SparkPeople Passionate People Creating Positive Thoughts Team Messageboard We are full of passion from all walks of life here supporting each other and ourselves through positive thoughts, guidance, and motivational strength. *Passionately Pursuing Positive Change* SparkPeople Passionate People Creating Positive Thoughts Team Messageboard please pray Hi <BR> I have had the flu for a week and now findout because all of a sudden I had drastic pain come into my knee from no where that i have a cist inmy knee. Not sure what is going to be done about thatbut i am really struggling for strength right now so if you would pray I would appreciate it. My mom had a strokeon vacation and is still in Florida and i cannot get to her right now. It is too much. Today I am thankful I am still alive. <BR> thanks <BR> Hallie Tue, 5 Mar 2013 07:22:50 EST Weight loss and science Watching YouTube today. I came across this and thought I would share <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=youtube_gdata_player </link> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 19:22:30 EST Geneen Roth Came across this article, love it. Something Roth talks about in her books. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sumption </link> Fri, 9 Nov 2012 18:16:10 EST Greetings, Passionate People! Hi! My name is Eydie and the team name certainly caught my eye. I consider myself a passionate positive person and look forward to getting to know you all better! Sat, 11 Aug 2012 12:33:46 EST Ahhhhh, Spring! What is your favorite thing about spring. Is it the smells? The things you can do? Or the way it makes you feel? Feel free to check in to share anything you can think of about spring that thrills you, enlightens you, and my inspire others. <BR> <BR> The sharing could be a poem, a personal experience, a thought, or an emoticon. Be creative and relish in the playfulness of sharing something new with the rest of us. Enjoy, my friends! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 17:39:40 EST 10 ways A Spark Friend posted this in one of my Spark Teams. I wanted to share it. You might need to copy and paste. Not sure the "Add a Link" method worked (operator error no doubt). <BR> <BR><BR>-easy-ways-you-can-love-yourself-more-<BR>today <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sy-ways-you-can-love-yourself-more-today </link> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 08:44:31 EST A New Word A Day I have always been fascinated by words as they are what allow us to understand the world around us. One of the past times I used to do in college was to keep a journal of a new word a day. I would spend some quiet time each day and go through the dictionary or use any word I came across I did not know, then I would write it in my notebook along with how to pronounce it and its meaning. <BR> <BR> Recently, I have begun to play scrabble on face-book with a friend and realized that I still ... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 12:25:36 EST Finding balance... I need help, my favorite teammates! I have lunch plans on Monday. One of my favorite former coworkers planned a lunch for other former employees. Unfortunately he is in contact with far more of the people I used to work with at that toxic job than I realized. He has invited EVERYONE - quite a few of whom I found exceedingly stressful or downright unpleasant. The guy who is setting the whole thing up is about to retire and has always been highly optimistic and blind to the some of the nas... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 19:02:13 EST Laughing, it does a body good So there are studies that show that laughing (or smiling) is a very positive thing, and good for us (in many ways). So I thought we could all share a good laugh. Post your jokes, anything that made you crack up or pee in your pants, saw on tv, witnessed in person... anything, funny. <BR> <BR> Last year a friend introduced me to these videos. You have all probably seen them, but it still makes me laugh today: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <link>www.yo... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:38:12 EST Women Food and God I have finished reading the book now and am still a little boggled by how simple, and yet how complex, are the concepts and ideas she presented. What struck me was how little I have listened to my body even after Sparking for so long. I have learned a lot about nutrition and health. I know the value of exercise and physical activity. But I have NO idea how much food I really need to stay healthy and I have NO idea what my body is really wanting. <BR> <BR> I think sometimes I eat for emot... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 18:27:16 EST Positive reminders Wow, I just got this from Cheryl Richardson's newsletter and had to share it! It was timely and I needed to hear it. <BR> <BR> "Sweetheart, <BR> <BR> Don't worry, you'll be okay <BR> Slowing down is good <BR> Wisdom simmers and steeps and grows with time <BR> Stop pushing yourself <BR> <BR> You are enough just as you are <BR> There is no need to perform <BR> Just relax <BR> Let life unfold <BR> <BR> You have what it takes to handle anything <BR> Anything <BR> Good things come from pat... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 18:57:46 EST Recognize One Positive I know that we have included this as a goal for this team, to recognize one positive thing. I thought maybe we can post these thoughts also on the board. Putting these thoughts into words somehow for me makes a huge difference. The positive could be a thought, something you witnessed, something you did, something someone did for you, something that made you laugh or smile... ANYTHING -- positive. It doesn't have to be a daily thing. It cold also be something you remember from your past, anyt... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 16:02:26 EST PLS READ MY UPDATE BELOW <em>334</em> Sat, 28 Aug 2010 14:56:41 EST just starting out Hi everyone, I'm just beginning my journey here and want to take a positive step in the direction of my goals. So happy to see this spark team. I have begun my spark page and this morning entered my breakfast foods. Would love to hear from anyone, especially if you are 100 lbs or more above a healthy weight for your height. I can use positive encouragement and love to give it to others too. My special passions include: arts n crafts (esp. cross stitch n crochet), reading, writing, frien... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 13:12:20 EST Turning it around... So I had a wonderful weekend in Phoenix! I met three amazing teammates I'd worked with in online classes and got to walk through graduation ceremonies with them. We all stayed at the Arizona Biltmore (off-season rates helped!) and spent most of our waking hours in the pool. I did not go with a bathing suit because prior to Friday I didn't even own one! The teammates aren't skinny-minis and ripped my head off for not having a suit - so off we went to Macy's. Now Leslie owns TWO bathing su... