SparkPeople Project Mayhem! Team Messageboard This team is designed to give you physical challenges that push your limits and progress! Are you tough enough and committed enough to reach your goal? Serious inquiries only, the weak need not apply! SparkPeople Project Mayhem! Team Messageboard Challenge!!!! Procrastination is Fear Check out my blog today for my thoughts on this... <BR> <BR> I want to challenge you to identify your fears whether it is weight related or life related. Give me three of them and then take one and commit to writing the steps you think you need to do to conquer that fear. I will do the same. Literally write out a list if you need to. Should be fun! <BR> <BR> Have a great day Monkeys! Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:25:55 EST Goals..... I would love to see everyone do a daily goal and build on it. This will be a short one day at a time goal that is easily attainable. I may have posted this elsewhere but I will be damned if I can find it. <BR> <BR> I had a car wreck yesterday and need some input on what you would like to see... keep and add on the the NEW and improved PM team! <BR> <BR> My goal... keep tracking. <BR> <BR> Also I will have a running thread on the Ketogenic way of eating if anyone is interested. I h... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:24:40 EST Starting over.... <BR> <BR> OMG! Several wake up calls this week. I blogged about the first one and watching fight club again and am obsessed again. LOL It's a good thing... don't worry, However, that being said it did make me realize I am ending my life one moment at a time as Mr. D says... every pound I put back on is a huge step in the wrong direction. It's more weight on my hip and knees, it's more blood vessels my heart has to pump blood through. It's more weight I have to carry around and breathe for. ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:34:01 EST Long time no see! Hi all... Long time no see... been a scary yucky icky year... don't even know how long it's been since I have been on here. Wanted to say hi real quick and at least try to let you know I am heading back in the right direction... Love you guys and miss you all! <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:55:21 EST Hello Mayhem! Hello! It's been a long time since most of us have come here and gotten our Mayhem on, including me! Busy year I think for all. Hope things have been good for everyone. Check in briefly here and let me know how it all goes! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 04:46:27 EST Monkey Workouts!! I figured it had been a year since I have bothered to post any work out ideas I thought it was time to get some stuff posted... <BR> <BR> Today's work out is the 5,4,3,2,1 <BR> <BR> It's a short but intense work out... this work out will last 10 minutes of continuous circuits <BR> Take only short breaks between exercises to maintain proper form. <BR> keep track of how many circuits you complete and try to beat that number the next time you do this. <BR> <BR> 1. Alternating reverse lunges... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:03:33 EST Sleep and metabolism These two words are my enemy right now... just sayin... I know that in order to lose weight... I HAVE to work on both. I am consistently working to fix both of these issues and I know once I do.... things will be soooooooooooooo much easier in the long road. <BR> <BR> What are your obstacles for losing weight right now? Can you identify them? Fri, 16 Nov 2012 10:24:58 EST What's your favorite exercise at the gym? Mine is bench press day! Love it... have know idea why... just do. Probably because it is the one that I see the most progress in. NOW on the other hand I HATE squats! They are the bane of my existance... but I do them anyway! speaking of which... that's set for tomorrow Thu, 15 Nov 2012 23:02:15 EST Help.... I need help with a two week streak... Anyone interested in doing a two week streak with me? It doesn't have to be the same streak as I am attempting. I just need someone to help me be accountable for something I am trying right now. <BR> <BR> I have been getting into the gym 4-6 days a week doing powerlifting but my cardio has slipped way off because of the time it takes to do the power lifting routine. SOOOOO my goal is to get in at least 30 minutes of cardio in the mornings before I head to the gym. <BR> <BR> Will any... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 12:11:25 EST New blog.... Where I've been... <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097102 </link> <BR> <BR> Tried to repost an update but spark isn't very smartphone smart... Lol <BR> Hope everyone has a good weekend! Sat, 13 Oct 2012 09:25:11 EST I DARE YOU by William H. Danforth The dominant message of the book proposes that, for an individual to be healthy, the four key components in life need to be in balance at all times Physical, Mental, Social, and Religious. The most life changing idea in this book for me was that your current life is the direct outcome from the choices you have made. Seems simple right? For some reason I could not internalize this until I read it in this book. It was ground breaking to realize that if I didn't like my life, or a portion of ... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 13:18:11 EST THE EAT CLEAN DIET by Tosca Reno Tosca has several books out on the market right now. The one I have listed is I believe her first one. We can do all of her books under this thread if you want since they are all related to Clean eating and Fitness. I have three of them and LOVE every one of them. I am finding that most trainers are leaning toward her philosophy and way of eating right now. Well at least the ones I have encountered here lately. She also has some good books on working out. <BR> <BR> If you don't know ... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 10:50:15 EST Book Discussion There are several books that others have suggested reading and discussing. I guess for now the best way to do this to just start a new thread for each book we decide we want to talk about that way we can keep the line of discussion for each book seperate. <BR> <BR> I have added a new Forum Entitled Book Discussion. Please just list the title of the book and the author (if room) in the topic line. Anyone is welcome to post what ever book they would like as long as it is related to fitness... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 10:30:53 EST Some new Challenges for March? What do you think? There are two Ideas that I have that I am thinking about starting but wanted to know if anyone wanted to join me. <BR> <BR> One of them would be starting a sort of book study on various authors related to fitness. The first one I am looking at because I have had the most success with is the Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet... Love this book. Maybe we could set up a specified amt of pagees to read each week and come back and discuss the following week? Some thing like that? Any Ideas? <BR>... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 22:19:37 EST update on face book feature they got the message! <BR> <BR> A few days ago we launched a new feature where we added buttons to share member blogs to Facebook and Twitter, with the option to opt-out of having this on your blog posts. We received feedback from members that they were not comfortable with how we implemented this feature, so this morning we removed the feature and option from the site. <BR> <BR> We definitely appreciate all the feedback and support our members provide to SparkPeople. If you've been a membe... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 14:41:33 EST name change Hey everyone.... heads up I changed my user name on Spark from CHRISBONDI to GARDENCHRIS because of the FB thing. As that was my real name and just thought this would be better for me when all said and done. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 16:41:37 EST Is it just me? Is it just me or does it piss you off that it costs more to eat healthy than it does to eat crappy processed foods????? omg... 4 bags of groceries and $100 later. <BR> <BR> Seriously pissed... but what are you going to do? Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:09:35 EST Slimming down for 2012 Ive been doing a lot of thinking about why things have gotten so far out of control for me and it occured to me that a lot of it is just a bunch of excess. Excess in every area of my life it seems. Excessive stress, clutter, food, drink, everything.... well 2012 is here and it's time to start getting $hit back on track. Not just diet wise but in every aspect of my life. <BR> <BR> SO.... this thread is about what you are doing in your life to slim down... not just your body but your mind ... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 16:53:11 EST olive garden question does anyone know if the calorie count for the Seafood Bordetto includes the two slices of french bread served with it???? just curious. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 16:18:49 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR!.... MORE TO COME Hi Team! Happy New year! Today is the start of a new day and a new year. I plan on doing something about it. I am not going to lay down and let this weight beat me. I am miserable and all it is doing is making things harder. <BR> <BR> I will blog a little later about a lot of what has been going through my head the last few days and what not but I wanted to let you guys know I am not and have not abandoned you all. <BR> <BR> Later tonight I am posting before pictures and starting the... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:40:45 EST New Team Hey guys, a friend of mine started a new team, come check it out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lebetter </link> Mon, 26 Dec 2011 21:08:33 EST Video Blog Help Does anyone know anything about the video blogs? I tried to post one and it just keeps saying your video is not ready yet? Did I exit it before it was finished uploading or does it take a while to put one up? I did it this morning. any suggestions? Wed, 9 Nov 2011 16:36:48 EST Asking for help.... Calling all monkey's. I am calling all monkey's for help. I have let this team down and it has gone down hill for over the last year. I need help... there has been so much major life changing things going on in my life for the last two years and I have let it effect every aspect of my life as well this team, my children, etc. <BR> <BR> The short story to at least the last six weeks is that I lost my job the day I got back from my trip. Was fired without cause... and then to top that off... a week into bein... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 22:16:49 EST What is your motivation for weight loss? <link><BR>nd-your-motivation/?utm_source=newslet<BR>ter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=110913 </link> <BR> <BR> I found this really great article on livestrong about motivation and about what motivates us and also pushes us to fail. <BR> <BR> read it and tell me what motivates you! Wed, 14 Sep 2011 12:34:23 EST Small victories lead to even bigger losses! Well.... <BR> <BR> here I am again... and again.... and again.... and again.... :) <BR> <BR> <BR> That's one small victory for me. I am still here. I may have had my gains, my disappointments, my not so great moments.... but there are a lot of people out there that have just quit and disappeared off the road map of this journey... but I have not. I am still here. :) <BR> <BR> I want to know what your daily small victories are. Did you pass up that cupcake in the break room? did y... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:35:44 EST new challenge Do as many circuits of the following as you can: <BR> <BR> 5 minutes eliptical (high knee raises or step ups will work too) <BR> 15-20 of each of the following <BR> push ups <BR> lateral raises <BR> crunches <BR> frontal raises <BR> squats <BR> bicep curls <BR> hip abduction <BR> hip adduction <BR> bent over rows <BR> tricep extensions <BR> 5 minutes of step ups or high knee raises <BR> <BR> rest 3 minutes and repeat. Fri, 29 Jul 2011 14:21:17 EST Homework Thread I thought I would start a new homework thread and let people post here and see if this works any better. <BR> <BR> I have done a lot of thinking about this and thought it might help for those of us just getting back into the groove of things to stop and think about what we are doing to make ourselves successful... and the ways we make ourselves fail. Identify your triggers, your strengths and weaknesses. <BR> <BR> Post it here or in a blog. Think about it... put some thought into it. ... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 15:42:10 EST June 2011 Goals Goals usually get written onto a journal. The pages are flipped and as the month ages, I don't remind myself of what I set myself out to do. If I make my goals public in a thread dedicated to them, they'll stay in my face each time I sign in to Spark. So, here I go: <BR> <BR> Read daily in German and Spanish (3 plus books this month) <BR> Exercise, Move daily without fail <BR> Mayhem Challenge 3x per week <BR> Start and Complete 28 day Bootcamp challenge <BR> Bedtime Yoga each night <BR> ... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 06:20:34 EST Hey Monkeys... I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I haven't given up or died, or been abducted by aliens... I feel like it but I have not. <BR> <BR> I have just been through some of the toughest times I have had in the last 10 years... it's been a mess... But I am here. <BR> <BR> I am not giving up. I am hoping that you guys won't give up on me or the team either even though I know things have been slow. <BR> <BR> I have not been much of a leader lately and the team is definitely sho... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 23:30:15 EST NEW CHALLENGE IS FINALLY UP WOOOO HOOOO NEW CHALLENGE IS UP!!!! Thu, 20 Jan 2011 18:39:34 EST January Total Inches Lost Challenge! You in? Total Inches Lost Challenge - <BR> <BR> There are only two requirements to this challenge. How you get there is up to you. <BR> <BR> 1. Measure weekly for total inches lost <BR> 2. Be accountable to someone or something. <BR> <BR> Post both of these things on the board on Monday January 3, 2011. Let’s do this for 30 days and then revaluate and see if we want to keep it going. <BR> <BR> Do your measurements in the following manner: <BR> <BR> Both Upper arms at mid bicep <BR> Wais... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 22:26:12 EST Interesting web link for tips on losing weight... <link><BR>cool-tools-to-melt-the-pounds-off-2432<BR>326/ </link> <BR> <BR> thought i would share this article... some good info. Thu, 30 Dec 2010 17:48:03 EST Any interest in a New Years Challenge??? I have just started reading a book by Timothy Ferris called the 4 hour body. The premise is pretty simple. It operates on the 80/20 principle or Pareto’s Law. That principle is that 80 percent of the wealth and income is possessed by 20 percent of the population. He uses this approach to weight loss, muscle gain, better sleep, increase in strength … even better sex! LOL <BR> <BR> An example he uses is that in order to be 95% fluent in Spanish you only have to have a vocabulary of appro... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 20:50:02 EST Looks like a great team! Hi, all! So, I'm just scouring good ol' Sparkpeople for a friendly, reliable Sparkteam that takes its Sparking seriously & this looks like a great and eclectic team. My story begins with years of eating disorders, followed by recovery and years of a healthy relationship with food, to about 20 lbs of unwanted and definitely un-needed weight gain. What I'm looking for is a social accountability system to help me get out of this rut in a fun, healthy way. I don't have issues with exercising-... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 21:29:17 EST Emotional Eating Forum Let's talk about emotional eating for a moment... Do you do it? Do you know how to stop it? Do you recognize when you do it? <BR> <BR> Emotional eating has so many negative connotations that many of us won't own up to it. IMHOP i truly believe that there isn't a fat person out there that does NOT emotionally eat. <BR> <BR> If we were truly happy... we wouldn't be overweight -PERIOD! Think about that for a moment.... <BR> <BR> If our lives were balanced appropriately... we would have ... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 15:10:54 EST Anyone have bad eye allergies??? Cool Tip to help Okay this is so totally off the subject of spark and weight loss but it's kinda health related. <BR> <BR> Some of you may already know this but I didn't and I figure if I didn't there is probably one or two of you out there that don't either. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with what I thought was pink eye on and off for the last few months... I finally went to an opthamologist after I couldn't get any relief from my regular doctor... <BR> <BR> What I had was something called Blepheremi... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 10:48:40 EST WATER CHALLENGE FOR 10/18/10 Rumor has it not enough of us are getting our water in during the day. <BR> <BR> Let's see who can drink the most water by 5:00 pm Central time! <BR> <BR> winner gets a spark goodie - If I win... you give me one! <BR> <BR> I am 12 oz down right now. :) Not enough but it's better than the weekend! <BR> <BR> LET'S DO IT! Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:03:58 EST New Recipe Forum - MONKEY FOOD <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=4569x19990x<BR>37355594 </link> <BR> <BR> Check it out! thought this would be a great place to post our favorite healty recipes. Lets try to keep the forum clean by ONLY listing recipes here. <BR> <BR> If you want to discus the recipe maybe we can do that under a seperate thread or in banana bites? <BR> <BR> What do you think? I posted one of my favorites. Hope you like it. Sat, 16 Oct 2010 23:00:11 EST Spark Meal Planner - Anyone use it? I was just curious if anyone here uses the meal planner and grocery list thingy. Do you like it? Does it help you? <BR> <BR> I am gonna start using it for next week I think so I can plan a little bit better. <BR> <BR> Let me know what your experience has been... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 11:30:17 EST New challenge is posted! Check it out... new challenge is posted. It's a butt kicker! Sun, 10 Oct 2010 15:07:27 EST Coming Back after a C-Section I was away this year due to a miraculous pregnancy and am currently recovering from an emergency C Section. I will get doctor sign off Oct 19, but as of January when I go back to work I won't be able to fit in my gym time. <BR> <BR> Can Project Mayhem workouts get me down in body fat, and back in shape? <BR> <BR> Can SparkPeople actually take weight off? I was in a plateau for 2 years - and rarely are over my spark numbers (often below) and exercised alot. I got pregnant on my own without... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 22:17:19 EST What drives you? Desire or Guilt? The answer could be the key to your success ... or failure. This weeks Spark Mail had a very thought provoking quote. <BR> <BR> "Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still." - Chinese Proverb <BR> <BR> Thinking about this quote made me realize that I was looking at this journey right now through eyes of guilt instead of eyes of desire. <BR> <BR> I was feeling guilty about all the things I SHOULD be doing instead of all the things I DESIRED for myself. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 14:59:09 EST WILL SOMEONE PLEASE GET THE MONKEY BAT OUT???? I seriously need help remembering to track my food! it's not that I mind doing... I have just gotten out of the habit of it and I KNOW it is the first step in getting me back on track. <BR> <BR> Any volunteers. I will make my email and phone number for calls or texts available if someone can please ride my ass for a few days... <BR> <BR> <BR> ugh! Fri, 6 Aug 2010 11:39:23 EST GREAT BREAKFAST RECIPE!!! CRUSTLESS QUICHE <BR> <BR> 12 EGGS <BR> 1 CUP SKIM MILK OR LIGHT CREAM <BR> 1 CUP LIGHT OR SKIM CHEESE <BR> 1 CUP TURKEY BACON OR OTHER MEAT OF YOUR CHOICE <BR> 1/4 CHUPPED GREEN ONION, BROCCOLI, OR OTHER SEASONAL VEGGIE <BR> <BR> WHIP EGGS AND MILK/CREAM FOLD IN OTHER INGREDIENTS AND PLACE IN MUFFIN PAN LINED W/ TINS SPRAYED W/ COOKING SPRAY. <BR> <BR> BAKE AT 20 MIN AT 350 DEGREES UNTIL COOKED THROUGH <BR> <BR> These are a great morning breakfast item and they freeze REALLY well! On... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 10:59:02 EST new challenge posted below... It is also in 12 week abs and Mr. D's challenges but wanted to make sure everyone knew it was posted. <BR> <BR> Okay team!!!! Changing things up a bit on out 12 week program! I am BORED with this! We are going to be hitting all the same muscle groups with a little bit of a different angle. Everyone has a chair, yes??? <BR> <BR> Well go get and let’s get started! There is good news and bad news about this work out! Good news is there are only three exercises in this weeks challenge! Bad new... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 00:06:18 EST As Promised.... I posted new photos... they aren't pretty. I have now posted my current weight... and I am trying to get back on track with tracking... exersice etc. Sun, 18 Jul 2010 00:10:57 EST Accountability Thread Since people are constantly moving around, changing aspects of their lives, and keeping accountability partners can be a tough thing due to these life circumstances, I'm making an accountability thread! <BR> <BR> Here's the idea: <BR> <BR> You post your goals, daily, weekly, whatever <BR> You update when your goals were met <BR> You ask others if they accomplished their goals <BR> If you see someone hasn't been on, you can send them a mail, a note on their page, or a goodie to remind them <... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 11:43:44 EST 12 week general and abs Program Starting this week 12 week work out w/ ABS program - <BR> <BR> I want to try something a little different for the next 12 weeks. Every week for the next twelve weeks I am going to list a week's worth of exercises that is going to be a general work out w/ some extra stuff thrown in for abs. I am going start this out at a begginer level. You intermediate and advanced monkeys should know where your fitness levels are and what your reps should be. If you have any questions please let me know! <BR> <BR> I w... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 10:39:30 EST My new favorite salad dressing lime juice, lime zest, reduced fat mayo, mashed up pineapple. So easy and so yummy - just thought I would share! Wed, 9 Jun 2010 10:07:39 EST Tastes Like Blood While hello there. <BR> <BR> So I guess I'm the newest one at the moment. Hope you don't mind if I make myself a little more comfortable. ;D <BR> <BR> I've been on Spark for about 10 months now. I have had some success, but I have been seriously slacking lately. I'm ready to flex my "kick @ss" muscles and see what kind of results I can get out of this body. <BR> <BR> I am the type of person who gives and takes it hard. You want the truth, you want someone to hold you accountable, you wan... Sun, 30 May 2010 10:52:39 EST I need a reality check... I am having an argument with a friend that is getting on to me about the amount of beer I am drinking. Now... I don't drink a ton... and havent' much at all until about the last two months or so. The reason for the increase is I found a beer that I really like. I have one or two every couple of days. Some weeks I don't have any. But occasionally I will have week where I like to enjoy one after work when I get home. <BR> <BR> This person is upset and concerned with me because they don... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:32:49 EST Wii fit challenge anyone interested? <BR> It has come to my attention that several of you sparkers have wii fit! <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in setting up a challenge for May for the Wii fit? <BR> <BR> Let me know what areas you might be interested in and lets see if we can get it set up! <BR> <BR> Let me know! Tue, 27 Apr 2010 10:27:49 EST Favorite Fight Club/Palahniuk Quote "I wanted to write about the moment when your addictions no longer hide the truth from you. When your whole life breaks down. That's the moment when you have to somehow choose what your life is going to be about." <BR> <BR> Actually this might not be a fight club quote... think it is from one of his other books maybe, "choke"... not sure... but I REALLY relate to this right now. Fri, 23 Apr 2010 12:11:37 EST PANIC BUTTON!!!!!! - NEED HELP ??? INQUIRE WITHIN I AM SO HAVING A FAT ATTACK TODAY!!!! JUST FYI! <BR> <BR> Thought we could all use a fourm to have some immediate help when we all need talking down from that precarious ledge! <BR> <BR> Come voice your concerns, pleas for help, or just come and b*tch! .... if you are easily offended this might not be the forum for you... <BR> <BR> <BR> Seriously... omg I want to eat everything in site today. I havent' but it could be dangerous going home... (insert corny evil music here) <BR> <... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 17:51:47 EST My kind of team! I absolutely love Fight Club! <BR> I just joined and I will be jumping in feet first. <BR> Im always up for new ways to torture myself so,I will see you all as much as I can. Fri, 16 Apr 2010 13:47:22 EST Monkey Reminder - Challenges Just a quick reminder for some of you who may have forgotten and some of you who are new and might not be aware of this. <BR> <BR> Mr. D's challenges started out as a once a week challenge. They are designed to push your limits and test your strength... <BR> <BR> Then along came some hard core monkeys and they like to do them 3x a week. <BR> <BR> The challenges are time intisive and some can take up to 90 minutes or more. <BR> <BR> YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE ENTIRE CHALLE... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 13:31:51 EST New challenge - Delayed. It's been a booger of a day for me. I will get a new challenge up before the weekend is over. Fri, 9 Apr 2010 17:33:01 EST Coming back... like The Rolling Stones Hey team, <BR> I've been busy demolitioning an abandoned house we bought in St.Augustine, and as you all can well imagine, I'm getting my upper body workout just fine, at the tune of about 3 to 4 hours per day pulling up carpeting, hammering out drywall, yanking beams, smashing old tile, and taking down ceilings, trimming back trees, etc. <BR> After such work I'm too beat to even plan meals, much less go for runs or take time for strength routines, but I'm very much keeping in shape and follo... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 07:50:24 EST Question of the day #3 Okay... here is a dumb one. LOL My 15 year old posed this question to me today and I thought it was hilarious. <BR> <BR> I have actually had the same question posed by my brother... hmmmmmm genetics maybe? <BR> <BR> "why is it when you eat numerous things all day long and you burp... you only taste one thing? <BR> <BR> In our family we call that the school of "bobology"! <BR> <BR> Hmmmmm points to ponder. Just something to make you smile. Thu, 1 Apr 2010 13:02:07 EST Question of the day #2 What is your pet peeve? <BR> <BR> :) Mine is being given the silent treatment. Sure way to piss me off is play that age old game. My kids no better and my husband too! LOL <BR> <BR> What's yours? Tue, 30 Mar 2010 14:59:38 EST The Paleo Diet Okay, I will be the first to admit that I am a little leary of ANYTHING that says diet because diet inferrs restriction and I HATE that... <BR> <BR> However... I have come across something introduced to me by Mr. D. and I have to admit I am a little more than curious about it considering the results he has had. <BR> <BR> It's called the Paleo Diet and it works on the premise of going back to the diets that our bodies were genetically designed to eat during the paleolithic times. <BR> ... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 11:50:05 EST Where are my Monkeys? This time it's not figuratively... LOL Seriously <BR> Where are my monkey's located? <BR> <BR> Any of you in or around Texas? I would love to get together and hang with a few of you if you are near. If not we will just have to wait till our monkey retreat! <BR> <BR> It's always fun to know geographically where we are all spread out! Fri, 26 Mar 2010 12:36:01 EST What is your diet crack? :) Just curious what your diet "crack" is? What is the one thing that when in your house you absolutely can't say no to? <BR> <BR> Mine is Golden Oreos... oh and yeah... Cadbury Eggs Fri, 26 Mar 2010 12:33:08 EST Question of the day #1 Who is your biggest support in this journey and why? <BR> <BR> My biggest support in this journey has been my kids, believe it or not. I think they are my biggest motivator and when they see me feeling good about myself and having more energy it makes them happy. They are proud of me and proud of my accomplishments. It urges me to do better and stay on track when I know they are watching. Fri, 26 Mar 2010 12:20:31 EST I'm not perfect... but 100% is good enough! There are so many things that get in the way of our goals and sabotage our progress. So often it is ourselves that do the sabotaging. <BR> <BR> We do so much negative self talk that if we were to say some of these things to strangers it would be considered verbal abuse! Isn't that sad that we treat strangers better than ourselves sometimes? <BR> <BR> I have been doing a lot of thinking about this the last week and I am making it my mission to be kinder to myself. I am going to stop the ... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 12:05:37 EST Knock Knock Can I come in and fight? <BR> <BR> Well hell that's all I have to say tonight. I'll post something tomorrow to answer any "where the hell have you been" stuff. <BR> <BR> Life has changed. Goals have changed. Motivation has changed. I have to lose 60 pounds by September. <BR> <BR> I'm in it to win it. <BR> <BR> Me Wed, 24 Mar 2010 23:33:53 EST 101 Simple pleasures you can enjoy every day! I talk a lot about enjoying small victories no matter how small but lets look at simple things that make us happy too. <BR> <BR> Simple things like walking on the beach, the scent of fresh clean baby hair, or the perfect cup of coffee..... <BR> <BR> Let's see if we can come up with a list of 101 simple pleasures... <BR> <BR> 1. Listening to the rain <BR> <BR> Your turn! Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:01:10 EST Ye-ouch! And thank you! So, after discovering this team today with glee in my heart I came home tonight, put on _Fight Club_ and took on my first Friday challenge. I decided to hit myself as hard as I could. :) <BR> <BR> For a first run, I'd say it went well, and it F'ing hurts to type this now. I like it! I split the attempt at 1000 reps between pushups and crunches so I could get double the pain. I got as far as 250 pushups and 300 crunches. Not even close to 1000, but pretty good for just out of the starting gat... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 21:28:30 EST 3/21 - Water Challenge Water Water Water EVERYWHERE! <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is to increase your water intake. Let's increase it by half of what you are already drinking. ie, if you are drinking your 8 cups a day now... start drinking 12! If you aren't getting your 8 in then make that your goal this week! <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's why: <BR> <BR> Water supresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to i... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:14:17 EST Runners on and Ready! Hello Everyone! I am Lori, ready willing and able to concieve the fact that you will make me work it! I am ready for the punishment so bring it on! :) Tue, 16 Mar 2010 21:16:18 EST New Mini Challenges - Weekly and Monthly After some great ideas from you monkeys I am going to try to instill some new vim & vigor in our day to day activities to get all of us on track for a wonderful summer! <BR> <BR> Ivory suggested some weekly challenges to keep us motivated. I figure the easiest way to do this is to just post a separate challenge under the member challenges every week and just post how we are doing under that thread each week. For the weekly challenges you can post daily how you are doing or at the end of t... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:50:05 EST Any new ideas??? Hey guys... it's spring and it's time to seriously start working on the winter fat and time to get bathing suit ready. <BR> <BR> I have struggled more this year than any other time on this whole journey. It has sucked. It has affected my whole out look on things. Since surgery I have continued to face an uphill battle. <BR> <BR> SO... it's time for some spring cleaning! Time to get serious again and really rock this again. I need some new ideas for the team. I really would like to... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:59:45 EST Challenge Delayed... You may have noticed I have been absent the last week or so... Sorry... <BR> <BR> I am dealing with an issue with my kiddo right at the moment. I will try to get new challenge up by the weekend or see if mr. D can do one. <BR> <BR> In and out of hospital, Nuero consults, opthamologist, etc.... Trying to rule out Macular degeneration, etc. Hopefully it will turn out to be nothing but it's kind of scary when your child says... mom... I can't see out of my left eye! <BR> <BR> ANYWAY.... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 17:34:40 EST I have been asked to speak at a women's conference ..... <BR> <BR> And I need some ideas from you. I have not done any public speaking in many many years. <BR> <BR> It's on health and wellness and I am a little nervous. I don't want to just get up there and talk about losing weight because that's not really what this has been about for me. <BR> <BR> I know kind of what I want to say but I am not sure how to start out for a couple of reasons. <BR> <BR> 1.) I am obviously 40 lbs heavier now than in my pictures. I kind of have an idea ... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 12:50:24 EST your success...... what do you want to achieve? <BR> <BR> I saw this inspirational quote that I receive daily in my emails and thought of all of you! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There are no real secrets to success. Success in anything has one fundamental aspect – effort… Take action with commitment. <BR> ~ Sam Parker <BR> <BR> <BR> So, here's to your success today: whatever your goals in life: (in no specific order!)lose a few inches, pounds, sizes or get healthy, get a new house, job, husband, fami... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 09:45:00 EST New, again Hi :) I had briefly joined this group way back when and then kinda dropped off the face of the healthy living earth. BUT here I am again.. started back at it Jan 1 and have lost 13 lbs so far. Now I just need to really kick my own butt with the help of these challenges!! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone! Tue, 16 Feb 2010 13:21:45 EST Yummy reciipe for breakfast - mmmmmmmmmmm good! This came off of the spark calander for yesterday. <BR> <BR> You can make a dozen variations of this recipe and they are all good and they freeze well. Just reheat in microwave for one minute. <BR> <BR> 5 eggs <BR> 2bs low fat milk <BR> 1 cup diced tomato <BR> 1 cup steamed broccoli <BR> 2 oz. goat cheese <BR> <BR> Pour into greased muffin tin and bake 350 for 15 minutes. Serves 9. 