SparkPeople Chair Exercise Team Team Messageboard If you're looking for tips, support, and motivation for exercising with a physical challenge, then this is the place for you. Please check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine. SparkPeople Chair Exercise Team Team Messageboard 5 Recipes For Garlic Lovers April 19th is National Garlic Day! If you’re a garlic lover, celebrate it with one of my five favourite garlic recipes. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>for-garlic-lovers.html </link> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:52:14 EST What Your Gut Says About Your Health What your insides are trying to tell you will provide insight into not only your emotions but also your overall physical health. Read on to turn tummy turmoil around. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>head-to-toe/digestive-system-health/?s<BR>ssdmh=dm17.732736&esrc=nwfitdailytip041714 </link> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:55:44 EST Will Ab Exercises Make Me Look Bigger? Q: I have always heard that doing crunches or any other abdominal workout will flatten your stomach, but recently I was told that doing stomach exercises alone will only make your midsection look bigger by basically building muscle under fat. Which is true? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>alist/ab-exercises-belly.aspx?pos=4&xi<BR>d=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHealth_20140416 </link> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:34:48 EST Eat A Freggie Rainbow Nutrition Challenge-Week #3 I didn't see this topic so I just opened it up this week. First of all, thank you again, <em>285</em> Emma and NewMoon, for doing this challenge. I also weathered a 5 day flu bug last week but I am feeling more chirper today so I am ready for week 3 of 4. I am just loving this and it so brings home to me the areas of my food plan that I need to work on. <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> Well, I forgot what the vegetable was for this week so instead yesterday I had spinach, green beans, corn on th... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:39:26 EST Seven scary facts about caffeine Seven scary facts about caffeine <em>222</em> <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> WHAT’S the largest, least regulated and most misunderstood drug trade in America? <BR> <BR> That would be caffeine. <BR> <BR> In his new book Caffeinated , investigative reporter Murray Carpenter takes a deep dive into this white-powder stimulant. <BR> <BR> The author says we underestimate nearly everything about caffeine: its prevalence in our daily lives, its health benefits, its negative impacts on our bodies... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:04:46 EST What's Lurking in Your Easter Chocolate Eggs?" What's Lurking in Your Easter Chocolate Eggs <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> For most of us, a sit-down Easter meal with family loved ones is a cherished tradition. But for kids, decorating Easter eggs and eating chocolate eggs are perhaps the favorite Easter events. So how should you go about choosing a chocolate product for your kids this coming Easter?...................... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r.shtml </link> <BR> <em>452</em> <em>453</em> <em>4... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:58:21 EST 4 Grocery Shopping Mistakes To Avoid 4 Grocery Shopping Mistakes To Avoid <BR> <BR> Ever wonder why you don’t have tortillas when you need them for taco night or what possessed you to toss ice cream in to your cart instead of frozen fruit? Do you get stuck grabbing take out a night or two a week because you realized you had no basics in the fridge or were out of milk? Learn the top 4 grocery shopping mistakes even healthy shoppers make and how to avoid below...................... <BR> <link> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:53:38 EST 8 Tips to Prevent Food Poisoning 8 Tips to Prevent Food Poisoning <BR> <BR> Food poisoning, also known as food borne illness, is more common than you may think. As warmer weather approaches, it's important to protect your food from bacteria and contaminants that could lead to food poisoning. <BR> 8 Tips to Prevent Food Poisoning................. <BR> <link><BR>food-poisoning </link> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:51:02 EST Chair Dancing Fitness on TV Those of you who do Chair Dancing might be interested in this notice I got this morning - I don't know if Jodi is actually doing much demonstrating of the Chair Dancing or whether its purely selling - but you might like to check it out and maybe get a DVD at a reduced price. <BR> <BR> Tune in tomorrow (Wednesday) to watch Jodi on the Get In Shape show! <BR> 3pm Eastern, 12pm Pacific time.on QVC <BR> <BR> She will be featuring <BR> Chair Yoga and Sit Down & Tone Up Encore! <BR> As alwa... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:20:46 EST hello hello, looking forward to interacting with everyone for some new and challenging exercises. brief history - stroke in 2007 left me with left side weakness and balance problems. due to this i became more sedentary and became obese and diabetic. do exercise and diet regularly which keeps diabetes in check(NO MEDS -YAHOO) and loosing weight. need some new ideas to keep motivation high Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:28:37 EST 15 Amazing Benefits of Ghee <BR> <BR> Modern science now verifies what Ayurvedic health science has said for thousands of years: Ghee has a host of health and cooking benefits and is good for the mind and spirit. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-benefits-of-ghee.html </link> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:17:15 EST 5 to 15 minute exercise with video's 13th ---- 19 <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> Who is getting into shape for summer ???? <BR> <BR> Sun 20th .............. seated leg and knees <BR> Mon 21st ............. Core <BR> Tue 22nd .... Lower body <BR> Wed 23rd............... Upper body <BR> Thu 24th ............... Core <BR> Fri 25th ................ Aerobics <BR> Sat 26th .............. You can do any or all of the above, your choice <BR> <BR> All the w... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 03:39:58 EST 7 Fats You Need in Your Kitchen Are you confused about which fats and oils to cook with? <BR> <BR> Its crucial that we choose the right fats oils to cook with <BR> Below I have listed the five fats and oils I use in my kitchen after 35 years of research and hands on experimentation. <BR> <BR> Each has amazing health benefits that don’t degrade during the cooking process <BR> <link><BR>-need-in-your-kitchen.html </link> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:16:18 EST 14 Spring Veggies: Health Benefits & Tasty Recipes Spring has sprung! This is my favorite season, and the beautiful weather is only one part of it. The other glorious thing about spring is the abundance of delicious spring veggies hitting the farmer’s market. <BR> <BR> Part of seasonal eating is changing your meal strategies with the seasons. The warmer weather means a different assortment of fresh vegetables to work with. It’s a lot of fun, but if you’re not used to cooking with some of the spring veggies at the market, it can also be chall... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:10:49 EST WEEK 3 April 13- April 20-eat a Rainbow Challenge Thank you NEWMOON for this challenge <BR> <BR> Each week during the month of April, our Nutrition Challenge will be to Eat a Freggie Rainbow. <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> We will focus on one color of Fruit and Veggie a week. <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> <em>258</em> <em>284</em> <em>289</em> <em>45</em> <em>491</em> <em>277</em> <em>368</em> <em>69</em> <em>... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:07:54 EST Turmeric:The superfood you didn’t realise you have Turmeric: The superfood you didn’t realise you had in your cupboard <BR> <BR> THERE is a powder hiding in your kitchen cupboard that protects against age-related brain damage and in particular, Alzheimer’s disease — but it’s also anti-inflammatory, packed full of antioxidants and actually tastes good. So what is it? <BR> <link><BR>d/turmeric-the-superfood-you-didnt-rea<BR>lise-you-had-in-your-cupboard/story-fn<BR>ihoxk4-1226879018205 </link> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 21:02:24 EST New Chair Exercise Videos I found these this morning on Youtube and they look good. They are designed for mobility limited and obese or even morbidly obese people who are just starting to exercise or are interested in new low impact exercise ideas. They vary in length from 10 min to about 20 min so should be good for many of you. <BR> <BR> Launchpad Stage 1 Pilot: Obese, Disabled and Beginner Workouts <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Beginner Workout Launchpad: Exercises for morbidly obese: ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:43:45 EST Flaxseed - why its good and using it <BR> What the Flax? Why You Need This Superseed, and What to Do With It <BR> <BR> As America grapples with its obesity epidemic and other diet-driven health problems, interest in healthy plant-based eating continues to rise. Whether you’re transitioning to a vegan diet and looking for those heart-healthy omega-3s, or just hoping to optimize nutritional bang-for-the-buck at mealtime, embrace the mighty flax seed — here’s how! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lax-why... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:47:34 EST Broccoli is Crucial in Helping Our Immune System <BR> Why Broccoli is Crucial in Helping Our Immune System <BR> <BR> Dr. Michael Greger <BR> <BR> It might seem that our skin is the first line of defense between our insides and the outside world, but our greatest interface with our environment is actually through the lining of our intestines, which covers thousands of square feet. And all that separates our gut from the outer world is a single layer of cells, 50 millionth of a meter thick – less than the thickness of a sheet of paper.... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:43:06 EST 5 - 15 Exercises with videos - 6th - 12th April Millymouse has asked me to enter this for her this week <BR> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Who is the best exercise team on the site ?? the CE Team <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun 6th .............. seated leg and knees <BR> Mon 7th ............. Core <BR> Tue 8th ............... Lower body <BR> Wed 9th............... Upper body <BR> Thu 10th ............... Core <BR> Fri 114th ............ Sat, 5 Apr 2014 15:55:36 EST VEGES week mini challenges - 6th - 12th April Vegetables are IN this week!! The VEGETABLE Challenge will be to do THREE or more of the following mini challenges: <BR> <em>368</em> <em>367</em> <em>210</em> <em>291</em> <em>284</em> <em>69</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Eat at least 4 veges a day! Post on this thread which veges you ate. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Give a VEGE SparkGoodie to a different Chair Exercise member each of the three days. <BR> <BR> 3. Use lots of VEGES Emoticons when you post on the teams treads. <BR> ... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 01:29:04 EST Eat a Freggie Rainbow Nutrition Challenge-Week #2 WEEK 2 - April 8 through April 14 - Orange/Yellow Fruits and Veggies aka "Freggies". <BR> with thanks to NEWMOON <BR> <BR> Each week during the month of April, our Nutrition Challenge will be to Eat a Freggie Rainbow. <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> We will focus on one color of Fruit and Veggie a week. Don't forget to eat to eat other freggies as well as orange/yellow freggies this week <BR> <em>368</em> <em>367</em> <em>2... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 01:21:49 EST Top 7 Questions About Rheumatoid Arthritis Get answers to your frequently asked questions about RA symptoms, causes, treatments and more. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>thritis-photos/faqs-about-rheumatoid-a<BR>rthritis.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHea<BR>lthWomensHealth_20140403#/slide-1 </link> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 17:59:58 EST Hunger Hey there every one. I pray for those that are sick & those waiting on the edge of their chairs waiting for results. That's a rough time especially when it could be serious. <BR> Well I am about 3 & 1/2 weeks in. Doing Grrrreat ! Lost 10 lbs so far. I know years ago that would be a disappointment, but at 56 & living a very sedentary life I am very happy. I was actually surprised at the 4 lb loss in the 3rd week. <BR> Now for the past 3 days I have done a series of exercising, which is jumpin... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:23:35 EST CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE <BR> Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, yes it is everywhere. Easter can be such a challenge when faced with all those delectable delights everywhere you look. .. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y_Annette/post/chocolate-chocolate-cho<BR>colate/ </link> Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:45:59 EST A Brief History of April Fools’ Day <link><BR>story-of-april-fools-day-one-of-the-be<BR>st-pranks-ever.html </link> <BR> <BR> (& One of the Best Pranks Ever) Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:11:05 EST 13 Everyday Exercises <BR> <BR> Getting into shape doesn't have to mean joining the gym! You can easily incorporate physical activities into your daily routine. <em>362</em> <em>313</em> <em>359</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>everyday-exercises.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_E<BR>verydayHealthWomensHealth_20140329#/slide-1 </link> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 04:05:51 EST 5 Green Foods You Should Be Eating Yes, yes, we all know we should eat more greens. But, the regular rounds of broccoli, green beans, and lettuce can get rather tiresome. Instead, try these nutrient-dense green foods that are often overlooked. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ods-you-should-be-eating.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> <em>373</em> <em>69</em> <em>371</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 03:50:29 EST New to the Team Hi I am new to the team but have been on Spark for awhile. I do exercise at the gym a couple of times a week with Silver Sneakers. We do chair exercises and since I have two bad knees I am looking for chair exercises to do at home. I can't walk to far and find that I get a backache if I stand to long. I need to lose weight very badly and seem to have trouble doing that even if I am very careful what I eat. Hope that more exercise will help. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:04:58 EST 5 ----- 15 Exercise's with videos <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <em>339</em> Who is the best exercise team on the site ?? <em>335</em> the CE Team <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Sun 30th .............. seated leg and knees <BR> Mon 31st ............. Core <BR> Tue 1st April .... Lower body <BR> Wed 2nd............... Upper body <BR> Thu 3rd ............... Core <BR> Fri 4th ................ ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:29:11 EST 5 Surprising Ways to Boost Your Metabolism and Sh It's not enough to count calories when you're trying to lose weight. Your success depends on how fast your body burns those calories (your metabolism) and how satisfied they make you (your appetite). Here are five ways to make metabolism and appetite your allies. <BR> There is also a video to watch .. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n/surprising-ways-to-boost-your-metabo<BR>lism-and-shrink-your-appetite-6463.asp<BR>x?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHea... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:25:32 EST Think You’re a Healthy Snacker? Think You’re a Healthy Snacker? Ditch These 4 Snack Mistakes That Are Sabotaging Your Diet <BR> <BR> <link><BR>weight_loss_diet_plans/diet_exercise_t<BR>ips/think_youre_a_healthy_snacker_ditc<BR>h_these_4_snack_mistakes?sssdmh=dm17.7<BR>29190&utm_source=EWHNL&esrc=nwewh032714 </link> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:13:27 EST Fruit Week - April 1 through April 7 <em>491</em> Fruits are IN this week!! <BR> <BR> <em>277</em> The FRUIT Challenge will be to do THREE or more of the following mini- challenges: <BR> <BR> <em>488</em> 1. Eat at least 2 FRUITS a day! Post on the thread which fruits you ate. <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> 2. Give a FRUIT SparkGoodie to a different Chair Exercise Team member each of the 7 days. <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> 3. Use lots of FRUIT Emoticons when you post on the team's threads. <BR> <BR> <em>474</em> 4. Encourage... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:25:37 EST Eat a Freggie Rainbow Nutrition Challenge-Week #1 Each week during the month of April, our Nutrition Challenge will be to Eat a Freggie Rainbow. <BR> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> We will focus on one color of Fruit and Veggie a week. Since we focused on Green "Freggies" in March, we will be doing the other color families in April, and assuming you're still eating your healthy green foods daily. <BR> <em>284</... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:08:37 EST Jillian Michaels' Top 3 Weight-Busting Breakfasts Find out which recipes Jillian swears by when it comes to boosting metabolism and losing weight. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-michaels-top-weight-busting-breakfas<BR>ts-9702.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHeal<BR>thWomensHealth_20140325 </link> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:04:20 EST The Surprising Reason Chocolate is SO Darn Healthy Now don't get carried away, it isn't all what you think <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Chocolate is something of a miracle food .............. Read on to find out why <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sing-reason-chocolate-is-so-darn-healt<BR>hy.html </link> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:21:32 EST April Newsletter & Calendar - It's Freggie Month! Ann's April Newsletter and Calendar are now live on her website. <BR> <BR> We're focusing on Fruits & Veggies aka "Freggies" this month. Please take a moment to read about nutrition, portion sizes, recipes, and tips. There's a graphic for how we should be dividing up our plate, and examples of healthy freggies listed by color. The calendar is full of tips on how to get more Freggies in our diets, and how important they are to our health! <BR> <BR> Let's all focus on eating a rainbow e... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 17:09:14 EST Decide on a personal goal for the week. Decide on a personal goal for the week. <BR> <BR> You may want to learn to cook a new recipe, track your food for the week, try a new food, post on this team each day, do a new workout...the choice is yours. You could have a couple of goals. <BR> Just post what your personal goal is for this week and let us know how you went. You can do it! <BR> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:02:06 EST The Truth About Metabolism There's only one way you can boost your metabolism legitimately. Find out what works and what doesn't. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lism-myths.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayH<BR>ealthWomensHealth_20140322 </link> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:57:13 EST 5 --- 15 Exercise with add on's Lets Rock and Roll <em>350</em> <em>353</em> <BR> <BR> Sun 23rd <BR> Mon 24th <BR> Tue 25th <BR> Wed 26th <BR> Thu 27th <BR> Fri 28th <BR> Sat 29th <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Monday: Core: <BR> What exercising does for your core? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=PL485214F014E94487 </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Stretching... you can used the same one as balance <BR> <link> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:47:15 EST Let's go to the Movies! <em>272</em> <em>388</em> <em>346</em> <em>388</em> <em>272</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello Team <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I thought I would post this up here for a fun thing to talk about sometimes. I love movies, my husband and I go see one every Sunday, if there is nothing that either of us like then we go to dinner. Sometimes I want to know something about a movie before I rent it or go see it and I look at reviews a lot and trailers, so.. that being said. I thought... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 12:54:48 EST Cool Calculator! How many Freggies do you need? One of the topics for April is Fruit and Veggies aka "Freggies". <BR> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>277</em> <em>267</em> <em>368</em> <em>370</em> <BR> <BR> While doing research I found this cool calculator: <BR> <link><BR>svegetables/howmany.html </link> <BR> <BR> Plug in your stats and it figures out the MINIMUM you need per day. Don't forget, you can eat more non-starch vegs than the minimum, as long as they fit in your calorie... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:40:26 EST Announcement for April Hey everyone. I just want to let you all know that after we get the April content up and running, I’ll be stepping back as co-leader. I truly enjoyed helping the team and I’m not leaving the team, just stepping away from leadership. I have an opportunity to travel during April and May, and I haven’t had a vacation since 2004! Don’t worry, all will be well and the team will not be abandoned. It’s been an honor serving as a temporary co-leader. Not going to say goodbye, because I’m not le... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:49:23 EST Ugh, I am so out of shape... I hate exercising. There, I said it. I really hate it. I am in a lot of pain daily and exercising just makes it worse. I know, everyone tells me that it will get better and you will feel great...blah blah..but it never does. Now, I have not been able to consistently exercise for a notable length of time so that may be true. I hate that people think I am just lazy. I would love to see them deal with daily pain like I and many of us do in this group. Most people just do not understand. My husba... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:26:07 EST Question on bonus spins for team. On the left of my page it says I have earned 5 team bonus spins for today. On the right it says <BR> You've earned 5 bonus spins today and have used 1. How do I get to use these spins. Normally the page for bonus spins just pops up. Where do I go to get other spins. Help. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:48:51 EST Hello! I have neck, back and leg issues from an injury. I have been attending M.O.V.E. Classes thru the VA, as I am a veteran. Have been losing weight, but wanted to find very low impact exercises so I do not further injure myself. This is one option although I was hoping to find group classes. So far I have not been too successful with that. <BR> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:28:09 EST The Eatin' O' the Green! Since one of the topics for this month is Super Foods, and St Patrick's Day is right around the corner, I thought I'd share some info on healthy green food from various sources on Sparkpeople. <BR> <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> I would love to see posts about what some of your favorite healthy green foods are, how you prepare them, etc. <BR> <BR> Is there something you've been thinking about trying? Why not do it this month, while we celebrate the eatin' o' the green! <BR> <em>106</em> ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:52:07 EST TOPICS FOR MARCH - SLEEP AND SUPERFOODS I'm pulling these out of Ann's(EMMABE1) March Newsletter... <BR> (if you need it go here:) <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=11094x32265<BR>x57029714 </link> <BR> <BR> 2 topics of discussion were Sleep and Superfoods. You can read a lot of great info in the newsletter. <BR> <BR> I'm going to post a few links here that may or may not be in the newsletter and then I hope the team adds to this thread with experiences, thoughts, comments, issu... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 15:08:53 EST MARCH NEWSLETTER, CALENDAR, AND CROSSWORD PUZZLE Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Ann(EMMABE1) provided me with her wonderful monthly Newsletter, Calendar, and Crossword Puzzle! <BR> <BR> I will also be emailing this to the entire team shortly. <BR> <BR> Using this link, open the webpage and then click on the tab that says "CURRENT CE TEAM NEWSLETTER" under the list called "USEFUL BUTTONS" on the right hand side of the page <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Ann's webpage has a wealth of information. <BR> <BR> ENJOY! <BR... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 15:08:45 EST CHAIR EXERCISE RESOURCES - Videos, Articles, etc. PLEASE NOTE: <BR> All links and resources posted here must be approved by Team Leaders. has strict rules and regulations about what can and cannot be posted on their website. <BR> <BR> If you have suggestions for articles, videos, or anything else specifically for Chair Exercising, please contact me through Sparkmail and I will happily add them as long as they meet guidelines. <BR> <BR> AGAIN, please do not add anything here that has not gone through on... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:05:34 EST March Chat Let's start fresh with a new, positive chat thread! <BR> <BR> Can you believe I went to bed before 8pm and woke up at 7am?? 11 hours of sleep. I guess I needed it! <BR> <BR> Coffee is ready and it's time for me to make a healthy breakfast. <BR> <BR> My plans for today are to spend several hours in here working on team stuff, then tackling my kitchen which appears to have been the victim of an attack of dirty dishes and pans. <BR> <BR> I also need to get my 500 March Marches in. I did... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 09:03:50 EST MARCH MARCH CHALLENGE Since it's March, I'm thinking let's make this a Marching Challenge. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Here's your mission, if you choose to accept it: <BR> For the rest of March, let's March a minimum of 500 steps a day in addition to your current exercise program. In my case, that exercise program does not exist, so I am going to be starting from scratch for this. <BR> <BR> I know, for some of you 500 additional Marching Steps a day is a piece of cake, and to all of you I say congratulations.... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 11:32:58 EST Meet Your Team Leaders ~PITTER6~ <BR> I live in Southern Calif. with 3 cats. Ace is a black male and will be 20 in June. The other two are 6 and litter mates. King Tut is on my spark page , his sister is Cleopatra. I am a 75 year old widow, and due to diabetic I must use a cane to get around. I am a Red Hat Lady and active in my church and Bible studies. I had to stop driving over 3 yrs ago and get around with the help of my friends. I have always told people that I am not fat, I am just to short for my weight. The... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 18:30:18 EST UPDATE ON TEAM STATUS - Please read I just spoke with Ann via sparkmail. I am going to help out Ann and Sandra by adding myself as Team Leader. Please read this carefully. <BR> <BR> Ann is concentrating on her health. I will be helping her on a TEMPORARY BASIS in order to keep the team running. <BR> <BR> There is no way I can or want to do this alone. I need help. Please message me via Sparkmail if you want to help. I NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET. We all know how hard Ann and Sandra worked to run this team. I can't b... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:00:18 EST I cannot believe this has happened? I was amazed to read the Sparkmail from EMMABE1 saying that her and MILLYMOUSE1 will no longer be leading the team. <BR> I have been laid up in a lot of pain and unable to walk so had no idea what was going on. <BR> I sent a e card for EMMABE1 and heard nothing more until the Sparkmail. <BR> I am amazed and can quite understand why they are so upset. <BR> I am still unable to walk far due to the sciatic nerve being trapped and will have to wait and see what they will do to help me. I am unabl... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:14:38 EST hello Hi, I am in a wheelchair and they keep telling me I need to get my legs stronger but they don't know how to tell me how to do that. they still work but there is no strength in them. what do I do. I have been on this web site trying to get my weight down. I thought I was under some depression but now my family is pushing and pushing to make my legs stronger. But with my arthritis how can I do that is there any hope for me. My name is maryjane most call me mj Mon, 3 Mar 2014 15:14:09 EST Show your appreciation for the Leaders here! I'm starting this thread because we need one place to show how much all the leaders of this team mean to us. Whoever insulted the leader(s) should apologize because now this team has lost some leaders as indicated in the email Ann sent us today. <BR> <BR> All of the leaders here have gone above and beyond to keep this team going, with Challenges, and Ann's website, and Newsletters, etc. It is a hard (and unpaid) job to run a team. <BR> <BR> Let's take a moment to voice our appreciati... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 09:12:20 EST Week Seven Virtual Tassie Trek My mind is still back in Bruny..such a lovely place but Cockles Creek and Fischer's Point have been lovely as well....Did someone mention choccies? of course, I have choccies.....Have you ever known me to be without? <BR> <BR> I must have a sugar overload cause I haven't a clue where we go next.....we are on the bus, going somewhere, but I must have fallen asleep when Millie was telling us.....cause I don't have a clue......are we on week six in the trek notes or on week six, since we were ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 23:52:26 EST Virtual Tassie Trek: Week Seven Exercise Thread Week seven of the Tassie Trek continues: <BR> Be sure to state your challenge goal for your exercise and then post each day if you met it or not...and state what you did in terms of the challenge. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 23:42:00 EST March Chat Can you believe it is March already ??? Looks like another year is going to fly past again grrrr <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the chat room! <BR> This is where you get a chance to share what's on your mind and how your day is going. This is a great way to get to know one another and encourage each other, too! <BR> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:04:14 EST Why Early Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis Is So <link><BR>thritis </link> <BR> <BR> There's an overriding rule for RA treatment: The earlier, the better. Find out why starting early with rheumatoid arthritis drugs like DMARDs can stop crippling joint damage before it starts Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:40:26 EST Wtite Down Something Great!! <em>247</em> It is far too easy for most of us to be Our Own Worst Critic. In order to start a New Habit, every morning Write Down 2 Things Great About Yourself. Keep those 2 things in the front of your mind as you go through your day. It will be much harder (I Hope!) to criticize yourself when you are thinking about the 2 Great Things that you wrote down. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 01:20:07 EST Virtual Trek Tassie - week 6 discussion thread Now I know you all have a sweet tooth so today I thought we might take a drive to Cadburys factory for a look around <em>493</em> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Joan please don't fall into any of the vats try to sneak you finger in ..LOl <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> After our trip around Cadbury we will have a meal at the Clar... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:40:33 EST Virtual Trek Tassie - week 6 Exercise Thread Post your challenge for the week and then post what you actually accomplished each day; <BR> My exercise challenge this week will be to do 2000 steps each day,starting with Monday. <BR> <BR> Sunday, Feb. 23: 1500 steps <em>248</em> <BR> Monday, Feb. 24: 2000 steps Actual steps: <em>248</em> <BR> Tuesday, Feb 25: 2000 steps; Actual Steps: <em>248</em> <BR> Wednesday, Feb 26: 2000 steps; Actual Steps: <em>248</em> <BR> Thursday, Feb 27: 2000 steps; Actual Steps... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 09:03:28 EST 22 Surprising Uses for Lemons Lemons are one of the most versatile fruits out there. And no, we’re not just talking about in cooking! Lemon juice is an acid, a natural disinfectant, and a nutritional powerhouse. Its scent is perfect for humans, but a deterrent for pests. It helps preserve food and can easily replace harsh chemical-based ingredients. Is there anything this unassuming fruit can’t do?! <BR> <BR> Read on for incredible ways to use lemons. Have a favorite use of your own? Let us know in the comments! <BR> <B... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:20:11 EST Are Food Cravings & Addictions Ruling You? Have you ever had cravings for chocolate or ice cream that would not go away? <BR> Have you ever started eating cookies or potato chips and could not stop till you ate the whole bag? <BR> <BR> Afterward, you feel like a failure because you did not control your craving. <BR> You are not just being weak. There are many reasons why this is happening. <BR> <BR> <BR> Read more:<BR>cravings-addictions-ruling-you. <BR> <BR> <em>495</em> <em>473</... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:56:19 EST Virtual Trek Tassie - week 4 Exercise Thread Virtual Trek Tasmania – week 4 <BR> Are we all really to go?? <em>534</em> Can you believe we are nearly half way through already?? Time flies when you are having fun!! <BR> Week 3 was a slight change of pace – but this week we are back to seeing lots of interesting sights!! <BR> The exercise notes <em>319</em> , will remain throughout the 8 weeks of the trek <BR> NOTE – RULE CHANGE: Since the Trek is primarily to motivate exercise – I have decided that there will be a separate person... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 00:42:53 EST Virtual Trek Tassie - week 4 Discussion Thread Virtual Trek Tasmania – week 4 <BR> Are we all really to go?? <em>534</em> Can you believe we are nearly half way through already?? Time flies when you are having fun!! <BR> Week 3 was a slight change of pace – but this week we are back to seeing lots of interesting sights!! <BR> The exercise notes <em>319</em> , will remain throughout the 8 weeks of the trek <BR> NOTE – RULE CHANGE: Since the Trek is primarily to motivate exercise – I have decided that there will be a separate person... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 00:39:15 EST Special Winter Olympics Challenge – 7th – 23 Feb <BR> "The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play." –Olympic Charter <BR> <BR> For the next 2 ½ weeks the Winter Olympics will be on our TVs – or if you are very lucky one or two of you might actually be there. <BR> So I thought a challenge reflecting the Winter Olympic sports might... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 14:51:04 EST Virtual Trek Tassie - Exercise Thread wk 3 Are we all really to go?? <em>534</em> <BR> <BR> Week 2 was great fun and we saw a lot and did so much, and the bush walking was great for using up all those extra calories – virtual energy is boundless!! <BR> The exercise notes <em>319</em> , will remain throughout the 8 weeks of the trek <BR> <BR> NOTE – RULE CHANGE: Since the Trek is primarily to motivate exercise – I have decided that there will be a separate personalised exercise completion certificate for anyone who completes th... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 17:40:50 EST Virtual Trek Tassie wk 3 -Trek Discussion Thread Are we all really to go?? <em>534</em> <BR> <BR> Week 2 was great fun and we saw a lot and did so much, and the bush walking was great for using up all those extra calories – virtual energy is boundless!! <BR> <BR> The exercise notes <em>319</em> , will remain throughout the 8 weeks of the trek <BR> NOTE – RULE CHANGE: Since the Trek is primarily to motivate exercise – I have decided that there will be a separate personalised exercise completion certificate for anyone who completes th... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 17:37:55 EST This is Exercise Month Woo Hoo Don't Deprive Yourself of the Rewards of Exercise <BR> <BR> <BR> Individuals who exercise regularly are less likely to develop: <BR> •Heart disease <BR> •Diabetes <BR> •High blood pressure <BR> •High cholesterol levels <BR> •Certain forms of cancer <BR> •Osteoporosis <BR> <BR> Individuals who exercise regularly are more likely to: <BR> •Maintain a healthy body weight <BR> •Effectively control the pain and joint swelling that accompanies arthritis <BR> •Maintain lean muscle, which i... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 03:56:04 EST Exercise Progressive Challenge - Feb 1 - Feb 6th Exercise challenge – 1st – 7th Feb <BR> This week we'll have a 6 day Progressive Challenge! Each day we will add another challenge but we will keep doing the first challenge(s): <BR> <BR> Saturday: Exercise at least 10 minutes. <em>319</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday: Exercise at least 10 minutes AND drink at least 6-8 glasses of water. <em>319</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Monday: Exercise at least 10 minutes, drink at least 6-8 glasses of water AND and eat at least 5 freggies (fruit and veg... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:00:58 EST Feb = Exercise and movement Month - how much today February is Movement and exercise month - moving and not sitting is very important to our health - so how much did you MOVE today?? Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:48:32 EST February Chat The Coffee Shop is one of my favourite places to visit with friends! <BR> <BR> Pull up a chair, grab your drink (coffee, tea, water, V8, etc) and let's chat! <BR> <BR> How are you all doing? <BR> <BR> What are your plans for February? <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:09:53 EST February Chat The Coffee Shop is one of my favourite places to visit with friends! <BR> Pull up a chair, grab your drink (coffee, tea, water, etc) and let's chat! <BR> How are you all doing? <BR> <BR> What are your plans for February? <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> <BR> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:03:21 EST February Chat The Coffee Shop is one of my favourite places to visit with friends! <BR> Pull up a chair, grab your drink (coffee, tea, water, etc) and let's chat! <BR> How are you all doing? <BR> <BR> What are your plans for February? <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> <BR> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:02:14 EST Feb newsletter, calendar, Winter Olympics I think I’m in trouble with you today!! <em>46</em> I have just released the February Newsletter – its a bumper edition – and I just know you will all be grumbling at me for expecting you to spend all the time needed reading it!! <em>24</em> Remember you have all month – you can read it in stages, or flick through and only read what interests you!!! – and remember that it takes me a lot longer to write it than it takes you to read it!! <em>195</em> <BR> I will try to make a big eff... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:05:32 EST Virtual Trek Tassie - wk 2 - Exercise Thread Are we all really to go?? <em>534</em> <BR> <BR> Week 1 was great fun and we saw a lot and did so much – virtual energy is boundless!! <BR> <BR> The exercise notes <em>319</em> , will remain throughout the 8 weeks of the trek <BR> <BR> NOTE – RULE CHANGE: Since the Trek is primarily to motivate exercise – I have decided that there will be a separate personalised exercise completion certificate for anyone who completes the full 8 weeks of exercise. <BR> <BR> I have loaded week 2 tre... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:02:10 EST Virtual Trek Tassie - week 2 - Discussion Thread Are we all really to go?? <em>534</em> <BR> <BR> Week 1 was great fun and we saw a lot and did so much – virtual energy is boundless!! <BR> The exercise notes <em>319</em> , will remain throughout the 8 weeks of the trek <BR> <BR> NOTE – RULE CHANGE: Since the Trek is primarily to motivate exercise – I have decided that there will be a separate personalised exercise completion certificate for anyone who completes the full 8 weeks of exercise. <BR> <BR> I have loaded week 2 trek note... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:56:26 EST Bud-nip spraying of sweet potatoes - yes or no? Have you heard about this YouTube video that is causing a real stir on Bud-nip spraying of sweet potatoes?? <BR> <BR> Real what nutrition experts say about this: <BR> <BR> The YouTube Video about Bud Nip in Sweet Potato <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bout-bud-nip-sweet-potato </link> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:24:19 EST New celebration booklets!! I have just loaded 2 new booklets into my web site for you to read, download or print - its up to you. <BR> One is - Australia Day - well you didn't think I could miss that, did you?? Its on 26th Jan - and we have a public holiday 27th Jan too this year. Australia Day is a fun Day - where we celebrate - but also have fun as only Aussies can!! <BR> The second is The Chinese New Year - on the 31st Jan this year - a very interesting and important celebration to the Chinese people. <BR> <BR> You... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:04:29 EST New to forum! Nina from Missouri My mobility is challenged by a condition most people have not even heard of, Charcot Marie Tooth. Nothing to do with teeth, but everything to do with balance and motion issues. My challenge is to maintain muscle strength and regain good balance. In addition, I have separate knee pain issue which might require surgery, so, I need to keep moving any way I can! Can't wait to get ideas from this team. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:53:33 EST Water challenge – 19th Jan – 31st Jan <BR> These next 2 weeks – As well as drinking 8 cups (or more) of water in a day – I want you to drink at least 1 cup after every time you move. <em>313</em> <em>91</em> <BR> So - =you do some exercise (any exercise) and drink water immediately after <em>402</em> <em>91</em> <BR> You go shopping and drink water immediately after <em>360</em> <em>91</em> <BR> You chair march while watching TV – you drink water immediately after <em>319</em> <em>91</em> <BR> Etc, etc ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 17:03:40 EST Virtual Trek Tassie wk 1 – Exercise You can find the details of exercise for the Trek at: <link> </link> click on the “challenges” button on the right hand side, open the folder "Trek Tasmania" <BR> <BR> In this thread - you can post your exercise target for the week and then record what you actually do manage to do!! <BR> <BR> Exercise Target - Week 1 (You need to set your own target and write it down here) <BR> <BR> Sun <BR> Mon <BR> Tue <BR> Wed <BR> Thu <BR> Fri <BR> Sat Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:00:15 EST Virtual Trek Tassie wk 1 – Discussion You can find the trek notes on where we do and what we see at: <link> </link> click on the “challenges” button on the right hand side and open the "Trek Tasmania" folder <BR> <BR> Here we all are in the foyer of the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne - and about to go into Afternoon Tea. <BR> Its lovely to see so many faces and be ablre to put a face to the names on Sparkpeople. As the trek progresses we will get the chance to know each other better - but now lets head i... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:55:33 EST Give YOURSELF A High Five! <em>250</em> We all have 'Good Days' and 'Bad Days'. But no matter how 'Bad' your day is, I know that you made At Least One Good Choice. Come by here every day and tell us about Your Good, Healthy Choices, no matter how "Big" or "Small" they are. We will Celebrate with you and plan for even more Good Choices Tomorrow!! Mon, 13 Jan 2014 07:59:09 EST Water Challenge - 12th - 18th Jan This challenge is a tough one, and one that most people need help with. <BR> <BR> The challenge is drink one glass of water upon waking, one w/ breakfast, two between breakfast and lunch, one w/ lunch, two between lunch and dinner, one w/ dinner. <BR> <BR> I hope that this method of getting in enough water during the day is helpful to you, and becomes a habit that you can carry with you long after the challenge is over. <BR> <BR> <BR> This structure ensures that you stay hydrated throu... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:28:39 EST Introducing myself Hi my name is Artelia. I'm new to this program but I'm disable with osteoarthritis of the knees and lower back. Think chair exercises will benefit me and help with balance and stability .Looking forward to doing the exercises and losing some weight. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:55:16 EST Virtual Trek Tasmania - Introduction - comments I have just uploaded the First pieces of information for this trek to my web site <em>244</em> <BR> The “how to do a virtual trek” leaflet , “Introduction to Trek Tasmania” leaflet and a folder with general tourist information on Tasmania with photos and interesting brochures. <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> You can find these by going to <link> </link> and clicking the button “Challenges” on the right hand side – then opening the Trek Tasmania Folder. <BR> <BR> Any ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:13:06 EST Hello i am New to this team All my life i have always been over weight. I was told that it was genetic but i feel that i can overcome this with a strong will to stay alive. I have so many health problems,plus a husband who is going blind,a son who is schizophrenic and a daughter who abuses drugs. But thru prayer and perseverance i will lose 180 pounds and better myself,for me and family and God.I need a good Chair exercise program that i can handle. I have arthritis and weigh 321 pounds. Can anyone give me a good link t... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:28:24 EST How to Stock Your Kitchen for Weight Loss Mother Hubbard's bare cupboard isn't the way to go for weight loss success. When you're hungry, you need to have the right foods within reach <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-pictures/how-to-stock-your-kitchen-f<BR>or-weight-loss.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_Every<BR>dayHealthWomensHealth_20140106#/slide-1 </link> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:30:55 EST Virtual Trek Tasmania - show your interest here. I have had a few members ask - when does it start ?? <em>38</em> <BR> The "how to do a virtual trek" and "Introduction to Tasmania" together with a few general Tasmanian tourist information booklets and pictures will be posted on Jan 12th <BR> The first week of the Trek starts on 19th Jan. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Tasmania is an island state of Australia <em>676</em> and actually where Millymouse lives. It has much of interest and as usual in my treks - we are going to sample everyth... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 14:18:47 EST New Booklet - The Ethiopian Christmas and Epiphany Genna 7th Jan and Timkat 19th Jan – The Ethiopian Christmas and Epiphany <BR> <BR> I guess you are thinking one of two things - why would I want to feature a country like Ethiopia, or maybe - why would you want to know about it?? <BR> Firstly - I am featuring it because I had the privilege and honour to spend a couple of years in Ethiopia and the country is so very different from any other country. I also wanted to try to show you that there is more to Ethiopia than drought and famine - thou... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 20:45:38 EST Why is it important to drink enough water? <em>91</em> In this thread I want you to list the reasons for drinking more water - and remember - by water - - I don’t mean sodas, milk, sugary drinks etc – you may only count water, green tea or black tea – but remember to spread out the water you drink through the day – don’t have it all at once because you forgot it earlier!! <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> 1 - A significant fraction of the human body is water. Lean muscle tissue contains about 75% water. Blood contains 83% water, body fat ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 16:33:21 EST Have you Huddled with our Team Today? Lets all Huddle I did, did you ???? <BR> <BR> You can use an emoticon, leave a message it's up to you <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 16:18:39 EST 2 wk (5th - 18th Jan) drink more water challenge I know how hard it is during the winter to drink water – but we need it for our body to function correctly just as we do in Summer!! <em>91</em> <BR> So let’s have an easy challenge for the first challenge this month on drinking more water. <em>30</em> <BR> Remember - if you need motivation - there is a Water calendar available at: <link> </link> - then click on the button on the right hand side - "Current CE Team newsletters" <BR> We have a number of new memb... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 16:13:57 EST Ideas or suggestions on making water more interest Ideas or suggestions on making water more interesting <BR> <BR> The main objection that I hear over drinking water – is the taste(or lack of in some cases). <BR> Many of you have treated reticulated water which tastes of chlorine and other purifying chemicals!! <em>91</em> <BR> So lets have ideas of ways we can help to make water taste better – or maybe other drinks to try that are not calorie rich or sodium rich that could be substituted for water to help increase your fluid intake. <e... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 16:10:15 EST 10 High-Protein Power Snacks Boost Your Energy Levels With Protein <BR> Whether you want to lose weight, burn fat, or build muscle, protein is your diet's essential building block. Fill up on powerful protein with these tasty options. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ition-pictures/high-protein-power-snac<BR>ks.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthWom<BR>ensHealth_20140102#/slide-1 </link> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:42:20 EST How many points from Team Bonus Points Today?? How many extra points did you get today from awarding your team bonus points?? <BR> <BR> 49 Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:29:32 EST 5 Tips to Healthier Eating in the New Year Is eating healthier one of your New Year's resolutions? Healthy eating does not mean boring, tasteless foods. Try these simple yet sensible steps that will help you adopt a healthier diet, without feeling deprived. <BR> <link><BR>-year.shtml </link> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 13:57:04 EST Have you Huddled with our Team today? Lets all Huddle I did, did you ???? <BR> <BR> You can use an emoticon, leave a message it's up to you <BR> <BR> New years day <em>409</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:02:09 EST January Chat Thread HAPPY NEW YEAR <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>107</em> <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> This is where we can come together, talk, laugh, tell stories or just say anything! <BR> Here we are team another year has hit us. Do you have any goals in mind for this year??? <BR> What are your plans?? Will you stick to them? This is a posting spot to just share ideas, accomplishments and to ask others for input <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:56:41 EST Play Spark Trivia & Post Correct Answers Here <em>38</em> After Age 60 people who don't Strength Train lose how many pounds of muscle per year (on Average)? <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> 1 Pound <BR> <BR> <em>230</em> There is a Very Similar Question on Trivia which might be Confusing. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Inactive Adults who don't Strength Train can lose how many pounds of Muscle Mass per year? <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> 1/2 Pound Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:55:52 EST Jan = Water Month!! How many cups today?? <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> January is Water Month - we all know we should drink at least 8 cups water every day to say hydrated and healthy - so how many did you drink today!! <em>91</em> <BR> If you need some motivation the January calendar is on Water - and I have put a booklet on Water in the same folder <BR> To find them - go ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:42:18 EST storm last night We had a big storm last night <BR> Now have no power, phone or internet <BR> I'll be on when I can <BR> Sandra will handle any problems <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 14:22:50 EST Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator I'm not 100% sure about the BMI I have heard they no longer use it, it's not always factual It's up to the individual I suppose Here is the link to how to Calculate ............... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>alculator.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHe<BR>althWomensHealth_20131228 </link> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:37:37 EST New Year, New You, New Recipes! The New Year is all about new beginnings, so there's no better time to make a resolution to experiment with some new recipes and improve your health. <BR> <BR> The South Beach Diet <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-new-you-new-recipes?xid=nl_EverydayHe<BR>althWomensHealth_20131228#slide=1 </link> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:33:28 EST 5 or 15 Minute Exercise with add on's Hi team I have changed this exercise slightly. Remember the time isn't set in concrete this is a minimum of what I would like you to do. <BR> I have added stretches for you to do also along with the one's that will be at the end of the YouTube video. I also want you to have a glass of water with you to drink during and at the end of exercising. We are over Christmas, so there is NO excuse. Just have fun..... <BR> Sandra <BR> <BR> <BR> Sunday: Stretches & Balance <BR> <BR> <link>www.yo... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:03:58 EST New Year Card, Jan newsletter and calendar A new year!! The start of new things and a chance to regain our motivation after the festive season!! I wonder how many of you are now regretting eating that extra slice of cake, or those lollies so conveniently left on the table!! <BR> Well now is the time to put all that behind you and to really make a push for that healthy lifestyle that you are trying to achieve!! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Over the holidays I have been busy getting things organised for this next year – and thinking up ne... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 20:26:12 EST Chair work out I have difficulty walking or standing for long periods and I tire easily. My workout plan would look like this. <BR> <BR> Mon- stretching <BR> Tues- rest <BR> Wednesday - chair belly dance <BR> Thur- rest <BR> Fri- upper body <BR> <BR> My hope is that this plan mixed with a good eating plan will help me drop 20 pounds by February . Wed, 25 Dec 2013 10:17:40 EST Don't forget to collect your Christmas Card!! Go to <link> </link> click on the button "Current CE Team Newsletter" on the right hand side of the front page - and its there with the Dec Newsletter. <BR> Happy Christmas Team <BR> <em>442</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>442</em> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:24:10 EST I feel so much better! I've posted before about my breast infection but I have GREAT news!! I feel nearly %100 better! I'm going to do my chair exercises today (with mild arm movement). And I've decreased my use of pain pills. I was put on stronger antibiotics and stronger pain pills plus I was told I could take Advil in between the pain pills which really helped decreased the swelling, along with cool wraps on my side which was REALLY swollen. I'm stating to feel like myself again! <em>224</em> <em>334</em> ... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:14:14 EST App Alcohol guide for people with Type 1 diabetes I realise that many of you aren't young - but this app might still help any members, or their children or even grandchildren, with type 1 diabetes!! <BR> <BR> App helps young people with diabetes keep safe when drinking alcohol <BR> <BR> The recently launched Type 1 Diabetes Friend: Alcohol Guide is a free mobile app, aimed at helping young people find out how to keep safe when drinking and how alcohol can affect their body. <BR> <BR> Alongside profiles of different drinks and the levels ... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 18:47:06 EST Dec 22-31 - Mindless or Mindful Challenge <em>41</em> <em>198</em> <em>43</em> <em>18</em> <em>40</em> <em>58</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> This being a holiday week full of 'special' eating opportunities for many of us I'd like to focus on Mindful Eating for a few days. <BR> <BR> I admit that Mindful Eating sounds a little strange to me - why would I want to focus so much attention on food? Isn't that what got me into this mess in the first place? <BR> <BR> Here's a little information that helps sort out what is... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 13:28:34 EST Some Christmas Fun I put a Christmas card on my web site this morning for you to take if you like - and I made a rather glaring geographical mistake in it. <BR> A goodie to anyone who can spot the mistake (I hope there aren't too many mistakes!! LOL!!) Sat, 21 Dec 2013 00:50:17 EST Had a very down day yesterday Long drive to psychiatrist's office caused major pain. Felt completely overwhelmed over everything I need to get done this week seeing how fast Christmas is sneaking up. Today is my last day of antibiotics and I am still swollen. Followed stupid advice my boyfriend insisted would help. instead I woke up in agony at 1:30am and now I can't fall back asleep. I'm going to do some chair exercises today, 1 from Spark People and 1 one from YouTube (I had the time to check it out). I also might try ... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 04:33:26 EST 3 Ways to Break Your Sugar Habit How much sugar is too much, and simple ways to eat less added sugar. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>alth/nutrition_news_information/3_ways<BR>_to_break_your_sugar_habit </link> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 03:38:25 EST Are Natural Sweeteners Healthier? Are Natural Sweeteners Healthier? <BR> Find out if natural sweeteners are healthier than white sugar. Agave nectar, maple syrup, honey and raw sugar are natural sweeteners that are alternatives to white sugar, and we'll show how to cook with them. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/are-natural-sweeteners-healthier.htm?<BR>sssdmh=dm17.711100&utm_source=EWHNL&es<BR>rc=nwewh121613a </link> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 03:31:30 EST Back to Basics Challenge - Week 3 <em>244</em> Congratulations to everyone who has been tracking and snacking healthfully the last couple of weeks! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> This is the third week of our Back To Basics challenge - we're just trying to stay aware of what good eating is all about as we head into the holiday season. I can see by the numbers that you're doing great! <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> In Week One we worked on tracking our calories. <BR> For Week Two we added being aware of holiday snacks and tracking ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 12:28:10 EST New to the team! I'm recovering from a bad infection that has left my whole upper right side (chest, breast, armpit, shoulder to finger tips) in excruciating pain when I move them. I've been on antibiotics a little over a week. the pain has subsided a little bit but I'm still on Norco every 6 hours and I sometimes have to take Advil in between doses. I can't do anything that cause, for lack of a better word, "jiggling" (I think you get the meaning <em>246</em> ). I also have lupus and fibromyalgia so pain ... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 16:03:07 EST Seven foods that will impact your intelligence ... Seven foods that will impact your intelligence ... but not in a good way. <BR> <BR> IF YOU chow down dark chocolate before a big all-nighter, and fill your plate with leafy greens, fish and nuts, congratulations. <BR> <BR> You're a smart eater, because those foods have been proven to sharpen your thinking ability. <BR> <BR> But before you leap with joy and submit your application to Harvard or Cambridge, read this, because you're probably eating foods that will make you less smart as well... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:42:51 EST Santa's Best Tips for Avoiding Holiday Food Traps. <BR> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <BR> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> Just a reminder!! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> As soon as holiday commercials begin advertising the foods you've been anticipating since last year, chances are you'll start planning a holiday indulgence. If your wish list includes a way to enjoy holiday favorites while avoiding the annual January diet, there's g... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:51:30 EST What exactly is in a jar of Nutella IT'S perhaps the most delicious thing you can have for breakfast. (if we don't count the calories!!) <BR> <BR> And now Nutella fans can find out exactly what it takes to make their favourite product in one simple map. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>anies/oecd-map-shows-all-the-countries<BR>-that-contribute-to-a-single-jar-of-nu<BR>tella/story-fnkjkgzz-1226781616726 </link> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:54:08 EST 4 Ways to Eat Fresh During the Winter Reap the benefits of eating seasonal produce with these cost-effective tips <BR> <BR> The South Beach Diet <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eat-fresh-during-the-winter?xid=nl_Eve<BR>rydayHealthWomensHealth_20131208#slide=1 </link> <BR> Mon, 9 Dec 2013 17:34:59 EST Back to Basics Challenge - Week 2 WooHoo! We made it through Week 1, tracking our eating! Well done, everyone! <BR> <BR> Time to start Week 2. <BR> This week we'll continue tracking our eating (in whatever form works for you!) PLUS we'll focus on Snacking -- Holiday snacking especially. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>443</em> <em>9</em> <em>442</em> <em>494</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> It's the season of holiday cookies and nibbles - I noticed even our tiny grocery store is passing out samples of mini ho... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 12:57:25 EST Many thanks Hello chair are just the most encouraging people. Asking for blessings to be sent your way. Btw love the roller skates <em>304</em> However think I'll try to set the wheelchair aside and use the walker. I'll let you know how it goes next week. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 00:16:26 EST A Benefit of Exercising Yesterday I walked thru a grocery store to shop. Probably haven't done that for more than a year. I always use a scooter. Feeling much stronger. I have to thank exercising for that even though I still try to resist it daily. <BR> <BR> I <em>252</em> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 08:04:36 EST Back To Basics Challenge - Week 1 Back To Basics Progressive Challenge - Three Weeks - Dec 1-21 <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving is over for many of you; some of the rest of us have slacked off a bit, and some are at a complete standstill. Added to that, for a lot of us the next three or four weeks are going to be full of Christmas goodies and unusual eating opportunities galore. <BR> <BR> Time to get back to basics before we get overwhelmed by temptation, smothered in guilt and give up entirely for the holiday season! <BR> <BR> Th... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 23:29:28 EST December General Chat Thread I am starting this for Millymouse1 as she has computer issues. <BR> <BR> Its December already - can you believe how fast this year has gone - and December means that your fearless leaders are already into planning for next year - new things and different things for you to enjoy!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 15:52:36 EST Christmas Wishes Thread Christmas Wishes Thread <BR> <BR> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> This is a thread for your special Christmas wish – not the greeting type of wish but a special wish that you may have – maybe for your family, for the team, for your country or even for the world!! <BR> This is an opportunity for you to share it with us all. <BR> <BR> My wish for Christmas this year is that you all return fit, healthy and happy and rea... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 15:36:22 EST Special Winter or Christmas Competition 2013 Special Christmas Competition 2013 <BR> <BR> Decorate your Sparkpage for Christmas - or if you are not celebrating Christmas - for Winter. <BR> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> The winners will be announced after 15th Dec <BR> It is in 2 parts - You must have your page decorated by 14th Dec <BR> When your page is decorated you need to leave a message in this thread so that the judges know to look at it. <BR> The ju... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 14:49:44 EST MillyMouse1 Millymouse 1 has computer issues and will probably not be back until the middle of next week - meanwhile any problems can be addressed to me or to A_BIT_AT_A_TIME <BR> Thank you Thu, 28 Nov 2013 19:30:34 EST hello Hello, my name is Betty, I live in Lake Orion, Michigan, and had achilles tendon rupture surgery 3 months ago. I look forward to encouraging others and getting involved here! Have a great Thanksgiving everyone. <em>41</em> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 11:01:35 EST 6 reasons why skim milk is a total scam An interesting article in today's newspaper <BR> <BR> WHEN was the last time you poured yourself a tall glass of ice-cold whole milk? If you're like most of us, it's probably been since you were a kid. <BR> <BR> Nowadays it's all about skim milk, even for kids. Cartons of whole milk in school cafeterias have been swapped out for skim. <BR> <BR> Good luck finding full-fat yoghurt. Everywhere you look, dairy products have gone skinny. And you know what? It's a double tragedy. <BR> <BR> Not... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 22:55:25 EST The Next Time Challenge - Nov 24 - 30 <em>381</em> <em>56</em> <em>52</em> <em>224</em> <em>381</em> <em>56</em> <em>52</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> The Next Time Challenge - Nov 24 - 30 <BR> <BR> This week's challenge will be simple but, hopefully, effective. Each day I will post a simple exercise or activity that I'd like you to do the next time you're doing something else. <BR> <BR> As an example - <BR> <BR> The Next Time.... you turn on the TV or watch something on your computer <em>17</em> <B... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 17:42:09 EST 6 Ways to Beat Emotional Eating Prevent your emotions from getting in the way of your weight-loss goals by following these tried-and-true tips from the editors and nutritionists at the South Beach Diet. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>beat-emotional-eating#slide=1 </link> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 18:20:51 EST Cooking for Thanksgiving What have you cooked, or plan still to cook for Thanksgiving any left overs for me ????? <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 17:08:18 EST December and Christmas New Year Newsletters Hi team – Since I have been venting a bit recently – I thought a bit of fun was on the cards so I have just added the December Newsletter to my web site – I have released it a little early as I just know you have nothing better to do during the long winter nights (don’t you wish??) and there are lots of links and references in it as well as a bit of fun!! <BR> I was going to try to keep Christmas out of this newsletter – but it crept in anyway – however there will be a Christmas New Year News... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:03:19 EST A Week of Thanksgiving Challenge Nov 18-23 A Week of Thanksgiving Challenge Nov 18-23 <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>429</em> <em>427</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Many of you are celebrating Thanksgiving so it seems appropriate to take this week to be thankful (well, I guess we should be thankful every day...somehow I get off track with that really easily myself). <BR> <BR> Here is your challenge in five parts: <BR> <BR> 1) Comment here with something you're thankful for <BR> <BR> 2) Co... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:18:36 EST Can You Stretch Quads Without Bending Knees? Hello, <BR> <BR> I have osteoarthritis in both knees and have a torn cartilage in my right knee. I have been very creative at designing a workout routine that keeps my heart rate up, knees moving, and whole body worked without adding stress to my knees. My orthopedic physician is helping me to avoid knee replacement surgery for as long as possible. He has recommended a regimen of core exercises, stretching, strength training and non-impact cardio and chair cardio to lengthen the life of... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 23:25:25 EST Waist Management: How to Lose Belly Fat for Good Can we, I know I don't have the best liver, what with all the meds going through it. We live and hope <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>head-to-toe/how-to-lose-belly-fat-for-<BR>good/?sssdmh=dm17.702013&esrc=nwfitdai<BR>lytip111713 </link> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 16:57:39 EST What is your favorite chair exercise? and what is your favorite DVD or Youtube or Spark video for chair exercise? <BR> <BR> I have about 30 DVD's for chair exercise work outs. They have been gathering dust and feel unused and neglected! My bad! I also discovered the variety available on Youtube and have been starting to use those. Amazing what is available. <BR> <BR> My favorites are yoga and stretching. Sun, 17 Nov 2013 08:24:11 EST Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Program <em>304</em> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> <em>526</em> <em>208</em> <BR> <BR> _ * _ * _ * _ * _ PART ONE - Read This First _ * _ * _ * _ * _ <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wow, ladies! <BR> <BR> You gave me 8 pages of reading material to sift through last week during our Week of Questions! <BR> <BR> This is what you told me: <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> You're here to lose weight and get healthy, for whatever reason. That wasn't a surprise. I just thought I'd ask in case someon... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 00:16:04 EST bacon why do pigs have to be the tastiest animals on the planet? When I eat bacon, its wonderful, but afterwards I feel bad all over, why is this? Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:03:40 EST What EMMABE1 is trying to do for Chair Exercise! Team be sure to read your recent email from Emmabe1 about getting Chair Exercise recognized as real exercise. This could change so many people's lives that really need to get stronger and healthy. For so many of us it is not a trendy way to just exercise it is a life line to living a more normal life or as I say "recapturing our normal". <BR> THANK YOU ANN FOR FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT FOR SO MANY OF US!! <BR> WHEN YOU HIT A WALL THAT DOES NOT STOP YOU JUST FIND AWAY AROUND IT!! <BR> <em>38... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:35:19 EST Thanksgiving Newsletter I have just added a Thanksgiving Newsletter to the collection of "Festivals around the World" Newsletters on my web site. <BR> To View, download and or print it - go to <link> </link> and click on the button on the right hand side of the front page "Festivals Round the World" <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving!! Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:29:23 EST Herbal Supplements: Are You Getting What You Pay F I often wonder about all the health pills that are around the shelves are packed with them, if they are supposed to be so good for you, why isn't everyone jumping around with boundless energy. Has any ones doctor gave a prescription for Fish oil, Krill tablets plus all the rest <BR> An interesting read <BR> <em>492</em> perhaps we are better keeping to the real things <BR> <BR> <link><BR>plements-are-you-getting-what-you-pay-<BR>for.html </link> Sat, 9 Nov 2013 21:54:27 EST Death by Bacon Oh please!!!!!!!! .......... how often are you out, you smell bacon and you are instantly hungry I know I am. I do like a bacon sandwich every now and again <BR> <BR> <em>497</em> <em>489</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>acon.html </link> Sat, 9 Nov 2013 17:53:46 EST Weigh-in Accountabilty Challenge - Nov 10-Jan 11 <em>192</em> <em>205</em> Weigh-in Accountabilty Challenge <em>192</em> <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> I wasn't here last fall but I see EMMABE1 had a weigh-in challenge during the “food” season – (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year) -- I think it's time to reboot that! <BR> <BR> This is not a weight LOSS challenge – it is just to keep you accountable over the holidays. <BR> <BR> It will run for 9 weeks – from 10th Nov. to 11th Jan. <BR> <BR> It doesn’t matter whether you gain, lose o... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 09:17:36 EST Getting Ahead Challenge - Nov 10-16 <em>52</em> <em>56</em> Getting Ahead Challenge November 10-16 <em>52</em> <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> A little more than a week til Thanksgiving (for many of you), 6 weeks til Christmas and only 52 days left in 2013! <BR> <BR> This time of year it seems there are more things to do - extra baking/shopping/cooking/cleaning - visiting and hosting guests - sending cards - fall (or spring) cleanup - the list just seems to pile up. <BR> <BR> I thought we could all use a week to get som... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 08:53:47 EST The Top 10 Germ Spots in Your House <link><BR>germs-bacteria/germs-in-your-house/?ss<BR>sdmh=dm17.699161&esrc=nwfitdailytip110313 </link> Wed, 6 Nov 2013 04:38:35 EST The Truth About Germs <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Comment <BR> Print <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> From getting a manicure to going to the gym, everything you need to stay healthy. <BR> <BR> By Tram Kim Nguyen <BR> <BR> <BR> Can you really catch a nasty bug from sitting on a public toi... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 04:26:26 EST We Interrupt This Program....A Week of Questions <em>38</em> We Interrupt This Program....A Week of Questions <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> In order to provide you with challenges that are, well, challenging and also useful, I thought I'd take a week to find out more about what YOU would like. <BR> <BR> A few of you have noted that you would like to do the challenges but they are too demanding physically because of health issues. The Chair Exercise team is all about accommodating all sorts of people, I hate to leave anyone out! <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 09:12:27 EST Extra Hour of Fitness Challenge - Nov 3-9 <em>128</em> <em>56</em> <em>12</em> <em>311</em> <em>357</em> <em>128</em> <em>56</em> <em>12</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Clocks Change Tonight (in many places) and we gain an HOUR. One whole hour! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>324</em> <em>12</em> <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is to use those 60 minutes for fitness. 8.5 minutes a day of EXTRA workout time, over and above what you normally do. If you don't start til Monday, it's still onl... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 11:10:26 EST November General Subject Chat Did you do anything for Halloween, any trick or treat little people come to your door. It isn't something that is celebrated in Australia me being a wee Scot I still have it in my blood. Many a great time I had as a child. My Dad used to hang scones from the pulley a thing that was in the kitchen Mum would hang clothes on to get dry . I know the scones were covered in something senior moments doesn't allow me to remember what. We also had a cast iron bath Dad would fill with water and apples... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 08:21:13 EST 8 Healthy Snacks for Satisfying Every Craving Whether you're hankering for something salty or sweet, we have a snack for you! <BR> <BR> The South Beach Diet <BR> <BR> <link><BR>snacks-for-every-craving?xid=nl_Everyd<BR>ayHealthWomensHealth_20131030#slide=1 </link> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 04:02:36 EST 8 Healthy Snacks for Satisfying Every Craving Whether you're hankering for something salty or sweet, we have a snack for you! <BR> <BR> The South Beach Diet <BR> <BR> <link><BR>snacks-for-every-craving?xid=nl_Everyd<BR>ayHealthWomensHealth_20131030#slide=1 </link> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 03:56:42 EST 10 Soda Alternatives When thirst hits, toss the pop and reach for these beverages. <BR> By Adrienne Rayski <BR> <BR> <link><BR>soda-alternatives.aspx?pos=2&xid=nl_Ev<BR>erydayHealthWomensHealth_20131030#/slide-1 </link> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 02:21:45 EST Hi Hello everyone <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm Vickey. I'm a 56 yr old mom, wife and grandmother who is striving to get healthier. I have limited mobility due to my weight, Fibromyalagia, Degenerative Joint Disease, and other health problems. I found this Team over a year ago and then I kind of drifted away from Spark People for awhile. I wasn't giving up I just had a lot in life that I needed to deal with and people I needed to be there for. I'm coming back because now it is time for me... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:11:20 EST 5 Food Combinations To Avoid , selected from Experience Life <BR> <BR> <link><BR>binations-to-avoid.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 02:17:44 EST Non-Scale Victory Challenge - Oct 27-Nov 2 <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> + + + + + + + Non-Scale Victory Challenge - Oct 27-Nov 2 + + + + + + + <BR> <BR> Post your non-scale victories here at least 5 times this week (one per day, for at least 5 days)! <BR> <BR> Did you track all your meals yesterday? Drink all your water today? Are your knees feeling better than usual? Was it just a really good day overall? <BR> <BR> P... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 00:22:57 EST Turbo chair 55 minutes now available for purchase! Paul Eugene emailed me this morning. He has decided to make the Turbo chair 55 minute workout available for purchase at <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tnessdvds.htm </link> <BR> <BR> It is the first video and is $9.95 for an instant download. $14.95 for a DVD....Paul sent me this video a couple of months ago - it is WELL worth the price if you are looking for a fantastic workout!!!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 08:18:54 EST November and Guy Fawkes Night Newsletter I have just uploaded the November Newsletter, and a Guy Fawkes Night newsletter to my web site – and this month it is a very special newsletter – it contains a story from one member of our team who has triumphed against all odds and regained her normal life and mobility!! <BR> I hope you enjoy her story and are motivated by it. <BR> <BR> The November Newsletter can be found at <link> </link> and click on – “Current CE Team Newsletters” button on the right of the fir... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 03:19:44 EST Delicious Smoothie Recipes Delicious Smoothie Recipes <BR> <BR> You know your diet should include a variety of colors. Consider these recipes your ticket to that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: a bikini body! For each, put the yogurt in first, then add the solid ingredients and blend until smooth. Depending on how thick you like your smoothies -- and how powerful your blender or food processor is -- you may need to thin these out with a little liquid, such as nonfat milk. <BR> <BR> PB&J Smoothie <BR> 4 ounce... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 05:39:15 EST Men, Women, and the Race to Lose Weight Men seem to win the weight-loss race every time, but that doesn't mean women should get discouraged. There are some strategies you can use to level the dieting field. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d-weight-loss.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_Everyd<BR>ayHealthWomensHealth_20131021 </link> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:56:16 EST Water Bobble!! Have any of you tried the Bobble water filter bottles - <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Its American made and designed and basically it filters tap water as you drink to remove the odor and chlorine - and this makes a big difference - its much nicer!! and easier to drink!! <BR> There are many filter bottles on the market but this is one of the cheapest and it seems to work - and the money it would save over bottled water and soda -is huge!! Not to mention the environment di... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:05:25 EST New to this team <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I have lost over 60 lbs since December using diet only, and The Spark People Teams and site. <BR> I still have over 125 lbs to lose before I reach my goal. <BR> I would like to start sculpting and toning my body using chair exercises and bands. <BR> I hope that I can learn and share ideas on this team. <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:36:06 EST New Start Page - comments and questions Ok - I can just imagine some of your reactions to the new start page!! Its changed - drastically!! <BR> <BR> I have just spent time trying to suss it out - and I suggest that you leave any messages here about things you have lost, can't understand or ..........well any comments !! <BR> I'll try to sort out things for you <BR> <BR> Please do make your Goal section on the start page - its a great idea to have those goals in front of you - it really is good motivation!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:13:08 EST Festive season survival!! Festive Season <BR> Yup – the Festive Season is just about on us again!! <BR> I actually have re-christened this season as the “Food” season since I have been on Sparkpeople – because it seems to me that starting at Halloween (or before) the Americans eat their way through to New Year!! <BR> <BR> Every year we get a large number of members who “get lost” until after New Year and then come back bemoaning the fact they have put weight on!! And Sandra (Millymouse1) and I tear our hair out!! <B... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 01:27:22 EST Recipe Challenge - Oct 20-26 <em>756</em> <em>550</em> <em>140</em> <em>286</em> <em>341</em> <em>180</em> <em>756</em> <em>550</em> <em>140</em> <BR> <BR> This is a little different from regular challenges. This week I'd like you to focus on finding some new recipes. <BR> <BR> We recently had our Canadian Thanksgiving and after it was over I realized I hadn't even considered trying any new or healthy recipes for our Thanksgiving dinner. We had the traditional turkey, mashed potatoes and gra... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 00:08:27 EST 12 Days of Pumpkins Exercise Challenge - Oct 20-31 <em>147</em> <em>431</em> <em>147</em> <em>431</em> <em>147</em> <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> It's pumpkin season (at least, it is in the northern hemisphere) and we're going to grow some Giant Pumpkins over the next 12 days. <BR> <BR> Your challenge: to grow the largest pumpkin. Each minute of exercise counts as one pound of pumpkin. <BR> <BR> The challenge will be split into three levels, according to your ability: <BR> <BR> Seeds - Beginners who are just getting started with exe... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 23:46:57 EST Chair walking today! Today I exercised with SparkPeople You Tube Channel. I did 24 minutes of chair walking and chair resistance bands. Never thought I would do it but decided if I was gonna do this program I better get started. Thanks for your story and website EMMABE1. You truly inspired me and made me decide I could do it too. <em>104</em> <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> I also started drinking water this week. I have been drinking Diet Pepsi from 1st thing in the morning to the last thing at night. I kn... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 15:31:01 EST Why More People Are Having Knee Replacement Surger Over the past two decades, the number of seniors getting total knee replacements has risen by more than 161 percent, according to a nationwide analysis of Medicare beneficiaries. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eople-are-having-knee-replacement-surg<BR>ery.html </link> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 05:45:50 EST 10 Surprising Coffee Facts How much do you know about your morning cup of joe? We’ve rounded up some coffee facts that just might surprise you! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-coffee-facts.html </link> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 05:42:40 EST What's a Healthy Body Weight for Your Age? <link><BR>/watchi </link> <BR> <BR> Nutritional needs change as you get older, and you may find that you have to fight the battle of the bulge throughout your senior years. Sat, 19 Oct 2013 05:36:15 EST Changes to SparkPeople Coming Monday! "Introducing a Brand New SparkPeople Experience!" <BR> <BR> Starting on Monday, October 21, 2013 <BR> <BR> "So what's changing? Your SparkPeople "Start" page. Members of SparkPeople know this page well since it's the page you see every time you log in to your SparkPeople account. That page has undergone a few changes over the years, but none are going to have as big of an impact as this one. The page is laid out in a completely new way, and even has some brand-new features!" <BR> <BR> <... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:04:08 EST 15 Surprising Uses for Baking Soda From green cleaning to personal care, baking soda is a little scrubby dynamo! Check out these 15 surprising uses for baking soda. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-uses-for-baking-soda.html?page=1 </link> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:28:59 EST Hello Chair Exercisers! Thank you for the warm welcome to the team. Due to several different health conditions and also to my four cocker spaniels who run around under everybody's feet, I spend my days in a wheelchair. I can walk with a cane but only for very short distances--like to and from car to house. I have been in and out of SP several times over the years and now finally at 68 years old I have found SC. What a difference it has made. I love the all the info and the accountability and the friendship it pr... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:10:31 EST A quick Update This is just a quick check in with everyone. <BR> <BR> I hope some of you remember me. <em>246</em> I've had major back surgery. Two days 8+ hours each day... <BR> <BR> The surgery was on Sept 4th and 5th. I'm very <em>334</em> to say that I've kept the weight loss off. I'm still 184 Lbs! I was very surprised when I actually got on a scale today! I've been keeping up my water and watching what I ate. I've only cheated once in a while and usually cut it in half so it wasn't so bad. ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 23:56:08 EST Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes, Menus, Cooking Tips Some helpful hints to get you through a healthy Thanksgiving <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lections/thanksgiving_collection_1 </link> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 18:59:23 EST 9 Healthy Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth “We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” <BR> &#8213; David Mamet, Boston Marriage <BR> <BR> If you exclaimed ‘oh yes’ to this, you are like me–a lover of things sweet. There is no doubt about it: Sugar feeds your body’s pleasure centers, and satisfies the very soul. But the truth is, sugar is linked to metabolic problems and even cancer. And Americans get more than 355 daily calories from added sugar. The recommended limit as set out by the American Heart Associa... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 18:46:33 EST Getting Portion Sizes Back Under Control At home and away, our meals have all become supersized. And so have we! Find out why how much you eat is just as important as what you eat in your diet for controlling weight <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n/portion-sizes.aspx?pos=2&xid=nl_Ever<BR>ydayHealthWomensHealth_20131013 </link> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 18:40:38 EST Your Mileage May Vary Challenge Oct 13-19 <em>311</em> <em>364</em> <em>359</em> <em>522</em> <em>331</em> <em>316</em> <em>315</em> <em>217</em> <BR> <BR> This week's exercise challenge is about how far you can go. You may know how many steps (or step equivalents) you achieve each day, but do you know your mileage? <BR> <BR> It is estimated that 2000 average steps is equal to about 1 mile, more or less - it can vary from 1900 steps -2400 steps, depending on your stride length. <BR> <BR> An average city ... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 10:46:46 EST Mix It Up Challenge ~ Oct 13-19 <em>267</em> <em>277</em> <em>311</em> <em>17</em> <em>52</em> <em>301</em> <BR> <BR> An easy challenge for everyone this week - one easy thing each day! <BR> <BR> <em>289</em> Sunday: Eat at least 3 vegetables or fruit today <BR> <em>17</em> Monday: Post a blog today <BR> <em>48</em> Tuesday: Tell us three things you did right today <BR> <em>194</em> Wednesday: Drink 8 cups of water <BR> <em>34</em> Thursday: Try a new exercise video - check out the Chair... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 08:02:07 EST How to Identify Natural Sugar and Added Sugar <BR> See how to cut sugar in your diet <BR> <BR> Easy tips to determine how much sugar is in processed foods. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nutrition_news_information/how_to_iden<BR>tify_natural_sugar_and_added_sugar_on_<BR>nutrition_labels?sssdmh=dm17.697223&ut<BR>m_source=EWHNL&esrc=nwewh101013 </link> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:16:10 EST 7 Ways Nutrition Facts and Food Labels Might Trick You'll never read a food label or nutrition facts label the same way after you learn these 7 misleading food label pitfalls to avoid <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nutrition_news_information/7_ways_nutr<BR>ition_facts_and_food_labels_might_tric<BR>k_you?sssdmh=dm17.697223&utm_source=EW<BR>HNL&esrc=nwewh101013 </link> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:13:33 EST Top Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares A rheumatoid arthritis (RA) flare is a sudden worsening of RA symptoms. Learn about common flare triggers to avoid and how to better manage joint pain when flares do occur. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/guide-to-managing-ra/ra-triggers.aspx<BR>?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHeal<BR>th_20131010 </link> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:08:48 EST Acupuncture: Are You Missing the Point? Some interesting Q & A's on Acupuncture <BR> <BR> Do you have minor aches and pains that have troubled you for years, or a nagging health condition from which you've yet to find relief? After you've exhausted the more traditional options, you just might feel like exploring complementary healing practices such as acupuncture. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n/article/acupuncture-are-you-missing-<BR>the-point?eid=1010693537&memberid=2897<BR>4662&_sid=5322888c-56ce-4... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 04:25:33 EST Healthy Casserole Recipes for Fall Some nice hearty meals, comfort food warm the cockles of your heart and healthy <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ipe_slideshows/healthy_casserole_recip<BR>es_for_fall?sssdmh=dm17.696324&utm_sou<BR>rce=EWTWNL&esrc=nwewtw100813 </link> Wed, 9 Oct 2013 04:10:32 EST Go Green for Vegetarian Awareness Month All About Meatless Meals If you are a vegetarian I'm sure you could always have some fish, chicken meat that is fat free, there are no limits.... enjoy. <BR> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>k-recipes/dinner/healthy-vegetarian-di<BR>nners/?sssdmh=dm17.696331&esrc=nwftn100713c </link> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 03:48:56 EST Pumpkin Fluff Dip Quick and easy dip <BR> <BR> <link><BR>view/2545030/pumpkin-fluff-dip?xid=nl_<BR>EverydayHealthWomensHealth_20131006 </link> Mon, 7 Oct 2013 03:36:51 EST Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Risk People with atrial fibrillation are much more likely to experience a stroke than those without the condition. Adopt these healthy habits to lower your stroke risk. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/atrial-fibrillation-management/atrial<BR>-fibrillation-stroke-risk.aspx?pos=1&x<BR>id=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHealth_20131006 </link> Mon, 7 Oct 2013 03:31:37 EST 5% Challenge - Oct 6 - 12 <em>104</em> <em>381</em> <em>311</em> <em>237</em> <em>128</em> <em>540</em> <BR> <BR> This week we're having a 5% Challenge! <BR> <BR> No, I don't expect you to lose 5% of your body weight in a week! <BR> This challenge is to get you moving just a little bit more than usual. <BR> <BR> Do you usually exercise for 20 minutes a day? Try upping that to 20 minutes plus 5% (that's only 1 extra minute!) <BR> <BR> Are you chair marching or walking 1000 steps (or equivalent) p... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 21:56:49 EST Eating Fish May Be Tied to Lower Rheumatoid Arthri Salmon, mackerel contain inflammation-fighting omega-3 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n/article/eating-fish-may-be-tied-to-l<BR>ower-rheumatoid-arthritis-risk </link> <BR> Sat, 5 Oct 2013 06:01:58 EST 8 Superfoods You Probably Aren’t Eating Sometimes we get caught up in the routine of eating the same foods over and over again. Often times it’s not that healthful eating isn’t tasty, but rather it’s the lack of variety. Adding a variety of super nutrient dense foods to our diet ensures that we’re getting the laundry list of vitamins and minerals that the body needs to thrive. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ds-you-probably-arent-eating.html </link> Sat, 5 Oct 2013 05:53:46 EST 8 Tips for Keeping Vegetables Fresh Longer I should print this out and put on my fridge. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-keeping-vegetables-fresh-longer.html </link> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 18:13:13 EST Back surgeries, arthritis and fibromyalgia. Hi Everybody, <BR> I just joined the team and look forward to it. <BR> I have had two back surgeries that left me with nerve damage to my legs, which causes difficulty walking. Plus, I live in constant pain. <BR> I now have arthritis in the knees and fibromyalgia, but realize that movement will help with both. So, it's past time for me to get ta' movin!!!! Wed, 2 Oct 2013 14:37:29 EST 7 Healthy Alternatives to Potato Chips They’re not lying when they say that potato chips are addictive. You literally can’t have just one, and all that fat, salt, and empty carbohydrates are poison to our bodies. <BR> <BR> If you find yourself reaching for a savory snack, there are lots of healthier alternatives that will soothe your cravings without undoing your diet. And, as I’ve discovered, once you eliminate these super-salty processed foods from your diet, your taste buds will reset themselves, and you’ll be satiated by far ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 04:58:26 EST 6 Myths About Weight Gain (Slideshow) On the surface, weight loss and weight gain seem like pretty obvious results of certain behaviors. Eat more than you burn, and you’ll gain weight; eat less, and you’ll lose it. If only life were that simple! As any struggling dieter will tell you, the truth is a lot more complicated than that. Much of the problem? Many of us misunderstand the science behind weight loss and gain. Click through to check out some of the biggest myths about weight gain and loss. <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 04:49:36 EST Introduce Myself Hi my name is Bonnie and I am new to Sparkpeople. I was born with ceriable palsy of the left leg which limits my mobility, that is why I chose the chair exercise team. I will support my team members however I can and would like support in return that is what makes a team. Tue, 1 Oct 2013 01:19:00 EST Thankful ! <em>304</em> <em>304</em> to the Team Leaders for the encouragement , support and motivation. Thanks so much for all the goodies...this team and team leaders are the best!!! <em>304</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:14:33 EST Why you need to know about these weight-loss super Instead of focusing on the stuff you’re not supposed to eat when trying to lose weight, load up on these delicious treats to boost your metabolism and drop kilos. - See more at:<BR>index.php?blogid=160#sthash.E9biZVEp.dpuf <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:51:46 EST October General Subject Chat Room Welcome to Chair Exercise Rock Café <BR> <BR> Let's Sparkle and Shine and make this the best team in the Sparks Community!! <BR> Checking in as often as possible is a great way to stay motivated. We sure need each other! <BR> <BR> What's going on in your life? <BR> <BR> How are you feeling? <BR> <BR> Do you need to vent or celebrate? <BR> <BR> Come share it all here! <BR> <BR> This is the place to check in and let us know how you are doing. <BR> <BR> T ogether <BR> E veryone <B... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:43:13 EST Survived the Surgeries Well I'm still here and around. I survived the two 8+ hour surgeries. I've had some ups and some downs. I've been in the hospital, out of the hospital for 24 hours then right back in the hospital with worse, horrible symptoms. Then finally into the ARU (Advanced Rehab Unit) with 3 hours a day of therapy both OT and PT. That was for 2 weeks and I so needed it! I feel much stronger and more qualified to go home. <BR> <BR> I've been home for two days and am holding my own. My DH and DD a... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 02:12:40 EST Coconut Oil: The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown Not long ago, coconut oil was branded one of the most toxic fats of all. Nowadays, it’s a featured ingredient on spa cuisine menus and a popular seller at health food stores. But is coconut oil really deserving of its new, superfood status – and if so, why the change of heart? <BR> <BR> Coconut Oil and Heart Health <BR> <BR> Over time, our understanding of dietary fat has become far more advanced and nuanced, and this has led some experts to change their tune a bit on coconut oil. Coconut o... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 21:59:10 EST Belly Fat May Hit Your Heart the Hardest Study finds risk of cardiovascular death highest in those with 'central obesity.' <BR> <BR> <link><BR>0829/belly-fat-may-hit-your-heart-the-<BR>hardest.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHeal<BR>thWomensHealth_20130927 </link> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 21:41:18 EST Sodium Challenge Sept 29 - Oct 5 <em>480</em> <em>486</em> <em>22</em> <em>497</em> <em>477</em> <BR> <BR> You consume sodium every single day, and that's a good thing! Our bodies need sodium to help maintain water and mineral balances and blood volume. But too much of a good thing (sodium in this case) can have negative effects on your health, such as an increased risk for high blood pressure (which contributes to heart disease and stroke). While most of us get enough sodium each day to meet our bodies' need... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 08:59:52 EST Steady On Your Feet - 2 week Balance Challenge <em>322</em> <em>318</em> <em>332</em> <em>329</em> <em>135</em> <em>359</em> <em>217</em> <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> Steady On Your Feet - 2 week Balance Challenge <BR> <BR> Sept 29 - Oct 12 <BR> <BR> This is a short video from Anne Burnell - only 3 minutes long! <BR> <BR><BR>7s&list=UU-d8Wcf6t54RQXHRoX_KgsA <BR> <link><BR>list=UU-d8Wcf6t54RQXHRoX_KgsA </link> <BR> <BR> Over the next two ... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 08:49:31 EST 8 Surprising Habits That Cause Back Pain Mysterious aches and pains? The cause may surprise you—plus, easy fixes for back pain culprits. 1. The Habit: Sleeping On An Old Mattress According to the <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-habits-that-cause-back-pain.html?pa<BR>ge=1 </link> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 06:24:05 EST Hello everyone! Sparkfriends, I am here to get help with getting to a healthier me. By help I mean support....I am sure most of you know what I mean. <BR> I am disabled(40 years a paraplegic). I am haveing to go into a power chair for more independence while out of the home. I have alot going on right now and also suffer from depression and chronic pain.....But, here I am, out of bed and trying. I do not want live in bed and I do not want to end up in a nurseing home at 51 yrs. of age. <BR> I have alot of h... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:31:03 EST Fabulous Crock Pot Meals Some good recipes in here with video's on How To with instructions. I haven't tried any as yet, although I do intend to <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/how-to-tips-for-healthy-crockpot-reci<BR>pes.htm?sssdmh=dm17.694159&utm_source=<BR>EWTWNL&esrc=nwewtw092413a </link> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 04:40:01 EST October Newsletter The October newsletter is up <BR> <BR> You can access it by going to my web site – <link> </link> <BR> And clicking on the bottom button on the right hand side of the front page – “Current CE Team Newsletter” Then click the newsletter to open it. You can read it there – or download to your computer or print it – by using the commands on the bar above the newsletter. <BR> I hope you enjoy it. Comments and feedback –may be left in this thread - <BR> <BR> I have made a... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 23:30:37 EST 8 "Healthy" Foods That Can Bust Your Diet Think twice before you decide to drop these foods into your cart <BR> <BR> <link><BR>foods-that-can-bust-your-diet?xid=nl_E<BR>verydayHealthWomensHealth_20130923#slide=1 </link> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 02:24:32 EST Here is a little quiz from Dr Oz Pumpkins aren't just for pie this Fall <BR> See how you go <BR> <BR> <link> <link><BR>us-skin?eid=1010692770&memberid=289746<BR>62&_sid=5322888c-56ce-40d4-b166-6f333e<BR>337fa3&#cmpid=sceml00 </link> </link> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:59:26 EST Start The Day Right - Breakfast Challenge Start The Day Right - Breakfast Challenge - September 22-28 <BR> <BR> <em>490</em> <em>474</em> <em>487</em> <em>467</em> <em>466</em> <em>481</em> <em>488</em> <BR> <BR> We've all heard it: "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." <BR> <BR> Whether it's a full-plate meal or a smoothie on the run (or somewhere in between), breakfast is important. Not only does it give your body fuel to get the day started, it increases leptin production, a hormone that supp... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 09:27:17 EST 8 Health Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar Vinegar is such a versatile product it has many use's. I always have a 2 litre bottle of supermarket brand in the cupboard for cleaning. I have heard that the apple cider burns fat. Might have to get a few gallons of it .... <BR> Cheers <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ses-for-apple-cider-vinegar.html </link> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 22:29:48 EST The Real Meaning of Food Expiration Dates Sell by, use by, freeze by: How do you interpret the language of food expiration? Do the dates mean you may make yourself sick if you eat something after it's expired? Sharpen your food safety smarts by learning the truth about these dates with a video to watch <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lth/the-real-meaning-of-food-expiratio<BR>n-dates.aspx?pos=2&xid=nl_EverydayHeal<BR>thWomensHealth_20130920 </link> <BR> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 22:24:00 EST Sending prayers up for our EMMABE1 I am sending up prayers for the safety of Ann and her hubby and all their property and surrounding area. May our God keep them safe and give them protection from the bush fire. <BR> <BR> Please join with me <BR> Gail Sat, 21 Sep 2013 14:01:57 EST oldie but newbie too Being a 72 year young and very active "NaNa", I'm happy to say that with SparkPeople I have managed to drop 22 pounds since last April. By dropping the weight, I have also removed myself from the knee replacement surgery list. Because I can not walk to burn calories, I'm hoping that through the Chair Exercise Team and it's exercises, I'll be able to continue my weight loss, reach my goal and maintain my weight and best of all, avoid surgery.. I've already received great advice on some of t... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:53:30 EST returning member Hi Everyone, <BR> I was enjoying this group a long time ago. <BR> Then life interfered with things...but now I'm backkkkk. <BR> Hope to make my goals and send prayers for your goals. <BR> Bright Blessings Tammy Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:20:32 EST Around The World in 14 Days Challenge (Sept 15-28) <em>432</em> <em>311</em> <em>360</em> <em>359</em> <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Pack your bags and get ready to go! This two-week challenge will take us to a variety of stops; you'll never know where you're going next. The only requirement is that you must walk, or chair march, or move in some way along with us. <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Each day's trip via YouTube Airways will take you on a short visit (around 10-15 minutes) to a foreign land (or maybe you'll end u... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 00:23:24 EST Sept 15-21 Weekly Challenge - Just For Today <em>12</em> <em>249</em> <em>244</em> <em>381</em> <em>52</em> <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> Just For Today <BR> <BR> Sometimes we can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe we're in a rut; maybe we have so many physical challenges it gets overwhelming. Maybe we're just (a little) lazy. <BR> <BR> Maybe we even give up. <BR> <BR> This week I'd like to think of one thing each day that you could do Just For Today. <BR> <BR> Anything at all. <BR> Can you drink 8 cups ... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 00:01:43 EST 8 Surprising Facts About Cinnamon <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Cinnamon has long been enjoyed both as a culinary spice and natural medicine. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Health benefits of Cinnamon: <BR> <BR> Nutritional: <BR> <BR> <BR> Anti-Clotting: Cinnamaldehyde (a volatile/essential) oil in cinnamon may help stop blood from clotting unnecessarily. According to, cinnamon accomplishes this, “by inhibiting the release of an inflammatory fatty acid called arachidonic acid from platelet membranes... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 05:22:44 EST Are You a Mosquito Magnet? Some people really are more attractive to mosquitoes. So how do you keep yourself from being one of them? They love me, from now on right through Summer I have to wear what I call my Summer perfume Mosquito repellent all over my clothes as they get my though them <BR> <BR> <link><BR>are-you-a-mosquito-magnet-9974.aspx?po<BR>s=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHealth_<BR>20130913 </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 05:16:22 EST 10 Healthy Herbs and How to Use Them Using a variety of herbs in your diet will not only please your taste buds, it will do wonders for your health and well-being. We use too much salt when we have a healthier option using herbs and spice's. Paprika, Cayenne. Give them a try, you will be amazed <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-pictures/healthy-herbs-and-how-to-us<BR>e-them.aspx#/slide-1 </link> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 21:37:25 EST 15 Childhood Favorites for Adults (Recipes) What was your favorite food as a child? Meatloaf? Macaroni and cheese? Chocolate milkshakes? Chances are, you don’t eat it too frequently as an adult. But don’t discount them too quickly. Sure, your tastes have changed, your diet has changed, and your health concerns have changed, but there are plenty of ways to make your favorite foods friendly to your adult palate. Click through to check out some childhood favorites for adults. <BR> <BR> I always loved Macaroni and cheese still do. Hated f... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 05:42:27 EST Straighten Up! Posture Challenge Sept 8-14 Our challenge this week will be to be conscious of our posture. <BR> <BR> Posture doesn't seem to be something that is taught anymore - I can dimly remember my mother chiding me about slouching when I was a child (but usually when she told me to "Straighten up!" she wasn't talking about my spine!). <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>85</em> <em>311</em> <em>406</em> <em>350</em> <BR> <BR> This 5-minute video from Anne Burnell has several easy exercises (most can be done while sea... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 23:37:14 EST Healthy Habit Challenge Sept 8-14 <em>194</em> <em>267</em> <em>277</em> <em>217</em> <em>362</em> <em>387</em> <BR> <BR> This 6 day challenge is your own personal motivator. <BR> Choose a habit which you have had difficulty with lately. <BR> <BR> Are you drinking enough water or have you fallen off the wagon? <BR> <BR> Are you doing your strength training regularly? <BR> <BR> Have you been eating enough fruits and vegetables? <BR> <BR> Is your eating on target or are there calories creeping onto your... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 22:56:33 EST 11 minute cardio seated video What a good feeling to finally be able to workout again. I was able to do about 90% of the leg stuff and about 50% of the arms. I feel this is pretty good for the 1st time after 2 years of nothing. I am gonna try and do it again later today! <BR> Terri Fri, 6 Sep 2013 12:50:11 EST chair exercises could someone please tell me where i will find the exercises that i can do while seated .. i have looked but i must not be looking in the correct places <BR> thank you <BR> Terri Fri, 6 Sep 2013 12:19:58 EST Just joined your Team! My name is Terri .. I am 57 and have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease and chronic angina. Anything that raises by heart rate causes me great chest pain and trouble breathing. I have been told that your team has some great ideas for exercises with challenging circumstances like mine. I will appreciate all suggestions. Thu, 5 Sep 2013 12:46:15 EST How Fiber Helps Ease Constipation This dietary wonder will help you feel regular, healthy, and full. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lth/fiber-and-constipation.aspx?pos=2&<BR>xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHealth_20130903 </link> Tue, 3 Sep 2013 19:54:50 EST 5 Foods You Think Are Healthy, But Aren't Some facts and Video Don't let them fool you! Get the scoop on five foods often mistaken as diet-friendly. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ition/foods-you-think-are-healthy-but-<BR>arent-9259.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayH<BR>ealthWomensHealth_20130901 </link> <BR> <BR> Taken from Everyday Health Sun, 1 Sep 2013 21:56:38 EST Be Good To Yourself Challenge -- Sept 1-7 <em>67</em> <em>144</em> <em>88</em> <em>56</em> <em>26</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> Each day I'd like you to take 20 minutes of YOU time. <BR> It doesn't matter what YOU do but it has to be something that is just for YOU or about YOU. <BR> <BR> <em>47</em> <em>388</em> <em>126</em> <em>204</em> <em>276</em> <em>268</em> <BR> <BR> For this challenge I'd like you to post each day what have you done for yourself. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> ... Sunda... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:54:04 EST SEPTEMBER GENERAL SUBJECT CHAT THREAD Can you believe it is September already????, it is quite scary how this year is flying past. <BR> Here a place to just stop by a talk <em>361</em> about anything each day. Have you any plans for this month ??? shopping, knitting does any one do crafts ??? Grab a coffee <em>106</em> <em>495</em> OK just one lets chat <BR> <BR> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 05:46:05 EST What Do You Regret? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Author Mercedes Lackey once stated, “If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world.” Yet, most of us have found ourselves saying them or silently thinking them at some point in our life. In many ways regret is an almost universal feeling or experience. <BR> <BR> According to a poll cited in an article I recently read, between 35 and 65 percent of people have some regrets. That number seems surprisingly low to me when I consider the discussions I’... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 04:58:37 EST Dr Oz on the Medetterainian Diet Some good information and recipes <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-diet-shopping-list#cmpid=scnloz1 </link> <BR> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:07:42 EST Spancirfest – Varazdin, Croatia Aug 23rd – Sept 1s A couple of days ago I received a note from DEBELA-DJEVOJKA –a CE team member from Croatia – telling me about a festival near her home. <BR> She could not know that she was sending me on a magical journey that I had to share with you. <BR> <BR> The deeper I researched both the town of Varazdin and the area of Central Croatia, the further I was drawn into a magical, almost fairytale world of old fortress cities, storybook castles from the 14th century, churches with magnificent frescos, and... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 19:43:40 EST Not new but never introduced myself Hi! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>381</em> <em>252</em> <em>247</em> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 16:51:11 EST Anti Procrastination Challenge August 25-31 <em>56</em> <em>381</em> <em>52</em> <em>249</em> <em>56</em> <em>381</em> <em>52</em> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> *** Anti-Procrastination Challenge *** <BR> <BR> *** August 25-31 *** <BR> <BR> This week's challenge will help us get past our tendencies to procrastinate. <BR> <BR> I don't know about you but often at the end of a week I'll remember one or two things that I *really* meant to do but just didn't make time for. I'm pretty sure I"m not the only one tha... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 15:39:01 EST Have you seen our new newsletter? Wow, EMMABE1 has done a great job on the newsletter. Also take notice of the Labor Day articles she has written. <BR> <BR> We have a great team. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 06:07:57 EST Get Back on Track Challenge wk 4 Aug 25 - 31st Getting back on track challenge <BR> This challenge will run for 4 weeks – August 4th – 31st in total - each week I will give you a neew task aimed at getting back on track!! <BR> <BR> I often see in messages members saying – “I need to get back on track” so let’s make a start at doing this <BR> I will give you a new task each week for the 4 weeks <BR> <BR> For WEEK 4 -By now you should be quite comfortable with both the steps you have been taking over the last 3 weeks - so......... <BR> I ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 01:16:40 EST 27 Foods that Contain Natural Aspirin <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When most people experience headaches, joint pain, or other aches in their body, they turn to aspirin or another anti-inflammatory drug. <BR> <BR> Aspirin was originally derived from the herbs meadowsweet and willow bark and later synthesized by the pharmaceutical industry to create a patentable product, which they do to increase profits. When natural compounds are synthesized in a laboratory and then marketed as drugs, they typically cause side-effects that th... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 19:48:56 EST A personal goal -- Did you set a goal for yourself A personal goal -- Did you set a goal for yourself that was difficult to accomplish? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Tell me about a challenge that you overcame." <BR> <BR> The question isn't a difficult one as long as you've put a couple of minutes of thought into it <BR> <BR> Realize that you can draw from many different kinds of "challenges" <BR> <BR> You don't need to have lived a life of adversity or oppression to have a meaningful challenge to discuss <BR> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 19:32:54 EST September Newsletter The September newsletter is up in the new format – as I said – majority rule!! <BR> I had 38 replies so far – thank you – and out of those – 23 wanted the new format – 8 wanted it left as it is and 7 didn’t mind either way!! So the new format won!! <BR> <BR> You can access it by going to my web site – <link> </link> <BR> And clicking on the bottom button on the right hand side of the front page – “Current CE Team Newsletter” Then click the newsletter to open it.... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 01:29:43 EST 5 Healthy Green Smoothie Recipes <BR> Green smoothies are super hip right now, but not all green smoothie recipes are created equal. Check out these tasty, healthy green smoothie recipes to jumpstart your day! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>een-smoothie-recipes.html?page=1 </link> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:27:13 EST Quiz on Balance in life 18 - 24 Aug Something different for this week. <BR> If you go to <link> </link> and click on the "Booklets" button on the right hand side <BR> Then open the folder "Balance wheel of life" - the Quiz - "Balance wheel of life" -is there. <BR> <BR> You can read it - download to your computer or print it - <BR> This week: I want you to do that quiz - indentify the part or parts of your life you need to work on and try to work on them. <BR> You can post your results in this thread!... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 20:58:10 EST Seven Foods That Fight Inflammation and Belly Fat Why it's important to include fruit and veg into your diet <BR> <em>491</em> <em>45</em> <em>368</em> <em>291</em> <em>372</em> <em>370</em> <em>485</em> <em>277</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-foods-that-fight-inflammation-and-bel<BR>ly-fat.html </link> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 05:41:29 EST Get back on track challenge, week 3, 18 - 24 Aug Getting back on track challenge <BR> This challenge will run for 4 weeks – August 4th – 31st in total - each week I will give you a neew task aimed at getting back on track!! <BR> <BR> I often see in messages members saying – “I need to get back on track” so let’s make a start at doing this <BR> I will give you a new task each week for the 4 weeks <BR> <BR> For WEEK 3 - I am upping the anti - so to speak - you should be quite comfortable with the one step you have been taking over the last ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 00:41:37 EST AUGUST GENERAL SUBJECT CHAT THREAD We have a new heading for the Chat Forum please note the title ............ <BR> General means everyday occurrences what you have been doing, eating, making. cooking. <BR> I hope to hear lots of handy hints to start with <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>334</em> <em>204</em> <em>433</em> <em>338</em> <em>313</em> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 21:06:51 EST Sparkpoints challenge - Aug 11th - 17th This week we will have a Spark Points challenge <BR> Remember that this is NOT a competition between members - this is a challenge for YOU!! <BR> I want you to see how many Spark Points you can get each day. And list them here!! <BR> You can work through the places that you get Spark Points by clicking “Spark Points” on the “My Trackers” list, or bar at the top of the page. <BR> Have fun!! <BR> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 02:58:59 EST Get back on track challenge - wk 2 - 11 - 17th Aug Getting back on track challenge <BR> This challenge will run for 4 weeks – August 4th – 31st in total - each week I will give you a neew task aimed at getting back on track!! <BR> <BR> I often see in messages members saying – “I need to get back on track” so let’s make a start at doing this <BR> I will give you a new task each week for the 4 weeks <BR> <BR> For WEEK 2 - I want you to continue, and improve on the ONE step that you took last week on your steps back on track <BR> In this threa... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 02:53:22 EST "Don't Worry, Be Happy" week - continuing!! “Don’t worry, be happy” week <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>41</em> <em>100</em> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <em>213</em> <em>224</em> <em>30</em> <em>334</em> <em>41</em> <BR> This next week – 11th – 17th August – is ‘Don’t worry, Be Happy” <em>30</em> week in Chair Exercise Team. If you feel like it though – you are welcome to start today – and go through until 17th Aug – or longer!! <BR> <BR> This is not a challenge – this applies to ALL threads,... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 02:27:49 EST Adjust Your Weight-Loss Strategy With Age <BR> Learn how aging affects weight loss and the best ways to modify your fitness plans to adjust to changes in your metabolism. <BR> By Madeline Vann, MPH <BR> <BR> Medically reviewed by Christine Wilmsen Craig, MD <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-gain-and-aging.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_Ever<BR>ydayHealthWomensHealth_20130806 </link> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 00:47:41 EST Dealing With the Emotions of Hypothyroidism My thyroid likes to play up every now and again, anyone who has this will know it can take you to the depths of the pits. I have been lucky for the last few years it has behaved. <BR> <BR> A common symptom of hypothyroidism is depression. Eating healthily, exercising, and socializing can lift your mood and help you feel better until treatment kicks in. <BR> <BR> <BR> By Beth W. Orenstein <BR> <BR> Medically reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, MD <BR> <BR> <BR> emotions of hyperthyroidism <BR>... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 05:45:44 EST newbie here HI, My name is carole and I have just returned to spark people after a bout with cancer and trying to get over lots of hurdles that have threw me for a loop, I have allowed my self to gain so much weight and it has not taken its toll.. I cant stand for more then a few minutes with out severe back pain,cant walk very far and I am about as sedentary as they come.. Time for a big big change. I just got a 3 wheel trike 3 days ago- and have been out on it for a ride every day, and the last 2 days,... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 15:53:49 EST Get Back on Track Challenge wk 1 - Aug 4th - 10th Getting back on track challenge <BR> This challenge will run for 4 weeks – August 4th – 31st in total - each week I will give you a neew task aimed at getting back on track!! <BR> <BR> I often see in messages members saying – “I need to get back on track” so let’s make a start at doing this <BR> I will give you a new task each week for the 4 weeks <BR> <BR> For WEEK 1 - I want you to decide on ONE step that you need to take on your steps back on track <BR> In this thread – name that ONE st... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 21:29:34 EST Mini Challenge week - Aug 4th - 10th WooHoo - its Mini Challenges this week!! <BR> The Challenge will be to do FOUR or more of the following mini challenges <BR> <BR> 1. Eat at least 2 fruits every day this week! Post on this thread which fruits you ate. <BR> <em>265</em> <em>488</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Give a Happy Face Goodie or emoticon to at least 10 different members of the Chair Exercise Team during the week <BR> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> 3. Track ALL your foods for at least 5 days in the Sparkpeopl... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 00:06:37 EST Simple Home Remedies to Ease Sinusitis I suffer from Sinusitis on reading this I made a discovery. Why, I have been suffering this all through Winter In the United States, approximately 37 million people are plagued with sinusitis symptoms at some point. This common ailment, which is probably even more widespread than the statistics show, can range in severity but is often mistaken for colds or allergies. <BR> <BR> People with severe sinusitis experience intense facial pain and headaches, nasal congestion, and possibly fever, an... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 05:41:41 EST Never Giving up on Myself It's was very frustrating trying to figure out what was wrong with my body. I was doing all of the right things but was still in pain, gaining weight and swelling from retaining fluid. This has been an on going situation since 2010. I finally got a MD to really listen to my concerns and was properly diagnosed. I've been in therapy since May and even though I've had a few set backs, I was told that that was normal and now my swelling is going down. I'm losing weight from the fluid and also fat... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 16:04:47 EST August Chat Where is this year going ????? We have been having some nice weather for Winter, it certainly makes you feel good in the morning, sun shining. I managed to get out in my garden got back and front lawns cut. Nearly time for planning vegetables. <BR> <BR> Is there anyone else has a garden, do you grow your own vegetables <BR> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 05:08:18 EST Finally Back Surgery OK everyone here's the low down. <BR> <BR> September 4th and 5th. <BR> <BR> The first half is on the 4th and the second half is on the 5th. Yes this surgery is that big. I'll be in the Neurology ICU for the first three days and on a regular floor for another 3 days. Then off to a rehab. <BR> <BR> If you want the details or have questions please contact me privately. I don't want to scare people here. <BR> <BR> I'll be off Sparkpeople for quite a while of course but I'll get back on wh... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 23:24:52 EST Diabetic Diet (and Healthy foods) on a Budget A very good message in this weeks Health Castle Newsletter - Health Castle is a much respected Nutrition website from Canada and this article is well worth reading - after all most of us are trying to find ways to save money these days!! <BR> <BR> Diabetic Diet on a Budget. Believe It or Not, Buying Healthier Foods Can Actually Save You Money. Here Is How. <BR> <link><BR>_budget.shtml </link> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:18:18 EST 12 Ways to Use Summer Berries Here are a few suggestions for summer berries <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-berries-cooking-baking.html </link> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 05:26:11 EST Lipator (Atorvastatin) - muscle weakness Has anyone had experience with Lipator (Atovastatin) that causes muscle weakness... and if so, what was it like? Mon, 29 Jul 2013 02:44:55 EST Chair Marching Challenge 28th - 3rd Aug Every day this week starting 28th July for 7 days - I want you to Chair March - during at least 3 advertisment breaks on TV AND everytime you are on the computer Sparking!! <BR> <BR> Record how long you chair march every day in this thread!! <BR> <BR> For newbies to the team - you will find a very simple chair marching video in the Chair Martching playlist in the Chair Exercise YouTube Channnel - which you can get to by clicking on the team picture on the MAIN team page. There are other Ch... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 19:05:16 EST Interesting Question?? Gold for weight loss!! The leader topic in Sparkpeople today is an article that I found very interesting!! <BR> <BR> Dubai unveils golden reason to lose weight <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bai-gold-diet/index.html?hpt=he_c2 </link> <BR> <BR> Would this give you motivation to lose weight? and if your answer was yes - would that motivation be strong enough to last a whole month?? <BR> <BR> My answer - I guess for me it might - but I find that my motivation comes more from within t... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:19:44 EST August Newsletter Feedback. Thank you for leaving feedback posts and ideas for September or other newsletters here. I appreciate them all. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 04:49:42 EST Hey! Hey everyone, I'm Brooke. I am 21 years old. I was born with a condition known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), or more commonly called Brittle Bones Disease. I've had over 200 fractures in my lifetime and because of how easily I fracture, it makes exercising more difficult due to the fact that I have to think through each exercise to find a way to do it without getting hurt. I took PT when I was younger, but once I stopped improving at the rate my insurance wanted me to, they stopped paying.... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:12:54 EST Quick Tips to help towards a healthy life When Sitting, but especially when doing chair exercise - Sit up straight - so you use both back and core muscles - by doing this you will strengthen those muscles and this will help with balance. <BR> When doing Chair Exercise - or any exercise - ALWAYS engage your core muscles - again to strengthen them and assist in balance!! Wed, 24 Jul 2013 17:08:37 EST Why Breakfast is the‘Most Important Meal Why Breakfast is the ‘Most Important Meal of the Day’ <BR> <BR> I for one can't go with out my breakfast and cup of tea. I only have cereal with blueberries, raspberries an chia seeds.Read why............. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ast-is-the-most-important-meal-of-the-<BR>day.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>481</em> <em>491</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>106</em> <BR> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:22:06 EST First day in Chair Exercise Team Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined the team today. I just want to introduce myself and let you know that I look forward to learning, practicing, and doing the chair exercises with all of you. <BR> <BR> Angie Sun, 21 Jul 2013 13:48:24 EST Two week nutrition challenge 21st July - 3rd Aug Two week challenge - 21st July - 3rd Aug <BR> Over these next 2 weeks –I want you to do two very Important things that will help in weight loss. <BR> 1 – Track your food in the Nutrition tracker and stay within the calorie allowance that SP gives you <BR> AND <BR> 2 – Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day <BR> Enjoy!! <BR> <BR> Copy and paste – <BR> <BR> Calorie Range - <BR> Sun 21st <BR> Mon 22nd <BR> Tues 23rd <BR> Wed 24th <BR> Thurs 25th <BR> Fri 26th <BR> Sat 27th <BR> Sun 28... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 20:32:31 EST Hello HI Everyone, <BR> I just recently came back to sp. I had been here sometime back and left. Now I have gained even more weight and have about a 100 pds to lose. I am 42 yrs old and happily married for 21 yrs now. My husband and I have 4 grown children, 3 handsome grandsons and 1 beautiful granddaughter. I was born with spina bifida which is better known as open spine. This has left me completely paralyzed from my waist down. I get around in a wheelchair because I can not use my legs at all. Th... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:08:28 EST Exercise Challenge - 14th - 20th July 15 Exercises We'd Be Better Off Without in 2013 <BR> <BR> * Jumping on the bandwagon <BR> * Wading through paperwork <BR> * Running around in circles <BR> * Pushing your luck <BR> * Spinning your wheels <BR> * Adding fuel to the fire <BR> * Beating your head against the wall <BR> * Climbing the walls <BR> * Beating your own drum <BR> * Dragging your heels <BR> * Jumping to conclusions <BR> * Grasping at straws <BR> * Fishing for compliments <BR> * Throwing your weight around <... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 17:47:03 EST Sources and Benefits of Potassium Q: Why do we need potassium? What foods — other than bananas — are good sources of potassium? <BR> <BR> Potassium is needed to transport ions between cells — this is a major factor in metabolism and keeping your heart pumping the way it should. If you take medications that "waste" potassium, like diuretics (water pills), your body will excrete potassium in the urine. If this is the case, you need to make sure that you get enough postassium through your diet or take a potassium supplement. I... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:43:27 EST Nutrition Challenge - 7th - 13th July <BR> This week’s challenge is to strive for perfection. What do I mean by that? Well, the goal this week is to do ALL of the following on at least 5 days this week. <BR> <BR> Are you ready? <BR> <BR> Great! <BR> <BR> Here goes: <BR> 1. Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> 2. Exercise for at least 15 minutes. <BR> 3. Eat within your nutritional/caloric ranges. <BR> 4. Stretch for at least 10 minutes. <BR> 5. Eat 6 servings of fruits & veggies <BR> Sun, 7 Jul 2013 00:05:24 EST Knee Surgery I am so sorry everyone!! <BR> <BR> I just remembered that I needed to post here as well! The surgery went well, I am home and resting on pain meds. I'll know more after my followup appointment. <BR> <BR> Thank you everyone for all your prayers. <BR> <BR> Patty Wed, 3 Jul 2013 02:25:32 EST A PEG tube and exercise--any help would be great Hey howdy there <BR> <BR> My dad's been on a PEG-tube feeding arrangement since Thanksgiving, finished his chemo in February, and hasn't been to work at all. he'll be 62 this Friday, and after months of no working and such he's incredibly weak. I mean, the man was in better shape for climbing telephone poles and digging ditches than guys in his work crew that were in their 30s--not exaggerating. But after so many sedentary months, he's gotten really weak. I mean, in some respects I'm probabl... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 09:25:04 EST Omega-7: The New 'Healthy Fat'? I have been reading this article, I thought I would share it with the team. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>omega-7-the-new-healthy-fat.aspx?pos=1<BR>&xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHealth_20130630 </link> <BR> <BR> There is also a little video on Omega 3 fats........... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 20:01:32 EST July Chat Hi team welcome to July don't blink or you will miss it. Where has the year gone ??? <BR> Has anyone been getting out and about since the weather is warming up for you.? <BR> Any plans for the 4th of July ???? <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 19:17:37 EST 5 - 10 Daily Exercises Ongoing Some new changes to this exercise. Now included re the links to exercises according to the exercise. This will help newbies get into the swing of things. There is also the play list. <BR> I have made this an ongoing challenge, I will still check as I did normally my Tues. your Mon. what gives you plenty of time to post your exercise, I will still give a Goodie to all who finish <BR> <BR> Sunday: Stretches & Balance <BR> <BR> Monday: Core: <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Lower Body: <BR> <BR> We... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 23:49:43 EST Progressive Challenge 1st - 6th July This week we'll have a 6 day Progressive Challenge! Each day we will add another challenge but we will keep doing the first challenge(s): <BR> <BR> Monday: Exercise at least 10 minutes. <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Exercise at least 10 minutes AND drink at least 6-8 glasses of water. <em>319</em> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday: Exercise at least 10 minutes, drink at least 6-8 glasses of water AND and eat at least 5 freggies (fruit and veg) <em>359</em> <em>91</em> <em>... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 23:28:28 EST More Changes To Sparkpeople Site From yesterday's Spark Blog: <BR> Good morning, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Our team has been hard at work on several site improvements that will roll out in the next few months. We are always looking for ways to improve your SparkPeople experience as well as make the site simpler and easier for people to use so that they can continue reaching their goals. <BR> <BR> Yesterday and today, you may have noticed a few small changes to your SparkPoints page as well as your Start page that we think you... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 14:40:52 EST Starting Over Hi everyone! I am back after a very long absence. I have lots of questions so first will tell you what has happened over the past 6 months. The good news is that the beginning of the year we were staying in my sister-in-law and brother-in-law's vacation home here on Camano island, WA and the next thing that happens is that we started looking at homes up here, bought our dream home sold our home and moved! This all occurred in Feb/March. The bad news is a major flare up with the leg. I ha... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 12:46:58 EST July Newsletter Feedback Hi <em>213</em> its newsletter time again. <em>195</em> Please tell us what you thought of it and make any suggestions you like for ideas for Future Newsletters <em>304</em> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 02:52:39 EST The Broccoli in Your Fridge The Broccoli in Your Fridge Would Appreciate a Little More Light <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Vegetables and fruits, including the broccoli and blueberries in your refrigerator, have circadian rhythms just like humans. In humans, an internal circadian clock that corresponds to the 24-hour-cycle of light and darkness controls our sleeping and waking; it may also influence our metabolism, temperature regulation and even aging. Vegetables and fruits are just as attuned to light and ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 07:43:38 EST Set your own target - exercise record - ongoing This thread is for you to record the exercise you do - set yourself a target at the start of the week - be it 5 min or 100min or maybe 3 days strength, 3 days cardio, whatever - then record what you do here <BR> This isn't a competition - it is a personal challenge - for you to challenge yourself into doing a certain amount of exercise in a week!! Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:36:57 EST