SparkPeople ASPIRE and INSPIRE Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=31050 Working together, as a TEAM, we will ACHIEVE our GOALS by MOTIVATING each other. JOIN US, and together, we will ASPIRE & INSPIRE each other to ACHIEVE & SUCCEED! SparkPeople ASPIRE and INSPIRE Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=31050 QOD: 6/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64656035 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5eba3330-d517-440a-99e8-7e980b3cfaa3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Who would you like to send a hug to today? <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> I'm sending a virtual hug to my friend who is in cancer treatment and I'm sending one in the mail to my friend who is in assisted care. <em>220</em> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 05:33:46 EST QOD: 6/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64640950 What do you like most about your house? <BR> <BR> I like that I have my own office, that we have an exercise room and that I have a big kitchen. I also like that we have lots of outdoor critters that like to come into the yard. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 02:14:31 EST QOD: 6/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64620251 What jewerly are you wearing? Do you wear the same thing every day? <BR> <BR> My medic alert bracelet. I should put some earrings in but I tend to forget. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 02:33:26 EST QOD: 6/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64613438 How often do you have a rest day? <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't really have a rest day but Fri, Sat and Sun aren't planned exercise days. I just do whatever I want/need to do like house cleaning or going for a walk at the park.Yoga if I feel up to it or think about it. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 03:23:46 EST QOD: 6/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64611521 Have you ever traveled outside the continental USA? <BR> <BR> No, but I hope to someday. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:20:47 EST QOD: 6/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64599209 What did you want to do/become when you were growing up? <BR> <BR> What I wanted to be kept changing as I got older. First I wanted to be a teacher, then president, then a gymnast and then an airline stewardess. I didn't become any of those. lol Tue, 21 Jun 2016 02:36:59 EST SATURDAY 18th JUNE WEEKLY QUESTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64580873 <em>38</em> <BR> This hot weather we tend to eat more fruit which is your favourite? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef264bd2-0185-4245-a364-868241d1c54c.jpg"> Sat, 18 Jun 2016 09:58:41 EST QOD: 6/18-19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64579484 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4ac05d1-bf77-4d5a-85b7-216f02ba0b91.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Many people are remembering fathers this week-end. What is something you remember learning from your father (or father-figure). You can post more than once. : ) <BR> <BR> <em>388</em> My dad liked to take pictures and he taught me to use a camera - it was an old Brownie box style. My grandfather was a wonderful gardener and people came from all over to buy his flowers.... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 05:14:22 EST QOD: 6/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64572725 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5bc361a3-b94e-4250-a9c6-a87624feb156.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What veggies did you eat today? <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> I've planned a large dinner salad of romaine and butter lettuce, spinach, celery, artichokes, beets and carrots, with almond curried chicken. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 04:48:05 EST QOD: 6/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64566130 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c0df753-a2d8-4538-9a6d-4f206d9208b3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you ever get a song stuck in your head? Can you risk naming it without getting it stuck again? LOL <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> The one I get most often (especially when I'm frustrated) is Camp Town Races - you know - the one with Doo Dah, Doo Dah on the end. Oh, Doo Dah Day! Thu, 16 Jun 2016 04:33:19 EST QOD: 6/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64559039 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2aa7115-bdee-4151-9837-e12f3f196a0d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you ever skied? If so, did you like it? <BR> <BR> <em>329</em> I like watching people ski, but the closest I've ever come myself is sledding on the Snow Bunny Slope. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 04:16:40 EST QOD: 6/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64552143 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bec35b89-c3d0-4c40-b3fb-1926dc25af88.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What type of hair style to you like for yourself? <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> My hair was long until my last year in high school. Since then I have worn it rather short. Now it is beginning to curl a bit so a short haircut works extra well. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 03:38:13 EST QOD: 6/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64545140 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1281fd77-f4f4-44f4-bb71-c4a4d10fa6cb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What is something you like about the month of June? <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> When I was a student or a teacher June was the end of school for the year. Yay. <BR> Now my favorite thing about June is all the roses in bloom. <em>214</em> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 04:07:46 EST SUNDAY JUNE 12th WEEKLY QUESTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64542600 <em>38</em> <BR> What is/are your favourite movies for those chocolate and duvet days Sun, 12 Jun 2016 17:03:04 EST QOD: 6/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64538809 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7daf948c-86bc-4499-9b29-073664ea1263.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What is something you have learned? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>174</em> I've learned that you are never too old for a teddy bear. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 03:58:43 EST QOD: 6/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64532864 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/18d894a8-5713-48c2-86da-7992642ec193.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> When you were a student did you have a part-time or summer job? What did you do? <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> My first job (other than baby sitting) was being a book clerk at our local library. I was so happy to be earning 85 cents an hour. As you can tell that was a looooong time ago. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 05:08:12 EST QOD: 6/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64525952 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8aada1ef-cb60-4f5c-b29f-924b3a80b1f2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you drink iced tea? If so, how do you like it? <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> My favorite iced tea is made with a dash of strawberry lemonade. I also like it plain with fresh mint. Fri, 10 Jun 2016 04:23:45 EST QOD: 6/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64519188 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8c456bed-0ce4-41d8-bff2-0fac59736a44.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> This is what quinoa (keen-wah) looks like as it grows. Have you tried it? If so, how did you cook it? <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> I found a quinoa recipe that adds herbs, peppers, zucchini, sweet potato and onion to it. It is a surprisingly tasty side dish. Thu, 9 Jun 2016 05:15:25 EST QOD: 6/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64512373 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd4fd97c-8bcd-463d-8b63-b30b52f740bf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you ever traveled on the sea? Where did you go? <BR> <BR> <em>340</em> No. The closest I have come is sailing on the Columbia River down to Astoria (which is the entrance to the ocean). It was a US Navy missile cruiser in Portland for Rose Festival. We had a wonderful day and met some very interesting people. Wed, 8 Jun 2016 05:53:54 EST Positive Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64509849 <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1dafea13-75b0-43f7-989f-0573e43a6d71.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-di<BR>B65scQU </link> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>104</em> Tue, 7 Jun 2016 18:57:45 EST WEEK 4 — Happy Hikers June BSG Team Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64509422 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> JUNE FOCUS: Making YOU a Priority <em>521</em> <BR> Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the whirlwind that is our society and forget that we are important too. This month we are going to focus on setting US in ou... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 17:10:54 EST WEEK 4 — Carefree Campers June BSG Team Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64509415 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> JUNE FOCUS: Making YOU a Priority <em>521</em> <BR> Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the whirlwind that is our society and forget that we are important too. This month we are going to focus on setting US in ou... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 17:08:15 EST WEEK 3 — Carefree Campers June BSG Team Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64509407 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> JUNE FOCUS: Making YOU a Priority <em>521</em> <BR> Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the whirlwind that is our society and forget that we are important too. This month we are going to focus on setting US in ou... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 17:07:01 EST WEEK 3 — Happy Hikers June BSG Team Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64509400 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> JUNE FOCUS: Making YOU a Priority <em>521</em> <BR> Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the whirlwind that is our society and forget that we are important too. This month we are going to focus on setting US in ou... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 17:06:02 EST WEEK 2 — Happy Hikers June BSG Team Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64509394 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> JUNE FOCUS: Making YOU a Priority <em>521</em> <BR> Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the whirlwind that is our society and forget that we are important too. This month we are going to focus on setting US in ou... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 17:03:58 EST WEEK 2 — Carefree Campers June BSG Team Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64509386 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> JUNE FOCUS: Making YOU a Priority <em>521</em> <BR> Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the whirlwind that is our society and forget that we are important too. This month we are going to focus on setting US in ou... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 17:02:29 EST QOD: 6/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64505224 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b43942bd-33d2-4642-a80b-f24d82c98a89.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you live in the same town where you were born? If not, how many miles away are you? <BR> <BR> <em>176</em> I was born in Seattle and now live about 170 miles from there - in Oregon. Tue, 7 Jun 2016 04:13:30 EST QOD: 6/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64502311 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c1dd8a1f-5183-4490-8ed6-b1233b7b217c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you have house plants? <BR> <BR> I used to when we lived in Colorado. But our current house doesn't get good enough light from outside to really grow anything. Mon, 6 Jun 2016 16:24:56 EST WEEKLY QUESTION JUNE 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64486204 <em>38</em> after hearing the sad news of the passing of another icon of our time and I must admit one of my hero s <BR> who is your hero? or ? heroine Sat, 4 Jun 2016 10:22:51 EST QOD: 6/3-5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64477344 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61bb0098-6a06-4c42-b784-4b7365785a1b.gif"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> This week-end we are having a virtual potluck. What will you bring? You can post more than once. <BR> <BR> I'll bring the watermelon <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf3e8804-3adb-4faa-ba7c-5c5a3309bd88.jpg"> Fri, 3 Jun 2016 04:24:34 EST QOD: 6/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64470423 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e890c552-6a0b-4068-8b38-ef8c2a4a7640.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> If you made a gratitude jar - what is one of the notes you would put in it? <BR> <BR> <em>434</em> I would put in a note of thanks for trees. I always breathe more deeply and experience a quiet calm when I am among trees. Thu, 2 Jun 2016 05:53:00 EST WEEK 1 — Carefree Campers June BSG Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64467004 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> NOTE: Week One has more BONUS POINTS than the other weeks will. <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> JUNE FOCUS: Making YOU a Priority <em>521</em> <BR> Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the whirlwind that is our society and forget that ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 17:16:46 EST WEEK 1 — Happy Hikers June BSG Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64466996 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> NOTE: Week One has more BONUS POINTS than the other weeks will. <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> JUNE FOCUS: Making YOU a Priority <em>521</em> <BR> Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the whirlwind that is our society and forget that ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 17:15:44 EST QOD: 6/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64461656 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e93bbb3-2611-4050-adc6-aff9d316ac9c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> It's National Say Something Kind Day --- what is one of the things you will tell someone today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bcf17f9e-c858-44a4-8cdc-b0c793448319.jpg"> Wed, 1 Jun 2016 03:26:57 EST QOD: 5/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64454081 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8c13c07d-89df-472e-ab9d-4137e63efc81.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What is one of your favorite sayings? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/994f8cf9-4c1c-4274-80fb-0287376b1284.jpg"> <BR> Tue, 31 May 2016 03:25:50 EST QOD: 5/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64447742 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b10ec990-f1f0-4902-bf4f-4272a6e357c0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you prefer to wear bright colors or basic shades? <BR> <BR> <em>268</em> I tend to wear basic black pants and bright colored tops. That's my compromise. I like bright pink to go with my workout shoes or deep purple - but then there are some beautiful shades of blue ---- soooo I guess I like a lot of color. LOL Mon, 30 May 2016 05:33:11 EST QODL 5/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64444818 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b25a92da-7ac0-4c61-8bf0-7d937e793b12.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you have a favorite flower? <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't think I have a favorite flower. I love all of them so much but I do like tea roses because they remind me of my mother in law and purple asters because they remind me of my grandma. Sun, 29 May 2016 16:06:32 EST WEEKLY QUESTION 28 MAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64436615 <em>38</em> Do you believe in alternative medicine? if so what? <BR> do you or have you ever considered using any <BR> did it or do`s it work Sat, 28 May 2016 09:28:31 EST QOD: 5/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64435273 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c064cfbc-9e24-487b-9a61-cab54290e19e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you discovered something beautiful that you could share with us? <BR> <BR> <em>376</em> Last year I planted a native trillium under a tree in my yard. They are not easy to cultivate out of the forest. It was such a hot summer the poor thing didn't fare well. I couldn't find it this spring. Today when I was clearing out some weeds - there it was peeking out at me. I... Sat, 28 May 2016 04:20:33 EST QOD: 5/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64429221 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/76ea0813-7378-4e8b-a086-66dc1c6fe6ad.