:54:13 EST Getting Healthy!! Hi my name is Kim. I am from the Gainesville area, close to the Arkansas border. I am the single mother of a set of two year old twins. I am doing this for them. I want them to grow up to make healthy food choices and be active. I was on Jenny Craig of a while but it just go too expensive. I'm already liking this site more than Jenny. I'm pretty sure I'm driving all my facebook friends crazy with all my spark posts. So excited to get healthy and start feeling better! <em>30</em> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:42:21 EST Beginner and I need help! Hi, <BR> My name is Susan and I'm 68 years old. I want to live a healthy life style.I need support along the way and I in turn will support you. I put in the wrong start weight now I can't figure out how to change it. I just put in what I thought when I actually weighed it was a pleasant surprise I actually weighed less but don't know how to change it. Any help would be appreciated. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Susan Wed, 10 Jul 2013 07:58:10 EST SP Optional Program Changes Coming Tomorrow Just passing along this message from Coach Jen about some optional changes coming to SP tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Sandy <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We wanted to let you know about some changes that are coming tomorrow to calorie and fitness tracking. A few things to keep in mind: <BR> <BR> 1. These changes are TOTALLY optional to current members. So if you like the way things work now, you don't have to change anything. <BR> <BR> 2. Change is never easy, so we ask that you keep an o... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 22:04:51 EST July 11 is Cheer up the Lonely Day July 11 is a designated day to 'cheer up the lonely'. <em>39</em> <BR> 1) make a list of people you think might be lonely <BR> 2) mail cards by the 9th <BR> 3) make phone calls and visits on the 10th & 11 <BR> <BR> 4) Report back here and let us all share in your results! <em>220</em> Sun, 7 Jul 2013 10:05:28 EST The team leaders for June 2013 are..... As a team, you are all doing well. Our team was #1 in Spark Points in our category (Other Missouri Teams) with 492,309 points and #1 in Fitness Minutes with 536,311 minutes. <BR> <BR> PLEASE NOTE: If you are on the lists below & didn't receive your Sparkgoodie, please check that (1) you have a Spark page set up & (2) it is not set to private. <BR> <BR> The top ten team leaders in Spark Points were: <BR> <BR> 1 – BUSYGRANNY5 - 4,917 <BR> 2 – COOP9002 - 4,188 <BR> 3 – ALLYALLYT - 3,805 <BR> ... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 12:25:26 EST Your favorite Missouri Photo as Team picture Hey gang! <BR> <BR> If you have a photo of something "Missouri" that you would like to share, for example a landmark in your town, or a place you have visited, or just something that you think captures Missouri, please send it to me and I can rotate it in as a Team Photo. <BR> <BR> If you can tell me what or where it is, I can add that text to the photo. <BR> <BR> You can send it to my email that I use for spark: <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Melinda Tue, 2 Jul 2013 11:32:41 EST Safety over July 4th What are you doing to be safe over the next 8 days?? Sun, 30 Jun 2013 16:25:01 EST Need to lose weight Hi everone. I am a 73 yo male and need to get in shape. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 20:26:00 EST Duct Tape Festival ...leads into Father's Day The tenth annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival will kick off on June 14, 2013, just in time to celebrate Father's Day. <link> </link> <BR> This three-day event celebrates duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky and fun uses. The festival also honors the history and heritage of the city that is proclaimed the “Duct Tape Capital” of the world—Avon, Ohio—the home of Duck Tape® brand duct tape. <BR> <BR> From sculptures and fashion to games and a parade, everyth... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:12:40 EST Hi from Joplin! Hi everybody, hope to meet some like minded people here. I'm 27 years old and a wife, like to get out and exercise but lately it's been wayyyyyyy to hot! We're sweltering without air conditioning ugh can't wait till that tiny cool off! <BR> <BR> Anyway have a good night! Wed, 12 Jun 2013 03:28:47 EST Scared but excited Hello, my name is Terri and I am a newbie to this site. I have needed and wanted and talked about losing weight for some time now. I have FINALLY decided it is time. I actually began trying to lose weight about 3 weeks ago and I am experiencing some success. However, I would like support from others experiencing the same thing. I do have a very supportive family who have also started changing their eating habits and we are all trying to get healthier together. My beginning weight was 211; how... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 21:39:19 EST Hello Everyone! Hi everyone! I am Tammy and it is Tammy Time! I recently went to a casting call and applied for The Biggest Loser. I did not get selected and was heartbroken. Instead of coming home and pouting I decided to do something about it. I came home and started my own Facebook weight loss support group where we share recipes, tips, ideas, motivation, & inspiration. Everyone is welcome to come join our fun! I needed to have the accountability and my group keeps me on my toes. I WILL lose this ... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 11:54:37 EST The team leaders for May 2013 are........ As a team, you are all doing well. Our team was #1 in Spark Points in our category (Other Missouri Teams) with 525,488 points and #1 in Fitness Minutes with 558,214 minutes. <BR> <BR> PLEASE NOTE: If you are on the lists below & didn't receive your Sparkgoodie, please check that (1) you have a Spark page set up & (2) it is not set to private. <BR> <BR> The top ten team leaders in Spark Points were: <BR> <BR> 1 – BUSYGRANNY5 - 5,428 <BR> 2 – COOP9002 - 4,336 <BR> 3 – LHLADY517 - 3,843 <BR> ... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 12:25:20 EST June Birthday & Sparkiversay Celebrations! Be sure to drop by and give your well wishes to our teammates!! <BR> <em>383</em> <em>384</em> <BR> <BR> June: <BR> 01 - Birthday Dockris(Kristina) <BR> <link><BR>ckris </link> <BR> <BR> 01 - Birthday RSHILL1963 <BR> <link><BR>HILL1963 </link> <BR> <BR> 08 - SP Anniversary MOTHER2THREE1 <BR> <link><BR>THER2THREE1 </link> <BR> <BR> 17 - Birthday KATIBUG49 <BR> <l... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 10:26:20 EST oops Sorry. Did something wrong here and dunno how to delete. o,o Tue, 21 May 2013 09:53:01 EST Secrets of Success "This Community feature collects all the "secrets" our members have used to lose weight and live healthier lives. You can share your own tips to help others, search or browse to discover new strategies that might help you in your own journey, and vote on all of your favorites!" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ss.asp </link> Wed, 15 May 2013 06:04:36 EST Melanoma Monday...wear ORANGE & sunblock <link><BR>-do/me lanoma-monday/melanoma-monday#.UYWNCqL P0s6 </link> <BR> <BR> As a way to raise awareness of melanoma and other types of skin cancer, and to encourage early detection through self-exams, the American Academy of Dermatology designates the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday®. <BR> <BR> Help us paint the nation orange by wearing orange on Monday, May 6 — Melanoma Monday®. <BR> <BR> Share your SPOT Orange™ on Melanoma Monday® photos... Mon, 6 May 2013 11:41:40 EST Spark Rally Success!! This past Saturday was our Missourians Team Spring Rally. <BR> <BR> A special thanks to our planning committee: <BR> NITTINNANA <BR> GONNABSKNE0124 <BR> BECCAZEN7 <BR> GOPINTOS <BR> <BR> These ladies are the reason, the push, the driving force on the Make It Happen program. A HUGE Thanks to them for making this rally a reality! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> We heard back from many people who were unable to attend due to previous commitments. Kudos to all of you who were able to get out and... Mon, 6 May 2013 11:33:55 EST Team Leaders for April 2013 are..... As a team, you are all doing well. Our team was #1 in Spark Points in our category (Other Missouri Teams) with 595,483 points and #1 in Fitness Minutes with 590,555 minutes. <BR> <BR> PLEASE NOTE: If you are on the lists below & didn't receive your Sparkgoodie, please check that (1) you have a Spark page set up & (2) it is not set to private. <BR> <BR> The top ten team leaders in Spark Points were: <BR> <BR> 1 – BUSYGRANNY5 - 5,191 <BR> 2 – FISHINGLADY66 - 4,884 <BR> 3 – COOP9002 - 4,517 <... Sat, 4 May 2013 11:42:49 EST Top 10 Things You'd Be Surprised You Can Do at SP Top 10 Things You'd Be Surprised You Can Do at SparkPeople <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1521 </link> Sat, 4 May 2013 10:45:33 EST Coming to grips Hi, I'm Tonya from Missouri. I stopped smoking three years ago January and I have joined programs and spent far too much money only to gain the weight back with bonus pounds! Last October I finished my first half marathon and somehow gave myself permission to eat whatever i like since I'd been so active. I need not tell any of you how that's worked out do I? I happened upon this site looking for healthier ways to get my sugar fix and found awesome resources so here I am! Sun, 21 Apr 2013 14:14:35 EST Fantastic SparkPeople Stats from 2012 Fantastic SparkPeople Stats from 2012 <BR> Look What Our Members Accomplished! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1798 </link> <BR> <BR> Don't forget to get your spark points! <em>347</em> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 04:44:41 EST New way to win 250 SparkPoints Go to the link below & take the SparkPeople Member Survey & win 250 SpatkPoints. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uiz_save.asp </link> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 10:18:44 EST Beginning Again Hi Everyone! <BR> I embarked on a weight loss journey about a year ago. I'm 43. I lost 24 pounds using Ediets online I gained back 3 pounds. So, then I joined Weight Watchers online and didn't do so well keeping things in check. I need to lose about 50 more pounds. I'm trying to exercise more this time around, but boy is it tough. I would appreciate any workouts that you can suggest that will help me. <em>334</em> I have a treadmill for walking and I am going to try to walk outside... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:12:57 EST Hey Everyone I need your votes please!!!!! Hi everyone! I was wondering if you could do me a huge favor! I signed me and my mom up for a mother/daughter look alike contest! would you please click on the link and vote for us! you can vote 5 times a day each day! I really appreicate it if you would! thank you!!! Phaedra <BR> <BR> gine/Details.aspx?p=V&c=85675&s=340918 <BR> 94&i=1 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 23:56:15 EST I am the "Craft Lady". I signed up tonight. I am new to this. I have health conditions, much of which comes with stress and weight. I have never been good to lose weight. Ive tried every diet, even a starvation diet, only later to find out that your body starts going in to conservation mode. I lost 1/3 pound on a 3 month starvation diet. I am 58 years old, have had a hard row to hoe, but Im always game to try one more time with this much support on it. My good friend invited me to join and she's new and I have a cousin by marriage that... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 23:42:52 EST Weekend Challenge-Take a 6-minute interval walk Get in a cardio workout with a 6-minute interval walk. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Walk for one minute at your normal pace. Next, increase your speed and walk as quickly as you can for 30 seconds. Go back to your original speed for the following 30 seconds. Repeat this cycle twice more, until you have walked for a total of six minutes. Cool down by walking or marching in place for two to three minutes. <BR> <BR> Why it matte... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 08:38:14 EST Daily Challeng e-assert yourself Write down 2 assertive statements that you can use in your next difficult conversation. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Think of one person that you have some trouble communicating with. Now write down two assertive statements you can say to that person the next time you talk to them. For example, you might say, "I feel angry when you don't listen to me," or "It makes me resentful when you forget to do your share of the work." When you do so, express your feelings in a neutral voice. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 06:40:25 EST Daily Challeng e-Lunge, jump, repeat Boost circulation and heart rate with 5 lunge jumps. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Stand in a lunge position, with your right leg in front of you and your left leg behind. Bend your knees as deeply as you comfortably can, allowing your left heel to come up off the floor as you do. When you feel ready, jump up and switch your legs, so that you land with your left leg in front and right leg behind. Repeat four more times. If you ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 06:50:00 EST March 2013 Team Leaders are..... As a team, you are all doing well. Our team was #1 in Spark Points in our category (Other Missouri Teams) with 653,021 points and #1 in Fitness Minutes with 572,077 minutes. <BR> <BR> PLEASE NOTE: There were three people on our leaderboard that I was unable to send a Sparkgoodie to because Spark People could not find them. If you are on the lists below & didn't receive your Sparkgoodie, please check that (1) you have a Spark page set up & (2) it is not set to private. <BR> <BR> The top t... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 19:12:27 EST Hello from Willard Hi all, I became a member with SparkPeople a few months ago but lost my internet for the most part. So here I am, finally. I am a 52 year old grandma of 2 3/4 granddaughters (the 3/4 one is due May 14th). I have been married to my best friend for 32 years, we have 2 daughters and 1 son, who are grown and have lives of their own. I have been trying to lose weight but have PTSD from a childhood experience which causes me to sabotage myself. But I am determined to get over this problem through ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 16:39:20 EST Challenge-skip the “should” statements Make a note of every time you use a "should" statement today. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Pay attention to how often you use a "should" statement today, and keep track of them on a piece of paper or on your computer or phone. (A "should" statement is something like "I should lose weight," "I should be better at my job," or "I should be a better friend.") You don't have to write down what you said (or thought), just the number of times you think or verbalize a sentence that begins with "I sho... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 03:16:49 EST New to Sparkpeople Hello fellow Missourians! <BR> <BR> I am a teacher with an 18 year old and a 6 year old. Yes one that is graduating high school and one that is in kindergarten! I also have a husband who is a football coach in the fall, and a basketball coach in the winter. He is also a teacher. <BR> <BR> With my teaching I feel like I never have enough time to do it all, and then I have to come home and deal with the family! It's easier to pick up dinner rather than make it, which is hard on the wallet and... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 14:03:29 EST Challenge-build a better lunch <em>45</em> <em>69</em> <em>265</em> <em>210</em> <em>466</em> <BR> <em>215</em> Your Challenge Today <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> MAKE IT HEALTHIER <BR> <BR> <BR> Make your lunch healthier today by choosing one of the following options: <BR> <BR> •Try different types of lettuce in your salad rather than just iceberg lettuce (think dark, leafy greens) <BR> <BR> •Add at least one serving of fruit to your meal <BR> <BR> •Use whole grain bread or wraps for your sandwich <... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 05:43:50 EST Daily Challenge-do a bob-n-weave move Do a bob-n-weave: Put your fists up and shift your weight from side to side while in a semi-squat. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. 1) Stand with your feet a little wider than your hips. 2) Make fists with your hands and bend your elbows. Place them about 3" (7.6 cm) from your chin, as though you are guarding your face. 3) Bend your knees and move your hips toward the floor, as though you are going into a semi-squatting position. ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 07:01:51 EST Time For A Change! My scale says 243.6 today! That is 100 lbs. more than i should weigh! How in the world did I get here? My mom died at age 62 with diabetes and a heart attack! I now have high blood pressure and I don't want to die! I'm positive I've been in a depression for a few years now. I also know I'm an emotional eater. I'm going through menopause too! All of this aside I love life and want to feel and look better so lets get going! Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:24:07 EST Any other ladies on here from Clinton County?? Any other ladies on here from Clinton County or close to it that would be interested in getting together once in awhile during nice weather to do a low cal recipe exchange and a walk in the park for some exercise and idea swap?? Sort of an encouragement club??? Sat, 30 Mar 2013 18:37:23 EST What are you doing for Easter? Will you be cooking a large meal for family and friends <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Coloring eggs with the kids/grandkids <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What are your traditions that you still do or have you started new ones <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <em>452</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>448</em> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 07:08:59 EST Stretch & walk Weekend Challenge Do a stretching routine and try to add 10 minutes to your usual walking. <BR> <BR> Check these out for some stretching ideas: <link><BR>e_demo </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing_benefits.asp </link> <BR> <BR> The 2nd link has some great stretching routines targeted to body parts. <BR> <BR> With warmer weather heading our way-it's coming, really! -This is a great time to increase our walking! <BR> <BR> Good luck ... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 06:59:49 EST Daily challenge-don’t let negativity win today. Challenge 1 negative thought today. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> When you have a negative thought about yourself today, challenge it! Perhaps you made a mistake at work and you are beating yourself up over it, or you ate too much of an unhealthy food and are feeling guilty. Whatever the situation, challenge the thought by looking at it with more perspective. You may have made a mistake at work, but does this make you a bad worker or person? And perhaps you took too much cake, but does this me... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 07:27:27 EST Mary Hi. I am 52 years old. I have trying to loose weight for a few years and it don't seem like I can loose any of it. I did join the gym. But I hope that can find a diet to help me eat better. and loose the weight. I would like to loose about 35 pounds. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:11:06 EST Daily Challenge-wake up your walking workout Take a 10-minute walk and vary your speed as you go. <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Set a timer on your phone or watch for 10 minutes, and set out on a walk. As you walk at your normal pace, choose a target in front of you - the next block, a telephone pole, a mailbox - and increase your speed once you pass that spot. Then choose another target, and slow back to your normal pace once you pass it. ... