SparkPeople Fit and Organized Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=22277 Does your house need a fitness boost too? Come lose pounds and de-clutter your home. We'll have both fitness and organizational challenges. (Click on team picture) SparkPeople Fit and Organized Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=22277 Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x58249885 I everyone! Not new to SP but new to participating a lot in order to achieve my goals! One thing that I found is being disorganized in life really gets you off track. So, I am organizing and cleaning my house and my life ;) <BR> <BR> Looking forward to chatting/supporting with you all! <BR> <BR> Shannon Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:24:42 EST June's Target Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x58042525 This month the emphasis will be outdoor spaces. Decks, patios, pergolas, entries, yards, gardens, etc. <BR> <BR> Let's clean them up. Declutter and better organize it. Weed and trim wherever it needs it. And make it enjoyable for the summer and beyond. <BR> <BR> It you want, why not take a before and after picture and share it with the team? Thu, 29 May 2014 20:11:36 EST June's Daily Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x58042442 <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>363</em> <em>320</em> <em>217</em> <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> This month we will focus on fitness: <BR> <BR> Post the number of fitness minutes you would like to achieve. And then track it using this template. Copy and paste it. And then just edit your post to update it with your minutes. Of course, this challenge does not require daily fitness. Set your own schedule and don't forget a rest day once in awhile. <BR> <BR> Fitness Month Go... Thu, 29 May 2014 20:02:26 EST May' Daily Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x57718546 Once again, I will provide daily challenges that will address both fitness and organization. You can modify the challenge to suit your needs. Also, you can do the challenges in any order. <BR> <BR> Today's challenge: <BR> <BR> 15 minute tidy for the bathroom Thu, 1 May 2014 14:55:21 EST May's Target Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x57692653 For this month long challenge - we will focus on the bedroom. The goal is to make it the best room it can be in terms of cleaniness, organization and relaxation. <BR> <BR> Let's start with making it shine. <BR> <BR> First week/day (you decide): <BR> <BR> Remove all clutter. Dust or polish. Clean the mirrors and/or windows. Sweep. Mop. Vacuum. Change the sheets and/or bedspread. <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:33:56 EST Really, I did spin 50 more points (2 in 2 days) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x57648744 Team, I just spun another 50 points for this team. It's the second time in as many days for this team, and I've lost count of the other teams for which I spun 50 points in less than a month. I'm not kidding, I have a real knack for this. <em>244</em> <em>380</em> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 02:13:07 EST I'm hot! I just won 50 points on the team spin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x57636994 I just got a 50-point spin for the team. It's about the third time this week that I've done that -- and that is no exaggeration. <BR> <BR> I never win at Bingo <em>246</em> . Fri, 25 Apr 2014 02:00:58 EST Getting and Staying Clutter Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x57568359 The reoccurring problem - clutter! <BR> <BR> Sometimes, it is from a lack of space. Sometimes the culprit is a lack of time. And, sometimes it is just a lack of good organization. <BR> <BR> This is a 7 day challenges that begins any day you like. The important part is that you set aside a week to do this project. <BR> <BR> Here is the suggested approach: <BR> <BR> Day One: identify at least one troublesome area that either attracts clutter or is just plain cluttered. This is now your p... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:25:34 EST April Daily Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x57338495 Every day I will post one mini challenge involving fitness and organization. Since I am on the west coast, I will post the challenge the night before. That way you will have a full day to complete the challenge. Jump in anytime. <BR> <BR> And if you have a suggestion for a challenge, spark mail me. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:13:17 EST Last Days of March - March Madness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x57305167 Okay, in the spirit of the season - March Madness - let's change things up a bit. Time for our own Sweet Sixteen list. From now to April First, see how many of the following things you can accomplish: <BR> <BR> 1. Do 15 minutes of cardio. <BR> <BR> 2. Clean a mirror or glass surface. <BR> <BR> 3. Do 10 minutes of upper body strength training <BR> <BR> 4. De-clutter for 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> 5. Do another 15 minutes of cardio. <BR> <BR> 6. Make your bed with clean sheets. <BR> <B... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:50:34 EST Weekend Challenge - Create your own http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x57211560 Okay, I am borrowing this from another team. One day this weekend, create a healthy goal and accomplish it. <BR> <BR> That's it. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:03:48 EST Wednesday - Friday Challenge - Action Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x57162329 So you have made a list. <em>195</em> Maybe you made a second list. <em>203</em> Maybe you made a list of your lists. <em>149</em> You KNOW what needs to be done. BUT, it is not done. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <em>412</em> So time to get into action and... <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Just do it (already)! <BR> <BR> Pick one thing off your list and complete it. Come back and share what you have completed with an emoticon that represents the activity you completed. There is no ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:15:16 EST Midweek Challenge - Spotlight on the Bathroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x57101990 Spring is right around the corner. Time to get start on spring cleaning. This week's focus - the bathroom. Cleaning it is just the first step. A well organized bathroom makes it easier to clean and kept clean. Here's a great article about organizing the bathroom: <BR> <link>www.houzz.com/ideabooks/3116176/list<BR>/The-Family-Home--8-Easy-Tips-for-an-O<BR>rganized-Bathroom </link> <BR> <BR> The challenge. <BR> <BR> Using these tips or whatever works best for you, organize one aspect... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:34:26 EST Weekend Challenge - Focus on YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x57041156 So often we take care of everyone and everything before ourselves. I am not suggesting that it is inappropriate or unnecesary, but it is well-documented that if you take care of yourself, you can more effectively take care others. So, during this weekend, make some time for yourself. <BR> <BR> Do one or more of the following: <BR> <BR> <em>203</em> 10 minutes of relaxation (any activity that allows you to relax - read a book, take a bath, etc,) <BR> <BR> <em>353</em> 10 minutes o... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 14:09:45 EST Challenge - Tuesday - Thursday - Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x56996524 More fitness and organizing: <BR> <BR> First: the traditional definition - set a goal for specific number of steps for either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. When completed, post a <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Don't count steps? You can still participate. Chose any cardio activity and do it for at least 20 minutes. If you already do 20 minutes or more cardio, then add at least 10 minutes to it. The general idea is to get some movement. When completed, post a <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> An... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 00:28:36 EST Challenge - Back to Basics Weekend Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x56949795 So, another month is here. Let's keep going with the basics to get us to our goal, with a bit of a twist: <BR> <BR> Try a new Strength Training Move, DVD, Fitness Class, Sparkpeople or YouTube video this weekend <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> Organize, file, scan or shred (as appropriate), one pile (bag, stack,etc.) of paperwork. <BR> <BR> Share your accomplishments with a <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Or let's know what you are working on with a <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> (Hey, don't forget... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:34:14 EST One Minute Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x56924816 I have borrowed this challenge from another team. The goal is to do fitness and healthy activities that take about a minute to complete. <BR> <BR> You do the last activity, and then specifiy another activity for the next person.The next person does that activity and then lists another activity for the next person. <BR> <BR> Let's see how many activities we can do in 7 days. I will start... <BR> <BR> 1 glass of water: Jackie <BR> 10 sits ups Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:17:59 EST Back to Basics Challenge - Wednesday - Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x56924745 So, another month's is ending. Are you on track with your 2014 goals. If you are like me, a refresher course in the basics is needed to get back on track. <BR> <BR> So, I will be posting different changes that address the basics of healthier living, more active lifestyle and an organized, well everything! <BR> <BR> Over the next few days: <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> Up your veggie intake. Have salad as a main entree or a salad dish at least one time. Substitute veggies for snack. Try ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:09:28 EST Bonus Points for Our Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x56704731 If you're one of those Sparkers who like to earn Bonus Points, don't miss out on the Start Page opportunities. <BR> <BR> You already know you earn points by spinning the wheel when you Log-in to Spark, and you earn points by tracking and making comments. However, when you go to the Start Page, you can earn points by clicking the pennants in Section 3 to give Team Bonus Points to your teams. If your team gets 50 points, so do you. If, when you start to click the pennants, you don't yet have t... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 07:51:10 EST New Challenge - Quick Clean http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x56503284 The purpose of this challenge is to focus on things that can be completed in one day (or started). <BR> <BR> Today's focus: that catch all drawer. Organized, toss out or relocate items as it makes sense. Be brutual. If you have not used it over a year - how essential is it? Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:05:03 EST Seven Day Challenge - Share your Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x56503198 The goal of this challenge is two fold: <BR> <BR> 1. Pick an online video workout of any type and do it. It can be of any length, type, Sparkpeople or nonSparkpeople. Do an old standby or try something new. <BR> <BR> 2. Share the link (with a brief description) in our 365 Gym. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:55:18 EST Fitness Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x56367835 Are you satisfied with your fitness efforts this month? If not, this is the challenge for you! No matter what may or may not happened with your fitness efforts, let's focus on a strong finish! <BR> <BR> Either add 10 minutes to your existing fitness routine OR do at least 20 minutes of cardio Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. This just may be the push you need to keeping your fitness efforts going through the end of the month! <BR> <BR> Goodies await! <em>216</em> <em>363</em> ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:04:23 EST Team Goals - Team Input Requested http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x56276625 The team's goals have remained the same for at least 2 years.The team goals are located on the bottom of the team page. When you joined the team, you were asked if you would like to join any of the goals. You may have joined..or not. It is optional. <BR> <BR> Currently the goals are as follows: <BR> <BR> Exercise 540 minutes per month <BR> <BR> Give 1 Goodie 1 time per day <BR> <BR> Declutter 1 area 1 time per day <BR> <BR> Exercise 20 minutes per day <BR> <BR> Track nutrition 3 meals... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 15:33:09 EST 1 Hour Challenge - Shred it or File it - http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x56261981 Do you have paperwork stashed away or in piles? Well, this challenge is for you. For one hour, trash, shred or file papers as appropriate. The goal is to simply reduce some, if not all, paperwork that is cluttering your space. <BR> <BR> The one hour can be broken into segments - ten minutes, fifteen minutes, etc. Just do a total of 60 minutes (or less if that eliminates your paper clutter). <BR> <BR> Oh, and by the way, this challenge can be completed on any day. So, if today is too cha... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 15:54:10 EST Positive Solutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x56212151 Here is the place to share helpful suggestions, links',articles, etc. about organizing your home, office, etc. Also, this is the place to tell us about something you are working on and could use a suggestion or two. <BR> <BR> Remember: positive solutions. No negative judgment, comment, snide remarks allowed. In the words of Quincy Jones: "check your ego at the door" Sat, 4 Jan 2014 12:22:47 EST Just Seven Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x56211935 This is a one week challenge. <BR> <BR> Just about everyone made a few resolutions. So pick one thing that will help you get to your goals. Share it with us and then do it. For seven days. <BR> <BR> That's it. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 12:05:50 EST Member Led Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x56211836 <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <em>9</em> <em>377</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Member led challenges - anyone can post a short challenge for the team. Why do this? This is YOUR opportunity to focus on a single task or area that will help YOU reach YOUR goal. Requirements are simple: 1) single task (i.e. 8 glasses of water or clean a closet) <BR> 2) short time frame (week or less) <BR> 3) follow up with regula... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:58:44 EST THE 365 GYM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x56211584 Share your favorite online links to any type of exercise. To post the link, use the "add a link" feature. Pressed the add a link button and copy the link into to it and the link will be added when you post your message. <BR> <BR> Please just post the link and no chatting. The purpose of this topic is to get our bodies moving ASAP. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <em>317</em> <em>216</em> <em>135</em> <em>357</em> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:41:51 EST My goal to be positive to at least one person http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x56187777 Jackie [4EVER21B] you are one of best Leaders. You have help me to get moving [exercise] . , my house is cleaner and my life is lot better because of you.Thank you Dan <em>214</em> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:16:46 EST What are your goals for the new year? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x56187341 My goals are; <BR> Be positive; Be positive to at least one person. <BR> Eat right, cut down are the junk food. <em>495</em> <em>493</em> <em>480</em> <BR> Exercise <em>231</em> <em>330</em> <em>316</em> <BR> Project are; Fix my Bathroom up [new tub] and building a rock wall in my yard. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 19:43:20 EST Countdown to 2014 - It is almost here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x56140708 Are you ready for the new year? Let's say good bye to 2013 with one last Fit and/Organize Challenge... <BR> <BR> Do: <BR> <BR> Take a look around. What can you pack up or put away now.(For me, the obvious is the dead or dying poinsettias.) <BR> <BR> Or: <BR> <BR> Make a fitness or meal plan for the upcoming week. <BR> <BR> Or Both! <BR> <BR> This will be the last short challenge of the year. Feel free to re-visit the earlier countdown challenges, too. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:49:24 EST I have trouble decluttering my kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x56120336 I know I have way too many utensils, but when I try to downsize I end up getting rid of things I need later, then I have to purchase new ones. I really want to be more of a minimalist, but I can't seem to make it work. <BR> <BR> Any helpful ideas would be appreciated. <BR> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 00:11:25 EST Hi - Just Joined The Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x56120218 I'm gearing up for my New Year's Goal of living a simpler and less cluttered life! <BR> <BR> 4-1/2 years ago my husband & I quit our jobs & moved out of our 3 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath house into a 30' motorhome, for our dream of living on the road. Downsizing was a slow painful process, but we did it. Last year we upgraded to a 35' 5th wheel trailer and I'm finding myself cluttered and overwhelmed again. I cleaned out clothing yesterday & took bags to donation today. Tomorrow I tackle the ki... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 23:53:51 EST Countdown to 2014 - Final Weekend of the Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x56117776 So, have you made any goals/resolutions for the new year? Tell us what this team can do to help you reach your goals. <BR> <BR> Be specific as possible. Your input will help us create a stronger program and approach for the next year. So please let us know what has worked, what does not work, what is needed, etc. