SparkPeople Butterfly People Team Messageboard This is a team for family, friends, and people who have one of the types of schizophrenia disorder or schizoaffective disorder. SparkPeople Butterfly People Team Messageboard Hi everyone Im just joining and wanted to introduce myself. How is everyone ? Im having a medioca day I look forward to hearing from you <em>252</em> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:28:04 EST Summer Challenge In one of my other groups we are starting a summer challenge to lose 4 pounds by July 4th! I don't suggest we all tackle the same goal, but I would like people to come and decide what they would like to tackle for the next month and over summer. <BR> <BR> I'll start. .I am committing to losing 4 pounds by the fourth and instituting a new schedule that DOESN'T count on me going anywhere but the park and the library over summer. I am trying out several new cardio discs to replace the cardio ... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 01:22:54 EST Six Word Affirmation Game I saw this on the Positive Blogging website and loved it so much that I wanted to try it here in place of the alphabet game, maybe. <BR> <BR> The goal is to come up with a positively worded, true affirmation about yourself or your life, in six words. <BR> <BR> January 8th Affirmation: <BR> My life overflows with happiness. <BR> <BR> I guess that's five words, not six, but you get the idea. Six words or less if you can! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 23:21:23 EST problems with sleeping during the day... I have had problems with sleeping during the day since I first got diagnosed on began medication in 2008. I usually sleep from 1-5 hours every day depending on how I feel(during the day AND sleep through the night!). As you know this is a HUGE problem for me! I feel sooooo bad for wasting time and wasting my life away sleeping. I am currently taking geodon and sertraline(or something like that). Both seem to be good for me.....I am also on thyroid medication and am on the lower side of my hea... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 20:08:20 EST How do we learn to communicate effectively? I have a very hard time communicating with family and friends. <BR> <BR> More specifically, I communicate in a way that, ultimately, is not honest nor fair - to myself or others. <BR> <BR> With family and friends I usually don't know the right way to express how I am feeling. If I am not feeling well - physically or mentally - I do not tell them. I usually keep it inside me. I sometimes don't really "know" when I should tell the truth or when I should disguise my feelings. <BR> <BR> My ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 05:11:49 EST Grateful to be here! Grateful to be here - in a place where having mental illness is not such a bad thing - at all. I am who I am, and one of the things that has affected me almost all my life is a sense that I was very troubled. <BR> <BR> I'm 61 now, and therapy, meds, hospitalizations have helped me so much. <BR> <BR> My diagnosis is schizoaffective, and usually I don't tell people that - a lot of folks will say "surely, that is not you"..... <BR> <BR> But I know me, and it is.............. <BR> <BR> So on... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 04:09:50 EST Happy Turkey day We are off to have a turkey day with family <em>4</em> It will be the first time meeting my step sister in real life <em>40</em> and there will be 7 there for the day <em>24</em> I think I'll go incognitoe. <em>10</em> BREATH I'll tell my self that all day... <em>29</em> BREATH! just the thought !!!! Hope you all have a good day <em>334</em> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 05:05:33 EST A bit about me Hello everybody, my username is Squid98 because I was on a ship for about a year in the US Navy. So, I'm a "squid" and not a "swab" which is a sailor who lives on land. I'm glad I joined the Navy, even though I got sick with Paranoid-Type Schizophrenia while enlisted. A medical person recently told me that I may now have Residual-type Schizophrenia, but I will update y'all on that when I talk to my psychiatrist about it. I enjoy sewing and building model car kits. I gained weight when I ... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:27:02 EST got a new walking partner yesterday i got a new walking partner... her name is jose and she is a 15 lb chiwawa mix. <BR> she has been trained to walk on a leash and is good at staying right by my side. I am hoping that the newness does not ware off as winter sets in and i will continue to want to take her for walks. i really need to walk everyday again and start dropping those dreadful lbs ;that i put back on over the last year. Fri, 5 Oct 2012 08:46:46 EST I admit, I'm not sure this is where I should be.. Post deleted. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 04:09:36 EST Medications Here is a place to talk about your medications, side effects, questions, etc. Sun, 9 Sep 2012 10:26:37 EST Lenten Resolutions and Easter Challenges I know typically people make Lent Promises and end them on Easter, but as Easter is almost here, I want to know: <BR> <BR> Did you make promises for Lent? <BR> What were they? <BR> How did you do? <BR> Are you continuing them? <BR> <BR> Also, many of us make New Years Resolutions.. I want to know: <BR> What were your new years resolutions? <BR> How did you do? <BR> How do you feel about either set of resolutions? <BR> <BR> I think Easter would be the perfect time to springboard new challe... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 02:28:30 EST Hi I'm new :D Hello everyone, my name is Kim but I usually go by the name Kimba. I was diagnosed with SA many years ago, I am an artist, a mom and the neighborhood crazy cat lady. I have two awesome children, live with my life partner and we take care of/are friends with around 7-8 cats (some days more since we take care of the feral cats in my neighborhood), I am also a vegetarian and I am here to lose weight and hopefully make friends I can chat with when feeling shaky or whenever :p <BR> Some of your s... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 05:40:32 EST New Year's Resolutions Just wondering what everyone's New Year's resolutions are for 2012!! Are you going to try to jump start your weight loss journey? Work on your mental health? Work on decaying friendships?Let us know.!!! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 20:01:25 EST Hi! im schizoaffective.I see things and hear voices.Mostly see deAD THINGS.i saw those and heard voices too for the first time since 320 days ago.i felt so awful. Thu, 15 Dec 2011 22:18:05 EST Feeling anxious and alone Right now it is as if I am fighting myself. Every night I binge. Since Halloween I have gained 18 lbs. :( I'm at one of my highest weights in 4 years. Please someone help! I just want to cry and I don't know where to turn to. I could really use a friend. Thank you for reading this...Hannah Tue, 13 Dec 2011 18:23:26 EST a new day tomarrow is a new day for a new beggining <BR> <BR> Im statring off with a 3 day fast <BR> then back to it foe real <BR> no fooling around this time <BR> im tierd of being complacent and need to be accountable <BR> ive lost all my confidence and have put on 30 lbs of the 100 that i lost <BR> im going to do it different this time <BR> im going to do what i know i will maintaine for life, but im starting out with a jump start <BR> <BR> i will try to post every day and let you know how im doin... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 19:07:54 EST Holidays-pain or pleasure? How do you deal with the onset of the hollidays along with the change of the seasons? Is it a comforting time for you with family and friends? Or is it a painful time of reminders of past bad memories and lost loved ones? Wed, 9 Nov 2011 09:04:19 EST Medications I thought that I should start a topic about our medications. <BR> I'm going to start it because I have a question. I just had my paxil dose go from 20 mg to 40. Now I am sleeping 10-12 hours a night. I don't like that. When I'm awake, I'm almost manic. Has anyone else had these problems with paxil or another anti-depressant? Fri, 23 Sep 2011 13:45:59 EST Challenge <BR> Does anyone want to have another challenge this month? Ideas? <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 8 Sep 2011 18:32:54 EST New Goal Weight <BR> This is kind of a confession. I have struggled with anorexia off and on since I was in my teens. I still occasionally restrict calories or exercise compulsively, but for the most part it is under control. I work with a therapist and this is one of the topics we discuss regularly. <BR> <BR> Since I joined SP, my goal weight has been 125#. The rational behind that goal is that my BMI will be 18.5 which is the lowest number before normal/healthy weight becomes underweight. I am 5'9" and h... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 08:56:44 EST Advice Please (Never Mind) I tried to delete this message before, but it keeps popping up. If anyone read it, just disregard. I was concerned about a member and was looking for advice. After chatting with her a bit, I found out that she is under a doctor's care. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 08:11:07 EST Sleep Challenge This challenge will begin on 8/21 and run through the end of August. <BR> <BR> Rules: <BR> -Simply go to bed and stay there until you fall asleep. <BR> -Post how many hours of sleep you got that night. <BR> -Winner to be determined by total number of hours of sleep. <BR> -Prize is a Spark goodie and a good habit! <BR> <BR> Sign up below so I can keep track please!! <BR> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 16:13:35 EST New challenges This is a place to have challenges. Everyone can put their 2 cents in and suggest a challenge and we will try to get to them. Some may be small ones, some may be month long ones. Let's try and spark ourselves into a healthier us!! Sun, 14 Aug 2011 10:40:21 EST August Fitness Minutes I'll start with my first week of August- add to it and let's see how many minutes we can get this month <BR> <BR> 127 Sat, 6 Aug 2011 19:48:47 EST Alphabet Game In this thread we will try to think of words that strike our fancy in Alphabet order.. Person 1 starts with A.. person 2 B until Z and then we start over with A again. Tue, 2 Aug 2011 23:12:08 EST A Daily Dose of Pampering What is one thing you will do today to celebrate you and pamper yourself? <BR> <BR> Examples: <BR> -Paint your nails <BR> -Take a bubble bath <BR> -Light a scented candle <BR> -Listen to some music <BR> -Put clean sheets on the bed <BR> <BR> I am going to take a shower with Paul Mitchells tea tree body wash....... I love that stuff! <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Aug 2011 07:32:27 EST Insomnia I saw a few people posting about not being able to sleep. Here is a great article to read and seriously think about. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=373 </link> Sat, 30 Jul 2011 08:28:06 EST akathisia Anyone else get this from their meds? What helps? <BR> Sat, 30 Jul 2011 05:10:40 EST THIS IS YOUR BOARD! What do you want to do with it Hi everyone. I'm back at least for a little while. I've been a bit of a flake the last year. <BR> We are adding HVACWoman as a team leader and considering any messages from others who might be interested as more active members in team leadership. <BR> <BR> JAMESGRRL sounds like she's been injured, which has hindered her exercise/weight loss. I am busy but that isn't a good excuse. JAMESGRRL has already mentioned as a good source of support, and I would like to mention http... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 12:27:50 EST having trouble being med complient Im finding it very hard to be med complient as I do not feel I need what the doctor has me on. <BR> I lowered my dose two weeks ago and promised id stay at the dose i am on for 1 month... Im finding this very hard and am arguing it out every day when it is time to take them. I feel that the meds are what helped me to put the 25 lbs back on in the last 3 months and they are making me constantly want to eat. I have joined an OA meeting in my area to gain support for the compulsive overeating, b... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 14:15:15 EST Where Is Everyone From? <BR> St. Petersburg, FL Fri, 8 Jul 2011 06:56:11 EST Psychotic Episode <BR> I've been psychotic since Thursday...hearing voices, hallucinating, mixed episodes. My psychiatrist raised my dosage of Seroquel, but the psychosis hasn't broken yet. I went out with my husband today and on the way home I suddenly didn't recognize where I was and I couldn't remember where we were going...we were just 2 or 3 blocks from our house. I'm so frustrated and really scared that I will end up in the psych ward again. My husband is keeping an eye on me today and then my friends a... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 16:28:36 EST Challenge Anyone? Would either of you be interested in setting a team goal for the week? If so, post your suggestions and we'll pick one and then start tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Some ideas: <BR> <BR> Drink at least 8 cups of water everyday <BR> Exercise 10 minutes a day <BR> Stay within your calorie range everyday <BR> Take medication as prescribed everyday <BR> Write in a journal x # of times per week <BR> <BR> That's just off the top of my head. I'm open to anything. Sun, 5 Jun 2011 13:14:02 EST Is There Anyone Out There? I'd love to see this team become active again. Is anybody with me? Sat, 28 May 2011 11:18:46 EST I'm Here I just found this team yesterday and I am really excited. I'm 45 years old and have so many mental disorders that I won't even begin to list them now. I'm sure as I post more you will figure out what my challenges are. I was previously 300 pounds mostly due to the psychotropic drugs I was taking. My "medication cocktail" has been changed and I was able to WORK off 150 pounds before I started with SP about 2 weeks ago. Since joining SP, I have lost an additional 5 pounds. My goal is to lose 6 ... Fri, 27 May 2011 10:06:46 EST Is anyone on this team active? I was looking for a supportive team for my mental illness. Does anyone on this team post or do anything? Wed, 23 Mar 2011 19:48:53 EST Symptoms Does anyone else find that their symptoms increase with stress? Is there anyone on here that I can talk to about meds? I think mine should be reduced I wish it was up to me. Sat, 8 Jan 2011 17:50:08 EST Symptoms Does anyone else find that their