71 Calories, 4 g Fat each. <BR> <BR> My adaption is 8 egg whites, skim milk, 2% cheddar and sometimes ... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 13:47:28 EST Pistachio's... Anyone notice anything different? I am just curious... Since Iposted the bananna bite about the pistachios I have switched from almonds to pistachios. <BR> <BR> I have noticed a huge difference in the way my body reacts to carbs since eating them. <BR> <BR> I don't snack near as much and I have been pairing a few of them with carb snacks when I do. As a result I have noticed much less carb crashing and feel more energy through out the day. <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if anyone else had noticed anything. Fri, 5 Feb 2010 13:29:58 EST 2/05/10 Home Work - DEVELOP PLAN B! 2/5/10 Develop Plan B <BR> <BR> Spark Calendar for to day says develop plan B. Work,travel, or school will disrupt your routine, so plan alternatives to stay on track. Walk during lunch, choose healthy fast foods, or wake up earlier. Doing something is always better than doing nothing. <BR> <BR> This week's homework is to identify something you can do differently to help you stay on track, and see how long you can make a streak of it. Track it on spark. Make your own streak. Keep us poste... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 11:28:58 EST A Project Mayhem Retreat... Today's Spark People Calendar says - <BR> <BR> "Cultivate Friendships. The happiest people spend the least time alone. Attend social gatherings, host a party, and Call you close friends to catch up as often as possible." <BR> <BR> SOOOOOOOO..... I was thinking what if we planned a trip for say NEXT summer... summer 2011 for all of our Monkeys. <BR> <BR> We share so much here on spark, our struggles, our journey, our ups and downs, our heartaches, our lives. Wouldn't it be fun to mee... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 10:49:47 EST HEY YOU MONKEY BUTTS!!!! WHERE IS EVERYONE???? HEE HEE.... YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. WHERE ARE ALL MY MONKEYS? <BR> <BR> WE HAVE ABOUT 6 0R 7 REGULARS AND THE REST OF YOU ARE AWOL!!!!! <BR> <BR> Just want to breathe some new life into our tired old monkey butts! It's a new year and new stuff going on. Time to put our new year's resolutions to the test and get our arses moving!!!! <BR> <BR> Just a few things in case some of you haven't been active on the boards lately... <BR> <BR> There is a new challenge up <BR> <BR> There is new h... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 11:03:34 EST Writings on the wall .... It is better to live one day as a lion than a thousand days as a lamb." Roman proverb <BR> <BR> How many of us take the lamb approach to our lifestyle and weight loss journey? I know that I do many days. <BR> <BR> I spend too much time being timid and weak where my health and fitness are concerned and not enough time charging at it will full force. <BR> <BR> Every day we spend focusing on ourselves, our health and fitness, and our journey, in a positive forceful way is one step further... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 12:41:47 EST Our Team Quote!!!! Check it out! As some of you know I LOVE quotes. I came across this quote on the spark Calander and it fit our team to a tee! <BR> <BR> " The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before." Steve Young <BR> <BR> THIS FITS US PERFECTLY! I LOVE IT! Wed, 20 Jan 2010 11:47:05 EST Be on the look out for new homework! We attended a communication seminar over the weekend and I brought back some interesting exercises. Be on the look out in the next few days for some really interesting inward reflections about your weight loss journey! Wed, 20 Jan 2010 11:43:40 EST New & scared! I've heard so much about this team I was scared to join, but my body needs some punishing and I seriously need some discipline. Glad to be aboard! Tue, 19 Jan 2010 15:03:56 EST What has been the hardest thing on your journey? The hardest thing on my journey has been.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Learning to curb emotional eating and try to stay on track when those urges hit. <BR> <BR> It continues to amaze me the things I learn on this journey. I am starting to figure out I have REAL issues with emotional eating and although I was able to overcome them the first time.... it is going to be something I continue to face and continue to struggle with for the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Jan 2010 15:00:55 EST Lighting the path again... I came across an old post and I needed this reminder again today. I know if I needed it then there are some of you out there that need it too. My trainer said this to me a few months ago and I didn't really pay attention to it then, For some reason... Today... right now... it clicked. Thanks JD! <BR> <BR> <BR> "Don't focus on where you were, or where you used to be, what you used to look like. You don't have a time machine and you can't go back. You can only go forward. Focusing on you... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 14:51:03 EST Spark Book... Just curious how many of you have ordered and begun to read the new spark book? <BR> <BR> I bought it but for some reason I am having a tough time just getting past the MY STORY part of it. It's probably just a mental block on my part but I was curious to see what you had to say about it. <BR> <BR> Have you found it helpful? Like it? Let me know what you think. Anyone interested in doing a "book study" on a weekly basis or even bi-weekly? <BR> <BR> Let me know what you think....... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 12:49:38 EST CASH FOR WEIGHT LOSS - CNN ARTICLE <link>,8<BR>599,1950896,00.html </link> <BR> <BR> Check out this link - They are offering up to $1000 dollars if you reach your weight loss goal this year of up to 30-80 lbs. <BR> <BR> You can sign up for free and if you reach your goal they will send you $100 - or you can pledge up to $300 and they will send you 1k. <BR> <BR> If you don't reach your goal the money you pledge goes to a charity of your choice. <BR> <BR> I am SERIOUSLY thinking of... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 17:08:31 EST NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS... WHAT ARE YOURS??? I am always curious to see what others resolutions are for the new year and wonder how many people stick with them. What are yours? <BR> <BR> Mine: <BR> <BR> 1. Put myself first and start taking care of business again where weight loss is concerned! <BR> <BR> 2. Have a more positive attitude toward work and those I spend most of the day with. <BR> <BR> 3. Choose one thing a week to empower myself to become a better wife and mother. <BR> <BR> 4. Finish my degree already !!!!!! LOL Thu, 31 Dec 2009 10:35:32 EST NEW YEAR'S CHALLENGE STARTS JAN. 4TH! <BR> <BR> Along with the new challenge this week, Mr. D and I are starting a two week fast beginning January 4th. Rules are simple, no meat, no booze, no sweets, water only for drinks. You may have other types of protein just no fish, chicken, or beef, pork, or lamb. Veggie protein is okay. <BR> <BR> As always check with your Doctor before starting any kind of fast to make sure it's okay if you have any specific dietary needs. Also a good multivitamin would be good to take as well. <BR> ... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 10:29:39 EST BECAUSE I REALLY AM A GOOBER!!!! CHALLENGES??? Okay team... you must have thought I lost my mind last week. <BR> <BR> I really did post a challenge... I just neglected to put it in Mr. D's Friday Challenge forum in the right spot. No wonder no one did it! LOL <BR> <BR> Anyway... here is last week's challenge. You may use this one or the new one I posted a few minutes ago for the new year. <BR> <BR> Sorry for the confusion! <BR> <BR> How Many???? <BR> <BR> Do these till muscle exhaustion. You may substitute the exercises to ... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 10:17:00 EST HOW MANY???? How Many???? <BR> <BR> Do these till muscle exhaustion. You may substitute the exercises to suit your ability. Just make sure you hit each of the major muscle groups. <BR> <BR> dips <BR> push ups <BR> crunches <BR> squats <BR> <BR> Do as many as you can this week, and keep a running total. Post your total on Friday in the challenge discussion thread. Remember to make sure these are complete workouts. You should make sure you get a good workout as you do these. This is basically a d... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 14:24:47 EST Any suggestions? I am looking for.... Hey... I am trying to cut calories where I can and one of the things I am wasting calories on is coffee creamer... <BR> <BR> I know there are a lot of fat free creamers on the market but does anyone know of a GOOD flavored one that is in a liquid form? <BR> <BR> I would prefer fat free, sugar free but I would settle for fat free... <BR> <BR> The one I am drinking now has about 40 calories per tbs... and when you drink 4 of them during the course of the day that's a 160 calories! <BR> <B... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 10:39:43 EST Be thankful this Christmas - Am I a Fireman yet? <BR> AM I A FIREMAN YET? <BR> <BR> <BR> In Phoenix , Arizona , a 26 year-old mother stared down at her 6 year-old son, who was dying of terminal leukemia. <BR> <BR> Although her heart was filled with sadness, <BR> She also had a strong feeling of determination. <BR> Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up & <BR> Fulfill all his dreams. Now, that was no longer possible.. <BR> <BR> <BR> The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her s... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 12:09:01 EST Yummy Recipes! Everyonce in a while I like to post some of my favorite recipes that I am currently stuck on. What are some of yours? <BR> <BR> My new current fave is as follows: <BR> <BR> Fiesta Crockpot Chicken - <BR> <BR> 4-6 chicken breast halves <BR> 1 1/2 cups uncooked Minute Brown Rice <BR> 3 cans Ranch Style Beans or Black Beans <BR> 1 Can Sweet Corn <BR> 1 16 oz. Medium or Hot Picante Sauce <BR> <BR> Add in the order listed and do not drain anything. Cook on low 5-6 hours <BR> Tue, 8 Dec 2009 17:24:04 EST Did you see this in the Daily Spark??? Great Idea! <BR> Special Item Checklist for Your Kitchen <BR> <BR> Is your kitchen less attractive than it used to be? Do you find yourself spending less time in it? Has your kitchen held up as a healthy haven that encourages nutritional eating and smart choices? Or has it sagged into a calorie-packed danger zone that uses up space and heat so you can reach in and grab whatever food you find in its depths? <BR> <BR> You can restore the healthy magic back into your kitchen. Thankfully, no walls need t... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 10:35:25 EST I am thankful for..... On Thanksgiving so many of us forget the meaning of the holiday and just center it around food. <BR> <BR> What are some of the things you will be thankful for this year besides a good stuffing? <BR> <BR> I am thankful for.... <BR> <BR> All the troops that are away from home so that I may enjoy my family in peace and away from harms way. <BR> <BR> The health and well being of my family. <BR> <BR> The job I tolerate so that I can provide for my children and husband. <BR> <BR> The listen... Wed, 25 Nov 2009 10:15:42 EST Mindful Eating for Thanksgiving Check out this article on Mindful Eating from <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ting-on-thanksgiving-you-can-do-it.html </link> <BR> <BR> We can all use these simple suggestions and tips on mindful eating to get us through the Holidays. <BR> <BR> HAPPY TURKEY DAY EVERYONE <em>429</em> <em>430</em> Wed, 25 Nov 2009 10:05:32 EST ATTENTION!!!! NEW HOMEWORK!!!! Okay monkey's... it's that time again. Part of the pulling up the bootstraps plan I got going on is to become more active again and get things going! <BR> <BR> I always know that the more active I am with you all... the better I do both mentally and physically! <BR> <BR> SOOOOOO new homework! PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO DO THIS!!! <BR> <BR> Education is our biggest protection against obesity. It is one of the biggest tools we have to use and it's just plain dumb to not take advantage of... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 13:47:16 EST New Challenge is posted! Go check it out... you are gonna be sore on this one... <BR> <BR> It's a little different so just let me know if you have any questions or have concerns about accomodations! <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 Oct 2009 12:49:22 EST Favorite Play List for work out music? What's yours??? We have had a similar thread going before on this but it's been a while. Anyone got any good ones? <BR> <BR> I am looking for something new that is about 45 minutes to an hour long and I would like to have something with a warm up and cool down in it. I like music like Crystal Method, Rammstein, American rejects, Green day, Pink... etc. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any suggestions or have a premade list I can steal? <BR> <BR> Please put down your favorites too! Wed, 28 Oct 2009 16:51:01 EST Is your glass half full... or half empty???? Inquiring minds want to know...At least I want to know. :) It's my job to make you think and reflect... sooooo... <BR> <BR> What type of person are you? Are you the glass half full or the half empty type and how do you think it effects your weight loss/fitness journey? <BR> <BR> I can tell you from personal experience that I have gone both ways on this journey. Right now - TODAY - I am a half empty person. <BR> <BR> Because of personal experiences in the last six months I have seen m... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 17:50:36 EST BOO! Time for a new challenge! 10/16/09 <BR> <BR> Let's get ready for Halloween and try to work off some extra lbs before indulging in all that yummy food and candy from those fall festivals and parties! <BR> <BR> Do 15 minutes Brisk Cardio <BR> <BR> Do descending sets of 20 (then 19,18,17, etc.)of the following: <BR> <BR> GET UPS! <BR> Tricep dips <BR> Crunches <BR> push ups <BR> walking lunges <BR> <BR> Finish each circuit with Plank rotations till exhaustion (regular or modified for beginners will do also) <BR... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 13:14:59 EST Come Shred with me! I think this might be a fun challenge for us to do as a team. It starts October 21st if anyone is interested. <BR> <BR> It is a Jillian Michaels work out challenge. See the link listed below if you are interested and sign up here! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hallenge/30-day-shred/30-day-shred-wit<BR>h-me/ </link> Fri, 16 Oct 2009 12:01:12 EST Status update on me... Challenges. Hey team, <BR> <BR> I have not had a chance to get on much lately because things have been in such an upheaval at our house. Please bare with me as I go through the next few weeks. <BR> <BR> Many of you know my husband is disabled and has not been doing well. Things culminated over the last two months finally which caused me to have to turn over his care to his family and assisted living. <BR> <BR> Because of the cost of assisted living my own living arrangements are in jeopardy. Lo... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 10:29:02 EST Wanted to say hi I just joined SparkPeople because I saw Project Mayhem and knew that would be the group for me. I love the theme and the challenges seem like they'll be a good kick in the butt for me. I've never joined an online group like this before, but I'm excited to see how it helps me meet my goals. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if I read a previous post right... Do people in this group make an effort to do the Challenge 3X per week and the Homework 3X per week too? I just want to make sure that if I... Sun, 20 Sep 2009 10:35:27 EST Funny things old people say... Okay.. this just struck me funny and has absolutely nothing to do with weight loss, PM or anything else... someone sent me a link to a twitter page that amused me entirely too much. <BR> <BR>*tmydadsay_s <BR> <BR> You have to Spell the profane word out in the link but spark wouldn't let me post it that way... <BR> <BR> I have to say I think I heard some of these come out of my grandmother's mouth! <BR> <BR> I have some of my own old people say funny things... and yes.... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 15:28:09 EST For those about to push! (Push ups that is... ) For those of you that like doing pushups or who are looking to gain some mass and strength in your arms and chest try these variations of push ups my trainer shared with me. They isolate muscle groups so they are a little different and more challenging than normal ones. <BR> <BR> For triceps. <BR> <BR> Use a Hands together or Diamond/Close grip position. Don't do a complete movement, but leave 2-3 inches between your hand and your body at the lower part of the movement. <BR> <BR> For m... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 17:12:31 EST New to Being New I'm an old health junkie that fell off the wagon! Now I'm ready to handle the reigns again but get down that I can't go as hard and as fast as I could 100lbs lighter. But ready for a challenge. Something to shoot for! Thu, 3 Sep 2009 01:54:03 EST New to Being New I'm an old health junkie that fell off the wagon! Now I'm ready to handle the reigns again but get down that I can't go as hard and as fast as I could 100lbs lighter. But ready for a challenge. Something to shoot for! Thu, 3 Sep 2009 01:53:53 EST New to Being New I'm an old health junkie that fell off the wagon! Now I'm ready to handle the reigns again but get down that I can't go as hard and as fast as I could 100lbs lighter. But ready for a challenge. Something to shoot for! Thu, 3 Sep 2009 01:53:32 EST Just a quick question I do my weigh ins on Tuesday morning. Is there a way to change my fitness minutes to reflect my week from Tuesday to Monday? <BR> <BR> Thanks in Advance <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Aug 2009 12:56:57 EST Hi! I am the newest newbie! Hi, my name is Shana. I am a 36 year old stay at home mom to two fabulous boys. Living in California. I am excited to join this group and hope to "meet" all of you soon! I find each and everyone of you on this teams an inspiration! <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Aug 2009 15:08:25 EST PANIC BUTTON! Okay... I think we need a thread for moments of crisis... A call for help! <BR> <BR> <BR> HELP ME!!!! <BR> <BR> i DON'T KNOW WHAT MY PROBLEMS IS TODAY! <BR> <BR> I just don't want to do this today. I want to eat everything in sight. I don't want to eat healthy today. I don't want to count my calories. I just don't!!!! <BR> <BR> WAAAAAAAAAA! <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I am hungry and I know I need to eat but the thought of eating chicken tonight again just makes me want to gag! Fri, 21 Aug 2009 17:52:48 EST Don't Forget!!!! Don't forget that Project Mayhem is a TEAM and that means that your input and posts are always welcome. I am always open to suggestions and ideas from my fellow monkeys. <BR> <BR> If you have an idea for a challenge, please feel free to post one under the MEMBER CHALLENGES AREA. <link><BR>sageboard.asp?board=4569x19990 </link> <BR> This is an area for those of you who like a little competition and need that extra push. <BR> <BR> I don't post those... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 13:41:03 EST Mind set... How does it effect you? <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=85 </link> <BR> <BR> Take a look at the article above and tell me what you think about your mindset. <BR> <BR> Where is it? Does it effect you? How does it effect you? Does it interfere on your journey here at spark? <BR> <BR> This has been on my mind a bit lately because my new work out partner pointed out to me that mine SUCKED and I realized that I REALLY need to work on it. It's no wonder I can't get my head ... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 13:23:58 EST Office Tag! It's been a while since we have done this... it's time to start back again. <BR> <BR> Rules are simple. Do the exercise posted before you and then post a new one for the next person. They should be a simple exercise you can do at the office either at your desk or quickly in the restroom. <BR> <BR> Those that participate will get a spark goodie at the end of the day at 5 pm CST. Person with the most posts get's a good one. :) <BR> <BR> I'll start - 3 sets of 10 seated leg lifts. <BR>... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 13:13:04 EST New Exercises!!! Expect to see this on Challenge! "You've been Nailed!" <BR> <BR> This one was a great one! I did this for my morning work out this week.. it's a lot of fun... <BR> <BR> Take 20 nails (pennies will work too) and do a walking lunge and put one down each time you go down… then turn around and squat to pick each one up… BUT put the ones down in your hand one at a time first before picking up the next one… and pick em all up again before moving on! Oh and Lunge in between each one, too! By the time it's over you will hav... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 13:43:57 EST New Homework!!!! Check List for Success. Every once in a while I will get a brilliant insight into my own demise and then decide since I did it... you get to do it too! Heh Heh... <BR> <BR> So here goes. I sat down and wrote down a list of things that I need to do to help get myself back on track. This is a working list so things may change as I discover something else I need to work on. <BR> <BR> I want you to create your own list.. then prioritize it. Decide what needs to be worked on first and then get busy! As you go a... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 15:08:41 EST 7 habits that will sabotage healthy eating Found this this great article!!!! <BR> <BR> 7 habits that will sabotage healthy eating <BR> By Alison Johnson <BR> <BR> Fixing these common mistakes will help many people be healthier, says Dr. Phillip Snider, a family physician in Virginia Beach, Va.: <BR> <BR> 1. Not enough breakfast. <BR> <BR> One recent study showed that obese dieters who had a 600-calorie breakfast with healthy proteins and carbohydrates - such as scrambled eggs, diced turkey, fruit and whole-wheat toast or oatmeal... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 09:30:58 EST Just a reminder... Remember - Don't ever be afraid to modify these challenges. Cut the reps, the circuits, the time, or modify the exercises to fit your fitness level. <BR> <BR> Safety and form ALWAYS come first before completion or time!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> These challenges are merely a guide to help you challenge and push yourself. <BR> <BR> 100% effort - not 100% completion is what we are after at Mayhem. <BR> <BR> Example... Once upon at time I could do these challenges backwards and forwards... but af... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 12:02:31 EST Think about where you want to go I found this on Rachel Cosgrove's blog, her and her husband are trainers, and their stuff is pretty amazing. Here's the link: <link><BR>you-can-only-go-up-from-here.html </link> <BR> <BR> You can only go up from here... <BR> Do you ever think about the fact that where ever you are right now you will only improve, get better, make progress and move forward from there? It is a pretty exciting, motivating thought when you think about it. This, right now, ... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 15:02:52 EST How do you handle "failure"? <BR> I got the following email from a fellow monkey.... <BR> <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> FAILURE – <BR> <BR> Okay, so how do I handle this? <BR> <BR> I went to a meeting a and just ate approx. 1200 cals – wtf? So, now do I just not eat the rest of the day or what? <BR> <BR> ------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> My Response was this - No… You make wise decisions the rest of the day. Remember t... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 10:04:48 EST OMG.... This day will never end!!!!! I just thought I would share that with you! <BR> <BR> This has got to be the longest day on record. I don't know if it is because I don't want to be here... <BR> <BR> Because I am so utterly SWAMPED... <BR> <BR> <BR> OR because some evil wizard has stopped time! <BR> <BR> <BR> EITHER WAY... I AM FIGHTING THE BOREDOM MUNCHIES!!!! <BR> <BR> HELP! QUICK SOMEONE TELL ME SOME OF YOUR IDEAS TO STAVE AWAY THE MUNCHIES WHILE AT WORK?!? Tue, 4 Aug 2009 15:43:31 EST Today's Weekly spark tip.... READ IT! If you haven't already read this... read it! and if you have Read it again! Lot's of good important reminders about how we work out and the myths that are behind the cardio monster! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1370 </link> Tue, 4 Aug 2009 11:49:11 EST NAME GAME! We haven't done this in a while... Let's do it again! Start with A and go from there. Give me one word to describe your mood today! <BR> <BR> Awesome! - Had a great weekend and ready to take on the week! <BR> <BR> B....? Mon, 20 Jul 2009 12:35:09 EST Quotes that make you go hmmmmmmmmm Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans. <BR> <BR> Peter F. Drucker 1909- <BR> American Management Consultant, Author <BR> <BR> Planning makes us follow through on commitments... make yours a good one! <BR> <BR> Please feel free to add your favorite quotes here! <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Jul 2009 11:20:30 EST BOOT CAMP CHALLENGE WORK OUT! Here is a special little jewel from my personal trainer. If you REALLY want a tough challenge he gave me his boot camp work out. <BR> <BR> THIS IS HARD CORE AND FOR ADVANCED AND EXPERTS ONLY! EXPECT THIS WORK OUT TO TAKE 45 min to 90 min. DEPENDING ON YOUR FITNESS LEVEL! <BR> <BR> Feel free to email him with any questions. Just tell him you are a monkey from spark! <BR> <BR> <BR> Circuit 1(x4) <BR> Knee high step 1min <BR> Side step w/jab 1 min - w/high reach 1 min - w/cross punch ... Fri, 17 Jul 2009 10:54:15 EST New School Year...Im Scared! School starts in less than four weeks for my kids. This is the time I went off track last year. So busy with their schedules I don't get any me time and I stop working out, etc. They are in martial arts year round 2x/wk, girl scouts 2x/biweekly during the school year, and then in soccer, basketball,and cheerleading other parts of the year and Im hoping to squeeze in swim lessons between soccer and basketball. I always stay during their practices and games because I either cheer them on or vol... Wed, 15 Jul 2009 10:51:17 EST Okay I'm in! I was wandering around Spark People and came across this team... so I decided to peek in the door and liked what I saw. I loved the references to Fight Club and I love the fact that this is meant to challenge me. I need that. I look forward to seeing what the Tyler Durden mentality can bring to my table and what I can take away from it. Thanks for having me. <BR> AC Wed, 15 Jul 2009 09:13:51 EST Body Image Issues.... Was just curious how many of you out there have body image issues? I know that seems like a dumb question considering why we are all here but I have had an experience that made me realize I have them and I never thought I did before. <BR> <BR> I have been quite down on the fact that I have gained 30+ lbs since my surgery and am completely starting over with my strength training. I didn't realize just how down I was until I started looking at pictures from 4 months ago... <BR> <BR> omg..... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 17:47:49 EST Happy 4th of July!!!! <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WOOOO HOOOOO!!!!! Hope everything is going great for you all! Remember today to try to stay on track and stay away from all of those yummy goodies that are sooooooo bad for you!!!! <BR> <BR> Try bringing your own snacks to picnics and barbeques. Drink lots of water and allow some extra activity for wiggle room if you indulge! <BR> <BR> BE SAFE everyone and have fun! Sat, 4 Jul 2009 13:52:47 EST Nestle Tollhouse Recall Be aware that Nestle has issued a recall on their cookie dough for E. Coli. I found out the hard way.... ate some out of a recalled container and I have been sick as a dog... couldn't figure out why until someone informed me... I checked our batch and sure enough... it's on the list. <BR> <BR> Gives the expression poop like a water sprinkler new meaning. Guess I am going to the doctor tomorrow. ugh.... here is the link to the recall <BR> <BR> <link> Mon, 22 Jun 2009 00:12:54 EST New Homework Assignment We all know that planning is the key. Planning ahead of time will help us make better choices, avoid falling off the wagon and maintain our weight much easier. <BR> <BR> Here is what I want you to do. Make a plan for an emergency kit. Plan to pack a cooler for a days snacks and take it with you. See if it helps and then come back here and tell us what you packed and how it worked for you! <BR> <BR> If you need any suggestions for what to pack in your survival kit just let me know... <... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 22:05:44 EST Did you know???? Did you know that drinking diet soda can do more harm than regular soda if you are not careful? <BR> <BR> I went out to lunch with my personal trainer today (talk about pressure!)and he scolded me when I opted for a diet coke instead of a regular one. <BR> <BR> I asked him why and he said that as long as you are staying in your calorie range with the real one to go ahead and have it especially if you are not eating something with it. <BR> <BR> He said that the body expects a rush of e... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 22:47:49 EST What are your triggers? I want you to try something next time you have a moment of indulgence and fall off the wagon. Instead of feeling guilty and remorseful for the morsel you just downed... try this: <BR> <BR> Identify your triggers. WHY did you fall off the wagon? Think about it a minute and ask yourself some of these questions. <BR> <BR> Did I let myself get too hungry? <BR> Did I plan ahead of time? <BR> Am I tired? <BR> Am I thirsty? <BR> Am I stressed? <BR> Am I bored? <BR> <BR> Sometimes just id... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 22:32:46 EST JUNE FAST FOOD CHALLENGE! Okay this one is easy! Let's see who can maintain the longest streak of NO FAST FOOD for the month of June! <BR> <BR> I mean NOOOOOOO fast food at all! NONE ZERO ZIP! Nothing,NO Boston Market, NO grilled chicken from Micky D's - NOTHING! <BR> <BR> I am not putting this on a time limit only because I KNOW I can't make it 30 days... HOWEVER... I am going to see how long I can make it - ONE DAY at a time. <BR> <BR> Rules are simple... if it has a drive thru... it's off limits! <BR> <B... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 00:48:55 EST DID YOU KNOW....???? I thought I would start a new thread for tidbits of information you find interesting that are health or work out related. Please list your source so if others want more information they know where to go. <BR> <BR> Eating Clean Magazine August 2009 <BR> <BR> DID YOU KNOW?????.. <BR> <BR> Did you know that WHERE you store those extra pounds makes a difference? People that have apple shaped bodies and tend to store their fat around their middles have a higher risk of heart disease and pre... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 00:04:49 EST Anyone new to weight training? I know a lot of us are hard core here with our weight training and work outs. I was wondering if there were any newbies here that haven't gotten started and want to but are afraid to speak up? <BR> <BR> Let me know if you are out there. If so I will get a very basic routine up on the board for you. It's a good starting place if you have a gym and access to weight machines. I can also modify it if you don't. Sun, 31 May 2009 18:33:55 EST Starting over means progress not defeat! I put that on the huddle this morning as a quick thought for the day. I didn't' give it much thought just threw it up there and then I realized it's true! <BR> <BR> So starting over is exactly what I am doing. Mercedes told me to do something every day and be true to it even if it is just making my bed every day. To help gain momentum and gain a sense of accomplishment ... well what a better way to accomplish that than to do it here. <BR> <BR> I will be true to posting every day here in... Sun, 31 May 2009 14:39:40 EST Question about team Hello, I just joined and was wondering if this team is still going. I noticed the weekly challenges are behind. I hope new ones will be posted, I was excited when I found this team! Sat, 30 May 2009 18:29:26 EST Still a Daily Struggle... Hey team. I am just checking in. I am sorry that I have not been around much. I am struggling SOOOOOOO hard right now and it is taking everything I have to just even wake up some mornings. I am trying to get back on track. It's just not working yet. I do see some improvement in the horizon and I think that things will finally be getting back on track as my activity kicks in. <BR> <BR> I had my first honest to goodness work out this afternoon where I felt like I actually did something. It fe... Mon, 25 May 2009 01:13:50 EST Promises Promises! Have you some promises you made, which you did not keep or had to break? <BR> <BR> Come clean with this thread, fez up, and restate your self, with a new outlook. Acknowledging an incompletion opens up the space for you to start anew and leave behind your old guilt. <BR> <BR> Here's mine: <BR> <BR> Old Promise: Last November I promised Mr.Durden that I would enter and run a 5K or longer race while in New Zealand. This did not happen for a number of reasons. <BR> <BR> New Promise: I pr... Sat, 9 May 2009 06:47:20 EST New Homework to start out May!! See Who You Want to Be <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I entered a transformation contest. In 12 weeks, I want to transform my body ... but into what? I need to have a clear picture in my mind of what I'm aiming for, and I try to think of this picture everyday to keep me on track. One of the most important things in this journey is trying to look ahead and see the destination, because the path can be really rocky and hard going! <BR> <BR> What I want you to do for this assignment is take a few minutes... Tue, 5 May 2009 18:04:44 EST Small Victories - What are yours? One of the things I have learned about this journey is to not focus on what you can't do but what you can. <BR> <BR> By focusing daily on the victories instead of the defeats you give yourself a constant boost of confidence. <BR> <BR> The better you feel about yourself the more likely you are to stick with the program. Make sense? <BR> <BR> I would like for you to post one small victory EVERY day... even if you had the worst day food wise ever.. if you wrote it down... that's a vict... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 21:10:26 EST Everyone Listen Up!! I need help and so do you! I have a confession to make. I need help! Some of you have read my blogs. I am having a rough time right now and I need your support more than ever. I have never felt this out of control or more scared of losing what I have worked so hard for. <BR> <BR> I can also tell that some of you need help too! How do I know? Because you have deserted the team. There is very little posting going on, not much support being given... That makes me sad. <BR> <BR> I have to take part of the blame... Wed, 15 Apr 2009 21:40:42 EST Guess WHo!!!!!! Gotta Challenge for Ya!! Hello my fellow Space Monkeys Old and New!