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 20:50:11 EST 3 Ways to Stop Negative thinking I'm a huge fan of Coach Dean's articles. He wrote this one about counteracting negative thoughts. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=614 </link> <BR> <BR> came across some things online about negative thoughts.. not sure how valid, but i hear that it takes 3 positive moments to counteract 1 negative moment. <BR> <link><BR>ive-thoughts/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> <em>38</em> Fri, 4 Jun 2010 13:33:24 EST Hi there! My name is Kerry and I am new to this team and I think it's going to be great! I read "You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise Hay and thought it was great...made so much sense. I truly believe our minds play such a role in our daily outcomes. Glad to be here! Tue, 1 Jun 2010 14:06:15 EST Hello Everyone My name is Etoy and I am so happy I came across this group. I joined SP on 4/28 and have lost 6 pounds since joining. I also gained back 2 pounds this weekend, but I expected as much and I am alright with that. Back to tracking! I am a firm believer that positive thoughts lead to positive words which lead to positive actions. I am re-reading a wonderful book that speaks to this - Every Word Has Power: Switch on Your Language and Turn on Your Life by Yvonne Oswald. Tue, 1 Jun 2010 12:18:10 EST Hello This sounds like my kinda team...Positively Awesome. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the invitation <em>220</em> Tue, 1 Jun 2010 08:02:47 EST My positive adventure today... I did Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred DVD and I DID NOT DIE!! I did it one time last week before I went on vacation and the next day was sore that I wanted to cry every time I moved. I was dreading doing it again, but I am committed to changing my body. So... I hit it again this morning, and to my surprise and shock, I did more than I did the first time!!! AND I might have been gasping for air like a fish on land, BUT I did it! WOOHOO! Mon, 31 May 2010 13:34:23 EST Living outside the program!! Program has been my daily routine for many many years. In it I feel safe and worthy. I feel that I am getting better day after day!!But, this year something different happened. Suddenly, living in this frame wasn't enough, because each time I managed to get out of it I destoied everything I had managed before. So, in a way I mixed up program and non-program life. Then, I started my journey here and I realized that who needs program or not. Life is life. In order to feel relaxed and get rid of... Tue, 11 May 2010 13:02:01 EST PRINTMAKING anyone? I started doing linocut this week - and I am hooked - I love it. <BR> Has anyone tried this - or does anyone have suggestions on what works for them <em>244</em> Tue, 11 May 2010 07:58:56 EST Is anyone still here? I have been with this team on and off for two years now! I am wondering if anyone is still here? I am excited to get my behind back on track! I need help from all of the great people that I have met in the last two years and all of the newbies that I have not met yet!!! <BR> Check in if you are still active here! <BR> Thanks <BR> Shannon Mon, 4 Jan 2010 21:48:43 EST Hello Everyone! Hello! <BR> <BR> I recently just joined this team so I wanted to say hello! I am an undergraduate student studying philosophy (although that is not my passion) and looking forward to working at becoming a healthier and happier person. <BR> <BR> Rock out! <BR> C Mon, 2 Feb 2009 12:40:53 EST TEACHING <em>150</em> <BR> <BR> This is for all to go into more detail about his/her knowledge and experiences relating to this passion in TEACHING. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 12:21:41 EST LITERATURE <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> This is for all to go into more detail about his/her knowledge and experiences relating to this passion in LITERATURE. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 12:21:05 EST THEATER <em>103</em> <BR> <BR> This is for all to go into more detail about his/her knowledge and experiences relating to this passion in THEATER. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 12:20:13 EST ART <em>268</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is for all to go into more detail about his/her knowledge and experiences relating to this passion in ART. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 12:19:24 EST MUSIC <em>276</em> <BR> <BR> This is for all to go into more detail about his/her knowledge and experiences relating to this passion in MUSIC. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 12:18:44 EST Homework Discussion <em>46</em> <em>104</em> <em>248</em> <em>195</em> <em>203</em> <em>150</em> <em>296</em> <em>276</em> <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> Feel free to post questions, struggles, and results on all things related to "homework" challenges on this thread. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 11:54:04 EST Challenge Discussion <em>301</em> <em>140</em> <em>194</em> <em>84</em> <em>216</em> <em>135</em> <BR> <BR> Feel free to post questions, struggles, and results on all things related to "physical" challenges on this thread. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 11:50:03 EST PPCPT FAQs - DO NOT POST HERE This team is being reborn as of 1/1/2009. <BR> <BR> I will be creating several new threads. <BR> <BR> This thread is for easy access to any frequently asked questions that come up. Please don't post here so that the information is as easily accessible as possible to those that need it. THANKS! <BR> <BR> If you have any question, please feel free to send me a sparkmail. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 11:15:45 EST Survived Ike and now for the other problems... So I have survivied Hurricane Ike with the only casualty being our electricity. I am at work now and obviously have internet access (thank God!). <BR> <BR> Anyway, here's what's come up healthwise since that time: <BR> I don't exactly have my choice of food right now but I'm just happy to eat, and I've been exposed to more heat than usual but we have a cold front in right now, so it's really not that bad. <BR> <BR> What I have noticed is that my left calf has started swelling. I've tried ... Mon, 15 Sep 2008 14:27:34 EST Question of the Day - August 7 What have you done this summer to stay/ be more active? Thu, 7 Aug 2008 12:31:32 EST Accountability Challenge!'s the challenge...I hope ALL accept! <BR> <BR> This challenge is called... <BR> <BR> NO EXCUSES!! <BR> <BR> Your only "out" is if you are out of town with no computer access!! Hee hee <BR> <BR> Every day, on THIS thread (make sure to subscribe!), track: <BR> <BR> 1.) Did I stay within calories today? <BR> 2.) Did I stay within sodium today? <BR> 3.) Did I exercise today? How much? <BR> 4.) How many cups of water did I drink? <BR> <BR> So, if I were filling this out for yeste... Thu, 5 Jun 2008 21:17:54 EST 101 things we could do besides stuff our faces.... Okay, I have seen this on some other boards but this may just be the motivation that we need. <BR> <BR> What are some things we could to besides stuff our faces. <BR> <BR> 1. Have sex...HE HE Mon, 2 Jun 2008 19:57:30 EST Anyone want to play a game? I have noticed on some other teams...they play games! <BR> <BR> Does anyone want to? <BR> <BR> Does anyone have ideas of games to play? <BR> <BR> Just a thought!! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Sat, 31 May 2008 16:37:19 EST SUMMER MELTDOWN June 1 - Sept 1 - lets see how much we can melt off during this time. Not just pounds but everything that weighs us down. <BR> <BR> What are your goals? Wed, 28 May 2008 22:09:34 EST WEEKLY WEIGH IN!!! ok weigh in on your day.... Tue, 20 May 2008 16:47:59 EST TEAM CHALLENGE!!! OK so I have an idea... <BR> <BR> ...How about we log our exercise here? <BR> <BR> I think instead of giving you all challenges, we could challenge ourselves! <BR> <BR> Sign in here and log your exercise every day! <BR> <BR> Then every week we can do a weigh in! <BR> <BR> AND if anyone needs help we can all help! <BR> <BR> This can be a way to share different exercise ideas and a way to do what you are capable of doing! I don't want anyone to feel pushed!! <BR> <BR> So just log on and... Tue, 20 May 2008 16:46:22 EST Nutrition Questions Here!!!???? Miranna, <BR> You said you were going to post some nutritional things... <BR> <BR> ...I have a question about the "negative calorie foods" <BR> I think that is what they were called. <BR> <BR> What is that?????? Tue, 20 May 2008 10:53:16 EST Check In Here!!!!!!!!! Hey, <BR> Anyone there???? <BR> I am having a great day! I am busy, busy getting ready to go on my vacation in 2 days! <BR> I am going with my best friend and both of our families. We are all on the SP plan. <BR> We have planned out all meals and snacks. We also planned some exercise! <BR> I can't wait to go! <BR> <BR> So what are you all doing for Memorial day????? Tue, 20 May 2008 10:50:55 EST Penny and I want to know... WHERE IS EVERYONE???????????? <BR> <BR> Do we still have a team??? Sat, 17 May 2008 14:04:53 EST I'm bbbbaaaaaaaaaa aaaccccckk.... :-) <BR> <BR> Glad to be back with you ladies! <BR> <BR> Had a good weight loss on my trip...but even more important...I did NOT get winded climbing stairs, or hills, or anything. It was my favorite vacation I've ever had. <BR> <BR> How is everyone??? Tue, 13 May 2008 13:31:52 EST Newbie here!!! my daughter, Marjie, got me started in this website. my name is Jolene and live close to her. thank goodness for that as i am definitely an illiterate when it comes to computers. she laughs at me but has alot of patience. Sun, 11 May 2008 15:28:40 EST Challenge: 5/05 - 5/11 - BALANCE in Motion See if this sounds like something you might be saying to yourself: <BR> <BR> "Life just seems to be whizzing by me, and I don't really feel as though I'm spending enough quality time on the things that matter most to me. I worry a lot that I'm going to somehow miss my life and then it will be over." <BR> <BR> - AND/OR - <BR> <BR> “The demands of modern life often leave me feeling dragged out and inadequate instead of personally empowered. I know intellectually that I can't give 100% to ... Sun, 4 May 2008 23:54:32 EST big news for me....and im out of here (for a lil) dh and i are leaving this morning on an anniversary trip but i had to come on and post the fact that i have officially left the 400 club!!!! WOO HOO! i am so estatic. i hit a 50 lbs loss and below 400 with the same weigh in and i could not be any more stoked! i am now at 52 lbs gone forever, kissed that goodbye! <BR> <BR> i wanted to thank all of you!!!! i cant help to to think this group, the amazing people here and all of those motivational quotes that i read on here every day have helped ... Sat, 3 May 2008 07:36:43 EST April Challenge Weigh-in Since I haven't seen it start and I'm pretty sure I remember that we're supposed to weigh-in today as the end of our April challenge, I thought I'd start the thread. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> SW: 220.4 (as taken from the final weigh-in for the last challenge) <BR> CW: 216.8 <BR> <BR> TL: 3.6! <BR> Wed, 30 Apr 2008 09:37:10 EST Thanks for inviting me Miranna!! hello everyone....i am new here and just wanted to say hi! miranna was kind enough to invite me over and i'm pleased to accept the invite. <BR> <BR> i have a tremedous amount of weight to lose and ideally, would like to lose about 200 lbs, however i am taking baby steps and i have a more immediate goal of getting in the low-mid 300's before my husband and i begin to ttc again. <BR> <BR> i have met alot of very helpful people throughout this journey who have inspired me! i hope that i get ... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 14:12:55 EST April 28 - May 4 CHALLENGE As you ladies know I am sort of random, so that is how my Challenge will be as well ;) I had no idea how to do this week’s challenge when Miranna asked me to do it. I figured I would just focus on things that have been bothering me here lately and maybe they are bothering you as well. <BR> <BR> Post when you are completed with that day's Challenge - I can't wait to see what everybody comes up with! <BR> <BR> <BR> Monday, April 28, 2008 <BR> <BR> I know this is going to sound VERY dumb... Sun, 27 Apr 2008 07:21:45 EST JOURNALING Journaling is something I have been thinking about alot lately. I love reading others journals - I just am not good at keeping one myself. I can talk your ear off but I'm just not great with putting my words down. <BR> <BR> Do you think that journaling is important on this journey? Tue, 22 Apr 2008 07:50:04 EST What; motivates you? I figure since there has been talk lately of motivation and how good it is to identify what gets us going, especially on this journey, I pose you this question: <BR> <BR> What is motivating you on your weight journey? <BR> <BR> This could include what motivates you when you aren't following your healthy lifestyle plan, what motivates you to get up and exercise, what motivates you to eat right, anything pertaining to food, exercise, and goals that prods you one way or the other. Identifying... Tue, 22 Apr 2008 07:39:03 EST Thanks for the invite Marilee! I'm here! Hello to everyone on the team. I've been with spark since January 1st, and I met MGARBISON through the team "30 somethings with 100+ pounds to lose." So far so good. I'm down 49.5 lbs. (I'm pretty mad about the half pound, just kidding) That was supposed to be a joke because this is a team about positive thoughts. Oh well, I'm cracking myself up, but I think it's because I'm so sore from my work-out. I joined a gym today. Oh BOY. It was fun, and although it took some courage, it was fantastic... Mon, 21 Apr 2008 23:35:15 EST Biggest Loser office workout<BR>t_display/television/news/e3i6b913c786<BR>b0131f94150ed119588fb07 Mon, 21 Apr 2008 13:26:17 EST PPCPT Makeover: What's Up! What's Happening! PPCPT