SparkPeople ~Fit and Toned~ Team Messageboard For those working toward the goal of getting tighter & more toned. If you want to gain muscle, lose body fat & tone up, join us for lots of inspiration, tips, and articles to help. SparkPeople ~Fit and Toned~ Team Messageboard hi hi, I haven't been back here for about 3 years now so just stopping by to reintroduce myself. still working towards my goal and feeling positive. <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 04:39:18 EST INACTIVE TEAM I dont see any recent activity here. Is this Team still active? Sun, 9 Jun 2013 17:19:15 EST Hi! Hi there! <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if this team is still active, I noticed the boards are quiet here. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 12:45:18 EST Where are you on your Fit & Toned Journey? It would be great to hear about your journey! <BR> <BR> * Where are you at reaching your fit & toned goals? <BR> *. What are your fit & toned goals? <BR> *. What have been your successes and/or challenges? <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:05:17 EST What was your inspiration for working out today? For me, it is knowing that I have a race to run on October 7 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 09:23:27 EST Is the group still active?? Looking for some online fitness partners Tue, 17 Jul 2012 17:07:32 EST Hello My name is Stephanie and I live in N.C. I've been a member of SP since 2007 but recently recommitted to my health and fitness. I enjoy traveling and working out. I'm also terrible with introductions. I look forward to meeting new people, and getting back in shape. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Jun 2012 15:33:36 EST Hello My name is Stephanie and I live in N.C. I've been a member of SP since 2007 but recently recommitted to my health and fitness. I enjoy traveling and working out. I'm also terrible with introductions. I look forward to meeting new people, and getting back in shape. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Jun 2012 14:56:31 EST What keeps me Motivated When I started my journey to living a healthy lifestyle, changing my mindset was and still the key to my weight loss success. When I look into the mirror, what I see is a beautiful woman, who has changed inside and out. I love going shopping to buy smaller size clothing, shoes, etc, it feels grea!. I love it, I never want to go back to being a plus size cuttie. Carrying around all that extra weight was unattractive to me. Most of the time I felt miserable and unhappy. Since losing 44 lb... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 16:54:21 EST Reverse problem of most women but I need help pls Hi, <BR> <BR> So I seem to have the reverse problem of most women and I am wondering if you guys have any tips. I seem to gain muscle easily while exercising. As evidenced by the fact that I am 240 but my dimensions are actually smaller than a woman who is this weight and height (5' 10"). For that reason I do not train with weights but I do taebo with resistance bands and swim. In the past I have run and rode but those two things are out right now. <BR> <BR> So any tips on what I shou... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 05:45:33 EST Poll re: your genetics I just finished reading an article in Women's Health about the roll genetics play in our lives and fitness levels and I'm just curious how many people have reached their goals and/or made significant progress toward reaching them despite not so favorable genetics? Sat, 10 Mar 2012 17:06:38 EST Skinny fat - needing advice... I have finally made it to where I am comfortable with my weight but I'm what you call skinny fat and that, I am not happy with. I have little to no muscle definition and that's why I joined this team. I'm really interested in learning how to tone up and lean down, but I've been somewhat discouraged because the sparkies that I have contacted for advice have not responded. I just want to know the basics of what it is I need to do to lose the fat and gain muscle. I feel like I have done card... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 18:48:45 EST losing fat I am new to this group and maybe this topic has been brought up many times. I have no trouble losing weight through aerobic exercise and dieting but leaves behind a very high percentage of body fat. I have heard lifting weights helps reduce body fat. Are there other ways to reduce fat without necessarily losing pounds? Sun, 4 Mar 2012 12:31:03 EST You Want In? Hi Sexy Ladies, <BR> <BR> See alternate workout ideas from well known fitness coaches. I love providing information that will help impact and reform your body and mind. My goal this year is to challenge my body like never before; so why not include you to do the same! <BR> <BR> ***I can't do it. You can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13) <BR> <BR> See Link: <BR> <link><BR>-weight/total-body/power-workout-routi<BR>nes/?page=1 </link> Wed, 1 Feb 2012 09:44:36 EST Hi Hi <BR> I am new to the team i need to tone and tighten my body <BR> and lose 8-9 more lbs to get to my goal. I am going to need some help <BR> in doing this. Tue, 27 Dec 2011 23:22:04 EST How to BUILD muscle and lose FAT Hi, <BR> <BR> I am new to this and I would like someone to please help me, I do have a personal trainer however, I really do admire and love muscle definition on a woman, I find it rather sexy tbh, nothing too bodybuilder like but more sexy and noticeable if you know what I mean. How can one get the toned muscled look fast and lose the fat - what can I do in order to get this showing soon? <em>344</em> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 00:59:46 EST Types of Cardio and Strength Exercises for indoor Hi :) I'm new to sparkpeople and I don't quite have the knowledge I want when it comes to exercising. I'm a beginner so I want to start little, but I have limited exercise equipment and I don't have a treadmill, etc. for cardio. What would you guys recommend for indoor cardio and strength training? Wed, 7 Dec 2011 20:56:35 EST Duration verses Resistance question. So I have been merrily on my way with my cardio machines and am finding I am no longer jelly legged when I get off after my time but am quite energized. I was wondering if I should lengthen my time or up the resistance to the next level at this point?? <BR> <BR> Thanks :) Thu, 24 Nov 2011 00:03:18 EST Advice needed please :) Hi everyone I was wondering if someone can give me a little help on my program. Currently the cardio I am doing is a 30 power walk 30min on a cardio twister and 30 on a airwalker. <BR> <BR> I want to up this by 15 minutes each BUT am wondering if there would be any difference in doing three lots of 15 on each machine during my day or doing 45 minutes on each in one hit? <BR> <BR> I have had a huge toning advantage over the past two weeks losing 2.5inches off hips waist and stomach and near... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:45:57 EST Flabby thighs! Hi guys, I've been using Spark for some time now and so far lost just over 20lbs. I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice. The exercise I'm doing is doing a great job of toning up my legs, it just happens to be missing my inner thigh. What I'm after is exercises that can help me to tone up my inner thigh. Any help you lovely people can offer would be very welcome! :) Sun, 6 Nov 2011 13:14:00 EST Question about strength training I do about 75% of my resistance/weight training at home with a stability ball, bands and dumbbells. The rest of my training I do at the gym, captain's chair, roman chair, assisted dip/pull up machine. Usually I do the first part at home, stretch a little, head to the gym (no more than 10 minutes away) warm back up with some simple calisthenics and then finish up. <BR> <BR> My question is this...I do a lot of full body at home, I know that I need to rest 1-2 days between training sessions, b... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 21:10:25 EST hello i'm new I was STing last summer with a friend/ personal trainer. unfortunately due to some personal reasons, i ended up quitting my lifting routine completely. <BR> I want to start up again and I think i can pretty much do it on my own since i have past experience with it. <BR> right now I am just doing 30 Day shred. Idk if I should start lifting while doing that routine since you do it every day. i know it's not lifting, because you do tons of reps with small weights, but i have already overdone i... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 12:20:48 EST HELP!!!!! Hi guys, I was on a smooth wagon, I lost about 30Lbs which I put back on due to tough times. Now, I need help to get back on track. Please I need you help. <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 8 Aug 2011 07:48:00 EST Hello! Hi everyone! My name is Laura. I just joined the spark community about a week ago and am working my hardest to reach my goals of getting this weight off! I"ve tried over and over again to lose the weight I gained from college and falling behind in working out/eating well and I always get discouraged and fall off the wagon part of the way through. I'm hoping that getting really involved in the communities here will help me stay motivated and not let me give up! :) <BR> I'm mainly focusing on r... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 13:19:42 EST Suggested Ab workouts!! At times, the last thing we can to do after an intense and tiresome workout is ABS. I wanted to share link of alternative ab workouts incorporated as yoga. You can do two important moves at once: cooling down body temperature and continue to exercise/strength. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>withyoga/list/1.shtml </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you can open link!! <BR> <BR> Have a great motivating and fantastic workout!!! <BR> <em>403</em> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 09:24:31 EST TOTAL BODY TRANSFORMATION CHALLENGE!!!! Good evening fellow team members, <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great weekend and is looking forward to a new week. I know I am. <BR> Last week, I sent out an email in regards to a ONE (1) MONTH Total Body Transformation Challenge. One in which we are going to learn healthy eating habits, push ourselves even harder at the gym,and get the results we so want to get. <BR> Now, over the past days, many of you have commented on the thread I created in regards to how this is going to work, so he... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 20:05:37 EST Toning exercise to trim your lower body, Help? I am great with my cardio, but really would like to trim inches off my butt, hips and thighs. I am loosing every were except there. These areas are getting toner, just not slimmer. What are some exercise that with help these areas Help please!! <BR> Sun, 10 Jul 2011 15:38:55 EST How do you tame your appetite and portion sizes? What do you do to manage your appetite throughout the day? What do you do to control portion sizes so you don't overeat? Tue, 5 Jul 2011 13:57:27 EST Diet & Nutrition Tip of the Day Summer Produce Tips <BR> <BR> Enjoying summer produce starts with knowing what to buy and when. Follow these tips to help select the freshest fruits and vegetables this season. <BR> <BR> For melons, cantaloupe should have pronounced netting on the rind and a few tiny cracks at the stem and should smell sweet. <BR> <BR> Smell is also a good measure for honeydew and watermelon. <BR> <BR> Peaches should be slightly soft to the touch and yellow or cream-colored. <BR> <BR> For berries, cho... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 13:51:42 EST Post All Challenges in this Challenges Forum To help keep our SparkTeam Page organized, please post challenges in this Team Challenge Forum. Post about your progress regularly in the threads to keep us updated. It will help keep us all motivated. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 5 Jul 2011 12:25:01 EST "Get Serious" Challenge Here is a challenge you can start at any time to help you get on the right track to a healthy lifestyle. Let 's see how many of us can really make some progress. We can do this! <BR> <BR> <BR> GET SERIOUS PLAN <BR> <BR> 1. GET ORGANIZED <BR> The first step is to get organized. Organize your house and car. Don't think of it as a huge project that you have to do all at once. Start small if you have a lot to organize. Start with a bathroom drawer, your dresser, or your closet. Being (and sta... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 12:13:03 EST ARE YOU READY FOR A LITTLE CHALLENGE? Good morning everyone, <BR> <BR> I hope this message finds all of you guys well, and living healthy lifestyles....If not, do not give up, rise up and go! <BR> SO, I'll be assuming you will all read the mail I sent in regards to the challenge I am proposing. <BR> I would like us to start a 4-week total transformation fitness challenge, one in where only our before and after photos (you are welcome to share if you want) will determine how well we did and how well we are progressing. <BR> Now, ... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 09:05:50 EST How do I get there? So, I'm currently in my weight loss journey and one thing that is really important to me is toning up as I lose weight but it seems to be difficult for me, especially to tone my thighs, and of course my core area. <BR> Is there anything I can do to tone faster? My current workout regimen is Insanity exclusively and running since I have a race coming up in August Sat, 2 Jul 2011 22:17:58 EST Starting over-- again. I have been with with spark people for almost a year, but I have never posted on the message board. I am or was going well on my new lifestyle and weight loss, but went back to my old ways and gained all the weight back and than some. I am more set than ever to lose this weight, get fit, have a new lifestyle and become more focused on what I got to do. I can't go back to my old habits, it's time for a new me and a total 180 degree change for the better with my weight and way of thinking. Mon, 27 Jun 2011 17:08:32 EST New to the team Hi, I'm new to this team, and just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Julia, 29 year olds, and i've been a member of sparkpeople for quite some time now. ( cannot really remember the exact year) I've always wanted to lose weight, always felt heavy and unmotivated. These days, I've been feeling mentally and emotionally ready to take on my goals. I want to start living the healthy life with a body that I want. My goals before were to just do alot of cardio and strength training was never a ... Thu, 19 May 2011 13:02:57 EST New May Goals Due to some craziness and tiredness I haven't started my monthly goals. I've also taken on a new job (makes 3 now).... So my time is beyond precious! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Starting May 16 <BR> <BR> Mon- Mat Pilates (60 min), Cardio (60 min), Strength Training (30 min) <BR> Tues- Step Plus Abs (60 min), Cardio (60 min), Strength Training (30 min) <BR> Wed- Yoga (60 min), Cardio (60 min), Strength Training (30 min) <BR> Thu- Body Works plus Abs (60 min), Cardio (60 min), Strength Training ... Wed, 11 May 2011 09:18:15 EST Introduction Hello my is LaTonya, <BR> Im new to the team and spark people. My current weight is 162.5 and im trying to getting to 145. I am currently going to gym 5 times a week. I do cardio three days and weights for two days. I am also doing Zumba hopefully i will see results soon! Fri, 6 May 2011 22:42:09 EST New! I'm looking to get back in shape and to be extremely fit and toned. And to get rid of those inner thighs <em>41</em> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 19:39:10 EST 900 fitness mimutes this month so far!!! what a great start! Mon, 18 Apr 2011 23:29:21 EST Hi Yall (Newbie) Im a 26 year old mom of 3 Ready to get fit and look hot for my hubby lol! Mon, 18 Apr 2011 14:18:58 EST Hello from California Hi There: I signed up about 2 weeks ago and I am just getting around to introducing myself. My name is Carol Lee and I was born and raised in California. My renewed journey to better health began 27th Dec 2010. This was the day that I reclaimed my life from the out of shape person who was subletting my body for a few years now.I was dividing my time between Spark People and another site, but soon found out that I was being consumed by this other site and the people on it and losing ground fa... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 00:14:07 EST PX90 or Chalene Extreme??? I was planning on purchasing PX90 this week and someone just gave me the Chalene Extreme program. Has anyone tried both of these programs? Should I still order the PX90 or will Chalene Extreme give me more or less the same results? It looks to me from just viewing these programs that PX90 would be harder and yield greater results. Before I decide to actually purchase PX90, I thought I find out what you guys think about both programs. Thanks in advance for your help. <BR> <BR> Mari <em>3... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 08:57:49 EST Bought the new book by Tosca I am so confused. I weigh 126 , I am 5"0 . I work out approximately 5 times weekly doing both cardio and strength-training. I build very well in my upper-body and okay in other areas. I just need advice so that I can lose at least seven lbs and build more muscle. Any suggestions? <em>33</em> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 15:46:06 EST Not eating enough calories?? I need help! I cannot seem to find anywhere on the site that might be able to help me out with this.... <BR> <BR> When I first started, I was only burning around 300 calories 4 x per week. Now I have been burning anywhere between 400 to 750 calories everyday. I know I need to eat more calories now but I'm not sure by how much. <BR> <BR> Right now Spark is telling me to eat between 1200-1550 calories. <BR> <BR> I weigh 165lbs, I am 22, and I am 5'8". <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help!!! <BR>... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 14:34:31 EST GNC's Refined supplement Has anyone tried this? And what did you think? I want to see a big decrease in fat and i want to see it fast. I wonder if this is something that could add to my workouts and help a little. Tue, 15 Mar 2011 20:03:14 EST ????? Lean meat and veggie diet A good friend of mine out of state who is big in the fitness idustry said that i should try to eat nothing but lean meats and veggies for 2 weeks and see what it does to my body. I have a goal to meet in about 2 months, and i need to burn lots of body fat, but want sculpted lean muscle mass. Has anyone tried this or know anything about it? Really don't want to get burned out on eating the same thing all day every day!! Sat, 5 Mar 2011 23:10:52 EST New To SP & TTT (Team Tight & Toned) Hi There, I'm new here, just signed up yesterday & just trying to figure out how everything works. So far I have figured out the daily nutrition tracker & I really like the way it keeps track of everything we need to watch in order to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I'm actually embarrassed to have to be here, I used to weigh 120 lbs & had a body to die for. Now at 185 lbs, I feel like such a slob. I can't wait to be healthy & sexy again. <BR> <BR> I know it's gonna take the "Three D's" (dedication,... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 12:17:19 EST Project: Belly-button Resurrection The time has come. Motivation has waned; an imposing front of disillusionment has been blowing through for far too long, now. That luminous spark of healthy conceit has diluted to a faint, opaque twinkle--and it is time to address the antagonist in battle. The saggy, baggy enemy who frowns at us daily in the bathroom mirror; that sad little excuse who drags us into believing I'm not perfect as I am--the grumpy King Belly-Button. <BR> We've ignored the fiend through planks; his presence we've... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 21:27:22 EST New to the Team Hi everyone. I'm here to get help toning my saggy arms. Everyone tells me its skin and will never go back but I don't think it's just skin it looks like fat. I'd also like to tone my tummy and get a stronger knee ( my left knee is not my friend) if you have any tips please let me know. You can also add me on facebook ( professional people only please ) <BR> <BR> By professional I mean, well, I don't need to see profanity all over my wall because of something someone else posted. D: Thu, 20 Jan 2011 09:10:43 EST Any push up tips I have a problem doing push ups any suggestions I can do modified ones on my knees or against the wall but feel frustrated when they look so easy and I fail. Is there specific upper body exercise I should do to help with strength ? <em>320</em> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 06:35:46 EST January 2011 Challenge What does everyone think about continuing the "Marathon" challenge from December? If you are interested, let's post our goals. Mon, 3 Jan 2011 11:04:59 EST Please Help :-( I'm a new mom trying to get back in shape after the birth of my baby I cleaned up my diet and doing a new strenght training program. When I first started I lost 4 pounds and when I added the protein shakes another 4 , but now I'm stuck and I even gained 2 pounds on top of breastfeeding my baby!!! Can you critic my diet and routine. Thanks Fri, 17 Dec 2010 08:33:36 EST December Challenge Report thread-- Yep, here is where you report your goal mileage and keep track of your results. I'm going to aim for the marathon...26.2 miles. How about you? Wed, 1 Dec 2010 08:09:18 EST December Challenge Good morning teammates!! Well, here we are, almost the end of another year. And I thought, why not go out on a high note. Here is the challenge. How about a Marathon?? Here's how it works...if you are up to the challenge, you do 1 mile a day (walking, treadmill, etc.) each day until the day after Christmas...that equals 26 miles (add .2 mile to make it a full marathon). Pretty simple, eh? And of course, for those of you who like to push the envelope, you can go for the entire 31 days of... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 08:07:20 EST new to team Hi, <BR> <BR> I use to have a tight firm body and with this teams help I plan on getting it back again! <BR> <BR> Thank you Mon, 29 Nov 2010 13:05:26 EST Hello Hello everyone! I'm Whitney, a 23 yr old single, stay- home- mom of a 2 yr old boy. It's an interesting experience, I'm telling you. I love my son with more than I could ever have, but I want him to not grow up seeing me gain weight. I have decided to join this group, because I want to get toned/ tighten more than I really care about losing the extra pounds. I know if... no WHEN I get to the shape/size I want to be, I'll be skinnier, and toned. In the end I'll be able to look at my self and n... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 17:58:18 EST Beginner's gym routine (free weights, etc.)? Hi everyone! I'm new to Tight & Toned and I wonder if anyone has pointers for developing a gym routine. I did a weight training class in high school (ten years ago) under the direction of the head coach so I'm familiar with weight training. <BR> <BR> What I need help with is doing it on my own. I'm a little overwhelmed by all the equipment, not to mention that I've only recently gotten over MAJOR "gym shyness". So I guess my question is, where do I start? If anyone can suggest a BASIC ... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 17:38:31 EST Introducing myself Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Becky I am new to this group I will be starting out slow because i have had two surgerys in the lasst two weeks the last a major one but I will be fine to exercise in about 4 weeks the docter said as long as everything goes well. So If anyone has any helpful advice for me now i would greatly appreciate it. I can't lift or exercise as i could tear open the incision but I have been watching what i eat, Looking forward to getting to know everyone. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 17:37:45 EST Tracking oil used for cooking? Hi! I've crossposted this in another Sparkpage I subscribe to. While I think I know the answer to this question already...I'd like to take a survey of people who've had good success with Sparkpeople and how fastidious you are about tracking the oil you use in your sautes and such. For example, today I probably left out 200+ calories/20 g of (good!) fat from two meals I made, and I'm wondering if anyone else got serious about tracking oil if you hit a plateau with your weight loss plan. I have... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 22:31:22 EST ? about your water intake How do you guys get in your daily 8 plus glasses of water? Sad to say that I am not a water drinker. I know that it is good for me and I know why I should do it but I just can't seem to drink it. <BR> <BR> Any tips or tricks for getting the water down? <BR> <BR> However I love Crystal Lite and wondered if I can get my water in that way w/o consuming too many calories? <BR> Thanks Thu, 11 Nov 2010 22:12:13 EST 8 Weeks to the New Year! WOW!!! It's hard to believe that there are ONLY 8 weeks until the new year. With 2011 approaching right around the corner, everyone will be making New Year's Revolutions. What are your goals between now and the end of this year to get your 2011 goals jump started? Tue, 2 Nov 2010 13:33:46 EST Anyone worried about sagging skin or cellulite? Anyone worried about sagging skin or cellulite while you loose weight/fat and tone? <BR> I already have a stomach that looks like a shar pie and I am not trying to have it get any worse. I am trying to get rid of it--but at 51 I don't hold out much hope <BR> Thanks Mon, 1 Nov 2010 14:05:25 EST Training with kettlebells exclusively Hi ladies. I have been lifting exclusively with weights and have quite a bit of muscle. However I recently learned about kettlebells and was wondering if anyone has experience with using them. If so what has been your experience with them and how have they changed your body? Have you found them to be better than traditional weight lifting? Thanks a bunch <BR> <BR> Sincerely Hasana Sat, 30 Oct 2010 04:14:38 EST can we really tone? When I mention to people that I want to tone, I get mixed reactions. Most people know what I mean however most people tell me you can't tone your body. <BR> <BR> Then I say--my goal is to lose the fat and firm everything up. Then I get, you have to build muscle and that's where I get confused. I don't want to make my muscles bigger, what I want is to firm up the muscle I have...Does this make sense or am I mistaken in my thinking??? <BR> Thanks Thu, 28 Oct 2010 11:42:51 EST Hi, my name is Anne I reached my goal weight this week and now feel I need a new team to help me maintain and improve my body. I would love to look like the girl in the yellow bikini. I will be 52 next week, I would like to grow old disgracefully. I am a full time nurse working shifts. I am married with 2 grown up children. My husband loves my weight loss, now I need to tone up Fri, 22 Oct 2010 09:30:19 EST tight and toned is where it's at! This is definitely where I'm at right now! I still have a little ways to go in losing some more weight, but my real focus is taking off the fat and getting tight and toned! <BR> <BR> I'm a SAHM of 5 and we also home school! I have been married for just over 14 years and adore my husband! He has always been tight and toned... I used to be and am determined to get back there again! ...even after 5 kids. Our oldest is 10, then 7, 4 and twins that will be 2 the end of next month. <BR> <BR> I'm... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 15:16:59 EST Do you use a cheat day/meal? Hi everyone. I just wanted to get an idea of how many of you take a cheat day/meal and what your thoughts are on the topic. <BR> Personally, I started doing cheat days when I did Body For Life, back in 2000. I continued even when I stopped the program and it became a Sunday ritual for about 4 years. I keep thinking I'll go back to it since it really gave me something to look forward to and kept me "on track" for 6 days out of the week (not to mention I was in amazing shape when I was doing th... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 10:08:45 EST A living legacy of love This is my blog from today that I thought I would share with my teams in the general discussion areas... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oto_gallery_enlarge.asp?id=3489541 </link> <BR> <BR> When I think back four years ago, I see myself as a very selfish person. I was someone who couldn’t reach out to anyone. I was mired in my own grief and didn’t know where to turn. The resounding thought in my mind was “how could this have happened to me?” <BR> <BR> She tried t... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 14:27:06 EST Daily Exercise and Wellness Tips Starting tomorrow, Oct.1, we will be posting a daily exercise (something that you can do throughout the day to keep you moving and getting stronger), as well as a nutrition/wellness tip. These will appear Monday thru Friday, and are intended to help us have greater success on our road to wellness. Any ideas or things you would like us to touch on are welcomed, and can be emailed to either myself or NUBODY4ME (Nikki). Have a great end to September and lets ROCK October! Thu, 30 Sep 2010 11:31:22 EST October Challeng e--Daily Report here!! When the month starts, this is where you can report your daily minutes and how the protein is going. <BR> <BR> Ex. Friday, October 1, 30 min. ST= 30/2000 <BR> Protein: 150 gm...difficult getting enough protein because I ran out of Whey powder. <BR> <BR> You can format this however you would like. If you are having problems getting the protein or you would like ideas or even if you had an awesome day...please let us know. We are all in this together, and we are all full of ideas and exper... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 20:27:58 EST October Challenge--List your goals here Hello everyone and welcome to October. For the October Challenge, we are looking for your Exercise Minute Goal for the month, and your target Daily Protein Amount. There will be another Topic for you to report in and let us know how you are doing. So lets see those goals people. <BR> <BR> Hisartist: My Exercise Minute Goal for October is 2000 minutes. I am planning on getting at least 160gms of Protein a day. Wed, 29 Sep 2010 20:24:22 EST Hi I have been a part of this team for awhile but haven't been very active. Now I want to REALLY be a part of this team. ST has always been hard for me. I do cardio ALL of the time, but i don't know there's just something about lifting even though I know in order to get results you need to lift. I haven't got a routine for lifting does anyone have any suggestions about what you do like....3 sets of 15 for biceps and I'm not sure what I know there are certain parts you are suppose... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 15:57:06 EST What Do You Increase 1st, Set or Rep? For strength training, when it started to get easier, what do you increase first, set or repetition or both? I'm more to change exercises every 2 weeks but still retain 2 sets of 15 reps or 10 reps. Perhaps when I change the exercises, I should increase the set or repetition as well? Mon, 20 Sep 2010 20:33:56 EST A SAD GOOD BYE As some of you know I just started going back to school to qualify as a trainer. I had NO idea how much work they gave us for homework and how I MUST observe at a gym etc etc, <BR> I thought I was superwoman but I am NOT. I sadly step down as leader but feel confident that the 2 remaining women who lead will do a GREAT job. <BR> <BR> You are a great bunch of gals. Take care debby Sat, 11 Sep 2010 07:09:28 EST My introduction My name is Donna. I am a 23 year old Navy wife who has a hectic life and is tired of being overweight. I'm close to my heaviest weight ever and am tired of avoiding mirrors, hating the way I look, and dreading getting dressed each morning. I want to make the rest of my life, the best of my life. I want to love the way I look and leave the house with confidence every day. Most of all, I want to surprise the hell out of my husband when he returns from deployment. Sat, 11 Sep 2010 01:26:34 EST Health Tips Contributions I do a daily walk/jog for at least an hour before breakfast. I recently added weighted wrist bands as i walked and while doing my walk I incorporated arm flexes and really felt the burn. I only bought one and a half pounders but I feel now I should have gotten heavier ones. <em>84</em> <em>344</em> Thu, 9 Sep 2010 06:16:42 EST Hi Everyone I'm Tammy I am a mom 0f 4 and have one grandson. I am trying to tone my body up and lose a few pounds.... aren't we all.....haha I am walking 5 miles a week and also doing other exercises. Wed, 8 Sep 2010 07:50:57 EST Anyone Has Try Bob Harper Inside Out Method DVDs? Hi, has anyone tried Bob Harper's (from The Biggest Loser) Inside Out Method DVD series? They are cardio, strength, yoga and his own workout program. From his website,, the trailers looked quite intense but he still sound friendly. So, if anyone has tried them, how's the video, the workout, is it worth to try or other comments? Sat, 4 Sep 2010 05:08:08 EST Question about Hamstring Recovery Every time I really focus on working my hamstrings they are sore for up to a week after. Is this to be expected? I stretch after my workout and then every day following (while also doing other workouts) and I'm still really feeling it. Is this normal or am I possibly doing something wrong? Thu, 2 Sep 2010 09:29:41 EST Weekly Goals Here is another idea. I know I do a lot better if I have distinct goals to work toward each week. i realize that we are already at Tuesday, but what if we each came up with three goals that we will work toward this week. A week goes from Sunday to Saturday (that's the way Spark is set up when using the fitness tracker, so it is probably the easiest way to see total minutes and cals burned per week). <BR> <BR> My goals this week: <BR> 1. Continue with carb cycling...three low days, one hig... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 21:52:33 EST Monthly challenges Well, a little bird told me that monthly challenges might be a nice way to get everyone back into the swing of things after a wonderful summer. Do we have any ideas for a September challenge, as tomorrow is the 1st (yes, it's the first already...only 116 days 'til Christmas <em>40</em> ). Tue, 31 Aug 2010 14:34:00 EST A Big Hi To All from new co leader Hello to all, I saw that this team needed a new co leader so I applied and here I am. <BR> A bit about me, I am a health nut geek and starting school this fall to learn how to be a personal trainer. I work out every day for more than 2 hours a day and have read and am reading everything and anything I can put my hands on regarding health. <BR> I want to make this team exciting and knowledgeable and feel this is not my team it's yours. <BR> <BR> So, let me hear from you as to what you wan... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 22:58:29 EST Body shape ? How can you tell if you are an apple, pear or hourglass? <BR> <BR> I also read that you can be a pear who becomes an apple. If that is true, how can you tell what you were originally? <BR> <BR> This is so confusing as I am trying to figure out how to best plan my w/o's according to body type. <BR> <BR> I use to think I was hour glass--back in my early 20's--small on time, small waist and bigger/rounded bottom--now it seems I am big all over. <BR> On top, my back has spread so I look like a... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 13:32:16 EST My Goal... to be the best at any age! Hello, Spark People. I'm new to the site (recommended by a fit friend.) I'm 40 and happy with my fitness level. (Notice I said "happy," not ecstatic.) With tons of travel, public speaking, and fun in my life, I want to be (look & feel) the absolute best at every age. I'm open to connecting with other 40-something moms who juggle enthusiastic kids, a great husband, fulfilling work, and a passion for continually promoting their own fitness and nutrition. (And I am a numbers gal through-and-thro... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 17:45:59 EST No weights? Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Nancy and I'm new to the team. I'm traveling right now and I'm looking for a program that just uses body weight to work out. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 19 Jul 2010 04:51:41 EST My "Tight and Toned" Success: PICS! (Updated) Since this is the "tight and toned" group, I wanted to share my favorite P90X 60-Day Progress Pics here. I chose this particular set because it shows the best improvement in muscle definition. I can't wait to be able to post my final 90-day pics! <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=3334675 </link> <BR> <BR> UPDATE - 90-Day Pics: <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3518089 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 11:41:42 EST Hi! My name is Emily... and I want to lose fat! I feel like I've gotten a handle on healthy eating, and working out. I've been following a muscle building meal plan from Oxygen, and lifting HEAVY weights. But my body fat % wont budge! I've been at 30% for months now. If I see a drop on the scale its cause I've lost muscle. I know it takes a long time to see change - and I'm still tweaking my program to figure out exactly what works for me. I'm coming up on the 2 month mark of heavy lifting and 80% clean eating... I ... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 13:19:44 EST Suggestions for People with Chronic Back Pain? Hello to all my fellow Spark Friends <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> I have been dealing with syptoms of sciatica for just over a year now and when first diagnosed with my degenerative disc problem, I thought all exercising was out of the question; I actually completely gave up for the next 8 or so months. But since then, I have learned that with the right therapy and with the support of people who understand my pain (like my special yoga teacher), I have since begun to exercise again. Over the pas... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 16:16:31 EST My inspiration to join this group... came from a Fringe Festival show I saw last week, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens. The women were fit and firm and fabulous. I want to be that girl too. I've started running on a more regular basis, and I've noticed that my legs firm up quite a bit when I run. I like this too. I look forward to being a part of such an active and supportive group. Fri, 25 Jun 2010 16:46:55 EST Coffee/Caffeine - Do you drink before a workout? I've been working on getting into an early morning workout routine. It's been a struggle some mornings, because I'm still a bit challenged with getting enough sleep (for various reasons). So this morning I ran a cup of coffee in my Keurig and drank some on the way (about 0.75 cup) along with a pre-workout snack. I think it really helped me. Just wondering if others do this and if there's any reason I should NOT do this (i.e. heart rate, etc.) Wed, 23 Jun 2010 09:46:35 EST I'm new here & am learning how to tighten & tone Hi all! I'm 30, have 3 kids, and joined the Y in January so I could work out every day to tone & tighten my muscles. I've also been trying to loose that last 20 lbs of "baby" fat so I set up a goal of loosing it by my sister's wedding in July. The weight is slowly coming off, but I am noticing changes in inches - so my plan to tighten and tone appears to be working! :) Tue, 15 Jun 2010 09:56:54 EST How to tone? Hi everybody. So I've become confused with my routine after losing my weight and getting closer to my target goal. I have been eating healthy and gymming doing cardio and weights approximately 3-4x/week. My ST schedule is usually working out my back one day, upper body (chest, biceps, triceps, shoulders) one day, and lower body one day. I usually try to do abs in between one of those days. And I do 10 minutes of a cardio workout at the beginning for a warm up, with about 25-30 mins of cardio ... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 02:30:00 EST Greetings! I'm new, and don't want to jiggle! :) Hi everyone! :) I'm glad I found this group! I am almost 36, a mom of 4, and I really want to firm it up! A lot of firming! I can't wait to learn from everyone! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Tue, 8 Jun 2010 23:41:40 EST Body Fat % - Question Ok, so I got my body fat checked this morning at the gym by one of the trainers. It was the standard 4 point process. The number was sad - 31%!! But I'm not here to whine! Question is she asked me if I had goals and I told her I had weight and body fat % goals, with the body fat % goal being 17-18%. She looked at me funny and told me that was way too low. She said that low 20's was good, and that 17% would be difficult to achieve without hours of work at my age. She wasn't trying to di... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 11:57:01 EST Calories Burned How do you know what number to put into Calories Burned on the Fitness tracker? I do not know what to put for myself. Thu, 27 May 2010 12:22:44 EST Help with upper body Hi there <BR> I have some exercises that I do for arms, backs, triceps and biceps. I am looking for new and exciting new things to do but I am at a loss. I know there are things on this site but I am trying to find more things to do at the gym. <BR> I am a subscriber to Oxygen magazine so I am looking for other ones to do. <BR> Any ideas would really be helpful <BR> Thank you <BR> Lisa Tue, 25 May 2010 16:47:05 EST Tips to avoid pointless snacking! <BR> ~ If you are craving an unhealthy snack in between meals, don’t say no to the snack. Tell yourself you can have the snack, but first chug a large glass of ice water, then brush your teeth. If you are still craving the snack once the tooth paste taste has disappeared, have the snack. The glass of ice water that is now sitting in your stomach, will help you feel full faster, so you will not eat as much of the snack if you would have eaten it right away. <BR> <BR> ~ Another technique alon... Mon, 24 May 2010 17:06:50 EST Always down with motivation Hi! I m new here... My problem is I am tempted by FOOD! Wed, 19 May 2010 01:13:29 EST Strenght Training and Healthy Eating on the Road My hubby and I are planning a six week motorcycle trip to Alaska in July. I typically workout 5 - 6 days a week strength training. We are going to hit a gym 2 days a week. At the gym we would do whole body workouts. I don't want to lose all the improvements I have made. Any suggestions on what I can do at a campground regarding ST. I have found some things to do, push ups, squats, but any other ideas would be appreciated. Also any suggestions for back packing type of recipes. I have a hy... Mon, 17 May 2010 17:50:51 EST What is the most effective ST/cardio schedule? I've been given my 6-week program and have a question. What would the most effective schedule be for 4 times a week ST @45 minutes each session, combined with 5 times a week of 60 minutes cardio? Should I do one day of full body, one of upper, one of lower, and one of core? Should I split the cardio into two 30 minute sessions? I would really like to optimize my workouts over the next 6 weeks. Please help! Thanks all!! Sun, 16 May 2010 23:16:37 EST How to get closer to those 6-pack abs? I am very sorry for this age-old question, but I was wondering what is the best way to work out the abs, so I can try to get a little closer to sexy abs? I know I have to get rid of the flab first, and I have lost a decent amount of weight, so I feel I should start concentrating a little more on abs. I still have a little flab, but doing cardio to get rid of the remaining fat. <BR> <BR> I also have read that nice abs are made in the kitchen, so I have been eating healthy, limiting saturated... Tue, 11 May 2010 23:28:06 EST Worked my BUTTOCKALS off & GAINED weight this week I had my best week yet with regards to exercise, diet, energy, etc, and stepped on the scale this morning at the doc's office to discover that I had GAINED 300gr of weight! Well, doodoo.... <BR> <BR> Cardio was my main activity for the week, with a minimum of 45 minutes a day consistently, and on some days more than an hour. Three days of strength training, 1 hour each. An average of 1300-1350 cals per day of a lacto-vegetarian diet. I've cut out all sugar except for fruits/veggies and an oc... Mon, 3 May 2010 18:53:14 EST Trouble Getting Enough Protein! Maybe my question just doesn't have an answer, or maybe it will just make you laugh, I don't know... but here goes! I am having trouble meeting my protein reqs on a daily basis. Here's the trouble - I am vegetarian and don't want to add eggs to my diet. I also don't want to use any more milk products than I already do! AND, to top it off, I am a breast cancer survivor, so I'm really trying to stay away from soy products. I know - it's a lot to eliminate from the protein counter! Sheesh!! Does... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 15:35:54 EST Facebook Hey guys/gals - <BR> <BR> If is anyone is on facebook feel free to add me, would love to get more acquainted and meet new people. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 28 Apr 2010 16:38:52 EST 5 factor diet I have just finished reading the 5 factor diet and it seems like its pretty simple. That is what I want, basic and easy. Not something you have to spend tons of time preparing or a ton of money to buy the food for one week. Has anyone hear looked at it? I was also looking at the Mayo Clinic Diet. Anyone tried that. I am desperate and nothing seems to work for me anymore. Mon, 19 Apr 2010 15:41:36 EST What was the moment you felt sexier than before? When I woke up and was able to look down and see my vj for first time (swear to u this really is mine) I felt sexy again. Mon, 19 Apr 2010 14:11:43 EST Introduction I guess I owe an introduction, I’m never very good at these I honestly never have been good at writing about myself and I always seem to get nervous introducing myself on online forums. I have a good tendency to lurk wishing I had the guts to post and make friends. I know I need support in this, I’ve tried to loose weight and get fitter before but a lack of accountability often means that my original motivations wane and I end up in a cycle of loosing some weight, gaining it back, loosing it ... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 11:27:13 EST What is Needed? Greeting Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Ros, and I want to be 'tight and toned' in four months. How do I do that? I lost four dress sizes, so now I float between size 10 and 12. I never check the scale for my weight and unsure of my total body fat. do I get started? Goals: lose 10 pounds and sculpt my body. <BR> <BR> Ros <BR> <em>244</em> Thu, 8 Apr 2010 22:03:32 EST Appetite Suppressants I realize it's not encouraged, or even condoned, but is anyone using appetite suppressants successfully? Sometimes I really need a little assistance. I don't use caffeine so I'd rather avoid ones with caffeine or caffeine-like substances. I recently purchased Mega Green capsule or some kind from our local grocery store, Kroger, but haven't used it yet. <BR> -Tanya <BR> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 08:30:01 EST Hi there... (smiles) Hi I am a 43 176lb female looking for mural support and motivation to help me lose my last 30lbs and I am hoping that I can find that here.I love to Kickbox,step bench,weight train and crosstrain. I love the firm, Cathe Friedrich, tubo jam Chalene extreme and many more... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 00:12:21 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Latasha and I just got back in to working out and loving my body the way I should. I am a mother a two kids. I am looking forward to regaining the fun and fitness in life. For some time I had excuses for not working out (too busy, too tired, taking care of my family). I am looking to find the new ME and make time for myself by taking better care of my body. I am making it my personal goal to take of body, so that i can enjoy every minute that life has to offer. It may be a long rid... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 21:09:42 EST Question for EARLY morning workout folks!! I'm trying to establish an early morning workout routine. I need to go early, such as if I go to the gym, leave home between 4:30-5:00 and probably get ready for work there as well. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for tips from those who have a similar routine, such as time saving/logistics tips, eating tips in terms of timing and taking your "clean breakfast" on the go and other tips that help make the whole morning process easier for you. <BR> <BR> Thanks!! <BR> Mon, 22 Mar 2010 13:31:57 EST The last 5 pounds I seem to be having trouble getting the last 5lbs off. I have increased my weight lifting and am running more because I thought cardio would help it but I am stuck........HELP!! Sat, 20 Mar 2010 16:48:02 EST Help! I'm gaining weight.... Hi everyone..I started the BODY FOR LIFE program 3.5 weeks ago and I am gaining weight! I can barely button my jeans! What gives?? I drink around 3 liters of water daily, do weights 3 days a week, 20 min. of HIIT cardio 3 days week, and only cheat 1 day a week with my eating (the book recommends this). The first week I lost 1 lb., the 2nd week I lost 1 lb., and the 3rd I gained 2.5! I wouldn't mind if I could feel a difference in my clothes, but I don' fact, I think they are getting tigh... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 20:07:52 EST Help! I'm gaining weight.... Hi everyone..I started the BODY FOR LIFE program 3.5 weeks ago and I am gaining weight! I can barely button my jeans! What gives?? I drink around 3 liters of water daily, do weights 3 days a week, 20 min. of HIIT cardio 3 days week, and only cheat 1 day a week with my eating (the book recommends this). The first week I lost 1 lb., the 2nd week I lost 1 lb., and the 3rd I gained 2.5! I wouldn't mind if I could feel a difference in my clothes, but I don' fact, I think they are getting tigh... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 20:07:38 EST toning after gastric bypass wgt. loss. I had gastric bypass 7/08 and have lost 160 lbs. am trying to tone muscles and loose excess flab while maintaining a healthy heart after heart attack 2005. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 14:31:02 EST Looking to make SparkFriends! Hello, <BR> My name is Rebecca. I am pretty new on the site and would love to make some new friends. I have a hard time staying motivated and I would really like some help with that. Hope to hear from someone soon! Mon, 15 Mar 2010 20:28:06 EST Hello!!! I am 24 years old & ready to get my life healthy & fit. This is the first time I am living on my own in a new town & starting my career. I am excited to learn how to get fit & eat healthy! Mon, 15 Mar 2010 19:45:17 EST What to work out on what days Hi everyone... So I just started hitting the gym hardcore for about a month and I thought I had a strength training schedule down, until now where I am starting to feel overwelmed (after working out with friends who REALLY do seem to know how to work out). So, I usually go 3-4 days a week, with a schedule like this: <BR> <BR> legs- 1 day <BR> arms- biceps and triceps, back- 1 day <BR> chest and abs- 1 day <BR> <BR> with cardio every time after my strength training. I am trying to lose weigh... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 00:12:37 EST Pull ups Hi everyone... so I'm brand new to the group and not sure if this has been discussed before... sorry if it has... <BR> I am a girl and I really want to start learning how to do pull-ups to tone my back, shoulders, etc. I tried at the gym and could not even do one! I am looking into getting a pullup bar at home so I can practice, and maybe get better at doing some. Was wondering if anybody has a pullup bar at home that they would recommend or any thoughts on pull up bars at all... thanks so mu... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 02:01:37 EST Hi I am new to the Tight and Toned Team Right now I am focusing on losing weight, but I also want to focus on getting tight and toned (even though that might be some time from now). <BR> <BR> I am excited to join this team, because I feel like I can learn so much from you. <BR> <BR> Thanks for having me, <BR> <BR> Debbie Thu, 25 Feb 2010 16:34:16 EST Insanity? Im currently trying to get toned up. Was pregnant for 3 months and unfortunately lost the baby. im trying to get rid of the tummy i gained in those months (surprisingly gained quite a bit) ..but anywho. im doing Insanity & going to the gym for extra cardio (& abs some days) 6 days a week. anyone else doing insanity?? im having trouble staying motivated and could use some help & someone to just talk to about the workouts, etc Tue, 23 Feb 2010 21:12:17 EST Going soft n puggy Hi everyone..................losing weight n starting to look like melting porriage....i need to b tight n toned while losing the Mon, 22 Feb 2010 22:07:36 EST Protein drinks without protein powder? Was wondering if any of you had ideas/suggestions/recipes for protein drinks that don't use protein powder but instead ingredients such as tofu, cottage cheese, egg whites, etc? <BR> <BR> Thank you Fri, 12 Feb 2010 21:37:34 EST Why do my abs get bigger instead of smaller? Hi Team, Please Help. I have recently started concentrating on my abs. When ever I do the exercises I was shown, my tummy gets bigger. What should I do? <em>198</em> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 05:06:11 EST strength training and weight gain I have incerased my strength training reps and started some new exercises and have gained 2-3 lbs, is this normal and do I need to increase my cardio to get rid of the extra lbs as I lift more? Wed, 10 Feb 2010 19:26:40 EST Hello, My butt is to big!!!!!!!!!!!! HI, IM a mom of two sons. I have high cholesterol. That I need to do somthing about. I need to get healthy but <BR> cant seem to get my eating under controll. And my butt is to big!!!!!!!!!!!! Ha Ha.God I need help. This is <BR> my last hope. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 20:22:16 EST Hello, My butt is to big!!!!!!!!!!!! HI, IM a mom of two sons. I have high cholesterol. That I need to do somthing about. I need to get healthy but <BR> cant seem to get my eating under controll. And my butt is to big!!!!!!!!!!!! Ha Ha.God I need help. This is <BR> my last hope. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 20:22:14 EST Hi everyone I had been apart of this site before, but my goals were set to "maintain" and so I never got many results because my diet was still much higher in calories. At the time, of course, I wasn't too interested in losing weight. Now I have a new account for "losing" even though I don't wish to lose much. I mainly want to lose some body fat, tone up and strengthen my muscles, and just have better cardiovascular health. For exercise, I enjoy Zumba (my favorite), yoga, running, swimming, elliptical, f... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 09:59:50 EST Hello from Ireland Hi my name is Shell, I am new to the team and looking forward to learning loads from Sparkpeople :) <BR> I am only starting my journey in weight loss and I am looking forward to being in shape for the summer <em>9</em> Wed, 3 Feb 2010 09:26:59 EST Could someone help me out with my schedule Ive been to a personal trainer and set up a full body ST session which im doing 2times a week, but on tuesdays and fridays i have SuperStrength classes, and my trainer told me it was smart to have a rest/cardio day in between my strength training.. How should i set that up without loosing my classes?? Tue, 2 Feb 2010 02:20:50 EST I need a good glute workout Does anyone know of a good glute workout that would concentrate on the outer/lower glute area? Mon, 1 Feb 2010 21:46:32 EST Am I where I need to be? Just been wondering if I'm going about this the right way or if I should rethink it. Honestly I know very little about strength training. A little bit about me and my goals.....I am 5ft and 1inch in height and I weigh currently 211 lbs the heaviest I have ever been :( but I hope to change that around. My goals are to lose 76 lbs I would like to be at 135 my ? is should I work on loosing the weight now and then work on the muscles or is it possible to lose weight and build muscle at the same t... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 22:16:02 EST The Quest for Protein Powder Recipes Hi all, I am interested in knowing if others have any creative cooking ideas for protein powder. We all know what we can shake it or blend it with, but I am interested in actual recipes to integrate that protein, because sometimes, I would rather chew. I have seen some protein pancake ideas in Oxygen mag. Any others? Thanks! Fri, 22 Jan 2010 20:15:44 EST weight and reps ? Do you lift heavy with less reps or lift less with more reps to tighten and tone? <BR> I have arthritis in my right shoulder and can not lift heavy weight so I was wondering if I am wasting my time by lifting small weight (5 to 10 lbs) with more reps to tighten and tone my muscles. I also just got some Tae Bo DVD's that came with Billy Bands so I can also try that for variety. <BR> Thanks for the advice <BR> Dreambody Fri, 22 Jan 2010 17:29:34 EST Hello I'm a newbie to the team.....I joined earlier today but have been looking around reading every ones posts and blogs......learning a lot from you all ~ and can't wait to learn more! I'm in the beginning of my journey and not really up to speed with everything but I know with every ones help I can figure this all out..... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 20:57:58 EST Trying again at almost 40 Once upon a time, I was FIT, now it is time to get back there. I know I can do it again. Just need the determination and motivation. Sat, 16 Jan 2010 10:35:20 EST Is two days of ST enough? I've noticed a lot of people seem to be doing at least 3 days of strength training if not more. Is two days of ST (full body) and pilates not going to cut it? I've been doing cardio about 5 days a week and ST and pilates only two of those days. Do I need to add at least one more day to notice any kind of results? Sat, 16 Jan 2010 03:20:19 EST :) Hey Guys! My name is Kendra, I'm 20 years old. I've always struggeled with my weight. At one point I hit about 165, which is a lot of weight for a person of my heigh, 5"1. Right now i'm about 150.. but i want to get to 120-125lbs. I've tried soo many diets, but they just haven;t worked for me. Mostly because they were telling me WHAT to eat & when. Then one day i bought a magazine, and there was an article about So later that night i decided to check the sight out! I signed u... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 21:42:03 EST whats the deal? So I completely understand that eating right is 90% of it but, what is the secret to getting definition? Is it more reps and lighter weights or vise versa? Thanks I want definition by June Thu, 7 Jan 2010 13:45:49 EST ST with injury I hurt my tail bone this weekend while sledding and I'm wondering what you guys think I should do? Is there a ST routine I could do today that want aggravate my injury? I did stepping on the wii yesterday for cardio and it didn't seem to mess it up. <BR> <BR> Moving up and down hurts. (like lunges) Bouncing hurts. (running or even laughing) Getting up and down from the floor or bed hurts. It doesn't hurt to move my arms though or to walk as long as it is pretty level. <BR> <BR> Do you thin... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 15:20:51 EST Kettle bells I got a 10lb one recently. Does anyone like using a kettle bell? I'm gonna try it tonight. I think it came with a dvd workout. Any suggestions on what to do? Is 10lbs gonna be heavy enough? Tue, 5 Jan 2010 13:11:49 EST hello everyone! Hello, only just joined sparkpeople a few days ago and really hoping this will help. <BR> I'm in my second year at University and have a major problem with gaining then losing weight. <BR> I gained a stone and a half last year at uni, then lost it within two months over summer. This was simply done by getting up at an appropriate time and being more active although i think i only went on a run twice, and eating healthier foods made by my mum. <BR> <BR> I have just finished my frist semester... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 15:37:01 EST Hello Everyone! I'm new and I just wanted to say Hi! So...Hi! I am not very good at staying motivated and keeping on track and holding myself accountable. I recently married my best friend in January and am just enjoying life as it goes by. I am ready to be healthier, have more energy, and love myself again. Mon, 14 Dec 2009 00:31:33 EST I'm new to the team. . Hi there, I am 20 years old. Just joined spark people today to motivate myself to get back on track. I am looking forward to getting my body to its best shape. Wed, 2 Dec 2009 03:14:55 EST Losing pounds not inches Does anyone else have this problem? I do a 2 min. jog then 1 min. walk for 30 to 40 minutes three times a week. I cut down on sweets and cut way down on pop. And I lift weights 2 to 3 times a week. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong? I expected to have a smaller waist. Fri, 13 Nov 2009 23:24:56 EST Fit Flops, Reebok:Easy Tones, Sketchers Shape Ups? Does anyone have any of these supposed toning new shoes? Do they really work? I know they'll never be able to replace working out, but if they help tone when I'm just walking around, etc I might try them. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Mon, 2 Nov 2009 09:32:22 EST Im new Hi I am 24 years old and I have 2 kids a 5 month old and a 3 yr old... Im looking to loose that stubborn baby weight on my stomach.. Looking to meet some new sparkbuddies. Tue, 27 Oct 2009 15:33:27 EST How is my routine? Hey everyone. I wanted to get some opinions on my workout routine. This is the first time that i've dedicated myself to strength training and I want to make sure that i'm doing it right. My husband made this up for me. Right now i'm starting with 8 lb weights and resting for 90 sec. between sets. I do this 5 times a week and take a break on the weekends. (So i do workout 1 on mon, workout 2 on tues, workout 3 on wed, workout 1 on thurs, workout 2 on fri, workout 3 on monday, etc). Sorry if my... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 12:51:13 EST Toning Question When you guys do your toning say lunges w/ dumbells or chest fly's on ball with dumbells, when you log the excercise onto the Spark Tracker are you counting the weight of the dumbell in each hand or counting the combined weight of the dumbells together. <BR> Say 2 Sets 10 Reps 3 pounds or would you count it as 6 pounds? <BR> I have been adding it in the tracker by combining the weight if im <BR> lfting both weights at the same time. Mon, 26 Oct 2009 12:53:35 EST Halloween costume & this weeks training I also posted this in B. B. & F. because I wanted to get as much feedback as possible and I'm sure I'm not the only one that would like to hear suggestions. <BR> <BR> Ok, Girls!!!!! <BR> <BR> Here's my question. I am going to wear this AWESOME VIKING WARRIOR PRINCESS costume. I can't wait to upload pics. Anyway, I will be taking every precaution I can to look my best...but we all know I've a ways to go. So, I will be eating extra clean this week and doing two-a-days with lots of cardio. <... Sun, 25 Oct 2009 19:43:04 EST BEST WORKOUT VIDEO I AM CURIOUS AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW THE TEAM FEELS ABOUT CATHE FRIEDRICH. SHE IS AWESOME, I HAVE A FEW OF HER WORKOUT VIDEOS. Sun, 18 Oct 2009 19:56:24 EST NEED A GOOD TONING HI, MY NAME IS JEANA, I AM NOT NEW TO SP. I HAVE LOST THE WEIGHT BUT IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS HAVE LOST MY TONE, I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A MUSCULAR GAL, BUT HAVE LOST SOME OF THAT DUE TO THE LACK OF WEIGHT TRAINING. HOPE TO REMEDY THAT WITH THE HELP OF 'TIGHT AND TONED'. <em>23</em> <em>231</em> Sun, 18 Oct 2009 19:35:48 EST cardio vs Strength Training Question? If you are not trying to loose weight but are trying to tighten everything up should you still do cardio or just do weights? Fri, 16 Oct 2009 22:02:10 EST SOS!!! Hey girls, I'm brand new to sparkpeople and this team. I've looked at a lot of your pages and am so inspired by all of you! So here's my deal; I have no problem getting my workouts in. That's just part of my day. I know how I feel when I get a great workout and I know how I feel when I skip it so I think I'm good there. My problem is diet. I know what I should be eating, its just doing it sometimes that's the problem, so any advice, encouragement, inspiration, whatever you've got would ... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 15:22:46 EST Uploaded embarrassing we go. Well, I did it. Uploaded photos today of my body in a two piece. I even added pictures I took in April 2009 for added inpiration. It really is go time. I can't wait to upload photos again in two weeks, and in two weeks after that and so on. Then one day use one as my profile picture. <BR> <BR> Alisha Mon, 12 Oct 2009 18:40:28 EST new to this team~ i have been back to the spark for only a month or so- <BR> what was i thinking to ever quit!! <BR> oh well, moving on and looking for some great advise and tips~~ <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 11 Oct 2009 12:26:29 EST I love this place!!! My best girlfriend told me to come here and she was right. I'm so excited to meet you all!!! Sat, 10 Oct 2009 18:10:15 EST how do you get the skin to shrink naturally? I had a neighbor who was trying to loose weight and wore those control top panties. She lost the weight and the skin shrank quickly and I was just wondering if holding it in had anything to do with it? like if the new skin can only grow in so big ya know. Sat, 10 Oct 2009 06:25:03 EST Are there any low-carb followers here on T & T I know, I know...its "CLEAN" eating that I should be striving for but I have to say...I cannot get the pounds to budge unless I limit my carbs (about 40-80 a day). Is there anyone else out there like me. I went to the Low Carb team and I have to be honest. There are not a lot of lean, mean, machines on it. It makes me wonder if I have it all wrong or if I should just trust what works for me? Comment Please! <BR> <BR> Alisha Thu, 8 Oct 2009 23:26:08 EST New here Hello, <BR> New to the team, my name is starla and I'm trying to lose weight but more importantly toning. Any ideas of how to tone up please point me in the right <BR> <BR> Much appreciated. I've tried to diet before and now I'm trying to just eat better and exercise more, no quick fixes, more of a lifestyle change. Wed, 7 Oct 2009 12:25:07 EST For Woman Only!!! Is there anyone else there that finds they are "Spotting" after they exercise? <em>2</em> Mon, 28 Sep 2009 19:59:23 EST new to the team I am a 27 year old single mother of a wonderful boy. I am here to loose weight for the both of us. I am learning how to eat healthier also. Sun, 27 Sep 2009 21:41:37 EST ARMS: what is your best exercise? What is your Best exercise to build biceps and/or triceps? <em>33</em> Sat, 26 Sep 2009 11:58:11 EST when is the best time When is the best time to weigh myself for the right numbers? <BR> When is the best time to work out and do cardio? <BR> Please help really not sure Thu, 24 Sep 2009 09:11:01 EST Howdy All! I am Susan, member of SP for 3 years (almost). Started going to the gym last October 2008 and went through beginning of June. Had to stop them because had no one to watch my little ones. What a difference 2.5 months can do to a body when you stop exercising. <BR> So I have started back up and I have to build my endurace back up (no problem). The thing I am concerned about is ....well to be really honest,, I hate thinking that I am going to put all this time into the gym (and though I know ... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 07:43:23 EST Toning vs Bulking up So I am trying to lose 20 pounds. I also have a goal of looking like an Oxygen Model (Alicia Marie, Monica Brandt) or pretty close. I am laid off right now so I have time to spend in the gym. I need to lose my belly (which is stubborn) and chisel the rest of my body. I am doing strength training of 3 sets of 15 with weights that are challenging by rep 15. I have done a 2 days split so I train upper body and lower body twice a week. I am also doing at least 30 mins of cardio 6 days a week. <B... Sun, 20 Sep 2009 10:40:48 EST Calories in/calories out A couple of questions in one. <BR> Does anyone know how or where I can calculate how many calories my body burns without doing anything, then how many I need to cut to lose weight? Also does anyone know how to calculate my target heart rate to lose weight? Thank you for your input!! Thu, 17 Sep 2009 22:35:53 EST Whats your favorite wii fit combo of activities? Just to give people ideas what training to do on wii fit: <BR> <BR> What is your favorite combo of wii fit activities <BR> <BR> How long do you do them for? <BR> <BR> Whats Your Favorite Activity? Wed, 16 Sep 2009 08:32:09 EST Does this team have a workout plan? I'm not finding the workout plan to get "Tight & Toned"... does this team have one? Thu, 10 Sep 2009 15:39:37 EST The Best Protein for the Buck Hey everyone! So I am lifting again and I know that I need to be taking protein after I lift. I am not going for competition grade muscles but I sure wouldn't turn them down! Does anyone have ideas/suggestions for what protein shakes I should be drinking? I was at GNC and Vitamin World today getting information. Vitamin World prices vary from $20-$50 and GNC prices go from $30-$70 PER MONTH. I am laid off so I do not have the money to be throwing away. Wal-mart has a brand of protein powders ... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 20:18:40 EST Finally joining this team ... my quick hello!! Just a quick hello. You can read the details about me on my page and blogs. BUT, suffice to say, that starting back in October 2007 I took my life and health back under my control, lost a ton of weight, and have been strengthening and toning and tightening my body ever since. Got rid of almost all the comorbidities that went with being obese - diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, cholesterol, etc... <BR> <BR> The one comorbidity all the work didn't get rid of was some blocked arterie... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 16:40:10 EST Newbie from South Carolina Just joined the team and wanted to say hello. I'm soooo looking forward to see how everyone else handles the toning end of the spectrum. I would much rather do cardio than toning excercises. I feel like I get more out of cardio. <BR> Anyway look forward to hearing from everyone :) Sun, 30 Aug 2009 22:30:43 EST Trying to lose fat Hi everyone, I have a question, and I figured those of you who are more experienced than me can help. <BR> <BR> Over the past 6 months, I have gained about 15 lbs of muscle and lost 35 lbs of body fat, putting me at a 25 lb weight loss. Now, I am currently at a place where all I would like to do now is really focus on fat loss, the difference is that now I have a focus, whereas before I was really just getting into lifting, not necessarily knowing the difference between weight loss and fat ... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 21:03:01 EST How many days each week do you work out? Four days? Five? Seven? <BR> I vary, but I wonder if there is some perfect schedule that allows for exactly the right amount of training vs. rest. Just curious what people think works best for them. <BR> <BR> Right now, I am jogging around 3 miles, 4 times a week. <BR> No strength training at this time. Yes, I know, I know... but I don't really like the shape that weights give me, they don't suit my particular build. My sister does great with them. (I've worked out for years with pilates, c... Mon, 17 Aug 2009 06:48:13 EST HELP! =) I JUST SIGNED UP FOR A GYM ABOUT A WEEK AGO. IVE BEEN GOING TOT HE GYM AND WORKING OUT PREETY MUCH EVERY DAY BUT I FEEL LIKE IM DOING SOMETHING WRONG? <BR> <BR> HOW SHOULD I START? WHAT MACHINE SHOULD I START WITH? HOW SHOULD I END MY WORKOUT? ETC; PLEASE HELP. <BR> I DONT WANNA DO ALL THIS WORK FOR NOTHING. <BR> <BR> THANK YOU ;) Sun, 9 Aug 2009 20:20:03 EST How can i tone up my mum tummy??? i need help please. <BR> <BR> i have have lost weight and my tummy is getting smaller lol but its still saggy a bit from when i had my son 2 years ago. what can i do to tone it up and get it to look generally loads better?? Sun, 9 Aug 2009 15:36:34 EST Wine/cocktails question Does anyone here avoid alcohol for diet reasons? I know it's full of empty calories and have read that it slows weight loss due to the body having to burn it before fat can be burned, but I'm curious what everyone's approach to it is. <BR> <BR> I like to have a glass or two of wine (ok, sometimes three) with dinner every day, does anyone see this as a massive no-no? <BR> <BR> On the other side of the spectrum, does anyone find that if they add a glass of wine to their diet, it helps you to... Sat, 8 Aug 2009 11:13:28 EST New to team Hi.. <BR> I just joined the team and very excited I have no clue what I am Please help <BR> <BR> Thanks Lynne Sun, 26 Jul 2009 10:21:43 EST Serious Loss of Energy! Hi everybody <BR> <BR> I have been trying to start a cardio/strength training work out for two weeks. I have a holiday in 7 weeks. <BR> <BR> When I am arriving at the gym or my dance class I have so little energy I feel like I could sleep, and always give up half way through, let alone the strength training part! It's really getting me down because I love exercise and it's never been this bad. <BR> <BR> I am eating a healthy diet, fruit, carbs, protein of about 1260 cals and I am quite sma... Thu, 23 Jul 2009 04:05:44 EST Hello Im new here Hello Im new to this site my name is lelia Im 24 I found out about sparkpeople when I was searching the web to find out how many calories I need to burn to lose weight. I can say that I like this site alot I really need to lose weight to look and feel better. When I had my son I gain 80lb I went from a size 5 to a 16 I was very sad so I started to exercise now Im a size 9 but it has tken me 4 years. My goal is to lose 41lb and I will lose them. Wed, 22 Jul 2009 14:55:52 EST Hello! New from Ontario , Canada Hey everyone, Let me tell you a bit about myself, Born in BC canada, But live in Ontario Canada, I am 23 years old and I got married to the best Guy ever June 20th 09, I have 3 babies, 4 yrs old, 2Yrs old, and a 10 month old baby girl. My goal originally was to lose weight, From 215-155 in less then 9 months! I would like to lose more weight, But right now I want to focus on toning up a bit... Ok a lot! <BR> I am taking these new pills, I just couldn't help it. They are called, THERMO PLUS w... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 23:59:54 EST Butt So I've made a lot of progress and am very proud of myself. I've lost 40lbs and have maintained it so far since October. My body really started to change after the last 10lbs. My arms are much smaller and thighs and stomach are too. My problem is that I still have cellulite on the lower butt area. I just can't seem to get rid of it. My butt as a whole has gotten more toned, but that lower part just kills me. Does anyone have really great butt exercises or tips that might help me conque... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 13:41:30 EST How to enter HIIT in cardio tracker Anybody have any ideas for how to enter interval training (HIIT) in the cardio tracker? Thanks! Wed, 15 Jul 2009 20:03:00 EST How to get rid of saddlebags? Any good excercises to help tone up those dreaded saddlebags that sit on the side of the thighs? Tue, 14 Jul 2009 21:50:55 EST Looking for exercises that will help tone .... Looking for exercises that will help me tone up the sides of the waist and love handles. Any great ideas. Mon, 13 Jul 2009 08:22:11 EST hi there hey everyone. i have been subscribed to sparkpeople for a while but its only recently i have become and active member. i am really enjoying getting healthy and fit with this site and i hope it also work great for you. <BR> have a great day Fri, 10 Jul 2009 10:09:18 EST Toning What type of exercise routine do you use to tone your body? Wed, 1 Jul 2009 16:46:04 EST Fresh Meat I just discovered this team today! It is right up my alley bc I am 4 lbs away from my goal weight! I plan to tighten up now! <BR> I read a few threads like the deadlift and one leg squat threads. Do you guys think you could post a pic along with the directions. I found myself wondering how to follow all those words LOL! Thanks! Chow! Tue, 23 Jun 2009 11:21:41 EST I'm new Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to the group. hoping to get legs toned along with core area, and hips. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to becoming Tight & Toned Tue, 23 Jun 2009 10:49:12 EST tanita scale mode anyone know how to decide whether or not to use the athlete or standard mode on the tanita innerscan scale? <BR> <BR> thanks! :) Tue, 16 Jun 2009 16:19:08 EST Hello from TEXAS! Hello! new to the team and needing to get tight and toned. i really need to lower my bf%. been trying for the past few months. its working, but i know i could have lost more than what i have. <BR> <BR> cardio is 4-5 times a week. starting to do more intense, cause my body has gotten use to it. and starting to do step class 3 times a week starting this week, while the kids are out for the summer. do some strength training 2-3 times a week. <BR> <BR> any suggestions. please give. t... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 11:38:11 EST sore after a work out... I am really starting to train my body to be an athletes body, but I am sore today after my workout from yesterday. What can I do to get an awesome workout, but not injure my muscules and joints that I worked yesterday? Mon, 15 Jun 2009 12:27:12 EST beginner suggestions any suggestions for someone who is just starting a workout routine? Wed, 3 Jun 2009 15:38:09 EST Toning I started SP, working out and really watching my calories etc. set up by SP for about 3 weeks now. I am happy with my weight but because I have not been active in so long, I would like to be fit and toned. What are your suggestions? Usually I stregnth train three days a week and cardio for 4-5 times a week. Mon, 1 Jun 2009 10:08:47 EST Hi I am new to team Tight and Toned! Hi I am new to Team Tight and Toned and new to Spark People! I am looking to make friends and motivational support! Thu, 28 May 2009 01:07:11 EST creatine I'm thinking of adding creatine to my diet. If your taking it, which brand or you taking and why? and do take it before after your work out? <BR> Tue, 26 May 2009 23:09:08 EST how many cals? If I just want to tone up do I have to follow a low calorie diet besides doing cardio and strength training or am i ok eating normally now? Fri, 22 May 2009 20:45:56 EST E Effort <BR> Fri, 22 May 2009 13:45:39 EST Greetings! Hello Ladie, I'm new to SP and to the team... my goal is to loose a few pounds and gain muscle. Best luck to all of us sharing the same goal!!! <em>244</em> Fri, 22 May 2009 13:35:11 EST programs i was just wondering what everyone here is doing to get tight and tone? Do you follow a specific program? Thu, 21 May 2009 19:01:46 EST carbs question i got a the Bathing Suit Workout book by Joyce from the library and it has a diet plan that consists of 70% good carbs and 15% protein and 15% fat. is this going to work or is it too much carbs? Since the book is from the 90's im not sure. Thu, 21 May 2009 18:51:12 EST Not Sure I am Eating Enough! Hi all <BR> <BR> Been on my SP journey since March and have managed to lose 14lbs thus far yeah! If you check out my food log you can see what I eat pretty much day in day on a diet a trainer gave me. <BR> <BR> I have really increased my exercise since i started from 0 to min 30mins cv at 75% heart rate in the morning with strength 3 times a week for about 30mins and then 40 - 60mins CV at 75% on non strength days and loving it -My dilemma is that the scales have pretty much not moved for... Thu, 21 May 2009 11:33:33 EST Advice needed for beginner Hello! <BR> I still have quite a bit of weight to lose but I want to not only lose weight but get toned as well! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any toning exercise suggestions for a beginner? <BR> <BR> ~Karen Tue, 19 May 2009 08:55:40 EST Advice needed for beginner Hello! <BR> I still have quite a bit of weight to lose but I want to not only lose weight but get toned as well! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any toning exercise suggestions for a beginner? <BR> <BR> ~Karen Tue, 19 May 2009 08:53:33 EST Stair climber Is the stair climber good for toning the thighs and abs? Mon, 18 May 2009 14:00:04 EST New to Tight & Toned Team... ...but not new to spark people! <BR> <BR> I've been doing strength training since December 2007, starting out slowly at first but now I am stronger than I could have ever imagined a year and a half ago. <BR> <BR> I have been approached by a few members of this team to join a while back but procrastinated. I find that of all of the exercise that I do, I look forward to my strength training the most. <BR> <BR> My 47 year old frame (soon to be 48 next month) has seen success in toning up a... Fri, 15 May 2009 09:15:12 EST newbie Hi, I'm a newbie to the group hoping to learn more about toning and lifting weights. Thu, 14 May 2009 14:23:51 EST Deadlifts The deadlift is mostly performed with a bar and plates or fixed barbell. Dumbbells can also be used but the effect is similar to the dumbbell squat. This description uses the barbell. <BR> <BR> Muscles worked: quadriceps (front thighs), hamstrings (back of thigh), gluteals (butt), lower back <BR> <BR> Body Position <BR> <BR> Select a barbell (light weight if your a beginner). <BR> <BR> <BR> Position the feet shoulder width apart, or not much more, with toes under the bar. The feet point... Wed, 6 May 2009 14:21:37 EST Favorite Protein Drink I wasn't getting enough protein in my diet. One of the things my trainer had me to was add a protein shake. I tried the BSN Syntha-6 shake that's Chocolate Peanut flavor. I must admit, it's the first time a protein shake doesn't make me want to puke. It's also helping curb my afternoon/evening cravings. Wondering if anyone has any favorites? <BR> Mon, 4 May 2009 12:46:37 EST Quick question Ok so I started my new eating and exercise plan today. I gave up coffee. My question is this....Is drinking green tea with splenda Ok in your opinions. Sat, 2 May 2009 10:44:20 EST I seriously need help So Ok I have a problem. I've going to the gym and eating reasonable (about 1500 Cal a day)since January. I mean seriously working out 6 days a week. <BR> Heres what I do <BR> Mon Heavy cardio day 1hr-1 1\2 hrs <BR> Tues Upper body <BR> Wed Lower body <BR> Thurs heavy cardio <BR> Fri rest <BR> Sat Upper body <BR> sun lower body <BR> <BR> So here is my problem I havent lost not one pound. <BR> And if your next question is if you lost inches, well only like a half inch here or there. My jean... Thu, 30 Apr 2009 08:50:47 EST Single-Leg Squats I present to you ladies and gents, the Single Leg Squat. This exercise kicks my booty...literally! You will be sore, but it's a good sore! <BR> <BR> You can do this exercise at any level. For beginners, trying it with no weight or very light dumbbells. I personally like to put a barbell across my shoulders, but any weight dumbbells held at your sides will work too. <BR> Single leg squats: <BR> <BR> Muscles involved: quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, adductors, abductors and erectors to so... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 20:55:01 EST Newbie Hey Ya'll! I'm a newbie just wanted to say hello! I want that tight, toned bod for summer...half way there, but still have ways to go! Can't get rid of the little "pooch" on my tummy no matter what I do. Please check out my page if you like, and thanks Tue, 28 Apr 2009 11:20:03 EST Legs and hips... Ok so i have really skinny long legs i hardly have any calf muscle and i seem to be having an issue with fat on the back of my hips I'm guessing those are saddle bags? How can i build more muscle in my calfs i do work them when i go to the gym and how to tone the lower back? you think i should add more protein to my diet and how? Sat, 25 Apr 2009 11:11:46 EST Which is better? Which is more effective... <BR> <BR> Total body strength training- Mon, Wed, Fri <BR> OR <BR> Lower body- Mon, Wed, Fri <BR> Upper body- Tues, Thurs <BR> <BR> ????? Fri, 24 Apr 2009 12:55:10 EST Cardio Sculpting vs. ST... I'd like a tight/toned lean body & was just wondering if I should still strength train with weights if I am doing strength training cardio (such as the Cardio Burn Sculpt workout)??? Fri, 24 Apr 2009 12:50:26 EST New Forums Hi All, <BR> <BR> I've created two new forums that we can utilize as a team. The first being "Diet" the second "Strength-Training, Cardio and General Exercise". Because we are such a large and EXCITING team, often I see specific questions about toning, diet etc that have been discussed before. I think it will be helpful for all team members to find what they are looking for and get specific feedback. Post Away! <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Apr 2009 13:34:11 EST Muscle soreness What is the best way to remove muscle soreness, a sauna or a steam room.I go to a gym that has both and don't know which to use. <BR> When I exercise my legs get cold and very sore. I am afraid I am getting fibro or a circulation problem so I want to try a natural way to help without taking meds. Wed, 22 Apr 2009 13:30:38 EST New Leadership Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am no longer able to fulfill my obligations to this team. Therefore, in the best interest of the team, I am stepping down from the leadership position. It has been a pleasure being your leader, and I will still be around, but not in a leadership capacity. <BR> <BR> I have selected Lindsay (LindsayDelight) as my replacement. <BR> Wed, 22 Apr 2009 13:19:30 EST New to the team!! :) Hey all!! I'm down to my last 9 pounds and will finally be at my goal weigt, YAY... but it won't feel as good if I'm not tight & toned, so I definitely need to be part of this team! I'm not the best when it comes to strength training, but I know that with support from the team, I can do this! Feel free to stop by my page anytime... I'm here! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>298</em> <em>259</em> <em>482</em> Tue, 21 Apr 2009 13:35:35 EST Free Sample BL Protein Powder I just started reading the 5/11/09 issue of First Magazine and on the inside cover is an offer for a free trial of the Biggest Loser Protein Powder in case anyone wants to try it. The web address is: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a Great Monday! <BR> Mon, 20 Apr 2009 16:12:22 EST got my slim in 6. from beachbody in finally got the program in on sat. i love it, so far. <BR> missy. has anyone else tried it yet? Wed, 15 Apr 2009 11:05:37 EST lower body toning I want to step up my lower body strength training. I currently do lunge jumps, squats with weights, walking lunges with weights and some ad/adduction exercises. Anyone have any good thigh toning exercises? Im a big runner but want to tone up a bit more. THanks! :) Tue, 14 Apr 2009 19:59:09 EST guidline on tighting & tonening. ok,am new in this cute team,but am yet to understand,where to start,though,i do practice my strenth training,so can someone give me guidline on tighting & tonening.thanks. Mon, 13 Apr 2009 09:18:34 EST tight the upper arm hi all <BR> do you have any good exercise for the upper arm & after how many month i will see the result ?? i want to lose 2 cm only i tried LPG but nuthin happend .. waiting for the replies <BR> <BR> thanks Wed, 8 Apr 2009 06:07:33 EST Thank you Thanks so much to everyone! I guess I've been on the right path and didn't know it....whole grains, fruits and veggies. I have not been getting enough protien but I think I'll take your other suggestion and join the "eat clean" team and see if I can fix that. Now...I have another question (not sure if I'm gonna want to hear the answer ;-)....I'm 47....mother of 5...menopausal....please tell me there's hope to have some sort of toned belly, a butt back up where it belongs and no saddlebags... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 19:09:46 EST Hi newbie hoping to know all of u better. hey am 28 ,wil be 29 on july 16th,wife & mum,of lil girl which yuo can see on myprofile pic,ive being around spark in other teams just want more tightining & toneing,hope to know all of u better.cristina,. Tue, 7 Apr 2009 04:51:03 EST Eating clean? Help! I'm new to the site and have never in my 47 years had to worry about my weight....until I'm a little naive about some things. I have researched the internet until I get myself so lost, I can't even remember what I was doing to begin with. I was reading the posts here and it sounds like that in addition to my exercise routine, I need to "eat clean". I have 2 teenagers at home that aren't the least bit interested in eating anything out of the make a long story... Mon, 6 Apr 2009 19:04:49 EST Back again Hey everyone, <BR> This is my second try at spark.I loved it the first time. I just let myself go for awhile.I'm ready to get back and stick to it.Looking forward to getting tight and toned with you!! Tue, 24 Mar 2009 13:57:46 EST hello Hi all! This place is great! Looking forward to learning new tips and meeting new people that are trying to tighten and tone, just like me! Mon, 23 Mar 2009 18:25:43 EST I'm back! I really didn't realize how badly I needed a break! However, I am back and am cooking up some ideas for next month's challenge. If any of you have suggestions you would like to try, please feel free to sparkmail me! Mon, 23 Mar 2009 00:07:45 EST Which is better, working out in AM or PM? Hi everyone! So I need to REALLY fit in some cardio and lifting. I was going first thing in the morning and then I had heard that if I wanted to completely transform my body that lifting in the morning is a bad idea. I know all the good things that it can do for the body (morning cardio) but not the lifting. Right now I am not going often since its impossible to make it every night. Anyone know what the "bad" reasons are for lifting at 6am? Thanks! <BR> <BR> OR.. should I do cardio in the mo... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 11:05:29 EST Cybex Room Advice? I've decided to take my fitness routine to a new place. I'm going to the gym where there's a room full of Cybex equipment. I've received training in how to use it. I just wanted to ask those who know for any advice about how to proceed or what to avoid. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 17 Mar 2009 09:44:08 EST FYI - Will not be online this week I am taking the week off. I have developed some very bad habits and need to stay off the computer to break them. <BR> <BR> I will be back next week. <BR> <BR> I would like to thank my co-leaders in advance for helping me this week. Sun, 15 Mar 2009 22:33:52 EST 3 Reasons your Workouts Aren't Working Article<BR>asons-your-workouts-arent-working-376716/ <BR> <BR> I thought I'd share this with you. If your like me, your workouts are pretty dialed in. I always see lists that say something like "10 ways to lose more weight" and when I read them the tips are simple things I already know and put into practice, like drink more water, drink less soda, work out at least 3 days a week for 30 minutes etc. <BR> <BR> Now I know, those are good tips for people liv... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 13:18:36 EST What are your daily routines I was wondering how you guys fit your exercise into your routine, morning, noon or night, as well do you eat before you workout and how long do you wait to exercise after,those with younger children (mine are 2&5)when do you exercise and for how long. <BR> My 2 year old has never been a sleeper and is an early bird on top of it, I am exhasted in the morning for being up with her anywhere from 1 to 4 times in a night, so I don't exercise in the morning and when lunch comes around she goes to b... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 08:37:45 EST Hello and need inner-thigh advice Hey all, <BR> <BR> I'm excited to be a new member of this team. I'm starting to lose weight but I also want to tone up as well. I've tone my arms "a little" but need some serious work on my legs and stomach. <BR> <BR> Does anybody know some good exercises that will tone my inner-thighs? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 26 Feb 2009 19:16:21 EST machines vs. free weights, those heavy legs I'm curious to see what results others here have had with thigh abductor/adductor machines vs. free weights... <BR> <BR> Since the New Year, I've not been able to maintain a routine that included 2 heavy lifitng days and 2 class days (spinning and light weights). As a replacement, I have been able to do 3 lifting days and maybe 1 free-form cardio/circuit day per week. <BR> <BR> Additionally, I stopped using almost all machines for the leg (hip adductors/abductors, leg presses, curls and ex... Wed, 25 Feb 2009 08:59:01 EST Leftover Skin I am having a problem with excess skin in my lower belly. Having had 3 children, I have a lot of loose skin in my belly region (below my belly button). I have done a lot of exercise lately working on my abs and hips, and I've noticed that the measurement has gone down in my waist, but I have a horrible bulge when I sit down. It's a little bit of fat, but mostly it's loose skin. The skin isn't from having lost a lot of weight really fast (unless you count giving birth to 3- 7 lb babies lose w... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 17:27:22 EST How much protein? Hi guys, I recently found out about this e-book: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I haven't gotten the chance to read it but I will post back here to give some type of review. Tue, 24 Feb 2009 15:44:09 EST I'm back! New to this team... Hi! My name is Jess and I am new here! I used to lift all the time and was in incredible shape! Then life happened; I switched jobs, got pregnant and miscarried, fell and shattered my elbow followed by 2 surgeries, got married. Just to name a few things that averted my attention. NOW, I am back! I have lost 12 pounds already and now I need to get my strength training down. Looking forward to making progress being motivated and learing from you all! Sun, 22 Feb 2009 18:55:34 EST Hi i'm new. HI NEW TO THE TEAM HOPING FOR SOME MORE MOTIVATION TO KEEP ME EXERCISING I'M A SAHM WITH 4 KIDS 13,10,3,9 MO. STRUGGLING WITH THE BABY BELLY. THE EXERCISE AND EATING AND NOTHING BUDGING. I'M KINDA GETTING FED UP WITH MY SELF OH AND I WORKOUT AT HOME WITH SEVERAL HOME DVDS Sat, 21 Feb 2009 12:59:34 EST target heart rate? im going to try to make this simple, cause it confuses me. <BR> my target heart range is supose to be 145-154. <BR> thats subtracting 220 from my age 33. <BR> but i seem to find myself with a heart rate of 158-160 alot of times, so is that bad? does that make it anarobic? <BR> when im between158 and 160 i can talk but in short answers Fri, 20 Feb 2009 20:33:20 EST TAE BO ANYONE? I just rented the Tae Bo Lower body and Ab Bootcamp and I'm really hoping that I'll love it! Wondering if there are any Tae Bo success stories out there. Fri, 20 Feb 2009 02:25:24 EST YOGA POSES This is too funny. Yesterday, while walking the beach, I saw one man doing yoga poses and he was saluting the sun, behind him a bit was another man who looked like he was doing the same type of pose, but finishing off a beer. I wish I had had a camera! Tue, 10 Feb 2009 11:26:14 EST Newbie Hello! I am 38 and in 2004 I lost about 90 pounds following Atkins. I have kept it off but I really need to lose 20 more. I also have a major need to tone my legs, another priority for me is my upper back, for the past year and a half I have been developing "knots" throughout my muscles. It is my hope strengthening them will help. I hope to find wisdom and encouragement here. Thanks! Mon, 9 Feb 2009 19:29:38 EST February Challenge Here is another "personal" challenge for you this month. Since February is American Heart Month, I am challenging you to choose a goal to help keep your heart healthy. (BTW - I'm not excluding anyone on basis of citizenship - please join us no matter where you live!) <BR> <BR> Some ideas are: <BR> 1) Increase your cardio <BR> 2) Lose 1 lb a week if you are still overweight <BR> 3) Stop smoking if you smoke <BR> 4) Get a checkup and have your cholesterol checked <BR> 5) Analyze your diet and... Sat, 31 Jan 2009 10:08:13 EST question how can i figure out my body fat percentage? do i go some where? how much is it? or can i do it myself? Thu, 22 Jan 2009 17:31:41 EST All over body tone Hi, <BR> <BR> I have been a member for about 3 weeks now. I have lost 4 pounds. I am happy with that. <BR> I really need a good all over body toning schedule. <BR> <BR> Please can you let me know how you tone up in the gym. <BR> <BR> I really want to focus on my upper and lower abs to start with. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Jenny x Wed, 21 Jan 2009 07:14:52 EST What are you doing? Hi all! <BR> I'm doing the featured workout (Back on Track fitness regimen) in the Jan/Feb issue of muscle and fitness Hers magazine). <BR> I just finished my first week (It's four weeks long). So far so good! I feel the burn! Fri, 16 Jan 2009 14:34:53 EST Hello from the new gal!! Hey there team! <BR> Im so excited to be a part of this team!! I am a gym lover and I am workin HARD at being tight and toned in time for summer...that hasnt happened for me yet so I CANT WAIT!!! I am so excited for the tips and motivation from this team!!! Wed, 14 Jan 2009 22:21:32 EST OMG my shoulders need tone also!! I knew my arms did and now that im getting going on it i noticed this lil bit of fat right behind my arms on my shoulder part!! I'm doing the 30 shred and Jari Love's slim and lean, will these help tone EVERYTHING or is there something im missing to tackle this pesky lil area? My arms are looking much better not as much flabby on the bottom so i know its helping but need to know this part plz? Wed, 14 Jan 2009 14:46:19 EST My Arms I don't know if I'm seeing things,or what ,but my arms are starting to look more and more toned. I mean they aren't Lady in the Yellow Bikini toned,but I'm seeing a difference. I've been lifting weights on my own a lot lately to relieve stress, and today I started my fitness class at school and while we were doing arm work I looked and the mirror and was like wow! My goal is to get my arms looking the same, if not better, than they did when I was cheering and doing flag back in high school. Tue, 13 Jan 2009 16:13:37 EST whats the norm. # for your arms? I just wondering what the average size arm should be or maybe what i should set my goal at? i know what i want everything else to be just not this! im currently at 10 inches but i really HATE my arms and i am fixing to start toning so what would about right for me as a goal? Thu, 8 Jan 2009 01:11:11 EST Boobs Title got your attention huh? LOL.. <BR> <BR> Anyway, one of my greatest fears when trying to lose weight is losing all my boobs. I wouldn't mind losing a few cup sizes (since I'm a 38 F), but I fear going down too far. So my questions you think I will lose tons of boob after I lose the 30 pounds I plan to lose? If it has anything to do with anything, the girls are genetic..... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 20:12:47 EST Anyone doing the Sparkpeople Bootcamp? I signed up earlier this week for the SparkPeople Bootcamp that starts tomorrow. Anyone else doing it? <link> </link> Sat, 3 Jan 2009 19:14:25 EST How the Heck does every1 know how much body fat? How do you know how much you got? Where do you chk it at? Can i buy some special scales or tools to find out? Fri, 2 Jan 2009 16:55:28 EST Hi! I'm New!!! I decided to join this group because I'm trying to get Bikini ready for my birthday(June 30) and the Fourth. I've lived by the beach my whole life and haven't been on the beach in a bikini since I was like 6. I want to change that this year. I'm turning 20 and I want all eyes on my this year! <BR> <BR> This feel like a good place to help with me trimming down and toning up. <em>30</em> Fri, 2 Jan 2009 14:45:33 EST What's a good cheap exercise video? For toning of course! at wal mart or target perhaps? I want to get started soon and be ready for summer! The lbs are falling off the inches not so much lol!! Thu, 1 Jan 2009 19:09:44 EST January Challenge! This month, the challenge will be a relatively simple one. Do the Sparkpeople exercise of the day at least twice a week. <BR> <BR> I thought with all the other New Year's resolutions that people tend to make, I would keep this one simple! I will also keep up the Holiday challenge until the end of January. Wed, 31 Dec 2008 17:56:59 EST Happy Holidays! Just wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday, whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or any of the other holidays being celebrated this time of year. Wed, 24 Dec 2008 23:01:21 EST Why lie? So I have been vegging out on the couch this morning catching up on blogs with some E Hollywood story in the background when something caught my attention, it was a friend of Carmen Electra's talking about a dispute between her and Denise Rodman where the person described Carmen Electra as 5' 4" and 110 lbs. That kind of took me off guard because she's fairly muscular, certainly toned, and 110 at 5' 4" seems unrealistic but I let it go. Later on watching that same program a friend of Tawny Ki... Sat, 20 Dec 2008 17:19:49 EST Hello! I am new! Hello everyone. I joined this team today because I am looking for a group of people that have similar interests to me. I hope this group will keep me inspired and help me reach my goals. <BR> <BR> I am 22 and I don't care so much about how much I weigh but about how I look. In high school I was athletic, played sports, and did weight training. I would say that I was in pretty good shape. I like to exercise and have fun and over the past few years I have gone back and forth between a gym rat... Sat, 20 Dec 2008 07:25:23 EST Toning your arms! Ok i know I have yet another gripe but i seriously dislike my arms!! I feel like i have these tiny shoulders with these fat arms that stick out when i fold them down (see my 3rd pic on my sparkpage if u dont believe me)!! Just wanted to see what yall are doing to tone your arms and get opinions! Im doing a video from you tube and also on my wii fit im doing push ups with and without side plank,bicep curl, and another one i forget name but its basically moving your arm bk and forth but you are... Tue, 16 Dec 2008 23:43:49 EST Toning The Tummy!! Ok i know im not a super model so i cant say i want washboard abs! But i have never been an active person and of course all my fat went right there! I just want to be able to sit down and my whole 131 lbs not to make a tire around my belly! I am seeing a difference since working out but my my obliques are my problem and i am so scared since i have never been active they will not shrink and will refuse since i didnt start early!! So has anyone had a bigger belly and then got it to shrink down?... Tue, 9 Dec 2008 01:40:38 EST FYI - SPAM ALERT! Although I haven't personally had this happen, I have seen posts about several people getting a Sparkmail offering a free gift with a shipping cost of $4.95. <BR> <BR> The sender usually has a sender name starting with ION19xx, (ION1904, ION1908 are two examples I have seen) <BR> <BR> If you should receive a Sparkmail to this effect, PLEASE REPORT AS INAPPROPRIATE. There should be a link at the bottom of your sparkmail to do so. Mon, 8 Dec 2008 16:14:53 EST Need Help please Greetings to all! <BR> I am trying to do the impossible..get bikini ready by Feb...going on a cruise and I want to look the best I can be. I have a gut and love handles so I am trying to think of the best moves to fix this. I konw I need to hit the gym a lot more than what I have. I also know there are no shortcuts...I need to do the work... <BR> Any ideas? <BR> Thank you for your help in this.. Mon, 8 Dec 2008 00:09:02 EST Body Fat Index Ok whats the best way to chk? i tried online a diet website says im 24% and the one the army supposedly uses says im like over 35%!! Thats a big difference! Does someone know a good website thats pretty acurate? Should i just go out and buy those calipers thingies? Sat, 6 Dec 2008 20:44:26 EST Simple Question - How fast to lift weights? My sister met me a the YMCA last night to teach me how to use all the machines. She can lift twice as much as me but she does it really fast. I thought you were supposed to do the movements slow and controlled so you could feel the muscle working. <BR> <BR> What is the proper speed? <BR> <BR> BTW- I put most of the machines they had available on my fitness tracker for 12-3-08 if you want to see what type are available to me. Thu, 4 Dec 2008 14:11:10 EST The Jefferson Hiway 10000 Steps Challenge Just about everyone decides, usually right after the holiday season, that they either want to lose weight or that they need to increase their physical activity. So, why not start a virtual race along the Jefferson Hiway to help get motivated. <BR> <BR> The Jefferson Hiway is also known as the Palm to Pine Hiway and runs from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. It was built in the 1910s as part of the National Auto Trail System and is 1735 miles long. At 10000 steps a ... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 16:04:09 EST I NEED HELP Ok, so I need to have tight toned legs and stomach by January 6th. I need some ideas on exercise and foods (protein? ect.), supplements, that I should take? Anything! If you could please give me some ideas I would appreciate it. Wed, 3 Dec 2008 00:53:29 EST so i have a Well i ran across someone's page where they were talking about woman who body build. The said something about more weight training and less cardio? My problem areas are my stomach and inner thighs and i am finding myself getting very intrested in having well defined abs but i have no idea on how to do it. I got my weight down and I do a lot of cardio 3-4 miles 3 times a week <em>40</em> and i do a few weights but more like the 2 sets 12 reps kind of thing what i am wanting to know is when s... Tue, 2 Dec 2008 11:34:12 EST just wanted to wish everone happy thanksgiving happy thankgiving and have a safe one too!! Wed, 26 Nov 2008 19:41:03 EST My boobs are gone! So in the past 7 months I've lost 40lbs and a ton of inches. I feel great. The bad news is that my already small boobs are now completely gone. It really sucks that I've worked so hard and that's what has to happen. Someone recently said I have no butt anymore. That's just depressing. I could cope with no boobs. Now I'm starting to wonder if it's all really worth it. I obviously don't want to get too skinny. I feel healthy and the most fit I've ever been. I still want to look like a... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 13:23:13 EST muffin top What is the best way to get rid of muffin top(aka love handles)? I try and try but the muffin is still there. Mon, 24 Nov 2008 13:36:56 EST Outer thighs What is your favorite OUTER thighs exercise? Sat, 22 Nov 2008 03:45:59 EST Those pesky inner thighs Does anyone have any tips for the inner thighs?....I know I can't spot reduce (unfortunately). I do an hour of cardio everyday and 30 mins strength training every other day and have a thigh master and do plie squats but everything seems to be changing except those inner thighs! <BR> <BR> any help would be much appreciated! <em>213</em> Fri, 21 Nov 2008 10:00:52 EST I am new Hello! I am new to the team and am looking forward to great success. I started my program last week. The first week went flawless and this week is going well too. I look forward to sharing success with you all! Tue, 18 Nov 2008 15:14:05 EST Ready to get toned! Hello all!!! I am training for my first figure competition and ready to shut up all the nay-sayers. You can find more info about me on my Sparkspage. Thu, 13 Nov 2008 13:48:10 EST Hi from the new girl! Hello all! I'm new to the Spark (just joined earlier this week) and just found this team tonight. I really hope I'll get some good inspiration and motivation. I want to lose about 15 pounds and I want to be strong, lean, and toned when I do it! Even if I don't meet my weight goal, I want to get strong and toned. <BR> <BR> My profile picture right now is of Jennifer Garner, and I would love to have that body! I had hoped to find a better picture that showed her toned muscles better, bu... Sat, 8 Nov 2008 22:01:19 EST has anyone tried Turbo Jam I just started it two days ago and I do about 2 hours a day and I just wondered if anyone has success stories about it. Mon, 3 Nov 2008 13:16:20 EST anyone hate their knees? hey everyone im harriet, i've just joined the team. I know this may sound strange but I dont like my knees they need toning. Anyone got any good exercises that can improve them? x x x Mon, 3 Nov 2008 09:36:41 EST November /Holiday Challenge The holidays are coming up, which is a challenging time for many of us. For us in the US, we have Thanksgiving, then Christmas parties and gatherings, plus New Years. <BR> <BR> All these can really wreak havoc on our waistlines, and potentially, our budgets! Meanwhile, there are others that are struggling to make ends meet, and need a little extra help during this time of year. <BR> <BR> For the holidays I suggest that we tighten up, tone up, and match our progress with a donation to help o... Sat, 1 Nov 2008 13:43:41 EST What the.....?!?!?! How?????? How is this possible??? I have been eating better than I have in a long time, cutting my portions and exercising almost every day.... How could I GAIN 4 lbs???? Since Monday!! <BR> <BR> Could I be retaining that much water??? <em>198</em> Fri, 31 Oct 2008 10:52:31 EST New too... Hi! <BR> <BR> I just joined spark people yesterday because I want to lose 5 lbs by Nov. 23 (going to Belize) and 10lbs by Christmas. I am on Babyfit and it is so nice to have other people to talk to about my journeys (so to speak). <BR> <BR> I was doing pretty well and was at 125lbs when I got pregnant in July. I miscarried at 9 weeks and had gained 5 lbs during those few weeks of pregnancy and the depression has made it a little more difficult to get back in the swing of things. <BR> <B... Thu, 30 Oct 2008 10:53:36 EST new to the team Hi , I eat well and love to exercise, just need the extra push to get tight and toned, I may have found the place to get it! Tue, 28 Oct 2008 08:09:52 EST newbe Hi I'm Michelle and I hit my goal weight last week. Very cool but my body needs work. Want to build muscle and still reduce some of the fatty areas. So here I am. The journey continues.... <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Mon, 27 Oct 2008 21:27:51 EST October Challenge Check-in! How is everyone doing for their challenge? I have significantly cut the coffee, although I haven't completely dropped it yet. I am down to a maximum of 3 cups per day, and usually only drink two. This is down from a pot or more a day. Mon, 27 Oct 2008 11:06:26 EST How to do it Can someone out there please tell me how you stay tight and toned when you live in constint pain. I have had 14 back surgeries and have 3 more ruptured dics so I live in constint pain. Is there any speicial exerices out there I can do to get tight and toned. <em>46</em> Sun, 26 Oct 2008 18:09:00 EST How-de-do Hello fellow Tight and Toners, I'm am working towards being tight and toned. Thu, 23 Oct 2008 16:27:16 EST How do you get back on track? I'm very frustrated with myself at the moment. I had a goal to lose weight for two events-and made my goal weight for those events! Well they're gone now...and I'm having trouble focusing and staying away from junk food and wine... I've even stopped tracking because I'm embarrassed at what I'm eating! <BR> <BR> So when you don't have a certain event ahead of you...what is your motivation? What keeps you going and tells you, " can't have that cookie!?" Thu, 23 Oct 2008 16:10:48 EST new to the team Hi ~ <BR> I'm new to the team and looking to get rid of the fat from my thighs. I've been searching SP and I think I found my place here. Wed, 22 Oct 2008 13:21:35 EST HELP!!! Need Suggestions, PLEASE !!! hey there everyone ! my name is amanda and i have a question in regards to my hips and thighs...lastnight i got my bf to take pics of me in my skivvies (if thats how you spell it LOL) and i was so shocked when i seen the pics ! i could not believe the size of my hips and upper thighs...i literally cried for like an hour, i couldnt help it...i know i am overweight but just seeing myself exposed like that was unbelievable ! <BR> <BR> my current measurements for my hips are 49" and my thighs ar... Tue, 21 Oct 2008 18:37:40 EST Workout Gear What is the one thing you must have when working out? <BR> <BR> Either to help your performance, make you feel comfortable, can't do without? <BR> <BR> For me: <BR> cardio= water <BR> strength-training= gloves Tue, 21 Oct 2008 18:04:00 EST