SparkPeople Christians With 100 Pounds to Lose Team Messageboard Welcome to Christian's With 100 Pounds to Lose. Enjoy fellowship, encouragement, and support as we become healthier and closer in our Walk with God. SparkPeople Christians With 100 Pounds to Lose Team Messageboard Hello Hey there y'all. My name is Corliss. I am from Killeen, Texas but currently residing in La Marque, Texas. I am a Christian, I have been since I was a teenager I am the mom of 11 children from my previous 16 year abusive marriage, and I am a grandmother to five with two more on the way. I am in a committed relationship with a wonderful man. I do struggle from time to time with my faith. Its not that I don't believe in God, I just have a hard time believing He cares about me as an individual, ... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:19:10 EST Lose a Turkey for Christmas Weeks 3 & 4 Challenges I decided since we are switching partners every 2 weeks that posting those weeks together made least to me! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Partners for Weeks 3 &amp; 4 <em>361</em> <BR> We have not heard from some of these participants so if you do not hear from your partner please send me a sparkmail and I'll get you another partner. <BR> <em>465</em> ANYVAR54 <link><BR>YVAR54 </link> <BR> <em>465</em> MISHKALA <link>www... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:26:33 EST New Just came back to sparkpeople .I need help. God is the way i can do anything. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:26:43 EST Lose a Turkey for Christmas Week 1 & 2 Challenges Hi all, <BR> I'll be away next week and am not sure how internet access will work. So, I'm posting weeks 1 &amp; 2 challenges and partners together. <BR> <BR> Partners for weeks 1 &amp; 2: <BR> Check in with your partner at least 3x/wk to encourage and be accountable <BR> <em>465</em> SEWINGMAMACDS <link><BR>WINGMAMACDS </link> <BR> <em>465</em> MISHKALA <link><BR>SHKALA </link> <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> G... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 23:04:14 EST Lose a Turkey by Christmas Challenge! This challenge will run for 10 weeks and at the end we will all post our total weight loss and inches lost to see who lost the biggest turkey! <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> This challenge will begin Friday, October 16 and end Christmas Day! Yes, there's only 10 weeks until Christmas!!! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> And during these 10 weeks there's a lot of temptations we'll be facing <BR> Halloween candy <em>431</em> <BR> US Thanksgiving feast <em>428</em> <BR> baking for Christmas and Chri... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 10:27:18 EST New Beginnings <em>311</em> <em>521</em> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you Lord for your unmerited favour, I give you honour and glory on this day that you have made and I shall rejoice in it. Thank you for giving me a mind to want to get healthy and for this site that allows me to be encouraged and to give encouragement. I thank you for helping me when I want to go back to the old ways of thinking, you said to renew my mind. I thank you for the expected end of success. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 08:33:46 EST Sensational September Week 4 Challenge Tomorrow starts our last week for our September challenge! To keep us focused I thought we'd do a 100% challenge. Complete both of your challenge goals and you earn 100 pts. If you encourage others in their journey then give yourself an extra 10 pts per person encouraged. <BR> <BR> You can use this sample below or create your own. =) <BR> <BR> Tues- <BR> Wed- <BR> Thurs- <BR> Fri- <BR> Sat- <BR> Sun- <BR> Mon- <BR> <BR> Total Points: Mon, 21 Sep 2015 13:08:28 EST Sensational September Week 2 Challenge <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>386</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>386</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>386</em> <BR> Week 2 begins tomorrow! I thought we could do a fun, little challenge to encourage each other especially since it seems so many of us could really benefit from it. I'm calling it Goodie Tag. Each day send at least one person in our challenge a goodie. At the end of this week post how many goodies with which you've blessed other. <em>220</em... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 22:09:03 EST Sensational September Daily Check In Started a new thread so that your goals and weigh ins aren't buried in our checking in in each other. <em>220</em> Let the chatting begin! <em>211</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 21:23:34 EST Sensational September This challenge will begin Sept 2 and run thru Sept 30. This will be a simple challenge. Pick 2 goals for September. They can be anything that will help you reach your health goals. Each day check in and let us know how you did for that day. Post a weigh in at the beginning and end of the challenge (or just lbs lost or gained if you don't want to post the actual numbers). I recommend measuring yourself also as sometime the scale shows no progress but your measurements do. <BR> <BR> Ther... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 14:13:28 EST I'm back!! I need motivation & accountability! Hello Sparkers!!! <BR> I've made my way back to Spark after quite the hiatus. I've realized that the vast majority of friends I had before I left are no longer active. I've updated my spark page with my new story and focus on this journey. I'm looking for active members to help motivate and to look to for motivation. <BR> <BR> A little about me... <BR> My name is Amanda. I'm 30 years old and married to a wonderful man. During my break from Spark I suffered two miscarriages. We finally... Wed, 20 May 2015 21:05:48 EST June SP 30-Day Small Changes Challenge 1FAVOREDLADY (Sandy) brought this challenge to my attention and if the link is still working in June I think this will be our June Challenge. It's 30 days so we'd start on June 1st and end on June 30th. Each day there is a small change challenge and if you complete it you'll earn sparkpoints! <em>529</em> <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <BR> <link><BR>hanges.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Anyone interested? Tue, 19 May 2015 11:58:24 EST Hiya Hi, <BR> Great to find this group ... I know that I need the support, encouragement and time spent with other Christians; and to find those who also know what the weight loss journey is like, is always wonderful! :-) actually it was a weight loss group online many years ago and the encouragement of a friend there that helped me chase after a life in Christ!!! Sadly she died several years ago having not managed to get her weight under control; and I've also done a bad job of it ... which I nee... Sat, 9 May 2015 01:15:52 EST May's Bingo Game This game will start May 11 and run to the end of May. <BR> <BR> Each week make a list of 6 healthy habits or things you need to accomplish to help you reach your fitness/health goals. They can be anything!! Every day I'll post a number and you'll do that number off of your list. Post a goal met after you've completed that day's task. At the end of the month a Bingo Champ will be crowned! <em>285</em> <em>211</em> I only asked for 6 b/c Sunday (or whatever day you worship) is our ... Tue, 5 May 2015 09:47:22 EST May's Accountability Partners <em>220</em> This challenge will run Monday, May 11 thru Monday, June 1. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> We'll be dividing into groups of at least 2 again this month. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Please commit to: <BR> <em>458</em> Pray for your partner(s) daily <BR> <em>223</em> Contact your partner(s) at least 3x/week (the more the better!) <BR> <em>380</em> Do your best! NOT perfection but perfect effort! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>... Tue, 5 May 2015 09:40:55 EST Good News and Bad News Rhe bad news? I gained more than I thought. I weigh 361 pounds when I started. The good news? I'm down to 344.7 pounds. I lost 16 pounds in three weeks. So I'm excited. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:43:26 EST April's Plus One Challenge <em>417</em> <em>402</em> <em>206</em> This month let's focus on our lower body. Here's a list of exercised that strengthen our lower body. <link><BR>exercises.asp?exercise_type=strength&e<BR>xercise_level=any&equipment=any&bodypa<BR>rt=lower%20body </link> <BR> For each day of the month you do that number of the exercise you chose. For example, I'd do 8 calf raises on chair today (4/8) and tomorrow I'd do 9 calf raises. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 01:55:38 EST April's Accountability Partners <em>257</em> This challenge will run from Monday, April 13 to Monday, May 4. <em>125</em> <BR> <BR> We'll be dividing into groups of at least 2 again this month. <em>220</em> The purpose is to encourage one another, to stand together, and to fulfill Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 and Proverbs 27: 17. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Please commit to: <BR> <em>458</em> Pray for your partner(s) daily <BR> <em>223</em> Contact your partner(s)... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 01:08:21 EST Book Talk A_BIT_AT_A_TIME posted on the wall a while back if anyone was interested in doing a book study together. So, I'm starting this thread to see if anyone is interested and if so do you have any book suggestions? <BR> <BR> Also, I thought it would be fun to share what we've been reading whether it's Bible reading or other books. Have you ready any good books lately?? <em>149</em> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 02:20:05 EST March's Plus One Strength Challenge Each day you do that date's number as the number of strengthening exercises you are going to do. Example on March 1st you do 1 close arm wall push up on day 2 you do 2, day 3 you do 3....if you miss a day no worries just do the current day's number. <BR> For March we will be working on our triceps. Let's get those arms ready for summer! <em>104</em> You choose the are some options: <BR> *close arm wall pushups <link><BR>es.asp?exerc... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:58:04 EST March Challenge--The Terrific Tag Team Challenge This challenge will run from Tuesday, March 3 to Tuesday, March 31 (4 weeks). <BR> <em>220</em> <em>386</em> <em>223</em> <em>381</em> <em>361</em> <BR> The Challenge: <BR> <em>220</em> We will divide everyone that signs up into groups of at least 2 people. The purpose being that the partners are to check on one another often (at least 2-3x/week but I'd encourage daily if possible!), encourage each other, and be accountable to one another. <BR> <em>9</em> Each person... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:35:18 EST SPARK Roses and Hearts Getting to Know You Flaming Hearts and Fiery Roses here is a central location where we can ask and answer questions to get to know each other better (remember 1 point per each question asked or answered...see your team thread for further details). YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS. This is just to get to know each other and have a little fun. If you don't want to answer a question at any point then don't. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I'll start us off: <BR> <BR> 1. What is your name? (If you prefer n... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 07:24:32 EST February Goals <em>52</em> <em>411</em> <em>311</em> <em>194</em> <em>387</em> <BR> <BR> I would like to lose 5 pounds <BR> <BR> (well, I'd like to lose MORE than 5 pounds but I'll use 5 pounds as my goal - it's just a goal - it's not written in stone - the world won't end if I don't get there - I have to stop overthinking this) <BR> <BR> Oh, and I'm seeing what I'm doing here - "I would like" <BR> <BR> change that to <BR> I will <BR> <BR> ==================================== <BR> <BR... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:15:23 EST Fiery Roses Check In Here's your team thread! Feel free to use this thread as you wish...get to know one another, encourage each other, post your challenge info, whatever you want! <BR> <BR> <em>529</em> <em>214</em> Fiery Roses <em>214</em> <em>529</em> <BR> 2BTHINMAMMA <link><BR>p?id=2BTHINMAMMA </link> <BR> A_BIT_AT_A_TIME <link><BR>p?id=A_BIT_AT_A_TIME </link> <BR> COLT2008 <link><BR>p?id=C... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:04:51 EST Flaming Hearts Check In Here's your team thread! Feel free to use this thread as you wish...get to know one another, encourage each other, post your challenge info, whatever you want! <BR> <BR> <em>529</em> <em>26</em> Flaming Hearts <em>26</em> <em>529</em> <BR> SHAKERATTLEROLL <link><BR>AKERATTLEROLL </link> <BR> CRYSALLIS1 <link><BR>p?id=CRYSALLIS1 </link> <BR> 1FAVOREDLADY <link><BR>p?id=1... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:03:42 EST February Plus One Strength Challenge <em>319</em> <em>320</em> <em>362</em> <em>402</em> <em>344</em> <em>386</em> <em>9</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Many thanks to Sandy (1FAVOREDLADY) for coming up with this challenge! <em>380</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> Starting a new thread for February. <em>129</em> <BR> Each month we'll pick a different strengthening exercise. For February let's do some core strengthening! You could any of these (click on core): <link> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:13:58 EST February's SPARK Challenge Are you all ready to get in gear and make some strides to reach our goals for 2015? <BR> I know I am! We are going to light a SPARK in February to get us going! <em>529</em> <BR> <BR> Each day you'll earn one point for completing each S P A R K! <BR> <BR> S---Spend time in the Word with the Lord <em>296</em> <BR> (We NEED HIM!!) <BR> P---Pray and Participate on our team daily <em>223</em> <BR> (It's why we're a are NOT alone!) <em>220</em> ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:01:09 EST Plus One Strengthening Challenge Sorry for posting this late; time got away from me. <BR> <em>319</em> <em>34</em> <em>320</em> <em>381</em> <em>362</em> <em>418</em> <em>206</em> <em>344</em> <BR> Many thanks to Sandy (1FAVOREDLADY) for coming up with this challenge! <em>380</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Starting today, December 1st, we are going to do our regular exercise routines but we are going to add one push up (wall, counter,'s your choice). Then tomorrow you will do 2 push u... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 07:08:15 EST I am thankful for.... This time of year we reflect on what we are thankful for...counting our blessings. So, here's a place where you can "count your blessings, name them one by one, count your blessings see what God has done!" I love that hymn!! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:33:24 EST What are you thankful for from A to Z... I'll start us off.... <BR> <BR> Apples...our local orchard will be closing for the season this Sunday and we have so enjoyed their apples! Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:27:15 EST HHC Week 6 This week's challenge is 100% Days. <em>248</em> Every day you complete your 2 healthy habits that you stated at the beginning of this 6 wk challenge and then post to share your success or struggles. It's this challenge's last week so <em>386</em> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:51:01 EST Share Your Favorite Healthy Recipe With Thanksgiving (for those of us in the US) coming up in a few weeks and with Christmas and New Year's around the corner that it would be fun and helpful to share our favorite healthy recipes! <em>481</em> Sun, 9 Nov 2014 04:18:16 EST HHC Week 5 <em>244</em> It's week 5! Are you up for a challenge? <em>250</em> <BR> <em>9</em> This challenge will run 11/10 thru 11/16. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Write the numbers 1-7 on a piece of paper. For each number write down one activity or something you can do to help you reach your goals. It can be anything! Each day I will post a number (here and on the wall) in the morning and you are to complete that task that day. Once you've completed the task give a shout out <em>215</em> h... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 04:02:12 EST HHC Week 4--a different kind of challenge I've struggled with what challenge to do this week. But after reading some posts here and there and because numerous times these past 2 weeks I have been reminded of Ephesians 6:12 "For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens." I feel led to do a different kind of challenge. <BR> <BR> I think most (if not all) of us have had our spiritual life ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 01:01:53 EST Staying on track for holidays Halloween is tomorrow. Candy is everywhere so how are you staying on track? Let's share our ideas and struggles here because before we know it it'll be Christmas with all the food and cookies! Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:28:31 EST Do you have a "life verse"? Thought I'd toss this question out to get your thoughts - My devotional this morning suggested finding a life verse - just wondering how many of you have a life verse and how did you come to choose/find this verse - what is its significance in your life and do you have any suggestions for me on how to find mine? <BR> Thanks :) <BR> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:51:25 EST HHC Weeks 2 & 3 Challenges The next week or so looks extra busy for me so I hope you don't mind me posting the next 2 weeks together! <BR> <BR> <em>529</em> <em>220</em> <em>381</em> <em>223</em> <em>529</em> <em>220</em> <em>381</em> <em>223</em> <BR> Week 2--Encouragement Challenge (10/20-10/26) <BR> We all know that this journey to health can be a frustrating, demanding, and lonely journey sometimes. After all, that's why we all joined SparkPeople... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:09:53 EST HHC Week 1 Challenge <em>235</em> to Week 1! I noticed that most of you mentioned exercising/tracking exercise so our first challenge will get us moving! <em>185</em> <BR> <em>529</em> <em>311</em> <em>216</em> <em>206</em> <em>324</em> <em>529</em> <em>185</em> <em>231</em> <em>313</em> <em>342</em> <em>529</em> <BR> <BR> You earn one point for each calorie burned this week! Please be careful and be safe and smart about your exercises! Do what you can safely!! This cha... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 22:08:43 EST 6 Week Healthy Habits Challenge Time for a new challenge! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> This challenge will run October 13 through November 24 (the Monday before Thanksgiving). <em>429</em> Can you believe Thanksgiving is a little over 6 weeks away??? <BR> <em>465</em> <em>9</em> <em>426</em> <em>194</em> <em>427</em> <em>550</em> <em>428</em> <em>311</em> <em>429</em> <em>362</em> <em>430</em> <em>220</em> <em>381</em> <BR> Here's the challenge: <BR> <BR> They say it takes 21 days t... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:29:19 EST 3 Month Goals I'd like you to think about the last 3 months...what things did you do right, what things worked, what things didn't work, etc. Then make some objectives or goals for the next 3 months. You can share here on the team page, on the wall, in a blog or just write it down for yourself! It's about you and planning for a successful quarter of your journey! <em>9</em> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:44:16 EST September Biggest Loser Challenge We are keeping this challenge simple! Post your weigh in on this thread by Sept 1 to join the challenge. Each week I'll post an optional challenge or game (I have some new ideas I want to try out on you all!!) teams....just you working for you and your goals. Post to stay accountable and to receive and give encouragement! Then on October 1 you post your final weigh in. Whoever has lost the most lbs and/or % will be our September Biggest Loser Champ! <em>208</em> Any ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:03:18 EST Do you ever feel this is hopeless? I've been fighting the weight-loss battle for over 30 years now. The problem is not diets, glandular or anything like that. My problem is the instant I start doing well, something inside me freaks out and I throw whatever plan I'm on at the moment out the window. The only plan that has had any kind of success with me is a holding pattern. <BR> <BR> I don't know how to change this. People are always telling me that I need to "Let Go and Let God" What does that even mean? <BR> <BR> A l... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:29:51 EST Tag, you're it! I remember doing this years ago on this team. So, thought we'd give it a try. I'm trying to put off doing a new big challenge until September since many will be getting ready for school, vacations, etc. <BR> <BR> To play you put up a challenge (ie. "Do 20 crunches"). The next person sees the challenge post and if they are able they complete the challenge then posts, "DONE!" and a new challenge (ie. Eat 5 freggies). It can be any challenge you think up just be nice! <em>20</em> If y... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 00:14:54 EST New to the team Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am new to the team. So glad I found this team. I have much to lose and know I can't do it on my own. Praying for God's strength and a supportive team. :) Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:20:41 EST Starting in one more time I am ready to BELIEVE that God is able when I am unable. I am starting over after a long time. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 EST Healthy Habits BINGO I’ve struggled with what challenge we should do next and trying changing it up a bit while considering summer schedules….this is what I came up with after some of the feedback I’ve received and some research. Hope this works! <BR> ********************************** ********************* *************************** *********************** <BR> "Small changes can make a BIG difference" Healthy habits are the key to success because once we have them down as a habit...they are natural, requiri... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 09:45:45 EST BLC Weeks 5 & 6 Challenges I posted 2 separate challenges together (1 for each week) as my time on SP may be limited. Hope this works! <em>41</em> <BR> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <BR> WEEK 5 CHALLENGE---100% DAYS! <em>248</em> <BR> We are focusing on the BLC Daily Healthy Habits (excluding the strength training) for Week 5 (June 9-15). For each day that you do all healthy habits you earn an EXTRA 500 points!! Here a... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 21:38:56 EST Week 4 Challenge: Water! I am so sorry I didn't get this posted yesterday! We've had a very busy weekend w/huge family parties on both sides of our family. Phew! I'm tired! <BR> This challenge will run Mon 6/2 thru Sun 6/8. It is open to EVERYONE on the team, not just the BLC participants! <BR> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <BR> So, I thought the water challenge would be a good one for this week. It looks like it's going to be a warm wee... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:14:55 EST Week 3--Exercise Minutes Challenge <em>216</em> <em>104</em> <em>206</em> <em>237</em> <em>23</em> <em>185</em> Are you ready to make that fat cry? <em>46</em> It's time for the Exercise Minutes Challenge!!! <em>216</em> <em>104</em> <em>206</em> <em>237</em> <em>23</em> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> This challenge runs from Mon, May 26 to Sun, June 1. It is open to everyone! <BR> <BR> Remember these challenges are optional. Their purpose are to be fun motivation to <BR> encourage you to make healthy habits. Plus ... Sun, 25 May 2014 17:58:25 EST BLC--Getting Ready for Summer Weigh In Hi all, <BR> If you wouldn't mind please post your weigh in and points earned here for the BLC (reminder weigh in and point totals are due Monday). If you weigh in on a day other than Monday that is fine you can use that weight. The dates listed are the "due dates." Thank you this will save me a lot of time and hopefully lessen confusion for all. =) <BR> <BR> Please copy and post once (then edit each week). <BR> <BR> Week 2 (5/26) <BR> Weight: <BR> Points: <BR> <BR> Week 3 (6/2) <BR>... Wed, 21 May 2014 13:33:03 EST Week 2: Put Off and Put On Challenge This challenge is open to EVERYONE; you do not have to participate in the BLC to do this! <BR> <BR> This challenge will begin 5/19 and end on 5/25 (Monday thru Sunday). <BR> <BR> <em>262</em> <em>486</em> <em>473</em> PUT OFF AND PUT ON <em>194</em> <em>550</em> <em>324</em> <BR> (kind of like Ephesians 4:20-24) <BR> <BR> Chose one thing that you've been struggling with and focus this wee... Sun, 18 May 2014 16:56:10 EST Hello All I just joined the team a day or so ago. I am looking forward to being part of this group. I started out needing to lose over a hundred pounds, and now, I have about 90. I am excited. Tue, 13 May 2014 18:16:24 EST Pink Petunias We can meet here to challenge chat Sandy (1FAVOREDLADY) had a great idea for the Red Roses so I'm bringing it to the Pink Petunias! <BR> This is what she wrote: "I just thought if we separated from the other team it would help us get to know each other better. We can get specifics in if we want to. ROOT each other on <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>334</em> <em>247</em> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> " <BR> Isn't that a great idea?! <BR> <BR> Here are the Pink Petunias' sp page links for you to easily find (an... Mon, 12 May 2014 19:21:06 EST Red Roses We can meet here to challenge chat I just thought if we separated from the other team it would help us get to know each other better. We can get specifics in if we want to. ROOT each other on <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>381</em> <em>334</em> <em>247</em> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 12 May 2014 18:50:01 EST BLC--Week 1 Optional Challeng ---Sleep -N- Sweat! This weekly challenge is open to ALL team members whether you are participating in the BLC or not! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <em>206</em> <em>216</em> WEEK 1 CHALLENGE <em>102</em> <em>206</em> <em>216</em> <BR> Remember this is an optional challenge and is in addition to the BLC daily healthy habit points! <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> This week we'll be focusing on 2 healthy habits....we'll be sleeping and sweating! <BR> <em>102</em> <em>206</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a s... Sun, 11 May 2014 19:47:15 EST Glad to be here I am very happy to have found you guys. I have been searching for a Christian support group and I believe God led me to you. I have been obese for 30 years, I have always felt that I am hopelessly locked into my food addiction and can never escape. I was willing to bet that I would be fat for the rest of my life. I have been working very hard to change my thinking. I know I have no strength to do this on my own and the Lord will have to pull me through this. Hope to make friends with... Wed, 7 May 2014 21:26:43 EST BLC--Getting Ready for Summer! <em>47</em> <em>298</em> <em>462</em> <em>461</em> <em>463</em> <em>218</em> <em>502</em> <em>237</em> <em>344</em> <em>321</em> <em>220</em> <BR> This Biggest Loser Challenge (BLC) will last for 6 weeks and by then it will be SUMMER!! So we're stepping it up to a full BLC! <em>216</em> We'll be kicking those lbs to the curb beginning Monday, May 12 and ending on Monday, June 23! <BR> <em>47</em> <em>298</em> <em>462</em> <em>461</em> <em>463... Sun, 4 May 2014 22:03:50 EST Game--Getting to Know You! Thought this could be a fun way to get to know each other better! Just copy and paste the questions and then answer them! =) Just so you know I did not come up with most of these questions...most were on a 50 question thing I saw online. ;) <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) Are you a morning or night person? <BR> 2) Which do you prefer, sweet or salty foods? <BR> 3) Ninjas or pirates? <BR> 4) What is your favorite Bible verse? <BR> 5) What is your favorite song/hymn? <BR> 6) What was your favorite c... Sun, 4 May 2014 18:58:39 EST Exciting Changes Coming to SparkTeams! <em>529</em> <em>252</em> <em>529</em> <em>252</em> <em>529</em> <em>252</em> <BR> Coach Jen posted on the leaders team that there will be some changes coming to SparkTeams pages probably in the middle of next week. Here's a video Coach Denise made showing these changes. If you have any thoughts or questions let me know! <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 07:24:40 EST Ready To Dive In Hey there everyone. My name is Tammy and I am completely new to this site. I had never heard of SparkPeople until my DIL mentioned it in passing to me. I googled it! Amazing! I know that God brought me here to be motivated and encouraged by others. And I pray that as the Lord sets me free from this, I can glorify him by being an encouragement to others as well. <BR> <BR> I say a lot more about myself on my SparkPage, but for starters here: I am 56 years old and want to take off 19... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:54:53 EST Eager for Easter Week 4 <em>236</em> Welcome to Week 4! Our last week in our challenge! <em>236</em> <BR> This week we will add our fourth healthy habit. For each healthy habit you complete each day you earn 10 pts. So each day you could earn 40 pts!! <BR> <BR> Optional Extra Challenge: What better way to celebrate our risen Savior than spending time memorizing His Word. So, choose a Scripture passage that you will memorize. It could be your verse you picked for our challenge if you don't already know it. ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:58:51 EST Eager for Easter Week 3 <em>524</em> and <em>229</em> to Week 3! <BR> <BR> Please weigh in and give your point totals for week 2 (in either the week 2 thread or here). If you haven't been able to weigh in, etc for week 1 please do not give up! Just weigh in today and start fresh. Any questions just let me know! <BR> <BR> This week we will be working on 3 healthy habit goals! The 2 from the previous weeks and a new one for this week. For each goal you accomplish per day you earn 10 points. So, each d... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 07:22:30 EST Eager for Easter Week 2 <em>235</em> to Week 2!!! Here's what we'll do this week! <BR> <em>91</em> <em>551</em> <em>490</em> <em>311</em> <em>319</em> <em>102</em> <BR> For this week you will continue with your 1st healthy habit and add a 2nd healthy habit. Each healthy habit is worth 10 pts (so 20 pts per day is possible) . <BR> OPTIONAL goal is to do an extra 10 min of movement 3x/wk for 50 pts!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> If you wish to keep your records on here great! Here's a sample pos... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:33:37 EST Eager for Easter Week 1 Hi all! <em>235</em> to Week 1 of our challenge! This will be the thread we use this week to weigh in, chat, and keep track (if you wish to keep track this way). Feel free to share articles, blogs or what ever you find that help you keep on track this week! <BR> <BR> <em>449</em> Here are the teams! <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> <em>448</em> Spring Chicks <em>448</em> <BR> SEWINGMAMACDS (Carrie) ---drinking water <BR> <link><BR>WINGMAMACDS </... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:46:29 EST Eager for Easter Challenge <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <em>224</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <BR> Easter is the biggest reason to celebrate our faith...our RISEN SAVIOR! Praise God! So, what better way to prepare ourselves for Easter than working on taking better care of ourselves (His temple) and fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. That is my prayerful purpose of this challenge...are you game? <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> This challenge will st... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:06:30 EST New to the team Hi, my name is Sindia and I am new to this team but not to SP. I am hoping for lots of support from my Christian family to help me with my life style change. I am renewing my faith and need lots of support in that also. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 08:49:21 EST 2014 Chit Chat and That <em>229</em> and Happy New Year!! <BR> <BR> We are glad to hear from our team about how you are doing, the good, the bad, and the so-so. Please join our thread and share how God is working in your lives today. <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:04:17 EST Hello to all my fellow "Sparkies" My sister told me about this site about a year ago. I have put off joining until now. Today I have realized that if i am going to lose weight I have to (a) start now! putting it off any longer is totally foolish;and (2) make a commitment to make changes in my lifestyle. So here I am on Sparks making the commitment to people I do not know that i will make changes in my lifestyle to lose weight. My first commitment is to drink 8 glasses of water a day. <BR> <BR> Thanks for being here and ... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:01:57 EST Fall Challenge 10/26-11/22 Hi Team, <BR> <BR> <em>245</em> I have been MIA for awhile, my work hours have continued to go up and there has been so much going on. But I am ready to start another challenge... SO sign up by 10/19 challenge will start 10/26. It will run 4 weeks, I'm not sure if I can do a holiday challenge right now but should know by the end of this challenge. <BR> <BR> Depending on how many people sign-up will depend on if we split into teams or go individually. The more the more and usually mo... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 00:04:21 EST Wk 8/10-8/16 Outdoor Challenge <em>67</em> <em>437</em> <em>464</em> <em>298</em> <em>379</em> <em>146</em> <em>374</em> <em>376</em> <em>27</em> <em>260</em> <em>237</em> <em>502</em> <em>332</em> <em>313</em> <em>256</em> <em>342</em> <BR> <BR> Summer is coming to a close so let's get outside and enjoy God's creation while the weather allows. Right now in Wisconsin we are experiencing a wonderfully cool evenings and partly sunny days, I know soon the temperature will rise... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 14:46:45 EST Wk 8/3-8/9 Flavor Challenge Hold the Salt and Sugar please! <BR> <BR> This week we will do our best to enjoy the natural flavors of our food by not adding salt or sugar to our foods. For an extra challenge try to avoid ketchup, mayo, salad dressing or dips as well. <BR> <BR> This maybe easier for some then others yet I am sure we all have our favorite add-ins. (Mine is blue cheese on my steak and ranch dressing for my veggies if they are overcooked. I also enjoy a splash of chocolate syrup in my coffee to give me t... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:34:05 EST hello new to this hello im a stay at home mom. i am very happily married for 12 years and i homeschool our son. my hubby and i are the childrens leaders in our church. we love to work with kids and we do balloon art on the side when we get the chance. <BR> i have been struggleing with my weight all my life and have prayed and prayed for God to help me with it. im searching for help. i need to now where to start, how to stay motivated, what to do when i wake up discouraged and defeated already. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:43:54 EST Weekly Challenge Sat-Fri (7/27-8/2) <em>56</em> What do you do with your time? <em>12</em> <BR> <BR> This is a difficult challenge for me to figure out exactly how to word so bear with me. We all have 24 hours in a day and 7 days a week, and often we hear others or even say ourselves that we just don't have time for....... <BR> <BR> This week we will try to keep the tv off or whatever it is that eats up our time and find time to do whatever it is we have been putting off. I can get lost in whatever I am reading (unless i... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:29:16 EST Weekly Challenge Sat-Fri (7/13-7/19) This weeks challenge is about motivation. We will check in and share how motivated are we feeling to stick with our lifestyle and fitness plan. Also we will spread our motivation by spreading the spark with our spark friends and families. <BR> <BR> We will track this however we feel comfortable and if time allows read some articles about the benefits and how how to keep motivated. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=86 </link> <BR> <link>www.sp... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:46:22 EST Weekly Challenge Sat-Fri (7/6-7/12) This week we will focus on food tracking. <BR> <BR> You can track your food which ever way is easiest for you. I find using the Spark People app on my Blackberry easiest because its always with me, others I know find it easier to track in their day planner, a journal from their doctor, or on another website. <BR> <BR> If you use the tracker on Spark People, also look at the Nutrition Feedback when everything is in for the day. You can also go to My Reports from the start page and see ho... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 23:31:10 EST Weekly Challenge Sat-Fri (6/19-7/5) This summer we will be doing weekly challenges in which you can track your on progress if you wish or just share with us how you are doing. <BR> <BR> Let's focus on getting active. Try do at least 15 minutes of cardio a day. Not sure what counts? If you go to my Fitness tracker and use the search you'll find things from marching band, frisbee, fishing while sitting, fishing while standing, gardening, heavy cleaning, wii fit, walking at different paces, running, cycling, swimming, bowling,... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:17:30 EST Are there any men here? No insults meant, ladies, but all I see so far in the forum is ladies. It is really difficult for us guys to admit we need any support at all, but it really means more when it comes from another guy. Frankly, I probably won't stick around SP if I can't make contact like that. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:39:36 EST Here I am ... I am surprised to find a group of Christians who are willing to admit the same thing I need to admit. I need to lose 100 lbs. But more importantly, I need to lose all those false things I've been acting out for decades. I'm 58 yrs. old, a college instructor, father of 4, husband of a great godly woman. But my self-esteem is near 0. I think I've been trying to lose weight so that people would point to me and say, "Oh, what a great job he did!" And like that video, what I really need to d... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:27:26 EST Spring Challenge begins April 13!! Are you ready for <em>45</em> <em>237</em> <em>298</em> <em>184</em> spring and all the fun it brings? Would you like accountability and challenges as we transition from spring into summer? (I know many of us have snow on the ground still... We're expecting more tomorrow) <BR> <BR> This next challenge will begin April 13 and run for 8 weeks. So sign up on this thread and we will get the ball rolling. <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>*****************£****... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 11:31:35 EST Introducing . . . . . . . . a brand new co-leader!!! Please give LuAnn7 a great big hearty welcome as the newest co-leader. She graciously responded to my cry for help!! I am excited about the things that God is doing in this team. <BR> <em>229</em> <em>229</em> <em>229</em> <em>229</em> <em>229</em> <em>229</em> <em>229</em> <em>229</em> <em>229</em> <BR> <BR> Please stop by her page and tell her how much we appreciate her taking on this role! <BR> <link> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:28:54 EST Powerful Life Changing Video Came across this video today and usually don't take the time to wait for it to download on my slow Internet connection. I am so glad I did today. This message is so powerful and just what I have been needing to here for awhile. I think it is about ten minutes long. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Now that you have listened to it what is your plan of action? Mon, 4 Mar 2013 17:51:52 EST Laying it down and Trusting.... With both me and DH out of work, finances are a real struggle as you can imagine. DH has been adamant about us continuing to tithe off our unemployment/child support and whatever other money comes in to us thru this time. I know it's the "right" thing to do, but it's hard when I'm looking at the stack of bills compared to what's in our checking account. <BR> <BR> Today's tithe check was very hard for me to write out. This past week I not only received my bi-weekly child support, we sold ou... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 16:35:11 EST Need a push! 'Oh my-mm, oh bother....I feel like Eeyore for sure today! I've been struggling and want to go back to binging real bad. I had the last 2 days of going over my limit and the old habit is kicking in real bad. I feel like I've a wolfe at my door. "let me in" cried the hungry wolfe. I locked the door tightly so he couldn't get in...but then as I turned around I saw him right there in the mirro!! hELP!! <em>198</em> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 12:43:10 EST FlyingPigs165 lost her sister Please pray for FlyingPigs165 to be comforted through this time. Here is the blog. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252013 </link> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:51:50 EST Our beloved Midgie/Te aLady0531 Needs our prayers. She has been so faithful sending out all the team celebrations for so long. She has really been struggling with her back for that past few months. She is having back surgery this week. Please go and read her blog and leave support and encouragement there for her. Most of all pray for a quick healing of her body. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250407 </link> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:40:50 EST WHAT ARE YOU SAYING ? 9:58 AM 2/4/2013 <BR> Good Morning all <BR> God is so good .. 2 Things hes talking to me about today .. you know the Song where he leads I will follow .. when we used to sing it don't hear it much today .. <BR> BUT I used to think do I mean this .. he talks about taking up his Cross and following him .. think,,, all the men who just dropped all they did to follow him <BR> why do you think that was .. I can only imagine God radiated out of him .. He was anointed from Birth but Gods Spirit was ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 13:04:37 EST Lets Pray everyday ! 8:10 AM 2/4/2013 <BR> Whoo hoo good Morning God .. <BR> I ask myself why are we still here .. But is ok you have a plan we will walk it out .. Father today not our will but yours .. not our ways but your ways .. we lay our will <BR> at your feet and say Father if anything be in us that is not of you we don't want it .. it has to go and now .. in your dear sons name Jesus go .. Father we know Jesus is in <BR> us according to the word .. but we also know we are a 3 fold body so neat just like y... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 12:26:19 EST DO YOU HAVE YOUR ARMOR ON ? 5:10 AM 2/2/2013 <BR> Hi all <BR> Wow I have been so busy attending a online Divine Healing Course that my Preacher is teaching .. I am not sure how much I will get to listen to today as we are having company .. <BR> Is a good thing .. My Granddaughter is coming and it will be a awesome time .. well God is directing me to your Armor today .. <BR> <BR> Ephesians 6: 10 ¶ Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. <BR> 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 08:41:06 EST Lets Pray everyday ! 4:04 AM 2/2/2013 <BR> Good Morning God .. <BR> We are still here .. wow and you woke me up early .. I love you lord.. who ever is in pain that you woke me for I say pain go now .. I command you to stop now .. you have <BR> no authority to be where you are Jesus died for all sickness and diseases so go now .. I release life on the person .. In Jesus name I pray .. To you God be all the Glory . <BR> Father today .. I just want to Praise your Holy name .. We want to say we will be forever gratef... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 08:14:47 EST WELCOME TO COME ITS FREE DIVINE HEALING CLASSES <link><BR>ministries </link> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:55:17 EST I'm a father of 2! My name is Scott and I am a single (divorced) father of two wonderful children! A 13yr. old daughter and a 9yr. old son! I am a Handyman and try my best to love, nurture and raise them in the love of the Lord! I have suffered with the failure of my marriage and the economy has kicked me square in the gut! My gut that has grown from the love of food and the frustrations of life! I look at the world and see who we are! I know that the people of the world could do so much better for themselves a... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:47:25 EST Transformation is a choice This is such an inspiring video!! I hope you will all watch it. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>annotation_875958&feature=iv&src_vid=Z<BR>PW3EB5U0bo&v=37_9i6Lf_oM </link> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:46:25 EST Winter Biggest Loser Challenge starts Jan 19 <em>91</em> <em>108</em> <em>102</em> <em>17</em> <em>301</em> <BR> <BR> It is time for our Winter Biggest Loser Challenge, in this challenge we will focus on healthy habits some we may already have and some we may need to still work on. I know each of us is at a different spot in our journey to living a healthier lifestyle and that's okay. As we work together as a team we can encourage one another, share what has worked for us, and at the end of this challenge hopefully we ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:06:55 EST Fast Break Goal Challenge <em>91</em> <em>102</em> <em>301</em> <em>311</em> <em>328</em> <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> What are your Fast Break goals? <BR> <BR> Are you finding it easy or hard to meet them? If you you are finding it easy to meet them it maybe time to reset them, if you are finding it hard to meet them you may have set them too hard and should try to change them into easier steps. <BR> <BR> <BR> These next 4 weeks we will focus on our Fast Break Goals and adjusting them if we need to. We'll sh... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:46:14 EST Get to know another team member this week That is your challenge should you choose to accept! <BR> <BR> Tell one thing you learned about the new member here. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:20:02 EST What Challenges would you like to see? Do you have a challenge idea? <BR> <BR> Would you like to lead it? <BR> <BR> Please share your ideas here. Those of you on the team know that this is a huge weakness of mine so I need your ideas. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:18:32 EST Singing through 2013 Music so keeps me focused throughout the day! If I am feeling down or anxious I put on my hymns and it helps so much. <BR> <BR> What praise song did you listen to today? Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:16:45 EST Reading through the Bible in 2013 Let's not forget to feed our spirit as we are learning to correctly feed our bodies. <BR> <BR> Do you have a plan for reading through the Bible? <BR> <BR> What did you get our of the Word today? Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:15:20 EST 2013 Praise and Prayer Reports Let's support each other in the way the most matters. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:13:34 EST 2013 WooHoos! Post your victories here whether small or big!! We want to hear it!! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:12:08 EST Hey I Need Support!! Please post your struggles so we can support you! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:11:15 EST 2013 Weigh In Pick a day of the week to weigh in and post here weekly. Up or down. Let's get real! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:10:23 EST Favorites!! Just for fun! <BR> <BR> Favorite Hymn? <BR> <BR> Favorite Exercise? <BR> <BR> Favorite Food? <BR> <BR> Favorite Memory? <BR> <BR> Favorite Flower? Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:08:05 EST 2013 Celebrations Starting a new Birthday, Anniversary thread for 2013 so please leave your information so we can celebrate with you. <BR> <BR> Copy and Paste <BR> <BR> First Name <BR> Birthday <BR> Anniversary (if you have one) <BR> SparkVersary <BR> Or any other memorable event in your life Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:05:42 EST 2013 Stop by and tell us about yourself Starting a new introduction thread! Old or new let's get to know you. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:02:18 EST Out with the Old in with the New! What things are you throwing out of your life in 2013? <BR> <BR> What things are you adding into your life in 2013? Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:00:38 EST 2013 a Year to Remember!! How are you going to make this year memorable in your life? Mon, 31 Dec 2012 17:45:51 EST A Dieter's Table Prayer My Father and My God. I surrender my body to you as a temple of the Holy Spirit. Come into my life and be Lord of my appetite. I confess that many times I have poisoned my body by consuming food that is full of empty calories. I confess that many times I have been guilty of destroying your temple by consuming more calories than my body requires to be strong and healthy. I have lived for food instead of using food to live. My Father, I ask for your forgiveness. My Father I promise from this da... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 15:42:59 EST FAT BURN FOODS HELP WEIGHT LOSS/LIFESTYLE CHANGE Hello Team, <BR> I just came across a new link on <BR> In that link:<BR>-fat-burning-foods?return_to=%2Fcheckl<BR>ists%2Fsearch <BR> There was a list of Super foods to help with weight loss (within moderation of portions). The claim is "Each one of the following fat burning foods is clinically proven to promote weight loss when eaten in appropriate portions. These foods go a step beyond simply adding no fat to your system, they possess... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:32:49 EST Thank You :) Thank you for the birthday wishes! I appreciate it!! I am having a hard time right now and the birthday wishes totally put a smile on my face! Tue, 20 Nov 2012 05:06:18 EST Jingle Bell Challenge Give and Get Support Hi there everyone! <BR> <BR> We have so much to celebrate. I love seeing all the exercising and perseverence. Does anyone have a verse to share that is helping keep going on? <BR> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 22:29:00 EST ARE YOU READY ? 7:56 AM 11/13/2012 <BR> Good morning <BR> I see we are fast approaching Thanks giving .. It is a time we are all suppose to gather around a table and have <BR> family and friends .. And tell how thankful we are ... I feel we should do that daily .. The thankful part .. <BR> I see pictures of people on the tv now in our country who don't have shelter and food and water .. no where to go <BR> It breaks my heart .. Again I wish I was Rich I would do all I could .. I see the rich worrying about g... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:48:25 EST Hello Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Larry and I started at 269lbs and I want to be down to 169lbs in the future. I am married with three children and we live in Texas. <BR> <BR> I am a Christian who believes in having a deep spiritual relationship with Jesus. I was baptized in 2005 but I became a Christian in 1996. <BR> <BR> I hope I get to know some of you through our journey here and in the next. Wed, 7 Nov 2012 08:28:18 EST Do you prefer Hymns, Contemporary, or Choruses? A lot of us love to worship with music. And I notice different churches have their own style or flavor of worship music. Some even have a Classic and a Contemporary Service. Do you have a preference for certain styles? What are some of your favorites? <BR> <BR> I personally like all of them. I don't think I'd do well with the kind you just listen to. I like to join in, loudly, if possible. I really love the old hymns. They have a wonderful message and good melodies. But then scripture chorus... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 13:43:04 EST weight milestone and goals My overall weight journey is 141 lbs from my restart date to m goal weight. At times, this number could get overwhelming... so I have broken it down into small goals: <BR> Celebrate @ each 10lb mark <BR> New hairdo @ 25lb loss <BR> At 30lbs lost, I get to activate my fitbit... i'm right around the corner!!! I'm hopin for this weekend <BR> <BR> Future goals: <BR> 50lb lost, weekend daytrip to new destination in my homestate <BR> 75 lost, I'm gonna be brave and ride a horse, and NOT have ot wo... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 01:19:30 EST Who are we in Christ "I am the made-new childof God) 2 Cor 5:17 <BR> "I am the loved child of God" Eph 1:4 <BR> "I am the confident child of God." Eph 3:12 <BR> "I am the victorious child of God." Rom 8:37 <BR> ":I am the forgiven child of God." ROm 3:24 <BR> "I am the set-free child of God." Rom 8:1-2 <BR> "I am the accepted Child of God." 1 Cor 1:2 <BR> "I am the holy child of God." 1 Cor 1:30 <BR> <BR> See how many you can add to the list. We are the bought for, paid with by the blood of Jesus, Forgiven ... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:32:26 EST How & when did you come to faith in Jesus Christ? Here's your chance to share your testimony. How did you come to faith? <BR> <BR> I did not come from a Christian home, but my sister attended church and after a summer of VBS, I began to attend Sunday School and church. When I was about 10, I decided that I wanted to ask Jesus to be my savior. I talked to my sister about it and she shared scripture with me, (she was 16) and told me to go forward at the invitation next time I was in church. (That was the tradition in that church.) <BR> <BR>... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 22:33:54 EST Do you have a favorite daily devotional? Why? I have not always been a reader of devotionals, but just lately I have turned back to them. One I have always liked is Our Daily Bread. Another is Pursuit of His Presence. They both help me to focus on God and His Word and away from this world. <BR> <BR> What is your favorite? Thu, 4 Oct 2012 00:11:53 EST JINGLE BELL CHALLENGE QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS This is the first challenge I have set up, so I probably made a lot of mistakes, so please be patient and help me out here. I'd like to see this challenge be a success and help our members be active on our team. We have a good group of people, we just need to get to know one another better. When you come to sign in, please get involved in the other areas of our page. We covet your prayers and comments. <BR> If you are only able to join in on one of the parts of the challenge, just say so on ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:47:01 EST TRACKING FOR THE JINGLE BELL CHALLENGE Yes, I want to be part of the Jingle Bell Challenge. <BR> <em>445</em> <em>444</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> October 1, Beginning weight: 198 <BR> <BR> October 8, weight: 197 <BR> Point for each day you drank 8 glasses of water: 7 <BR> Bonus pts: 2 <BR> <BR> October 15, weight: 196 <BR> Point for each day you drank 8 glasses of water: 5 <BR> Bonus pts: 2 <BR> <BR> October 22, weight: 194 <BR> Point for each day you drank 8 glasses of water: 6 <BR> B... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:40:05 EST JINGLE BELL CHALLENGE (INFORMATION ONLY) Welcome to the Jingle Bell Challenge. Please do not reply to this Post. It is for information only. <BR> <BR> The Challenge begins October 1. We will post our weight for the 1st on our tracking page. <BR> For the first four weeks we will give ourselves 1 point for each day we drink at least 8 glasses of water, with a maximum of 7 points per week. <em>91</em> <BR> Each week we will post our weight on Monday (if possible). <BR> <BR> The Second part of the challenge begins October 29. <B... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:37:14 EST Fall Praises and Prayer Requests Fall has arrived. The weather here shows it, too. It was darn cold here today. Whatever is going on in your life, God is still on His throne. Please share your praises and prayer requests here. We would like to pray and praise with you. <BR> <BR> I have a prayer request. I have been losing pretty consistently and exercising. But my body is not acting right. I'm tired a lot. I don't know if I'm anemic, or not eating enough, or exercising too much, or something else. Please pray that God will ... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 01:56:40 EST Starting over I had a sparkpage under another name. I closed the account due the fact I got to busy to keep it up. But it's time to refocus on my weight loss goals. I began this journey weighing about 350-365. Now I weigh 275. I hope to get down to 235. My goal now isn't looks. I like the way I look. But my goal is to burn fat and add muscle. I weigh the same size my 21 year old son does. In fact when I go see him on Wednesday, I'm going to wear his clothes just to freak him out. I want to finish to be... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:48:11 EST What is Your Favorite Bible Verse? And why? I know it's hard to choose just one, but what is your favorite Bible verse? And why?! <BR> Mine used to be <BR> Galatians 2:20 <BR> I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. <BR> <BR> But lately, I think I like this one even better. <BR> 2 Corinthians 5:21 <BR> For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might ... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 21:24:32 EST Did you grow up in a Christian home? I did not! My parents were real nice people, but did not go to church and God had no place in our lives. But I asked my mom if I could go to Vacation Bible School. She said no, because no one had invited me. I told her there was a sign saying everyone was welcome. So I went. My older sister went, too. So from then on I went to church pretty faithfully, though I had to get rides with neighbors most of the time. Isn't it good that church people are so willing to help? <BR> <BR> So what was you... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 21:42:38 EST Are You Hearing Negative Self-talk in your Head? We all sometimes hear negative self-talk. Those voices that tell us how we'll never make it, or we don't deserve it, or we're unworthy, or ugly, or never be fit and healthy. They're all liars. This is a thread to share some of the self-talk that's been bothering you. <BR> <BR> I've been having an increase in that talk since I started being a co-leader for this team. The voices say, this is too much. You'll never be able to keep up with this. You won't be any good. You won't have any good id... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 01:00:22 EST Introduci ng,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, <em>244</em> <em>410</em> <em>389</em> <em>236</em> <em>229</em> <em>236</em> <em>389</em> <em>410</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Janet, EATVEGAN who has graciously agreed to step in and help co lead this amazing team. Please take the time to welcome her and get to know her. She has some new ideas to help us all reach our goals. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TVEGAN </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>410</em> <em>389</em> <em>236</em> <em>229</em>... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:12:11 EST Getting to know you......... I have been reading the latest posts and am realizing that you wonderful ladies have been going through a lot lately. I am just starting to get to "know" some of you and you are all a great encouragement to me. It's hard for me to just start posting because I feel as if I was just breaking in on some longterm relationships. Sort of like the new girl on the playground at school <BR> <BR> It is obvious that God is working great things in you all! <BR> Have a week filled with grace, strengt... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 00:01:59 EST Hello from Ithaca,NY! Hi everyone! I am 53 and looking to lose 165 lbs over 2 years. I have been struggling with my weight since I was 10 yrs old. I have tried just about everything and have lost weight, only to gain it back again. I now realize that I need to eat well and not starve myself and to retrain myself how to eat for a lifetime. <BR> I would love to meet some new people with similar goals and a heart for Jesus. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 14 Aug 2012 15:46:40 EST Hello from Ithaca, NY! I am just getting started and am interested in meeting great people. I have 165 lbs to lose, so I will be here for quite some time :) <BR> Please visit my blog and feel free to stay awhile and chat. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day everyone! Tue, 14 Aug 2012 12:22:28 EST Trigger food = Binge, always? Well, just having had a piece of chocolate cake yesterday and with the way I feel today, about having ate it. It put me on a passionate rant about deprivation, with some very personal disclosures. And, so I thought if I have felt this way, or have had some sort of negative (perhaps, disgusting) food behavior, then surely I am not alone! <BR> <BR> So, here's my passionate rant I want to share with you. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Been there done that (deprived myself) so many times over the ye... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 17:23:52 EST Christian with 196 lb to lose Hi, I'm not much of a joiner but know I'll relate to this group. My highest weight was 367. I'm now 321. My goal is 299 by Jan 1 2013. Long goal is 125 but will be thrilled at anything below 200. <BR> I've been on Spark people before but really wasn't ready for it. I don't do well with answer-ability except to myself and God if that makes sense so don't join challenges. No living up to someone else's goals for me just makes me struggle with beating myself up and I have enough problems with t... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 00:56:53 EST Summer 2012 Prayer and Praise! Sorry team that I haven't done real well on posting new threads. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to share your requests as well as your praises and gratitude to the Lord. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:41:40 EST Prayer Request I am feeling down in the dumps. I have fallen off the wagon and dont know how to get back on. This is the worst feeling ever. It feels impossible to hope anymore and hope that one day I can be at a healthy weight living a healthy lifestyle. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 20:48:40 EST CHALLENGE: WEEKLY WEIGH-INS SUMMER 2012 JUNE 9 - <BR> <BR> down -2.5 lbs. at Dr.'s office early this morning. i usually weigh-in before eating. <BR> <BR> went out for brunch, all food from today tracked in SP, under 1500 calories. <BR> <BR> walked 35 mins to garden centre <BR> <BR> worked the garden for a couple of hours <BR> Sat, 9 Jun 2012 21:40:26 EST The Finish line I've had an interesting year. I had surgery which put me off my goals. The problem with it is you get off your plan. Now I'm ready to finish up. I still have some weight to lose. I put some on due to surgery. I'm told that's normal. But it's time to get down to my goal weight. I've began to track calories and fitness goals again. I also simplified the teams I'm on. I'm staying with the teams I began with. When I started I weighed 365. Now I'm somewhere around 280. I put together a bike fr... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 09:13:29 EST Have you read your Bible today? Share what read in your Bible today or just leave and emoticon. Tue, 1 May 2012 14:32:48 EST Things God is teaching me! Please share a scripture, devotions or something God has taught you today. Tue, 1 May 2012 14:31:30 EST May Prayer Partners Been thinking about this for a while. How about having a prayer partner for the month. Someone to keep you accountable, check up on you and most of all uphold you in prayer daily. Thought about reassigning weekly, but just not sure that could keep up with that so lets try monthly. <BR> <BR> Post here if you are in and I will choose partners. Also if this a ministry you would be willing to oversee I would be happy to hand it over to someone else. To God be the glory. <BR> <BR> Might do t... Tue, 1 May 2012 14:20:56 EST May Non Scale Victories Sometimes the scale does not reflect the whole story. Post you triumphs. Even it is just resisting temptation. Or something God has been teaching you! Looking forward to hearing from you all! Tue, 1 May 2012 14:16:47 EST May Weigh In Post your weekly weigh in. Tue, 1 May 2012 14:14:59 EST May Goals Please share you goals for May. We are beginning a new month. Time to reevaluate and set some goals to keep us on our journey to a healthy lifestyle! Tue, 1 May 2012 14:13:51 EST May Praise and Prayer Requests Updates from April <BR> <BR> SUNFLOWERGAL40 <BR> 4/1 Praising God for my 15 year old who rededicated his life today! <BR> 5/1 Two sick kids since late Saturday night. Please pray for my 25 year old nephew as he is having surgery today for cancer. <BR> <BR> TEALADY0531 <BR> 4/7 I have a prayer request for my hubby and I - we have an application in to an apartment complex; and I would so much appreciate your prayers that we get approved! We're trying to downsize to help out our increasingly d... Tue, 1 May 2012 14:10:19 EST Please pray for 2BThinMamma and her family I received this e-mail from Jenn this morning. Jenn led this team for many years. We really miss her leadership. Please stop by her page with some love. <BR> <BR> Hi all, <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for praying! Aunt Jan passed away very peacefully this afternoon. Mom was holding her hand reading the Psalms to her. So, praise the Lord she's no longer suffering! <BR> <BR> Thanks again! And please continue to lift up the family....we long to see the rest of them come to Christ! <BR> G... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:44:39 EST Hello to all Hello my name is Wendy I have been a member since November of last year. I just started browsing different parts & found an area where you can join groups & here I am. I have lost a total of 75 pounds. I need to loose about another 130 pounds. I live in Oregon. I'm 39 and a mother of 6 children ages 19 years to 18 months twins. I know that without GOD's help & my own hardwork I would have not been able to accomplish that weight loss. So I walk hand in hand in this journey with him. Wit... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:21:29 EST Free e-book of 4/2/12 today only <link> </link> <BR> <BR> A Confident Heart Ebook is FREE - TODAY only! <BR> My publisher has graciously decided to bless me and let me give away FREE copies of A Confident Heart as a celebration of my first ever Confident Heart Online Study ending! We just couldn't think of a better way to celebrate over 8500 women from around the world seeking Jesus' heart and learning to live in the security of God's promises - together! <BR> <BR> This way you can have an Ecopy (on your ... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 18:48:38 EST April non-scale victories It is definitely about more than the number on a scale. Tell us about your non-scale victories so we can cheer along with you. Sun, 1 Apr 2012 12:59:37 EST April weigh in Need some accountability? Encouragement and cheers? Well, you've found the right place. Let's weigh in here! <BR> <BR> April 1: <BR> April 8: <BR> April 15: <BR> April 22: <BR> April 29: Sun, 1 Apr 2012 12:58:00 EST April praise and prayers Welcome friends! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Got any prayer requests? We would love to join you in lifting them up to our Lord. <BR> <BR> Got praise? <em>244</em> We love to celebrate and join you in thanking Him for those too! Sun, 1 Apr 2012 12:55:30 EST April goals? Where did March go? <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> Well, as we wrap up March let's go ahead and start thinking about April goals. What do you want to work on in April to make it healthier than the first 3 months of 2012? <BR> <BR> Come on...set some goals...let's hold each other accountable! <BR> <BR> I have really been struggling to get in exercise minutes lately. My goal for the month of April is to get in 1,000 exercise minutes! Mon, 26 Mar 2012 21:46:52 EST What is your dream? Copied this from a post I received today. The call is about 50 minutes and has such thought provoking questions. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~ <BR> How is everyone? For those who were on the conference call live yesterday, have you come down from the excitement of listening to Pastor Matthew Barnett? I haven't! That call was definitely one of the best. What a humble, enthusiastic, inspiring, honest, true man of God! <BR> <BR> This call made such an impact... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 17:07:49 EST Saint Patrick's Day Challenge With just a few weeks until St. Pat's day this will be a short challenge... <BR> <BR> <BR> This is what I have set----always willing to take suggestions... <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. one shamrock for each 1/2 pound lost. 3 shamrocks for a full pound gone.....5 bonus shamrocks at the end of the challenge if had a loss every week. <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> 2. one top hat for at least 10 minutes of daily exercise--------5 top hats for an hour of exercise each day <em>441</em> <BR> <BR> 3. 3 po... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 19:45:12 EST February prayer and praise How can we pray for you? Fri, 3 Feb 2012 21:57:28 EST February non-scale victories Let's cheer each other on as we celebrate the success in areas besides the scale. Fri, 3 Feb 2012 21:55:59 EST February weigh in Anyone need a little accountability? I sure do. <BR> <BR> My weigh in day is Sunday. <BR> <BR> February 5 <BR> February 12 <BR> February 19 <BR> February 26 Fri, 3 Feb 2012 21:53:21 EST February goals How did we already get to February? So have you set your goals for February? How did you do on those for January? Share your February goals here so we can encourage each other. Fri, 3 Feb 2012 21:45:13 EST Temptations to overcome Hi, <BR> I noticed that over the past few years I've really been looking forward to Lent each year. It's still early in the year but The Temptation of Jesus from Matthew 4 is so interesting to me now. <BR> <BR> 'Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the Devil. After spending 40 days and nights without food, Jesus was hungry. Then the Devil came to him and said, 'If you are God's Son, order these stones to turn into bread.' But Jesus answered, 'The Scripture says, Hum... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 22:41:24 EST Facebook Like Option Removed <link><BR>urnal. asp?id=SP_STAFF </link> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 01:39:16 EST Warning - new spark feature This info was passed on to me from another team I am on: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "This information came to me from another member <BR> Through another blog I just learned of a new feature on SparkPeople that automatically added a "Share Bar" to our blog entries. I do not like this feature. <BR> <BR> If you'll notice your own blog now there is a "Share" bar at the top of the blog. That means if someone likes your blog entry they can "share" on their Facebook wall!! Who wants his/her blog about... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:13:39 EST January 2012 weigh-ins Hi, <BR> My wt goals for Jan 2012 <BR> January 1: 243.2 <em>15</em> 241.4 240.6 <BR> January 8: ? <BR> January 15: ? <BR> January 22: ? <BR> January 29: ? <BR> <BR> Have Scripture to read daily as well. <BR> <BR> Are people familiar with JMERLAU'S Page? He is highly motivating. See the video he made showing his weight loss and fitness journey and his achievements! Terrific! <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Jan 2012 19:47:26 EST Valentine Challenge Support Thread Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Thank you Elsie for this wonderful challenge, I started this thread for those participating to ask questions, share thoughts, helps, concerns, woohoos and booboos. That way the first thread could be used for tracking our progress easier. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have fun! <BR> <BR> It's about 6 weeks until Valentine's day...are we up to a short challenge? Anyone up to a Valentine challenge of collecting hearts? I am thinking of: 1 heart for each quarter pound gone, 2 hearts for... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 18:58:27 EST January birthday or anniversary? If you have a January birthday or anniversary, please post it here so we can celebrate with you. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 19:50:17 EST January prayer and praise Let's pray for each other as we unwrap this new year. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 19:48:41 EST January non-scale victories That scale is definitely not the only way to tell when your journey is being successful. Share with us so we can cheer for you too! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 19:47:13 EST January goals I know with today being what it is we are all setting goals for 2012. Those goals for the year are very important. But what about this month? Obviously we can't make our yearly goals immediately. What are your goals for just this month? Please share those with us so we can cheer you on. <BR> <BR> My goals for January are: <BR> 1. To go to church...We have been visiting for too long. I want to go every Sunday this month and see if the place we are visiting is going to be our church home. <BR>... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 19:46:00 EST January weigh in Let's cheer each other on! There is no certain day to weigh in. My day happens to be Sunday. You are welcome to copy and paste or put your own dates. <BR> <BR> January 1: <BR> January 8: <BR> January 15: <BR> January 22: <BR> January 29: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 19:40:46 EST Hi there and HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL! Hi and Happy New Year All. <BR> just new at this team. Scripture helped me out before in my life with another major problem, so i thought i'd give this a try for this totally intractable problem i've developed with the eating, weight, exercise and fitness knot. I liked the little weght-related rulers i saw in people's messages. <BR> I'm starting out here at 243.2 and want to lose hard and fast until Easter Monday; would like 50 off by then; as this heavy, heavy weight is relatively newer, ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 11:59:25 EST Hello <em>211</em> My name is Sunny and I live in Mid-Michigan. I am not new to Sparks and I have to give it another try. I am a foster parent so eating at our house is an adventure. So, I went out and bought special food this time... Like Healthy Choice and others. <BR> <BR> I definitely fit the description of this team.... Go team! Sat, 31 Dec 2011 14:50:24 EST Goals for 2012 2012 is just around the corner. <BR> <BR> Have you made some goals...are you READY for 2012? <BR> <BR> What your plans are!! <BR> <BR> Fail to plan, plan to fail. Let's not do this! Let's make our plans and succeed! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 01:20:52 EST VALENTINE CHALLENGE It's about 6 weeks until Valentine's day...are we up to a short challenge? Anyone up to a Valentine challenge of collecting hearts? I am thinking of: 1 heart for each quarter pound gone, 2 hearts for a full pound gone or maintaining, and 3 hearts for 5 pounds gone. Recording on a weekly basis for 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> week 1......Jan. 1-7 <BR> <BR> week 2......Jan. 8-14 <BR> <BR> week 3......Jan. 15-21 <BR> <BR> week 4......Jan. 22- 28 <BR> <BR> week 5......Jan. 29- Feb. 4 <BR> <BR> week 6... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 18:09:21 EST Christmas Song? Do you have favorite or new Christmas songs you have heard this year? Wed, 21 Dec 2011 21:46:02 EST Beautiful! Copied Post by SUNNY332 Someone posted this on another team. Wanted to share it with you all. <BR> <BR> God Bless us everyone. Sunny <BR> <BR> Dear Abby: <BR> <BR> I am flat broke from overspending at Christmas time. But I need to go shopping again soon because I am completely out of self-respect. I've said things I wish I could take back and I am not feeling too good about myself. <BR> <BR> I also want to exchange a carton of self righteousness for an equal amount of humility. I hear that it is less expensive a... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 18:30:52 EST 12 JOYS of CHRISTMAS <em>425</em> <em>442</em> <em>501</em> <em>443</em> <em>500</em> <em>444</em> <em>499</em> <em>445</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> This is our Christmas Challenge as we move closer to the day we celebrate Christ's birth and gift of everlasting life, each day list a joy, blessing, or gift, or favorite Bible verse. <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>442</em> <em>501</em> <em>443</em> <em>500</em> <em>444</em> <em>499</em> <em>445</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:36:23 EST Favorite Christmas Memories Please share with us your favorite Christmas memories! Sun, 11 Dec 2011 00:37:41 EST Do you have a birthday this month? If you have a birthday in December, please post it here so we can celebrate with you. Mon, 5 Dec 2011 20:11:40 EST December prayer and praise Let's lift each other up! Sat, 3 Dec 2011 21:49:06 EST December non-scale victories The scale is definitely not the only way to measure our progress toward a healthy lifestyle! Let's share some non-scale victories here. Sat, 3 Dec 2011 21:47:30 EST December prayer request and praise reports Let's lift each other up in prayer and share praises too! Sat, 3 Dec 2011 21:44:48 EST December weigh in How did you do last month? <BR> <BR> I am starting December trying to lose the 5 I gained in November. <BR> <BR> Anyone want to weigh in weekly so we can cheer each other on? <BR> <BR> December 3: 208 <BR> December 10: <BR> December 17: <BR> December 24: <BR> December 31: Sat, 3 Dec 2011 21:42:54 EST December goals Wow! How did December get here so quickly? With 28 days left in this year what are your goals for December? <BR> <BR> November was not my most successful month by any stretch of the imagination. I need to keep December goals simple but also challenging! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Anyone want to share your goals? Sat, 3 Dec 2011 21:39:04 EST Spark Pages--How Do They Do That? I haven't seen an answer to my Question on the help page so I thought I would ask my Spark Team members. If anyone would be willing to share a little tech know how I sure would appreciate it. <BR> I have seen some unique Spark pages. Trying to figure out how to do a few things like.... <BR> How do do add a picture behind your Spark Page? <BR> How do you add a picture, graphic etc to a blog page? <BR> Thanks in advance. Sat, 26 Nov 2011 22:09:32 EST November Prayer and Praise Praise: My family is getting back in the habit of going to church! We had been out for a little bit following a hurt. I am so thankful that we are starting back. God's healing is so good! Mon, 14 Nov 2011 20:33:17 EST Water Challenge! <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>91</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> THE WATER CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> Its one of the healthiest beverages around (and cheapest if you drink it from the tap) yet sometimes the hardest to do as we get too busy. <BR> <BR> You can keep track on MY TOOLS FAST TRACK or on MY Nutrion <BR> <BR> I found some articles for more information on the importance of keeping properly hydrated, <BR> <BR> Drinking Water During Workouts <BR> <link> Sun, 13 Nov 2011 16:40:10 EST Hi All, I am new to Spark People after finding online and telling my mom about it. She tried it and loves it so I am giving it a go, too. I have a lot of weight to lose and am definitely ready to make changes to my lifestyle. I know the process will be slow, but I am not setting a timeline. I just want to see progress. I started at the first of this week and have already lost 3.5 pounds. That really makes me want to keep going. I am looking for support because I do not have a lot of support at... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 17:42:46 EST What are you thankful for? I am blessed to have a wonderful, supportive husband. We have 4 sons and 2 beautiful grandsons. We are all happy and healthy. Sometimes we forget to thank God for all his blessings. So tell me team, what are you thankful for? <em>220</em> Wed, 9 Nov 2011 13:21:12 EST Keep on Moving! I walked my grandson to daycare and then walked to Bible study. Round trip allowed me to log in 2 miles so far. I'm saving gas, being green, and getting healthy all at the same time. What else could I possibly ask for? God is good all the time!! <em>244</em> Mon, 7 Nov 2011 09:37:01 EST ZzZzz Sleep Challenge This Week we will focus on sleep <em>102</em> and taking body measurements <em>7</em> . <BR> <BR> First Sleep, there are quite a few articles to read about sleep that you may find helpful. <BR> <BR> Listen to "Lullabies" for Better Sleep <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=775 </link> <BR> <BR> 7 Hidden Ways to Get Better Sleep <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=420 </link> <BR> <BR> Action Step 5 - Wake Up Without hitt... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 14:58:07 EST A Glorious Start! Good morning team. I was up early and got in a 3 mile walk. I watched the sun come up, heard the birds chirping, anf saw the squirrels playing. It was a wonderful reminder of how great our God is. I had a hour of personal time with God with morning and am totally prepared for worship service at church. A sunday morning could not get any better!! <em>345</em> Sun, 6 Nov 2011 09:24:14 EST November Roll Call.. who's here? <em>244</em> <em>235</em> to the <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> Hello welcome to November!! <BR> <BR> What is your plan to stick to your goals this month? <BR> <BR> What are you thankful for? Tue, 1 Nov 2011 20:18:43 EST November goals It's time to think about goals for this new month. With the holidays right around the corner I am planning to get back to the basics that I know work for me. <BR> <BR> My November goals are: <BR> 1. Start each day with Bible and prayer. <BR> 2. Get back to keeping up with my water and making sure I get at least 8 cups a day. <BR> 3. Focus on my fruit and veggie numbers too with a goal of at least 5 a day. <BR> 4. Exercise for 1,000 minutes this month. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 19:15:55 EST November weigh in It's a new month! How did you do last month? Let's get healthy together as we encourage each other! Tue, 1 Nov 2011 19:06:57 EST November Non-scale victories Hi! I am helping some very busy leaders by getting some of the monthly threads going. I am excited to get the chance to get to know all of you better. I will start us off with a NSV that happened today. After my laptop died I did not give in to the call of chocolate. I came home and got on the treadmill instead. Hugs and blessings, Leisa Tue, 1 Nov 2011 19:01:14 EST What am I thankful for today? Today I am thankful for Jesus Christ who died for me that I might have life and have it more abundantly. I am thankful for my spark sisters and brothers in Christ and I want to remind you that each one of you are fearfully and wonderfully made a creation of God made in His image. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 11:01:17 EST Blew it Yesterday! Well I really blew my diet yesterday but am back on track today! <em>2</em> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 12:53:09 EST November Encouragement Challenge <em>213</em> team as we are almost into November I thought a good challenge would be for each of us to send a note of encouragement to a different team member each day and share what you are thankful for that day. It can be via Spark mail, a note on the Spark page, or Spark goodie. <BR> <BR> There are 545 of us on our team, and hopefully this will help get to know each other a little bit better. <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 20:47:56 EST Praise report and prayer request Praise Report! <BR> <BR> I'm down to 263.7 pounds. The long story short is I lost 102 pounds so far. I'm also only about 13 pounds away from my wedding weight. I'm lighter than my middle son was when he joined the army. I'm free from compulsive eating. I'm able to watch my calories and eat to live. Freedom is a great thing. <BR> <BR> I have a prayer request. <BR> <BR> I have a hernia that needs repair. It's a common injury in men it seems. But it does mean a huge financial need. Go... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 17:29:49 EST here again hi i'm a 62 yr old woman, that is trying to lose this weight, well let me tell you i'm not doing a good job at it at all, i weigh 234 today, yesterday i was 232, that is what i do from day to day, go up and down, i get so tired of it, i have been trying to watch what i eat, and been walking on the treadmill one - two miles aday, plus running the free run with the wii, why wont this weight come off and stay off? what should i do HELP Wed, 26 Oct 2011 09:15:02 EST God's Blessings God has blessed us with another glorious morning here in New Orleans. I love the crisp mornings, and then it warms up and is sunny by 10 or so. What more could we ask for. Get outside (if possible) and work it. You'll feel great afterwards. <em>220</em> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 09:48:20 EST A Great Beginning! Walked, showered, got hubby off to work and grandson settled in at day care. Feeling wonderful and have several uninterrupted hours to devote to me research paper. Thanks for all the e-mail Spark Friends. Hope you are all having a great morning. See you tomorrow!! <em>220</em> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 09:33:06 EST Motivation <em>252</em> I just wanted everyone to know that I prayed for you this morning and will keep you in me thoughts today. Sun, 23 Oct 2011 09:50:27 EST A Glorious Day I woke up this morning feeling wonderful. I walked about a mile and enjoyed the glorious day God has provided.My walks have given me an opportunity to spend some alone time with God. Showered, had a protein shake, and am ready to take on the world if neccessary. God bless you all!! <em>247</em> Sat, 22 Oct 2011 10:16:12 EST On My Way!! My body is a gift from God. I have neglected to take care of myself for years now. Not anymore, I quit smoking 2 monthes ago and now am on a mission to get the weight under control. I can do anything when God is on my side. Hoping that this Christian team can encourage and support each other as we worship our wonderful, awesome God. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 09:56:07 EST Frustrated with Well meaning friends I've done extensive research on how much a man my age and build should weigh. Plus I remember well what I should look like. I was 225 in college. I know 235 is a realistic goal for a man my age. Then I can talk to a doctor and get check out how much body fat I have. At my age I'm interested in health more than looks. I'll look tall and thin because to be honest that is the way God made me. This fat isn't his plan for my body. And I'm starting to lift weights to help this out a little bit... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 22:00:02 EST Hello My name is Renee', I just joined. I am looking to lose weight and become healthier. I have struggled in the past trying to acheive these goals but have failed. I had really given up but realized that I have a lot to live for and need to become healthier. I am glad I found SP, it looks like a great place to find encouragement from people that has had the same problems. Looking forward to meeting everyone and becoming a better me. <BR> <BR> Sat, 15 Oct 2011 07:57:37 EST Obey God, Not Your Appetites <BR> OCTOBER 11 Moments With You <BR> <BR> Obey God, Not Your Appetites By Dennis and Barbara Rainey <BR> <BR> Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. 1 CORINTHIANS 9:25 <BR> <BR> The choices you make today or tomorrow are not confined to today or tomorrow. A baby step of obedience may be all the ground you need to cover today in order to put yourself in position to launch a major spiritual breakthrough later on. <BR> <BR> Non-negotiable Number Five: Obey... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 17:55:09 EST Exercise Challenge Week 10/10-10/17 What are your exercise goals this week? Are you setting aside time in your day to exercise? <BR> <BR> <em>56</em> <em>311</em> <em>318</em> <em>319</em> <em>313</em> <em>414</em> <em>237</em> <em>260</em> <em>294</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's reach our goals this week!!!!!!!!! Mon, 10 Oct 2011 19:43:51 EST How Did You Come Up w/ Your Spark Name? OK - I thought this would be Fun! <em>30</em> How did you come with your Spark Name? Is there a special meaning behind it? Is it your family name, or is there a spiritual meaning? Is it a hobby? Did you originally want another name, but it was taken? Do tell! I/We can't wait to hear! <em>224</em> Mon, 3 Oct 2011 11:52:36 EST October Prayer and Praise Please share your requests and praises here. Sun, 2 Oct 2011 01:02:05 EST October Roll Call ~ Whoooo's Out there? Crisp Mornings, Harvest Time <BR> <BR> Please share with us: <BR> <BR> Name ~ <BR> <BR> Location ~ <BR> <BR> <BR> Are you exercising outside? <BR> <BR> <BR> Special plans for October? <BR> <BR> Do you celebrate Halloween? Sun, 2 Oct 2011 00:53:39 EST October Non Scale Victories Share you non scale victories here. Sun, 2 Oct 2011 00:50:39 EST October Weigh Ins Weekly weigh in. How are you doing? Sun, 2 Oct 2011 00:49:24 EST Water Challenge 10/1-10/8 <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> HI Team!! <BR> <BR> This week we'll be focusing on drink the right amount of water. As the temperature cools down outside do you drink more or less water? <BR> <BR> Our goal should be 8 to 10 classes of water a day. (drinks without sugar or caffiene count). Fri, 30 Sep 2011 09:18:18 EST October Goals Yep it is that time to set some goals for October. Dust off that exercise equipment and start moving. Try that healthy recipe you have been meaning too and don't buy that junk food. <BR> <BR> What are you goals for October? Mon, 26 Sep 2011 18:44:54 EST A to Z of Fall Time Fun Time for a new game. Let's work on A to Z of fun in the fall. Favorite things for do in the fall, or favorite things of fall. Let's have fun! Sun, 25 Sep 2011 17:25:46 EST A realistic weight chart A recent weight height chart posted my ideal weight as 190. I'm six foot six inches tall. At 190 I would be very sick. To my credit, I have more common sense than that. I've been trying to find where I should be. The army has a realistic height and weight chart. It puts a man my age and height at 238 pounds. Now that is more like common sense. 225 would be my lower limit. Below 210 I would to thin. The link is right here. Please let people know about this. It could be a helpful tool. ... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:13:55 EST Down five pant sizes! As of this morning I'm pleased to announce I've went from a size 48 to a size 40. I haven't been this weight since college. I'm sitting here in a state of shock. I've lived so long thinking that I would be dead by fifty. Next summer when I turn fifty I'm going to celebrate like no man has ever celebrated before. LOOK WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE! Mon, 19 Sep 2011 15:04:15 EST Greek Yogurt I've tried greek yogurt for the first time. I found it very creamy and delicious. For me it satisfies the craving for ice cream and it's good for you. At 140 calories I can fit it into my calorie budget. <BR> <BR> I also use the fruit and yogurt parfait ad McDonald's when I'm there. I would be interested in hearing any substitutes and tricks you folks may have. <BR> <BR> wllms62 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:03:42 EST Prayer Update on Opportunity - God Is Good I posted a few months ago about an opportunity that was opening up to me. I had asked for prayer for wisdom and favor to pull this together. <BR> <BR> Back in May I had a vision of doing a Virtual 5K that would raise money to build a well in Uganda, Africa. Well, God answered those prayers. In fact, this has stretched out beyond Sparkpeople and I am now working with the organization that is doing the well building on this and other projects. Thank you so much for your prayers. <BR> <BR> Pl... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 23:20:07 EST Christian Men Reporting In I love the prayer and support I receive from this team. I recently updated my Sparkpage and cut my teams down to a level I could deal with, I was sure to remain a member of this one. You folks have been there every step of the way for encouragement and I deeply appreciate this. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I feel like I may be one of the only gentleman on this team. As I do love and appreciate the encouragement I receive from God's people it hasn't bothered me in any way. But I believe Christian me... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 08:05:00 EST Team Member Motivator of the Day A fellow team mate BIGGESTWINNERS is the Motivator of the Day. Lets go visit her page! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>GGESTWINNERS </link> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 15:37:45 EST We Will Never Forget 9/11 9/11 <BR> <BR> Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD. Jeremiah 17:7 <BR> Dennis Rainey <BR> <BR> For some reason I stayed home from work on September 11, 2001. I had just finished a three-mile run when Barbara met me on the highway near our home with a concerned look on her face. She blurted out the words, “We’ve been attacked!” <BR> <BR> After watching television and learning more about the terrorist attacks, I showered and rushed to the office, where I met with leaders of our ministr... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 16:36:17 EST Back from Long Absence I have not been on the message board in a long time, but have been busy changing my lifestyle with eating and exercising. Since June of this year I have lost 30 lbs as of 9/10/11. <BR> I have not lost this much weight in forever and I feel so much better. I have had chronic bursitis in my right hip for 11 years and that is even better with this extra weight gone. I am going all the way this time with my weight loss as I was feeling like I was going to die an early death if I didn't start gett... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 01:49:41 EST I am beginning again, AGAIN! Hi! My name is Kathy. I am the mother of one son and the grandmother of two grandsons. I have been a "born again Spirit filled" Christian for a very long time, although I haven't had a home church for several years. I was always overweight as a child and gained 50 pounds with my pregnancy and shortly after my son was born I ballooned to over 200 pounds and have remained there all of my adult life except for a couple short periods. I have been over 250 pounds for about 14 years now. I hav... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 02:36:08 EST September Weigh Ins Weekly Weigh In Thu, 1 Sep 2011 18:49:37 EST September WOOHOOS! Please share your victories here, whatever they may be. Thu, 1 Sep 2011 18:49:00 EST Inspirational Quotes Share your favorite Inspirational Quotes and help inspire your team mates. Thu, 1 Sep 2011 18:47:32 EST September Prayer and Praise Share your request, your needs, your hearts, your victories, your blessing here! Thu, 1 Sep 2011 18:45:43 EST September Check In ~ Please Sign in September time to let us know who is out there! <BR> <BR> Please share with us: <BR> <BR> Name ~ <BR> <BR> Location ~ <BR> <BR> <BR> Favorite thing about the Fall Season? <BR> <BR> <BR> Special plans for September? Thu, 1 Sep 2011 18:44:05 EST LotusFlower reaches Onderland LotusFlower posted a blog that will be sure to encourage you! 99 Red Balloons: Onederland Birthday Blog (with pix) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4449756 </link> Sun, 28 Aug 2011 18:52:34 EST What are you doing today? Just wanted to see what everyone was doing today. After I get my hubby motivated, I think we are going to walk on the Pinellas Trail and have a picnic with our 7 yr old. Have a Blessed and wonderful day today! Sat, 13 Aug 2011 09:33:35 EST Hi! I am new to this group, but not sparkpeople. I had lapband surgery in Feb to help me loose the ton of pounds that have crept onto my body over the years. So far, I have lost a total of 50 pounds, but still have over 100 to go. With motivation and prayer, I feel like coming back to sparkpeople is exactly what I need to keep me on the right road. I look forward to getting to know everyone. Mon, 8 Aug 2011 09:53:38 EST Posting Weekly Weigh-in for August Down another 2 pounds for 14 pounds lost in 8 weeks. Averaging 1.75lbs lost each week. <BR> <em>334</em> BIG GRIN! Mon, 8 Aug 2011 08:24:52 EST August Prayer and Praise Report Share your needs, your hearts, your victories, your blessing here! Sun, 7 Aug 2011 21:26:15 EST Insightful blog from a team member! I could have written this blog but not so eloquently. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Holly (HS1056) for sharing such a <em>250</em> blog with all of us! <BR> <BR> Old Me vs New Me <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4410587 </link> Sat, 6 Aug 2011 17:45:21 EST Motivator of the Day is on our team! LAILEE185 <BR> <BR> She has done an amazing job inspiring so many! Stop by and congratulate her on her journey and become inspired! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ILEE185 </link> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 19:13:02 EST Where is your focus? I started week 5 of a 5k training program here on Spark and today went well. One thing I noticed is that when my jogs were tough at the end I was focused on the toughness and how I felt. Today was different, when I felt like the training was getting harder I chose to focus on God and all he has done so that I could be in fellowship with him. I was thankful to be jogging and acknowledge that it was through Him that I would continue. <BR> <BR> Where is your focus? Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:49:15 EST A to Z of getting healthy! Let's start a new A to Z to getting healthy! Sun, 24 Jul 2011 15:12:13 EST 1st 5K regestered I registered for my first 5K. Prayer for seeing this through and prayer for Servants Inc. for the work they do for "the least of these" will be wonderful! <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! Fri, 22 Jul 2011 10:10:05 EST Summer Challenge Weekly Tracking <em>215</em> <em>244</em> <em>215</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> We will use this to track our points earned. At the bottom of each challenge (when posted) you will find a sample post to copy and paste. Please post only once in this topic, edit your post to enter your points and weigh-in each week for easier tracking. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 22:37:22 EST TEDDY BEARS HI <em>174</em> TEDDY BEARS <em>174</em> <BR> <BR> KORINEM <link><BR>RINEM </link> <BR> NOEL_76 <link><BR>EL%5F76 </link> <BR> FRESHSTART32011 <link><BR>ESHSTART32011 </link> <BR> SPARERIBAZ2 <link><BR>ARERIBAZ2 </link> <BR> RACHIEPOOH <link><BR>CHIEPOOH </link> <BR> SLUDERCATS Gayle <link>www.sparkpeop... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 22:00:22 EST STARFISH HI <em>141</em> STARFISH <em>141</em> <BR> <BR> SEWINGMAMCDS Carrie <link><BR>WINGMAMACDS </link> <BR> READYBETTY Betty <link><BR>ADYBETTY </link> <BR> PROFKORI <link><BR>OFKORI </link> <BR> REGSHAR Sister Regina <BR> BECKAFANO <link><BR>CKAFANO </link> <BR> OTTERMOMMY Melinda <link><BR>TERMOMMY </link> ... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 21:53:40 EST FIRECRACKERS Hello <em>283</em> FIRECRACKERS <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> 4ME2B150 Jackie <link><BR>E2B150 </link> <BR> SAINTBERNARD6 Elsie <link><BR>INTBERNARD6 </link> <BR> LINDBLO <link><BR>NDBLO </link> <BR> SAMBORA_SWEETIE <link><BR>MBORA%5FSWEETIE </link> <BR> READY4CHANGE43 <link><BR>ADY4CHANGE43 </link> <BR> HANDY... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 21:47:28 EST Learning to Recieve From God I had an opportunity to preach a couple of weeks ago on the 3rd. Thought I'd share :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/lighthousechurch/Audio/07-03-11%20Spe<BR>cial%20Guest-Pastor%20Kurt%20Fuhrman.mp3 </link> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 14:28:15 EST July Successes Shared here!! Let's Use this to share our weigh-in's and successes for July! <BR> <BR> Our you on a great streak? Have you lost an inch, pound, or conquered a craving? <BR> <BR> Share with us! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <em>7</em> <em>91</em> <em>102</em> <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>220</em> Sat, 9 Jul 2011 20:43:40 EST hello hi, i;m a 62 yr. old christian woman who is trying to lose weigh, i just found this team, and i hope it will be a help to me, i've been on spark before, and i;m starting over, i have started exerciseing again, and its a struggle, been trying to watch what i eat and that is hard to because i love sweets, but i know my lord will help me, because all we have to do is ask. i pray i can find some friends on here that will be willing to help me Thu, 7 Jul 2011 09:01:09 EST SUMMER CHALLENGE ARE YOU READY TO GET MOVING? <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>320</em> <em>237</em> <em>260</em> <em>300</em> <em>326</em> <em>502</em> <em>414</em> <em>402</em> <em>342</em> <em>330</em> <BR> <BR> Then sign up for our 4 week summer challenge! As individuals we will focus on our Fast Break goals we have set for ourselves and as a team each week will focus on a different healthy habit. <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>301</em> <em>341</em> <em>492</em> <em... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 18:01:02 EST July Prayer and Praise Reports Please share your burdens, your triumphs, praises, needs! Mon, 4 Jul 2011 00:43:18 EST 6/20-7/10 Fast Break Goal Challenge <em>91</em> <em>102</em> <em>301</em> <em>311</em> <em>328</em> <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> What are your Fast Break goals? <BR> <BR> Are you finding it easy or hard to meet them? <BR> <BR> <BR> These next 3 weeks we will focus on our Fast Break Goals and adjusting them if we need to. We'll share our struggles and our successes along the way on this thread. <BR> <BR> Our next Team Biggest Loser challenge will be July 17- Aug 14. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 06:28:07 EST Prayer Request - Complex Hyperplesia Please keep me in your prayers on Wednesday. I am not sure yet what time my surgery will be yet. The hospital will call sometime Tuesday to let me know but just say a little prayer to support me - - 'cause I'm believing that my healing is a "done deal!" The Lord knows that I don't need any complications right now. I've got to much to do for the Kingdom still! I want to stay busy working for the Lord! He has placed my husband and myself in ministry and there is still so much to be done...too m... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 21:57:02 EST New Features on Sparks Check out the new features offered on Sparks <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> <BR> Be sure and get your bonus spin when you accumulate 25 points. Mine didn't pop up, but I found it at the bottom of my Spark Points. <em>252</em> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 17:12:15 EST 6/13-6/19 Weekly Weigh-In and Non-scale Victories What are you victories this week? <BR> <BR> How was your weigh-In? <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 21:50:11 EST 6/13-6/19 Weekly Challenge This week is Flag Day (USA) on June 14 and Father's Day on Sunday June 19. <BR> <BR> This week think about your legacy. <BR> <BR> What is your legacy? When we think about how many lives each of us touch and can make an impact on are we making a positive impact? Who has made a positive impact in your life? <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sun, 12 Jun 2011 14:14:15 EST just something I thought was funny HI,Wanted to share this: <BR> <BR> The other day was in the Dr. office and waiting in the waiting room to be called back,and my Drs sister works there with her and she came out to the waiting room and set down talking to another patient who was also a friend of hers,and I was listening to their conversion,[couldnt help but over here } this lady } the patient } was complaining about her hip and leg pain,funny I was there for same reason and my Mom had same pain too,as I was listening to th... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 16:30:40 EST step it up I am tracking my walking with pedometer and my cardio on here but it is not showing my steps total with my cardio. what am I doing wrong. <BR> <BR> Where it is showing my total exercise. <BR> I will try to figure out,will look under FAQ's to see . <BR> Sorry to sound so dumb,my mind is not as sharp as it used to be. <em>20</em> Mon, 6 Jun 2011 16:13:54 EST 6/6-6/12 Weekly Weigh In & Non Scale Victories How did you do this week? <BR> <BR> Struggles along the way? <BR> <BR> Non scale victories? Mon, 6 Jun 2011 14:03:43 EST June Prayer and Praise Report Please let us join you in prayer in whatever you are going through. <BR> <BR> Also let us rejoice in the blessings and praises God is sending your way! Mon, 6 Jun 2011 13:59:00 EST 6/6-6/12 Weekly challenge <em>482</em> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>488</em> <em>491</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em> <em>147</em> <em>210</em> <em>284</em> <em>69</em> <em>485</em> <em>341</em> <em>140</em> <em>301</em> <em>474</em> <BR> <BR> Fruits and Veggies!! <BR> <BR> Let's see how many colors of fruits and veggies we can get in this week. Try something new, or new combinations. <BR> <BR> Purple <BR> Green <BR> Dark Green <BR> Yellow <BR> Gold <BR> Orange <BR> re... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 08:40:17 EST Prayer Request: Urgent Dont really know where to start.. I'm in a mess and need prayer. <BR> 1. house is in forclosure n has been for the past 3 yrs, only God has been keeping me and my 2 boys with a roof over our head <BR> 2. Fina court date on 6/17... pray God's provision for BOA to agree to give me a loan modification that would afordable for me. <BR> 3. I've been dating this gentleman for about a yr n a half, too many issues to mention, pls pls remember him in prayer, <BR> 4. God's provision for full time emplo... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 22:29:11 EST Step Totals Hey team! We will use this thread to keeping a running calculation of our steps. How this will work is you will first post which day (or days) you are posting steps for then add your total to the team total from the post before. To keep a running total for yourself you may want to add tracking steps to your quick track on the start page. <BR> <BR> Here's a format to copy and paste (I'll post an example post to ensure we all understand... including myself LOL): <BR> <BR> day or dates t... Tue, 31 May 2011 17:24:05 EST 5/30-6/5 Weekly Weigh-In It's time to hop on those Scales and post your results here. <BR> <BR> Please share so we can support one another. Please make sure you cheer & encourage your fellow team-mates <BR> <BR> Starting weight: <BR> <BR> Last Weeks: <BR> <BR> This week: <BR> <BR> Pounds gone this week? <BR> <BR> Total pounds gone: Mon, 30 May 2011 14:29:13 EST 5/30 - 6/5 Weekly Challenge! <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>404</em> <em>405</em> <em>405</em> <em>417</em> <em>317</em> <em>323</em> <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> So Wednesday June 1 starts our STEP IT UP in JUNE Challenge, I will still be posting weekly challenges throughout that can be done in addition to our June challenge or instead of. <BR> <BR> This week is about stretching and strength training. Both are important to do in addition to cardio exercise, especially stretching before and after to prevent injuri... Sat, 28 May 2011 18:14:58 EST 5/23-5/29 Weekly Weigh-In <em>245</em> I'm posting this a couple days late. <BR> <BR> How are you doing this week? <BR> <BR> Do you find it easier or harder to keep focus as summer approaches? <BR> <BR> What is your loss this week? Wed, 25 May 2011 20:31:35 EST June STep It UP Challenge Hi Team, Are you ready for a Challenge? We have been challenged by 3 other teams to STEP IT UP in JUNE. <BR> <BR> Here's how it works. All required is a pedometer (around $5.00 at Dollar Stores and Wal-mart), good walking shoes, and YOU. But its not only about WALKING, ANY ACTIVITY, and the best part is EVERY STEP Counts. <BR> <BR> We have links which Leona posted in the threads to convert your activities to steps and make them count. Also a map so that you can do a virtual walk and mak... Mon, 23 May 2011 08:22:04 EST 5/20 Fabulous Friday Have a glorious day today! <BR> <BR> What is your current challenge? <BR> <BR> What are you weekend plans? <BR> <BR> Do you have a plan for weekend food? <BR> <BR> What are you most looking forward to this weekend? Fri, 20 May 2011 11:23:36 EST 5/20 Prayer and praise Share your praise and prayer requests please! <BR> <BR> Beautiful weather for our time of R & R. Fri, 20 May 2011 11:21:39 EST 5/23-5/29 Weekly Challenge <em>91</em> <em>194</em> <em>91</em> <em>274</em> <em>30</em> <em>274</em> <em>91</em> <BR> This week we will focus on drink on getting our daily water intake!! <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> <em>274</em> <em>91</em> <em>274</em> <em>91</em> <em>274</em> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> In addition try to read at least a blog from 2 other team members this week. Thu, 19 May 2011 22:35:05 EST 130# lost and a Healthy BMI!!! Let's hear a cheer for LAILEE185! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4238353 </link> Wed, 18 May 2011 00:19:11 EST 5/16-5/22 Weekly Weigh-In Did you Lose, Maintain, or gain? <BR> <BR> Are you moving closer to your goal? <BR> <BR> Do you keep track of your fitness? If you do do you use the Quick track or use the Fitness page to help calculate caloires burned? <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 May 2011 18:39:50 EST A to Z city, town or state game Hi team thought this would be fun, to venture around the country. So how its played is as you follow the previous alphabet letter, name a city, town or state. <BR> <BR> Example: R-Rhode Island <BR> S-San Fransico <BR> T-Tulsa <BR> <BR> Have fun everyone Sun, 15 May 2011 14:50:25 EST 5/15 Sunny Sunday! <em>67</em> Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to today's worship service followed with a talent show and spaghetti dinner hosted by our sophomores trying to raise funds for the high school mission trip to Jamaica next summer. Last week the freshmen hosted a priceless bake sale. I'm not sure what the juniors and seniors will be doing in the upcoming months but should be fun. It'll be their first mission trip, though some of your youth have gone on mission trips through... Sun, 15 May 2011 01:04:18 EST Express Yourself with an Emoticon Hey team thought we'd try this on for fun. Express yourself with a non verbal, emoticon. Tell us with one or more what you are feeling, or doing, or thinking, and have fun! Sat, 14 May 2011 15:48:20 EST Give a warm welcome to a new team co-leader! Please join me in welcoming a new team co-leader DreamGirl76. She has graciously accepted the challenge of helping us lead this great team of wonderful people! I am so grateful to all my co-leaders. As you can see we are now close to 500 members all the help is so much appreciated. <link><BR>EAMGIRL76 </link> Sat, 14 May 2011 15:23:46 EST 5/16-5/22 Weekly Challenge This week we will focus on food tracking. Monday Spark People will be launching an updated nutrition tracker, which will be easier to use. <BR> <BR> You can track your food which ever way is easiest for you. I find using the Spark People app on my Blackberry easiest because its always with me, others I know find it easier to track in their day planner. <BR> <BR> If you use the tracker on SPark People, also look at the Nutrition Feedback when everything is in for the day. You can also... Fri, 13 May 2011 22:41:09 EST 5/12 Prayer Requests and Praises Please feel free to share your prayers requests and praises for today. <BR> <BR> My sil called this morning and said that my dd's baby is dead. She was due at the end of November. There are now four little ones in heaven. They will go to the doctor tomorrow to explore options whatever that means. I my heart is really struggling right now. It is even harder was I am all alone for the next few days. Thu, 12 May 2011 18:35:14 EST 5/12 Getting to Know You 1. Text or email? <BR> <BR> 2. Exercise at home or gym? <BR> <BR> 3. Tennis or Ping Pong? Thu, 12 May 2011 12:14:30 EST Prayer for God to move. BIG opportunity. I am so excited. My church works with an organization that works with children and adults all over the world. However, our church works mostly in Uganda Africa. They build medical clinics, churches, schools, and public restrooms. But nothing has had as big of an impact as their well projects. <BR> <BR> God has put it on my heart to build as many wells as I can. Problem is their is no way I can can come up with the $10,000 that is needed to build one. So I have prayed for God to give me wisd... Wed, 11 May 2011 16:56:32 EST 5/11 Prayer request This is for a guy that I have worked with for 6 yrs. His neighbor/good friend has a sister that is in need of prayers. She is 28 years old, got married 2 years ago, had a baby boy 1 year ago and has been going to college full-time. She was to go to her graduation ceremony last Saturday and then leave yesterday for her Honeymoon that they had put off for 2 years so that she could finish school. She woke up Saturday morning feeling very very sick to her stomach so she went to the hospital and ... Wed, 11 May 2011 13:05:46 EST 5/11 Getting to You 1. Chicken or Pork? <BR> <BR> 2. Rice or Potatoes? <BR> <BR> 3. Green Beans or Peas? Wed, 11 May 2011 11:10:53 EST 5/11 Winning Wednesday We are winners! <BR> <BR> Share you day, ask a question, post a quote! <BR> Wed, 11 May 2011 02:33:06 EST 5/10 Thoughtful Tuesday What's on your mind today? <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 May 2011 02:24:43 EST 5/9-5/15 Weekly Weigh-In How are you doing this week? <BR> <BR> What do you do when you reach a plateau? <BR> <BR> Did you Lose, Maintain, or Gain this week? Mon, 9 May 2011 20:35:18 EST 5/9 Marvelous Monday What a beautiful day we had here today. Dear daughter and granddaughters came out and we went to an hour walk, ate lunch and watched a movie. Now waiting for dinner to get done so we can go to class. <BR> <BR> Was happy to reach my Easter goal on Mother's Day! I am going down! How about you?? <BR> <BR> Had a great time with my grands both on Saturday in Toppenish, and Sunday in Spokane. <BR> <BR> Are you on track with your May goals? <BR> <BR> What was the best part about Mother's D... Mon, 9 May 2011 20:29:06 EST 5/8 Super Sunday <em>125</em> <em>146</em> <em>87</em> <em>214</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <BR> Happy Mother's Day!! Today our plan is Worship service followed with a brunch then a nap before heading to a Senior Vocal Recital. This is my first Mother's Day in 8 years that I am not working... feels so strange but good at the same time. <BR> <BR> Yesterday the kids did so well at the State Solo/Ensemble, not all got 1st but they all did do the best they could! <BR> <BR> Its a nice <em>67</em> day h... Sun, 8 May 2011 08:24:56 EST Songful Saturday 5/7 So today is State Solo/Ensemble... my mini-van is loaded up with saxophones for my DS to play and we are soon to be on our way. Its cool that we'll be able to see kids in our youth group from other school districts play as well. <BR> <BR> What have you read lately? Sat, 7 May 2011 06:18:29 EST 5/9-5/15 Weekly Challenge Let's focus on getting active. Try do at least 15 minutes of cardio a day. Not sure what counts? If you go to my Fitness tracker and use the search you'll find things from marching band, frisbee, fishing while sitting, fishing while standing, gardening, heavy cleaning, wii fit, walking at different paces, running, cycling, swimming, bowling, and many many more. <BR> <BR> So Let's do some cardio and rack up the minutes! <BR> <BR> Also read 3 articles this week and share on here or in a blo... Fri, 6 May 2011 20:33:22 EST Funny Friday 5/6 I had an interesting day.... <BR> <BR> my DH and I went to life long friends of mine parents place, his dad has Parkinson's and my friend has ALS. My friend lives 3 hours away and I haven't seen him since his diagnosis... he was told last week he probably has 2 years to live. My DH and I go over on any Fridays we can to spend time with his dad so his mom can do their weekly shopping and errands as he can't be left alone anymore. I am happy I got to see my DF again, yet sad to see how far... Fri, 6 May 2011 20:22:51 EST 5/5 Getting to Know You What kind of pets, if any do you have? <BR> <BR> Any plans for vacation this year? <BR> <BR> What is your favorite T.V. show? <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 May 2011 13:56:03 EST pray request I hope asking for pray again doesnt seem selfish,My hubbys work is slowing down and on top of the family issues I am so worried and need God's peace. <BR> My anxiety is up .God has been there for me so many times and I do believe he will come through for us again. <BR> like that song says He'll do it again. <BR> Pray for my husband he gets so down at these times and I just feel so helpless. <BR> Please continue to pray for my Mom . <BR> I hope you all know I do appreciate your prays. <BR> ... Thu, 5 May 2011 13:07:56 EST Thankful Thurday! 5/5 What do you have to be thankful today? <BR> <BR> Are you on track with you eating? <BR> <BR> Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Thu, 5 May 2011 01:50:43 EST 5/3 Terrific Tuesday Today has been a good. Track meet and softball games at Neekosa, a fun day at work and a bunch of laughter on the ride home. <BR> <BR> Have you laughed today? Tue, 3 May 2011 21:51:14 EST 5/3/2011 pray request Hi,would like to ask for pray for my family,brother's and my mother. <BR> <BR> We have some decisions to make regarding Mom her,health and the home.She is stubron and my brother's and I can't agree. <BR> I want what is best for Mom and they want to save the house from going foreclosed. <BR> <BR> I can move my Mom near me walking distance and she would have all she needs,plus when I cook I can take her a plate. <BR> <BR> So concerned what to do and tiring not to cause conflic.We need wis... Tue, 3 May 2011 17:33:28 EST