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I have missed this team so much!!!!! I am so glad that TODAY I logged in. To start I ended a bad reltionship...Got Laid off from my job, Start ed and new dating situation, began a new job and I gain 15 pounds!!!!! <BR> I lost my motivation and determination!!!! <BR> I know that Mayhem is the place to get it back. <BR> I need my Monkey's. <BR> I need some TUFF love!!! <BR> <BR> I have the worst worst schedule 9:30 - 6:30, it's 15 ... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 12:54:49 EST New Homework! 4/6 There is a new homework assignment, go check it out in the homework thread! This is something everyone could use! Mon, 6 Apr 2009 12:43:29 EST SHE LIVES!!!! One week post op! I just wanted to let you know how I am doing real quick. I am going to be posting more in a blog a little later today, as I can only sit up for so long at a time right now, but this has probably been one of the most challenging things I have had to endure in a very Long time. <BR> <BR> I have gotten some new insight to many things over the last week. <BR> <BR> I learned that our health care facilities have LEAPS and bounds to go in patient care. Lets just say that my recovery nurse wi... Sat, 4 Apr 2009 16:09:51 EST How are you challenging yourself? I've been noticing that the challenge discussion board has been a bit quiet lately! Therefore, I want you to pop in and tell us how you have been challenging yourself! <BR> <BR> I'm proposing that whether or not you are doing Mr. D's challenges, as long as you are challenging yourself, get on her and let us know how! Did you do a great workout? What was it? Did you learn a new exercise or move or stretch? Did you just barely get your workout in, but made it a good one? Have you reached a fit... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 21:28:12 EST Ready to get my butt kicked! Hi! I passed my goal weight and now I'm ready to start focusing on some different kinds of fitness goals. I want to be strong! I want to push myself and find out what I'm capable of. I'm hoping this team will kick my butt and get me ready to kick other people's! Mon, 30 Mar 2009 09:51:36 EST April Beach Body Challenge! Come down to the challenges forum and check out my challenge for April. Time to get beach body ready with some basics we should all be working on. Who's ready to kick it into high gear? Sun, 29 Mar 2009 16:16:53 EST April Beach Ready Challenge! Summer is upon us and it is time to get this team fired up and time to kick it into high gear to get beach ready! <BR> <BR> I am proposing a beach ready challenge! We would start April first and run through April 30th. It would be a points challenge with the following categories: <BR> <BR> Bikini eating! <em>218</em> The best way to eat is like your plate is a bikini: <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=432 </link> <BR> Eat small amounts of lean protein an... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 16:15:30 EST Surgery has been moved up... Tomorrow! Just a quick note to tell my monkeys my surgery has been moved up... <BR> <BR> It's Friday... yep ... tommorow. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck and don't be surprised if you don't hear from me for a few days to a week. <BR> <BR> Mr. D is supposed to be getting the challenge up for you guys by the weekend. If it doesn't get posted please just choose one of the older ones. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to being pain free again. <BR> <BR> Say a prayer and keep me in your thoughts. <BR> ... Fri, 27 Mar 2009 00:30:16 EST Please welcome IVORY1825 as our new Co-Captain Ivory has done an outstanding job of motivating the team and stepping up to the plate when I have slacked ( which has been a lot lately!) <BR> <BR> Ivory, I appreciate your willingness to help the team and in welcoming other team members as they come aboard! You are truly what a Monkey should be. 100% effort ALL the time. YOU ROCK! <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Please stop by her page and congratulate her! <em>242</em> Wed, 11 Mar 2009 13:38:12 EST Check out the newest homework! Your “core” reason for losing weight <BR> <BR> Everyone has usually many reasons for losing weight and changing their diet. These reasons are the motivation to stick with it, to not go out to dinner even though your want to, to not have that second piece of cake, to exercise even when you are tired and busy. However, that motivation can be improved upon if you can really focus on the number one “core” reason for doing what you are doing. This reason is the things that will keep you going and... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 09:53:03 EST New Homework! Hello all! I've been motivated recently to do a lot of self-improvement, and so I've also offered to help get homework going again by posting assignments based on what I've been doing for myself! I may not get every week, but I want to aim for at least every two. As always, read here, and post in the homework thread (link at the bottom). Go for it! <BR> <BR> <BR> Last weekend I threw a party. While at the party, I eventually noticed that I kept going over to the food table and eating. I fel... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 10:38:17 EST New to the team Hi my name is Amber. I've been a member of sparks since June 2008. So far I have lost 25 pounds. I have 30 pounds to go. I joined this team to help me reach my goal. When I joined sparks my goal was to learn to live a healthy lifestyle. Now that I know how my goal is to be lean and fit by my 30th birthday July 09. Fri, 20 Feb 2009 18:31:08 EST What made your day? Did someone or something make your day today? I wanna know! <BR> <BR> I told someone today I wanted to lose 30 more lbs and their response was, <BR> <BR> "Where are you gonna find 30 lbs to lose?!? You don't need to lose anymore weight!" <BR> <BR> Hee Hee - Made my day! <BR> <BR> What made yours? Fri, 20 Feb 2009 13:47:29 EST Healthy Recipes! I know I have started a thread like this in the past but I'll be boogered if I can find it now! <BR> <BR> Anyway, periodically I like to see what others favorites are and what they are nibbling on... how about you? <BR> <BR> Here is one of my favorites.. It's a little high in sodium but not too bad. Yum! <BR> <BR> Red Beans and Rice <BR> <BR> 1 lb dried red kidney beans <BR> 1 cup cooked ham pieces <BR> 1 onion, chopped <BR> 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce <BR> 1 tsp Tabasco sauce <BR> 2 ... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 14:21:53 EST Addictive Personality? Do you have an addictive personality? <BR> <BR> I do. This is something I have found out about myself lately. I figured it out this week when things got stressful. <BR> <BR> Some of you may have seen my post about an upcoming surgery I am having. A hip replacement. I am only 41... so this seems a bit surreal to me but I have kind of been expecting it. <BR> <BR> Long story short - childhood injury combined with 10 years of obesity have done it's number on my hip. My new active life... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 11:55:20 EST FAST FOOD HELP! SUGGESTIONS? A few of our members asked for some suggestions for fast food places. <BR> <BR> Can you eat healthy at a fast food joint? <BR> Yes - for the most part. <BR> <BR> It's just a matter of choices... Remember, "we are defined by the choices we make." T. Durden ( LOL ) <BR> <BR> Let me start you off: <BR> <BR> McDonalds: <BR> <BR> DON'T EAT THIS: <BR> <BR> Big Mac <BR> Super Size Fries <BR> super size regular coke <BR> Total Damage: 1430 Calories <BR> 303g Carbs <BR> ... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 11:20:02 EST FEBRUARY CHALLENGE - SAY NO TO FAST FOOD! <BR> I thought I would post this challenge for February because it is something I am personally struggling with too right now. <BR> <BR> Rules are simple - AVOID FAST FOOD!!!! <BR> <BR> If you find yourself in a pinch and have NO OTHER CHOICE - Limit it grilled chicken, chili, salads (healthy ones!) potatoe, etc. <BR> <BR> If you have questions about what the better choice is just shoot me an email or post it here. Our resident nutritionist Kprato is also a great source of informati... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 14:28:36 EST Carrot? Egg? or Coffee? Which are you? A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up, She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose. <BR> <BR> Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed gr... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 11:42:26 EST Yurt Trip 2009... Yurt Trip 2009: I pulled a 75lb sled up and down ungroomed trails a total of 5 miles on snowshoes. <BR> That first sight of the Yurt is the best. It's when you know you've survived! <BR> The Yurt was still warm from the people before us. We had to walk down hill to use the outhouse...then back up again to the drink more wine:) Wednesday night, after having several drinks, I discovered the sled could be ridden all the way to the potty. <BR> The sound of me screaming down the hill c... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 12:17:08 EST HELP! I need a volunteer! AP Partners I need a volunteer for someone to be an Accountability Partner for MICALIA! <BR> <BR> If anyone can step up and help a monkey out it would be apprecieated. <BR> <BR> Don't forget there is a sticky thread for AP partners under general team discussions if anyone needs or wants one. Fri, 6 Feb 2009 11:09:24 EST I am plateauing I am at a plateau. <BR> <BR> I have moved my calories around. I have started exercising more. I have switched to a different exercise program. It is not helping. <BR> <BR> Is there anybody here who can look at my food journals (they aren't here, if you want to do it, I can show you) and see if there is anything you can see that I could try? <BR> <BR> I am NOT READY to stop. I just need to get over this hump. <BR> <BR> Jennifer Thu, 5 Feb 2009 16:39:17 EST You know you have had a lifestyle change when..... You can tick off the calorie count in your head of all the drinks on the nightly special at happy hour - and then opt for water instead cause it just ain't worth it! LOL Thu, 5 Feb 2009 12:48:55 EST Worst foods for 2009! Here is a list from the Men's Health website showing 20 foods you probably don't want to eat every day and some healthier options. It's interesting and good to be aware of what is in some of the things we eat. <BR> <BR> 1. The Worst Icecream in America of 2009 <BR> <BR> Baskin Robbins Large Chocolate Oreo Shake <BR> 2,600 calories <BR> 135 g fat (59 g saturated fat, 2.5 g trans fats) <BR> 263 g sugars <BR> 1,700 mg sodium <BR> <BR> We didn't think anything could be worse than Baskin Robbi... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 12:41:49 EST Please be considerate - AP Partners People Gentle Reminder - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE - If you put yourself out there for an AP partner please follow through and contact your partner. <BR> <BR> People seeking partners are doing so because they need some extra support. Please be considerate. <BR> <BR> thanks! Tue, 3 Feb 2009 15:42:22 EST ODD WORKOUTS - READ ONLY- DO NOT POST HERE I have received numerous requests following a post I made a while back about some unusual workouts I have been doing. The requests have been to post some more challenging workouts, and the odd ones I have been doing. YOU ASKED FOR IT, YOU GOT IT. <BR> <BR> I will make the first post tonight, and it will be what my workout plan for the coming week. Be warned now; I have been traveling extensively and unable to workout regularly for about 10 months. This has caused me to gain about 12 pounds. ... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 19:36:12 EST New to SparkPeople and Mayhem Hello All. This is my first week on SparkPeople and I love it. I have just done my first weight check and have lost 2.5 pounds! Yippee! Anyway still have 58 to go but I am so excited. Plus I never realized how much I was eating and how little I was moving. Real eye opener. <BR> <BR> I have 3 kids and live in NE Fort Worth. I work part-time and otherwise play with my 4 year old youngest son. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting challenges from this group to change things up a bit. <... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 10:29:54 EST Out of Pocket Till sunday... Hey Monkeys... I am out of pocket until sunday on a trip. I won't have access till sunday night. <BR> <BR> Mr. D. has promised me he would get a challenge up before then. Just keep checking his thread. <BR> <BR> If for some reason one is not up I will get it done on Monday. Pick an old one until then. <BR> <BR> Love ya Mr. D. ... don't go easy on em! <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:51:09 EST SpaceMonkey Defined Hey y'all -- <BR> <BR> I returned to Sparkpeople in force a few weeks ago, but I've not been back to the Mayhem until today -- not because I don't love and admire each and every damn hair on each of your monkey heads, but because I'm conflicted about whether or not I *should* be here at all. <BR> <BR> Am I a SpaceMonkey, or am I not? That's basically the question I'm facing. It's neither as clueless nor as pitiful as it sounds. Here's the deal: <BR> <BR> If you look at the books, the Spac... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 13:02:37 EST Accountability Partners - Sign up here We all do better with a person to help us keep accountable. It makes a huge difference when you know you are going to be having someone else looking at your food and exercise journals. I know it does me. <BR> <BR> I have tried to do this in the past and I have had a hard time assigning people because I just don't have the time...SO.. here is what I propose. <BR> <BR> Let's pair you up in order of interest. Say I put my name on the list first... the next person to sign up would claim m... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 12:27:30 EST Don't ya hate it when.... You eat the last bite of something yummy and don't realize it and go for another and... there is nothing there! <BR> <BR> I hate it when that happens! Tue, 13 Jan 2009 14:57:54 EST What is your Goal this year? We all accomplish things better when we have goals to work toward. <BR> <BR> Yogi Berra probably said it best when he said, "If you don't know where you are going,you'll end up someplace else." <BR> <BR> How true is that for you? I know it is for me!!!! Think about it... <BR> In absence of clearly defined goals, we end up only performing daily acts of trivia. So let's work toward something! <BR> <BR> Give me one short term goal you want to achieve with in the next 60 days and one l... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 14:32:08 EST My triggers... Triggers that cause me to fall off the wagon, sit down, stop moving, eat junk... <BR> <BR> I don't know. When it happens, which is often, I ask myself the same question and I think it's one of two things. <BR> <BR> Motivation and Encouragement. <BR> <BR> Motivation is tough to keep going when you can't see the results. I suffer from PCOS weight issues, carry alot of muscle for a girl, and I have a little body dismorphia, so without the scale moving, I don't see the changes in my body. U... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 13:44:24 EST HOMEWORK IS BACK!!!! WHAT ARE YOUR TRIGGERS? I am going to start to get some homework assignments back up and running again. Here is your first one! <BR> <BR> We all go through ups and downs during our fitness journey. I want you to stop and think about what some of your triggers are that make you relapse during those down times. <BR> <BR> If you are down right now and having difficulty, I want you to identify what things you were doing before - that maybe you have stopped doing that are getting in the way of your success. <BR> ... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 12:23:11 EST Free Weight Help Monkeys I need your help - What free weight arm exercises will help me lose the big jiggle and get my arms ready for a halter top this summer? <BR> <BR> I tried the free weights and loved them, I am just unsure what to do. I did the shoulder press and bicep curls. THANKS! Sun, 11 Jan 2009 20:50:12 EST What the hell is wrong with me? I really really want to exercise. I want to get healthy. I want to get back into my program hard. But I am BORED. I am bored of doing exercise videos of all stripes. I do WATP, and some free on the cable. I do some strength training. AND I AM BORED TO TEARS. <BR> <BR> I want to do some class activity, and we are planning to get a membership to the Y on the 15th, but MAN. Until then, I am struggling with making myself do the same videos over and over. <BR> <BR> I think it's an excuse... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 17:04:04 EST How is everybody? Just trying to stir some of you sleeping monkeys up! <BR> <BR> How is everyone? Are you finding getting back into the swing of things a little more difficult than you expected? I know I am. <BR> <BR> Figured out I have to go WAY back to basics... <BR> <BR> Sucks but it is the only thing that is going to get me back on track for sure. <BR> <BR> OMG... Tough Tough <BR> <BR> Anyway... WHAT'S UP?????? WHERE IS EVERYONE? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Thu, 8 Jan 2009 11:04:30 EST Question I joined the group that is doing the fitness challenge and contest. My question is how can I balance THAT workout regimen with this challenge? I want to do the strength training more consistently, but I KNOW that if I do both this and that challenge, I will be SO SORE and tired. <BR> <BR> How would you handle this? <BR> <BR> Jennifer Wed, 7 Jan 2009 10:12:53 EST Five Things.... Some of you have seen this one before on home work or another thread... I thought it was worth posting again. <BR> <BR> A while ago I was in a really bad place. <BR> <BR> Someone (Mr. D) told me to snap out of it and make a list of things I like/love about myself and really LOOK at that list. <BR> <BR> It made me feel MUCH better. Here are mine: <BR> <BR> 1. My strength - I don't always feel strong but I know I am and what would drive most people over the edge I have handled with gr... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 15:54:07 EST Oprah's Confession - Hit the nail on the head! Here is an excerpt from Oprah's 'candid confession' (also with Bob Greene): <BR> <BR> SORRY IT'S LOOOONG BUT SO RELEVANT TO WHAT A LOT OF US ARE GOING THROUGH) <BR> <BR> When Oprah gains weight, she says it means her life is out of balance. "It's not about the food. It's about using food—abusing food," she says. "Too much work. Not enough play. Not enough time to come down. Not enough time to really relax." <BR> <BR> Over time, she discovered what she was really hungry for. "I am hungry fo... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 15:49:11 EST Let's Get This Team Rolling AGAIN!!!!! Okay Monkey's... it's a New Year and a season for change! <BR> <BR> LET'S GET THIS TEAM MOVING AGAIN!!!!! <BR> <BR> I need some help .... I got overwhelmed earlier in the year I am bound and determined not to let that happen again... so here is what I need - IDEAS, IDEAS, IDEAS... <BR> <BR> Old timers... let me know what you miss, what you would like to see more of, what you don't like... <BR> <BR> NEWBIES... Same thing... What are your needs? <BR> <BR> I NEED VOLUNTEERS!!!!! I ... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 21:08:02 EST A new year... a new change I have been struggling a lot the last few months and I had sort of an epiphany over the weekend and it kind of kicked my butt in gear again. I discovered that I am in control of this journey. I had forgotten that for a while. <BR> <BR> My trainer didn't show up to go running with me.... and it started to rain... so I left the track... got half way home and said to myself... what the heck am I doing... if Matt had shown up we would have run in the rain... So.... I turned around and went... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 20:19:59 EST Saw Mr. D on the Motivation Page I was looking around this morning on SP and saw Mr. D on the Motivational People page! He is indeed! Sun, 4 Jan 2009 09:35:33 EST Hello.. Hi my name is Rena, being doing this life style change 4 years now. Widowed mom to two teenages with (ADHD) special needs. Life has been a huge sack of garabage in the past, but I have wide shoulders and am holding my own. We are 4 ADHD'er counting my boy "friend" in my little family.. Sun, 4 Jan 2009 03:13:21 EST New Years Reflections We all sit and look back on our year at this time and decide what we want to change about the year to come. It's a natural progression of time and things come to pass. <BR> <BR> What are your reflections this year? Wed, 31 Dec 2008 15:13:37 EST What do you feel like today? I was sitting here thinking that today, I am going to do the challenge. <BR> <BR> I was also thinking, in typical whiney me fashion, that I don't really FEEL like working to exaustion today. <BR> <BR> HELLO. It's not about what you FEEL like doing. It's about knowing what you need to do and doing it anyway. <BR> <BR> I have coddled myself for so long. Been too easy on myself. If I didn't FEEL like exercising, oh well. I could do it tomorrow. Well, no more. This isn't just about we... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 10:26:24 EST January Nutrition Challenge Welcome to a challenge to help get January off to a good start, nutrition-wise anyway! <BR> <BR> This is your chance to set some tough nutrition goals for the next 30 days and help each other accomplish them! <BR> <BR> My goals are: <BR> <BR> No gluten <BR> No dairy <BR> No sugar/sweeteners <BR> <BR> Yours can be whatever you need them to be. Try low-sodium, low-sugar, low-fat, within a calorie range, higher protein, whatever YOU need. <BR> <BR> We are here to support each other in achie... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 18:13:49 EST January Nutrition Challenge So, for those who don't know me, I have been living in the land of digestive issues for the last two months, which seems to have culminated in a wheat/gluten allergy of sorts. <BR> <BR> Anyway, in January I am planning a nice little digestive break by eliminating not only gluten, but dairy, and sugar/sweetener for 30 days to try and really heal my body and determine what does/does not bother me. <BR> <BR> I was thinking, that if a few people have some similar types of goals, I could put tog... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 17:17:48 EST So you think your Poop don't stink? Not only does it stink - IT WEIGHS A TON!!!! <BR> <BR> Just when you think you have things under control.. omg! <BR> <BR> The holidays are here... there is so much crap in the office to eat.. so many dinners and parties and luncheons OH my! <BR> <BR> This is a time when we all lose motivation.. I know I have. I see it in the team as well. <BR> <BR> Life seems to get in the weigh... It's unavoidable sometimes but it depends on how we deal with it if it becomes a problem or not. ... Sun, 21 Dec 2008 23:38:00 EST Monkey Tag! You are ALL it! Okay... I am the first to admit I have slacked so here is our assignment this week: <BR> <BR> Monkey Tag! <BR> <BR> Go to a fellow monkey's page (on Project Mayhem) and tag them... Say anything you like but make the first line of the tag say - MONKEY TAG YOU ARE IT! Let them know they need to tag someone else on PM. <BR> <BR> If the page you pick has already been tagged - choose another member! My goal is to get all 281 members tagged. Once you are tagged tag another page. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 16:37:16 EST Two Killer New Exercises!!! Look for these on challenges to come... <BR> <BR> Trainer showed me these three twists on old exercises that really work. <BR> <BR> walk it out: stand with legs shoulder length apart bend over at the waist and touch the ground in a stretch... walk your hands out into a push up position, push up, and walk it back in and up. LOVE this one. (I see this one on future challenges) <BR> <BR> Squat torture: You need a resistance band or do this on a resistance chest press machine. wrap band... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 16:18:24 EST The Jefferson Hiway 10000 Steps Challenge Just about everyone decides, usually right after the holiday season, that they either want to lose weight or that they need to increase their physical activity. So, why not start a virtual race along the Jefferson Hiway to help get motivated. <BR> <BR> The Jefferson Hiway is also known as the Palm to Pine Hiway and runs from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. It was built in the 1910s as part of the National Auto Trail System and is 1735 miles long. At 10000 steps a ... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 16:03:09 EST Black Friday and the 10 Commandments This struck a chord with me... and I felt compelled to post this. It made me take a step back and think... If it offends anyone... sorry... don't read it. <BR> <BR> It came from a site called The original article can be found here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ay-and-the-10-commandments.html </link> <BR> <BR> Black Friday and the 10 Commandments <BR> posted by Dave Chameides <BR> <BR> Warning: Today’s piece may be a bit dark. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 12:32:58 EST One Month Until I am 40 - HELP I posted this under chit-chat but wanted to hear from all the monkeys! <BR> <BR> One month from today I turn the big 40 - I am excited and a little freaked. My goal was to start my 40's healthy. With exercise and eating right being a part of my daily life... not just something I did when I felt like it. <BR> <BR> I have got one month to create a healthy me with habits I can uphold throughout my 40s. Realistic habits that will work for me. <BR> <BR> Suggestions PLEASE! Sun, 30 Nov 2008 10:39:11 EST I can breath again... If I unbutton my dang jeans! The guests have all left. The left overs are put up and the house is quiet. So what's this nagging feeling I have in my stomach? The stress of getting Thanksgiving dinner cooked is over - so what's up? <BR> <BR> OH WAIT... I KNOW - IT'S THE BUTTONS ON MY JEANS STRAINING BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO DAMN TIGHT NOW! <BR> <BR> Good grief. I have fallen so far off the wagon it's not even funny. I know what it is. I know why it happened and I know what I need to do to get back on track. So he... Fri, 28 Nov 2008 21:49:37 EST Getting past the fear? Hey everyone. First, I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. Make sure to take the time to appreciate all of your blessings. <BR> <BR> Second, I wrote a post the other day about my secret fantasy. You all were so encouraging, thanks for that! It got me thinking, why not? Why not shoot for my fantasy or dreams? I read a book, Body for Life, not sure if any of you have read it. Anyway, the folks in there really transformed their bodies. Some of the pictures are amazing, you can see them onl... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 07:28:53 EST My Secret Fantasy Ok, so I have struggled with my weight for almost 1/2 of my life now. Up and down, more ups than downs. :( <BR> <BR> I have always had a secret fantasy and I thought I would share. I have always wanted to be in a fitness competion or body building competition. I have also always wanted to get certification as a personal trainer. <BR> <BR> I chuckle when I think about it. Me? A 223 pound woman wanting to be a personal trainer and competitor in the fitness competion world. Yeah, right! <BR... Sat, 22 Nov 2008 10:49:42 EST Story of inspiration I have loved being a member of this group. Ihave met wonderful people and have truly been inspired by so many. <BR> <BR> The inspirational stories have encouraged me to push myself and always try to be my best. One such story is from a member of our team who is on her way to becoming a 5 time survivor of cancer! <BR> <BR> With her permsission, I have decided to walk in her honor during the 3 Day Breast Cancer walk I am participating in next year. In order to walk, I have to raise at least... Sat, 22 Nov 2008 09:04:15 EST Gobble Gobble Gobble! Turkey Day is Near! This time of year brings into focus two of my favorite things - FAMILY - and EATING!!!! <BR> <BR> Did I mention EATING? <BR> <BR> I LOVE EATING!!! <BR> <BR> So in accordance with that in mind and trying to keep our waistline in order please post your favorite Turkey Day Recipe here - BUT - revamp it and make it lower calorie than the old stand by! <BR> <BR> I can't wait to see them! Mine is Sweet Potato Casserole! Here ya go! <BR> <BR> From EatingWell Magazine Fall 2004 -- <BR> M... Wed, 19 Nov 2008 17:24:41 EST The Holidays are coming, the Holidays are coming! So the holidays are coming. I have my birthday ( ok, I know it is not a holiday, but cake is involved), Thanksgiving ( my favorite by the way) and then more cookies and candy in the month of December than I would like to imagine. <BR> <BR> Do you have a plan to stay on track? Or are you throwing caution to the wind and just going to enjoy yourself and think about it all later? <BR> <BR> I am planning on making healthy alternatives. I love Green bean casserole, so I am planning on using fa... Tue, 18 Nov 2008 07:25:53 EST What's Happened to everyone? I have been a part of this team for a long while now. I know I have not been on the boards the past few months like I was previously. In all honesty, I lost some steam. However, I am back and hardly see anyone here any more. <BR> <BR> WHERE IS EVERYONE AND WHAT IS GOING ON????? Folks that I knew before seem to be gone. I also see that there are days at a time where no one is posting. <BR> <BR> Oh where, oh where have my monkeys gone? <BR> Oh where, oh where can they be? <BR> <BR> Pleas... Mon, 17 Nov 2008 20:36:28 EST OUT OF POCKET... Just letting my monkey's know I am going to be out of pocket until Tuesday. I am off to Austin to go play with the girls... fun fun fun. <BR> <BR> Mr. D will have the new challenge posted sometime this weekend. He is traveling still but said he would get it up for you all sometime over the weekend. Until then choose a past challenge to occupy your time! <BR> <BR> Be Good! Sat, 15 Nov 2008 00:46:34 EST Restaurant food-polite behavior? I've been eating clean for years and years so some things don't even occur to me anymore. <BR> Like today, but let me post my question first. <BR> What do you do if you order something and it's just nothing you expected? Today, I was frickin' starving so I ate it anyway but I'm just pissed because I had to eat more fat calories than I chose. <BR> I mean, I ordered a fajita pita, should be fine, right? NOOOooooo. It arrives and there it is, wrong. First, it comes with fries. FRIES? Huh... Thu, 6 Nov 2008 18:36:20 EST Halloween Bowl at the Office Do y'all have one of these? All of the people with left over candy from non having enough trick-or-treaters end up filling this HUGE bowl in the break room. I'm just avoiding the breakroom this week. How do you deal with it? Mon, 3 Nov 2008 17:29:44 EST Crunch! Crunch! How do you Crunch? I LOVE CRUNCHES! <BR> <BR> I want to know what your favorite crunches are! <BR> <BR> I do mine with my knees bent off the ground and for added fun... add weights to your ankles. Mon, 3 Nov 2008 17:09:20 EST great product thought if anyone bikes, walks, or runs outside you might want to check this out! Could help in an emergency! <link> </link> Sun, 2 Nov 2008 16:24:53 EST Space Monkeys Unite to fight Breast Cancer Hi everyone! I will be walking in The 3 Day Walk to support the Susan G.Komen Foundation. The walk will take place in Washington, D.C. next year. I have to raise $2300 in order to participate. I have set my personal goal at $5,000. <BR> <BR> I will be walking 60 miles over the course of 3 days. You monkeys are part of the reason why I decided to do this. So... I would love to show our monkey spirit during the walk. <BR> <BR> I spoke with the Captain and I would like to print a shirt with " ... Thu, 30 Oct 2008 17:24:11 EST Thankful Monkey Challenge Calling all Space Monkeys!! <BR> <BR> As I am finishing H204LIFE's Halloween Challenge, I am realizing how personally motivating this challenge was to me over the past six weeks. That challenge kept me motivated and kept my bad days from becoming terrible ones. <BR> <BR> I am inspired to create a new challenge dedicated to the next holiday - Thanksgiving. This isn't a challenge where one person wins. Everyone who participates wins. This is a goal setting challenge where you compete on... Wed, 29 Oct 2008 14:54:00 EST Hi I am Kristyn's fat Hi my name is Kristyn, I need some psychological motivation, I am tired of being sick and tired!!!! This is a great team. Sun, 26 Oct 2008 13:01:53 EST Sunlight? So it seems that a lot of ya'll are depressed lately, so let me, the Queen of Doom, be your light for the moment. <BR> 'Cause I might fall off my high by tomorrow, who knows? <BR> <BR> But I've put a tweak on my diet, the weight dropped suddenly after 2 weeks of laughing at me (who's laughin' now, huh? HUH?), I just cranked up the workouts and had no idea how much those cable kick backs are supposed to hurt. I swear my legs were on fire for most of the workout today! I cracked open some c... Thu, 23 Oct 2008 20:31:29 EST If I went on a trip Planes, Trains, and Automobiles... <BR> <BR> I am going on a long winter vacation which includes a three week cruise. I know what you are thinking, what fun! Here's what I'm thinking: maintain your weight loss REGARDLESS of what's on the menu? How? <BR> <BR> One of my fellow monkeys, VeeJay3, stated that during a recent vacation, to help her with her commitment, she printed note cards where she had written goals, affirmations, and motivational reminders, which she carried with her and r... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 10:54:33 EST Let's start a streak! 21 days to a GOOD habit! Okay, <BR> <BR> It is no news to my monkeys that I have been Slacking... so... today starts a streak for me. A time to recommit and make some old habits... new again. <BR> <BR> It takes 21 days to create a new habit or break a bad one. Let's use this opportunity to do just that. <BR> <BR> Tell me what you want to make or break and post it here. Let's keep a running tab of how many days we can "streak" it for and try to make it the full 21. <BR> <BR> Make it something attainabl... Tue, 21 Oct 2008 10:37:23 EST Hi I am new here I am new to this team. I have struggled with my weight really my whole life. I was never skinny but wasn't to the point I am now. <BR> <BR> I was doing well and then I lost it and ate anything and everything and gained back 25 pounds. Still working on losting the weight I gained back. <BR> <BR> I am hoping this team can get my butt moving and help me stay on track as I have so much to accomplish for myself. Sun, 19 Oct 2008 16:58:35 EST Five Things - What are yours? This month has been very trying for me! Everything that could happen... did... and it got me to a really bad place for a while. <BR> <BR> Someone told me to snap out of it and make a list of things I like/love about myself and really LOOK at that list. <BR> <BR> It made me feel MUCH better. Here are mine: <BR> <BR> 1. My strength - I don't always feel strong but I know I am and what would drive most people over the edge I have handled with grace and confidence. <BR> <BR> 2. My abil... Wed, 15 Oct 2008 12:11:33 EST I've Lost Control I have been trying so hard to get back into my grove. For a few months life got so busy, that I put my needs aside, so I ate wahtever and stopped working out. Next thing I knew I gainned back the weight I had lost. Lately I've been trying to reorginize everything again. I still need a lot work, but I am trying. But that's not what I really need to vent about. I am a single mother of two, I work fulltime, I go to school fulltime, I help with the PTA and I volunteer with the YMCA every weekend ... Mon, 13 Oct 2008 17:32:47 EST yet another monkey rant..... Greetings all!! & how I have missed my team!!!!!! <BR> About a month ago..I posted that I was going to get back in the swing of things...