SparkPeople Missourians! Team Messageboard Anyone living in the "Show-Me" State or has connection with our state....Welcome Friends! SparkPeople Missourians! Team Messageboard Question of the day November 29 When do you put your Christmas decorations up? Sun, 29 Nov 2015 21:36:59 EST Question of the day November 28 Does the holiday season perk your mood up, add stress or doesn't affect you at all? Sat, 28 Nov 2015 21:46:39 EST Question of the day November 27 Did you overeat on Thanksgiving Day or did you eat in moderation? Also, did you do any exercising? Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:45:12 EST Question of the day November 26 When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, would you say that you’re more of a home cooking type person, one who like quick meals so make everything from the box or don’t like the hassle so ordering dinner from the store? Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:54:57 EST Question of the day November 25 Do you think retail stores should be open on Thanksgiving day? Why? Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:58:13 EST Ultimate Spark People Challenge Several people have asked for more information about the Ultimate Spark People Challenge, so I'm posting Spark Guy's original post below that explains it. <BR> <BR> Are you interested in doing it? Id so, we'll have an accountability thread in this team. Please sign up if you're interested &amp; are willing to continue posting your progress or if you need support. <BR> <BR> -------------------- <BR> <BR> The Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge Main Page <BR> <BR> Saturday, November 14, ... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:32:57 EST Question of the day November 23 Do you like going to sporting events? If so, do you participate in tailgating parties? Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:48:13 EST Question of the day November 22 Do you have any favorite movies/shows that you enjoying watching during the holiday season? Sun, 22 Nov 2015 20:58:31 EST Question of the day November 21 Are you a "'Black Friday" shopper? Sat, 21 Nov 2015 23:04:13 EST Nov 23 is Cashew Day How do you like your cashews? Sat, 21 Nov 2015 11:36:58 EST apology for being MIA I want to apologize for being MIA, but I've had a list of electronics problems. Ot's really been unbelieveable. The latest has been internet problems. I thought they were fixed &amp; then found out that they weren't. Yesterday, they replaced the modem &amp; so far, so good. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 20:21:33 EST Nov 17 Eeek! a Streak! How do I end these streaks? 200 days of 5 or more vegetables; 355 days to log in and spin; and I think one about exercise...... <BR> So, yes there are days I struggle to get in ONE more it time to just let it go and start over? <BR> <em>20</em> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:58:25 EST Eeek! A streak! How do I end these streaks? 200 days of 5 or more vegetables; 355 days to log in and spin; and I think one about exercise...... <BR> So, yes there are days I struggle to get in ONE more vegetable.... <BR> is it time to just let it go and start over? <BR> <em>20</em> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:56:29 EST Question of the day November 13 It’s Friday, November 13th. Are you superstitious about Friday the 13th being more unlucky than other days? If so, do you have a particular reason to think so? <BR> <BR> I didn't forget about the question of the day yesterday. I was running a scan on Ancestry &amp; I would have had to stop it to use the computer &amp; then restart it later. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 20:08:59 EST Question of the day November 11 Happy Veterans Day! Do you have any veterans in your life? Wed, 11 Nov 2015 22:56:57 EST Question of the day November 10 We’re getting close to the end of the year. What would you like to accomplish before 2016 arrives? Tue, 10 Nov 2015 22:08:52 EST Question of the day November 9 What is your favorite cleaning product? Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:33:19 EST Question of the day November 8 Have you ever used one of the commercial diet plans, such as Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, etc.? How did it work for you? Sun, 8 Nov 2015 22:06:16 EST Question of the day November 6 Do you enjoy reading? Do other members of your family also enjoy reading? Fri, 6 Nov 2015 23:16:55 EST Question of the day November 5 Have you ever had to make a decision that was life-changing? Thu, 5 Nov 2015 20:28:32 EST Question of the day November 4 Do you like spinach? If so, what is your favorite way to eat it? Wed, 4 Nov 2015 22:34:40 EST Question of the day November 3 On 3 November 1718 the inventor of the sandwich, Earl of Sandwich, John Montague was born at London, England. What is