SparkPeople *ACCEPT*YOURSELF* Team Messageboard This is a team of sparkers who are Committed to learning how to ACCEPT all of ourself... The Good / Bad, The Ugly / Pretty (etc)... and everything in between.... SparkPeople *ACCEPT*YOURSELF* Team Messageboard WEIGHing IN - Daily. Weekly. Monthly How R U doing <em>425</em> JANUARY <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> JAN. 1:................ 165.................. <BR> JAN. 2:................ 164.5.............. <BR> JAN. 3................. 164................. <BR> JAN. 4................. 164.5.............. <BR> <BR> <em>101</em> I am COMMITTED <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> (#note to self... Get back in the 150's out of 160s A.S.A.P) <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Success in 2014 <em>521</em> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:53:58 EST I need to accept myself for friday. ok so heres the deal, <BR> <BR> I just recently started to be a model (plus size). I had my first shoot with a friend to warm me up, plus he's a really good photographer anyways. However when I got the pictures back, I just kept looking at how big I looked and that made me so shocked and sad. I just have a really bad view on it now and I don't know what to do because Friday is my really important shoot with another photographer. I really wanna try this but I feel like I should cancel it beca... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 19:07:10 EST Pick Six Couldn't be easier -- how many six-letter words can we come up with? <BR> <BR> course Sat, 16 Jul 2011 10:36:18 EST Two words -- change one Easy -- change one word in the phrase below. The next person changes another word, and so on. <BR> <BR> blue bird Sat, 9 Jul 2011 09:42:53 EST "C" you later Easy -- words that start with a "c." <BR> <BR> Culture Sat, 25 Jun 2011 09:48:10 EST Excited to begin my transformation! Hello! My name is Kerry and I joined SparkPeople a couple of weeks ago. I am determined to work towards (in no particular order): 1) Losing the 20 lbs I have gained over the past two years; 2) Actually adding some tone and definition to my body; 3) Becoming more healthy, which will help with overall management of Type I Diabetes; 4) Accepting myself for who I am and how I look! <BR> <BR> I really love this website and look forward to communicating with individuals with similar goals and stru... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 23:28:43 EST hey all my name is brenna. married with 3 kidz. I have pcos. am wanting to lose weight, but not too much. I would be happy getting down to size 12, or so many inches or whatever. am not wanting to weigh 110 or anything crazy. just to want to be strong and healthy. <BR> <BR> thanx Sun, 12 Jun 2011 05:52:45 EST Animal Kingdom A to Z Let's see how many we can come up with. (Technically insects aren't animals, but for our purposes they can be included here). Here we go: <BR> <BR> Alpaca Sat, 11 Jun 2011 09:57:47 EST Saturday Silliness 6/4 How old were you when you first got your driver's license? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite ice cream flavor? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite thing about summer? <BR> <BR> Do you sleep with one pillow or two? <BR> <BR> Where are you in your family's birth order? Sat, 4 Jun 2011 00:17:22 EST Swimming tips/advice Hi all, <BR> <BR> I’m about to start swimming again for the first time in 7 years, and I’m just wondering if anyone had any advice for me. I’ve wanted to start swimming back in January 2011 when I started SP, but as I was so big, I kept saying, “Oh I’ll do it when I get down to 18st”. This is especially because I had/have no confidence. I’m now 8lbs from 18st, but I think I’m going to wait until I have lost another stone, as my confidence isn’t quite there yet. But I still would like so... Mon, 30 May 2011 12:28:52 EST Conga Line Words (Borrowed from another team). <BR> <BR> The last two letters of the previous word start the new word. For instance, if I say talentED, the next person could say EDucate, and so on. Please be sure your word ends in two letters that actually start a new word (someone posted a word whose last two letters don't start any words!). Okay, here we go: <BR> <BR> considER Sat, 28 May 2011 09:57:25 EST Men's Names A to Z Nicknames and foreign names are also welcome. <BR> <BR> Adam <BR> Sat, 21 May 2011 09:59:20 EST Saturday Silliness 5/14 What’s one food you will NEVER eat no matter how good it is for you? <BR> <BR> What’s one food you’ll never give up no matter bad it is for you? <BR> <BR> If