SparkPeople A Better Me Team Messageboard Our team is dedicated to the goal of helping each other to lose weight, become healthy and stay that way. Everyone is welcome. SparkPeople A Better Me Team Messageboard Work Your Core -- July Team Challenge. Hi team, <BR> <BR> Here's your July team challenge. <BR> <BR> * 30-60 Second Planks <BR> *30-60 Second Mountain Climbers <BR> *20 Basic Crunch <BR> *20 Jumping Jacks. <BR> *20 Squats <BR> *20 Bicycle Crunch. <BR> <BR> Try to do this set 3-4 times, rest for 30 seconds inbetween each set. <BR> ****Always remember to Warm up and Cool down properly.****** <BR> <BR> **Walk more.....track your miles and steps, do you have a goal in mind of how many miles/steps you want to achieve this month? <... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 09:42:26 EST March Team Challenge!!! I thought i'd make a little challenge that will fit around your exsiting workouts and add a little extra calorie burn <BR> <BR> 31 Day Challenge <BR> Day 1-- *1 Mile walk/jog/run <BR> Day 2-- *2, 1 min planks <BR> Day 3--*3 Back extensions <BR> Day 4-- *4 count crunches <BR> Day 5-- *5 Burpees <BR> Day 6-- *6 Bridges <BR> Day 7-- *7 Alternating Lunges <BR> Day 8-- *8 Bird dogs <BR> Day 9-- *9 Moutain climbers <BR> Day 10-- *10 Supermans <BR> Day 11-- *11 Sumo Squats <BR> Day 12--... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 07:04:37 EST Hello .... I'm a bilateral amputee I'm hard pressed to find physical activity I can do in a wheelchair. I have 1 and 2 pound dumbbells, a medicine ball and large rubber bands to work with but being an amputee, I cannot walk, nor can I weigh myself. I'm hoping that simply cutting back on fat and calories will be enough to lose a few pounds. <em>234</em> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:39:54 EST This is Silkyslim48 Hi SP family, <BR> I joined SP back in 2009 and stopped for what ever reason. Now I am back and getting it together one step at a time. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:45:52 EST FEB Team Challenge!!!! Sorry i'm posting this late. <BR> <BR> Feb Team Challenge:- <BR> <BR> *Try a new exercise. <BR> <BR> *Drink 5-6 glasses of water a day <BR> <BR> *Try a new healthy recipe <BR> <BR> *Keep a food dairy <BR> <BR> *Come and chat on the team threads <BR> <BR> Pick one or more every day and log it in on here. <BR> <BR> eg <BR> Day 1- Tried a new workout. Drank 6 glasses of water. Tracked in food diary. <BR> Day 2-Tried a new healthy recipe. Chatted on team thread <BR> Etc <BR> <BR> <em>3... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 06:54:23 EST newbie here Hi I'am TEXASC925 from Houston Tx. Willing to be a healthier me Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:56:48 EST Jump In2 Jan 2013 Team Challenge!!! Hi Team, <BR> These two challenges are from the ongoing challenge vault, Trainer T and Taffi always make some fantastic challenges so i thought i would re-use them. <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> ****Challenge number 1--**** <BR> Hello ~ I love new beginnings ~ here is a new challenge to start the year right: <BR> <BR> J = jot down what you eat <BR> A = add more H20 <BR> N = never quit <BR> U = understand it takes a little time <BR> A = add more cardio <BR> R = reach for the stars <BR> Y... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 13:48:19 EST DAZZLING DECEMBER Team Challenge!!!! Hi, <BR> this is one of Trainer T's challenge's, i found it in the challenge thread and thought i would re-use it.... (Love Trainer T's challenge's) <BR> <BR> Post anything you did to stay on course with your fitness or diet during December. Give yourself a "STAR" Emoticon! <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> PLUS <BR> <BR> Post on the Tweet, Tweet Thread, come on over and chat with us, it's getting lonely on here. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>444</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</e... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 08:50:21 EST October Team Challenge!! <em>333</em> <em>424</em> <em>275</em> Hey Team, here is your October challenge <em>419</em> <em>423</em> <em>422</em> <BR> <BR> *30--60min Exercise of your choice--ie--Exercise videos, gym, zumba, run etc. <BR> <BR> *6 glasses of water a day <BR> <BR> *Yoga/Flexibilty <BR> <BR> *Comment on the Tweet, Tweet Thread. <BR> <BR> *Log in your workouts on the team threads. <BR> <BR> *Keep a food journal. <BR> <BR> *Stay away from Candy. <BR> <BR> Any questions feel free to... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:32:53 EST ZWOW Challenge I'm a huge fan of Zuzana Light and her wonderful workouts that she provides on a weekly basis. <BR> I'll post my stats here ~ anyone is welcomed to join me. <BR> <BR> YouTube: <BR> "Every week Zuzana Light will give you new ZWOWs (Zuzana's Workout of the Week). Remember to track how long it takes you to complete each workout then focus on beating your time! With every ZWOW you perform, achieving your fitness goals will become that much closer. Zuzana will always lead you through your workout... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 19:42:57 EST BUDDIES 2012 Hello..I am working with the message broads and another team or so with getting BUDDIES...However I need some more people to get buddies for people!!!! so PLEASE if you got time just answer a few questions if you are interested in some buddies and i will get back to you!!! I have got a few people waiting for buddies!~!!! so here are the questions and a list of people waiting: <BR> <BR> Hey all I want to set up buddies for people who would be interested so if you are interest I got 10 short q... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:25:38 EST September Team Challenge!! <em>326</em> <em>327</em> <em>323</em> <em>359</em> <em>319</em> <em>363</em> <em>311</em> <em>23</em> <BR> <BR> Hi team, <BR> Here's your Sept Team Challenge!! <BR> <BR> *Fitness minutes pledge---how many fitness mins will you pledge to do for this month. Keep track of what you do. <BR> <BR> *1250 Squats <BR> <BR> *1250 Rows/Pull ups/Pull Downs <BR> <BR> *1250 Bench Presses/Pushups <BR> <BR> *4000 Core Moves (anything that works your core, crunches--sit ups--planks etc <B... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 11:14:26 EST Still here. :) I have been lackluster, even before my computer died, & I apologize. I just got back online (like, literally this past week.) & am getting my butt back in gear (or maybe I should say in gear in the first place.) Am trying to catch up with everyone... SO good to be back, though!! Thu, 30 Aug 2012 13:04:03 EST July Team Challenge, everyone welcome!!!!! <em>215</em> Hey Team <em>321</em> <BR> Here's our team challenge for July. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> The team challenge for july is:- <BR> ***Pick out 2 or more things each day and let us know how you get on.*** <BR> <BR> *Reach out/Get to know your fellow team members--Offer support/encouragement. Celebrate achievements, give a goodie, write on a sparkpage or send spark mail, leave a comment on a spark blog. Respond to a post in a thread. <BR> <BR> *Log in your workouts on the One Minu... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 15:20:46 EST traking Calories? So I started eating better my 5 meals plus traking my calories by writting it down. has anyone done this? and has it worked for you? Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:55:12 EST debate: gym or husband? So after begging my husband to let me go to the gym and him saying NONONO. he let me go to the gym for the 3 days trial to see if I like it. The only reason why he let me is cause I was very sweet to him and my treadmill broke down. I went today and he already seemed mad at me. he told me to enjoy my 3 days. So I doubt he will let me be a member there. <BR> has anyone had this issue? <BR> what can I do? Fri, 11 May 2012 17:01:42 EST 2012 ~ MAY = May I get healthy? <em>194</em> <em>341</em> <em>332</em> <em>135</em> <em>194</em> <em>341</em> <em>332</em> <em>135</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> May is National Re-commitment Month ~ re-commit to a healthier & better you <BR> May is National Bike Month ~ a favorite of mine ~ give it a try or whatever makes your heart race <BR> May is National Salad Month ~ eat a salad every day ~ share your favorite recipe <BR> <BR> Today's DAILY Challenge: <link><BR>sageboard_t... Tue, 1 May 2012 07:45:47 EST Today's DAILY Challenge April 27 ~ T.G.I.F. ~ Today's Daily Challenge = 30 sec Plank <BR> <BR> <BR> April Challenge: <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=2134x3167x4<BR>7403890 </link> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 07:32:21 EST Breakouts So when I work out I sweat allot and started breakingout. I mean I thought I was done with this but apparently I can't stop them. any tips to lessen the breakouts?? help. <em>198</em> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:13:45 EST April "Fool Proof" Team Challenge!! April "Fool Proof" Challenge <BR> Four Weeks <BR> <BR> This is the April “Fool Proof Challenge!” Each week, you will complete a health / nutrition section and an exercise / strength section! That will hopefully fit along side your regular workouts. <BR> <BR> Please edit your post each day (for each separate week.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Week One: <BR> Health / Nutrition: <BR> 1. 8 glasses of water- <BR> Exercise: <BR> 1. 5 Minutes stretching- <BR> 2. 20 minutes of cardio exercise- <BR> ... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 10:09:14 EST Be A Better Me ~ Daily Motivator ~ Build a life Be A Better Me ~ Daily Motivator ~ Build a life <BR> <BR> It’s easy to do nothing, but easy doesn’t really get you much. It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and watch, but there is so very much more you can do. <BR> <BR> Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Get in the habit of seeking new and meaningful challenges. <BR> <BR> Don’t just give lip service to the things that matter most in your life. Invest yourself fully in building and growing and supporting those things with your time, y... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 07:56:08 EST Be A Better Me ~ Daily Motivator ~ Lift the future Be A Better Me ~ Daily Motivator ~ Lift the future <BR> <BR> Just because you can become frustrated, doesn’t mean you must. Just because there are reasons to be angry or envious, resentful or disillusioned, doesn’t mean you have to choose any of those negative states. <BR> <BR> Your choice of how to feel does not have to be dictated by the world around you. Instead, you can allow your feelings to come from the beauty that’s inside you. <BR> <BR> Don’t base your feelings on the problems. Ba... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 09:43:10 EST Be A Better Me ~ Today is a choice Be A Better Me ~ Daily Motivator ~ Today is a choice <BR> <BR> Today is a choice. Choose to make it beautiful and productive. <BR> <BR> Today is filled with challenges, opportunities, frustrations, possibilities and much more. Choose to make good and meaningful use of it all. <BR> <BR> No matter what you have chosen or failed to choose in the past, today you can choose to live at your highest, most fulfilling level. No matter what today brings, you can respond with love, kindness, joy, gra... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 08:02:10 EST Be A Better Me ~ Daily Motivator ~ Follow Your Why Be A Better Me ~ Daily Motivator ~ Follow your why <BR> <BR> If you see it as something you merely should do, you’ll resent it. Yet when you know it is something you must do, you’ll find a way to get it done. <BR> <BR> If you feel that the task has been imposed on you by some outside influence, you’ll find ways to avoid it. Yet when you understand how the task is connected to your true purpose, you’ll find a way to get it done as quickly and effectively as possible. <BR> <BR> Knowing why i... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 07:44:58 EST Be A Better Me ~ Take a Step Back Be A Better Me ~ Daily Motivator ~ Take a step back <BR> <BR> Step back from the loud and pressing concerns of the moment. Step back, get some perspective, and remind yourself of how good life can be. <BR> <BR> Many of the things you see as problems would have been considered to be blessings by people in an earlier era. Think of how good you have it, and of how you can make good and fulfilling use of what you do have. <BR> <BR> You are able to make a difference, and that ability can litera... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 07:58:34 EST Be A Better Me ~ Daily Motivator ~ Let It All Be Let it all be <BR> <BR> Do your best at doing what you do, and accept that the rest is as it is. Hold yourself to the highest standards, while letting go of your need to place judgments on others. <BR> <BR> Free yourself from the burdens of anger and resentment. No amount of negativity can change what has already happened. <BR> <BR> Tap into life’s immense abundance by gracefully and gratefully accepting what is. Give richness and meaning to that abundance by putting it to good use with fo... