SparkPeople Don't Let the Scale Rule Your Life!! Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=14021 This team is for people who have weight to lose & who have been discouraged by the scale!! We try to focus on other ways to measure our successes. Come join us on our journey!! SparkPeople Don't Let the Scale Rule Your Life!! Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=14021 Wednesday, July 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58696717 I've already taken my nighttime meds, and I'm drinking my bedtime milk, so time for me to finish up and close it down... I'm trying to go to sleep earlier each night, so I'm following a regular routine before bed. The "experts" say that should train my body to fall asleep more easily... and that brings us to today's QOTD: <BR> <BR> Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> OMG, YES! If I've had a physical day, inst... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:43:49 EST Tuesday, July 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58686068 I had a funny-sad experience in Vegas. A well dressed man in his 30's was waiting to go into the buffet - DH, GD and I were walking down the hall outside the dining room. I saw the man working on something in his hands, couldn't tell what, and talking to his friends. Suddenly, a small pen-like object fell to the ground. <BR> <BR> With the new iPhones, cases and styluses were on my mind, so I thought it could be his stylus. I went over, with my bald head and pushing my walker, bent down ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:01:49 EST Monday, July 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58675058 What's your favorite season of the year? <em>378</em> <em>67</em> <em>465</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> This has changed over the years... When I was a child, Winter was my favorite: cold weather, tons of snow, and celebrating the holidays. When we got the farm and our horses, Summer was the best time of year: the longest days of the year, spent on horseback; midday swimming in the pond while the horses rested in the shade; c... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:53:12 EST Sunday, July 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58665716 Having a quiet day... Right now, laying in bed resting while DH snores away, working on my new iPhone. I'm learning fast, and finding it easy to quickly jump online using my new tech. <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: Do you primarily use a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone to go online? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> It's only been a few months that I've had both a desktop and laptop working or present at the same time; so before that, I just used what... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:42:58 EST Saturday, July 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58656065 Good morning ~ Safely back at home and trying to get back to real world tasks... <BR> AFTER cuddling with Tabitha and enjoying her purring for hours last night! <em>239</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: Do you consider yourself a disciplinarian or a spoiler? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I'm definitely both - which one depends on the situation - but overall I'd have to say I'm the disciplinarian in our house. However, I see myself as havi... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:56:11 EST Friday, July 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58638148 We're heading back home today... a great vacation! It's early Friday morning, and I'm working on my daily Spark tasks, in case I don't get back online at home tonight. We decided we'd leave earlier than normal, to make sure we beat the traffic and get home in time to pick Tabitha up at the kennel. I'm already packed, so I'll be able to sleep while DH & GD pack and clean up after themselves! <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: Do you enjoy long car trips, whether for business or pleasure? <BR> <BR... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:52:50 EST Thursday, July 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58634536 Hello! Today's QOTD is short and sweet, because we're about to eat a light supper and hit the pool... <BR> <BR> Do you regularly go to the movie theater to watch films? Would you want to? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I WOULD like to, but we haven't gone to the theater for years! That was where DH and I would go when we were first dating, dinner and a movie; but as we got more acquainted, I wanted him to spend less money when we got together, instead of... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:59:57 EST Wednesday, July 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58627153 I didn't know whether to be somber or go frivolous today, but I'll take a chance and ask a serious question. <BR> When I was a teenager in high school, I got pregnant; my boyfriend and I were "steady," but that got us talking realistically about making a future together. I ended up having a miscarriage, which was devastating to us; we kept our plans to be married, but moved them to after graduation rather than as soon as possible. This day, July 23rd, was my due date, and I always remembe... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:11:25 EST Tuesday, July 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58613208 Today is my big brother's birthday... having been estranged for nearly 20 years, it feels very special to be able to call him and wish him "Happy Birthday!" We've never done much beyond calls anyway; our family is spread out across the US, so distance is certainly a part of that, but I don't remember that we did a lot to "celebrate" when any of us did live closer together. <BR> <BR> What do you do (or not do) to celebrate birthdays in your family? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:04:07 EST Monday, July 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58596448 Another QOTD from my current experience: <BR> <BR> Do you enjoy staying in hotels - not motels, but real 4 Star or 5 Star hotels? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Real hotels were never a part of my life until I met my DH - I was used to "Motel 6" all the way! <BR> <BR> When DH & I first traveled together, we'd stay in the cheapest (but nice) place we could find; that's hotels in Vegas, and motels everywhere else. However, when we started bringing DH'... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:50:48 EST Weekend of July 18th to July 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58577731 It's Friday again... T.G.I.F.!!! <BR> <BR> Do you have any special plans this weekend? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> DH and I will be leaving early Monday morning, picking up GD Kaile and dropping off Tabitha, and heading to Las Vegas for five days. Our whole weekend will be focused on doing what needs to be done to get ready; such as washing laundry, and eating the perishables in the fridge. Now that we're so close to the actual date, I'm getting... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 03:13:09 EST Tue, July 15th - Wed, July 16th - Thurs, July 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58568427 I'm going to use the reason I've been "gone" for a timely and potentially emotional QOTD: <BR> <BR> Have you ever had a dear pet disappear - get lost? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Our newly adopted kitty Tabitha somehow ripped through a window screen and got out during the night a few days ago, and we have been consumed with searching for her. Picture it, two golden oldies walking through the neighborhood, shaking a bag of treats and her fish toy... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:48:06 EST Monday, July 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58534592 Welcome to Monday! Yes, that's an exclamation point... I'm feeling MUCH better! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I've been encouraging DH to play computer games to help improve his brain function for several months; and I'm happy to say, he's begun to play on his own every day. I found a game site that's easy to access, free, and on which I don't play (so it's all his). I love coming out to my desktop computer and finding my mouse on the right-hand side - that means he's been using it. <BR> <BR... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:26:30 EST Weekend of July 11th to July 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58506113 Hi team! Each Friday I'll post one "QOTD" for the entire weekend. This one is easy: <BR> <BR> Do you have any special plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Since I've had a difficult week - lots of pain, frayed nerves, no energy, and feeling LOW - I'm looking for an upswing emotionally and physically over the weekend. DH finally caught on to how his careless behavior has contributed to my stress this week, and - at least this evenin... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:48:15 EST Thursday, July 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58496760 Do you have fairly steady energy levels throughout the day? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I was about to answer this, and was suddenly hit with a wave of fatigue... I'm going to lay down and sleep! <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:12:45 EST Wednesday, July 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58486329 If you could only eat one type of food for an entire year, what would it be? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I used to have a hard time thinking of a truly honest answer to this question, <BR> but I now know what I'd choose: PIZZA! There are so many types of pizza, <BR> it wouldn't have to get boring: it can be very healthy or an indulgence, sweet <BR> or savory, and it'd be easy to get your freggies by piling them on top! <em>483</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:19:48 EST Tuesday, July 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58474887 Do you shop for groceries and household items according to sales and/or what coupons you have? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I often joked when the kids were young, if it wasn't on sale AND I had a coupon, we didn't eat it... but actually, that's mostly true! I was an avid coupon clipper, and kept detailed lists about what we needed, and the sales and coupons that applied. Now that it's just DH and me, I've slowly learned how to buy for two. The smaller amoun... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 04:08:24 EST Monday, June 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58465153 Are you a "morning songbird" or a "night owl"? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I recently came out to the living room for the first time today (other than trips to the kitchen and back), and you'll never guess what time... 3:30am! With wi-fi and laptop, my phones and TV, an attached bathroom, and a place to work and rest, I don't HAVE to leave the bedroom - although to spend an entire day is unusually long. <BR> <BR> I'm functional earlier in the ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 07:59:26 EST Saturday, July 5th - Sunday, July 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58442642 If all goes well, tomorrow will be a VERY busy (but productive and fun) day... so I'm combining our QOTD for the weekend: <BR> <BR> Did you set a short-term or mid-term goal that you now can see yourself reaching soon? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I've been working toward a long-term weight loss goal that I know will take a LONG time to reach; but in the short-term, I've been looking forward to weighing in the 230's. I tend to bounce up and down wit... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 04:40:33 EST Friday, July 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58431920 I've been working on Spark today, staying in bed to recover physically from Wednesday's <BR> overload - out for more than 12 hours, over 4 hours on the freeway (two there, two-plus <BR> home), and 8 hours in the heat of the inland area! It's nice to take the day off... and since <BR> my gym is closed for the July 4th holiday, I don't have to feel guilty about NOT swimming! <BR> <BR> I just worked on my food tracker, and printed out a year of monthly averages to send to my <BR> PCP (Primar... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 21:52:18 EST Thursday, July 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58424507 Tomorrow is the 4th of July here in the US... well, it's July 4th everywhere in the world! <BR> What I mean is, "The Fourth of July" holiday is tomorrow, the US's Independence Day. <BR> We're planning a BBQ on Sunday, when DD and family will have returned from vacation. <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: Do you like to barbeque? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I personally don't have an interest in the act of barbequing, but I LOVE eating the BBQ! <BR> DH is the one wh... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 04:06:08 EST Wednesday, July 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58413395 Do you long for Fridays or dread Mondays? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I used to, when I worked in an office Monday to Friday, because I'd rather be home with my kids. When I worked at the church, I dreaded Fridays, because all my work had to be done for Sunday services; and I longed for Mondays, because the church office was closed and the kids were in school - FREE DAY! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Now, it's a toss-up, depending on what the week (or wee... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 01:14:48 EST Tuesday, July 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58402786 The year 2014 is half over: does that cause you to pause and think? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I was surprised when I realized it's July already... I mean, I knew yesterday was June 30th, but it didn't feel like it could be July soon! It did make me think - thus the question! My acute awareness of the passing of time seems to be lessening; normally a milestone like this would prompt introspection, and I'd rethink my goals. <BR> <BR> However, ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 04:24:14 EST Sunday, June 29th - Monday, June 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58384264 THAT weekend went by fast...! <em>226</em> DH got back from Arizona late Saturday afternoon, and we sorta "missed" Sunday, if ya know what I mean!!! Here's another combo QOTD: <BR> <BR> Do you log into SparkPeople every day? Is it important to you to log-in? <BR> Do you have a certain number of points you strive to reach each day? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Logging into Spark IS important to me. At first, it was because I wanted to trac... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:20:44 EST Stuff to share... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x58361917 Feel free to post anything you'd like to share - poems, stories, jokes, anecdotes, real life or fictional! <BR> <BR> ################### <BR> #####__ \\!!!!!//_###### <BR> #####__ ( ô ô )__##### <BR> ### _oo0-(_)0oo_ #### <BR> ################### <BR> ################### <BR> Just peekin' in to say Hi! <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:35:59 EST Saturday, June 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58361698 Have you ever successfully lost a lot of weight for a special event, like a wedding or reunion? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I've done so UN-successfully plenty of times; for example, despite more than a year to prepare, I was just a few pounds away from my heaviest weight ever when DD got married. There was ONE time I was able to lose weight - my first wedding - and actually fit into a size 12 wedding dress... I hadn't been that small since I was a ... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:20:13 EST Thursday, June 26th - Friday, June 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58358955 Sorry... Thursday whipped by me before I knew it! Here's a two part question: <BR> <BR> Do you skip events, activities, parties, holidays, get togethers (etc), because of the food being served? <BR> When you're out and about, do you avoid certain streets or stores because of the temptations there? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> As for the first question, I USED to, to the point that DH thought I didn't like his family. ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:47:58 EST Wednesday, June 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58340952 Do you ever have trouble leaving the house? What I mean is, not wanting to go out, and <BR> really struggling with going, even though you've got errands or work that HAS to be done? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> That was my day today... I was prepared with my lists, and even got dressed (a bra and <BR> everything) first thing in the morning. I had several options of where to go, but didn't have <BR> a lot of stops to make to get the basi... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:46:12 EST Tuesday, June 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58325341 Do you wear a watch? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I've never worn a watch - they feel uncomfortable to me. Like-wise, I don't wear bracelets, except for my Medic Alert which is loose-fitting. I used a pocket watch for a long time; then switched to a regular watch, but attached it to my purse strap. When cars started having clocks on the dashboard, it was easier to keep track; but since I started carrying a cell phone, no watch is needed. <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:51:46 EST Monday, June 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58308096 Do you have any favorite food memories from your childhood? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> My Mom was an avid baker, and even decorated cakes professionally when I was young (her wedding cakes were amazing!). Every Christmas, she baked her presents rather than buying them. We'd devote one entire day to it, with other batches baked as needed. <BR> <BR> I remember us working for hours in the kitchen, baking dozens of cookies, and layin... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:24:11 EST Sunday, June 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58303516 Are you a part of any ongoing, organized Challenges on SparkPeople? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I used to try different challenges, but couldn't (didn't) stick with them. I don't even know how I learned about the 5% Challenges, but I've been doing them for three years. There's five each year, one for each season plus an extra; each challenge runs for eight weeks. It's a huge job to organize, so my hat's off to those de... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 18:47:28 EST Saturday, June 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58294360 Do you know any Sparkers locally? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> There is an EXTREMELY active local team in my area; well, not really in MY area since we moved 12 miles away, but I still go up to see friends, for medical, et al. They meet twice a week to exercise, as well as getting together for social events and doing charity walk/runs as a group. I'm a member of the team, and have been to social events; but since I'm not able to keep up with them... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 20:28:07 EST Friday, June 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58285647 Have you ever referred someone to SparkPeople who joined and became active? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I refer a lot of people, but only a few have joined - well, joined and gave me credit for the referral, or let me know they're a new member. Other than DD, who is more active lately by using the trackers, the people I've referred who joined haven't remained active on Spark. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:34:30 EST Wednesday, June 18th - Thursday, June 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58277073 Here's a two part question: <BR> <BR> 1. Is SparkPeople the first website community you joined? <BR> 2. Are you an active member in another website community, in addition to SparkPeople? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I found the "Everyday Health" website when I was researching medical information, and accidentally stumbled on their chat threads/message boards. At first, I was a "lurker" and just read them; but a topic... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:04:38 EST Tuesday, June 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58250259 If you happen to be married, do you still have date night with your spouse? <BR> *********************************** <BR> We go out occasionally for dinner so I count that as date night, but it's not a set night each week. It's usually only about once a month. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:11:57 EST Monday, June 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58238830 Do you feel you obsess over your weight to the point it gets in the way of your everyday living? <BR> ****************************************<BR>***************************************** <BR> <BR> Sometimes I'd say yes, but other times no. It really depends on my mood for the day and what's planned. I do know I think way too much about food, dieting, and my weight. It's something I'm working on to change. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:10:37 EST Father's Day, June 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58227458 What is your favorite international meal? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*** <BR> <BR> I love homemade lasagna with cheesy garlic bread. I have it rarely though as it's time consuming to make. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:26:49 EST Saturday, June 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58218041 Do you physically measure out every single thing you eat or drink or do you eyeball it? <BR> **************************************** <BR> ************************************** <BR> **************** <BR> <BR> I tend to eyeball things most of the time but I've been "dieting" for over 38 years so I do know portions fairly well. If I have more than a normal portion, I know it and I log it. I stay honest about it since my body shows the world whether I'm following thru or not. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:16:24 EST Friday, June 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58208517 Do you ever think about the reasons behind why you put on the weight? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************************** <BR> <BR> I had a very screwed up childhood and I know to a certain degree that has played a role in how I look at food. A lot of it I have overcome, but I still have a long way to go before I'll feel I'm at peace over my relationship with food. But it's something I continue to work at. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:46:08 EST Thursday, June 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58197204 What do you do for " ME" time? <BR> ************************************ <BR> <BR> I either penpal, read, or will take a bubble bath. If I'm in the tub Bob knows the house had better be on fire to disturb me. <em>246</em> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:38:38 EST Wednesday, June 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58185993 Do you like to dance? <BR> ********************** <BR> <BR> I absolutely love to dance and used to be really, really good at it. If you've ever seen the movie "Dirty Dancing", that was the type dancing I used to do. Dancing and walking were my main exercises back in the 80's. Now I don't dance at all. Hubby can't dance with his health as it is and we never play music in the house so I could dance alone. Might be time to get some batteries for my Walkman so I can listen to my music again and ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:09:29 EST Monday, June 9th- Tuesday, June 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58172508 Missed yesterday so here's a 2- parter... <BR> <BR> What is the worse advice you ever got over losing weight, and what is the best advice you ever got? <BR> **************************************** <BR> ****************************** <BR> The worse advice I ever got was to just push myself away from the table. If it were that easy, I wouldn't have a weight problem to begin with. <BR> The best advice I think was to just work on one goal at a time instead of focusing on the big picture. Sm... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:36:07 EST Sunday, June 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58152001 Are you a very active person or more of a couch potato? <BR> **************************** <BR> <BR> I'd have to say I'm more of a couch potato but trying to do better. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 16:46:23 EST Saturday, June 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58142082 Do you feel you are doing everything you can to reach your goals ? <BR> *************************************** <BR> For me, I could be doing more than I do; exercising more and eating more of the healthier foods. I'm not consistant. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 16:41:07 EST Friday, June 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58132459 What do you find to be the hardest thing for you when it comes to losing the weight? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>*************** <BR> <BR> What isn't for me. I can't seem to stick to the portion control as I want, the yo-yo-ing numbers on the scale drive me right up the wall, and hubby pushes me to eat foods that right now I prefer not to have. Granted, I can stay off the scale, which I am doing, and I try to be nice to hubby ove... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 16:42:24 EST Thursday, June 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58121155 Do you think you can be fat and still be healthy? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************** <BR> <BR> I think you can be healthy and be over weight as long as you're staying active. But if you're over 10% of your normal weight and not very active, then I feel there are real health issues that could be involved. Higher than normal blood pressure, high cholesterol, the risk of diabetes, just to name a few. Thu, 5 Jun 2014 16:44:38 EST Wednesday, June 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58110774 Are you an only child and if not, are you older, younger, or in the middle? <BR> ****************************************<BR>***************************************** <BR> <BR> I'm the baby of the family . I have 2 sisters ( One deceased) and 3 stepsisters (2 deceased). All 6 of us happen to have either our first or middle name starting with the letter J. Mine is Jane. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:05:30 EST Tuesday, June 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58098421 Do you eat dessert every day or only special occasions? <BR> ****************************************<BR>********************* <BR> <BR> I haven't eaten dessert since going off of sugar April 30th, but even before then it was only special occasions. About the only time now is a birthday or if we go out to dinner then I might get a little something. But since getting off of sugar, it almost scares me to allow it even once in awhile, so I'm not sure at this point if I'll allow it or not. Tue, 3 Jun 2014 16:52:48 EST Monday, June 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58086158 Do you have set rewards for a set number of pounds lost? If so what are they? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>****** <BR> The only set reward I had planned was to buy myself a 10 speed bicycle when I get down to 200 lbs. That will be my gift for losing 67 lbs. For now though I'm thinking to do a small reward for each 5 lbs lost, like a new nail polish, or something along those lines. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 16:32:02 EST Sunday, June 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58074022 When was the last time you had a pizza, and what kind was it? <em>480</em> <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************************* <BR> <BR> We get one about every 2 months and it's always the same kind, a hand tossed meat lover's with black olives on one half ( for me). Our next time to get one will be in July most likely. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 17:42:01 EST Saturday, May 31st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58062461 Do you eat the recommended 3 meals/ 2 snacks a day or do you eat less meals? Do you follow meal times or just eat when hungry? <BR> ****************************************<BR>***** <BR> Here it's 2 meals a day with one snack and regular meal times. Due to Bob's meds, he has to eat at specific times to take medicine. Sat, 31 May 2014 16:26:47 EST Friday, May 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58052513 I know we all try to stay away from the junk foods but some days you just feel like crap and need a little comfort junk food. My question is this... What is your comfort junk food when you just have to have something? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>*************** <BR> <BR> My comfort junk food is Nacho Cheese Dorito's with a can of bean dip. I haven't had any in 3 months so I'm doing good, but that's what I want when it's really be... Fri, 30 May 2014 16:45:58 EST Thursday, May 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58040828 Do you have a favorite piece of jewelry you wear all the time? <BR> ****************************************<BR>****************************** <BR> <BR> When Bob first proposed to me, he asked me what type engagement ring I wanted, and I told him the dream I'd had all my life of a wide band with a princess cut diamond in the center. We went shopping the next morning and found the exact ring I'd been wanting and he got it for me. Over the years I've had to get it resized twice since I wore a ... Thu, 29 May 2014 16:31:20 EST Wednesday, May 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58029099 What's your nutritional limits? <BR> *********************************** <BR> <BR> Mine are: <BR> Calories: 1000-1400 <BR> Carbs: 40-150 <BR> Fat: 20-100 <BR> Protein: 40-115 <BR> Sodium: 500-2300 Wed, 28 May 2014 16:14:31 EST Tuesday, May 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58017129 How many phones do you have in your house? <BR> ****************************************<BR>****** <BR> We have 2 landline ones ( one is also an answering machine) and we have a cordless one. My son also got each of us a cell phone this past Christmas for emergency use when out and about. Especially if I'm out on the road by myself. Those are strictly for emergency use though Tue, 27 May 2014 16:23:57 EST Monday, May 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x58005416 HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY ! <BR> <BR> Do you read the women's magazines like Woman's World or First For Women, to name a couple ? How do you feel about the weight loss sections and do you feel they should be in those type of magazines, right along with all the food sections both papers have, which tend to push the unhealthier foods 9 out of 10 times? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>***** <BR> I'm one of the first to grab those 2 magazines w... Mon, 26 May 2014 16:22:47 EST Sunday, May 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57994559 When you fix a meal, do you make enough for left overs? <BR> ****************************************<BR>********************* <BR> <BR> If it's meat, I usually have a little left over so Bob can make a snack if he wants one. If it's things like stews, crock pot meals, etc., I make enough to freeze for 1-2 extra meals. Sun, 25 May 2014 16:22:04 EST Saturday, May 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57984859 What type of vehicle do you own? <BR> ************************************ <BR> <BR> We just traded in our Hyundai Tuscan and got a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport a couple months ago. Bob needed more head and stomach room. Sat, 24 May 2014 17:02:49 EST Friday, May 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57975204 Do you carry a purse, use a fanny bag, or just stuff things into your pockets when going places? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************ <BR> <BR> Usually I carry my shoulder bag as I carry my stuff plus anything Bob needs for me to carry for him ( like his wallet ). Then he complains my bag weighs a ton. LOL! <BR> Sometimes I will use a fanny bag if I see where it's going to be more convienent, like when we go to a buffet restaurant. It's been years though ... Fri, 23 May 2014 16:37:38 EST Thursday, May 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57964364 Have you ever had someone ask you when your baby was due, and you weren't pregnant? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******************** <BR> <BR> I haven't had that happen in recent years but back when we first moved to Florida and I weighed about 165 lbs, I had a woman ask me when the baby was due. Came as a complete shock to me since I was at a very good weight for my height and in no way looked pregnant. Thu, 22 May 2014 16:14:12 EST Wednesday, May 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57953136 How many children do you have, if any? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*** <BR> <BR> I have one son, Chris, that's 38 and lives in NC. Wed, 21 May 2014 17:11:39 EST Tuesday, May 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57940923 How many medicines do you take daily? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*** <BR> I generally take an aspirin, my blood pressure pill, an arthritis pill, and Tylenol PM at bedtime. Oh, and I take a very strong multi vitamin to help the anemia. Tue, 20 May 2014 16:47:55 EST Monday, May 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57928414 NOT COUNTING SPARKPEOPLE, do you have anyone you can talk to about your weight loss journey that really understands how you feel? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>********************* <BR> <BR> I have a number of pen pals that I write to regularly and we're all working on our weight so it gets talked about a lot. I try talking to hubby about it but he'd rather pretend it's not happening so that he doesn't feel guilty for not supporti... Mon, 19 May 2014 16:28:08 EST Sunday, May 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57916233 When was the last time you gave someone a hug? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************** <BR> <BR> I give hubby a hug every morning along with a good morning kiss and every night just before we go to bed. It's kind of a ritual I do and have done every day we've been married ( other than the few days he was away on a business trip). I want him to know first thing upon waking that I love him and last time before going to bed ( just in case). Sun, 18 May 2014 16:51:06 EST Saturday, May 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57903686 Do you feel guilty if you eat something you don't think is on your food plan? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>***** <BR> <BR> I am always fretting over what I'm eating or not eating, whether it's on the plan or not. Sat, 17 May 2014 10:21:49 EST Friday, May 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57896411 How often do you balance your check book? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******* <BR> <BR> Normally I balance mine monthly but this month had to redo it as I skipped writing down a payment that could have gotten me in hot water. I did with hubby but he apologized for yelling. Fri, 16 May 2014 16:48:43 EST Thursday, May 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57885415 Do you keep a weight loss journal? <BR> **************************************** <BR> <BR> I do in as far as I keep a record of my weight and measurements. But I don't write in it daily about my feelings, etc. Thu, 15 May 2014 17:19:14 EST Wednesday, May 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57873347 What was the last junk food you ate? <BR> ****************************************<BR>** <BR> <BR> It was 8 days ago for me, when I tried the caramel candy to see how it affected me. I haven't had a bite of junk food or any sugary anything since. Wed, 14 May 2014 16:30:23 EST Tuesday, May 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57861936 How many clothing sizes do you need to drop to be at a HEALTHY size for you? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>*********** <BR> <BR> For me it means dropping 3 dress/pants sizes. I won't be at the weight I want to be at, but I'll be at a much healthier clothing size. Tue, 13 May 2014 17:40:43 EST Monday, May 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57849440 When you think back over the last 4-1/2 months, what progress do you feel you have made in working towards your healthier goals? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************************ <BR> I'm back to recording every bite I eat, drinking much more water, and have cut out 97.99% of all sugar out of my diet. I still have a tiny bit coming in with condiments, bread, or peanut butter, but over all I've cut just about all of it out. I th... Mon, 12 May 2014 17:01:25 EST MOTHER'S DAY, MAY 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57837612 Did you have a special Mother's Day meal? And if so, what did you have? <BR> ****************************************<BR>***************************************** <BR> <BR> I made smothered hamburger steak with Bush's grilling beans ( maple and bacon ), and shredded taco cheese, and homemade biscuits with butter. What I do is put a layer of the beans and cheese on top of the hamburger steak. The heated beans melt the cheese. Really good and it's something I only fix about 2-3 times a year. Sun, 11 May 2014 16:37:32 EST Saturday, May 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57828101 How much exercise are you getting on a daily basis and do you feel it's enough? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************ <BR> <BR> I try to get in 55 minutes 3 days a week and 30 minutes 4 days a week. Some days I end up getting a good bit more, if it happens to be grocery day. Then I'll get in about 3 hours of extra walking in. <BR> I would like to get to the point where I averaged 60 minutes a day 7 days a week. Sat, 10 May 2014 17:18:03 EST Friday, May 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57818264 Do you pen pal, and if you do, how many pen pals do you have? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************** <BR> <BR> I do pen pal. I've been pen palling for over 40 years but only got into it heavily 20 years ago. At one point I had well over 150 pen pals, but with the cost of postage going up I had to drop most of my over seas pals, and now only have a total of about 30 pen pals. I have 2 still over seas and 2 in Canada, but the rest are all stateside. Fri, 9 May 2014 17:46:57 EST Thursday, May 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57806477 What is the worse thing anyone has tried to get you to eat? Did you eat it? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************* <BR> For me it was chitlins, and no way would I eat it. Thu, 8 May 2014 17:44:47 EST Wednesday, May 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57793776 What is your favorite vegetable? <BR> *********************************** <BR> <BR> Mine is cabbage. I love boiled or fried cabbage. It's a real staple for me when trying to lose weight. Wed, 7 May 2014 16:40:07 EST Tuesday, May 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57781628 Do you own a copy of the Spark? Have you read it if you do own a copy? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>***** <BR> I owned a copy awhile back but gave it away. Decided I had to have a new copy so I ordered one from my book club and it just got here today. I want to get the newest book plus the cookbook too. Tue, 6 May 2014 17:06:17 EST Monday, May 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57768913 Which do you prefer, sweet or salty? <BR> ************************************** <BR> <BR> I'm a sugar and salt addict so both are a problem for me. If I had to do without one though, I'd rather give up the sugar, which I am in the process of doing. 6 days, no sugar of any kind. Mon, 5 May 2014 17:23:35 EST Sunday, May 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57755053 Do you work out in the mornings or the evenings? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************** <BR> <BR> I generally exercise in the mornings, whether it's regular stretching exercises or heavy cleaning or yard work. By afternoon my RA is usually flaring up so most evenings I'm on the heating pad. Sun, 4 May 2014 16:28:24 EST Saturday, May 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57744136 How much time do you generally spend preparing your biggest meal of the day? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************** <BR> <BR> Usually I try to keep it under 45 minutes. Sometimes I'll throw everything into the crock pot and only need to dish it up. Special occasions generally take 2-3 hours, depending on what I'm fixing. Sat, 3 May 2014 17:24:51 EST Friday, May 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57733047 Do you have a middle name? What is it and who gave it to you? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************************* <BR> <BR> My middle name is Jane and my cousin Larry gave it to me. He claims I'm the little sister he never had so Mother let him give me the middle name. Larry is my favorite cousin btw. Fri, 2 May 2014 16:54:25 EST Thursday, May 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57718397 When you think of your current weight, why do you think you got to the size you did? Was there an underlying reason? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************* <BR> <BR> For me, it was a combination of circumstances. I had just hit menopause full blast and my hormones were going crazy. I was having severe hot flashes and night sweats to where I was totally miserable, and right about then I had a bad bicycle accident and couldn't e... Thu, 1 May 2014 14:39:16 EST Wednesday, April 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57704699 How do you like the new spark people format? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************ <BR> <BR> For the most part I don't care for it and I think a lot of members will leave their teams because of the changes. It's not as user friendly as it was. I'm hoping to get used to it over time but right now I'm not happy with it at all. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:32:05 EST Tuesday, April 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57692776 What is the worse diet you have ever gone on? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*********** <BR> <BR> For me it was the apple cider vinegar diet. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:50:49 EST Sunday, April 27- Monday, April 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57674649 Sorry I didn't get in the qotd. I had a bad sinus headache and had to get off of the computer yesterday before I got it done. So here's a 2 part one. <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************ <BR> How much money weekly do you feel you spend on foods you really <BR> don't need, but crave or snack on? On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the <BR> worst, how severe do you think the consequences are for you to spend the <BR> money for those foods that cause you to over eat... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:29:15 EST Saturday, April 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57655431 Are you a "jeans" type a gal or do you normally wear something different? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************************** <BR> <BR> Years and pounds ago I loved wearing the stone washed jeans on a regular basis and I usually wore wedges with them. But since moving to Florida in 1999, I started wearing capri's because they were cooler and usually wear a pair of sandals or else a pair of keds tennis shoes year round. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 17:19:53 EST Friday, April 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57644950 Do you feel you're quick to judge others by how they look due to their size or appeareance? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************ <BR> <BR> I try not to but I've caught myself at times saying things to myself if I saw someone at a store or in a restaurant. It's a habit I'm trying hard to break. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:39:31 EST Thursday, April 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57632277 Have you ever done a 5K or larger race? Would you want to? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>*************************** <BR> <BR> I would love to do a 5K or larger race but I don't think my ankles would allow it any more. I used to run when I was much younger but I broke 3 bones in my left foot and then just a few years ago I broke my right ankle. So now I don't know if they'd stand up to it even if I were in good enough shape other wise. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:05:15 EST Wednesday, April 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57619615 What is your favorite outdoor activity and do you do it often? <BR> ****************************************<BR>********************* <BR> <BR> I love to bike but currently don't have one. When I get below 200 lbs that will be my gift to myself. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:50:58 EST Tuesday, April 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57607235 What do you feel is the difference between over eating and mindless eating? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>****** <BR> <BR> I think we can over eat by just eating that extra biscuit we didn't need at supper ( like I did tonight), but mindless eating is pretty much the same thing as binge eating. Where your eating is almost out of control or you're eating without even thinking about what you're doing. <BR> How many times have you sat... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:29:49 EST Monday, April 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57594474 Do you have a favorite piece of clothing that you wear all the time, even though it's seen better days? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>********************** <BR> <BR> I have a black sleeveless Tank tee shirt that I've had for over 8 years. It's been washed so many times it's more gray now than black. But it's loose fitting and so comfortable, I just can't throw it away. Wish I could get 10 more in assorted colors just like it but o... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:06:49 EST Sunday, April 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57582150 What is the heaviest you've ever been? <BR> **************************************** <BR> <BR> My heaviest in weight was last August at 267 lbs, but I'm at my very largest right now in measurements at: <BR> Bust: 52 <BR> Waist: 47 <BR> Hips: 53-1/2 <BR> Thighs: 28-1/2 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:25:45 EST Saturday, April 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57571410 What's your biggest problem grocery shopping? What , if anything can <BR> you do to fix the problem? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************************ <BR> My biggest problem is having my hubby shop with me. He'll add things to the buggy not on my list, which means I have to take something off my list so he can have what he wants added. I budget the groceries to within a couple of dollars so I don't have a lot of leeway for "extras". Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:18:38 EST Friday, April 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57560983 Have you ever used laxatives or fluid pills to help you lose weight? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************************** <BR> Back in my 20's and 30's I suffered from bulimia and both laxatives and fluid pills were my ways of keeping my weight down as well as the daily purging ( 3-4 times a day). It was a horrific disease and it took me years to over come it. I consider myself a recovering bulimic and will always be one. But the actions of my youth have contribut... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:21:33 EST Thursday, April 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57548791 If you knew someone going on their very first diet, what would you advise them? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************* <BR> I would advise them to NOT diet. To make healthy daily choices, and just cut back on the foods they know cause them problems. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:50:08 EST Wednesday, April 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57537216 Do you make up an Easter basket for Easter? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************** <BR> I used to make one up every year when my son was little but I haven't made one in over 25 years. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:34:26 EST Tuesday, April 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57524374 What is your favorite dessert and how often do you have it? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************** <BR> <BR> My all time favorite dessert is blackberry cobbler. My stepmom used to make a deep dish cobbler and added dumplings to it and it was shear heaven on your tongue. I haven't had any in over 40 years but I still consider it my favorite. My next favorite would have to be carrot cake with sour cream frosting. I usually will make that for my birthday. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:52:22 EST Monday, April 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57512253 What is the last diet book you read? <BR> *************************************** <BR> <BR> Mine was 3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:32:51 EST SUNDAY, APRIL 13TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57498791 What is the first thing you are going to buy yourself SPECIAL when you reach your ultimate weight loss goal? <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> I'm going to buy all new SEXY underwear. Hubby never appreciated the money I spent on underwear when we first got married so I stopped buying the really pretty things and just bought basic items. If and when I get back down to the size I want to be, I'm throwing out every piece of basic stuff I have and ge... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:49:11 EST Saturday, April 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57487615 When was the last time you bought something special for yourself, and what was it? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>****************** <BR> I honestly can't remember the last time I bought something special for me. I buy things I need, like new tennis shoes, but it's not something I'd consider special. I'd have to say it's been 18 years since I've bought something truly special for me. I used to love to buy sexy underclothes, and I had... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:54:36 EST Friday, April 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57476628 How many cookbooks do you own and do you use them regularly? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************************* <BR> <BR> I collect cookbooks and have about 200 right now but rarely use any of them. Bob is such a picky eater he doesn't like trying new things. I'd try a new recipe at least once a week if I could. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:57:35 EST Thursday, April 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57464186 How do you feel about eating meals at specific times of the day? <BR> ****************************************<BR>********************************* <BR> Hubby prefers to eat at set times but I'm more interested in just eating when I'm hungry. I think one of the reasons I'm this big now is because I eat at set times instead of just eating when my body demands it be fed. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:56:48 EST Wednesday, April 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57452299 Do you have any brothers and sisters? <BR> ****************************************<BR>***** <BR> I have 2 older sisters. One passed away in 1990. She was my oldest sister Judy. My middle sister Jodi lives in California. <BR> I had 3 step sisters also. Two have passed away. The one still living is much older than I am and we don't have anything to do with each other. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:48:20 EST Tuesday, April 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57438471 Do you feel you are physically addicted to certain food substances. <BR> What are they and how do you think they affect you? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******** <BR> I know I'm addicted to sugar. Have been since I was a tiny child. I thought switching to zero calorie sweetners would be ok for me, but my brain still says I'm having sugar, and my body reacts to the sweetness. It's something I'm working to cut out completely but it'... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 17:15:29 EST Monday, April 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57424647 What foods do you think you couldn't possibly live without and why? <BR> ****************************************<BR>********************************** <BR> I guess in reality I could give up any food if I had to due to health issues. But I'd truly hate to give up potatoes, rice, eggs, tuna, and some type of bread. Those are my go to basics when I simply don't want anything else. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 16:51:29 EST SUNDAY, APRIL 6TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57408697 How often do you think about eating? How much of your day revolves <BR> around food; cooking, planning, shopping, for it? <BR> ****************************************<BR>***************************************** <BR> I think about food all the time. Hubby will ask right after supper what we're having for supper the next night, or what do I plan to fix for lunch? I'll be on the computer and he'll come in with a chunk of cheddar cheese, or will ask me if I want a handful of cookies? So I reall... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 13:53:47 EST Saturday, April 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57398305 List several ways you can sooth yourself that doesn't involve food. <BR> Are you willing to use one of those methods? Why or why not? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>********** <BR> For me, it'd be: <BR> 1) Take a walk <BR> 2) Call a friend <BR> 3) Read a book <BR> 4) Take a bubble bath <BR> <BR> I've actually used all 4 at one time or another. Generally I will grab a book since I can lose myself within the pages. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 16:55:33 EST Thursday April 3-Friday April 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57382190 Who is the healthiest person you know personally and are they at a normal weight? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**************** <BR> You know, I really don't know anyone that doesn't have some kind of health issue, other than maybe my son's girlfriend. She seems to be in excellent health and is at a very nice weight for her height. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 09:52:08 EST Wednesday, April 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57361440 Other than the Easter holiday and Passover, is there any other special day you'll be celebrating in April? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*************************************** <BR> <BR> We'll be celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary on April 14th. We plan to go to Golden Corral to celebrate, but we'll probably actually celebrate it a few days before the day. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 17:06:41 EST Tuesday, April Fool's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57341466 Do you play jokes on people today for April Fool's Day? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*********************** <BR> <BR> I don't usually but hubby usually tries to get one on me every year. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:39:04 EST Sunday. March 30-Monday, March 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57333759 I honestly thought I had posted a qotd yesterday but I see I didn't. so here is another 2 parter for you. <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>********** <BR> <BR> What do you consider healthy? How will you know you have reached your healthiest goal? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******** <BR> <BR> For me, being healthy means being at a size where I can do what I need to do wit... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:45:03 EST Saturday, March 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57307460 Do you ever try to lose a set number of pounds by a certain day/ occasion? How did it work out for you? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>****** <BR> I tend to do that all the time and I know it's the wrong thing to do but do it anyway. And it NEVER works out for me. I'm trying hard to think more life style change than diet, but after 30 plus years of thinking one way, it's kind of hard to change. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:52:33 EST Friday, March 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57296920 Do you think you can be over weight and still be healthy? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*********************** <BR> <BR> I know a lot of people will argue that athletes are healthy because they are so active and have all that muscle, but I honestly don't believe an over weight person can really be healthy and not have health issues of some kind. I think there can be underlying issues like high cholesterol or high blood pressure. And there's diabetes. <BR> I know you can ... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:11:49 EST April 1-7 Cut the Sodium Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28207x14021x57284312 Let's see if we can keep our daily sodium under 2300 grams each day, starting April 1st, and ending April 7th. Post your daily results here. <BR> ****************************************<BR>***************************************** <BR> 1st: 2327 <BR> 2nd:1996 <BR> 3rd: <BR> 4th: <BR> 5th: <BR> 6th: <BR> 7th: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:56:39 EST QOTD: THURSDAY, MARCH 27TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57284259 If you could change anything about yourself; NOT counting weight loss, what would you change and why? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>********* <BR> <BR> For me I'd change 2 things. One: I'd have thick, glossy hair. My hair has always been thin and since menopause, it's gotten even thinner, especially on the top and crown. When I go out I wear a ball cap so no one can see it as scalp shows thru. <BR> Two: I'd be less critical of myse... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:51:12 EST Wednesday, March 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57269308 What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see all your flaws, or do you see your pretty eyes, and how nicely everything works together to make you the person you are? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******** <BR> <BR> I tend to see just what's on the outside most times when I look into the mirror and for that reason, lots of times I won't look in the mirror. But there are times I look in the mirror and will give myself a pe... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:45:53 EST QOTD: Tuesday, March 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57259418 How do you see yourself 5 months from now? Will you be at the same size or bigger? What will you be doing to make changes for the better, to be how you want to be and look 5 months from now? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>********** <BR> <BR> I'd like to think I'll be smaller than I am now. I don't plan to weigh until my birthday August 20th, and I want to see what kind of progress I made weight wise. I'm working on eating more vegg... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:19:52 EST QOTD: MARCH 24TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x57246984 When you buy clothing, do you buy it thinking you'll look good in it, or that it'll make you look good? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************* <BR> I hate to say it, but usually it's because I think it'll make me look good, that it'll somehow make my size not so noticeable. <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:58:21 EST New Leader needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x54777128 Hi all <BR> <BR> Due to work and other obligations I have to step down. Sure somebody else can do a much better job...any takers? please let me know and I will add you on and remove myself <em>304</em> Wed, 4 Sep 2013 09:47:27 EST One bad decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x54690881 So I have to say last week's weigh in was 178 I think, but then this week was 182... It seems like I can work my tail off eating within my calorie range, exercising every day for a week but I have a binge day with a little over 2,000 calories and I gain four pounds! <BR> <BR> But you know what, that's a true statement, and I'm afraid it wasn't just one day it was two! I'm tired of letting a bad decision lead to a week of good decisions wasted! But I'm still going. In fact I have over 20 day... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:02:38 EST Decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x54567614 Some decisions are easier than others. As much as I love having 5 Teams to "huddle" with for points, I cannot stay on a team - where I see little to no activity and where I get no feedback or encouragement. I need to move on for my sanity. Sun, 18 Aug 2013 12:06:12 EST Put Two Words Together.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x53061143 saw this on another team, great to keep the grey matter working! <BR> <BR> I will start with a easy one..... <BR> <BR> <BR> for + get = forget <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 05:00:43 EST Interesting quote to share... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x51233957 I read a Spark article called "Expert Solutions: Overweight Kids," and would like to share the following quote. It's just as applicable to adults as it is to children! <BR> <BR> "Healthy nutrition and exercise doesn't have to be brought up in terms of physical appearance... this is one of the problems adults face now. A healthy lifestyle is attached too much to appearance instead of vitality. There are numerous other ways to get (kids') attention on this topic... " <BR> <BR> Like one of... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 20:09:34 EST Sharing a Spark article that explains... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x50907681 ... what the philosophy of our team is all about! Check it out: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=691 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <em>33</em> <em>4</em> <em>192</em> <em>303</em> <em>198</em> <em>225</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:55:31 EST New to the whole not "weighing in" thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x50737756 I'm only on day 33 of not weighing myself! <BR> <BR> After I lost 100 pounds I got in this rut of not seeing anymore progress!!! I was tired of it and realized my obsession with what the scale said had a lot to do with it!! <BR> <BR> So I'm doing a day by day reward system. Every 7 days I get an article of clothing, personal time, ext... Then Every 30 days I get something big as a reward, like my day 30 was a pedicure and manicure. <BR> <BR> I'm just going to wait to weigh myself again ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 23:20:37 EST Im sooooooooooooo hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x50650544 ok im drinking my water eating the GOOD food, I have babies so im busy plus trying to work out more but after almost of month of this im starving . Im frustrated and wanting to eat and wanting to quit . I have 80 pounds to lose and need to do this for my family and me . I dont know what to do differently I reserch food that will fill me more and longer and im very tired please anyone any advice ? Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:45:00 EST Returning Past Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x50546405 I was a member of sparkpeople a couple times under different user names but since menopause, my thinking gets all screwed up and I let emotions get the best of me. So I end up dropping teams or leaving sparkpeople completely. But I'm back to stay this time, no matter what til I lose this weight. <BR> ******************UPDATED 10-27-2012******************** <BR> Ok, I had these big plans and guess I'm trying to do too much all at once. So here's an update on what I will be working towards now... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 12:46:10 EST Keeping in touch - What's up?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x50526033 Hi "Scale" team members! <em>199</em> <em>213</em> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> We're starting a new "Chat" thread to keep in touch with each other. <BR> Let us know how you're doing, what's working and what ISN'T...! <BR> <BR> Best wishes & Happy Sparking ~ Elizabeth <em>20</em> <em>252</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 03:01:44 EST Rediscover your inner child http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x48486382 <BR> 04 June, 2012 10:00:00Melissa Jane Cook <BR> <BR> Melissa Jane Cook delves into the mind of an inner child and explains why it's so important to indulge yours and even learn a thing or two from her... <BR> <BR> The bubbling, youthful innocent that dreams of pirate ships, princess-pink castles, pure honest expressions and a laughter that creates a myriad of giggles, chuckles, chortles and the absolute lightness of being in the moment. <BR> <BR> The excitement of infinite freedom <BR... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 05:26:22 EST Love this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x47888372 Wolves <BR> <BR> "One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, 'My son, the battle is between two 'wolves' inside us all. <BR> One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. <BR> The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.... Thu, 3 May 2012 03:34:35 EST I love and can't live without. .......? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x46576432 <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Let's see how long we can keep this thread going. What is so precious in you life that you simply can't ever live without? <em>38</em> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 05:23:07 EST What are you thankful for? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x45193485 Since it is Thanksgiving Week here in the US, I thought I'd ask: <BR> <BR> What are YOU thankful for? <BR> <BR> For me, it's being able to feel happy about and look forward to the holidays, when I once thought I'd never be able to handle the emotions of Thanksgiving and Christmas again. <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 05:24:18 EST Your "gravy" list? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x45086062 <link>healthypets.mercola.com/sites/health<BR>ypets/archive/2011/11/15/doggys-gravy-<BR>list-this-thanksgiving.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> After watching this I thought it will be fun to list ours. WHat are your top ten "items/things" in your live? Tue, 15 Nov 2011 01:59:19 EST Say it in 6 words?.. ....FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x44957280 I am going to copy this from one of my other teams. This is huge fun, even better if you can get the sentence to rhyme? Anything goes....give it a try! Let me start...... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Weekend too short, missing a cord! Mon, 7 Nov 2011 02:58:30 EST Daily Scrabble GAME....please join us! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x44844987 Come on ladies, come and join the FUN! <BR> <BR> This is an excellent way of having fun, getting to know one another AND good for the brain <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> How about using 6 letters? what you you think? Mon, 31 Oct 2011 08:02:27 EST Some inspirati on..Don't quit poem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x44548446 <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2011/10/11/dont-quit-poem.aspx<BR>?e_cid=20111011_DNL_art_2 </link> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 02:56:18 EST Great article-In flammation and depression. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x44452294 <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2011/10/06/can-inflammation-in<BR>-this-organ-be-at-the-root-of-your-dep<BR>ression.aspx?e_cid=20111006_DNL_art_2 </link> Thu, 6 Oct 2011 03:50:52 EST Flash mob! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x44275039 <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2011/09/26/flash-mob-at-copenh<BR>agen-central-station.aspx?e_cid=201109<BR>26_DNL_art_2 </link> . <BR> <BR> LOve this! ENjoy! Mon, 26 Sep 2011 02:52:13 EST Challenges? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x44115560 Questions? <BR> Do you like a challenge ? <BR> Are they helpful to you? <BR> If so what sort of challenge? <BR> Most teams have them .Does this team need one? <BR> I have mixed feelings about them so will welcome team members views Please respond. <BR> Irene (Co leader) <em>38</em> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 10:30:44 EST Keeping a record http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x43635232 How many of you are keeping a record of your travels through the world of weight measurments and exercising,? The ups and downs. I have always wrote down my weight and odd comments on how I felt. <BR> Now I have made myself a special book to record it all. I am enoying looking out pictures articles jokes etc all relating to my personal story. <BR> If you are keepng a record please tell us about it, If not why not? I do find it's helping me. Irene <em>203</em> Sat, 20 Aug 2011 09:11:47 EST Most beautiful clip! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x43425532 <link>www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=SkY03n<BR>0_sD8&vq=medium </link> <BR> <BR> Bet this will have you sitting on the edge of your chair....I had to wipe a tear away, so precious! I hope and pray it will stay that way! Mon, 8 Aug 2011 04:51:53 EST Ever seen a Moonbow??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x43341787 <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2011/08/03/ever-seen-a-moonbow<BR>.aspx?e_cid=20110803_DNL_art_2 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is absolutely fascinating! have you seen one? Wed, 3 Aug 2011 04:25:59 EST How do you measure progress other than the scale? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x43279862 We all know how frustrating it is to look to the scale for evidence of weight loss, and how easy it is for one day's splurge to undo the rest of the week's hard work. I still weigh in every week - well, more than once - but I also remember to look at that number on the scale as just one moment in a long line of weighing in over time. <BR> <BR> I "bounce" - I look at a range of weights, rather than just one number. This helps a lot, because I focus on losing just a few pounds at a time. As... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 22:04:42 EST The real definition of beauty......i nspirational! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x42959989 Sharing this link with you..... <link>all4women.co.za/inspirational/the-re<BR>al-definition-of-beauty.html </link> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 05:46:01 EST The Amazing Oil That Trims Women's Waistlines http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x42568829 <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2011/06/22/magical-fat-that-in<BR>creases-good-cholesterol-and-lowers-ab<BR>dominal-obesity-in-women.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I LOVE my coconut oil, it's the best for dry skin too! Wed, 22 Jun 2011 02:49:01 EST Time for a break! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x42547557 <link>healthypets.mercola.com/sites/health<BR>ypets/archive/2011/06/21/kitten-versus<BR>-the-toy.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Did I put a smile on your face??? <em>240</em> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 03:06:08 EST 10 tips to feel sexy - at any size http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x42068256 <BR> <BR> There are many ways to feel sexy. It isn’t about being a certain size or how closely you resemble Jennifer Lopez. <BR> <BR> Feeling sexy is a state of mind that, with the right mindset, you will definitely be able to achieve. Follow the tips below to achieve a sexier you. <BR> <BR> 1. Dress in ways that make you feel good <BR> <BR> Be comfortable while showing off your best features. For example, if you have great legs, don’t be afraid to dress so people will see them. <BR> <B... Fri, 27 May 2011 04:59:20 EST Cheap tricks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x42048365 Tip 1 - Wood Polish <BR> <BR> Mix a little olive oil and lemon juice . Rub into the wood with a soft cloth. This leaves the wood shiny and smelling fresh and tangy. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tip 2 - Brass Doorknobs and Knockers <BR> <BR> A generous slosh of tomato sauce on a damp cloth will take off the tarnish. Rub clean with a fresh, non abrasive cloth. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tip 3 - Teacups <BR> <BR> Stained teacups do not need elbow grease to clean. Simply sprinkle salt on the outside of a lemon and... Thu, 26 May 2011 03:14:30 EST Who wants to be a millionaire anyway? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x42006239 Who wants to be a millionaire anyway? <BR> 23 May, 2011 06:10:00 Kerry Heathfield <BR> <BR> Kerry Heathfield takes stock of all the wonderful things we can enjoy - which don't cost a thing! <BR> <BR> We all have our “what if” plans. What we would do if we won the lotto, where we’d go if we hit the jackpot at the casino. These will always lie in the back of your mind, because let’s face it – you never know when you may get lucky. <BR> <BR> But it’s important not to dwell on the “ifs”. Ri... Tue, 24 May 2011 03:31:16 EST Everyone needs to hear this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x41870421 <em>26</em> <em>252</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2010/08/23/everyone-needs-to-h<BR>ear-this-more-often-_2620_.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> If this does not put you in a good mood......... Tue, 17 May 2011 03:10:40 EST Four words........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x41870407 Four Words That Can Make You Suspicious of Yourself When You Say Them Posted By Dr. Mercola | May 17 2011 | 2,963 views Share15 <BR> Email to a friend : 5 <BR> PreviousAn article on Raptitude lists four words that might raise a red flag when you catch yourself saying them. While they are not "bad" words, they do lend themselves to a certain kind of self-deception. <BR> <BR> "Wish" <BR> <BR> Do you use the word "wish" when you've decided you don't like something the way it is, but yo... Tue, 17 May 2011 03:05:28 EST Please watch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x41614743 <link>www.consumerhealthawareness.info/sp/<BR>control/video-index-women.php </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 May 2011 05:47:42 EST Boost your body image http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x41614343 5 ways to boost body image without losing weight <BR> <BR> 1. Stop negative self-talk immediately. Learning to describe yourself with neutral, objective phrases can help stop the cycle of poor self-esteem. So, instead of saying to yourself "I have really ugly thighs," think "My thighs could use some work." <BR> <BR> 2. Find and focus on the things you like about your looks. Find the things about yourself you can say something good about, and every time you look in the mirror, go there f... Wed, 4 May 2011 03:58:19 EST The power of words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x41310178 <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2011/04/19/the-power-of-words.<BR>aspx </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 03:18:59 EST Food Labels ....beware! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x40863043 <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2099/12/31/how-to-read-and-und<BR>erstand-food-labels.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 06:55:04 EST For those of you that are engaged or married... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x40538133 For those that are in a serious relationship, like engaged or married, I have some questions for you... Basically, it how you deal with the lifestyle change with finding a significant other.. <BR> <BR> Do you guys work out together? How did you meet? Did it ever feel that you had to fight for that healthy part of you? <BR> <BR> Recently, a two month relationship ended (like a month ago), and reflecting back I realized he never understood what my weight loss, running and eating right meant t... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 21:26:58 EST Common triggers for eating when not hungry..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x40273009 Common triggers for eating when not hungry <BR> Be aware of these triggers so that you don't eat when not hungry: <BR> • Opening up the cabinet and seeing your favourite snack food. <BR> • Sitting at home watching television. <BR> • Before or after a stressful meeting or situation at work. <BR> • Coming home after work and having no idea what's for dinner. <BR> • Having someone offer you a dish they made "just for you!" <BR> • Walking past a candy dish on the counter. <BR> • Si... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 03:24:02 EST Definitions of Love - in Memory of Scott http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x40209795 I found this in a blog - I don't remember now which Sparker's it was - but would like to share it on this special day. Here's an abbreviated version: <BR> <BR> Definitions of Love from Children <BR> <BR> A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, "What does love mean?" The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think: <BR> <BR> When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toen... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 17:20:24 EST Me v. The Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x39758868 Often we focus on our scale weigh-ins. A great example of this would be daily weigh-in threads which are great! But... today I just want to celebrate NOT weighing in today. This truly is a victory for me! <em>104</em> Maybe I will be able to win again tomorrow... <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> v. <em>192</em> Mon, 7 Feb 2011 17:16:49 EST Watch this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x39596525 <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2011/02/01/watch-boiled-water-<BR>freeze-instantly.aspx </link> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 03:55:16 EST STUPID SCALE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x39273536 anyone else finding themself on the scale after EVERYTHING!??! EVERY time I go to the bathroom...scale...every meal...scale! wake up, scale, nap..scale, bed..scale. I think one day I weighed myself 14 times. I would hide the scale, but then I would just dig it out. I would throw it out, but then I have that fear that if I get back on the scale after a month to see a difference, there won't be one. I have so many fears in my life right now, and I can't even do baby steps to get over them. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 22:17:27 EST Three things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x39252681 <BR> Three things about me: <BR> <BR> Please don't break the cycle; it is fun to learn different things about our <BR> friends! <BR> <BR> The names I go by: <BR> Hannah <BR> Atta-to my nieces & nephews <BR> Bokkie - to my hubby <BR> <BR> Three places I've lived: - all in South Africa <BR> Durban <BR> St.Lucia <BR> East London <BR> <BR> Three sports I have played: <BR> Water aerobics <BR> Hockey <BR> Netball <BR> <BR> <BR> Three things I love to watch: <BR> Birds in flight <BR> My do... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 08:42:32 EST I NEED to win the war against the scale.. help? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x39018204 Okay, I need help. <BR> <BR> I feel like I am afraid to move out of the 170s... and have moved into the 8th floor. What will happen when I do finally make it to 160? Will I be to maintain? <BR> <BR> Maybe it is because I am running out of goals. Sounds funny, right? Lately, I have noticed I am achieving alot of my goals and don't really have any new ones. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I decided for the month of January that I was giving up my scale. It's staying at the BF's for awhile. I am trying to ... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 17:08:10 EST Interesting links...please share http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x37701446 <link>eft.mercola.com/ </link> Wed, 3 Nov 2010 04:01:30 EST The 'Lazy' Person's Way to Slim Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x37422558 <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2010/10/20/sleep-more-lose-wei<BR>ght.aspx </link> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 07:15:00 EST Want a Good Night's Sleep? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x37092808 Great link! <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2010/10/02/secrets-to-a-good-n<BR>ight-sleep.aspx </link> Mon, 4 Oct 2010 03:47:00 EST World Vegetarian Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x36988970 "Vegetarian as a general concept is a brilliant thing... We've got to stop eating so much meat. We are eating too much meat." — Jamie Oliver <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> How would you like to save 2 animals' lives next week? World Vegetarian Week is just around the corner (October 1st - 7th), and we're inviting you to join the celebrations! <BR> <link>www.animalsaustralia.org/features/ve<BR>g-week/ </link> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 02:54:34 EST This is why I hate the scale - How about you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x36790892 This morning, I had a lousy weigh-in, unexpectedly up. <BR> <em>40</em> <em>192</em> <em>2</em> <em>245</em> <em>198</em> <em>192</em> <em>225</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I KNOW I didn't really gain two pounds since yesterday, but can't figure out why the scale is up so much. I started for the peanut butter - with that $*%&-it attitude - but stopped. I grabbed my usual breakfast, a Promax bar, and DH made pancakes topped with fresh fruit for lunch. Attitude is settling now, and I... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 18:43:22 EST Dangers of Teflon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x36721654 If you keep pet birds ANYWHERE in your house using Teflon cookware can kill them! <BR> <BR> <BR> Dangers of Teflon <BR> <BR> We all thought that teflon pots and pans were the answer to all our domestic dreams . Non stick heaven! <BR> We have since learnt that teflon emits toxic fumes when overheated. <BR> The fumes released when they are overheated can actually kill pet birds that happen to live in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> Teflon Flu. Believe it or not one of the health hazards of over he... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 04:07:05 EST What have changed since YOU lost? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x36577521 It can be anything, your body, your way of life or the way others re-act to you. <BR> <BR> Let's see how many changes we can come up with. Thu, 9 Sep 2010 08:52:51 EST My Scale Addiction.. Confessed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x36281285 Hi all. My name is Savannah and I have a problem with the scale. Yes, I am addicted to the scale. I weigh myself every morning and every morning I tell myself I wait until next Monday or Wednesday. I really want.. scratch that.. need to break this cycle. I know somewhere within me I have the brain power against the scale. I could hide it in the trunk but really want to win the battle. Do you guys have any suggestions for me? What worked for you? Wed, 25 Aug 2010 21:59:22 EST Inches off the waist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x36224926 Is anyone up for a challenge? How about 2 inches off the waist in September? <BR> Rita Mon, 23 Aug 2010 12:07:00 EST Reducing Sodium Intake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x36022205 <BR> Here are ways you can cut back on sodium in your diet: <BR> • Eat more fresh foods and fewer processed foods. Most fresh fruits and vegetables are naturally low in sodium. Also, fresh meat is lower in sodium than bacon, hot dogs, sausage and ham. Buy fresh and frozen poultry or meat that hasn't been injected with a sodium-containing solution. Look on the label or ask your butcher. <BR> • Opt for low-sodium products. If you do buy processed foods, choose those that are labelled "low so... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 04:01:27 EST tra la la..These are a few of my favourite things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x35952120 Let's share... <BR> <BR> Mine for today~ <BR> <BR> Takings the dogs for an early morning walk before traffic starts, they get to run free. <BR> <BR> DH making me a cup of tea when I need a break from from my chores :) <BR> <BR> Talking to my sister for an hour on the telephone:) Tue, 10 Aug 2010 03:35:51 EST Cutting back on Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x34929084 Cutting Back on Fat <BR> <BR> General Rules to cut back on fat include: <BR> <BR> • Cut off all visible fat before cooking. <BR> • Use only lean cuts of mutton, beef and pork. <BR> • Keep meat portions small. <BR> • Use chicken (without skin) and fish regularly. <BR> • Limit your use of foods with "hidden" fat, such as fried fish, sausage, polony, baked goods and pastries. <BR> • Use skim milk or low fat dairy products as a rule. <BR> • Avoid coffee creamers and blends that contain co... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 04:53:17 EST Request from Coach Jen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x32523187 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Recently we've had a number of issues with members posting copyrighted information- primarily in their blogs. The original authors have been contacting us, asking that their work be removed, or properly cited, or in some instances they want to be paid for the fact that someone else is using it. <BR> <BR> I'm asking that you pass along this reminder to your teams: <BR> <BR> If you are going to post something on the boards or in your blog that someone else has writt... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 09:11:26 EST I've broken up with my scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x32460009 Hi! My name is Mary-Catherine, and I am a scale addict. Confession is the first step to recovery, right? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I am a 26 year old wife, mother, and personal trainer, and I have decided it's time to kick my scale habit for good. I do have some weight that I would like to lose- but weighing myself every day, or even once a week, isn't going to see those last pounds gone. I know that my daily nutrition and exercise habits are what I need to make progress, so I have banished m... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 11:31:44 EST What fruit and veggies are in season now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x31585369 What's in season in your part of the world? <BR> <BR> <BR> South Africa~Cape Town: (It's high summer here) <BR> <BR> Fruit~ Grapes, Peaches, Plums, Pears, Gooseberries, Litchis are the main ones. <BR> <BR> Vegetables~ Corn on the cob, Beetroot, Green beans, Baby Marrow, Patty Pans.....all yummy in stir fries Mon, 1 Feb 2010 04:25:00 EST QOTW-9/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x30213305 How are you coping with the change in season, have you been ill because of it? <BR> <BR> <BR> We are in our summer here and have had a couple of very hot days, struggling a bit with swollen feet at the moment. Tue, 8 Dec 2009 11:06:07 EST Leaving Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x30155981 Hello everyone, I am lowering the numbers of teams I have. Right now I am keeping the few I am active in which help me to reach my goals. Everyone is wonderful keep up the great work. Remember you are #1. <BR> Happy Holidays. Keep in touch team. <BR> <BR> Angie <em>446</em> Sat, 5 Dec 2009 13:25:26 EST ~~ Beauty of a Woman ~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x29935110 ~~ Beauty of a Woman ~~ <BR> The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, <BR> The figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair. <BR> The beauty of a woman must be seen from her eyes, <BR> Because that is the doorway to her heart, <BR> The place where love resides. <BR> The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, <BR> But true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. <BR> It is the caring that she lovingly gives, <BR> The passion that she shows. <BR> The beauty ... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 03:40:17 EST The mighty cucumber http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x29487150 Just had to post this.....off planting cucumber straight away, lol! going to try the pest control tip tonight. <BR> <BR> This information was in The New York Times as part <BR> of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and <BR> fanciful ways to solve common problems. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one <BR> cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, <BR> Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C,... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 03:57:16 EST QOTW - 19/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x29162812 Do you have to cook your healthy food separately from the rest of the family? <BR> <BR> <BR> We are a one menu family now, it took a while to convince my DH to loose the meat but perseverance paid off. It's a pleasure to plan the weeks meals ahead and definitely easier on the pocket. Mon, 19 Oct 2009 08:14:21 EST QOTW - 7/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x28913335 What do you do when you feel irratable? - let's add to the list...... <BR> <BR> <BR> Feeling Irritable? <BR> <BR> Sometimes it can feel like everyone is sooo annoying! If you notice that everyone seems to be irritating you, this can actually be a sign that you are depressed. Feeling irritable is one of the first signs that you are depressed. So next time you are wondering why everyone is so irritating, stop to feel if there is not perhaps actually something wrong with YOU. Being aware tha... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 08:14:42 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x28819477 Hello everyone! My name is Sara. Im warming up to this site and learning my way around! Its a great motivator & exactly what I need to stay focused & succeed. Fri, 2 Oct 2009 20:42:12 EST 1Kilo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x28466587 One kg of fat contains approximately 7,600 calories (or kcals). To lose half-a-kilo a <BR> week, a person should consume approximately 3,800 fewer calories per week, or 540 calories a day — this can be done by reducing the intake and increasing calories burnt. To lose 1 kg a week, a deficit of 1,080 calories per day is required <BR> <BR> If you walk at the speed of 4 km per hour, and weigh 72 kgs, for 4 kms you will burn approximately 217 kcals. If you walk at the speed of 8 kmph, you will b... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 02:57:43 EST Great article, what do you think about it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x28279408 Let's chat about this article: <BR> <BR> 1. See results by taking a trip to your very own closet. Take out a pair of pants that fit snugly before you began your new, healthy habits. Are you able to ease into them, when before you had to sit (or lie) down and yank them up your legs? This is a sure sign of progress toward a leaner you! What about an old shirt? Is it now a little loose around your waist or arms? Also look for improved muscle definition when you check out your body in the mirror... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 04:26:53 EST QOTW - 7th Sep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x28228849 What are the biggest changes you have made since starting on Spark People? Mon, 7 Sep 2009 04:54:43 EST Fun way to calculate your age http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x28228721 YOUR AGE BY CHOCOLATE MATH <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't tell me your age; you'd probably lie anyway-but the Hershey Man will know! <BR> <BR> <BR> YOUR AGE BY CHOCOLATE MATH <BR> <BR> This is pretty neat. <BR> <BR> DON'T CHEAT BY SCROLLING DOWN FIRST! <BR> It takes less than a minute . <BR> Work this out as you read . <BR> Be sure you don't read the bottom until you've worked it out! <BR> This is not one of those waste of time things, it's fun. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. First of all, pick the number ... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 04:04:24 EST New Team Leader. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x28113715 Hannah is our new Team Leader. She is a great member and will do her best for the Team. <BR> <BR> Thank You Hannah. <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>242</em> <em>224</em> <em>250</em> <em>304</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2009 18:38:20 EST QOTW AUG 29TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x28030577 What changes if any do you make to your Exercise Routine in Winter. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am always making a change here or there so as not to get bored with my exercises or to keep my body from reacting adversely to them. I have quite a number I can do so change them out. Sat, 29 Aug 2009 01:24:15 EST QOTW AUG 22ND http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x27882948 What are your favorite Veggies and how do you fix them? <BR> <BR> Cauliflower, Zucchini and Potatoes which I steam or bake in the microwave. Tossed salads with a serving of low fat or fat free Blue Cheese, or Ranch dressing. Fresh Green Beans when in season on the stove slow cooked with some bacon or ham for flavoring. Sat, 22 Aug 2009 20:11:58 EST QOTW AUG 15TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x27713624 What is your favorite Book? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine is the Bible Fri, 14 Aug 2009 23:46:38 EST QOTW AUG 8TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x27554111 What are your Hobbies? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine are: Crocheting, Embroidering, Sewing, Latch Hook, Beading, Bible Study and my Computer of course or I wouldn't be here so much. Fri, 7 Aug 2009 21:04:09 EST Exercise Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x27391890 Get in 30 min a day whether its walking or exercising. This is to be a personal challenge and can be recorded here or not at all. We just do what we can do. Fri, 31 Jul 2009 22:40:46 EST Sunlight Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x27391794 Spend 10 min a day in the sunlight whether it's standing in a window or outside. Fri, 31 Jul 2009 22:35:00 EST QOTW AUG 1ST http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x27391704 If you were an animal, what would it be? <BR> <BR> I think I would choose to be a Purple Finch. They are so pretty and bring beauty into peoples lives. Fri, 31 Jul 2009 22:30:29 EST Lost emoticons http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x27348269 Here is the link to the Feathered Friends Team thread on more emoticons <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11131x272<BR>15174 </link> Thu, 30 Jul 2009 02:31:31 EST QOTW JULY 25TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x27247872 What is your favorite & hated: <BR> <BR> Old Movie? <BR> <BR> Newer Movie? <BR> <BR> Hated Movie? <BR> <BR> <BR> My favorite old one is: Hello Down There <BR> <BR> Newer oneis: Are We There Yet? <BR> <BR> Hated is: 2001 A Space Oddesy Sat, 25 Jul 2009 17:50:42 EST Four things? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x27143121 A) Four places that I go to over and over: My garden, the beach, the mall and work <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> B) Four people who e-mail me regularly – Debbie, Renanne, Nicky and Rob <BR> <BR> <BR> C) Four favourite smells: The Ocean, Lavender, my dog after a bath and clean bed linen. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> D) Four other places I would rather be right now – In my garden, on the beach, in a park or at home. <BR> <BR> <BR> E) Four people I think will respond - Jadzeamay, Jean, ? & ? <... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 07:48:45 EST QOTW JULY 18TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x27073008 Are you having your usual weather or is it wacky? <BR> <BR> Ours is all over the place. Extremely hot one day or for a week 100+ then a day of 78 then back up to the extremes. It's usually not this high in Summer. Fri, 17 Jul 2009 20:21:00 EST QOTW JULY 11TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x26909553 Are you having trouble staying on track with your eating and exercising now that it's Summer? <BR> <BR> <BR> For the most part, I'm doing pretty well. Fri, 10 Jul 2009 15:24:49 EST PALM PDA Hand Held Computer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x26823151 Hello everyone, hope all is well. Does anyone have a Palm PDA. I am on the go again and do not want to carry around my Laptop? <BR> If so what is the best choices I have & can I used it to log my meals with SparkPeople? Tue, 7 Jul 2009 04:24:40 EST QOTW JULY 4TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x26756046 What are your Goals for this Month? <BR> <BR> Mainly to stay on track with my exercising and eating. It would be nice to drop some weight too but the high Temps do me in. Was 110 in our Carport a while ago. Fri, 3 Jul 2009 19:58:52 EST QOTW JUNE 27TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x26607018 <BR> Are you watching Americas Got Talent this year? <BR> <BR> Yes and there are some really talented kids and a few adults so far. Sat, 27 Jun 2009 01:26:50 EST QOTW JUNE 20TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x26448200 During the Summer, do you have trouble getting in your exercise? If so, how do you get back in gear? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes I do. For a while, we were getting in climbs up the hill during the Spring but now his back and hip is having problems. <BR> I'm trying to stick to my new exercise regim with my Resistance Bands. Sat, 20 Jun 2009 00:49:36 EST The Name GAME!....... ........fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x26380294 Rules: <BR> IT'S HARDER THAN IT LOOKS! COPY & PASTE, ERASE MY ANSWERS, ENTER YOURS, <BR> USE THE 1ST <BR> LETTER OF YOUR USER NAME TO ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS. THEY <BR> HAVE TO BE REAL PLACES, NAMES, THINGS. NOTHING MADE UP! TRY TO USE <BR> DIFFERENT <BR> ANSWERS IF THE PERSON IN FRONT OF YOU HAD THE SAME 1ST INITIAL. YOU CAN'T <BR> USE YOUR NAME FOR THE BOY/GIRL NAME QUESTION. Have fun!! <BR> <BR> 1. What is your user name: Hannahv <BR> <BR> 2. A Four Letter Wor... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 09:16:20 EST What We've Been Wating For!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x26359884 Earn Points for Rereading Articles + New Stay on Track Calendar <BR> Tuesday, June 16, 2009 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> We thought you'd be interested in these two new features! <BR> <BR> Reset SparkPoints on Articles You've Read <BR> <BR> Some of our "super SparkPoints earners" (you know who you are!) have been running out of articles to earn SparkPoints for lately. We hear you! So, in an effort to let our loyal members continue to earn their daily allotment of SparkPoints for read... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 12:53:38 EST QOTW JUNE 13TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x26277579 What are your plans for the Summer? <BR> <BR> Other than going to the District Convention in Aug. We haven't any unless it's make a short day trip to Moses Lake. Fri, 12 Jun 2009 22:14:06 EST Todays New Feature http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x26222017 <BR> Chat on SparkPeople with our New Instant Messaging Feature <BR> Wednesday, June 10, 2009 <BR> <BR> <BR> We're very happy to offer an instant messaging (IM) service on SparkPeople.com! <BR> <BR> The ability to chat in real-time, like instant messaging allows, has been a longstanding request from our members. We think this feature will help you better connect with other members so you can get more help and support on your healthy lifestyle journey. <BR> <BR> You can access our IM se... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 16:29:53 EST Afternoon Scrabble http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x26149894 Okay, the game is on . . . Afternoon Scrabble. <BR> <BR> Change one letter of the word posted and let's see who gets stuck and can't continue! <BR> <BR> Rules: You can not add letters. You can not use foreign languages (English only, please). You can only change one letter. You can not use a word already used Mon, 8 Jun 2009 05:11:26 EST QOTW JUNE 6TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x26107501 If you could take a Cruise, where would you go? <BR> <BR> I would like to see the Carribean. Sat, 6 Jun 2009 01:55:33 EST Team Leader Dedication Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x26085159 I dedicate today to JADZEAMAY and JAEBYRDFROGDIVA <BR> for the Great Job they are doing with the DON'T LET THE SCALE RULE YOUR LIFE TEAM. <BR> Please congratulate them on a job well done. <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> Angie Fri, 5 Jun 2009 06:58:21 EST WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO BREAK PLATEAU? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x25921204 I go through a plateau once a month. Cutting back on my calories and carbs for a few days breaks my plateau. Sat, 30 May 2009 05:28:44 EST Double Letter Sentances http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x25920819 Sharrie had three apples and fourteen balloons Sat, 30 May 2009 03:46:03 EST QOTW MAY 30TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x25913974 If you were a color, what would you be? <BR> <BR> <BR> Lavender Fri, 29 May 2009 19:30:04 EST QOTW MAY 23RD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x25769701 If your could visit any Country in the World, where would you go? <BR> <BR> <BR> Scotland <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 May 2009 02:02:58 EST Memorial Day Weekend Activities! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x25738547 Hello All, <BR> This is a long Weekend for many of us and the beginning of the Summer. What activities are you invited to or hosting? Please whatever it is have a safe and bless one. <BR> Remember all the service men & women who died to service us all. <BR> <em>298</em> <BR> <em>652</em> <em>607</em> Fri, 22 May 2009 12:16:12 EST Hello, new here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x25699230 Hello, I am new to this team, having been told about it by my friend Jean who is a member. <BR> <BR> My name is Victoria, and I am 48 years old. I have a very adversarial relationship with the bathroom scale and right now we are not on speaking terms ! <BR> <BR> It seems to have a mind of it's own, and totally disregards how hard I have worked, how many hours I have done on my treadmill, etc. <BR> <BR> I want to start to count non-scale victories, which is a new thing for me, for far too ... Wed, 20 May 2009 21:47:13 EST QOTW MAY 16TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x25572368 If you were a Flower, what would you be? <BR> <BR> An African Violet Fri, 15 May 2009 21:24:07 EST I LOVE YOU DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x25557864 Hello Everyone, <BR> Yesterday at my weekly ladies get together, the topic was "I love you" We are so busy in our daily lives that we don't have time to let the important people in our lives know how we feel about them. <BR> So today take a second to let them know how much you love them. Those three little words mean so much. <BR> Have a great weekend. <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 15 May 2009 10:15:06 EST Want to see pictures from the Convention http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x25428067 Follow the address below to view pictures from SP Convention. <BR> <BR> www.flickr.com/groups/sparkcon09/pool/sh<BR>ow/ <BR> Sun, 10 May 2009 17:55:54 EST Kandi's Poem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x25415729 I read this and had to share it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Saturday, May 09, 2009 <BR> I got on the scale today and found that I've now lost 25 lbs! Amazing! I know that I owe my success to the help that SP provides so I was inspired to write a poem. Here it is: <BR> <BR> 25 pounds and going down, <BR> the fat no longer hangs around. <BR> Years of neglect and you can bet, <BR> I thought my way was firmly set. <BR> <BR> Then one day I found the Spark People way, <BR> and to my surprise ... Sun, 10 May 2009 01:45:04 EST QOTW MAY 9TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x25394085 Can you tell there is a weather change coming by your body's signals? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine does at the slightest change. Fri, 8 May 2009 22:35:13 EST Do you own your own computer----Is it a lap top? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x25383381 This is probably the last question. Fri, 8 May 2009 13:32:40 EST QOTW May 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x25222442 If you could go any where in the world and be there for a month, where would you go? <BR> <BR> I would go spend the time with my Grand Kids Sat, 2 May 2009 22:26:12 EST What is your favorite dinner meal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x25212803 I know what I like to eat--but how about you. Sat, 2 May 2009 13:26:28 EST Todays Funny! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x25077388 <BR> <BR> Why Parents Drink <BR> <BR> The boss wondered why one of his most valued employees was absent but had not phoned in sick one day. Needing to have an urgent problem with one of the main computers resolved, he dialled the employee's home phone number and was greeted with a child's whisper. 'Hello?' <BR> <BR> 'Is your daddy home?' he asked. <BR> <BR> 'Yes,' whispered the small voice. <BR> May I talk with him?' <BR> <BR> The child whispered, 'No.' <BR> <BR> Surprised and wanting ... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 19:20:38 EST TELL US - 5- INTERESTING 5 FACTS ABOUT YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x25038757 Post some interesting or not items about you. Sun, 26 Apr 2009 12:37:09 EST QOTW APRIL 25TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x25005025 Those without yards to work in, are you getting outside to walk in the sunshine? <BR> <BR> I work in the yard and walk too. Fri, 24 Apr 2009 20:09:46 EST CARDIO DANCE FUN FRI DAY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x24985605 Hello All <BR> Get up! tune to your favorite dance music & & <BR> Step to the left <BR> Step to the right <BR> Step left foot to the front & Right foot to the back <BR> Turn around and clap your hands.(you don't have to turn around just stepping gives you a great fun work out) <BR> Lets see how may times we can do this while dancing to our favorite dance music. Have fun, do at your own pace, grab a partner, your kids. JUST HAVE FUN! <BR> and don't forget to log your dancing Min's. <BR> <em>2... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 05:45:07 EST Things we have learned here at SP A - Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x24955128 Always drink our water Thu, 23 Apr 2009 02:49:18 EST Healthy Foods A - Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x24955121 Asparagus Thu, 23 Apr 2009 02:48:22 EST Boys Names A - Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x24955115 Alexander Thu, 23 Apr 2009 02:46:55 EST Girls Names A - Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x24955112 Annabelle Thu, 23 Apr 2009 02:46:12 EST Portion Distortion Quiz - how'd ya do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x24927682 <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/<BR>quizzes_questions.asp?quizid=32 </link> <BR> <BR> What a humbling experience - I only got 6/16! <BR> <em>58</em> Wed, 22 Apr 2009 09:29:08 EST How are you feeling today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x24896681 Today I feel good, a little sore but good. I always look forward to the sun coming out when it does (very rare where I live). Still trying not to get stressed about finances keeping my mind on other things that are healthy for me to think about. Knowing I need to keep plugging along each day being grateful for what we have today. Tue, 21 Apr 2009 11:48:32 EST WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x24874289 Mine is HOUSE. Mon, 20 Apr 2009 16:38:58 EST How was everyone's Sunday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x24850252 Mine was busy with yard work and a long walk but it was a good day today. How was everyone else's? <BR> <em>215</em> Sun, 19 Apr 2009 20:21:38 EST What is your favorite HEALTHY FOOD? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x24837644 What new food do you enjoy eating since you have join SPARKPEOPLE? Sun, 19 Apr 2009 09:38:06 EST WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FORM OF EXERCISE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x24821222 Mine is yoga or walking. Sat, 18 Apr 2009 13:15:37 EST What is your favorite forn of exercise. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x24821190 Mine is yoga or walking~~ Sat, 18 Apr 2009 13:14:03 EST QOTW APRIL 17TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x24805722 Are you having extreme weather conditions still? If so, what are they and how are your handleing <BR> them. <BR> <BR> We are finally having Spring! Fri, 17 Apr 2009 19:11:38 EST FRIDAY'S SHARE YOUR BEST QUOTE DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x24789054 "Practice does not make perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect" <BR> Vince Lombardi <BR> <em>250</em> <em>250</em> Fri, 17 Apr 2009 08:19:21 EST WHAT KIND OF SCALE DO YOU HAVE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x24779546 What kind of scale do you have and is it a good scale. No, not how much you weigh on it, but the scale itself. Please do not weight on it because I asked. Thu, 16 Apr 2009 20:34:10 EST SVENGALI SCALE BLOG BY SLOW_ CHOOCHOO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x24685887 BLOG BY SLOW_ CHOOCHOO <BR> <BR> Isn't it strange that the scales are like some kind of evil Svengali that can draw us in with its hyptonic power. I belong to a team for this particular addiction and man alive am I ever in the right place to find identification and support? <BR> <BR> <BR> It wouldn't matter so much I guess, if I just got on the scales and said to myself <BR> <BR> "Oh yes. well I'm up a couple of pounds today , or else down a couple, and not care muc... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 19:22:51 EST QOTW April 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x24621460 What is your Favorite Feature here at Spark? <BR> <BR> The Trackers and Teams. Sat, 11 Apr 2009 03:41:23 EST DO YOU HAVE A PET?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x24613987 DO YOU HAVE A PET AND WHAT DO YOU HAVE?? Fri, 10 Apr 2009 18:44:52 EST Must "weight" til weigh in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x24591393 I feel like my damn scale is calling me. I've gone from weighing myself four times a day to every other day to now once a week - and I can't stand it. <em>234</em> I've now gone over two and a half days wihout weighing myself and am aiming to make it all the way til Sunday. <BR> <BR> I've been exercising at the Y practically every day and watching my caloric intake. I can see that I've lost weight, but I want the scale to confirm it. I want to move my frog ticker in pride! Right now... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 21:25:20 EST Message From The Top Huncho http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x24497150 Do you use FACEBOOK? <BR> <BR> <BR> SPARKGUY <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I'm really excited about this new feature as a way to spread the spark and help many more people reach their goals! <BR> <BR> As Dave mentions, this is completely optional. And, it's also optional what you choose to share if you do connect. <BR> <BR> To be honest, the thing that is most valuable to us in spreading the spark is probably the simple status updates because those are so prominent on Facebook.... Mon, 6 Apr 2009 21:29:56 EST Where were you born? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x24438980 I was born in Dundee in Scotland, in the UK. Sat, 4 Apr 2009 23:27:09 EST QOTW APRIL 4TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x24417283 What is your worst downfall when it comes to a food? <BR> <BR> Mine is Chocolate Cake Sat, 4 Apr 2009 02:06:48 EST New Step Challenge for April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x24383190 We are going to have our Step Challenge again. If everyone would try and stick to a single posting and edit it, it would be much appreciated for those with dial up. Thu, 2 Apr 2009 21:52:26 EST NO pounds lost?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x24265786 Hi everyone!! Its hard to believe the end of March has arrived. I know it sure did sneak up on me! :) <BR> I know that we aren't supposed to worry about the numbers the scale reveals. And most generally, I don't think about it much. But I've been doing P90X for 11 weeks. 6 days a week, an hour a day. I LOVE this workout. Always changing, a lot of fun. But I haven't lost any weight in 11 weeks!?!? I can't figure it out. After the first 30 days, I figured "okay, I'm building muscle". So... aft... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 13:15:36 EST QOTW MARCH 28TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x24199259 Do you have a yard where you can have a garden? If so what foods or flowers and trees do you have? <BR> <BR> We have strawberrie, raspberries, Iris's, Peony's, Columbine, Snow Ball, Lilacs, Roses and an assortment of flowers. We will plant tomatoes, onions and maybe peppers and Kolrabi for a start. Sat, 28 Mar 2009 02:57:34 EST QOTW MARCH 21ST http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x23990580 Are you still in the throes of Winter or are you all thawed out and planting your gardens and working in your yard or flower beds? <BR> <BR> We are blooming here and planting too. Sat, 21 Mar 2009 05:02:04 EST BE AWARE OF SCAMS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x23962648 I am posting this from the Team Leaders Thread. This isn't the first and it won't be the last. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I already posted this on the SP Community leaders forum. But since it is about the end of the business day, I am posting it here as well to make sure SPARK staff see this. Also, I think we all nee to be aware of this kind of thing happening to people on our teams. I have already sent spark mail to this person. I think she has a handle on it, but wanted it reported. Th... Fri, 20 Mar 2009 05:43:07 EST WHAT R YOUR HOBBIES & DO THEY KEEP U FROM EATING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x23938762 The computer and yes it keeps me from eating. Thu, 19 Mar 2009 10:54:18 EST What Motivated You To Stay On Track Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x23938312 The mirror--yes I have two glass doors I have to see everyday. Thu, 19 Mar 2009 10:41:52 EST WHAT WENT WELL FOR YOU TODAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x23894170 Today we got our taxes done and we only have to pay state taxes. Tue, 17 Mar 2009 21:10:02 EST HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x23861456 Right now I am not to happy with myself. I got all my weight off, then I got sicker, gained it all back. <BR> If you can't move, you can't exercise or fix your own food. Mon, 16 Mar 2009 20:57:08 EST Where Do You Keep Your SCALE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x23858398 I know my scale is in my husbands bathroom. This way I don't see it too often. Mon, 16 Mar 2009 19:18:23 EST Today's New Feature! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x23852875 <BR> <BR> SparkPeople Sponsors help keep the site free! <BR> NEW Friend Feeds and Status Updates on SparkPeople! <BR> How to Find and Use our Newest Community Features <BR> -- By SparkPeople Support <BR> On Monday, March 16, 2009, SparkPeople launched a highly requested feature called Friend Feed. This new feature allows you to keep up with your mutual SparkFriends, and helps them to stay up-to-date with you more easily! Put simply, your Friend Feed shows all of the SparkPeople Comm... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 15:45:34 EST QOTW March 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x23773352 What did/do you do for a living most of your life? <BR> <BR> <BR> Housewife and SAH Mom for me. Fri, 13 Mar 2009 18:20:15 EST Question of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x23727031 What has SparkPeople Done for you? Thu, 12 Mar 2009 09:20:16 EST QOTW March 7th. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x23564831 Do you have a Vacation or Trip in mind for this Summer and if so where? <BR> <BR> We don't Sat, 7 Mar 2009 02:10:17 EST QOTW Feb 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x23328676 Have you joined the Team goals on all your Teams that have set them up? <BR> <BR> I have for all I am on Fri, 27 Feb 2009 23:51:53 EST QOTW Feb 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x23106108 Do you jump right in and do your Taxes to get them out of the way or procrastinate? <BR> <BR> I do them right away. Fri, 20 Feb 2009 22:25:13 EST STRETCH YOUR BRAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x22988422 We are working on our bodies. Lets not let our brains go to waist. <BR> 1. Question--name a NOBEL PRIZE WINNER Tue, 17 Feb 2009 11:10:31 EST QOTW FEB 14TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x22893786 Have you reached any long term or short term goals since joining Spark People? <BR> <BR> I have reached a short term goal in my weight loss. The long term goal can be so discouraging when the scale doesn't move very fast. Sat, 14 Feb 2009 01:32:42 EST What are you looking forward to?. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x22865157 What puts the spring in your step today? Let share and motivate. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to a long weekend away from home with DH & birds in March, can't wait! Fri, 13 Feb 2009 02:17:42 EST QOTW Feb. 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x22668315 Do you have a pedometer and if so, do you make a habit of putting it on each day and keeping track of your steps? <BR> <BR> <BR> I do and I write it on the calendar on my way to bed. Sat, 7 Feb 2009 02:36:51 EST TEAM membesr that don't post-should they remain ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x22660077 I have my opinion but would like yours. It is a big discussion on the leaders forum. Fri, 6 Feb 2009 19:09:25 EST A-Z WAL-MART ITEMS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x22531013 APPLIQUÉ'S Mon, 2 Feb 2009 22:46:28 EST MY STORY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x22503529 was asked so here goes---- grew up in the cold and never could handle it. I was always freezing even in warmer days. Move on---I was always walking into walls and could never walk a straight line. Luckily I never got picked up for drunk driving. I would trip walking across an empty room. Fast forward to two years ago. I would get dizzy and fall down. Never pass out completely. Finally found a neurologist who ran so many tests I couldn't keep track. So far he has never given me a complete answ... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 09:41:40 EST QOTW Jan 31st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x22438191 Do you listen to music, Radio or TV while you exercise? If so what type do you listen to? <BR> <BR> <BR> Just whatever is on. Mostly nothing. Sat, 31 Jan 2009 02:18:46 EST Starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x22437889 So I have been off and on this rollercoaster of weight loss..and I am getting back on again. I'm down a few pounds from my heaviest ever..I started Weight Watchers again a few weeks ago at 303 pounds..I'm at 299 and still truckin. I'm trying again and jumping in with both feet..wish me luck.. :) Sat, 31 Jan 2009 01:39:19 EST What is your biggest obstacle in losing weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x22379897 Bread & Sweets Thu, 29 Jan 2009 10:36:49 EST HOW DID YOU FIND SPARKPEOPLE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x22379759 My nephew told my sister and she told me. Thu, 29 Jan 2009 10:33:34 EST Step Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x22213768 How many steps do you take a day and how many you would like to increase it by---get your pedometers out. Sat, 24 Jan 2009 16:06:44 EST QOTW Jan 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x22199473 What is your Favorite State <BR> <BR> I have been to and through so many and my favorite is Oregon Sat, 24 Jan 2009 03:46:31 EST WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST MOTIVATOR? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x21971333 MINE IS TO STAND WITHOUT FALLING OVER. Sat, 17 Jan 2009 14:50:27 EST WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST MOTIVAING FACTOR ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x21971273 Mine doesn't have to do with my weight. I just want to be able to stand straight (without falling) and then walk a block. Sat, 17 Jan 2009 14:47:21 EST WHAT CITY WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO VISIT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x21971052 HONG KONG Sat, 17 Jan 2009 14:36:51 EST QOTW Jan 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x21950095 Where did you go on your Honeymoon? <BR> <BR> We didn't as we had 3 kittens given to us and they needed care. DH had brought them home from the Base. The Vet was going to put them down with the mother as the owners had been shipped out so they were in our Apartment before I was. LOL Fri, 16 Jan 2009 20:04:06 EST What are our thoughts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x21935224 If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you visit? Fri, 16 Jan 2009 12:01:56 EST Pound for Pound Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1473x14021x21867648 Biggest Loser is going to pay 10 Cents to the Food Banks for every pound lost. 10 Cents will buy a pound of food. So those wanting to join in heres the link <link>PFPChallenge.com </link> Wed, 14 Jan 2009 16:55:06 EST Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14021x21768641 Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say that I had a weigh in this week and I had gained 2 pounds. I'm doing a couple of challenges so I was feeling kinda down about it. But I was sick in bed most of the time that week so I'm not even going to give it a second thought. <BR> <BR> I know next week will be better. <BR> <BR> I'm just really glad I was able to keep things in perspective and not let the scale discourage me. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> Mon, 12 Jan 2009 10:50:59 EST QOTW Jan 10th. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x21689909 Do you have a Gym or somewhere you go to work out or do you do it at home? <BR> <BR> At home for me. Sat, 10 Jan 2009 02:53:44 EST QOTW Jan 3rd. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x21404449 Have you ever had a Plateau, if so how did you break it? <BR> <BR> I have and haven't broken it yet. Fri, 2 Jan 2009 23:14:39 EST New. Scale Obsessed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14021x21250645 My name is Sandy and I joined SP almost two weeks ago. I certainly weigh myself more than once a week. <BR> <BR> Weighing myself and getting obsessed with the speed of my weigh loss or rather SLOWNESS is what makes me quit every time! <BR> <BR> I want to succeed this time, but I know I have to be patient and realize that maybe the scale is not going to tell me I've lost 5 pounds every time I step on it even if it was two days ago. <BR> <BR> I want to stop weighing myself every time I go to... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 11:06:11 EST QOTW Dec. 27th. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x21200747 If you could choose who your Neighbors were, who would you choose them to be? <BR> <BR> <BR> I would choose my daughter and grandkids on 1 side and my best friend on the other. Sat, 27 Dec 2008 02:26:16 EST Interesting Spark Articles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x21166772 <BR> <BR> Home Nutrition Fitness Motivation Wellness SparkDiet Lifestyle Centers Videos Recipes <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Your LDL’s are too high,” reports the doctor. “Cut back on fat to decrease your risk of cancer,” touts the magazine article. That’s great to know. But how? <BR> You may have the impression that fat is bad for you. It may come as a surprise that lipids (the general term for fats) are very valuable. <BR> <BR> Fat is a concentrated source of energy. It suppli... Wed, 24 Dec 2008 19:02:35 EST QOTW Dec. 20th. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x21071672 Do you take part in Winter Sports and if so, what are they? <BR> <BR> I don't. <BR> Sat, 20 Dec 2008 03:06:49 EST QOTW Dec 13th. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x20921915 Do you go to Yard/Garages Sales? If so, what is your best find. <BR> <BR> Mine was 3 large bags of yarn. 2 Were in the Bed in a Bag, type bags and 1 was a 13 gal. trash bag. The smallest bag was full of Specialty Yarns, several no longer made. They still had their prices on them. It was over $89.00 worth of yarn in that bag alone! Sat, 13 Dec 2008 17:34:29 EST QOTW Dec. 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x20728308 What is your recurring dream or nightmare? <BR> <BR> Mine is, I'm at a school locker and have tried a dozen times to get the pad lock off and the Teacher is watching me and the clock, the next second I'm outside. <BR> Such an odd one. Fri, 5 Dec 2008 21:47:11 EST QOTW Nov. 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1472x14021x20567028 What kind of exercises are you doing to help you lose weight and get toned? <BR> <BR> I do: Boxer, side bends with a towel & weights, lifts with a wall, chair and rocking ones, wall push ups and others I can't remember the names of. LOL Sat, 29 Nov 2008 17:47:10 EST