they made a movie of your life, who would you want to star in it? <BR> <BR> What’s your favorite fruit? Veggie? <BR> <BR> Who was your first big crush? Fri, 13 May 2011 23:12:08 EST Saturday Silliness 5/7 What would be your absolute dream car? <BR> <BR> How do you like your steak cooked (or are you a vegetarian)? <BR> <BR> When’s the last time you laughed out loud? And what caused it? <BR> <BR> What is/are your driving pet peeve(s)? <BR> <BR> Are you a late-night snacker? Sat, 7 May 2011 10:11:49 EST Ten things about YOU Tell us ten things about you. Anything you like – serious or silly, important or trivial. Let’s learn more about each other: <BR> <BR> My ten: <BR> <BR> 1. I have two great kids. My son Frank, who’s totally disabled, lives with his dad in San Francisco. In spite of being in a wheelchair, he’s the fastest girl-chaser in this part of the state. And I have a little redheaded angel-girl in Heaven. I’m sure she’s keeping Sts. Peter and Patrick VERY busy! <BR> <BR> 2. I’m downright sickeningly p... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 00:29:50 EST Either/Or Which do you prefer? (And yes, “neither” is an acceptable answer.) Tell us your preference, then ask two new for the next person. The subjects can be anything you like, so let’s have some fun! <BR> <BR> Roses or tulips? <BR> Sat, 23 Apr 2011 09:40:45 EST Help! How do I help others to accept themselves? I teach at a small private school. <BR> <BR> I have 14 students, 8 boys, 6 girls <BR> <BR> 10 of the students are white (5 boys, and 5 girls), 3 are black (2 boys, and 1 girl) and one little boy just recently moved here from the Philippines. <BR> <BR> I see a beauty if diversity, it is the way God created our world. Our current social studies unit is on diversity and see how kids around the world are both different from us but a lot like us. <BR> <BR> I talked to the mother of the sole b... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 22:25:30 EST I am new I am new and I hate my body. Working on trying to change it. <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> Wed, 1 Dec 2010 09:21:00 EST Lisa has just jumped on the Spark Train........... My favorite bible verse is: Write the vision and make it clear on tablets, so that anyone can read it quickly. Habakkuk 2:2. So I'm publishing/writing my vision which s to lose 15 to 20 lbs. and to get back into a size 3 or 5. Last year, November 2009, I had lost 16 lbs. -yippee! My clothes were falling off of me. I took over 20 articles of clothing to be altered. Couldn't get back to the tailor for months and when I did KERPLUNK - all of 'um too tight. :( I am on a mission to l... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 17:45:24 EST Monster Smash Challenge This challenge is to smash your monsters that are keeping your from reaching your goals. <BR> Some tools you can use to smash your monsters are your Nutrition Tracker to stay in your calorie range & your Fitness Tracker, use both daily if you can. Another great tool you can use is going to the Healthy Lifestyle tab and clicking on it, there you will find a gold mine full of information to help you on your quest to a New and Healthier You. <BR> Whether you need to lose weight, maintain your ... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 01:48:59 EST My goals are My goals are to walk 5,000 steps each day, drink 8 cups a water everyday and write down what I eat everyday. <em>148</em> Tue, 24 Aug 2010 21:29:44 EST today I accept my obsession with pefection. A little is better than none Mon, 9 Aug 2010 17:31:03 EST New but not New to SP Hey everyone. I'm new to posting on the message boards so bare with me! =) My name is Melissa and I am 27 years old. This coming Sunday marks the 1 year anniversary of the passing of my 5 year old niece. The month of July has been really hard for me to get through but somewhere deep inside I found the motivation to get back to my exercise regimen that I had lost after Catie passed. I started my journey in May of 2009 and I am happy to report that I have lost 50 pounds thus far! I suppose I am... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 09:48:12 EST Love Yourself As You Are Now Challenge!!!!! This is a challenge to love and accept yourself as you are now, this is important for all of us to do in order to become the new person we are trying to become. People who don't love and accept theirselves as they are now tend to have low self esteem and often give up easily because of it. We are all winners here and this is a challenge to help you see yourself that way!!!!! <BR> There will be a daily challenge to Love and Accept Yourself As You Are Now and a Physical Challenge on at least ... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 04:35:39 EST Peeling back the layers I accept that I can cry when I need to. Because of hurtful things in my past, I thought that tears were a sign of weakness. Tears are a form of cleansing and they have a purpose. I accept that today and move on. <em>46</em> Thu, 1 Jul 2010 13:20:11 EST New to the Team Hey all, <BR> <BR> I've been on Spark for about 3 weeks now, but just found this team. Acceptance is so important!! I'm working on accepting imperfection. I'm a perfectionist, and that has gotten in my way too many times in trying to lose weight and get healthy. <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone in reaching your goals! <BR> Tricia Sat, 19 Jun 2010 11:44:36 EST Mom of 3 take a peek at my profile maybe we have something in common other than weight lost!!!!! Also thanks accept yourself for the flower orchids are my favorite flower that made my day that people are with me on this journey thank you again Arionna Fri, 18 Jun 2010 18:37:58 EST JUNE GOODIE WINNERS-CO NGRATULATE YOUR TEAM MEMBER The following team members have been recognized for their great accomplishments, please stop by their page and congratulate them!!! <BR> <BR> KELLY080713 for honesty and starting over (moving her weight tracker up when she gained five pounds and facing the reality of it) <BR> <BR> BARCINTL for having the right attitude and truly accepting herself--regardless of what she weighs, also for losing 25 pounds. <BR> <BR> MISS_CAROL for quitting smoking 11/09 and blogging regularly <BR> <BR> D... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 23:30:51 EST Anyone ever hear of a "success journal"? I was wondering if anyone here has ever heard of a success journal. Renee Stephens talks about it on her Podcast..but it is when you write 2 things you did well that day/what you are proud of before bed. It helps when it comes to accepting yourself and you have a great sleep by ending the day on a positive note! I wanted to challenge the team to do so and check in here everyday--maybe post what they wrote the night before? :) Just a thought!! Tue, 18 May 2010 01:57:12 EST Are You New To Sparkpeople? If you have any questions or if there is anything I can help you with just let me know. You can post here or send me a Spark mail. Mon, 26 Apr 2010 00:36:59 EST New to SP Hi my name is Carol, I live in Montana. I am new to SP. I am trying to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. Most of the time I can accept myself but sometimes I really beat myself up. I think this will be a great team to give and receive support to/from. Thanks. Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:21:03 EST Articles That Have Helped Me With Accepting Myself This article from Sparkpeople is a bit straight forward but has some great advice in it. <BR> <BR> 5 Ways to Love Your Body <BR> Let Cupid Take Aim at You <BR> -- By Carrie Myers Smith, Health & Exercise Expert <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=271 </link> Thu, 7 Jan 2010 22:31:26 EST Challenge This is an easy challenge but one I hope everyone will try to meet. <BR> <BR> Lose at least 5 pounds a month! In one year you will have lost 60 pounds!!! Thu, 7 Jan 2010 22:30:33 EST *SHARING *HOLIDAY* GREETINGS * & *hi's* let's Share the Holidays... <BR> <BR> come and say hi and... <BR> <BR> share a fav. memory... a story... <BR> what you like best about the holidays <BR> and/or least... <BR> <BR> share some Holiday Cheer.... <BR> Wed, 2 Dec 2009 15:30:19 EST What part of yourself are you struggling to accept here is a place you can come to work on different areas, parts, aspects of yourself.... <BR> <BR> trying to learn self acceptance Fri, 30 Oct 2009 15:28:10 EST ACCEPTing Todays Commitments feel free to list... if you wish... <BR> <BR> <BR> or jost down some notes... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 09:57:48 EST SHARING words to encourage and inspire please join me in sharing quotes, phrases, a kind word <BR> <BR> <BR> to support encourage and inspire Mon, 26 Oct 2009 13:48:25 EST getting to Know You one post at a time Post as many times as you wish.... Sun, 25 Oct 2009 18:36:41 EST SUGGESTION ** BOX ** Please share any announcements or suggestions for team here.... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 12:54:19 EST *I* AM *DEBY* Welcomes you to my World (thread) <em>188</em> **HI** and <em>235</em> to my Room (thread) <BR> <BR> My name is Deby... I am 51 years old... I am on Top <BR> of the Hill... Taking this time to look back over my life... and able to see clearly the direction I would like to take now... <BR> <BR> Last Aug. 2008 I weighed in at 215 lbs. and said no more....... <BR> I started Spark People Feb. 5 2009 weighing in at 192 pounds.... <BR> <BR> I would love to see the 140's or even the 130's again and also to fit into <BR> ... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 10:33:20 EST INTRODUCE yourself here... and/or Create a room Please introduce yourself here and/or create a room (thread) and Please update from time to time letting us know how You are doing... <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Aug 2009 10:30:42 EST SEASONS of our LIFE Winter......... December 22nd - March 21st <BR> <BR> Spring......... March 22nd - June 21st <BR> <BR> Summer......... June 22nd - September 21st <BR> <BR> Autumn(Fall)... September 22nd - December 21st <BR> <BR> <BR> find the season that is happening now and take some time to set up (visualize) what you wish to see... <BR> listing some ways you feel you can achieve your vision <BR> Sat, 1 Aug 2009 19:41:07 EST See the BeautyI in Life This is a beautiful story about seeing the beauty in life and I would like to share it with you .. <BR> <BR> The park bench was deserted as I sat down to read <BR> Beneath the long, straggly branches of an old willow tree. <BR> Disillusioned by life with good reason to frown, <BR> For the world was intent on dragging me down. <BR> And if that weren’t enough to ruin my day, <BR> A young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from play. <BR> He stood right before me with his head tilted d... Fri, 24 Jul 2009 16:39:03 EST Weighing in .... size / inches / scale SHARE where you are at on your journey ... <BR> <BR> Share what ever way you choose to monitor your progress <BR> <BR> Wed, 15 Jul 2009 18:53:45 EST Steps How many steps did you take today... Sat, 6 Jun 2009 12:01:27 EST How many Pts. till next trophy 2,512 Tue, 2 Jun 2009 13:52:44 EST How many days on Spark People 117 Tue, 2 Jun 2009 13:52:09 EST Our Teams * Hi's and Hello's * <em>188</em> **HELLO** Team <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a BLESSed Day <BR> <BR> ~~Deby~~ Tue, 26 May 2009 18:13:32 EST Did You HUDDLE with the Team? Give yourself emoticon (s) for huddling Tue, 26 May 2009 16:47:37 EST Sharing our Health concerns here before starting spark... some days I could barely walk.... found out I have arthritis... all over.. <BR> ankles back wrists...etc... can be very painful... <BR> <BR> also have some attacks in my chest... <BR> <BR> I just figured TIME to loose the weight... that has got to be adding to the prob... <BR> <BR> <BR> so glad I did... Now so far loss of 45+ lbs... <BR> <BR> I can do so much more that I could for years now... woohoo... <BR> <BR> ~BLESSings~ this Happy Tuesday ~~0:) <BR> Tue, 26 May 2009 16:41:54 EST ** VENTING ROOM ** Let it out with Emoticons here.... <BR> <BR> venting can be JOYous or what ever you need.... <BR> <BR> letting out some happy energy or angry or sad energy here <BR> what ever you need to vent... vent it with emoticons.. <BR> Tue, 26 May 2009 16:37:39 EST how did you come to find SPARK People? I was looking for a calorie counter online and WALA found Spark... Has helped sooooo much <BR> Tue, 26 May 2009 16:36:05 EST What should we know about you.... I LOVE my family and friends Tue, 26 May 2009 16:33:27 EST APRIL .. CHALLENGES / Goals APRIL Challenges and/or goals... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you made the challenge (goal) you can revise as needed... key is to change the life style and make the adjustments as needed... <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 20:11:31 EST MARCH .. CHALLENGES / Goals March Challenges and/or goals... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you made the challenge (goal) you can revise as needed... key is to change the life style and make the adjustments as needed... <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 20:10:52 EST FEBRUARY .. CHALLENGES / Goals FEBRUARY Challenges and/or goals... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you made the challenge (goal) you can revise as needed... key is to change the life style and make the adjustments as needed... <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 20:10:25 EST JANUARY .. CHALLENGES / Goals JANUARY Challenges and/or goals... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you made the challenge (goal) you can revise as needed... key is to change the life style and make the adjustments as needed... <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 20:06:30 EST DECEMBER .. CHALLENGES / Goals DECEMBER Challenges and/or goals... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you made the challenge (goal) you can revise as needed... key is to change the life style and make the adjustments as needed... <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 20:05:31 EST NOVEMBER * CHALLENGES / goals Checking -in NOVEMBER Challenges and/or goals... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you made the challenge (goal) you can revise as needed... key is to change the life style and make the adjustments as needed... <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 20:03:25 EST OCTOBER .. CHALLENGES / Goals October Challenges and/or goals... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you made the challenge (goal) you can revise as needed... key is to change the life style and make the adjustments as needed... <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 20:02:03 EST SEPTEMBER .. CHALLENGES / goals September Challenges and/or goals... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you made the challenge (goal) you can revise as needed... key is to change the life style and make the adjustments as needed... <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 20:00:59 EST AUGUST .. CHALLENGES / Goals AUGUST Challenges and/or goals... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you made the challenge (goal) you can revise as needed... key is to change the life style and make the adjustments as needed... <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 20:00:13 EST JULY .. CHALLENGES / Goals JULY Challenges and/or goals... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you made the challenge (goal) you can revise as needed... key is to change the life style and make the adjustments as needed... <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 19:59:31 EST JUNE... CHALLENGEs.... June Challenges and/or goals... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you made the challenge (goal) you can revise as needed... key is to change the life style and make the adjustments as needed... Mon, 18 May 2009 14:38:09 EST MAY ... CHALLENGEs challenges and/or goals for may... <BR> <BR> always can REVISE if needed... <BR> key is to at least make the effort.. <BR> <BR> ~BLESSings~ this Motivating Monday~~0:) <BR> Mon, 18 May 2009 14:35:26 EST Spiritual Care what are you doing to take care of your Spiritual Self.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 May 2009 13:37:16 EST Emotional Care what are you doing to take care of your emotions (heart) Thu, 14 May 2009 13:36:28 EST Mental Care what are you doing for yourself mentally Thu, 14 May 2009 13:35:32 EST Body care what are you doing for your body today... Thu, 14 May 2009 13:34:33 EST SPIN POINTS with Emoticons <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> Thu, 14 May 2009 13:32:40 EST Counting all the things that make US laugh keep counting.... please <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 May 2009 13:31:00 EST word association game.... last letter in word starts a new word Thu, 14 May 2009 13:29:52 EST What makes you Smile my grandkids <BR> <BR> <BR> ~~BLESSings~~ this THOUGHTfilled Thursday ~~0:) <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 May 2009 13:28:47 EST number game just keep the counting going... <BR> <BR> <BR> everytime the number doubles.... that person gives the person before a goodie <BR> <BR> (and you can give yourself a goodie BUT also another person who was before you) Thu, 14 May 2009 13:27:53 EST Around the World.... where is everyone from Deby from Minnesota now... (since 2001) <BR> <BR> <BR> before that spent the earlier part of my life in Cali....... a California girl at heart <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 May 2009 13:23:30 EST Inspirational Blogs, books, articles.... Please share any Inspirational... motivational reads here... Thu, 14 May 2009 13:18:15 EST I AM COMMITTED to..... finish the sentence... Thu, 14 May 2009 13:15:49 EST What is motivating you to accept yourself What is your motivation Today... in learning to accept yourself completely.... <BR> <BR> PHYSICALly * MENTALly * EMOTIONALly * SPIRITUALly Thu, 14 May 2009 13:11:02 EST attitude of gratitude what are you grateful for... Sun, 10 May 2009 17:05:29 EST list 5 things that make you who you are list the top 5 things that motivate you each day... Sun, 10 May 2009 17:04:50 EST *BREATHING* ROOM* take a time out and Count to 10 this is a place to go to let