Makeover: <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> 1. There will be no time limitations to our team. This team will be an open forum, combining all the best options. <BR> <BR> 1a. You decide how long you want to commit to yourself, to the team, to the journey. <BR> <BR> 1b. Want to challenge yourself? We will support you! Want to develop a timed weight loss challenge? We will support you! <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> 2. There will be one thread, titled for the week and month we are currently in, for al... Sat, 19 Apr 2008 10:51:51 EST Hey everyone Virtual Walk Talk <BR> <BR> TAG YOU ARE IT <BR> <BR> Check out the above 2 threads!!! Our numbers have dwindled and it's so much more fun when more people participate!! <BR> <BR> For Virtual Walk - if you want to participate and you aren't already, pick a location and start "walking" there! Wear a step counter and count that, your treadmill and bike miles, and aerobics (1/2 hour = 1 mile). It's a great motivator to see that anytime you work out, you are getting CLOSER to somewhere!! Co... Fri, 18 Apr 2008 21:42:06 EST April 21-27 Challenge!!! Hello ladies, it's your Friendly Neighborhood Taskmaster!! Hwa ha ha <BR> <BR> Here is your challenge for 4/21 through 4/27. I will remind you daily about the next day's tasks, so if you lose track of the thread, I will help. <BR> <BR> This challenge is going to be all about ACCOUNTABILITY to and COMMUNICATION with yourself and the team. This is about not only your body but what got you to this body. This time has been different for ME because this time, I care about resolving WHY I am ... Fri, 18 Apr 2008 21:27:25 EST April 14-18 Challenge OK for those of you who are participating in this challenge... <BR> <BR> Are you ready?? <BR> <BR> This challenge is alot, but I know everyone on this team can do it! <BR> <BR> We are going back to basics! <BR> <BR> 1. Log, Log, Log!!! <BR> Enter all food with SP! I will be checking everyones food logs, and I WILL call you out! hehe <BR> <BR> 2. Drink, Drink, Drink!!! <BR> Get in at least 8-10 cups of water, the more the better! <BR> <BR> 3. Move, Move, Move!!! <BR> Get at least 30 minu... Sun, 13 Apr 2008 19:30:37 EST Why have you waited so long? While watching the Biggest Loser last night many of them said that outside of being thinner they were also changed from the inside out. It got me to thinking - why have you waited so long to lose Why did you allow yourself to get this way? And why now? Wed, 9 Apr 2008 07:49:06 EST CALLING EVERYONE OUT!!! <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> This little girl is kickin' y'all in the BOOTY!! That's right, I'm callin' y'all OUT!! <BR> <BR> I read how everyone needs a jump-start. I would like one too. Being totally sedentary for a week REALLY annoyed me when I was out with e.coli. 5 pounds went straight to my it is back off, and I ready to make my numbers DECREASE again. <BR> <BR>'s my challenge to everyone. <BR> <BR> 1) Get back on the Virtual Walk!! We can ALL make progress he... Tue, 8 Apr 2008 03:03:00 EST April 2008: Nutrition - Making healthy choices! <em>238</em> Welcome to Aprils Focus about Nutrition. <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> During our sign up the majority of you identified the following as information you would like to know about nutrition, so this will be our "Major Focuses" for April! (Thanks everyone for your input) <BR> <BR> 1. Eating healthy on a budget! <BR> 2. Brown Bagging it! <BR> 3. Portion Distortion and Control! <BR> 4. Negative Foods and their benefits! <BR> 5. Making healthy eating a family event! <BR> <BR> Each... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 23:23:00 EST 8 WK Challenge: Final Weigh/Inch-In <em>192</em> Yes, Ladies today is the final weigh-in/inch-in! <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> So, please list your current weight and how many inches lost (if tracked). <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Today, is bitter sweet for me as this challenge is ending, but sweet that our new monthly challenge will be starting on Tuesday!. <BR> <BR> So if you haven't signed of for the monthly challenge, please check out the thread and also invite other's to join our great team! <BR> <BR> I have absoutly lo... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 22:58:56 EST Have to vs Want to I read some ones blog from another team and they were discussing how their body reacted to exercise with the have to and the want to attitudes. They lost more weight when they wanted to exercise opposed to feeling like they had to. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else noticed this difference? Sun, 30 Mar 2008 17:51:39 EST Advice? Do you have any advice for someone just starting this journey? Sat, 29 Mar 2008 09:13:22 EST Protien on the go Our life gets busy now and again if not always. <BR> Sometimes its hard to get all of our nutrition in. <BR> Protein can be one of the hardest for on the go. <BR> <BR> What do you do for protein on the go? Fri, 28 Mar 2008 15:09:26 EST TAG YOU ARE IT! They are doing this in another team I am on. Everyone play along! I will list an exercise to do, whoever does this exercise can post another exercise for someone else to do. It's a game of workout tag!!! <BR> Lets get this team moving! <BR> <BR> Tag you are it, <BR> give me 20 knee lifts! Thu, 27 Mar 2008 12:41:04 EST kinda funny but not really!! OK, girls...I know I have been absent for a while!...well, here is the scoop to make you all laugh... <BR> <BR> I have picked up E. coli. No joke. <BR> <BR> My Dr. and I figured it out that I probably picked it up at the petting zoo (I took Shae to the zoo last week, and there is a petting zoo inside). I took her on Thursday, and was flat on my back by Saturday afternoon. <BR> <BR> I thought I was getting better, but after 4 days of nausea, and knowing that I FOR SURE not pregnant (Aunt ... Wed, 26 Mar 2008 15:32:23 EST What word describes You TODAY? <BR> <BR> I was hoping everyone could give us a clue as to how they are feeling every day. <BR> Please describe yourself in one word everyday. <BR> Thank you. Sun, 23 Mar 2008 21:13:00 EST WEEK #8 Challenge Our final week of our first Challenge on this board! I can't believe it. <BR> <BR> Have you accomplished all you wanted to accomplish? <BR> <BR> I say lets finish this one out strong! This is going to be tough, but I know all of you are strong enough! <BR> <BR> 50 rev crunches, 50 crunches, 50 squats, 50 wall pushups EVERY DAY!!!! Are you in? <BR> <BR> OH WHAT WHAT, it isn't enough? I challenge you to 100 oz. of water a day as well as the 50's above! <BR> <BR> YAHOO....BURN BABY BU... Sun, 23 Mar 2008 21:12:36 EST Breakfast anyone? We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. <BR> <BR> What do you eat for breakfast? <BR> <BR> Does what you eat effect the rest of your day? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Mar 2008 21:07:54 EST Vitamins? Vitamins are recommended as part of a healthy life style. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any good advice about vitamins? <BR> <BR> Does anyone take vitamins? Sun, 23 Mar 2008 20:44:13 EST Wk #8: Weigh&Inch-in: Remember Final weigh-in 3/31 <em>213</em> Hi Team Synergy! <BR> <BR> This week is our final week of PPCPT 1st challenge. Wow, how we all have come far. Next Monday (March 31st) will be our final weigh-in to see how much our team has lost together. So, don't forget to mark in on your calendars! <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Ladies, let's WEIGH and INCH-IN this week. Post your SW, LW, CW and lbs lost/gain. <BR> <BR> Also, I would like to challenge all of you to sum up how you feel about this experience (our challenge).... Sun, 23 Mar 2008 19:05:18 EST Ellie's & Bee's Fitness Minute Challenge: :03/21-3 Okay Ellie's & Bee's here it goes! <BR> <BR> This weekend we will be having a fitness minute challenge: Each team will compete against the other on who has the most fitness minutes from Friday till Sunday at midnight! All fitness counts! <BR> <BR> As you know that hydration is extremely important to your body especially during working out. So what does that have to do with the challenge? Here is the twist: Each person must drink a minimum of 100 oz of water. If you don't drink the wat... Fri, 21 Mar 2008 07:50:55 EST TLC Show "I can make you thin" with Paul McKenna Hi ladies! <BR> <BR> I recorded a TLC show on Sunday night called "I can make you thin." Did anyone see it? I was really impressed with this gentleman he is known as the "anti-dieter" in Britain and thought I would share some of the tools he taught with you. I have been using them and they are really working! His show is on every Sunday night at 9 (East coast). here are some pointers that impressed me: <BR> <BR> 1. Throw out all the food that you would not normally eat! (I know this ... Tue, 18 Mar 2008 11:19:13 EST HD tv hey girls <BR> Do we all know that tv's have to be hd in 2009 sometime? well you can buy a converter instead of a tv. guess what I was at walmart today and this lady was buying 2 of them. she had these coupons for $40 off on them. they were only about $50 anyway. so I found out she got on this website and signed up for these coupons. so i did it just now and it seems legit. if you need the converter sign up. Mon, 17 Mar 2008 20:27:33 EST Week #7 Weigh-in /Inch-in. Okay team.. only two more weeks and we will conclude our first challenge! Keep up your energy and don't worry, be happy now! <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> You know the drill ladies!!!!! <BR> <BR> Let's go team! Sun, 16 Mar 2008 19:35:41 EST What have you learned? <BR> What have you learned that has impacted you the most? <BR> <BR> <BR> I would have to say that taking this journey with a buddy is what has impacted me the most. <BR> <BR> I have tried several other times to loss weight, several of those times my brother has offered me a reward if I was successful. But even that wasn't enough to keep me going for long. <BR> <BR> This team is my buddy in this journey. <BR> <BR> I was able to log on very little last week. As a result I learned how im... Sun, 16 Mar 2008 18:18:17 EST April Challenge: Sign up, Introduction & Pre-Chat! <em>199</em> The April (1st - 30th) Challenge topic will be a focused 4 weeks on making good nutritional choices, logging food, weekly nutrition challenges and some great information to be shared. There will be only three weigh in's: April 1st. April 15th and April 30th. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> If you would like to join this challenge, please drop us a post with.... <BR> <BR> 1. Your name (or username): <BR> 2. How do you feel about the nutritional aspect of your journey today?:... Sun, 16 Mar 2008 14:35:04 EST PPPT New's Brief <em>9</em> I have been asked "Will there be another challenge?" and the answer is YES, there will be! <BR> <BR> Instead of the traditional 8 week challenge, Passionate People Creating Positive Thoughts will run monthly themed challenges. They will be a little different in hopes to retain 100% team participation and challenge each of us to learn, teach or try something new. Four weeks can go by quickly and one will be less likely to burn out. <BR> <BR> Each challenge will run from th... Sun, 16 Mar 2008 14:15:40 EST WEEK # 7 CHALLENGE Okay ladies WEEK 7 – can you believe it? We have had nice variety this challenge but this week I want you all to pick a buddy. I won’t assign buddies because I want you to be able to pick somebody that you think can motivate you. The rule is to PM/email/call/text whatever it takes to motivate that person. To make it fair everybody is required to get moving for at 20 min. a day and to record ALL THEIR FOOD! <BR> <BR> Here is an article by Spark that I found in my mailbox on Sunday morni... Sun, 16 Mar 2008 10:43:50 EST Stress I just checked out Today's Feature on the right of the screen. OMG I alwyas knew that I am the main cause of my stress but to have someone write it out for me... Do any of you meet these criteria? I am consistant with 9 of the 10. I can not play games with my kids because I feel like I am wasting time, there are so many things that need done. But would the walls of my home fall down if I didn't vaccuum that minute or do the dishes immediately after dinner? holy cow I have so much to lea... Sun, 16 Mar 2008 08:43:28 EST bee and elephant challenge 3/14 - 3/16 <em>205</em> challenge rules <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> Ok this is simple, at least the rules are. We are going to see how many miles we can rack up doing nothing but walking. No bikes, cars, planes or trains. Only steps. The steps can be on a treadmill but no running. Miles start counting on Friday at midnight and stop on Sunday at midnight. Each day the teams may decide among themselves one strength exercise to be completed by the members of the other team THAT DAY. If a member does n... Thu, 13 Mar 2008 20:26:51 EST small indulgences Hi all...I am a posting fool today! <BR> <BR> I was just curious about something from you all. I enjoy this team more than any others, so when I have a "deeper" question (meaning, something from your psyche!!), I ask YOU vs. my other teams. <BR> <BR> I am a firm believer that you have to SCHEDULE nice things to do for yourself sometimes in order to make it happen. I also believe in a little treat from time to time (within my calorie range!) as to not deprive myself. I also think that in ... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 23:21:25 EST Week #6: Weigh & Inch-In: Make it happen this week <em>67</em> Wooohooo Week #6 is here and it will be an awesome week! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Only two more weeks till the end of the challenge, so let's get real with ourselves, work it out this week and make it happen! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ready to make it haaaaappppeeeennnnn? <em>9</em> Sun, 9 Mar 2008 22:44:44 EST Week #6 Challenge I love that everybody is so great at participating. We may be a small group, but we have so much passion and I love that! <BR> <BR> Some people work best with a set challenge, others work best with a free for all. So, I am going to give you a little of both. This week lets shoot for 5 30 min. cardio workouts and 2 days of strength training. We can do it! <BR> <BR> Also, because this is some thing I think we all struggle with being overweight or not at our best - everyday you log in to ... Sun, 9 Mar 2008 17:45:54 EST for fun For anyone who hasn't done it yet, go to and customize how cute you are going to look at your goal weight! I saved mine under my photos. Sun, 9 Mar 2008 11:35:02 EST I Want to...... We all have our reasons for taking this adventure. <BR> But what is the one thing you want out of it? <BR> <BR> <BR> Is personal appearance? <BR> How bout family, friends, & social life? <BR> Just want to be healthy & fit? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Mar 2008 20:20:36 EST Week #5: Weigh/Inch-in! Master your thoughts! <em>104</em> Week # 5 of Team Synergy Challenge <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Hello Team Synergy! How is everyone this week? I hope you are feeling motivated and ready for an outstanding week. I loved the challenge last week and as hard as it was to find positives about ourselves, it helped me put some things in perspective about self-esteem. How did you feel about last week? If you had to give yourself a grade what would it be? (A+ through F) scale. <BR> <BR> We are entering week 5 of o... Sun, 2 Mar 2008 19:29:53 EST WEEK # 5 Challenge We are going into Week 5, can you believe it? I know there are only 3 weeks after this week and it kind of makes me sad but at the same time happy because I know that I have made some great connections on this team and our support will continue even when the challenge is over. Is there a pre-summer challenge in store for us? <BR> This week I asked for ideas and I received two....So with no further ado: <BR> Even though fast food is not good for us, there are some times that it is imperative... Sun, 2 Mar 2008 16:35:17 EST Team Bumble Bee: STINGER OUT!!! Go Team Team Bee is: Marilee, Garber (Kim Q), Shannon, Penny and myself. <BR> <BR> Rules: Log you water intake in ounces with a daily totalsummary. Each day start another daily total count. I will be keeping track so on Monday the winner will be announced. <BR> <BR> Ounces In: <BR> Ounces Total for day: <BR> <BR> Coffee, Tea, soda, crystal light or any additives do not count. <BR> <BR> Reminder: Water intake should be of a healthy amount. The rule of thumb is that a person should drink 1/2 o... Thu, 28 Feb 2008 10:24:34 EST Team Elephant: Trunks up!! Go Team! Team Elephant is: Kimmie, Tomie, Jenn, Janel, Jona & Kawandogirl. <BR> <BR> <BR> Rules: Log you water intake in ounces with a daily totalsummary. Each day start another daily total count. I will be keeping track so on Monday the winner will be announced. <BR> <BR> Ounces In: <BR> Ounces Total for day: <BR> <BR> Coffee, Tea, soda, crystal light or any other additive do not count. Just good water. <BR> <BR> Reminder: Water intake should be of a healthy amount. The rule of thumb is t... Thu, 28 Feb 2008 10:22:42 EST VIRTUAL WALK TALK... Come on in ladies and talk to your partners and share your journey! Tue, 26 Feb 2008 11:01:47 EST WEEK #4 Challenge Okay, I have to be hoenst even as I was loggin in here I had no idea what I was going to post. In fact, to be honest I still don't. My mind is wandering this morning. In fact I am listening to "Angry all the Time" by Tim McGraw and it has my thoughts just wondering and I can feel the prickles in my nose and the tears welling up in my eyes. Yeah, I'll admit it - I'm a weirdo ;) This has absolutely NOTHING to do with challenges, I will get to that....glad my thoughts could wander with you ... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 07:22:59 EST WEEK # 4: Team Energy Challenge - Weigh/Inch-in Can you believe we are in week # 4? We are half way through our challenge and look at where you are? Have you started any new healthy habits? Tell us how you feel at the half-way point! <BR> <BR> Okay team, you know what happens today.. it is <em>7</em> <em>192</em> weigh-in,inch-in time and fitness minute reporting. <BR> <BR> Are you ready for a positive week? <em>104</em> Sun, 24 Feb 2008 23:31:33 EST Exercise for your Brain Did you know that exercise isn't only for your body? <BR> It also effects your brain. <BR> <BR> Exercise also improves thinking and mental function and decreases the tendency toward addiction. <BR> <BR> Exercise helps boost memory. <BR> <BR> Exercise improves blood blow to the brain, helps to detoxify your body, leads to less stress, and make you feel happier. <BR> <BR> <BR> The "use it or lose it" school of thought is once more supported as new evidence suggests that regular exerci... Sun, 24 Feb 2008 16:13:44 EST Anyone like hip hop? Hi friends. I was wondering if anyone likes hip hop music and dance? I bought a dvd (Dance off the inches, hip hop party) last week. After watching some of it I found I do not like hip hop. I guess I thought it would be music like in the bars when I was younger (oh sooo.. long ago.) It is a 10 minute work out. If you think you would like this let me know and I will send it to you. I hate to see it go to waste and collect dust. <BR> you can email me or just post here and le tme know whe... Sun, 24 Feb 2008 08:55:16 EST Adzuki Beans Mir: I have written a little article about this lovely bean. <BR> <BR> Beans beans they are good for your heart the more you eat them the more you....Ok, I'll just hold it right there! I would like to introduce you to something that every dieter would be wise to include in their diet : the adzuki bean. Little is known about this super food. By the end of this article I hope that you will have learned something about this little known power puncher and will be planning to incorporate th... Sat, 23 Feb 2008 22:54:37 EST Help! I am severely lacking in protein! Hi Miranna, Kimmie and the rest of you gorgeous gals! <BR> <BR> I want to thank you guys for suggesting that we really keep track of our food intake. Even though the tracker figured out about how many calories I should be eating daily to reach my weight loss goals I am having a couple of problems I notice; <BR> <BR> 1. I can't eat 1220 calories per day. I am worried because I dont want my body to go into starvation mode. <BR> <BR> 2. My protein level is horrible! I am not much of a me... Wed, 20 Feb 2008 15:11:17 EST ARE YOU FIT? I recently saw an article talking about the "10 habits of fit people." Sounds interesting, right? Well, some of them were okay, but it's a lot of the same things you hear all the time. Who needs to hear more about "making lasting lifestyle changes," or to "exercise in the morning"? Well, maybe some of us do. But it got me thinking—what are my habits for keeping fit and staying healthy? Here's a quick list that I came up with. <BR> <BR> Mark your calendar. One