SparkPeople College Spark Team Messageboard Open to any an all Sparkers who are stressed out with college studies and run the risk of unsparking while in school. This is a motivational group to help students remain in the game. SparkPeople College Spark Team Messageboard Successful semesters How do you stay motivated and accomplish your goals <BR> during a busy semester at school? Sun, 6 Nov 2011 02:16:38 EST Hello! Hey. I'm Amanda. <BR> I am new to this team. I joined a while ago and haven't been to active but I plan on staying active in this team! :) Wed, 2 Nov 2011 06:47:56 EST I love working out! Hey everyone! I'm so glad to be part of a community that understands the importance of healthy living. Come check out my blog! <BR> I'm a college student studying communications. My life-long goal is to practice and communicate the urgent issue of being healthy. Wether it be eating right or just getting the needed amount of exercise. <BR> Maybe become a personal trainer someday. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 11:15:46 EST Weight Loss Doldrums- Hoping I'm not the only one Hey Everyone, <BR> I've been a member of SparkPeople for over 2 months now but I'm just now starting to venture into the world of groups and message boards. I have to admit I was extremely scared at first but I'm realizing I need support through this journey and can't do it on my own. I've enjoyed initial success from the amazing tools of SparkPeople but have now hit a MAJOR slump and unfortunately seem to be losing motivation to continue. I'm hoping I'm not the only one in this situation... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 18:29:07 EST Your Colleges Gym I have the ability to go to a full gym at my university, but am getting shy by the thought of everyone watching me workout. Its not the people in the gym that make me nervous. This gym is in the middle of the main building on campus, right by the cafeteria... This makes me not want to workout, but know I need to if I get the chance... <BR> <BR> Help! Sun, 14 Aug 2011 22:13:29 EST Smile and Laugh What made you smile or laugh today? Thu, 4 Aug 2011 14:27:04 EST :singing: I just came to say hel-lo I love that song. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my actual name is Christina and I go to a small college in Maryland. I came to this website because I follow someone on tumblr who uses this site and and I was very inspired by her success so I figured coming to this site would be a good idea. <BR> <BR> Since I was about 9 or 10 I've been self-conscious about my body causing me to go through periods of what I now realize was fasting and binging. Since I've developed these habits over half of my life, w... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 08:34:12 EST New Year new me! This summer break was all about not gaining weight! Over winter break I gained about 7 lbs, this summer I just wanted to not gain any! I thought I was doing great, I was lower on the scale then I had been until today! I think I am back up a few pounds! Grrrrr! <BR> <BR> So I am going to spend the next six weeks transforming myself! I know that once school comes I won't be able to do this intensity but I found a few evening classes at the YMCA and it should be hard to continue once the year s... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 20:23:43 EST hello!! My name is Bianca, and I go to school at the University of Illinois at Urbana. I just wanted to say hello to the group, I want to lose about 30 pounds before I take my senior college pictures in a couple of months! Wish me luck! Add me to your spark friends! :) Sat, 16 Jul 2011 22:32:59 EST College Friendly Recipes! I would like to start our own easy recipe area that is cheap on college budget and health friendly! I am having trouble trying to balance my time with trying to eat healthy and homework it is so easy to just go to a drive-thru and be done with dinner! Any Suggestions? Tue, 12 Jul 2011 23:09:44 EST Hello all!!! Hello everyone, my name is Chauncey and I am a newly wed and college student. I go to Arapahoe Community College and I am in my first year there for Business. So far I love this website and this team. Its great to see people in the same state of mind as I am. Nice to meet you all Sat, 2 Apr 2011 20:53:12 EST Hi everyone Hi I am not new to sparks but I am new to college at the age of 46 and I will be going back to start my second semester on Jan 27th. My first semester was so stressfull after all those years of being out of school I was in for quite a suprise at how much homework and stress being in college there is. Well I have been off for the holidays and I have jumped back on the band wagon to losing this weight and I am hoping that I can stay on it once I get back to school in the nexts few weeks. Anyone... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 16:38:53 EST Hiiii Hey :)! My name is Becka and I am from North Carolina. I am 19 years old and a volunteer firefighter as well as a full time college student at Argosy University [Online]. I’m going for my Bachelors degree in Psychology and in January (I hope) plan to go to school for my EMT-Basic. I am trying to lose 50lbs by next November. I am a mommy to an angel baby. I had a miscarriage in August of 2009 due to a wreck I was in. I have an awesome boyfriend who is supporting me in my weight loss challenge.... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 21:59:53 EST Brand New to Sparkpeople!!! Hey guys <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight my whole life and decided maybe it's time to try something new, so I joined <BR> <BR> My weight has been up and down for the past 5 years. I actually LOST 20 pounds my first semester at college! But I gained it all back plus some after that. My highest weight was 212 by the end of high school, and up until a few months ago that had been my highest weight ever. But within the past 3 years my weight has steadily crept up and ... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 09:05:57 EST Hey Y'all! Well, as a new team leader here, I figured I should introduce myself! I'm 21, and I live with my soon-to-be husband and 2 cats :) I attend college in Maryland, and I work full-time...there's never a dull moment in my life! That's kinda where the trouble started. My fiance and I were high school athletes and we were in pretty good shape until we got together and went away to college. That's when we both started packing on the pounds, and before we knew it we were up to 254 and 298! Well, since... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 23:37:20 EST I am so gonna love this team! hello! i am new here. just found the team and i think it's awesome! full of college spirit which is great. <BR> <BR> hope i can explore to the fullest and reach my goal of BMI 21 (current 25,2). beyond all that, i hope to find more friends here! <BR> <BR> so guys, are you with me? <BR> <BR> Ruth Sat, 25 Sep 2010 11:54:16 EST Hey hey! Hi all, <BR> I'm Jacy. I'm 21, live in Iowa and am going to be a student at a cosmetology school. I'll be going 8 hours a day, and working nights at a live music venue 3-4 days a week. I love rock music, and rock concerts. I have lost a total of 65 lbs already and am looking to lose the last 30. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 14:50:46 EST Hi there! I go by Sarah! I'm new here... kind of. I've been here before, but I had to come back! How is everyone doing today? :) Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:45:39 EST Hi from Las Vegas Hi everyone!! <BR> <BR> I just joined SP yesterday and this is my first day on the site. <BR> <BR> I am 30+ years old, married, and a full-time student. I am currently taking classes over the summer and I will be taking 5 classes in the fall. I am still working out the kinks and trying to find a good balance with school, home, and fitness. I have some weight to lose and I want to find a group that is going to help me with my accountability. I live in HOT Las Vegas so outdoor activities duri... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 15:19:24 EST Just introducing myself Hi, I my name is Mariah and I am from Missouri. I have been using spark people for a while but am trying to become part of the community aspect to aid with my weightloss goals. I wish everybody the best of luck with their goals! Sun, 27 Jun 2010 17:21:48 EST Believe in the Magic Believe in the magic in the power of each thought. For you are like a lovely flower, growing in a pot. You can do it, whatever goals you have ever thought and you can grow your roots and widen yourself to a great big plot. And don't let yourself be put on the spot. And whatever effort goes out is the same as you have brought. <BR> Takes time sometimes, don't get distraught. It'll be turned toward you every deed or need you've ever bought. Smile,you'll be happier, that's what I've learned and... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 22:22:25 EST Hi, I'd like to introduce myself... my name is Catherine but many people used to call me Sam. I go to school online at Ashford University out of Iowa and San Diego. I love school and I graduate in November with a Bachelors in Organizational Management. I have been taking classes in Human Services at University of Phoenix. I was taking Business at Colorado Technical University too. But I am really an advocate in the Harm reduction, I am leading a team by that name. I invite anyone that has had problems with drugs or alcohol to j... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 21:59:00 EST Hi from New York. Hi, i'm Lindsey and i'm a new yorker. i'm 19 currently in the process of switching colleges and would really love to lose some weight before i go away again Sat, 6 Mar 2010 00:02:03 EST Aussie saying hi hey there <BR> i'm an aussie, stay at home mother of two. <BR> As of today i've beun studying another degree (I have on in ancient and mediaval history). <BR> I'm a little confronted at the idea of being mum, student, wife, and making sure i commit the time and effort to losing the weight i want tio as well. <BR> Guess i'm geeling it alittle more atm due to having gained 500g (1.1lb)over the last week. <BR> Anyways hi! Sun, 28 Feb 2010 18:50:08 EST Bonjour from Canada! ....Ontario Canada, actually. Not Quebec, but I still like French. :( <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say hello to all my new teammates...and procrastinate on my writing assignment. So nice to meet all of you! <BR> <BR> I'm sorry this isn't longer, but really I can't think of any way to intro myself. Thu, 11 Feb 2010 00:18:50 EST New Year/New Semester.. What are you going to do different? Mon, 4 Jan 2010 18:20:34 EST Wor Out Musiccccc i am in desperate need of re-vamping my work out playlist on my iPod. Any good ideas? I like stuff that has a good beat of course. Anything that can get me motivated to run faster and longer! <BR> <BR> Some stuff i have right now that's at the top of my list: <BR> <BR> Tik Tok: Kesha <BR> Yeah (remix): Nelly <BR> Since U Been Gone: Kelly Clarkson <BR> Wait A Minute: The Pussycat Dolls <BR> U + Ur Hand: P!nk <BR> Dragostea Din Tei: O-Zone <BR> Impacto (Remix): Daddy Yankee <BR> Untouched: Th... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 20:37:56 EST hello all from flordia hello everyone!!this is my 10th day and I love this site... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 21:03:49 EST Hello from Quebec, Canada ! :) Good evening everyone !! <BR> I'm a new member on this team. My name is Marilou and I am 18 yo. <BR> I'm a student at Edouard-Montpetit and I am trying to lose weight too ;) Wed, 4 Nov 2009 16:57:19 EST Hi to all the Sustainable Sparkers in College! Hi I am a student at The Evergreen state college in Washington state. I love natural health in moderation but looking for support from other students! I thought I would join a few teams to share support and see if if you would also like to try my team! It was created for Evergreen students but supports a sustainable lifestyle, whether that is natural health, ways to live on a tight budget, the environment, or just plain study support! Let me know if you are interested! I would love to get to ... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 19:44:37 EST Hello to my fellow education adventurers Hello from Alaska. I am a Freshman at AIU working toward my BSCJ, mom of 4 (19,17,15,8), homemaker, and wife to my HS sweetheart. I am struggling to get myself sorted - healthy, family-sized, fast meals; completing all the coursework; getting the bills paid; finding time to exercise (especially when deadlines are looming); and making time to let my family know I am still here to support them (kissing boo-boos, noting achievements, kissing hubby, etc). <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with a... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 17:18:52 EST What's going on? Hey, I'm Lorey. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I'm a 20 year old college student majoring in music management in downtown Manhattan. I have my own radio show and my life revolves around music. <BR> <BR> Here's a little about my journey. i joined spark people for the first time in late 2004. With spark i lost 18 lbs and was a comfortable 150. Since starting college, i've gained 30 lbs or so. I lost about 13 with Weight Watchers but stopped because it was putting a train on my wallet. Now I'm sit... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 18:49:23 EST This team needs a new Spark! I think this team needs a new spark!! Looking at the last time someone posted on the message boards here isn't looking so good. What do we need to do to liven up?? Sun, 19 Jul 2009 17:09:08 EST New to the team and looking for buddies! Hello everyone! My name is Amy, I'm 19 years old and starting my second year of college in the fall. I was born and raised in Wisconsin. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for buddies so add me as a sparkfriend, stop by my spark page, read my blog, and leave comments. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone! Sat, 18 Jul 2009 17:24:59 EST hey from nj!!!!!!!!!! hey im kathy :P Sun, 28 Jun 2009 18:39:34 EST Hello I am a 27-year-old female grad student in Chicago. I took a few years with undergrad through changing majors once and going part-time on occasion while working. Then I went straight into graduate school where I am now working on my thesis. I have put on a lot of weight (and taken it back off, and put it back on) over the last six or so years. Fri, 19 Jun 2009 13:50:49 EST Should You Work Out When You're Sick? By Judy Fortin <BR> CNN <BR> Adjust font size: <BR> Decrease fontDecrease font <BR> Enlarge fontEnlarge font <BR> <BR> Cold and flu season is just getting under way in the United States. Before it's over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts, up to 20 percent of Americans will suffer from the flu. <BR> <BR> Experts don't know how many professional and amateur athletes will be sidelined by the symptoms, but they do know germs are easily spread in gyms and common workout ar... Sun, 8 Mar 2009 21:23:55 EST Assignment #3 I decided to start back up with the challenges even though we are all in school. They seem to really help bring us all together and stay on track! Hope you enjoy, and don't forget to post back! I love to hear your thoughts! <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> here are some quotes for your wellness journals! <BR> <BR> one. <BR> <BR> Leonardo's Mona Lisa is just a thousand smears of paint. Michelangelo's David is just a million hits with a hammer. <BR> we're all of us a million bits put together <BR> t... Sat, 7 Mar 2009 13:18:23 EST Need some advice on writing assignment Hi, I have another writing assignment. So could you help me choose my topic again. She is allowing us to choose our own topic, but I'm going to use hers. The work is Emily Bronte’s WutheringHeights. <BR> <BR> 1. Is this novel more typical of the Romantic Period or the Victorian Period? <BR> <BR> 2. Trace Cathy’s character development; how does this development contribute to the theme of the novel? <BR> <BR> 3. How is Heathcliff a descendent of the Byronic hero? <BR> <BR> 4. ... Fri, 6 Mar 2009 16:16:33 EST online workout buddy I know a lot of us have people to go work out with and all but I really have no one and I was wondering if someone would like to help keep me motivated and I will help them out too. Please help me, I go to a really small school and would like some help. Thank you. Sun, 15 Feb 2009 22:42:43 EST Hello from Nebraska! Hello! I'm Caryn. I am 20 years old and attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney. I want to lose some weight, but my main goal is just to get healthier. I've been on SparkPeople for about a month now, but haven't really gotten involved in any groups or message boards. I'm doing pretty well staying on track, but I think having the support of the message boards and teams will help me stay on track when it gets hard. I know that it's going to be hard to stay on track and easy to get di... Sat, 14 Feb 2009 20:29:37 EST What to do when you get sick?! Help, i just got a cold (or something) and i dont know what i should do. Should i still work out? Should i try to keep my calories low? Im worried that i wont get well if i over-exert myself, but i dont want to gain weight! What should i do? Fri, 6 Feb 2009 20:59:25 EST hello my name is ashley my name is ashley. i go to mountain state university in wv. Wed, 4 Feb 2009 13:37:53 EST New to Spark People! Hey everyone, I'm Stefani and I'm currently a junior at Southeast Missouri State. Just hoping everyone can give me some inspiration to finally drop some pounds and keep it off! :) Mon, 2 Feb 2009 21:54:06 EST Help!!! I would like some advice on an assignment I can't decide on which of the following topics to write my first writing assignment on. So could you all give me your advice. Thanks in advance. <BR> <BR> 1. The Mariner in Coleridge’s poem is compelled to tell his story to the wedding guest. What characteristics do you think the Mariner (as a younger man), the wedding guest, and Luke-- (in Wordsworth’s "Michael") after he leaves his pastoral setting--share? What insight does this lend to the Romantic’s philosophy related to communion wit... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 19:52:00 EST busy gym Does anyone else feel REALLY frustrated with how busy the gyms are right now since everyone is getting started on their new year's resolutions? I have to wait a minimum of an hour for a treadmill now and it really weakens my motivation. It happened today, but thankfully I have yoga tonight, but sometimes if I have to wait I just get too frustrated and don't even want to work out. I guess the only thing I can do is find a less busier time and try to work around the busy-ness. It's just frustra... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 19:51:44 EST If All Else Fails - By Byron Pulsifer If All Else Fails <BR> By Byron Pulsifer © 2009 <BR> <BR> You need to be able to move forward in life without carrying a huge amount of baggage. One of the greatest obstacles to getting what you want is to remember past failures as if they foretell the future. <BR> <BR> Far too many people assume, and assume wrongly, that failure in the past means failure in the future. They seem to adopt the attitude that they have tried and failed so there is absolutely no reasonable requirement to ever... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 13:16:37 EST Do You Know It All - By: Byron Pulsifer Do You Know It All <BR> By Byron Pulsifer, © 2009 <BR> <BR> There is an odd anomaly here on this planet, and it isn't the fact that the earth has been recently struck by a meteor from a distant galaxy. Nor is it that the notion that you can't teach old dogs new tricks. <BR> <BR> The real anomaly is that old dogs don't necessarily want to learn new tricks, or they don't want to learn some new tricks because those that are doing the teaching were once their students. Some of this attitude ma... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 12:38:43 EST New from Arlington, VA Hello, my name is vikki and i'm new from arlington, i'm not that new, but i realized i didn't introduce myself =D Wed, 21 Jan 2009 18:17:12 EST Assignment #2 for Week January 12-18, 2009 Assignment #2 for Week of January 12-18, 2009 <BR> SPREAD THE SPARK CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> Hello Everyone! Sorry on the late posting of this weeks assignment, school started this week and as usual everything is back to the normal chaos! Since most of us are back in school now I decided to make this assignment a little easier. <BR> <BR> All you have to do is print the following links, hang them around YOUR COLLEGE in the halls, bathrooms, food court, anywhere you can think of! <BR> 1) <link>ww... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 22:07:11 EST Wishing By Ella Wheeler Wilcox Wishing <BR> By Ella Wheeler Wilcox <BR> <BR> Do you wish the World were better? <BR> Let me tell you what to do: <BR> Set a watch upon your actions, <BR> Keep them always straight and true. <BR> Rid your mind of selfish motives, <BR> Let your thoughts be clean and high. <BR> You can make a little Eden <BR> Of the sphere you occupy. <BR> <BR> Do you wish the World were wiser? <BR> Then suppose you make a start, <BR> By accumulating wisdom <BR> In the scrap book of your heart. <BR> Do not w... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 21:56:20 EST Eating Healthy Second Semester Since I joined SparkPeople on Dec. 28, I've been doing pretty well when it comes to eating healthy, low calorie foods. My only problem is...Whats going to happen when I go back to school on the 25th (my school has a 6 week break, I've been home since Dec.12)when I go back to school? <BR> My cafe has hardly any healthy food options, and last semester I ate grilled cheese and french fries almost every day for lunch. Dinners were not any better considering they have sooo much fried food for dinn... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 08:36:34 EST WHAT COLLEGE DO YOU ATTEND? Hello Everyone! I've been the leader of this team for a little while now and I just realized I've yet to ask you all one of the easiest questions of all! <BR> <BR> What college do you attend? <BR> <BR> Mon, 12 Jan 2009 11:55:40 EST How's this semester going...? Mine is ridiculous! I'm taking 6 courses, and already have a six page paper due tomorrow (and no, I haven't started it.) There's going to be so much work involved, it's definitely going to be my hardest semester at university yet. <BR> <BR> But you know what? even with all this major stress, I've been going to the gym almost everyday. And eating well. I just feel so on top of things! <BR> How's everyone else's semester? Sun, 11 Jan 2009 10:55:38 EST hello from south america hey all. I'm twenty years old and I guess technically a college student...I'm taking online classes through a university in the states, but I'm living in Brazil with my family until God knows when. <BR> <BR> I've struggled with eating disorders in high school, and now I'm trying to healthily get down to my ideal weight of 125 (I'm 5'7''). <BR> <BR> Friend me, I'm always here for support! Sat, 10 Jan 2009 23:32:36 EST Hello. Erin @ MSU Hello! <BR> I'm Erin. I'm a senior social work major at Michigan State. Meaning this year I have to balance class, work & an unpaid internship. And all of that starts back up this monday. (well I've been working over break, but haven't had classes or internship). Fri, 9 Jan 2009 13:04:01 EST chella-bella Hey guys, I'm not new to SP but I'm pretty new to this group. I'm Michelle, 21, university student at UNBSJ in New Brunswick. I want to lose weight more then anything in the world. Thu, 8 Jan 2009 06:44:07 EST When do you reward yourself? i've noticed a lot of people on this site have rewards for every milesone of weight loss. i decided to do this and i've hit my first mark. but i wonder, for those of you who do this, do you give yourself the reward right away or do you make yourself maintain the weight for a certain amount of time before getting the reward. i worry that the next time i weigh in i will have gained the weight back and then i'll feel worse because i already rewarded myself. also, if you do backslide do you r... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 13:07:17 EST Ten Ways to Worry Less and Accomplish More 1. Don't think of problems as difficulties. Think of them as opportunities for action. <BR> <BR> 2. After you've done your best to deal with a situation, avoid speculating about the outcome. Forget it and go onto the next thing. <BR> <BR> 3. Keep busy. Keep the 24 hours of your day filled with these three ingredients: work, recreation, and sleep. Don't allow yourself time for abstract thinking. <BR> <BR> 4. Don't concern yourself with things you can't do anything about. Armchair generals d... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 19:51:43 EST Build Others And You'll Build Yourself In Return An Inspirational Thought, Motivational Thought - <BR> Build Others And You'll Build Yourself In Return <BR> By Josh Hinds (c) <BR> <BR> Build others and you'll build yourself at the same time - A while back I had the good fortune to see the truth in this statement first hand. I had been working and coaching with a person -- together we were exploring ways to increase the value of their web site. <BR> <BR> As we brainstormed what seemed like idea after idea a plan began to formulate that he ... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 19:47:16 EST New Years Achievmens by Catherine Pulsifer Thought For The Day <BR> <BR> New Years Achievements <BR> By Catherine Pulsifer, © 2008 <BR> <BR> The end of a year brings different thoughts to different people. To some, the thought of New Years Resolutions; to others, thoughts of reflections. <BR> <BR> The New Year symbolizes the ending of one year and the beginning of yet another. We celebrate this event, yet it is only a moment in time, like any other day. As Hamilton Wright Mabie said, "New Year's eve is like every other night; there... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 19:41:54 EST Healthy Reflections ~ Daily from Spark People! I'll post them, we all talk about them and discuss how we can apply or have applied them in our lives! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 19:37:04 EST Assignment #1 for Week January 5-11, 2009 OUR FIRST TEAM ASSIGNMENT! SEE BELOW!!! <BR> College Spark SparkTeam Assignment! <BR> January 5-11, 2009 <BR> <BR> Hey Sparkers, 2009 began and setting goals is a great way to get motivated. Everyday is a New Day but now we are in a New Year. <BR> <BR> What are your plans and how will you accomplish them? Write it down and make it real. <BR> <BR> Share it and add accountability. Motivation and Support are a click away, so visit our Team, College Spark, to share and receive. Now is the ti... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 18:34:27 EST How Are You Today? (With Emoticons!) <em>24</em> Mon, 5 Jan 2009 16:03:02 EST 13 Diet Tips for Anti-acne Diet to Get Great Skin! 13 Diet Tips for Anti-acne Diet to Get Glowing Skin <BR> By Saurabh Gupta <BR> While you are having those frustrating dates with Acne, you should remember the proper dos and dont's of the anti-acne diet. Even you need to know some common misinterpreted facts that may cause more harm than good. For example, vitamin and mineral rich foods enhances acne than reducing it. So, a proper knowledge of diets would be effective in getting you a clear and acne free skin faster. However, it remains with ... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:32:34 EST I am now a grand success at weight loss because… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:25:17 EST I feel wonderful in my body when I drink… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:24:56 EST I feel wonderful in my body when I eat… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:24:41 EST The beverages I shouldn’t drink are… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:24:20 EST My favorite drinks are… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:24:05 EST I watch people eating who are… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:23:41 EST Sometimes I dream about eating… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:23:19 EST If all foods were not fattening, I would eat… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:22:58 EST Dieting will no longer be important to me when… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:22:39 EST Weight loss will always remain important to me if… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:22:21 EST One year from now the foods in my diet will be… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:21:58 EST One year from now my body… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:21:39 EST Next year at this time my weight… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:21:17 EST I will feel the perfect weight when… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:20:58 EST After I lose weight, I will be more successful… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:20:38 EST It helps me to lose weight by reading… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:20:07 EST It’s most helpful to my diet when people tell me… Finish This Sentence! 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Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:13:46 EST I am afraid that if I lose weight my mate… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:12:59 EST Fermented foods like yogurt and buttermilk affect Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:12:25 EST Milk, cheese, and eggs are to me… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:11:34 EST Eating dairy feeds makes me feel… Finish This Sentence Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:11:12 EST When I eat dairy foods my body… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:10:55 EST To me - cake, cookies, and candy… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:10:20 EST I can eat sweets if… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:09:54 EST Eating sweets makes me feel emotionally… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:09:37 EST When I eat sweets my body… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:09:00 EST I feel most attractive when I weigh… Finish This Sentence! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:08:36 EST Weight loss is important to my spirit because… Finish This Sentence! 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Mon, 5 Jan 2009 14:41:31 EST Enthusiasm Quotes <BR> <BR> “Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.” <BR> <BR> Benjamin Disraeli <BR> <BR> “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” <BR> <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> “Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.” <BR> <BR> Sir Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” <BR> <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> ... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 14:39:46 EST Attitude & Outlook Quotes <BR> <BR> “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, It is the only thing that ever has.” <BR> <BR> Margaret Mead <BR> <BR> “The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.” <BR> <BR> Daniel J. Boorstin <BR> <BR> “Many of life's failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” <BR> <BR> Thomas Edison <BR> <BR> “The best thing about the futu... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 14:37:20 EST Winter Exercises - Facts About Snowboarding! Facts About Snowboarding <BR> Did You Know… <BR> <BR> * 51% of snowboarders are ages 7-17 <BR> * 27% of snowboarders are women <BR> * One of every eight snowboarders is aged 25 to 44 <BR> * 6.6 million people participate in snowboarding <BR> * Snowboarding is among the fastest growing sports in the United States <BR> <BR> Fitness Benefits and/or Muscles Used <BR> <BR> * Snowboarding uses a variety of muscles including the hamstrings and quadriceps to guide the board... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 14:33:32 EST How To Ward Off The Winter Blues Introduction <BR> Seasonal depression affects many of us in very negative ways. Although we may not be able to avoid SAD, as it has been dubbed by mental illness professionals, there are steps that can be taken to ease the pain. <BR> Instructions <BR> Difficulty: Easy <BR> Steps <BR> 1 <BR> Step One <BR> The first and most important step that can be taken in ease the pain of seasonal depression is to talk to someone. It is not necessary that this person be a professional, although this may be... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 14:32:34 EST Use Artificial Rays To Beat Winter Blues! Tanning salons use artificial rays to beat winter blues <BR> By: Kristen Bahler, Daily Vidette Reporter <BR> Posted: 10/28/08 <BR> It is yet to be determined whether a luscious pale or a Maui bronze is the epitome of skin perfection since every era seems to bring a new trend. <BR> <BR> Regardless of ISU students' personal tanning tendencies, Bloomington-Normal is peppered with salons, all willing to take them to the dark side (literally). <BR> <BR> Whether searching for a tiny establishment... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 14:31:16 EST Winter Blues! I woke up this morning feeling a bit glum, as I seem to most days this season. I am one of many people suffering from SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder. <BR> <BR> Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and winter blues <BR> <BR> Animals react to the changing seasons with changes in mood, metabolism and behaviour and human beings are just the same. Many people find they eat and sleep slightly more in winter and dislike the dark mornings and short days and this is commonly referred to as 'winter bl... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 14:28:32 EST Seven Ways To Make The Freshman 15 History! <BR> Weight Loss <BR> Seven Ways to Make the "Freshman 15" History <BR> <BR> By Jennifer R. Scott, <BR> <BR> Updated: December 8, 2008 <BR> <BR> Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by our Medical Review Board <BR> Ah, the first year of college. There are some things that almost all of us experience. Blanking on that 20-point question on your mid-term you thought you were going to ace. All-nighters that seem to be all-weekers. The roommate from h... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 14:09:06 EST How are you changing things up in 2009? I'm vowing to get 30 minutes of cardio in daily. <BR> Eating 5-6 fruits/veggies daily. <BR> Strength training 4 days/week. <BR> <BR> And I'm also going to celebrate small goals: <BR> I want to increase my flexibility in order to do the splits. <BR> I want to increase my strength so that I can safely do a cartwheel again (my wrists currently won't allow it). <BR> I also want to be able to do 20 "real" pushups. <BR> <BR> <BR> Are you doing anything similar? Fri, 2 Jan 2009 12:34:48 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Deb. I am going back to college this semester. I took a break for personal reasons. I am ready to get my degree next year!!!!!! Fri, 2 Jan 2009 10:35:20 EST Where is everyone? Seems like this board is completely dead lately! What happened to everyone? Tue, 30 Dec 2008 11:18:01 EST Hi im New! Hey guys, Im a new member about almost a week into the program. Id have to say you guys are so motivated and that is helping me. im going to be a freshman in college in january after just getting out of highschool...I want to start over and I want to love me for me. I already have people who love me for me but it doesnt help me. So im looking for a lot of support and i know im in the right place. <BR> thanks! <BR> Shannon Sat, 20 Dec 2008 12:30:24 EST Fitness & Exercise Quotes "Movement is a medicine for creating change <BR> in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states." <BR> Carol Welch <BR> <BR> "Walking is the best possible exercise. <BR> Habituate yourself to walk very far." <BR> Thomas Jefferson <BR> <BR> "Exercise is good for your mind, body, and soul." <BR> Susie Michelle Cortright from Why You Should Do Your Workout Today <BR> <BR> "To feel 'fit as a fiddle', you must tone down your middle." <BR> Author Unknown <BR> <BR> "Lack of activity destro... Thu, 18 Dec 2008 00:51:34 EST Hey! I'm Ocean =) Hey I'm new to the team! I'm Ocean, I'm 19 and a sophomore! Wed, 17 Dec 2008 17:54:45 EST Hi, New to team I'm in my second year of college. I go to a junior college near my house. I plan to transfer in a few years to UAB. I'm going to school to become a middle or high school English teacher. <BR> <BR> <BR> Please go to my spark page. There is way too much to type about me. Mon, 15 Dec 2008 14:38:41 EST Name Three Guys, Name Three Girls Survey - For Fun <BR> Name Three Guys, Name Three Girls <BR> <BR> by facebooknotes on October 29, 2008 <BR> <BR> FELLAS <BR> Name 3 males in your life: <BR> <BR> How many of them are family?: <BR> <BR> How many of them are exes?: <BR> <BR> Are any of them single?: <BR> <BR> Are any of them gay?: <BR> <BR> Are any of them younger than you?: <BR> <BR> Who’s the tallest?: <BR> <BR> Who’s the smartest?: <BR> <BR> Who’s the oldest?: <BR> <BR> Who’s the most talkative?: <BR> <BR> Who’s the most sensit... Mon, 15 Dec 2008 14:25:49 EST Letting Go Of Worry LETTING GO OF WORRY <BR> <BR> What if we knew for certain that everything we’re worried about today will work out fine? What if we had a guarantee that the problem bothering us would be worked out in the most perfect way, and at the best possible time? Furthermore, what if we knew that three years from now we’d be grateful for that problem, and its solutions? <BR> What if… we knew that even our worst fear would work out for the best? <BR> What if… we had a guarantee that everything that’s ha... Mon, 15 Dec 2008 13:54:35 EST Motivational Quotes "Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you." - Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people. - Lee Iacocca <BR> <BR> A feeling of continuous growth is a wonderful source of motiva... Mon, 15 Dec 2008 13:19:41 EST Holiday Quote "The Creator makes Christmas Possible; <BR> Friends make Christmas Beautiful; <BR> Music makes Christmas Festive; <BR> Giving makes Christmas Joyous; <BR> Love makes Christmas Complete." <BR> <BR> -William Arthur Ward <BR> <BR> Seasons Greetings To All! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> Mon, 15 Dec 2008 13:14:50 EST Quotations about Self-Control Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. ~Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Insecurity of Freedom: Essays on Human Existence, 1967 <BR> <BR> <BR> Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them, if they will not apply themselves to me. ~Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 1588 <BR> <BR> <BR> How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge <BR>... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 20:14:09 EST Wise Words <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. ~Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ, c.1420 <BR> <BR> <BR> You've got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice. ~Steven D. Woodhull <BR> <BR> <BR> What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 20:11:04 EST Quotations about Food Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. ~Jim Davis <BR> <BR> <BR> Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~Voltaire <BR> <BR> <BR> There is a lot more juice in grapefruit than meets the eye. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> We think fast food is equivalent to pornography, nutritionally speaking. ~Steve Elbert <BR> <BR> <BR> High-tech tomatoes. Mysterious mil... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 20:05:49 EST Quotations about Exercise Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. ~Edward Stanley <BR> <BR> <BR> If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all. ~Joey Adams <BR> <BR> <BR> Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. ~Plato <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness - if it came in a bottle, ... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 20:04:39 EST Quotations about Excuses The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse. ~Jules Renard <BR> <BR> <BR> Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure. ~Don Wilder and Bill Rechin <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't make excuses - make good. ~Elbert Hubbard <BR> <BR> <BR> He who excuses himself accuses himself. ~Gabriel Meurier, Trésor des sentences <BR> <BR> <BR> Several excuses are always less convincing than one. ~Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 20:04:00 EST Quotations about Dieting When we lose twenty pounds... we may be losing the twenty best pounds we have! We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius, our humanity, our love and honesty. ~Woody Allen <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork. ~English Proverb <BR> <BR> <BR> Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> A diet is the penalty we pay for exceeding the feed limit. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> More die in the United States of too much ... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 20:03:14 EST Quotations about Change <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. ~Harold Wilson <BR> <BR> <BR> If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit <BR> <BR> <BR> It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. ~W. Edwards Deming (Thank you, Michelle.) <BR> <BR> <BR> All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; f... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 20:02:13 EST Quotations about the Body The body is a big sagacity, a plurality with one sense, a war and a peace, a flock and a shepherd. ~Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> <BR> Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live. ~Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> <BR> Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense. ~Henry Miller <BR> <BR> <BR> Every man is the builder of a Temple called his body, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead. ~Henry David Tho... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 20:01:23 EST Quotations about Belief What matters is not the idea a man holds, but the depth at which he holds it. ~Ezra Pound <BR> <BR> <BR> This is how humans are: we question all our beliefs, except for the ones we really believe, and those we never think to question. ~Orson Scott Card <BR> <BR> <BR> Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment. ~Seneca <BR> <BR> <BR> Not believing has a sickness which is believing a little. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin <BR> <BR> <... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 20:00:37 EST Quotations about Beauty Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> <BR> Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir <BR> <BR> <BR> Our hearts are drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see. ~George W. Russell <BR> <BR> <BR> I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> By plucking h... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:59:34 EST Quotations about Appearance Appearances are not held to be a clue to the truth. But we seem to have no other. ~Ivy Compton-Burnett <BR> <BR> <BR> I have always a sacred veneration for anyone I observe to be a little out of repair in his person, as supposing him either a poet or a philosopher. ~Jonathan Swift <BR> <BR> <BR> It is only when the mind and character slumber that the dress can be seen. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> <BR> Mirrors should think longer before they reflect. ~Jean Cocteau <BR> <BR> <BR... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:58:48 EST Quotations about Laziness Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. ~Jules Renard <BR> <BR> <BR> I like the word "indolence." It makes my laziness seem classy. ~Bern Williams <BR> <BR> <BR> All of the biggest technological inventions created by man - the airplane, the automobile, the computer - says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness. ~Mark Kennedy <BR> <BR> <BR> Efficiency is intelligent laziness. ~David Dunham <BR> <BR> <BR> People who thro... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:57:41 EST Quotations about Labor I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor. ~D.H. Lawrence <BR> <BR> <BR> Heaven is blessed with perfect rest but the blessing of earth is toil. ~Henry van Dyke <BR> <BR> <BR> If you want to kill time, try working it to death. ~Sam Levonson <BR> <BR> <BR> To labor is to pray. ~Motto of the Benedictines <BR> <BR> <BR> A lot of what passes for depression these days is nothing ... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:56:55 EST Hi! My name is Jenn. I'm a Senior of a small college of 2,000 students in a rural community in south central Kentucky. I'm originally from south eastern Kentucky. I'm majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Psychology. I eventually want to use this degree (and a Master's in Criminal Justice, Counseling or Social Work) to work with abused, neglected, abandoned, and troubled kids. <BR> <BR> However, I don't feel like I can be the role model I want to be to these kids unless I lose the extra ... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:56:49 EST Quotations about Action I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. ~John Locke <BR> <BR> <BR> Well done is better than well said. ~Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> <BR> Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out. ~Italian Proverb <BR> <BR> <BR> After all is said and done, a lot more will have been said than done. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> The shortest answer is doing. ~Lord Herbert <BR> <BR> <BR> Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of e... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:55:47 EST Quotations about Perseverance The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. ~Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <BR> <BR> The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> When the world says, "Give up," <BR> Hope whispers, "Try it one more time." <BR> ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stro... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:54:52 EST Quotes about Being Yourself To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~e.e. cummings, 1955 <BR> <BR> <BR> He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away. ~Raymond Hull <BR> <BR> <BR> God has given you one face, and you make yourself another. ~William Shakespeare <BR> <BR> <BR> All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:53:55 EST Quotations about Effort All the so-called "secrets of success" will not work unless you do. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more. ~Edward H. Harriman <BR> <BR> <BR> God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest. ~J.G. Holland <BR> <BR> <BR> The one thing that matters is the effort. It continues, whereas the end to be attained is but an illusion ... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:53:11 EST Quotations about Confidence Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> <BR> It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes. ~Sally Field <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't let people drive you crazy when you know it's in walking distance. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie <BR> Which we ascribe to heaven. <BR> ~William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well <BR> <BR> <BR> A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundati... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:52:28 EST Quotations: Dare To Be Great! Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. ~Les Brown <BR> <BR> <BR> Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. ~Henry Ford <BR> <BR> <BR> Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. ~Arnold H. Glasow <BR> <BR> <BR> The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher. ~Thomas Henry Huxley, Life... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:51:07 EST Quotations about Education No man who worships education has got the best out of education.... Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete. ~G.K. Chesterton <BR> <BR> <BR> The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men. ~Bill Beattie <BR> <BR> <BR> The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. ~Sydney J. Harri... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:49:46 EST Quotations about Learning You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. ~Clay P. Bedford <BR> <BR> <BR> Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life. ~Henry L. Doherty <BR> <BR> <BR> I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~Eartha Kitt <BR> <BR> <BR> It's wh... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:48:54 EST Quotations about College Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary <BR> <BR> <BR> A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in the students. ~John Ciardi <BR> <BR> <BR> Of course there's a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don't take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates. ~Abbott Lawrence Lowell <BR> <B... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:48:02 EST Quotations: Off to College College is the best time of your life. When else are your parents going to spend several thousand dollars a year just for you to go to a strange town and get drunk every night? ~David Wood <BR> <BR> <BR> Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary <BR> <BR> <BR> Of course there's a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors ... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:47:09 EST Quotations about Stress The man who doesn't relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on. ~Elbert Hubbard <BR> <BR> <BR> There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them. ~Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar <BR> <BR> <BR> The time to relax is when you don't have time for it. ~Attributed to both Jim Goodwin and Sydney J. Harris <BR> ... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:46:14 EST Quotations: Back to School If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers. ~Edgar W. Howe <BR> <BR> <BR> Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you. ~Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> <BR> Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was alr... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:44:39 EST Quotations for Graduations and Advice for Graduate <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that "individuality" is the key to success. ~Robert Orben <BR> <BR> <BR> Just about a month from now I'm set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars. ~Richard Halliburton <BR> <BR> <BR> There is a good reason they call these ceremonies "commencement exercises." Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning. ... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:43:50 EST Quotations: Hang in There! When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt <BR> <BR> <BR> Fall seven times, stand up eight. ~Japanese Proverb <BR> <BR> <BR> When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe <BR> <BR> <BR> The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be ... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:42:44 EST Goals Quotes From Wisdom Quotes <BR> Anatole France: <BR> <BR> To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. <BR> <BR> Anne Frank: <BR> <BR> We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same. <BR> <BR> Carl Sandburg: <BR> <BR> Nothing happens unless first we dream. <BR> <BR> Carl Schurz: <BR> <BR> Our ideals resemble the stars, which illuminate the night. No one will ever be able to touch them. But the men ... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:38:54 EST Success Quotes From Wisdom Quotes <BR> Peter F. Drucker: <BR> <BR> There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. <BR> <BR> Abraham Lincoln: <BR> <BR> Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing. <BR> <BR> Albert Einstein: <BR> <BR> The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. . . . The ordinary objects of human e... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:36:20 EST Procrastination Quotes From Wisdom Quotes <BR> Abraham Lincoln: <BR> <BR> The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day. <BR> <BR> Anne Frank: <BR> <BR> How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. <BR> <BR> Douglas Adams: <BR> <BR> I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. <BR> <BR> Douglas Adams: <BR> <BR> I love deadlines. Especially the... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:35:06 EST Perspective Quotes From Wisdom Quotes <BR> Abraham Lincoln: <BR> <BR> It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: "And this, too, shall pass away." <BR> <BR> Abraham Lincoln: <BR> <BR> Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict [slavery] might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:26:55 EST Persistence Quotes From Wisdom Quotes <BR> Ambrose Bierce: <BR> <BR> Perseverance, n. A lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success. <BR> <BR> Benjamin Disraeli: <BR> <BR> The secret of success is constancy to purpose. <BR> <BR> Dale Carnegie: <BR> <BR> Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. <BR> <BR> Frank Lloyd Wright: <BR> <BR> I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an ... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:26:02 EST Opportunity Quotes From Wisdom Quotes <BR> Albert Einstein: <BR> <BR> In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity. <BR> <BR> C. Wright Mills: <BR> <BR> Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them -- and then, the opportunity to choose. <BR> <BR> Demosthenes: <BR> <BR> Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterpr... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:25:13 EST Imagination Quotes From Wisdom Quotes <BR> Albert Einstein: <BR> <BR> Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create. <BR> <BR> Arnold Toynbee: <BR> <BR> Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice. <BR> <BR> Blaise Pasca... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:24:08 EST Hope Quotes From Wisdom Quotes <BR> Allan K. Chalmers: <BR> <BR> The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. <BR> <BR> Antoine de Saint-Exupery: <BR> <BR> If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. <BR> <BR> Arundhati Roy: <BR> <BR> Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear he... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:23:22 EST Difficulties Quotes From Wisdom Quotes <BR> Albert Camus: <BR> <BR> All men have a sweetness in their life. That is what helps them go on. It is towards that they turn when they feel too worn out. <BR> <BR> Albert Einstein: <BR> <BR> In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity. <BR> <BR> Albert Schweitzer: <BR> <BR> Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it. <BR> <BR> Anne Bradstreet: <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:22:20 EST Courage Quotes From Wisdom Quotes <BR> Alan Cohen: <BR> <BR> It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. <BR> <BR> Aristotle: <BR> <BR> Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. <BR> <... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:21:23 EST Creativity Quotes From Wisdom Quotes <BR> A. A. Milne: <BR> <BR> One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. <BR> <BR> Abraham Maslow: <BR> <BR> The key question isn't "What fosters creativity?" But it is why in God's name isn't everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:20:30 EST Attitude Quotes From Wisdom Quotes <BR> Abraham Lincoln: <BR> <BR> Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing. <BR> <BR> Anne Frank: <BR> <BR> Then, without realizing it, you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day; of course, you achieve quite a lot in the course of time. Anyone can do this, it costs nothing and is certainly very helpful. Whoever doesn't know it must learn and find by experience that a quiet conscience makes one strong. <BR> <BR... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:19:31 EST Optimism Quotes From Wisdom Quotes <BR> Alexander Graham Bell: <BR> <BR> When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. <BR> <BR> Arundhati Roy: <BR> <BR> Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. <BR> <BR> Vince Lombardi: <BR> <BR> Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. <BR> <BR> Vita Sackville-West: <BR> <BR> The most noteworthy... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:18:16 EST Meditation Quotes From Wisdom Quotes <BR> Buddha: <BR> <BR> Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom. <BR> <BR> HH the Dalai Lama: <BR> <BR> We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection. <BR> <BR> Pearl S. Buck: <BR> <BR> We should so provide for old age that it may have no urgent wants of this world to absorb it from meditation on the next. <BR> <... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:16:04 EST Enthusiasm Quotes From Wisdom Quotes Arnold Toynbee: <BR> <BR> Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice. <BR> <BR> Henry David Thoreau: <BR> <BR> None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. <BR> <BR> Hosea Ballou: <BR> <BR> Never let your zeal outrun your charity. The former is but human, the latter is divine. <BR> <BR> Oli... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:12:22 EST Health Quotes - Wisdom Quotes <BR> Albert Schweitzer: <BR> <BR> Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory. <BR> <BR> Benjamin Jowett: <BR> <BR> We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique. <BR> <BR> Izaak Walton: <BR> <BR> Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:10:36 EST Healthy Lifestyle Pledge - Dorm Room Diet Planner On this day, (Date), I ______(Name)_______ agree to commit to improving my nutritional habits and my physical well-being. I am done with fad diets. Instead I am going to arm myself with the knowledge to make informed decision. I'll do my best to use food for its purpose as fuel for the body and not as an emotional crutch. I know this won't always be easy. When I slip up I'll brush off the dust and get back on track! <BR> {From "The Dorm Room Diet Planner" - By: Daphne Oz} Sat, 13 Dec 2008 19:37:09 EST My Overall Mood/Stress Level Today Was... What was your overall mood/stress level today? Sat, 13 Dec 2008 19:32:18 EST Today My Workout Included... List what your workout consisted of today! Sat, 13 Dec 2008 19:29:37 EST Things I'd Like To Forget I Ate Today... List the thing(s) you'd like to forget you drank today! Sat, 13 Dec 2008 19:28:40 EST Today I Drank... List the things you drank today! Sat, 13 Dec 2008 19:27:40 EST Things I'd Like To Forget I ate Today... List the thing(s) you'd like you forget you ate today! Sat, 13 Dec 2008 19:25:56 EST Things I'm Glad I Ate Today... List the thing(s) you are glad you ate today! Sat, 13 Dec 2008 19:24:52 EST Healthy Lifestyle Tips & Tricks A Place To Share Tips & Tricks! Sat, 13 Dec 2008 19:22:56 EST Healthy Cookbooks List This is a place to list the best cookbooks for healthy eating and college cooking! Sat, 13 Dec 2008 19:18:43 EST Reading List For A Healthy Life This is an on-going list for people to list books about health, fitness, nutrition, college life, exercise, etc. Sat, 13 Dec 2008 19:10:44 EST College Spark's 1st Challenge Sign Up! In order to beat the winter blues and give us all a chance to get to know each other a little better I think it's time for us to get our challenges up and going. So this is the sign up page for the first challenge and the deadline is Monday, December 15th, 2008. Simply sign up by replying "you're in". Just so I have some idea how many people are interested! Sat, 13 Dec 2008 19:04:44 EST NEWEST College Spark Administrator! Hello everyone, just wanted to let you know I am the new team leader and I can't wait to get to know everyone! The team is undergoing some remodeling so make sure to check back and see what's new! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Alley Sat, 13 Dec 2008 18:48:24 EST Need new Goals & support well im back & need major help! i have just totally let myself go. & its making me depressed. My goal is to lose at least 15lbs by the end of december, i would like to lose more but thats just a start. i need some support buddies though that would like to take this journey with me. :) Fri, 14 Nov 2008 12:51:57 EST new :) I just started sparkpeople last weekend, so I just wanted to join a group with people who are probably going through the same things I am with school. I am still learning and figuring all this out, but I am looking forward to it all! :) Thu, 18 Sep 2008 20:41:32 EST New -- 'nuf said! Hey all! I am KC, from Washington, going to PLU or Pacific Lutheran University. Most of you (or perhaps all of you!) have never heard of it, small school in the PacNW, very nice, 4000 people or so. Not my ideal school, would really like to venture up to seattle for college but I have made some amazing friends here and cannot leave them! <BR> <BR> What else to tell you? I'll be a sophmore this coming fall. I am a computer science major. Bit of a nerd, but thats ok, its part of my character an... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 05:24:42 EST New to the team, not to spark.... Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to find some support from the massive stress of a full time course load. Since I've begun this quarter I haven't had any time to put in the exercise that I've FINALLY learned to love. <BR> <BR> I'm really happy to be here! <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 May 2008 15:02:07 EST hey Ya'll hey everyone. i'm new and don't really know anything about sparkteams so someone please let me in on some info. thanks Tue, 6 May 2008 20:39:28 EST Hey all Well I am new to this group and yes I am a college student. I am taking online courses to be a legal transcriptionist. When I get into studying It takes a hold and I forget to find time to fix something healthy. I tried going to a ground campus, but due my disability it was getting hard. I wrote a few articles on study tips and organization but being famous in the school paper didn't keep me interested. But hopefully being with other student in the same boat will help me stay motivated. <BR>... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 00:11:10 EST Ideas for Challenges? Everyone loves a challenge! They are a fun way to motivate yourself and to get to know your team mates. Do you have any ideas of what we could do for future challenges? <BR> <BR> I was thinking that it would be fun to base them on half semesters since this is a college team. I know that calendars vary from school to school, but we can try to average it. Here's what a this next year would look like. <BR> <BR> Ready for Summer Challenge (Now - May 18th) <BR> Fun in the Sun Challenge (May ... Wed, 2 Apr 2008 13:48:03 EST I'm Your New Leader Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Jennifer, and I am the new leader of College Spark. I am excited to be taking over the responsibilities as team leader, and I hope we can have a fun time with this team! <BR> <BR> I've noticed that our team has been a little slow, and I'd love to find ways to make us more active. Any ideas? I think team challenges would be fun! Let me know what you would like to see. I know you're all extremely busy, especially with the end of the semester nearing, but ... Wed, 2 Apr 2008 13:26:40 EST new new new! hey guys! I'm new to spark, and super excited! My goal is to lose 15 by summer! I want to be at 120! Hopefully down to 115! I am here because I want to be confident, and i want my boyfriend to stop hinting me to go to the gym and work out. He wants muscles....then muscles he shall get. I am also here because I want to live a long healthy life, and I am sick of not feeling comfortable in a bathing suit! I want to be a size two like the rest of my family!! anyways...good luck everybody! Fri, 14 Mar 2008 12:33:04 EST Complete Body Cleanse Hi everyone... i've been thinking about doing a body cleansing type of thing for a while. I've done a lot of research on it and found many people supporting it and many people who do not recommend it. For the past 5 years in college (yes 5 haha) i've put so much crap into my body... the alcohol, cigarettes, junk food, midnight pizzas, and who knows what else... I just feel like I need to refresh my organs... especially my liver because oh boy did I give it a run for its money the past few yea... Tue, 19 Feb 2008 14:28:38 EST NEW ADMINISTRATOR FOR COLLEGE SPARK If you are interested in being the new administrator, please reply here. I will choose randomly who will become the new administrator. Please reply by Feb 22nd, 2008 <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 18 Feb 2008 11:48:49 EST Staying motivated to go to class This isn't completely food/diet related, but I'm finding it difficult to stay focused and going to class. I find it too easy to find reasons not to go. It's not so good, since my teachers this semester test from the lecture notes and it's coming up on the first tests of the semester. What does anyone here do when they start getting that ditching class itch? Sun, 10 Feb 2008 21:21:38 EST New! Hi, I'm Sara, I'm new to Sparkpeople and this team! I got really excited when I saw this title, because I have to say, the most challenging part of losing wright for me is because of SCHOOL! School stresses me out, so I overeat, and then try to relax on the weekends, which usually means DRINKING. So right now, I'm trying a fresh start and be healthy and lose weight! Tue, 5 Feb 2008 22:30:49 EST Hello! Hello, fellow struggling college students! I am a junior theatre major. I avoided the freshman 15 somehow, but then I studied in Europe and it somehow hit me hard! I also couldn't really work out over there and now I'm suffering for those six months! I'm dying to get back in shape for gymnastics (as I can finally start again after years of being injured or not have access to equipment!). <BR> Getting in shape in college is tough! If anybody needs a buddy, please let me know! I'd really... Thu, 31 Jan 2008 23:07:16 EST Notes from My Belly Hi all, did you see the health feature on IBS? It is a really common problem that a lot of people deal with. I not only suffer from IBS, but I also suffer from being an emotional eater. It is an endless viscous cycle. I have a blog about it on blogspot! <BR> <BR> Check it out <BR> As an emotional-compulsive eater with IBS, I struggle everyday to make healthy choices for my life. "Notes from My Belly" is a journey of learning to find balance--physically, em... Mon, 28 Jan 2008 00:56:38 EST Any 40 and over students? Hi <BR> I am in my mid 40's trying for a teaching degree, Any older students dealing with home, family bill, studying, ans keeping up with the younger colleger students, while trying to lose weight. Sun, 20 Jan 2008 20:23:26 EST Newbie here Hi, <BR> My name is Bekah and I am 26 years old working 23 hours a week, school for 2 classes (Tuesday & Wednesday nights) and I have 3 kids, 11, 6, and nearly 9 months. <BR> So I am super busy and tonight is my first night of this semester so as usual I am a bit nervous. On top of that, I forgot to pack dinner so all I have for dinner is a large orange and water Which means tonight I will be hungry and will be tempted to snack after I get home at 10p.m. <BR> Anyways, I degress. <BR> So I... Tue, 15 Jan 2008 14:26:55 EST Hey everyone <em>213</em> <BR> Hi, My name is Danielle. I am 23 and a freshmen in a community college in Florida. I am not to sure what to write in these things, (I don't normally use message boards) so if you want to know anything just ask. <BR> <BR> <BR> Danielle Sat, 12 Jan 2008 20:41:57 EST Hi! Hi everyone, I'm currently a student at the University of Texas at El Paso. I'm a mom of 2, a wife, a homeowner, and working feverishly to complete my degree by spring of 2011. By the time I graduate I'll be a 3-year senior, but as long as I graduate I don't care. I used durring my last pregnancy, which is run by sparkpeople, and I loved the site so I was excited to find that this site was almost exactly the same. I like to use the site to track my calories and exercise, but d... Tue, 8 Jan 2008 21:44:22 EST