off some steam... <BR> to vent... to support or be supported.... <BR> <BR> Catch your breath... count to 10 Sun, 10 May 2009 17:03:34 EST use emoticon to express how you are feeling have fun... <BR> <BR> get creative... <BR> <BR> and no words just emoticons... (teehee you can use emoticon words) Sun, 10 May 2009 16:55:59 EST You know you are a true sparker when... I knew I was a true spark gal yesterday when instead of waiting in traffic (there must have been an accident) I pulled into a Starbucks parking lot. Got out my walking shoes and went walking for 45 minutes while I waited for the traffic to die down. I didn't even get anything at the shopping center. Didn't want to add any unwanted calories. <BR> <BR> This week I have been really good, exercising every day and watching what I eat. But have actually gained about a pound (I think fromthe weigh... Fri, 25 Jul 2008 15:55:27 EST Today I will and Will NOT ! its a place where u can share what you will do and what you will try your best not to do ! GOOD LUCK Sun, 6 Apr 2008 03:14:28 EST Whats for dinner tonight? What are you cooking for dinner tonight?Have a great and simple recipe to share with your friends? Post it here.We'd love to get ideas for clean dinners . <BR> I will start first I will bake a chicken breast ,serve it with wil rice and a spinach,avocado,cucumber salad. Sun, 6 Apr 2008 03:13:07 EST DOES ANYONE EVER.....? READ THE SPIRIT THREAD.I TRY TO POST ON THERE DAILY BUT WAS JUST WONDERING IF ANYONE READS IT? Tue, 1 Apr 2008 14:29:49 EST EASTER COOKING Easter is comming and its around the corner.With the great celebration of the resurection of Christ many of us will be faced with an almost mandatory cheat meal -OUCH !!!! OR WILL WE? <BR> lets post our healthier recipes for all the cakes,cookies,jello's ,dishes that we like.AWhat will you be bringing to the table ? <BR> As a team leader I assign you with a challenge-each of us has to bring a healthier option for everyone or just us to that if everything else is unhealthy we can st... Tue, 18 Mar 2008 21:23:06 EST What are you proud of today? What are you proud of today? Sun, 16 Mar 2008 17:39:01 EST Last Chance Workout Ideas! This came from SARAHFORYAH (Sarah) and I wanted to post it! Add any more ideas you have :) <BR> <BR> Just a suggestion for quick bursts of workouts, when you're sitting at all, like checking your email, flex your abs and butt. For instance I do a minute or two of tightening my bum, wait two or three minutes, and then do my abs. Just an idea if you can use it! <BR> Thu, 13 Mar 2008 15:31:51 EST Helping Humanity While Exercising? This topic is for everyone to post ideas for helping your fellow man, the environment, etc, while exercising! Everyone think hard on things we can do! Wed, 12 Mar 2008 10:12:33 EST Challenges Check here for each week's challenge and post your challenge points here every Friday. :) Fri, 7 Mar 2008 12:22:23 EST PINK TEAM I guess this would be the Jillian kick -Butt team :) heh Sun, 2 Mar 2008 20:01:25 EST Blue Team Huddle Welcome to the Blue Team! (aka Team Bob!) <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Mar 2008 22:08:56 EST Black Team Huddle n/a Sat, 1 Mar 2008 22:08:11 EST Weigh Ins Post your weight here by Midnight on every Friday. <BR> <BR> This will keep everyone accountable for their weight. This is what it will look like: <BR> <BR> Starting weight/Current weight/Goal weight/how many lbs you have lost. <BR> <BR> Like: SW 202/CW 202/GW 185/-0 Sat, 1 Mar 2008 22:03:43 EST Read First! We are doing a 10-week weight loss challenge! Anyone who wants to join should post their start weight on this thread by FRIDAY, MARCH 7. <BR> <BR> By Saturday, March 8, I will divide everyone into 2 teams. <BR> <BR> The challenge will run from March 7 - May 16. <BR> <BR> Weigh-ins will be each Friday. The team with the biggest percentage weight loss will win that week. No one will be voted off, but there will be "prizes" for the biggest loser on the winning team. Whatever team has won ... Sat, 1 Mar 2008 22:01:48 EST A song that gives you goosebumps? I love music and it can so quickly change my mood. That's why I MUST have my ipod when I'm working out or my workout doesn't workout. ;o) <BR> <BR> I was wondering what song just really speaks to you in a quiet way...makes you feel connected, or I guess, just gives you goosebumps and could move you to tears? I have quite a few but the first one that came to mind is David Crowder Band's "Come and Listen" from their A Collision CD. <BR> <BR> I'm pasting in the lyrics. When I listen to this ... Fri, 29 Feb 2008 15:11:19 EST Nutrition