SparkPeople Positive Bloggers Team Messageboard Are you interested in positiveness in your life ? Learn to share it through positive blogging, positive encouragement and challenges.Change your life by becoming a positive force. SparkPeople Positive Bloggers Team Messageboard Tell us on a Tuesday Today I suggest we all read a Sparks article, chose one that applies to you aand tell us of it. <BR> I am at hospital all day but am taking my I pad. I will read an article there <BR> Irene Tue, 27 Feb 2018 01:14:22 EST 5 Things to be positive sbout I thought it would be a good idea to post each day in this thread 5 things we are positive about <BR> <BR> 1. That I have a good foot doctor who gave me the right advice so I can take my long walks again <BR> <BR> 2. That hubby can be left alone while I go out and run errands that need to be done when are caretaker had to take a sick day <BR> <BR> 3. That I have good Spark friends giving support when needed <BR> <BR> 4. That my son and his family are back in my life <BR> <BR> 5. That my ... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 17:52:33 EST Tuesday challenge from England Hello I have given the Tuesday challenges a new name . <BR> <BR> It's Creative Tuesday this week. <BR> <BR> Can you create or make something today,? <BR> You may be a craft person so can work on creating something beautiful or useful? <BR> Or are you a good cook or baker? Can you create something good to eat today ? <BR> Tidying outdoor or indoor areas creates a good impression , <BR> <BR> My plan is to knit a portion of a lap blanket which I make for dementia patients <BR> Irene Tue, 1 Aug 2017 00:41:47 EST Foodie Tuesday I am interested in eating healthily , I think most of us are , <BR> This week it's the humble APPLE A great source of health boosting antioxidants and pectin with many other value . <BR> How do you eat an apple ? Raw ? In a pie ? <BR> Do you have a healthy way of cooking apple ? <BR> <BR> I have added lightiy cooked apple slices to a topping for pork chops for instance , <BR> <BR> Irene <em>771</em> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 02:07:08 EST Spark Video I have saved all these workout videos, but I have only done a few. Today, I will do 1 video workout. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:01:02 EST Good Morning It is a beautiful day no matter what the weather. We are here and we are working to improve ourselves. There is nothing more beautiful than being in harmony with yourself. The road may contain potholes and detours, but just remember the route you have chosen and you will get there. I used to freak out if I took a wrong turn or the tom-Tom didn't go the way I thought it should. Now, I get excited to see what might be around the corner or down the highway. It is that way in my weight los... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:51:44 EST Management Lu is New I am 63 years young and a retired Language teacher. I absolutely believe in the power of positive thinking. I love helping others find the good in themselves and try to model how to share that positivity with others. <BR> <BR> That is not to say that sometimes negative situations, thoughts or emotions do not creep in, but having the tools to recognize, identify and excise these feelings/moments are what bring the cream back to the top. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to reading and sharing in th... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:15:51 EST My positive blog for today I am thankful for the sunshine today - any amount of sunshine is welcome in the middle of winter. <BR> I am proud of myself for having completed the Realistic Resolution challenge - my first one! <BR> I am thankful that completing the challenge has given me ways to start working toward my goal of still being mobile as I get older, and I am especially thankful that I have been able to move out of the thinking &amp; planning stage (which is where I usually stay) into taking action in the real w... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 15:42:03 EST a counter to the negative Only a few more day left in the Realistic Resolutions Challenge and as is my habit my first response is that I haven't done it right, I haven't done enough, I haven't ... I haven't ...So here is a list of the positive counter-responses to this knee jerk that I didn't do it right because I failed to implement any of the suggestions: <BR> <BR> *After 3 years of ghosting SparkPeople I joined and have almost completed (4 more days!) my first challenge! Joining is as far out of my comfort zone a... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:03:08 EST Silver Linings I would not recommend chest pains as a way to motivate a person to strive for good health but that's what's happening in my life. I have every risk factor there is for heart disease, with the exception of smoking which I quit about 3 years ago, but I did not have a heart attack 2 weeks ago - EKGs don't show any damage to the heart muscle. The stress test was a false positive and the heart catherization showed clear arteries. Last but by no means least, the experience has motivated me to de... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:15:33 EST Hello everyone, I am new to the Positive Bloggers also relatively new to Spark. I believe a positive attitude will bring about positive results in life. I have several obstacles to overcome to loose the 60lbs. I am paraplegic from Polio and so I have to get creative with exercise. I know I can do this and I know with each pound I loose my life will get easier. With Family, Friends, and Faith You can do anything. Blessings to you all and Thank you for giving me this opportunity to be part of your group.. <... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 17:10:43 EST 2017 Walking/biking Challenge I had a bit of an idea last night (while I should have been sleeping). Due to my fitbit dying on me and knowing that it will be awhile before I can get a new one, I thought I would change up the challenge for walking just a wee bit. This might also encourage others on the team to join in also. <BR> Set a goal for 2017 with either a distance walked, a distance/time biked or a time of walking and then record it each day. Maybe you need to do a combination of all three long as you ... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 07:55:07 EST 2017 Walking Challenge 2017 Walking Challenge: Everyone is welcome to join in. Set a goal (distance) for yourself and then just keep track of how far you are walking. Once you have set a distance for yourself, just go in each day and edit your post...this way it is easy for you find each time. Looking forward to having some walking partners in 2017, Shirl and I are getting lonely *grin*. <BR> <BR> <BR> My fitbit died on me and until I can get a new one I'm back to manually keeping track. My goal for 2017: 2000 m... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 07:56:52 EST 2017 Word/Phrase Of The Year Yes, it's that time of the year where we choose a new word or phrase to motivate us through another year. I don't have mine yet but when I do I'll post here but also on my spark page. Some people like their previous year word/phrase and keep it for another year, but most choose a new one, and some share here why they chose that work/phrase. Happy hunting for your 2017 word/phrase. Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:45:17 EST Fabulous Friday December 9th challenge make a fabulous salad using 5 ingredients that you don't usually use. <BR> _____________________ <BR> <BR> My salad <BR> 1. kale <BR> 2. cranberries <BR> 3. pumpkins seeds <BR> 4. Brussels sprouts <BR> 5. radicchio <BR> <BR> using a new dressing too poppyseed dressing Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:10:35 EST December Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sorry, I wasn't able to figure out how to make the calendar larger for viewing. Each line below is one day. Please just do starting with day one and follow in order. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. What smell are you grateful for today? (answered this one in my post) <BR> 2. What technology are you grateful for? I am so grateful for texting...saves me so much time and frustration.) <BR> 3. ... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:43:00 EST Starting Over Hello! I am a longtime member of Spark People, but I haven't used the community resources in the past. I'm starting over after some losses and gains, and I have found the Spark Community to be very positive and uplifting. I look forward to sharing more of the positive energy found here, and to long term success with my goals for good health and happiness! <em>224</em> <em>381</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Jamie Mon, 31 Oct 2016 22:03:56 EST Please Delete Posted to wrong area. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 11:06:20 EST Hello Just joined this teams goals... I need some positive reinforcement to get me tracking my nutrition and had to find a team that was actively working towards their goals. So many of the SP teams are dormant, so I was thrilled to see this one being very active. I look forward to getting to "know" some of you :) <BR> My ongoing goal is to continue my workouts... see my blog I wrote today. My new goal is to get my nutrition tracking committed to a daily routine. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:34:18 EST 2016 Walking Challenge It's only taken me 6 months to realize that I didn't create a 2016 challenge, just been working off the 2015 one. I transferred my 2016 results over. Shirl you might want to cut and paste yours also from the 2015 challenge. Almost time to do 2017! <BR> <BR> Happy New Year and here's to a great walking effort in 2016! My goal for 2016 walking: 2000 miles <BR> Jan-Oct: 1911.16miles Nov: 176.46 miles Dec: 121.85 so far <BR> <BR> Dec 28: my fit bit died...but I did make my 2016 goal! <BR> Wed, 8 Jun 2016 07:00:49 EST Hello Fellow Bloggers My name is William. I am from Ohio and I blog pretty frequently. One of my "Other" goals that I'm tracking is to post 3 blogs/week, and that seems to match up perfectly with the guidelines of this team. In my second week back at SparkPeople after a 7 year hiatus, one of my blogs was voted to be a Featured Blog Post and that was pretty exciting. A lot of people found that blog motivational and inspiring and most of my SparkFriends are people I connected with because they commented on that blog... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:49:11 EST Excited to Be a Part of this Team I am thrilled to learn from you all. I've traditionally been a glass-is-half-empty type of gal because I thought that was being honest--however, I'm learning more and more that when I look for the good, I will actually be energized and FIND more good. <BR> <BR> I have been on Spark for years, but never really used it till the last few months. Since diving in, I've seen incredible positive changes in reaching my goals and just my general motivation and excitement. I love encouraging others a... Wed, 18 May 2016 09:41:51 EST Greetings from Ireland Good morning everyone. Yvonne here to bring some cheer through out the year. Yikes I sound like Dr. Seuss ha ha ha. Upbeat 42 year old, married to my college sweetheart, mother of 3 boys (18,14 &amp;11). Recent newbie to sparkpeople &amp; it's helping me stay in proper calorie range which I am delighted about. I am from East coast of Ireland and quickly becoming the shortest in my family as the boys sprout up. Glad to say my husband and I encourage our boys to find the positives in every... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 02:59:11 EST 2016 Word of the Year Starting this a bit late. <BR> <BR> For anyone wishing to join in this thread, all it means is that you choose a word that resonates from within and allow the word to be your guidance throughout the year. Any word that you wish to incorporate in your life, learn from and grow with is fine. Spend some time meditating if need be to receive your word. It's not difficult, as usually once asked for, the word pops into your mind and just feels right. <BR> <BR> Share your word for the year with u... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 22:07:24 EST Thinking of you Thursday I, for one, get caught up in so many working hours, that I don't make that phone call, visit, or drop that note in the mail. There is a cousin who has been on my visit list & I didn’t make the time. She died early this morning, unexpectedly. <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to make that call, visit, or write that note to the person(s) at the top of your list. It will lift your spirit & we know happy boosts our immune system. Thu, 24 Sep 2015 05:53:03 EST Hi - I am so glad to have discovered this team! Hi all - I am encouraged to see such a team exists! I live amongst beautiful nature and it has been a great summer for lots of hiking and walks on the beach. Glad to be here. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 13:07:56 EST Wacky Wednesday Just for April Fool's Day how about a wacky Wednesday! Are you planning any pranks today, if so can you share with us what you plan to do, or have you been pranked and if so how and by whom. <BR> <BR> So far I am safe no wackiness yet for me. Wed, 1 Apr 2015 11:04:16 EST Hilarious Weight Loss Moments One of the things that keeps me positive is laughter. On my weight loss journey, I've had many moments that were so funny, they bear repeating. <BR> <BR> Like what happened last week: My husband, Mr. Handsome, and I are about the same height. We have completely different body types, but we're pretty close in height at least. <BR> <BR> God bless Mr. Handsome - he folded and put away the laundry over the weekend. Yesterday morning I got up, grabbed a pair of jeans and pulled them on. Imm... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:21:10 EST Tuesday Challenge March 31, 2015 <BR> <BR> INSPIRATION! <em>529</em> <BR> <BR> Sometimes it's helpful to have a physical, visible, tangible inspiration in front of us, like a dress or a pair of jeans in our goal size. It can even be a piece of jewelry or a new hairstyle/color we hold out as our personal "carrot on a stick." <BR> <BR> What's your inspiration? Do you already have something or do you have a certain item in your head with which you intend to reward yourself? <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> My i... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:48:13 EST Teacup Tuesday: What's in your teacup? It's no secret that we can easily drink our daily share of calories if we aren't careful! By now most of us have changed our ways with liquids. Most of us follow Spark's mantra of WATER, WATER, WATER, or we at least are much more mindful about not drinking empty calories. <BR> <BR> So share! <BR> 1. What do you drink most of the time? <BR> 2. How much water do you drink in a day's time? <BR> 3. And what are your tricks & tips for drinking more water throughout the day? <BR> ~~~~~~ <BR> <... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:07:45 EST Tasty Tuesday Tasty Tuesday <BR> <BR> We know that eating right can sometimes be boring – but that it doesn’t have to be so! It’s easy to fall into a rut, making the same dishes again and again, because we know they’re safe, we know how many calories are in them, or because we just run out of energy and/or creativity. <BR> <BR> So let’s share our go-to meals so we can learn from each other! What makes you yawn might be something new and exciting for me to put on my plate tonight! <BR> <BR> What’s your f... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 06:41:33 EST Two Tasty Tuesday When we're trying to incorporate healthy snacks into our diet, whether to lose or maintain weight or to just add better foods, it's helpful to have some go-to snacks. These are things you almost always have on hand, that you can grab easily and quickly without much thought or preparation. <BR> <BR> What are two of your favorite go-to healthy snacks? How many calories are in your snacks? <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> I keep 100-calorie individual serving packs of almonds in my pantry at home and... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:46:35 EST Tricky Tuesday As airtight as our healthy goals may be, we all have at least one thing that vexes us. It's that tricky thing that sneaks around the guard we have up and undermines our efforts. <BR> <BR> What's that tricky thing for you? <BR> How have you managed in the past to defeat it? <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> My tricky thing is my sweet tooth. I love to have something sweet after a meal, particularly after dinner. <BR> <BR> I try to keep "safe" foods on hand that don't require much, if any, prepara... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:32:51 EST Friday Challenge Feb 06 Friday Challenge <BR> <BR> Your challenge for today is to focus your attention on setting some goals for yourself for this weekend. How are you going to stay on track? Do you have some smaller goals that you want to work on this weekend? Have a visual of what you want to achieve. Have you thought about doing a vision board of all the things you desire for yourself? Having a vision board helps us to be reminded of what it is that we are working towards. It's fun to also look back on e... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 07:10:09 EST Tuesday Challenge Feb 03 Tuesday Challenge <BR> <BR> It's a mental health challenge for us all today and we will call it "Treat Yourself Tuesday". <BR> Nope that doesn't mean go crazy and eat everything in sight. What it does mean though is that you set some goals for today only and if you succeed in them then you allow yourself a treat that is NOT food related. <BR> Maybe it's that soak in the tub where you can relax, perhaps it's time to finish a good book you have been wanting to read, maybe it's a nice l... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 07:25:43 EST Thermal Thursday It is so cold for so much of Canada & the U.S., I began thinking of warming up. Today let's warm up our bodies by adding 10 minutes to our exercise time. <BR> <BR> For example, I usually exercise 40 minutes a day. Today I will do 50. Don't forget that stretching when you are done. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 06:04:56 EST Monday Challenge Daily Action Spells Success - What Have You Done Today To Make Yourself Feel Proud? <BR> <BR> Daily action produces results and eventual success. Progress is made rapidly when relevant action is taken daily and this encourages further efforts. At the end of each day we should aim to have something to be proud about. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rticles/daily_action_spells_success_wh<BR>at_have_you_done_today_to_make_yoursel<BR>f_feel_proud.php </link> <BR> <... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 07:36:33 EST 2015 Walking Challenge Come on and join us in the walk for health this year! Set your own goal for what you would like to achieve and just begin walking. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year...welcome 2015. My goal for 2015 walking: 2000 miles (1496.86 miles done in 2014) <BR> January : 154.64 miles <BR> <BR> Feb 01-Feb 07: 43.32 miles Feb 08-Feb 14: 44.65 miles <BR> <BR> Feb 15: 5.63 Feb 16: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 07:26:08 EST Positive Blogging 2015 Challenge: <BR> <BR> In keeping with the name of our team I would like to challenge (and encourage) each of the team members to find the positives in their day. When we focus on our blessings/positives we take our focus off the things that drag us down and place it squarely on the things that lift us up. Our mental and spiritual health is just as important to our healthy lifestyle as exercising and working on our healthy bodies. <BR> <BR> At least 3 days a week commit to blogging 5 pos... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 10:35:53 EST Friday Challenge Starting the new year off with a new Challenge! <BR> <BR> Friday Jan 02 <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do "Forty" of something, either a total of 40 minutes exercise, or 40 situps, 40 leg lifts, 40 stairs....whatever you routine is, just ensure that you do the magic number of 40! Challenge yourself to find your success this year. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Wanda Fri, 2 Jan 2015 07:19:34 EST Once again it has been to long I have not done my journal in a while, things just seem to overtake me and then nothing get done. <BR> At the moment I am finding it hard to stay positive at the and will be pleased when Christmas is over and January the 6th is over as that would have been dads 85th birthday(he had a stroke when he was 61 and died at 69). Spring is my favourite season what with all the flowers and plants bursting into life. <BR> I have only managed to lose 4lbs this year which is very disappointing. <BR> <... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:21:41 EST Treasure Tuesday Thought we would try something different today. With Christmas fast approaching and many of us decorating our homes for the holidays, I thought it might be interesting to see if you have a Special Treasure that you always make sure gets put out at Christmas time. <BR> <BR> <BR> My special treasure is a Penguin that Shy made in about grade 4/5. They made them out of paper mache and a beer bottle. For whatever reason, I fell in love with this penguin from the moment she brought him home. I h... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 07:09:08 EST 2015 Words/Phrases For anyone wishing to join in this thread, all it means is that you choose a word that resonates from within and allow the word to be your guidance through out the year. Any word that you wish to incorporate in your life, learn from and grow with is fine. Spend some time meditating if need be to receive your word. It's not difficult, as usually once asked for, the word pops into your mind and just feels right. <BR> <BR> Share your word for the year with us. It's rather fun to see how the wo... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 17:57:37 EST 2014 Words/Phrases Oops. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 17:51:59 EST Excited! Happy Friday! Just want to say that I am so excited to have found this team. I am a 38 year old single mom. I have tended to be a more negative than positive person most of my life. When I started working out and trying to focus on changing my lifestyle almost a year ago, the negative had to go! This group looks like the perfect place to be encouraged. <em>381</em> Fri, 7 Nov 2014 14:36:21 EST October 5 a day! Challenge: <BR> <BR> Plan on eating 5 servings of fruits and veggies every day. Can you do 31 days straight? <BR> <BR> Each day that you are successful add an <em>550</em> emoticon to your post in the Chit Chat lounge. <BR> <BR> Good luck. <BR> <BR> Wanda Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:50:15 EST Finding it hard I am finding it really hard to be positive at the moment as my husbands mental health problems and at times I feel like giving up(but won't). I am keeping on track but only just. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:37:59 EST Sept 23 Talent Tuesday Everyone has a talent. Yep, that's right...we all have a talent in something. Maybe you have never considered yours a talent, but it's there. Perhaps your talent is being a great listener, a friend, being able to see both sides of an issue. Maybe your talent is more out are a wonderful musician, a chef, a speaker. The list of talents is endless. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to look for an recognize your gift and to put it to use today. When we use our God given talents, we a... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:28:12 EST Tell us something Tuesday Sept 16 Tell Us Something Tuesday <BR> <BR> Tell us something about yourself. <BR> <BR> <BR> I work for our local library doing one of the greatest jobs. I get to order all the material for our Adult department as well as our Bookmobile department. So pretty much all types of material. I do work with selectors that help choose what they want, I just get to input and place the orders. The big perk of being the person that does the ordering...I get to put it on hold first if it's something ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:28:51 EST Food Friday Something a wee bit different: FOOD Friday <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to eat ONLY non-processed food today. To help you out, check out the link. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It's not as hard as you might think, it's just getting back to natural foods. <BR> <BR> Fresh fruit and veggies here we come! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Wanda Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:46:47 EST Weekends I am not very fond of weekends especially when my husband is in one of his down periods(they last anything up 10 weeks and he is in bed all of this time) as I then spend most of the time alone and evenings are the worst. I live in a small village which I love but at weekends there is not a lot to do and I am not looking forward to the winter. <BR> On the positive side I have lots of friends on the net, pen friends and friends in the village but I am not <BR> very good at opening up and talki... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:21:28 EST Feeling great about a healthy eating lifestyle. For the past 2.5 months, I have been eating very healthy. Only whole food ( unprocessed and a bit of minimally processed) and plant-based food. I have lost 20 pounds so far, and I feel so great about this! <BR> <BR> There have been a few days I felt like pigging out, and I did. I just ate a lot more than I normally would.... But of the same healthy food instead of junky food. On those days, my calorie differential was about 0, but that's okay... I consider that being in "maintenance mode... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:58:58 EST It has been to long I am mostly a very positive type of person and love to try new things especially anything to do with crafts and to this end I belong to 4 craft groups. <BR> On the other hand I am a carer which does get me down, I care for my husband who has mental health problems and can be very negative and he often tells me I do wrong things(go out to my groups, to keep fit and other things) but if I did not I would be like him. <BR> I like to go for walks(when the weather allows) as it always makes me fee... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 14:24:57 EST Favorite Friday Something a little different today. Let's try a Favorite Friday! Cut and paste to a your reply, erase the other person's answers and supply your own. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What is your favorite drink? Homemade fruit smoothie <BR> <BR> What is your favorite dessert? Cheesecake <BR> <BR> What is your favorite piece of clothing? My jammies <BR> <BR> What is your favorite music? I like lots of different music, but especially love music that soothes the soul. <BR> <BR> What is your favorite ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:50:05 EST ready to loose those excess weight hello all, am helen and am so happy to be here Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:24:44 EST Hello.. My name is Debbie - rejoining! I joined in 2008 after my dad passed on and was active for some time. At some point, I stopped using the site. However, I am working on my journey at this point in my life and decided this was a really good place to be a part of..again. I hope you to get to know others, etc.. and for us to help each other in our own paths, whatever they may be right now. Thanks and looking forward to this JOURNEY. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 18:37:33 EST Freeing up Friday! June 20...Freeing up Friday! <BR> <BR> This idea came to me when I was reading through the posts and saw how often we are concerned about the rising cost of things. <BR> <BR> Share with the team some ways that you attempt to "free-up" money when it comes to affording the necessities of life. <BR> <BR> ````````````````````````````````````````<BR>``````````````````````````````````````<BR>`````````````````````````` <BR> <BR> 1. We go together with our girls and buy in bulk, meat and other f... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:57:18 EST How many points for the Team! I got a nice big 20 to help out Positive Bloggers today! Are you spinning for the team? Thu, 12 Jun 2014 23:10:41 EST Trading Thursday Today let's TRADE an unhealthy habit for a healthy one. <BR> <BR> For me it is going to be trading sitting around on the Hope Bus with taking my resistance band and fitting (pardon the pun!) in some band exercise when I'm alone on the RV. Thu, 5 Jun 2014 07:24:55 EST Work It Wednesday We all have things in our plans to healthy living - whether exercise, food changes, decluttering, creating a budget - that we just don't seem to find the time to do. Well, WORK IT today. Choose one thing that's on that list and WORK IT today. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> For me it is writing a plan for my 5% Challenge that I can actually do with my work schedule now that the Hope Bus is on the road, and I have early morning starts like today's 6:30 AM departure for an event. I will pla... Wed, 28 May 2014 05:48:36 EST Tackle It Tuesday! We all have those things that are on our "to do" lists, some just keep showing up on it because we either run out of time or energy to get them done. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to take the item from your to do list and Tackle it! Make today the day that you are going to get it done and have it gone from the list. <BR> <BR> My Tackle it Tuesday item: <BR> <BR> I WILL get my floors in the back entry way and family room washed. I have no dogs visiting's a good day to get it ... Tue, 20 May 2014 08:10:48 EST Mental Monday! May 19 Mental Monday <BR> <BR> Today your challenge is to do something that is good for your mental health. Maybe it's time to do some meditation, something relaxing, something fun...what ever it is, make sure that it leaves you in a great state of mind. Eliminate the stresses and worries and just enjoy the moment. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Wanda <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 May 2014 10:24:41 EST April Challenges <BR> <link><BR>0-day-challenge-ideas/ </link> <BR> <BR> April's challenge is going to be just a wee bit different. Because there are 100 challenge ideas to choose from (thank you thoughtbrick), you will choose 3 challenges each day and you will tell us which ones you chose and how you did. These challenges cover all areas in your walk to a healthy lifestyle...spirit, physical, mental and positiveness. <BR> <BR> Please join in the fun and help us to a... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:29:28 EST Tracking fruit water One of my new favorites is fruit water. My question is, how do I track it?? I use fresh fruit for the flavor, but don't actually eat the fruit. <BR> Any suggestions?? Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:52:35 EST Have a listen to my music and see what you think Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am Trev and presently reside in the South West of the UK. I will spare you my details in here as they are all available in my blog so please feel free to look in there. <BR> <BR> I believe in the positive power of music and the way it can lift us and motivate us. It can mentally steer us towards many better directions we take in life too. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I am the only composer in sparkpeople but I have yet to see anybody else load up any of their work into a b... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 06:01:44 EST Making Choices Monday! What smart and healthy choices are you making today to push you in the direction of your goals? <BR> <BR> 1. I am eating breakfast. <BR> 2. I am taking applesauce, an orange and a yogurt for my snacks at work. <BR> 3. I am taking some deep breaths and focusing on getting my morning off to a great start. <BR> 4. I am cultivating a calm and positive attitude despite having to rush this morning. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Wanda Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:24:11 EST WOW! Wednesday Sorry this is so late in the day. I had to leave fr work at 6:15 AM today and totally forgot it is Wednesday...until now. :) So here's an easy challenge...I think. <BR> <BR> Find a mirror...WOW! yourself by giving yourself a compliment - either on a goal accomplished today, sticking to a plan, acknowledging your beauty - your success. Find something in your day that makes you say WOW! about yourself. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> My WOW! moment is that I taught a breast cancer awareness c... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:51:33 EST Wet Your Whistle Wednesday Do you drink the suggested 8 glasses of water daily? If it is a struggle to drink, do you add flavoring, lemon, etc. to it to make it more palatable? What other beverages do you drink on a regular basis? <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Most days I don't have trouble getting down 8 or more glasses of water and it is my beverage of choice. I do LOVE coffee and will drink my first two cups with flavored creamer. Occasionally I will have a cup of tea, but I prefer regular tea to herb... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 07:17:16 EST March National Nutrition Month Challenge March is National Nutrition Month...let's see if we can't make it a very successful month as well. <BR> <BR> Your challenge for this month is to track your nutrition and your water intake each day. Maybe you are already doing this, maybe you are hit and miss.maybe your excuse is "you don't have time". It doesn't matter how you do it, just that you do it. When we write things down, we tend to be more accountable for them. <BR> <BR> Here are some activities to help you to keep on track. <BR> ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:11:00 EST Walking Wednesdays Today's challenge is to add 100 extra steps to your day. If you are confined to sitting, then just walk in place while in your chair, if possible. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 06:36:02 EST February Healthy Heart Month Your challenge this month is to attempt to do great things for your heart. Let us know how you are doing each day. Did you have success? <BR> <BR> challenge created with help from these websites: <BR> <link><BR>ealth_challenge </link> <BR> <BR> Feb 1: Eat These 6 Purple Foods to Help Your Blood Pressure. <BR> <BR> Research shows that people who eat blue and purple fruits and vegetables—blueberries, plums, purple cabbage, black currants, eggplant and ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:45:22 EST 2014 Walking Challenge Many of us have different goals we want to strive for and different ways of motivating ourselves to achieve them. For me it's that my knee has been replaced at the end of November 2013, I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of walking as my main form of exercise. I did very well considering last year, but want to make an even bigger impact this year. <BR> I would love to see others join me in this challenge. I will leave how you set your goal up to you. You are welc... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:52:41 EST January 31 Days of Thanks Apparently January is National Thank You month and I thought that just might be a good challenge for us to start out the new year with. So list one thing for the next 31 days that you are thankful for. You'll only need to post once and then each day after just edit that post. <BR> <BR> 1. Today I am thankful for this team and being able to continue on this journey with all of you through 2014. <BR> <BR> 2. I am thankful for yesterday being a complete back on track day, I really needed that ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:28:59 EST Ta-Ta Tuesday Oops...forgot I'm doing Tuesday's challenge for the time being. Apologies this is late. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Today is the last day of 2013. It's time to say "ta-ta" to any negativity, bad habits, etc. that we accepted in 2013 - time to leave it all in 2013 as we move into 2014. <BR> <BR> Take 10 minutes to say "ta-ta" to anything you that is an obstacle to your living a healthy lifestyle! <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> For me, for starters they are: <BR> <BR> Talking myself out of... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:10:53 EST 2014 Word/Phrases What word or phrase are you going to use to guide you this year in your journey? <BR> <BR> It's funny how one word really stands out as "the one" when you contemplate this exercise. <BR> I kept thinking to can't be this word, but yep, it is. <BR> <BR> Wanda's 2014 word : Patience <BR> <BR> Obviously the universe has a reason for the word PATIENCE being my word for 2014 as it is the only word that keeps popping into my mind. So on that note, I will accept that it is my word and ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:30:54 EST Forget it Friday Forget the challenges and just enjoy your Holidays <em>244</em> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>500</em> <em>501</em> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:42:12 EST Fast Friday Today see how many jumping jack you can do in a fast minute. I do the modified ones, one arm and leg at a time. Fri, 6 Dec 2013 15:14:50 EST Together Tuesday The reason we are part of SP is that we know there is success in numbers. We are here to encourage, uplift, suggest, and sometimes give a kick in the pants to our team members. <BR> <BR> As part of today's Together Tuesday daily challenge, let's leave an supportive, uplifting and/or SparkGoodie to 3 team members, whether you have interacted with them or not. It not only will encourage them, you'll feel good about it too! <BR> <BR> Let's enjoy doing this challenge TOGETHER. <em>244</em> ... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 08:26:49 EST Advent Calendar Challenge 2013 I think most people are familiar with advent calendars, if not just ask. I thought it might be fun to do one that is a little different than the usual. Each day I will post a different advent challenge so you will need to check back daily! Some might be directly related to you and others will be for others. <BR> <BR> December 1 Advent Challenge: <BR> <BR> Send a "spark goodie" to someone you have never sent one to before...wish them a wonderful day. <BR> <BR> <BR> Hugs. <BR> Wanda Sun, 1 Dec 2013 10:19:12 EST Forceful Friday Use the force to push yourself away from the table and challenge yourself to do 10 push ups of any kind. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:16:39 EST I just happened across the team motto... What a wonderful motto! I will and I am!! Blessings to all!! Sun, 10 Nov 2013 12:08:44 EST November '13 Daily challenge Here is your challenge for the each day of the month of November. Log on each day and let us know your answers. With American Thanksgiving coming up (Canadians have already celebrated but this still includes you) and the season of happiness/stress, Shirl and I thought you might like to take the time each day to answer the following questions. It's a great way of keeping your focus on what is really important in life. Please join us in maintaining a positive and bright attitude. You just migh... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:35:15 EST Memory Monday Oct 14 Memory Monday <BR> <BR> What is your favorite fall memory growing up as a child? <BR> <BR> <BR> My favorite memory as a child growing up in Canada's north was getting to choose a new winter coat from the Sears catalogue. You were hoping that was going to be "stylish" but very warm at the same time. Then the anticipation of receiving the Christmas catalogue and pouring through it devouring all the "cool" and "beautiful" things. Making your wish list and choosing presents for family. ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:11:01 EST Take Action Thursday Sorry this is late...tried it 3 times on my home computer and it kept crashing. Figured I'd try it while at work. <BR> <BR> Today, TAKE ACTION to meet one or two of the steps that will bring you to your goal. <BR> <BR> For me, it is healthy eating today, including lunch, and I took clothes to the dry cleaner (part of the declutter effort). Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:10:30 EST Time for Positives Tuesday Most of us have been working hard at changing out lifestyles to healthier ones. For some it's been a huge challenge for others it's been much easier. Today is all about the positives. <BR> <BR> Do you use positive Affirmations daily? If not it's a good time to start doing so. Look yourself in the mirror and let yourself know just how great you are doing. (it's the little things that make the difference) <BR> <BR> When a challenge comes your way that challenge and then find the ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 08:03:07 EST Random Challenge I was struggling this morning to come up with a specific challenge that fit into the categories that we have let's try Random Challenge. <BR> <BR> It's your choice challenge: Choose one or more of the challenges for today and see if by the end of the day you can claim success. <BR> <BR> 1. Walk for 30 or more minutes. <BR> <BR> 2. Try a new exercise that you haven't tried before. <BR> <BR> 3. Have a meatless day. <BR> <BR> 4. Plan your goals for October and list them in a b... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:53:29 EST Friday Fall Favorites Sunday is the beginning of the fall season and was wondering what are some of your favorite things about this season. <BR> <BR> Living in MI I love all the beautiful color we get to see in the fall. <BR> <BR> Cool nights with still warm days. <BR> <BR> The fall squash and especially pumpkins. <BR> <BR> A slice of fresh warm apple pie with a scoop of ice cream. <BR> <BR> Children laughing and playing in piles of leaves. <BR> <BR> The rustling sound the fallen leaves make when walked thr... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 08:40:33 EST Flexible Friday Sept 13 Flexible Friday <BR> <BR> Do you ever find yourself feeling or becoming too rigid in the way you do things. Things are become "too" routine and you aren't enjoying what you are doing anymore? <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to put some flexibility into your day. Shake things up a bit. Perhaps you always do such and such on Fridays...change your routine. <BR> Perhaps you always serve certain foods together....plan a new meal. <BR> Perhaps you always do the same exercises....find some... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:50:08 EST Treat Thursday We have been working hard at our Fill-A-Meter Challenge. Make this Thursday a day you TREAT yourself. Maybe it's a manicure, reiki treatment, reading, visiting a park near your home, spending time with a friend or family member, meditation time, or just quiet time. Do something for you. Reward yourself for something, even as simple as checking in at SP everyday. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Mine is to spend some quiet time at home this evening to quiet my soul. I've been spinning wheels ... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 07:15:48 EST Fill-A-Meter Challenge If this is a challenge that you would like to participate in, please join me. <BR> <BR> September: Fill-a-Meter challenge <BR> <BR> Set a goal for yourself that you will work towards completing by the end of September. To give yourself a visual reminder each day that you have a goal that you are working on, take a container and mark it in "daily" increments, or "weekly" if that works best. As you reach each increment, fill your container to that level with how ever you are filling it (water... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:52:31 EST Who-What-W Where-When Wednesday Thought it would be nice if we got to know each other. So share with your teammates.... <BR> <BR> Does your region have an obvious change in nature as autumn arrives? <BR> <BR> What is your... <BR> Favorite autumn activity? <BR> Favorite autumn food? <BR> Favorite autumn clothing? <BR> **************************************** <BR> I live in New England in the US. We have definite & visible changes in nature. Temps drop 15 to 25* from summer. Leaves become beautiful, rich shades of gold, red... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 05:10:23 EST Greetings from Sunny Seattle Hi, I'm Jess from Seattle WA. I'm not sure whether I should introduce myself by replying to the "Introduce Yourself" thread or by starting a new one. I see both ways. <BR> <BR> So as part of my new positivity, I'll try both ways and then I can be positive that ONE of them will be correct! <BR> <BR> Here's what I said on the Intro thread: <BR> <BR> Hi, I'm Jess. I'm very happy to be on this team! Sometimes I'm like one of those carts you get in a supermarket with the bum wheel that always w... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:44:41 EST Hello, to my new team mates I started a new and healthier lifestyle based on a suggestions from my cardiac wellness physician. He provided me with literature and studies showing how I could improve my blood work, get my glucose under control and loss weight . <BR> <BR> I did great for about 4 months - and lost 22 pounds. But then, I fell back into the "I want to do whatever I want" mode. It was intense - and lasted for about 2 1/2 months. I gained back 10 pounds, and my blood work plummeted. <BR> <BR> So, I've bee... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:12:02 EST Fill-a-meter Friday! Let's try something a bit different! <BR> <BR> Fill-a-meter Friday! <BR> <BR> Draw a picture of a meter stick that you can fill in. Label the meter whatever you are planning to "fill" today (ie. drinking water, exercising, eating veggies, eating fruit etc.) <BR> As you progress through your day, fill in your meter and see how well you have done by the end of the day. Not only will it be a visual for you to see, you are more likely to not set it aside and forget about accomplishing it. <BR> ... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:49:10 EST Trev from Devon UK introducing myself Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I am not sure how positive you need members to be in here. Please check the blogs I have written so far and if they are not and I am not positive enough for you all then I am happy to remove my membership if need be. <BR> <BR> Many thanks <BR> <BR> Cheers <BR> <BR> Trev Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:51:13 EST Fresh Friday! Jul 05 <BR> <BR> Thought it was time to try something a bit different. <BR> <BR> Fresh Friday <BR> <BR> Today your challenge is to eat a minimum of 7 servings of fruit and veggies. Sound like a lot? Check out this should be getting this daily! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ment/choose-choix/fruit/need-besoin-en<BR>g.php </link> <BR> <BR> Have fun today. <BR> Hugs, <BR> Wanda Fri, 5 Jul 2013 09:05:20 EST Tell Us Thursday Today is Indpendence Day in the U.S., or 4th of July, as we call it. That got me to wondering about all of us. Share with us: <BR> <BR> 1. In what country do you live? UNITED STATES <BR> <BR> 2. In what state, province, or if you want to be less specific, in what section of your country do you live (i.e. Western, Midwest, Mideast, Eastern, etc.)? <BR> RHODE ISLAND (part of New England & one of the thirteen original colonies) <BR> <BR> 3. Does your country have a national holiday to c... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 07:42:12 EST How many Spark Teams are you ACTIVE on? The question appeared in my "Tortoises Unite" Team and I loved it so am reposting to several other teams that I'm active on. <BR> <BR> I am active or semi active on three six SparkTeams on any given week. These tend to rotate depending on how active they are. By active, I mean I either post new threads or respond to new post notifications from other members that show up in my email box. Most of those notifications tend to be from new members so I just welcome people with an emoticon or tw... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 11:14:49 EST Moment Monday A new challenge for all of us. Moment Monday! <BR> <BR> We get so caught up in our busy lives and in doing things that we often forget to appreciate those "moments" when we are being blessed or reminded of what is important in life. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to review your day and find three "moments" where you either took the time to appreciate them or you wish that you had taken more time to enjoy them. What did you feel like, how could you have shown more appreciation, what do y... Mon, 20 May 2013 10:07:52 EST I am happy today Hello, I am known as Batatinha on sparkpeople. I am so pleased with this team because I have been challenging myself to be a positive thinker for over three years. This will be one more way for me to make progress in this area. I am happy to be on such a great team. Thank you all! <BR> <em>252</em> Sun, 12 May 2013 15:27:24 EST If you're interested in more positivene ss........ I started a Sparkteam called Purposeful Positivity - it's another team that is meant to focus on living a positive life and rolling with the ups and the downs. <BR> <BR> If you're interested the link is in my signature. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Amber Sun, 28 Apr 2013 20:52:26 EST Talent 'Without talent, nurtured and perfected, the finest instrument would sand stand silent. I have always liked hearing this especially when i was learning to play the flute as a child. It reminded me how important it is to practice. My brothers and took up playing an instrument at the same time but i was the least expected to stick with it. I have been in my church orchestra over 15 years now and still enjoy it. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 22:42:26 EST Today Thursday As I often write, many of the challenges I post are because of personal experience or need. I thought today was Wednesday so was going to post a Wednesday challenge...but the universe moved my cursor to the date on my computer where I saw it is actually I lost my Wednesday somewhere. That got me to thinking that part of being positive is living in the <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to live for TODAY! Do you always live in the moment/the day? Or are you sometimes ... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 07:17:29 EST Every day is a beautiful day The remainder of the phrase is " no matter what kind of mood your in". I used to say that when ever I would be in a sour mood or I saw that some else was. It always would catch some one's attention realizing that even though they may be in a bad mood they didn't have to ruin your day. In the end it would always bring a smile to their face. <em>30</em> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:49:32 EST hello! I am so glad to see this on spark coach today. No matter what the situation I have faced through out my life, I learned early in life that it is much easier to have a more positive outlook than to be negative. It is nce to have a group who can encourage one another when someone is struggling. Mon, 8 Apr 2013 22:58:17 EST Kickin' it! This past week was a tough week for me, I have bouts of depression during PMS (sorry boys - it had to be said so ya'll understood :) ) Anyway, this time I was participating in SparkCoach, because the previous weeks I had put in place elements that will keep me motivated when I wasn't, because I knew it would come - it really got me through the past week with little ill effect. I think I even lost a little weight - woo hoo (my weigh in day is Tuesday) <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> T... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 10:09:36 EST Weeding Wednesday Thinking about spring and working in gardens, many people spend time pulling weeds to make the gardens more beautiful. <BR> <BR> What can you weed from your life, daily routine, etc. to be more positive? <BR> <BR> For me, the weed is a difficult co-worker - and I find myself complaining or grimacing because of her. I am weeding out the complaints and grimaces - to find something positive about her. Then I will focus on that positive rather than on the negative. Wed, 3 Apr 2013 07:27:17 EST Weathering Wednesday It seems most of the US & some of Canada are having a spell of Mother Nature's delay of winter. <BR> <BR> Do you like sn*w (or rain if you live in a country that has rain rather than sn*w)? <BR> How do you prepare for effects of winter weather? <BR> Are there comfort foods you stock up when there is a weather alert or warning? <BR> Have you changed what those comfort foods might be? <BR> If you are like me and really don't like the sn*w (I use an asterisk because it's a 4 letter word to me)... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 07:04:05 EST mix and match meal planner I thought I knew most everything about SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> But oh no! just found the mix and match meal planner. This page allows you to plan your meals in balance. It will put the foods right in the nutrition tracker for you. Although the variety of foods available is small, you could enter all you can and add others off of the nutrition tracker. Looks great! <BR> <BR> Has anyone else used this? <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-match -meal-planner.asp </... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 20:34:55 EST Hello positives :) Hi I just stumbled on you guys and thought yep thats a team for me :) I shall find my way the groups pages and share positives. wishing all a good and bright day ..jan Tue, 5 Feb 2013 02:41:37 EST positive video Now here's a video to watch! It's from Spark Guy <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUY </link> <BR> <BR> I'm still rooting for the 49ers, but it's great anyway! Fri, 1 Feb 2013 19:44:09 EST spark coach This team was mentioned as a "check out this team" on spark coach! So proud to be a member of this team! kudos to our team leaders! Fri, 1 Feb 2013 14:07:10 EST One day at a time I read a recent blog/comment about keeping track of healthy days. For each of us it may be different. Personally, a "healthy day" is one with 3 healthy meals with a few healthy snacks in between and no sugary snacks. It also includes exercise: stationary bike, walking, gym (weights, 3X per week). Some days this is difficult, if not impossible, but I try to make it routine. I have been writing down my exercise on the calendar and give myself a pink magic marker star for a full "healthy day". A... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:21:06 EST Pats game and weight loss! Morning everyone, <BR> Well, the weather is still cold, drizzly, and foggy, but the Patriots won yesterday and I'm down .2 pounds. It might be a little, but it's going in the right direction! Have a good day everyone. <BR> Cheryl. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:28:36 EST Hi there! Hi there, <BR> I am new to this team and don't know if I'm doing this correctly. Anyway, good morning and see you lighter later. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 07:56:58 EST Beautiful Day What a beautiful day!! I had a very productive session with my Health Coach yesterday getting focused on my goals for 2013 and beyond. I needed some help regrouping and organizing my thoughts. So today I have been planning and dreaming of what I want to do with my future. Doesn't get any better than this. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 18:14:20 EST Not new to SP I've been here for years! But I like being positive! This team sounds like a perfect fit for me! Thanks for starting it! <em>386</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 08:02:54 EST 2013 to be a positive year Make small changes and move more. Aquafit, threadmill, also like mallwalking. Be positive about all things in general and enjoy our grandchildren. <em>386</em> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 17:41:51 EST 2013 Walking Challenge Are you ready to take some action? Are you interested in doing some walking? <BR> <BR> Please join us in our walk to health. <BR> <BR> You have two choices of tracking, choose which one suits you. <BR> <BR> Choice 1: <BR> Walking the Distance: feel free to use miles or kilometers. How many of these goals can you meet in 2013 <BR> <BR> Goal distances: 200, 400, 600, 800, 1000 miles. Once you reach one goal, see if you can continue on to the next goal. Track your distance daily is a great... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 08:35:29 EST Dec 29 check in Hi team mates, I find it fun to have a daily check in on another team site, so thought it might be worth a try with us. Good morning! I hope someone else starts it tomorrow and we keep at it, but we'll see how it goes. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling optimistic as the year winds down. Spark has helped me get a pretty solid and healthy routine going and I'm thinking of new goals that don't directly involve weight loss or fitness. It feels like freedom to live to be here and that's kind of exhilarat... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 06:33:39 EST 2013 Word/Phrases 2012 is coming to a close and it's time to do some meditating on what word or phrase will be your mantra for 2013. Sometimes the word/phrase comes very quickly to you and you just know inside that it is the word that you will keep your focus on through the new year. Sometimes you may have to really take the time and listen to your inner spirit give you the word. <BR> <BR> When you have your word or phrase and you are sure that it is the one that you will be guided by in 2013, please feel fr... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 07:13:42 EST Fun Questions that Come Up Living a Spark Life I was feeling silly this morning so asked myself: how many calories might I burn rocking around the Christmas tree? What fun questions might you ask of calories burned, calories counts, motivation...whatever? <BR> <BR> So here's my reply: How many calories do you burn rocking around the Christmas tree? <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 07:27:41 EST How did i get out of a funk So for about a month of been in and out of a funk and i'm finally over it. So how i got of it was that i self talked to myself about what was bothering me and why. And i told myself either you can be upset or you can say yep life is not perfect but you need to do you and not worry about what isn't right now. And i told myself either you deal with what is bothering you or stop talking about what your going to do cause your not doing it. So i decided for right now what is bothering me can w... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:48:16 EST I'm back Well i'm back after the storm i hope everyone is safe and okay that has been affected. We didn't get any major damage just minor damage so i'm gratful for that. I also wasn't to into doing sparkpeople for a few days. I don't know why that is but i figured out how not to be so overwhelmed which was how i was feeling. I realized i was spending to much time on sparkpeople and i need to find a balance and i think i did. So i'm back and ready to go. So stay safe everybody. Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:18:27 EST Inspired After a diffcult weekend. I realized yesterday and today that i can restart i can be inspired to do this and keep going. I'm not going to hide from the past i'm going to leave it right where it is in the past and i'm going to live in the here and now. I'm not going to look forward either because i can only deal with what is here and that is all i'm going to deal with. My friend sent me a link to a video that helped me to feel very inspired today and i finally feel like i can put things i... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:49:32 EST What i learned today What i learned today is that even if you feel like you lack motivation their is always somebody out their to bulid you up and make you feel like you can do this. Which is how i was feeling today until i talked to my spark friends and read people's blogs. I realized that i can do this and even though my motivation had gone down their were people around to bulid me up. And i said to myself i desevre this to be healthy and to not give up on myself. So at the end of the day i felt better. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 17:23:01 EST Good word for the day...... Be true to oneself....because this is one make success, forget what others have to say...just stay faithful to yourself and then others will see your progress in your attitude and your physical well being...the small things will so like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, talking a short walk or not smoking at lunch time....these changes make alot of difference in small changes...and also bringing lunch to work with snacks instead of racing to the vending machines for a quick snack...a... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 07:14:02 EST Happy I thought that i knew what happiness was. But apparently i didn't because i feel like myself again and happy. I forgot who that happy person was but not anymore. I will not hide my happiness or let anyone bring me down like i use to. Even if i was upbeat if somebody else wasn't it would effect me greatly and i would be down for the day. So i no longer let other people effect me. I appreciate everything i have every day and don't say why me anymore Life is Good i just didn't realize that... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 15:51:12 EST positive reminders Today i had a positive reminder about why i am doing this. My pants are loser than they have been. Before i use to have to lay down on the bed to button them. I don't have to do that anymore. I can stand their and zip them up with no hassle at all. It reminds me why i contuine on this journey. Thu, 11 Oct 2012 19:18:25 EST New to the team, but not to SP Hi all! I'm new to the team. I've just recently returned to SP after a lengthy absence and am virtually starting over, but it's all good! It's great to be back and I could use the positive inspiration so I joined the team! <BR> <BR> Love and blessings to you all! Sun, 7 Oct 2012 13:24:30 EST Support the First-Time Bloggers Challenge Do you remember the first time you ever posted a blog? This week on Spark Coach, they connected us to the Spark First-Time Blogger's page, and asked us to support these bloggers who were blogging for their very first time on Spark People. Wouldn't it be wonderful if once a week each of us took time to read and comment on at least one first-time blog. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>.asp </link> Sat, 6 Oct 2012 21:40:07 EST Yea for a new day!! :) Yesterday was yesterday -- today is today :) Thu, 20 Sep 2012 09:48:25 EST Winning Wednesday After watching Amie Copeland, the young woman who lost her 4 limbs to a viral infection, define herself by what she has and not by what she has lost, I think we need to acknowledge what winning strategies we are doing to help us along our journey. <BR> <BR> For me: <BR> 1. As I enter the busiest part of my work season (only 4 days off this month), I have posted a reminder on my kitchen door that I can read each morning and night to be aware of what i am choosing to eat. Last year I complete... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 07:41:30 EST Excited to get started! My name is Ashley and I started useing sparkpeople about a week ago and I am just now figuring out how to use it. There is SO much information on here that it is a little overwhelming at first. I am excited to get started and start feeling better! I am getting ready to start week 3 of couch to 5k! It is a little rough, but I know I will be proud of myself when I can overcome these obsticles. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 17:17:43 EST Hello! I enjoy doing a blog here at SparkPeople--mostly a food/photo blog. My highest weight ever was 185 pounds and it was a long journey but I've reached my goal weight and am happy with my food choices but now I'm ready to go on to the next level of my journey and that is staying positive and aging gracefully and staying true to myself! Wed, 25 Jul 2012 08:56:59 EST Wishing Wednesday Thought we would try something new. <BR> <BR> Wishing Wednesday... <BR> <BR> 1. What one thing do you wish for yourself today? <BR> <BR> 2. What would you wish for someone else? (friend or foe) <BR> <BR> 3. If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My wishes: <BR> 1. My wish for today is to keep a positive attitude through the day. <BR> 2. My wish for someone else, is that Marla would get her new kidney and very soon. <BR> 3. Three wishes: 1. Complete healing ... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 07:26:05 EST Positive Affirmation. Six Words. What's Yours. Modeling the "six word memoir" genre of writing, I thought I would start a thread for six word affirmations. <BR> <BR> A "six word memoir" is your life in six words e.g. "Plays hard, but rarely for keeps." or "I have become my own avatar." <BR> <BR> My affirmation for today would be: <BR> <BR> "Am worthy of Grace from God." <BR> <BR> Don't know what the "formal" rules are, but I count contractions as two words so I try not to use them but you do what works for you..... <BR> <BR> What is... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 07:13:29 EST Just wanted to say "Hello" Hi Everyone, <BR> I was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (last week) and wanted to introduce myself. I am scared. I am sad. I feel like I have no control over anything anymore! Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated it. I have decided to move forward with Rebif which I will self-inject 3 times a week. If any one has had any experience with Rebif I would love to hear it! <BR> Thanks, H. Thu, 24 May 2012 12:44:48 EST Freedom Friday April 27 Freedom Friday <BR> <BR> A new topic! <BR> <BR> Since starting your journey with Sparkpeople, what are some freedoms that you have experienced? How have they changed your life? <BR> <BR> <BR> Freedoms: <BR> I can now look in a mirror at myself. I've learned to love me. <BR> <BR> Making wise and healthy choices. I've always had the freedom, just never took complete control in using it until joining spark. <BR> <BR> My world has expanded. I have friends that I never would have ... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 10:35:06 EST Blogging - An easy way to Pay-It-Forward Good Morning Everyone! <BR> <BR> What an <em>345</em> week it has been!! Hope you enjoy my Mid-Week Motivation (from my blog) as much as I enjoyed writing it. I am loving sharing the fun & excitement of life. <BR> <BR> Pay-It-Forward if you liked it. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> ________________________________________<BR>___________________________________ <BR> “Whatever your purpose… embrace it completely. Get lost in the clouds every now and then so you never lose sight of Go... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:16:33 EST Our Bodies are a Gift “I’ve learned through God’s Word that the body He gave me is good. It’s not perfect, nor will it ever be on this side of eternity. But my body is a gift, a good gift for which I can be thankful. Being faithful in taking care of this gift and walking according to God’s plan gives me renewed strength to keep a healthy view of my body.”- Lysa Terkeurst <BR> <BR> I love this thought from Made to Crave…our bodies are a gift, all of us have been given a WONDERFUL gift, and this is attitude I am g... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 09:16:18 EST March 09 Forget it Friday! Seems like many of us have had a rough day or two this week. Rather than dwell upon those moments/days we are going to embrace "Forget it Friday". <BR> <BR> Make a list of things that you are just going to let go. You can do it here or do it in private, it doesn't matter, just that you do it. Let all those negatives go and open up to the idea that today is a new day and a new opportunity. <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic day, Hugs, <BR> Wanda <BR> <BR> 1. Letting go of the doritos that I ate th... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 07:25:57 EST March Challenge Please feel free to join in any or part of this months challenge. I would love the company. <BR> <BR> March goals/challenges: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink a minimum of 6 glasses of water a day, aim for 8 glasses a day. <BR> <BR> 2. Walk a minimum of 10,000 steps a day. (If you are just starting out....set your own minimum and then gradually increase your steps every week by setting a new goal for yourself) <BR> <BR> 3. Three days a week add into the mix upper body exercises, your choice of exercise... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 07:05:40 EST February Challenge February is also known as Heart month in Canada...not sure about other countries or not. <BR> <BR> This month we are going to concentrate on creating a healthy heart. <BR> <BR> 1. <link><BR>t_disease_stroke.htm </link> <BR> Your challenge this month is limit the saturated fat foods that you might have in your diet and up your intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> 2. <link><BR>thy-diet/NU00196 </link> <BR> <... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 16:30:04 EST Mark It Monday! A new topic....Mark It Monday! <BR> <BR> Choose 4 things that you are going to take off your "to do" list and Mark them <em>248</em> <BR> by the end of the day. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 8 glasses of water. Not sure...might have missed one glass. <BR> <BR> 2. Visit 3 blogs and leave encouragement today. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 3. Eat my fruit and veggies today. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 4. Get 8 hours of sleep. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Wanda Mon, 9 Jan 2012 07:28:20 EST For Sure Friday! Let's shake things up a bit and give ourselves a new challenge. <BR> <BR> For Sure Friday! <BR> <BR> Today is the day that you will do things FOR SURE! <BR> Set yourselves three goals that you will "for sure" promise to do today. <BR> One goal each for Nutrition, Body and Spirit. <BR> <BR> 1. I "FOR SURE" will drink all my water today. 8 glasses (Nutrition) <BR> <BR> 2. I "FOR SURE" will get in a minimum of 8500 steps (Body) <BR> <BR> 3. I "FOR SURE" will spend 10 minutes giving thanks... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 07:13:37 EST "I Will" Wednesday I thought it might be helpful to find positive ways to incorporate our team's motto "I Will" into our lives...and what better way than to help each other do that. So for the next 10 Wednesdays, we'll explore each phrase of the motto. <BR> <BR> January 4, 2012: <BR> <BR> I WILL eat more nutritionally. <BR> <BR> How are you/will you increase the nutrition of the foods you eat? Are there foods you will eliminate/avoid? Are there foods you will add to your diet? <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> I... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 07:13:32 EST Wanda and Estelle Virtual Walk - Cheerleaders Requ Good morning everyone: <BR> <BR> I thought we would post how we are doing every day during this year's virtual walk. We are both leaving respectively from our home town and walk/jogging to Cass Lake, MN. Yep, we had to meet in the USA for the 1/2 point even though we both live in Canada, hee hee. Hopefully, we won't have a problem at the border <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> We need cheerleaders and if anyone wants to join us along the way or whatever. Please feel free to do so. <BR> <BR> Ha... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:05:56 EST 20 questions for your end-of-year review Here are 20 questions that can get you started on your end-of-year review: <BR> <BR> <em>3</em> What were my resolutions or goals for 2011? <BR> <em>3</em> What were my greatest accomplishments for 2011 that I am most proud of? <BR> <em>3</em> Now, what was one more? <BR> <em>3</em> What are the actions I took to achieve these accomplishments? <BR> <em>3</em> What strengths did I tap into to be able to take these actions? <BR> <em>3</em> How can I apply these strengths to move forward ... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 18:39:42 EST 2012 January Challenge A new year and it's time to start up the challenges once again. Please join us in keeping this an active challenge and fun for everyone. <BR> If you have suggestions that you would like to see, let either Shirl or I know and we will work them in to the challenges. <BR> <BR> January: <BR> <BR> 1. Post (here) your goals for the new year. When we put our goals into writing, we are more likely to work towards them and achieve them. <BR> <BR> Goal 1: to eliminate 40 pounds from my frame. <BR... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 11:17:26 EST 2012 WORDS/PHRASES 2012 word of the year: DETERMINED <BR> <BR> Determined <BR> I am determined to give myself honor by making healthy choices in all areas of my life. I am determined to value myself as I value others. I am determined to achieve success. <BR> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 11:04:27 EST Fun Friday! Dec 9...Yep, let's shake things up a bit and have a FUN FRIDAY <BR> <BR> As Shirl mentioned yesterday, this is sometimes a stressful time of year for many of us. Your challenge today is to choose one "FUN" thing to do today. Laugh with a friend, put your feet up for a few mintues, have a treat, it doesn't matter what it just has to be fun. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Wanda Fri, 9 Dec 2011 07:22:14 EST Decenber Challenge December, did you ever think that you would have lived through the year 2011 when you were so much younger? Any date in the 20's seemed so far away (futuristic) we have 11 years of it under our belts. Amazing. <BR> <BR> Your challenge this month is very simply. I know it is often a very busy month, where dollars are stretched thin and sometimes there feels like there just isn't enough time to do everything. This challenge requires very little effort on your part, but the re... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 07:16:47 EST Turkey Thursday Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn't sleep. I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep. <BR> <BR> The leftovers beckoned -- the dark meat and white, but I fought the temptation with all of my might. <BR> <BR> Tossing and turning with anticipation, the thought of a snack became infatuation. <BR> <BR> So I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door and gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore. <BR> <BR> I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes, pickles and carrots,... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 18:41:48 EST November Challege I know, I'm a bit late getting one posted. I was having trouble thinking of one, then thought...maybe I would just use this post as a way of tracking my own November challenge and if anyone wants to join me in it...great! <BR> <BR> November challenge. List one thing each day that you give thanks for. <BR> <BR> <BR> November 1 : I give thanks for Lee's safety. I am so grateful that Lee was uninjured and although emotionally hurting with the loss of fellow team members in Kabul...he was no... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 10:35:28 EST Willing Wednesday Ok, what one thing are you willing to change for today? <BR> <BR> Not drink pop or sweet juices. <BR> No fast food. <BR> No sweets, cake, cookies, candy, ice cream. <BR> Will take stairs instead of elevator. <BR> <BR> These are just a few ideas, I am sure you can come up with more, but remember it's just one thing for today, <BR> <BR> I am willing myself to not have one sweet thing today, been struggling with this since the weekend. Hope you have a successful willing Wednesday. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 08:50:00 EST October challenge Listing my weekly challenges for everyone to see really helped me to stay focused. Hopefully it worked for others also. <BR> <BR> Because it is the Halloween month, I have thrown in an added challenge for you. This month is all about those little ones knocking at your door and asking for treats. Now it's your turn to take it a step further. <BR> <BR> Your Halloween Challenge: Choose two neighbors and secretly leave a Halloween treat for them. You may leave a note telling them that this is... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 10:52:01 EST Mindful Monday Yep, shaking things up again! <BR> <BR> Mindful Monday: <BR> <BR> Okay the weekend is over as well as another month is winding down. How have you been doing in the mindful area of your life? Are you aware of those things that you are eating? Are you mindful of moving your body? <BR> <BR> What are you doing today to be mindful for your good health? <BR> <BR> My goal today: to be mindful of everything that I eat as well as drink. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Wanda Mon, 26 Sep 2011 07:22:18 EST Fortunate Friday Let's see how many of us consider ourselves to be fortunate! <BR> <BR> What one thing stands out for you today, that makes you realize just how fortunate you are? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> That I'm sharing this journey with so many inspirational and strong people. Friends that even if we haven't met in person are still friends, filled with understanding , caring and love. <BR> Thank you. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Wanda Fri, 16 Sep 2011 07:25:58 EST Free Books for Bloggers <link> </link> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 00:56:10 EST Miracle Monday Sept 5 Miracle Monday <BR> <BR> For many of us today is a holiday Monday. Let's take today and be very aware of the miracles that occur through out our day. <BR> <BR> It's a time to be mindful and truly appreciate all that we are blessed with. <BR> <BR> What is your miracle of the day? (don't forget, miracles come in all sizes) <BR> <BR> My Miracle: Seeing the completion of a very long will see the finished result of my new built in area. It started out as a dream over fo... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 10:56:40 EST Favorite Friday! Stirring things up once again! <BR> <BR> Favorite Friday: Share some of your favorites with us. <BR> <BR> 1. What's your favorite exercise? Put it into your work out plan for the day. WALKING <BR> <BR> 2. Favorite fruit? Make it part of your daily intake today. WATERMELON <BR> <BR> 3. Favorite Veggie? Make it part of your daily intake today or share your favorite way of eating it. POTATO <BR> <BR> 4. Favorite drink? Is it one that you can drink daily, or do you need to keep it for ... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 07:18:58 EST Thirty Thursday! I am stirring things up again. How many 30's can you give me today? <BR> <BR> 30 squates <BR> 30 lunges <BR> 30 crunches <BR> <BR> Now you've got the picture,let's see how many 30's we can get in, you choose your own and we'll see where we're at, at the end of the day. <BR> <BR> <BR> We've been gone most of the day, but after getting back have done <BR> <BR> 30 close-arm wall push ups <BR> 30 squats <BR> and am hopeing to get 30 min. in on stationary bike before bedtime. <BR> <BR> Happ... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 09:26:27 EST September challenge We are off to a new month and for many of us back into schedules and busy things. <BR> <BR> Your challenge for this month: <BR> 1. Choose one goal for each week, give yourself the week to reach it. As you move through the week cross off each day that you get closer to your goal. (The visual of marking the day helps you to focus on your goal) (Your first week will be a short week!) <BR> <BR> 2. Choose a treat for yourself for the reaching ALL your goals at the end of the month. <BR> <BR> Hi... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 07:36:32 EST Wishful Wednesday How about we shake things up, I am following in Wanda's footsteps, she is a great leader. <BR> <BR> Ok, if you could have one wish for today, what would you wish for! <BR> <BR> For me for today it would be for all my belly fat to disappear! <BR> <BR> Have some fun with this today. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Shirl Wed, 31 Aug 2011 09:33:53 EST Fun blog message... Start by using this sentence for all of your wants: "I'm so happy <BR> and grateful now that.... " <BR> <em>3</em> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:36:25 EST Rejoining I believe in support from peers in this complex endeavor of losing weight. There are many different reasons why excess weight accumulated in our lives both figuratively and literally. I want to lose the last 15-40 for health reasons. I see daily the negative impacts of obesity with one's health and I do not want that for my life. I look forward to meeting others as we go onward with our separate as well as together journeys. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:25:46 EST Hello my name is justin (aka mapes4745) Id like to start off by saying im exited to change my body and health once and for all!. And to say hello. i am brand new to this site so it is going to take3 a bit to get used to. Still trying to figure out how everything works. :) Thu, 18 Aug 2011 21:49:34 EST Had to Share... Being new to the team, I wanted to share one of the blog enteries that I am most proud of. I hope you will read and enjoy it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3019903 </link> <em>88</em> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:31:52 EST Positively me I have been with sparkpeople for quite some time. I have also wrote my share of positive blogs because I love writing in this style.I accidentially came across your team today and I know this was a team for me. I believe the following blog will tell you what you need to know about me. <BR> <BR> "Many have asked the meaning behind my name. Many have assumed that I have chosen this because of the symbolism of the change within the butterfly, to go from something of less beauty to something... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:28:00 EST I just joined "Positive Bloggers" Hi...I am a 53 year of Registered Nurse. I am taking some time off right now and trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up. :)) <BR> <BR> Life is an exciting adventure and I cannot wait to see what is next. <BR> <BR> I am also an artist and currently have several exhibits in my area. <BR> <BR> I stumbled onto this site and really enjoyed the positve aspects. It is contagious and soooo very very good. <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 07:41:25 EST Hello Hi everyone, I'm Nena. I was reading my Ebony magazine and I ran across an article Grooving Into Shape. Renee Ross spoke about this site and how it helped her with her goal, so I decided to join. I also just finished my first dcs of the Firm Express. I'm ready to get it together from the inside out. Sat, 13 Aug 2011 13:10:37 EST Hello Hi everyone, I'm Nena. I was reading my Ebony magazine and I ran across an article Grooving Into Shape. Renee Ross spoke about this site and how it helped her with her goal, so I decided to join. I also just finished my first dcs of the Firm Express. I'm ready to get it together from the inside out. Sat, 13 Aug 2011 11:55:37 EST Hello Hi everyone, I'm Nena. I was reading my Ebony magazine and I ran across an article Grooving Into Shape. Renee Ross spoke about this site and how it helped her with her goal, so I decided to join. I also just finished my first dcs of the Firm Express. I'm ready to get it together from the inside out. Sat, 13 Aug 2011 11:53:59 EST Hello Hi everyone, I'm Nena. I was reading my Ebony magazine and I ran across an article Grooving Into Shape. Renee Ross spoke about this site and how it helped her with her goal, so I decided to join. I also just finished my first dcs of the Firm Express. I'm ready to get it together from the inside out. Sat, 13 Aug 2011 11:53:57 EST Friendly Friday Shaking things up once again. (Just to keep you all on your toes*grin*) <BR> <BR> Friendly Friday: <BR> <BR> We get so busy in our lives that we sometimes let the intention of being a good neighbor slide. We don't have time, we will do it, but many excuses...often valid, but make today the day that you put your intentions into action. <BR> <BR> Do you know of something that your neighbor might need a hand doing? Are you baking and perhaps have a little extra that you could take ... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 09:39:02 EST Back ... Again. Hi, my name is Liz and I'm a 45 (soon-to-be 46) year old wife, mother and grandmother. This is my umpteenth time joining Spark so I'm no stranger to the site, although I've never really used it to it's full potential. I'm going to try to remedy that this time around. My goal is to lose 105 pounds by December 31, 2012. Fri, 5 Aug 2011 13:44:51 EST first day hello spark my first day on my healthy plan i need some luck :) xx Fri, 5 Aug 2011 04:47:44 EST Positives on the Leave this Group Button! I would like to share a very positive experience I had today. I have revisited SP and since it's been a while, I went in my account to look at my groups I am a member of. I am happy to say I removed the following groups. Smoking (gone) Acid Reflux (gone) Depression (gone) 30 Something with 50-100 lbs to lose (gone). I'm now a little older and wiser. *laughs* I no longer need to lose more than 50 lbs. How exciting is that, along with all the other groups I was able to remove? I am s... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 17:02:37 EST New from Ottawa Hi: My name is Estelle and I've just joined SP. I live in Ottawa/Gatineau area in Canada. In June 2010 I decided I needed to loose 25 lbs. as my weight had ballooned and I didn't even notice it. Today, I've lost 28 lbs. and am maintaining. However, I've noticed that lately I've gotten into bad habits, so time to make a chance and find new motivation and support. <BR> <BR> I love to surround myself with positive people, so I think this is the team for me! Mon, 1 Aug 2011 18:43:29 EST tonka Hi. I am 59yrs, overweight but trying to eat healthier and be more active. I have been finding it a bit difficult to do it alone, and find it is not easy. With High blood pressure and High Cholesterol being monitored by drugs, I thought it was about time I took control. My daughter is getting married in March 2012, so that is my goal date for myself. I need all the help I can get, and someone to laugh with who is going through a similar scenario in life. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 22:55:53 EST hej :) hallo! <BR> I'm Lise and i'm from Belgium. First i want to say sorry for my poor language. English is not my first language (and i'm not that good at it). <BR> <BR> I need to learn to be positive because being pessimistic makes my life a hell. It's not fun anymore. Depression, sadness, crying, ... just because i'm not sure of anything. I want to be positive and smile all the time. <BR> <BR> hope this can help me a bit <BR> <BR> with love <BR> Lise Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:57:46 EST Hello My name is Katie and I am mother of 2 girls ages 6 and 10. I have tried other diet and exercise programs and nothing has worked. I have heard good things about this program and am looking forward to seeing results. Any tips or suggestions would be welcomed! Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:29:56 EST Newbee Hello everyone! I am new to Sparkpeople (today is day 1 for me). I look forward to a positive experience, reaching realistic goals and being a healthier me. <BR> <BR> Have a great afternoon!!! Jules Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:31:26 EST Getting To Know You What a wonderful team & just the thing I needed today! I'm prone to weather-induced migraines & with all the rain we've been having here in Alberta, life has NOT been a bowl of cherries! <BR> However, just as I was getting ready to throw in the towel yesterday, THE SPARK book finally arrived & now today I found two new things: 1) I surprised myself by how more flexible I've "suddenly" become by doing some simple yoga &2) this team. Blessings to you all. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 22:01:33 EST Meaningful Monday July 25 <BR> <BR> Make this a meaningful day....hugs your loved ones and let them know why they matter to you. Life is very short in the grand scheme of things. Tomorrow might be too late to say I love you, I care. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Wanda Mon, 25 Jul 2011 07:23:20 EST New today Greetings everyone. I am new here. I am pretty active and constantly busy between work, my horses and planning my wedding. I will tell you all now......I am the anti bride.....ahahaha. It has been quite the opposite of wedding positions with my fiance and I. He's starting to have Groom-zilla tendancies. But its all good. I compete in the equine sport of barrel racing and train my own horses. If i could get paid to train horses (or more) what I get paid to reset passwords all night I w... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 09:07:30 EST greetings from a newbie to Spark hi, my name is pammac92. i am a newbie to spark. i have asked my oldest grand daughter and my dear husband if they would like to join me on my journey. i am 55, will be 56 in September. i have been on the weight loss yo - yo since about 7'th grade. i have tried atkins, weight watchers, low carb, bulimia, dexies, counting calories, eating nothing to eating everything, as you might suppose, i still have some work to do to improve my eating habits. i am a mother to 4 children aging from 42 - 34... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 19:53:04 EST LOOKING FOR A BUDDY JUST STARTING TO DAY LOOKING FOR A BUDDY TO CHALEENG ANY INTERRESTED Wed, 20 Jul 2011 19:44:17 EST Hello My name is Stephanie and i am a new student at my local community college for english and reading to become a writer and i am 24 years-old. i have a two year old daughter and she is the world to me. for me to lose weight with the support of a good program would help me so much to be more active and be able to keep up with my adventerous toddler. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 23:45:36 EST Day 1 Hi im Dee iv just joined Spark today and am aready amazed at how well this website is put together : ) <BR> Today is Day 1 of my losing 14lb, i have set mysef a goal of december this year. So wish me luck people : ) <BR> And ots of luck for you all from me to <BR> have a nice day mwah <BR> Dee <BR> X Thu, 14 Jul 2011 04:08:54 EST Hi I'm new here Hi, i just joined and am looking forward to getting back into shape after being lazy for the last 7 years. I really hope this site can help me. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 17:14:55 EST Hi ! my name is mimi Hi there,i eat healthy., i try to exercise 5 to 6 times a week..dealing with menopause is not fun... , all the fat I have , is around my waist line and stomach..need help. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 12:41:32 EST hola! Hi, I'm 39, part time student, part time volunteer, and part time sign language interpreter. =) <BR> I actually want to ultimately lose 40 lbs but decided to do it in stages and set a goal loss of 20 for now. Like perhaps many of ya'll, I knw alot about nutrition but don't apply it. <BR> My main problem is when I get hungry I get emotional (esp. depressed). I HATE THAT! As soon as I eat what I'm craving, all is well. =\ The only weight loss book I've ever bought is Shrink Yourself, GREAT i... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 11:44:18 EST Wednesday One Thing Thought we'd change it up a little today. How about what one thing can you do today to help you become a healthier person: <BR> <BR> Examples: drink water instead of pop or sweet drinks, subsitute a high calorie item for a lower calorie item, eat fish instead of red meat, don't eat fast food, park a little further away from the store, take stairs instead of elevator, these are just a few of the things we might do. <BR> <BR> Small changes over time can make a big difference. <BR> <BR> My on... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 09:32:27 EST Hello I'm New! Hi. Glad to find this team because as much as i try to let it go, i am surrounded by negativity mon thru fri from 9 to 5!!! it'll be nice to come home and see some happy people like me! <em>334</em> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:49:08 EST Momentous Monday! I'm shaking things up a bit today! Momentous Monday! <BR> <BR> <BR> Share a life changing event with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Oh boy, there are so many to choose from as my life has been truly blessed. <BR> <BR> Today, I'll share one of this event changed my life in so many ways and was the catalyst for many things. <BR> The day that we had to declare personal bankruptcy! The darkest day in our lives. So many emotions, humiliation, fear, sorrow, desperation. But it was ... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:49:17 EST Freaky Friday! June 17...Let's shake things up a bit...Freaky Friday! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to take your normal everyday routine and shake it up a bit. Just for the sake of doing things differently. Put a new twist into your routine. We get so set in our ways and routines, give it a shake. If you are having trouble doing things differently, just remind's only for today! *grin* <BR> <BR> How did you shake things up?? <BR> <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Wanda Fri, 17 Jun 2011 07:34:15 EST Thirsty Thursday I don't know about the rest of you but I've been having trouble getting at least 8 glasses of water in a day, so thought why not make this a thirsty Thursday to help us remember how important that water is to our bodies. I'll report back later with how many I was able to get in today. <BR> <BR> Yay, I got in my 8 glasses, slosh, slosh, lol. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Shirl Thu, 9 Jun 2011 10:04:04 EST Wellness Wednesday Since the RV on which I work is called a Mobile Resource and WELLNESS van, I thought today should be Wellness Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Do one thing today that improves your wellness: <BR> <BR> Eat that extra veggie! <BR> <em>267</em> <em>485</em> <em>69</em> <em>291</em> <BR> Exercise an extra 10 minutes! <BR> <em>315</em> <em>313</em> <em>57</em> <em>326</em> <em>317</em> <em>319</em> <BR> Do something that will relax you! <BR> <em>135</em> <em>458</em> <em>268</em> <em>276</e... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 11:56:24 EST June 4 to June 10 With all the "disasters" and stresses that have been happening lately in all our lives, I'm feeling like we need to lighten things up a bit and find our sense of balance and fun once again. This week's challenge will attempt to do that, so jump right in and help me on this one,. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Each day this week, post a funny. Something that brings a smile to your face and just might make someone else have a smile also. <BR> <BR> Saturday: <BR> <BR> Did You Ever Wonder? <BR> <BR> C... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 10:58:06 EST May 21 to May 27 I thought we would try something very different. You can still participate even if you don't have a digital camera or know how to use one. There are lots of images available on the internet, so finding a picture should be fairly easy if you don't have a personal one to use. <BR> You will need to post these pictures in a blog, but then place a "done" beside each day that you do, so that the rest of us know to check out your blog. <BR> <BR> Monday: Post a picture of something that motivates... Sun, 22 May 2011 17:21:51 EST May14 to May 20 Positive Communication takes practice! <BR> <BR> Your challenge this week is to be mindful of your positive communication. <BR> <BR> 1. In a conversation at least once a day, focus on really listening. Look at the speaker and nod or say "uh-huh" to signal that you are hearing him or her. Don't fiddle or fidget with your pen, your hair or your hands. Try not to use your listening time for thinking about what you are going to say. What did you learn when you listened this closely? <BR> <... Sun, 15 May 2011 14:41:26 EST May 7 to May 13 Have you got a positive attitude??? <BR> <BR> Taken from Government of Alberta Positive Works II book. page 9 <BR> <BR> Here's an opportunity for you to figure out how postive or negative you tend to be. Beside each question, write the number that most closely represents how you'd react, most of the time. For the best results, go with your first reaction! <BR> <BR> 3 - Mostly yes 2 - Sometimes 1 - Mostly no <BR> <BR> 1. Are you friendly? (3) <BR> 2. Do you tr... Sat, 7 May 2011 09:49:55 EST April 17 to April 23 This week contains the event of Easter. <BR> <BR> 1. What Easter traditions do you celebrate? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Think of those who might be less fortunate than yourself, how can you help to make their lives a bit better? It is through giving that we often find ourselves being the most blessed. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. What are the signs of spring where you live? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 4. As the earth begins it's role of renewal, how are you renewing yourself? <B... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 10:29:42 EST April 10 to April 16 Sorry, I'm a day late in getting this posted. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's make this a week about nurturing ourselves: <BR> <BR> 1. Quiet That Critical Voice Inside Your Head - It's time to stop berating yourself for not being able to meet your goals or falling short in some way. You're doing the best you can at any given moment. Life is not a race to the finish line so relax and enjoy it. Refuse to listen to that critical voice inside your head that says you're not good enough. Resolve to transfo... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 07:32:46 EST April 03 to April 09 Sunday: Did you check out the Daily challenge? DONE <BR> <BR> <BR> Sunday Challenge: List 5 Blessings that occurred today. <BR> 1. Time with Kaeli <BR> 2. Time with Julie and baby Jaidyn, major blessings <BR> 3. Sunshine <BR> 4. laughter. <BR> 5. opportunity to reconnect. <BR> <BR> Monday: Did you check out Monday's Daily Challenge? <BR> <BR> Almost done...will finish Tuesday. <BR> <BR> <BR> Monday challenge: After a weekend mostly likely containing a few "tasty" tidbits that may not ha... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 20:14:06 EST March 27 to April 02 For those of you who chose to participate in last week's challenge....How is your seed/plant doing? I chose to plant some "Angel Trumpet" seeds and did as recommended, soaked them overnight first then planted them the next day. So far no signs of any little seeds sprouting. I rest assured though, that there is working going on beneath the surface, much like in my life. I do believe this will be an interesting journey between my plants and me. So many parallells to draw upon. <BR> If you hav... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 10:58:32 EST March 20 to March 26 Spring is almost here, tomorrow is officially the first day of Spring. <BR> <BR> What are you doing to celebrate the return of Spring? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spring is all about "renewal and new growth". This week, I would like you to create a visual in the form of a plant. Either plant a seed or purchase a new plant for your home. Make it a small and new as possible plant. Name the plant so that it becomes personal to you.Your job will be to tend to this plant and help it grow and flourish... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 10:02:51 EST Wearing of the Green Thursday In honor of St. Patrick's Day let's all put on something green. <BR> <BR> I have on Shamrock earrings, green socks and a green shirt that says on this day we can all be Irish. <BR> <BR> What are you wearing that's green? <BR> <BR> Have fun and a great St. Partick's Day! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Shirl Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:30:54 EST March 12 to March 18 Awareness challenge <BR> <BR> Challenge # 1: To become more aware of our choice of words and our attitude in the moment. <BR> <BR> You may want to enlist the help of your family in this one...for those moments you might not self-recognize. <BR> <BR> Place an elastic band on one of your wrists. The goal is to become more aware of our words and attitude at all times. <BR> Everytime you use negativity in your language (ie gossip, name calling, anger) and have a negative response/attitude, sna... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 10:08:38 EST Mar 05 to Mar 11 This week is a "Health" week. <BR> <BR> 1. Feeling on top of your game each day can be a challenge in itself. A great way to ensure that you start your day off right is with a healthy breakfast. <BR> <BR> Saturday: 2 slices of toast with peanut butter (it's the weekend and I slept in until 7 am, it's almost lunch time in my world *grin*) <BR> <BR> Sunday: bowl of lovely nutrigrain cereal. <BR> <BR> Monday: 2 slices of whole grain toast <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Fibre yogurt and bowl of cherios.... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 10:35:45 EST Feb 26 to Mar 04 This week, I'm going to try something just a little bit different. I'm opening up this week's challenge to the team and asking who ever drops by to leave a "a challenge of the day". <BR> <BR> Perhaps by having more of you involved in creating a challenge we will ultimately have more people dropping in and participating. <BR> <BR> Instructions: <BR> 1. Choose a day and create challenge for the team for that day. <BR> 2. One challenge per day, so if the day you drop by already has a challeng... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 11:02:36 EST Hello I am Tracey, Mom to 4- Wife to a wonderful man for 17 yrs. <BR> <BR> I am a very positive person and I feel that this is just the right place for me. Hope you don't mind me hopping right in! Tue, 22 Feb 2011 17:00:41 EST Feb 19 to Feb 25 Something a little different: <BR> <BR> Words/sentences that make you think. Share with the team what these words mean to you. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Effort <BR> the world effort reminds me that "what I put into something, is what I will get out of it" Effort means trying. <BR> <BR> 2. Endurance <BR> That even when I don't feel like doing something that I know I should, "just do it". <BR> <BR> 3. Participation <BR> Being an active force in my life and in those things that I commit to join. ... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 21:14:35 EST Feb 12 to Feb 19 Appreciation Week This week's challenges are all about Appreciation. <BR> <BR> Show your appreciation for the ones who have helped you. The ones who cared for you. The ones who listened to you. The ones who went out of their way for you. The ones who supported you. The ones who did something big. The ones who did something small. <BR> <BR> 1. Write them a small a letter or card, listing the reasons you appreciate them or send them an email. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. For your loved ones at home, hide notes in a few... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 10:30:09 EST Feb 05 to Feb 11 Green Challenge Week <BR> <BR> 1. Make this week a week without using plastic. Use a cloth bag to get groceries, use glass in place of plastic for storage, use waxed paper or tin foil instead of plastic baggies or wrap. See where else you can make substitutions for plastic. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Have you got some old athletic shoes hanging around that can't be donated? How about checking out Send them your old shoes and they'll recycle them. The shoes become "nik... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 23:27:11 EST Jan 29 to Feb 04 Okay, I'm one of the guilty ones...I never got my vision board completed from last week's challenge. <BR> So for those of you that would like to join me in getting it completed...let's add that to this week's challenge. <BR> <BR> I will be away for most of this week, but that doesn't mean you get to slack off *grin* <BR> <BR> Your challenge team, should you wish to accept it... <BR> <BR> 1. Complete vision boards for those who are working on theirs. If you have never done a vison board and... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 13:30:09 EST January 22- January 28 This is a week of being creative. Many of you have commented on wanting to do a vision is your chance. <BR> <BR> Your challenges for this week are to be creative and allow new energy to flow in your life. <BR> <BR> 1. Create a vision board. You can make it for this year only or you can make it one that encompasses all the things you would like your life to be/have. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. The Law of Attraction says that if you want new things in your life, you need to get rid of th... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 10:48:06 EST January 15 to January 21 Your challenges this week are in Personal Growth. <BR> <BR> Happiness is a choice - no matter what. <BR> <BR> 1. Do you secretly apologize for wanting what you want? <BR> <link><BR>d-assertiveness,single,380 </link> <BR> <BR> I used to do that all the time, now because I've got more confidence in myself and I know that I am a worthy person...I am learning to stand up for what I want/need and am learning to make no apologies. <BR> <BR> 2.Your inner v... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 13:19:21 EST Jan 08 - Jan 14 Let's keep the momentum going and tackle another week of challenges. <BR> <BR> 1. If you joined us last week, you are now 7 days into creating a new habit. The challenge was:Create one new habit in 30 days, using just 10 minutes a day. (taken from the Power of Less website) Continue to build on creating your new habit. If you are just joining today...well good for you! Creating healthy habits, creates a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm committing to another 7 days of creating my new h... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 10:46:55 EST Funny -- I WILL SURVIVE (spark style) Wrote a version of I WILL SURVIVE <BR> that is a good example of my humor <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3874953 </link> <BR> <BR> this is the year we get it done <em>224</em> Sun, 2 Jan 2011 09:26:48 EST January 1 to January 7 2011 Our first weekly challenge of the new year! <BR> <BR> Many of us set resolutions for ourselves only to find that we've been overly optimistic and we end up giving up. Creating a cycle of feeling like a failure once again. <BR> Let's try something a bit different this year. <BR> <BR> 1. Create one new habit in 30 days, using just 10 minutes a day. (taken from the Power of Less website) <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm creating the habit of asking God/Guidance to "reveal" to me the day's lesson, that I m... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 10:37:15 EST 2011 words For anyone wishing to join in this thread, all it means is that you choose a word that resonates from within and allow the word to be your guidance through out the year. Any word that you wish to incorporate in your life, learn from and grow with is fine. Spend some time meditating if need be to receive your word. It's not difficult, as usually once asked for, the word pops into your mind and just feels right. <BR> <BR> Share your word for the year with us. It's rather fun to see how the wor... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 19:19:41 EST Must-Do Monday Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. ~Josh Billings <BR> <BR> Here's a Monday challenge for everyone that stops by...Must-Do Monday. Look at your list(written or mental)of tasks you need to get done. Choose one that becomes your "Must-do" task for today. Yay, for you if you get more than one of those tasks done! <BR> <BR> My "Must-do" task for today is getting my parcel mailed. What's your task? <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 10:04:06 EST Dec 12 to Dec 18 Last weekly challenge of the year. Look for new ones to start in January 2011. <BR> <BR> Christmas Questions: <BR> <BR> 1. What is the worse/tackiest gift you have ever received? <BR> <BR> 2. Are you a re-gifter? <BR> <BR> 3. Do you go Caroling from door to door? <BR> <BR> 4. What one tradition do you do every year? <BR> <BR> 5. What's on your Christmas wish list? <BR> <BR> 6. Do you celebrate a holiday in addition to Christmas, like Chanukah or Kwanzaa? <BR> <BR> 7. Do you watch t... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 10:19:08 EST Dec 05 to Dec 11 We had no takers on last weeks challenge, let's see if we can squeek out one more week of challenges before taking a break until after Christmas. <BR> <BR> Memories: without memories, it would be hard to know that we existed. <BR> <BR> 1. Share your favorite childhood Christmas memory. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. What was the most special gift that you received at Christams? <BR> <BR> 3. Do you have traditions that make your Christmas very special? <BR> <BR> 4. What is it about the Christmas seas... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 10:31:45 EST I'm New Hi positive bloggers! I just joined this team this morning. I am very excited and eager to post positive blogs. :) Sat, 4 Dec 2010 09:31:27 EST Nov 28 to Dec 4th Everyone is getting a big busy now and seem to be struggling to keep up with the challenges. <BR> It's the Christmas season now, so let's have some fun. <BR> <BR> Christmas fun: <BR> <BR> There are three kinds of givers -- the flint, the sponge and the honeycomb. To get anything out of a flint you must hammer it. And then you get only chips and sparks. To get water out of a sponge you must squeeze it, and the more you use pressure, the more you will get. But the honeycomb just overflows wit... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 10:52:04 EST Nov 21 to Nov 27 It's questions challenge week! <BR> <BR> As we head into the American Thanksgiving and the Christmas season, it's time to think about some questions. <BR> <BR> 1. What does feeling FULLY abundant mean to you? <BR> What does the word 'abundance' mean to you? Describe in FULL detail. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2.What does "generosity" mean to you? <BR> <BR> <BR> 3.How do I give cheerfully out of love, not just indifferently out of habit? <BR> <BR> <BR> 4.Does prosperity lead to generosity? <BR> ... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 10:15:46 EST November 14 to November 20 Learning to be gentle with yourself and others is your challenge this week. <BR> <BR> “Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun. Care for those around you. Look past your differences. Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices no more easily made. And give, give in any way you can, of whatever you posses. To give is to love. To withhold is to wither. Care l... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 11:15:57 EST Good Morning Positive Bloggers What a gorgeous day!!!! <BR> The sun is shining here and its almost 70 degrees again. I'm getting ready to head out for my walk but I thought I'd do an introduction first. <BR> I'm a 46 year old positive woman who lived the first 43 years of my life as a negative person. I learned that I could change my thoughts so I gave it a try and found my life totally turned around and wonderful. I still have my days of depression but they're no where near as bad as they used to be. <BR> I'm looking forw... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 12:32:17 EST Marvelous Monday Just to shake things up a bit, we'll have a Marvelous Monday! *grin* <BR> <BR> <BR> What are you doing today to make your Monday Marvelous? <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm letting go and letting God. I've claimed the day I want with my positive affirmations and I'm just going for it! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Wanda Mon, 8 Nov 2010 07:34:34 EST Nov 07 to Nov 13 How are your listen skills? Do you think that you are a good listener? Most of us do. But here's the kicker: One of the biggest challenges with listening is the illusion that it is being accomplished. <BR> <BR> How often have you found yourself thinking of something else while the person you are "listening" to is talking? <BR> Why is Listening Important? <BR> 1. To receive information <BR> 2. To be courteous <BR> 3. To solve problems <BR> 4. To make money <BR> 5. To prevent waste <BR> 6. To ... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 10:10:42 EST Oct 31 to Nov 06 Okay, as most of you know, I depend totally on spirit to guide me when providing our weekly challenges. I usually start with a word that I've been given and then rely on spirit to help me come up with questions or things for us all to think about. <BR> Often times, I'm thinking as I write out the questions.."I don't want to have to answer that one...Yikes that's a hard one to answer", but I've come to realize that if I'm baulking at something, it's usually because there is a lesson for me to... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 11:20:24 EST October 24 to October 30 Let's play 20 questions this week: <BR> <BR> Some thought provoking questions and some fun questions. There are no right or wrong answers. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. In your experience, can positive thoughts change your life? <BR> No doubt about it. When I'm cranky or feeling negative, my whole day goes downhill. When I change my thoughts and actions to positive energy, there is a huge improvement in how I view life and how life responds in kind. <BR> <BR> 2. Where is a place you like to go to ga... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 11:07:34 EST A positive little game. :-) I hope it is ok to post this. I pinched this game from The Slowest Losers Team. :-) <BR> <BR> Take the letters of your sparkpeople username and think of something positive about yourself for each letter... <BR> <BR> Like this: <BR> <BR> L - Likeable <BR> E - Easy-going <BR> X - Xylophone player in school (and loved it!) <BR> I - Intuitive <BR> E - Eager to learn <BR> 6 - My numerology number <BR> 3 - Druid number denoting three directions - Land, Sea and Sky <BR> 63 - the year I was born... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 10:12:25 EST What is your favorite (100 Calorie Snack?) I have recently started a blog post on my blog about (100 Calorie snacks.) <BR> And I was picking some different things off of the list that I liked that was only 100 Calories each. <BR> <BR> I would like to know what everyone else favorite 100 Calorie snacks are? <BR> <BR> If you could please list you favorite prepackaged or non-prepackaged 100 calorie snacks below in the comment section that would be great.Thank you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>0/100-calorie... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:55:02 EST October 17 to October 23 Finding your Purpose in many of us have really thought about what our purpose is? Let's see if we can't do some thinking about it this week. <BR> <BR> If you have never really thought about what your purpose in life is, there are some great books out there on this very subject. Take the time to do some investigating. Are you just passing through life floating down stream, going where ever the current takes you or are you following a designated path? Ask yourselves these questions,... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:02:43 EST Memory Monday Ahh haaa! I got you Shirl...I switched things up abit today lol <BR> <BR> Memory Monday: Today is all about creating memories. Are your memories keepers? What did you do today that you want to file in your memory drawer? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Wanda Mon, 11 Oct 2010 10:16:49 EST October 10 - October 16 Okay this morning I'm posting what keeps coming to mind. I kept second guessing myself as to whether or not this was a good challenge, but here goes. Hope you all take a few minutes and join in. <BR> <BR> Excerpts are taken from the book :10,0001 Ways to Declutter your Home on a Small Budget, by Ed Morrow. <BR> I've found this book to be a very useful tool in helping me to become organized and keep clutter to a minimum, hope you do too. <BR> <BR> 7 Ways to Measure your Clutter Quotient: <BR... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 11:09:24 EST Introduction Hello all! I was looking around and saw this page, then thought I had to take the plunge and join. <BR> Having positive people around helps push to better things. <BR> I hope to continue with Spark, reach my goal, and stay on a track to a more positive future. <BR> I hope everyone is well! :) Tue, 5 Oct 2010 21:51:18 EST laugh laugh Sun, 3 Oct 2010 14:17:54 EST October 3 - October 9, 2010 This week's challenge is to restate aspects of our "healthy lifestyles" and see that we are in line with our vision. <BR> <BR> I am going to enter each day separately in a reply to this challenge, because I like to get my spark points. Feel free to join me. <BR> <BR> Sunday- <BR> What does the healthy spiritual aspect of your lifestyle look like? Are you in line with your vision? <BR> <BR> Monday- <BR> What are your healthy motivators? How to you put those motivators to good use? <BR> ... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 03:07:45 EST Seot 26 - Oct 02 Wow, it's much harder to come up with a challenge for a week when you know that you aren't going to be here! <BR> <BR> Okay so here goes: <BR> <BR> Your challenge this week, <BR> 1. Visit another team members blog or page each day. Leave a gift of encouragement through positive words. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Did you post your own blog? <BR> Sunday: <BR> Monday: <BR> Tuesday: <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Thursday: <BR> Friday: <BR> Saturday: <BR> <BR> 3. What has been your biggest challenge this week? ... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 10:39:58 EST Sept 19 to Sept 25 I hope you all enjoyed last weeks challenge as much as I did. I enjoyed reading through everyone elses quotes and thinking on them. How did they apply in my life, and how could I make them a part of my daily living. Thank you for participating. <BR> <BR> <BR> This week's challenge: <BR> <BR> Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your ... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 10:27:36 EST Sept 12 to Sept 18 Quotation Week: A simple exercise this week...each day I would like to you share a quote that speaks to you about the word for each day. I've started you off on Sundays just so you get the idea. Have fun. <BR> <BR> Sunday: Serenity <BR> <BR> <BR> I do know focusing on the exterior doesn't make me happy. If I want peace and serenity, it won't be reached by getting thinner or fatter. <BR> Elle Macpherson <BR> <BR> This quote speaks to me about the need to find my peace from within...outwar... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 10:51:36 EST Long term success I interviewed 100 women to identify the character traits of women that are successful with their weight long term. The number one character trait "a positive attitude". They go out and find solutions and activities they love that keep them at their healhty weight. This is also what gets them to healhty choices and exercise on those days they don't feel as motivated. Sun, 12 Sep 2010 07:20:35 EST Sept 05 to Sept 11 Lessons from the past week: <BR> <BR> I loved Shirl's Sunday challenge and thought hmmmm, this really speaks to me and perhaps it speaks to others today also. Thank you Shirl for stimulating the thought processes in creating this weeks challenge. <BR> <BR> 1. We all have those times when we find ourselves in a conversation or situation that lends itself more to being a negative than a positive time. Do you participate as a negative or a postive influence? <BR> <BR> I used to participate fu... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 11:16:39 EST August 29 to Sept 04 For many of us this is a very busy time of year. Summer is winding down, children are heading back to school, as well as many adults. Holidays are over and "real life" begins again. <BR> <BR> 1. Share a healthy and easy packed lunch idea. Are you usual the person that eats out at lunch time or do you bring a lunch from home? <BR> <BR> I bring my lunch to work 99% of the time. I love a fruit salad and I also love to bring a small whole wheat pita pocket that I will stuff with my fresh veggi... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 10:03:41 EST Happy to find you all! Hello, everyone! I have been with Sparkpeople for a few months now, working to "relose" about 20lbs to get back to my goal weight of 135. Am getting close... and packing for vacation. Learning to blog, so that I can share the experience and get some support along the way. Would welcome any suggestions from the team here. Thanks! Mon, 23 Aug 2010 14:38:29 EST Question about the team goal Exercise (your choice) 100 15 to 30 minutes 1 time per day. <BR> <BR> I keep reading that and I just don't get it. :-) Maybe I am being dense but I really don't understand what I am supposed to be doing for the team here. <BR> <BR> Can anyone help please? <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lex xxx <BR> <em>434</em> <em>38</em> <em>434</em> Sun, 22 Aug 2010 10:31:43 EST August 22 to August My mind was blank this morning as to what to post for this weeks challenge, so I'm just going with comes to mind as I type! <BR> <BR> Sunday: a serenity day...find the calm in the your day. As you review your day, what one moment stands out as peaceful and calm? What triggers that calmness? Make an attempt this week to focus on how you can bring about that same calmness through out each day. <BR> <BR> My calm came today as headed for bed and reviewed my day. I was able to review my day and ... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 09:48:46 EST Hello Positive Bloggers, I'm New! Hi, I'm new to this team and SP. I am really liking it here and think this is going to be the thing that helps me achieve my weight loss goals! Come by my Spark Page and introduce yourself! <BR> <em>482</em> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 15:16:28 EST August 15 to August 21 A new week, new challenges <BR> <BR> August 15 Sunday: Share your favorite way to relax and recharge. <BR> My favorite way to relax is to sit in the warm sunshine, eyes closed and listen to the gentle sound of the wind rustling the leaves in my back yard. My ocean waves gently lapping on the shoreline in my imagination. Ahhh meditation and time with my spirit. <BR> <BR> August 16 Monday: glug, glug, you will push yourself and drink all your 8 glasses of water plus 1 more fo... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 10:51:21 EST Augsut 8 to August 14 I was struggling with what to issue as a challenge for this week. So many things running through my mind and nothing that was feeling just right. Probably because "I" was attempting to do it, instead of letting spirit guide me. <BR> <BR> Because I woke up this morning with the word "Strength" running over and over in my mind, I have chosen to use this as part of our challenge. <BR> <BR> Challenge 1 <BR> <BR> What does "strength" mean to you in daily life? <BR> <BR> <BR> For me strength i... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 10:16:45 EST Day 1- Take 3,275,322 I'm pretty sure I've hit my rock bottom (well as far as weight loss issues). Last night I was totally winded and huffing and puffing trying to climb the stairs. I looked at myself in the mirror, and I look 8 months pregnant. I weigh more today than I did when ANY of my children were born. I'm in a pretty good place emotionally now, still have some hard days, but the good days are winning now and I know that I'm finally ready to go for it and get this weight off. I'm sick of taking it easy and... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 11:26:47 EST Wrap around it Wednesday Are there events in life when you say, "I can't wrap my head around it?" <BR> <BR> Choose one of those events/thoughts/feelings and spend time today to wrap around it. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> For me it was the elderly woman who fell while doing her daily walk this morning and watching cars drive past her...not stopping. I stopped, called her daughter, and waited until her daughter arrived...It did make me a few minutes late for work but not enough to leave this woma... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 09:01:26 EST August 1 to August 7 A new month, new focus! <BR> <BR> Your challenge (should you wish to accept it....sorry having a mission impossible moment) <BR> <BR> It's a new month, a new week. <BR> Choose and record one goal for each day this week. Did you succeed in accomplishing it? <BR> <BR> Sunday: go hunting for a new computer <em>248</em> <BR> Monday: sort through some picture boxes <em>248</em> <BR> Tuesday: maintaining a grateful heart <em>248</em> <BR> Wednesday: take my breaks at work. Only got 1 in! <... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 11:36:43 EST July 25 - July 31 There seems to be many that are away or busy this summer. Coming up with new challenges each week when so few participate is tiring. So I've decided to post a "back to basics" challenge once again. <BR> <BR> If nothing will be good for me to assit myself in staying on track. lol <BR> <BR> <BR> Back to basics this week: <BR> <BR> Track Nutrition daily: <BR> Sunday <BR> Monday done <BR> Tuesday done <BR> Wednesday done <BR> Thursday <BR> Friday <BR> Saturday <BR> <BR> Track... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 09:20:12 EST July 18 - July 24 Share a significant "turning point" in your life. A point that you feel has changed the direction that you were heading. <BR> How has your life changed as a result of this turning point? <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed and wonderful week. <BR> <BR> Hug, <BR> Wanda Sun, 18 Jul 2010 10:21:27 EST Word of the Day I invite anyone that wants to join me in this to feel free. This is something that I learned from the workshop I attended this past week. I what to remember to do it each day, so figured...hey I'm doing the team stuff each morning...great place to remind myself to get my "word of the day". Besides I thought if I recorded it, then I could look back at the end of each day/week and see how the word helped me through that particular day. <BR> <BR> All you have to do is take a couple of moments, ... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 10:53:47 EST Fabulous Friday I decided to take the opportunity to celebrate Fabulous Friday even before Janet posted her challenge for today! <BR> <BR> Celebrate your fabulousness, celebrate who you are. <BR> We are always quick to praise or point out others goodness and often we forget about ourselves. This is not about "ego", this is about acknowledging that we have wonderful traits within ourselves and letting others know that we are worthy too! <BR> <BR> Toot your own horn, tell us about what makes you Fabulous. <B... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 09:44:30 EST Positive bloggers... Hello, <BR> Not sure why I've joined - not really a joiner however I just got on to this site a few days ago and am exploring how I can best use it. <BR> <BR> I love the positive energy here and want to find ways to utilize the support of others to get fit again and hmmmm, be inspired and inspiring. <BR> <BR> I am a life and career coach in Toronto, teen hockey and lacrosse Mom and breast cancer survivor. It's been a crazy few years and what I'm finding is that if I look, my answers are ou... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 08:55:54 EST July 11 to July 17 Seems like everyone is away doing whatever summer activities they are doing. So little action on the challenges. <BR> <BR> I will make this one a very simple one and hopefully some of you will respond. <BR> <BR> Summer time is usually a more laid back time for many of us. A time to be outdoors, a time for more relaxation. <BR> <BR> What are you doing for summer activities this year? Are you going somewhere, reading something great, having company? Fill us in on your summer plans. <BR> <BR... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 09:55:08 EST July 4 to July 10 Challenge #1: <BR> <BR> Edgar A. Guest <BR> You are the person who has to decide. Whether you'll do it or toss it aside; you are the person who makes up your mind. Whether you'll lead or will linger behind. Whether you'll try for the goal that's afar. Or just be contented to stay where you are. <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your choices doing to help you become who you desire to be? <BR> <BR> Some of my choices have moved closer to obtaining my goal, and some of my choices have not! Each day I ... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 07:59:30 EST June 26 to July 3rd A simple challenge for the week. <BR> <BR> 1. Do an activity outdoors at least 5 days this week. <BR> (your choice of activity, but it does involve moving your body!!) <BR> <BR> 2. Choose someone on the team and visit their page or blog each day this week. Leave them filled with encouragement. <BR> <BR> 3. Choose a day this week and fill it full of random acts of kindness. It's always more fun if you are able to perform these acts of random kindness secretly! See how well you can do. <B... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 13:13:28 EST June 20 - June 26 Challenges for old and new team members. For our longer standing members, it's a reminder/challenge, for our newer members, an explanation/challenge. <BR> <BR> <BR> Challenge # 1: We have had several new members choose to join our Positive Bloggers team of late. Well, we are called the Positive Bloggers for a reason...we blog and we blog about our blessings in each day. The challenge this week...connect with someone that is fairly new to the team, or someone you noticed hasn't blogged in aw... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 10:13:49 EST June 13 - June 19, 2010 I'm pulling some older challenges back out of storage and thought we'd try some of them again. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Challenge #1 <BR> <BR> Make a list of all the things that you want to accomplish this week. Hang it up where you can see it on a daily basis. Posting your list here on the challenges will also re-affirm your committment. As you accomplish each task, make a large check mark beside it. When we write something down, we are making a visual committment to doing it. When we see those t... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 10:24:20 EST June 5 to June 12 I'm pulling up an older challenge that I think would be fun to do once again. We have several new members and I'm hoping that they might enjoy participating in this challenge also. <BR> <BR> <BR> An easier one this week. <BR> Read an inspirational book. Share what you are reading, why and how you felt inspired by this book. <BR> <BR> (See, only 1 task this week!) <BR> <BR> <BR> Have an awesome week. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Wanda Sun, 6 Jun 2010 11:13:23 EST Take Charge Tuesday June 1st and it's Take Charge Tuesday! <BR> <BR> Have you been like me? Letting life kinda slide on by lately. Not exactly back tracking but not being committed as you might want to be? <BR> <BR> Today...we are going to Take Charge. <BR> <BR> Set a goal for today and just go for it. <BR> <BR> <BR> My goal take my breaks at work and walk during that time. I know, I had this one yesterday too, but I'm going to keep at it until it once again becomes a habit. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR>... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 07:20:00 EST May 30 - June 5 Let's see if we can get any participants this week! <BR> <BR> Sunday: <BR> 8 glasses of water - only 6 glasses...sighhh <BR> Blog - <em>248</em> <BR> Check out the Daily challenge - <em>248</em> <BR> Did you have fruit/veggies today - <em>248</em> <BR> Did you track your nutrition/exercise - <BR> <BR> Monday : <BR> 8 glasses of water - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Blog - <em>248</em> <BR> Check out the Daily challenge - <em>248</em> <BR> Did you have fruit/veggies today - <em>248</em>... Sun, 30 May 2010 09:59:46 EST May 23 - May 29 This week is about Challenging yourself to be positive. <BR> <BR> Sunday: Check out the Daily challenge for Sunday...did you do it? <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Make a list of your goals for this week...record them so that they become an action. Be realistic in your goals...when you over shoot, you can become overwhelmed and then give up. <BR> <BR> 1. Get garden bed built (weather you need to cooperate!) <BR> 2. No coffee this week. <BR> 3. Increase daily water intake. <BR> 4. Get garden plant... Sun, 23 May 2010 11:04:56 EST May 16 - May 22 As we head into the busy time of yard work and summer,(I know this past week has been crazy busy for me!) I thought I would take this week's challenges and have another "getting to know you" week. We have many new members and perhaps some of them will make their way to the challenges. <BR> <BR> Sunday: Did you check out the Daily challenge?YES <BR> Did you drink your water today?YES <BR> <BR> <BR> If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one ablility or quality, what would i... Sun, 16 May 2010 10:05:26 EST hi Hi want to fill my life positive things. My thinking, my writing. my speaking. I figured this was a good place to find likeminded people Sat, 15 May 2010 13:34:18 EST May 10 - May 15 Sorry I'm a day late. And I recycled one of Wanda's challenges from the beginning of the year. All about the basics of a successful use of our Spark tools. Have a great week. <BR> --------- <BR> <BR> Let's keep working on making the basics a natural way of living. <BR> <BR> Plan a reward for yourself for completing a successful week. Rewards are important and help you to stay focused on your goals. What are you planning for a reward? What do you feel you need to accomplish to earn this r... Mon, 10 May 2010 07:12:56 EST Writing Wednesday I'll jump in with a topic for today. Let's think about writing, specifically hand writing. Seems like it is a lost art today. I make a point of hand writing letters to my friends and family as well as thank you notes, etc. <BR> <BR> Think about someone that you might typically email or IM or text or even call. Take the time to hand write a note to them. It might be a letter. It might be just a note to say you're thinking of them. Hand written letters in my opinion are something to be kept a... Wed, 5 May 2010 22:07:41 EST May 2 - May 8 Just remember I am new at this!!! <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Did you check out the challenge for today? <BR> <BR> It's a new week!!! What are you going to do this week to improve the quality of your life? You have to be specific. <BR> <BR> Monday <BR> Did you check out the challenge for today? <BR> <BR> Find a fellow Positive Blogger and ask them to share something positive about themselves the rest of us might not know and that they are willing to share. <BR> <BR> Tuesday <BR> Did you check ... Sun, 2 May 2010 08:26:10 EST Wonderful (Writing) Wednesday I thought I'd start a post for once since we don't have one for today. We always "celebrate" Fabulous Friday. Let's celebrate the middle of the week too. <BR> <BR> Tell us what made today wonderful for you... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 20:54:33 EST My Life Has Changed Forever 2 weeks ago (April 13) at 9:40am, my Dad was killed in a tragic and <BR> devastating car accident. <BR> <BR> I talked to my Dad at 9am that day <BR> because we were supposed to meet at 11:30 at the library for Papa Day. I got to <BR> the library a few minutes late and tried to call him, of course <BR> he didn't answer. I then started to hear gentle promptings: "He's not <BR> coming, go to the house." these promptings kept getting louder and <BR> louder until I finally left to go to my paren... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:55:30 EST April 25 to May 1 The end of this week carries us into May already! <BR> <BR> Sunday: Did you check out the daily challenge? <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> If you could meet Adam and Eve, what would you ask them? <BR> Thanks alot for your disobedience! <BR> <BR> <BR> Monday: Did you check out the daily challenge? <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you could live in your ideal location, where would it be? <BR> <BR> My ideal location would be ocean front, far enough back to avoid weather problems,... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 10:26:34 EST Hello all you wonderful people! I joined about a week ago and am doing great! I think I finally figured out that losing weight is not only a physical thing but largely a mental thing. I joined this team because I love to write my daily blog on here and I LOVE to inspire others with my words. So hopefully you guys will read my blogs and be inspired or cheered up or something! I want to make you smile and laugh! Sun, 18 Apr 2010 22:25:56 EST April 18 to April 24 Sunday April 18: <BR> <BR> Did you check out the Daily Challenge? SURE DID <BR> <BR> Serentiy Sunday...if you have never taken the time to just sit and close your eyes for a few minutes and meditate, now is a really great day to do so. <BR> <BR> What recharges your batteries? Sitting quietly with my eyes closed and going within. I love to sit out on my back deck and just quietly listening to the breeze blowing through the trees. It sound like the ocean waves coming into shore. I am so look... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 22:32:01 EST April 11 to April 17 Finding your Happiness: <BR> <BR> I recently attended a Women's conference (and yes, men, this can apply to you also), where the question was asked "Are you truly happy, right now, with your life and where you are at this very moment?" Most of us automatically answered Yes, but then we were asked to really think about it, meditate on all areas and see if the answer was the same. Now the answers were very different. So how do we change what we are not happy with? <BR> <BR> Here are some ques... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 11:19:33 EST April 5th to April 10th More of the same with a little bit different! <BR> <BR> Sunday: Did you check out the Daily challenge? <BR> <BR> <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> Easter Sunday Challenge: List 5 Blessings that occurred today. <BR> 1. Family time <BR> 2. The Law of Attraction at work in our lives, we donated a gift to someone and were wonderfully blessed with a gift today also. <BR> 3. Phone call from friends. <BR> 4. Hotel room is booked in Kelowna...YAY! <BR> 5. A Spirit filled day. <BR> <BR> Monday: Did you ch... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 10:16:22 EST Mar 28 to Apr 03 Let's do some more challenges: <BR> <BR> It's Spring time and time to shed the heaviness of winter. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sunday: Did you check out Sunday's Daily Challenge? <BR> <BR> <em>205</em> I did, but where's our Shirl???? I should have posted something, but sigggghhhh I didn't. <BR> <BR> Sunday challenge: What are you doing to "renew" your spirit today? <BR> <BR> Meditation time, grounding and centering myself and then moving forward in my day with a joyful heart. <BR> <BR> Monday... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 10:58:30 EST Hi from Seoul Korea I'm new to this team, and have been an active Spark member for about 2 and a half weeks. The more I use this site, the more I am beginning to love it. <BR> <BR> I've just gone under 300 pounds on my way to 250, and ultimately between 220-225. I know that is a long way to go, but I am ready to take my life back, and have already lost about 6 pounds just since starting to use the Spark website. <BR> <BR> I'm glad to be a part of this team! Sun, 28 Mar 2010 07:09:28 EST Mar 21 to Mar 27 I came home today from the Women's Wellness conference and having had the opportunity to attend some excellent work sessions. I wanted to share a bit from one of the classes. It ties in nicely with what our team stands for "Positiveness". <BR> <BR> (Ihave permission from the work shop leader to use this material) <BR> <BR> Because these questions ask for very honest answers that you might not be comfortable for others to see...answer the questions on a piece of paper at home. You may shar... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 21:29:08 EST Mar 14 - Mar 20 Seems like many are enjoying these question challenges. I found a great book at the library called "If...(questions for the game of life)" by Evelyn McFarlane that I thought I would pull some questions from. Such an interesting array of questions, hope you enjoy them this week. <BR> <BR> Sunday: Did you visit Serenity Sunday's challenge? <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> If Question: If you had to choose the color that describes you most accurately, which color would it be? <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 10:46:36 EST Favorites Friday. have a fabulous friday, let's think about our favorite things. Remember the Julie Andrews song from Sound of Music: <BR> <BR> Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens <BR> Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens <BR> Brown paper packages tied up with strings <BR> These are a few of my favorite things <BR> <BR> What are some of your favorite things? <BR> <BR> For me: I love waterfalls and ponds, children laughing, starry nights, and cuddling with my dog. <BR> There are ... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 14:35:18 EST Trash Them Thursday! Still trying to get back to my routine after a couple of unsettling events in my life in the last two weeks. Thanks for your patience. <BR> <BR> Today inventory the unhealthy things in your home/workplace and TRASH THEM! Thu, 11 Mar 2010 11:20:41 EST March 7 - March 13 Wanda has fried her motherboard, so I said that I would attempt the weekly challenge for her this week. If anything, I will gain a deeper appreciation for the work she does for us! <BR> <BR> Weekly CheckUp! <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Did you check out today's challenge? <BR> <BR> Today is posting late, so just take a moment to think about the week ahead. What will be your "theme" for this week? <BR> <BR> Monday <BR> Did you check out today's challenge? <BR> <BR> Do you have a "go to" motiva... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 17:00:15 EST Video Bloging Does anyone know where I can find information on how to do video bloging on Spark? <BR> <BR> I know, I know, reading me isnt enough is it? <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 1 Mar 2010 07:37:27 EST Feb 28 - Mar 06 On the off chance that you enjoyed last weeks challenge, I thought I would post another one along the same lines. <BR> <BR> REMEMBER...THERE ARE NO RIGHT OR WRONG ANSWERS. <BR> <BR> 1. Did you check out Sunday's Daily Challenge? <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Question for today: What's the first question you will have for God when you die? <BR> <BR> First...a thank you for never giving up on me. Then, I want to know all about the crystal skulls!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Did you check out Monday's ... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 09:53:49 EST Counting My Blessings I hope I am not breaking any rules by coming up with a challenege. If I have I beg your forgivness. <BR> <BR> I am home sick today, with the crud. On the positive side I have a chance to read the blogs of all my Spark Friends. As I read them I strated keeping track of the things and the people and the events I am thankful for. I started writing them down. I am plesantly amazed at how many things I have to be thankful for. <BR> <BR> I know its not original but it opened my eyes a lot Mon, 22 Feb 2010 09:19:13 EST