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you remember the first computer you used? What was it like? <BR> <BR> <em>17</em> I went back to school for a graduate degree and got a hp computer - it did mainly word processing which I really needed for all my papers. Remember the printer paper with the holes on the edges? Fri, 27 May 2016 04:31:34 EST QOD: 5/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64422190 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71d705ea-f632-49e3-8f94-5c801c103bf3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What is something that is good for your soul? <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Singing - definitely singing. Thu, 26 May 2016 04:21:26 EST QOD: 5/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64415702 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc7e2650-806e-46cd-9385-76e81caf592a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you remembering ironing? Is it still part of your routine? <BR> <BR> <em>541</em> I remember ironing EVERYTHING - even the dishtowels!!! Now most of my "ironing" takes place in the clothes dryer. I have a few clothes that need a touch up, but they aren't my everyday wear. Now I mostly use my iron when I am sewing. : ) Wed, 25 May 2016 05:13:05 EST JUNE 2016 BSG SIGN UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x64415302 SIGN UP for the JUNE 2016 BUDDY SUPPORT GROUP CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> It’s time to sign up for the JUNE BUDDY SUPPORT GROUP (BSG) CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> JUNE FOCUS: Making YOU a Priority <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the whirlwind that is our society and forget that we are <BR> important too. This month we are going to focus on setting US in our own sights and remembering to take some time to pamper YOU. Make yourself a priority again today. <BR>... Wed, 25 May 2016 01:31:18 EST QOD: 5/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64408437 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1bdd07f9-7eaa-4f93-a3cd-f0c8b4a1978c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you have a favorite Disney character or animated movie? <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> I especially enjoy the Alice in Wonderland characters. And my favorite animation episodes are the early Winnie the Pooh ones. Pooh and Piglet and Eeyore and Tigger come alive in them. Tue, 24 May 2016 05:20:02 EST QOD: 5/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64401450 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7e637bd-0f23-483b-a32a-77f473028499.png" <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Even if you are not a Senior - what could you do this week to support National Senior Health and Fitness Day? <BR> <BR> <em>128</em> I plan to set my timer so I can get up and walk around every 15 minutes while I am using the computer. I feel so much better when I don't sit for too long. And this will increase my steps too. WooHoo. Mon, 23 May 2016 05:18:08 EST QOD: 5/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64394586 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6f934e6-78c6-4b2c-ae58-2899c897c5de.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you enjoy movies with Cary Grant? What is one of your favorites? <BR> <BR> <em>272</em> Cary Grant is one of my favorite "feel good" actors. I like him with Ingrid Bergman in "Notorious" (pictured above). And I discovered "Holiday" (with Katharine Hepburn) which is total fun. And there are so many more. Sun, 22 May 2016 05:29:47 EST WEEKLY QUESTION MAY 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64388862 <em>38</em> Do you have a dream holiday? do you think you will ever go? <BR> what or where is it? Sat, 21 May 2016 08:01:19 EST QOD: 5/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64388331 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/955834e6-bf95-458b-af7d-ff2f8d828704.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> If you have packed your own lunch what kind of container did you carry it in? <BR> <BR> <em>467</em> When I was in grade school I had a Disney lunch box (I couldn't find a picture of it). My sister had the Lone Ranger one with a matching thermos. Now my daughter uses a really cute Snoopy one. Sat, 21 May 2016 05:21:44 EST QOD: 5/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64381450 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/33179e0c-b8f4-4e56-9bcc-855756f95f88.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What do you like (or not like) about blogging? <BR> <BR> <em>387</em> I like to blog, but not every day. I think it's a creative way to reach out to a lot of people. But I am also careful about I say. This goes out over the internet - anyone can read what I write - so I try to be considerate and open-minded. I think I learn a lot about myself by reading what I write. L... Fri, 20 May 2016 03:38:13 EST QOD: 5/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64374574 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/baff9633-c7f0-45e2-8b67-cbfe2748d71b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What type of phone do you use most? <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> I have a simple basic cell phone (not smart at all) but it does what I need it to do. And I'm old enough to remember when phones had rotary dials and we shared a party line. Thu, 19 May 2016 03:28:00 EST QOD: 5/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64367595 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d8992ab7-fa3d-4827-a263-a5954d3b0905.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What is something you value from your friends? <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> I have a friend who seems to know when I need a note or a phone call. I'll be thinking I should call her and the phone rings and there she is. Isn't that fabulous? Wed, 18 May 2016 05:20:45 EST QOD: 5/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64360242 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/57b89ea9-a393-4ef1-90bd-778b3940ebd2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What did you have for breakfast today? <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> Nothing as cute as the picture. I had mashed banana mixed with chocolate protein powder and raw oatmeal. It's delicious. Tue, 17 May 2016 05:29:16 EST QOD: 5/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64352798 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6ed24e7d-fde5-423b-a7ab-fa78a972ac38.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How do you and chocolate chip cookies get along? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cbe164f6-e1f6-4727-aba8-fa30ce90b87f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Actually most of the time I bypass the cookie part and just go for a piece of dark chocolate. <BR> Mon, 16 May 2016 04:10:30 EST QOD: 5/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64345811 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3050ae9c-a48a-4e1c-aab7-103c654463dc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What is something new you would like to try? <BR> <BR> <em>268</em> I want to try using water color pencils for my coloring pages. I've got the pencils but I haven't used them yet. Maybe today is the day. Sun, 15 May 2016 05:13:57 EST WEEKLY QUESTION 14th MAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64339972 <em>38</em> In your heart are you a townie or a country bumkin? Sat, 14 May 2016 08:32:58 EST QOD: 5/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64339242 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b35b5854-0ae0-4d80-83c1-b73126ef83ca.png"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What would you like to do for "me time" this week-end? <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> I am getting a foot massage - after which I will probably be ready for a nap. Sat, 14 May 2016 05:17:40 EST QOD: 5/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64332577 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/446f0e57-d4b9-4b00-a49a-e0d8325a527d.gif"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How do you feel about Friday, the 13th? Have you had any experiences with it? <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Actually, I always considered it a good day. I think it was because I looked for something good to happen. <BR> And as the sign says above - at least it's a Friday. Fri, 13 May 2016 06:20:31 EST QOD: 5/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64325126 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7f832662-d540-4575-8eec-ad634dc1142c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you know someone with fibromyalgia? What do you want to know about fibromyalgia (FMS)? <BR> <BR> <em>520</em> I was diagnosed with FMS in 1995 - when a lot of people thought it was nonsense. I'm so thankful for all those who have supported me and helped me learn how to live with this debilitating syndrome. Therefore I will be wearing purple to support others with FMS... Thu, 12 May 2016 03:18:51 EST QOD: 5/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64318371 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/42d8eed0-cbb6-4f0d-b20f-ab9304fff481.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you remember the old Twilight Zone series with Rod Serling? Did you like it? Do you remember a favorite episode. <BR> <BR> <em>17</em> Now that I can watch old episodes online (or dvd) I remember finding The Twilight Zone both entertaining and sometimes spooky. One of my favorite episodes is called A Most Unusual Camera. It was funny and was a creative way to illust... Wed, 11 May 2016 05:16:24 EST QOD: 5/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64315323 How good are you about going to the doctor for all of your yearly exams (i.e. yearly physical, OB/GYN, eye exam, etc..)? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0001cda1-f558-48c7-8ac9-c1f04d54489e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm really good about getting my yearly physical and fairly to see my OB/GYN. I was good about getting my eyes examined every year until my doctor stopped taking my insurance. I just haven't made it a priority to find a new eye doctor. I need to find a new OB... Tue, 10 May 2016 16:36:13 EST QOD: 5/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64297774 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c34c5974-b61f-4a6f-9e23-e420b29fed54.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What is an early memory you have of your mother or caregiver? <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> I remember listening to my mom play the piano. When I was older I would sit on the piano bench next to her and help her play. Sun, 8 May 2016 05:40:25 EST WEEKLY QUESTION MAY 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64291843 Here in the UK we have the lottery there are many types and they all have large cash prizes from thousands to millions if you won a lot of money what you do with it? Sat, 7 May 2016 07:08:09 EST QOD: 5/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64291097 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fac05036-d335-436d-a321-520b38756af3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you ever use one of your mom's sayings? <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Don't go out of the house without clean underwear in case you get in an accident! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/405731aa-d37f-4c82-80d7-72808c3ff487.gif"> Sat, 7 May 2016 02:20:01 EST QOD: 5/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64283975 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3be19139-0b88-40bc-aa33-a4d0c2c85552.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you use salsa? What kind(s) do you prefer? How do you use it? <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> My favorite is salsa verde - rather mild. I use it in cooking - like adding it to soups or chili and my favorite chicken salsa verde casserole. Fri, 6 May 2016 03:26:16 EST MOTIVATED MARIGOLDS WEEK FOUR BSG CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64281397 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> MAY FOCUS: SPEND SOME TIME OUTDOORS <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> May Flowers!! All those positive thoughts from last month has brought on thoughts of all the beautiful things of the world. Spend sometime outside to soa... Thu, 5 May 2016 17:47:21 EST BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES WEEK FOUR BSG CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64281393 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> MAY FOCUS: SPEND SOME TIME OUTDOORS <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> May Flowers!! All those positive thoughts from last month has brought on thoughts of all the beautiful things of the world. Spend sometime outside to soa... Thu, 5 May 2016 17:44:23 EST MOTIVATED MARIGOLDS WEEK THREE BSG CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64281387 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> MAY FOCUS: SPEND SOME TIME OUTDOORS <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> May Flowers!! All those positive thoughts from last month has brought on thoughts of all the beautiful things of the world. Spend sometime outside to soa... Thu, 5 May 2016 17:43:28 EST BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES WEEK THREE BSG CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64281370 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> MAY FOCUS: SPEND SOME TIME OUTDOORS <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> May Flowers!! All those positive thoughts from last month has brought on thoughts of all the beautiful things of the world. Spend sometime outside to soa... Thu, 5 May 2016 17:39:37 EST MOTIVATED MARIGOLDS WEEK TWO BSG CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64281365 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> MAY FOCUS: SPEND SOME TIME OUTDOORS <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> May Flowers!! All those positive thoughts from last month has brought on thoughts of all the beautiful things of the world. Spend sometime outside to soa... Thu, 5 May 2016 17:38:51 EST BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES WEEK TWO BSG CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64281360 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> MAY FOCUS: SPEND SOME TIME OUTDOORS <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> May Flowers!! All those positive thoughts from last month has brought on thoughts of all the beautiful things of the world. Spend sometime outside to soa... Thu, 5 May 2016 17:38:01 EST QOD: 5/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64276785 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9a983f7-ff10-4e64-92b0-5b4d34b6ffd3.gif"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo? <BR> <BR> <em>670</em> I'm making taco black bean soup, one of our favorites. <BR> Thu, 5 May 2016 05:03:49 EST QOD: 5/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64272379 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/90f962c0-43dd-4862-a4d2-9d529fc83def.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you have a favorite stretch that helps you feel better? What is it? <BR> <BR> Yes, I do fibromyalgia stretching that I learned in physical therapy. It is very gentle and helps loosen my neck, shoulders and back. I also do Stronger Seniors stretch dvd. It's super. Wed, 4 May 2016 13:01:37 EST MOTIVATED MARIGOLDS WEEK ONE BSG CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64265748 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> NOTE: Week One has more BONUS POINTS than the other weeks will. <BR> <BR> NOTE ABOUT BONUS A — ADDING YOUR NAME TO YOUR SIGNATURE LINE: If we’re going to be friends and support each other for the next month, we should know each o... Tue, 3 May 2016 16:18:19 EST BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES WEEK ONE BSG CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64265737 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> NOTE: Week One has more BONUS POINTS than the other weeks will. <BR> <BR> NOTE ABOUT BONUS A — ADDING YOUR NAME TO YOUR SIGNATURE LINE: If we’re going to be friends and support each other for the next month, we should know each o... Tue, 3 May 2016 16:16:52 EST MAY 2016 BSG TEAM MEMBERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x64265713 BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES <BR> Barbie - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=B<BR>ARBIE176 </link> <BR> CJ - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=C<BR>JWORDPLAY </link> <BR> Cathy - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=C<BR>ATHYGETSFIT </link> <BR> Amy <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=A<BR>MYBELLES </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> MOTIVATED MARIGOLDS <BR> Amanda(MiMi) - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=R<BR>ADIANT_ROARS </link... Tue, 3 May 2016 16:12:18 EST MOTIVATED MARIGOLDS MAY BSG CHAT ROOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64265708 MOTIVATED MARIGOLDS MAY BSG CHAT ROOM <BR> <BR> Welcome MOTIVATED MARIGOLDS to your chat room! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> MAY FOCUS: SPEND SOME TIME OUTDOORS <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> May Flowers!! All those positive thoughts from last month has brought on thoughts of all the beautiful things of the world. Spend sometime outside to soak in those rays and see all the beauty. <BR> <BR> Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. <BR> <BR> HELPFUL TIP: A little ... Tue, 3 May 2016 16:11:00 EST BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES MAY BSG CHAT ROOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64265695 BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES MAY BSG CHAT ROOM <BR> <BR> Welcome BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES to your chat room! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> MAY FOCUS: SPEND SOME TIME OUTDOORS <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> May Flowers!! All those positive thoughts from last month has brought on thoughts of all the beautiful things of the world. Spend sometime outside to soak in those rays and see all the beauty. <BR> <BR> Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. <BR> <BR> HELPFUL TIP: A lit... Tue, 3 May 2016 16:08:00 EST ????MAY BSG QUESTIONS???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x64265572 QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MAY BSG CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> Post any questions about the MAY BSG CHALLENGE here if you can't get your question answered in your team's chat and I or one of your other Team Leaders will post a reply as soon as possible! <BR> <BR> Do not send your question via spark-mail! Others may have the same question, so by posting your question here it will help everyone. Tue, 3 May 2016 15:45:34 EST QOD: 5/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64261605 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/496f0387-1ae5-41e9-ad1b-f609213bcf8c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What teacher made a positive impact in your life? <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> I had many encouraging teachers. In high school my English teacher told me I was a good writer, which was a totally new idea to me. I think that helped me take my writing seriously. Thanks, Mr. Johnson. Tue, 3 May 2016 04:34:05 EST QOD: 5/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64253640 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f08fd7f5-d400-4f9f-8fc5-4303d4949a10.