SparkPeople Ohio Team Messageboard Buckeyes united with a common goal... a more healthy lifestyle! SparkPeople Ohio Team Messageboard Hi Im from Ross County, Chillicothe Ohio. Ohios first Capital. Fri, 27 May 2011 20:22:50 EST Just visiting Greetings from Michigan Thought I'd stop by and say HI to all of you great Spark People in Ohio. Being a truck driver I've driven though Ohio for over 20 years. I's simply amazing how much better the roads are in Ohio than in michigan, Then of course Michigan is the Nations Road Building Training State. And the smoking ban compliments the state. I've been through many cities and what is impressive is some towms that look like they are forever frozen time. Wed, 21 Apr 2010 11:46:38 EST Fit after 40 Hello everyone! I came across Sparks today and was so pleased to find a support system available on-line! I'd love to meet others here to begin the process of losing weight and firming up. Also, please feel free to share healthy recipes, advice nd helpful hints! Is anyone planning on going to the convention in september? I'd like to hear from you! Or anyone that has ever attended? Good Luck everyone! <BR> Gail Sat, 11 Jul 2009 19:53:27 EST Hi new from Historical Belmont County Hello my name is Faith. I am 35. I am a step mom to two wonderful young men ages 21 and 19. I have 2 beautiful daughters ages 17 and 16. I also have a 12 year old son. I am tired of being over weight and realized that when my 17 year old made homecoming queen and my picture was posted on the schools web site. I was really embarassed. I don't want to be over weight, anymore and i have made a decision to change that. I currently weigh 196 pounds and started this program three days ago. i am not... Fri, 14 Nov 2008 12:45:57 EST Question: Teen's Learning To Drive Hello, I live in northeast Ohio and was wondering if anyone could ballpark the cost of driving school for teens; I have 2 teenagers that need to learn to drive soon. According to the bmv, they need 24 hours of classroom instruction. Does anyone have an estimate of the cost for that? Thanks! <BR> <em>108</em> Thu, 13 Nov 2008 00:16:32 EST Hello from south central Ohio!! Just wanted to give a quick intro: <BR> I'm Paula and I was looking for some locals to get some encouragement from and looks like I came to the right place. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 30 Oct 2008 01:32:59 EST Hi I'm new Hi! I'm Twilightmom and I am born and bred in OHIO. <BR> I was raised in Cincinnati and have lived in Columbus since college...went to Ohio Dominican, not Ohio State. I'm married to a Columbus native, State grad so of course we root for the Buckeyes(even when they lose). I'm a Bengals/Reds fan although my DH isn't much into sports that our kids don't play except for Buckeye football. <BR> I am active on a couple other teams, but couldn't pass up an opportunity to join a team called OHIO!!... Tue, 28 Oct 2008 10:29:36 EST Hello from Southern Ohio Just wanted to get my feet wet by stopping in and posting on the message board. My name is I am new to SP and hoping to find some of the support I am going to need to accomplish this weight loss. We live in the hills of Southern Ohio below Waverly. The back of our property joins with the Pike State Forrest. Wed, 8 Oct 2008 08:51:37 EST Hello all. Hello, my name is Missie and I am from the small NE town of Carrollton. I have been a member of SP for a few months but have never really spent much time on the site. About 4 weeks ago I decided to get serious about becoming more and healthy and living a healthier life style. i started joined Weight Watchers and have started taking aerobic classes a few nights a week. My biggest problem is that I work long hours and sit at a computer most of them. By the time I get home at6, cook dinner,... Sun, 28 Sep 2008 16:14:04 EST What are your goals for next week? Hi everyone! I thought I would stir this team up with some conversation. <BR> <BR> I had a goal of burning 3500 cals this week...don't think I'm going to make my goal. I will roll it over to next week. In the near future I want to add jogging as a goal. <BR> <BR> Well my fellow Buckeyes...what are your goals? Wed, 10 Sep 2008 10:28:29 EST THOUGHT I WOULD LET Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just thought I would let you know just incase you are interested that I just signed on with AVON. <BR> So if anyone is looking for anything for beauty, fashion or gift giving I am here for you. <BR> <BR> You can spark mail me , email me or use my website. <BR> e-mail: <BR> website: <BR> Thank you in advance for helping me get things rolling. <BR> Have a SPARK filled night. <BR> Nancy Patterson <BR> Thu, 28 Aug 2008 18:15:41 EST new member in the Barberton area Good Morning everyone I am new to sparks People and to team Ohio. I just wanted to introduce myself and to say I have a long haul and I keep falling off the diet wagon so any helpful ideas are greatly appreciated!!!! Tue, 15 Jul 2008 10:27:37 EST MAKE UR REPS COUNT Picking the appropriate weight for an exercise can be an intimidating task, but it’s also an important one. If you choose a dumbbell or barbell that’s too light, you’ll have to do a lot of repetitions to effectively work your muscles. If you pick one that’s too heavy, you might strain a muscle or tendon or sprain a ligament. But pick just the right weight, and you’ll be able to fatigue your muscle with fewer reps. But how can you know which weight is right for which exercise? Here‘s the test:... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 12:11:45 EST New from East side of Cincinnati! Hi, everyone. I am new to the team. It is a BEAUTIFUL day in Ohio! (Even if the Cicadas are singing their hearts out in my back yard.) Looking forward to being on the team. I am on day 2 of sparks and absolutely love all of the tools, encouragement, and opportunities I am finding here! Would love to hear from you! Tue, 17 Jun 2008 16:22:23 EST SAFE BEEF GUIDE Safe Beef Guide <BR> Worried about mad-cow disease? There's plenty of safe, healthy, and great-tasting beef out there. <BR> By Tessa Decarlo , This article originally appeared in Organic Style magazine. <BR> <BR> If mad cow disease has you wondering whether eating a burger could turn you into a vegetable, we've got good news: There is plenty of safe, healthy, and great-tasting beef out there, if you know what to look for. Sure, it was easier when the only choice you had to make at the meat ... Mon, 26 May 2008 15:44:12 EST THIS IS FUN <link><BR>utTheWorld.swf </link> Tue, 13 May 2008 15:02:30 EST TAKE ME TIME!!!!! You Are Your Own Greatest Ally <BR> JORGE’S DAILY FIT TIP <BR> By Jorge Cruise, LifeScript Fitness Coach <BR> Sunday, April 20, 2008 <BR> <BR> The most important weight loss buddy you need is you. You’re the only one who has the power to take complete control of your life, so it’s YOU who needs to be nurtured and cared for. So don’t be afraid to put numero uno (that’s you!) first. After all, who feeds you? Who determines whether you exercise in the morning? Who puts you to sleep? Who ma... Mon, 21 Apr 2008 11:16:05 EST QUOTES <BR> "Those who say that I will lose and am finished will have to run over my body to beat me. " <BR> <BR> Said Aouita <BR> Mon, 14 Apr 2008 09:44:10 EST A deep thought I received this in an email from a yahoo groups friend...I thought I would share. <BR> <BR> Clay Balls <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. <BR> <BR> They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the