SparkPeople Canada's 50+ Ladies Club Team Messageboard Mature Canadian Ladies who are interested in living a healthy and productive lifestyle SparkPeople Canada's 50+ Ladies Club Team Messageboard Question about app How do I find this group on the app? Wed, 16 May 2018 17:58:47 EST April 2018 weigh in challenge Just getting this set up now, as I will,out of town on April 1. Thu, 29 Mar 2018 22:45:20 EST Back after long time <em>285</em> I'm back because this works Thu, 29 Mar 2018 14:00:47 EST March Weigh in challege Let’s keep going in MArch! Thu, 1 Mar 2018 00:07:42 EST February 2018 weigh in challenge Let’s weigh in here once a week and encourage each other to see those numbers decrease. Wed, 31 Jan 2018 22:46:59 EST FEB 2018 weight challenge Weight Challenge. <BR> <BR> Well we may be leaderless, but thank you Alicia, she is not shutting down the team. <BR> <BR> I have found the weight challenges to be helpful, so I am starting one for Feb. I will be recording my weight weekly here. And if anyone else wants to join in, please do..... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 20:46:38 EST January 2018 - Let's start the year right Here is to our first challenge of the year. Post your starting weight and then post as you wish for the month posting your final WI on the last day of the month! <BR> <BR> Jan. 1st - <BR> Jan. 8th - <BR> Jan. 15th - <BR> Jan. 22nd - <BR> Jan. 31st - <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>593</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>593</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>593</em> <em>381</em> Mon, 1 Jan 2018 07:35:06 EST December--Last Chance to Lose It this year This was the opening statement in a Blog I wrote in October 2016: <BR> <BR> A team member posted this and I hope I am allowed to expand on it, it has impacted me that much and it goes like this: <BR> <BR> "I heard a report yesterday that we are all at the lowest weight we will be this year and it will take 5 months for most to lose the 10+ pounds they gain in the remainder of 2016" <BR> <BR> We can do it, we can prove this report wrong. I am already 10 lbs heavier than I was at this ti... Fri, 24 Nov 2017 13:38:46 EST November 2017 - Standard Time Is Here Challenge Here we go with November's challenge. <BR> <BR> Enter you starting weight and you WI at the end of the month. <BR> <BR> Nov. 1 - <BR> Nov. 30 - <BR> <BR> You can check in more often as you need. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 1 Nov 2017 08:24:13 EST October 2017 Challenge - Happy Halloween Okay Ladies, it is October. Fill in your weight for the 1st day of the month. You are welcome to track weekly or just put in the weight for the 1st and 31st whichever give you the better incentive. Easy way to fill them in is to just edit your post and add in the date and WI but you do what works best for you - this is our team and our challenge. Let's make October a really strong month! <BR> <BR> October 1 - <BR> October 31 - <BR> <BR> <em>431</em> <em>431</em> <em>431</em> ... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 21:26:27 EST September 2017 Challenge! - Here Comes Autumn So here it is our September Challenge - <BR> <BR> Post your Starting weight and then on the last day of September your final number. You can post weekly if that keeps you on track. <BR> <BR> Here is to a great autumn challenge to help us in the holiday months coming. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>465</em> Fri, 1 Sep 2017 10:12:10 EST AUGUST 2017 LOSE A POUND EVERY WEEK THIS MONTH <BR> WOW it's August already. The days will become cooler with lower humidity and we will all feel like moving more and that means FOR SURE we will lose weight this month. Not everyone has weighed in for July 31 just yet but when everyone reports I will post the results on the July thread. <BR> <BR> Let's make August the month we all lose a pound a week. It won't be easy but we are strong and WE CAN DO IT. LET'S GIVE IT AN HONEST TRY LADIES, LET'S GET IT DONE. Mon, 31 Jul 2017 22:21:07 EST New Member Hi one and all. I am new to this team and just wanted to say Hello. I am writing to you from Amherstburg, Ontario. I'm a Nana to two wonderful but mischevious grandsons. Love them but miss them too as they live in Ohio and I only see them every once in a while. Take care all, bye for now. <em>524</em> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 16:03:15 EST July 2017 Canada Day month - Let's do it Canada Day, Dominion Day whatever, let's do this and lose a pound a week <BR> <BR> See you along the happy trail <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:28:13 EST June 2017 Lose a pound a week this month June is new month. Let's move those pounds off our bodies gals. Wed, 31 May 2017 21:13:39 EST May 2017 Lose weight challenge I am temporarily doing this challenge until our dear Susan feels stronger and up to doing it. As you all know (and if you didn't) she has been dealt a challenge of her own with the loss of her son and is not up to handling anything extra in her life at this time, so I shall try to fill her shoes in the meantime even if I have no clue how to start a thread!! <BR> <BR> Here goes Challengers, let's lose a pound a week this month. A pound a week sounds like a breeze so let's see if the wind ... Wed, 3 May 2017 01:03:32 EST April 2017 - Happy Easter Weight Loss Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the next weight loss challenge. Think Easter Pinks and Blues. For those Easter Eggs and Spring Flowers. <BR> <BR> Please post your starting weight as soon as possible since we are a little later than the 1st Day of April. Verna will monitor this thread for April for the time being. <BR> <BR> April 3: <BR> April 8: <BR> April 15: <BR> April 22: <BR> April 30: <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 14:42:57 EST March 2017 St. Patrick's Day weight loss challenge <img src=""> <BR> Welcome to the next weight loss challenge.Think Green. Green for St. Patty's day and green for green earth. Think green as eating green (wholesome and healthy foods that are good for you) <BR> <BR> Please post your starting weight on March 1st. Verna will monitor this thread for March since I will be away until the end of the first week. <BR> <BR> March 1: <BR> March 8: <BR> March 15: <BR> March... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:44:39 EST St. Patrick's Weight Loss Challenge 2017 This challenge was put here by error. It has been added to the challenges forum now. <BR> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:44:03 EST Valentine weight loss Challenge 2017 <img src=""> <BR> How much weight would you like to lose this month. Lets love ourselves and make a plan to lose 5 lbs. Can you do it ladies? <BR> I 'm in for this challenge how about you? Sign up and post your weight on February 1st. <BR> I will be leaving on the 25th of February for a week but I will be taking my laptop so I can stay in touch. <BR> Good luck ladies and lets do this together. <BR> We are empowere... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:27:52 EST Hello from BC Hello all. I have recently moved to Nelson, BC. I have a significant amount of weight to lose and this is the year it is going to happen! Sun, 29 Jan 2017 20:18:15 EST I Found a Great Blog There is this team that focuses on finding great blogs and other stuff and I thought it was a great idea. We all have found really great blogs or success stories or articles that we would love to share with our friends and so here is your place to do that. At the top where the web address is highlight and right click and press copy then come on here and click the Add A Link button and paste the address right in it and share it here. <BR> <BR> It doesn't have to be another team member it ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:40:09 EST HI - BYE or HUG 2017 If it is a really busy day but you want to check in, this is the thread to do it. Just use the emoticon to say what you wish and off you go. Welcome 2017 Sun, 1 Jan 2017 07:17:20 EST CHIT CHAT LOUNGE 2017 Hi Everyone - <BR> <BR> Here we are at the start of a New Year. May it be all you wish for. <BR> <BR> Love and Hugs <BR> Alicia <BR> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 07:12:46 EST Happy New Year 2017 weight loss challenge Hello Ladies, <BR> by now many of you may be feeling that you have overdone on the calories consumption or slacked off on the fitness and the scales says "oooops!" <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Well fear no more because it's a new day, and new month and a new year and we're gonna be feeling fine. <BR> On January 1st please put in your starting weight. On January 31st please have your final weight posted. The top three weight loss members will get a personalized trophy (graphic for your web pag... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:28:12 EST November Get ready for Christm lose 5 lb challenge Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> Christmas is getting close and it won't be long now before lots of goodies and treats will be tempting our pallets. IT is time to get serious about maintaining our weight or losing up to 5 pounds in November so we will have some wiggle room for Christmas goodies and celebrating. <BR> <BR> There are just 53 days until Christmas Ladies so lets have a blast and get at it. <BR> Please indicate if you are challenging yourself to maintain or lose 5 lbs. Awards... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 17:00:21 EST October Lose 5 pounds challenge Hello Ladies, <BR> <BR> well here we are again will another month of challenging ourselves towards weight loss , healthy nutrition, fitness and all over healthy living. <BR> <BR> If you would like to join this challenge please put your name in and weigh in on October 1st. <BR> C'mon ladies we can do this. Biggest loser gets a great award at the end of the month. <BR> <BR> September saw losses and October can continue the trend. <BR> Lets get ourselves in the best shape ever for Christmas s... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:24:19 EST Not New to Spark People I joined Spark People before it was free to join. A year later it transformed into a free for all whom wanted support in loosing excess pounds. I started Spark at 225 lbs., reached goal weight of 110 lbs and to this date have not gained. <BR> <BR> I can not remember how many years ago that was, but I have been absent for quite a few years, now. Several years ago I rejoined again the website but at that time the site was having issues of stability. Hope they have fixed those issues. ... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 15:13:00 EST No Weight Loss I have to agree that the scales lie. I haven't lost any this week but I also haven't gained which is a battle won in my books &amp;#128516; I probably should be drinking more water too; going to start carrying a bottle around. Heading out to the gym to get some exercise now. Have a beautiful day everyone! <BR> <BR> Karen Fri, 9 Sep 2016 11:27:05 EST Introduction and challenge Joined this group a couple of weeks ago and I've been so busy haven't been able to participate. This challenge sounds good to me. I've been in a plateau weight wise for quite awhile and I need to lose about 20 pounds. Tried cutting calories but then energy wanes. I think I have to switch up my exercise routine. What have any of you tried when you've stalled? <BR> <BR> Karen Mon, 5 Sep 2016 10:57:17 EST SEPTEMBER Lose 5 pounds challenge Here it is ladies, the challenge to get you to lose those few pounds that you have been working on. <BR> Please sign up here with your start weight and then each week at the end of the week you can weigh in. <BR> All participants will get an award at the end of the challenge made by me that you can download and add to your spark page or whatever you would like to do with it. <BR> There will also be awards for 1st 2nd and 3rd place winners. <BR> <BR> Don't be shy, if this works out for you,... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:24:59 EST Return to Sparks I was a member of Sparkpeople a few years ago and was doing pretty good. As always though, my bad habits returned and I gradually stopped visiting the Spark pages and regained the weight. I have rediscovered Sparks, and now have a data plan on my cell phone. This has made all the difference. Now when I am at camp I can access Sparks whenever I want. I love the support I have received. My husband (retired two years ago) is so supportive and eats the same way I do, he exercises with me and... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 09:36:15 EST I'm new here Hi <BR> I'm Jackie and I live in Espanola, Ontario. I am 57 and work full time, although, I am on holidays until September. I am enjoying biking, golf, and swimming. The weather has been perfect for it. I am setting small 10% goals, and am working on my second one. In the big picture, I could lose 100 more pounds, but realistically, I am aiming for 40 or 50. Tue, 2 Aug 2016 15:37:59 EST HI - BYE or HUG Hey Everyone <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> This is the thread when you just want to say hi to everyone or just let us know you stopped by but really didn't have enough time to really have a long chat in the chit chat lounge. <BR> <BR> Use an emoticon and just say - <em>524</em> or <em>247</em> or any other emoticon that sums up your day. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Fri, 1 Jul 2016 07:47:26 EST MARCH 2016 Challenge Computer issues - so will post this today and will check in once we have our computer up and running again. <BR> <BR> Stay Active - increase your activity each week <BR> <BR> Eat Healthy - more fruits and veggies, and natural foods (no processed) <BR> <BR> Focus - remember what your goals are and strive to reach them. Tue, 1 Mar 2016 14:37:55 EST FEBRUARY 2016 Challenges <img src=""> <BR> <BR> February is HEART month, so our challenges will relate to keeping our Heart Healthy. Our challenges will be from Mon. - Fri. with weekends off. Each day we will target a different area in helping to make our heart healthier. Place a emoticon when challenge is completed. <BR> <BR> Monday - Manage your Blood Pressure <BR> <BR> - - - - - Blood pressure is important because the higher you... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:26:53 EST Hi So far I've managed to walk at the indoor track every day they are open since I re-started Dec 21st. Started at 3km, bumped it up to 3.5km the last couple of days of the month and Jan went up to 4km. I plan to add 1km per month until spring when I hit the trails. My normal trail route is about 8-9km. <BR> <BR> Hopefully I can keep it up this time and help with my BP and diabetes. Oh, and apparently my cholesterol is an issue too. Seems the acceptable number is lower with diabetics. The doc d... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 21:02:48 EST 10,000 step goal Hi <BR> <BR> I've joined the 10,000 step goal, but it's showing me at zero. How do I add my steps to it? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Nanci Sun, 3 Jan 2016 13:00:19 EST CHIT CHAT LOUNGE 2016 <em>107</em> <em>411</em> <em>412</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>411</em> <em>412</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to 2016! <BR> <BR> Here is our Lounge for the new year so stop by and say hello. <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 06:29:57 EST JANUARY 2016 WEEKLY CHALLENGES: Good day ladies, <BR> A quick overview of how this challenge will work. I will post a new wkly challenge, something easy, but important to our weight loss. All you have to do is add a <em>248</em> emoticon for each day of that wk that you complete the challenge. <BR> Going back to basics with this one as it is a NEW YEAR, and we should always start the new year off with something positive!! <BR> <BR> So starting Jan 1st 2016 - Jan 7th 2016 our challenge will be: <BR> <BR> <em>19... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:08:13 EST "Asking for IDEAS??" As a NEW Co-Leader of this team, I am throwing out these questions to our team. What is it you are looking for from this team? How as a team leader can we help you? Are challenges important to you?? etc. etc. etc. <BR> <BR> Any ideas you have to help keep this team going and being very active pls send them our way. What has helped you in the past and you wish we could do it again as a team. What are your struggles, is it eating healthy, or the exercise part?? <BR> <BR> Because I a... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 09:05:52 EST How Many Steps Can you Do In a Day Challenge! This challenge is open for all members of Of Canada's 50+ Ladies team. It will be open until December 20th as a way to maintain our weight or lose a pound or two before the Christmas season. <BR> <BR> No matter how many steps you do in a day they add up and at the end of the challenge those who have the most steps will win a trophy made by me for 1st 2nd and 3rd place. <BR> <BR> You can start with your steps today and add them daily to the page by just editing your post each day and adding ... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 17:01:36 EST new to this I am climbing back on the wagon, again. I am determined to succeed this time. I have always avoided doing the community networks as I am a very private person. This time I have made the big leap and joined this group. Crossing my fingers that this will be the missing link that will help take me to my, so far, elusive goal of improving my lifestyle. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:21:14 EST new member Hi Glad to be involved and focusing on good eating and exercise. I am 53 and have two boys and live in Newmarket ON. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 21:58:45 EST FRUITS AND VEGETABLES - A TO Z I thought I would make this new thread that might be useful for all the members on our team. Since we are learning about healthy living, I thought we could put information about a specific fruit or vegetable, giving everyone all the nutrient information about it, starting with the letter A and working our way through the alphabet to the letter Z. <BR> <BR> Everyone is welcome to add their information, so please join in the fun and the challenge to find a fruit or vegetable that starts wit... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 19:28:33 EST CHIT CHAT LOUNGE 2015 Hi, ladies. Here's the new thread that we should be using now. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 21:02:13 EST Lose 5 pounds or more by Christmas 2014 Hello Ladies, <BR> with Christmas just 2 months away and all of us worried about putting on holiday weight I am creating a challenge to lose 5 pounds before Christmas comes. <BR> Of course you can lose more if it happens. <BR> The person to lose the most weight will receive a virtual prize by me to upload to your photo album. <BR> <BR> The challenge will begin November 1st so please sign up with your starting weight and then post your weight once a week there afterwards until December 20th... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:47:22 EST Good Morning Hello lovely ladies. <BR> My name is Alice and I just turned 60 which has been a bit of a wake up call for me. I am determined to make the necessary changes in my life that I should have done years ago. Better late than never they say. I work full time and have hypothyroidism and that has always been my excuse. So... no more excuses. I want to take this journey slow and steady and begin to make healthier choices in my life. I have a wonderful husband (36 years) and 2 sons. We aren't e... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:32:01 EST Good Morning Hello lovely ladies. <BR> My name is Alice and I just turned 60 which has been a bit of a wake up call for me. I am determined to make the necessary changes in my life that I should have done years ago. Better late than never they say. I work full time and have hypothyroidism and that has always been my excuse. So... no more excuses. I want to take this journey slow and steady and begin to make healthier choices in my life. I have a wonderful husband (36 years) and 2 sons. We aren't e... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:31:41 EST I'm back! Re-Introducing myself Hello people! Well, I'm back... Here's a brief intro - all about me! <BR> <BR> Lifetime WW member back in the 80's <BR> gained an awful lot of weight in my late 30's and seemed to keep gaining into my 40s <BR> Joined SP in February of 2007 - loved it here - but was not committed <BR> Lost a nice 34 lbs back in 2011 with Weight Watchers <BR> quit smoking in August of 2012 <BR> gained back 40 lbs (lost 6 of that) <BR> went back to WW - couldn't work the plan for some reason. Tired of it maybe?... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 14:01:47 EST ANNOUNCEMENTS Hi, everyone. I thought it might be helpful to have a new topic here to post any changes that we find out about on sparks. For example - I just posted these announcements in the Chit Chat lounge, but I'll post them here as well as the lounge is used a lot and this one won't be used as often so it won't get lost... <BR> <BR> 1 - Team Wall posts will now have a 140 character limit. The purpose is to encourage people to use the Team Wall for quick updates and comments, and reserve ongoing dis... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:33:55 EST Blessings 2014 Am I blessed....You betcha!!!! <em>285</em> <em>288</em> <BR> <BR> Today was a full day, Church with husband and grandkids, they love kids church! then out for pizza for lunch (thin crust - two pieces only) worked it into my day....then went to the park with grandkids and hubby for two hours....then went and baked cookies with grandkids, had dinner together .....broccoli, chicken, carrots and macaroni. then snuggled together on the couch. <em>201</em> <BR> <BR> How about you -... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 21:47:32 EST Introduction Hello everyone, I am 56 in may and live in the Hearst, Ontario area. I have been trying to loose weight the last 13 years. I am trying to loose 55 pounds by October. This is my first time joining Spark and am trying to learn all the different programs available. I feel joining programs and support groups helps with the weight loose process. I am looking forward to becoming healthier and having more energy. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:58:58 EST CHIT CHAT LOUNGE 2014 As promised, I've created a new Chit Chat Lounge for us to get together in. <BR> <BR> Well, I made it through the first day back to work in the new year. How did everyone else do? Still alive and kicking? LOL <BR> <BR> I've been listening to old songs from the '50's on my radio at work, so I thought I'd put some of them on here to see if you remember these oldies but goodies... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Ahhh - memories... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 19:23:15 EST Danger?! Hi ladies, <BR> Not much time today, but I wanted to alert you to read the article about the banned substance that is currently in the health news section of the "Articles and Videos" on the start page. One of our classmates nearly died, we just found out, because he used this product. I think it is probably not on the market in most places, by now, but just in case. He spent time in the ICU and was near death for a short time. Some people apparently have needed a liver transplant! I know mos... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:57:22 EST Need help Here I go again, I need to lose 25 pounds to be healthy. I just turned 50, I have high blood pressure and am being tested for heart problems. I have dieted all my life and have lost and gained the same 5 pounds over the last 3 years. I need to do this for health and to feel good again about myself. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:08:15 EST HUNGER GAMES The object of this game is to work at losing weight while at the same time helping out those that are in need. <BR> <BR> The rules are simple - Weigh in once a week. For every pound lost, donate $1.00 to your local food bank. But just to make it interesting - if you gain that week, you donate $5.00 a pound. <BR> <BR> This doesn't sound like a lot, but if we all work at this - just think of how much we could benefit people in need. And according to Alyssa's contact at her local food bank... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 07:24:05 EST Oh no, a Yank! Hi Ladies, <BR> I was really excited to find this team. The first thing I'd better confess is that I'm from California although I've lived all over the world. I grew up in England which might be one reason I fell in love with Victoria nearly 30 years ago when I visited for the first time. Since then, I've spent time on the Island for many years. We also have stayed frequently near Langley while on vacation. There aren't many places we haven't visited. Still waiting to get to Manitoba and The ... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 23:39:06 EST terry fox run I did my first marathon today. 5k Sun, 15 Sep 2013 20:52:22 EST vacation went on a vacation with my clients. The wonderful thing is when i got home and got on the scale i hadn't gained any weight. i am so proud of myself Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:15:25 EST I'm new to this team Hi Ladies <BR> I'm glad there is a 50+ team. <BR> I chose declutter as a goal, but was wondering about the 10,000 step goal. How do you <BR> know when you've walked 10,000 steps? <BR> <BR> Kae <em>361</em> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:36:30 EST 50, Burnaby BC Hello to all. I'm a 50 yr old with a weight problem. Struggled with my weight all of my life and I no longer want it to control me. I'm an emotional eater so it's too easy to just go to the cupboards and fill up on food. <BR> I look forward to conversing with other members. <BR> <BR> ~Sheridan Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:24:35 EST menopause Any suggestions, I would be very grateful matter how much exercise I do, and eating low carb, I am actually gaining wt. My doctor says there is nothing I can do because I'm in menopause....I find that hard to believe but my scale seems to agree with him. I need advice! <BR> <BR> thanks!! <BR> Terri Sun, 17 Feb 2013 11:30:35 EST Re-introduction to Team Members Hello everyone, my name is Audrey and I am from Dryden, Ontario. <BR> I joined spark people quite some time ago and went full strong with it becoming leader to a couple of teams. But with being a leader came a lot of ups & downs and when my mom passed away in 2009 and then my dad in 2010 I went through a very emotional time and just didn't respond to the teams or the forums. As a matter of fact I gave up leadership on the teams I headed up. I just didn't want the responsibility. <BR> This yea... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 23:51:24 EST *** Blessings 2013 *** This kind of thread is very popular on another team I visit and although I do not participate much, it can be a place to ask for blessings or offer blessings for others. <BR> <BR> Use this thread as you need to lift yourselves up as needed <em>220</em> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:07:28 EST **** Keep The Momentum Going **** <em>386</em> this thread is for everyone who is starting over or who are attempting to refresh their journey. Quit often we get side tracked by life and then we hit a new year and we want to hit the ground running. That is great, but sometimes we run into bumps in the road and we need a place to vent/ask for support/or just talk about how our refreshing program is going. <BR> <BR> We have the Chit Chat Lounge where we talk about ourselves, our families, and what we are doing with hobbies... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:44:30 EST CHIT CHAT LOUNGE - 2013 - ALL WELCOME <em>334</em> WELL here we go a chat thread dedicated to 2013, and hope you all are having a good start to your 2013. I know I have but my daughter has not, she was suppose to fly into Vancouver at 8 AM and is currently sitting on a tarmac in VICTORIA due to the fog in VANCOUVER - only my daughter could have that happen, we all had a good laff about it though. Going to add to her stress level, I just know it !! <BR> <BR> So do jump in and let us know how your day is going ... cheers !! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:24:41 EST Hello from Vancouver Island, BC I joined Sparkpeople several years ago. I started at 256 lbs and gradually got myself down to 172, only 12 lbs from my goal of 160. Then, over the next few years, I gained back up to 205, and now I'm on a losing streak again, down to 180 lbs. I am a member of tops (taking off lbs sensibly) and am looking to track my food and gain support from this online community. I've recently started with menopause, and am finding the lack of sleep and night sweats/disturbances very difficult to deal w... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 19:19:10 EST SOUP AND SALAD RECIPES - SHARING WITH YA'LL Quinoa and Yam Soup <BR> <BR> 2 tbs of vegetable oil - I only use olive oil <BR> 1/2 medium onion finely chopped <BR> 2 tsp finely chopped ginger <BR> 1 garlic clove minced - I bought the already minced and used the recommended serving <BR> 1 tsp of mild or medium curry powder ( I forgot this 1st time ) <BR> 4 -1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock <BR> 1/3 cup quinoa <BR> 1 - 14 oz can diced tomatoes <BR> 1 tbs brown sugar ( forgot this too!) <BR> 1 medium yam, about 10 oz, peeled and cubed ... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 22:12:28 EST New member I just joined last week and am looking forward to this group. I am originally from Port Colbourne ON. Moved to Toronto, then Scotland & Edmonton where I am now. I work in the Mazankowski Heart Institute. I have 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren John 10 & Jessica 12. I am looking forward to shedding some of the extra weight I let myself accumulate over the last couple of years ( funny how it seems to sneak up on you) and joining in your conversations Mon, 1 Oct 2012 12:02:44 EST Just Saying Hello from Brantford, Ontario Hi: I was introduced to SparkPeople by a dear friend and I am glad that I decided to join. I hope to get support and encouragement from my fellow SparkPeople AND I wish to send MY support and encouragement as well. For the past few years now I have been trying to push myself to get out there and get fit again. I want to be healthy and enjoy my grandchildren for as long as I can. Thanks for listening and have a great day. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:22:46 EST Preparing for Fall <em>422</em> <em>465</em> as much as we would like summer to stick around, fall is fast approaching and may already be here for some areas of CAnada. Please as you begin to bring your fall wears out, check those sleeves and such for insects that may have found a home in them. <em>420</em> in particular love wool, so do check those woolies out so that you do not get a nasty bite/sting from the resident dweller. <BR> <BR> If anyone has any additional suggestions, please post for all ... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 23:43:22 EST OK - I'll admit it I'm 50 Hi ladies. This seems like a relatively active team and I'm excited to join. <BR> <BR> My name is Cayla. I'm from Vancouver, BC. I turned 50 in June and threw a huge bash to celebrate. I figured I could either lie in bed and pull the covers over my eyes or embrace it. So I chose to embrace it. However coming out of the closet and admitting my age was difficult. <BR> <BR> Let's see, about me. I have my own bookkeeping business. I also sing and act professionally on the side. I love to write... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:06:44 EST Change a habit a month This is based on an idea from the website zen habits. In it, he says to effectively change a habit, you only work on changing one at a time. And start at only 5 minutes a day. It doesn't sound like much - but if you do it, in one year, you will have changed 12 habits, in three years 36. But you do it by only working on one change at a time. <BR> <BR> I am going to do this. If you are reading this, please do join me! <BR> <BR> Irene in BC Wed, 30 May 2012 02:07:58 EST CONGRATULATI IONS!!!!!!!! <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>242</em> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Let's send congratulations to the following people for achieving the top 5 spots for SparkPoints last week: <BR> <BR> 1. GONEWLIFE <BR> 2 . RIKKI572 <BR> 3. GDY2SHUZ <BR> 4. LOOPYSUSIE <BR> 5. LYNETTEMOM <BR> <BR> And to these people for achieving the top 5 spots for Fitness Minutes: <BR> <BR> 1. GDY2SHUZ <BR> 2. RIKKI572 <BR> 3. TUFFYBIRD <BR> 4. KRICKET57 <BR> 5. GONEWLIFE <BR> ... Tue, 22 May 2012 15:48:08 EST Ladies Club Daily Weather Report from May 2012 Sorry..I should have started this one as well - as I was reminded Thanks and here is the new short thread.. <BR> <BR> weather here is cloudy and nice Wed, 2 May 2012 17:18:56 EST 2012 Chit Chat Lounge Sorry,,,this should have been set up at the beginning of the year...but better late than never???? <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well in their journey Tue, 1 May 2012 12:51:42 EST May Daily fun May is Creative Beginnings Month. Let's start May out with some of your own creative ways to get exercise today <BR> <BR> I am going to do 10 wall pushups every time I get up from my desk today <em>334</em> Tue, 1 May 2012 12:43:01 EST Snow in Northern Ontario Schools were closed due to the weather. We had about 2 inches of snow. Poor little birds were hiding in the trees. 0 Degree today but plus 3 tomorrow. Looking forward to tomorrow. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 22:33:20 EST Hello from Northern Ontario My name is Pauline, 56 years old, type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure. Needing to lose at least 75 pounds. I have most of the 75 pounds after 45 years old, slowin creeping in. I look forward to this site for support and tips from others who share weight lost struggles like me. I see weight lost as a retraining steps to a healthy living. As a child, I learn to learn with baby steps. I learn to walk when I was ready and it is the same as losing weight. Even reading all the posts is li... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 00:09:40 EST National Days Today is the Festival of Smoke and Mirrors day <BR> <BR> When : Always March 29th <BR> <BR> <BR> Smoke and Mirrors Day is a day of illusions. The term "smoke and mirrors" means something is not really as it appears to be. People often put up smoke and mirrors to hide something. <BR> <BR> What are you hiding today??? Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:58:07 EST New Member Hi there, I am 52 years old ,I joined sparks Aug7th 2011 . I'm married, have a daughter, son inlaw and a grandson.I live in Saskatchewan. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 11:05:42 EST New Friends/New Goals/New Life Hello Ladies! <BR> <BR> I live in Cochrane, Alberta and will be celebrating my 58th birthday this year. <BR> I enjoy knitting, reading, movies and, of course, my family. I seem to have lost my way over the past years and, by joining your team, am hoping that I will find my way again. With your encouragement and support, I intend to lose 91.4 pounds!! <em>249</em> Tue, 3 Jan 2012 16:23:49 EST 2011 CHIT CHAT LOUNGE-C NTINUING YOUR JOURNEY Hi, everyone. The original Chit Chat Lounge was getting kind of large, so I thought I'd start another one. Please come here to talk about your journey. Tue, 15 Nov 2011 21:50:13 EST Introduction Hi, I am 54 years old and from Richmond Hill, Ontario. I have been on this site for 2 months now and have slowly been loosing weight. Probably about 10-12 lbs in total. The biggest eye opener is the amount of food I god tracking certainly curtails those urges! <em>33</em> <BR> Sat, 29 Oct 2011 07:40:08 EST Recipies for VEGAN/VE GETARIAN Meals Hi All, I am embarking on a vegetarian food management system and I lack a lot of the knowledge and recipies for vegetarian/vegan meals. If those of you who have good recipies that are simple and easy to do could post a few I would greatly appreciate it. I am very culinary challenged hence the simple. I can make a salad.. but I would like to make more, thanks so much, Lindie Sun, 9 Oct 2011 13:27:20 EST Good Bye Summer, Hello Fall Challenge Yes its that time of the year when we need to say good bye to summer and hello to fall. We may or may not have gotten all we needed done this summer, I know that my personal journey for health has stalled and its time for me to refocus, be honest with myself and get ready for success. <BR> <BR> One way to do that is to have a challenge to tackle the decluttering of my closet of my wish clothes. ... all those clothes I wished I could get into or that I bought but will never wear. Why am I ho... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 12:58:55 EST WEEKLY TRACKING & EXERCISE CHALLENGE on I thought we might like to challenge one another for tracking and exercise on a weekly basis. If you went over your tracking limit that's ok. The purpose is to track consistently and soon you will be on target. <BR> <BR> Post your results either daily or weekly. At the end of the week tally up your totals and we can see who came in first. The winner will get an emoticon trophy. At the end of the month we will see who won the most overall for the gold cup. <BR> <BR> I'd like to keep thi... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 10:53:00 EST back again I have not been around for over a year, and sadly I have to admit, put another 40 lbs on. I quit smoking, and now I am ready to address my weight ... I know with your support, and input, this is a journey that I can make.. looking forward to meeting all of you Thu, 25 Aug 2011 07:10:22 EST Hello, newbie here, not sure what i am doing but.. i will muddle through. I hope this is an active board, i need all the help i can get (and give). Have lots to lose (100#) Looking for buddies to check in which regularly Sun, 14 Aug 2011 14:27:21 EST Introducing Myself Hello there, i am new to the boards, obviously i am in my 50s, with 100# approx to lose. I have to decided to not diet by following the Eating Clean and exercise approach. Sun, 14 Aug 2011 13:37:48 EST MONTHLY CHALLENGES - Pick your own Welcome to Monthly Challenges. Each month you can choose 1 to 4 of your own challenges that fit your lifestyle. The challenges can be either health related or other. You should check in often during the month to let us know how you are coming along. We can also help each other with motivation if the going gets rough. <BR> <BR> We'll start off with the month of August and use this thread for future months as well. <BR> Good luck with your challenges ladies. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 02:17:43 EST Recently moved, need new appliances Not long ago I moved into a lovely 80's home, and the appliances are definitely "over the hill". <BR> <BR> I'm looking to buy new appliances: a dishwasher (white door, inside stainless or white and top shelf that is adjustable), a white fridge with automatic icecube maker and water dispenser, HE top load washer and front load dryer(white as well). <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend good brands and/or models? I'm not looking for the cheapest (in this case), I want good quality appliances so ho... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 12:17:23 EST JULY CHALLENGE - Pick 3 things to accomplish. Hello Team, <BR> Thought I'd make a continuation of June's challenge but mix it up a bit. <BR> <BR> Pick 3 things you would like to accomplish for July. They can be all health oriented, or not, or partially. You choose, and report in at least once per week on your progress. <BR> <BR> Here's mine...... <BR> <BR> 1. Up the vegetables each day to at least 2 if not 3. <BR> <BR> 2. Install my umbrella clothes line, and while the cement is out... <BR> <BR> 3. Parge that darned garage floor a... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 21:20:05 EST Emoticon as to how you feel today- <em>20</em> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 16:15:15 EST Hi Everyone My name is Kim and I need motivation help. I have a great exercise plan in place and the equipment to do it, I just don't have the energy at the end of the day to do it. I'm up at 5 and in bed by 9 every day. Hopefully someone out there could help me jump start my program and not listen to my excuses. Look forward to hearing from you. Wed, 8 Jun 2011 11:01:16 EST Points this June 7 <em>213</em> Wed, 1 Jun 2011 01:43:27 EST points this May 5 Sat, 28 May 2011 07:31:57 EST New from southwestern Ontario Hi! I've been on and off SP for ages, not terribly successful losing any weight...but I've never joined a forum. So here goes... Mon, 2 May 2011 08:27:52 EST New member Hello, my name is Maida and I am from Montreal, Quebec. Any other Montrealers out there? I will be turning 50 in 3 weeks time on May 19th and would like a new start on life. I have been struggling with weight since I am young and have lost and regained my weight. <BR> <BR> My biggest problem is the emotional eating and also not having anyone to be accountable too. I would like to stop this vicious cycle and be healthy so that my LDL cholesteral will go back down to a normal level. My do... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 16:30:32 EST I'm disappointed that I didn't loose I'm disappointed that I didn't loose anything this week. I know I should have expected not to, since I've only got serious about this since March 20th and I'm down 14 lbs (yaa for me!) <BR> <BR> Oh well, at least I didn't gain (yet). I'm going to our bowling banquette on Saturday and I'm going to be drinking, (and eating, but that I can pretty much keep under control) so we'll see next week. I've made a bargain with myself that I only drink after I loose 5 pounds so I'm not drinking every ... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 13:29:21 EST Valerie's Theme challenge Hi, everyone, <BR> I find that I need to be organized and follow a routine in my daily life, so I thought I'd try to make a challenge for myself that I might be able to follow. My problem is that I get bored doing the same thing every day, but how do I remember what I want to do on a particular day? So, I decided to make each day a particular theme. You're all welcome to join me if you want to. I "borrowed" other people's ideas and included them here, because I thought they were good ones... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 21:09:25 EST Hi from Southern Ontario I just joined SP 7 weeks ago and am just now joining your team. I've committed to all the goals. I love talking with women my age so this is the perfect team for me! I am looking forward to talking with everyone. <em>213</em> Sun, 20 Mar 2011 11:18:31 EST In Rememberance of FlickrFan - AKA Kathy I debated with myself all night about starting this thread. In the end as you can see I have started it. <BR> <BR> We have lost a dear friend, but she will remain ever strong in our hearts. I dont' know about you, but I needed a place where I could express my thoughts, you all are welcome to share here as well. <BR> <BR> I first met Kathy 6 months after I had joined sparks and this team. As I had family in the Peg, it was easy to arrange a meet. My avatar that you see is of that first mee... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:32:49 EST Tai Chi I have tried this a couple of times and enjoyed it. It can be hard on the knees. I have been thinking about joining a group here. They are having an open house on Saturday so I think I will check it out. I have the dvds but sometimes it is more fun to be with real people. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 19:10:39 EST Introduce Myself Hi Ladies, <BR> I've been lurking on the Spark site for almost a month now and have joined a few groups but can't remember if I wrote an introduction on here or not. <BR> <BR> My name is Nancy and I live on Vancouver Island. I work 4 days a week for a large roofing, sheet metal and mechanical contractor. I will be cutting back my work week in the Spring to 3 days a week and then by this time next year I will be retired - all being according to plans. My son always tells me to "make plans b... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 16:18:02 EST New Hello everyone. I am new and just getting started with Spark. I did try a few years ago but kind of lost my way. I am giving it my best and trying to keep my sugar and fat devils at bay. I am in Saskatchewan. Love it here. Sun, 16 Jan 2011 18:35:14 EST Just starting week 2 I was born in Ontario, lived in Albert for half dozen years, then been in Manitoba the past 24 years. Manitoba has hidden perks... <BR> <BR> This is my second week with Spark People. Last week I lost 5 pounds. <em>15</em> Mon, 10 Jan 2011 14:11:02 EST WEEKLY CREATIVE CLUB CHALLENGE Does anyone want to join me on this thread to post your creativity during the week or on the week-end. <BR> The purpose of this challenge is to keep our minds and hands busy. <BR> <BR> Feel free to create or work on something like a project, recipe, drawing, exercise routine or what have you. We are all creative in some way. Let's hear about what you plan to do this week and where possible, take a picture and post it. <BR> <BR> I'll start........ <BR> I want to get back to drawing or colo... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 17:09:33 EST 2011 CHIT CHAT LOUNGE - COME TALK ABOUT YR JOURNEY <em>334</em> <em>213</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I HAVE DECIDED TO START THIS NEW THREAD BECAUSE THE OLD THREAD IS GETTING TOO LONG IN THE TOOTH AND OVER 70 PAGES. <BR> <BR> SO PLEASE JOIN ME ON THE NEW THREAD WHERE WE CAN CHAT AND CREATE GOOD SUPPORT FOR ONE ANOTHER ... NOW I CAN'T PUT A STICKY ON THIS ONE, BUT BOOK MARK IT AND YOU'LL HAVE NO PROBLEM FINDING IT ... THANKS, <em>220</em> Sun, 2 Jan 2011 18:50:31 EST HIT THE GROUND RUNNING IN 2011 Hi Gals <BR> A few of you have expressed interest in the "quick start then maintain" idea. <BR> It works really well for me because I am truly motivated at the beginning of a new year, so I take full advantage. <BR> The goal is to lose 10 lbs by the end of March, then maintain it for the rest of the year. <BR> Some may think that is too low a goal,but what if you'd been doing this for the last five years?? <BR> And where do you want to be in 5 years?? <BR> <BR> The maintenance part is very u... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 11:59:52 EST Hi Everyone I've just joined this team as it looks like it will be inspirational and motivational for me. Like many others I'm a yo-yo but I'm at my highest weight right now and totally freaked out at the direction the scale is going. <BR> <BR> I want a healthier lifestyle not a diet and that is my goal for joining SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> I live on Vancouver Island - mid island - am married, one grown son, DIL and the light of my life is my 4 yr. old grandson. Oh yes, can't forget my 5 year old stan... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 19:20:22 EST **YOUR FAVOURITE HOLIDAY TUNE** HI LADIES, ON THE CHIT CHAT LOUNGE THREAD, WE HAVE BEEN ENJOYING DAILY HOLIDAY TUNES PROVIDED BY OUR VERY OWN VALBOY2010. <BR> <BR> I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE GREAT IF WE ALL COULD SHARE OUR FAVOURITE HOLIDAY TUNE ESPECIALLY WITH THOSE WHO DONT' POST ON THE CHAT THREAD. <BR> <BR> I'LL START IT OFF AND I SURE CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR WHAT YOU WANT TO SHARE. POST AS MANY AS YOU LIKE , AS WELL ALL HAVE MORE THEN ONE FAV !! <BR> <BR> PLEASE USE THE ADD A LINK BUTTON ABOVE TO PAST THE URL ADDRESS OF YO... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 14:48:37 EST Thankful Thursday Today is especially meaningful being Thanksgiving in the US. <BR> <BR> Even if you are not in the US, what are your thankful for? Thu, 25 Nov 2010 04:13:14 EST Team Leaderboards Nov 14 to 20th Congratulations to the top 5 on our leaderboards for this week <BR> <BR> Spark Points: <BR> <BR> GDY2SHUZ <BR> KRICKET57 <BR> STEALTHYONE <BR> FELLGARTH <BR> DIXIEBALL19 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> KRICKET57 <BR> GDY2SHUZ <BR> DIXIEBALL19 <BR> JILLIANWILLIAN <BR> GABSTER26 <BR> <BR> Way to go every one. We are proud of you and your efforts. Tue, 23 Nov 2010 04:40:09 EST Question about team goals <BR> I just wanted to poll everyone to see if you wanted new team goals and if so what you would like to see as team goals Mon, 22 Nov 2010 10:00:52 EST BE FIT - 30/5 :-) This challenge is 30 minutes of exercise, 5 times a week. Lots of you are already doing this, so feel free to join in. With Christmas coming, this will help us to keep up with our exercises. <BR> <BR> Something I thought might work is posting the days of the week and then just edit to add your minutes. Also to see our success, we could enter our weight losses or gain at the bottom of the week. <BR> <BR> Here is an example. <BR> <BR> Nov. 22 - 28 <BR> <BR> Monday - 30 <BR> Tuesday - <BR>... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 19:37:36 EST Team Leaderboards Nov 13, 2010 I want to start to post leaderboards again. May often not be on the Sunday, but will try to get to it early in the week. <BR> <BR> <BR> Congratulations to the top 5 on our leaderboards for this week <BR> <BR> Spark Points: <BR> <BR> GDY2SHUZ <BR> STEALTHYONE <BR> KRICKET57 <BR> FELLGARTH <BR> RACHELSBAMA <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> GDY2SHUZ <BR> KRICKET57 <BR> DIXIEBALL19 <BR> JILLIANWILLIAN <BR> GABSTER26 <BR> <BR> Way to go every one. We are proud of you and your efforts.... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 21:44:54 EST HELLO ALL Im new to this, so just trying to find my way around. I've heard some wonderful reviews about this site, so thougt it was time to try it out. Mon, 8 Nov 2010 21:40:15 EST EMOTICON YOUR DAY - WHEN YOUR CRUNCHED FOR TIME ! WELL THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD THREAD FOR PEEPS SINCE WE ARE RUNNING INTO THE BUSIEST SEASON OF THE YEAR - SO DROP IN, AND EMOTICON YOUR DAY ! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sun, 7 Nov 2010 09:37:55 EST On the Road Again I have been on this road before but this time I must succeed. I have health issues that are scaring me. I hope the fear of death and the support of everyone here will translate into a smaller me. <BR> I'm on the road again, the road to a healthy me and this time I am going to make it to my destination. Thu, 21 Oct 2010 21:44:51 EST pony tail girl Hi everyone I am knew to this site. I will be looking up the help alot to be able to get the benefit of this site. <BR> I am a young grama 62 years old. I have started to change my eating and my exercise so I will be healthy in my later years. I have 4 grandchildren and two daughters. I lost my only son in a motorcycle accident in September of 2005. <BR> Looking forward to his next journey with all of you. Sat, 18 Sep 2010 10:15:14 EST Winnipeg Plans for September 2011 <link><BR>uage=english </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a map of the Tim Hortons stores within 5KM of the Humphrey Inn. <BR> <BR> Val and Lindie: Perhaps you could copy and paste your posts from the Chit Chat topic. You have to go back a long way to find them. Fri, 17 Sep 2010 08:40:01 EST New-Bee on board Hi everyone, just wanted to introduced myself... I am 52 and just recently had a hysterectomy which will no doubt add on to my already "extra" poundage <BR> I have been home for 6 weeks now and "taking" it easy as per the doctors orders but I am also seeing my waistline increase by the minute. <em>198</em> <BR> I happen to be looking at something on the internet this morning and this site came up in one of the articles I happen to be reading - long story short, here I am - day one of my weig... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 09:42:10 EST New Journey <em>41</em> Hi my name is Jackie. This is my new journey or my old journey. I live in Manitoba. I am excited about this site and everything it has to offer, as well as getting to know new people. Thu, 9 Sep 2010 12:17:06 EST Hello Hi! I am a new member from the prairies. As with many of us I have struggled with my weight for most of my life. I am really trying to change my eating habits and have a more active lifestyle. I look forward to getting to know everyone. Fri, 23 Jul 2010 14:47:17 EST I'm looking for a weight loss buddy Right now, I am working towards losing 50lbs. <BR> <BR> I thought it would be nice to buddy up with someone who needs encouragement almost on a daily bases to stay on track. <BR> <BR> How about it? <BR> <BR> Please Spark mail me and......... <BR> <BR> LET'S DO IT ! <BR> Wed, 21 Jul 2010 13:52:46 EST *WINNIPEG REUNION MEET N GREET '11 CHALLENGES* <em>334</em> HELLO ALL MY WONDERFUL FRIENDS. FOR ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US A GROUP OF US ARE SAVING OUR PENNIES, NICKEL'S, DIMES, QUARTERS, LOONIES, TWOONIES TO SAVE FOR A GET TOGETHER IN WINNIPEG IN LATE SEPT 2011 - SO GET CLINKING INTO YOUR JAR. <BR> <BR> SOME OF YOU LADIES HAVE ASKED FOR CHALLENGES SO I WILL KICK IT OFF WITH THIS ONE AND IF SOMEONE WOULD KINDLY POST THE NEXT ONE, THAT WAY WE ALL SHARE THE CHALLENGE RESPONSIBILITY RATHER THEN ONE OR TWO ALWAYS DOING ... WE ARE A... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 20:36:29 EST One new thing about YOU!!! Each day stop by and share one new thing about you to help us get to know each other better. Tue, 6 Jul 2010 10:00:04 EST Birthdays in July and August Happy Birthday Canada! <em>636</em> Thu, 1 Jul 2010 18:40:20 EST Team Leader Board June 27th Congratualations to the top 5 on our leaderboards for this week <BR> <BR> Spark Points: <BR> <BR> LITTLEWIND53 <BR> KRICKET57 <BR> FLICKRFAN <BR> PRINGLE <BR> GABSTER26 <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> LITTLEWIND53 <BR> KRICKET57 <BR> FLICKRFAN <BR> DESKJOCKEY101 <BR> PRINGLE <BR> <BR> Way to go every one. We are proud of you and your efforts <BR> Wed, 30 Jun 2010 02:53:52 EST Sweat stains on bras This is embarassing, but I was wondering if anyone knows how to get sweat stains off bras under the breast cups, or how to prevent the sweating there. I use baby powder sometimes, but it doesn't really work and now my daughter (23 and overweight too) is getting the yellowish stains too. Suggestions? <em>2</em> <em>2</em> Wed, 23 Jun 2010 13:40:18 EST Team Leaderboards June 13th and 20th I apologize for not getting the leaderboards posted last week. I promised myself I would get this weeks posted on Sunday, and here it is Monday evening already. So without further ado . . . . <BR> <BR> Congratualations to the top 5 on our leader boards for LAST week June 13th <BR> <BR> Spark Points: <BR> <BR> KRICKET57 <BR> LITTLEWIND53 <BR> FLICKRFAN <BR> PRINGLE <BR> GABSTER26 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> KRICKET57 <BR> FLICKRFAN <BR> LITTLEWIND53 <BR> DIXIEBALL19 <BR> PRINGLE ... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 00:33:18 EST Team leader boards for week ending June 6, 2010 Congratualations to the top 5 on our leader boards for this week <BR> <BR> Spark Points: <BR> <BR> KRICKET57 <BR> FLICKRFAN <BR> LITTLEWIND53 <BR> ARTYMISS <BR> GABSTER26 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> KRICKET57 <BR> FLICKRFAN <BR> DIXIEBALL19 <BR> LITTLEWIND53 <BR> DESKJOCKEY101 <BR> <BR> Way to go every one. <BR> Sun, 6 Jun 2010 21:29:31 EST Newbie Hi everyone this sounds like a great bunch of people. I'm 55, overweight, Type2 diabetic and hope to go on this journey with all of you. I still work fulltime but hope to correct that when I'm 60. I love animals and people too but don't have much of any hobby except collecting anything with frogs (no, not the real kind). My cultural background is West Indian. Looking for support here and meeting people who are also on this journey of life. I live in Ajax, Ontario Wed, 2 Jun 2010 18:58:07 EST *** WII TIME CHALLENG E(S)**** I'VE STARTED THIS THREAD BECAUSE THERE ARE A FEW OF US WHO USE THE WII FIT, BOWL, TENNIS, OTHER ACTIVITIES AND IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE A THREAD TO HAVE SOME FRIENDLY INSPIRING CHALLENGES. <BR> <BR> SO FEEL FREE TO POST WHAT YOU WANT TO DO AND YOU NEVER KNOW WHO WILL JOIN YOU. <BR> <BR> THEY SAY THAT THE WII IS JUST A GAME, BUT FOR SOME OF US ITS SO MUCH MORE - SO SLIP OFF THOSE SHOES, GET THAT BOARD READY AND LETS DO SOME SERIOUS CALORIE BURNING WII - ING TOGETHER !! <em>294</em> <em>3... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 00:23:44 EST 50+ always 20 lbs overweight....but that will end Hi all..I used to be an athlete in high school. During university I gained the freshman 10 and again after childbirth gained another 10-20 pounds. I can always seem to get down to the 150 but never can back to the 135 where I should be . With all the tracking on this site and advise I think I can finally do it. I am married for over 25 years and we are empty nesters Tue, 1 Jun 2010 21:03:14 EST Team Leaders Some of you may or may not be aware that Angela is going to be taking a break from Spark which would leave this team leaderless again. I have volunteered to stand in until her return unless there are any other volunteers???? However, my involvement will be minimal. If you need a stickie or such.... <BR> <BR> P.S. Does anyone know what has happened to JAYNECANADA? She is listed as a leader but I have never heard of her or from her. Mon, 31 May 2010 10:26:18 EST Dorothy's 4 Item June Challenge Hi Ladies, <BR> You are welcome to join me if you wish. <BR> <BR> List 4 items that you want to complete by June 30th. Make it 2 health related items and 2 non-health items. For example, I've chosen mine as follows: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink a minimum of 3 20oz. glasses of water per day. <BR> <BR> 2. Use the Spark food tracker at least 3x per week. <BR> <BR> 3. Finally make the livingroom lined drapes that have been on the back burner for over 3 years. <BR> <BR> 4. Organize my home office she... Thu, 20 May 2010 14:28:09 EST Sears Stars on Ice Did anyone go see Sears Stars on Ice when it was in their town? I went on Tuesday night (in Victoria). <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> It was so beautiful and spectacular! Just what I needed! Thu, 13 May 2010 12:46:16 EST Question of the day <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Do you plan your meals each week before you go shopping? <BR> <BR> Always <BR> Sometimes <BR> Never Fri, 7 May 2010 15:06:41 EST IS YOUR WEATHER GOOD? GREAT! NOW GET OUT THERE I AM LOOKING OUT AT SUNNY SKIES AND I AM GLAD I CAN GET OUT AND WALK IN IT. <BR> <BR> SO WHAT'S STOPPING YOU FROM GETTING OUT IN THE BIG OUTDOORS UNDER THAT BLUE CANOPY WE CALL A SKY? <BR> <BR> SITTING HERE READING THIS AIN'T GONNA GET YOU AS HEALTHY AS A GOOD 15 MINUTE BRISK STROLL - SO LETS GET OUT THERE AND GET STROLLING - SAVE THE SPARK STUFF AND THAT FOR WHEN ITS NOT NICE OUT .... LETS GET BUSY LADIES, YOU'LL LOVE YOU FOR IT, YOUR BODY, HEART, AND SOUL WILL LOVE YOU FOR IT !! <BR> ... Fri, 7 May 2010 10:57:01 EST Question of the day <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What do you think about restaurant salads? <BR> <BR> They're probably healthier than most dishes <BR> <BR> They're just as bad as other selections <BR> <BR> They're usually worse than regular menu items <BR> <BR> It's impossible to tell which ones are good without looking up the nutrition facts <BR> <BR> Something else not listed here <BR> Tue, 4 May 2010 12:12:35 EST 30 Ways to Outsmart Temptation <BR> 1. Take a deep breath. When you're stressed or anxious, instead of reaching for a bag of chips, focus on your breath. A few slow, steady breaths through the nose can cals frazzled nerves. Add a mantra: Inhale peace, exhale tension. Mon, 3 May 2010 17:07:03 EST New member. Hi. <BR> I became a member of SP in April.Still checking out <BR> all the great info and positive support amongst the members on this site.I am 59 years young and live in Vancouver.My goal is to lose 20 lbs and be fitter and healthier when i turn 60 in December.Happy to be joining The 50+ Ladies Club! <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 May 2010 00:15:56 EST CHIT-CHAT LOUNGE WELCOME EVERYONE TO YOUR NEW CHAT THREAD, TO MAKE IT EASY FOR NEW MEMBERS I KEPT IT SIMPLE, ITS WHERE WE COME AND CHIT AND CHAT AND CREATE INTERESTING DISCUSSION AND ITS A LOUNGE... SO PULL UP A CHAIR, PUT UP YR FEET AND LETS GET CHATTY !!!!! Tue, 27 Apr 2010 09:45:08 EST Birthdays in May and June A new month is approaching. Let us know if you will be celebrating a birthday in the next two months. <BR> <BR> <em>44</em> Mon, 26 Apr 2010 09:33:52 EST LADIES STEPPIN OUT IN MAY 2010 - 3 MILLION OR BUST <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>311</em> <em>331</em> <em>332</em> <em>185</em> <em>318</em> <em>309</em> <BR> <BR> THIS POST IS FOR STEPS FOR MAY PLEASE DO NOT POST ANY STEPS BEFORE MAY 1ST - AND IT WILL RUN A BIT DIFFERENT THEN APRILS. PLEASE BRING THE TOTAL FORWARD WHEN YOU ADD YOUR STEPS AND PLEASE ENSURE NO ONE POSTED WHILE YOU DID CAUSE THEN YOU WILL HAVE TO EDIT YOUR POST. YOU CAN POST DAILY, OR WEEKLY, ITS UP TO YOU BUT I WILL NOT BE D... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 00:50:18 EST Canadian Ladies 50+ Family GAme Night <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> GREETINGS TEAM MATES, AS ONE OF MY LAST PROGRAMS TO INITIATE AS TEAM LEADER OF THIS TEAM, I AM INITIATING A FAMILY GAME NIGHT ON THIS TEAM. WHICH NIGHT WILL BE FAMILY GAME NIGHT WILL BE UP TO EACH OF YOU, AS WELL ALL HAVE SUCH VARIED SCHEDULE. THE IDEA IS TO GET TOGETHER AS A FAMILY AND ENJOY THE EVENING AWAY FROM TV, OR WHAT HAVE YOU. YOU MAY CHOOSE TO DO WHAT EVER YOU WISH AS LONG AS YOU DO IT WITH YOUR FAMILY... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 15:46:42 EST LINDIE'S PERSONAL CHALLENGE - YES I CAN !! IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS I WILL BE RESIGNING AS TEAM LEADER BUT WILL WANT TO CONTINUE DOING CHALLENGES THAT I CAN INVOLVE OTHERS IN IF THEY WISH. THERE WILL BE VARIETY AS I BORE EASILY SO IT WILL BE A CHALLENGE AS I NEED IN MY JOURNEY, AND I HOPE I CAN ENCOURGE OTHERS TO START THEIR OWN CHALLENGE THREAD AND GET BUSY WITH ADDRESSING THE SHORT COMINGS IN THEIR OWN JOURNEY. THIS IS WHAT THIS THREAD WILL BE FOR ME. JOIN ME IF YOU WISH OR NOT IN THE END IT WILL BE UP TO YOU ! Sun, 11 Apr 2010 19:31:25 EST hello from niagara i found this site about 6 months ago and finally signed up last week. i'm excited about being here and with the help and support of everyone here, i know i'll lose the weight i need to be healthy pound at a time. Sun, 11 Apr 2010 11:01:43 EST Conversion chart Could someone post the conversion link again? <BR> My totals only include outdoor walks and treadmill. <BR> <BR> It is hard to believe that I would get more steps doing housework than I do going for a walk. The Shape up America conversion gave 6000 steps for an hour walk that covered 3 miles. (5KM) Sun, 4 Apr 2010 08:44:20 EST TEAM CHALLENGE FOR APRIL - STEP IT UP LADIES ! <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>311</em> <em>318</em> <em>319</em> <em>331</em> <em>138</em> <em>309</em> <em>315</em> <em>313</em> <em>344</em> <BR> HEY COME ON NOW GET THOSE WALKING SHOES ON AND LETS GET STEPPING OUT HERE, EACH OF US WALK AT SOME POINT DURING THE DAY EIHTER TO AND FROM POINT A TO POINT B OR ON LONGER WALKS. NOW LETS PUT THOSE STEPS TO USE AND LETS SEE IF THIS TEAM CAN REACH ITS GOA... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 12:30:03 EST new here Hey ladies, I'm from Texada Island on the West Coast of B.C. I'm looking for motivation to lose the 20-25 lbs that just seems to stick like glue. I thought I'd give the calorie counting a try as everything else I lose interest in. So I'll be grateful for any motivation and help that comes my way and I'll be supportive to all. <BR> Thanks to begins my journey. I look at my ticker and it says 176 kgs really it should be in lbs but doesn't seem to want to register that way any hints? Fri, 26 Mar 2010 02:28:10 EST hello from newfoundland New to this site,and just finished reading the spark book,not sure how to add that. <BR> Turned 50 last october and am 50 lbs overweight.Need to lose it and get fit.Still working full time,4 and a half years until retirement.Menopausal,don't sleep,overweight.Depressing.Have to get my life on track. Tue, 23 Mar 2010 16:09:29 EST Hello from Toronto Hello Ladies, I'm so happy to join your group...looking forward to the advise and support. Just found this website in a magazine...looks really great! I'm 53 years old, married with one grown son. I've been trying to lose this weight for about 10 years hoping this is the "spark" I've been looking for. Here we go!! <BR> <BR> Lynn Fri, 5 Mar 2010 11:36:03 EST Birthdays in March and April I am already thinking about the next two months and decided that it was not too early to add this topic. Add your special day so that we can send birthday greetings to you and yours. <BR> <em>44</em> Thu, 18 Feb 2010 09:24:59 EST Daily Fitness Hi Ladies, All is damp here in Ontario with light flurries. <BR> I thought I'd start this thread because I find it a bit of a pain using the fitness tracker, the trackers take time to input. And I thought we'd see what each other is doing, and maybe get new ideas. So today I did: <BR> <BR> Leslie Sansone "you can do ABS" 20 min <BR> <BR> Leslie Sansone "Walk Away The Pounds Express" Super challenge 4 miles. 60 min. <BR> <BR> Wii Balance games 30 min. <BR> <BR> From now on I'll just refer ... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 11:10:15 EST Bragging rights? I'm not sure of the protocol here so if I'm way off base let me know. Is it appropriate to brag about losing weight? Monday's are going to be my weigh-in day cuz I started last Monday. So I weighed myself this morning and I'm just so excited about losing 3.5 lbs in my first week that I just want to share it here. I think a couple of things really contributed to this loss - drinking LOTS of water, TRACKING my food (what a great tool!) and walking briskly for 20 minutes 3 times. I was hoping t... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 00:29:15 EST New to Spark Hi, I thought I'd introduce myself. I joined Spark last Monday and started tracking my daily food and water intake. It's very revealing - a really good tool. I'm in my early sixties, 5 feet tall and 172 pounds. I didn't have weight issues until I started gaining weight in my thirties. I've been through the Weight Watchers revolving door a few times and, although it's a good program and I was always successful in reaching goal, I've added it all back on and then some. <BR> <BR> Last we... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 10:47:31 EST 8 WKS BUILDING CONSISTENCY TO EASTER MONDAY <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> FOR SOME OF US THE SCALE CAN BE DETRIMENTAL WHEN IT DOES NOT SAY WHAT WE ARE HOPING IT CAN. THIS CAN CAUSE SOME TO BECOME SO DEJECTED THAT THEY ABANDON WHAT THEY ARE ATTEMPTING TO DO - LIVE A HEALTHY LIFE STYLE. <BR> <BR> WE ALSO KNOW THAT THE SCALE IS JUST ONE OF MANY WAYS TO "MEASURE" SUCCESS... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 17:34:21 EST February Birthdays A new month is coming. <BR> Does anyone on the team celebrate a birthday in February? <BR> <em>129</em> <em>44</em> Sat, 30 Jan 2010 10:19:37 EST new spark Hi all <BR> <BR> I can't believe that I managed to find this place. Thanks JillianWillian! <BR> <BR> Hope I start catching on soon so I can get down to the business of losing weight. <BR> <BR> I'm really getting excited about this program. I'm so glad I found out about this website cause I think it's going to be a fun way to get healthy! <BR> <BR> Night all <BR> Sharon Sun, 24 Jan 2010 21:45:01 EST SHARING YOUR FAVOURITE RECIPE ! HI LADIES I'VE STARTED THIS THREAD AS A PLACE TO PUT RECIPIES AS WE HAVE VERY GOOD CHEFS AMUNG US. PLEASE POST YOUR RECIPE HERE - IT CAN BE FROM ANY SOURCE, EVEN GRANDMA'S OLD RECIPE BOOK! Sat, 23 Jan 2010 11:07:54 EST New Here Hi - My name is Diane and I live in Brampton, On. I won't be 50 until the end of March, but I figure I'm close enough and I've never been hung up on my age - I am what I am... <BR> I'm here because I need to lose weight. I figure it's going to take a long time - it didn't get there overnight. I've been thinking though it should actually come off faster since it took close to 22 years to gain it all. <BR> I'm a single mom of two ADHD boys (13 and almost 15), work full time and have an on-lin... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 21:42:22 EST Hi ladies Hi everyone - I live in Toronto. Just joined Sparks this week so am still finding my way around, think I have joined too many teams but just found this one and it looks like you have a great team. I have 75 lbs to lose after years at a stressful desk job where I worked long hours, did not stop to eat so my metabolism is out of whack. Sometimes it is not how much you eat but when. Recently retired so now no more excuses to stop me getting healthy. It is up to me to just DO IT! Went to my new ... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 17:06:08 EST Hello, My name is Jacqueline Today is my second day at SP and all is going well so far. Although limiting my intake of sugar leaves me a little crabby, can't wait for that to pass. I am a little overwhelmed by all the material on this website and wonder how anyone has the time to excersise or shop for food! My goal is to be able to walk without going into cardiac arrest and fitting into a smaller size. Hope to have "before" photos up soon, I think knowing that everyone can see me will help to motivate me... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 12:03:55 EST New in the Ladies Club Hello all. I am not new to Spark People. I joined a couple of years ago and then never followed through. Since then I have only gained a few pounds but my health has decreased in a big way. I have decided to come back and put my best foot forward. They say on this site that part of success is to talk to others who are going through the same things. So here I am. On the message boards, hoping to make a good connection with all of you. I need to lose weight. Talk to you all soon! Sat, 16 Jan 2010 23:07:05 EST MY DAILY GREATFULS, I GIVE THANKS FOR .... IN LIGHT OF THE SITUATION IN HAITI, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE NICE WHERE WE COULD COME ON A DAILY BASIS AND STATE WHAT WE ARE GREATFUL OR THANKFUL FOR. THIS WILL ALSO HELP TO CREATE A POSITIVE MOOD AS WE CONCENTRATE ON SOMETHING POSITIVE. <BR> <BR> TODAY I AM GREATFUL FOR THE RESCUE PERSONNELLE IN HAITI WHO ARE GIVING A HELPING HAND. THERE ARE MANY CANADIANS IN THAT COUNTRY. Fri, 15 Jan 2010 08:56:02 EST How have you changed your eating style? I find myself eating a lot more veggies and fruit, but still they don't satisfy my craving for sweet or salty. <BR> My initial goal was too lose the snack habit altogether,by not using substitutes, like, rice <BR> crackers, chocolate chip all-bran bars,( which I really like ) <BR> I'm a grazer MOO! <em>434</em> , , read, I eat all day. I can graze on fruits and veggies as easily as chips and sweets, I don't like large servings.This keeps my blood sugar up and I don't usually have afterno... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 08:55:05 EST new to sparks hi im 55 female love to read, watch good comedy, long walks in the fresh air need to lose lots of excess bagage found this site by mistake or maybe not a mistake Mon, 4 Jan 2010 11:20:08 EST New here Hi Ladies <BR> I'm brand new here and I`m having a little difficulty finding my way around. <BR> I have read many of your posts and you sound like a great bunch. <BR> I`m 51, married with 2 sons . <BR> I`m currently a slug, but tomorrow I head back to Curves with about a million other fresh starters no doubt.I hope these pages and this program will help get me going.Happy New Year to all. <BR> H. in Alberta Fri, 1 Jan 2010 17:52:05 EST 6 WEEKS TO VALENTINES GOOD HEALTH CHALLENGE <em>213</em> GREETINGS EVERYONE, AS MERILYN SUGGESTED ON THE THREAD, END OF YEAR CHALLENGE, I AM STARTING THE NEW THREAD THAT WILL CONTINUE FROM THE END OF YEAR CHALLENGE. THIS CHALLENGE WILL MIRROR THE LAST ONE WE DID WITH ONE EXCEPTION. PLEASE DO TRY AND STAY WITH IN THE GUIDELINES FOR THIS ONE AS I WANT TO TRY AND FOSTER "TEAM" WORK, "TEAM" MATE,"TEAM" SUPPORT, ETC, ATMOSPHERE WITH THIS NEW CHALLENGE. SO HERE WE GO: <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL RUN FROM JANUARY 4, 2010 TO FEB 13 2010 Y... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 16:32:16 EST Hi From Balmy Regina I'm a +50 with 50lbs to lose. I just had arthroscopic knee surgery done and need to get this )(%)#% weight off or down the road I will need a replacement. <BR> I lost 75lbs 5 years ago, but with the knee problem, new job 2 years ago that entails 11 hour days, my fitness level and intake of the same calories has led me to a gain of 40lbs. <BR> I realize I am unable to do this alone and would appreciate the ongoing support of you all. <BR> Here is to the beginning AGAIN! Fri, 27 Nov 2009 11:18:54 EST What I've learned about our Team so far.... Hi all!.. well, fortunately, Irene shared a good idea with me so I began learning about the team members by cutting/pasting all members into an excel document which Im using to make notes in.. <BR> <BR> Here's what I've learned so far on my first evening of reviewing Sparkpages from our Team: <BR> <BR> Of the 180 pages that I've copied so far, 73% of us have set up our Sparks Page. Impressive! <BR> <BR> I've looked at 25 individual pages this evening, and a whopping 92% of us have weight... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 22:03:46 EST END OF YEAR CHALLENGE For this challenge you will create a Christmas tree about 6" tall. It can be made of cardboard or you can search the web for a picture of one and print it off. On the top of the tree, place a star, and on the tree itself, glue on 8 ornaments. These ornaments can be fancy buttons, sequins, or whatever. Use your imagination and be creative. Dollar stores may have some ideas in the scrapbooking section. Once created, you can either attach a piece of magnetic tape to the back and put it on your... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 23:29:05 EST Hello from Moncton, N.B. I was wondering if we have any members from my place of residence? <BR> <BR> i'm 61 and have lost 19.5 pounds of the 101 pounds I want to lose. My health should improve. My knees hurt from the excess weight and it nedds to come off. i have a DD and 5 grand-children, and not least, a wonderful DH. I live close to a very dear freind who happens to be my sister. She gave me two wonderful twin nephews and two lovely ladies in my neices. Sun, 1 Nov 2009 00:44:20 EST How do you define 'HAPPINESS'? Hi Everyone, <BR> I hope you're all doing fine....or at least as well as can be expected. Personally I have the beginnings of a cold and I'm doing everything in my power to make this the shortest cold in history...well at least my history. lol <BR> I have to do some reflection and some writing to bring to a very intellectual discussion in a couple of weeks. To add to my own views on the title above, I thought I would simply ask my fellow members to answer this question. I will attempt to g... Sat, 31 Oct 2009 18:36:10 EST PREPARING US FOR THE HOLIDAYS - PLAN, THEN WORK IT <em>220</em> GREETINGS TEAM MATES, WE ALL KNOW THAT THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS ALMOST UPON US AND WITH US A SLEW OF EVENTS THAT WE NEED TO GET READY AND PREPARE FOR. YOU KNOW THE OLD GIRL GUIDE MODEL? BE PREPARED? WELL HERE YOU WILL NOT ONLY BE PREPARED, BUT YOU WILL DESIGN YOUR OWN PLAN OF ACTION AND THEN "WORK THE PLAN". NO PLAN GIVES YOU ANY SUCCESS IF YOU DO NOT PUT SOME EFFORT INTO IT. <BR> <BR> HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS TO GET YOU GOING AND YOU CAN DO ANY OF THE SUGGESTED OR YOU CAN DO Y... Sat, 31 Oct 2009 16:58:08 EST CALLING ALL ARTISTS, WRITERS, NOVELISTS, THIS THREAD IS DEDICATED TO THE ARTIST IN US ALL WEATHER THAT BE WRITING, READING, PAINTING, ETC. <BR> <BR> COME TELL US ABOUT YOUR PASSION AND HOW THAT PASSION HAS AFFECTED YOUR DAY TODAY. <BR> <BR> WRITE YOUR POEMS AND SHARE WITH US HERE.. <BR> <BR> WRITE YOUR SHORT STORIES AND SHARE WITH US HERE.. <BR> <BR> DON'T BE SHY NOW GET YOUR WORK OUT THERE !! <em>203</em> <em>17</em> <em>149</em> <em>195</em> <em>268</em> <em>103</em> Mon, 21 Sep 2009 21:08:30 EST who am I? Well I am a mom to some, grandma to others :) Born in Holland July 6 1935. at 8 months we moved to the island of Curacao in the Caribbean. There I lived for 18 years. <BR> then moved to Canada and I have been here ever since. I am a portrait artist and a writer (some of my stories are published) But my purpose now is to slowly loose some pounds for healthy living. I further like reading, beating my friend at scrabble hahahaha loving my newly rescued chihuahua, so he will not hate humans anymo... Mon, 21 Sep 2009 17:54:37 EST Looks like this tea room is the 'place' to gather Just joined. Long road ahead and it's nice to know there is company along the way Sun, 20 Sep 2009 23:07:14 EST Hello Everyone I just found SparkPeople today. Great concept and I'm looking forward to it! Hoping the online community makes the journey more fun (and successful!) Sun, 20 Sep 2009 22:11:22 EST HOW TO SET UP YOUR PEDOMETER - JUST INCASE YOU.... THIS IS FOR THE SPORTLINE PEDOMETER BUT SHOULD WORK FOR ANY THAT HAS A SIMILAR STYLE OF SET UP: <BR> <BR> BUTTON A - FAR LEFT IS THE RESET BUTTON: THIS BUTTON HAS TWO FUNCTIONS: <BR> 1. TO CHANGE FROM MILE STO KILOMETERS MEASUREMENTS <BR> 2. TO RESET PEDOMETER BACK TO ZERO IN "STEP, DISTANCE OR CALORIE MODES" <BR> <BR> BUTTON B - MIDDLE BUTTON - SET: USED FOR SETTING STRIDE LENGTH, WEIGHT, AND TIME OF DAY. <BR> <BR> BUTTON C - FAR RIGHT BUTTON- ALLOWS YOU TO CHOOSE THE MODE YOU WANT IN THE... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 22:43:06 EST THANKSGIVING TURKEY CHALLENGE HI TEAM, <BR> I STARTED THIS CHALLENGE IN THE TOPS IN CANADA TEAM AND THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO JOIN ME. <BR> <BR> THE CHALLENGE WILL RUN FOR 5 WEEKS STARTING THIS WEEK AND ENDING ON THANKSGIVING WEEK-END. <BR> <BR> WHAT YOU'LL NEED....... <BR> A PICTURE OF A TURKEY THAT SHOWS IT'S TAIL FEATHERS. I HAVE ONE ON MY SPARKPAGE THAT YOU CAN COPY TO YOUR DESKTOP AND PRINT OFF IF YOU WANT. IT WILL NEED TO BE ENLARGED THOUGH. <BR> <BR> YOU'LL ALSO NEED 5 FEATHERS. IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANY FEATHERS... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 13:50:40 EST CONNIE'S LOOSE 8 BY OCTOBER, LETS DO THIS !! THERE ARE SEVERAL MEMBERS WHO HAVE DECIDED TO DO A CHALLENGE TO LOOSE 8 LBS BY OCTOBER, AND ANYONE WHO WANTS TO JOIN IN TO HELP AND SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER, YOUR MORE THEN WELCOME TO USE THIS THREAD... <BR> <BR> REMEMBER TO KEEP IT SIMPLE AND HEALTHY... ROME WAS NOT BUILT OVER NIGHT ... <em>252</em> <em>220</em> Thu, 3 Sep 2009 23:06:07 EST Hello from British Columbia I am happy to haved found a Canadian-based SparkTeam. Happy to report I have lost 6.4 pounds so far and am feeling very good about both my progress and self-esteem. I hope all of you have a great weekend. Today, it is supposed to be 26 in Prince George. Wow! <em>30</em> Sat, 29 Aug 2009 12:24:36 EST Is it just me ? I just recently changed my profile picture to a new icon that we can use instead,'Creating a New Me'...I think. I don't think I like it...thought I would. When members use a picture of themselves, I find that I get to know them much quicker and it's easier to put a name to a face. When it's an icon or a cat or a dog or a flower or a just doesn't seem to register for me. I can never remember who's who. Is it just me that's being silly or perhaps I'm going senile. Mon, 24 Aug 2009 21:52:01 EST EXERCISE LOTTERY - OUR FALL DAILY CHALLENGE !! THIS FALL THIS THREAD MAY BE USED TO INITIATE OR ENHANCE YOUR DAILY EXERCISE ROUTINE. HOW MANY OF YOU, LIKE ME HAVE SEVERAL EXERCISE DVD'S PROGRAMS, MACHINES, ETC THAT WE HAVE COLLECTED BUT HAVE A HARD TIME DECIDING WHAT TO DO EACH DAY TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THESE PURCHASES? <BR> <BR> WHO DOES NOT LIKE A LOTTERY, IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. THIS ONE HOWEVER, WILL ONLY COST YOU TIME... <BR> <BR> HERE'S WHAT YOU DO: <BR> <BR> 1. WRITE DOWN ON A SMALL PIECE OF PAPER ALL THE EQUIPMENT, DVD'S, AND... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 11:31:33 EST intro at last they say better late than never so here goes. <BR> I live in age is plenty-five grandma of five.... retired and living alone. I am a portrait artist and work in coloured pencil mostly.....also do woodcarving with a medical scalpel :) So that makes me sendatary ....hence the need for weightloss brrrrr Sat, 15 Aug 2009 10:39:22 EST Hello from Edmonton Hi. My name is Linda, I am 56 and live in Edmonton. <BR> <BR> I have been on Spark since March but just recently found this team. <BR> <BR> My doc told me I should keep my sodium to 1000 mg or below - which has been very hard. So I started looking on internet for recipes and came across Spark Recipes. From there it was Spark People, and the rest, as they say, is history. Fri, 14 Aug 2009 23:11:00 EST A GUIDE TO SETTING UP YOUR PEDOMETER... JUST INCASE YOU MISPLACED YOUR INSTRUCTIONS AND NEEDED TO RESET YOURS, IE LOST WEIGHT, REPLACED BATTERY - SET YOUR PEDOMETER UP AND GETTER ON EH <BR> <BR> How to get your pedometer set up and ready to go <BR> You can clip your pedometer on and start using it right away without setting any of the following functions but setting your weight and stride length personalizes your pedometer for a more accurate count. <BR> 1. <BR> Set the clock <BR> a. <BR> Press the mode button until the time is di... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 22:18:16 EST Veggie challenge We had an old fruit and veggie challenge. I have decided to post a new one - focusing on veggies - as that is what I really need to work on right now. Hope some of you will join me, but if not, I will keep on reporting here - accountability for me! <BR> <BR> I am doing quite okay with fruits now, but still struggling with vegies. It is not that I don't like them - I love them. Truth be told, I am lazy (hate to admit this!) - a fruit you can wash and eat, a vegie needs preparation. I know no... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 17:34:46 EST A SUMMER'S CHALLENGE, ITS ALL UP TO YOU !! FOR YOU <em>57</em> <em>108</em> <em>278</em> <em>237</em> <em>23</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>84</em> ITS A SUMMER CHALLENGE TO GET OUT THERE AND GET MOVING FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES A DAY. THEN COME HERE AND LET US KNOW HOW THAT WENT. <BR> <BR> IT COULD BE A WALK AROUND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ENJOYING THE VARIOUS GARDENS, OR AT YOUR LOCAL PARK, WALKING YOUR DOG, OR GOING TO PLAY TENNIS, OR A VARIETY OF OTHER OUT DOOR ACTIVITIES THAT YOU CAN EXPERI... Sun, 12 Jul 2009 11:49:32 EST Introducing myself <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Hello, My name is Audrey and today is my first day here. I have been exploring and see that there are a lot of people with boat as I am. <BR> <BR> Here we go...I fall into this category and, as usual on day 1 you are very motivated. I just hope I can keep it up. <BR> <BR> Short-term - I want to first loose 5 pounds. <BR> Extended-term - Then get to 160 pounds. (That will be 102 pounds.) I will be VERY happy to reach this weight. If things go well, maybe a Lon... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 13:17:35 EST CAN YOU SHARE WHAT YOU LEARNT ON SPARK TODAY?!! <em>252</em> THIS WEEK ONE OF MY FRIENDS HERE IN SPARKLAND WAS GOING TO LEAVE SPARK FOR VARIOUS REASONS, ALL OF WHICH WERE VALID TO THEM. FORTUNATELY THEY DECIDED TO STICK IT OUT AND STAY. THAT EVENT INSPIRED ME TO CREATE THIS THREAD FOR OUR MEMBERS ON THIS TEAM SO THAT WE CAN SHARE WHAT WE HAVE LEARNT TODAY THIS VERY MOMENT IN SPARK LAND. WHO KNOWS WHO'S LIFE YOU WILL TOUCH BY POSTING WHAT YOU ARE LEARNING AND EXPERIENCING EIHTER FROM AN ARTICLE, ANOTHER TEAM, OR EVEN ANOTHER SITE - ALL TH... Sat, 6 Jun 2009 06:57:26 EST Hi Everyone! Well, this has been a good day. I went to Curves and exercised today. One day at a time. My eating habits are getting better .. need to remind myself to drink more water. Always a battle. Well, enjoy your evening. Bye for now! Mon, 1 Jun 2009 18:29:25 EST Kettlenetics Has anyone tried this? I'm tempted to, but curious if it's all hype or has some substance? Thu, 28 May 2009 00:33:25 EST I'm new....sort of... I'm in Winnipeg, and found Spark a couple of years ago. I used it then just to monitor calories for a couple of months, but now find myself in dire need of encouragement and support to loose 20 lbs! I'm looking forward to becoming part of a community, and learnings some tips and tricks from others. Wed, 27 May 2009 23:23:00 EST WHAT'S YOUR WORD OF THE DAY?? ON ONE OF MY OTHER TEAMS, I HAVE A TEAM MATE WHO ALWAYS HUDDLES WHAT THE WORD OF THE DAY IS - WELL THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WHAT YOUR WORD OF THE DAY IS. <BR> <BR> I HUDDLED WHAT MINE WAS THIS MORNING, NOW WHAT'S YOURS, AND WHY???? Wed, 27 May 2009 00:05:03 EST Try this motivational action plan out team. Hi Ladies, <BR> I came across this Action Plan in my files and thought I would share it with you. It may help with motivation. <BR> <BR> You can write this up on a piece of paper, set it up on your computer or go to a dollar store and pick up a erasible 8 1/2 x 11 white board that has magnets on the back and a marker that works with these boards and place on your fridge. <BR> <BR> In writing your action plan, be sure that it includes the following: <BR> <BR> 1. What you are going to do, <... Wed, 20 May 2009 23:05:33 EST Spring Challenge - Pick your Bouquet of Flowers !! Ok all you green thumb ladies get your spades ready and get weeding out those not so healthy habits and lets start a spring challenge to get your garden growing and create your very own bouquet of flowers. Here's how it works. <BR> <BR> Pick a daily challenge, complete it and acquire one flower icon for you goal met. The more flowers you accumulate the bigger your bouquet. <BR> <BR> See how well you do by the time the first day of summer roles around. Lets have some fun with our journey. ... Fri, 15 May 2009 01:18:17 EST EVENTS IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS... ITS THAT TIME OF THE YEAR WHERE VARIOUS ORANIZATIONS ARE GEARING UP FOR THEIR WALKS, RUNS, OR WHAT HAVE YOU TO RAISE MONEY AND AWARENESS TO THEIR CAUSE. <BR> <BR> SOME OF US MAYBE PARTICIPATING SO I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO HAVE A THREAD DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO NOT ONLY PARTICIPATE IN THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES BUT ALSO PREPARE FOR THEM - MARATHONS, WALKS, RUNS, WHAT EVER THE OCCASSION AND WHAT EVER THE REASON, LETS SHARE OUR THOUGHTS AND ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER.... <BR> <BR> TODAY IN V... Sun, 19 Apr 2009 11:33:08 EST Just checking in Good morning to all. <BR> I'm trying to stay connected to Spark People this time, I think maybe if I have the support of others I will try harder to get my weight off. I've been very good at exercising this week and my diet has been pretty good, only a few slip ups. I managed to do 3 miles or 40 minutes of cardio today on my Tony Little's Gazelle and even though I had to force myself, I felt really good after. Thu, 16 Apr 2009 12:42:17 EST I'm new from Winnipeg I joined Sparkpeople a while back and have bounced around and now I'm back and serious about losing weight, I quit smoking 2.5 years ago and gained 30+ lbs and need to get it off, hope this team can help with support, in total in need to lose 70+ lbs and I plan to do in just over a year. Wed, 15 Apr 2009 11:34:47 EST For All You Biggest Loser's Fans, Here's a couple of links you might like from some blogs - thought this might make it easier for you to find, if your like me you don't always read the spark emails ... except to get the 1 point lol <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ipes_from_the_biggest_loser_nutritionist </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rets_and_recipes_from_the_biggest_lose<BR>r_nutritionist </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy the links eh <em>220</em> Wed, 25 Mar 2009 13:30:21 EST NEW TEAM PAGES - WHAT'S YOUR THOUGHTS? <em>9</em> spark has rearranged the team home page and its suppose to be better then before, so what do you all think of it? As a leader I am still checking it out lol Tue, 10 Mar 2009 21:49:46 EST Just Swam in from Nova Scotia Hi everyone. Joined sparks today and like others am feeling like a fish out of water... no pun intended. LOL. Lots to see and try to figure out but hopefully it will get easier. Looking forward to the experience. Hopefully won't be too much of a pain while I am learning the ropes. Tue, 3 Mar 2009 13:14:59 EST Joined up Hi everyone. <BR> Hope you dont mind my joining in with your group. <BR> I am female, 58 years old, and located in Kingston, Ontario. <BR> I signed up to this great site last friday and have had great motivation by surfing around and filling in My Nutrition is going to help a lot as I can see what I should be omitting or adding to my meals. "trial and error". <BR> I have not been feeling well and my exercise is limited as of now but hopefully my cat scan and mri will get me fixed up. ... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 10:16:19 EST Ladies Club 50 this year Hi to everyone: <BR> As my subject says I turned 50 this year so I am interested in seeing what other ladies are experiencing and what difference their extra weight is making in their lifes and what they are doing about it. I am looking forward to helping others along the way and getting useful information for myself. Mon, 16 Feb 2009 23:43:31 EST Live Well Tip Of The Day - A Team Discussion This thread has been started to get you all motivated to think about the various aspects of your journey and to bring about discussion of various support mechanisms here at SPark. Since the "Live Well Tip of the Day" is something that changes everyday I thought it an excellent idea to discuss what ever that tip is and what your views on it might be. Please join me in discussing these tips as they appear daily; I thank you in advance for your participation !!! <em>220</em> Sun, 15 Feb 2009 19:57:28 EST It's good to be back?? I have been away for so very long. I gained back a bunch of weight. I started the Zone diet Jan 1 and have lost 8 lbs. I'm now back to the weight I was at a year ago. How ridiculous is that? This year I'm going to lose 60 lbs by May 17th. Failure is not an option. <BR> I just want you all to know I'm committing to this group and each and every one of you. I'll be supportive and available at least once a day except Sundays (too much family stuff to get online). <BR> I'm so tired of feeling ti... Mon, 19 Jan 2009 09:39:09 EST I'm back - 8 months later! Well what can I say - April 08 I thought I could continue to lose the weight without having to use Sparks. Well.... I was wrong - very wrong. Here I am in January 09 and I'm 4.5 lbs heavier then when I left last April. <BR> <BR> If you think you can lose the weight and keep it off without the encouragement and support of the people on this site you are wrong. <BR> <BR> We all need each other to continue to achieve and maintain our goals. Fri, 9 Jan 2009 09:35:10 EST Time to Declutter Your Spark Page..... With my 2009 goals fresh on my mind and my spirit and body willing I decided it was time to declutter my spark page of teams I no longer participate in and as well my favourites which has grown in leaps and bounds... I found old favourites for teams I no longer belong to so it was well worth the hour to make amends... <BR> <BR> I also took the time this morning to try and declutter the team as well including adding the boot camp videos to the team page I put them there for easy access and f... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 12:27:00 EST Just For Today I Will - Pick Your Daily Challenge <em>213</em> I have borrowed this idea and the other idea from our very own NightHawk who is team leader on the Tops team. Thank you Dorothy... <BR> <BR> Just for today I will play with Kartmin and the light lazer.... lame but tht's it for me lol Fri, 2 Jan 2009 21:08:29 EST Post Your Weekly Challenge Here !! This week coming, starting Sunday I will do 10 minutes of belly dancing every night for 1 week. Yup I can do that lol <em>218</em> Fri, 2 Jan 2009 21:04:30 EST Time To Declutter Your Journey in 2009 As 2009 is still fresh and new, we all are gung ho on getting a good start and being fine in 2009....but are you really? Have you thought about the clutter in your journey that maybe its time to declutter just like you would your home, or office? <BR> <BR> Here are a few spark articles that I managed to save over the past week to post together as they all go hand in hand with helping you to declutter...enjoy eh? <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>you_take_inve... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 13:14:05 EST Greetings from Milk River, Alberta! Started the Spark today, I am a lot confused there is so much to do and look at...anyone want to make it easier for me? <BR> <BR> Any help would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Where do I find blogs? <BR> <BR> Thanks for the help Thu, 1 Jan 2009 22:32:39 EST Hi, I'm new and I'm from Manitoba Does anyone have any insight into uncontollable snacking late at night (i.e. 12:30 pm)? As a 50+ woman, I've discovered the joys of over-active bladder and find myself waking several times throughout the night. I can go right back to sleep after the 3:00 am wake-up, but find myself in the kitchen every day at 12:30. While I do eat healthy snacks, the calories are throwing me over my allowable limit and I find myself unable to loose the last 5 pounds. HELP! Wed, 3 Dec 2008 16:51:02 EST Keep On Track... spark article, good one to have I have this one saved to my favourites so that I can find it when I need to refer to it for the strength I may need to avoid all the goodies that will be bombarding my work place shortly...good thing I am strict with my calories each meal or I would really be in trouble... there is no way I am gonna let a holiday season UNDO everything I have struggled hard all year to get accomplished...I will be strong and will avoid all those goodies... enjoy the article... <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeop... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 23:57:21 EST Computer Pointers, Questions, Etc. In our latest team mailout, Lindie mentioned that some of us past 50 have difficulty reading small fonts (hard to believe, I know, haha!) and when I posted some tips for fixing that, she agreed we might want a thread for computer advice, so here it is! <BR> <BR> I'll repeat the ways to make your computer screen easier to read: You can either hold down the control key (ctrl) and click on the + and - keys to make the print bigger or smaller, or if you have a roller thingie on top of your mouse... Sun, 2 Nov 2008 16:02:13 EST Info from Flat Belly Diet by Liz Vaccareillo I recently purchased this book and have been posting blurbs from it or based on the information found .... I am still waiting for them to get back to me so that I can quote them directly but for now I'll have to do this on an "this is what I am learning" way...if you find this interesting, then order the book... Basically it talks about tackling belly fat, but not just the fat you can pinch an inch on but the fat you can't - the fat that wraps itself around your organs and causes a multitude ... Fri, 31 Oct 2008 21:59:14 EST New from Canada Hello, I'm not sure if this is how I introduce myself, but here goes...I am 50, and am a teacher from Hamilton, On. I have 7 children all together, as I married a man with 4 boys and I have 3 girls. My youngest girl is 16 and his oldest boy is 25. I am trying to lose this 25 lbs that keeps creeping up on me. I need motivation. And I'm hungry. It is day 4! It's great to find this website! Hope to connect and stay on track. Wed, 22 Oct 2008 18:21:27 EST Road Trip I am going away for a while b/c my mom is very sick after having had another stroke ..this time she is paralyzed on her right side (the previous one paralyzed her on the left side0 .. it doesn't look promising and all she wanted was to be able to celebrate her 60'th wedding anniversary to my dad on November 8th. I am very sad as I write this and the tears are streaming down my cheeks and there is no kleenex around. I will be away indefinatley. I will be back - just not sure when. <BR> Please ... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 01:32:40 EST Thanksgiving Prayer May your stuffing be tasty <BR> May your turkey plump, <BR> May your potatoes and gravy <BR> Have never a lump. <BR> May your yams be delicious <BR> And your pies take the prize, <BR> And may your Thanksgiving dinner <BR> Stay off your thighs! <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Oct 2008 11:20:27 EST Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Hi Girls... <BR> Just popping in also to say that I hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving whether they be at work or with their families. I know how it feels to be working on a "special day" especially when their is a family celebration. I certainly did my share over the past 36 years of nursing but my family always worked it around my work schedule and I always spend some of the day with them. <BR> The weather is to be beautiful for the next few days and my sisters and our families are all... Fri, 10 Oct 2008 23:05:56 EST 5 most common weight loss blunders.... Hey all did you think I was gonna go away and not give you all something to contemplate?? NOT.. lol enjoy this its from another team post: <BR> <BR> Most Common Fitness Blunders - #1 <BR> <BR> <BR> By Raphael Calzadilla <BR> <BR> <BR> Whenever I discuss fitness issues, I never separate exercise and nutrition. Never. Exercise and proper food intake go hand-in-hand like Lucy and Ricky, Fred and Ethel, peanut butter and jelly. Some things just need to stay together. <BR> <BR> The follo... Thu, 9 Oct 2008 22:13:03 EST Hi, I'm new and I'm Canadian! This is great, I am so happy I found this team, and from Canada. <BR> <BR> I am from Alberta and we farm, I also run a seasonal greenhouse. Right now we are busy with harvest and I am finding it hard to fit any time for exercise. <BR> <BR> I need to get back on track and hopefully this team will be a source of encouragement to me, and I to you. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great day! <BR> panzee Thu, 2 Oct 2008 13:44:50 EST I hope everyone had a good October 1st. Hi Girls... <BR> I hope everyone had a good day. Wow has it ever turned chilly here! I was out walking with gloves on. <BR> I am out every morning at 6:15 a.m. walking my dog and it wasn't as cold then as it is now. <BR> I am very fortunate that I do not have any medical issues as of yet in my life and once again had some good news to-day. I had a test done on September 12th. and my results came back with excellent news. I am so blessed! I kept saying over and over...thank you ..thank you...... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 21:35:42 EST Jamieson Green Tea Tablets - What You Need To Know I decided to research the green tea tablets before I recommended it on my other team and this is what I found. I'll post the link and you can come to your own conclusions. <BR> <BR> As with all things moderation is the key what will work for one person may not work with a nother. In Canada we are pretty lucky cause we can ask our pharmasist if certain viatamins and minerals will interfer with any prescripiton meds we may be taking. <BR> <BR> I decided not to use the tablets, I will keep d... Sun, 21 Sep 2008 15:55:18 EST Have a Enjoyable Sunday! Good Morning Ladies... <BR> I hope everyone has a good day whether it be at home or at work! <BR> Thanks for sharing the blog post Abby! <BR> Another beautiful day here in Southwestern Ontario. Each sunny day looks like a hue of gold and red colours. <BR> We're off this afternoon for a ride around the countryside and a stop here and there checking out fruit and vegetable stands etc. I also want to make a stop at an auction barn and check out an area carpet for the living room. I know what I w... Sun, 21 Sep 2008 11:49:09 EST Hello Ladies.... Hi...I hope everyone had a good day! What a beautiful one here in Ontario. The tree across the road from our house starts to turn in June so you can imagine how gorgeous it looks now. It's been turning colour early for a few years now. <BR> To-day has been a much better day for me.Yesterday; I had a flat tire on the way home from my "little" part time job and while waiting for C.A.A. to come (2 hours) my son called my cell and told me that he had ruptured his hamstring muscle during workout... Thu, 18 Sep 2008 22:36:52 EST Team Goals and the Green Tea Room.. Hi Everyone...Thanks for all your welcomes and encouragement. <BR> I am confused as to how... to add my goals to team goals (eg. drinking 8 glasses a water a day and walking etc.) and the Green Tea Room. I have visited both sites and posted on both but I am not sure if I am doing this effectively as I do want to fully participate with the team. <BR> I do look forward to reading my spark mail and getting familiar with the members of the team thru' their spark page. This is a really awesome tea... Sun, 14 Sep 2008 12:31:53 EST Despite the rain...what a wonderful day! Hi! I am new to this and I would like to say thank you to all who have sent me messages of welcome and encouragement as I start my Spark journey to a healthier lifestyle. <BR> Like every place else is very rainy in South Western Ontario. <BR> I didn't get out walking my dog as much to-day due to the rain as she does not like getting wet. I have always done a lot of walking and she enjoys coming with me but hopefully to-morrow will be not as wet. <BR> My friend's daughter was marri... Sat, 13 Sep 2008 23:11:00 EST Hi...I am new to Sparks . Hi! I am new to sparks and live in Ontario. I am in the age group of 50 plus and look forward to sharing issues with other members. <BR> I am a retired full time nurse of 36 years in the same hospital. Thru' the course of my nursing years; I have faced many health issues; with patients. I need to get these extra pounds off. I have a lot to be thankful for and have a wonderful family to share many more years with. <BR> I look forward to meeting team members and giving and receiving support an... Thu, 11 Sep 2008 22:35:24 EST "So You Think You Can Dance, Canada" Good morning Ladies <BR> <BR> Come join me on this thread to make comments and share your views on this new show. It begins this Thursday. I hope the show will be as interesting as the American one. <BR> <BR> I think the first show will have Mary, the judge from American Dance, as guest judge to jump start the new show. That will be fun. I really like her and all the screaming she does. Adds a little umph!! to the show. <BR> <BR> Thursday is take off day!!! So ... <BR> <BR> "So you think ... Thu, 11 Sep 2008 08:39:55 EST What feels good? With everyone's weight loss journey, tell us what feels so much better than it did when you started the journey! <BR> <BR> The topic actually hit me as I sit here typing (which I do every day as a legal assistant)so here's my feel good moment. <BR> <BR> It feels so good for my forearms not to be hitting the extra large spare tire that I was carrying. Now it feels like a deflated one and when I put my hands on my hips, I don't have to loose them in the roll. LOL...just my feel good journey... Tue, 2 Sep 2008 21:42:41 EST Fall Challenges: Plan Your Meal for One Day Its fall and with fall comes the turning of the leaves, and the cooler evenings, great for having a fire in the fire place and for hot chocolate ( low cal of course). As mother earth gets ready for the up coming winter you can see the changes happening. And changes are happening with the team challenges as well. <BR> <BR> This next challenge is to get you thinking about the foods you eat and to plan your meals and then shop according to what you need. One day a week is sufficient, but if yo... Sun, 31 Aug 2008 00:20:32 EST Fall Challenges - 15 MINUTES A DAY MEDITATING This is a great challenge that all can participate and beleive me when one gets really busy its nice to have 15 minutes to just relax and unwind. So here's how this challeng works. Find your best comfy chair, plunk yourself into it and close your eyes. If you have a good sence of time great, if not, use an egg timer like I have to LOL ... ok got your eyes closed, next clear your mind of all the day's clutter cause right this moment it is not important. Breath in, slowly, and breath out slowl... Sun, 31 Aug 2008 00:15:32 EST LADIES HEALTHY LIFE STYLE GREEN TEA ROOM If you have ventured in here, please do set for a spell and tell us how your day is going and what you have been up to. This thread replacing the previous chat thread and all team members are welcome to come in and have a cup of tea or coffe or water with us and share your day. <BR> <BR> <em>229</em> Sun, 31 Aug 2008 00:11:09 EST How many crunches? Are you watching the Olympics? <BR> Can you do 10 crunches during a commercial? <BR> Can you do 20, 30,....100? <BR> <BR> How many can you do? Sat, 9 Aug 2008 08:51:30 EST DID YOU KNOW???? <em>213</em> I have created this thread so that the Team Leaders can keep you informed of the many changes that happen in spark land and also up date you on various articles that may help you along your journey. Please feel free to leave a comment on the subjects or make suggestions for what you would like the Team Leaders to post for the members. This is your team, so make the most of it !!! <BR> <BR> So here's the first topic, something we all get caught up in and have trouble with. Hope... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 20:13:47 EST Ask a question - Any question <em>213</em> Just a lil something I borrowed from one of my other teams to hav a lil fun and yet help stay on that track and journey. If you've already seen this then that is great, if not, here's how it goes: <BR> <BR> I will ask a question (health or weight related) and someone else will answer. Below their answer, they will ask a different question....and so on and so lets have fun !!!! <BR> <BR> Ok so I will start this off.... <BR> <BR> What have you chosen for a smaller goal ... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 20:53:02 EST Screen Names <em>213</em> There's been a wonderful suggestion on screen names, so now here's your thread on it !!!! One thing I would like to suggest is that if you want to change your screen name because you just don't like what you started out with or have decided something else fits better, then all you do is go to your profile and edit your profile, there you can make all the changes you want, like changing the mailing address for notifications. <BR> <BR> So lets here it ladies, what's up with the... Fri, 18 Jul 2008 09:08:59 EST Creating new team goal Hey all I would like to start a new team goal for us all to work on. Being ladies at our age, we really need to be sure we take our calcium, vitamin d, and magnesium suppliments so I am starting a new team goal with that in mind. I know I need something to help me take mine, I am terrible at taking this. <BR> <BR> I want you all to participate on this team goal and if you need to make it more interesting, add it to your spark streak, which flashes on your spark page, and anywone who visits ... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 23:53:54 EST Question about the team map Ladies I have a question which was asked of me/ <BR> <BR> How does a member put themselve onto the team map? <BR> <BR> I clicked onto view team map and it lets me look at it but now how to add a member to it? <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Jul 2008 00:34:29 EST Hi, I'm from Manitoba Hi. I'm very new to all of this, so please bear with me while I learn all the ins and outs of this program. I will be 55 in just over a week, and I have found that I am having a lot of trouble getting off the pounds. I used to be able to lose 25 pounds without any problem, but I guess they just like me too much as they always finds their way back, and seem to bring some friends along with them. I am hoping that with a little perseverance and help from this program, I will be able to lose ... Wed, 2 Jul 2008 21:32:14 EST CANADIAN IDOL FANS WELCOME HERE...2008 SEASON <em>276</em> <BR> <BR> I am a Canadian Idol fan and I figure there are some more out there besides me. <BR> <BR> Last two weeks have been the 24 so 4 left last week, and 2 leave this week. I already have my favs, Drew being one..but at any rate I thought being the Canadian I am and liking to support the arts as well, I would start this thread. <BR> <BR> Feel free to drop a line and let us know who your fav is. No judging, Jax and company do enough of that !!! I don't start voting either... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 21:37:58 EST Holiday Celebrations What kind of celebrations are going on in your part of Canada? What are you doing today? If not online on the first, what did you do yesterday? <BR> <BR> The Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg is giving free tours for Canada day. My son in law arrived to join his family and he has never been there. We will try take the tour and try out our new cameras. <BR> <BR> The main activities are in Assiniboine Park, The Forks and Osborne street with free shuttles connecting downtown locations. <... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 07:19:12 EST July / August 2008 chat room Ok team, here is our new chat room fro July and August Mon, 30 Jun 2008 20:12:48 EST The Gripe sour grapes here... <em>213</em> Howdy all I thought it would be good to have a place where we can come and vent when need to about anything in I'll start if off.. <BR> <BR> Sisters...boy I tell ya I gotta winner, anyone want a sister? Seems like she thinks I am her mom and I am suppose to buy her everything thing she needs...this week was a bike and a phone to replace the one phone she lost. Yup got her one cause she can't get shifts for work without a phone. <BR> <BR> Then finally got my son t... Fri, 27 Jun 2008 22:22:06 EST Summer Birthdays It's time to post birth dates for July and August. <BR> Include yourself and significant others! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Jun 2008 07:48:29 EST Vacinnations at our age? I have heard alot of talk recently that people in our age group should have our titers tested to see if we still have protection from mumps. If we don't we should get revaccinated for them. Has anyone heard this? My question is: Are there any new knowen side effects of these vacintaions? Wed, 18 Jun 2008 07:23:21 EST Hello from Lower Mainland BC Nice to have found your site. I have been a SP member since the middle of January and am still very enthusiastic with where it is taking me. I have had my "rough" moments but then haven't we all. Will look forward getting to know you all. Wed, 11 Jun 2008 22:23:49 EST A News Update: As some of you may have heard it's official. I am a grandma now. My grandson was born on April 10th in Winnipeg,MB. <BR> My hubby,son and I stayed in the city while our daughter was in hospital having her first born son. (about 5 days) <BR> Liam is wonderful. Weighed 6lb 14 oz. 19 1/2"long when he was born. Today he is almost double that weight. <BR> The day that my daughter was being discharged from the HSC hospital I had a severe reaction to some medication I had been taking and ended up t... Mon, 9 Jun 2008 02:36:54 EST New to Sparkes boards I live in rural Manitoba and I am looking for like minded women on WT loss to get me motivated to reducing the last 10 lbs to goal I have already reduce 75lbs at one point even 80 so now is the time this is the place can I come on board? <em>41</em> Wed, 4 Jun 2008 17:53:03 EST Hello from the east coast Hi everyone! I've been here since yesterday & this place is working already -- had to go for another walk after supper & down more water to keep my streaks going. :) The downside has been staying up too late exploring the site so I'm not getting my 8 hours shut-eye. <BR> <BR> My main goals are to eat healthier, get firmer & be in better shape. Losing some lbs. has to be part of that, but I'm mostly trying to be more active rather than counting calories. <BR> <BR> I'm married, 50-something,... Sat, 24 May 2008 19:04:57 EST Hi there, I'm an OILERS fan I will be starting my weight loss journey on Monday- hoping to lose 10 lbs for an operation in the next few months. <em>196</em> Thu, 22 May 2008 21:41:54 EST May / June 2008 Chat room New month - so we are starting a new thread for May and June 2008 for 'chatting up a storm' - so come and post here now please Thu, 1 May 2008 16:15:03 EST Hi From saskatchewan Hi Ladies, <BR> I've been on Spark People for a couple of years, but lately not very involved. I was on a grief and loss team, but I'm ready to move back to a regular team. I spent some time looking at teams (wow! There are a lot of them!), and this team appealed to me. <BR> I'm 55, and have a lot of weight to lose. I had lost 103 lbs, then let life get to me and gained most of it back. <em>46</em> <BR> So I'm ready to get back on the right path, and I sure know I need to give and ge... Thu, 1 May 2008 13:23:43 EST Suggest some team goals We now have a new forum - team goals - where we can list up to 5 goals for the team. <BR> <BR> Please come and give your suggestions for some team goals - then on May 1 I will make up from what has been suggested Wed, 23 Apr 2008 19:09:38 EST Hi From Ontario Hi to all the beautiful over-50's! <BR> I joined SP last fall, but really never did much except read the odd email. Got back on track the beginning of April and am part of Ashleigh's April challenge. <BR> I'm retired (former University recruiter for the Federal Govt), divorced, but with a long-term, long-distance relationship, 2 married children, 1 granddaughter and a grandson expected in a month. <BR> Love to travel, swim, read, paint....and MAN, is it ever nice being retired and able to do... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 11:04:41 EST explanation of goal report re strength training Hi. <BR> <BR> I just printed my goal report for strength training. I see a column with a date (this weeks)and the number 19 (exercises for that week) but then there is a smaller 5x ..If I did the rep´s 2x12, can someone tell me what this 5x stands for...I dont get it. <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> ashleigh Mon, 7 Apr 2008 10:03:31 EST Happy saturday HI everyone, <BR> <BR> Just wishing you all a safe and relaxing weekend. <BR> Keep your goals in mind and be safe on the roads... Sat, 5 Apr 2008 07:35:03 EST Puzzle number 102 Level 1 What number does not belong: <BR> <BR> 33,54,12,16,60,9,27 <BR> <BR> If you want the answer be sure to ask for puzzle number 102's answer when you e mail me. <BR> ashleigh <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Mar 2008 20:24:12 EST Ashleigh's challenge for April Ok, here are the basics. <BR> <BR> You have to track your exercise for the month of April. At the END of the month, it has to average out at 45 minutes MINIMUM exercise per day, exercising, jogging, heavy cleaning...whatever. <BR> <BR> your calorie count has to average out and maintain itself within your predetermined limit. <BR> <BR> If you are NOT doing strength exercises you have to start and be doing 10 exercises of strength training days by the end of the month. If you are already doi... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 18:25:06 EST New from Central Alberta I just started this week -came across this quite accidentally. What a great concept. Some ups and downs already but I'm learning to eat more mindfully. No excuse for these 30 pounds really, no valid one anyway. I just turned 55 and want to have the energy to keep up with my grandchildren. We have a big blended family and it's still growing. I need to put myself first! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to this experience and to getting to know and support you on this journey. <BR> Sheila Fri, 28 Mar 2008 17:43:51 EST Hello from a canadian... who lives in southern mexico. <BR> <BR> I am 50 and apparently loosing my mind as I thought I had done this already. <BR> I grew up in the burlington/dundas/beamsville area. <BR> I get up to canada twice a year (having just returned in February.) <BR> I would be thrilled to loose another 40 lbs, but will take 30. <BR> Nice to "meet" you all <BR> ashleigh Mon, 17 Mar 2008 15:21:29 EST March / April Chat Room Here is our new chat room for the next 2 months Sat, 1 Mar 2008 17:30:14 EST Tim's Rim. What have you won so far? A chance to play again. Thu, 28 Feb 2008 11:37:45 EST weight flucuation I am not sure if anyone else has this problem but my weight can go up 7 lbs overnight or during a day. I just don't trust the scales. I am just beginning the throws of menopause. First hot flash this week but still getting regular periods. I know I shouldn't be so worried about the scale # and go by how clothes fit or measurements but that scale # can still really tick me off. <BR> <BR> Wendy Thu, 21 Feb 2008 19:56:18 EST Hello from Kitchener, ON... Hello everyone in Canada. I am on my first (really true) week of Fast Break. But, I am finding it, I won't say hard, but, I am use to following another weight loss program, where I am to have 3 fruits, 2 proteins, 4 veggies, 4 starches a day (not Weight Watchers), plus, I have to drink protein drinks. I guess you could say that I am keeping this program as a "crutch" and I need to get off it, in order to succeed with Fast Break. Any insight as to how to loose my "crutch", I would love to hea... Mon, 18 Feb 2008 20:29:53 EST Anyone up for a challenge? Would like to know if there is an Easter Challenge that you know about, or if you would like to start one? <BR> <BR> I,for one, find this works for me, as I always give up desserts, and sugar for Lent. <BR> <BR> Anyone up for it? <BR> Summer Tue, 5 Feb 2008 18:30:19 EST Something fun to do I thought it would be a good idea to throw a bit of fun into the mix here. <BR> All we have to do is: <BR> Write the first word that comes to mind when you log in to this thread. <BR> <BR> I'll begin: <BR> Thirsty Tue, 5 Feb 2008 01:20:19 EST starting today I'm 50 years old, live in southern Alberta and have been struggling with a 30 lb weight gain over the last 5 years. I'm an RN and find that shift work is a major factor in poor decisions about nutrition. I also hate to exercise. I'm hoping that this site can provide me with some much needed support and guidance Wed, 23 Jan 2008 15:02:23 EST New Here Hi All, am 57, from Brampton. Want to change my life for the better. In March will be 2yrs. since I quit smoking and was a 2 pack per day. But this was not a problem for me for some reason, I guess I was ready to pack it in lol. But this weight thing is a real problem for me. I get discouraged very easily if I dont see results. PS. also going through menopause and thats another issue onto itself lol. So I am here to learn and listen on how best to do this. <em>41</em> And will need help thro... Tue, 22 Jan 2008 22:57:00 EST weather It is - 10 celsius and gray and also a bit of blowing snow Sun, 20 Jan 2008 13:22:47 EST Back to sparkpeople after 7 mos MIA. Hello! <BR> <BR> I am "summer"... live near TO and have a cottage in the Bruce Pen. <BR> <BR> I lost almost 15 lbs last winter and looked great for my highschool reunion. As soon as that passed, and summer '07 approached, I went to the cottage, drank lots of coolers, ate snacks, and let it all go. <BR> <BR> To my dismay, I gained back all my weight, and put on even more. I am now trying to lose 30lbs by summer '08. <BR> <BR> I know I can do this with your help. <BR> <BR> Hope to get to k... Sat, 19 Jan 2008 11:50:00 EST new to sparkpeople and just wanted to say hello , <em>213</em> <em>213</em> Hi, I am almost 54, married 36yrs this year, have a wonderful husband,and 3 great kids. No grandchildren yet. Love any outdoors activity,and lots of other things. Need to get healthy. Sun, 13 Jan 2008 18:56:14 EST lost 4 pounds! This is the end of my first week on this site and I have lost 4 pounds! So pleased with my progress. Now I know this really works and I"m motivated to continue. Starting my exercise program this week! <em>224</em> Mon, 7 Jan 2008 09:07:16 EST January Challenge /Start all over again! Set a goal for each day. <BR> Did you reach your goal. <BR> Post a yes or a no! <BR> <BR> My goal is to add mid section exercises. Tue, 1 Jan 2008 08:12:47 EST Jan/Feb 2008 Chat Room As it is a new year we will start our new year chatting for Jan and February on this thread - hopefully we will see a lot of participation Mon, 31 Dec 2007 13:20:17 EST January Birthdays and Anniversaries It's almost a new year and a new month! <BR> Let us know if you have a special day in January Sun, 30 Dec 2007 17:27:24 EST Merry Christmas Wishes I would just like to take the time to say Merry Christmas to everyone and May the new year be your best one yet! <BR> <BR> And at this time I would like to share a poem I wrote back in 1985 it goes like this: <BR> <BR> <em>233</em> FESTIVE SEASON FRIENDS <em>233</em> <BR> <BR> The festive season is in the air <BR> friends like to meet - almost anywhere! <BR> <BR> It is a time for laughter, a time for cheer. <BR> A time for greeting, "Happy New Year!" <BR> Everyone is busy for the seas... Mon, 24 Dec 2007 00:34:50 EST December Challenge: Resist Temptations December is a tough month to stay on track. Getting together with family and friends usually means that there will be good food on the table. Let us know what temptations you resisted. One cookie won't throw your calorie count off for the day. Second helpings of everything will do you in. Mind your Belly! <BR> <BR> Kathy <BR> <BR> <em>233</em> <em>4</em> Sat, 1 Dec 2007 08:11:56 EST Fruits and Veggies This thread will replace the prevous one that was listed as a November challenge. It will be even more important in December to be thinking about adding fruits and vegetables rather than Christmas goodies. <BR> <BR> <em>301</em> <em>45</em> <em>238</em> <em>258</em> Sat, 1 Dec 2007 08:03:45 EST December 2007 chat room As tomorrow is the 1st of the month - we have a new chat room for the month - so we can continue on sharing here. Fri, 30 Nov 2007 19:55:35 EST December 2007 Chat room Ladies I am putting this up now so that it is ready for tomorrow. Thanks Fri, 30 Nov 2007 11:17:07 EST Date you started sparks and your weight Ok ladies I would be interested in reading the following from all of you <BR> <BR> When did you join Sparks? <BR> <BR> What was your weight when you joined Sparks? <BR> <BR> What is your weight now? <BR> <BR> How much have you lost in that time frame? <BR> <BR> If you have done well - great - tell me what you did to accomplish the results. <BR> <BR> If you have not really lost anything - why? <BR> <BR> Sun, 25 Nov 2007 17:26:53 EST December birthdays and anniversaries It's time to be thinking about those special days in December. <BR> <BR> Let us know what days are special for you! <BR> <BR> Kathy <BR> Fri, 23 Nov 2007 10:13:07 EST Will Need Advice I joined this group because I have a terrible time losing "any" weight now that I'm over 50. <BR> My body just seems to hang on to it. It's very frustrating. I've told myself that with Sparkpeople I will have all the tools and support so there is no reason to not lose. <BR> I may have to come to you for needed advice now and again or maybe just a good laugh. I will certainly be there for all of you also. <BR> Looking forward to the journey. Tue, 13 Nov 2007 10:53:00 EST **Your leaders at this Ladies Group** This is a welcome note to all members of this group. <BR> <BR> Canada's 50+ Ladies Group has 2 leaders <BR> <BR> no_distractions <BR> kindermom <BR> <BR> We are both here to help and encourage all of you wonderful ladies. <BR> <BR> We would like to encourage all members to come and post as often as you can - that way we all get and receive encouragement. <BR> <BR> Please make use of the threads available. Should you have a specific topic that needs a new thread the only suggestion I ha... Mon, 12 Nov 2007 16:24:09 EST Exercise Charts for the Ladies Club <em>216</em> <em>34</em> <em>217</em> <em>231</em> <em>182</em> <BR> <BR> Are you getting in your exercise - over and above of your regular routine? <BR> <BR> What are you doing for exercise? <BR> <BR> How long do you exercise on a daily basis? Sun, 11 Nov 2007 18:55:42 EST