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: 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 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 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 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 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 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 QOD: 12/21-26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63234171 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c144b08-a5b5-41a6-996d-814099763284.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> Let's use these next few days to post greetings and wishes to each other. You can post more than once. <BR> <BR> The Beauty of the Christmas Season can remind us of all the Beauty in Life we take for granted, Our Family, Our Friends, Our Faith. Blessings to you all. <BR> Mon, 21 Dec 2015 03:24:00 EST QOD: 12/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63227601 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2fd318dd-e00c-4921-a7a7-90dd3ec29c00.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What is something you like about winter? <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> On clear cold days our gorgeous Mt. Hood is a sight to behold - covered with new snow. It inspires me. I also like to snuggle - so winter is the perfect time to get cuddly. <em>174</em> Sun, 20 Dec 2015 04:23:34 EST DECEMBER WEEK THREE QUESTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63223296 How many songs can you name with the words Christmas or Santa in their title Sat, 19 Dec 2015 10:46:24 EST QOD: 12/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63221508 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c21f13c9-2caf-42d9-a5ea-2af8d25db2a7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What holiday recipe/food do you enjoy each year? <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> We often make my great grandmother's steamed pudding served with flaming sauce. That is the oldest recipe I have. A newer tradition for us is having salmon for our main course (when we can get it locally). Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:14:41 EST QOD: 12/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63214863 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec929f45-c8c9-4545-852a-bcdb45789424.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A group of rescued chicks befriended Champ. Here is their story: <BR> <BR> <link>animalsaustralia.org/features/chicks<BR>-befriend-11-year-old-dog.php </link> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you ever adopted an animal? <BR> <BR> Yes. We were blessed to adopt a baby chinchilla (extra males are routinely put down). He was a wonderful companion and delightful pet for over 20 years. We... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 03:43:47 EST QOD: 12/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63208471 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9437cde0-17ca-44fc-ac93-01e49b71c178.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d23a7d76-4df4-4f61-ad41-778ee33c41ea.gif"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Contrary to Lucy Van Pelt we can offer a tribute to Beethoven in honor of his birthday. <link>https://www.google.com/search?q=ode+<BR>to+joy+flash+mob&amp;ie=utf-8&amp;oe=u<BR>tf-8 </link> <BR> Have you ever witnessed or been a part of a flash mob? What was it like? <BR... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 03:25:15 EST SHIMMERING LIGHTS BSG WEEK FOUR CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63205970 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>207</em> Review and reflect <em>8</em> End of the year is here, most people have fallen away from their goals and healthy lifestyle. Our challenge for this month is to make sure that we are still incorporating all the ... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 17:25:38 EST BEAUTIFUL BELLS WEEK FOUR CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63205966 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>207</em> Review and reflect <em>8</em> End of the year is here, most people have fallen away from their goals and healthy lifestyle. Our challenge for this month is to make sure that we are still incorporating all the ... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 17:25:02 EST SHIMMERING LIGHTS BSG WEEK THREE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63205907 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>207</em> Review and reflect <em>8</em> End of the year is here, most people have fallen away from their goals and healthy lifestyle. Our challenge for this month is to make sure that we are still incorporating all the ... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 17:15:13 EST BEAUTIFUL BELLS WEEK THREE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63205882 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>207</em> Review and reflect <em>8</em> End of the year is here, most people have fallen away from their goals and healthy lifestyle. Our challenge for this month is to make sure that we are still incorporating all the ... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 17:12:47 EST QOD: 12/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63201508 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d4aebb6e-421f-4f56-bfdc-10b6fb9cf286.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Tis the Season to be sharing hugs. Have you hugged yourself today? <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Yes, Hugging myself is one of my favorite stretches. Somehow it helps me relax - and feels good, too. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 04:40:56 EST QOD: 12/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63194633 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27276ecb-ed32-4d75-be41-ed0bb6ff1095.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you ever been in a Christmas Pageant? What part(s) did you play? <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> I was always a singing angel in the programs in grade school. You know, the ones with a tinsel halo and coat hanger wings. In college we did a Dicken's Caroler's Christmas program and got to dress up in 19th century costumes which I thought super cool! (Well, actually, they ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:45:59 EST QOD: 12/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63187150 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1dd8f395-fac5-4ce2-92bc-a6a1c6bbc288.