SparkPeople SP Class of March 2-8, 2008 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from March 2-8, 2008. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of March 2-8, 2008 Team Messageboard Help? I have no idea where to even begin! Help? I have no idea where to even begin! But I DO KNOW I HAVE GOT TO MAKE SOME MAJOR CHANGES!!! <BR> I quit smoking 2 & 1/2 years ago! YAY ME! :) But I've packed on the pounds since then and having a sedentary job and lifestyle certainly don't help! I need to stop being a couch potatoe and get moving and cut out the junk food and start eating healthy, but I've tried so many times before and I have no will power!~ Need to loose around 70 lbs and at this point, ... it just seems impossib... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 11:35:31 EST Congrats to those with anniversary's this week! Year 3 ends on Sunday for me! <BR> <BR> Congrats to the rest of the team who are still Sparkin'! Fri, 4 Mar 2011 09:46:34 EST Hi, my name is Vickie I am a grandmother of 4 girls and I love every minute of it, I love the spark recipe site which helps add meals quickly and they already have the calories and fat added. I have recently started selling avon in my spare time which is great because it allows me to make my own hours and still be home for my granddaughters and helps me to get that extra walk in I need. I have struggled with my weight for years and have found sparkpeople has all the tools you might need to stick to a healthy w... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 16:44:04 EST trying i am starting a new jorney to try to lose at least (right now) 30 lbs! i need support, i join these sites and never really get into them, i think i need to try to change things to have change happen to me with my weight! Mon, 8 Mar 2010 13:32:29 EST Tea room for 2010 How are we all? I hope everyone is well and keeping to the plan! <BR> I am back after lots of internet trouble- hopefully it's all been fixed for now. <BR> Hope to see you all here soon! <BR> hugs, <BR> 'Kat Sun, 7 Feb 2010 09:58:49 EST greetings from Tanzania East Africa hello all, i am azim, m, 55, and have undergone open heart surgery with 5 bypasses in 2006. right now i am semi retired and am looking forwardto making friends around the globe, exchange experiences in order to make this world a better place to live in. looking forward to your responses. Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:37:42 EST greetings from Tanzania East Africa hello all, i am azim, m, 55, and have undergone open heart surgery with 5 bypasses in 2006. right now i am semi retired and am looking forwardto making friends around the globe, exchange experiences in order to make this world a better place to live in. looking forward to your responses. Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:37:39 EST Thrilled,, but,, then my bubble was busted. *Sighs*, <em>24</em> <BR> I was pleasantly surprised and thrilled when I read about The whole WAVE package and that SparksPeople was giving away a package to one lucky person!!! All you had to do is post what your favorite at home work out was.. Wow, amazing! I was thinking thank you SP!! I filled out my post and then read the "OFFICIAL RULES ELIGIBILITY".. Apparently I am not eligible because it is only open to SP members that live in the US. After reading that I was rather disappoin... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 13:35:55 EST *The Numerous Benefits Of Walking!* <em>138</em> <em>231</em> <em>68</em> <em>138</em> <em>231</em> <em>68</em> <em>138</em> <em>231</em> <em>68</em> <BR> I know we all probably know that walking has many benefits, but I just thought I would post a refresher. It is amazing all the good we are doing for our bodies and our minds by walking! <BR> **Walking can reduce the risk of many diseases — from heart attack and stroke to hip fracture and glaucoma. If a daily fitness walk could be put in a pill, it would be one of... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 11:40:02 EST A Great Recipe For The New Year 1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is <BR> the ultimate anti-depressant. <BR> <BR> 2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to God (or a <BR> friend) about what is going on in your life. Buy a lock if you have to. <BR> <BR> 3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My <BR> purpose is to__________ today. I am thankful for______________' <BR> <BR> 4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food th... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 11:54:13 EST The Tea Room for 2009 Welcome to our Tea Room. <BR> <BR> Let's relax a moment and have some chit-chat here. If you feel down, lets have a cup of tea and talk about it. <BR> <BR> If things going well, lets celebrate with you, the tea can always change into a glass of Champain !! <BR> <BR> It does not matter what the topic is, this is for us to enjoy... <BR> <BR> Happy new year every one, let's make the best of 2009. <BR> <BR> Snip Fri, 2 Jan 2009 05:28:06 EST PARTY TIME ...SHERDWELL reach her goal !!! Sherdwell <BR> <BR> Congrats, congrats, congrats... <BR> <BR> Wow <em>279</em> <BR> <BR> Snip Thu, 11 Dec 2008 03:41:48 EST Catchy Christmas songs! As an adult I still love these songs as does my mother! My one year old also loves these! <BR> <BR> Here is a link! Chech it out! <BR> <BR><BR>Zk Mon, 8 Dec 2008 15:43:31 EST The Holidays Are Here, Bringing Good Cheer.... And so it begins,Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and then the New Year. One holiday just flows right into the next. We have the office parties, and the friends' parties and of course family get togethers. How will we ever get through all this without destroying everything we worked so hard to acheive these last few months. <BR> <BR> I for one plan on staying on track as much as possible this month. I can't say that I won't indulge, but I will definetly say no to over indulgenc... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 13:35:53 EST Put some laughter in your day !!! It is good to laugh each day, we all know it, but do we do it? <BR> <BR> So anyone with anything funny to tell, here is the place. If you have a great joke to tell, please post it here. <BR> <BR> Lets start laughting again <BR> <BR> Snip Wed, 26 Nov 2008 08:22:38 EST 10,000 steps 1X per week by December 31st Hey team let's get this party train going. Let's all try to work toward at least 1 time during the week to get 10,000 steps by the end of the year. 2000 steps equal 1 mile - 10,000 steps = 5 miles!! You can track your steps by using a pedometer, I was able to pick up a very inexpensive one at our local CVS ($16.00). I have created a goal tracker below and you can add it to your goal tracker page - come on everyone let's get this done by the new year <BR> Tue, 25 Nov 2008 13:17:06 EST November's chat room <em>235</em> to November, all! I hope the new month finds you all well and well motivated to reach your goals! I love this time of year-I am not a fan of the summer, so now I can sit back and relax and enjoy what little winter weather we have here in Cyprus. <BR> Work is a little quieter now, so hopefully I'll have more time with you all here- I mis th team, and would love to do more here, and hopefully I will be able to soon! <BR> So, what are your plans for November? Wed, 5 Nov 2008 14:12:27 EST HELP! Need another team leader! Hiya, all! Seems I am on my own as team leader now- Anyone wish to join me to keep an eye on the team when I am not about? Please reply here if you are interested! <BR> Hugs, <BR> 'Kat Mon, 27 Oct 2008 14:33:14 EST new team I have been with spark since march 2008 and I love this site with all it has to offer. <BR> I just started a new team and need help with getting new members. My team is multi generations living in one home. In my home we have three generations living together and I know this is a new trend but it is becoming more common There are many issues but it does work. Many years ago that was the way it always was. Ecomics are bring the trend back to life it can be fun but a alot of work Fri, 17 Oct 2008 14:10:22 EST October Chat Room September was never opened so I am skipping to October a few days early - anybody out there - how are we doing? <BR> <BR> I am closing in on 50 pounds - the Spark works! <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Sep 2008 21:26:47 EST Let's celebrate ! TROOPS79 deserves a party!!! Do you need motivation? <em>67</em> <BR> Do you think it can't be done? <em>39</em> <BR> Think again! <em>189</em> <BR> Check out TROOPS79's SparkPage! <em>213</em> <BR> He's my inspiration! <em>43</em> <BR> He has achieved some incredible goals! <em>248</em> <BR> This is a man of action and dedication! <em>104</em> <BR> He deserves a party!!!! <em>236</em> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>179</em> <em>276</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <BR> Congratulations Layne for y... Fri, 29 Aug 2008 09:19:01 EST iwill 90% of Americans be fat by 2030 very interseting article from 8/12 newspaper about how big we americans are getting I do believe that we will be clothes designers have gone to making clothes bigger but labeling them with smaller sizes heres the link : <BR> <BR> <link><BR>766870.ece </link> Fri, 15 Aug 2008 17:23:38 EST Do you plan to watch the 2008 Olympics? Anyone planning on watching the games from China this year? Wed, 6 Aug 2008 13:33:32 EST Six Reasons to Do Dairy! From Denise Austin Six Reasons to Do Dairy!If you're not making dairy a part of your healthy lifestyle, you could be missing out on some big benefits, say experts from the American Dietetic Association. For example: <BR> <BR> Research suggests that dairy intake and weight-management are strongly connected. <BR> <BR> 1. Just three servings a day may make losing weight and keeping it off much easier! <BR> 2. A single 8-ounce serving provides 25 percent of your daily riboflavin needs. This important nutrient ... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 20:59:10 EST Drink Your Daily Water Denis Austin Drink Your Daily Water!If you're not a water drinker — well, tough luck! I know that may sound harsh, but drinking water every day is key to good health. Plus, your body is made up mostly of water — doesn't it make sense to replenish the good old H2O instead of filling up on soda pop or sugary fruit juices? <BR> <BR> Here's another doozy: Did you know that the brain often mistakes thirst for hunger? Before running to the nearest snack machine, try drinking a few glasses of water first. <BR... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 20:54:36 EST August Chat Room I hope I'm not out of line starting this topic... I really like the monthly chat rooms! <BR> <BR> July was okay for me... I did great with some goals, like my water intake, and not so great with others, like my minutes of exercise. But every day is a new opportunity to do well. I hope you're all having a great new month so far! Fri, 1 Aug 2008 18:17:35 EST Daily Dish Plateau Problems? from South Beach Plateau Problems? <BR> <BR> While it may be frustrating, it is not uncommon to reach a plateau as you get closer to your target weight. <BR> <BR> 1. Try eating different foods. Sometimes people get into a food rut, eating the same things day in and day out, which may lead to overeating as a result of feeling unsatisfied with your routine. Add more variety and different veggies to your meal plan to combat boredom. This may be just what you need to get over a weight-loss stall. <BR> <BR> 2.... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 22:07:51 EST 3 Ways to Reduce Your Anxiety I thought this was a really great article since I believe that most of us are under stress due to the economy. I know I have fallen off the wagon due to stress of the economy, work and health so I hope this will be of use to you all. <BR> <BR> 1. Learn to cope with stress: Reducing stress can help control symptoms of anxiety. Some ways to reduce stress are meditation, massage, muscle relaxation, Listening to music and exercising are also effective stress-busters. <BR> <BR> Remember not al... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 21:57:06 EST How Are You Today? (With Emoticons) I blew my calorie range a little today, but I still have one serving left of fruit to eat for the day, so I'm calling the calories a loss and at least getting my fruit in for the day. <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>238</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2008 19:52:21 EST Who are you? Just for fun who are you? <BR> <BR> CAPRICORN - The Go-Getter (Dec 22 - Jan 19) Patient and wise. Practical <BR> and rigid. Ambitious. Tends to be Good-looking. Humorous and funny. Can <BR> be a bit shy and reserved. Often pessimistic. Capricorns tend to act b <BR> efore they think and can be Unfriendly at times. Hold grudges. Likecompetition.Get what they Want. <BR> <BR> AQUARIUS - The Sweetheart (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Optimistic and honest. Sweet personality. Very independent. Inventive and... Sat, 12 Jul 2008 22:17:36 EST real life ways to lose weight Being active throughout the day is the key to whether we lose or gain weight Its the little things that cn add up over the year standing instead of sitting is one of the many ways <BR> <BR> Dr James Levine, of the Mayo Clinic, has spent a decade studying the role that everyday movement, or NEAT (nonexercise activity thermogenesis), plays in metabolism. His discovery: People who tap their feet, prefer standing to sitting, and generally move a lot burn up to 350 more calories a day than those... Fri, 11 Jul 2008 15:41:45 EST 4 fun ways to lose weight To boost motivation, mix up your workouts with games you loved as a kid. The Monkey Bar Gymnasium, a Madison, WI, health club specializing in playgroundstyle routines that incorporate running, jumping, crawling, and climbing, proves you don't need cardio machines to slim down. Of its members, 85% work out 3 times a week--triple the national average--and they drop an average of 17 pounds of fat in 2 months. Try these grownup versions of favorites from your youth. <BR> <BR> 1. IF YOU LOVED: H... Fri, 11 Jul 2008 15:27:40 EST Doing anything special 4th July weekend? For me its just going to be another weekend as I must work at Wally World the whole weekend Maybe if will keep me from over indulging with food? <BR> <BR> So what are your Plans? <em>232</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2008 09:23:47 EST July chat room Oops forgot new month started <BR> <BR> I took some time off but I am ba ck Hope you all are having a great time <BR> <BR> June wasn't the best month for me but far not the worst either I pretty much stay steady which is awesome Wed, 2 Jul 2008 19:20:15 EST Rev up your Metabolism! Rev up your Metabolism!Want to give your metabolism a boost? While a pill or potion won't do it, there are ways to increase your body's calorie burn-rate! To keep your metabolism at top speed, use these tips from researchers at Moses Taylor Hospital in Pennsylvania: <BR> <BR> Don't skip meals or snacks, especially breakfast — you'll activate your body's starvation response and actually slow your metabolic rate! Small meals throughout the day keep your furnace burning at a steady pace. <BR> ... Wed, 2 Jul 2008 19:18:22 EST 52 ways to lose lb a week Believe in Yourself <BR> 1. Ditch all-or-nothing thinking. Everyone makes mistakes. The key is to learn from them." <BR> 4. Make a dream book. To change your thinking and to build your confidence, create a scrapbook of people exercising and overcoming adversity. <BR> 6. Be flexible. <BR> Set the Right Goals <BR> 10. Build on success. Make mini goals and when you meet the goal add to it <BR> Eat More <BR> 15. Get it fresh. Give up highly processed foods <BR> Eat Smart. <BR> 23. Switch your ... Wed, 25 Jun 2008 13:37:24 EST Quality Health care depends on where you live To an alarming degree, where you live determines the quality of your health care. Before you get your next mammogram, sign up for surgery, or even fill a prescription, you must read this <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>surgery-crowded-emergency-rooms-and-hy<BR>sterectomies/160d7fbd1f9f9110VgnVCM200<BR>00012281eac____/health/healthy.lifesty<BR>le?cm_mmc=Spotlight-_-6232008-_-Health<BR>-_-Operation%20Zip%20Code </link> <BR> <BR> Now I have lived norhteast an... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 13:06:23 EST Stress may be the culprit in the aweful plateau Why People Become Overweight it could be a combination of factors like genetics, environment, or even how you handle stress. Yup how we handle stress can be causing us to gain or even hit a plateau <BR> <BR> Here is a paragraph from an article: <BR> <BR> "Still other experts stressed that people’s eating habits and weight are related to how they handle stress and cope with difficult situations. Many people who are overweight also suffer from depression and other emotional conditions that ... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 12:31:47 EST Did You know the benefits from eating breakfast? Big, Well-Balanced Breakfast Aids Weight Loss <BR> <BR> <BR> a REPORT WAS Published: THURSDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- That Starting your day with a large meal with carbohydrates and lean protein, and a small piece of chocolate, can help to control hunger throughout the day, which can help weight loss Yeah for CHOCOLATE!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> HERE'S THE LINK TO CHECK IT OUT <BR> <link><BR>owArticle.aspx?IsP=news/616/news616671<BR>.xml&dp=2008/06/19&q... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 12:10:55 EST squeezing workout time into a busy schedule Work-Friendly Workouts!Do you work full time? Well, here's something to keep in mind! A study by the American Heart Association showed that those who clock in 40 hours a week or more are far more likely to spend their free time on the couch than working out! <BR> <BR> The study found that full-time workers choose to spend off-work time watching television, surfing the Internet, or playing video games instead of being physically active! The workers reported it was emotional exhaustion, rathe... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 20:15:13 EST Lifestyle Change Strategies #4 Overcoming Setbacks I would imagine we all got this same email today Lifestyle Change Strategies # 4 You Can Overcome Setbacks. I thought I'd bring to everyones attention if you haven't read your emails today. <BR> <BR> Below are things I have told myslef along this journey and I imagine I am not the only one to have made these comments to myself. <BR> <BR> Plateaus: “The scale is simply not moving, and I’m getting frustrated.” <BR> <BR> Burnout: “I just can’t keep up this tough regimen anymore.” <BR> <BR> W... Mon, 16 Jun 2008 11:02:06 EST 4 Foods for Better Immune System 1 Oranges are chock-full of vitamin C, an antioxidant vitamin that helps your immune system fend off disease-causing invaders. Other good C options: bell peppers, strawberries, cantaloupe, and broccoli. Or take 400 milligrams of vitamin C three times daily. (Look up more C sources.) <BR> <BR> 2 Yogurt (unpasteurized) contains Lactobacillus acidophilus -- a healthy bacterium that helps thwart fungus-related infections. Or take a 20-milligram acidophilus supplement twice daily. (Here's anothe... Sat, 14 Jun 2008 21:47:27 EST Gauge Your Appetite Before you go and eat stop for a moment and take this test to see if you really are hungry or not and log it into a note book the results to see why you are eating <BR> <BR> Tank = Hungry <BR> 1/2 Tank = Edge is off <BR> 3/4 Tank = Satisfied and not hungry <BR> Full Tank = Full and comfortable <BR> Overflow Level S = Stuffed <BR> Overflow Level OS = Overstuffed <BR> Overflow Level BP = Button Pop/Exploding <BR> <BR> <BR> Beofre reaching for the cheese sauce or cookie box, use the test to... Sat, 14 Jun 2008 20:17:21 EST Healthy Veggies you think are bad for you Healthy Veggies <BR> White potatoes don't make you fat, carrots aren't made of sugar--and other myths about the produce you grew up on, dispelled <BR> By Karen Ansel, RD <BR> <BR> White potatoes make you fat <BR> One medium baked potato has only 161 calories, plus 4 g of filling fiber <BR> Added bonus: Chilled, cooked potato is packed with resistant starch, <BR> <BR> Iceberg lettuce has no nutrients <BR> It has plenty of good-for-you compounds <BR> Just because darker varieties have a fe... Fri, 13 Jun 2008 21:44:18 EST Interesting Email from Denise Austin Bust That Plateau!Are your results slowing down despite your devotion to the plan? Try these tips to get things moving again: <BR> Make sure you're not skipping meals. If you deprive your body of the food it needs, you'll activate a starvation response and your body will hold on to every ounce! <BR> Stop getting stressed by the scale! Muscle weighs more than fat. Water fluctuations can add pounds, too! Instead, use a tape measure or how your clothes fit as your guide. <BR> Switch workout s... Fri, 13 Jun 2008 21:31:58 EST June's monthly chat room Hi all hope you have a great Sunday this will be where we will chat for this month <BR> <BR> I took the bike out for a quick ride this morning trying to see is I had the Speedometer setup correctly I have to retry setting it up Getting used to this new bike was interesting I haven't rode in 10 years so I was kinds wobbly <BR> <BR> anyway have a great day new month new week Yeah we can do it Sun, 1 Jun 2008 10:23:08 EST Stay Safe This Summer! The experts at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommend that you lower your risk of heat injury by keeping the following in mind when you take your workout outdoors: <BR> <BR> Drink plenty of water. Don't wait until you become thirsty — keep yourself hydrated throughout your workout. <BR> Take breaks, especially if you're trying a new activity or if you weren't active during the colder months. <BR> Schedule your workouts in the morning or evening, when it's cooler. Avoid wor... Sat, 31 May 2008 21:30:25 EST Sticking to success eating right Sticking to Success! <BR> "Which diet works best?" is the focus of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Their answer? "The one you stick with!" <BR> <BR> Experts followed dieters on various plans — low-carb, low-fat, and low-calorie — for a year, and found that each had a dropout rate of about 50 percent. But those who stayed the course of the diet all lost weight — ranging from four to seven pounds on average. When the plans were evaluated to see which one ... Fri, 30 May 2008 15:02:59 EST Need you help on Veggies Hi all I am trying to add more veggies into my meal plans the only problem is most taste "BLAH" lack any taste so I was wondering what do you do to make veggies taste better? <BR> <BR> I like the sweet ones you know the ones not really the best choices Corn, Peas, Carrots, then I only like Zucchini fried and Okra fried as well. <BR> <BR> So any suggestions of how to make green beans spinach, etc taste better? Wed, 28 May 2008 21:36:52 EST Stand Up for Rock-Hard Abs! Denise austin emails <BR> <BR> Stand Up for Rock-Hard Abs! <BR> <BR> Most people think it takes hundreds of crunches to get a rock-hard belly. But there's another little secret many people miss. By standing correctly and pulling your abs in tight like I do, you'll work them out all day long! After all, what do you think works better, five minutes of crunches a day or 16 hours of holding your abs in? Not that crunches don't work — they do — but you'll get faster, better results by improving ... Wed, 28 May 2008 13:58:05 EST Stress what to do with it I am having a very stressful time right now (my niece is in one hospital and my father another both of which about an hour drive from my house and not near each other) <BR> <BR> what do we do with the stress?? <BR> <BR> I am afraid to make bad choices to eat anything so I find myself not eating a whole lot and I don't have much time for exercise but do know that it would make me feel better. My delema is exercise or sleep because one will have to take a back seat, so I chose sleep over exer... Tue, 27 May 2008 08:29:33 EST QOTD 5/24/08 I know I haven't posted any questions for awhile but here is one for you all <BR> <BR> How high will a gallon of gas have to go before you change your driving habits? and how much are you paying already in your neck of the woods? <BR> <BR> Those of you outside USA please join and tell us what you have done diferently because of prices you pay Sat, 24 May 2008 20:22:03 EST check out 8 ways to improve your diet 8 Ways to Improve Diet <BR> <BR> Follow these 8 rules of eating, and you’ll more easily manage your weight and improve your nutrition – all in one swoop. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Eat when you’re hungry. And eat often, so you’re never famished. But have your last meal at least three hours before bed. <BR> <BR> 2. Change your plates. Switch to 9-inch plates for meals, not the usual 11- or 13-inch variety. Smaller plates = smaller portions. <BR> <BR> 3. Eat these every day: <BR> <BR> a. ... Tue, 20 May 2008 15:19:59 EST Find your ideal body size <BR> To find your ideal body size, you need to know what it looks like. For that, take a look at your school yearbooks and pictures from when you were 18 yrs old this should give you can get a relatively accurate picture of what your ideal size should be by thinking about what you looked like (18 (for women) or 21 (for men) -- the age at which your body was metabolically most efficient) <BR> <BR> To read full article follow link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR... Tue, 20 May 2008 15:13:18 EST Answers to Coach Dean's little quiz Here are the questions again, with the answers. <BR> <BR> 1. True or False: It’s important not to eat less than 1200 calories per day because doing so will throw your body into “starvation mode” and stall your weight loss. <BR> <BR> False. It IS important to eat at least 1200 calories per day, but this is because most people will find it almost impossible to maintain good nutrition when eating less than this. “Starvation mode” is a real concern, but the number of calories you need to avoi... Fri, 16 May 2008 00:09:00 EST short quiz on successful weight loss This is from team leaders team from Coach Dean and I thought this would be a great quiz to test your knowledge on how you are doing. Personally I did not do well on this myself so I learned alot Will post the answer in a few days. <BR> <BR> Do you know the basics of successful weight loss well enough to point your teammates in the right direction when they have problems or questions? <BR> <BR> Here's a short quiz you can use to find out. Answer the questions below yourself <BR> <BR> 1. T... Wed, 14 May 2008 17:09:40 EST Aerobics Done Right! Aerobics Done Right! denise austin <BR> <BR> Be Creative! Aerobic activities go far beyond step classes! Walking, swimming, jogging, bicycling, jumping rope, and stationary rowing are just a few of the many options. Pick several activities from among your favorites and alternate between them so you don't get bored! <BR> <BR> Be Sustainable! If you think the goal is to work out so hard that you can hardly stand afterwards, you're wrong! In fact, you'll actually burn less fat that way! So ke... Wed, 14 May 2008 14:57:59 EST tip for 5/13 from Jillian Michaels Exorcise Those Demons <BR> <BR> What kind of emotional demons are lurking in your closet (or refrigerator)? Not sure? Well, it's time to find out and exorcise them once and for all. To succeed where you have failed, sometimes you have to take three steps back to take that first step forward. In terms of reaching your goal weight, "stepping back" means reviewing past and current self-defeating behaviors to identify where you got stuck, discouraged, or overwhelmed. <BR> Here are several of t... Tue, 13 May 2008 13:19:28 EST BM Question, help!! So, I'm getting married next June and one of my bridesmaids calls me up yesterday and asks me when my wedding date is (I'd already told her twice). I tell her it's the 20th and she says, "really?" I say, "of course, why?" She says, "Oh crap, I'll call you back in a sec." So she calls me back about 10 minutes later and tells me her other really good friend Bridget just got engaged and had said the same date as me. Well, Ashley asked her if she might TRY to not have in on the same day and Brid... Sun, 11 May 2008 10:17:29 EST Hope you all have a wonderful mother's day Hope you get to enjoy Mother's Day <BR> <BR> What is everyone doing for the day? Me I'll be making dinner for us ( mom) and then going to work <BR> <BR> Have a terrific day Sun, 11 May 2008 10:13:26 EST Easy ways to burn calories Do crunches in bed <BR> Get a jump start on flatter abs before your feet even hit the floor, says Freytag. Simply draw your knees toward your chest 25 to 50 times to rev your energy, tone your belly, and burn 15 to 20 calories. Add a set at night to double your burn. <BR> <BR> BURNS UP TO 20 CALORIES IN LESS THAN 5 MINUTES! <BR> <BR> Dance while you dress <BR> Listen to your favorite radio station, while getting dressed and dance and shimmy while doing morning routine and burn 55 extra calo... Tue, 6 May 2008 14:19:39 EST Getting Back on the Wagon From jillian Michael's emails <BR> <BR> Getting Back on the Wagon <BR> <BR> It happens — you miss a few workouts in a row because of a late night at the office and suddenly your weight-loss efforts seemed derailed. It's tempting to mentally slap yourself around, isn't it? Well, chill out! Being hard on yourself is the old you, remember? <BR> Now, you know to take setbacks in stride and get right back on that wagon. You wouldn't think of wasting even a minute to beat up on yourself. After... Tue, 6 May 2008 13:55:26 EST JILLIAN'S TIP OF THE DAY 4/25 From Jillian Michaels website tips of the day <BR> <BR> One Size Doesn't Fit All <BR> <BR> Starving yourself with the goal of creating a physique that's contrary to your natural body type is a similar thing. You might get there for month or two, but eventually your body will rebel. <BR> <BR> Ultimately, there are three basic body types. It's important to understand your shape and know what you can and can't expect. Which one best describes you? <BR> <BR> The apple shape. The apple tend... Fri, 25 Apr 2008 16:14:50 EST Tip for Diet Saboteurs Diet Saboteurs from Denise Austin daily emails: <BR> <BR> Is someone in your life — your spouse, your mother, or a friend — secretly sabotaging your efforts to lose weight and get fit? There are many reasons it happens, from their fear that you'll change if your appearance changes, to feelings of jealousy, to their wanting to avoid facing their own weight issues. But if you learn to recognize sabotage when it's happening, you'll be much less likely to let it derail you from your goal. <BR> ... Fri, 25 Apr 2008 12:32:54 EST team challenges? need input New Spark Feature is team challneges and under the Penny challenge we have water, exercise, eating fruits and veggies covered ,huddling, etc <BR> <BR> Trying to get at least 2 more challenges in we could do on daily spark points, getting at least 6 hours of sleep, lose a pound a week challenge <BR> <BR> or do you have better ideas for us post here and let me know or spark mail me Thu, 24 Apr 2008 12:53:14 EST Having the right attitude makes the difference The Right Attitude <BR> Do you have what it takes to reach your weight-loss goals? If you think it's all about diet and exercise, you're wrong. It sounds crazy. Exercise and a proper diet are crucial to any weight-loss and fitness program. But, to reach any long term goal — especially one that requires major lifestyle change — you'll need to improve your attitude, too. You can have all the external support in the world, but if your self-esteem is in the toilet, you'll never have long-term su... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 12:29:15 EST Tips to Finding the Perfect Gym Tips to Finding the Perfect Gym! from Denise Austin <BR> <BR> Joining a health club is a great way to jumpstart your fitness. But how do you choose the right one? The experts at the American Council on Exercise (ACE) advise customers to consider these factors: <BR> <BR> Location: Choose a location that's close to either your home or work, along your regular beaten path. If it's not conveniently located, it's too easy to skip! <BR> Class schedules: If you want to join group classes, make s... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 09:37:24 EST May 1st team challenge I sent a Sparkmail on this but the breakdown is Will begin on May 1st and end on July 31st Here is what the challenge is and how you get pennies : <BR> <BR> spark wheel points = how many points you get on wheel <BR> huddle on team = 1 penny <BR> staying within calorie range =1 penny <BR> drinking 8 - 8ozs glasses water =1 penny for each 8 ozs <BR> cardio = 1 penny for every 15 minutes <BR> strength training =1 penny <BR> fruits = 1 penny for each serving <BR> veggies = 1 penny for ... Sun, 20 Apr 2008 10:37:00 EST How are you feelong today ? In 1 to 3 words state how you are feeling today a good way to see how you are doing and what your mind frame is. Sun, 20 Apr 2008 10:14:28 EST Foods That Fight Cancer Foods That Fight Cancer <BR> <BR> Need another reason to stick with your commitment to eat right? The same foods that help you manage your weight also significantly reduce your risk of getting cancer, say the health experts at the American Institute for Cancer Research. How? Nutrient-rich foods are packed with compounds that protect your cells from the type of damage that can lead to cancerous mutations. While all fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains are beneficial, the followin... Sat, 19 Apr 2008 10:59:47 EST Just for funn lets get to know one another 1. What time did you get-up this morning? <BR> 2. Diamond or pearls? <BR> 3. What is your favorite TV show? <BR> 4. What do you usually have for breakfast? <BR> 5. What food do you dislike? <BR> 6. What is your favorite CD at moment? <BR> 7. What kind of car do you drive? <BR> 8. What characteristic do you despise? <BR> 9. If you could go anywhere in the world, on vacation, where would you go? <BR> 10. Where would you retire to? <BR> 11. Favorite sport to watch? <BR> 12. When is y... Sun, 13 Apr 2008 11:11:43 EST QOTD 4/13 Are you a Target , K-Mart or Wal- Mart Person? Sun, 13 Apr 2008 10:54:07 EST Coach Nicole video Lower body Here's a coach Nicole video: VIDEO: Lower Body Stretching Routine <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1027 </link> Fri, 11 Apr 2008 15:25:17 EST The Worst Places for Your Health The Worst Places for Your Health <BR> <BR> Where you put your toothbrush, TV, workout gear, and more can make a huge impact on your habits and your life. Here, the worst place for your stuff and where to move it to feel your best <BR> <BR> Location, location, location: Store owners aren't the only ones concerned with finding the perfect spot in which to situate their stuff. Researchers in a wide variety of fields know that how you organize your environment--from where you stand in fitness c... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 14:45:51 EST Stress less with these tips Protect Your Time <BR> <BR> Practical ways to take command of your hours <BR> By Pamela M. Peeke, MD, MPH , Dr. Peeke is a senior scientist in developmental endocrinology and metabolism at the National Institutes of Health, where she has researched the relationship between stress, nutrition and longevity. <BR> <BR> Is there any stress in your life that doesn't involve time, with deadlines, carpooling, business meetings, shopping, school events, and doctor's appointments? <BR> <BR> Most... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 14:38:25 EST 10 Tips for Keeping Your Workout Schedule Make life easy for yourself. <BR> <BR> Plan a regimen that fits with your lifestyle. If you work irregular hours, for example, don't sign up for classes that start at the same time each week. Instead, choose activities that can be easily slotted into your day: Walk the kids to school or run errands on foot during your lunch hour. <BR> <BR> Draw up a weekly timetable. <BR> <BR> To help you organize your time properly, draw up a weekly timetable of planned exercises and activities. This will... Wed, 9 Apr 2008 13:17:26 EST Pep Talk Yourself! Pep Talk Yourself! <BR> <BR> What's the voice inside your head saying about your efforts to lose weight and get fit? Are the messages positive and encouraging, or just the opposite? <BR> Make a conscious effort today to take note of your inner chatter so you can see if it's helping you. If not, you can learn to look on the sunny side — it just takes some practice, say experts from the Mayo Clinic. The secret? Take note of the negative messages and replace them with a positive spin! Here are... Wed, 9 Apr 2008 13:12:03 EST New feature to SP Hi all: <BR> <BR> SP has just announce a small feature called SparkSounds, where you can listed to streaming music while on SparkPeople and on your computer. Some are upbeat for motivation and energy, while some are relaxed for concentration or reflection. <BR> <BR> Right now there are just a handful of playlists that were created by our experts, members, and staff. In the future we may do more with music on the site, partly based on how much all of our members like SparkSounds. <BR> <BR... Tue, 8 Apr 2008 21:54:03 EST Lost 8 pounds I just found out that I have lost 8 pounds this month. I am so exited. Mon, 7 Apr 2008 18:46:41 EST QOTD 4/7 Do you have a pet peeve and if so what is it? <BR> Mon, 7 Apr 2008 14:12:44 EST Feed Yourself This for a Flatter Belly <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Feed Yourself This for a Flatter Belly <BR> <BR> We've all got those pants in the back of the closet that we’re dying to fit into again. Did you know that whole grains might help get you there? <BR> <BR> It's true. When dieters traded their usual refined-grain carbs (like white rice or plain bagels) for whole-grain products (like whole-wheat bread or spelt pasta), they lost even more belly fat. <BR> <BR> Strive for Five <BR> Dieter... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 13:45:22 EST 7 Steps to a Better Body 1. Learn what "build slowly" means Be realistic about your abilities. If you haven't worked out in years, start with a manageable goal, like 20 minutes <BR> <BR> 2. Keep an activity log Hands down, lack of time is the number one reason we struggle to keep exercising. Keep a log of everything you do for 3 days, Then find ways to sneak in activity. <BR> <BR> 3. Prepare for post-workout hunger Exercise can boost metabolism for a few hours, but burning more calories can increase your appetit... Fri, 4 Apr 2008 22:08:39 EST QOTD 4/3 What types of movies do you perfer? Thu, 3 Apr 2008 10:08:23 EST QOTD 4/2 Who is your favorite actor female and male? <BR> <BR> sorry so late today Wed, 2 Apr 2008 21:56:55 EST Potato, Potato I was watching a special on weight loss and a woman said something that put weight loss in perspective. Often we look at all the weight we have to lose and don't appreciate the loss, pound by pound. After losing 5 pounds, try walking around the grocery store with a 5 pound bag of potatoes. You will find it is heavy and lugging it around can become tiresome. This is the extra weight that you had been carrying on you. <BR> Wed, 2 Apr 2008 12:36:36 EST QOTD 4/1 Keeping with April Fools Day What was the best joke you played on someone or that someone playe don you? Tue, 1 Apr 2008 15:59:44 EST Monthly Chat Room April 08 Please chat here for month of April about anything and everything Here's to a great month of APRIL Mon, 31 Mar 2008 22:12:31 EST QOTD 3/31 Who is your favorite singer or group? Mon, 31 Mar 2008 20:52:05 EST Healthful Midnight Munchies Healthful Midnight Munchies <BR> <BR> If we weren't meant to eat late at night, why is there a light inside the refrigerator? Besides, there are times when you’ve just gotta have something. The trick is to be prepared. Because the main problem with nighttime nibbles has less to do with when you're eating than with what you tend to eat after hours. Instead of reaching for a pint of mint-chocolate-chip or a slice of day-old pizza, stock up on the following -- there's something here for every m... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 16:41:46 EST Real age tip Don't Diet ! here's Why... RealAge Tip <BR> Don’t Diet! Here’s Why . . . <BR> <BR> If you've tried every calorie-restricting diet out there but still can't keep the weight off, there's a reason: Diets don't work. <BR> <BR> Over time, the majority of dieters regain any weight they may have lost, according to researchers who pored over a slew of diet studies recently. So instead of counting calories . . . <BR> <BR> Eat for Good Health <BR> The concept that you can permanently shrink yourself by temporarily eating ... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 16:39:01 EST What have you lost from the comparsion? Hi Gang: <BR> In another team I belong to this was posted and I have been posting it in other teams I belong to and having fun with it, and thought it would be an interesting topic to reflect for our current pound losses andto forecast for our goal weight It's great when we can have fun and a good laugh during our journey <BR> <BR> I have lost 60 pounds = an elephant’s penis (yep, weights more than his heart!) <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are some weight comparisons...What equivalent have you sh... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 15:30:02 EST I really need support My blog explains this in more detail, but I feel myself sinking into a pit. I went for my weigh in, and I gained fat and lost muscle and gained a pound overall. This after countingg my calories carefully, and following my personal trainer's advice to a "T". My nutritionist is baffled and wants me to get more tests done so "we can tweak your program" I don't have the money to get those tests done. I also don't have the money to pay for the supplements that are sure to follow after the test res... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 10:46:59 EST Lift Weights, Lose Fat Lift Weights, Lose Fat <BR> Denise Austin daily emails <BR> <BR> For years, the common knowledge has been that if you want to lose fat, you have to do aerobic exercise. But while it is in part true, that belief unfortunately led many women to think that they could skip strength training. A study changed that way of thinking. <BR> <BR> Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics recently found that strength training — or weight liftin... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 19:03:10 EST Burn Fat Fast with yoga Yoga is a known stress buster, but it's also one of the most effective workouts for fighting stubborn fat stores, especially the ones that crop up after age 40. The reason: Studies show that it lowers levels of stress hormones and increases insulin sensitivity--a signal to your body to burn food as fuel rather than store it as fat. The following workout will do just that while firming up your arms, legs, butt, and abs. Start now to see results in as little as 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> <BR> Workou... Thu, 27 Mar 2008 21:31:12 EST 7 Small Steps to a Healthy You You look in the mirror one day and everything is wrong. Your hair, your teeth, your skin, your shape. Especially your shape. <BR> <BR> So you write a long list, and you make a pact with yourself that tomorrow you'll start a new whiz-bang weight-loss and life-changing plan. According to your calculations, you will be trim, taut and irresistible in three months. <BR> <BR> Three weeks down the road, things are worse. What went wrong? Basically, you fell victim to the "END" (Everything Now Dil... Wed, 26 Mar 2008 18:50:02 EST hey does anyone know... how to get those images that say "5 lbs lost" or "10 lbs lost"? where do they come from?! I've lost 5 and I'm proud:0) Wed, 26 Mar 2008 12:19:44 EST What is the worst diet you have ever been on? I think my worst diet has got to be the Vinegar and Kelp. I had to drink one quarter cup of vinegar and take several Kelp pills a day. <BR> I also had a spinach and egg diet and several others but they never worked. They were gross and contributed to the yoyo effect. Mon, 24 Mar 2008 23:16:57 EST What about dieting is frightening to you? Is there anything about dieting that frightens you? I have a couple of things. Like will it come back? How will people accept me then? I can probably think of others later. Mon, 24 Mar 2008 20:02:42 EST QOTD Did you raid the easter basket of goodies? Mon, 24 Mar 2008 13:27:25 EST VIDEO: 10-Minute Jump Rope Cardio Workout <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1056 </link> <BR> <BR> New Video from Coach Nicole VIDEO: 10-Minute Jump Rope Cardio Workout hope you enjoy <BR> Mon, 24 Mar 2008 11:41:28 EST HI I am single. I have 2 girls & i am here to loose about 20+ lbs & tone up (especially my stomach)by summer. I want to look good for summer & be able to wear that bikini & have nice toned up legs. I am looking for all the motivation that i can get. <BR> <BR> Sheila Sun, 23 Mar 2008 13:59:25 EST QOTD 3/23 Any special plans for today? Sun, 23 Mar 2008 11:15:51 EST Stage 2 Healthy Diet Habits Please No Posting On This Thread <BR> <BR> We should be starting this stage inthe next few days: <BR> <BR> Stage 2 Healthy Diet Habits will be six simple changes you can make in your life that will make a difference. Regularly using the meal planner and nutrition tracker, fitness tracker, tools that help you build a healthy lifestyle the right way. <BR> <BR> 6 weeks you will cover : <BR> <BR> Habits like: <BR> Portion Control <BR> Eating the Right Stuff <BR> Consistent Exercise <BR> Drin... Fri, 21 Mar 2008 21:54:08 EST Stop Late Night Snack Attacks! Stop Late Night Snack Attacks! <BR> <BR> If late-night snacking is standing in the way of your healthy eating success, break the habit with these pointers from Fit Forever! members: (Denise Austin email 3/21) <BR> <BR> * Make sure you're getting enough calories earlier in the day. Eat a big breakfast, a medium-size lunch, and a small dinner. <BR> * Don't skip your meals or snacks. If you follow the meal plans as recommended, it's actually hard to eat it all! <BR> * Try working out at nig... Fri, 21 Mar 2008 21:17:56 EST I don't think I'm doing it right ~ I got an email the other day congratulating me on completing Stage 1. But I have yet to figure out what that is exactly. I have yet to read all the info on the site about the plan. Can someone direct me where to start or what order to go in? <BR> Also I printed the meal plan the first week but it completely didn't fit in with what my boys will eat (I'm a single mom). So do you just eat differently than the rest of the family? Which leads me to the question should I re-start since I've ap... Fri, 21 Mar 2008 20:19:00 EST VIDEO: Intro to Exercising with Resistance Bands <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1029 </link> <BR> <BR> Coach Niclole VIDEO: Intro to Exercising with Resistance Bands <BR> <BR> <BR> I like using the resistance bands to exercise with cheap purchase for a tight budget Thu, 20 Mar 2008 21:11:34 EST Counting Calories I know that counting calories and fat is important for loosing weight but I just can not get myself to do it. It makes eating such a burdensome task. Planning ahead using the spark diet does not work either since they do not have the foods in it that I eat. I'm mostly a veggie eater at home, premade TJ low fat salads for lunch and oatmeal, eggs etc for breakfast. <BR> <BR> Anyone have some ideas on how I can make tracking my calories easier? Thu, 20 Mar 2008 16:18:53 EST Counting cooking fats How do I count the fats I use in cooking? <BR> <BR> For example, let's say I saute some chopped vegetables in a tablespoon of olive oil, and then I eat them. Do I count the full tablespoon of oil, or do I assume that some of it's lost in the cooking process? <BR> <BR> Sorry if this is answered somewhere. I can't find anything on these boards. :) Thu, 20 Mar 2008 14:21:39 EST Week 2 Here I am at week #2, still cruising through the site. Lots to see and read, so small bits at a time. I like the meal plans, they work well. I don't have to think about what to eat, how much, am i meeting all the dietary intakes, yada yada. I wasn't even hungary last week. Thats good. I havn't purchased a scale yet. I usually work with measurements. But through the exercise (which I was good for previously,) and reduced calories, I never noticed any changes. So maybe a scale is in order to no... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 10:32:01 EST i am a newbie hi everyone, ray here. 58 year old over the road truck driver, so im only here on weekends. just a little unsure where to start. need to loose weight, about 50 lbs. had open heart surgery 10 years ago, but am feeling great. love reading, traveling, and golf. retired from the air force in 1989, saw a lot of the world.. loved most of it. happily married to my best friend for 10 years (second time for me). kids are all grown up and scattered all over the states. looking for all the help[ and sup... Sun, 16 Mar 2008 23:00:13 EST What consitutes a serving of fruits or vegetables? I am trying to track my fruit/vegetable consumption. I'm just not sure what constitutes a full serving. For instance, this morning I put 1/3 cup of fresh blueberries on my cereal. Is that a whole serving? Or if I eat baby carrots at lunch, how many do I need for a whole serving? Is 8-10 enough? And pureed squash/apple soup? One cup ok? <BR> <BR> So confusing! Sun, 16 Mar 2008 14:30:45 EST Two weeks in. How are we doing? Wow, this has been a long two weeks! Probably the hardest thing is adjusting to the fact that there is no quick fix, and we have to accept sloooooow, small progress. <BR> <BR> The second hardest thing is logging all the foods! I didn't do so much logging in week 2, but I still had enough clue leftover from week one to think things like, "Hey, let's only have _half_ a cup of trail mix, k?" and "What's a perfect snack? Cottage cheese with a spoonful of balsamic vinegar!" <BR> <BR> I'm not kid... Sun, 16 Mar 2008 11:24:28 EST Hi everyone Just discovered and joined SP last week. It's taking me a while to get around. It's great! This week, I made lots of really positive food choices. Have not started counting calories yet. Working on cutting out almost all junk has been a challenge. The job means i'm in the car going from meeting to meeting a LOT, so this week I concentrated on making healthier food choices while depending on take-away/deli type foods. Have eaten lots of fruit & veg, and very little meat. Next week I'm going to... Sat, 15 Mar 2008 22:15:25 EST Never Too Late for a Fresh Start RealAge Tip <BR> Never Too Late for a Fresh Start <BR> <BR> So you spent your youth smoking, eating doughnuts, or keeping the couch warm. Don't despair. <BR> <BR> There are four simple steps middle-aged people can take to lower the risk of death in the ensuing four years by 40 percent -- even if they haven't been a health superstar to date. <BR> <BR> Live the Good Life <BR> Make these modest changes to start undoing all the unhealthy things you did before: <BR> <BR> Eat more than fi... Fri, 14 Mar 2008 14:34:02 EST QOTD 3/14 Which do you prefer dark or milk Chocolate? Fri, 14 Mar 2008 14:09:54 EST Want Some Chocolate? Want Some Chocolate? Denise Austin email for 3/14 <BR> <BR> Here's a good reason to treat yourself to a little taste of dark chocolate now and then — it's good for your heart! Dark chocolate may protect your arteries from hardening, according to a study conducted at the University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland. <BR> The Swiss research team compared two groups: those who ate white chocolate, and those who ate dark chocolate. All the participants also smoked, a habit known to hasten harden... Fri, 14 Mar 2008 14:08:36 EST QOTD 3/13 What is your Favorite Strength training exercise? Thu, 13 Mar 2008 20:55:26 EST Are you really hungry? Listen and Learn 5 ways to save yourself from over eating <BR> <BR> 1. Learn to identify your spot on the hunger scale <BR> 2. Refuel every 4 hours <BR> 3. Eat breakfast without fail <BR> 4. Munch fiber all day long <BR> 5. Include healthy protein at each meal <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-38-lose/29771c6dd8428110VgnVCM100000<BR>13281eac____/weight.loss/<BR>r.success/<BR>ht-_-3122008-_-Weight%20Loss-_-Listen%20%26%20Lose </link> Wed, 12 Mar 2008 19:56:16 EST QOTD 3/12 Do you belong to a fitness / health club (gym) ? Wed, 12 Mar 2008 14:09:05 EST Better Belly Yoga - 10 Minutes to Better Abs video Got this in my email this morning thought I would share with everyone this video doesn't appear to be to hard I will do later today <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pid1287040851/bctid1293608650 </link> Wed, 12 Mar 2008 13:44:57 EST Coach Nicole 5 Min. Booty Workout with Ball Here's a new Coach Nicole Sp workout video: 5-Minute Booty Workout with Ball <BR> <BR> I hope you enjoy it!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1048 </link> Wed, 12 Mar 2008 12:45:23 EST im new here hallo <BR> my name is hanne , i have to lose a lot of weight and hope that with the help of spark, i can do it. Tue, 11 Mar 2008 22:41:31 EST Brand New Here I really wasn't sure what this forum would be like. It seems like a really good one. To introduce myself, I love my Lord Jesus Christ. I live 15 minutes north of Nashville, Tennessee, and 30 minutes south of the Kentucky state line. I am 54 years old. I have two grown children and two ungrown grandchildren. My son serves our country in the Army and my daughter tends to be a deadbeat at home. Not to put her down, but that's how it is. I need to lose 50 pounds just to get to a reasonable... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 19:01:52 EST sheba53 Hi! I joined last week but this is the 1st chance i've had to really check things out and be able to post anything. <BR> anyway, I'm 53 y.o., a mother of 2, grandmother of 4, a nurse and have about 40lbs. to lose. My DH and i recently joined a family fitness center, now we need to get ourselves in the routine of actually going 3-4 times a week. the 1st 2 weeks we did o.k., then we went on vacation to Mexico and the exercise and diet were forgotten! Now we're having trouble getting back to it.... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 18:05:03 EST Not Eating Dinner I find that when I get home from work, I'm not all that interested in eating dinner. I might have water or cottage cheese or peanut butter. <BR> <BR> Then I'm starving in the morning. <BR> <BR> Help. <BR> <BR> Linda Tue, 11 Mar 2008 13:00:53 EST Healthy Reflections 3/11 Not sure if you all read today's healthy reflection but I feel its important to post on team page as the team is only in 2nd week "Setting a plan in motion" which is the only way to reach a goal and to realize many steps in between to get there. This journey we are on will have many twist and turns and we need to go with the flow of it and not get tunnel sighted along the way <BR> <BR> Personally I have had to change my plan many times to get where I am if I did not change plans along the w... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 12:36:10 EST QOTD 3/11 What are some of your favorite healthy foods to eat? Tue, 11 Mar 2008 11:57:44 EST Daily calorie intake I know that to lose weight one must intake a certain minimum amount of calories per day. My question is, if you are just not hungry, do you eat for the sake of staying within you calorie range? <BR> <BR> Yesterday and today, my appetite is not there so I don't think I'll get into my range. (I have a bug I think). Comments, thoughts? <BR> <BR> Stacy Mon, 10 Mar 2008 13:46:03 EST Game: Love it, like it, never seen it Hey all! I saw this on another site and thought it would be a good idea to bring this way. To play, list a movie. The next person responds love it, like it or never seen it and end the reply with a movie for the next person to respond love it, like it or never seen it while adding another movie. So here we go..... <BR> <BR> The Sandlot Mon, 10 Mar 2008 13:40:10 EST A high calorie snack that's ok for your waist RealAge Tip Print <BR> A High-Calorie Snack That’s OK for Your Waist <BR> <BR> If you love nuts as much as a backyard squirrel does, but you're caught up by your calorie-counting conscience, relax. And read on . . . <BR> <BR> Peanuts may be one high-calorie treat that doesn’t do serious damage to your weight or your waistline. <BR> <BR> Say Hi to Mr. Peanut <BR> In a recent small study where people were given a daily snack of peanuts, researchers were surprised to find that no one’s wei... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 12:44:24 EST another Newbie! Hi im lins im in the U.K and a sahm of 4 (11,4,2,1) im looking to lose 44lbs in total Ive a long journey ahead but am really wanting this! <BR> I have a thyroid disorder too so have to incorporate that into my weight regime (an joined the spark team thyroid) <BR> I have to lose 22lbs before im eligable for Breast reduction surgery but know im happiest at around 130-135lbs and at 5'6 thats still really healthy. <BR> Be glad of support advice and new friends along the way and give the same back... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 12:38:52 EST Best Way to a Killer Middle RealAge Tip <BR> Best Way to a Killer Middle <BR> <BR> Good news! You don't have to kill yourself with crunches to get a sleek stomach. <BR> <BR> But it turns out that you do need to get your heart rate up. Aerobic exercise is key to banishing both the deep belly fat and the superficial doughy stuff that give you a pooch. <BR> <BR> Going the Distance <BR> How much aerobic exercise does it take to trim a tummy? In a recent study, overweight people who jogged, cycled, or hit the elliptica... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 12:27:29 EST Weekly Weigh In As predicted I didn't lose any weight BUT I did lose 0.5 inches on my waist AND my hips! Mon, 10 Mar 2008 11:31:24 EST Need more protein! Does anyone have any good advice on how to get some extra protein in without the fat of PB? I'm slowly learning how to tweek my calorie, carbs and fat, but coming up short or on the lower end often on the protein... Sun, 9 Mar 2008 18:25:26 EST QOTD 3/9 Okay since its Sunday and some people do not have to go to work what do you do on Sundays the day of "rest"? Sun, 9 Mar 2008 13:57:00 EST Hi Hi im new to finding my way around message boards and all. Im not new to losing pounds,Ive struggled all my life to be at a normal weight. I finally decided normal isnt my goal,but happy and healthy is so here I am giving it all. <BR> <em>41</em> Sun, 9 Mar 2008 12:39:09 EST Suggestions Box. Any suggestions about the team or site? Let us know! Sun, 9 Mar 2008 07:13:13 EST Hello there (posted in incorrect place b4 - sorry) My name is Susie, i'm 42 with a kind husband, 2 great daughters, a beautiful grandson who lives with us, and work full time in quite a stressful job. Was really happy to find this site accidentally while googling "motivation to exercise". I need to get fit and lose at least 50lbs. Don't mind if it happens slowly or fast, but need to do it for my health. I believe I can do it with support and am really hoping to get that from here. Besides work I'm almost sedentary at present, although I'm alw... Sun, 9 Mar 2008 00:19:19 EST Hello everybody My name is Susie, i'm 42 with a kind husband, 2 great daughters, a beautiful grandson who lives with us, and work full time in quite a stressful job. Was really happy to find this site accidentally while googling "motivation to exercise". I need to get fit and lose at least 50lbs. Don't mind if it happens slowly or fast, but need to do it for my health. I believe I can do it with support and am really hoping to get that from here. Besides work I'm almost sedentary at present, although I'm alw... Sun, 9 Mar 2008 00:16:31 EST hey there Hi there, my name is Naomi, and I'm a 30 year old mother of 4. I am an at home mum, and I help out my husband on the chicken farm when I can. My weight loss journey started after my first child. I had lost my weight after I had him, but then had the contraceptive needle, and thats when it started. I went off that and then had my second child. I have found it difficult to get it off, lifesyle doesn't help. I wanted more kids, but couldn't fall pregnant, then some years later, we move and ... Sat, 8 Mar 2008 23:23:20 EST Lets go Streaking: Personal challenge Personal challenge: Lets go Streaking: This is where you decide what your goals are for the week or month : example staying within calorie range , eating fruits veggies , or no junk foods etc its a easy challenge in the beginning since you pick your own see how many day you can go on a streak with . <BR> <BR> I've had team members ask about challenges or something to keep them accountable. Sat, 8 Mar 2008 22:27:28 EST it's the day to start the new me Hi My name is Anita and I have made a decision to change my lifestyle and get healthy. I am 48 this year. I have 4 grown childern and 2 grandsons. I work full time in a automotive factory and find little time to do for me. Today I have decided it's time for me. With lots of support I will find a thinner me inside this bulky body. Sat, 8 Mar 2008 19:36:21 EST Hi there! My sister encouraged me to join this site. I had been using iShape, but they have dismantled their site, so i am glad to have found a new tool to help me lose an extra 10 lbs. <BR> <BR> Over the last one and a half years I've lost 15 lbs and I've been maintaining my weight at 138 lbs. I'd like to lose another 10 lbs which would get me back to what I weighed when I was in my late 20s and in the best health. <BR> <BR> My mantra is "zero tolerance" - I am a kind of all or nothing - so when ... Sat, 8 Mar 2008 19:05:38 EST Good idea I think this is a great idea to have people who just started this plan to have a group so they can start together on this. I'd like to lose 15 pounds and I randomly made the goal of July, but the point is that I'd like to live a healthier lifestyle as well as fit into the clothes here because I just moved to Peru a couple of months ago. Even though I'm a M/L in the States, I'm an XL here. they don't make many XL's so I need to lose weight so I can buy some clothes rather than repeating my ... Sat, 8 Mar 2008 17:51:25 EST hi i'm mark and 34 from mi Sat, 8 Mar 2008 15:57:13 EST new here hey evrybody new here just try to find the right thing Sat, 8 Mar 2008 15:56:20 EST Hello everyone!!! I am new here and need to lose about 35-40 pounds. I have found this website to be so helpful and motivating. I am really excited to begin this adventure. <em>213</em> Sat, 8 Mar 2008 14:27:41 EST new to here I am new to here and i a m 19 years old trying to stay healthy an tring to over come bad things that make you unhappy i learned about this web site from a friend and i already love it. it is just what i am looking for. <em>30</em> Sat, 8 Mar 2008 10:16:39 EST QOTD 3/8 I missed yesterday but here is todays question <BR> <BR> What day of the week do you weigh in or plan to weigh in on? Sat, 8 Mar 2008 09:00:16 EST Hi everyone! I'm new. Hi, everyone. I am a full-time worker, part-time student, all-the-time wife and mother to one really amazing man and one beautiful, energetic five year old. <BR> <BR> I am trying to lose a few pounds (17 to be precise), but more importantly I'm trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle including exercise and better eating habits. I'm really excited to be here! <BR> <BR> ~GreenMelodie Sat, 8 Mar 2008 08:31:45 EST I'm new Hi! Everyone. My name is Patti, I live in Michigan. I am married to John. We have 5 kids, two are married. Three are still at home, Ethan, Katie and Sydney. They keep us very busy. I am excited about following this forum. I work third so checking in will be different for me. I hope this is OK. I have 103 lbs to lose. So any help or support would be great. Thanks Have a Great day! Sat, 8 Mar 2008 00:25:48 EST Hi All I'm Robin and I'm 39 years young. I started gaining weight when I was around 20 and I'm ready to stop and go in the other direction. I'm looking to making new friends here. Sat, 8 Mar 2008 00:11:18 EST Drinking /Smoking Ok...I know we don't talk about this much as I haven't seen it often on this site but I am going to be honest. I am 28 years old and smoke, often turn to beer on the night of my return from work after the hard day on the job of being a social worker and hearing about sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, etc. Now...I am not saying I get drunk but a couple of nights a week I have a couple of drinks. This is not the best coping method and I am learning to alternate exercise but am... Fri, 7 Mar 2008 23:53:56 EST Howdy My name is So-shu and my screen name is Beautiful Flower because that is what it means! Mom didn't know that when she named me though! <BR> <BR> I got comitted to losing weight and started on Jan 2nd. I have lost 15 pounds so far. I have 24 to go. I want to be fit and healthy and when people look at me I dont want them to tell me that I look good for having 7 babies...I want them to be shocked that I HAVE 7 babies! <em>216</em> Fri, 7 Mar 2008 21:58:02 EST hi I'm Ripley and I'm a SAHM. I'm an Army wife and I have two precious children. My daughter, Ada, is 2 and my son, Rocky,is 5 weeks. I'm very desperate to lose the baby weight and get in shape before my husband returns from Iraq in November. Fri, 7 Mar 2008 17:48:04 EST new here! Hey all! I have been searching the teams and it looks like this is a great place to start. Just introducing myself so I am sure I will see you all around! Fri, 7 Mar 2008 13:12:50 EST logging in and posting i have my answers to logging and posting Fri, 7 Mar 2008 12:49:53 EST New Member Hi, I'm a new member and looking for motivation in losing weight and increasing my activity level. Hope to meet some new friends along the way. Fri, 7 Mar 2008 12:01:45 EST Coach Nicole SP workout video's This is where I'll post links for SP workout video's to try out <BR> <BR> Here's another one of Coach Nicole's video's this is VIDEO: 20-Minute Resistance Band Workout <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=720 </link> <BR> <BR> I did this one when I first joined SP its a good one as I couldn't get down on the floor the dog jumped all over me he still does sometimes <BR> Thu, 6 Mar 2008 21:35:40 EST hello to everyone im new to this, but im also excited to learn and get ideas and support from others, to helpme stay on track. <em>30</em> Thu, 6 Mar 2008 18:21:50 EST Oops! Those pesky fat grams I will be going over my fat gram count was those eggs. I am within my daily calorie count however. So extra time on the treadmill at the gym tonight. <BR> <BR> I do love the food tracker...sooo easy to use and very helpful. <BR> <BR> Best, Stacy Thu, 6 Mar 2008 16:46:45 EST QOTD 3/06 How did you find out about Spark People? Thu, 6 Mar 2008 15:45:34 EST newbie hello i have just started today, i have a new baby and need to loose those baby pounds. It is depressing not being able to fit in any of my nice old clothes i used to wear before the baby. My motivation is to fit into all my jeans lol and to feel fit and healthy. I plan to take loads of walks with the pram and stick to my meal plans. <BR> good luck everyone x Thu, 6 Mar 2008 10:28:30 EST Newbie Hi, My name is Laura. I'm new but have just finished my first day and am pretty happy about my nutritional stamina. I used the nutritional tracker and and the fitness tracker. On target so far.....although this is only day 2.....Onward......Victory shall be mine...Looking forward to chatting with all of you. Thu, 6 Mar 2008 08:23:07 EST Eating right at work Ok so I work at a grocery store and I have a hard time eating right on my breaks, I've heard the line "it's a grocery store there's stuff all around to eat" the truth is there is really not, there's food there but mostly food that needs to be prepared and the foods that aren't are the unhealthy ones like fried chicken. Any suggestions on how I can eat right at work on my short 15 minute breaks? Wed, 5 Mar 2008 21:01:43 EST stretch marks anyone have any idea how to hide or get rid of stretch marks? Wed, 5 Mar 2008 16:50:38 EST QOTD 3/05 Where are you originally from? Wed, 5 Mar 2008 15:08:36 EST Me too. As well as most of these others I am also new. I really hope this works. Does anyone have any success stories, of doing this "Plan"? Today is my first day, and I am excited to see the results. Wed, 5 Mar 2008 14:42:06 EST Please read only Overview of team format <em>227</em> PLEASE READ ONLY <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> Overview of Team Format <BR> <BR> General Team Discussion : Monthly chat discussion as (sticky so it will stay at the top of thread) this talk about anything . Celebration circle – be proud of your achievements whether daily or weekly tell us all about your success here if you lost weight or inches, ran a mile or stayed within calorie range , engagements, new job etc what ever you have to be excited about here. QOTD (question of the d... Wed, 5 Mar 2008 14:04:23 EST im new Hello everyone I am new to this and very excited to start my weight loss journey with all of the support here. Just wondering how everyone has a weight loss ticker, if someone could please tell me how to get one that would be great. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance, <BR> Erika <BR> Wed, 5 Mar 2008 11:32:17 EST I need support. What happens when you fall? It shouldn't be an automatic fail, but sometimes it sure feels like it. I ruined my diet yesterday, and feel terrible about it now. :( <BR> <BR> I'm very emotional about certain things. This is one of those things. I'm so tired of starting just to fail AGAIN. Help! Wed, 5 Mar 2008 11:09:59 EST hopeful just found this site, saw it listed in some blogs on another site <BR> <BR> there's a lot here to look at, to try and navigate through, so i'll try to take it all in <BR> <BR> i'm 47, grown kids, grandkids, living in the cold of wisconsin! <BR> <BR> really hope some support of others going thru the same struggles will finally help me get off the yo-yo dieting and get me to be successful <BR> <BR> i have at least 100 lbs to lose, but set my goal- for now- to take off 50 by my august b-day... Wed, 5 Mar 2008 11:04:13 EST Shift Work Can anyone direct me to a team for people who work shift? I have searched without any luck. <BR> <BR> Thanks Wed, 5 Mar 2008 08:07:12 EST Eating Out! I consider Monday and Tuesday to have been highly successful days on my new diet. <BR> <BR> I did eat out last night, though. I requested sushi, because fish and rice can't hurt too much, right? <BR> <BR> My problem is recording it in my nutrition tracker. I have no idea how to even guess at it. Any suggestions? Wed, 5 Mar 2008 07:59:23 EST Hi, I'm new this evening I am a Mom of three kids aged 13, 10 and 7. I gained weight when pregnant with my last two kids. My husband also gained pregnancy weight. We have lost weight before but not kept it off. I really want to be a better and healthier role model for my kids. I need motivation help to lose 50 pounds. I'm hoping I can stick with tis one. Wed, 5 Mar 2008 01:50:03 EST Another nube Hi! I'm Bobbi and I'm so glad I found this site. There is just so much information here that it is almost overwhelming! I'm looking forward to getting to know others in my "boat"! Tue, 4 Mar 2008 22:25:31 EST What Did You Spin Today? I spun a 4 <em>249</em> Tue, 4 Mar 2008 17:25:49 EST just joined---go team Hi guys I've just joined and am looking forward to chatting with all of you. Tue, 4 Mar 2008 17:22:00 EST Hello Everyone Hello everyone. I think it is really cool there is a group like this. I think it will make it easier to get to know people that we can keep in contact with. all throughout our weight loss journey. My name is Maria. I am a married 29 year old and mother of a 8 year old son, and a 5 month old little girl. I love my kids and I want to stick around for a while so I want to improve my health plus I would really like to look good for my husband. Another important reason to improve my health is God.... Tue, 4 Mar 2008 16:53:44 EST My Favorite Website About Food Take a look at this website for great information about healthy eating. It's my personal favorite: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> warm regards, <BR> Zach Tue, 4 Mar 2008 15:10:53 EST 21 day habit. I started a group on flickr that helps you chart your success through photos.... Figure out something you can take a picture of once a day (your empty water bottle, the time on your ellipse machine, a pedometer, the sign outside of your gym, &c) and upload it to flickr. Stick to it for 21 days and try to make a habit out of it... this way you're held accountable! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 4 Mar 2008 14:31:10 EST You May Not Need as Much Water as They Say If you think drinking half a gallon of water per day is a chore, you may be interested in this paper, which investigates the origins and the science behind "at least eight glasses a day." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ull/283/5/R993 </link> <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong, I know it's bad to get dehydrated! Tue, 4 Mar 2008 13:28:50 EST Tech/Format Help I know that I am missing the information somewhere....and I keep looking on the site, but I could use some help. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> How do a put a weight ticker on the bottom of my sig? <BR> <BR> How do I put a photo up? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 4 Mar 2008 12:48:45 EST Another new one Hi, I am 31 from oregon with more than 50 pounds to lose. I want to start with 50 first. I am married with an 11 year old and just signed up today. If you want to know something just ask. Look forward to getting to know you all. chelle Tue, 4 Mar 2008 12:28:33 EST coach Nicole jump start cardio workout <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1038 </link> <BR> <BR> I just checked out a new workout by Coach Nicole its a Video 10 minute Jump start cardio workout <BR> <BR> No fancy steps involved for those of us who are uncoordinated like myself and no fancy equipment needed Though its not listed yet on our fitness tracker I'm sure it will be soon. For now I will be using general aerobic either low or high impact depending on how hard I workout. <BR> the link abov... Tue, 4 Mar 2008 11:02:49 EST getting there as I use this site I found more and more useful info I wish I found it months ago Tue, 4 Mar 2008 07:53:16 EST QOTD 3/4 What is your favorite season? Tue, 4 Mar 2008 00:36:35 EST hi all I am new here and I like what I see so far and I have much info to review and I did do my work out and walked this is good for me Mon, 3 Mar 2008 19:44:21 EST NO LIMITS HI EVERYONE , THIS IS MY DEBUT I`M KINDA SHY SO AM WORKING TO GET THROUGH THIS. I AM SO EXCITED TO FIND THIS SITE! IT HAS SO MUCH HELP LOVE IT!! <em>41</em> <em>41</em> Mon, 3 Mar 2008 18:56:49 EST Cravings For the last two days I have been waking up craving sweets like there is no tomorrow and having a craving mid afternoon. I was wondering how you get over this, or what you do to curb the cravings. Mon, 3 Mar 2008 18:43:30 EST Hi Everyone, I'm new ! I'm trying start and finish something in my life. Mon, 3 Mar 2008 16:36:18 EST I am new today. Today is my first day with SP. My daughter has had great success and has inspired me. I am 58 years old and have been up and down with weight my whole life. I am encouraged and committed to SP and look forward to giving as well as receiving support on the journey. Thanks. <BR> Lois <em>249</em> Mon, 3 Mar 2008 16:30:58 EST First post! Hello all! <BR> <BR> I jump started with a 2 hour workout on Saturday, and I'm actually looking forward to my trip to the gym tonight! <BR> <BR> That hasn't happened in a while! <BR> <BR> Tricia <BR> <BR> ETA: This isn't where this is supposed to go! I'm messing things up already! Sorry! Mon, 3 Mar 2008 15:29:11 EST QOTD 3/3 What the weather like today? Mon, 3 Mar 2008 10:23:34 EST hi im new hi i just joined today. im fatbloke and as the name implies i need to shed a few pounds, well more like 30 or 40. i lost 10 pounds in the last 4 weeks but then i dont seem to lose anymore . hope this site helps <em>30</em> Sun, 2 Mar 2008 13:08:21 EST QOTD 3/2 Where do you live on planet earth? Sun, 2 Mar 2008 12:43:27 EST Questions about Fast Break. Do you have a question relating to the Fast Break stage? Post it here and we will do our best to answer! Thu, 28 Feb 2008 15:39:57 EST Fast Break Stage 1 Overview PLEASE NO POSTING HERE PLEASE POST QUESTION ON FAST BREAK ON THREAD “QUESTIONS ABOUT FAST BREAK <BR> <BR> Fast Break Stage 1 <BR> <BR> This is the beginning of the journey you pick 3 small goals to focus on that will help you with get on your way Whiles learning 6 strategies that are the keys to your success on this journey <BR> <BR> Keys you will be learning are: 1 “Do you know what your are eating?” 2 “ Finding the time” 3 “Setting up shop” 4 “Site tricks and tips” 5 “Keeping goals to... Wed, 27 Feb 2008 21:41:19 EST Celebration Circle Please share your achievements and success here <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>250</em> <em>104</em> <em>205</em> Wed, 27 Feb 2008 11:08:04 EST Monthly Chat Room March 08 This the place for daily chat with the team Wed, 27 Feb 2008 11:04:49 EST Overview of team format: PLEASE READ AND NO POSTING HERE THANK YOU <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> General Team Discussion : Monthly chat discussion as (sticky so it will stay at the top of thread) this talk about anything . Celebration circle – be proud of your achievements whether daily or weekly tell us all about your success here if you lost weight or inches, ran a mile or stayed within calorie range , engagements, new job etc what ever you have to be excited about here. QOTD (question of the day) each day new question ... Wed, 27 Feb 2008 10:59:55 EST