SparkPeople Stressed Out Women Gettin' Healthy Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=30742 Come on Stressed Out Ladies! Join us in losing pounds & having fun doing it-WITH NO STRESS! We offer support, fun, friendship & so much more! We Love Making Progress & We'd Love To Meet You! SparkPeople Stressed Out Women Gettin' Healthy Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=30742 A-Z Places I've Been http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x59487237 Anniston, AL Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:54:55 EST October 11-17 Topic of Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x59424807 Has anyone started fall cleaning yet? Does anyone have tips to do it quicker? <BR> <BR> I've gone through my clothes this past week, but that's as far as I've gotten. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 10:07:44 EST September 22-28th Topic of the Week Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x59225185 Our next topic!!! <em>4</em> Recipes & Entertaining Ideas! <BR> <BR> Please share some of your favorite recipes and/or entertaining (party) ideas with your friends! With holiday season coming up soon, the new ideas and recipes are always welcome, so please share yours with us! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> everyone! Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:01:47 EST That Time of the Month and Exercise. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x59179722 <BR> <BR> I'm curious if anyone has any tips to beat the pain, fatigue and all the other unpleasantness that comes with having your period. <BR> I've seen some articles suggesting that you can actually get a more intense workout during this time, but I find myself really uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> Also, how do you keep up your motivation? I weigh myself everyday,( I know I shouldn't) and while I haven't gained any weight, I have noticed that I am super bloated. It definitely has taken a bit... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:01:32 EST September 15-21st Topic of the Week Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x59142093 Here we go! The next topic for us to discuss, add our advice, ideas and more! <BR> <BR> <em>436</em> Household Tips AND <em>528</em> the hows and ways to stay on your Budget! <BR> <BR> Everyone is looking for shortcuts and/or ideas when it comes to household tasks. And, how many times have you thought to yourself when you hear an idea, "I never thought of that?" <BR> <BR> Same with budgeting--do you have a written budget or just trying to cut the costs and looking for ways to... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:50:21 EST Frozen/Canned Tip for Everyone + more http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x59118933 First off I want to thank everyone here for their continued to support of my goals, and for all coming together to help encourage me. We were able to start turning our life around (see my blog) and things are starting to look up, but hey its life! so I understand that stress will present itself and that it isn't gone by a long shot (I still am short on EVERY bill). The point though is that the extreme stress and pressure I felt is much more under control, and the fear and worry has decreased ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:40:06 EST September 8-14th Topic of the Week for Discussion! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x59072337 <em>234</em> Negative or Difficult People! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> We've all been there in our lives where on certain days we just aren't in a good mood for whatever reason or maybe because of a certain reason. We're all human and it is to be expected and accepted by one another. But there are some people who tend to be negative more times than not, which can really drag a person down. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> You try to cheer them up, attempt to change the subject of conversation ... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 16:13:16 EST Support Needed Please: ADHD diagnosis (marriage) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x59058148 Hi Everyone, <BR> My husband (an amazing person) was recently diagnosed with ADHD. We just got married recently, and had been long distance before then so I had no idea of how his behaviors were on a daily basis. I feel scared and confused about what this diagnosis means for the health of our marriage, because I have moved far away from my friends and family so am depending on him to be able to support me as a husband. He is unable to pay bills (so i do), drive (anxiety), and work currently f... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 06:57:44 EST September 1-7th Topic of the Week for Discussion! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x59001239 <em>304</em> everyone for your input on areas of discussion that you'd like to see at the Team! <BR> <BR> Let's start out with our first topic -- and that is going to be <em>541</em> Crafts & Home Decorating Ideas! <BR> <BR> It won't take long and Fall craft sales will be starting in my area, and it's always amazing to see the talent shown by the handwork, etc., that others create! <BR> <BR> With that, comes decorating for some! Are you working on a fun new craft to decorate you... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:10:35 EST CHANGES TO SPARKPEOPLE & OF HELP TO YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x58943149 You may have seen a few changes here at Sparks today and, the reason being, they are always working on ways to make the site more convenient and easier for the members to find info, use the trackers and so much more! That's why this is such a remarkable site! They really do care! <BR> <BR> I'm adding a link to a video that shows and explains the changes, so to see the same and better understand what those changes mean to you and how they can be help, please click on the link below and it... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:29:00 EST INTERESTED IN TOPIC OF THE WEEK? PLEASE SHARE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x58933915 <em>38</em> Hello everyone! With September fast approaching, I was wondering what everyone thought about adding a new thread on "SEPTEMBER'S TOPIC OF THE WEEK." We've had some great discussions on various topics lately and I thought this would be a wonderful way to highlight a specific issue that some of us are, have or may yet go through in their life. <BR> <BR> BUT always has to be a "but" -- gotta love it <em>211</em> here is where I need your input, thoughts and ideas! <BR> ... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:52:10 EST Lazy People Everywhere! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x58927273 Hi Everyone, <BR> I needed to vent my frustration about lazy people seeming to be attracted into my life. I have a lazy person that I am in a business relationship with, and she gets outright angry if she has to do ANY work (whereas, I volunteer to do extra to help her out). Well after months of helping her out and even giving her a gift since she had been going through a hard time, today I figured I could delegate a task to her---right? wrong. This woman took all of her problems out on me: s... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:25:48 EST Cleaning: day-off issues. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x58911558 Hi! <BR> My name is Lana, and I am a newlywed. I have gained 31 pounds since meeting my husband, and this is namely due to how I have been putting him #1 (while putting myself last). I value my husband, but have recently realized that I need to be my own priority as well. I find myself up to my neck in household chores that I put off to spend time with him, and I feel plagued with disappointment at who I see staring back in the mirror that is a result of not taking care of my grooming in the ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:34:02 EST Newlywed with a Career http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x58911527 Hi! <BR> My name is Lana, and I am 30 years old and newly married. Before I met my husband I had my life fairly in order, and was working actively toward my goals. After I met my husband I threw my energy into "us": cooking, cleaning, managing our bills, and working a full time job while he waits for his green card. I love him dearly, but I realize its time to get my life back in order. <BR> <BR> I get so overwhelmed by chores, my work schedule, the pressure and guilt I put on myself to mak... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:27:04 EST Hi there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x58866146 I can do stress very well and it hampers my life. <BR> I've been on Spark for a while but have allowed life and health to dominate. I am on Day 5 of 50 Days of Happiness because I am determined to break this cycle. <BR> I look forward to supporting where I can and getting to know you. <BR> Enjoy the rest of your weekend. <BR> <em>213</em> Diana Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:55:19 EST Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x58207998 I want to try this out. Will hopefully begin this weekend on a couch to 5k program. Wish me luck! (I'm gonna need it) :D Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:33:55 EST VERY SORRY ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x57972998 I am SO VERY SORRY ... that I have NOT BEEN AROUND MUCH ... but this month has been a very busy one and a hard one ... <BR> <BR> * My daughter has been working a lot of hours and so it's been very hard for us to get out to do our walking together and so I have had to do it alone but I have kept up with it !! She spoiled me on Mother's Day by taking me up to get my nails done and not just once this month but twice & also has taken me out to eat a few times ... NO WORRIES I ate HEALTHY !! <BR>... Fri, 23 May 2014 11:56:27 EST Deodorant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x57629804 What's your favorite? <BR> <BR> I've been using Dove for years. But lately (like the past year), I've noticed that not long after application, it starts to "pill". You know, like a sweater does? I'm even using the "invisible" kind. Many years ago I used and loved Secret. They must have changed their ingredients because one day I became allergic to it. :-( <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:34:42 EST SPARK TEAM REDESIGN AHEAD!! PLEASE READ EVERYONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x57629062 Just a heads up--Sparks will be redesigning the Team pages in the coming days. I've added a link to the Utube video that explains the changes, so feel free to click below and check it out. I'll be curious to see how our Team page will look--but from what I see, we'll keep posting and sharing our friendships as we have been--so, here's to Sparks' change and keep shooing that stress away everybody! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Thanks everyone!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcqPQi_75... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:28:06 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x57397065 Hi <BR> <BR> My name is Dottie and I am new to this team. I started spark today and have my blog up so you can learn more about me there. I eat out of stress and being bored. I work for a company that has me dealing with the public on a regular basis and most are nice it just takes a few to ruin it for everyone. Some of the people I deal with are very rude and obnoxious and I would never act the way they do when I go wherever they work. I am the front line person so I get the grief of it a... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 14:29:13 EST help ladies, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x56911791 i havnt been working out and have been eating everything thin in sight for the last 15 days and the blame given to my exams, <BR> i am postive to start over, <BR> i will eat right and exercize now that my exams are over, <BR> but the guilt of eating so much and doing nothing isnt going away from me, <BR> what do you, how do you get this guilt to go away Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:58:46 EST Hello team :) looking for new motivating friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x56694202 Hello team <em>213</em> <BR> I joined the team a week ago, or may be two, <BR> haven't been posting, i am not my active on the site as its my exam season, <BR> I have been on and off Sp in 2013, this year i plan to stick! <BR> i did stick in January and plan to do it thru the year, <BR> from this team i need support, for the month of Feb, i plan on coming on the the team saying hi every day and telling my fitness mins for the day, <BR> if i disappear for a day or two, i want someone to as... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 10:01:23 EST WHAT'S 4 DINNER TONIGHT & SHARE YOUR HEALTHY IDEAS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x56344507 <em>191</em> <em>190</em> <em>490</em> <em>483</em> <em>470</em> <em>267</em> <em>474</em> <BR> The price of groceries seem to be raising, along with so many other things in our lives, so let's share our money saving ideas for mealtimes -- be at home or while we're out and about! And, also, we can get healthy meal ideas at the same time! <BR> <BR> And, same with sharing what you're having for dinner tonight? The main idea is sharing those ideas and ways to make the monthly food ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:32:12 EST I am back AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x56211966 I hope everyone had a Happy New Years. COLD everywhere.. My goal is to be stress free as much as possible. My work stress level has decrease before 2013 ended. The weight will go and I will be much happier. No more overeating due to stress. This morning I was able due 1hr of cardio and had a shake and plan to have pita bread sandwich and glass of water for now .if I was able to lose 20 lbs, 16 yrs ago, I will do it. Plus I will down low app to my phone. <BR> Good luck everyone, with stress a... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 12:08:46 EST Encouragement needed!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x56140102 Hi, my name is Terry and I am FAT!! I am joining every team that I can, I need so much help and motivation. I have been over weight all of my life and this is one more try at losing the battle of the bulge. I am 54 (almost) and I will NEVER have a twiggy figure. BUT.....if I could lose 50-55 pounds, I would feel so much better about myself. Overall I am healthy. I have had breast cancer twice and praying for it to STAY AWAY this time. I am stressed at my job, I am stressed about the possibili... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:00:25 EST STRESSED - isnt the half of it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x55866315 Sometimes I cannot figure out if I am stressed or depressed, but either way, I overeat!! I own my own business, which is stressful all the time because I have no control on what and when I will get customers.(motel owner) My health is horrible, things I cannot change, I am in pain everyday... but I get up in the morning, and try my best, even though my best isn't always successful. So that is me in a nutshell. Hope to make some cool friends here!!! Cheers <em>194</em> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 16:22:18 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x55591854 New to this team, I can't seem to find an exercise plan I can stick with. I work day 7-3 and afternoon 3-11 shift in spurts of 3 or 4. So when I am 3-11 I walk at work there is a track indoor that is a mile but can only get a mile in on my break, at least for now I hope to get better at that. Any suggestions? Mon, 11 Nov 2013 05:32:07 EST New to the Team and to Sparkpeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x55526317 Hi Team! <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople, and I loved the name of this team! <BR> I have a busy life and do seem to stress about the most ridiculous things! <BR> But I am hoping to change that and become healthy and fit! <BR> My name is Jessica, I am 23 years old and newly married. <BR> I just found out I am hypothyroid a few weeks ago which is what I think has started my slow weight gain of 20 lbs in the past 9 months even with diet and exercise. <BR> I am hoping that after being on my prescri... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 12:45:47 EST DEVOTIONS FOR DIETERS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x55387024 <em>43</em> Devotions for Dieters <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Matthew 11:29-30 <BR> 'Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.' <BR> <BR> The most impressive thing about Laura was that no one realized she was on her diet. She never complained. She never made a big deal about what she could and couldn't eat. She never whined around or moped, hoping someone would ask her what w... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 07:18:27 EST Working out in the Morning (my take) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x55329179 For me, working out before work is the way to go. I get the workout out of the way, and can relax after a long day of work when I get home. In my head, I thought an hour to lounge around before work or more was the way to go---but no, working out before work gets it out of way so that when I come home I can relax without having to stress about fitting in my workout. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 12:00:46 EST I just joined the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x54887319 Hi I am Terri and I need help controlling the stress in my life so I can lose the weight I am trying to lose. Unfortunately it is my husband who causes me all the stress and outside of divorce I am not sure what to do. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:58:46 EST Let's Do the Lying Hamstring Stretch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x54630911 Starting Position <BR> Lie on your back with your legs extended and your back straight. Keep your hips level and your lower back down on the floor. Bend your right knee towards your chest, keeping your left leg extended on the floor. <BR> <BR> Action <BR> Slowly straighten your right knee, grabbing the back of your leg with both hands. Pull your leg towards your gently while keeping both hips on the floor. <BR> <BR> Breathe deeply and hold for 10-30 seconds. Repeat on opposite side. <BR>... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:15:29 EST Having your purse stolen. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x54498258 The news featured a story about "SLIDERS" who stop next to your car at the gas station, slide out and get your door open while you are pumping gas and steal your purse, and get back in their car on the passenger side and the driver speeds off. LOCK YOUR DOOR and keep your purse with you when getting gas. Some people even left the purse in the car while they went into the gas station. A car drove up then and some guy stole the purse and was gone. