SparkPeople SP Class of May 31- June 6, 2009 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=31902 This team is for all members who joined SP from May 31- June 6, 2009. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of May 31- June 6, 2009 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=31902 Fell off the wagon at 3 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x54888138 Sigh. Was doing great since August 26th. Calories averaged 1450 a day, walking and gentle stretching along with physio (was in a car accident Aug 23rd, working through whiplash, yep, rear-ended) <BR> <BR> Then last night after a yummy dinner of salmon, kale & sweet potato, I ate 2 extra rice cakes plain, then 4 with becel then ANOTHER 4 with becel and honey. <BR> <BR> Running out of rice cakes, I foraged in the freezer and had 2 pieces of bread with becel & brown sugar, warmed up in th... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:01:10 EST Khalid Khan (M) 35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x51748529 What should be done when you get food cravings during the day and you really want to pick up that junk food stuff. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 08:07:52 EST 2012 - roll call and chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x49336815 Sometimes people fall off the grid. <BR> By trying to keep this team somewhat alive I hope it can help any one of our 5/31-6/6/2009 team who returns to get back on track, and wanders in here!!! <BR> <BR> I'm mostly active on the 55+ Females Team, LiveMind and in my blogs and trackers. <BR> And am availalbe to anyone on this team that I can help! <BR> Mon, 6 Aug 2012 16:19:21 EST I'm baaack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x42777446 Trainer Sue here. It's been quite awhile since I've checked out Sparkpeople. I smashed my goal weight of 150 last August and have set my new goal of 145. I've learned a lot along the way so if you have any questions on how I lost 20 pounds and kept it off, send me an email. Have a great day!! Sun, 3 Jul 2011 10:14:31 EST glad to be here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x39647283 Hi - I've come back to Spark many times but this time feels like "it." My personal road at present is low fat and eating less - but lord what a journey it's been. I find the encouragement here and the smiles on the colorful pages to be a really thoughtful touch. <BR> We moved into a house with no stairs 2 years ago and I swear the last 20 pounds come from that one simple change. <BR> I'm 62 and working full time as a clinical therapist at a small agency. I love my work. I love trainin... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 21:24:01 EST Time to get serious about having fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x38046517 I am a Spark re-tread. Last year I used Spark People's trackers and lost 15 lbs. Then I stopped and gained it all back. I thought I could do it without the online support. This time is different. I am reaching out to others who are in this with me for encouragement. I want to be healthy for my family, and feel great for me. Oh yeah, and my 30th class reunion is in August 2011 and I want to look my best for that event. Beyond all that, I want to have energy to accomplish the things tha... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 08:17:43 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x36027854 Hello, I'm Vanessa and I'm am trying to loose my "babyfat"! I am interested in getting advice for you on what motivates you to loose weight and what all can I do to get and stay motivated to loose the "babyfat"! I also have medical problems that include high blood pressure, edema, and a heart disease called cardiomyopathy. Which is caused being heavily stressed out, and having the extra "babyfat"! Sooo with that being said, I need all the help I can get with loosing the "babyfat"! Thanks. Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:57:30 EST biggest loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x34906307 this is from a fellow sparker ARCHIMEDESII who posted this on another team and thought it worth reading.......... <BR> <BR> <BR> Hey folks ! <BR> <BR> I was reading another post in the spark cafe that got me looking into this subject. You should read this interview with BL contestant Kai from season three. She is currently battling an eating disorder she says she developed as a result of being on the show. <BR> <BR> The interview makes some pretty startling revelations about how unhealt... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 19:52:35 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34891047 Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge this weekend may be a bit difficult....REST & RELAX. <BR> <BR> Many of you are constantly on the go. <BR> This weekend take it easy. <BR> <BR> What can you do with your weekend ? <BR> <BR> How about: <BR> <BR> * sleep in or take a nap <BR> *Stay in your pajamas <BR> *Read a good book or magazine <BR> *Rent or go to the movies <BR> *Play board games with family and/or friends <BR> *Go for a leisurely walk or hike <BR> *Listen to some grea... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 20:40:46 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34872274 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to tailor your cardio workout to your fitness level. If you are: <BR> <BR> *New to Exercise - Try to get in 30 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> *Have been exercising for a while (more than a month) - Try to get in 45 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> *Have been exercising for a long while - Try to get in 60 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! Remember to drink your water, have a nutritious snack afte... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 22:23:54 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34848842 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! On or about the 15th of each month, we take our measurements. Keep track of your measurements as soon as you can to see how your are progressing. There are times when the scale is a "frustrating beast", but the tape measure can show you that you are indeed shrinking. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a tape measure, just go online and type in your search engine "printable tape measure". You should be able to find many out there. <BR> <BR> Sugg... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 20:53:16 EST i pod improved food and fitness tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x34840020 New and Improved Food & Fitness Tracker for the iPhone! <BR> Tuesday, June 15, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We wanted to let you know that we just released a new and improved version of our free Food & Fitness Tracker for the iPhone (and iPod touch). Now available in the iTunes app store, here are some of the improvements you'll get when you download this new version: <BR> <BR> * Ability to track strength-training workouts in the fitness section <BR> * Animated exercise demos <BR> ... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 12:41:13 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34827680 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PAMPER YOU! Take time out of your day to spoil yourself. Simple ways you can do this are: <BR> <BR> *Sleep in <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Take a relaxing bubble bath <BR> *Buy something for yourself <BR> *Rent a special movie or go see one <BR> *Buy a healthy food you rarely buy <BR> *Ask family or friends to make YOU dinner for once <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do today, make sure to take time for YOU. <BR> <BR> Have a... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 21:59:17 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34804472 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to get in 3-5 EXERCISES. <BR> <BR> Where do you find a listing of Exercises that would be appropriate for your activity level (so glad you asked)? <BR> <BR> Go look under My Fitness, Add Strength Exercises. <BR> <BR> Pick 3-5 exercises that are challenging for you, but DON'T HURT YOURSELF. <BR> <BR> Have you been doing strength training/core exercises for a while? <BR> <BR> If so, why not add one of the following: weights, resistance ban... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 22:13:57 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34775739 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> I thought we could start off the week with a "to do list". <BR> Make a note of 5 things that YOU WILL GET DONE BY FRIDAY! <BR> <BR> You can jot down the 5 things that you will get done here (or keep them somewhere that you can refer to them). <BR> <BR> Also, let's shoot for 8-10 glasses of water today. Starting the week of hydrated is a great beginning to a sure to be busy few days. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday! Sun, 13 Jun 2010 17:08:58 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34746658 Happy weekend to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge this weekend is to find 5 different Sparkers and send them an encouraging message. <BR> It could be a welcome message. <BR> It could be "you are an inspiration to me" message <BR> It could be a "I am here for you if you need someone to talk to" message. <BR> <BR> Where can you find Sparkers to send messages to? How about: <BR> <BR> *Visit Message Boards under Community (example: Introduce Yourself board, etc.) <BR> <BR> *See All Recen... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 21:59:25 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34726656 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to CONSUME 5-7 FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. For some, this may sound like a lot of "healthy rabbit food". However, getting in your fruits and vegetables doesn't have to be difficult. Try any of the following to get in extra fruits and vegetables: <BR> <BR> *Fruit Smoothies <BR> *Vegetable juices (watch the sodium) <BR> *Vegetable soup <BR> *Grilled vegetables <BR> *Saute vegetables into an omelet or put onto your sandwich <BR> *P... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 22:36:37 EST Build Muscle to Lose Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11358x31902x34701007 Build Muscle to Lose Fat <BR> <BR> Fat vs Muscle Diagram <BR> <BR> The great fat vs muscle diagram below paints a clear picture of why it's so important for you to build muscle in order to lose fat. <BR> <BR> Maybe you've wondered about muscle vs fat and why you need to build muscle to lose fat, look slim and keep the inches off. <BR> <BR> Well, look no further! With the fat vs muscle diagram below you'll see why healthy permanent weight loss requires you to build muscle to lose fat. <BR... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 20:18:14 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34698935 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> If someone were to ask you: "Name some foods that have healthy fats in them", could you do it? Do you know the difference between "healthy fats" and "bad fats"? <BR> <BR> Think about this: <BR> <BR> Essential Fatty Acids (a.k.a. the Omega fats) are the "good fats". Most Americans are Omega-3 deficient because of our over-processed diets, and one of the most common symptoms of Omega-3 deficiency is depression, among other mental health symptoms. <BR> <B... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 18:24:08 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34679582 <BR> Happy Wednesday!!! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - We are going WALKING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer and try to get in 10,000 or more steps. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk or you can use a time method of measure. It takes about 1 hour to walk about 5 miles at a moderate speed. <BR> <BR> How many steps did you do today??? <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday everyone Tue, 8 Jun 2010 21:43:24 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34658526 <BR> Happy Tuesday day to you! <BR> <BR> Let's forget the mistakes of the past and how many times you have done something you know you should not have or not done the things that you should have. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 8 or more 8 ounces of water <BR> 2. Exercise for at least 30 minutes. <BR> 3. Make sure you get enough protein <BR> 4. Get 2 to 3 servings of dairy <BR> 5. Get 5 to 7 servings of fruit and veggies. <BR> 6. Take 5 minutes to just clear your mind. <BR> <BR> How many can y... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 23:33:17 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34629496 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the better. Bran... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 19:10:05 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34598122 <BR> Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> You strive each day to eat right, exercise, sleep enough, and drink your water. However, do you count the "little things"? <BR> Did you know that you can get Spark Points for marking off items on your "Other Goals" section? <BR> <BR> Other Goals are things that you add to your days. <BR> These are items that you really want to achieve by the closing of each day. <BR> For example, on my Other Goals, I have: <BR> <BR> *Drink water <BR> *Make Bed ... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 23:33:55 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34577064 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Get on your running shoes, gym clothes. <BR> <BR> It is time to BURN 400 CALORIES! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get your body moving and burn 400 or more calories. <BR> <BR> Let's kick off the weekend with some serious cardio! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday everyone! <BR> Thu, 3 Jun 2010 23:53:47 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34551657 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today! <BR> EAT AT LEAST 1 FRUIT OR VEGETABLE WITH EVERY MEAL. <BR> <BR> Ways to get in your fruits and vegetables (it is recommended that you get at least 5 a day) are: <BR> <BR> *Fruit smoothie <BR> *Vegetable juice <BR> *Vegetable soup <BR> *Fruit or vegetable salad <BR> *Grilled or steamed vegetables <BR> *Tossing in vegetables into an omelet, pasta, or rice dish <BR> *Fruit sorbet <BR> <BR> These are just a few ideas. There a... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 22:06:06 EST New and Improved Challenge Central Teams http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x34528158 New and Improved Challenge Central Teams <BR> Tuesday, June 01, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone- <BR> <BR> Today we made some updates to our Challenge Central feature, making it easier and more fun for members to find and participate in SparkPeople challenges. Challenges are a great way to get support and motivation to reach new healthy goals, no matter where you are in your weight-loss journey. For launch, we created six official SparkPeople challenges that members can join anytime: <BR> ... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 23:14:23 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34527613 Happy Wednesday everyone! <BR> <BR> *Getting 1,000 mg to 1,200 mg of calcium per day is one of the best ways to prevent bone-weakening osteoporosis later in life. <BR> <BR> *Calcium from dairy products in combination with a balanced, low-fat diet can help keep blood pressure in check. <BR> <BR> *Calcium in food is better absorbed by the body than calcium in a supplement. Strive to consume at least three calcium-rich foods daily such as low-fat or nonfat yogurt, skim milk, low-fat ice cr... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 22:53:22 EST HEAD TRANSPLANT CURES WEIGHT PROBLEM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x34518539 HEAD TRANSPLANT CURES WEIGHT PROBLEM <BR> <BR> FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD <BR> <BR> That’s what a patient told me the other day. <BR> <BR> “I feel like I have had a head transplant. My cravings are gone, my obsession with food and weight which I have had for over thirty years, is gone. I have such mental clarity now, I can’t believe the fog I have been living in all these years. And I am losing weight without even trying, and I'm not even dieting.” <BR> <BR> Did she have ... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 15:50:22 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34501835 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get creative with UNPLANNED EXERCISE. What does that mean? Well, make the most of your "off moments" throughout the day. Things like: <BR> <BR> *While you are waiting for your coffee/tea to brew, or your toast to get done - Do some squats or leg lifts <BR> <BR> *While waiting for a fax or copies at the copier - Do some calf raises or glute squeezes <BR> <BR> *While at your monitor typing or waiting in traffic - Tighten your st... Mon, 31 May 2010 22:46:09 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34479081 Happy Monday!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - We are going WALKING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to try to get in 10,000 or more steps. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk or you can use a time method of measure. It takes about 1 hour to walk about 5 miles at a moderate speed. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the weekend. <BR> <BR> Happy Monday to you! Sun, 30 May 2010 19:09:57 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34449556 A Dozen Things to Do This Weekend! <BR> <BR> 1. Remember that some of the world's nicest joys are its most special people, and that you are definitely one of them. <BR> <BR> 2. Take care of that special person. <BR> <BR> 3. Enjoy the ride. <BR> <BR> 4. When the world is too busy, slow it down. <BR> <BR> 5. Climb one rung higher on the ladder to your stars. <BR> <BR> 6. Imagine what the view will look like when you get where you're going. <BR> <BR> 7. Stay in touch with your inne... Fri, 28 May 2010 22:42:09 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34427949 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Get on your running shoes, gym clothes, or your pedometer - <BR> It is time to BURN 400 CALORIES! <BR> Your challenge today is to get your body moving and burn 400 or more calories. <BR> Let's kick off the weekend with some serious cardio! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday everyone! Thu, 27 May 2010 20:19:32 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34408197 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to either have a fruit and/or vegetable WITH EVERY MEAL and SNACK! Fruits & vegetables are FULL of healthy vitamins and minerals Ways to get in fruits & vegetables are: <BR> <BR> *Make a smoothie <BR> *Put fruit on your cereal, bagel, english muffin <BR> *Put vegetables in your omelet <BR> *Put vegetables on your sandwich <BR> *Have vegetable soup <BR> *Have a salad <BR> *Grill vegetables on the bar-b-que <BR> *Toss vegetable... Wed, 26 May 2010 22:21:32 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34385113 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today has to do with HEALTH. Can you get in 3 of the following? <BR> <BR> *Read a Health A-Z topic <BR> *Watch a Health video <BR> *Read a Health News Article <BR> <BR> You can find links to these items by going to your "My Spark Points" page. <BR> <BR> Learn something interesting from one or more of these? Share it with the group. What you learned just might help others. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday! <BR> Tue, 25 May 2010 22:04:15 EST Most Filling 100-Calorie Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x34384288 Most Filling 100-Calorie Snacks <BR> <BR> ¼ of an avocado <BR> 1¾ cups apple slices <BR> 1 medium banana <BR> 1 cup grapes <BR> 2 cups berries <BR> 1½ cups sliced peaches <BR> 1¼ cups orange sections <BR> 1¼ cups blueberries <BR> 2 cups diced watermelon <BR> 1 cup sliced pears <BR> 11/3 cup diced pineapple <BR> 1½ cups raspberries <BR> 1 cup cherries <BR> 2 large kiwifruit <BR> 3 clementines <BR> 4 cups cherry tomatoes or 10 plum tomatoes or 3 large beefsteak tomatoes <BR> 1 medium baked swe... Tue, 25 May 2010 21:23:56 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34362220 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's get our bodies moving today people. Your challenge is to get in AT LEAST 45 MINUTES OF CARDIO EXERCISE. Who is with me? Any takers? <BR> <BR> Let's get moving and burn off mega calories! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Tuesday everyone! Mon, 24 May 2010 21:59:28 EST Write Your Own Contract for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11358x31902x34358006 Write Your Own Contract for Success <BR> <BR> A Simple Way to Make Yourself More Accountable <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> You know that keeping yourself accountable is a key to weight loss success. Even with all the information in the world and all the right intentions, you won’t get very far if you let yourself off the hook when it’s time to actually do what you should. <BR> <BR> There are two very effective ways to increase your accountability. The fi... Mon, 24 May 2010 18:19:56 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34337126 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Ever have those times in your day when you just feel "blah"? That is your body trying to tell you that you are running on empty. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to KEEP YOUR BLOOD SUGAR GOING. Can you: <BR> <BR> *Eat a healthy breakfast? <BR> *Have 2 healthy snacks? <BR> *Eat lots of fruits & veggies? <BR> <BR> The trick to keeping your body from feeling low is to feed it throughout the day (many folks have 3 smaller meals and 2 healthy snacks). How ... Sun, 23 May 2010 20:42:05 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34303779 Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge this weekend may be a bit difficult....REST & RELAX. <BR> <BR> Many of you are constantly on the go. <BR> <BR> This weekend is to take it easy. <BR> <BR> <BR> What can you do with your weekend? <BR> <BR> How about: <BR> <BR> * sleep in or take a nap <BR> *Stay in your pajamas <BR> *Read a good book or magazine <BR> *Rent or go to the movies <BR> *Play board games with family and/or friends <BR> *Go for a leisurely walk or hike ... Fri, 21 May 2010 23:04:50 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34289825 Have a great Friday!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> Drink you daily quota of water <BR> Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. Let us know what you are going to do t... Fri, 21 May 2010 10:09:48 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34258522 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> As we start to "get a hang" of this lifestyle change, we become confident that we can "eyeball" a serving. Have you gotten to this point? Do you: <BR> <BR> *Pour cereal straight from the box into your bowl? <BR> *Say "that looks like about 2 Tbsp. of half & half"? <BR> *Say: "I'm sure I ate only 1/2 cup of ice cream"? <BR> <BR> If you find yourself overly confident about your portions, you might be in for a shock. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to... Wed, 19 May 2010 21:50:50 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34236715 <BR> Happy Wednesday !! <BR> <BR> Today’s challenge is to work out, walk, ride a bike, strength training, swimming or anything that works the body. <BR> <BR> Here’s some healthy ideas and info: <BR> <BR> Make time for morning fitness. Spend just 5-10 minutes doing pushups, lunges, jumping jacks and stretches before you shower. You'll strengthen your muscles and feel more energized each morning. <BR> <BR> Exercise regularly. Physical activity produces "feel good chemicals" (endorphins... Tue, 18 May 2010 23:11:44 EST Work Burn Out is a Health Risk ???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x34230574 Work Burn Out is a Health Risk <BR> Dealing with Job Stresses <BR> By Phylameana lila Desy <BR> <BR> Get me off this job merry-go-round, I'm feel like I'm spinning in circles and getting no where. <BR> <BR> For a variety of different reasons (excuses?) many people feel they cannot walk away from a boring or unsatisfactory job to secure themselves something more satisfactory and personally fulfilling to do. Okay... you hate your job but you feel you can't quit. I get that! But regardless o... Tue, 18 May 2010 17:52:13 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34212267 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> We all know that our bodies need protein. Do you know why? Protein is important for the growth and repair of your muscles, bones, skin, tendons, ligaments, hair, eyes and other tissues. Without it, you would lack the enzymes and hormones you need for metabolism, digestion and other important processes. <BR> <BR> When you have an infection, you should eat more protein because it helps create the antibodies your immune system needs to fight disease. If you ar... Mon, 17 May 2010 22:03:52 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34187146 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Who here can burn 400 calories today? You don't have to burn them with one long workout. You can space them throughout your day (i.e. take the stairs, walking, playing in the yard with the kids, etc.) <BR> <BR> Can YOU burn 400 calories through exercise today? Give it a try!! YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 May 2010 22:36:14 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34148661 Have a fantastic weekend! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge this weekend is to Update YOUR Spark. When was the last time you: <BR> <BR> *Reviewed the teams you belong to? If you don't read the threads or are not active on the teams, maybe it is time to purge them from your page OR become reacquainted with them? <BR> <BR> *Put in your current measurements? <BR> <BR> *Put in your current weight? <BR> <BR> *Have you increased your exercise recently? If so, you need to put your fitness lev... Fri, 14 May 2010 22:20:08 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34128201 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to come up with THREE CHALLENGES FOR YOU TO COMPLETE BEFORE THE DAY ENDS. <BR> <BR> Come up with 3 goals that you want to complete by the end of the day. <BR> <BR> They can do with diet, exercise, chores, errands, etc. <BR> <BR> YOU make the challenge for YOURSELF today. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday everyone! Thu, 13 May 2010 23:29:27 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34103331 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It's that time of the month again!!! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to measure yourself. There are times when we feel that we are "shrinking" in size, but our scale just won't agree. That is when our friend the measuring tape comes in. Get out your measuring tape, a piece of paper, and pencil and measure: <BR> <BR> *Chest <BR> *Bust <BR> *Waist <BR> *Hips <BR> *Upper Thighs <BR> *Upper Arms <BR> <BR> Optional: <BR> *Wrists <BR> *Neck <BR> *A... Wed, 12 May 2010 22:54:55 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34078973 <BR> Happy Wednesday!!! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - We are going WALKING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer and try to get in 10,000 or more steps. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk or you can use a time method of measure. <BR> <BR> It takes about 1 hour to walk about 5 miles at a moderate speed. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed so far the week. <BR> <BR> Have a Great Wal... Tue, 11 May 2010 23:17:31 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34052653 <BR> Happy Tuesday day to you! <BR> <BR> Let's forget the mistakes of the past and how many times you have done something you know you should not have or not done the things that you should have. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 8 or more 8 ounces of water <BR> 2. Exercise for at least 30 minutes. <BR> 3. Make sure you get enough protein <BR> 4. Get 2 to 3 servings of dairy <BR> 5. Get 5 to 7 servings of fruit and veggies. <BR> 6. Take 5 minutes to just clear your mind. <BR> <BR> If you can do ... Mon, 10 May 2010 22:18:37 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x34018617 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the better. Bran... Sun, 9 May 2010 12:54:51 EST happy mother's day..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x34005875 A SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY POEM <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Would I be wrong for saying that God’s <BR> <BR> Greatest creations are mothers? <BR> <BR> For He has given her all the qualities <BR> <BR> That sets her apart from all the others. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> He created the sun, the moon and the stars <BR> <BR> And placed them in the heavens to grace the skies, <BR> <BR> And He has given mothers the same sparkle and twinkle <BR> <BR> Every time she looks into her children’s eyes. <BR> <BR... Sat, 8 May 2010 19:26:01 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33989919 Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge this weekend is to get outside for exercise. The exercise is up to you. Here are some suggestions: <BR> <BR> *Gardening <BR> *Jogging <BR> *Walking <BR> *Roller Skating <BR> *Bicycling <BR> *Hiking <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Weekend and get some fresh air! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Weekend! <BR> Fri, 7 May 2010 22:05:52 EST YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHANCE WHEN YOU BELIEVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x33969179 <BR> another great post from my friend jukebox2 aka Ray.......enjoy!!!! <BR> <BR> YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHANCE WHEN YOU BELIEVE <BR> <BR> <BR> You have the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you as soon as you change your beliefs. <BR> <BR> If you did all the things you're capable of doing, you would literally amaze yourself. <BR> <BR> You know what you are today, but not what you may become tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Look at things as you want them... Thu, 6 May 2010 23:47:01 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33968734 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> We are going to work off any extra calories that we have consumed this week with a bit of fun cardio. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get moving and get in 45 min. of cardio. Some great ways to burn off calories can be: <BR> <BR> *Turn up the music and dance away those calories (great for house cleaning when no one is watching) <BR> *Put on your headset and go for a walk or jog <BR> *Do some gardening (i.e. mow, pull weeds, rake leaves) <BR> *Play ... Thu, 6 May 2010 23:19:50 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33942957 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Hope all have a FANTASTIC Thursda... Wed, 5 May 2010 22:03:04 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33919591 Happy Wednesday! <BR> <BR> How did you do with your April cardio numbers on the team leader boards? <BR> <BR> Your challenge TODAY is to make a challenge for yourself for May cardio. This is your personal challenge. Don't worry about what others are challenging themselves. Post what you think is a good goal for YOU. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday! Tue, 4 May 2010 23:21:45 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33890565 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to try something NEW TO YOU! It can be really anything. Today is about "mixing it up" a bit and trying something altogether different. Suggestions of NEW TO YOU could be: <BR> <BR> *Try a new food <BR> *Try a new exercise <BR> *Try a new recipe <BR> *Try a new way of doing your exercise (i.e. add weights, go a different route, etc.) <BR> *Try eating small meals instead of 3 main meals <BR> *Try a new Spark team to join <B... Mon, 3 May 2010 21:33:50 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33856661 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> As you go about your busy day, take 15-30 minutes for MEDITATION, QUIET RELAXATION. Give yourself a "stop and smell the roses" moment. Ways you can do this are: <BR> <BR> *Put on a headset full of classical music and listen <BR> *Take a "power-nap" <BR> *Get a favorite drink and look out the window <BR> *Take a leisurely walk <BR> *Read a favorite book or magazine <BR> *Do some yoga <BR> *Meditate on spiritual literature <BR> <BR> Enjoy 15-30 J... Sun, 2 May 2010 16:04:10 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33822510 Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> This weekend is an easy challenge. <BR> You decide what you want to do as a challenge this weekend. <BR> What do you plan to do with your challenge "weekend off"? <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do this weekend, make sure that it is something that you enjoy. <BR> Spend time with family/friends. <BR> Laugh. <BR> Take a nap. <BR> See a movie. <BR> Go for a walk. <BR> ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND! <BR> <BR> Come tell us what you did...... <BR> <BR> Have a FA... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 22:09:15 EST THERE ARE NO EASY ROADS TO SUCCESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11358x31902x33801391 my sparkfriend JUKEBOX2 aka Ray let me post this to my teams as o thought it was worth the read!!! <BR> <BR> THERE ARE NO EASY ROADS TO SUCCESS <BR> <BR> <BR> Whatever you want in life, you must give up something to get it. The greater the value, the greater the sacrifice required of you. <BR> <BR> Everything has a price. There's a price to pay if you want to make things better, and a price to pay for just leaving things as they are. <BR> <BR> Nothing worthwhile ever comes easily. Wo... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 23:20:23 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33800532 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR CORE. You can do your own or any of the following: <BR> <BR> *Get in 3-5 core exercises from the Spark Fitness area <BR> <BR> *Use 3-5 pieces of gym equipment that works your core <BR> (you can also use a balance ball, weights, or bands at home) <BR> <BR> *Take a fitness class that works your core (i.e. kickboxing, Turbo Jam, martial arts, etc.) <BR> <BR> *Play a sport that works your core <BR> <BR> *Do a workout... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 22:36:48 EST the class was wondering..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x33793107 What food do you choose to eat that has taken place of your old bad eating habits? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> <em>45</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>488</em> <em>491</em> <em>258</em> <em>210</em> <em>69</em> <em>274</em> <em>477</em> <em>466</em> Thu, 29 Apr 2010 15:55:38 EST my typo mistake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x33791393 for those who recieved goodie from the knee team leader boards it should have said fron the class team leader boards <BR> <BR> please forgive me was too tired with so many to do before the month ends and the computer problems was afraid i would not get it all done in time.................you earned the goodie one way or the other....... <BR> have a great day........... <BR> blessings and hugs...............lita Thu, 29 Apr 2010 14:31:14 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33777505 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to leave THREE different Spark members messages on their Spark page. Send a note regarding their weight loss, something they said that really inspired you (or that you can relate to), a "WELCOME TO SPARK", etc. We are looking to encourage others. Who knows? Maybe YOU will get a few on your page today! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Thursday! <BR> <BR> P.S. Should you get the urge to leave more than THREE, feel FREE! Wed, 28 Apr 2010 22:56:12 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33752982 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to start an IDEA JAR. First, you get a container. It could be a jar, a box, or any type of container that can hold pieces of paper. Next, you get a piece of paper and cut it into strips. <BR> <BR> From there, you write down ideas of things you can do INSTEAD OF EATING on your strips of paper. This is for the times when your body isn't really hungry. Your brain, or heart needs something, but you are associating that "something" with a ... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 23:27:37 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33728466 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to eat a fruit or vegetable with EVERY meal. <BR> <BR> Living a healthier life starts with your choices of healthier foods. YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! <BR> Tue, 27 Apr 2010 00:32:28 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33694243 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get to 24 Points of Cardio for the day. The longer you exercise today, the more points you accumulate. Remember, you don't need to do all of your cardio at once. Taking several walks throughout the day is a GREAT way to get in your cardio and adding up points. <BR> <BR> Remember that cardio makes you sweat. Therefore, drink your water!!! <BR> <BR> Have a MOTIVATING Monday! <BR> Sun, 25 Apr 2010 19:31:00 EST New "Recipes" tab http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11358x31902x33658212 <BR> <BR> New "Recipes" tab on Add Food page <BR> Thursday, April 22, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> On your Add a Food/food tracker popup you will now see a 4th tab for "recipes." If you have any shared, favorite, or reviewed recipes you can now easily add them from this tab. In addition there's a search box to find recipes. <BR> <BR> We hope this helps more people find many of the great recipes at SparkRecipes, and also makes it even easier to use SparkRecipes with our foo... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 23:05:11 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33658003 Happy WEEKEND to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge this weekend is to have ONE or more MEALS WITHOUT MEAT. <BR> This might sound difficult, but it isn't. As food prices go up (especially meat), it is good to find other ways to get your protein <BR> <BR> Here are some suggestions: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> Whole Wheat Toast & Jam <BR> Cup of yogurt <BR> A banana <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> Peanut Butter & Jam Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bread <BR> Cup of Bean Soup <BR> Carrots, Jicama, ... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 22:53:19 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33633973 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Whether you are thinking about your daily menu, how you look in the mirror, your exercise, your kids, your spouse, your job, the cleanliness of your home, the price of gasoline, etc....THINK POSITIVE! <BR> <BR> This is a challenge for me too, gang. WE CAN DO THIS! Think positive and your attitude will rub off on others. Who can do this?! WE CAN! <BR> <BR> Have an OPTIMISTIC Friday everyone Thu, 22 Apr 2010 22:07:03 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33609978 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Today is about building strength in your body. We often focus on our eating habits and cardio to burn calories. However, many of us (me included) forget how important strength training is. Strength training tones up our bodies and keeps our muscles/bones strong. We all notice how great someone looks when they are toned and have muscle definition. As I always say, it is a balancing act: <BR> <BR> Healthy Eating + Cardio Exercise + Strength Training= YOU at ... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 22:30:06 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33584910 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to look at your food tracker for the last week. What food group or vitamin/mineral do you seem to fall short on regularly? THAT is what you will try to get in today. <BR> <BR> It could be: <BR> <BR> * fiber <BR> * sodium levels are too high <BR> * calcium <BR> * cholesterol <BR> *B- vitamins <BR> *Vitamin C <BR> *Too many carbohydrates <BR> *Too much or too little fat (you can have healthy fats from the Omega-3 group) <BR> * pr... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 22:07:12 EST Special mind over body http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x33561758 SPARKGUYANDTEAM's Recent Blog Entries <BR> <BR> Special 'Mind Over Body' Newsletter Starts May 1 <BR> Monday, April 19, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you ever struggle to stick with your weight-loss plan? Battle with emotional eating? Lose your motivation and have no idea how to get it back? Wonder how to stop "dieting" and start a healthier lifestyle like people keep talking about? You're not alone! <BR> <BR> That's why Coach Dean created a hidden gem for SparkPeople.com: the Mind Over Body pla... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 00:09:50 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33559550 Happy Tuesday!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to get moving.....you can walk and shoot for that 10,000 steps, go to the gym and do some time on a stationary bike or an elliptical. or you can do something as simple and inexpensive as dancing to music videos or the radio. Let's get moving and get the blood flowing and shoot for 400 to 500 calories burned. <BR> <BR> Let's burn off some of the weekend get togethers. <BR> <BR> Have a Terrific Tuesday!! Mon, 19 Apr 2010 22:23:01 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33529727 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> You have three challenges today: <BR> <BR> 1) Get in at least 8 glasses of water consumed <BR> <BR> 2) Get in at least 8 hours of sleep <BR> <BR> 3) Get in at least 30 minutes of exercise <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a Wonderful MONDAY! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Apr 2010 19:58:03 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33494321 Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge this weekend is to SPOIL THOSE YOU LOVE. Do something kind for those that are dear to you. Make them breakfast in bed. Take them to a movie and lunch. Close the distance with a relative far away by giving them a call. <BR> <BR> Whatever you do, do something to show them that you care. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Weekend! <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 Apr 2010 23:20:42 EST be attitudes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x33493996 be attitudes <BR> <BR> it's worth watching this............ <BR> KEEP SPARKLING!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.dobhran.com/greetings/GRinspire3<BR>3.htm </link> Fri, 16 Apr 2010 23:03:07 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33470502 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is an easy one. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is: <BR> <BR> *Drink 8 glasses of water <BR> <BR> *Take your multi-vitamin <BR> <BR> *Do 30 minutes of cardio/strength training <BR> <BR> Have a Super Friday! <BR> Thu, 15 Apr 2010 22:24:38 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33444467 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get out your measuring tape and measure yourself. Places that you can measure are: <BR> <BR> *Neck <BR> *Chest <BR> *Bust <BR> *Waist <BR> *Hips <BR> *Both Upper Thighs <BR> *Both Upper Arms <BR> *Wrists/Ankles <BR> <BR> Have you measured before today? Have you seen a change in your measurements? If so, please share with the group. There are times when the scale doesn't budge, but we are "shrinking" just the same. <BR> ... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 21:19:24 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33421570 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> We are going to work off our week by BURNING 400 CALORIES TODAY! Let's get moving folks. Burn off those extra calories. We CAN do this! <BR> <BR> Have a HIGH OCTANE Wednesday! <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Apr 2010 22:41:27 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33395059 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you ever find yourself grabbing for food and thinking: "Why am I eating this? I'm not hungry." <BR> <BR> That could be your body saying I NEED WATER, but your brain is getting the signal confused. <BR> <BR> Do you ever get so busy with your day that you "forget to eat"? Later, you eat, and eat, AND EAT because you are ravenous. Sound familiar? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is: <BR> <BR> *Get in AT LEAST 8 glasses of water (not soda or juice) <BR>... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 22:07:33 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33364456 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Ever have those times in your day when you just feel "blah"? That is your body trying to tell you that you are running on empty. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to KEEP YOUR BLOOD SUGAR GOING. Can you: <BR> <BR> *Eat a healthy breakfast? <BR> *Have 2 healthy snacks? <BR> *Eat lots of fruits & veggies? <BR> <BR> The trick to keeping your body from feeling low is to feed it throughout the day (many folks have 3 smaller meals and 2 healthy snacks). How ... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 18:49:49 EST heart attack signs often missed... ......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x33349770 Heart attack signs women and doctors often miss.... <BR> <BR> Conventional wisdom has it that heart attacks come out of the blue. We're also trained to expect a heart attack to happen a certain way; the victim clutches his chest, writhes in pain, and collapses. But for women, it often doesn't happen that way. Study after study shows heart attacks and heart disease are under-diagnosed in women, with the explanation being that they didn't have symptoms. <BR> <BR> But research shows that's no... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 00:03:08 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33329490 Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge this weekend is to complete (and do) the following statement: <BR> <BR> "It has been so long since I....." <BR> <BR> Ideas could be: <BR> <BR> *Talked to a friend <BR> *Went on a hike, bike ride, roller skated <BR> *Bought something for myself <BR> *Worked on my hobby <BR> *Took a nap <BR> *Played with the kids <BR> <BR> <BR> What haven't you done in a while? <BR> Make this a great weekend by doing something you miss doing! <BR>... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 22:34:14 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33307621 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR CORE. You can do any of the following: <BR> <BR> *Get in 3-5 core exercises from the Spark Fitness area <BR> <BR> *Use 3-5 pieces of gym equipment that works your core <BR> (you can also use a balance ball, weights, or bands at home) <BR> <BR> *Take a fitness class that works your core (i.e. kickboxing, Turbo Jam, martial arts, etc.) <BR> <BR> *Play a sport that works your core <BR> <BR> *Do a workout video that ... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 23:31:37 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33279950 Happy Thursday to you ! <BR> <BR> UPDATE YOUR SPARKPAGE! <BR> <BR> When you post to a board, many folks click on your photo and read your Sparkpage. <BR> I am sure you have done it too. <BR> You find a picture or post that is interesting and click to learn more about that person. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to update your Sparkpage. If you haven't started your page, GET TO IT! <BR> Folks want to know about you. <BR> Already have a Sparkpage going? GREAT! <BR> <BR> Today yo... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 21:38:31 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33254004 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> First, name something that you are proud of doing for YOU since putting your health first. <BR> <BR> Second, when the scale doesn't budge, what can YOU do to motivate yourself? <BR> <BR> I think that we all hit "rough times" in our weight loss journey. This weight didn't come on overnight and it will take time and a few "rough roads" to get it off. <BR> <BR> I am hoping that this challenge/discussion will help folks that are on the "rough road" ... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 22:06:18 EST Memorial Day challeng ........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33253841 Okay team it is only eight weeks until Memorial Day and the beginning of vacation and swimsuit season. I am challenging myself to lose at least 8 pounds by then. <BR> <BR> Anyone that wants to join me just use your weight from yesterday or today and what you are challenging yourself to lose. <BR> <BR> today am starting at 0 Tue, 6 Apr 2010 22:01:08 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33226721 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to try something NEW TO YOU! It can be really anything. Today is about "mixing it up" a bit and trying something altogether different. Suggestions of NEW TO YOU could be: <BR> <BR> *Try a new food <BR> *Try a new exercise <BR> *Try a new recipe <BR> *Try a new way of doing your exercise (i.e. add weights, go a different route, etc.) <BR> *Try eating small meals instead of 3 main meals <BR> *Try a new Spark team to join <BR> *Tr... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 21:55:16 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33195688 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get to 24 Points of Cardio for the day. The longer you exercise today, the more points you accumulate. Remember, you don't need to do all of your cardio at once. Taking several walks throughout the day is a GREAT way to get in your cardio and adding up points. <BR> <BR> Remember that cardio makes you sweat. Therefore, drink your water!!! <BR> <BR> Have a MOTIVATING Monday! <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Apr 2010 16:23:55 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33165000 <BR> Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge this Weekend is to watch your alcohol and caffeine consumption. Why? <BR> <BR> ALCOHOL is full of "empty calories". <BR> <BR> *Despite the small quantity of liquid, a single shot of liquor (1.5 oz) can contain anywhere from 115-200 calories. <BR> *A 4.0 oz glass of wine contains anywhere from 62-160, with 160 being on the high end of the spectrum. <BR> *Mixed drinks are where the calories really add up, ranging from approximately 28... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 22:56:24 EST Happy Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33162279 Happy Easter everyone...... <BR> <BR> <link>www.dobhran.com/greetings/GReaster10<BR>.htm </link> Fri, 2 Apr 2010 20:37:15 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33142480 Have a FANTASTIC Friday everyone! <BR> <BR> No matter if you are on strength or cardio today, you can BRING IT UP A NOTCH! <BR> <BR> What does that mean? Do you have 30 minutes of cardio planned today? Can you challenge yourself with 45-60 minutes instead? <BR> <BR> Are you doing strength training today and plan on doing 3 different exercises? Can you challenge yourself with 2-3 more? If not, can you increase the reps a bit? <BR> <BR> Really try to push yourself a bit today. You will ... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 22:55:00 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33116517 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> *Make Your Lunch <BR> *Avoid drive-thru food <BR> *Avoid the vending machines <BR> *Plan ahead by using your crock pot <BR> <BR> Above are a few ways to AVOID FAST FOODS. Today, your challenge is to try to avoid: fried, overly processed flour, high in sodium, high in salt, high in fat foods. You know the type....the ones that we have been eating for years that have made us want to START TAKING OUR HEALTH SERIOUSLY. <BR> <BR> Who can plan ahead and eat... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 22:29:22 EST fitness challenge ???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x33112147 this was posted on another team i'm on and thought i would pass this on incase there might be some interest amoungst the team.......... <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am hosting a fitness minute challenge through my SparkTeam With A Little Help From My Sparkfriends, the details can be found on my recent blog here www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_ <BR> individual.asp?blog_id=3065777 . <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=306577... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 19:28:55 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33090757 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> We ALL do it...."eyeball" portion sizes and guess the approximate size of what we have eaten. However, when we "guess" that we are eating a cup of cereal, are we really? Is it more like 1.5 cups of cereal? That extra .5 cups adds more calories to our day. Calories that we aren't keeping track of. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to first get out your: <BR> <BR> measuring cups, measuring spoons, and kitchen scale <BR> <BR> After you have done that, ME... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 22:51:29 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33063777 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> I have a challenge that I throw out every now in then. It is THE IDEA JAR. First, you get a container. It could be a jar, a box, or any type of container that can hold pieces of paper. Next, you get a piece of paper and cut it into strips. <BR> <BR> From there, you write down ideas of things you can do INSTEAD OF EATING on your strips of paper. This is for the times when your body isn't really hungry. Your brain, or heart needs something, but you are associ... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 22:28:58 EST Procrastination http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x33039332 I signed up with Sparks almost 1 year ago and today I have decided that I am going to commit myself! It is time for me to make sure I complete my healthy lifestyle change. Since November 2009, I have lost 20 pounds; however, I still have 50 pounds to go. Along this journey, I have modified my eating habits and learning to incorporate healthier choices. I am definitely looking for suggestions, support, and motivation!!! I look forward to chatting with all of you! Mon, 29 Mar 2010 02:07:05 EST class team leaders for march http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x33032757 <BR> LET'S GIVE OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MARCH TEAM LEADERS FOR THIS TEAM CLASS OF MAY 31-JUNE 6 2009 <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> <BR> PASTORJEFF2 <BR> DAKERONE <BR> L*I*T*A* <BR> ALLYALLYT <BR> SUEZQMD <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> PASTORJEFF2 <BR> KUBURAT <BR> ALLYALLYT <BR> FORTYNFREE <BR> DAKERONE <BR> Sun, 28 Mar 2010 19:47:26 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x33030720 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Who here can burn 400 calories today? You don't have to burn them with one long workout. You can space them throughout your day (i.e. take the stairs, walking, playing in the yard with the kids, etc.) <BR> <BR> Can YOU burn 400 calories through exercise today? Give it a try!! YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday <BR> Sun, 28 Mar 2010 18:05:08 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32997093 <BR> Happy Weekend to you !! <BR> <BR> Weekends are a great time to take a leisurely walk with family and friends. <BR> <BR> Can you squeeze in a few walks this weekend? <BR> <BR> If the weather isn't agreeable, can you get to a local gym or mall and "stretch your legs"? <BR> <BR> Remember to put on your pedometer too! <BR> <BR> If you can't manage a walks this weekend can you fit in an exercise video or some cardio around the house? <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Weekend! <BR> Sat, 27 Mar 2010 01:01:08 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32970657 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Wooohooo! We made it to the end of the week! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is: GO FASTER, HARDER, OR LONGER! <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training today, can you: <BR> <BR> 1) Use a bit more weight? <BR> 2) Do a few more reps? <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training today, can you: <BR> <BR> 1) Go farther than you usually do? <BR> 2) Go longer than you usually do? <BR> 3) Go faster than you usually do? <BR> <BR> Today is all about pus... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 22:02:50 EST eat more fiber for weightloss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x32970572 Recent research in the Journal of Nutrition suggests eating more fiber as a way to prevent weight gain or even encourage weight loss. Over the course of the two-year study, the researchers found that boosting fiber by 8 grams for every 1,000 calories resulted in about 4 ½ pounds of weight lost. <BR> <BR> Check out this url for more info: <BR> <BR> <link>www.eatingwell.com/blogs/brierley_wr<BR>ight/2009_12_23/foods_that_do_the_weig<BR>ht_loss_work_for_you </link> Thu, 25 Mar 2010 21:58:43 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32947516 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> 1. It is that time again. Time to get out your measuring tape and see your progress. We take our measurements on this group the 15th of every month. It is a good idea to keep track of your measurements and compare them each month. As many of us know, the scale doesn't always show progress. However, the measuring tape can be your friend when the scale isn't "cooperating". <BR> <BR> Examples of good places to measure are: *Neck <BR> *Upper arms *Chest *Bust... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:10:50 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x32921228 Hello everybody! I've been on Spark for about 5 weeks and so far so good. It's harder than I thought it was going to be but it's been very rewarding. Tue, 23 Mar 2010 23:52:09 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32921131 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> For many of us, shorts season is JUST AROUND THE CORNER. There isn't a better time to get our legs trim and toned than now. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do an exercise (or several if you are doing strength training) to tone up your legs. Some activities could be: <BR> <BR> *Strength training your lower body (i.e. squats, lunges, leg lifts, etc.) <BR> *Bicycling (Spinning class) <BR> *Rowing <BR> *Step Aerobics <BR> *Kickboxing (Turbo Jam & T... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 23:45:54 EST New way to get email SparkPoints http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x32921056 New way to get email SparkPoints - if emails getting blocked <BR> Tuesday, March 23, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> We are still working to resolve our email problems with Yahoo. Also as mentioned in a past post most people not on Yahoo should be receiving emails. <BR> <BR> We made a site enhancement today so you can also view today's daily emails on the site. We thought this would be helpful for days when you can't get your emails. You can read the email content and also earn ... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 23:39:30 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32893776 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to eat a fruit or vegetable with EVERY meal. You get double-credit if you can fit in a fruit AND vegetable with every meal. <BR> <BR> Living a healthier life starts with your choices of healthier foods. YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> So did you do it?? <BR> <BR> Have a TASTY Tuesday! Mon, 22 Mar 2010 23:18:08 EST Introducing SparkSav ings.