SparkPeople ~I AM SPECIAL~ AND ~SO ARE YOU~ Team Messageboard This team is for SPECIAL SPARKERS who have survived their childhood & wish to live a Healthy Well-Balanced Life. No longer using food to blanket the pain. Together we can make New Healthier choices. SparkPeople ~I AM SPECIAL~ AND ~SO ARE YOU~ Team Messageboard Personal Challenges - Goals <BR> <BR> Share with us <BR> <BR> your Personal Challenges - Goals Thu, 1 Mar 2018 15:43:23 EST Emoticon your movement for today <em>311</em> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:27:15 EST ~~Pay it forward~~ The world can seem like an unfriendly, threatening place, yet we all want safety, health, and happiness for ourselves and our loved ones. How can one ordinary person—you or me—make a positive difference in this world? One way is the practice "paying it forward." While the steps might be simple, the outcome could create a sense of luck and good will that changes the world. <BR> <BR> I think that Each day if you pay it forward I will feel better as a person. So can you imagine if each one of u... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:38:15 EST Today:: I treated myself.... What have you done to make yourself feel special TODAY? <BR> Just the simple things in life can make us happy. <BR> Like Smelling a rose. <BR> ~ Listen to GOD's music <BR> ~ Looking at GOD's artwork <BR> ~ Watching the sunrise <BR> ~ Watching the sunset <BR> ~ Watching children play <BR> ~ Reading a book <BR> ~ Listening to a song <BR> ~ Taking a bubble bath <BR> <BR> So What have you done for your self today? Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:28:53 EST ~~Special Word of the Day ~~ I will be posting a special word of the day and the definition. <BR> Hopefully you can use it in your day to make you feel special. Sometimes I will even write a blog on it. Or have wrote one. So keep a look out and go read my blog. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:24:11 EST FALLing for AUTUMN (Goal Setting 101 days) <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> From... June 22 - November 1 = 101 days.... <BR> <BR> <BR> OK.... we are in the midst of SUMMER.... <BR> <BR> time to make some GOALS to make ready for FALL/AUTUMN <BR> <BR> <BR> So.... lets set some Goals Set in motion... <BR> <BR> and starting June 22 lets keep track... for 101 days.... <BR> and on Nov. 1 we shall see.... <BR> <BR> our seeds ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:15:46 EST Daily Challenges for June June 1st Daily Challenge <BR> <BR> Strengthen your lower back: Lie on your stomach and lift and lower each of your thighs 5 times. <BR> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> <BR> Roll up two towels. Lie on your stomach and place the towels under your forehead and shoulders for support. (For added comfort, you can place a towel or pillow beneath your stomach.) Relax your arms at your sides. With your knee slightly bent and your foot relaxed, lift your right thigh off the floor. Lower and lift your t... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 16:29:01 EST SPRING (ALPHAbetical emoticon or words) <em>376</em> <em>126</em> <em>378</em> <em>440</em> <em>437</em> <em>440</em> <em>378</em> <em>126</em> <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> share what you like (looking forward too) in March & SPRING... daily <BR> <BR> I sooooooooo cant wait.... brrrrrrrrrrrr... <BR> <BR> <em>376</em> <em>126</em> <em>378</em> <em>440</em> <em>437</em> <em>440</em> <em>378</em> <em>126</em> <em>376</em> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:47:09 EST Note to your INNER CHILD TODAY: <BR> <BR> what would you say to the lil inner child you carry with you Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:57:59 EST TODAY: I Accept My _______ <BR> <BR> smile Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:52:45 EST WEIGHing IN - Daily. Weekly. Monthly How R U doing <BR> <BR> WEIGHing in... Daily Weekly Monthly... up / down <BR> <BR> share how you are doing... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:46:20 EST TODAY: I Accept My _______ <BR> <BR> what are you accepting about yourself today... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:33:23 EST TOP 3 Special Things about you Today Getting to Know You <BR> <BR> What are the top 3 things that you think make you Special today <BR> <BR> (as we change daily through growing... so does our SPECIALness grow) <BR> <BR> come back occasionally and share with us... your top 3 SPECIALS Mon, 17 Feb 2014 17:45:42 EST Team SUGGESTION Box <BR> <BR> Please share with us... <BR> <BR> do you have any suggestions for the team... please share here Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:19:31 EST I AM statements share your affirmations and/or about yourself here Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:14:29 EST ERASING old Mental Tapes <BR> share ways that have helped you erase those mental tapes (inner chatter) Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:58:55 EST WHAT MAKEs YOU FEEL SPECIAL <BR> <BR> Share times when you feel SPECIAL Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:58:19 EST 180 ville <BR> <BR> Weighing in around the 180s <BR> <BR> this is the place to post <BR> <BR> Daily Weekly. monthly or however you prefer... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:57:44 EST 170 ville <BR> <BR> <BR> Weighing in around the 170s <BR> <BR> this is the place to post <BR> <BR> Daily Weekly. monthly or however you prefer... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:57:20 EST 160 ville Weighing in around the 160s <BR> <BR> this is the place to post <BR> <BR> Daily Weekly. monthly or however you prefer... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:56:55 EST Who Made You Feel SPECIAL as a Child <BR> <BR> GROWing up... who made you feel special... <BR> <BR> feel free to share why if you wish Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:56:32 EST VENTING room.... CHANGE that ENERGY <BR> <BR> <BR> bring your troubles... leave them here... change that energy from negative to Positive Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:55:33 EST WEIGHing IN - Daily. Weekly. Monthly How R U doing <BR> <BR> Feel free to post your weigh ins here... <BR> <BR> Daily... weekly.... monthly.... or just up/down... what ever you prefer... <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:54:36 EST WEIGH IN Station INFORMATION ONLY <em>303</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> <em>227</em> <em>303</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> Please do not post on this thread... information purpose only <BR> <BR> Let us know how you are doing <BR> <BR> daily weekly monthly or just up/down <BR> <BR> You can also check out one of the Villes... and if you dont see one that relates to you... You can get one started.... <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> <em>227</em> <em>303</em> ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:51:08 EST What are you CELEBRATING today <em>104</em> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 17:56:02 EST Did you stay in your nutrition range <em>4</em> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 17:55:01 EST Tracking Movements ... miles steps minutes... etc. post your exercise here... miles steps minutes... <BR> <BR> whatever works for you Mon, 6 Jan 2014 17:53:02 EST Did you Track your nutrition today <BR> <em>4</em> yep Mon, 6 Jan 2014 17:51:09 EST DEBY is BLESSed ~HI~ My name is Deby... I am 55 years young... I am in the Process of reaching my final goal weight... it has been a very long journey... <BR> <BR> ~I have a wonderful husband and 3 AWEsome adult Sons who now have families of their own.~ <BR> <BR> I saw the team and thought it would be nice to re-activate... thus... I became the team Leader <BR> <BR> We can do this... Lets push for 2014 being a year filled with successes.... <BR> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 17:45:11 EST WISHING WELL <BR> <BR> share wishes here Mon, 6 Jan 2014 17:38:33 EST Spark points from spins <BR> <BR> spins... bonus... team spins Mon, 6 Jan 2014 17:37:46 EST HOW ARE YOU TODAY (words &/or emoticon) <BR> <BR> Let us know how ya doing today Mon, 6 Jan 2014 17:35:56 EST Today I SUCCESSfully _______ <BR> share something you feel successful with today Mon, 6 Jan 2014 17:33:24 EST Spooky Saturday Silliness 1. Do you celebrate Halloween? <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever worn a Halloween costume? If so, which was your favorite? <BR> <BR> 3. Have you ever carved a jack-o-lantern? <BR> <BR> 4. Do you like scary movies? <BR> <BR> 5. What's your favorite Halloween candy? Sat, 27 Oct 2012 11:20:46 EST Seven-letter words The title says it all -- how many can we come up with? <BR> <BR> concert Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:17:23 EST Saturday Silliness 10/6 1. Do you celebrate Halloween? <BR> <BR> 2. What's your favorite kind of soup? <BR> <BR> 3. What was your first car? <BR> <BR> 4. How many siblings do you have? <BR> <BR> 5. Are you a fan of any sports teams? If so, which one(s)? Sat, 6 Oct 2012 20:36:57 EST Movies "by the numbers" We're looking for movies with numbers in the title. Forms of numbers, like "first," etc. also count. There are a lot, so let's work our brains (or Google!) and come up with a lot. <BR> <BR> The Magnificent Seven Sat, 29 Sep 2012 10:42:25 EST Saturday Silliness 9/22 Have you ever ridden a motorcycle? <BR> <BR> What color towels are hanging in your bathroom right now? <BR> <BR> If you're American, who was President the year you were born? <BR> <BR> When was the last time you laughed out loud? <BR> <BR> What's a fashion you wish would die forever? Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:16:46 EST September Saturday Silliness What do you like best about autumn? <BR> <BR> How was your summer? <BR> <BR> Are you or anyone else in your house going back tro school? <BR> <BR> It's the start of football season! Are you a fan? Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:11:26 EST Classic games No joystick, controller or "system." How many classic card, board and playground games can we come up with? <BR> <BR> Chess Sat, 8 Sep 2012 14:23:08 EST "Do" tell We're looking for words with the syllable "do" in them. Beginning, middle or end, doesn't matter. <BR> <BR> bulldozer Sat, 1 Sep 2012 10:53:25 EST Are "U" ready? Easy -- words that start with the letter "u." <BR> <BR> utter Sat, 25 Aug 2012 10:45:21 EST Song titles A to Z How many song titles IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER can we come up with? <BR> <BR> All the Time (Johnny Mathis) Sat, 4 Aug 2012 00:09:58 EST Saturday Silliness, foodie edition Do you like to cook? <BR> <BR> How do you like your steak cooked? If you're a vegetarian, what is your favorite entree? <BR> <BR> What's a bad food habit you're struggling with? <BR> <BR> What foods are you picky about? <BR> <BR> Do you prefer sweet or savory? Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:12:47 EST Stepping in as leader Hello! My name is Mary, and I live in Sonoma County, CA. I've struggled with weight all my adult life. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and recharging this team. Sun, 15 Jul 2012 14:43:00 EST Have something funny to share?...Please do! You have a joke or something that makes your day? please share it the only thing better than laughter is love! Just be nice! Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:20:51 EST Does anyone post on here anymore??? If so maybe we can like at least support each other It looks like no one has posted on here for awhile and was wondering if anyone was interested in helping each other out. Let me know thanks Sun, 27 Mar 2011 19:26:40 EST Hello! Hello, I am not new to SparkPeople, but I am new to the message board system! I want this weight loss so bad; I want to be healthy! My energy level has already increased tremendously! I want to lose 84 more pounds, and I need a support team or buddy! Thanks, and I wish you all success! Sat, 27 Nov 2010 19:50:20 EST Hi, I'm your new team member! Hi! My name is Melissa and I just turned 30 years old. Not too happy about that number or number on the scale! I have been dieting off and on since I was about 12 or 13. I always diet and lose weight and then stop dieting and gain it back. Hopefully joining this team will help to keep me motivated. I have lost a few pounds so far with this diet. I haven't been as strict as I should be with all these family events that keep coming up. I hope to stick with this diet and to make it a new way of ... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 10:45:02 EST New and unsure ... still unsure about this ... got way too many emails just for registering. Didn't mean to join so many groups, just want to be in the 200 Plus** Slimming Club. Wed, 22 Sep 2010 23:29:12 EST Hello Ladies! Glad to be here! My name is Kristi. I am 31 years old. I am married and have 2 little girls. I have been struggling with my weight all of my life. I can remember being made fun of in elementary school for being big. When I was 24, I had the rouen-y gastric bypass done after I gave birth to my youngest daughter. I weighed in at 350 lbs when I went in for the surgery. I stopped losing at 165 lbs. I maintained my weight for 6 years. Last October,my husband and I lost a baby. I became very depressed and... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 03:04:38 EST Welcome Ladies! I see there are a few new members on our team the past few weeks, and I just wanted to say Welcome! How's everyone doing? <BR> <BR> I've been on this team for over a year and it is pretty quiet around here. But I'm on other teams and keep very busy on SP in general. I've been on Spark for almost 2 years and it has been very helpful. <BR> <BR> I'd like to know more about everyone, so please reply to this thread and tell me how you're doing on Spark, and what your strategy is. :) Mon, 17 May 2010 08:40:08 EST Following the line I saw a commercial on TV where the client was advised to follow the line to reach his goal. It hit me that's what I have to do. SP has given me all the tools I need to reach my goal, I have to just follow the line. Keep my eyes on the line and not on the stuff that might distract me from my goal. I am new to SP and am excited lose weight. Tue, 13 Apr 2010 20:34:25 EST new here... hi. i'm new here. a friend gave me the website about a week ago. i've been over 200 for almost 15 years and i've decided its time to do something. no more excuses. any pointers or suggestions? Fri, 12 Feb 2010 22:11:20 EST Is still group still active? All the posts seem to be from last year! Tue, 26 Jan 2010 20:27:48 EST Hi, I am new here! My name is Jane and I just joined SP yesterday. I saw this team and it totally described me! I have been battling this weight thing for the last 30 years. I eat when I am bored, eat when I am stressed. I don't expect to be the size I was as a young woman (125 lbs) but I would like to lose 50 lbs. and then see if I want to take off more after I get there. I lost 45 lbs on WW 2 years ago and actually got under 200 and back in the "100's" for about a second and then I was back in the 200's and g... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 21:39:31 EST hi I'm a new member Hi my name is Helen I joined SP last weekend I need to loose about 50 pounds Looking forward to chatting with you all and the encouragement as well I am not very good with the shortcuts most of u use sorry Sat, 12 Sep 2009 22:18:58 EST WTH am I doing wrong... I've been at the same weight for almost a year, been between 225-230 all this time and it's driving me crazy! I exercise like crazy and make good food choices and don't know what else I can do to get the scale moving again. I'm thinking about seeing a doctor soon, it seems like I should have made some progress by now. Very frustrating!!! Mon, 31 Aug 2009 07:24:10 EST anyone still out there I noticed there have been no new posts since around april and wanted to see anyone is out there. I had fallen off the diet trail and trying to get back on track. Having a difficult time as my hubby and I are trying to buy a house (short sale) and lots going on at work and starting back to grad school. Sun, 30 Aug 2009 10:41:28 EST Newbie Hi! <BR> I am new to the site. <BR> I love it already, even though i am not great at navigating through it. <BR> x Mon, 6 Jul 2009 17:06:53 EST new Hi! My name is nikki im from michigan and i have tryed so many different diets that some worked for a short time but others never worked.In all i never had any one to talk too about it because either they didnt care and yet talked about what i ate or had on or they couldnt understand what i was going through.I had my 4th baby back in 2006 which broke my pelvic bone and dislocated my lower luber back spine which made me unable to walk normally for a year in a half.At the time i weighed 338lbs.... Sun, 10 May 2009 16:25:00 EST Where are our team leaders?? Has anyone found out if our team leaders are still on spark it's been a long long time since we've seen a post from either one of them..Are you ladies still working would be nice to see how you both are doing. Thu, 23 Apr 2009 15:04:20 EST on the road to the new me Hi all...i've been on for almost 2 months now. i am struggling to be more involve...i know from past experience that support is important with weight loss...I'm 24 (will be 25 in april) and i want to be healthy to have children and be able to play with them Mon, 23 Feb 2009 11:13:15 EST Food Diary Ok, one area I stink at is food journaling. I hate it. I know I need to do it. Can someone who has been using the program here on spark people to journal give me some suggestions? I'm not "dieting" yet...I'm just wanting to journal for the next two weeks and then start with some changes. I just need some suggestions. I was getting frustrated earlier trying to do it. Thanks. <em>29</em> Thu, 15 Jan 2009 14:16:14 EST Is this an active group? Hi everyone. I just signed up for this group. My name is Deann and I am ready to get serious about losing weight. But I was wondering if this team is active. It looked like most of the posts were a few months old. Thu, 1 Jan 2009 17:38:27 EST back online, but nowhere near back on track we had several problems, but they're mostly resolved now. i am still pretty much where i was before we lost access, if not heavier :( Tue, 30 Dec 2008 15:53:10 EST deal depress and lose weight. hi my name is carol im in newton ma . i deal with alot of mental health issue, head injury and add but otherwise im okay .... i just move in to my own place in housing for disability and love it . but i find now im not living with mom and dad im eating more . and buying thing i shouldnt have and stuff im allow to eat im eating that too much . i need to stop night time snack and that biggest issue as i dont get home from work till 7:00 so i need to make dinner night before so i can warm it up ... Tue, 23 Dec 2008 20:28:34 EST HELLOOOOOOOO OOO!!!!!!!!! Is Anyone Our There?!!! What's happened to this team? I want to be a part of this group but no one seems to be participating anymore. What's going on?! Mon, 1 Dec 2008 14:23:59 EST trying to get back on track I am having such a hard time getting back on track after the Halloween diaster. I know I need to especially after putting on 2 pounds from eating candy Friday and Saturday. I feel like I have lost my motivation. Tue, 4 Nov 2008 10:38:31 EST I just found this group Hi all, I just found this group and was hoping to join. I have been on WW for 2 years and lost 30 lbs. It has been such a struggle, since I am an emotional eater. <BR> I was good for halloween, but today totally blew it, I had a major panic attack and then started with the candy. Pretty stupid!I was hoping to get some help from you wonderful people. I could use a friend at the moment/I feel like such a failure. <em>46</em> Sat, 1 Nov 2008 17:55:13 EST Just joined this club...but seems it isn't active? Hi ladies. I just joined this club yesterday as I liked the sound of it and the challenges but now I'm seeing posts that no one is active anymore. Is that the case? I'm looking for a group that isn't necessarily large in number, but is active. Hope this one is, it sounds cool! <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Sadie Thu, 9 Oct 2008 19:40:44 EST ARE WH STILL A CLUB?? No one is posting...what's going on with everyone?! Tue, 23 Sep 2008 11:56:01 EST OBAMA'S HISTORIC SPEECH TONIGHT!! If you get a chance to watch Barack Obama tonight please do so as it will be a great moment in History tonight as he will be the first African American to accept the nomination for President of the United States. This is also the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's I Have Dream Speech! This is a history in the making please do not miss it!! <BR> <BR> Peace and Blessing to All!! <BR> <BR> Cheryl Thu, 28 Aug 2008 09:32:17 EST hello everyone Hello there. I am 26 years old, married and have a 15 month old son and am also a classic emotional eater...although lately for the past year it has probably been just bordom and bad habits. I am trying to get back on that horse and try to lose weight once again. I was 274 when I started a couple weeks ago and now am around its starting i guess- a lot of hard work and control for so little weight loss!. I would really like to get down to about 220 before i get pregnant with my se... Wed, 27 Aug 2008 18:40:00 EST Your Mind/Body Challenge <BR> <BR> 3-Minute Total Relaxation <BR> Lie down in a quiet place and close your eyes. Begin by tensing and contracting your muscles starting with your feet. Curl your feet and toes, then hold that as you move up and squeeze the calves, then the quads, then the glutes. Hold the lower body and feet very tight and move up, contracting the abs and then the arms, curling your hands into tight fists. Keep holding everything tight as you squeeze your shoulders up towards your ears, clench your... Tue, 26 Aug 2008 09:39:33 EST Your Active Challenge <BR> <BR> Set an alarm to go off every hour. Take at least 1 minute to stand up and stretch, walk around or take a break. <BR> Begin this challenge from the moment you start your day and continue for at least four (or more) hours. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>128</em> Tue, 26 Aug 2008 09:32:17 EST Pregnant with my first!!! I just wanted to drop in and share my good news. I havent been on the boards for a few weeks since I found out I was 8 weeks pregnant with my first child. The news kind came as shock for me since my fiance and I have been trying to get pregnant for about a year and half. It was kind of bitter sweet because I was really on a roll with my weightloss and bam!!!--I geuss all the weight loss has got to come to a halt for now. When my doctor told me how much weight I might gain during pregnancy ... Sat, 23 Aug 2008 21:11:29 EST EVERYDAY RELAXATION CHALLENGE EXERCISE DOESNT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE VIGOROUS.. TRY A FEW OF THESE STRETCHES AND THEN REFER TO THE RELAXATION EXERCISE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE. THERE IS NO TIME LIMIT ON THIS EXERCISE. WHEN YOU DO IT , POST IT LET US KNOW HOW IT HELPS, OR IF IT HELPS AT ALL. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Stretches for side of neck: <BR> Sit or stand with arms hanging loosely at sides <BR> Turn head to one side, then the other <BR> Hold for 5 seconds, each side <BR> Repeat 1 to 3 times <BR> <BR> Stretc... Fri, 22 Aug 2008 12:38:24 EST Put the Scale Away <BR> For the next 30 days, your focus is on being healthy, not losing weight, which is why I'm suggesting you put the scale away for the next 30 days. That isn't to say you won't lose weight or that you shouldn't try to lose weight...however, the focus of this challenge is on daily accomplishments. Taking some time away from your weight loss goals may be just what you need to re-focus and remember that exercise and healthy eating can give you a lot more than a smaller number on the scale. ... Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:49:06 EST Get Rid of Everything Related to Weight Loss 30 day challenge (starting when your ready to make a change) <BR> <BR> <BR> Some typical weight loss paraphernalia might include: <BR> <BR> Diet books <BR> Fitness gadgets or equipment you've never used <BR> Clothes that are too big or too small <BR> Scales, tape measurers, body fat scales or any other tool you might use to measure your size and shape <BR> Anything related to fad diets, fat burning supplements or other questionable weight loss 'aids.' <BR> <BR> If you don't want to ... Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:46:57 EST SLIMMING CLUB FILE CABINET Startig now.... once a monthh every one will be required to fill out this form (copy/paste)... this keep sthe team and its leaders informed on your progress and how much support is needed. <BR> <BR> thank you! <BR> <BR> ________________________________________ <BR> <BR> Weigh in results: <BR> <BR> Date of weigh in: <BR> <BR> Waist: <BR> <BR> Hips: <BR> <BR> This months fitness plans: <BR> <BR> My feeling about my results: <BR> <BR> Things I need help with: <BR> <BR> Additional comm... Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:14:57 EST WELCOME! whats your story? WELCOME NEW MEMBERS. <BR> <BR> LET US KNOW WHAT BRINGS YOU HERE, AND HOW YOU HEARD ABOUT US. Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:03:49 EST can WE be a dedicated TEAM? As you all know by now tenietsha will be out for some time.. <BR> <BR> as of august we do have an alternate team leader...who hasnt been a team member for long , so that goes to show how great of a leader she can be (mica) <BR> <BR> but as a team i think we all should help her.(mica) <BR> <BR> email suggestions and communicate with the team.. <BR> <BR> a team leader cannot be a leader if there is no team to lead. Mica is a very dedicated slimming club mamber and leader and needs our hel... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 10:43:33 EST August 21 - Challenge Do 15 jumping jacks, squats , or wallies each time you have to go to the restroom. <BR> <BR> Before you put any food in your mouth drink a cup of water. That includes snacks too. Do not open your mouth and take a bite before having a drink of water. <BR> Wed, 20 Aug 2008 20:44:44 EST Recipe Ideas? Do you have a recipe that is both good for you and nutritious? <BR> <BR> As was posted earlier a lot of time it is hard to diet because we do not enjoy the taste of the food. It would be a good idea to post a recipe or a link to a recipe, that you have tried or would like to try. Wed, 20 Aug 2008 20:40:23 EST 25 Ways to Lose Weight Everyday ways you haven't heard of — and they work! <BR> By Lambeth Hochwald <BR> When it comes to losing weight, a little inspiration can go a long, long way. So we looked into the latest studies, combed the most intriguing research and interviewed real women on how they shed extra pounds to come up with 25 winning weight-loss tips that are well worth trying. <BR> <BR> Remember to always check with your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise program. <BR> <BR> 1. Put the kettle on.... Wed, 20 Aug 2008 20:33:06 EST NEED HELP Hi everyone,i just found out i am 1 month pregnant on friday.i need to know what kind of work outs are safe for pregnant women,can anyone help? Wed, 20 Aug 2008 10:37:35 EST does you diet food taste bland? I realized that i am killing myself over here.... putting myself through unnessary tourture, i give myself no lee-way when it comes to indulging....and my food taste like cardboard ..... i have had a lack of flavor for so long that all my foods taste the same....LIKE CARDBOARD. <BR> so heres some info i found , for those who have this same issue in common with me. hope it helps. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are a few ways to dress up your diet food: <BR> Add spices and herbs. If salt and pep... Wed, 20 Aug 2008 09:11:30 EST i heard from tenietsha i was just informed last nite when i called tenietsha home to inquire about her absence that she has been hospitalized because she was in a serious accident..... please keep her in your prayers. <BR> <BR> looks like its all up to you mica. her sister will cal me back today to give me more info on how she's doing. <BR> <BR> i will keep you all updated. Wed, 20 Aug 2008 08:33:05 EST Just losing inches?!?!?! This question is for no on in particular! I am very glad that I lost seven pounds last month! I am however a bit discouraged! I know that I shouldn't be. I am losing inches left and right. Today, I put on a pair a jeans I wear at least once a week and I had to change them because I don't have a belt! The question I have is this: I would like to know how long in your weight loss journey did you start losing the weight? Did it come before, during or after the loss of inches. I just would l... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 20:10:32 EST Nutrition Question Ok all i have a question. I have been reading on spark pages and other sites that you should eat within your calorie ranges for weight problem is that most days I dont eat any where near my minimum required cals. I have been tracking my food and most days i eat between 700 and 800 cals and feel full. Will this mess up my metabolism? <em>304</em> in advance for your help Mon, 11 Aug 2008 08:24:27 EST Hi all new here :) Hi name is Mary. I am 28 yrs old married and have two beautiful daughters ages 6 and 5. I am the classic emotional eater..i eat when i am depressed, anxious, upset, the list goes on. I really want to break the habit. I currently weigh 243 and would like to eventually get to 140. I am looking forward to being part of this group. Sun, 10 Aug 2008 15:51:19 EST BEGINNING AUGUST CHALLENGE Hey all! I was happy to be last month's winner! For our challenge this month, for those who are interested, I am shooting for adding an EXTRA MILE TO YOUR Workout! If you walk 1.0 miles add and extra one! If you walk 5.0 miles, add an extra one! I think that we all will do well this month! To start things off, post your starting weight! And don't forget to post your ending weight at the end of the challenge! The Challenge Starts August 10! Good Luck!! THE WINNER OF THIS MONTH'S CHALLENGE... Thu, 7 Aug 2008 19:46:10 EST The Three Exercises You Must Do for a Tighter You By Karen Berney <BR> <BR> It's often said that the best fitness program is one you'll stick with. True enough. If you don't like what you are doing, you'll look for a reason to quit. But if you're going to invest time and energy into getting fit, you also want the biggest bang for the buck. So here are three of the best exercises any woman can do. <BR> Exercise No. 1: Bicycle the Abs <BR> A study of 30 healthy women and men, ages 20-45, sponsored by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) an... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 09:10:51 EST Rejecting Food as Comfort When you were a kid, how many times did your parents soothe your tears or anger with a cookie or reward you for finishing your dinner with a dessert? Possibly more often than they'd like to admit. It's this emotional attachment to stimulants like sweets that makes them seem comforting to us. But now that you're all grown up, it's time to resist the idea that food can comfort you and find other ways to cope. <BR> What's so bad about finding comfort in food? Well, research has shown that it ca... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 13:28:46 EST Food That Makes You Whole They say you can't judge a book by its cover, and the same goes for foods — you can't always judge them by their pretty packaging. You might assume that a food is healthy because of the picturesque wheat fields pictured on the front of the box, only to find a different story when you check out the ingredients on the back — some of which you might not even be able to pronounce! It's time to outsmart the labels by choosing whole foods. <BR> Ditching processed foods in favor of whole ones can m... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 13:27:27 EST Monday August 4 - Workout Challenge Dumbell Deadlift Row <BR> <BR> 1. Start by holding dumbells at your side. <BR> 2. Squat down until the dumbells almost touch the ground. <BR> 3. Proceed to stand up and stop when your legs are semi straight and your back is at a 45 degree angle. <BR> 4. Now pull the dumbells in towards your waist. <BR> 5. Return to the starting position and repeat Mon, 4 Aug 2008 13:22:52 EST Add Steps to Subtract Pounds Researchers from the University of Tennessee asked overweight women to clip on pedometers to track their steps. They divided these women into two groups. One group was told to aim for 10,000 steps a day (the common recommendation considered to be "active"), while the second group was told simply to walk briskly for 30 minutes, most days of the week (a common--but minimum--fitness recommendation). The study found that the step counters averaged over 10,000 steps daily, while the minute counter... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 13:19:07 EST FREE GYM PASS FINDER SAW THIS ON ANOTHER THREAD. THOUGHT YOU COULD USE THE INFORMATION. <BR> <BR> A NEW SP TOOL: FREE GYM PASS FINDER. GO TO HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE, THEN CLICK ON FITNESS. IN THE MIDDLE COLUMN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE THERE IS A GYM FINDER. TYPE IN YOUR ZIP CODE AND IT WILL BRING UP THE GYM'S AROUND YOU OFFERING FREE PASSES! <BR> Thu, 31 Jul 2008 09:47:38 EST TODAY'S EXERCISE ROUTINE What exercise routine did you do today? Let us know how your day went. Wed, 30 Jul 2008 22:05:14 EST WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY'S OUT DOOR WORKOUT! If you only have a few minutes for cardio, your focus should be on intensity. Any activity will do, as long as you can work hard at it and get your heart rate up. Here's a 10-minute outdoor workout involving walking, running and jumping jacks. If you don't like high impact, you can stay with the walking and add intensity by speedwalking or adding hills to the workout. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 minute: Warm up with a brisk walk - <BR> 1 minute: Speedwalk - speed up until your <BR> 1 minute: Run - ... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 09:02:52 EST WeightView Someone posted on another community I was on about a website called WeightView (dot com) <BR> <BR> It's an awesome little place to upload a picture and they edit it for you to motivate you. You can choose how much weight you'd like to lose in the picture and get a virtual weight loss model of the new you. <BR> <BR> I did mine, and although it gave me no curves I still think it gave me a little nudge...A reminder of what I'm striving for! <BR> <BR> So check it out! :P Tue, 29 Jul 2008 23:05:56 EST Tuesday's Arm Toning Routine! Mistake-Proof Your Workout <BR> <BR> Poor form can sabotage your arm-toning routine by allowing other muscle groups to do all the work. See if you're cheating yourself out of results during these common arm exercises: <BR> <BR> THE MOVE: Biceps curl do 3 reps of 15 <BR> THE CHEAT: Bending forward or backward at the waist makes it easy for momentum to take over. <BR> FIX IT: Do the move with your back against a wall. <BR> <BR> <BR> THE MOVE: Standing shoulder press do 3 reps of 15 <BR> THE... Tue, 29 Jul 2008 08:52:56 EST 200** PLUS SLIMMING CLUB VICE PRESIDENT! THE NEW VICE PRESIDENT FOR THE 200**PLUS SLIMMING CLUB IS...... <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> MICA <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> CONGRATULATIONS. <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ELECTION RESULTS: <BR> MICA 11 VOTES <BR> HATCHETTJOB 8 VOTES <BR> NAUTICA 3 VOTES Mon, 28 Jul 2008 22:41:48 EST DIABETES vs. WEIGHTLOSS MAY OF US WITH DIABETES, HAVE TO PUSH HARDER THAN OTHERS TO GET MOTIVATED. DUE TO SEVERAL REASONS, AND FATIGUE IS THE NUMBER ONE REASON. THIS POST IS FORMED ESPECIALLY FOR US WITH DIABETES, THAT NEED A PUSH. <BR> <BR> TELL US HOW DIABETES EFFECTS YOU WEIGHTLOSS IN A GOOD OR BAD WAY, HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED, HOW DO YOU OVERCOME FEELING BLUE? <BR> <BR> <BR> *********************** <BR> <BR> Take a brisk walk (outside or inside on a treadmill) <BR> <BR> Go dancing <BR> <BR> Take a low-i... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 11:33:37 EST MONDAY'S BICYCLE EXERCISE CHALLENGE LETS SEE HOW FAR WE GO.... LET US KNOW HOW YOU FEEL AFTERWARDS. <BR> <BR> The Bicycle exercise is the best move to target the rectus abdominis (i.e., the 'six pack') and the obliques (the waist).To do this exercise correctly: <BR> <BR> 1. Lie face up on the floor and lace your fingers behind your head. <BR> 2. Bring the knees in towards the chest and lift the shoulder blades off the ground without pulling on the neck. <BR> 3. Straight the left leg out to about a 45-degree angle while simul... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 11:24:58 EST ONLY LOSING INCHES! I am doing good so far with my new way of eating and working out. The "problem" if that is what you would call it is that I tend to lose inches first. WHEN WILL THE WEIGHT COME OFF! Tue, 22 Jul 2008 15:49:23 EST SLIMMING CLUB ELECTION DAY! <em>232</em> HOLA SLIMMING CLUB. <BR> <BR> ALL VOTES FOR THE SECOND TEAM LEADER ARE DUE IN 3 DAYS....THATS RIGHT! JULY 24TH. <BR> <BR> IF YOU HAVENT VOTED ...PLEASE DO SO A.S.A.P. (BY EMAIL) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> HERE ARE THE NUMBERS SO FAR: <BR> <BR> <BR> HATCHETTJOB: 5 VOTES <BR> <BR> NAUTICA : 3 VOTES <BR> <BR> MICA: 2 VOTES <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> VOTE, VOTE, VOTE LADIES!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Jul 2008 09:25:36 EST End of July - Open Challenge Thread <em>235</em> I'm really excited to get going with the challenge. I have created this thread for everyone who opted in the challenge. Rather than divide us into teams, I thought we could benefit more if we do this together. <BR> <BR> We will determine the winner of this challenge by the person who has lost the most weight. I know with all of us working together we will have even more success. <BR> <BR> I would like us all to try to check in and update us on your progress at least two tim... Mon, 21 Jul 2008 01:49:09 EST SLIMMING CLUB RECIPES. I THOUGH IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE A POST WHERE WE CAN SHARE RECIPIES FOR THE WHOLE TEAM TO HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT A HEALTHY MEAL CAN CONSIST OF. MANY OF US REALLY RUN OUT OF IDEAS ON WHATS HEALTHY TO COOK, I KNOW I DO! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Oatmeal Scones <BR> Makes18 scones <BR> Active Time:20 min Start to Finish:40 min <BR> November 2005 <BR> Not just for breakfast, old–fashioned oatmeal adds crunch and character to everything. <BR> 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour <BR> 1/4 cup plus 2... Sun, 20 Jul 2008 14:50:06 EST End of July Challenge - (July 21-Aug 4) Let me know if you are interested by Sunday and don't forget to update your weight totals! <BR> <BR> I have taken our walking challenge from the beginning of the month and added more. I noticed for the most part we all saw results from walking so let's step it up. <BR> <BR> This last two weeks will push and challenge us but I think it will yield high results. Remember "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." We will have fun and many successes. Modify any exercises as you see fit, ... Fri, 18 Jul 2008 19:37:59 EST MOTIVATIONAL CHALLENGE Hello slimming club. <BR> <BR> You guys should have received an email on 7/14 describing our motivational challenge thats due today. if you need more time...please take it! <BR> <BR> <BR> if you havent received the email or if you are new please let me know by email. <BR> <BR> <BR> thanx guys! Fri, 18 Jul 2008 11:33:41 EST FRIDAYS WORKOUT CHALLENGE.... (GET MOVIN) <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1057 </link> Fri, 18 Jul 2008 11:14:45 EST CHALLENGE WINNERS!!! OK SO ITS OFFICIAL... I WAS TRYNA GIVE A LITTLE MORE TIME FOR THOSE OF US WHO DO NOT LOGG IN OFTEN . <BR> <BR> <BR> THE WHITE TEAM HAS WON THE CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> MICA WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR UPDATING US ON WHAT THE NEXT TEAM CHALLENGE WILL BE...WHEN IT WILL TAKE PLACE... AND HOW LONG IT WILL LAST. <BR> <BR> <BR> WAY TO GO....WE ARE ALL WINNERS. <BR> <BR> <BR> GIVE US A POST OR TWO ABOUT HOW ALL THIS WALKING MADE YOU FEEL Fri, 18 Jul 2008 11:12:32 EST TEUSDAYS TEAM CHALLENGE!!! CHALLENGE YOUR SELF....(must do atleast the minimum required) <BR> <BR> <BR> 5 MIN STRETCH <BR> 10 MIN BRISK WALK <BR> 20 MIN POWER WALK <BR> 50 SQUATS <BR> 100 CRUNCHES <BR> 5 MIN LIGHT JOG Mon, 14 Jul 2008 23:18:19 EST MAKE EXERCISE FUN AND MOTIVATING! <BR> <BR> tell us what you do to make exercise fun? <BR> <BR> <BR> ________________________________________<BR>__ <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise is one of the pillars of longevity. <BR> <BR> The benefits of exercise are many: heart health, weight management, better sleep, improved mood, more energy and many more. The biggest benefit? Reducing your risk of chronic illnesses. Through exercise, you’ll stay healthy longer, age well and feel great. <BR> <BR> Getting star... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 23:14:16 EST Paxil Have any of you guys been able to lose weight while on Paxil? Did you have to do anything extra? Sun, 13 Jul 2008 01:24:05 EST Affirmation challenge I am suggesting that we start a monthly affirmation challenge. my affirmation for the month of july has been: <BR> <em>8</em> I choose to think positively about my body. <BR> <BR> What's yours? <BR> <BR> note on affirmations: they do work. the easiest way to use them is to write them down on a card and repeat them 10 times a day. I do mine in the morning before I climb out of bed and at night before I turn out the lights. Sat, 12 Jul 2008 21:53:27 EST Just Incase Your Lost!!!!!!! many of us are still doing day one...step it up ladies!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here goes: <BR> <BR> 1st: 10 min brisk walk 15 min power walk <BR> 2nd: 15 min brisk walk 10 min power walk <BR> 3rd: 15 min brisk walk 15 min power walk <BR> 4th: 20 min brisk walk 15 min power walk <BR> 5th: 20 min brisk walk 20 min power walk <BR> 6th: 25 min brisk walk 20 min power walk <BR> 7th: 25 min brisk walk 25 min power walk <BR> 8th: 30 min brisk walk 25 min power walk <BR> 9th: 30 ... Wed, 9 Jul 2008 10:46:18 EST TUMMY TUCK TEUSDAY CHALLENGE!(get movin) <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=996 </link> Tue, 8 Jul 2008 09:14:38 EST ARE YOU PREPARED TO REACH YOUR GOAL? CHECK AND SEE HERE. <link><BR>_questions.asp?quizid=52 </link> Sun, 6 Jul 2008 12:16:29 EST Still not losing I am becoming very very disappointed. I have been working out so hard and eating right and I haven't lost a pound. I'm trying to stay motivated but I'm slipping. I workout for 40 to 50 minutes five days a week and nothing. I haven't been cheating and still no weight lost. My friend said she can see it in my face and waist but nothing is gone from the scale. I have to admit I do feel a difference in my clothes however, I want to see the difference on the scale too.... <BR> <BR> In desperate n... Sat, 5 Jul 2008 14:13:02 EST GIVING TO GET I replaced 1 chair in my home with an exercize ball. What will you do to make a small step toward your goals? Sat, 5 Jul 2008 13:08:29 EST WHO DID YOU ENCOURAGE TODAY? AM I THE ONLY ONE THAT NOTICED THAT WE HAVE 180 MEMBERS BUT USUALLY ONLY 20-30 POSTS A DAY? <BR> <BR> WEIRD HUH? <BR> <BR> <BR> SO TODAY I WANT EVERY ONE TO DO EVERY ONE A FAVOR......MOTIVATE! <BR> <BR> GO VISIT SUM TEAM MEMBERS SPARK PAGES AND ENCOURAGE THEM. LET THEM KNOW THAT IF THEY ARE IN A TIME OF NEED AND FEEL LIKE THEY WANNA GIVE UP THAT WE ARE HERE, OR, IF THEY HAVE JUST BEEN TOO BUSY TO STOP THROUGH AND LET US KNOW THEY ARE OK JUST ONCE. ALOT OF MEMBERS HAVE BEEN M.I.A. FOR SUM... Sat, 5 Jul 2008 10:17:31 EST SATURDAY CHALLENGE (get movin!) <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1058 </link> Sat, 5 Jul 2008 08:35:49 EST Vision Collage Challenge! Spark encourages us to make a vision collage to help us to visualize our goals and dreams. It helps us to make them less like dreams and more attainable and real. We were challenged to make ours when we first signed up. Plus, the team that I was assigned to when I first joined Spark had a challenge to complete it and show it on our SparkPage for everyone to see. <BR> <BR> I thought it was kind of silly at first, but I really enjoyed doing it and I find that it really does represent my goal... Fri, 4 Jul 2008 03:59:53 EST THURSDAYS SQUAT CHALLENGE 4 SETS OF 25 SQUATS! <BR> <BR> <BR> GET MOVING! ( THIS IS A REAL CHALLENGE FOR ALL OF US) YOUR THIGHS WILL BE SORE! Thu, 3 Jul 2008 09:56:14 EST WEDNESDAY'S CHALLENGE FOR THOSE NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE 15 DAY CHALLENGE OR THOSE OF YOU THAT JUST WANT AN EXTRA WORKOUT. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1083 </link> Wed, 2 Jul 2008 20:02:13 EST July first beginning weight my July first starting weight is 221.8lbs I have found out that my scale here at home doesn't work right so I tossed it. I will get my weight done at the new scale that my gym has every monday. Wed, 2 Jul 2008 01:16:46 EST what is the red/white group challenge? being new I don't know about this challenge or even if it is still open. can you make a post to let new members know what it is? and how to join Wed, 2 Jul 2008 01:06:22 EST Eating Disorders and Emotional eating Test! Do you have issues with food? Do you overeat, binge or obsess over calories? The Eating Disorders and Emotional Eating Test will assess your eating habits. It will evaluate whether your relationship to food is mentally healthy or damaging. It will also assess whether you have tendencies towards certain documented eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. <BR> <BR> After finishing the Eating Disorders & Emotional Eating Test, you will receive a detailed, personalized int... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 13:51:16 EST WHITE TEAM MICA (LEADER) <BR> TENIETSHA <BR> TEMISHA <BR> LISA1128 <BR> MELINDAHOUSE <BR> AB8889 <BR> NAUTICA <BR> WNT1NG2LOSE75 <BR> BACK2MEAGAIN <BR> <BR> STARTING WEIGHT: 2130 LBS GOODLUCK! <BR> <BR> THE LEADER IN THIS GROUP HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF KEEPING EACH MEMBER MOTIVATED AND KEEPING INTOUCH TO MAKE SURE THE TEAM MEETS ITS GOALS. Tue, 1 Jul 2008 12:10:05 EST RED TEAM HATCHETTJOB (LEADER) <BR> SARAH2MOM <BR> NIKNIK <BR> HATCHETTJOB <BR> SHAWN625 <BR> CRAZYTHICK <BR> JASMINEPELL <BR> ZENMAMARN <BR> JONISMARIE <BR> <BR> STARTING WEIGHT: 2158 LBS GOODLUCK! <BR> <BR> THE LEADER IN THIS GROUP HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF KEEPING EACH MEMBER MOTIVATED AND KEEPING INTOUCH TO MAKE SURE THE TEAM MEETS ITS GOALS. Tue, 1 Jul 2008 12:05:00 EST INDEPENDENCE WALK CHALLENGE! HOLA! BONJOUR! HELLO! <BR> <BR> SLIMMING CLUB & HAPPY JULY! <BR> (thank you all for your challenge suggestions) <BR> <BR> FOR THE NExT 15 DAYS WE WILL WALK AWAY THE FAT WITH A SUGGESTEd WALK/POWER WALK CHALLENGE. <BR> HERE'S THE 15 DAY SCHEDULE (any questions or comments post here along with your daily walking success): <BR> <BR> <BR> RULES: WE ARE DIVIDED INTO 2 TEAMS, CHECK OUT BOTH TEAM POSTS TO SEE WHAT TEAM YOU ARE ON... THIS MAY SEEM LIKE ALOT BUT WE GOTTA DO IT.... SO IF YOU CANNO... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 11:57:50 EST WEEK END CHALLANGE OK EVERY ONE HAS BEEN DOING WELL WITH KEEPING UP WITH THE DAILY CHALLENGES. THOSE OF YOU WHO DO NOT PARTICIPATE THROUGH OUT THE WEEK,,, I HOPE YOUR DOING SOME KIND OF WORKOUT AT HOME....LADIES!?! <BR> <BR> <BR> HERES THE WEEKEND CHALLENGE (FRI & SAT) <BR> (WE REST ON SUNDAYS) <BR> <BR> MAKE SURE YOU LOGG INTO THIS POST WHEN YOU COMPLETE THE CHALLENGES FOR FRI AND SAT. <BR> <BR> <BR> FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: <BR> <BR> *60 SQUATS (120 total for fri and sat) <BR> <BR> *60 CRUNCHES(120 total... Fri, 27 Jun 2008 15:17:14 EST Emotional Quote of the day Today I am willing to let go of all my thoughts and opinions that are negative and destructive in my life.- Ruth Fishel <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Jun 2008 11:51:48 EST SLIMMING CLUB WEIGH-IN! OK LADIES.... <BR> <BR> EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO PARTICIATE IN OUR 15 DAY INDEPENDENCE CHALLENGE MUST HAVE THERE WEIGH-INS POSTED HERE BY 6/30/08. <BR> <BR> NO LATER! <BR> <BR> I WILL ASSUME YOUR NOT PARTICIPATING IF I DONT RECEIVE A RESPONCE FROM YOU BY THEN. <BR> <BR> <BR> THANKS. Thu, 26 Jun 2008 11:50:18 EST How do hobbies help you? Does anyone else use their hobbies/talents to help elevate the depression? <BR> <BR> Sometimes I find that if I just get myself to actually turn off my tv in the motel and make myself open up my bead box, turn on my Native music and zone...the depression most of the time will lessen in degrees of emotional pain that I seem to feel. It gets harder at times because it does seem so severe that sometimes I really have to force myself to get to the creative spirit inside of me that seems trapped... Thu, 26 Jun 2008 11:20:05 EST Slimming Club Convo!!!! i took it upon myself to wash my truck. I got all my essential items to detail the inside... i hadnt picked up any car upholstery cleaner because i had just checked the bottle i bought last month and it was still pretty full..... so here goes..... my truck was shining like a baby's butt....... but before i washed my seats they were grey.... when i came back out to check to see if they were dry...they were pink....... idiot fiance' put bleach in the upholstery cleaner bottle and f... Thu, 26 Jun 2008 04:45:07 EST Emotional Eating & You! I'm often asked about how to identify whether or not emotional eating may be an issue. Emotional eating is not always easily identified. Here are some patterns that are likely to indicate that some kind of emotional eating is going on: <BR> <BR> 1. The hunger comes on suddenly and the need to eat feels urgent--physiological hunger comes on slowly and it's okay to delay eating. <BR> 2. You keep eating even if you aren't hungry anymore or the hunger doesn't go away even though you are full. <B... Thu, 26 Jun 2008 04:25:24 EST THIGH BUSTIN THURSDAY CHALLENGE(get movin) <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1057 </link> Thu, 26 Jun 2008 03:26:51 EST Easy recipies I'm not very good at cooking but I can cook chicken in the oven and I just bought a huge bag of grilled chicken. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for easy recipies for chicken that a beginning cook could make. Actually, any easy cooking ideas would be appreciated. Thu, 26 Jun 2008 01:21:42 EST Belly Exercises What are some good stomach exercises, besides the typical crunches? I know they say crunches won't work as long as you have excess fat around your stomach. I just had a baby 3 months ago and would like to lose the fat. I still look pregnant. Wed, 25 Jun 2008 11:14:11 EST WEDNESDAYS 6 MIN CHALLENGE (get movin) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1059 </link> Wed, 25 Jun 2008 00:03:02 EST I WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE JUNE 25TH IS MY 25TH BIRTHDAY. <BR> <BR> I WILL NOT BE AVAIL FOR ANY DISCUSSIONS OR INQUIRIES.... SO SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER AND HAVE A HEALTHY MOTIVATING WEDNESDAY!! <BR> <BR> TENIETSHA Tue, 24 Jun 2008 23:52:59 EST How to recognize depression & the symtpoms Many people tend to get confused on when the over eating is a result of depression and anxiety. so here a video on recognizing the signs. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>videos_detail.asp?Video=10 </link> Tue, 24 Jun 2008 23:49:05 EST DOWN 17 POUNDS THIS IS AN EMOTIONAL DAY FOR ME.... IM SO HAPPY 5/24/08- 187 6/24/08-170.8 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 24 Jun 2008 20:16:18 EST 13 LBS GONE!!!!!! TENIETSHA I TOOK YOUR ADVICE ABOUT ONLY WEIGHING MYSELF ONCE A MONTH........ <BR> <BR> <BR> AND GUESS WHAT IM NOW 214... YES BABY! <em>244</em> <em>9</em> THE BEST ADVICE YOU COULD'VE GIVEN..... <BR> <BR> <BR> IM SO HAPPY ... MY HUSBANDS TAKING ME OUT FOR DINNER TONIGHT AS A CELEBRATION. <BR> <BR> KEEP THE CHALLENGES COMMING GURL' CUZ ITS WORKING FOR ME!!! Tue, 24 Jun 2008 13:31:03 EST what have you changed so far? i have changes my sugar intake.... im not a diabetic, but i still found that splenda sugar has no calories and doesnt have a funny after taste like sweet and low or equal... and i can use a much as i want... it really does taste like sugar. i have also decided not to always have bread or biscuits with every meal.... i am a bread freak, but i have decided to give it up ! Tue, 24 Jun 2008 13:13:54 EST Slimming club Elections!!!! Who will you chose to be Vice President? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <BR> Voters are encouraged to vote based on. <BR> <BR> 1)An individuals positive reflection on any one or more team members. <BR> <BR> 2)Logg in attendence <BR> <BR> 3)motivation / support / determination. <BR> <BR> 4)Creations of their own Posts and team challenges and discussions. <BR> <BR> 5)Member points. <BR> <BR> <BR> June 24th thru July 23rd- be lookin out for the best candidates. <BR> <BR> July 24th- sen... Tue, 24 Jun 2008 01:43:57 EST TEUSDAYS CHALLENGE... (get moving!) heres the challenge for today ladies!! <BR> <BR> this should give u a great start today! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1038 </link> Tue, 24 Jun 2008 00:48:55 EST "And She's Off..." Howdy, folks. I'm new to this wonderful group and to the website. I'm excited to be with you and I'll lean on you when my enthusiasm starts to fade. I'm a 37 y/o teacher and have a long way to go, but I'm confident. Thanks for the great team. Mon, 23 Jun 2008 22:35:14 EST New to the Slimming Club Heyy Sparkler's, My name is Niki and I am 31 yrs old from Atlanta, GA. I have been on this weightloss journey for about 4 years now. In the past, I was mostly a yo-yo dieter, I would lose some then gain some over and over again. Who ever said fad diets don't work were absolutely right. This past February I made up my mind that I just needed to change. My self-esteem was low (which is so unlike me) and I got to the point where i just felt uncomfortable. So I joined Weight Watchers again for ... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 20:15:46 EST Motivational quotes.... I happen to browse at MICA's quote ... I love it. <BR> <BR> "if you always do what you've always done, you'll always be where you've always been". <BR> <BR> That is a great reflection of Mica's desire to change. <BR> <BR> I wouldn't have thought of better one. <BR> <BR> Any more? <BR> let us know them.. and maybe a little of what they mean to you. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> GREAT ONE MICA!...KUDOS!!! <em>285</em> Mon, 23 Jun 2008 13:01:31 EST Deskercise at Work!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Our good friend TIFFANY requestd some info on what she can do at work to keep in shape... i found this article, and i hope it works well you TIffany & EVERYONE with the same problem. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Deskercise' for the Office Bound <BR> Date updated: November 20, 2006 <BR> Content provided by Staywell Custom Communications <BR> Most people who exercise regularly say that being active makes them feel healthier and more energetic. And that's not limi... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 12:40:31 EST 6-23-08 CHALLENGE (self -esteem) WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR SELF.. PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY? (COME ON YOU CAN THINK OF SOMETHING) Mon, 23 Jun 2008 00:39:12 EST Anxiety & Depression vs. Weightloss CLINICAL DEPRESSION, ADD, ADHD, ANXIETY, PANIC ATTACKS, MANIC DEPRESSION, & BIPOLAR... ARE THE NUMBER ONE CAUSES OF WEIGHT GAIN IN WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES, AND IT HIGHLY EFFECTS WOMEN WITH CHILDREN OR THOSE WHO HAVE HAD A NUMBER OF MISCARRIAGES AND ABORTIONS AND OR HAVE BEEN ABUSED. <BR> <BR> ITS TIME TO FIGHT BACK LADIES!!!! <BR> <BR> WE WILL NO LONGER EAT EMOTIONALLY! <BR> <BR> SO LETS HEAR IT, WHAT IS IT THAT YOU SUFFER FROM THE MOST WHAT KEEPS YOU DOWN? LETS FIX THESE PROBLEMS... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 00:34:29 EST 200**PLUS SLIMMING CLUB UPDATES. *******DONT NOT REPLY TO THIS POST****** <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> JUNE: <BR> *ALL WEIGH INS ARE DUE THE LAST DAY OF JUNE SO WE CAN HAVE NUMBERS TO START JULY'S CHALLENGE OFF WITH** <BR> <BR> **I NEED EVERYONES INPUT ON WHAT THE 15 DAY INDEPENDENCE CHALLENGE FOR JULY 1ST-15TH SHOULD BE ,ALSO BY THE LAST DAY IN JUNE** <BR> <BR> ***Pay close attention to all our our members for this next month.... Election Day votes are due July 24th*** <BR> <BR> <BR> ***PARTICIPATE IN AS MANY CHALLENGE... Sun, 22 Jun 2008 21:17:41 EST WHATS YOUR HOMETOWN? SCRANTON OHIO Sun, 22 Jun 2008 20:39:52 EST when's your birthday? june 27th Sun, 22 Jun 2008 20:38:24 EST OUR GOALS... THE HEALING PROCESS WE ALL MUST START SOMEWHERE. TAKE THE TIME OUT TO REVIEW THE INNER YOU, NOT THE OUTTER YOU..... SET A 30 DAY GOAL FOR YOUR SELF... AND TELL US WHAT YOUR GOAL WOULD BE AND HOW IT WOULD HELP YOUR WEIGHTLOSS ACHEIVEMENTS. THEN RETURN TO THIS POST IN 30 DAYS TO TELL US HOW YOUR DOING.... <BR> <BR> <BR> REMEMBER: TO ACHIEVE GREAT SUCCESS, YOU MUST DO IT ONE STEP AT A TIME. Sun, 22 Jun 2008 20:04:01 EST HELP!!! i need support. i havent logged in in a while. i have been in a major battle with my self esteem.... i hate to do fitness outside my home because im embarrassed about my figure and how i look in fitness clothing.... when i am in the house i just dont have the motivation to do it alone. im a bit of loner so i dont have may friends. i need a boost. and i dont know how or where to get it... someone please help me. i wanna start new, but i dont know how. Sun, 22 Jun 2008 13:21:45 EST IM BACK OK LADIES.... NO SYMPATHY... <BR> <BR> <BR> im sure you all have received my email, and now you are informed about my absence these past few months... but im back and healthier than ever and i am ready to rock and roll the fat off.... what about you ladies? <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> welcome to all the members that i didnt get a chance to meet yet... but i will soon... get active... lets get the team motivation back....... come on ladies <BR> <BR> p.s. dont forget about ou... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 20:03:43 EST EVERY DAY SELF-HELP CHALLENGE.... CONSIDER THIS OUR TEAM DIARY.... THIS CHALLENGE IS OPTIONAL, BUT VERY HELPFUL. <BR> <BR> BEFORE I TELL YOU THE CHALLENGE I MUST SAY THAT PARTICIPATING IN THIS CHALLENGE PROMOTES A HEALTHIER MENTAL STRUCTURE AND HEALTHY CONVERSATION IN WHICH BENEFITS THE SOUL AND SELF-CONFIDENCE. <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE: <BR> <BR> PICK A TOPIC FROM BELOW AND WRITE A PARAGRAPH OR TWO ABOUT HOW THAT TOPIC AFFECTED YOUR DIETING AND FITNESS DECISIONS WHETHER GOOD OR BAD. OR..... JUST GIVE SOME HELPFUL ADVICE TO ... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 19:47:14 EST 15 DAY INDEPENDENCE CHALLENG E....... (July 1-15) The month of JUNE is almost the poor past.. Whatever we didnt do this month we must do next month... and to make sure of it we will start JULY off with a fifteen day challenge ...this will also help us independence day BBQ .... any and all suggestions for this challenge should be emailed to me before the end of JUNE. Come on team.......... Motivation, Motivation <em>9</em> .... get those brains to working..... lets make this one a real fat burner <em>216</em> Sat, 21 Jun 2008 18:40:54 EST Whats your diet personal ty?(take the test) click on the following link to test your diet personality and get great diet advice personalized just for you. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>z_1.php Sat, 21 Jun 2008 18:29:35 EST Weightloss in the NEWS! Help keep our team updated! here's somthing i thought every one should know! <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>- <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hormone may help dieters keep weight off: U.S. study By Julie Steenhuysen <BR> Fri Jun 20, 8:41 PM ET <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> CHICAGO (Reuters) - Falling levels of a hormone called leptin that helps the brain resist tempting foods may explain why people who lose weight often have a hard time keeping it off, U.S. researchers s... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 18:18:43 EST Whats your summer fitness fun? Many of us work so much, and are so exhausted from the heat that we forget that there are plenty of things to do besides the dreadful 40 min cardio tape thats tired of being replayed. so lets help every one by listing what you do for fun and fitness during the summer and maybe offering a few suggestions on how you keep motivated in the sweltering heat. <em>91</em> Sat, 21 Jun 2008 18:05:24 EST Reverse Psychology Hello there. My name is Sol and my weight is 216. I've lost 17 pounds over the past 3 months. But I've fell off the wagon because of severe stress. My sister is driving me crazy,she's also on a diet and a health food geek for many years. I just can't live on bean sprouts and baked salmon on a daily basis. I love her dearly but she constantly nags me about starting my diet again.She constantly tells me what to eat and to exercise.Its getting on my nerves big time.The topic just does not chang... Sun, 8 Jun 2008 13:49:34 EST New to Spark!! Hi!! My name is Heather and I'm new to Spark but so far so good. I am 28 yrs old and weigh 295 lbs...the heaviest I have ever been. I have weighed over 200 lbs for the last 6-7 yrs but I have been overweight most of my life. To say the least I'm tired of it. I have absolutely no energy or motivation and that is what breaks me in the end. I have tried numerous times to loose weight. I'll do really good for a while then I'll hit an emotional road block, start overeating and stop exercisi... Thu, 29 May 2008 22:57:06 EST newb from Kansas city Hi, My name is amanda, just had our 4th baby and decided to stay home (as I go to nursing school). <BR> <BR> I was in the army, weighing in at a whopping 130 pounds, but after having 4 kids and not losing the weight, it has piled up pretty fast. I just can't seem to get over the addiction of food. *sigh* <BR> <BR> anyone from the KC area? Mon, 26 May 2008 20:26:55 EST Hi, new here Hi, <BR> <BR> I found sparkpeople last week. Well, actually, a colleague referred to me here. I just found this team tonight, though. It is an ideal team for me, as I weigh well over 200- probably 235- and struggle with monstrous depression. <BR> <BR> I have lost 30 lbs. at least 4 separate times over the past 20 years. Once, I kept it off for close to 2 years. Then in 1999, I lost over 50 lbs and was within 20 of my goal (I started at 203 that time). Then, I had a marital issue, star... Tue, 20 May 2008 22:17:38 EST NEWBIE <em>213</em> <BR> Hi All, <BR> My name is Stephanie.I'm 40,married,and have a 14 month old daughter.I deal with depression and emotional eating.I have already joined a few teams but I don't think you can ever have to much support.I don't have friends,of course except those I have made through SparkPeople.I currently take Effexor for my depression,although we are still working on the right dosage.Alot of my depression has come from my weight along with childhood abuse.I am learning to acc... Wed, 14 May 2008 18:22:20 EST How many of us are going to work out today? I am going to the gym. <BR> I feel like if I say it out loud, I have some accountability to someone. Now I have said it to you! <BR> I also feel so much better AFTER i go. <BR> <BR> Who else? <BR> I will post back afterwards! you can copy and paste the below. <BR> <BR> 1. I am going to do exercise today! <BR> 2. This is what I did! <BR> 3. This is how I feel about myself now! <BR> Mon, 12 May 2008 11:01:49 EST New to the club My name is Ingrid Fisher and I am a fat woman! LOL! I joined SP not too long ago but have not been very active. I too need to get off my rump & take full advantage of the support offered in this wonderful place. I have a long way to go but I know that I can do it!!! Fri, 2 May 2008 13:54:36 EST New here, hate exercising. Hi, <BR> My weight really ballooned up due to stress while in professional/grad school. I have just steadily increased and I am afraid I will not be able to do my demanding job because of my weight. <BR> <BR> I have subsisted on fast food for nearly 8 years. It has to stop. <BR> <BR> I need support and help! Tue, 29 Apr 2008 18:43:09 EST Hello Hey Team! my starting weight was 225lbs and today, I went to the doctor and I weigh 201.5. I feel that I have more energy now that I am eating healthy and losing weight. Thu, 17 Apr 2008 11:26:50 EST Hello Hello! My name is Erica and I weigh 300lbs but not for too long. I hope to get to meet some of you and help to be motivation for all Wed, 16 Apr 2008 22:14:14 EST Weight Loss, Antidepressa ants...URGGG Hi, <BR> I'm Jodie, new to this team. <BR> I have been on antidepressants for a number of years and have argued with my doctors about the effects. Of course it was all in my head according to them. Recently, however I read an article proving my point that they can cause excessive weight gain in some people. <BR> Now...this isn't my excuse but I wonder if it is part of the reason I have such a hard time losing weight. I've been trying so hard to eat the right things and still the scale... Tue, 8 Apr 2008 20:07:05 EST HELLO! I'M NEW HERE! HI JUST WANTED TO STOP IN AND SAY HELLO. I AM NEW AT THIS SPARK TEAM AND WANTED TO INTRODUCE MYSELF. I AM 41 AND 245 LBS. BUT NOT FOR LONG HOPEFULLY. I WANT TO BE MORE HEALTHY AND ACTIVE. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO RUN WITH EASE. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THAT FEELING! THANKS AND GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS TO ALL! <em>213</em> Fri, 4 Apr 2008 16:39:29 EST 3-12-08 QOTD If you could have a day that you could eat only one thing all day what would it be? Wed, 12 Mar 2008 02:34:06 EST 3-11-08 QOTD You are given a free trip any where in the world and you can only bring 1 other person - where would you go and who would you take with you? Tue, 11 Mar 2008 05:01:33 EST hi Hello, I am new to this group. I have been doing SP off and on for awhile, but this time I am determined to get going. I know I need support and am looking forward to getting to know all of you:) Tue, 11 Mar 2008 00:01:08 EST 3-10-08 QOTD Good Morning wonderful team!!!!! <BR> <BR> Here is the question of the day... <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What are your plans for exercise today? <BR> Mon, 10 Mar 2008 08:31:39 EST 1 Week Challenge - Exercise Here is how the challenge Goes. First post how many minutes of cardio exercise you are going to do EACH DAY! You can set a goal for individual days or you can set a goal for the entire week. What ever works for you. Then let us know if you achieved your goal, did more or fell short! Lets all do at least 15 min of cardio a day for the next week. Keep moving!!!!! <BR> <BR> You can use this to keep track: <BR> <BR> 3/8 <BR> 3/9 <BR> 3/10 <BR> 3/11 <BR> 3/12 <BR> 3/13 <BR> 3/14 <BR> <BR>... Fri, 7 Mar 2008 08:41:46 EST 1 Week Challenge - Fiber So this is our second Week Challenge. It will Start tomorrow. fiber is such an important piece of our diet, so I thought what a better way to keep track. If you stay in your Fiber goals for the day (You can use the ones that Spark People gave you or your personal goals) you get a point. <BR> <BR> You can use this to keep track: <BR> <BR> 3/8 <BR> 3/9 <BR> 3/10 <BR> 3/11 <BR> 3/12 <BR> 3/13 <BR> 3/14 <BR> <BR> Good Luck!! Fri, 7 Mar 2008 08:39:19 EST hello from wisc new here too <BR> <BR> really do believe it's now or never for me, i've been doing this dieting thing forever, and i either need to do it, or quit and "accept"- cuz this is driving me, and my life, crazy! <BR> <BR> so i'm trying everything i can find <BR> <BR> great to see the "success" stories here........hopefully i can be one of them <em>213</em> Wed, 5 Mar 2008 23:10:55 EST HI THERE HI MY NAME IS LAURA AND I AM PRETTY NEW TO THIS SITE. I SO FAR LOVE ALL THE INFO AND THE STORIES WITH THE BATTLES AND THE GLORIES. I HOPE TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND CHEER OR HUG FOR SUPPORT. <em>175</em> Tue, 4 Mar 2008 22:56:05 EST Hi my name is Heather I am new to both SP and just found this team today. Tue, 4 Mar 2008 14:19:50 EST Time of month I seem to have a recurring issue. Every month I start eating...a lot. After about two days, sometimes more, I realize this is the week before my time of month starts. You would think I could figure this out a bit more quickly, but somehow it always sneaks up on me. <BR> <BR> Any one else with this issue? How do you deal with it? Fri, 29 Feb 2008 15:41:50 EST Quote of the Day 2-28-08 It comes down to a simple question: what do you want out of life, and what are you willing to do to get it? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> You know what you need to do but are you willing to do it? It is that simple when said but it not very easy when put into play. We have to take it one step at a time and you will reach your goal. And each step helps us along the way! <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 28 Feb 2008 07:36:58 EST Quote of the Day 2-27-08 "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." – Confucius <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> Along our journey there will be good days and bad days. You also have days that we will fail, but what is important is to get back up and start over again. We can always start over. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Wed, 27 Feb 2008 08:25:34 EST Things to do instead of eating Things to do Instead of Eating: <BR> <BR> Do you eat for comfort because you're frustrated, bored, in pain or because of some other feeling or issue you want to escape? Here are some things that you can do instead: <BR> <BR> ** Carve a watermelon or other fruit! <BR> ** Call or e-mail a supportive friend. <BR> ** Go to the gym or for a walk or run. <BR> ** Read the Team posts and blogs. <BR> ** Enjoy a long bath or shower. <BR> ** Chew some sugarless gum or brush your teeth. <BR> ** Put a p... Tue, 26 Feb 2008 08:25:27 EST Quote of the Day 2-26-08 Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections. <BR> Saint Francis de Sales <BR> <BR> We all have weaknesses, we all need help doing one thing or another. We need to be strong to achieve our goals. We have to have courage, and not let our imperfections get in the way. Today do something in spite of your imperfections. Tue, 26 Feb 2008 07:44:02 EST Quote of the Day 2-25-08 We can reverse years of damage to our bodies by deciding to raise our standards for ourselves, then living differently. Old wounds heal, injuries repair, and the whole system improves with just a few changes in what we put into our bodies and how we move them. <BR> <BR> <em>57</em> <BR> <BR> This made me think this morning, we can do it. With just a few changes we can make a difference. How are you going to make a difference today? Mon, 25 Feb 2008 07:39:31 EST Hi everyone; new member here Hi everyone - New from SC....6 kids and 6 grandkids later- gotta get going so I can be interacting with this crazy family more!!! Sun, 24 Feb 2008 15:42:28 EST Quote of the Day 2-24-08 "We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough." -Helen Keller <BR> <BR> This is so true. We must put our minds to the challenge ahead of us and know we can do it. As long as our head is in the game than we can stay in the game as well!! <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> Sun, 24 Feb 2008 07:19:03 EST Quote of the Day 2-23-08 The tragedy in life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. <BR> Benjamin Mays <BR> <BR> It is a great thing to have goals. Small goals, large goals, and goals in between. These goals give us a purpose, and help us keep us focused on something to do. We are all here because we have goals, so we have a great start. Keep it in mind to have goals, have a short goal to start with and one that will take a while. Believe in yourself. Expect setback... Sat, 23 Feb 2008 11:24:09 EST Quote of the Day 2-22-08 Any experience can be transformed into something of value. Everything depends on the way you look at things. You cannot have the success without the failures. <BR> <BR> <BR> We all have had little set backs with our weight loss, it is completely normal. But how we handle them makes us a success with our goals. Not only in our weight loss journey but also with anything we do. We need to take a good attitude towards what we are doing, learn from our failures and adjust for the next time. ... Fri, 22 Feb 2008 07:54:31 EST Newbie here Hello everyone! Lori here. I'm new and trying to figure out the site. I have struggled with my weight all my life. I'm 39 and weigh 217lbs. Occasionally I manage to lose some weight, but I can never seem to stay below 200lbs for very long. I am currently starting on meds for depression. That's part of the reason I've had trouble keeping active. Emotional eating is also a biggie. This team seems tailor made for me. I hope to get some motivation and support here. Fri, 22 Feb 2008 06:24:58 EST Hello from another newbie! Hi all! I am thrilled to have found this team! The description is pretty much me, to a T! <BR> <BR> My name is Jen. I am a 33 yo wife and SAHM. I have 3 beautiful children. A 4yo DS, and 2yo b/g twins who are 2! They certainly keep me busy! <BR> <BR> I was an active athlete all through my school years, so never really gained weight. But in the past 10 years, I have put on probably 80 lbs. Having 3 kids in 2 years did horrible things to my body, and it's just gone downhill since t... Thu, 21 Feb 2008 17:51:00 EST Quote of the Day <BR> Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality. <BR> Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> We all have goals. They are what keep us motivated, and help us stay focused. But how many times do we have doubt creep in and then we are not sure if we can reach those goals. We start to think twice, and then change our goals. What is left is reality. What is left is where we go. <BR> By starting to let go of our doubt we can move towards our true dreams and reach all of ou... Thu, 21 Feb 2008 08:10:48 EST Weigh in 2-8 to 2-14 I want to start a weekly weigh in. Let us know how you are doing. <BR> <BR> I was 238.8 today down just over 3 lbs. I am very proud of myself. I am doing well. I can't wait to see where I go next week! Fri, 8 Feb 2008 08:01:42 EST 40 day Feb /March challenge We also have a 40 day Feb /March challenge <BR> <BR> In some Christian Churches there is a tradition to give up something for the 40 days of Lent. Usually something that is important to you or you consider a luxury item. This begins on Ash Wednesday, February 6, 2008 and goes till Easter March 23, 2008. One year I impressed my friend’s kids by giving up TV, unplugged it, would not even watch when I was away from home. Some people give up a food that is special for them, like chocolate. Other... Thu, 7 Feb 2008 08:01:54 EST Feburary - How is is going? <em>207</em> <em>193</em> <BR> <BR> Wow January is gone, are you still motivated to reach your New Years Resolutions? How are you staying strong to keep up with you goals? Let us know what your February Goals are and how you are staying motivated... Come back a couple of times a week and let us know how it is going. Fri, 1 Feb 2008 09:08:29 EST Exhaustion at night ?? Ok, I have noticed for the last two weeks I am really really tired when I get home from work. I'll show ya what I am eating and ya'll can tell me what I'm doing wrong. <BR> <BR> wake up at 8am and get cleaned up. <BR> I walk 2 miles first thing,and eat breakfast when I get to work <BR> Breakfast (10am) <BR> 1 protein <BR> 1 carb <BR> 1 fruit <BR> <BR> Vitamins: <BR> 2 calcuim <BR> 2 positive B supplement (b12 and b6) <BR> 2 awesome multivitamins <BR> <BR> walk 3rd mile <BR> Snack (11:30am... Thu, 31 Jan 2008 10:43:33 EST any other late risers do BRUNCH i sleep eratically so end up missing (official breakfast time ) however i believe that so long as you eat within 3 hours of rising its breakfast .we cal, it BRUNCH <BR> ANY ONE ELSE DO BRUNCH AND WHAT DO YOU EAT Thu, 31 Jan 2008 07:58:50 EST something to eat for when you come in ? before you go out for the night has anyone thought of preparing something to eat for when they return to help avoid the dreaded takeaway or drunken BINGE RAID <BR> so what do you prepare each evening for later? Wed, 30 Jan 2008 10:10:47 EST Hello from Ohio Hello <BR> <BR> I am from Dayton, Ohio. 33 yrs old. no children and currently going thru a divorce. I am doing a total body makeover. My goal is to go to 175lbs which was my college weight. But I will take much pride in getting under 200lbs. I started really working on my weight last week. I have already lost 3 lbs. So I am satisfied for my first week. I am low cal, low fat and portion control. I have already chatted with some memmbers on this team and I love it. Hope to meet many mor... Tue, 29 Jan 2008 09:23:15 EST Challenge for the week! Good Morning Team!!! I have a challenge for you all.... My Challenge is simple since we are all working hard to exercise and to drink our water and eat right. <BR> It is a Log in Challenge. For the next week I am challenging all of you to log in each day and Post something that you are going to do or have done for the day that is new, exciting, or motivating!!! <BR> <BR> We can do it.... Post, and inspire yourself and the group! <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>220</em> <em>209</em> <em>209<... Tue, 29 Jan 2008 06:46:56 EST One Day Challenge - Crunches 1-26-08 Hello Team... Time for a 1 day challenge. <BR> Can you do 100 Crunches today? <BR> It does not matter what kind of crunches <BR> Regular, side, bicycle, reverse, just can you finish 100 crunches today! <BR> <BR> You can do it... Break it down and crunch those tummies!!! <BR> <BR> <em>84</em> Sat, 26 Jan 2008 07:37:11 EST Hello Everyone!! Good Morning All- <BR> <BR> It's about 2am and I am having a lot of fun looking through SparkPeople, creating my page and everything that goes along w/ it. Yes, I also suffer from insomnia too. <BR> I feel this is probably another group good for me. I have been an emotional eater as long as I can remember. If I was good as a child my mom would reward me with food. My grandparents owned a restaurant and I would turn the egg crate upside down and cook myself eggs, hash browns and ham. I... Fri, 25 Jan 2008 05:42:49 EST what was your main meal today 2 chicken breasts and 2 pitta breads with 2 tomatoes and low cal low fat mayo Tue, 22 Jan 2008 16:43:40 EST What is for Breakfast? Today I had a granola Bar and coffee! Tue, 22 Jan 2008 07:31:05 EST Breakfast in Yum! coffee <em>106</em> Steelcut oats w/nuts & raisins <em>4</em> 4 pieces of centercut bacon <em>24</em> water Mon, 21 Jan 2008 19:25:51 EST Seeking motivation! Hello! I'm a 45 yr. old Indiana girl needing to lose about 80 lbs.and need all the support and helpful hints I can get.It seems the older I get the bigger I get & I'm seeing some health issues because of this.I'm at my biggest now(255) and have been able to hide my weight due to my height & build, but not anymore. Time to get serious and figure out how to not eat due to boredom and stress.I know how to eat healthy, but I'm have not yet been able to get my mind set to put it to use.I'm actuall... Mon, 21 Jan 2008 19:17:36 EST Feburary Challenge (Jan 28th - Feb 29th) Hi Guys.... Lets get these challenges back up and running. The next challenge starts next Monday. Reply by Saturday to this message if you want to join this challenge. Also post your starting weight so I can divide us into teams. <BR> Here are the rules... <BR> 1. Post at least 1 time a week with your weight. <BR> 2. Post at least 1 time a week with how your challenge is going. <BR> 3. If you don't post your weight by Saturday you will be removed from your team. <BR> <BR> Our Chal... Mon, 21 Jan 2008 12:14:57 EST Searching for the right bathroom scale??? Hey team, <BR> <BR> Today, I was asked by another SP user what kind of scale <em>192</em> I am using and what kind of scale could I recommend. In trying to answer the question to the best of my ability I stumbled across this web-link that I thought was useful for those of us looking for a good scale or thinking about replacing our current one. Check it out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d_fitness/bathroom-scales/ </link> Sun, 13 Jan 2008 19:48:20 EST Exercise while at work... Anyone know of any kinds of exercise I can do while working? I sit at a desk and keyboard all night.. I am in data entry.. something that I can do in any downtime that wont make me sweat like maybe some weight training? thanks! Fri, 11 Jan 2008 14:15:27 EST Hi everyone. Hello, My name is Cindy. I have a 15 month old and a 16 yr old. Ever since my first I have struggled to lose weight. Before having kids I was 130 lbs and wearing size 10 jeans. I am not happy with where I am now and can't help but wonder what happened. Recently my youngest son's play group decided to do a weightloss thing and I am comitted to do it this time! <BR> I am currently 240 lbs and size 22 jeans. I would love to fit into my 18's again.. that's all I want.. but if I can do better I a... Thu, 10 Jan 2008 12:10:22 EST Leaving Hello all <BR> <BR> I am sorry but I need to leave the team. I am just on too many and cant keep up. I thank you all for everything. You can still email me if you like. Take care. I wish you all the best. Tue, 8 Jan 2008 11:47:27 EST fatty Ever feel like no matter what you will ALWAYS Be fat? I do. I have good days and then days like today when I am doing ok eating wise and did some sit ups and stretches but I feel like no matter what I will be fat anyway. <BR> I hate when I get in these emotional slumps. <BR> I just know ever new year I set the same goal ( to try to lose 50 lbs to be under 200) and I never do it. Usually by February I am back on the fast food and lazy way again. Any success stories anyone want