SparkPeople Sparklin' Sparkettes Team Messageboard A group of friends who started sparklin' together here. Some w/50 to lose and some w/over 150. Please look for the Team Introduction Thread to find out more! SparkPeople Sparklin' Sparkettes Team Messageboard 2015 I continue to struggle to stay on task. I know that no one will see this, but I am posting anyway. I miss the wonderful ladies that used to post here every day....they are all the best. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:23:48 EST Easter Goals I am setting my first goal for Easter since it is just two months away. That will give me time to make some significant progress, but still be a short-term goal. So, here are my Easter (April 20th) goals. <BR> <BR> 1. To eat healthier by making wiser food choices that include lean proteins, healthy fats, lots of fresh/frozen vegetables, and limited fruit while controlling my portions. I will limit artificial sweeteners. <BR> <BR> 2. To drink at least 100 ounces of water and unsweet deca... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:05:38 EST 2014 I think it is so sad that this wonderful team died. I miss all of the ladies that were once so active here. SparkPeople just isn't the same as it once was for me. I fought a losing battle, and I lost. <em>39</em> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:44:45 EST Is this really the first post in 2013? Wow! I do like me some ghost town! <em>423</em> Tumble weeds passing by... <BR> <BR> So I am just going to update some stuff about me. <BR> My son and I are determined to get to a healthy weight. He needs to lose about 100 pounds. I need to lose about 220 pounds. <BR> <BR> We recently rejoined the gym I had been very active at until my dad got cancer 6 years ago. What does this mean? <em>315</em> I am going to the gym 5 to 7 days per week. My son is going with me. He will be 20 i... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 12:58:08 EST Memorial Day Goals Memorial Day is just a little over 8 weeks away. The Memorial Day Challenge is to be successful! That's it...just to succeed at something that will get you closer to your overall goals. <BR> <BR> 1. Set a personal, attainable goal for weight loss/clothing size reduction. <BR> <BR> 2. Set a nutritional goal with a daily calorie goal. <BR> <BR> 3. Establish a goal for exercise/fitness/overall health. <BR> <BR> 4. By Memorial Day be a success with at least one of your goals. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 22:00:20 EST Valentines Day Challenge We have exactly six weeks from today until Valentine's Day. That is a nice doable amount of time for a mini challenge. So, here it is in a nutshell: <BR> <BR> 1. Set a weight loss goal that is realistic and easily doable....let's set ourselves up for success. If we lose more, great and if not be happy with what we do lose, even if we fall short. Any loss is a success! <BR> <BR> 2. Set a realistic calorie goal to go along with, for lack of a better term, the diet of your choice. For m... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 21:24:00 EST 2012 New Year's Day Challenge Wow I just noticed they have spell check on here. LOL <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>460</em> <em>429</em> <em>443</em> <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>429</em> <BR> Okay we are so close(clohse) to the close(clohz) of the Halloween Challenge I thought I would give Debbie a break from Challenge creating and throw one up. <BR> <BR> This is going to be a little different. Usually we set our own goals, but I feel confident enough in our weightloss needs a... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 09:23:23 EST Halloween Goals I seem to be all alone here now, but for some reason I keep coming back. I have tried other teams and just never felt like I belonged. I sure miss all of the ladies that used to post here....I miss their daily wit, their encouragement and their support. At this point, I know that they will never come back; too much time has passed. But for some reason I keep coming back...and I keep missing all of those dear ladies. I haven't given up on being healthier and smaller and I suppose this is ... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 08:18:48 EST Labor Day 2011 Goals! In a nutshell,the Labor Day goal is to lose fat! That is it. If we lose fat, we will, eventually, also lose weight and drop clothing sizes. As we get smaller and eat the right kinds of foods we will also feel better physically and emotionally. So, the Labor Day Goal is simply to lose fat! <BR> Figure out an exercise/nutrition plan that will work for you and then follow that plan to lose fat. <BR> <BR> When Labor Day arrives we should fit into something we can't wear right now, show a ... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:57:13 EST Fourth of July Goals I was looking back at the posts and I really do think I was on to something good with the healthy exchange plan that I came up with for Valentine's Day.....I just didn't follow through with it. I think I had some good ideas there that are worth working on, so for the Fourth of July I am going to focus on those same goals and see if I can do it right this time. Hopefully with the arrival of Spring and the warm days ahead for Summer and early Fall I can be more diligent and do what I know I n... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 13:22:16 EST Easter 2011 Goals I think that the things I have been doing are working and worth continuing. I also think that there is a lot of room for improvement on my part. I want to continue with my New Year's resolutions and the Valentine's Day goals, but intend to pick up the pace and improve on all of those things. I know that I can do better and with spring right around the corner it will be much easier to get outside and be more active. So, here goes. <BR> <BR> 1. Work on sticking to the schedule created for... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 21:51:36 EST Valentine's Day Goals Starting a new challenge/set of goals on January first will give us 6 weeks before Valentine's Day to achieve some healthy lifestyle goals. <BR> <BR> I think that we should focus on changes that will not only help us lose weight, but to develop habits that will help us continue down the right path. <BR> <BR> From mine and Lisa's New Year's Resolutions, I have come up with the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Come up with a do-able schedule that we have to stick with to help us develop healthier ha... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 21:25:55 EST New Year's Resolutions With the new year right around the corner it seems appropriate to make a few resolutions. It is time to take charge of the things that we alone have control of: our eating, exercise, and general lifestyle habits! We need to make 2011 our year for success! <BR> <BR> I challenge you to make a list of reasonable, attainable goals for the new year, print those goals out, attach them to your bathroom mirror (or any other place where you will see it EVERY day), and begin a new life on January 1... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 01:30:02 EST Holiday Wake Up Call Challenge! I need a wake-up call how about you? <BR> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> In the next few days I am going to formulate a challenge for myself to last until January 1,2011. <BR> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <BR> I hope to make this holiday season brighter by being lighter when ... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 10:27:46 EST Halloween Challenge <em>147</em> <em>419</em> <em>147</em> <em>419</em> <em>422</em> <em>419</em> <em>147</em> <em>419</em> <em>147</em> <BR> <BR> HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> Here is a breakdown of the Halloween Challenge. I have come up with some specific goals and allowed for a great deal of individual variation to help everyone meet their own needs. Goals are broken down by the week and the times given are totals for the week...not for a day. We will gradually add to and increase the duration ... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 20:00:49 EST Labor Day Challenge! 9 weeks to work through! So I lost some on the last challenge but not enough to brag about. LOL <BR> <BR> <BR> We have 9 weeks til Labor Day. <BR> <BR> Set a goal, come up with a plan and join me to work the weight off til Labor Day! Mon, 5 Jul 2010 20:49:17 EST Welcome Back, Me :) I used to be a member of this group (as innerprettiness), but... I gave up on myself and everyone else around me, but... I'm back!! Someone slap me if I give up on myself again, would ya!?!? <BR> <BR> If you don't remember me, I'm Christy... I dont know new members and I'm sure that most of you older members don't remember me, but.... I hope to reintroduce myself and get motivated. Really I'm sick of being like this and I need to get it in gear!! :) Sat, 26 Jun 2010 23:43:46 EST Independence Day Challenge 2010 (Le Change) This Challenge will be to make changes. In fact the word challenge has the word change in it so it should remind of our task. <BR> <BR> There are exactly 13 weeks from now until July 4th. You can start this challenge from today or any day this week or wait til next Monday and you will have an exact 12 week challenge. <BR> <BR> <BR> This challenge will encompass: exercise goals, nutrition goals, and weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> Your exercise goal(aerobic or strength training or both) sho... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 14:53:27 EST Easter Challenge 2010 Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail, hippity hoppity Easter's on it's way... <BR> <BR> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> Let's be like Peter Cottontail, eat lots of veggies and hip hoppity around. <BR> <BR> <em>450</em> <em>450</em> <em>450</em> <em>450</em> <em>450</em> <em>450</em> <em>450</em> <em>450</em> <BR> <BR> So for this Challenge we need to hit ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 14:05:25 EST Valentines Goals VALENTINES DAY GOALS ( 7 Weeks) <BR> <BR> 1. Drink at least 10 cups of water/unsweet tea daily and eliminate soda’s (Mountain Dew) from my diet. <BR> <BR> 2. Exercise at least 5 days a week: Water aerobics, weight lifting, cardio room at the YMCA. <BR> <BR> 3. Eat healthier meals, that include lean protein (fish at least 3 times a week), fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairy, and limit eating out to only once every week or two. This means packing a healthy lunch for work an... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 23:36:41 EST Christmas Goals! I am going to stick with my basic goals for Hallowneen! <BR> <BR> 1. My exercise goals for Christmas are to exercise at least 90 minutes a day (30 minutes a day more than for Halloween goal), 3 days a week. I will mainly be doing water aerobics, but both deep water and intense Pump H20. I am also going to try to start using dumbbells at home for strengthening on the days I don't go to the pool. <BR> <BR> 2. My nutritional goals are to include more veggies, fish, and fiber in my diet (some... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 13:25:42 EST Halloween Challeng e/Goals! I think that what we have been doing for the Labor Day Challenge has really worked well for us. Everyone is so busy that it is hard to set up a challenge and have everyone trying to accomplish the same overall goal, plus we truly do all have individual needs that need to be met. <BR> <BR> The Labor Day Challenge officially ends at midnight on September 6, so the Halloween Challenge will begin on September 7th, which means this challenge will be 8 weeks and 5 days we will just call... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 00:44:18 EST Labor Day Challenge! Once again, I am going to try to get myself back on track and lose this weight. This challenge involves setting short term goals toward a longer term goal. I am going to set attainable goals for 2 weeks at a time with a final goal to be met by Labor day (September 7), which is actually only 7 weeks away, so it gives a week to get on board and still get in 3 goals. <BR> <BR> The challenge is to: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise 3 times a week, both cardio and strength. <BR> <BR> 2. Drink plenty of... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 13:22:56 EST Fourth of July 7 Week Challenge! There is just a little over seven weeks until the Fourth of July. I challenge you to set one goal for each of the next seven weeks....add ONLY one goal per more. Each week you will focus on adding that one goal into your routine and build on those goals as the weeks pass. You can set any goals YOU choose as long as you start out small and work up. <BR> <BR> There is also one rule for this goal: You MUST take one day off every 14 days. This means that you don't log meals or e... Wed, 13 May 2009 12:31:29 EST Fourth of July 7 Week Challenge! There is just a little over seven weeks until the Fourth of July. I challenge you to set one goal for each of the next seven weeks....add ONLY one goal per more. Each week you will focus on adding that one goal into your routine and build on those goals as the weeks pass. <BR> <BR> You can set any goals YOU choose as long as you start out small and work up. There is also one rule for this goal: You MUST take one day off every 14 days. This means that you don't log meals or exe... Wed, 13 May 2009 12:29:24 EST Bathroom Challenge!!! Yes! I said BATHROOM!!! Okay...I stole this idea from Done Being the Fat Girl Team who stole if from KHAOSKITTEN, a leader of another team. It sounds like a great way to sneak in a little more exercise...She wrote: <BR> <BR> Don't be turned off by the title. LOL One of my members came up with the idea of bathroom challenge. We pick an exercise and do a set or two each time we go to the bathroom during the day. I think it works out great for those of us who work in an office. We've even got ladies that don't work j... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 15:29:46 EST Pick a Number Challenge Maybe if we have a new challenge it will reinvigorate our efforts. <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone claims small goals are ideal because they are more quickly attainable. <BR> <BR> Rather than set a challenge of X pounds by Valentine's..maybe we should just pick a weight that is a few pounds away and work toward it(no deadline). Then when we reach that goal reset the number to a lower weight. <BR> <BR> I really am thinking in terms of Valentines's which is 25 days away but I am going to shoot for... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 14:03:44 EST In Parting Hello Dear Sparkers and Friends, <BR> <BR> I have decided to trim down and go back to my core teams as I am unable to participate fully and therefore feel inadequate as a team player.. <BR> <BR> I have written this team down in my little notebook so there is always a chance of returning in the future.. <BR> <BR> I wish all of you great success in your personal journeys and know that we are still only a click of a button away from each other....Your spark mails and smiles are ALWAYS welcome... Thu, 11 Dec 2008 10:58:01 EST One month Challenge! I know that most of the Sparkettes are AWOL right now, but hopefully that is going to change. In the meantime I want to set some goals and get back into some serious sparking. <BR> <BR> So, I am going to take the liberty of setting up a challenge for anyone that wants to participate. To help keep things realistic it is for 4 weeks. The challenge will start on August 25th and end on September 25th. <BR> <BR> I challenge everyone to: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water (or... Wed, 20 Aug 2008 00:52:16 EST Break-up/F orgiveness Letter(s)... :) So, I was talking with a friend (and in my other group) today and we were saying how it would be a good idea to say goodbye to the things that are holding us back. I know SP had some contest on here before, but this isn't a contest, per se... I just wanted to share with you what I came up with in the way of clearing the air, so to speak... for my health. <BR> <BR> Dear Health, <BR> I love you. <BR> <BR> I love you so much that I am willing to admit all of my transgressions (and flat out le... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 23:19:13 EST The fizzling Sparkettes... are we DONE yet? So I guess Laurie was right (I owe you an apology). I was sure our group would eventuallly resurge with life but it doesn't appear to even have a spark left in it. We are all busy people there is no doubt. And not having post notifications pop up in my mail makes it even easier to forget to come by... <BR> <BR> The only thing I can think of to do (which I have already done for myself) is to search around for another group that is larger and more active. Activity keeps a group alive. No... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:33:14 EST Dueling Challenges! Okay Debbie (and anyone else out there lurking about)it seems like we need a little motivation so how about a new challenge. <BR> <BR> I will offer one and then if you accept my challenge you offer up the next. It will be like dueling banjos (just don't bend over if you are in the N. Ga mountains) <BR> <BR> Whoever posts after me and has met the challenge can offer the next one. Try to make it an attainable exercise and attainable eating challenge(I doubt anyone has the time to fit in... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 09:09:38 EST SONG OF THE WEEK Positive attitude today gals. Here's a song idea to get you going. Read closely - some of the words have been changed LOL! <BR> "I will Survive" <BR> <BR> First I was afraid <BR> I was petrified <BR> Kept thinking I could never live <BR> without you attached to my side <BR> But I spent so many nights <BR> thinking how you bulged my body all wrong, <BR> I grew strong <BR> I learned how to take away pounds <BR> and now you're trying to sneak back <BR> and add more fat in all the wro... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 20:26:09 EST No Fools in April Challenge Begins 4-1-08 No Fools in April <BR> <BR> <BR> Okay so perhaps we need a shot in the butt to get us rocking again. <BR> WE ARE SMART WOMEN! Let's prove it! We are going to score ourselves by doing great things for our bodies and in the end we will hope to see some healthy results. <BR> <BR> This challenge will last the entire month of April. <BR> You will be given a grade based on your accomplishments in the month. <BR> You will get points for doing various activities, eating healthy food options and ... Thu, 27 Mar 2008 11:19:07 EST Two Week Challenges begin January 1st Okay lets try something different since our long term challenges have met with difficulty. <BR> <BR> Let's Begin a 2 week challenge on January 1st. <em>283</em> <BR> After 14 days we will take 1 day off, begin another 2 week challenge, take a day off and then end our last 2 week challenge on Valentines Day! <em>255</em> <BR> <BR> Weigh in January 1st, New Year's Day <em>283</em> <BR> Challenge begins January 1, 2008. <BR> First Off Day is January 15, 2008. <em>76</em> <BR> <BR> Challen... Wed, 26 Dec 2007 12:50:02 EST Christmas Challenge For this challenge I have tried to take into consideration that not only will everyone be tempted by wonderful, not so good for us foods, but also that we will all be busy getting ready for Christmas. Last year our Christmas