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 Nov 15-21: Post Your WEEK 26 Steps HERE! Officially at the halfway point - and you see I didn't get around to posting the thread until several days into the week! My bad... <BR> <BR> I've had a few people who are dedicated to keeping the MoonWalk project going, and no one to say "Let it go," so I'll try to keep up with it. <BR> <BR> We'll give it a shot in the arm and see how it goes. Meanwhile - post those steps--!!! <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:21:03 EST November 15-21 10 to 15 Minutes Daily Fitness <em>243</em> Team on this past weeks Challenge, we are in for the count down, hard to believe we are almost nearing the end of November, keep pushing and keep up the great work, hope to see you all onboard for another new week ahead... <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday November 15 Cardio and Upper Body Fitness <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Monday November 16 Lower Body Fitness and Cardio <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday November 17 Chair Marching <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday Novemb... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 02:56:45 EST November 8 to 14 10-15 Minute Daily Ffitness Good Morning Team <BR> <BR> Good Job on last week's Challenges keep pushing and keep up the great work.... <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday November 8 Core Fitness <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Monday November 9 Strength Training and Cardio <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday November 10 Upper and Lower Body Fitness <BR> <BR> Wednesday November 11 Chair Marching and Strength Training <BR> <BR> Thursday November 12 Core Fitness <BR> <BR> Friday November 13 Chair Marching and... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 11:17:32 EST 100 reasons you should exercise This featured in the sparkmail I was reading earlier; and I thought a great one to share here (or share again likely) <BR> <BR> We may not agree or relate to all the reasons - but there should be a lot on the list that can provide good reasons for each of us to do what exercise we can <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=100_reasons_you_should_work_out_today </link> Sun, 8 Nov 2015 21:20:56 EST Nov 8-15: Post Your WEEK 25 Steps HERE--!!! WENDIQ has had to step back for a while, so I'll set up the step-posting threads until she comes back - or unless one of our other teammates volunteers--? lol... <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, we are nearly at the six-month mark on our MoonWalk. We've been steppin' out for almost half-a-year now. <BR> <BR> On the one hand, I think we're doing great. We've made a lot of distance in these six months, and we've worked together to make real (virtual?) progress. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, there are few... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 19:05:01 EST Introducing Myself Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Sue Ellen. I THINK I've just joined this team, although I don't see my picture and name in the "new member" section. For now, I'm going to act as if I HAVE joined! I am 6r4 years old and recently retired. I was a psychologist, and before that an adjunct college teacher in psychology and Women's Studies, and before that a first grade teacher. I have two grown kids and two grandsons, both under the age of two! I weigh 400 pounds and am looking into the possib... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 11:27:23 EST Coconut oil I came across this article on spark earlier tonight <BR> <BR> And was glad to read it after having a friend recommend adding it (in large quantities) to help lose weight and get healthier <BR> Helped me reading through the article <link><BR>on_articles.asp?ID=1799 </link> Mon, 2 Nov 2015 03:28:14 EST Daily choices - Did you make any good ones today? A lot of the time on this journey to better health it is the moment by moment choices that all seem to add up. So I was thinking of trying to be more are of choices I made where I'm choosing the better option and maybe sharing it here if others want to share also <BR> <BR> One of mine from yesterday was choosing to eat a salad when eating out rather than a burger and checking the calories on their nutrition chart - since salads in restaurants can have a lot of extras! <BR> <BR> How about y... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 21:10:52 EST OFFICIAL WEEK TWENTY FOUR Nov 1. - Nov.7 Nov. 1 = Sun, 1 Nov 2015 10:06:15 EST November 1 to 7 10 to 15 minutes Daily Fitness Evening Hello Team, you all did a great job with your Fitness Challenges for the Month of October, cheering you on for a Great Month of November. Hope to see you all onboard.. <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday November 1 Upper and Lower Body Fitness <BR> <BR> Monday November 2 Core and Strength Training <BR> <BR> Tuesday November 3 Chair Marching <BR> <BR> Wednesday November 4 Core and Strength Training <BR> <BR> Thursday November 5 Upper and Lower Body Fitness <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 21:34:34 EST How do you handle the Halloween candy temptation? I know I have no will power with the treats. We buy candy that neither of us like at all. Even then, we freeze it until the day and put the leftovers down the disposal. I was wondering how others handle this time of year. <em>431</em> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 16:26:05 EST COUNT TOTALS for Weeks 21 AND 22--! Cast your minds back to those days of yesteryear - oh, wait, not yesteryear, just a couple of weeks ago. <BR> <BR> Yes, once again, I'm behind it. But as long as we get the tallies in the end, why, it all boosts the distance, right? <BR> <BR> So for Week 21 (11-17 October) I have the following count: <BR> <BR> CEREBELLUM - 3200 <BR> EDWARDS1411 - 29770 <BR> FLRED12 - 25273 <BR> HIMSELF-THEBRIT - 33810 <BR> JUDITH316 - 17500 <BR> KASEYCOFF - 28441 <BR> L*I*T*A* - 21000 <BR> SHARONCAPPS - 33... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 20:37:20 EST October 25 to 31 10 to 15 Minute Daily Fitness Good Morning Team, you are doing <em>345</em> <em>242</em> on a <em>380</em> Job last week and Cheering you on for another Fantastic Week ahead.... <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Let's Aim for at least 15 minutes of Activity per day with aiming to Increase that Fitness Activity to between 20 to 30 minutes of Some Form of Fitness Daily... <BR> <BR> Sunday October 25 Chair Marching and Core <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Monday October 26 Strength Training and Cardio <em>248</em> <BR... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 06:48:56 EST OFFICIAL WEEK TWENTY THREE..Oct. 25-Oct.31 Oct. 25 = Sun, 25 Oct 2015 10:03:07 EST October 18 to 24/ 10 to 15 minutes Fitness Daily Evening Hello Team, cheering you on for another fantastic week ahead, good job all this past week, keep pushing and keep up the fantastic work...Hope to see you back onboard for another week... <em>306</em> <em>386</em> Remember, you are welcome to change add or mix any of these suggestions, whatever works for you, main thing is we keep moving our Beautiful Bodies.... <em>224</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday Oct 18 Core and Chair Marching <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Monday Oct 1... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 01:27:20 EST OFFICIAL WEEK TWENTY TWO.......Oct. 18th - 24th Oct. 18 = Sun, 18 Oct 2015 09:52:17 EST The Count for WEEK TWENTY Hello, MoonWalkers! Only a little late (lol) this week, but my procrastinatin' nature subscribes to "Better late than never." <BR> <BR> Our numbers were down a little this week for participants, but even so, the eleven who posted their steps did a remarkable distance, IMHO. Here's the list I've tallied up: <BR> <BR> CEREBELLUM 6650* <BR> EDWARDS1411 37363 <BR> FLRED12 23123 <BR> HIMSELF-THEBRIT 39242 <BR> JUDITH316 17500 <BR> KASEYCOFF 28091 <BR> L*I*T*A* 43500 <BR> SHARONCAPPS 27515 <BR> ... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:47:13 EST OFFICIAL WEEK TWENTY ONE Oct. 11-17 Oct. 11 = 7088 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:53:05 EST October 11 to 17 10 to 15 Minutes Daily Firness Good Morning All, You did an awesome job with your Fitness Challenges this past week. I have been partly here on SP this past weekend, its our Thanksgiving Weekend Holiday, today for we Canadians we Celebrate Thanksgiving Day...Having said that I am back and have posted new weekly Challenges for us, hope to see you onboard. Thanks for your support and for standing with me...Let's Keep Cheering one another on our journey. Let's get healthy together 1 day at a time... <em>381</em> <em>386</... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:04:06 EST The Official Count for WEEK NINETEEN! Week Nineteen was the 27th of September through the 3rd of October. It was a SPARKling week because we got a new hiker - HUNGRYWOMAN2 joined us on the trek! <BR> <BR> So the numbers for the week: <BR> <BR> EDWARDS1411 - 43673 <BR> FLRED12 - 24189 <BR> HIMSELF-THEBRIT - 47897 <BR> HUNGRYWOMAN2 - 25996 <BR> JUDITH316 - 17500 <BR> KASEYCOFF - 39735 <BR> L*I*T*A* - 21900 <BR> SHARONCAPPS - 26717 <BR> TBIRDANNI - 43479 <BR> THEEXERCISER - 56677 <BR> WENDIQ - 68572 <BR> <BR> WOWSER! That gives u... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 15:06:02 EST The Wide World of Healthy Lifestyle I read an article that really had me thinking about the connection between mind and body - how emotions, thoughts, memories, feelings, can affect so many different physical aspects. <BR> <BR> If you're down, does your body hurt more? Are you more tired? When you're happy or excited, are you full of energy? <BR> <BR> Do you recall a time when you failed, and ever after you've been convinced "I'm no good at that"? How about the extra stress in learning something, when you were told "Girls (bo... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 14:26:44 EST The (Belated) Official WEEK EIGHTEEN Count! Week 18 was actually September 20-26. <BR> <BR> I think y'all are gonna be giving up on me--! <BR> <BR> Cast your peepers over the numbers and check to see if I have them right - as always, if I missed something or added incorrectly (moi? lol) give a holler and let me know. <BR> <BR> CEREBELLUM - 3300 <BR> EDWARDS1411 - 24276 <BR> FLRED12 - 34609 <BR> HIMSELF-THEBRIT - 39611 <BR> JUDITH316 - 17500 <BR> KASEYCOFF - 30626 <BR> L*I*T*A* - 56500 <BR> SHARONCAPPS - 26877 <BR> THEEXERCISER - 52... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 03:58:02 EST OFFICIAL WEEK TWENTY... .....Oct. 4 through Oct. 1 Oct. 04 Sun, 4 Oct 2015 09:59:17 EST October 4-10 10 to 15 minutes Daily Fitness <em>91</em> <em>104</em> <em>359</em> <em>360</em> <em>237</em> <em>34</em> <em>317</em> <em>322</em> <em>316</em> <em>327</em> <em>315</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>311</em> <em>182</em> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> on a well done job on meeting your goals this past month. Your September Goodie Awards will come out on Sunday, sorry for the delay.. Hope you will come onboard and join me for another action packed Team Challenge... <BR> <BR> Sund... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 01:41:45 EST Yoga Redux LEXIPEDIA had posted a message about adapting yoga poses, and it prompted me to do some research. I found a number of clips and sources for information. Now, I realize some of this may have been posted on here before, but if ever there was a case for "repetition is okay," this would be the one, lol. <BR> <BR> 1) This first one has some background information, then about 3-1/2 minutes in she leads a small group (they have varying abilities) through some yoga practice: <BR> <BR> <link>http:/... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 10:42:47 EST disabled yogis My name is tam. I am grateful for this team. I was wondering if there are any other disabled or differently abled yogis around here? <BR> How do you decide on the right modifications for you? <BR> I make modifications to my practice based mostly on what feels right. Sat, 3 Oct 2015 00:52:22 EST OCTOBER Chatter Box The month begins anew. What's happening in your corner of the world? <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 04:08:26 EST OFFCIAL WEEK NINETEEN ...Sept. 27 thru Oct. 3 Sept. 27 <BR> Sept. 28 <BR> Sept. 29 <BR> Sept. 30 <BR> Oct. 01 <BR> Oct. 02 <BR> Oct. 03 Sun, 27 Sep 2015 10:11:09 EST Sepember 27 to October 3 10 to 15 minutes Fitness <em>242</em> on a well done job on meeting your goals this past month. Your September Goodie Awards will come out on Wednesday....Hope to see you all onboard for this next months Team Challenges. As always I cheer you on your journey... <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> September 27 Core and Upper Body <em>248</em> <BR> September 28 Strength Training <em>248</em> <BR> September 29 Chair Marching <em>248</em> <BR> September 30 Core and Lower Body <em>248</em> <BR> O... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 22:40:39 EST The Official Count for WEEK SEVENTEEN!!! I had thought to have Week 17 done on Tuesday, but once again the internet gremlins had other ideas - not to mention the landline phone also being dead. *sigh* <BR> <BR> At any rate, "they say" they've found the problem. We shall see if they fix said problem. I'm not holding my breath. Skeptical? Nah. Just realistic. And wary. <BR> <BR> So, the Week 17 totals: <BR> <BR> CEREBELLUM - 3150 <BR> EDWARDS1411 - 9804 <BR> FLRED12 - 25542 <BR> HIMSELF-THEBRIT - 44095 <BR> JANETL1 - 22628 <BR> J... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 04:23:04 EST DO NOT POST <em>227</em> Please Post On Share Your Achievements and Progress Here--! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> The British Internet Gremlins are at it again. <BR> <BR> Because the internet is acting up, what I do online either ends up repeating two or three times - or disappears altogether. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Go to the Share Your Achievements and Progress Here--! thread to post both SVs (scale victories) and NSVs (non-scale victories). You can click on the Team (Chair Exercise Tea... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 03:59:24 EST The Official Count for WEEKS 15 & 16--!!! It's been a rough couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> I don't know that I've said much about it, but I have macular degeneration, then last year they found cataracts starting in both eyes, and there's the ever-present encroaching diabetic retinopathy. <BR> <BR> What this all adds up to is - sometimes I have bad eye days. <BR> <BR> And sometimes the blurriness lingers two - three - four days at a stretch. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm lucky in being able to enlarge things on the computer, but if there's too m... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 10:48:35 EST OFFICIAL WEEK EIGHTEEN Sept. 20-Sept. 26 Sept.20 = Sun, 20 Sep 2015 10:29:24 EST September 20-26 10-15 minutes fitness daily Good Job Team with Week 3; Now we begin Week 4 who is with me this week, let's keep pushing on together... <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> September 20 Core with some cardio <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> September 21 strength Training <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> September 22 upper & Lower Body & cardio <BR> <BR> September 23 Chair Marching <BR> <BR> September 24 strength training <BR> <BR> September 25 core with some Cardio <BR> <BR> September 26 Chair Marching &... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 03:08:18 EST NSV = Non-Scale Victories There are several articles on Spark that focus on "non-scale victories" - you know, ways other than weight to mark your progress as you move toward a goal. <BR> <BR> This is a slideshow that lists several such methods: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-11-ways-measure-progress-fitness-jour<BR>ney/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=<BR>email&utm_campaign=boom_newsletter_091<BR>815_f&bt_alias=eyJ1c2VySWQiOiIyNTMwMzA4In0%3D </link> <BR> <BR> Now, while I don't think ... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:30:34 EST Pep-Talk... I am behind on totting up the steps for Weeks 15 and 16, but I'm still keeping track from the numbers posted on the weekly threads that WENDIQ sets up for us. But I've been pondering a few things, and I've spent my computer time writing out what I've been thinking. I'll catch up the steps - last week's and this - in a day or so. But meanwhile-- <BR> <BR> I've received a few notes from people regarding the number of steps they achieve, what they contribute - or feel they fail to contribute - ... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 05:43:06 EST Sesame Seed Oil... I saw an interesting article this morning regarding the benefits of sesame seed oil and its effects on reducing unhealthy body fat: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bodyfat/tp/Can-I-Decrease-Fat-Stores-w<BR>ith-Sesamin.htm?utm_content=20150915&u<BR>tm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_c<BR>ampaign=livinghealthy&utm_term=Living%<BR>20Healthy%20Daily%20Newsletter </link> <BR> <BR> What caught my eye more than what it can do for body fat is the research study that sh... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 03:26:48 EST OFFICIAL WEEK SEVENTEEN Sept.13 thru Sept.19 I hope posting the dates, make this a little easier to follow......let me know.....:) <BR> Sun, 13 Sep 2015 09:58:11 EST September 13-19 10-15 minutes Fitness <em>242</em> on a <em>380</em> job for Week 1 and 2...Hope you will join me for our next new week...Cheering you on... <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Week 3 <BR> <BR> September 13 Upper & Lower Body <em>248</em> 37 overall minutes <BR> <BR> September 14 Cardio & Upper Body <em>248</em> 35 overall minutes <BR> <BR> September 15 Chair Marching <em>248</em> 37 overall minutes <BR> <BR> September 16 Strength Training <em>248</em> 40 overall minutes <BR> <BR> September 17 Cardio & ... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 02:10:21 EST Official WEEK SIXTEEN Sept. 06 = 7889 <BR> Sept. 07 <BR> Sept. 08 <BR> Sept. 09 <BR> Sept. 10 <BR> Sept. 11 <BR> Sept. 12 Sun, 6 Sep 2015 10:09:22 EST September 6-12 10-15 minutes of Fitness Cheering you on your journey, keep up the great work, Congrats on completing Week 1 <BR> <BR> Week 2 <BR> <BR> September 6 Cardio <em>248</em> Overall fitness 40 minutes <BR> <BR> September 7 Upper and Lower Body <em>248</em> Overall fitness 37 minutes <BR> <BR> September 8 Strength Training <em>248</em> Overall fitness 37 minutes <BR> <BR> September 9 Cardio <em>248</em> 37 minutes <BR> <BR> September 10 Chair Marching <em>248</em> 35 minutes <BR> <BR> September 11 C... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 02:05:44 EST The Official WEEK FOURTEEN Count--! Hello, MoonWalkers! Late again this week, but better late than never, yes? <BR> <BR> The roster for the last week of August: <BR> <BR> CALAMITIE - 46569 <BR> CEREBELLUM - 3200 <BR> EDWARDS1411 - 20224 <BR> FLRED12 - 30001 <BR> HIMSELF-THEBRIT - 35374 <BR> JANETL1 - 21473 <BR> JENNIW70 - 20272 <BR> JUDITH316 - 17500 <BR> JUDY5900 - 3278* <BR> KASEYCOFF - 33003 <BR> L*I*T*A* - 44600 <BR> SHARONCAPPS - 18293 <BR> THEEXERCISER - 7938 <BR> WENDIQ - 62811 <BR> <BR> [*This week, JUDY5900 is like ... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 14:21:13 EST Spark's Limited- Mobility Page!!! Maybe it's been here awhile and I just didn't see it, but look what popped up this morning on SP's featured articles: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-mobility.asp </link> <BR> <BR> I've only skimmed the surface, but it looks like a wonderful comprehensive section of exercises, motivation tips, information that focuses on specific issues, ideas on how to incorporate fitness machines into your routine, adapting strength exercises to sitting - in short, just about ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 03:20:30 EST SEPTEMBER Chatter Box Got a question? Want some support? Just feel like speaking your mind? <BR> <BR> Here's the forum for general chitchat, so if you've got something to say, please say... um, that is, type it here. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 03:42:15 EST "I think I can..." There are quite a few articles about motivation and the usefulness of quotes and sayings and mantras here on Spark, and some really wonderful poster-pix featuring some inspiring words. <BR> <BR> Here's another take on the subject - you can never have too much motivation or inspiration, right? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ivating-Mantras.htm?utm_content=201508<BR>31&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&u<BR>tm_campaign=livinghealthy&utm_term=Liv<BR>ing%20Healthy%20D... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:44:40 EST August 29-September 5 10-15 minutes of Fitness <em>91</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>317</em> <em>215</em> <em>319</em> <em>315</em> <em>231</em> <em>324</em> <em>363</em> <em>359</em> <em>360</em> <em>237</em> <em>57</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Hello Team, <BR> <BR> We are beginning a brand new week ahead... Let's have a successful week meeting our goals and doing the very best you can do...I will send out your August Team Goodie Awatds on Tuesday evening....Cheering you on keep up the ... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:46:44 EST WEEK FIFTEEN Aug. 30 <BR> Aug. 31 <BR> Sept. 01 <BR> Sept. 02 <BR> Sept. 03 <BR> Sept. 04 <BR> Sept. 05 <BR> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:56:17 EST SP Announcement - CHALLENGES! I posted a note on the team wall, but since it wouldn't let me add the link as a true link, here's what Coach Jen sent out: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=check_out_sparkpeoples_new_challenges </link> <BR> <BR> Essentially, Spark is putting a direct link to its challenge page on the start page. It's been incorporated as part of Step 2, where the SparkPoints are. <BR> <BR> Check out the article and earn five SparkPoints. And if you want to see the "page of ch... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:52:12 EST The Official WEEK THIRTEEN Count--! Good news, MoonWalkers! In Week Thirteen we out-stepped Week Twelve - not by a lot, but every little helps, so I count the week as a plus. <BR> <BR> The breakdown is as follows: <BR> <BR> CALAMITIE - 45471 <BR> CEREBELLUM - 3300 <BR> EDWARDS1411 - 46083 <BR> FLRED12 - 30304 <BR> HIMSELF-THEBRIT - 45792 <BR> JANETL1 - 20800 <BR> JUDITH316 - 17500 <BR> JUDY5900 - 1935 <BR> KASEYCOFF - 23199 <BR> L*I*T*A* - 55300 <BR> SHARONCAPPS - 12955 <BR> THEEXERCISER - 7964 <BR> WENDIQ - 67416 <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:41:46 EST Healthy Lifestyle Tips If you frequent the bathroom after meals due to diarrhea, try eating a banana. Eat a cooked green banana a half an hour before you eat to help you digest your meal successfully and settle the food in your stomach. <BR> <BR> (To learn how to cook green bananas, go to: <link><BR>w-to-cook-jamaican-boiled-green-banana/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (From Dr. Oz' w... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:06:44 EST WEEK FOURTEEN Aug. 23 = 8208 <BR> Aug. 24 = 8040 <BR> Aug. 25 = 11,112 <BR> Aug. 26 = 9712 <BR> Aug. 27 = 9136 <BR> Aug. 28 = 7420 <BR> Aug. 29 = Sun, 23 Aug 2015 19:08:42 EST Week 19 August 23-29 10 to 15 minutes <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>34</em> <em>319</em> <em>317</em> <em>185</em> <em>359</em> <em>237</em> <em>360</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Hello Team, <BR> <BR> Let's keep up the great work for another week, hope to see you back onboard. <BR> <BR> Remember, you are welcome to modify any of the suggested exercises I have posted on any of the days, most important is we keep active and move our beautiful bodies... <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> August 23 Core <em... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 03:47:13 EST Geographical Survey-- Sounds grand, doesn't it? lol... <BR> <BR> Actually, it crossed my mind this morning that we have a truly international team. I don't know who's from where. Sometimes I can glean a few clues from posts, but mostly, I can't really tell. <BR> <BR> So: how'd you like to use this thread to let us know what country you're from? I'll start us off - I'm a dual US / UK citizen who lives part of the year in each country. (Like I'm not confused enough already, lol!) <BR> <BR> Your turn - where are Y... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 04:04:31 EST The Official WEEK TWELVE Count--! All this time I've had 'net connection issues - which we still do, as both our computers lose the signal intermittently - but it now appears that my laptop has a failure in its "Wifi receptivity," whatever that is. I mean, I know what it's causing: continual dropping and disruption of the internet connection. But just what it is... ai yi yi, I might just as well go back to the day of tubes in the television. I didn't know how they worked, either, lol... <BR> <BR> Anyhow, while I have this li... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 03:57:56 EST WEEK THIRTEEN Aug. 16 = 9520 <BR> Aug. 17 = 10,168 Hmmmmmm more steps since I changed battery and moved tracker from shoe to sock cuff........interesting? <BR> Aug. 18 = 9216 <BR> Aug. 10 <BR> Aug. 20 <BR> Aug. 21 <BR> Aug. 22 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 09:54:18 EST Week 18 August 16-22 Good Job for last week, hope to see you back onboard with me, I will catch up with posting my results from last week...let's have a great week... <BR> <BR> August 16 Chair Marching <em>248</em> overall fitness 35 minutes <BR> August 17 Upper & Lower Body Fitness <em>248</em> overall fitness 37 minutes <BR> August 18 Core <em>248</em> overall fitness 40 minutes <BR> August 19 Strength Training <BR> August 20 Chair Marching <BR> August 21 Core <BR> August 22 Upper & Lower Body Fitnes... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 16:25:53 EST Week 17 August 16-22, 10-15 Minutes Daily Fitness Sorry all go to new entry should read Week 18 Sun, 16 Aug 2015 16:22:55 EST The Official WEEK ELEVEN Count--! Short 'n' sweet because yet again the router is - as the Brits would say - playing silly buggers. Oh, to have a sound internet connection, lol... <BR> <BR> CALAMITIE - 56747 <BR> CEREBELLUM - 3150 <BR> EDWARDS1411 - 8486 <BR> FLRED12 - 18609 <BR> HIMSELF-THEBRIT - 55511 <BR> JANETL1 - 21215 <BR> JUDITH316 - 17500 <BR> JUDY5900 - 3090 <BR> KASEYCOFF - 31220 <BR> L*I*T*A* - 59450 <BR> SHARONCAPPS - 37704 <BR> THEEXERCISER - 57884 <BR> WENDIQ - 54636 <BR> <BR> ...and the grand total is - 425,2... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:06:01 EST WEEK TWELVE Aug. 8 = 6844 <BR> Aug. 9 = 7136 <BR> Aug.10= 9484 <BR> Aug.11= 7052(changed behind) <BR> Aug.12 <BR> Aug.13 <BR> Aug.14 Sun, 9 Aug 2015 09:57:27 EST Week 17 10-15 Minutes August 9-15 Hope everyone is back for another great week, keep up the great work... <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday, August 9 Core <em>248</em> overall fitness 37 minutes <BR> <BR> Monday August 10 Strength Training <em>248</em> overall fitness 37 minutes <BR> <BR> Tuesday August 11 Upper and Lower Body <BR> <BR> Wednesday August 12 Chair Marching <BR> <BR> Thursday, August 13, Core <BR> <BR> Friday, August 14 Strength Training <BR> <BR> Saturday, August 15 Chair Marchi... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 08:28:06 EST The Official WEEK TEN Count--! It's been a bit scattered this week, and I've only myself to blame. I think I've gathered up all the steps for our MoonWalkers. As always, if I've added incorrectly - or especially if I've missed any! - please post a note or drop me an email and I'll get the correction made. <BR> <BR> The grand totals for Week Ten: <BR> <BR> CALAMITIE - 39022 <BR> CEREBELLUM - 2950 <BR> EDWARDS1411 - 36266 <BR> FLRED12 - 7726 <BR> HIMSELF-THEBRIT - 55369 <BR> JENNIW70 - 29746 <BR> JUDITH316 - 17500 <BR> JUD... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 05:46:15 EST Aug 2 - 8: Post Your WEEK ELEVEN Steps Here!!! I knew I was forgetting something! It's been another of those crazy weekends (weeks... months... years... lol) around here. I'm going to have to figure out the computer calendar so it sends me an alert to set up the new thread each week. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile - keep on keepin' on, MoonWalkers. We're hitting our stride, now! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> p.s. This is a note to myself, really - FLRED12 had some s... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 04:10:48 EST WEEK ELEVEN Maybe this is already up and if so, I apologize. I didn't see it so here goes..... <BR> <BR> Aug.02 = 8148 <BR> Aug.03 = 8300 <BR> Aug.04 = 7480 <BR> Aug.05 = 6784 <BR> Aug.06 = 7656 <BR> Aug.07 = Tue, 4 Aug 2015 16:48:16 EST Spark Featured Article This one could've been written for our team: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1822 </link> <BR> <BR> Not all of the poses / exercises might be doable for everyone, but there's still a pretty good variety that most of us can try. <BR> <BR> As long as they don't try to get us to do any "pretzels," I should be okay, lol... <BR> <em>414</em> Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:55:03 EST August 2015 Chatter Box <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's make it a great one!!! Sun, 2 Aug 2015 20:16:59 EST Spark Article I came across this and thought it interesting: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=black_tea_health_benefits </link> <BR> <BR> Years ago when I was in school I drank tea occasionally (just plain old Lipton's) but added so much sugar it was practically syrup. Same with iced tea - if it wasn't sweetened I didn't drink it. <BR> <BR> Eventually, I dropped the sugar and started drinking tea, whether hot or cold, black. And I ventured into the world of herbal teas, fla... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 16:05:02 EST Week 16 10-15 Minutes August 2-8 Good Morning Team, <BR> <BR> Cheering you on for another great week. Let's Keep Pushing on and Raise the Bar to our Personal Best, We Can Together... <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>321</em> <em>317</em> <em>34</em> <em>316</em> <em>315</em> <em>322</em> <em>359</em> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> August 2 Core and or Chair Marching did both <em>248</em> overall fitness 37 minutes <BR> August 3 Upper and Lower Body <em>248</em> Overall fitness 35 minutes <BR> Augu... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 04:16:30 EST The Long-Awaited Official WEEK NINE Count--!!! So let's see how the numbers stack up for Week 9: <BR> <BR> CALAMITIE - 48964 <BR> CEREBELLUM - 3450 <BR> EDWARDS1411 - 59385 <BR> FLRED12 - 3495 <BR> HIMSELF-THEBRIT - 46224 <BR> JANETL1 - 18920 <BR> JENNIW70 - 6778 <BR> JUDITH316 - 17500 <BR> JUDY5900 - 2873 <BR> KASEYCOFF - 19421 <BR> L*I*T*A* - 18400 <BR> SHARONCAPPS - 32316 <BR> THEEXERCISER - 15687 <BR> WENDIQ - 52344 <BR> <BR> JUDY5900 had let me know that her Week 8 number needed to be adjusted for 3522, so I've added that into this... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:50:47 EST Delayed Week Nine Count Our new kitchen arrived yesterday. <BR> <BR> Well, okay, not a totally new kitchen - that would imply we have more money than we do, ha ha. <BR> <BR> When we bought our new flat (Americans: think condo) it came prefitted with a few basics - in the kitchen, three small wall cabinets, one (narrow) base cabinet with four drawers, the sink cabinet, and one other narrow cabinet. Oh, and a built-in stove. All this was fitted into two short legs of an "L." <BR> <BR> True, I don't cook as much as... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:24:07 EST July 26 - Aug 1: Post Your WEEK TEN Steps Here!!! This week will see us wrapping up July. Next week I'll try to post our totals for the month, both steps and miles. <BR> <BR> You swimmers out there: don't forget swimming can be converted to steps! For each minute you do the activity, it equals that number of steps: <BR> <BR> Treading water = 98 <BR> Swimming, crawl stroke, 1 mph = 91 <BR> Swimming, breast stroke, 1 mph = 89 <BR> Swimming, back stroke, 1 mph = 111 <BR> Swimming, 50 yards / min = 225 <BR> Swimming, 75 yards / min = 290 <BR... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 03:37:45 EST Week 15 10-15 Minutes July 26-August 1 <em>313</em> <em>316</em> <em>314</em> <em>322</em> <em>317</em> <em>34</em> <em>357</em> <em>319</em> <em>360</em> <em>359</em> <BR> <BR> Hello Team, <BR> <BR> You did a great job this past week, keep up the great week...As always I'm cheering you on.. I am posting a new Challenge for us, are you onboard and do you want to join me again for another week? Let's see how far we can raise the bar, I challenge you to meet your goal challenge of between 10 and 15 mi... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:05:22 EST Sparkin' Us... I riffle through SP articles the way I might riffle through the pages of a magazine, dipping in here and there, pausing to read something that catches my eye. <BR> <BR> Today, it was this article: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1959 </link> <BR> <BR> I don't get too carried away as a rule in terms of promoting SparkPeople. I'm more the type to discuss than cheerlead. But I have an abiding faith that it's a program that works: it's positive,... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:16:36 EST The Official WEEK EIGHT Count--!! CEREBELLUM - 3150 <BR> JANETL1 - 18198 <BR> WENDIQ - 56242 <BR> THEEXERCISER - 35051 <BR> SHARONCAPPS - 28621 <BR> JENNIW70 - 16106 <BR> JUSTME9898 - 3616 <BR> EDWARDS1411 - 21929 <BR> FLRED12 - 25432 <BR> L*I*T*A* - 58000 <BR> CALAMITIE - 40804 <BR> HIMSELF-THEBRIT - 55131 <BR> KASEYCOFF - 20018 <BR> <BR> Our grand total for Week Eight is 382,308 steps, or another 191 miles! <BR> <BR> I have a "sort-of" spreadsheet I use to help me tally the week's steps. If I knew how to set up a map on ... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 04:22:12 EST One of our own... ~INDYGIRL is well-known on Spark People. She's not just one of their most popular bloggers, she's a genuine inspiration. Her story frequently makes the rounds, and she has posted photographs of her progress on her journey of losing over 200 (yes, you read that right) pounds. <BR> <BR> I read her blogs from time to time; many of them now receive blog awards. You may have seen this one, but I thought it worth passing along: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_indiv... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 03:56:25 EST July 19-15: Post Your WEEK NINE Steps Here--!!! Yepper, we're up to Week Nine. Post your steps, either day-by-day or all at once. If you want to add them up, that's fine - and if you don't, why, that's fine too. <BR> <BR> Though I'll warn you newbies, in case you don't already know, that my math skills aren't (shall we say) of the strongest. <BR> <em>211</em> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 14:49:27 EST Week 14 10-15 minutes July 19-25 <em>91</em> <em>34</em> <em>314</em> <em>316</em> <em>322</em> <em>317</em> <em>323</em> <em>313</em> <em>359</em> <em>295</em> <BR> <BR> Good Morning Team, <BR> <BR> Cheering you on for another week ahead...This week we will concentrate on our Core, May I suggest you add Cardio each day or as many days as you are able, Strength Training and Upper and Lower Body Fitness....Hope to see you onboard... Cheering you on as always.. <BR> <BR> Sunday July 19 Core <... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 04:32:19 EST rejoined Hi, I have just rejoined sparks and am trying out a sparkteam hope this one works for me. I have bad knees but need to lose weights. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:04:29 EST The Official WEEK SEVEN Count--! First, I inadvertently missed 10,000 of JANETL1's total for week six. A thousand lashes with a wet noodle for me (I had a teacher who used to say that, lol) and JANETL1's missing steps will be added into this week's MoonSteps. <BR> <BR> Second, JENNIW70 didn't get her steps for last week posted before I'd added them up - her Week Six total was 13,950, so I will add them into this week's. Every step counts--! <BR> <BR> The count I've got for Week Seven is: <BR> <BR> CEREBELLUM - 3850 <BR> J... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:40:59 EST Talking the Talk When I read articles about exercise I find myself reading them over while thinking about ways to adapt them to chair exercise. <BR> <BR> A case in point is this article entitled "Turn Your Walk Into A Workout": <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e/guide/walking-for-exercise </link> <BR> <BR> Set aside that it specifically discusses walking. What advice does it contain that might apply to non-walking or chair exercise? <BR> <BR> 1) Set a baseline. <BR> <BR> 2) Choos... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 09:16:44 EST Week 13 10 to 15 minutes July 12-18 <em>91</em> <em>34</em> <em>317</em> <em>319</em> <em>360</em> <em>359</em> <em>313</em> <em>322</em> <em>237</em> <em>324</em> <BR> <BR> Hello Team, are you ready for another week? Cheering you on as always, just posted my results for last week, will get your awards out to you this week...Keep up the great work... <BR> <BR> Sunday July 12 Chair Marching <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Monday July 13 Upper Body <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday July 14 Lower Bod... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 01:49:57 EST Sorry for being absent lately Hi, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to apologise for being scarce of late ... things got crazier than expected with getting my family house up for sale. Now I'm just about to head on a road trip for a week and not so sure how much connection I'll have (hopefully some!) but after that should be back and with a lot more time to be here and be active - and hope you can hang in there with me on that <em>247</em> I hope everyone has a great week over the next week!!! Sun, 12 Jul 2015 10:24:00 EST July 12-18: Post Your WEEK EIGHT Steps Here--!!! We're now almost two months down the road. (Should that be "up the road," if we're walking to the moon? lol) <BR> <BR> You know the feeling you get a few weeks in to a new fitness routine when you kind of start to lag, and maybe skip a day, or don't really put much effort into it? Uh huh. <BR> <BR> So: we've got a l-o-n-g ways to go. Instead of looking at the distance we have yet to cover, take a moment to look how far we've already come. Then look up. <BR> <BR> Oh, yah, you can see so ma... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 02:10:11 EST At LAST-- It seems that they may finally (it's been over a month!) have gotten our internet connection fixed. After seven repair-persons and so-called engineers, the last fella was determined to find where the problem was and to fix it. He may well have done: fingers crossed, although the connection isn't super-speedy, it does seem stable, and after these last weeks, I daren't ask more, lol... <BR> <BR> The real reason I'm here - I found a nifty article today about "exercise mantras." Sometimes I get... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 15:17:33 EST Inquiring minds : scarves I bought two scarves today ... which was something different <BR> A light way pretty patterned one and a heavier wool one <BR> So I wondered about others here ... <BR> Do you wear scarves? <BR> And if so, only in winter or in other seasons as well? <BR> Do you have a favourite? Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:03:35 EST The Official WEEK SIX Count--! Short 'n' sweet - lousy internet connection. <BR> <BR> CEREBELLUM - 3150 <BR> JANETL1 - 11042 <BR> JUDY5900 - 3147 <BR> WENDIQ - 57724 <BR> KASEYCOFF - 39881 <BR> THEEXERCISER - 2504 <BR> SHARONCAPPS - 31473 <BR> HIMSELF-THEBRIT - 49122 <BR> JUSTME9898 - 28221 <BR> EDWARDS1411 - 21624 <BR> FLRED12 - 17429 <BR> L*I*T*A* - 85600 <BR> <BR> The grand total for Week Six (you'll love this!) is 350,917 - our best week yet!* <BR> <BR> *CORRECTION: our next-to-worst week... <em>39</em> Still... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 14:38:57 EST July 5 - 11: Post your steps here! So sorry this is late - still no internet connection and mobile data is so expensive. I'll try to get the last round of statistics posted ASAP. <BR> <em>24</em> Tue, 7 Jul 2015 12:33:19 EST Week 12 July 5 to July 11 <em>34</em> <em>322</em> <em>317</em> <em>314</em> <em>359</em> <em>316</em> <em>324</em> <em>362</em> <em>313</em> <em>295</em> <BR> <BR> Hello Team, you are doing great, cheering you on for another <em>345</em> week <em>306</em> let's <em>386</em> on Together... <BR> <BR> Sunday July 5 Core Exercises focusing on posture <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Monday July 6 Lower Body Fitness <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday July 7 Upper Body Fitness <em>248... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 00:06:37 EST Week 11 15 minutes June 28-July 4 <em>91</em> <em>34</em> <em>317</em> <em>323</em> <em>315</em> <em>231</em> <em>359</em> <em>360</em> <em>237</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Hello Team, <BR> <BR> Sorry for MIA, I have been away with finishing up my year end Teaching Season...I am now officially on vacation. And now ready to catch up here with you all...You all have done a great job...keep up the great work, I cheer you on...So who is with me for finishing out this week?? <BR> <BR> Sunday June 28... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 03:41:54 EST JULY Chatter Box Just to get the ball rolling - what's July bringing you? <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 02:36:37 EST The Official WEEK FIVE Count (at last)--! Well we are surely making progress! Next week (if the IT installer shows up and gets us connected with the world once more) I'll post a total-to-date, then try to have a monthly catch-up for distance. <BR> <BR> As always, individual steps are listed so y'all can double-check ME! What with my eyesight not being what it once was and my arithmetic skills being worse it's easy for me to miss something, so if you see an error please be sure to let me know. <BR> <BR> EDWARDS1411 = 15602 <BR> THEE... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:42:36 EST June 28 - July 4: Post Your WEEK SIX Steps Here! You all will have to forgive me for being behind on the moon threads, but we don't anticipate having "true internet" until next week. We're using the mobile phones for hotspotting, but trying to limit our online time as the data plans are so expensive. <BR> <BR> Please post this week's steps here, and I'll get last week's totted up as soon as I've got some reasonable 'net time! <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:21:30 EST Nutrition Info-- Saw this article on SP today: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=158 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm not a committed vegan but I do try to eat less red meat than I used to. I suppose I'm more of a flexatarian, as now and then I want some chicken or a nice piece of beef. Mostly, though, I seek protein in "greener" ways. <BR> <BR> This article really resonated with me: it's well-organized, and the charts she's used are super helpful in determining what will... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:43:25 EST Week 10 15 minutes June 21-27 Sorry, I posted in a different location....look for new post in Forum (Introduce yourself) <BR> <BR> Check out the new Week of Fitness there.... <em>304</em> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:42:34 EST June 21-27: Post Your WEEK FIVE Steps HERE--!!! Alrighty, Moonies, we're ready to go. Remember to add in all your exercises - I'll repost EMMABE1's handy conversion chart into this thread in a day or so. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, if you have any questions, sing out. <BR> <BR> And those of you who are on the sidelines? If you're not walking, please cheer us on. Or c'mon along and join in - the more, the merrier. It's never too late! <BR> <em>311</em> <em>108</em> <em>318</em> <em>359</em> <em>414</em> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 18:16:13 EST The Official WEEK FOUR Count--! Hey, MoonWalkers, we are soooooo far out - toward the moon, I mean, lol! <BR> <BR> Here's what we have for the week: <BR> <BR> NASFKAB = 5000 <BR> L*I*T*A* = 88750 <BR> EDWARDS1411 = 56028 + 13543 <BR> KASEYCOFF = 55524 <BR> FLRED = 33052 <BR> JUDY5900 = 2709 <BR> SHARONCAPPS = 28382 <BR> WENDIQ = 61920 <BR> THEEXERCISER = 1272 <BR> JUSTME9898 = 30255 <BR> JENNIW70 = 20422 <BR> JANETL1 = 23596 <BR> CJWORDPLAY = 51832 <BR> <BR> Grand Total = 416,761 steps, for a humongous 208 MILES!!!!! <BR... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 18:10:17 EST Week 10- 10-15 Minutes June 21-27 Hello Team, <BR> <BR> Below you will see a new set of Fitness Challenges for us to work on so we can complete our month of June out well...This week I challenge you to do between 10 to 15 minutes or more per session <em>306</em> Let's <em>386</em> On Together... <BR> <BR> I know you can do it, cheering you on to the Finishing Line...So who is onboard for Week 10, <BR> June 21-27 ? <BR> <BR> June 21 Upper Body <em>248</em> overall fitness 35 minutes <BR> <BR> June 22 Lower Bo... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 02:41:33 EST The Right Amount of Sleep - At Least 7 Hrs/Night Are you getting enough sleep? Getting less than six hours of sleep a night is associated with heart attacks, stroke, obesity and diabetes: <BR> <BR> "The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the largest physician-based organization for sleep medicine, recently put out their first recommendations for what is the right amount of sleep. It advises that adults get at least seven hours every night based on research on the link between inadequate sleep and a number of poor health outcomes." <BR> ... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 16:47:33 EST Compression Stockings Needed I hope to be going stateside at the end of June and flying into Houston. I need compression stockings and have bought two pair on line which I cannot get on as they are too small around. I understand there are places that a person can be fitted and the stockings made to fit their legs. Does anyone know of such a place in the Houston area? I may have to take a taxi to the place if my son is working and away because he is a flight attendant. <BR> <BR> Any help in an address, phone number o... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 19:41:16 EST The Official WEEK THREE Count--! As of midnight (EDT) Saturday, 13th June, our week's total was 451,339 steps, or another 225 MILES!!! <BR> <BR> That's more than 10 times the distance we did our first week out-- <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <BR> The count this week included thirteen team members with posted steps: <BR> <BR> WENDIQ = 62296 <BR> THEEXERCISER = 15339 <BR> SHARONCAPPS =49334 <BR> MURTISNUT = 236 <BR> L*I*T*A* = 90996 <BR> KASEYCOFF = 62478 <BR> JUSTME9898 = 33683 <BR> JUDY5900 = 2447 <... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 15:08:02 EST June 14-20: Post Your WEEK FOUR Steps HERE--!!! <em>311</em> POST YOUR WEEK FOUR STEPS ON THIS THREAD <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> EMMABE1 (Ann) posted this back on one of the earlier threads: <BR> <BR> An easy "rule of thumb" conversion formula to change chair exercise into steps-- <BR> <BR> 1 min Low intensity (gentle) = 85 steps <BR> Talk Test: at this intensity you can sing your favourite song or hold a conversation without noticing an increase in your breathing. <BR> <BR> 1 min Moderate/Brisk intensity (comfortable) = 150 steps ... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 14:18:26 EST Week 9 15 minutes June 14-20 I'm Back in for another week...Who is Ready to come onboard & join me Let's Raise the Bar to our Personal Best and see what we can do... <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>34</em> <em>317</em> <em>322</em> <em>311</em> <em>362</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>359</em> <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> Sun 14 ........... Seated leg and knees <em>248</em> overall fitness today 37 minutes <BR> <BR> Mon 15 ............. Core <BR> <BR> Tue 16 ... ...... Lower body ... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 23:00:50 EST Use Herbal Supplements? You May Not Be Getting the If you buy store-brand herbal supplements from GNC, Target, Walgreens, or Walmart, beware. There is a good chance you aren’t getting what you paid for, according to cease-and-desist letters sent by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office on Monday. