SparkPeople SparkPeople's Official Stress Relief Challenge Team Messageboard Are you stressed out and don't know what to do? Participate in our forums to learn stress management techniques. SparkPeople SparkPeople's Official Stress Relief Challenge Team Messageboard Deby's Back <BR> <BR> <em>188</em> Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I was on the team years ago... <BR> <BR> I am back.. due to some health and emotional issues <BR> <BR> I put back on some of the weight I had lost... <BR> I had reached my goal... in 2014 <BR> <BR> I am determined to reach it again... and stay there... <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:11:33 EST Managing Thought and a Challenge for You I always did poorly in sports of any kind and could never keep my breath after running for one minute, and I doubted my manhood as I grew up. I never seriously thought of exercising or consider myself capable of excelling in any physical activity until after retiring. However, my health insurance provider said I needed to lose 32 pounds which is why I considered running in the first place when my daughter announced plans for her and her daughters to run a 5 K. At 67 I ran and walked 2 miles ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 18:50:21 EST Turning a negative thought around OK we now turn to channeling the thoughts that arise from our circumstances. The definition of Thoughts is "Things that happen in your mind". This, as we shall see, can be illusion and is where we need to exert self control. <BR> Thought Changing: “Here is my shortened, quick-start version of thought changing: Write down the painful thought. Write down the feeling the thought causes you to feel. Write down a slightly better feeling thought that you know is true. Write down the (feeling) t... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 19:08:29 EST Using EFT to focus on forming a healthy habit This is from my own team groups re a 30 day challenge but I thought I share it here. <BR> Challenge Day 4: Impossible to Possible-Health, Part 2 <BR> Throughout the remainder of this challenge, we are going to use EFT to change from negative thinking to positive visualization of having succeeded at reaching our health goals as we work at developing habits that will get us on the right path. Today, we are going to review the tapping process and do the first steps of developing a good tapping ... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 10:10:23 EST I'm back It's been a long time since I was last active on this team (grad school and then moving and buying a house ate my life and energy and everything along with it). <BR> <BR> I had hoped that once I graduated my stress levels would back off, but then my husband accepted a new job (pretty much the same day I walked) which resulted in 3 moves in 6 months, finally buying a house...which we had to renovate before we can really live there. Now that's almost done, but we still have a lot of work to d... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:48:11 EST I joined both to get and share ideas on this topic I am JohnR, that's my middle name and last initial since my wife doesn't like me "Advertising Myself" by my first name and I have elsewhere on spark given "too much of my background details". I started a group a related group based on the works of Louise Hay "You Can Heal Your Life" which also addresses the issue of stress reduction, besides other health issues. I also rely on other authors such as Leo Babauta of zen habits <link> </link> and Jonathan Lockwood Huie <... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:13:49 EST Have You Been Watching The Pan Am Games ? The Pan American Games are currently being held, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada ! <BR> They will continue until July 26th. Have you been watching any of the sports on T.V. ? <BR> The athletes are all excelling in their sports, and it is exciting to watch. <BR> Again, have you been watching any of the Pan Am sports ? <BR> Do you also participate in that sport ? <BR> <BR> <em>299</em> <em>281</em> <em>300</em> <em>60</em> <em>237</em> <em>182</em> <em>309</em> <BR> <BR> For... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 01:12:46 EST Stress Trackers Hi, does anyone here use stress trackers or any other stress measurement tools to help their stress management? Sun, 11 Jan 2015 23:00:13 EST IMPORTANT Announcement Re: Team Goodies After today, June 15, 2014, Team Spark-goodies will only be <BR> awarded to Team Members who have visited the Team within <BR> the past 30 days. Our system keeps track of this, and knows <BR> who you are. So, in order to be eligible for your handsome <BR> Team goodie, please be sure to visit your Team page, and <BR> participate ! <BR> <BR> See you there ! Sun, 15 Jun 2014 23:31:14 EST A New face. Helllo!! Its me Jessica Harper. <BR> I had another sparkpage but my mobile app isn't allowing me to access it so I had to create a new page!! <BR> I have been out of the swing of things and the spark community for a while now and I need to get back in desperately. <BR> I am also looking for a female accountability partner if anyone is interested. Just someone to encourage and be encouraged by, as well as tough questions and fitness/food/cheat day accountability. <BR> <BR> Hope you all ha... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:17:32 EST ARTICLES THAT MOTIVATE 25 Ways to Get Back on Track Today <BR> Don't Give Up on Your Goals! <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1062 </link> <BR> <BR> Looks like a terrific article if you are facing motivational problems :) <BR> <BR> Sheri <BR> <em>525</em> Sat, 9 Nov 2013 22:30:54 EST Hello, I'm Amber Hello to the group, my name is Amber. I was first diagnosed with depression in 2008, and later this was changed to Bipolar II, but medications generally take care of the manic symptoms, so I struggle the most with depressive states and sometimes mixed. <BR> <BR> I struggle the most in the winter time, even before diagnosis, I struggled with the time in between Christmas and my birthday (beginning of February) the most. As February melts into spring, things begin to improve and while I do sti... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 22:34:53 EST December 2012 Daily Chit Chat Hi there and welcome to December 2012. I can hardly believe we are in December already!!! I miss the warm sun already. <BR> What are your plans for December? Do you celebrate Christmas or another holiday? Are you going away for holidays? <BR> Come and join the chit-chat throughout December and get to know your teammates. :) <BR> <BR> Sheri Tue, 4 Dec 2012 01:25:25 EST New to team and very stressed! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Jessica Gammie and I'm a 23 year old girl. I've been an off and on member of sparkpeople for several years and love it. I'm so glad to have found this group as I suffer from what the doctors deem a "stress disorder" as in i produce to much cortisol and often become overwhelmed with stress. I am super excited to learn some new ways to destress so I can stay on this fitness wheel once and for all! Tue, 28 Aug 2012 21:06:50 EST The Top Fives - The Last Week of July,2012 <em>208</em> SparkPoints: <BR> 1. PRAIRIECROCUS <BR> 2. CHERIRIDDELL <BR> 3. KRISTIN924 <BR> 4. TERRI289 <BR> 5. MRE1956 <BR> <BR> <em>279</em> Fitness Minutes: <BR> 1. SDANLSON <BR> 2. CHERIRIDDELL <BR> 3. WALLOWA <BR> 4. PRAIRIECROCUS <BR> 5. METRO2 <BR> <BR> Congratulations, everyone ! <BR> Keep up the good work ! Wed, 1 Aug 2012 01:42:15 EST The Top Fives - The First Week of May, 2012 ! <em>279</em> SparkPoints : <BR> 1). TMPERRY981 <BR> 2). PRAIRIECROCUS <BR> 3). CHERIRIDDELL <BR> 4). TERRI289 <BR> 5). SUCCESS68 <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> Fitness Minutes : <BR> 1). SUCCESS68 <BR> 2). SDANLSON <BR> 3). LILLITO <BR> 4). CHARMING_GIRL <BR> 5). CHRTIRIDDELL <BR> <BR> Congratulations, everyone ! <BR> Keep up the good work ! Tue, 8 May 2012 15:57:44 EST Last Week of April 's Top Five <em>279</em> SparkPoints : <BR> 1). CHERIRIDDELL <BR> 2). PRAIRIECROCUS <BR> 3). TERRI289 <BR> 4). MRE1956 <BR> 5). VEENAS1 <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> Fitness Minutes : <BR> 1). CHERIRIDDELL <BR> 2). SOARINGPHOENIX <BR> 3). VEENAS1 <BR> 4). CHARMING_GIRL <BR> 5). LAURACONNER <BR> <BR> Congratulations, everyone ! Keep up the good work ! Thu, 3 May 2012 14:54:55 EST How is Everybody? I know it has been 7 months since I've been here, but you will find out the reasons if you read my blog. I just wanted to check in and see how you all have been doing with your exercise goals, eating goals, and stress reduction goals. So please share with us how you are and if you have found any useful ideas for dealing with everyday and even extreme stress. :) <BR> <BR> Sincerely, <BR> Sheri Fri, 13 Apr 2012 23:40:30 EST Has this happened to anyone? As some of you know, I started losing weight last February. Since then I am down 67 lbs. I gained some back and lost again. I joined SP in Dec. Anyway to the point. <BR> <BR> I did flea markets before I was disabled. I met a very good friend there who just happened to be married. We still became very good friends. He did the flea market on Sundays and did tours on Sat. He is a tour director. After getting to know each other, he asked me to sell some of his stuff on Saturday at a different fl... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:16:44 EST HI New to tean Hi I joined SP on December 11 2011 but I joined the team in the wee hours of this morning. I didn't know that by trying to get healthy and lose weight it would cause stress in your life, but it has. Like I really needed more stress. <BR> <BR> Can someone give me pointers on how to relieve the tension. I feel it in my neck and shoulders. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 11:15:21 EST Say One Positive Thing About Yourself. I think it very important to remember how important special we are. Please take a moment to share with us something special about you. <BR> <BR> I will start.. I am polite. Tue, 11 Oct 2011 09:07:57 EST HOW IS YOUR ENERGY LEVEL TODAY? HOW IS YOUR ENERGY LEVEL TODAY? What can you do to improve your energy level? Has something worked for you that you could share with others? What has worked in the past that maybe you could try again? Was there a SP article that spurred you on? Share the link to that article with us. :) <BR> <BR> Sheri Sat, 24 Sep 2011 07:26:58 EST WHAT IS THE LAST FRUIT OR VEGGIE THAT YOU ATE? What was it you ate? Was it fresh/raw or cooked? <BR> <BR> Sheri Sat, 24 Sep 2011 07:25:18 EST WHAT R U CHALLENGING YOURSELF TO DO TODAY? What is it you are challenging yourself to do today? It can be one thing or a few things. What is it you need to challenge yourself to do in order to push yourself to get it done? <BR> <BR> Sheri Sat, 24 Sep 2011 07:24:02 EST DID U WALK or TALK OUT THE STRESS? We are all under stress everyday. It is inevitable that we will run into it. How we deal with it has a large impact on our health. So when you got stressed today, did you talk it out with somebody or did you go for a walk? <BR> <BR> Sheri Sat, 24 Sep 2011 07:22:17 EST DAILY CARDIO CHALLENGE All it takes is 10 minutes three times per day to get your minimum cardio in. Were you able to get in 30 minutes altogether? If so