challenge didn't go that well, so I tried to design this one to be a little more flexible for everyone's busy schedule. So, here it is! <BR> <BR> Christmas Challenge: 55 days <BR> <BR> 1. Continue eating within your calorie range, drinking your water, exercising, and ... Thu, 25 Oct 2007 10:11:14 EST What makes a healthy breakfast for you? I need some ideas! <BR> <BR> <BR> I tend to go overboard when I eat things like cereal. One bowl is never enough... that includes oatmeal, grits and the cold variety. <BR> <BR> Slimfast is filling for me. <BR> <BR> I can't always choke down the traditional meal(eggs and whatnot) <BR> <BR> If I make a frozen fruit smoothie that is filling and I love yoplait light fat free yogurt. <BR> In fact we have had several flavors on our vacation. <BR> <BR> Very Cherry-my personal fav <BR> Bluebe... Mon, 22 Oct 2007 11:25:27 EST The next BIG thing. (new challenge) Okay so I failed miserably during my time of misery to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I am up 5 pounds since the start of the last challenge. <BR> <BR> <BR> Time to bump datBUMP out the door and get a fresh new mindset. <BR> <BR> <BR> So here is the next BIG thing. I am taking a page from Christy and setting us up with a Halloween Challenge. <BR> <BR> <em>147</em> <em>147</em> <em>147</em> <em>147</em> <em>147</em> <em>147</em> <em>147</em> <em>147</em> <BR> There are a little ... Sun, 2 Sep 2007 09:43:29 EST Weigh in I thought since many of us weigh in on different days and some only once a month or two , that a generic weigh in thread would work better. <BR> <BR> <BR> Feel free to post your success here regardless of the day! Wed, 4 Jul 2007 13:28:06 EST BUMP deBUMP Challenge Remember the BUMP dance? Where you swing your hips and bump into someone else or even the wall? I imagine all of us bumping our way to smaller hips waists and butts. <BR> <BR> The motivation behind this new challenge is to have a short 4 week goal which bumps into our next short 4 week goal. The 1st month will focus on bumping up our good eating habits and our good exercise habits. The next 4 weeks will bump that effort up again. We start out blah, bump to GOOD and then bump to GREAT! <B... Wed, 4 Jul 2007 13:19:55 EST Song I workout to.... I was just laughing to myself about the title of some of the songs I just burned to a new 70 minute workout CD. <BR> <BR> Check it out! LMAO <BR> <BR> Pain <BR> Falling <BR> Big Girls Don't Cry <BR> Drama Queen <BR> It's A Mistake <BR> Hips Don't Lie <BR> No One <BR> If I Had It My Way <BR> If Everyone Cared <BR> Hey Ya <BR> Reach <BR> Get Up <BR> You Set Me Free <BR> Meant To Live <BR> Unwritten <BR> Summer Rain Wed, 20 Jun 2007 20:12:47 EST RED WHITE and BLUE Challenge Hey Chica's! Easter Challenge is ending. <BR> <BR> Starting Monday April 9th, there will be exactly 8 weeks til the 4th of July. <BR> <BR> That is 2 months to involve ourselves in a new challenge to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> Lala made me a co-leader while she is doing her thing so I thought I would not let moss grow on our stone and get us set up for a new challenge. <BR> <BR> In eight weeks following the spark plan you could be 8-16 pounds lighter. <BR> <BR> Our new challenge will incl... Fri, 6 Apr 2007 10:15:48 EST Roller.. .what??? (Rollerblades) Hi everyone! My husband just bought me rollerblades today, oh no...I hope I don't break my neck!! At least I can push the stroller my first couple of tries! I haven't been on rollerblades for 14 years and back then I was only in them things for a total of 15 minutes, just standing there waiting for someone to push me!! OH! Wish me luck!! Sun, 1 Apr 2007 22:14:20 EST Greetings!! I new and was reffered by Debbie... Hello everyone! This is such a great discussion board. My name is Christina, from Michigan, I am 32 years old and have a lot of weight to loose. I met Debbie already from a previous post somewhere from the Spark world. She's very nice to introduce me to the "Sparklin' Sparketes"! How cool is this!! What a great name too! Anyway, I hope I get to meet a lot of great people here (she said I would)! I can't wait till I do. Anyway, I hope to tal to you all very soon!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 Mar 2007 10:02:36 EST My gift from God Good morning! <BR> How y'all doing? I have a much better out look on life today. <BR> <BR> As you guys know, I've been having some health issues, I had my doctors visit yesterday with the new doctor, well I was blown away, I went armed and ready to battle, but I didn't even need to smack him lol <BR> <BR> The nurse told me he was a talker, she was not lying lol <BR> <BR> In walks this massive man that would easily weigh 400 lbs. he sits down and introduces himself, he tells me how he c... Wed, 21 Mar 2007 12:56:00 EST Easter Challenge: Add Steps to Subtract Pounds People used to walk everywhere....even after cars were invented people still did a lot of walking ...I think that is a major factor in todays weight problem in this country. I think that we have all become spoiled and lazy. <BR> <BR> So, here is our Easter Challenge! <BR> <BR> 1. Go to the FITNESS section of Spark People and read the article, "Add Steps to Subtract Pounds: Pedometers Motivate & Encourage." <BR> <BR> 2. If you don't have one, buy a pedometer (you can purchase one for as ... Thu, 15 Feb 2007 19:11:10 EST Stone Mountain Trip So, here is the information I have so far: <BR> <BR> I know that the earliest I can leave Abilene is on Friday, March 9, and I won't be able to leave any earlier than 2:30 or 3 (I have to work that day). It is a 20 hour drive, so the earliest I will be able to be in Atlanta is Saturday evening. I do not know what everyone's schedules are like. I could do this during the week, but most of you have to work during the week, so that is a consideration when deciding on a specific day to climb ... Thu, 8 Feb 2007 10:02:18 EST Recipe Swap! I don't know why we haven't thought of sharing recipes more before, so I thought I would start a thread where we could post recipes for anyone who wants them! So here is my recipe for Chicken Alfredo...the Alfredo Sauce is very similar to Olive Garden's. <BR> <BR> <BR> CHICKEN ALFREDO <BR> <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 cup (2 sticks) butter <BR> 4 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 4 cups heavy cream <BR> ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper <BR> 2 pinches salt <BR> 1 cup grated Parmesan ch... Thu, 1 Feb 2007 20:37:17 EST Valentine's Day ideas Hey ladies, I am still trying to figure out what to get my hubby for Valentine's Day. I am also trying to figure out what we are going to do for Valentine's Day. We might not have a sitter with Valentine's Day being on a weekday. <BR> <BR> I would love to read your thoughts and ideas on what you plan to do or what you have done in the past. Mon, 29 Jan 2007 21:46:57 EST Monday weigh in. Who weigh in on Monday? <BR> Much Love, <BR> Rishdale Sat, 6 Jan 2007 08:18:27 EST Suggest-A-Snack LaLa Reminded me today of This is a daily newsletter that is really fun and full of great info. <BR> <BR> They had a list of their favorite snacks and I thought I would share them with you... <BR> <BR> <BR> HG's "Top Ate" Long-Lasting Snacks <BR> <BR> 1. Tootsie Pops <BR> 2. 