& how my motivation was threw me down a flight of stairs. <BR> I received chemical burns all over my trunk, arms & hurts to move let alone to exercise!!! <BR> I had pretty much just thrown in the towel at this I'm sure a lot of you have felt before as well...It always happens..... things are finally going well..when s... Fri, 10 Oct 2008 11:57:19 EST I may be a little slow... I may be a little slow in responding to emails and posts the next day or so... <BR> <BR> We have had a death in the family. <BR> <BR> Just wanted you to know. Thu, 9 Oct 2008 14:34:48 EST I need a kick in the butt Hi all!!! <BR> <BR> I'm 21 years old, I work full time and do a home study course at night... and I never exercise, ever ever. I hate it. I tell myself that I don't exercise because I'm too busy, but really, I could make time if I seriously wanted to. I feel like a giant slug! <BR> <BR> So today I stumbled across this team and realized that this might be the key to getting my butt in gear... being ACCOUNTABLE for doing certain exercises a certain amount of times a week. I look forward to it... Thu, 9 Oct 2008 14:03:10 EST Please kick my butt! Hey everyone, <BR> I haven't been around in a while. <BR> For those of you that don't know...I left my husband a month ago. <BR> I don't regret my decision, I am perfectly at peace with it, yet I have had the hardest time trying to stay on track by eating right and working out. <BR> Okay fine, I haven't even been trying. There, I said it. <BR> I hate, hate, hate being alone and I think I'm eating to cope with that fear and anxiety, which is stupid, immature and I am so ashamed of myself. <B... Thu, 9 Oct 2008 08:09:06 EST Nordic Walking Poles Has anybody used the Nordic Walking Poles when they power walk? I have reached a point in my walking routine where I either start running (which I absolutely hate) or give it up. I have been reading that the Nordic Poles add to the intensity and I would be real interested in hearing anybody's opinion on them. Wed, 8 Oct 2008 23:05:45 EST A monkey rant!!!!! Some of you are familiar with my rants and some of you newbies are not. Occasionally something gets under my skin and I am compelled to rant about it! <BR> <BR> I have always been an in your face kind of leader and have always told you that you would always know where you stand with me. This is no different. <BR> <BR> Some of you may have noticed we are the featured team this week on Spark! At first I was THRILLED about it... now after taking a look at the posts the last few weeks I a... Wed, 8 Oct 2008 21:41:22 EST What has Project Mayhem Done for YOU? Hey guys... <BR> <BR> I wanted to find out how PM has helped you. Since starting Mayhem we have grown A TON and with it we have had some changes, etc. <BR> <BR> What have you liked? Not Liked? What would you like to see? <BR> <BR> Let's let our new members see how far we have all come! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Wed, 8 Oct 2008 15:13:34 EST Time to step up to the Plate Monkeys! I have been lax the last month in being part of this team and I let some stuff get in the way. I lost my umph! I lost my motivation. <BR> <BR> NO MORE! I am tired of being where I am right at the moment. I want to lose this last twenty pounds and I want people to look at me and KNOW I am an athelete when they look at me! <BR> <BR> Having our team become featured this week made me realize how much I have let you all down and let myself down this last month. I have not been accountabl... Tue, 7 Oct 2008 20:47:06 EST Hello there!! i am new to Project Mayhem, but at this point, i need all the help i can get!!! I am currently 273 lbs, and want to lose a minimum of 70 lbs before i get married next sept. So here i am looking in all the places i can for help, guidance and encouragement!! Tue, 7 Oct 2008 15:37:02 EST BE PROUD MONKEYS!!!! WE ARE A FEATURED TEAM! CHECK OUT YOUR START PAGE! WE ARE A FEATURED TEAM THIS WEEK. AWESOME JOB EVERYONE!!!! <em>243</em> <em>304</em> <em>244</em> <em>220</em> Tue, 7 Oct 2008 13:04:18 EST Hello! WOW! cool what a neat group I started looking at the friday challenges to begin with and wow talk about motivation! I want to start from the top but I also want to be able to walk tomorrow so I better start slow.. try for one workout a week and then move on.. I'll work my way backward I guess.. <BR> <BR> hi I'm Kari.. trying to get into shape .. change my life.. learn to ski this winter.. get more active .. eventually learn to play tennis.. enjoying my new body so far and getting more and m... Tue, 7 Oct 2008 08:52:06 EST I have not died - Promise! It has been a very weird couple of weeks... I just want to assure you I have not abandoned ship. I have been swamped with work... doing some 12 hour days and trying to stay on top of school work as well. <BR> <BR> I am really struggling right now. Maintaining okay... but really struggling with sleep and water and keeping the cars down. ... not eating clean. <BR> <BR> I am slowly getting back... trying to post more and keep my mind where it belongs. <BR> <BR> Anyway... some encouragin... Fri, 3 Oct 2008 22:57:17 EST What's your best money saving tip In these economic times, we could all stand to save a buck or two. I thought I would ask all you brilliant and frugal monkeys what your best money saving tip is? <BR> <BR> Here's two of mine: <BR> Wash all you clothes in cold water. You'll save tons of money from your hot water heater. Also, most people don't know that hot water actually sets in your stains. Clothes come cleaner in cold water. Most people think the opposite. Some people like to do sheets/towels/underwear in hots to sani... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 23:01:43 EST Hello all I am new to this page..have no idea what its about but someone referred me ad said it was awesome Mon, 29 Sep 2008 16:32:28 EST Scratch that!! So, I quit Mayhem the other day because my new trainer is designing all my workouts. If you're a Type A personality like me, you see something like "If you're not serious about being here" or "If you're not serious about doing the challenges, leave" (those types of messages), you take them literally. I didn't want to be a non-participant, so I left. So, I apparently am a DORK. <BR> <BR> Lori sent me the following message on my page: <BR> I wish you wouldn't leave PM. Your comments and tho... Sun, 28 Sep 2008 00:58:00 EST Leaving for a while Hello fellow Monkeys! <BR> <BR> So, in the past week, I have obtained (1) a gym membership, (2) a Body Bugg and (3) formal appointments with my good friend and trainer, Jodi. She is designing all of my workouts and though she thinks Mayhem is great, I am going to be doing 100% Trainer Jodi workouts (i.e. no Mayhem). <BR> <BR> I think Lori and Jason are WONDERFUL and they both helped me to start strength training and to believe that I COULD do it. They have helped me many times to overcome... Fri, 26 Sep 2008 21:44:53 EST Huh? You know what? I'm so confused that I don't even know what's going on, LOL <BR> I thought that the weekly challenge happened on Friday, but there isn't one. But there is a pumpkin smasher, and a home work assignment... <BR> Look, I couldn't wait on ya'll, I've been doing my own cardio, weight, cardio combo challenges. Clue me in, someone! Fri, 26 Sep 2008 19:47:55 EST Protect your feet while in the locker room.... ****TIP****Fellow Monkeys...please wear flip flops while in locker rooms and showers. I got plantar warts several years ago. They took 7 months to get rid of. Let me tell you, having your Dr freeze and cut them out over and over is no fun! <BR> I caught them again! I couldn't figure out how, because I wear my Chocos always...and then I remembered....the only time I take them off, is when I weigh! <BR> PLEASE be mindful of your feet while in the locker room and protect them....even on the sc... Fri, 26 Sep 2008 00:58:02 EST I have fallen and I can't get up. I not only fell off the wagon, it's 3 miles ahead of me. And now I don't know how to get back on. I keep telling myself that I'm going to do this or do that, but when it comes time to make that choice to do or not do....well, I always seem to be choosing wrong. And the worst part is that i KNOW it's wrong and yet I do it anyway. I do not know what my problem is. I have gotten so far off track that I am miserable and feel horrible about myself. Not only have I gained weight, I was winded... Tue, 23 Sep 2008 15:01:29 EST You know you're a Monkey if: "Posted originally by Mrs. Cornutt in the Pumkin Smashing Challenge." <BR> <BR> <BR> You know you're a Monkey if: <BR> <BR> You wince when you lift your phone to your ear, and think, that's mayhem, that was the challenge, and it kicked some serious arse!! <BR> <BR> Your 2 mile jog to FINISH your workout is the easiest part of it! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks Cornutt:) Sat, 20 Sep 2008 17:47:29 EST Who's your body idol? I like to play this game with my girlfriends. Who is your body idol? Now, if your 40 you can't pick a teenager. The person has to be within 5 years of your age. Also, if they are deceased it has to be their body at approximately your age. (Think Liz Taylor - you might want her 25 year old body but not her 55 year old body.) <BR> <BR> I have several but mine is Mariah Carey. (She is actually a year older than me) I have ALWAYS loved being curvy so it is not my dream to be Twiggy (at any... Sat, 20 Sep 2008 13:09:28 EST CALLING ALL LIEUTENANT SPACE MONKEYS Just wanted to drop a reminder to all my lieutenants to remember to welcome new members, post on others blogs, and let's see some tag get going again. <BR> <BR> I am seeing a bunch of missing monkeys! I have hit some of the pages today but I would appreciate it if you could stop by and send our fellow MIA's some words of encouragement. <BR> <BR> If anyone has any questions feel free to let me know! Fri, 19 Sep 2008 16:13:14 EST Have I told my monkeys lately... How much I love and appreciate each one of you? <BR> <BR> This team is so awesome! I just wanted to share the love! <BR> <BR> Thanks for kicking my butt back into gear! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Fri, 19 Sep 2008 14:37:13 EST Heart Rate Monitor I'm thinking about getting a heart rate monitor so I can see how many calories I burn in a day. Does anyone know of any good ones that wouldn't break the bank? I have looked at two of them and they seem resonalble but I'm not sure. Does anyone know anything about the WOMENS REEBOK STRAPLESS Heart Rate Monitor Watch? Or maybe the Polar F6 Womens Heart Rate Monitor Watch? Any advice would be great! Thanks Fri, 19 Sep 2008 10:02:45 EST Space Monkey Success Testimonials Here's mine: <BR> <BR> On 4 August I signed up for the Mayhem treatment. I weighed 128 lbs at that time. <BR> <BR> I took to the challenges with a passion; I've been doing them religiously three times each week, and at 100%, though that bar keeps rising. <BR> <BR> How is it that 44 days later I am almost 10 lbs lighter and just .8 lbs from my goal? It's not a mystery - this stuff works! <BR> <BR> Frankly, I've never seen such a fast weight loss in myself, ever before. The inches I've l... Fri, 19 Sep 2008 09:49:58 EST .I AM BACK...AND READY FOR MAYHEM...WOOT! Greetings fellow monkeys... <BR> <BR> It has been a long struggles forced me to take a long sparky break...unfortunately the struggles will stay with me for some time and I will probably have to go on another break at the end of October...but till then I am here...and I need some serious Mayhem. <BR> <BR> I have been lurking...yes indeedy...cleared out all the team clutter readying myself to come back to this group of mad mad monkeys...If it was not productive to the end goal ... Thu, 18 Sep 2008 15:15:47 EST GOAL!!! I just read my own sparkpage and I realized I had reached my next goal. (Sad that I didn't remember it until I read my sparkpage.) It said I wanted to weigh what I weighed when I got married (almost 16 years ago) - which was 172lbs. I called the DH all jazzed about this. He was not as enthused as I. Now I missed the deadline for that goal by 11 days but it's still cool to think that I weigh the same as what I did when I was 22. <BR> <BR> Has anybody else hit a randomly important weight... Tue, 16 Sep 2008 15:12:43 EST Back as a Cornutt Hi Monkey's, just thought I'd let you know, I'm back!! I will do the challenge tonight. I'm very depressed about the weight I put on during my honeymoon, seriously, Mr. D How do you travel so much and maintain the frame of mind you have?? <BR> <BR> I'm not whining, I know it's the choices I made, and I know what it takes to jump back into the game, and I'm back!! Tue, 16 Sep 2008 11:26:20 EST Survived Ike and now for the other problems... So I have survivied Hurricane Ike with the only casualty being our electricity. I am at work now and obviously have internet access (thank God!). <BR> <BR> Anyway, here's what's come up healthwise since that time: <BR> I don't exactly have my choice of food right now but I'm just happy to eat, and I've been exposed to more heat than usual but we have a cold front in right now, so it's really not that bad. <BR> <BR> What I have noticed is that my left calf has started swelling. I've tried ... Mon, 15 Sep 2008 14:24:45 EST What this team is about - A gentle reminder. I just wanted to remind you guys what this team is about and why Mr. D and I created it. I have come across a few posts, and have recieved a few emails that make me think that now is a good time to go ahead and remind you "old Monkeys" and inform you new baby monkeys! <BR> <BR> This team is about one simple principle: <BR> <BR> 100% EFFORT! - not 100% completion. <BR> <BR> We have many members on this team from all different age levels and fitness levels. No one is going to be on the ... Thu, 11 Sep 2008 21:45:37 EST Goal Check! Every once in a while we need to take a step back and re-evaluate our goals. We need to take a look at where we are and where we want to go. What is it that we are wanting to achieve? <BR> <BR> My question to you is what was your most recent goal you achieved and what is the next goal you WANT to achieve? <BR> <BR> My most recent goals were to loose 100lbs and to get into the best shape I have been in, in my life. Those have been reached! <BR> <BR> Next Goal - when people look at me,... Wed, 10 Sep 2008 11:17:23 EST Gotta go for a little while Right now I'm strecth Tooooo thin I gotta take out some things,computer time for now, not exercise or eating right....I'm to close to goal for that, But now I know where to come back to when things slow up with winter coming on.... <BR> <BR> Thanks, Teresa Tue, 9 Sep 2008 21:49:32 EST Nominate THE Mayhem!! Go and nominate the Monkeys to be featured as the place to be on Sparkpeople!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oard.asp?imparent=4338433&imboard=3 </link> Tue, 9 Sep 2008 13:30:47 EST Pre and Post Workout Meals I need some ideas for pre and post work out meals... Some of you that do some intense training... what are you eating. <BR> <BR> I am really getting tired of my norm which is usually a very dense high fiber slice of whole grain bread, 2 tbs. pb, and 4 oz. of oj. <BR> <BR> I am burning through that pretty quick in my morning work outs? What can I eat that will last a little longer and get me through it a little better? <BR> <BR> Also the post thing... any ideas? I know I should be eatin... Tue, 9 Sep 2008 11:09:25 EST Accountability Partners Okay... time to get this going again because I really need this again. <BR> <BR> This entire journey is a struggle and it REALLY helps when you have someone watching your back. <BR> <BR> I am putting myself out there to need one! Kenella, would you mind continuing to be mine? I could also use another set of eyes. I need to be responsible and have someone I can commit to helping as well. <BR> <BR> Leave your request here for a partner and I will pair you up. <BR> <BR> I don't ha... Tue, 9 Sep 2008 11:03:19 EST Word Association Game Here is a new game to try... <BR> <BR> I am going to leave you a word and you tell me what it brings to your mind. <BR> <BR> Then you leave another word for the next person. <BR> <BR> Ready, Set, GO! <BR> <BR> Confidence: <BR> Tue, 9 Sep 2008 10:52:52 EST I need some advice. Morning everyone. I need some advice from you nutritional experts. <BR> <BR> One of my girls is having a horrible time concentrating in school. She's not misbehaving or anything like that, she just isn't staying on task. She tends to daydream a lot. The result is that she's bringing home a lot of class work to do as homework and then spending hours doing homework, mixed in with more daydreaming. <BR> <BR> I was thinking maybe a change in her diet might increase her focus ability. Any... Tue, 9 Sep 2008 09:34:01 EST Twinkie the Kid This is silly but some of you may have seen the pop-up advertisement featuring "Twinkie the Kid" for "Taste Debate 08" for the Hostess 100 calorie packs. <BR> <BR> My husband and his partner created the viral advertising campaign for Hostess. I'm half bragging a little and half begging that you click on it. Obviously, they want the campaign to be successful and I hope it entertains you too. <BR> <BR> As some of you know, I started the Food Fight Club thread and you probably know what I ... Fri, 5 Sep 2008 19:53:30 EST Who wants to make some soap? Please do not post here... <BR> <BR> <BR> To all my Space Monkeys, new and old, <BR> <BR> I have been absent for the past couple months. <BR> Honestly? My girls were home for summer and I realized I had a serious addiction to all you lovelies when I was continually fighting them for computer time. lol <BR> I surrendered. First, I had withdrawal and then it became easier...finally it became difficult to get on and interact...especially when so many were missing.