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 19:33:11 EST Countdown to 2014 - 12/27/2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x56105762 It's Friday and I am sure some of us are planning a long weekend with the New Year just around the corner. However, here's a couple of challenges that you may be able to fit in... <BR> <BR> DO: <BR> <BR> Watch your snacking. Plan your snacks and/or no after dinner snacking. <BR> <BR> OR: <BR> <BR> Pick one thing that really bugs you and do it. Begin the new year fresh without it lingering over you. <BR> <BR> OR BOTH! Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:48:00 EST Countdown to 2014 - The Day after Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x56093951 I hope that your Christmas was filled with joy, laughter and good times shared with those you hold dear. And, if your family is like my own, it also was filled with good food, too. I know that I am one of the fortunate ones,but... time to get back on track. <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> Today's Challenge: <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> Water, water, water and more water! Drink 8 glass of water. (Yes, any noncaloric water will do as well - sparkling, flavored, etc.) <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> <em... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:42:04 EST Countdown to 2014 - December 24, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x56078937 Today's Challenge: <BR> <BR> Do: Connect: <BR> <BR> Reach out to a family member, friend, co-worker or even a stranger. It can be as simple as a phone call, a hug, a hello to someone on the street or more. Share your time to add just a bit of sunshine and humanity to someone. This will boost your spirits, too! <BR> <BR> Or: <BR> <BR> Do: Move <BR> <BR> Dance to a favorite song. And, sing, too! You do not have to be an expert dancer. Just move and have fun! Just one song. This will ... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:59:40 EST Countdown to 2014: December 23, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x56071378 Whew! Are you as tired as I am? Shopping, Cooking, Shopping? Well, I do not want to add to what may be your already busy schedule, but here are 2 challenges to keep you focus on your fitness and organizational goals. <BR> <BR> As with before... <BR> <BR> Do: <BR> <BR> Post a Non Scale Victory here or in your blog. <BR> <BR> Or: <BR> <BR> Check one item off your to-do list. (any item - fitness, nutrition, spirtual, etc.) <BR> <BR> And, of course you can do both! <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 15:31:12 EST Countdown to 2014- 12/22/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x56057489 Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Or just plain tired? <BR> <BR> Today's Challenge is self care <BR> <BR> Do something for yourself. Read a book. Watch your favorite show. Take a bath. Whatever you can do for yourself for a half an hour. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Stop and reflect on your blessings. <BR> <BR> OR BOTH. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 07:49:12 EST Countdown to 2014 - 12/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x56049381 Two Options: <BR> <BR> Strength or Toning: 10 reps on any area - core, arms, etc. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Polish and Shine: Mirrors, floors, furniture, etc. Pick any surface. <BR> Make shine. <BR> <BR> OR Both, if you like. <BR> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 08:56:50 EST Countdown to 2014 - 12/20! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x56044284 Today's options: <BR> <BR> <em>318</em> half an hour of cardio (or one session if your cardio is either more or less than one half hour) <BR> <BR> or: <BR> <BR> <em>203</em> Paperwork time! - 10 minutes of organizing paperwork - filing, sorting, paying bills, mailing out cards. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> or Both! Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:47:58 EST Countdown to 2014 Challenge - December 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x56033700 Two Challenges - Pick one or Do both <BR> <BR> Freggies - Eat at least 5 vegetables or fruits. <em>491</em> <em>488</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome Home - Pick one area that can use a ten minute sprucing and will make you home more inviting for yourself and any guests. <em>214</em> <em>30</em> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:04:07 EST Countdown to 2014 - Information http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x56033679 <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> Can you believe the end of the year is almost here? . Instead of waiting for January 1, let's do some daily challenges to keep fit and organized. <BR> <BR> Every day, I will post 2 mini challenges that involve fitness and organization. Feel free to pick one or both. <BR> <BR> Come back and share and receive an end of the year goodie. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>205</em> <em>185</em> <e... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:59:39 EST New Challenge - Back to Basics - Freggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x55841034 With so many sweet temptations and savory delights, sometimes we forget the basics - vegetables and fruits. So, set a goal for the next 7 days to get your veggies and fruits in. Post your daily goal here and let's us know how you are doing. Mon, 2 Dec 2013 16:21:05 EST Clean Sweep Challenge - Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x55719615 Okay, I "borrowed" this challenge from another team I am on. I love it and think it fits well with this team, too. <BR> <BR> So.... <BR> <BR> With the holidays upon us - Thanksgiving, Hannukkah, Chrismas and the end of the year - almost here, let's concentrate on doing what is really do-able. Each week, until the end of the year, we will focus on just one thing. We will work to clean up our homes, minds, habits and whatever is holding us back from accomplishing our fitness and lifestyle goa... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:31:35 EST New Challenge - National Clean out your Fridge Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x55647876 Yep, Today is National Clean Out Your Fridge Day - You have to wonder what lobby interests push that one through?! <BR> <BR> Nonetheless, with the upcoming holidays, it is right on time. All that good cooking and storing of yummy dishes and leftovers deserve a clean place. So this weekend, let's tackle that fridge! <BR> <BR> (And, if your fridge is clean - tackle your stove/oven. I am sure that is a National Day for that too!) <BR> <BR> Come back and post your completion! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:44:28 EST Random Weekend Challenge - Try something new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x55382910 I recently discovered what a great source YouTube is for exercise videos. (Yep, I am slow learner - but I do learn <em>211</em> ) <BR> <BR> It motivated me to buy a Pilates ball and to use the bands I previously purchased. <BR> <BR> So this weekend's challenge - is try something new! Do a new video or DVD or re-visit one that you did in the past. Walk/run/jog a different route. Try a different machine or class at the gym. Anything different to shake up your routine and, perhaps keep ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:57:12 EST Random Challenge - Best Foot Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x55222162 Sometimes it is not just the clutter and disorganization that brings us down. Sometimes, a room or area may be drab, boring or just plain ugly. Time to add a bit of beauty in your home or office. It may be as simple as freshly cut flowers placed in a vase or re-arranging the furniture. Or, roll up your sleeves for a bit of DYI - painting and the like. <BR> <BR> Whatever needs dressing up, made pretty, updated or just plain comfortable, pick an area or room and spruce it up. <BR> <BR> Fee... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 01:33:01 EST Random Challenge for Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x55142102 In tribute to this month's discussion group, this weekend pick an inside or outside project: <BR> <BR> Inside - Tackle a closet or drawer! <BR> <BR> Outside - Garden winterizing or patio/deck winter ready. (If, you are in warm climate, like myself in So Cal, create your own outside project. For me, it will be washing my car and weeding.) <BR> <BR> Ready, set, go! Fri, 4 Oct 2013 16:49:22 EST Team Members - "Guest" Leader Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x55142004 I invite any member of the team to post a short challenge for the team. The challenge should be specific and of short duration - no more than one or two days. It can cover any aspect of fitness, nutrition and organization. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to focus on something you need or want to accomplish. <BR> <BR> When you do post a challenge, feel free to send me a Spark email and I will make an announcement about the challenges. We have more than 700 members. Let's see if when can ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 16:38:17 EST Inside Out Discussions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x55141721 This will be the chat thread for discussions about the book "Organizing from the Inside Out" by Julie Morgenstern. <BR> <BR> Team member Missygeen will be our leader for this thread. The second edition of this book is widely available. I saw it on Amazon for as little as $1 for a used paperbook. <BR> <BR> I recommend that you read the first two parts to get a better understanding the author's approach. <BR> <BR> Missygeen has already posted: <BR> <BR> Let's chat. Why don't we start by... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 16:09:45 EST Random Challenge - Finish the Month Strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x55055394 Are you satisfied with your fitness efforts this month? If not, this is the challenge for you! No matter what may or may not happened with your fitness efforts, let's focus on a strong finish! <BR> <BR> Either add 10 minutes to your existing fitness routine OR do at leasat 20 minutes of cardio Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. <BR> <BR> Goodies await! <em>216</em> <em>363</em> <em>237</em> <em>332</em> <em>328</em> <em>294</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 17:27:40 EST Random Challenge - Serene and Clean Bathroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x55019276 The challenge focuses on the most frequently used room in the house - the bathroom. So ask yourself: <BR> <BR> How does your bathrom make you feel? <BR> <BR> Is difficult to locate things? <BR> <BR> Does it lack good organization? <BR> <BR> Does it need a good deep cleaning? <BR> <BR> Whatever it needs, this is the challenge. Below is a link to an article about organizing a bathroom: <BR> <BR> <link>www.houzz.com/ideabooks/3841001/list<BR>/Get-It-Done--Organize-the-Bathroom-fo<BR>r... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:10:40 EST Random Challenge - Mid Week - First Impression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x54936377 So when you walk into your home, what do you see? And how does it make you feel? <BR> <BR> As strange as this may seem, the entry to your home may affect your mood or your perception of your place. <BR> <BR> I enter through a covered foyer and for longest that foyer was filled with stuff I was using for the garden. I stored it there because it was convenient. It wasn't until one day when I was watering the lawn and the gate was open did it dawn on me 'what a mess". It took less than ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:26:08 EST Hi from Sherilee in sunny Arizona http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x54905825 Hi everyone, I'm so happy to be a member here. <BR> <BR> I think being fit and being organized go hand in hand. When my life is out of sync so are my healthy habits. If I don't organize my menus and workouts, I go off track and so goes my fit lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Fit & Organized is a balance I want to achieve daily. I am here to help anyone that would like to "buddy up" and encourage each other. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Sherilee Sun, 15 Sep 2013 02:31:15 EST Random Challenge for the Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x54891941 Pick at least one day and do some toning and strength activities for 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> <em>84</em> <em>85</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:25:33 EST Random Challenge for Thursday - Just One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x54867101 For Thursday (or today and Thursday - your choice), pick one thing off your to-do list and do it. <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:47:47 EST Random Challenge for Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x54793792 Start the weekend with good nurtition. Eat a rainbow of fruits and veggies - at least 5 servings. <BR> <BR> Post your rainbow selection. <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 16:20:09 EST Random Challenges - Information http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x54768142 <BR> I am bringing back random challenges that will pop up any time. And the challenges will vary in length. And, of course, will cover everything - fitness, nutrition and organization! <BR> <BR> Here is the slight difference - any team member can start their own challenge, too! So if there is something you want to focus on or inspire others to do, go ahead start a challenge. <BR> <BR> Plus, you do not have to all the challenges AND you can do the challenges in any order that suits y... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 16:21:50 EST September challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x54758797 <em>227</em> Copy this entire message <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> I was sweating the September challenge and then I thought - DUH! If you wish to join this challenge all you have to do is pick an amount and LOSE it! To participate, copy and paste this thread with your name and amount you will lose. Signup through Wednesday with weigh-in each Monday. All winners will get a goodie! <BR> <BR> Ninjalinda 5 lbs start weight 175 <BR> 9/9 <BR> 9/16 <BR> 9/23 <BR> 9/30 <BR> Mon, 2 Sep 2013 22:04:12 EST Last Weekend Challenge for September - Track It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x54705550 You know it works - so track it! Every bite, sip, taste. Yes, I know it is a long weekend for some, but do it because it is a long weekend. Perfection is not required. Accountability is the goal. <BR> <BR> Ready, set, go! Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:45:06 EST 4 Day Challenge - Up Your Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x54632600 Yep, I missed a day. However there is still time to "up your fitness minutes". Whatever you usually do on the weekend, add another 30 minutes over the weekend. It does not have to be one activity or on one day. Just by the end of Monday, your total fitness minutes is 30 minutes more than what you usually do during the weekend. <BR> <BR> Hey, those of you doing the August challenge -- this is another "two fer"! <BR> <BR> Ready, set, go!! Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:57:09 EST 5 Day Challenge - 8/15 - 8/19 - Take Care of Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x54535846 Sometimes the most difficult of thing to do is just take care of yourself. We put others needs in front of ourselves. (Family, work, etc.) <BR> <BR> Sometime during the next 5 days focus on yourself. What do you need? What is missing? <BR> An hour or two for a nap or a good read? Glam time for hair and/or nails? A good quality workout? <BR> <BR> You select what you need and then do it. Be as selfish as you want. You deserve it. <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:55:57 EST 5 Day Challenge - 8/8 - 8/12 - Eat that Frog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x54435084 If you clicked on the picture on the team page, you know that it takes you to a short video about procrastination. Basically, it suggests that you begin your day doing the thing that you are avoiding the most. (procrastination). <BR> <BR> For this 5 Day Challenge the goal is to "eat your frog." Each day do the thing you have been avoiding. Of course, if is a single big project, then the goal is to do something to complete the project, each day. <BR> <BR> It can either be an organizati... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 15:41:44 EST 5 Day Challenge - 8/1 - 8/5 - Setting the Tone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x54356536 As you are aware, August's month long challenge is based upon fitness minutes and 15 minutes per day of organization and/or cleaning. <BR> <BR> This 5 day challenge will be a two-fer. That's a duplication of the August challenge. This will help set the tone for a productive month of organization, cleaning and fitness. <BR> <BR> So, for the next 5 days, get your fitness minutes in and/or cleaning/organization tasks completed. Report here with your efforts, but don't forget to record it in t... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 15:46:15 EST August challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x54336681 I'm going to keep it simple in August. I have vacation, and moving my son to college this month, so I don't have time or energy for complicated-LOL! <BR> <BR> Here's the details. August will be a simple fitness minutes + cleaning/organizing challenge. Determine how many fitness minutes you want to achieve, then record them daily (or at least often), example ##minutes/##goal. For the cleaning and organizing, your mission is to do 15 minutes per day, for the number of days you will be at your ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 08:31:04 EST 5 Day Challenge - 7/25 - 7/29 - Finish Strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x54267141 This is the final 5 day challenge for the month of July! Let's finish it strong! Focus on what you need to do to make this month end on a high note. <BR> <BR> Do you need more cardio minutes? More strength minutes? Is there an incomplete project that requires your attention? And how's your eating choices? More tracking? More variety? <BR> <BR> The point is for you to select something of concern and actively work on it. <BR> <BR> Share what you plan to do and then report back regardin... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:05:02 EST Hi from Alaska http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x54183867 Hi, I'm Deanna from Alaska. Trying to get fit and ALWAYS trying to get organized. I'm into Feng Shui - "Clear Your Clutter," and throwing out stuff. Can always do better!!! <BR> I'm living in 2 houses - my own home and next door with my disabled mom with Alzheimers. It is CRAZY to try & run 2 households. I do have help but still sometimes feel out of control. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 01:20:18 EST 5 Day Challenge - 7/18/2013 - 7/22/2013 - Tone Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x54165848 Outside exercise is definitely going to be a challenge this weekend with the forecast for many places of triple digit heat. So, let's stay inside and focus on toning our abs, arms, legs, etc and strengthening our core. Break out your bands, balls, dumbbells, or similar equipment. Or do it with straight up exercises like planks, pull ups, sit ups, etc. And if you have them, use those videos or dvds that focus on core workout or toning. Oh, and don't forget about Sparkpeople's video library... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:17:08 EST 5 Day Challenge 7/11 - 7/15 - Rainbow Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x54102287 Summer is a great time to really enjoy fresh produce. So this challenge is about getting those fruits and veggies in! Challenge yourself to commit to at least 2 days of eating a rainbow of different colored veggies and fruits. Salads, stir fried, baked, grilled, juiced or just raw. Any way you like it. <BR> <BR> 2 days. Any two days. <BR> <BR> Ready! Set! Go! Fri, 12 Jul 2013 15:43:02 EST July one challenge a day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x54010075 Starting Monday, July 8, I will use this space to challenge you to something different each day. If anyone has something specific they would like to have a daily challenge focused on, just let me know. I may need some ideas by the end of the month! I will probably throw in some fitness or nutrition, but mostly I'm planning to focus on home cleaning/organizing tasks. And this is mostly because that's what I need right now! Fri, 5 Jul 2013 10:14:41 EST 5 Day Challenge - 7/3/13 - 7/9/13 - Take 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x53989982 Well, as promised, this challenge starts a day earlier and ends a day later. (I am taking into account the USA Holiday) <BR> <BR> From a posting from member Jazzejr: 5 per room challenge - <BR> <BR> When you enter a room, scan around and remove 5 items of that should not be there and move the items to where it belongs (trash, recycle bin, another room, etc.). This is perfect for a room or area that becomes a catch-all. Also, this is a good way to maintain a clutter free room area. <... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 15:40:39 EST 5 day Challenge - 6/27/13 - 7/1/13 - Staying Cool http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x53903645 Summer is here! And so is the hot weather! <BR> <BR> This week's challenge let's you chose: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink your water. <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> 2. Organize your plastic food storage containers. A good indoor activity to avoid the heat. <BR> <BR> Here's one way that has been shared with me - After matching the tops to the containers, use a permanent marker to mark the matching lid and container, On the bottom of the container and top of the lid, mark... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 23:59:55 EST 5 Day Challenge - 6/20/2013 - 6/24/2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x53807591 Bask in the Sunlight! Bask in the Moonlight! <BR> <BR> For this challenge, do an activity outside. Any activity. Anything that gets you outside to enjoy the outdoors. Walking, biking, swimming, gardening, roller skating, painting, etc. <BR> <BR> Be creative. How about dining under the stars or a picnic enjoying healthy foods? Yard sale? Stargazing? Amusement Park? Beachcombing? <BR> <BR> One day or more during this challenge period. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to reading about your ac... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:58:11 EST 5 DAY CHALLENGE - 6/13 - 6/17 - CARDIO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x53716190 Time to shake up your cardio routine. <BR> <BR> EITHER: <BR> <BR> Add another day of cardio, or <BR> <BR> Try a different type of cardio activity, or <BR> <BR> Increase your cardio minutes <BR> <BR> Post your goals and be sure to check in on Monday. <BR> <BR> <em>364</em> <em>217</em> <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:43:00 EST Intro - 5 Day Challenge - Summer Series http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x53716140 Based upon the feedback, I a creating 5 day challenges for the summer. These challenges will cover every aspect of our team goals - fitness and organization. <BR> <BR> The challenges will begin on Thursday and end on Monday. <BR> <BR> Join in when you can and when it suits your needs. <BR> <BR> Share often and add your support to your team mates. <BR> <BR> Goodies await (as usual) <BR> <em>381</em> <em>68</em> <em>464</em> <em>292</em> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:36:35 EST What Motivates You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x53606006 I think we all have experienced it. Gung ho at the begining and then for some reason, it gets harder to do what we need to do. <BR> <BR> So, what do you do to keep yourself on track (or to get back on track)? Tue, 4 Jun 2013 16:25:14 EST June challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x53513833 I'm going to go ahead and post June's challenge so you can get a head start thinking about it. I've done this challenge on another team before, and LOVED it. Hope you'll like it too. <BR> <BR> June's challenge will be a daily mini challenge, and it will be self-created. What I want you to do is take a look at what you're facing in June. If you're like me, there will be some days you're going to be super busy and may have a hard time fitting in exercise. Your mini challenge for that day could... Tue, 28 May 2013 19:47:22 EST Reward Yourself Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x53511694 So, is there one thing that you know you should do, but you haven't? Are you lacking motivation? Well, maybe the problem is lack of incentive. Time to use a good old fashion bribe. Reward yourself for accomplishing something you should do, failed to do or want to do. <BR> <BR> So, first - Identify your goal - Be specific and break it down into its components if it is a large or time consuming goal. (i.e. don't say you want a clean house. Instead, make the goal a clean counter top or t... Tue, 28 May 2013 16:25:25 EST May 26-31 challenge week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x53482571 Let's finish the month strong! Your challenge this week is to see how many fitness minutes you can accumulate by month end. Come here to report daily. Ready, set, GO! Sun, 26 May 2013 08:26:00 EST Thrifty Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x53445763 I know that when people get organized, they consider their budget as well. Perhaps we can share great bargains we found or share weekly tips with the group. <BR> <BR> Thursday is a good day to go to the grocery store because they are marking down prices to get ready for the weekend. I read this on spark, tried it and it works. Thu, 23 May 2013 01:34:26 EST So what do you think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x53414955 Summer is coming. Is there any particular area(s) that you would like to focus on? Would you like a long term or short term challenge that addresses that area(s) of concern. <BR> <BR> Share your goals, struggles and desires here. <BR> <BR> We can work together to reach our goals. Mon, 20 May 2013 16:23:03 EST May 19-25 challenge week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x53404462 Sorry I was MIA for the past week's challenge. I was sick as a dog ALL week long. Hopefully I'll be back in the mix this week. For this week's challenge, pick a problem zone and attack it. A closet, cabinet, junk catching spot, whatever. is it bugging you? Fix it! Report successes here! Sun, 19 May 2013 21:04:12 EST 15 minute daily challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x53310521 This challenge is to complete 15 minute projects. If you don't have a 15 minute project, you can break larger projects into 15 minute segments. Report successes here. You may give someone an idea, or get an idea from someone on what to do! Sat, 11 May 2013 23:40:41 EST May 12 - 18 challenge week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x53310478 This week I'm changing gears on you all. Mostly because this is what I need help with. This week's challenge is to be in calorie range each day. Report here daily with success or failure. If you want to go for extra credit, track a particular nutrient you have problems with. For me, I have problems consistently staying in calorie range, and specifically I have problems staying under my max sodium daily, and getting enough calcium. Sat, 11 May 2013 23:36:22 EST Rapid Challenge - 7 Days of Cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x53243762 This challenge is for cardio activity - gym, home, walking - anything that gets you going. <BR> <BR> Post seven days of cardio activity of 15 minutes or more during the next two weeks. <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 May 2013 15:58:41 EST May 5-11 challenge week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x53235160 Sorry I'm late getting this week's challeng up. For this week, see how many 15 minute projects you can complete. If you don't have a 15 minute project, you can take a large project & break it into 15 minute chunks. Clean out a cabinet or drawer. De-clutter the 'junk catching' spot in the kitchen or foyer. Organize a closet. Whatever needs doing, let's get it done...in 15 minute segments. Report your results here! Sun, 5 May 2013 23:14:31 EST May challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x53153843 I'm going to offer a different sort of challenge for May. This will not require a full month's commitment - you will be able to jump in and out as you please. Starting on May 1st, and then each Sunday after that I will offer a different mini-challenge for the week. Participate in the ones that interest you, and you can post your results here. I'll try to offer an assortment of challenges - fitness, organizing, nutrition...something for everyone. Stay tuned to this space...I'll post challenge ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:35:25 EST Post Your Daily Exercise Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x53119823 Instead of focusing on food, I thought for a change, we will focus on exercise. So, note here your day's activity. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:25:54 EST When do you usually exercise? PM or AM? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x53119736 Post here your usual exercise time preference. Just for fun. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:18:02 EST 7 Days of Strength Training Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x53006132 <em>85</em> <em>84</em> <em>323</em> <em>34</em> <em>23</em> <em>327</em> <em>328</em> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> You asked for it. Here it is. <BR> <BR> For the rest of the month - on seven different days - do strength training. Does not matter what part(s) or what exercise or how long. Seven different training days before May 1. <BR> <BR> Are you in? <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:14:10 EST April fit & organized challenge sign up & question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x52760151 Who's up for an April challenge to get you fit AND organized? Here's the plan: <BR> <BR> This will be a fitness minute and organizing project challenge. You will estimate your fitness minutes, and can complete up to 4 organizing projects for credit. If you want to participate, reply to this thread with your fitness minute number. (This can be cardio or strength training, or both - just total minutes you plan to exercise) Once everyone has signed up I will place you on teams. <BR> <BR> Once ... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 22:14:40 EST What Challenges Would You Like to Take On? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x52718049 Can you believe it? It is almost April!! <BR> <BR> Well, it is time to look at that Resolution/To Do List. What still requires your attention? <BR> <BR> I am looking the team's input to design a challenge (or two) that focuses on what we need to get done now. <BR> <BR> All ideas, suggestions and comments are welcome. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:01:05 EST What Healthy Step Have You Taken Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x52717927 I saw this topic on another team and I think this is a great way to acknowledge what you do get your goals. I just love positive approaches. <BR> <BR> So, here, share about anything and everything you did towards meeting (or maintaining) your goals - fitness, eating, cleaning, organizing, etc. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:48:03 EST Spring Clean Challenge - Tackle That Spare Room! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x52703591 Many of us have a spare room that may double as a guest bedroom, playroom or office. Whatever its function, it is time to give it some tlc. <BR> <BR> So, clean, organize, declutter, recycle and spruce up that room. Make it a warm and inviting space that you (or your guest) would love to spend some time in. <BR> <BR> <em>377</em> <em>146</em> <em>88</em> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:59:09 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Video/DVD Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x52688958 Sparkpeople has a number of short videos of all sorts - strength, cardio, yoga, etc. There are videos for all fitness levels, too. <BR> <BR> For this challenge, select a video and do it 3 times in the next week. <BR> <BR> Here one that I will do: <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/vide<BR>os-detail.asp?video=32 <BR> <BR> It is the 18 Minute Boot Camp Cardio Sculpt. <BR> <BR> To find more, go to the heading "Articles & Videos" and scoll down to "Videos". <BR> <BR> Of course, you m... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:33:30 EST Welcome Spring - 7 day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x52590246 Spring is almost here - officially. So take the time to "spring up" your home to the extent it makes sense. <BR> <BR> For example: can you swap out your heavier linens for lighter ones? Can you bring some cut flowers or greenery from you garden into your home? Is it time to put away your heaviest outerwear? <BR> <BR> You get the idea. Again, do what makes sense for your area. I am in Southern California and I am watching my roses bud after their winter pruning. I am now wearing my jac... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:54:41 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Create your own http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x52430905 Here's your opportunity to focus on something that we help you reach your goal - fitness, eating or organization. <BR> <BR> Something that you can focus on for at least 7 days. <BR> <BR> So go ahead and name your challenge. Then come back here for support, cheers, and, of course, a goodie! Thu, 7 Mar 2013 16:04:10 EST Spring Clean Up - Shine! Kitchen Shine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x52344326 Spring begins this month. And, with it - Spring Cleaning! <BR> <BR> Let's start with the kitchen. You have a choice - a quick tidy overhaul or some serious organization of the cabinets and drawers. <BR> <BR> Take your pick. Come back and report. Support and accountability awaits. (And, of course, a goodie!) <BR> <BR> <em>378</em> <em>377</em> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 18:07:40 EST March Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x52333484 <BR> Let's keep it going in March! All types of fitness - cardio, strength, tone, etc. <BR> <BR> Again, you set your own goal - how many minutes you would like to achieve, or your goal for weight/reps. Whatever works best for your fitness goals. <BR> <BR> Post here for extra accountability and, of course support. <BR> <BR> Start your engines and go! <BR> <BR> <em>105</em> <em>226</em> <em>412</em> <em>381</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 00:24:10 EST Suggestions for the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x52312348 Do you have any suggestions for the team? Challenge ideas? Topics for discussions? Games? <BR> <BR> Whatever suggestion you may have, please post here. Or, if you like, Spark mail me - 4ever21b - with your comments, ideas or suggestions. <BR> <BR> Anytime. As often as you like. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:37:29 EST Rapid Fire Fitness Challenge - Measure Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x52311719 We are nearing the end of 2 months of 2013. This is a great time to assess your game plan. First, let's make sure everything is in play, both the nonscale and scale results. So, grab that tape and take your measurements. <BR> <BR> If you have recently recorded your measurements, do the comparisons. If not, go ahead and measure for future assessment. <BR> <BR> Report back for support, accountability, and, of course, a goodie. <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> <em>321</em> <em>204</em> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:40:49 EST Let's Talk - Making A House A Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x52139290 Probably one of the biggest organizational challenges occurs when you decide to remodel, redo or redecorate your home. No matter what the project (kitchen re-do, floors, painting), it has an impact on your environment. <BR> <BR> This topic is for those challenges and rewards associate with remodeling and redecorating. Post here your frustrations. Brag about your accomplishments. Big or Small. <BR> <BR> We are here for each other. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> And... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:57:50 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - 7 Day Makeover http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x52125567 Come on, confess up. You have at least one spot that is just plain scary messy. It might be that catchall spot where everything ends up, or a single drawer, or a closet or an entire room. <BR> <BR> This challenge addresses that issue. <BR> <BR> Pick a spot, drawer, cabinet, room, closet or whatever is full of junk that belongs elsewhere or out the door. <BR> <BR> Set a timer in increments of 15 minutes <BR> <BR> EVERY day clear, sort or work on that spot for at least 15 minutes. <BR... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:58:00 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Today I Will... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x51993264 Sometimes I get overwhelmed by trying to do so much - eating right, tracking, organizing, etc. So I thought I start this short challenge to focus on what you want to do in one day. The critical key - make sure it is something you can do in one day. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I will begin: <BR> <BR> Today, I will finish the laundry. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 16:05:38 EST Organizing that Paper aka Staying Current http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x51931565 So maybe you have whipped that paper clutter into shape...for now. As Happy_Habit said, paper clutter is like cleaning the kitchen. As soon as you wiped that last dish, it is time to make lunch and do it all over again. It seems neverending. <BR> <BR> So what can you do to really keep it at bay? <BR> <BR> Here's a challenge to help you keep current with your paper work. This is idea from team member Happy_Habits who challenges us not only to get rid of the excess paper clutter, but to st... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 16:01:49 EST February Fitness Month Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51931237 We started this year, with a cardio minutes challenge led by Team Leader DAN072254 (Thank You!) <BR> <BR> Let's keep in going in February, with a twist. This time we will include all types of fitness - cardio, strength, tone, etc. <BR> <BR> Again, you set your on goal - how many minutes you would like to achieve, or your goal for weight/reps. Whatever works best for your fitness goals. <BR> <BR> Post here for extra accountability and, of course support. <BR> <BR> Ready, set, go! <BR> <... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 15:38:09 EST Is your paperwork sufficiently up-to-date today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x51564745 I was inspired by the rapid fire paper declutter, not only do I want to get rid of the excess paper but also stay reasonably current, that means creating a habit. I thought I would try to get, and stay, reasonably current for a 4 week streak. Anyone want to join me? <BR> <BR> Progress NOT perfection! Thu, 10 Jan 2013 01:11:52 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Make that Paper Go Away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x51540967 Yep, we all have too much of it. Paper, paper and more paper. So let's tackle it together. This can be a one day, one week or one month project. Depends on your paper situation. <BR> <BR> First - Identify, Sort and Destroy: <BR> <BR> 1. Place a trash can and/or shredder where that paper accumulates. <BR> 2. Shred or toss obvious junk mail, expired ads or coupons and the like. <BR> 3. Sort the remaining paper into 3 stacks: <BR> a. Important - action required now (i.e. bills, appoi... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 16:16:06 EST Jan motivation-a countability chat & questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51508126 Challenge rules & scoring <BR> <BR> Each member of the team-/pair is charged with motivating and encouraging the other to accomplish their stated goals. This encouragement can come from posting on their page, sending them sparkmail, giving them goodies, etc. Be creative and stay in contact with each other often. <BR> <BR> Each team will receive 1 point per day/per member for offering encouragement. If the encouraged team member responds to the encouragement by taking a step towards achievin... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 20:07:17 EST New Year Purging (aka clutter removal) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x51458551 Clutter appears to be the nemesis of good organization and can make the best spaces appeared unwelcoming. In this forum, I will make suggestions on how to decrease, eliminate or simply better manage clutter. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it is obvious what is clutter. Piles of paper on a desk. Magazines and books haphazardly perched on shelves and table. (The next task will deal with this obvious clutter.) But sometimes it is more subtle. You know something is out of place, but do you consider i... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:04:47 EST The First Step - Make Your Bed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x51437156 I am not an expert on organization, but I do know what make me feels good. Nothing is so satisfying as a tidy bedroom For me, the easiest way to keep it tidy is to simply make the bed. That motivates me to keep things neat in my bedroom. <BR> <BR> So, if your bedroom is a bit untidy, try this. First thing after you wake, no matter what -- make your bed. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 16:09:15 EST January motivation-a countability challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51412423 After reading and mulling over the responses I got on the 'what do you need in 2013' thread, I've boiled it down to motivation and accountability. The overwhelming need seems to be stick-to-it-ness (like my new word?). <BR> <BR> So this is what we're going to do. Reply to this post to sign up for the challenge. In your reply give at least one fitness/health/nutrition and at least one cleaning/organization goal you would like to achieve in January. Once you have signed up, I will put you in p... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:48:08 EST January Cardio Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51400528 I would like to start a January Cardio Challenge. <BR> You decide how many minutes you will do each day/ week. Post your goal and return to this thread daily / weekly to record your minutes and update your progress towards goal/ minutes left. You can post just the number of minutes, or the exercise you did along with the number of minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> Goal set: 1000 minutes <BR> 1/1: 30 minutes walking <BR> 1/2: 20 minutes zumba <BR> 1/3: 20 minutes marching in place <BR> <... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:58:36 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/31/2013 - Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51397077 This is the final day of our countdown. As such, I think it is a wonderful time to take a moment and simply reflect. Share with us what thing, action, moment, etc, that happened in 2012 for which you are grateful. <BR> <BR> Let's begin the New Year with that good feeling in our hearts. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>389</em> <em>129</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:35:01 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/30/2012 - Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51380374 The New Year is almost here! Are your goals in place? Have you identified the steps that will help you reach your goals? Don't panic if you have not. <BR> <BR> Today take a minute or two, and identify one goal you would like focus on during the next 30 days. Then identify one step you can take to achieve that goal. It may not be the only step needed, but everything begins with just a single step. <BR> <BR> For me: <BR> My goal is consistent exercise. My step is do a Spark video during my w... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 09:58:00 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/29/2012 - Strength Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51367453 Time to do some strength training. Arms? Legs? Abs? Doesn't matter which part(s) of body. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 09:20:25 EST Count Down to 2013 - 12/28/2013 - Paper work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51361841 Paper, paper and more paper! Even with all the technology, we can't seem to eliminate the piles that accumulate. Time to make a dent in those stacks. File it, shred it or just plain trash it. Twenty minutes or more. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 19:59:00 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/27/2012 - Get Moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51343449 Walk, run, skip, hop, dance, or whatever your preferred cardio activity is - do it today. 10 minutes. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 11:10:36 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/26/2013 - The Day after http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51331137 Check out the topic "What can you do today that will help you for tomorrow." <BR> <BR> The past is history. Acknowledge it. Learn from it. Move on. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 10:16:39 EST What will you do today that will help you tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51330718 Many times we struggle meeting a goal because we are not properly prepared. What will you do TODAY that will help you achieve a goal TOMORROW? <BR> <BR> Today I'm going to do some meal planning. I've been eating out WAY to often lately because I'm not prepared to cook at home. Cooking is not my favorite thing, so if it isn't easily accomplished...it's not gonna happen. Knowing that...I'm going to take stock of my pantry and fridge contents, look at some recipes (can you say crock pot?), go t... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:48:30 EST Comment for goodie-what help do you need for 2013? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x51330630 Maybe it's the dreary, rainy day here, but I'm in a 'getting ready for the new year' kind of mood. I've struggled in 2012 with keeping myself heading in the right direction, and I want to make sure that does NOT continue in 2013! For this I need your help. <BR> <BR> What has been your biggest problem area this year? What do you need help in solving? Eating in calorie range? Getting in your fitness minutes? Getting the proper nutrition? Mixing up your workouts? Getting organized? Staying orga... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:41:30 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/24/2012 - Just Breathe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51312328 Time to stop and take some deep breathes. If you are lucky - your holiday is only track. If not, don't panic, there is still time. <BR> <BR> Deep breathe, hold for a bit, exhale. Repeat. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 03:44:56 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/23/2012 - Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51304753 Take care of yourself today by making sure you rest. Aim for 8 hours of sleep. Sun, 23 Dec 2012 10:20:42 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/22/2012 - Activity Alert http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51301048 I know you may be to busy to hit the gym. However, that does not mean you have to be sedentary. <BR> <BR> Share hear other physical activity that you did today that kept you moving. Sat, 22 Dec 2012 22:41:51 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/21/2012 - Check it Twice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51287199 For those who are celebrating Christmas: <BR> <BR> It is the final days before Christmas. Time to make your last minute list. And then focus on doing what is possible today. <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 13:35:50 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/20/2012 - Water Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51277428 Okay this one is fairly easy. Time to make sure you are getting your water in. <BR> <BR> The magic number is 8. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:45:39 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/19/2012 - Goals Set? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51266556 Whether you are into New Year Resolutions or not, today's task involves a careful examination of your goals. <BR> <BR> Identify at least 3 goals that you would like to achieve in any area of your life (health, fitness, organization, financial, etc). The goal should be S.M.A.R.T.: <BR> <BR> Specific <BR> Measureable <BR> Attainable <BR> Releastic <BR> Timely <BR> <BR> You can share your specific goals here or simply note that you have completed this task. No need to rush to complete this ... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:36:15 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/18/2012 --- 10 + 10 + 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51248414 No time to hit the gym? No worries. Today's challenge will get you moving. <BR> <BR> Today do: <BR> <BR> 10 crunches (sit up of type activity) <BR> <BR> 10 curls (can use canned goods of the same size if you do not have free weights) <BR> <BR> 10 cardio minutes (be creative - jumping jacks, hula hoop, skipping or your favorite stand by) <BR> <BR> Of course, you can do more. <BR> <BR> Come back and share your accomplshments. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:14:41 EST Count Down to 2012 - 12/17/2012 - Track It http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51241767 Today's task is to track every bite. <BR> <BR> <BR> Yep, it is the holiday season. Lots of yummy and special treats. It could be not so pretty. Especially when you may not know all the calories, fat amounts etc. If you can't track it exactly, simply list what you ate and approximately how much. If you use the SP tracker, place that information in the "Notes" section on the bottom of the tracker. <BR> <BR> The exact amounts of fats and calories, etc. is not important for today. What is i... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 12:28:52 EST Count Down to 2013 - 12/16/2012 - Me Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51229394 Indulge yourself. Go ahead and enjoy a hot bath or reading a chapter or two or play a game or simply take a nap. It does not matter what the activity is, just something that is you WANT to do . <BR> <BR> 30 minutes at least. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 11:52:48 EST Count Down to 2013 -12/15/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51217144 Today is about the food. Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables - the healthy way. You know what I mean. Fried veggies do not count. Veggies so heavily smothered with sauces that you don't recognize the vegetable do not count. <BR> <BR> This may be a challenge if there is a holiday meal or gathering today. That means a bit more planning or better selection of food. <BR> <BR> But, you are worth it, right? Of course you are! <BR> <BR> Report back for cheers and, of course, a go... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 08:59:36 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/14/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51210332 Yes, it is Friday and I bet you have a long list for the weekend. So, today, pick one thing from the list. Do it. <BR> <BR> That's it. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:39:37 EST Stay the Course - What I did right! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51135646 Okay, this is the hardest time of the year for so many people and for some many different reasons. It is so easy to give up or give in. Let's not. Instead of focusing on what went wrong or how much more we have to do, right here, right now, let's acknowledge what went well or what we did accomplish. <BR> <BR> <BR> Simply stated: Tell us what went right. <BR> <BR> Crossed off something off your list? Skipped a second or third helping? Made it to a Zumba class? Smiled when someone com... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 15:37:11 EST Company Ready - Rapid Fire Challenge - http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x51071323 In November we focused on specific rooms. This month we will focus on specifc tasks to maintain (or achieve) organization. <BR> <BR> Today's rapid fire - 10 minute sweep. <BR> <BR> Take a container and go through each room and remove anything that should not be in that room. Do it quickly with goal of making the room presentable, not perfect. That is why is a ten minute sweep, not a deep clean. <BR> <BR> Brag here when you are done. <BR> <BR> <em>128</em> Mon, 3 Dec 2012 15:56:29 EST Rapid Challenge - Renew Your Commitment - Now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x51071209 It is the last month of the year. Let's go out with a bang! Take the time to reflect why you joined Spark People. And renew your commitment to those goals, now. <BR> <BR> For greater accountablity and support, share your commitment here. You can be as detailed or general as you like. Mon, 3 Dec 2012 15:47:46 EST Stay the Course - Mini Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x50989485 Although it may sound weird, but sometimes it helps to focus on a new short term goal to stay on track. So this challenge is identify a mini goal that you can do for one day or one week (your choice). <BR> <BR> It can be as simple as Today I will walk pass the office holiday candy bowl without eating one. Imagine how empowering that would be to avoid that temptation. <BR> <BR> Or, perhaps, just this week, I will eat salad for lunch at least 3 times. The idea is to have control over at lea... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:04:09 EST Stay the Course - Add a veggie or fruit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x50906090 Making good choices with so many tempting items out there is hard. So, here's something that I do that helps reign me in when facing so many delicious, but less healthy goodies. <BR> <BR> Opt for a serving of vegetables or a fruit. <BR> <BR> For me, adding or selecting a serving of vegetables or fruit, especially when there are so many other choices around, reminds me of my commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Also, sometimes when I eat the fruit, it actually satisfies me and I do not ... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:01:01 EST Company Ready - Project 3 - Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x50905927 They say that the kitchen is the new spot for gathering. So how is your kitchen? Is inviting? Is it decluttered? Is it sparkling? <BR> <BR> Time to make your kitchen company ready, too. <BR> <BR> So, <BR> Declutter - remove everything that doesn't belong in the kitchen to its proper place. <BR> Clean - start with the sink and then the counters. <BR> Clean - wipe down and/or polish the cabinets and drawers <BR> Clean - all appliances, especially the fridge. <BR> Sweep/mop - the floors <BR... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 15:42:16 EST Stay the Course - Time to Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x50746646 Let's start with some cardio - a 15 minute or more walk. That's it. It can be outside, at the mall, in the company parking lot or, in place. Anywhere! <BR> <BR> With a buddy, a honey, your child, parent or on your own. What matters is that you do it. <BR> <BR> Just 15 minutes. Take the time. You deserved it. <BR> <BR> (Report back with your minutes walk and goodies will be bestowed <em>30</em> ) Thu, 8 Nov 2012 16:23:37 EST November Challenge - Stay the Course - Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x50746417 The Holidays are upon us. It can be distracting. However, to use an old chestnut 'the best defense is a good offense". I would say a STRONG offense is even better. You need a plan. <BR> <BR> To keep you going, instead of a single challenge, this month's focus will be short one or two day activities. Check back often for different challenges. And, if any activity really works, repeat it as often you like. <BR> <BR> The single goal - eliminating the holiday/end of the year added pounds. J... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 16:00:56 EST Company Ready - Project 2 - Bathroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x50732823 What does your bathroom need? Fresh towels or Scouring. It is a thankless job, but oh so well appreciated by all. <BR> <BR> Time to make that room "company ready", too. <BR> <BR> Remove anything that does not belong there. <BR> <BR> Tidy up: return everything to its proper place in the bathroom or where it looks pleasant. <BR> <BR> Scour: make it shine! <BR> <BR> Mirror: make it sparkle <BR> <BR> Floors: mop or sweep as appropriate. <BR> <BR> Don't worry if you have not complete t... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 15:51:57 EST Company Ready Challenge - Project 1 -Living Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x50646799 Okay, where do you usually entertain your guests? The living room and/or family room, right? <BR> <BR> So time to make it company ready. <BR> <BR> First, remove all clutter - toys, old magazines, dead plants, laundry (okay, that may just be my house <em>20</em> ) and anything else that does not belong there or just plain looks bad. <BR> <BR> Second: dust high, then low <BR> <BR> Third: Mirror and glass time - clean and or dust <BR> <BR> Fourth : polish, clean and/or febreeze everyt... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:39:16 EST November - Company Ready - Introduction Only http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x50646553 When I was growing up, my mother would said that she wanted my room "company ready". That meant, no clothes on the floor, bed made, carpet vacuumed and everything dusted. <BR> <BR> Now, I have not been a little girl in awhile, but I still remember that feeling when my room was "company ready". <BR> <BR> So in tribute to my Mom and Moms everywhere, November is our "company ready" challenge. Every week or so , we will focus on one project or area for that "company ready" look. Along the wa... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:12:32 EST What's for Lunch? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x50646217 Sometimes it is just plain hard to figure out a good lunch. Sometimes you end up eating something that, although nutritious, is just plain boring. Then, again, sometimes you knock out of the park with a great meal that is healthy and satisfying. <BR> <BR> So share your favorite lunches. It may inspire someone else. Plus, it is additional accountability towards healthier eating. <BR> <BR> <em>254</em> <em>286</em> <em>302</em> <em>106</em> <em>180</em> <em>267</em> <em... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 15:38:37 EST Random Fire Challenge - Change it up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x50534108 Has you exercise routine become too routine? Time to change it up. Only doing cardio? Do strength training? Love Zumba? Try Shadow boxing? <BR> <BR> You get it, right?! <BR> <BR> This is a random fire challenge. One time is all that is required to receive cheers and, of course, a goodie. <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:45:21 EST Random Challenge - Smiles, Smiles & Smiles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x50462589 <em>437</em> You know that old saying - "It is better to give than to receive"? Well, it is right. It so good to receive, especially something unexpected. And it feels so good when you are the one that brightens someone's day. <BR> <BR> So, tthis random challenge is to spread a bit of joy. Quite simply, give a goodie or two (or more!) to another member of this team. <BR> <BR> Let the smiles begin.... <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>386</em> <em>252</em> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:59:17 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Work Your Core http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x50432996 Just what the challenge says...Time to work your core! I admit this is my least favorite thing to do because my core is soo weak. However, I recently discovered Sparkpeople's ten minute core workout. So, if you are like me (core-exercise-wise), give it a try. <BR> <BR> No matter what your routine/capabilities, now is the time to ...Work that Core. <BR> <BR> Report back for cheers (and a goodie, of course). <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>319</em> <em>418</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 16:02:24 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Measure once, Measure twice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x50332357 It is that time again. Measure and record the results. Report back. Earn a goodie. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:12:52 EST Random Challenges - Move that Mountain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x50332320 This is the first of random challenges that will just pop up - randomly! The idea is to help us tackle large projects in small parts and to encourage better habits (hopefully) <BR> <BR> So the first random task is... <BR> <BR> Eliminate one pile of paper. Yep, go find that pile of paper you have stashed away in a folder, drawer or maybe it is in plan view? <BR> <BR> Sort through the stack with a trash can and/or shredder at the ready. Quickly eliminate anything that can immediately be tr... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:10:02 EST Breakfast Roll Call! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x50300434 We have heard it over and over and over again. Breakfast is important to a healthier lifestyle. So, lets add a bit more accountability by posting our breakfasts. Who knows? Your favorite breakfast may become someone else's favorite, too! <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> <em>265</em> <em>22</em> <em>490</em> <em>485</em> Mon, 8 Oct 2012 15:51:55 EST Get to know you - share your success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x50257618 Hey have you reached any of your goals? Short term or Long term goal? It does not matter what type of goal - weight loss, healthier habit, conquering clutter, etc. Post your success(es) right here so that we can share your victory. <BR> <BR> Don't be shy about it. Your success will inspire others to reach their own goals. Fri, 5 Oct 2012 16:08:09 EST Getting to know you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x50242694 Let's take some time and get to know the wonderful people on this team. Let's show our support to each other by reading a team member's blog. You can pick a blog from the "rolling list" on the right side of the team page or click on any team member's name. In addition to the members that post on the board, at the bottom of the page is a link to all the members signed up for the team. <BR> <BR> Don't be shy. There is no need to feel like you are intruding when you read a blog. You will only b... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 15:42:21 EST Getting to know you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x50210949 Let's take some time and get to know the wonderful people on this team. Let's show our support to each other by reading a team member's blog. You can pick a blog from the "rolling list" on the right side of the team page or click on any team member's name. In addition to the members that post on the board, at the bottom of the page is a link to all the members signed up for the team. <BR> <BR> Don't be shy. There is no need to feel like you are intruding when you read a blog. You will only ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:52:53 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Repetition Changes to Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x49995501 We all have heard it - if you keep doing something, it becomes a habit. We also have heard about the importance of doing streaks (e.g. 10 minutes of exercise). <BR> <BR> So, this challenge combines the two principles. Focus on something that you would like to see become more of a habit rather than another chore around the house. Then commit to doing that chore for just 7 days. At the end of the seven days, repeat! I am willing to bet you a goodie that after 14 days it will not feel like a... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:00:49 EST Jumpstart on Fall Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x49902755 I know it may be hard to imagine, but Fall is just around the corner. So let's get a jumpstart on the season. <BR> <BR> This will be a first of a series of Fall Challenges. The goal is to get the house sparking before the holiday madness begins. <BR> <BR> So, let's start with the biggest project first ...the kitchen! (not too worry - we will do it in steps) <BR> <BR> First step: the drawers <BR> <BR> If you have one in your kitchen, start with the junk drawer. Remove everything out an... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:34:13 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Make it 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x49863601 Everyone knows the importance of eating 5 servings of vegetables and fruits a day. But sometimes life gets in the way of good intentions. For me, there are times when convenience wins out over healthier choices. <BR> <BR> So, just for a week, aim for five servings of veggies and fruits. <BR> <BR> Come back and share your progress. We are waiting to cheer you on. (And, of course, give you a goodie <em>30</em> ) Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:50:53 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Keep It Simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x49650631 This time of year can be challenging. Some of you are dealing with children returning to school activity after the summer break. Others may be returning to school or work as well. And then there is the upcoming long weekend celebrated in the U.S.A. (yet another weekend with a focus on food - <em>198</em> ) <BR> <BR> So, here is the challenge - Just keep it simple this week. <BR> <BR> Pick one aspect of your healthier, more active and better organized lifestyle that you would like to fo... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:09:43 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Organize - Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x49650379 Well now, your bathroom sparkles and your medicine cabinet is tidy, but what about that vanity cabinet? You know, the cabinet below your sink. (Unless you have a pedestal style sink). <BR> <BR> Time to organize that cabinet. <BR> <BR> Toss out the old stuff. Scour it. And then organize the entire cabinet. <BR> <BR> Oh, if your cabinet also has a drawer or two - put some time in those as well. <BR> <BR> Come back and report. Cheers await you. (And a goodie or two). <BR> <BR> <em>3... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:49:58 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Indoor Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x49546440 Okay, it is still hot. The heat is not my best friend when it comes to exercise. Time to bring it inside. So for the next 7 days, technology is our friend - video exercise. So pop in that cd, cassette or stream online an exercise video. Spark People has a number of videos for all fitness levels and types of activities. And they are FREE! <BR> <BR> After you completed a video, report back so that we can cheer, and of course, give you a goodie. <BR> <BR> Report back as often as you can. ... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 16:23:08 EST Rapid Fire Fitness - The Clutter Attack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x49546314 Clutter is the bane of all good housekeeping. It keeps coming back. A certain amount of "clutter" is necessary, but we all know when it becomes way too much. <BR> <BR> So here's the challenge: <BR> <BR> Pick a room - any room, but just one: <BR> <BR> Declutter for just 15 minutes (set a timer, if you like) - toss it, box it, recycle it or move it to its proper place. <BR> <BR> Repeat this for seven days - same room or a different room, does not matter. <BR> <BR> Report back often and ... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 16:11:20 EST Rapid Fire Challenge- Organize! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x49442594 This is the first of a series of rapid fire challenges to help us better organize our homes and lives. It is not just about decluttering (although that is an important element of organization), it is about changing things that will make our life less stressful. <BR> <BR> This challenge begins with the bathroom. <BR> <BR> When is the last time you checkout your medicine cabinet? Are there expired vitamins and/or meds? Are things hiding in such a way that you keep buying the same thing ove... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:33:12 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - WATER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x49442442 It's hot. Can't change that. But we can use it to our advantage. Time to drink up! Water, that is. So good ahead, drink 8 cups of water. <BR> <BR> Come back here and report. Received some cheers, support and, of course, a goodie! Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:20:05 EST What Have You Done Today That Makes You Feel Proud http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x49369320 This is the forum to give yourself credit for a job well done. Any job well done. Fitness, organization, eating and more. You name it. We want to hear about all your proud moments and experiences. <BR> <BR> So go ahead and brag a little or lot. Hopefully, you brag often about whatever makes you feel proud. Wed, 8 Aug 2012 16:16:18 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Destroy that Excuse! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x49337040 Are you guility of putting up barriers that affect your ability to reach your goals? I know I am. Time to expose and eliminate that self-sabotage thing, thought or action that is hampering our healthy lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> Here is what we will do: <BR> <BR> 1. Identify one activity or excuse that prevents you from healthy eating or exercise or both. <BR> <BR> 2. Identify what you can do to counteract this sabotage. <BR> <BR> 3. Each time that sabotage rears its ugly head during ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 16:37:35 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Make that Bathroom Sparkle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x49336889 As promised, the team's challenges will be short of duration and more "task" specific. <BR> <BR> So, this time we will focus on one room - the BATHROOM. (If you have more than one, okay target just one). <BR> <BR> And the goal - make it sparkle! No, not just clean! Sparkling clean! <BR> <BR> And as usual, report back so that we may cheer you and award you with goodies. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 6 Aug 2012 16:26:14 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x49270356 I have been a member of Sparkpeople for a couple of years but haven't done anything with it. I am a member of Weight Watchers online but I am going to quit that. I read an article about one of the spark members and all the weight she lost and got motivated. I decided to start this again and really try to stick with it. I started today as my first day. I would like to be in a 5K in the spring (the Chick-fil-a one) I heard that that is a really fun one to be in, so I really need to get... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 08:09:33 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Keep on Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x49260692 Okay, I have to confess...I do not always track my food. Of course, when I do track, I eat more healthier and less calories. Duh? <BR> <BR> So this week, for at least 4 days - track your food. That's it. <BR> <BR> Come back and report. Cheers and goodies await you. Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:56:05 EST Rapid Challenge -Toss Out That List http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x49260613 Are you one of the many that create To Do lists? <BR> <BR> And, are you one of the many who have every intention of checking off every item off that list? <BR> <BR> And are you one of the many who toss out that list, primary because little gets done? <BR> <BR> Well, this challenge is for you. <BR> <BR> First --Toss out that old list! <BR> <BR> Second - Make a new list with only 2 things you can realistically do today. <BR> <BR> Third - Do those 2 things - today! <BR> <BR> That's it. ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:49:37 EST Team Created Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x48857817 Remember the Rapid Fire Challenges? Well they are back, with a bit of a twist. The focus is still short period challenges. However, the challenges may be created by any team member. That's right, anyone and everyone is welcome to create a challenge. <BR> <BR> So now is the time to challenge yourself and others. Need more cardio - create a cardio challenge. Strength training a weakness - create a strength training challenge. Just make sure the challenge is clear and time specific. <BR> ... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 16:17:55 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x48795972 Hi I just joined the team but I have been on spark for almost 7 months. I lead 2 teams and co lead the DWD team with 9 other amazing women. While I am reaching goals with getting healthy and losing weight, I am not an organized neat housekeeper. My kitchen and pantry has just been repainted and has to be reorganized. My livingroom is next to get repainted. I have to much stuff for a 5 room apartment. I can't bear to part with anything though. Mon, 2 Jul 2012 17:00:11 EST Summer Madness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x48312923 Go ahead, get mad. Get real mad. Get summer madness mad. <BR> <BR> Take a look around and ask yourself, what do I need to do create my own summer oasis. Is it, hosing down the patio and cleaning the furniture to create a quiet place to relax or dine al fresco? Is it checking the propane and cleaning the grill to create mouth watering grilled veggies and fruits? Is it turning over the soil to plant summer vegetables or herbs? Or is pulling out the bikes and getting them ready for a le... Thu, 31 May 2012 16:32:35 EST June Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x48312757 So nice, we are doing it twice .... for June! <BR> <BR> Post the number of fitness/activity minutes you would like to achieve this month. Break it down however you like. Daily/ Weekly/ Five times a week, etc. <BR> <BR> Then come back and record your fitness minutes - daily, weekly, etc. You can include the type of exercise or just the minutes. It is up to you how you record your progress. <BR> <BR> Here's are two examples of how you can track your progress: <BR> <BR> Example One: <BR> <... Thu, 31 May 2012 16:19:07 EST BUSY BARB!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x48257894 HI!! <BR> HOPE TO FIND TIME FOR MYSELF TO GET HEALTHY THIS SUMMER AND MAKE IT A <BR> WAY OF LIFE. I TEND TO WORK MANY HOURS AND FORGET TO MAKE TIME TO ENJOY <BR> LIFE. I HAVE MANY INTERESTS LIKE GARDENING, BIKING, HIKING, WALKING, SWIMMING,CAMPING. <BR> SO <BR> I AM JUST NEEDING TO FIND TIME TO FIT THE FUN ACTIVE THINGS BACK INTO MY LIFE FOR MY <BR> HEALTH AND HAPPINESS TO IMPROVE. WANT TO MAKE THIS A YEAR TO REMEMBER. Mon, 28 May 2012 03:01:33 EST SP Technical problem - No emails! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x48010031 I have not received even one SP email all this week. I have it checked to receive them! Thu, 10 May 2012 17:47:16 EST No Need to Reinvent the Wheel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x47861853 Come on, time to share. I know everyone has a little secret or trick that helps tackle a difficult task or eliminate procrastination. So, what's yours? <BR> <BR> List one or two things that helps you stay organized or eliminate a task. We can learn from each other. The best type of support in the world. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>223</em> <em>250</em> Tue, 1 May 2012 16:23:14 EST May Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x47861576 <BR> So how is your activity/exercise going? Need a boost? Or accountablity? Or just plain brag a bit? <BR> <BR> Whatever your reason - this month our focus is fitness/activity minutes. So here's what you do: <BR> <BR> Post the number of fitness/activity minutes you would like to achieve this month. Break it down however you like. Daily/ Weekly/ Five times a week, etc. <BR> <BR> Then come back and record your fitness minutes - daily, weekly, etc. You can include the type of exercis... Tue, 1 May 2012 16:07:13 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Measure up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x47724198 So how have you been doing? It is time to re-measure ourselves. A great non-scale way to note our progress. <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:03:20 EST Spring Challenge - continues - 1 Hour http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x47628464 C'mon, let's face it. Sometimes, 10 minutes is not enough, no matter how many times you repeat the activity. Let's go for some real satisfaction for a job well done. <BR> <BR> Look around your home. Really. Now, what have you put off for ages? One hour - that's it. One hour to tackle that project. Set a timer, sing or dance while you do it, but do it! For ONE HOUR! <BR> <BR> Maybe that does not finished the project, but who knows? Maybe that will jump start it to completion. <BR> ... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:39:59 EST Rapid Fire Fitness- Everything Counts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x47409194 So, what exercise did you do today? <BR> <BR> Post what you did and how long. Go ahead. Brag a little. We are waiting to cheer you on! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 3 Apr 2012 15:57:22 EST Thank you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x47357405 Thanks you everyone who sent me wonderful birthday wishes! Sat, 31 Mar 2012 15:27:53 EST Spring Marches On - Challenge - The Bathroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x47343969 So how's that bedroom looking? If not there yet, don't despair. The challenge is still on. <BR> <BR> Now, it is time for a new project. The BATHROOM. Scrub, scrub and scrub some more! Then make it nice, even luxurious, if you can. <BR> <BR> (If you still working on your bedroom? Jump in this challenge when you are ready.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 16:06:38 EST Rapid Fire Fitness - Give me ten! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x47228709 This time let's concentrate on numbers. The number TEN as in give me TEN more minutes or reps. Your choice. Just add ten to your activity. <BR> <BR> Come back to report and get a goodie. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>318</em> <em>186</em> <em>309</em> <em>330</em> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:11:39 EST Spring Cleaning Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x47162974 Spring starts March 20, 2012. Is your house in order? Fear not. This challenge is for you. And we will do it one room at a time. <BR> <BR> First up - the master (mistress) bedroom. Time to declutter, scrub, recycle, trash and otherwise spruce up your primary place to sleep. Concentrate on the clutter, first. Then, the cleaning. And finally, the special touches that make it inviting for sleeping and relaxing. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <em>437</em> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:29:18 EST Challenge Yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x47162783 The absolutely wonderful thing I love about Spark People are the official challenges. There are so many. Everything from eating to exercising and sleeping. <BR> <BR> So let's utilize this wonderful resource and sign up for a Spark People Challenge. Report back with your selection. Post your progress. And brag about your trophy! <BR> <BR> If you are already doing a SP challenge, that counts too. Just let us know so we can cheer you on. <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> <em>215</em> <em>32... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:18:50 EST Rapid Fire Fitness - Work that Upper Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x47078064 It's fitness time, again. <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> This time we will focus on upper body. So, grap your dumbbells, balls, weights, bands, etc. or hit the equipment at the gym and work your upper body. Don't forget to stretch afterwards. <BR> <BR> Ready? Set? GO!!! <em>104</em> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:54:30 EST Rapid Fire Fitness - Work Those Abs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x46991934 Let's focus on strength training. Time to tone, tone and tone! <BR> <BR> Of course, total toning is best...but just for a day or two ...focus on your abs! <BR> <BR> Need in suggestions for exercises? Check out Spark's videos. <BR> <BR> Come back and report so we can give you a <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Mar 2012 15:33:38 EST Rapid Fire Fitness - Smell the Roses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x46919528 Fitness is not limited to just the physical body. Sometimes we need a "mental" boost more than another sit up. <BR> <BR> So today, take some time out for yourself. Read a chapter or two. Write in a journal. Call a dear friend and catch up. Enjoy a hot cup of tea. <BR> <BR> It does not matter the activity. Just take a moment out for yourself. You are worth it. Mon, 5 Mar 2012 15:42:59 EST Use it, Recycle it or Trash it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x46852356 I borrowed this idea from one our own team members. (I am sorry I do not remember which one). However, the idea is simply brillant: <BR> <BR> Look around your home. Is everything there of some value or use to you? <BR> <BR> If not, take 10 minutes, and gather up the item(s) and recycle it, donate it or trash it. <BR> <BR> That's all. Work in ten minute increments so as not to get overwhelmed. Also, just pick one room at a time and no more. <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 16:35:10 EST Rapid Fire Fitness - Change It Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x46852199 Does your exercise routine feel a bit stale? Are you making more and more excuses not to exercise or go to the gym? Do you just plain feel stuck?! <BR> <BR> Time to Change it Up! <BR> <BR> Do the opposite activity of what you are doing now. <BR> <BR> If your focus is on cardio - try a bit of stength training. <BR> <BR> If your focus is on your lower body - work that upper body <BR> <BR> If you a gym rat - try an activity outdoors (weather permitting) <BR> <BR> You get the idea. Time t... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 16:24:03 EST Rapid Fire Fitness - Back off from the Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x46797430 This Random Rapid Fire Fitness Challenge is..... <BR> <BR> Measure yourself! <BR> <BR> When is the last time that you pulled out the tape and recorded your measurements? Don't have a measuring tape? Check out your weight tracker. There is a tape you can download. (SP thinks of everything!) <BR> <BR> So go ahead..back off from the scale and measure yourself. <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 15:57:08 EST tried to add to eat the frog but it wouldn't work. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x46662462 Tried to add to eat the frog but it wouldn't work <em>46</em> Sun, 19 Feb 2012 15:41:34 EST great organizing book! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x46659745 I bought a really great organizing book...it is called Organize Now! by Jennifer Ford Berry. It is a week to week guide to organizing and covers all different areas...I am really loving it because it makes organizing non-overwhelming and much more efficient by focussing on certain areas at a time and it has such great, non-complicated ideas for organizing. It has been so great so far! I actually was able to sit in on a short presentation by the author last year and it left me wanting more of ... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 12:04:52 EST February is for FIxing IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x46384286 Feeliing overwhelmed with what you need to do? Do you need a gentle push to make those 2012 resolutions a reality? Or, maybe you just need someone else to set a goal for you? <BR> <BR> No matter what the reason, this February challenge is the thing for you. It is time to take control of that something that is holding you back. One project, pound, or step at a time. After all, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!!! <BR> <BR> So the February challenge is...... Fix IT! <BR> ... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 15:54:27 EST Great Blogs by Our Team Members! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x46198410 Need a fitness boost? Motivation sagging a bit? Check oiut Jazzjr's blog for a different outlook: <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4696518 <BR> <BR> <BR> And some guidelines for organization -- check out Sunsetinaz's blog: <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4696268 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:52:54 EST SP Blogs "shared on Facebook?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x46039508 I'm not sure if all of you noticed this, but for those who haven't, SP recently added a little "Share on Facebook" option at the bottom of your blog entries. <BR> <BR> That's right,this means that someone I don't even know could hit the "Like" button & post a "meant for SP Friends, only" moment for all of Face Book to see. There would be my photo, <BR> and my most embarrassing diet issues posted for anyone & everyone to see, read, and laugh about.. <BR> So if you haven't yet encountered th... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 09:31:41 EST Too much STUFF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x45992976 Time to tackle that pile, basket, desk or room with way too much stuff (aka clutter, or just plain ol' junk). <em>412</em> <BR> <BR> So pick a troublesome spot or room: <BR> <BR> Set a timer for fifteen minutes. <em>12</em> <BR> <BR> Purge, organized or recycle. <em>343</em> <BR> <BR> Rest <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Repeat daily as needed. <BR> <BR> Report back for your thumbs up and accountability. <BR> <BR> We are here for you! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <em>306</e... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:23:40 EST Welcome QSUSAN1 and all the new members! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x45933855 So glad you have joined the team. Jump right on in! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>213</em> <em>229</em> Mon, 9 Jan 2012 20:18:15 EST Shaking It Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x45799400 It's 2012. Tell us what the team can do to support you reach your fit and organized goals for the new year. <BR> <BR> Challenges? - Describe 'em <BR> Different Team Goals? - Name 'em <BR> Topics? - State 'em <BR> <BR> Whatever it takes, we as a team want to know so we can Shake it Up in 2012! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>244</em> <em>216</em> <em>244</em> <em>283</em> <em>244</em> <em>292</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 3 Jan 2012 15:41:56 EST Heading to the New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x45541864 As we countdown to 2012, it is a great time to reflect. So share your success. Or, share what you plan do differently in the new year. Share about your fitnesses, healthier eating, healthier lifestyle goals or your organizational accomplishments. Any or all of these goals. <BR> <BR> Do you have a go-to receipe or meal plan? Did you find a way to sneak in some activity? Celebrated any non-scale victories? Eliminated a pesky housekeeping task? Reached a milestone in your weight loss? <BR>... Fri, 16 Dec 2011 19:49:15 EST Taking Care of ME! 10 Minutes Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x45308463 This time of the year can be so overwhelming. So much to do, so little time. It is easy to lose focus on ourselves. But guess, what? This time it can be different. This time it will be different. Let's focus on one healthy change for ten minutes. Just ten minutes of activity. Each day. Any activity. We deserve it. <BR> <BR> Start today and by the time the New Year is here, you will log in over 300 minutes of fitness. Doesn't really matter when you start...jump right in. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:17:21 EST WooHoo! WooHoo! WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x45030327 Holidays are challenging for everyone. Let's acknowledge what we did well with a <em>244</em> No matter how small. Each <em>244</em> speaks volumes about our commitment to ourselves. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> Did you get 10 minutes of activity? <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Did you track your food? <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Did you say no to another slice of cheesecake? <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Did you plan for that office party? <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Post often. Let the t... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 12:38:31 EST HELP!!! (Please!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x44959478 To everyone in the team...please help! Life is pretty glum at the moment. I have been on SP for a while but never get to make the time for it that I would like. I have joined several sparkteams for support, but everything is so overwhelming I don't even know where to start. I have two children with autism and an active toddler at home all day and my husband works long hours. I need to get organised but don't know how. Any ideas? Thanks. Mon, 7 Nov 2011 08:21:20 EST "Getting to Know Ya " Challenge - 11/4/2011 - http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x44919250 It is that time again - Challenge Time! <BR> <BR> This time our focus is on US! Time to get to know your team members. <BR> <BR> So either <BR> <BR> 1) Visit a team member's page and leave an emoticon (any one you like) <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> 2) Read a team member's blog and leave a comment. <BR> <BR> Then post here the name of the team member you visited. You can also ... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 13:37:49 EST hi i'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x44806898 Was glad to find this team being that while trying to lose weight and take care of a 14 month old its been really hard to get my house in order. I keep it pretty neat but organized is another thing. Fri, 28 Oct 2011 12:43:02 EST Challenge 10/24--10/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x44730916 Track what you eat this week. This can be here on the Sparkpeople nutritional page(& earn sparkpoints) or if it is better for you...write it down. Post a <em>248</em> if you keep track. If you stay within your calories range....post a <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> This is not exactly my favorite thing to do...but, it makes me more aware of what I put in my mouth and how much. Sun, 23 Oct 2011 21:55:34 EST Finish Oct. Tracking Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x44645020 <em>311</em> These Feet Are Made for Walking & that's just what I'll do.... <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> It seems there are several that walk & use a pedometer on this team. So, this is for you and anyone else that wants to do it. <BR> <BR> Set a goal for yourself for the day or week. Then work to reach it. Once you feel comfortable with it and want to increase it...then, go for it. Post your steps here...this will let you see how you are doing and make you accountable. <BR> <BR> We will fini... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 09:36:27 EST Do You Track Your Steps? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x44534904 <em>38</em> <BR> Do you use a pedometer & track your steps? Tue, 11 Oct 2011 09:38:59 EST Water Challenge 10/3--10/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x44408316 <em>194</em> Chug-A-Lug <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> We all know that we need to drink water daily. So....this is a simple challenge. Post how much water you drink each day....then, add it to the total of the previous post, for a team total. Let's see how much water we can drink in the 6 days! <BR> <BR> Who's in.... <em>250</em> Now...get to drinking those <em>274</em> of water! <BR> <em>306</em> Mon, 3 Oct 2011 17:36:54 EST Getting Rid of a Housekeeping Annoyance Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x44408164 Getting rid of an annoyance week. <BR> <BR> What is annoying you to look at, walk around, etc.? Could it be the mound of dirty laundry (or clean that needs to be folded & put away), mail that needs to be sorted & taken care of accordingly, too many snacks around, whatever....I'm sure you can come up with something. <BR> <BR> We all have something that we kind of let slide for the moment and then becomes an annoyance. So here is your opportunity to do something about it. <BR> <BR> <em>306... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 17:24:30 EST I Would Really Appreciate Your Input, Please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x44341307 <em>189</em> YOUR ideas, suggestions for challenges are really wanted. I have posted challenges in the past, and there wasn't a lot of activity on them. I WANT to know what you want to do, that will help you. If you don't want to post them here...then, shoot me a private message. <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> <em>306</em> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 19:14:50 EST Challenge 10/17--10/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x44278980 <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>291</em> <em>284</em> <em>69</em> <em>267</em> Let's Work on our Freggies! <BR> <BR> Post number of freggies eaten. <BR> Post this way... <BR> <BR> My freggies-- <BR> Team Total-- Mon, 26 Sep 2011 10:11:07 EST Exercise, What Did You Do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x44223373 Post whatever exercise or physical activity that you did today. Every bit helps to get and keep us more active....and posting it here, will keep us more accountable. Thu, 22 Sep 2011 18:47:02 EST 40 since May http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x44167806 Here I am, 40 and the heaviest I have ever been in my life....all <BR> though i have been heavy all my life....I have never known what it is like to be fit and healthy. Now here I am 40 and half (or more) of my life is gone, I have to experience life fit and healthy and yes, sexy! I have to get in shape and turn heads and sit on my guy's lap without crushing his legs....I have to feel comfortable to walk around my room naked and not be uncomfortable Making love with the lights on! Sorry, if t... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 16:36:10 EST F.I.T. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x43854009 F.....freggies. (1 point for each serving of fruits/vegetables each day) <BR> <BR> I......intense movement. (1 point for each 15 minutes of exercise, no matter <BR> what kind each day) <BR> <BR> <BR> T.....track water. (1 point for each 8oz. of water each day) <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>267</em> <em>311</em> <em>231</em> <em>324</em> <em>34</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Thu, 1 Sep 2011 16:01:12 EST F & O Buddy List http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x43818027 Someone ask me about the buddy system. If you're like me...being held accountable can be a great help on this journey. Sometimes, what we need is someone that is there to listen, offer advice, suggestions, give a hug or swift kick in the tush (if needed)...just someone to share what goes on in our lives. <BR> <BR> If you would like to have a buddy, please sign up here....saying that you want one. <BR> <em>223</em> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 18:45:40 EST 10 Minute Tidy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x43791502 Sometimes, just getting started on a project can be overwhelming. So, let's start with 10 minutes each day. Now, you know you can do as much as you want. But, post here what you did and for how long. Let's inch away at those cleaning projects. <BR> <BR> No excuses....here's our start! Mon, 29 Aug 2011 10:53:01 EST If I Had Less Stuff, I Would Be...... ........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x43744775 If I had less stuff, I would be ___________. What would happen if you had less stuff in your house, in your life, in your mind? Fri, 26 Aug 2011 11:25:45 EST Streaking....I DARE You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x43669859 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtzoUu7w-YM </link> <BR> <BR> Ooops....not that kind (unless you feel it will burn some calories) <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Let's go streaking the SparkPeople way! <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <em>45</em> <em>291</em> <em>311</em> <em>231</em> <em>34</em> or whatever you want. <BR> <BR> As you all know, SparkPeople streaking is a way to get momentum going with your goals. If you'd like to join in, post the type of streak you would like to accomplish & then ... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:05:10 EST Fitness Activities http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5863x22277x43602988 Post any word that describes a fitness activity...only catch....it has to start with the 3rd letter of the previous post. <BR> <BR> Such as swimming <BR> <BR> Next word would be ice skating....next elliptical.... <BR> <BR> You get the idea! <BR> <BR> So....next post should start with L Thu, 18 Aug 2011 09:46:52 EST Actors & Actresses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5863x22277x43553356 Let's play a new game. <BR> <BR> Name an actor or actress that appears on TV or in movies. Your answer must begin with the first letter of the last name. <BR> <BR> Alan Alda <BR> <BR> Next is "A" again... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 15:08:56 EST Weekly Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x43549250 Posting our weight each week, will keep us accountable. You can pick the day that you want....then, just post as often as you can. <BR> <BR> Anyone? Mon, 15 Aug 2011 11:04:05 EST Today's Question... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x43547329 <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What is your biggest temptation....when it comes to food? Or causes you a problem? Mon, 15 Aug 2011 09:28:28 EST 3rd Letter Begins New Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5863x22277x43546952 First word will be post. Then, thereafter, take the 3rd letter of the word and make a new word. <em>306</em> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 09:10:51 EST Logging Miles/Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x43297386 Logging miles! Don't worry...if you don't run or walk you can convert any CARDIO minutes into miles....1 mile for every 15 minutes of cardio. (So, for example, 30 minutes of cardio = 2 miles.) <BR> <BR> See how many miles we can accumulate! <BR> <BR> Start now or tomorrow if it is better for you. As for how long....we can do it for 2 weeks and then see how it goes. <BR> <BR> Post your miles and then add it to the previous posted miles. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 22:44:53 EST Recently moved, need new appliances http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x43273048 Not long ago I moved into a lovely 80's home, and the appliances are definitely "over the hill". <BR> <BR> I'm looking to buy new appliances: a dishwasher (white door, inside stainless or white and top shelf that is adjustable), a white fridge with automatic icecube maker and water dispenser, HE top load washer and front load dryer(white as well). <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend good brands and/or models? I'm not looking for the cheapest (in this case), I want good quality appliances so ho... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 12:03:34 EST Take the Mind Clutter Quiz! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x43209278 Adapted from The Lilypad List, by Marian Van Eyk McCain (Findhorn Press, 2004). <BR> <BR> Many of us love the feeling of clearing out the clutter from our homes. But given the frantic pace of many of our lives, perhaps some mental simplifying is in order, too! <BR> <BR> Do you think you might benefit from clearing away some mind clutter? Take this simple quiz to find out: <BR> <BR> 1. Are you a “worrier”? <BR> <BR> 2. Is your mind constantly troubled by all the things on your mental “To D... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 19:22:01 EST Today, I will NOT..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x43206292 ...forget to take some time for myself. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 15:34:31 EST why I joined.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x43165990 I used to believe that I was a hoarder, but decided that for most of this junk, I don't have anxiety about getting rid of it. I believed that makes me chronically disorganized. I started working on it a couple years back, and made some progress, but haven't been able to maintain it. You get a room clean and start on the next one but each successive room becomes harder because you have to keep up the rooms you finished already. At this point, in my little home I have 11 rooms, a garage, a ... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 14:41:59 EST Challenge 7/24-7/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x43150892 Taste the Rainbow Challenge <BR> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>277</em> <em>69</em> <em>485</em> <em>210</em> <BR> <BR> This week is going to be all about color! <BR> We are going to Taste the Rainbow by choosing different colored fruits and veggies!! <BR> <BR> RED: <BR> Strawberries ..... Watermelon.....Tomatoes..... <BR> <BR> GREEN: <BR> Lettuce.....Celery.....Green beans.....Sweet Peas.....Peppers.....Asparagus <BR> <BR> YELLOW: <BR> Yellow peppers.....Squash.....Corn <BR> <BR>... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 15:02:10 EST Do You Have W.I.T.? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x43059444 W.I.T. (Whatever It Takes) <BR> <BR> I think we should be reminded every day just what it is we are doing to make it happen. Not only to remember them, but to also share what it is that YOU are doing so that others may also take motivation from that, and use your methods if their own is not working. Encouragement and motivation are daily keys to making things happen, so take some time to share what you are doing to make it happen, so others may be motivated and encouraged as well! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:22:09 EST Name That: Place http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5863x22277x43059226 This is a fun one. You have to give a place name (country, town, city etc) that starts with the last letter in the previously given place name. So if I say Nebraska...you have to say a place name that starts with "A"....and so on.... <BR> <BR> I'll start..... TORONTO Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:06:25 EST Let Us Know http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x43059157 Please post any suggestions, ideas that you would like to see added to this team. It can be games, something for challenges or whatever. If you would rather not post here....shoot me an email message. We'd really like to hear from you. This is YOUR team! <BR> <BR> Hope to hear from you! Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:01:06 EST Declutter 101: Where Do I Start? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20581x22277x42970695 Start slow and steady <BR> <BR> Clutter tolerance seems to run a fever cycle, much like the flu. Every so often, the cluttered household will become intolerable, sparking the home manager to brief, massive anti-clutter spasms. Piles will be shifted, boxes will be filled, stuff will be stashed--until the fever breaks. Then the clutter tide flows back in, confusion redoubled because of the flushed and furious attempts to get a grip in a hurry. <BR> <BR> Just as clutter arises gradually, over ... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:42:15 EST "I Am" (Roll Call/Chat) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x42928555 Easy...just start your sentence with "I am." It can be about what you're doing today, or what you are committed to doing, etc. <BR> <BR> Let's get reconnected here and work on getting fit & organized. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> (WE) Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:33:04 EST 7/11-7/16 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x42926512 This week's challenge...2 parts <BR> <BR> PART 1: <BR> Post on the huddle board as often as you can. (this really encourages others to see that there is action on the team) <BR> <BR> Part 2: <BR> Do at least 10 minutes of cardio and/or strength exercises <BR> <BR> Post <em>248</em> each day or when done. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 13:04:14 EST Alphabetically Freggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5863x22277x42925579 Post any fruit or vegetable in alphabetical order.! Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:16:54 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x42914045 I just joined the team and eating well has a lot to do with how organized I am with my shopping. I am also in a constant battle with clutter since we are a family of 5 with 3 teens. As I work on my nutrition I thought this team would be a good group to check in with. <BR> ~Monicah <em>41</em> Sun, 10 Jul 2011 21:28:07 EST 3 Letter Word (A-Z) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5863x22277x42750129 Post any 3 letter word.....only catch....has to be in alphabetical order. <BR> <BR> Come on...... <em>306</em> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 14:58:28 EST Fri.through Mon. Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x42749953 Some are celebrating Canada Day today....others will be celebrating Fourth of July of Monday. Make it a happy and safe one! <BR> <BR> <BR> Visit a member of this team & give encouragement with a goodie or comment every day or if you can't be on every day....visit as many as possible. <BR> <BR> Come back and post a <em>248</em> and how many. Fri, 1 Jul 2011 14:46:33 EST Finish Out June Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x42662631 Let's get some summer cleaning done this week. <BR> <BR> Pick a closet- clean it out. <BR> <BR> Pick a room -vacuum or scrub the floors extra shiney this week. <BR> <BR> Pick something in your kitchen- organize, clean, inventory, take stock of what you need to refill. <BR> <BR> DO one to complete this week's challenge. DO all three to be a weekly challenge star! <BR> <BR> Let us know how and what you did! <em>306</em> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:03:57 EST What Are You Struggling With Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x42649263 Post what you are having trouble with today....maybe we can be of help. Sun, 26 Jun 2011 14:01:12 EST Help! I live with 3 men! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x42552753 I am a 61 year old, retired school teacher. The three men are my husband and 2 adult sons. We are all clutterers, but I have been decluttering my own stuff for several months--if that gives you an idea of how bad it is. I still have more to go, but only 6 bins of stuff. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on how to get my men to cooperate. They are not interested at all. <BR> <BR> I need encouragement to keep decluttering and to get physically fit. I think both will help my attitude. (Which isn'... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 10:31:48 EST Weekly Challenges for May http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x41823645 I was thinking of making it seasonnal challenges reather then monthly. <BR> <BR> Spring clean <BR> For this week make it your kitchen. I will check FlyLady and see what the daily challenges are and post them. FlyLady only works Monday through Friday. <BR> <link>www.flylady.net/ </link> Sat, 14 May 2011 18:07:40 EST May Question of the day (or so) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x41753462 <em>312</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Question of the day <BR> Do you use the ‘Team Goals’? <BR> <BR> If yes, <BR> Part two, do you record your activity in ‘Other Goals’ <BR> Wed, 11 May 2011 05:09:42 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x41038885 Hi I am rekha and I love blogging about organizing and everything that simplify our daily life. If any one of you have blog about organizing please let me know.. I love to interact with other bloggers who love organizing ....If you have time check out my blog too <BR> <BR> www.simpleandorganizedliving.com Tue, 5 Apr 2011 23:27:09 EST April Question of the day (or so) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x40947984 <em>312</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>311</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What type of question do you like? <BR> Do you like or use the references? Fri, 1 Apr 2011 21:02:19 EST Too many books! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x40870128 I don't know about you guys, but I have enough books to open my own branch library. Too many for the bookcases and shelves, and way too many for any sort of organization. One day a friend suggested I put a few on Amazon (where they know me well) and I decided to give it a try. <BR> <BR> Two weeks later, I've sold half a dozen books, made about $30, and cleared a foot of shelf space. Buoyed by my early success, I've been sorting and listing quite happily all the books that I read once and ... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:30:09 EST More tips for getting organized http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x40747181 Check out the link below <BR> <BR> <link>www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,204<BR>71860,00.html?xid=hts110322&utm_source<BR>=health&utm_medium=email&utm_content=b<BR>ody-lede&utm_campaign=hts110322-html&PromKey=XET </link> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:14:06 EST Weekly Challenges for March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x40274871 You don't have a whole week; so it's easy. <BR> <BR> Sort through basket of lost socks, matching up any pairs and then toss the rest into the trash. <BR> <BR> If you are very disciplined you can save them for rags. I use to use them as dust rags. Wed, 2 Mar 2011 07:19:53 EST March Question of the day (or so) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x40274709 <em>312</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> What are your goals for March? Wed, 2 Mar 2011 07:08:38 EST new to the gang http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x39700056 I am very unorganized with my house. I plan on making new goals to help me through the day. I was hoping you guys could help.I need to take some things to goodwill and de clutter.I was getting rid of some smaller clothes but decided maybe i could lose alittle. <BR> suggestions accepted here. <BR> Pam Sat, 5 Feb 2011 06:11:17 EST February Question of the day (or so) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x39666722 <em>312</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> How are you doing? <BR> <BR> <BR> I was getting desperate. I have bee really swamped lately. I'll get a real question tonight; right after I get out and get my Valentine cards. Thu, 3 Feb 2011 16:32:46 EST Weekly Challenges for February http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x39611398 A lot of people don't have the specific problem in the challenge. The challenge is to help you come up with organization ideas. <BR> <BR> Would you be interested in checking this thread more then once a week? I could post daily challenges once in a while. <BR> <BR> If you have a particular challenge that you would like to enter here for accountability, do it. Others might have the same problem. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 15:25:08 EST Hi my name is Bonnie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x39556564 I am 61 and more then all my years before am in a battle to unclutter my home. It is amazing what you can get into just one small space. You look around and can't even see a wall. I am excited to join this team and lose weight in 2011. I live in Kentucky and am a police dispatcher. I work odd shifts and sleep time is limited and never know if it is day or night. I have been doing this 16 years now. I love my job but it is the worst thing on earth for healthy eating and sleeping and fee... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 15:19:55 EST Recycling is my clutter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x39434014 Can we share some tips? Our home is very small; we don't have a garage. I don't know where we should store our recycling so its both handy and not an eye sore.I feel like a hoarder when the recycling builds up but I also don't want to waste gas with frequent trips to the drop-off spot. (Our community requires us to sort and take our recycling to a central spot.) With washing, sorting, storing and driving recycling, I am beginning to wonder if I'm really making a difference. Thoughts? <BR> <B... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 11:46:05 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x39109623 Took a hiatus for a while, but now I'm back...I hope I will succeed this year. Happy to join this team! <BR> <BR> Check out my blog: <link>roadtoweightlosssuccess.blogspot.com </link> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:33:26 EST Post your birthdays here! (and other special days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x39087932 Hi! <BR> <BR> Please post your birthday here and any other day you'd like to celebrate (ie your Anniversary or Sparkaversary) so we can all celebrate with you. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 22:45:20 EST Bye Fit and Organized Teammates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x39023829 Hi Fit and Organized Team Mates <em>213</em> , <BR> <BR> It is with a heavy heart that I find I must leave this great team. I must leave because I am on more Spark Teams than what I'm able to give the time I SHOULD give to each team! <BR> <BR> I picked up a wonderful habit and a new daily goal in the short time I have been with this team. I now strive to get rid of at least 5 old pieces of clutter/"stuff" from anywhere in Ray & my apartment 7 days a week. I am doing well with that goal a... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 20:40:33 EST January Question of the day (or so) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x38773833 <em>311</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> What advice would you give to a new SparkPeople member? <BR> <BR> Log everything you eat into the nutrition tracker <BR> Read the articles and emails to learn more <BR> Use the message boards for answers and support <BR> Utilize the fitness demos, plans, and tracker <BR> Write in your SparkPeople blog or journal <BR> Try SparkPeople's healthy recipes <BR> Other <BR> <BR> <lin... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 06:34:39 EST 31 Days to Unbreakable Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x38770100 Behavior experts say that it takes about one month to form a new habit, and many people try to create (or break) habits at the start of each year. With the right attitude and focus, you can stick to your New Year's resolutions and achieve long-term success. Here are 31 daily tips that will help you do exactly that. <BR> <BR> You can download and print the calandar from <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/<BR>motivation_articles.asp?id=746 </link> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 22:20:53 EST Weekly Challenges for January http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x38769915 During January the weekly challenge will be focused on organization. <BR> <BR> I will reread my 'Sink Reflections' book for ideas. The subtitle of the book is 'Overwhelmed? Disorganized? Living in Chaos? It was written by a founder of FlyLady <link>www.flylady.net/ </link> . If you have time, checkout the site. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 22:08:18 EST What was the last fruit or vegetable you ate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x38640749 Clementine Fri, 24 Dec 2010 15:45:31 EST Hello Everybody! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x38414170 I just joined SP so I thought I'd pop in and say hi to everyone. Have a great day! <BR> <BR> <BR> First Name: GoldenLeaf <BR> <BR> Home State/Country: Canada <BR> <BR> Number of Siblings: 1 <BR> <BR> Number of Children (include names and ages): none <BR> <BR> Pets: 1 gorgeous cat <BR> <BR> Occupation: Classical singer and music teacher. <BR> <BR> Favorite Part of your Job: Making people feel authentic emotions. <BR> <BR> Favorite Season: Summer <BR> <BR> Favorite Color: Purple <BR> ... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 04:13:45 EST I need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x38252370 I love feeding the birds and always have had birdfeeders outside my windows. There is nothing like a bright red cardinal in a snowstorm. <BR> <BR> This year the squirrels have taken over. I bought a squirrel proof feeder and the squirrels laughed at me. I bought this big shield and they hang from it. I have hung aluminum pie plates to make noise and I swear they jump on them to make noise just to bug me. Someone told me to put cayenne pepper in the food because they don't like it - I swear ... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 16:38:55 EST 31 Days (or so) to Healthier Holidays Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x38234859 Take inventory. Identify all the situations (office parties, mall food courts, family gatherings) that make it difficult for you to eat healthy during the holiday season. Make a plan for staying on track in every situation. Wed, 1 Dec 2010 20:35:32 EST December Question of the Day (or so) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x38217462 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Do you use the Spark calendar? <BR> <BR> Would you like a daly challenge base on the calendar? <BR> <BR> For day 1: <BR> Take inventory. Identify all the situations (office <BR> parties, mall food courts, family gatherings) that make it difficult for you to eat healthy during the <BR> holiday season. Make a plan for staying on <BR> track in every situation. Wed, 1 Dec 2010 05:32:34 EST Weekly challenges for December http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x38142429 For the week of November 28 <BR> <BR> Start an annual holiday newsletter. <BR> <BR> Make a list of goals for 2011 and determining your top 3 from that list. <BR> Sat, 27 Nov 2010 05:44:31 EST Awareness helps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x37967471 I'm new to SparkPeople. So far I love it! The nutrition tracker is so comprehensive! Tue, 16 Nov 2010 16:46:43 EST My lists overfloweth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x37943027 Hi, I'm actually quite organized but only on paper. It's the actual follow thru that I struggle with. I can organize anything! As long as I'm just planning it out and not having to actually do it! lol <BR> <BR> With Flyladys help I'm a whole lot better but still a work in progress. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 13:38:32 EST Weekly challenges for November http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x37780582 For the week of November 7 <BR> Do you send holiday cards? <BR> Check your list; make sure that you have correct and complete addresses for your list. Some people save the return address off the envelopes. If you do and haven’t transferred the information to your list, do it this week. Sun, 7 Nov 2010 06:31:18 EST Cleaning and organizing for Nov! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x37729122 I dont have company coming this year for Thanksgiving but I dont want to live all winter in the mess I call my house either. <BR> This week I will start in the corner of my living room and work out. My living area and my dining area are one beg room so it is where we all congregate. This area alone will probably take a good week or so, because I do childcare in my home. <BR> Action plan 1. Get rid of old magazines, coloring book, extra kid clothes. Then organize all bookcases and cabinates.... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 10:56:06 EST November Question of the Day (or so) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x37655649 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> What do you drink? <BR> <BR> Danger Drinks and Healthy Alternatives <BR> Healthy Eating Goes Beyond the Food You Eat <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=200 </link> Mon, 1 Nov 2010 05:28:49 EST Thank You!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x37634682 Thank you so much for the goodie today! What a wonderful surprise!! Sat, 30 Oct 2010 23:00:17 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x37436046 Greetings, I'm Kesha the new girl Wed, 20 Oct 2010 18:43:42 EST ENJOYMENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22277x37165998 "True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united." I just found this quote by Humboldt, I will use it to motivate me today. <BR> I have finally gained the courage to post a message thanks to some of my spark friends. I'm looking to find a workout partner in my area. Anyone know how to do this? Thu, 7 Oct 2010 09:35:33 EST Weekly challenges for October http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x37065666 During this month I will post the challenge for the week on Sunday (or so). <BR> <BR> For the week of October 3, 2010 <BR> Organize your garage (or your storage area). My wife would like to put her car in the garage; that's why I picked that. <BR> <BR> Because you joined 'Fit and Organized' I'm guessing you are at least a little disorganized. Hopefully this will get you started in accomplishing your goal of being more organized. Sat, 2 Oct 2010 18:02:59 EST October Question of the Day (or so) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x37042433 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Do you have health snacks? <BR> <BR> Portable Snacking Tips and Ideas <BR> Remember the 'Healthy' with the 'To-Go' <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=137 </link> Fri, 1 Oct 2010 12:45:50 EST sunday's are for? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x36923954 How do you usually spend your sunday's? Sun, 26 Sep 2010 05:19:46 EST Challenge for the Week of September 26, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x36920477 It will be fitness related. Because Sunday is most peoples day off, I will post it before I go to bed. Sat, 25 Sep 2010 21:57:18 EST Blogging My Way Through Body Clutter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x36892290 Hey everyone, I have started reading the book "Body Clutter" by the Fly Lady, Marla Cilley and the Dinner Diva, Leanne Ely. I decided it would be fun to do a series of blog posts on this. I would love for you all to come and be a part of it! <BR> <BR> <link>supermomlosingit.blogspot.com/2010/0<BR>9/blogging-my-way-through-body-clutter<BR>_24.html </link> Fri, 24 Sep 2010 10:39:55 EST What Did You Get Rid of Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x36814763 I have a box of food, containing honey mustard (has high fructose corn syrup and artificial stuff it) and some kobe terryaki steak sauce I didn't like and had multiple bottles, the last can of soda pop (containing potassium and sodium benzoate and vitamin C which combines to form benzene, a known carcinogen and industrial solvent), and 4 jars of fat free turkey gravy I got on a great deal but didn't like. <BR> <BR> Hopefully I can find some other stuff to disappear before the day is done. Mon, 20 Sep 2010 20:10:57 EST Challenge for the Week of September 19, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x36779594 I don’t know how many of you are familiar with FlyLady; but the challenge for the month is taking 5 minutes at those stash and dash spots in your home. Maybe it is the basement, a corner in your bedroom, the guest room or garage. Just 5 minutes each day to put a dent in the stash and dash piles we have built. <BR> Those stash and dash places or those that accumulate things – like a table top just inside a door. Sun, 19 Sep 2010 06:53:06 EST Challenge for the Week of September 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x36616975 Stretch. Get out of your comfort zone. Step out of the box. <BR> <BR> For this week do something new. <BR> <BR> Ideally, with Spark communication. What I'm going to do is contact a new member every day. Invite them to become more fit and more organized. Sat, 11 Sep 2010 07:00:22 EST Challenge for the Week of September 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x36503132 Contact each of the people in your Spark Friends list. Especially the ones you don't here from regularly. Sun, 5 Sep 2010 18:18:18 EST Challenge of the week 30 August 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x36343365 Take a Fast Break <BR> <BR> Fast Break Overview <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/stage_1o<BR>verview.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Until it is in writing it is just a dream. So, write it here. Sun, 29 Aug 2010 01:21:52 EST Challenge of the week - August 9 - 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x35938149 Make a change to your Spark Page. <BR> <BR> Update, add something new, get rid of outdated information. Mon, 9 Aug 2010 13:22:41 EST Inside Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5863x22277x35778526 I just finished reading a fantabulous book entitled, "Organizing from the Inside Out", by Julie Morgenstern. It is one of the best, most user-friendly books on the subject...ever! My home office not only looks good, but functions well, too! <BR> <BR> Has anyone read it? What's your favorite tip? Sun, 1 Aug 2010 23:18:32 EST Calling all TURTLES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x35759728 Browsing through the introduction posts I noticed this group in particular has a LOT of TURTLES being used as the goal marker! <em>134</em> <BR> I picked mine because I live by the motto "The turtle only makes progess when it sticks its neck out." This reminds me to be brave, try things, get moving, be persistent and win instead of the hare. <BR> So to everyone who uses a turtle as the marker, please add me as a SparkFriend <em>223</em> and leave a comment on my SparkPage. <BR> I know... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 01:11:07 EST Challenge -Sunday 8/1--Saturday 8/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x35754157 Organize a Section of Your Garage. (if you have one) <BR> Your challenge this week is to organize a section of your garage, whether it’s a shelf, a corner, a rack--whatever. Just choose a section and organize it. Email us and let us know how you did with this week’s challenge. <BR> <BR> From Get Organized Now Weekly Organizing Challenge <link>getorganizednow.com/#challenge </link> Sat, 31 Jul 2010 18:39:56 EST Challenge -Tuesday 7/27--Saturday 7/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x35653722 “Action without planning is the biggest cause of failure” <BR> <BR> Assessment (where am I now?), <BR> <BR> goal setting (where do I want to go?), <BR> <BR> creating a plan or strategy (How will I get where I want to go?), <BR> <BR> executing the plan (what action steps must I take daily to reach my goal?), and <BR> <BR> measuring results (how will I know if I’m moving towards my goal and how will I know when I’ve reached it?). <BR> <BR> Do one each day. For this challenge it will ... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 21:06:24 EST Organizing tip http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5863x22277x35569067 Hi team, <BR> Today I heard an excellent idea to help organize/de-cluttered a utensil or "junk" drawer. You dump all the contents into a box and leave the box on your counter top for one month. After you use an item in the box you return it to the drawer. What ever you have left in the box after a month then gets moved to a more appropriate place, recycled or thrown out. I'm going to give it a try.How about you? Thu, 22 Jul 2010 13:48:10 EST He just won't keep things neat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22277x35360258 My honeybunny has a tendency to collect business cards and notes on little pieces of paper. Unfortunately I can't always tell which of these are important and which can be thrown away, so I leave them where he puts them. Which is usually on a corner of the bed since we have no dresser in the bedroom. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to find some way to make it easy for him to stop doing this! I've gotten him a nice little document tray and tried to get him to put stuff in there, but it doesn't work. I c... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:10:40 EST Get Out Challenge--Week starting July 12-July 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5864x22277x35354099 We've tried this before on some level...but, let's see how we do this, a little differently. <BR> <BR> Let's work at getting "stuff" OUT of the house. That can be through throwing it away, giving it away, selling....whatever method...as long as it is OUT of the house. Let's see just how much we can get rid of this week! <BR> <BR> You can post daily or at the end of the week...whichever is easier for you. <BR> Mon, 12 Jul 2010 09:49:56 EST