SparkPeople The Fighting Temptations! Team Messageboard Whatever your temptation is, our team is here to provide support, encouragement, NOT PASS JUDGEMENT, help each other to conquer our fears, realize our purpose, grow and surpass our dreams! SparkPeople The Fighting Temptations! Team Messageboard i'm new!! Hello ladies! I'm here and ready to look better than ever! Sun, 16 May 2010 20:17:41 EST HELLO 8) HELLO MY NAME IS KRISTINE I AM 28 YEARS OLD AND I LOST MY AUNT WHEN SHE WAS 40 DO TO HEALTH PROBLEMS OF BEING OVER WEIGHT I HAVE ANOTHER AUNT THAT IS GOING DOWN THE SAME PATH AND ALSO A UNCLE AND I AM NOT THAT FAR BEHIND THEM BUT I AM READY TO CHANGE THAT I DO NOT WANT TO DIE YOUNG JUST BECOUSE I AM OVER WEIGHT I HAVE 2 KIDS AND I DONT WANT THEM TO GROW UP AND DEAL WIT WEIGHT PROBLEMS LIKE I HAVE . . IT IS HARD FOR ME I DONT LIVE ALONE DUE TO HARD TIMES N I AM OUT OF WORK SO MY STRESS LEVEL ... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 01:57:54 EST what tempted you today? Me?- Arbys roast beef sandwich(wich probably would have come with fries) I was leaving Costco(no damn samples today) and I musta ben having a major hypoglycemic breakdown...because I was exhausted,pissy and slightly hungry. I thought Arbys sounded great...that I NEEDED Arbys! But...alas I decided that I could make the 5 min drive to my house for healthier options rather than sit in the drive thru for the same amount of time!!! I eneded up eating homemade eggwhite salad and fat free hot dogs <... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 19:25:41 EST Falling off the Wagon I have fallen off the wagon,but I am fighting to get back to the weight I lost(and gained back) and plus more. This a everyday struggle to make those healthy choices. No more excuses, no more whining and complaining. The blame game stops here. I want to be healthly not SKINNY, so I am here for the long haul. Sun, 8 Feb 2009 23:20:32 EST I need help This is the first day I have been on the site for the last 2 months. I have been having some heart health issues and have not wanted to do anything healthy. My husband has been helping me be destructive. I need to get back to doing spark people and getting healthy again. Send me good thoughts please. Wed, 21 Jan 2009 13:34:41 EST January. 10 miles a day or more. Push for SUCCESS January - 10 miles a week or MORE!! <BR> It can be DONE, are you up for the challenge??? <BR> <BR> Here we go team the month of JANURAY is here 2009!! Let's see who can put in 10 miles a week. So on your marks get set go!! <em>57</em> Get your 10 miles each week. FIGHT off those temptations with some MILES of SUCCESS!! Gett'em BOO!! <em>213</em> <em>185</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Week 1: 1/2 - 1/10 <BR> Week 2: 1/11 - 1/17 <BR> Week 3: 1/18 - 1/24 <BR> Week 4: 1/25 - 1/31 <BR> <BR>... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 14:41:55 EST January - 100 crunches / situps a day... Yes U Can Hi team - The goal of this challenge is to be able to do at least 100 crunches/sit-ups a day. It does not matter where you begin. We will post how many crunches we do on a daily basis until we get to at least 100. <BR> <BR> Would anyone like to join me? <BR> <BR> Week 1: 1/2 - 1/10 <BR> Week 2: 1/11 - 1/17 <BR> Week 3: 1/18 - 1/24 <BR> Week 4: 1/25 - 1/31 <BR> <BR> <BR> Get that SIX-PACK abs!! Work It!! Wed, 7 Jan 2009 14:40:35 EST January 2009. R-U READY?? Be Accoutable! Let's keep it rolling!!! Any takers??? <BR> <BR> Here are the guidelines: <BR> <BR> There are 3 daily goals. Each daily goal is worth 3 points per day. These goals are as followed: <BR> <BR> 1) Stay in your calorie range - This means that each day that you stay in your maintaining calorie range, you get 3 points. <BR> <BR> 2) Do 30 minutes of cardio 6 days a week, the 7th day is for resting. You can pick which day you want to do the rest day. On that day you report that it is a rest d... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 14:38:48 EST Get Healthy and Help the NEEDY!! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Please join me in getting healthy and helping the needy. <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Jan 2009 14:37:05 EST 2009 Daily Roll Call!! Hello Team, Taumaia is here in 2009 to SHINE towards FABULICIOUS!! Who else is here to make it happen!! Wed, 7 Jan 2009 14:24:52 EST Hello my sistas My name is Charisse and I am from Michigan. I am currently working full time and a full time mother of 4. 2 which are in their 3 and 2nd years in college. But I have now realized that it is time to start working on me. As my nest becomes smaller I must find out that I am more than just a mother and friend. So today I start the journey back to me. Good luck and many blessings to all. Now let's go get um! Fri, 26 Dec 2008 10:50:57 EST Fighting Adult Temptations I've been with Sparks for almost a year but due to "social events with social drinking" my weight loss has been very slow. I do want to get healthy and lose weight so I just wanted to branch out to other teams. Tue, 18 Nov 2008 08:28:10 EST HI! I'm New Here! I thought I would join the team! ISLANDSFINEST has been such a great motivator on the other team I'm on I thought I would join this one too! Thanks for having me and I hope to be able to help you all out too! <BR> <BR> Meg <em>212</em> Sun, 2 Nov 2008 14:56:46 EST November - 10 miles a week!! Up for a challenge?? November - 10 miles a week!! It can be DONE are you up for the challenge??? <BR> <BR> Here we go team the month of NOVEMBER is here!! Let's see who can put in 10 miles a week. So on your marks get set go!! <em>57</em> Get your 10 miles each week. FIGHT off those temptations with some MILES of SUCCESS!! Gett'em BOO!! <em>213</em> <em>185</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Week 1: 11/02 - 11/08 <BR> Week 2: 11/09 - 11/15 <BR> Week 3: 11/16 - 11/22 <BR> Week 4: 11/23 - 11/30 <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Sun, 2 Nov 2008 03:10:23 EST Any suggestions I need some suggestions on how to not binge in the afternoon. At work quite often there are treats. I am not able to ask people to not bring them in. They are on the table in our break room. I have no other place to eat my meals. The weather is getting colder her in Michigan so I can't eat outside. Sometimes at home I do well all morning and most of the afternoon and then I hit a wall and I am hungry. I usually want something sweet, but of course once I start I have a difficult time stop... Tue, 14 Oct 2008 13:13:42 EST Hello Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been on Sparkpeople since the end of July. Glad to find this group since I face lots of food temptations at work. People will bring in baked goods all the time. I am hoping to get some good advice to help me fight putting that stuff in my mouth. Once I start I can't stop. Tue, 7 Oct 2008 08:52:21 EST newbie Hi everyone! Though I'm not new to Spark, I certainly need this team! I have been Sparking for about a year, and haven't been consistent. I don't have awful habits now, but I need to do so much better if I want to see real results. I believe in moderation, which also means that I can eat anything. So sometimes I eat things under that pretense but then forget the moderation part! This has to stop, so here I am... I feel like I've lost and gained so many little pounds, I could be past my goal b... Fri, 19 Sep 2008 07:30:19 EST 15 minutes a day of MEDITATION CHALLENGE All of us have busy lives in once sence or another. With September around the corner I thought it would be a good time to get some fresh challenges up and running so I am starting this one. <BR> <BR> Take 15 minutes out of your day and just meditate. Close your eyes and just clear your mind. <BR> <BR> Come and report here and let us all know how you are doing with the challenge and if it is making a difference. Sun, 14 Sep 2008 11:51:23 EST TURKEY CHASE CHALLENGE Hi TEAM. I got this challenge from another TEAM and thought it would be FUN for us!! Check it out!! <BR> <BR> Starting September 3rd, Our next long term challenge is called the Turkey Chase! We have to get to 25 pounds lost to catch the turkey. Every pound lost gets you closer to the turkey. We post our beginning weight and our current weight. I want us to also post along with our starting weight and current weight how much closer we are to catching our turkey whenever you lose a pound, thi... Sun, 14 Sep 2008 11:49:02 EST SEPTEMBER - 10 Miles a WEEK!! IT CAN BE DONE!! Here we go LADIES...the month of SEPTEMBER!! Let's see who can put in 10 miles a week. So on your marks get set go!! <em>57</em> Get your 10 miles each WEEK.. FIGHT off those temptations with some MILES of SUCCESS!! Gett'em BOO!! <em>213</em> <em>185</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Week 1: 9/1 - 9/6 <BR> Week 2: 9/7 - 9/13 <BR> Week 3: 9/14 - 9/20 <BR> Week 4: 9/21 - 9/30 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Sep 2008 05:20:48 EST What Do You Use To Get You Moving??? We all have our own little tricks that help us get in GEAR to get up and LIVE another day!! What's makes you GET UP and MOVE!! Thu, 4 Sep 2008 05:16:05 EST September - A NEW START!! Let's make SEPTEMBER count towards our GOAL!! Let's be accoutable of ourselves!! Stay motivated and have a BLESSED month!! <BR> <BR> We are on our way! <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> N = Nutrition (Eat 3 balance meals, 6 servings of fruits/veggies daily,). <BR> E = Exercise (my own challenge - 200 crunches a day / 10 miles a week). <BR> W = Water (64 ounces per day). <BR> <BR> S = Sunlight (60 minutes). <BR> T = Temperance (Don't overdo anything, sleep, staying awake, food, dessert, whatev... Tue, 2 Sep 2008 10:23:41 EST Let's play a GAME!! WORD ASSOCIATION WORD ASSOCIATION...I will start the thread with a WORD, and the next person enters the first word they think of when they see it. and so on... Let's have FUN!! <BR> <BR> Here we go first word ~ PINEAPPLE <BR> Fri, 29 Aug 2008 11:22:45 EST What I did today!! Hey everyone! Hope you all are having a fabulous day!! Sometimes its easier to get through the day when you have it planned out or have an IDEA of what's in store for the day.. Are you making time for your workouts? Are you eating BREAKFAST? Let's share!! Stay Motivated & Gett'em BOO!! ONELOVE ~ Taumaia <BR> Fri, 29 Aug 2008 09:35:42 EST INTRODUCING Hello everyone- I am soooo excited to be here and be a part of this team. My name is Mona. I am here because I am ready to fight those temptations, now and forever. It is important to me to be in control of me so I determine what I will allow in my mind, body and soul. This is a great team to be a part of so I look forward to everyone being their best and living their best life now because a team is only as strong as its weakest links. I AM READY TO FIGHT! Wed, 27 Aug 2008 12:01:40 EST AUGUST - Work It Challenge!!! It's a new month, a fresh start! <BR> Are ya'll ready for our new challenge??? <BR> <BR> Here it goes......... <BR> <BR> WEEK 1: 08/17 - 08/23 <BR> 17 - <BR> 18 - <BR> 19 - <BR> 20 - <BR> 21 - <BR> 22 - <BR> 23 - <BR> <BR> <BR> Please log your 30 min of cardio at least for 5 days a week, give it your best shot. We all know everyone is busy and like myself....I have a habit of "forgetting" to exercise, BUT......not anymore. <BR> ALSO PLEASE LETS LOG OUR WATER CONSUMPTION AS YOU SHOULD... Sat, 16 Aug 2008 07:00:54 EST AUGUST - 100 CRUCNCHES / SIT-UPS a day!! Hi team - The goal of this challenge is to be able to do at least 100 crunches/sit-ups a day. It does not matter where you begin. We will post how many crunches we do on a daily basis until we get to at least 100. As an added bonus - it would be great if we can (i) measure our waist before hand and post those measurements once every week or