SparkPeople Fun Fearless Females Team Messageboard Join me and my amazing group of ladies as we help each other become healthy, fit and fabulous through weekly and monthly challenges, healthy dieting and lots of exercise! SparkPeople Fun Fearless Females Team Messageboard Spit or Swallow!? I saw this on another board and thought it was fun. Who doesn't like sexual innuendos;) <BR> <BR> You start with a food, and in the following message say whether you'd "spit" it out or "swallow" it! Be sure to leave a food for the next person! <BR> <BR> Soooo I'll start- Sprouts! like the freaky kind you find on sandwiches and in chow mein. <BR> <BR> xoxo <BR> Jennica Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:49:58 EST This group better still be active! I've been looking for some fierce she-warriors on here and just when I thought I found them.... The group looks a little dead. What's up!? Did everybody get skinny? Lol. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 02:02:57 EST Hello Everyone!! My name is Lety and I am 26 years old. I have never joined a team before but I need motivation to get off my butt!!!!! A year ago around this time I was running at least four times a week three miles at a time and I felt great. I had a lot on my mind so running helped. Soon after I landed my first real job after college and I was so excited. The hours are somewhat long and the distance I have to travel is a bit far. When I get home I don't feel like working out I just want to rest. Since I ha... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:57:15 EST Let's be friends... I'm awesome I am new to this whole scene at SparkPeople but I am excited at what an amazing group of people this seems to be!! :) <BR> Anywho, I am Jessica. I am 22. I have been overweight my entire life and while I tend to eat healthy by nature; I have a sweet tooth. I am ready for change. I am tired of making excuses. I am ready to get started on living my life. I AM READY FOR CHANGE! <BR> <BR> Tell me about you... :) Sun, 24 Mar 2013 23:05:46 EST My 2013 Commitment Hey all! <BR> <BR> I've tried to set a few goals for 2013, not ones that are necessarily as lofty as goals I've set in the past. <BR> <BR> My goals this year are: <BR> <BR> 1. Meet my SP fitness minutes goal. I track this via SparkAmerica, because it totals all my fitness minutes for me, including strength training. Plus, I track my workouts on paper anyway, so avoiding duplication will make things hugely more simple for me. <BR> <BR> 2. Eat clean, one day at a time. Instead of just jum... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 22:32:38 EST Midwinter Challenge With the shortest/darkest day of the year upon us, I propose that we dust off our drab and tired behinds and jump into a new challenge! <BR> <BR> It can be whatever you want plus something a little different. Has anyone tried Bodyrock? Or is there an exercise machine that you haven't tried before at the gym? <BR> <BR> I have to get a new license photo taken in March and I'm happy about the progress that I've made in less than a year but I know I can always do more. So for the next 10 weeks... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 08:56:11 EST 1024 Hey guys, <BR> <BR> So, I just looked at my fitness minutes that I've tracked for the year, and to reach my goal for the year, I need to do 1024 more fitness minutes! <BR> <BR> Have you guys been tracking fitness minutes for the year? (I do it by using mySparkAmerica in SparkPeople, because it lets me put in minutes without having to break it down into specific exercises completed. Super easy!). I like doing it this way, because I track my actual weight-training exercises in a book at the g... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:16:48 EST New and Wanna Say Hi! Im Jordi and am new to this whole site! This group looked pretty stellar! I hope to get some good advice, get a little support in my weightloss and make some great friendships! Tue, 16 Oct 2012 23:00:25 EST Halloween Spooooktacular HELLLOOOOOOOO again you beautiful women you. I have once again been gone far too long. Since I last checked in I moved, changed jobs three times and am now in a super job and still dating Michael, which is going fantastically! Everything really is wonderful.BUT the downside of all the changes and craziness is that my running totally got slacked because of the hills here (it's a nightmare) and my inconsistent schedule. So I broke down and bought a treadmill and it's been a godsend for both me ... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 15:22:51 EST The Weight Race Hi girls! I just joined a website called... <link> </link> You can link up with different buddies and do weight loss challenges. It looks fun, so let me know if any of you would like to join me on there! I'll send you my profile link and we can do a friendly little weight-loss challenge. =) Sun, 19 Aug 2012 19:09:29 EST 6 Week Summer Blast Okay. Since today is 6/6, I figured a 6 week challenge would be appropriate. This will take us to July 18. This challenge will incorporate strength, cardio, nutrition and accountability. I know it's a lot but I think the majority of us do better when there is something we have to put a check mark next to. So here it is all spelled out. <BR> <BR> Accountability- Wednesday is check in day. No excuses, no weigh in. You can report if you like but this part of the challenge is to have at l... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 08:43:34 EST Sixty Days to Sexy Hey Fun Fearless Females! I'm hoping to get a few of you back in on a challenge. Spring is around the corner, and that means bikini season! Let's each set a goal for the next 60 days (April 30 will be the last day) and keep each other accountable and positive. Fri, 2 Mar 2012 13:51:21 EST FFF Valentine's Day '12 Challenge Okay ladies. I heard there was a request for a new challenge so here it is. I have no idea what everyone wants for parameters. I'm open to anything. <BR> <BR> My suggestion: 3 personal goals and check in twice a week. I'm not kidding about the checking in either. I know we all get busy and it's easy to get sidetracked but we have to make this a priority. <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> 1- Drink more water. I drink about 4 cups on average everyday so that needs to be increased. <BR> 2- Mor... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 20:16:26 EST Hi Im excited to be a part of this group. Looking forward to getting new healthy living tips from the ladies. Sun, 4 Dec 2011 16:30:06 EST Shrink Your Rear-End by the Year End! FORUM Hi Ladies! <BR> <BR> I hope you're all excited about the new challenge. I hope we get some new faces! Our first "official" weigh-in will be on Wednesday, but if you've weighed in for the Spooktacular challenge you can use that weight. Just make sure you post it, or change your ticker. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to reveal the grand prize quite'll just have to wait for that, but I promise it's good! <em>334</em> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 20:50:49 EST Shrink Your Rear-End by the Year End! GUIDELINES <em>227</em> DO NOT POST HERE! CHALLENGE GUIDELINES ONLY! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> This challenge is based on percentage of weigh loss. Whoever loses the greatest percentage, WINS! There will be only 1 Grand Prize winner, so do your best!! The first official weigh in will be on Wednesday so be sure to post it on the boards, on your weight-loss ticker, or somewhere that the team can see it it and hold you accountable. <BR> <BR> <BR> CONSISTANCY CHALLENGE: <BR> <BR> Check in on... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 20:45:31 EST 8 pounds, 8 weeks: Halloween Spooktacular! OK ladies, great job to everyone who participated in the Labor Day challenge, now onto our next goal! <BR> <BR> We've got eight weeks until Halloween, so I think again we should go for a pound of weight loss a week. I know we can do this. <BR> <BR> Some of you have asked for this challenge to have more structure, so I'm going to break it down into days and give us all a goal to meet every day, and then we can set our own weekly goals. These goals don't mean you shouldn't do them the other... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 10:47:42 EST 10 pounds, 10 weeks Labor Day Challenge 2011 Ok, so I know 10 pounds in 10 weeks seems like a lot, but if we can all lose a pound a week by tracking calories, mileage, and just sticking to our individual workouts I think we can do it. <BR> <BR> Last challenge the goal was to track your calories every day and report to us if you goof up by grading yourself on how you did. I really think this helped us all maintain perspective and not feel that urge to binge. It did for me anyway, so i think we should keep that up. <BR> <BR> For cardi... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 13:58:15 EST Suit Up for Summer - July 4 Challenge! Hello all you lovely fun fearless females - good job to everyone from the Memorial Day Challenge - sorry I got there so late! <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> So, we have 34 days from now until July 4 and here's the challenge ... <BR> <BR> Cardio - set a personal challenge for yourself either in minutes per day, mileage for the month, etc. <BR> <BR> Strength training - because I think this is always the hardest to fit in, we have to challenge ourselves to MAKE TIME FOR IT at least three days a we... Tue, 31 May 2011 13:56:47 EST I'M BACK OMGoodness I missed you girls soooo freakin' much. For some reason today, after a fishing trip with my besties, I felt the need to update spark and get back to workout out with you girls. <BR> Things have been fantastic for me lately - if not a little overwhelming - but I've stayed on track, done a million runs, just finished a half marathon last weekend and have another 8k June 11 plus a kayak race, then hoping for a half marathon in November - but i still want to get to my goal weight. <B... Sun, 22 May 2011 19:09:24 EST Memorial Day 2011 Challenge Here's the thread. Tue, 26 Apr 2011 10:12:53 EST Hopping into Easter '11 Ladies- <BR> <BR> Here is the new thread for the Easter challenge. I'm still crunced at work so I was going to extend th ebasic parameters of the last challenge and anyone is welcome to add to it! <BR> <BR> To refresh everyones memories: 1 day/week - no sweets, 1 day/week - no meat, 5 days/week- 45 minute workouts. <BR> <BR> Have a good one! Tue, 22 Mar 2011 11:32:01 EST Sweat Into Spring 2011 Hey girls! Just wanted to get the new thread started... I think a spring goal sounds great (Lori, stole it from you!) It's just 5 weeks away. <BR> <BR> I challenge you all to get in 45 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week, until we ring in Spring! If you do a 30 minute dvd, try to get in 15 minutes of walking, jogging, riding your bike, or hop on the elliptical! Anything, just aim for 45. <BR> <BR> I also challenge you to make 1 day a week sugar-free. By sugar I don't mean fruit... I mean sk... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:49:32 EST Hello, I am Committed! Hi, my name is Jessica. I am married, and looking to lose about 74 pounds. I am looking to meet others who are committed to losing weight. Feel free to message me! :) Thu, 20 Jan 2011 16:53:33 EST Hoping to prove my mother wrong! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to this team but have big aspirations. Growing up I was always a small petite girl. I am 5'1" and currently weigh 163 pounds (which doesn't seem too bad but remember 5'1"). After graduating high school 8 years ago I let my love for Cheez-its and Coca Cola ruin what I had. I gained a ton of weight. My mother who has always been slim (which my ex boyfriends constantly reminded me of) got that way thanks to laxatives. I do not want to go that route. <BR> <BR> A... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 16:12:35 EST 8 Weeks to a Better You Challenge Checklist This checklist is to help YOU track your points each day. Mark off each thing you do each day and at the end of the week total your points and enter them in the Points Tracker. For your FREE DAY, you can just go through and mark each thing for that day whether or not you actually accomplished it; you will get the full 10 points for that day. You can get a total of 71 points per week! <BR> <BR> 1: EXERCISE at least 45 minutes a day. <BR> Mon: Tues: Wed: Thurs: Fri: Sat: Sun: <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:42:43 EST Spread the Love - Valentine's 2011 Challenge Okay girls, here's the challenge! This challenge involves loving not only our bodies, but our loved ones and ourselves too. <BR> <BR> Part 1 involves cardio. There is a team tracker on the FFF home page that has a weekly goal of 300 minutes. Enter your cardio time into the tracker each day. Let's "spark" some friendly competition! <BR> <BR> Part 2 involves your friends and family. Try to get someone involved in a workout of some type once each week. A tennis match, a race or a gym bud... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 10:56:33 EST Consistent through Christmas (NY 2010 Challenge) Okay ladies....I apologize for being AWOL for so long. I'll let you all know what has been going on in a different post. <BR> <BR> This post is about the new challenge! It will start immediately and run through New Years Day. January 1st will be the end date. <BR> <BR> I need to get consistent. I think it helps us all stay accountable and not quite so guilty when that Holiday party or 5 roll around :) <BR> <BR> Any additional suggestions are welcome! Thu, 2 Dec 2010 09:38:29 EST Whisk Away the Waddles - Thanksgiving 2010 Okay. I think we all know what the Turkey waddle is...that nasty chin skin..yuck! I never want that and I never want to gain back the pounds I've lost! <BR> <BR> This challenge focuses on fitness minutes and abdominal work. Let's aim for 180-300 minutes each week of cardio and 20-35 minutes of abdominal work. <BR> <BR> I'll be posting my current waist measurement in my signature line. Let's find out what a month can do! <BR> <BR> Good luck!!!!! Mon, 1 Nov 2010 09:10:20 EST Hellooo Hello Everyone! I'm 20 years old, have an awesome boyfriend, and not so healthy habits (plus a bit of weight to lose!) I start working towards my goals on Nov.1 and im going to need some help, motivation and support along the way! Fri, 22 Oct 2010 20:56:41 EST Controlling TOM Appropriately, I saw the article about Eating to Beat PMS when I logged into SP this morning. <BR> <BR> I don't know about you all but I know that I struggle keeping my energy levels up enough to fit in a workout and fighting those pesky food cravings, so this was right up my alley! (Turns out exercise during your TOM is a good thing after all...) <BR> <BR> If you haven't read it yet, here it is:<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1159 <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 11:09:33 EST The Spooktacular Strength and Stamina Challenge Welcome to the new challenge girls!! Thanks to Kel for our challenge name, love it :) <BR> <BR> The challenge is going to broken into 2 parts. <BR> <BR> Part 1- Cardio Challenge: 160-300 minutes per week. Push yourselves on this one. The minimum is attainable but the maximum will definitely put your butt to work! <BR> <BR> Part 2- Strength Challenge: 20 real pushups by 9/30. <BR> <BR> Helpful hints- Any cardio counts, just get your heart rate up. If you want to count your trip to th... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 09:43:27 EST Weekend Weakness Hey Ladies- I've found that I have a MUCH harder time staying on track over the weekends. My biggest challenge is figuring out how to balance spending time with friends- which often means alcohol and eating out- and sticking with my goals. <BR> <BR> How do you ladies manage your social commitments and your commitment to yourself? With the long weekend looming ahead, I'm especially eager to hear your tips and tricks! <BR> Wed, 1 Sep 2010 11:18:27 EST Hello! Just introducing myself! <BR> <BR> <BR> Name: Sara <BR> Age: 30 <BR> Birthdate: Nov 22 <BR> Where you live (state and/or city): Illinois <BR> Children: 0 <BR> Pets: 2 tuxedo cats, Bea and Winston <BR> Occupation: Auditor and freelance designer <BR> Favorite Exercise Activity: yoga/cycling <BR> Favorite Healthy Foods: watermelon <BR> Hobbies: drawing, researching design ideas, interior decorating/design <BR> What does your workout routine consist of?: 45 min cycling, 30 min yoga <BR> W... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 10:27:16 EST Good Day I always find introductions awkward but I will give it a go anyway. I'm Jenni and just turned 27. Over the last couple of years I have gained about 40 lbs. For starters I never watched what I ate and didn't really workout for long periods of time. <BR> <BR> I moved to California from Michigan in August 2009 right after I was married to start grad school in Fresno, CA. In Jan 2010 my husband was diagnosed with cancer (we just found out he is cancer free, but still recovering) Since Jan I have... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 17:58:15 EST I'm Hungry So I ate lunch about an hour ago. It was a tremendously big lunch, but right now I feel like I can eat an entire meal. Background info: I've never been an over eater so thats not an issue, I'm more of an under eater.. :( I think this past week since I've been eating more (the proper amount of food for the day) my metabolism might have sped up. <BR> <BR> <BR> Should I eat again? Just a snack... maybe a carb to help me feel a little more full??? <BR> <BR> help! Wed, 7 Jul 2010 16:31:27 EST Labor of Love 2010 This is the new Labor Day Challenge 2010! <BR> <BR> Welcome to all who join, old & new! We are planning on running this challenge from 6/28/10 - 9/6/10 but feel free to jump in anytime. <BR> <BR> I know that a lot of ladies on this thread will be completing the goal of participating in a 5k or other race or walk set in the last challenge. So.....lets build on that here too! <BR> <BR> The challenge this time will be to set an activity goal that is currently out of your reach to complete b... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 10:55:13 EST My first time :) Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> This is my first message here. When I discovered the Spark site I was intrigued and thought I would try it out. I need something extra to motivate me (to exersize ) and I love learning and reading information about health. I think I am already very aware of how and what I eat (not that I don't cheat sometimes) I do feel I need to lose some weight-tuning 50 seems to trigger some kind of "weight gain" switch!! I hate it! <BR> I'm determined to beat this and not let it... Thu, 20 May 2010 10:24:56 EST Hello Team! My name is Terri and recently I have been struggling and unmotivated. I thought maybe some new teams would inspire me again, so that's why I am here. I hope to regain my workout MOJO! Wed, 12 May 2010 15:44:57 EST What makes you feel fun, fearless? So, what makes you feel fun, and fearless? <BR> <BR> For me, I feel 'fun' when I'm singing along with the radio in my car. And I feel most fearless when I'm feeling romantic <em>18</em> Wed, 5 May 2010 15:39:44 EST Hi! Hi everyone! I'm Sara. I joined Spark today and I'm really excited to get started. Ok I'm excited and a little nervous... I've had a few strong starts at getting healthy but then I'd get derailed. This time I'm determined to make it last! Mon, 19 Apr 2010 00:46:58 EST Hello there! Hey ladies! My name is Melanie and I do have to say I am fun and fearless and quite obviously female. I just want to say that I'm proud to be on this team! Sat, 17 Apr 2010 16:15:38 EST Starting again at 25 Hey everybody! I'm new (sort of ) to sparkpeople. I joined technically in January, but just recently really got involved. I love it! This is the most amazing site. I'm really excited to make these life changes. I'm 25, almost 26, and I want to be able to do all the things I dreamed I'd be doing at this age when I was a kid. You know, bungee jumping, having adventures, dating a lot, etc. Lol. So here's to a new beginning and a new adventure. Can't wait to see what happens! Fri, 9 Apr 2010 20:47:43 EST Hello! Hi! <BR> <BR> My name is Louise and I am new. Just popped in to say hello! :) <BR> <BR> I am really looking forward to doing the whole spark thing, it's got me eating healthier already! Mon, 5 Apr 2010 10:23:02 EST Spark friend Hey all, <BR> <BR> I am really looking for a good spark friend. Someone to keep in touch with often and who I can get to know and share interests with and support. <BR> <BR> Hope someone out there feels so too... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 16:11:44 EST Hello Ladies! I'm Allison! I was browsing through the spark teams and saw this one! I totally had to join because it makes me think of reading Cosmo! And I love Cosmo:) I hope everyone had a Fun Fearless Weekend and is ready to start a new week tomorrow!! <em>415</em> Sun, 28 Mar 2010 10:50:42 EST FTV Global Model Search Hi Everyone! Please vote for me for FTV's Global Model Search by following this link. This is about as fearless as I get :) <BR> <BR><BR>&m_id=2459 <BR> <BR> I've worked really hard for this and I need everyone's support. <BR> <BR> &#9829;M Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:44:28 EST Sizzlin' Summer (& Hot Bikini Bods) Challenge 2010 Here is the next challenge starting today (or as soon as you post your goals) through to Summer Solstice (June 21 and the longest day of the year): <BR> <BR> Part 1: Set a race goal! This may be a true challenge for some, but this is the start of the season for fun runs and walks that are usually paired with a great cause and it is bound get you motivated! Go for Race for the Cure or something of that sort. You can walk it, bike it, swim it, run it - 5k, 10k, half marathon - you name it! Her... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 06:04:27 EST Hi! I'm Tam! Actually, my name is Tamara but Tam just looks and sounds more energetic. <BR> <BR> I've been using this site for about two weeks and now that I'm totally vested in it (spending at least 30 minutes per day immersed in it's entertaining articles and calorie counter) I am ready to start participating in my communities on a more intimate level. <BR> <BR> I'm 24, in love with my own humanity, playful, energetic and all around joyful 50% of the time. 30% of the time I'm pissed off at the world ... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 10:36:52 EST Luck of the Inches -2010! Well, I think it's time for a new challenge! Let's go from V-day to St. Pat's! <BR> <BR> The goal is inches lost. At the end of the challenge, post a fun picture of yourself in all your green glory. For those that wish for an extra challenge, you can post a picture of your bodacious bikini bod lol! <BR> <BR> Let's take time to measure all of our successes, not just the ones measured by a scale. <BR> <BR> Good luck of the Irish to you! <em>439</em> Sun, 14 Feb 2010 19:01:16 EST Hey Ladies!! I'm new... Hey! I'm 24yrs old, from Cleveland, OH, just moved here recently from KY and have decided to quit making excuses and turn over a new leaf! My goal is to be healthier and learn to love exercise! Looking forward to making friends here! Fri, 29 Jan 2010 16:32:43 EST Turning things around... Hi, <BR> I just turned 24 and am trying to make this the year to stop making excuses and to reach my goals. I have gained about 20 pounds since I got married and graduated college and do not want to waste my 20's in excuses. I signed up for a marathon in June and am looking for support in reaching my goals and getting healthy, body and soul. Looking forward to the spark adventure! <BR> Sun, 24 Jan 2010 12:13:34 EST Push-Up Challenge? Hi girls, <BR> <BR> Some people mentioned they were interested in doing the push-up challenge. If you'd like to join, please check out the plan at the following website: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's a very manageable plan that takes six weeks, and starts slow for people (like me) who can only do about eight real push-ups in a row. <BR> <BR> Join the thread if you want to participate-- I'll send out a reminder on Monday to do your first set of push-ups. Thu, 21 Jan 2010 09:00:20 EST January 2010 Challenge: Plan for Success! Here's the new challenge, ladies! It's all about planning! Take some time to plan out your menu for the month of January. Use this thread to share menu ideas and healthy recipes. <BR> <BR> For fitness, aim for at least 3 hours of cardio per week. If you would like some new activity ideas, try the SP "30 Days of Fun Fitness Activities" Calender, here: <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1296 </link> <BR> <BR> Good Luck! Sat, 2 Jan 2010 16:20:30 EST Christmas & New Year's Challenge Hey ladies! Just wanted to get a message board started. It sounds like everyone did great with the last challenge and we are ready to take the new year by storm! <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if we've ironed out all the parts to this challenge but it sounds like we'll have our own goals to meet by Christmas and maintain through the New Year along with a team challenge. <BR> <BR> I'm going to leave the team challenge up to someone else to explain because I'm not real sure what it will involve l... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 12:53:59 EST Hello Ladies Greetings all...I'm here to be surrounded by ladies with the same goal in mind.To be fit and fearless:)Though my journey will be a hard one I will make it exciting.Good luck to all in their journey! Sat, 14 Nov 2009 19:06:54 EST Thanksgiving Challenge 2009 Alright girls... so Halloween is here, marking the end of our last challenge. Which means.... time for a new one! This one will run til Thanksgiving, November 26. Everyone feel free to post your ideas and goals! Sat, 31 Oct 2009 14:50:24 EST Introduce Yourself Here: <em>213</em> New to this team. Looking forward to getting acquainted with and learn from you as we work together toward a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 Oct 2009 12:54:46 EST Aloha Ladies!! New to Sparkpeople and messaging in general. Looking to lose 20 pounds and desperately need motivation! help! Thu, 29 Oct 2009 13:51:56 EST Halloween Challenge 2009 Hey ladies! Ok let's DO this. I hope everyone's on board... for this challenge I thought we could, of course as always, just keep on posting and supporting each other. We can do another mileage/fitness minutes challenge. Set a goal for yourselves (the challenge is about 8 weeks) and then have at 'er! =) Take your measurements/weigh yourselves asap so that you can gauge your progress. <BR> <BR> PERSONALLY, I'm going to try to track 6 out of 7 days a week for the duration of the challenge. I ... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 18:02:49 EST In need of some love from the Fun Fearless Females Hey ladies! I know I haven't been around a lot. Mostly because my work/social life keeps me pretty active and I've denied myself this time. I feel like i've hit rock bottom. I don't understand. I'm not pregnant, my thyroid is in perfect condition yet I'm continuously gaining weight. It seems like in the past few months it's gotten worse and worse! I hit 150lbs today and I thought I would die. It was a hundred times worse than when I hit 140lbs. I feel like I take one step forward and three st... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 19:40:44 EST Foods that keep you going I've started eating eggs for breakfast most mornings. I bought two silicone "poach pods" at Crate & Barrel, and they are so easy to use. You just crack an egg into each pod and float it on boiling water in a covered pot for 5 minutes, and you have delicious poached eggs. <BR> Anyway, ever since I've started eating eggs, I've noticed that I don't need a mid-morning snack, and most days I don't even want lunch until 1 or 1:30. It used to be that I would need a snack at 10:00 am and I was ... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 12:27:40 EST Muscle Confusion And Breaking Plateaus! Hi everyone...I was wondering if anyone had some information on muscle confusion. I heard it before but it really hasn't sunk in until now...Maybe at the end of the Labor Day Challenge Eren?????? Maybe a challenge or even a short term mini-challenge aimed at our fitness and muscle confusion???? From what I know, its switching things up DRASTICALLY! I am doing more research on it to get a better idea of what it is! What is everyone elses thoughts??? Sun, 16 Aug 2009 19:07:58 EST Operation Beautiful I'm going out on a limb posting a seperate topic but last week I was introduced to a new website. There was an article posted in the Orlando Sentinel about an idea that a local Orlando woman had and how it's exploded into this movement. You can find the article at:<BR>l-operation-beautiful-070109,0,3237926<BR>.story. If the article doesn't show you can search "Operation Beautiful" to find it. Basically this woman decided that she wanted to uplift wom... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 11:43:48 EST Labor Day Challenge Discussion Board Here's the link to the challenge instructions ladies (at the bototm)- check it out and let's get started. <BR> I forgot to weigh in this morning but I'll do it first thing Tuesday morning - so far toward this challenge I've logged in 4 miles. <BR> We'll just keep the weighing in, measurements and mileage stuff on this post, that way people can just go to one place and do it all - I always forget to check all of the others. Plus this will help inspire some of our teammates who maybe don't al... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 09:44:46 EST Labor Day Challenge 2009 <em>227</em> DO NOT POST HERE <em>227</em> <BR> OK ladies, for those of you who participated in the July 4 Challenge - good job! Even if you didn't meet your goals at least you made Spark a part of your regular routine again. <BR> For this next challenge however, it's going to require a little more from all of us. <BR> For those of us who like to run, bike, walk, row, do the elliptical, WHATEVER, this is a milleage challenge: Your choise of exercise, log 300-500 miles by Sept. 7. I know... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 09:38:44 EST Hi! Hi all! I've been on SP for about 5 months but I just found this team today. "Fearless" is one of my very favorite ways to describe myself :) Thu, 2 Jul 2009 23:24:29 EST What is your favorite "non-exercise" exercise? I made a new goal for myself since this is the start of week 2. That is, to do at least one "non exercise" exercise a week. Like, bowling or washing my car (it needs it anyway). Something more interesting than the normal 'take a walk' scenario. I am looking into swing dancing lessons at the moment. But I'm going to need more ideas so I don't get bored! So what is your favorite "non exercise"? <BR> Mon, 22 Jun 2009 15:27:39 EST New Lady! Hey eveyone! I'm 23 from Nashville, looking to lose a few. Look forward to getting to know all of you! Tue, 16 Jun 2009 10:13:17 EST Girly TOM question So, I've never had a cycle.. the longest a cycle will last is about 6 months, then I'll have a performance, vacation, or other important event in my life and I'll get it for that event instead of in the previous cycle... <BR> <BR> So December I got it around the 23rd, January - the same. I started working out (elliptical, treadmill, Turbo Jam, 30 day shred) 5 days a week in mid January. February I didn't get it. March I get it the 24th, April 23rd.. May, nothing - May 11th I started worki... Tue, 9 Jun 2009 22:53:57 EST Summer Daily Check in! <em>67</em> <BR> Hi Challengers! <BR> <BR> Here's a place to check in daily and post mini-goals. <BR> You can list: calories eaten, cardio, ST, fruits/veggies eaten for the day! <BR> <BR> This kind of tracking really helps me stay accountable and log in every day. I hope it helps some of you! <em>30</em> Mon, 8 Jun 2009 19:03:33 EST July 4 Challenge WEIGH INS Whatever your weigh-in day is, do it here and let us know how you're doing! Fri, 29 May 2009 09:53:53 EST July 4 Challenge - CHAT THREAD - POST HERE Here we go ladies - the start of a new challenge to get the summer started off right. I know we've all had a rough couple of months but it's time to get back to being us and checking in regularly and getting our fabulous bodies in bikini or at least tankini shape! <BR> My goal for this challenge is to lose 8-10 pounds by my birthday on July 3! I'm using this challenge as a way to keep me motivated on this new raw food/insulin resistance diet I've been doings - it's been a challenge but I'm d... Fri, 29 May 2009 09:52:17 EST July 4 Challege - No Posting Here Please Ok girls - it's time to get back on track. I know as the weather gets warmer and summer aproaches, many of us get busier with the longer days, but it's time to start checking in again and putting ourselves, our fitness and our diets first. So here we go. <BR> For this challenge I'm not going to set a weightloss goal because