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Monarch butterflies are moving northward. Have you seen any in your region? If not, when do they usually arrive? <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Yes! They were reported in Oregon April 23rd. I haven't seen one yet, myself. <BR> <BR> For more information here is an interesting website: The Journey North: <link>https://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/<BR>monarch.html </link> Mon, 2 May 2016 03:59:42 EST MAY A&I TEAM NEWS & BIRTHDAYS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64253264 Below are the A&amp;I members who are celebrating emoticon their birthdays this month. Show your A&amp;I Team Spirit emoticon emoticon by visiting their page to wish them a emoticon ! <BR> emoticon emoticon DON’T POST A REPLY. Instead, give them a goody or post a comment on their page. <BR> <BR> MAY <BR> <BR> 11—BARBIE176 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=BA<BR>RBIE176 </link> <BR> 19—LAZYKERRI <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=LA<BR>ZYKERRI </link> <BR> Mon, 2 May 2016 00:38:29 EST QOD: 5/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64245337 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/93ed1b28-dcf4-4a69-94e3-692f47e29c05.gif"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Did you ever make or receive May Day baskets or gather flowers to give on May 1st? <BR> <BR> <em>125</em> My grandmother liked making paper cones from wallpaper scraps and filling them with flowers for May Day. We would deliver them to shut-ins and rest homes. It is a fond memory I have of her kindness. Sun, 1 May 2016 02:34:40 EST WEEKLY QUESTION 30th APRIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64239149 Summer is fast approaching, what would be your dream holiday? if money was no object <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6728942f-7089-419f-affb-09b6496299e6.jpg"> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:09:11 EST QOD: 4/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64238664 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c64004fd-2073-447c-87bd-cff061ea0628.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you tried Tai Chi or Qigong? Is it part of your exercise routine? <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> I used to do a short form of Qigong and liked it. Now I do seated Tai Chi. It is especially good because the movements are so slow that you really have to concentrate. I do Tai Chi on week-ends. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 02:52:15 EST QOD: 4/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64231829 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf7eb262-7207-4335-9054-437aa8d9a009.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> This one is pure silliness so have fun! : ) <BR> The Cat in the Hat is lending you Thing 1 and Thing 2 for the day. What will you do with them? <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> We'll party all day and mess up the house and then they will clean everything up -- while I take a nap. <em>102</em> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 03:53:12 EST QOD: 2/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64224801 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55dae779-adcd-4c6b-9e8f-089591810ab3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you like blueberries? What is your favorite way to eat them? <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> My favorite way to eat blueberries is fresh, right off the bush (after washing them, of course). My daughter likes them on top of buckwheat pancakes. yum Thu, 28 Apr 2016 03:30:58 EST May 2016 BSG Sign-Up Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x64223717 SIGN UP for the MAY 2016 BUDDY SUPPORT GROUP CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> It’s time to sign up for the MAY BUDDY SUPPORT GROUP (BSG) CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> MAY FOCUS: SPEND SOME TIME OUTDOORS <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> May Flowers!! All those positive thoughts from last month has brought on thoughts of all the beautiful things of the world. Spend sometime outside to soak in those rays and see all the beauty. <BR> <BR> <link> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thr... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:08:33 EST QOD: 4/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64217704 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a00fae3-5a1e-495f-9ed0-9dfabc111c91.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> When was the last time you wore a dress or a skirt? What was the occasion? <BR> <BR> <em>346</em> I used to wear skirts for work all the time. Not anymore. The last time I wore a skirt was for a Christmas party several years ago. I think it's the only one I still have. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:05:16 EST QOD: 4/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64214580 Are you a crafty person? Do you like to do crafts <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4bd3069f-af75-4bdc-9c30-b1c5e7019f0a.png"> <BR> <BR> I do but often can't seem to find the time. I found this really cute DIY tutorial on how to make your own Fairy Lantern. It's super cute and think I might try to find the time to make one. Here is a link to the tutorial if you would like to make your own too. :) <BR> <BR> <link>blog.pixiehill.com/2015/12/fairy-lan<BR>tern-wit... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:37:03 EST QOD: 4/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64210400 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43a527f9-d2e9-417c-b862-1e39c93896ee.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What kind of purse/handbag do you use? <BR> <BR> <em>534</em> Mine is not nearly as interesting as a fuzzy dachshund. I have a small black crossbody bag made by Baggallini. <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 03:38:38 EST QOD: 4/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64207169 Are you a cord cutter (i.e. a person who cancels or forgoes a cable television subscription or landline phone connection in favor of an alternative Internet-based or wireless service)? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a382fe4-eb71-4ba7-962b-d0791849f6b8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We did several years ago and we feel like it was one of the best decisions we've ever made. We originally went with Hulu but felt like they didn't have enough content that we liked so we switched to... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:50:01 EST QOD: 4/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64199227 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79811697-35b8-4988-9823-510f39df080a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Is there something you have simplified in your life? Is there something you would LIKE to simply? <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> I go to the library only one day per week. That way I don't forget what day my items are due = less library fines!! AND it saves on gas. My library is close to my favorite market so I also do my grocery shopping on the way home. win/win Sun, 24 Apr 2016 13:38:13 EST QOD: 4/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64193467 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/84ec86a2-eda8-4ac3-af18-307600154bd8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare - Do you have a favorite play or character or quote? <BR> <BR> <em>103</em> For comedy I enjoy Much Ado About Nothing. Hamlet is the most profound for me. Every time I see it I discover something new. In my opinion, Derek Jacobi played an amazing Hamlet. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/13e26113-7123-4467... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 15:45:17 EST SATURDAY QUESTION 23rd APRIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64190976 What or who keeps you focussed? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6064bf2e-42ed-41d1-ba51-2fd09a84f58b.jpg"> <BR> Sat, 23 Apr 2016 08:33:34 EST QOD: 4/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64182604 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5191114f-5f91-4c7f-9b04-339085d41281.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> It's Earth Day! How will you remember the earth today? Are there any special activities for Earth Day in your locale? <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> Portland really goes all out for Earth Day. There is a week-end gathering at Normandale Park which is one of the country’s largest community-organized Earth Day celebrations. The family-friendly festival features live music, speake... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 04:38:29 EST QOD: 4/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64175570 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73db0b9f-ed08-4189-96b8-ab474e32dac3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you swim? Have you done pool exercise? <BR> <BR> <em>237</em> I like swimming and have access to a small community pool. I like to exercise there because the water is warmer than a lap swimming pool. My favorite pool exercise is deep water jogging. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 04:09:37 EST QOD: 4/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64168133 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/75e093ad-9b9f-4826-a952-6be52024d3c3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you wear earrings? What kinds do you like? <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> I like fun earrings - like butterflies or hearts. So far I haven't gone in for rolls of toilet paper earrings, though. Although they would be great for laughs. <em>246</em> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 04:03:19 EST QOD: 4/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64160274 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d1709281-acf0-4e8c-91af-d6b0fefa4ac3.png"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=discover_more_than_500_free_workout<BR>_videos_at_sparkpeopletv&amp; </link> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you tried the new SparkPeople TV? <BR> <BR> <em>317</em> I tried a new resistance band workout. I thought I would try something new once a week. I'm interesting to hear what you find useful. : ) Tue, 19 Apr 2016 03:39:20 EST QOD: 4/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64156515 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48937e2e-ff78-49fb-b4d5-4fa1e4d9a1ef.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you have a quote to share? <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d57f027-91cd-4374-b4a8-13853cb5b4a7.jpg"> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:24:28 EST QOD: 4/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64147721 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/89f37634-a1e5-4fe4-96e5-6a7876cf6466.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you like gardens with a variety of flowers and colors, or do you prefer a single type. <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> My favorite garden has a mix of flowers that bloom throughout the season. My roses and rhododendrons are predominately in shades of red and pink. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 12:50:39 EST SATURDAY 16th APRIL WEEKLY QUESTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64137984 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/da4f592a-6139-4416-87bc-379da1161e10.jpg">If you could live anywhere in the world where would you chose, and why? Sat, 16 Apr 2016 05:53:25 EST QOD: 4/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64137862 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ebeb0272-b539-461f-aab8-6b1308243e50.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you ever played Monopoly? What token did you like to use? <BR> <BR> <em>138</em> Stephanie and I played with friends today. I like to use the shoe is I can. Otherwise, I choose the thimble. We still have the original game from the 1940's my parents had. FYI: I got sent to jail 3 times! Sat, 16 Apr 2016 03:58:56 EST QOD: 4/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64130811 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af3b31b3-024b-4694-95b2-8bfdcfdf615c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> In the US - we are facing tax day (even though the deadline is extended to Monday, the 18th, this year). When did you get yours finished? <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> We got our taxes filed early this year - before April! For years we had a tradition of driving down to the central post office to get it postmarked before midnight. I am happy to forgo that adventure now. LOL Fri, 15 Apr 2016 04:07:35 EST QOD: 4/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64123058 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4daf363-86ee-4edc-a95e-06028794e759.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> If you could choose a "World Day of _________", what would it be? How would you celebrate it. <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> I would choose "World Day to Get Together and Make Your Own Music". People could sing or try out any instrument or just bang anything to make a sound ---- and not worry about it sounding professional (or even good) just so they had fun expressing themselve... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 02:15:14 EST QOD: 4/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64115783 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aa8d5c1d-d8ff-43cc-b0f9-c6a6e776f0a2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> First I wanted to be a teacher and then later I thought it would be cool to be an architect. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 05:09:22 EST QOD: 4/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64108026 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e408b542-d1d9-4e78-ac92-335758d1db95.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you heard of black bean pasta? Have you tried it? <BR> <BR> <em>370</em> Yes, I found rotini made from black bean flour so it is entirely gluten free -- and high protein. We tried it tonight with lots of veggies and marinara sauce. Very tasty and not mushy like other gluten free noodles. Tue, 12 Apr 2016 03:26:16 EST QOD: 4/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64100352 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c48ae50-ff3b-4726-a8a0-5587648cefe3.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you have access to a local library? If so, what are the services you use? <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> I live close to the juncture of 3 counties so I can use the libraries in each of them. I check out books and dvd's. One library has arts and crafts courses for free to patrons. I've done painting, poetry and made a terrarium. Another library gives free access to online ... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 04:41:03 EST QOD: 4/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64092779 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bf5f48b4-b63a-4499-91d4-b928284cedb1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you ever painted the inside or outside of your house? What color(s) did you use? <BR> <BR> <em>268</em> When I was in college I worked summers painting apartments. They were always neutral beige. When I painted my own house the last color I used was a light blue with just a hint of purple. It looks different as the light changes during the day. : ) Sun, 10 Apr 2016 03:49:37 EST SATURDAY 9th APRIL WEEKLY QUESTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64087175 <em>38</em> do you have a phobia? <BR> how do you cope? Sat, 9 Apr 2016 09:54:04 EST QOD: 4/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64085707 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c1392c9c-555c-4c16-8180-d6ce1eddbe03.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you use fresh herbs? Have you ever grown your own? <BR> <BR> <em>369</em> I like using fresh basil and often grow it in a pot. I've also tried growing parsley, rosemary, lemon thyme and chives with mixed success. So far basil and chives are easiest for me to grow. Sat, 9 Apr 2016 03:57:57 EST QOD: 4/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64078591 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9d427b08-4855-44cb-878c-11ca31c131a8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you eat bread? What kinds are your favorites? <BR> <BR> <em>467</em> I used to make my own bread and my favorite was sour dough. Now I know that I feel better when I don't eat wheat so I choose gluten free breads when I want a sandwich. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 03:41:30 EST QOD: 4/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64071040 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5e67cc1e-6cbd-4ce1-ad49-d29c592572e9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you have spring allergies? If so, how are you coping? <BR> <BR> Oh, my, yes. This week they really kicked in - lots of pretty trees are blooming and the pollen index is very high which means I'm not walking as much outdoors. I also have a medication that helps a lot. I've tried whining - but that just annoys the people around me. lol Thu, 7 Apr 2016 04:01:42 EST MAGNIFICENT MAGNOLIAS BSG WEEK 4 CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64069363 <BR> REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/ or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> APRIL FOCUS: POSITIVITY <em>437</em> <BR> April Showers! Sometimes rain can bring on the gloom. Let's work on positivity this month. Challenge is to find something positive even when all things seem to be ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 21:14:08 EST DANCING DOGWOODS BSG WEEK 4 CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64069360 <BR> REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/ or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> APRIL FOCUS: POSITIVITY <em>437</em> <BR> April Showers! Sometimes rain can bring on the gloom. Let's work on positivity this month. Challenge is to find something positive even when all things seem to be ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 21:13:37 EST MAGNIFICENT MAGNOLIAS BSG WEEK 3 CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64069323 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> APRIL FOCUS: POSITIVITY <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> April Showers! Sometimes rain can bring on the gloom. Let's work on positivity this month. Challenge is to find something positive even when all things seem to be glo... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 21:07:19 EST DANCING DOGWOODS BSG WEEK 3 CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64069314 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> APRIL FOCUS: POSITIVITY <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> April Showers! Sometimes rain can bring on the gloom. Let's work on positivity this month. Challenge is to find something positive even when all things seem to be glo... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 21:06:23 EST MAGNIFICENT MAGNOLIAS BSG WEEK 2 CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64069298 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> APRIL FOCUS: POSITIVITY <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> April Showers! Sometimes rain can bring on the gloom. Let's work on positivity this month. Challenge is to find something positive even when all things seem to be glo... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 21:03:19 EST DANCING DOGWOODS BSG WEEK 2 CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64069288 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> APRIL FOCUS: POSITIVITY <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> April Showers! Sometimes rain can bring on the gloom. Let's work on positivity this month. Challenge is to find something positive even when all things seem to be glo... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 21:02:43 EST QOD: 4/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64063223 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/99c15a5e-8e44-4861-88d5-0d56f08813a5.png"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How will you celebrate Walk Day? <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> It's supposed to be partly sunny so I plan to go to a local park to walk. Wed, 6 Apr 2016 05:27:15 EST QOD: 4/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64055075 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f28c6ce1-403a-46f2-8e64-49309cd449bc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> LOL We almost missed this. Yesterday was Walk Around Things Day. What did you walk around? <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> I walked around the grocery store, I walked around the house (many many times), And I walked around the neighborhood blocks. Actually I did that twice since Stephanie wanted to walk when she got home from work. Yay! Tue, 5 Apr 2016 02:34:34 EST QOD: 4/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64046741 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34055f30-87f5-448c-a3a9-725ed6fe9d31.gif"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you sew? What have you made? <BR> <BR> <em>541</em> I used to sew my own clothes and home accessories like curtains, etc. Now I like doing counted cross stitch and needlepoint - just little projects but it is fun. Mon, 4 Apr 2016 04:04:02 EST March 2016 - Week 4 BSG CHALLENGE Winning Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64040327 Well ladies, the winning team for week 4 of the BSG Challenge was another close call, but the winning team is the Jumping Jonquils. Great teamwork by: <BR> <BR> Cathy <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=CA<BR>THYGETSFIT </link> <BR> CJ <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=CJ<BR>WORDPLAY </link> <BR> Karen Marie <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=CA<BR>NDOK1260 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <em>380</em> <em>250</em> Teamwork Sun, 3 Apr 2016 09:10:31 EST March 2016 Week 3 Winning BSG Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64040192 Well ladies, the winning team for week 3 of the BSG Challenge was another close call, but the winning team is the Jumping Jonquils. Great teamwork by: <BR> <BR> Cathy <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=CA<BR>THYGETSFIT </link> <BR> CJ <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=CJ<BR>WORDPLAY </link> <BR> Karen Marie <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=CA<BR>NDOK1260 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <em>380</em> <em>250</em> Teamwork! Sun, 3 Apr 2016 08:56:48 EST April A to Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10470x31050x64034098 A - azaleas blooming Sat, 2 Apr 2016 12:14:40 EST APRIL 2nd WEEKLY QUESTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64031600 <em>38</em> <BR> Do you still make a big fuss of your birthday the older you get? or do you just pass it off as just another day? Sat, 2 Apr 2016 07:02:05 EST QOD: 4/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64031269 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/99cafa15-3014-463d-bde0-fe612e916d9d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> It's Peanut Butter &amp; Jelly Day. Who do you know who really likes PB&amp;J (you can include yourself).and what flavor jelly do they prefer? <BR> <BR> <em>467</em> My traditional favorite is chunky peanut butter with grape jelly (I get the no sugar added kind). Since I've tried marionberry jam that is my new favorite. My daughter likes using apricot preserves or pump... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 04:22:43 EST APRIL A&I TEAM NEWS & BIRTHDAYS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64027430 Below are the A&amp;I members who are celebrating emoticon their birthdays this month. Show your A&amp;I Team Spirit emoticon emoticon by visiting their page to wish them a emoticon ! <BR> emoticon emoticon DON’T POST A REPLY. Instead, give them a goody or post a comment on their page. <BR> <BR> APRIL <BR> <BR> 03—ANH102712 – <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=AN<BR>H102712 </link> <BR> 04—WRHUNT0 – <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=WR<BR>HUNT0 </link> <BR> 10—STEPBYSTEP195... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 16:05:09 EST QOD: 4/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64022645 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8ae80cdb-3be4-43ae-ba2c-001e97fa9f07.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you have a wish or blessing for April to share? <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> May you find opportunities for growth and peace. Fri, 1 Apr 2016 03:33:09 EST MAGNIFICENT MAGNOLIAS BSG WEEK 1 CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64021439 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> NOTE: Week One has more BONUS POINTS than the other weeks will. <BR> <BR> NOTE ABOUT BONUS A — ADDING YOUR NAME TO YOUR SIGNATURE LINE: If we’re going to be friends and support each other for the next month, we should know each o... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 22:21:41 EST DANCING DOGWOODS BSG WEEK 1 CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64021333 <BR> REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> NOTE: Week One has more BONUS POINTS than the other weeks will. <BR> <BR> NOTE ABOUT BONUS A — ADDING YOUR NAME TO YOUR SIGNATURE LINE: If we’re going to be friends and support each other for the next month, we should know ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 22:07:19 EST MAGNIFICENT MAGNOLIAS BSG CHAT ROOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64021294 Magnificent Magnolias APRIL BSG CHAT ROOM <BR> <BR> Welcome Magnificent Magnolias to your chat room! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> APRIL FOCUS: POSITIVITY <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> April Showers! Sometimes rain can bring on the gloom. Let's work on positivity this month. Challenge is to find something positive even when all things seem to be gloomy. <BR> <BR> Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. <BR> <BR> HELPFUL TIP: A little trick I learned that makes it... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 22:03:00 EST DANCING DOGWOODS BSG CHAT ROOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x64021244 Dancing Dogwoods APRIL BSG CHAT ROOM <BR> <BR> Welcome Dancing Dogwoods to your chat room! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> APRIL FOCUS: POSITIVITY <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> April Showers! Sometimes rain can bring on the gloom. Let's work on positivity this month. Challenge is to find something positive even when all things seem to be gloomy. <BR> <BR> Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. <BR> <BR> HELPFUL TIP: A little trick I learned that makes it easier to... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 21:56:17 EST ???? QUESTIONS ABOUT THE APRIL BSG CHALLENGE ???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x64018948 QUESTIONS ABOUT THE APRIL BSG CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> Post any questions about the APRIL BSG CHALLENGE here if you can't get your question answered in your team's chat and I or one of your other Team Leaders will post a reply as soon as possible! <BR> <BR> Do not send your question via spark-mail! Others may have the same question, so by posting your question here it will help everyone. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:37:40 EST QOD: 3/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64014843 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/555334bb-e7fa-47e4-8c3a-0ef1ef2e3370.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Will you celebrate Tater Day with potatoes today? How will you prepare them? <BR> <BR> <em>367</em> I'm having a baked sweet potato. One of my favorites Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:34:33 EST QOD: 3/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x64007256 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad600c28-9162-4f9b-bd69-9231b1309911.png"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What kinds of rewards to you enjoy? <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> I like getting goodies. My favorite rewards are recognition of effort toward my goals. Especially when progress is slow it's nice to get reminders that I am in the process. Wed, 30 Mar 2016 03:48:38 EST Something to Smile About! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10470x31050x64001767 This is a thread to post anything that made you smile today. It could be a photo you took or an image on the computer, a link to a video that made you laugh, a quote, joke, story, or a description of something that happened that put a smile on your face! <BR> <BR> Something that makes us smile or laugh should be shared with others-smiles are contagious! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c99355f-3a2e-4f5e-81ba-2a2c9bca7e5f.jpg"> <BR> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:06:11 EST QOD: 3/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63999183 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5be3fbae-82bb-4ed6-aa6b-90d197555f23.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you have a goal you would like some encouragement for? <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> I would like to include more strength training. I'm doing much better with cardio and like doing seated Tai Chi. Please ask me if I've done ST for the week. Thanks Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:52:41 EST ????APRIL BSG QUESTIONS???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x63996036 Post any questions about the APRIL BSG CHALLENGE here if you can't get your question answered in your team's chat and I or one of your other Team Leaders will post a reply as soon as possible! <BR> <BR> Do not send your question via spark-mail! Others may have the same question, so by posting your question here it will help everyone. <BR> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:05:55 EST QOD: 3/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63990926 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88ce1159-1676-42fe-8afb-1dbe087cb86b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you eat eggs? Do you have a favorite way you prepare them? <BR> <BR> <em>490</em> I like poached eggs, but also scramble them so I can combine egg whites with one whole egg. I also make a tasty egg salad (using spicy mustard) which I like having on hand for healthy snacks. <BR> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 02:41:56 EST WEEKLY QUESTION 27th MARCH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63986752 Easter, will you allow yourself a few treats over the Easter holidays, such as chocolate and candy or do you prefer savoury treats like hot cross buns? Sun, 27 Mar 2016 11:47:41 EST QOD: 3/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63984711 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/11f574b1-8cfb-4455-85f6-308da1b82120.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What joy would you like to share today? <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> My daughter and I are spending a quiet day together. She is a delight. Sun, 27 Mar 2016 05:27:20 EST QOD: 3/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63977525 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c9913df2-7a38-49f2-b3d0-565ac8b08519.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you ever tried peeps? What did you think of them? <BR> <BR> <em>448</em> I tried one years ago. They look so cute - but I didn't like the taste at all. I think it's the dye they use. Totally not on a healthy foods list. But they still look cute. : ) Sat, 26 Mar 2016 05:09:28 EST Food Photography and Recipe Sharing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10470x31050x63975422 I saw this topic on another team and thought it could be fun and also helpful! <BR> <BR> If you make a delicious dish and would like to share a pic of it to get our mouths watering, post it here! <BR> <BR> You may also post a favorite recipe or one you just tried that you'd like to share, I know a few members who I have asked to share recipes and this would be a good place to access them. <BR> <BR> No worries if you don't have a photo. You can also post a link to a recipe. Fri, 25 Mar 2016 20:11:39 EST QOD: 3/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63970386 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9e5979a3-7fc4-432d-95fd-118fb1bea241.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you eat nuts? If so, what are your favorites? <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> I like almonds on salad, walnuts and coconut in my oatmeal, cashews in stir-fry and of course, good old peanut butter (chunky, please). Fri, 25 Mar 2016 04:16:33 EST QOD: 3/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63962494 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e4df641-4054-4823-9096-c589050fe142.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What was the last movie you saw in a theater? <BR> <BR> <em>272</em> We went to "Inside Out" the new Pixar film. It was delightful. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50a743bb-1702-4c04-a0ff-3b28de06d4ad.jpg"> <BR> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 03:04:15 EST QOD: 3/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63955053 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0191a417-94b9-4638-939e-b73eb0da833a.png"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you ever dyed Easter eggs? Will you be doing it this year? <BR> <BR> <em>449</em> We often dye eggs for Easter. This year Stephanie is making her own dyes from natural products, like beets, onion skins and red cabbage. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 04:57:03 EST QOD: 3/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63947199 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/89025bff-bd83-45e0-a506-9e30466601e9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What was your first pet? Do you remember its name? <BR> <BR> <em>240</em> I had a yellow kitten, named Puff. She was one of the kitties from my grandma's cat, Topsy. Tue, 22 Mar 2016 04:13:34 EST April 2016 BSG Sign Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x63947038 SIGN UP for the APRIL 2016 BUDDY SUPPORT GROUP CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> <BR> WHAT IS A BUDDY SUPPORT GROUP (BSG) CHALLENGE? Click on the link below to find out. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes sa geboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x532R>0030<BR>5 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> APRIL FOCUS: BEING POSITIVE <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> What do your thoughts have to do with weight loss? Plenty. We talk to ourselves all the time. We call this silent conversation that we... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 01:42:47 EST QOD: 3/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63939225 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f7dc59ab-ff4a-42fc-8a13-65adc089858a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you have a favorite poet or poem? Share a poem if you like. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/46e2e82f-e03b-453e-9ab4-d938f6de3a23.