symptoms increase with stress? Is there anyone on here that I can talk to about meds? I think mine should be reduced I wish it was up to me. Sat, 8 Jan 2011 17:48:41 EST Symptoms Does anyone else find that their symptoms increase with stress? Is there anyone on here that I can talk to about meds? I think mine should be reduced I wish it was up to me. Sat, 8 Jan 2011 17:48:13 EST hello team I don't feel so alone. I had no idea there were so many different types of teams for me to join. :) I was diagnosed Schizoaffective almost 8 years ago. I can get into more details about my journey later. <BR> <BR> I was told if I wanted to get better I had to socialize I have problems with this. I'm so tired of the depression I gained almost 100 lbs. in a year after doing so well and working so hard everything just got to me. Has anyone else had a similar experience? <BR> <BR> I would lov... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 15:06:46 EST Idea Board 2011 hi guys.. sorry i have been inactive for so long..... <BR> <BR> anybody still here??? <BR> <BR> hugs to all <BR> jamesgirl Wed, 5 Jan 2011 21:01:36 EST Idea Board 2010 Does anyone have any ideas they would like to discuss about the team or what they want from the team members? <BR> I've been thinking about team goals again and want ideas about what sort of things we could put up to look at as a group. Thu, 1 Apr 2010 02:43:50 EST New to this group better. <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Mar 2010 13:45:24 EST What drew you to Sparkpeople? What drew you to Sparkpeople and what parts of the website do you use most often. <BR> <BR> I've been away but I think I use the nutrition tracter and weight ticker most. Followed by the SparkPage Features. Sat, 27 Mar 2010 14:41:06 EST Oh Happy Day! I am an ex-drinker and recent ex-smoker who's starting to be an ex-overeater, and I really like surfing around sparkpeople to find spark points. I want to turn things around such that I can have the lifestyle that will enable me to write the stories I want to write and be on stage in the way I have been before I became self-conscious about my size. I especially look forward to being able to move directly instead of working around my belly all the time! It's a happy day just to believe in myse... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 10:05:32 EST first QOTD in a long time Jan. 24, 10 who here is on antipsychotics? and are you afraid of them making you fat? do they cause you to have intense cravings? do they have diabetes as a possible side effect? <BR> <BR> and what healthy changes have you made to combat this potentially life threatening disease? <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> jamesgirl Sun, 24 Jan 2010 08:44:51 EST Hello all Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I am glad there is a team here for my specific illness. I live in TX, it is hard for me to get out at times with the paranoia and all. A lot of it comes from my negative self image. I was comforing myself by binging and self medicating. Something happened New Years Eve though and I am making another serious attempt at being healthy. It is hard when I am alone 90% of the time, I do have my dogs though. <BR> <BR> I want people in my life I am just sick of the judgment... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 11:26:56 EST Wondering what to do with my life... Hi All, <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of quitting my job (I work part-time at a bakery), for some reason I can't last in a job more than a month...I start getting frustrated and I develop a kind of aversion to it. I try to give myself positive self-talk, but it just doesn't work. <BR> <BR> I was wondering, is anybody here on disability? Is it better to have that income and stop worrying about financial security, or is it depressing? I can't exactly imagine being on di... Sun, 19 Jul 2009 09:26:41 EST Hi, newbie here I thought it best to introduce myself. I have had sz for 30 years, although the last two have been the worst so far! <BR> <BR> Seven years ago I lost 42Lbs and it is starting to creep back on with the meds I am taking and the lack of energy that I have. I would like to loose another 21Lb but don't know how to go about doing it. <BR> <BR> I walk 4 miles a day, with usually a longer walk at the weekend, I swim once a week and play badminton for an hour once a week. But the voices have ... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 16:54:36 EST Oof. I've been closing my store for an hour over lunch so I can go for a walk. Today I asked a friend if he'd like to accompany me. He said sure. <BR> <BR> Whoops. <BR> <BR> This guy is in seriously good shape and he easily walks at twice the clip I do. We covered a distance that usually takes me 45 minutes in just under thirty, so he suggested we go a bit farther. Well, a bit farther turned out to be three times the distance with a significant uphill grade for the last mile. <BR> <BR> My legs ... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 17:28:17 EST transference I know this is a difficult subject but have you experienced transference? I find it so difficult to deal with. I was feeling fine then I saw this person today and now I feel really upset and anxious Tue, 9 Jun 2009 16:43:55 EST This and that... So... I was hospitalized for diverticulitis a couple of weeks back. Had this unbearable abdominal pain that just wouldn't go away. Doctor said that I've got acute diverticular disease and I'd better clean up my diet if I want to hang on to my sigmoid colon. There's my motivation to diet. <BR> <BR> When you're admitted to hospital you have to give your medical history, which in my case includes SZ. As soon as the nurses saw that they started treating me differently than they did when they wer... Sat, 6 Jun 2009 21:24:31 EST QOTD 5/24/09 what are you doing for fun this memorial day weekend? <BR> <BR> are you doing anything to honor our soldiers? <BR> <BR> me...i am hoping to go to Star Trek.. and we ordered pizza today! <BR> <BR> hugs to all <BR> jamesgirl Sun, 24 May 2009 14:14:00 EST QOTD 5/22/09 my name in "real life" is Jennifer Lynn... and i can't stand it..... you don't have to say your real name.... but do you like it? if you don't like it would you change it? i think about changing mine .... <BR> <BR> what would you like your name to be instead? (even if you aren't planning on changing it) Fri, 22 May 2009 23:01:27 EST QOTD 5/14/09 what are some of the coping techniques that you use? <BR> <BR> for example in dialectical behavioral therapy i learned that smiling makes you feel better..... like it releases hormones and stuff that make you feel better... so even if you are horribly depressed try to smile a couple of times a day.. you don't have to smile at somebody.. you can smile to yourself.. but smiling at somebody is uplifting as you almost always get a smile back.... <BR> <BR> another coping technique for depression... Thu, 14 May 2009 10:43:30 EST QOTD 5/11/09 do you have a hard time keeping up with personal hygiene? i know this is a struggle for many people with sz.... <BR> <BR> i have a hard time brushing my teeth.... but i have gotten better about showering and shaving my legs and washing my face.... now i just need to get that one last thing going for me..... <BR> <BR> hugs to all <BR> jamesgirl Mon, 11 May 2009 15:35:15 EST QOTD 5/7/09 What are you most looking forward to fitting into when you get to your goal? <BR> <BR> I'm planning on celebrating by letting myself purchase a kimono for lounging around the house and going to conventions in. <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 May 2009 23:27:58 EST QOTD 5/5/09 Do you eat fast food and if so, where do you go? <BR> <BR> I usually go to Jack n' the Box or Burger King. Last time I got a Whopper Jr. Meal I substituted apple fries for just ten cents more than regular fries. They were really good. I've also gotten the mandarin oranges at Wendy's before. Tue, 5 May 2009 21:57:55 EST QOTD 5/04/09 what do you do when you start going off track diet and fitness wise? <BR> <BR> for me...i seem to beat myself up about it (which does NO GOOD!) and seem to wallow around aimlessly for a little bit... i want to change that bad habit and know that making one mistake doesn't mean i have to keep making mistakes...... <BR> <BR> i am so sorry to report that i gained almost all of my weight back before and after my hysterectomy... <BR> <BR> but now i have a goal of doing yoga for at least twenty ... Mon, 4 May 2009 09:38:59 EST QOTD 5/1/09 wow....this year is flying by quickly.... <BR> <BR> so what has been your happiest moment thus far this year? it doesn't have to be about sz or weight can be about anything....... <BR> <BR> my happiest moment was when my husband noticed how much more i was doing around the house and said he appreciated it..... <BR> <BR> also i won't be on much for tomorrow.......what is the most ridiculous diet you have been on? i have done nutrisystem and slimfast...but the most ... Fri, 1 May 2009 18:00:15 EST QOTD 4/30/09 what is your favorite fitness activity and why? <BR> <BR> i love yoga personally...... and second to that i like to walk ...but only if i walk with somebody.... i get paranoid alone.... <BR> <BR> hugs to all, <BR> jamesgirl Thu, 30 Apr 2009 09:33:00 EST QOTD 4/29/09 when did you first learn your diagnosis of a schizophrenia disorder? how old were you? had you had symptoms of mental illness before your first psychotic break? <BR> <BR> hugs to all! <BR> jamesgirl Wed, 29 Apr 2009 18:31:39 EST QOTD 4/14/09 I just got back for a three day vacation and have the bad news that this convention that I want to go to each year is booked over Easter weekend for the forseeable future, so I guess