SparkPeople Steer Queer Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=286 A group for queer, gay, bi, lesbian + transgendered folks and their allies. SparkPeople Steer Queer Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=286 Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x60061148 I'm new here, I've been with Sparkpeople.com for 6 years and I found out yesterday I've lost 57 pounds, I just wanted to introduce myself to the team, hope all of you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:21:19 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x59828645 Hey all From Az!!! Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:10:31 EST hey all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x56124942 Hi everyone, <BR> Think I have joined the part late on a lot of teams, as it seems no where that active anymore :) <BR> Either way hey. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:56:17 EST Howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x55179903 I am a 28 FTM guy from Southern California. I've been on Sparkpeople for a couple of years, but just really started using it a couple of months ago. I'm glad I found this team. It'll be great to see/hear queer and trans stories as well. <BR> <BR> I'm currently working in local theatres and I am applying to go back to grad school. Mon, 7 Oct 2013 20:25:41 EST cheers queerios! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x49171598 greetings gaydies and queertlemen, <BR> <BR> my name's kate, although i also go by kade. i'm almost 22, i do a lot of queer things on the internet (i run dyke-problems, i'm a contributing editor at autostraddle, i have way too much fun on tumblr) and i currently live in new york. i also have an incredible girlfriend who i want to make my forever mate, and i'm trying to get in shape so that i look as hot as possible when i pop the question. i've struggled with loving myself and my body for a ... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 18:52:56 EST hiya http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x44025190 I am an ally and I wanted my list of teams to reflect that. I wanted to post an intro so I don't look like some creepy stalker. I identify as bi but since I'm with monogamous with a straight man and I have two kids, nobody can tell unless I point it out. <BR> <BR> So, hi. And now your team is on my SparkPage thingy, so I won't accidentally make friends with a bigot. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 13:27:30 EST Greetings. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x43727691 Hello everyone - yet another addition to the team. <BR> <em>437</em> <BR> I'm a 28 year old girl-shaped thang that identifies as queer and lives in Bellingham, Washington. Been on SparkPeople since June 2011 and lost 27 pounds so far. I'm looking forward to interacting here on the discussions. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 12:08:22 EST Extra Flamey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x43562657 Despite my genderqueerness (and queerness in general), that is not a personality descriptor. I'm just a huge Buffy fan. Anyhoo, glad to see that there is a group here for queer people. I have a mondo weight goal, but mostly I just want to get fit and feel better again. I just joined a fitness center and plan on hopping the vegetarian train again, so here's to it. Also, if this heat and humidity ever ends, I might go outside again too. My bike has been sorely neglected. Bring on fall! <BR> <B... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 01:20:43 EST yeah healthy queers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x43149202 Hello everyone from a steamy DC! <BR> <BR> Excited to join SparkPeople today and find this team of queer folks. I've been a little ways down this road before and have yet to achieve my weight loss and health goals, but I'm feeling pretty determined and focused on making each choice a good one, one day at a time. Glad to find some like-minded community. Sat, 23 Jul 2011 12:39:03 EST What is your favorite time to go to the gym? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x286x43006211 I go back and forth between really liking waking up early and working out before work but more so lately I've really enjoyed going to the gym after work. It started to get me thinking about what other people like more. What's your poison before or after work? Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:26:13 EST Howdy Ya'll http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x42419085 Howdy Ya'll, <BR> Newbie here from Texas..hoping to find informaiton and motivation to keep me going regarding my fitness goals. I joined several other teams but there was a lack of activity so I left them. I hope this group is more active! <BR> <BR> Best, Tue, 14 Jun 2011 09:32:31 EST hello from Maine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x42338108 I was a member of SP several years ago and, for several reasons, fallen off the wagon. I am, if all goes well, going to have my master's degree in July. I realized several months ago that if I spent as much time on me in the next year as I have on my master's degree, I would be much healthier. <BR> <BR> My current goal is to lose 50 pounds by next June. My ultimate goal is to lose 100 pounds by June 2013. However, even if I do that, I'll still be overweight. I guess that technically my ulti... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 19:59:35 EST Glendale 24 hr Super Sport workout Partner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x286x42269807 Hey everyone. I'm looking for a work out partner at lunch times. Please let me know if anyone wants to work out at that time. Mon, 6 Jun 2011 14:07:03 EST Magazine launch for gay military members announced http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x286x40850060 Washington (CNN) -- A magazine designed for and by gay military members may soon be displayed at military installations worldwide, an advocacy group announced Monday. <BR> <BR> Read More Here: <link>www.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/03/28/gay.mi<BR>litary.magazine/index.html?eref=mrss_i<BR>google_cnn </link> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 15:14:05 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x40400062 Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Alex, and I am 20 in my second year of college. I am 190 pounds, 6 foot 2, and I have a "belly" and "love handles" in the back that I want to work on and try to have vanish by swimsuit season. <BR> <BR> I am really stressed out all the time. I have a lot on my plate. I am vice president of the student government, the resident manager for off campus housing which has me administrate 120 students along with the RAs and security team as well as making sure the co... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 14:30:40 EST Hello from Seattle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x40210572 Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm 40-something female-ish Seattleite. I prefer the term queer to describe my sexual identity to any other. I'm a filmmaker and part of the Seattle creative queer community. I've lost 120+ pounds in the last few years, got another 20 - 40 to go (I've never been a normal weight my whole life, so this is exciting!) I won't know where to stop until I get there. I'm excited to see Sparkteams for all sorts of people out there. Thanks for being here. Sun, 27 Feb 2011 17:55:58 EST 2011 Buying for Workplace Equality Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x286x39713828 Sharing an email from HRC <BR> <BR> Some businesses support LGBT workplace equality – and some don't. <BR> <BR> Which ones do you want to support when you're out shopping around town? <BR> <BR> With our new 2011 Buying for Workplace Equality guide and iPhone app, it's easier than ever to find out where companies stand on workplace equality. <BR> <BR> <link>www.hrc.org/buyersguide2011/index.ht<BR>ml </link> or Text SHOP and the company or product name to 30644 <BR> <BR> In today's econo... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 19:28:39 EST New to SP and the team ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x39277250 Hello everyone,I'm Lindsey,I'm a CNA,and I've lived in Maine all my life and I love it here.I guess I define myself as queer,I'm in a relationship with a transman .SP seems like a great tool,I'm just learning how to use it,and benefit from it.I'm over all just trying to start a healthy life style,and prevent health complications that could arise.I'm looking to looking to lose 50 pounds by the summer,if I make that goal then great if not,then I'll just keep working at it.I've struggled with my... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 02:43:51 EST App for Droids and Iphones http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x38939543 Runkeeper Pro is giving their app for smartphones away for free this month. Decent app for tracking various activities. <BR> <BR> <link>blog.runkeeper.com/mobile-app/runkee<BR>per-pro-is-free-through-the-month-of-j<BR>anuary </link> Thu, 6 Jan 2011 15:35:48 EST Name YOUR Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x38911284 What is the one thing you most want to do this year? <BR> <BR> Name your challenge here and then let us know what we can do to help. <BR> <BR> Do you want to be able to do ten "real" pushups? (I have a trick for that.) <BR> <BR> Do you struggle to break a running/strengthtraining/biking/whatever plateau? (One of your teammates might have a solution.) <BR> <BR> Let us know what your challenge is for 2011 and let's Spark each other to our goals! Wed, 5 Jan 2011 16:41:12 EST Genderplayful Marketplace http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x286x38713343 Spreading the word! So Sarah Dopp (the brains behind Genderfork: <link>genderfork.com/ </link> ) is raising money to commit to creating an online Etsy/Ebay of sorts for the genderfluid, genderqueer, genderfabulous, transtastic, body-non-binaries and it has the potential to be an amazing resource for not only everydaywear, but for costumes as well. Check it out: <BR> <BR> <link>genderplayful.tumblr.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> I am a bit excited to see how it evolves! Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:14:59 EST Greetings from California! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x38267874 Hey y'all~ <BR> Glad to be here and looking forward to getting/giving support in my weight loss endeavor. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Fri, 3 Dec 2010 12:35:48 EST Top 'O The Morning To Ya! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x38190941 We don't actually say that here in Ireland but I knew it'd get your attention <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I'm 24 years old, from Dublin, Ireland and I'm almost at my goal weight. I'm a second year fitness and leisure student, can you believe it. I'll be a qualified personal trainer in a matter of months and I can't wait to get get training people. <BR> <BR> I still visit spark people because no matter how far I've come I still can loose motivation from time to time. Especially now that everywh... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:00:14 EST Hi Everybody! :3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x38183249 Hi everybody! My name is Holly. I'm bi sexual and trying to drop 50 pounds for next year! Woot! I love meeting people so if you wanna talk give me a shout :D Mon, 29 Nov 2010 13:47:36 EST Hello Everybody! I'm Michelle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x37864239 Hi there! My name is Michelle. I'm from Chicago. I myself am not a lesbian, but my 2 wonderful moms are! My moms and I are all trying to lose the excess baggage, but they are doing Weight Watchers and I'm doing Spark. I think I made the better choice! :) Hope you all have a fabulous day! Thu, 11 Nov 2010 09:06:38 EST 2010 election results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x286x37706447 I am discouraged by this year's election results in AZ and having a hard time getting past it. More homophobic leaders for longer FEH! :P <BR> <BR> To be honest, I'm usually the one giving others words of encouragement but I could really use some pick me ups right now. <BR> <BR> Anyone got some words to give me hope? Any positive election results elsewhere? <BR> <BR> I will refocus myself and I know I'll feel better. Can't sleep and getting a migraine staring at the computer so I'm going... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 10:17:40 EST Halloween Treats Stats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x37608785 It's our 2010 Halloween Candy Guide... Read on to check out the calorie and fat counts on your favorite bite-sized treats BEFORE you chew. Happy Halloween!!! <BR> <BR> Guilt-Free Classics! <BR> <BR> Tootsie Caramel Apple Pop - 60 calories, 0.5g fat (POINTS® value 1*) <BR> <BR> Charms Blow Pop - 60 calories, 0g fat (POINTS® value 1*) <BR> <BR> Dum Dum Pop - 25 calories, 0g fat (POINTS® value 1*) <BR> <BR> Lik-m-aid Fun Dip 0.5-oz. Pouch - 50 calories, 0g fat (POINTS® value 1*) <BR> <... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 11:23:12 EST hello hello. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x37458449 just want to say hi! <BR> thirty two year old queer girl. <BR> here to get healthy. Thu, 21 Oct 2010 20:40:38 EST Spirit Day Oct. 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x286x37401744 Just wanted to remind those of you who already know, and inform any that don't, that tomorrow is what is being called "Spirit Day". We all are to wear purple in memory of all the LGBTQ teens that were so bullied that they felt that suicide was the only way out. Some people ask what good wearing a certain colour will do: the idea is to show our solidarity, and to give a visual sign to the youth that they are not alone... there are people who care. It's a terrible thing for ANYONE to deal wi... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 08:28:46 EST Hi, I'm Sean-Michael http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x37371867 Hey all, I'm relatively new to sparkpeople and was starting to feel a bit dissimilar to the people I was meeting. Seemed like all the people in the various teams for my chronic health problems are women, straight, and assumed everyone they meet is a straight christian. Maybe the guys aren't feeling a need for the same kind of teams, but I'm glad I found a place with more mixed genders and orientations :) <BR> <BR> Anyway I was happy to find a queer, open to everyone group cuz that's how I l... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 21:04:05 EST "Offline" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x286x37369147 It is finally that time - my shoulder surgery is tomorrow. Have to leave my house at 4am <em>40</em> because clearly they want to test my last caffeine deprived nerve tomorrow. I will have my phone so depending on the end result of the surgery and how drugged I actually am (good friends don't let friends text or play with their phone while drugged..lol), I may check in on Tuesday. My intent is to be home on Wednesday although they don't always agree with me. Imagine that! <em>18</em> <... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 18:37:49 EST Hello - I"m new. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x36976826 Hello! I lost thirty pounds on Spark, and of course once I reached my goal, I gained it back within a year! My hope is to get back to tracking my nutrition, exercise at least 4 times a week, and then transition more gracefully once I get back to a healthy weight and lifestyle. So here I am, in my first Spark group, hoping that this will help! <BR> <BR> So what are the best ways to be involved in this group -- what about being in the group has helped you in your healthy journey? <BR> <B... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:08:10 EST Challenge Weekend: September 17-19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x36728543 Hi Team, so sorry I spaced last weekend's challenge! Life has been full of busy lately with a deadline creeping closer and two other projects nearing the climatic point of no return. <BR> <BR> Once I catch my spinning head, challenges will be posted on time. ;-) <BR> <BR> This weekend's challenge: <BR> <BR> Time to reevaluate! <BR> <BR> When was the last time you reviewed your fitness program? This is not a set it and forget it plan. To truly benefit from strength training we need to incr... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 12:08:48 EST Operation: Lose an Olson Twin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x36627524 Hi, I'm 23 and a single mother of one. I'm bisexual and have a lot of friends who are gay, bi, lesbian, and transgendered. I find that in most cases, they are immensely more positive than straight people(with a few rare exceptions on both sides). I have not "come out" to most of my family, only my mother and father, for several reasons. But I HAVE come out about my weight problem and my plan to fix it. <BR> <BR> So far, as is the story in most of my endeavors, I've largely been ignored, but... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 18:54:07 EST Challenge Weekend: September 3 - 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x36464148 Cut back on your TV and/or computer time this weekend. Set a timer on your social networking. Don't open that addicting video game. Give yourself permission to earn a few less SparkPoints. <BR> <BR> Now take that extra time and do something active and fun. Go for a swim. Dance around your living room. Play tag with the kids. Use that imagination and burn a few extra calories! Fri, 3 Sep 2010 13:02:53 EST Challenge Weekend: August 27 - 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x36318201 Have you tried yoga yet? It's great for flexibility, strength, balance, and destressing. Yoga can be modified for anyone from newbie to expert. <BR> <BR> Check out Luke Jordan's instructional video for the sun salutation series this weekend. He does a great job explaining the poses. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P5PSqmnu88&<BR>feature=related </link> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 16:01:18 EST Hello, nice to meet you, I'm Ariel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x36183865 Glad to be here and happy I found this website. I am trying for once to do things right and take care of my body. I am genderqueer BUT the definition of a pre ftm or a ftm pre T would suit best. <BR> I am nerdy and bit of a freak, a non- conformist. I love the power of the written word,and oil painting on canvas. Generally positive but not always. Sat, 21 Aug 2010 07:52:07 EST Challenge: Weekend: August 14-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x36051741 Here's a selfish one from one of your team leaders. This weekend's challenge is to think of three small (or large) challenges you'd like to see some time. <BR> <BR> Haha! It's worth a try, right? <BR> <BR> Okay, a 'real' challenge: <BR> <BR> No matter how many you already eat daily, add one extra fruit or vegetable to your day today and tomorrow. Add spinach to your rice. Slice a fresh tomato over your breakfast toast. Have an apple after your workout. Get it? Sat, 14 Aug 2010 16:07:46 EST Greetings from the TransThespian! =] http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x35897222 Greetings folks! <BR> Name is Erik. I am a 23 year old gay transman from NY. I'm a professional actor/vocalist looking to -finally- get my life in order after much chaos in my personal life/transition. If you feel like talking with me, go right ahead! I'm as open as they come [ no pun intended ] and nonjudgmental to a fault. ^_^ <BR> Cheers! Sat, 7 Aug 2010 08:31:19 EST Challenge Weekend: August 6 - 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x35877034 Are you getting enough sleep? Does napping seem counter-intuitive to losing weight? <BR> <BR> Not getting enough sleep can be damaging to our health. The body needs the down time to do so much that we don't see. Make sure you're getting seven to eight hours of sleep this weekend and take some time to look at your hectic weekly schedules to ensure reasonable rest time every day this week. Fri, 6 Aug 2010 08:20:28 EST restaurants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x286x35726980 I know, a bit random but... I am looking for restaurant recommendations in El Paso... someplace nice. I dunno if there's anyone here from that region... I decided to ask in the queer communities because it's for some queer bands from Toronto... Hunter Valentine and the Cliks... it's Lucas' birthday, so the girls from HV wanna take him out tonight. Living in Ontario as well, I had no ideas. Any thoughts? <BR> <BR> x-posted Fri, 30 Jul 2010 09:30:23 EST Challenge: Weekend: July 30- August 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x35717729 Are you getting your five fruits and veggies every day? <BR> <BR> Try a new one this weekend. Grill up zucchini with Italian herbs. Sprinkle fresh raspberries over your oatmeal. Add some baby spinach to your salad. <BR> <BR> Drop by this thread and let us know what you tried this weekend. Thu, 29 Jul 2010 20:14:35 EST Challenge: Weekend: July 23-25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x35575861 Back to basics! Remember those squat thrusts we hated in Phys Ed class? They're great for popping up the heart rate and challenging the muscles. Do 10-15 per set and space your sets our throughout the weekend to give yourself a big challenge a little bit at a time. <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 Jul 2010 20:22:40 EST Challenge: Weekend: July 16-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x35441500 When was the last time you tried something new? <BR> <BR> Don't get stuck in a rut, even a healthy rut. This weekend, try a new recipe or activity that you haven't tried before. There are so many options! <BR> <BR> Rollerskating. Peach-mango salsa on chicken burgers. Walk around a different neighborhood. Meditate under the waxing moon. Throw a different medley of veggies on the grill. Crank up the music and dance like no one's watching. Give yourself a pedicure. <BR> <BR> Life is short. D... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 10:19:57 EST Challenge: July 14th - Water, water, everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x35400336 ... so drink up! <BR> <BR> Get in those 8 glasses of water today. If you can do that easily enough, try for ten. Wed, 14 Jul 2010 09:36:19 EST Challenge July 9th - Say Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x35305880 Pick one (or more) SteerQueer teammate you don't know and drop by their SparkPage to say hello every day this weekend. If you'd like an extra "challenge", give a goodie or two along the way. <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>220</em> <em>252</em> <em>236</em> Fri, 9 Jul 2010 17:52:53 EST Lurking Newbies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x35305857 I see we have a few new people on the team. Don't be shy, c'mon and chat with us. This is a friendly and helpful team, and we'd love to get to know you. <BR> <BR> Welcome to the SteerQueer family! <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Jul 2010 17:51:00 EST Challenge July 4th - Have fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x35199362 It's a beautiful holiday weekend! No challenges, just have fun and stay safe. Hug someone special. Sun, 4 Jul 2010 13:15:57 EST Challenge 6/30/2010: Be Accountable! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x35118248 The "What was your Workout today??" thread has been quiet. Are you still working out, my dear friends? <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to be accountable for your health. Do it in a way that makes you feel comfortable, or if you've been slacking, make yourself uncomfortable and admit it. The confession should include an affirmation to get back on track as needed. <BR> <BR> Need some ideas? <BR> <BR> Post on the thread mentioned above. <BR> Join a SparkPeople Challenge team. <BR> Use your Fi... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 09:13:07 EST Challenge 6/29/10: Strong Core http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x35098460 We've heard it before. A strong core supports the rest of the body, but how often do we forget that we need to work on not just the abs, but the back as well? A strong lower back supports the abs to create a strong core body. <BR> <BR> My favorite lower back exercise is a yoga pose - cobra or upward dog. You can hold the pose for as little or as much as you are comfortable with, so it's great for most fitness levels. <BR> <BR> Lying on your stomach with your hands at your shoulders, push up... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 10:51:50 EST Trans Support Groups http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x286x35078227 Recently a friend came out as MTF and his SO is looking for an online support group. She is in one currently, but its focus is geared more towards the transgendered person, so she'd like to find a second one that is designed for the straight ally / support for partners of transgender people. <BR> <BR> Specifically, she's getting a lot of unnecessary flak from trans people in forums who (for example) lecture her on pronoun use (and other similar things) that her SO has already told her he's n... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 12:11:10 EST Weekend Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x35045417 Get out of the house! <BR> <BR> Do something outside. Go for a long walk. Plant some flowers. Weed the garden. Play with the kids. <BR> <BR> Hey, yard work has a dual benefit - not only are you exercising but you can still see your accomplishments in the morning. Sat, 26 Jun 2010 16:01:10 EST Challenge 6/23/10 - Take a Deep Breath http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x34980617 Quite often we can lose focus in our quest for the larger goals and stress ourselves out with "too much of a good thing". <BR> <BR> Today, if you're feeling hectic or stressed, or simply constantly on the go, pause a moment to stretch your arms over your head and take a long, deep breath. Exhale slowly and reach for your toes. Enjoy the stretch and relax into the rhythm of your breath. <BR> <BR> It'll be 30 seconds well spent! Wed, 23 Jun 2010 10:47:26 EST Team Leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x286x34979381 Good morning team! <BR> <BR> You’ve probably seen Kierae’s announcement, but even my introverted nature nagged me to formally reintroduce myself. Kierae has had her hands full with the beautiful and curious rug rat that’s been gracing her blog, so after some discussion about the team, I’ve accepted the invitation to help out. <BR> <BR> I don’t have any grandiose plans, but I hope to throw out some more of those fun daily challenges (probably more on a weekly or bi weekly basis), and my ele... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 09:53:52 EST Challenge 6/11/10 - 30 Minutes Cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x34733393 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 30 MINUTES OF CONTINUOUS CARDIO EXERCISE. Great ways to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Go for a walk with the family pet, a co-worker, or with your headset playing an audio book <BR> *Take a gym class <BR> *Go for a jog or bike ride <BR> *Do some gardening <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do today, HAVE FUN! <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday and HAPPY OPENING DAY OF WORLD CUP SOCCER! <em>244</em> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:37:54 EST Challenge 6/10/10 - Take 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x34713259 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to REST & RELAX FOR 30 MINUTES. Calm your thoughts. Throw away the stress. Concentrate on relaxation. Great ways to do this can be: <BR> <BR> *Meditation/Prayer <BR> *Reading <BR> *Have a cup/glass of your favorite beverage and just sit <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Go for a leisurely walk <BR> *Sit on your porch and listen to nature <BR> *Close your eyes and listen to classical or music that soothes <BR> <BR> The idea is to not be bothered... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 11:18:03 EST Challenge 6/9/10 - Spreading some love http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x34683038 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to COMMIT ONE SELFLESS ACT TOWARDS ANOTHER. Do something that is not expected of you. Do something from the kindness of your heart. Spread some love today. You just might start a chain reaction! <BR> <BR> Have a SPREADING SOME SUNSHINE (even if it is raining AGAIN Seattle) Wednesday! <em>224</em> Wed, 9 Jun 2010 00:59:06 EST Challenge 6/2/10 - Burn 400 Calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x34532390 Happy Wednesday to you! You have to love those 3 day weekends since we are already half way through our week! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 400 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. Remember: You do NOT have to burn all of these calories through one workout. Feel free to break up your exercise throughout the day. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <em>315</em> <em>324</em> <em>313</em> Wed, 2 Jun 2010 07:55:39 EST Challenge 6/1/10 - Stay within your calorie range http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x34506677 Happy Tuesday to you and welcome to June! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great extended weekend (if you had yesterday off)! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to STAY WITHIN YOUR CALORIE RANGE. Be honest, and keep track of everything you eat and drink. <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <em>220</em> Tue, 1 Jun 2010 07:58:56 EST Challenge 5/26/10 - Set your own day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x34388208 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to make a list of five things you want to accomplish by the end of the day. Go ahead, type down your list right here, right now. Check back with our team at the end of the day, and EDIT your post. Did you get it all done? Did you accomplish more than you planned? <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Wed, 26 May 2010 01:15:46 EST Challenge 5/25/10 - Spread the Sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x34365494 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SPREAD SOME SUNSHINE. Put a smile on your face, a spring in your step, and watch out from negativity. Go out of your way to be kind and help others. Do unexpected things for others. Great things to do are: <BR> <BR> *Make breakfast in bed or a sack lunch for a loved one <BR> *Let someone in front of you during rush hour <BR> *Open doors for others <BR> *Do a chore or task that would normally be someone else's job <BR> *Make a specia... Tue, 25 May 2010 02:21:20 EST Challenge 5/24/10 - Cardio Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x34344186 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 30 MINUTES OF CONTINUOUS CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> Let's start off our week right, and GET MOVING! <BR> <BR> Have a BURNING OFF THIS WEEKEND'S EXTRA CALORIES Monday! Mon, 24 May 2010 08:13:35 EST Challenge 5/21/10 - Update Sparkpage! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x34292234 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> When was the last time you updated your Sparkpage? Have you listed your goals for 2010? Have you shared something fun about yourself for other members to learn? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to UPDATE YOUR SPARKPAGE. Feel free to upload photos, change your background, paste a quote, challenge yourself with goals for the year, etc. Make your page ALL ABOUT YOU! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday and weekend! Fri, 21 May 2010 12:01:16 EST Challenge 5/20/10 - Junk it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x34266025 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to NOT EAT JUNK FOOD. What is considered "junk food"? How about: <BR> <BR> *White, enriched flour (bread, cereals, pastries) <BR> *Fried foods (chips, fast food items like fries) <BR> *Candy <BR> *Foods high in calories, but low in nutrients (full fat dressings, etc.) <BR> *Full sugar drinks (sodas, etc.) <BR> <BR> Instead of eating/drinking these items, try some healthier versions such as: <BR> <BR> *Whole grains & brown rice <BR> ... Thu, 20 May 2010 09:16:51 EST Challenge 5/19/10 - Cardio Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x34245154 Happy Hump Day to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET MOVING WITH CARDIO EXERCISE. The activity, intensity, and duration are left up to you. Let's make today an awesome day for exercise! <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Wed, 19 May 2010 10:48:32 EST Challenge 5/18/10 - Snack Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x34221524 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to HAVE TWO HEALTHY SNACKS. Eating small meals throughout the day keeps your energy levels higher, and prevents you from hitting those "slumps". Having meals/snacks that are well-balanced and full of fiber, will also help you avoid binging on unhealthy foods. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Tue, 18 May 2010 10:32:21 EST Challenge 5/17/10 -Work your Core! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x34198848 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO AT LEAST 3 CORE EXERCISES (with 2 reps each). Your core muscles are you trunk or mid-section. Great ways to work these areas are: <BR> <BR> *Use a stability ball <BR> *Use equipment at the gym that target these zones <BR> *Do a class or exercise DVD that focuses on your core <BR> <BR> You can also find a great list of Core exercises in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Mon, 17 May 2010 12:05:05 EST Challenge 5/14/10 - 30 Minutes Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x34135668 Happy Friday to you! We made it to the end of the week! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORKOUT FOR 30 CONTINUOUS MINUTES. You can choose to do cardio, strength training, or a combination of both. Set time aside today for YOU. <BR> <BR> Have a great TGIF and good weekend everyone! <em>306</em> Fri, 14 May 2010 10:33:58 EST Challenge 5/13/10 - Huddle Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x34111420 Happy Thursday to you! We almost made it to the end of the week! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to POST AT LEAST 3 HUDDLE COMMENTS ON 3 DIFFERENT SPARK TEAMS THAT YOU BELONG TO. Post a short quote. Post a motivational saying. Show the team that you are ready to make the day...GREAT! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Thursday! Thu, 13 May 2010 10:14:41 EST Challenge 5/12/10 - Sharing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x34085135 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Forget the exercise & food challenges right now. Your challenge today is to SHARE SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF WITH OUR GROUP. These challenges are always fun because when you read the responses, you find you have things in common with other team members. <BR> <BR> Copy and paste these questions to your reply. Share something about yourself. This is ALWAYS a FUN challenge. <BR> One more thing: Drink at least 8 glasses of water today too. <BR> <BR> Here are you... Wed, 12 May 2010 09:12:15 EST Challenge 5/11/10 - Squeezing in some exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x34060771 Happy Tuesday to you! I apologize for no challenge yesterday. My challenge yesterday was survival..lol. No sleep all weekend and a sick baby = one bleary eyed Sparker. <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR DOWN TIMES. How many times throughout the day are you waiting for something? You wait for the coffee to brew. You wait in line at the post office. You wait for the commercials to end so your show will resume. <BR> <BR> Here are some examples: <BR> WHILE IN ... Tue, 11 May 2010 09:44:45 EST Challenge 5/7/10 - Open Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33975941 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE. You can choose strength training, cardio, or a combination of both. The intensity and duration are being left up to you. <BR> This challenge can be as easy as a walk at lunchtime, or an intense workout class at your gym. <BR> <BR> Feel free to check back in later with an exercise update. You can do it! <BR> <BR> There will be no challenges over the weekend so I would like to wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 7 May 2010 09:56:57 EST Challenge 5/6/10 - Tracker time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33952666 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to STAY WITHIN YOUR CALORIE RANGE. <BR> <BR> In order to stay within your range, stick to the following: <BR> <BR> *Plan ahead <BR> *Pack your meals or know the caloric amounts for the foods you will be eating when you go out <BR> *Weight & measure your foods <BR> *LOG EVERYTHING! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Thu, 6 May 2010 10:35:58 EST Challenge 5/5/10 - Cardio day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33927835 Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 45 MINUTES OF CARDIO EXERCISE. Break it up if you need to but let's get in that cardio today. Who is planning on getting in 45 minutes or more of cardio today? YOU ARE AWESOME! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <em>306</em> Wed, 5 May 2010 10:32:13 EST Challenge 5/4/10 - Take 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33900463 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Today is my CRAZY schedule day so your challenge (and mine!) today is to TAKE 15 MINUTES OUT OF YOUR DAY FOR COMPLETE PEACE & QUIET. Let's take just 15 minutes today to RELAX. Ways you can do this are: <BR> <BR> *Take a 15 minute cat nap <BR> *Grab a favorite beverage and sit outside to enjoy the sounds of nature <BR> *Meditate <BR> *Pray <BR> *Grab a book, magazine, or inspirational literature to enjoy <BR> *Put on classical, jazz, or new age music and sit b... Tue, 4 May 2010 09:42:14 EST Challenge 4/30/10 - Members choice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33811257 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE. This is an open exercise day, which means that you can do cardio, strength training, or a combination. The duration and intensity are left completely up to you. <BR> <BR> What are you waiting for? GET MOVING!! <BR> <BR> Have a BURNING CALORIES BEFORE THE WEEKEND Friday! Fri, 30 Apr 2010 11:46:58 EST Challenge 4/29/10 - Feed your biggest organ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33784947 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to: expand your knowledge. Learn something new today pertaining to your health. You could find it... <BR> <BR> *On Sparkpeople <BR> *On the Internet <BR> *In a book <BR> *In a magazine <BR> *From your personal trainer, nutritionist, weight loss coach, or dietician <BR> *On a television program <BR> <BR> Feel free to share what you learned. We can all use more information to bring us to goal. <BR> <BR> Have an I DIDN'T KNOW THAT Thur... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 10:02:17 EST Challenge 4/28/10 - Declutter time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33759990 Your challenge today is to declutter around you. I don't know about everyone else, but my desk is a disaster. Come to think of it, so is my dining room table which has been the "dumping" area for the last couple days. Hmm.....I think those are things I should try to tackle today. <BR> <BR> What do you need to DECLUTTER today? <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Wed, 28 Apr 2010 10:09:57 EST Challenge 4/27/10 - Arm Toning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33733482 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 3-5 DIFFERENT EXERCISES THAT FOCUS ON FIRMING UP YOUR ARMS. Feel free to use weights, bands, etc. to increase the difficulty of your work-out. There are great suggestions for exercises targeting arms in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> Feel free to share which exercises you completed. <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic day! Tue, 27 Apr 2010 09:21:32 EST Challenge 4/26/10 - Burn 400 Calories today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33708687 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Did you have a good weekend? FANTASTIC! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 400 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. You do not need to burn these all through one workout. Feel free to break up your exercise throughout the day (i.e. walk before work, taking the stairs, parking the car far out in the lot, going to the gym, etc.) <BR> <BR> I had a busy weekend with family/friends with some nice relaxing time mixed into the madness. So today I NEED to get my ... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 11:09:38 EST Challenge 4/23/10 - Burn 300 Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33644232 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to BURN 300 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE today. <BR> <BR> Remember: You can break up your exercise throughout the day. The goal is to have burned 300 calories by the end of the day. <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday and enjoy your weekend! Fri, 23 Apr 2010 11:02:38 EST Challenge 4/22/10 - Earth Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33622637 In honor of Earth Day, today's challenge is to SPOIL THE WORLD. There are many things you can do with this one. Here are some suggestions: <BR> <BR> *Recycle <BR> *Donate <BR> *Beautify your community <BR> *Show kindness to strangers <BR> *Give to charity or a person in need <BR> *Pick up trash that isn't yours (while walking/hiking, etc.) <BR> <BR> Make the world a better place today! <BR> <BR> Have a ONE BIG, HAPPY EARTH DAY! <em>432</em> <em>433</em> <em>434</em> <em>435</em> <em>4... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 12:43:40 EST Challenge 4/21/10 - Goodie Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33592967 Happy Wednesday to you - we made it thru half the work week! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to: <BR> <BR> 1)FIND THREE PEOPLE ON SPARK THAT YOU HAVE NEVER SENT A MESSAGE TO. <BR> <BR> 2)SEND EACH OF THESE PEOPLE A SPARK GOODIE & A QUICK, ENCOURAGING MESSAGE. <BR> <BR> Have a Spreading the Spark kinda day! Wed, 21 Apr 2010 09:36:16 EST Challenge 4/20/10 - Hydration time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33568218 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to: <BR> <BR> 1) DRINK AT LEAST 8 GLASSES OF WATER <BR> 2) TAKE YOUR MULTI-VITAMIN <BR> 3) PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE <BR> <BR> Have a great day today! <em>9</em> Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:51:00 EST Challenge 4/19/10 - You choose! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33542450 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE. The week is going to be busy, but you need time for yourself. A great way to deal with stress is to get your frustrations out through cardio or strength training. <BR> <BR> The exercise(s) are up to you. The important thing is to MOVE. You can do it!! <BR> <BR> Have a STARTING OFF THE WEEK RIGHT Monday! Mon, 19 Apr 2010 10:32:13 EST Challenge 4/16/10 - Handy Tips! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33482556 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> We hear them all the time. Little things that people have learned to make their weight loss, exercise, and life easier. I thought we could pass around some things that work well for each of us. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to POST A HANDY TIP. Your tip(s) could be in any of these categories: <BR> <BR> *Food related <BR> *Exercise related <BR> *Water consumption related <BR> *Organizing your home <BR> *Keeping motivating <BR> <BR> To give you an idea of ... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 12:46:05 EST Challenge 4/15/10 - Make a list http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33454977 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to make a list of at least 3 things that you would like to accomplish today. <BR> <BR> Your list can pertain to eating (fruits/veggies/fiber), exercise (I will do so many minutes), water (I will have at least 8 glasses), or anything else you need to accomplish (take dry cleaning in and pay bills). <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! Thu, 15 Apr 2010 10:16:56 EST Jen's Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x33448001 I am so excited! I just found out about this site this evening and I am having so much fun with it so far. I am looking forward to meeting positive, happy people to help motivate me in my goal. I would also like to motivate all of you. Can't wait to hear from everyone. Wed, 14 Apr 2010 23:57:14 EST Challenge 4/14/10 - Push yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33429532 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GO FASTER, LONGER, or MORE. <BR> <BR> For those doing cardio today, can you: <BR> <BR> *Workout longer? <BR> *Push yourself harder by going faster? <BR> *Go further (i.e. biking, jogging, etc.)? <BR> <BR> For those doing strength training today, can you: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps? <BR> *Do a longer workout? <BR> *Go up a bit in difficulty? <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Wed, 14 Apr 2010 10:05:14 EST Challenge 4/13/10 - Friend Feed Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33403291 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is in two parts: <BR> <BR> 1) Post THREE replies on your FRIEND FEED (scroll down to the bottom of the right of this page for MY FRIEND FEED area). Click on the "See All Updates" link for more friend posts. <BR> <BR> 2) Change your MY CURRENT STATUS on your FRIEND FEED. If any other 1 Day Challenge friends are on your list, they can respond to what you have to say. <BR> <BR> Using this area of Spark is a great way to post triumphs, hurd... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 09:28:55 EST Challenge 4/12/10 - Cardio Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33379674 Happy Monday to you! I hope everyone had a GREAT weekend! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to burn 300 or more calories through cardio exercise of your choice. Put on your walking/jogging shoes. Pull out your bicycle out of the garage. Dust of that gym membership. GET MOVING! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Monday! Let's rock this week! Mon, 12 Apr 2010 11:14:59 EST Challenge 4/11/10 - Take the Day Off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33357194 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to REST AND RELAX. Spend time with those you love. Take it easy. This week is going to be packed full! <BR> <BR> Have a TAKING A MOMENT TO BREATHE Sunday! Sun, 11 Apr 2010 12:10:26 EST Challenge 4/9 -10/10 - Work it All & Calorie Range http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33315874 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> You all have heard the term: "Slow and steady wins the race" which we know definitely applies to weight loss. It took time for each of us to slip into an unhealthy lifestyle and we did not put these extra pounds on overnight. It will take dedication and a positive attitude to take it off. <BR> <BR> Our challenge today is to WORK EVERY SECTION OF YOUR BODY. You need to find a challenging exercise for each of the following sections: <BR> <BR> *Arms <BR> *Ches... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 10:56:58 EST Hey there Hi there Ho there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x33300634 Hello Everyone! Just a newbie coming on by to say hello! Thu, 8 Apr 2010 18:03:25 EST Challenge 4/8/10 - It's Outa Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33290658 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET RID OF SOMETHING YOU DON'T NEED. This is a pretty general concept. You could be: <BR> <BR> *Cleaning off your desk <BR> *Cleaning out your junk mail (electronic or snail mail) <BR> *Clean out your purse, wallet, or car <BR> *Clean out your fridge, pantry <BR> *Clean up your closet, kid's toy box <BR> <BR> I'm big on donating or recycling items if at all possible. Items that you don't need any longer can be given away to local ... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 10:38:43 EST Challenge 4/7/10 - Dark Green & Leafy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33265024 Happy Wednesday to you! Wow we are halfway thru our work week - WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> Do you eat dark green, leafy vegetables? Do you know why these foods are beneficial to you? Chew on this: <BR> <BR> *Few of us even eat the minimum USDA recommendations of 3 cups of dark green vegetables per week. <BR> <BR> *Dark green leafy vegetables are, calorie for calorie, perhaps the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. <BR> <BR> *They are a rich source of minerals (including iron, calciu... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 10:41:29 EST Challenge 4/6/10 - Go For the Points! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33235436 Your challenge today is to GO FOR THE POINTS. This means that you need to really work hard in ALL AREAS regarding healthy living (i.e. eating right, exercise, drinking water, meeting goals, participating on boards, etc.) <BR> <BR> Remember: You are only competing against YOURSELF. Try and see how many points you can achieve in one day. You just might surprise yourself <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! <em>306</em> Tue, 6 Apr 2010 09:36:29 EST Challenge 4/5/10 - Cardio Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33214351 How was your holiday weekend? Did you survive the holiday food extravaganza? <BR> <BR> Today your challenge is to GET MOVING WITH CARDIO EXERCISE. The activity, intensity, and duration are left up to you. Let's rock this week! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Monday! Mon, 5 Apr 2010 12:58:08 EST Holiday Weekend "Challenge" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33178785 No challenges today or tomorrow (sorry for the lateness of this but my morning started before dawn). Well I take that back! Your challenge is to enjoy yourself however you spend this weekend and to remember MODERATION is key. This isn't about the food but it is about spending quality time with your friends and family. <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a relaxing and enjoyable weekend! <em>247</em> Sat, 3 Apr 2010 17:23:57 EST Newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x33173725 Hi everyone! I'm Erin. I live in south TX with my significant other, Nick. We've been together for 6 years in August. Nick recently came to the realization that he is transgender (FTM). I joined the team to get to know other people in the GLBT community that are on SP. Sat, 3 Apr 2010 12:26:14 EST Challenge 4/2/10 - Snack Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33145033 Happy TGIF it is Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to HAVE TWO HEALTHY SNACKS. Eating small meals throughout the day keeps your energy levels higher, and prevents you from hitting those "slumps". Having meals/snacks that are well-balanced and full of fiber, will also help you avoid binging on unhealthy foods. <BR> <BR> Plan ahead with this one, team. YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Friday! Fri, 2 Apr 2010 02:01:41 EST Challenge 4/1/10 - Laughter is Priceless http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33126875 Happy April Fool's to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do something fun that makes you laugh. Here are a few suggestions: <BR> <BR> *Watch a silly movie <BR> *Play charades or a board game with family/friends <BR> *Listen to a comedian (online, on television, on the radio) <BR> *Go to a park and play on the equipment <BR> *Play a playground game as if you were a kid (i.e. hopscotch, jump rope, kick ball, jacks, etc.) <BR> *Visit with a friend or family member that makes you happy <... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 10:51:33 EST Challenge 3/31/10 - Bust out that Tape Measure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33101581 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to take your measurements. Keeping track of your measurements can be very motivational. This is especially true when the number on the scale isn't going down, but the measuring tape is. <BR> <BR> Get out your measuring tape (or print out a free one online) and measure the areas listed below. Make sure to keep these numbers handy to compare for next month. <BR> <BR> Areas to measure: <BR> <BR> *Chest <BR> *Bust <BR> *Waist <BR> *Hip... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 11:30:33 EST Challenge 3/30/10 - Hydration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33071363 Your challenge today is simple: <BR> <BR> DRINK AT LEAST 8 GLASSES OF WATER <BR> <BR> Keeping your body hydrated ensures that your system is working at an optimum level. Staying hydrated helps your body process all the high fiber you are consuming. Your hair, skin, and nails look better when you are hydrated. <BR> <BR> Water - It's good for you! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 30 Mar 2010 09:26:24 EST Challenge 3/29/10 - Burn 300 Calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33047285 Your challenge today is to BURN AT LEAST 300 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. Remember that you don't have to burn these through one session. Feel free to break up your calorie burning exercises throughout the day (i.e. walking the dog, taking the stairs, a workout at the gym, etc.) <BR> <BR> Come on team...LET'S GET MOVING! <BR> <BR> Have an excellent day! Mon, 29 Mar 2010 11:24:42 EST Challenge 3/28/10 - Spoil Someone Special! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33022554 Happy Sunday to you! How is your weekend treating you? Good I hope! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, you treated yourself to something special. Today's challenge is to spoil someone you care about. This challenge can be as simple (giving a card or making a phone call telling them how much you care) or as challenging (making them a meal, doing work/chores for them) as you want. It is up to you! <BR> <BR> Have a relaxing Sunday! Sun, 28 Mar 2010 11:17:28 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x33003141 <BR> I am a 27 and female to male transgendered. I live in way too hot Tampa FL. and am a full time student at USF. I am not new to spark but am new to actually using it. I am trying to lose weight and get healthy before I start transition hopefully this year. Looking forward to getting to know you and offer any support I can of my own. Sat, 27 Mar 2010 11:31:47 EST Challenge 3/27/10 - Spoil yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x33001128 Happy Saturday to you! Do you have any great plans for the day? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SPOIL YOURSELF. I know this sounds easy, but how often do you do something JUST FOR YOU? Think of something that you don't usually do for yourself, and DO IT TODAY! <BR> <BR> Feel free to share how you pampered yourself. Believe me, you deserve it! <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday! Sat, 27 Mar 2010 09:53:06 EST Challenge 3/26/10 - You choose! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32981114 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> The exercise(s) are up to you. The important thing is to MOVE. You can do it!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday! <em>306</em> Fri, 26 Mar 2010 11:18:22 EST Challenge 3/25/10 - Take 30! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32957175 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to REST & RELAX FOR 30 MINUTES. Calm your thoughts. Throw away the stress. Concentrate on relaxation. Great ways to do this can be: <BR> <BR> *Meditation/Prayer <BR> *Reading <BR> *Have a cup/glass of your favorite beverage and just sit <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Go for a leisurely walk <BR> *Sit on your porch and listen to nature <BR> *Close your eyes and listen to classical or music that soothes <BR> <BR> The idea is to not be bothered... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 12:10:44 EST Challenge 3/24/10 - Push yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32928844 Happy Wednesday to you! We have made it to the halfway point of our week! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GO FASTER, LONGER, or MORE. <BR> <BR> For those doing cardio today, can you: <BR> <BR> *Workout longer? <BR> *Push yourself harder by going faster? <BR> *Go further (i.e. biking, jogging, etc.)? <BR> <BR> For those doing strength training today, can you: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps? <BR> *Do a longer workout? <BR> *Go up a bit in difficulty? <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> H... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 10:38:21 EST Challenge 3/23/10 - Watch your Sugar & Salt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32900814 Today's challenge is all about READING LABELS and KNOWING WHAT YOU ARE EATING. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to keep close tabs on your sugar & salt consumption. Can you get throughout your day without adding white sugar or table salt to your foods? <BR> <BR> Hidden sugars and salts are EVERYWHERE in processed foods. Foods high in sugar make your pancreas work harder to produce insulin. Sugar that is not needed for immediate fuel can also wind up as reserve energy (in the form of extra ... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 09:47:28 EST Challenge 3/22/10 - Let's Dance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32875816 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> How was your weekend? Did you get a lot accomplished? Did you relax and spend time with family and friends? Are you ready to have a great week? FANTASTIC! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to: <BR> <BR> CRANK UP YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC AND DANCE! Go ahead. Turn up the music and dance, dance, dance. You can do this while you are getting dressed, making a meal, or cleaning the house. No one is looking so go ahead and BUST A MOVE! <BR> <BR> Have fun with this one.... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:02:11 EST Challenge 3/21/10 - Go for a Walk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32853483 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GO FOR A WALK. The amount of time and intensity are up to you. Remember: It is recommended that you get at least 30 minutes of cardio 3x a week. A brisk walk while pumping your arms is FANTASTIC cardio! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Sun, 21 Mar 2010 11:55:06 EST Challenge 3/20/10 - Put some Spring in your day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32831115 Happy first day of Spring and Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> I know that some of us are still experiencing snow and cold. However, today is the first day of Spring and in honor of that: <BR> <BR> your challenge today is to do a bit of spring cleaning. You don't have to go crazy cleaning, but here are some ideas: <BR> <BR> *Clean the cobwebs off the ceiling <BR> *Clean the top of your refrigerator (the inside could use it too) <BR> *Vacuum your baseboards & ceiling fan <BR> *Change the filter i... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 09:47:26 EST Challenge 3/19/10 - 30 minutes Continuous Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32809245 Congrats - we made it to Friday! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 30 MINUTES OF CONTINUOUS CARDIO EXERCISE. Great ways to do this challenge are: <BR> <BR> *Take a brisk walk (pump your arms for a more vigorous workout) <BR> *Take an exercise class at the gym <BR> *Take a bike ride <BR> *Do some cross country skiing <BR> *Do an exercise DVD <BR> *Play a team sport or play in the yard/park with the kids <BR> *Take a light jog with the dog <BR> <BR> Have a LET'S GET MOVING Friday! Fri, 19 Mar 2010 09:38:56 EST CREDO ACTION **Important** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x286x32798813 Subject: Get a free "Queer the Census" sticker! <BR> <BR> Dear Friend, <BR> <BR> The census is not necessarily the topic you've been waiting to hear about, I know, but bear with me for a moment. <BR> <BR> It's coming up in March or April, and while it's supposed to be an accurate count of everyone in the country, there's no question that asks if someone is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. <BR> <BR> This is a huge problem. The data collected has a direct impact on issues that are cri... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 20:21:51 EST Challenge 3/18/10 - Tracking every morsel! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32787425 Your challenge today is to KEEP WITHIN YOUR CALORIE RANGE. Keep track of your calories by: Reading labels, measuring with your measuring cups/spoons, and use your kitchen scale. Log ALL OF YOUR FOOD & BEVERAGES. Every bit and every sip count today. YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! Thu, 18 Mar 2010 11:12:01 EST Challenge 3/17/10 - You Deserve It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32758320 Happy St Patrick's Day to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SPOIL YOURSELF. Do something to pamper your tired body, mind, and spirit. Some suggestions for you to consider are: <BR> <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Splurge on a healthy meal <BR> *Take a bubble bath <BR> *Ask a loved one for a foot or shoulder massage <BR> *Make t.v. time your choice tonight <BR> *Ask others to make you dinner <BR> *Give yourself a facial, manicure, and/or pedicure <BR> *Give yourself the night off (after a lon... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:39:45 EST Challenge 3/16/10 - Making a List http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32731211 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to make a list of at least 3 things you would like to accomplish today. <BR> <BR> Your list can pertain to eating (fruits/veggies/fiber), exercise (I will do so many minutes), water (I will have at least 8 glasses), or anything else you need to accomplish. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 16 Mar 2010 09:46:33 EST Challenge 3/15/10 - Work your heart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32706454 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge yesterday was to work your core muscles. Today's challenge is to WORK YOUR HEART. <BR> <BR> It is a cardio day. Work your heart, large muscles, and BURN CALORIES! <BR> <BR> The activity and intensity level are up to you. The goal is to GET MOVING FOR AT LEAST 20 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> You can do this! <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:50:41 EST Challenge 3/13/10 - Declutter time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32662126 Happy Saturday to you all! <BR> <BR> In honor of finally rolling my sick spousal unit OUT the door (and bed) for the first time in a week, your challenge today is to declutter around you. I don't know about everyone else, but my house is a disaster. I will be cleaning, straightening and DISINFECTING today. <BR> <BR> What do you need to DECLUTTER today? <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday (and I know this "I am finally alone for longer than 5 minutes giddiness" shall wear off by the time I hi... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 11:23:58 EST Challenge 3/12/10 - Let's work those Arms! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32630497 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 3-5 DIFFERENT EXERCISES THAT FOCUS ON FIRMING UP YOUR ARMS. Feel free to use weights, bands, etc. to increase the difficulty of your work-out. There are great suggestions for exercises targeting arms in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> Feel free to share which exercises you completed. <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday! Fri, 12 Mar 2010 01:35:24 EST Challenge 3/12/10 - Let's work those Arms! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32630488 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 3-5 DIFFERENT EXERCISES THAT FOCUS ON FIRMING UP YOUR ARMS. Feel free to use weights, bands, etc. to increase the difficulty of your work-out. There are great suggestions for exercises targeting arms in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> Feel free to share which exercises you completed. <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday! Fri, 12 Mar 2010 01:33:12 EST Challenge 3/11/10 - Personal Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32613072 Your challenge today is a personal one. Today's challenge is WORK ON THE HARDEST CHALLENGE FOR YOU. <BR> <BR> Normally for me, I have a horrible time with sodium. Although I don't put salt on any of my foods, I still go over about half the week. But this week, my challenge has been eating 3 meals and at least 2 snacks so that will be my personal challenge today. What will yours be? Will it do with exercise, attitude, food, water, sleep, or..... <BR> <BR> Whatever your own personal struggle,... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 12:00:48 EST Challenge 3/10/10 - Huddle time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32586952 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> I am moving slower than molasses today thanks to a sinus cold and playing catch up from being gone all day yesterday. So forgive the slowness of the challenge posting! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to POST A HUDDLE MESSAGE ON EVERY BOARD YOU BELONG TO. I realize that many of you belong to several groups (I think I belong to 15 or so). Feel free to post the same message on your boards. However, please make it a motivational or uplifting message. <BR> <... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 13:02:56 EST Challenge 3/9/10 - Let's get Strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32552774 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BUILD MUSCLE. Do exercises (i.e. strength training) that help build strong muscles. You don't have to just "lift weights". There are LOTS of ways to build muscle and have fun. Why not try: <BR> <BR> *Play a gaming system (such as the Wii, Playstation, XBox, etc.) that has games that work your body (i.e. Dance, Dance Revolution, Wii Sports, etc.) <BR> <BR> *Do an exercise video or go to the gym and focus on slow, controlled movement... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 09:48:25 EST Challenge 3/8/10 - Burn 350 Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32528854 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to get your week started right and burn 350 calories thru cardio today. <BR> <BR> Remember: You can break up your exercise throughout the day. The goal is to have burned 350 calories by the end of the day. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Mon, 8 Mar 2010 12:14:09 EST Challenge 3/7/10 - R&R http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32501409 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Does this sound familiar to you: <BR> <BR> Monday through Friday, you are hard at work from waking until the moment your head hits the pillow at night. On the weekends, you play "catch up" with errands, cleaning the house, and spending time with those you love. <BR> <BR> Is this you? I know it fits me to a tee. So... <BR> <BR> Our challenge today is to GET SOME REST & RELAXATION. Do one or more of the following today: <BR> <BR> *Sleep in <BR> *Take a nap <B... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 10:52:33 EST Challenge 3/5-3/6 Burn 300 Calories & Pampering! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32458959 Since I am going on an overnight roadtrip with Ms Aliegh (paying a visit to some relatives to show off those two new top teeth..lol), I am posting today and tomorrow's challenge. I will be back tomorrow afternoon! <BR> <BR> Your challenge for today is to BURN 300 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> *Go to the gym <BR> *Ride a stationary bike <BR> *Jump rope <BR> *Hula Hoop <BR> *Put in an exercise video <BR> *Play on your gaming system that has exercise related games (i.e. Wii Fit,... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 10:57:06 EST Challenge 3/4/10 - Multi task Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32432957 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge has several parts. Can you do them all before you head off to bed this evening? YOU BET! <BR> <BR> Your challenge(s) today: <BR> <BR> *Get in some form of exercise <BR> *Drink AT LEAST 8 glasses of water <BR> *Log in ALL of your food/beverages AND stay within your calorie range <BR> *Take your multi-vitamin <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THESE!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! Thu, 4 Mar 2010 11:27:48 EST Challenge 3/3/10 - Eat your veggies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32402820 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT YOUR VEGETABLES! Recommendations for fruits and vegetables are AT LEAST 5 a day. We are going to focus on getting in your veggies today. <BR> How many servings can you get in? Great ways to add vegetables to your day are: <BR> <BR> *Vegetable juice <BR> *Vegetable soup <BR> *Add them to your omelet, sandwich, rice or pasta dish <BR> *Grill them <BR> *Have a big salad <BR> <BR> Remember to go easy on sodium, butter/margarine, ... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 10:58:31 EST Challenge 3/2/10 - Push yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32370225 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PUSH YOURSELF WHEN YOU EXERCISE. This challenge is for everyone. No matter if you are doing cardio or strength training. <BR> <BR> For those that are doing CARDIO today: <BR> <BR> *Can you do your activity longer <BR> *Can you push yourself harder <BR> *Can you go faster (example: jogging) <BR> <BR> For those that are doing STRENGTH TRAINING today: <BR> <BR> *Can you use more resistance <BR> *Can you do more repetitions <BR> *Can... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 09:44:06 EST "Vacation" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32207578 No challenge for you all today and thru the weekend. I will be the only one challenged - I am leaving tomorrow morning for Houston to attend the BBQ Championships. Today I have a million things to attend to so will be offline. Technically I will have net access so I may check in but my challenge will be to relax since I need a break. <BR> <BR> So finish off the month of February with healthy eating and get your water AND exercise in. Time is a flying, warmer weather and short season is... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 10:14:32 EST Challenge 2/23/10 - Work your calorie range! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32178477 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> I recently upped my exercise minutes with the treadmill. The one thing I found I didn't do was to take into account that I needed to increase my calories because of the increased activity. Normally I keep myself in my lower range and hover around it which for me - keeps my weight steady. So what happened when I did this and did the treadmill for an hour daily? I gained 5 pounds! Man I was irritated at myself because I am constantly reminding people that t... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 09:57:02 EST Challenge 2/22/10 - Spreading the love http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32152025 Your challenge today is to SPREAD SOME SUNSHINE. Go out of your way to be kind to others. Do things without being asked. Tackle projects or chores that others would normally do. Make an effort to recognize the hard work of others. Smile more and frown less. Send a sparkgoodie to a mate! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Monday! Mon, 22 Feb 2010 12:13:53 EST Challenge 2/21/10 - Time for R&R! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32123327 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> I don't know about everyone else, but I have a crazy week ahead of me. I need to take a break from my hectic world for just one day to recharge. Anyone else feel the same? <BR> <BR> Our challenge today is to GET SOME REST & RELAXATION. Sleep in. Take a nap. Snuggle up in your favorite chair with a good book or an old movie. Take a leisurely walk with the dog. Read aloud a book to the kiddos. Take a soothing bubble bath. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day and RELAX. You... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 11:50:48 EST Challenge 2/20/10 - Quit Procrast inating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32100415 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to TACKLE ITEMS IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN IGNORING. You know you have items on the "back burner" that you haven't had the time/energy to complete. Today is the day to get those items done. <BR> <BR> What do you need to catch up on? Could it be: <BR> <BR> *Laundry <BR> *Paying bills <BR> *Running errands <BR> *Mending <BR> *Cleaning out the refrigerator/pantry <BR> *Washing and cleaning the car <BR> *Spring planting <BR> *Taking... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 10:57:41 EST Challenge 2/19/10 - Home Cooking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32080310 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to COOK YOUR MEALS. That means: <BR> <BR> *No Drive-Through foods <BR> *No Take-Outs <BR> *No Vending Machines <BR> <BR> You have to really think about what you are putting into your body today. If you haven't left for work yet, pack your lunch. Put a small cooler into your car with HEALTHY SNACKS (i.e. an apple, nonfat yogurt, etc.) Make a healthy dinner for your loved ones. YOU CAN DO THIS! Plan ahead folks! <BR> <BR> Have a fantast... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 11:42:08 EST Hello from a GLBT writer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x32067936 Hello Steer Queer team! I am a writer of gay male erotic romances with paranormal settings. Between my "real job" and my writing, I sit on my butt much more often than I'd like. I'm fairly new to SP.com, but I am finding the motivation here to make writing and exercise fit into my schedule. <BR> <BR> I love to chat so drop by and say hello. <BR> <BR> FictionRunner Thu, 18 Feb 2010 21:20:41 EST Challenge 2/18/10 - Work your Core! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32056644 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR CORE MUSCLES. Try to get in at least THREE DIFFERENT EXERCISES. <BR> <BR> Working these muscles will not only make you look amazing, but they will help improve your posture. <BR> <BR> Not sure which exercises focus on your CORE muscles? Go to the Spark Fitness area and click on the CORE exercises. <BR> <BR> Feel free to share with the group which exercises you did. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Thu, 18 Feb 2010 12:37:23 EST Challenge 2/17/10 - Move those feet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x32027416 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge and goal today is to MOVE YOUR FEET! <BR> How about: <BR> <BR> *Running/Jogging <BR> *Walking <BR> *Dancing <BR> *Skiing <BR> *Roller blading <BR> *Ice skating <BR> <BR> What will you do today to GET YOUR FEET MOVING? <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday, <em>311</em> <em>332</em> <em>231</em> <em>313</em> Wed, 17 Feb 2010 11:10:35 EST Challenge 2/16/10 - Let's Get Motivated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31995802 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is FIND A MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE AND POST IT TO THE TEAM. <BR> <BR> There have been some incredible people throughout history that have spoken from their heart during trying times. Just reading their words put a smile on my face. <BR> <BR> Come on team, LET'S GET MOTIVATED! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Tuesday! <BR> <BR> P.S. Don't forget your water and multi-vitamin today too! Tue, 16 Feb 2010 09:37:52 EST Challenge 2/15/10 - Cardio time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31970305 Happy Monday - did you survive your Valentine's Day weekend? Your challenge today is to BURN 300 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> *Go to the gym <BR> *Ride a stationary bike <BR> *Jump rope <BR> *Hula Hoop <BR> *Put in an exercise video <BR> *Play on your gaming system that has exercise related games (i.e. Wii Fit, Dance, Dance Revolution, etc.) <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Mon, 15 Feb 2010 11:38:55 EST New to Spark - From Michigan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x31946559 Hello all. <BR> <BR> My name is Carlos. I live in Ann Arbor, MI. I am new to spark. I have been working out for a few months now and just wanted that little extra something to help me stay on track... So, here I am... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 12:36:01 EST Offline http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31910788 No challenges for the weekend - I am going out of town (taking Aliegh to see her great grandfather - we shall be traveling thelma and louise style..lol). Hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's weekend. Remember moderation! <BR> <BR> Cya on Monday! <em>129</em> Fri, 12 Feb 2010 17:09:30 EST Challenge 2/11/10 - Visit your teams! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31877360 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to LEAVE A MESSAGE ON EVERY BOARD YOU BELONG TO. Your message doesn't have to be long. It could be just to pop into the newest post and say hello. <BR> <BR> This will give you a quick view of what your boards are doing. It also might reacquaint you with your favorites. <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! <em>104</em> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 11:27:43 EST Challenge 2/10/10 - Cold Weather Deliciousness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31849969 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> I don't know about everyone else, but when cold weather hits, I make soups & casseroles. I love hearty (and heart healthy) foods. <BR> <BR> I thought we could share cold weather recipes for today in honor of the snow storm status hitting the East coast (again) so... <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SHARE A COLD WEATHER RECIPE. You can post a recipe of your own. You could post a link to a favorite recipe you enjoy. You could post a Sparkpeople recipe. <... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 11:19:43 EST Challenge 2/9/10 - Go for a Walk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31818126 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GRAB A FRIEND, FAMILY MEMBER, OR CO-WORKER AND GO FOR A WALK. This is a perfect opportunity to: <BR> <BR> *Get your neighbor to start that morning exercise routine <BR> *Work off frustrations from the job by walking at lunch with your co-workers <BR> *Get the family out of the house for some exercise <BR> <BR> Exercising with others makes your "tough workout" MUCH EASIER to manage. Besides, IT IS FUN! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesda... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 10:04:17 EST Challenge 2/8/10 - Vitamins and Minerals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31791511 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is two-fold: <BR> <BR> 1) Go to your Nutrition page and make sure you have items in your tracker that follow important vitamins/minerals. For instance, I have mine track: <BR> <BR> *Vitamin C <BR> *Calcium <BR> *Folate <BR> *Vitamin D <BR> *Iron <BR> *Potassium <BR> <BR> (Feel free to have your tracker track what nutrients you and/or your doctor feel are important) <BR> <BR> 2) Do your best to get in ALL OF THESE in your daily menu. Tha... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 11:39:23 EST Challenge 2/6/10 - Open Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31740466 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE. The type of exercise, intensity, and duration are up to you. You can do cardio, strength training, or a combination of the two. <BR> <BR> Once you have completed your exercise, come back here and tell us what you did. <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday! Sat, 6 Feb 2010 11:15:00 EST Challenge 2/5/10 - Spreading some sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31717456 Happy Friday to you! Sorry about no challenge yesterday but it has been awhile since I have had to function while taking pain meds and I thought I should spare us all the hilarity. Today is another story! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SPREAD SOME SUNSHINE. Go out of your way to be kind to others. Do things without being asked. Tackle projects or chores that others would normally do. Make an effort to recognize the hard work of others. Smile more and frown less. <BR> <BR> Hav... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 11:39:25 EST Challenge 2/3/10 - It's New to ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31660421 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Trying something new can be scary. Today, I'm going to finally sign up at a gym which is something I have never done before. I'm a little nervous, but really excited. Working out around other people is something I haven't done since college (ya know..back in the dinosaur ages!). <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to try something new to you! Here are some suggestions for you to try: <BR> <BR> *A new healthy food or beverage <BR> *A new exercise <BR> *... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 12:20:11 EST Challenge 2/2/10 - Tasting the Rainbow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31627812 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Did you know that eating a colorful range of fruits & vegetables is a FANTASTIC way to get all of your vitamins & minerals? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SEE HOW MANY DIFFERENT COLORED FRUITS & VEGETABLES YOU CAN EAT. Focus only on fruits & vegetables. List which ones you ate by the end of the day. This is a great way to see if you are eating a wide variety of foods. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 2 Feb 2010 11:05:01 EST hi queers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x31603987 saying hello from massachusetts! too cold to work out! so hard not to just drink beer and eat snacks with other homos! especially since my partner and i really love being bearish. anyway, i am looking for anyone who wants to share words of encouragement, especially folks with other things in common with me, like vegetarians or students! this is the group i am most excited to have join on spark, i'm excited to get to know y'all! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 15:47:32 EST Challenge 2/1/10 - Work it Baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31595771 Happy Monday to you! It's a new month - wow time flies! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK OUT FOR 30 CONTINUOUS MINUTES. Make sure to have water nearby, wear comfortable clothing, and not overexert yourself. YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Monday! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 11:46:06 EST Challenge 1/31/10 - A little R&R http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31566517 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to REST AND RELAX. Spend time with those you love. Rest your mind, body, and spirit. <BR> <BR> It is going to be a busy week. Make the most of your day off before it begins. <BR> <BR> Have a restful Sunday! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 12:59:41 EST Challenge 1/30/10 - Pamper Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31540581 Happy Saturday to you! You made it to the weekend - WOHOO! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SPOIL YOURSELF. Do something kind and pampering JUST FOR YOU! Go ahead, you deserve it! <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday! Sat, 30 Jan 2010 12:11:23 EST Challenge 1/29/10 - Whittling down that list http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31512965 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Weekend is here and February is upon us. Let's go into the weekend clearing off our "To Do" list. <BR> Lets concentrate on things that we have been putting off. We all have items on our "To Do" list that never seem to get done. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to tackle some of that list. Pat yourself on the back for working hard and getting your items accomplished. <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday! Fri, 29 Jan 2010 10:33:15 EST Challenge 1/28/10 - Healthy Snacks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31483085 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your week is almost over. How are you holding up? Are you needing more energy around 10am & 4pm each day? Maybe you should consider spreading your calories throughout the day with smaller meals AND snacks. <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT TWO HEALTHY SNACKS. Have one in the morning after your body has used the energy from your breakfast. Have a healthy snack during the late afternoon when your body is starting to get tired, and dinner won't be for a few h... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 08:57:27 EST Nice to meet ya! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x31476347 Hey sparkies, <BR> My name is Marianna and this is my second attempt at making SparkPeople work for me. It was several months ago, and I don't even think I lasted a week. This time I know that I will have to carve out some time to make this work, and I am hoping that by getting involved in the community piece I will stay motivated. My partner and I are getting married in October and I just got on a scale recently, so these factors are lighting a bit of a fire under me. It does seem to eat u... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 22:55:48 EST Challenge 1/27/10 - Burn 350! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31455282 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 350 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. You do not need to burn these calories all at once. Feel free to break up your exercise throughout the day. The goal is to burn AT LEAST 350 calories by the end of the day. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Wed, 27 Jan 2010 09:46:34 EST Challenge 1/26/10: Working on Strength! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31425277 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BUILD MUSCLE. Do exercises (i.e. strength training) that help build strong muscles. You don't have to just "lift weights". There are LOTS of ways to build muscle and have fun. Why not try: <BR> <BR> *Play a gaming system (such as the Wii, Playstation, XBox, etc.) that has games that work your body (i.e. Dance, Dance Revolution, Wii Sports, etc.) <BR> <BR> *Do an exercise video or go to the gym and focus on slow, controlled movement... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 10:10:24 EST Challenge 1/25/10 - Multitask Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31397099 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge has several parts. Can you do them all before you head off to bed this evening? YOU BET! <BR> <BR> Your challenge(s) today: <BR> <BR> *Get in some form of exercise <BR> *Drink AT LEAST 8 glasses of water <BR> *Log in ALL of your food/beverages AND stay within your calorie range <BR> *Take your multi-vitamin <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THESE!! <BR> <BR> Have a MAGNIFICENT Monday! Mon, 25 Jan 2010 12:17:40 EST hi from TX http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x286x31366849 Hello from Houston! I am an ally who is interested in LGBT issues. I teach full time and am the sponsor of the GSA at our high school. I am tired of trying to lose weight alone and want to make this work this time. I have struggled for years with losing this excess weight and I want to make this a reality. My goal is to lose 50 pounds by the end of July. <BR> <BR> I am married, have a teenage stepdaughter, two spoiled cats and a crazy dog. Sun, 24 Jan 2010 12:54:44 EST Challenge 1/24/10 - Stretch and Meditate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31365482 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Are you a person that has found the relaxing qualities of Yoga or Tai Chi? No?! Well, you might want to think again. <BR> <BR> The slow, accurate movements in Yoga and Tai Chi have these benefits: <BR> <BR> 1) Increasing Flexibility – Both forms have positions that act upon the various joints of the body including those joints that are never really on the ‘radar screen’ let alone exercised. <BR> <BR> 2) Mental benefits - Both forms tend to give you a c... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 12:06:33 EST Challenge 1/23/10 - Get out for a walk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31341520 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET OUT AND TAKE A WALK. The distance and time spent on your walk are up to you. <BR> <BR> What are you waiting for? Get on your sneakers and GET WALKING! If it is bad weather - walk it inside! <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday! Sat, 23 Jan 2010 11:32:54 EST Help i'm becoming a morning person! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x286x31336301 This morning, I woke up at 5:45. Yes, that's right. A.M. The only other times in my life this has happened, i've checked that my alarm is truly set for many hours later, and then gone back to bed. I don't even have to be at work until 11! <BR> <BR> Today, something unexplainable happened... <BR> <BR> I got out of bed. The first thought i had was, 'Hmm, maybe i can get to the gym before work now.' Turns out the gym isn't open til 7am, though. So now i'm having a nice quiet cup of coffee and ... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 07:06:54 EST Challenge 1/20/10 - 30 Minutes Continuous Cardio! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31255056 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 30 MINUTES OF CONTINUOUS CARDIO EXERCISE. Really push yourself with this one, gang. I'm not talking about a 30 minutes stroll. Use your 30 minutes to get sweating and slim. YOU CAN DO THIS!!! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Wednesday! Wed, 20 Jan 2010 11:17:07 EST Challenge 1/19/10 -Listen more or Speak up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31220268 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Are you: <BR> <BR> 1) The type of person that doesn't say much or share your feelings? <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> 2) Talk & share all the time, but rarely listen? <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EITHER LISTEN MORE or SPEAK UP. Whichever type of person you are, try the OPPOSITE for today. <BR> <BR> This may mean talking less and listening to what others are really saying. Asking them how they feel. Asking for their opinions. <BR> <BR> For those tha... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 09:27:21 EST Challenge 1/18/10 - Go for the Points! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31196477 Happy Monday and MLK day to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today takes dedication and attention. For today, you need to GO FOR THE POINTS! Racking up points in all areas will be your focus. You need to: <BR> <BR> *Spin the Wheel <BR> *Eat Right <BR> *Drink your Water <BR> *Exercise <BR> *Do extra goals <BR> *Comment on groups <BR> *Huddle on groups <BR> *Read articles <BR> *Etc. <BR> <BR> You are NOT racing against other members today. Your challenge is to test yourself. How many points can... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 13:45:49 EST Challenge 1/17/10 - Pamper someone in your life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31161242 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PAMPER SOMEONE IN YOUR LIFE. This could be a: family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker, or even a stranger. Do something kind and out of the ordinary for them. Some suggestions are: <BR> <BR> *Make a special meal or take them out to eat <BR> *Watch their favorite programs instead of yours <BR> *Offer to take on a task that they would be responsible for <BR> *Go to a movie that they want to see <BR> *Buy them flowers <BR> *Give them... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 11:24:28 EST Challenge 1/16/10 - Let's get organized! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31136516 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to take advantage of the weekend and get organized. I know personally I need to dig out my dining room table which this week has become the "dumping" ground for everything that needs to be filed, put away, or find a home for. <BR> <BR> Ways to get organized are: <BR> <BR> *Clean out your purse/wallet <BR> *Clean your car <BR> *Go through your refrigerator and pantry - throw away old, unhealthy foods. <BR> *Go through closets - try on... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 11:02:15 EST A new n00b http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x31125002 Hey just wanted to introduce myself! I'm Ashley 21, from Toronto! =) Looking to use spark people to loose some weight but more importantly to learn about nutrition! Fri, 15 Jan 2010 20:47:32 EST Challenge 1/15/10 - Pamper Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31117527 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Sorry for the delay in the challenge - my day started out "challenging" and now I have the grandbaby so I have been RUNNING! Your challenge today is to pamper yourself. Ways to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Take a long soak in the tub <BR> *Give your skin a light brushing with a soft brush or exfoliate your skin with items such as sugar, salt, or oatmeal scrub, etc. <BR> *Give yourself a facial <BR> *Give yourself a manicure <BR> *Give yourself a pedicure <BR> *Hyd... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 15:04:08 EST Challenge 1/14/10 - A Colorful Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31082180 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many different COLORS you can eat from the fruit & vegetable group. Having a variety of colors daily insures that you are eating a range of foods that are loaded with different vitamins and minerals. <BR> <BR> Remember to drink your water today as well. Fruits and vegetables are not only loaded with good vitamins/minerals, but they are also full of fiber. Opt for the fresh or steamed items whenever possible too. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 12:02:06 EST new to the team :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x31068768 hey all, my name is sam. i'm 21 and i'm from tennessee. i joined sparkpeople in hopes of losing this extra poundage i've seemed to attain, and so far it's worked :) hopefully everything can continue on this way, and good luck to everyone! Wed, 13 Jan 2010 22:52:26 EST straight but not narrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x31049768 Hi there! ally and advocate and somewhat new to sp! Looking for support! Wed, 13 Jan 2010 11:56:52 EST Challenge 1/13/10 - 30 minutes cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31046529 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK OUT FOR 30 CONTINUOUS MINUTES. You can make this as easy as a 30 minute brisk walk, or as challenging as a kick-boxing class or run (or in my case, it may just be breathing with this cold..lol)! YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Wed, 13 Jan 2010 10:28:38 EST Challenge 1/12/10 - Snack time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x31012464 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you find yourself needing more energy around 10am & 4pm each day? Maybe you should consider spreading your calories throughout the day with smaller meals AND snacks. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to eat two healthy snacks. Have one in the morning after your body has used the energy from your breakfast. Have a healthy snack during the late afternoon when your body is starting to get tired, and dinner won't be for a few hours. <BR> <BR> Many folks swea... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 10:30:01 EST Challenge 1/11/10 - Pass the salt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30982594 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you read labels on your foods? Did you realize that most of us eat WAY OVER the amount of 2400mg of sodium each day? Do you add salt to your food? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to KEEP UNDER 2400mg OF SODIUM. That is quite a challenge for many of us (this is one of my biggest challenges). Here are some foods to really watch out for because they are packed with sodium: <BR> <BR> *Canned vegetables <BR> *Soups <BR> *Soy Sauce <BR> *Jars of olives and pic... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 13:15:52 EST Challenge 1/10/10 - Just Smile! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30946811 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SMILE at every person you encounter (even if they don't smile back!) Change the world around you by giving a smile. Someone driving you crazy? Kill them with kindness and a smile. Your actions just might change those of the world around you. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Sunday! <em>30</em> Sun, 10 Jan 2010 12:07:16 EST Challenge 1/9/10 - Work out your entire BODY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30916987 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> PHEW - we made it to the weekend! I don't know about you but the first full week after a holiday weekend can be BRUTAL..lol. <BR> <BR> We all have heard the term: "Slow and steady wins the race"? Did you ever compare that to weight loss? Did we put on extra pounds overnight? No. It took time for each of us to slip into an unhealthy lifestyle. We nurtured that unhealthy lifestyle over time. It will take dedication and a positive attitude to take it off. <B... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 10:36:08 EST Challenge 1/8/10 - Take 15! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30887448 Happy Friday to you! We made it to the end of the week! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to take 15 minutes out of your day for complete peace and quiet. Ironically this was the challenge I was going to do yesterday but instead yours truly crashed and burned from doing too much (and some serious lack of sleep). So I decided that we all could do this today since we have made it to the end of the week (and coming off the holiday binges). So let's take just 15 minutes today to RELAX. Ways yo... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 10:18:46 EST Challenge 1/6/10 - Popeye had the right idea! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30821754 Happy Wednesday to you! You have made it thru half the week. WOHOO! <BR> <BR> Do you eat dark green, leafy vegetables? Do you know why these foods are beneficial to you? <BR> <BR> *Few of us even eat the minimum USDA recommendations of 3 cups of dark green vegetables per week. <BR> <BR> *Dark green leafy vegetables are, calorie for calorie, perhaps the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. <BR> <BR> *They are a rich source of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, a... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 10:58:03 EST Challenge 1/5/10 - Greet 5 new folks to Sparks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30783158 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> With the new year upon us, we have had an influx of new people to our Spark teams. Today's challenge is to greet 5 new people that have joined your teams. Here is how: <BR> <BR> *Scroll down to the bottom of a team page that you belong to. <BR> *Find a new member of your team <BR> *Click on that member's picture/avatar and go to their page <BR> *Send them a welcome message (you can also read their page and comment on what is going on in their lives, etc.) <... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 09:49:52 EST Challenge 1/4/09 - Work your heart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30744195 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to work your heart! <BR> It is a cardio day. Work your heart, large muscles, and let's burn some calories. <BR> <BR> The activity and intensity level are up to you. The goal is to get moving for at least 30 minutes. Can you do this? SURE you can! <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Mon, 4 Jan 2010 08:09:47 EST New to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x30722758 Hi everyone! Joined the team today and wanted to greet everyone! Hope your 2010 is getting off to a Sparktastic start! Sun, 3 Jan 2010 15:39:49 EST Challenge 1/2/10 - Work your legs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30681922 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to work your legs. Great ways to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Lunges <BR> *Jumping Jacks <BR> *Squats <BR> *Kickboxing <BR> *Jogging <BR> *Bicycling <BR> *Rollerblading <BR> *Step class, DVD, or stair stepper <BR> *Power walking <BR> <BR> How will you work your legs today? <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Saturday! Sat, 2 Jan 2010 11:10:36 EST Challenge 1/1/10 - Measurements! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30664759 Happy 2010 to you! <BR> <BR> The challenge today is a simple one (and a great way to start the new year!): measure ourselves. Keeping track of your measurements can be very motivational. This is especially true when the number on the scale isn't going down, but the measuring tape is. <BR> <BR> Get out your measuring tape (or print out a free one online) and measure the areas listed below. Make sure to keep these numbers handy to compare for next month. <BR> <BR> Areas to measure: <BR> <BR... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 18:36:12 EST Challenge 12/31/09 - Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30633939 Happy New Years Eve to everyone! Sorry for the delay but Ms Aliegh had other plans for me this morning (food, play, food, mauling..and finally a NAP!). <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to reflect on the year. Look at what you have accomplished and celebrate those things. Is there anything you can or would do differently? <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a safe New Years Eve - enjoy your family and friends. See you in 2010! <BR> <BR> *hugs* <BR> <BR> Kierae Thu, 31 Dec 2009 13:44:36 EST Challenge 12/30/09 - Work those Arms! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30603078 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 3-5 DIFFERENT EXERCISES THAT FOCUS ON FIRMING UP YOUR ARMS. Feel free to use weights, bands, etc. to increase the difficulty of your work-out. There are great suggestions for exercises targeting arms in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! <em>85</em> Wed, 30 Dec 2009 10:18:20 EST Challenge 12/29/09 - Goodie Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30577980 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SEND OUT THREE (3) SPARK GOODIES TO THREE RANDOM MEMBERS. It is preferable that you send these goodies to members that you don't usually correspond with. These could be three people on three different boards. These people could be new members. These people could be ones that are asking for guidance/motivation in their blog. <BR> <BR> Have a SPREADING SOME SPARK CHEER Tuesday! Tue, 29 Dec 2009 10:27:05 EST Hello From NJ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x30576545 Hi, <BR> My name is Mari I am 23 and getting reacquainted with Sparkpeople. I hope that meeting and getting to know some positive people with similar goals will keep me motivated this time. Tue, 29 Dec 2009 09:36:30 EST Challenge 12/28/09 - Procrastination no more! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30559163 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Wow this year has flown by and New Years is in a couple days! <BR> <BR> I thought we could concentrate on things that we have been putting off. I know we all have those items on our "To Do" list that never seem to get done. Well... <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to tackle things on your To Do list. Make a list. Get busy. Pat yourself on the back for working hard and getting your items accomplished. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Mon, 28 Dec 2009 14:28:07 EST Challenge 12/27/09 - Taking some time to enjoy.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30535525 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> What are your hobbies? What do you do to relieve stress? Your challenge today is to enjoy yourself and work on some of your hobbies. Spend time doing what relaxes you. Go ahead, you DESERVE it! <BR> <BR> Have a great Sunday! Sun, 27 Dec 2009 13:26:10 EST Challenge 12/26/09 - Burn 300 calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30518315 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to burn 300 calories through cardio exercise. If you need to break it up - do so. Get out there and get that body moving! <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday folks! Sat, 26 Dec 2009 11:44:25 EST Challenge 12/22/09 - Give it a 100% today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30464612 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to HAVE A FANTASTIC ATTITUDE and... <BR> <BR> *Drink ALL 8 glasses of water <BR> *Log in ALL foods consumed (even little nibbles here and there) <BR> *Get in AT LEAST some form of exercise to tone your body (whether strength or cardio-you decide) <BR> *Take your multi-vitamin <BR> *Check off as many Other Goals as possible <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! Have a great attitude and BE POSITIVE! This isn't a diet - It is a LIFESTYLE!! <BR> <... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 10:21:01 EST Challenge 12/21/09 - Leave a message http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30449090 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to LEAVE A MESSAGE ON EVERY BOARD YOU BELONG TO. I know that for some of you, this can be a tall order as you belong to many boards. Your message doesn't have to be long. It could be just to pop into the newest post and say hello. <BR> <BR> This will give you a quick view of what your boards are doing. It also might reacquaint you with your favorites. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Mon, 21 Dec 2009 12:36:04 EST Challenge 12/20/09 - Day of Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30429738 Today's challenge is to REST. Spend the day with those that you love. Let them know how special they are to you. <BR> <BR> You are special. Make every day meaningful. <BR> <BR> Have a TREASURED & LOVED Sunday <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 20 Dec 2009 10:26:04 EST Challenge 12/19/09 - Checking my list! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30416184 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> I know we all have the proverbial BIG list happening right now. So much to do before Christmas and so little time. So your challenge today is to start crossing off things on that list. <BR> <BR> For me, it is sending out the couple of Christmas cards I need to do. Some years I feel lucky if I can get them out by the first of the new year..lol. How about you? What do you have left to do? <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Saturday! Sat, 19 Dec 2009 11:13:26 EST Challenge 12/18/09 - 30 minutes Cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30399599 Happy Friday to you! We made it to the end of the week. EEK - Christmas is in a week! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do 30 minutes of cardio exercise. Really push yourself with this one and try to do an entire session of 30 minutes if that isn't your norm. If you normally do 30, how about adding 15 minutes to it! Use your 30 minutes to get sweating and slim. YOU CAN DO THIS!!! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Friday! Fri, 18 Dec 2009 09:41:42 EST Challenge 12/17/09 - Personal Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30386066 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Sorry for the delayed challenge - it's a grandbaby day today so even though my day started at 5am, I didn't get to the computer until now..lol. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is a personal one. Today's challenge is work on the hardest challenge for you. <BR> <BR> For me today, it will be finding balance. My Thursdays are jammed packed and I am running on empty usually. I have the grandbaby overnight on Wednesdays and then we end up doing all our errands, ... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 12:58:34 EST newbie from MI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x30372502 hey everyone, my name is ashley and i'm new to this group, but not new to spark. i actually stumbled across this looking on someones page from lesbian cafe so I deciede to join. im 22 years old and live in MI. I have a wonderful gf of a year and we are on a weight loss journey together (im trying to get her to spark on here too). <BR> <BR> im looking forward to making new friends and losing weight for sure. Wed, 16 Dec 2009 18:18:57 EST Challenge 12/16/09 - Watch that Sodium! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30364035 Happy Wednesday to you! We have made it thru half the work week - wohooo! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to keep your sodium in check - under 2400! That means that you need to READ LABELS and watch processed foods. Remember that "diet meals" are loaded with sodium. So are: <BR> <BR> *Pickles and olives <BR> *Soy Sauce <BR> *Canned Soups <BR> *Canned Vegetables <BR> *Crackers & chips <BR> *Vegetable Juices <BR> <BR> Be vigilant when it comes to reading labels. When cooking, try adding f... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 09:56:58 EST Challenge 12/15/09 - Hydration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30345472 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: <BR> <BR> DRINK AT LEAST 8 GLASSES OF WATER & TAKE YOUR VITAMINS! <BR> <BR> Pretty simple, huh? But with all the holiday parties,hustle & bustle of preparing for the celebrations, it is too easy to skip the water. Add to the fact that most of us are in colder weather so we tend to not drink as much water. So let's do this! <BR> <BR> Have a terrific Tuesday! <em>194</em> Tue, 15 Dec 2009 10:28:52 EST New from WA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x30332162 I just joined the team and wanted to say hello. Hello! Mon, 14 Dec 2009 16:46:31 EST Challenge 12/14/09 - Nurturing ourselves http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30326461 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Last week I started a sourdough starter for my first time. You have to nurture it - feeding it every day, keeping it warm and cozy. Eventually it presents you with this wonderful gift - the sourdough base to make bread with and to share with others. <BR> <BR> It made me think how about ourselves - how often we don't even do these things for ourselves. We tend to abuse our bodies with the wrong foods, or we don't work out, or we just ignore what we need in g... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 11:47:49 EST Challenge 12/12/09 - Let's go walking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30290263 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to go for a walk. The distance and the pace are up to you. Put on your walking shoes and GET MOVING! If the weather is bad, consider walking indoors - mall crawls (combine it with your Christmas shopping), treadmill, walking away the pounds dvd.. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Saturday! Sat, 12 Dec 2009 09:37:22 EST Challenge 12/11/09 - Burn 300 Calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30273931 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to burn 300 CALORIES through cardio exercise. <BR> <BR> Remember that you don't have to burn these calories through one workout. Feel free to break up your exercise throughout the day. <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Friday! Fri, 11 Dec 2009 09:44:35 EST Challenge 12/10/09 - Recipe Exchange http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30255926 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Does anyone enjoy soups, casseroles, or healthy crockpot meals during the cooler months? I know I love this time of year. With a little planning, you can have a healthy, hearty meal that everyone enjoys. <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is a RECIPE SWAP. What do you enjoy making during these cooler months that is healthy? Do you have a recipe to share? Do you have a link to a healthy recipe (whether on Spark Recipes or another site)? If possible, list nutritional... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 11:06:06 EST Challenge 12/9/09 - Set the tone of your day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30232709 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you eat breakfast every day? If you don't - think about your body. You are resting it from anywhere between 7-9 hours a night, and then expect it to function at 100% until lunch. No wonder those of us that skip breakfast are more likely to eat and eat as the day goes on. Our body is trying to get the fuel that we deprived it first thing in the morning! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT A HEALTHY, WELL-BALANCED BREAKFAST. Start off your day right! ... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 09:43:29 EST Challenge 12/8/09 - Whittle down that To Do List! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30212069 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Have you looked at the calendar lately? Christmas is in two weeks! <BR> <BR> I thought we could concentrate on things that we have been putting off. I know we all have those items on our "To Do" list that never seem to get done. Well... <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to TACKLE THINGS ON YOUR TO DO LIST. Make a list. Get busy. Pat yourself on the back for working hard and getting your items accomplished. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 8 Dec 2009 10:10:39 EST Challenge 12/7/09 - Work your Heart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30191286 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to work your heart! <BR> It is a cardio day. Work your heart, large muscles, and let's burn some calories. <BR> <BR> The activity and intensity level are up to you. The goal is to get moving for at least 20 minutes. Can you do this? SURE you can! <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Mon, 7 Dec 2009 11:24:44 EST Challenge 12/6/09 - The Giving Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30171129 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to get into the giving season. Go out of your way to help others and donate your time, muscles, a few pennies, etc. Extend you kind heart today and help others in need. <BR> <BR> Have a great Sunday! Sun, 6 Dec 2009 12:16:39 EST Challenge 12/5/09 - Work those Legs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30153928 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR LEGS. Great ways to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Lunges <BR> *Jumping Jacks <BR> *Squats <BR> *Kickboxing <BR> *Jogging <BR> *Bicycling <BR> *Rollerblading <BR> *Step class, DVD, or stair stepper <BR> *Power walking <BR> <BR> How will you work your legs today? <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Saturday! Sat, 5 Dec 2009 11:23:19 EST Challenge 12/4/09 - Do some exploring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30135502 Happy Friday to you! I have realized that doing any computer time when I have the grandbaby is near impossible - hence no challenge yesterday. <BR> <BR> I have been on Spark for almost three years now. Even though I have been here for quite a while, I am constantly finding new things to read and learn. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is do some exploring around Sparks. Read articles. Take surveys. Leave an encouraging message. State how you feel. Learn something new! <BR> <BR> TGIF - have a... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 11:21:13 EST Challenge 12/2/09 - Cardio time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30087870 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> This month will be fraught with food obstacles. Your challenge today is to get moving and do some cardio! It doesn't matter what you decide to do to burn calories today. <BR> <BR> What exercise(s) did you do and for how long? YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:13:54 EST Challenge 12/1/09 - Measurements and goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30063454 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> In celebration of my finally being sprung from the walking boot and crutches AND the first day of December, the challenge is to take a set of measurements. Keeping track of your measurements can be very motivational. This is especially true when the number on the scale isn't going down, but the measuring tape is. <BR> <BR> Get out your measuring tape (or print out a free one online) and measure the areas listed below. Make sure to keep these numbers handy to ... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 10:43:48 EST The Leftovers Dilemma http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5502x286x30028500 When i go out to eat with friends, or order out at lunch, i usually eat about half the food, and then wrap the rest up for later. Only problem is that sometimes i wind up eating it as soon as i get home! I could avoid this by not taking the leftovers home, but I hate letting good food go to waste. <BR> <BR> Tonight i went to a great Ethiopian restaurant, and of course took home the leftovers. But i have a very silly reason for saving them until tomorrow: I freelance and i know i'll be worki... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 20:35:19 EST Challenge 11/29/09 - R&R http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30019677 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to REST AND RELAX. Spend time with those you love. Rest your mind, body, and spirit. <BR> <BR> It is going to be a busy week. We are heading into December and the next set of holidays (YIKES!!). Make the most of your day off before it begins. <BR> <BR> Have a MUCH NEEDED DAY OF REST Sunday! Sun, 29 Nov 2009 12:27:03 EST Newby from South of Dayton Ohio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x30017785 Hello, <BR> <BR> I am Danny and I live in a small town called Miamisburg which is just a bit south of Dayton Ohio. I've been here just over 2 years and LOVE it! <BR> <BR> I am quite new to SP (Only 1 week since I joined) but already I am feeling the love and warmth from everyone! <BR> <BR> I was quite surprised to find this team and I hope you'll allow me to join in the fun and team building! <BR> <BR> Danny Sun, 29 Nov 2009 10:48:01 EST Challenge 11/28/09 - Get out Walking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x30002012 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET OUT FOR A WALK. The distance and time you take are up to you. Get outside and enjoy the air. If it is raining, find somewhere to walk inside (heck even the Malls!). Walking is great cardio and easy on your joints. <BR> <BR> Have an excellent Saturday! Sat, 28 Nov 2009 10:09:10 EST intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x29996534 Hey all, I'm Liz, from NY, and i've been at sparkpeople for a while. I'm less concerned with weight loss than i am with health. I am within my healthy weight range, i'm just trying to think body-positive and get a handle on my coping mechanisms. I feel like the more i utilize the sparkpeople community, it becomes easier to focus on those goals. Fri, 27 Nov 2009 20:55:23 EST Challenge 11/25/09 - Burn Calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29961904 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> With Thanksgiving tomorrow, your challenge today is simple: <BR> <BR> GET YOUR BODY MOVING AND WORK OFF CALORIES! <BR> <BR> You choose the activity, the difficulty level, and the duration. Feel free to let everyone know what you did and how many calories were burned. <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Wed, 25 Nov 2009 11:38:45 EST Challenge 11/24/09 - Make your Own Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29941248 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to make a list of things you have a hard time conquering and accomplish them. <BR> <BR> I know I have a hard time with sodium, and getting in some snacks. Those are the things I will be focusing on today. <BR> <BR> What will your challenge be today? Feel free to share what you did. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! <BR> Tue, 24 Nov 2009 11:12:23 EST Psycological? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x286x29935590 I was wondering how many people have trouble walking, let's just say, a half a mile a day or so. I personally cannot get past the first block before my upper legs and lower calves start hurting. I think it must be psychological and I think others who have trouble it may also be Psychological. I walk to work everyday and home. This is more than one block. Then I work on my feet all day in a kitchen. I can walk through Walmart, Kmart, and even the MALL. But when it comes to walking for fitness ... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 05:56:14 EST Challenge 11/23/09 - Burn 350 Calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29921458 Happy Monday to you! Let's start out our week with some cardio. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to burn 350 calories through cardio exercise. Break it up if you have to and go for it! <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a great day today! Mon, 23 Nov 2009 12:31:13 EST Challenge 11/21/09 - Spoil Another Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29883068 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to SPOIL SOMEONE IN YOUR LIFE. Do something kind and unexpected today. Believe me, they will love it! <BR> <BR> Have a great day today! Sat, 21 Nov 2009 10:45:08 EST Challenge 11/20/09 - Water time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29866333 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DRINK AT LEAST 8 GLASSES OF WATER. <BR> <BR> Did you know?: <BR> <BR> *You lose water through urination, respiration, and by sweating. <BR> <BR> *If you are very active, you lose more water than if you are sedentary. <BR> <BR> *Twenty percent of your water need will come from the foods you eat. The rest of your water need should come from the beverages you drink. Water is the best choice. Sodas have a lot of sugar in them, so if y... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 11:40:27 EST Challenge 11/19/09 - Go for the Spark Points! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29846121 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET AS MANY POINTS AS YOU CAN. You are not up against anyone else with this challenge. In order to get a bunch of points for the day, you need to eat well, exercise, drink water, and participate in the Spark Community. <BR> <BR> How many points can you get today? GO FOR IT! <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! Thu, 19 Nov 2009 12:42:46 EST Challenge 11/18/09 - Cardio Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29823539 Happy Humpday to you! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to WORK YOUR HEART. It is a cardio day. Work your heart, large muscles, and BURN CALORIES! <BR> <BR> The activity and intensity level are up to you. The goal is to GET MOVING FOR AT LEAST 20 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> You can do this! <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Wed, 18 Nov 2009 12:22:02 EST Things are looking up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x286x29813551 I went to the doctors today and all good news. He says that on my blood work that some numbers are higher than they like them but over all I am doing great. I brought all my bad numbers down and the only real health issue I have left to get under control is my Diabetes Type 2 which he says I should be rid of it soon if I keep up with what I am doing.He said my blood pressure is at a normal rate for people with diabetes and not to get it any lower till I get rid of the diabetes so all is wonde... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 23:32:43 EST Challenge 11/17/09 - Secrets to Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29798106 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to READ THREE SUCCESSFUL SPARK MEMBER PAGES. The link below will take you to the Success area of Sparkpeople. Read about people just like you. People that have been battling with their weight and decided to start living a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Feel free to post any story that really touched you. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/community/succes<BR>s_stories.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Tuesday! <em>220</em> Tue, 17 Nov 2009 10:37:50 EST Challenge 11/16/09 - Burn 200 Calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29777410 Your challenge today is to BURN 200 CALORIES. Go for a walk before work or during lunch. Do a 20 minute aerobic workout. Jump on the trampoline or skip rope. <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Monday! <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 16 Nov 2009 12:36:48 EST Hey from NJ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x29775174 Hey all. <BR> <BR> Just starting out on SP. More interested in reducing body fat than what the scale says (current estimated BF%=25.9) but my weight goal right now is about 30 lbs. Mon, 16 Nov 2009 11:18:48 EST Challenge 11/15/09 - Pamper yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29753175 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> You have a great challenge for today: <BR> <BR> SPOIL YOURSELF! <BR> <BR> Do something special for YOU. It could be: <BR> <BR> *Sleeping in or getting a nap <BR> *Manicure <BR> *Pedicure <BR> *New haircut, perm, hair treatment, hair coloring <BR> *A healthy, special food you don't usually get <BR> *A movie that you have wanted to see <BR> *A bubble bath <BR> *Spending time with someone special <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do with your day, make sure to ... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 11:59:48 EST Challenge 11/14/09 - Declutter time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29735932 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> So Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away and Christmas is around the corner! I know personally I am one week into my move and still trying to find a place for everything (ie moving one pile from one spot to another..hehe). <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to declutter around you. <BR> <BR> What do you need to DECLUTTER today? <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday! Sat, 14 Nov 2009 11:22:46 EST Hi from NYC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x29726738 Hey, I'm Dronile (but you can call me Dro or Adriana or Adrie, whichever you remember best lol) from New York City, 20, junior in college. I'm sort of at that stage where I'm rather ambivalent about my gender identity and thought this group would have some good support. <em>213</em> Fri, 13 Nov 2009 19:45:35 EST Hello from Matt in MN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x29666774 Hello- <BR> <BR> I'm Matt from the Twin Cites, MN! I've been on SparkPeople for over a year, but really working at it in earnest since March. This is truly a great place! Wed, 11 Nov 2009 00:11:25 EST Challenge 11/7/09 - Walk time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29585196 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET OUT FOR A WALK. The distance and time you take are up to you. Get outside and enjoy the air. If the weather is bad, do some mall crawling or treadmill work. Walking is great cardio and easy on your joints. <BR> <BR> I will not be posting any challenges until Tuesday (assuming I have internet set up by then). I am moving households tomorrow. So have a great Saturday, weekend and I will see you when I get back online! Sat, 7 Nov 2009 10:14:30 EST Challenge 11/6/09 - Blogging Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29567335 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to UPDATE YOUR SPARK BLOG. How have things been going lately? How are you working the program? How is your exercise level? How is your attitude? <BR> <BR> Feel free to post what is on your mind. Folks read the Spark Blogs regularly. Post how you feel. You just might get some great advice and motivation in return. <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday! Fri, 6 Nov 2009 11:31:35 EST Challenge 11/5/09 - Burn some calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29544287 Happy Thursday to you! In honor of being "sprung" from my cast and able to move without a scooter underneath me: <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple - get the body moving and work off some calories any way you like! <BR> <BR> You choose the activity, the difficulty level, and the duration. Feel free to let everyone know what you did and how many calories were burned. <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Thursday! Thu, 5 Nov 2009 11:19:22 EST Challenge 11/3/09 - Tracker time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29494773 Your challenge today is to log all your food and beverages. Use that nutritional tracker which is such an important tool. See how your food planning is working for you (or against you and tweak it!). Get out your measuring cups & spoons, and your kitchen scale. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 3 Nov 2009 11:19:10 EST Challenge 11/2/09 - Huddle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29469283 Your challenge today is simple (because my brain is moving SLOWLY today..lol): <BR> <BR> Leave a Huddle message on EVERY TEAM you belong to! Leave something upbeat and motivational for each of your teams. <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! <em>244</em> Mon, 2 Nov 2009 12:06:49 EST Challenge 11/1/09 - Measurements for November http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29443825 Happy Sunday and November 1st to you! <BR> <BR> The challenge is to measure ourselves. Keeping track of your measurements can be very motivational. This is especially true when the number on the scale isn't going down, but the measuring tape is. <BR> <BR> Get out your measuring tape (or print out a free one online) and measure the areas listed below. Make sure to keep these numbers handy to compare for next month. <BR> <BR> Areas to measure: <BR> <BR> *Chest <BR> *Bust <BR> *Waist <BR> *H... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 12:07:21 EST 10/31/09 - Happy Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29423590 Happy Halloween to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to burn 300 calories! <BR> <BR> <BR> And in case you are going to indulge in any of those Halloween treats tonight (and beyond), Hungry Girl has compiled an eye opening handy list (which may help you make your mind). Have a great day! <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Guilt-Free Classics! <BR> <BR> Tootsie Caramel Apple Pop - 60 calories, 0.5g fat (POINTS® value 1*) <BR> <BR> Charms Blow Pop - 60 calories, 0g fat (POINTS® value 1... Sat, 31 Oct 2009 10:51:25 EST Challenge 10/30/09 - Halloween tricks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29407516 TGIF to you! Halloween is tomorrow and as always, full of all kinds of temptations. <BR> <BR> So today's challenge is to suggest healthy alternatives or your plan of attack on how to deal with all the temptations. <BR> <BR> Are you tempted by having candy in the house? <BR> What do you do to prevent devouring the entire candy bowl? <BR> <BR> I know personally we don't get but a handful of kids every year. I make sure I buy candy I will not go out of my way to eat - ie NO REESES. Somet... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 11:53:18 EST Challenge 10/29/09 - Declutter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29387403 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> In honor of my having to get ready for a move in 10 days (OMG EEK!!): <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to declutter around you. I don't know about everyone else, but I have almost 6 years with accumulation that I need to sort out. The theme for me will be if I haven't used it in a year, it is out! Ironically the only place that will be "fairly" safe is my kitchen. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> What do you need to DECLUTTER today? <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic T... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 12:55:35 EST Challenge 10/28/09 - Core Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29366282 Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR CORE! You can do any (or all) of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do at least THREE exercises (and appropriate reps) that work your CORE area. Spark Fitness has great suggestions for core exercises. <BR> <BR> *Take a class such as kickboxing or martial arts. <BR> <BR> *Do an exercise video that focuses on your core muscles <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Wed, 28 Oct 2009 12:39:36 EST Here and losing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x29361801 Hello everyone. I am Daniel and I have been with SP for over 2 years. I am new to this team and hoping to get to meet some new friends. Having friends who have the same interests as your self, meaninfg weight loss, always helps things seem easier to get through. <BR> I have HBP, T2 Diabetes, and high LDL cholesterol. Have done a lot to achieve my goals. I did leave for about 8 months and gained back all I lost the first round. Now I am doing this all over again. I have lost 16 pounds and 2" i... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 09:50:12 EST Challenge 10/27/09 - Snacks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29341371 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> When you have a craving for those lethal snacky type foods, what do you grab as a healthy alternative? What foods have you substituted for the "not so healthy" version? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to share what healthy snack foods you have incorporated into your lifestyle. These could be: chocolate, salty, creamy, etc. <BR> <BR> We all get stuck in a rut at times by eating the same old items. Trying new foods keeps it interesting. <BR> <BR> Have a gre... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 11:44:00 EST Challenge 10/26/09 - Hydration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29316259 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DRINK AT LEAST 8 GLASSES OF WATER. <BR> <BR> Did you know?: <BR> <BR> *You lose water through urination, respiration, and by sweating. <BR> <BR> *If you are very active, you lose more water than if you are sedentary. <BR> <BR> *Twenty percent of your water need will come from the foods you eat. The rest of your water need should come from the beverages you drink. Water is the best choice. Sodas have a lot of sugar in them, so if y... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 11:09:37 EST Challenge 10/25/09 - Day of Rest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29296638 Today's challenge is to REST. Spend the day with those that you love. Let them know how special they are to you. <BR> <BR> You are special. Make every day meaningful. <BR> <BR> Have a TREASURED & LOVED Sunday, <BR> Sun, 25 Oct 2009 12:34:03 EST Challenge 10/24/09 - Personal Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29277534 Your challenge today is a personal one. Today's challenge is WORK ON THE HARDEST CHALLENGE FOR YOU. <BR> <BR> For me, I have a horrible time with sodium. Although I don't put salt on any of my foods, I still struggle with this almost every day. THAT is my own, personal challenge today. What will yours be? Will it do with exercise, attitude, food, water, sleep, or..... <BR> <BR> Whatever your own personal struggle, YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday! <BR> Sat, 24 Oct 2009 10:10:38 EST Challenge 10/23/09 - 30 minutes Cardio! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29260138 Happy Friday to you! We made it to the end of the week so let's go into the weekend revved! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 30 MINUTES OF CONTINUOUS CARDIO EXERCISE. Really push yourself with this one, gang. I'm not talking about a 30 minutes stroll. Use your 30 minutes to get sweating and slim. YOU CAN DO THIS!!! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Friday! Fri, 23 Oct 2009 10:50:06 EST Challenge 10/22/09 - Motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29240732 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is FIND A MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE AND POST IT TO THE TEAM. <BR> <BR> There have been some incredible people throughout history that have spoken from their heart during trying times. Just reading their words put a pep into my step and a smile on my face. <BR> <BR> Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. Mark Twain <BR> <BR> Come on team, LET'S GET MOTIVATED! <BR> <BR> Have a g... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:31:06 EST Challenge 10/21/09 - Work those Legs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29215853 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR LEGS. The larger the muscles group you work out, the more calories you burn. Great ways to work out your legs are: <BR> <BR> *Taking the stairs or using a stair machine <BR> *Do squats, lunges, legs lifts <BR> *Jump Rope <BR> *Ride a bike or take a spinning class <BR> *Walk, jog, do sprints, or run <BR> *Take a step class or do a video <BR> *Take a kickboxing class or do a video <BR> *Rollerblade <BR> *Use an elliptical ... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 11:15:54 EST Challenge 10/20/09 - Motivation & Plateaus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29191805 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> What do you do when you are having a bad food/weight loss week? <BR> <BR> What do you do when you hit a plateau? <BR> <BR> These are situations that many (and probably most) of us hit on this road called making this a lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to share your experience with either of the above. What have you done when you aren't having a good week with food, exercise, water, weight loss, or attitude? <BR> <BR> How would you recommend some... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 11:18:11 EST Challenge 10/19/09 - Cardio Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29167627 Happy Monday to you! It's a new week so let us start it out right. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK OUT FOR 30 CONTINUOUS MINUTES IN CARDIO. Grab your walking shoes. Pull out your bicycle. Dance up a storm! YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Monday! Mon, 19 Oct 2009 11:33:28 EST Challenge 10/18/09 - With a Smile! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29141328 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SMILE AT EVERY PERSON YOU ENCOUNTER (even if they don't smile back!) Change the world around you by giving a smile. Someone driving you crazy? Kill them with kindness and a smile. Your actions just might change those of the world around you. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a relaxing Sunday! Sun, 18 Oct 2009 01:04:22 EST Challenge 10/17/09 - Huddle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29129549 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: <BR> <BR> Leave a Huddle message on EVERY TEAM you belong to! Leave something upbeat and motivational for each of your teams. <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your weekend and have a great Saturday! Sat, 17 Oct 2009 11:05:13 EST Challenge 10/16/09 - Breakfast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29104373 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you eat breakfast every day? You don't? Think about your body. You are resting it from anywhere between 7-9 hours a night, and then expect it to function at 100% until lunch. No wonder those of us that skip breakfast are more likely to eat and eat as the day goes on. Our body is trying to get the fuel that we deprived it first thing in the morning! I know personally if I have eaten a light dinner/snack at the end of the day, I am ravished by breakfast. Most ... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 00:00:56 EST Challenge 10/15/09 - Sharing your Tips! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29089350 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> We hear them all the time. Little things that people have learned to make their weight loss, exercise, and life easier. I thought we could pass around some things that work well for each of us. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to POST A HANDY TIP. Your tip(s) could be in any of these categories: <BR> <BR> *Food related <BR> *Exercise related <BR> *Water consumption related <BR> *Organizing your home <BR> <BR> To give you an idea of what I mean, here is a ... Thu, 15 Oct 2009 10:42:57 EST Challenge 10/14/09 - Burn those Calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29067764 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: <BR> <BR> GET YOUR BODY MOVING AND WORK OFF CALORIES! <BR> <BR> You choose the activity, the difficulty level, and the duration. Feel free to let everyone know what you did and how many calories were burned. <BR> <BR> Have a FEELIN' GOOD Wednesday! Wed, 14 Oct 2009 11:13:41 EST Challenge 10/13/09 - Watch the Sodium! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29044682 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WATCH YOUR SODIUM. Can you keep your sodium under 2400mg? YOU BET YOU CAN! <BR> <BR> Remember that many foods have hidden sodium. READ YOUR LABELS. Be cautious with the following foods: <BR> <BR> *Soy Sauce <BR> *Processed "diet" prepared meals <BR> *Canned soup <BR> *Canned vegetables <BR> *Pickles <BR> *Crackers/chips <BR> *Packaged popcorn <BR> <BR> Many of us add salt to our foods to enhance the flavor. Instead of doing this, ... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 11:43:15 EST Challenge 10/12/09 - Just for fun FIVE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x29021471 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> I thought we would have a bit of fun today (and get to know one another better). Your challenge today is to LIST FIVE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF. Put down 5 things that others would find interesting about you. <BR> <BR> I'll go first: <BR> <BR> 1)I got accepted to medical school but opted out for nursing school instead when I got pregnant with my last child (and the medical school was in the land of 30 below zero during the long winter - Alaska). <BR> ... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 12:24:25 EST Challenge 10/11/09 - Cleaning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28999258 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to IMPROVE YOUR ENVIRONMENT AND CLEAN SOMETHING THAT REALLY NEEDS ATTENTION! You know what that area is that needs to be cleaned and straightened. You don't have to do this all day long. You can take as little as 5 minutes to straighten your environment and make it better. <BR> <BR> What will you be working on today? <BR> <BR> Have a SQUEAKY CLEAN Sunday! Sun, 11 Oct 2009 12:12:13 EST Challenge 10/10/09 - Two for Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28980523 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> You have TWO CHALLENGES for today. They are: <BR> <BR> 1) Re-evaluate your goals and calorie needs <BR> <BR> 2) Update your status on your Sparkpage <BR> <BR> Using these tools can be a GREAT MOTIVATION to you and others that read your Sparkpage. Those holiday parties will be here sooner than we know. Let's get working on healthier eating and exercise. WE CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday! <em>244</em> Sat, 10 Oct 2009 10:13:00 EST Challenge 10/9/09 - Fiberlicious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28962100 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT ALL OF YOUR DAILY FIBER REQUIREMENTS THROUGH YOUR MENU. Really give this one your best gang. Instead of turning to a fiber tablet or powder, try getting all of your fiber from: <BR> <BR> *Fresh fruits & vegetables <BR> *Whole grains (i.e. brown rice, rolled oats, etc.) <BR> *Legumes <BR> *Soy <BR> *Enriched fiber foods <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great day today! Fri, 9 Oct 2009 10:38:22 EST Challenge 10/8/09 - Omega 3! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28942665 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you get enough Omega 3 in your day? Do you know what foods are high in Omega 3 and why you need them? <BR> <BR> What is Omega 3? <BR> <BR> Unlike the saturated fats found in butter and lard, Omega 3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated. In chemistry class, the terms "saturated" and "polyunsaturated" refer to the number of hydrogen atoms that are attached to the carbon chain of the fatty acid. In the kitchen, these terms take on a far more practical meaning. <... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 12:41:16 EST Challenge 10/7/09 - Burn 350 Calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28918258 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 350 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> I am off today to get stitches out, xrays taken and a new cast on - I am thinking HOT PINK! <BR> <em>244</em> Have a great day today! Wed, 7 Oct 2009 11:32:11 EST Challenge 10/6/09 - Work your Muscles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28892551 Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR MUSCLES! Pull out your: <BR> <BR> *Hand weights <BR> *Medicine Ball <BR> *Exercise Bands <BR> *Yoga mat <BR> *Step <BR> *Balance board <BR> *Bell weights <BR> *Weight vest <BR> *...or other items that will help you push yourself and give you a great workout <BR> <BR> The challenge is to work out your body with toning and strength exercises. Can you work out for 30 minutes? YOU BET! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 6 Oct 2009 10:15:33 EST Challenge 10/5/09 - Stay Within Your Calorie Range http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28872331 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> How was your weekend? Busy? Relaxing? Are you ready to get started on a great week? FANTASTIC! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to keep track of all food/beverages consumed and STAY WITHIN YOUR CALORIE RANGE. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a THIS ONE WAS JUST RIGHT Monday! Mon, 5 Oct 2009 13:23:07 EST Challenge 10/2/09 - Visualization! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28808660 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you know the difference between someone that gets to their ideal goal weight, and those that never do? They know that getting there takes time AND visualizing what it will be like when they get there. <BR> <BR> Your goal today is in TWO PARTS. <BR> <BR> First: <BR> <BR> VISUALIZE YOURSELF AT GOAL. There are many ways to do this: <BR> <BR> *Clip out photos in magazines/newspapers of what your body will look like <BR> <BR> *Go back and find photos of your... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 10:58:27 EST Challenge 10/1/09 - Measurements! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28787154 Happy Thursday to you! It's the beginning of October! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to take your measurements. Get out your tape measure (or print one out online). Areas to measure are: <BR> <BR> *Chest <BR> *Bust <BR> *Waist <BR> *Hips <BR> <BR> OPTIONAL: <BR> *Neck <BR> *Wrists <BR> *Upper Thighs <BR> *Upper Arms <BR> *Ankles <BR> <BR> Have your measurements changed? Feel free to share how your body is changing. <BR> <BR> Remember: There are times when the scale does not show that ... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 12:56:12 EST Challenge 9/30/09 - 30 minutes Cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28759195 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 30 MINUTES OF CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> The intensity level and activity are being left up to you. Make sure to drink plenty of water during your exercise, and do a cool-down for your muscles afterwards. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> You have made it thru half the week so let's have a great Wednesday! <BR> Wed, 30 Sep 2009 11:12:33 EST Challenge 9/29/09 - Being Grateful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28733443 Your challenge today is to LIST 10 THINGS YOU ARE THANKFUL FOR. Really look at your life. Do not focus on the number on the scale or your jean size. Focus on what you feel most blessed about. It could be anything. Let's focus on what is going right in our lives TODAY. Realizing how blessed we are makes tackling that scale a bit easier. Don't you think? <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:29:59 EST Challenge 9/27/09 - Open Exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28688721 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is OPEN EXERCISE. That means that you can choose either cardio or strength training. The goal is to JUST DO IT! Get up and get your large muscle groups moving. Build some muscle & burn some calories. If it is nice in your neck of the woods - get OUT and enjoy it. The rain season is quickly upon some of us and I know I am going to roll myself out onto the deck today to at least enjoy the sun (while I can!). <BR> <BR> Feel free to share what... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 13:04:53 EST Challenge 9/26/09 - Improve your Environment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28669595 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to IMPROVE YOUR ENVIRONMENT AND CLEAN SOMETHING THAT REALLY NEEDS ATTENTION! You know what that area is that needs to be cleaned and straightened. You don't have to do this all day long. You can take as little as 5 minutes to straighten your environment and make it better. <BR> <BR> What will you be working on today? <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday! <BR> Sat, 26 Sep 2009 11:18:27 EST Challenge 9/25/09 - Work your CORE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28649927 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to COMPLETE 3-5 EXERCISES (with appropriate repetitions) THAT WORK YOUR CORE. <BR> <BR> You can find exercises that are tailored for your fitness level in the Spark Fitness/Core area. <BR> <BR> Feel free to share which exercises you completed. <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Friday! We made it to the weekend! WOOO! Fri, 25 Sep 2009 10:49:05 EST Challenge 9/22/09 - Because I LOVE you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28571760 Happy Tuesday to you! Sorry about no challenge today but yours truly was running like a mad woman (if ya saw someone streaking by - that would have been me!)! I have surgery today and will be "waking up" at 330am (ie I will not be sleeping) to be at the hospital by 6am. I shall be back home Thursday (of course this is MY plan and not my docs but we do know who wins - ME). So this will be the only challenge until Friday. Then be prepped because I am thinking we need to do a weight loss ch... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 00:18:25 EST Challenge 9/20/09 - It's New to ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28532237 Happy Sunday to you! I hope the weekend has been good to you all. <BR> <BR> I love to experiment with foods. Nothing is more fun than meandering thru the produce section at my market and finding some veggie I haven't tried before and going for it. Yesterday my market had rainbow and black radishes so you betcha - I bought some! They are pretty! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to TRY SOMETHING NEW TO YOU. This could be: <BR> <BR> *A new food or beverage <BR> *A new exercise <BR> *A new re... Sun, 20 Sep 2009 11:57:35 EST Challenge 9/19/09 - Healthy Eating Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28513894 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> You have two challenges today: <BR> <BR> 1) Try your best to eat healthy ALL DAY LONG. That includes getting in whole grains, plenty of water, 5-7 fruits & vegetables, and lean proteins & dairy. <BR> <BR> 2) Stay within your calorie range. <BR> <BR> These are two big ones, but I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday! Sat, 19 Sep 2009 10:43:37 EST Challenge 9/18/09 - 15 Minutes of PEACE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28494109 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to find 15 minutes for peace and quiet. Pull away from your computer, the television, the traffic, the kiddos, THE NOISE.... <BR> <BR> Put on some soft music or <BR> Grab a cup of your favorite beverage or <BR> Go for a quiet walk or <BR> Read something comforting or <BR> Sit out on the back porch or.... <BR> <BR> Relax...the world can wait for 15 minutes! <BR> <BR> Have a WE MADE IT THRU THE WEEK it's Friday! Fri, 18 Sep 2009 09:57:57 EST Challenge 9/17/09 - Work your Arms! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28473867 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is time to break out your: Hand weights, Kettle bell, Medicine ball, and Resistance bands. Got them? GREAT! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR ARMS. Do 3-5 strength training exercises (and appropriate repetitions) that work your arms. <BR> <BR> Nothing says fit like toned arms. Feel free to add weight resistance. Don't have any of the above exercise equipment? No problem! You can do: <BR> <BR> *Wall push-ups <BR> *Plank <BR> *Standard or mod... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 11:52:50 EST Challenge 9/16/09 - 45 Minutes of Cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28448564 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get in 45 MINUTES OF TOTAL CARDIO EXERCISE. You do not have to work out for 45 consecutive minutes. Feel free to break up your cardio throughout the day. The idea is to get your heart rate up and to WORK OFF THOSE CALORIES! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Wednesday! Wed, 16 Sep 2009 10:46:52 EST Challenge 9/15/09 - Watch your SODIUM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28423350 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Sodium. It seems to be in everything that we buy. It is even in foods such as cookies, soda, and breads. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to KEEP YOUR SODIUM IN CHECK & READ LABELS! Try to keep your sodium under 2300 (lower than that is preferred). Watch out for these foods as they have lots of salt in them: <BR> <BR> *Diet meals <BR> *Soup <BR> *Soy Sauce <BR> *Salsa <BR> *Snack foods (crackers, chips, cookies) <BR> <BR> Remember: READ LABELS! <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 10:47:40 EST Hello, i am brandigirl, an alli http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x28406195 my Daddy (Dom) and i are very much alli's to the cause! <BR> We just moved up from So. Florida, to Huntsville, AL. <BR> i have been deeply involved in the GLBTQ Community for many years, includijg working a a Leathermen's store in Ft. Lauderdale for quite some time! <BR> i hope to make many friends, and also hope to become a valuable member of this Team. <BR> Thanx for having me! <em>247</em> <BR> Daddy's baby, brandigirl Mon, 14 Sep 2009 17:16:16 EST Challenge 9/14/09 - Calorie Range http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28397246 Happy Monday to you! Did you all have a great weekend? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to STAY WITHIN YOUR CALORIE RANGE. Just remember to write down all food & beverages consumed. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Monday! Mon, 14 Sep 2009 11:07:53 EST Challenge 9/13/09 - Stretch Your Legs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28374841 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to STRETCH YOUR LEGS. Choose any of the following to do today: <BR> <BR> *Go for a brisk walk <BR> *Go for a hike <BR> *Ride a bicycle (stationary or outside) <BR> *Jog or Run <BR> <BR> Working the larger muscles groups really gets your heart pumping (and burns lots of calories). So...GET MOVING! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Sunday! Sun, 13 Sep 2009 11:53:23 EST Challenge 9/12/09 - Have some FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28355428 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to relieve stress by HAVING FUN! Do something that makes you laugh and act like a kid today. Go ahead, act silly. You deserve it! <BR> <BR> Have a fun filled Saturday! Sat, 12 Sep 2009 12:06:03 EST Challenge 9/11/09 - Burn 250 Calories w/Cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28333237 Your challenge today is to BURN 250 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. This is an easy challenge folks, and can be done by: <BR> <BR> *Going for a brisk walk <BR> *Kicking the ball around the yard with the kids <BR> *Jumping on the backyard trampoline for 30 minutes <BR> *Going for a bike ride <BR> *Putting on roller blades and ride around the neighborhood <BR> *Do a short exercise video <BR> *Jump rope <BR> <BR> Enjoy this light challenge and HAVE FUN! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Friday! Fri, 11 Sep 2009 10:06:13 EST Challenge 9/10/09 - Appreciation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28310116 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to TELL 3 PEOPLE FACE-TO-FACE THAT YOU APPRECIATE THEM. No cheating by doing this through e-mail. You need to go "out into the world" and tell 3 different people that you appreciate something they have done, or are doing. <BR> <BR> This could be done with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, or even strangers in the local coffee shop. So many of us finish up our day thinking that we didn't make a difference. Your job is to make sur... Thu, 10 Sep 2009 10:33:51 EST Challenge 9/9/09 - Make the Right Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28288016 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to look to the right of this page and do/read the following: <BR> <BR> *The Exercise of the Day <BR> *Read some of the Message Board Hot Topics <BR> *Read some of your Friend Feeds (see what folks that are your Spark Friends are up to lately) <BR> *Check out the Today's Feature <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! <BR> <BR> P.S. Remember to drink AT LEAST 8 glasses of water, log all food & exercise, and take your multi-vitamin. Have a... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 12:14:32 EST Challenge 9/8/09 - Open Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5418x286x28259761 I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is OPEN EXERCISE. That means that you can choose either cardio or strength training. The goal is to JUST DO IT! Get up and get your large muscle groups moving. Build some muscle & burn some calories. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 8 Sep 2009 11:15:24 EST New to SP in Nevada http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x286x28180350 Hi from Nevada. Fri, 4 Sep 2009 13:07:24 EST