SparkPeople Clipping Coupons and Counting Calories Team Messageboard Getting Fit & Saving Money Is The Name of Our Game! SparkPeople Clipping Coupons and Counting Calories Team Messageboard Cheap & Nutritous & Filling Snack Ideas As always, peanut butter! Sun, 5 Feb 2017 17:14:48 EST Emoticon If You Got 10 In Minutes Of Activity <em>244</em> Sun, 5 Feb 2017 17:13:02 EST Thanksgiving Savings Hi Team, <BR> What are your best savings tips for Thanksgiving feast? Do you participate in Black Friday Shopping? Do you participate in holiday baking and/or cookie exchanges? <BR> <BR> This year my family and I have decided to celebrate Thanksgiving all weekend long. For Thanksgiving, I am hosting the meal and will be cooking the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy. All guests(family members) 20 total are bringing either an appetizer, side dish, beverage, or a dessert to pass. <BR>... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:09:53 EST What is your biggest savings? I spend . <BR> $0.56 and got $34.00 of free stuff from Rite Aid Drug Store. <em>244</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:23:17 EST I love to coupon! Hello!!!! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I sure hope this team is still active. I just joined SP and I'm excited to figure out how to integrate coupons into healthy living. I've been couponing for over a year now.....and a complete krazy coupon lady! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I hope to hear some great tips from everyone! I'll post mine as I go along my journey. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 22:30:25 EST BUSY BARB!!! HI!! <BR> HOPE TO FIND TIME FOR MYSELF TO GET HEALTHY THIS SUMMER AND MAKE IT A <BR> WAY OF LIFE. I TEND TO WORK MANY HOURS AND FORGET TO MAKE TIME TO ENJOY <BR> LIFE. I HAVE MANY INTERESTS LIKE GARDENING, BIKING, HIKING, WALKING, SWIMMING,CAMPING. <BR> SO <BR> I AM JUST NEEDING TO FIND TIME TO FIT THE FUN ACTIVE THINGS BACK INTO MY LIFE FOR MY <BR> HEALTH AND HAPPINESS TO IMPROVE. WANT TO MAKE THIS A YEAR TO REMEMBER. Mon, 28 May 2012 03:01:33 EST store coupons always check out the Sunday paper Fri, 25 Nov 2011 09:18:15 EST Lets Trade! Post the current coupons you need and the ones you don't. Make arrangements to trade coupons! <BR> <BR> Try to make it look something like this! <BR> <BR> dont need: <BR> $1 off Kibbles & Bits dog food - exp 1/7/2012 <BR> <BR> Need: <BR> .50 off any 2 V8 Vegetable Juice (Smart Source) exp: 12/31/11 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 12:17:02 EST Co-Team Leader? Hi Gang, I realize that I am a mostly absent team leader and I apologize. Every time I come in with renewed excitement I come back to a mostly dead page. <BR> Is anyone interested in getting our team going again? <BR> <BR> If so, is anyone interested in being a co-team leader? <BR> Looking for someone knowledgeable and excited about couponing as well as losing weight and being healthy! Being organized is a plus! <BR> Also looking for someone who has been at least somewhat active in this gro... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 13:32:26 EST walgreens coupons question when the walgreens store coupons says for example: <BR> <BR> palmolive dish liquid 10. oz 89 cents limit 3 <BR> <BR> does that mean i can use this one coupon and get three of them for 89 cents? or do i need three different 89 cent store coupouns? Mon, 8 Aug 2011 17:21:37 EST Slightly Coupon Crazed! Hi! I'm Mrs. Undomestic and I am addicted to coupons! My husband is pretty sure it's all I do (it's not, but it feels like it some days!) <BR> <BR> I have been a member of SparkPeople, on and off, since 2006. I've made numerous attempts to diet, but never really change my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I've been a couponer since 2005, on and off, but got serious a year ago when we moved to a more expensive apartment with the plan of moving to a house in 2013. <BR> <BR> I just bought "The Spark" and ... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 19:01:26 EST printable online coupons do any of you use these? <BR> <BR> my parents just bought another printer caue their last one was kinda broke. soooo yesterday i went over and printed out alot of good coupons!!!! <BR> <BR> i used a couple yesterday but im always like omg wht if it does not work! Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:29:47 EST Not to bad so today i went and got <BR> 4 dial body washes <BR> 2 air wick kits <BR> 2 suave lotions <BR> all for 4.63 saved 42.46 <BR> <link><BR>bk/coupon2.jpg </link> Thu, 9 Jun 2011 14:30:30 EST your coupon binder / holder. what are the sections you divide it in to? the catagories? im trying to make mine really easy to just flip and boom got it. Sun, 1 May 2011 05:26:16 EST coupons off ebay for cheap! did you know you can get coupons off ebay for cheap! <BR> <BR> i got that tip off a youtube video. most only cost a dollar or two and give you tons of coupons! already clipped, in date! <BR> <BR> how cool!!! <BR> <BR> i bought one listing for 20 crystal light coupons, buy 2 get one free! <BR> <BR> and another listing for kraft homestyle macaroni and cheese a dollar off any 1 one item. those are only two dollars a bag ad this makesthem one dollar! <BR> <BR> look into it! lots of great d... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 20:27:20 EST So You Wanna Save Some Money? This is the place to discuss coupons and couponing! <BR> In an attempt to keep things organized I've set this up and dedicated it to deals! :D Tue, 8 Feb 2011 20:54:17 EST Hey I'm new! Help! I live in an area with only one national chain store and no Sunday paper. I have no idea how to find coupons that I can use but I am excited to start looking and start saving! Mon, 10 Jan 2011 22:30:40 EST Hi my name is Jenny Lucente My goals are to become a much healthier eater and get myself to a healthy weight. My family benefits from the healthy eating as well. I am really looking forward to a lot of changes in 2011. Thu, 6 Jan 2011 09:14:47 EST Extreme Couponing Last night we were watching the TLC channel and saw a program called Extreme Couponing (I think that is what it was called) and my daughter were wondering how to play the game? We want in on all the savings. We saw people getting over 600.00 in products paying around 6.00 for it all!!!! How do we find out how it's done? Any tips? <em>9</em> Wed, 5 Jan 2011 17:29:55 EST Fell Off The Wagon.... I fell off the wagon. Dang it. But I'm back! :) <BR> I didn't gain all my weight back that I lost, but some. And I'm ready to let it go! rofl <BR> <BR> I hope people are still here!! <BR> If anyone is interested in being a co-leader let me know! Sun, 3 Oct 2010 22:55:37 EST one thing for sure is there is always change Here I am 45 and trying to make so many changes in my life. With a husband who is in the Army and fixing to deploy again it sure is more changes to deal with. When he came home from Iraq in Oct. of 2008 I was 30Lbs. lighter and felt wonderful but he loves to cook as well as I do and with the combination here I set now and Drs are telling me that my liver has damage from fatti tissues and that there has to be drastic changes. So My precious little sister sent me a message and said "I would lov... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 21:37:09 EST Introduction I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to the team. I've been a member since 2007 but have recently reconnected with SparkPeople. I was very happy to find this SparkTeam and look forward to learning more about coupons. I also welcome any other money saving tips. Sun, 2 May 2010 13:30:21 EST Hi I ama newby! I a an avid coupon clipper. Wed, 21 Apr 2010 18:50:44 EST New to SparkPeople HI! My name is Tori and I have decided that 2010 is the year to change: eating habits, poor exercise habits (or should I say lack of), and how I feel about myself. I have battled my weight for years -- since my 'baby' was born -- she'll be 12 YEARS old this year. My husband was diagnosed as a Type 2 Diabetic over a year ago and I altered my cooking habits for him -- for every pound he "lost", I "found" it. [What's up with that?] <BR> <BR> I am a huge NASCAR fan {go Jr. and Tony} and am... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 17:23:39 EST New to Team, not new to SP Hello all! <BR> <BR> This is a great team for me because my fiance' is upset at how much our grocery budget has gone up since I have started dieting (living a healthy lifestyle). I told him I would try to make changes where I can, do better planning, start clipping coupons and looking for the best deals. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know everyone and helping each other make the best choices with the least money. <BR> <BR> Dana Wed, 2 Sep 2009 14:23:34 EST Hello from sunny NC Hi all. My name is Christy and I'm a 32 year old mommy of 3 (9,6 and 5) This is my 2nd time with sparks and I'm looking to "get it right" this time. I did very well last year and lost almost half of my weight but then with some challenges in my family and the death of my grandmother, I totally got off track. I've floundered a bit doing things here and there but nothing substantial. I'm looking for some fun and friendship as well as great motivation. I can wait to get to know you all! Thu, 23 Jul 2009 13:19:13 EST Betty Crocker website Today I went to the Betty Crocker website and downloaded several coupons for yogurt, cereal such as several varieties of cheerios and fiber one as well as coupongs for aspirin and toothpaste. Go check it out if you haven't already. Most of the coupons were for $1 off. Thu, 2 Jul 2009 12:49:07 EST Newspaper Coupon Inserts Do you know a newspaper that has lots of coupon inserts? <BR> <BR> Our local one is pretty slim. I would get Sunday papers from other places around the US if I knew they had a great coupon section. <BR> <BR> I get most of my coupons from All You but desperately need other sources (other than online since my stores don't take those). Mon, 8 Jun 2009 19:10:50 EST Check out the Mypoints coupons for June I got some amazing deals on the my points coupons for June. I have used several of the yogurt coupons, some coupons for bbq sauce, grey poupon, A1, Bocca products, anyway. They are great for helping stay on a budget and eating healthy and helps with the summer bbq season as well. Mon, 8 Jun 2009 13:24:56 EST Triple Coupons at Harris Teeter this week!! I just went through the weekly grocery ads and Harris Teeter is once again having triple coupons this week. The special goes on until June 2. Yippee!! Wed, 27 May 2009 11:35:31 EST best cell phone? help please... I am in need of a new cell phone. Well, I don't NEED it, but I WANT it and am eligible for a great upgrade from Sprint/Nextel because mine is really old. I am really desiring to add web and email to my phone (I want to be able to Spark from anywhere!) I know the iphone is more compatible to Spark but I can get a lot of phones for a great deal with Nextel. So, does anybody use Sprint/Nextel and have web access with a phone that works well? What would you recommend? Do I really need a bla... Mon, 11 May 2009 23:08:16 EST Staples deals I just have to share. I'm so excited! I got such a steal! It is sad how excited I am about this. :) <BR> <BR> This week Staples is having a sale on a labelmaker. It is $19.99 but it has an easy rebate for $20, so you get it for free! I had a few rebate checks from bringing in my empty ink cartridges. Unfortunately I didn't pay attention & 1 had expired. So I figured I'd use the checks to buy an ink cartridge for my printer (normally $42). While I was waiting in line, I saw they had a sale o... Mon, 4 May 2009 16:30:34 EST Coupons Inc Coupon List There are many useful coupons there. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ientlist.asp </link> Tue, 28 Apr 2009 15:04:00 EST Hypereating <link> ?doc_id=287744 </link> <BR> <BR> What does this to you? <BR> <BR> I think for me its pizza...I could eat a whole pizza myself before and have a HARD time stopping at one or two pieces. Thu, 23 Apr 2009 11:35:56 EST Kashi Coupons on! Mon, 20 Apr 2009 16:33:07 EST Coupons for our troops Monthly I send out expired or coupons I won't use overseas to our troops. I was thinking..... If any of you want to send me your just expired or unwanted coupons, I'll package them up with my coupons for our troops. Just drop me a note and i'll give you my address. Sat, 11 Apr 2009 11:14:48 EST Cascadian Farm Granola Bars On Sale and Coupon! At my local store Hyvee Cascandian Farm Organic Granola bars (I buy the fiber right ones they offer instead of Fiber One bars that have high fructose corn syrup in them ) are on sale for 2 for 6$ and also have a 1$ off coupon! Great considering one box is typically 4.98$!!! Fri, 10 Apr 2009 15:48:27 EST I am not sure if anyone has been to this site but I wanted to just pass it along. A friend of mine really loves it. I have not used it yet though. Thu, 9 Apr 2009 22:29:15 EST Coupon Trades? I get coupons in the mail, flyers, online, etc. that I don't use & end up throwing out. Rather than doing that how do you all feel about setting up some sort of trading area? Maybe have a post where we all list what products we typically use. Then have separate posts for Wants & Haves. For instance I'd make a post "HAVE: Nature's Best Dog Food Coupon" & anyone who wants it could look in the post where I listed the products I commonly use to see if they have a coupon to trade. They then could ... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 20:54:52 EST Coupon web sites Has anyone heard or tried cool saving? Thu, 9 Apr 2009 10:44:53 EST Coupon Tips I will use <link> </link> for organic products. I also have no issues grabbing coupons off boxes of products that I use daily. Thu, 9 Apr 2009 09:47:15 EST Albertson's has cereal for 1.57 a box If you live in an area with an Albertson's (Utah, Idaho, etc) they have post cereals on sale today only for 1.57 a box. If you buy 6 boxes you will receive a coupon for $5 off another 6 boxes. My co-worker just bought 12 boxes for about 8 dollars. Tue, 7 Apr 2009 18:18:40 EST Coupons On Products So I have a question...when you see coupons on your favorite products at the store do you harvest them and save them for later? Mon, 6 Apr 2009 13:50:19 EST Free Barilla Pasta if you have a Lowes Food This will completely be a regional thing but, if you have a Lowes Food in your area, they have Barilla whole wheat pasta on sale this week for $1. In most of today's papers there's $0.50 off Barilla whole wheat pasta coupons. Doubled, that makes it free! Sun, 29 Mar 2009 11:56:51 EST money tips check out my blog you might like a few tips i've wroten <em>212</em> Fri, 27 Mar 2009 15:09:01 EST Free DOVE sample <link><BR>spx </link> <BR> <BR> Sign up and add your email address to their list to get a free sample of their new Heat Defense Therapy Shampoo or Intense Damage Therapy. Fri, 27 Mar 2009 03:28:08 EST Quizno's Coupons <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Sign up with Quizno's and you will get deal info. and coupons sent to your email. Fri, 27 Mar 2009 03:20:21 EST Free Quaker Oats Rice Cake <link><BR>ureAddress.iphtml?item=100545&source </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Fri, 27 Mar 2009 03:14:53 EST Yo-plus yogurt $1 off and rebates at <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 25 Mar 2009 15:52:52 EST greece were in greece can i find coupons or freebees? Tue, 24 Mar 2009 11:20:05 EST Zone Perfect Bar Coupon If you like the Zone Perfect bars like me, go to their website and sign up as a VIP to get a coupon for their newest bar. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 20 Mar 2009 00:09:52 EST Coupons for Pineapple & McCormick Spices At under printable couponds! Thu, 19 Mar 2009 16:03:32 EST Hostess 100 Calorie cakes I got an email for a 75off/1 coupon in my email today. I printed out 2. All you need to do is sign up with your email address super easy and worth it!! <BR> <link><BR>.aspx </link> Wed, 18 Mar 2009 11:14:46 EST Shaws freebie coupons In case you guys haven't heard, shaws supermarkets has these lil coupon booklets and among the great coupons is five or so FREEBIE coupons for shaws products and also hood frozen yougurt!! <BR> *note* some shaws as claiming the froYo coupon isn't good but its misprinted as the date experation being last may for some reason. if one shaws won't take it, i suggest trying another. <BR> <BR> ps- to let you all know, i hear they're "making" people switch to the new shaws cards now too, i know a ... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 13:48:05 EST Greek Yogurt Coupon From the daily blogs...good info and a great coupon if you want to try Greek yogurt. <link><BR>ate_it_chobani_greek_yogurt </link> Thu, 12 Mar 2009 09:49:18 EST Double coupons and Ecoupons So i saw Coupon Mom on The Today Show the other day and i was in SHOCK of $100 of groceries that she got for 25cents. Boy i wish i could do that. So i went to her site and i read her ebook a little bit and she talked about double coupons and such. <BR> <BR> Would you believe that every time i went food shopping at wal-mart i went because i could comp food but never used my coupons that i loved to clip so much. Meantime my local grocery store allows for double coupons up to 1.00 EVERY day!!!... Sat, 7 Mar 2009 16:46:42 EST Funny!!! <link> </link> Thu, 26 Feb 2009 11:41:41 EST Wish Coupons Do you have products that you use that you wish you could find better or more coupons for? Thu, 26 Feb 2009 10:02:47 EST Free Kashi Frozen Dinner Coupon Just type in and fill out the mailing information and in 2-4 weeks a coupon should arrive. These dinners are delicious. My personal favorite is the Southwest Chicken. Wed, 25 Feb 2009 19:00:03 EST Recession? How is the economy affecting you? How are your spending habits changed? Post any ideas that have helped you and your family start saving money. Mon, 23 Feb 2009 10:01:50 EST Best deals....what are yours Post here as you score awesome deals! We can see how others do it and those that are new to couponing can maybe learn more about how to do it. Post as little or as much detail as you'd like! Mon, 9 Feb 2009 09:52:55 EST Healthy deals - how do you do it? How are you using your couponing skills to shrink the grocery budget while shrinking your waist? <BR> <BR> Do you compromise on some items and not others? Thu, 29 Jan 2009 14:46:51 EST Hi there! I'm new! Hi everyone! I'm Chris and I'm a couponaholic. I've been using coupons for many years; my mother (rest her soul) taught me well. In fact, it's pretty much of an obsession to clip and shop. Hey, the way the state of the nation's economy is these days, every little bit helps. Wed, 28 Jan 2009 09:43:21 EST Just a little about ME :) Hello, I'm Kim. I LOVE (and probably have an addiction to) clipping coupons. I love everything about a great deal: getting the great deal, telling everyone about the great deal, then showing off the great deal :) <BR> I do have to point out that I am a banker and give people financial that makes this budget shopping a little easier for me. I mean, how could I sell something I know nothing about? So, I decided a few years see what it was all about! ... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 02:31:57 EST New coupons from Con Agra I just printed a bunch of coupons. Healthy Choice, Egg Beaters, Pam, etc. You have to log on to Start Making Choices and sign up. Then point to "special Offers". Click on "Coupons" in the drop down menu. There are 6 different $1 coupons and you can print 2 of each. <BR> Shirley Thu, 22 Jan 2009 00:57:06 EST New here! Hello! My name is Melinda and I'm a couponaholic. <BR> <BR> I started couponing after my husband and I started Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. It has saved us greatly on the grocery portion of our budget. I walked out of CVS before with $175 for only $5! Sat, 17 Jan 2009 16:33:04 EST Yeah Coupon Lovers!!! Hi Everyone! I'm fairly new to SP and just LOVE that there is a team for coupon lovers!! I'm actually in a coupon swap team at my job and enjoy the thrill I get from saving $$$. My most amazing feat was having $40 off from coupons at Walmart!! Glad to be a part of this team. <em>244</em> Fri, 16 Jan 2009 10:06:22 EST Suave Coupon Wed. Jan 14th ONLY! Saw this ad in Sunday's paper. Register on to receive a coupon for one bottle of Suave Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Spray, Styling Aid, Body Wash or Body lotion (up to $3.00) by mail. This is only valid on January 14, 2009. One coupon per household. <link> </link> Mon, 12 Jan 2009 23:09:52 EST Counting Calories In the theme w/ our team name I thought I would start this thread where we can post our calorie range and daily goals (hitting the lower or higher number. <BR> Wed, 7 Jan 2009 10:11:25 EST 2009 Resolutions? What New Years Resolutions have you made? <BR> <BR> I just reminded myself of how lucky I am for my family and for this most awesome journey I'm on. Tue, 6 Jan 2009 10:26:49 EST Muir Glen Coupon Here is a muir glen coupon - I love this brand it is organic: <BR> <BR><BR>spx?WT.mc_id=paid_bannerad_FoodNetwork<BR>_Coupon_200811 Fri, 26 Dec 2008 21:52:22 EST Who or what? Who or what motivates you? I'm getting remarried next year and have a beautiful dress picked out.It has spaghetti straps and I need to lose my grandma's flabby arms. I look at the picture every day and dream of wearing it on my wedding day. <BR> <BR> Cat Fri, 26 Dec 2008 09:27:35 EST Have a Happy Healthy Holiday I hope everyone has a great holiday season surround with the love of friends, family and spark buddies! Keep real to yourself and your healthy lifestyle! Tue, 23 Dec 2008 10:33:58 EST Weekend before Christmas Anyone doing any last minute shopping? Know about any good sales? We are supposed to have a blizzard here in South Dakota tomorrow but Sunday I'm thinking of running a few errands. Fri, 19 Dec 2008 14:06:53 EST Fasting Ok, I had to do the fasting thing today and will have to do it on Friday. I can only have 1 slice of dry toast and a small glass of juice before the stress test on Friday. I can't imagine making this a way of life. I could have ate the rear end out of a horse when I got home today. As it was I ate a soft chicken chimichanga with extra cheese sauce, hey my doc said get more calcium. I think I would weigh a ton if I did this on a regular schedule. I'm not so sure you could convince me the benef... Tue, 16 Dec 2008 18:17:40 EST In Season Fruits & Veggies by Month January <BR> oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, tangelos, lemons, papayas, cabbages: red, white and green; leeks, broccoli, cauliflower <BR> February <BR> oranges, tanelos, grapefruit, lemons, papayas, broccoli, cauliflower <BR> March <BR> pineapples, mangoes, broccoli. lettuce <BR> April <BR> pineapples, mangoes, zucchini, rhubarb, artichokes, asparagus, spring peas, broccoli, lettuce <BR> May <BR> cherries, pineapples, apricots, okra, zucchini, rhubarb, artichokes, asparagus, spring peas, bro... Mon, 15 Dec 2008 11:03:40 EST Prayer Well I see my doctor this afternoon. Please say a prayer for me. I'm very worried about my heart and I'm afraid she is going to send me for a lot of tests before all is said and done. I'll post an update when I get back. <BR> <BR> Cat Thu, 11 Dec 2008 10:04:36 EST Ten Commandments 1. Thou shalt honor and believe in thyself. Veryily and mightily. <BR> <BR> 2. Thou shalt move thy booty. Move it and move it some <BR> more. <BR> <BR> 3. Thou shalt not go hungry again. Eat small meals and <BR> healthy snacks throughout the day. <BR> <BR> 4. Thou shalt stock the fridge with the fruits and vegetables of the earth, the melba toast of women who came before us. <BR> <BR> 5. Thou shalt honestly write it down. If you bite it, you <BR> must write it. <BR> <BR> 6. Thou shalt we... Mon, 8 Dec 2008 14:48:12 EST WalkScore <BR> <BR> This is pretty awesome! Mine is 45 <em>24</em> Thu, 4 Dec 2008 17:23:21 EST Part of the 5% that keep it off! I found this article here and just had to share it! We're already doing step 2!!! <BR> <BR> The 5 secrets of 5% who lose the weight and keep off… <BR> <BR> 1. …Make It Public. The 5% generally don’t keep their weight loss efforts to themselves. They recruit supporters. They ask for help. They swap war stories with friends. They give and take encouragement. Often a goal buddy is involved, or at least a positive, supportive friend who holds the dieter accountable. Studies show that just by w... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 16:53:13 EST Brand New! Hello all! I'm brand new and just joined the team. So, I'm stopping by to say Hi! I really hope I can find the support I know I'm going to need here. Tue, 11 Nov 2008 01:57:06 EST Cooking Light this month is a winner FYI: Cooking Light magazine this month has TONS of great recipes and also a whole lot of good coupons. Might want to look into it! Fri, 24 Oct 2008 15:30:12 EST Would YOU Like To Be a Team Leader?? Hey Gang! <BR> We are now taking 'applications' for new team leaders! <BR> As you know, Stacey stepped down since she is very preggo~ and while I'm still in the game, I'm not at the top of it and don't come around here like I should. <BR> <BR> So~ I'd love to have team leader(s) that are active and can keep everyone motivated! <BR> I'm happy to stay a team leader~ to teach the ropes etc, and I'm not sure how many leaders we can have. I'll check that out. <BR> <BR> Anyway~ if you are interes... Sun, 12 Oct 2008 12:58:08 EST Clothing Coupons What are your fave stores for clothes shopping & discounts? <BR> <BR> I like Macy's - they send me a mystery discount card once or month or so. I swing in after work and scan it to see what it's worth and then head for the discount racks! Last month the card was worth $20! <BR> I was able to get a very nice 2 piece set and ended up spending about $3.00! Wed, 1 Oct 2008 18:29:07 EST Any good Legitimate Coupon Websites? Does anyone know any good, legitimate coupon websites that I can print at home? <BR> <BR> My local ads don't have much in the way of coupons, and upon doing a search for coupon websites, about a trillion pop up? <BR> <BR> Help Please?! Mon, 29 Sep 2008 12:12:11 EST Roll Call! I'm beginning to wonder if this Team is active at all. I don't see anybody posting or responding!! <BR> <BR> Roll Call! Give a shout out and make some noise in here! Tue, 23 Sep 2008 10:15:40 EST Sunday Coupons The coupons I found this week that I'll use to plan my menu for the week: <BR> <BR> 40. off Minute Rice (I'll get the brown rice) <BR> 1.00 off 2 Ragu & 1 pasta <BR> <BR> My local store has chicken breasts on sale $1.69 lb. so I'll make chicken cacciatore one night and chicken and rice one night. Bay scallops are on sale for 4.99 so I'll do scallops and pasta one night. <BR> <BR> That takes care of three nights! <BR> <BR> What did you cut from your coupons to use this week? Sun, 21 Sep 2008 12:54:18 EST Quaker Oatmeal Coupon <link> </link> Sat, 20 Sep 2008 20:32:20 EST Weight Watchers Smart Ones Coupon $1.00 off 5 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ex.aspx?sid=62 </link> Sat, 20 Sep 2008 20:28:33 EST Fiber One Coupons Just signed up for free samples and coupons! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 20 Sep 2008 20:08:45 EST Be Gourd-jus! It's that time of year that Gourds like Butternut Squash, Acorn Squash, Spaghetti Squash and Pumpkin are abundant and inexpensive! <BR> <BR> What's your fave? How do you use them in your meal plan? <BR> Thu, 18 Sep 2008 18:04:45 EST Ike!! Just wanted to say I hope all our gals in Texas are ok. We had some really nasty winds for about 6 straight hours last night. About 25% of our county is without power and will be until at least next Sunday. I can't imagine how people stay and make it through a full blown hurricane. <BR> <BR> Cat Mon, 15 Sep 2008 21:42:23 EST I'm BACK!! I'm here. I'm back. <BR> I admit that I lost my motivation over the summer. I think I lost one pound. Well, that was the last time I was on the scale and I can't even recall when exactly that was. <BR> My eating has gotten more out of control. I had been doing pretty well, and my weight has pretty well maintained. <BR> But today~ today my pants are just a bit tight. <BR> I REFUSE to gain this weight back so here I am! <BR> I don't have the same mindset I did when I lost the 26.5 pounds earlie... Sat, 6 Sep 2008 15:41:06 EST That has HOW many calories?!? Post here about foods that may seem healthy, but are actually packed with fat/calories/whatever... <BR> It's hard to know just what you are consuming every day, especially now that it's sort of a fad to eat healthier, every product is advertising its "health benefits", even Cookie Crisp!! Honestly people!!! <BR> <BR> I work at a coffee shop part time and we are all kind of turning into health nuts (or at least constantly talking about it) so we got the nutrition facts for everything we use i... Fri, 5 Sep 2008 00:29:01 EST Back from Indiana Well i made it back yesterday around 4:30. I will weigh in on Friday just to see if I was a good girl while I was home. I got in some walking while there but I paid for it with my Asthma...allergies kicked my butt Monday.Hope everyone had a successful holiday. <BR> <BR> Cat Wed, 3 Sep 2008 10:30:58 EST It's awfully lonely on these boards. Did everyone quit? I won't be here for a few days. I'm going home (Indiana) to see my kids, Mom, sister, and aunt. I'm hoping to come back about 4 pounds lighter since I won't have time to sit and munch on junk.Hope everyone has successes while I'm gone. <BR> <BR> Cat Wed, 27 Aug 2008 21:38:14 EST My goal for this week is to get under 150 pounds. It will be the first time in 2 years that I have been there. <BR> <BR> Cat Sun, 24 Aug 2008 09:26:29 EST Oh Lord give me strength. We are going to a hog roast tonight and everyone takes a covered dish. Temptations will surely abound. I will weigh in tomorrow so hopefully I will be stubborn tonight. Keep my in your dieters prayers. <BR> <BR> Cat Sat, 9 Aug 2008 12:13:15 EST Anyone want to be a new leader? As most of you know, I am 5 months pregnant. Life is so hectic for me right now with the death of dh's dad, the pregnancy, returning to work, and just LIFE! <BR> <BR> I am not able to give you guys the support, motivation and leadership that you all deserve to succeed. Does anyone want to be the new leader? It's a role you would share with Onehappybaby. There isn't much to it, just keeping up with the team and keeping up with the motivation etc. <BR> <BR> Please let me know! <BR> <BR> Than... Thu, 7 Aug 2008 13:11:08 EST August Chat!! Here's a forum for August. Thu, 7 Aug 2008 13:05:40 EST Key Chain I won a key chain for logging in this morning. I know it isn't the lottery but I can't wait to get it. First of all I need a new one and second I think it will keep me on the right track when I'm eating out. Kind of like the string around a finger to remind you of something. This will remind me to choose wisely when I order fast food. Did anyone else win one? <BR> <BR> Cat <BR> <BR> Cat Thu, 7 Aug 2008 07:10:53 EST Sparkpeople Lifestyle Scale I just used this for first time about 2 minutes ago. Does anyone else use this.I know there are so many tools to use to track your progress but how many do we use daily? I'm not able to log in every day so I try to catch up my info on my days off which is usally every other weekend. About the only thing I don't track is the nutrition. I don't have time to write down everything I eat and by the time I get home I'm to tired to think about it. I do get my water, fruits & veggies in daily. For me... Sun, 27 Jul 2008 10:55:04 EST Fallen Off The Wagon?? I haven't fallen off the wagon....but I'm barely hanging on. <BR> I posted that I've been going through some really emotional stuff lately (little dog suddenly going into heart failure and having to put him to sleep) DH has been at the fires, and is now gone again camping, FIL (who I have a not great history with) has come to visit.....gah... <BR> I have not given up but I feel like I'm in survival mode. <BR> <BR> I'm going back to baby steps. <BR> I'm not going crazy with eating. I'm NOT go... Sat, 19 Jul 2008 11:46:05 EST Help Ok, how in the heck do I change my weight ticker tape? It's been so long since I tracked anything I forget. Oops. <BR> TIA <BR> <BR> Cat Sat, 19 Jul 2008 11:19:50 EST July Chat! Hello everyone! I haven't read any posts on here, but I just wanted to stop in and let you know where I've been. I hope you all are having much success with your water, weight loss, exercising and tracking. <BR> <BR> My fil was killed in a car accident on the 24th. The 17 year old driver of the other car was texting and crossed the double yellow. He and both teens were killed and his wife is doing a lot better (the sole survivor). Yesterday, was the mass. And, we have the graveside next Thur... Fri, 4 Jul 2008 12:42:29 EST Challenge for Next Week (7/14 to 7/20) I saw this on another team and thought it was cool. Since the "Last One Out" contest has finished, maybe this would be a nice change? It certainly would keep you accountable in a balanced way. <BR> <BR> KISS Challenge (Keep it Simple Silly) <BR> <BR> Ok so for this weeks challenge we’re going to keep with the basics. Whether you’re looking to lose weight or to maintain we’ve all got to remember that nutrition is equal in importance to exercise. So this week no skipping the nutrition and ... Thu, 3 Jul 2008 20:02:30 EST Fruit Smoothie Recipe Ok, can you tell I've been obsessed with our VitaMix lately? :o) This one was DELICIOUS!!! <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 cups FROZEN strawberries- unsweetened <BR> 1 cup FROZEN blueberries- unsweetened <BR> Banana- cut up and frozen- approximately 8" long <BR> 1 T. white sugar <BR> 1/2 cup cottage cheese (I used 4% fat because that's what I had, but you could reduce it.) <BR> 1-2 cups water, depending on how thick/thin you want it to be and how much help your blender needs to get going. :o) <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 30 Jun 2008 16:27:53 EST Hi! I finally decided to join you all and it feels great! I'm also Lone Star One on the GG boards. I'm a working wife and mother, and we have twin girls (6). I'm looking forward to dropping a few pounds this summer. Ever since the initial shock of my mom's death wore off, I've been slowly but steadily gaining weight due to inactivity. I'm tired of being tired and lumpy and decided to do something about it! <BR> <BR> I can't wait to see the results! Sun, 22 Jun 2008 17:10:09 EST Homemade Frappuccinno Drink I just made the MOST delicious drink I've ever made at home! I love, love, love Starbucks Caramel Frappuccinos. But they are SO high in calories. Here's how I made it today, but I will probably make a few changes next time to perfect the recipe. Note: This is not a low calorie drink, but it is better than Starbucks. <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 cups of double strength coffee (use 12 oz. of water and make with 4 scoops of coffee grounds instead of 2) <BR> 3 T. of fat free caramel ice cream topping <BR... Tue, 17 Jun 2008 16:50:41 EST Spark Announcement: Chain Messages! SparkPeople has just announced that there