SparkPeople Separation of Church and Weight Team Messageboard If you are looking for motivation, inspiration and support FREE of Bible passages and calls for prayer, this group is for you. We focus on what we have in common, our goal to get healthier. SparkPeople Separation of Church and Weight Team Messageboard Leave the kids alone!!! Every year, it's the same thing. Some lady hits up the bus stop and pushes prayer books and religious chotchkies on the kids. <BR> ONLY the elementary school aged kids, though. <BR> I asked a high schooler and a my jr high kid (same bus stop, just different times) if they ever see her, and they said, not since they were in elementary school. <BR> <BR> Seriously, target the littlest, so they can cluelessly take that stuff home without being able to understand it. And, with the way people fe... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:58:06 EST 2016 Goals What are your goals for 2016? <BR> <BR> To fit back into favorite clothes? <BR> To reach a number on the scale? To maintain? <BR> To improve a health marker? <BR> To gain confidence? <BR> To compete in a race or other sporting event? <BR> To rub your awesomeness in the face of an ex? <BR> To deal with emotional demons that have controlled you for too long? Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:49:44 EST Trying my best I am trying to eat whole foods and maintain a healthy diet. However...I still have several will eat food that is considered junk/crap. I just make sure my calories &amp; nutrition are all still in range. Then I don't feel so deprived. Mon, 2 May 2016 19:03:01 EST Sweet 16 can be even sweeter A place to develop and track your 2016 goals. Sun, 13 Dec 2015 13:07:49 EST Reign in 2015!! A new thread for 2015 goals. Let's rule our world and make the most of each year! Reign in 2015! <BR> <BR> I'll post my goals in a few days, probably when I get back from vacation. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 11:08:02 EST Being Honest with Myself This week I blogged about stopping with excuses and seeking truth (not what mainstream media or religion tells us). Having a greater perspective and being honest with myself has made me healthier and my life more meaningful . <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>th-myself/ </link> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:26:01 EST Women are still fighting for birth control. Extremist and religious views are still impacting laws that affect women's healthcare choices and rights. <BR> <BR> I blogged about the history and current politics related to the birth control pill. Of course, I offer my opinion too. ;) What do you think - do you agree with my suggestions at the end? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>for-birth-control-pills/ </link> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:55:20 EST Please feel free to have a listen to my music Hi all fellow humanists, <BR> <BR> I don't know if I am the only composer in sparkpeople but I have yet to see anybody else load up any of their work into a blog. I only found out just over a week ago that I could do this so I have chosen to add some of my work in my blogs. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to have a listen and as hopeful music connoisseurs I would deeply appreciate your views and opinions on my work. <BR> <BR> I have a number of other pieces I have written over the years that ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:55:49 EST We GOT This, Team - It's 2014! WHAT have we got? For starters, "YOUR BACK". <BR> <BR> This team begins each calendar year with a new ongoing thread for setting and achieving long-terms goals. For this year, it's "We GOT This, Team - It's 2014!" <BR> <BR> As individuals, we fight self-doubt and work to understand the magnitude of the changes we HAVE made and those we still WISH to make. It's a challenge to look at the BIG PICTURE when we are coping with a daily life where we can lose focus on our needs as we consider the... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:25:33 EST AU - Chruch and State from Americans United, this is totally fun, yet sad too. <BR><BR>8cc/jane-lynch-and-jordan-peele-epic-c<BR>hurch-state-breakup?rel=player <BR> <BR> Fri, 31 May 2013 14:28:40 EST Old to Sparkpeople, New to this group Hello everyone! So pleased to have found this group for many of the reasons previously listed. I was active on SP over 2 years ago and met my goals. Now I'm back because the weight crept back on - big surprise! <BR> <BR> I'm 50, married, childless by choice, teach psychology, live in the country, and share my life with a Newfoundland, 3 cats, Jardines parrot, 4 geese, 2 goats and a llama. I love to read, listen to public radio, am devotee of The Daily Show & The Colbert Report, gardening, an... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 08:47:20 EST Making Time So, I have been watching this season's Biggest Loser on Hulu and something that Dr. H said to one of the contestants has stuck with me for a couple of days now and I wanted to share it with my teams: <BR> <BR> "If I told you that you had lymphoma, would you take 2 hours out of your day for chemo?" <BR> <BR> The implication was clear. The long-term effect of obesity is every bit as deadly as lymphoma, perhaps even moreso. So why won't we take the time out of our day to "treat" that? <BR> ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:36:43 EST 4 Day Wins (Martha Beck) Posts Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> This thread is for logging and reporting 4 Day Wins. "The 4 Day Win" is a practice from the book by Martha Beck.The main idea is that a goal that is practiced and sustained for just 4 days is very likely to perturb the inertia we get into with bad habits and push us forward. <BR> <BR> I for one love the idea of just 4 days at a time and use it to explore all sorts of new habits. <BR> <BR> To create a 4 day win: <BR> * Choose a goal and then simplify it by half.... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 10:14:07 EST Lean and Mean in 2013 <em>334</em> What are your plans for 2013? I know we're all thinking about this tonight. <BR> <BR> I'm reading a book called "Do it! Let's Get Off Our Buts". It tells me that I am, right now, living a life of my own choosing. What a crappy thing to say!!! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> The book reminds me of the thing we all know, that it's not ONE BIG MONUMENTAL CHOICE, or RESOLUTION that gets the job done. It's those consistent daily, hourly, MOMENT BY MOMENT choices that help us achi... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 00:17:35 EST Kitchen Table Chit-Chat Hope you don't mind me starting this... <BR> <BR> Morning Everyone, <BR> I got out this morning and did my walk then did some yard work/ gardening. Our neighbor next door moved and our landlord bought the house so he said I could go over and get any of the potted plants she had left if I wanted them. I got the ones I could and one huge one he'll bring over for me as I can't manage it myself. He has my hubby building shutters for the house and that'll give us a little extra money. Bob is a ma... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:11:16 EST NY Times article: Mindful Eating Its finally going mainstream!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndful-eating-as-food-for-thought.html?<BR>pagewanted=all </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>135</em> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 20:30:33 EST Back at it Hi all, I have recently started Sparking again and wanted to get back to this amazing group. I love having a place where I don't have to defend my views. Even my Facebook Page is no longer "safe"! I will be trolling around the message board to see what's happening here. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 18:34:04 EST I wrote a blog today ... and I just had to share it :o) I spent hours on it (sorry for the length btw LOL). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ethics-rights-empathy-and-fried-chicke<BR>n.html </link> Sun, 5 Aug 2012 21:04:21 EST Hello & welcome to the insanity that is me Hey there, my name is Kim and I've been here at SP since Jan 3, 2011. I've gone on a freakin roller coaster of weight since then and I'm beginning Day 1 again today. I look forward to getting to know y'all. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 20:54:30 EST Hello ! Hi all ! <BR> <BR> My name is Vickie and I am a former member of SP and of this team, and have just returned. <BR> <BR> Thought I would swing by and say hello to everyone. <BR> <BR> I like this team not because I am an atheist or non -spiritual, as I am neither, but I do not feel comfortable with fundamentalism of any stripe, including televangelists. I prefer to keep my spiritual practices and beliefs largely private, unless I know for a fact that I am sharing them with someone who feel... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 11:28:06 EST "WIN Some, LOSE Some" 21-Day Challenge Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> We just completed a very successful challenge that was short and sharply focused on goals of our own choosing. If you missed it, here comes another one. <BR> <BR> We know we are HOT! At the same time, we can be too COOL for our own damn good. In July there are many opportunities to PLAY (listening to our immature thoughts). It's easy to FORGET OUR GOALS (whispered to us by our mature thoughts). Both are expressions of what is real to us. <BR> <BR> It is not nec... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 16:11:42 EST Hobbies, Pets & Special Events What stands between you and boredom? Anything bring you joy like food does? Are you training for something special? Do you love playing an instrument? If lonely, do you have a pet to enjoy or a friend to visit, call or email? Let's share what excites us. <BR> <em>276</em> <em>268</em> <em>292</em> <em>203</em> <em>17</em> <em>103</em> <em>105</em> <BR> <BR> Any upcoming event that has you working especially hard? Do you have a deadline to meet? <BR> <em>57</em> <em>324</em> <em>40... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 18:20:10 EST Hobbies, Pets and Special Events What stands between you and boredom? <BR> <em>276</em> <em>268</em> <em>292</em> <em>203</em> <em>17</em> <em>103</em> <em>105</em> <BR> <BR> Any upcoming event that has you working especially hard? <BR> <em>57</em> <em>324</em> <em>408</em> <em>309</em> <BR> <BR> How are your critters treating you? <em>145</em> <em>172</em> <em>148</em> <em>160</em> <em>201</em> <em>200</em> <em>240</em> <em>338</em> <em>86</em> Sun, 10 Jun 2012 18:12:27 EST What tickles your funny bone, my boney friends? Let's share jokes, experiences, anything that makes us laugh. <BR> <BR> Laughing burns calories and frees the mind. <BR> <em>334</em> <em>100</em> <em>30</em> <em>20</em> <em>40</em> <em>246</em> <em>244</em> <em>36</em> Sun, 10 Jun 2012 18:03:05 EST "Sexier 4th of July" Challenge I'm sensing a need among some on the team for one of our short-term challenges. And today I passed by a magazine stand where words like "Get Sexy Now" jumped off the covers. <BR> <BR> If you want to gain the motivation to drop pounds, fit a certain outfit, feel more fit, buff, powerful, or whatever else it would take for you to feel happy, free, and sexy for a special 4th of July celebration, just post what you would like to do, right here on this thread, and let's get started. Give yourself... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 17:16:01 EST I'm Back Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm Maurisa (AKA Sunscreenisgood). I was a member here about a year ago. Sadly, life got in the way and I stopped using SP. I just want to say I'm sorry to all of my old spark friends. You are awesome. I'm so sorry for disappearing. Even after a year of being away from spark, I can hear your words of encouragement to get off of my couch. Thank you! Please feel free to add me as a friend again. <BR> <BR> I hope all of you are doing well! Have a great & healthy wee... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 11:17:59 EST someday we'll laugh when we look back <link><BR>ue-thomason/post_3394_b_1556126.html?j<BR>ust_reloaded=1 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> For your consideration. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Fri, 8 Jun 2012 01:37:25 EST An interesting Spark Article I read this today and though it was really interesting. <BR> <BR><BR>_news_detail.asp?health_day=664125 <BR> <BR> I can't get the link to work, sorry. The title of the article is: 'Analytical Thinkers Seem to Be Less Religious, Study Suggests' by Randy Dotinga <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:17:23 EST The Phony War On Religion FYI: <BR> just posted "The Phony War On Religion" as part of their ongoing "The War On Women" series. <BR> It's full of links from current sources. <BR> <link><BR>-the-war-on-women-the-phony-war-on-rel<BR>igion.html </link> <BR> <BR> There's also "Taxpayers Funding Employment Discrimination By Religious Groups" here: <BR> <link><BR>ng-employment-discrimination-by-religi<BR>ous-groups.html </link> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 17:50:42 EST Easter My family celebrates the big Christian holidays ( Christmas & Easter ) in the most generic way. By that I mean, it's all about Santa & the Easter under the tree & candy in a pretty basket and an egg hunt. And a nice family dinner. <BR> <BR> My kids decided a few years ago that they were too old for hunting for eggs, but they still wanted their baskets of candy. Due to a couple different events, there were no baskets this year. I had bought 2 packages of Peeps, one for m... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:05:42 EST The train engineer A mother was working in the kitchen, listening to her five-year-old son playing with his new electric train in the living room. She heard the train stop & her son saying, "All of you b-stards who want off, get the hell off now, 'cause this is the last stop! And all of you b-stards who are getting on, get your azz in the train, cause we're going down the tracks." <BR> <BR> The horrified mother went in & told her son, "We don't use that kind of language in this house. Now I want you to go to ... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:43:00 EST aaaarrrgggghhhh One of my oft-visited teams just added a Sticky topic called "Prayer Circle." It seems to have opened the doors for everyone to get touchy-feeley with bible verses everywhere on the site now. I haven't been "blessed" so much since the last time I had a sneezing fit. There are whole teams dedicated to those of a particular religious ilk. Why can't it all be done in one of those?? <em>24</em> Sat, 18 Feb 2012 20:40:07 EST Why God never received tenure at any university. <BR> <BR> 1. He had only one major publication. <BR> <BR> 2. It was in Hebrew. <BR> <BR> 3. It had no references. <BR> <BR> 4. It wasn't published in a referred journal. <BR> <BR> 5. Some even doubt he wrote it himself. <BR> <BR> 6. It may be true that he created the world, but what has he done since then? <BR> <BR> 7. His cooperative efforts have been quite limited. <BR> <BR> 8. The scientific community has had a hard time replicating his results. <BR> <BR> 9. He never applied to t... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 20:53:12 EST HERE'S PROOF THE WORLD IS NUTS..... <BR> <BR> In Lebanon, men are legally allowed to have sex with animals, but <BR> the animals must be female. Having sexual relations with a male animal is punishable by death. <BR> (Like THAT makes sense.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In Bahrain, a male doctor may legally examine a woman's genitals, <BR> but is prohibited from looking directly at them during the examination. He may only see their reflection in a mirror. <BR> (Do they look different reversed?) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Muslims are b... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:34:01 EST Oh Spark, You Too? I guess I am kind of new to actually doing anything with my Spark account... but I am trying. Reading discussions, reading articles, taking quizes... <BR> <BR> And then today, I took the quiz, "How Stressed Are You?" <BR> <BR> One of the items they wanted rated was, "I get strength from my religious beliefs." By marking it low, they counted it as higer risk for stress. Honestly, I feel pretty stress free about my lack of religious belief and lack of judgement of others for the most part,... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 11:39:37 EST Live the Hell Out of 2012! I feel the urge to start a new thread to gather under. <BR> I found the inspiration for the title from one of my favorite I don't want to take credit for that, but I love the spirit of it. <BR> <BR> I think we are all hitting great places in our lives and our health. I know I still suffer way too much from guilt about certain choices or not making progress in the linear measure of the scale. <BR> <BR> My thoughts: <BR> <BR> Welcome ourselves just as we are. <BR> Challenge o... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 10:35:25 EST Howdy Oh so happy that I've finally found an active board that won't spout Bible verses at me. I lived in the Southeast for a very long time so I've got some great religious coping mechanisms, but man, did I appreciate living in secular Europe for a few years. Now we're in heathen California, so I don't get witnessed or have the state of my salvation requested quite as frequently, but kneejerk religious platitudes still rub me the wrong way. <BR> <BR> Right, so looking forward to some secular su... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 14:24:31 EST Hello Hello I'm Brooke. I joined today. I am looking for a supportive team. I am a born again Christian but I am not here to proselytize or anything. I just want to leave my religion out of my weight loss battle. I have been fighting the same 25 lbs for a couple of years and I have tried all kinds of diets but even though I lose weight, I gain it back. So I think now I am just ready to try doing it the way everyone has been telling me it should be done, by changing my lifestyle. Does this really wo... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 12:31:09 EST Is There a Sudden Increase.. .......... Has anyone noticed a sudden increase in the religious preaching on SP lately, or is it just me? Maybe I'm clicking on just the wrong blogs or something. I feel like today, I clicked on so many blogs that contained bible verses or pictures of Jesus. <BR> <BR> I'm not getting down on people who benefit from combining their healthy journey with their religious actions. I just feel like I need to log off from Spark because I can't get away from it lately on here. <BR> <BR> I might just n... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:45:38 EST Love team name! Hello Everyone, I just discovered this team and smiled when I read the team name. I am looking forward to learning from everyone here! Tue, 11 Oct 2011 12:37:11 EST The exercise excuse Went on a great hike yesterday. Totally enjoyed the hard exercise (steep trail) and the fall colors. <BR> <BR> But as usual I used it as excuse to have wine & pizza after. <BR> <BR> Now I may not gain from it since I used up so many calories, but over the summer of my hiking club I had many days such as this and didn't lose any weight. Didn't gain, but also didn't lose. <BR> <BR> Why can't I just eat normal and lose? What's up with the excuses crap? <em>480</em> Sun, 9 Oct 2011 11:46:13 EST Hi from WA state I have basically yo yo'd and stayed the same while doing lots of exercise this past year. I got the exercise thing going but that has only helped me overeat and stay the same! <BR> <BR> I have belonged to SP for awhile but had a break from it and on other weight sites. Most of them had many girls on them that would want to pray for you if you are going through a hard time and I don't believe so it made me feel uncomfortable to come out and say that. <BR> <BR> I left here because while I had... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 15:13:06 EST Hey! Hey all! I'm Jen. I'm a 27 year old, married stay at home mom of a 20 month old little boy. I stumbled upon this team purely by chance and I'm glad I did. While I respect everyone's individual beliefs, I think we are all who we are and should not be defined by any single point of view. I, myself, am not very religious and I'm glad to find a place for support that I can go without feeling judged. I love making new friends so feel free to add me or sparkmail me if you want to chat. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 17:23:10 EST Homosexuality is an abomination? HAHA! The following is being passed around on FB right now. I haven't chimed in because of the amount of religious friends I have, but I love love this letter! <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>***** <BR> <BR> Ever get tired of people throwing Bible verses at you, and using religion as an excuse for condemning homosexuality? Well, this is something I came across many years ago, and I still laugh every time I read it. <BR> <BR> On her ... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 20:22:21 EST spiritual not religious Hi I'm Els. I am into positive thinking and need to tap into my inner power & the collective energy/power of us here at SP to make life changes. I'm spiritual but not religious and I respect everyone's right to choose their own path. I'm relieved to find a group where I won't be preached at while finding positive support. I hope that we inspire each other to be the best that we can be as we honor each others journey. Tue, 6 Sep 2011 16:13:35 EST helloooo... I suck at introductions but I guess I gotta jump in somewhere. :) <BR> <BR> Hi. I'm Angela. I'm SO thrilled to find a place for non-religious support. I get a lot of blog comments from religious people and I'm very grateful for their well wishes but it's just not very encouraging to me to hear that they'll pray or whatever. I grew up religious and have only recently started to reveal to friends/family that I don't believe the way I used to. I live in the bible it's a little... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 16:32:48 EST Ahh... Just joined Hi all! I am happy to find a support group where I don't feel I have to tiptoe. I am not anti-religion for others, just for me. Losing weight is hard enough with worrying about my philosophical differences with Spark people. There is a preponderance of bible versing on this site, which made me hesitate to come back. This way if anyone looks at my page, they will see where I am coming from. Don't try to convert me and I won't diss what works for you! But I guess I am "preaching to the converte... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 14:57:29 EST Hi from texas I love the group name. It's nice to see that there are other people on spark other than people I know locally who don't want church mixed into their weight loss advice (or life in general in my case). Fri, 2 Sep 2011 21:16:21 EST NEW TO THIS TEAM HI MY NAME IS LISE AND I JUST FOUND THIS SITE...I WAS HOPING THERE WOULD BE ONE AND HERE I AM...ITS VERY LATE NOW, I AM GOING TO SLEEP BUT WILL BE BACK TOMORROW. <BR> GOOD EVENING ALL <em>102</em> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:11:07 EST Fat Loser <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I found this today and found it helpful. Someone at another team mentioned it. <BR> <BR> I am going to add it to my repertoire. <BR> <BR> Any takers? <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 07:51:46 EST Coming back and here to stay! Some of you may remember me, and for those that don't, it's cheerful Bobby coming back to the land of the living. I'll have to make a few blog posts about why I have been gone so long. Who knows, after a few ramblings on the blog maybe even I will know? <BR> <BR> Good to see everyone, and I hope to chat a lot in the future! Fri, 12 Aug 2011 12:41:09 EST Annoyed I wrote a blog - mostly posted pictures, and it was about clothes. One response already says "God Bless." <BR> <BR> I know I know, people just write this all the time. And yeah, I'm just ignoring it. <BR> <BR> But, it annoys me. I would never write anything remotely political, religious, or whatever on someone's page unless I knew they had the same views. <BR> <BR> I kind of feel like it's an American thing (I'm Canadian) to be really outgoing with your religious views. <BR> <BR> Anyway, ... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 13:51:04 EST Totally OT from weightloss but ugh my house is an overwhelmingly huge mess! My son requires 1 on 1 care 24/7 and can seriously mess things up faster than I can clean up. I go do dishes and he runs off and dumps a bunch of stuff on the floor etc. Picture a toddler in a 10 year old's body. <BR> <BR> Ive recently gotten rid of someone who using up a frak ton of my time, guilt tripping emotional drama, etc . Im embarassed that it has gotten so bad yet I refuse to dwell on the past as it won't fix anything,. <BR> <BR> One more week then boy c... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 18:58:26 EST Culture Shock Hi there <BR> <BR> My name is Lois, English 40-something divorcee trying to get fit and healthy and lose weight! I have no religion - I am a Humanitarian - and I just want to enjoy my life as much as possible! <BR> <BR> When I joined Spark, some time ago now, I was really shocked at how much bible bashing and God bothering was going on! When asking for support so many people told me to pray... erm yeah... thanks. <BR> <BR> So here I am - not knocking anyone's faith - but I really don't w... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 08:29:02 EST Bless you ALL! ;-) Hey everyone! I saw this team on Yoovie's page and thought, what a clever name! It sounds perfect for me. I can't STAND it when people go on and on about Jesus in their weight struggles. UGH. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm happy to be here, and I'm hoping to lose about 10-12 pounds to look hot for my wedding which is in April. Looking forward to making some new friends and cheering people on! Sat, 6 Aug 2011 18:44:31 EST Another New Member! Hi All! I too found this group through Yoovie's page. I can't wait to get to know you all! :) Sat, 6 Aug 2011 10:34:29 EST YESSSSS!!! !!!!!!!!!! CATHM26 pointed me here... O_o I cant believe this place exists! thank you thank you thank you for making a safe place for those of us that are.... um.... uh..... separated already? lolol <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all! Fri, 5 Aug 2011 09:34:35 EST un says blasphemy laws violate human rights it's probably obvious to most of us that blasphemy laws clearly infringe on the right to freedom of speech. well, the un committee on human rights agrees: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>new-interpretation-of-covenant-on-civi<BR>l.html </link> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 10:46:02 EST Someone Totally Missed the Mark I got a SparkMail today from someone whose name is essentially "Jesuslover." I have no idea where this person came from, but they shared with me some medical trouble they are having. (So they must know I'm going through the ringer too, I guess?) They ended their message saying that they'll pray for me if I pray for them. <BR> <BR> What?! First of all, I am in not one, not two, but THREE teams, PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED on my profile that should suggest this is a no-go: Separation of Church a... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:55:28 EST I finally found you! I KNEW I wasn't alone here! I love my praying friends, but some days I just need a break away from them. My name is Wendy, I'm a mom of 2 boys and college student in Nebraska. I like to run/walk and use kettlebells. I've been an on again, off again Sparker for a couple years and a yo-yo dieter all my adult life. I look forward to getting to know you all and thank you so much for being here! Tue, 19 Jul 2011 07:44:16 EST Surprise us! Wahoo PARTY & Therapy Session When life gets too crazy, we like to have some fun on our journey to a better life. To get a party started any ole time, just come here and tell us you could use some laughs. We'll round up your favorite bartenders, musicians and party animals. <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Jul 2011 11:43:23 EST Excited New Member! Hello all! I'm glad I found this team. I'm going through a rough patch right now, and I know a lot of my IRL "friends" (if you can call them that) believe it's because I don't have "God" in my life. I don't mind if they pray for me (except when they're praying that I'll "see the light"), because hey, do what you do, but it would be nice to have some people saying, "I'll be thinking of you" or "I'll send good thoughts" too. Fri, 15 Jul 2011 11:34:34 EST What a Relief As it appears may be true for many of you, I am grateful to have found a team that does not espouse a religious solution to health/weight-loss issues. Although I understand how important such support is to some, I'd like to reach my goals with support from people. <BR> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:33:58 EST Hi! Hi everyone! I'm an atheist, I live in Mississippi and I am fat. It's so hard to be an atheist in Mississippi because EVERYTHING is based around pentacostal religion. If you're having trouble, just pray. If you're needing help, you should go to church and god will help you. I need support to lose weight from other people that isn't based around religious beliefs. I am looking forward to being a member of this group! <em>30</em> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 18:15:25 EST Hi, happy to be here... Hi. New to this team (obviously), been on SP for about a month now. I'm actually a practicing Episcopalian, but I really feel like my relationship with God is something best expressed by not imposing it on other people--and certainly not by publicly tying it to my fitness, health, and weight goals (much less yours). If you're curious about it, you're free to ask me. If not, I respect that. :) <BR> <BR> That said, I can do with any encouragement sans glossolalia which is available. :) Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:28:01 EST Be SKINNIER in 4 DAYS! Since this is the express lane, I'll be brief. <BR> <BR> Feeling discouraged? <BR> Wishing you could look better in your clothes for an event next week? <BR> Falling back into old habits? <BR> Wanting accountability, a kick in the butt? <BR> <BR> Whatever your concerns, here is a QUICK FIX to make you SKINNIER IN 4 DAYS. It works. <BR> <BR> ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS THIS: <BR> Each day that you are honestly able to do what you know you need to do in order to lose weight, come here and post the... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 15:45:46 EST New & excited to be here. Hi, I am glad to have found a great group. I joined a few days ago and have been reading some posts this past week. Glad to have found such a diverse group of people who are all energetic about their health and happiness. I hope to make new friends and learn more about this team. <BR> Thanks! <BR> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 19:31:51 EST New to the group Hi, I've been on a spark break since the end of January, and found this group on my first day back here on Spark. <BR> <BR> I love the idea of a religion free place for weight loss. <BR> <BR> I'm Jennifer, from Texas. I'm a wife and mother of two and glad to be here. Mon, 6 Jun 2011 18:01:24 EST New to the group Hi all! I found myself avoiding some groups because I am not affiliated with any particular religion, persuasion, or mindset. It's good to know you all are out there for support and inspiration. Fri, 3 Jun 2011 13:09:30 EST In a hurry? Quickies & Drive-Bys Hi, <BR> <BR> The title is self-explanatory. Enjoy! <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 2 Jun 2011 17:56:53 EST FREEDOM from FAT July 4th BOOST! There is never ONE answer to how we lose weight and maintain the losses. Some of us like structure and some of us don't. <BR> <BR> Still, July 4th is LOOMING, and I think many of us would like to be FREE of some excess pounds by then. So, whether you like structured challenges or not (I"m in the "not" column), but would like some company as you work to lose weight this month, why not join us in FIGHTING TO BE FREE from FAT. If you feel stuck right now, this may be a useful nudge to get your... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 17:12:41 EST Hey! Hey guys and name is Jessica. I've been on SP since May 3 of this year. Feel free to add me as a friend or chat when you need extra support! (Check out my SP page for more of my personal info!) Thu, 2 Jun 2011 13:50:55 EST New to group, waving hello Hi All, <BR> <BR> I've been a member of Spark for many years, but have only rejoined the community recently. I just found this team and I am relieved and happy you're here! Thank you! I love the positive attitude, healthy goals and common sense philosophy of this team and look forward to mutual support and laughter as we strive to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> Cheers to you all! <BR> <BR> Danceon <BR> Mon, 30 May 2011 17:41:20 EST Nice to Have Found this Group I've been sparking for over a year but just stumbled onto this group through a friend's page. While I don't begrudge anyone for relying on religion/spirituality to help them reach their goals, that's just not for me. I'm looking forward to hearing more from like-minded people who are here for support from other human beings and their real-life experiences, not from Bible passages. Sat, 28 May 2011 20:13:46 EST Hello happy to find y'all I've been here a couple of days, and was thrilled to see this group. <BR> <BR> I like the way you people think! Look forward to chatting with you all. Thu, 26 May 2011 11:11:11 EST This infuriates me (PETA) I was on another website this evening and found this link: <link> </link> I clicked on it and was shocked as hell!!! The top article discusses PETA's animal shelter and the horrendous kill rate there. Last year had a 93% kill rate and I think the year before that was 97%! One of the articles talked about how they were bringing euthanasia kits with them in their van, picking up surrendered pets at people's homes and putting them to sleep in the van before even leaving t... Mon, 23 May 2011 23:28:41 EST New to this Group Hi My name is Peggy and I wanted to join this group and learn what this one is all about. <BR> I have been on spark since Nov or Dec of last year... <BR> I live in Texas... with my husband and our two dogs.. <BR> Stopping by to say hi.. Wed, 18 May 2011 23:32:01 EST I love this <link><BR>ncing-on-the-high-wire-the-battle-for-you </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 May 2011 20:45:05 EST Hi I'm new here. I look forward to getting to know everyone. Mon, 9 May 2011 07:19:36 EST Celebrating holidays? Just wondering, for those of you who are atheist or agnostic or whatever.... do you still observe any of the various holidays? what about with your kids if you have any? <BR> <BR> It's one of those things that I've thought about what would I do if/when I have kids and my own family. I mean, I grew up in a religious household. I still go home for christmas and easter and visit and do gifts and baskets and all that. I'll even attend church on occasion with my mom if she invites me for a specia... Thu, 5 May 2011 12:04:35 EST May's "Spring Into Shape" Challenge Chat Have you seen Spark People's Official "Spring Into Shape" Bootcamp Workout Challenge? <BR> It's a 4-week challenge that starts May 1st, or whenever we are able to join it. <BR> <BR> It includes 10-minute videos and ideas for 10-minute exercises to add to our day. It tracks our progress, via our fitness tracker. Great possibilities, especially if you've hit plateaus or rough motivational patches. <BR> <BR> Those who do 500 minutes of fitness in May, as part of the challenge, will be included... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 13:16:44 EST From the Slowest Loser: Paying the Price I found this blog particularly inspiring today so I've condensed it and am including the link. <BR> <BR> The title is "what has been easy about losing 25 pounds in a year." He says NOTHING about it has been easy. People may think that losing weight slowly is leisurely and somehow easy, but it still entails choices and hard work. He goes on to say this: <BR> <BR> There are two great things about paying the price for weight loss and health. One, you never regret it the next day. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 08:12:27 EST Putting it out there on SP OK, I just posted a blog entry and in it I actually said "I don't believe in God" because it was pertinent to the point I was making about the book that began the post (Women, Food, and God.) The book, and I'm only in the first chapter, already has helped me in my ongoing struggle to uncover and name my feelings and deal with them. I'm quite the emotional eater, although I am in the process (covered in the blog post) of dealing with that. <BR> <BR> I am half-hoping that no one reads that b... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 23:10:16 EST hi I am a 20-something college student. I am agnostic. I DO get tired of hearing of God in other forums, so I am relieved to find this team. I'm into video games, art, Japanese, cats, books, and getting healthy. I have over 100 lbs to lose. Nice to meet you. Sun, 10 Apr 2011 20:58:54 EST New Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Looking forward to sharing. Thu, 7 Apr 2011 01:58:46 EST A reset button got hit ...through no particular action of my own. This illness (I've been down with pneumonia for a week) has reset my cravings for junk. I've still had a few cookies (Monday after doctor visit) but for the most part, it's like that affliction has disappeared. High fever for two days led to eating very little last weekend at all. <BR> <BR> I've known that I was junk-eating for stress purposes, and this feels like more evidence. <BR> <BR> Anyone ever have a similar experience via illness? <BR> <B... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 13:04:58 EST Is using the Food Tracker for you? SparkPeople research shows that writing down the foods that we eat (or entering the data on our trackers) contributes greatly to our success at losing weight and maintaining the loss.. What do YOU think? What works for you? And what doesn't? <BR> <BR> Back in April we tried an experiment, where we chose from the following menu of weekly goal options: <BR> ~Write everything down <BR> ~Staying in SP goal ranges <BR> ~Drinking enough water <BR> ~Time management of meals and snacks, including ... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 21:36:46 EST April "track" what we eat challenge! Check the "Stop Eating Crap" Forum for details! <BR> <em>4</em> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 21:33:47 EST Want to walk somewhere together in April? Interested in going on a hike together? I don't have a destination in mind. I just thought it would be exciting to put on our shoes and take off together. Who knows where it will take us or what we'll see along the way? <BR> <BR> We will start on April 1st. For our purposes, we will count 2,000 steps as one mile. I will post a link to help those without pedometers to convert other exercise (so that what you do in our sexy gym will count towards our walking goal) to steps. It's more accurate ... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 20:23:16 EST New to group, not to Spark... hello.. all... just wanted to introduce myself real quick! I am at don't have much time. <BR> I seem to fall off, that's why I jopined this Team! I am a christian single women also! <BR> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 22:14:58 EST Help! I am in serious need of ideas and assistance here. I am having an issue lately where I am effing starving ALL THE TIME! Guess what that leads to? Eating CRAP! Here's my dilemma: I work full-time and am a full-time college student, so my time is extremely limited. I am in desperate need of ideas for healthy and filling snacks that don't take a lot of time or expense. I'm broke and a terrible cook...and portable is helpful, but not a deal-breaker. Wow...could I be more difficult? Oh wait... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 18:37:28 EST Hello! Hi all, I'm new on the team, and I love the name of it! Super-cute, and a really refreshing change of pace. I hopefully will get to know some of y'all, and good luck on your journeys! <em>213</em> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 18:28:53 EST New here! My name is Aimee and I think this team fits some of my ideals! <BR> <BR> I've decided to get active on Spark again (I've joined twice before) since my entire immediate family has been diagnosed with diabetes. My father has had tons of health problems so it was no surprise when he was diagnosed, but my brother was diagnoses at 30 and my mom was just diagnosed as well. I don't want it to happen to me too, so I'm trying to do something about it. <BR> <BR> I'm vegan, 24, and live with my partn... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 21:58:13 EST New favorite SparkTeam Love that I found this team!! Best name ever. I'm all for spirituality/religion/whatever...but this ain't the place for it. <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking!! Mon, 7 Mar 2011 09:30:27 EST a song for us :) <link><BR>feature=player_detailpage </link> Fri, 4 Mar 2011 20:02:33 EST What's Your 6-Word Story? I read this blog about "What's Your 6-Word Success Story", and I thought it would be a fun game for us to play on an ongoing basis, since we're all very creative. <BR> <link><BR>ts_your_6word_success_story </link> <BR> The link will give you some ideas, to get your juices flowing. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Do you have six words today, to share about love, marriage and relationships? Or about happiness, teenagers, food, weight loss and other topics o... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 02:03:48 EST Hello there! Hey all, I'm new. I used SparkPeople briefly about a year ago, lost some weight, gained it back and now I am back for good!! I joined this group because I am god free and looking for some good inspiration! Thu, 24 Feb 2011 13:26:39 EST Welcome all, hello from Los Angeles! Since I don't post often on our team message board, I wanted to pop in to say hello to all the new members. Welcome!!! <BR> <BR> The reason I love this team is, it doesn't matter what you believe (or even don't believe, if that fits you better): everyone is welcome. Although I don't happen to be an agnostic, I believe someone else's religion or spirituality is none of my business, and vice-versa. I left several teams because of what I felt were inappropriate posts on the Huddle walls and wa... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 15:29:35 EST New guy on the block Hi all. <BR> <BR> I am an engineering who feels that one is responsible for their own actions and issues. <BR> <BR> I love the term non-theist because would why would one be an atheist ("a" as in anti) to something that does not need to be. <BR> <BR> That is it for my soap boxing. <BR> <BR> I like to talk in particle terms and put out theories that I am thinking about at the moment. When I do it does not necessary mean I believe it but am looking for a good debate. <BR> <BR> About me: ... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 20:15:34 EST Hello! Hi everyone! This is my second time through Sparkpeople (lesson learned: if I leave SP, I will gain it all back!), and I've been sparking this time around since January 5. I just found this group, and since I'm a godless heathen, I thought this would be a great team for me to join. Looking forward to meeting you all! Tue, 8 Feb 2011 08:47:11 EST Hi - Jen from Phoenix swinging through! (Re)joined SP in Sept of last yr. This time seems to be sticking! Happy to see this group! Fri, 28 Jan 2011 22:38:19 EST hi my name is Red.. I liked the name of the team.. Just another person tring to keep the healthy life style line.. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:13:17 EST MARK OF THE BEAST When I peeped this SparkTeam page today, it said we currently have 666 members in bright red. <BR> <BR> I hope I'm not the only person inordinately amused by this. <BR> <BR> That is all. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 19:12:39 EST Grateful for friends... I looked at my schedule this week and said "crap"! My shift for Saturday was 8am to 4:30pm... ending a half-hour after my listed availability. I'm usually off by 1 or 2pm on the weekend. <BR> <BR> It meant that my kids were going to be sitting home alone until dinner time with nothing much to do except aggravate each other. So I called a friend of mine and asked if him and his partner could watch my son for a few hours in the afternoon so the kids didn't kill each other before I got home. <B... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 21:48:15 EST "The Hangout" Tavern--CHAT, Play, Vent, Chill C'mon in. Sit right down. Connect with your team. Get acquainted. Talk about anything and everything. Or nothing. Just flash "emoticon" signs if you like. Celebrate, commiserate, buy your friends a "virtual" beer. <BR> <em>297</em> <BR> Let's have a light year/beer together. <BR> <BR> Pressed for time? Stop in for a "quick one", just to keep your head in the game. We will grow on one another and before you know what hit you, you'll give a damn about us. Right back at you! <BR> <em>129</em... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 19:21:42 EST New to the Team, not to the Spark.... Not sure why it took me so long to find this team! I'm terribly irreverent and have the temerity to believe that this weight loss journey o'mine is fueled and made successful entirely by me! There's no higher power at work in my life, there's just me. So here I am....happy to meet you all! Sun, 9 Jan 2011 14:01:51 EST Fun with BMI For those of you who might take it personally when the Wii Snot says, "That's Obese!" here is a fun photostream from flickr showing lots of people and their BMI's. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ets/72157602199008819/with/1472358802/ </link> <BR> <BR> Have t give credit to Mightyfinewine for the find. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3899274 </link> <BR> <BR> She is a lot of fun! Fri, 7 Jan 2011 10:09:16 EST A good read This is taken from Time Magazine article what the experts say about keeping resolutions. <BR> <BR> Do What the Dalai Lama Would Do <BR> <BR> Alan Marlatt, director of the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington, studies "mindfulness-based relapse prevention," which uses meditation and other ideas from Buddhist teachings to help people break bad habits. <BR> (Read "Battling Addiction: Are 12 Steps Too Many?") <BR> <BR> "Between stimulus and response, there's a s... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 20:39:46 EST n00b Hello all! Man, am I glad to have found this group. As an optimistic agnostic, it gets really old seeing religious-based and 12-step program "inspiration" all the time; I just want to get fit and be healthy. Why does religion have to get into anything. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm so pleased this group is here, and as a SP n00b, my goals are to lose 50 lbs total by 12/31/11 and start planning my 2012 wedding (secular fiance's an atheist) as a healthier, happier person in gen... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 19:35:40 EST Hey there, I'n new!! Hi, my name is Angelika. <BR> <BR> I am here as a maintainer, more or less. <BR> <BR> I started my journey on 1/18/09, started here on Sparks on 2/5/10, and since then I have lost 56 pounds. I now have about 5-8 pounds to lose, mostly because I went a bit hog-wild last month and gained about 5 pounds. <BR> <BR> I am finding maintaining is just as much work, if not more, than losing in the first place. <BR> <BR> BUT this weight is NOT coming back, that is for sure. I have fibromyalgia, ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 20:54:30 EST NEED SUPPORT Hey guys/girls; <BR> I am not calling for prayer or anything like that, just support. Sorry this is so early , but my mom is going to the hospital because of some allergic reaction(don't know what to) that has her tongue swollen and she is extremely sick(has been all day). My dad called me and told me the doctors have it under control and that I should not worry. I told him "how can I not be worried about her? She is my mother, of course I am worried." Waking me up at 3:30 am telling me to ca... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 05:26:32 EST 2011's "Right NOW" Steps To Goal Weight & Beyond! <BR> Here's the scoop on the 12 consecutive monthly challenges planned for 2011. You can participate in one or all. Your choice. And the goals you choose are your choice as well. <BR> <BR> This is the time of year when many of us re-evaluate our progress and make changes.What do you want to have happen in 2011? Got some big plans? Having trouble getting started? Would your inner Dictator think you're a wimp who is mollycoddling (don't see THAT word much anymore) your inner Wild Child,the ... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 19:53:19 EST Reflections 2010--YOUR Great Accomplishments Have you seen the SparkPeople Message Board called "Reflections 2010--Great Accomplishments"? <BR> <BR> It's very uplifting to read about things people have faced this year and how they coped. It's also an opportunity to share what you have done in 2010 that has made you feel good about yourself. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to it. <BR> <link><BR>oard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=22215458 </link> <BR> <BR> After you read what others have done, we'd love it, if ... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 18:29:20 EST Hello Everyone My name is Josh and I am an Agnostic with an inclination towards atheism. I am willing to let everyone beleive in whatever they choose to beleive in and am even willing to talk about it with them. As long as no one tries to club me over the head with thier beliefs then we are golden. I am a 32 year old husband and father of two wonderful children. <BR> <BR> I am so glad that I stumbled across this team because while I really enjoy spark people I was going to go bonkers the next time that I ... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 10:30:36 EST 17-DAY December Challenge (Wt loss OR new habit) The airwaves are full of talk, promoting a “17-day diet”. As an experiment, let’s see what WE can accomplish in 17 days with all of the resources SparkPeople makes available to us. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> DECEMBER IS A DIFFICULT MONTH TO LOSE WEIGHT. <BR> We can come up with lots of excuses for not working out or not sticking to food plans. We can trick ourselves into putting off our goals for another day, which often turns into another year. <BR> <BR> So, HERE’S THE CHALLENGE: I... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 01:17:23 EST Lets Get To Know You Game USING ONLY ONE WORD <BR> Not as easy as you might think! Now Change the answers I wrote to suit you. <BR> It's a fun way to get to know each other here! <BR> Kathryn <BR> <BR> <BR> Where is your mobile phone? <BR> handbag <BR> <BR> your hair? <BR> silver <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> deceased <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> deceased <BR> <BR> Your favourite thing? <BR> Curves <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> dunno <BR> <BR> Your favourite drink? <BR> coffee <BR> <BR>... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 09:32:58 EST So glad you guys are here! Hey, I'm Tigerlily, I'm an agnostic and when I first logged on here way back when (fallen off the wagon a few times, always come running back), I was initially put off by how much religious thinking permeated Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Happily, I eventually found a few "dark" corners on the site that eschew that sort of things and now I've landed here! Looking forward to losing a lot of weight with you guys! Sun, 21 Nov 2010 09:43:30 EST Hey I am new! Hey, <BR> My name is Haley! I am new to this team , not spark people! I am tired of hearing about "God" and how he is going to help me. It is so annoying because I here it everyday. Anyway, This team seemed like a great place to bond with others like myself! Check out my spark page for more info on me! Sat, 6 Nov 2010 15:54:05 EST We have TO-DO lists; anyone have a "NAUGHTY" list? In goal-setting we are often asked, "What do you want?" More than once, I've been stumped by that question. Maybe you have been, too. <BR> <BR> Some team members have come up with a fun way to sift through our thoughts and get more in touch with what we really want out of life. They are making "naughty" lists for themselves. It's a chance to play and fantasize, to rebel in our minds, to dream of adventures or things we can't afford. <BR> <BR> It doesn't all relate to sex, like you may be ... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 14:52:14 EST hey everyone! Hi I'm Rachael, a former christian and current atheist. I was so pleased to find this group! I need to lost about 90ish pounds and I really struggle with staying motivated. I look forward to meeting everyone! <BR> <BR> If anyone cares I also have a blog. Tue, 26 Oct 2010 11:04:15 EST What's your experience with VICIOUS CYCLES? Here's a direct quote from SP COACH DEAN ANDERSON, our resident expert on all things "MOTIVATION". <BR> <BR> "There's no such thing, for example, as a 'vicious cycle' of losing and regaining weight. There ARE plenty of people who do lose and regain weight, and they do it one meal and one choice at a time--the same way they lost the weight to begin with." <BR> <BR> I guess he told US! But that's what we're here for, right? TRUTH. COACH DEAN won't lie to us, no matter how much he wants to b... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 16:08:31 EST Words to Inspire Each Other!! Take one day at a time! <em>224</em> Mon, 11 Oct 2010 09:33:49 EST Blogs That Inspire Exercise! Feel free to add your own links to blogs that inspire YOU. <BR> <BR> This one is stunning! <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3704697 </link> <BR> <BR> ALL of my friend DON's October blogs make me want to get outside and ENJOY. <BR> <BR> This one also has some great info for you bikers on the team. Check out some others for the great pictures and DON'S absolute JOY at being "out there". <BR> <link><BR>urn... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 16:01:16 EST Emergency bra Worth a look; when annoying ad comes up, just close it. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> Fri, 24 Sep 2010 11:36:53 EST Quote of the day - 21 Sept 2010 Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't. <BR> <BR> <BR> Erica Jong Tue, 21 Sep 2010 15:06:35 EST Quote of the day - 20 Sept 2010 You can only find truth with logic, if you have already found truth without it. <BR> <BR> <BR> G.K. Chesterton Mon, 20 Sep 2010 17:49:14 EST Quote of the day - 19 Sept 2010 Show me a woman who doesn't feel guilty and I will show you a man. <BR> <BR> <BR> Erica Jong Sun, 19 Sep 2010 18:00:36 EST Quote of the day - 18 Sept 2010 I love quotes ! But not necessarily the touchy-feely feel good ones ! <em>211</em> . I like all sorts, but prefer the ones with a bit of sting to their tails. <BR> I think I will start with one from Mr Churchill. <BR> <BR> <BR> A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get it's pants on. <BR> <BR> Winston Churchill Sat, 18 Sep 2010 12:20:53 EST SWEET spot! Tough love or free pass? This is a new place to just "talk". <BR> <BR> Here's our first topic. It is THE question for all time: <BR> <BR> What do we need to do in order to find our "sweet spot" between being gentle with ourselves (absolutely necessary) and "too many free passes" (got us here in the first place)?" <BR> <BR> Self-bashing makes things worse when we've made a mistake. So, we try to be kind to ourselves. And yet, at times, we feel like we're going overboard with the "positive", giving ourselves excu... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 09:08:16 EST Our favorite foods A-Z apricots ! ( yum ) Fri, 17 Sep 2010 17:00:34 EST Songs A-Z Any music fanatics on the team ??? <BR> <BR> <BR> All over nothing at all - Ella Fitzgerald Fri, 17 Sep 2010 16:58:24 EST Start of the 'Candy Season' Hi All <BR> <BR> I am a total sugar addict... and I have just gotten back on the SparkPeople wagon! I am almost terrified of the Halloween Candy Season (pun intended!) <BR> <BR> My mouth waters at the mere thought of the certain special candy I love every year (will not go into details now...) and then it is the November and December holidays.. then Valentines and Easter Bunny time! <BR> <BR> Anyone have any tips to help with the sugar cravings? <BR> Thanks <BR> Tue, 14 Sep 2010 18:53:56 EST A proper introduction :) I just realized that I was so busy worrying that I would not be wanted on the team that I never really properly introduced myself. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I am a native New Yorker but do spend a lot of time in Essex, England and I love my life there, and hope to make it permanent in the not too distant future all being well. <BR> <BR> I love love love music and have a massive collection of cds everything ranging from 40's jazz vocalist, to 70's English punk, classic rock and the latest th... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 13:07:03 EST The 'joys' of chicken spinning :( Now I can see you all looking at the title of this thread and saying ' Vickie has lost it now ! '. <BR> <BR> I promise this will be my last rant because if I do any more ranting about Boro Park, Brooklyn, the team will compel me to change my user name to ' One Trick Pony ' or ' The Whiner '. <BR> <BR> Every year around this time, there is an event that takes place that is not only insane, but very abusive to animals, something I can not tolerate on any level. <BR> <BR> The residents of thi... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 21:48:43 EST Hello ! Hi, <BR> My name is Victoria and I am new to the team. I was not sure whether to join or not as I did not know how well I would fit in. <BR> I am not an atheist, but SP is far far too fundamentalist for my comfort level. I am very spiritually minded and what I have to say/ask of my Maker I do in the privacy of my bedroom, I have no need to wear a sign and have it plastered all over my sparkpage, I just do not feel comfortable with that level of 'piety '. <BR> Ok, ok, I will get off my soapb... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 10:26:31 EST agnostic in Chicagoland Hello, fellow Church/Weight Separators. New to the team but I've been on SP for 6 weeks. How nice to find a haven from all those turning to Jesus. <BR> <BR> I'm a doctoral candidate with a 16yr-old fur-baby. SP has turned into an amazing resource for me -- physical wellness as a foundation for everything else. Feels good. Sat, 11 Sep 2010 13:49:26 EST Hi from California I'm not new to SP, but am new to the message boards here. It was a relief to find this particular team, as religious references in regards to weight loss (and life in general) make me uncomfortable. So glad to find this team and to not have to walk on eggshells in order not to alienate people. <BR> And of course I'm here to lose more weight. Thu, 9 Sep 2010 20:28:23 EST The End of Overeating One of my Sparkfriends (VALERIEMAHA) has mailed me this link to a speech Dr David Kessler did. <BR> <BR> As it is one of the most interesting stuff I've watched on this subject, I'd like to share it with you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_Overeating_Dr_David_A_Kessler </link> <BR> <BR> What do you think of it? Thu, 26 Aug 2010 10:11:12 EST hi all! Hi everybody! I was looking for some alternatives to the cafe board, and I stumbled across here. It's a bit of a relief - it's so freaking annoying to read/write a post about a lack of motivation or something and have half of the answers be "well, when I'm stuck, I turn to Jesus..." Religion is complicated for me, as I was raised Jewish, identify as Jewish, but mostly don't practice and married a decidedly non-Jewish man, and I don't have a lot of patience for religious babble. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 00:10:10 EST Heya Hi - <BR> I'm Maggie, newly back from a couple of months in my own little cocoon. <BR> I read some posts and intros before joining this team, and I feel like I might've found a really great "home" on SparkPeople. I was about to start my own "Happy Anarchist" team in semi-desperation. Not against anything, mind you, just free from ... well, you know. <BR> I love that the description of the team includes a welcome to everyone, Christian, atheist, Druid (I assume) - I was raised by heathen Uni... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 19:41:28 EST New (again) Hi everyone, I'm Christine from Raleigh NC and this is my 2nd go around with SP. I'm out of chances, my health is going downhill, my body is wearing out. So today I made three positive moves to get to my goal...1) rejoined SP after a 3 year hiatus, 2) made an appointment to see an orthopaedist on Wednesday, and 3) got honest with myself (see bathing suit pics on my sparkpage YIKES). <BR> <BR> This week my goals are teeny tiny. I will drink more water (anything higher than ZERO would be ... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 18:12:47 EST 5 letter words, change one letter game break to freak <em>213</em> Sat, 21 Aug 2010 08:37:29 EST NY surprise I already knew it's heavily Catholic here, but I didn't expect to see crucifixes and other religious items in model homes ( ! ) or doctors' offices ( ! ), even though it is private property. They must think the crucifixes will attract more people than they turn off, OR are they trying to tell us something <em>18</em> ? <BR> <BR> Not a surprise, but a curiosity, are the ultra-orthodox Jews we saw walking along the roads on Saturday (don't drive on the Sabbath) when we drove way into the Cat... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 08:18:05 EST Still feel fat after losing lbs? Or, the opposite? If you have questions such as these, you're not alone. <BR> <BR> It's fairly common to have BODY IMAGE problems before, during and after weight loss. <BR> <BR> Are you ever surprised when you see a picture of yourself and it looks fatter than the picture in your mind? Do you still feel fat after losing weight? Did you not notice extra weight until you had packed on a large amount of it? Does anything else disappoint you about how you look after losing a significant amount of weight? Did... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 14:28:15 EST Amazing Team I couldn't help it. With a name like this one's team, I had to join up. <BR> <BR> Go figure. <BR> <BR> On a WI Walk About Sat, 7 Aug 2010 07:22:34 EST Hi Everybody! I saw this group and knew I needed to join up. Soooo tired of the God-will-help-you-lose-the-weight crew. Fuggedaboutit! Anywho, my name is Maria, from the Hudson Valley in NY. I've been on SP for a few years now and have finally gotten down to business this past April. I'm really OCD about tracking and measuring my food. Which is a good change from my previous outlook that I could gorge on everything, and as long as I don't write it down it didn't happen. This is a hard journey and I'm than... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 12:41:38 EST US is fatter than ever Nine states now have obesity rates over 30%. Just sad <BR> <link><BR>trition/04fat.html?th&emc=th </link> Thu, 5 Aug 2010 12:21:11 EST Hello from northcarolina Hello i'm new to this team I'm stephanie you can call me steph i'm 22 years olf from the western part of NC single girl live with my parents still looking for some great group of friends to help me through my downs looking for some buddies to chat with all hope to get to know everybody very soon. Sat, 24 Jul 2010 00:42:59 EST Try Again - and NOT jack somebody elses thread... Hi, I'm April - and I'm a bacon-a-holic. I am southern, blue-collar, redneck, trailer trash. <BR> <BR> I've never tried to kid myself about my ancestry- my elders weren't exactly signing the Constitution or discovering the cure for polio. It's far more likely that they were weaving the cotton for fancypants men's pantaloons or milking the cows to make butter for the White House post-Constitution-signing dinner/kegger. I'm fine with this, and in fact, I kind of think that it's awesome that... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:02:28 EST Help stop an Iranian woman being stoned to death Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani has been sentenced to death by stoning for allegedly committing adultery. She confessed to the crime after receiving 99 lashes, but has since retracted her confession. You can read the story here: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> There is a petition to try and stop the death sentence from being carried out, which you can access here: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Irrespective of her guilt, this is an atrocity that shouldn't be allowed to happen. If eno... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 13:30:37 EST New kid on the block and feeling a little gun shy This is all new to me - not exactly sure how it works and it's all a little over whelming. I've been on so many diet plans. I do great as long as I stay "on the plan", but some of these diet plans are not pocket book friendly, and sadly, the weight goes right back on. I'm looking for direction; any help, or suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advanced!! Fri, 2 Jul 2010 21:20:16 EST Veggie or Fruit Conga Line Just name a fruit or vegetable that begins with last letter of the one before you. <BR> <BR> Artichok-E <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> <em>491</em> <em>291</em> <em>284</em> Fri, 2 Jul 2010 09:14:03 EST Whats your favourite Quote? Here's a good one.. <BR> "It is better to be kind than right...." <em>213</em> Thu, 1 Jul 2010 00:12:23 EST letters to my body worth a watch: <BR> <BR> <link><BR><BR>ar-body-video-by-ally-marks%2F&h=ce210<BR>wgYfqce5yM-GM1uRXOcT2g </link> <BR> <BR> I can most certainly relate. Tue, 22 Jun 2010 21:39:06 EST I can has intro? I LOLed when I saw this team's name for the first time. It's brilliant! <BR> My name is Barbara (you can call me Babs), 33 years old and luckily I live in the pretty secular kingdom of Belgium. When I joined SP, I immediately noticed certain things and got a bit worried when the Team Wizard suggested I join "Christian Living" or something like that. <BR> I'm a huge fan of the Dawk Knight, the Hitch, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, to name but a few. Sun, 20 Jun 2010 08:09:01 EST Been watching the team, finally joined After a year plus on SP. Figured it was finally time <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Barbara_Boo, I think you're pretty inspiring! Sat, 19 Jun 2010 07:57:58 EST 4 Day Win Book Club? Ok - I know a bunch of you have already read this, but you seem to get a lot from it. Given that, and my growing respect for this group, I bought it today. <BR> <BR> Self-help books for issues I actually have and take seriously make me nervous though. Really very nervous. I'm going to walk into it slowly. Giving myself permission to put it down and mull or get comfortable for a while if I need to. <BR> <BR> Yet I was wondering if anyone would like to walk through this with me together... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 16:01:22 EST Hellooooo everyone! Howdy howdy! I've been on spark people for almost three months now, but never new about this team until someone posted about it in the forums of another team of mine! I'm excited to join and get to know everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 17 Jun 2010 22:58:31 EST New Here, New to SP, yadayadayada i just found this team because i clicked on someone's picture who has hair like mine and found y'all -- hi. i'm may. nice to meet you. i'm not agnostic (happily pagan), but some of the preachy language around spark is definitely not up my ally, so i'm looking forward to talking more with y'all and not someone else's lord and savior. <BR> <BR> x may Tue, 15 Jun 2010 23:08:00 EST Total fail yesterday - but it gave me an idea I was all fired up to count calories yesterday. I gained about 5 lbs over the past few weeks, and I'm bummed. Time to make the number go down! <BR> <BR> But I got really hungry, so I ate unplanned foods. And I was STILL hungry, so I got mad and basically said, "*&@# it, I'm giving up," and ate a lot more. <BR> <BR> I realize that I probably need to start with a much higher calorie ceiling. I had been on 1200-1600. But I weigh 220, AND I'm still breastfeeding my toddler. Plus I get low... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 11:17:32 EST daily renewal So true <BR> <BR> People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily. <BR> <BR> - Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker <BR> <BR> (from the SP Healthy Reflections email) Mon, 14 Jun 2010 23:08:32 EST Want a few seconds of STRESS-RE LIEF?!!?! Busy, busy, busy. No time for fun. <BR> <BR> Help is on the way. Click on this link and PLAY for a few seconds. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Nurture your creative side. Take out your anger. Run WILD! Ink blots? Paint balls? Whatever you need! Go for it!!! Thu, 10 Jun 2010 16:10:02 EST I Feel I Can Breathe Again! New to this Team Where have you been? If you visit my page, you will see a lot of Christians because, quite honestly, I couldn't find anyone like myself. I hate labels!! I hate 'hate' groups. And I hate being or playing an imposter, which is how I felt. So I joined and quit and joined and quit - quite a few times! That includes not only certain teams but SP as well. <BR> Enough of that. . . <BR> <BR> I am here to concentrate now on what is more important. My health and my weight. I'm Canadian, lived ... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 10:09:12 EST Appreciating a salad bar It's at a supermarket I'm calling "Price Hopper." We have been here a month, and in a temporary apt. while ours is being finished. I didn't want to unpack much. The cost of living is higher, and this supermarket's real name is deceptive, but I can't tell how badly it's a deception since I don't know all the price differences between New York and Texas. <BR> <BR> BUT, they have a great salad bar and I go and "make supper" there most nights. Everything is pretty fresh. I pile up what we e... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 09:21:08 EST The Best & Worst Ab Exercises Brilliant article. I do the bicycle crunch now - it's made a huge difference versus the traditional ab crunch! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lcorestrength1/a/Best_Ab_Ex.htm </link> Wed, 2 Jun 2010 21:38:55 EST You Would Never Eat It - Why Drink It? This is a very interesting article with good links at the end. Hope it's useful! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lth-and-families/you-would-never-eat-i<BR>t-why-drink-it-1987652.html </link> Mon, 31 May 2010 20:06:23 EST For those still struggling to get enough sleep Came across this... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-your-sleep-cycle-and-get-the-rest-you<BR>-deserve </link> Wed, 26 May 2010 12:04:28 EST Non-food Nourishment???? I'm in a funk, stressed out a little, not sleeping well and craving chinese food, chocolate and a whole pile of other things. This is the first time in a long time I've felt this way. Wanted to sneak out to the chinese buffet, but part of what I'm trying to give up is sneaking food - no shame with food - bad sauce! <BR> <BR> So I keep reading the phrase here, non-food nourishment. On one level I get it, but on another it's like faster than light travel. Maybe theoretically possible with ... Sun, 23 May 2010 19:36:35 EST A small win... Well, I've been spreading the Spark as much as I can. Today, at work, a coworker who weighs about a third of what I do asked me how I motivate myself to workout every day. Without hesitation, I replied, "It's non-negotiable. I HAVE to." <BR> <BR> Whoa. I said that? <BR> Tue, 18 May 2010 01:59:56 EST New here, not to SP Long story short: I joined Spark People in July of last year, lost 20 pounds. Then in October, I moved and "forgot" about this wonderful website. <BR> I recently just joined, having luckily only gained 7 pounds back from my nearly 7 month hiatus. <BR> I have a mini-goal of losing 15 pounds before my cousin's wedding in August of this year, but I really just want to make this eating right and exercising a part of my life so that "leaving" Spark People for any length of time doesn't mean I st... Sun, 16 May 2010 12:05:39 EST Slow and steady wins the race Great SP article that sums up my current weight loss approach. No more diets! <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=729 </link> <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 14 May 2010 13:38:06 EST 10K??? Really???? I know that I lead a generally pretty sedentary life. Small house; I'm a lousy housekeeper; to car, to work, to desk, car, to home or studio, to couch, etc. <BR> <BR> Knowing that part of stepping up (pun intended) the fitness program is choosing to be less sedentary I picked up the Omron pedometer - the wear it wherever one. Today was the first day. It's carefully nestled close to my heart (literally) and recording pretty well. However, the truth is that by the end of the day, it might ... Thu, 13 May 2010 20:21:30 EST Didja see The Slowest Loser Blog? If not, check it out... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ost=meet_bruce_the_slowest_loser </link> <BR> <BR> This blog spoke to me, and told me something I think I needed to hear. In my decision to try to lose "just 30 more pounds" before Cambridge, I have fed into my growing anxiety about the trip altogether, and have allowed myself to fall back into old stress habits. <BR> <BR> So what if I don't lose 30 pounds by July? Will the world open up and swallow me whole... Thu, 13 May 2010 17:15:17 EST Well, hi! Hello! I'm Linda. I guess I'll be added to one of the group Christians by being a Catholic who relishes the pagan roots of our religion. <BR> <BR> I'm just under 2 months on SP and down my first 20 lbs. I'm married (just over a year) and turning 39 next month. I work for a performing arts venue, but I'm not as much of a theater geek as I used to be. I'm reclaiming my creative side by starting to sing with a choir again. <BR> <BR> I love black comedies and super-bad movies. Showgirls, Stayi... Thu, 13 May 2010 02:13:53 EST Cool--I'm team member #555! Hi all! I've been on SP for about 2 months and have noticed this team from time to time. Checked it out today and am glad I finally did: love the name, love the humor, love the topics, love how active the team is, and I noticed that the team leader, Barbara Boo, is team leader of the month! Congrats! I feel fortunate to have landed here. Mon, 10 May 2010 22:41:14 EST Losing Weight and Magic Numbers At the risk of being laughed out of the team, you guys seem like a relatively sane bunch to discuss this with. Perhaps understanding and even relating to, my ambivalence (not meaning to caring but rather torn in 2 directions). <BR> <BR> I'm doing well. I'm eating much better than in the past (no more mcnuggets!) and exercising daily in some form. I feel really good for the most part - mood and physical feeling good. I'm not finding it difficult, except for occasional challenges which I ca... Fri, 7 May 2010 11:22:34 EST Holistic = snorting synthetic hormones, apparently (Also posted on the LAH team) <BR> <BR> I just came from a presentation advertised as "the Holistic weight loss cure" or something like that. It was presented by a woman who owns/runs a weight loss center <link> </link> . <BR> <BR> The basic principle based on her "research" and "training" (though she never specified what she did) is based on Kevin Trudeau's book The Weight Loss Cure. That basic premise is founded on hormone found in pregnant women. So this woman adap... Wed, 5 May 2010 11:06:52 EST Howdy! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I've already seen some familiar faces, and hope to "meet" other friends. <BR> <BR> I'm not new to Spark, I joined it in October 08 after putting on weight due to my underactive thyroid disorder. I've already had lot of success with the SP program. My thyroid level stabilized eventally, and I felt more energized during more than one year. <BR> <BR> My thyroid has been again acting crazy since a month, and I'm slowly gaining my weight back (just before the swimsuit ... Tue, 4 May 2010 19:23:09 EST Tunes to Run (or walk or dance or jump) to Somewhere I read a blog or an article about great ideas for a playlist to exercise to. At the time I wasn't running. Well, that has recently changed! <em>185</em> . <BR> <BR> So what do you have on your iPod? What's your favorite music to move to? <BR> <BR> Please share! <BR> <BR> Jazzie <BR> <BR> PS: Bad grammar in this post. My dad always told me that a preposition was a bad word to end a sentence WITH. I did it thrice above. Had to apologize. Now on with the <em>335</em> <em... Tue, 4 May 2010 13:27:27 EST Fries from a vending machine? Only in... Hull??? This article was on the BBC News website today: <BR> <link><BR>653364.stm </link> <BR> <BR> Who thought this was a good idea?! YOU'RE FIRED! Fri, 30 Apr 2010 07:28:51 EST "What's wrong with Forest Whitaker?" I read an article in the March 29 UK edition of the 'National Enquirer' entitled "What's wrong with Forest Whitaker?" <BR> <BR> The article discussed how he's lost 90lbs, going from 260lbs to 170lbs, and everybody now reckons he's sick! WTF?! They printed 'Before' and 'After' pictures of him, the 'Before' picture of him at his heaviest and smiling (of course), and the 'After' picture of him at his current weight looking a bit miserable (can you say "biased"?). They used words like "gaunt"... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:11:01 EST Time for an Introduction Several people whose posts have content I admire belong to this team. I might fit in. <BR> <BR> Course, the best way to fit in is to actually participate. Hence this introduction. <BR> <BR> My name is Rina. I'm a 45 year old expatriated Canadian living near Philadelphia. I'm married with a 17 yo daughter. <BR> <BR> Considering the name of this team, the next sentence may seem odd. Professionally, I'm an administrator at a Unitarian Universalist church. I'm also a member there. <B... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 19:42:11 EST Fighting a losing battle? This is a great article about the myriad problems causing obesity and the incomplete or nonexistent solutions. Dense, and a bit depressing, but important: <BR> <link><BR>/2010/04/beating-obesity/8017/1/? </link> Fri, 23 Apr 2010 22:14:29 EST Exercise helps, sort of Excellent NY Times article on how exercise really impacts our weight: <BR> <link><BR>18exercise-t.html?pagewanted=2&ei=5087<BR>&en=20d9c76b49170210&ex=1287460800 </link> Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:26:46 EST Glad to meet you! Hi, I'm Sheila and I was in this group a few years back but left Spark for a bit. What happened was I learned about and discovered Atheism back then starting with the DYBIG thread and then this group. I really credit all that to changing my life. (Well my formerly Catholic life anyway). I ended up leaving Spark after a while because I got so into learning about Atheism that I neglected the weight loss part and felt guilty (like I didn't have enough guilt being raised a Catholic?) for just lea... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 13:51:57 EST Keeping Calories in Range On the 2010 board, we have been sharing some ideas on what helps us keep within our recommended calorie range. <BR> <BR> I never before was able to eat under 1800 calories without feeling like I was starving, and often 1800 was a stretch. I really thought that going under 1600 couldn't be done safely without feeling STARVING. <BR> <BR> I have only this calendar year been able to feel good on fewer calories, even under 1500. I decided before my surgery to use the Jillian Michaels "Making th... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 16:10:16 EST Motivational Friend aka "Diet Coach" needed/here So here's the story-- <BR> <BR> I'm following the Beck Diet Solution. If you don't know what it is, it's a psychological method to teach yourself how to think, eat, and be active like a thin person. It's mostly for people (like myself) who have had many struggles with losing weight in the past. I am coupling it's techniques with Sparkpeople and a clean diet. <BR> <BR> But I am looking for a "diet coach." Part of the Beck Solution is to find a diet coach who you can talk to often about your ... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 09:28:54 EST Morning Laugh <link> </link> Fri, 26 Mar 2010 10:22:57 EST Greetings from marymac90! Hello! I am 60 years old, and about 150 lbs. <BR> above where I want to be. I live near Wilmington, DE, with my boyfriend. We are planning to get married, but don't have a date yet. <BR> <BR> I am a Social Worker in an apt. bldg. for elderly and disabled people in Philadelphia, the city <BR> where I lived for 19 years. <BR> <BR> I am kind of agnostic, with no religious affiliations (though I was raised Catholic). I <BR> like the idea of connecting with other people who don't see ... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 02:00:13 EST Why don't more women ride bikes? Fear? Too hard? A friend made me aware of this and I thought others on the team might find it helpful. <BR> <BR> I took the survey and enjoyed it. My bike is an old coaster brake model that I like to ride around the neighborhood when the weather is good. (I'm 67, so my bike riding days were pre-fancy gear-shifting bikes.) <BR> <BR> The idea of riding a bike for errands sounds interesting to me. So, I'm feeling adventurous. <BR> <BR> I think I might like to take a risk and find out more about gears an... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 14:34:34 EST Greetings from a greyhound lady ... Hi everyone, what fun to find this team! I had done searches on atheist and agnostic, but didn't find y'all until looking through a secular team member's teams. <BR> <BR> I'm an artist, a breast cancer warrior, a greyhound lover (I have one, plus five Italian greyhounds). I used to be a software engineer. I traveled for five years in an RV. I spent almost all of 2009 fighting a tough fight against breast cancer. I'm better now, but I'm left with a body weak and overweight from all the forced... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 13:06:10 EST What starts a "WANTING" in you? Right after eating something sweet, my thoughts turn to "WANTING" salty. Then, salty sends me back to sweet. Is it just my habitual thought patterns, or is there something physical going on that affects us all? Just curious. <BR> <BR> Then, there are the cues and triggers that involve memories and locations. If I've had a really good time somewhere, just the sight or thought of that place awakens my "WANTING". I can FEEL it all though my body, when that happens. <BR> <BR> If I'm on m... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 15:35:18 EST Who HATES exercise or USED TO hate it? I USED TO hate it, until I started with regular weekly dance classes back in 2003. <BR> <BR> I used to lie to the doctor, telling him I was exercising 30 minutes, 3 times per week. I just could not or would not motivate myself to walk, run or go to the gym. I used to buy gym memberships and call it a day, after about 3 visits. <BR> <BR> There are SOME exercises that I still dislike, and I do just enough of them to keep me strong for dancing. I love dancing, in spite of it being exercise. ... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 15:10:02 EST Rewriting History Hi, Sparkfriends. Allan just showed me this in the middle of our regular Saturday morning watching VH1 Top Twenty. I wasn't in a serious mood until I took a look at this. #^%*@# <BR> How do they get away with this? Think of the long term effect of this. When you learn how Texas' votes can change the country's textbooks, it is not so easy to dismiss as a state. Note: AUSTIN is liberal, TEXAS as a state is very conservative! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 09:59:27 EST howdy :) howdy! i just joined the team yesterday and i figured i should type up a little intro. i'm a 27 y/o woman who's been married about 6 1/2 years. i don't have kids, and it irritates me when people ask questions about that. not cuz i have a problem talking about it, but cuz i just get sick of being asked - usually by people who have no business in my business. <BR> <BR> so before anyone asks, i don't have kids cuz i'm broke and i have PCOS. i don't know if i *can* have kids, and i have no ... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 08:14:55 EST Why I Joined?? 2 things.. not religious and a topic about "Eating <BR> Crap" ... how can I resist a Group that admits that "I eat CRAP!" <BR> I admit, I didn't read the topic and I'm just hoping it's what I think. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> cattiann Mon, 8 Mar 2010 16:11:28 EST Found you! Hi, found this team when I started suspecting a common thread between my spark pals, and this was it. <BR> <BR> I'm a Mom of two boys, and a family doctor, and three is a magic number. Also the number of boys in my house counting DH. <BR> <BR> I've been about 135 to 160 lb since I was 11 years old, at varying degrees of fitness. I have never gone for classic diets. I think I've pretty much been doing the SP thing since I was 15, trying out different exercise strategies and picking up heal... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 22:48:16 EST Posting copyrighted info--SP needs our help! Here's a note from Coach Jen that will explain what we can do to help. <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> Have a great day. <BR> --BOO, <BR> Team Leader, <BR> Separation of Church and Weight <BR> __________ <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Recently we've had a number of issues with members posting copyrighted information- primarily in their blogs. The original authors have been contacting us, asking that their work be removed, or properly cited, or in some instances they want to be paid for the f... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 12:25:40 EST Secular Coalition for America On February 26th, the Secular Coalition for America, along with a unified delegation of members of the secular movement from across the country, sat down with White House representatives for an official policy briefing-the first of its kind for American nontheists. <BR> <BR> You can read the official statements that were presented to the Obama administration here: <link><BR>s2010 </link> <BR> I found the first story to be particularly moving/depressing. Wed, 3 Mar 2010 23:23:26 EST Greetings and introduction Hi everyone! My name is Nancy and I'm a recovering Catholic. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Seriously, it's great to find another prayer-free zone! I look forward to meeting all of you, having great discussions and sharing our journey. Wed, 3 Mar 2010 06:18:50 EST How do you feel after you've eaten CRAP? I came from a feast or famine, starve or gorge emotional place. So, this eating good food that is also healthy is a whole new thing. When I eat crap now. I still feel hungry (and yet crap has used up a lot of calories). I feel cheated. Crap "over-promises" and "under-delivers". <BR> <em>198</em> <em>4</em> Tue, 2 Mar 2010 19:17:18 EST 'Allo all! Hey everyone! I see many faces I recognize here from the Liberal Atheist Hippies team I co-lead with DALAI_LALA! At her suggestion I thought I'd pop over and join in the fun you're all having here :) <BR> <BR> I'm from Cincinnati and have been on SP for nearly 3 years now. Love it here, and love it even more when I spend time on great teams like this one! I've made some lasting changes in my lifestyle that would never have happened without the push from Spark. Tue, 2 Mar 2010 08:12:20 EST On being a girl- good for men and women! This is so immensely beautiful, that it deserves it's own thread... it had me weeping, and smiling, and growling, and joyous, and.... I hope it awakens the emotions within you. <BR> FYI- the first 3/4 is dry, a diatribe and document- the last, the last, oh, the last 1/4 is a beautiful paean, poem, and anthem to life. <BR> Cheers, hope it sings to you. <BR> <link><BR> </link> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 23:49:36 EST Too funny! I saw this group and had to join because I loved the name :) I'm a spiritual person, I believe in God, I believe in other people's right to believe in their God whatever that may be, although I do not want anyone else's beliefs shoved down my throat. My main Spiritual belief is that there are many paths but they all are leading to the same place...nobody is more right than anyone else and nobody is wrong. I look forward to getting to know the other members of the team! <BR> <BR> Leslie Mon, 22 Feb 2010 18:28:15 EST Done Whining, Back to Introduce Myself! Well, I received the link to this team from the lovely SWIFTURTLE (I hope she doesn't mind me saying that), and I'm so glad she shared it. You guys are a riot! And thanks to all of you for soothing my raised hackles. <BR> <BR> I figured now was as good a time as any to introduce myself a little, since I've already done the "pout and stamp my foot indignantly" portion of the show. <BR> <BR> My name's Raphaela and some people call me Raph. You can call me whatever you want, as long as I know... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 21:09:12 EST Florida Peeps - Act NOW I know we don't get much into issues here, but if you're in Florida, you should know about this. Also, I know that opinions on abortion and Roe v Wade vary even among non-believers, but the bill in question just goes too far. As a person who isn't able to have children, I know that I would never have an abortion personally, but I am not arrogant enough to impose my will on other women's bodies. <BR> <BR> Reposted from Liberal Atheist Hippies: <BR> <BR> I'm just shaking, I'm so angry... I ca... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 20:06:44 EST RAAAAAGE I'm a new member and I haven't even introduced myself to the team yet, but I have to get this off of my chest. I'm sorry. <BR> <BR> I was recently involved in a thread where a Christian and a non-Christian were both being rather rude to one another. I tried to bring peace, and the Christian went off and started insulting non-believers, threatening us with "eternal hell" and saying that we are not "grown up." I tried to be as polite as possible to point out that she has every right to believe... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 17:26:25 EST what 300 calories looks like! I loved this article and saved it into my favorites. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to post the link to it here in case any one is interested. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t_does_300_calories_look_like </link> <BR> <BR> Last week when I was up 5 pounds I am sure it had to do with the bllod pressure meds. But, I also ate out twice and I am sure the sodium and preservatives in the food did something funky to my matobolism. <BR> <BR> I am getting more into cooking ag... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 18:40:43 EST The 8 Best Fast Food Breakfasts I just received the link to this in my email. Here is where the information is located: <BR><BR>ition_articles.asp?id=1449 <BR> Is it just me, or is it ridiculous to eat these foods when you're trying to lose weight? I would just skip breakfast and get a lower calorie and lower fat meal as an early lunch or something. None of these selections is a choice I would make for myself. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 22:19:16 EST Shirataki noodles I tried these for the first time today. I might be "late to the party," but I didn't know about them until just recently. Allan liked them, but after I told him about the smell in the beginning, he was turned off. I said "well, the cook has to smell them." We had them with spaghetti sauce and meatballs. If not for having to smell them during preparation, I'd be really happpy about them. <BR> <BR> What's the trick to using these without gagging before they get to the table? Sun, 7 Feb 2010 20:43:59 EST Limerick Lane At 30, my weight was not high, <BR> My hands could reach clear 'round my thigh. <BR> (Now) short an inch and a half <BR> From reaching 'round just my calf, <BR> It's a state I'll no longer deny. <BR> <BR> Original thread <link> </link> <BR> & more limericks, by Jimdab. <BR> <BR> What can this team do? Tue, 26 Jan 2010 20:22:29 EST Tired of Pretending This is a great team. I am tired of pretending I'm a Christian just to keep people off my back. Thanks for being here. Mon, 25 Jan 2010 10:59:11 EST I threw it away! I'm thinking, in the spirit of celebrating our wins, it may be fun to write about what we DIDN'T indulge in, even though we wanted to. <BR> <BR> I know I titled the post "I threw it away", but it could just as well have been "I didn't eat it!" <BR> <BR> Come on, tell us, brag a little: what did you NOT eat that you wanted to? Or what did you start to eat because you wanted to, then STOP eating because *cue drum roll* you'd had enough? <BR> <BR> Share. Brag. Celebrate! <BR> Thu, 31 Dec 2009 13:15:30 EST GAME: Start sentence with last word.... I stole the idea for this game from another team. Here's how it works. Start your sentence with the last word of the previously posted entry. Let your imagination run and play. Here goes... <BR> <BR> <BR> The stranger looked around nervously and sat down near the exit. <BR> Wed, 30 Dec 2009 00:32:01 EST Who Would Win a BEST SABOTAGE CONTEST?!! We know that people will try, for whatever reason, to sabotage the self-improvement efforts of others. Sometimes we even sabotage OURSELVES. <BR> <BR> Let's have some fun and pretend we're having a CONTEST to find the BEST SABOTEUR. What's the nastiest thing you've said or done, to sabotage yourself or your rivals? OR, if you want to nominate someone else for the BEST SABOTEUR TITLE, tell us what others have tried to do to YOU. <BR> <BR> Let's hear some entries. Have you ever wanted to s... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 16:57:40 EST Pleasantly surprised by this team... I've been with SP since Feb 2008 and just found this team. How wonderful! <BR> <BR> I wasn't raised to follow any particular religion. My father had no use for anything religious and taught me at an early age that it was one topic you did not discuss in public (politics being the other). My mother is spiritual but follows no specific denomination. I'm sort of in between. I think there's something bigger than myself out there, but I have no clue what. I think the Bible is fascinating fr... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 22:17:10 EST 2010 WIN Many of us are starting to focus on 2010, just a few short days away. This is a time of year when people all around us vow to purge unhealthy habits and replace them with healthier ones. There is something about having the opportunity to have a FRESH START that helps us build a FIRE under our butts. <BR> <BR> If you think New Year’s RESOLUTIONS ARE TRITE and part of the mainstream DIETING MENTALITY CRAP that disappoints so many every year, welcome to MY world. At SparkPeople our goals are n... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 17:11:08 EST Reintros for Regulars. And Welcome, Newbies Thought I'd start a reintroduction thread as we get close to the end of the year. <BR> <BR> Name, how long you've been here, weight history or progress, why you are on this team. <BR> <BR> <BR> I go by Penguin here. <BR> <BR> I've been on SparkPeople for 2.5 years, but a few months after I joined I got pregnant with my second. This year I came "back" (didn't really feel like I was gone) and became active on this team. <BR> <BR> I'm down over 20 pounds since September, when I started do... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 10:49:01 EST Cruel jokes, thin images or medical info? What messages make you think you MUST lose weight? <BR> <BR> Are you motivated by cruel jokes about your size, <BR> pictures of skinny models or buff athletes, or the latest medical research about obesity and morbidity? Maybe something else? What do you tell yourself, to make sure you lose weight? <BR> <BR> Cruel jokes never did much for me. I would get angry and eventually end up comforting myself with food. I'm not sure about the thin images. I know I'm motivated when I see an UN-... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 03:05:47 EST Leaving food on your plate D@mn you, Martha Beck! How dare you go and challenge something so difficult to imagine changing! You really think I'm going to LEAVE FOOD ON MY PLATE? Are you effin' kidding me? (reference Chapter 23 of The Four-Day Win.) <BR> <BR> Yes, I've noticed before that thin people stop when full. <BR> Yes, I've noticed that I clean my plate. <BR> <BR> I live in a house with a DH who hates to throw ANYTHING away. Who doesn't like to "waste" food. <BR> <BR> <BR> My first experiment failed flat. I ... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 20:17:18 EST CHRISTmas. My mom sent me this music video the other day - <BR> <BR> <BR> The very beginning of the song starts off with the singer going into a coffee shop and being wished Happy Holidays- To which he responds "Thanks, Lady. I am pretty happy but there's only one holiday that makes me feel that way." <BR> <BR> Um so Thanksgiving and New Years don't make you happy? Aren't they part of the holidays in this season? (speaking from no religious angle of course)... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 12:09:35 EST never found a religion, and that's totally fine Hello Team. <BR> <BR> My mother was a lapsed WASP and my father was a lapsed Jew. They figured they'd let me choose for myself, so I'm an agnostic. I went through brief flirtations with religions; Judaism when I was a kid and Wicca when I was a teenager. I've read the Bible and the Koran just to try to understand what all the fuss was about. <BR> <BR> I used to be jealous of people with religious faith because they knew (or at least thought they knew) what they were doing here and what woul... Sat, 21 Nov 2009 02:57:51 EST To spare another's feelings, would YOU eat meat,? Will vegetarians eat meat to spare another person's feelings? Since I'm not a vegetarian, I'm more a dessert-e-tarian, I could easily eat or not eat the meat. And over the years, I've learned to politely turn down food I didn't want to eat. When I WANT it, is when it gets tough. I really make an effort to watch PORTION size (after so many years of inhaling desserts). I don't want to go back to those days. <BR> <BR> If someone pushes you to eat ANYTHING "for them", would you you do it? W... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 13:08:43 EST Funny headline. "World's carbon emissions continue rise, despite recession" <BR> <BR> So someone's evil plan was to cause the recession to help reduce emissions??? The conspiracy theorist in me thinks there are some CEO types out there that would consider it a good plan if you threw into Power Point. <BR> <BR> Okay I'm sure someone here probably wont find it funny, but it surely caught me by surprise. Hence laughter ensued. Tue, 17 Nov 2009 17:13:08 EST Hi there! I joined SP in June 08 but fell out of it around September 08. I'm back now stronger than ever as of October 20th. <BR> <BR> In February 2006 I officially left the Roman Catholic church of which I had been raised in but non participating for the 3 or 4 years prior and joined the Unitarian Universalist Church. I admit I really love learning about religion and thought I'd found the perfect place. We got married in our UU church in January 07 but about 6 months after I was even frustrated with... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 15:36:25 EST Hi, there. (Pre-apology: Sorry about the length of the intro. Feeling like I'm in an open/accepting environment tends to allow me to let things out.) <BR> <BR> I've been on Sparkpeople on and off for a couple of years now, and I'm now feeling a bit of a resurgence. <BR> <BR> I stumbled upon this team in reading a reply post from a member. Curious, I decided to check out the page, and now I'm here. <BR> <BR> Raised in the South, I was never far from religion. My mother found Jesus when my chronically ... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 16:49:41 EST Any Low Carbers Here? My low carb team has doubled DOUBLED, (about 1000 members now) in size since I took it over about month ago, I've found a wonderful *liked minded* gal Morticia to help out there... <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in becoming team leaders with us? Mon, 16 Nov 2009 13:10:47 EST Venting about fire and brimstone <em>252</em> Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:16:50 EST Talk/party using headphones and webcams? This was posted by a team member on our team's Virtual Party Room thread, in the Challenge Forum. If you're interested in discussing it further, that's where the planning will occur. I just thought I'd bring it to your attention, in case you aren't in the habit of checking on events in the Party Room. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi all on the Party Loop, <BR> <BR> I mentioned on one of the other loops that it might be fun to have a talk/party using headphones and webcams. Skype w... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 13:54:58 EST Howdy Hey everyone - saw this team and knew it was probably for me! <BR> <BR> I'm Billie, late 20s, urban West Coaster - trying to tone and lose some body fat - definitely interested in a no-nonsense means of support and commiseration. Praying doesn't help me get out for a run, iron will does! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to interacting with you all! Tue, 10 Nov 2009 12:33:10 EST How to make people like stairs. 66% increase in usage with a simple gimick. Nifty. <BR> <BR> Cute video. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 2 Nov 2009 23:45:57 EST New bike law, and a question I know this will be long. I'll break it up into distinct parts. My city is bike friendly. There's a huge university (the biggest--it's Texas). My license plate, on my last car, had Lance Armstrong on it and said "Share the road, y'all." It's Lance's hometown, after all (Austin). <BR> <BR> The new law is that cars allow 3' between them and any bicycle they're passing, don't cut bikers off when making right turns, and more. That's important. We've had two deaths in the past year from th... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 12:22:50 EST Product recommendation: Caribbean pizza I picked up this new Kashi pizza yesterday morning, and my mom and I had it for dinner (at 5:00, pre-Halloween trick or treating) while the boys had something more cheesy. <BR> <BR> It was deLISH. Mom and I both kept commenting on how good it was. And she is most definitely NOT a vegetarian! A hit with veges and carnis alike! <BR> <link><BR>l_crust_pizzas_caribbean_carnival </link> Sun, 1 Nov 2009 10:23:38 EST Accountability Buddies: An idea I'm busy trying to earn some SparkPoints today, and two years after doing the first two SP diet stages, I'm doing the third. <BR> <BR> Something came up today suggesting looking for a SparkBuddy. I was thinking that rather than make a long-term commitment, it might be fun to have someone to work with on accountability for one or two weeks at a time. So, for instance, if I had a buddy we would check in via SparkMail every day, look at each other's SparkPages and any public trackers, ask wheth... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 15:19:53 EST Kiwi Berries I just discovered a new food that I had no idea existed. They are amazingly tasty, and when I looked up the nutrition info I was even more impressed. Check it out: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/10/about-kiwi-berries.html </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> Jazzie Thu, 15 Oct 2009 16:22:35 EST Weight-Loss Rules to Rethink Interesting article <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-rules-to-rethink.html </link> Tue, 13 Oct 2009 10:13:48 EST Like to RUN? NO? Shoes? Feet? Pain? THIS conversation began on the "Tap Water" thread. You can go there for background info. Here's the latest post from that thread. <BR> ___________ <BR> <BR> Kris, I've read some excerpts from that book. With my foot problems, I'm interested in whatever will solve the problem. I don't run except when I'm chased, or getting out of the way of the sprinkler after adjusting it . <BR> <BR> I'm sure the book answers the question: When people went barefoot, there was no pavement. . . <BR> <BR... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 20:40:48 EST Loose fun Yesterday I made the alarm go off in the Apple store. I wasn't anywhere near the phone that started it. My hub. was there at the time; I was already gone. Before that, I set the talking computer on a site so it would yammer and yammer, but the store would like that - it attracted people to it. <BR> <BR> Two days before, we went to a Wilco concert. I knew of their tuneful 'hits,' not their more experimental side. Their opening act was also experimental. He turned everything up to the m... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 11:32:19 EST Wanda Sykes Her HBO special, which premiered last night, had me laughing good and hard. <BR> <BR> She talked about her problem with belly fat. She names it Esther and gives Esther a voice. Esther wants bread, booze and cheesecake! And she is demanding....the voice Sykes uses is so funny. I was laughing so hard. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am going to try to remember this when I am feeling those cravings. I will try to name my ravenous voice and try to wrestle it down....I will imagine myself jello wre... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 09:46:53 EST Tap or bottled? Neither Well, that's really extreme. Being the rebel that I am, I had to calm down when I first joined SP - all I could think is "I'm not drinking all that water!" <BR> <BR> The information is out there--I dropped the issue and tried to ignore the water obsession I saw almost everywhere on the site. When I posted any questions about it, others fiercely defended it, and there appeared a short piece titled "Why is Sparkpeople so obsessed with water?" on the nutrition page, and it popped up again y... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 10:53:21 EST Change - evidence from your own life In what ways have you changed during your life? The crowd I hang out with is very different than the ones I used to know. I see the world with more nuance than I used to. I drink more water than I did growing up. I eat yogurt and tofu and edamame. I exercise regularly and have for most of the past 25 years. I've become an urban dweller. <BR> <BR> I'm asking because I think most people probably have evidence in their own lives of how they have changed, and identifying them may help in showing... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 12:05:15 EST Pervasiveness of religious speech I just adore this team, and Boo is a great leader. But I just don't understand something. When did the evolution (ha) of religious talk get to where it was so in my face all the time that I have to seek out a special team that deliberately stays apart from it? I don't remember it ever being like this before. <BR> <BR> When I was a kid, we just didn't talk about religion except at church. During the week it's not something that came up. It would have been impolite to talk about it with visit... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 09:53:34 EST Fortune Cookie Wisdom GAME Pretend you have unlimited wisdom and are writing a "fortune" that goes inside a fortune cookie. <BR> <BR> The cookie will be given to the next person who posts to this thread. You can say anything that you think will make the person, whoever it is, feel encouraged. <BR> <BR> I'll start... <BR> <BR> "You will enjoy an extra 10 minutes of exercise today." <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Sep 2009 04:10:31 EST Greetings! haha, so I was browsing the "religion" spark teams & kept hitting page after page of sects & denominations. I was starting to get fed up because there is SO much division in our world already...and now even on a weight loss site! Plus i'm somewhere in between all of them -- somewhat of an agnostichristipagan lately. haha. So yes, when I saw this group I LOL'd and couldn't resist joining the fun. Hope I can fit in here with you folks. :) Anyways, best of luck on everyone's weight loss adv... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 23:17:04 EST Dawkins' Bible Intro This part is in the second half of the second video in this link (please be patient while I get the link right.) When annoying ad appears just close it. <BR> <BR> I like the way she says "horse-sheeet." <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> OMGGG, I just watched the banana video--it's really not often I watch these things--but worth a second if you can spare it. The problem is, it takes a few minutes, more than a second. The banana link is somewhere in the middle. Thu, 24 Sep 2009 14:47:51 EST Laughing With Laughing With Lyrics <BR> <BR> No one laughs at God in a hospital <BR> No one laughs at God in a war <BR> No one's laughing at God when they're starving or freezing or so very poor <BR> <BR> No one laughs at God when the doctor calls after some routine tests <BR> No one's laughing at God when it's gotten real late and their kid's not back from that party yet <BR> <BR> No one laughs at God when their airplane starts to uncontrollably shake <BR> No one's laughing at God when they see the one... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 22:06:55 EST 2009 BLAZE of Glory Challenge Hi, Everyone! <BR> <BR> As I was thinking about what kind of challenge might inspire us to stretch our limits for the remainder of 2009, I read today’s “Healthy Reflections” from SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> This quotation caught my attention: <BR> “The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to OUTDO OURSELVES.” <BR> <BR> Intrigued, I continued to read: <BR> “No one likes to lose. The thrill of victory after competition is hard to match. But the wins that leave the most significant, long... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 03:53:55 EST The Pelotonia - My Blog This past weekend I finished an amazing event called The Pelotonia, a charity cycle ride of 180 miles from Columbus, OH to Athens, OH to raise money for cancer research. This was an incredible event and it tested me on many, many levels. <BR> <BR> I want to share with you all my experience because I believe this is so important. So please, if you haven't already (and I'm posting this to all of my teams) if you have the time, read my story. Thanks! <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 2 Sep 2009 07:01:52 EST Daily Chat- loose thread What happens when you read Friedan's Fountain of Age, Pagels' Beyond Belief, Wanzer's To Die Well, and the latest bro ha ha about the Health Care plan AND- your brother in Illinois is getting the death is real rally by his kids.. all in the same couple of days? (Um, my brother s not dying... just sick...) <BR> Musing on death and life. <BR> Many religions seem to focus on the after life, and on being good and restrained in this life to win the lottery of death. "You are a winner! You picked t... Fri, 14 Aug 2009 01:22:08 EST holy crap! I thought this was pretty funny, especially the comments! <link><BR>jesus-image-found-in-dogs-butt.html </link> Tue, 4 Aug 2009 22:10:19 EST Let’s Burn a Pound I found this at another board and thought I would like to try it. I don't do a lot in terms of exercise recording, but wouldlike to start. I thought this would be a good way since challenges seem to motivate me. I will post my daily (hopefully) cardio activites, the amount of time and keep a running total of calories burned. Lets see if I can do 3500 minutes in 9 days. <BR> I'd welcome anyone who would like to join me and as many cheerleaders as possible. <BR> <BR> Burn a Pound Challen... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 06:23:36 EST Pacific NW heat wave This team has lots of members in the Pacific northwest. It's hot there now, like Texas! I hope you all are coping--be sure to drink more liquids! <BR> <BR> Kris, is your gym's AC fixed? Wed, 29 Jul 2009 13:38:10 EST great slippers oops <em>36</em> Wed, 29 Jul 2009 12:27:04 EST Triceps What arm exercises do you do? Sun, 26 Jul 2009 16:26:17 EST Anxious today I'm feeling calmer now after a cry and just being able to sit with my feelings, but earlier today I was feeling quite stressed/anxious...a generalized aggitated/angry and sort of out of control feeling. <BR> <BR> I was feeling afraid to eat because if I eat to soon then I might use up all my calories. I am mentally focusing to much on losing weight and I am afraid that I am going to gain all the weight back. Do you guys ever experience this? I think in the past when I "dieted" I was alw... Sat, 25 Jul 2009 12:33:10 EST Hello Everyone I am Cindy. I just discovered Spark People today. It is a very awesome site. <BR> I lost 50 pounds at the first of the year in 16 weeks, then burned out. I lost my motivation, but need to find it to lose another 40 pounds. I think this site just might give me the motivation I need! <BR> <BR> Cindy Fri, 17 Jul 2009 18:00:10 EST Fruit, walnuts and yogurt $2 at McDonalds. This is always the LAST fast food restaurant I want to go into, but I'll go back for this. I knew I liked apple dippers, but they're too yummy, with the caramel. So I got the fruit and walnut salad. The walnuts have some kind of sweet glaze. It's not guilt-free. <BR> <BR> About once every two years, I have a Big Mac. My son gave me "Super Size Me" as a gift. He once told me "You have a Big Mac, right behind you!" (age 10). <BR> <BR> So, don't take this as a plug for ... Fri, 17 Jul 2009 13:22:51 EST What I'll do I'll cook a new vegetable in a new way, at least once a week. By "new" I mean almost anything besides lettuce, because that has been our main vegetable--that, and steamed broccoli. It's not enough for the IDOL challenge, so I'm not joining that. Once a week is all I will commit to, for something new and different, even though we eat veggies every day. <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Jul 2009 10:02:58 EST Home again! Hi everyone, my name is Sheila. I used to belong to this team a few years back under the name Skybamboo. Well I got so interested in all the discussion I kind of forgot about losing the weight. So I have been back on Spark for about 5 months now and have lost 35 pounds. I am feeling the need to be back here among my own kind so to speak. I first discovered my non belief when I was on this team previously. Everyone here was always so welcoming, fun and informative I can't wait to get back into... Fri, 10 Jul 2009 21:50:13 EST "IDOL AUDITIONS" Makeover Challenge We are starting a new challenge to give you all the OPTION of some summertime accountability, involving behavior changes, weight maintenance, or weight loss. You get to choose. Here are the details. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>204</em> <em>8</em> <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> Want to add some SIZZLE to your summer? How about a PERSONAL MAKEOVER? Why not prepare to be our team’s own IDOL? If your answer is YES, long before you start building your fan base (you’ll need votes & applause to win... Sun, 5 Jul 2009 15:41:03 EST 10 Commandments vs US Bill of Rights ... At least one of ya'll has already seen this SP blog. But to say that I was surprised would be incorrect. I'm just at a loss for words really. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bill_of_rights_to_healthy_sparkliving </link> <BR> <BR> Just pointing this one out as an example of "what not to do." The only thing that seems to be in common in her message is that she lists ten items. <BR> <BR> Trying to find mirth as I was not prepared for the Thou'est infusion. ;) ... Sun, 5 Jul 2009 06:30:44 EST Worksouts? Hey All, <BR> <BR> just wonder what you all doing for exercise? Do you have a routine or mix it up? Whats you favorite workout? <BR> <BR> I take a 35 mins yoga class and a 50 min pilates class 4 days a week. On Saturday I ride my bike 20 - 30 miles and on sundays i go for a hike. <BR> <BR> I would like to try and get 1 or 2 more shorter rides in during the week to get more cardio. Thu, 2 Jul 2009 00:08:53 EST feeling hungry Hi all, <BR> <BR> I have been think about something today. What does it feel like to be hungry? <BR> <BR> I know that for most my life i have been in the habit of eating when I am bored, stressed, antsy or idle. I also understand the importance of eating small meals through out the day to keep your metabolism up. With so much of my life focused on what i am eat and when i am eating i seem to be eating all the time. <BR> <BR> As some of you know i have been photo journaling my daily food. ... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 17:45:32 EST Spark Clothing I went to the spark clothing store because I saw an add at my page about workout pants. I was disappointed to see the largest size is XL. <BR> <BR> I know the ultimate goal is to be smaller, but with so many members in the plus sizes I find it odd that they are not servicing many members of the spark community. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I didn't know where else to post this, so just wanted to share it here. <BR> <BR> But, now I realize that maybe I can contact the guy who is the founder and becom... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 18:04:27 EST "TO BE FIT, STRONG & SEXY" GYM Welcome to our team's free gym. <BR> <BR> We're here to help you with motivation and provide companionship as you make the important lifestyle change that includes consistent exercise. We're open 24 hours a day. Ask fitness questions, if you need to, and we'll locate answers when we can. <BR> <BR> It’s good to do exercise in packs. You’re more apt to keep it up, more likely to succeed, by sharing your exercise efforts with others who are also making exercise a priority. Come on in and g... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 03:34:50 EST Hi Everyone I have been on spark for about 2 weeks now, I really like it, but wow i am getting sick of all the lord rejoice the savior blessed my scale blah blah. Sun, 28 Jun 2009 14:35:10 EST Cooking Healthy Foods in a Hurry <link><BR>a/healthyinahurry.htm?nl=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Cooking Healthy Foods in a Hurry <BR> Make It Healthy - Make It Easy <BR> By Shereen Jegtvig, <BR> Updated: March 16, 2009 <BR> <BR> he task of cooking a big meal after a full day of work might seem kind of daunting. You might be tempted to make a side trip to the closest fast food restaurant or maybe order a pizza. While that might be OK once a month or so, don't make it a habit. Those ... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 21:34:41 EST What are these people thinking?? I'm obviously not saved cause I saw this movie and it was a great movie with a great message of not putting off your dreams! What are these people thinking? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y-pixars-up-scares-conservative.html </link> Wed, 24 Jun 2009 12:37:32 EST Bible verse game Gotcha! ! ! I was just sitting here, looking at the games thread on the message boards. The verses in the members' signatures are -- off-putting. There are times I indulge in the mindless games. I have even played "Bible A-Z." <BR> <BR> At my old church, I used to go to training union on Sunday nights, and we had "sword drills" (about age 10-12). We had two teams, and had to look up things in the sword, the Bible. It was a race. <BR> <BR> Anybody else - ?? Sat, 20 Jun 2009 16:16:11 EST *god* WANTED the people to die on 9/11?! I was reading another forum to which I belong and a woman had posted a thread expressing disappointment that she could not book her flight to Mexico to get some surgery done. She had everything all planned out (babysitter, time off work, etc), but when she tried to book her ticket the flights were all full. <BR> <BR> So here is what someone posted to "make her feel better." <BR> <BR> "* GASP * I'm so sorry!! That would be dissapointing. But you know...I just got one of those forwarded emai... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 23:44:48 EST Door-to-door bible thumpers What are the sales goals for these folks? Do they have data somewhere saying that this is an effective method of spreading the Word? What is considered a success ratio - one in every 10,000 door knocks results in a Seen the Light moment? <BR> <BR> I've just ignored my second set this season. Wed, 17 Jun 2009 10:08:59 EST Found FSM on a random youtube hit ... She's actually kind of funny. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=channel </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Okay the odd part of this is I found her while looking to see what an asshat was subscribed to and why he was haunting some people ... Just really odd. And of course, I thought of this group so thought I'd share the time waster. <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Jun 2009 03:58:35 EST Delectable Fare I was wondering what you guys like to nosh on? I'd love to hear any simple meals or snacks that you eat and find delicious and satisfying. <BR> <BR> These days mine is to take a whole portabella mushroom cap and cook it like a burger. I might marinate it in a little italian dressing (I love good seasons made from the dry mix) then cook it in a little olive oil or butter. Then I serve it on a piece of toast that I spread with a laughing cow lite cheese wedge. I use the french onion or gar... Sun, 14 Jun 2009 20:47:21 EST Do You Know a Drug Addict or Alcoholic? I just discovered this group by chance: <BR> <BR> Secular Organizations for Sobriety <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I'm sending the link to a family member who is functional.. but not *ALL* the time... Sat, 13 Jun 2009 15:09:01 EST review of the bible at "This book should never be left where it could fall into the hands of children. Recurrent themes of bloody violence, murder, racism, incest and rape are dealt with extremely irresponsibly. Horrific events are presented as justified by circumstances and as solutions to petty wrongs. <BR> <BR> Worse than the depictions in the book are actual historic examples of such depictions being used to justify the worst kind of degradation and humiliation that humans have ever been forced to endure. Thes... Fri, 12 Jun 2009 01:11:47 EST Pee Your Pants Funny LMAO FUNNY! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 11 Jun 2009 17:40:20 EST A NEW Challenge Since we're about to enter a new season, is anyone up for a "new" challenge? The goal is to come up with something new to try each day. <BR> <BR> It could be BIG: Sign up for a new class; buy a new workout ensemble; dye your hair purple. <BR> <BR> It could be medium: A new walking route; try a different grocery store; increase your weights at the gym; dye your hair a shade darker. <BR> <BR> It could be small: Try a new vegetable; eat with your left hand (or right!); put your hair in a... Thu, 11 Jun 2009 14:13:53 EST Hello Godless Heathens (He-thurns)! I am so happy to find a community I can better relate to. I am in conservative Ohio where my atheist family and I find ourselves in a minority. (It is off-putting to have to explain why one is not out raping and killing people if one does not believe in a god or an afterlife to so many True Believers). <BR> <BR> I am very new to chatting on line (I tend to be a bit antisocial in real life, and have a hard time fathoming being social by myself at my computer) but am really reaching out to ge... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 23:43:11 EST The Hand Scanner of the Beast This is not a prank; this letter is real. It’s interesting to imagine the complaints that they received which led them to develop a form letter. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>11/13/the-hand-scanner-of-the-beast/ </link> Wed, 10 Jun 2009 23:05:32 EST Announcement Just announced that Sparks now has an IM feature available for have to be mutual friends to utilize this's the link with all of the info... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=21<BR>39530 </link> Wed, 10 Jun 2009 15:45:25 EST Words you seem to have to add to the SP dictionary Okay, I know this is bitter sarcasm, but I'm still a little shocked at the base dictionary they are using here sometimes. Not to mention that fact there is better code to be used to make the spelling corrections/suggestions more accurate ... <BR> <BR> Today it didn't know the word: Zealotry. <BR> <BR> Why am I even bothering to mention it? Because the irony behind the fact the word that would define so many of the folks on SP that lead me to this team is not included. <BR> <BR> I know... Tue, 9 Jun 2009 19:00:26 EST Team Goals...Yes, we have them! Pick your poison! <BR> <em>246</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> Together we can make the healthy lifestyle changes that will help us live our lives to the fullest. <BR> <BR> What are YOUR targets for improvement? Thu, 4 Jun 2009 16:08:55 EST Glad to meet you! I just found this group and Liberal Atheist Hippies. All I can say is, thank the FSM for reaching out His noodle and guiding me here! ;) I live in the Puget Sound area of Washington and teach elementary music. Got a toddler and a cat and never any good idea what to say in these intros, so, um, hi! <BR> <BR> I have a bad habit of lurking on message boards, especially when I'm new. But I'll get into the swing of it, I'm sure. Wed, 3 Jun 2009 15:45:30 EST Reducing's like religion One year with a college roommate in Jews for Jesus finished off the last bit of my Baptist upbringing. I sampled Unitarianism, Science of Mind, Unity, and Catholicism before finally coming out as a Heathen - I mean Hee-thurn. <BR> <BR> I also dabbled in Paganism and Buddhism. I understand how people can turn to any of these philosophies or whatever they're called, including Wicca. <BR> <BR> Though it might look like a Christmas tree in my photo, it really is a Pagan tree. <BR> <BR> When ... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 15:00:45 EST Oh...I think I'm home! I've just been reading through a few of the posting and this group is for me! I grew up in a lovely state in the west known for its radical religious group...the Beehive State. I have since left the state AND the religion behind and now live in the Great Northwest and LOVE it here (for going on 25 years, I had better love it!) <BR> <BR> I hope to get to know many of you and suck up any motivation and help you can offer as well as give some back! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Jana (& Jazzi... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 11:23:04 EST FloridaFreet I'm going to pimp myself here for a moment, if no one strenuously objects! <BR> <BR> I've written a couple of articles for a new atheist/skeptic/secular blog that just launched today and I'm trying to spread the Good Word... :) <BR> <BR> This will "out" me in a couple of ways, I guess (as in my name and public atheism)... and you may see this note again if you also belong to the Liberal Atheist Hippies...sorry. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ori-blough/ </link> ... Fri, 29 May 2009 17:57:58 EST Horizontal Prayer Kudos to Karen for finding this article. <BR> <BR> Horizontal prayer - when religion becomes a weapon <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/is_200304/ai_n9217258/ </link> Mon, 25 May 2009 14:30:30 EST VIRTUAL "GOAL REACHED" PARTY ROOM---BOOK DATES NOW This is a full-service party room. We can help with guest lists, decorations, music, food, drinks, whatever you need, to properly celebrate the momentous occasion of reaching your SparkPeople goal weight. <BR> <BR> The FIRST thing we need to do is BOOK THIS ROOM for the appropriate DATE. We can work on the other details with less urgency. <BR> <BR> For ME, I'm thinking, no earlier than OCT 17, no later than NOV 23. What dates are YOU looking at for yours? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <em>23... Sun, 17 May 2009 02:02:26 EST Just now finding the good teams Hi. Ive been browsing on SP a lot, and am glad to find this team. It's hard enough getting along with all the churchers in my family, not wanting to offend anyone especially at those serious times when we get together. Living in the south (Is this the Bible belt?), I usually assume others are churchers until proven otherwise. <BR> <BR> My weight loss path has been something like my religious journey. I just hope it doesn't end the same way! Still deciding whether to count WW points, cal... Wed, 13 May 2009 16:04:22 EST Time to Eat? My eating habits seem to go in little cycles. There are days when I feel "not-so-hungry" and other days when I feel like I can't get enough food. It doesn't really matter on the calorie range, and I average the calories in the range over time - kind of doing a calorie-cycling program as my body desires. <BR> <BR> My ideal work day includes having my coffee on the train @7:30, then eating my breakfast at the office at 8:30, having a mid morning snack of fruit or yogurt at 10:30, lunch at 12... Thu, 7 May 2009 14:56:18 EST Hola! Hi! I'm Mattie and I'm new-ish to this group. I say new-ish because I've been getting invisible emails from Barbara_Boo for awhile now, and when I investigated, it turns out I was probably a member of this group when I had a different Sparkidentity when I joined a year or so ago, and I simply didn't remember this group! <BR> <BR> I'm excited to be here! I love that this group does support based on logic and personal stories, not from some religious perspective. The way I see it, if there... Mon, 4 May 2009 13:58:02 EST Paying Myself for Progress Okay, here's the thread I said I would create to keep track of how much I have saved for a special treat by bringing my lunch to work or drinking less soda. Each time I bring my lunch, I will add $2 to my "cookie jar" because that's about how much I will save by bringing my lunch. Our cafeteria food is pretty cheap. Each day, I will count the number of sodas I have had and for each one under six, I will pay myself 35 cents. <BR> <BR> If you want to join me in paying yourself for progress, ju... Mon, 4 May 2009 11:37:43 EST Greetings! Since I joined up with the incipient challenge, I figured I should do at least a little intro. <BR> <BR> I joined SP a while back, although I really want to stay active this time around. I figured participating in an active group would help. <BR> <BR> So...I'm Jen. I live in New England and my handle is because I'm a big Lovecraft fan. I'm 28 and I work at a hospital at the front desk, although I have an MA in anthropology. Long story short, I was in a PhD program and left to figure t... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 20:42:19 EST Is America a "Christian" nation? Check out this thread on another group: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x29451x247<BR>80459 </link> <BR> <BR> Maybe we are not as alone as we think we are! There is some really intelligent discussion there. Tue, 21 Apr 2009 09:57:51 EST I wish I hadn't let procrastination delay my... I am certain that every one of us tends to procrastinate at one time or another. We ask ourselves "What if I can't do it?" <BR> <BR> Stress and anxiety prevents us from doing things that will cause us to be happier and more satisfied. We can wish that we had done something years and years ago, but we cannot change the fact that we did not. We've had reasons: life, family, job, children, time, etc., but it doesn't change the fact that we regret all of the wasted time. <BR> <BR> We often h... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 22:38:59 EST EMOTICON YOUR MOOD TODAY <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Here's another fun game to motivate busy independent thinkers. Sun, 19 Apr 2009 14:34:26 EST