I have a choice to make.. <BR> <BR> Have any of you gone to a convention? was it for fun or business? what was it about? and did you enjoy yourself? if you did what was the best part? <BR> <BR> I went to an anime and cultural arts festival. It was definitely for fun. It was my birthday present to be exact. I ha... Wed, 15 Apr 2009 00:49:17 EST QOTD 4/6/09 So I was laid up about four days last week with a headache, retiring to bed one of the days. I was wondering, does anyone else have trouble with headaches? What are they like? Do you know what causes them? How long do they last? and is there anything that works to make them go away? <BR> <BR> I have this headache that involves all my sinuses and front of the forehead. It hurts really really bad and I want to contract all the muscles above my eyes, except if I do it doesn't help and all I get... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 00:32:05 EST QOTD 3/31/09 What is the last thing you read? An article in the paper? A piece of junk mail? A letter? A blog online? <BR> <BR> Online the last thing I read were posts about what people are thankful for on MEC, <link> </link> . Offline I read a brochure from an insurance salesman. <BR> <BR> How about you? Tue, 31 Mar 2009 02:11:49 EST QOTD 3/29/09 If you celebrated Easter what was your favorite animal? the bunnies, baby chicks, or lambs? <BR> <BR> My favorite growing up had to be the bunnies because of the chocolate bunnies we would always get each year in our Easter baskets, with chicks running a close second. Being grown up I collect sheep and look for lambs to add to my collection each Easter. Sun, 29 Mar 2009 04:04:49 EST QOTD 3/27/09 What do you want dinnertime to look like? <BR> <BR> In my case, I imagine myself taking the time to get the frozen vegetables out of the freezer and steam them with rice. Or to fill a magic bullet blender halfway with strawberries, nonfat milk and splenda for a strawberry fruit frosty and maybe a little protein on the side if I feel like I need it that day. I want to move away from eating most of my calories at night and eat them most at the beginning of the day and second at lunch. Fri, 27 Mar 2009 03:20:39 EST QOTD 3/21/09 What is everyone's favorite pet-type? and what is everyone's favorite animal? <BR> <BR> My favorite pet is the dog. I love how loyal and soft they are and how fun it is to play with them and how excited they get over treats. <BR> <BR> My favorite animal overall is the hummingbird. They hover and dart, more agile than helicopters. And the ruby red ones look like they're jeweled pieces with ruby, garnet, and emerald. And they live on sugar water (I have a tooth for sweets of all kinds) Sat, 21 Mar 2009 21:22:21 EST QOTD 3/15/09 I really am trying to cut back on the internet but every now and then it seems I'm stuck into this vortex of browsing without a purpose and not knowing what I really want to do. If I wasn't on the computer I would probably be pacing in between tasks. <BR> <BR> So my question for you today is... <BR> How much time do you spend on the internet? with or without e-mail? and do you enjoy all of that time or just part of it? <BR> <BR> I can spend all day 4 or 5 hours on it at a time, but today I'... Sun, 15 Mar 2009 21:16:32 EST surgery went well my surgery Monday went well... i am up and about a little bit...not posting a whole lot because sitting is uncomfortable...... <BR> <BR> but just wanted to let you know i am okay and i will talk about my surgery more later... <BR> <BR> <BR> huuuugggggggssssss <BR> jamesgirl Fri, 13 Mar 2009 10:43:40 EST QOTD 2/28/09 Ok... my bad <BR> <BR> Why didn't anyone SparkMail me with a hehehe... don't you mean February instead of April.. QOTD.. dang.. I'm going to have to skip those days or phrase the topic a little differently now.. Anyhow.. <BR> <BR> The beginning of Lent means that the Easter Season is about to come... What is everyone's favorite holiday memory? <BR> <BR> Mine was an Easter where Esther and I both went shopping and found lace dresses in the Sears bargain basement. Dresses I didn't even come ... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 02:18:35 EST QOTD 4/20/09 This is a three parter.. <BR> <BR> What is the last movie you saw and did you enjoy it? <BR> What is the best movie you ever saw and why? <BR> What is the worst movie you ever saw and why? <BR> <BR> <BR> The last movie I saw was Friday the 13th in 3d. I don't usually like horror movies and don't feel scared at all at the campy ones, but this one was more the fun of a haunted house because things like TV antennae and shovel handles kept popping off the screen so close you'd expect them to b... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 23:59:17 EST QOTD 4/14/09 So this may have been partially covered recently in one of the other threads, but I thought I would make it official and ask here. Valentines Day is traditionally a day for chocolates, sweets, and other fattening foods. <BR> <BR> What are your favorite sweets and do you manage to portion them or do you have to stay away from them completely to have control? <BR> <BR> My favorite sweets are pocky (cookie like biscuits dipped in chocolate or strawberry frosting) lemon bars, chocolate chocolat... Sat, 14 Feb 2009 05:15:13 EST QOTD 2/11/09 What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? <BR> <BR> and why? <BR> <BR> jamesgirl Wed, 11 Feb 2009 04:56:45 EST QOTD 4/11/09 What is everyone's favorite movie and why? <BR> <BR> Mine is Fried Green Tomatoes because it shows Kathy Bates' character growing into being a self-assured woman and includes so many strong female characters Wed, 11 Feb 2009 03:35:46 EST QOTD 4/4/09 What is your favorite game to play when you get together with friends? <BR> <BR> Mine is Uno. It's simple, fast, and easy to adapt to more or less players. We play long form where cards are worth points and the first player to reach 500 wins. You get awarded points for all the cards left in other players hands when you win. Thu, 5 Feb 2009 03:31:21 EST QOTD 4/3/09 What is your favorite movie and why? <BR> <BR> I think mine right now has been Fried Green Tomatoes for a while. I enjoy how empowered Iggie is and how she helps Kathy bates' character grow into a more empowered refined woman. Thu, 5 Feb 2009 03:27:36 EST Any good ideas for avoiding headaches? The past few days I have been having headaches and I would sure like for them to stop. I am allergic to aspirin so usually have to rely on Tylenol but it doesn't always work. Any ideas for me? Tue, 3 Feb 2009 14:43:24 EST QOTD 4/2/09 So if you were to teach a series of classes or workshops what would you choose to do them on and why? <BR> <BR> I think I would booktalk children's literature choices for upper elementary, because that is what I am reading and working with right now at the library and it's also what I really enjoy ;) <BR> <BR> So now how about you all? Tue, 3 Feb 2009 00:56:15 EST Question of the Day 4/1/09 What is your favorite time of year and why do you like it? Sun, 1 Feb 2009 21:48:16 EST Question of the Day 1/31/09 I'm running short on time and I picked a hard question for today, so I'm going to have to give my answer later, but here's todays QOTD: <BR> <BR> What is something you really like about yourself? Tell why? <BR> <BR> I realize that this may be stretching some of us, because a lot of times we have poor self esteem but I'm asking us all to look deep. If you think about it for a while and still can't answer it and it's making you miserable, then answer why you can't answer the question as stat... Sat, 31 Jan 2009 18:12:31 EST February Question February is almost upon us.. What does everyone do to spend of get through Valentines Day? Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:05:35 EST QOTD 1/20/09 how many of us are on disability? <BR> <BR> and how does it make you feel? <BR> <BR> has anyone tried using their ticket to work? <BR> <BR> how did that go? <BR> <BR> hugs to all, <BR> jamesgirl Tue, 20 Jan 2009 13:15:17 EST QOTD 1/19/09 are you going to watch Obama being sworn in tomorrow? <BR> <BR> me and hubby are.. he is even staying home from work.... <BR> <BR> hugs to all, <BR> jamesgirl Mon, 19 Jan 2009 14:05:16 EST New Year's Hope and Resolutions What are everyone's hopes and resolutions for the new year? <BR> <BR> I want to return to mass, start my new points reward system, exercise an hour 5 of 7 days, and practice gentle assertiveness in the place of being passive agressive. <BR> <BR> My hopes are that I lose 50 pounds by next year this time, that I get healthier and have less setbacks this time next year, and that I fully participate in the housework, becoming a "little domestic" rather than being entertainment driven. <BR> <BR... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 03:09:35 EST QOTD 1/17/09 What are your hobbies? <BR> <BR> for me i enjoy playing the Sims2 (and am looking forward to The Sims3!) <BR> <BR> i also enjoy yoga....although with as much as i enjoy it you'd really think i'd do it a lot more.. like instead of thirty minutes a day and then sit on my butt the rest of the a couple of hours worth... <BR> <BR> i guess i get bored with it when i am home alone... <BR> <BR> i really love going to classes when we can afford to though.... <BR> <BR> i also love online c... Sat, 17 Jan 2009 11:55:44 EST 1/10/09 question of the day what is your favorite hot beverage? <BR> <BR> mine is a toss up between Starbuck's Peppermint Mocha Latte...and Chai Tea with honey and soymilk.... <BR> <BR> jamesgirl Sat, 10 Jan 2009 08:27:19 EST hello team..... i know we haven't been very active hello team.. i know we haven't been very active lately, but i would like to see that change. i suppose some people are afraid of joining due to being stigmatized. there is an awesome place that you can go and be anonymous... its called <BR> <BR> i post there under jamesgirl...... <BR> <BR> i want to start posting here more too... but would really appreciate responses... <BR> <BR> my question for today is ...besides medication...what have you found to be effective in ... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 20:11:22 EST Halloween Plans!! What is everyone doing for Halloween? <BR> This would be a good time and place to post what plans are to greet the trick or treaters and to update the group on what our goals and progress are! Wed, 29 Oct 2008 01:23:53 EST ARRRGH! i have terrible PMS.... with very sore boobies and quite an attitude....... the mood swings are horrible..... <BR> <BR> and i PMS for a week or two! <BR> <BR> it is bad enough to be schiz. a. bipolar type...why do i have to have this terrible PMS? <BR> <BR> jamesgirl Sat, 6 Sep 2008 16:39:33 EST NAMI Survey of the States Click below to go to the survey NAMI is partially using to grade the states. <BR> <BR> In 2006 the state average was a D. Washington State earned a D for not having beds available and for no plan to prioritize services. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tional_surveys&Template=/customsource/<BR>telesage_survey.cfm&lstid=933 </link> Sat, 23 Aug 2008 19:52:10 EST Summer Plans What is everyone doing for summer? <BR> <BR> I'm going to be taking a two-month break from volunteering 3 days a week at a school library and plan gratuitous movie watching time. I don't really have plans to go anywhere. Mon, 2 Jun 2008 01:18:48 EST How does everyone feel about creating team goals? How do you feel about brainstorming ideas to create a team goal, either fitness-nutrition-weight or non-fitness related. <BR> <BR> We can create our own goal. Define an action, (reading or running are the current examples they give)decide on an amount and then a frequency (each day, every other day, each week, each month) <BR> <BR> then we'd set a team goal for, currently, the three of us. <BR> <BR> <BR> Or <BR> <BR> We could select a SparkPeople Special Goal for our SparkTeam in one of... Tue, 6 May 2008 17:55:38 EST Where is Everyone From? I'm from Auburn in Washington State. Thats somewhere between the larger cities of Seattle and Tacoma. Tue, 6 May 2008 02:56:06 EST Have you joined NAMI yet? Have you connected with your chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) yet? Thier website is They advocate for research, give educational classes for friends and family, and sponsor support groups. <BR> <BR> If you haven't or it isn't available in your area, are you able to connect to support groups through another organization or group of people? Tell us about it either way! Sat, 19 Apr 2008 21:08:47 EST Movies on Mental Illness or Recovery I enjoyed Girl, Interrupted 28 days and Prozac Nation but was wondering if there were any more people could recommend as being relatively uplifting. Sat, 19 Apr 2008 21:02:09 EST Recommended Reading Right now I only have two: <BR> <BR> Diagnosis: Schizophrenia by Rachel Miller and Susan Mason <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> Getting Your Life Back Together When You Have Schizophrenia by Roberta Temes Sat, 19 Apr 2008 20:59:24 EST Current illness related trials and triumphs Currently my illness is fairly well controlled through medication and is just distracting at times. But I thought it would be good to start creating a place where people could share thier grief and heartache over loved ones and those of us afflicted could express pain over stigma and limitations and maybe get help to ge over those limitations that are perceived and more help to realize when limitations are actually real and immovable. Sat, 19 Apr 2008 20:52:30 EST Current non-weight goals and challenges My Program: <BR> Right now my short term goals are: <BR> <BR> Trying to gain 100% Attendence at Bible Studies, Groups, Volunteering and Church Activities. <BR> <BR> To keep to a sleep schedule and add Exercise and Devotions to the mornings. <BR> <BR> Make my online time more managable and more regular by splitting up my online journaling and tracking into three parts. One day I will visit LiveJournal and blog and visit my 100pounds2lose group. The next I'll be on SparkPeople reading ent... Sat, 19 Apr 2008 20:47:59 EST Current weight loss goals and challenges My Goals: <BR> Right now I have a long-term goal of 106 pounds and size 10. I have a first mid-term goal of being 180 pounds and size 18 and a second mid-term goal of 147 and a size 14-16. <BR> <BR> I have a short term goal of 200 pounds, walking 2 miles a day, and a long term goal of being able to get through a dance video and sweat without asthma attack. <BR> <BR> Currently I just want to use the Walk-Away-the-Pounds video with Leslie Sansone 5 days a week. <BR> Sat, 19 Apr 2008 20:44:50 EST