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I especially like Emily Dickinson <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ce4f29ea-ef78-4149-8c93-7070802ff7b9.jpg"> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 03:31:12 EST QOD: 3/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63932214 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fdc022a4-4844-4874-81a8-9a71ce4f29b1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> It's Spring! What signs of spring did you observe today? <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I saw a big fluffy bumble bee, a first for this year. Sun, 20 Mar 2016 03:06:24 EST SATURDAY MARCH 19th WEEKLY QUESTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63926145 Do you use hand cream and/ or face cream? is it anti ageing? do you believe it works? Sat, 19 Mar 2016 07:25:09 EST QOD: 3/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63925425 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/865d8690-3e14-431b-ad15-3f98839eb4c4.jpg"> <BR> It's World Wide Quilting Day <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you ever quilted? Do you have a quilt someone made for you? <BR> <BR> <em>541</em> My grandmother quilted. I have several of her quilts that were hand stitched. Even my dolls had quilts made by her. <BR> <BR> In keeping with the day I thought I would share pictures of a world wide quilt I found online. <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 02:07:11 EST QOD: 3/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63918697 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9aba3fd-7361-45ed-95cf-d769055dc6f3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you ever mistakenly laundered something you left in your pocket? <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Many times. The latest laundry adventure was with a pedometer. It didn't survive the wash cycle. So now I have a Spark Tracker which is waterproof. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 04:01:25 EST QOD: 3/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63911304 In honor of St. Patrick's Day here is an Irish Blessing <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d610b536-8f95-4920-9725-51febd4063fe.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you have an Irish saying to share? <BR> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 03:12:09 EST QOD: 3/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63904252 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f5fe6d6-adf6-43b4-a543-2d68152935b3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> It's almost St. Patrick's Day. Will you be wearing green? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0e3a44ad-5ba1-4895-a359-e6dff8e5fbc1.jpg"> <BR> Unlike Snoopy, I will NOT be coloring myself green. But I will paint my fingernails with green polish. It has some shiny gold flecks in it too. Wed, 16 Mar 2016 04:32:38 EST QOD: 3/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63896444 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20c711bf-57ca-4e54-8e0f-16c3747e9a29.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> People say this day is unlucky - at least for Caesar. What do you think? Is the Ides of March bad luck? <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> We always just say, "Beware the Ides of March" and then go on about our day. What's crummy about March 15 is that I'm sleep deprived from Daylight Savings time and I'm recovering from a sugar coma after Pi Day. <em>246</em> (not real... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 02:57:45 EST QOD: 3.14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63889245 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/751d426c-5a67-4de2-bf2c-55ad71025be4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> It's March 14 otherwise known as 3.14. If you were going to have pie to celebrate what kind would you choose? <BR> <BR> <em>471</em> I choose marionberry pie. If I'm going for the calories - this pie is the best. Mon, 14 Mar 2016 04:14:14 EST QOD: 3/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63881863 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ff6f8966-e127-416c-8bb1-9c5c80b3a25f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you have something in your closet you are looking forward to fitting into again? <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> I have a tropical blue swimsuit I want to get into again. Sun, 13 Mar 2016 04:12:55 EST SATURDAY WEEKLY QUESTION MARCH 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63876787 who would you like to stuck in a lift with? <BR> who would you not like to be stuck with? Sat, 12 Mar 2016 09:05:59 EST QOD: 3/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63875458 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c2e7959-67ef-4a39-b0e9-dd394d51188b.png"> <BR> <BR> It's Plant a Flower Day! <BR> <em>38</em> If you could choose any flower - what kind would you like to plant? <BR> <BR> <em>376</em> My favorite would be iris - I like all kinds. And of course, roses. <em>214</em> Sat, 12 Mar 2016 04:07:49 EST QOD: 3/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63868241 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/85a42843-22ed-46b3-a14a-fba039d566e5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you used resistance bands? Do you like them? <BR> <BR> <em>317</em> I was introduced to resistance bands in physical therapy. They were so helpful in recovery after my shoulder surgery. Since then I've learned more ways to use them. I also use the long strips of rubber (therabands). They are so portable and easy to use for chair exercise. Fri, 11 Mar 2016 03:48:08 EST QOD: 3/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63864915 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ebe93e85-4d95-4340-ab82-4f6eeccf50cf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What do you do to de-stress? <BR> <BR> Read, stretching, yoga, go for a walk, watch something funny on tv or color in my adult coloring book or crochet/knit. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:50:46 EST QOD: 3/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63853025 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/488c03a5-e954-44e1-86a3-c9d603c602ed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you play any computer games? What is one of your favorites? <BR> <BR> <em>17</em> I like Freecell as a break when I've been doing lots of computer work. I also like word games like Starts With. Wed, 9 Mar 2016 04:07:17 EST QOD: 3/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63845537 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3de9d7a9-99b4-4950-b93f-0ba4b25d8b8b.png"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you heard of the term "pulses" to describe things like lentils and chickpeas? I hadn't. Here is the article about them. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=discover_the_pluses_of_pulses </link> <BR> What pulses are you now using or would like to use? <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> I'm learning new ways to use lentils. I like putting them in my soups. ... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 03:17:49 EST QOD: 3/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63837000 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ae4de404-ffb5-4159-9d73-b8d4f04e76e8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> If you could meet a woman in history, who would it be? What would you ask her? <BR> <BR> It's hard to choose only one. Let it be -- Hildegard von Bingen. She was an extraordinary 12th century Benedictine abbess, mystic, visionary, prophet and had a wide knowledge of many fields. She is known for her work as a writer, philosopher, composer, poet, playwright, linguist, scie... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 04:00:55 EST QOD: 3/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63829826 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f2f7bb57-a477-4e38-955a-e9ec2970d596.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Are there times you are competitive? Are there times when you want everyone to win. <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> I grew up in a highly competitive environment. Now, the only person I want to compete with is me. I like getting better at what I do. With other people, you will find me on the side of WIN/WIN. Sun, 6 Mar 2016 05:08:56 EST SATURDAY 5th MARCH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63823541 what three things would you pack if you were going to a deserted desert island for six months <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f6d7696-6fcd-43d9-b1b2-5cdcb801a276.jpg"> Sat, 5 Mar 2016 08:07:06 EST QOD: 3/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63822763 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca4fde66-17be-4b1f-84e8-ca58a1346c12.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you remember learning to read? Who helped you? <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> I grew up surrounded by people reading and there were a lot of books available to me. I remember memorizing the stories that were read to me -- so I was well on the way to reading before I went to school. Many thanks to teachers, parents and siblings for helping me along the way. <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Mar 2016 04:52:24 EST QOD: 3/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63815128 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d4e3af14-7861-4e02-9619-353ddd2378ca.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have flowers begun to bloom where you live? What kind? <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> On my walk today I noticed the magnolias are beginning to bloom and my camellia buds are showing color. There are lots of daffodils coming up now that the sun is shining. Fri, 4 Mar 2016 03:42:50 EST QOD: 3/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63807403 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bc5e8089-d806-4bf8-ad4b-021a308d0081.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How do you feel about going to the dentist? <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Until I found a considerate and GENTLE dentist it was always a trying and more or less painful experience. This one is great! Now, I still get a bit nervous before I go, but they are really good at setting me at ease. Today was my check-up so my teeth are sparkling. Thu, 3 Mar 2016 02:57:18 EST TERRIFIC TULIPS BSG WEEK FOUR CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63805113 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <em>362</em> MARCH FOCUS: STRENGTH TRAINING <em>320</em> <BR> Nothing better than strong, lean muscles! This month we will work on adding Strength to our fitness plans. Add Strength to this month's goals. Do at least 10 mins 2 times... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 18:52:21 EST JUMPING JONQUILS BSG FOUR CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63805110 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <em>362</em> MARCH FOCUS: STRENGTH TRAINING <em>320</em> <BR> Nothing better than strong, lean muscles! This month we will work on adding Strength to our fitness plans. Add Strength to this month's goals. Do at least 10 mins 2 times... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 18:51:54 EST TERRIFIC TULIPS BSG WEEK THREE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63805106 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <em>362</em> MARCH FOCUS: STRENGTH TRAINING <em>320</em> <BR> Nothing better than strong, lean muscles! This month we will work on adding Strength to our fitness plans. Add Strength to this month's goals. Do at least 10 mins 2 times... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 18:51:22 EST JUMPING JONQUILS BSG THREE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63805088 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <em>362</em> MARCH FOCUS: STRENGTH TRAINING <em>320</em> <BR> Nothing better than strong, lean muscles! This month we will work on adding Strength to our fitness plans. Add Strength to this month's goals. Do at least 10 mins 2 times... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 18:48:56 EST TERRIFIC TULIPS BSG WEEK TWO CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63805082 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <em>362</em> MARCH FOCUS: STRENGTH TRAINING <em>320</em> <BR> Nothing better than strong, lean muscles! This month we will work on adding Strength to our fitness plans. Add Strength to this month's goals. Do at least 10 mins 2 times... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 18:48:11 EST JUMPING JONQUILS BSG WEEKTWO CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63805077 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <em>362</em> MARCH FOCUS: STRENGTH TRAINING <em>320</em> <BR> Nothing better than strong, lean muscles! This month we will work on adding Strength to our fitness plans. Add Strength to this month's goals. Do at least 10 mins 2 times... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 18:47:38 EST QOD: 3/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63799363 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ddd7087-ec5e-4c21-97e2-16f764dc3873.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> People often say "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb" to describe spring weather. What was the weather like for you on the first day of March? <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> We had a traditional day which included rain, hail, sunshine through the clouds, thunder and lightning, cycling back and forth at a rapid pace - and major gusts of wind. I even saw a rainbow.... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 04:29:33 EST March A to Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10470x31050x63795619 American Red Cross month Tue, 1 Mar 2016 16:10:58 EST QOD: 3/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63795409 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73ce568d-b1fb-4a6f-abfa-a34466244bc7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you tried coloring in an adult coloring book? <BR> <BR> I have and I find that's it's probably one of my favorite ways to de-stress. It's relaxing and I have found that if I can't sleep I'll go color in my coloring book. It helps to stop my mind from thinking of a million different things. Tue, 1 Mar 2016 15:38:09 EST MARCH A&I TEAM NEWS & BIRTHDAYS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63795355 Below are the A&amp;I members who are celebrating emoticon their birthdays this month. Show your A&amp;I Team Spirit emoticon emoticon by visiting their page to wish them a emoticon ! <BR> emoticon emoticon DON’T POST A REPLY. Instead, give them a goody or post a comment on their page. <BR> <BR> MARCH <BR> <BR> 12—ITSMESHE <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=IT<BR>SMESHE </link> <BR> Tue, 1 Mar 2016 15:32:00 EST This or That? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10470x31050x63789991 Name two choices. Next person answers their preference and picks two more. <BR> <BR> Cardio or Strength training? Mon, 29 Feb 2016 23:14:01 EST JUMPING JONQUILS BSG CHAT ROOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63787801 JUMPING JONQUILS MARCH BSG CHAT ROOM <BR> <BR> Welcome JUMPING JONQUILS to your chat room! <BR> <BR> Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. <BR> HELPFUL TIP: A little trick that makes it easier to reply to individual members’ posts is to use Notepad or WordPad. Restore down your screen (i.e., make it smaller and to the left or right) then, as you are reading the posts, type my response in one of those by using Name, xxx (also save it so you don’t lose... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:58:20 EST JUMPING JONQUILS BSG WEEK ONE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63787789 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> NOTE: Week One has more BONUS POINTS than the other weeks will. <BR> NOTE ABOUT BONUS A — ADDING YOUR NAME TO YOUR SIGNATURE LINE: If we’re going to be friends and support each other for the next month, we should know each other’s names... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:56:48 EST TERRIFIC TULIPS BSG WEEK ONE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63787780 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> NOTE: Week One has more BONUS POINTS than the other weeks will. <BR> NOTE ABOUT BONUS A — ADDING YOUR NAME TO YOUR SIGNATURE LINE: If we’re going to be friends and support each other for the next month, we should know each other’s names... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:55:40 EST TERRIFIC TULIPS BSG CHAT ROOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63787772 TERRIFIC TULIPS MARCH BSG CHAT ROOM <BR> <BR> Welcome TERRIFIC TULIPS to your chat room! <BR> <BR> Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. <BR> HELPFUL TIP: A little trick that makes it easier to reply to individual members’ posts is to use Notepad or WordPad. Restore down your screen (i.e., make it smaller and to the left or right) then, as you are reading the posts, type my response in one of those by using Name, xxx (also save it so you don’t lose a... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:53:45 EST APRIL 2016 BSG TEAM MEMBERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x63787756 DANCING DOGWOODS <BR> <BR> Amy - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=A<BR>MYBELLES </link> <BR> Barbie - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=B<BR>ARBIE176 </link> <BR> Cathy - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=C<BR>ATHYGETSFIT </link> <BR> Mimi - <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=RA<BR>DIANT_ROARS </link> <BR> Linda - <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=1B<BR>LUEMAC </link> <BR> <BR> MAGNIFICENT MAGNOLIAS <BR> <BR> Donna - <... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:49:14 EST QOD: 2/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63782257 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e534d163-6f57-41a9-95a9-0099256eee50.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Did/do you have a bike? If you did, when did you get your first one? <BR> <BR> <em>217</em> My first bicycle was a blue Schwinn. I was so proud to have a "big" bike. It expanded my world because I was free to wheel around the neighborhood and back and forth to school. Years later, after my daughter was born, I found a bike almost like it at a garage sale. I bought it ... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 03:03:47 EST QOD: 2/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63774655 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f904798-20a4-4797-8af0-ed7c83f6ac28.