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 08:00:19 EST Be A Better Me ~ Daily Motivator Be a better you <BR> <BR> No matter what the future brings, it will always bring you the opportunity to make a positive difference. No matter what may happen, you can always respond with integrity and positive purpose. <BR> <BR> You can apply the very best of your wisdom and experience to the situations in which you have influence. And you can adjust and adapt to those situations over which you have little or no control. <BR> <BR> There’s no point in worrying about the future, because y... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 07:50:15 EST 31 Days Of March A Little Extra Challenge!!! <em>321</em> I thought i'd make a little challenge that will fit around your exsiting workouts and add a little extra calorie burn <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> 31 Day Challenge <BR> Day 1-- *1 Mile walk/jog/run <BR> Day 2-- *2, 1 min planks <BR> Day 3--*3 Back extensions <BR> Day 4-- *4 count crunches <BR> Day 5-- *5 Burpees <BR> Day 6-- *6 Bridges <BR> Day 7-- *7 Alternating Lunges <BR> Day 8-- *8 Bird dogs <BR> Day 9-- *9 Moutain climbers <BR> Day 10-- *10 Supermans <BR> Day 11-- *1... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 09:24:45 EST 2012 ~ MARCH = Time to Move Forward! <em>137</em> <em>23</em> <em>344</em> <em>323</em> <em>438</em> <em>137</em> <em>23</em> <em>344</em> <em>323</em> <BR> <BR> March Madness ~ Move Forward ~ Work Your Muscles ~ March is Nutrition Month ~ let's focus. <BR> <BR> Daily Challenges will be posted here: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3167x4615<BR>0826 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for this month? <BR> Then make a plan. <BR> Get to work. <BR> Stick to it.... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 23:22:23 EST 2012 ~ FEBRUARY = Get Your Move On! <em>318</em> <em>26</em> <em>312</em> <em>26</em> <em>324</em> <em>26</em> <em>237</em> <em>26</em> <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> Let's work the heart with a little "extra" cardio ~ Daily Challenges will be posted here: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3167x4615<BR>0826 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for this month? <BR> Then make a plan. <BR> Get to work. <BR> Stick to it. <BR> And reach your goal. <BR> <BR> 2012 ~ No Excu... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 07:56:21 EST DAILY CHALLENGE <em>249</em> <BR> 1/20/12 ~ Daily Challenge: Create a weekly plan and post it here ~ it helps with accountability when it's shared. Fri, 20 Jan 2012 23:27:52 EST Share Your Favorite Recipe Please share your favorite recipe here. <BR> <BR> <em>492</em> <em>267</em> <em>277</em> <em>190</em> <em>478</em> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 23:05:23 EST 2012 ~ JANUARY = Renew, Rebuild & Refresh <em>213</em> Hello ~ I love new beginnings ~ here is a new challenge to start the year right: <BR> <BR> J = jot down what you eat <em>4</em> <BR> A = add more H20 <em>194</em> <BR> N = never quit <em>248</em> <BR> U = understand it takes a little time <em>12</em> <BR> A = add more cardio <em>324</em> <em>311</em> <em>318</em> <em>237</em> <em>332</em> <BR> R = reach for the stars <em>8</em> <BR> Y = you are beautiful <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for this mont... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 07:55:05 EST WEIGHTED SQUATS I'm working on 200 Weighted Squats: <link> </link> <BR> Initial Test (without weights) = 40 <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> used 20lb barbell: <BR> 13 <BR> 16 <BR> 10 <BR> 10 <BR> Max = 20 <BR> <BR> Goal for Day 2 on 1/5/12: <BR> 13, 16, 11, 11, Max (16) <BR> <BR> Goal for Day 3 on 1/7/12: <BR> 15, 18, 13, 13, Max (18) Tue, 3 Jan 2012 22:47:15 EST DIPS I'm working on the 150 Dips <link> </link> <BR> Initial Test = 20 <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> 13 <BR> 15 <BR> 9 <BR> 9 <BR> Max = 20 <BR> <BR> Goal for Day 2 on 1/4/12: <BR> 13, 15, 10, 10, Max (15) <BR> <BR> Goal for Day 3 on 1/6/12: <BR> 14, 19, 12, 12, Max (16) <BR> Tue, 3 Jan 2012 00:11:43 EST NOVEMBER "YOU NAME YOUR" CHALLENGE! Nothing fancy just name your own challenge! <BR> <BR> Want to be in your skinny jeans by Christmas? Just name what your going to do to get there and post your accountablity here! <BR> <BR> Examples could be run/walk 10 minutes each day, do 20 lunges, cut out sweets or a certain comfort food. <BR> <BR> For each thing you complete just use the <em>244</em> emoticon! Tue, 1 Nov 2011 09:29:06 EST ROCKTOBER BODY CHALLENGE You pick the challenge and post your progress here. Keep a running tab and post it at the end of the week! <BR> <BR> Ideas: <BR> 100 Squats a day (or what you can do) <BR> 100 Lunges a day (50 each leg or what you can do) <BR> No candy/sugar <BR> <BR> <em>431</em> Use this icon for the challenge! <BR> <BR> Go are stronger then you think and the last movement always makes the most difference in your body so go for it because YOU can do it. Wed, 5 Oct 2011 09:28:11 EST Hello There :) My name is Chantal - My goal is to live an active and healthy lifestyle. I want to be regularly involved with outdoor activities and with the gym, I want to model active and healthy habits for my son. My plan for getting in shape includes not only hitting the gym and eating healthy, but participating in activities I enjoy alone and with my family. Tue, 30 Aug 2011 13:06:57 EST Nightly Snack Attack Check In I have so much trouble with night time eating. I make all the right choices throughout the day, work my butt off in the gym, drink tons of water, but the nightly eating is keeping me from achieving my body goals. I've decided I'm going to give up the eating past 7:00 which is my last meal for the day, until I feel I've gained control over my issue. I plan to check in to report good news each evening. The nights I don't will most likely mean I didn't honor my self promise for that night. I'm t... Tue, 24 May 2011 18:36:14 EST Tracking Question Hi ladies, how do I track my Jilliam Micheals Ripped in 30 workouts? Each whole workout takes 28-30 minutes and I want to track it as fitness minutes but do not want to log each individual workout move. My running is easy to track and so is weight training but these workouts are different. Thanks whoever can advise me. Fri, 6 May 2011 22:10:00 EST New to the team Hi, I'm Tracy, 37 from Texas married and a stay at home mom. Sun, 20 Mar 2011 22:24:16 EST Hi I'm new Good Morning, My name is Chris Married SAHM of 4, Having a hard time losing any weight since my last child was born she will be 3 May 1, I have lost the same 10 pounds for 2 years. Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:00:27 EST LENT Is anybody giving up anything for LENT - or have any positive habits they're going to try and incorporate for LENT? It starts tomorrow (Wednesday) - and of course, runs thru Easter. <BR> <BR> 40 days is a great time period to start or break a habit ! Tue, 8 Mar 2011 21:11:12 EST Today's Blog If you get the chance, please take a look at my blog today - I'm interested in any thoughts or input. Thank you ... <BR> <BR> Debra Wed, 2 Mar 2011 22:23:02 EST Protein Requirements Wanted to share a very LONG study. It's really a summary of many protein studies. How much, when, what type and more. I'm not finished reading it yet, but invite others to give it a read and comment. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>C2129150/ </link> Mon, 3 Jan 2011 18:32:23 EST WALK - IT - OFF CHALLENGE If you walked at all today post it here <em>311</em> Mon, 3 Jan 2011 12:42:51 EST 100 DAYS CHALLENGE Start Time: <BR> Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 12:00 a.m. <BR> End Time: <BR> Monday, April 11, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. <BR> <BR> Location: World Wide <BR> <BR> The challenge is to move, intentionally, for 30 minutes every day for 100 days. It doesn't matter what kind of activity as long as it's intentional. <BR> <BR> You can move for 30 minutes once, 15 minutes twice, or 10 minutes three times. <BR> <BR> Who is with me? <BR> <BR> You can get 100 Days goodies at: <... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 22:24:22 EST Christmas Tree Challenge Here's the CHALLENGE: <BR> <BR> As a TEAM we are going to show our DETERMINATION by lighting (and Decorating if possible) this year's LARGEST Christmas Tree! 50,000 lights were needed for an AZ tree -- like wow! <BR> <BR> (T)TELL someone that they can do it! Give Motivation, Encouragement, just TELL someone they are doing a GREAT job! Every person you encourage is a LIGHT added. <BR> <BR> (R)REHYDRATE! Every 8oz of water is a LIGHT added. <BR> <BR> (E)EXERCISE! Every minute you exercis... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 20:56:03 EST Seeking Tea Tips Seeking tips and info. on drinking tea - hot/cold - green/black/white - etc. <BR> <BR> I've never been a coffee drinker, and have only had iced tea from time to time. Never much for hot tea. <BR> <BR> I'm reading sorts of health benefits and weight loss benefits about green tea especially, and even receiving personal testimonies from friends about the amazing benefits. <BR> <BR> So I need (want) to turn in my diet coke addiction and learn to like tea, maybe even coffee - but focused on te... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 20:02:24 EST WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT? Home or gym, or which did you get great results from you can do again and again? <BR> <BR> Me I like all my JM dvd and P90X Wed, 1 Dec 2010 09:42:31 EST DAZZLING DECEMBER <em>8</em> Post anything you did to stay on course with your fitness or diet during December. Give yourself a "STAR" Emoticon! Tue, 30 Nov 2010 11:17:46 EST POWERFUL NOVEMBER POWER UP! This month we will channel our inner power goals to be A Better Me. Post a workout, a good eat, or change your making to stay powerful and strong with your goals. Mon, 1 Nov 2010 09:18:07 EST Spit or Swallow? The title caught my eye from another team and I'm stealing their idea ... I hope they don't mind. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll start with a food, the next person states whether they would "Spit" it (don't like it) or "Swallow" it (like it) and list another food item. <BR> <BR> I'll start with: <BR> <BR> <em>471</em> Pumpkin Pie? Thu, 28 Oct 2010 12:24:30 EST EAT THIS....NOT THAT Post ideas of alternate healthy eats, or share some good eating tips here! Fri, 15 Oct 2010 09:36:40 EST SPARK-TACULAR OCTOBER This months challenge will be a SPARK-TACULAR good time...any time you complete 30 minutes of SPARK FITNESS or stay AWAY from HALLOWEEN candy give yourself a HALLOWEEN EMOTICON here! <em>419</em> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 14:26:10 EST SKINNY JEANS CHALLENGE Lets crank up our workouts, watch our meals, and make September our month for SKINNY jeans, post one POSITIVE towards that here! <em>346</em> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 09:28:23 EST WE NEED TO HELP! Today, I would like to invite you all to join my new group on facebook: I CAN be slim! Why? There are many people who have a problem with weight what makes them feel bad and they need an additional motivation. I would also like to invite more facebook fans to join SPARKPEOPLE so I hope that you can help me. I know that there is a group which represents this page but if someone doesn't know about SPARK, he will never find it. <BR> I'll see you there! Hugs and GOOD LUCK, XxX <BR> Wed, 4 Aug 2010 07:51:32 EST BIRTHDAYS Post your birthday here, we can celebrate! <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> Fri, 30 Jul 2010 12:12:21 EST AWESOME AUGUST <em>345</em> August is about doing something to make yourself a better me. Did you add a fruit? A veggie, or do a workout? Compliment or support a Sparkler? Or find something good about yourself today? <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> Your on your way to be A Better Me! Fri, 30 Jul 2010 12:04:40 EST Signed up for my first 3 day, 60 mile walk for breast cancer in 2011. I'm SO excited! Please stop by my page to check out the link & help in any way that you can! Also, feel free to share the link with others! THANK YOU for your support!!! XOXOXOXOXO <em>247</em> <em>304</em> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 19:29:55 EST JULY VICTORY! Our challenge will be to be "victorious" over 1 thing a day. <BR> Will it be sleep, balance, food, procrastination, you name your VICTORY AND CLAIM IT! <BR> <em>208</em> Thu, 1 Jul 2010 09:36:59 EST JUNE JUST WALK If You did 15 Minutes or more of Walking log it here! How long, what were you doing,share...its OK just do it! <em>311</em> Mon, 31 May 2010 21:09:34 EST How many calories do I need a day?? I am seeing different calculations.....i googled and based on my weight and about 1896 needed to lose about 2 lbs per week...on the Jillian Michaels told me 1200-1400. <BR> <BR> None of these results including Jillian Michael's site included exercise with their equation. <BR> <BR> Help please!! <BR> <BR> I'm going to be cross posting this also..... <BR> <BR> Tks again. Sun, 9 May 2010 21:10:05 EST MAY MOVE YOUR BODY! This is where you can post what you did for your body today...did you walk, workout, get off the couch? Post it here....... Sat, 1 May 2010 21:07:41 EST Hi Y'all Hi Y'all. I am Teri(24) and I am in active duty Air Force. I am joining this team because I have always been the tall skinny girl and have just recently started to put on unwanted and unhealthy pounds. I am trying to stick to my calories and exercise on my own(outside of madatory PT with work). I also suffer from chronic pain from Costochondritis. I am looking forward to getting to know Y'all. Fri, 30 Apr 2010 13:39:44 EST Easter to Independence Day: 13 wks Dear Beloved Sparkers Who are Christians... <BR> <BR> I am working on something monumental that I wanted to share. There are approximately 90 days between Easter and 4th of July - 90 days (13 Weeks) to INDEPENDENCE! Independence from BAD habits! <BR> <BR> I am developing a 13 week Bible Study Course called "Healthy Habits: Shaping UP!" It is loosely based on a study track from a great Bible I own called the Serendipity Bible. <BR> <BR> We are all in different places and stages in our jo... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 22:20:07 EST APRIL ACTION! ACTION = RESULTS! Log what action you took today to become a BETTER ME. Did you walk, stretch, do a workout? Post it here! <em>306</em> Wed, 31 Mar 2010 10:04:09 EST My goal.. I now know what my long term goal is. (Besides to lose weight & be healthy, of course!) This coming year, 2011, I WILL walk in teh Philly 3 day breast cancer walk. I signed up a couple years ago & raised money, but was unable to walk. It'll be in Oct, so I'll have more than enough time to get in serious shape, & whereever I'm working at the time, I'll be able to get off work once I find out the actual dates. I just found out today that a good friend of mine lost her mother on Sunday to t... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 18:14:20 EST MARCH MUSCLETUDE!!! New month, new challenges. <BR> March is "Muscletude" month, pick up the dumbbells and crank up the reps. Its time to build some muscle burning lean muscle mass. <BR> We CAN do it, post your STRENGTH TRAINING HERE. <BR> Mon, 1 Mar 2010 09:54:48 EST A Better Me A Better Me <BR> By: Debra S.Higginbotham (me) <BR> a.k.a. BuzyBeeDebra <BR> <BR> <BR> I long to be - a better me - <BR> for all the world, to plainly see. <BR> <BR> Better choices and wiser food - <BR> for better health and happier mood. <BR> <BR> Better numbers - on that evil scale, <BR> nicer photos where I'm not so pale. <BR> <BR> Better workouts - harder still - <BR> to give myself - a stronger will. <BR> <BR> Better goals - precise to measure, <BR> walk for life - and walk for ple... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 20:10:42 EST FIERCE IN FEBRUARY! Post what you did to be FIERCE here today! Fri, 29 Jan 2010 12:42:15 EST P90X anyone? Okay, so I am hearing all kinds of good things about P90X ... so many people are saying it kicks their butt and it is so well worth it and their body is transforming like they could not have imagined. <BR> <BR> I am not sure that my physical level or ability is up for that. Is it for beginners or is something you need to work up to? <BR> <BR> I am 40 years old, about 227 pounds, only 5'3" ... and while my health is mostly good, my stamina is not that great. My knees also hurt a lot somet... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 20:44:39 EST Deb's latest creation Healthy Trials Poem <BR> By: Debra Sue Higginbotham (ME) <BR> a.k.a. BUZYBEEDEBRA <BR> <BR> I want to be healthy, even if it’s hard to tell … <BR> But so much is confusing, HDL or LDL? <BR> <BR> I need to focus in, on my own longevity … <BR> But reading food labels - can be a mystery. <BR> <BR> So now tell me the truth, as I aim for eating clean … <BR> What’s the difference … between a legume & a bean? <BR> <BR> How much should I weigh? What’s my BMI? <BR> And how will I know - if my ca... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 12:14:42 EST THE SPARK BOOK! Who has it, who wants it..and what are your thoughts? What chapter are you on? Post Spark book thoughts here. Tue, 12 Jan 2010 10:15:20 EST My Success Story I joined SparkPeople Dec, 2008 and reached my goal, losing a total of 72 pounds on Dec 10, 2009 <BR> <BR> I recently went vacationing to Costa Rica with my DH and 22 other family members to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. My peer group participated in the River cruise and other non exerting excursions. Although I did participate in those excursions I also signed up for 14 Zipline trips from tree to tree, mountain waterslide, horseback riding up and down the mountain to a health spa ... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 14:21:07 EST Hello Everyone! I just joined this team and am happy to be here! I think in the past few years I've forgotten how important it is to take care of myself and not try making everyone else around me happy all of the time. I want to lose 40 pounds by Summer Solstice and be a better me. Wed, 6 Jan 2010 21:41:51 EST BIGGEST LOSER 2010 Are you watching the biggest looser couples 2010? <BR> Post your thoughts here..... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 14:13:56 EST ONE MINUTE WORKOUT Post your workout minutes here, they all add up! <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 2 Jan 2010 12:58:55 EST SPARK SPIN POINTS Log your spark spin wheel points here! Sat, 2 Jan 2010 12:37:47 EST TIPS TO BECOME A BETTER ME Add things that have helped you, share them here. Below are some ways that you can begin 2010 to Become A Better Me: <BR> <BR> Begin 2010: <BR> <em>249</em> Doing little things that add up - it all adds up to results <BR> <em>249</em> Put yourself first and NOT feel guilty - we are worth it <BR> <em>249</em> Make better food choices - strive for 1 fruit and 1 veggie and work from there <BR> <em>249</em> Do some sort of exercise each day - start with 10 minutes and work from there <BR> <... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 12:25:49 EST (GAME TIME) "D" IS FOR DECEMBER! Add any word that begins with the letter "D" for December! And, most of all, have fun!!! <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 9 Dec 2009 20:17:15 EST SPARKS' HEALTHY REFLECTIONS - GREAT TO READ!!! <em>204</em> SPARKS’ HEALTHY REFLECTION! <BR> <BR> Knowing your role in the world <BR> <BR> Here we have one of the smartest people who ever lived, accepting the fact that he couldn't do anything alone. He understood that he could not know what he knew or do what he did without the help of others. Greatness happens when people get together and pool their strengths for each other's benefit. It happens when lessons are passed down and taken even further. Who do you know in your life that yo... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 20:13:06 EST YO-VEMBER YOGA CHALLENGE Each Day we will do 1 yoga pose and post here. This helps lengthen the spine and reduce stress so join in! Mon, 2 Nov 2009 10:17:23 EST Hi, Im new to this team hello everyone; <BR> <BR> I have almost reached my weight-loss goal on Weight Watchers and now I am concentrating on keeping phyically fit, since I can't golf because of the weather. My son JNEUBS introduced me to your leader and I am looking forward to chatting with this team. Wishing everyone a great day Tue, 20 Oct 2009 12:58:31 EST kick starting 2010 The Olympic Games come to Vancouver BC in 2010, and I thought it would be so inspiring to be in great shape by then....btw it was 2008 when I had that I am acting on it. I may not be in great shape, but better shape. There is alot of stress in my life (like everyone's) and I feel this change is imperative to my sanity, my safety, and my happiness. Sooo, I have started the 12 weeks to Christmas countadown at work! Three of us are meeting at the gym to workout at 5:30 AM, then off... Sat, 17 Oct 2009 11:25:34 EST Are You Mediocre? This quote struck a nerve with me today: <BR> <BR> "The signature of mediocrity <BR> is chronic inconsistency". <BR> - Jim Collins (How The Mighty Fall) <BR> <BR> Who the heck wants to be mediocre??? NOT ME! <BR> <BR> Enough with the on again, off again, love affair with food. Enough with the starting and stopping and starting again dance. <BR> <BR> Let us commit to consistency <BR> in our efforts of resistency!! <BR> (Tee hee) Thu, 8 Oct 2009 11:40:47 EST WATCHING BIGGEST LOOSER 2009? If your watching the biggest looser this season, who do you think will be the winner or have any opinions you can post it here. Wed, 7 Oct 2009 09:54:51 EST "BOX-TOBER" CHALLENGE BOX-TOBER CHALLENGE: <em>295</em> <BR> <BR> I will be putting a challenge of boxing, shadow boxing, hooks, jabs and crosses here. Join in for some 3 minute fun! <BR> <BR> <BR> How the Challenge works we will do 3 minutes each day you do the challenge. <BR> <BR> We are going to be sticking to basic moves and place them in combos such as: <BR> <BR> 1) Jab, cross <BR> 2) Jab, cross, hook punch <BR> 3) Jab, Cross, rear leg back kick <BR> 4) Jab, Cross, rear leg front kick. <... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 10:48:46 EST MY WORKOUT OR CHALLENGE TODAY Post your workout or challenge you did today here Fri, 2 Oct 2009 10:10:30 EST Monthly Missions MONTHLY MISSIONS <BR> <BR> This is for my own benefit, things I want to change and focus on - but if anyone wants to borrow, steal or modify - feel free. October starts in a couple of days and thus will begin my PLAN of action. I am already exercising regularly and I am already tracking what I eat - - but I still have work to do and bad habits to erase, good habits to create, etc. <BR> <BR> OCTOBER is "OVERCOMING OVEREATING" Month! I have a problem with eating when I'm bored, and watc... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 20:00:49 EST Goal Setting 101 Multi-talented people often feel that because they CAN do anything - - sometimes feel that they SHOULD DO everything. <BR> <BR> So do you want to find yourself spinning your wheels? Or do you want to actually accomplish the goals you have set? <BR> <BR> A friend of mine (Noel) is doing an experiment this year that I want to share with you all, she wrote it back at the beginning of 2009 I believe. Here goes: <BR> <BR> I’ve got four basic year-long goals. If an activity does not apply to o... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 16:36:39 EST Personal Chef? Question of the day: <BR> <BR> Who would you rather have as your very own personal chef? Rachael Ray or Julia Child Tue, 22 Sep 2009 09:07:53 EST Happy to be here and all about being better! Hi all....just joined saw on JerseyGirl's page when I went to give her a goodie!!!! I have had some medical issues.....all in my lower back from over a year ago......L4-5 herniated disc and undergoing my final spinal decompression sessions with my chiropractor and just trying to get back on track. You can check my blogs to learn more about it. I am hoping to get back to exercsing by walking more!! Thanks for having me!!!! <em>43</em> Mon, 21 Sep 2009 14:51:26 EST Plan, but be ready to adapt! It's not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change. <BR> <BR> - Charles Darwin <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <em>248</em> <em>249</em> <em>248</em> <em>249</em> <em>248</em> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Flexible goal planning <BR> <BR> Does change stress you out? Do you feel anxious not knowing what is around the corner in life? It is unreasonable to expect the world to adapt for you; rather you must change to fit the world. Lif... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 16:49:12 EST The secrets of positive people Positivity is pretty contagious - start an epidemic! <BR> <BR> <em>218</em> <em>67</em> <em>410</em> <em>244</em> <em>67</em> <em>244</em> <em>67</em> <em>410</em> <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> You can complain because roses have thorns. Or you can rejoice that thorns have roses. <BR> <BR> - Ziggy <BR> <BR> <BR> The secrets of positive people <BR> <BR> Positive people tend to have many similar characteristics, such as respecting everyone's contribution to a project and knowing during... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 15:34:24 EST SWIFT FIT DAILY CHALLENGE 3 simple moves done in 1 set of 25, 20 & 15 reps. It's swift to kick the fat to the curb! <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Sep 2009 09:43:58 EST Reading as brain food I've always been a voracious reader; I used to read a lot of stuff for pure entertainment. I'd always get something out of it but it would usually be a stretch. Nowadays, I get so much out of what I read that it's sometimes overwhelming. I still read for pure enjoyment but with less time to waste, I focus more on what helps me to grow, stretch, to be a better me. <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> <em>203</em> <em>12</em> <em>149</em> <em>203</em> <em>12</em> <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> To ... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 10:14:30 EST Debra's Sparkly Sentiment A Sparkly Sentiment! <BR> By: Debra Higginbotham, 8/25/09 <BR> a.k.a. BuzyBeeDebra (ME) <BR> <BR> Mama on a mission, yep – that is me. <BR> Tracking my food - and exercise history. <BR> Logging in minutes – walking and such, <BR> Checking out recipes, excites me so much. <BR> <BR> I love my SparkPage, I enjoy my little Blog… <BR> it helps clear my head, when I feel I’m in a fog. <BR> OH to do a challenge, and follow a Spark Streak… <BR> OH to get a comment, from a friend who took a peek. <... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 21:29:16 EST Do you follow what your heart craves? OMG - this Healthy Reflections really brought one of our fearless leaders, Trainer T, to mind. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>129</em> <em>184</em> <em>54</em> <em>67</em> <em>129</em> <em>184</em> <em>54</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> What reason weaves, by passion is undone. <BR> <BR> - Alexander Pope <BR> <BR> Do you follow what your heart craves? <BR> <BR> As odd as it sounds, sometimes our logical minds can hold us back. Have you ever wanted to attempt a new career, run a m... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 19:11:30 EST Are you able to focus on your goals? I've been blogging @ this the past several days - I'm finding ways to STAY focused! <BR> <BR> <BR> Concentration is the ability to think of absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary. <BR> <BR> - Ray Knight, professional athlete <BR> <BR> <BR> Are you able to focus on your goals? <BR> <BR> Calm your mind. Quiet all of the distractions surrounding you. Concentrate on the one task at hand. Often a naysayer can cloud our minds and break our focus. What in your life distracts you? I... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 14:29:31 EST Do you accept responsibility for your choices in Oh boy - can you say, "I learned this the hard way."? <BR> <BR> <BR> The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. <BR> <BR> - Albert Ellis <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you accept responsibility for your choices in life? <BR> <BR> Do you feel in control of your life? No matter how negative events or actions may become, you are the onl... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 11:41:10 EST Pencil in some face time with yourself This quote is really hitting home with me today, how about you? <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. <BR> <BR> - Charles Richards <BR> <BR> <em>128</em> <em>204</em> <em>249</em> <em>128</em> <em>204</em> <em>249</em> <em>128</em> <BR> <BR> Pencil in some face time with yourself <BR> <BR> Millions of people use organizers, palm pilots, calendars, personal assistants, sticky notes, and date books to help them ... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 13:47:31 EST URBANMOMMY CHALLENGE Post the Big 7 here! <BR> <BR> Here's an example of one of my favorite workouts: The "Big 7" I call it. This workout blasts fat like you wouldn't believe because each move is a multi-joint exercise. Lots of muscles are working at once which means you are burning more fat than just performing isolation movements. This routine is a great way to mix up a traditional split routine. <BR> <BR> Use your common sense and always ask for help. Sparkpeople's demos are great!! View them often. <BR> ... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 09:56:18 EST What wealth do you possess? Some people are 'naturally' helpful and giving but anyone can develop this facet of their personality. I believe that being a helpful, encouraging, giving, generous person benefits the giver more than the recipient. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>184</em> <em>129</em> <em>67</em> <em>184</em> <em>129</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing. <BR> <BR> - Hindu Proverb <BR> <BR> <em>188</em> <BR> <BR> What wealth do you possess? <BR> <... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 21:18:49 EST Bonjour from Westchase in Tampa :) just saying hi to everyone, hope y'all have a great week! Tue, 4 Aug 2009 15:34:08 EST New to the Team Hi everyone! My name is Samantha I'm 24 and live in WI. I have been on my fitness journey 9 weeks now and have lost about 7 lbs and many inches. I am really looking to tone up and be strong! I think this team has really great ppl, with such positive energy! It's great to be here. Fri, 31 Jul 2009 12:18:45 EST Understanding happiness A sparkfriend was feeling down today...I spread some love on her blog and just a few minutes ago, came across this email from SP from 3 days ago which was perfect for her. It's perfect for everyone... <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> A great obstacle to happiness is expecting too much happiness. <BR> <BR> - Bernard de Fontanelle, French writer <BR> <BR> <BR> Understanding happiness <BR> <BR> Happiness is a state of mind, not a way of life or a destin... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 20:56:07 EST Be worthy of imitation You must be careful how you walk and where you go, for there are those following you who will set their feet where yours are set. <BR> <BR> - Robert E. Lee, Civil War General <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Be worthy of imitation <BR> <BR> They say imitation is the greatest compliment, but are your actions worthy of imitation? We are all in some setting of leadership. Whether it be as a parent, boss, or friend we should constantly examine the example we are setting for those around us. Are you being... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 21:13:33 EST Does anyone have a Body Bugg? I was wondering if anyone has a Body bugg and if it is worth it, or should I buy a good heart rate monitor. I would like to know how many calories I am burning. I know the calories here on sparkpeople are inflated. I also notice that sometimes I sweat like crazy and other times I just sweat! I don't know which is more accurate, a heart rate monitor or a bodybugg. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Mon, 27 Jul 2009 09:51:29 EST Sieze the Day! Applying "Carpe diem" to your everyday life <BR> <BR> We all have goals--some immediate, some far off in the distance. By working hard and focusing on what you want to get out of life, you increase the probability of achieving all of your dreams. In the end there are no guarantees, so make the most of each day by celebrating and cherishing the moment instead of looking forward. Want to try yoga but have been too intimidated? Tired of getting the same haircut over and over? Want to go back to... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 18:35:28 EST Poise in the face of frustration Patience is the key to paradise. - Turkish proverb <BR> <BR> <BR> Poise in the face of frustration <BR> <BR> Whether waiting to see a change on the scale, dealing with your coworkers, or diligently putting in work and feeling unappreciated, losing your patience is very easy to do. By exercising patience with all people, you are allowing them to become better and to learn on their own through gentle guidance. One healthy byproduct of self control in the face of frustration is that it usuall... Sun, 19 Jul 2009 19:42:37 EST Goal Setting 101 (my title, not Sparks :-) I have always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I have to be more specific. <BR> <BR> - Lily Tomlin, actress <BR> <BR> <BR> Getting specific about your goals <BR> <BR> Are your goals detailed enough for you to reach them? We all have aspirations and we are better off for having made them. But if your goals are too vague or unstructured, you'll find that attaining them is difficult. Wanting to lose 30 pounds is a wonderful goal, but you need a plan to get you on the right track. The... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 18:09:36 EST Parting with unforgiving ways A very Healthy Reflection... <BR> <BR> <BR> Parting with unforgiving ways <BR> <BR> Consider the things in your life that you feel are irreversible or too embarrassing to touch upon. The path of least resistance is often the wrong choice, especially when admitting to someone else that you were wrong. Is there anyone in your life that you need to apologize to? Clearing up disagreements--no matter how far removed--frees both parties to move forward in a more healthy way. Not to mention it im... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 19:18:31 EST Rhonda1171 Hello everyone~ I am not good at introducing or starting conversation. I am very happy I found this web site. I actually found it looking for work out routines. I am a married mom with past medical and future medical conditions but I am looking to find life again. Thank you to everyone who sent me welcome letter. I look forward to making friends/buddies and hope to give as much help and motivation as I will need for myself. Have a wonderful evening. Mon, 13 Jul 2009 21:33:35 EST work out advice? I am a member of a gym and I also have some workout dvd's - like P90X - great workouts - since I am paying for the gym membership I know I should use it - but I just get so confused on fitness - can anyone recommend or show me a good workout routine? does anyone combine gym workouts and dvd's? I don't know what to do so I just don't do anything - and THAT must stop.. I know how to use the gym equipment but just using the equipment seems boring...Any suggestions??? Sat, 11 Jul 2009 18:02:50 EST help/guidance Hi all - I just joined this team - even tho I have been on spark for quite a while I have never really used these boards - so - where do you post - do you have teams? I see the one Trainer T's team - is that a special team or is that just where you post work outs? Sat, 11 Jul 2009 17:49:03 EST Birthday Cheers to our GREATEST Leader! Today Trainer T is celebrating her birthday PLUS she met her goal ~ Three Cheers for our GREATEST leader!! <BR> Enjoy your day, T ~ you are AWESOME!! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>285</em> <em>220</em> <em>44</em> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>129</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> Sat, 11 Jul 2009 11:55:19 EST Confessions of a Freaky Eater... I am what some people call a "Super Taster". I notice things in spices, food, texture, etc. - - that most people would never notice. I have a really hard time with my diet because so many things make me ill and I am very limited on my choices. I don't have a fear of trying new things -but I have to make myself do it. There are some things I would not touch for $10,000 like tomatoes or pickles. Even smells can make me ill, like Asian foods. I don't even like the smell of celery. Anyway - this ... Fri, 10 Jul 2009 19:48:30 EST The Ending of an Affair! The Ending Of An Affair <BR> By: Debra Higginbotham (me) <BR> a.k.a. BuzyBeeDebra <BR> <BR> Farewell to you my sweet, <BR> for parting is such sweet sorrow. <BR> I fear our affair is ending, <BR> first thing when I wake tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I will miss your a.m. charge, <BR> I will miss the adoration … <BR> I will miss your innocent look, <BR> which brings me such elation. <BR> <BR> Your hold on me is fierce. <BR> The bond we have is strong. <BR> But now it’s time, to say goodb... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 20:10:35 EST JUMPING JACKS & PUSH - UPS Fun and effective! Log Jumping Jacks & Push-ups here, or mountain climbers (burpees). These basics WORK! Wed, 8 Jul 2009 09:56:38 EST Scale The World Check out this website: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 'Scale The World' is a FREE 32-day email course designed to fully empower you with tools, knowledge, strategies and practical ideas on how you can live a fit, lean, healthy, powerful life—and help put an end to obesity, fear-based living, and disillusionment, empowering you with new ideas on how to live the life you were designed to create. <BR> <BR> They believe the last thing you need in your life is ano... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 22:40:42 EST How can you bring out the best in others? I know for me, with my interests in so many things, it's hard to choose. Sometimes I think I should just make a career out of helping others - life coach, maybe? Anyway, this Healthy Reflections really had my name all over it, if you know what I mean! <BR> <BR> # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # <BR> <BR> The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own. <BR> <BR> - Benjamin Disraeli, British states... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 17:51:38 EST The real measure of your contributions Once upon a time in my younger days, I'd get annoyed if I wasn't thanked for whatever I would do for someone. Later days, I would just help out and not expect any recognition for it - I had just lowered my expectations of people. <BR> <BR> I've always been helpful by nature and now I just do it because I like to help - no applause required. I'm always surprised when my contribution is acknowledged. I stopped expecting anything in return because I think I'm under the radar... <BR> <BR> ~ *... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 14:09:52 EST Making your own opportunities I saw this and it immediately made me grin from ear to ear! Had to share it! <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> If there is no wind, row." <BR> - Latin Proverb <BR> <BR> "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." <BR> - Milton Berle, comic <BR> <BR> "Things come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. <BR> - Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 17:31:42 EST Taking two steps forward I laugh at this quote but I'm in awe at what I accomplished a year ago. I started off so s-l-o-w-l-y it wasn't even funny but I got a long way just by being slow and steady. <BR> <BR> ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ <BR> <BR> <BR> I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards. <BR> <BR> - Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President <BR> <BR> Slow and steady has not always been an inspiring concept. It's not as sexy as speed and sharp turns of direction. But it may... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 17:37:18 EST Spreading goodwill that can return to you Self explanatory - I've included the accompanying quote. Positive = Positive! <BR> <BR> ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ <BR> <BR> Blessed is he who speaks a kindness; thrice blessed is he who repeats it. <BR> <BR> - Arabian proverb <BR> <BR> <BR> Spreading goodwill that can return to you <BR> <BR> This quote can be read in a few ways, and all of them are worth thinking about. First, complimenting and encouraging others is one of the easiest and most powerf... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 16:33:45 EST SparkPeople Convention, Sept. 26 Hey - is anyone going to the Saturday SparkPeople Convention in Cincinnati on September 26th? I just saw it announced. It is like $49.99 I think if you register before 8/31. <BR> <BR><BR>ti/ <BR> <BR> Does anyone on this team live in Cincinnati? <BR> I'm in Houston, TX but I think I'd like to go! <BR> <BR> Debra Mon, 22 Jun 2009 18:17:59 EST Are you an original? I'm catching up on 2.5 days of emails from Sparks - I liked this 'healthy reflections' and it's accompanying quote so I thought I'd share it. <BR> <BR> ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ <BR> <BR> Some people are carbon copies. Others make their own impression. <BR> <BR> - Church billboard in Arizona <BR> <BR> <BR> How do you show your individuality? <BR> <BR> Voices screaming for originality surround us in today's culture. Problem is, most originality is happenin... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 16:26:12 EST I'D LIKE TO MEET MY TEAM MATES Hey All, Jas I just opened your email about posting workouts I have done this but you got me thinking that there isn't a lot of chatting here now I been on a lot of teams and I'm as guilty as anyone but I stuck here because of the leaders. <BR> <BR> They have always inspired me and encouraged me and i think i sould be giving back more... Now when I first joined spark a year ago i was obsessed with it so much that I wasn't doing anything else..then I went the opposite just posted do a ... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 14:50:24 EST Where do you live? I live in Houston, TX (Or more specifically in Richmond, TX which is just outside of Houston). <BR> <BR> Debra Sun, 21 Jun 2009 19:56:30 EST Healthy Reflections - Blazing your own trail I'm taking charge of my life - how about you? <BR> <BR> ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ <BR> <BR> Blazing your own trail <BR> <BR> History is written all around you every day. It may not be history that makes the college textbooks, but it's your history just the same. Do you make your own history? Or do you endure the life that others make for you? When you choose a direction and dedicate yourself to it, you make history. When you listen to naysayers who convince you that... Fri, 19 Jun 2009 20:01:04 EST High Protein Foods Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm noticing that I'm running low on ideas for high protein foods, especially around dinner time and for snacks. Other than chicken and eggs, does anyone have any favourites that they like to use? <BR> <BR> Thanks ladies and gents, I can use all the help I can get on this one! Thu, 18 Jun 2009 14:41:43 EST Remembering the good times, learning from the bad I LOVE today's Healthy Reflection - particularly the analogy to what athlete's do. Hope it inspires you the way it has inspired me. <BR> <BR> ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ <BR> <BR> <BR> Remembering the good times, learning from the bad <BR> <BR> Memory can be used for good or for evil. If you use your past as a source of learning, it's worth remembering. If, however, all you do is mull over your mistakes and punish yourself for your failures, it's a waste of time. Re... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 15:14:15 EST Finding fault with everything you see This email from spark hit home with me today. It inspired my blog today (which I'm about to go write) and reminds me that change comes from within. Who you are is what's on the inside. You can't change the outside - permanently - if you don't work on the inside and get it right. <BR> <BR> ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ <BR> <BR> No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character. <BR> <BR> - Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer <BR> <BR> ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~... Fri, 12 Jun 2009 19:59:12 EST Becoming the person you want to be Here I go again, y'all. This one is special to me, and I think you'll like it, too. <BR> <BR> ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ <BR> <BR> Becoming the person you want to be <BR> <BR> Take a look at your priorities and your goals. Where did they come from? Are they the products of soul-searching, self-analysis, and careful planning? Or are they a reaction to pressures from other people? Did you find them within yourself or within the pages of a magazine? The answers to the... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 11:58:26 EST Healthy Reflections - The Key to Happiness Hola Teammates! <BR> <BR> This was in my email from SP today and I wanted to share it for those who don't receive them. <BR> <BR> I believe when you really realize the key to happiness is inside you, not in this world, that's when you can truly be a happy person. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> <BR> The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet. <BR> <BR> ~ James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, po... Thu, 28 May 2009 15:31:40 EST The benefits of sharing yourself Do you get emails (not sparkmail) from SP? There's one that I get daily and I usually save the ones I really like...I've started sharing some with others in case they don't receive them. <BR> <BR> This was today's email - it made me think of one of our Fearless Leaders, Trainer T and I wanted to share: <BR> <BR> ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * <BR> <BR> Healthy Reflections <BR> <BR> The beneficial beauty of selfless acts <BR> <BR> Al was a smart man. He knew that generous acts ... Tue, 5 May 2009 12:03:57 EST I have NO streaks!! Can someone please help me!! I do what I am supposed to do and have been consistent in MANY areas, but I can't seem to get a streak to show. What Am I doing wrong? I know seeing the streaks will boost my moral, advise anyone? <BR> Streakless in Wyoming! <BR> GiGi Sun, 3 May 2009 13:03:13 EST 5 STAR DAY * * * * * ~ SELF Challenge ~ <BR> 5 Star Day = 5 Star Body <BR> <BR> 1st Sleep Well? <BR> 2nd Eat Right? <BR> 3rd Work Out? <BR> 4th Stretch? <BR> 5th Talk Yourself Up? <BR> <BR> "Every Day is a do-over!" <BR> <BR> Copy & Paste: <BR> 1st Sleep Well? <BR> 2nd Eat Right? <BR> 3rd Work Out? <BR> 4th Stretch? <BR> 5th Talk Yourself Up? <BR> Tue, 28 Apr 2009 10:01:50 EST WHAT WORKOUT DID YOU DO TODAY? This is where you can log what workout you did today. Tue, 21 Apr 2009 10:12:02 EST What Floats Your Boat?? Finally a site where I can join the goals and achieve them. Many sites have drinking 8 cups of water a day as their goal. I know I can't do that. <BR> I need help in that area. I can't drink the water. <BR> I makes me gag. Even when I went through chemo I was suppose to drink a lot of water to flush out all the drugs. I would cry trying to drink it. It is a serious thing for me....I just can't do it. <BR> I have given up on it again. I know it is good for me, but if that what is takes I k... Sat, 18 Apr 2009 11:41:43 EST Not A "Wanna-Be" I am no longer a wanna be....I am a gonna be!! I am going to get fit no matter what. I will overcome all obstacles in my way and I will succeed! I WILL be a new person by September when I start the Fall Teaching Season. All my piano students will be shocked! I DO need lots of help and support, that's why I want to be part of this team!!! <BR> Thanx for listening! GiGi Fri, 17 Apr 2009 22:02:13 EST Not "Wanna-Be"! I am no longer a wanna be....I am a gonna be!! I am going to get fit no matter what. I will overcome all obstacles in my way and I will succeed! I WILL be a new person by September when I start the Fall Teaching Season. All my piano students will be shocked! I DO need lots of help and support, that's why I want to be part of this team!!! <BR> Thanx for listening! GiGi <em>244</em> Fri, 17 Apr 2009 21:39:38 EST Escape the couch! (funny) This made me smile:) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=PlayList&p=B66D86D27526A883&in<BR>dex=6 </link> Tue, 14 Apr 2009 13:35:28 EST Five Star Day * * * * * ~ SELF Challenge ~ <BR> 5 Star Day = 5 Star Body <BR> <BR> 1st <em>8</em> Sleep Well? <BR> 2nd <em>8</em> Eat Right? <BR> 3rd <em>8</em> Work Out? <BR> 4th <em>8</em> Stretch? <BR> 5th <em>8</em> Talk Yourself Up? <BR> <BR> "Every Day is a do-over!" <BR> <BR> Copy & Paste: <BR> 1st Sleep Well? <BR> 2nd Eat Right? <BR> 3rd Work Out? <BR> 4th Stretch? <BR> 5th Talk Yourself Up? Thu, 9 Apr 2009 11:57:59 EST EXERCISE OF THE DAY This is where you can log that you did the SP exercise of the day, or which body part you worked today. <BR> M - Arms <BR> T- Legs <BR> W- Back <BR> Th -Core <BR> F- Glutes <BR> S- Stretch <BR> S- Your Choice Thu, 2 Apr 2009 14:38:47 EST Help I Need help with workout in gym I have been going to a gym consistently for the past month. But i am not clear on what I should be doing. I have been on the eplitical machines every time I go for about 40 to 60 Minutes and then I do circuit training. What I want to know is what would you recommend. I am 183 and want to get down to 149. I want to know beside the food portion how to maximize my gym membership. Tue, 31 Mar 2009 10:48:29 EST ARE YOU A REALITY TV FAN? Are you hooked on a favorite reality show? Top model, American Idol or Lost? Tell us about it here... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 10:42:41 EST Hello I am Candace and new to the team. I saw this team and knew that it was just what I needed. Love the challenges. <BR> <BR> I am a SAHM to a 5yo and almost 7yo, and married to a wonderful guy who is working out right along with me. We both hope to lose about 10lbs and get those abs showing again. Sat, 21 Mar 2009 18:52:28 EST SPARK VIDEO WORKOUTS Do you use or like the workout videos from Sparks? Do you have a favorite? Share your thoughts here. Fri, 20 Mar 2009 10:09:53 EST SPARK SPIN POINTS THIS THREAD HAS MOVED TO THE "FUN STUFF" THREAD, THANKS! You can log your Spark spin points here! Fri, 20 Mar 2009 09:47:05 EST ADDICTED TO Wii? Do you LOVE your wii? Have wii fit,a favorite game or just want to post your workout, game play or thoughts about it? Post them here. Thu, 5 Mar 2009 14:38:45 EST JUMPING JACKS This is where you can post how many jumping jacks or mountain climbers/burpees you did. Fri, 27 Feb 2009 09:42:15 EST Biggest Loser on NBC - for KelsPrettyGirl<BR>/categories/season-7/928221/ <BR> <BR> Hope this works for you... and is your username ever right on target. You are one gorgeous girl! <BR> <BR> *K* Mon, 2 Feb 2009 15:25:28 EST ARE YOU WATCHING THE BIGGEST LOOSER? If you are following this seasons biggest looser, who is your favorite to win? What trainer do you think will win this year? <BR> <BR> I vote JM as usual and I really thought last nights episode was very emotional, did you? <BR> My vote is still out, since the sent 1/2 home... any thoughts? Wed, 7 Jan 2009 11:17:55 EST JOIN ME WITH "I AM" AFFIRMATIONS!!! WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT AFFIRMATIONS? <BR> <BR> Affirmations can be used to destroy bad habits and create good ones. <BR> Affirmations can help you get clear and stay focused. <BR> Affirmations can help you speed up the progress on your goals. <BR> Affirmations keep you balanced and calm. <BR> Affirmations can help you live the life you want. <BR> Affirmations can change your life. <BR> <BR> Post one for the day... say it out loud throughout the day..How do you feel? Any resistance? To work o... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 10:10:52 EST TRAINER T's TEAM Want a Rockstar Body? As a trainer I push it to get results. Join me in my personal workouts, or stop by to comment, ask and learn. Wed, 31 Dec 2008 12:38:07 EST SHINE IN 2009! ROCKSTAR BODY CHALLENGE Want a ROCKSTAR body? Check out the challenges here and see results! Wed, 31 Dec 2008 12:28:31 EST What is your New Year Resolution? What is your plan for a New Year New YOU? <BR> <BR> Lets not wait till the New Year to be A Better YOU! Lets start right now, and focus on health and habits that will get you to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> I will eat better and stay focused! <BR> <em>40</em> Mon, 29 Dec 2008 11:20:41 EST Happy Holidays A Better Me Team! Just wanted to wish everyone on The A Better Me a fun and safe holiday season! <BR> <BR> <em>233</em> <BR> <BR> Trainer T. Fri, 19 Dec 2008 11:19:07 EST WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY? Lets talk! Post your thoughts here. Random acts of fitness?Whats on your mind? Anything new going on in your world? Fri, 12 Dec 2008 16:43:57 EST KICK-IT...LOSE THE FAT! A monthly changing workout challenge that "kicks" up your fitness results. Its fun, fast and effective! <BR> Fri, 12 Dec 2008 16:18:29 EST KICK IT CHALLENG ...BLAST THE FAT! A monthly changing workout challenge that "kicks" up your fitness results. Its fun, fast and effective! <BR> Fri, 12 Dec 2008 16:14:19 EST KICK IT CHALLENG ...BLAST THE FAT! A monthly changing workout challenge that "kicks" up your fitness results. Its fun, fast and effective! <BR> Fri, 12 Dec 2008 15:52:53 EST WHERE ARE YOU FROM...WHAT DO YOU DO? This is where you can post to let others know what town or city you live in and what you do. Fri, 12 Dec 2008 15:48:00 EST PUSH - UPS This is where you can post how many push ups you did and what kind. Fri, 12 Dec 2008 15:33:00 EST CRUNCHES Post your crunches,core work and abs here! <BR> Fri, 12 Dec 2008 15:29:06 EST Watch Out For Spam Emails!! Hi all, <BR> Just received this message from one of my friends on the UK team and thought i'd share with you all. <BR> <BR> Watch out for these emails a few people have received them in the last few days, they are Spam!! <BR> They appear in your Spark Mail box with a note and a link to receive a "free" gift from Spark People in coordination with some other group. The "free" gift costs $4.95. <BR> The message comes from a user called ION1908. (My friend said this user hasn't got a spark page)... Sat, 6 Dec 2008 11:04:50 EST DECEMBER ABS Post your crunches here! Tue, 2 Dec 2008 17:17:38 EST 100 Weight Loss Tips Found these tips and thought I'd share: <BR> <BR> 1. Walk to work. <BR> 2. Use fat-free milk over whole milk. <BR> 3. Do sit-ups in front of the TV. <BR> 4. Walk during lunch hour. <BR> 5. Drink water before a meal. <BR> 6. Eat leaner red meat and poultry. <BR> 7. Eat half your dessert. <BR> 8. Walk instead of driving whenever you can. <BR> 9. Take a family walk after dinner. <BR> 10. Skate to work instead of driving. <BR> 11. Avoid food portions larger than your fist. <BR> 12. Mow lawn with... Mon, 24 Nov 2008 09:41:42 EST Feeling deformed Yesterday I looked at my butt in a mirror and it looked completely misshaped. I was in shock. I dont remember it looking this bad even when I was fatter. I wonder if its how it always looked or maybe its because of the weight loss process, because the skin hasnt tightened yet so everything is sagging and deformed? Is that possible? Fri, 21 Nov 2008 06:24:33 EST GOAL MET! DAILY GOAL CHECK-IN What is your daily goal? OR Weekly goals? This is where you can log what your goals are, and how you are doing with them today, and for the week. <em>248</em> For each day you did what you said you would. Fri, 31 Oct 2008 14:51:57 EST THE WATER COOLER This is where you can log how much water you got in today. Strive for 8! <BR> Fri, 31 Oct 2008 14:50:20 EST DAILY CHAT ALL ABOUT THE TALK Hello Spark Friends! We can vent, show support, log our workout, and chat on this thread on our way to A BETTER ME! <BR> Fri, 31 Oct 2008 14:42:00 EST BIGGEST LOOSER 7 WEEK BOOTCAMP CHALLENGE A monthly changing workout challenge that "kicks" up your fitness results. Its fun, fast and effective! <BR> Fri, 31 Oct 2008 14:27:57 EST NOVEMBER ABS Post your crunches here. Thu, 30 Oct 2008 15:03:35 EST Newbie Here!! Hey Everyone. I'm Tammi and I'm new to the team!! Tue, 28 Oct 2008 20:24:48 EST Hi Hi all! This looks like a fun group! Thu, 23 Oct 2008 22:13:19 EST HOW MANY EXERCISE CALORIES DID YOU BURN TODAY? This is where you can post how many calories your workout burned off. Mon, 20 Oct 2008 17:53:48 EST what's better for you... Is it better for you to work out in the morning or at night or does it not make a difference a long as you work out?? I used to work out right after work but i would tend to get distracted by the T.V. so now as soon as I wake up I work out and I just want to make sure its not gonna change anything! Wed, 15 Oct 2008 17:29:19 EST hi i'm just joining and i'm way behind i really need your help .....really!i need a push start thanks in advance Wed, 15 Oct 2008 00:58:01 EST H2O COUNT TODAY This is where you can log how much water you got in today. Strive for 8! Thu, 9 Oct 2008 15:50:45 EST WEIGH IN ROOM We can post our weight and measurments here. Tue, 30 Sep 2008 17:47:52 EST OCTOBER FITNESS MINUTES & CHATTER Hello Spark Friends! We can log our fitness minutes and chat in this thread! <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2008 17:43:47 EST OCTOBER KICK IT CHALLENGE A monthly changing workout challenge that "kicks" up your fitness results. Its fun, fast and effective! Mon, 29 Sep 2008 22:42:12 EST OCTOBER ABS CHALLENGE! Post your crunches here. Mon, 29 Sep 2008 22:34:57 EST Stupid Question: What are clocks? I see that some of you do clocks regularly....what is that exactly? I feel dumb asking but it seems so popular that I want in on it!! Thanks! Wed, 24 Sep 2008 10:55:12 EST Hi Everyone! I just wanted to say hi! I think this team looks great--way to check in with each other and have challenges! I'm excited to get to know everyone! Tue, 23 Sep 2008 15:26:51 EST SEPTEMBER FITNESS MINUTES & CHATTER Hello Spark Friends! We can log our fitness minutes and chat in this thread! <BR> Sat, 30 Aug 2008 11:48:46 EST SEPTEMBER ABS CHALLENGE Post your crunches here for the month Sat, 30 Aug 2008 11:40:06 EST SEPTEMBER "KICK IT CHALLENGE" A monthly changing workout challenge that "Kicks" up your fitness results. Its fun, fast and effective! Sat, 30 Aug 2008 11:00:43 EST To Supplement or Not To Supplement???? ...that is the question.... <BR> <BR> What supplements do you take if any and why/why not? <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been taking : <BR> <BR> A Multivitamin and Tonalin CLA. <BR> <BR> The Tonalin helps balance my lean tissue /body fat for maintenance, and the multi-vitamin is pretty obvious, but my multi is high in calcium and D because I am lactose intolerant. <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 Aug 2008 09:34:20 EST MOTIVATION FOR THE DAY This is where you can leave a motivation thought for daily inspiration. Wed, 27 Aug 2008 12:46:56 EST 117 members yet so quiet i love the title of the group <BR> <BR> I think that this is what we all are hoping for by joining sparks and getting a hold of our lives <BR> taking back control. <BR> <BR> for me it seems the food has had control for way to long, which felt like a anchor around my neck and kept me from moving <BR> <BR> so ladies, what have you all been doing to release the pressure of your anchors? <BR> <BR> me, i love to hike, garden and horseback ride ! <BR> <BR> today i am joining curves so i can us... Mon, 25 Aug 2008 08:38:46 EST AUGUST ABS CHALLENGE! Post your crunches here! Fri, 15 Aug 2008 16:33:25 EST AUGUST FITNESS MINUTES & CHATTER! Hello Spark Friends! Starting August 1st we can log our fitness minutes and chat in this thread! <BR> <BR> Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:50:00 EST PUSH - UP CHALLENGE This is where you can log how many push ups you did today. Wed, 30 Jul 2008 10:44:14 EST JULY FITNESS MINUTES. POST YOUR JULY FITNESS MINUTES HERE. <em>30</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2008 21:41:49 EST ~ CHECK IT OUT ~ <em>250</em> Trainer T has posted the July Challenge under the KICK IT CHALLENGE thread! <BR> <BR> We would love to add to our Rockstar Team ~ <em>244</em> <em>236</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2008 12:06:11 EST For All you Smoothie Lovers I started a team called Smoothie Lovers. I noticed that there's not a team for smoothies. (Unless it's private) <BR> I hope you decide to join this would be great to share recipes, information and just have fun! <BR> Also, if those who would like to be a team admin----that is great because depending on the size of the team, I need help! <BR> I want to make this fun for everyone!! <BR> <BR> This is the link to the team: <BR> <BR> <link> </... Sat, 28 Jun 2008 12:12:57 EST Healthy Desk Drawer Snack List I read this article "Sensible Snacking for 9 to 5ers" in my most recent issue of Today's Dietitian. <BR> Most of these snacks we probably already know about but I still thought this could be helpful for others. <BR> <BR> <BR> &hearts; Whole Wheat fig-bars <BR> &hearts; High-Protein, high fiber snack bars <BR> &hearts; Individual cans of diced fruit, nonfat and lowfat pudding, applesauce <BR> &hearts; Raw almonds, walnuts, peanuts; Limit to a 1-ounce serving (1 ounce volume varies between n... Thu, 19 Jun 2008 13:24:11 EST JUNE ABS CHALLENGE. Hi team! <BR> <BR> I want to do something a little different with the June Challenge. <BR> <BR> Instead of just crunches, let's change things up a bit, and try some new exercises. <BR> <BR> Examples: <BR> <BR> *THE PLANK <BR> *PILATES 100 <BR> * AB ROLLOUTS ( with the stability ball). <BR> <BR> In addition to that, you are totally welcome to keep crunching. <BR> <BR> Also, in order to see your fabulous abs, make sure to keep up with your cardio. Cardio helps to burn off the fat that lie... Thu, 5 Jun 2008 20:34:48 EST JUNE EXERCISE MINUTES. POST YOUR DAILY EXERCISE HERE. :) Thu, 5 Jun 2008 20:25:34 EST Where's Our Leader Is anyone else thinking of quitting this team? I haven't seen any postings from our leader. I'm pretty new to the group, and she never even sent me a welcome comment. As a leader of two other teams, I find that a little odd. I mean, I joined teams for support, motivation and challenges, and I'm just not getting that here. <BR> What's everyone else's take on this? Mon, 2 Jun 2008 19:28:01 EST MAY ABS CHALLENGE! POST YOUR DAILY CRUNCHES HERE. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'LL START....100 CRUNCHES DONE TODAY! Tue, 6 May 2008 16:25:38 EST MAY EXERCISE MINUTES!**** POST YOUR EXERCISE MINUTES AND GOALS HERE. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I got in 1 hr. of combined cardio and strength training! Tue, 6 May 2008 16:24:30 EST APRIL CRUNCHES! SORRY I WAS LATE IN POSTING THIS! LET'S GET CRUNCHING! Fri, 4 Apr 2008 10:59:59 EST becoming a better me Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> I just want to be a better me. <BR> <BR> Look better - feel better. Tue, 11 Mar 2008 19:26:13 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MYFAMILY=MYLIFE AND DEBRENE (9TH AND 27TH)! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>177</em> <em>144</em> <em>30</em> Fri, 7 Mar 2008 17:11:38 EST MARCH CRUNCHES. Post your March Crunches here. Fri, 7 Mar 2008 17:08:26 EST MARCH SPIN POINTS. I GOT 1 TODAY <em>30</em> Tue, 4 Mar 2008 07:29:00 EST I am STUCK and frustrated. <BR> <BR> I am stuck at 121 lbs, no gain and no loss. Yes, I know I'm building muscle and it weighs more than fat and I even measure myself weekly and have lost an inch and a half in my waist so far.... but I really want to start losing the lbs!!! Can anyone help me? Right now, I'm cutting back my strength training to twice a week and trying to up my cardio by running a little more and walking when I can't run anymore. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any and all advise! Mon, 3 Mar 2008 12:16:25 EST "BIG FITNESS" COMPOUND EXERCISES Body shaping, strong and defined using weights. Tue, 26 Feb 2008 15:19:41 EST Where is Everybody??? Hi Team - or does this team exist - (I am just stirring the pot). I never get any notices that there are threads going on for this team. It is just far too quiet over here. You know it is the great dialog that goes on with some of the teams that people find so rewarding and motivating. Let's make this team one of those teams. <BR> <BR> Talking with each other is what it takes to get that support system strong. Let's take the weekend and start some networking so that your experience on t... Fri, 22 Feb 2008 17:48:42 EST Good Morning OK. I've been lurking about a week now and have enjoyed what I've been reading. Love the challenge! Sun, 10 Feb 2008 06:43:55 EST Challenge??? Hi, I can't seem to find out what the challenge is. HELP :) Fri, 8 Feb 2008 22:15:34 EST Introduce myself Hi all just joined. Looks like a fun team with great stuff.. Blessings to all:) Fri, 8 Feb 2008 22:07:55 EST February Spin Points. Post your daily spin points here. Wed, 6 Feb 2008 10:40:30 EST 10 Things About Me I look forward to the challenges this team is coming up with and meeting everyone here: <BR> <BR> 1) My name is Taffi. Yes, it is my real name given to me from a name of a character in a book my mom was reading. <BR> <BR> 2) I collect penguins. My first being a ring I found almost 20 years ago (I still own it) of two penguins with my birthstone, Aquamarine. <BR> <BR> 3) I am married to my soul mate. We celebrated our 20 years of marriage this year, but technically, we have been together... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 18:46:27 EST Exercise on Demand Hi Girls! My mother-in-law opened my eyes to something she found on cable. I am not sure how everyone's cable systems are but there is a channel called Exercise on Demand where you can do work-outs. They have a variety of quick workouts to choose from. You can even do Carmen's Electra's Striptease Work-out! You should check it out! In CNY it's channel 574 (it's mixed with all the On-Demand channels) IT'S FREE! <BR> <BR> I posted this on the 20somethings with under 10lbs to lose too! Mon, 4 Feb 2008 09:19:24 EST FEBRUARY CRUNCHES! POST YOUR FEBRUARY CRUNCHES AND ABS EXERCISES HERE! GO TEAM! Fri, 1 Feb 2008 09:10:05 EST New Here Hi my name is Michelle and I am 30 years old. I exercise on a regular basis and I want to build more muscle, does anyone have any advice on building lean muscle. Thanks again. Thu, 31 Jan 2008 08:02:05 EST "Self Image" Control What others do to overcome when they have a "bad me" image day <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Jan 2008 16:59:52 EST "Kick It" Challenge A changing monthly challenge to kick up your workout program to be "A Better Me" Tue, 29 Jan 2008 16:55:26 EST New Co-Leader Please welcome TRAINER_T to the team as the new co-leader, we will be working side by side to keep this team running and active. <BR> <BR> <em>229</em> TRAINER_T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mon, 28 Jan 2008 16:22:56 EST Introduce myself Hi, I just joined the team my name is Valerie. I started my first day of my diet, 03/05/07. I weighed in at 190.2 lbs and my BMI was 37.5. As of 01/16/08 I now weigh 141.8 lbs and my BMI is 27.5. I have loss 48.4 lbs, my weight goal is 115.0 lbs. I am happy, but I'm also sad I have hit a plateau. I having seen any progess for weeks. I need your help, I am a food addict. I use food for comfort when I'm unhappy, sad and disappointed in myself. Right now I'm in control of myself so I'm joining y... Wed, 16 Jan 2008 23:17:14 EST BIRTHDAYS. I just realized that I don't know ANY of your birthdays. <BR> <BR> Please leave your birthday here so we can send each other birthday wishes on our special days! <BR> <BR> <em>177</em> Wed, 9 Jan 2008 17:02:47 EST Happy Birthday Lauren & Love2BFit I see several birthdays today so I had to say: <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! <BR> <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> Wed, 9 Jan 2008 16:18:21 EST How To Look Good Naked! Did anyone see the first episode of HOW TO LOOK GOOD NAKED? It aired on January 4th. Did you like it? I saw an advertisement for it, and thought it looked interesting but I missed the first episode. It airs on Fridays at 9 p.m. EST Mon, 7 Jan 2008 13:06:32 EST TEAM MEMBER OF THE MONTH! At the end of each month a team member will be highlighted and recognized for their hard work and participation! Next month it could be you! <BR> <BR> Since we missed we go! Give this member some encouragement and praise this month! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> DECEMBER'S TEAM MEMBER OF THE MONTH:MMS0725 <BR> <BR> She has come so far since joining the team. Her motivation is inspiring. She is very active in the team, and encourages others to be their best! Great Job MMS0725! You ... Fri, 4 Jan 2008 10:41:13 EST WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! WELCOME TO THE TEAM! We are so happy that you joined us, please feel free to jump into any of the challenges or conversations. Or feel free to post your own questions or topics. <BR> <BR> Welcome to the team! Let me know how I can help you in your fitness journey! <BR> <BR> <BR> ~Lauren:) Wed, 2 Jan 2008 08:34:52 EST JANUARY FITNESS MINUTES. Keep track of fitness minutes here. This way we can see how many fitness minutes we get as a team by the end of the month. Just post your minutes each day or your weekly minutes on Fridays, and I will add them all up at the end of the month for the team total. Wed, 2 Jan 2008 07:57:15 EST JANUARY SPIN POINTS. your daily spin points here :) Mon, 31 Dec 2007 08:46:36 EST How to look Good Naked Any of y'all going to watch this show? I just read about it in a magazine... <BR> <BR> This is what the introduction says: <BR> <BR> Carson inspires body confidence in this new reality show, usually critical Carson Kressley adopts a sympathetic tone as he helps everyday ladies learn to love their bodies. In the premiere, Carson preps a woman who's been dieting for 20 years for her biggest Challenge yet: a nude photo shoot. <BR> Premiere is Jan 4th 9 p.m. Eastern (I think) on Lifetime Netw... Sun, 30 Dec 2007 17:37:22 EST NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS. What's your New Years resolution? <BR> <BR> Track your New Years resolutions and goals here. <BR> Keep track of the good and the bad, even if you fall off the wagon, you can get back up again. Each day is a new day. <BR> <BR> Let's start off the New Year in a great way! Wed, 26 Dec 2007 21:24:18 EST JANUARY CHALLENGE:) This month's challenge is a little different than the previous months challenges. <BR> <BR> This month we are going to focus on the legs and arms. <BR> <BR> The first part of the challenge is legs. Try to do as many squats as you can per day ( up to 3 days a week, with strength training your muscles need a day off to rest in between trainings). EX: I do 50 squats per day on Mon, Wed, and Fri. Track your squats on the message boards just like you did with the crunches challenge. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 26 Dec 2007 21:04:50 EST JANUARY ABS CHALLENGE HERE. This challenge is for all my "A Better Me" members, who would like to keep doing a crunches challenge. You can do this and the regular challenge, or whatever challenges you like. <BR> <BR> The goal for January is to get in 100=200 crunches per day, 3-5 days a week if possible. You can also set your own goal. <BR> <BR> This challenge starts January 1st. A New Year with New can do it! Let's go team! Wed, 26 Dec 2007 20:59:24 EST IMPORTANT NOTICE: Hi All! This is going to be where the ongoing ABS CHALLENGE will be starting in JANUARY! <BR> <BR> I hope that you will all join me in this ongoing challenge. <em>30</em> Mon, 17 Dec 2007 14:52:06 EST Today With Emoticons! I feel <em>137</em> and <em>30</em> . Thu, 6 Dec 2007 16:49:38 EST PEEK INTO JANUARY... I just thought I would give you all a peek into January. I thought that we could do a points system. The points are just for fun and to help keep track of our progress in the challenge. One of the people on the team suggested it and I thought it was a great idea! <BR> Also, we will have an abs challenge forum. But the actual January challenge will be a thighs and butt challenge. I figured since we will have been sitting a lot, that our butts could probably use some toning after the holidays. ... Wed, 5 Dec 2007 14:23:39 EST DECEMBER Daily Spin Points Post your points for fun. <BR> <BR> I'll start. Today I got 2 out of 20 possible. Mon, 3 Dec 2007 13:49:42 EST DECEMBER CHALLENGE :) As promised, the December challenge (starts December 1st), will be a two part crunches challenge. <BR> <BR> Part 1- 100+ crunches per day ( on the days you normally workout). I know that the holiday season gets busy and its hard to get a lot of exercise in, so the challenge is a daily crunches challenge, instead of a monthly total. Focus on the form of your crunches, and contract your stomach muscles when crunching. Making sure that you have the proper form will give you optimal results from... Tue, 27 Nov 2007 12:08:38 EST QUOTE FAVORITES....! Each day you can post a quote (or quotes) that are motivating to you! <BR> <BR> I'll start us off. <BR> <BR> "When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life." <BR> -Greg Anderson Thu, 15 Nov 2007 12:50:53 EST THIS OR THAT GAME. One person posts this or that? You reply and then post a this or that question. <BR> <BR> I'll start. <BR> <BR> <BR> Crunches or Squats? Wed, 14 Nov 2007 12:48:00 EST December Challenge Ideas- POST HERE. Do you have an idea for a December Challenge? Share it with us. I am collecting ideas and seeing what we need most as a group. Your input will help to determine what challenges we have in December. I was thinking maybe a 2 part challenge. 1st part as a nutritional challenge, and 2nd part an exercise challenge. I will also post an area for an ongoing monthly abs challenge for those of you who would like to continue with the crunches. <BR> <BR> Your input and ideas are appreciated and welcomed... Wed, 14 Nov 2007 11:31:28 EST Thanksgiving Dinner! What are you having for Thanksgiving dinner? Tue, 13 Nov 2007 16:59:20 EST Hi There My name is Kim and I ran across this team and saw the crunch challenge. I really need to do this because I always get lazy when it comes to my abs. (It's the last part of my workout) <BR> Also, everyone here seems pretty nice (I am trying to not be so shy) <BR> Anyhoo, I hope everyone has a wonderful day!!!!! Fri, 9 Nov 2007 12:54:55 EST What's your favorite thing? What's your favorite thing about yourself? <BR> This is a place where you can post different things you like about yourself! This is a confidence boosting place! <BR> <BR> I'll start. I like my eyes and my positive personality. Wed, 31 Oct 2007 14:00:02 EST November DAILY SPIN POINTS Starts Nov. 1st. You can post your daily spin points. Fri, 26 Oct 2007 13:56:42 EST Are you New? Tell Us A Little About Yourself. Welcome new members! So happy that you joined. Tell us a little about yourself if you like. What are your goals? What brought you to "A Better Me"? Fri, 26 Oct 2007 13:24:29 EST NOVEMBER CRUNCH CHALLENGE!! The NOVEMBER challenge is an abs challenge.The challenge starts November 1st. The challenge is this: <BR> <BR> Pick a goal of either 3500 crunches or 5000 crunches for the month. <BR> <BR> Make sure to try different types of crunches to work the upper and lower abs, as well as the obliques.Abs are able to be worked daily and are quick to do. So if you don't have a lot of time to work out, this challenge is for you! <BR> <BR> If you want to you can even take before and after pics! The cha... Wed, 24 Oct 2007 23:33:17 EST Freebies! This is a thread where we can post free samples and offers online. Wed, 24 Oct 2007 23:10:11 EST Chit-Chat I created a chit-chat forum where we can all discuss what is going on in our lives, whether it be fitness related or otherwise. <BR> Feel free to create topics in this forum...and this forum is also good for questions we may have for each other about health and fitness! <BR> <BR> Wed, 24 Oct 2007 23:09:07 EST OCTOBER CHALLENGE! HI ALL! I know that a lot of people are new to rollerblading, so this month's challenge is simple. <BR> Try rollerblading at least once a week this month. That is only 4 times. Try for at least 30 minutes of rollerblading for each outing. Post the days you rollerblade and for how many minutes! Good Luck team! You can do it! Tue, 2 Oct 2007 00:38:51 EST I am proud because.... What are you proud of today? Are you proud of yourself for learning a new recipe, finishing school, starting a new career, moving forward in your weight loss journey? <BR> <BR> This is a daily post of what you are proud of yourself for. Little and big accomplishments both! <BR> <BR> Let's boost our self confidence! <BR> <BR> <BR> I am proud of myself for eating 9 servings of vegetables yesterday! Mon, 13 Aug 2007 11:08:51 EST Daily Thanks... What are you thankful/grateful for in life? This is a daily challenge to find at least 1 thing a day that you are thankful for. <BR> <BR> I'll I am thankful for a family who loves me and wants the best for me. Fri, 10 Aug 2007 14:42:42 EST Water Challenge... I am starting a water challenge for myself, simply because I have not been drinking enough water. Who wants to join me? I am aiming for 8 or more glasses a day. <BR> <BR> You can post the number of glasses you drank and your water goal each day. Mon, 6 Aug 2007 12:17:22 EST So you had a bad day! Sit down and lets talk if you are having a bad day come here and we can talk it out we all have them and sometimes we need to vent. <BR> <BR> Kenny Sun, 5 Aug 2007 14:36:37 EST 8/1/07 August First day back on track Please don't post in here today. <em>303</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> This thread is for 8/1/07 anyone who wants to join in please feel free it is the beginning of a new challenge and if you would like to join me you may. <BR> <BR> This is a 3 month challenge and I am starting at 352lbs and my goal it to be under 300 3 months from now it is going to take alot of hard work but I am ready so here goes. <BR> <BR> kenny <BR> <BR> Kenny Tue, 31 Jul 2007 20:01:02 EST August 2007 Chit Chat Happy August 1st Tue, 31 Jul 2007 19:27:07 EST Helpful Weight loss Aids Hey guys and dolls I've ben thinkin' ( a dangerious thing I know) LOL but ..... that this would be of great help! That at any time any of you come across anything that would help and benfit yourself as well as everyone here by all means pos it here! <BR> We're always and forever looking for ways to help us shed those unwanted unhealthy pounds right? We'll do whatever it takes as long as it's right and the healthy way of doing it right? So share share share what works for you. Who knows ther... Fri, 27 Jul 2007 11:15:58 EST Please read. I know that this is a weight loss and support site for health. I have been unable to sleep the past few nights. I hope I am not out of place in posting this, but I really need support right now. <BR> My dad has late stages of colon cancer that spread to his liver and is inoperable. He is going through chemo, however the cancer cells have grown slightly in number. He also found out today that he has an extremely low white blood cell count which could