it's different for all of us. I will ask though, that begining this week, you post in the chat thread and let everyone know what your goals are. Here are the three parts ... Fri, 29 May 2009 09:49:51 EST renewed commitment Hey everyone Im 24 years old, I'm a wild child trying to settle down. I live life the way I want to never having regrets, except now Im to the point where I realized I've gained nearly 200 pounds in the last 8 years. yuck. <BR> <BR> I've renewed my commitment to myself and I'm here for change! Thu, 28 May 2009 21:44:14 EST Do you allow yourself extra calories during PMS? I feel like I'm STARVING during PMS. I'm just wondering if anybody allows themselves any extra cals, how many extra they allow, and what effect it has on their weight loss efforts? Sometimes I feel like I can't get by on even my MAX calorie range during those few days a month! Wed, 13 May 2009 20:43:31 EST New and ready to go I'm new and excited to be here. I've always been great in my own skin and have aversions to corporate America making money off of weight loss fads that we buy into because we're tricked into having low self-esteem by these same companies. (Obviously I get a little soap-boxy about this.) I was excited to find this site that gave me a realistic weight goal (BMI be damned I say) and a very user-friendly way to keep track of my eating habits and exercise. I say woohoo for being healthy and if I ... Tue, 12 May 2009 13:04:20 EST Hellooooo Hi everybody! I'm Mamselle and I'm new here (been on SparkPeople for a few weeks now though). My goals are to eat healthier, work out more, lose about twenty pounds, and get fit. So far, I've lost about six and a half pounds and I'm near my first goal of 140! I'm always looking for buddies, support, motivation, and advice! I'm also really looking forward to being a Fun Fearless Female! <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> Mamselle Sun, 10 May 2009 22:21:40 EST New girl! Finally an active team!! My name is Jessica and I am a 20 (almost 21!) college student in Texas. I am on a few teams but not many are very active. Cant wait to meet all of yall. Have a great day! Tue, 21 Apr 2009 15:31:54 EST ARGH! Exams are totally screwing me up! I've been studying all day, every day for ages now, and it really messes up my eating habits - missing meals, and lots of snacks. <BR> <BR> My housemates also buy a lot of junk food around this time of year (all the stress eating!) and I just can't resist! I ate so many chips today, and before then, I was totally on-plan for the whole day. <BR> <BR> How irritating is that!? How do you resist? Sun, 19 Apr 2009 19:47:02 EST New! Hello :) <BR> My name is Jen, I am 28 and live in Michigan. I'm a SAHM to 3 kids, ages 6, 4 and 1. I have been a member of SP since 2006; lost 50lbs from September 2006-June 2007, got pregnant, had the baby in Feb. 2008, breastfed for a year and re-joined SP and Weight Watchers February of this year. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to get to know all of you better! Wed, 15 Apr 2009 07:24:37 EST what fun activities do you do for exercise? So I'm trying to get inspired to work out but I'm trying to get ideas of things that are fun to add to my workout routine. <BR> <BR> You know the things you don't even think of as exercise they are just something you want to do. <BR> <BR> So what are you up to? Thu, 9 Apr 2009 11:20:13 EST We need to discuss this...(Biggest Loser Viewers) So i watched BL tuesday and the woman that came back lost 87 POUNDS ALL BY HERSELF IN 12 WEEKS!!! that is only 3 months. that is me being out of the 200's by the end of June. does anyone have any idea how she did it? found info online? or anything. i haven't been able to stop going on about it for 2 days straight. i mean it is expected of the people on the ranch. but at home, entirely by herself. this is blowing my mind, i can't even tell you how much. lol. well yeah. so what do you guys thin... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 20:10:35 EST I have arrived!!! hey everybody. i'm shanna i'm here continuing the lifestyle is started last January. to date i have lost about 58 pounds. i've hit some plateaus and i've actually became discouraged lately bc i have been stuck in the 280's since September even tho i have been going to the gym and haven't been eating "too bad". but lately i've re "organized" things. and i have decided that sugar is my biggest downfall. so i have recommitted and am determined to be out of the 280's once and for all by April 1st... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 17:49:59 EST The new girl... HELLO ALL i hope you'll all welcome me as a part of your group!! i just found this wonderful website im hoping it'll help me reach my goals and this team was small and im hoping maybe a little more personal =) lets do this thing!! Wed, 18 Mar 2009 20:38:22 EST Mind & Body - Please Chat Here! Hey ladies! The new challenge is up. I have yet to post the weekly challenge, but I'll get that on in just a minute. Woo woo! Tue, 17 Mar 2009 18:42:28 EST Mind & Body Challenge: March 18 - May 25, 2009 <em>227</em> NO POSTS HERE, PLEASE! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> This thread is set up for instructions only. Please chat in the Mind & Body Chat thread. <BR><BR>board_thread.asp?board=0x28330x23890271 <BR> <BR> I. SET A GOAL: Everyone needs to set a *Challenge Goal* that is unique to you. This goal can be anything you want: Pounds Lost, Mileage Covered, Habits Formed or Broken, Measurements, Endurance, etc. Make sure your goal is something that y... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 18:37:21 EST Monday Weigh-Ins You can do this if you want - but I thought this is a good way to keep ourselves accountable during the weekends. It's worked for me in the past so let's give it a go. <BR> Today, very sadly, and pissed off, weighed in at 146 - that means I'm back to my holiday weight despite running up to 10 miles at a time - but I have been slacking on strength but that all changes today - as does my food. So yeah - for the next challenge and as long as you girls want, we'll weigh in here. Cheers and good ... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 13:28:55 EST March 16 to March 22, 2009 BURN 4,000 Calories <em>236</em> Our challenge is coming to an end so why not rock our way out of it. Let's burn 4,000calories this week. Who is with me? <em>247</em> Mon, 16 Mar 2009 12:57:56 EST Is the grass greener on the....??? Hey guys, I have kinda a personal issue to talk about...really personal. It is especially for those of you that are married, in a relationship or ever have been... <BR> I work at GNC and love it. For about the past 1-2 months this guy has been coming in and getting a protein drink for after his workouts, and we chat for a while. Nothing really. Of course he is really good looking but that never really got to me ... and then the "appearances" suddenly became more often, like 3-4 times per week... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 01:10:35 EST Something I heard on Biggest Loser... True? I posted this on another team board also (is that bad posting etiquette - to post topics on multiple boards?), but I wanted to know what you ladies thought... <BR> <BR> Not sure if anyone remembers this, but I was thinking about it last night. A few weeks ago on Biggest Loser, Jillian was talking about one of the contestants who had worked out for 30 days at home and lost only 2 pounds. Jillian said that when people say "I may not have lost pounds, but I've lost inches" or "I've built up sta... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 11:46:00 EST Who motivates you? Having trouble finding external motivation today... Who motivates you? Tue, 24 Feb 2009 22:32:37 EST For the nomination of Mrs. Plateau... I know you ladies have heard me talk about plateaus and how they royally suck! Well I need help...I have tried everything. I know I probably haven't searched hard enough for my reason, but this just bites man! <BR> I have gotten advice from clients, trainers, and fellow Sp-ers, and nothing has helped yet. <BR> I have tried: <BR> -Carb cycling <BR> -Going from circuit training to heavier strength training <BR> -Eating cleaner <BR> <BR> Any other suggestions for a plateau buster? And while I ... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 01:58:06 EST Contingency planning Hello ladies, <BR> I was wondering if anyone had any good advice for me? <BR> A bunch of my friends are going out together on Saturday night - meeting up at a friend's house, going to our favourite club night, then all having a sleepover afterwards. The problem (for me) is that the plan involves lots of cakes, homemade chocolates, high calorie cocktails, etc. So you can see why I need a contingency plan :) <BR> So far the plan is to save up my calories for the day and have a big dinner just ... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 05:15:31 EST Miss Fabulous at your service Well, I am new on this team, so just wanted to stop by and say hi. Hope to make many friends here. Thu, 19 Feb 2009 01:19:19 EST New Teammate with Question Hi Ladies, I'm new to the team, and I have a question for everyone - do you prefer to let Spark plan your meals, or do you enter your foods manually? If you use the Spark mealplan, how is it? Easy to stick to? Does your husband like it? <BR> xoxo <em>301</em> Mon, 16 Feb 2009 14:58:33 EST Planning Ahead: Workouts and Healthy Eating! I am posting this thread to give a space to post weekly plans of attack for work outs and healthy meals. Let's keep each other accountable, girls! Mon, 16 Feb 2009 10:42:33 EST * * *Luck of the Inches! * * * <em>441</em> Alright ladies, this challenge isn't just for the Irish girls! There are 4 weeks and 3 days until St. Patricks Day, and during that time our new challenge is to lose 4 inches off of our measurments. So, get out those measuring tapes and start measuring!! A few key places to measure are: <BR> Waist <BR> Hips <BR> Thighs <BR> Calves <BR> Chest <BR> Bust <BR> Neck <BR> Biceps <BR> Feel free to add to that list. <BR> <BR> We will take our measurments only TWICE during this chall... Sat, 14 Feb 2009 23:07:03 EST 13 days of love - No Excuses! Ok, there's only 13 days left till the end of our Valentine's Day challenge so let's make it good. <BR> For these next two weeks I want all of you lovely ladies to do things for YOU. <BR> This week your challenges will be health and fitness. I want you to do things for yourself like pushing yourself to your next fitness goal and sticking to your calories daily. As a reward for hard work, I want you NOT to eat extra foods - there's no excuse for stuffing unnecessary foods in our mouths no ma... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 21:32:14 EST *Last Week of January Final Challenge* NO EXCUSES POINTS CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> <BR> This last week of January you will gain POINTS for the fitness and spark activities you do! You will post your daily total and I will tabulate the results. The person with the most points at the end of the week will get a SPARK GOODIE medal of honor on their spark page. <BR> <BR> Get your competition on, girls! Let me know if you are in for the points part of the challenge this week so I can whip up a spreadsheet to tally your daily points. <... Sun, 25 Jan 2009 11:08:11 EST What did you pass up today? Everyday something comes around that I wanna eat sooo badly, but I shouldn't. You know those RED LIGHT FOODS..ones you start on and can't stop. So when we pass those up, you feel great about yourself. We can log those to make yourself feel even better by sharing those. And if you do give in, just don't over indulge-just tell how much of a "good thing" you had. <BR> Thurs- I passed up a pack of peanut m&ms somebody offered me. I Love them too! I can't stop at 1. <BR> Fri-I passed up a plate of... Sat, 24 Jan 2009 11:45:35 EST To Do A Figure Competition Or Not? There is something I am considering, there is a body building challenge in June here where I live. I am thinking about doing it! Not the bodybuilding part, the figure competition! Wouldn't it be nice? I don't know. I'm a little nervous! I have the body type to do it. I am short, stalky and gains muscle easily! But if I do it I'll have to take into consideration that I might be gaining muscle and not fat with my weight loss! Does this sound crazy??? At least it'd give me a deadline wouldn't it... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 09:29:40 EST Hello Everyone Hi new to the team, not very good at putting myself out there but am trying to change that. I am in nursing school, work full time and am a single mother. I am scared to death of not only not losing more weight but gaining what I have lost back. Looks like this team has great support and that is what I am looking for. I look forward to getting to know all of you. Mon, 19 Jan 2009 13:45:15 EST Dead tired I thought exercising was supposed to give me more energy - when will that happen? I exercise but Ive never worked out harder then i did yesterday morning and i felt tired the rest of the day why is that?