What kind of iet of nutrition plan do you follow?Have you ever heard of the LOW GI diet?My sister lost about 40 pounds since summer while following the low Gi diet principles. <BR> I try to combine the 5 factors in each meal. <BR> -a low fat protein <BR> -good carb ( I guess that would mean low GI ) <BR> -healthy fats <BR> -at least 5 grams of fiber <BR> -sugar free drink ( like water or tea ) <em>301</em> <em>271</em> Tue, 19 Feb 2008 10:33:09 EST Workout I was just wondering .WHat do you guys do for your workouts?and how long and how many times a week?What kind of calorie deficit are you looking to achieve each week or month? <BR> <BR> Right now I am focusing on getting 3 hours of spinning a week which will give me a calorie deficit of around 1800-2000 and I will also try to do at least one strenght training workout for now. I will be aiming for a 2500 cal deficit from exercise alone. Tue, 19 Feb 2008 10:31:11 EST Inspirational and Motivational Tidbits Hello All! <BR> <BR> This topic is for quotes that you find motivate or inspire you to do better everyday. Also, any ideas on how to squeeze in a workout when you don't have time would be helpful. For instance: <BR> <BR> Housework actually burns calories! So get out the mop, vacuum cleaner, and scrub down those windows! <BR> <BR> If you don't get a chance to walk today, and you need to run errands, go to school, etc, park at the back of the parking lot, and briskly walk into the building... Tue, 12 Feb 2008 11:03:25 EST Your Goals This Week? As Natalie said, fail to plan, plan to fail! I thought it might be helpful for me to plan some mini goals to meet this week. <BR> <BR> This week I want to go from 168 lbs. to 166 lbs., and my plan is: <BR> <BR> * Track all food at least 6 days, and stay in Spark's recommended calorie range. <BR> * Increase fiber, especially fresh fruits and veggies <BR> * Exercise at least 5 days, including 2 marathon walks of 2 hours each (some might call this crazy, but it's a trick I learned back i... Sun, 10 Feb 2008 02:12:03 EST Your goals and dreams WHat are your goals and dreams in life? Whats your vision for life? Wed, 6 Feb 2008 01:50:32 EST Exercise Tips I will be posting exercise tips here -hopefully everyday ;) Wed, 6 Feb 2008 01:48:27 EST Biggest Loser I have started watching the biggest loser a week ago and I got hooked.If you're a fan as well let us know why you love it and who's your favorite trainer? Mine is Jillian.Ahh gotta love how she pushed people. Wed, 6 Feb 2008 01:47:15 EST Weekly Weigh In Alright.February is here.Lets post our starting weight and keep tracking it every week on Fridays. <BR> <BR> Feb 1st-165.5 lbs Sun, 3 Feb 2008 13:12:01 EST EATING CLEAN WHAT IS CLEAN EATING? <BR> <BR> It's simple, really. Consuming food in its most natural state - or as close as possible to it - is the soul of clean eating. It is not a diet; it's a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to health, well-being and a lean look. The items found below form the foundation of a clean-eater's diet. <BR> <BR> COLORFUL FRUITS & VEGGIES <BR> Keep cravings at bay with loads of fresh produce. Did you know that fruits & veggies are complex carbs? See th... Sat, 5 Jan 2008 15:00:15 EST How can we make this a better place? One of my January goals ( since I will be focusing on my jearly goals month by month ) is to be motivation to others . <BR> Please let me know what I could do to help you on your way to becoming a better healthier ,more content person. <BR> Any ideas for topics or any questions?Maybe you just need me to stop by your page once in a while and say hello.Please let me know how I can help you in 2008 ! <em>244</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2008 20:03:59 EST Failing to plan is planning to Fail - You must start planning to shop and cook in advance of the upcoming week. <BR> - Keep things accessible and stored in plastic containers-freeze back for the week. <BR> - Each evening plan out the next days meal. It's easier and even more fun than it sounds when you've done most of your cooking already! <BR> <BR> IF you do just that, these results will quickly follow: <BR> <BR> No guesswork (now you can think about something else) <BR> No over eating (You'll feel better at the end of the d... Thu, 3 Jan 2008 20:00:35 EST recipes I thought we might like to post recipes that are low calories and yummy or even meal/snack suggestions or product recommendations. I'm sure everybody would love some tips and helps :) <BR> <BR> If you post a recipe from a recipe book or magazine, please provide appropriate references. Thu, 3 Jan 