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x32893384 Introducing SparkSavings.com <BR> Monday, March 22, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> We've very excited to announce our newest site, SparkSavings.com. At SparkSavings we have modified the goal setting and achievement approach from SparkPeople to help members with personal finance and savings goals! <BR> <BR> At SparkSavings you can: <BR> - Create and maintain a monthly budget <BR> - Track your daily expenses to measure against your budget <BR> - Set savings goals and track your s... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 22:57:48 EST Stand Up While You Read This! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x32866262 Stand Up While You Read This! <BR> By OLIVIA Stand Up While You Read This! <BR> By OLIVIA JUDSON <BR> Olivia Judson on the influence of science and biology on modern life. <BR> <BR> <BR> calories, chairs, exercise, obesity, offices, sitting, walking <BR> <BR> Zack Canepari for The New York Times, left; Chris Machian for The New York Times Wrong: Sitting at your cubicle. Better: Walking while clicking and talking. <BR> Your chair is your enemy. <BR> <BR> It doesn’t matter if you go runni... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 22:36:31 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32865434 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is one of my least favorites: WATCH OUT FOR SALT! The foods we eat often have hidden sodium in them. Your challenge today is to stay within your sodium level. <BR> <BR> Watch out for hidden salt in: <BR> <BR> *Pickles <BR> *Soy Sauce <BR> *"Diet" pre-packaged meals <BR> *Deli & Lunch meats <BR> *Soups <BR> *Canned vegetables & fruits <BR> *Baked goods <BR> <BR> Remember folks: READ YOUR LABELS! <BR> <BR> Do you track your ... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 21:59:54 EST BREAK THE EMOTIONAL EATING HABIT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x32845701 FEEDING THE MIND: TEN INSIGHTS REQUIRED TO BREAK THE EMOTIONAL EATING HABIT <BR> POSTED BY DR. GOULD <BR> <BR> I’m going to continue talking about the stages one has to go through to be cured of the destructive emotional eating habit, and I will continue to use the comments to the last blog to illustrate what I have to say. <BR> <BR> First, I want to remind you that the cure for emotional eating is a psychological cure, and the medicine we use to cure the mind is insight. As I outline the t... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 23:09:48 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32824163 Have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to ENHANCE YOUR ENVIRONMENT. Make your surroundings more pleasing to you. There are lots of ways you can do this. Some suggestions are: <BR> <BR> *Straighten & file <BR> *Declutter & Donate <BR> *Paint <BR> *Rearrange <BR> *Plant <BR> *Decorate... <BR> <BR> However you decide to enhance your environment, put a piece of you in it. Our homes should be our "haven". Relax in it and enjoy. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! <BR> Fri, 19 Mar 2010 21:59:33 EST latest SP email update http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x32803512 SPARKGUYANDTEAM's Recent Blog Entries <BR> <BR> Email update - everyone but Yahoo.com should be receiving <BR> Thursday, March 18, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> We believe that most users who are not on Yahoo mail are receiving emails. If you are not on Yahoo and not receiving emails you can click here to read our guide for getting emails. <BR> <BR> For those on Yahoo please know that we are working everyday to get more and more emails to you. <BR> <BR> Finally, we are goin... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 23:52:02 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32803034 <BR> <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to CONSUME 5-7 FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. For some, this may sound like a lot of "healthy rabbit food". However, getting in your fruits and vegetables doesn't have to be difficult. Try any of the following to get in extra fruits and vegetables: <BR> <BR> *Fruit Smoothies <BR> *Vegetable juices (watch the sodium) <BR> *Vegetable soup <BR> *Grilled vegetables <BR> *Saute vegetables into an omelet or put onto you... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 23:29:34 EST I keep starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x32778761 Hello - <BR> I have enjoyed reading all the motivating messages about loosing weight, and I do want to be the one to say, hey I did it, but I lack motivation. I can start strong with exercising, tracking my food, and trying to keet a positive attitude, but it only last for a little while. I find myself slipping back to old ways. I have exercise DVDs, treadmill, stationary bike, free weights, videos, you name it. I have limit range of motion in my knee (knee replacement), heel problem that... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 23:52:47 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32777021 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do 30 MINUTES OF CONTINUOUS CARDIO EXERCISE. Your exercise could be as easy as walking, or as tough as a kickboxing class. The idea is to move your body, and burn calories for 30 continuous minutes. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a SWEATIN' OUR WAY TO GOAL Thursday! Wed, 17 Mar 2010 22:30:25 EST read this....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x32760410 a must read blog............ <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=TRAVELNISTA </link> Wed, 17 Mar 2010 10:47:40 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32750152 Happy Wednesday!!! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - We are going WALKING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer and try to get in 10,000 or more steps. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk or you can use a time method of measure. It takes about 1 hour to walk about 5 miles at a moderate speed. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> <BR> <BR> WooHoo It’s Work Out Wednesday... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:18:09 EST Happy St Patrick's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32725363 <link>www.dobhran.com/greetings/GRstpatty.<BR>htm </link> Tue, 16 Mar 2010 00:40:04 EST SP email update http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x32714197 Email Update - Notifications OK but newsletters not sending - still working on fixing <BR> Monday, March 15, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, a quick email update: <BR> <BR> - Email newsletters have not been going out since Friday, due to some fixes we are implementing. However we expect them to start going out tonight. <BR> - Notification emails (new message board post, etc) should be going out correctly, and have been for the past few days. <BR> <BR> One other note is that if you have ... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 16:46:07 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32697463 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the better. Bran... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 00:47:21 EST spring forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11358x31902x32655645 <link>www.dobhran.com/greetings/GRdaylight<BR>spring.htm </link> Sat, 13 Mar 2010 00:55:30 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32655573 Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> What is YOUR PERSONAL CHALLENGE? Do you have a hard time getting in your fruits/vegetables? <BR> Do you have a hard time getting in all your water? <BR> Do you have a hard time getting in strength training? <BR> <BR> Your challenge this Weekend is to tackle the area that you have a hard time with (mine is sodium & strength training). It could be: <BR> <BR> *Answering your Sparkmail and/or Goodies <BR> *Logging in all your food <BR> *Food related (i.e.... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 00:48:15 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32628364 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's get together and kick up our March cardio minutes! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get in 45 MINUTES OF CARDIO. <BR> You don't have to do 45 minutes of continuous cardio. Feel free to break up the minutes. <BR> <BR> So...put on your exercise shoes, grab your gym bag, pump up your bike tires.... <BR> <BR> WE ARE MOVING NOW! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday everyone! <BR> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 22:58:57 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32600096 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Foods that are rich in calcium help prevent osteoporosis and keep your bones strong. <BR> <BR> Can you get in your daily calcium WITHOUT the use of your multi-vitamin today? <BR> <BR> What foods are high in calcium? How about: <BR> <BR> *Dairy products (i.e. yogurt, milk, cheese, ice cream, etc.) <BR> *Dark green leafy vegetables <BR> *Broccoli <BR> *Sardines, salmon, shrimp <BR> *Soybeans <BR> <BR> How will YOU get in your calcium today? <BR> ... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 22:03:52 EST SparkPeople email getting better???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x32584409 SparkPeople email getting better - but not completely fixed <BR> Wednesday, March 10, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> Over the past 2 days we've seen more and more of our emails getting delivered to members. This includes Yahoo members, as we can now send after Yahoo fixed some technical issues. We know that some members are still not receiving any or all of their emails, but rest assured we are working pretty much around the clock to resolve this issue. <BR> <BR> One other note... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 11:29:10 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32573721 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get focused and STICK TO PROGRAM. Can you: <BR> <BR> *Stay within your calorie limit <BR> *Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> *Take your multi-vitamin <BR> *Move your body to burn off calories <BR> *Log all foods & beverages consumed <BR> <BR> Share with us what you managed to do <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday everyone! <BR> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 23:46:59 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32545175 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> Your challenge today is to concentrate REALLY HARD on eating: LEAN PROTEINS & WHOLE GRAIN CARBS <BR> Don't even look at highly processed proteins (i.e. lunch meat, hot dogs, etc.) or enriched white flours (i.e. donuts, white bread, white flour crackers, enriched white pasta, etc.) <BR> <BR> Today, try having these healthy alternatives: <BR> <BR> *Grilled fish or chicken <BR> *Whole grains breads and cereals <BR> *Legumes (beans are a GREAT source of fiber) ... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 23:19:11 EST What's Your Biggest Barrier to Exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x32533395 Body Size or Exercise: Which Matters Most? <BR> The answer may put you on the path to a more active life <BR> By RealAge <BR> <BR> <BR> What's Your Biggest Barrier to Exercise? <BR> Choose the description below that best reflects the issue that keeps you from being more physically active and find out how to get around it: <BR> <BR> I'm getting older, don't know what to do at my age, and am worried about injury. <BR> I'm out of shape and it seems like such a long road ahead. <BR> I'm simpl... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 15:05:44 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32510453 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Who here can burn 400 calories today? You don't have to burn them with one long workout. You can space them throughout your day (i.e. take the stairs, walking, playing in the yard with the kids, etc.) <BR> <BR> Can YOU burn 400 calories through exercise today? Give it a try!! YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday <BR> <BR> Sun, 7 Mar 2010 18:35:22 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32473591 Happy recylcing Weekend ! <BR> <BR> Reduce, re-use, recycle - <BR> <BR> <BR> If your local trash hauler does not pick up recyclables, <BR> find a recycle center in your area ask and what they accept <BR> <BR> Go through clothes you have not worn in a year and give them to good-will or to www.freecycle.com <BR> <BR> <BR> Go through other clutter in the house and take it to good-will or again, offer it on www.freecycle.com <BR> <BR> make it your best weekend ever.......... <BR> <... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 22:32:59 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32449014 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Whether you are thinking about your daily menu, how you look in the mirror, <BR> your exercise, your kids, your spouse, your job, the cleanliness of your home, <BR> the price of gasoline, etc....THINK POSITIVE! <BR> <BR> This is a challenge for all. <BR> <BR> WE CAN DO THIS! Think positive and your attitude will rub off on others. <BR> <BR> Who can do this?! WE CAN! <BR> <BR> Have an OPTIMISTIC Friday everyone! <BR> Thu, 4 Mar 2010 23:00:01 EST NEW Mobile Apps for Smartphones! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x32422274 NEW Mobile Apps for Smartphones! <BR> Wednesday, March 03, 2010 <BR> Good morning, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm happy to announce that we have some exciting new mobile applications. Now, our popular Diet and Fitness Tracker and our SparkRecipes Healthy Recipes library are available for iPhone/iPod Touch, Blackberry and Google Android mobile devices! <BR> <BR> <BR> You can download them for free by clicking the links below: <BR> <BR> <BR> http://sparkpeople.com/iphone/ <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 23:33:02 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32421569 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do 30 MINUTES OF CONTINUOUS CARDIO EXERCISE. Your exercise could be as easy as walking, or as tough as a kickboxing class. The idea is to move your body, and burn calories for 30 continuous minutes. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a SWEATIN' OUR WAY TO GOAL Thursday <BR> Wed, 3 Mar 2010 23:05:23 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32391994 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get focused and STICK TO PROGRAM. Can you: <BR> <BR> *Stay within your calorie limit <BR> *Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> *Take your multi-vitamin <BR> *Move your body to burn off calories <BR> *Log all foods & beverages consumed <BR> <BR> WE CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Share what you were able to do <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday everyone Tue, 2 Mar 2010 22:47:22 EST SparkPeople's Search for the Best 'After' Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x32362452 SPARKGUYANDTEAM's Recent Blog Entries <BR> View SPARKGUYANDTEAM's Sparkpage <BR> View More Entries in Summary View <BR> <BR> <BR> New Contest: SparkPeople's Search for the Best 'After' Photos <BR> Monday, March 01, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> We hear amazing stories of transformation and weight loss every day at SparkPeople. Now it's time to for you to SHOW everyone how your hard work has paid off by entering our "After" Photo Contest! SparkPeople's Official "After" Photo Contest is looking fo... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 23:40:06 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32362133 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PUSH TO CRUNCH! Get in: <BR> <BR> *25 to 50 push-ups <BR> *25 to 50 crunches <BR> <BR> Whatever your level you can modify these exercises to fit your level of fitness. Refer to the Spark Fitness area for suggestions (i.e. wall push-ups, reverse crunches, etc.). Don't forget you can even break it up into sets of 15, 10 or even 5. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Tuesday everyone! Mon, 1 Mar 2010 23:27:26 EST may this help you.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x32337316 a great blog i came accross and thought it worth sharing........ <BR> <BR> We all have discouraging days. Maybe this will help when you have one ? <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2941276 </link> Mon, 1 Mar 2010 09:41:38 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32319182 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the better. Bran... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 17:03:41 EST Best Weight Loss Advice You've Never Heard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x32302068 Best Weight Loss Advice You've Never Heard <BR> 9 "Oh, wow!" strategies to help you shed those pounds. <BR> <BR> By Kathleen Doheny <BR> <BR> WebMD FeatureReviewed by Louise Chang, MD <BR> <BR> You’re ready to lose some weight. But you're tired of listening to all that stale, tried-and-true weight loss advice, like eating more vegetables, limiting portions, and exercising more. <BR> <BR> Maybe what you need is a fresh idea or two. So WebMD asked diet experts to come up with some lesser-kn... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 22:52:15 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32279360 Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge this weekend is to spend time with family & friends. <BR> Enjoy their love for you by doing something fun together. <BR> <BR> How about: <BR> <BR> *Playing a board game <BR> *Going to the park and having a picnic <BR> *Go for a bike ride, roller skating, or a walk <BR> *Go to a movie <BR> *Have a special meal together <BR> *Play a sport together <BR> <BR> Whatever you do this weekend, ENJOY YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS. <BR> <BR> They lo... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 21:50:04 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32255827 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to come up with THREE CHALLENGES FOR YOU TO COMPLETE BEFORE THE DAY ENDS. <BR> <BR> Come up with 3 goals that you want to complete by the end of the day. They can do with diet, exercise, chores, errands, etc. <BR> <BR> YOU make the challenge for YOURSELF today. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday everyone! Thu, 25 Feb 2010 23:35:57 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32225876 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do 30 MINUTES OF CONTINUOUS CARDIO EXERCISE. Your exercise could be as easy as walking, or as tough as a kickboxing class. The idea is to move your body, and burn calories for 30 continuous minutes. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a SWEATIN' OUR WAY TO GOAL Thursday! <BR> Wed, 24 Feb 2010 21:55:53 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32197731 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the better. B... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 21:58:46 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32171303 Happy Tuesday day to you! <BR> <BR> Let's forget the mistakes of the past and how many times you have done something you know you should not have or not done the things that you should have. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 8 or more 8 ounces of water <BR> 2. Exercise for at least 30 minutes. <BR> 3. Make sure you get enough protein <BR> 4. Get 2 to 3 servings of dairy <BR> 5. Get 5 to 7 servings of fruit and veggies. <BR> 6. Take 5 minutes to just clear your mind. <BR> <BR> If you can do all 6 ... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 00:16:06 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32139595 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> TRY TO GET IN EXERCISE <BR> <BR> Whether it is cardio or strength training, set time aside today FOR YOU. Feeling stressed out? Exercise is a great stress reliever. Get in some cardio and burn off some of those calories. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday everyone! <BR> Sun, 21 Feb 2010 23:08:27 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32094538 <BR> Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> This weekend is an easy challenge. <BR> You decide what you want to do as a challenge this weekend. <BR> What do you plan to do with your challenge "weekend off"? <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do this weekend, make sure that it is something that you enjoy. <BR> Spend time with family/friends. <BR> Laugh. <BR> Take a nap. <BR> See a movie. <BR> Go for a walk. <BR> ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND! <BR> <BR> Come tell us what you did...... <BR> <BR> Ha... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 00:51:01 EST motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x32081768 If it's motivation you need, read this! <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=132<BR>_pounds_down_i_have_nothing_to_lose_bu<BR>t_the_weight </link> Fri, 19 Feb 2010 12:40:49 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32069014 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many Sparkpoints you can get. <BR> Go to your Sparkpoints page to see ways to earn points. <BR> <BR> Some areas are: <BR> <BR> *Drinking your water <BR> *Exercising <BR> *Reading articles <BR> *Making a recipe <BR> *Completing Lifestyle scale <BR> *Eating right <BR> *Web search <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT!!! <BR> <BR> How many points did you earn today??? <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday everyone Thu, 18 Feb 2010 22:12:51 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32043699 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> 1. It is that time again. Time to get out your measuring tape and see your progress. We take our measurements on this group the 15th of every month. It is a good idea to keep track of your measurements and compare them each month. As many of us know, the scale doesn't always show progress. However, the measuring tape can be your friend when the scale isn't "cooperating". <BR> <BR> Examples of good places to measure are: *Neck <BR> *Upper arms *Chest *Bust... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 22:29:32 EST discouraged ,frustrated etc read this..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x32027811 For those of you that are struggling, those of you that are discouraged, those of you that are hurting, those of you that are frustrated... This is for you! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2892705 </link> Wed, 17 Feb 2010 11:22:52 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x32017192 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to tailor your cardio workout to your fitness level. If you are: <BR> <BR> *New to Exercise - Try to get in 30 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> *Have been exercising for a while (more than a month) - Try to get in 45 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> *Have been exercising for a long while - Try to get in 60 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! Remember to drink your water, have a nutritious sn... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 22:58:22 EST try the real age test here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x32008661 Has anyone else taken the real age test yet? It takes your health, habits, diet, ect and analyzes them to come up with your real age. Anything that is making you older it gives you tips to improve. Here's the like to the spark daily blog that includes the link to the real age website. <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=pol<BR>l_is_age_just_a_number_to_you </link> Tue, 16 Feb 2010 17:13:32 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31987923 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” -Leo F. Buscaglia <BR> <BR> For today's challenge, I want to focus on encouraging those outside of Spark. Your challenge today is to give 5 genuine compliments to folks outside of Sparkpeople. You never know how much your uplifting words will encourage others. No... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 23:06:08 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31949645 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get in THREE exercises (with adequate repetitions for your fitness level) using any of the following: <BR> <BR> *Stability Ball <BR> *Exercise Bands <BR> *Weights <BR> <BR> If you do not have weights, you can always use full bottles of water, soup cans, or a bag or rice or beans. The goal is to firm up our body. Summer is just around the corner! You have been working on eating healthier. Now, let's work on toning and getting fi... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 15:07:04 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31915699 Happy weekend challenge! <BR> <BR> I saw this in another forum and wanted to share...... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a pretty good explanation of the visual representation of fat loss that was emailed to me recently (And attributed originally to a "Bob White")... <BR> <BR> Let’s assume you go out and buy two rolls of paper towels, each with 112 paper towels on it. You put one aside, and keep it for future reference (your “before” picture). The other one represents you (I’ll call your ... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 21:53:47 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31895419 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to tailor your cardio workout to your fitness level. If you are: <BR> <BR> *New to Exercise - Try to get in 30 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> *Have been exercising for a while (more than a month) - Try to get in 45 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> *Have been exercising for a long while - Try to get in 60 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! Remember to drink your water, have a nutritious snack... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 01:22:32 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31866072 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DECLUTTER. What do you have in your life that is a mess and needs to be straightened or taken care of? It could be: <BR> <BR> *E-mails <BR> *Refrigerator <BR> *Closet <BR> *Desk <BR> *Garage <BR> *Car <BR> *Kids' Room <BR> *Purse or Wallet <BR> *Yard <BR> *Office <BR> *Laundry Room/Basket <BR> *Mail on the counter <BR> <BR> Today is the day to tackle that mess. You will very happy that you did! <BR> <BR> Share with... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 22:06:31 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31838620 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to eat a fruit or vegetable with EVERY meal. <BR> <BR> You get double-credit if you can fit in a fruit AND vegetable with every meal. <BR> <BR> Living a healthier life starts with your choices of healthier foods. YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Tell us how many you had to eat today!! <BR> <BR> Have a TASTY Wednesday! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Feb 2010 22:47:55 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31810076 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> We all know that our bodies need protein. Do you know why? Protein is important for the growth and repair of your muscles, bones, skin, tendons, ligaments, hair, eyes and other tissues. Without it, you would lack the enzymes and hormones you need for metabolism, digestion and other important processes. <BR> <BR> When you have an infection, you should eat more protein because it helps create the antibodies your immune system needs to fight disease. If you ar... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 23:28:16 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31793505 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> How was your weekend? Did you stay busy? Did you get in any exercise? How did you do on eating healthy foods? Well, today IS A NEW DAY! <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to get in 3-5 EXERCISES. Where do you find a listing of Exercises that would be appropriate for your activity level (so glad you asked)? Go look under My Fitness, Add Strength Exercises. Pick 3-5 exercises that are challenging for you, but DON'T HURT YOURSELF. <BR> <BR> Have you been doing... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 12:43:21 EST read this...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x31773782 steps to protect your credit.....a blog we all should read........... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=TRAVELNISTA </link> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 18:45:03 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31732665 <BR> Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> As we start to "get a hang" of this lifestyle change, we become confident that we can "eyeball" a serving. Have you gotten to this point? Do you: <BR> <BR> *Pour cereal straight from the box into your bowl? <BR> *Say "that looks like about 2 Tbsp. of half & half"? <BR> *Say: "I'm sure I ate only 1/2 cup of ice cream"? <BR> <BR> If you find yourself overly confident about your portions, you might be in for a shock. <BR> <BR> Your challenge this w... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 22:56:37 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31706234 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to burn off AT LEAST 300 CALORIES. Get moving! Here are some suggestions that can get your body on the move: <BR> <BR> *Take the stairs instead of the elevator <BR> *Park your car far out in the parking lot <BR> *Walk or take your bike to work or school <BR> *Walk on your lunch break or after dinner <BR> *Go to the gym <BR> *Do strength exercises while you are waiting for a commercial to end <BR> <BR> You get the idea - G... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 23:17:08 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31677442 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> Your challenge today is to concentrate REALLY HARD on eating: LEAN PROTEINS & WHOLE GRAIN CARBS <BR> Don't even look at highly processed proteins (i.e. lunch meat, hot dogs, etc.) or enriched white flours (i.e. donuts, white bread, white flour crackers, enriched white pasta, etc.) <BR> <BR> Today, try having these healthy alternatives: <BR> <BR> *Grilled fish or chicken <BR> *Whole grains breads and cereals <BR> *Legumes (beans are a GREAT source of fiber) ... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 23:07:37 EST Why It’s Not Too Late....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11358x31902x31647625 Why It’s Not Too Late—And Perhaps It's The Perfect Time! <BR> <BR> <BR> Do You Continue to Work Toward Your New Year’s Goals? <BR> <BR> I Stopped in January. <BR> <BR> I Made it For a While, But Eventually Stopped Trying. <BR> <BR> Yes, I’m Still Making Progress! <BR> <BR> I Didn’t Make Any Goals. <BR> <BR> If on February 1st, you took a look at your lifestyle and found that it wasn't profoundly different from January 1st--or at least it wasn't different in the ways that you had ho... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 23:06:26 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31646279 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Who can burn 300 or more calories today through exercise? Any takers? Challenge yourself to GET MOVING. YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday everyone! Tue, 2 Feb 2010 22:12:34 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31615044 Happy Tuesday to you!! <BR> <BR> <BR> There is a link between energy (i.e. feeling good) and the foods we eat. Eating fruits and vegetables not only provide fiber, natural sugars, and additional water to your system. They also provide plenty of vitamins that fuel your body. They help keep our skin clear, nails strong, & hair shiny, keep bad headaches & migraines to a minimum, and depression at bay. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today? EAT AT LEAST 1 FRUIT OR VEGETABLE WITH EVERY MEAL. Ways to... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 22:18:17 EST low carb diet lowers Blood Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x31609179 got this from another team i'm on and thought it worth re-posting here........... <BR> <BR> <BR> Low-Carb Diet Lowers Blood Pressure <BR> <BR> Low-Carbohydrate Diet Better Than Weight Loss Drug Orlistat at Lowering Blood Pressure With Weight Loss <BR> <BR> A low-carbohydrate diet may have health benefits that go beyond weight loss. <BR> <BR> A new study shows that a low-carbohydrate diet was equally good as the weight loss drug orlistat (the active ingredient in Alli and Xenical) at h... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 19:01:30 EST lost sheep returns http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x31589752 i dropped off the spark program last year and let problems set me back..i want to feel good at 68 and have my life back...i believe that's possible but could use help..that is the element i left out before..so..HELP Mon, 1 Feb 2010 09:06:09 EST top 5 January leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x31582367 January Team Leaders <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> <BR> PASTORJEFF2 <BR> DAKERONE <BR> L*I*T*A* <BR> ALLYALLYT <BR> SUEZQMD <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> PASTORJEFF2 <BR> SUNFLOWERS1021 <BR> ALLYALLYT <BR> DAKERONE <BR> HOSTALADY <BR> <BR> congratulations to all the top 5 on the leaders boards for January.........way to go!!! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:16:07 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31582091 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to: <BR> <BR> (1)Have a healthy breakfast <BR> <BR> (2)Have at least one healthy snack to keep your body "fueled" <BR> <BR> (3) Measure & notate ALL food consumed <BR> <BR> (4) Do something physical that burns AT LEAST 200 calories <BR> <BR> Can you do ALL FOUR items on today's challenge? YOU KNOW YOU CAN! <BR> <BR> Share which ones you have done <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday! <BR> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:03:31 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31529989 Happy Weekend Everyone! <BR> <BR> 1. Get 60 minutes of cardio exercise.....go to the gym, go for a long walk, or even break it up into smaller intervals of 10 or 15 minutes at a time. <BR> <BR> 2. Spend time with loved one..... <BR> <BR> 3. Stay within calorie range, drink at least 8 glasses of water every day, take your vitamins and get enough protein. <BR> <BR> 4. Track it all....your water, your food, protein and/or any other vitamins or minerals that you want to watch. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 22:23:05 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31503383 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do 3-5 strength training exercises. You can find exercises to match your current fitness level in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> Need a bit more of a challenge? You can incorporate weights, bands and/or balls into your workout. <BR> <BR> Remember to have fun, drink plenty of water and rest between reps. <BR> <BR> Have a MUSCULAR Friday! <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Jan 2010 21:56:59 EST Overeating: A Habit to be Broken http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x31502387 Overeating: A Habit to be Broken <BR> <BR> If you're just realizing that you're an Emotional Eater, you're probably starting to see that your diet failures haven't been due to lack of willpower but something deeper. Rest assured: overeating is a habit that can be broken. <BR> There are two reasons that people eat. They eat for health: to nourish their bodies and minds. And they eat to soothe their emotions. Once a person learns to eat for emotional reasons, food becomes a necessary component... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 21:18:58 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31476151 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PAMPER YOU! Take time out of your day to spoil yourself. Simple ways you can do this are: <BR> <BR> *Sleep in <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Take a relaxing bubble bath <BR> *Buy something for yourself <BR> *Rent a special movie or go see one <BR> *Buy a healthy food you rarely buy <BR> *Ask family or friends to make YOU dinner for once <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do today, make sure to take time for YOU. <BR> <BR> Share w... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 22:46:37 EST Wednesday's Oprah... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x31446464 The Oprah Show <BR> <BR> Before You Grocery Shop Again: Food 101 with Michael Pollan <BR> <BR> Do you know where your food really comes from? Food guru and best-selling author Michael Pollan helps clear up the confusion. <BR> <BR> Tune in on 01/27 to watch this show tomorrow <BR> <BR> <link>www.oprah.com/showinfo/Food-101-with<BR>-Michael-Pollan </link> Tue, 26 Jan 2010 22:43:15 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31446124 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to give ourselves a PERSONAL PEP-TALK. Each and every one of us is special. We are beautiful (even with our love-handles) and have unique qualities. Most of the time, we push this beauty aside and criticize ourselves. NOT TODAY! <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to think of FIVE things that are great about YOU. When someone gets to know you, what would they say about you? What is something about your body that you like? What is something ab... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 22:30:08 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31415648 Happy Tuesday!!! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - We are going WALKING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer and try to get in 10,000 or more steps. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk or you can use a time method of measure. It takes about 1 hour to walk about 5 miles at a moderate speed. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we have consumed. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday!! <BR> Mon, 25 Jan 2010 22:45:19 EST sparkpeople way to go..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x31399329 got this this morning check out this.....how great is that support of one site to another.... a clickable link to sparkpeople at the bottom...... <BR> <BR> Burn More Fat with These Breakfast Foods <BR> By RealAge <BR> <BR> You can give your body a little fat-burning advantage by including items like these in your morning meal: eggs, yogurt, and whole-grain cereal. <BR> Breakfast is the most important meal of the day if you're trying to control your appetite and lose weight, but these three... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 13:22:52 EST Winter Workouts Can Boost Your Mood http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x31384188 Winter Workouts Can Boost Your Mood <BR> Posted by: Dr. Mercola <BR> January 23 2010 | 11,735 views <BR> <BR> Winter can put a chill on even the most enthusiastic exercise plans. But sticking to your exercise program throughout the cold months is beneficial for multiple reasons, experts say. Not only can physical activity lift your spirits during days of limited sunlight, it can help make sure you're in good shape when the weather gets warmer. <BR> To exercise safely in more challenging c... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 23:43:48 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31377328 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's start off the week with a "to do list". Make a note of 5 things that YOU WILL GET DONE BY FRIDAY! You can jot down the 5 things that you will get done here (or keep them somewhere that you can refer to them). <BR> <BR> 1- Let's aim for 8-10 glasses of water today. <BR> 2-Try for at least 30 minutes fo cardio/strenght training. <BR> <BR> Share with us what you managed to get done or organized <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday Sun, 24 Jan 2010 19:23:09 EST latest leaders for January http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x31367736 congratulations everyone!!! <BR> <BR> January Team Leaders <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> <BR> PASTORJEFF2 <BR> DAKERONE <BR> L*I*T*A* <BR> ALLYALLYT <BR> SUEZQMD <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> PASTORJEFF2 <BR> SUNFLOWERS1021 <BR> ALLYALLYT <BR> HOSTALADY <BR> DAKERONE <BR> Sun, 24 Jan 2010 13:28:20 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31334276 Happy Weekend Everyone! <BR> <BR> This weekend's Challenge is to do something healthy with your family. <BR> <BR> Call a family member to chat....it's good for you mental health as well as theirs. <BR> <BR> Go for a walks with you spouse/friend. <BR> <BR> Do any activities you can think of with the one(s) you love. <BR> <BR> Share with us what you did <BR> <BR> Have a great Weekend!