94% fat free popcorn mini-bags <BR> 3. Steamed artichokes <BR> 4. Sugar-free popsicles <BR> 5. Weight Watchers Fruities <BR> 6. Pomegranates <BR> 7. Tasty Eats Soy Jerky - Hot N' Spicy <BR>... Fri, 5 Jan 2007 09:06:05 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR! Happy New Year everyone! <BR> <BR> 2007 is going to be a great year. I can just feel it in my bones! :) <BR> <BR> Wishing you all the best and may we reach our goals! <BR> <BR> hugs, kel Mon, 1 Jan 2007 00:59:28 EST VALENTINE'S DAY Challenge Alrighty! We have 7 weeks til Valentine's day. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is my Challenge to everyone! We can love others better if we love ourselves better. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> 1- Once everyday, look in the mirror and say to yourself... <BR> "I deserve to love and be loved!" <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> 2- Try to eat something/anything 'heart-healthy' everyday from now til then. It could be a fresh fruit or veggie... a bowl of oatmeal... an Omega oil supplement(or the actual heart-healthy f... Fri, 29 Dec 2006 11:59:20 EST Stage 2# Just started stage two today. Thu, 21 Dec 2006 21:02:14 EST I'm new to this group I hope to make many friends here on our journey. <BR> Much Love, <BR> Rishdale Wed, 13 Dec 2006 13:11:26 EST I'm so discouraged! Hi Gang! <BR> It seems lately that no matter how hard I try or what I do, the scale just keep going up and up, this morning I was the highest I've been in a long long time...the big 190, with all the walking/jogging I do what gives? This is driving me nuts! It seems the harder I try the higher I go, my heart just sank this morning when I saw that number and my first thought was just sc**w it! <BR> <BR> It is TOM but I've never gained more than 3 lbs during that time before...I know all the ... Sat, 9 Dec 2006 16:26:35 EST CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE Time for a Christmas Challenge? Who wants to do one with me! kel Sat, 25 Nov 2006 18:57:58 EST Welcome! Welcome Crystal! Great to see you in here. You will love these gals. hugs, kel Fri, 24 Nov 2006 22:37:00 EST shocked back into Sparking (no pun intended) so, thought i'd share something humiliating w/you guys since i'm trying my darndest to turn it into inspiration to step up my game... <BR> <BR> i volunteered here at work to take a training on CPR and on using an AED (automatic external defibrulator). figured that since my Dad died of a heart attack and his friends weren't trained and able to save him, i could possibly save the life of someone else. <BR> <BR> so, the first half of the class was CPR. i've taken it before b/c i used to be a... Mon, 13 Nov 2006 10:30:50 EST New Year's Resolution n(backwards) There are about 8 and a half weeks til New Year's. The original goal of 40 pounds in 20 weeks is way outta my league now. <BR> <BR> I would like to try for 10 to 16 pounds of loss. That would encompass the Thanksgiving goal, also. <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Oct 2006 10:07:55 EST Laugh It Off Okay grand members, this is the place to post those great jokes and give us all a chance to laugh our you know whats off...besides I always heard laughter is the best medicine and with cold season coming on I say lets share some jokes instead of goims..... <BR> <BR> So with the spirit here is the first one borrowed from Ms Wendy on the Expat Team <BR> <BR> A blonde is terribly overweight, so her doctor puts her on a diet. "I want you to eat regularly for 2 days, then skip a day, and repeat ... Fri, 27 Oct 2006 11:35:46 EST Thanksgiving Challenge! This is a very obtainable goal if we work really hard. I decided to make this one a small step so that we all have a better chance of being successful and maybe we can increase our motivation levels, because I know that I have not been very motivated lately. <BR> <BR> I challenge everyone to lose 5 pounds by Thanksgiving. That is just a little over a month away! So that is just a little over a pound a week. You can do it. <BR> <BR> I also challenge everyone to drink their daily minimum... Wed, 25 Oct 2006 09:51:34 EST Hello all! Thanks Lala for inviting me to join! I was wondering where you went off to... <BR> <BR> In introduction, my name is Jen and I'm 31. My goal is to lose about 118 lbs total- I have 105 to go. My main motivation right now is my wedding on April 28, 2007. 6 months and 5 days to go- but who's counting? <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone!! <BR> Mon, 23 Oct 2006 10:06:15 EST A Walk Down Memory Lane (sniff sniff) So we have 30 pages built up in the ole buddy chat that Laurie started... I wanted to take a moment to take a look back at the beginning and introductions of many of us. I hadn't had time to look at all 30 pages but feel free to post them and the memories we have shared. <BR> It started with BALANCE2 on that fateful day she wrote in looking for a buddy: <BR> Age: 46 <BR> Gender: Female <BR> Pounds to Lose: 185 pounds <BR> Family Status: Divorced, 2 boys; 15 and 13 , one dog, one fish <BR... Fri, 20 Oct 2006 08:41:36 EST New Challenge- 5K or 10K I am walking a 5K this Saturday with my cousin Diana support Alzheimer's research to find a cure. I challenge all of us to find a cause we believe in and to support it by walking either a 5 or 10K. I want to do a 10K next so I will challenge myself with that! Good Luck everyone. I believe one of the greatest things we can do is to give back to our communities. This is an ongoing forever thing ...just wanted to put it out there. <BR> Thanks y'all! Wed, 18 Oct 2006 08:30:02 EST A dream is a wish your heart makes Last night I had a running dream. I have these dreams all the time. In my dream I can do it without effort because I am