two; and/or (ii) take before/middle/after pics!! <BR> <BR> Would anyone like to join me? <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 1: 08/17 - 08/23 <BR> Week 2: 08/24 - 08... Sat, 16 Aug 2008 06:35:53 EST AUGUST - 10 MILES A WEEK!! Get TOUGH!! Here we go LADIES...the month of AUGUST!! Let's see who can put in 10 miles a week. So on your marks get set go!! <em>57</em> Get your 10 miles each WEEK.. FIGHT off those temptations with some MILES of SUCCESS!! Gett'em BOO!! <em>213</em> <em>185</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Week 1: 08/17 - 08/23 <BR> Week 2: 08/24 - 08/31 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Aug 2008 06:29:09 EST Great Book to Read.. Must Read! This book has nothing to do with dieting. However I went to a book signing last weekend and I met LaJoyce Brookshire. If you don't know who she is, she wrote Soul Food and Web of Deception. <BR> <BR> Her new book is "Faith Under Fire" Betrayed by a Thing Called Love. The book is full of informative information about HIV and how its infecting and affecting the African American community nationwide. Yes! <BR> <BR> Did you know that 80% of Black Women that are infected with HIV got it from H... Sat, 26 Jul 2008 16:55:33 EST Oh do I belong here! My temptations are numerous! <BR> <BR> My name is Elizabeth and I have many temptations that I have to fight off every day. <BR> <BR> One is not to kill my mother in law! Sat, 19 Jul 2008 01:32:31 EST Ever wondered about the VIRTURAL MODEL?? <BR> Every wonder where people get those pictures with the models that look like them? Well here it is. <BR> <BR> Have some fun today, create your virtual model and post it on your site. Click on the link below and try the weight lose feature as well. You enter your weight and the model changes as you change. <BR> <BR> It's fun, try it! <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Jul 2008 05:25:23 EST Are you a Strong Woman or a Woman of Strength? A strong woman works out everyday to keep her body in shape <BR> but a woman of strength kneels and prays to keep her soul in shape <BR> <BR> A strong Woman isn't afraid of anything but a Woman of strength shows courage in the mist of fear <BR> <BR> A strong Woman won't let anything get the best of her... <BR> But a Woman of strength gives the best of her to everyone <BR> <BR> A strong Woman walks sure footedly... <BR> but a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls..... Sun, 6 Jul 2008 21:41:35 EST JULY - JUMP ROPE CHALLENGE!!! Welcome to all that join us in jumping. Here's how it works. Start with 100 jumps then add 10 each day, or do as many jumps as possible then add 1 to 10 each day. Remember to go to SP cardio and under jump rope (fast of slow) click the amount of time spent and see how many calories you have burned and receive your points for cardio that day. I will be adding some suggetions now and then to help with this challenge, and please anyone that comes upon good advise let us all hear it so we can bec... Sat, 5 Jul 2008 05:50:43 EST JULY - 100 CRUNCHES / SITUPS ~ A DAY!! Hi team - The goal of this challenge is to be able to do at least 100 crunches/sit-ups a day. It does not matter where you begin. We will post how many crunches we do on a daily basis until we get to at least 100. As an added bonus - it would be great if we can (i) measure our waist before hand and post those measurements once every week or two; and/or (ii) take before/middle/after pics!! <BR> <BR> Would anyone like to join me? <BR> <BR> Week 1: 07/01 - 07/05 "Late but you can still add yo... Sat, 5 Jul 2008 05:42:01 EST HELPFUL INFO If you have some helpful info that you want to share post it here. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share this article I read <BR> <BR> 1. Take the escalator -- but climb the stairs while you ride. You'll get there faster and use your muscles while you're at it. Just 5 minutes of stair climbing burns 144 calories. <BR> <BR> 2. Instead of piling items on the stairs so you can take them upstairs at once, take them one at a time. <BR> <BR> 3. When cooling your heels while waiting in a doctor's of... Wed, 2 Jul 2008 01:29:48 EST For All You Smoothie Lovers I started a team called Smoothie Lovers. I noticed that there's not a team for smoothies. (Unless it's private) <BR> I hope you decide to join this would be great to share recipes, information and just have fun! <BR> Also, if those who would like to be a team admin----that is great because depending on the size of the team, I need help! <BR> I want to make this fun for everyone!! <BR> <BR> This is the link to the team: <BR> <BR> <link> </... Sat, 28 Jun 2008 12:07:02 EST hi im new to the team my name is elaine and i live in NC. I have about 70 lbs i want to lose. And it has been hard because of the TEMPTATIONS! But I am goin to hang in there and not give up. I was trying WW and SP together to lose faster, but it reversed on me. I gained almost 10 lbs back in a month. Depressing...but yet I know with support, I can do this. Thu, 19 Jun 2008 18:46:50 EST I Can ! I Will ! I Am ! Say it out LOUD & PROUD!! Just when you think that your about to give this ~ SHOUT IT LOUD & PROUD!! <BR> <BR> So what CAN you do? What WILL you do? And what ARE you doing to make a better, healthier you? <BR> <BR> Your movin' closer to that FABULICIOUS STATUS...don't give up ~ YOUR WORTH IT!! Gett'em BOO!! <em>220</em> <em>247</em> Thu, 5 Jun 2008 05:57:33 EST JUNE - 100 CRUNCHES /SIT-UPS A DAY!!! Hi team - The goal of this challenge is to be able to do at least 100 crunches/sit-ups a day. It does not matter where you begin. We will post how many crunches we do on a daily basis until we get to at least 100. As an added bonus - it would be great if we can (i) measure our waist before hand and post those measurements once every week or two; and/or (ii) take before/middle/after pics!! <BR> <BR> Would anyone like to join