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:31:00 EST LA Fitness Personal Trainers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x54371941 I have to do something to get this weight off! I am thinking about getting a personal trainer at LA Fitness. Anyone ever use a personal trainer? Is it worth all the money? I would have to sign a year contract and I can only afford once a week at $40. I know someone who has used a trainer there that comes highly recommended. Just not sure it's worth all the hype. What does everyone think? Fri, 2 Aug 2013 18:47:39 EST Super Stressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x53779966 Hi All I am new to the group and SP but I am really struggling. Not so much with food or exercise but with stress. Loosing weight is stressing me out and adding to the feeling of being overwhelmed that existed before I even took on this challenge. I am making little changes and being realistic about my expectations but I feel that I am obsessing now about every little bite and movement. Combine that with raising 2 children basically alone and homeschooling and I am just a hot mess. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:27:54 EST 32 yr old w/ 70 lbs to lose who has lots of issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x53533251 Hi! I'm not new to SP, but after more than a year of not logging on SP... I would say that I am acquainting myself once again with the site. I had lost 30 plus pounds 3 years back, but have gained it all back now. I was not able to maintain and here I am trying to lose the fat once again. <BR> <BR> I am an emotional eater. I eat when I'm exhausted, tired, anxious, and stressed. The usual cause of stress is work, family... and my financial state. Binge eating to relieve stress gives me tempo... Thu, 30 May 2013 09:04:01 EST Mother's Day Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x53307884 A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan <BR> <BR> <BR> Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn, <BR> Hundreds of bees in the purple clover, <BR> Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn, <BR> But only one mother the wide world over. <BR> ~George Cooper <BR> <BR> <BR> Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love. ~Mildred B. Vermont <BR> <BR... Sat, 11 May 2013 19:47:13 EST Spring Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x53224069 Whether you’ve been working out all winter or just coming out of hibernation, spring is a great time to start or step up your activity. We know the key to success with any fitness program is consistency. How about taking the work out of exercise and returning to play? <BR> <BR> So many activities we did as kids can still be surprisingly fun and serve double duty for fitness. Check out these three ways to redefine your fitness. <BR> <BR> Play like a Kid <BR> <BR> We’ve turned so many of ... Sun, 5 May 2013 02:49:46 EST Spring walking tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x53224025 <BR> <BR> Time to tune up your walking in anticipation of spring. With daylight savings time and warmer weather just around the corner, get ready to make the most of it. <BR> Tune Up Your Walking Gear and Clothing <BR> <BR> You will need lighter clothing layers for spring. If you are new to walking, this is your chance to go shopping for shorts and light tops. If you are a veteran walker, time to unpack the spring and summer workout clothes and check to see what needs replaced. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 5 May 2013 02:32:22 EST Fitness and the Bible http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x53224006 <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV / 167 helpful votes <BR> <BR> Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. <BR> <BR> Philippians 4:13 ESV / 91 helpful votes <BR> <BR> I can do all things through him who strengthens me. <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 3:17 ESV / 83 helpful votes <BR> <BR> If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's... Sun, 5 May 2013 02:27:07 EST How to Create a Consistent Exercise Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x52788418 How to Create a Consistent Exercise Routine. You know the drill about how great exercise is for you, but perhaps you struggle with making it a priority in your life. Consistency is the key to making exercise a lifelong habit. Here are some tips on building workouts into your regular routine. <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> <BR> Get out early. Research shows that people who exercise first thing in the morning are most consistent. Nothing except your alarm clock gets ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:12:18 EST Spring Exercise Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x52788409 Spring is a good time to start exercising and stay motivated to keep it up. Photo Credit spring image by Valery Sibrikov from Fotolia.com <BR> <BR> When spring comes and the weather gets warmer, many people start peeling of the clothes and decide that it's time to get serious about exercise. The most important thing to remember is that small changes go a long way toward achieving your goals. Just because you are committed to an exercise program does not mean that you cannot have fun while yo... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:11:43 EST What You Need To Know About Exercise and the Sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x52788403 With the warm weather coming, we can finally break free of the doldrums of indoor exercise and hit the sidewalks, trails, and roads! Exercising outside is great, especially if you dread indoor exercise, but some recent research lead by my colleague, Dr. Kristin Schneider shows that people who exercise may be at greater risk for skin cancer, because they spend more time outside than people who are sedentary. Skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the US and one of few cancers that is ac... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:11:18 EST Vitamin D – sun and exercise?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x52788395 As new research emerges surrounding Vitamin D, the news is all over it, telling us that the “Slip, Slop, Slap” campaign may have caused Australians to go overboard with their sun protection…and now many people have a vitamin D deficiency. <BR> <BR> During the winter months, Healthy Fix has taken the Bondi Bootcamp and Bondi Boxing sessions indoors to escape from the chills. However, as summer approaches, we will be heading back outdoors to train in the sun (for some of the sessions at le... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:10:38 EST Spring Into Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x52788383 By Julie Deardorff — Chicago Tribune <BR> <BR> Think you have what it takes to get in shape? Spring is “gut check” time. And if those abs – or arms or thighs – aren’t ready for public display, here are some ways to start a new workout routine: <BR> <BR> If you are working out but have reached a plateau and are bored: <BR> <BR> Spring clean your routine: Try one new cardiovascular workout each week for a month, said Mark Verstegen, founder of Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance, whic... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:10:05 EST How Stress Affects Type 2 Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x52579015 In people with type 2 diabetes, the body doesn’t respond well to insulin — the hormone that removes sugar from your blood and helps get it into your cells where it can be used or stored for energy. Managing type 2 diabetes with exercise, diet, and sometimes medication usually keeps blood sugar under control, but stress may cause blood sugar levels to rise. <BR> <BR> Stress management with diabetes <BR> <BR> Stress is your body's normal response to danger. When you experience stress, your bo... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 21:21:24 EST Dr. Oz's Sex Rx: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x52451986 Dr. Oz's Sex Rx: 6 Health Perks of Getting Physical <BR> <BR> When it comes to the topic of sex, I've been known to put it all out there. As a matter of fact, on the very first episode of The Dr. Oz Show, I jumped right in—to the point of telling the audience personal stories about my sex life with my wife, Lisa. I'll spare you those details here, but I'm still passionate about this issue because taking care of yourself isn't just about eating right and exercising. Being in a healthy, fulfil... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 03:25:31 EST 7 Things Every Exhausted Woman Should Do for Her.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x52451982 7 Things Every Exhausted Woman Should Do for Herself <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember to Take Your Sunshine Pill <BR> <BR> On those days when you're mentally exhausted before lunchtime, sunshine can make the rest of the day feel less daunting. When our eyes detect light, the pineal gland in the brain produces the feel-good chemical serotonin to perk us up (the root words of serotonin are "serum" and "tonic"—it's basically a happiness potion). The vitamin D you get from sunshine has also been shown ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 03:22:13 EST Do you hesitate..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x52451971 Do you hesitate to do things because you are scared of what others will think? <BR> <BR> To an extent I think everyone is. I am very open around the people that are close to me. And I care what they think. If they see me being less then my self-worth, I care and want to know. They are the people I rely on. And my family is important to an extent. They are part of me. The same for my relationship. We represent each other. He is important to me. And if I am doing something he is concerned with... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 03:18:31 EST Do you blame yourself..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x52444893 Do you blame yourself every time something goes wrong? <BR> <BR> No. If I know I am the cause of it I don’t. But I often find myself saying sorry. Even when I didn’t do anything. And it is very annoying. I then beat myself up over little and simple things! <BR> Fri, 8 Mar 2013 15:11:06 EST Quotes from Amazing woman..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x52444877 http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Quotes-That-Ma<BR>ke-Us-Proud-Were-Women-Quotes-from-Bra<BR>ve-Women <BR> <BR> Want to feel inspired???? Fri, 8 Mar 2013 15:10:04 EST Do you put more focus on your failures.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x52422936 Do you put more focus on your failures rather than your success? How can you change it? <BR> <BR> I often notice I am harder on myself for my failures. I find them easier to point out and get upset about. But as far as my success, I often do not recognize it and don’t stop to be proud of myself. This also makes me miss out on a lot of the good I do. Today in order to focus on the good, every time I achieve a goal I am going to reward myself with some me time! <BR> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 02:59:10 EST Do you feel lonely more often than not? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x52422935 Do you feel lonely more often than not? Why? Do you want to change that? <BR> <BR> More often that not I feel lonely. I do not know how to fix it. I can be surrounded by a hundred people and I often still feel like I am a sore thumb in a crowd. I get over-whelmed around a lot of people and I think that is why I don’t reach out. Or it may just be my lack of connection. Today to change it I am going to offer two random people compliments! <BR> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 02:58:30 EST Self-Worth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x52394390 The concept of self-worth involves your inner sense of value or worthiness as a person. In truth, you are already born with inherent worth as a spiritual being. <BR> <BR> Over time, however, your views about what you deserve in life may be affected by self-destructive patterns of belief and behavior and external factors. <BR> <BR> By examining your personal interpretation of self-worth, you can gain insight into subconscious patterns that may not be serving your highest good. <BR> <BR> Par... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 07:53:10 EST Self-Esteem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x52394228 Below are a set of self esteem assessment questions that you can answer as either 'True' or 'False', as applicable to you. <BR> <BR> Since the questions are based on what you think and feel, your answers will always be true to you - there's no universal right or wrong answer. <BR> <BR> You will need about 10 minutes of quiet time, a pencil and a piece of paper. To get the best out of this assessment, try to be as honest as you can when answering the questions. If you do not know an answer t... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 07:43:42 EST MAY'S MOTIVATING and FUN ROLL CALL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x52330901 Here's to a new month and our new fun roll call! Please share any emoticon you'd like--as let's keep our fun friendships going as we enter a new month of progress, understanding and fun! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:49:21 EST Met my stress point http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x52318433 Tired of hitting the wall with my weight and taking meds for depression. Husband who is disabled and I feel is giving up at 62. Too young to die yet just graduated with a Masters at 62, wanting to teach. I will quit whining now. Hope you will have me as a member. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 02:13:14 EST A place I belong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x52314215 Hello everyone. I found this team on another page and knew this was for me. I just rejoined Spark so I know all the wonderful things available here. <BR> <BR> I am becoming super stressed out at work. It will be getting worse as we are easing into our busy season of spring and summer. The last year at work has already been stressful with tons of changes, horrible problems, and new owners/partners to deal with. I am not sure I can handle much more of it. So glad to have a place to come to ge... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 19:28:26 EST New - to the group - not to stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x52223893 Yes, I couldn't help myself with the topic - sorry. At least I can find the humor in some things! I am the stressed out mom of 4 kiddos - 3 in school and 1 toddler. I homeschool - so the kids are with me all day long - and making messes all day long - etc., etc. I tell myself that I am only a little stressed - but I am probably stressed out most of the time - just because of all the different things I have to juggle. We have no family near us at all - so all (or at least most of the resp... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:00:58 EST New to this team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x52190248 Hello everyone! I'm a stressed out mom of three, working two jobs, trying to get kids to school & practice on time, keep up with their homework & playdates, pack lunches, plan dinner while keeping up with my own friendships & occasionally talking to my husband. I know you understand! I've decided to carve out some time to take care of myself. Starting new weight loss & fitness goals today. Looking forward to getting to know you! Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:15:10 EST Hello!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x51984819 Hello All! <BR> I have a very stressful work schedule that is always in my thoughts and effects my emotional and mental health....hoping to get a little advice here....and maybe vent a little :) <BR> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 04:20:54 EST FEBRUARY FUN ROLL CALL!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x51914724 <em>30</em> Happy February everyone! Let's start out our new month with a new and fun roll call! You can reply to this post however you'd like -- <BR> <BR> Just keep sharing the smiles <em>30</em> and friendships <em>220</em> which means the most to us all! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:45:34 EST Hello From California http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x51882126 Hi my name is Sheryl and I live in California. I am a stress/emotional eater. I was looking for a group that could help me get through this.....and I found YOU!!! Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:52:20 EST Hi there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x51744929 Hello! My name is Hope and I am new to this group. I look forward to learning how to how to reduce my stress in my busy environment and losing weight at the same time. I also look forward to meeting all of you. <em>30</em> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:47:55 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x51539027 Hi everyone!! I am here to lose weight and get healthy!! I work a full time job that requires me to sit on my butt all day. I have gain 30 lbs since 2009. (don't like that) I have always been a heavier set gal but now is that time to change that. To summarize me I am a full time mom of 3, insurance lady, and love to laugh. I have recently developed headaches and numbness on the right side of my head that no can explain to me. So it is my wake up call that say " either get healhy or li... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:47:27 EST JANUARY 2014 JUMP IN FOR FUN ROLL CALL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x51403461 Hello, 2014! Lets do it and share our fun emoticons here as our roll call. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Here's to a super positive and wonderful start of 2014! <em>244</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:59:22 EST Working with food in a stressful enviorment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x51339587 Hey everyone, wondering if anyone else is trying to lose weight/get healthy while working at a fast food job? My job stresses me out so much and we aren't allowed to have a microwave and don't get breaks so when you are in a hurry there is no option of eating a salad and if you bring in food it gets thrown away or eaten. The worst part is I love the food where I work and it is about the most unhealthy food out there (taco bell) I am an emotional eater and a snacker so I just grab a chip or s... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 01:07:35 EST Blog entry about last day of being fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x51219972 Hello everyone, I just started SparkPeople today. Well, actually I started back in August, then never followed through. But today I begin again and put all my past failures behind me. I wrote my first ever blog entry today, about the day I hit bottom. I invite anyone to read it on my spark page, www.sparkpeople.com/success2day1. I invite anyone to friend me--I will friend you back, and try very hard to be a good and consistent sparkpeople friend. I wish everyone a day of fun, strength, and su... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 14:09:30 EST how to deal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x51161803 how do you deal with the special time of the month while dieting Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:24:36 EST DECEMBER'S KEEP SMILING ROLL CALL!