your favorite sandwich? Do you make it yourself or go somewhere else to get it? Tue, 3 Nov 2015 23:41:45 EST Name a food you like now that you could not stand vegetable soup Tue, 3 Nov 2015 19:37:33 EST Question of the day November 2 How much TV do you watch each week? What are your favorite programs to watch? Mon, 2 Nov 2015 20:49:00 EST November 10 is Sesame Street Day Sesame Street began November 10 1969. Favorite character, story, episode??? Mon, 2 Nov 2015 18:57:30 EST Question of the day November 1 Do you take long drives to see the trees changing colors? If so, what’s your favorite place to go? Sun, 1 Nov 2015 19:55:00 EST Question of the day October 31 Did you dress up for the trick or treaters? If you did, what did you dress as? Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:06:47 EST Question of the day October 30 We’ve had some pretty chilly nights. Have you turned your heat on yet? Fri, 30 Oct 2015 23:08:18 EST Question of the day October 29 Have you bought candy or other treats to pass out on Halloween? Have you eaten any of them? Thu, 29 Oct 2015 22:43:36 EST Question of the day October 28 Today is National Chocolate Day. Is this a ‘holiday’ that you would celebrate? What is your favorite form of chocolate? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 20:32:23 EST Question of the day October 27 What is your favorite perfume and men's cologne? Tue, 27 Oct 2015 23:24:14 EST Question of the day October 26 Do you like wearing boots? If so, do you prefer tall ones, ankle boots, etc.? Mon, 26 Oct 2015 22:48:53 EST Question of the day October 25 Do you listen to music when you work out? What is your favorite music to use? Sun, 25 Oct 2015 22:31:54 EST Question of the day October 24 What is something that when you see it you scream a bit or get scared? Sat, 24 Oct 2015 22:33:34 EST Question of the day October 23 Do you carve Jack O’Lanterns? Fri, 23 Oct 2015 23:09:55 EST Question of the day October 22 They say that everyone dreams. Do you remember your dreams? Fri, 23 Oct 2015 00:54:24 EST Question of the day October 21 What is your favorite bread? Do you make it or buy it? Wed, 21 Oct 2015 22:10:46 EST October is Apple month <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Give us a fact about apples Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:01:46 EST Question of the day October 20 What was the worst gift you have ever received? Tue, 20 Oct 2015 22:23:31 EST New but not new! I've used SP before, but I gained weight again due to some medical issues. Now that the medical stuff is taken care of, I'm hoping to get back on track and lose the weight I gained. I'm from Jefferson City! Feel free to add me as a friend! Tue, 20 Oct 2015 14:03:41 EST Question of the day October 19 Do you grow your own herbs indoors? If so, which ones? Mon, 19 Oct 2015 23:09:59 EST Question of the day October 17 Fall is in the air, so how do you dress when leaving home? If you dress for the weather when you leave, it may be entirely wrong by the time you get back home. Sat, 17 Oct 2015 23:26:15 EST Question of the day October 16 They are predicting a frost/freeze for tonight. Do you cover your outdoor plants to protect them? What other measures do you take? Fri, 16 Oct 2015 23:50:38 EST Question of the day October 15 What was the first job that you ever had? Thu, 15 Oct 2015 23:12:07 EST Question of the day October 14 The St. Louis Cardinals &amp; the Chicago Cubs have had a longstanding rivalry that has been somewhat unfriendly at times. How do you feel about the Cubs winning the Championship? Wed, 14 Oct 2015 23:20:58 EST Question of the day October 13 What scent do you really love to smell? Tue, 13 Oct 2015 23:26:28 EST Question of the day October 12 Is there one food that you just will not eat? Mon, 12 Oct 2015 21:49:11 EST Question of the day October 11 Do you decorate for Halloween? If so, what is your favorite decoration? Sun, 11 Oct 2015 21:44:39 EST Question of the day October 10 Now that the weather is cooler many people eat more soup. How about you? What is your favorite kind & do you make it yourself or buy it? Sat, 10 Oct 2015 21:40:46 EST Question of the day October 9 Today is the day that determines when Fire Prevention Week is observed. Do you have am exit plan in place in case of a fire? <BR> <BR> Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. <BR> <BR> Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 23:39:15 EST Question of the day October 8 What is the longest distance you have traveled for a meal? Was it worth the trip? Thu, 8 Oct 2015 22:26:48 EST Question of the day October 7 Do you like to try new foods or do you prefer the old favorites? <BR> Wed, 7 Oct 2015 22:46:37 EST Question of the day October 6 How old were you when you got married? Tue, 6 Oct 2015 22:18:35 EST Question of the day October 5 What has been some strange things you've done with your hair to get it to look good? Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:13:29 EST Question of the day October 4 Today is National Taco Day! What is your favorite tacos? Corn or Flour Tortilla? Fillings? Sun, 4 Oct 2015 22:30:05 EST Question of the day October 3 Fall is definitely in the air. Do the cooler temps slow you down or do they energize you? Sat, 3 Oct 2015 23:33:49 EST Question of the day October 1 Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Do you have any that you would like for us to remember? Hopefully, your answer will be ‘no.’ <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 21:57:11 EST Question of the day September 30 It seems that most people either love rollercoasters or hate them. How do you feel about them? Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:08:42 EST Question of the day September 29 Today was National Coffee Day. Are you a coffee drinker? If so, how do you drink it? Black? Cream? Sugar? Plain coffee or fancy? <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 23:02:47 EST Question of the day September 28 Do you eat the recommended amount (5-7 servings) of fruits & veggies daily? Mon, 28 Sep 2015 23:45:09 EST Question of the day September 27 Did you watch the lunar eclipse tonight? Did you have a good view of it? Sun, 27 Sep 2015 23:53:20 EST October Team Challenge If you’re like me, you get stuck in food ruts. It’s easier to just eat the same old things prepared the same old way. <BR> <BR> During the month of October the challenge is to try a new vegetable at least once a week. On the October Team Challenge board, let us know what you tried, how you fixed it & would you eat it again. Please also include the recipe that you used to prepare the vegetable. Sun, 27 Sep 2015 10:17:17 EST Question of the day September 25 Are you an early bird or a night owl? Fri, 25 Sep 2015 22:34:47 EST Question of the day September 24 What is the name of the last book you read? Did you enjoy it? Thu, 24 Sep 2015 23:02:34 EST Question of the day September 23 What is your favorite TV program? Wed, 23 Sep 2015 23:08:43 EST Question of the day September 22 Autumn is upon us. Do you decorate with fall themes – leaves, pumpkins, corn, acorns, etc.? Tue, 22 Sep 2015 21:10:57 EST Question of the day September 21 Do you plan ahead & run your errands in groups or do you just run errands whenever they come up? Mon, 21 Sep 2015 22:15:19 EST Question of the day September 20 Do you schedule in time for your meals & fitness or just go with the flow? Sun, 20 Sep 2015 22:05:46 EST Question of the day September 19 The summer is almost over. Does that make you happy or sad? What are some of the things you like to do in the fall? Sat, 19 Sep 2015 22:54:10 EST Question of the day September 18 What is your favorite snack? Is it a healthy choice? Fri, 18 Sep 2015 22:17:36 EST Question of the day September 17 What is your favorite household chore to do? What is your least favorite? Thu, 17 Sep 2015 22:36:54 EST Trip to Kimmswick Lisa, Donna & I are planning a trip to Kimmswick for some shopping & lunch at the Blue Owl on Tuesday, September 29th. If anyone is interested in joining us, please let one of us know ahead of time. We'd love to have you there. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 22:46:27 EST Question of the day September 16 Do you have meatless meals? If so, what is your favorite? Wed, 16 Sep 2015 22:43:00 EST Question of the day September 15 Do you use your trackers on a regular basis? If you do, do you feel it is a help to you? If you don’t, why not? Tue, 15 Sep 2015 22:09:38 EST Question of the day September 14 With summer coming to an end soon, have you done everything you wanted to do or do you still have things you would like to do before summer officially ends? Mon, 14 Sep 2015 22:13:16 EST Question of the day September 13 What did you have for breakfast today? Were you at home or did you go out? Sun, 13 Sep 2015 22:49:31 EST Question of the day September 12 Today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day. Did you participate? <BR> <BR> Since it is also the National Day of Encouragement, I feel I need to encourage you to skip the chocolate milk shake. <BR> Sat, 12 Sep 2015 22:51:18 EST Question of the day September 11 Do you remember where you were & what you were doing when you heard about the attacks on America? <BR> <BR> If you live in a country other than the U.S. you can answer that question & also tell us about any similar attacks on your country. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 23:01:57 EST Question of the day September 10 Have you started any new fitness routines lately? If so, what are they? Do you enjoy them? Thu, 10 Sep 2015 23:33:29 EST Question of the day September 9 When a week has a Monday holiday like this one, do you find the rest of the week easier, harder or no different than usual? Wed, 9 Sep 2015 21:07:05 EST Where do you live and what it's history? Let's learn a little about our state! <BR> <BR> <BR> High Ridge, MO - High Ridge was first used by humans approximately 10,000 years ago as a source for flint and chert, which it has in copious abundance, due to the exposures of the Burlington formation, which is approximately 10–30% composed of this rock. Evidence of flint quarries remains at nearby Crescent, just off the Antire arm of the ridge. In more recent times it appears to have been used largely as a hunting, not residential area. ... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 13:29:42 EST Question of the day September 8 What would you like to see for a monthly team challenge? If you have more than one suggestion, that is good. Tue, 8 Sep 2015 21:09:05 EST Question of the day September 7 What was the last class you took? Why did you take it? Did you enjoy it? Mon, 7 Sep 2015 21:11:17 EST Question of the day September 6 Do you look forward to large family get-togethers or do you dread them? Sun, 6 Sep 2015 21:26:28 EST Question of the day September 5 Have you ever renewed a relationship after a long period of time? How did that work out for you? Sat, 5 Sep 2015 22:36:01 EST Question of the day September 4 What are your plans for the holiday weekend? Fri, 4 Sep 2015 22:55:00 EST Question of the day September 3 What was the last “big” purchase you made? Thu, 3 Sep 2015 22:46:58 EST Labor Day Weekend Walks in Missouri The Volksmarchers, a national and international walking club, invite you to join four local Volksmarching clubs as we attempt to begin to walk all 114 Missouri counties this weekend. Here are the walks, all either 5k or 10k: <BR> <BR> September 5, 8-11am. Richmond, MO, Ray County. Start at Southview Park, 333 East South Street. <BR> <BR> September 5, 1-4pm. Lexington, MO, Lafayette County. Start at Battle of Lexington State Park, 1101 Delaware. <BR> <BR> September 6, 8-11am. Boonville, C... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 00:04:34 EST Question of the day September 2 What talent do you have that you should develop? Is this something you would be interested in doing more of? Wed, 2 Sep 2015 22:20:19 EST Question of the day September 1 Do you cry at movies? Tue, 1 Sep 2015 21:43:42 EST Top Ten Team Leaders for August 2015 August is over & the monthly awards for the top ten team leaders in Spark Points & Fitness Minutes have been sent. Please take a minute to congratulate them. <BR> <BR> Spark Points <BR> <BR> 1 – BUSYGRANNY5 - 6,880 <BR> 2 – RHOOK20047 - 6,656 <BR> 3 – SUNSET09 - 5,732 <BR> 4 – RAYNAC3 - 4,946 <BR> 5 – CHEIVOUS - 4,818 <BR> 6 – COOP9002 - 4,476 <BR> 7 – CIVPRO1 - 3,860 <BR> 8 – LESARICHARDS - 3,797 <BR> 9 – A4HUSTON - 3,519 <BR> 10 - AKIRBY72 - 3,466 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1 ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:31:37 EST Question of the day August 31 Has your amount of exercise increased or decreased in the last six months? Was this planned or did it just happen? Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:46:47 EST 50 Fantastic Missouri Fall Festivals 50 Fantastic Missouri Fall Festivals <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eBLT/50FantasticMissouriFallFestivalsY<BR>ouWontWanttoMiss.html </link> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:21:27 EST Registration Time for BLC29 <link><BR>etoblc/ </link> <BR> <BR> Love this challenge! There are teams that focus on accountability, others for fitness junkies, high support groups. Whatever you need, you'll find. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 19:05:06 EST Weekend for Walkers in Columbia, Missouri Come join the Illinois Trekkers Volkssport Club as we walk in Rock Bridge State Park, Columbia, MO on Saturday, August 8. Start between 8-10am. There is a $3 fee for all walkers. Off trail by 1pm. <BR> <BR> Enjoy walking another walk at 2pm in downtown Columbia sponsored by the Clay-Platte Trackers. Finish by 6pm. They will host another walk on Sunday August 9 at Cosmopolitan Park starting between 8-11am. For more information and directions visit: <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 21:13:02 EST Hello New to this site. Here to make some long overdue changes. Looking forward to getting it done. Started by writing my first blog today. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:19:11 EST Hello New to this site. Here to make some long overdue changes. Looking forward to getting it done. Started by writing my first blog today. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:02:29 EST Hello I am new to message name is Juli Wow this is a wonderful journey that we are on. Thank you all for sharing... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:50:51 EST First Day I'm 40 and have hid behind my weight for years. I am finally ready to get rid of the "death causing shield" 1 day at a time right? Anyways I'm a single parent of a wonderful teenager. I manage and engineering firm and am rediscovering what I really want out of life. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:26:44 EST WHEAT is July Healthy Whole Grain...A-Z game We all use wheat and know a lot about it....those with gluten allergies probably know more than the rest of us. <BR> <BR> How about a light hearted summer game? Things made out of wheat A-Z <BR> <BR> -A- baked brie with Apricot Jam <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>d-brie-with-apricot-jam-recipe </link> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:34:28 EST Hi everybody! Hey everyone, Im Amber! Im single and live in southern Missouri. Ive been on Spark People before, I lost my mom almost two years ago and fell off the wagon. Ive been back on it for about a month and a half. I kind of shut down and i guess i ate my feelings for a while. I found out i have PCOS but luckily no insulin resistance and that was the kick in the pants i needed. I work out 3 to 4 times a week at the Y in Monett (if you see me there say hi!) and i eat between 1300 and 1400 calories a ... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 01:39:15 EST New Mid-Missouri Team Starting There have been several teams in the Mid-Missouri area formed, but most were inactive for several years. One struggled on and off, but also became inactive recently. SP recently deleted the inactive teams. <BR> <BR> Our hope is that, by starting fresh, we can encourage active Sparkers who live in this area. Please check out the team if you live in this area of Missouri. Let's try to get a good, strong team going again. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 00:13:47 EST Happy Birthday Oscar the Grouch Today is the birthday of Oscar the Grouch....please share thoughts and memories.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 12:09:48 EST June Healthy Whole Grain...Sorghum June's Grain of the Month is Sorghum. <BR> Increased prevalence and diagnosis of celiac disease have led to strong growth in the gluten-free market, of which sorghum is a key component. While 40,000 to 60,000 Americans have been diagnosed as celiac, the federal government estimates there could be as many as 3 million undiagnosed. A gluten-free diet incorporating sorghum also has been adopted by many with autism, ADHD and irritable bowel syndrome, although research in this area is limited. <BR... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 11:32:09 EST Mid-life crisis for the better! Nojebram2 I am 48 yrs old, currently live alone, but am married.My husband is incarserated for at least one more year. I have spend several months deprest, not wanting to do anything. I finally decided that I needed to get up and change my life for the better while he is gone so by the time he is back home I will have my new lifestyle in force. He will have to adapt to my way of life. Since January I have lost around 20 to 25 pounds. 255 down to 233. Size 22 now 18. I have found what works for me is ... Sun, 31 May 2015 01:28:31 EST Where could I ride my bike...A-Z <img src="">In honor of National Bike to Work week.....a short game <BR> <BR> Where could I ride my bike ... allowed <BR> <BR> - A - Across a bridge Thu, 14 May 2015 12:18:31 EST Anyone interested in cycling I live south of St, Louis in Kimmswick and I love to cycle. I am looking for anyone that may be interested in cycling. I can do late afternoons or Sunday anytime and Monday anytime. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:26:50 EST Hello My name is Deana Hello My Name is Deana and I'm currently trying to loose a little weight, but I'm getting bored with my snacks and am Looking for some new 100 calorie snacks to try. Ive been doing a program called body by VI and I've just recently started seeing some results with it. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:45:09 EST And away I go.... I very briefly signed up for Sparks in 2009 without trying at all, just seeing what it would be like. Well, I found myself back at the same website but something is different this time, I am older, of course, and just sick and tired of feeling like I am being held back by this weight. I have a wonderful, supportive husband and the kids are all out of the house, what better time than now. Appreciate any support from the over 55's out there! Sun, 5 Apr 2015 04:18:12 EST My town I live 30 miles south of St. Louis in a little town called House Springs, MO. Anyone know it? Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:58:07 EST Newbie from Central MO Hi! My name is Laura and I am 45 yrs old. I live near a tiny town called Williamsburg. I am married to my husband of 18 years and we have one daughter that is 22. This is is a new experience for me. I have never joined an online community, so sorry in advance for any mistakes I make. <BR> <BR> I am currently tipping the scales at 277 lbs. I have a long way to go but I am committed to making a change in my life. I want to get healthy physically and mentally. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 01:55:32 EST A - Z uses for WATER March 20 is Water for a Sustainable World, 2015...the UN World Water Day <BR> This link takes you to information on assessment of how the World is doing with its Water. <BR> <BR> Of particular interest this year the UN is asking countries to break down provided information into gender specific content. This would include 'access to sanitation'and 'access to clean water'. <BR> <link><BR>es/environment/water/wwap/wwdr/2015-wa<BR>ter-for-a-sustainable-worl... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:37:40 EST Fable/Folktale week...I mportant to you? How? Folk Tales and Fables <BR> <link><BR>ales-and-fables-from-around-the-world/ </link> <BR> Myths, legends, fables and folktales are types of stories originally passed by word-of-mouth, but are now found in writing. They vary in their subject matter, from explaining the natural world and delivering life lessons, to exaggerated events and people grounded in history. What they have in common, though, is their durability as both forms of entertainment and a... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:07:50 EST sheri I have joined Sparkpeople and hope to lose weight Sun, 1 Mar 2015 21:21:48 EST March: Quinoa is the Heart Healthy whole grain HEALTH BENEFITS OF QUINOA <BR> Quinoa is known as an "ancient grain," but to most scientific researchers, it's a new kid on the block. While the existing research on quinoa pales next to well-studied grains like oats or barley, the pace of quinoa research is picking up, and presenting some intriguing preliminary data. <BR> <BR> Quinoa is a more nutritious option for gluten free diets. <BR> <BR> Quinoa may be useful in reducing the risk for diabetes. <BR> <BR> Quinoa helps you feel fuller l... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:00:57 EST Waiting for spring I can't wait until spring is here so that running outside, bike rides, getting on the water and the sun is out every day. <BR> Until then I am working on finishing all painting, spring cleaning (before spring), getting rid of all junk I will never use again, and trash and things that I horde. Trash or Treasure. <BR> <BR> My house and my body will reflect my personality also. And I will spend the good weather days in the beautiful and great out doors, creating a spectacular yard (not too ex... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:15:41 EST I can do this! Hi everyone. My name is Pam. I'm 48 years old & recently moved in with my elderly father to take care of him. In that process I stopped taking care of me. I have many health issues. I have a disease called Lymphedema that makes my whole body retain an ungodly amount of water. Which makes me look 60 pounds or better more than I really am. I also have chronic back pain. My doctor is doing his part in helping me all he can. But, it's getting pretty serious for me as my Diabetes is now out of con... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:40:14 EST Hi I'm patty Just had gastric sleeve bypass any support groups for this? 1 week today! Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:24:06 EST I will succeed! This is day 1 and I already feel invincible! I have about 50 lbs to loose and am super excited I found this program! Thanks for your support! Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:10:31 EST A-Z..February is Heart Health month. What are you? February is Heart Health month...wear RED, eat healthy, exercise and spread the word! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>h/31049020 </link> <BR> <BR> A - Z... What are you doing for YOUR heart this month? Mon, 2 Feb 2015 12:48:31 EST I'm Losing 50 Hello everyone! <BR> My name is Jessi and I am a 28 year old woman with 50 pounds to lose! New to spark people and hoping to gain a sense of community and support on my mission. I know this is going to be a challenge but I am dedicated to losing this extra weight for my son, Oliver. I want to be in good shape and influence him to be healthy. <BR> Any insight, tips or if you just need an extra supporter on your mission...much appreciated! <BR> We can do this! <BR> -jessi <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 22:51:57 EST Barley..heart heathy whole grain for FEBRUARY February...BARLEY is the whole grain to use in February ... Healthy Heart Month <BR> Barley, like all whole grains, reduces blood pressure. <BR> <BR> Eating barley has been shown to lower LDL "bad" cholesterol and may help reduce the risk of heart disease. <BR> <BR> A flood of recent research indicates that barley's ability to control blood sugar may be exceptional, offering an important tool against rising rates of diabetes. <BR> <BR> Barley has more protein than corn, brown rice, millet,... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:59:36 EST Unbelievable! Can't believe I found this site! I was just looking for some motivation - I work at home and need to get a new routine! I lost 27 pounds last year, started paleo diet, and was walking every day - then came the holidays and cold weather! SO, time to reboot! Looking forward to these challenges and have been reading blogs - LOVE IT!! Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:51:36 EST Introduction Hello! My name is Sharon. I'm a second-semester college student and Missouri State University - West Plains. I decided that I really wanted to start taking control of my body and my weight at the end of last year, so fingers crossed I can keep that motivation through all of 2015! <BR> <BR> I made the mistake of not looking at a few of the other postings before starting my own, so forgive me if I miss a format of how I'm supposed to do this. <BR> <BR> A few other things about me are that I... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:41:33 EST Hello From Missouri's NW Corner Hello! I just rejoined SP last week. I started gaining weight back in 1977 when I was pregnant with my first child. It seems like I've been gaining ever since. I have decided to choose life over death not only for me but also for my family who have told me they would like to have me around for several more years. I had my first blood clot in a lung and 4th in a leg back in July 2014. I didn't realize my shortness of breath was due to the blood clot because of my size. My idea weight would b... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:31:04 EST Hello Everyone I am new here, just wanted to say hello.I live in Ava, Mo. I am participating in a Biggest Looser competition in my area and am on my way to a healthier lifestyle. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:13:14 EST Hello Hi! I'm Donna. My husband and I joined SparkPeople together. Hopefully, we can get on the right track and stay there! <BR> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:50:26 EST RJL from Nixa! Ever travel out of state, meet new people and as they do they ask where you're from? Most common response is "Oh,are you near Branson?" or "Isn't that near Bass Pro?". Kinda fun. I am happy to be here,have had a life time struggle with weight. Up,down (briefly) then up again.And as I "mature" the battle is tougher.As a Missourian as the saying goes "you will have to show me" so I am exploring the site to learn new and smarter skills to improve my health,increase my energy and lower my weight ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:00:28 EST Hello MEDIC1706 HI! Looks like I will be a part of the Sho-Me team. Found this website while looking for a diet plan. Any other Medics in the group that finds it hard to eat healthy and loose weight? Mon, 5 Jan 2015 15:01:37 EST Winter soup....A-Z Doesn't a good bowl of heart healthy warm soup sound good? Let's find some...A-Z <BR> <BR> - A - Acorn squash soup <BR> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 11:01:46 EST Much advice need and maybe some accountablilty Hello, <BR> <BR> I have just recently started with spark. I love to workout and "know" how to eat right, but I am still overweight because I can not get myself to stop eating. <BR> <BR> The other night while watching TV I sat down and ate a lot of candy and bread, even though the last part of it I knew I wasn't hungry just couldn't stop. I live with other people so I can't just not have bad food choices in my house. <BR> <BR> I would love any advice people have to help me curtail this act... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 08:33:17 EST January is 'Get a Balanced Life' month. So A-Z January is 'Get a Balanced Life' month. So A-Z.... What do do you want in your 'Balanced Life'? <BR> <BR> - A - Active activity each day...walk, shovel snow, clean house...etc <BR> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 13:58:50 EST 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 100 Missouri Miles Challenge! Are any of you participating in the governor's challenge to complete at least 100 miles of activities in Missouri by the end of the year? It includes walking, running, cycling, hiking, paddling, horseback riding, and rolling. Missouri was named the best state for trails; we really do have so many beautiful parks to enjoy. It's something the whole family can do, too. Last night at Father's Day dinner, I got my dad, stepmom and stepbrother to sign up! <BR> <BR> If you are interested in signing... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:59:30 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