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Jan 2010 00:33:27 EST fyi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x31318851 update: <BR> while on the treadmill this week found suddendly i was unable to weight bear and realized the pain was the same as before when i had a torn meniscus............have seen the dr later that day and am booked for an mri a week Sunday......in the mean time have been having a great deal of difficulty getting around as well as being on the site as frequently as previouly.........just to let everyone i may not be able to be here as often as before..............thanks for your understan... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 12:55:16 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31310428 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> Drink you daily quota of water <BR> Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. <BR> <BR> Let us know what you are going to... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 08:21:01 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31274576 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to concentrate REALLY HARD on eating: LEAN PROTEINS & WHOLE GRAIN CARBS <BR> Don't even look at highly processed proteins (i.e. lunch meat, hot dogs, etc.) or enriched white flours (i.e. donuts, white bread, white flour crackers, enriched white pasta, etc.) <BR> <BR> Today, try having these healthy alternatives: <BR> <BR> *Grilled fish or chicken <BR> *Whole grains breads and cereals <BR> *Legumes (beans are a GREAT sourc... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 22:41:37 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31240746 Happy Wednesday!!! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - We are going WALKING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer and try to get in 10,000 or more steps. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk or you can use a time method of measure. It takes about 1 hour to walk about 5 miles at a moderate speed. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> <BR> <BR> WooHoo It’s Work Out Wednesday... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 21:24:30 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31213548 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's get our bodies moving today people. Your challenge is to get in AT LEAST 45 MINUTES OF CARDIO EXERCISE. Who is with me? Any takers? <BR> <BR> Let's get moving and burn off mega calories! <BR> <BR> Share with us how many calories you burned today <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Tuesday everyone. <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 23:39:21 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31173779 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the better. Bran... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 19:21:06 EST phishing warning..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x31144268 <BR> Phishing warning <BR> <BR> The recent disaster in Haiti is obviously making many of us consider donating to the relief effort. Before you do, though, beware! Although an appalling tragedy, there are those who would use it for their own gain, and are sending out "phishing" emails globally, requesting "donations" which actually go to line their own pockets, and may also give the criminals details of the payment card you use. <BR> <BR> If you want to donate to disaster relief, PLEASE go... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 16:37:57 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31128111 <BR> HappyWeekend to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge this weekend is to find 5 different Sparkers and send them an encouraging message. It could be a welcome message. It could be "you are an inspiration to me" message. It could be a "I am here for you if you need someone to talk to" message. <BR> <BR> Where can you find Sparkers to send messages to? How about: <BR> <BR> *Visit Message Boards under Community (example: Introduce Yourself board, etc.) <BR> <BR> *See All Recent Blogs under... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 23:05:41 EST class was wondering...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x31109790 What is your favorite TV show? <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Jan 2010 10:21:39 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31100121 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to burn off AT LEAST 300 CALORIES. Get moving! Here are some suggestions that can get your body on the move: <BR> <BR> *Take the stairs instead of the elevator <BR> *Park your car far out in the parking lot <BR> *Walk or take your bike to work or school <BR> *Walk on your lunch break or after dinner <BR> *Go to the gym <BR> *Do strength exercises while you are waiting for a commercial to end <BR> <BR> You get the id... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 22:55:46 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31066161 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! Around the 15th of each month, we take our measurements. Keep track of your measurements as soon as you can to see how your are progressing. There are times when the scale is a "frustrating beast", but the tape measure can show you that you are indeed shrinking. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a tape measure, just go online and type in your search engine "printable tape measure". You should be able to find many out there. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 21:23:38 EST class would like to know...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x31047879 I can't believe marketing strategies. The day after Christmas they began putting in Valentine stuff. My question is do you decorate for Valentine and if so when do you do it? <BR> Wed, 13 Jan 2010 11:07:16 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31036668 <BR> <BR> L*I*T*A* <BR> Posts: 46,238 <BR> 1/11/10 9:31 P <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a Great Wednesday! <BR> Did you know? <BR> <BR> *Getting 1,000 mg to 1,200 mg of calcium per day is one of the best ways to prevent bone-weakening osteoporosis later in life. <BR> <BR> *Calcium from dairy products in combination with a balanced, low-fat diet can help keep blood pressure in check. <BR> <BR> *Calcium in food is better absorbed by the body than calcium in ... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 23:21:29 EST the class was wondering...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31013118 What is your favorite time of year? <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Jan 2010 10:46:38 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x31003165 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's get our bodies moving today people. Your challenge is to get in AT LEAST 45 MINUTES OF CARDIO EXERCISE. At your own pace of course even at 10 moniyes interval........... <BR> Who is with me? Any takers? <BR> <BR> Let's get moving and burn off mega calories! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Tuesday everyone <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Jan 2010 00:24:53 EST Back to it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x30969809 Hi everyone! Happy Monday! <BR> Well, before the holiday "free for all" I was doing pretty darn good eating healthy and working out. <BR> Well, that was THEN this is NOW. <BR> I fell off the healthy wagon for about three weeks and I am finally back in the mindset to begin again! <BR> I am considering the P90X program. I am a vegetarian and am hoping someone can link me to the forum here that will help me get started with some P90X vegetarian diet suggestions? <BR> <BR> Happy New Year to eve... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 06:43:59 EST Easter challenge weigh in here........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30953256 for those participating in the Easter challenge........please weigh in on monday January 11th..............anyone can join in if they like its a lose 10 by Easter............ <BR> Sun, 10 Jan 2010 16:04:23 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30953142 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Did you have a nice weekend? As we are starting off a busy week, I thought it would be a great day to show kindness to others. As I like to call it: SPREAD THE SUNSHINE! <BR> <BR> Really go out of your way for others today. Show random acts of kindness and putting others before yourself. Make others feel welcome and appreciated. Do or say something kind for a complete stranger. Help those that aren't expecting it. Make others feel GOOD. <BR> <BR> sha... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 16:00:28 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30907876 Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> What have you been putting off lately? <BR> Wouldn't it be nice to have everything on your "To Do List" completed <BR> What have you been meaning to do? Could it be: <BR> <BR> *Grocery shopping <BR> *Cleaning out the oven & refrigerator <BR> *Cleaning the yard <BR> *Paying bills <BR> *Decluttering the house <BR> *Washing the car or dog <BR> *Answering e-mails <BR> *Cleaning the garage <BR> <BR> Whatever you have been meaning to do, THIS WEEKEND I... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 22:38:12 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30876698 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to: <BR> <BR> DRINK AT LEAST 8 GLASSES OF WATER TODAY and take your VITAMINS too! <BR> <BR> MOVE YOUR BODY AND BURN as many calories as you can <BR> <BR> Let's kick off the weekend with this challenge! <BR> <BR> Share how many calories you burned <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday everyone! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 Jan 2010 22:34:16 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30846210 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's make the challenge interactive. "How about trying this?" <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to come up with THREE CHALLENGES FOR YOU TO COMPLETE BEFORE THE DAY ENDS. <BR> <BR> Come up with 3 goals that you want to complete by the end of the day. They can do with diet, exercise, chores, errands, etc. YOU make the challenge for YOURSELF today. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Thursday everyone! <BR> Thu, 7 Jan 2010 00:50:55 EST easter challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30821527 Can you believe it is only 12 weeks until Easter? Twelve weeks from this Sunday is Easter so I am challenging myself to lose at least ten pounds by then. If anyone else is interested in joining me we will post our weight on Monday and every Monday after until the one after Easter. <BR> Wed, 6 Jan 2010 10:52:13 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30810401 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the better. Bran, for example, is a superb source of fiber. <BR> <BR> * Eat more fruits and vegetables. Eat them unpeeled, such as baked potatoes or apples with their skin. <BR> <BR> * Drink plenty of liquids. Otherwise fiber can slow down or even block proper intestinal digestion. <B... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 23:23:48 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30772834 Happy Tuesday day to you! <BR> <BR> Let's forget the mistakes of the past and how many times you have done something you know you should not have or not done the things that you should have. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 8 or more 8 ounces of water <BR> 2. Exercise for at least 30 minutes. <BR> 3. Make sure you get enough protein <BR> 4. Get 2 to 3 servings of dairy <BR> 5. Get 5 to 7 servings of fruit and veggies. <BR> 6. Take 5 minutes to just clear your mind. <BR> <BR> If you can do all 6 ... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 22:52:59 EST January Team Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x30770327 January Team Leaders <BR> <BR> CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE!!! <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> <BR> JULIANAM <BR> PASTORJEFF2 <BR> TRYING4BABY <BR> CAROLANB <BR> ANNIEBERG <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> PASTORJEFF2 <BR> SUNFLOWERS1021 <BR> 1THIRTY3 <BR> HOSTALADY <BR> SUNSHINE749 <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Jan 2010 21:45:39 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30727096 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Who here can burn 400 calories today? You don't have to burn them with one long workout. You can space them throughout your day (i.e. take the stairs, walking, playing in the yard with the kids, etc.) <BR> <BR> Can YOU burn 400 calories through exercise today? Give it a try!! YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday <BR> Sun, 3 Jan 2010 17:52:11 EST new years challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30643017 Happy New Year <BR> - Author Unknown <BR> <BR> If it didn't bring you joy <BR> just leave it behind <BR> Let's ring in the New Year <BR> with good things in mind <BR> Let every bad memory <BR> that brought heartache and pain <BR> And let's turn a new leaf <BR> with the smell of new rain <BR> Let's forget past mistakes <BR> making amends for this year <BR> Sending you these greetings <BR> to bring you hope and cheer <BR> Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> <BR> wishing you all the bles... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 20:43:37 EST abc's for the new year.... ........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30635626 a <BR> another chance to start again Thu, 31 Dec 2009 14:56:13 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30630972 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today? EAT AT LEAST 1 FRUIT OR VEGETABLE WITH EVERY MEAL. Ways to get in your fruits and vegetables (it is recommended that you get at least 5 a day) are: <BR> <BR> *Fruit smoothie <BR> *Vegetable juice <BR> *Vegetable soup <BR> *Fruit or vegetable salad <BR> *Grilled or steamed vegetables <BR> *Tossing in vegetables into an omelet, pasta, or rice dish <BR> *Fruit sorbet <BR> <BR> These are just a few ideas. There are tons of r... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 11:43:08 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30597959 Happy Wednesday!!! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - We are going WALKING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer and try to get in 10,000 or more steps. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk or you can use a time method of measure. It takes about 1 hour to walk about 5 miles at a moderate speed. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> <BR> <BR> WooHoo It’s Work Out Wednesd... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 01:28:23 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30570980 tuesday challenge <BR> <BR> <BR> the daily challenges have been posted for a long time now and wondering whether i should continue them..... <BR> <BR> please help me decide.....what will be best for all............ <BR> <BR> 1-do the challenges help you............yes/no <BR> 2-do you do them........................yes/no <BR> 3- do you read them.....................yes/no <BR> 4-do you like daily challenges...........yes/no <BR> if no what would you like???? <BR> ................... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 23:34:34 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30556335 have received a new computer for Christmas but am having a few glitches so please bear with me as i may be off and on for the next few days...........blessings and hugs.................lita <BR> <BR> choose your own challenge for today and share with us what you have done.......... <BR> Mon, 28 Dec 2009 12:33:48 EST saying Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x30531411 Been awhile so I thought I just say hi to any new members. I hope you are finding all you need here. Sun, 27 Dec 2009 09:20:37 EST holiday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30501719 <BR> Happy Christmas Everyone!! <BR> <BR> My holiday wish is that we may <BR> See good in those who pass our way; <BR> Find in each a worthy trait <BR> That we shall gladly cultivate; <BR> See in each one passing by <BR> The better things that beautify — <BR> A softly spoken word of cheer, <BR> A kindly face, a smile sincere; <BR> <BR> I hope each day that we may view <BR> The things that warm one's heart anew; <BR> The kindly deed that can't be bought <BR> That only from good ... Thu, 24 Dec 2009 18:42:30 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30492164 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to read/watch/learn something new on Spark. There is a fountain of information regarding health, diet, exercise, depression, spending wisely, etc. on Sparkpeople. Feel free to search the archives for articles/videos that appeal to you. <BR> <BR> Please share with the group what you read/watched. <BR> <BR> Make sure to include the URL so other team members can also go read/watch what you learned. <BR> <BR> Have a Great Thursday! Wed, 23 Dec 2009 23:35:24 EST 25 ways for managing holiday stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x30480675 Here are 25 ways for managing holiday stress. <BR> <BR> How's everyone doing out there? Any suggestions to add to this list...? Post away ! <BR> <BR> <BR> Less Stress, More Joy <BR> HOW TO HANDLE HOLIDAY STRESSORS <BR> By Natasha Persaud <BR> December 2009 <BR> <BR> You want to feel connected, happy, alive and joyous during the holidays. And there’s an expectation that you should feel that way. But that’s a tall order. Rather than doing it all, strive for balance and peace, suggest ... Wed, 23 Dec 2009 09:18:43 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30477454 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to find 15 minutes for peace and quiet. Pull away from your computer, the television, the traffic, the kiddos, THE NOISE.... <BR> <BR> R-E-L-A-X <BR> <BR> Put on some soft music or <BR> Grab a cup of your favorite beverage or <BR> Go for a quiet walk or <BR> Read something comforting or <BR> Sit out on the back porch or.... <BR> <BR> Relax...the world can wait for 15 minutes! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a PLENTIFUL PEACE A... Wed, 23 Dec 2009 01:42:59 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30460170 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> We all know that our bodies need protein. Do you know why? Protein is important for the growth and repair of your muscles, bones, skin, tendons, ligaments, hair, eyes and other tissues. Without it, you would lack the enzymes and hormones you need for metabolism, digestion and other important processes. <BR> <BR> When you have an infection, you should eat more protein because it helps create the antibodies your immune system needs to fight disease. If you ar... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 01:53:50 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30440611 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> (1)Have a healthy breakfast <BR> <BR> (2)Have at least one healthy snack to keep your body "fueled" <BR> <BR> (3) Measure & notate ALL food consumed <BR> <BR> (4) Do something physical that burns AT LEAST 200 calories <BR> <BR> Can you do ALL FOUR items on today's challenge? YOU KNOW YOU CAN! <BR> <BR> Share with us how many you got done........... <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday! <BR> Sun, 20 Dec 2009 23:31:36 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30410315 Weekend Challenge! <BR> <BR> A Dozen Things to Do This Weekend! <BR> <BR> 1. Remember that some of the world's nicest joys are its most special people, and that you are definitely one of them. <BR> <BR> 2. Take care of that special person. <BR> <BR> 3. Enjoy the ride. <BR> <BR> 4. When the world is too busy, slow it down. <BR> <BR> 5. Climb one rung higher on the ladder to your stars. <BR> <BR> 6. Imagine what the view will look like when you get where you're going. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 22:26:07 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30393545 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to burn off AT LEAST 300 CALORIES. Get moving! Here are some suggestions that can get your body on the move: <BR> <BR> *Take the stairs instead of the elevator <BR> *Park your car far out in the parking lot <BR> *Walk or take your bike to work or school <BR> *Walk on your lunch break or after dinner <BR> *Go to the gym <BR> *Do strength exercises while you are waiting for a commercial to end <BR> <BR> You get the idea - G... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 22:04:19 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30375706 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to measure yourself. There are times when we feel that we are "shrinking" in size, but our scale just won't agree. That is when our friend the measuring tape comes in. Get out your measuring tape, a piece of paper, and pencil and measure: <BR> <BR> *Chest <BR> *Bust <BR> *Waist <BR> *Hips <BR> *Upper Thighs <BR> *Upper Arms <BR> <BR> Optional: <BR> *Wrists <BR> *Neck <BR> *Ankles <BR> <BR> If you were with us since... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 21:57:38 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30356416 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> It is nice to look back and see how far I have come too. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to write in your blog/journal. 2009 is coming to an end. How has your year been? Have you made progress in the areas you wanted to address? <BR> <BR> Feel free to write down whatever you want. The challenge is to GET IT DOWN. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday everyone! Tue, 15 Dec 2009 21:16:42 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30339014 Happy Tuesday!!! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - We are going WALKING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer and try to get in 10,000 or more steps. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk or you can use a time method of measure. It takes about 1 hour to walk about 5 miles at a moderate speed. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday everyone!! Mon, 14 Dec 2009 23:19:11 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30308221 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> As we start to "get a hang" of this lifestyle change, we become confident that we can "eyeball" a serving. Have you gotten to this point? Do you: <BR> <BR> *Pour cereal straight from the box into your bowl? <BR> *Say "that looks like about 2 Tbsp. of half & half"? <BR> *Say: "I'm sure I ate only 1/2 cup of ice cream"? <BR> <BR> If you find yourself overly confident about your portions, you might be in for a shock. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today i... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 12:49:27 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30284809 Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge this weekend is: PROCRASTINATION ELIMINATION! <BR> <BR> What have you been putting off lately? Christmas is right around the corner. Wouldn't it be nice to have everything on your "To Do List" completed before then? What have you been meaning to do? Could it be: <BR> <BR> *Christmas gift shopping <BR> *Christmas cards <BR> *Grocery shopping for the holiday <BR> *Cleaning out the oven & refrigerator <BR> *Cleaning the yard <BR> *Paying ... Fri, 11 Dec 2009 21:34:04 EST 12 Days of Christma s....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x30275141 Travelnista's Version of the 12 Days of Christmas - First Day <BR> <BR> great blog click on the link below..... <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=TRAVELNISTA </link> Fri, 11 Dec 2009 10:51:19 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30263783 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to tailor your cardio workout to your fitness level. If you are: <BR> <BR> *New to Exercise - Try to get in 30 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> *Have been exercising for a while (more than a month) - Try to get in 45 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> *Have been exercising for a long while - Try to get in 60 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! Remember to drink your water, have a nutritious... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 18:41:05 EST pounds for pounds..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30263215 from another team: <BR> <BR> Yes, it is that time again to join in with the biggest loser and do the pound for pound challenge to help feed the hungry so please stop by and join in it all for a good cause: For every pound you pledge to lose, the Pound For Pound Challenge will donate 14¢ to Feeding America®—enough to deliver one pound of groceries to a local food bank. Maximum donation of $800,000 <BR> <BR> so are you in??? <BR> let us know....it's for a great cause.... <BR> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 18:02:07 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30247447 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> As our team continues to quickly grow in members <BR> would be nice to encourage one another. <BR> <BR> There are so many new faces on our board (as you can see if you scroll down on the team home page). Many of us also blog what is going on in our lives. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to find 3-5 members of the Team and encourage them. You can respond to their blog, send on note on the Sparkpage, or send them a note via Sparkmail. <BR> <BR> Let's ... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 22:05:32 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30225294 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to not eat processed white flour or sugar. Most pre-packaged foods are laden with these "nutritional villains". Where do they hide? In foods like: <BR> <BR> *Cereals <BR> *Energy drinks <BR> *Pastries <BR> *Pre-sweetened beverages <BR> *Convenience meals <BR> <BR> Remember to READ YOUR LABELS! Try substituting your white bread for whole grain. Try oatmeal instead of sweetened cereal. Try sugar substitute instead of spoonfuls ... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 22:02:03 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30203795 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you meet your fiber requirements each day through your food? Do you find that you need to take a fiber replacement to meet your daily needs? <BR> Try to meet your fiber requirements with foods rather than supplements. <BR> <BR> A large increase in fiber over a short period of time could result in bloating, diarrhea, gas, and all-around discomfort. It is better to add fiber to your diet gradually over a recommended period of about three weeks, to avoid a... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 21:50:06 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30176310 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to get in 3-5 EXERCISES. Where do you find a listing of Exercises that would be appropriate for your activity level (so glad you asked)? Go look under My Fitness, Add Strength Exercises. Pick 3-5 exercises that are challenging for you, but DON'T HURT YOURSELF. <BR> <BR> Have you been doing strength training/core exercises for a while? If so, why not add one of the following: weights, resistance bands, medicine ball, or a stability ball? The... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 17:24:09 EST Installing Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x30171033 <BR> Just sharing what a friend sent......... I thought, this is good. <BR> <BR> Installing Love <BR> by Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> Tech Support: Yes Ma'am... how can I help you? <BR> <BR> Customer: Well, after much consideration, I've decided to install Love. Can you guide me though the process? <BR> <BR> Tech Support: Yes. I can help you. Are you ready to proceed? <BR> <BR> Customer: Well, I'm not very technical, but I think I'm ready. What do I do first? <BR> <BR> Tech Su... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 12:11:50 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30147883 Happy weekend challenge! <BR> <BR> I saw this in another forum and wanted to share and try it........ <BR> <BR> This is a pretty good explanation of the visual representation of fat loss that was emailed to me recently (And attributed originally to a "Bob White")... <BR> <BR> Let’s assume you go out and buy two rolls of paper towels, each with 112 paper towels on it. You put one aside, and keep it for future reference (your “before” picture). The other one represents you (I’ll call your... Sat, 5 Dec 2009 00:03:07 EST some new sparkpeople changes..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x30128596 <BR> New recipe applications available for iPhone and Blackberry! <BR> Thursday, December 03, 2009 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> We are pleased to announce the launch of 2 new smartphone applications. They both bring the best of SparkRecipes.com to your phone, letting you search or browse the almost 200,000 recipes on the site. You can also do things like save your favorites, so that you can always find a healthy recipe whenever you have your phone. <BR> <BR> Our iPhone applic... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 00:56:20 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30128170 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to tailor your cardio workout to your fitness level. If you are: <BR> <BR> *New to Exercise - Try to get in 30 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> *Have been exercising for a while (more than a month) - Try to get in 45 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> *Have been exercising for a long while - Try to get in 60 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! Remember to drink your water, have a nutritious... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 00:19:11 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30100253 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PAMPER YOU! Take time out of your day to spoil yourself. Simple ways you can do this are: <BR> <BR> *Sleep in <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Take a relaxing bubble bath <BR> *Buy something for yourself <BR> *Rent a special movie or go see one <BR> *Buy a healthy food you rarely buy <BR> *Ask family or friends to make YOU dinner for once <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do today, make sure to take time for YOU. <BR> <BR> Have an... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 19:41:21 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30080388 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> challenge: COMPLETE ALL YOUR DAILY GOALS. <BR> <BR> You can change your personal daily goals under: <BR> *Nutrition <BR> *Change Nutrition Goals <BR> *Add Another Kind of Goal to track <BR> <BR> Some ideas for daily goals: <BR> <BR> *Brush teeth 2x <BR> *Make Bed <BR> *Meditate/pray <BR> *Take multi-vitamin <BR> *Drink 10 glasses of water <BR> *Do Upper body exercises <BR> <BR> ...etc. Your challenge today is to complete ALL OF YOUR DAILY GO... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 23:24:18 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x30053925 <BR> Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to eat a fruit or vegetable with EVERY meal. You get double-credit if you can fit in a fruit AND vegetable with every meal. <BR> <BR> Living a healthier life starts with your choices of healthier foods. YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a TASTY Tuesday! <BR> Mon, 30 Nov 2009 22:39:54 EST reminder from coach Jen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x30039819 <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> During the holiday season, I know a lot of people like to send out SparkMails to all of their friends, wishing them Happy Holidays. <BR> <BR> Many times when someone gets that SparkMail, they click "Reply To All" and send a response back. If the list of friends is quite large, it creates a cascade of SparkMails- which can become annoying and time-consuming to continue deleting. <BR> <BR> So I would ask that you spread the word about using the "Reply To All" b... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 11:34:21 EST Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x30020750 Jillian Michaels (among many others of course)advocates setting mini goals and rewards to help you along your path. I have no problem setting the goals, but often struggle with determining meaningful rewards. Money is tight, and often the rewards I think of require money. Setting aside time to pamper myself just doesn't often end up happening. Any ideas out there? In particular I struggle with the daily and weekly rewards. Monthly rewards i can set aside money and feel good about it, bu... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 13:25:07 EST Cheating at the gas pumps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x30010174 Cheating at the gas pumps - keep and read your receipts <BR> <BR> This is a TRUE story. I checked it out at <BR> <BR> <BR> www.snopes.com/politics/gasoline/cheatin<BR>g. <BR> asp <BR> <link>www.snopes.com/politics/gasoline/che<BR>ating.asp </link> Sat, 28 Nov 2009 20:56:06 EST SELF-ESTEEM Why It's Important http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x30009766 SELF-ESTEEM - What It Is, How To Improve It, Why It's Important <BR> by Sheri Liegh Adams <BR> <BR> According to http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sel <BR> f-esteem Self-Esteem is a realistic respect for or favorable impression of oneself; self-respect an inordinantely or exaggeratedly favorable impression of oneself. It is basically your opinion of yourself, be it good or bad. <BR> <BR> Other words used in relation to self-esteem include: <BR> self-pride <BR> self-regard <BR> se... Sat, 28 Nov 2009 20:31:33 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29997688 Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> This weekend is an easy challenge. <BR> You decide what you want to do as a challenge this weekend. <BR> What do you plan to do with your challenge "weekend off"? <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do this weekend, make sure that it is something that you enjoy. <BR> Spend time with family/friends. <BR> Laugh. <BR> Take a nap. <BR> See a movie. <BR> Go for a walk. <BR> ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND! <BR> <BR> Come tell us what you choose to do...... <BR> <BR>... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 22:30:29 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29985374 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR CORE. You can do any of the following: <BR> <BR> *Get in 3-5 core exercises from the Spark Fitness area <BR> <BR> *Use 3-5 pieces of gym equipment that works your core <BR> (you can also use a balance ball, weights, or bands at home) <BR> <BR> *Take a fitness class that works your core (i.e. kickboxing, Turbo Jam, martial arts, etc.) <BR> <BR> *Play a sport that works your core <BR> <BR> *Do a workout video... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 00:29:10 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29971706 <BR> Happy Thanksgiving Thursday to those celebrating and to everyone else Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> As our team quickly grows in members (I remember when the numbers were lower), I thought we could encourage one another. <BR> <BR> There are so many new faces on our board (as you can see if you scroll down on the team home page). Many of us also blog what is going on in our lives. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to find 3-5 members of this Team and encourage them. You can resp... Wed, 25 Nov 2009 22:44:34 EST thanksgiving wishes.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x29965677 <BR> these are my wishes of Thanksgiving to this great team .......whether or not you celebrate this holiday.......... <BR> <BR> HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ONE AND ALL......... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving Friends <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving is a time <BR> For reviewing what we treasure, <BR> The people we hold dear, <BR> Who give us so much pleasure. <BR> <BR> <BR> Without you as my friend, <BR> Life wo... Wed, 25 Nov 2009 15:32:24 EST great thanksgiving blog..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x29964338 have a safe and happy thanksgiving to all......may it be all that you wish it to be......... <BR> <BR> please read this great blog...........You really can do this, the question is - Do You Want To? <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=TRAVELNISTA </link> Wed, 25 Nov 2009 13:53:38 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29952988 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to start an IDEA JAR. First, you get a container. It could be a jar, a box, or any type of container that can hold pieces of paper. Next, you get a piece of paper and cut it into strips. <BR> <BR> From there, you write down ideas of things you can do INSTEAD OF EATING on your strips of paper. This is for the times when your body isn't really hungry. Your brain, or heart needs something, but you are associating that "something" with a ... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 22:06:56 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29931546 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to eat a fruit or vegetable with EVERY meal. You get double-credit if you can fit in a fruit AND vegetable with every meal. <BR> <BR> Living a healthier life starts with your choices of healthier foods. YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Come back and tell us how you did with the challenge... <BR> <BR> Have a TASTY Tuesday! <BR> Mon, 23 Nov 2009 21:41:52 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29909595 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get to 24 Points of Cardio for the day. The longer you exercise today, the more points you accumulate. Remember, you don't need to do all of your cardio at once. Taking several walks throughout the day is a GREAT way to get in your cardio and adding up points. <BR> <BR> Remember that cardio makes you sweat. Therefore, drink your water!!! <BR> <BR> Did you manage to get 24 cardio points??? <BR> <BR> Have a MOVING Monday! ... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 21:23:46 EST Sugar Shockers: Seemingly Safe Foods that Aren't http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x29889521 http://www.diabeticconnect.com/news-articl <BR> es/4874-sugar-shockers-seemingly-safe- <BR> foods-that-arent <BR> <BR> Sugar Shockers: Seemingly Safe Foods that Aren't <BR> <BR> By Kyle McClure <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Whether you've been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, type 1 diabetes, or type 2 diabetes, monitoring your blood glucose levels is extremely important. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), what you eat is a key facto... Sat, 21 Nov 2009 18:40:26 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29876975 <BR> Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge this weekend is: PROCRASTINATION ELIMINATION! <BR> <BR> What have you been putting off lately? Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Wouldn't it be nice to have everything on your "To Do List" completed before then? What have you been meaning to do? Could it be: <BR> <BR> *Grocery shopping for the holiday <BR> *Cleaning out the oven & refrigerator <BR> *Cleaning the yard <BR> *Paying bills <BR> *Decluttering the house <BR> *Wa... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 22:44:25 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29858556 <BR> Happy Friday to you! (The weekend is almost here!) <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get in AT LEAST 45 MINUTES OF CARDIO. It could be a brisk walk, bike ride, jog, or an aerobics class. Enjoy whatever you do and realize that you are making a healthier YOU by doing it. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday everyone! Fri, 20 Nov 2009 00:12:20 EST Five Powerful Ways to Regain Control of Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x29857723 <BR> Five Powerful Ways to Regain Control of Your Life Now <BR> <BR> Prepare your mind to receive the best that life has to offer. -Ernest Holmes <BR> <BR> Article written byAlex Blackwell. <BR> <BR> At times, it can feel like our life is spinning out of control. When this happens, we begin to believe we are completely powerless to the circumstances that dictate and shape our lives. There is no question our lives can be overwhelming and seemingly chaotic from time-to-time. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 23:17:36 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29833645 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! The 15th of each month, we take our measurements. Keep track of your measurements as soon as you can to see how your are progressing. There are times when the scale is a "frustrating beast", but the tape measure can show you that you are indeed shrinking. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a tape measure, just go online and type in your search engine "printable tape measure". You should be able to find many out there. <BR> <BR> Suggest... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 21:05:51 EST Track Calories Burned for Wii and Wii Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x29814269 <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_j <BR> ournal.asp?id=sparkguy_spteam <BR> <BR> <BR> Track Calories Burned for Wii and Wii Fit Activities <BR> Tuesday, November 17, 2009 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We know that many members enjoy exercising and getting active by using the Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit. We have received many inquiries about how to track these exercises on the site, but until now, we didn't have any data available about the calories burned for t... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 00:23:54 EST Miss Lee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x31902x29814040 Hello, I am new to sparks. i started this journey last june and have not achieve anything but more weight and now i am back trying again with a more wserious attitude. I am going to school and working full time and often make excuses why i can't exercise. I am a doer so i know that i ahve to do what it takes and take back the life everyone else but me. I am 36 adn have 3 kids with a grandbaby on the way. until it's my time, i want to live life and not let life live me. Today, i start my new j... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 00:05:38 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29813014 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> How is your summer winding down? Have you worked hard over the summer to eat healthier, exercise more, and get plenty of water? Have you been so busy that you haven't been as diligent as you would like? <BR> <BR> If you are like me, you have been on full steam and haven't spent as much time doing what we know is right. It is time to dust ourselves off and RECOMMIT TODAY! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to: <BR> <BR> 1) FIND 3 THINGS ABOUT YOUR... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 23:05:58 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29791045 Happy Tuesday!!! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - We are going WALKING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer and try to get in 10,000 or more steps. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk or you can use a time method of measure. It takes about 1 hour to walk about 5 miles at a moderate speed. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday everyone! <BR> Mon, 16 Nov 2009 23:44:22 EST What Is Mindful Eating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x29790874 Mindful Eating For Health <BR> <BR> Mindful Eating Can Aid In Weight Loss and Stress Management <BR> By Elizabeth Scott, M.S., <BR> <BR> <BR> What Is Mindful Eating? <BR> <BR> Mindful eating is a form of mindfulness (a great stress management technique, by the way) that incorporates the practice of being fully present and non-judgmentally aware, with the act of eating. Because many people—especially stressed people—can overeat without even realizing what they’re doing, mindful eating ... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 23:31:53 EST 'Emoticon Your Mood Today!' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29775192 <em>224</em> Mon, 16 Nov 2009 11:19:15 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29766886 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Who can burn 300 or more calories today through exercise? Any takers? Challenge yourself to GET MOVING. YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday everyone! Mon, 16 Nov 2009 00:12:32 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29730559 Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> The start of the holiday season is just around the corner. There is so much to do before the family visit, the parties begin, and gifts are given. So many wonderful and creative opportunities are just waiting! <BR> <BR> Your challenge this Weekend is to DO SOMETHING CREATIVE. You are only limited by your imagination for this challenge. A few ideas could be: <BR> <BR> *Start on your Christmas cards <BR> <BR> *Think of interesting gifts you can make for C... Sat, 14 Nov 2009 00:23:18 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29708399 <BR> Have a great Friday!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> Drink you daily quota of water <BR> Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. Let us know what you are going to do t... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 21:34:56 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29687789 Thursday Challenge. <BR> <BR> Are you paying attention to how your time is spent? <BR> <BR> Days don't get shorter. Our attention spans do. How can summer be over in a blink while it seems like the weekend will never get here? Because we're not paying attention. Five days out of seven, we're waiting for something else to happen in the future, and we don't take advantage of the day that we hold in our pocket. Have you ever had someone ask what you did last week--or even yesterday--and had ... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 22:24:58 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29667584 <BR> WooHoo It’s Work Out Wednesday <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Today’s challenge is to work out, walk, ride a bike, strength training, swimming or anything that works the body. <BR> <BR> Here’s some healthy ideas and info: <BR> <BR> Make time for morning fitness. Spend just 5-10 minutes doing pushups, lunges, jumping jacks and stretches before you shower. You'll strengthen your muscles and feel more energized each morning. <BR> <BR> Exercise regularly. Physical activity ... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 01:35:56 EST check this out......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x29649055 There is not a thing I need to add to this, it speaks for itself, kinda makes me think twice before feeling sorry for myself though <BR> <BR> www.youtube.com/watch?v=MslbhDZoniY&feat<BR>ur <BR> e=player_embedded <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=MslbhDZoniY&<BR>featur e=player_embedded </link> Tue, 10 Nov 2009 10:02:17 EST ABC for Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29648546 a <BR> apple pie Tue, 10 Nov 2009 09:42:56 EST KNOWLEDGE KWIZ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x29642814 hi there........post you answers here and you will be able to see how you did on friday when i post the answers.........a goodie awaits the winner......... <BR> <BR> KNOWLEDGE KWIZ <BR> <BR> 1. In the ancient Roman calendar, November was which month? <BR> First — because "novem" meant "new" <BR> Ninth <BR> Tenth <BR> Eleventh <BR> The Romans didn't have "November" — it wasn't a month until 1422 <BR> <BR> 2. Who was the Pilgrim leader that invited neighboring Indians to the first Th... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 00:33:03 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29642357 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> We all know that our bodies need protein. Do you know why? Protein is important for the growth and repair of your muscles, bones, skin, tendons, ligaments, hair, eyes and other tissues. Without it, you would lack the enzymes and hormones you need for metabolism, digestion and other important processes. <BR> <BR> When you have an infection, you should eat more protein because it helps create the antibodies your immune system needs to fight disease. If you ar... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 23:52:45 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29617336 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to: <BR> <BR> (1)Have a healthy breakfast <BR> <BR> (2)Have at least one healthy snack to keep your body "fueled" <BR> <BR> (3) Measure & track/journal ALL food consumed <BR> <BR> (4) Do something physical that burns AT LEAST 200 calories <BR> <BR> Can you do ALL FOUR items on today's challenge? <BR> <BR> Tell us how many you did......... <BR> <BR> YOU KNOW YOU CAN! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday! <BR> Sun, 8 Nov 2009 23:50:36 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29579613 <BR> A Dozen Things to Do This Weekend!!! <BR> <BR> 1. Remember that some of the world's nicest joys are its most special people, and that you are definitely one of them. <BR> <BR> 2. Take care of that special person. <BR> <BR> 3. Enjoy the ride. <BR> <BR> 4. When the world is too busy, slow it down. <BR> <BR> 5. Climb one rung higher on the ladder to your stars. <BR> <BR> 6. Imagine what the view will look like when you get where you're going. <BR> <BR> 7. Stay in touch with y... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 23:00:36 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29556508 <BR> Strap on your pedometer - We are going WALKING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer and try to get in 10,000 or more steps. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk or you can use a time method of measure. It takes about 1 hour to walk about 5 miles at a moderate speed. <BR> <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - We are going WALKING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer and try to get in 10,000 or more ste... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 21:46:46 EST Good Advice/H1N1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x29533274 <BR> posted by JUKEBOX2 on another team i'm on and thought it worth sharing............ <BR> <BR> Swine Flu - Good Advice/H1N1 Preventive Methods <BR> <BR> <BR> The following advice, given by Dr. Oz, makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know: <BR> <BR> The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 21:32:26 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29532021 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> Your challenge today is to concentrate REALLY HARD on eating: LEAN PROTEINS & WHOLE GRAIN CARBS <BR> Don't even look at highly processed proteins (i.e. lunch meat, hot dogs, etc.) or enriched white flours (i.e. donuts, white bread, white flour crackers, enriched white pasta, etc.) <BR> <BR> Today, try having these healthy alternatives: <BR> <BR> *Grilled fish or chicken <BR> *Whole grains breads and cereals <BR> *Legumes (beans are a GREAT source of f... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 20:32:40 EST October fitness/sp parkpoints top 10...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x29511296 CONGRATULATIONS !!! <BR> Everyone did a WONDERFUL job getting in their fitness minutes and SPARKING about our online "family" of fellow SparkPeople members! One holiday down (Halloween) and at least three more to go (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve)...how are folks doing so far sticking with your fitness and nutrtion goals...? <BR> <BR> Feel free to share and post successes and requests for a helping hand here...let's make this holiday season a terrific gift to ourselves in which... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 23:49:05 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29510914 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today has to do with HEALTH. Can you get in 3 of the following? <BR> <BR> *Read a Health A-Z topic <BR> *Watch a Health video <BR> *Read a Health News Article <BR> <BR> You can find links to these items by going to your "My Spark Points" page. <BR> <BR> Learn something interesting from one or more of these? Share it with the group. What you learned just might help others. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday! <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Nov 2009 23:25:07 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29485702 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's get our bodies moving today people. Your challenge is to get in AT LEAST 45 MINUTES OF CARDIO EXERCISE. Who is with me? Any takers? <BR> <BR> Let's get moving and burn off mega calories! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Tuesday everyone. <BR> Tue, 3 Nov 2009 00:11:03 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29458141 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to: GET ACTIVE with Family, friends, and co-workers. We are seeing our communities getting more and more overweight. We work hard and play hard, but forget to exercise hard. <BR> <BR> Take today and get moving with family, friends, or co-workers. Play a game outside with the kids Go for a bike ride. Ask a co-worker to go for a walk at lunch. Invite a friend to your gym as a guest. <BR> <BR> Show those around you that you care for th... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 23:31:26 EST jokes and stuff......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x29457476 HAIRCUT <BR> <BR> A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss his use of the car. <BR> His father said he'd make a deal with his son: 'You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, and get your hair cut.Then we'll talk about the car.' <BR> The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he'd settle for the offer, and they agreed on it. <BR> <BR> After about six weeks his father said, 'Son, you've... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 22:47:50 EST great halloween blog......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x29424960 Say Boo to all Your Fears <BR> Saturday, October 31, 2009 <BR> Here are some things to ponder on the day of scary monsters, ghosts, and goblins. What fears are hiding in your closet? <BR> <BR> Does your Nutrition Tracker look like a skeleton? <BR> <BR> Is the ghost of past failures haunting you? <BR> <BR> Do your Fitness Tracker think you've vanished? <BR> <BR> Does the thought of trying something new give you the creeps? <BR> <BR> Are thoughts of eating more fruits and veggies dr... Sat, 31 Oct 2009 12:01:42 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29418454 Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge this weekend may be a bit difficult....REST & RELAX. Many of you are constantly on the go. This weekend is the time to take it easy. <BR> <BR> What can you do with your weekend? How about: <BR> <BR> * sleep in or take a nap <BR> *Stay in your pajamas <BR> *Read a good book or magazine <BR> *Rent or go to the movies <BR> *Play board games with family and/or friends <BR> *Go for a leisurely walk or hike <BR> *Listen to some great music ... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 23:39:27 EST Why Motivation Doesn’t Really Matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x31902x29398672 Why Motivation Doesn’t Really Matter <BR> <BR> Article by Zen Habits contributor Jonathan Mead; follow him on twitter. <BR> Have you ever really wanted to do something, but you just weren’t motivated enough to do it? <BR> <BR> This is always my number one reason for not taking action, as I’m sure it’s probably yours too. If you’re not motivated, you just don’t have the energy or the drive to do what you need to do, right? Simple enough. <BR> <BR> But here’s three of the biggest problems wi... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 23:06:55 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29398483 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get in AT LEAST 45 MINUTES OF CARDIO. It could be a brisk walk, bike ride, jog, or an aerobics class. Enjoy whatever you do and realize that you are making a healthier YOU by doing it. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday everyone <BR> Thu, 29 Oct 2009 22:54:04 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29382366 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today? EAT AT LEAST 1 FRUIT OR VEGETABLE WITH EVERY MEAL. Ways to get in your fruits and vegetables (it is recommended that you get at least 5 a day) are: <BR> <BR> *Fruit smoothie <BR> *Vegetable juice <BR> *Vegetable soup <BR> *Fruit or vegetable salad <BR> *Grilled or steamed vegetables <BR> *Tossing in vegetables into an omelet, pasta, or rice dish <BR> *Fruit sorbet <BR> <BR> These are just a few ideas. There are tons of r... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 09:27:06 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29355512 Happy Wednesday!!! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - We are going WALKING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer and try to get in 10,000 or more steps. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk or you can use a time method of measure. It takes about 1 hour to walk about 5 miles at a moderate speed. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> <BR> <BR> WooHoo It’s Work Out Wednesd... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 23:35:08 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29331814 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> We all know that our bodies need protein. Do you know why? Protein is important for the growth and repair of your muscles, bones, skin, tendons, ligaments, hair, eyes and other tissues. Without it, you would lack the enzymes and hormones you need for metabolism, digestion and other important processes. <BR> <BR> When you have an infection, you should eat more protein because it helps create the antibodies your immune system needs to fight disease. If ... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 22:58:25 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29308851 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to: <BR> <BR> (1)Have a healthy breakfast <BR> <BR> (2)Have at least one healthy snack to keep your body "fueled" <BR> <BR> (3) Measure & notate ALL food consumed <BR> <BR> (4) Do something physical that burns AT LEAST 200 calories <BR> <BR> (5) take your vitamins <BR> <BR> <BR> Can you do ALL Five items on today's challenge? YOU KNOW YOU CAN! <BR> <BR> Let us know how you did........ <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday! ... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 00:37:46 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29272201 <BR> Happy weekend to you!! <BR> <BR> When doing cardio, some get caught up in the number of calories burned doing certain activities. When that happens, a person is likely to stick to only doing that exercise. That can cause you to end up with a plateau, boredom, and/or your body getting accustomed to doing the same thing every time. For those reasons and many more, we need to keep trying new cardio exercises and activities. <BR> <BR> this weekend’s challenge is to focus on trying at le... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 22:44:05 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11356x31902x29252954 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to burn off AT LEAST 300 CALORIES. Get moving! Here are some suggestions that can get your body on the move: <BR> <BR> *Take the stairs instead of the elevator <BR> *Park your car far out in the parking lot <BR> *Walk or take your bike to work or school <BR> *Walk on your lunch break or after dinner <BR> *Go to the gym <BR> *Do strength exercises while you are waiting for a commercial to end <BR> <BR> You get the idea - G... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 23:39:29 EST