to volunteer to ... Sat, 5 Jan 2008 17:19:19 EST How's Everyone Doing? Hi Ladies: I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season. <BR> <BR> For me, despite my best efforts initially, I did fall by the way side and gained weight over Christmas - sorry green team!! <BR> <BR> This is now day 2 of my healthier me plan. Yesterday went well - I realized from going off track that I don't feel well doing that and was actually craving healthy foods. I feel more resolved that ever to stay on track with my healthier eating so I guess one good thing came out of a bad two ... Thu, 3 Jan 2008 08:44:50 EST HI! hi, I am Monica, 32 year old married, working mom of 2 and very over weight. I usually maintain around 240 but with baking all December and eating all month long I stepped on the scale this a.m. to 250 lbs. <BR> OUCH. <BR> My goal is be 199. Just to be in the 100's for me would be a thrill. If I ever get there I will be so happy with that accomplishment. <BR> I was on sparks last year and lost 20 lbs and then quit and ate like a hog and Now I am back. I joined on Dec 28th all over again. I jo... Tue, 1 Jan 2008 17:54:38 EST hello ladies ! how has every one been ? i have received alot emails on my personal being....thank you. but i am fine.i had a great holiday, i was outa town at a fam-member home. unfortunately they are not as blessed as we are to have a computer in their home....thats what prevented me from contacting you. <BR> <BR> x-mas eve started off pretty bad. the winds were pretty high here in buffalo, had lots of transportaion problems... couldnt get out all the gifts i had for my fam... i still have them. i end up... Sun, 30 Dec 2007 13:54:34 EST Holiday and Vacation Hi everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I hope you are all well. I wanted you to know that we have a Holiday coming up on the 19th-21st so I wont be online as much. Also on the 19th I will be traveling. I will post as much as I can. Have a great day!!! Mon, 17 Dec 2007 12:53:21 EST EVERY DAY CHALLENGE LETS MAKE THIS TEAM MORE READY AND MOTIVATED FOR THE YEAR. <BR> <BR> ON OUR HUDDLE WALL INSTEAD OF MAKING COMMENTS WE WILL POST CHALLENGES. <BR> <BR> EXAMPLE: 20 SITUPS IN 1.MIN <BR> <BR> EXAMPLE: 100 SQUATS TODAY <BR> <BR> EXAMPLE:10 CUPS OF WATER *NOW* <BR> <BR> WHEN YOU SEE A CHALLENGE YOU LIKE , POST IT HERE AND THEN WHICH EVERY TEAM-MATE CHALLENGE YOU TOOK YOU MUST CHALLENGE THEM.BUT...EVERYONE MUST PUT A CHALLENGE ON THE HUDDLE BOARD. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Dec 2007 15:02:46 EST CAN U DO 60 SQUATS? 1 DAY CHALLENGE (12/11/07) CHALLENGE YOUR SELF TO DO 60 SQUATS, POST YOUR RESULTS ON FELT AFTERWARDS....BEGINS (12/11/07) <em>84</em> Mon, 10 Dec 2007 18:57:17 EST CRUNCH CHALLENGE DISQUALIF ICATIONS! THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WILL HAVE TO WAIT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NEXT CHALLENGE : <BR> <BR> KTWJAXI <BR> MRS.CHANTILLY <BR> JOEYPOE <BR> ELAGUSIS <BR> MZDRED <BR> FADINGFOURTUNE <BR> <BR> <BR> WE HAVENT HEARD ANYTHING FROM THEM SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE CHALLENGE: WE NOW HAVE 6 ON EACH TEAM. <BR> <BR> SORRY NEW MEMBERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE NEXT CHALLENGE (1/5/08), BUT DONT WORRY I MAKE 1 DAY CHALLENGES OFTEN. <BR> <BR> LADIES PLEASE REMEMBER TO REMIND YOUR TEAM-MATES TO WEIGH IN. <BR> ... Mon, 10 Dec 2007 18:52:45 EST OT, but so much fun for the holidays! I did this little activity with my kids earlier and they really enjoyed it. It is so much fun that I wanted to share it with you all. We sent it to many family members and friends. Just click the link below to see my little elf children and then make your own to send out! <BR> Happy Holidays! <BR> <em>144</em> <link> </link> Sat, 8 Dec 2007 02:03:15 EST 1 DAY CHALLENGE ( dec.7th 2007) WHATS YOUR FITNESS STYLE? <BR> <BR> TAKE THIS FITNESS QUIZ. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW AND THEN POST YOUR ANSWERS AND HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THEM! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> MY REASON FOR 1 DAY CHALLENGES SUCH AS THIS: TO INFORM US ON OUR CURRENT LIFESTYLE AND TO GIVE GUIDANCE TO THOSE WHO FEEL AS IF THEY DONT KNOW IF THEY ARE DIETING AND EXERCISING IN A WAY THAT CAN BE HARMLESS AND PROMOTE GOOD HEALTH. <link><BR>=26591&trans=1&du=1&gclid=CPWLpt3IlpAC<BR>FQR1ZQod0... Fri, 7 Dec 2007 11:20:48 EST Challenge comments and questions remeber we have to do our weighin a.s.a.p.....because we have to add it all up to figure out what our Gross team weight is in total.... <BR> <BR> <BR> thanks..... Tue, 4 Dec 2007 22:10:28 EST GREEN TEAM LOSESOMTHIN407 <BR> KTWJAXI <BR> VEILADIAMOND <BR> REFINNEJ1974 <BR> MRS.BROWN25 <BR> MISSCHANTILLY <BR> ELAGUSIS <BR> NAUTICA <BR> <BR> GOODLUCK <em>84</em> Tue, 4 Dec 2007 21:15:00 EST RED TEAM FAIRYANNE <BR> SHAWN625 <BR> PAMMYWAMMY2 <BR> JENNMARIE2831 <BR> MZDRED <BR> FADINGFOURTUNE <BR> JOEYPOE <BR> TENIETSHA <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> GOODLUCK! <em>216</em> LETS KICK SOME FAT LADIES! Tue, 4 Dec 2007 21:12:52 EST XMAS-EXCHANGE FORUM MY PICKS: <em>233</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> EVERYONE <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> NOTE: PLEASE SEND PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESSES AND OR PHONE NUMBERS VIA MY PERSONAL WEBSITE AND GO UNDER TAB "CONTACT ME"... <link> </link> Mon, 3 Dec 2007 12:40:54 EST Links and support for neuropathy and Diabetes... Heres a supportive link for Neuropathy in the feet and diabetes sufferers below this messege. The link is a non-profit organization dealing directly with the issue its self....great supportive site..and it helps with fitness advice too! <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember it is critical that you: <BR> <BR> Have your doctor always inspect your feet <BR> You always wear proper footwear and socks <BR> You inspect your own feet for blisters, sores, or other problems <BR> In addition, if you cannot fee... Sun, 2 Dec 2007 00:24:36 EST I am mentally ill I appreciate this team leader addressing such health issues. I am bipolar and disabled mentally. I have hyperthyroidism, meuropathy in my feet, all else is well. I'm not a complainer just letting you know something about my health. I stay manic instead of depressed though. I would like some info on manic phases if you can Nesha. Thanks for reading this, Pam Sat, 1 Dec 2007 23:58:40 EST HYPOTHYROIDISM LINKS AND SUPPORT! <link><BR>lid=CJfFy-ThiJACFSBMGgodzjw9uA </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ect_hypothyroidism/ </link> Sat, 1 Dec 2007 23:38:05 EST Attention S.C. TAKE THE TIME OUT TO VISIT OUR TEAM BLOG BY CLICKING ON THE TEAM LOGO.... OR THE LINK BELOW <BR> <BR> <BR> THANK YOU <BR> <BR> TEAM LEADER, <BR> <BR> NESHA- <link> </link> Sat, 1 Dec 2007 19:09:52 EST recent drug recalls/do you have these in your home -- Dimetapp® Decongestant Plus Cough Infant Drops -- Dimetapp® Decongestant Infant Drops -- Little Colds® Decongestant Plus Cough -- Little Colds® Multi-Symptom Cold Formula -- PEDIACARE ®Infant Drops Decongestant (containing pseudoephedrine) -- PEDIACARE® Infant Drops Decongestant & Cough (containing pseudoephedrine) -- PEDIACARE® Infant Dropper Decongestant (containing phenylephrine) -- PEDIACARE ®Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough -- PEDIACARE® Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough (co... Sat, 1 Dec 2007 13:00:12 EST Oprah and wu-long tea?..... ......YEA RITE! LISTEN TO THIS:LATEST NEWS <BR> Oprah's Weight-Loss Recipe!Oprah swears by the fat-loss and health benefits of daily tea drinking. <BR> <BR> Says Oprah, "A cup of tea infuses you with antioxidants instead of the wallop of sugar you get in a can of soda." <BR> <BR> Oprah herself drinks tea daily and has noticed amazing weight-loss and health benefits. Today she is looking better than ever, thanks in large part to her regular tea drinking! <BR> <BR> <BR> *****i do agree however that tea c... Sat, 1 Dec 2007 12:42:08 EST P.C.O.S. sufferers. .......... heres a link ........ <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> let me know if it help. <BR> <BR> i've been getting some very sad emails. so im doin the best i can to help. <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Dec 2007 12:25:47 EST Stress & Weight gain test.... 1day challenge hello ladies on the attached link and take the stress and weight gain test . this is formulated to see how stress really affects our physical and emotional health. <BR> <BR> this is our 1 day challenge so take it a.s.a.p <BR> <BR> then post your test results and how you felt about them. <link><BR>eight_test.htm </link> Sat, 1 Dec 2007 11:47:11 EST Water! i had so much water yesturday. i couldnt get any sleep. i kept getting up and running to the bathroom. <BR> <BR> i didnt think i had enough water. im aggrevated can i consume lots of water like im suppose to if i cant get any sleep for work? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> i had only 1 glass so far today Sat, 1 Dec 2007 11:06:35 EST can anyone relate? I have gone thru a stressful time approx 2 weeks and it seems that like clock work as soon as I work out my problems and find solutions to them within a few days I will start having anxiety, scary thoughts (fear of dying) and an obsession with taking my blood pressure. I usually have normal bp but if I work myself up enough I can make it go really high. <BR> <BR> I went to the doctor because I was feeling pressure in my chest after doing crunches. My bp was 152/93 but I was all worked up ab... Fri, 30 Nov 2007 18:48:43 EST EXERCISES TO JUMP START 2008! The Plank. <BR> <BR> <BR> Why It Rocks: The plank (or hover) is an isolation move used in Pilates and Yoga and works the abs, back, arms and legs. The plank also targets your internal abdominal muscles. <BR> <BR> How to Do It: Lie face down on mat with elbows resting on floor next to chest. Push your body off the floor in a pushup position with body resting on elbows or hands. Contract the abs and keep the body in a straight line from head to toes. Hold for 30-60 seconds and repeat as many... Thu, 29 Nov 2007 21:29:19 EST WHAT WASFOR BREAKFAST? 2 WHEAT TOATS...COFFEE (BLACK)....OATMEAL AND PEACHES. <em>140</em> Thu, 29 Nov 2007 21:25:13 EST KEEP INTOUCH THS IS THE BOARD WHERE YOU POST EMAIL AND ANY ALTERNATE CONTACT INFO FOR THE TEAM...WE WANNA MAKE SURE WE ALL HAVE ALL THE SUPPORT WE NEED WHEN NEEDED. (NOT EVERYONE LOGS ON TO SPARK EVERY DAY). <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> TENIETSHA@YAHOO.COM <link> </link> Thu, 29 Nov 2007 21:19:32 EST WHERE IM FROM AND WHO SUPPORTS ME THE MOST. I reside in buffalo, new york. ive been going through a long hard fight with my depression for about 9 years until 1year ago.i went from 233lbs to 160lbs to 140lbs to 210lbs. I met a wonderful man who supports me in everything that i do. whatever mood i am in he feels the same way ....he does whatever he can to help even if its just letting me have my way for a while. im not very family oriented, but i do speak to some, and i am pretty close with my sisters, but you know how 1 person just s... Thu, 29 Nov 2007 21:11:31 EST WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! Hello to all <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> My name is Tenietsha (ta-nee-sha). <BR> <BR> I am also the leader of the dedicated women team. <BR> <BR> I wanted to focus maninly on those of us who would have a little bit more in common than others.. <BR> <BR> I find it to be more comfortable in a place where everyone has similar issues.. every one on s.p. id different.. many are more active and energetic than others ... <BR> <BR> some just want to maintain there weight and some want to gain... <B... Thu, 29 Nov 2007 21:02:22 EST