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What are some of your favorite sounds or songs of the season? <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> I like Christmas music so this is one of my favorite times of year. I like to watch the Boston Pops Christmas Show (it usually streams online). <BR> <em>445</em> We have a very talented group of bell ringers in our area. Bells seem filled with such joy. I love the sound. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:18:27 EST DECEMBER WK TWO. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63174517 HERE WE GO THEN <BR> on the 1st day of first day of Christmas my true love sent to me a partridge in a pear tree... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 07:15:20 EST QOD: 12/12-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63173953 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55b1abf8-fa51-4bd9-8785-d3641bc406ff.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> There is so much to be grateful for. Can you add to the list over the next few days? <BR> <BR> <em>273</em> I am grateful for medical care. I found another abscess today so I will be treating this condition for a while longer. I'm not quite sure how grateful I am for the abscesses - I guess that will come in time. LOL Sat, 12 Dec 2015 03:50:02 EST QOD: 12/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63167690 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d58dec7-af2c-45a4-a5b1-615c3e9f25a5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How do you deal with single socks and other laundry challenges? <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> I have plenty of socks looking for mates. I bought a special little baggie to put them in so they wouldn't wander all through the wash. I've lost that more than I have had it. So finally I realized I could stuff them in a pillow slip and twist tie the opening. It works like a dream. ... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:51:41 EST QOD: 12/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63160693 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/338cd7f2-ab5f-4177-b3de-4eebbc3f0fa6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you been able to be a rainbow for someone else? <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> I have a sweet friend who is 85 years old and living in Assisted Care. She has memory problems but she remembers me. Her face glows when I come for a visit. And the best part is she is a rainbow for me as well. It feels so good to be appreciated for just being there. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 04:01:06 EST QOD: 12/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63157066 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e80f1d41-4871-41e6-8189-aa2fe2650b37.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you resent change or do you accept it and embrace it? <BR> <BR> Change may not always seem like a good thing but I think change helps us to grow as a person in one way or another. I try to embrace change or accept it even if I may not like it at the time. Wed, 9 Dec 2015 14:15:14 EST BEAUTIFUL BELLS WEEK TWO CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63150133 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>207</em> Review and reflect <em>8</em> End of the year is here, most people have fallen away from their goals and healthy lifestyle. Our challenge for this month is to make sure that we are still incorporating all the ... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 14:58:49 EST SHIMMERING LIGHTS BSG WEEK TWO CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63150127 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>207</em> Review and reflect <em>8</em> End of the year is here, most people have fallen away from their goals and healthy lifestyle. Our challenge for this month is to make sure that we are still incorporating all the ... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 14:58:16 EST QOD: 12/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63149893 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a323efaf-5607-41a2-88b6-3b05125f91fd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you let go of something that was causing you unhappiness? <BR> <BR> I had an image in my mind as to how I wanted my body to look. I think it was causing me to be unhappy in life. I've let go of that image and have accepted my body for the way it is. I've let of go of unrealistic expectations. Tue, 8 Dec 2015 14:26:04 EST QOD: 12/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63139168 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79322f24-3913-47b8-9eda-fd3bae794b51.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Is there a lesson the past has taught you that you are applying now? <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> I used to think that if I just lost enough weight I would be skinny. I have learned that there are many body types and mine is not the skinny boned type. I will never be a size 3 no matter how much weight I lose. But getting into a 12 again is absolutely fine. Accepting reality ... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 05:12:03 EST QOD: 12/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63132176 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b426902-8db3-4ba2-ab50-fb78a9006b67.png"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What is something beautiful you have felt in your heart lately? <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> I love this quote. It reminds me to stop and pay attention to what is best. My daughter, Stephanie, is over 40 and it's been a long time since I watched her sleeping. Today she was taking a nap and as I sat quietly in her presence my heart was filled with wondrous memories of our life... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 03:28:48 EST DECEMBER wk 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63125716 It is that time of year again it is Christmas! so lets start with those letters to Santa <BR> Dear Santa,,... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 05:17:53 EST QOD: 12/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63125573 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2604ab8d-ffe7-4df2-aecd-373608e6367f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you ever exercise to a holiday song? Which ones? <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> Right now I'm needing all the motivation I can find to get in some exercise. Songs like, "Jingle Bell Rock" do the trick for me. I'm chair exercising - but I'm moving. <BR> Here's a link - if you want to join me. : ) <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j00N<BR>63zZWrQ </link> Sat, 5 Dec 2015 03:30:21 EST QOD: 12/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63118448 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0cb8479-194e-4a48-9bf3-e4e1fc21bbf1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Many of us have cultural roots from around the world. Do you have any Christmas/holiday traditions which have been handed down to you from them? <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> My great grandmother gave me her recipe for steamed Christmas pudding that her family brought from England to Canada to the US. We make two - one for Christmas and one for New Year's. It's fun to turn out... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 03:36:29 EST QOD: 12/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63111357 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac4001d6-e1d7-40ef-90b5-e2da1ffdfa03.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What is typical December weather like where you live? <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> At the moment it is raining. This is ordinary for Oregon. The only variations are in the amount of rain and how windy it is. When it is sunny - it generally gets very cold - but without moisture we don't usually get snow in the valley where I live. (Our mountains are gorgeous.) There have been s... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 04:48:21 EST December A to Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10470x31050x63109011 A - angel Wed, 2 Dec 2015 19:08:53 EST SHIMMERING LIGHTS BSG WEEK ONE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63107339 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... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 13:39:59 EST BEAUTIFUL BELLS WEEK ONE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63107328 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... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 13:36:52 EST SHIMMERING LIGHTS BSG CHAT ROOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63107303 Welcome SHIMMERING LIGHTS to your chat room! <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 reply to individual members’ posts is to use Notepad or WordPad. What I do is restore down my screen (i.e., make it smaller and to the left or right) then, as I’m reading the posts, I type my response in one of those by using Name, xxx (I also save it so I don’t lose anything; I’m sure many ... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 13:32:18 EST BEAUTIFUL BELLS BSG CHAT ROOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63107280 Welcome BEAUTIFUL BELLS to your chat room! <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 reply to individual members’ posts is to use Notepad or WordPad. What I do is restore down my screen (i.e., make it smaller and to the left or right) then, as I’m reading the posts, I type my response in one of those by using Name, xxx (I also save it so I don’t lose anything; I’m sure many of... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 13:28:46 EST DECEMBER BSG TEAM MEMBERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x63107269 BEAUTIFUL BELLS <BR> Risa - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=R<BR>EADYRISA </link> <BR> Lisa - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=L<BR>WADE1963 </link> <BR> Donna - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=D<BR>BELLE39 </link> <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> <BR> <BR> SHIMMERING LIGHTS <BR> Colleen ... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 13:26:18 EST ???? QUESTIONS DECEMBER BSG CHALLENGE ???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x63107258 Post any questions about the DECEMBER 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. Wed, 2 Dec 2015 13:23:29 EST DECEMBER A&I TEAM NEWS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63106016 01—JEWELRYLOVER- <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JE<BR>WELRYLOVER </link> <BR> 03—SHELTILOVEKY - <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SH<BR>ELTILOVEKY </link> <BR> 08—RDEFASSI - <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as<BR>p?id=RDEFASSI </link> <BR> 10—MADMANSMAMA87 - <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=MA<BR>DMANSMAMA87 </link> <BR> Wed, 2 Dec 2015 10:29:56 EST QOD: 12/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63103494 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f7cd578d-f3d9-4859-8c11-f39cb9a95371.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What things are you planning for your upcoming holiday celebration(s)? <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> Right now I am crocheting white thread snowflakes to give as gifts. I hang the ones I made for myself on a thread across my front window (along with white mini lights). So very cheerful. <em>425</em> Wed, 2 Dec 2015 02:43:30 EST QOD: 12/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63099325 Do you have a favorite author? <BR> <BR> Stieg Larsson is/was my favorite author but he's no longer alive. I haven't found another author that I like as well as him yet. Tue, 1 Dec 2015 13:52:14 EST Movie and Actor/Actress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10470x31050x63091665 Hi, hope I don't get too annoying by creating another game. I am resting after surgery and am entertaining myself with things that are different and fun, since my attention span is short right now. <BR> <BR> Name a movie. The next person names an actor or actress in that movie. The next person names a different movie with that actor/actress. Images can be added for extra fun. i will do the first few to get us started. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:07:12 EST NOVEMBER 28TH WEEKLY QUESTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63076143 One of tasks this month was to share a recipe . do you always follow recipe to the letter or do you tweak them here and there are you a adventurous cook? Sat, 28 Nov 2015 10:26:08 EST QOD: 11/28-30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63074494 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e0406235-c3bd-4cef-b675-89ef1067f2d7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's round out the month of November with one "Thank You" question. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What quality that you have will you thank yourself for today? <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Today I thank myself for doing small things to brighten others day. I am cutting out delicate paper snowflakes to give away so people can have something hand made to decorate their office space. <em>425</em> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 04:20:18 EST The Song Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10470x31050x63073395 Thought I'd start a new game - saw this one on the message boards. I think CJ will like this one! <BR> The Song Game: <BR> <BR> Rules are easy: Name a song and next person uses one word from that song name to name another song. <BR> <BR> You can add the band or artist who wrote the song after it if you want, Ir's not necessary, but can add to the fun! <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll go first: <BR> <BR> Love Me Tender - Elvis <BR> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:31:34 EST QOD: 11/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63068692 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ea47edb1-4834-4726-907f-346156b6af1d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What helps you continue on? <BR> <BR> <em>459</em> I want my life to have meaning and to help make the world a better place. I know that I have to start with myself first, if anything is going to change. How can I expect anyone to take care of themselves if I'm not doing my best to take care of me? <BR> <BR> P.S. I really needed this reminder - it's easy to forget. <... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:09:21 EST QOD: 11/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63062862 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0365d430-89f2-4f23-b899-d88f194f50c8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> No need for a question for Thanksgiving Day. Just wanted you to know that I am thankful for our friendship. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cbb9804b-a4fb-45e8-848f-12656c8186a1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 03:56:47 EST DECEMBER BSG SIGN-UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x63059047 SIGN UP for the DECEMBER 2015 BUDDY SUPPORT GROUP CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> It’s time to sign up for the DECEMBER BUDDY SUPPORT GROUP (BSG) CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> <em>207</em> Review and reflect <em>8</em> End of the year is here, most people have fallen away from their goals and healthy lifestyle. Our challenge for this month is to make sure that we are still incorporating all the things we have learned this year. Review your goals and habits from this past year and make sure you are still ... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:56:55 EST QOD: 11/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63056113 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc52c26c-1710-4851-9243-6e4a96ba81a6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What happy moment graced your life today? <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> I was standing in the grocery line (all the lines were VERY LOOOONG) today chatting with the woman in front of me. She kept looking around - then told me she was watching for a lady who had left the line because she had forgotten something. When the lady returned, the woman in front of me called her over an... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 04:15:38 EST QOD: 11/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63048860 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4ad8cf5-53c5-4147-8eee-7dd4b7c91609.gif"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What is something you especially like about your kitchen? <BR> <BR> <em>341</em> I have an older house and when the kitchen needed to be redone we were able to get deep green marble countertops. They are easy care and look good all the time. What a treat. <BR> <BR> P.S. the picture above is NOT my kitchen. It reminds me of my grandmother's. <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:58:30 EST QOD: 11/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63041382 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7eb77241-6625-4a7e-8945-d9872c2541c5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you drink coffee? How do you fix it? <BR> <BR> <em>271</em> I used to drink a lot of coffee. I liked it black -- brewed in a French Press. <BR> Now I only use decaf. but just the smell of fresh brewed coffee will wake me up. LOL I've tried some of the darker roasts but they seem bitter to me so I prefer a milder blend. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 04:31:03 EST QOD: 11/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63034118 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/657baa49-602a-468b-a9e9-818205ac3e34.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What can get you laughing out loud? <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> I often find myself laughing out loud about something silly I have just done. : ) <BR> Most recently my daughter and I went to a comedy improv theater called Comedy Sportz. They are family friendly and just a whole lot of fun. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/862706c1-a7ba-4392-96be-... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 04:59:31 EST WEEKLY QUESTION 21ST NOVEMBER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x63027856 do you have a favourite actor or actress have you seen all of their films have even the rubbish ones just because he/ she are in it Sat, 21 Nov 2015 06:48:29 EST QOD: 11/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63027612 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04e8bf0f-efc1-4157-b7eb-5b9010a7a305.gif"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you shop for Black Friday bargains? <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> I am not a fan of pushing forward the Christmas shopping craze so you won't find me going out a midnight Thanksgiving night to stand in line. BUT some of the online prices are really good and are just in time for gifts for my daughter's birthday. Shh, don't tell - she's getting really soft jammies. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 04:21:58 EST QOD: 11/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63020409 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d836e313-00ff-483f-bd29-18dcf46f421b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How do you decorate your walls? Do you have any "art" pictures you enjoy? <BR> <BR> <em>434</em> I have some beautiful photos of forest and flowers that were given me by a photographer friend. One of my favorite pictures is Rembrandt's Return of the Prodigal Son. I can look at it over and over and keep seeing more and more. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 04:17:47 EST QOD: 11/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63013568 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd71b121-2951-477a-bf5b-8f39e3f9b572.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> It's Thankful Thursday. What everyday, ordinary blessing did you notice today? <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> I realized what a blessing it is to see butterflies. They bring beauty and remind me of hope. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 03:39:10 EST QOD:11/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63006397 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f3a6f5f3-999e-439f-8a3c-cf9395c7cc24.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What do you think of this picture? Where are you along the path toward your goals? <BR> <BR> <em>206</em> My life does NOT look like the line on the top. Yes, I have goals, but my experience is not a straight line directly there. LOL. Looking at the bottom line --- I've already been in the deep blue water in the middle so I'd guess I'm on the steep climb out. I'm guess... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 03:29:10 EST 10 Tips to Stay on Track When Life Gets Tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x63003336 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=10_tips_for_maintaining_a_healthy_l<BR>ifestyle_in_times_of_stress </link> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:32:16 EST QOD: 11/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62998745 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dcf4ce78-314d-4854-94e7-85c73f527171.png"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you have favorite clothes - something you really enjoy wearing? <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> I have soft knit crop pants that are so comfortable to workout in. I liked them so much I got 2 more pairs. They are black so they go with all my tops. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 03:52:47 EST TROTTING TURKEYS BSG WEEK FOUR CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x62994872 <BR> <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>465</em> November Focus: Gratitude <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> This month is all about being grateful. This month's challenge is to post (daily if possible) something that you are grateful for. <BR> <BR> Here is y... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:21:05 EST PERSISTENT PILGRIMS BSG WEEK FOUR CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x62994869 <BR> <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>465</em> November Focus: Gratitude <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> This month is all about being grateful. This month's challenge is to post (daily if possible) something that you are grateful for. <BR> <BR> Here is y... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:20:35 EST TROTTING TURKEYS BSG WEEK THREE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x62994477 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>465</em> November Focus: Gratitude <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> This month is all about being grateful. This month's challenge is to post (daily if possible) something that you are grateful for. <BR> <BR> Here is your template... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:03:44 EST PERSISTENT PILGRIMS BSG WEEK THREE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x62994473 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>465</em> November Focus: Gratitude <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> This month is all about being grateful. This month's challenge is to post (daily if possible) something that you are grateful for. <BR> <BR> Here is your template... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:03:08 EST QOD: 11/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62990791 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9bf7b10d-bc81-4712-8822-6861b56cdaeb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> There are many different kinds of beans. What kinds do you like and how do you fix them? <BR> <BR> <em>373</em> Green beans are my all time favorite - especially freshly picked from the garden. Add a few toasted almonds for a real treat. <BR> <BR> I am learning to enjoy other kinds, too. I make a good black bean chili and I have a garbanzo bean salad that is tasty and... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 03:44:39 EST Best YouTube Fitness Channels http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62986529 I just happened upon this SP article today. I have done exercises from the first YouTube Channel she mentions before and like them. I think I'll subscribe to some of the other channels that she mentions too though. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=the_best_youtube_fitness_workout_ch<BR>annels </link> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 14:13:13 EST WEEKLY QUESTION NOV.14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x62977352 where would you be now on your journey to a healthy lifestyle without the help of spark? <BR> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 09:10:45 EST QOD: 11/14-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62976462 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dcc53ab1-7d34-4ce3-8225-132da47b01f7.png"> <BR> <BR> I have the fun of posing questions for the team - so for this week-end . . . <BR> <em>38</em> What question(s) would YOU like to ask? <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to hearing from you and I'll do my best to give an answer. Sat, 14 Nov 2015 05:18:52 EST Video: How to Organize Your Refrigerator to Eat He http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62972539 Video: How to Organize Your Refrigerator to Eat Healthier <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcbD35ivtoI&<BR>amp;feature=plcp </link> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:08:05 EST QOD: 11/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62968771 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c1253db-45b6-45aa-924d-013c0bf347b4.PNG"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you play games on your computer? What ones do you enjoy? <BR> <BR> <em>17</em> Yes, I play FreeCell especially when I'm on hold on the phone. : ) <BR> One of my favorite games right now is Zoombini's Logical Journey. It's challenging, but also just lots of fun. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/83d08601-a754-4914-80c9-3fdb1de15006.jpg"> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 04:14:12 EST How Nutrition Affects Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62964810 Interesting short article about how nutrition affect fitness <BR> <BR> <link>www.livestrong.com/article/17770-nut<BR>rition-affect-fitness/ </link> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:26:16 EST QOD: 11/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62961324 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d927c711-10dc-4e6d-a374-450fc5794e31.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How are you showing your gratitude today? <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> I called my friend and told her that I appreciate her. She prays for me and is always happy to hear from me. What a blessing. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 03:17:47 EST Butt & Ab Exercises With No Equipment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62960461 I've been doing a lot of these for the past month and my booty is definitely getting tighter and smaller. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.livestrong.com/article/372156-bu<BR>tt-ab-exercises-with-no-equipment/ </link> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 22:46:35 EST QOD: 11/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62953813 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/336c6c22-8290-4202-8339-8ad1ef493828.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How do you or your community remember Veteran's Day? <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> I'm old enough to remember when Nov. 11th was called Remembrance Day. <BR> My grandmother had brothers in WWI. I used to help her make paper poppies for people to wear. There was always a parade of veteran's in their small town. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 03:13:16 EST How to Take Control of Your Food Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62950132 Really interesting article about what usually causes your food cravings. <BR> <BR> <link>www.livestrong.com/blog/take-control<BR>-food-cravings/ </link> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:36:04 EST QOD: 11/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62946515 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b04bf369-7732-4555-a429-38f4e2161fb8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you ever ice or roller skated? <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> As a child I roller skated on the sidewalks and at the local roller rink. I loved it because there was a huge pipe organ overhead that played fun music to skate to. I've tried ice skating - not that great at it, but it was fun. I'm glad I did it when I was able - definitely not compatible with my damaged knee (a... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 03:53:11 EST TROTTING TURKEYS BSG WEEK TWO CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x62946357 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>465</em> November Focus: Gratitude <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> This month is all about being grateful. This month's challenge is to post (daily if possible) something that you are grateful for. <BR> <BR> Here is your template... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 01:19:55 EST PERSISTENT PILGRIMS BSG WEEK TWO CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x62946356 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>465</em> November Focus: Gratitude <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> This month is all about being grateful. This month's challenge is to post (daily if possible) something that you are grateful for. <BR> <BR> Here is your template... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 01:19:22 EST 10 Tips to Make Sure Your Workout Happens Read mo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62942476 Great article for anyone who struggles to make the time to get your workout in. <BR> <BR> <link>www.livestrong.com/blog/10-tips-make<BR>-sure-workout-happens/ </link> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 14:21:41 EST QOD: 11/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62938425 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7841a196-b9bd-404f-a5b2-cc1972d537b8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you find yourself focusing more on dieting or on developing a healthy lifestyle? <BR> <BR> <em>403</em> I started out focused on getting pounds off. I needed to get those numbers down for my health. Along the way I've learned that there are many ways to become more healthy. I'm trying to do all I can to be active, to eat the kinds of foods that support my health (not ... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 04:50:25 EST QOD: 11/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62930942 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a233dd42-1e07-4d30-a362-ee0f48f1390a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How do you and your family celebrate birthdays? <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> We enjoy birthdays. Most of my family have birthdays on or near holidays so we learned to celebrate the birthdays on a special day rather than combine "Happy Birthday" with "Merry Christmas". My daughter and I like to go to a play, a concert, or an improv show. This year, her birthday (near Thanksgiving... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 02:50:59 EST WEEKLY QUESTON SATURDAY NOV.7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x62923815 what is your favourite veg and what is your favourite way of cooking it? Sat, 7 Nov 2015 07:16:56 EST QOD: 11/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62923414 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0fb8d0f9-c11a-4270-878a-34c53d8b54a4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> We all know that greens are good for us. What kinds of greens do you enjoy and how do you prepare them? <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> Growing up I only ate green salads - you know the kind with iceburg lettuce. Then I got a bit more creative, adding romaine and baby spinach. Now I'm experimenting with kale - I find I like it in soup. One of my favorite greens is rainbow chard, ... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 03:31:04 EST QOD: 11/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62915967 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/191670a7-6568-4b32-8b02-552832a7fa13.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What was the last thing you tried that was new to you? <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> I tried chia seeds. I've added them to smoothies, made a pudding by adding them to almond milk, and sprinkled them on oatmeal. I was surprised at how filling they are. <BR> They are high fiber, so you definitely can have too much of a good thing, if you know what I mean. Fri, 6 Nov 2015 04:17:43 EST QOD: 11/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62908161 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/649260f8-9836-49a3-875c-79c79bb39cca.png"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What are you thankful for today? <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> I am thankful for a clean house. My daughter hired a lady to help us do the things we're no longer able to do. Wow - it feels good to have everything clean at the same time. <em>224</em> Thu, 5 Nov 2015 03:39:59 EST QOD: 11/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62899824 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/334971f0-2943-4466-b859-180d32024381.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you have a go-to snack? <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> I have veggies ready and use hummus for dip. Also apple and peanut butter. These are easy to keep and quick to prepare. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a166b905-5194-4d06-a4bd-72b330939988.jpg"> <BR> I don't get this elaborate, but doesn't it look fun? Wed, 4 Nov 2015 03:51:28 EST QOD: 11/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62895966 Do you have a favorite fall/winter recipe that you make? <BR> <BR> I love homemade chicken noodle soup and usually make it several times during the fall/winter. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b15252b-52e6-4d38-8c67-a68b1c616cfb.jpg"> Tue, 3 Nov 2015 14:48:22 EST PERSISTENT PILGRIMS BSG WEEK ONE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x62890691 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... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 21:44:47 EST TROTTING TURKEYS BSG WEEK ONE CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x62890685 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... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 21:44:11 EST PERSISTENT PILGRIMS BSG CHAT ROOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x62890657 Welcome PERSISTENT PILGRIMS to your chat room! <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 reply to individual members’ posts is to use Notepad or WordPad. What I do is restore down my screen (i.e., make it smaller and to the left or right) then, as I’m reading the posts, I type my response in one of those by using Name, xxx (I also save it so I don’t lose anything; I’m sure man... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 21:41:07 EST TROTTING TURKEYS BSG CHAT ROOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10471x31050x62890627 Welcome TROTTING TURKEYS to your chat room! <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 reply to individual members’ posts is to use Notepad or WordPad. What I do is restore down my screen (i.e., make it smaller and to the left or right) then, as I’m reading the posts, I type my response in one of those by using Name, xxx (I also save it so I don’t lose anything; I’m sure many o... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 21:35:49 EST NOVEMBER BSG CHALLENGE TEAM MATES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x62890598 TROTTING TURKEYS <BR> Lisa - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=L<BR>WADE1963 </link> <BR> Colleen - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=I<BR>%5FAM%5FUNSTOPABLE </link> <BR> Linda - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=1<BR>BLUEMAC </link> <BR> Cathy - <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=C<BR>ATHYGETSFIT </link> <BR> Lisa - <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as<BR>p?id=2BSXYKITTEN </link> <BR> <BR> PERSISTENT PILGRIMS <BR>... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 21:31:14 EST ???? QUESTIONS NOVEMBER BSG CHALLENGE ???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18195x31050x62890570 Post any questions about the NOVEMBER 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. Mon, 2 Nov 2015 21:26:49 EST November A to Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=10470x31050x62883428 A - acorns Mon, 2 Nov 2015 06:39:25 EST QOD: 11/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62882832 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e6d8f64e-05b9-4dd0-96b2-e3761f77d597.png"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> We got an extra hour today. How did you use it? <BR> <BR> <em>56</em> The extra hour comes at a good time for me because now I can be in bed an hour earlier without any effort. Hopefully I'll be able to keep doing this so I can get up earlier. Yay Mon, 2 Nov 2015 03:21:52 EST QOD: 11:2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31050x62882827 <em>198</em> oops I posted the QOD twice. Mon, 2 Nov 2015 03:19:52 EST