2008 02:23:36 EST No weigh-in until Jan 18! Who's with me? I know YOU are Natalie, b/c we promised each other that we wouldn't! <BR> <BR> This will give us plenty of time to work on our goals. Wed, 2 Jan 2008 19:32:22 EST calorie deficit I have decided to set a goal of 14000 calorie deficit for the month of January which would mean 4 pounds of fat lost. <BR> The way you calculate it is; <BR> <BR> Basal Metabolic Rate + Calories Burned - Calories Consumed = Calorie Deficit <BR> <BR> They say that 3,500 calories = 1 lb. So if you create a calorie deficit of 7,000, you'll lose 2 lbs. <BR> <BR> And here's a basal metabolic rate calculator (BMR) <BR> <BR><BR>htm <BR> <em>205</em> Wed, 2 Jan 2008 19:18:48 EST THE DAILY BIBLE STUDY CORNER Have you experienced God's everlasting love? <BR> <BR> Long ago the Lord said to Israel: "I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. <BR> Jeremiah 31:3 NLT <BR> <BR> Rich in mercy <BR> <BR> Jeremiah 31:3 is a statement of love and restoration that comes after dark prophetic predictions of God punishing his people. Even when God allows us to suffer the consequences of our sin, he does not withhold his mercy. <BR> <BR> Everyone des... Wed, 2 Jan 2008 13:27:48 EST Daily Check-In Ok now that we have established our January challange its time for daily check in.This is the place to let us know how u did on a given day with your 3 or more challange things <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2008 18:03:40 EST Spirit Pray daily and read the BIBLE Mon, 31 Dec 2007 15:16:35 EST Calories Stay within your calorie range for the day ! Combine protein ,complex carbs and good fats in every meal ! Mon, 31 Dec 2007 15:14:59 EST Exercise Challange The goal is to shoot for at least 30 min daily.We can do this team !!!! <em>244</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2007 15:14:10 EST Water My goal is to drink 8-10 glasses of water daily.I will be posting my progress daily.Please do the same Mon, 31 Dec 2007 14:59:45 EST January challange Challenge Rules: <BR> Choose at least 3 of the following items, and stick with them PERFECTLY for 10 days. We can do ANYTHING for 10 days, right? If you want to challenge yourself with more than 3, that is GREAT! And I want you to post every day on how you've done. <BR> <BR> Water: 1/2 your body weight in ounces (200 lbs = 100 oz) <BR> Fiber: 25-35 grams a day <BR> Exercise: 30 minutes exercise every day - minimum <BR> Journaling: Log every calorie you consume <BR> Moderation: Stay within yo... Mon, 31 Dec 2007 14:58:02 EST Stats and goals Ok this is a place where we can put our stats measurements as of December 1st and see how we do this month.Happy December everyone ! God bless you ! <em>247</em> Sat, 1 Dec 2007 01:04:37 EST Great article on Fiber-helps with weight loss :) <BR> WHAT IS FIBER? <BR> Grandma always told you that "roughage" was good for you, and now research is proving that fiber in foods is important to health. Fiber is the part of fruits, vegetables, and grains that is neither digested nor absorbed. Why should fiber matter to good nutrition, since it doesn't provide any calories or nutrients? Fiber helps keep your intestines working comfortably and helps prevent many diseases. Here is why fiber is so fantastic: <BR> <BR> Fiber comes in two form... Fri, 30 Nov 2007 02:27:03 EST DECEMBER CHALLANGE ? I have decided to create this team for my friends and people I met on Spark that I have connected with.All the other teams have a lot of members.I thought this would be manageable and we could all support eachother on our journey to achieving our best ! <BR> With the new month around the corner-what are your goals?I have posted mine in the Nov 25th-Dec 25th blog -u can check it out either on my page or on the blogs on the bottom of our team blogs. <BR> I want to add one more thing- I will be ... Thu, 29 Nov 2007 20:10:42 EST The biggest problem What's the biggest problem you face day to day on your way to loosing or maintaing weight? Thu, 29 Nov 2007 18:34:39 EST Introduce yourself This is a place to introduce yourself and let us know what your goals are-spiritually,nutritionally and physically. <em>229</em> Thu, 29 Nov 2007 18:33:16 EST Have faith.Take one day at a time.Enjoy and cheris Hi ! My name is Natalie.I have just recently joined the spark team.I am looking to loose maybe 10-20 lbs and do it the healthy way.No quick fix.My plan is to do it by eating clean .exercising and getting lost of support from all of you. <BR> I do have a workout plan so if anyone needs one let me know.:) <em>244</em> Mon, 19 Nov 2007 12:15:49 EST