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Leap Day is almost here. What will you do with your extra day? <BR> <BR> <em>103</em> Stephanie and I and 2 friends have tickets to see the U.K. National Theatre production of Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. It is televised and shown on the big movie screen at a local theater. What a treat. <BR> Sun, 28 Feb 2016 03:50:38 EST QOD: 2/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63771827 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4bbf3564-b3d5-4332-bb77-f339ac62aa1c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you like getting Spark Goodies? What was the last one you received? <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> I think Spark Goodies are a great way to stay in touch, especially when people share a personal note with me. The last one I received was a red rose. What a way to start my day! <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Feb 2016 16:32:17 EST March 2016 BSG Sign Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x63770616 SIGN UP for the MARCH 2016 BUDDY SUPPORT GROUP CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> It’s time to sign up for the MARCH BUDDY SUPPORT GROUP (BSG) CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> MARCH FOCUS: STRENGTH TRAINING <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> Nothing better than strong, lean muscles! This month we will work on adding STRENGTH to our fitness plans. Add STRENGTH to this month's goals. Do at least 10 mins. 2 times per week. Strong is the new skinny!! <BR> <BR> WHAT IS A BUDDY SUPPORT GROUP (BSG) CHALLENGE? Click ... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 12:41:02 EST SATURDAY 27th FEB, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63769171 Do you like hot spicy food? Chili's,curry etc? Sat, 27 Feb 2016 09:21:23 EST QOD: 2/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63764258 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f13dee1c-0b9e-4011-8932-277ee9566641.png"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> It's Tell a Fairy Tale Day. Do you have a favorite fairy tale? Who can you share it with? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/535e78ae-b125-4255-92af-ce32c6cbaf9f.jpg"> <BR> I like many fairy tales and especially enjoy wordplaying with them so Fractured Fairy Tales are perfect for me. My daughter and I use them for a laugh break. <BR> <BR> Remember ... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:59:13 EST QOD: 2/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63758733 What did you have for dinner last night? <BR> <BR> We had baked chicken with sauteed green beans and onions. Thu, 25 Feb 2016 22:09:34 EST QOD: 2/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63748542 Favorite movie or show lately? <BR> <BR> I'm watching a couple of good shows on Netflix. Making a murderer is a really good television show. This show will make you wonder often people are setup by police. <BR> <BR> The other good show I'm watching is Madame Secretary on Netlfix. Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:47:22 EST QOD: 2/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63736477 What would you say to someone who was just starting out their healthy journey for the very first time tomorrow morning? <BR> <BR> Extra credit: What does it feel like to sit with this advice for yourself right now? <BR> <BR> <BR> My advice is to take baby steps towards your goals. Start out with tracking your food and then gradually make adjustments to your food over time. Then start adding in some exercise. Even 10 minutes a day is better than none. <BR> <BR> Be patient and kind to you... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 01:32:59 EST QOD: 2/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63732861 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/db5b4caf-5176-474f-af51-35058260f6d5.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44bf880a-9135-4a60-ba8a-a110d1d2d9cc.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/342eb5ef-a5f3-40ef-82f7-3e238fc18142.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/89739157-b23c-4f95-bee4-2e6cee182506.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Where do you workout most often? <BR> <BR> Home <BR> Outside <BR> Gym <BR> Community Center <BR> W... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 15:31:10 EST QOD: 2/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63721571 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7839bb3f-958a-441e-8bf6-acc8db98e395.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you eat oatmeal? If so, do you have a favorite recipe? <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> I like oatmeal. I often fix steel cut oats with fruits and nuts for breakfast. Another favorite is Eggs-n-Oats, a Spark Recipe. It is so easy - just eggs and oats. I serve mine with cinnamon and sugar-free apple sauce. Delicious and filling. <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <link>https://reci... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 05:06:46 EST SATURDAY FEB 20 WEEKLY QUESTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63718552 Whether or not you celebrate seasonal observations like Lent or Ramadan, how does it feel to you to "give something up" for a set period of time? <BR> <BR> I can give up something for a set period of time if it's something I want to do but not if it's something that's being forced upon me. I can give up something though for the rest of my life if I had to because my life/health depended on it. <BR> Sat, 20 Feb 2016 16:47:16 EST QOD: 2/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63714675 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f6480843-1ec8-469c-a650-8863c9df64eb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What is one of the things you have learned about life? You can put it in your own words or give a favorite quote. <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> I've learned that I will always be learning. No matter how long I live there will always be more to learn. Sat, 20 Feb 2016 04:16:51 EST QOD: 2/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63707256 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed1674c2-340f-41da-871c-1ea5fb5e92da.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you like chocolate? What type is your favorite? <BR> <BR> <em>493</em> I've always liked dark chocolate - even before it was discovered that it has healthy benefits. I think mint is good when I'm drinking hot cocoa. My daughter likes it with chili's. (not my favorite, but interesting) Fri, 19 Feb 2016 04:29:52 EST QOD: 2/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63700370 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04ebd0ba-e125-44c6-b990-6cbc76f7b85f.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you remember a game that you enjoyed when you were young? Do you still play it now? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have the Monopoly game my parents owned. It's the old style with metal tokens. My daughter and I like to play it, but we feel free to tweak the rules. She taught me that it is the playing that is fun - not just winning - so we trade properties back and forth and alter... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 05:23:25 EST QOD: 2/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63692746 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1d3da871-8992-4cf7-a96e-4c39ccfa94fd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Can you take a minute today to try this? What came to your mind? <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> It was still dark out. It's been very cloudy here, but in one part of the sky I could see the stars. What an amazing moment to look at the immensity of space and see starry lights inviting me to move beyond the gravity of earth. I feel better now. Wed, 17 Feb 2016 05:22:27 EST QOD: 2/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63685077 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7babf106-e20d-4128-9c59-19ec29c2ceb1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> This is the time of year when citrus fruits are plentiful. Do you like citrus? What kinds are your favorites? <BR> <BR> <em>474</em> I like the taste of citrus fruits, but sometimes my stomach rebels if I eat too much. I use lime in my drinking water and cooking daily. Lemon is a staple for my cooking also. My favorite orange is called Cara Cara. Yum. I like pink gr... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 06:16:13 EST QOD: 2/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63676902 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b00f4596-55ff-4eb7-8b2c-75f29237094e.gif"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Can you remember a time when a song or piece of music popped into your head and got stuck there? <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Oh my, yes. Today I found myself humming a tune and I couldn't remember many of the words. It started "Day by day I'm getting fonder . . . " I could hum the tune but not the rest of the words. I finally googled it and found out it is You Make it Easy... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 05:59:42 EST QOD: 2/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63669299 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/31d5306b-b8c3-4c50-b3c7-f6ee6bbf82fb.png"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> For Valentine's Day, or any day, who are some of the people you give your smile to? <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> My daughter Stephanie, my friends (just at the thought of them), and people I meet who look like they need a smile. <BR> Sun, 14 Feb 2016 04:02:20 EST SATURDAY 13th Eeb WEEKLY QUESTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63663640 At the weekends do you find it harder to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle eating and exercising when all the family is home? Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:58:41 EST QOD: 2/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63662669 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd0b9936-15da-43c6-9bef-fe2d9f389171.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> In America February is Heart Health month. Do you do something specific to promote a healthy heart? <BR> <BR> <em>273</em> I'm doing basic exercise and healthy eating for heart health. Since having a nuclear stress test last year I am more conscious of what I need. I now take a baby aspirin and a very low dose statin to slow the progress of the lesion they found. So fa... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 04:09:33 EST QOD: 2/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63655529 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a7fdbbd-07d4-4216-9b13-005367d6f033.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Abraham Lincoln was known for his sayings and he is often quoted. In honor of his birthday - let's share a favorite quote (it doesn't have to be by Lincoln). <BR> <BR> "I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down." --President Abraham Lincoln Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:32:53 EST QOD: 2/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63648018 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ab69587-9322-46ff-b28a-0a401bbcde69.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> We are now in the season of Lent. Is Lent a part of your tradition? If so, do you do something special during these days? <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> I did not grow up even knowing about Lent. We always celebrated Easter, but I don't remember knowing about Lent until I married into the Lutheran Church. They had special community dinners each week of Lent. My Catholic friend... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:47:02 EST QOD: 2/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63640216 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78a1f2d4-186e-40ed-9707-6cd6759adb10.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Adult Coloring has become popular. Have you tried it? If not, do you think you would like to? <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Yes, I have tried coloring. It's very relaxing for me. I can get free printable designs online and use pencils, pens, whatever I have. Right now I'm coloring easter eggs to give out. <em>449</em> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 05:15:01 EST QOD: 2/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63632606 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8c3ba156-2406-4852-b286-489d8727d49f.gif"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Many people around the world celebrate Mardi Gras, or Shrove Tuesday. Are there any celebrations near you? Have you ever participated in them? <BR> <BR> <em>472</em> I've never been to any carnival-type festivities. The church I attended when I was young always had a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday - or what they called Fat Tuesday. It was supposed to be the day to ... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 04:21:13 EST QOD: 2/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63624276 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4b7ecc0-a75a-4487-bc6e-d078c2dd2b26.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What do you see in this picture? What do you think the artist tried to communicate? <BR> <BR> <em>268</em> I've looked at this picture a lot and each time I see new things. With your permission I will wait to post my response. You get to be first today. : ) Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:10:11 EST QOD: 2/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63616962 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/425b86a3-438a-4239-a8fa-a704cdbd7ebe.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Did you have a favorite toy as a child? What was it? Do you still have it? <BR> <BR> <em>174</em> I had a special teddy. I liked it because it was soft and could sit up wherever I put it. I don't remember that I named it. I kept it for a long time until it disintegrated. I still have bears in my house. They are faithful companions. : ) Sun, 7 Feb 2016 06:55:58 EST SATURDAY 6th FEBUARY WEEKLY QUESTON http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63609928 Have you ever done something you are utterly ashamed of? do you regret it? Sat, 6 Feb 2016 07:01:37 EST QOD: 2/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63609366 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44447c60-b240-44a5-b537-f7df6ccb7279.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1527 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you do wrist exercises? <BR> <BR> <em>387</em> I spend a lot of time keyboarding so I'm trying to remember to do stretching and strength exercises for my hands. I've found I can do the one in the Spark article just about anywhere. It helps remind me to stretch my shoulders and b... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 03:18:13 EST QOD: 2/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63601612 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e3743a8a-781f-4d03-bd38-1d414abf29c9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Family isn't always blood . . . <BR> <em>38</em> Are there people who want you in their life, even though they aren't blood relations? <BR> <BR> <em>541</em> Yes. My family is very small - both parents were only children - so there were no aunts/uncles/cousins. As a child there was a neighbor who was like an aunt to me. She asked me over to cook with her and she taught me to sew. ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 05:16:47 EST HAPPY HEARTS BSG WEEK FOUR CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63599232 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> FEBRUARY’S FOCUS: CARDIO <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> February is the month of the heart! We need to have a strong heart to keep going in life. This month is all about cardio! Include cardio in your goals this month. G... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 19:01:09 EST CAPTIVATING CUPIDS BSG WEEK FOUR CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63599229 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> FEBRUARY’S FOCUS: CARDIO <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> February is the month of the heart! We need to have a strong heart to keep going in life. This month is all about cardio! Include cardio in your goals this month. G... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 19:00:47 EST HAPPY HEARTS BSG WEEK THREE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63599221 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> FEBRUARY’S FOCUS: CARDIO <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> February is the month of the heart! We need to have a strong heart to keep going in life. This month is all about cardio! Include cardio in your goals this month. G... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 18:59:24 EST CAPTIVATING CUPIDS BSG WEEK THREE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63599216 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> FEBRUARY’S FOCUS: CARDIO <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> February is the month of the heart! We need to have a strong heart to keep going in life. This month is all about cardio! Include cardio in your goals this month. G... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 18:59:02 EST HAPPY HEARTS BSG WEEK TWO CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63599209 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> FEBRUARY’S FOCUS: CARDIO <em>318</em> <BR> February is the month of the heart! We need to have a strong heart to keep going in life. This month is all about cardio! Include cardio in your goals this month. Get at... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 18:57:42 EST CAPTIVATING CUPIDS BSG WEEK TWO CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63599202 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> FEBRUARY’S FOCUS: CARDIO <em>318</em> <BR> February is the month of the heart! We need to have a strong heart to keep going in life. This month is all about cardio! Include cardio in your goals this month. Get at... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 18:57:05 EST QOD: 2/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63593549 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d58be07d-803f-43e3-9c41-7feedaac10ce.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How will you be kind to yourself today? <BR> <BR> <em>469</em> I'm going to brew my favorite loose leaf tea (believe it or not it is called "Grape Stump") and curl up to read the Louise Penny mystery I checked out of the library. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 04:48:11 EST February A to Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10470x31050x63589164 A - Abraham Lincoln Wed, 3 Feb 2016 14:25:34 EST Week 4 Winning team for January 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63588596 I'm sorry this announcement is late, it's been a busy week for sure. <BR> <BR> Let's give a <em>215</em> out &amp; <em>244</em> to the winning team, The Vibrant Visionaries for their <em>345</em> teamwork to pull off a win in the final week of the January challenge. <BR> Give these hardworking ladies a <em>242</em> for their hard work: <BR> <BR> Cathy: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=CA<BR>THYGETSFIT </link> <BR> <BR> Barbie: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:14:18 EST QOD: 2/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63585181 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00cf9dce-2360-4074-88cb-e43a308f4383.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How do you feel about this saying? In what ways has it been true or not true in your life? <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> Well I am a charter member of Perfectionists Anonymous and I can't say I've completely recovered. Grace is the best news I have ever received. Once I caught on that I didn't have to have every hair in place, weigh the ideal weight, have a perfectly toned bod... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 05:38:14 EST QOD: 2/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63576434 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a0df4de-35fa-4787-93bb-8a1b3c2705da.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Spark People has an article with suggestions for a quick healthy boost. Here's the link: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=1557 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you tried any of these today? How did it work for you? <BR> <BR> <em>403</em> I tried the 60-second twist. It felt so good, I did it again after being at the computer. It's a tota... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 03:48:01 EST FEBRUARY A&I TEAM NEWS & BIRTHDAYS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63576189 Below are the A&amp;I members who are celebrating <em>236</em> their birthdays this month. Show your A&amp;I Team Spirit <em>321</em> <em>215</em> by visiting their page to wish them a <em>383</em> ! <BR> <em>227</em> <em>303</em> DON’T POST A REPLY. Instead, give them a goody or post a comment on their page. <BR> <BR> FEBRUARY <BR> <BR> 12—BABECAVE – <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=BA<BR>BECAVE </link> <BR> 12—JB65773– <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JB... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 01:50:39 EST QOD: 2/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63567469 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/38dc5af1-45c9-4bb0-8671-8e8d95ce5e29.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you have plans or activities you are looking forward to during the month of February? <BR> <BR> <em>268</em> My daughter and I will be doing an introduction to acrylic paints class called "Paint Like Van Gogh". I've always wanted to try acrylics so this free class (including materials) will be lots of fun. AND my second online creative writing class starts Feb. 10th... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 04:36:56 EST HAPPY HEARTS BSG CHAT ROOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63566225 Welcome HAPPY HEARTS to your chat room! <BR> <BR> Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. <BR> HELPFUL TIP: A little trick that makes it easier to reply to individual members’ posts is to use Notepad or WordPad. Restore down your screen (i.e., make it smaller and to the left or right) then, as you are reading the posts, type my response in one of those by using Name, xxx (also save it so you don’t lose anything; I’m sure many of you have started typing s... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:19:41 EST CAPTIVATING CUPIDS BSG CHAT ROOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63565844 Welcome CAPTIVATING CUPIDS to your chat room! <BR> <BR> Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. <BR> HELPFUL TIP: A little trick that makes it easier to reply to individual members’ posts is to use Notepad or WordPad. Restore down your screen (i.e., make it smaller and to the left or right) then, as you are reading the posts, type my response in one of those by using Name, xxx (also save it so you don’t lose anything; I’m sure many of you have started ty... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:26:25 EST HAPPY HEARTS BSG WEEK ONE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63565801 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> NOTE: Week One has more BONUS POINTS than the other weeks will. <BR> NOTE ABOUT BONUS A — ADDING YOUR NAME TO YOUR SIGNATURE LINE: If we’re going to be friends and support each other for the next month, we should know each other’s names... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:21:25 EST CAPTIVATING CUPIDS BSG WEEK ONE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63565782 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> NOTE: Week One has more BONUS POINTS than the other weeks will. <BR> NOTE ABOUT BONUS A — ADDING YOUR NAME TO YOUR SIGNATURE LINE: If we’re going to be friends and support each other for the next month, we should know each other’s names... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:18:35 EST FEBRUARY 2016 BSG TEAM MEMBERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x63565740 CAPTIVATING CUPIDS <BR> Donna - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=D<BR>BELLE39 </link> <BR> CJ - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=C<BR>JWORDPLAY </link> <BR> Kitten <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=2<BR>BSXYKITTEN </link> <BR> Ercie - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=E<BR>RCELLAJS </link> <BR> G.R. - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=T<BR>OTALYTENACIOUS </link> <BR> Barbie - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:14:10 EST ???QUESTIONS ABOUT FEBRUARY 2016 CHALLENGE???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x63565655 QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FEBRUARY BSG CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> Post any questions about the FEBRUARY BSG CHALLENGE here if you can't get your question answered in your team's chat and I or one of your other Team Leaders will post a reply as soon as possible! <BR> <BR> Do not send your question via spark-mail! Others may have the same question, so by posting your question here it will help everyone. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:01:47 EST Saturday 30TH JANUARY WEEKLY QUESTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63551963 who or what is your is your inspiration? Sat, 30 Jan 2016 06:48:13 EST QOD: 1/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63551738 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2ad615b-a66c-461f-a67b-0e236ae4497b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What is something you like about your hometown? <BR> <BR> Oregon is so green - at least the part I live in. Rivers and mountains and trees abound. There are beautiful views of nature and also plenty of cultural opportunities. A great place to live. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:14:16 EST QOD: 1/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63548044 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1805b89f-f049-4c71-a55b-8c2776e5f8be.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you have a favorite coffee/tea cup? What makes it your favorite? <BR> <BR> I have one that my MIL gave to me that's red and has roses on it. It says "Each moment I love you more." Great story behind it too. :) <BR> <BR> I have another tall mug that has Tinkerbell on the side of it.I don't use it often though because it's pretty big. <BR> <BR> There are lots of funny/cute mugs/cups ou... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:52:12 EST QOD: 1/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63535747 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9e049ee8-2ecf-4a83-8bf8-912b91520c89.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Since we are remembering old television shows ------ Are there any of your favorites that you still watch in re-runs or dvd's? <BR> <BR> All 9 seasons of Perry Mason have now been released on dvd - one of my all time favorites. I like watching them when I want something familiar to relax with. And my favorite I Love Lucy episodes are now on youtube. Remember Vita-Meta-V... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 03:57:17 EST QOD: 1/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63527944 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/521c9018-7b16-4777-bd8b-0a570099201b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you remember your first tv set? What was it like? What did you watch? <BR> <BR> <em>103</em> I remember getting our first black and white tv. in the 50's. It looked a lot like the one in the picture. I remember watching the Ed Sullivan Show and Sid Caesar. My dad watched wrestling. There weren't many channels then. It was cool when they started showing Saturday mo... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 04:58:06 EST FEBRUARY 2016 BSG CHALLENGE SIGN-UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x63527434 SIGN UP for the FEBRUARY 2016 BUDDY SUPPORT GROUP CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> It’s time to sign up for the FEBRUARY BUDDY SUPPORT GROUP (BSG) CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> FEBRUARY’S FOCUS: CARDIO <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> February is the month of the heart! We need to have a strong heart to keep going in life. <BR> <BR> This month is all about cardio! Include cardio in your goals this month. Get at least 10 mins. per day 5 days per week. <BR> <BR> WHAT IS A BUDDY SUPPORT GROUP (BSG) CHA... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 01:16:04 EST QOD: 1/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63519706 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/677a26b4-4ffc-4d38-8567-89d36f0cbdea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> You find $20. It's found money and you are free to do anything with it. What would you do? <BR> <BR> <em>433</em> This actually happened to me. I was cleaning out my bookcase and there was a $20 dollar bill stuck in a book. My daughter suggested we save it in a jar for our next vacation trip. We want to go to the Olympic National Forest. We've been adding change - no... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 03:52:00 EST QOD: 1/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63510911 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/060a295c-d36a-4dc1-b023-56e6d79fb24a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you supplement your daily diet with any vitamins, minerals, or . . . ? <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> I try getting as much nutrition as possible from foods. I like a wide variety of fruits and veggies so that helps. I do take Vitamin D because I live in an area with limited sunshine. I also use a calcium/magnesium supplement which helps prevent the muscle spasms from fibromy... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 04:52:46 EST QOD: 1/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63503058 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ff875ad-36c8-4748-9b9b-4a23417700e0.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you have a favorite cup or mug? <BR> <BR> <em>469</em> The picture above is one of my favorite mugs. My daughter got us a set of these. Hers says, "I love you to the moon and back." sigh Sun, 24 Jan 2016 04:39:39 EST WEEKLY QUESTION JAN,23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63496048 are you forgetful have you ever forgot an important birthday or anniversary? Sat, 23 Jan 2016 06:59:40 EST QOD: 1/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63495591 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e81a549-47f6-4211-be9c-49b969f74239.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> January is Hobby Month. Do you have a special hobby? Is there a hobby or craft you would like to learn to do? <BR> <BR> <em>268</em> I enjoy lots of crafts. Tomorrow I will take an introductory water color class called Intuitive Painting. Doesn't that sound fun? My library sponsors free craft classes every month. In December we learned quilling which I am enjoying. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:13:11 EST QOD: 1/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63487600 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/92ff7658-030b-4134-bd2b-68e30deb0e2a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What do you think of this quote? Have you discovered any rainbows? <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> I think this quote is much easier to use when I'm already feeling "up". LOL <BR> Actually, one of my favorite rainbows comes when I take a second look at my day and discover that some of the things I was peeved about (like getting wet in the rain) come from things I'm really thankfu... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 04:40:49 EST QOD: 1/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63479944 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61ca404a-9bd4-4945-8bc3-9ac48e9ed14d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Winter storms are here for many. How does the change to cold weather effect you? Do you notice a change in your sleep, appetite, body aches, or . . . ? <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> My body does not like cold weather. It tends to flare my fibromyalgia symptoms and I want to sleep more (perhaps hibernate? LOL) I don't exercise outdoors when it is cold so I do a lot more dvd ro... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:10:37 EST QOD: 1/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63471462 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4a3f0f5b-36d0-4700-be08-12a1e35bc2ce.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you heard about cold brew coffee? Have you tried it? <BR> Here's the link to the Spark article about it: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=2065 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> Cold brew looks interesting to me. My stomach tends to react to the acids in regularly brewed coffee. This might work for me. I haven't tried it yet but ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:07:37 EST QOD: 1/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63462583 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4dadbaf0-4e85-4a87-8f6a-653ee4c121ff.jpg"> <BR> <BR> January is Dining Out Month. <BR> <em>38</em> Do you have a place to dine out that serves healthy foods that help you keep on track. What is your favorite? <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> We have a Thai restaurant that serves wonderful veggie stir-fries. They also give you brown rice if you ask. And have a local market that serves deli foods that are tasty, imaginative, and excellent. They l... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 02:39:48 EST QOD: 1/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63458202 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/22a07810-3b3a-4fc9-8c87-ee2424313908.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When was the last time you tried something new? Tried a new exercise, fixed a new meal, tried a new hairstyle, or whatever else? <BR> <BR> We all tend to get stuck in a rut, groove, rhythm or whatever you want to call it. I got to thinking the other day that I should try something new for exercise. Okay, so the exercise I did wasn't new but it was with a new video of yoga. I had never do... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 14:48:25 EST QOD: 1/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63449502 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/13edb60f-e9d5-4dfc-9f18-e9416d6c19a3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Your favorite Spark Friend is meeting you for lunch. <BR> <BR> Once you finally get all of the hugs and hellos and how do you dos taken care of, what would you want to ask about? And/or what would you want to share? <BR> <BR> I would want to talk about what makes them tick, what their typical day is like, how they keep going in the face of adversity, all about their lives. I think it woul... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:06:09 EST 16th JANUARY WEEKLY QUESTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63442416 What sort of an opinion do you have of yourself? <BR> according to yourself what is your best feature? Sat, 16 Jan 2016 17:10:38 EST QOD: 1/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63439661 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e5e8981-c0df-490c-8557-ebb7763c1b8a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What is your favorite part of living healthy? <BR> <BR> I love that I feel better physically and mentally. I like that I can climb up a flight of stairs without having to hold on to the rail and that I can get to the top without feeling winded. I like that I don't hate my body anymore. I like that I have more confidence in myself. I like that I'm not in pain when I get out of bed in th... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 10:50:02 EST QOD: 1/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63429305 Oh my goodness, we're halfway through January already! <BR> <BR> Are you keeping up with your goals? Ready to try something new? How is it going? <BR> <BR> <BR> I am keeping up with my goals. I'm thinking of trying something new next week for my exercise. Trying a different free exercise video on YouTube...maybe a kickboxing video or something like that. I'm doing okay but not great. I'm hoping the 2nd half of the month will be a little better than first half. <BR> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 02:20:33 EST QOD: 1/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63425685 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3b14fac7-cd35-44bb-bfda-4b54a0566cc7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you have daily goals? <BR> <BR> Get in my 30 - 60 minutes of exercise each day or 6 days out of the week, drink my water, eat according to the FMD and do my best to get in 10,000 steps per day. <BR> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 15:18:54 EST QOD: 1/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63413025 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1d79d513-d0e0-45da-9076-e18e72975327.