fit. <BR> <BR> I usually find myself running through the town I grew up in and heading toward the house I lived in. The area has changed a good bit but here is the funny part. <BR> <BR> I lived off a road called Fontaine which has now been extended to meet up with other very busy areas but this road used to have farms down it and a drop on either side of the road.. bu... Tue, 17 Oct 2006 12:41:04 EST New Challenge - 10/2 to 10/8 and BEYOND Okay here is the deal. I like to come up with challenges I can relate to currently and think of how we all could benefit. I have been struggling tremendously lately with exercise. I have been eating right but not moving that much and not keeping up with sparkpeople. The motivation is not there. <BR> <BR> It is time to stick with the plan and add motivational checkpoints along the way. <BR> What I mean by that is I want us all to re-evaluate ourselves, our plan and where we are at and what ... Sun, 1 Oct 2006 11:41:00 EST America On the Move OK, biggest challenge is exercise. I work long hours <em>39</em> (not whining, I know many of us do), rush home (as fast as Atlanta area traffic allows), cook dinner, do chores, spend time with know the drill. My good intentions to walk every night go out the window. <BR> <BR> I found this site through Smart Stop magazine which I get 4 times a year. It's got some good information and some great motivation to get moving. <BR> <BR> I thought maybe some of you might f... Tue, 26 Sep 2006 08:16:12 EST Team map! Wow! I clicked to have myself on the team map. It is amazing how accurate it is as it gets zoomed in. I zoomed in a couple of times and saw a picture of myself waving from the driveway. How did they manage that????? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Okay well actually it isn't that accurate! Mon, 25 Sep 2006 20:03:48 EST I HEART SP <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> OK LADIES, HERE IS A FUN CHALLENGE! <BR> LET'S ALL COME UP WITH WHAT YOU THINK THE "S.P." STANDS FOR IN YOUR WORLD!! <BR> <BR> I'll Start.... <BR> <BR> Strawberry Pie <BR> Short Periods <BR> Skinny Pants <BR> Silly People <BR> Silk Pajamas <BR> <BR> OK, YOUR TURN!!! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 20 Sep 2006 16:06:36 EST Head to Toe Challenge (Sept 21-27) Hi Girls! <BR> <BR> Here is the challenge to start for the next week. I figure we can start this tomorrow, to give everyone time to get on board if they'd like. <BR> <BR> Day 1: <BR> Arms <BR> Day 2: <BR> Shoulders and pecs <BR> Day 3: <BR> Abs <BR> Day 4: <BR> gluts(bootay) <BR> Day 5: <BR> legs <BR> Day 6: <BR> your choice area of most need <BR> Day 7: <BR> your choice area of most need <BR> <BR> Included in this challenge is your continued Cardio goals according to Spar... Wed, 20 Sep 2006 11:23:52 EST CHOCOLATE CHALLENGE <em>116</em> <BR> <BR> OK, Now I know that today is the first day of Boot Camp, we are all doing so well and really have worked our booties off with the competitions and challenges this past month. <BR> <BR> How about our next challenge be a little more like vacation? Now, Let Me Clear Something up....We have ALL signed on for the Halloween Challenge, so we can't get off track. We still need to Stay Within our ranges, and do our Excercises like normal BUT <BR> <BR> I am suggesting a Ch... Wed, 13 Sep 2006 20:03:27 EST BOOT CAMP CHALLENGE!!!! Starting Wednesday! <BR> <BR> Let's get our butts moving ladies. Get out your combat boots here is my version of boot camp for all levels of fitness so you cannot wimp out you hear me!! LOL <BR> It is all about cardio this week. You need to get in at least a half hour of the exercise of your choice daily. If you are used to getting in more cardio you have to ramp it up is your choice how much you want to increase daily. You have 3 choices and you will get 2 points for doing eac... Mon, 11 Sep 2006 18:00:47 EST NEW CHALLENGE - INNER & OUTER STRENGTH THIS CHALLENGE STARTS WEDNESDAY! <BR> I believe in balance and every woman needs to find her balance through her strength. I have come up with a challenge to bring out the inner and outer strength in each of us beautiful women. I am choosing to focus on strength early in our 15 pounds by Halloween so we all don't stress about building muscle at first but don't lose fat. We all do that and we have to get over it. This is a long process of changing our lifestyle and that includes building mus... Mon, 4 Sep 2006 21:48:41 EST 8/28 TEAM CHALLENGE Okay so here is the deal for the next part of this challenge. It will run Monday to Sunday. I am mixing up the teams. Still continue to count points for the original categories. I am dividing the teams up from who I think is participating. We will also at the end see among the teams who is the individual winner. If someone isn't participating like you would want them to you should encourage your teammate through email but do not stalk them...LOL <BR> Now we will have just 2 teams and they ar... Sun, 27 Aug 2006 20:42:27 EST TEAM 2 - Less junk in tha trunk! Here is the team!!! <BR> <BR> TEAM 2 <BR> INNERPRETTINESS <BR> RRS1962 <BR> SHERYE <BR> TABBYRUINZ <BR> TANIBEAR <BR> WITHGODSHELP <BR> <BR> Keep track of points for (1 point each): <BR> Cardio <BR> Strength <BR> Stretching <BR> Water <BR> Calories <BR> Positive Comment <BR> Checking in/ Posting <BR> <BR> Good Luck! Sun, 27 Aug 2006 20:39:39 EST TEAM 1 - Lose the booty! Here is the team!!! <BR> <BR> TEAM 1 <BR> BALANCE2 <BR> BECCAINTURKEY <BR> DEBBIE84 <BR> GOTGRAMMASARMS <BR> LARA91973 <BR> TETERN <BR> <BR> Keep track of points for (1 point each): <BR> Cardio <BR> Strength <BR> Stretching <BR> Water <BR> Calories <BR> Positive Comment <BR> Checking in/ Posting <BR> <BR> Good Luck! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Aug 2006 20:36:59 EST take the quizes<BR>s.asp <BR> <BR> Go to take the quiz it is very interesting and I really learned a lot. jennifer Sun, 27 Aug 2006 15:00:47 EST New Team Leader <em>224</em> for our new team leader. Lala, you are so awesome. I think you will make a wonderful team leader. Thank you so much for taking on the job of leading us all to thinner, healthier, and happier Sparkettes! <BR> <BR> I think Lala deserves a big round of applause! (clapping!) <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> Fri, 25 Aug 2006 19:05:04 EST Sparklin Sparkettes Welcome Mat Lets welcome our newest member Botilla1...Botilla I am sure that you will find a heap of support here..we welcome your participation and encourage you to have a look at all the threads to get an idea of how best to interact...we want you to Sparkle! in every aspect of your journey to fitness! Take care Tanibear Fri, 25 Aug 2006 14:27:54 EST 15 Pounds By Halloween! I met my Labor Day goal a little ahead of schedule! I still can't believe I made it. I am taking part in Lisa's New Years goal, but I have always set mini goals of 15 to 20 pounds to work toward, so I decided to try for another 15 pounds by Halloween (8 weeks). I have changed my ticker to reflect that goal! <BR> <BR> This is an important goal for me, because if I can make 260 by Halloween, it will make an overall loss of 100 pounds for me! I am determined to make it! <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Aug 2006 00:04:25 EST *waving* Hi, I'm new here. Looking for new friend Hi y'all, <BR> <BR> I'm Frankie...been at Sparkpeople for a while but had some health issues that were resolved *crossing fingers* with some major surgery. Now I'm ready to get going with this and I could use a "sparklin" group to help me out. <BR> <BR> Got room for another? <em>213</em> Mon, 21 Aug 2006 20:33:34 EST Determined Divas Unite (aka Team D) Okay ladies here's our thread. I'll post details later or check out the 8/20 challenge. <BR> Mon, 21 Aug 2006 16:07:21 EST HORRAY FOR TEAM A!! Lets kick some SparkPeople butt girls! Come on aboard and earn those points! Lets get MOTIVATED!! <BR> <BR> Team A: <BR> Debbie84 <BR> Danne <BR> Kellss <BR> Tanibear <BR> KClay <BR> LeeannD77 <BR> Scbelle <BR> <BR> Daily points will be given for meeting your goals in <BR> Cardio <BR> Strength <BR> Stretch <BR> Calories <BR> Water <BR> Check=in, posting <BR> Positive comment about yourself <BR> <BR> One point per item --this evens the playing field among those who are exe... Mon, 21 Aug 2006 12:14:49 EST GO TEAM B!!! TEAM B!!! RAH RAH SHISH BOOM BAH!!!! Let's add our points up here! Let's kick some heiny! <BR> <BR> Team B <BR> Lara <BR> WhiteDaisy <BR> WithGod'sHelp <BR> Tetern <BR> Tracy166 <BR> Cissy1227 <BR> InShape07 <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily points will be given for meeting your goals in <BR> Cardio <BR> Strength <BR> Stretch <BR> Calories <BR> Water <BR> Check=in, posting <BR> Positive comment about yourself <BR> <BR> One point per item --this evens the playing field amoung those who are exerci... Mon, 21 Aug 2006 11:44:30 EST TEAM C!!!!!!!! Woo Hoo Looks like we can't count Sunday so i changed the 1st post to reflect our new total. <BR> <BR> Alrighty Chica's! Welcome Team C. I don't figure myself as leader or nuthin but I thought we could use a place to check in for easy motivation.... and our point tracking. <BR> <BR> *copied from challenge thread* <BR> <BR> Daily points will be given for meeting your goals in: <BR> <BR> Cardio <BR> Strength <BR> Stretch <BR> Calories <BR> Water <BR> Check=in, posting <BR> Positive commen... Mon, 21 Aug 2006 11:36:25 EST Check in Okay ladies lets do a checkin. I want to know where you are at in terms of cardio, strength training, water, stretching, staying in calorie range, motivation, etc. Where are we strongest? Where do we need help? And who is doing the challenges? Okay? Sat, 19 Aug 2006 14:07:58 EST 8/20 Challenge Well I forgot to remind the next person in line to choose a challenge and I don't see anything posted so I'll choose one this week (and hope I'm not stepping on someone's toes). But I'm having a hard time formulating it in my mind right now so stay tuned... <BR> Sat, 19 Aug 2006 14:00:19 EST 20 weeks til '07 What is your moderate term goal August 14 to January 1st equals 20 weeks. <BR> <BR> Where do you want to be on New Year's Eve? <BR> <BR> I want to be in a body that is 40 pounds smaller. That is my new goal for myself. <BR> <BR> It is far enough away to leave room for the occasional pitfall which can be overcome with the extra time. <BR> Mon, 14 Aug 2006 11:29:27 EST DEBBIE'S CHALLENGE 8/13 I have been trying to think of an area that is a problem for most people; something that we have not really addressed yet. Are you afraid yet? LOL Ok! Here it is! <BR> <BR> I think a lot of people often forget (I am the world's worst) to stretch before and after exercising. It is so important to prevent injuries and I know that on the days I stretch before exercising, my muscles do not ache as much during exercise. So....... <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. I challenge everyone to do the 10 stretch... Thu, 10 Aug 2006 18:44:02 EST Motivating Quotes I decided this team has so many quotes that we could start our own thread. So share with me. I'm making one of my lunchbox tins full of them so share please! Fri, 4 Aug 2006 15:24:56 EST The Watering Hole (lets chat) The more involved I get here at SP the more I need to help my teams. My mind is not as young as it once was and is slowing down so now I am working on organisation that works best for me. So I look for a place in each team page that is specifically for idle chatter or raising a hullabaloo rather than going through streams of threads lets just meet at the watering hole ladies :) I was going to call it the coffee corner or something similiar but who needs all the calories and besides all sorts ... Wed, 2 Aug 2006 10:34:40 EST 8/6 to 8/12 CHALLENGE -GET ON BOARD! Okay so lately I have been thinking I need to get back to basics. I have been not drinking enough water and that is imperative to this program. The next challenge I have taken from one of the Spark habits. <BR> <BR> I want you to drink half your weight in water in ounces. For example I am about 284 pounds (I rounded up). 