cla... Sun, 23 Mar 2008 19:07:51 EST You gotta read this!!!!! OK. I am posting this here cause I am in hop's that someone was lucky enough to grow up watching Captain Kangaroo!!! If not, he was a host of a childhood TV show here in Columbus. So, a brief history before I start. For those of you who don't know, I have had back surgery and suffer from different ranges of pain depending on the day. It's been bad lately, so I took a demerol before going to bed last night, which leads to some interesting dreams sometimes. So I dreamt that my husband and I wer... Sat, 15 Mar 2008 10:10:25 EST Blog revision OK, for some reason the cute little slideshow I made on Smile box didn't work, so I put in a link to my photobucket. If you go back to the Blog "Blizzard of 2008" and click on it, it SHOULD work. They aren't the same exciting pictures though. The are pictures of the place right after. I'll see if I can get the other ones on. Mon, 10 Mar 2008 14:46:35 EST THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "Training is principally an act of faith. " <BR> <BR> <BR> Franz Stampfl, Austria-born running coach Thu, 6 Mar 2008 10:59:52 EST The Better Butter The Better Butter <BR> By Jorge Cruise, LifeScript Fitness Coach <BR> Saturday, March 1, 2008 <BR> <BR> The thought of having to give up many of your favorite foods in order to lose weight can be daunting. Fortunately, I believe there is room for all foods – including butter – in a healthy, balanced diet. That said, I also believe there are satisfying substitutions you can make for less nutritious foods that won’t leave you feeling deprived. Instead of slathering on the butter, I want you... Sat, 1 Mar 2008 13:18:54 EST CHECK YOUR GOALS Newsletter <BR> Changing Your Lifestyle, One Healthy Habit at a Time <BR> <BR> February is the month where most of us realize our New Year's resolutions have fallen by the wayside. No need to worry! If January is the month to identify goals, then February is perfect for jump-starting those changes. <BR> <BR> Goal achievement is all about setting yourself up for success through a two-part plan: <BR> <BR> <BR> Identify what you're working to achieve. <BR> Break larger goals down into smalle... Tue, 19 Feb 2008 13:22:00 EST BEST TIME TO EXERCISE Exercise in the morning. By the time you get home from a hard day of work, the last thing you want to do is exercise. So why not start your day off with an energy-boosting workout? Although there is evidence supporting late afternoon workouts, an a.m. exercise routine can work if you're careful. If you're engaging in intense physical activity, don't jump right into your regimen. Gradually, work up to that level. <BR> <BR> <BR> CHOOSEYOURDIET.COM Mon, 21 Jan 2008 11:34:59 EST 5 ENERGY BOOSTERS Follow these tips to enjoy great energy throughout the day! <BR> <BR> 1. Drink fluids. Your body needs water to transport oxygen to your cells, amongst other functions. Therefore, depriving yourself of sufficient liquids may lead to general fatigue. <BR> <BR> 2. Obsess less. When your mind is in overdrive, your body tends to secrete stress hormones such as cortisol, which can wreak havoc on the body over time. In some cases, it can even make falling asleep difficult. And who feels energized... Fri, 18 Jan 2008 11:57:40 EST the straw is evil not the fork Americans Load Up on Empty Calories <BR> Tuesday, January 30, 2007 <BR> <BR> According to a new study, the calories you suck down through a straw may play a bigger role in weight gain than the calories you bite off the end of a fork. Published as part of the national report "What America Drinks," the study's findings indicate that "liquid calories" make up 22% of the average U.S. adult's diet. A signification portion of those calories come in the form of refined sugar from sweetened fruit ju... Sat, 12 Jan 2008 12:43:37 EST FOODS THAT FIGHT FAT LOSE WEIGHT WITH FOODS THAT BURN FAT <BR> Fat-Fighting Food <BR> Yes, fat keeps us warm, protected, and alive. But too much of a good thing can be, well, bad. If you're trying to pare down your pot belly, nibble on these <BR> Lisa Drayer, R.D. <BR> <BR> <BR> Berries <BR> <BR> You probably know that fiber is the magic bullet of weight loss. It keeps you satisfied throughout the day — and away from the fridge. But you may not know that berries are an excellent roughage source. Raspberries ar... Wed, 9 Jan 2008 16:53:12 EST something to think about Figure out how many calories you should be eating. Before you begin any healthy diet regimen it’s important to determine how many calories you should be consuming. You can’t ride on the notion that you’ll lose weight just because you’re eating a balance of nutritious foods. Based on your height, your current weight and your goal weight, find out what your daily caloric intake should be. This will serve as guideline for how much you need to be eating. It is possible to eat too much of a good t... Sun, 6 Jan 2008 12:35:48 EST Staying on track? I need some help I really got off track during the summer and fall. Without the internet help, and "talking" with people who understand what struggles I am going through, I went through this phase of "I could really care less of what I look like". <BR> <BR> Well, now I am facing a gallbladder surgery after having a peanut sized kidney stone removed. <BR> <BR> I also saw some pictures of me taken not a week ago and I look awful. <BR> <BR> I am disgusted. I am trying to maintain a positive outlook, but some ... Thu, 3 Jan 2008 13:35:50 EST KEEP THE LIGHTS ON CHOOSYOURDIET.COM <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A candle-lit dinner may get you in the mood for more than just romance. Studies show that poor lighting may actually encourage food binges. Researcher Joseph Kasof discovered that people trying to lose weight were more apt to throw caution to the wind and binge at night or in a darkened room. \Darkness provides a high-risk environment for binge-eating for certain people,\" he says. \"People who spend more waking hours in darkness may be... Sun, 16 Dec 2007 15:00:20 EST things to do in the snow ( when we get some) <BR> <BR> <BR> “Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to hibernate. To stay in shape throughout the winter, find ways to stay active, no matter the temperature. Round up your family or friends and head outside. <BR> <BR> Winter is a great time to play like a kid again. Build a snowman, go sledding, and make snow angels. Not only will you burn calories (more than 200 for snowman-building* and some 400 for sledding* per hour) but you will get in touch with the magic and wond... Wed, 12 Dec 2007 20:22:39 EST BRRR!!!! It is cold! I do not like winter. I still an trying to figure out why I live in Ohio! lol <BR> <BR> <em>263</em> Thu, 8 Nov 2007 13:42:31 EST Is everyone ready for fall? It is getting cold in my part of OH. I am not a fan of snow. I keep trying to get my dh to move, but he loves it here. I don't mind it except for the snow. At least I don't have to shovel. My teen boys do that! Of course, I am sure it is good exercise. Don't let them know that, they will try to use that on me! LOL Sat, 15 Sep 2007 18:49:40 EST Daily Challenges Results! We can put our challenge results here! Hope everyone has fun with this! Mon, 10 Sep 2007 08:50:49 EST Daily challenges! In response to Dianna's request about getting this team motivated, how about we do daily challenges? We can take turns challenging each