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you like to travel? Where in the world have you been? <BR> <BR> Washington state, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas,Missouri,Arkansas, Massachusetts, and Florida. Someday I'd like to travel abroad and see many other parts of the world. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:31:58 EST QOD: 1/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63405075 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/70ae8918-1440-49d6-901c-87565d388ce9.png"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> When you get a cold - what do you find most comforting? <BR> <BR> <em>469</em> When I have a sore throat I find ginger tea very soothing. I make it by chopping up ginger root and pouring boiling water over it plus a bit of lemon. There is nothing better than homemade chicken soup when I am feeling sick. AND we have a snuggly teddy bear that visits when one of us is sick... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 03:51:05 EST QOD: 1/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63400331 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/33a3e587-642a-4df0-8e54-224245e7e3dd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> What is your favorite form of exercise or the exercise that consists of most of your fitness minutes? <BR> <BR> I'd say walking, barre exercises with or without dumbbells, Pilates and yoga are the exercises I tend to do the most of. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 14:26:23 EST QOD: 1/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63395792 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2086a7a0-491b-4bd5-939b-65a0ed8c6364.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you use milk, milk products or milk substitutes? <BR> <BR> <em>466</em> I have always had problems digesting milk. I do better with yogurt. Right now I'm experimenting with limiting all dairy from my diet and using almond milk for recipes. So far it is working rather well. I don't think I'm exactly "allergic" to milk - I just seem to feel better without it. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 03:09:00 EST QOD: 1/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63388010 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e0632694-6eb5-477a-9805-b19f41afcbae.png"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you have houseplants? If so, what kinds? Are there some plants that just don't grow well for you? <BR> <BR> <em>375</em> I like houseplants but I tend to forget them. Therefore I do really well with cactus and other sturdy greenery that thrive on neglect. I once had a ficus that grew really well and survived for years . . . Until something like this happened . . . ... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 03:51:41 EST QOD: 1/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63379918 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/498c01ae-61a0-44f8-8a5f-c0f983a64dce.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Is there some food you didn't like when you were a child that you have learned to like? <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> I didn't like spaghetti because we only had the kind that came in a can. When I learned to make my own spaghetti sauce with lots of veggies and fresh basil , then I liked all kinds of pasta dishes. Sat, 9 Jan 2016 05:33:10 EST SATURDAY JAN.9TH WEEKLY QUESTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63379895 This weekend is the time we give up on our new years resolutions traditionally did you make any? have you broke them do you have the strength and determination to carry on? Sat, 9 Jan 2016 05:19:53 EST QOD: 1/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63371238 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e212253-36fb-488a-bda1-4f0e224e7c0c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you use salad dressing? What kinds do you prefer? <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> I use salad dressing sometimes. My favorite is a blue cheese dressing I make myself. I use a fat-free balsamic dressing to season veggies for roasting. A local restaurant has the best raspberry poppyseed one, (but it has more sugar than I should have). : ) Fri, 8 Jan 2016 04:51:23 EST QOD: 1/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63362755 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ff209f5-df6e-4549-a06c-894a17e91d7f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What will you do today to love yourself? <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Today I'm going to give myself a foot massage. It always relaxes me. I keep meaning to do it - and then forget. Today is the day. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 04:10:09 EST QOD: 1/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63353667 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c2d6e6a-50f1-4d0d-ab1a-7b6bb64f9e06.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How much spiciness do you like? Do you like Indian, Thai, Mexican, Korean, or . . .cuisine? <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> I am definitely on the lower end of the spiciness scale. I like all sorts of ethnic food, but I often cook my own so I can control how much spice is in it. (Also because I am allergic to cilantro which is in a lot of restaurant foods) Wed, 6 Jan 2016 04:20:20 EST QOD: 1/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63344571 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3307705b-05d9-4a0a-86ba-e143455b7dc3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you prefer certain colors for decorating, clothes, etc.? <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> I tend toward shades of blue and/or purple. I like delicate colors that relax me for decorating, with a splash of something bright for interest. Outdoors I'm totally attracted to deep forest green (probably because of all the forests nearby). I often wear black pants with jewel tone tops. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 03:38:25 EST QOD: 1/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63334679 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6d6dd386-3b41-461e-9442-7613b119ea1a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> This is the time of year when we hear a lot about setting goals. How do you feel about setting goals? Does it help you or . . . ? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Learning how to cope with chronic illness has taught me that my abilities vary a lot from day to day so it's important that I set goals that are reasonable. If I set unattainable goals - I become discouraged and don't wa... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 04:06:28 EST QOD: 1/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63325023 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df410791-413e-4301-a267-6bffe0b8c267.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> This holiday is news to me! LOL <BR> So in keeping with the day, do you like fruitcake? Have you ever made one or received one as a gift? <BR> <BR> <em>35</em> My English Great Grandmother had a great fruitcake recipe which I liked. It was really more like carrot cake - it didn't have any glace fruit (they are too sweet for me). I haven't eaten any in years, but I reme... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 04:16:26 EST January A to Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10470x31050x63320625 Arctic weather is MIA Sat, 2 Jan 2016 14:57:00 EST JANUARY 2016 BSG TEAM MEMBERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x63320011 VIBRANT VISIONAIRIES <BR> Cathy - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=C<BR>ATHYGETSFIT </link> <BR> Barbie - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=B<BR>ARBIE176 </link> <BR> Debi - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=D<BR>EBI160NOW </link> <BR> Linda - <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as<BR>p?id=1BLUEMAC </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> GREAT GOALSETTERS <BR> CJ - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=C<BR>JWORDPLAY </link> <BR> ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:45:56 EST VIBRANT VISIONAIRIES WEEK FOUR CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63320005 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> JANUARY’S THEME: GOAL SETTING <BR> Decide today that you are committed to your journey to a healthier you. This month your challenge is to take steps to make your life around you reflect your healthy lifestyle. Remove all the un... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:44:59 EST GREAT GOALSETTERS WEEK FOUR CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63319997 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> JANUARY’S THEME: GOAL SETTING <BR> Decide today that you are committed to your journey to a healthier you. This month your challenge is to take steps to make your life around you reflect your healthy lifestyle. Remove all the un... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:44:22 EST VIBRANT VISIONAIRIES WEEK THREE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63319990 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> JANUARY’S THEME: GOAL SETTING <BR> Decide today that you are committed to your journey to a healthier you. This month your challenge is to take steps to make your life around you reflect your healthy lifestyle. Remove all the un... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:43:43 EST GREAT GOALSETTERS WEEK THREE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63319984 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> JANUARY’S THEME: GOAL SETTING <BR> Decide today that you are committed to your journey to a healthier you. This month your challenge is to take steps to make your life around you reflect your healthy lifestyle. Remove all the un... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:43:04 EST VIBRANT VISIONAIRIES WEEK TWO CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63319976 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> JANUARY’S THEME: GOAL SETTING <BR> Decide today that you are committed to your journey to a healthier you. This month your challenge is to take steps to make your life around you reflect your healthy lifestyle. Remove all the un... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:42:13 EST GREAT GOALSETTERS WEEK TWO CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63319969 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> JANUARY’S THEME: GOAL SETTING <BR> Decide today that you are committed to your journey to a healthier you. This month your challenge is to take steps to make your life around you reflect your healthy lifestyle. Remove all the un... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:41:34 EST VIBRANT VISIONAIRIES WEEK ONE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63319964 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> NOTE: Week One has more BONUS POINTS than the other weeks will. <BR> <BR> NOTE ABOUT BONUS A — ADDING YOUR NAME TO YOUR SIGNATURE LINE: If we’re going to be friends and support each other for the next month, we should know each... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:40:34 EST GREAT GOALSETTERS WEEK ONE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63319956 REMEMBER: Do WHAT you can WHEN you can. Don't stress if you can't do everything. Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. The challenges are to help us have fun and to help maintain and/or improve our health and fitness. <BR> <BR> NOTE: Week One has more BONUS POINTS than the other weeks will. <BR> <BR> NOTE ABOUT BONUS A — ADDING YOUR NAME TO YOUR SIGNATURE LINE: If we’re going to be friends and support each other for the next month, we should know each... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:39:57 EST VIBRANT VISIONAIRIES JANUARY BSG CHAT ROOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63319943 VIBRANT VISIONAIRIES JANUARY BSG CHAT ROOM <BR> <BR> Welcome VIBRANT VISIONAIRIES to your chat room! <BR> <BR> Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. <BR> HELPFUL TIP: A little trick that makes it easier to reply to individual members’ posts is to use Notepad or WordPad. Restore down your screen (i.e., make it smaller and to the left or right) then, as you are reading the posts, type my response in one of those by using Name, xxx (also save it so you ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:37:29 EST GREAT GOALSETTERS JANUARY BSG CHAT ROOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63319931 GREAT GOALSETTERS JANUARY BSG CHAT ROOM <BR> <BR> Welcome GREAT GOALSETTERS o your chat room! <BR> <BR> Supporting your teammates is the main idea behind the buddy support groups. <BR> HELPFUL TIP: A little trick that makes it easier to reply to individual members’ posts is to use Notepad or WordPad. Restore down your screen (i.e., make it smaller and to the left or right) then, as you are reading the posts, type my response in one of those by using Name, xxx (also save it so you don’t l... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:35:58 EST QOD: 1/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63316303 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef815ce4-c37b-451b-8915-1f511b8284cc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> January is National Soup Month. What kind of soup do you like? <BR> <BR> <em>481</em> I like lemon chicken soup with mushrooms and brown rice (my recipe). <BR> Another favorite is everything-in-the-refrigerator vegetable soup. <em>4</em> Sat, 2 Jan 2016 05:12:03 EST QOD: January 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63307659 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc5d9409-a719-4dcf-970e-d63a73a250f6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What is something you are happy about on this first day of the new year? <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Today I am happy to see the sun shining. Isn't that a wonder in the middle of winter! <em>67</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 04:44:56 EST JANUARY A&I TEAM NEWS / BIRTHDAYS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63307139 Below are the A&amp;I members who are celebrating <em>236</em> their birthdays this month. Show your A&amp;I Team Spirit <em>321</em> <em>215</em> by visiting their page to wish them a <em>383</em> ! <BR> <em>227</em> <em>303</em> DON’T POST A REPLY. Instead, give them a goody or post a comment on their page. <BR> <BR> JANUARY <BR> <BR> 01—1BLUEMAC <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=1B<BR>LUEMAC </link> <BR> 09—SIOBHANKNITS <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?i... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 01:46:54 EST QOD: 12/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63300217 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a09d9b26-6781-45a9-8826-990f88a62bfc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you have any special plans to celebrate the New Year? <BR> <BR> <em>407</em> My daughter and I like to play board games and recall joys from the past year. We'll be playing with our indoor snowballs as well. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fead619e-ed4f-434b-bdac-d028864333c4.jpg"> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 04:04:18 EST QOD: 12/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63292724 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ec3f063-c97d-4666-a755-3bf86006c39f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> As the year 2015 turns into 2016 are there some successful habits you want to continue into the New Year? <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Keeping in touch with my Spark Friends is essential for me. You are my best encouragers. I also want to continue finding good ways to use vegetables. When I'm getting plenty of veggies the rest of my menu stays in the healthy range. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 04:06:43 EST QOD: 12/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63285417 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc804b79-62cb-4fd1-80af-1fd70f6277dd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What are you reading now (or planning to read)? <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> I just finished re-reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now I am reading the poetry of John O'Donohue. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aeb9ce8e-a765-45ac-9393-33fcaa10e768.jpg"> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 04:14:03 EST JANUARY 2016 BSG SIGN-UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x63280652 Sign-Up FOR THE JANUARY BSG Challenge <BR> <BR> JANUARY BUDDY SUPPORT GROUP (BSG) CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> It’s time to sign up for the JANUARY BUDDY SUPPORT GROUP (BSG) CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> If you’re not familiar with what a “BUDDY SUPPORT GROUP CHALLENGE” is, visit the <BR> <BR> following thread: <BR> <BR> WHAT IS A BUDDY SUPPORT GROUP (BSG) CHALLENGE? Click on the link below to find out . <link> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x532<BR>00305... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 12:41:23 EST QOD: 12/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63277642 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/95412b3b-b8b7-4b23-978c-f9caa672c299.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you ever gone on a sleigh ride? If not, would you like to? <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> I haven't ever been on a sleigh ride - but it looks like a lot of fun. I would like to try it, especially if the horses enjoyed it. We could sing along with the jingling bells. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 03:43:54 EST QOD: 12/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63273665 How did you spend the day after Christmas? <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> We just kind of lazed around the house and watched a movie on Amazon Prime. I talked to my mom and sister yesterday too. My sister, BIL, niece and great nephew are spending the weekend at my mom's house. It sure is hard to be so far away from family during the holidays. We had a nice quiet Christmas though, just hubby and I. Sun, 27 Dec 2015 14:54:26 EST