SparkPeople Stay At Home Moms Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=26544 If you are a stay at home mom that's looking for friends as well as support... we're the team for you!! Please Join!! SparkPeople Stay At Home Moms Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=26544 How to make changes in daily activities? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x59169236 I'm a SAHM to a 10 month old baby boy. I live in the north so it's already feeling like fall is coming. I'm struggling with getting out for walks because I have problems with both heels, but I do Pilates. <BR> <BR> I'm struggling with making a change in my daily routines. I don't know what activities to start adding in to our day (mine and little man's) to help get healthy. I'm getting exercise. My house is getting cleaner since trying to be more active. But I find that I still spend a lot ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:47:58 EST Stopping junk cold turkey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x59096732 Hi mums I'm new here have any of you stopped junk food cold turkey? What did u have to deal with? Withdrawal symptoms and anything actually? Tue, 9 Sep 2014 22:45:59 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x59021427 Hi everyone. I am new to the team. I have been to sparkpeople before but fell behind. Now i believe i am really ready to do this. My name is Amber im 27years old. a wife and mother of a toddler. Planning to have another child soon. Going to work on weight loss till then. Then practice good and fitness through out my pregnancy too. but i wont be focused on weight loss obviously. Then after the baby and my body has recovered then back to weight loss. My main goal isnt just the weight loss thoug... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 14:18:44 EST Un-sweetened September Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x59020947 Hi Ladies! <BR> <BR> I am challenging myself to have an un-sweetened September - and hopefully some of you will join in with me to help keep me motivated :) <BR> <BR> No desserts, no soda/lemonade/sweetened drinks, only one cup of juice a day. <BR> <BR> Any and all variations welcome (no sweets during the week, one cheat day a week/month, etc.) <BR> <BR> Thanks for joining up with me! Here we goooooooooooooooooooooo! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:17:00 EST struggling and I don't know what to do http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x58820591 Hi everyone.. I am in need of a vent and maybe advice. <BR> <BR> I am a SAHM of 4 kids. I am 5'4 and 200 lbs. Labeled obese. My kids are 10, 7, 3, and 1. I've been married 10 1/2 years. I need to lose my weight since I am done with having kids. I am overwhelmed and stressed out everyday. Every little thing my kids do irritates me. The babies are always crying and the olders are always fighting. I am always on the verge of tears. Unfortunately I am an emotional/stressed/bored eater... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:03:27 EST 3 cheers for a new haircut! How do you pamper? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x58777739 How do you pamper yourself? I try to regularly polish my toes (while I can still reach them, lol) and I like getting my hair cut. I love massages, but they are expensive, so they are a rare treat. <BR> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 06:19:44 EST ***August 2014 Fitness Minutes Challenge*** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x58711500 <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>244</em> <em>249</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Happy August!!! <BR> <BR> Once again, we are doing our Monthly Fitness Minutes Challenge. Come join us and have some fun with it. Whether you are pushing yourself to get 10 minutes in each day or if you are pushing yourself to get higher numbers than that - this is a great place to post your goal and keep you accountable to reach that go... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 13:49:37 EST ***August 2014 Water Challenge*** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x58711445 <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Happy August!!! <BR> <BR> Is it hot enough for you? With the heat, it becomes even more important to drink enough water to stay hydrated and keep you body functioning properly. So, join our August Water Challenge and push yourself and your team mates to drink up. Below is a template you can use to record your progress. ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 13:42:41 EST Delaying kindergarten http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x58476865 Has anyone kept their 5 year old from attending kindergarten? My son just turned 5 and is still having some potty issues so we are going to keep him home this year. I called the school and they actually suggested that since he is a "young" 5. In our state kids can start school at 7. I will definitely send him to kindergarten next year. Right now I'm teaching him at home (use abcmouse.com) He can't read or write yet but he is trying :) <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if anyone has done it and... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 08:54:46 EST ~July 2014 Fitness Minutes Challenge~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x58401211 <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Are we going to get moving this month? Of course we are!!! Let's once again join our Fitness Minutes Challenge. Set a goal that is going to challenge you and post it here for all to see. This is a great motivational tool. Post your goal and then come back and update your numbers AND don't forget to e... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 23:03:56 EST ~July 2014 Water Challenge~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x58400045 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Woohoo it's July!!! <BR> <BR> Once again, yes again, we are doing our Water Challenge. Especially now, it is so important to stay hydrated. Not only for our normal body functions, but at this time of year we can become dehydrated by the heat, and by the time you are thirsty - sometimes you are already dehydrated. So let'... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:56:33 EST Setting Some Goals- July is YOUR month!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x58392779 <link>topachievement.com/philhumbert.html </link> <BR> <BR> The Top 10 Steps to Set and Achieve Your Goals – Every Time! <BR> by Dr. Philip E. Humbert <BR> <BR> It’s been said that everyone has goals, whether we know it or not. We have goals to keep our current job, or to get a different one. We have goals to save for the future, or to travel, take a vacation, or purchase the things we need and want to make our lives more enjoyable. An important distinction, however, is that top achiever... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 07:36:30 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x58179529 hello, <BR> i am a full time stay at home mom.i have a wonderful,active(demon <em>18</em> ) 22 month old son.i am looking for support in my weight loss goals as well as my hair pulling days.i LOVE being a mom,and feel lucking i can stay home to raise him.just having trouble getting my body back. <BR> love <BR> jessica Wed, 11 Jun 2014 06:09:17 EST 100 Summer Fun Ideas for Kids and Parents http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x58160251 <link>workathomemoms.about.com/od/kidsacti<BR>vitiesfamilyfun/a/ideas-for-kids.htm </link> <BR> <BR> When you work at home you need practical ideas for kids' entertainment, things for kids to do by themselves, particularly summer activities. But, parents, you know what they say about all work and no play, right? So don't let the kids have all the fun. Try out a least a few of these 100 ideas for kids and parents to do together. <BR> <BR> Once you get thinking you'll come up with more ide... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:30:16 EST Kid's Activites http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x58159972 <link>www.pleasantestthing.com/2014/06/cra<BR>fts-fly.html </link> <BR> <BR> 15 Crafts that FLY!!! <BR> <BR> Many of these crafts are ones that have aspects that both my 2 year old and my 6 year old can do, and I love finding one activity that works well for both of my little guys! And that they are fun hands on ways to learn science! <BR> <BR> The list below is a list of awesome crafts that fly – both ones I’ve tried or ones that I picked because I want to try them soon! <BR> <BR> Flyi... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:12:35 EST Ann - and I need help/support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x58097519 Hey everyone - <BR> <BR> My name is Ann, and while I did join this site over a year ago, I haven't been here in just as long. I'm tired of playing games with my health and fitness and happiness. I am looking for a friend, for a mentor, for support, for accountability .... I don't think I can do it without that .... <BR> <BR> About me - I am married to an amazing man, we just recently celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. We have two beautiful boys - aged 5 and 3 years old. We live in ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 15:12:07 EST ~June 2014 Fitness Minutes Challenge~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x58071250 <em>331</em> <em>322</em> <em>237</em> <em>34</em> <em>318</em> <em>231</em> <em>361</em> <em>294</em> <em>320</em> <em>403</em> <BR> <BR> Here we go - Welcome to June! <BR> <BR> This month we are going to do another fitness minutes challenge. Let's see how many minutes we can put in. Figure out your goal number and post it here....come back and keep us posted on your progress. We should encourage and praise each other to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> To see yo... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 12:24:37 EST ~June 2014 Water Challenge~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x58071177 <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Happy June!!! <BR> <BR> Can you believe it is June already? Where has the year gone? Since the weather is warming up it is even more important to drink more water. Let's join this months Water Challenge and push ourselves to take care of our bodies. If you do not drink enough water you run the risk of getting dehydrated... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 12:16:03 EST The Summer SlimDown Workout- from Fitness Magazine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x57951700 <link>www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/you-<BR>can-do-it/slim-down-workout/ </link> <BR> <BR> Lower-Body Blast <BR> Targets shoulders, arms, butt, and legs <BR> <BR> Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms at sides. <BR> Lunge backward with right leg, bending both knees 90 degrees. <BR> Skipping in place, lift right knee to hip height and come up on ball of left foot; simultaneously swing left arm over head. Return to backward lunge. <BR> Do 12 reps. Switch sides and repeat. <BR> <BR> <BR... Wed, 21 May 2014 14:13:26 EST Flaws and all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x57951688 We would love to get to know you guys- flaws and all <BR> <em>220</em> <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lyrics to a song: <BR> <BR> I'm a train wreck in the morning <BR> I'm a b--- in the afternoon <BR> Every now and then without warning <BR> I can be really mean towards you <BR> <BR> I'm a puzzle yes indeed <BR> Ever complex in every way <BR> And all the pieces aren't even in the box <BR> And yet you see the picture clear as day <BR> <BR> I don't know why you love me <BR> And that's... Wed, 21 May 2014 14:11:15 EST At-home workouts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x57837063 Hey guys! <BR> <BR> I'm a SAHM and we're a one-car family (as in, I don't have one during the day, lol), so I was wondering if anyone had any links or advice on work-outs I can do in the house on rainy or icky days while dodging a 1 and 3 year old? <BR> <BR> Much appreciated! <BR> <BR> (pretty sure I posted this in the wrong forum... please remove it or move it if you need to admins) Sun, 11 May 2014 15:09:48 EST "Not Taking Care Of Yourself Is Like Saying...." http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x57719042 <link>itsadomelife.com/2013/01/not-taking-<BR>care-of-yourself-is-like-saying-nothin<BR>g-else-really-matters.html </link> <BR> <BR> NOT TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF IS LIKE SAYING NOTHING ELSE REALLY MATTERS <BR> JANUARY 24, 2013 <BR> By. LILLIAN CONNELLY <BR> <BR> <BR> I had an epiphany the other day. Not a giant one exploding with rainbows and world peace or anything. Just a small, obvious moment of clarity. I realized that not taking care of myself is like saying nothing else really mat... Thu, 1 May 2014 15:46:38 EST ^^May 2014 Fitness Minutes Challenge^^ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x57717737 <em>34</em> <em>322</em> <em>363</em> <em>231</em> <em>331</em> <em>320</em> <em>355</em> <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> Happy May! <BR> <BR> Yes it is a new month and yes we are here again for our monthly Fitness Minutes Challenge. If you haven't been pushing yourself already....now is the time to set a goal for yourself that will push you to your limits. <BR> <BR> To join this challenge, simply set a goal for yourself and post it here. Come back often to show your progres... Thu, 1 May 2014 13:35:04 EST ^^May 2014 Water Challenge^^ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x57717674 <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Happy May!!! <BR> <BR> Once again we are doing a Water Challenge. I hope that everyone joins this challenge as it is so important to drink plenty of water. <BR> <BR> Here are 6 reasons why we should drink more water - taken from the WebMD websight: <BR> <BR> 1. Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Your body is composed of about 6... Thu, 1 May 2014 13:27:12 EST Afternoon snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x57692990 I'm sure I'm not the only one with this problem so hopefully some of you will have some suggestions for me :) I do really good all day with keeping my calories in check and doing my exercise but it seems that as soon as 3pm rolls around and the kids are home from school that my urge to mindless snack sets in. It's too early for dinner and nothing really satisfies me so I know I'm not hungry. I'm just bored :) It's getting from the 3pm mark until about 4:30 or 5:30 when it's time to cook t... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:14:51 EST Howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x57670521 Hey y'all, I'm new here! Despite chasing after my 7 kids all day, everyday (we homeschool), I am still not as skinny as a rail. It's just not fair. Lol. I'm 35 and have been overweight since I was a teenager. I want to get as healthy as possible now, not only for my own sake, but for my family as well. I'm also hoping to make friends! <em>100</em> <em>524</em> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:18:07 EST Remaining motivated while on vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x57593794 I am going out of town in a few days for three weeks to visit family. I am trying to plan ahead so I don't lose ground with my exercise and eating habits. How can I refrain from falling into old habits as my routine changes and I am faced daily with my mom's wonderful home cooking, bless her heart? Does anyone have advice for me and others who will be heading out during these coming summer months? Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:04:37 EST Mommy Words- what do you think of when you hear? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x57477166 Just a game about moms <BR> <BR> Post a word of what you think of when you read the previous word. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:56:35 EST Easter (for those celebrating) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x57477148 <link>powerofmoms.com/2014/04/low-stress-e<BR>aster-ideas-episode-48/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Editor’s Note: While Power of Moms is a website for all mothers regardless of their religious interests, we feel it appropriate to occasionally share some of our personal religious/holiday ideas that might be helpful to many families in our community. We hope that the basic principles behind these ideas will be helpful to you, whether or not you celebrate this specific holiday. Thanks! <BR> <em... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:55:23 EST What are Mommy Wars? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x57477125 Question: What are Mommy Wars? <BR> <BR> Answer: The phrase "Mommy Wars" was originally used to describe the us vs. them attitude between working moms and stay-at-home moms. The term became popular in 1986 after Leslie Morgan Steiner published her book, Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families <BR> <BR> oday, you'll also hear Mommy Wars used to describe a number of other parenting issues. Younger mothers vs. older mothers. Breastfeeding... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:52:55 EST Sad? Happy? Some Thoughts on Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x57477059 Do you eat when sad? <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Happy? <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Do you eat when worried? <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Embarrassed? <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Overwhelmed? Angry? <BR> <em>40</em> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> There are some solutions to emotional eating: This article addresses some ways to conquer the emotional response! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sensible-alternative.com.... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:45:59 EST If you were to create your own weight loss camp... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x57472666 If you wanted to do a weight loss camp from your own home because you couldn't afford to go to one (or had kids you didn't want to leave that long . . . ), how would you do it, and what would you include? What would be "musts?" What would be luxuries you would add if you had money left over? I am seriously giving this some thought and would love to glean from others in the brainstorming process! Thanks in advance! :) Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:36:26 EST Hi, I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x57412659 Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Callie and I have 50 lbs to lose. I am off to a great start with SP. <BR> <BR> I like the official SP challenges. SP Official Healthy Cooking Challenge and SP Official 'Eat Up, Slim Down' Challenge <BR> <BR> Here are the changes I have made so far: <BR> 1. Planning meals now <BR> 2. Drinking 2.2 L of H2O per day <BR> 3. Keeping fruit in bowls throughout my house <BR> Lastly, Tracking my food calories with (wow....lots of work there, but gotta do it!) week on... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 20:24:09 EST ~April Fitness Minutes Challenge 2014~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x57343265 <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Good Morning Team! <BR> <BR> We have the best opportunity to make a brand new start to our life today - Let's get moving! Join in on our monthly Fitness Minutes Challenge! Get moving and keep moving. Set your goal and post it here - come back daily or weekly and record your numbers. When you put your goal out there for the team to see it helps to keep you... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:36:05 EST ~April Water Challenge 2014~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x57343162 <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Happy April! <BR> <BR> Today is a brand new day - brand new month - a brand new start. Let's make the most of this new beginning and get ourselves healthier. Join our April Water Challenge! Water is so very important for our body to function. Below is an article that was posted on Facebook - I have not verified the information but if any of it is true the... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:30:12 EST Hello Sparklers :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x57098911 Hi there, <BR> I'm Brandi, 29 and a SAHM from southern Idaho. I have four kids, Zariya 7, Aliandra 6, Calissa 5, and my only boy Zaiden 18 months. I run a small cake business from my home, but my life is mostly about raising my kids and running my house. I'd love a chance to get to know some other SAHM's and offer encouragement to one another. I have a very significant amount of weight to lose, and need all the encouragement I can get in order to stay active on SP and hopefully get myself to ... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:09:09 EST Healthy Words A to Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x57078604 athletic Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:01:47 EST Spring-Clean Your Exercise Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x57040538 <link>www.health.com/health/article/0,,204<BR>10853,00.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> <BR> Ditch: Old walking or running shoes <BR> Instead: Invest in a new pair of kicks, because worn-out soles are a quick path to injury. Write the purchase date on the tongue or side of your shoes and let your weekly mileage be your guide. If you walk or run 10 miles per week, replace your shoes every 12 months; 15 miles, every 8 months; 20 miles, every 6 months; 30 miles, every 4 months. <BR> ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 13:07:17 EST Getting to know you thread! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x57040497 Even if we already know ya! <BR> <BR> name <BR> <BR> age <BR> <BR> location <BR> <BR> profession/studies <BR> <BR> how long have you been sparking? <BR> <BR> have your read The Spark book? or The Spark Solution? <BR> <BR> who is one of your favorite celebrity fitness personalities? <BR> <BR> have you ever joined a gym? how was it? <BR> <BR> favorite exercises <BR> <BR> favorite healthy beverage <BR> <BR> favorite movie <BR> <BR> favorite fruit or vegetable <BR> <BR> Most in... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 13:02:43 EST How to get my protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x57024515 I rarely consume the recommended 60g of protein/day. In fact I'm usually closer to 30g. My goal this month is to get up to 60g/day. I need some ideas. What are some high protein foods that you enjoy? Thu, 6 Mar 2014 07:52:39 EST March Water Challenge 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x56993176 <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> Here we go again - another Water Challenge... <BR> <BR> I keep putting this one out there because Water is so very important to get and keep our bodies healthy. Join our Water Challenge and push yourself and your team mates to drink up. <BR> <BR> For this Water Challenge - determine what your goal is - record it here and come back daily to update your numbers. Don't forget to comment o... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 19:33:38 EST March Fitness Minutes Challenge 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x56993070 <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>439</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> Happy March! Is it going to be a Lucky month? You bet it is! <BR> <BR> Come join us in our Monthly Fitness Minutes Challenge. Push yourself to exercise even if it is only 10 minutes a day. Get moving and keep moving. Set your goal and post it here - come back daily or weekly and record your numbers. When you put your goal out there for the team to see it helps to keep you accountable... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 19:23:05 EST I'm kinda new to this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x56964522 Although there are reasons, I am not used to writing about my life in public and I don't even use Facebook so please excuse my triteness. <BR> <BR> It may sound like I am bragging when I tell people that I am a stay at home mom who is blessed with one wonderful child and a great husband. The truth is that this is the most that I have worked in my life. I guess I made it more difficult by choosing to home-school my child. I really don't know what I am doing, but together, we are making i... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:43:26 EST Hi from Southern Indiana http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x56859982 I am a mom of three rambunctious children ages 9, 6 and 1. I have been a stay at home mom since my youngest was born last February. I also started homeschooling in August and we bought our first house in October. So with all the changes, my exercise and eating habits went out the window. I have used SP off and on for many years but I never participated in a Spark Team. I am hoping the support will help me finally meet my goals. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:25:59 EST Obliteration of Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x56637498 After 2 long years of staying strong and working hard I have woken up to reality that I have made NO progress. I am totally disappointed and down in the dumps. I still weigh the same and it's not going anywhere. I feel like a failure. Mon, 3 Feb 2014 22:49:20 EST February FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x56614809 <em>318</em> <em>231</em> <em>331</em> <em>320</em> <em>323</em> <em>135</em> <em>217</em> <em>549</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Fit February!!! <BR> <BR> Yes - once again here is our monthly Fitness Minutes Challenge. Get moving and keep moving. Set your goal and post it here - come back daily or weekly and record your numbers. When you put your goal out there for the team to see it helps to keep you accountable and push you just a little bit more to reach your goals. <BR> ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 11:26:54 EST FEBRUARY WATER CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x56614736 Happy February Mom's! <BR> <BR> Once again we are starting our Water Challenge. I keep putting this one out there because Water is so very important to get and keep our bodies healthy. Join our February Water Challenge and push yourself and your team mates to drink up. <BR> <BR> For this Water Challenge - determine what your goal is (remember this is a short month) - record it here and come back daily to update your numbers. Don't forget to comment on the other posts - we are here to help... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 11:20:09 EST STOP the Mommy Guilt!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x56591826 This forum is to address the VERY REAL issue of Mommy guilt and what can be done about it to save our mental health. <BR> <BR> Here is the first of many new resources to come: <BR> <BR> <link>www.babycenter.com/0_top-7-mommy-gui<BR>lt-trips-8211-and-how-to-handle-them_3<BR>654967.bc </link> <BR> <BR> Top 7 mommy guilt trips – and how to handle them <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> What is Mommy Guilt?? <BR> Mommy guilt is like PMS — we all get it from time... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:38:53 EST An online store just for moms! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x56423597 Not sure if I agree with all their products listed, but some are just darn cool!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.everymomneeds.com/ </link> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 06:58:03 EST Need More Hours in the Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x56423579 <link>www.thescramble.com/cooking-basics/n<BR>eed-more-hours-in-your-day-ten-kitchen<BR>-time-savers-that-can-help/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>301</em> <em>302</em> <em>286</em> <em>254</em> <em>267</em> <em>485</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>106</em> <em>297</em> <em>287</em> <BR> <BR> Who doesn’t wish they had a couple more hours in the day, or a kitchen fairy to come to our aid at dinnertime, or even kids who were more eager or able to ... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 06:56:13 EST Mid January Slump http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x56423501 I had never heard of this before until a friend mentioned it to me. <BR> <BR> <link>blog.memeoirs.com/2014/01/18-motivat<BR>ing-quotes-to-get-over-the-mid-january<BR>-slump/ </link> <BR> <BR> 18 Motivating Quotes To Get Over The Mid-January Slump - <BR> <BR> Whether it involves losing a few pounds, traveling the world or building the business of your dreams; we all have goals. For some they are in the pipeline and for others, they are in progress. <BR> <BR> As January is often a mon... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 06:45:52 EST The "Bragging Board" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x56342633 Someone once told me that bragging is not truly "bragging" if you are giving yourself a pat on the back. <BR> <BR> It's called "self love" <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> So, lets take a moment for ourselves and celebrate what we have done! <BR> <BR> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> It can be as big as meeting a goal weight or as small as drinking 1 glass of water! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:34:33 EST Being Successful- Tips From One Member to Another http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x56302595 Part of being a member of Sparkpeople (SP) is the overwhelming sense of NOT BEING ALONE in this journey to becoming a healthier person! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> There are loads to teams to join, challenges to try, blogs to read, etc. <BR> <BR> The Stay at Home Mom team might be one of the oldest teams (as judged by its 3,000 member count). Not every member is active, but that doesn't mean that there are not members who you can relate to and help you out! <BR> <BR> I'm askin... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:20:12 EST ***JANUARY FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE*** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x56166101 <em>249</em> <em>249</em> <em>249</em> <em>249</em> <em>249</em> <em>249</em> <em>249</em> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> We have the best opportunity to make a brand new start to our life today - Let's get moving! Join in on our monthly Fitness Minutes Challenge. Get moving and keep moving. Set your goal and post it here - come back daily or weekly and record your numbers. When you put your goal out there for the team to see it helps to keep yo... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:56:02 EST ***JANUARY 2014 WATER CHALLENGE*** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x56165965 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> Today is a brand new day - brand new month - brand new year - a brand new start. Let's make the most of this new beginning and get ourselves healthier. Join our January Water Challenge! Water is so very important for our body to function. Below is an article that was posted on Facebook - I have not verified the information bu... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:46:13 EST 10 Real-Mommy Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x56149125 We love the clean slate of a brand-new year. Whatever parenting blunders you made over the last 12 months (from getting lazy about veggies to BlackBerry-ing through family dinners) -- that was then, and this is now. Make a promise to be a more patient, present, and imaginative parent. What could be more important, after all? We asked real moms for their resolutions. Make these totally doable changes today -- and keep them up all year long. <BR> <BR> Don't Say "Don't" <BR> I want to reduce h... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:59:46 EST How are you spending YOUR New Years??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x56149036 My husband wants me to try to keep the kiddo up until midnight...we'll see! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:54:15 EST Mommy's Holiday Minutes of Peace: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x56021674 <link>www.examiner.com/article/finding-mom<BR>ents-of-peace-during-the-holiday-season </link> <BR> <BR> Finding moments of peace during the holiday season <BR> <BR> For many, the holidays are a lonely time, or a time of emotional upheaval. The reasons vary. Seasonal depression, the frenetic pace, commercialism, economic hardships, or family relationship issues surrounding the Christmas season are a few. They leave you feeling anxious and overwhelmed. There are ways to make special moment... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:53:09 EST Holidays Stress and Parenting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x56021601 <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>499</em> <em>500</em> <em>501</em> <em>425</em> <BR> 6 Holiday Stress Tips <BR> <BR> Tips on how to deal with the holiday stress of relatives, shopping, and entertaining this season <BR> <BR> By Deborah Skolnik <BR> <BR> With the relative-wrangling, wallet-wringing, and last-toy-on- the-shelf wrestling, the holidays can send you right up a tree. And that's so not ... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:45:00 EST Christmas plans anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x55885312 Tis the season! Fri, 6 Dec 2013 08:35:56 EST DECEMBER 2013 FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x55842131 <em>331</em> <em>34</em> <em>23</em> <em>322</em> <em>317</em> <em>323</em> <em>231</em> <em>361</em> <BR> <BR> Happy December Team! <BR> <BR> For December we are going to do another fitness minutes challenge. Let's see how many minutes we can put in this month. Figure out your goal number and post it here....come back and keep us posted on your progress. We should encourage and praise each other to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> To see your total minutes, go to the sta... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 18:28:37 EST DECEMBER 2013 WATER CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x55842077 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Here we go again with another Water Challenge. If you haven't done this before, you chose a number of glasses of water that you think will push you - post it here and each day (week) come back and update your numbers so everyone can see how you are doing. We should cheer each other on, motivate and praise each other in their progress. <... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 18:23:03 EST Start of a New Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x55826098 Today is the start of a new month. I have been on this fitness thing on and off, never really making and real progress. I've never really committed to using SparkPeople neither, but that could be too because I was never really 'serious' about this journey. Some of my biggest struggles is making time for exercise and not feeling guilty about it (I have 4 kids between ages 6 - 18m) and eating right. I feel like I cannot 'multi-focus' if that makes any sense. Being a stay home mom consist of man... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 13:54:13 EST Thanksgiving g....showing gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x55524855 This is a tough holiday sometimes, because Christmas overshadows it. <BR> <BR> How do you slow down and take time to appreciate things? Tue, 5 Nov 2013 10:34:05 EST Why are you wanting to be healthier? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x55524769 Let's share some ideas with each other about why we should stay motivated and reach our goals! We're more alike than we may seem. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Tue, 5 Nov 2013 10:28:10 EST Keeping Life Simple-380 Ideas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x55524731 whoops! this thread has been moved to the other thread with monthly challenges Tue, 5 Nov 2013 10:24:57 EST November 2014 Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x55482778 <em>320</em> <em>34</em> <em>331</em> <em>231</em> <em>322</em> <em>403</em> <em>549</em> <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Team! <BR> <BR> We are yet again going to do another Fitness Minutes Challenge. This will help to keep you accountable. Come up with a good number that will push you, one that will challenge you enough to move it....move it.... move it. Don't forget to check out your team mates progress and give them words of praise and/or encouragement. <BR> <BR> Be... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 00:13:24 EST November 2013 Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x55482677 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Happy November! <BR> <BR> It is November....a brand new month....a brand new start. Once again we are going to do the Water Challenge. I challenge you to get a minimum of 8 glasses of water in a day. On top of that, I would like you to set a goal for yourself, post it here, and update daily or weekly to let us see your progress. We are here for each other... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 00:02:30 EST New here! Time to get rid of the baby weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x55450673 Hello! My name is Lynnette, and I'm a sahm to an 8 year old and a 1 month old, both beautiful redheaded girls! Looking forward to getting rid of the pregnancy weight from BOTH pregnancies, lol! Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:38:33 EST What Moms Need — 7 Things That Make Mamas Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x55433269 <link>www.whattoexpect.com/first-year/phot<BR>o-gallery/what-moms-need.aspx#/slide-1 </link> <BR> <BR> No doubt you’ve got a lot on your plate…and no doubt your needs often slip to the bottom of your to-do list. But you’ll be a lot better equipped to take care of the million things in your busy life (including that adorable baby) if you take care of yourself as well. If your first reaction at the thought of putting yourself first is an instant case of the guilts, consider this simple mant... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 06:26:08 EST The Happiness Project - How to be happier.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x55433236 <link>www.gretchenrubin.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Gretchen Rubin and Happiness <BR> <BR> Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times and international bestseller, The Happiness Project—an account of the year she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. On her popular blog, The Happiness Project, she reports on her daily adventures in the pursuit of happiness. <B... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 06:18:13 EST HOW TO DE-STRESS YOUR LIFE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x55433223 <link>health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/st<BR>ress-management/how-to-de-stress-your-<BR>life.htm </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dr. Rob's interesting article on stress management shows you how to manage and reduce your stress and to give yourself some much needed stress relief. <BR> <BR> If I looked up the word "stress" in the dictionary, I'd probably see the pictures of two terrific nurses, Anita and Diana. I happened to see them one day and wow! — I saw that Anita had a tension headache and a... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 06:14:26 EST Moms confess: Husband versus kids? Stress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x55433201 <link>www.today.com/moms/moms-confess-husb<BR>and-versus-kids-who-stresses-them-out-<BR>more-1C9884930 </link> <BR> <BR> When people ask Deno Fleno’s husband, Phil, how many children they have, he replies that he has two, and she has three – their 7-year-old son, 3-year-old daughter, and him. <BR> <BR> It’s a family joke, Fleno said, but there’s sometimes an edge to her laughter. <BR> <BR> “A 7-year-old is going to be a 7-year-old. But a 35-year-old acting like a 7-year-old is more stre... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 06:11:21 EST October Goals and Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x55129764 If you haven't made goals already...it's not too late!! <BR> <BR> If you are interested in any challenges! Feel free to post them here! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 3 Oct 2013 16:49:43 EST Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x55129686 Any good plans anyone? Thu, 3 Oct 2013 16:40:05 EST October Mental Health Challenge (with rewards!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x55099256 Are you giving yourself treats or tricks this October?? <BR> <em>422</em> <em>420</em> <em>419</em> <em>424</em> <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> 10/1- laid down for 30 mins in a quiet room <BR> 10/2- took a hot shower during kiddo's naptime <BR> 10/3- wrote for about an hour or an hour and a half about a new book idea I'm really excited for <BR> 10/4- my mother and I are signing my kiddo up for hr long pre-school classes and I do NOT have to attend..I just... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 10:56:22 EST **October 2013 Fitness Minutes Challenge** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x55087369 <em>34</em> <em>23</em> <em>323</em> <em>322</em> <em>331</em> <em>217</em> <em>295</em> <em>132</em> <BR> <BR> Happy October!!! <BR> <BR> This month we are doing our Fitness Minutes Challenge (again). Are you getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day? This is a great place to push yourself to get your minutes in. There are 30 days this month - at the very least you could make your goal 300 minutes to meet a goal of 10 minutes a day. If your fitness level is h... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:38:54 EST **October 2013 Water Challenge** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x55087296 <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Happy October!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Here we go again.....Another Water Challenge. I keep putting this challenge out there because water is so important for our bodies to function. We need water to help maintain the balance of body fluids, to help control calories, energize muscles, help our kidneys and to keep our skin looking good. Even though the weather i... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:32:21 EST Work at home while being a fulltime mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x54839685 Hi Im Jeanne and I am a mother of a 10-year old boy. I quit my job several years to be able to look after him as he grows. But I don't have regret on it. Though I realized being a fulltime mom means the end of your career. <BR> <BR> A friend of mine found a way to use her college degree and make a small amount of money on the side. She is able to interview prospective college students online via Skype and get paid for it. If she likes the candidate, she writes them a letter of recommendat... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 13:06:02 EST The Best Parenting Advice I Ever Received Was..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x54763478 What has someone told you about this job that has stuck with you? Good or Bad? We are all continuously learning with our kids! <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> Tue, 3 Sep 2013 09:32:44 EST Consistency Awards http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x54763444 If you see a mom on the forums making a post one day, and then the next- give them a shout out and maybe a goodie! <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> Tue, 3 Sep 2013 09:29:55 EST Personality Traits A-Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x54763414 Tell us some more about yourself using something to describe yourself with a letter of the alphabet. <BR> <BR> I'll start with A (then the next...B...then next person...C...and so on) Tue, 3 Sep 2013 09:28:04 EST Goodie Giveaway! 5 posts and then Give away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x54763391 The rules for this game are simple, you post a number of emoticons (1-5) based on how many the person posted before you. <BR> <BR> I will start with 1 emoticon <BR> the next person posts 2 <BR> the next...3 <BR> the next...4 <BR> IF you find yourself posting FIVE emoticons- you give away a goodie to anyone on the team, your choice! <BR> <BR> HAVE fun! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Tue, 3 Sep 2013 09:26:02 EST September Mental Health and Motivation Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x54750754 What are you going to do for yourself each day? <BR> <BR> 9/1- watched a part of a movie that has been sitting and waiting for me in the DVR for months <BR> 9/2- hubby and I had some couple time <BR> 9/3- played The Sims while kiddo napped, first time in months <BR> 9/4- Went swimming with husband <BR> 9/5- sang some songs on the iPad app <BR> 9/6- went to visit hubby for lunch, which is always nice <BR> 9/7- woke up early to head to starbucks and get some writing done <BR> 9/8- no idea ho... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:26:55 EST September 2013 Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x54727890 <em>331</em> <em>361</em> <em>403</em> <em>34</em> <em>318</em> <em>320</em> <em>217</em> <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> Happy September! <BR> <BR> Move it....Move it....Move it.... <BR> <BR> This month we are doing our Fitness Minutes Challenge (again). Are you getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day? This is a great place to push yourself to get your minutes in. There are 30 days this month - at the very least you could make your goal 300 minutes to meet a goa... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 12:05:29 EST September 2013 Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x54727533 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Happy September! <BR> <BR> Here we go again.....Another Water Challenge. I keep putting this challenge out there because water is so important for our bodies to function. We need water to help maintain the balance of body fluids, to help control calories, energize muscles, help our kidneys and to keep our skin looking good. Sometimes it is so hard to k... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 11:31:45 EST September Individual and Team Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x54726066 What do you want to get done in September? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> How can we help you as a team reach your individual goals? <BR> <BR> Post some goals (or all your goals) here to help us all stay accountable! <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:35:58 EST Back to School! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x54726017 Any Back to School wishes/rants/questions/tips? <BR> <BR> Spread the 411! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:32:13 EST Daily 3-Item To-Do List http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x54607465 I thought it might be nice to have a place to put our little to-do lists. I started one on the chit-chat, lost it and now I have a spot for it. <BR> <BR> Today's list I hope to accomplish is as follows: <BR> <BR> 1. Bathe and brush the dog + <BR> 2. Do my fitness challenge + <BR> 3. Play soccer or Frisbee with the kids Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:42:54 EST Help! I hit a plateau :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x54528145 I'm down about 20 pounds and I've hit a plateau. It's only been 2 weeks, but that's 2 weeks too long! I set a goal for myself to lose 23 pounds by August 31st and I'm really scared I'm not going to make it. I've read through the plateau articles on sparkpeople, but I was wondering if anyone has ever had to deal with it before and succeeded? I run 4-5 days a week. I was doing body combat at the gym but I had to cancel my gym membership due to finances. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks! <em>... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 23:23:21 EST Any Homeschoolers Out There? Share some Ideas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x54470059 Several Stay at Home Moms are also homeschoolers, teachers, principals, etc. <BR> <BR> Take advantage of the shared knowledge with lesson plans, best curriculum, routine ideas and more! <BR> <BR> I used to teach 6th grade to 21 year olds before my daughter was born. I know how teaching can be collaborative all the for the sake of good teaching! It's such an important and rewarding job. <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 11:26:12 EST August Mental Health and Motivation Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x54469653 Heres the thing...weight loss and being a SAHM mom isnt just about Fitness and Nutrition. We need to keep our sanity and some how find some motivation to do the healthy things in between laundry, diapers (for some) and errands. <BR> <BR> This challenge is for YOU to take care of YOU through taking time for yourself and reaching out to help others. <BR> <BR> Start a list, one day, one promise kept to yourself about what you can do for yourself and share it with the other SAHMs for some sup... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:52:54 EST Give me an AWESOME AUGUST! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x54469606 What OR who is making your August AWESOME! <BR> <BR> WE CAN DO IT!! Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:49:22 EST 3,000 members???? WOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x54469497 This team is actually one of the largest teams in Sparkpeople and the one that is joined the most too! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Reach out to your fellow moms and hopefully we can get some more dialogue up and flowing so we can meet our goals (health, family, work, play) together!! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a board for maybe a quick shout out to other moms and maybe to challenge yourself to say something positive and nice to them daily. W... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:41:40 EST Tweens and Teens http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x54469471 They did what??? <BR> <BR> LOL <BR> <BR> Come show us your tweens or teens, maybe share with other moms about what has worked to keep you sanity. <BR> <BR> I worked with tweens and teens for years...so even though my daughters not there yet. I feel ya! Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:39:11 EST Toddler Town and Primary School http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x54469458 Do you have a toddler or a student in primary school (up to 5th or 6th grade?) <BR> <BR> There is A LOT to happen in these years. Show us all the hard work you've done! Who are your kids, how old are they and maybe give some other moms some advice. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:38:10 EST Infant Isle- Come meet other moms with infants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x54469439 Do you have a newborn or an infant up to 23 months? Come share a little about them and meet some more moms too! <BR> <BR> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:36:35 EST Who are you? And who are your kids? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x54469368 We really would like to get to know you more so we can reach out and support each other in all goals (not just weight loss) <BR> <BR> Can you take a moment to tell us who you are and who your kids are (maybe include ages?) <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks!! Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:30:33 EST How do you keep your sanity? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x54458120 How do you keep your sanity raising your family? <BR> <BR> We would love to hear how you keep it together and also how you don't. In this forum we can share our ideas for keeping our sanity and we can also ask for help in coping with the stresses of raising a family. <BR> <BR> Please join in on this conversation - we would love to hear from you! Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:28:55 EST Fun stuff on a budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x54458097 This is a new forum to share ideas for fun things to do outside of the house while on a budget. Please come share your ideas with us - most of us are all in the same boat being SAHM's. <BR> <BR> For my family, the park is our go to thing to do (when it's not too hot here). We pack a lunch and just play, play, play. <BR> <BR> Another thing we just started was a family bike ride. Our 5 year old learned to ride a bike without training wheels about 6 months ago and she just wants to go. ... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:25:08 EST August Fitness Minutes Challenge 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x54354126 <em>331</em> <em>361</em> <em>217</em> <em>34</em> <em>317</em> <em>322</em> <em>231</em> <em>294</em> <BR> <BR> Happy August! <BR> <BR> Let's Get Moving! <BR> <BR> <BR> For August we are going to do another fitness minutes challenge. Let's see how many minutes we can put in this month. Figure out your goal number and post it here....come back and keep us posted on your progress. We should encourage and praise each other to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> To see your t... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 11:47:48 EST August Water Challenge 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x54354070 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Happy August Team! <BR> <BR> Here we go again with our Monthly Water Challenge - are you up for it? Sure you are - you CAN do it! <BR> <BR> Now is the best time to get your water intake up and hydrate your body. The heat of summer can totally dehydrate your body and make you feel awful. <BR> <BR> Water constitutes 50% to 70% of the human body. It contr... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 11:42:27 EST Back on track. Need some friends. :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x54323680 Hey gals! I'm not new to this dieting thing. I have just gotten off track and out of the habit this summer. I get bored easily and start to get off track. Boo! I'm ready to start back and am looking for some friends to help keep me motivated. We can do this together!! Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:01:50 EST Hi new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x54229682 Stay at home mom/home schooling teacher, I have a 3 and 14 yr old boys and life is crazy to find time to be healthy but I am working on it now and hope to find friends and support here at sharkpeople :-), my husband works full-time is is on call 24/7 but he is a wonderful husband but it helps to have more support. I do get a kick out of my littleone when I did exercise today he was trying to do them to lol love him but wish my oldest would get into working with me to, any ideas? Anyone from T... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:39:02 EST I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x54154232 Hello Everyone! I'm Beth from Sacramento, CA! <BR> <BR> I'm not new to Spark - I've been on since 2008? and lost 30+ lbs....now I'm back as a mom of a beautiful one year old son...I've got 25 lbs or so left to lose to FINALLY actually reach goal, but with all the challenges of being a first-time mom....I'm so glad to be part of this group, I need the love and support :))) and I hope to be part of your support too! Please feel free to friend/msg! Tue, 16 Jul 2013 19:22:09 EST Here come Diva Mama Ready to rock the world! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x54140677 Hi! I just had a baby 8 weeks ago and I was overweight before and after the pregnancy I'm looking to get healthy to reduce any of my hypothyroid symptoms and post pregnancy! I also want to be much more active with my kids and husband. I want to get back into toned and sexy shape!!!! Now I would like to learn from everyone's experience on this site and motivations from anyone would be a great help I need that support system and I promise I will return plenty of motivation and support you n... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:00:51 EST New Feature: Calorie Ranges Based on Fitness Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x54066875 Here is a new feature that SparkPeople is releasing tomorrow. Read the article and tell us what you think. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=new_feature_calorie_ranges_based_on<BR>_fitness_tracking </link> <BR> <BR> The part that concerns me is that if you choose the new option - there is not going back. What do you think? <BR> <BR> Malia Tue, 9 Jul 2013 22:17:45 EST How to deal with a sabotage? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x54059103 Hi! <BR> I have been doing little things here and there, keeping my journey to myself. It sucks as you know, to do this "alone". I have switched our menu to whole and getting to organic by joining a local CSA. Yesterday I came together with about a dozen other women in a "boot camp", it was awesome and amazing. I felt great all day! I went to bed early last night so I and my older kids could go running at 5 am this morning. For a 13 and 10 year old agree to that is something in and of itself... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 09:59:46 EST July Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x53975342 <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Happy July - Get ready for the heat! <BR> <BR> Once again we are doing our monthly water challenge. Are you up for it? <BR> <BR> Now is the best time to get your water intake up and hydrate your body. The heat of summer can totally dehydrate your body and make you feel awful. <BR> <BR> Water constitutes 50% to 70% of the human body. It contributes to ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 14:03:06 EST July Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x53975161 <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>464</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Hot July!!! <BR> <BR> This month we are going to do another fitness minutes challenge. Let's see how many minutes we can put in. Figure out your goal number and post it here....come back and keep us posted on your progress. We should encourage and praise each other to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> To see your total minutes, go to the start page - left side - midway d... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 13:44:52 EST What are you doing with the kids this summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x53908784 We have a month and a half left of summer break and I am out of ideas. We have been to parks, lake beaches and there is not much else to do. I was just wondering what all of you were doing with your children. <em>67</em> <em>298</em> <em>237</em> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:20:08 EST New here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x53883645 Hi! I'm Erica from Maryland! I have two little boys and a husband of 10 years. I'm signed up to run my first 5k in Feb 2014 @ Walt Disney World! (I am a not yet a runner) I am at my heaviest weight, 300+ lbs.... My last pregnancy (my son is a year now) took a lot out of my physically and emotionally. I was big when I got pregnant but it wasn't planned. The plan was to lose weight THEN get pregnant with our second. Didn't happen. But, that's ok. Now I'm ready to lose it! That's why I... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:04:00 EST Birthday Party's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x53831536 Yo Ho Yo Ho! <BR> <BR> My daughter is turning 5 next month and we are having a Pirate theme party. Does anyone have any ideas for games or crafts that we can do? <BR> <BR> There will be boys and girls there. <BR> <BR> I would love any ideas that you may have. <BR> <BR> Malia Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:59:17 EST Hi I am New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x53701640 Hi, I have 3 girls. 6,8,and11. They are all at different stages in life, both in school and emotionally. Sometimes I have no idea what I am doing anymore. Things sure were easier when they were younger and the only problem they had was not being able to find their favorite toy. Boy have time changed. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:11:05 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x53624630 I am a Stay at home mom, for about 9 years and I have been raising are 2 beautiful girls. My oldest is 9 year old and my youngest 6 years old. I have been trying to lost weight for several year know and have not had any luck. So I am hoping to find new friends to help my throw this, Life just sometime get in the way and you just lose hope. But I hope i can find new hope now. Wed, 5 Jun 2013 22:12:45 EST Small Money From Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x53619887 So since I been a stay at home mom which is not long, I found a website to make some money. It's not much, but it can add up. Found out a friend did this and it paid for their wedding rings . it's called swag bucks. You get points for filling out surveys and watching advertisements (watching one now while on spark) ;) If you get my drift lol. So it's easy. You get so many points then you can redeem them for gift cards to stores like Amazon, wal-mart, and idk where else. I just use amazon so ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:20:35 EST June Fitness Minutes Challenge 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x53548777 <em>237</em> <em>34</em> <em>323</em> <em>317</em> <em>319</em> <em>361</em> <em>231</em> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> Here we go - Welcome to June! <BR> <BR> This month we are going to do another fitness minutes challenge. Let's see how many minutes we can put in. Figure out your goal number and post it here....come back and keep us posted on your progress. We should encourage and praise each other to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> To see your total minutes, go to the start ... Fri, 31 May 2013 13:09:15 EST June Water Challenge 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x53548674 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Happy June! <BR> <BR> Once again we are doing our monthly water challenge. Are you up for it? <BR> <BR> Now is the best time to get your water intake up and hydrate your body. <BR> <BR> Water constitutes 50% to 70% of the human body. It contributes to temperature regulation (very important this time of year), helps remove waste products, lubricates t... Fri, 31 May 2013 12:58:38 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x53542022 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a stay at home mom to a 15 month old sweet little girl. Since January I've really started trying to lose weight. I gained 44 pounds when I was pregnant. I finally lost all of my pregnancy weight a few months ago and now I've lost 4 more pounds. I developed pre-eclampsia and now I'm really scared to get it again with my 2nd pregnancy so I want to lose another 12 pounds. Here's to doing it around the schedule of my baby! Thu, 30 May 2013 23:11:33 EST new to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x53407886 So I have done sparkpeople a few different times and obviously not successful. This time I'm a stay at home mom so I'm not on my feet 8+ hours a day, but we have two beautiful girls. One is 7 weeks old, and the other well almost 3 and on day 2 of potty training (tips would be great). it's actually going better than I thought. only one successful trip after her nap yesterday but she screamed the entire time. Is this normal? She normally screams after her naps, but it was excessive until she go... Mon, 20 May 2013 06:52:55 EST I need some advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x53400219 I am going on week 4 of my new start and have an upcoming challenge already. This next weekend Hubby and I are doing a mini get away. Fri - Mon, with a wedding on sat. This is what I have planned so far 1) Mon -fri morning exercise instead of every other day. My calorie range is 1200-1550 I normally eat 1400 calories a day so I am going to cut to 1250-1300. We are going to pre pick restaurant and pre pick what I am going to have. I am going to pack protien bars and make sure I drink water. S... Sun, 19 May 2013 14:27:42 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x53377899 Good afternoon. Just saying hi to all and to see well hoping this will make me do what I need and that's working out. NOT, sitting infront of the computer while kids are at school. Easting what ever I want esp sweets! I know what needs to be done, for some reason I just don't have the will power or the want to. And there is no one to encourage me. It really sucks. I would rather eat a reeses (peanut butter oh Lord my weakness) then go walk or run. I used to till a year ago, then quit... Fri, 17 May 2013 14:26:13 EST Water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x53347039 I'm just getting started with Sparkpeople. I did a lot of exercising today and have had approximately 14 cups of water. :) My goal is half my weight in ounces on days I work out. otherwise it's 10 cups. Tue, 14 May 2013 20:29:59 EST Trying a medical weight loss program this month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x53320749 I have been maintaining my weight but not losing, even with increasing my exercise. Groupon had a deal for "4-week medically supervised weight-loss program and four B12 and lipotropic injections" and I decided to get it for $30. <BR> <BR> I definitely have a B12 deficiency and take supplements every day, so I figure the program can't hurt. The hope is that having a dietitian looking over my shoulder for a month will help keep me on track during this busy time of life. <BR> <BR> Does anyone... Sun, 12 May 2013 22:01:49 EST hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x53275283 I'm Melissa and i live in tualatin OR. Thu, 9 May 2013 00:48:46 EST Skinny Mom Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x53192117 Has anyone else heard of the Skinny Mom Star Studded Slim-Down Challenge? Coach Nicole is one of the fitness experts involved! I signed up but not sure how I will do with the meal plans. It looks like a really healthy plan though. Lots of fruits & veggies, two snacks a day, plenty of protein. Looks like there is a $500 prize for one lucky registrant!! I'm going to try it out, it's only two weeks and I really need to get my eating habits in gear! <BR> <BR> http://skinnymom.com/2013/04/... Thu, 2 May 2013 11:24:08 EST May Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x53191097 <em>34</em> <em>317</em> <em>323</em> <em>319</em> <em>231</em> <em>361</em> <em>331</em> <em>217</em> <BR> <BR> Happy May! <BR> <BR> Here we are starting another month and yes, we are doing another Fitness Minutes Challenge. These challenges are meant to be a motivational tool to push you to reach your goals. They are not something to make you feel discouraged and not to compare you to anyone else on our team. We are all unique and work at different levels – so our ... Thu, 2 May 2013 10:08:57 EST May Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x53191027 <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Do you know how important water is to your body? It helps you keep your body lubricated, it helps keep your skin supple, it helps just about every process in your body to work smoothly. The recommended daily intake of water is 8-10 glasses a day. How many do you drink? Do you drink enough to keep your body functioning properly? <BR> <BR> We are starting a... Thu, 2 May 2013 10:04:05 EST May Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x53190496 Thanks for setting up the other thread Malian. Thu, 2 May 2013 09:29:01 EST Body By Vi Shakes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x53177052 Has anyone tried the Body By Vi shakes? <BR> <BR> I'm looking into it and wanted to know if anyone has had good/bad results and if it's worth a try. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Wed, 1 May 2013 09:35:39 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x52889211 Hi, I am a stay at home mom, so we say anyway. I am always trying to find something to do that is not at home. I have a three year old son. I have been back on SP a couple of months. Mon, 8 Apr 2013 23:04:49 EST personal trainer?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x52829596 I seem to be struggling majorly with motivation.I have an upcoming shopping trip that I absolutely dread. I went to the local gym website and called both personal trainers to get their rates. If I have appointments I keep them unless I absolutely can not do it (no babysitter, sick kids etc). However I have no idea what "type" of trainer would best suit me. <BR> <BR> On one hand I need someone to keep me motivated but on the other I HATE being screamed at and tend to get so angry I cry when ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 17:14:06 EST 2 year old getting dressed/ ndressed tantrums http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x52796220 Hello fellow SAHM and Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> I am reaching out for some advice on how to handle my 2 yr olds tantrums revolving around getting dressed. I have TRIED ALMOST EVERYTHING suggested on various websites. <BR> <BR> The first suggestion was to "power through it" because if you stop mid-dressing just because she is arching her back or struggling or screaming, she's still getting her way by not being dressed. <BR> <BR> Well, that technique was absolutely heartbreaking and ending up ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 11:54:45 EST April Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x52778526 <em>306</em> <em>331</em> <em>231</em> <em>361</em> <em>34</em> <em>318</em> <em>355</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Happy April! <BR> <BR> Here we are starting another month and yes, we are doing another Fitness Minutes Challenge. These challenges are meant to be a motivational tool to push you to reach your goals. They are not something to make you feel discouraged and not to compare you to anyone else on our team. We are all unique and work at different levels – so ou... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 10:27:22 EST April Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x52778261 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Happy April! <BR> <BR> Do you know how important water is to your body? It helps you keep your body lubricated, it helps keep your skin supple, it helps just about every process in your body to work smoothly. The recommended daily intake of water is 8-10 glasses a day. How many do you drink? Do you drink enough to keep your body functioning properly? <BR>... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 10:13:30 EST lonely? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x52729489 Hi everyone. Hope you are all doing good. I was just wondering how other stay at hme mommys feel. SInce I have worked in the past and now live a completely different life than when I did work I find everything somewhat lonely, you could say. I feel like everyday is the same as the day before and it is so hard to implement changes without alot of dult interaction just to soundboard with. Am I the only mommy that feels so lonely sometimes? Sorry to be so pessimistic but I do wonder. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:06:13 EST Advice needed on starting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x52540464 Hi! I am seriously wanting to lose weight. I'm tired of being tired and going up to the next size. I just don't know where to start. I am at home w/my 2 yr. old and 5 mth old all week w/no one to tag team with. I've tried walking the neighborhood with the baby in the moby & the 2 yr. old in the stroller... I've tried including exercises in household chores... but these don't seem to stick. I miss having my free time :-( Before the kids I used to go to the YMCA for kickboxing, swimming ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:35:50 EST The Heavy by. Dara-lynn Weiss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x52405753 Hello fellow Sparkers and Mommies! <BR> <BR> With Malian's (our fabulous team leader) go ahead I've been allowed to do a small book club type thread using the book entitled The Heavy by. Dara-Lynn Weiss. This book was featured at my local Barnes and Nobles and honesty, I finished it it one night. It has so many great Sparkpeople themes, but I find it much more appropriate not only for adults losing weight, but for moms in particular who may be facing (or worried about facing) childhood obes... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 22:14:33 EST March 2013 Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x52341047 <em>137</em> <em>194</em> <em>137</em> <em>194</em> <em>137</em> <em>194</em> <em>137</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Happy March! <BR> <BR> We are starting a brand new month and again we are doing our Water Challenge. These challenges are meant to be a motivational tool to push you to reach your goals. They are not something to make you feel discouraged and not used to compare you to anyone else on our team. We are all unique and work at different levels – so our num... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 13:26:09 EST March 2013 Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x52340817 <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Here we are starting another month and yes, we are doing another Fitness Minutes Challenge. These challenges are meant to be a motivational tool to push you to reach your goals. They are not something to make you feel discouraged and not to compare you to anyone else on our team. We are all unique and work at different levels – so ou... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 13:08:48 EST Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x52219185 Feeling very frustrated right now. Last week, I was sick, and had no appetite, so I capitalized on that, and kept going with a reduced calorie eating plan. For 9 days now, I have been keeping an extremely detailed food log, keeping all numbers within the range they should be - calories (1200-1350), protein, fat, carbs. Eating lots of fruits and veggies. Keeping up with my exercise routine - running 20 minutes twice, belly dancing 1 hour 15 min, more planned for the weekend. <BR> The scal... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 09:48:42 EST Anyone else snack a lot after kids go to bed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x51987204 I usually do really well keeping the calories down during the day. But as soon as the kids go to bed, I start to deflate and usually grab a snack. Even if it is just 200 calories, it puts me over my daily limit. It is hard to resist since it is hours after dinner and I truly am hungry in addition to wanting to "reward" myself for keeping up with the kids all day. <BR> <BR> It has been helpful to eat a protein bar for breakfast. It helps me keep my calorie count lower during the morning so I ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 08:56:33 EST FEBRUARY 2013 FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x51944624 <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>311</em> <em>231</em> <em>34</em> <em>331</em> <em>355</em> <em>317</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Here were are starting another month and yes, we are doing another Fitness Minutes Challenge. <BR> <BR> Set your goal for fitness minutes for the month of February and post it here. This will help to keep you accountable. If you reached your January goal easily, then jump your number up this month to make it a little bit more challengi... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 13:56:41 EST FEBRUARY 2013 WATER CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x51944555 <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Happy February! <BR> <BR> Sorry this is a day late.....but let's start our new challenge. <BR> <BR> Do you know how important water is to your body? It helps you keep your body lubricated, it helps keep your skin supple, it helps just about every process in your body to work smoothly. The recommended daily intake of water is 8-10 glasses a day. How many ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 13:49:28 EST Ideas Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x51871566 I have a 12 year old son that is very picky about his food and does not do change at all, he has ADHD and ODD, and when I joined SparkPeople I started changing there food and routine as well as mine and he seems to be having a really hard time with it. He dont want to eat and I cant get him to walk with us. I also have an 8 year old daughter and a 6 year old son but they are doing really good with the changes in food and with us walking everyday. I have tried getting him in the kitchen to hel... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:06:24 EST How do you fit it all in? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x51756182 Hey mamas, how is it that 24 hours is not enough hours in one day to get everything done? Sigh. Sometimes I am so on top of these things, and sometimes they weigh me down and it seems impossible to get the smallest thing done. I've changed my priorities in the new year to be able to make exercise happen, but other things get sacrificed. How do you make all the important things happen in your daily/weekly lives? Mon, 21 Jan 2013 16:15:31 EST 2013 Goals/ Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x51746276 I am very hopeful this year. My youngest child just turned 3 and several other moms told me it took them a few years to lose the extra pounds, so maybe this is my time! <BR> <BR> I am trying out the Couch to 5K running program to get ready for a charity race in March. I'm also thinking about trying one of the shake diets, since others have had success. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 00:41:52 EST Trying out the Couch to 5K program, with kids? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x51746261 I was on bed rest during my third pregnancy, and gained a lot of weight. I thought it would come off as easily as it did after past pregnancies but three years later, I still look pregnant! <BR> <BR> There is a 5K race coming up in March 2013, which is the perfect number of weeks to fit in the Couch to 5K program. Has anyone tried this and been able to fit it in with small children at home? <BR> <BR> I already feel defeated due to past failures but I'm going to do my best to stick to the pl... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 00:39:06 EST HELP! Becoming Bummed Out! :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x51672868 Hello Everybody! <BR> <BR> I desperately need help and advice! <BR> OK, so, I track my weight and measurements on a monthly basis and have been for the last 6 months (have only been using SP the last month) and everything has been going at a snail's pace. It's been my goal to lose 1-2 lbs per week and I've been losing 1/2 a lb per week, sometimes not even that. This month I've kicked up my exercise to 6x per week but before that it ranged from 3-5x. I've been eating on a calorie restricted ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:52:44 EST Designing your own program http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x51657323 Hi everyone, I am fairly new to SP and starting to commit to more and more healthy things thru the SP site. So I'm still pretty much a newbie. In the Fitness Tracker, I see how it records the cardio and toning videos that I've used -- very cool to be able to go back and find one that I liked. <BR> <BR> So now I'm adding stretching... <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitn<BR>ess_articles.asp?id=1261 <BR> Is there a way to record my favorite stretches as a "set" or a "routine" that c... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:12:34 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x51641743 I'm new to Spark people and I am a stay at home mom in Maricopa, AZ. My daughter is almost two years old and I want to lose more weight so I can get started on having kid number two...lol! I lost 54 pounds on Weight Watchers but can no longer afford the subscription. I heard Spark People is similar so I am giving it a try and I am already excited to get beck on my weight loss journey. I hope to meet some new buddies. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:44:54 EST Walking Away the Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x51600869 Hello everyone! Just joined the SAHM team and thought I'd introduce myself. I have recently been able to quit a very stressful job in order to get our house ready to put on the market in March. My hubby took a new job and has relocated to AL and the kids (3) and I will be joining him once school is out in June (if the house sells!). This is a Huge Adventure for all of us and pretty darn scary! In the last 7 years I have gained back the 40lbs that I lost by Walking Away the Pounds. I've ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:24:57 EST New to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x51572161 Hi y'all! I have been on sparkpeople for a while now but not consistant with tracking and using it to the fullest. I just had baby #2 and this time I am determined to lose the weight. After baby #1 it took me 3 years to lose the weight then I got pregnant again and due to high risk pregnancy wasnt able to work out at ALL ugh that was awful I was doing so good and felt so great almost to my goal weight! Well now my lill Audree is 6 months and not nursing anymore so I have NO excuse not to get ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:49:29 EST how to? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x51554111 This sounds like fun! How do I join the water challenge? Wed, 9 Jan 2013 11:54:53 EST Hello new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x51553871 Hello, I'm Sheena. I have 4 children, twin boys they are 8 a daughter who is 6 and a 16 month old little boy. I recently lost my husband 7 months ago due to a car crash. I am looking to get healty for myself and for my children. Really looking forward to meeting new ladies. <em>30</em> Wed, 9 Jan 2013 11:39:54 EST New to team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x51486765 Hello All! My name is Crystal I'm 26 and I'm a stay at home mom of 2 precious babies, a 2 year old and a 5 month old. Somedays I think I'm crazy for having them close together! I'm trying to get to a healty weight for my self and my family. I currently weigh 197 and I would like to get down to 150. Somedays it's hard to be a stay at home mom becuase I feel so alone! Maybe now I can have you ladies to keep me company and keep me motivated! Sat, 5 Jan 2013 13:58:31 EST JANUARY 2013 FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x51468642 <em>361</em> <em>319</em> <em>34</em> <em>317</em> <em>403</em> <em>331</em> <em>353</em> <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> Happy January! <BR> <BR> <BR> What is your goal for fitness this year and this month.....here is a great challenge to push you to do your very best. <BR> <BR> Set your goal for fitness minutes for the month of January and post it here. This will help to keep you accountable. Below is a template you can use to keep track of your minutes, copy and paste an... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 11:11:14 EST JANUARY 2013 WATER CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x51468276 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Hi team! <BR> <BR> Here we are starting a brand new year....are you ready to make the most of it? Do you know how important water is to your body? It helps you keep your body lubricated, it helps keep your skin supple, it helps just about every process in your body to work smoothly. The recommended daily intake of water is 8-10 glasses a day. How many... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:49:18 EST newbie.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x51447956 Hi all, I am a stay at home mom of a VERY eccentric 2yr old lil boy...... My husband works very long hours and I am home by myself A lot! Just looking for some other stay at home moms to connect with and help with advice and tips as well as keep me motivated to stick to my diet! Thanks for reading! :) Thu, 3 Jan 2013 08:22:09 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x51427680 I am a stay at home mom and grandmother, I have 2 of my own to raise both girls and about 1 1/2yrs ago we got our grandkids. I'm 38yrs old and have been married almost 15yrs to the man of my dreams. <BR> After my first daughter weight became an issue. I went from 140 when I got pregent to 165 after I had my daughter from there the weight just flew on. I have lost a little here and there but lose motivation and then proof it's back. I stay steady but I want to lose not remain the same. I am re... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 07:27:47 EST Working from home options? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x51400989 I am a new stay at home mother , I have 4 boys 2,4,11,and 14. I recently moved 60 miles from my friends and job as a hairstylist . I am having a hard time finding a salon to work with my availability so I wonder if anyone has any leads on a stay at home job that yields a few hundred a week income. <BR> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:35:21 EST New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x51221468 Hi all. I am a stay-at-home mom with a two year old son and two daughters, ages 9 and almost 11. I'm also working on my Master's degree online. Sometimes I feel trapped at home and need to find ways to network with other moms who have similar goals (i.e. getting healthier). I hope to make some new friends here and add some support and encouragement to other moms' programs. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 15 Dec 2012 17:21:46 EST need to quit job http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x51209143 Hi everyone. I've never posted here before, but can anyone tell me how to become a stay at home mom and make money, too. I don't want the daycare raising my child anymore, I never did. I am desperate right now. Please help me if you can. I am currently a secretary, and I only have a high school diploma, so I don't have a skilled trade, and I don't have any money to invest. Is it true about the old saying, "it takes money to make money"? Or is there hope for me. Thanks so much, Amy <BR> <BR>... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 13:48:36 EST Good morning Moms! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x51195234 My name is Kelly and I've been a SparkPeople member since 2008. I returned to being a SAHM in mid November and have gotten back into the swing of things here on SparkPeople since then. I came looking for this group because I thought it would be nice to give support to and receive support from other SAHMS. I'm 42 and the mother of a 17 year-old son and 5 year-old daughter. I jokingly refer to my daughter, CeCe, as my fitness coach because she loves exercising with me. I'm really looking f... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:21:49 EST New to Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x51149624 Hello everyone. I have been signed up for Spark People for a while now and have really just lacked the motivation and energy to really do any healthy eating and exercising. I have twin girls that just turned a year old and I am so tired of carrying around the weight I gained while pregnant. How do you all get the motivation and energy to work out? My only option is to go to the gym at the end of the day when hubby gets home from work since he goes to work at 6 am and the gym doesn't open ... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 19:27:11 EST December Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x51068098 <em>331</em> <em>311</em> <em>231</em> <em>364</em> <em>403</em> <em>34</em> <em>326</em> <em>294</em> <BR> <BR> For December we are going to do another fitness minutes challenge. Let's see how many minutes we can put in this month. Figure out your goal number and post it here....come back and keep us posted on your progress. We should encourage and praise each other to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> To see your total minutes, go to the start page - left side - midway do... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 11:10:38 EST December Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x51067934 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Here we go again with another Water Challenge. If you haven't done this before, you chose a number of glasses of water that you think will push you - post it here and each day (week) come back and update your numbers so everyone can see how you are doing. We should cheer each other on, motivate and praise each other in their progress. <BR> <BR> It is so i... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 10:57:50 EST been a crazy few days/week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x51059324 I wanted to post and say thank you for all the support, comments, blog comments, and goodies. This week has been pretty crazy but I am really hopeful for December. I have been making the gym 3 days a week, doing my just dance every morning but one last week. I did something to my ankle and I knew I was walking at gym later so I took it easy on it. I also have decided that the weekends other then my gym on Sundays I am gonna chill out some with the workouts. The major reason being I just ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 19:40:24 EST Muscle memory http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x50998332 Fact or fiction? <BR> What do you think.... Do you think your muscles can recover their tight and toned selves, after years of flab and abuse? <BR> <BR> I am excited to find out! Lol <BR> I know that after my first two kids my tummy rebounded, took work.... But after abdominal surgery a day after having my last child..... I am not so sure! I used to have a tight toned mid section. For some reason, I know age has a lot to do with it, this weight is clinging to me. No matter how hard I work.... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 08:51:14 EST Sick of being sick... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x50850343 Well I am coming toward the end of the third week of being sick with pneumonia which has been no fun. The good news is that I haven't gained any weight. The bad news is my exercise schedule is shot. Trying to gradually ramp it up... in a week. LOL <BR> <BR> My training for the Disney Princess Half Marathon starts next week so say a prayer that I can continue to move forward. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:27:33 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x50823088 I'm a newbie. Live in Iowa, mom of 6. Our youngest is just 10 weeks, but he is most likely our last so it's time to lose the 45lbs I've gained over 12 years. I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight now, but I still have all that extra. :/ I'm doing a 3 day a week circuit/pylometric/bootcamp class. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:56:19 EST New to Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x50733301 Im new to this group. I have been doing sparkpeople for 3 days now and I have felt better in many ways already. Im a stay home mom to a 3 year old boy in Tuscaloosa, AL. I look forward to hearing and sharing some new recipes,crafts and exercises and fun things to do with the kids. Wed, 7 Nov 2012 16:41:05 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x50684544 <BR> Wow I been away for awhile. Sorry for being MIA. I sure miss u all. I been one busy person in and out of town and moving. I had to sell my laptop and other stuff. I thought I might of been kick off from all my teams here on spark. Well I am glad I haven't been. The move went well and we almost settle in the new place. The kids start their new school on Monday which be good. I can get back on track again cause I have gained since. Eating a lot of fast foods and junk and sweets hasn't bee... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 10:56:57 EST Thankful November http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x50657394 <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> Since this month has "Thanksgiving" in it - Let's take each day to post what we are grateful for. We are all blessed by things, big or small, so lets take a moment each day to think about all the wonderful things in our lives. <BR> <BR> Malia Fri, 2 Nov 2012 10:58:55 EST November Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x50649332 <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> November can be our best month so far this year....we CAN do it! <BR> <BR> Here we are again with another Fitness Minutes Challenge. How many minutes can you do this month? Come join our challenge and push yourself to reach your goal. Figure out your goal number and post it here....come back and keep us posted on your progress. We should encourage and pr... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 20:09:59 EST November Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x50649165 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> November is here......and what are we going to do to stay on track? We are going to join this months Water Challenge!!! Woohoo!!! <BR> <BR> Did you know that water plays a major role in how your body functions? Do you drink enough to keep your body hydrated? Once again we are going to do our Water Challenge for the month of November. Can you drink at l... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 19:57:06 EST Shake Shake Shakeology http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x50642544 Hi there, <BR> So it seems in my little town we have been taken over by this term Shakeology. I seem to be the only one who hasn't tried it... Can't afford it, is the long and short of it. <BR> Just wondered if anyone here has tried and/or heard of it? <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 10:47:36 EST New to group... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x50626271 Hi! My name is Deb, I am from upstate NY... Fingerlakes region. <BR> I have been a mom for almost 13 years, have three kids who I love adore and live for. <BR> <BR> I am looking for other moms who find it hard to make time self, to help figure it out. I want me back, but not sure how to find her. Tired of feeling alone in this journey, not a lot of warm support here at home. Being a one income family, I don't do gyms, cannot afford fun fitness classes.... I do have a Wii... And once we get... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:46:32 EST New to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x50607863 Hello all. I'm new to this group. I've been Sparking on & off for a while. We recently moved states; the stress of it all ... I haven't eaten the healthiest or correct portion-sizes in a few months. I currently don't feel great about myself, though my husband says I look great! I definitely need a support group (albeit online) to motivate me towards exercise & good eating habits, towards healthy thoughts, towards awesome life changes. <BR> Thanks for being my support group. How can I encourag... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:04:19 EST How do you keep moving during cold season? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x50530356 So my DH was so kind as to share his germs with me, and now I have......whatever. I did my best through a spark DVD this morning but my throat doth protest downing cold/cool water. I'm forcing as much hot water with lemon down as I can stand. Any tips for not fizzling out over a cold? I dread losing my momentum. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:42:35 EST 2nd Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x50448116 My name is Veronica. I am a stay at home mom. I have 1 little boy and I am also married. One year anniversary coming up! I have been wanting to lose weight for a while now. I had started working out in July and then something terrible happened in August; I did not want to work out anymore, I basically didn't want to do anything. I was needed though by my little boy and my husband so I started to do my regular things. I heard from my MIL that my SIL started using Spark People.com. I looked int... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:32:55 EST I'M NEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x50358089 Hi. <BR> I'm new. I have 5 children ranging in ages from 7 to 5 months and I am a stay home mom. <BR> Looking to make some friends on my getting healthly jounrney Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:21:11 EST October Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x50196760 <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Happy October! <BR> <BR> With the weather cooling down, now is a great time to push ourselves more and be more active. Here we are again with another Fitness Minutes Challenge. How many minutes can you do this month? Come join our challenge and push yourself to reach your goal. Let's see how many minutes we can put in this month. Figure out your goal ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 19:57:06 EST October Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x50196632 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Did you know that water plays a major role in how your body functions? Do you drink enough to keep your body hydrated? Once again we are going to do our Water Challenge for the month of October. Can you drink at least 8 glasses a day? Join our challenge and push yourself to drink, drink, drink. <BR> <BR> To join this challenge.....figure out how many ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 19:51:10 EST Eating while cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x50149049 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I realized that I picked up a bad habit somewhere along the way. While I prepare food for a meal I will "sample" some of what I'm cooking. For example, I'll eat a bit of cheese before adding to what I'm making or I'll eat a grape that I'm cutting up for my daughter. I know this is not a good idea and that I'm sneaking in extra calories I don't need. Does anyone else do this? If so, how do you stop yourself? I need some help! <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> Tribalgrrl Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:11:32 EST Afternoon Snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x50140093 In the last month I have seen a big downfall is afternoon snacking - generally between the times of 330-5p. I am eating WAY to much... wondering if anyone has any suggestions. I have tried higher protein snacks and increasing my water intake around those times. They do help some, but I find its more habit than anything. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:41:10 EST Texas Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x49954667 I am a mother of five. Three teenagers 17, 14 & 13 and toddlers 2 & 1. I have a lot of weight to lose and could use the encouragement and support of other stay at home moms! My family and life long friends are in Houston, TX, therefore I am trying to meet others in my area who have common goals I can buddy up with. <BR> <BR> I am so appreciative of this website and look forward to making new friends in the process! Sun, 16 Sep 2012 01:11:28 EST New to it all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x49917860 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I just joined Spark this week. There's a lot here to see and do! I think this may be what I've been looking for to help me with my personal health goals. I'm not sure how this all works but I'm slowly figuring it out. I'm just excited to find this site and this forum in particular! <BR> <BR> Take care, <BR> Tribal_Grrl Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:49:32 EST Hi I'm Tracy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x49902959 Hi! My name is Tracy. I am 39 years old, married and a SAHM of two boys, aged 7 and 4. I want to be able to play with my kids and I really want to be around to watch them grow up. My family means everything to me and I don't want to watch from the sidelines anymore. I want to be actively involved. I am looking for friends for support on my journey. Have a wonderful day! Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:49:42 EST Hi! Today is my first day. Can't wait to lose... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x49872972 I am a 28 year old wife and a mother of a 2 year old. I am here to become more motivated to lose weight, exercise and just be healthy. My husband and I are both considerably overweight. We do over indulge in fast food and junk food, over eating is a problem as well. We also do not do many outdoor activities. <BR> We plan on me getting pregnant early next year. Right now I weigh 210 lbs. and I would like to lose about 50 lbs. by the end of February. I really do not want to be unhealthy and ca... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 02:43:48 EST quiting pop/caffeine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x49815288 I am struggling at quitting pop I have drank nothing but dr pepper for about 7 yrs now yes 7 yrs i am ashamed to say. I have been cutting back but water tastes so bland to me. I have tried diet pop but the aspurtime gave me headaches really bad. I had wls in 2002 and got down from 260- to 124 then fell into depression in 2005- current and the meds the dr put me on caused me to gain 80 lbs in a matter of months. I still only can eat small meals so know that my food intake probably isn't my cu... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 13:21:49 EST September Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x49720724 <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> For September we are going to do another fitness minutes challenge. Let's see how many minutes we can put in this month. Figure out your goal number and post it here....come back and keep us posted on your progress. We should encourage and praise each other to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> To see your total minutes, go to the start page - left side - midway down you ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:00:24 EST September Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x49720487 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Happy September! <BR> <BR> Can you believe that August is over already? Where did it go? How did everyone do on their August Water Challenge? <BR> <BR> Of course, we are doing another water challenge this month.....this one is so important. I am going to re-post the article from last months challenge from the European Hydration Institute on the important of drinki... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 10:43:40 EST New.. and looking for friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x49542010 I have only been on Spark People for about 4 days. I have tried other on-line tracking sites but have not been successful with them. I have found so far this site is more goal oriented and instructional! And I know I have not looked at everything there is to offer. I am hoping for slow and steady progress. I do not have a set long term goal, I am trying for smaller shorter 3 month goals for now! <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 11:01:18 EST new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x49533408 Hi, my name is Brenna. I have been married for 9 years and have 3 kidz. I am a stay at home mom. I don't home school but still its a struggle to balance everything. in opposition to popular belief, i don't sit around doing nothing. I do lots of things but still struggle with good time management. Sun, 19 Aug 2012 20:38:07 EST Hi all :) New and looking for buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x49530783 Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Stephanie I'm a 30yo mom of two (5y DS, 20m DD). Looking to get more fit and also eat better firstly for health secondly for weight loss. My son starts K next week and I'm *planning* to workout while he is at school and my daughter is napping. Anyone want to buddy up? Sun, 19 Aug 2012 17:17:06 EST Guess who bought some weights?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x49527624 Eww Eww pick me... pick me! <BR> <BR> I finally broke down and got some weights today (on sale) so that I never have to fear cooking my strength training tools again. <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:04:40 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x49398257 Hi, my name is Amy and I am a stay at home mommy of 4. Just saying Hi. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 13:36:40 EST A little bummed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x49260029 I'm a little bummed that I didn't make my goal of 1000 minutes but very excited that I have finished week 2 of the C25K program. I've again set the goal of 1000 minutes and pretty sure I will do it this time. Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:01:27 EST AUGUST FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x49257882 <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> For August we are going to do another fitness minutes challenge. Let's see how many minutes we can put in this month. Figure out your goal number and post it here....come back and keep us posted on your progress. We should encourage and praise each other to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> To see your total minutes, go to the start page - left side - midway down you ca... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 12:29:23 EST AUGUST WATER CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x49257788 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Here we go again with another Water Challenge. If you haven't done this before, you chose a number of glasses of water that you think will push you - post it here and each day (week) come back and update your numbers so everyone can see how you are doing. We should cheer each other on, motivate and praise each other in their progress. <BR> <BR> Here is a great article... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 12:22:20 EST Let's do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x49241546 Hey! My name is Tiffany and I recently joined SparkPeople and have been looking for teams and people to connect with on here. Let's see.. I have a wonderful hubby and 3 awesome kids. I am 26 and a stay at home mom. We recently moved to Las Vegas! Other than family and friends I love gaming, music, tattoos and cake decorating. I have battled being over weight for pretty much my whole life. I've tried losing weight a million times and always start off strong but I think one huge issue I have i... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:35:48 EST July Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x48904223 <em>355</em> <em>331</em> <em>320</em> <em>406</em> <em>361</em> <em>231</em> <em>237</em> <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> Hi! <BR> <BR> Here is our July Fitness Minutes Challenge (again - better late than never). I know we are 9 days in....so you can adjust your numbers to fit the rest of the month if need be. <BR> <BR> How many minutes can you do this month? <BR> <BR> Figure out how many minutes would challenge you for the entire month - POST it here to make yourself accountable to th... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 16:49:13 EST July Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x48904143 <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Mom's! <BR> <BR> Here is our July Water Challenge (better late than never)! <BR> <BR> Now is the best time to get your water intake up and hydrate your body. <BR> <BR> Water constitutes 50% to 70% of the human body. It contributes to temperature regulation (very important this time of year), helps remove waste products, lubricates the body and serves as a medium fo... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 16:42:32 EST JULY MONTHLY GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x48902725 I figured that since I didn't see a July, that I would add one. What is everyone's Goals/Challenges for July 2012? <BR> <BR> Mine are: <BR> 1. Lose 10lbs. by the end of the month. 3 down, 7 to go! <BR> 2. Ride my bike at least 20 minutes a day. <BR> 3. Work on dog training everyday. <BR> 4. Play with my daughter more than sitting on the couch. <BR> 5. Keep my cravings in check. Mon, 9 Jul 2012 15:14:14 EST I'm back!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x48739738 After being offline, and off plan, for over a month, I'm back and ready to make this work! I'm looking forward to getting to know you all. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 21:27:18 EST Kinda New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x48717208 Hi my name is Shy, Im kinda new I have done this once before, Im back I dont know how ready i was the first time but i am now :D i have alot i want to accomplish, I love this site and the people on it so supportive thanks to everyone and the best of luck to every one that is here i hope we all accomplish what we set out for :D Wed, 27 Jun 2012 12:19:02 EST hi im april new to site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x48694563 im a single stay home mom of one looking for friends and motavation Tue, 26 Jun 2012 01:01:52 EST Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x48684658 <em>492</em> <em>490</em> <em>496</em> <BR> <BR> Hi~ <BR> Does anyone know of a great way to get more protein into our diets without the added fat? <BR> <BR> Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. <BR> Malia Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:24:52 EST Howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x48569307 Hello from Texas. I am new to the group, but not new at being a stay at home mom. I am blessed to be at home with my 2 children, 9yr old girl and 13 yr old boy. I am excited about the support and the group and to have started my new journery. <BR> <BR> Bridget Sun, 17 Jun 2012 22:09:43 EST Hiya! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x48522019 Hello everyone! My name is Crystle and i've been a SAHM for little over 2 years now. I am married and live in Winchester, VA. <BR> <BR> This is my first day starting this and i have to say i'm a little overwhelmed... i have been trying to lose my "baby" weight since my 2nd child in 2009. it's been nothing but an uphill battle but i am the only one to blame. <BR> <BR> My husband is not the most supportive person, he will listen to me when i talk but he doesn't help in any way and just tell... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 10:49:05 EST Going back to work. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x48519409 My daughter will be 16 months this week and I have been at home with her since she was born. My husband has decided after 8 years of being a Marine in the USMC, that he wants to get out of the military and go back to college for his degree. With this huge career change we are going to be facing a big financial change also which is going to require me to have to start working again. I have found a job and start on the 25th of this month. I am struggling hard with this up and coming change and ... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 08:11:27 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x48415875 Good morning! Been meaning to stop and introduce myself! I guess you guys know how it is chasing after children and finding time to sit at a computer lol! My name is Nicole ( I guess that is obvious though!) I'm 30 years old and 4 and half months postpartum. I have 2 girls, one just turned three this past Saturday, and the other of course if 4 months. Love those little girls! When I became pregnant with my first daughter I was already 250 lbs, but I only gained 8 lbs during the pregnan... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 10:03:06 EST June Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x48327220 <em>34</em> <em>231</em> <em>324</em> <em>135</em> <em>85</em> <em>331</em> <em>237</em> <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> Summer is here and we have another great start to a new month....We are again doing our fitness minutes challenge. How many minutes can you do this month? <BR> <BR> Figure out how many minutes would challenge you for the entire month - POST it here to make yourself accountable to the team. Stop by often to post your progress, it can be daily, weekly, whatever works for yo... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 13:31:44 EST June Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x48327102 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Happy June Everyone!!! It's going to be hot hot hot. <BR> <BR> Now is the best time to get your water intake up and hydrate your body. <BR> <BR> Water constitutes 50% to 70% of the human body. It contributes to temperature regulation (very important this time of year), helps remove waste products, lubricates the body and serves as a medium for chemical reactions. <BR> ... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 13:25:00 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x48256155 HI I'm new. I am a busy mom of 3 kids and married. Trying to get back into the grove of eating healthy and working out. I just had my daughter go I'm not eating meat cause I don't want to be fat like you dad or mom. So need to get into shape and show her that eating meat isn't horrible. Everything we do can have a impact on our looks. She is only 7. Sun, 27 May 2012 22:47:05 EST Ideas - Things to do with our kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x48110631 I thought I would start this post so we can share the fun things we do with our kids. Share your ideas - I know I love to find new things to keep myself AND the kids from getting into a rut. <BR> <BR> I found this article about cooking with your kid(s). I already do this and if I can keep my patience in check - it is a lot of fun. (I don't always have the patience to let my 3 year old help with dinner) <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=mak<BR>e_cooking_dinner_a_family_af... Thu, 17 May 2012 11:02:18 EST Hi! New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x48034479 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> i am a stay at home mom of two girls ages 6 years and 10 years old. Looking forward to connecting with you all and getting to know you better! Have a wonderful mother's day! <BR> <BR> Jill Sat, 12 May 2012 11:13:28 EST MAY FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x47892778 <em>320</em> <em>317</em> <em>319</em> <em>403</em> <em>237</em> <em>318</em> <em>326</em> <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy May! <BR> <BR> Yes it is a new month and yes we are here again for our monthly Fitness Minutes Challenge. If you haven't been pushing yourself already....now is the time to set a goal for yourself that will push you to your limits. <BR> <BR> To join this challenge, simply set a goal for yourself and post it here. Come back often to show your progress an... Thu, 3 May 2012 10:48:19 EST MAY WATER CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x47892378 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Happy May! <BR> <BR> Once again we are here to join "another" Water Challenge. As the weather starts to warm up, the need for more water in our bodies greatly increases. It is so important to drink at least 8 - 10 glasses (8oz.) of water a day to hydrate our bodies and sometimes we need more if we are over exerting ourselves. <BR> <BR> Come back often to update your ... Thu, 3 May 2012 10:24:28 EST Hi:D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x47870020 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Joelene. i'm an Army wife and momma to a 7 year old boy, 15 month old girl, and now to my 16 year old brother as well. I'm a stay at home mom and also a full time night student. Gotta say that dieting with kids around can be so hard at times, but i'm hoping to stay motivated and see this to the end:) i've always been a bit over my weight, but this year just tipped the scales. my #1 goal is to keep going even when i don't want to. Here's to hoping!! Wed, 2 May 2012 01:24:11 EST Greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x47678238 Hello, my name is Nikki, I have two munchkins, son 6 and daughter 3. I suffer from anxiety, OCD and manic depression. This means that although I'm a big people person and miss having grown up conversations LIKE CRAZY, I tend to stay home away from people and situations. I've never been very active, our family time growing up was watching movies which has made me a couch potato. I don't really know what being active means, and feel totally stupid for that. <BR> <BR> I've been a member of ... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:11:36 EST APRIL FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x47387605 <em>331</em> <em>231</em> <em>34</em> <em>320</em> <em>317</em> <em>237</em> <em>322</em> <em>135</em> <BR> <BR> It's April and we have another great start to a new month....We are again doing our fitness minutes challenge. How many minutes can you do this month? <BR> <BR> Figure out how many minutes would challenge you for the entire month - POST it here to make yourself accountable to the team. Stop by throughout the month to post your progress, it can be daily, weekly, whatever ... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 12:04:45 EST APRIL WATER CHALLENGE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x47387422 <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Once again we are going to do our monthly water challenge. If you haven't done this with us before, it is quite easy to join. All you have to do is figure out what your goal is for the month, post it here and come back daily or weekly to update your numbers. Also, you should look at each others posts and comment (praise/motivate) on each members progress. We CAN do t... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 11:55:13 EST Any step-moms on the board? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x47288643 I love my bonus darlings to bits but we've got all sorts of drama going on and the stress is about to pull me apart. Full custody, stay-at-home means a whole lot of work and a whole lot of blame. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:21:29 EST Hi I'm Sandra http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x46990172 Hello my name is sandra. I'm a mother of a crazy 19mo son who is at this moment dumping out his toy box. I'm a stay at home mom now. I swear he is a bigger challenge then beening in the military ever was. I gained about 80lb when i was pregnant and its really starting to get me down but there is no better motivation then a baby. I really happy to be able to talk with other moms and make friends through sparks with us moving around its been hard to find supportive friends with kids. Fri, 9 Mar 2012 13:06:40 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x46949079 Hi, My name is Jacqui, I am a stay at home mum to 4 children aged 8, 6, 3 and 7 months. I need to lose about a stone and a half but have a really bad relationship with food. I feel it has control over me at the moment and I want to change that. I am an emotional eater and also succumb to binges quite a lot. I also have no willpower so am always eating the kids leftovers and if I make cakes or biscuits for them it is really hard not to try them too!! (Just to make sure they taste good of cours... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 07:35:25 EST MARCH FINDING YOURSELF CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x46849092 <em>137</em> <em>149</em> <em>268</em> <em>335</em> <em>17</em> <em>292</em> <em>294</em> <em>342</em> <BR> <BR> Let's commit to this challenge again. Set a certain number of days a week that you WILL commit to finding yourself. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming to say we will do it everyday. So, let's commit to a certain number of days a week and really push ourselves to reach that goal. We need to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of our loved ones too. <BR>... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 13:08:21 EST MARCH FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x46848979 <em>331</em> <em>231</em> <em>237</em> <em>294</em> <em>414</em> <em>320</em> <em>312</em> <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> Happy March Everyone! <BR> <BR> Once again we are doing our Fitness Minutes Challenge. I challenge you to get at least 10 minutes of fitness in everyday (310) + I want you to set a total goal that you will strive for throughout the month. Post your goal here, then update your progress daily or weekly to let us see your progress. This is great motivation to help you t... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 13:00:22 EST MARCH WATER CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7980x26544x46848815 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <BR> <BR> It is March....a brand new month....a brand new start. Once again we are going to do the Water Challenge. I challenge you to get a minimum of 8 glasses of water in a day. On top of that, I would like you to set a goal for yourself, post it here, and update daily or weekly to let us see your progress. We are ... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 12:50:34 EST Does anyone exercise with their kids? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x46380802 If you do, what's your go to exercise for you and your child? Besides outdoor play? <BR> <BR> My 3 year old likes the idea of Yoga. She thinks it's a kind of dance i think. She enjoys some of the easier postures. Her favorites are tree, lion, cat, and cobra. Thu, 2 Feb 2012 12:14:40 EST FINDING YOURSELF FEBRUARY CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x46360338 Let's continue with this challenge....but as a change up...let's commit to a certain number of days a week that we WILL commit to finding ourselves. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming to say we will do it everyday. So, let's commit to a certain number of days a week and really push ourselves to reach that goal. We need to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of our loved ones too. <BR> <BR> If you weren't involved with this goal last month...LISADHARPER1 came up with the... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 11:46:58 EST FEBRUARY FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x46360147 <em>331</em> <em>294</em> <em>231</em> <em>344</em> <em>320</em> <em>318</em> <em>237</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> Happy February!!! <BR> <BR> It's time once again to set our goals for the month for Fitness Minutes! Post your goal here and keep track daily or weekly (just remember to post your progress). We love to see how you are doing so we can encourage you when needed and praise you when you are doing great. We are here for each other...we are an awesome team! <BR> <BR> Belo... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 11:36:28 EST FEBRUARY WATER CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x46360016 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Hello Mom's! <BR> <BR> Once again we are going to do our Monthly Water Challenge. <BR> <BR> To see the reasons why water is so important for us - read the article below: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1014 </link> <BR> <BR> It talks about the importance and the ways to make it easier to drink more water. <BR> <BR> Make you... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 11:29:02 EST Favorite healthy meals with 5 ingredients or less! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x46340113 Hey all! <BR> I know most of us are pretty busy during the day, so it's been very helpful for me to have some "go to" easy recipes when I am short on time. Here is one of my favorites: <BR> <BR> Peanut butter banana breakfast pizza: <BR> -1 whole wheat tortilla <BR> -1 medium or small banana <BR> -1 tbsp peanut butter <BR> -cinnamon to taste <BR> <BR> Bake tortilla at 350 degrees for 5-8 minutes. Once tortilla is crispy to your liking, spread peanut butter on top. The peanut butter will be ... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 11:21:25 EST I Need Some Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x46278032 I need a bit of help here. My 9 year old has been allowed to dictate the content of her school lunches (within reason) and it's been a wild hit. Unfortunately, some of the other kids seem to think so too. This past month, her lunch box has been outright stolen, to be recovered empty, twice; at the table when she's eating, items are being lifted from her lunchbox when she's the least bit inattentive, and her teacher's reaction has been, "Tough." <BR> <BR> Now, I'm working with the school disc... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:43:39 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x46255983 My name is Barbara. I will be married for 12 years in March, and I will be 31 in March. I have 3 girls. They are 11, 6, and 3. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 15:53:38 EST chit-chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x46139341 Hi to everyone and welcome to the team to all the new members Im Racheal and I just completed my second week. My weight stayed to same. This weekend im going to really look at what I eat and read labels so I can portion right. all and all im in good spirits and I hope everyone has a great weekend Fri, 20 Jan 2012 10:37:51 EST Finding Yourself Challenge (January) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x45816348 Here is a blog from LISADHARPER1. She says so many things that I think most, if not all of us, feel about being Stay At Home Mom's. I would like to make this a Challenge for the month of January....to make time for ourselves. This will make us better Mom's, Wives, etc. <BR> <BR> Read this blog and then come back to this post each day and tell us what you did that day to be the person you were meant to be....more than a Mom, Wife, Caregiver, etc. What did you do to find you today? <BR> ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 10:45:21 EST January Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x45770575 <em>312</em> <em>320</em> <em>344</em> <em>401</em> <em>418</em> <em>323</em> <em>322</em> <em>294</em> <BR> <BR> What is your goal for fitness this year and this month.....here is a great challenge to push you to do your very best. <BR> <BR> Set your goal for fitness minutes for the month of January and post it here. This will help to keep you accountable. Below is a template you can use to keep track of your minutes, copy and paste and come back daily or weekly. The more you... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 12:38:13 EST January Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x45770375 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year and Happy New Beginning! <BR> <BR> Here we go - another Water Challenge. We keep doing these water challenges because water is so important to our health. <BR> <BR> We need at least 8-10 glasses of water per day for our bodies to get the most bang for the buck! Water helps you lose weight, helps keep headaches at bay, makes you look younger with healthie... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 12:30:39 EST 2012 Goals/Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x45769100 2012 can be our best year ever! Post your 2012 goals/plans/wishes here and let's give each other support and motivation to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> Best of luck to each and every one of you on your 2012 journey. WE CAN DO IT!!! <BR> <BR> Malia Mon, 2 Jan 2012 11:40:13 EST ITS OFFICIAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x45725494 Well ladies, i am proud ti say that i am officially a stay at home mom. I turned in all of my equipment on the 19 and received my last paycheck yesterday. I am so relieved i don't have to leave my babies but a little worried about losing my financail freedom. I will be going down from 2700 to 650 a month. EEK! <BR> <BR> However i am sicker than a dog right now and wish i could send the LO to daycare, haha! I am just thankfull the older kids are home to help out and now that its the wee... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 08:01:42 EST My DH So Stinkin' Rocks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x45577453 My DH told me today that once I hit my first goal weight (250 lbs) he'll match me BMI point-for-point until we both hit our Healthy range. I have quite a bit more than him to lose as I weigh nearly what he does and I'm a full foot shorter than he is. Mon, 19 Dec 2011 18:54:07 EST Don't You Just Hate It When... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x45484997 So I needed a place for a quick vent, so I'm starting this thread more as an outlet than anything else. Feel free to vent with me if you have something to let off steam about. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I had a rheumatology appt. for my DD #2 (3 year old) today; I called and verified TWICE last week, once on Wednesday and once on Friday, and BOTH times the nurse said "Apt for ... at 1pm with Dr.P on Monday." So, of course, I get in there at 12:45 - because they ask that we arrive 15 minutes early - ... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 16:13:25 EST I was so excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x45459983 I just had to share. <BR> <BR> My oldest DD (9), decided she wanted to work out with me today. I was like... "OK, there's nothing like watching a 9-year-old show you up to inspire motivation." So, she joined me, and not only did we have a BLAST together, we did it doing something great for both of us. It gave me an opportunity to reinforce to both of us that being healthy and beautiful has nothing to do with the scale and everything to do with how we choose to live. She had so much fun with... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 20:12:31 EST Potty Training Boys http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x45418433 Ok so I am embarrassed to say that my son is gonna be 3 years old next month and he is still on diapers! I'm having so much trouble getting him to use it. Any tips out there to help me with this? Wed, 7 Dec 2011 18:07:19 EST December Fitness Minutes Challenge!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x45320303 <em>331</em> <em>34</em> <em>323</em> <em>294</em> <em>322</em> <em>217</em> <em>316</em> <em>256</em> <BR> <BR> Here we are - starting a brand new month - with brand new goals. And....another Fitness Minutes Challenge. Post your fitness minutes goal here and keep track....this is a great way to be accountable for your goals. We are here to motivate and encourage each other. That is what makes us a great team. <BR> <BR> Below is a template that you can copy and paste to use to ... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 09:58:20 EST December Water Challenge!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x45320151 <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Here we go - another Water Challenge. We keep doing these water challenges because water is so important to our health. <BR> <BR> We need at least 8-10 glasses of water per day for our bodies to get the most bang for the buck! Water helps you lose weight, helps keep headaches at bay, makes you look younger with healthier skin, less cramps and so much more. <BR> <BR> T... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 09:49:41 EST Water intake question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x45184596 I have a really hard time drinking plain water. I can drink it as long as I'm not eating anything with it, but come meal times, it is just too flavorless. I've started making sure I have iced tea for meals (decaf, unsweetened). I've done good cutting sugar out of my drinks, and artificial sweeteners give me massive migraines, so diet drinks are out. I was just wondering if anyone had any other suggestions? Mon, 21 Nov 2011 13:40:15 EST Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x45124159 <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> . <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving is a week away! Whohoo!!! Tell us what you do for Thanksgiving - what are your traditions? Do you have some amazing crafts you like to do with the kids? If so, share those with us here. Do you have some recipes you would like to share - then here is the place. I know I would love to get some new ideas for crafts and recipes and I don't think I am alon... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 09:30:44 EST Hi all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x45109085 Hi, my name is Jess, I'm 29 and have 6 children. 4 girls and 2 boys. I have been staying at home since february, and am stuck in a kind of lazy, non-motivated rut. I'm looking to kind of overhaul my whole household. My main problem is that I get overwhelmed by things, and then kind of shut down and just don't do anything. So I need help to keep me making smaller goals, and just focusing on fixing one or two things at a time. I've already wasted the last almost 9 months not really accompli... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 11:16:22 EST All Arizona SAHM's - 5K Thanksgiving Day Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x44979138 I have a team member on the Peoria Sparkers team who is putting on this 5K Thanksgiving Day Walk. I wanted to share this information in case anyone was interested in this. It is a great way to meet other SparkPeople members AND a great way to get exercise before the "Big Meal". <BR> <BR> and.....it's <BR> FREE-FREE-FREE-FREE-FREE-FREE-FREE-FREE- <BR> 5K Thanksgiving walk <BR> Starting @ the Southwest Indian Ministries Center 14202 N 73rd Ave <BR> Registration 7-7:50 <BR> Walk begins at 8 <BR... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 09:53:37 EST Hi from a new (temp???) SAHM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x44964519 Hi everyone. I am a mommy to 4 but semi new to the life of a SAHM. I went back to school two weeks after my daughter was born almost 14 years ago and back to work two weeks after my son was born 10 years ago. It wasn't until my son,, 22 months, was born that i was allowed an actual maternity leave of 12 weeks. I would have LOVED to have been a FT SAHM then but we weren't able to financially swing it. I cried at work for the first two weeks after returning. I never realized how much i miss... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 13:00:37 EST NOVEMBER FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x44865347 <em>320</em> <em>85</em> <em>311</em> <em>402</em> <em>294</em> <em>231</em> <em>401</em> <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> Move It! Move It! Move It! <BR> <BR> Here is another fitness minutes challenge that I hope all of our Mom's will join. We need to keep our bodies moving. It helps us lose weight but most of all it makes us feel better. <BR> <BR> Post your goal here and come back and keep track of your progress. Also, encourage the other Mom's in meeting their goals too. We are he... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 10:46:01 EST NOVEMBER WATER CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x44865211 <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Here we are again....the start of a brand new month. <BR> <BR> Let's make a goal that will challenge and push ourselves to do better. How many glasses of water can you drink this month? Water is so important to make our bodies function at the ultimate capacity. <BR> <BR> Post your goal and your progress here....if you do this - it helps the other Mom's to encourag... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 10:38:25 EST Hello all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x44856506 Hi there, <BR> <BR> I'm a 38 yo SAHM mom to 4 (2 bios, 2 steps - all loved immensely!) looking for buddies here on Spark. I've managed to keep off 90 lbs for over 6 years now (with some little ups and downs along the way- biggest, of course, during my pregnancy with our youngest). I'm currently trying to get myself snugly within the healthy bodyfat % range rather than floating near the edge or just outside of it. Would love the support & encouragement of others as well as to provide support ... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 20:48:18 EST hi i'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x44792950 Well sort of just joined a few days ago but haven't introduced myself. My name is Cheri and I have been a SAHM for about 14 months and I love it. My daughter is the most precious little girl ever and I love her to death. Glad I found a group like this. Thu, 27 Oct 2011 15:27:51 EST How did you wean baby from bottle to sippy cup? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x44504470 My baby is almost one year old. I want to wean her off her bottle. She drinks from a sippy cup most of the time, but when she takes naps and before bed, I give her a bottle. I want to wean her from the bottle. I've tried giving her a sippy cup before nap/bedtime and she just cries because she wants the bottle. Can I just wean "cold turkey"? What have you done? Sun, 9 Oct 2011 13:42:28 EST Virtual races on SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x44438677 I was interested in trying the fall virtual 5K race that SP is offering. I have never done a "virtual" race. How does it work and what do I have to do. I read the rules, but still don't quite understand how it all works. Can someone explain how this all works? THanks! Wed, 5 Oct 2011 10:29:20 EST October 5 A Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x44351607 <em>69</em> <em>45</em> <em>291</em> <em>265</em> <em>277</em> <em>258</em> <em>289</em> <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> This month I am going to start a new challenge....I think that most of us have a hard time getting our 5 fruits/veggie servings in each day. So we are going to challenge one another to reach that goal. Post that you are in.....and come back each day to let us know how you did. You can also use this posting to share what you are doing to reach this goal. <BR> <BR> Here ... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:43:45 EST October Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x44351517 <em>320</em> <em>318</em> <em>237</em> <em>294</em> <em>278</em> <em>217</em> <em>402</em> <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> Fall is here and we have another great start to a new month....We are again doing our fitness minutes challenge. How many minutes can you do this month? <BR> <BR> Figure out how many minutes would challenge you for the entire month - POST it here to make yourself accountable to the team. Stop by throughout the month to post your progress, it can be daily, weekly, whatev... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:38:48 EST October Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x44351414 <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Even though the weather is changing, we still need to make sure we have enough water intake each day. Water is essential in letting your body work to its maximum potential! How many glasses can you drink this month? We should all shoot for 8 - 10 glasses a day!!! <BR> <BR> Come back daily, weekly or whatever you are comfortable with and let us know how you are doing!!!... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:33:49 EST Working out with Baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x44323225 What kind of workouts do you enjoy? And how do you squeeze them in with your little ones? I'm in Alaska so when this weather turns I'll be indoors. I have a new Jillian Michaels DVD that is glaring at me. I figured that I could squeeze in while my little guy is sleeping but I am pretty sure he has a radar for it, cause everytime I plan on it, he seems to change his mind on what he's doing! I'd love to hear of some of your routines. Wed, 28 Sep 2011 18:32:32 EST New to the Group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x44320315 Hello everyone! I am on sparks again to lose this baby weight! I am a mommy of one adorible 7 month old happy baby boy. It has been quite the transition! Got engaged, got pregnant, got married, had baby and when he was 7 wks old we moved to Alaska! Seems like there is always a new adventure around the corner. This winter we are going back down to Oregon and coming back up in the spring and buying a house. (in Alaska). Through all the moving around it's been hard to lose weight and make friend... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 14:44:32 EST Cold medicine shouldn't "count", darn it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x44317154 With the beginning of college again on Monday, my 18 m/o went back to Daycare for the few hours I was away. She came home with a runny nose, and now of course mama has full on snot faucet. <BR> <BR> Dayquil to the rescue, I HAVE to go to class.... it has something like 35 calories a "serving".... you better believe I refuse to count those LOL Even if in the back of my head I'll be thinking "100 calories today from medicine...blerg" <BR> <BR> Hope you all are well! Wed, 28 Sep 2011 11:12:40 EST changing calorie counter HELP!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x44296438 hey everyone hope you are enjoying this, for IL anyway, cold and rainy fall!!! Just love this time of year. Anyways i recorded that i lost another 3 pounds 8 pounds over all in just 4 weeks!!! Yay me!! I cannot figure out how to lower my calorie counter i followed the steps it gave me when i changed my weight and it still didn't work!! Help!!!! <em>9</em> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 08:37:22 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x44043495 I was surfing spark and came across this forum! I'm a stay at home mom to two girls.. one almost 8 year old and a 10 month old. <BR> I'm out to lose 30 pounds, lots of it baby weight. I have been with Spark for over a week now and am loving it. <BR> I am determined to shed this extra weight and take my body back! Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:13:20 EST Hey Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x44040631 I'm Echo. I just joined. I am 29 and I have 2 kids. A 5 yr old boy and a 7 week old baby girl. <BR> <BR> I have over 100 pounds to lose and today is the day I start! Mon, 12 Sep 2011 10:38:00 EST Stress Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20256x26544x44040529 I thought this would be a great forum to share some tips on how we each deal with stress and a great place to find answers to your stress problems too. <BR> <BR> To start off...I found this article "7 Simple Stress Busters"....it has some great options to deal with stress. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=185 </link> <BR> <BR> I hope this helps... <BR> Malia Mon, 12 Sep 2011 10:32:36 EST Post Your Mood With An Emotion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x44028509 I thought it would be kinda fun to show how you're feeling today! <em>224</em> Sun, 11 Sep 2011 17:36:08 EST Back to school http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x43982609 I have one child who went back to school and a three year old at home. I am having difficulty finding time to get everything done, exercise and eat right. My summer routine was great and I was able to stay on track. Now I feel out of sorts and haven't found a routine where I can fit everything in. Does anyone have suggestions on how to find time to exercise and eat better? (Note: my three year old doesn't nap, never has. Hubby is only home 2 days/week.) I would really appreciate your in... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 20:24:18 EST SparkPeople Live http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26544x43936137 Has anyone joined the new SparkPeople Live? I was just curious if anyone had and what they think about it. Tue, 6 Sep 2011 13:54:56 EST I am Chrystal and I need motivation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x43889327 `I am having a problem staying on track and motivation to continue with my weight loss goals.Any suggestions? Thanks! Sat, 3 Sep 2011 20:32:37 EST Hey All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x43851073 Hey All! My name is Jen and I'm a 27 year old stay at home mom. I have 1 son, Nate. He is nearly 20 months old and sweet as can be until he's hungry, tired or wants your attention. LOL I'm married and I have 1 dog and 2 cats. I started this journey for my son and soon realized that I needed to be here for me. So here I am! I'm so glad I found this group. Being a stay at home mom can get a little lonely at times. It's nice to know there are so many woman out there in the same boat. I also love... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 12:44:17 EST September Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x43848374 <em>320</em> <em>216</em> <em>404</em> <em>34</em> <em>331</em> <em>237</em> <em>294</em> <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> Here is yet another challenge for September - I have done this one on other teams and have found it is a great motivator to keep me moving. Hopefully it will be helpful to you as well. <BR> <BR> Figure out how many minutes would challenge you for the entire month - POST it here to make yourself accountable to the team. Stop by throughout the month to post your progress, ... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 10:23:19 EST September Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7979x26544x43848282 <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Here we go again - Another water challenge. <BR> <BR> We need at least 8-10 glasses of water per day for our bodies to get the most bang for the buck! Water helps you lose weight, helps keep headaches at bay, makes you look younger with healthier skin, less cramps and so much more. <BR> <BR> This monthly challenge for you is to figure out what your goal is for Septembe... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 10:18:48 EST Hi. Im Noel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x43708679 Hi. Im Noel and I'm somewhat new to Spark....trying really hard this time to do whats right and lose the weight and get fit....I have a goal in mind of jogging a 5k in 8 weeks...I hope everybody is doing great with their program. I feel very hopeful this time though I do slip occasionally. Thanks. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 12:03:14 EST Greetings from a Mom who is New to SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x43652105 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm brand new to Spark People, but not to weight loss. I first battled the bulge starting around 2001 - I had gained quite a bit of weight while I was a student in post-secondary institutions. It took me about a year to go from about 197 pounds down to 134, but I was able to maintain this loss, at least until I became pregnant with my first child who was born in December 2006. <BR> <BR> Now I'm a Mom of 2 beautiful children, one girl and one boy, who is not only str... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 11:56:08 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x43642424 Hi, I'm Brandi. I'm a 26yr old stay@home mom with the goals of fitting into my pre-baby jeans and being more active with my daughter and partner. Sat, 20 Aug 2011 18:51:37 EST Tfields9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x43612581 Hi everyone, my name is Tammy. Today is my first day with Sparkpeople. I would like to thank everyone for welcoming me and sending motivational messages. I'm very excited. I actually started my lifestyle change 4 days ago and my neice told me I should sign up with you for support. Thu, 18 Aug 2011 20:30:27 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x43609087 Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Jenna. I'm 25 and live in Chesterfield, VA. I have 1 biological child (Kylie, 6) and 1 stepchild (Michael, 6). I've been with my husband 3 years, but only married for 1 on the 7th of aug. <BR> <BR> I'm really looking for support in reaching my goal. I tend to get frustrated, impatient, and discouraged easily when it comes to trying to lose weight. But after seeing myself in the mirror and crying, I knew I had to do something. <BR> <BR> So I started Monday the ... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:17:56 EST Losers are in!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x43597609 I am losing weight for health reasons. I am a older mom with three kids, one with autism. I am a busy Mom (is there any other kind) who volunteers at the schools my children go to. I teach a gardening class to children and often fall in love with insects and flowers. I love reading and taking nature walks. Food is holy ( I know, I know) and I talk too much. I do not watch TV, instead I go to the movies for a treat. I love clothes, birds, colorful people and did I mention flowers? Wo... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 23:06:18 EST You may of heard this before but....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x43592244 Nothing tastes as good as thin feels ! <em>249</em> <em>306</em> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 17:13:46 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x43590286 I'm a stay-at-home mom with some more baby weight to lose after my second child. I'd like to lose 20 more lbs., but at least 10. Doesn't sound like a lot, but I've always struggled with emotional eating and consistent exercise. I have a almost 5 year old boy and and almost 2 year old girl who are my whole life right now. I'm also trying to develop a life outside of them, but it's very difficult. Working out in a gym is too time-consuming and expensive, so I've invested in some Wii games and a... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:44:01 EST Just getting started! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x43589550 Hello Everyone! <BR> I'm new to Sparkpeople and I'm looking for a little support, motivation, and discipline. I'm a stay-at-home mom with a 5 year old heading off to kinder this school year and an 18 month old. I never lost my baby weight from my oldest and finally am at a point I just want it gone! I know so many things will feel better if I can just get rid of this weight. Thanks in advance for your support and I can't "weight" to get to know you! Wed, 17 Aug 2011 13:58:17 EST Just saying hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x43576218 My name is Renee. I am a 28 yr.old mother of a 1 year old and a 2 year old. I am a stay at home mom who also babysits 3 other children 5 days a week. I am really hoping sparkpeople and this team keeps me a motivated mommy and allows me to make time for mommy too. Good luck to everyone and any advice is greatly appreciated! Tue, 16 Aug 2011 19:31:31 EST Hi I'm New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26544x43572293 My name is Rose. I'm 27 and my first daughter, Brooklynne, was born in the beginning of May this year. <BR> <BR> I'm looking to get fit and get back into running, but having some trouble staying motivated, since it's so hard to find the time to work out, with the baby, and cooking, and cleaning, etc. <BR> <BR> Hoping that you guys will be able to help me! <BR> <BR> thanks!! Tue, 16 Aug 2011 14:55:27 EST