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x51034255 <em>411</em> Please share those fun emoticons and join in our monthly Roll Call. Keep the friendships and positive fun coming -- and, remember, no stress involved! <BR> <BR> At the end of the month, the friends who have posted here, will be getting a goodie from the Team or me! So, ready??? Show us that smile, wave or hello and, most of all, have fun! <BR> <BR> ***AND I APOLOGIZE FOR BEING BEHIND ON PASSING ALONG THE GOODIES FOR LAST MONTH DUE TO LIFE'S SCHEDULE THAT HAS DRAMATICALLY C... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:34:14 EST Hello all you brave Sparkies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x50923478 Hi all you brave Sparkies! <BR> I have been beavering away on this brillant site for 10 weeks now and just wanted to say "hello!" Thu, 22 Nov 2012 01:31:44 EST FUN GUESS OF AREA MY NEW JOB INVOLES?TAKE A QUESS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x50673678 As alot of our friends here know, I am a Paralegal, or "have been" a Paralegal since the age of 19--meaning 31 years in the legal field. But, I finally found a new and interesting job, and one in a totally different area than the legal field. <BR> <BR> So, let's just have fun, and take a guess <em>38</em> of what sort of job I'm hoping to begin this week! and, for some that I may have mentioned it to, please don't share it - as talk about going from one area to another...I'm going to t... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 15:51:58 EST NOVEMBER'S NO STRESS & ONLY FUN ROLL CALL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x50635305 <em>411</em> Please share those fun emoticons and join in our monthly Roll Call. Keep the friendships and positive fun coming -- and, remember, no stress involved! <BR> <BR> At the end of the month, the friends who have posted here, will be getting a goodie from the Team or me! So, ready??? Show us that smile, wave or hello and, most of all, have fun! <BR> <BR> Happy November and Stay Happy & Healthy Everyone! <em>30</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:58:57 EST NEW QUESTION EACH DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x50481895 <em>4</em> This or That: Sweet snacks or Salty snacks? <BR> -Sweet Snacks; <BR> -Crunchy Salty Snacks; or <BR> -Something Else!! <BR> <BR> *It all depends -- if I feel nervous, it's more of the salty-crunchy snacks! Sun, 21 Oct 2012 08:49:14 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (10/19/2012) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x50455642 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Are you tempted by Halloween candy? <BR> -Yes, and it's everywhere! <BR> -Sometimes, if my favorites are around <BR> -No, I don't have much of a sweet tooth <BR> <BR> I'm a definite if my favorite is around! I'm just thankful that my son is older and we don't have the trick and treats in the house like when he was young. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 07:36:16 EST Weigh in results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x50418665 I hope this is in the right spot . . . . <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say <em>244</em> <BR> I'm at the end of Week 2 and have lost 6 pounds. <BR> Such a difference in the way I feel since I started moving again!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:58:49 EST This is very late http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x50245822 I used this site last year for a while, then gave up on my weight loss! I'm back on track now, and finally getting around to using the full site. It's very helpful! I'm stefanie, I'm 21. I work at a retirement home as a caregiver and a cook :) my work is extremely rewarding. I have piercings and tattoos, and photography and music are big passions of mine. I'm about 30 pounds heavier than where I want to be (I weigh 172 right now) and I'm 5'6. Anyone looking for a conversation buddy or anyone ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 20:15:27 EST BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH! SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x50239894 <em>390</em> As alot of us know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! And, as such, let's show our support by posting a beautiful <em>390</em> to show our support to those that have had cancer, the survivors and for friends or family that have dealt with the same! <BR> <BR> ALSO, I'm adding a link to this thread regarding the subject and I hope everyone learns and does their self-exams and mammograms! Take care of you and your body -- you're super worth it! <BR> <BR> <link>www... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 11:45:40 EST OCTOBER ALREADY!! ROLL CALL 4 GOODIES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x50180374 The year seems to be moving along so quickly--it's already October! But, are you ready to keep spreading and sharing your fun emoticons for the month? <BR> <BR> For our new friends who aren't familiar with how our fun roll call works, please post whichever emoticon you'd like.......... <em>381</em> <em>30</em> <em>213</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> and so many more to choose from! <BR> <BR> Keep the friendships and positive fun coming -- and what a super way to shoo that stress away! ... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:54:27 EST Sherree Somewhere In There.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x50140938 Hey There Everyone, I'm new to Spark People today. I've heard so many great things about the site over many years and am finally getting on to see if this will help me reach my weight and fitness goals. <BR> <BR> I've had some health challenges this past year and it's taken a toll on what had been a fairly successful last few years getting healthier. <BR> <BR> I know that it's hard work, and I'm holding myself accountable here...sort of like having to check into a "clinic" situation wit... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 23:45:07 EST Hey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x50134352 I'm Lizzie. Having a hard time in school and losing weight and family and such. I'm drowning. Help me please <em>46</em> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:03:07 EST Bernette is no longer just a pretty face http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x50085438 Something happened when I woke up this morning. I felt the desire to get healthy...and this time it's different. Just the fact that I found this amazing website is sheer comformation. I can't wait to get to know you guys and go on this journey together. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:52:19 EST Gonna Do it This Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x50027386 Hello, I am back. I have been here before but didn't stay. I am going to do it this time. I have tried all kinds of weight loss programs and have been successful at several...unfortunately I have gained everything back time after time. This time I am trying to go into it with a more positive attitude. I just want to be healthy and feel good. I am trying to be totally positive and give myself credit when I do good things...no negative self talk. I really enjoy the website and all of th... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:21:19 EST Hello there! New to this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49986408 Hi. Ive recently had a baby and am wanting to shed the baby weight and I'm really glad to have found this site. Thank you for having me and good luck on your endeavors. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 01:42:49 EST OUR FRIEND, TERESA (UNSTOPPABLE) IS WITH THE LORD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x49971780 I was in total shock when I read a blog this morning stating that Teresa had passed away. I don't know too much as to the cause, etc., but she'll always remain in our hearts! Please pray for her family at this difficult time and thank you everyone for your wonderful faith and strength--which Teresa loved to share with all of us here. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> my friend and know that you'll be missed <em>220</em> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 08:22:17 EST MOTIVATIONAL & POSITIVE QUOTES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x49970927 <em>204</em> Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success. <BR> -Dr. Joyce Brothers- Mon, 17 Sep 2012 07:28:10 EST Hi There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49930237 This is my first time on Sparkpeople, but from what I have seen thus far I am certain that this community will be the perfect place to help me achieve my goals and meet people who are supportive of each other. Thank you, everyone, for your commitment to getting and staying healthy, and for helping to motivate others! Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:25:28 EST HELLO I am new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49914941 Hi everyone my name is Tathy49 and I am trying to not only get down to a haelthy weight , but to find myself too. I think I lost myself long time ago , I have aways take care of my family as a single mom and somehow I neglected who need it the most care ... Me ! Now I found myself unhappy with how I feel and very uncomfortable with myself , before my weight was my security blanket or at least that is what I told myself as my reasons of why I had put on weight , but now I don't feel like this ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:42:40 EST Buddies 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49908620 Hello..I am working with the message broads and another team or so with getting BUDDIES...However I need some more people to get buddies for people!!!! so PLEASE if you got time just answer a few questions if you are interested in some buddies and i will get back to you!!! I have got a few people waiting for buddies!~!!! so here are the questions and a list of people waiting: <BR> <BR> Hey all I want to set up buddies for people who would be interested so if you are interest I got 10 short q... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:21:37 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49906010 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> This is my first full day here at SparkPeople and I am enjoying reading about and joining many of the teams that I can relate with. <BR> <BR> Stress?!!? Yep...have a lot since I've been on short term disability...resources are becoming slim but there is light at the end of the tunnel and I will be returning to work this coming Monday...so the stress should lessen. <BR> <BR> I do many things to help reduce my stress including burning incense and listening to some "ne... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:35:28 EST I'm a newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49902311 Hi all. I'm new to this. I saw an article on Yahoo and I saw the words "lose weight" and "free", so i thought i would try it. I have been on the yo-yo diets. Now, i don't do many, only a handful but my latest one, was organic liasion. I can say I probably lost 10lbs but it did get kind of expenisive and i couldn't continue, so I found myself gaining those 10lbs and then some. Also the program was a bit complicated, the support was totally different than what i see it is here. So hopefully I c... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:05:22 EST Hey Ya'll!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49897595 Hey everyone! Just found SparkPeople and really, REALLY hoping that it helps me out and I can hang in with the program. <em>30</em> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:24:51 EST Need Help...to lose the weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49877549 Hello I am in a constant battle to loose weight and this I feel might help me stay on track and focus once and for all and its not only the weight loss but a healthier way of living and eating. My work schedule is so hectic sometimes all I have time for is fast food and sweets I'm sure I can make better choices but I haven't. Any help would be greatly appreciated thanks for your time in reading this post. <BR> <BR> lovelive Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:16:52 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49876531 I am new to the group! I have a six year old daughter and an almost two year old daughter. I am from central Illinois, and I work as an English teacher. I would love to meet some new people and be inspired on my journey! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Stephanie Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:25:12 EST another newbie here!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49872103 hi all...well i have 145lbs to lose, at least...would like to lose more but i would be satisfied there and figure anything more than that is a bonus, right? :) stress....ugh....work 40/wk, primary care provider for my mother, multiple grandchildren that i help out with, disabled sibling that i help out, husband (raised in the era of 'leave it to beaver' and then coming of age within the woman's lib movement who partially processed only the topic of women working outside the home "go ahead ma... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:20:33 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49871555 My name is Jenny and I'm new to spark people. I work part-time and am also going to school. So I completely relate with being stressed. Looking forward to meeting new people and finding motivation in everyone's progress! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:34:27 EST Go Sparkpeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x49871050 Check it out, another article proclaiming Sparkpeople's Awesomeness! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <link>shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/affor<BR>dable-ways-lose-weight-183700110.html </link> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:03:00 EST Hello I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49868553 Hi everyone looking to keep in touch on a daily basis so i can get this weight off once in for all & maybe even make some local workout friends in the process! Talk to me! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:48:35 EST Hello, I'm a new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49865598 My name is Leah and I just joined. My husband and I are working towared losing a lot of weight and an online community is just what I need! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:49:51 EST blairrose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49861815 I am a 57 year old woman and weights 323 lbs. I have been trying to lose weight since I was in my teens. In 2005 I was in Katrina then relocated to Chicago. That is when I found out that I have Diabetes, High Blood Pressure which have worried me since. I recently relocated to Arizonia where I now have found out that my kidneys is not doing too well and I am now on a low sodium diet of less than 2,000mgs a day. I have started eating right or trying but it is hard to do at times. I have b... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:09:37 EST Hi, I'm a stressed woman and want to be healthy :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49793720 Hi, my name is Meredith. I am a very stressed out woman from New England. I am 28 and I am a lawyer trying to either build my own practice or get a job working for the state (I dig working with low-income communities and providing free legal service, I just can't afford to do it without some kind of paycheck). I am really struggling with my finances right now, and with my weight (which brings me here), OH and by the way I got dumped last night by my boyfriend of almost a year. <BR> <BR> I a... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 07:47:45 EST Now is the time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49788609 Hi I have been off and on Spark for a few years now but this time I am going to take full advantage of all that Spark has to offer and encourage. This time I gave a goal. ..42 lbs by the time I turn 42 in February. Now dropping 42 lbs might be a bit to extreme and would put me back at my college weight when I worked out twice a day 5 days a week. I will settle with going from a heavy size 12 to an easy size 6. There are other goals that I hope to achieve by the magical 42. Quit smoking.... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 21:12:15 EST DID U WRITE IN YOUR JOURNAL 2-DAY or YESTERDAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x49618451 Be it on your <em>17</em> or in writing in a daily journal or notebook, did you write out your feelings or activities done today or yesterday (depending on when you reply)? My Mom jots down things that have happened, or if someone stopped over to visit and how she felt about her day. She is saving them through the years and always says that when she passes, she'd love if we read them--which I would love to do. Another wonderful memory to pass along! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> for those won... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 12:26:31 EST Getting Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49613912 Hi, I am a mother of three. I teach the 4th grade, drive a school bus, and my husband is in college at the age of 44. Needless to say, I am very busy. I need motivation to do this because I struggle with it day after day. I need to get healthy for myself and my children. I don't understand myself because one minute I realize how embarassed I am about my weight, and the next minute I am eating too much again. I hope that joining this group will get me started toward the new me! Sat, 25 Aug 2012 02:43:31 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49597815 Joined today. setting small goals of weight loss, hopefully to lose 80 lbs when I am done Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:40:17 EST Back after 3 years off http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x49549610 I'm Lisa. I was using SP really successfully about 3 years ago. My daughter was diagnosed with ASD at about the same time I stopped using SP. In the last year, my son has been diagnosed with PANDAS. It's been a really stressful time for us, and I've gained back all the weight I lost. I tracked my food today for the first time in 3 years and am so happy to see that Momma48 is still leading this group and IXCHEL isstill here too :) Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:17:37 EST Three Word Phrases A - Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x49415829 A: a long time Sat, 11 Aug 2012 21:50:38 EST VERBS.... A to Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x49415369 A: assuming Sat, 11 Aug 2012 21:18:34 EST What's for dinner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x49288930 Two questions: What are you having for dinner tonight? And are you serving your family (or possibly being served by your family) the same food as you're having? <BR> <BR> <em>190</em> Fri, 3 Aug 2012 10:25:27 EST (Daily) AUGUST'S FUN ROLL CALL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x49247206 Happy July 31st everyone! Guess what...it is time to say <em>253</em> tto July, but a huge......................................