SparkPeople SparkPeople's Official Fitness Starter Kit Team Team Messageboard This is the official SparkTeam for people who have purchased the SparkPeople Fitness Starter Kit from Here, you'll get tips, motivation, support and workout ideas so you can use your Kit to reach your goals! SparkPeople SparkPeople's Official Fitness Starter Kit Team Team Messageboard Back to using the ball Just thought I would mention that I've been incorporating more ball exercises into my strength training routine to keep things mixed up. I know it's important to shake things up periodically so that my body does not get too used to the exercises. Using the ball and some of the Coach Nicole videos / DVD to help with that. <BR> <BR> Are you using your exercise ball? What are your favorite exercises with it? <BR> <BR> <em>322</em> <em>319</em> <em>357</em> <em>322</em> <em>319... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 10:29:14 EST How's Everyone Doing? Hello, Team!! <BR> <BR> Just thought I would post and ask how everyone is doing. Fine and dandy on my end. <BR> <BR> I hope you all are having a nice Labor Day weekend. Sun, 2 Sep 2012 17:39:52 EST Used my band today Today was the first time in quite a while that I used my resistance band. I'm redoing the Spring Into Shape Bootcamp and the band is used in at least one of the challenge videos. Kinda nice to change things up a bit. <BR> <BR> <em>317</em> Thu, 8 Mar 2012 20:30:10 EST Sparkpeople Fitness Kit Hi, I'm trying to buy the fitness kit, but when I go to the store and click on the link for it I get taken to the new DVD. Where can I buy the kit? <BR> Thanks, Ruthie Fri, 27 Jan 2012 18:23:10 EST Happy New Year! Did you make the most of your fitness ball and resistance bands in 2011? The great thing about a new year is the new start that is possible. Enjoy the new year and make it an active one. <BR> <BR> We can do this ! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 00:26:18 EST Oops Didn't mean to let so much time go by since I'd posted. But, this team is pretty well dormant. I had been trying to keep a presence just so we're here if any new folks buy the starter kit and have questions or anything. <BR> <BR> We'll see if this post reactivates things or if it still shows the "inactive leader" message. :-( <BR> <BR> If any of you stop by and read this too, how about letting us know how you're doing. Are you regularly using your ball and/or bands? <BR> <BR> Have a go... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 11:25:59 EST Love my Starter Kit! Just got my kit today and already did both workouts! Love them! Can't wait to try some different videos too. <BR> <BR> <BR> I've never really used a stability ball before, so some of the exercises were tough. But I spent 45 minutes just sitting on it and did I feel it! <BR> <BR> So glad I got this. I've been wanting to add some variety to my strength training, and this is perfect! Fri, 26 Aug 2011 22:10:27 EST Getting back to using the ball and bands Hi All - Just quick post to say howdy and to let you know that we're here in case you need anything. I had fallen out of habit of using my ball and band regularly and started this week to work them back into my workout routine again. I really enjoy them (well the ball at least LOL) so not sure how I become a slacker now and then. I guess we need variety. <BR> <BR> Off to check out some SP videos for band use. <BR> <BR> I hope you're all having a great July! Fri, 15 Jul 2011 11:20:00 EST Summer Workouts Hi All! <BR> <BR> The first day of summer is fast approaching. That makes me wonder how many of you change up your workout routines at this time of year. Do you do more outdoors exercise than you do during colder months? Walk/run longer/farther? Use a push mower instead of a rider strictly for the exercise? Or do you keep most workouts indoors regardless of the weather? <BR> <BR> Just curious to see what folks do. <BR> <BR> For me --- I definitely get in some outside exercise th... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 14:37:04 EST Happy Weekend! It's a warm (almost hot) sunny day here and I hope all of you are having an equally lovely weekend. <BR> <BR> Happy Memorial Day to all who celebrate this holiday! <BR> <BR> Happy weekend to everyone! Sat, 28 May 2011 11:58:51 EST Active or Lazy Mother's Day? Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms and Happy Sunday to everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm still deciding if this is going to be an active or lazy Mother's Day for me. Lazy so far, I must say. But, I'm thinking I'm heading outside for a little yardwork soon and then hoping for some Wii exercise time. How about you? Sun, 8 May 2011 11:09:47 EST Keeping Active? I hope everyone is keeping active as Spring begins. Whether the weather is nice or rainy, try to make time to exercise inside or out -- you'll be glad you did. <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> <em>317</em> <em>322</em> <em>319</em> Sun, 17 Apr 2011 02:03:30 EST Just Saying Hello Hi All - It's soooo quiet here in our team, that I just wanted to post a hello to check in with everyone and let you know that I'm still here in case you have any questions or just want to chat. I hope everyone is doing well and still getting good use from your fitness starter kit - even though most of us can no longer be considered starters. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>319</em> <em>317</em> Sun, 6 Mar 2011 15:39:41 EST I'm new and I really want to make this work. Hi my name is Lucy_69 and I just recieved my fitness kit. It's still in the box. I have a problem with following through and finishing soemthing that I start. Maybe that's why I haven't opened the box yet. But, I really want to do this and make it work for me. I know I can, I just have to put my mind into it and stop procrastinating. <BR> <BR> I want to lose 30 pounds by Sep. 03, 2011, when I turn 42. <BR> I've already made changes to my eating habits and now I just need to get motivated int... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 13:04:29 EST Yet another new fitness tool I recently bought the step / riser for the Wii Fit balance board so it is now about 4 inches high. Definitely puts more of a workout into the step exercises. Whew! <BR> <BR> <em>206</em> Wed, 2 Feb 2011 01:06:11 EST My New Fitness Tool For Christmas, I received a mini-trampoline. It wasn't exactly a surprise as it was the only thing I had actually given any hints about. <BR> <BR> I was a bit worried going into it as I'm not always the most graceful on my feet. But after using it just a couple times, I really like it. Not so much bounce that I worry about being thrown across the room anymore. LOL I'm expecting it to be a kinder, gentler way of walking and jogging in place with less impact for my knees. <BR> <BR> Just ... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 22:05:57 EST Happy New Year! <em>411</em> <em>412</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a very happy, peaceful and active 2011! <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> <em>412</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 23:36:08 EST Happy & Healthy Holiday Wishes Hello all - Can you believe it is almost the end of 2010? This year has simply flown by for me; maybe that's how they all go, but this one seemed faster than usual...sign of a busy lifestyle or sign of aging? LOL Whichever it is, I expect there will be some members receiving or buying a Fitness Starter Kit. Also, some of us will renew our dedication to fitness and will dust off that exercise equipment. Either way, I want to welcome you to the team and your focus on fitness. <BR> <BR... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 11:07:44 EST Happy Thanksgiving! <em>428</em> <em>427</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> Just a quick post to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. I hope we all are strong and do our best to enjoy the day's festivities and treats and maintain some self control and good habits at the same time. <BR> <BR> My plan is to workout in the morning, have a healthy breakfast and lunch, and then off to our family dinner. I hope I have the energy for another workout after we get home. We'll see how that goe... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 21:12:11 EST Shhhhhh Shhhhh - If you stop by to visit the team, please post quietly so you don't wake up those who may be sleeping. It's awfully quiet in here. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> Sat, 30 Oct 2010 01:30:48 EST I challenge myself... I challenge myself to do at least 2 ball exercises each day this week. <BR> <BR> Want to join in on my challenge or create one of your own? What will you challenge yourself to do? Mon, 18 Oct 2010 00:22:13 EST Away a Few Days Hello - Just in case a new member comes to introduce themselves, I want to let you know that I will be away from Saturday through Tuesday and will likely not have internet access. So, I will be sure to catch up and properly welcome you to the team when I return. <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 8 Oct 2010 22:08:29 EST Follow The Leader I challenge you to do Crunches With Ball today. I just did it and thought it might be fun to challenge the rest of the team to do the same. I'll try to remember to post a new challenge exercise every day or 2 if anyone is interested in following along. If not, I'll just exercise alone. :-) <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the exercise demo in case this is a new move for you: <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=3 </link> Fri, 17 Sep 2010 12:28:49 EST Pedometer Can't Be Trusted I received my kit Friday and was immediately concerned when I received the pedometer it already had 117 steps on it telling me that movements other than actually steps will show steps..I was right!! The pedometer can not be trusted!!! <BR> <BR> I put it on and raised my leg once and it showed 3 steps. I have another pedometer and used both during my workout this morning and they differed by over 400 steps. Until I get a new pedometer (I hear Omron is best) I will track my steps using min... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 12:38:06 EST I am in trouble. I moved and lost my DVD that came with my kit. I don't need to replace the entire kit, just the DVD. Does anyone know where I can find just the DVD? Tue, 3 Aug 2010 21:28:23 EST Loving those ball workouts Recently, I have been doing more of Coach Nicole's videos here on SP. They have gotten me back to using the ball again (I seem to go in spurts with it). Yesterday, I did the 6 minute upper body one and the 15 minute workout. I really liked the 15 minute one. I'll be doing it again for sure. <BR> <BR> Thank you Coach Nicole! Sat, 24 Jul 2010 22:26:38 EST Hello everyone. I have questions, I put my exercises on my tracker from the starter video but the tracker does not show that I have done any exercises, why? I also want to know why does it list 1st and 2nd to the workouts? Sat, 19 Jun 2010 02:27:39 EST What was your favorite workout today? Did you use any part of your Fitness Starter Kit today? What was your favorite exercise that was part of this workout? If it was something you did without the ball, band or pedometer, we still want to know what you did. <BR> <BR> I'll start with yesterday & then come back after I workout today. Tuesday I mostly used my Wii Fit Plus; but I did a couple quick exercises with the ball too and my fav was the wall squat with dumbbells. Wed, 28 Apr 2010 13:49:51 EST Weekly Pedometer Challenge Alright, Team, here we go...walking our way into fitness... <BR> <BR> <em>182</em> <em>312</em> <em>342</em> <em>315</em> <em>311</em> <em>313</em> <em>206</em> <BR> <BR> We're starting a new weekly challenge on Sunday April 25. The goal is simple: use your pedometer and get in as many steps as you can. We will run it from Sunday through Saturday each week so if you have one bad week, you can always get back to it and start again the next week. There will be goodies for al... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 09:32:52 EST Pedometer Challenge? Hi All! <BR> <BR> There are a few of you Starter Kit team members who regularly use your pedometer and track the steps in our team goal of walking 10,000 steps per day. I admire you all for that! <BR> <BR> If you'd like me to start up a separate challenge thread focused on using your pedometer, I'd be happy to do that. The challenge could be the same as the team goal (10,000 steps per day) or it could be something different if you prefer. For example, maybe it's competing against the r... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 18:14:04 EST Pedometer Question Hey, <BR> Maybe you guys can help...I just received my Fitness Starter Kit (which I'm very excited about <em>30</em> )but I can't seem to get my pedometer to work. I was reading the directions and it said to first remove a tab from the battery. Was this tab blatantly obvious for everyone? I can't seem to find one on mine so I think it might have been packed without one...I took the battery out and looked around and didn't find it. When I push and hold the reset button to start it, nothing ha... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 17:00:45 EST What Did You Do Today? - The Emoticon Way <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Pretend those are feather dusters she is twirling about for Spring cleaning. LOL Sun, 28 Mar 2010 14:34:31 EST Shall we have a guessing contest? We have 99 members in our team now. Want to guess the date & time when member # 100 signs joins? <BR> <BR> A fabulous goodie awaits whoever guesses the closest. <BR> <BR> Just post your guess in this thread and we'll wait to see who lucky # 100 is and when they arrive. <BR> <BR> Good luck! Thu, 11 Mar 2010 22:21:21 EST Using the Starter Fitness Kit DVD Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I won't go into long details here but I overdid it bigtime on Sunday. I forgot my limitations due to spinal conditons and went gung-ho on the stationary bike. Got no exercise in at ALL yesterday because I was in too much pain. Lesson learned I hope. <BR> <BR> I have used my stability ball and resistance bands a lot since I got my kit, but haven't used the StarterFitnessKit DVD...just other exercises from the site. So today I'm going to put the dvd in and do some of... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 09:50:16 EST One A Day <em>317</em> <em>322</em> <em>319</em> <em>317</em> <em>322</em> <em>319</em> <BR> <BR> Starting Saturday (Mar 6), I plan to do a different SP ball or band exercise from one of the individual exercise demos or videos every day. <BR> <BR> How about joining me? Post here what you do and anything else you want to share. Did you like it? Find it too difficult or really easy? <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to trying some new workouts, and think this will help me get back to using my ... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 22:47:58 EST I am new and worried. Okay, I bought the Fitness Starter Kit over a year ago. I inflated my ball, played with the band, and checked out the step counter. I haven't touched it since. So, then I found there is an official page and official team for people who have bought the kit. I have decided to join the team in hopes that I will use the kit out of...obligation to the team. However, I am worried that this will be another set of equipment in my home that I will never use. How do you motivate yourself? I really want... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 18:47:24 EST Oh, DUH is me!!! I posted in the "introduce yourself to the team" but forgot I had a question also to ask so here I am again. With regard to the resistance band, does the choice of light, medium, or heavy bands depend on whether you're just beginning (light) a little more fit (medium) or really fit and need a challenge for "heavy"...or does it have to do with the size of your frame. I'm thinkin' you start out with the light one first, then work up to the medium, which would be harder to do...etc. Is that ... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 15:53:00 EST question about light, medium & strong bands Hi, I'm Rosalie...I've been signed up since January of this year but have only really started in the last week or so. I'm doing the Fast Break goals and <BR> tracking my food right now...learning a lot through the daily feedback reports! <BR> I bought "The Spark" and am going to start reading it today. Just glancing through it got me excited! <BR> I'll be ready soon to add more exercise to my daily 10 min+ brisk walks, and the Fitness Starter Kit sounds great. I really hate the thought of... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 15:21:32 EST Workout videos Hi everyone. I am new to the scene and I know that this isn't a Wii team but I used my Wii internet channel this morning to follow along with my workout for the day one boot camp video. it was amazing. I just thought I would let everyone know that it is possible to do this if you have a wii and a wireless connection running in your house. I use a laptop so it is very hard to do the exercises watching the laptop. Just thought I'd let ya know! :) <BR> Stacy Sat, 13 Feb 2010 16:55:15 EST What is the right size for a stability ball? I am sure you have had this question before. My ball seems to big when inflated using the instructions. I am only 5'4. I let some air and the ball seems too soft. What is the solution? Wed, 10 Feb 2010 06:43:38 EST Two Popped Stability Balls Does anyone know if there is a patch available? <BR> <BR> I purchased the starter kit for my daughter. Her cat jumped on the stability ball, and it deflated. <BR> <BR> I already had an old green ball from yoga, so I gave her my Spark stability ball, thinking hers was over-inflated. (By following directions, the balls do over-inflate.) The same thing happened. <BR> <BR> I called Bell, but they're currently closed. Anyone else have a similar problem, and/or a solution? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Tue, 9 Feb 2010 18:50:42 EST Fitness Ball not round I inflated my fitness ball today and it did not inflate to a roudn shape but an odd, mishapen ball. Did anyone else have this problem? I blew the ball up completely and it is still shaped weird. I'm calling tomorrow to ask about this. Thu, 4 Feb 2010 22:53:49 EST 28-Day Spark Challenge I've decided to do Spark's 28-day challenge (as defined in The Spark book. I'm just getting started and really have not even looked ahead to see what all is involved in the challenge; but, I figure it will be a good thing no matter what. And, of course, there is the contest and chance of winning a makeover. That could be great fun. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else doing this challenge or contemplating it? I thought we could chat about it here if you are. If it's not for you at this time, I migh... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 00:15:07 EST My Starter Kit is AWESOME!!! What a great day! My body is so happy! I did my cardio, did my boot camp, and then, I did my DVD for my fitness starter kit! I have to admit, I haven't yet figured out the pedometer, but I'll make my DH read the directions and THEN tell me! I learn this stuff best by being shown, not reading! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I also got a food scale today! Whoot! Now, I'll be able to keep better track! <em>301</em> <BR> <BR> I like this team, btw. I'm glad I joined it! <em>304</em> Sat, 9 Jan 2010 20:39:28 EST Bootcamp Anyone? I joined the SP Bootcamp. Have any of you joined it too? I expect it will include some ball / band workouts in it and I'm looking forward to that. <BR> <BR> Today was the cardio workout & it is a killer. I really like it; but simply cannot do as much jumping as Coach Nicole can. Good workout for sure. Mon, 4 Jan 2010 00:32:04 EST New Year - New Routine? Hi everyone! I hope you had a good New Year celebration, whether you're a partyer or one who brings in the year quietly. <BR> <BR> As 2010 begins, will you use this as an opportunity to change up anything in your workout routine or are you happy with what you are doing and plan to continue it in the new year too? Remember, our bodies do get used to our exercise habits and they become less effective if we never change anything. <BR> <BR> I do plan a few changes to maybe shake things up... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 11:31:38 EST Countdown to EOY Challenge Hard to believe that December is here and it's time to start planning to accomplish things we want to do by the year's end. With that in mind, I ask everyone to take a look at your workout routines over the past couple of months and think about what you might want to challenge yourself to accomplish in December. It can be anything...increasing the intensity of your cardio, adding more strength training into your regimen, dusting off that exercise ball, etc. If you're looking for someone to... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 22:45:54 EST Is Thanksgiving a Joy or a Challenge? I hope everyone finds it to be a joy. I've not doubt I will have a bit of a challenge with some of the food & drink that will be plentiful at our family gathering. But, I will do my best to not over-indulge (too much) & am taking some steps to help -- e.g., I'm in charge of appetizers so I know we'll have fresh vegies & low-cal dip for me to eat aplenty. I will enjoy the turkey and potatoes and even a bit of pie. Mostly, I will enjoy the company of my family. <BR> <BR> I hope your day wi... Wed, 25 Nov 2009 00:02:58 EST 1st time Mother Hi there, <BR> <BR> I used to have my goal weight for years, until I fell pregnant. My baby will be 9 months next week, and I still cannot shake the extra weight. The thing is, I did not even pick up alot of weight during my pregnancy. The weight piled on after my baby's birth though, when I went on the POP/mini pill. <BR> <BR> I stopped it a month ago though. I always eat healthy food, drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, no junk, but still cannot lose any weight :( <BR> <BR> I starte... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 09:34:36 EST What Can We Do??? What can we do here in our team to make things more active & interesting for everyone? <BR> <BR> I know we're a small and not so active team & we've tried a variety of things; but I'm open to suggestions from any & every one if you'd like to get things shaken up a bit. Maybe daily interaction just isn't what everyone is looking for from this team & it's more about having us here for when people have a question about their starter kits or something. Could that be it? <BR> <BR> Well, I want... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 22:43:13 EST Day 1 Last night was my first workout with my new starter kit. I discovered that I received the wrong size ball but I didn't let that me stop me. I just put a little less air in it so it was suitable for my height. For the last 6 months I have been doing only cardio. I watched the video the night before so I was prepared. <BR> <BR> I got through the whole routine, both resistance bands and stability ball with the exception of a few lunges. My knees are not what they used to be. I enjoyed it and ... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 07:19:52 EST Hi I'm new Hi,My name is Lynnda and I am new to this team. I have been a Spark member since May and have lost 25 Lbs already. I do cardio almost everyday, I have a Gazette Edge at home that I use decided that it was time to add some strength building to my routine. I received my kit 2 days ago and I watched the video last night and I am looking forward to getting started. Any advise from anyone? <em>104</em> Wed, 4 Nov 2009 06:41:10 EST November You Name It Challenge For November's exercise challenge, I suggest that you name what specifically your goal / challenge is for this month. Post it here & then periodically post your progress to help keep you accountable. Your challenge can be anything; it does not have to be related to the fitness starter kit. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's my challenge to myself: <BR> <BR> - Do a 2nd 30-day challenge workout with EA Active. I gets lots of resistance band exercises as part of this. <BR> <BR> - Do one SP exercise bal... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 13:38:02 EST Problem with exercise ball Maybe I am just silly, but I can't seem to figure out how to stop the air coming out of the ball, I didn't seem to get a plug, I have a white valve like thing but it has a hole on both ends so the air still comes out! I was really looking forward to using the kit this weekend too! Sat, 31 Oct 2009 22:40:10 EST Halloween Candy Challenge? Is it a challenge for you to avoid overdoing on Halloween candy during this season? <BR> <BR> Do you try to avoid candy altogether or allow yourself an occassional treat that you keep under control? What are the tricks or techniques you use? <BR> <BR> <em>494</em> <em>431</em> <em>421</em> <em>494</em> <em>431</em> <em>421</em> <BR> <BR> I have such a sweet tooth that I try to avoid candy most of the time. I just don't buy any as once I get started on it, it's really har... Sun, 25 Oct 2009 16:53:01 EST Leader away for a few days Hi all - I want to let you know that I will be offline likely from Friday to Tues night. I'm going on a 4-day trip with friends (Yay!) and will catch up with you Tues/Wed. Enjoy your weekends and keep active! Fri, 16 Oct 2009 12:55:14 EST Which do you prefer? Ball or resistance band? <BR> <BR> After you answer this, you can add a new 'which do you prefer' pairing. Wed, 7 Oct 2009 03:43:21 EST Ball & Band Variety Challenge Hello all! <BR> <BR> Let's start out October by getting good use out of our Starter Kit ball & band. I challenge you to do at least one ball or band exercise each day this month. Try to do a big variety of exercises, maybe at least one different or new thing each day. <BR> SparkPeople has a lot of demos and videos to choose from if you need ideas. I think I'm going to work my way down their list of ball & band exercises one by one until I've done them all. <BR> <BR> Are you with me? <B... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 09:27:11 EST Do you have any challenge suggestions? Hi Team - A new month is almost upon us and before I create a new challenge, I wanted to ask if you have any suggestions or ideas of what type challenge you might like to see. Any and all ideas are welcome! <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Sep 2009 00:29:03 EST New Piece of Fitness Equipment I won a new piece of fitness equipment at the SP convention yesterday. You could spin a lifesize SparkPoints wheel and win points or prizes. On one spin I was lucky enough to win a core fitness wheel. I haven't used it yet; but will start this week. It's nice to have something new to add some variety into my workouts. I'm betting this is going to be really hard for me to use. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have one of these fitness wheels? Do you use it? Like it? I'd greatly appreciate a... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 22:59:59 EST Been a busy week Hey all - Just wanted to report in and say I'm sorry I've not been very active on the posts this week. It was a really busy work week plus busier than normal at home, leaving less time than usual for my online life. I'll be at the SP convention all day tomorrow. I'll report on that over the weekend...really looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> Have a good weekend! Fri, 25 Sep 2009 23:52:16 EST Using your tools September Challenge! Okay so on the the middle part of September where the challenge is to use our bands everyday from Sept 11 to the Sept. 20. <BR> <BR> You have your DVD and lots of exercise on Spark People, some single exercise and lots of videos, your choice! Thu, 10 Sep 2009 17:08:41 EST Nutrition Question of the Day Rather than a weekly challenge to start September, I thought I would do a Nutrition Question of the Day type challenge for a while. This will run at least the first week of September, maybe longer. It all depends on how quickly I run out of questions & whether or not anyone participates. So here we go... <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday, Sep 2 Nutrition QOTD:... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 14:29:48 EST September- This day in History! September 1 <BR> <BR> 1819 - The first plow with interchangeable parts was patented by Jethro Wood. <BR> <BR> 1859 - The Pullman sleeping car was placed into service. The car was built by company namesake George Pullman and he was assisted by Ben Field. <BR> <BR> 1887 - Emile Berliner filed for a patent for his invention of the lateral-cut, flat-disk gramophone. We know it better as the record player. Emile got the patent, but Thomas Edison got the notoriety for making it work and making... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 06:43:17 EST Using you Tools September Challenge! The goal for September is to go back to our tools. So for the first 10 days lets focus on our Ball. Use your ball everyday for these first 10 days. <BR> <BR> There are lots of fun videos and strength training exercises in addition to your DVD in which you can use your ball. Today, I plan to do the DVD exercise. <BR> <BR> Post here what you do with your ball! <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Sep 2009 06:28:46 EST September Pedomiter Challenge Use your pedominter, wear it all month to encourage you to take extra steps and get out and do some walking. I plan to walk around the fields during my sons' soccer practice, use the treadmill on breaks at work, and walk whenever I can instead of driving, parking instead of using drive throughs, and walking instead of driving for errands whenever I can. I live close the the bank and post office. Tue, 1 Sep 2009 06:18:32 EST Aug Wk 4: Breakfast of Champions Let's all vow to start each day off right this week. That means having a good, healthy breakfast in the morning. <BR> <BR> Do you have the same thing every day or is variety the spice of your mornings? Let us know how you do. <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> <em>265</em> <em>491</em> <em>180</em> <em>487</em> <em>490</em> <em>474</em> <em>470</em> Mon, 24 Aug 2009 01:45:47 EST Aug Wk 3 Nutrition Challenge -- Food of the Day I was wracking my poor little brain trying to come up with something new for a nutrition challenge. Here's my idea. I hope you enjoy it. <BR> <BR> This week, let's see how many healthy foods we can eat each day that begin with the same letter as that day of the week does. Example: Monday is all about 'M' foods so try a mango, some lean meat, or maybe a melon. <BR> <BR> Enjoy & healthful eating! Mon, 17 Aug 2009 02:03:32 EST Aug Wk 2 - Tracking Fat Challenge Do you use the SP Nutrition Tracker daily? <BR> <BR> Do you stay within the recommended range for Fat? Is it difficult to do that? Or is it difficult to get enough fat in your daily diet? <BR> <BR> I thought we'd keep it simple this week and concentrate on getting the right amount (and type) of fat in our daily nutrients. Post here to let us know who you do and what your sources of fats are...maybe you'll help give someone else an idea for a healthy fat they've been missing. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 9 Aug 2009 16:59:03 EST Aug Wk 1 - Water Challenge Do you find it easy to drink the amount of water SP recommends daily? Or are you one of the many who struggle with this? <BR> <BR> Here's an easy challenge for the first week of August. Let's focus on counting and tracking your water. Even if you "think" you have enough each day, let's count so that we are sure. That it! <BR> <BR> Here's an SP article about the importance of water in our daily diets and it includes some tips about how to get enough water if that is a problem for you. ... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 18:03:27 EST August fun facts! The Anniversary of the First US Census August 1, 2002. Although the first US Census was done in 1790, it wasn't until 1902 that the U.S. Census Bureau was created. The year 2002 marked the Centennial Celebration of the National Census. It used to take 18 months to count and list the population of 79.2 million people. Now the improved fact finding skills developed by the Census Bureau during the last 100 years make it possible to record findings on the 284.8 million people in this country to... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 08:30:08 EST August Walking challenge! Dust off those pedomiter and track your steps here. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1199 </link> <BR> <BR> Walk every day, even if it is only 10 minutes. And if you can't or don't use your pedomiter, then use the forum to track either distance or time you spent walking. <BR> <BR> Let's see who get's the most in! Sat, 1 Aug 2009 03:10:09 EST Mind over Body August Challenge Loosing weight is a good goal, but hopefully only a minor one if it is one of your goals. If we want to be healthy, including a healthy weight, we have to look at the entire picture. Coach Dean wrote a wonderful article about Mind over Body! <BR> <BR> In the article he gives us 10 Steps to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle . <BR> <link><BR>er_body_fat.asp </link> <BR> <BR> 1. Put the “I” in Your Weight Loss Plan. Learn how knowing the answer to one simple qu... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 03:02:55 EST End of July Tool Challenge! This Challenge is for everday till the end of the Month and will prepare us for our new August Challenges! You'll have to wait to find out! LOL! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> So back to the end of July's tool challenge, the challenge is to use your tools every single day and share here. <BR> <BR> Did you use your band? <BR> Did you use your ball? <BR> Did you do your video? <BR> Did you use your pedomiter? <BR> <BR> Post it here and tell us about it! <BR> <BR> New and have not received your kit... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 07:17:58 EST July 21 to EOM Nutrition Challenge -- Quizzes I'd like to do something a little different from now to the end of July for our nutrition challenge. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople has a group of quizzes that we can use as a fun way to test our knowledge on nutrition and health and to learn more about oourself. For the rest of July, I challenge you to complete the nutrition quizzes that are available. I see 6 of them so you should do one a day, and I will try to find some additional quizzes for us to do the last few days since there are more than... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 13:58:10 EST Walking to our goals! Our goal this week is to walk and walk and walk. Do more than you usually do. Take a 10 minute walk break at lunch, park and go inside instead of using the drive through, park at the far end of the parking lot, or walk to do your errands instead of driving. Walk before your day starts, walk after. Take the dog for a walk. Walk with your family, your neighbor, your spark friend. <BR> <BR> Just get out and walk, and share here how you are doing! Mon, 20 Jul 2009 07:29:05 EST Return to our tools! Okay all, we joined this team, we got our pedomiters, our bands and our ball. So lets make use of what we have. Often people buy exercise equipment and let it collect dust, but that is not us! <BR> <BR> So for the rest of the month of July you are challenged to: <BR> <BR> 1. use your pedomiter everyday (you can post your progress in first sticky topic)! <BR> <BR> 2. do each of your DVD videos once a week, and post them here <BR> <BR> 3. do an exercise everyday using the band or ball, you... Sun, 12 Jul 2009 23:59:18 EST Jul 11-20 Nutrition Challenge - All About Snacks Jul 11-20 Nutrition Challenge - All About Snacks <BR> (oops, the topic has a typo in it; challenge runs through July 20th) <BR> <BR> For this challenge, let's pay special attention to our snacking. Snacks can really help us to stay within our calorie ranges each day as they help keep away those hunger pangs between meals. So, don't avoid snacks...just strive to have healthier ones than you might otherwise. Examples: fresh fruits, low fat peanut butter, frozen grapes, a couple ounces of t... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 00:43:57 EST Torn Meniscus I was diagnosed by an orthopedist yesterday with a left lateral torn meniscus and a right medial torn meniscus. Is there any reason that I cannot do the starter kit DVDs? My orthopedist has ordered PT for quad strengthening. Riding my stationary bike without resistance is fine, walking at a fast pace is fine. <BR> <BR> By the way, we're treating this medically with non-steroidals and Physical Therapy, hoping to avoid surgery. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the input, <BR> Cathy <BR> <BR> Wed, 8 Jul 2009 05:12:10 EST Cardio, Cardio, Cardio Challenge! Ok, new week, starting Monday, let's do Cardio Cardio Cardio every day, that means 3 different kinds of cardio each day, walk, treadmill, sports, swimming, aerobics, jump rope, whatever you want but do 3 different kinds each day and report how you are doing! Sun, 5 Jul 2009 19:01:23 EST Jul 1-10 Nutrition Challenge - Fruit Veg Variety July 1-10 Nutrition Challenge <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>289</em> <em>491</em> <em>267</em> <em>284</em> <em>210</em> <em>301</em> <em>277</em> <em>140</em> <BR> <BR> Our next challenge is to celebrate the early days of July by trying for a good assortment of fruits and vegetables each day, similar to what we did in May. <BR> <BR> As a way to help inspire you to get good variety and perhaps have some items you don't regularly have, try to eat fruits & vegies that s... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 23:14:22 EST Independence Week Challenge! The 4th of July falls on this week, and typically on Holdiays, people travel and they go over on calories. When people travel, their exercises are often limited, but in many ways open up as well. So this week, the challenge is to do 60 minutes of exercise everyday. If doing 60 minutes a day is normal for you then I challenge you to do 30 minutes more a day than what you normally do. <BR> <BR> You get to choose, it can be a walk on the beach, a volleyball game, workout at the gym, etc. <BR> ... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 07:05:16 EST New SP Site Features SparkPeople announced some new features this week. In case you haven't already seen them, here are links where you can read all about them. <BR> <BR> Create Video Blog Entries: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2179948 </link> <BR> <BR> Enhanced Weigh-In Page & Dining Out Guide: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2177487 </link> Sat, 27 Jun 2009 01:21:10 EST End of June Calorie Challenge! For the rest of the month, let's focus on calories, not only getting the right amount, but making them healthy calories as well. Use this forum to post how you are doing! Thu, 25 Jun 2009 06:39:02 EST Do an SP workout everyday! (June 22-28) Okay we are going to end out June on a high note! Let's really push it and focus on Cardio! <BR> <BR> Also don't forget to do your videos! <BR> <BR> Monday let's focus on walking! I am going to start walking every day! Here is a great 12 week program: <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1205 </link> <BR> <BR> Tuesday let's do some Pilates: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=997 </link> <BR> <BR> Wednesday is h... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 11:10:17 EST Do an SP workout everyday! (June 15-21) "If finding the motivation to work out seems like a daunting task to you, here’s a great place to start: 5-10 minute "SparkStart" workouts! Although 5-10 minutes will not give you immediate weight loss results, it will help you develop a routine and a foundation to build on. Sometimes all you need is a push in the right direction!" <BR> <BR> Workout 1: Light jog in place (2 minutes), jump rope (2 minutes), light jog (2 minutes) <BR> <BR> Workout 2: Sit-ups (2 minutes), 25 push-ups, sit-ups ... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 06:57:34 EST June 14-20 Nutrition Challenge: Back to Basics We've been focusing on one or two specific nutrients in our challenges for a while now. This week let's take a step back to basics and simply concentrate on completing the fitness tracker each day and in keeping with a well-balanced day of nutrients. <BR> <BR> Can you stay within your range each day for: <BR> <BR> - total calories <BR> - protein <BR> - fat <BR> - carbs <BR> <BR> Good luck and good eating! Sun, 14 Jun 2009 02:29:52 EST Spark Convention Coming to Cincinnati in the Fall Thought you might all like to know.... <BR> <BR> I got a SP tweet today that announced the next SP convention is scheduled. Then I found the article that gives some of the details. Looks like it will be a one-day event on Sept. 26. Here'e the article: <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1284 </link> <BR> <BR> This is my hometown so I plan to be there. Anyone else is in the area and might attend? <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 10 Jun 2009 22:58:04 EST Do an SP workout everyday Challenge! (June 8-14) This weeks challenge is to do the exercise of the day each week. This is a great introduction to different strength training exercises. Today's exercise is the Single Leg Dumbbell Squats with a ball. You can click the link on the side bar to see a demo! Have fun! <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Jun 2009 06:38:48 EST June 7-13 Nutrition Challenge: Protein It's all about the meat...or is it? <BR> <BR> Do you struggle to get enough protein in your diet? This week, let's pay special attendion to getting a healthy amount of protein from a variety of sources. Protein is already tracked in your Nutrition Tracker so you know what the recommended range is for you. Try to get some protein from things that start with the following letters this week. Of course, you don't need to fill out all the letters in a single day; just use them as a guide to v... Sat, 6 Jun 2009 23:08:11 EST Lost Bands On my business trip last week, I somehow 'lost' my SP resistance band. I must have left it in the hotel. I find that a bit hard to believe as I normally do a thorough check around the room to ensure I've not forgotten something. But, however it happened, I arrived home without it. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> It did not turn up in the hotel lost & found, nor buried in some corner of my bag, so I finally broke down and ordered a new one from SP a couple days ago. I received notice that it shipp... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 14:24:02 EST Do an SP workout everyday Challenge! (June1-7) SP offers a lot of great workouts already made up. I have found they are great to prevent boredom when exericising. <BR> <BR> My exercise has slacked off a little this past month, and I need a jumpstart to get back into the swing of things. <BR> <BR> I found this workout while browsing SP's Fitness in the Healthy Lifestyle section. <BR> The 7-Day Guide to Jumpstart Your Fitness <BR> This Week's Work Will Lead to Future Results <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_artic... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 06:29:25 EST Jun 1-6 Nutrition Challenge - Vitamin D Vitamin D is what we'll track this week. If you do not already have it as one of your Nutrition Goals, you should add it at least for this week so that you can easily see how you do in regards to getting enough of this important vitamin. And don't forget you need some sunshine to go along with it! Here are links to 2 SP articles that you might find interesting. Did you know these things about Vitamin D? <BR> <BR> Vitamin D Deficit Could Lead to Heart Woes: <BR> <link> Sun, 31 May 2009 23:06:11 EST Change the way you think about food and your life! Watch this short video and hopefully you will be changed. I was! <link><BR>hicken-a-la-Carte </link> Wed, 27 May 2009 10:22:37 EST End of May Nutrition Challenge - Watch Cholesterol May 24-31 Nutrition Challenge <BR> <BR> For the rest of May, let's watch our cholesterol. No, you don't have to go have a blood test this week to check your cholesterol levels. But, let's do add cholesterol to the SparkPeople nutrition tracker and keep track of the cholesterol that we consume this week. <BR> <BR> Need to know a bit more about why cholesterol is important to keep under control? Read this highlight I copied from the SP nutrition page: <BR> <BR> Cholesterol is one of the ... Sat, 23 May 2009 23:05:12 EST New SP Features Soon: Instant Msg & Page Look Coach Jen gave team leaders a heads up on a couple new changes that you'll soon see on SparkPeople. Here's a copy of her message; I'm sure we'll all see the official announcement when they are available: <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I wanted to let you know about 2 new features launching next week. <BR> <BR> The first is a SparkPage redesign. Don't worry- it's not going to be huge changes, but just a few things to make pages easier to navigate and less cluttered. We've gone through ... Sun, 17 May 2009 15:31:30 EST May 17-23 Nutrtn Chllnge: This challenge's focus is on Potassium & Zinc. <BR> <BR> I learned a lot about my personal sodium intake last week that really did surprise me -- namely that I do consume too much. And here I truly thought I had that one under control. It's better to know than be unaware so I am that was in last week's challenge. <BR> <BR> This week I've chosen 2 different nutrients: potassium and zinc, to track. I've never tracked these so should be interesting to see what the week's results are. So a... Sun, 17 May 2009 10:11:34 EST May 10-16 Nutrtn Challenge - Hold Salt, Pass Milk! May 10-16 Nutrition Challenge - Hold the Salt! Pass the Milk! <BR> <BR> Do you get enough calcium in your diet? Do you get too much sodium? <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is to add both calcium and sodium into your SP Nutrition Tracker (if you do not already track them) and to work each day to stay within the recommended ranges. Good luck & let us know how you are doing throughout the week. <BR> <BR> Need some ideas to help boost your calcium intake? Check out this SP article: <BR> <l... Sun, 10 May 2009 03:12:05 EST May 3-9 Nutrition Challenge * MAY DAYS May 3-9 Nutrition Challenge <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>289</em> <em>491</em> <em>267</em> <em>284</em> <em>210</em> <em>301</em> <em>277</em> <em>140</em> <BR> <BR> This week, your challenge is to celebrate the first week of May by trying for a good assortment of fruits and vegetables while also getting 5-7 servings per day. <BR> <BR> As a way to help inspire you to get good variety and perhaps have some items you don't regularly have, try to eat fruits & vegies ... Sun, 3 May 2009 05:28:21 EST Positive Attitude Tips Have you ever noticed how refreshingly fun it is to be around positive thinking people who seem to naturally maintain a positive attitude? No matter how bad the circumstances, negativity never even enters their minds, let alone crosses their lips to form negative, faithless words! But let's be honest, encountering a positive person is a rare occurrence these days. Whoops, that sure was a negative thought! <BR> <BR> Negative Versus Positive Thinking: <BR> Why is it so much easier to have a ... Fri, 1 May 2009 12:13:45 EST May's target challenge! For May we will target different areas. Not only do we want to do exercises realted to this area, but the challenge includes to do exercises you have not done before, or do not do often. <BR> <BR> May 1-3 will target stretching exercises. <em>406</em> <BR> <BR> May 4-9 will will target our core muscule group. <em>402</em> <BR> <BR> May 10-17 will target cardio exerces. <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> May 18-24 will target our upper muscle group. <em>401</em> <BR> <BR> May 25-31 will target o... Fri, 1 May 2009 07:15:27 EST Coach Nicole on Local News Again In case you've not seen it, here's a link to a short video of Coach Nicole on our local news last Friday. She's in the news & press more and more recently, which is great. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>151146&clipId=&topVideoCatNo=15048&top<BR>VideoCatNoB=109491&topVideoCatNoC=1047<BR>60&topVideoCatNoD=141804&topVideoCatNo<BR>E=142722&clipId=3688451&topVideoCatNo=<BR>undefined&autoStart=true&activePane=in<BR>fo&LaunchPageAdTag=homepage&clipFormat=flv </link> Tue, 28 Apr 2009 13:38:52 EST Apr 26 - May 2 Nutrition Challenge Water, water, everywhere. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> As it's getting warmer & warmer and we enjoy more outdoor activities, it's important to ensure we drink sufficient water. So this week, let's concentrate on making sure we get our 8 glasses of water at a minimum. If you're playing or working outside, be sure to have extra water to keep you hydrated. <BR> <BR> Report in and let us know how many ... Sat, 25 Apr 2009 23:53:00 EST April 19-25 Nutrition Challenge <em>497</em> <em>498</em> <em>261</em> <em>180</em> <em>492</em> <em>466</em> <em>467</em> <em>487</em> <BR> <BR> This week, let's focus on protein. Are you careful to get the appropriate amount of protein daily? Is it easy for you to stay on target with it or do you have to really focus on getting enough? <BR> <BR> I have historically been low on protein. The past couple of months, I have really focused daily to ensure I have a sufficient amount. So, track along ... Sat, 18 Apr 2009 18:56:35 EST What Emoticon = How You Feel or What You're Doing? Here's me right now: <em>4</em> Thu, 16 Apr 2009 14:14:00 EST April 12 - 18 Nutrition Challenge <em>265</em> <em>258</em> <em>497</em> <em>492</em> <em>301</em> <em>474</em> <em>490</em> <BR> <BR> I have to admit that I've been feeling pretty proud of myself for tracking my food every day and staying within my calorie range and within the recommended range for carbs, fat & protein more often than not. So I thought I should dig a little deeper into my new nutrition levels and see how I'm doing in some of the other key nutrients. I was not happy with some of what I ... Sun, 12 Apr 2009 01:04:30 EST April 5 - 11 Nutrition Challenge <em>267</em> <em>491</em> <em>258</em> <em>488</em> <em>210</em> <em>265</em> <em>140</em> <BR> <BR> This is National Women's Nutrition Week. In recognition of that, I designed this week's challenge to focus on fruits and vegies. I challenge everyone to eat 5-7 servings of fruit and vegetables each day this week. Try to make them of as many different colors as you can. <BR> <BR> Just because it is "Women's" nutrition week, doesn't mean you men out there can't al... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 02:32:32 EST I saw this on another team and thought I'd share! Okay ladies I saw this post on another one of my teams, and I just had to post this here for us. It's long but worth the read. <BR> <BR> The Love Letter from Unhealthy Foods for Women:J.Ivey <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello Sweetheart, how are you today? I've been hearing <BR> all around town that You have been thinking about leaving me...Haven't I been there for you?.......Haven't I been home every single night waiting patiently for you to come in? I'm on every corner in some shape or form just wa... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 16:37:39 EST April's using your band and ball daily challenge! Okay, you will have a daily exercise challenge here everyday for the month of April that will utilize your band or ball. We will also make sure this challenge incorporates doing at least one of our videos each week. If you do not have your video yet you can use one of the videos on SP! Wed, 1 Apr 2009 07:21:35 EST April 1-5 Challenge Are you using your food tracker? For these next days use your food tracker to track calories, fiber and calcium and report your progress here! <em>191</em> Wed, 1 Apr 2009 07:17:00 EST Reporting your videos and other exercise! Here is a thead where you log all the exercise you do each day! Sun, 29 Mar 2009 16:10:31 EST End of March Cardio Challenge! Okay, we only have a few days left of March to meet any of our March goals, so let's step it up a noch! <BR> <BR> This is going to be a tough challenge, but we are only talking 3 days, so I know you can do it! <BR> <BR> Let's do 60 minutes of Cardio a day! I know that is a lot, but you can include the household stuff on top of your exercise. For example, doing some heavy spring cleaning or gardening(or shoveling snow if your up North), you'll note that this is on your home activites page. <... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 06:55:21 EST 4th week of March Challenge! Well, today's exercise of the day got me thinking about this week's challenge, and the importance of stretching every day! I know I have a habit of skipping it, so I thought I would give us some stretching to do everyday this week. Now the exercise of the day is a stretch, however I want us to start the week of with some really good stretching. <BR> <BR> Let's start today with the VIDEO: Calf and Ankle Stretching Routine-Standing Stretches that are Great for Shin Splints. Here is the link: ... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 08:21:50 EST Entering workout DVDs with both Strength & Cardio? I do my workouts with workout DVDs, and I am having problems trying to figure out how to enter a workout that is Cardio and strength training together. I didn't know where else to really ask, so I thought I would try here. <BR> <BR> The workout I am doing is 10 minutes long called Cardio sculpt. How would I enter this into my Fitness tracker correctly? You do the regular cardio stuff (grapevines, step touches, squats, etc), but as you do those you are holding weights and doing thinks like ... Sat, 21 Mar 2009 12:23:42 EST 3rd Week of March Challenge! For this week we are using our balls from our kits. Let's start with video on our DVD, here is the link so you can track it. <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1228 </link> Sun, 15 Mar 2009 08:06:39 EST Daylight Savings Impacts Does today's "Spring forward" by setting our clocks an hour faster affect you? Does it upset your internal clock, your sleep pattern, or something else? <BR> <BR> For myself, I can definitely feel the difference the first couple of days. This year I hope to ease into it by getting good rest the next couple of nights (although I'm not off to a good start since I'm still up tonight). Also, it is supposed to be warm and sunny here so I plan to spend some time outside cleaning flower beds & a... Sun, 8 Mar 2009 01:55:19 EST 2nd week of March Challenge! For this week lets do exercises with dumbells. Remember if you do not have dumbells you can use canned goods instead. We will start the challenge tommorrow, Sunday. <BR> <BR> Let's do this VIDEO: Day 3 Bootcamp Workout. This is a 7-Minute Upper Body Workout with Dumbbells <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1085 </link> Sat, 7 Mar 2009 06:51:44 EST 1st week of March challenge For the first week of March let's use our bands every day! <BR> <BR> We can start by doing the video on our CD. Here is the page with the link for tracking it: <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1228 </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a link to how to use your band: <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=292 </link> Sun, 1 Mar 2009 08:16:36 EST March exercise of the day challenge! For the month of March let's do the exercise of the day each day! Today's exercise is Calf Rocking with Dumbells, here is the link. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=163 </link> <BR> <BR> If you don't have dumbells you can use canned goods, like canned peas or peachs or soups. Don't let not having dumbells stop you! Sun, 1 Mar 2009 08:09:22 EST How to Learn 2 Love Exercise Check out this cool link I got from another team! <link><BR>ss/ht/loveexercise.htm?r=94 </link> Thu, 26 Feb 2009 12:17:20 EST Last week in Feb's Goals! Lets push it for this last week. Try to do at least one spark people video every day. You can do the videos from your kit, or one from the site. Some of the videos are 6 minutes (like the but busting video) and others are longer. Mix it up and explore the different videos. <em>416</em> Sun, 22 Feb 2009 07:59:16 EST Daily motivation Some day, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the greattemptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But thereal struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks. Now it is beingdecided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, youshall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be madeexcept by a steady, long continued process. <BR> -- Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) American Bishop Tue, 17 Feb 2009 06:10:15 EST Feb.16-28 Challenge There are 13 days left this month. I challenge you do 60 minutes of exercise everyday for the rest of the month and post it here. <BR> <BR> Need some motivation, I got this link from a spark friend.... very motivational.... <BR> <link><BR>-finish-strong.html </link> Mon, 16 Feb 2009 10:08:29 EST Team Leader Dear Team, <BR> <BR> Sorry I have been a bad team leader lately. I have a lot of stress and just kinda dropped out for about a week or two. When the other co-leader dropped out, I had no one else to depend on to help. Anyway, I am sorry. I am back and will do my best to make our team work. <BR> <BR> If you are intrested I posted on my blog the reasons why I have been MIA. <BR> <BR> If you know someone who would like to be a co-leader let me know. We need to find a replacement for our co-le... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 08:40:03 EST New Week, New Goals! Sorry I have been MIA leader, but I am determined to make this team work. We have the tools to meet our goals, so let's use them! <BR> <BR> Your goal for this week is to do one exercise using a stability ball or the band every day! <BR> <BR> I am going to start with crunches on the ball! Who wll join me! <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=3 </link> Sun, 15 Feb 2009 08:36:09 EST Weekly Challenge 1/25-1/31 End January with a Bang! <BR> <BR> The weekly challenge is to do the side plank on ball! <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=186 </link> <BR> <BR> How many did you do today? Sun, 25 Jan 2009 21:44:13 EST 1/18 - 1/24 Weekly Challenge! This weeks challenge is: <BR> <BR> Reverse Flys with Band <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=252 </link> <BR> <BR> Please check out the above link before you start this exercise! <BR> <BR> Date: <BR> TV Show: <BR> Time: <BR> Sets: <BR> Reps: <BR> <BR> How do you feel? Mon, 19 Jan 2009 15:22:10 EST Spread the Spark! SparkPeople is having its first ever official “Show Your Spark” Day on Friday, January 16, 2009. SparkPeople members across the globe will be wearing their SparkPeople gear. See how you can participate below: <BR> <BR> 1. Wear Your SparkPeople Gear on January 16, 2009 <BR> <BR> 2. Get together with other members in your teams or friends and wear your SparkPeople Gear. If you do not have SparkPeople gear, you can purchase some at our SparkPeople Store. <BR> <BR> 3.Take a picture of you a... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 06:30:07 EST Helpful answers! Questions and Answers related to store: <BR> <BR> 1) I have emailed, and posted in message boards, I have tried so much to get someone to answer all the questions on my teams and concerns about the things they are getting from spark store to no avail! Any suggestions? -- I apologize that you have not been able to get questions answered on a timely basis. If you have contacted Bullseye via email or phone regarding product related questions, they likely forwarded your concerns to the customer... Mon, 12 Jan 2009 22:38:27 EST Daily quotes and inspiration! Heard a quote you think is inspirational? Share it here! <BR> <BR> I finally realized, my task was not to figure out the one answer but to learn how to live... <BR> <BR> —Marjorie Williams Mon, 12 Jan 2009 06:21:43 EST Weekly Challenge 1/11-1/17 This weeks challenges is seated leg extensions with band, if you don't have a band and have not received kit you can do the seated leg extensions without a band. <BR> <BR> As always we are doing this challenge during our favorite one hour TV shows commercial breaks, 3 days this week! Keep track of each commercial break (sets) and how many you do (reps) and then post it here. Remember if you don't post it you can't win! <BR> <BR> Reverse Crunch with ball! <BR> <BR> Here is a link that dem... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 07:15:29 EST Weight limit on ball? I ordered the starter kit today. I was wondering if any of you can tell me what the weight limit is for the ball? I have heard a lot of them have a weight limit of 300 lbs or less. I sure hope not for this one as I couldn't use it then. Can anyone look on their instructions and let me know what the weight limit is on it? Thanks. Sun, 4 Jan 2009 21:57:32 EST 1/4-1/10 Weekly Challenge! Sorry this is late. This weeks challenges is seated leg extensions with band, if you don't have a band and have not received kit you can do the seated leg extensions without a band. <BR> <BR> As always we are doing this challenge during our favorite one hour TV shows commercial breaks, 3 days this week! Keep track of each commercial break (sets) and how many you do (reps) and then post it here. Remember if you don't post it you can't win! <BR> <BR> Seated Leg Extensions with Ball <BR> <BR... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 20:12:16 EST January Challenge Do each of the SP Starter Kit Videos 2x a week! Thu, 1 Jan 2009 09:47:42 EST 12/28 - 1/3 Weekly Challenge! This is it Baby! We are almost on to a new year and new YOU! This weeks challenge will help take us into 2009 so let's make it count! <BR> <BR> As always we are doing this challenge during our favorite one hour TV shows commercial breaks, 3 days this week! Keep track of each commercial break (sets) and how many you do (reps) and then post it here. Remember if you don't post it you can't win! <BR> <BR> Slow Swimming on Ball - Lower Back <BR> <link><B... Sat, 27 Dec 2008 15:37:18 EST Starter Kit DVD released seperately! I read Nicole's article here <link><BR>ch_nicoles_fitness_starter_kit_dvd_now<BR>_available </link> <BR> and Meg also sent me a mail telling me that we can now buy the DVD without the whole kit. <BR> <BR> I just ordered it along with the Cardio Blast DVD. <BR> Can't wait to receive them! <BR> <BR> Just spread the info in case you haven't read it yet. Fri, 26 Dec 2008 07:20:43 EST Healthy Recepies <link><BR>l.aspx?ID=138435 </link> <BR> <BR> This is from Nestle's site and is a great low cal cookie, and I substitued whole wheat cookies. Sun, 21 Dec 2008 01:27:10 EST 12/21 - 12/27 Weekly Challenge! Okay, this is the week of all weeks! The final full week of the year - let's do this! <BR> <BR> For a little added encouragement - every team member that completes 3 days of the exercise will earn a SparkGoodie! The winner of the challenge will earn the JACKPOT of the SparkGoodies - just wait and see! <BR> <BR> This weeks challenge is Push Ups on Ball at Hips! We are doing these 3 days this week during your favorite TV shows commercial breaks. Keep a tally of each commercial break you... Sat, 20 Dec 2008 20:16:10 EST 12/14 - 12/20 Weekly Challenge! Only 2 more weeks till Christmas! With all the standing in line for our Christmas shopping let's build up our legs. This weeks challenge is: <BR> <BR> Low Mount Abduction with Band (Outer Thigh, Glutes, Hips) <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=11 </link> <BR> <BR> *Please be sure to check out the link above before starting this exercise. As always, make sure you use the proper form so that you do not hurt yourself during this exercise!* <BR> <BR> So ... Fri, 12 Dec 2008 20:12:37 EST 12/7 - 12/13 Weekly Challenge! We are getting closer and closer to Christmas with every challenge we do! So, this week let's focus on our bellies - let's tighten those abs! <BR> <BR> Crunches with Ball <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=3 </link> <BR> <BR> *Please check out the above link before you start this challenge. You need to make sure you are using proper form while doing this exercise!* <BR> <BR> So here we go! Choose 3 nights this week and your favorite one hour TV show... Sat, 6 Dec 2008 16:01:57 EST Just for fun! I borrowed this from a thread on one of my favorite Teams. I hope you guys like is as much as we do. <BR> <BR> Type out the sentence you end up with... <BR> <BR> Pick the month you were born: <BR> January: I kicked <BR> February: I loved <BR> March: I karate chopped <BR> April: I licked <BR> May: I jumped on <BR> June: I smelled <BR> July: I did the Macarena With <BR> August: I had lunch with <BR> September: I danced with <BR> October: I sang to <BR> November:I yelled at <BR> ... Fri, 5 Dec 2008 15:58:41 EST WINNER - Hamstring Curls with Band! <em>244</em> <em>244</em> TRISHWITCH <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> She completed 12 Sets and 24 Reps for a total of 288!!! That's FANTASTIC! <BR> <BR> Remember - you can't be a winner if you don't join in and track it with us! See you all at this months and weeks challenges! Mon, 1 Dec 2008 17:12:59 EST 11/30 - 12/6 Weekly Challenges!!! Yes, it's that time! Time for a new weekly challenge! <BR> <BR> This weeks challenge is to help us out with carrying all those gift bags this month! We're working our arms! As always, let's do this strength training move on your strength training day (3 days a week) during your favorite evening TV shows commercial breaks! All you have to do is keep track of each commercial break you do the move (sets) and how many you do (reps). Each time you complete this come right back here and tel... Fri, 28 Nov 2008 15:58:56 EST DECEMBER TEAM CHALLENGE! December can be a hard month to keep on track with your fitness routine. You tend to get very overwhelmed with all the holiday excitement and busyness that our workout routines are usually one of the first things that we throw on the back burner. Not this year! <BR> <BR> Your December Challenge (should you chose to except it) is to add the SP's Fitness Starter Kit DVD to your strength training 3 days a week! It's your choice to add both the stability ball and the bands or just one each ti... Fri, 28 Nov 2008 15:45:59 EST WINNER!!! 11/16 - 11/22 Weekly Challenge! <em>242</em> <em>242</em> LFROST <em>242</em> <em>242</em> <BR> <BR> Last week she completed the Reverse Crunch with Ball Challenge with Sets: 9 Reps: 62 <BR> <BR> A total of 558 Reverse Crunches with Ball!!!! <BR> <BR> Stop on by her page to check out her new SparkGoodie and congratulate her! She did a fantastic job with this challenge! <BR> <BR> Don't forget to start this weeks new challenge! Tue, 25 Nov 2008 10:27:26 EST How do you like your kit? Mine is scheduled to arrive this upcoming Monday! <BR> <BR> I read about the tape on the other thread but wasn't sure what this was in reference to?? <BR> <BR> Other than that, how are you liking it? :) Sat, 22 Nov 2008 18:57:09 EST 11/23 - 11/29 Weekly Challenge!!! Hhhmmmmmm..... This week was a hard one to choose. I know we are all going to be extra busy because of Thanksgiving BUT we will all be facing even more temptations too! So, I hope you like the move I chose! <BR> <BR> To add a little extra incentive for this week - any one who completes this challenge three days this week will receive a SparkGoodie! The winner for the week will receive a SparkGoodie - Personal Trainer worth 500 Points!!! <BR> <BR> Don't let Thanksgiving make you slack off ... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 17:06:20 EST Helpful Information I thought we would use this to share information about the Spark People Website and to post notices or information that we need to share with each other. <BR> <BR> I am going to start with something that they are posting on other teams because of problems so that everyone is clear about SP policies. This is also the place to ask questions about what is okay or not okay. <BR> <BR> SO here goes..Here it is from SP Community Guidelines: <BR> <BR> No advertising or product promotion is permit... Sun, 16 Nov 2008 14:24:11 EST 11/16 - 11/22 Weekly Challenge! Our First Weekly Challenge! <BR> <BR> Weekly Challenges are a great way to just add a little something extra to your strength training each week - a nice little surprise! I will be posting a new challenge every Friday (so you have time to schedule it in - write it down). The strength training move will change every week, targeting a new muscle group, but when you do it will stay the same. Our weekly challenges are for us to do 3 times a week during your favorite 1 hour TV show! Every comm... Fri, 14 Nov 2008 15:22:05 EST Get 10,000 steps a day! Use your pedomiter to track your steps each day and track them here! <em>231</em> Tue, 11 Nov 2008 18:19:31 EST Exercise at least 15 minutes every day! Okay, first challenge, let's get started. I have not yet received my kit, so I am going to start with Today's Feature exercise which you can find on the side bar. Today's feature is the 12-minute Pilates Abs Workout. <BR> <BR> If you have gotten you kit, you may also want to try one of the workouts on the included video or some of the other videos. If you explore under the fitness tab you will find many that incorporate the ball, the weights or the resistance band. <BR> <BR> Remember you wa... Tue, 11 Nov 2008 16:04:20 EST Hi! I'm one of the co-leaders! Hi! My name is Meg and I'm one of the co-leaders for this great new team! I've been with SparkPeople for almost a year now and I am totally hooked! I can't wait to get some challenges started and see how large and active this team will grow! <BR> <BR> I received my Kit and I love it! The videos are fantastic and so is the equipment. I can't believe how great this price is! Join me in telling all your friends about this! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 11 Nov 2008 13:23:56 EST Canada I am wondering if this will ship to Canada? It looks sooooo great!! I placed an order and didn't get an error message but was still a bit confused because it only listed "state" and not "province" as an option. <BR> <BR> I hope this does ship to Canada because I would like one very, very much!! Tue, 11 Nov 2008 13:20:09 EST How to use this forum <b>PLEASE do not reply to this informational message.</b> <BR> <BR> The "Fun Challenges" forum is a place where Team leaders and members alike can start and join challenges. Every challenge is optional, but joining in is a great way to stay motivated to use your Starter Kit and reach your goals. <BR> <BR> To start a challenge, do not reply to this post. Instead, Create a NEW Topic in this forum for everyone to see. Describe your challenge and then others will reply to join in and report the... Mon, 3 Nov 2008 10:42:19 EST