284 divided by 2 is 142 pounds. Change pounds to ounces. That would mean I need to drink 142 ounces of water a day. Divide 142 ounces by 8 oz. So that is about 18 - 8oz cup... Wed, 2 Aug 2006 09:32:29 EST New here with 160 lbs to lose Wow that's a lot of weight huh!! My name is Jenny, I am a stay at home mom of two wonderful children ages 3 and 18 months. I currently weigh 340 (LOST 2 LBS LAST WEEK)and am wanting to get to a healthy weight. Out of the obese range for my BMI is 185 so that is my target goal. It feels impossible but I think I can do it. I am good at losing 40 but it's getting to 41 that's hard for me. I have looked at Gastric Bypass but not sure I want to go that route. Nevertheless I am in the process... Tue, 25 Jul 2006 14:20:45 EST over 100 lbs to loose I am new to this. I was reading some of the profiles and everyone sounds like they know what I am going through and that really helps. I need to loose over 100 lbs. my goal is june of next year. I am going on a cruise and want to be comfortable and be able to do EVERYTHING!! I am over 300 lbs, but I do not suffer with the health problems that come with it. I am very thankful for that, but I don't want to push my luck so to speak. I don't have high blood pressure or diabetes, but both r... Tue, 25 Jul 2006 13:08:10 EST Challenge July 30 - Aug 5 Hi chicks! <em>145</em> this is my week to choose a challenge. I am posting early so we can just flow right into the next challenge... no excuses! Participate if you are able! <BR> <BR> Okay here goes.... <BR> <BR> I have wanted to have a cardio minutes challenge since we started doing challenges... <BR> <BR> I challenge everyone to do some type of aerobic exercise(walking, swimming, gym machine, workout tape, walking back forth to the mailbox, hula dancing... it doesn't matter) ever... Tue, 25 Jul 2006 10:11:22 EST 7/23 Challenge Thread Okay, well I'm taking it upon myself to start this thread and start a challenge. I loved Diana's idea but need something "more" and daily because of my mood. <BR> <BR> Our big challenge for the week is to go somewhere new and "hike" or walk--explore. Diana put it this way " How about we all find a place (park, etc) that we haven't been to and hike their trail. Hiking is such a good time, and because you feel like you're back in the scouts and on an adventure, you don't feel like you're exer... Sun, 23 Jul 2006 13:46:39 EST What's our next challenge? Well ladies, <BR> <BR> Unless I'm WAY out of the loop here, it appears to be time to vote again on our next challenge. <BR> <BR> So we've done crunches and bridges... what could we possibly do now? Maybe some... uh... erm... <BR> <BR> Anybody up for reverse crunches? Maybe we should move onto another region of the body. <BR> <BR> OOOOH! SQUATS!!! Sat, 22 Jul 2006 09:45:37 EST Team Introduction Page Hi and welcome to our team -- Sparklin' Sparkettes. <BR> <BR> We are a group started by Balance2 and WithGodsHelp that just grew and grew and grew. Our home team thread is 46/F/185 pounds to lose. Go to any of our SparkPages and you should be able to find a link to it on our Recent posts or you can cut and paste this address: <BR><BR>geboard.asp?imparent=2532646&imboard=28 <BR> <BR> Our goal as a team is to do a challenge a week and one team membe... Fri, 21 Jul 2006 22:13:18 EST HELP!!!! Oh no! I think I've just had the worst morning of my life! I checked myself on the digital completely always super accurate scale at the supermarket an hour or so ago... it says that I gained 6lbs! <BR> <BR> I have my period this week... can bloat cause someone that much weight gain? <em>15</em> Im so sad. I was doing so well too! I did my exercises this morning, took time to make myself look good (better than normal), and then this :( <BR> <BR> Anybody else have this problem? Wh... Wed, 19 Jul 2006 06:22:34 EST Welcome Gloria I want to introduce GloriaJortiz (hope I got that right) to the team. Gloria join spark people the beginning of June and then was diagnosed with breast cancer the 7th of June. We met on her breast cancer thread. Because of chemo etc, and recovering from surgery she won't be able to do all our challenges at the same pace, but I think she will be a good fit otherwise. And I think you are all phenomenal encourages so I think this is a great place for her to be. I asked Gloria to maybe suggest so... Tue, 18 Jul 2006 18:26:36 EST Where y'all from? Okay I know where Debbie is from cuz we talked about it and where Laurie is from cuz I looked it up today. I've looked at everyone's spark pages (I think) but don't remember so let's make this easy and post where we are living. <BR> <BR> I'm in Spokane Washington--not Seattle, the other side of the state, near Idaho. Tue, 18 Jul 2006 01:17:35 EST Stumbling Blocks (from Tani) Hey guys! Check out Tani's post. It sure did help me re-evaluate myself! <BR> <BR><BR>geboard.asp?imboard=4&imparent=3093944 Sun, 16 Jul 2006 10:19:44 EST Bridge Ups 7-16 thru 22 Okay Laurie has spoken Bridge Ups it is. I did 30 tonight just to see if I could. My legs are going to hurt! But it should work nicely. How many should we start with and how many more a day? Fri, 14 Jul 2006 21:01:02 EST Challenge Chooser Schedule & Suggestions In Thu, 13 Jul 2006 12:38:44 EST Next Challenge (7/16 ) Well ladies, we have been "crunching" along nicely. Now we need some ideas for our next challenge (assuming everyone wants to do one). We are working those abs right now, but one of my areas of concern is those flabby arms I have. I find that when I wave to someone, my upper arms continue to wave once I have stopped waving. LOL Not a pretty site. I would love to be able to wear a sleeveless top again! <BR> <BR> So, with that ugly picture in mind, what do you guys think of some type of... Wed, 12 Jul 2006 12:36:03 EST Vote on a new challenge for the week of 7/16-7/23 Or until 7/22 I mean! <BR> <BR> Okay ladies! What's next?? We should decide soon. <BR> <BR> I was thinking of a water intake challenge OR a cardio challenge. Or something completely different you tell me! <BR> <BR> I was reading the water article as my new habit that is a part of stage 2. They say take your weight cut it in half and that is how many ounces a day you should drink. So for example I am 292.5 divided by 2 is 146.25 ounces, divide that by 8 ounces and I get about 18 1/3 cups a... Wed, 12 Jul 2006 08:11:45 EST Sunday Weigh In Here we go girls!! Tomorrow is the big day. Sat, 8 Jul 2006 15:52:44 EST Individual points Whose on Top? Hey Debbie and Kristy passed me! I need to get some more points! <em>105</em> Wed, 5 Jul 2006 19:15:16 EST Less Labor by Labor Day! (15 pounds in 8 weeks) Reduce your daily labor by reducing your weight! Ease the toll on your knees, feet, and waistbands. Plan to lose 15 pounds by Labor Day (8 weeks from July 11). <BR> Starts July 10 -- weigh in and check-in <BR> Weekly checkin's/weigh-in's on Sunday <BR> <BR> Make your plans NOW for this special event! Wed, 5 Jul 2006 17:11:47 EST Crunch Challenge 7-2 thru 7-9 This will be our challenge for this upcoming week. Beginning the 9th not the 2nd as title says. Any takers? <BR> <BR> Sunday 40 <BR> Monday 60 <BR> Tuesday 80 <BR> Wednesday 100 <BR> Thursday 120 <BR> Friday 140 <BR> Saturday 160 Wed, 5 Jul 2006 17:06:14 EST Vote for our first challenge Weight loss??? <BR> exercise minutes??? <BR> crunches???? <BR> Sparkpoints???? <BR> other ideas??? Mon, 3 Jul 2006 21:39:53 EST Sparkettes Welcome! Just getting a thread started--glad you made it! Mon, 3 Jul 2006 21:35:07 EST