other! I will create a separate post where we can put our results to the challenge. I'll get us started with an easy one: <BR> <BR> September 10 Challenge <BR> <BR> I challenge you to drink at least 8 glasses of water today! <BR> <BR> (Hopefully that's an easy one) <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Remember to post your results in the Da... Mon, 10 Sep 2007 08:49:53 EST Morning Ohio Good morning Ohio. Anyone have anything great planned today. It's been a nice short week. Can't believe tomorrow is Friday already and than the weekend. I'm so ready. <BR> <BR> Dianna Thu, 6 Sep 2007 06:44:49 EST Post challenge I'd like to challenge everyone to post to the Ohio team once a week (at least). If we are going to be an effective team and support one another we need to post and get to know each other. We have 76 members. If everyone would just post once a week it would be great. Are their topics you'd like? Challenges we can do? Help me out here team. I'm not the creative type. <BR> <BR> Dianna Wed, 5 Sep 2007 20:20:14 EST apology Once again this team has had a leader missing in action. This time it is me. I apologize to one and all. I've had a bad two months. I started a job and I've had a terrible time adjusting to working. I don't seem to have any energy. I am struggling with old eating habits coming back. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I will try to be here but if someone else wants to step up and take over team leadership, I would be glad to do so. I feel so bad about letting the team down. Let me know if you are i... Sun, 2 Sep 2007 16:39:26 EST What are you doing today? Hi, <BR> How are you all? <BR> So, what are you doing today? <BR> For me, I have to clean the house as my niece and her son are coming the weekend for a visit. I also have to make salsa, my tomatoes and jalapenos are ripe and ready. I've got cabbage out in the garden that should be harvested but I just can't get to it yet. I'm rearranging my office so I can get the rabbit cage in there and out of my dining room! <BR> So what about you? <BR> Coleen Fri, 17 Aug 2007 07:29:13 EST Fitness Videos Has anyone tried out the fitness videos that SP has recommended? Or for that matter does anyone have any suggestions for good videos? I know we haven't had alot of rain lately but on the days we did I couldn't get out to do my walk or my bike ride. I don't even want to think about what I'm going to do in winter! <em>198</em> Mon, 30 Jul 2007 18:09:57 EST Organized sports Just wondered if anyone plays any organized sports and if so what do you play. This has never been one of my strengths. maybe someday. <BR> <BR> Dianna Fri, 6 Jul 2007 09:35:11 EST Stuck at my half way mark So I'm just over my half way mark (I lost 3 pounds before I started SP) and 19 pounds since April 15th. I'm really proud of that--it took alot of hard work. However, I'm getting frustrated because I can't seem to break past this point. I've read all the SP articles on this--anyone have some personal experience? Tue, 26 Jun 2007 09:05:58 EST This weeks topic- What do you do for exercise We will start a topic of the week and this week's topic will be "What do you do for exercise". any discussion on exercise is welcomed. <BR> <BR> I am going to the gym and using the rowing machine. It really works my abs, legs and arms and gets my heart rate up there. I can now do about 40 minutes on the machine. I'd like to try other exercises but I'm having troubles with my knees. any suggestions. <BR> <BR> Dianna Tue, 26 Jun 2007 08:36:46 EST Spin points for today. I got 1 point, 1 lonely point today. Mon, 25 Jun 2007 11:52:59 EST If everyone did just one topic a week... there is not much activity on this team...if we all tried to post one new topic a week, then we'd have something to talk about! Anyone on board? Mon, 25 Jun 2007 11:50:27 EST Heart Rate Monitor Well I broke down and bought myself a heart rate monitor. I wanted to make sure I am exercising intensly enough. Anyone else use one. I'm still trying to figure mine out. I did 30 minutes on the rowing machine and it said I was only in the zone for 7 minutes. Don't understand it yet. It was suppose to spur me on not depress me. <BR> <BR> Dianna Fri, 22 Jun 2007 17:45:48 EST What would you like to see in this group Just wondered what topics or types of challenges would you like to see in this group. We are a growing group but there doesn't seem to be much chatter. Are there topics you would like? What would be helpful. Should we start some challenges. Please let us know how we can make this group more helpful to you. <BR> <BR> Dianna Wed, 20 Jun 2007 14:15:16 EST Vacation We leave tomorrow for vacation to the state up North. Michigan. Looking forward to the first vacation with just hubby and I for in about 15 years. we plan to be very active and walk the beaches and even canone. Have a good week everyone. I hope to come back from this vacation lighter than I left. <BR> <BR> Dianna Fri, 8 Jun 2007 16:47:35 EST Exercise Monday June 4 I did 40 minutes of mowing the yard today. Ended up having my hubby finish it because it was about to rain and he can go so much faster than me. <BR> <BR> Dianna Mon, 4 Jun 2007 21:59:58 EST Exercise Just realized I missed the exercise accounabiltiy thread for 2 days. Maybe because I didn't do any cardio. I did do my strength training on Thursday. Today I got up early and went to the Y and did 30 minutes on the rowing machine. It is so hot here that even the workout of the rowing machine seems better than waliking outside. How's everyone else doing? <BR> <BR> Dianna Sat, 2 Jun 2007 11:05:41 EST What are you doing differently in June? I'm trying to think of something I could add to my exercise regimen for June to shake things up a bit. Anyone have any good ideas? I currently walk, bike, elliptical, swim and strength train. Fri, 1 Jun 2007 10:13:14 EST Memorial Day Crash !! I was going to work at 9:30 pm. I was headed out to Route 161 and Route 310 and i stopped for the red light. As the light turned green i started to roll forward and moving about 15-20 mph. and suddenly i was struck in the rear of my vehicle (Truck-2004 Dodge Dakota) and threw me forward and casuing me to get whiplash. They guy was drunk and wasnt to just exchange info.but i told him i wanted to wait for the Police to arrive. I went to the doctor's and have a bad concussion and cervical Hypere... Thu, 31 May 2007 20:20:35 EST Daily Exercise Wednesday May 30 I'm just about to go to the Y for water aerobics. They cancelled the class for the summer as they had no teacher but a group of us have decided to meet on our own and be our own teachers. I plan to stay later and do about 90 minutes. The water feels so good on my knees. Get moving everyone. (Whoo did that come from me.) I hate exercise. <BR> <BR> Dianna Wed, 30 May 2007 09:36:20 EST Daily exercise -Tuesday May 29th I went to the Y and did 30 minutes on the row machine. Only problem I had was I had to have someone help me up. It is so low to the ground. lol. It's a great workout and easy on the knees. <BR> <BR> Dianna Tue, 29 May 2007 09:50:06 EST Exercise report Sunday and Monday I didn't start the topic yesterday because Sunday is my day off from exercise. Did any of you do anything aerobic yesterday. Today I took the dog for our walk around the block. I keep thinking I need to lengthin the walks but this still tires me out. I don't think it's the distance as much as it is trying to keep the dog going with