me? Sat, 31 May 2008 11:29:59 EST the not so new girl :) hey everyone!! <BR> i've been to this site before over a year ago, and decided to come back, make some changes to my health & get some support from others :) Mon, 26 May 2008 18:08:48 EST 10 miles a week Hey Lovelies, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to jump start the 10 miles a week challenge Tamara set out for us!! So get ready ladies to make it!!! <BR> <BR> 5/26- 3 miles <BR> 5/27- <BR> 5/28- <BR> 5/29- <BR> etc.... Mon, 26 May 2008 15:12:01 EST Reverse the Negative Self talk I was reading Jillian Michaels Book and decided to put into practice what she recomends. She said we should take note of the negative things we say and reverse them. Also to eliminte the All or Nothing mentality. So Here is one or my internal thoughts: "I am overweight therefore I am unattractive", It will take me forever to loose the weight-these thoughts make me feel overwelmed, full of anxiety and ugly. <BR> <BR> Now Its Your turn! <BR> Wed, 14 May 2008 11:55:00 EST DID YOU KNOW THAT? Hi Ladies!! <BR> <BR> This thread is on another of my teams boards...great <BR> I start...then you add your own info, whatever it is.... you add it...something that we didn't know or did you!!! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> DYK That I love this team <BR> DYK That I am a LEADER to FABULICIOUS STATUS & FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS!!! Gett'em BOO!! <BR> DYK That I live in CALIFORNIA ~ BARSTOW <BR> DYK That I love the color RED <BR> DYK That I love to HULA... Yes I DO.. LOVE IT <BR> DYK Th... Tue, 13 May 2008 07:35:10 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! Hi Team!! Here is a topic to share your <em>107</em> birthday!! Please post your name and the date under the month of your birthday...Also, please feel free to sprinkle CHEERS in this topic for all those who are celebratin' another FABULICIOUS year!! Be sure to copy and paste this exact comment and then add your birthday!! Gett'em BOO!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> JANUARY <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> FEBRUARY <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> MARCH <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> APRIL <BR> <BR> <em>100... Tue, 13 May 2008 07:18:50 EST What equivalent have you shed...?! This will really make you see how much you've shed!! <BR> <BR> So far, I've shed a small bale of hay!! WOW!!! <BR> ________________________________ <BR> <BR> Here are some weight comparisons...What equivalent have you shed and what will you be shedding? <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 ... Tue, 13 May 2008 07:15:28 EST For all you pear body types Check this out. I use these tips when working out and see a difference. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/is_7_4/ai_n6006151 </link> Mon, 12 May 2008 15:31:46 EST What a great title:) This is what I do everyday! How great to find a team that focuses on this. Hope to meet lots of new great friends to help knock those temptations out. <em>104</em> Sat, 10 May 2008 21:25:00 EST The most embarrassing and proud moment in life The most embarrassing moment in my life was at 15, I got up to sing my solo and nothing came out of my mouth. LOL. <BR> The proudest moment was when my son told a stranger in the store why he wish he could vote, so he could vote for Obama. And the man asked why Obama and he said because of course cause he's black (LOL) and because Obama talks about CHANGE and that is what we need. WOW, I was shocked. Then me being the ghetto mommy started chanting Go Jus, Go Jus. LOL. Fri, 9 May 2008 18:53:25 EST help please? Hello to all and I hope I dont sound stupid asking this question but i have not figured out everything on this site yet. I am not sure what these are called but i see that some people have the figures of what they looked like in the begining of their weight loss and what they are going to look like at the end. I have been searching for that. Please someone tell me what it is called and how do i find it and set up on my page? Tue, 6 May 2008 16:56:35 EST Anyone use SparkMobile <link><BR>asp </link> Mon, 28 Apr 2008 09:48:34 EST Checkout llatst updates You can now share and import others foodlist. you can also print off multiple meals and export them to excel Sun, 27 Apr 2008 22:08:28 EST Teams for the Buddy Challenge I was thinking that perhaps it would be better to have a separate thread to list the teams and their goals. I will post the team I belong to and our goals after I post this. Thanks! Tue, 22 Apr 2008 10:48:50 EST Calling All Fashion Divas! Where do you shop at now? This has been my big problem since losing weight. Im glad that Im able to shop in more stores now but I've been out of the fashion game so long I dont know where to play at. Im pretty much a free spirit when it comes to fashion, I wear what I like and do what I love but I like to be fashionable as well. But like I've said I've been out the fashion world too long and I was stuck in elastic waistbanded pants and huge tops to try to cover me forever. Ive seen some prett... Sun, 20 Apr 2008 08:13:26 EST Name 3 things U have learned since JOINING? 1. I was educated about how many calories are in my favorite foods. I had NO CLUE before, WOW!!!! <BR> <BR> 2. I learned that I was capable of LOSING WEIGHT!!!! GO figure. <BR> <BR> 3. I learned that there are some many others struggling with their weight just like ME!!!!! Tue, 15 Apr 2008 22:49:45 EST Hello Everybody! Hi Everybody! Im Lex. Just on here for motivation and encouragement. I started my journey in July 2006, loss weight/gained it back and started getting serious again last Sept went through a phase, fell off, got dumped LOL then started back up seriously Nov/Dec 2007. Been going strong since and Im in it to win it!