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-checkup/use-herbal-supplements-you-ma<BR>y-not-getting-real-deal/?pos=2&xid=nl_<BR>EverydayHealthWomensHealth_20150613 </link> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 21:38:59 EST The Most Important Information About Fruits & Veg The nutrients found in plants offer a lot of help in decreasing the risk of severe health issues like cancer or heart disease. Unfortunately, most people don't consume enough of these vital substances. This infographic will show you how to incorporate more crucial nutrients into your diet. <BR> <link><BR>id=15899&memberid=865417 </link> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 21:04:22 EST Inquiring minds : Hobbies More curiosity from me <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any favourite hobbies they love to do in their spare time? If so, how did you get started? Fri, 12 Jun 2015 07:23:20 EST FINALLY--! The (Semi-) Official Week TWO Count--!! Hiya, peeps! <BR> <BR> Finally got to a real computer and have a decent connection. Might not last long, so I'm typing fast. If I miss a name or get a count wrong, please post on this thread and let me know. We can always adjust. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> These are the totals I came up with: <BR> AHAPPYSPIRIT = 26,712 <BR> CALAMITIE = 8,954 <BR> CJWORDPLAY = 33,356 <BR> EDWARDS1411 = 23,694 <BR> FLRED12 = 16,869 <BR> JANETL1= 21,215 <BR> JENNIW70 = 710 <BR> JUDY5900 = 2,156 <BR> JUSTME9898 ... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 16:45:04 EST Exercise Week 8/15 minutes- June 7-13 <em>359</em> <em>360</em> <em>237</em> <em>322</em> <em>317</em> <em>34</em> <em>313</em> <em>315</em> <em>548</em> <em>316</em> <BR> <BR> Evening Hello Team, <BR> <BR> Good job on all your hard work for this past week, your goodie awards have been sent out, congrats to you all, cheering you on for another week ahead...We can do it together... <BR> <BR> Week 8 June 7-13...Cheering you on for a successful week ahead... <BR> <BR> Sunday June 7 Upper Body Exerci... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 01:57:46 EST June 7 - 13: Post WEEK 3 Steps HERE! <em>227</em> This thread is for posting WEEK THREE "moon steps" only! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> You can post your steps on a daily basis, or add your daily totals and post the week's-worth total on Saturdays. <BR> <BR> If you have any questions about how-to, drop us a line or post it on the other thread. <BR> <em>31</em> Sat, 6 Jun 2015 20:51:17 EST Inquiring minds question - food What is the nicest meal you've had recently that involved healthy (for you) choices? Sat, 6 Jun 2015 08:48:36 EST June 6 - Exercise Motivation! This being the Chair EXERCISE Team (emphasis on "exercise," lol) I thought this article might be relevant: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ise-motivation?ecd=wnl_fit_060515&ctr=<BR>wnl-fit-060515_nsl-ld-stry_2&mb=tu1ev%<BR>404ChByRDNDvHwOhy%40HnVev1imbCQsOgIW%2fDO84%3d </link> <BR> <BR> Myself, now, I'm always looking for motivation to exercise. Not that I'd slack off or anything... <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 6 Jun 2015 08:00:15 EST Seated Workouts from Spark Most - if not all - of these have made the rounds before, but SP included them in an email this morning, so I thought I'd put them here for those who may not have seen them. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1713 </link> <BR> <BR> Some require equipment, some don't, but there's a good variety and - hopefully - something for everyone! <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 6 Jun 2015 07:57:35 EST 5 June - This Morning from SP When I looked at the subject line in my email, it read "35 Instant Smile Starters&#8207;." That caught my eye, for sure. <BR> <BR> The article's actual headline is "Bad Mood Busters: 35 Surprising Ways to Boost Your Mood." Not as fun-sounding in some respects (lol) but if you're looking for a day-brightener, one of these just might hit the spot: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1868&utm_source=spar<BR>kpeople&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=<BR>best-... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 08:34:48 EST Changing Up Fitness Routines I subscribed to Livestrong, oh, back before the whole Lance Armstrong flap. I dip in and out of their articles, sometimes finding really useful information. <BR> <BR> This was in my mailbox today: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1011162-11-simple-ways-add-variety-str<BR>engthtraining-routine/?utm_source=news<BR>letter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=b<BR>oom_newsletter_060515_f&bt_alias=eyJ1c<BR>2VySWQiOiIyNTMwMzA4In0%3D#slide=2 </link> <BR> <BR> On the face of it, ... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 08:19:25 EST Chicken Fat?!? I don't know if this has already been posted on the team forums, but I hadn't seen it - and I think this is a hoot: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I would so join in with this bunch--! <BR> <em>145</em> Wed, 3 Jun 2015 16:28:43 EST Natural Pain Killers Graphic <img src=""> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 22:23:12 EST The Risks of a Sedentary Lifestyle: Stand Up for Your Health <BR> Spending hours on end in a chair isn't just murder on your back—it can literally kill you. And if you're like the average person, you clock almost 55 hours a week on your duff. Shockingly, working out isn't an antidote. Here, what is. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-desk </link> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 21:48:16 EST "Off-Balance" Core Exercises This set of exercises was in a weekly diabetes newsletter I subscribe to. There are no chair variations, but if you're at all unsteady on your feet (as I am!) these may help you "re-teach" your body to balance: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ideshow-off-balance-core-moves?ecd=wnl<BR>_dia_060215&ctr=wnl-dia-060215_nsl-ld-<BR>stry&mb=tu1ev%404ChByRDNDvHwOhy%40HnVe<BR>v1imbCQsOgIW%2fDO84%3d </link> <BR> <BR> p.s. Love her shoes, too! <em>211</em> <BR> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 20:16:16 EST 50 simple health tips I came across these tips today ... no idea on how helpful they really are so please read with care <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-health-tips#25853 </link> <BR> <BR> I liked the comment about sniffing rosemary - love that scent Mon, 1 Jun 2015 23:51:37 EST Exercise Week 7 15 minutes- June 1-6 Today starts another brand New Month to "Shape a New You"...Let's Do it together 1 step at a time....Who would like to join me in another month of getting Fitter and Stronger? <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>34</em> <em>317</em> <em>322</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>321</em> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> Who is ready to join me? <BR> <BR> Mon 1st ........... Seated leg and knees <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Tues 2nd......... Core no fitness too ill... <em>386</em> ... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:34:15 EST Team Image of the Month At the end of the day I picked something entirely different for this month - in honor of our Moon Walk, I thought this is kind of relevant. <BR> <BR> And a pretty picture, too, lol... <BR> <em>211</em> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:00:50 EST June Chatter Box MILLYMOUSE's chat is back as a "sticky." It's too good not to keep as a central point to share, ask questions, and update us on team mates' news. <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 06:37:40 EST Exercises for older people Keeping active into older age is the key to staying fit, mobile and independent. This guide provides step-by-step instructions for exercises focusing on strength, flexibility and balance, with a set of sitting exercises to get you started. <BR> <BR> Can we see how many members can go through the exercises There are only 2 per exercise. Be able to do each one every day for a week ?? Have a look, tell me what you think <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-older-pe... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 04:39:34 EST Chair Exercises and Limited Mobility Fitness Tips for People with Injuries and Disabilities. <BR> The benefits of exercise are not restricted to people who have full mobility. In fact, if injury, disability, illness, or weight problems have limited your mobility, it’s even more important to experience the mood-boosting effects of exercise. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>fitness/chair-exercises-and-limited-mo<BR>bility-fitness.htm </link> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 04:31:39 EST Week ONE JUSTME9898 - 6139 (the 4129 will count for next week) <BR> JANETL1 - 3048 <BR> WENDIQ - 9384 <BR> AHAPPYSPIRIT - 6240 <BR> KASEYCOFF - 3126 <BR> CALAMITIE - 10043 <BR> <BR> <BR> Our first week: <BR> <BR> 37,980 steps = NINETEEN MILES--!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Tremendous start! Round of applause for us all - and keep steppin’, peeps! <BR> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>380</em> <em>242</em> <em>381</em> Sun, 31 May 2015 22:32:36 EST 10-Minute Videos from SP Earlier this week Spark sent a link to a group of their 10-minute fitness videos: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>asp </link> <BR> <BR> A few of them are more than 10 minutes, but none is very long. Among them are some sitting exercise videos. <BR> <BR> Those of you on your feet might choose a standing one, and of course most of us can do the chair versions. <BR> <BR> Looks like a pretty good "menu" with something for everyone! <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 31 May 2015 07:42:18 EST "Build Strength While Sitting Down" - from SP <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=158&utm_source=sparkpe<BR>ople&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=exe<BR>rcise-of-the-day </link> <BR> <BR> If you don't have handweights, how about a soup can? And it could still be beneficial even if you didn't add any weights at all... <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 31 May 2015 07:29:07 EST Post Your Steps HERE-- <em>227</em> This thread is for posting "moon steps" only! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> You can post your steps either on a daily basis, or add your daily totals and post the total on Saturdays. <BR> <BR> If you have any questions about how-to, drop us a line or post it on the other thread. <BR> <em>31</em> Sat, 30 May 2015 21:11:19 EST Osteoarthitis - particular reference to the knees Last month I promised you an article about osteoarthitis in the magazine. This is part of that article that I thought might be of use and interest to some of you. <BR> <BR> So, what is Osteoarthritis? Well, Osteoarthritis-- it's a pathological-- it means something that we see that's happening to the bone. As you see in the picture, in a joint, we have the bone and that has a covering, and that's called articular cartilage. (Pale blue) <BR> <img src=" Sat, 30 May 2015 18:32:28 EST 2nd Steps More Team Business: <BR> <BR> These are the people whose names I noted as having volunteered to co-lead: <BR> <BR> JENNIW70 <BR> FLRED12 <BR> LIBERTY_JOY <BR> <BR> These are some of the “administrative” responsibilities that I could use a hand with: <BR> <BR> 1 Welcoming newbies / buddy system <BR> 2 Awarding leaderboard leaders <BR> 3 Monitoring forums for questions, requests for information, etc <BR> 4 Working on team goals / challenges <BR> <BR> If one person / co-leader is willing to... Fri, 29 May 2015 13:45:11 EST The Computer Terms Dictionary How many times have you heard of terms such as "firewall", "blog", or "malware" but had no idea what it actually means? With this dictionary, you'll find an easy-to-understand explanation for the most commonly used, yet less explained, computer terms. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15694&memberid=863854 </link> Thu, 28 May 2015 19:52:43 EST Chair exercise : what chair do you use? I was thinking as I looked at some of the chair exercise images ... how different they can be. <BR> <BR> So I started wondering, <BR> <BR> What kind of chair do you use for your chair exercise? Thu, 28 May 2015 18:26:11 EST 6 Essential Back Pain Stretches Low back pain can have many causes, including tight or weak back, ab or core muscles, muscle sprains or strains, or a herniated disc. This stretching program can help reduce back pain and help prevent back injuries. <BR> <BR> Pictorial demos with easy to follow instructions. See: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ityandstretching/ss/backstretch.htm?ut<BR>m_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_te<BR>rm=Health%20Tip%20of%20the%20Day&utm_c<BR>ampaign=health_tod&utm_conten... Thu, 28 May 2015 17:52:48 EST Lower body strength exercises Does anyone have any recommendations (youtube; dvds; other) for lower body strength exercises? I think this is one area that I need to work on more and while I'm following Nicoles core and upper body workouts and have other upper body ones I'm not so sure what to do for lower body. Thanks Wed, 27 May 2015 22:22:16 EST First STEPS!!! I wasn't sure whether to post this under the "Exercise" forum or here or - well, where, exactly. But here goes: <BR> <BR> So I said to myself, “Self - if walking a certain distance at a certain speed means you’ve walked X number of steps and burned a certain number of calories, and if every activity burns calories… why isn’t there some kind of way to convert every activity into an equivalent of the number of steps walked?” <BR> <BR> Whew. Took my ol’ head a while to even come up with a way ... Wed, 27 May 2015 16:41:34 EST New Forum Name Val (EDWARDS1411) suggested that this category be more than just recipes, that we use it to include articles on health, ideas about nutrition - a catch-all for general healthy living. <BR> <BR> Good place to post links, whether to Spark's info or things you find off-site. <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 26 May 2015 20:52:09 EST Team Business for May I had a nice chatty email from JANETL1 this morning. She said the earlier goals of 2500 steps and 10 minutes / day exercise are good, and she hopes they remain. <BR> <BR> But she went on to suggest perhaps we could add what she called a "second tier" of goals. These could be more challenging for people who have greater mobility, or might be useful as people progress and need a higher target to shoot for. <BR> <BR> I can see where a second tier might be good for those who have good days and ... Tue, 26 May 2015 16:45:32 EST Stroke - Know The Signs Strokes can happen to anyone, they don't just happen to the middle-aged or elderly! <BR> <BR> "Doctors say more people would survive strokes if we all recognized the symptoms. A simple mnemonic can help save lives: FAST. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The "F" is for face: stroke will often cause one side of the face to weaken and droop. <BR> <BR> The "A" is for arm: one arm may become weak and the person ma... Tue, 26 May 2015 09:57:08 EST The Mind Diet: Eating for the Health of Your Brain Can a 'Brain Diet' Prevent the Onset of Alzheimer's? <BR> <BR> New research suggests what you eat can affect your thinking skills and slow down or speed up the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Researchers believe that nutrition can play a role in preventing the brain from shrinking as people age. <BR> <BR> The Mind Diet is a combo of the Mediterranean Diet and the Dash Diet. See the link below for more details. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15659&memberid=9... Mon, 25 May 2015 22:52:36 EST New and Not-New... :-) A few years ago I had surgery on one of my knees. The physical therapist recommended chair exercise in addition to the knee-strengthening exercises she’d already given me. <BR> <BR> I admit it: I was skeptical. I thought “No way can this amount to much of a workout.” She proceeded to lead me through a brief rundown of some exercises she thought might be useful. <BR> <BR> Ten minutes later, having worked up a sweat and not having stood once, I had an awakening: why, by golly, you really CA... Mon, 25 May 2015 17:07:24 EST Good Food, Good for You! <em>227</em> - PLEASE DO NOT POST ON THIS THREAD - <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Some of you have commented that you'd like to share some recipes and are interested in healthy nutrition information. <BR> <BR> Why, me too! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Please use this forum to post recipes, links to healthy-eating articles, anything relevant you think beneficial to the team. <BR> <BR> I realize SP has a recipe section, and there are numerous websites with scads of recipes and how-to's. So muc... Mon, 25 May 2015 16:55:04 EST 1st Round of Resources <em>227</em> - PLEASE DO NOT POST ON THIS THREAD - <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> MAY 2015: <BR> <BR> On this first section there are six different videos, including cardio, stretching, and a good core workout. Some require equipment (resistance bands, dumbbells) while others do not. Some require “leg lifting,” as opposed to being upper-body only. All have some exercises that can be done without equipment, and many that involve the lower body can be adapted. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.spar... Mon, 25 May 2015 16:48:01 EST Contributions: Exercise Links Please post links to exercises and fitness websites here. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with! <BR> <em>34</em> Mon, 25 May 2015 16:41:36 EST Open Letter to Chair Exercise Team Members I don't think a rudderless team is a good thing. <BR> <BR> Many of the teams on SP are set up for specific geographical locations, or for social themes. They have informal structure and (to my mind) a relaxed approach with a general mix of input. <BR> <BR> I see the Chair Exercise Team somewhat differently to those: it has a specific purpose, a focus. It serves - or should serve - as a cornerstone for information, a central core where people can get ideas, find links to resources, read abo... Mon, 25 May 2015 08:13:08 EST Exercise 6 15 minutes- 24-30 I'm in for another week, <em>194</em> <em>34</em> <em>317</em> <em>322</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>321</em> <em>185</em> Who is ready to join me? <BR> <BR> Sun 24th ........... Seated leg and knees <em>248</em> 30 minutes <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Mon 25th......... Core 35 minutes <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Tue 26th..... Lower body 37 minutes total overall fitness <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Wed 27th... Upper body 37 minutes overall fitness for day... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:32:17 EST New to the team My name is Deb. I'm 55 yrs old and live in Alabama. I have limited mobility due to lymphedema in both legs. I need a way to exercise and lose weight other than walking. Glad I found this group. Sun, 24 May 2015 07:31:05 EST mobile devices One thing I'm noticing and which I know impacts me; and probably others ... is the mobile devices. When i'm using spark on my iphone i can get to the messageboards and the blogs; but the app doesn't let me access the teams or my spark mail which can be really frustrating. Then on my mini ipad i can get to the teams and mail; but its hard for me to type on that (i can type on my phone more easily!) so i can view things on there, and like things on there; but it is a lot harder to comment and t... Thu, 21 May 2015 22:10:30 EST Self-Test: How Does Your Mind Work? Long ago, six traits were developed to assess the way people mind processes information and understands the world around it. We all process a bit differently, and that has a huge impact on who we eventually shape up to be. Take our test and find out which of the six paths your mind has taken! <BR> <link><BR>id=15590&memberid=865417 </link> Thu, 21 May 2015 16:39:25 EST 15 Delicious Home-Made Popsicles There nothing more refreshing than a fruit-infused popsicle. These delicious looking popsicles are easy to make and healthy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15593&memberid=863854 </link> Wed, 20 May 2015 19:11:48 EST The Most Important Lessons You'll Learn One of the most important thing everyone needs to learn in this life is to love themselves. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15566&memberid=863854 </link> Tue, 19 May 2015 19:21:34 EST Portion Control Workshop - wk 2 WENDIQ - sodium is a killer to weight loss. Why are you getting so much ? Are you tracking it ? If so how much are you getting a day - you need to aim for a maximum of 2300mg - that may sound low but my average is abour 1600mg - so it is possible. <BR> Ok - so send hubbie off to get his pizza - tell him to eat it out and NOT bring it hiome!! and you eat a lovely salad in front of him - make him jealous !! <BR> You CAN do this - and it is a lifelong battle. But its a battle worth fighting... Mon, 18 May 2015 01:42:45 EST 11 Things We Do that Age Us Aging gracefully comes easier to some, while not so easy to others. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15524&memberid=863854 </link> Sun, 17 May 2015 19:20:23 EST Crucial Tips for Protecting Your Bones Crucial Tips for Protecting Your Bones <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15529&memberid=863854 </link> Sun, 17 May 2015 19:18:01 EST 12 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight <BR> “When people embark on an exercise and food program to lose weight, they automatically think that ‘magic’ will happen,” explains Susan Kraus, MS, RD, a registered dietitian at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. “In theory it sounds great, but it takes much longer to lose weight and more effort than this simple combination, even when all good intentions are there.” It’s easy to trip yourself up along the way with common diet mistakes or by not being vigilant in your effo... Sun, 17 May 2015 19:15:52 EST How to Trick Your Body into Feeling Better There are quite a few irritating and annoying sensations your body experiences during the day, the kind that most of us would love to know how to get rid of. How does one deal with an itchy throat? How do you make a burn go away? And generally, how can you get rid of various pains <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15545&memberid=863854 </link> Sun, 17 May 2015 19:12:12 EST Exercise 5 ...15min-- 17th .....23rd <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>257</em> <em>362</em> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lets get physical <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> These exercises ARE NOT set in concrete but to give you an idea on what to do The video's are active, if you find any that are not, please let me know they are all chair exercises except for one, if you can stand, walk you can do that video. The time 5....15 is also not set in concr... Sun, 17 May 2015 04:42:58 EST How Long to Freeze Food? We all know that freezing food prevents it from rotting. But until the act of freezing is perfected, food still has an expiration date <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15515&memberid=863854 </link> Fri, 15 May 2015 04:37:50 EST 10 Terrifically Helpful Things Your Microwave Can Now all I have to do is, try to remember some of the tips <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> The microwave is a very advanced piece of technology that lies around our kitchen, waiting for us to defrost and cook things in it. But did you know that your microwave is much more than just a cooking machine? Its special qualities allow it to ass. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t_tricks_you_never_knew_your_microwave<BR>_can_d.aspx </link> Thu, 14 May 2015 18:46:05 EST 11 Ways to Reduce Cholesterol Levels One of the most common causes of heart attacks in the western world is arterial blockage caused by the accumulation of cholesterol. While this can be avoided by dieting and exercising, if you’ve been diagnosed with high levels of bad cholesterol, there are foods and activities that speed up the process of reducing cholesterol levels. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15521&memberid=863854 </link> Thu, 14 May 2015 18:33:50 EST Inventions that Make Sci-Fi a Reality Many of us have grown up imagining what the future will be like. Will there be flying cars? Will there be robots? Will we be able to do amazing and extraordinary things? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=13016 </link> Thu, 14 May 2015 18:27:27 EST This Week in Health Tips! I'm always learning more and more about my body and my health. Being healthy and fit has never been more in vogue. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15514&memberid=863854 </link> Thu, 14 May 2015 18:22:17 EST Simple Sweet Potato and Pomegranate Salad You've never had a salad that tasted so good. I'm serious. Not only is this salad healthy, it is also incredibly delicious and can be served as a side dish or eaten completely on its own. Sweet potatoes are a healthy way to consume carbohydrates and pomegranates are super good for your heart! <BR> <link><BR>id=15474&memberid=865417 </link> Tue, 12 May 2015 02:40:11 EST Exercise 5 ...15min-- 10th ------ 16th <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>257</em> <em>362</em> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lets get physical <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> These exercises ARE NOT set in concrete but to give you an idea on what to do The video's are active, if you find any that are not, please let me know they are all chair exercises except for one, if you can stand, walk you can do that video. The time 5....15 is also not set in concr... Sun, 10 May 2015 07:15:20 EST Portion Control Workshop - wk 1 The Workshop is very concentrated and self guided, - however there will be a thread in the team page for questions and comments that I will comment on and answer – so you will get plenty of help. <BR> <BR> The amount you get out of this workshop will depend on the amount of effort you put into it. If you just look over the things in my web site and think you can’t be bothered to join in the thread you will gain nothing. If you just plonk an emoticon in the thread each day - I won't believe ... Sat, 9 May 2015 22:37:48 EST Memories of your mother - Happy Mother's Day Many of us are now of the age that sadly we have lost our Mums - but I'm sure we have many Happy Memories. <BR> What are your happiest memories of your mother? <BR> <BR> I certainly remember my Mother - a tiny very English lady - so tiny I could pick her up and swing her round. She was very correct, and good manners and behaviour were normal, something that seems to have gone out of fashion recently unfortunately - we even had afternoon tea every Sunday, best china, lace tablecloth and ev... Sat, 9 May 2015 18:57:33 EST Boosting Your Self-Confidence When I was young, I was a very happy kid, I played around with the other children, had many friends, and while I was slightly shy, I still had no problem talking to people. <BR> By: Jonathan P. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=12951 </link> Fri, 8 May 2015 21:05:44 EST This Week in Health Tips! Your health is the most important and most valuable thing you have, so keeping it should be your top priority in life. In this day and age of abundant information, some people can get lost and miss out on great tips that could improve their lives, so we collect and display them for you every week <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15408&memberid=863854 </link> Fri, 8 May 2015 21:01:11 EST 9 Incredibly Healthy Food Combos Knowing what we know about food today, we discover more often than not that the best foods are not stand-alone ingredients but the powerful combination of ingredients that work together and enhance each others healthy influence on the body. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15425&memberid=863854 </link> Thu, 7 May 2015 20:35:54 EST 5 Kinds of Food that Attract Mosquitoes. There are many things I love about summer but mosquito bites are not one of them. These little blood sucking buzzards can ruin your outdoor fun and in some cases, even infect you with some serious diseases. While some foods like garlic and apple cider vinegar are effective edible deterrents, some foods do the exact opposite. Eating these things basically turns you into a huge mosquito-magnet and might lower the repealing powers of some products. <BR> <link> Thu, 7 May 2015 15:06:01 EST Are You a Logical or Emotional Thinker? Quiz Emotions and logic are not exactly opposites. There is a certain logic behind emotional decisions, and even logic has to make room for the effect it has on our emotions. That said, some of us tend towards a more logical basis for our thinking, while some tend to the emotional. This test will show you the exact percentage of each side - how much of you is emotional, and how much logical? <BR> <link><BR>id=15406&memberid=865417 </link> Thu, 7 May 2015 15:03:23 EST What Flower Matches Your Personality? Quiz Every flower has a different beauty. Some are fragile, some are bold, some only flourish under certain conditions and some are hardy enough to grow just about anywhere. Take our quiz and get your answer - which of these flowers does your personality match the best? <link><BR>id=15407&memberid=865417 </link> Thu, 7 May 2015 14:59:30 EST Homemade Mango Roll-Ups Recipe Homemade Mango Roll-Ups Recipe <BR> <BR> I love dried fruit and enjoy sugar-free treats. I was excited to find this no-fuss recipe for homemade fruit roll-ups. It only takes 5 steps to make these healthy snacks. This recipe is 100% fruit and there are no preservatives. You can use the same recipe for DIY strawberry or raspberry roll-ups. <BR> <link><BR>id=15397&memberid=865417 </link> Wed, 6 May 2015 17:47:21 EST 15 Genius Kitchen Hacks to Make Healthy Cooking Ea A calorie-heavy casserole isn’t the only meal you can make with a baking dish. We found three surprisingly innovative—and healthy—ways to use each of the following five classic cooking tools already hanging out in your kitchen. Might we suggest an easier way to flip an egg, or using your blender for more than just protein smoothies? Meal prep has never been so creative … or easy! <BR> <link><BR>us-kitchen-hacks-to-make-healthy-cooki<BR>ng-easier/?utm_sour... Tue, 5 May 2015 15:29:33 EST Neck stretches Does anyone know of any good online neck stretch videos? <BR> My dr rushed through three different stretches the other day but I find it helps a lot to be watching and listening at the speed they should be done <BR> Thanks Mon, 4 May 2015 18:46:07 EST Portion Control Workshop Portion Control Workshop <BR> Starting on Sunday 10th May there will be a Portion Control Workshop that will run for 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> During those 2 weeks a number of topics connected with Portion Control and Serving Sizes will be examined – <BR> <BR> Topics to be covering include: - <BR> Weighing and measuring all food eaten to recognise serving sizes <BR> Removing Trigger/Junk Foods – from your eating plan <BR> The difference between serving sizes and portion sizes <BR> How to rec... Mon, 4 May 2015 17:24:41 EST Factors that Influence Our blood sugar Levels Factors that Influence Our blood sugar Levels <BR> <BR> A big rise in blood sugar levels is an issue for everyone. Of course, this is most important to those who suffer from diabetes or have any risk factors associated with the disease. <BR> <link><BR>id=15330&memberid=865417 </link> Sun, 3 May 2015 22:07:14 EST Quiz: How Healthy Are You at the Moment? Quiz: How Healthy Are You at the Moment? <BR> <BR> Health is something we all fight to learn about and implement as much as we can into our daily lives, we do want as many of those as possible, after all. So there's no shame on checking up on yourself and seeing how healthy your habits are. Take our quiz and do a quick check-up! <BR> <link><BR>id=15323&memberid=865417 </link> Sun, 3 May 2015 22:05:01 EST 6 Ways Exercising Helps Your Mental Health Having trouble remembering names or appointments? Time to lace up the sneakers. In a study published in Physiology and Behavior, <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eling/mental-health-tips/?sssdmh=dm17.