me. <BR> <BR> Dianna Mon, 28 May 2007 17:32:56 EST Daily Exercise May 26th Saturday I did my strength training today. Won't be doing cardio as it is my daugther's graduation party and I am busy getting set up for it. I figure all the running around should count for something. <BR> <BR> Dianna Sat, 26 May 2007 11:41:45 EST Daily Exercise Thread, May 25th Friday I did 80 minutes of water aerobics and have reached my calories burned for the week goal. I may try to mow the lawn but as sore as my knees are and as hot as it is I may let hubby do it this week. How's everyone else doing? <BR> <BR> dianna Fri, 25 May 2007 13:38:23 EST Daily exercise thread May 24, Thursday 5.2 miles walked at the zoo in 117 minutes, making the rate 21 minutes a mile, burning 585 calories Thu, 24 May 2007 15:02:51 EST Memorial Day Anyone have big plans for memorial day? My husband has to work so no picnic for me. If you are picnicing or camping how are you handling the food. Great time for lots of exercise. <BR> <BR> Dianna Thu, 24 May 2007 10:54:01 EST Daily exercise thread May 23, Wednesday I had a meeting and couldn't go to water exercise so I did 10 minutes on the elipitcal, 15 minutes rowing and 5 minutes on the threadmill. I think the elipitcal will kill me. But I did it. How's everyone else doing with exercise. It's hot out today. Glad I exercised at the Y. <BR> <BR> Dianna Wed, 23 May 2007 11:55:54 EST Daily Exercise Thread for Tuesday May 22 Today is my strength training day and I plan to walk about 20 minutes. If I can catch the stupid dog who decided to take a walk on his own, I will take him for a walk around the block. I'm trying to up the number of days I do aerobic exercise. I really don't like to walk but want to build up endurance to go hiking on vacation in 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> Dianna Tue, 22 May 2007 13:19:23 EST Daily Exercise Thread for Monday 5/21 Did you meet your exercise goal today. Today I did water aerobics for 60 minutes. I upped my goal for the rest of the week so I'm really going to have to push myself on Tuesday and Thursday's. <BR> <BR> Dianna Mon, 21 May 2007 17:48:02 EST Daily Exercise Thread I thought it might be nice to post if you exercised and what you did each day. Maybe it will help keep us motivated. Exercise is one area I really need to work at so it's a challenge for me. I'll try to post the topic daily. But if I don't get it started feel free to start it. <BR> <BR> Anyway today I went to water aerobics and did 80 minutes. Class was only 60 minutes but there were a zillion kids in the locker room so I worked out more waiting till it cleared. What has everyone else ... Fri, 18 May 2007 12:12:39 EST Introducing myself!!! A big Sparks hello to everyone. My name is Pam. I have been on Sparks for almost 2 months. I am looking to be healthier in my old (almost 47), so i can keep up with my granddaughters, that my hubby and I have custody of. Let me tell u, with 5 and almost 7 yr. old girls, i need all the energy I can get and want to set a good example for them. I live in a small town, called New Holland, and was born and raised in Washington Court House. Hope to get to know all of you better. Thu, 17 May 2007 14:19:42 EST New members We have a lot of new members join in the past week. Please introduce yourself so we can welcome you and get to know you. I'm so excited that this team in growing. Can't wait to get to know more buddies from Ohio <BR> <BR> Dianna Thu, 17 May 2007 13:08:16 EST Hello, New to group!! Hi, just checking out your team from Ohio. Have room for one more?? My name is Pam, I was born and raised in Washington Court House, Ohio and now live in a small 1 stop, burg called New Holland. anyone ever heard of it?? I will be 47 yrs. old in July. I have 3 beautiful grown daughters, all out on their own, and now my dear husband and I are raising my 2 granddaughters, ages 5 and almost 7. Life is good and I am truly blessed. Nice to meet and get to chat with some folks from O... Thu, 17 May 2007 13:06:17 EST Favorite low calorie snack Anyone want to share their favorite low calorie snacks. I'm always on the look out for something quick and good. I've recently discovered Dannon light and Fit yougrt smoothies. Only 60 clories and they have calicum and 5 grams of protein. A little expensive. But I've decided I'm worth it. <BR> <BR> Dianna Thu, 17 May 2007 12:58:52 EST Rough Days AHead Leaving tomorrow for our cabin, which means 3 days of living out of a cooler. While I may not be able to eat ALL of the right things, I'm hoping the activity will help negate any "damage" I may do. <BR> <BR> Coming home Sunday, leaving Monday for Pittsburgh - 2 days of eating from restaurants. I am armed with nutritional info from the net and my WW Eating Out guide. <BR> <BR> I'm scared, but I know I can do this. Wish me luck! Thu, 17 May 2007 04:49:45 EST GabFest Rick - how did the wedding go on Saturday? Mon, 14 May 2007 12:25:59 EST New SparkTeam Healthy Exchanges Recipes New Spark Team -Healthy Exchanges Recipes : This is a team dedicated to making recipes from as geniune great cook who share her recipes in her line of Healthy Exchange recipes. Stop by and consider joining as allot of her recipes are Midwestern comfort food made healthy. She passed on to her glory in May of 05' but her legacy lives on. Come live on (literally) with me on this team dedicated to cooking healthy. <BR> Diabetic Friendly, LowFat Friendly, moderate calories recipes! <BR> <BR> <em... Sat, 12 May 2007 14:32:46 EST Weight loss successes and goals Hi, <BR> I thought that maybe if we have a place to share successes and goals, we could be encouraged by each other. <BR> I started SP in January and have consistently lost 1.5 lbs a week. I started this journey at 169 lbs and have lost 25 lbs. I'm halfway to my goal. I want to weigh 130 lbs by my birthday in mid-July. <BR> Most importantly, with SP, I've learned so much! I now know exactly how I got so fat to begin with! I know how to eat to keep it off. I know that I can live a li... Sat, 12 May 2007 08:50:00 EST What's The Payoff? I was reading one of the motivational articles today and read one about finding the reasons behind why we give into the bad habits that have put us where we are today. <BR> <BR> And, I read this article just after having gone to ColdStone Creamery to get their Coffee Lovers fix up. I stopped there after failing to get Nationwide shut down for my client. <BR> <BR> Got me to thinking - I realize I ate the ice cream to 'cope' with the failure. However, what was the payoff? Did the ice cream... Thu, 10 May 2007 21:43:56 EST Where Do You Workout? Where does everyone work out? <BR> Me? I have a membership at Lifestyle Family Fitness (used to be CalFit). <BR> When I do go, I usually go to the downtown Columbus location (in the 5/3 building across from the state capital). <BR> I'd be interested in partnering with someone who also have a Lifestyle membership that can go to the downtown location or the east side (on Main street) location (I can get to that location once I get off work). I have a problem with continuing to go to the gym. ... Thu, 10 May 2007 11:03:54 EST Good Morning Good morning Ohio... I hope everyone is having a great Thursday. Today is the day I take off work. Being self employed does have some benefits ~grin~ <BR> <BR> Here in central Ohio the sun is shining, it looks like a gorgeous day for a walk. Perhaps I can twist hubby's arm to go to the park (we have 3 