SparkPeople FitToNeverQuit - Muslimah and Proud! Team Messageboard A group for Muslim sisters that wish to improve their health and bodies for the pleasure of Allah. SparkPeople FitToNeverQuit - Muslimah and Proud! Team Messageboard Is this team dead or alive? AsSalaamAlaikum, Let's revive this team and make it work. Are you in? Sparkpeople can accomplish their weight loss goals and a whole lot more when they pull together. Let's be there for each other. Post your progress and set backs.Make it work! Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:02:14 EST As salaam alaikum I am so happy to find Muslimah on Spark People. I could really use the Islamic support. I feel wonderful now that I know you all are here . Thu, 1 Oct 2015 10:17:10 EST Do you have exercise equipment that you don't use? One morning I turned on the TV and there was a Total Gym infomercial on. I watched the whole thing. I thought to myself. Wow, that is a nice piece of equipment! I should go into the basement clean mine up and workout on it. (You fill in the rest of the story)...... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 23:36:15 EST Baby boy Arrived June 27 and we went with Taraz Basim. <BR> By the way Ramadan Mubarak! Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:21:45 EST Ramadan Fasting Salamu Alaikum! <BR> <BR> I can't fast because of medical issues so for this month of ramadan I am fasting from food wastage in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> what other non fasting fasting are you doing <BR> <BR> Ramadan Mubarak! Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:31:08 EST 5 Minutes Workouts For Ramadhan! Assalamualaikum. I found these 5-minute workout series and I thought it can be useful for those who wants to be active in Ramadhan especially it's better for us to do shorter or less intensity workouts. <BR> <BR> Try these and you can mix-and-match them into one session, too!: <BR> 5 Ways to Get Fit in 5 Minutes: <BR> <link><BR>s-get-fit-5-minutes </link> <BR> <BR> - Get Fit in 5 Minutes: Tighter Buns and Thighs: <BR> <link> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 04:51:59 EST Wil there be a July 2013 calorie challenge?? Assalamualaikum sisters <BR> <BR> I was wondering as Ramadan will be on 9 or 10 of July, will we still be having this calorie challenge? It really interests me as its quite motivational. <BR> <BR> UmmAbdullah Tue, 2 Jul 2013 12:47:47 EST June 2013 Calorie challenge Challenge: To stay within our calorie range. <BR> This is how it will work: At the end of each day we award ourselves 100 points if we stayed within our calorie range. For every 10 calories above or below the range, we subtract 1 points. <BR> Example: My calorie range is 1200 - 1550. If I eat 1700 calories for the day it means that I’m over my range by 150 calories, therefore I would subtract 15 points from my 100 points leaving me with 85 points for the day. After finding out our daily point... Fri, 31 May 2013 12:40:39 EST Baby boy name suggestions DH and I are due in about 5 1/2 weeks. We can't agree on a name. In fact he is so set on the name he has chosen that he has gotten angry and won't even discuss it any longer! Ugh! His name just doesn't give me that..."this is right for him" feeling. So, if u can please suggest some...nothing traditional or common. Here is what DH likes Taraz and this is what I like Raihaan. So, something like this...thanks....I've been debating for such a while to put this out there, that its just too close n... Thu, 23 May 2013 21:57:41 EST introducing myself salam, <BR> i am 40 years old, live in Canada, am the mother of 2 beautiful children, alhamdillah. I have mild PCOS and am looking to lose about 15lbs. Also wanted to join this forum, to strengthen my deen, and meet like minded muslims. <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 May 2013 19:05:00 EST May 2013 Calorie Challenge Challenge: To stay within our calorie range. <BR> This is how it will work: At the end of each day we award ourselves 100 points if we stayed within our calorie range. For every 10 calories above or below the range, we subtract 1 points. <BR> Example: My calorie range is 1200 - 1550. If I eat 1700 calories for the day it means that I’m over my range by 150 calories, therefore I would subtract 15 points from my 100 points leaving me with 85 points for the day. After finding out our daily point... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:35:41 EST Just found this team Asalaamu alaikum ladies, <BR> <BR> I joined Spark People a while ago but didn't use it. I just logged in and searched the word Muslim and found this team. I feel a little lost here. I don't feel like there is a concrete plan, as I have experienced with Weight Watchers. Any help would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> I like the idea of getting healthy for the sake of Allah. Maybe this will help me to stay motivated. I have over 100 pounds to lose <em>39</em> Insha'Allah maybe we can al... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 03:41:27 EST Friday Weigh in Assalam u alaykum, <BR> <BR> Let's be accountable for each other and see how we are doing weekly. <BR> Best of Luck sisters . <em>381</em> <BR> Inshallah each week we will lose at least 0.5 lbs +. <BR> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:08:30 EST Tests? Assalamu alaikum, <BR> <BR> As some of you may alerady know from previous posts, I am not yet a revert but inshaallah i will be soon. I have heard some islamic speakers talk about tests of faith. This is a big thing for me as my life hasnt exactly been easy over the last couple of years. <BR> <BR> My mums an alcohol and is known for substantial drug abuse. I lived with that for 11 years while caring for my younger brother. Once i was old enough to move away i did. Then within weeks of me l... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 10:19:34 EST Music? Assalamu alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> So iv recently heard that music is haram? Is this true? <BR> <BR> My issue is that i need music for my workouts? Iv switched to only islam related music. Some of my favourites being music by Maher Zain and Sami Yusuf. I was wondering if anyone had any tips for music i could listen to during my gym sessios? <BR> <BR> Danielle <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:29:05 EST Question.. Hi everyone, Im looking for some advice? <BR> <BR> Iv made up my mind.. Its no longer a question of when im going to revert to islam but when. My family and friends are very much against this decision and therefore i want to let the idee sink in before i take shahadah. My question is: <BR> <BR> Is it okay to wait with wearing Hijab? I know that i should wear Hijab as soon as iv taken shahadah but i wanted to wait until i am married? Is this a big no no? <BR> <BR> My reasons for wanting to... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:28:56 EST Convert and revert I converted to Islam in 1993 meaning I took my shahada. I would like to know what does it means when you say reverted cause it confuses me . Wed, 9 Jan 2013 16:45:01 EST Any Advice For A Good Read? Assalamu alaikum, I was wondering if anybody has any advice on books worth reading? Im new to islam so am reading Qur'an but am looking for something to read in bed and during time of the month. <BR> <BR> Danielle <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Jan 2013 16:39:33 EST Looking into islam and looking for support Assalamualaikum, im Danielle, im 19 and i live in Amsterdam. Iv been on my weightloss journey for quite some time now. Iv recently starting looking into religion and thus Islam. Honestly, Islam was the last religion i looked into because of what the media made me believe. I have just started reading Qur'an and subhanallah it is beautiful. My friends and family however do not support the idea of me reverting. My boyfriend however does. Im hoping to find support for my weightloss aswel as my sp... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 11:37:40 EST Prayer audio guides Good afternoon! Back when I was still lurking someone posted a link to a site that was supposed to help new converts learn the prayers and have audio. I thought it looked really helpful when I checked it out earlier but I'm not able to find the right post now that I'm looking for it. Could someone please help point me in the right direct? <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance! Mon, 15 Oct 2012 16:45:05 EST salam alaikum salam alaikum, <BR> i joined sparkpeople a couple of years back but haven't really been that active. Inshallah I plan to get more active on here after Ramadan. <BR> <BR> It is nice to see a forum for muslim sisters's <BR> <BR> Just a brief intro, I live in Canada, and I have been married for 12 yrs, alhamdillah i have 2 beautiful healthy children 8 and 5. I also struggle with mild pcos, so i will probably lurking around that forum as well. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone here Ramadan Mubare... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 13:58:32 EST Asalaamu alaikum Sisters Asalaamu alaikum, <BR> My name is Aaliyah and I am a 26 yr old student, mother, and wife. I have finally decided to lose this weight I have been carrying for so long. I am at my highest at 216 and I am only 5'2. In'sha Allah I will reach my goal of 160. I know it is going to take alto of hard work but I am up for it. If there are any sisters in Ohio please contact me in'sha Allah. Thu, 2 Aug 2012 23:15:13 EST Ramadan Kareem As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, <BR> <BR> Ramadan Kareem to all Muslims here on Spark! I pray that Almighty Allah is accepting your fasting and growing your soul closer to Him, Insha-Allah. Ameen. <BR> <BR> I am a Muslim living in New England, making strides toward living a happy and healthy life pleasing to the Almighty Allah. I have started a group here on Spark called Healthy By the Sunnah. I would love if people would visit and join in the postings Insha-Allah. It is a... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:41:44 EST What is your favorite choice for Suhoor? Salam aleikum sisters... <BR> <BR> I'm just curious what others prefer for Suhoor, to help get you through the day. <BR> <BR> In the past my "favorites" have been instant cream of wheat made with hot water and milk and drank on the go like a smoothie... and more recently, yogurt and beef sticks. A friend told me she eats yogurt with honey and fresh fruit and some raw nuts for breakfast, and I will be doing this as soon as I go shopping. Well: I am tempted to stick with beef sticks, but may... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:23:53 EST Exercise and Ramadhan Salamu Alaikum <BR> <BR> Ramadhan Mubarak! <BR> <BR> I have pcos, ir (insulin resistence) and right now all 3 wild kidz with autism are at home. I feel sooo exhausted during ramadhan even though I"m not fasting. <BR> <BR> I can't fast. <BR> <BR> so this is sorta weird that I'm tired. do you guys feel more tired during ramadhan? and do you guys exercise? should I only do light exercises during Ramadhan? I'd deeply appreciate it. <BR> <BR> ***note*** I am still in the beginning of my jo... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 14:25:50 EST ramadan Salam Sisters, <BR> <BR> I am a convert to Islam and this is my third Ramadan. I am worried this year on how I should eat because I am trying to lose weight. I was hopping that a sister will be able to give me good hints. Also, I am worried to about how long we have to fast. What if I get sick? What are the warning signs that I should not continue fasting but break fast early? Thu, 19 Jul 2012 13:48:44 EST Preparing for Ramadhan <link><BR>feature=em-subs_digest </link> <BR> Very nice advice for us sisters. <BR> <BR> The following is a fav nasheed welcoming Ramadhan. <BR> <link><BR>list=PLEE4C813705BC72F1&index=3&featur<BR>e=plpp_video </link> <BR> <BR> Ramadhan Mubarak to all. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:18:20 EST How Islamic Inventors Changed The World <link><BR>ow-islamic-inventors-changed-the-world<BR>-469452.html </link> <BR> <BR> "From coffee to cheques and the three-course meal, the Muslim world has given us many innovations that we take for granted in daily life. As a new exhibition opens, Paul Vallely nominates 20 of the most influential- and identifies the men of genius behind them" <BR> <BR> After reading an article on a 19 y.o Muslim girl's theory on how to launch into space without fuel an... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:20:41 EST Struggling Assalamu alaikum <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey at the end of last October. I was bound and determined to get the weight off. I started at 195 and reached to 149.X. Alhamdulilah. But as sooo many times before I do well for a while and it's almost easy...not really easy...but that's the best way I know to describe it...then when I start doing well I lose my steam. I had wanted to get to between 143-145 so I never reached my goal...but I was feeling pretty good! Anyway I'm fe... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 23:17:00 EST What's Your Goals Till Ramadhan This Year? Salam sisters! <BR> <BR> I decided to try again my daily surah readings - Al-Waqiah, Yassin, Al-Mulk. My aim is to read the whole surahs daily before Ramadhan, for now I still read one page for each surah. For my jump rope, I'm reducing my monthly jump goal so that by the time we start our fasting month, my goal will be not too high that I will spend too much energy during fasting just to get the goal :D I think for Ramadhan, we still can exercises but do it lower intensity than usual so tha... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 08:30:15 EST ...I fell off... So, somehow in the last 7 or 8 months I slowly became lax in all areas of my life. I think it primarily happened while my husband and I let a non-muslim mother and her 2 children stay with us. And I do not begrudge helping them, it is my own fault I allowed myself to stray from the path that I was on. But I fell asleep last night determined to wake for Fajr and fast for the day. And Alhamdullilah so far so good. I woke and performed my Fajr salah and am fasting. InshaAllah things will go well... Tue, 29 May 2012 08:14:14 EST Anyone know? thanks Sat, 21 Apr 2012 16:51:04 EST Lest We Forget Salam, sisters! <BR> <BR> This is something important we should be aware of. <BR> Unfortunately, we tend to forget this important topic. <BR> Also, I cannot find a translation, so Arab sisters... please translate :) <BR> <BR><BR>8o&feature=related Wed, 18 Apr 2012 06:17:46 EST Khutba from our beloved Shaikk/ sunnah "diet" Khutba from beloved Sheikh Abu Ishaq... may Allah grant him kheir, amin! <BR> May we always have this kind man in our thoughts ... amin! <BR> <BR><BR>zY&feature=related <BR> <BR> (sisters, it is in Arabic, if anyone wants to translate for other sisters.... please do! This man truly is the Lion of the Sunnah, and I think his lessons are absolutely important for anyone to learn. He has an english website/ youtube channel, but his Arabic youtube vids ar... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 04:06:25 EST Salamalaykum, sisters! Salam, :) <BR> <BR> I have been a member of sparkpeople for a while, left it, and came back again... LOL. I never thought I'd find Muslim sisters on here... yaay! <BR> <BR> Let's see... what else do I need to mention? I love dresses, and my username is the female version of alias, lol. <BR> <BR> Here's to losing weight incognito! Tue, 10 Apr 2012 03:46:48 EST Today Begins the New Me :D Assalamualaikum <BR> <BR> My name is Victoria. I am a revert sister of around 11 years or so from Wales, UK. <BR> <BR> I am desperate to lose around 10KG. Wouldn't mind losing a bit more but 10 is my initial target inshAllah. <BR> <BR> Am looking forward to meeting some of you and getting motivated online :) <BR> <BR> wasalaam <BR> x Mon, 9 Apr 2012 15:00:34 EST Ladies Study Groups Does anyone know of ladies study groups somewhere to help learn about the Qu'ran and things? Kind of like they do with children? I would really like to participate in a women's only class and learn. I live in the mobile area in AL. so, if any sisters know please let me know. I would love to meet new sisters and have that soial life for my children as well. It's very difficult to be a muslim in a majority christian community. Thank you for any information. By the way , I have tried to contact... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 23:58:02 EST new member :) Asalamu alaikum sisters! Asalamu alaikum sisters! <BR> <BR> My name is Melissa --user name stands for my 3 sons names: Hamza, Bilal and our newest little boy Yasir. I am 36 yrs old and quite overweight (technically obese at 5ft 7in tall and weight of 215.6 lbs/98kg) and now 7 weeks postpartum after having my 3rd son via c-section (all 3 of my boys were c-section babies by the way) I am now focusing on trying to lose weight and get more fit inshaAllah. I am breastfeeding my son (as I will inshaAllah for 2 yrs like... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 02:24:27 EST Alhamdulillah As salaamu alaikum Sisters. First and foremost all praise to Allah(swt) for allowing me to connect with sisters with a similar goal here online. Alhamdulillah. <BR> <BR> I am a revert to Islam and currently just working on making some big improvements in my life starting of course with the heart and then moving to the physical outside. <BR> <BR> I will primarily be working out in my own home because now as Muslim it is just not the same going to the gym and actually I enjoy my in home w... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 10:18:06 EST Can't give up. Hi everyone, I am new to SP. I am <BR> hoping I can finally kick my nasty habits and <BR> finally get healthy! <BR> <BR> Thank you! Tue, 7 Feb 2012 22:51:37 EST worst habit addicted to carbs, sometimes don't eat enough fiber and water. <em>39</em> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 20:43:54 EST sewing or buying modest clothes i have a question for clothes - for my kidz. <BR> <BR> right now we're going into more "modest: clothing for them. like long shirts/short dresses and pants for the girls. I have some cut out but i'm not sure if they'll work out. so i'm debating buy them (2end hand store) or making them. or maybe a little bit of both. <BR> <BR> hijabs for now, maybe buy them. i think girls hijabs at this age are actually cheaper to buy than to make. and still modest for them. <BR> <BR> ideas sisters? Sat, 3 Dec 2011 20:07:40 EST any sister sew? salamu alaikum1 <BR> <BR> i was wondering if any sisters here sew? I have a hard time getting advice for nonmuslims for islamic garments. <BR> <BR> any ideas? <BR> <BR> i'm trying to make a warm jilbab and khimar and poncho but don't know what fabric to use <BR> <BR> idea sisters? <BR> <BR> salamu alaikum! Wed, 9 Nov 2011 14:53:59 EST As Salamu Alaikum Ladies!!! As Salamu Alaikum, <BR> <BR> I can so identify with you. I am 32, and have four children. I was 115 pounds when I got married and about 130 when I found out I was expecting for the first time over a year later. I shot immediately up to 175, I never excersized, it never even occurred to me that I should. I had been skinny all of my life and my weight never even occurred to me. Gained more weight when I had my first son, but trimmed it down to 150 doing tae bo. Then I had my second son, ... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 00:15:54 EST Asalaam alaikum and Howdy, from TEXAS I've been on spark people for a while, but haven't really been serious about it. Well, now my dr. telling me gotta change and lose the weight or my health is going downhill. Also, I can feel it more every year. It just gets harder and harder to keep up with my housework and whatever else I've got going on. I homeschool my 2 youngest and have 2 grandkids, that I love. And I am studying for a Bachelors in Islamic Studies online. <em>198</em> <BR> No Wonder I'm tired, huh? But, we are m... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 19:49:11 EST Makeup & Muslimah Assalamualaikum. <BR> <BR> What do you think of wearing makeup but still looking natural, just want to look fresh & professional but at same time, no intention to attract attention? I'm currently use: <BR> - foundation with SPF as sunblock can sometimes feel too oily and unfortunately either make my skin too dry (the brightening line) or more pimples pop out <BR> - mascara as strangely it helps to prevent my eyelashes to get into my eyes, dunno why I have problem with eyelashes keep falling... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 20:15:31 EST The power of Duaa I want to share my experience with you all. <BR> Last Ramdan I reached my highest weight- 102 kgs. It depressed me very much to the extend I turned down going out with friends and family because of my appearance. I heard so many comments and observations regarding my weight gain, and it was just awful. <BR> Thing is, there was nothing I could do. My emotional overeating was so powerful that it felt as a part of my identity. I could not think of myself without recalling my problem with food. ... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 11:47:36 EST Asalalmu alaikum from New Zealand Assalamu alaikum Sisters, <BR> <BR> I am a Muslimah living in New Zealand (for nearly 6 years now, although originally from the US). Have been allowing myself to focus on family, career and community a bit too much and my weight in turn has gone up and up in turn. Made a commitment to myself in the last few weeks to get myself healthier and fitter. <BR> <BR> I don't want my body parts testifying how I have abused them while looking after other aspects. <BR> <BR> I welcome your support, t... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 17:16:03 EST my dear sisters I really suck at this. This whole weight loss thing. I've been on SP since 2006 or 2007 and haven't managed to get below my starting weight. <BR> <BR> ARghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh<BR>!!!! <BR> <BR> So here I am for the dozenth time, to try again. I joined weight watchers, and hope that because I have to pay $$$$ each month, I'll actually follow through. <BR> <BR> I need a buddy to poke me if I disappear (and fall off the wagon). Any takers? Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:51:01 EST What keeps you motivated? Weight loss is a long journey as I'm starting to learn. No magic pills, no fad diet, it's about consistency, planning, and consistency. <BR> <BR> If I keep on doing what I'm doing which is going to the gym 5-6 days a week, eating around 1500 calories to 1350 (usually I'm on the higher end), I will eventually reach my goal weight by April 2012...sooooooo far away. <BR> <BR> Just want to know what keeps everyone motivated to continue on the weight loss journey. What do you tell yourself every... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 17:33:25 EST Eid Mubarak Bismillah ir Arahman ir rahim <BR> <BR> Salamu Alaikum! <BR> <BR> I hope this reaches you all in a state of high eman inshaAllah <BR> <BR> Eid Mubarak! May Allah all give us a happy eid and bring us 2gether 4 the sake of Allah, insha'Allah ta'ala. <BR> <BR> Salamu Alaikum! Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:03:31 EST Eid Overload Bismillah ir Arahman ir rahim <BR> <BR> Salamu alaikum! <BR> <BR> okay just around ramadhan or a little bit before I made a bit of a revelation for eating for me. I know they say never to eat distracted. but I happen to eat slower when i'm @ the computer or reading, doing a word find puzzle, lol or whatever. and to try and only eat sitting down. <BR> <BR> mashaallah I'm eating much less alhamdullilah. <BR> <BR> but omg - eid has been a killer for me. I didn't eat as much as i would have ... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:01:40 EST How should we observe Laylat al-Qadr ? Praise be to Allaah, blessings and peace be upon Prophet Muhammad the noblest of Allaah’s creation and upon his family and companions and those who follow him. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Firstly: <BR> <BR> The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to strive hard in worship during the last ten days of Ramadaan as he never did at any other time, praying, reading Qur’aan and making du’aa’. Al-Bukhaari and Muslim narrated from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with ... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 08:25:04 EST muslimah sewing bismillah ir arahman ir Rahim <BR> <BR> Salamu Alaikum! <BR> <BR> I hope this reaches you all in a state of high eman ~ <BR> <BR> does anyone know what has happend to the muslimah sewing website and forum? <BR> <BR> a couple of years ago the muslimah sewing on yahoo closed down. <BR> <BR> then they transferred a lot of those files to this other muslimah sewing forum. Now the domain is up fro sale. <BR> <BR> anybody know anything? how to contact the person in charge? how to get ahold o... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 02:52:29 EST Greeting Sisters I wanted to send a greeting to y'all this Ramadan season. Forgive me for being late and forgive me if the words are wrong ^_^ <BR> <BR> Ramadan Mubarak "May God give you a blessed month" <BR> <BR> I want to thank all for you for helping when I made friends with Hanane this past school year. <BR> <BR> May the season being your family endless blessings and joy. <BR> <BR> Becky Sat, 6 Aug 2011 09:52:31 EST The Ramadan Nutrition and Workout Plan for Success <BR> <BR> Assalamo Alaikum ! <BR> This is a key time for rehydration. The wisdom in Islam is never ending. This is really a great article if you have the patience to read I truly advise into investing little of your time to benefit from this article. - Nadwa <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>-------------------------- <BR> <BR> The Ramadan Nutrition and Workout Plan for Success <BR> 7/20/2011 - Education Science Family - Article Ref: SW1107-4763 <BR> Number of commen... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 14:45:28 EST Does anyone plan to exercise during Ramadan? So a part of me is torn because I feel like I'm in a good rhythm with my diet and now I have to stop it all to fast. But then another part of me is very very thankful that I am healthy enough to fast. Alhamdulillah! <BR> <BR> So instead of dropping my diet and exercise goals I was planning to eat half my calorie intake in the morning (about 500 to 800 calories)...then for iftar a smaller meal around 500 to 800 calories as well. <BR> <BR> Since iftar isn't until 8:30 pm, I'm trying to figure... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 19:36:00 EST My journey to Islam I grew up in a Christian home but we did not practice.I was a very inquisitive child, and if something was not logical to me then we had to discuss it until I understood. As a young girl the older women in my community would take me church on Sunday and to bible study and even chore rehearsal on Wednesday and Thursday. That all lasted until I asked how do we know that what the preacher is saying is true, and I was told that you are just suppose to believe it(meaning everything that came out ... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:49:07 EST Not fasting this Ramadan As Salaamu Alaykum Sisters. After last night (I had a flare up with my stomach) I have decided not to fast this Ramadan. I don't think I am healthy enough for it just yet. I have read that if one is unable to fast the days of Ramadan they have to either make them up before the next one. I have also read something about feeding a poor person for 60 days if one is unable to fast. <BR> <BR> Can anyone elaborate more on this? I plan on making a call to our Islamic Center to speak with an Im... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:32:25 EST Tracking Cals in Ramadan Salaam sisters! <BR> <BR> I am new to spark people and this team page. This is the first time I've felt so committed and motivated to lose weight, and feel like it is actually working. Alhumdulillah!!! <BR> I was wondering how to track the calories during Ramadan? Since there are a certain amount of calories we can eat, how does that work with Ramadan? Does anyone have any ideas? Should I eat the same amount of cals 1200ish split in suhur and iftar? I just hope I can keep losing weight ins... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 21:34:03 EST Ramadhan Hello Everybody, <BR> so Ramadhan is almost here, the big Question is how will i eat 1200 calories in just ONE MEAL? <BR> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 02:26:05 EST Post Your Weight Loss Plans I admit it, I've come up with this diet and that diet and it hasn't worked...possibly because I haven't been consistent at all. Also because I never really flesh out my plan. I just say I'll eat less by staying within a calorie and then I'll exercise. <BR> <BR> But I recognize I need to have a plan. So here it is: <BR> <BR> Diet: <BR> <BR> Breakfast - ABS diet shake <BR> Snack - slim fast bar with an apple <BR> Lunch - ABS shake or slim fast shake with half a sandwich or fruit <BR> Snack -... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 00:52:21 EST Salams.. .looking for a sparkbuddy Assalam Alaikum, <BR> <BR> I am currently looking for a sparkbuddy who is in the same place in their weight-loss as me. It would also help if we had similar interests. So let me tell you a little about myself. I'm in my late 20s and I have 2 young children. My daughter is 5 and my son is 3. I am a teacher, and I just finished my MA. I have also dabbled in homeschooling, but we will be doing a traditional Islamic school this fall, inshAllah. I enjoy reading, watching romantic comedy-type movi... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 18:31:10 EST On bedrest As Salaam Alaykum sisters. I am home on bedrest. I went home sick on Thursday because my stomach was hurting and I was really nauseous. Friday I went to the emergency room because of the pain and I couldn't eat. They ran all sorts of tests and did a sonogram. The problem is not my gallbladder as my doctor thought. They are now referring me to a gastroenterologist for an endoscopy/ g.i. test, Insha Allah. That is where they either stick a camera down your throat into your stomach or the... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 09:07:36 EST What good decision did you make today? went early this morning (6:30 am) to the park , it is beautiful day <BR> subhanallah <BR> <em>434</em> <BR> <em>67</em> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 12:30:10 EST WOO-HOO! AL Hamdulilah! Today for lunch I had a half a chicken salad sandwich...a 500 calorie sandwich at that! It never dawned on me until then that fats really are my friend when used sparsely. I was trying to get 1500 calories out of fruits, veggies, and meat...I forgot about the olive oil, roasted almonds and italian dressing (light on all of them, of course) sister even recommended avocado. <BR> <BR> No wonder I couldn't reach my daily goals...I was leaving out the heart healthy fats that I so desper... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 13:46:31 EST The Black Seed Has anyone else tried or used this? It is black cumin, and the Prophet (saws) said it cures everything but death. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 09:55:38 EST As Salaamu Alaykum As Salaamu Alayakum Sisters! My name is Amina, and I have come to SparkPeople because my digestive health is not the best. Over the past year I have been super stressed due to my new marraige, a move, and a new job. A couple of months ago, my digestive tract shut down on me. I was unable to eat anything, even water was troubling. I went to doctor after doctor, had test after test, only to discover that it was all due to stress. I did some research of my own and decided that I was going... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 09:19:24 EST salams from ak salamu Alaikum! <BR> <BR> my name is sister muslimah. I'm married with 3 kidz with autism. I've been a muslimah for 8 years now, and will have been married for 8 years this july, masha'Allah alhamdullilah. <BR> <BR> so anyways, I have pcos and am trying to balance weight loss with relaxing time and somehow studying my religion, cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kidz plus sewing and crocheting. whew - did i say that in one sentence, lol. <BR> <BR> salamu alaikum! Sun, 12 Jun 2011 03:52:32 EST hadith of the week &#1593;&#1614;&#1606;&#1618; &#1587;&#1614;&#1607;&#1618;&#1604;&#1616; &#1576;&#1618;&#1606;&#1616; &#1587;&#1614;&#1593;&#1618;&#1583;&#1613; &#1575;&#1604;&#1587;&#1617;&#1614;&#1575;<BR>&#1593;&#1616;&#1583;&#1616;&#1610;&#1<BR>617;&#1616; &#1602;&#1614;&#1575;&#1604;&#1614; &#1575;&#1604;&#1606;&#1617;&#1614;&#1576;<BR>&#1616;&#1610;&#1617;&#1615; &#1589;&#1614;&#1604;&#1617;&#1614;&#1609; &#1575;&#1604;&#1604;&#1617;&#1614;&#1607;<BR>&#1615; &#1593;&#1614;&#1604;&#1614;&#1610;&#1618;<BR... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 01:33:39 EST My Hijab Store Asslamao alaikum sisters, <BR> I am selling Hijabies scarves and Hijaby needs on Ebay can get to my items via this link ..DO NOT bid on ebay instead you can look what i have on ebay and then contact me via my email to order. This way i will afford to give you a good price. <BR> I am working on my website and will move out from ebay as soon as i am done. <BR> Thanks <BR> Nad Thu, 9 Jun 2011 13:03:26 EST How I became a muslimah? Salam to all, <BR> I love hearing these story, Alhamdolellah I am muslimah , my mom and dad are Muslims. <BR> But many sisters here are became muslim , and i know behind each one a great story , can we hear from you sistes <BR> salam <BR> samar <BR> Thu, 9 Jun 2011 12:54:15 EST June 2011 calorie challenge Challenge: To stay within our calorie range. <BR> This is how it will work: At the end of each day we award ourselves 100 points if we stayed within our calorie range. For every 50 calories above or below the range, we subtract 5 points. <BR> Example: My calorie range is 1200 - 1550. If I eat 1700 calories for the day it means that I’m over my range by 150 calories, therefore I would subtract 15 points from my 100 points leaving me with 85 points for the day. After finding out our daily point... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 11:17:11 EST :D Hello, i am Arwa from oman :D <BR> and i have been on spark for a month now i think.. and i have lost around 5 KG counting calories. never realised it was VERY important to do so.. <BR> I'm proud to be on this support team <em>250</em> Tue, 31 May 2011 01:13:26 EST Asalaam alaykum Salaam alaykum... I just wanted to stop by and say hi while I had a minute :) InshAllah I will be able to post more tomorrow. I'm 27, joined sparkpeople just a few weeks ago, and so far I really like it! Wed, 25 May 2011 19:02:30 EST What is worst eating habit you have? eating chocolate, I love chocolate, and i try always to avoid it <BR> <em>39</em> Mon, 23 May 2011 15:55:28 EST Asalam-o-alikum Muslim sisters... Asalam-o-alikum to all, My name is Farwa and I am very glad to see this musilm group, I hope I will get guidence and find new frnds here... :) Mon, 2 May 2011 02:44:17 EST May 2011 Calorie Challenge Challenge: To stay within our calorie range. <BR> This is how it will work: At the end of each day we award ourselves 100 points if we stayed within our calorie range. For every 50 calories above or below the range, we subtract 5 points. <BR> Example: My calorie range is 1200 - 1550. If I eat 1700 calories for the day it means that I’m over my range by 150 calories, therefore I would subtract 15 points from my 100 points leaving me with 85 points for the day. After finding out our daily point... Sun, 1 May 2011 10:31:54 EST Inroduction and search for muslimahs As salaamu alaikum, <BR> <BR> I hope that one of these muslimah teams is still active, insha'Allah. I will be checking in from time to time. I'm trying to find some muslimahs to join and help me on this site, insha'Allaah. Oh, and you can call me Asiyah. Tue, 5 Apr 2011 03:42:14 EST Asalaamu Alaikum Asalaamu Alaikum sisters! <BR> <BR> So happy to see a community of muslim sisters here! Not to sure if the team is active but please add me as a friend! I would love to meet other muslimahs on here who are trying to achieve similar goals as myself! InshaAllah we can be a support to eachother! Sun, 13 Mar 2011 13:06:15 EST Assalam Alaikum I am MrsAdeel from Jeddah Saudia but basically from Pakistan, I am alhamdulillah married since 3 years and want to get pregnant, I have hormonal Imbalance and my gyna told me to loose weight.So I have to loose 50 pounds. <BR> <BR> Sisters I am here just to keep track of my weight loss, i.e. Just Nutrition and Fitness track is important for me, so as we have tickers on our pages, anyone knows that if the ticker move on its own, once we set it ,or if we have to move it again and again manually... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 18:01:07 EST Looking forward to know you :) Hi everyone! I'm new to the team and i would like to introduce myself. <BR> My name is Rony. I'm 21 years old. I'm so happy to join this team. I hope that i'll get to know everyone on this team and that we can help each other during our journey in life. <BR> I'm looking forward to knowing you all. <BR> Thanks! Wed, 2 Mar 2011 06:46:48 EST Here I Am! As Salaam Alaikum, <BR> My name is Syeedah (Umm AbdusSamid) and I have only been a member of Spark for about a week and apparently everybody in the world knew about it but me! I saw a sister's status ( <em>304</em> Umm Ruwaidah!) announcing she had lost 3lbs with sparkpeople, so naturally wanting to loss some weight I googled it and here I am! <BR> <BR> I think it's pretty cool that you get all of this for free! So far I love it and I am determined to get to 150 with the help of Spark and... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 14:20:29 EST newbie here *waving obnoxiously* As-Salaamu Alaykum everyone my name is Umm Ruwaidah (Amatullaah). I joined sparkpeople a few yrs back and never really benefited from it like I could have. When I first joined I had 50lbs to shed with the "no biggie" mind set. Now after gaining 15 more pounds the no biggie mindset is gone and I am very determined to be a healthier person. I'm hoping that you girls can help me stay on my game be-ithnillaah and in sha Allaah i can help you as well. <BR> <BR> Fee Amanillaah <BR> O Yeah gues... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 19:10:54 EST Esalaam from DZ Esalaamu aleikoum sisters; <BR> <BR> I am new to SparkPEOPLE; joined for weight loss and fitness support. I am an expat Muslimah living in North Africa with my family. Since coming here, having babies my weight has gotten out of control. And I want,no need to change that. <BR> <BR> I am blogging my weight loss and healthstyle change as I am calling it here <link> </link> <BR> I have a cooking blog too, where I post about Mediterranean cooking and culture Here <... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 16:21:12 EST Asalaamu alaikum! Asalaamu alaikum! I just joined sparkpeople and found this team... wanted to stop by and say hi :) Sun, 16 Jan 2011 23:00:49 EST hello Hello, <BR> <BR> I am Becky and looking for advise. I made a friend in my neighborhood who is a Muslim woman. She is from Morocco and a nice lady. She is making a cd of Moraccan music. I want to make her a cd of the music I love and listen to. However, I am a Catholic and I do not want to offend her. I am in no way trying to convert her. What kind of English nonreligious music could I share with her without the risk of offending her or her religion. <BR> <BR> I would appreciate any a... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 16:22:31 EST new to site and team Hello.I am new to spark people and am ready to get my self in order.I am also learning about islam and would be happy to join this group Sun, 9 Jan 2011 14:13:54 EST ASA -- I'm back! Salam ladies - my name is Heather, and I'm back...I don't know that I was ever here before (or not much, that's for sure) <BR> <BR> I was doing really well with my exercise and food, and then....well, Life happened and I dropped the ball and I gained some weight and a lot of inches. So, I'm back -- But this time, I'm also back with a stronger faith too (I'd gone through a bit of a black period there....) <BR> <BR> Anyhow -- more about me. I'm 33, mother of 3 and married for 13 years. I l... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 21:33:18 EST Fasting (White Days) Since we are in fasting mode, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday will be the 13th, 14th,& 15th of the <BR> month of Muharram. These are the white days. <BR> Fasting on these days, in any month, brings much barakat. Sun, 19 Dec 2010 18:40:03 EST Fasting 9th 10th Muharram Salam aleikum... <BR> <BR> A brother messaged me and asked if I was fasting 9th and 10th of Muharram. Had he not said anything, I would not have known! Is anybody else fasting? I will be, inshallah. Tue, 14 Dec 2010 23:58:29 EST Hi! My name is Carina, and I'm new. I always really suck at these things, but I'm going to give it a go anyways. <BR> <BR> I'm Carina, I'm 25, and I'm a teacher in Toronto. I also post almost daily on a book blog (mostly reviews, also some discussions). I'm also a convert - since August 2009, though I was thinking about it much earlier already. <BR> <BR> I was a competitive athlete when I was a kid, and then gained and lost significant amounts of weight (and lost and re-gained my fitness level) to varying degrees since then.... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 13:27:29 EST ASA I am a member on the journey to weight loss. <em>224</em> ASA, my name is Kareema. I am so happy to have found this site. I am looking forward to using it to achieve my goal. I have 80lbs to lose. This isn't the first time I have lost a huge amout of weight. I just tend to return to same negative eating habits. I am one of those individuals who becomes very hyped and go head on only to fall back to my old habits. My entire day is focused on losing weight. It's so life consuming to worry about your weight day and night. I am her... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 21:33:03 EST CALORIE CHALLENGE Is anyone up for a calorie challenge like the one we had in the beginning of the year? I need to be more accountable and I foind this challenge really helps keep myself on track. Let me know who wants to start with me on Monday Dec 13 2010 IA. Wed, 8 Dec 2010 21:13:51 EST New member Assalama laikum!! My best friend recommended this site, so here I am, ready to lose my last 10 lbs!! I have always had issues with my size since as far as I can remember. When I was entering grade 7, my family moved to a new town, so through my depression and free, all expense paid meals during the summer, I ballooned. It was very painful to have to try to make new friends at a time when I felt so low, so different from all the other kids, being Muslim in all white, (no... there was one half-black girl). ... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 01:57:51 EST eid mubarak assaalamu alaik kum sisters.i thopught i would post this today as tomorrow i am not planning to come on the computer.inshallah you will all have a great eid tomorrow.all the best.assaalamu alaik kum,karima Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:34:33 EST ate way too much well I am officially over the little problem of not being able to eat the recommended amount of calories! I ate twice the amount yesterday! I didn't want to track all the cals but I forced myself to be accountable for them. Usually I would go on some extreme diet and beat myself up for a binge like that but I'm not going to this time. Does anyone have any advice on how to "get over" a binge and stop feeling so bad? I ate well today so that is good, and I learned that I binge if I'm hormonal,... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 21:21:15 EST Where Are You? As Salaam Alaikum, This team has 514 members and counting. So where are you? Here's a challenge for us and it's easy, huddle 5 times this week starting today. There may be a goodie in it for you. So who's with me? Sun, 14 Nov 2010 14:44:04 EST report your workouts here Trying to get some more activity going, as I see there are a few people here. <BR> <BR> Tonight inshaAllah I'm going to the gym after iftar (alhamdulilah for day light savings time, it's early enough that I can eat and then have time to exercise after). <BR> <BR> I plan on taking a 1 hour strength/weight lifting class, and preceed it with as much cardio as I can manage, depending on how soon I get to the gym before the class. Tue, 9 Nov 2010 16:09:28 EST Dhil Hajj Mubarak Dhil Hajj mubarak everyone:) <BR> <BR> Hope everyones ready for Dhil Hajj and will make the best use of it inshaAllah..Ameen Mon, 8 Nov 2010 03:17:55 EST freaking out I am trying so hard to stick to my nutrition plan but it just seems like sooo much food I'm 5'7" and It says Im supposed to eat about 1500 calories a day. I am ashamed to say I'm used too starving myself or living on shakes and then stuffing my face in a blind panic. I was on my way to a full blown eating disorder (if not already there)so I made a pact with myself to try out healthy eating but I can just feel the weight creeping on and like I said 1500 calories seems like to much. how can I s... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 22:22:05 EST salam salam ladies Im new to spark and I'm loving all the tools! I am a revert, but I reverted when I was 14 so I've been a muslim my whole adult life.I am 31 and have been married for 15 years alhamduLillah and I have 4 children. I have always been thin then suddenly in the last 5 years I have gained 25 pounds or so. I have gained and lost them countless times mostly through drastic dieting. I even went on a water fast and didn't eat ANYTHING for 14 days it was horrible I gained all the weight bac... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 00:59:40 EST Eman Rush Moments Are you people familiar with Muhammad Al Shareef and his lectures? He is recently 'HajjCoach'ing and teaching people to prepare their body, mind and soul(and also their shopping list:)) for Hajj. He is a cool Sheikh and does da'awa in a fun way. <BR> <BR> He has recently started a series of 'Eman Rush Moments' videos where he narrates moments when he had an eman rush during his several Hajj.(you can find them on Facebook) <BR> <BR> Lets start such a forum here too:) I would like to know whe... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 07:47:32 EST Post your recipes here! Assalamu alaikum, <BR> <BR> I don't know how it is in your communities, but in mine, "muslim food" is generally very unhealthy. Lots and lots of greasy, fatty meat, tons of white rice dripping with oil and butter, and lots of fried things. <BR> <BR> Please post tried and true healthy recipes and healthy eating tips that you love. I'd be especially excited to see "traditional" foods redone with a healthy twist. Thu, 4 Nov 2010 16:30:38 EST Let's get back together:) I can hear so many of my muslim sisters wanting to get this team active again(including me). I check on the team everyday. <BR> <BR> Lets start off with weight loss journey. Whats everyone's update? How much have you lost lately? Whats your daily routine for workout? Are you slacking? Finding it hard to get up? <BR> <BR> I would personally like to start a thread regarding Islamic Q&A. There are loads of stuff im sure we all are wanting answers to. <BR> <BR> And lets update our daily cha... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 07:05:24 EST New here, Looking for sparkpages to follow As salaamu alaykum sisters! <BR> <BR> I am new here. Insha'allah I am seriously trying to lose weight this go 'round. <BR> <BR> My problem is inconsistency and chocolate, soda and junk addiction, plus the fact i hate to sweat (hence no exercise) <BR> <BR> Anyway I hope to meet some good sisters who will be encouraging to me, as I can be to them insha'allah Sun, 31 Oct 2010 19:28:18 EST I need support Asalaamu 'alaykum sisters, <BR> I hope you all are doing well, insha'Allah. I am struggling very much in my life right now, I find little happiness and my eeman feels like zero. There's been a lot of personal issues and stuff and ending a relationship that I chose to end but am absolutely heartbroken over it and its been a month. I am really trying so hard, please keep me in your dua'a. I would be so grateful if you did. Jazak Allah khayr, Mehgan Sat, 16 Oct 2010 12:49:07 EST Just a thought...about 'The Slowest Loser' blog Did anyone see the latest 'The Slowest Loser' blog?? <BR> <BR> It says about the importance of being patient if you want to be happy. <BR> <BR> And the Quran mentions the importance of being patient in numerous places!! <BR> <BR> Allah has deffinitely commanded us things for our own good and we nowadays want proofs before practicing what Islam says. Life can be so much easier if we blindly keep faith in what Allah has said is right for us. Fri, 1 Oct 2010 04:57:24 EST I Need Advice On Arranged Date Assalamualaikum, a friend who also a colleague's wife wants to set up me with her nephew. She kinda made me to agree that I'll contact that guy (almost send phone message to say hi today), she even gave that guy my picture and I've mix feeling - kinda mad coz she gave my picture to a stranger but happy when she said that guy comments I look pretty, must be vanity of myself thinking, lol. Actually, I'm a bit hesitate to contact that guy because of several reasons: <BR> - she kept telling me th... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 09:55:59 EST Salam to fellow sister! My name is Zaharah! I am from Malaysia. I hope we can support each other through this body fat jihad!! haha Tue, 21 Sep 2010 00:23:26 EST eid mubarak i am posting this today as in germany they are celerbrating eid today even though most the rest of the world seems to be celerbrating it tomorrow.inshallah when ever you celerbrate it i hope it will be a good,inspiring,happy fest for you all inshallah. Thu, 9 Sep 2010 04:14:23 EST It's Been a Long Time Salaam Sisters, <BR> I'm giving this a 2nd, 3rd , 4th try I use to be a member of the group back in 2008. At that time i did lose 30lbs but has gained it all back plus more i think. I went from just having to worry about what i ate since my husband is tall and Lean to caring for my niece over night at the time she was only a year old she is not 3. I think we have gotten use to being foster parents that i can not once again try to really lose this weight. I'm 29 soon to be 30 in the philadelp... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 00:36:39 EST What a Muslim Foreigner Needs To Know Abt Michigan Salam. <BR> <BR> My brother's planning to go to the States, sometime in October. Fly from Malaysia or Singapore (depends on the company), transit in Chicago then destination - Michigan. A bit worry about my brother as we don't know if it's easy to find halal food there or if there's anything else that my brother needs to know for his short trip (3 weeks) there. My mom plans to lend him a kiblat compass - here in Malaysia, almost all hotels have the kiblat sign on the ceilings (or some cases,... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 03:22:49 EST Adilfitri Preparation & Celebration So, what about your preparation & celebration for Aidilfitri? I always curious what other part of the world do, where do they go, what do they eat, etc etc. Here we visit the graveyard of our beloved relatives, cleanout the graves - my family even visited the great-grandparents, hehe. My favourite part is baking cookies and cakes with my mom coz that's the only time we show off our baking skills, haha. Visiting relatives always fun to do, especially my dad's relatives - they are noisy, funny,... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 04:13:48 EST I forgot to introduce myself :) Salam aleikum, sisters! <BR> <BR> I've been on this team almost a week, but kinda forgot the "introduction" part... the other forums are just so interesting! <BR> <BR> I'm Shawna, from Spokane Washington (though I still call Idaho home. I'm 15 minutes from the border, so I consider my apartment as an annex to the state of Idaho). I've been Muslim for just over 9 years, though friends and teachers have been calling me "Muslim" since High School. <BR> <BR> Well, friends called me "Muslim" du... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 08:41:36 EST Islam and Marriage Salam aleikum <BR> <BR> Are there any other non-married Muslimahs on this site? I know there are surely others... sometimes I feel like the only unmarried Muslimah in the world. And the oldest (35). And there are no un-married Muslim men... at least not anywhere near where I live. And the net... I've not had such good luck with online relationships. <BR> <BR> People are starting to tell me I need to hurry up... biological clock is ticking... how sad for me that I don't have children. But I... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 15:58:36 EST jilbabs and other coverings who here likes butterfly jilbabs? I'm thinking about buying one. I need a jilbab soon, and I was just wondering - <BR> <BR> whats your favorite, most comfortable jilbab or abaya? Fri, 27 Aug 2010 02:08:18 EST Ramadhan blues .Delete post. Sun, 22 Aug 2010 14:56:53 EST ramadam mabourak assalamu alaaik kum,just wanted to take this opurtunity to wish everyone a great ramadam and also eid.assaalamu alaik kum,karima Tue, 10 Aug 2010 03:59:28 EST Assalaamu alaykum! Wow! I'm excited to see a group here for muslim sisters mashaAllaah! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm Maryam, 23 years old, from Sydney Australia. I'm a mother of two mashaAllaah. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you all! Fri, 23 Jul 2010 20:38:01 EST assalam alikom gme3an asslam alikom... <BR> <BR> how are you all.. i am sara i have been a member in sparkpeople for a while but i have never tried to join any group and i was really glad to find a team for muslims... <BR> <BR> hope you consider me as a team member and a friend.. <BR> <BR> sara Mon, 19 Jul 2010 13:35:01 EST You all are so special to me Asalaamu 'alaykum, <BR> I am happy to have my on-line sisters(You!)because I really love the friendship and support, I don't get to interact with sisters much at all. <BR> I really wanted you all to know how special you are to me and how important. <BR> About 8 years ago I attempted suicide and was in the ICU at the hospital. I got better and went home and reverted to Islam right away. I needed a chance at peace and my head is so noisy in my thoughts and it is a struggle everyday(I have schi... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 22:04:20 EST As Ramadan approaches..... Assalamu Alaikum, <BR> <BR> As Ramdan gets closer, I thought it would be nice if we could have like a sub-section just for Ramadan. To include our goals, trials, recipes, ideas, etc. I am really nervous this year because the days are so long. I wish Spark People would write more about how we should eat while fasting but the only articles they have are basically saying fasting isnt good....alhamdullilah we know that Allah knows whats best for us! <BR> <BR> What do you think? Sat, 19 Jun 2010 20:16:14 EST Assalamu Alaikum! Wow, I have been on Spark now for about 2-3 weeks and I was just thinking today about how Ramadan is going to be (inshaAllah) and I found this group! YAY! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am UmmRania, 25 mother of 3 American but live in Germany, cant wait to get active in here! Sat, 19 Jun 2010 20:10:08 EST Salamu Alaikum! Salamu Alaikum! <BR> <BR> My name is Sister Muslimah from AK. Married with 3 kids masha'Allah, all special needs - autism. Been muslim for 7 years, masha'Allah. I have pcos, and am trying to healthily lose weight, and hopefully not regain it back. <BR> <BR> and thats about it. <BR> <BR> Je zakaAllahu khairin. <BR> <BR> Salamu Alaikum! Mon, 31 May 2010 17:00:19 EST Looking for Muslims in New Tampa area for support Salam, <BR> i cant do this alone and that is what i am..ALONE. I AM OBESE AND NEED SOME HELP FROM STRONG MUSLIM FRIENDS, I AM 39 YEAR OLD LIVING IN TAMPA FLORIDA, ORIGINALLY FROM VIRGINIA, MY HUSBAND IS FROM JORDAN. PLEASE IF ANYONE OUT THERE CAN HELP, I HAVE NO FRIENDS AND HAVE BEEN HERE FOR 5 YEARS, I AM MISERABLE AND NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT,ALSO IF U WANT YOU CAN CALL ME AT 8134085798 FOR SUGESSTIONS AND HELP!!!I AM DESPERATE!! <BR> <BR> (MALAK)CYNDI Sat, 29 May 2010 18:20:11 EST As salaamu alaikum As salaamu alaikum sistas,just joined this team because as i see...subhanallah..we are MUSLIMS <em>244</em> ..whew!!! the excitement is a work-out may allah make us sucessful in what we want to accomplish and help us find that path we are seeking to enter Jannah.Ameen! Love you all <em>212</em> Sun, 23 May 2010 23:10:48 EST fROM EGYPT?? HI GIRLS. IAM EMAN27 FROM EGYPT I WAS HERE ALONG TIME AGO INEED SO UCH HELP TO GET BACK ON TRACKI NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO GET ME UP AND OUT OF MY FATSRUINS, WAITING FOR YOU HANDSTO CATCH MY LOSS OF EVERY THING, MY YRAS, MY HEALTH, MY SPARK I AM FEELING DEAD IF YOUR FROM EGYPT I THINK IT WILL BE MORE HELPFUL BUT I WAIT FOR EVERYONE AND ANYONE BY THE WAY I AM245 POUNDS IMAGINE THAT I HAVE BEELY BGGER THAN MY MOMS WHO HAD THREE KIDS. NO WORDS CAN EXPRESS MY FEELINGS PRAY FOR ME AND BE WITH ME I LO... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 18:11:04 EST Spiritual Challenge: 5 Prayers a Day Salaam Alaikum Sisters, <BR> <BR> We have physical challenges, but also should have spiritual challenges too, so that we keep growing closer to Allah and serve him better. <BR> <BR> I thought we'd start simple so we can have much success, and reinforce basics if needed for new sisters. <BR> <BR> The Challenge: Pray all 5 prayers a day, including waking early for Fajr. <BR> <BR> We all know we should be be doing this, but reminders are good sometimes too! <BR> <BR> -emmie Mon, 29 Mar 2010 01:30:39 EST Leslie Sansone Daily Check-In Salaam alaikum Sisters, <BR> <BR> The Leslie Sansone Daily Check-In has moved here. <BR> <BR> Keep walking away the pounds! <BR> -emmie Mon, 29 Mar 2010 01:25:40 EST Leslie Sansone Daily Check-In Salaam alaikum Sisters, <BR> <BR> The Leslie Sansone Daily Check-In has moved here. <BR> <BR> Keep walking away the pounds! <BR> -emmie Mon, 29 Mar 2010 01:25:10 EST Leslie Sansone Daily Check In Hello Guys, I have created a new thread for all of us who are walking with Leslie, InchaALLAH I will be posting my daily workout here (which dvd and how many miles, even calorie burn) or I will also be writing if I didn't do what I was suppose to do. <BR> Thu, 25 Mar 2010 13:58:07 EST Any Leslie Sansone Fan??? Hi, I will be starting to do the Leslie Sansone walk at home program, anybody interested to join me, so we can check on each other? <BR> Wassalam, <BR> MoaD. Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:08:01 EST Salam, I am new, err...sort of! Salam sisters, I am back on the team, I had fallen off the wagon as Oprah would say but now i am back in the saddle (in a manner of speaking of course, lol!!!). So looking for extra motivation and support. <BR> I am looking for a buddy or buddies to help me along, I am currently doing Weight Watchers, so far I have lost 7.2lbs in two weeks, which is not too bad. Hoping to lose more, next week is my goal is start a walking program and also start updating my blog. I have more than 100 lbs to l... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:41:49 EST Asalaam alaykum my ukti's Insha'allah you are all in the best of health and imaan, just joined and wanting to loose weight as I don't feel to good, married mum of 5 living in the u.k. Insha'Allah hope to hear from you soon. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 20:12:42 EST Workout Minutes Challenge-Read 1st post 4 rules I found another one. I guess from the look of the format, that you determine how many minutes you can workout in a week and pledge/promise that amount. Insha Allah. We can think of a reward system later. <BR> <BR> This is the format for the challenge. You can either copy and paste it or make your own. Remember, no less than 90 minutes per week. <BR> <BR> <BR> Weekly Minutes Pledge:120 <BR> <BR> March 9-15 <BR> Day_____________Minutes <BR> 1 _______________45 <BR> 2 0 <BR> 3___________... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 10:10:48 EST CALORIE CHALLENGE-- Read the 1st post for rules I found these rules from a challenge this team has done in the past. It looks pretty interesting. If you want to join, just jump in. Don't worry about it not being the beginning of the week or month. Just start when you can and be rewarded based on when you started. You can copy and paste my chart and adjust the calorie range. If you're starting after the 9th, change the first day and end 6 days later. I hope this explains everything. <BR> <BR> Challenge: To stay within our calorie range. <... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 09:43:45 EST I'm back...finally Asalaamu alaikum wa rahmatuallahi wa barakatu, <BR> Insha'allah everyone is doing ok. Well, I have been on a giant rollercoaster the last few months, and I haven't logged on in like forever! Subhanallah alot has happened here, including being diagnosed with PCOS (and that was the reason why I haven't been losing weight) and my daughter starting Islamic school *alhumdulillah!*. I made an appt. with my family doctor and I hope she can help me with some suppliments to get my weight loss jumpstar... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 12:54:32 EST Dua'a needed Asalaamu alaykum sisters <BR> I am in the middle of a relationship mess and am no sure what choice to make and what is best for me. Can I ask for you all to make dua'a for me? I'd really appreciate it. Its really bringing me down. Meg Wed, 3 Mar 2010 03:52:06 EST CONTACT ? asalam sister ! <BR> im always looking for support so im going to post my online contact info <BR> <BR> these are messengers <BR> <BR> msn: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> yahoo: <BR> <BR> kiyanaup2004 <BR> <BR> <BR> skype : <BR> <BR> kiyanalynn <BR> <BR> i really look forward to hearing from you all :) Fri, 26 Feb 2010 14:03:27 EST Just my thoughts today..... Asalaamu 'alaykum wa rahmatuh Allahi wa barakatuh sisters, <BR> I hope every one is doing well! Insha'Allah. <BR> I was wondering if anyone else feels like I do....I'm betting there is. <BR> I have been Muslim for 7 years, alhamdulillah, it was a major struggle to get through some major personal life issues and stuff. Anyway, I have never really been able to do salaat normally, I've always had to sit in a chair because of my weight(and maybe my joint pain from my weight, too). When I have do... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 17:12:04 EST Convert prayers ?? i just cant seem remember the words for the prayers and it makes me feel so bad and worthless that i want to cry <BR> does or did anyone eles have this issue? Sat, 20 Feb 2010 18:53:20 EST HOWDY ! Asalamu Aaikum <BR> <BR> Im a new revert as of dec 20,2010 and i just wanted to say hello <BR> <BR> love , <BR> kiyanalynn Fri, 19 Feb 2010 00:11:34 EST Salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullah! I'm new here and just joined the group. I can't wait to share information and motivation with my sisters insha'Allahu ta'ala! I'm doing a raw vegan, specifically 80/10/10 or 811 as its sometimes called. It consists of getting 80% of your daily calories from fruit (carbs), 10% of your daily intake from veggie and fruit protein, and 10% of your daily intake from veggie and fruit fats. So basically my diet consists of mostly raw fruits and veggies, with some cook veggies thrown in to keep my war... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 13:48:08 EST Challenge: Lose 8 pounds by Spring! Salaam alaikum Sisters, <BR> I need to jump start myself and am committing to losing 8 pounds by March 21. <BR> <BR> Any one want to join me in this challenge? <BR> <BR> -Michelle Sat, 13 Feb 2010 23:40:28 EST I'm new here! Asalaamu 'alaykum sisters, <BR> My name is Mehgan and I'm trying to get the ball rolling to lose a lot of weight, I know I can do it and I just need to make small changes at a time, I tend to overwhelm myself with too many changes. <BR> Also,I am looking to connect with sisters on here and to be able to chat on Yahoo or MSN messenger to keep support and friendship and sisterhood. My Yahoo ID is and my MSN ID is I would love to conne... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 20:07:44 EST As salaamu alaikum, glad I found you! As salaamu alaikum sisters! I signed up for SparksPeople a while ago, but hadn't been active. Now, Insha'Allah, I'm serious about losing weight, so I wanted to connect with a support system online to help reach my goals. <BR> <BR> I'm a divorced mom of five; I work from home doing miscellaneous freelance work and I homeschool my oldest three. I'd like to lose 40-50 lbs! I'm still trying to figure this site out, not sure how everything works, so hang with me :). May Allah grant us all succe... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 10:49:01 EST I am new here sisters Asalaamu 'alaykum sisters, <BR> My name is Meg, I am a revert to Islam. I am so happy to find this group of sisters on SP, I just happened to find it today, alhamdulillah. I weigh 330 pounds(I hate writing that, lol)and my goal weight is 170 lbs. I am 35 years old. I just got my divorce finalized a month ago ,it took me over two years to get it, my ex-husband was only interested in immigration papers(which I didn't know when we did our nikah). So 6 months after our wedding(nikah) I left h... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 22:11:52 EST new to the forum as salaamu alaykum <BR> My name is Aminah Graham and I am joining via Spark I am 52 yrs old and trying to improve my health through weight loss and regular exercise and healthy eating plan.I hope inshaAllah to get many tips from you younger sisters and inshaAllah we can support and motivate one another inshaallah.May Allah help us all to achieve our goals,ameen. <BR> Wa salaamu alaykum <BR> Aminah Sun, 17 Jan 2010 20:59:54 EST Beautiful video "A Father's Wisdom" This was done by our local youth organization <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 14 Jan 2010 09:05:44 EST New! Asalaamu alaikum everyone! I am glad to find this group...I have been doing sparkpeople for about a month now and, alhamdullilah, I am steadily losing and am getting a new outlook on many things because of it. I have about 30 more lbs. to go insha Allah. <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> A little about me: I am a teacher in inner-city public schools in Memphis....will be moving to the DC area in August and I am hoping to get a job in an Islamic school there. My husband is a wonderful bro from Ind... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 22:01:05 EST I'm new! Salaam, <BR> <BR> My name is Molly and I'm a convert from Minnesota. I'm married to an Egyptian and have recently moved back to the States after living in Egypt. I thought that I would lose weight overseas and I did initially (walking to the souq, walking to catch taxis, climbing to my mil's 6th floor walk-up apartment, climbing to my sil's 6th floor walk-up apartment *wheeze*,) however I soon discovered Medinat Minawara and their roz bi laban (gamed geddan!!) and I got used to eating either... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 01:02:48 EST JANUARY CALORIE CHALLENGE ASSALAMUALAIKUM SISTERS: <BR> I'm starting a new January calorie challenge. <BR> Please join me as I do need motivation and I think all of us want to start the year off right. <BR> With the kids returning to school I have chosen to start on the 4th of Jan. <BR> I have just copied and pasted the rules from a previous challeng as a reminder. <BR> <BR> RULES <BR> Challenge: To stay within our calorie range. <BR> This is how it will work: At the end of each day we award ourselves 100 points i... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 22:02:39 EST I am new Salam everyone <BR> <BR> I am trying to lose weight, I had a lapband (one of the weight loss surgeries) it almost killed me and it had to be taken out. My weight climbed like crazy. Now that i feel healthy again, I want to lose 30 pounds, just so I am healthier. How does this sparkpeople work? <BR> <BR> :) mariam Tue, 29 Dec 2009 13:03:10 EST salaam Just dropping in to say salaams to other sisters who are trying to be fit Tue, 15 Dec 2009 12:40:33 EST Binge eating Salam sisterz, how do you deal with binge eating? This is my second day of eating very badly and im hating it. Wed, 9 Dec 2009 22:49:09 EST No eating after 8 p.m. Challenge Salam sisters I thought we should move the challenge under its own subject I hope it's OK with you. <BR> I'm so glad I have you to do this with me, all of you are such an inspiration. <BR> Today I stopped eating at 8:30 p.m. just because I was out late so we ate dinner late. <BR> Also I did better on my calorie intake al hamdulila and also did good with the rest of the nutrition value like calcium - protein - fat - fiber etc... <BR> Nad Thu, 3 Dec 2009 23:55:04 EST Emoticon 4 how u feel 2day n 3 things u've don wel <em>249</em> <BR> 1.This post and determination to make permanent change. <BR> 2.Decluttered my bedroom <BR> 3.Had some fun with the kids (didn't shout at them all day!) Tue, 1 Dec 2009 12:55:44 EST uh, back Assalamu Alaikum sisters, <BR> <BR> It's me, UmmSqueakster, fka Janaaan, fka Rahma. Any old timers in the house? I'm back for like my 50th time. I'm seriously tired of being fat, and it's getting to the point where it's hindering me physically. I'm starting my food diary tomorrow and inshaAllah will exercise tonight. <BR> <BR> Anyone want to be food buddies? I need to have someone hold me accountable, since I'm obviously no good at doing it myself, bah. Mon, 30 Nov 2009 15:51:11 EST Something bothered me today! If you don't know that I put my hijab on this past Ramadan ..well now you do. <BR> <BR> Today as I was walking to the store and talking to my brother on the phone,a lady I would say she is in her sixty carrying a small dog was looking at me from far and as she passed me she said " A scarf in this weather! I will not wear this scarf for anyone dear!!" I stopped for a moment to absorbe what she said ..and then I replied " But I'm not wearing this scarf for anyone I'm wearing it for my self" ... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 21:43:00 EST HAPPY EID - AD7A MOBARAK INSHA'ALLAH I just wanted to wish everyone happy eid on this day and I pray that one day we will be there at hajj celebrating it from there. <BR> <BR> For those Holiday's extra food moments I say <BR> Congratulations — you’re human! We all make mistakes, and eating a lot does not constitute failure on our part. Consider it just a slipup or a temporary setback that you can overcome. Overdoing it at one meal, or even for a full day or two, will not undo all your hard work. The first thing you should do ... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 12:42:27 EST Walking buddies wanted. Assalamu Alaikom, <BR> <BR> I would love to find a sister in the Tampa,Fl area that could help encourage me to walk and workout. <BR> Thanks!!! <em>303</em> Wanna be walking buddies?? Mon, 9 Nov 2009 10:54:11 EST New member Assalamualaykum Sisters, Am new here, joined SP 2 days ago, I think lol. I was SO happy to find muslim sisters on board and sisters who are interested in health issues. <BR> I am an Irish muslima, 50 yrs old, married with 5 children and have 3 grandchildren alhamdulillah, mashaAllah. Am a diabetic,3 years now, and find it even more important to take care of myself. Have recently started exercising, walking and joined Curves. Although I am not that much overweight, alhamdulillah, about 7lbs, l... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 08:32:46 EST Top Ten Excuses for Not Wearing Hijab Dear Sisters I got this article from a website and I liked to share with you..Here it goes: <BR> <BR> Among the pictures that point to the distance of society from the right path and that make clear the level of its deviation and separation from it is the open spread of women not just uncovering their faces but enhancing and making a display of their beauty. <BR> We find that this is manifested regretfully, in Islamic (Muslim) society despite that Islamic clothing is also widespread. So the... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 00:22:12 EST New Here As Salaam Alaikum, <BR> <BR> Just joined Spark 2 days ago and joined this group today. <BR> <BR> I am a 41yo American Muslimah, mother to 5, living in the UAE. <BR> <BR> InshaAllah I want to lose 120lbs and my goal date is December 9, 2010. I want to be able to make Hajj next year, InshaAllah and that is one of my motivating factors of losing weight...that with I don't want to grow old and be unhealthy, InshaAllah. <BR> <BR> I look forward to your support and supporting other sisters her... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 13:00:44 EST What does it mean to be a Muslima? Asalaamu alaikum sisters, <BR> After chatting with other members, I've decided to post a topic about us. What does it mean to be a Muslima? Does it mean that we must cook and clean? Are we supposed to be docile and dainty? Let's talk about it. <BR> <BR> To begin with, I believe that if we don't work outside of the home, that we should do the cooking and the cleaning. Most of us believe that it is not an obligation, and we can even request a maid or some form of help if we'd like. Although s... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 08:02:14 EST OCTOBER 11-17 TRIVIA CHALLENGE ___ <em>227</em> DON'T FORGET TO SPARKMAIL <em>227</em> <BR> __________YOUR ANSWERS THIS TIME!!!_____________ <BR> <BR> 1. What does Al-Asmaa' ul-Husna mean? <BR> <BR> 2. How many times do we circle the Kaa'bah? <BR> <BR> 3. What does the word tahara mean? <BR> <BR> 4. To which city did the Prophet Muhammad(SAW)for the Hijrah? <BR> <BR> 5. Name at least 2 other names for Day of Judgment used in the Quran other than Yaum Al-Qiyamah. Sun, 11 Oct 2009 10:27:31 EST October 4-10 Trivia Challenge The first five participants with the correct answers to these questions receive sparkgoodies. <BR> <BR> 1. What are the 5 books mentioned in the Quran? <BR> <BR> 2. What do Ar-Razzaq and Al Karim mean? <BR> <BR> 3. What is Al Qadar? <BR> <BR> 4. In which Surah do we ask Allah (SWT) to guide us on the Straight Path? <BR> <BR> 5. What are Jinn made of? Sat, 3 Oct 2009 21:46:42 EST Announcements Asalaamu alaikum sisters. <BR> We have challenges that begin in October and one that starts now. There is also an ongoing water goal for the team, so don't forget to record your water intake on your nutrition tracker. Sat, 26 Sep 2009 17:19:39 EST Trivia Challenge for September 26-October 3 This weeks trivia challenge is: <BR> 1. How many Surahs are in the Quran? <BR> <BR> 2. Who did Uthman marry when his wife Ruqayyah died? <BR> <BR> 3. What prophet was sent to the Arab tribe that lived in madyan? <BR> <BR> 4. How many prophets and messengers were mentioned in the Holy Quran? <BR> <BR> 5. What are the five daily prayers? <BR> <BR> Remember, the first five to answer all five questions correctly will receive a team spark goodie this week. Sat, 26 Sep 2009 16:34:17 EST EID-UL-ADHA CHALLENGE How much weight would you like to lose by Eid-Ul-Adha? You can post your goal and your weekly weight loss here. Copy and paste this format and edit it each week to record you progress, or make your own. <BR> <BR> Goal:16 lbs <BR> <BR> Week 1 <BR> lbs lost------------lbs to go <BR> -1--------------------15 <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 2 <BR> lbs lost------------lbs to go <BR> <BR> 0.......................15 <BR> <BR> Week 3 <BR> lbs lost------------lbs to go <BR> 0........ Sat, 26 Sep 2009 16:19:44 EST OCTOBER WORKOUT MINUTES CHALLENGE This is the format for the challenge. You can either copy and paste it or make your own. Remember, no less than 90 minutes per week. <BR> <BR> <BR> Weekly Minutes Pledge: 360 <BR> <BR> OCT 1-7 <BR> Day_____________Minutes <BR> 1 --------------00 <BR> 2 --------------00 <BR> 3 --------------00 <BR> 4 --------------45 <BR> 5 --------------20 <BR> 6 -------------100 <BR> 7 --------------00 <BR> Week 1 total --165 <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> OCT 8-14 <BR> Day_____________Minutes <BR> 1... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 15:33:56 EST October Calorie Challenge Challenge: To stay within our calorie range. <BR> This is how it will work: At the end of each day we award ourselves 100 points if we stayed within our calorie range. For every 50 calories above or below the range, we subtract 5 points. <BR> Example: My calorie range is 1200 - 1550. If I eat 1700 calories for the day it means that I’m over my range by 150 calories, therefore I would subtract 15 points from my 100 points leaving me with 85 points for the day. After finding out our daily poi... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 15:24:21 EST Do you believe in guardian angels? I am sometimes reminded of an event that happened to me as a child that completely renews my faith in Allah. I just wanted to share it with everyone here. <BR> <BR> When I was about ten I was at a Baptist Summer Camp for a couple weeks in the summer. One afternoon we went to some near by rapids where we would put on a life jacket and "ride" down the rapids. There were a couple camp counselors that would stand at a point in the rapids to catch us. If we went past that point there was a strong... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 16:36:45 EST I am not cool... Ok, this is not related to islam or weight loss but I just suddenly realised that I am NOT 22 anymore. It really has come as a bit of a shock for me since I always considered myself somewhat cool enough to get on with teenagers and mature enough to talk to my "old lady" friends. <BR> <BR> In a conversation with my friends 20 yr old neice she suddenly shouted out "oh, that's SICK!" I was so shocked! It was something that I was happy about and why would she insult it. I guess she saw the loo... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 13:05:26 EST to all 1st wifes or people with experiance on this assaalamu alaikum sisters.i know this is a touchy subject as well as a difficult one but i really need help on husband has been going to a differant moschee this ramadam than usually and the imam there is doing dua every night that the brothers will take on another wife.and how it is the mans duty to do so and you will be rewaerded by allah along with you children and your wifes.the other day my husband hit me out of the blue saying he feels it is his duty to take a second wife and i ... Sat, 19 Sep 2009 11:20:52 EST Eid Mobarak Insha'Al lah..How did you do in Ramada Assalam Alaykom! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow or after tomorrow will be Eid so may you all have a Happy Eid and may Allah accept all your deeds and prayers that you did during the holly month of Ramadan. <BR> <BR> Two things happened to me in this month..I lost 10 more pounds and it feels great ! <BR> The most inportant thing is I put Hijab on and it feels greater. <BR> <BR> Hope you gales all did good and if you didn't there is always another day to do so.. <BR> <BR> I miss Ramadan already and... Sat, 19 Sep 2009 08:58:01 EST new to islam, not new to diet attempts lol Salaam all, <BR> <BR> I am a newbie to islam (converted only about 3 weeks ago) but not new to trying to lose weight. <BR> <BR> However, my new motto is: fall down seven times, stand up eight. And with Allah's help I'll get there. <BR> <BR> Take care, <BR> michelle Sat, 5 Sep 2009 02:21:26 EST Ramadan iftar n suhur ideas assalamualaikum everyone <BR> <BR> i havent been in touch with sparkpeaople lately but when i was it really helped me alot.n i missed it too:) <BR> <BR> well to start my journey again i thought of asking for good healthy suhur n iftar ideas.atleast in our culture v usually end up having alot of oily food for suhur as well as iftar which ends up causing laziness for the rest of the day and fat build up at the end of ramadan <BR> <BR> any ideas for healthy filling foods or recipes for iftars... Thu, 3 Sep 2009 00:40:57 EST Eid Goals Asalaamu alaikum sisters, <BR> If anyone has an Eid goal, here's the place to post it. You never know what may inspire others, so don't be shy. Sat, 29 Aug 2009 12:01:05 EST Weighin Hi, thanks for all the support, I lost 14lbs in my first week. Take care Thu, 27 Aug 2009 16:57:43 EST SUHUR WAKE UP CALL Assalamualikum sisters, <BR> I hope everyones Ramadhan is going well. <BR> I just wanted to share this website where you register your number and it gives you a wake up call for Suhur. <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 27 Aug 2009 11:41:37 EST Good Dish to break fast with Salaams my sisters!! hope you are all having a good Ramadan Inshallah!. <BR> <BR> I wanted to know if anyone has any good quick and easy (cheap) recipes that are good to break fast with. thank you all so much! <BR> Thu, 27 Aug 2009 11:00:50 EST Ramadan Mubarak - another newbie here Salam Ailkom sisters, <BR> <BR> I joined the site yesterday and have been sent in this direction by another member from another team. I am glad to find that there is a section for muslims as well especially through the fasting period where we can help each other out. <BR> <BR> My start weight is 287lbs and I have around 11 stone to lose. My husband wants me to lose this weight as he is fed up of the way I look and desires me to look thin, he feels emabrassed to show me to his friends. Obv... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 16:15:28 EST Introducing myself / ... help me:o) Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am Melissa. I am 24, married, and have two little kiddo's. I just joined SP a bit ago and am happy to have found this group. <BR> <BR> I am here today for advice. It is Ramadan, it is a glorious time of year. I am not Muslim. My husband is, but I am not. It's not that I don't believe, because I do. I have researched Islam for years, before marriage, after. I didn't want to convert for my husband. But now, even with the knowledge I have I can not convert. I don'... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 00:25:06 EST Ramadan 1430 // 2009 Asalamu Alaikum, <BR> <BR> With Ramadan fast approaching I wanted to share these resources with you sisters. Forgive me for making a separate post but I feel this post will be abnormally long! I wanted to think of Ramadan in terms of both physical and spiritual health because I feel they go hand in hand. <BR> <BR> First of all I printed off a prayer schedule for Ramadan for my area at this handy website. It seems basic but I really try hard to get in all fard and sunnah prayers during Rama... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 12:59:46 EST Introducing Myself Asalamu Alaikum Sisters, <BR> <BR> I'd like to introduce myself - My name is Emily and I'm from Canada. I'm 21 years old. I joined SparkPeople last week and I joined this group today. Seems like a great group with a lot of interesting and practical topics. Can't wait to get started - I've already seen some changes in myself and my habits since I started recording my nutritional intake and fitness. <BR> <BR> Ideally I'd like to lose about 35lbs in a way that is safe, healthy, and not harmful... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 12:31:24 EST Ramadaan Mubarik I just wanted to say Ramadaan Mubarik to all my Sister and enjoy your day. Fri, 21 Aug 2009 10:23:42 EST Salaam Sisters!! Barb is back AGAIN!! I have been a member here before but I gave up on myself too easily and left SP. I am back now and ready to get serious about getting to a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> Now for a re-introduction because I see new faces here. My name is Barb and I am a revert to Islam, I reverted 6 years ago Alhamdulillah!!! I have battled my weight since I was a child and only once in my life came remotely close to being at a healthy weight. Sadly I let that get away from me, gained back all the weight I had lo... Mon, 17 Aug 2009 16:19:48 EST Looking for a sister.... .......... As salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu akhwaat, <BR> <BR> Naam I see many sisters on here in the DC/MD area. So.... I am wondering if by any chance any of you know Saalihah? I have been trying to get in touch with her and I feel bad that it has been so long subhanallah that we last spoke. Insha'Allah I'll be checking back here to see if she responds. <BR> <BR> May Allah bless you all to achieve His mercy in the upcoming month of Ramadhan. <BR> <BR> Umm Mukhtaar Mina Sat, 15 Aug 2009 18:54:17 EST Pedometers<BR>s_articles.asp?id=327&page=2 <BR> Above is the link to a spark article about the benefits of pedometers. I don't currently use one but I think I'm going to. I can be a little ocd so I think I could really get into "just a few more steps to beat yesterday". What do you gals think? Sat, 8 Aug 2009 00:23:53 EST Self Affirmations The Science Behind Self-Affirmations <BR> By Maggie Ruud <BR> <BR> What Are Affirmations? <BR> A simple definition from Wikipedia states: <BR> <BR> An affirmation is a form of autosuggestion in which a statement of a desirable intention or condition of the world or the mind is deliberately meditated on and/or repeated in order to implant it in the mind. <BR> <BR> While often associated with New Age religions, affirmations are anything but touchy-feely. They are based in hard, solid fact; t... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 11:59:54 EST Salamu Alikum to all: New Member Salam everyone My name is Rachel, and I joined this site yesterday. I'm so happy I found a Muslimah group to join. InshAllah I will find the motivation I need to reach my goal. Alhumdulilah I'm down 40 lbs, and want to keep going. Tue, 4 Aug 2009 16:07:26 EST Lets get to know each other! Here's a 20 questions type thing for fun! It's a g-rated version of the kind that is passed around on facebook and myspace all the time. I thought this might be a fun way for us to learn a little more about each other! If you feel uncomfortable about any of the questions, like whats ur first name, just skip by it! There are a couple of questions that are geared toward married ladies, like how many kids? you single ladies can answer in future tense (e.g. I want # kids). Just copy the format ... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 16:26:06 EST hi everyoneeeeeeeee i am marjan and nice to see you here,please come to see my sp page and keep in touch with me,thanks Mon, 3 Aug 2009 04:50:29 EST Five Pounds By September 1st Well sisters, today begins a new five pound challenge. With the calorie challenge and workout challenge combined, this challenge should fall right in line. I wish you all the best. Let's get movin'. Sat, 1 Aug 2009 12:39:37 EST Just for Laughs THE SILENT TREATMENT <BR> A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, 'Please wake me at 5:00 AM.' He left it where he knew she would find it.. The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 10:12:57 EST New Calorie Challenge This calorie challenge is just like the old calorie challenge so I have copied the challenge info right out of the old one. Please use the same format to post your success as was used in the older challenge! <BR> <BR> Asalaamu alaikum sisters, <BR> I thought we could start this challenge next week starting on August 1st, 2009! <BR> <BR> Challenge: To stay within our calorie range. <BR> This is how it will work: At the end of each day we award ourselves 100 points if we stayed within our... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 10:13:21 EST Time for Yourself! As I read your blogs and comments, I notice that one of the biggest challenges facing us is finding time to take care of ourselves. As Muslim women, our families are often our main priority after Allah (SWT). I truely believe, that Allah (SWT) encourages and approves of this virtue. So I'd like it if we could all share the creative ways we find the time to take care of ourselves. <BR> <BR> One thing that I have started doing is taking long bike rides or walks with the children. I'm takin... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 09:54:39 EST Workout Minutes Challenge This is the format for the challenge. You can either copy and paste it or make your own. Remember, no less than 90 minutes per week. <BR> <BR> <BR> Weekly Minutes Pledge: <BR> <BR> August 1-7 <BR> Day_____________Minutes <BR> 1 <BR> 2 <BR> 3 <BR> 4 <BR> 5 <BR> 6 <BR> 7 <BR> Week 1 total <BR> <BR> August 8-14 <BR> Day_____________Minutes <BR> 1 <BR> 2 <BR> 3 <BR> 4 <BR> 5 <BR> 6 <BR> 7 <BR> Week 2 total <BR> <BR> August 15-21 <BR> Day_____________Minutes <BR> 1 <BR> 2 <BR> 3 <BR> 4 <BR> 5... Sat, 25 Jul 2009 23:35:13 EST I'm proud of _________ today! We have a place to confess to things we wish we'd done better <em>18</em> , so I thought we should have a place confess what we've done well <em>43</em> . <BR> <BR> Today, I got a full 6 glasses of water! <BR> For me, thats nothing short of a miracle! <BR> <em>194</em> Sat, 25 Jul 2009 21:09:09 EST Ramadan hello evryone , <BR> <BR> iam so happy the holy month is comeing soon ,but i dont know is it just me who has this problem i tend to gain 4 kg during the month of fasting, although i dont get near the fried sambosa or the soup i stick to my salats but yet i still gain waight .. any tips ? Wed, 22 Jul 2009 11:27:57 EST Salaam to all Assalamu alaikum everyone! Its so nice to find this forum for Muslim sisters on sparkpeople. I love it :) I'm 27 years, 5'3 and 200+ pounds. Insha'allah, I want to lose at least 50 pounds so I can go shopping and wear beautiful clothes or at least the clothes I desire to wear, and not the ones I have to/ no choice but to wear because of my weight!! Tue, 21 Jul 2009 13:56:59 EST Salaam. New Sister. Asalaam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuhu. <BR> Alhamdulilah, I am so glad to see other sisters on this website. I joined today and am excited about this new program. I got married this past April, alhamdulilah, and am trying to lose some extra pounds and keep them off insha Allah. Besides trying to become healthier, I'm also trying to follow more Sunnah-like eating habits. I found the following link to be a good source of inspiration and information. <link> Tue, 14 Jul 2009 18:35:43 EST Hi! I'm new Assalam Alaykum <BR> This is my first week here on this site. I'm so happy that I found a team for muslim sister. I'm looking forward to completing this journey with you. Sat, 11 Jul 2009 12:38:59 EST Newbie As-Salaamu Alaykum, <BR> My name is Amatullah I'm a wife and mother of 3. I began to gain weight when I converted to Islam due to in activity plus I actually had time to eat real food LOL! I'm a serious home body but I intend to get out more with the kids in sha Allah. I have 43lbs to shed and I looking for some Motivation from you sister in sha Allah! <BR> Fee Amanillah Thu, 9 Jul 2009 12:59:28 EST Newbie As-Salaamu Alaykum, <BR> My name is Amatullah I'm a wife and mother of 3. I began to gain weight when I converted to Islam due to inactivity plus I actually had time to eat real food LOL! I'm a serious home body but I intend to get out more with the kids in sha Allah. I have 43lbs to shed and I looking for some Motivation from you sister in sha Allah! <BR> Fee Amanillah Thu, 9 Jul 2009 12:57:46 EST Lose 12lbs in 8 weeks challenge Assalamu Alaikom sisters, we are at the beginning of July. Im getting a late start on this challenge but here it is... Losing 12lbs in 8 weeks seemed very reasonable. If one averaged 2lbs per week, one might even lose 16lbs. <BR> <BR> So here is the challenge.... <BR> <BR> Lose 12lbs in 8 weeks. <BR> Weigh-ins begin on July 1st. <BR> Final Weigh-ins for end of challenge on August 31st <BR> <BR> Late comers are always welcomed. Best of luck to all!!!!! <BR> <BR> With the help of All... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 07:32:52 EST Salaam to all Salaamu alaikum my dear sisters in islam.. <BR> <BR> Im Nour, Muslim since april 2005 Alhamdulillah, and the proud mother of Tasneem 1 1/2 and Mohammad 2½ month. <BR> Im 28, married and living in Sweden but from Denmark. <BR> <BR> How great it is to se there are so many muslimahs out there who are really trying to do their best to get healthy mashaAllah.. <BR> <BR> My goal is to loose 22 kg and to get more fit generally after my to births and to get back to the looks before and hopefully ... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 11:02:29 EST Other exercise activites you like to try? As-Salaam Alaikum Sisters, <BR> <BR> Someone recently reminded me that doing the same thing can become tedious and it's good to add something new once in a while. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have tried power yoga because I'm a little stiff and I like the stretch. I'm considering hiking in the fall,when it gets cooler. <BR> <BR> Are there other activites you would like to do that's different from your normal exercise routine now? Or in the future? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Jun 2009 16:38:03 EST Five Pounds By August 1st Challenge The title says it all. I'm challenging all of us to lose five pounds by August 1st. That's seven weeks. You can lose less than 1 pound a week and still make this goal. Come on sisters, I know that with the help of Allah (SWT) we can do this. Tue, 16 Jun 2009 17:31:17 EST Name 1 goal 4 today thats not related 2 weightloss I saw this topic on the popular message board topics thingy. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to do household chores today! Tue, 16 Jun 2009 08:27:34 EST Healthy Snacks As-Salaam Alaikum Sisters, <BR> <BR> What are your favorite healthy snacks? I'm getting tired of popcorn and some fruit. Any suggestions? Mon, 15 Jun 2009 13:01:07 EST Goal Weights As I've been piddling around SP, I've noticed that there are lots and lots of different goal weights. Even among women of similar heights and body types, their GW might differ by 30lbs, or more. I came up with my GW by picking my last known weight without a gut and checking to make sure it was still within a healthy weight range for my height. I have a serious belly fat problem, even when I'm towards the top of my healthy weight range, people ask if I'm prego! I swear I even have a gut at... Fri, 12 Jun 2009 04:51:28 EST Does this count as water intake? Being born and raised in the South, the main drink in my household is Sweet Iced Tea. I have tried to drink water, but I just don't like it. And I end up eating a whole lot more cuz I have an empty tummy and I'm thirsty. It was increadibly painful, but I managed to switch the entire family to drinking Splenda Iced Tea. I drink about 2/3 of a gallon a day and I've been replacing reg. tea bags (1 or 2) with green tea. Is there any way to count this as part of my daily water intake, since theres... Thu, 11 Jun 2009 09:47:12 EST This is a vent. I don't mean to offend anyone. I'm a little upset this evening. Maybe I shouldn't write this out but I'm still going to do it. I know that this is supposed to be about weight loss, if anyone is offended I apologize in advance. <BR> <BR> I have an aunt(by marriage and divorced from my uncle) and she was asked me if I wanted to be introduced to a single man(who wasn't a muslim)and I said no. I'm thinking it's over because I said no. <BR> <BR> Well, it wasn't enough because she calls this guy on her cell phone and tells him... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 21:40:15 EST Need some inspiration Assalamu Alaikom sisters, <BR> <BR> Im feeling sluggish in my religion. Does anyone know a really inspriational read (In addition to the Koran)? Im currently reading the Vision of Islam. Any other suggestions? Wed, 10 Jun 2009 14:23:34 EST Favorite type of Cardio Salaam Sisters, <BR> <BR> I was wondering. What are your favorite type of cardio? I'm looking for another thing to do. I'm currently walking and doing Tae Bo. Tue, 9 Jun 2009 16:20:27 EST What is your plan?? How do you guys tackle weightloss? Do you have a plan? <BR> How did you start? <BR> <BR> If you are not following a plan do you just wing it? Thu, 4 Jun 2009 13:58:52 EST Thanks to everyone! I just wanted to update everyone on what is going on with me. <BR> I did make it to the gym the other day! It was fabulous! i guess I hadn't been for a couple months! When I was there I decided to see how much I could do before I burned myself out completely. I wanted to see how much I could push myself physically. <BR> I did 45 min on the bike avg rpm 90, <BR> 50 min on the treadmill. lots of jogging and I threw in some steep inclines to try to burn myself out. <BR> 25 min on the elliptical ... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 21:55:02 EST Crawling out of my hole. Well, I rescheduled my interview at the placement agency for tuesday. <em>39</em> Even though I probably have enough experience and education I feel really inadequate. <BR> I used to be so good at pumping myself up and possitive self talk but my self- esteme is at an all time low. I could usually talk myself out of any bad mood or procrastination. It has just been since the winter where I just don't care. <BR> <BR> Taking any action is really painful right now. In someway I am comforatble ... Fri, 29 May 2009 14:37:22 EST New to group As-Salaam Alaikum Sisters, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the group but not to SP. I'm 34 and becoming fit and healthy. Good luck everyone on your goals. Thu, 28 May 2009 15:05:12 EST I really might implode. I feel very deflated. <BR> I am 35 and I have gained yet another 20 lbs this winter putting me just over the 200lb mark. <BR> <BR> To make matters worse... I went shopping today <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I need to find come office clothes for interviews coming up. I have an interview at a placement agency tomorrow and I really didn't have anything to wear but sweaters and winter skirts. <BR> <BR> I really am incredibly frustrated trying to find skirts that are size 18 that are long. I found ... Wed, 27 May 2009 22:17:54 EST Re-introduction As salaamu alaikum, all! <BR> <BR> Wow, it's been such a long time since I logged on. I was shocked that my page was still active. To make a long story very short, I completely fell off the weight loss bandwagon. But now I'm back, and insha'Allah, here to stay. <BR> <BR> I started a food journal 41 days ago. Some days, I look at my food intake, and think, "ugh." The hardest part is being honest with myself. <BR> <BR> I also started exercising regularly. Comcast cable offers Fitness TV OnDe... Sun, 19 Apr 2009 20:08:52 EST Another Newbie I am new to this group, wanted to say hello! Sun, 19 Apr 2009 08:21:15 EST DAILY CHAT Jump in and say whatever's on your mind. Are you frustrated, elated, doubtful, or fully optimistic? CHAT IT OUT! Mon, 13 Apr 2009 22:12:55 EST Salam new to group/Looking for a buddy Salam team, i am looking for a long term SP buddy (3 to 6 month, and even more). Anyone looking for one too? Ideally i would like someone i can check in with; daily or every other day, wanting to try working out 5 days a week, so we can support each other. If you are interested, feel free to contact me. <BR> JAK. <BR> MoaD. <BR> Wed, 1 Apr 2009 09:53:30 EST i am seeking hello i am looking for a lady to help me and point me in the right direction i am a sister who has never been to the mosque i pray at home and because i have converted i have no contact with other muslims sisters all my family are christians i have been blessed to have received more information this years than i ever have i started a job and i believe it was enshalla that my boss isa muslim from egypt and another co worker is from palestine and they are both men i couldn't ask for better p... Sat, 28 Mar 2009 10:04:26 EST Assalamu Alaikum from Toronto Assalamu Alaikum sisters, <BR> I am so happy to find a Muslim sister forum on Sparks. Looking forward to chat with everyone. I am 50 , married with 1 son (18). I desperately need some motivation to lose some weight and be healthy. <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Mar 2009 20:49:39 EST hello i would like to ask a question i need some help from a sister i want to ask a question that is non diet or exercise related and just wanted to know if it would be ok Fri, 27 Mar 2009 17:58:20 EST PERSONAL NEED ADVICE!! My husband and I have been together for 25 years and we're still not married. When we were five years together after my first child I asked him if he wanted to get married. He told me not yet because we were still struggling a little and he wanted us to be settled in our own place. It is now 25 years later another kid and a house. What is the problem. If he decides to ask me now I feel its to late because apparently he has some issues. Is anyone else in this situation? He says as long as we h... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 15:24:25 EST TIPS to stay on track Salam Alaikom I got this Fitness Flash in my email today and I thought of sharing it with you. <BR> <BR> Boost Your Metabolism! <BR> There are no quick fixes to weight loss, and that's true. Hard work, time, and dedication are what's needed to reach your goals! It's the only way to win lasting results. <BR> But while slow and steady wins the race, there are still a few ways you can increase your body's calorie-burn rate! Try these tips to keep your metabolism humming at top speed during you... Tue, 24 Mar 2009 10:35:16 EST Assalamu alaikum Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, <BR> I've joined this group and will be participating inshaAllah! <BR> Fi aman Allah! Thu, 19 Mar 2009 16:16:37 EST A new "Calories Burned Challenge" Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, Ladies! <BR> <BR> Ok, here it is: <BR> <BR> The first person to burn 300 calories doing any type of "extra curricular" exercise (ie... not something that we have to do... like chasing kids around or washing dishes, lol)... I'll buy her a SparkGoodie. Something in my budget, lol, so nothing too extravagant... but a little reward none the less. <BR> <BR> I chose a Calories Burned challenge, because that can be fair across the board, inshaa Allah. The hea... Thu, 19 Mar 2009 12:43:25 EST How to Get Right Back On Track... Hi-lights from a chapter of The Beck Diet Solution (a cognitive therapy program to accompany any diet). <BR> <BR> Day 20, Get Back on Track <BR> <BR> Today you'll learn how to respond to a specific "fooling-yourself" though - the one that encourages you to abandon your diet FOR THE WHOLE DAY after you've eaten something you weren't supposed to. Your thinking might go like this, "I can't believe I let myself eat this! I've really blown it... I might as well eat whatever I want for the rest o... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 13:27:23 EST back (again) Assalamu Alaikum my beautiful sisters, <BR> <BR> Tis I, UmmSqueakster, fka janaaan, fka rahma. I haven't been around in ages, but figured it's time to dust off the weight loss/health goals and get rolling again. <BR> <BR> I went to the doctor this morning, and was forced to weight myself. I haven't weighed myself in awhile, and was scared to see what I weighed. SubhanAllah, I weighed ~15 lbs less then I thought I did! I'm at 173, which seems to be my perpetual fat weight. Hey, it's a w... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 17:00:40 EST Trying to get active.. Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get active... in more ways than one. <BR> <BR> First, in this group; I have recently been told by the doctor that if I don't start living a healthier lifestyle, that I am at extremely high risk for type 2 diabetes ( I know it is a controversial term, but I am what some call"pre-diabetic"). As if that wasn't enough, a close friend has just been diagnosed with and hospitalized for type 2 diabetes. I know I need support, so that's w... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:11:33 EST REALLY Food for Thought... Explanation Of The Hadeeth: "No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach..." <BR> <BR> <BR> Author: Al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab al-Hanbalee <BR> Source: Jaami' Al-'Uloom wal-Hikam, hadeeth no. 47 <BR> <BR> On the authority of Al-Miqdaam ibn Maadiy-Karib who said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah saying: <BR> <BR> "No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach. Sufficient for any son of Aadam are some morsels to keep his back straight. But if it must be, then one third for his ... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 09:44:41 EST new to group salaam sisters i have been on sparks for a while and never thought there would be any sisters on here im am so glad since i do not have much contact with other muslim women i am looking for suport and i am a great suporter so im looking foward to being in this group anyone need a buddy im here <em>216</em> Sat, 7 Mar 2009 12:37:11 EST Water Goal Asalaamu alaikum sisters, <BR> Please post your name by March 9th so that I know how many will participate in reaching our team's water goal. The team goal will increase once I know how many participants we have. <BR> <BR> BTW Insha Allah, I will remove this as a sticky topic on March 10th and put the Confessions sticky topic back up. Mon, 2 Mar 2009 20:49:41 EST I hit on Plateaus Alsalam Alakom <BR> Its too frustrating to work hard .. stick to your calorie intake and the scale doesn't show any loss of weight! <BR> <BR> I don't know whats the problem! I eat 1200 kc daily make some workouts for 15 to 30 minutes daily.. but I see no results! <BR> <BR> Does this mean that this is the minimum weight i can reach? <em>234</em> Sun, 22 Feb 2009 23:11:17 EST Just found this site! Assalaamu Alaikum Sisters, <BR> <BR> I just found this sight today and so excited to be part of the community. I had been given good news this week in my health and ready to start loosing weight, specially from my last baby we just had 5 months ago :) My name is Samira I am a mom of three wonderful children (2 boys and 1 girl) and wife to a fantastic husband. I work as a teacher, so finding time for myself makes it difficult, plus I work at home so it makes it even more difficult to get i... Thu, 19 Feb 2009 00:34:55 EST Muslim Women and Working Before becoming Muslim I had a whole plan to be this crazy hard working business woman, I felt I could be this crazy successful woman and still be a wife and a mother and be successful at all of them. After reverting and viewing the state of society with my new eyes, I do feel that the world is in such a state because of the decline of family values and mothers not being there to raise their children. We are trying to do too much all at once and something's gotta give, something is going to ... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 17:31:33 EST Hijab - Pros and Cons At first I was very aware of the Hijab and it was annoying at first. But now most of the time I don't even realize it's on. The only time it bothers me is when I get frustrated or upset at something else and then I feel it on me like annoying cause it's on my face and around my neck and I just want to rip it off. But aside from that, I will come home from work and my husband will have to tell me to take it off cause I forget I have it on. Sometimes I don't take it off till I'm going to bed... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 17:21:28 EST Ummah Films - Reminder Series Season 3 Salam Alaikum Sisters, <BR> <BR> I hope that everyone here has already heard of this but if not. This is a interesting and sometimes funny ways in which one man discusses Islamic issues. His whole gimmick is to present Islamic issues in a way that people will want to pay attention. I find it to be hilarious and very thought provoking, I thought maybe we could have discussions about the videos and of course the topics covered. <BR> <BR> If anyone is interested please let me know. Thanks. ... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 01:07:30 EST Hello, I'm Maryam Salaam Sisters, <BR> I'm a revert of 22 years, still ecstatic about my choice and trying to improve and grow both in body, spirit, and deen. I work outside the home and have been happily married to a Palestinian man for 20 years. I have a 42-year-old son and two grandchildren living in California. Sadly,they are not Muslim, but are good, decent people. I enjoy being with my husband, making jewelry, painting, playing with my parrot, and fooling around with polymer clay. I seldom have time for ... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 15:58:20 EST Hijab - Dress Code or Hair Cover Salam Alaikum!! <BR> <BR> So many times I've heard and referred to the head covering as hijab but I was informed that Hijab is the modest dress code. Khimar(i think that's how it's spelled) is the head covering. Khimar makes up part of Hijab but is not all that Hijab is comprised of. Hijab is being modest, lowering your gaze and hiding your curves as well as your hair. It is possible to have your head covered as still not be in Hijab. <BR> <BR> Of course I tell myself before I tell any... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 12:04:35 EST Cooking Healthy! what did you do different? Assalam Alaykom Sisters. <BR> <BR> I have this big file on my PC full of notes about what did I do different to make our regular meals healthy. It will be nice to share ideas and benefit each other. <BR> <BR> Today I made stuffed Zucchini and Eggplant ( the small size) <BR> Since I'm on low cholesterol-low fat diet I paid attention to the stuffing. <BR> The way I was taught, is to mix- rice, ground beef, spices and some olive oil - together. <BR> So what I did, I didn't use ground beef ... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 22:43:28 EST I reached a goal! Alsalam Alakom all <BR> <BR> I'm so happy to tell u that i met my first goal in the 10% goal strategy!! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Thanx to Allah ! and thanks to TAMATULADIL the starter of the Calorie challange and all the girls there <em>129</em> ... That challange is the strongest motivator for me which helped me reach this goal <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I still have another 4 goals to meet... hope to reach them soon Thu, 29 Jan 2009 04:30:29 EST Salaams, Assalaamu Alaykum Sisters, <BR> <BR> I am a new convert and I'm new to SparkPeople. <BR> I hope to get fit and healthy to have a baby soon and to make friends here. <BR> <BR> Salaams, <BR> <BR> Kitty Mon, 26 Jan 2009 10:01:08 EST Walk Away the Pounds First of all, I have searched through the posts and cannot find the one suggesting Leslie Sansonne's Walk Away the Pounds. I want to give credit where credit is due, so forgive me. <BR> After that discussion, I went on Ebay and found all 3 of the DVD's...the 1-, 2-, and 3-mile walks, plus the stretchie band for under $20. <BR> I finally got it in the mail, opened it up and popped in one of the DVD's and......LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! <BR> Every day...1 mile (right now anyway) and I am starting to... Sat, 24 Jan 2009 10:10:57 EST Nice websites for new muslims Assala mu Alaykum wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatuhu <BR> <BR> here are some nice websites especially for neww muslims <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> inshAllah they will be useful for somebody <BR> <BR> Salam <BR> <BR> Imen <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 Jan 2009 15:55:26 EST Salam Salam Alaykom sisters..I'm so happy to have found a team for Muslim Sisters. I'm 41 and have 5 children. I have been fit till 10 years ago I started gaining weight without me caring..then one day I looked in the mirror and I was surprised ...Anyway..I started sparkpeople about two weeks ago ..never heard of it before far I lost 8 pounds and got about 52 lbs to go! <BR> All the motivation i could get is appreciated. I need lots of motivation to get up and excercise I'm just two busy and ... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 02:39:07 EST Water challenge Assalamu Alaykum wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatuhu <BR> <BR> Dear sisters <BR> <BR> I want to start a water challenge inshAllah, everybody should try to drink at least 8 cups of water everyday. <BR> Starting from tomorrow inshAllah. <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> Sat, 17 Jan 2009 23:45:06 EST What books are you currently reading? I know this isnt diet related lol but i thought i would put this out here, so we can share some kowledge insha'allah. If you want, post the books you are currently reading and what they are about. I will start first. Currently I am reading The Sealed Nectar, I am sure most of you know about that book lol...its a great story about the life of the Prophet SAW. I am in the first few chapters of it where the author describes the lineage and tribes of the pre islamic period. Mashallah I learned so... Sat, 17 Jan 2009 17:22:56 EST What's better a treadmill or an elliptical Assalamu Alaykum dear sister <BR> <BR> I'm new in this forum , and I need some help choosing between a treadmill or an elliptical. What is better for a weight loss journey? <BR> <BR> Jazakum Allah khayran Thu, 15 Jan 2009 14:44:22 EST New to the team As Salaamu Alaikum, <BR> <BR> My name is Umm Khalil and I am just getting the hang of this site. I am really determined to begin my weight lost journey and healthier lifestyle. Insha'Allah. I look forward to reading all the post and keeping up with my goal, Insha'Allah. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 10 Jan 2009 12:16:20 EST What's your motivation today? <BR> I almost didn't get up to exercise this morning, but I got motivated when I thought about how my co-workers are starting to tell me notice me losing weight and firming up. Thu, 8 Jan 2009 19:26:11 EST January Boot Camp Challenge Thought I'd start a new topic for those who are following the bootcamp and have questions, comments, etc. Seems like everyone keeps replying on that team and my mailbox keeps getting filled up, so I thought we could talk here without using up everyone's e-mail space. <BR> <BR> I was happy I did the bootcamp today, and i found a "body ball" at Walmart for 10.00. Get a 55cm one if you are 5'6" or less. <em>33</em> Sun, 4 Jan 2009 21:46:22 EST Fasting Ashooraa Alsalam Alakom <em>213</em> <BR> i likes to remind u about fasting the day of Ashoraa which is the 10th of Muharram which is TUESDAY 6th of January. <BR> for more information about this great day visit this reliable site <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Jan 2009 15:48:23 EST New Year's Resolutions InshaAllah, For 2009 I will: <BR> <BR> - Make salaat like I'm supposed to (often & ON TIME) <BR> <BR> - Organize my time better <BR> <BR> - Volunteer more in my community <BR> <BR> - Visit the masjid more often Thu, 1 Jan 2009 09:11:20 EST Wisdom It is reported from Hazrat Ma'az bin Jabal that Allah's Messenger (SAW) said, "...I advise you that you never leave saying this after each prayer. "Oh my Allah! Help me in remembering You, thanking You and worshipping You well!"" Mon, 29 Dec 2008 19:34:31 EST Introduction Assalam alaikum, <BR> <BR> My name is Jennifer. I am a convert of just over 4 years now, Alhumduillah. I am married to a the world's most wonderful man (IMO), Mash'Allah. We have a 1 year old daughter, Nora, Mash'Allah/Alhumduillah. <BR> <BR> A friend introduced me to Spark People, so far I like what I see and I am so very excited to find a Muslim Sister's support group. I currently have about 100 pounds to lose. I was about 40 pounds over weight when I got pregnant with my LO and I ... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 17:26:34 EST What plan are you following I see some sisters here are doing so good w/ their diet and exercise. So I need to seriously get back on track w/ food and exercising. <BR> <BR> Last yr I lost 54lbs doing SP w/ exercise and really watching what I ate. After some life changing events Mashallah I gained it all back w/i a yr. I have to get back to where I was. So I am asking you all what do you do. <BR> <BR> What food plan are you following and how well is it working for you? <BR> <BR> What workout regimen are you doing,... Sun, 28 Dec 2008 15:28:11 EST Asalaamu alaikum wa rahmatuallahi wa barakatu Asalaamu alaikum, <BR> I'm not new to Spark but definitely new to this group. Mashallah I am so happy to see a group just for us sisters! I left the first time out of frustration and laziness lol *Yes I am finally admitting it alhumdulillah* So now with the help of Allah and my DH I am trying to drop 30-50 pounds insha'allah. I can no longer blame my weight on my daughter *she just turned 4* lol so Insha'allah i can at least drop most of the weight before the next Ramadhan. I am 25, from Wash... Sun, 7 Dec 2008 21:46:13 EST The Day of 'Arafat as salaam alaikum: <BR> <BR> The Day of 'Arafat will be tomorrow, Sunday 7 December, 2008, inshaa.-Allaah! <BR> <BR> … <BR> Fasting the Day of 'Arafat <BR> <BR> It is preferable to fast the Day of 'Arafah for all those Muslims who are not performing Hajj because the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) did not fast on the Day of 'Arafah during the Farewell Hajj. <BR> <BR> The preferability of fasting on the Day of 'Arafah for all those Muslims who are not performing Hajj has been me... Sat, 6 Dec 2008 13:06:01 EST Fasting How do organize your diet when fasting? <BR> - First of all no breakfast, which i know is very essential for losing weight <BR> - I could never reach my caloric goal Wed, 3 Dec 2008 15:38:16 EST Barbie's back!! Assalamu Alaikum all! <BR> <BR> I'm Barbara and I was a member of this group awhile back but, I got frustrated with my weight loss efforts and left Spark completely. I decided to come back because I know this is my best shot at getting this stubborn weight off. <BR> <BR> Now a little about myself, I reverted to Islam in the summer of 2003, my DH is also a revert to Islam. As for my weight problem, I was an overweight child & teen. When I was in my early 20's I managed to drop 60 lbs in le... Tue, 2 Dec 2008 20:29:14 EST Been MIA from's why Assalaamu Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh <BR> <BR> Inshallah this finds you all in the very best of health and iman. I joined SP and mosre specifically the muslim sisters support team early this year in an effort to lose some serious weight. Well my life has taken many twists and turns and I've put that on the back burner. I got remarried mashallah in July and my husband and I are expecting a new addition to our family mashallah wa alhamdulillah!! <BR> <BR> So needless to say there... Mon, 1 Dec 2008 06:48:39 EST Your weight loss = ? Salaamu alaikum sisters. This info is from a SP member & thought I'd share it with you all. <BR> <BR> Your weight loss = <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 pounds = a human’s skin <BR> 7.5 pounds = an average newborn <BR> 8 pounds = a human head <BR> 10 pounds= chemical additives an Amer... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 20:01:24 EST Calorie Challenge Asalaamu alaikum sisters, <BR> I thought we could start this challenge next week starting on Monday 12/1/08 <BR> <BR> Challenge: To stay within our calorie range. <BR> This is how it will work: At the end of each day we award ourselves 100 points if we stayed within our calorie range. For every 50 calories above or below the range, we subtract 5 points. <BR> Example: My calorie range is 1200 - 1550. If I eat 1700 calories for the day it means that I’m over my range by 150 calories, therefo... Thu, 27 Nov 2008 12:12:39 EST Answering children's questions about Allah Not a diet issue but can I pick your brains? <BR> My 4-year old and I were talking about Allah seeing everything we do,good and bad.She had previously asked me what does Allah look like and I tried to explain that He isn't like a human being.Anyhow now I'm in over my head because she wants to know'How can Allah see us if he doesn't have any eyes? <BR> Any ideas?Or does anyone know a good book orseries of books for pre-schoolage.She is eager to learn and as a revert of only 5 years sometimes I... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 14:36:30 EST Salam Sisters My name is Sobya, and i have been a member of spark people for 3 months and just today i found your group. I actively try to lose my weight my i have Hypothyroid which makes it very hard for me, But Inshallah one day will lose my excess weight. Tue, 25 Nov 2008 12:48:41 EST What did you do for your health today? My husband went grocery shopping without me last night and brought home a box of donuts. This morning, I took them (while he was watching) crumbled them up, and threw them all in the trash. I told him "Waste them, don't waist them". LOL <BR> <BR> And yes, I got that from SP! Sat, 22 Nov 2008 09:09:50 EST Favorite 100 cal snack My favorite 100 cal snacks are <BR> <BR> -Quaker Mini Delights peanut butter flavor. they are mini rice cakes they are so good <BR> -100 cal Kettle Corn popcorn. It gives me the sweet and salty kick I need <BR> -Sun chips 100 cal bag. I usually eat it w/ a sandwich cause you know a sandwich is no good w/o chips <BR> -Chessmen cookies they are nothing but mini cookies and you get the full flavor w/o all the clas of a big bag <BR> <BR> Of course since the bags are so small you gotta drink ... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 11:50:33 EST Eid, Gifts, and Children Just wondering what do you ladies do for Eid and gifts. Like do you go all out and buy the kids piles of toys? Do you and your husband and friends exchange gifts? Do you celebrate all the days allotted to celebrate? What do you do other than eat? HEHEHEHEHEHEH <BR> <BR> <BR> Well I buy the kids gifts whatever they want. I try to go gift bags for them. I use to buy the gifts and when they woke up for Eid they were there, but that made getting out the door to hard since they wanted to ... Thu, 20 Nov 2008 21:23:01 EST Children Leftovers Okay I have a questions!!!! What do you all do w/ your children leftovers and very small portions of your food that is leftover? You know like when your child have like on 1 or 2 fish sticks or you only have 2 bites of mac & cheese. You know how we are not suppose to waste food. Do you feel like you have to eat it so it will not get thrown away. Or if you put it in the fridge it will get forgotten and wasted anyway. Or you think what is the point of saving that small amount. I have thi... Tue, 18 Nov 2008 20:13:12 EST Food for fun As-salaamu Alaikum. <BR> I know I haven't been here for a while. I've been so busy at work. However, now that the big holiday is approaching, I wanted to know how many of you get together with family and friends over food. It's hard not to eat at this holiday, especially when you go to for the prayers and everyone is giving away food like candy and cookies. And when you get home, you know you've got to have a special holiday dinner! Then there's the qurbani, and if you fast the ten days befor... Sun, 16 Nov 2008 17:07:46 EST Surviving Arab Hospitality As-salaamu aleikum, <BR> I am married to an Algerian man and will be spending three weeks over Xmas with his family in Algiers.The food there is quite healthy but my mother-in-law takes it as an insult if you don't eat a ton,and they are very fond of sticky patisseries from the french-style bakeries there. <BR> My question is,do any of you have suggestions how I can avoid derailing 6 months of hard work without hurting an old lady's feelings or making my DH look bad? Sun, 26 Oct 2008 14:34:23 EST Salaams Sisters! I am so glad to have found the Muslimahs on Spark People! I am a wife to a wonderful husband of 3 years now. In due time, I will be a mother inshallah, and I want to be fit and healthy for my pregnancies and on forward in life. I refuse to be an overweight pregnant lady! I have done WW, Jenny Craig, South Beach, etc. and lost weight, but never reached my goals. I have found the site SO inspirational and motivational. Its very realistic and tells you to take things one step at a time. I... Sat, 25 Oct 2008 15:29:27 EST As-salaamu aleikum from the UK I'm a revert of 5 years,age 44 next week,and married to an Algerian man.We have a 4 year old daughter as well as my 2 grown up kids from my first marriage.I had a health scare recently,but al-hamdullilah,I am ok but I've woken up to the fact that being 280 pounds isn't good.I've got down to 224 but need all the help I can <BR> get! <BR> My english name is June but i prefer to go by Zeineb Thu, 23 Oct 2008 18:33:25 EST as salamkum alalykum new from MI I am 24yr old I 5 children 3 step kids and two of my oun i have a 2yr old and a 7 month yr my step kids are ages 10yr, 8yr,and 6yr old. we all just moved to MI from WI to have a better islamic life inshallah.The sis TAMATULADIL told me about this site and I am happy see did. <BR> <BR> May Allah give us all what we are looking for Ameen Mon, 20 Oct 2008 00:03:55 EST Introduction Salam, <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself. I am not new to sparkpeople or this group but I have not been very active. <BR> One of my goals to becoming healthy and losing weight is to be a better Muslim. I feel that being a better Muslim is part of being overall healthier. <BR> So here I am to introduce myself to more Muslim sisters in hopes that you all can be motivating for me and help me learn more about my religion. <BR> Salam everyone! Sat, 11 Oct 2008 13:15:58 EST Salaam Alaykum! Salaam to all Siters. Well how do i start this, I hope you all of you had a good Eid Day. let me say again eid Mubarak to all of you. I've been a member of this Sp, but i've never knew there was this team. However, i'm very galad to have found it because it's kind of nice to have people that can relate to you. I'm not Sure what tell you, but i will be very happy to answer any questions. For now i can tell you i'm here the same reason that many of you are here for, and hopefull meat some great... Fri, 3 Oct 2008 00:32:53 EST Gain or Lose?? Asalaam alikum sisters~ I know fasting is Not for dieting~ but just out of curiousity did you gain or lose weight during Ramadan?? Wed, 1 Oct 2008 15:51:58 EST Eid Muburak! Eid Muburak everyone! I hope you have a wonderful and festive day. Tue, 30 Sep 2008 02:09:33 EST I have a question. I am not Muslim. At present, my religious state is "relatively confused." But that's nether here nor there in regards to my question. <BR> <BR> Here's my dilemma. I have to visit an Islamic mosque for my World Religions class next month. I haven't been able to get ahold of anyone at the mosque to ask questions. <BR> I've been trying to call for a couple of weeks, but I didn't realize it was Ramadan, and I'm not sure if that is the reason no one has answered my calls. <BR> <BR> I'm most co... Sun, 28 Sep 2008 15:16:33 EST As salaamu alaikum My name is ummelias and I am new to this and I don't really know how to use it I was very happy when I found a muslim woman's group mashallah <BR> I want to say Salaams to everyone Thu, 18 Sep 2008 05:42:01 EST As-salaamu alaikum sisters Alhamdulillah i am so glad i found my way to your group i am trying to lose weight for my health and well being i reverted to Islam 4 years ago Wed, 17 Sep 2008 05:43:59 EST calories in harees can any sister tell me how many calories are there in harees. its an arabic dish - made of wheat and mutton. <BR> i tried googling but i cud not find anything Thu, 11 Sep 2008 06:46:52 EST Happy! Asalam Wailakum, I am new and I am so greatful to have found a site for muslim sisters. I didn't even know a team existed on sparkpeople now I love sparkpeople even more.Thanks I have been lacking in my weight loss but I expect to be back on track this week. It's Ramadan but I am going to try to work out as much as possible and hope I can keep from dehydrating. isha Allah Mon, 8 Sep 2008 13:32:21 EST Ramadan Recipes Just wanted to see if anyone has any favorite recipes for Ramadan they'd like to share. I shared my recipe for "Jihad's Favorite Lentil Soup" (JIhad is my husband) on the sparkrecipes if you want to search for it and try it. My husband is Lebanese and the tradition is to start your Iftar with soup (usually lentil soup) and Fattoush (salad with fried or toasted pita bread in it) before eating everything else. i was suprised at how low calorie the soup is, so maybe I should make it more oft... Sat, 6 Sep 2008 18:13:35 EST Benefits of Fasting! In the Name of Allah (swt), the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful <BR> <BR> There is much wisdom and many benefits in fasting, which have to do with the Taqwa mentioned by Allah (swt) in the Ayah: <BR> <BR> O you who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard (against evil). <BR> [Al Qur’an – Surah Al Baqarah (002:183)] <BR> The interpretation of this is that if a person refrains from Haraam things hoping to earn the pleasure o... Sat, 6 Sep 2008 13:17:29 EST HJC - 1st day of Ramadhaan 1429 – Monday 1 Septemb HJC - 1st day of Ramadhaan 1429 – Monday 1 September 2008... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Official Decision and Announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just a short time ago, Fatwa-Online was informed of the official decision and announcement of the High Judiciary Council (HJC) of Saudi Arabia that since the moon of Ramadhaan was not sighted this evening, here in Saudi Arabia, we shall be completing thirty (30) days of Sha'baan (1429 A.H.), in accordanc... Sun, 31 Aug 2008 09:17:56 EST salaamz newbie here...jus wanted to give my salaamz... Mon, 25 Aug 2008 01:34:13 EST