SparkPeople Don't Let the Scale Rule Your Life!! Team Messageboard 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 Make-up or "au natural"? I usually go natural but lately I've been doing my make-up before I leave the house. I feel it makes me more presentable. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:07:32 EST Side sleeper, back or tummy? I definitely like to sleep on my side. <BR> <em>102</em> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 23:57:26 EST Green thumb or plant killer? <em>246</em> I don't TRY to be; but sadly, I kill most plants. I'm looking into getting a cactus. Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:55:34 EST Tea or coffee? I suppose before I starting drinking tea; I was neither. More a water girl. <BR> <em>91</em> <BR> But recently, I've been guzzling a rose tea with apple. Really good! <BR> <em>469</em> Wed, 4 Mar 2015 00:06:20 EST If you could travel anywhere, where would it be? I think, for landscape, it would be the French countryside with quaint cottages or Ireland's hills but I'm also drawn to the Caribbean's white sandy beaches. <BR> Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:38:58 EST What's your favorite type of movie? I really like Victorian era movies. I know that era wasn't as romantic as we make it - with lack of medical care, outhouses, no local grocery stores, etc. But the clothing styles and life for the upper class was something that gets my attention. So my list of favorites: <BR> Downton Abbey <BR> Lark Rise to Candleford <BR> North & South <BR> anything Jane Austen <BR> <em>26</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:15:25 EST What's your emoticon today? Another just-for-fun daily, weekly, or whenever question... <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>41</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:50:35 EST I feel good about myself today because.... my choices today creating great habits for tomorrow. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:47:31 EST Workout minutes? Post here! 50 min. <BR> <em>315</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Working out is a positive step in the right direction. It's a non-scale victory every time we move. So post your minutes here, if you'd like. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 20:28:44 EST Cities, A-Z Anchorage, Alaska <BR> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 14:54:32 EST It's been ___ days since I've stepped on the scale January 1st was my <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> So today makes Day 3. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>224</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> There are so many other ways to determine fat loss success. Feel free to jump on board. You can make today Day 1. You don't have to throw out your scale. But you can lessen the stress by weighing in less. Use different tools... photo journals, a tape measure, fitness journals, or calipers. <BR> <em>225</em> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 18:14:35 EST Reasons to see and live BEYOND the scale. REASON #1: The scale is only a measurement tool for weight and nothing beyond. <BR> We use scales to weigh packages we ship by mail. The postman sees a simple, brown box weighing 30 lbs but doesn't see the treasured item inside. There's so much more to us than the number we see on the scale. The package on the outside doesn't speak of the hours spent working out, or the self-restraint exercised in tempting situations. I, for one, am determined to look beyond the scale this year. It wi... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 18:58:18 EST Challenge for November 2014 - Part Two In the interest of symmetry, I'm posting a Part Two for November, but it's a very simple challenge. December is nearly here, bringing the holidays and the end of the year, both emotionally charged and stress filled times. Although I've made varied progress on my two main November goals, I have a lot more to do to finish. I'll carry over those goals into December, with the goal of fully completing the storage unit before Christmas, and getting a good start on the kitchen organization by the... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:40:49 EST Friday, Nov 21st to Sunday, Nov 23rd So what is on the schedule for YOUR weekend?! <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Every moment from now on is centered on clearing DH's storage unit - the deadline is November 29th. I got through about 1/4 of the 10 foot by 23 foot space today, with help from Kaz, our former neighbor. He provided the labor, pulling boxes out to the open area, and I checked the contents and got a feel for what actions to take. I did fill my trunk with stuff I didn't want in the h... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:09:14 EST Wednesday, Nov 19th to Thursday, Nov 20th One week from today is one of our most important national holidays, "Thanksgiving Day." We also call it "Turkey Day," because huge roasted turkeys are usually the centerpiece of a feast for most dinners. It's always on the fourth Thursday in November, and salaried workers traditionally get a four-day-weekend. <BR> <BR> The next day has become known as "Black Friday," the official start of the holiday shopping season, with insane loss-leader sales, people waiting outside for hours to be f... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:18:56 EST Monday, Nov 17th to Tuesday, Nov 18th I'm working in bed on the laptop, with DH beside me, and letting the cares of the day melt away... No iPhone this time! <BR> <BR> Had a great time with Kaile this afternoon, pushing her to work with me on math word problems. She has great difficulty translating the written information into a math sentence to solve for the numerical answer. I told her, once she understands the basic logic, she'll be able to figure out what any math problem is asking, and solve it no matter what the numbers... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:25:10 EST Friday, Nov 14th to Sunday, Nov 16th So, what are your plans this weekend, <BR> and how did it go? <em>213</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:02:03 EST Wednesday, Nov 12th - Thursday, Nov 13th I sort of missed Tuesday, after going for a swim Monday night, and spent Wednesday catching up, succumbing to a severe migraine in the evening; but today, Thursday, I'm getting stuff done AND hanging in there physically. I also noticed the date. <BR> <BR> I've always liked working with numbers, figuring out ratios and other mathematical stuff, and notice numerical sequences. (It's been especially good for healing my brain.) Recent dates are 11-12-14 and 11-13-14; close, but not in exact... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:36:42 EST Monday, Nov 10th - Tuesday, Nov 11th Today is "Veteran's Day" in the US, to honor those who served in any branch of the Armed Forces. DH is a Vietnam Vet, but rarely even mentioned it for many years, even after I told him my brother had done several tours (1967 to 1971, I was a child at that time). I still don't know what DH experienced, but I know it had an impact. He wouldn't watch "war" movies - couldn't even stay in the room. In the past few years, however, he's begun to open up, even though he's still shaky when he does... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:05:53 EST Friday, November 7th - Sunday, November 9th The weekend is approaching fast, so here's our usual QOTD: <BR> <BR> What are your plans this weekend? (... and how did it go?!) <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> DH and I took that first big step today, and went to his storage unit to do an inventory... Well, to check it out, at least. It's going to be a much larger project than I realized; much, much, much larger than I expected, even in my worst expectations. I don't know where to start... <BR> <BR> So tha... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 01:07:49 EST Wednesday, November 5th - Thursday, November 6th As I was typing the above dates, I wrote "October," as I have many times since the beginning of November. Sometimes, I'll start writing "19--" for the year, and it's been the 2000's for what - almost 15 years?! <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: Do you easily switch from month to month, and year to year? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I've always had trouble "switching over," especially with months; but since I lost Scott, time has been much harder to keep straight. I ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 03:08:52 EST Monday, November 3rd - Tuesday, November 4th Working on my iPhone in bed, watching the DVR with DH... and thinking ahead to Thanksgiving and Christmas. <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: Are you looking forward to the holidays? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> This question is often asked, but most don't have an easy answer. I'd usually say, "Yes AND No," but this year feels different. For the first time in decades, I can definitely say a resounding "Yes!" Thinking about it, I realized I don't care about DH's ex-wife's ... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 02:01:42 EST Challenge for November 2014 - Part One A new month, new challenges, new opportunities! <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> I'd like to return to our "To Do" Lists; but with small steps. <BR> Let's pick a large goal to complete this month, and break <BR> it down into several, more easily manageable steps. <BR> <BR> Larger goals are intimidating; but seen as smaller tasks, <BR> we're more able to work through and complete the whole <BR> project. As November goes on, we can update our lists – <BR> and who knows? Maybe we'll be able to fin... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 02:53:05 EST Saturday, November 1st - Sunday, November 2nd Big news... IT RAINED! <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em>27</em> <BR> Huge "Winter Storm" overnight, and it's still drizzling outside... <BR> <BR> QOTD: Do your pets like to cuddle, or are they more standoffish? More "indoor" or "outdoor" pets? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I don't know if it's the change in the weather or not, but Tabitha has become more cuddly. I've been able to pick her up and hold her against my chest for awhile - maybe 10 or 1... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 01:00:15 EST Thursday, October 30th - Friday, October 31st Another week's gone by... Hopefully by now, work is settling down for you, Hannah! I've had an up-and-down week, but overall very positive. <BR> <BR> What are your weekend plans? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> DH & I have been in good place lately, and this weekend is all about keeping it going. His health is improving, and his labs are stabilizing; and a huge relief, it looks like we're getting the mortgage after all. (Don't get me started about the problems with ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 04:14:23 EST Tuesday, October 28th - Wednesday, October 29th Everything here is orange and black, spooky and creepy and horror based, because Halloween is October 31st! <BR> <em>431</em> <em>424</em> <em>419</em> <em>422</em> <em>420</em> <em>333</em> <em>421</em> <BR> <BR> So I'm wondering, do you celebrate the "Halloween" holiday? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> October is one of my favorite months of the year, for several reasons. First, when I was a kid, by October we had gotten back into the ... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:56:12 EST Friday, October 24th - Monday, October 27th Oh no, I completely missed the weekend! Sorry... <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> So, in keeping with our usual QOTD, how was it? <em>38</em> <BR> <em>249</em> ...and how's your week going so far? <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Physically, I had a difficult weekend, and today (Monday) hasn't been any better. I had worked fairly hard last week, and took appropriate rest days; but when I tried to get active again, I couldn't sustain the activity. ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:12:09 EST Wednesday, October 22nd - Thursday, October 23rd I've been short on sleep and long on physical exertion the last two to three days, so I am literally nodding off... even though it's hours earlier than usual for me. I'm going to kick it in bed and see what happens. Today's QOTD came to me as I typed my journal earlier: <BR> <BR> Are you a good typist? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I LOVE to type, always have! I learned in high school, and it's a skill that got me employed more than once. I was on the "college track" in... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:06:50 EST Monday, October 20th - Tuesday, October 21st Here's a question out of left field (meaning a sudden change of topic)... <BR> <BR> Do you like amusement parks, like Disneyland or Six Flags here in the US? How about going on the thrill rides, like roller coasters? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> We are literally surrounded by amusement parks options here, all within an easy hour or so's drive on the freeway. However, I've never been a fan. <BR> <BR> Every amusement park I've visited has been over-priced, a... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:50:55 EST Saturday, October 18th - Sunday, October 19th I hope you were able to get a LOT of rest this weekend, and ease the effects of the stress from work. Thinking of that, I wondered about this, today's QOTD: <BR> <BR> What is your favorite and/or best way to rest and relieve tension? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I rest by laying down in bed, finding that elusive position where most of my body is pain-free. I usually watch shows saved on the DVR or a movie - I mean, really watch it, not just listen and multi... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:52:12 EST Challenge for October 2014 - Part Two For Part Two, let's focus on making our Part One challenges less "challenge" and more natural habit. <BR> <BR> My main challenge is to stabilize my distorted sleep pattern. Doing so will improve several health factors; for example, increase metabolism and ease food cravings. I can't seem to stick to a "normal" schedule - my body fights the change, even when I feel better doing it. <BR> <BR> Rather than forcing a major change, I'm doing two things that should ease me into enough of a cha... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:03:57 EST Thursday, October 16th - Friday, October 17th Hi Hannah! By the time you read this, your Friday will be half gone already... so here's wishing you a "Happy Friday & Carefree Weekend" before I go to bed Thursday night. <BR> <BR> Do you have any special plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I have - quite literally - spent the last three days in bed; not necessarily asleep, but definitely NOT facing the world. This is, in fact, the first time I've been able to think through my emotions fu... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:25:00 EST Monday, October 13th - Wednesday, October 15th Hit a very low low on Monday, a tense day off to a rough start made worse by a huge fight with DH - we're still working out our interaction and boundaries for expressing anger! Since Tuesday is about to be Wednesday, and I'm nodding off and heading to bed, I'm making this a three day QOTD: <BR> <BR> Are you confident confronting others who treat you unfairly, even if they are "authority" figures? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I've learned how to "speak up" to... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:14:57 EST Friday, October 10th - Sunday, October 12th I'm laying in bed, waiting for my evening meds to kick in... This iPhone, while a luxury, is invaluable in keeping me up to date and connected; no more opening my Yahoo mail and finding hundreds of new messages to go through! <BR> <BR> QOTD: What are your plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> It feels like it's Friday already... or more accurately, Friday night. In any case, I keep thinking tomorrow is going to be the weekend, but I still... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 04:08:13 EST Wednesday, October 8th - Thursday, October 9th Here's another QOTD which may make you dig deep... I know it will me! After an incident with DH, I've been thinking about this topic for the past few days, trying to work out how to put it into words. <BR> <BR> Does expressing your anger ease those feelings or aggravate them? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Wed, 8 Oct 2014 22:50:10 EST Monday, October 6th - Tuesday, October 7th What a crazy, wonderful, busy day today... I'm mentally exhausted, but being productive is well-worth it! I finally attacked the legal paperwork I needed to compose and write up for our tenant (supporting documents for the mortgage application), and finished everything - with signatures - after working all afternoon. Now I can go out tomorrow for lunch with my friend and enjoy it without feeling guilty or pressured. <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: When you finish a large and/or stressful project... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 04:36:39 EST Saturday, October 4th - Sunday, October 5th I'm watching a low quality adaptation of a Stephen King novel- so cheesy I can't stop watching - and wondered if the book was well written and suspenseful or also lacking. <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: Would you like to read the book, or research other informative resources, before seeing a movie; or would you rather enjoy the film on its own merits? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Oct 2014 04:57:19 EST Challenge for October 2014 - Part One I'd like to continue the practical challenge we started in September. (It doesn't have to be the same factor.) Until I can think more clearly, which I don't know when that will be, I want to stick with what I'm doing! <BR> <BR> <BR> Is there one factor that you struggle with each day, that you're trying to do consistently because it will greatly help your long-term health/goals? Let's use this thread as a daily (or as often as you can) check-in, to record our progress. <BR> <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 07:41:41 EST Thursday, October 2nd - Friday, October 3rd Let's do an early "Weekend Plans" QOTD, and plan ahead: <BR> <BR> What are your plans for this weekend? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I can literally copy-and-paste my answer from last Friday's QOTD. Other than catching up on light and medium cleaning needed, and some of the paperwork that was due, I basically lost this whole week to being sick. I hadn't even looked at my "To Do" list until tonight! <BR> <BR> That's why I'm staying up later than usual (my "us... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 07:00:08 EST Tuesday, September 30th - Wednesday, October 1st I thought I posted a question for Tuesday, but...??? <BR> Flu-Fog Brain! <em>198</em> <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> This is going to have to be an easy one, because this flu is still kicking my derrière! <BR> <BR> <BR> Would you rather be hot or cold? (I'm talking temperature, not sex appeal!) <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Starting with puberty, I began to "run hot," which continued for decades. I felt hot ALL the time, sweating profusely and prone to he... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 01:54:20 EST Monday, September 29th Today's QOTD, once again, comes from current experience: <BR> <BR> Do you often get a cold or the flu? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I lost the whole weekend, and today, to feeling like... let's just say BAD! It's been a long time since I was really sick with anything, quite a change from my former sickly ways. I thought I had a UTI, but those specific symptoms seem to come and go; the fever, aches, nausea, fatigue, et al, stayed constant. I decided I shou... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:40:43 EST Friday, September 26th to Sunday, September 28th Hello! What are your weekend plans? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Kaile's soccer game Saturday morning, followed by grocery shopping. <BR> Mortgage paperwork finished, once and for all, to be delivered Monday. <BR> Keep up with dishes (my task) and do laundry (with DH's help please). <BR> Clean up outside, weed, work with DH in the garage... maaaaaybe...! <BR> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> SWIM!!! <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 02:35:07 EST Thursday, September 25th Yesterday was my birthday - I'm 58 now - and surprisingly, a lot of people remembered and reached out. <BR> <BR> QOTD: Does it bother you if people forget your birthday? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I got SO used to "my" days being ignored in my second marriage - for example, my birthday and Mother's Day, our anniversary and Valentine's Day - this is a touchy subject with me. The only person I REALLY want to show me they remember is my DH. Presents, flo... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 03:26:23 EST Tuesday, September 23rd -Wednesday, September 24th Had a VERY rough day yesterday, VERY upsetting and emotional. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> DH & I went to an appointment with the doctor who is the transplant coordinator with his insurance, the first step in getting approval to apply for the Kidney Transplant Program up at USC Medical Center. I don't know why I thought it was going to be a good appointment... I knew DH wasn't exercising like he should, or eating as healthily as he could. Still, his lab numbers were good, and the doctors and... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:42:08 EST Monday, September 22nd Tomorrow is DH's first doctor's appointment in the very long progress of getting approved for a kidney transplant. We've been through the first few steps of the process before, so those parts aren't going to be stressful; for example, tomorrow should be very easy. However, in addition to starting the transplant process, we're right in the middle of getting a mortgage. I have just a few more documents to deliver myself, and a few I've requested and need to follow-up on; and the appraiser is... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:41:42 EST Challenge for September 2014 - Part Two We'll finish this month with a practical challenge: <BR> <BR> Is there one factor that you struggle with each day, that you're trying to do consistently because it will greatly help your long-term health/goals? Let's use this thread as a daily (or as often as you can) check-in, to record our progress. <BR> <BR> <BR> My biggest challenge continues to be sleeping regularly. <BR> <BR> I have tried for literally years to adjust my body into a "normal" schedule - awake in the daytime, asl... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:27:32 EST Friday, September 19th to Sunday, September 21st Friday again... <em>236</em> <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> What are your plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> First on my plan for this weekend: Kaile's soccer game at 8am Saturday. I've been looking forward to soccer season all summer - it's such fun! After that, I've got more work to do on the mortgage paperwork, and dishes to wash, and I've got to work out our budget for October. For relaxation, a rental DVD should arrive... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:13:48 EST Thursday, September 18th Money is very much on my mind today, as we officially initiated the mortgage loan process, something I've been procrastinating on for months. DH and I went to the bank this morning to meet with another loan officer; the first had already given me the information of what to submit, so I had prepared all the documents requested. He asked for a few more documents I'll have to research and/or make calls for, and a few letters of explanation, so that was my afternoon. <BR> <BR> MONEY MONEY MO... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:12:32 EST Wednesday, September 17th I'm doing a quick Sparking to cover the basics, before there's a repeat and I run out of steam for the night. Another good day, although less done. It's been over 100 degrees yesterday and today, and I raised the AC temperature to 82 to save energy. The heat's getting to me, even with a cool shower, so I'm taking it easy. <BR> <BR> So our QOTD will be easy too: What is your hair like? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Right now I'm bald, because I'm doing a fu... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:08:30 EST Tuesday, September 16th Missed this day... was SO busy, worked hard, got TONS done, and fell asleep extra early. I tried to Spark and finish my "basics" when I woke up a few hours later, but couldn't even focus on the screen. I went back to sleep and didn't wake up until morning... so we'll take the day off! <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:57:06 EST Monday, September 15th Crap! It's Monday again... I am REALLY struggling, trying to get back on track at home. My eating is okay, and I've been able to continue my productive sleep pattern. It's been less than two days since my return, and I AM getting stuff done - "slowly" is still more than nothing - but I'm feeling a terrible low emotionally and mentally. <BR> <BR> Post-vacation + Monday = <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: It's no surprise there's a disproportionate number of heart attacks on Mon... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:09:48 EST Friday, September 12th to Sunday, September 14th My vacation is coming to an end... I have to check out in five hours. I already did the dishes and cleaned the kitchenette, and I've kept the rest of the unit clean as the week went by, so there's not too much to do. The hardest part will be getting it loaded into the car. The staff at the front desk said they'd send someone to do the moving and loading for me, but I prefer to work hard and do it myself. It took me 45 minutes to get unloaded and in the room, but I don't think the reverse ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:59:51 EST Thursday, September 11th I'm going to lay down and take a nap, can't keep my eyes open... I've been going non-stop since I got up at 6:30am. (I know, ME, awake on my own at 6:30am???) I've had a great day, but feel it in my aching legs and feet, so time to get horizontal and rest. <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: Do you often take naps? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:59:41 EST Wednesday, September 10th Today's QOTD is one that many of us have debated over the years: <BR> Where were you, and what were you doing, 13 years ago today? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Most of us answer, "I can't remember... I only remember where I was tomorrow, on 9/11." It's as if the day before 9/11 was so ordinary, normal or routine, we didn't even notice it. Then, when we woke up on September 11th and saw the coverage, EVERYTHING changed. For those of us awake early enough, we... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:10:34 EST Tuesday, September 9th I started this vacation amid weather reports of expected downpours and flash flooding at my destination (effects from Hurricane Norbert), and drove through those conditions, although not severe, to get here. The news the next day showed damage all around the area from flooding; but luckily, nothing happened near the resort hotel where I'm staying. The temperatures continue to be below normal - the low 100s F (38-39 C) - but the sun is shining! <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: Have you ever been in... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:31:08 EST Monday, September 8th I'm finishing up my first full day in Palm Springs, and it's been lovely... a short talk with DH, a long texting conversation with DD, and LOTS of sleep! <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: Do you prefer a quiet and relaxing vacation, or one that's active and physical? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Definitely the first - LOTS of sleep, reading, cuddling, napping, DVDs, writing, and catching up and playing online. In recent years, I've begun to push myself physically,... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 06:35:55 EST Friday, September 5th to Sunday, September 7th I'm Sparking now, in anticipation of another busy, hectic day; after which, I may just lay down and SLEEP for a long time through the night! I'm meeting a friend for lunch up where we used to live; then errands, and taking my car in for a check-up before the trip. I'm taking my swim stuff with me, just in case I'm up for a good work-out while I'm out. <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: Are you dependent on a car or bus service to get around? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 10:09:15 EST Thursday, September 4th Two days to my trip... one "work" day on Friday, to finish up business stuff; and one last preparation day on Saturday. It's only a two hour drive to Palm Springs, so I don't have to leave early on Sunday. I'll have time in the morning to finish, but don't want to leave a lot for the last minute. On the other hand, it's hard for me to actually pack in advance - I get OCD crazy about what and if and whether I included what I need. <BR> <BR> Along with the excitement of going on vacation,... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 05:46:01 EST Wednesday, September 3rd I was working with DH today on the computer, teaching him some basics; tomorrow, we tackle him checking his newly created, much under-used email account. <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: is your spouse, or are your family members, tech savvy? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 05:21:15 EST Tuesday, September 2nd What a busy, productive, LONG day... It felt good, but it was hard to resist temptations to reward myself with a calorie-laden "treat" for a good day's work. <BR> <BR> QOTD: Do you tend to reward yourself, or celebrate events, with food as a focus; or have the desire, instinct, or temptation to indulge in food for rewards or celebrations? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I'm not yet at the point where I DON'T think about or want to eat for a reward; but most of... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 05:03:32 EST Challenge for September 2014 - Part One Welcome to September! For this month's first challenge, the subject is "GRATITUDE." Please come here each day (or as often as you can) to post ONE reason why you are grateful on THAT day. When asked, we all can think of the big, life-affecting reasons we have to be grateful - spouse, home, family, health, et al - but in the hecticness that is Every Day Life, we often miss a situation that could be a bright spot in our day. Taking a pause to notice and recognize those moments can make a bi... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 04:46:44 EST Monday, September 1st Today is "Labor Day," a national holiday here in America. It started as a way to honor workers, i.e. the labor force; and is also the unofficial end of summer. Schools usually restarted after the long summer break right after Labor Day, which is the first Monday in September; so even though our summer season isn't over until September 21st, with the kids back to school, "summer" was over. <BR> <BR> Last year, the schools in our area changed over to a year-round schedule, with a shortened... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 04:30:18 EST Challenge for August 2014 - Part Two With only two days left in August, I didn't time this very well, but here's the second challenge for August: RELAX! Take three minutes to just stop and relax, close your eyes, and breathe calmly but with focus. (REPEAT as necessary or desired!) <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:55:32 EST Friday, August 29th to Sunday, August 31st Here's a Question of the Day for the weekend: <BR> <BR> If you could do ONE thing to your home/property, with cost not being an issue, what would it be? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I was about to say a second story on the house - an entire level for a huge master bedroom with an en suite, sitting area, and walk-in closets for extra storage - it's what DH had always dreamed of doing when/if he inherited the house. (We didn't do it when we renovated MIL's hou... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:35:56 EST Thursday, August 28th If today goes as planned, I'll be too busy later and too tired later to be online, so I'm Sparking a bit now before going to bed at 6am. I thought of today's QOTD when I was answering yesterday's... Hmmmmm... I see a pattern developing! Anyway, here it is: <BR> <BR> When you come to SparkPeople, do you have a certain order you follow when it comes to what you do on the website? Are there specific tasks that are priorities? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> My... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:03:06 EST Wednesday, August 27th I thought of today's question when I was answering yesterday's QOTD: <BR> <BR> Do you change the Time Zone on SparkPeople to adjust the date as needed? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> This is a little known function that I believe most Sparkers don't know about, but it's been very useful for me. When I started on Spark, before I knew you could change the time zone, it was set to the default - Eastern Standard Time. I'm in Pacific Time, so at 9pm the date wou... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:19:51 EST Tuesday, August 26th In less than an hour, 11pm California time, major sections of SparkPeople will "go down" for about two to three hours. It's been this way for years, every Tuesday. Today's QOTD: Does this weekly maintenance interfere with your Sparking? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Yes, this is a very inconvenient time! I wonder if it affects others like it does me? I'm usually just getting started about 11pm! I set weekly reminder emails for Tuesday morning and afternoo... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:32:01 EST no weight loss in a month My goal is not to let the numbers on the scale ruin my day. It does so often and I hate that I measure myself by those numbers. I am a 64 year old woman who has always fought weight - from the first bottle of formula until now. I have decided to not weigh on a weekly basis and only when I can handle that there is no movement in the right direction.. My medications for depression cause weight gain and I need to take them. So I must make a mind set that doesn't depend on those numbers. It... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:57:48 EST Monday, August 25th Good morning, Hannah! I recently watched a "House Hunters International" that started in Cape Town - a lot of aerial shots, SO beautiful! I recorded the program so I could show my DH where my Sparkfriend Hannah lives! <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: Do you like "nut butters"? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Alternatives to our traditional peanut butter are fairly new to me, but I'm noticing almond and cashew butters in the grocery store, in addition to reading about ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:44:08 EST Friday, August 22nd to Sunday, August 24th Ahhhhhhhh... the weekend is fast approaching! Usually I'd say TGIF, but I had more work to do this week, and didn't "get" to it. DH says we'll go out tomorrow - we need to replace the floors in the rental unit (back house) - to check out some of the sources I've been researching online; but I had wanted to go during the week so there'd be less traffic. Well, no more excuses... We got to get to it, the tenants need new floors ASAP. <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: Are your clothes, accessories, a... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:34:29 EST Thursday, August 21st It's late, and I need get to bed if I'm going to get up at 10am, so I'll try to keep this QOTD simple... <BR> <BR> Do you have a good sense of direction? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> No, I am completely directionally-challenged! I can follow a map skillfully, but it has to be written. I can't remember verbal directions - it's like my ears turn off! Plus, I'm not good at spacial figures, which makes it hard to instinctively know or even figure out what dire... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:14:18 EST Wednesday, August 20th I'm in bed, recouping after an exhaustive cleaning of the kitchen. It's the first time In two weeks that I got to the bottom of my sinks and left the entire kitchen spotless from top to bottom. The satisfaction is overwhelming, but so is the effect on my body! <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: Are you good at pacing yourself? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> In short, NO I'm not! Many times, once I get started on a physically demanding task - I should say, FINALLY get start... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:07:18 EST Tuesday, August 19th I'm sitting here trying to figure out if I REALLY need the items on sale (our food store ads go from Wednesday to Tuesday, so today's the last day); or if I can wait until they go on sale again, which they usually do. The next step is to check my coupons' expiration dates; and then I'll decide what to get, and whether it's even worth a trip to the store tonight. <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: Are you a "shopaholic?" <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Being the child of De... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:13:10 EST Monday, August 18th As I sit here procrastinating for the hundredth time today, <BR> I wonder... and that takes us to today's QOTD: <BR> Are you a procrastinator? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Oh my, yes... I'm a Champion Procrastinator! I do best with a deadline - the pressure pushes me to do some of my best work - but I have very poor time management. You know that saying, "Someone a lot busier than you is exercising right now"? I REALLY don't like hearing tha... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:40:59 EST Saturday, August 16th - Sunday, August 17th It's the weekend again! <BR> <BR> Do you have more or less success following your healthy eating and fitness plan on the weekends, as opposed to the weekdays? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:54:56 EST Friday, August 15th The end of another work week... I hope you have a wonderful weekend! <BR> <BR> Would you rather it rain or be sunny? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I'm definitely a Rainy Day Girl! <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <BR> <BR> Even before I spent 30 years in southern California's desert climate, I loved the rain... I didn't mind getting wet or walking in mud, or cloudy overcast skies; and the best way to go to sleep was listening to the rain on the roof. <BR> <... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:57:50 EST Thursday, August 14th Another day nearly gone... Got some work done, but my head is killing me. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Do you get migraines too? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> It was 1996 when I experienced my first migraine. I had no idea what was causing so much pain and the other symptoms. Since I was 40 years old, the doctors at the ER didn't suspect a migraine at first... At that time in my life, I had separated from DD's father, and was getting divorced; plus, it had been over a y... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:37:59 EST Monday, August 11th to Wednesday, August 13th How can the days go by so quickly??? I didn't even realize I hadn't posted my QOTDs for the beginning of this week! Wednesday is quickly coming to a close, so I should too. <BR> <BR> Are you interested in your genealogy? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> I am and I'm not... I'm curious to find out if the family stories that have been told from generation to generation are true; but on the other hand, what if I research further and find out they're NOT?! I kn... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 04:11:37 EST Saturday, August 9th - Sunday, August 10th I hope you're having a great weekend! Here's today's QOTD: <BR> <BR> Have you ever won a talent contest? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Only one I can remember... I won a writing contest back when I was that working- from- home Mom of five kids in a tumultuous marriage with an unhelpful spouse. I don't even remember the prize now - maybe a cash bonus? I entered more for fun, a chance to use my imagination, although I did work seriously on my essay. <BR> <B... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 07:32:38 EST Thursday, August 7th - Friday, August 8th My youngest child turned 29 today... Yikes! I thought I felt old when my niece turned 40... <em>40</em> <BR> Just kidding... <em>20</em> Seriously, ages are relative - one person's "young" is another person's "old." <BR> <BR> <BR> So today's QOTD is: Do you pay attention to, or feel affected by, age? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> Turning 29 was by far the hardest birthday for me - not 30, or 40, or 50! Being 29 meant it was the last year I could say... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 06:58:07 EST Wednesday, August 6th I've got four pre-teen girls camping out in the living room, so Tabitha and I are chilling in the quiet bedroom... We're actually going to cook-cook tonight, with pots and pans and from scratch stuff, to make dinner for the kids. I may have asked this before, but I'll ask it again: <BR> <BR> Do you like cooking full meals? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> My answer is short and sweet: NO! Don't like it, never did, and don't have to... DH is the cook and I'm the cle... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 17:19:50 EST Challenge for August 2014 - Part One Let's start using this forum... To be frank, I want to mainly to move the thread started by our former leader down from view on the team page. Although I still worry about what happened to her, it's time to move forward. <BR> <BR> These challenges are going to be VERY easy and ...SUGGESTIONS ARE WELCOME! <em>213</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> PART ONE: I'd like you to post one emoticon on this thread each day, or as often as you come to the Scale team, until the next challenge... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 22:02:08 EST Tuesday, August 5th Thirty-two years ago, I landed at Los Angeles airport with my toddler son, taking the greatest leap of faith of my life. I brought Scott to join a soldier we both had fallen in love with in West Germany; who had returned to California several months earlier to finalize his divorce (they had separated before we met), and get custody of his three young children. <BR> <BR> Everything that happened over the years with him (my second husband, DD's father), and in my stepfamily with him (I was ste... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 21:22:05 EST Monday, August 4th I'm watching a show called "You Live in What?" Each episode showcases the before and after of a dozen or more homes created from unusual buildings, mostly abandoned and in disrepair. It hasn't been on for awhile; but they're starting to show new episodes, and are televising the old shows for publicity. I LOVE this show - the creativity and imagination is indescribable! <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: Do you like "home" TV shows or similar programs? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 20:23:40 EST Friday, August 1st to Sunday, August 3rd Another combo QOTD to cover the weekend: <BR> <BR> Do you prefer pants/shorts or dresses/skirts? <BR> What kind of footwear do you wear? <BR> Do you like to wear socks? <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> 1. For when I leave the house, it's pants for me 99.9% of the time. However, at home, I wear house dresses, nightgowns, or long tee shirts. The only time I'd wear pants at home is if I'm wearing the same clothes as when I went out before, or if we have visitors... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 04:13:53 EST Thursday, July 31st For years when my kids were little, I worked for a local daily newspaper in "Distribution"... That's a fancy way of saying we delivered the papers to customers' homes! Actually, I was in charge of a section of the town where we lived, and worked out of my home supervising 12 "youth routes." <BR> <BR> My kids weren't ever old enough to officially be paper carriers, but they worked as substitutes all the time. We lived in a rough area, right on the edge of serious LA gang territory; so th... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 02:17:00 EST Wednesday, July 30th 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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... 