wetland parks within a 5 minute drive from us) and enjoy the sunshine. Not that it will take much twisting mind you... he loves nothing better. <BR> <BR> What are you going to do on this lovel... Thu, 10 May 2007 11:00:27 EST Ohio VS Michigan Hey... I think I'm going to go do some poking around at the Michigan team. Anyone up for a friendly competition between us and them? Wed, 9 May 2007 15:47:23 EST Great Cardio Opportunities in Ohio? I love to hike! In fact, wanting to be able to hike again is one reason why I've started on this journey. I've hiked at Mohican, Hocking Hills, Deer Creek, and Shawnee State Park, to name a few locations. <BR> <BR> Anybody have some new ideas? New places to visit. It doesn't have to be hiking, or state parks, just something you think we should all be aware of that will help us out on Cardio. <BR> <BR> Tina Tue, 8 May 2007 23:43:49 EST Cardio for the CAVS!!!! In honor of the Cavs' playoff game tonight--I'm going to do 4 quarters of cardio (60 minutes). anyone want to join me? Tue, 8 May 2007 16:27:35 EST Leader for the Ohio Team Hi everyone, <BR> It appears to me that this team has no leader. I can't find anything from eventsrm since July of 06. I emailed him through sparkmail and left a message on his sparkpage and he is not responding. <BR> Does anyone want to volunteer to be the leader of this group? <BR> As the Ohio team, I would love to see it be a busy successful area but lets face it, right now, nothing is happening here. It's a real shame particularly since SP originates in Cincinnati. <BR> I just d... Thu, 3 May 2007 08:47:12 EST TimmyO Hey TimmyO, where have you been? <BR> I've noticed that you've not been posting. Busy with work or work outs? <BR> Coleen Mon, 30 Apr 2007 15:23:57 EST NW Ohio checking in !! Hello Ladies & Gents ... I am Karen aka Lady_Bear and so I just joined the site a couple of days ago and it seems to be a very busy site so give me some time to get use to things around here ... so as I said I am from NW OHIO. <BR> <BR> I have lived here since 1979 and I am married w/ 3 wonderful children - 25, 23, 18 years old. My oldest graduates from college & my youngest graduates from HS next month so it will be a busy time for me !! <BR> <BR> So, if you want to know more about me jus... Sat, 28 Apr 2007 10:17:30 EST New to group. Hi all. I'm new to the group. I'm a stay at home/work at home mom to 2 children, a son age 6 and a daughter age 4. I am looking to loose 75lbs. by my birthday 2008. I feel at times that I need a friend to loose with, someone to be accountable to. I sometimes get caught up in the kids, house, work, etc. and feel like I run out of time. I can be a huge procrastinator as well. But I am serious about loosing weight for health reasons. Hoping to make new friends here. Thanks for listening... Fri, 27 Apr 2007 14:36:44 EST I'm from NE Ohio and new here Hi everyone.. I've been on SP for a year but have just recommitted Monday. So I'm new here and since I've got 101# to lose I'll be here for a while. I've been married for 9 years and we have 2 kids who are 4 & 6. I enjoy ebay, the PTA (believe it or not! lol) and the old SNL guy "Jack Handy" and his wierd sense of humor.. :) Thu, 19 Apr 2007 00:29:21 EST Lifestyles Does anyone in this group work out at Lifestyles? <BR> I am looking for a morning or evening workout buddy! I usually go to a location in Toledo or Sylvania. <BR> <BR> If not, that is fine, too! I am new to the group sooo HI! Wed, 14 Mar 2007 19:23:06 EST car wash Did anyone wash there car today? Had too get all the salt and grim off lol DAVID Sat, 3 Mar 2007 17:10:21 EST Ready for this weather??? Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm glad to have found an Ohio group. I'm from Central Ohio. I was hoping that this freezing rain was over for the year but looks like it's upon us again. <BR> Good thing we can work out in the house! <BR> Coleen Sat, 24 Feb 2007 18:48:08 EST For Your Information Hi everyone !! I have been busier than the dickens and I apologize for not posting during the past week. Here in mid-western Ohio we have been experiencing near-record snow fall and blizzard-like conditions. Brrr !! It has it been cold. <BR> <BR> Those at Sparkpeople have asked that I limit my posting to one spot, as their space is limited. My intention was to try to spread some optisimum in a world that can be so depressing and defeating at times. My fear of posting in one spot is tha... Thu, 15 Feb 2007 15:58:41 EST How To Stay Highly Motivated How To Stay Highly Motivated <BR> <BR> <BR> The degrees of success and happiness we achieve in life result overwhelmingly from the actions we take. But the actions which matter most are not those we do every now and then. It is our consistent actions (our habits) which more than anything else determine the direction and success of our lives. Thus, the first key to success is to adopt good habits. <BR> <BR> However, the problem with the above bill of advice is that in the vast majority of... Wed, 7 Feb 2007 13:20:32 EST Top Ten Quotes for the "Good Life" Over the years many people have offered their models of the "Good Life", and some have left quotes that nicely summarize important truths. The following are ten of my personal favorites. <BR> <BR> 1. Know Thyself – Socrates. From ancient Greece comes this reminder that introspection, keeping a journal, paying attention to the heart of things, comes first. Before we can know the world around us, and make wise choices, we must first come to grips with who we are and what we value. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 6 Feb 2007 06:12:31 EST The Journey Do you remember the day you decided that you just had to get healthy, the day that you knew you couldn't go on another day being overweight and unhealthy? <BR> <BR> What was it that gave you that final push to finally do something about it? Was it a comment that you overheard, or worse yet, one that someone just belted out without compassion? Was it a picture you saw of yourself or a glance of your reflection in the mirror? Was it a health scare? Or maybe it was just a voice inside coaxing ... Mon, 5 Feb 2007 17:06:09 EST When you feel you're facing a mountain When you look at a tall mountain from a distance, it looms very large indeed. It can be difficult to imagine how you could ever climb over it. <BR> Yet when you go right up to the foot of the mountain, you're likely to find a trail leading up the side. It then becomes obvious that by taking one step after another, you can indeed make your way over that mountain. <BR> <BR> Any challenge can be viewed in much the same way. When it is a distant concept, the challenge can seem insurmountable. ... Mon, 5 Feb 2007 08:40:41 EST Soul Whispers... The intamcy of friendship comes with the things were share deep inside of us. And with the things that we share comes freedom, freedom from secrets, freedom from burdens, freedom from anything. Nothing stregthens and builds a relationship like bearing one's soul....Soul whispers. What is deep within you? Let's strength our bonds. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 3 Feb 2007 15:36:01 EST Today is the Day Today I will delete from my diary two days: <BR> yesterday and tomorrow... <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was to learn and tomorrow will be <BR> the consequence of what I can do today. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I will face life with the conviction <BR> that this day will not ever return. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is the last opportunity I have to live intensely, <BR> as no one can assure me that I will see tomorrow's sunrise. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I will be brave enough not to let any opportunity pas... Wed, 31 Jan 2007 16:59:32 EST The Whole Of Life Everything has an influence on everything else. All the seemingly separate aspects of life are tightly intertwined. <BR> When setting priorities and making choices, consider the whole of life. Attempting to play off one thing against another will never work for very long. <BR> <BR> When you shortchange one part of your life, other things suffer. When you work to add value somewhere in your world, that value is reflected in other places too. <BR> <BR> Eventually, the good, sincere, authentic... Tue, 30 Jan 2007 21:20:18 EST Unpleasant Surprises Unpleasant surprises <BR> Life sometimes unfolds in ways you never could have anticipated or imagined. Even the most carefully laid plans can be turned upside down by something totally unforeseen. <BR> When that happens, you could moan, complain, yell, scream, throw things and dive into a fog of self pity. But none of that would bring you anything of value. <BR> <BR> When one of life's unpleasant surprises comes along, you may be tempted to use it as an excuse for becoming depressed, despon... Mon, 29 Jan 2007 19:22:02 EST Why I encourage others... Encouraging others...that is the key to my success. Instead of floundering over my mistakes and my weaknesses, I have chosen to encourage others the way I wish to be encouraged, or the way that I have been encouraged in the past. Why??? This says it best , by Ralph Marston. <BR> <BR> When you're in need of encouragement, offer your own encouragement to someone else. Nothing can lift you more surely and genuinely than your own efforts to lift another. <BR> Think back on the times you remem... Sun, 28 Jan 2007 09:05:01 EST Do It Anyway ! Achievement most often takes place under conditions that are less than ideal. Just because there is some problem or difficulty or shortcoming in your life at the moment, it does not prevent you from moving forward. <BR> Focus not on what is missing or what is wrong. Focus on doing your very best within the circumstances as they are. <BR> <BR> Seek not to find an excuse. Instead, do what you have chosen to do, create what you have chosen to create, live as you have chosen to live, no matter... Sat, 27 Jan 2007 11:48:38 EST The Power of Discipline The power of discipline <BR> <BR> Self discipline is not something you acquire. It is something you use. <BR> When you make use of it, self discipline will help to bring about anything you can imagine. And it is yours to use whenever you choose. <BR> <BR> You don't need to take a certain course or read a particular book or attend a weekend workshop in order to benefit from self discipline. The benefits of self discipline come, not with any special knowledge or skill, but with simple prac... Thu, 25 Jan 2007 06:30:38 EST Frustration Transformed After last week and the scales not budging, I was frustrated. I know all of you have been able to relate at one point in matter how hard you exercise, no matter how well you are eating, the weight doesn't come off. You feel like giving in to the craving of that one food that you love and miss the most. You feel like not participating in that next workout session. You feel like giving up all together, you're not going to make your goal anyway. <BR> <BR> Sound familiar??? Do not giv... Wed, 24 Jan 2007 14:47:47 EST Never Give Up You are never given a wish without also having been given the power <BR> To make it come true." <BR> --- Richard Bach. <BR> <BR> Trite? But true. <BR> <BR> What you need is patience, perseverance, and a burning desire that constantly needs to be fueled. The quest for the realization of your dreams is like waging a momentous battle during which you might encounter severe setbacks. But success comes to those who turn adversities into opportunities, overcome their limitations and bounce ba... Sun, 21 Jan 2007 16:59:48 EST Still searching, changing, growing... I have been incredibly busy this week, which brings more stress. My weight loss seems to have come to a stand-still. I have continued to eat righ, so I know it will come off, but the temptations have been strong. I keep reminding myself to be patient. Today was "tape measure day" and I did manage to lose an inch and a half...even if my weight hasn't budged all week. I know deep within that I am going to reach my goal. I have that much determination, unfortunately, there are days that I ... Sat, 20 Jan 2007 10:58:22 EST looks like a snow globe All the snow! It looks so beautiful from my window. <BR> It's really coming down hard. Hopefully the roads will be clear when I have to go out later. <BR> Have a great day all! <em>8</em> Tue, 16 Jan 2007 09:16:36 EST Lessons of Geese Lessons from the Geese <BR> <BR> We live in an area where geese are very common. <BR> We see them coming in the Fall and leaving early Spring. <BR> Their migration is an awesome sight. There is an <BR> interdependence in the way geese function. <BR> <BR> FACT: As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an "uplift" for the bird following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. <BR> <BR> LESSON: People who share a common direc... Tue, 16 Jan 2007 07:24:37 EST You are beautiful, You are strong, YOU CAN DO IT The Parable of the Rose <BR> <BR> A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully. Before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw a bud that would soon blossom. He also saw the thorns, and he thought, "How can any beautiful flower come from a plant, burdened with so many sharp thorns?" Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it was ready to bloom, it died. <BR> <BR> So it is with many people. Within every soul, there is a rose. The "God-like" qualities plan... Sun, 14 Jan 2007 23:24:34 EST To Achieve Your Dreams Remember Your ABC's A void negative sources, people, places, things and habits <BR> B elieve in yourself <BR> C onsider things from every angle <BR> D on't give up and don't give in <BR> E njoy life today, yesterday is gone, tomorrow may never come <BR> F amily and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches <BR> G ive more than you planned to <BR> H ang on to your dreams <BR> I gnore those who try to discourage you <BR> J ust do it <BR> K eep trying to matter how hard it seems, it w... Sun, 14 Jan 2007 09:47:00 EST Learning to get back up So many times our discouragements and our set-backs falter our progress...sometimes it brings it to a screeching halt. One of the keys to success in anything we do, wether it be losing weight, accomplishing a goal, or even life in general, is picking ourselves back up after we have stumbled or fallen. <BR> <BR> It it difficult sometimes to get back up and press onward. I found this to be very interesting and so true about learning to get back up. It teaches a helpful lesson in our attempts ... Sat, 13 Jan 2007 14:15:27 EST anyone in my area? Hi, I'm in Macedonia. Anyone close to me want a walking buddy? Sat, 13 Jan 2007 13:09:47 EST new to the group Hi everyone, <BR> I'm new to Spark. I've been looking for a group of people in Ohio and my age group. I'm in northeast Ohio and I'm 40. <BR> Kim Fri, 12 Jan 2007 19:07:49 EST Mammogram Update Not only did I have