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 07:54:45 EST Daily Challenge- hit the (imaginary) Slopes Increase blood flow through your body by pretending to cross-country ski for 5 minutes. <em>329</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Stand, holding your arms in front of you, with your hands making loose fists (as though you were holding ski poles). Extend your left leg back behind you, and at the same time move your left fist down toward your left hip. Pull your leg back to center and return your arm to its starting position,... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 07:19:12 EST Daily Health Challenge-Dare to Dream Today I ask you to dare you to dream <BR> <BR> Isn’t nice that we have the opportunity in life to strive for improvement and that no matter how young or old with just a little effort, planning, strategy, desire and will power we can overcome any obstacle and achieve any goal. <BR> <BR> Question: <BR> Are you in your dream world? I am not talking about a perfect world or some kind of creepy Pleasantville. I mean a world where you are satisfied with: <BR> § where you live <BR> § where you wor... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 07:29:00 EST Daily Challenge-swim while sitting, move your arms Improve your shoulders' range of motion by sitting or standing and doing 12 breast strokes. <BR> <em>237</em> <BR> How to do it <BR> This breast stroke requires no water! Stand or sit, and bend your elbows, pressing your palms together in front of your chest with your fingers pointing out. Keeping your palms together, straighten your arms in front of you. Rotate your palms so they face the floor and move your arms out to your sides, keeping them straight as you do. Once your arms reach yo... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 05:51:39 EST Hi Hi, I just moved back to ST Louis after 38 years on the West Coast to help my mom. Although, I am now "driving Miss Thelma", I don't get to spend a lot of time on me. Thought a good workout routine would help me adjust and bring balance to my life. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 00:54:27 EST Snow This is snow is so depressing!! Luckily, living in Missouri it will be gone by this weekend when it is supposed to be 60. Sun, 24 Mar 2013 11:53:58 EST Weekend Challenge-Just move Get up and move around for at least 10 minutes each day this weekend. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Sometime in the next hour, get up and move for at least 10 minutes. Take a brisk walk. Put on some music and dance. If you're in an office, hit the stairwell and go up and down a few flights of stairs. If you aren't able to be that mobile, try simply stretching your arms overhead, then down to your toes, or roll your shoulders and flex your wrists and fingers. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Work... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 08:29:17 EST Daily Challenge-shoot and score try this at work! Improve hand-eye coordination and get your heart rate up with a round of wastepaper basketball. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Choose a target - it can be a wastepaper basket, a laundry hamper, a garbage can, or even an empty cardboard box - and set it at least eight feet (2.44 m) away from you. Make a "ball" by crumpling up a few sheets of paper. While standing, try to get the ball into the basket. Do this until you've made five baskets. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Repeatedly retrieving you... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 07:15:31 EST Daily Challenge-Take a jog in your seat Increase upper body strength: Sit or stand and move your arms like you are jogging for at least 1 minute. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Stand, or sit toward the front edge of your chair. Bend your elbows, make your hands into very loose fists, and move your arms forward and backward, as if you are jogging. Do this movement for at least one minute. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> When people think of jogging or running, they often think of the lower body as the primary mover. Although that is tr... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 07:31:23 EST Daily Challenge- climb every mountain Get your heart rate up by climbing an imaginary mountain for 12 sets of steps. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Place your hands flat against a wall in front of you and step back as far as you comfortably can without lifting them. Lift your right knee up in front of you while at the same time coming up onto the toes of your left foot (go slowly to avoid losing your balance). Return your right leg to its starting position and lower... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 07:44:40 EST Daily Challenge-do the twist Do the Twist! Stand and twist your body for at least 1 minute to get your heart rate up. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Now do the Twist! If you don't know this dance, then follow these steps: 1) Stand with your feet shoulder-distance apart, arms by your sides with elbows bent, and place your right foot slightly more out in front of you than your left. 2) Rock your hips back and forth, shifting your weight from one leg to the ot... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 06:08:23 EST Daily Challenge- Strengthen your biceps Strengthen your biceps with 4 seated towel holds. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Sit and place a rolled-up towel under your thighs, just above your knees. Grasp either end of the towel with your palms facing in and thumbs up. Anchor your feet to the floor, keeping your chest open and back straight. Inhale deeply, then exhale and pull the towel up toward the ceiling with all of your strength. Inhale and release, then repeat three more times. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> This is a great way to ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 07:42:32 EST Weekend Challenge- it’s all about “ME” Pledge to spend at least 30 minutes this week end doing something that's just for you. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Find a 30-minute block of free time that you have this weekend, and schedule some "me time." Plan to do something you truly enjoy. The activity could be a hobby like gardening, scrapbooking, woodworking, painting, photography, or needlework. Or take a walk in a beautiful place, ride your bike, listen to music, read a good book, or talk to a friend. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR>... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 06:54:12 EST Daily Challenge-Learn to love lunges Work your heart and legs with 8 lunges. <BR> How to do it <BR> Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Find an open space where you can walk freely. Hold your arms with your elbows bent by your sides, as though you are jogging, and take a giant step forward with your right foot, placing it flat on the floor and allowing the heel of your left foot to come up off the floor. Bend your knees into a lunge, lowering your hips straight down toward the floor as you do. Stra... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 07:33:58 EST Ha HaTonka - Anybody been Anybody been to Ha Ha Tonka state park and walked the trails? I understand they have some awesome trails. Might make a nice goal to work toward this summer. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 23:02:50 EST Daily Challenge-get to the core of things Your Challenge For Today <BR> <BR> ABS!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Yep, let's work on those abs today! <BR> This is one I, personally, HATE to do! But I SURE would like a 6 pak (or even a <BR> 4 pak!)!! <BR> <BR> Check out these links: <link><BR>e_demos.asp?exercise_type=core </link> <BR> <BR> 15 minute ab workout: <link><BR>-detail.asp?video=101 </link> <BR> <BR> 12-Minute Pilates Abs Workout: <link> http... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 07:03:38 EST Daily Challenge-Do the Dip Build arm and shoulder strength with 8 seated triceps dips. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Sit on a stoop, porch,short chair, or stair case. Lean back and place your palms down on the step above you, with your fingers forward and elbows back. Lift your body weight onto your hands, straightening your arms, then return to sitting. Repeat seven more times. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> This is a great exercise to improve the strength in your triceps muscles as well as the back of your shoulders a... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 07:04:53 EST Daily Challenge-Lift those legs Improve balance and stability while increasing your heart rate with 20 lateral leg lifts. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Make sure you have space on either side, as you'll be lifting your legs in each direction. Begin by standing on your left leg and lifting your right leg out to the side as high as is comfortable for you. Bring your right leg back down to the floor and step or hop to your right leg, bringing your left leg up to... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 06:40:31 EST Missourians Team Rally - Spring 2013 We hope you can attend the Missourians Team Rally on May 4, 2013! <BR> <BR> We will kick off our Rally by participating the Annual Cinco De Mayo 5K Run/Walk in Jefferson City. <em>364</em> <BR> <BR> (Walk/run is NOT a requirement to attend the rally) <BR> <BR> Here are the highlights: <BR> May 4, 2013 <BR> Overall prize to female and male runner in 5k Run <BR> Top 3 female and male in each age group of 5k Run receive a medal <BR> 1st place female and male in 5k Walk receives a medal <... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:50:16 EST HELLO HELLO, I;M A 42 YR. OLD WOMEN TRYING TO LOOSE WT. AND CONTINUE TO TRY TO STAY IN SHAPE, I TRIED EVERYTHING OUT THERE TO HELP ME WITH THIS PROBLEM. FOUND THIS SITE AND IT SEEMS LIKE THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD FIT FOR ME. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:12:22 EST hello Hi, my name is Seria and I am joining Spark People because i have struggled with weight my entire life. I have started numerous diets just to get frustrated and give up. I hope this is the last time I ever have to START my weight loss journey. This time just feels different. I have the support of my husband, and this wonderful community, which is something I didn't have in the past. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 18:04:20 EST Daily Challenge-soar like superman Get an all-over workout by flying like Superman on the ground for 30 seconds. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes ( or more if you need to get in your cardio for the day). Lie on your stomach with your arms and legs extended (as though you were flying). Keep your nose pointing down to the floor so your head and neck remain in line with your body. Keeping limbs straight (but not locked) and torso stationary simultaneously lift your arm... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 07:25:35 EST Weekend Challenge-Tuck in early to spring ahead Take a step to get enough sleep this weekend: Set an alarm and start to wind down 1 hour before bed. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Aim for eight hours of sleep tonight and tomorrow. Determine what time you have to wake up in the morning, then count backwards to figure out when you need to go to bed. Set an alarm, and an hour before your bedtime, do something relaxing that will help you wind down. Take a quick bath or shower, dim the lights in your home, or listen to soothing music. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 07:27:13 EST Monthly Challeng e-Cardio Jump into Spring You may have seen my blogs, but I decided to also post this one here as well. <BR> <BR> This month, work on getting in at least 10 minutes of heart pumping going on each day. <BR> <BR> My goal is to exercise with one of the Spark cardio videos daily, in order to get at least 10 minutes of heart pumping going on above and beyond the exercise that I do daily. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=32 </link> <BR> <BR> <link> Fri, 8 Mar 2013 07:26:19 EST Daily Challenge-A positive day Your Challenge Today <BR> <BR> Name 3 Positive Things About Today <BR> <BR> Anything. <BR> <BR> ~ did you accomplish something that you've been meaning to do? <BR> <BR> ~ did something great happen to you at work? <BR> <BR> Come back & tell us! <BR> <BR> <em>313</em> <BR> Denise Fri, 8 Mar 2013 07:25:09 EST Daily Challenge- Sweet treat Pledge to eat 1 healthy sweet, such as raisins, 1 hour before taking a walk or exercising. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> About an hour before you plan to exercise - whether it's going for a walk, working out, or taking an exercise class - eat a naturally sweet snack that's high in carbohydrates. Raisins, dried fruit, trail mix, and fruit yogurt are all good choices that are easy to find and eat. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> The carbohydrates you eat an hour before you exercise will become th... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 06:00:45 EST Good afternoon to all my new friends! Hello to all. My name is Gina Johnson and I live down by the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. I was recently diagnosed in December with Type 2 diabetes. One of my goals is to lose weight and my MAIN goal is to get off of Metformin and to be able to control my diabetes with just diet and exercise. I had lost 8 pounds since December however I have gain about 3 pounds back which I believe is due to some stress that has been going on is the last kept of months with my husband. I'm marry to a wonder... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 17:43:04 EST Daily Challenge -Take some steps backwards Strengthen your backside by taking at least 20 steps backwards. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Find a large flat, smooth surface that is free from obstacles, such as your backyard or driveway, a park, or the track at a local high school. Once you've found a good spot, take at least 20 steps backwards, being careful and moving slowly as you go. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> We walk forward. We sit forward. Most of our activities are done in a forward facing position. This means that often the ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 07:57:04 EST Daily Challenge- research IBS Read about irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Visit the SparkPeople IBS Condition Center (link below) and read more about the common signs, symptoms, and treatments of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. <BR> IBS Condition Center: <link><BR>conditions.asp?condition=10 </link> <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Irritable bowel syndrome is very common: it's estimated that up to one in 10 people worldwide has the illness. It's more co... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 06:45:16 EST Hello everyone! I'm not sure what to say here, but I'm happy to be here and hopefully I'll reach my goal. Part of me is determined to lose the weight, another part of me wonders if I'm actually going to succeed this time. Hopefully the first part of me wins :) Mon, 4 Mar 2013 22:08:05 EST 5K Flyer/Reg istration Form for the Rally! I have a flyer/registration form for the 5K if anyone would like one. Just shoot me an email at <BR> <BR> Here are the highlights: <BR> May 4, 2013 <BR> Overall prize to female and male runner in 5k Run <BR> Top 3 female and male in each age group of 5k Run receive a medal <BR> 1st place female and male in 5k Walk receives a medal <BR> <BR> Early registrants receive a commemorative t-shirt <BR> Late registrant receive a tshirt while supplies last. <BR> <BR> Time Sched... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 14:08:49 EST Newbie!! Hi I'm new to SparkPeople but not new to trying to lose weight. My goal is to not only lose 30-40 lbs but also lose the bad / unhealthy habits I have form over the years...a lifestyle change I'm ready!! Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:39:29 EST Daily Challenge- Get on a roll Strengthen your core with 5 seated abdominal rolls. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Sit up straight and toward the back of your chair. Cross your arms in front of your chest with your palms facing in and hands resting near your shoulders. Start by bringing your chin to your chest and then rolling slowly forward, pressing your lower back against the chair as you go. Reverse the move and roll slowly back to your starting position, making sure to press each part of your spine into your chair back a... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 07:41:51 EST My Goodie Thank you for my goodie! Didn't realize I was on a journey; thought I had fallen off the wagon & hadn't gotten back on. Thank for the encouragement. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 20:19:19 EST Get to know each other one question at a time! This is a great way to learn new things about one another that we may otherwise never express or tell about ourselves usually. Here we can get to know one another, one question at a time. Here is how it works... I will post a question at the bottom of this post, the next person will ANSWER the question and then post another question for the next person who comes along. It's a lot of fun and very interesting! Sooo, the first question is... <BR> <BR> If you won the lottery what is the first t... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 13:20:51 EST Top 10 Team Leaders for February 2013 <em>242</em> <BR> <BR> Congratulations to all team members. Out of all teams in our category (Missouri Teams), we came in as #1 in Spark Points with 640,723 points & #1 in Fitness Minutes with 547,650 minutes. <BR> <BR> The top ten team members in Spark Points are: <BR> <BR> 1 – BUSYGRANNY5 - 4,419 <BR> 2 - NITTINNANA - 4,035 <BR> 3 – COOP9002 - 3,967 <BR> 4 – LHLADY517 - 3,882 <BR> 5 – SHARJOPAUL - 3,759 <BR> 6 – WILSON1926 - 3,718 <BR> 7 – CORKYTHEMOM1 & FISHINGLADY66 ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 12:45:00 EST Weekend Challenge -Exercise Routine? Do you have an exercise routine that works for you or do you pick and chose depending on how you feel that day <em>38</em> <BR> Do you perform the same routine daily, weekly, or monthly <em>38</em> <BR> Is your exercise routine at a gym or at home <em>38</em> <BR> How do you keep Sticking with a Workout Routine <em>38</em> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=73 </link> <BR> <BR> Please share your routine to help others who are just starting out... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 09:11:26 EST Daily Challenge- Wave bye bye to weak wrists <em>213</em> <BR> Build wrist strength by circling your wrists 5 times in each direction. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Make your hands into loose fists and hold them in front of you. Slowly circle each wrist clockwise five times, then reverse the direction and circle them counterclockwise five times. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> When we think of fitness, we often don't think about our hands. And when we are pain-free, we tend not to think about our hands. But arthritis, carpal tunnel syn... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 08:19:32 EST Could use a couple more Team Leaders... ... to give out goodies at the end of the month to our bloggers. This month is wrapped up so you won't have to worry about that <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Just send me a message if you think you might be able to help. <BR> Thanks so much! <em>247</em> <BR> Melinda Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:42:04 EST Thank you! Thank you for the spark goodie, Missourian's. What a boost it always is to receive a thoughtful gift. Blessings! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:27:55 EST March Birthdays and Sparkversaries March: <BR> 13 - Birthday BusyGranny5 (Debbie) <BR> <link><BR>syGranny5 </link> <BR> <BR> 17 - SP Anniversary (3/17/2008) SHELLY_LYNN <BR> <link><BR>ELLY_LYNN </link> <BR> <BR> 21 - SP Anniversary (3/21/2007) BELTONWALKER66 (Linda) <BR> <link><BR>LTONWALKER66 </link> <BR> <BR> 22 - Birthday JULESMOM55 <BR> <link><BR>LESMOM55 </link> <BR> ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:08:19 EST new to forum but born and raised in MO Hi I am retired and live in North East Mo in Paris Mo. I am new to dieting and need all the help I can find. it has been snowing here for about 7 days (seems like 7 years) I really love snow and enjoy seeing the beauty but my main exercise is walking outside and I really miss that. I want to lose 20 pounds and the only way that I can do that is to exercise every day and eat correctly. So glad to find fellow Missourians I am also an ardent KC Chief's fan (used to live there) Wed, 27 Feb 2013 19:53:23 EST Daily Challenge-Leg Cramps Learn more about muscle cramps and Leg Cramps <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=225 </link> <BR> Most of the time, night leg cramps occur for no known reason, and they're usually harmless. In general, night leg cramps are likely to be related to muscle fatigue and nerve problems. <BR> The risk of having night leg cramps increases with age. Pregnant women also have a higher likelihood of experiencing night leg cramps. <BR> <BR> In rare situations, night leg c... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 07:33:14 EST Daily Challenge -Meatless Monday Your Challenge For Monday <BR> <BR> PREPARE A MEATLESS MEAL! <BR> <BR> For dinner tonight try going meatless. <BR> <BR> Here are ideas for substituting ingredients and making nutritious, meatless dishes: <BR> <BR> ~ Make a soup using beans, vegetables (such as onions, carrots, celery, squash), and grains with a vegetable stock instead of meat stock; lentil, pea, and tomato-based soups are good options. <BR> <BR> ~ Use beans in pasta sauce instead of meat. <BR> <BR> ~ Try vegetarian m... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 08:06:14 EST Daily Challenge- Name that tune Name 2 songs you can listen to the next time you need to brighten your mood. <BR> <em>335</em> <BR> How to do it <BR> Think about the music in your library and pick at least two songs that are proven mood-brighteners for you. They can be upbeat, slow-tempo, or anything in between, as long as they put a smile on your face. Keep them in mind for the next time you need a quick pick-me-up. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Music has a proven effect on well-being! It can lift your mood, boost ene... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 06:52:47 EST Ready for Rocky? <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> I have only watched the Weather Channel, nothing local yet but looks like more nasty is on the way. <BR> <BR> I need to get more hay out, and go to town for more bird seed. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 04:59:18 EST Hello Hello ... kinda redundant but, hey what can I say it breaks the ice. Anyway I joined spark people with my fiance after we read an article about a couple that sounded all too familiar except they actually lost weight and have kept it off. So that's why I am here to shed those 170+ lbs. and actually be more active. Only one problem that I can see to me achieving this goal is well me. But I digress, I live in southwest Missouri with my fiance and her two sons that are like my own in every way. ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 14:17:15 EST Daily Challenge- C yourself with more energy Gain energy from 1 vitamin C-rich food today. <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Add a food rich in vitamin C to one or more of today's meals or snacks. There are plenty of options, including red or green bell pepper, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, and papaya. Or get a liquid dose with a glass of orange, grapefruit, or vegetable juice. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> A deficiency in vitamin C may deplete your levels of carnitine (a substance that helps you... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 07:50:02 EST New Team Leader for Birthdays & Sparkiversaries Please welcome OZARKMARY as a New Team Leader! <em>321</em> She will be visiting our Birthday Guys & Gals <em>383</em> along with Spark Anniversaries. <em>384</em> <BR> <BR> Be sure and drop by her place and let her know how much we appreciate her! <BR> <link><BR>ARKMARY </link> <BR> <BR> ******************** <BR> <BR> If you havent done so already, please sign up your B-Day, along with your Spark anniversary if you want. That date c... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:51:15 EST Winter Storm Q! Be Safe! Stay Warm! Stay home if that is an option <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> Check in and let us know how your neck of the woods is fairing. <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:20:20 EST Team Rally - Spring 2013! Mark your Calendar now!! <BR> <BR> May 4, 2013 <BR> <BR> The main event will be centered around CINCO DE MAYO 5K RUN/WALK in Jefferson City. <BR> <BR> Participation in the 5K is optional and not necessary to attend our Team Rally. <BR> <BR> More information will follow as details are available. Please let us know if you plan to attend, so we can see how large of a group and that will help us with the ironing out the details. <BR> <BR> ********************* <BR> <BR> If you have never... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:36:00 EST Weekly Health Challenge — Pay it Forward Today is a well-being activity: <BR> <BR> Last week was The National Random Acts of Kindness Week, but why single out one week a year....? <BR> <BR> The Task/Challenge: Find 3 acts of random kindness that you can perform for another person. If the situation arises today where you feel frustrated or angry, take a moment and smile. If you can let it go and move on to the next moment. If you make a mistake above all be kind to yourself forgive yourself and know that it is another opportuni... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:33:31 EST Did you know that a vulture can hurl vomit 30 yards with deadly accuracy? So, if you see vultures on the ground feeding don't approach them, for if you do they will raise their wings and start hissing at you, and when you get within range, will hurl their vomit at you, Due to their diet their stomach acid is so acidic that it can temporarily blind you and do serious damage to your eyes. <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> Jim Sun, 17 Feb 2013 02:31:05 EST Weekend Challenge-Just move Get up and move around for at least 10 minutes within the next hour. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Sometime in the next hour, get up and move for at least 10 minutes. Take a brisk walk. Put on some music and dance. If you're in an office, hit the stairwell and go up and down a few flights of stairs. If you aren't able to be that mobile, try simply stretching your arms overhead, then down to your toes, or roll your shoulders and flex your wrists and fingers. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Worki... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 06:15:14 EST Daily Challenge-Your Three Headed Muscles Today's Challenge <BR> <BR> TRICEPS!!!!! <BR> <BR> Check out these links for ideas: <BR> <link><BR>e_demos.asp?exercise_type=upper </link> <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=158 </link> <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=251 </link> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=99 </link> <BR> <BR> Remember... <BR> Just because, for most of us, it's swe... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 07:20:07 EST Valentine's Day My husband came home this evening, wrapped his arms around me and said, "I love you so much". Who needs gifts? Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:14:43 EST Daily Challeng -Quality TIme Spend 15 minutes with someone special today, either in person or from afar. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Plan to spend at least 15 minutes of quality time with a friend or loved one today. Before dinner, housework, homework, and the rest of your evening routine gets you too tired, try to take a little time to catch up with your partner, visit with a close friend, or play with your kids. If the person you love isn't close enough to spend time with, make it a phone call, Skype, or email date in... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:57:29 EST Hi Everyone! :) Hi guys my name is amela and I am here to lose weight of course haha. My friend recommended this website and I was able to get some great recipes off of it. I am new to this so I don't really know what to expect. I let my weight get too out of hand and now I need to get back into shape and get healthy. I am very friendly and looking to meet new people and be supportive in any way that I can. Add me as a friend and lets chat and help one another stay positive and motivated. :) Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:32:21 EST Hello Everyone Hi, I haven't taken the time to post on the site yet. I have been using the site for several months now. I have lost 43 pounds so far. Tracking the food and exercise has been helpful to achieving my goals. <BR> <BR> <BR> Pam Wed, 13 Feb 2013 21:37:56 EST Daily Challenge-Show yourself some love. Everyone knows that love is a good thing. We love to give it and we love to receive it. But how often do we actually take the time to give it to ourselves? <BR> <BR> Today, show yourself some love! <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Spend some time doing things just for yourself. It might be sleeping in, reading a book, treating yourself to a massage or spending time with people you love and who build you up. Or, it might be investing some time in building your self-esteem and body image. Whatever y... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 07:34:04 EST Daily Challenge-Raise a Calf CALF RAISES <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> ~~ To properly perform a calf raise; stand near a wall with your hands on the wall for support and balance. Lift one foot off the ground, pointing it behind you. Rise up on the ball of your other foot as high as you can go. Lower back down to the ground, not allowing your heel to touch the ground in between repetitions. Perform one set of 10 to 12 repetitions. Switch legs and perform one set on the other leg. Do three sets on each leg, alternating legs... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:26:11 EST 2 New Team Goals Just wanted to let you know, we have 2 new team goals at the bottom of the page. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 1 - Drink 8 cups of water. <em>91</em> <BR> 2 - Track you sleep. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Both are important factors in our journey and overall good health! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:44:55 EST New Team Leader! I would like to introduce a new Team Leader. BECCAZEN7 (Becca) <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Becca will be helping us out with visiting our members via their blogs. She will also be in charge of sending out our Birthday Cheer! <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> Please stop by her place and let her know how much we appreciate her efforts! <BR> <link><BR>CCAZEN7 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:35:47 EST Weekly Challenge-Get some AM Sunshine. Pledge to spend 10 minutes outdoors or next to a window first thing in the morning once this week. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Choose a day when you anticipate clear weather (check the weather report if you want to be sure!). On the morning of that day, step outside - or stand by a window with the shades open - as soon as you can after waking, and stay for at least 10 minutes. Leave yourself a reminder the night before if you think you might forget. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 07:49:52 EST 8 Common Weight Loss Mistakes You Should Avoid From Coach Calorie <BR> <BR> <link><BR>takes/ </link> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 11:25:26 EST judyjean2002 I have just joined. I am trying to lose weight to keep from going on blood pressure meds. I am not sure how to use all the things this site has to offer but I am learning. Sat, 9 Feb 2013 09:16:47 EST Weekend Challeng -Restful weekend Make your bed this weekend. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Take a minute or two to restore order to your bed. You don't need hospital corners or perfectly placed pillows; a quick pass will do. As you make the bed, be mindful of how wrinkled, tangled-up sheets and blankets can be smoothed and tidied in not much time. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Making your bed creates a more restful, welcoming environment and makes your bedroom feel neater. This can help lower your stress level and create mo... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 08:36:06 EST Bad Day I blew the diet today, but I did write it all down. No moaning; just shocked that Chinese food can be so high calorie, or maybe that is just the variety of things I ate! Fri, 8 Feb 2013 20:15:22 EST Daily Challenge-Your Two Headed Muscles Your Challenge Today? <BR> <BR> Work your BICEPS <BR> <BR> Check out these links for ideas: <BR> <link><BR>e_demo </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=99 </link> <BR> <BR> Aim for 2 sets of 10 reps each arm or one video workout. <BR> <BR> How did YOU do? <BR> <BR> The biceps brachii muscle is the one that gave all muscles their name: it comes from the Latin musculus, "little mouse", because the appe... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 08:07:29 EST Daily Challenge-Skip the Sump Eat 1 high-energy snack today, such as apple and cheese, or yogurt with fruit and nuts. <em>22</em> <BR> How to do it <BR> Between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner today, create a high-energy snack that combines a bit of protein, fat, and complex carbohydrate. Some tasty examples: an apple and a small wedge of cheese, all-natural peanut butter on whole-grain bread, yogurt with fruit and a handful of nuts thrown in, tomato with cottage cheese or fresh mozzarella, or carrots dipped in ... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 06:56:37 EST New Day Today is sunny in SE MO; my mood is back up and I am starting my day with a smile! Wed, 6 Feb 2013 11:32:54 EST Daily Challenge-Check your fuel tank twice today Take note of your energy level now, then set a timer and take note again in 3 hours. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> How would you describe your energy right now? Are you pumped and ready to go, all used up, or somewhere in between? Make a note of that. Set a timer for three hours from now and when it goes off, ask yourself about your energy level again. Is it higher, lower, or the same? <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> In the course of the day, our bodies have natural ups and downs that have to d... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 07:49:55 EST Getting to an effecient menu plan - help? Hi there! I'd love to use the menu plan on this site! However, how can I go grocery shopping for 6 potato chips or just a 1/cup of fruit cocktail? This is my biggest challenge! How can I create a healthy menu where I can go grocery shopping just once a week and not waste any ingredients? Can you share best practices? I haven't been able to find information on the site yet. Thank you!! Tue, 5 Feb 2013 20:30:21 EST Daily Challenge-Eat your greens. Eat 1 energy-boosting dark leafy green today. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Add a dark leafy green to one meal today. Try adding finely chopped kale to a salad, sautéing a head of Swiss chard as a side dish, including chopped broccoli in a casserole, or putting spinach leaves on a sandwich. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Are you getting the most out of your greens? Not only are dark leafy veggies like kale, spinach, and broccoli high in minerals like iron, potassium, and calcium, and vitamins... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 08:09:31 EST New Team Leader for Our Blogger Support Please welcome DEEEBEE (DeAnne) as a new Team Leader. She will be assisting in our efforts to visit the blogs written by our team members. Please stop by and let her know we appreciate her efforts! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>EEBEE </link> <BR> <BR> I strongly encourage everyone, when you have a few moments, to visit the blogs of your fellow team members or leave a comment on their Sparkpage. You just never know when some little word might... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 07:22:23 EST New Team Leader for our Welcome Wagon! Please Welcome SOON2B150 (Carol) as our newest Team Leader. She will be welcoming our newest members by spreading Goodie Cheer! Please take a moment to pop in to her place and tell her thanks for her efforts! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ON2B150 </link> <BR> <BR> Note to New Members: Please make sure you have your sparkpage set up, so that when the Welcome Wagon comes by, we can stop in and leave you a goodie! Mon, 4 Feb 2013 07:06:07 EST FAQ - Set up your Ticker Here is a link with instructions on how to set up your ticker. You can set it for pounds lost to date, for your current weight to goal weight, with spark points, with fitness minutes... any number of things :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nswer.asp?id=33 </link> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 22:07:49 EST FAQ - How to participate in the Leaderboard Instructions to be included in the Fitness & Sparkpoints Leaderboard: <BR> <BR> First you need to go to your start page. On the left towards the top, you will see under "START" a link that says Account/Email Preferences. <BR> <BR> Click on that, then click on the Communities Tab, check the box under "Sparkpoints" that says Include me on "SparkPoints/SparkAmerica Leaderboards" <BR> <BR> Then when you Track your Fitness, it will keep track of it for you. <BR> Your sparkpoints will track a... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 22:05:03 EST Team Leaders for January 2013 Congratulations team! Out of all the Spark teams in the state of Missouri, we were #1 in Spark Points with 798,607 points & also #1 in Fitness Minutes with 568,677 minutes. <BR> <BR> Our teams top ten leaders in Spark Points were <BR> <BR> 1 – FISHINGLADY66 - 5,074 <BR> 2 – BUSYGRANNY5 - 4,779 <BR> 3 – COOP9002 - 4.391 <BR> 4 – WILSON1926 - 4,030 <BR> 5 – SHARJOPAUL - 3,946 <BR> 6 – LHLADY517 - 3,934 <BR> 7 – KARALEAM - 3,838 <BR> 8 – CORKYTHEMOM1 - 3,834 <BR> 9 – ALLYALLYT... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 12:41:00 EST New Team Leader for our Fitness Leaderboard! Each month, STLOUISWOMAN will be keeping us all updated of our Fitness Leaders from the Leaderboard. She will also be passing out some goodies to our Top Spots! <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> Be sure and stop by STLOUISWOMAN's place and let her know how much we appreciate her efforts! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LOUISWOMAN </link> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 11:48:21 EST Daily Spin on the Wheel <em>347</em> Post your daily spin on the Wheel Here <em>347</em> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 06:27:21 EST Weekend Challenge- Throw in the towel Lie face-up with a towel (or a resistance band) in your hands, lift your shoulders off the ground, and repeat at least 4 times. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Find a small towel, such as a dish towel or hand towel. Lie on the floor on your back. Hold the towel between both hands. Stretch your arms straight back so the insides of your elbows are near your ears. Engage your abdominal muscles and lift your shoulders up and off the ground until your arms are directly over your chest, all while hold... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 07:52:24 EST Missourians Getting Fit In February <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>199</em> <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>199</em> to the February page. <BR> <BR> Elsie Fri, 1 Feb 2013 20:36:14 EST Fitness Leaderboard - January Top 25! <BR> <BR> 1) GONZALEZAYALA - 3,720 <BR> 2) COOP9002 - 3,720 <BR> 3) LHLADY517 - 3,720 <BR> 4) SHARJOPAUL - 3,600 <BR> 5) OBOIST61 - 3,539 <BR> 6) DMO1973 - 3,490 <BR> 7) WARDRIPL - 3,487 <BR> 8) RAYNAC3 - 3,480 <BR> 9) LAWMOMSPLACE - 3,480 <BR> 10) SANDY6583 - 3,476 <BR> 11) KATIBUG49 - 3,466 <BR> 12) BUSYGRANNY5 - 3,413 <BR> 13) GOOFYMARATHON - 3,368 <BR> 14) JUDYBURGESS - 3,351 <BR> 15) SHATTYCAKES - 3,296 <BR> 16) AVJONES66 - 3,295 <BR> 17) LIVINGSM... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 12:10:56 EST Daily Challeng -Bolster energy with a 5 min break Increase your energy by taking 5 minutes to sit, close your eyes, and listen to your breathing. <em>414</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Find a quiet place and a comfortable sitting position. Close your eyes, try to let your mind empty of any thoughts, and concentrate on your breathing. Do this for a minimum of five minutes. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Nothing can sap your energy like stress. And although it often feels like we need to just keep pushing to get things done, taking a bre... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 07:17:06 EST Daily Challenge- Build a better breakfast Choose 1 source of protein to add to your breakfast plate. <em>490</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Think of what you normally eat for breakfast. Now plan to add a little protein to your next morning meal. An egg, low-fat yogurt, or glass of low-fat or nonfat milk are all healthy and packed with protein. If you usually skip breakfast, go for something small, like a handful of nuts or peanut butter on whole-grain bread. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Eating in the morning has been shown t... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 07:02:39 EST Any Super Bowl Party Plans? <em>281</em> <BR> <BR> I am not sure yet. Usually it is a last minute throw together type thing. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:10:45 EST County I live in Ripley just outside of Doniphan Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:17:20 EST Daily Challeng e-Change up your cravings Find a healthy alternative to a food you crave. <em>468</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Most people have a food they crave that isn't healthy. Whether yours is sweet, salty, smooth, or crunchy, it's likely that there is a more healthful alternative. For example, try a similar texture to satisfy your craving. Crunchy vegetables let you chomp away, but they don't contain the salt content that potato chips typically pack. Seeking something sweet? Enjoy the natural sugar in a piece of fruit,... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 07:50:45 EST Daily Challenge-Leave the old bag behind One thing that can throw your calories off-track is eating your food out of the bag or container it came in. When you do this, you have no idea how much you're eating. <BR> <em>481</em> <BR> <BR> YOUR CHALLENGE TODAY <BR> is to serve EVERYTHING you eat in a dish or plate. No eating out of a bag! And to take it a step further, read the label and serve yourself the "actual" serving size. Get out your measuring cups, food scales, etc, if you need to! <BR> <BR> Fun facts <BR> The breakfast... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 06:51:42 EST Where am I? I live in Doniphan, MO. That is SE Missouri on the Current River. Anyone close to me? Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:33:49 EST Daily Health Challenge – Resist the Resistance Resistance Bands!~ <BR> <BR> If you are like me you may have a set of these in the back of you closet already. You may also be like me in the fact that I really didn’t use them very much. This year it is time to put all of our resources to work. <BR> <BR> Fun facts <BR> Joel Waul is a resident of Lauderhill, Florida, and the constructor of the worlds’ largest rubber band ball. It was recognized by Guinness World Records in 2008, after he had spent six years wrapping rubber bands to create t... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 06:56:56 EST last fruit eaten orange; had not realized I rarely ate fruit until I started this lifestyle change Sun, 27 Jan 2013 17:34:35 EST Weekly Team Email/Stats I didn't rreceive the weekly team email from any of my teams today and wanted to see if it was an error with my account or if others had the same issue! <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your comments! Sun, 27 Jan 2013 13:39:13 EST Hello from St. Louis I'm hoping this helps me find encouragement and maybe even friendships, so here goes. My name is Kristin, I'm 32 years old (soon to be 33) and looking to be healthier and love myself enough to get skinny and enjoy looking good. I love food, so that seems to be the hardest thing for me. I actually like working out, just gotta make myself stop being lazy and do it. Those are my current challenges. Thanks for reading and good luck reaching your goals!! : ) Sun, 27 Jan 2013 00:43:30 EST Hi, Brand new here, from Grain Valley Hi, I am a mother of 3, and have gained about 60 pounds recently. I would love to find support, not only do I need to lose about 65 pound, I want to be toned for the first time... help? lol Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:58:13 EST February Celebrations! 01 - Birthday FISHINGLADY66 (Irene) <BR> <link><BR>SHINGLADY66 </link> <BR> <BR> 02 - SP Anniversary OBOIST61 (Ann) <BR> <link><BR>OIST61 </link> <BR> <BR> 03 - Birthday ADESMOM2012OF3 (Debbie) <BR> <link><BR>ESMOM2012OF3 </link> <BR> <BR> 05 - SP 1st Anniversary BusyGranny5 (Debbie) <BR> <link><BR>syGranny5 </link> <BR> <BR> 07 - Birthda... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:25:16 EST Hello all! NEW MEMBER *on board* Hi! My name is Marsha and I am from St. Louis MO, born and raised - I have to admit I am pretty excited and proud that I took a chance at trying this out, it looks promising. I am currently getting serious about my health and I am ready! for a lifestyle change that will support my creativity. Blessings to all! on their personal journeys <BR> <BR> **sum1beautiful** Fri, 25 Jan 2013 02:16:20 EST Today’s Challenge-Power up Walk briskly from one place to another today. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> When you set out to walk anywhere today (whether it's around your office, on an errand, or from one room to another in your home), make a conscious effort to pick up the pace. Pretend that you're in a hurry or that someone is waiting for you, and speed up your steps. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Regular moderate-intensity physical activity (such as brisk walking) lowers your risk of heart disease, str... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 06:34:19 EST Hey everyone! I just joined Spark again, and I am planning (hoping) that this will be the time I will actually do it, I live in Columbia, Missouri, and would love to find a walking buddy. I know it is COLD outside at the moment, but I do walk indoors. :) I am 29 years old, and I have a lot (about 150 pounds to lose). I am starting positive by doing Zumba after I got the kiddos to school and joining this site. Good luck to everyone on your healthy lifestyle, Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:18:34 EST January 23 Challenge — Stretch Stretching is good for you and it just feels great doing it as well! <em>405</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> YOUR CHALLENGE TODAY is to find and perform some stretching exercises and let us know what you did and how you liked it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Benefits of Stretching: <link><BR>ing_benefits.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fun Fact: Standing up straight burns more calories than slouching - just one more reason for good posture. Stand up straight. Good posture bur... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:46:05 EST New Person to Spark People Hello, my name is Karen Allen. I live in a small town in southeast MO (Doniphan); actually in the country near by. Married, caregiver full time to mother who lives with us. I must lose 100#. Dr. and I agreed on 18 months as my goal (5.5#/mo). That surely is doable. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:26:20 EST New Challenge Team Leader Special thanks to Labratiam for posting Challenges for us. <BR> <BR> Click on over to her place and let her know we appreciate her efforts! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>BRATIAM </link> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:40:40 EST Hello from Springfield Mo! Hi! I'm Sandie from Springfield and I'm new to your team! Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:32:37 EST January 22 Challenge - A New Year, A New You Make it a habit to use your Spark People calendar. Help yourself stay on track with your daily fitness and nutrition goals with this interactive calendar! <BR> <BR> See your monthly progress at a glance. <BR> Your SparkSummary calendar is customizable to show Calories Eaten, Fitness Minutes (including cardio and strength and toning), Calories Burned, Weight, SparkPoints, and Appointments to help you to get organized as well. <BR> <BR> To access your calendar, go to the START page and it ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:19:53 EST January 21 Challenge-Give back Learn about local volunteering opportunities. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Want to lend a hand? Do a search using the name of your city/town and state or province, along with the words "volunteer opportunities." Choose a link and read about how you can help! (If you live in the US, you can also visit <link> </link> to find out about volunteering opportunities in your immediate area, ranging from one-day stints to weekly ones or longer.) <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> ... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:01:52 EST Hello from a newbie Just joined and want to get healthy. I'm a few months away from 57, my weight is in the mid-200s, my blood pressure is extremely high (on medication), cholesterol is in the high 200s (on medication), my doctor said that I was pre-diabetic, and my knees and legs are so bad that I can barely walk and when I do I need a cane. Even though I really need to lose weight, above that I need to get healthy and get energy... which I am thinking that eating healthy will go hand in hand. I am hoping if I ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 22:43:20 EST Hello from south of Springfield Hi! I'm Meghan, I've been a member of SparkPeople off and on for 5 years. I have done a lot of research on food, nutrition, and the only thing that makes sense for me to eat is Paleo. <BR> <BR> I make a 70 oz green smoothie each morning, this gets 6-10 fruit and veggie servings/day right off the bat. The rest of the day I follow a paleo diet as closely as possible. <BR> <BR> I am a few days away from 36, single mother of 4 in SW Missouri. I work from home. I'm a techie, I love facebook (l... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:50:31 EST Hi! From the Forsyth area. Just joined the SparkPeople site along with 50+ member I wanted to join the Missourians, too. I had a goal to lose 55lbs in 6 months, but found that my BMI would still be a bit high, so changed my goal to lose 60lbs and gave myself an additional month to reach it. Lofty, I know, but I think the first 35lbs should come off pretty easy, it's the last 25 that will be tuff. <BR> <BR> I'm a bit inept at this internet/social media stuff, so forgive me if I post in the wrong place or don't know wha... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 22:22:03 EST Random Act of Kindness Weekend Challenge We have an extra long weekend, so this should be a breeze! <BR> <BR> Your mission is: Random Act of Kindness amongst your Missourians Team. Add a new friend, leave a blog message, send a goodie, and/or comment on the Sparkpage of your fellow team members. <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> Do this 10 times. <BR> <BR> Please report back if you completed the challenge! <BR> Have fun! Make new friends! Share your special Spark! <em>252</em> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 10:46:24 EST Any Weekend Plans? Any special plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> We have family dinner once a month, so that will be on Sunday (lunch actually) In the spirit of Nat'l Soup Month, that is what most are bringing. <em>481</em> I'll probably whip up a salad also. <em>140</em> <BR> <BR> So that means that probably Saturday, I will be Cardio Cleaning! <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> How about y'all? Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:30:25 EST Fitness Leaderboard - January As of 1/17/13 (10:15 am) <BR> <BR> Top 25!! <BR> <BR> Username - January Minutes <BR> <BR> 1)  RAYNAC3 - 2,040 <BR> <BR> <BR> 2)  GONZALEZAYALA - 2,040 <BR> <BR> <BR> 3)  SHARJOPAUL - 1,920 <BR> <BR> <BR> 4)  COOP9002 - 1,920 <BR> <BR> <BR> 5)  LHLADY517 - 1,920 <BR> <BR> <BR> 6)  DMO1973 - 1,916 <BR> <BR> <BR> 7)  OBOIST61 - 1,881 <BR> <BR> <BR> 8)  JENNTINYSAM - 1,851 <BR> <BR> <BR> 9)  SANDY6583 - 1,834 <BR> <BR> <BR> 10)  WARDRIPL - 1,817 <BR> <BR> <BR> 11)  KATIBUG... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:18:34 EST Where are you from? Please tell us where you are from. <BR> <BR> I live in Central Missouri. <em>213</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:56:41 EST Last Vegetable Eaten? California Blend (cauliflower, carrots, broccoli) Thu, 17 Jan 2013 05:38:56 EST List of Helpful Resources <em>361</em> Please feel free to make a separate post and/or thread in addition to this compiled list. <BR> <BR> Small Bits of Fitness Add Up <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=202 </link> <BR> <BR> 7 Strategies for Weight-Loss Success <BR> <link><BR>ow.asp?show=14 </link> <BR> <BR> 6 Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=532 </link> <BR> <BR> Heal... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:37:35 EST Getting Started Tutorials SparkPeople offers many amazing tools, resources and community features that it can be overwhelming to know how to begin, especially when you're new to the site. The following is a link to the SparkPeople Tutorial Videos that not only offers step-by-step instructions on how to use the tools of this wonderful site, but will jump-start your journey into a healthier way of living. The videos include: <BR> <BR> <BR> * Intro to Your Start Page <BR> * Intro to Using Your Nutrition Tracker <BR> * ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:32:33 EST 2013 EVENTS 5K's, funruns, everything! Anyone with information about events in Missouri can post it here. Also, tell us what events you are participating in this year. <BR> Here is a useful link : <link><BR>px?Rank=All&State=MO </link> <BR> Happy 2013 Sparksters! Sun, 13 Jan 2013 06:12:16 EST Winter Bird Feeding in Missouri? Do you feed the birds? <BR> <BR> I keep something out year round, and with the drought they were fairly active this summer at my feeders. Then this fall, not so much once it rained and some things bounced back. But now I have a fair number of birds, more than I have had for a few years it seems. Well, I have fewer Cardinals, but many more of the smaller birds, like pine siskins. <BR> <BR> I have gone through almost 150lbs of black sunfloweer seeds since the end of November. <em>40</em... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:33:59 EST Roll Call - Who's still here? Hoping your January is off to a fantastic start! Please say hi and just let us know you are still here. And tell us how things are going if you want to! <em>213</em> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 13:30:10 EST F.lux to improve Sleep I notice a common theme in many posts and blogs that I read. Trying to go to sleep and get enough sleep. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Spark has many articles and tips if you do a search, but I wanted to share a program called F.lux for your computer monitor. I have used it since I read about it on Mark's Daily Apple <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mprove-your-sleep/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the direct link to read more and download. It is free. <link>stere... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 08:54:10 EST Farmer's Girl Hello, <BR> I just joined tonight :) I'm 33 and a full time grad student, etc. I have struggled to stay committed to healthy changes but I believe I'm ready now (I just need some help every now and then). Thanks for the support in advance! Wed, 9 Jan 2013 21:46:34 EST 2013 Goals Share your 2013 Goals here! <BR> <BR> Short term goals, mid-term goals, long term goals - whatever you want to share with us <em>248</em> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 22:14:19 EST January Celebrations! Click on over and give your well wishes! <em>383</em> <em>384</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> January: <BR> 03 - Sparkversary (2012) bellafaeryfox (Victoria) <BR> <link><BR>LLAFAERYFOX </link> <BR> <BR> 04 - Birthday CORKYTHEMOM1 (Monika) <BR> <link><BR>RKYTHEMOM1 </link> <BR> <BR> 06 - Sparkvesary MARCHEM (Marsi) <BR> <link><BR>RCHEM </link> <BR> <BR> 13 - Bi... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 20:33:04 EST Missourians are jumping into January w/ daily chat Welcome to the January thread for all Missourians. <BR> <BR> Please share your day, successes, stumbles, and or praises with us. <BR> <BR> Elsie Mon, 7 Jan 2013 17:22:20 EST Thatsokay is still working on it Hello. My username is thatsokay. I just found this website and am so excited!! I see there are forums that I should belong to. As a matter of fact, these all sound like me. <BR> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 16:38:55 EST Grandma568 I`m a 56 year old grandma, I `m used to be very active but I`m taking collage courses on line and since I started I have gained over 35 lb and getting very lazy ,so here I am . Sat, 5 Jan 2013 18:26:15 EST Eldon, Missouri Hello, my name is Sasha. I live in Eldon, Missouri. I'm looking for a exercise buddy. I just joined SP Jan 4th and I am very excited to start my new journey. I need to loose 100+. I just want to get healthy. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 05:39:35 EST New to the team Hi to everyone! I'm new to the team but not to SP. I found SP back in August, 2011. Explored it and tried to use it along with Weight Watchers. Too time consuming, too much work. Became very frustrated. Couldn't make a lot of meetings because of unforeseen circumstances and had to quit. Came back to SP in November, 2012. Played around with it for a while and decided to officially come back January 1, 2013. I plan to become healthy for myself and family. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 00:22:09 EST Hi Everyone! I'm not completely new to SparkPeople, but I'm just getting back to my weight loss goals with the end of the holiday and new year. Since I've last been on SparkPeople I've gotten married :) -- I look forward to meeting new people that share a goal of losing some of those unwanted lbs! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 23:49:37 EST hello everyone im new here hello everyone I'm looking for someone to help as support through my journey to a new slim me. one reason past diet's haven't worked is because I had no support but I know this time I can do it! Sat, 29 Dec 2012 23:34:13 EST What are you doing New Year's Eve? At least one Mid-Mo Let's Go! Member will run in the 5k at Columbia First Night. Check out our team page to see who it is! <BR> <BR> To join her, here's the link to the race <BR> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 10:38:04 EST