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Intro's & Re-Intro's for 2014 I'm Vicki and co-leader for the team. I'm 57 and have a good bit of weight to lose to reach a healthy size for me. I'm currently doing a no scale streak, and am hoping to keep it going until my birthday in August. See what I can manage between now and then without obsessing about the number on the scale. For me, it's not so much reaching a certain number any more. It's about getting healthy and having the energy to do the things I need to do. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:03:51 EST QOTD: MARCH 24TH 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! 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 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 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.... 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... 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... ... what the philosophy of our team is all about! Check it out: <BR> <BR> <link><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 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 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 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?! 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 <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! 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. .......? <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? 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? <link><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! 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! 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 <link><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. <link><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! <link><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? 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 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! <link><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??? <link><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? 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! Sharing this link with you..... <link><BR>al-definition-of-beauty.html </link> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 05:46:01 EST The Amazing Oil That Trims Women's Waistlines <link><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! <link><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 <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! 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? 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 <em>26</em> <em>252</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <link><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........ 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! <link><BR>control/video-index-women.php </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 May 2011 05:47:42 EST Boost your body image 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 <link><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! <link><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... 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..... 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 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 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! <link><BR>archive/2011/02/01/watch-boiled-water-<BR>freeze-instantly.aspx </link> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 03:55:16 EST STUPID SCALE! 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 <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? 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 <link> </link> Wed, 3 Nov 2010 04:01:30 EST The 'Lazy' Person's Way to Slim Down <link><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? Great link! <link><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 "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><BR>g-week/ </link> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 02:54:34 EST This is why I hate the scale - How about you? 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 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? 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! 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 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 <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 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 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 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 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? 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 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! 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 ~~ ~~ 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 Just had to post 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 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 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 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! 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? 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 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 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. 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 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 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 What is your favorite Book? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine is the Bible Fri, 14 Aug 2009 23:46:38 EST QOTW AUG 8TH 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 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 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 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 Here is the link to the Feathered Friends Team thread on more emoticons <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11131x272<BR>15174 </link> Thu, 30 Jul 2009 02:31:31 EST QOTW JULY 25TH 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? 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 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 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! 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 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 <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 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!.......! 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!! 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