<BR>........................... <em>524</em> to August! <BR> <BR> Come on in and add your fun emoticon to our monthly and <em>345</em> Team Roll Call! <BR> <BR> Happy August everybody! <em>381</em> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 20:08:50 EST Relaxing on a Friday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x49181188 This week was my first week back at the office after my summer vacation. The kids spent the week with my parents, so I could work as much as I wanted/needed to without considering getting the dinner on the table at a specific time. Which ended up being 11 hours one day and only slightly less the other... <BR> <BR> Sun shining and me being very tired from having spent the night at the ER with my DH (bad ear infection but he's sort of OK now), I decided to pick up my kids at lunch time and NOT... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:18:37 EST Where do you find the time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x49150173 OK, so this is probably some sort of cheating, but as soon as I hit "post" on my latest blog entry, I thought that this should really have gone to the Stressed Out Women-team. So I'm doing a bit of duplicate posting and crossing my fingers that noone will be too upset... :) <BR> <BR> ---- <BR> <BR> I sleep 8 hours per night, cause that's what SP tells me to do. <BR> <BR> I work 8 hours per day, cause that's what my employer tells me to do. It takes me about 1 hour each day to go to and fro... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 12:36:13 EST Identifying a stressor - update http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x49134358 I posted an update to my original post yesterday, but then it hit me that maybe that's not the right way to do it. So I'm reposting it as a new post. Yell at me if I'm doing it wrong! :) <BR> <BR> "The meeting today went really well! On several occasions I pushed my boss as hard as I needed to for her to make a decision. So from not making any at all the whole spring she went to making a bunch of them today. My life is going to be so much easier from now on! :) Thanks everyone for backing me... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:48:08 EST Identifying a stressor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x49095691 Being on the last day of a four-week-vacation, I would expect myself to be rather relaxed. Instead I found that I'm more or less just as wound up now as I was when I went on vacation. However, I've been thinking a lot about my work situation during the past weeks, and I think I've managed to identify one of my major stressors! <BR> <BR> I am a first line manager and rather new at it. I'm sure I would do just fine if I were just given a set of game rules to go by, but unfortunately I'm not. M... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 07:27:05 EST TOTAL STRESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x49051365 Our mini-vacation was supposed to relax/de-stress me <BR> Started out ok even went bike riding on beach with daughter, can't even remember when I was on a bike last <BR> Then monday morning I was awoken to be told my dog Treasure had been missing since the night before <BR> We still can't find her. <BR> Stress for me induces stroke like migraines. So currently my speech is like that of a drunk. <BR> I don't know what I am going to do if we don't find her <em>46</em> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:47:45 EST (Daily) JULY'S JUST HAVE FUN ROLL CALL!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x48766848 <em>211</em> Ready for the new month of July? And, with that, spreading the fun by adding your fun emoticons in our daily roll call! <BR> <BR> Please jump in and share your <em>67</em> <em>30</em> <em>200</em> <em>213</em> or any other emoticon you'd like--share the fun and share the positive friendships! <BR> <BR> Share the <em>30</em> and let's make July a month of progress and super friendships! Sat, 30 Jun 2012 21:22:35 EST OPPOSITES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x48718460 Name a word and then its opposite. <BR> <BR> For Example: <BR> <BR> up-down <BR> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:52:14 EST JOIN IN JUNE'S FUN ROLL CALL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x48321917 <em>30</em> Happy June everyone! A new month and a new month for us all to share those fun emoticons in our daily roll call! <BR> <BR> Please jump in and share your <em>67</em> <em>30</em> <em>200</em> <em>213</em> or any other emoticon you'd like--share the fun and share the positive friendships! <BR> <BR> So, keep <em>30</em> and let's do it! <em>244</em> Fri, 1 Jun 2012 07:37:43 EST The WEIGHT OF THE NATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x48259090 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pEkCbqN4uo </link> <BR> <BR> Do watch this four part documentary on YouTube about why we are fat and how to change it. It is presented by HBO. Mon, 28 May 2012 07:57:10 EST (DAILY) MAY ROLL CALL 4 GOODIES FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x47843380 <em>213</em> Hello, May! Ready to keep sharing those fun emoticon smiles, or whichever emoticon you'd like to share, this month? Remember, whoever joins in the fun, will get a goodie on their page when we are ready to bring in June! <BR> <BR> So, let's keep sharing the fun <em>30</em> with our friends and make it a great "Make It Happen" Month! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> We can do it everybody!! <em>244</em> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 16:46:14 EST Diet Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x47778151 I have been back on the wagon of trying to change my life style now for two weeks. I am very blue this afternoon. I think it comes from the body adjusting to all the changes. Thoughts? Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:37:12 EST smokefreegranny http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x47539222 Newby here. I have been tracking my foods for only 4 days. It has been a little time consuming for me but I seem to <BR> be managing this OK. As of yet, I have not done any exercising. Why , I really don't know but I do plan to get to it soon. I don't really have a lot of time to look around the web site like I would want to. Any pointers for enjoying the <BR> site with only less than 30 mins a day? I would like to read some success stories and my daily emails. Just can't <BR> get to it. ... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 21:44:42 EST Miserable Tool Bar at the bottom of the page. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x47364342 Does that TOOL BAR at the BOTTOM of the page drive you crazy like it does me? I "hide" it and it keeps coming back. I went to the Message board for Technical Help and posted on a thread there where about 25 others have left posts about how they hate it and want it off. So, do go there and post your complaint. It is just an advertisement. Sun, 1 Apr 2012 01:05:06 EST ALREADY APRIL & FUN ROLL CALL TIME 4 GOODIES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x47361552 <em>434</em> Spring is in the air and April is here! And, for our new friends who are unfamiliar with our fun roll call for goodies, here's how it works and I hope everyone has fun and joins in! <BR> <BR> Please share any emoticon you'd like, be it for the holiday season, a smile or whichever one you'd like. But, mainly, have fun and share the positives with your friends here by sharing your emoticon fun today! <BR> <BR> At the end of the month, all those that shared their fun emoticon, w... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 21:21:58 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (3/30/12) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x47338516 <em>29</em> Another thinking question for us today! And, maybe one that can help you realize and try to work on the underlying issue! <BR> <BR> IF SOMEONE HURTS YOU EMOTIONALLY THROUGH WORDS, ACTIONS, ETC., DO YOU FEEL THAT IT IS EASIER FOR YOU TO: <BR> (1)Forgive; <BR> (2)Forget; <BR> (3)Both; or <BR> (4)Neither! <BR> <BR> We know that we should forgive and forget alot of things, etc., that have caused the emotional hurt in our lives, but sometimes it is so hard to do and also due to wha... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 09:26:52 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (3/29/12) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x47321319 <em>213</em> Good morning everybody! I thought of a question for us today, as it's probably one that I've been noticing I've been having a problem with doing! So, let's see what you think and maybe we can all figure out why! <BR> <BR> *DO YOU OFFER ADVICE TO A FRIEND, ETC., TO HELP THEM THROUGH STRESSFUL TIMES, BUT YOU FIND THAT YOU CAN'T FOLLOW YOUR OWN ADVICE THAT YOU GIVE TO OTHERS? <BR> <BR> We can help solve or relieve other people somehow with our actions or words, but, yet, we c... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 09:05:22 EST Glad I found this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x47318791 Hi everyone! My name is Michelle. I'm a mom to 4 (16,14,9,&6) and have been married for 21 years. We have owned a small auto repair shop for 13 years. The shaky economy has made for a particularly stressful 4 or so years. My life is extremely stressful and I feel pulled in so many directions. I need to make time for taking care of me and need to do it without guilt. I don't deal with stress well. I tend to want to either run away from it or hide and isolate myself. This makes things ... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 05:21:44 EST LAST NAMES (A-Z) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x47127330 We're sharing "first" names, so, let's do a switch of sorts and list "LAST" names! And, we can do it A-Z style! Ready??? <BR> <BR> A: Abrahams Sat, 17 Mar 2012 15:58:26 EST Hi y'all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x46934518 I am new to the group as of today. I have been a member of spark since 2006 but decided to get SERIOUS this year. <BR> <BR> I live in Charleston, SC and I am originally from Upstate NY so bragging about the weather has become a sport for me. I love to be outdoors and have been designing my workouts based on the weather since January. <BR> <BR> What makes me a "Stressed out Lady", well, I work full time at a high pressure job, I have an Army life partner who is about to be deployed and ... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 11:37:36 EST Think "I Should" or "I Will!"? Positive Self-Talk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x46881936 Positive self-talk is a great way to keep our self-esteem high! Just by thinking "I should" can stress out with the thought of having too much to do and doubting sometimes if we can do what we'd like to. But, telling yourself "I can" or "I will" can give you a more powerful feeling inside and fight off whatever stress may come our way! <BR> <BR> So, do you feel like "I should" <em>198</em> or "I can <em>104</em> today? You can share by words or emoticon -- just keep that self-esteem on... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 12:10:32 EST MARCH'S MAKE IT HAPPEN FUN ROLL CALL 4 GOODIES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x46835611 Here we are!!! It's March already and a bit closer to Spring with each new day! Ready for fun and friendship?? Here we come............... <BR> <BR> Please share any emoticon you'd like, be it for the holiday season, a smile or whichever one you'd like. But, mainly, have fun and share the positives with your friends here by sharing your emoticon fun today! <BR> <BR> At the end of the month, all those that shared their fun emoticon, will get a special goodie on their page! <BR> <BR> Hell... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 19:34:57 EST What the heck happened http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x46762464 Good Morning my fellow sparkers, I have been a part of this team for quite a while and when "life" got in my way I hid under the covers. It has been a year since I lost my job, my spark and yes even my spirit, then along came a friend from this network (yes I have heard from some from time to time over the last year) and it was like a bolt of lighting, hitting me on the head and reminding me that I am alive, I am valuable and I deserve to be healthy. So I am asking this group to welcome me... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 13:39:45 EST how to get over a weight loss plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x46644583 Lost 25 lbs in the last 2 mos w/ exercies and an almost healthy diet. Now I am stuck at that weight-The scale only moves up 2-3 lbs and then back down to the start. How do you get over a weight loss plateau? Sat, 18 Feb 2012 11:06:31 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x46469624 Hi, my name is Lynda and I am new here. I have a great deal of weight to lose, and I am hoping to make connections with others. I struggle with depression every day. Overwhelming stress with family health issues, (cancer, parkinsons and alzheimers) has left me exhausted and deaing with anxiety attacks to the extent that I was required to leave my job. As a caregiver I need to learn to take care of my own health and address this weight issue. I look forward to getting to know you. Tue, 7 Feb 2012 15:27:10 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x46352960 Hi y'all, <BR> <BR> Just dropping in to say "hi" - I'm a married 30-ish mom to 3 beautiful kids (2 boys and a girl) looking to find creative ways to incorporate diet and exercise with a full schedule and/or exercise with my kids. My goal is to tone up for summer vacation for family excursions to the beach, parks and pools (anywhere I need to bare some skin) and a trip to Hawaii. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 00:46:08 EST FEBRUARY 2014 FUN ROLL CALL!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x46343630 Please share any emoticon you'd like, be it for the holiday season, a smile or whichever one you'd like. But, mainly, have fun and share the positives with your friends here by sharing your emoticon fun today! <BR> <BR> Let's get ready for February <em>249</em> and let's see those fun emoticons! Tue, 31 Jan 2012 14:54:45 EST Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x46258782 Anyone getting my messages? Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:20:12 EST How do you work out the stress in your body? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x46158764 I prefer yoga or deep breaths. I would like to hear from others, perhaps I will learn a new way to destress. <BR> Nancy Sat, 21 Jan 2012 13:49:25 EST JANUARY 2012 - ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE TEAM? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x46058555 Good morning everyone! I always like to check in and see how everyone is doing and if you're happy with the topics, etc., at the team! If there is something you'd like to see added, please let us know -- as we're here to help lessen that stress and with a super <em>220</em> of friendship and fun! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:31:13 EST Men Verses Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x46023026 Stress <BR> USA Weekend <BR> By Sharon Jayson <BR> <BR> Men's real feelings get lost in the scribble of stress. Women are more likely to take <BR> an eraser to the problem. Do you find this is true in your relationship? Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:59:39 EST 2012 DAILY DISCUSSION & CHIT CHAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x45968113 <em>213</em> Good morning, everyone! Enjoy using this thread to talk about your day, discuss your challenges or questions you may have, and check in with our friends. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have special plans for today? I'm waiting for the snow to fall again -- but sure have loved the warmer weather we've had for the past few days! But, Winter in Wisconsin has to include snow! <BR> <BR> Has anyone else volunteered at their local women's abuse shelter? I used to volunteer many years ... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:59:50 EST self-esteem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x45949342 Hey Everybody: <BR> <BR> Sorry for not being around. My Daddy is currently in the hospital due to complications with his diabetes. To say I'm a little stressed right now would be an understatement. <BR> Anyway, as a therapist I am constantly looking for books to read to my kids that would help them. I'm seeing a 13-year-old now who is struggling with self-esteem. She loves to read and I was wondering if any of you "Momma's" had any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Aron Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:58:42 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x45853120 Hello everyone! I kinda dropped off the face of the earth the last couple of months. I fell off the weight loss wagon and quit logging onto Spark. 2012 is going to be the year where I finally get it! I need to get healthy and feel better about myself. Hope everyone is doing well! Fri, 6 Jan 2012 00:52:17 EST New to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x45798796 Hi! I am a work from home mom of 3, twins that are 4 and a 10 yr old with Asperger's whom I absolutly cannot seem to get a handle on. I am an emotional eater and whenever I get stressed (which is always, I dont even know what it feels like to relax anymore) or sad I always give up on my diet. Last yr I worked very hard and lost 45 lbs, only to gain most of it back in just the last 3 months. I really want to lose but I dont know how to get myself to stick to it. The stress always seems to... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 15:09:04 EST JOIN IN OUR JANUARY ROLL CALL 4 GOODIES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x45734935 Welcome January and 2012! Here is our new year to keep those friendships and fun coming! <BR> <BR> Please share any emoticon you'd like, be it for the holiday season, a smile or whichever one you'd like. But, mainly, have fun and share the positives with your friends here by sharing your emoticon fun today! <BR> <BR> At the end of the month, all those that shared their fun emoticon, will get a special goodie on their page! Here we come January and let's all make it a great one! Sat, 31 Dec 2011 18:48:15 EST One Stressed Momma! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x45668479 Hello, fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I am a 20-something mother of 3, pregnant with my 4th. I'm married, stay at home, attend college online, and have a house to keep. <BR> <BR> So, stress is just a part of my day. <BR> <BR> I'm learning how to deal with it all, stay calm and healthy, and look forward to meeting all of you! Tue, 27 Dec 2011 14:14:37 EST Venting the stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x45591605 I've been fighting with my fiance and it's just getting worse. My uncle almost committed suicide. I have a huge crush on my fiance's friend. My room is a complete mess. I have no way to relieve stress and I don't want to bother my friends. And I feel that I'm not putting enough effort in anything. <BR> Mike has an unknown illness that has been going on for 12 years. He has a lot of anxiety and it's getting worse. <BR> So what should I do? Last night Mike and I had a big fight. We almost brok... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 20:33:26 EST How to stay asleep? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x45505714 I have no trouble falling asleep -- usually out in a few minutes. However, I wake up after 4 -5 hours of sleep, and cannot go back to sleep. How to stay asleep without waking up early? Any tips??? I'm very tired..... <em>33</em> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 04:08:20 EST I am committed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x45476967 Hi, <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I have come very far with the emotional part of what keeps me heavy and now its time I must release this weight from my body. I am seeking out people who are interested in being committed to speaking everyday if not almost everyday for support, guidance, accountablility and whatever else would benefit us. I have found this tool to be very useful for me and if you feel that it helps you too, lets connect. Good luck to all and this ... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 03:33:02 EST DECEMBER'S FUN ROLL CALL 4 GOODIES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x45308256 Hello December! WOW -- those months are certainly flying by! But, are you ready to share your fun emoticon for goodies for this month? <BR> <BR> Here we go -- Please share any emoticon you'd like, be it for the holiday season, a smile or whichever one you'd like. But, mainly, have fun and share the positives with your friends here by sharing your emoticon fun today! <BR> <BR> So, which one will you share today? <em>446</em> <em>403</em> <em>30</em> <em>134</em> and there are so ... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:02:41 EST What am I drinking right now!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x45160798 <em>194</em> Water!!!!! Sat, 19 Nov 2011 21:09:56 EST "T" is for TODAY, TOMORROW, and....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x44980069 Please share any word beginning with the letter "T" and have a terrific today, tomorrow and every new day to come! Tue, 8 Nov 2011 10:47:02 EST WHAT IS YOUR "WORD" FOR THE DAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x44882570 If someone snapped their fingers, and asked you, "What are you thinking right now?" and you were to respond with 1 word -- what would it be? It's kinda surprising to see what word pops into our minds -- so let's see what we're all thinking about as we reply to this post! <BR> <BR> It's fun and you may learn something about your own thoughts as well! <em>211</em> Wed, 2 Nov 2011 10:24:59 EST (Daily) BONUS SPIN POINTS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x44854741 <em>347</em> 5 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:44:05 EST (DAILY) NOVEMBER ROLL CALL FUN 4 GOODIES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x44846531 Please share any emoticon you'd like... <em>30</em> <em>14</em> <em>213</em> <em>19</em> or any other fun way to say hi and hello to your friends! <BR> <BR> At the end of the month, all those that shared their fun emoticon, will get a special goodie on their page! Have a wonderful month ahead! <em>244</em> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 09:32:36 EST TRICK or TREAT - THE FUN & HEALTHY WAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x44803700 Halloween is coming soon, so, let's have some fun and fill our <em>431</em> with a few healthy treats! <BR> <BR> What would you like to put in our <em>431</em> today? Fri, 28 Oct 2011 09:18:52 EST Greetings! Ohm, ohm, ohm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x44464826 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I have stress! I am a woman! I desire to get healthy! :) <BR> <BR> While there are several key stressors in my life, I actually think I'm the primary source of my stress. I get worked up pretty easily, tend to over think things, procrastinate to the point of panic... <BR> <BR> Working in achieving a more balanced life. <BR> <BR> Glad to be here, <BR> Cindy <BR> Thu, 6 Oct 2011 20:11:17 EST (Daily) OUTSTANDING OCTOBER SMILES 4 GOODIE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x44355884 <em>30</em> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 15:44:34 EST Share your most stressful stories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x44311574 I'm sharing with you my personal battles in life, that caused stress, depression and many other emotions. <BR> Would you care to share yours or just tell us what stresses you out the most that it affects your daily life. <BR> <BR> Feeling very stressed these past few days. Been with my 4 yr old for 5 straight days, and I Love him very much don't get me wrong, but he's very challenging ..he tests me all the time. It's normal for his age but I need a break! Only break I can really get is whe... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 01:17:47 EST PLEASE HELP ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x44198738 My name is Brittany and I am REALLY struggling and need some serious help. I am 23 and have an emotional eating problem. I am not over weight but I afraid I will get that way if I don’t stop! I exercise vigorously in the morning, eat extremely healthy all day and I am feeling confident, THEN I get home (I leave by myself) and all of my hard work goes down the drain. I feel anxious and nervous and just eat everything I can get my hands on. 90% of the time what I eat is not necessarily “bad.” I... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 10:39:22 EST I am totally stressing myself out more!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x44162491 Good Morning team!!!! So, I figured out something this weekend!! I am totally stressing myself out by trying so hard to keep up with everything. SparkTeams, huddling, reading, tracking, trying to clean my house when I can't reach my vaccuum. So, what I did was sleep to try and let go. So, I got lots of sleep and did not achieve anything this weekend. Now today I am feeling sluggish, tense and tired. HELP!!!!! <em>46</em> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 11:37:57 EST Hi its me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x44149588 Hi, my name is Angela and am returning to SparkPeople. I have lost 9 lbs since being on here for a littlebit and am really excited about the changes I'm seeing in myself this go around. I hope with my determination and some great tips and friends I will be able to conquer this weight thing. I have high blood pressure and I know this will make me feel so much better about my health and myself. Looking to meet new friends and hopefully some people near me so we can maybe get together and walk o... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 17:46:53 EST member 5,001 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x44141485 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Wendy and I am not new to Spark. I have had 2 other pages, but lost my way and deactivated them. The hardest on my weight was when my daddy was in the hospital before he died last year. That took a toll on me medically, emotionally, and physically. i know he is in a better place now and not in anymore pain. <BR> <BR> I am getting married to my very best friend in ust over 8 months. I hope to be near my goal weight by then. I have a 13 year old son that thi... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 06:23:59 EST Weight Loss Doldrums- Hoping I'm not the only one http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x44135441 Hey Everyone, <BR> I've been a member of SparkPeople for over 2 months now but I'm just now starting to venture into the world of groups and message boards. I have to admit I was extremely scared at first but I'm realizing I need support through this journey and can't do it on my own. I've enjoyed initial success from the amazing tools of SparkPeople but have now hit a MAJOR slump and unfortunately seem to be losing motivation to continue. I'm hoping I'm not the only one in this situation... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 18:29:07 EST $ STRESSING YOU?? SHARE WAYS TO CUT THOSE COSTS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x44098372 It seems as though the economic times are hitting pretty hard in all areas--be in with jobs, food and utility costs, etc. So, let's share ways that we're cutting those corners and those costs to try to make that dollar go as far as we can! And, most of all, lessen the stress that we feel when we feel that it's super hard to make those ends meet! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Share the care and those fantastic ways to help one another! Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:36:25 EST Stopping by http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x43959358 Hi. Just wanted to see how this team works for me!!! Thank you for having this team and I look forward to working with you all. <em>213</em> Wed, 7 Sep 2011 16:01:29 EST DID U WALK or TALK OUT THE STRESS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x43933225 Walking is always a great stress reliever, as it gives you time to get out of the stressful environment and enjoy the fresh air to relax a bit. And, same with talking! Talking to your friends, family or even through emails and posts here at Sparks can be a positive stress turn around, and same with talking to the person who may be causing the stress that you're feeling. Talk it through and see if you can lower the stress by having your feelings heard and understood. <BR> <BR> So, did y... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 11:20:54 EST (Daily) SEPTEMBER SMILES - POST FOR GOODIES FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x43835834 Share those September <em>30</em> and let's see how many smiles we can share with one another for the month of September! At the end of the month, all those that shared their fun smiles will get a special goodie on their page -- as who doesn't love a good smile! Have a wonderful month ahead and............ <BR> <BR> Keep <em>30</em> everyone! <em>244</em> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:18:33 EST updating my spark page and redaing blogs help pass http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x43794605 I sit at my desk and stay active on sparkpeople all day, It helps the days fly by and helps occupy my hands. Keeps me from munching!! Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:53:39 EST Conventions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x43652652 Hello, <BR> I'm gearing up for almost a month of convention weekends ahead. I will be away from home, crazy busy, eating out a lot and unable to pack my own food from a hotel room. If it were just a day or two, I'd pack a cooler as I've done in the past, but some of these shows are stretching over 4-5 days this year! My hotels all have pools or exercise rooms, so that's not so much an issue, but does anyone have any suggestions for non-perishables I can pick up to have with me at the show? On... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 12:31:02 EST Stress reliever? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x43513527 I just discovered gold's gym cardio workout for the wii. I HIGHLY suggest it for other stressed out mommas out there! It's a boxing workout- and you may just be upper cutting the air- but man does it feel good! And one of the songs to can work to is "eye of the tiger"- gets out just a little more of that stress! Sat, 13 Aug 2011 02:22:11 EST National Peach Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x43364039 Hi, <BR> I read online that August is "National Peach Month". I LOVE fresh, in-season fruit, but until recently, my tastes have run in the pie and/or cobbler vein. Anyone have any easy, tasty, diet friendly peach recipes to share? Thu, 4 Aug 2011 09:52:05 EST (Daily) AUGUST-POST FOR GOODIES FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x43292301 <em>67</em> Here we are, the last day of July! But, hello, August! <BR> <BR> Are you ready to post a fun emoticon? Remember, you can post however you'd like with any emoticon or a hi and hello! The important part is to keep the friendships and positive fun coming -- and what a super way to shoo that stress away! Friendship and sharing! <BR> <BR> At the end of the month, the friends who have posted here will be getting a goodie from the Team or me! As I love to pass them along to a... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 17:21:23 EST Suggestions needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x43170892 Well, it has been about two and a half weeks since I have posted. Reality has invaded. I have been back and forth to the hospital with mother. Between blood clots, hematomas (or however you spell that), getting sick myself, and working two jobs, I realized that maybe (just maybe, mind you) I have been spreading myself too thin. Either from stress or something else, my digestive tract is now mutinying against me. I have a colonoscopy scheduled for the middle of August. In the meantime, my doct... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 20:41:57 EST First week in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x43117673 Hello Everyone... <BR> I am Kim from Ohio. Been overweight most of my life and I am ready to make changes in my life. This first week has actually been an eye opener for me and I am learning things about my eating habits that I never knew. Looking forward to listening to your stories and hopefully encouragement. <BR> Good luck to all! <BR> Kim:-) Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:13:08 EST Stressed and frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x43031333 Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm new and looking forward to reading your posts. I am 47 and had a health issue last fall, where I gained 15 lbs when I was already overweight by 15 lbs. We have 3 wonderful children who are medically challenged with chronic illnesses. Our two daughters have a total of 6 hospitalizations since February. The stress of the hospitalizations is so overwhelming that there is no energy remaining to concentrate on fitness and nutrition. <BR> <BR> I'm just not sure how to h... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 08:16:53 EST Hi, I'm new. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x43023462 I'm a 28-year-old, married mom in college. Life is hectic. My nutrition and fitness have slacked. I gained 10 lbs over the winter, and here it is July, and I still haven't dropped it! My goal is to never yo-yo again by making real, long term lifestyles changes. Sat, 16 Jul 2011 17:43:01 EST What ME stressed ????????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42987868 Hello all - just into week 2 on the site and already found menopausal weight loss team and now one for being stressed out - what a perfect fit. Stress has caused a ton of health problems for me including high blood pressure and most recently Bell's Palsy (not pretty!!) RELAX says everyone, take it easy!! Those words don't seem to be in my dictionary - and we all know what stress does for weight gain. Hoping to learn from y'all... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:57:41 EST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42985004 I'm actually looking forward to weighing in on Monday! Long time since I said something like that! Go read my latest blog please Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:59:00 EST WHAT R U LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING 2-DAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42980549 Even though we feel stressed with certain events in our days, we are always looking forward to those positive events and things planned or not planned in our days as well! <BR> <BR> Please share a positive thing that you are looking forward to doing today! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Keep those <em>48</em> positives coming as they always help <em>216</em> those <em>198</em> away! Thu, 14 Jul 2011 08:25:15 EST Looking for friends to keep me motivated!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42950257 I started my weightloss journey 3 weeks ago and I am doing great so far...however I am looking to meet new people to keep me motivated as well as to give me advice on things that they use to help them shed pounds...hope to hear from you soon Tue, 12 Jul 2011 15:27:59 EST DEEP BREATHING, YOGA, MEDITATE, ETC., DONE 2-DAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x42886929 <em>135</em> <em>403</em> <em>414</em> <em>135</em> <em>403</em> <em>414</em> <em>135</em> <em>403</em> <em>414</em> <BR> I do enjoy doing a few yoga poses and deep-breathing exercises at the beginning of the day, as they really seem to help, plus I enjoy doing them! So, if you enjoy and feel the benefit of these type of stress-relieving exercises, and there are more to choose from, please share if you did yours today! Sat, 9 Jul 2011 09:24:04 EST ANSWER and ASK THE TEAM A QUESTION! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42867600 I know we love to answer those Questions of the Day -- so, I'm passing along a way that you are able to ANSWER a question asked by a friend here at the team and to ASK the team one as well! <BR> <BR> And, so as not to confuse the next friend to post, please start your QUESTION with a Q: And, your ANSWER, with an A: <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> Q: What is your favorite sort of movie? <BR> ***Next friend to post*** <BR> A: Romantic comedies! <BR> YOU can then ASK a question of the next ... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 07:50:06 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42865390 I am elated to have found this site. It suits all of my needs to inspire me to be successful in my weight loss and fitness journey. I have already seen so much positivity and beauty in people here. I am very happy to be part of a team with everyone. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 01:25:14 EST New to the Site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42835963 Hi. I am new to this site. I weight alot and would like to weight alot less. I think my main goal is to live a healthier and more active lifestyle that will allow me to lose weight instead of being so focused on losing weight. I tend to get discouraged if I am so focused on my weight. I am getting married next October and would like to look better for my wedding and just be healthier in general. I work 10 hour days 4 days a week where I sit at home and work on a computer so some days its real... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 14:52:29 EST Hi my name is Vicky and I'm a newby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42833318 Glad to be part of the group, looking forward to dropping the weight and feeling better. I have way too much insulation right now, LOL, so the heat is killing me. I'm going to need your support, and I'll be there if you need a positive supportive buddy. Let's do this! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 12:26:33 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42811296 Hi i am new to the site. I have 5 girls. all under the age of 6. I live in Nebraska. Origanaly from Iowa. I have about 25 lbs I would like to loose. Tue, 5 Jul 2011 11:11:53 EST Trying to lose Baby Weight ~ ugghh!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42800025 I had a baby in August of last year and gained a miserable 70 lbs. I use to workout ALL the time but, o how things have changed with a little one around. SO ... I am refusing to buy fat clothes ... I need to do something about this weight and my depression ~ so starting tomorrow am ... i'm gonna start running before work. It worked for me before when I was dieting ((WAY before having a baby tho)) so, we'll see if it still kicks my metabolism into gear. Any advice is greatly appreciated!! ... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 18:09:06 EST Hello Everyone! A nurse here :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42799181 Hello Everybody! My name is Dagmar and I am an almost 24 years old nurse from Germany. <BR> <BR> All my life I have been fit and within the healthy weight range until, even during and after my pregnancy. Until June 2009 when my Mother died and my whole world broke into pieces. She was my best friend and in order to find comfort I started eating and gave up exercising. Instead of going biking or jogging I would eat tons of sweets and carbohydrates and wash it down with gallons of soda. I did... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 16:49:43 EST Saying Hi- finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42763774 My name is Brandon. I am almost always stressed, and with Crohn's Disease, stress isn't good. I work 40+ hours a week and I run a food distribution (social service) program. I have 2 daughters (5 and almost 11) and an amazing husband who does everything he can to make me less stressed. <BR> <BR> I'm glad to be here! Sat, 2 Jul 2011 12:09:28 EST HOW R U GOING TO STAY MOTIVATED 2-DAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42763347 There are days when we feel totally energized and ready to go <em>104</em> , and then on other days, the motivation to stay on track with our healthy eating and, mainly, keeping that stress on low, just isn't there like we'd like it to <em>29</em> . But, that's life and we can never give up! One day good, the next day???? But, challenges are good at times, so............please share your ideas and ways that you're going to stay motivated today! <BR> <BR> Taking a <em>311</em> to walk ... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 11:41:50 EST Sue smiths health and diet page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42749470 hi im sue smith, really need to get motivated, i start dieting with really positive goals, then fall by the wayside. Fri, 1 Jul 2011 14:14:12 EST (Daily) JULY-POST FOR GOODIES FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42733457 <em>67</em> July is almost here! Are you ready to post a fun emoticon? Remember, you can post however you'd like with any emoticon or a hi and hello! The important part is to keep the friendships and positive fun coming -- and what a super way to shoo that stress away! Friendship and sharing! <BR> <BR> At the end of the month, the friends who have posted here will be getting a goodie from the Team or me! As I love to pass them along to all my super buds--like each of you! <BR> <... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 17:53:15 EST Happy 4th of July Weekend!Share a Firecracker Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42730657 <em>283</em> The holiday weekend is fast approaching, but we can get a start on adding our firecrackers to the fun! Please share your <em>283</em> and let's see how many we have come the 4th! Ready to light up the sky and have some fun? <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>283</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> And, I wish everyone a safe, fun and super holiday weekend! <em>220</em> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 14:43:42 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42709524 Hi, My name is Linda Ervin. I am new to this program and this is all very overwhelming! It is so overwhelming I'm not sure I can even really start this program. Suggestions from anyone as to how to make it easier would greatly be appreciated! Wed, 29 Jun 2011 13:11:49 EST I Quit-I refuse to obsess about my weight anymore. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42678638 I have struggled off and on for the past twenty-four years with fasting, restricting, bingeing, and obsessing about the number on the scale and I quit! I'm tired of being hungry all the time and analyzing every inch of my body. I reset the weight tracker on my sparkpage to stay the same weight I am now. If I lose fine, if not that's fine too. As long as my health is not in danger I see no reason to obsess over a few pounds gained or a few pounds lost. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share. <BR>... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 23:23:49 EST looking for mental support. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42653969 Hi My ame is Holly. I have been on a diet/exercise resentment plan most of my life. I am ready to make peace with change. I have had 2 failed weight loss surgerys, attempted every diet..nearly. Now I just want to stop the bad habits and be who the best I can be. I dont have anyone to help me stay on track but myself, so hopefully you can inspire me and I can inspire someone too. Sun, 26 Jun 2011 19:32:39 EST (DAILY) DID U DO DEEP BREATHING EXERCISES 2-DAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x42651000 Deep breathing exercises are so important, and especially with our anxiety levels and the related panic attacks, etc. <BR> <BR> Here is our tracker and reminder to get in those deep breaths by INHALING through your nose -- hold a few seconds -- EXHALE slowly from your mouth -- release some of that stress, tension and anxiety and do a few sets--they're great for you, your anxiety level, your body and YOU! Sun, 26 Jun 2011 16:11:25 EST Needing input http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42637149 We have started southbeach diet. My husband would rather do it the Atkins way. I am suffering with edema, low energy, and definitely acid reflux. Nothing I read handles these and high blood pressure. We need to work together and support one another but he is starving. I need to lose 69 pounds said my doctor and he said cut out carbs completely. Now that it is serious, how do I afford both of us on one plan? Sat, 25 Jun 2011 19:21:19 EST It's a new day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42628562 Hi! My name is Sydney, I'm 29 and a nurse in the ER. I'm joining sparkpeople to start living a healthier life. Recently I had a cancer scare, praise the Lord my biopsy came back negative, and this is finally the push that I need to not only lose weight, but eat healthier. I know the road ahead will be rough, but Lord willing I will make this a success. I'm open to any tips or secrets you guys might have, so please share, and good luck to you all. Thanks! Sat, 25 Jun 2011 08:11:43 EST Lets see what I can do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42602975 Ok, here goes. I am 41 and a stay at home mom. I have started my own baking business; I know, dangerous when your trying to lose weight but I wanted to do something I love that would help support the family. <BR> i decided this was the weekend I was going to start making the effort to lose weight. I have three children, ages 20, 11 and 2. My 2 year old is nothing but a very large molocule of energy! I do not want to be the type of mom who becomes sedetary and I feel myself doing that. ... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 19:06:48 EST Hello fellow sparkys :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42598896 Hi im izabella, Im eighteen years old and my first baby is now five months old. Im striving to live a healthier lifestyle, and lose fifty pounds. really my biggest goal is to just get in better shape! Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:52:18 EST How far is too far? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42560045 I finally found a gym that is worth going to! But there is one catch, its a 20 minute drive both ways (10miles). So what do you think? How long does it take you to drive to your gym? <BR> <em>23</em> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 16:57:07 EST SPARKS' TRIVIA! (Question & Answer Posted!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x42512256 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I enjoy playing Sparks' Trivia (and I hope you do too) as you never know what the questions will be. It seems as though some days, you get easier questions that you can answer in a flash -- then on other days, well, maybe have to think on that one or just guess on another! <BR> <BR> So, let's keep sharing those health tips provided by Sparks through playing the trivia game, and I'll be s... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 09:33:54 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (6-18-2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42499814 I had taken this Spark Poll before, but I think the economy has increased the stress with so many people, due to job uncertainties, price increases, etc. <BR> <BR> So, that's what brings us to our question for today! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have economic worries curbed your spending and increased your stress level? <BR> <BR> 1-Big time; <BR> 2-Not much; or <BR> 3-Nope, not at all! Sat, 18 Jun 2011 12:16:19 EST INFO ON ANTIDEPRESSANTS TO SHARE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x42481112 If anyone has questions about certain anti-depressants and how they work with our bodies, check out the slideshow put on by WebMd! Super interesting and hope is of help to you! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/depression/antidepress<BR>ants-9/slideshow-antidepressants?ecd=w<BR>nl_day_061511 </link> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 10:20:28 EST Hi I'm looking for tips to eat healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42468584 I'm a graphics designer, work 2 jobs, literally 14 hrs a day in front of a computer. I do make time to lift weights, run, walk and bike as much as my schedule will allow. I've lost inches in the past few months however I have very unhealthy eating habits and lack of sleep. I have never been good at cooking so am finding it hard to cook healthy as I'm not accustomed to this way of living. I am open to any suggestions or tips. Thank you. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:56:16 EST Kimberly's here to make changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42465384 I learned of this while doing random searches for a good book to read on the Kindle last night. I saw the reviews of The Spark, so I decided to come over and check it out. This website includes an amazing amount of information and is a bit overwhelming. It seems to keep better track of where I've visited on the pages than I do. <BR> <BR> A little about me...I am married with 3 children (2, 4, 6). I used to be a very active gal. I ran, kayaked, guided river trips, went to the gym, mountain bi... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 13:39:31 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42453851 Hello everyone, I'm new, great being here Wed, 15 Jun 2011 22:25:24 EST Hello from FL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42405180 My name is Erika and I'm from Florida. I just finished reading The Spark book and it has led me to this website. I'm ready to get healthier. I was successful on another program before, but I've been slowlwy putting on pounds over the past couple of years, since I've been working from home and I just can't seem to get back on track with that program. I love my job, so the work situation won't change, but I've decided that I can't just sit back and pack on the pounds anymore. I'm married with 3... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 16:09:06 EST REOverman is now here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42399825 I started SparkPeople last week after reading about it in two different magazines with positive results. I am always spending time trying to find ways to lose all the weight! Between the time I married in 2004 and last August of 2010, I had gained 100 pounds, from a combination of pregnancy, job stress, moves, etc. I found myself sick all of the time and no energy to keep up with my daughter or my kindergarteners I teach. From August to date, I have lost 45 pounds! I feel so much better,... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 11:32:59 EST Gym or no gym? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42394893 I'm having a hard time deciding whether to join a local gym that has a lot to offer or just force myself to life working out at home. The cost is affordable and the only downside is I'm not sure when I would go?! I am in the transition of kicking my night owl habits and phasing into the early bird ways because I am a working student. <BR> ~So my question is... do you go to a gym? If so, what time of the day, how often and with who? If not, do you use a dvd or what do you do that's not at a g... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 07:41:38 EST SHARE YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE U DID YESTERDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42379799 Was it <em>311</em> <em>324</em> <em>34</em> <em>332</em> <em>320</em> <em>319</em> <em>237</em> and so many more ways that we can get in our daily exercises and activities for the day! <BR> <BR> So, please share what was your favorite sort of exercise you did yesterday, and you can show it my emoticon if you'd like or however you'd like to track it -- stay active and healthy everyone! <em>244</em> Sun, 12 Jun 2011 10:59:05 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (6-10-11) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42345571 Happy Friday, everyone! Here is your hint for our question of the day! It's kind of a different sort of question, but, here it is! <em>17</em> <BR> <BR> Do you like the Sparks' toolbar that pops up on the bottom of your computer screen? And, do you use it for the options available and shown? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Curious minds would love to know! <em>38</em> Fri, 10 Jun 2011 08:13:15 EST Time for change! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42343688 Well, today is my 24th bday and I need to make some changes. I am recently married. I think my self esteem is holding me back. I know I can lose the weight if I put my mind and body to the challange. Things dont come easy and this is something I want to prove to myself and everyone else that doubts me.My goal is atleast 70lbs :) Fri, 10 Jun 2011 04:49:37 EST Hiya http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42340316 So hopefully this is posting in the right place, I'm not sure how to tell yet. <em>30</em> Anyway, my name is Brianna and I'm really bad at these introduction type deals. Moving on, I'm a full time college student and live on campus about two hours away from home. I live with my mother and two youngest brothers. During the academic year, I'm a full time scholar, at home I'm the primary caregiver of the boys. It's tough but we manage. I heard about SparkPeople from a friend and decide... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 22:09:07 EST Hi!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42335637 Hi im kayla.. and im new!! but im havin a little trouble being determined!! Thu, 9 Jun 2011 16:57:48 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42333387 Hi there, my names Leslie, im 21, married with a 15 mo old boy. work full time. I live down in TX. My pre pregnancy weight was 139, and now im 196. I would really love to be down to 140. Tryin to get some motivation. Thanks for readin Thu, 9 Jun 2011 14:26:59 EST HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42249124 Hi Everybody, <BR> Nice to meet yall! I am very much looking forward to this new journey with everybody. Little bit about myself....I am an everyday southern belle who loves life very much but has seen a few too many disappointments in life. For so long I have been "anti-computer-buddy" committed but this life is way busy and I can now relate to the "cyber buddy" syndrome and am very much hoping to make many new friends on the same path as I. Heres hoping to a fresh new start to many friends... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 13:45:14 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (6-5-2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42246768 Seeing as how it is such a beautiful day here --- came to my mind of a great question for everyone! <BR> <BR> Hint time! <em>67</em> <em>298</em> Whatcha think? <BR> <BR> Here it comes.....on warm sunny days, do you prefer to lay in the sun and soak up the sun or would you rather sit under a nice shade tree and enjoy the wonderful weather? Sun, 5 Jun 2011 11:12:16 EST 4-LETTER WORD FUN (A-Z STYLE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x42243908 Ready to share those 4-letter words? Let's do it and we'll do it the A-Z way! Have fun everyone! <BR> <BR> A: auto Sun, 5 Jun 2011 08:12:28 EST STRESS & NUTRITION DEFICIENCIES LINK?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x42234969 I'm sharing an article I read today dealing with Stress and Nutrition Deficiencies! Click on the link below and see if there is info to help you! <BR> <BR> <link>stress.about.com/od/dietandsupplimen<BR>ts/a/stressnutrition.htm </link> Sat, 4 Jun 2011 17:03:30 EST WHAT R U CHALLENGING YOURSELF TO DO TODAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42209636 Motivation and challenges! To me, they go hand in hand! I love to challenge myself to do a bit more of this, or a bit less of that. So, what are you setting as your challenge for today? Fri, 3 Jun 2011 09:01:23 EST HOW DID U FEEL LAST PM BY EMOTICON FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42208082 Our feelings can change throughout the day -- but please share (by emoticon) how you felt last evening after your day was in! <BR> <BR> So many times our days can start out <em>104</em> and the day tends to end with a feeling of <em>198</em> or <em>401</em> <BR> <BR> So, how did you feel last evening (before bedtime) by emoticon fun? Did it change from that of your feeling earlier in the day? Fri, 3 Jun 2011 07:33:00 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42182000 My name is Jenn. I am 23, a wife and am the mother of two boys, 20 months and 1 month old. <BR> <BR> I gained over 60lbs with my first pregnancy and maintained all of that weight between pregnancies. So I am back to my "birthing weight" of almost 200lbs again. I miss my pre-pregnancy weight of 130. Lol <BR> <BR> I started using Spark People last year right before I found out I was pregnant again, and the site and motivation from everyone was amazing. So I have decided to come back and get ... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 23:02:18 EST (Daily) JUNE-POST FOR GOODIES FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42152441 Ready, June, here we come! You can post however you'd like with any emoticon or a hi and hello! The important part is to keep the friendships and positive fun coming -- and what a super way to shoo that stress away! Friendship and sharing! <BR> <BR> At the end of the month, the friends who have posted here will be getting a goodie from the Team or me! As I love to pass them along to all my super buds--like each of you! <BR> <BR> So, ready??? Show us that smile, wave or hello and,... Tue, 31 May 2011 18:45:35 EST FYI - WEIGH-IN POST HAS BEEN UPDATED & ADDED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42104605 In response to the replies to our question of the day (5-28), the FRIDAY-WEIGH IN thread has been updated and is in our last section on the Team page. <BR> <BR> And, remember, you can reply as to your LAST Weigh-In and it does NOT have to be on FRIDAY. Whatever your last weigh-in was and on whichever day, please share your progress and how you're doing! <BR> <BR> <em>49</em> The scale went up; <em>55</em> the scale went down or <em>30</em> maintaining! <BR> <BR> And, the biggee... Sun, 29 May 2011 10:11:30 EST (Daily)Rate your Motivaton to Stay on Track (1-10) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42104433 With 1 being the LEAST motivated today and 10 being TOTALLY READY TO GO, please share "How Motivated Are You Today" to stay on track with your physical activities, your healthy eating and positive attitude? <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> and <em>244</em> all the way!! Sun, 29 May 2011 09:59:49 EST DID U TAKE TIME JUST FOR "YOU" 2-DAY or YESTERDAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x42102144 <em>135</em> Rest and Relax <em>135</em> or doing one of your favorite activities in a day that you super enjoy -- all part of helping that stress lessen and, more importantly, loving life to the fullest and loving each new day! Positives, fun and "me" time is super important, so did you get in your "me time" today or yesterday? <BR> <BR> You can reply however you'd like -- with emoticon or how you enjoyed your "me time." Just remember, you are important and you deserve that special "me ... Sun, 29 May 2011 07:24:27 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (5-28-2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42086181 <em>193</em> <em>249</em> there are your hints for our question for the day! We have a weigh-in post in the last section of our team page, but who would be interested in having a SET weigh-in day post? <BR> <BR> Plus, you could share the pounds lost or gained or even if the scale went <em>49</em> or <em>55</em> or <em>41</em> for maintaining. Again, however, you'd like to reply is fine with us! <BR> <BR> BUT, the most important part is that if you have a <em>49</em> don't feel ... Sat, 28 May 2011 07:18:20 EST crying and eating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42071090 I am stressed out so much that all I want to do is eat and cry. Actually that's all I've done for the last week! My daughter and her family had to move back in with us and my house is chaotic to say the least! Everybody expects that I'll take care of things and I'm tired!!! Fri, 27 May 2011 09:08:13 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY! (5-27-2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x42069226 Happy Friday, everyone! As Memorial Weekend is almost here, it seems to be like the beginning of Summer in ways and, where I live, more to the North, it's usually the beginning of tourist season as well! <BR> <BR> So, thinking, Summer time and fun time, here is your hint for the question of the day! <BR> <BR> <em>191</em> Yup! Picnic and outdoor fun time! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What is one of your favorite picnic food items? <BR> <BR> Potato salad, hotdogs, pickles, raw veggies ... Fri, 27 May 2011 07:16:44 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (5-22-2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x41967918 <em>149</em> and <em>272</em> there are your hints as to our Question for Today! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What was the last great book you read, or movie that you saw and really enjoyed? <BR> <BR> Fun and relaxing entertainment always helps shoo that stress away! Sun, 22 May 2011 07:27:08 EST Count to 10! 1 Inhale-Exhale; 2 Inhale-Exhale, etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x41967840 Deep cleansing breathing exercises can help us release the stress and calm us down at times by concentrating on our breathing more than what is stressing us at the time. <BR> <BR> So, ready to count to 10? <BR> <BR> 1-deep breath in, hold and exhale; 2-deep breath in, hold and exhale and count up to 10 with those great breathing exercises. You can post however you'd like. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 is an example. Just keep those cleansing and stress releasing inhales/exhales coming and I hope... Sun, 22 May 2011 07:18:31 EST A LITTLE FUNNY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x41936748 This was published in a local newspaper years and years ago. I mean no copyright infringement and I don't mean to offend anyone. <BR> <BR> THE TWENTY THIRD POUND <BR> <BR> My appetite is my shephard, I shall not want. <BR> It maketh me to sit down and stuff myself. <BR> It leadethme to my refrigerator repeatedly. <BR> It leadeth me in the path of Burger King for a Whopper. <BR> It destroyeth my shape. <BR> Yea, though I knoweth I gaineth, I will not stop eating. <BR> For the Food tasteth s... Fri, 20 May 2011 09:18:05 EST overwhel med!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x41865113 Last week I finished my two online classes (so far got a"B" in one of them) and still have one class on campus!!!! Had to have everything in last Wed for both classes, including two papers, a quiz and the regular assignments. <BR> <BR> Wed got sick with sinus infection and have been down ever since!!!! finally got dr appointment today! daughter had to go too...she has sinus and asthma going on right now! ugh! she also has ADHD and was off the charts, while trying to take a nap! bad day and... Mon, 16 May 2011 20:32:36 EST DID U DO THE LOWER SHOULDER STRETCH TO RELAX? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x41817771 Sparks' Lower Shoulder Stretch! <BR> <BR> Bring one arm directly across your body and hold it tight with the opposite arm. Pull the opposite arm to your body, hold for approximately 12 to 15 seconds and relax. <BR> <BR> It's a great way to gently stretch those muscles and feel rested and relaxed afterwards! Sat, 14 May 2011 10:23:04 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY! (5-14-2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x41815824 Here's a fun one and maybe one to take you down memory lane! Ready?? Hints first and they are <em>218</em> <em>339</em> <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> Did you guess it? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Do you remember going to high school dances or other dance clubs, etc.? AND, were you a: <BR> <BR> (a) Move over and let's hit the floor <em>244</em> type; or <BR> <BR> (b) Love to listen to the music <em>335</em> and enjoy the socializing more so? <BR> <BR> For those that know me well, I bet you... Sat, 14 May 2011 08:20:48 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY! (5-8-2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x41696837 Happy <em>81</em> Mothers' Day Everyone! Guess, what our question is going to be? You got it! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How will you be celebrating Mothers' Day Today? <BR> <BR> Are you giving or have been given <em>214</em> , or taken out for breakfast <em>4</em> or making phone calls to send your wonderful wishes to you Mom who may live farther away, etc. <BR> <BR> However, you enjoy your day, Happy Mothers Day to all (and, yes, that includes "tails" <em>200</em> <em>239</em> also ... Sun, 8 May 2011 11:09:27 EST (DAILY TEAM CHALLENGE!) DID U EXERCISE TODAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x41602483 <em>311</em> <em>185</em> <em>319</em> <em>320</em> <em>324</em> <em>68</em> <em>294</em> <em>278</em> <em>231</em> <BR> I'm adding this as a Team Challenge, as I know alot of us are involved in other exercise challenges on various teams, etc. But, this is a fun, easy and quick way to make sure we're all staying on track with our exercises -- whichever ones you may be doing! <BR> <BR> Also, it's not a set exercise -- just exercising and staying active -- that's what it's all ab... Tue, 3 May 2011 14:37:41 EST QUICK SHOPPING & COOKING TIPS Info to Share! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x41548135 I'm sharing a Sparks' Article on shopping and cooking for people on the go and maybe there are tips and shortcuts to help you lessen the stress by being able to add more time to your day, by spending less time cooking and shopping! <BR> <BR> Click below and check it out! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=722 </link> Sun, 1 May 2011 09:56:07 EST (Daily) MAY-POST FOR GOODIES FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x41537562 May is just around the corner and the goodies for April have been sent, but there is still time to get your reply in to the April post. But, let's do it again this month! You can post however you'd like with any emoticon or a hi and hello! The important part is to keep the friendships and positive fun coming -- and what a super way to shoo that stress away! Friendship and sharing! <BR> <BR> At the end of the month, the friends who have posted here will be getting a goodie from the Team ... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 18:43:29 EST SPARKS' CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS!! ENTER IN TO WIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x41529491 You may have entered in the latest contest -- but what a great one! Click on the link below and enter the contest to win the book "Tired & Wired!" Good luck everyone! <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=ent<BR>er_to_win_1_of_5_copies_of_tired_and_w<BR>ired </link> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 09:28:01 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (4-30-11) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x41529066 <em>213</em> Hi and good morning everyone! Being the end of April, I wanted to check in and see how everyone liked the "April Post for Goodies" here at the Team! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Did you have fun posting and seeing others' replies, and, also, would you like a "May Post for Goodies" for the new and upcoming month of May? <BR> <BR> *It's a fun way to see your friends and to keep that friendship going and growing!* Sat, 30 Apr 2011 08:58:09 EST 25 Green Spring Cleaning Tips (Sparks Info!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x41458989 What a great article shared by Sparks on Spring Cleaning! Click on the link below and let's keep it green and clean! <BR> <BR> <em>435</em> 25 Green Spring Cleaning Tips <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=1073 </link> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 18:18:25 EST A 30-Minute Walk a Day Boosts Your Mood! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x41414112 A 30-Minute Walk Boosts Your Mood! Walk and Get Happy <BR> By Wendy Bumgardner (About.com) <BR> <BR> I thought this was a great article and shared some super helpful info -- so, click on the link below and check it out! You may find it helps you too! <BR> <BR> <link>walking.about.com/od/mindandspirit/a<BR>/mood122005.htm </link> Sun, 24 Apr 2011 14:10:30 EST QUESTION TIME! (4-23-2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x41393965 Happy Easter everyone! And, that is part of what is leading us to our question for today! <BR> <BR> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> Do you have a certain Easter candy that you have a hard time saying "no" to? <BR> <em>494</em> Chocolate? Jelly beans? You name it! <BR> <BR> Have a super and truly wonderful Easter and, try not to nibble on those chocolate bunny ears --- but a little won't hurt ... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 08:32:42 EST (Fitness) DID U DO SEATED DUMBBELL CURLS TODAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x41238603 Here is a fun and easy strength exercise that you may enjoy or are already doing! Give it a try and reply if you've done yours today! <BR> <BR> Seated Dumbbell Concentration Curls! <BR> <BR> Starting Position <BR> Begin seated on a bench or chair. Hold a dumbbell with an underhand grip, resting that elbow on the inner side of your thigh. <BR> <BR> Action <BR> INHALE: Curl the dumbbell to your shoulder, keeping upper body still. <BR> <BR> EXHALE: Lower the weight back down until your arm ... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 09:58:41 EST APRIL -- ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE TEAM? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x41236161 Good morning everyone! I always like to check in and see how everyone is doing and if you're happy with the topics, etc., at the team! If there is something you'd like to see added, please let us know -- as we're here to help lessen that stress and with a super <em>220</em> of friendship and fun! Fri, 15 Apr 2011 08:03:55 EST 10 Ways to Improve Your Day in Just 5 Minutes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x41227821 I read this article from WebMd and thought it was a great reminder of ways we can begin our days on that positive side! Please click on the link below and let us know what you think! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/balance/features/impro<BR>ve-your-day?ecd=wnl_fib_041211 </link> Thu, 14 Apr 2011 19:54:14 EST TRY THE STRESS RELIEVER PERSONALITY TEST! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x41158992 This is a fun quiz/test I saw in a newsletter that I receive and thought I'd pass the info along to you! After you are done with the test, it offers ways to help you relieve your stress -- so, check it out and see if there are ways to help you! <BR> <BR> The Stress Reliever Personality Test <BR> From Elizabeth Scott, M.S. <BR> <BR> <link>stress.about.com/library/reliever_pe<BR>rsonality_test/bl_stress_reliever_pers<BR>onality_test.htm?nl=1 </link> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 17:20:47 EST FUN TIME - HOW MANY EASTER EGGS CAN WE COLLECT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x41131150 Please help out the little <em>172</em> and gather a few of those <em>452</em> for the <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> Please post an EMOTICON to help fill that basket -- and we don't have much time, so let's do it and have fun sharing those beautiful and fun Easter EMOTICONS! <BR> <BR> And, after Easter, we'll count up those items in our Easter Basket and see how many we've collected! Sun, 10 Apr 2011 12:32:26 EST SHARE A FLOWER OF FRIENDSHIP TO ANOTHER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x41127904 Everyone loves getting flowers from friends, loved ones, etc., so why not share one here among us. <BR> <BR> Please share a <em>214</em> <em>146</em> <em>184</em> or any other flower emoticon for our next friend to receive. <BR> <BR> Share the care and the friendship and, this time, a little extra flower-power as well! Sun, 10 Apr 2011 09:25:48 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND! (4-9 & 10-2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x41112787 We share our emotions for the DAY, but how about for those emotions in the evening, after our day is in? <BR> <BR> We can start the day with <em>30</em> and, by evening, we're feeling more <em>198</em> <em>40</em> etc. <BR> <BR> So, there's our question! Show by emoticon how you felt YESTERDAY at the end of your day? <BR> <BR> I hope it was a <em>30</em> but we know that things can surely change in a day! Ready???? Sat, 9 Apr 2011 11:18:33 EST Hay y'all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x41109774 Hi! My name is Chelsea, and I thought I would take the time out to introduce myself as a new member of this group. I am a stay at home mother of the most beautiful little man in the world, he is my world and I love him dearly. Please pop over to my sparkpage to check out a bit more of my story, much love, xx Sat, 9 Apr 2011 08:32:06 EST How to get moving when sleep deprived? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x41108795 Hi, all: <BR> <BR> I'm new to this team, but am touched by our team leader's spirit, so I've decided to try one more time to get healthy and fit. My biggest problem: how to get moving while I'm so tired and sleep deprived (average 4 hours a day)? Sat, 9 Apr 2011 06:58:00 EST DID U TRY or DO THE NIGHT TIME BREATHER? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x41075137 You may have seen this shared here at Sparks, but what a great way for us to breathe the stresses of the day away and get in a great evening of sleep! <BR> <BR> Ready to breathe and <em>102</em> ..let's do it! <BR> <BR> *********** <BR> A Nighttime Breather <BR> <BR> The end of another long day. "Pooped" may be the word you're looking for. Being busy and stressed out all day can sap extra energy pretty quickly. Yet as you look around the house, it's easily apparent that you have more to ... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 14:45:01 EST Daily-HOW WILL U TRY TO KEEP STRESS ON LOW 2-DAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x40957068 <em>198</em> it seems to come from every direction on some days -- but there are always ways that we can lower it a bit by doing certain activities, getting out and taking a walk to get out of a stressful environment and more! <BR> <BR> Please share how you are going to try to keep your stress low today! By sharing, it may give others ideas on ways that they can try to do the same!! <BR> <BR> Share those ways and feel more <em>30</em> than <em>198</em> today! Sat, 2 Apr 2011 10:58:21 EST SPARKS "GO GREEN" MONTH -- Show Us That Green! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x40954936 <em>243</em> Sat, 2 Apr 2011 09:07:01 EST (DAILY) APRIL POST FOR GOODIES FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x40919097 I'm sharing this fun way to get to know each other better and to make it fun as well! I'm a leader on another team that does this, and it really is a neat way to see each other as they check in with their <em>213</em> <em>30</em> or whichever emoticon they'd like to post. Some also type in "hi"! So, please feel free to post however you'd like. <BR> <BR> At the end of the month, the friends who have posted here will be getting a goodie from the Team or me! As I love to pass them along... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:55:45 EST APRIL CHALLENGE! GET IN YOUR 8 TRACKER FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x40918650 <em>91</em> We all know that getting in our 8 glasses of water a day is sooo great for our bodies and our energy levels as well! <BR> <BR> So, let's <em>91</em> and get in those 8 a day! <BR> <BR> You can post however you would like -- with a <em>48</em> <em>224</em> <em>248</em> , entering the number of glasses you drank today or yesterday, or by tracking them by day as shown here! <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> Cheers! And, here we go! <BR> <BR> WATER TRACKER: <BR> 04-1: <BR> 04-... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:34:45 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (3-27-2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x40821787 Ready for this one?? And, can or could you do it? <BR> <BR> Here it comes................ <BR> <BR> <em>496</em> If you were UNABLE to eat meat in a week, could you do it? <BR> <BR> *Remember, there are alot of other ways to get in our protein -- but, do you think you could do it? Sun, 27 Mar 2011 10:24:08 EST No cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x40764162 So I went over my calorie intake yesterday. Was this dissappointing? Yes. However, I can proudly pat myself on the back today. You see, last night I wanted cookies. Bad. Not just a couple. I wanted to eat half of a package of Oreo's dipped in milk. I wanted it bad. But I didn't eat the cookies. Sure, I went over my calorie intake yesterday, but can you imagine how far over I would have been if I had eaten the cookies. And I am so proud of my self control. <BR> <BR> So I think it was a pretty... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 10:08:20 EST COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS and SAY "THANK YOU" 2-DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x40745569 Each new day is a gift, with good stress, bad stress and everything in between. But, what a fun and great way to appreciate life to the fullest by <BR> posting your <em>304</em> for today! <BR> <BR> So, have fun and <em>304</em> everyone for making this a great group of friends! Wed, 23 Mar 2011 13:01:18 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (3-23-2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x40740787 <em>198</em> <em>4</em> is the thought and question of the day! <BR> <BR> What do you do when you feel like binging, emotional or stress eating? And, what do you do to make those feelings lessen or do you give in, as we're all human, and there are times when it happens and it's nothing to feel guilty about. <BR> <BR> Stress is a super strong emotion and sometimes it wins and sometimes it loses when it comes to giving in on those temptations or feelings. <BR> <BR> So, please share... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 09:44:40 EST CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS! SPARKS' INFO TO SHARE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x40739269 Calcium is so important for us ladies, that I'm sharing a Sparks blog for you to read and see if you're getting the best calcium in your supplement. <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=are<BR>_you_getting_the_most_from_your_calciu<BR>m_supplement </link> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 08:34:48 EST Rejoining the team after taking a break from Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x40719349 Hello everyone! I used to belong to this team. I had taken a break from SparkPeolpe, but I am trying to get back into it. <BR> <BR> My stress used to be tremendous. I worked full time at a high stress job and then I was full time mom to two daughters ages 9 and 12. <BR> <BR> Three months ago, I quit my job and moved to a new state. My husband got a promotion/relocation. It was/is a really great thing for our family. <BR> <BR> I thought, when I quit my job to move and become a SAHM ag... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:56:32 EST SOMEWHAT SILLY SUNDAY QUESTION FOR 2-DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x40670645 Yes, this is a fun question, but I'm not sure why it popped into my head -- maybe because I saw my parents yesterday and we were joking around about certain things when I was a kid. It was so great thinking back about those years and seeing the smiles and sharing the laughs on alot of things -- the good things I did and, aaaaaahhh, the not "so good" things! <BR> <BR> But, our question isn't about what you did when you were a child -- but close! Ready? <BR> <BR> Do you LIKE your FIRST na... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 08:54:57 EST WHY and HOW COME.... (Let those Feelings Out!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x40654118 <em>38</em> Why and how come? How often do you ask yourself that question? For me, lately especially, it seems a constant question -- so, let's get those feelings out! They can be "positive" feelings or "negative" feelings. Just that we are able to get a few things off of our chests by sharing them here -- with understanding friends! <BR> <BR> And, remember, no names are to be shared or anything that would hurt another of our friends' feelings. But, questions and feelings on stress, ... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 09:22:05 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (3-18-2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x40634205 <em>244</em> It's Friday and the weekend is almost here! And, it's time to get in some super great fun to lower that stress level! So, here is our question for today dealing with "fun"! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What was the last great movie that you saw? <em>272</em> <BR> <BR> It can be at the theater, a rental, one on TV..you name it! Mystery, romance, comedy????? Sometimes it's just nice to sit back, relax and get our minds off of the day/week's stress! "Me" or "Family" time is alwa... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 08:28:24 EST TAKE CARE OF OUR BONES; CAN U CONTROL OSTEOPOROSIS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x40604968 Here is another super interesting and great slideshow dealing with osteoporosis! The slideshow is provided by WebMd -- so it's a great one! <BR> <BR> Click below and check out: Top Story - Osteoporosis: What You Can Control! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/slideshow<BR>-osteoporosis-overview?ecd=wnl_day_031611 </link> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:00:14 EST Hi!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x40604508 Hi everybody i just joined this team. I have been a spark member for a little over a year but never really started using it till this past jan when i got serious about losing weight. I'm glad to say so far i have lost 18lbs. <em>244</em> I am 31 and have been married for almost 11 yrs have two boys 13 & 4. I am looking for all the friends and motivation i can find and am really committed to losing weight and staying stress free. <em>30</em> <em>104</em> <em>252</em> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:39:03 EST INFO ON SOCIAL ANXIETY & TALK THERAPY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x40582965 I read this article today, and it's a great one, so I'm sharing it with you. If you experience social anxiety, as I used to, you may like to click on the link below and I hope it is of help to you! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/news/201<BR>10221/talk-therapy-may-help-treat-soci<BR>al-anxiety?ecd=wnl_emw_030911 </link> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 20:23:26 EST Sensa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x40580011 Anyone try Sensa? Does it work? Is it worth it? <BR> They have it on their website for free (s&h only = $4.95) for a 30 day supply. <BR> <BR> I am so stressed out that I am desperate to try it. Instead of losing weight I am gaining like crazy. Tue, 15 Mar 2011 17:41:30 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (3-13-2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x40526675 Here is another great question that was one of Sparks' polls -- but, again, I think it's a great one and for us to realize how we feel when we go off "track" with our food choices in a day! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What do you normally do when you mess up your diet? <BR> <BR> (1) Throw my hands up and give up; <BR> (2) Double my efforts tomorrow; <BR> (3) Feel really guilty about it; or <BR> (4) Learn from what happened! Sun, 13 Mar 2011 10:33:32 EST "S" is for SATURDAY & SUNDAY and........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x40514310 Happy Saturday everyone! Ready to share a word that begins with the letter "S" for SATURDAY and SUNDAY? Sat, 12 Mar 2011 16:23:03 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (3-12-2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x40508537 This was part of a Sparks' blog today, and it's a good one! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How do you indulge on a budget? What are some of your cheap and simple pleasures? Sat, 12 Mar 2011 10:35:28 EST DID YA KNOW! SPARKS HEALTH INFO TO SHARE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x40508026 "Strange as it sounds, going too low on calories is a common cause of getting stuck at your current weight despite dieting. Your body is designed to protect you from starvation during times of greatly reduced food availability, and when you eat too little, your body thinks it’s starving. To compensate, your metabolism will slow down considerably, making it very difficult (or impossible) for you to lose weight. In this state, your body will preferentially burn everything but your stored body f... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 10:10:54 EST "F" is for FRIDAY and....... .......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x40497317 Please share any word beginning with the letter "F" for Friday and have fun! Thinking caps on??? Fri, 11 Mar 2011 17:53:54 EST 35 Fast Food Choices for 500 Calories or Less! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x40497190 <em>4</em> With our busy daily lives, sometimes fast food places seem to be so tempting to just stop, buy our meals and go! But, I saw this article on possible food choices that are under 500 calories -- and it is really interesting to see the calories in alot of the food items that we see on those menu boards! <BR> <BR> Pls. click on the link and check it out! I hope there are some options that you find so, the next time you go through the drive-thru or stop for a quick meal at the plac... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 17:44:54 EST DID U MOISTURIZE and-or APPLY SUNSCREEN TODAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x40473941 <em>204</em> Let's keep that smiling face smiling and protected from those lovely rays of sun, plus keep our skin happy and healthy as well! <BR> <BR> Did U Apply Moisturizer and/or Sunscreen today? Thu, 10 Mar 2011 15:51:31 EST NEW! YOUR PERSONAL FITNESS TRACKER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x40472543 <em>324</em> <em>320</em> <em>319</em> <em>326</em> <em>405</em> <em>311</em> <em>231</em> <BR> We each have a variety of exercises that we do in our day, and, a few that we may like to be able to track in order to stay motivated and going! And, here is a little help for you to do just that! <BR> <BR> Please share an exercise that YOU would like to track and you can reply with a <em>248</em> if you've completed YOUR PERSONAL exercise challenge of the day! <BR> <BR> ALSO, yo... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 14:31:39 EST T is for THURSDAY and........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x40472337 Happy Thursday, everyone! And, you got it -- please share a word that begins with the letter "T" for Thursday! Thu, 10 Mar 2011 14:22:45 EST HI new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30742x40457412 I'm new to this team. I may have found THE team I need. I feel like like a rubber band that is about to snap most of the time. I have been on Spark for 37 days. I bought a treadmill and am on it religously on it 6 days a week. I'm trying to start taking time for me. With family with 3 kids and a full time job it's hard to find extra time. Most of the time I need a few extra hours in the day to get everything done. If anyone has any advice one where to find extra time in the day and stil... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 21:19:52 EST W is for WEDNESDAY and....... .......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x40454985 Please share any word beginning with the letter "W" -- as it's WOO HOO Wednesday and what better way than to share a word with your friends here! <BR> <BR> Ready?.............................. Wed, 9 Mar 2011 19:21:41 EST FOODS TO BOOST YOUR MOOD AND ENERGY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x40454859 I saw this on one of the newsletters I receive, and thought, hey, boost our moods and energy??? I'm all for it! Please click on the link below and check it out! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/diet/slideshow-energy-<BR>mood-boost-diet?ecd=wnl_din_030711 </link> Wed, 9 Mar 2011 19:14:23 EST SPARKS' 50 EASY WAYS TO CUT 100 CALORIES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x40441706 Please click on the link below and check out Sparks info and ideas on how to cut those calories! Hope you enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1183 </link> Wed, 9 Mar 2011 09:07:56 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x40367924 <em>213</em> Good morning everyone! I think it's time for a "Question of the Day" again and here it comes! <BR> <BR> <em>135</em> <em>416</em> <em>335</em> <em>135</em> <em>416</em> <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you do and enjoy any of these sort of calming methods of relieving your stress or as part of your daily exercises? Deep breathing exercises, yoga, tai chi, progressive muscle relaxation, listening to soothing music, meditation or another stress-relieving exercise,... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 07:59:32 EST Assertiveness training http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x40309067 Hey Everybody: <BR> <BR> Does anyone know about assertiveness training? My therapist is planning to work with me on this so I will know what to do when men are sexually aggressive with me. This seems to be a recurring theme in my life. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Aron <BR> Thu, 3 Mar 2011 13:03:17 EST DO U HAVE A LONG or SHORT "TO DO" LIST TODAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x40253487 Life seems to go at such a fast pace at times and it can add to our stress -- no doubt about it. I'm not certain if you write down a "to do" list or mainly just know what you'd like to get done today--so more of a mental "to do" list. <BR> <BR> So, how does your "to do list" look today -- is it a shorter one or a looooong one? <BR> <BR> And, I'm not saying to keep putting off certain important "to do" things in our days, but sometimes, we may be able to move a few of those less importa... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 11:14:34 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (HOW 'BOUT TODAY?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x40249924 Good morning everyone! March is here and a new and fresh month is ahead! So, let's start the month out with a question for today! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> IF you could change 1 thing in your life today, what would it be? <BR> <BR> Hmmmm.... <em>38</em> Tue, 1 Mar 2011 09:13:03 EST CAUSES OF FATIGUE & SLEEPINESS INFO TO SHARE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x40200765 I saw this slide show through WebMD this morning and thought I'd pass it along. Please feel free to click on the link below and check it out! They may have tips to help you as well! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/slides<BR>how-causes-of-fatigue-and-how-fight-it </link> Sun, 27 Feb 2011 09:39:30 EST Educating our kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x40165685 I have a situation. My neice just turned six years old. She is currently in the lowest reading group in her class and this really concerns me. She's a smart kid but in honesty she has a problem with laziness and doesn't like to do anything that requires effort. She has absolutely no interest in learning how to read. Please give me some suggestions! I don't want her struggling throughout her school career. <BR> <BR> Thanks, girls! <BR> <BR> Aron Fri, 25 Feb 2011 12:53:02 EST WANT FLAT ABS? INFO and DEMOS TO SHARE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x40072620 Please click below and check out this slideshow on ways to work on our abs and there are also great tips shared as well! <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> Flat Abs!! <em>319</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/slide<BR>show-9-tips-flat-abs?ecd=wnl_day_022111 </link> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 15:13:50 EST (Fitness) Do the NECK STRETCH 2-Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x40071527 Here is a great exercise/stretch to relieve those tense neck muscles and I hope you all do and enjoy! <BR> <BR> The link is shown below for a demo of the exercise and let's <em>414</em> that stress away! <BR> <BR> STARTING POSITION: <BR> Begin in a seated position with your legs crossed or in the butterfly position. <BR> <BR> ACTION: <BR> Bring your left ear down towards your left shoulder and hold. Roll your head down towards the ground and bring your chin to your chest. Hold and fin... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 14:27:11 EST MOTIVATING & INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES TO SHARE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x40068809 If you'd like to add a quote that you have seen, feel inspired or motivated by, please share with us! Words of another can help us feel the inner strength, the motivation and more! <BR> <BR> So, please share a quote with us and we'd all <em>220</em> love to read those powerful words and thoughts. Mon, 21 Feb 2011 12:40:18 EST (GAME) HELP US STOCK THE FRIDGE-FOOD PANTRY FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10290x30742x40043942 <em>45</em> <em>210</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em> <em>466</em> <em>492</em> <em>22</em> <em>478</em> <BR> <BR> We know that if we keep those unhealthy food choices close at hand, we sometimes are more tempted to grab, munch & crunch away our stress -- along with our preparing of our meals. <BR> <BR> So, here's a fun way to stock that fridge, freezer and/or food pantry with healthy foods -- so, please share an item of healthy food that we can put in eye's range so when we open th... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 11:42:29 EST (2-20) QUESTION OF THE DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30742x40042442 <em>67</em> Rise & Shine Everyone! I was thinking of a way to write a blog today explaining my upcoming week -- the whys, how comes and reasons. But, I don't know exactly why, but I do have a more difficult time writing a blog sometimes! So, there is our question! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you enjoy and feel comfortable writing a blog here at Sparks and, if so, why! <BR> <BR> Does it help you stay motivated by sharing your progress, your ups and downs, things that are happening in y... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:22:00 EST DE-STRESS in 3 MINUTES OR LESS! (Info to Share) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10291x30742x40042201 Please click on the link below and check out Sparks' article on De-Stressing! And, see if their tips and info can help you lower that stress -- I'm ready to lower mine -- how about you? So, let's click, learn and see if we can do it! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=596 </link> Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:09:58 EST