(especially since my gym membership ends 7/08, Im trying to get my monies worth). Overall Ive loss a total of 57-58 pounds (its floating right now). My first goal is 150 and after I g... Sat, 12 Apr 2008 11:31:12 EST Food and Mood I got this in a newsletter today. It is certainly something to think about. Leanne Ely writes for FlyLady and has her own website offering menus for your use. <BR> <BR> Food and Mood by Leanne Ely, C.N.C. <BR> <BR> Eating well and eating healthy doesn’t just happen. It takes an effort and <BR> sometimes we don’t want to make this effort. It’s easier doing things the <BR> way we’ve always done them. If it’s working for you, don’t fix it, but if <BR> it’s making you crazy, it’s time to tak... Fri, 11 Apr 2008 17:34:25 EST Spark Guy Needs Your Input This is on SparkGuy's Blog Today <BR> click the link at the bottom to go to his blog and tell your story! <BR> <BR> <BR> Let Us Know How SparkPeople Has Helped You <BR> <BR> <BR> A few months ago you were watching a two hour special on E! TV called True Hollywood Story Investigates: Diet Fads, at the end of that program you heard from two SparkPeople members as they described their experiences with Their efforts helped spread the word about SparkPeople to thousands o... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 18:28:25 EST Just trying to be happy Hello everyone! I am married with 3 beautiful children. I will be 33 years old tomorrow and I am not happy with the way that I have treated myself over the last 15 years (my son will be 15 in June). I weigh a whooping 337lbs!!!! Alot of people do not believe me because I am 5'11", but it is true. I weighed myself on yesterday (Apri 9th). I was shocked, because I weighed myself about 2 weeks ago and I was 330lbs, so I gained 7lbs in 2 weeks! <BR> I am praying that when I go to the doctor, tha... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 11:39:53 EST THE BUDDY SYSTEM/FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS FIT CLUB Hi team - I apologize for not sending out the April News letter. I have been swamped! I wanted to go ahead and get started on the Buddy System. Basically we need to decided how we choose our buddy's (not sure what makes most sense, by location, by goals, etc?). We will pair up and it would be great if you can exchange numbers, IM's or text message each other. You and your buddy should come up with a plan that works for the both of you! <BR> <BR> I think we should work in a six week cha... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 00:12:19 EST God's Emergency Numbers God's Emergency Numbers <BR> When in Sorrow - call John 14 <BR> When you are lonely or fearful - call Psalms 23 <BR> When you want to be fruitful - call John 15 <BR> When you have sinned - Call Psalms 51 <BR> When you grow bitter and critical [ call 1 Cor 13 <BR> When you worry - call Matthew 6: 19 - 34 <BR> When you feel down and out - call Romans 8 31 - 39 <BR> When your prayers grow selfish - call Psalms 67 <BR> When you ae in danger - call Psalms 91 <BR> When your faith neeeds stirring - ... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 17:45:41 EST The Law of the Garbage Truck a friend just sent this to me I thought it was a good one and hop you enjoy it it is very true <BR> <BR> One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! <BR> <BR> The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. <BR> <BR> My taxi driver just smiled and... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 17:25:57 EST Today's Motto Lets create a new motto everyday to get us thinking and trying to incorporate it into our day! Anyone can post a motto for the day or multiple people can post one. Then lets discuss how we will use it to motivate us through out the day! <BR> <BR> So I will start with my motto for today.... <BR> <BR> "JUST DO IT" (Nike) <BR> <BR> I know this is well known and seems so simple, but this is exactly how I feel today. I've been in a slump all week and when I log onto Sparks and see everyone d... Sat, 5 Apr 2008 11:43:52 EST Over Stimulated? Hi everyone, I wante to share with you something that really seems to be helping me to fight my temptations. <BR> You know how when you stop drinking pop for a while, but then taste it again later on it seems almost sickeningly sweet? <BR> Well, recently I learned that that if we keep a couple of our meals the same everyday... and on the blander side that our tastebuds will become less stimulated... which in turn helps with cravings. <BR> I decided to put it to the test and it is working wond... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 14:59:46 EST Potato, Potato I was watching a special on weight loss and a woman said something that put weight loss in perspective. Often we look at all the weight we have to lose and don't appreciate the loss, pound by pound. After losing 5 pounds, try walking around the grocery store with a 5 pound bag of potatoes. You will find it is heavy and lugging it around can become tiresome. This is the extra weight that you had been carrying on you. <BR> Wed, 2 Apr 2008 12:37:29 EST FASTING God said, "When you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you" (Jeremiah 29:13,14). When a man or woman is willing to set aside the legitimate appetites of the body to concentrate on the work of praying, they are demonstrating that they mean business, that they are seeking God with all their heart.Fasting is an expression of wholeheartedness. <BR> <BR> I have begun fasting today, this is really a personal relationship between GOD and me, but I wanted to share with my team and be tr... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 23:54:15 EST April Challenges/ Discussions Hey Team - Does anyone have any new challenges or topics they would like us to participate in this month or new discussion topics for this month??? Right now we are going to do another 5K challenge, create our credo's, the ab challenge..... any other ideas? I think we will start the buddy system this month as well. Tue, 1 Apr 2008 23:01:23 EST Spicy Lemon Orange Chicken Spicy Lemon Orange Chicken <BR> Serves 4 <BR> <BR> 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves <BR> 1/3 cup red wine <BR> 1/3 cup orange juice <BR> 1/3 cup lemon juice <BR> 4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (reserve 2 tablespoons of the <BR> cilantro) <BR> 4 tablespoons chopped green onions (reserve 2 tablespoons of the green <BR> onions) <BR> 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves <BR> 1 teaspoon ground cumin <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or less, depending... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 23:36:54 EST I am new I just wanted to introduce myself and to let you know that temptation is always a challenge. I have been looking for ways to distract myself from the temptations that seem to get the better of me Tue, 25 Mar 2008 23:15:56 EST hi every one i have been with spark people over a month and the temptations is still grabbing ahold on me i try to stay away from the sweets. i eat on friuts and carrots to avoid the sweets,it is so hard i need help,what else can i do. loriaboo Tue, 25 Mar 2008 20:04:40 EST Hi. . . I'm new to this team, saw it in the article on my start page and thought that it sounded like one of the teams for me. <BR> <BR> Just last night (at my part time job) temptation snatched me--I had fries with garlic aoli (as in garlic mayo). I still stayed within my calorie range though so I'll just try to say no next time and eat what I bring. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to lose weight so that I will feel more comfortable and be able to wear all those clothes I have that I don't fit into. I'm al... Tue, 25 Mar 2008 14:05:18 EST motivation Looking for motivation to help me lose 70 pounds. <BR> thanks Tue, 25 Mar 2008 12:18:22 EST 5 Qualities of a Healthy Woman Here then, are my Five Qualities of Healthy Women: <BR> <BR> 1) A healthy woman is AWARE. Her mouth is a treasure, not a trash can. <BR> When it is time to fuel up, she chooses food that will nourish her <BR> body so she can nourish herself first, THEN the people in her life. <BR> Her nutritional needs are NOT on the bottom of the list! <BR> <BR> 2) A healthy woman TAKES THE TIME. Contrary to what we think (that we <BR> don't have time), we all have the same 24 hours in the day. Taking 5 <B... Mon, 24 Mar 2008 17:54:06 EST Oprah's word of the day shlumpadinka • \shlum-puh-DINK-uh\ • noun <BR> <BR> : a woman who dresses like she has completely given up on herself and it shows : a dowdy and unstylish woman <BR> <BR> Example Sentence: <BR> There you are running out to get the paper looking like a shlumpadinka. —Oprah Winfrey (April 27, 2007) <BR> Did you know? <BR> "I have to practice not looking like a shlumpadinka on the air," said Oprah Winfrey on her eponymous show, broadcast April 15, 1997. Oprah has occasionally separated... Fri, 14 Mar 2008 15:49:19 EST Who and/or What is your inspiration Today? Today I was inspired by the 71 year old couple in my INTENSE aerobics class that lasts for almost 2 hours!!! whoohoo! <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Mar 2008 23:54:06 EST What is REALLY going ON? Hello Team, I know I have been slipping for a couple of days, but I see WE are not posting like we were last month. Do I need to come RING everyone's door bell? I will. I fly FREE!!!!!!!!! So what is going on? <BR> Are we getting WEARY? Are we EATING badly and don't want to share? Have not been exercising? I know u are saying how does she know. I AM THERE. No I was there. I was soooo excited when I began to lose weight, but when the results are coming slower, and I have SLOWED down too. So o... Thu, 6 Mar 2008 00:46:09 EST Power of Words The Power Of Words <BR> <BR> A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all of their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were sayin... Tue, 4 Mar 2008 16:56:49 EST New Weight Ticker Option From the Spark Coaches: <BR> <BR> <BR> New weight ticker option - shows weight goal vs. current/start weight <BR> <BR> <BR> We launched an enhancement to our weight loss tickers today where you now have the option to not show your actual weight, but instead your goal. If you go to Edit SparkPage and to your ticker section, you will see 2 options: <BR> <BR> 1 - Show my starting weight, goal weight, and current weight (example starting 180, goal 160, current weight 170) <BR> 2 - Show ... Tue, 4 Mar 2008 16:55:09 EST Affirmations for Life Here are some affirmations to help in situations you may have. <BR> <BR> If You Have Regrets: <BR> <BR> Life is a curving and fluid journey. Because I am always moving through learning stages, I cannot look back or measure. I learn through my relationships because that is how I begin to define who I am. Nothing is unforgivable in life. I know nursing this hurt is holding me back from fully being with others; therefore I choose to thank the universe for giving me another opportunity to devel... Thu, 28 Feb 2008 11:13:00 EST What difference do you see in yourself? Is it your body ,attitude, or your thinking that has changed since eating healthier. I would say all 3 for me I see changes in my face{it's slimming down},and my pants are getting a looser. My attitude is alot better than when I first started, I've gotten adjusted to my healthier eating. I would say I definitely think more about making better choices. Tue, 26 Feb 2008 21:46:51 EST Things To Do Instead Of Eating I found this and thought it was great team information - I thought others might feel the same. Copy and paste if you are so inclined. You may want to change some of the suggestions to fit your personality. <BR> <BR> 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... Tue, 26 Feb 2008 10:43:01 EST Relate, Relax, Release, and Breathe! Having a bad day, just need to