to have a second set of pictures, but they also sent me for an ultrasound. Because this is my first mammogram, they have no comparison photos. They do not yet know what is normal for me. <BR> <BR> The radiologist was suspicious about a spot on my right breast. He said that I have very dense breast tissue, which makes it difficult to see everything they would like to see. Not only did the technician do an ultrasound, but the radiologist himself came into the room and r... Thu, 11 Jan 2007 20:18:30 EST I need more energy Sometimes I wonder how and where I am going to find the energy to keep hanging in there. There are days that my arms become so tired and I feel like just letting go. Today is one of those days. <BR> <BR> The positive note for the day is that I weighed in at 167.4!! I am so happy about that. Normally, the downward motion of the scales is enough to give me the motivation to keep going, but today I have a lot of negative fears and emotions draining my energy. <BR> <BR> My husband hasn't had ... Thu, 11 Jan 2007 06:46:59 EST Encouragement Hi Ohio, <BR> <BR> Sorry about the game. I just wanted to encourage everyone to continue on with the weight loss. <BR> <BR> This is a new year, new day for a new you. I have faith and believe in each and everyone of you. <BR> <BR> Stay encouraged. <BR> <BR> Sabrina Tue, 9 Jan 2007 09:58:04 EST More on perseverance PERSEVERANCE <BR> <BR> "Like water, which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed." <BR> ~Indra Devi <BR> <BR> When the veil of darkness has draped itself around your life and concealed the tears of your pain and despair, when the destiny you had envisaged has all but faded like water amongst the golden sands of the desert, when you stand alone in your ... Tue, 9 Jan 2007 06:26:30 EST Explore your field of dreams How many times have you thought..."If only I'd had a little more faith? If only I had followed my dreams? If only.... <BR> <BR> Don't regret your if only's. Explore your dreams and make them come true. As D. Elton Trueblood once said, "Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation." Remember, we can lose this weight. No one ever said it would be easy, some may have said you can't do hard, prove them wrong. YOU CAN DO IT !! DON'T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAM. <BR> <BR... Sun, 7 Jan 2007 17:31:35 EST Begin Again When people facing difficult life challenges ask me for advice, I have two simple words for them. <BR> <BR> Begin Again <BR> <BR> To begin again means that you won't give up. <BR> To begin again means you're trying. <BR> You can either start over and live your life <BR> Or spend the rest of your life slowly dying. <BR> <BR> It is never the falling that makes us fail. <BR> It is never the pain or the crying. <BR> You can never fail in life, my friend, <BR> Unless you give up trying... Sat, 6 Jan 2007 20:02:22 EST Newbie Hi, <BR> <BR> Ohio in the house! I am new to this team. I want to encourage you all to do the best you can at unveiling the new you. <BR> <BR> I hope you achieve your goals. <BR> <BR> Take care. Fri, 5 Jan 2007 21:52:56 EST The Value of Failure This is for those of you that gave in to the temptations over the holidays... <BR> <BR> Failure is a normal and natural part of achievement. When the failures come, learn from them and then move quickly along. <BR> Failure is not the worst thing that can happen. The worst thing that can happen is to let the fear of failure prevent you from ever doing anything. <BR> <BR> If your top priority is to avoid all failure, then you will surely fail. For only by accepting and living with the possib... Wed, 3 Jan 2007 16:49:50 EST THE GENESIS DIET THE GENESIS DIET <BR> <BR> And God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives. <BR> <BR> And Satan created McDonald's. And McDonald's brought forth the 99-cent double-cheeseburger. And Satan said to Man, "You want fries with that?" And Man said, "Super-size them." And Man gained pounds. <BR> <BR> And God created the healthful yogurt, that woman might keep her figure that man fou... Tue, 2 Jan 2007 07:38:30 EST Love MAY YOU ALWAYS FEEL LOVED <BR> <BR> May you find serenity and tranquility in a world <BR> You may not always understand. <BR> May the pain you have known and conflict you have experienced <BR> Give you the strength to walk through life <BR> Facing each new situation with courage and optimism. <BR> Always know that there are those whose love and understanding <BR> Will always be there, even when you feel most alone. <BR> May you discover enough goodness in others <BR> To believe in a... Mon, 1 Jan 2007 12:15:26 EST 9 Insights To A Wealthy Soul THE 9 INSIGHTS OF THE WEALTHY SOUL <BR> <BR> When my father was slowly progressing through the phases of a terminal illness, as a final legacy he revealed to me a sequence of 9 extraordinary "wealth-building" steps he nicknamed, "The 9 Insights of the Wealthy Soul." <BR> <BR> On the surface, his lessons appeared to be about building material wealth. <BR> <BR> On a much deeper level, these Insights held the secret for overcoming our greatest challenges and achieving the highest wealth o... Sun, 31 Dec 2006 11:43:00 EST Recipe for a new year Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly cleansed from all old memories of bitterness, rancor, hate, and jealousy. <BR> <BR> Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. (This batch will keep for one year. Do not attempt to make more than one batch at a time. Many people spoil the entire lot in this way.) <BR> <BR> Prepare one day at a time as follows: Into each day, put twelve parts of faith, eleven of patience, ten of courage, nine of work (some peop... Sat, 30 Dec 2006 16:47:59 EST snow belt area with out any snow LOL!! Im glad to find an ohio room. Im 52 yrs old and Im healing from 5 rupured tendons in my foot. Im almost healed . I know my weight has always been a factor why my feet hurt all the time but this time it took me by a storm (off work 9 months ) I need my fellow ohioians to keep me moving forward and on track of my goals .Lose weight(80)# get stornger, fit , and healthyer. Time is running out only 48 years left lol may the last years be the strongest. (Can anyone help me with my journy? Sat, 23 Dec 2006 07:11:55 EST It's a new day !! Today is a new day!! Thank you everyone for your encouraging words. No one can be strong 100% of the time. I guess yesterday was my day to be weak but today I am moving to join me? All Aboard !! <BR> <BR> The Train of Life <BR> <BR> Some folks ride the train of life looking out the rear, <BR> Watching miles of life roll by and marking every year. <BR> <BR> They sit in sad remembrance of wasted days gone by, <BR> And curse their life for what it was and hang their head and c... Fri, 22 Dec 2006 09:28:38 EST The Self Empowerment Pledge <em>88</em> <BR> The Self Empowerment Pledge <BR> Seven Simple Promises That Will Change Your Life. <BR> <BR> Monday's Promise: Responsibility I will take complete responsibility for my health, my happiness, my success, and my life, and will not blame others for my problems. <BR> <BR> Tuesday's Promise: Accountability I will not allow low self-esteem, self-limiting beliefs, or the negativity of others to prevent me from achieving my authentic goals and from becoming the person I am meant ... Thu, 21 Dec 2006 06:33:22 EST The importance of meditation I hit minus 15 lbs today !! What motivation to go on!! What inspiration to keep avoiding the Christmas Cookies that I walk past 20 times a day that have been deliciously displayed in our lobby since December 1 for our customers. <BR> <BR> Every day I say, one won't hurt. And Everyday I take a minute to meditate on where I want to be in six months, and I gently tell myself...NO COOKIES TODAY!! <BR> <BR> Take time to think and meditate before you act. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> See how nature—... Wed, 20 Dec 2006 06:51:11 EST Hope <em>88</em> <BR> Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change—this is the rhythm of living. Out of our overconfidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress. <BR> <BR> ~ Bruce Barton (1886-1967) <BR> <BR> Living Hopes <BR> <BR> Hope is much more than a positive attitude. Hope is an essential attitude of expectancy filled with potential, an indespensible life-sustaining virtue. <BR> <BR> God gave us the attitude of hope for a reaso... Tue, 19 Dec 2006 05:53:05 EST Beauty Have you ever wondered why the most beautiful parts of the day are the beginning and the end? <BR> <BR> Morning rises with glorius splashes of color across the sky, as if to say...This is your beautiful gift today, life is beautiful, don't forget that you are beautiful as well. <BR> <BR> The day progresses and we go on with our normal routines. We get caught up in the pressures of meeting deadlines, raising our children, REACHING OUR GOLAS,and all of the wrongs of the world. Before you ... Mon, 18 Dec 2006 06:38:37 EST Courage By the middle of last week, I was begining to feel a bit of frustration again. I was being very diligent in my eating and the numbers on the scales were not moving. I had reached my first true plateau. <BR> <BR> Fear began to set in. What if I can't do this? What if it's too late? Is being thin really worth all of this sacrifice? <BR> <BR> YES, Ofcourse it is !!! Time to face my fear of failing head on because as long as I am doing the best that I can, failure is not in my vocabulary. <B... Sun, 17 Dec 2006 10:29:03 EST Perseverance Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. <BR> <BR> ~ Walter Elliott <BR> <BR> Perseverance is the Ability <BR> by Catherine Pulsifer <BR> <BR> "Perseverance allows you to get back <BR> on track when you hit a detour." <BR> <BR> Perseverance is the ability to keep going in the face of continuous challenges. It is the ability to disregard distractions and to stay focused. <BR> <BR> You may have to take detours to get to your end goal. But, as long a... Sat, 16 Dec 2006 10:17:42 EST Accomplishments Accomplishment would have little meaning if it were too easy to come by. The challenge and the effort are what make the reward worth having. <BR> The dreams that are difficult to reach are the dreams that have the most value. For they compel you to stretch your abilities, your knowledge and your expectations beyond previous limits. <BR> <BR> The goals that are the most ambitious are the ones that will bring out the best in you. The objectives that require the most effort are the ones that wi... Fri, 15 Dec 2006 17:49:55 EST SNOW How do you keep from letting the snow and cold bring you down? I am a positive person for the most part, but I absolutely hate being cold. I lived in Florida for almost 9 years but have been back in Ohio since '96. I still cannot deal with the cold and desperately want to live somewhere warm and beautiful again some day...until then, any tips? Thu, 7 Dec 2006 20:11:39 EST I believe Determination is the force that keeps us going. It's what drove Van Gough to keep painting. It's what motivated Ernest Heminway to keep writing. It's what impelled Babe Ruth to keep hitting. It's what encouraged Eddie Van Halen to keep playing. <BR> <BR> Determination is devoting your full strength and concentration towards accomplishing your goals. It's what made Donald Trump the financial guru that he is. It's what made Dan Rather a news reporting legend. It's what propelled Bill Gates to... Sun, 3 Dec 2006 12:36:45 EST You've got to see this clip !! <BR> <BR> When you feel like you've failed and you can't go on, keep going !! <BR> <BR> The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity. ~Attributed to George Carlin <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Fri, 1 Dec 2006 22:45:21 EST Ohioan...born and raised ! Hello from Darke County !! <BR> <BR> Today I began my journey to metamorphosis. I'm ready to break from from this cocoon I've been in and spread my wings and prepare to soar !! <BR> <BR> Check out my team: From Cocoon to Butterfly <em>88</em> Mon, 27 Nov 2006 21:32:07 EST Hello Hello, new here, my name is Linda. I live in the Cleveland area. Mon, 20 Nov 2006 22:02:20 EST hi from dayton i am a 57yo female i live south of dayton i would like to find a diet buddy close by maybe it will help motivate me i think excercize would be easier if i had a pal to walk or go to y let me lets do this lillijo Tue, 17 Oct 2006 11:32:59 EST Hello GO BUCKS!!!!!!!! Sat, 7 Oct 2006 16:25:47 EST Hello..I'm new here Hello everyone. My name is Melissa and I am new to SP. I live in Columbus and am on this journey of weightloss for ME this time. At my heaviest i was 259..I am currently 218...with a goal of 135. Hope everyone is having a great day!!!!! Tue, 3 Oct 2006 08:48:05 EST I need motivation! I have been struggling with my weight b/f I got pregnant with my son, but he's 8 months old now. When I was 17 I weighed 135lbs to 140. Then I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, and the Dr I started seeing put me on all kinds of meds, actually over medicated me. It made me sleep constantly, I couldnt do anything, and in a months time, I gained 30 lbs, I was so not use to that weight. I had always been active in playing softball, and was always in excellent shape, and it made me feel so bad,... Sat, 12 Aug 2006 09:36:33 EST I sooo...blew my diet last night! Argh! All day I done good, but when about 3pm hit I felt like I was starving! I got a recipe off here and fixed it . But I definitely went over my portion. I tried to drink water to help make me have a full feeling but, it didnt work. When will this end? The hungry feeling? Im to scared to even weigh myself in fear I haven't lost anything! Wooo...I dont know about myself,lol <BR> Nikki Thu, 10 Aug 2006 08:45:48 EST Newbie trying to lose baby weight! Well first off my name is nikki. Im a first time mother of an 8 month old, married, and soon to be 23. I need to lose my post baby weight. Im motivated, but need a pep talk! <BR> nikki Wed, 9 Aug 2006 16:43:13 EST I'm new - I'm motivated! Hello to everyone on the 'team'. I'm so new that I'm just learning my way around the site - <BR> I have about 40 lbs to lose and I've always found that the best way is to do it with a group. Wish me good luck and good luck to all the rest of you. <BR> Sarah Wed, 2 Aug 2006 09:27:42 EST HELLOOOO... Newbie here! <em>213</em> <BR> My name is Darla. I joined Spark July 18th this year workin my butt off (literally) 11lbs. so far. <BR> This is my first Team here at Spark wanted to find some local "LOSERS" to make friends with and support. <BR> Thu, 27 Jul 2006 22:15:42 EST Ohio Group Forum Just joined and thought I'd start something going since noone else has. I live in Ohio and am looking for someone close to me to workout with. I am on track and joined Spark June 5th and have lost 11.2 pounds so far. Been on lots of diets and nothing works but this program has been great. Sun, 23 Jul 2006 15:44:20 EST