<BR>797070&esrc=nwfitdailytip043015 </link> Sun, 3 May 2015 05:31:35 EST 11 Easy Lunches to Lose Weight Stop waiting in line for too-expensive salads or sandwiches that pack on double your daily calorie needs. Our Fitterati and favorite fit bloggers share their best DIY lunch recipes so you can save some cash and lose weight at the same time <BR> <BR> <link><BR>h/lose-weight-lunches/ </link> Sun, 3 May 2015 05:29:34 EST Exercise 5 ...15min-- 3rd ---- 9th <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>257</em> <em>362</em> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lets get physical <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> These exercises ARE NOT set in concrete but to give you an idea on what to do The video's are active, if you find any that are not, please let me know they are all chair exercises except for one, if you can stand, walk you can do that video. The time 5....15 is also not set in concr... Sun, 3 May 2015 05:21:49 EST The Lines You Wish You Said! There are many things we'd like to say to those that annoy or bother us <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15315&memberid=863854 </link> Sun, 3 May 2015 03:32:10 EST A Frugal Real Food Guide to Healthy Food at Costco One of the biggest issues I hear frugal real foodies struggling with is finding affordable real food without having to drive all over dodge. <BR> <BR> Over time, you find a routine as to what stores or markets work best for your budget, your time and your area. But I remember first starting out and wishing there was some totally awesome list that someone else had put together for me, just coming right out and telling what stores had the best deals on certain items. It would have been helpf... Sun, 3 May 2015 01:42:28 EST Don't Worry, Be Happy Week “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 – 3rd - 9th May – 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 longer!! <BR> <BR> This is not a challenge – this applies to ALL threads, messages etc – the Chat... Sat, 2 May 2015 19:01:17 EST How Much Salt is in Your McDonald’s Meal? Exactly how much sodium is in your favorite McDonald’s guilty pleasure? I’ve compiled a list of some common foods to give you a sense. Keep in mind that most experts recommend getting less than 2300 mg of sodium per DAY (not meal!). Anyone with high blood pressure or heart disease is usually advised to get less than 1500 mg daily. That’s nearly impossible while dining in or taking out Mickey D <link><BR>ml </link> Sat, 2 May 2015 05:24:46 EST You Asked: What is Quinoa, and How Do I Eat It? Quinoa is turning up everywhere these days. This little grain, while still relatively unknown in North America, has been around since ancient Inca times, when warriors reportedly mixed quinoa with fat and rolled it into "war balls" that sustained them during lengthy battles. It comes from the Andean region of South America. <BR> <link><BR>st=you_asked_what_is_quinoa_and_how_do<BR>_i_eat_it&utm_source=sparkpeople&utm_m<BR>edium=email&utm_campaign=best-of-s... Sat, 2 May 2015 03:28:32 EST Honey and Cinnamon: Natural Medicine! In many cultures of the world, a mixture of honey and cinnamon has served as a traditional cure. Today's scientists acknowledge honey as a very efficient medicine in treating a large variety of illnesses. Honey has no side effects when treating diseases, which makes it a great alternative to try. Today science claims that honey, although sweet, if taken in medical dosage, is no problem for a diabetic patient. <BR> <link><BR>id=15304&memberid=865417 </lin... Sat, 2 May 2015 00:30:11 EST "Healthy" Banana Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich This amazing ice cream cookie sandwich has no dairy and no added sugar. It contains just two simple, healthy ingredients that combine to make a delicious frozen treat. <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2573802 </link> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 1 May 2015 04:57:20 EST May Chatter Box How was your April ??? Did you learn anything new..Please share your day with us, what did you learn, what will you apply to this day, how can we help to motivate and support each other on this journey <em>249</em> day at a time <BR> <BR> <em>254</em> <em>469</em> <em>474</em> <em>265</em> <em>67</em> <em>464</em> Fri, 1 May 2015 04:22:59 EST May magazine, and extra booklets The May Chair Exercise Team Magazine is now ready for you <BR> <BR> How often do we emphasise the importance of strengthening our core muscles? But we tend to forget the muscles of the upper back, shoulder and neck. Think about your daily chores. Which muscles pull you up after you have bent over to pick something up? Which muscles push the trolley of groceries in the supermarket? Which muscles push and support you if you use a walker? What holds your head up? Did you know that the hum... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 23:38:55 EST How Well Do You Know These Famous Landmarks? Quiz How Well Do You Know These Famous Landmarks? <BR> <BR> From the great wall of China to the pyramids of Egypt, through the leaning tower of Pizza and the Eifel tower in France, the world if full of amazing monument, some manmade, some natural wonders but all are magical in their own way. Test your knowledge and see how well you know these 10 wonders, then challenge your friends and compare your result! <BR> <link><BR>id=15261&memberid=865417 </link> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 04:48:29 EST How to Make Boring Raw Vegetables Pop I know that I shouldn’t call raw vegetables “boring”. That isn’t very nice. <BR> <BR> I do find them to be dull, though. <BR> <BR> The good news is that they are colorful and that makes them very appealing in the right context. For example, have you ever wondered why Doritos are orange (like a carrot)? <BR> <BR> A Dorito is far more interesting to me than a lone carrot. But, when I place a carrot with some celery, red peppers, and a cup of ranch dressing made of green pepper – I forget the... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:22:57 EST How to Make Creamy Vinaigrette without a Blender Learn how to make salads that taste yummy and are a bowl full of nutrients. <BR> <BR> Salads can be a sumptuous meal in itself or a delectable accompaniment to your meals. So here we bring you a collection of some of the most tempting, delicious and nutritious salad recipes that will surely add the spark to your meal. So let's toss it up! <BR> <BR> If you click "Show More" under the description of the video in YouTube there are some salad recipes wirth links you can follow. <BR> <BR> <li... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:52:23 EST A Quick At-Home Low-Impact Cardio Routine If the weather isn’t cooperating, it’s dark outside, you can’t get a babysitter … whatever the reason, you can take your walk indoors. It’s so easy to get a fitness walk in anytime of the day or night—just learn my four “multi-muscle” moves, and you will be walking strong every day you are blessed to live. Here’s all you do: <BR> <link><BR>s-4-step-indoor-walking-workout/?utm_s<BR>ource=mfp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaig<BR>n=weekly20150427&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWW... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:42:28 EST 10 Healthy Food Swaps That Aren’t Worth Your Time 10 Healthy Food Swaps That Aren’t Worth Your Time <BR> <BR> Whether a self-proclaimed health junkie or kitchen newbie, you’re likely familiar with the ever-popular food substitution trend. Swap sour cream for Greek yogurt; use almond milk instead of full-fat dairy milk; try turkey bacon instead of beef! Sound familiar? <BR> <link><BR>thy-food-swaps-that-arent-worth-your-t<BR>ime/?utm_source=mfp&utm_medium=email&u<BR>tm_campaign=weekly20150427&mkt_tok=3Rk... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:39:40 EST 6 Unexpected Ways to Protect Your Eyes We’re all familiar with these common-sense health teachings: Exercise and diet to lose weight. Wear sunscreen to reduce your risk of skin cancer. Stop smoking to prevent heart disease. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ed-ways-to-protect-your-eyes.html </link> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:43:21 EST Some Blessings For Your Day I hope this makes you feel good at least for a little while. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15232&memberid=863854 </link> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:28:10 EST 6 Unexpected Ways to Use Baking Soda Budget-Friendly Beauty <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pected-ways-to-use-baking-soda/?pos=1&<BR>xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHealth_20150426 </link> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:25:11 EST Exercise 5 ...15min-- 26th ----- 2nd May <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>257</em> <em>362</em> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lets get physical <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> These exercises ARE NOT set in concrete but to give you an idea on what to do The video's are active, if you find any that are not, please let me know they are all chair exercises except for one, if you can stand, walk you can do that video. The time 5....15 is also not set in concr... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:52:57 EST Very funny video - I wish I had thought of this!! This is one of those videos I wish I had thought of before they did - its soooooo funny and a really excellent lesson!!! <BR> <BR> These Seniors Just Taught Some Drivers a Valuable Lesson! <BR> <BR> Living in the fast-pace ultra modern societies doesn't always help your sense of patience, as these frustrated drivers quickly reveal, waiting for a few elderly people to cross the road, which they take their sweet time doing, and then... <BR> <BR> <link><... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:31:43 EST Product is past its expiration day? Use or Throw? The product is past its expiration day? <BR> So what? <BR> We tend to throw out a great deal of food just beacause it's passed the last date of expiration. Should it really be this way, is the expiration date decides? As it turns out - not so much. <BR> <link><BR>id=15197&memberid=865417 </link> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:13:09 EST I'm a newbie! Hello! I joined Spark People in March and am starting to explore more of the site. I was very pleased to see this team. I am having gastric bypass surgery on 5/14. One of the things doctors tell you is to start to exercise so that you can lose weight, and that's an issue for me because of my excess weight and having cerebral palsy. I can't stand/walk for more than 5 minutes, so chair exercises are my only option. I think I've only dipped my toe in the pool of resources that exist for th... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:52:38 EST Put Together a Puzzle of Ireland! - Jigsaw Put Together a Puzzle of Ireland! <BR> <BR> Welcome to Jigidi puzzles - a collection of fun puzzles in various difficulty levels and themes. This puzzle has 117 pieces and is of Ireland. <BR> <link><BR>id=15177&memberid=865417 </link> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:26:11 EST 5 Foods You Should Eat More Of After 50 5 Foods You Should Eat More Of After 50 <BR> When discussing the topic of healthy eating after 50, calcium often comes up. Yes! We should be eating more calcium-rich foods. Calcium has already been talked about many times – maybe too many times! So, other than calcium, what nutrients and foods should we eat more of after 50 years of age? <BR> <link><BR>uld-eat-more-after-50 </link> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:14:53 EST 20 Treatments for Lowering Fever A fever is when the body's temperature rises beyond what is healthy. This can be caused by infection or disease of certain types. Although there are times when it's best to let the body deal with it, a fever is an uncomfortable thing to say the least. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>15118&source=relationship_es </link> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 04:03:06 EST Home Remedies for Knee Aches and Pains As we age we notice more bumps and pains than ever before. The most common complaints doctors and physical therapists hear about are knee pains. <BR> Tell us about it ouch !!!!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15137&memberid=863854 </link> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 03:52:33 EST What Are Your 5 Strongest Traits? We all have our defining personality traits, and while some would have you believe each person possesses just one or two unique traits <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15158&memberid=863854 </link> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 03:49:40 EST The Secret to Perfectly Tender Ribs Summer time is near and it’s time for outdoor eating and barbeques. Ribs are a delicious choice fro the grill everyone enjoys eating but can be challenging to get perfect. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15164&memberid=863854 </link> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 03:46:02 EST Home Remedies for Knee Aches and Pains As we age we notice more bumps and pains than ever before. The most common complaints doctors and physical therapists hear about are knee pains. The knee is particularly vulnerable to pain and damage due to people’s high wear and tear of the leg. The knee takes the full impact of a person’s body weight, or any added force from running or jumping. There are plenty natural treatments and alternative therapies that can stop you from living at the doctor’s reception room. <BR> <link> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:29:02 EST How Good is Your Spelling? Using correct grammar and spelling are skills that appear to be declining in today's generation. Texting, messaging and chatting seem to have bypassed all proper rules. Knowing the correct spelling, therefore, becomes an even more admirable trait these days. Test your own knowledge of correct spelling in our spelling bee test! <BR> <link><BR>id=15134&memberid=865417 </link> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:23:32 EST Exercise 5 ...15min-- 19th --- 25th <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>257</em> <em>362</em> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lets get physical <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> These exercises ARE NOT set in concrete but to give you an idea on what to do The video's are active, if you find any that are not, please let me know they are all chair exercises except for one, if you can stand, walk you can do that video. The time 5....15 is also not set in concr... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 06:13:07 EST 7 Spices with Major Health Benefits <BR> 7 Spices with Major Health Benefits <BR> Spices are a great thing to have in your pantry. They have the ability to turn a healthy, slightly bland meal into a nutritious flavor explosion. What’s even better, many spices are really great for your health, with loads of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Here are 9 everyday, super spices that you should use more of. <BR> <link><BR>ith-major-health-benefits.html </link> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 05:18:24 EST Did you know you can cook with (some) flowers Delicious Recipes with Gorgeous Edible Flowers <BR> <BR> Whoever said flowers are only for vases? Our ancestors knew that many types of flowers are edible and can transform ordinary recipes into feasts for the mouth and eyes. Adding blossoms to your recipes is easy. It’s important to make sure they are thoroughly cleaned from dirt and bugs. You can store them in an airtight container for up to a week before you use them <BR> <link><BR>id=15088&memberid=... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:42:47 EST The Six Most Important Minerals and Vitamins! When we diet and cut down our calories, we usually limit the intake of certain foods, which means we may not get all the vitamins and minerals that are vital to our health. <BR> <BR> While keeping our weight down is important, we have to be careful not to harm our health in the process, and to do so, make sure your intake always includes the following vital materials:... <BR> <link><BR>id=15110&memberid=865417 </link> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:02:40 EST Motivation Week - 19th - 25th April - Daily Tasks INTRODUCTION <BR> <BR> For this week to be of value to you – you need to be totally honest with yourselves – whether you think the answer to my question is silly or not – if its your honest answer then its certainly not silly!! <BR> <BR> I will be putting up the work for each day on that day (or on the evening before) by updating this message, instead of putting it all up at once, so you need to check this message thread each day to see what is new. If you miss a day – all days will be in... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:57:06 EST Motivation week 19th – 25th April Motivation week 19th – 25th April <BR> Are you finding it hard to get back on track after Easter maybe, or maybe you are just finding it hard to get on track at all, or maybe you just have no idea where to start. Then this week is for you!! <BR> <BR> By the end of this week I hope you will have decided why you are doing this fitness thing and have a clear idea of the steps you need to take in order to achieve your goals!! <BR> <BR> This is NOT a challenge I will set out a series of quest... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 01:48:30 EST Nutrition Challenge - 16th - 18th April Note: This is a 3 Day challenge only!! <BR> <BR> For these 3 days I want you to give something up!! You are to nominate at the start of the challenge what you will give up and record it in this thread. It might be – snacks after 8pm, It might be chocolate, it might be cookies etc but it should be something that will help you get toward your goal. You decide. <BR> Record what you are going to give up and then record if you were successful on each of the three days.. <BR> <BR> Copy and... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 01:30:21 EST Nutrition 101: Iodine Iodine is a trace mineral that the body needs to make thyroid hormones, which are essential for normal growth and development. Most of the world’s iodine is found in the ocean, where it is concentrated by sea life, especially seaweed. <BR> <link><BR>dine.shtml </link> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:06:03 EST Innovative No-Bread Sandwiches Innovative No-Bread Sandwiches <BR> <BR> Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you have to ditch your favorite foods. There’s nothing better than a juicy sandwich. If you’re trying to lose weight, having a break from bread or just out of bread in the house, why not try some innovative alternatives? These mouthwatering dishes are easy to make and suitable for the whole family. <BR> <link><BR>id=15064&memberid=865417 </link> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:50:37 EST 3 Incredible Reasons You Should Walk More With our go-go-go lives, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the world of smart phones, fast transportation, and instant gratification. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>le-reasons-you-should-walk-more.html </link> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:47:16 EST Can We Guess Your Level of Education <BR> <BR> Take our test as best you can and let's see if we can guess your true level of education! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15052&memberid=865417 </link> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 18:26:04 EST The Real Truth About White Bread We know that there are many people round the world who enjoy eating white bread. But today, we'd like to give you some facts that may shock and surprise you. It's not only that white bread isn't good for your health, it can actually be a real danger to your health! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15043&memberid=865417 </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:02:02 EST 10 Important Mantras for Aging Gracefully Many people feel unhappy, health-wise and security-wise, after 60 or 70 or 80 years of age, feeling as if a diminishing importance is given to them and their opinions... BUT .... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rucial_mantras_to_those_aging_graceful<BR>ly.aspx </link> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 05:06:00 EST 8 Biggest Myths About Germs We all know that we need to keep ourselves — and our surroundings — clean and sanitary to prevent disease. But how much do you really know about germs? Read on for some of the biggest myths about germs. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>myths-about-germs.html </link> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 04:35:33 EST Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Body? The body is an incredible machine. It is made of millions and trillions of working parts, and is unimaginably complex <BR> <BR> I didn't do too good only got 7 duhhhhhhhhhh <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=14994&memberid=863854 </link> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 04:29:24 EST Exercise 5 ...15min-- 12th ----18th <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>257</em> <em>362</em> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <BR> <BR> Lets get physical <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> These exercises ARE NOT set in concrete but to give you an idea on what to do The video's are active, if you find any that are not, please let me know they are all chair exercises except ... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 04:14:40 EST Great mindful eating advice NOTE: This is not a team challenge - but many of us could gain from the advice - if you want it set up as a challenge on this page - ask!! <BR> <BR> Ready for a challenge? Ever feel like food has a hold on you? Struggle with weight despite trying all the diets and cleanses out there? The problem is likely not just what you eat- but how, when and why you eat. Taking care of when, why and how you eat is the first step to a lifelong healthy lifestyle. Read on to find out how to reset your eati... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:13:01 EST Do You Know Your True Mindset? Quiz Carol S. Dweck, a Psychology professor at Stanford University, conducted research into motivation, personality, and social development. She came up with the realization that people have a set number of mindsets that affect thier likeliness to become successful. <BR> <BR> This simple quiz will let you know what your mindset is: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_Do_You_Know_Your_TRUE_Mindset.aspx?q=<BR>quiz </link> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:30:09 EST Protein Content of Foods Protein is important as building blocks in our bodies. While we often associate protein with "meaty" foods, how much protein is actually in the foods we eat? Here are some foods and their protein content per serving. <BR> <link><BR>-foods </link> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:26:32 EST A Different View of Moments that Shaped the World History is filled with defining moments. Some are all encompassing, some only touch few individuals in the beginning. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=15012&memberid=863854 </link> Thu, 9 Apr 2015 22:08:18 EST 20 Microwave Tips You May Not Have Known. One of the most used tool of the house, we often forget how remarkable an invention the microwave is. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=12516 </link> Thu, 9 Apr 2015 04:55:42 EST What Season Are You? From summer to winter, fall to spring, we divide the natural world because we too are divided. Some of us run cool while others hot. Some find comfort in things that others would find annoying. <BR> <BR> This is me Aweeeeeeeeeeeeee <BR> You are winter but you are anything but cold! Quite the opposite! You love to be surrounded by family (even if they are crazy), and always look forward to the holiday season. You are a warm person who probably loves to give to others whether it's baking coo... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 04:48:46 EST 22 Inventions That We All Need The world is full of fantastic inventions that add comfort, pleasure, or ease-of-access, that should be available everywhere <BR> I want some of those <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=14945&memberid=863854 </link> Thu, 9 Apr 2015 04:35:43 EST Vegetable Mini Challenge - 9th - 15th April <BR> Veges are IN this week!! The VEGE Challenge will be to do THREE or more of the following mini challenges: <BR> <BR> <em>485</em> <em>147</em> <em>210</em> <BR> 1. Eat at least 4 veg a day! Post on this thread which fruits you ate. <BR> <em>284</em> <em>291</em> <em>258</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Give a VEGE SparkGoodie to a different Chair Exercise member each of the three days. <BR> <em>485</em> <BR> 3. Use lots of VEGE Emoticons when you post on the teams treads. <BR> <e... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 16:28:33 EST Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Body? The body is an incredible machine. It is made of millions and trillions of working parts, and is unimaginably complex. However, there are many things we should know about our body that we don't. What about you? Do you know your own body? Take our quiz and challenge yourself to discover the answer. <BR> <link><BR>id=14994&memberid=865417 </link> Wed, 8 Apr 2015 16:23:52 EST 12 Tips to Make Your Spring Cleaning Easier Spring time is here and while it's lovely to see the flowers blooming and the birds back in the trees, it also means its time for some major cleaning. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=14873&memberid=863854 </link> Mon, 6 Apr 2015 19:47:53 EST 40 Life Tips From Those Who've Been There These 40 life tips were collected from men and women 85 or older <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=14908&memberid=863854 </link> Mon, 6 Apr 2015 19:43:43 EST What Kind of 'Smart' Are You? Quiz It used to believed that there was only one kind of intelligence. People were either smart or they weren't. These days, tell us modern psychology, scientists believe that intelligence can be categorized into different types, with some people being one kind of intelligent, but can also be lacking in another. So what kind of intelligence shines the brightest in you? Take our test to find out! <BR> <link><BR>id=14965&memberid=865417 </link> <BR> <BR> <im... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 16:03:07 EST 15 Tricky Riddles That'll Rack Your Brain Nothing like a brain teaser to get your thinking juices going. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ricky_Riddles_Thatll_Rack_Your_Brain.aspx </link> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 20:01:22 EST The Easter Quiz! Easter is here, and we're celebrating. But how much do you know about the holiday that has come upon us? Test your knowledge right now with this most eggcellent quiz. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=14943&memberid=863854 </link> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 19:40:51 EST Exercise 5 ...15min-- 5th ---- 11th <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>257</em> <em>362</em> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <BR> <BR> Lets get physical <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> These exercises ARE NOT set in concrete but to give you an idea on what to do The video's are active, if you find any that are not, please let me know they are all chair exercises except ... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 05:18:14 EST Why You Shouldn’t Procrastinate Reading This Post Don’t procrastinate reading this post … it’s bad for your health <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ouldnt-procrastinate-reading-this-post<BR>.html </link> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 21:19:40 EST 5 Traditions That Clear Negative Energy from Your 5 Traditions That Clear Negative Energy from Your Home <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>clear-negative-energy-from-your-home-a<BR>ccording-to-different-traditions.html </link> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 21:14:57 EST Why Your Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Plan Is Unique Because each person with type 2 diabetes is different, diabetes treatment plans are individualized to provide the best results. Find out the factors that affect diabetes control. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-type-2-diabetes-control/why-your-trea<BR>tment-plan-is-unique/ </link> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 21:07:20 EST Diet and Diabetes Making healthy food choices can lower your risk of developing diabetes or its complications. Learn about the diet and diabetes connection. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n/101/benefits-of-healthy-eating/defea<BR>ting-diabetes.aspx </link> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 21:05:43 EST Wash Your Face With … Oil? Between the oil pulling fad and claims that oil can soothe everything from dandruff to bug bites, oil is having a moment. But cleansing oils are actually proven to work – and are dermatologist-approved. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ash-your-face-with-oil/ </link> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 21:03:26 EST Wash Your Face With … Oil? Between the oil pulling fad and claims that oil can soothe everything from dandruff to bug bites, oil is having a moment. But cleansing oils are actually proven to work – and are dermatologist-approved. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ash-your-face-with-oil/ </link> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 21:01:32 EST April Newsletter and "Time for a Cuppa?" Good morning team <BR> The April newsletter is in my web site now along with a whole swag of extras <BR> The bucket list and calendar are there and cookery and craft e- books as usual as well as a few last odd Easter/Spring things and of course the magazine – <BR> <BR> As well I decided that a magazine on craft and cookery and gardening and lots of other home type things might be nice – I called it – “Time for a Cuppa? “ because isn’t that what we like to do? Sit down with a magazine and... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 16:00:20 EST 7 Scientifically Proven Ways to Eat Mindfully The transition into healthier eating can seem difficult — even impossible — Read on and find out--not true.. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ically-proven-ways-to-eat-mindfully.html </link> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:23:23 EST 9 Exercises for Strong, Sculpted Arms How This Workout Works <BR> <BR> Hot Arms Made Simple <BR> "You don't need fancy equipment to get strong, sculpted arms and shoulders," <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/exercises/hot-arms-workout/?sssdmh=dm<BR>17.787344&esrc=nwycdi033015 </link> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:19:38 EST Metabolism m-Boosting Dinners Flavor-packed low-calorie dinners made with chiles. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ipe_slideshows/metabolism_boosting_din<BR>ners?sssdmh=dm17.792379&utm_source=EWD<BR>NL&esrc=nwewd033015 </link> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:15:08 EST April Chit Chat April showers bring forth May flowers. I remember my Mum saying this when I was little living in Scotland. <BR> Here in Tasmania, we are still waiting on a summer, the South of the island is so dry from the lack of rain. Maybe one day we will get a decent drop of rain. <BR> <BR> Will you be pull an Aprils Fool on anyone today. I saw a few on TV today which were quite funny. <BR> Happy April <BR> <BR> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>448</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <BR> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:06:40 EST Exercise 5 ...15min-- 29th -- 4th April <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>257</em> <em>362</em> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <BR> <BR> Lets get physical <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> These exercises ARE NOT set in concrete but to give you an idea on what to do The video's are active, if you find any that are not, please let me know they are all chair exercises except ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:20:56 EST I Appreciate! I appreciate what Ann and Sandra does for our team. If you feel the same way state something here and then give them a goodie. <BR> <BR> This can be a long term Forum of just for now. How have these leaders helped you? Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:05:58 EST Catching Up I've been doing the challenge since Sunday, just haven't had a chance to post. So here goes - <BR> Day 1 – Warm up, Core, Cool down <em>248</em> <BR> Day 2 – Warm up, strength, Cool Down <em>248</em> <BR> Day 3 – Warm up , Balance, Cool down <em>248</em> <BR> Day 4 – Warm up, Aerobic, Cool down <em>248</em> <BR> Day 5– Warm up, Core, Cool down <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:30:09 EST Personality Quiz: Choose the Photo for You. This quiz is really quite remarkable. By tapping into your most visual self, we tap into your subconscious and find out a bit more about your inner processes, and what makes you do what you do! <BR> <link><BR>id=14794&memberid=865417 </link> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 03:10:00 EST Recipe : Bright and Crunchy Cauliflower Tabbouleh <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Finding new ways to squeeze extra plant power in to your day shouldn’t be difficult. This recipe for cauliflower tabbouleh is packed full of bright flavours and crunchy satisfaction. Not to mention it is pumped full of some powerful anti-inflammatory and health boosting nutrients. Read on for this quick and simple take on a classic recipe. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-bright-and-crun... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 17:39:30 EST 10 Ways To Sneak Extra Vegetables In <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 10 Ways To Sneak Extra Vegetables In Without Overhauling Your Diet <BR> <BR> Your mother was on to something when she told you to eat your vegetables. At least half of the food you eat should be comprised of veggies no matter what diet tribe you may follow. Vegetables provide fibre to feed our friendly gut bacteria and keep our digestive system toned and are the top source of most vitamins, minerals, antioxidant... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 17:35:00 EST How Carbs, Not Fat, are Making You Fatter Any person who is trying to change their life by dieting knows that one of the first steps is to “cut down on carbs”, but what are “carbs”? Carbohydrates are sugars that turn into fats, making us fatter, right? Well, there’s more to carbs than just that. <BR> <link><BR>id=14696&memberid=865417 </link> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 17:27:05 EST Exercise 5 ...15min-- 22nd --- 28th <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>257</em> <em>362</em> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> Lets get physical <BR> <BR> I am posting a little earlier as I will be away until Tues <BR> <BR> These exercises ARE NOT set in concrete but to give you an idea on what to do The video's are active, if you find any that are not, please let me know they are all chair exercises except for one, if you can stand, walk you can do that vi... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:47:52 EST Spring into Spring Challenge - 22nd Mar - 2nd Apr The Spring Into Spring Challenge <BR> Please read carefully: <BR> <BR> This challenge is in 2 parts – a challenge and a very simple (5 min) survey (anonymous) <BR> 1 – If you decide not to do the challenge – Please fill in Questions 1 and 2 ONLY in the survey <BR> <BR> 2 – If you do the challenge – and I hope as many as possible of you will do this – do the challenge and record what you do in the challenge thread – then AFTER you have finished it – please fill in Questions 1 and Question ... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:43:57 EST One of the funniest videos I have seen Clumsy Baby elephant takes a bath <BR> <link><BR>YydDoLE36kz-24QEk1XwA7qVs03p/Clumsy-Ba<BR>by-Elephant-Struggles-to-Take-Bath </link> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 23:35:37 EST The Wisdom We Learned Along the Way As we go through life, days becoming weeks and weeks becoming months, years and decades <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_Age_Comes_Wisdom.aspx </link> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:06:38 EST This Magician Performs a Series of Amazing Illusio Not too bad on the eye's either ladies ...LOL <BR> <BR> <link><BR>=14706&memberid=863854 </link> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 18:59:46 EST Bookworms' Paradise - Find Free eBooks Book lovers rejoice! The internet has made books so much more accessible, <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=14713&memberid=863854 </link> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 18:52:35 EST Exercise 5 ...15min-- 15th --- 21st <BR> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>257</em> <em>362</em> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> Lets get physical <BR> <BR> I am posting a little earlier as I will be away until Tues <BR> <BR> These exercises ARE NOT set in concrete but to give you an idea on what to do The video's are active, if you find any that are not, please let me know they are all chair exercises except for one, if you can stand, walk you can do t... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 04:23:52 EST Solve the Patchwork Puzzles Solve the Patchwork Puzzles <BR> Solve this patchwork puzzle by selecting pieces and putting them where they fit, until you fill the screen with patchwork. It gets harder from level to level, so don't think it's easy! <BR> <link><BR>id=14640&memberid=865417 </link> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 18:01:49 EST Easter (Spring) Crafts and Other Bits and Pieces <em>146</em> <em>87</em> <em>214</em> <em>126</em> <em>376</em> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <BR> Hi team <BR> During the last couple of weeks Imy inbox has been flooded with emails about all things Spring and Easter. I was going to delete them but then I thought – why should I keep all these great ideas to myself? So I have thrown them all onto a booklet – unsorted – with the links – and its your lucky day to... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 23:41:21 EST St Paddy's Day - the healthy way St. Patrick’s Day Guacamole <BR> <link><BR>tricks-day-guacamole/?utm_source=cac&u<BR>tm_medium=emc&utm_campaign=avoc082 </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SHAMROCK AVOCADO AND CORNED BEEF BITES <BR> <link><BR>ails/view/31719/shamrock-avocado-and-c<BR>orned-beef-bites?utm_source=cac&utm_me<BR>dium=emc&utm_campaign=avoc082 </link> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:50:37 EST Snack for 1 - Banana Split - occasional treat!! <img src=""> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 16:09:52 EST Exercise 5 ...15min-- 8th ------ 14th <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>257</em> <em>362</em> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> Lets get physical <BR> <BR> These exercises ARE NOT set in concrete but to give you an idea on what to do The video's are active, if you find any that are not, please let me know they are all chair exercises except for one, if you can stand, walk you can do that video. The time 5....15 is also not set in concrete You can ... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 03:10:15 EST Virtual Trek Southern Africa - wk 5 - Exercise Week 5 and the last week of our trek is now in the Trek folder <BR> <link> </link> <BR> click on "challenges " <BR> <BR> This week is packed with new experiences - starting at the magnificent Victoria Falls - then doubling back into Northern Botswana to see Chobe and the Makgadikgadi salt pans (walking on them is an experience not to be missed, just don't fall over!!) and on to a huge inland Delta before we head back to the Zambian side of Victoria Falls and the... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:39:32 EST Virtual Trek Southern Africa - week 5 - Discussion Week 5 and the last week of our trek is now in the Trek folder <BR> <link> </link> <BR> click on "challenges " <BR> <BR> This week is packed with new experiences - starting at the magnificent Victoria Falls - then doubling back into Northern Botswana to see Chobe and the Makgadikgadi salt pans (walking on them is an experience not to be missed, just don't fall over!!) and on to a huge inland Delta before we head back to the Zambian side of Victoria Falls and the... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:37:10 EST The Natural Wonders of Green Tea An old Chinese proverb says it is better to be without food for three days than one day without tea <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=14529&memberid=863854 </link> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 16:23:45 EST The Food That is Three Times Healthier than Yogur Yogurt has had a huge surge in popularity in recent years.That’s probably because most people know that yogurt offers live cultures of beneficial microcrobes that boost digestion and overall health. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hat-is-three-times-healthier-than-yogu<BR>rt.html </link> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 16:21:57 EST Trivia Quiz Can You Name all Historical Figures? <BR> <BR> Without knowing the past, it's impossible to predict the future. The faces that have put the world on its course are the faces history remembers. How about you? Do you remember these famous faces from history, and would you be able to identify them? Take this trivia quiz and find out! <BR> <link><BR>id=14510&memberid=865417 </link> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 16:06:23 EST Game Sugar Sugar: A Game of Logic <BR> In this fun logic game you have to get the grains of sugar in the cups. Using the mouse to draw lines to guide the sugar, you need to make sure the number on the cup goes down to zero. The game features 30 challenging levels to test your lateral thinking and planning skills. The steeper you draw your lines, the faster the sugar falls! <BR> <link><BR>id=14516&memberid=865417 </link> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 16:03:46 EST Pancake for one <img src=""> Wed, 4 Mar 2015 19:57:37 EST March Newsletter, recipe booklets, calendar etc March already!! This year is flying!! <BR> In this newsletter we have a very interesting article from Sandra on “Your gut microbiome <BR> and disease”, an article on fitness trackers, Sparkpeople features on - a Gardening Guide and <BR> the Printable Resource Centre, exercise for March, as well as a feature on Rhubarb, some <BR> great vege burgers, and a chicken marsala recipe, and lots more interesting stuff!!. <BR> <BR> All in all a very busy month!! Enjoy. <BR> <BR> You can find the news... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 21:29:59 EST March Chit Chat Pull up a chair crab a <em>469</em> and lets talk. <BR> <BR> Mother Nature here has go a little bit off course. For a few weeks now my trees have been dropping leaves, we are still waiting on a summer what we had hasn't been worth talking about I hope this isn't a sign of us having a cold winter. <BR> How have your seasons been going ???? <BR> <BR> Hugs Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:46:56 EST Virtual Trek Southern Africa - wk 4 - Exercise Virtual Trek Southern Africa – week 4 <BR> Well what a time we have had already – but more is yet to come – actually heaps more. This week we start on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa – and visit Swaziland, back into South Africa and heading for the next train that takes us deeper into Africa from South Africa through Botswana and we finish this week in Zimbabwe, still on the train. <BR> So lots more to see and do and lots more to absorb about this ever changing continent. <BR... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:43:59 EST Virtual Trek Southern Africa - week 4 - Discussion Virtual Trek Southern Africa – week 4 <BR> Well what a time we have had already – but more is yet to come – actually heaps more. This week we start on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa – and visit Swaziland, back into South Africa and heading for the next train that takes us deeper into Africa from South Africa through Botswana and we finish this week in Zimbabwe, still on the train. <BR> So lots more to see and do and lots more to absorb about this ever changing continent. <BR... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:42:37 EST Exercise 5 ...15min-- 1st ------ 7th Thank you Ann for covering for me last week <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>257</em> <em>362</em> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> These exercises ARE NOT set in concrete but to give you an idea on what to do The video's are active, if you find any that are not, please let me know they are all chair exercises except for one, if you can stand, walk you can do that video. The time 5....15 is also not set i... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:36:21 EST Can you correctly use these common words? Quiz!! How did you go? <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:05:09 EST Exercise and Motivational Fun This thread is for all things motivational for exercise and weight loss - all those pictures and sayings that are so much fun - I encourage you all to join in and add anything to it - whether its serious or fun. Anything that helps us enjoy our journey that little bit more!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:39:25 EST How Do You See the World? - quiz There is a big difference between how we the world perceives us and how we perceive the world. The way we look at life has a huge part to play in who we are and why we do what we do. This is mostly affected by our life experience, mixed with our born tendencies. So take our quiz and tell us - How do YOU look at the world? <BR> <link><BR>id=14352&memberid=865417 </link> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 03:52:17 EST Exercise 5 ...15min-- 22nd - 28th Feb <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>257</em> <em>362</em> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> These exercises ARE NOT set in concrete but to give you an idea on what to do The video's are active, if you find any that are not, please let me know they are all chair exercises except for one, if you can stand, walk you can do that video. The time 5....15 is also not set in concrete You can do 5 or you can do 30 which ever sui... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:33:47 EST Virtual Trek Southern Africa - wk 3 - Discussion The trek notes for week 3 - Virtual Trek Southern Africa can be found in my web site at: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Click on "Challenges" <BR> <BR> <BR> This week we are in for a very busy week again - We will visit - Pretoria, as the seat of the President and Cabinet, is the administrative capital; and Johannesburg where the Constitutional Court of South Africa sits .As well as that we will visit - Maropeng - the cradle of mankind.and finish the week in anoth... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:19:10 EST Virtual Trek Southern Africa - wk 3- Exercise Week 3 - Virtual Trek Southern Africa - can now be found in my web site - go to <link> </link> <BR> Click on "Challenges" <BR> <BR> For those of you who completed weeks 1 and 2 - exercise - your participation certificateis ready for you to download - it can be found in week 2 exercise folder in the Virtualk Trek Southern Africa Folder <BR> <BR> Enjoy!! Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:05:38 EST How to Make Your Own Butter (very easy) How to Make Your Own Butter <BR> When you pass the dairy case at the grocery store, butter is probably a standard item on your list. Next time you're at the store, instead of buying butter, why not try buying cream and making your own butter from scratch instead? It's surprisingly fast and easy, and requires only two ingredients and a food processor! The end result is much tastier than store-bought butter, and you can decide how much salt to use, or even to use herbs or other natural ingredie... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:43:55 EST Meals for One (or 2) I have finished the Meals for One project that was requested - it took a time because it turned out to be rather extensive since I did a lot of research into food availability and costs in USA - but it proves that there is no excuse not to cook for yourselves - and that if you really want to become healthier and lose weight - it is necessary to cook for yourselves. <BR> You can find it by going to <link> </link> <BR> Click on "Booklets" <BR> Open the Folder "F... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 18:03:12 EST