make him susceptable to infection. <BR> <... Thu, 26 Jul 2007 02:15:02 EST Who Knew! Who knew, that Oats stabilizes blood sugar levels and combat food cravings, chilies can increase your calorie burn by up to 8% for two hours after eating, drinking 2 liters (67 ounces) of water a day speeds up digestion and elimination, and prawns improve liver function, helping to eliminate toxins and waste more efficiently, <BR> <BR> Adding new foods to your menu also drives away diet boredom and builds replacements for less healthy choices. <BR> Mon, 9 Jul 2007 15:08:54 EST July Talk it up Each month i will start a new thread for daily talk it up for each month her is where we will all untie to talk about every day events and how your doing on your diet plan and your life and everything else LOL <BR> <BR> Hope to hear from you all soon. <BR> <BR> Kenny Tue, 3 Jul 2007 07:42:54 EST ARE YOU NEW? Introduce yourself her tell us you birthday your sign and where your from we would love to hear from you. <BR> <BR> Kenny <em>235</em> <em>244</em> <em>247</em> Sun, 1 Jul 2007 01:21:12 EST H If You Are New Introduce Yourself here First!!! Please with all the new threads and becuase we cannot delete old Threads for a while. I would like to welcome you to the group. <BR> <BR> PLease post your weight loss goal,your birthday, your sign and what you think about Spark people you can kkep it simple if you would like. <BR> <BR> Major Question.s What is your start weight what is your goal weight and how do you need help in us helping you and we are all here to do that so lets start are engines and get ready for the weight loss challa... Sun, 1 Jul 2007 00:37:23 EST Challanges Here is a thread where anyone can start a challenge and ask everyone in the group to join in the sky is the limit so sing like no one is listening dance like no one is watching and dream big because we can do this. <BR> <BR> Kenny Thu, 7 Jun 2007 12:19:51 EST Insparational Words From Different Authors. “I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.” <BR> <BR> If he felt this way at the start of the 20th century, imagine what he would think today. We have the freedom to do more now than ever before. But more options can bring more frustration, because we can still see all of the things we don’t have time for. Before you plan another day/week/month/year, write this thought ... Wed, 9 May 2007 15:08:48 EST lets have a quiz. sent to me by a friend. One of the great secrets of weight loss isn't such a secret after <BR> all - limit the number of calories you consume each day and you'll <BR> lose weight. While calorie-counting can be tedious, gaining a basic <BR> knowledge of which foods will send you into a diet trap is easy. <BR> Find out how savvy you are with this calorie-conscious quiz <BR> <BR> 1.To start your morning off right, which breakfast has the <BR> least amount of calories? <BR> Two scrambled eggs with cheese <BR> A g... Fri, 4 May 2007 16:41:15 EST Fitness and Exercise Strength Training: Good for Muscles, Great for Bones <BR> <BR> My doctor frowned last spring as he studied the test results. "You have a little bone thinning," he said. "It's time for you to start some resistance training." <BR> <BR> The news didn't surprise me. My grandmother was stooped by the time she was in her fifties. My mother suffers from compression fractures in her back. She always enjoyed being out in the world, and it hurts me to see her housebound now. I definitely have the ped... Tue, 10 Apr 2007 15:00:57 EST April Fools Challenge and I'm not Kidding OK her is a no holds barred weight loss challeng beginning Sunday April 1st and going to May 28 Memeorial day. You can be accountable for your own weight and measurements all I ask is that you post your start weight on the 1st and evrey Thursday after that because Thursday Mornings are supposed to be your true weight days. So I will post my weight what ever it is and I will lose weight in this challenge and I challenge the rest of you to lose too. I am not picking a # but I want it to be a go... Thu, 29 Mar 2007 14:17:28 EST ALL NEW MEMBERS PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE. TO all New Members please introduce yourself here. Tell us a little about yourself your goals and anything else you would like to share. Please don't be shy. LOL <BR> <BR> Kenny Thu, 22 Mar 2007 18:08:39 EST The Information Highway Drink Up, But Drink the Right Stuff <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Registered & Liscensed Dietitian <BR> <BR> Eight to twelve cups of water daily, that’s what the SparkPeople plan suggests. Whether you are having a hard time drinking that much water, or just want to drink a variety of beverages (coffee, tea, diet soda, juice), many dieters challenge and question the "8-12" rule. <BR> <BR> Both the beverage-drinking patterns and overall health of U.S. adults have changed considerably over the pas... Fri, 16 Mar 2007 18:15:23 EST A Hearty Welcome to YOU! I just noticed all the new folk! WELCOME LACYCEE! <BR> You're no longer alone! <BR> You’ve most definitely come to the right place! We are excited to have you and you are about to make many a new friend all of whom are also turning their lives around and will be there to support, and motivate; who are dedicated to do everything in their power to help you reach your goals and be successful! <BR> I wish you nothing but the best of success! So glad you have joined us! <BR> Thu, 15 Mar 2007 11:38:01 EST Announcements Just wanted to remind you that Daylight Saving Time is Early This Year -- Update Your Computer Now <BR> <BR> Because many of you are Microsoft users and use your computers as much as I do, you'll want to prepare for a glitch that could make you late for some upcoming appointments at a minimum, thanks to an earlier start for daylight saving time next month. <BR> <BR> Congress passed legislation in 2005 lengthening the duration of daylight saving time, due to energy concerns, by four weeks.... Sat, 10 Mar 2007 17:11:17 EST The Lord of The Rings Walk The Journey Starts Here Whoo Hoo let's get this show on the road! Record your daily miles here! Tue, 6 Mar 2007 16:17:22 EST Stepping For Health How many steps have you taken today? Thu, 1 Mar 2007 10:25:11 EST Anger Managment Today is NOT a good day for me! I warn you now! <BR> First it's the notice in the mail DH husbands last years taxes have been what they call reaccessed and they say he now owes! D*** it! Can't they get it right the first time we do them at that time of year! <BR> I'm ready to tell them where to go and how to get there real quick and take their "reassessment" and.... well you get the picture! <BR> But that isn't what has upset me the most! <BR> My youngest sister called and read a letter t... Tue, 27 Feb 2007 17:36:30 EST Laughter The Best Medicine I think we need some laughter in here! We are far too somber! Anyone got any good reall HA HA jokes they could share?! <BR> <BR> "What are the health benefits of humor and laughter? <BR> <BR> The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. Humor and laughter can cause a domino effect of joy and amusement, as well as set off a number of positive physical effects. A good hearty laugh can help: <BR> <BR> reduce stress, <BR> lower blood pressure, <... Tue, 27 Feb 2007 13:25:47 EST "I CHALLENG YOU" ROOM Kenny, I hope you don't mind but I'm thinking we needed something to help keep us determined, motivated and inspired and I noticed that even though challenges have been posted we haven't an initial Challenge room! Will this one do? <BR> <BR> So now I CHALLENGE YOU with this exercise I did this for Myself just this morning! I call it my Dear John Letter! IT goes like this <BR> This is a letter of good-bye! Consider yourself permanently dumped! I am erasing you out of my life completely! I h... Mon, 26 Feb 2007 11:57:53 EST This is What I Call Early Spring Cleaning? I’ve been seriously contemplating trying a few changes maybe even what may seem like drastic changes from what I have been doing. I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading and browsing lately and have come across some information that just seems to make quite a bit of sense Not just in trying to lose weight, but in making lifestyle changes because after all that is what I have been trying to do Right? To create a permanent healthy lifestyle is what I have been striving for; to eat right, exercis... Sun, 25 Feb 2007 15:52:21 EST early Spring Cleaning? I’ve been seriously contemplating trying a few changes maybe even what may seem like drastic changes from what I have been doing. I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading and browsing lately and have come across some information that just seems to make quite a bit of sense Not just in trying to lose weight, but in making lifestyle changes because after all that is what I have been trying to do Right? To create a permanent healthy lifestyle is what I have been striving for; to eat right, exercis... Sun, 25 Feb 2007 15:51:40 EST Challenge 1/10/07-3/21/07 1st day of spring :-) I am just letting everyone know that I am on my way to starting a Challenge of losing weight no serious time limit but for me or evryone a guideline time-frame. I am starting Wednesday January 10th & going until March 21, first day of Spring. <BR> <BR> If you want to join in feel free it is a great goal and I hope that through my success each week you will find strength to join along or cheer along. I am making multiple posts on multiple sights to see who will join I hope that you will and... Mon, 8 Jan 2007 13:59:33 EST New Years Challenge!!! On November 27, 2006 a Monday is the start of the New Years challeng it will run till December 31, 2006 <BR> with a weigh in on New Years day. Anyone can join and I welcome all we did really well on the ThanksGiving challenge and I think the New Years challenge will be a great one I have talked to some people at the gym and told them about the sight and what I was planning to do and after discussing this challenge with them they agreed that by starting the challeng on November 27 and running ... Tue, 14 Nov 2006 21:02:50 EST Accomplishments To Be Proud of! Hey folks <BR> Here is a new motivational tool for all of us! <BR> Here we can share all our tests and trials we have overcome on a daily basis in our not yielding to temptations or renigging on our cardio or strength training exercises etc. Toot our own horns as it were! <BR> <BR> My strongest temptation today was to dip into the ice cream bucket If there is anything stronger as a temptation for me it is that! And I past the test today! To detour me from this high calorie high fat put on th... Tue, 14 Nov 2006 20:07:22 EST Thanksgiving challange!! Here we go!!!!!! !!!!!!!! <em>198</em> I am going to make this a genric post as I would have to write down all your name's an address each one so in the intrum of time I will blanket this remark to all that want to climb under the covers and here what I have to say. Each day is a new day no matter what we did or did not do it is in material. <BR> <BR> Stick to your plan and good things will happen people will start to enjoy your company and not back away. Now I am not a sweet eater but if I was I would hear "Oh my ... Sat, 14 Oct 2006 21:10:01 EST WELCOME I just noticed all the new folk so WELCOME! <BR> You're no longer alone! <BR> You’ve most definitely come to the right place! <BR> You’re about to make many a new friend! <BR> All of whom are also turning their lives around and will be there to support, and <BR> motivate! I wish you nothing but the best of success! So glad you have joined us! <BR> 1.If there was ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, IT IS NOW. Not for any grand cause, necessarily.... Sun, 8 Oct 2006 14:19:48 EST "Measure Yourself Challenge... All Welcome "Measure Yourself Challenge... Keep Yourself Accountable" All Welcome!!!! <BR> Wed, 27 Sep 2006 11:47:13 EST Starting Thursday September 28, 2006 challenge. I have been invited to a challeng starting this Thursday the 28th. I hope the team joins but please tell friends on your page to join the team and try it if they would like. I think it will be alot of fun. <BR> <BR> Credit goes to redbird7 & Cruella_Deville for comming up with this challenge. <BR> <BR> Now I have to find out the details LOL Wow if my head was not attached. <BR> <BR> Kenny <em>244</em> <em>208</em> <em>192</em> <em>198</em> Sun, 24 Sep 2006 15:57:14 EST Day 1 and Beyond!!!!!! Cancer-7-3-1959-Kenny <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I post my weight and my measuements no matter what! Please add your Sign-DOB and Name if you would like this is my new diet plan and I want everyone to see how I do so it may inspire others. <BR> <BR> Kenny <em>220</em> <em>249</em> Thu, 14 Sep 2006 12:34:36 EST weigh in room hello i thought i would like to weigh myself once a week and record it here if thats ok this way everone can see the good the bad and the ugely today its ugely guess the 5 days didnt take long to catch up 2 times at burger king, KFC and left overs ,fudge oh my the list could go on but hey i knew it would happen my weight was 234.8 so today i get back on track and start over no big deal i have actually found the weight comes off kinda fast after a bad week of eating then switching back to heal... Wed, 30 Aug 2006 08:00:55 EST