has started to be a problem recently with "chain" messages. For example, you're asked to send something along to 10 of your friends, and before you know it you're getting this same message (or a similar one) from lots of different people. <BR> <BR> A lot of these are very nice, but not everyone wants them. So SparkPeople is going to ask that people stop forwarding these along- either as SparkMail messages or comments on SparkPages. Please pass the wo... Sat, 14 Jun 2008 01:30:48 EST Checking in Hi everyone. It's me. As most of you know I'm back to work, taking a vacation day today. I'm not tracking anything at the moment, working 7days/ 12hour shifts kind of pushed that out of the plan. I try to check the blue boards when I get home at night and can't believe all that is going on with everyone. Just wanted to say I'm keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers and keep up the good work ladies. Oh yes, I'm not losing any weight but I'm not gaining any either so I'll take that for t... Mon, 9 Jun 2008 12:42:58 EST Article A Solution Focused Approach To Weight Loss <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=685 </link> <BR> <BR> A Solution-Focused Approach to Weight Loss <BR> Ask the Right Questions, Find the Right Answers <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> What do you do when you don’t achieve the weight loss results you’re looking for? <BR> <BR> Do you resolve to cut calories even more, try harder to resist temptations, or log extra treadmill time? These ideas could work—if you’ve been doing le... Sun, 8 Jun 2008 23:06:31 EST Eating Healthy & Saving Money? Can the two co-exist? <BR> Most coupons aren't for the healthiest of foods~ and there aren't often sales on the good-for-you stuff. <BR> Right? <BR> <BR> Not always! <BR> If you check your coupons and the sales~ they often apply to all the varieties of an item. For example, a Kraft salad dressing coupon can be used on the regular, light or fat free kind! <BR> <BR> So~ while you are on your journey of health and weight loss~ how are you saving? <BR> <BR> I have so much of my staples stockp... Fri, 6 Jun 2008 18:03:08 EST Chinese Food! Gosh I have been craving Chinese food something fierce! <BR> So a few nights ago I ordered out. Just a few things~ the things I HAD to have! <BR> And OMG they are awful! <BR> It tasted so good but I cannot believe the calories! I had a days worth of calories in one meal! <BR> <BR> So I know not to do that again! <BR> I've already staked out SparkRecipes for some healthy recipes to make! <BR> I'll let you know how they are! <BR> <BR> The take out just isn't worth it!! Fri, 6 Jun 2008 14:49:05 EST June Chat! It's June ladies! <BR> Can you believe it? <BR> Summer is almost here! School is almost out! Mon, 2 Jun 2008 13:45:05 EST May Fitness Totals I thought I would start the thread and post my minutes before I forgot. My total for May - 1667 total fitness minutes. That averages out to almost 54 minutes per day! Yea me! Mon, 2 Jun 2008 09:22:52 EST Exercise Equipment? What is your favorite piece of exercise equipment? <BR> The stability ball, dumbbells, treadmill....? <BR> <BR> Did I mention that DH *WON* a Total Gym?? <BR> I guess I will be figuring out how to use that baby!! Sat, 24 May 2008 11:30:24 EST Have You Tried Any New Foods? Have you tried any new foods because of your goal of getting healthy? <BR> If you love them or hate them~ please share! <BR> <BR> I mentioned that I am newly in love with mangos. I HATED them until I tried them again about a month ago. <BR> <BR> Also, I bought some Lean Cuisine frozen meals to keep in the freezer for last minute or emergency meals. <BR> Last night I tried the Garlic Chicken Pizza~ YUUUMMMMYY!! Wed, 21 May 2008 12:54:25 EST Are You Ready for The Weekend? Are you looking forward to the weekend? <BR> Or are weekends tough for you? <BR> Do you have an event you are excited about? Something you are apprehensive about in regards to weight loss? <BR> <BR> It's hotter than hot here...if it doesn't cool down I'm not sure I can tackle my exercise! I just sit and I sweat! And yes, I have the AC cranking! Fri, 16 May 2008 19:24:57 EST Fruits & Veggies Galore! ROFL <BR> Somehow today I've managed to have like 12 servings of fruits & veggies! <BR> I guess since it's hot it's what's easy, and since yesterday was granny's party, and with a little watermelon it's easy to fill up, not use many calories and still get a serving of fruits in! <BR> I couldn't believe it when I saw my tracker! <BR> <BR> But~ it means I have room for that chocolate cake that's been calling my name! <BR> Everyone sends leftovers home for my son and hubby....but I end up eatin... Thu, 15 May 2008 21:56:10 EST Happy Mother's Day! To all the moms and moms-to-be! Sun, 11 May 2008 12:20:38 EST Where Are You? I am lonely here. Where are you? <BR> Why aren't you here more often? <BR> :) Fri, 9 May 2008 00:40:28 EST Changing Weight Loss Goals So today I changed my goals....I decided my goal weight will be 160 instead of 164. I put 164 into the BMI calculator and it said it's still in the overweight range. That didn't sound like a good goal...LOL <BR> <BR> So I changed it to a nice even number~ 160. That means I want to lose 56 pounds now. <BR> <BR> Also, I decided I want to lose this weight by 1 year from when I started. So my goal date is March 5 2009. <BR> <BR> I think that is realistic, without going crazy or scriming on cal... Thu, 8 May 2008 14:50:14 EST 5 Minute Challenge! Just 5 minutes ladies~ if it takes that long! <BR> <BR> My challenge to you today~ is to BLOG! <BR> Right on your can make it private so that only friends you've added can see it or you can let the Spark world see! <BR> <BR> It might not seem like it accomplishes much~ but getting your thoughts and goals together in your noggin and putting them on paper so to speak is incredibly helpful in your weight loss journey! <BR> <BR> You can also look back and see what your were doi... Wed, 7 May 2008 16:46:58 EST May Chat!! Ughh, I am sick. How can this be? I know all the parents who bring their kids in with runny, yucky noses. Now, it's their teacher's turn. I will survive. It just sucks. I would have thought my immune system would have been up to par doing sp. <BR> Rant over... <BR> <BR> Anyways, my bunco fundraiser went well, but my eating habits didn't do so well Sunday and today. I had to go to the store after work for chicken breasts and some fruit and I picked up a snickers bar. Not the small one either.... Mon, 5 May 2008 20:44:43 EST We're Public! Just made the switch~ let's wee if you can entice a few other Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Stacey~ I couldn't wait so I just did it! Fri, 2 May 2008 19:32:03 EST Anyone Interested In A Weekend Challenge?? Okay here goes~ <BR> <BR> Eat at least 1 serving of a fruit or vegetable with every meal! <BR> <BR> Also, drink 1 glass of water with every meal! <BR> <BR> And if you are going to watch any tv this weekend~ do your choice of crunches, squats or lunges during at least one commercial break~ for every program you watch! <BR> <BR> If you watch a movie~ do these before or after! Fri, 2 May 2008 13:30:16 EST April Fitness Totals! Today is the last day of the month. I just took a look at my April fitness totals and I have 677 minutes. I can't believe that is right. I know I had a good streak there and slacked off this week. <BR> <BR> That averages to be 22.56 minutes a day. I am definitely proud of that. <BR> <BR> Anyone else want to share something to be proud of in April? Wed, 30 Apr 2008 23:30:26 EST Trying On Our New Name I'm just trying on one of the most popular names to see how it fits. <BR> What do you think? <BR> Too long, too short, does it matter that much? LOL <BR> I didn't move us to being public yet...but that's coming! <BR> Kate Wed, 30 Apr 2008 23:17:26 EST I just lost it!!!!!! I don't know what is wrong with me? Why can't I take my own advice. It 10 minutes right before I started dinner I consumed 500+ calories. As you know, I am ridding my cupboards of the junk. I needed something sweet and couldn't find anything, so I opened up a can of chocolate frosting, shoved some in my mouth added some peanuts and topped it off with half a yogurt and a slice of cheese. Doesn't that just sound gross? It was! I feel so crappy. I am gonna really have to work at my exercises now... Wed, 30 Apr 2008 20:37:42 EST Tag, You're It!! Here is a game we can play over and over. <BR> <BR> Rules: Tag the next sparker with an exercise, words of encouragement, challenge, something small etc. Post when you've completed the tag and post a new challenge for someone else. <BR> <BR> I'll start... <BR> <BR> You've been tagged! Eat a fruit! Mon, 28 Apr 2008 23:09:54 EST The Good, The Bad, and The Proud of the Day! Everyday come here and share about your day. Tell your fellow sparkers the good, the bad and the proud. <BR> <BR> Good: I had a healthy dinner that included a cornish hen, peas, potatoes and cucumber salad. <BR> <BR> Bad: I inhaled a value meal at McD's. <BR> <BR> Proud: I know that I slipped, but I am not gonna hide. I am picking myself right back up. Mon, 28 Apr 2008 23:06:04 EST Last One Out Wins (Round 1) Here's how to play: <BR> <BR> On Wednesday, April 30 all participants will step on the scale. Then, on Wednesday, May 7, you will step on again. If you maintain or lose weight, your still in. If you gain, you are out. Last one standing WINS! <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> <BR> Who wants to play? Mon, 28 Apr 2008 23:01:41 EST DYK: Did You Know? Did you know that I'm a mom of 2? <BR> <BR> DYK that I'm married to a firefighter? <BR> <BR> DYK that I live in the heart of California's Wine Country but I don't drink wine? <BR> <BR> DYK I am in the middle of buying a new (to me) car (and currently anxiously waiting for a call back from our loan processor)? <BR> <BR> DYK that I stress and worry too much? And that I'm trying to learn not to let me sabotage myself when I feel overdone? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Apr 2008 12:33:45 EST Anyone Wanna STREAK With Me? Well do ya? <BR> Pick a goal~ and we are going to go for a streak! Our goal is to do it as many days in a row as possible (a streak), in effort to make it a habit. <BR> <BR> You can pick ANYTHING but I want you to share it here. What is your goal? <BR> You can try to get your 8 glasses of water every day for 10 days....or walk 30 minutes every day for a month or ?? The possibilities are endless! <BR> <BR> You don't even have to choose a time if you don't want....just do it for as long as yo... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 12:27:26 EST Going Public: Should We? Also, Name Suggestions! Alrighty then, here is our new thread! <BR> We are discussing opening our group to other Spark Members. Personally, I believe we all need a little more support. (Not that I don't love you all! I just think we can be better!) <BR> <BR> Please let us know if you DO or DO NOT want to go public. <BR> <BR> If you think this is a good idea~ and you have a suggestion for a name, please share! <BR> <BR> What do we have so far for name ideas? <BR> Clipping Coupons & Counting Calories <BR> Frugal La... Sat, 26 Apr 2008 23:45:54 EST I Need Your Help If you have been to my page, you have seen that I am participating in a National Body Challenge. This contest has a top prize of $50,000!! You would think that would be motivation enough, but for some reason I need more. I have until June 30 to 'transform' my body. I have already lost 15 pounds for the contest and several inches, but I want to come to June 30 knowing that I did everything I could to win! <BR> <BR> So - I need your help to keep my accountable. Some days I don't want to... Sat, 26 Apr 2008 21:13:58 EST Get Fit Weekend Challenge! Okay, this weekend our challenge will focus on exercise! <BR> Of course I want you to get your water, get your fruits and veggies, and track and stay within your food guidelines~ but I've found that on weekends it's easier to aim for action! <BR> <BR> First, let's start with 20 pushups (wall pushups, modified pushups, whatever you prefer) each day. <BR> <BR> Then, let's do 20 crunches~ any type you choose! <BR> <BR> And finally, let's do Bridge Ups! Whatever you can do! <BR> <link> Fri, 25 Apr 2008 12:10:42 EST Huddle With Your Team! Just wanted to let everyone know that you can now delete your huddle comment! <BR> So just in case you type the wrong thing~ or only one letter ~ you can delete it and start over! Tue, 22 Apr 2008 16:58:33 EST New! Team Goals So you may notice that our team page looks a bit different! <BR> SparkPeople have made some changes and one of these improvements is the Team Goals! <BR> So~ we will be setting a team goal and working toward it! <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? <BR> X fitness minutes in a month <BR> X pounds lost <BR> X fruits and veggies eaten <BR> etc etc <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Apr 2008 12:23:24 EST Shrinking tummy I have really noticed this in the last 3 or 4 days, but my tummy is shrinking, inside that is. I'm getting full faster and I love it. Now to get that outside to shrink. I don't see any physical changes YET, but man do I feel so much better than I have in a while. Mon, 21 Apr 2008 17:31:09 EST 300 Calorie or less meals I found this on allrecipes if anyone is interested. Or, if you have a favorite lo cal meal please share. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g/Low-Calorie/300-Calories-or-Less-per<BR>-Serving/Main.aspx </link> Sun, 20 Apr 2008 20:01:48 EST Having a Tough Time Yesterday and today I am having a tough time~ ALL I can think about is food! <BR> I've had some impulses and finally gave in a couple times. I know when I get like this I just have to have something. If I try to have something healthier instead~ I end up STILL craving that item and eating it later anyway and consuming twice as much food as I originally would have eaten had I just given in....LOL <BR> <BR> So I'm trying to do well where I can. Even though my food isn't great~ I'm tracking it!... Sat, 19 Apr 2008 23:58:10 EST Cravings Changing! This morning I woke up and had my regular cup of coffee...but I had a particular craving this morning~ and no, it wasn't for cinnamon rolls! LOL <BR> It was for sweet potato! <BR> For breakfast this morning I had a baked sweet potato and it was delicious! Really hit the spot! <BR> Crazy huh? And great! <BR> That's not the only thing I've noticed like this but a great example! <BR> Kate Sat, 19 Apr 2008 14:07:41 EST Tips for eating more veggies & fruits Just wanted to share some tips that I use to get in enough fruits/veggies each day <BR> Eat Veggies for breakfast - I add them to eggs or as a side. So if I have egg whites or an omelette, I add sautéed spinach, or peppers, diced tomatoes, asparagus. Or sliced tomatoes. Mix up a pico de gallo and top eggs with it <BR> for snacks I keep whole fruit e.g. apples, pears, plums etc so I have those in my bag. Or I slice carrots, celery, brocoli (blanch in hot water) and dip in hummus. Since I love... Fri, 18 Apr 2008 21:53:02 EST 20/20 CHALLENGE! Alright gang~ the weekend is coming! <BR> Here is a challenge~ start tomorrow, or wait until Saturday to start. It's up to you! <BR> <BR> 20/20 CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> First 20~ Do 20 crunches! You decide what kind! If you already do more than 20 crunches a day~ ADD 20 or do 20 of a different type! <BR> <BR> Second 20~ Take 20 minutes this weekend to write down what you are eating, your exercise & activity, and TRACK IT in your Nutrition/Fitness Plans! <BR> <BR> That's it! You can do it! <BR>... Thu, 17 Apr 2008 22:31:49 EST Pasta Does anyone have a pasta recipe that is right around 300 calories? Or, have you found a low cal noodle? I had spaghetti tonight. For 2 ounces of noodles it was 200 calories. I like to add a bread and a salad to my pasta meals, so I'm looking to keep my entire meal around 500 calories. Or, I could get my veggie in the meal and round it off with a piece of bread. <BR> <BR> Anyone? Thu, 17 Apr 2008 19:58:39 EST Quote of the Day! Just got this in my Healthy Reflections email and I think it's a good one for us all!! <BR> I know some of us (or all?) get these emails but it's good enough to read again if you already did! <BR> <BR> "There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There's no such thing as life in-between." <BR> <BR> - Pat Riley, basketball coach <BR> <BR> "Are You Giving Your Goals Your Best Effort? <BR> <BR> Your dreams deserve better than a half-hearted effort. Meet y... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 22:25:00 EST ITSY BITSY CHALLENGE April 14th & 15th Today I'm introducing the first of our Itsy Bitsy Challenges! <BR> <BR> Our challenge for today (and tomorrow since I'm starting this late)is to relect on our success! <BR> <BR> Instead of focusing on what we are doing wrong~ let's celebrate what we are doing right~ big or small! <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Apr 2008 15:43:52 EST 5/10/15 Results! Okay~ how'd you do? <BR> <BR> I know we've already posted some in the Challenge thread but I thought this would be a good place to post now that the challenge is over! <BR> <BR> I did reasonably well. Friday I did it all! <BR> Saturday, not so much. I got in my fruits and veggies, my extra exercise but I only hit 4 waters... <BR> <BR> Sunday I got my fruits and veggies and my extra exercise but only hit 8 waters. <BR> <BR> Kate <BR> Mon, 14 Apr 2008 12:29:17 EST Getting Enough Fat vs Low Fat Going low fat is always one of the first things we think of when we diet, right? <BR> I noticed a few weeks after starting Spark diet that my skin was really dry. I didn't think anything of it at first. After a few more days, my skin was still dry. <BR> I knew it wasn't the weather since nothing changed. <BR> So immediately I thought of my low fat diet! <BR> <BR> I checked my nutrition tracker and sure enough I was always below or on the low end of my recommended fat range. <BR> So I made an... Sun, 13 Apr 2008 20:10:33 EST Favorite Fruits & Veggies! I know these can be tough at first when we are getting started~ 8 servings feels like a LOT! <BR> <BR> Trust me it gets easier! And as many have said here in other posts~ with all the fiber you will feel fuller! <BR> <BR> I thought we could post our favorites here! <BR> <BR> I love swiss chard! I buy the red swiss chard and finely chop the stems, put them in a pan with a tbsp of olive oil and let them cook a bit. Then I add the rest of the leaves, chopped, and some minced garlic and balsam... Sun, 13 Apr 2008 20:05:55 EST Give yourself a Sparkstart I was reading today's featured article and thought I would share for those of us who are in an exercise funk. You can do these while waiting for a load of laundry to dry, cooking dinner etc. <BR> <BR> Give your exercise a Sparkstart by: <BR> <BR> Workout 1: Light jog in place (2 minutes), jump rope (2 minutes), light jog (2 minutes) <BR> <BR> Workout 2: Sit-ups (2 minutes), 25 push-ups, sit-ups (2 minutes), 25 push-ups <BR> <BR> Workout 3: Light jog in place (2 minutes), 1 set squats (8-1... Sun, 13 Apr 2008 11:22:32 EST Exercise of the day I justed wanted to give the EOTD it's own thread to report on. My goal is to do the exercise of the day every day. It's good for hectic days like today when I just want to get in something real quick. <BR> <BR> My only exercise for today is the Dumbell Chest Flys on Ball. Fri, 11 Apr 2008 23:53:26 EST enough water? Anyone having trouble getting all the water they should? I'm not but thought maybe those of us who are not struggling could share some tips/tricks. I have found if I brush my teeth after time I eat, and drink a cup of water, it helps with my goal of 8 really quick. I do the same thing when I'm excercising. After each set I drink a cup. I'm done before noon. Fri, 11 Apr 2008 13:38:41 EST 5/10/15 Weekend Challenge! Okay gang~ I'm posting this early for those that want to get a head start, or to plan ahead, and for Stacey in case she checks in before heading out tomorrow! :) <BR> <BR> Here's the challenge~ nothing crazy just some fun to get us going on the weekend! <BR> <BR> 5/10/15 <BR> <BR> Get at least 5 servings of fruits & veggies each day! <BR> <BR> Drink 10 glasses of water each day! <BR> <BR> Get 15 minutes of unplanned activity (ie take the stairs, park far away, play tag with the kiddos, d... Fri, 11 Apr 2008 01:58:26 EST Are You Up For A CHALLENGE?? Okay ladies~ tomorrow I am announcing a challenge for the weekend! <BR> Be sure to check in and see what it is! <BR> Or can you handle it? <BR> <em>211</em> Thu, 10 Apr 2008 22:09:33 EST How Do You Organize Your Day? I just finished throwing a little tantrum in another thread, so I thought I'd start a new topic here. To all of you who are way more organized than I am, how in the world do you do it?!?!?!? :o) I only have two kids and it seems like I can barely find time in the day to make dinner, much less breakfast, lunch, clean the house, do the laundry, run the errands, etc. What do your daily schedules look like? And do you use a "chore organizer" like Fly Lady, Motivated Moms, or Thu, 10 Apr 2008 09:28:47 EST Are You Struggling? Are you having a hard time? <BR> Is the weight not coming off? Or are you just not motivated to track your food or exercise? <BR> Please share here! <BR> You can vent, get support, whatever you need! <BR> We want everyone to be successful here! <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Apr 2008 12:34:35 EST Lunchtime Woes I am so frustrated when it comes to lunch. I hate lunch. I've never been a sandwich person and I just plain don't like making it. I'm also a SAHM whose kids are in school, so I eat lunch alone. <BR> <BR> So, I'm looking for ideas to beat the lunchtime blues. What does everyone eat for lunch? Do you eat sandwiches, leftovers, go out? Do you eat with other people or alone? If you're alone, how do you make it feel less lonely? Or do you relish the quiet before the kids come home? Tue, 8 Apr 2008 12:41:29 EST Blogging/J ournaling? Is no one else using the blog on their SparkPage? <BR> I only see 2 of us that are....maybe you all are keeping yours private. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I just wanted to share how helpful I have found it! When I am writing about my weight loss, things seem to become more clear. I always try to account for the things I've done well, or not so well~ and how to improve. I try to set my goal for the next week and the steps to achieve it. <BR> <BR> I think having it in writing helps solidify what I am d... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 13:56:12 EST Be Sure To Read Those Nutrition Labels! I just got back from grocery shopping and one of the items on my list was Kraft Thousand Island Dressing. <BR> I noticed they had the regular, but also Light and Free. <BR> So I thought I'd look and see what the fat content of the Light was. I was pretty sure that the dressing I've been using is 6 grams of fat per 2 Tbsp serving but decided to check to be sure. <BR> I also noticed that some bottles had the newer labeling on them. When I grabbed one that happened to have the newer label but wa... Sun, 6 Apr 2008 19:43:14 EST Favorite Food Replacements I thought this would be fun and give us all a heads up...What would you like to add? <BR> <BR> ~Maries Caesar Dressing replaced with WISHBONE SALAD SPRITZER-CAESAR DELIGHT= 15 CALORIES FOR 10 SPRAYS <BR> <BR> ~Yogurt= FIBER ONE STRAWBERRY 80 CALORIES <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Apr 2008 16:50:05 EST Have You Checked Out The Printables? There are some great printable resources here! <BR> I just found this now~ <BR> <link><BR>le.asp </link> <BR> <BR> They have a printable nutrition tracker so you can use it away from home and lots of others! <BR> I like the 'emergency dinners' <BR> <BR> Kate Fri, 4 Apr 2008 21:28:52 EST Tracking Fitness Questions... I'm not sure what I did wrong, but I am only showing 20 mins. of exercise today. I did the 15 minute ab video, my own 15 min. dvd and 2 exercises I had to make up in the challenge. I must not have put in my videos right? I wonder if I did last time. I really want to be accurate on my fitness minutes since this will be my first full month. Any ideas on how to add the videos correctly. I know it has something to do with the # of reps, but I thought the featured video would have imputed all that... Fri, 4 Apr 2008 19:07:07 EST Are You Ready For The Weekend? It's finally Friday! <BR> Are you ready? <BR> I know weekends can be tough sometimes since we are often out of our normal routine. <BR> Do you have a plan for your tough spots? <BR> Are you planning any extra activities for the family that are part of your exercise? <BR> <BR> I already spoke to my hubby about going on the Overlook Trail. It's a 3 mile hilly path that will take us up to a fabulous view of the valley we live in. I'm a little nervous about it...but shhhh! I CAN do it! :) <BR> K... Fri, 4 Apr 2008 17:40:13 EST tracker? so where did you guys get the little trackers for the bottom of your posts? Fri, 4 Apr 2008 12:02:58 EST Oh my gosh- am I pregnant? YIKES! I'm three days late! What am I going to do- I wanted to lose all this weight BEFORE we have another kid! How long would you guys wait before you go buy a test to make sure? I hate to waste the money if I"m just going to start the next day. I feel kind of crampy, but I feel crampy when I'm pregnant too. :o) And I'm not usually late... but it's only 3 days. Should I freak out yet? HELP! :o) Fri, 4 Apr 2008 10:37:49 EST What's Your Favorite HEALTHY Dessert? Since I blew it on my last post~ and I'm unable to edit it I'm starting fresh! <BR> <BR> I love desserts and often crave something sweet after dinner. Just a little something. <BR> What is your favorite 'good' dessert? <BR> <BR> I said in my other post that I'm loving the Breyers Free ice cream. With some fresh sliced strawberries yum! Thu, 3 Apr 2008 15:18:08 EST Weight Comparisons: How Much Have You Lost? I saw this on another team I belong to~ and thought it was a hoot. I knew we could have some fun with it! <BR> <BR> I've lost 11 pounds~ that's one housecat! <BR> When I reach goal I will have lost a bale of hay! <BR> Kate <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 pounds = a human’s skin <BR> 7.5 pounds ... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 13:43:08 EST April 3rd Quote Of The Day "Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made." <BR> <BR> - Wayne Dyer <BR> <BR> From the Healthy Reflections email: <BR> " The choices you make today will determine the path that your life will take. When you sit back and look at the decisions you've made in your life, are you happy with the route you've paved? If you're not, make a change today. The next time you make a choice, ask yourself if this decision will lead you to the path you want to travel along. Set some new goals th... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 13:08:36 EST What's Your Favorite Dessert? Now I'm talking healthy/good/not bad for you/high in fat/high in calories/or at least satisfying in tiny bites desserts! <BR> I know there are a few of us with sweet tooths here so share! Wed, 2 Apr 2008 22:04:49 EST Poll: In What State Do You Live? I know we 'know' each other on the boards...but I was just curious~ What state do you live in?? <BR> <BR> I'm in California (just north of San Francisco). Wed, 2 Apr 2008 21:55:47 EST New Recipes/Sp rkRecipes! Have you tried any of the SparkRecipes? <BR> Do you have a new recipe you've tried and love? <BR> Please share your favorite healthy recipes! Wed, 2 Apr 2008 19:57:43 EST Healthy Snacks Do you have a favorite healthy snack? <BR> Please share! Wed, 2 Apr 2008 19:56:36 EST Team Logo! What do you think our team logo/picture should be? Any ideas or suggestions would be helpful. <BR> <BR> <BR> Instructions are: it can't be from another website or a copyrighted source. I'm not sure what they mean about another website. I was looking on photobucket, but I don't know if that is legit for SP's rules. Thoughts? Wed, 2 Apr 2008 17:03:43 EST I'll do it, if you do it!!! Kate challenged me in the exercise of the day thread, so I thought I would get us all in on something. <BR> <BR> For Wednesday 4/2: <BR> <BR> I will do the Dolphin Pose<BR>ses.asp?exercise=111 <BR> <BR> if you do it!! <BR> <BR> Do it and challenge me and everyone else with your own choice. Hopefully, this will get us pumped and an easier way for us to get in multiple exercises. Tue, 1 Apr 2008 21:28:59 EST Spark Points When I first started SP I wasn't to concerned with my points. Now that I am getting the hang of this website I am liking that I can earn a trophy and see my points. So, here's the question, <BR> <BR> What ways have you found to earn Sparkpoints? And, are you/ or will you participate in the points? <BR> <BR> ~Reading the daily email <BR> ~doing the exercise of the day <BR> ~trying a listed recipe <BR> ~spinning the spark wheel when you log in, but I can't find that dang wheel anymore lol <B... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 17:34:06 EST Did You Exercise Today? What did you do today to work towards your fitness goals? :) Tue, 1 Apr 2008 13:45:01 EST What is Your Favorite Exercise? Please share your favorites here! <BR> Whatever you do~ tell us! Tue, 1 Apr 2008 13:43:14 EST April Chat No April Fools joke here! <BR> It's April 1st and we have a new chat! Tue, 1 Apr 2008 11:56:24 EST Eye Opener Usually when I follow a diet I quit when I "mess up." Usually when I follow a diet I think that 1300-1500 calories is ridiculously small. After all, I must have eaten thousands more per day to end up this way, so shouldn't I only have to cut back just a little in order to lose weight? Well, I've been wrong, wrong, wrong. <BR> <BR> Today I actually tracked my overeating. I've been doing real well all day, but have been going crazy at the end of the day/early evening. Well, according to the tr... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 21:53:22 EST How Was Your Weekend? It's Monday! Are you relieved because weekends are full of pitfalls for you? Or are weekends just like any other day? <BR> Please share what your weekends are like~ what's tough for you and your solution if you've found one! Mon, 31 Mar 2008 11:58:20 EST Can't find Team on SparkPage I can't find this team on my SparkPage. Is anyone else having this problem? It's making it difficult to find my way back here. Sat, 29 Mar 2008 19:56:52 EST Weekly Weigh In! Please share your weekly results! <BR> You are welcome to share however you measure your success~ weigh ins, measurements, etc. <BR> We are here to celebrate, encourage, share, and support! Sat, 29 Mar 2008 19:15:03 EST Welcome! Please Introduce Yourself! Welcome! Please introduce yourself here! <BR> Share your story, your goals, your whatever! <BR> <BR> This group is made up of members from both the green Grocery Game boards and the blue Teri Today boards! <BR> We may all be familiar with each other~ but please tell a bit about yourself anyway! Sat, 29 Mar 2008 19:11:54 EST FYI! I changed my name to help you guys know it's me! ;-) <BR> <BR> but someone already had FOURBOYS - so I did the best i could. <BR> <BR> SHannon Sat, 29 Mar 2008 11:58:36 EST SparkPeople Online Exercise Videos Has anyone done any of the SparkPeople exercise videos? <BR> I have no excuse. They are online. I'm always online. <BR> I need to try them! <BR> Fri, 28 Mar 2008 22:19:36 EST Exercise: Love it or Leave it? I've exercised everyday this week, but I don't like to do cardio. On my plan, I have strength training with a ball and cardio. I have cardio set for MWF and strength training TTH. On cardio days I will purposely do strength training because it is only a 15 minute dvd vs. 30 mins. of jumping all around and breathing hard. That's the point, I know. I just finished with the cardio and I feel great, but blah on wanting to do it. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any ideas for quick 15 min. cardio worko... Fri, 28 Mar 2008 19:40:12 EST GIRLYSOXFAN I believe it has been a year this week since your surgery. I know you are on vacation, but I just wanted to say Congratulations and Good luck with losing those last 15 pounds. Fri, 28 Mar 2008 18:21:20 EST March Chat! I saw on another team that they do a daily chat and just post whatever in there. I thought we could just post whatever here since at least I always have questions lol!! <BR> <BR> Today, has been a good day for me food wise. I had a pop tart and yogurt for bfast and it was like 2xx some calories. For lunch I had a hard boiled egg white, half a bagel with cheese and a granola bar. I'm going to get my fruit in as snacks today. I don't know what I'm having for dinner. <BR> <BR> I went to the st... Thu, 27 Mar 2008 16:56:35 EST Exercise of the day!! Exercise of the day. Is anyone trying them? I decided I would do it periodically throughout the day if I had the equiptment. Anyways, I just tried today's Genie Sit and I swear I couldn't go back more than 6 inches if that. I consider myself fairly flexible, but I couldn't do this for the life of me LOL!!! Thu, 27 Mar 2008 16:46:57 EST How do I... delete a team. I joined 4 when I signed up and want to get rid of two. I've looked all over, but can't seem to figure it out. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 27 Mar 2008 12:16:08 EST Happy Easter! Happy Easter Ladies! <BR> I hope everyone is having a lovely day~ and that on this day too, we CAN stick with it! <BR> <BR> I've taken a look at things I think we might have at lunch so that I know good things to eat and bad things to avoid or only have a tiny bit of! <BR> <BR> One of my plans of action is to be sure I get all my water so that I'm full of it~ instead of ham and cake! LOL <BR> <BR> I know already that I can't be perfect~ but I will do my best! <BR> <BR> I hope you have a g... Sun, 23 Mar 2008 13:38:17 EST Members and emails Decided to drop it today to see why no one was conversating in here. Low and behold you all have posted and I didn't know. I'm pretty sure my sparkpeople email is on cuz when I first registered I added a 30 something group to my sp. I don't feel the need or have time to converse with that team since we are all doing so great here though. <BR> <BR> So, what am I doing wrong? How can I be alerted when a post has been made here? <BR> <BR> Thanks, Stacey Thu, 20 Mar 2008 20:30:57 EST Help with food item... Help!! I had lasanga at bunco last night and I can't find it on the food item list. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Mar 2008 20:25:43 EST Hi Ladies!! I made it here! I just wanted to give you guys some background on me and be honest about my weight. I am 35 years old and have consistently gained 5 lbs. a year since highschool. I've wanted to take care of my weight for a long time, but I was waiting for that lightbulb inside of me to click. I think I've finally heard the click. I am not one to diet because I know I love food and a diet wasn't a long term solution. I want to have a piece of cake when I want, but I want to know how much I can... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 23:09:12 EST