thing that keeps me consistent ... Tue, 19 Feb 2008 13:43:09 EST WEEK #3 Challenge Okay ladies, I'm sorry I am a little late this morning. I got up and had to run to the grocery store before it got busy! I am off today because of the holiday -- WOO HOO! <BR> <BR> On to the challenge...By the way I am so impressed with everybody trying to do their best. I have a feeling I lost some people last week because of various reasons so we are going to take it back to the basics this week. <BR> <BR> I challenge you to: <BR> <BR> * Log all your food for a week - the good the ba... Mon, 18 Feb 2008 08:17:23 EST Week #3:Weigh /Inch-In - Ready to rock this week? <em>9</em> Hello Team Synergy <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Ready to take a step forward and rock this week? Come one team, let's pull together this week, rock this thread, keep each other motivated and rock ourselves to a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Ready to join me? <em>104</em> LET'S GO!!! <BR> <BR> ::: WE WILL, WE WILL Rock this, Rock this!::: <BR> <BR> <em>56</em> What time is it???? <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> It is <em>192</em> Weigh-In, <em>7</em> Inch-In and <em>34</em> Fit... Sun, 17 Feb 2008 19:38:15 EST Sweet cravings Sometimes we all crave something on the sweeter side. <BR> Mine mostly comes after dinner, if I don't satisfy the need I am munching all evening. I found that if I have dessert after dinner I solve this problem. My favorite has been 100 calorie yogert. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What do you use to satisfy your sweet cravings? Sun, 17 Feb 2008 13:29:54 EST family support or not? Just wondering does your family support the healthy eating you are trying? If they do, how? If they don't how do you handle it? <BR> The reason I ask is my husband supports me by cooking healthy meals that I ask for. But when we eat he always wants me to eat more. Any body else have this issue? Sat, 16 Feb 2008 16:19:39 EST healthy snacks To lose weight we all have changed how we eat. <BR> Some of us have changed portions, while others have totally over hauled their kitchens. <BR> As we try new things and make healthy substitutes for others, we find thing we like and dislike. <BR> <BR> Many of us have added snacking to help avoid over eating. <BR> <BR> What healthy snacks are your favorites? <BR> Are they new to you on this journey? <BR> <BR> <BR> Come share your snacks with the rest of us! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Feb 2008 20:26:21 EST WEEK #2 Challenge! Bridge -- 50 <BR><BR>cises.asp?exercise=153 <BR> <BR> Plank – 1 min. <BR><BR>cises.asp?exercise=7 <BR> <BR> Jump Robe or Jumping Rope motion for 1 min. <BR> Drink a gallon of water a day for a week! <BR> <BR> Remember you can pick 3 out of the 4! <BR> <BR> If you are really up for a challenge continue your 50 squats, 50 jumping jacks and 50 wall pushups! <BR> Remember you are fabulous and you can do thi... Sun, 10 Feb 2008 19:41:09 EST Week #2: Weigh/Inch-in & Chat -- Feel the energy? Ladies, <BR> <BR> Today,(Monday) marks our first week in our challenge. <BR> I want to thank each of you for being apart of this team and being a strength and inspiration for each other. <BR> <BR> We are all here to take steps towards a healthy lifestyle. Some of those steps are easy, some are met with resistance and some with feeling of euphoria of success. But, one thing that will always be consistent is that we have each other. <BR> <BR> Each other to share our success, our not-so-g... Sun, 10 Feb 2008 18:07:25 EST WEEKEND CHALLENGE Okay, so everybody has been doing great with their 50's this week! Weigh-in is in a few days for our first week. I challenge you to do 60 min. EXTRA of exercise this weekend. <BR> <BR> COME ON GIRLS! Fri, 8 Feb 2008 19:11:23 EST "Team Synergy: Week #1 Weigh/Inch-In and Chat" Team Synergy: <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the first official 'Weigh/Inch-In" for the beginning of our 8-Week adventure together. I am so glad each of you are here! <BR> <BR> Well, it is time to get to busy and rock this thread. <em>244</em> Ready? <BR> <BR> As of today we have 11 official Team Synergy members. <BR> <BR> Those wonderful people are: <BR> TomieJean (Tomie) <BR> KimberlyQ (Gruber) I hope I got that right!!! <BR> SweetLea23(Jenn) <BR> MGarbison (Merilee) <BR> DSalindsay... Sun, 3 Feb 2008 21:56:03 EST WEEK 1 Challenge. ..February 4, 2008 Okay ladies, lets get our game faces on! I am ready to be tough, strong and focused! FITNESS is our focus for the next week. We are all at different levels but I am sure that we all can afford to do a little more. I know that everybody does not have access to a gym or equipment so I want to make our fitness challenges some thing that we can all do at home. This weekend on our "bridge" challenge - I went easy on ya ;) <BR> <BR> Every month my dear friend of 15 years has challenged me to ... Sun, 3 Feb 2008 16:41:05 EST Have a good recipe to share? Post it here! <em>4</em> Do you have a healthy favorite recipe? Would would like to share? Post it here for all of your team mates to try! <em>190</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2008 18:06:09 EST Interesting Articles: A lot of great information!! <em>195</em> If you have an interesting article regarding healthy living, please post a link or post the information directly. <BR> <BR> Share the wealth of information on the internet waves! <em>17</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2008 17:20:26 EST Anybody have goals besides pounds? I was just wondering if anybody is not so much trying to "lose pounds" as opposed to maybe pant sizes or inches? Also if your goal is 30 pounds or size 14 would you be happy with "just" 20 pounds and size 16? <BR> <BR> I remember when I was in high school and weighed only about 130 - 135 my father nicknamed me things like hoghead and jaws because he thought I was fat. I am 5'6 so I was chunky in the waist but not fat. Ofcourse no one could convince me I wasn't because daddy always said I ... Fri, 1 Feb 2008 07:56:01 EST #1 FIRST Weekend Challenge Today (Friday) through Sunday, February 3rd (Midnight EST). <BR> <BR> This weekend will bridge us to our official start which will be Monday, February 4th, and then we will change them up every Monday from there on out with the last being on March 31st. <BR> <BR> Keep in mind if you have an ideas PM me. I am going to give us each 3 things and I want everybody to focus on 2 of those things. You chose! Here are your choices -- pick 2 and post here how you are doing! <BR> <BR> Remember... Thu, 31 Jan 2008 21:48:51 EST 30 days The scale doesn't always move as fast as we like. But as long as we are making progress with our habits we are still on our way to a healthier us. <BR> <BR> Did you know that you only have to do something for 30 days for it to become a habit? Thats right, just 30 short days. This challenge is for 60 days. <em>12</em> <BR> <BR> So, what will you be able to make a habit by the halfway mark? <BR> <BR> And remember, we're in this together! <BR> WOOOO,HAAAAAAA <em>104</... Thu, 31 Jan 2008 21:06:16 EST Synergy 8 Wk Challenge: Sign In and Goal setting" <em>9</em> Welcome Team Synergy to Passionate People Creating Positive Thoughts 1st 8 Week Challenge!! <BR> <BR> Is everyone ready to rally together on this adventure? <em>244</em> Well let's kick up the energy and get right to it! <BR> <BR> Today (Friday) through Sunday, February 3rd (Midnight EST), we will Sign In, Set our Goals and get to know each other on this thread. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> This weekend will bridge us to our official weigh-in which will be Monday, February 4th, ... Thu, 31 Jan 2008 19:56:07 EST me too can i get signed up im up for anything. kristi from fredericksburg virginia. Tue, 29 Jan 2008 15:11:10 EST Rewards I thought our first discussion should be about reward. In almost every weight loss system they tell you to reward yourself for reaching each goal in your plan. We are all doing a wonderful job, and we should be rewarded. <BR> Are you rewarding yourself? <BR> What are you rewarding yourself with? <BR> I know my family celebrates and rewards with food. <BR> For birthdays you pick the restaurant, for good grades you get dessert, for promotions you go out for drinks. I am trying to change t... Tue, 29 Jan 2008 14:37:50 EST Virtual Walk Sign-Up Come on in, we are going to walk our little behinds off. Once everybody signs up I will explain a little more and match you up with partners. ALL exercise counts not just walking. <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jan 2008 21:40:55 EST Mini-Cha llenges: Working the energy!! Hello Team Synergy!! <BR> <BR> I would like to introduce to you our mini-challenge Captian; the amazing, energetic and spunky Kim (KIMMIEB831). <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Kim will be posting challenges of all kinds, for all to have fun with! My motto is "Loosing weight can be fun", and that is exactly what we want to do. <BR> <BR> So if you have a challenge suggestion, please let Kim know. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Kim for heading this team!!! Sun, 27 Jan 2008 22:03:26 EST Sign me up :-) I am ready for the 8 week challenge! Get Ready! Set! Go! <BR> <BR> 1 week from today we will all embark on this journey together. <BR> <BR> My goal for the 8 weeks is 20 lbs. <BR> <BR> Rachael Fri, 25 Jan 2008 12:27:34 EST Thanks for the invite Mirann Hello Miranna and fellow PPPT's, <BR> I am looking forward to this challenges and the changes that I am making in my life. <BR> <BR> I live in No. California and have a wonderful family. I am learning that in the 15 years that I have been married that I forgot how to care for myself. I have focused on making sure everyone else is happy and totally forgot about myself. That is about to change. I need to fall in love with me again. <BR> <BR> I look forward to chatting with all of you.... Fri, 25 Jan 2008 12:22:05 EST Challenge #1 Pre Chat - "Feel the Energy" Is everyone feeling the energy of loosing? Are you ready to rock this challenge? I know I am! <BR> <BR> Let's have some fun! Do you have an idea for a mini-challenge? If so, drop me a sparkmail. I would love to here from you all! <BR> <BR> If you know anyone wanting to join a challenge, feel free to invite them and help grow our Positive Energy Team! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 25 Jan 2008 10:15:32 EST hello hi my name is kristi. i am so happy to have found this site. i hope to meet new people that can help keep me motivated. i need to lose 50 lbs and its not gonna be easy. Fri, 25 Jan 2008 08:57:33 EST Hiya! I was so happy to see this team existed! Thank you for creating it! I think I'm a little too zippy for some of my other teammates on the other Spark Teams I belong to. Looking forward to this! Wed, 23 Jan 2008 19:37:40 EST Chitter Chatter Have a question? Have a thought to share? Just want to chit chat? <BR> <BR> This is the thread to do that! <BR> <BR> Have fun and enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Jan 2008 15:49:33 EST Have a topic for discussion? The 'Around the Campfire' forum will support weekly, possibly daily, topics to be discussed. <BR> <BR> Do you have a topic you would like to be discussed? How about a question? If so, post to this thread and see if your topic comes up for discussion. <BR> <BR> Each week (or possibly daily) I will choose a topic based on your suggestions posted here and start a 'Around the Campfire'. <BR> <BR> Topics should be related to weight loss, nutrition, exercise, motivation <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Jan 2008 15:46:30 EST Sign up: Challenge #1 Starting Feb. 1st, 2008 Need to loose 10, 20, 30, 50, 100+ lbs? Do you need the support & motivation of like minded people? This challenge is for you then. <BR> <BR> This challenge will be fun, invigorating, full of motivation and education, as we share our experiences together. <BR> <BR> C'mon and join the fun!!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will be for 8 weeks starting Feb 1st. Weigh-in will be every Friday. Teams will be formed as sign-ups occur. Number of teams will depend on how many sign up. <BR> <BR> Teams... Wed, 23 Jan 2008 15:29:05 EST Hello! Hi! <BR> <BR> My name is Janel. I became a member on 1/14. I am really happy that I joined Spark people because I get to meet some wonderful people like yourselves! I look forward to reading your post and "feeling great in 2008!" Thanks! Mon, 21 Jan 2008 18:49:58 EST Keep it moving! For every action there is a reaction. <BR> For every morsel eaten there is calories gained. <BR> For every movement there is calories burned. <BR> For every compliment there is another moment spent on task. <BR> For every moment spent on task there is success. <BR> Success does not have to be in big leaps and bounds. <BR> Success comes in every step you take. <BR> So lets keep it moving with every step we take. <BR> For every 2,000 steps you burn 100 calories. <BR> So go for 10,0... Sun, 13 Jan 2008 10:27:30 EST Thoughts become things.. Things to think about. "A goal or a dream that doesn't challenge the dreamer to become more than they've ever been, to go where they've never gone, or to feel things they've never felt, is actually like wishing for a giant "life snooze button." <BR> <BR> Have a great day and keep those positive thoughts priority in your mind! <BR> Fri, 11 Jan 2008 10:35:29 EST Hi! Let me introduce myself. My name is Miranna and live 50 miles east of Cincinnati, OH. I started the SparksTeam "Passionate People creating Positive Thoughts (PPPT)" to create positive energy needed to keep motivated and help other's be motivated. <BR> <BR> I weigh 238.8 lbs as of my start date on 01/04/08 and need to loose about 110 lbs. Beyond the weight loss needed, I want to find my place and my weight has been one of the factors that hold me back. <BR> <BR> My buddy in this adventure is "Tomiejean" and sh... Sun, 6 Jan 2008 15:33:03 EST