`Wasnt belov my cal range either and drank plenty of water.. Sun, 18 Jan 2009 11:23:22 EST Points and Personal Fitness Goals for Jan. 18-24 Ok, I'll need Jenbell to post the way the points things work, but I wanted to go ahead and give you girls a goal to pursue for this week. Instead of setting one major fitness goal for us all, I want everyone to pick one thing you haven't done before because you thought you couldn't do it and DO IT. It can be something as simple as staying on the bike for an hour, or doing 50 pushups, whatever ... my goal for the week is to do one 5 mile run (and two 4-mile runs) - I haven't done a 5-mile run... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 09:15:16 EST DVD Suggestions? Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been doing Turbo Jam for quite some time and love it. However, my body seems to get used to the moves in the workouts fairly quickly now that I've used it off and on for so long - so I'm not getting as hard of a workout. So I'm looking for some new, fun, cardio workouts to try - not to replace TJ completely, but just to add in the mix. I've tried Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred and have gotten great results with it. I've been way off track now for a few mont... Sat, 17 Jan 2009 11:51:20 EST Hi Everyone! Hey Everybody! I am new to the team and really excited! I got to log my first 2 lbs of weight loss this morning, so please excuse my giddiness! Here's a little about me: <BR> <BR> Name: Katie <BR> Age: 23 <BR> Birthdate: 2/22/85 (About to be 24) <BR> Pets: Two dogs: Ali, a yellow lab, and Sushi, a pomchi <BR> Occupation: Media Buyer/Advertising <BR> Favorite Exercise Activity: SPINNING!!! <BR> Favorite Healthy Foods: Asparagus <BR> Hobbies: playing with my dogs, volunteering, photog... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 10:47:37 EST Vegan? Vegetarian? Skinny Bitches? Hey ladies! I was just curious who out there might be vegetarian or vegan. I'm currently Vegetarian after reading the book "Skinny Bitch". Tue, 13 Jan 2009 20:39:53 EST Hello Fun, Fearless Females! Name: Kelly <BR> Age: 29 <BR> Birthdate: August 19, 1979 <BR> Where you live (state and/or city): I am an American living overseas in Bahrain (Middle East). <BR> Children: None yet. <BR> Pets: Dog named Jasper <BR> Occupation: Events Administrator <BR> Favorite Exercise Activity: Dancing <BR> Favorite Healthy Foods: Fruit <BR> Hobbies: Dancing, Singing, <BR> What does your workout routine consist of?: Strength routines and tips usually from SELF magazine and website. I have to keep it mixed ... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 02:21:06 EST STAY STRONG FOR THAT THONG workout week 1/12-1/17 Hey ladies! For this week's challenge we are again going to workout for 6 days. For 5 of those days our goal is to complete at least 45 minutes of cardio. Our goal is also to do 3 days of strength training. On day 6 it's your choice! Keep it up ladies. we are doing SO WELL! <em>215</em> Sat, 10 Jan 2009 19:38:49 EST Favorite workout song. I always need a new song to workout too. So we can all post a few of our favorites. You know...the ones that you turn on to get motivated or one you skip too when you start slowing down and that song pumps you back up. <BR> Right now when I start slowing down it put on Kevin Rudolf- Let it Rock. It totally gets me going again. <BR> Wed, 7 Jan 2009 11:49:30 EST *The NO EXCUSES work out week! Jan 5th- Jan 10th* This is a place to track this week's personal challenge of a few Fun, Fearless, Females! <BR> <BR> Life gets busy- especially if you've been on vacation for the holidays. But there are NO EXCUSES not to work out this week. <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE: To work out for 6 days in a row this week: <BR> <BR> MONDAY <BR> TUESDAY <BR> WEDNESDAY <BR> THURSDAY <BR> FRIDAY <BR> SATURDAY <BR> <BR> Who's in? Sun, 4 Jan 2009 11:43:07 EST Daily Calorie Intake Hi Ladies. Let's use this thread to post our totals for the day. I found it very helpful when we did this before. Post your: <BR> <BR> 1. Daily Calorie Intake <BR> 2. Excercise / Physical Activity <BR> 3. Strength Training (what muscles you focused on) <BR> 4. Fruits/Veggies Eaten <BR> 5. Cups of Water Drank <BR> <BR> Also, if you don't have your calorie range in your "signature" make sure to add it so we can hold each other accountable. Thu, 1 Jan 2009 18:58:17 EST Track your calories! Hey ladies - Joanie! suggested we use this thread to track our calories so we can keep ourselves accountable. So come here every day to let us know how you did calorie-wise. Stay strong ladies - 2009 is ours! Thu, 1 Jan 2009 18:24:36 EST WEIGH IN:6 pounds, 6 weeks -Valentine's Challenge Weigh in here every Thursday Ladies. Our First weigh-in is this Thursday, Jan. 1 and our last will be Saturday, Feb. 14. Good luck to us all! Woop! Mon, 29 Dec 2008 22:19:44 EST 6 pounds, 6 weeks: Valentine's Day Challenge! Ok ladies, here it is. Our Valentine's Day Challenge will begin Jan. 1 and last until Feb. 14. We'll weigh in on Thursday's for this one - I know it's a random day of the week but our last weigh-in will be on a Saturday (Feb. 14.) plus it'll mix things up a bit - I think a lot of us are used to weighing in on Mondays or Saturdays or something. So Thursday is weigh in day - we'll weigh in on the other post that will read "Weigh-in for Valentine's Day Challenge" so we can better track our progr... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 22:17:57 EST Way to save money I am trying to save money in every way possible and I was wondering if you ladies had any tips I (or anyone else) could use. Mon, 29 Dec 2008 13:18:25 EST New Year's Resolutions! It's that time of year again, so let's hear it, what are your goals for this new year? <BR> Make them realistic so you can stick with it and not get discouraged - you can always make new goals along the way! <BR> Mine so far are to: <BR> 1-Reach my ideal weight which is anywhere between 130 and 120 by continuous vigorous exercise and healthful eating. <BR> 2-Get myself fit to the point that I'm happy with the way I look. <BR> 3-Get one of my books published. <BR> 4-Run a half marathon (I've... Sun, 28 Dec 2008 23:17:28 EST Welcome Fun Fearless Females! Hello ladies and Welcome! This team was started as a way to keep an amazing group of girls together and to invite new ladies on our journey. We've been through three challenges together so far and I'll be posting a new challenge in just a few minutes that will run from Jan. 1 to Feb. 14. In addition to the challenge, there will be a thread for us all to weigh-in in the same place every week. This group of girls has helped each other through so many things so I hope you'll find a happy place w... Sun, 28 Dec 2008 19:21:22 EST