vent, and let it all out? or maybe you had a wonderful day and want to share your experience with the rest of the team. No matter what you are going through, 9 times out of 10 we've been there before, or we may just want to celebrate your good experiences with you! Let's use this space to let it all out and BREATHE! <em>220</em> Mon, 25 Feb 2008 23:57:44 EST If You Had Three Wishes..... If I had three wishes, I would wish for <BR> 1. Knowledge and patience <BR> 2. Enough money so that my family can be wealthy for generations to come <BR> 3. of course I am going to wish for more wishes!! LOL Sat, 23 Feb 2008 22:05:02 EST We are so lucky! Hi Team - I have asked Busybottom to share some of her spiritual knowledge with us. She is very inspiring and her words are motivational. If you have not had a chance, please visit her page, once you read her blogs, you may want to nominate her as a motivational speaker. Sat, 23 Feb 2008 21:48:15 EST Beauty Secrets Did you know that it's Beautiful Women Month? Below is a wonderful poem Audrey Hepburn wrote when asked to share her 'beauty tips.' It was read at her funeral years later. <BR> <BR> <BR> BEAUTY TIPS <BR> <BR> For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. <BR> <BR> For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. <BR> <BR> For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. <BR> <BR> For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. <BR> <BR> For poise, walk with t... Sat, 23 Feb 2008 14:06:35 EST What's Wrong With Me? I got this today and it really made me think. Thought I would share it here with all of you lovely people. <BR> <BR> What's Wrong with Me? <BR> By Renee Swope <BR> <BR> "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:14 (NIV) <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> "What's wrong with me?" Do you ever ask yourself that question? <BR> <BR> Recently I noticed how many times I do. When I can't find my keys, when I fight with my hu... Fri, 22 Feb 2008 18:06:04 EST Jumpstart Weekend Fitness With the JUMP ROPE! Good Morning Everyone! The weekend is finallllly here, which can be both good and bad. Its easy to maintain your healthy eating habits during the week, while going thru your everyday routine, but the weekends require a lot more effort to stay consistent. Sooo im offering a bit of advice that a good friend of mine suggested to me, that has quickly become my saving grace. The jump rope. So keeping in the line with my inner NERD, here is yet ANOTHER article, about the benefits of jumping rope. ... Fri, 22 Feb 2008 09:12:36 EST Perfect Pushups! Since we all have incorporated JUMPING JACKS and CRUNCHES to our workout routines and since have mastered these challenges, now the time has come to challenge ourselves once more. We never want our bodies to get in a comfort zone and we want to make sure we hit ALL target areas. Soooooo why not add the classic pushup?! Take a look at the following article... <BR> <BR> Pushups tend to be much easier for men, since they have greater muscle mass and strength than women. But you don't have to be... Fri, 22 Feb 2008 09:05:43 EST 5K virtual run/jog/walk Challenge (3/24-3/30) Hi Team - So here is a new challenge that I hope you will join in on. This challenge can be done in conjunction with the other challenges. We will do a 5k (3.5 miles) virtual run/jog/walk during the week of 3/24 - 3/30, which is right after the 40 day challenge. I am posting it now so we can start preparing for the challenge. Everyone that participates in the challenge will need to complete their 5K during the week of 3/24 - 3/30. Once your done, please email your results and I will po... Fri, 22 Feb 2008 01:33:21 EST Tired of the same old foods! You know when your eating healthier you kinda get tired of the same foods you eat all the time. I think if we all share some of our own healthy foods or recipes we eat with each other we could try something we may would have never thought of before .Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Thu, 21 Feb 2008 23:09:41 EST Eating to Live or Living to Eat! I use to Live to eat, but now I eat to Live. I guess some of you are probably saying what in the heck is she talking about. You know before you decided to change your eating habits how you would just drive-in that fast food restaurant or wear out that vending machine at work, etc. not even worrying about calories or what you ate[including myself]alot of times just eating out of stress or boardness.Well thank GOD we don't do that anymore. We are now Eating to Live, eating much healthier, makin... Mon, 18 Feb 2008 15:07:08 EST What is your favorite healthy food/mea l/snack? I get so frustrated with my lack of meal choices when I am striving to eat healthier, plus I would love to get some creative ideas on how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my family's diet, especially my son who HATES vegetables (AND FRUIT - maybe he was switched at birth!LOL)! So, I hope everyone can post their favorite healthy food, meal, snack, drink, etc. and maybe we can all make a few of the meals and provide our feedback here. Mon, 18 Feb 2008 02:11:28 EST Hi I'm Dana. I was just poppin in and out of teams to see what the scoop is. I like the idea of this one. Okay, so here's my temptation... I love fine dining... I can't help it... and when I do get to go out to a nice restaurant I have to indulge because it's like a dream for me... love it, soooooo much. <BR> There, my guilty pleasure is out! Sun, 17 Feb 2008 00:17:39 EST Brainsto rming... Hey team - let's brainstorm on some more ways to make our team a little more fun and interesting. <BR> <BR> We can do things like a virtual run (5K - which is 3 1/2 miles)where we set a certain day - like a month from now and start getting ready, then on that day everyone does the run at your gym, on your treadmill at home, at the park, where ever and we then post our time - It's not a competition, but a fun way to do something together without having to be together, <BR> Or everyday someon... Thu, 14 Feb 2008 14:25:29 EST What is on your vision board? I am not sure if you guys were able to watch Oprah yesterday. Judging by the interaction on Sparkpeople I know you guys are HARD at work. LOL. The show was so powerful to me I wanted to share somethings with you guys, I think this coincides with Tamara's post of what will we give up for Lent. <BR> <BR> A Vision board is either a list or an actual board that you put up to list your goals in plain view. The reason for the board is to keep your goals CLEAR and a constant reminder. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 7 Feb 2008 01:52:06 EST 40 days to a new you weight loss challenge Hi Team - What do you think about starting a weight loss challenge for the next 40 days (starting today)? We will all weigh-in today and record our weights once a week (on Wednesday for this challenge)on this page, continue to post into the daily roll call, and post in the exercise challenge you are participating in as well. We should look to loose btw 1 to 2 pounds a week and set a goal for approximately 12 pounds (or 6 pounds) if you are looking to loose 1 pound a week. <BR> <BR> Think ... Wed, 6 Feb 2008 02:23:01 EST What will you giving up for Lenten Season?? Hi Team - <BR> Giving up something for Lent is primarily a Catholic custom, but even if you're not a devotee of any formal religion, the voluntary surrender of a cherished substance or pastime can have powerful spiritual and psychological benefits. If nothing else, it will show you what you can do when you put your mind to it. <BR> <BR> Clean your house from top to bottom. It's a modern - and thoroughly practical - metaphor for purification and renewal. Organize your closets and get rid o... Wed, 6 Feb 2008 02:10:08 EST Stretch Marks and dark eye circles Can anyone offer suggestions/products to get rid of them? Mon, 4 Feb 2008 14:01:45 EST 21 Days to a New Healthy Habit Challenge! For this challenge, we must write down specific mini goals that we would like to accomplish; then for 21 days (since it take 21 days to make something a habit), we will work toward making that new goal a habit. For example, one of my goals is spend some QUALITY time with my son everyday. Therefore, everyday, I will do something to work toward that goal (i.e., reading a book with him, talking to him about his day, or even having him help me with dinner). We will then post about this goal on th... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 00:32:31 EST What are 3 things people don't know about u? 1. I always want to be the driver, never a passenger. (I know I have control issues) <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> 2. I watch Nick and the cartoon channels when I am alone without my son. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> 3. I'm a SOCCER mom, (I drive a mini-van). What happened to my <em>236</em> days? <em>246</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2008 03:07:40 EST Share your useful websites I got this idea from another sparkteam and thought it would help us too. <BR> <BR> If you know of websites that may be of interest to others please post them in this thread with a brief description. <BR> <BR> for example: <BR> <BR> <BR> has great food finds, recipes and stuff, including points info. Coupons, free samples and discounts are often available... Sign up for the daily newsletter and you'll love it!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Nutrition facts...look... Thu, 31 Jan 2008 13:08:53 EST 100+ Jumping Jacks a day Hi Team, the goal of this challenge is to do at least 100 Jumping Jacks a day! <BR> I found out from a former army guy (my brother) that doing at least 100 jumping jacks a day will tone up everything.. He said a lot of trainers aren't too keen on telling people that.. but it's true. Before he retired from the Army that was part of his daily exercise and he still does it today and he's in great shape.. <BR> I started last night.. Anyone up for this challenge? Thu, 31 Jan 2008 11:28:54 EST What do you do when tempted? I have been tempted so many times to eat things I know is wrong. I pray for strength to get that monster off my back, then I remember the goals I set for myself. But what happens when you just want to taste them ONE LAST TIME? Wed, 30 Jan 2008 02:49:45 EST Fighting Temptation Hi FT's, <BR> <BR> My name is Jurine. I joined Spark People almost a month ago. I'm from New York but now live in Georgia. I am always fighting temptation. Last week I had a bad week and gave in. I'm getting back on track. I went to Miami this past weekend and was very proud of the choices I made while I was there. <BR> <BR> One day at time . . . Mon, 28 Jan 2008 23:46:38 EST Daily Roll Call! Here we will post what we accomplished on a daily basis in order to get us closer to our goals (i.e., stayed in my calorie range, logged my food for the day, drank at least 8 glasses of water, exercised & how long, made a new spark friend, left a motivational comment on a fellow spark member page, earned sparkpoints, referred a new member to sparks or even to THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS!). You are welcome to add anything you want to your daily roll call and be sure you add your goal met icon! <... Mon, 28 Jan 2008 16:49:37 EST 100+ Crunches A Day Challenge! Hi team - The goal of this challenge is to be able to do at least 100 crunches/sit-ups a day. It does not matter where you begin. We will post how many crunches we do on a daily basis until we get to at least 100. As an added bonus - it would be great if we can (i) measure our waist before hand and post those measurements once every week or two; and/or (ii) take before/middle/after pics!! <BR> <BR> Would anyone like to join me? Mon, 28 Jan 2008 16:28:42 EST