Howdy! New to the team- what's crackin'? Mon, 7 Jan 2008 13:32:58 EST Holla! I go to college in Alabama and I am ready to lose weight for myself, my fiance, and my wedding. Plus, I am sure looking fit will help when I try to find a job or intern somewhere. Sat, 29 Dec 2007 22:33:23 EST Hello! Hi all, I attend College in CA. I read the little blurb thing you guys wrote, and i was like... that is so totally me! Its hard to sparkle once school starts, but i want to keep my self sexy and healthy Wed, 26 Dec 2007 20:35:51 EST Last Day of Classes? Mine is today! How about everyone else (should be soon, yes?) Congratulations everyone!!! :) <em>243</em> Fri, 7 Dec 2007 14:58:34 EST Hey Hi all. I'm in second year and it's proving to be worse than first! :S I've been here before but got too busy. Next semester though i only have 3 courses and i've got about a month off for christmas so i'm hoping i'll stick with it this time! Sun, 2 Dec 2007 22:24:03 EST Hi So I've been a member of SparkPeople for a long time but I kinda left for the last year and have been going through lots of issues with my weight and decided its time to come back. So here I am and just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. Hopefully this time Ill achieve my goals. Tue, 27 Nov 2007 20:24:55 EST New! Hey all! I'm new here, I just read about Spark in a magazine today and so here I am! Also, does anyone know how to change a weight loss goal? I set one that is too little and I would like to change it! :) Mon, 26 Nov 2007 15:23:23 EST New here Taking it One Day at A Time <BR> <BR> well I'm 24 working part time and going to school for Nursing. I am at a higher risk for being diabetic since everyone in my family is overweight and diabetic or borderline. I love my life, my family, and my friends. I'm working on trying to balance work, school, and working out. love yoga, kickboxing, and other machines at the gym. I'm working on my self esteem too, it can be low at times. I'm getting stronger. Just taking it one day at a time. <BR> It... Sat, 17 Nov 2007 22:51:48 EST Old member -- Back on the band wagon!!! Hi there! I started SparkPeople almost a year ago and haven't been active for a very long time. I put weight loss on the back burner but continued to be concious about my health. I've yo-yo'd throughout the summer. One of my proudest accomplishments while 'taking a vacation from SP' was going from a size 20 in January to trying on size 12 dresses in September!!! I've packed on a few pounds since then, but I've also relit the fire and I'm back!!! <BR> <BR> I wish all of you the best of luck..... Thu, 8 Nov 2007 01:00:20 EST I am new to Spark So I am a college senior and I have tried all sorts of things to lose weight. I thought I would start on spark. I guess what I am in search of is ideas, how do y'all do it with school. I feel like fast food is the only time I have to eat cause I am so busy running from school to internship, then friends wanting to go out. <BR> So how has spark really worked for you? Is there any advise for a new user? I really wanna lose the weight before I graduate. Or at least make a good start. So any hel... Tue, 6 Nov 2007 12:30:25 EST All-Nighters Wow wow wow!! I really did it to myself this time. I'm up late writing a paper at the last minute (not entirely my fault, I had two other papers due this week that I worked on over the weekend) and boy! do I have the munchies! Any support (or zero calorie suggestions) would be appreciated! I'm at my calorie limit today and waiting for midnight. Tue, 23 Oct 2007 23:05:29 EST Midterms and Eating! Hello Everyone. It is that time of year where midterms dominates all the space in your mind and you forget to eat! And the worst part is when you do it's fast and unhealthy. I wanna know if anyone feels that way and what you guys eat in such a stressful time. Fri, 5 Oct 2007 13:01:15 EST Hi Hello, I am ashley. I just wanted to introduce myself to the team. I am going to go back for my final year in the dental hygiene program and this quarter is quarter is going to be very hectic and hard. I hope that I can stick with this. Sat, 18 Aug 2007 20:30:56 EST New 2 Group Hey all- <BR> I am new to this group, but have been a member of spark for a year. I am 23, going to Corban College (formerly Western Baptist) in Salem, Or., majoring in journalism and am married. I was going to get a job this year and was worried I wouldn't have time to exercise like I have been this summer. But thanks to my fabulous husband, I don't have to. So I get another year to relax, go to school and exercise. Oh and I am a senior this year!! Fri, 17 Aug 2007 01:23:04 EST Fat burning food What foods can I eat that will help me burn fat without me feeling like I am starving myself. Also how can I continue to maintain weight when I return to campus? <em>30</em> Wed, 11 Jul 2007 13:31:00 EST Newbie seeking suggestions Hi there! Just joined you guys...I start Grad School in August and am concerned that my exercise and healthy eating will fall to the wayside. Any advice on how to cram it all in without losing my mind? Also, any other Grad School students here or just Undergrad? <BR> Thx & Cheers!!! <BR> Smiling_Lotus Mon, 9 Jul 2007 20:38:27 EST Virginia Tech I am just sending my condolences and apologies out to anyone affected by the virginia tech incident. It is truly horrible and every time I read about it or hear bout it it is hard for me not to cry. Its just so scary to think about. Wed, 2 May 2007 15:47:21 EST My Dining Hall Dilema I was wondering if a=you guys have any tips for trying to measure food in the dining hall. I do try and put some things (such as ceareal) into a water glass (which I think is 8 ounces) and I try and eyeball things and guess, but I want to be as accurate as possible without taking scales, measuring cups, etc into the dining hall with me (that would just be kinda strange!) Any suggestions? Mon, 23 Apr 2007 12:29:05 EST Nappy Headed Hoes!!! Don Imus needs to be fired(he's only been suspended, but we ALL know that's not enough) He should NOT be allowed to continue peddling racist, sexist comments disingenuously disguised as humor. As a society, we must hold individuals privileged to use the public airwaves to a basic standard of civility, decency and respect for the dignity of others. <BR> <BR> WHAT YOU CAN DO: <BR> write/call/e-mail IMUS/WFAN/MSNBC! Share your displeasure with them and pledge to boycott the network until Don Im... Wed, 11 Apr 2007 14:45:16 EST Motivated How do you stay motivated? <BR> I will go run for 30 minutes and then come back and think oh well since i just worked out i can eat this cookie or i can go get fast food. Or when i sit in the dining hall looking around at people eating i think wow! i really would like a chickfila sandwich now and forget all about how i was going to get a salad for lunch. <BR> And i also make up excuses to myself about how i have too much work to do or how i am too tired to work out. <BR> Any suggestions? Sun, 8 Apr 2007 21:35:48 EST Got the cold? HI EVERY ONE! i'm from Australia.. i have ALWAYS wondered... what SHOULD and SHOULDN'T I eat/drink when I have a cold? i seem to get them all the time and never recover quickly from them. I have one right now and i want to get rid of it... so i can get stuck back into my exercise and busy life (uni)... any help out there?? Sat, 7 Apr 2007 08:01:31 EST Anyone go to PURDUE UNIVERSITY???? Lookin for fellow boilermakers :) Thu, 5 Apr 2007 13:39:13 EST Favourite Studying Snacks? Hey everyone. Thankfully this school year is winding down and we'll have a bit of a break soon enough... <BR> <BR> I was just curious, what are your *favourite* snacking foods to have when you're studying or writing papers late into the evening? Depending on how long you go, I think the desire to snack is inevitable, but I'm looking for some better alternatives than what I usually reach for! Sun, 1 Apr 2007 13:03:47 EST Restaurant Food.... Help!!!! I am usually pretty good about eating at the dining hall. We have a salad bar and our portions are small (they probably still aren't as small as they should be though!!) But...I go home almost every weekend and hangout with my boyfriend who goes out to eat ALL the time. His mom never cooks and we go to restaurants everytime I'm home...which I love!!! But the problem is the food...Its so bad for you and they give you soo much and I usually eat most of what is put in front of me. (I have no wil... Thu, 29 Mar 2007 15:11:43 EST Alcohol Calories Ruining my diet... HELP I can't seem to avoid the temptation of goin out to the bars with friends. Especially because I work as a Bacardi Promotions Specialist, and a Malibu Promotions Specialist. Unfortunately this adds massive ammounts of calories to my day. Any suggestions for low-cal drinks or other techniques? Sun, 4 Mar 2007 19:16:25 EST Learning not to snack It's so hard not to take junk food to snack on or to run to the grocery store and grab the nearest piece of trash that I can get. I have such a hard time not snacking between classes. Tue, 27 Feb 2007 23:04:51 EST grad school? anyone else hoping to begin graduate studies in the fall? i'm waiting for a response from the first program i applied to, and getting impatient! who else is in this boat? Sat, 24 Feb 2007 13:27:07 EST How to eat healthy between classes Im a freshman...and i dont want the freshman 15 to happen... how do i stay healthy? <em>192</em> Fri, 23 Feb 2007 13:31:11 EST New to Sparks My weight has always been a problem. When a friend told me about this website I figured I could give it a chance. Being at school is so hard because the menu is like so varying and everything is always fried or greasy. <BR> <BR> I am just glad to be able to keep track of everything I am eating and being able to see where I am going wrong. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> Tue, 20 Feb 2007 17:46:25 EST Reading Week Help? Hey Sparkers! I'm back home for reading week, which means I don't have access to my gym. Strength-training workouts won't be a huge problem because Spark has all those exercises which require very little equipment, and I should be alright with those, it's just ideas for cardio that I need! <BR> <BR> I do have a recumbent bike, so I may try and use that, but I'm somewhat sure it's broken. I can't run (it puts too much stress on my ankles/knees, and also because of my asthma, I can't breathe ... Sun, 18 Feb 2007 11:08:14 EST I'm new Hey, I'm from Texas and I'm new at this...let me in on any good advice...I would really appreciate it!! Thanks!!! Thu, 15 Feb 2007 20:00:18 EST quiet fitness vids I've been thinking about investing in a fitness video I can use at home when i don't feel like working out at the gym and also for some variety. Unfortunately, I live on the top floor of my apartment building and I don't want to be disturbing my neighbors living below. The fact that I can hear when they vacuum makes me think that they can probably hear all but the softest steps. <BR> <BR> Does anybody have recommendations on vids that aren't going to drive my neighbors insane? I would p... Mon, 12 Feb 2007 15:20:03 EST friends how do you all deal with the pressure of eating out with friends? it seems like i do so well so often until 6:30 when my friends want to go out and we decide to hit a resturaunt.. i'm an extremelly picky eater so if they dont have a salad that sounds good to me, i often to terrible.. and then i get super pissed at myself.. and its just turning into a habit and its not going to help me with my personal goals at all, but i dont want to turn my friends down, and they're def. my backbone in all t... Sat, 10 Feb 2007 16:10:49 EST newbie... hey everyone, i joined sp a couple days ago. im getting my diploma online for now since i have a 10 month old who needs all of my attention lol. hopefully i can still relate to you guys... <BR> <BR> i just joined facebook, and im wondering if anyone else has is it...i dont have a lot of friends on it yet and i feel like a loner! <BR> <BR> jenn <em>129</em> Fri, 9 Feb 2007 14:26:22 EST Hey everyone! My name is Kim and I'm new here... I'm a full time college student, full time mom of 2, wife to a trucker and full time Undercover Wear agent... Sun, 4 Feb 2007 22:48:56 EST favorite what is your favorite song to listen to while working out, mine right now is sweet escape by gwen stefani and about us by brooke hogan! <em>30</em> Mon, 29 Jan 2007 19:53:20 EST How do you all do it ? Hi everyone, my name is Amanda & I have 3 kids, a husband & 2 dogs & I just started school on Thursday. How do you all manage to workout while going to school & having homework to do? I've been a stay at home mom now for 2 years so adding school 5 days a week is a big change. I'm going to try & get up early in the morning to workout before school but then I'm worried I'm going to be to tired at night to do homework but I guess I won't know till I try. Well I hope you all can help me with some... Sun, 28 Jan 2007 13:32:12 EST Getting noticed!!! I'm so excited!!! My long-time HUGE crush checked me out this morning on the way to class. He stopped to say hi and asked where I'd been because I was red in the face. I told him that I just left the gym. Then he looked me up and down, raised his eyebrows and had a half-grin on his face while nodding in praise. Ahhhh, he made me melt! It felt so good to see him and he noticing that I've made changes! Wed, 17 Jan 2007 16:52:10 EST Interesting news about green tea... My father was forcing me to watch FOX news (He's blocked all the "liberal" channels from our cable, so no CNN) and they had that Dr. Whatshisface. He was talking about tea and milk. <BR> So we all know that green tea has antioxidants and the added benefit of reducing hypertension by relaxing blood vessels. <BR> APPARENTLY, if you put milk in your green tea it negates those benefits. Not that milk isn't good for you, just not at the same time as tea. He said if you drink them separately, it's ... Tue, 16 Jan 2007 14:10:27 EST Sore and loving it! How did everyone do on their cardio and/or strength training today? <BR> <BR> I'm proud to say that since school has started, I've been waking up early and at the university gym when it opens up at 6:30. I feel so good, especially during class. I seem more focused and alert (even in boring classes like my pathogenic microbiology). <BR> <BR> Sweat on beautiful people, sweat on! Fri, 12 Jan 2007 16:44:27 EST School meals Does anyone know what the healthiest is out of a school chicken burger and a beef burger? <BR> <BR> <BR> Cheers <BR> <BR> Ricky Thu, 4 Jan 2007 11:20:48 EST Home for the holidays Hi everyone! I just wanted to pop in and be social. I'm feeling lonely today. This is the first Christmas I have to be away from my family. All my friends have gone back home for the holidays which leaves me to go eat Christmas dinner by myself and go to church alone. I'm nervous. I hope everyone that has to work through the holidays keeps up the Christmas spirit. --I know I'm doing my best to <BR> <em>233</em> Sun, 24 Dec 2006 09:22:55 EST wedding after graduation I'm getting married in July and I still have another semester to go until graduation. I'm an art student, so my eating and sleeping habits are terrible. I sometimes don't get to sleep until 3 or 4 am, so you can only guess what times I eat meals! I just wondered if there was anyone else that has the same problem. I'm hoping that by joining sparkpeople I'll get more motivated and have additional support. Thanks guys/girls! Fri, 22 Dec 2006 01:27:41 EST Unmotivated... Man, today just stinks! I've been running behind on everything...didn't have time to go walk (too cold anyway), hoping to do strength when I get off work--we'll see how that goes. I just don't have a lot of esteem today. I work so hard with little reward. And looking at my final grades made me even more depressed. I worked so hard, and didn't get the grades I had expected. I'm totally bummed out! --My goal today: not heading for the Ben & Jerry's pint. Tue, 19 Dec 2006 16:53:26 EST Too cold for walks! I've really enjoyed the past couple of warm days we've had, but now that the cold has settled in again I can't find the motivation to get my already-sore body out in the cold! How can I do cardio indoors when I don't have any exercise equipment? Can work out tapes be considered cardio? Tue, 19 Dec 2006 13:34:32 EST Almost done! One more final left! Wahoo!!! Workouts are kind of slacking, made up for it tonight (Billy Blanks kicked my butt tonight....) and tomorrow, my boyfriend and I are going ice fishing all day. So, we're going to walk to the 2 miles there and the 2 miles back, plus all the drilling holes with a hand auger and the general running around I love doing on the ice. <BR> <BR> <BR> Hang in there guys, it's almost over, and then we will all get back on track! <BR> <BR> <BR> Good luck to those who ... Sun, 17 Dec 2006 00:15:29 EST Pop! or soda, to the majority of the world. I'm a crazy Minnesotan! <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if anyone else is/was struggling with the at least 8 glasses of water a day? Before sp, I only drank Dr. Pepper. <BR> <BR> I'm getting better at it, and I haven't even really wanted any pop (although, I think my headaches might be from "caffeine withdrawls". <BR> <BR> What do other people drink instead of just water?? Thu, 14 Dec 2006 21:49:04 EST Working out I have so much trouble motivating myself to work out! I want to lose this weight and feel better about myself, but I like to be alone when I work out at home and my dad is living with us right now, so someone is ALWAYS there!! I can't afford to join a gym, and its getting too cold outside for me to walk (I hate the cold!!) any suggestions? Tue, 28 Nov 2006 09:19:06 EST Hard to stay focused during finals?? Does anyone find it hard to stay focused and on track with their diet during finals?? It seems like I just go down hill! While I am studying, I snack a lot to try to keep myself awake and focused. Any suggestions? HELP!?! Tue, 28 Nov 2006 09:07:06 EST Good songs to listen to when exercising? I suppose it all really depends on your music preferences, but what songs do you guys like to listen to when you work out? I'm trying to find songs but I really can't find any that work for me. I'd like help compiling a looong list of songs! Thanks! Fri, 10 Nov 2006 11:52:55 EST food What is healthy, but quick and easy and you can grab on the go??? I need things that will stay good during the day when I am on the go, ay suggestions??? Thu, 2 Nov 2006 13:39:23 EST What to eat in the dining hall? Hey this is my first post. <BR> I'm living in Rez and I just want to know if you guys have any creative ways to ensure you get healthy meals even when the food selections aren't that good. We have a huge salad bar so that helps but eating only salad every day at lunch gets pretty boring!! <BR> <BR> I have just learned how to make 'tuna melts' using whole wheat toast, prepared tuna salad and some grated cheese from the salad bar and just popping in the microwave for 30 seconds or so. <BR> <B... Thu, 19 Oct 2006 16:31:54 EST Hello I am new to sparkle <em>249</em> Hello! I am going to school at Baker College in MIchigan. I am going for polysomnographic technology. Thu, 19 Oct 2006 14:33:24 EST my dilemma hey everybody!! here is a tiny piece from one of my latest blogs...i'd love to hear everyone's opinions!! and you should all read my will LOVE them. <BR> <BR> "and i think i've come up with a new plan for my eating habits. see, i've heard 2 different things. i've heard that you're only supposed to eat when you're actually hungry. and then i've heard that you're supposed to be on a set schedule of when you eat, and that your stomach should never growl all crazy, because that indic... Wed, 18 Oct 2006 14:32:08 EST Pick your poison. So, what's your downfall when it comes to eating healthier? For some people, it's soda, others it is deep fried foods, etc. Mine's anything with over 10 grams of added sugar. You know, the type that's best for you. :P <BR> Mon, 16 Oct 2006 08:03:52 EST hello I'm new hi I'm new to not but this team, so yeah I'd just like to say hello!!! Mon, 16 Oct 2006 01:01:00 EST Hi! I'm new! I go to Ole Miss. I wanna lost almost forty pounds. I decided to do this because I'm tired of my legs rubbing together, and My self esteem is getting low so I'm gonna do something about it! If you would like to talk to me feel free to! I'm person who loves to talk! Wed, 11 Oct 2006 21:57:07 EST Just wanted to Introduce myself... Hi! I'm new to the board and wanted to introduce myself. I'm Tiffany and I attend Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. I got married in Feb. and was really upset that I didn't lose the 50 lbs I've gained since I met my husband prior to the wedding. So I'm kicking in to gear and wanting to get rid of these extra pounds! I just hired a personal trainer from the school gym (only $15/session!) so I'm really hoping that will help motivate me. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to introduce yo... Wed, 4 Oct 2006 11:13:18 EST I'm new I really need some motivation. I am a college student in Atlanta, GA. I am taking 5 classes(full time student:13 credit hours), working 2 jobs (Adiministrative Assistant, Distribution Manager, and Advertising Assistant at my school newspaper and a hostess at a popular neighborhood sports bar), and I am planning on moving out of my parents house in December. I have very little time and need a little push every once in a while to keep me on track. Please respond if you think that you could keep... Tue, 3 Oct 2006 23:43:38 EST New Group Just letting you all know I started a group called, "People with Piercings." It's for people who like, have, or want to get any kind of piercing. Since this is the college group, and many college students like piercings, I thought I would let you know. :-) Mon, 2 Oct 2006 23:52:24 EST Dorm Room Workouts Dorm students - how do you work out when you don't have time to hit the gym? <BR> <BR> I recently bought a jump rope as well as 2 workout videos - Carmen Electra's Strip Your Way to Fitness and World Dance Workout. Carmen's DVD is nice as you can program it to fit your needs - time, music, impact level, etc. Sat, 23 Sep 2006 15:52:27 EST weigh in/ measure day As Aubrey suggested, I'm starting a new thread where we can record our weight and inches lost. Hopefully this will help us stay accountable. I try to measure Monday mornings. I'll post then. <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Sep 2006 22:10:19 EST Welcome to College Spark Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Colleen and I started this team because I know that I will be stressed out once school arrives and I wanted help. Any one can join how know that school is strenuous and knows that they will need the extra Spark help when the time comes. <BR> <BR> If you have any questions, please Sparkmessage me!!! <BR> <BR> Sincerely, <BR> Colleen <BR> (klingonchik) Sun, 20 Aug 2006 11:42:02 EST