*pout* <BR> <BR> Kids are b... Thu, 4 Sep 2008 23:06:26 EST Pumpkin Smashers Challenge, Sept. 15-Oct. 31st "Bringing Mayhem out of the basement" <BR> Space Monkey style! <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> <em>147</em> The Pumpkin Smashers Halloween Challenge <em>147</em> <BR> Sept 15th- Oct. 31st <BR> <BR> <BR> I will post the challenge soon. <BR> <BR> <BR> Damage control??? I don't think so. <BR> ****rolls hands and emits creepy laughter**** <BR> Who's up for some Team Building Destruction? <BR> <BR> Keep the soap making supplies handy, <BR> we're going to need it:) <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Sep 2008 22:23:30 EST Howdy! Hi everyone! I just joined this morning and am really excited by a Fight Club themed team!! Although I hate to admit the book is still on my "To Read" list, the movie is my favourite movie ever. The challenges sound pretty intense but I'm willing to give it a go. They're called challenges for a reason after all right? I'm new to strength training for real as I've been focused on getting smaller for the first 2/3 of my journey. Here's hoping being on this team will help me get into the groove ... Thu, 4 Sep 2008 18:56:03 EST What do you do when you are overwhelmed? I want to know what you do when you are overwhelmed? I want to know the good, bad and the ugly about it. I also want to know if you are able to turn things around when you get to that point. <BR> <BR> I ask this because a few of you have noticed that I all but disappeared of the face of the planet the last two weeks. When I get overwhelmed..... <BR> <BR> I just shut down. I cease to be a part of the human race practically and I have to take a step back and just sit and evaluate thing... Wed, 3 Sep 2008 15:45:50 EST Just wanted to share with my Monkeys!!!!! Hey all!!! <BR> I know I have been a little MIA lately...I've got a trunk full of excuses...but you know our I am just keeping them to myself!! I have however been focused & staying on my plan..I just wanted to share my latest journey with you all!! <BR> Last Saturday I went hiking with my most favorite hiking partner Karl...We ventured up Hwy 50 in Northern California (only about 30 min from my house).. to hike the Lyons lake Trail in Desolation Wilderness...I thought this would... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 12:24:47 EST What do you do? A friend of mine was asking about my online group and she asked what the team members did for a living. I didn't know except for a couple of you and I thought it might make an interesting thread. <BR> <BR> I am a full-time homemaker. (Yes, it is the 1950's in our world). Before the kids I worked professionally in Marketing/Advertising for about 10 years and I also taught college for 3 years part-time (marketing and business courses) at a private Catholic college. <BR> <BR> So, what do y... Wed, 27 Aug 2008 20:12:33 EST Deep fried Pepsi I knew that would get your attention. I have just about fallen in love with this lady, she's lost almost 200 pounds and blogs about her journey. In this blog, deep fried Pepsi and deep fried cookie dough....i think the pepsi beats the deep fried oreos. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/2008/08/deepfried_state.html </link> Wed, 27 Aug 2008 14:56:05 EST I am SOOOOOO sorry Monkeys... I am SOOOOOO sorry my monkeys for being absent the last week or so. I have had a crazy couple of weeks and I am looking forward to being back on VERY regularly in the near future. <BR> <BR> Here is the skinny... I had a friend pass away mid week and another going through a major crisis right now. Please say some extra prayers for them and their families. On top of that drama going on School started this week not only for the boys but for me as well on top of trying to prepare for the Phys... Tue, 26 Aug 2008 21:43:31 EST The B*TCH is back!!! MAYHEM.... <BR> <BR> So, I live right off the Oregon Trail in Boise. The ridge caught fire last night with 50 mph winds...19 homes burned and 1 women died. <BR> Her Husband was on the News this morning. He announced that his wife survived breast cancer twice and she would encourage her students to have yearly mammograms whenever she could. <BR> He went on and on about all the things important to her. What a woman she must have been! <BR> <BR> I've never seen fire move so fast! <BR> It was... Tue, 26 Aug 2008 17:54:35 EST Water, water EVERYWHERE!!! Calling all you water drinkers (which should be every member of this team)! <BR> <BR> It's monday morning - time for new beginnings! I am a gallon of water a day kind of girl. I slacked a little bit this weekend BUT I am back at it today! I have had 60 oz of water so far this morning. <BR> <BR> How about you? How much water have you consumed this morning? What is your water goal for the day? Mon, 25 Aug 2008 11:00:04 EST Run for the Fallen is this Sunday Just a reminder Run for the Fallen Grand Finale is this Sunday. Please go out there and run, walk, crawl, what ever (you can even skip if you want to, but that might hurt your calves a little!)a mile for the men and women who have fallen while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please reply on Monday with how many miles you did and if you completed them for any particular individual! <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend, <BR> <BR> Sammie <BR> Fri, 22 Aug 2008 18:26:46 EST Weight Training for Beginners I have gotten several inquiries on how to get started doing some basic weight training and thought I would put some real basic stuff on where to get started. <BR> <BR> There are two different schools of thought on how often you should train but it all boils down to this: <BR> <BR> DON'T WORK THE SAME MUSCLE GROUPS TWO DAYS IN A ROW. <BR> <BR> Also do a brief 5 minute warm up of walking or some type of cardio to get your blood pumping and muscles engaged. <BR> <BR> If you are going to ... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 12:35:51 EST Treadmill help I need all your super monkey knowledge/advice on purchasing a treadmill. I have been running for almost 6 months and am SICK of waiting for a treadmill at the gym. Then once I get on it someone is waiting with the evil, "hurry up" eyes. <BR> <BR> My DH has agreed to purchase one for the home. I am wanting a VERY good one for RUNNING. Can any of you recommend one you LOVE or HATE from home or the gym that you RUN on. From the reviews I've read there is a huge difference in the kind of ... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 12:18:09 EST Moving outside the comfort zone - What a goal! I blogged this but thought I would put it out here as well because I finally decided I wanted to share this with you as well as pose a question to you too. <BR> <BR> So much of this journey has been a learning process, a route to self discovery and a path to the person I always knew I was inside. I have always felt strong, but my outside never really reflected that and in so many ways, that reflection robbed my inner strength to the point of incapacitating that person that I so longed to be... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 21:58:39 EST 8/15/08 Weekend Challenge Thought I'd throw out a challenge for anyone struggling through the weekends. This is the challenge for Saturday 8/16 and Sunday 8/17. READ YOUR INGEDIENT LISTS on EVERY food you eat for both days. I mean EVERY food including condiments. <BR> <BR> If any of the below are listed in the list try not to eat it. <BR> Enriched Flour <BR> Hydrogenated Oil <BR> High Fructose Corn Syrup <BR> <BR> Post anything you are schocked by and their may be a spark goodie in it for you. <BR> <BR> O.K. So... Fri, 15 Aug 2008 18:09:41 EST LET'S EAT CLEAN! JOIN ME! A few of you have expressed an interest in a "clean eating" challenge. As you know I have been doing this now for approximately two weeks and I am feeling SO much better not to mention I have lost INCHES in just two weeks. <BR> <BR> Let me outline a few things and give you a few links that might help you be successful at doing this. <BR> <BR> The first link is an article from -"A ten step strategy to consistently eating clean" <BR> By: Ryan Mackie <BR> <BR> <link>www.b... Thu, 14 Aug 2008 21:49:51 EST I can't find the resources thread... So I'm just going to post this here. My husband sent it to me. It's a great blog about freezer cooking and loads of information on what can and cannot (should not) be frozen. Enjoy <BR> <BR> <link><BR>the-ultimate-guide-to-freezing-food.html </link> Thu, 14 Aug 2008 13:33:21 EST Come Out, Come Out Where Ever You Are!!! I'm Back!!!!! Enough said Now, Monkey D want to play!!!! <BR> <BR> LOL Tue, 12 Aug 2008 16:46:29 EST Dancing Queen When I started Spark back in January a big goal was to lose 25 lbs. by my daughters' dance recital so I would feel confident (and in shape) enough to dance in the two Moms' routines the studio put on. My daughters are 9 & 7 and it was very important to them for me to dance. Well, back in July I not only danced but I had lost over 35 lbs. between joining spark and the recital. Practicing (dance class) for the recital was phenomal cardio and fun too. <BR> <BR> I have finally posted the reci... Tue, 12 Aug 2008 08:14:13 EST Looking for a heartrate monitor? There's one on for $20 + $5 shipping. Not a bad deal! It gets 3.5 stars on Amazon. <BR> <BR> I'd been looking for one and this was the best price I found! Fri, 8 Aug 2008 10:00:47 EST HAPPY FREAKING FRIDAY MONKEYS!!!!! WOO HOOO! IT'S FRIDAY AND I AM FREAKING EXCITED! Today is challenge day so get ready... this one is a little different but I will get it posted sometime this afternoon...still doing some tweaking! <BR> <BR> Speaking of tweaking... I FEEL GOOD!!!! I am amazed at how much better i feel after just four days of eating clean! <BR> <BR> ALL YOU NAUGHTY MONKEYS NEED TO DO THIS! <BR> <BR> My workouts have been better. I have slept better. I don't feel as fatigued... FRICKEN AWESOME!!!!! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 8 Aug 2008 09:10:37 EST Water Bottles... .something to think about Hey Monkeys....I thought Id pass this on to you...I have posted a copy of it at my gym & in my office Kitchen...something to think about <BR> <BR> <BR> Water, water - and wasted plastic bottles - everywhere <BR> LANDFILL REGULARS | Just 1 of every 5 water bottles is recycled <BR> April 19, 2007 <BR> Recommend (9) <BR> <BR> BY JANET RAUSA FULLER Staff Reporter/ <BR> <BR> Americans spent nearly $11 billion last year on bottled water, making it the nation's second-favo... Thu, 7 Aug 2008 13:16:57 EST Where to put the mayhem? Hey monkeys. Newbie calling out for some advice here. I did a quick search, but didn't find any threads that addressed this (maybe I missed one?). <BR> <BR> I've got the training schedule as follows: <BR> Sun: 90 min swim <BR> Mon: 70 min swim <BR> Tue: Mayhem <BR> Wed: 70 min swim <BR> Thu: Mayhem <BR> Fri: Day off (still walk dogs) <BR> Sat: Mayhem, ocean swim 30-60 min <BR> <BR> All the days except Sunday, I walk the dogs for at least 30 min. <BR> <BR> The question is where should the... Thu, 7 Aug 2008 00:35:40 EST Space Monkey Playlist I want to make a new playlist for my MP3 for running. I am looking for fast music. (No ballads here). Happy, energetic stuff. I don't want music without lyrics (Lori). I don't care what genre or from what era. I'm looking to break out of my running music rut. Any advice from my Mayhem Monkeys would rock. I will name the playlist after us. Thanks in advance for the recommends. Wed, 6 Aug 2008 20:20:50 EST How do you alleviate stress? Many of us use food for stress relief or comfort foods to satiate something we are lacking in our lives. I am curious what the triggers you have learned are and how you deal with them? <BR> <BR> do you still use food? Have you found other ways to deal with things? <BR> <BR> What do you do? <BR> <BR> Working out has become my main stress relief now... I have also learned that my trigger is usually lack of sleep. get's me every time! Wed, 6 Aug 2008 11:47:08 EST Things you thought you would miss - but don't! What is something you have cut out of your diet that you thought you would miss but don't? <BR> <BR> Mine - creamer in my coffee- Come to find out what I REALLY like about my morning coffee is the shot of cinnamon I throw in there... not the cream! <BR> <BR> How about you? Wed, 6 Aug 2008 11:21:04 EST Queen Broken Butt Reigns again... Yep... it’s happened again. I broke my butt. This happened once before and it really put me out of commission for a while. You would think I would learn wouldn’t you? Of all things! How embarrASSing. <BR> <BR> It’s bad enough on this journey that I have been: <BR> <BR> *Lapped by an Octogenarian early on <BR> <BR> *Brought home a friendly tic from one of my runs <BR> <BR> *Battled the evil spandex monster trying find a sports bra... <BR> <BR> BUT - I also look like a candle that... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 18:06:07 EST I need some extra accountability! Calling all monkeys!!! I need some extra accountability so I am putting myself up on the chopping block so to speak. If any of you have looked at my food journals the last few weeks you may have noticed that they aren’t so good… too many carbs, not enough veggies, lots of refined sugars and too many calories in general! Some days … aren’t even logged <BR> <BR> Some times you just have stop and take a step back and say WTF? LOL Well that’s what I did and after an amazingly poor week… I d... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 20:19:34 EST For all parents! Interesting info re: Kids' Meals We all know the evils of restaurant food, but this article was really eye opening. If the kids' size is this bad- imagine how bad the adult portion is! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 4 Aug 2008 10:48:51 EST Did you touch your boobs today? I saw that Christina Applegate has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Just reminds me that you do not have to be a middle aged woman to be stricken with this disease. <BR> <BR> Luckily she caught it early enough that she supposedly will be fine. Remember to give yourself a check each month! <em>211</em> Sun, 3 Aug 2008 13:49:53 EST Social Events- how do you prepare? I'm going to a wedding tonight, and am determining my plan of attack when it comes to dinner and drinks. <BR> <BR> This got me thinking- what do you do when preparing for a social occasion where you can't bring your own food? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking I will eat a mini-meal before I go so that I'm not attacking the bread by the time dinner is served at 7 or 8pm. <BR> <BR> What about you? Fri, 1 Aug 2008 12:25:53 EST 8/1 STEP AWAY FROM THE SCALE CHALLENGE STEP AWAY FROM THE SCALE AND NO ONE GETS HURT! <BR> <BR> Most of you saw the post or my blog about needing a swift kick and my need to step away from the scale. It worked so well the first time I decided to do it again! I challenge you to join me in this venture and stay away from the scale for 30 days . <BR> <BR> Did you faint? Break out in a cold sweat? Get goose bumps at the thought of this? I know I did. <BR> <BR> The scale is deceiving and NOT a good measure of success. Here is th... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 07:40:55 EST The newest Project Mayhem member SHELV70 is my cousin. <BR> We were chatting about working out and she said that she loves to workout and push herself to break her own records instead of comparing herself to others. <BR> I told her she should join the team, and here she is! <BR> Yay!!!!!! Thu, 31 Jul 2008 19:24:54 EST Reason why I love you all do dearly! Ok, I just realized the reason I love you all so dearly. I decided to go ahead and post on another board about my PCOS "issue". I feel like I was attacked a bit. <BR> <BR> In a nutshell, I have 3 kids and really, really want more. Due to the fact that I have PCOS, I have a good chance of not being able to do so. It makes me sad, especially lately. I KNOW I AM BLESSED TO HAVE 3 KIDS. I know there are couples out there who have not been able to have any at all. It does not change the fact tha... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 12:46:08 EST Anyone here have PCOS? Hi. I was wondering if anyone here has PCOS. I feel the need to talk to someone but didn't really want to air my roller coaster of emotion for everyone to read. <BR> <BR> I have been an emotional, crying basket case the past few days and really feel I need a chick to talk to who may understand. My husband has been very supportive but he does not understand completely. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a great day. Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:46:48 EST Coming in for a landing.... ... into ONEDERLAND!! <BR> <BR> *checks in, jumps on the bed, looks in the expensive wine refrigerator* <BR> <BR> WOO-HOO! Thu, 31 Jul 2008 09:51:16 EST Don't Forget - 8/1 - Step Away From the Scale! Don't forget about The Step Away from the Scale challenge starting August 1st! <BR> <BR> We will step away from the scale for thirty days... no cheating. <BR> <BR> It lets us focus more on the choices and less on the numbers... <BR> <BR> You can measure all you like... but no scale! <BR> <BR> I will post it under the member challenges... see you then! Wed, 30 Jul 2008 21:06:21 EST Jeans???? Love them or Hate them? Just something fun to keep myself amused the last 45 minutes of work... <BR> <BR> Love em or Hate em? <BR> <BR> I LOVE THEM! <em>9</em> ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY LOOK LIKE THIS ON ME NOW! BAH! Wed, 30 Jul 2008 17:18:10 EST