how? If not, what can you do to get it in? <BR> <BR> Sheri Sat, 24 Sep 2011 07:20:24 EST Smile-A-Day Challenge (DAILY) SMILES ARE CONTAGIOUS-PASS YOURS ON. Sometimes a smile is all it takes to make a person's day. And if you smile, studies have shown that your mood will improve even if you are feeling down. So, did you smile at somebody today? What was their reaction? <BR> <BR> Sheri Sat, 24 Sep 2011 07:18:47 EST (Daily)Rate your Motivaton to Stay on Track (1-10) Where was your motivation level today? How could you have made it better? Post an idea for staying motivated. <BR> <BR> Sheri Sat, 24 Sep 2011 07:16:55 EST DID YOU SNACK LAST NIGHT? If you snacked last night, did you record it in your Nutrition Tracker? What did you eat? Do you think it was a healthy snack? <BR> <BR> Sheri Sat, 24 Sep 2011 07:14:44 EST Did you go for a walk today? Walking is by far the best and safest exercise according to many doctors and studies done over the years. Were you able to get your walk in today? How long did you walk? If you did not walk, why not? <BR> <BR> Sheri Sat, 24 Sep 2011 07:13:39 EST DID YOU GET YOUR STRETCHES IN TODAY? Did you remember to stretch today? Stretching has been proven for many years to help relieve the stress on our bodies. <BR> <BR> Sheri Sat, 24 Sep 2011 07:12:20 EST WHAT ARE YOU DRINKING RIGHT NOW? What is in your glass/can/bottle right now? Is it good for you? Do you get enough water? <BR> <BR> Sheri Sat, 24 Sep 2011 07:11:21 EST DAILY HUDDLE CHALLENGE Have you huddled with the team today? If so, what was it you huddled? If not, why not go right now and huddle to cheer your team!!!! <BR> <BR> Sheri Sat, 24 Sep 2011 07:10:13 EST Did you wake up in a good or bad mood? Often times the mood we wake up in tells how our day is going to go. If you woke up in a sour mood, were you able to shake it before your day got under way? Please share with us. <BR> <BR> Sheri Sat, 24 Sep 2011 07:08:21 EST Did you Stress or Over-Eat Yesterday? Please explain. How could you have handled it differently? <BR> <BR> Sheri Sat, 24 Sep 2011 07:07:10 EST Was Today a Good, Bad Or Okay Day? Let us know how your day went and how you were able to get through it. :) We are here to support one another. <BR> <BR> Sheri Sat, 24 Sep 2011 07:05:50 EST How Many Log-In Points Did you Get Today? I got 5 :) <BR> <BR> Sheri Sat, 24 Sep 2011 06:23:31 EST Where Does Your Happiness Come From? Who or what do you rely on for your happiness? Do you rely on certain people to make you happy or having certain things? I'm not going to post my answer until I see some of your answers. But this is a key question in being happy. Where does YOUR happiness come from, and why? <BR> <BR> Sheri Sat, 24 Sep 2011 06:13:46 EST What are some foods to always keep in the house? What are some of the foods you always keep in your house? Remember I'm talking healthy foods. And why do you keep them? <BR> <BR> For me: <BR> Yogurt to cure a sweet craving <BR> Cheese and crackers for a salty craving <BR> baby carrots and low calorie salad dressing for munchies <BR> fresh fruit for a sweet craving <BR> Dry cereal to munch on <BR> <BR> Sheri Sat, 24 Sep 2011 05:58:15 EST A-Z Meme Just for fun and by special request *grin* <BR> <BR> A. Age: 35 <BR> <BR> B. Bed size: King <BR> <BR> C. Chore you dislike: Cleaning the bathroom <BR> <BR> D. Dogs: none <BR> <BR> E. Essential start to your day: Caffiene. I'm trying at least drink more tea and less Mello Yello! It will be easier when it gets colder; I prefer my tea hot but not when it's 110 F outside! <BR> <BR> F. Favorite color: teal <BR> <BR> G. Gold or silver: silver. Actually, I prefer copper over silver, but silve... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 17:25:21 EST Assumptions Vs Rights I received this in an email and saved it, but there is no author claimed so I don't know where it came from. I can only tell you it is wonderful to read this and know your Legitimate Rights. <BR> <BR> YOUR CHOICE - YOUR RIGHTS <BR> Read the following list of traditional assumptions. Do any of them remind you of rules you learned as a child? Do you still believe that they apply to you as an adult? Listed below each traditional assumption is a statement of your legitimate rights as an adult. ... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:38:57 EST WRAP - WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN Challenge I am challenging all active team members to make a WRAP binder. I have been using WRAP to deal with stress in my life for over 2 years now and it is one of the reasons I have not been hospitalized in over 4 years. <BR> This is a weekly challenge. Each week until the program is finished, I will post the next set of lessons. I have been given permission from the person who taught me this program to share it with you. <BR> It is fun, easy and well worth the little bit of time it takes to make... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:31:46 EST Long Absence Hi there Team. I hope, depending on where you live, you are having a good Summer if it is that season, which it is here. Whatever the season, make the most of it by doing what you can to keep your stress down and enjoy every moment. <BR> <BR> I apologize for my long absence. There has been great upheaval in my family for the last 21 years and it finally caught up to me. I've broken off contact with my family for a little while at least. I am not going to go into detail other than to say... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 07:51:05 EST SparkPeople's Official Stress Relief Challenge (Ne Hi my name is Melanie Louise Jackson (aka Grease 31), <BR> <BR> I've joined this group, for a reason, to see if anyone can help me deal with my stress levels, i keep getting stressed out, & its not helping my health or doing it any good, if anyone has any hints/tips/advice, that they cud give me, i sure wud appreciate/ be eternally gratefull for it (i need al the help that i can get) if anyone needs any information, they are quite welcome to browse my sparkpage, all my information is on ther... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 06:27:42 EST CGSTAR42 hi, im me! i deal with me/cfs and other challenges, on spark 4 positive get heathy support not weightloss! Tue, 7 Jun 2011 00:17:13 EST What Will You Do Today To Mange Stress? If we plan ahead for the stressful moments that inevitably come our way on a daily basis, we will be less set back by it and have on hand some ideas on how to de-stress. <BR> So pick 2 or 3 ideas and post them so that you are prepared should your stress level rise for one reason or another. <BR> <BR> Some ideas include: <BR> Deep breathing - in through the nose, out through the mouth for 5 minutes <BR> Go for a quick walk <BR> Take 5 minutes to meditate or pray <BR> Call a friend or a crisis... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 02:29:17 EST This Week's Leading Sparkers!!!! For the week ending May 29: <BR> Leading in Accumulating SparkPoints <BR> CHERIRIDDELL <BR> PRAIRIECROCUS <BR> SWEETMOMMY41 <BR> NANCY- <BR> TERRI289 <BR> <BR> Leading in Fitness Minutes: <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> SWEETMOMMY41 <BR> NANCY- <BR> CHERIRIDDELL <BR> WALLOWA <BR> FROSTYNAL <BR> <BR> <BR> HUGE CONGRATS TO ALL THE ABOVE, ESPECIALLY THOSE LISTED TWICE! <em>285</em> <BR> Sheri Mon, 30 May 2011 02:17:07 EST WEEKLY BEST ACHIEVEMENT!!! What was your best achievement for this past week? What is is that you are most proud of yourself for this past week? Now, today is Wednesday, midweek, but we can talk this week about our best achievement last week. Weeks start Sunday and run through to Saturday for this challenge. For this time however, we will just start off where we are at. What was your best achievement over the last week up until today? <BR> <BR> Mine - I was able to start a regular exercise routing for people with... Wed, 25 May 2011 04:02:54 EST 15 Minute Housework Challenge 15 Minute Housework Challenge <BR> <BR> Everybody has chores to do - this one is for at home. I know I live alone with one cat and I can ALWAYS find something to do for 15 minutes. So do your 15 minutes of housework (or more if you so choose :} ) and then post what you did for it. <BR> <BR> Today I tidied up a bunch of papers for the recycle container outside. <BR> <BR> Sheri Wed, 25 May 2011 03:57:08 EST Say ONE Positive Thing About Yourself Today! Say one positive thing about yourself today...daily. This is a daily challenge. Focus on ONE thing that is positive about you for each day. It won't be long before you see how many wonderful characteristics you have to your person :) <BR> <BR> For me for today: <BR> <BR> I am motivated to remain positive regardless of my circumstances. <BR> NEXT! <BR> <BR> Sheri Wed, 25 May 2011 03:54:45 EST POST A POSITIVE!!! Post a Positive!!! In Post A Positive, you simply post something good that took place today! It's that simple. When we focus on the positive in our lives, the mundane, ordinary and negative things seem far less significant. <BR> <BR> My Positive: <BR> <BR> I enjoyed my quiet day with exercising for the 2nd straight day :) <BR> <BR> Sheri Wed, 25 May 2011 03:51:47 EST ABC's of A Healthy Lifestyle ABC's of A Healthy Lifestyle <BR> Okay, we are going to play a game. We go through the alphabet in order and come up with the various ways of what a healthy lifestyle is or how we can make one. I'll start with the letter A. <BR> <BR> A - achieve anything we must have the proper attitude toward ourselves and that goal. <BR> <BR> Next person uses the letter B and don't forget to explain why you chose that word! :) <BR> <BR> Sheri Wed, 25 May 2011 03:49:33 EST End of Word Letter Game End of Word Letter Game is simple. You simply take the LAST letter of the PREVIOUS word and make a new word. This one is only different in that you have to try and think of positive words, positive foods, etc. In other words, we start with the letter A: <BR> <BR> Apple <BR> <BR> the next person then chooses a word beginning with the letter E, the last letter of the first word REMEMBERING it must be positive in one way or another. <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> <BR> Apple <BR> Exercising <BR> ... Wed, 25 May 2011 03:48:01 EST My Goal For Today Is... My Goal For Today Is...simply put, write out at least one of your goals for today. Scientists have found that if people actually write out their goals, they keep them better than if they simply think them in their head. So, let's see some goals!!!! <BR> <BR> My Goal For Today exercise my daily routine, get groceries and if I am not burnt out with my back by that time, to do my laundry up downtown - The laundry takes a LOT of energy for me and is very hard on my bad back. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 25 May 2011 03:43:07 EST The Many Things That Make Us Smile... The Many Things That Make Us Smile... <BR> <BR> Everybody is so different and what makes us smile or laugh is different; however, I've often found that when somebody shares something that makes them smile, happy or laugh, I too feel good and happy. <BR> <BR> Here is a thread to post the things which bring a smile to your face, a giggle to erupt or something that just makes you feel good. <BR> <BR> <BR> One thing that makes me smile is remembering when my nephew, will be 18 in July, came r... Wed, 25 May 2011 03:40:54 EST I was blessed today.... ...fill in the blank. <BR> <BR> I was blessed today to get a good quality sleep. <BR> <BR> Sheri Wed, 25 May 2011 03:34:36 EST THIS OR THAT Game I think many of you already know about this game. If not, you are to choose between the two choices that the previous person has posted and explain why you chose it over the other option. <BR> The key to THIS game is that is has to do with Stress Reduction in POSITIVE or NON SELF-DESTRUCTIVE ways. <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> Journalling or Deep Breathing? <BR> <BR> Sheri <BR> Don't forget to choose one, reply why you prefer that choice, and leave 2 POSITIVE choices for the next perso... Wed, 25 May 2011 03:33:05 EST Slo' Pitch Challenge Now that the warmer weather is upon us, the thoughts of some turn to <BR> that favorite summer game : Baseball ! <BR> For those of us , who are not Professional Baseball Players, a slower version <BR> of the game, where you throw under-hand, instead of over-hand, has evolved. <BR> <BR> In our Slo' Pitch Challenge, we will use our Fitness Minutes, to "run" the bases. <BR> We start off at Home Plate. <BR> After performing 500 Fitness Minutes of exercise - Keep track of your Fitness <BR> Minut... Mon, 16 May 2011 17:47:43 EST What Are Your Fitness Goals for Today? One way to keep yourself accountable to exercise if you find it hard to stay motivated is to post what you are planning on doing and then being able to come back and say you were able to do it, something more important came up, or you didn't make your goals and reflect on why. <BR> I have a picture of one of the USA's first presidents daily task list per hour. The very first thing he has down is: <BR> WHAT GOOD DO I WANT TO ACCOMPLISH TODAY? <BR> He then has his day planned out hour by hour ... Thu, 5 May 2011 02:39:47 EST TODAY I WILL NOT... For this challenge thread, you will write out one, or as many as you like, of what you DO NOT want to do in order to hold yourself accountable to it. By writing it out, you are more likely to actually follow through on it. <BR> <BR> Today I will not make excuses to not participate in my Teams, I will not make excuses to not get one half hour of walking in and I will not be careless with my time so as to not let it waste away. <BR> <BR> Your Turn!!! <BR> <BR> Sheri Tue, 3 May 2011 06:11:27 EST Today, I challenge myself... This is a great way to challenge yourself to do something and be held accountable for it. I hope many will participate. More threads like this one will be added to the CHALLENGES thread so I hope you will join in the fun :) <BR> <BR> Sheri <BR> <BR> In THIS challenge/game, you log in daily and respond to the TOPIC LINE SUBJECT. I will give you an example below: <BR> <BR> Today I Challenge Myself To get enough dairy products and to get at least one half hour of walking in spite of the po... Tue, 3 May 2011 06:08:43 EST Mother's Day Challenge I'm sure that we would all agree that doing exercise goes a long way towards <BR> stress reduction ! With Mother's Day coming soon, I thought that we could <BR> all keep track of our Fitness Minutes, and put them towards "earning " some <BR> Mother's Day items for you, or your Mom. You don't have to be a Mom - the <BR> objective is to keep active, and keep track of your Fitness Minutes ! <BR> <BR> The Mother's Day items are as follows : <BR> <BR> 1 sprig of orchids ... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 02:30:33 EST What is YOUR definition of a Team? People have different ideas of what a Team/Group is. Here is your place to explain what a TEAM is to you. You can make it an acronym using TEAM or another word. You can write out what you feel a Team is, how a team helps, what is required of the members, etc. <BR> <BR> T - Together <BR> E - Each member <BR> A - Achieves <BR> M - Measurable goals. <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> T - Taking part <BR> E - Encouraging each other <BR> A - Achieving goals, Active participation <BR> M - Making an effo... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 03:47:11 EST SPARKPEOPLE ARTICLES OF INTEREST MIND OVER BODY: TEN STEPS <BR> BY DEAN ANDERSON, A FORMER COACH OF SPARKPEOPLE <BR> PART 1 OF 10 <BR> <BR> Step 1: Put "I" into Your Vocabulary <BR> Mind Over Body: A Healthy Lifestyle Plan for Success <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> SparkPeople Sponsors help keep the site free! <BR> <BR> Would you believe me if I told you that knowing the answer to one simple question could improve your chances for weight loss success by up to 100%? Well, it’s true. Here’s the q... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 03:41:09 EST Christian Inspirations A NOTE FROM PAUL <BR> Whatever is true <BR> Whatever is noble <BR> Whatever is right <BR> Whatever is pure <BR> Whatever is lovely <BR> Whatever is admirable <BR> If anything is excellent <BR> If anything is praiseworthy <BR>   <BR> THINK ABOUT SUCH THINGS. <BR> <BR> Sheri Mon, 25 Apr 2011 03:23:48 EST What Scripture Helps You Through Tough Times? This is a thread where you can post Scriptures that strike you as being helpful for the stressful times in life. It can be one Scripture or many in order for the point to be made. You can post more than one Scripture so long as you put a space between each Scripture. <BR> <BR> Here's an example: <BR> <BR> 2 Samuel 22:7 - But in my distress I cried out to the Lord....He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry reached his ears. NLT <BR> <BR> 2 Corinthians 4:9 - We are hunted down, but God nev... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 03:22:45 EST CRISTIAN STRESS RELIEVERS-Don't forget to post :) 36 Christian Ways to Reduce Stress <BR> 1. Pray <BR> 2. Go to bed on time. <BR> 3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed. <BR> 4. Say "No," to projects&#8260;activities that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health. <BR> 5. Delegate tasks to capable others. <BR> 6. Simplify and un-clutter your life. <BR> 7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.) <BR> 8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places. <BR> 9... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 03:16:30 EST WRAP - PART 1 WRAP - WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE <BR> This is an ongoing course I am part of at my local Canadian Mental Health Association that I thought would be extremely beneficial here. I'm further along than you so I will be doing this is segments as well. I am NOT a leader of it, but a participant. However, I think it would be valuable for at least some of you to have the basic foundation to work with. It has helped me immensely. <BR> <BR> Here's an overview: <BR> <BR> Th... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 09:42:50 EST WRAP - WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN - THE START Dear Team Members, <BR> <BR> When I was part of SparkPeople known as Sheri1969, I began a self-help plan called WRAP - WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN. We never did get through it because I had a time away while coming off some medication. <BR> <BR> I have now finished typing up the entire program and am ready to start sharing it with you. PRAIRIECROCUS and I will be helping you with this. She is new to the WRAP program as well, but will be here for support and encouragement. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 09:41:39 EST What Stress Management Techniques Will U Use today Every day I think it is a good idea to have in mind what techniques you will have already in mind or written down for those stressful moments we all face, so that when those moments arise, we can simply follow through on using those techniques. So, what techniques will you incorporate into your daily living for today? <BR> <BR> I am crocheting blankets for the Humane Society. <BR> I organize a bit everyday. <BR> I have a nap every day because I am coming off of Valium. <BR> I talk with my p... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 05:27:16 EST HUGE APOLOGY FROM SHERI1969 Dear Team, <BR> I have to give you a HUGE apology for leaving as quickly as I did. I had some severe health issues arise and I couldn't even focus to sit at a computer and play solitaire. I am doing better and have come back with a fresh outlook and have been weened off of 2 medications. I am hoping that the person I left in charge will allow me to become a team leader again. I've gained some great insight and useful information for the team while I was doing my own recovery in my absence... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 08:37:38 EST Stress When Driving I find driving to be very stressful and I have a 30-40 minute commute to work everyday. Does anyone else experience this kind of stress and how do you handle it? Thu, 20 Jan 2011 22:34:11 EST The 4-1-1 about me. My name is Kristin and I'm 30 years old. I work full time as a children's librarian and I am in graduate school (taking 2 classes this semester). My husband also works full time, is in graduate school and is a part-time graduate assistant. Needless to say, we are both very busy and stretched pretty thin. <BR> We have a great way of balancing each other out when one of us is stressed. <BR> <BR> I recently had a physical and found out that my blood pressure is a little on the high side (1... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 18:33:26 EST My Introduction I just quit smoking and would like to find ways to reduce stress in a healthy way. I am planning to go to nursing school soon which will be stressful, but rewarding and I have a 2 year old daughter who keeps me busy. I need to manage my stress since this can also aid in my weight loss goals. Fri, 10 Dec 2010 22:18:26 EST New KiD.... Hi Team! My name is Kimberley. I have been a sparkie since March 8th, 2010... but on my journey since January 21st, 2010. I joined this team yesterday because I felt it was time to get involved in the teams on this amazing site. :) <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> Let's go team!!! Tue, 7 Dec 2010 15:50:11 EST November Affirmation Thread October is official over when Halloween ends :) So we continue with our affirmations here in November. It is sometimes harder to be positive when it is so dark, cold and grim looking. The affirmations WILL help you if you are faithful in writing one daily. <BR> <BR> I am a positive overcomer! <BR> <BR> Sheri Tue, 2 Nov 2010 04:18:09 EST WHAT A GROUP IS MADE OF!!! <BR> What a group Is made of !!!!! <BR> <BR> The Owners <BR> Cause she/he <BR> Is the one's who shows <BR> Their love and passion <BR> Through words and deeds. <BR> Never gives up on their group <BR> No matter what the odds. <BR> <BR> <BR> The Moderators <BR> They give freely <BR> Of themselves and try <BR> To help out when they can. <BR> They are usually the ones <BR> Welcoming new members <BR> Making them feel at home <BR> <BR> Sharing <BR> Sharing shows you care <BR> About others happ... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 03:25:20 EST WOO HOO - A new leader to help Sher <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>247</em> <em>285</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> It is great to have you as a leader with Sheri PRAIECROCUS Wed, 27 Oct 2010 10:37:25 EST WRAP - INTRODUCTION AND LESSON ONE Before I post the introduction and first week's lesson, I encourage you to do two things: <BR> PRINT THE LESSON UP AND PUT IT IN YOUR NOTEBOOK <BR> ACTUALLY DO THE WORK THAT IS REQUIRED. <BR> If you just put the information in the binder you have, you will be learning nothing and not getting ahead in any way, shape or form. This is a course that demands participation on your part doing your homework at home. It would be extremely nice to see your posts on the subject as well, but I know tha... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 12:04:11 EST STRESS RELIEF CHALLENGE Now that you are a part of this team and you see all the resources that are available to you, it is time for you to set up your own Stress Relief Challenge Program. <BR> <BR> That simply means that you choose the relaxation techniques or other ideas from what you have learned, and put them to practice daily. <BR> <BR> We will be re-starting the WRAP Program today for those who are new to the team since we did that program. There are other email courses I signed up for and did myself so tha... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 15:40:49 EST BEDTIME ROUTINE CHALLENGE One of the major components of staying stress free or of having less stress in our lives, is to have a regular bedtime routine. This thread is for you to post YOUR OWN bedtime routine and perhaps inspire somebody else with your ideas. If you do not have a bedtime routine, now is your chance to make one and put it to work so you have less stress each day. So, without further ado, what is your bedtime routine, OR what is your bedtime routine going to bed? <BR> <BR> Sheri Mon, 25 Oct 2010 15:30:17 EST October's Affirmation Thread Please post your affirmations here. <BR> <BR> I am a beautiful person. <BR> I am lovable. <BR> I am talented. <BR> I enjoy many crafts and hobbies. <BR> I am blessed with many friends who love me. <BR> <BR> Sheri <BR> <BR> your turn :) Mon, 18 Oct 2010 16:33:03 EST GETTING READY TO WRAP THINGS UP!!!! We have had many new members join since I last posted the information about the WRAP program. WRAP stands for WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN. I am not a trained facilitator, but have been through the course more than once and many people enjoyed the lessons the first time around. <BR> <BR> I thought to start off with some courses, we'd begin where we need the beginning. Here's a little bit of information right from the pages of my binder. REMEMBER, THIS IS NOT MY PERSONAL WORK BUT... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 02:57:59 EST Month Of OCTOBER Challenge For the month of October, I'd like to see the following: <BR> 1. An affirmation at least 3 times/week posted here. <BR> 2. 3 things you are grateful for posted here. <BR> 3. One thing you would like to work on changing for the better posted here. <BR> <BR> All 3 can be posted right here in this forum, all in one post. I'd like to see each of the 3, THREE times/week in October from as many members as possible. So, let's see the posting numbers rise in October. <BR> <BR> Sheri Sun, 26 Sep 2010 11:08:25 EST REGAINING MOMENTUM 2010 As a recap of the message I sent to the team, here is what we'd like to know from you. Remember that by putting it in black and white is making it a reality. Suddenly you have written down what it is you want to accomplish and now you have some motivation to strive for those goals. <BR> RECAP OF MESSAGE: <BR> <BR> Well my dear friends and teammates, it is that time again. Things are starting to roll to making and maintaining a regular schedule for the Fall season (at least here in Canada... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 21:37:47 EST HEALTHY REFLECTIONS DISCUSSION THREAD...POST HERE Here is our first Healthy Reflection we are going to meditate on. For how long, I'm not sure. Perhaps one week for each Reflection. I'll choose random quotes I believe will assist our team in its health goals and perhaps some fun ones too. :) <BR> <BR> So, without ado, here is your first Reflection to respond HERE IN THIS THREAD ONLY. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> In the depths of winter, I finally found there was in me an invincible summer. <BR> - Albert Camus, author <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 19:30:52 EST Healthy Reflection Discussion <em>227</em> DO NOT REPLY TO THIS POST. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CLEARLY TO THE POINT OF UNDERSTANDING BEFORE CARRYING ON AND WATCH FOR APPROPRIATE THREADS TO RESPOND TO. <em>227</em> <BR> I think it is a good idea to take a Healthy Reflection we receive as part of SparkMail every once and a while to reflect on it in the group, to share our thoughts on it and how we can apply its meaning to our own lives right now. <BR> <BR> I will choose the reflection and post it under a new Thread with ... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 19:26:19 EST Hello! Hey, everyone! My name is Kim and just joined the group. Can't wait get rid of stress and meet some new people! Sun, 8 Aug 2010 15:38:35 EST STOP....READ THIS BEFORE POSTING INTRODUC IONS!!!! <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Please DO NOT make a new thread to introduce yourself. Continue the one long thread so the page does not get long and confusing. Again, please <em>227</em> DO NOT START A NEW THREAD HERE. <BR> <BR> Click on INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO TEAM Forum and go to the main introductions link. <BR> <BR> I appreciate this dearly. <BR> <BR> Sincerely, <BR> Sheri <em>304</em> Sun, 8 Aug 2010 06:42:56 EST August Daily Chit Chat and Check-Ins Well, what are you up to? How are things going? Let us know if you need encouragement or share with us a success. We are a team and in order for a team to work, we must communicate. So, let's hear from you. <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> Sheri Sun, 8 Aug 2010 06:35:31 EST Today's Healthy Reflection I am starting this thread so we can chat about our thoughts on the Daily Healthy Reflection. All we need to remember is that everybody has a different outlook and different opinion and that none are wrong. So no bickering or arguing about viewpoints. Just accept that what you are reading is an opinion from a different perspective and lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Today's Healthy Reflection to ponder: <BR> Animal crackers, and cocoa to drink. That is the finest of suppers, I think; when I'm grown u... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 06:33:08 EST THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE STARTING AUGUST 8 2010 For EACH day of the week, I'd like to see as many of you as possible post FIVE (5) affirmations per DAY. This may seem difficult to some people but by just doing it will alleviate the fear. It is the same as the decision you made to join SparkPeople. Just do it. Some beginnings for affirmations include: <BR> <BR> I am <BR> I see <BR> I know <BR> Today is <BR> I have <BR> <BR> Some examples for these (please try to use your own) include: <BR> I am winning with every little step that I ta... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 06:12:06 EST Hello I just joined Hi everyone, I'm Chris. I am glad I came across this team. To say I am stressed out is an understatement. Every day I get to choose which to worry and stress about first----my father who is in the advanced stages of Parkinson's disease or my adult, unemployeed son who is separated from his wife and is living with me and my husband. My son, fortunately, is job-hunting and just graduated from tech school. I am going to read the suggestions that are posted for de-stressing. <em>24</em> Fri, 2 Jul 2010 13:53:43 EST Link to a Prevention article Hi I get the Prevention newsletter and I found this link to have some figurative food for thought! What do you think? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/strategies-for-success/lose-weight-w<BR>ithout-dieting/article/b6c77e643f80311<BR>0VgnVCM10000013281eac____/2 </link> Mon, 31 May 2010 12:08:56 EST Hi! I have a hard time dealing with stress, especially when things don't go according to plan. This is something I need, and want to try to resolve, to make life at least a little more plesant. I have been working for a while to change myself to a positive mindset, and try to express that here on SP and in my life. I've been around the site for a couple weeks now, and have been having a good time. Sat, 29 May 2010 12:33:04 EST 20 Simple Stress Reduction Techniques I really like the website & visit it often. I found this article about stress-busting techniques. I have to admit, I don't often try these things when I'm stressed. Do you use any of these techniques??? <BR> <BR><BR>est_diet_tips/p/page/1 <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Mon, 17 May 2010 10:45:20 EST HELLO FROM THE SUNFLOWER STATE KANSAS HI my name is thespaerker2015 Mon, 10 May 2010 17:41:10 EST Howdy! I'm Erin, an almost 32 year old special education teacher in south TX. I joined this team because I need to learn how to better handle my daily stress. You can learn more about me on my sparkpage, but let's just say I have a stressful job, lots of animals to care for and a significant other who's less than typical. All these things add up to uncontrollable crying at times because I am so overwhelmed and feel alone in my struggles. I hope to get to know you all so we can support each other in ... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 20:40:27 EST LIST 5 AFFIRMATIONS FOR YOURSELF TODAY Here are the basics you need to know about BEFORE you start writing affirmations. Please aks questions if you have them. I've been using affirmations for about 15 years now. <BR> <BR> AFFIRMATIONS... <BR> WASTE OF TIME OR WORTH IT? <BR> ©Sheri Liegh Adams January 3, 2009 <BR> <BR> <BR> I've been dealing with emotional difficulty now for coming up on 19 years. It started when I had surgery for the epilepsy I was dealing with. Since the surgery in 1990 I have had no seizures, but I hav... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 19:23:10 EST LISTS TO LIVE BY, 3RD EDITION LISTS TO LIVE BY, 3RD EDITION <BR> Compiled by Alice Gray, Steve Stephens John Van Diest <BR> ISBN# 1576738825 <BR> <BR> CONTENTS we are going to be looking at in this edition: <BR> SUCCESS <BR> FRIENDSHIP <BR> VIRTUE <BR> HEALTH <BR> MARRIAGE AND ROMANCE <BR> CONTENTMENT <BR> LIFE <BR> HOME AND FINANCES <BR> TEENS <BR> FAMILY LESSONS <BR> FAMILY LOVE <BR> WISDOM <BR> not necessessarily in that order. <BR> <BR> TRAITS OF A SUCCESSFUL PERSON <BR> Consciousness of an honest purpose of life. <... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 19:14:21 EST List YOUR SELF A way to Self-Discovery I came across this treasure a few years ago. I love self-help items/books. Aside from diet Coke, they are the only things I'm addicted to lol. <BR> <BR> REQUUIRED ITEMS: <BR> A Personal Journral For Yourself <BR> A Pen or multi-coloured pens...I like colour <BR> An open mind, and an open heart <BR> The ability to be truthful with yourself <BR> <BR> The book is called LIST YOUR SELF Listmaking as the way to Self-Discovery. <BR> <BR> A Provocative, Probing and Personal Expedition Into You... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 19:08:16 EST 101 Ways to STOP Worrying and START Living These are a small pack of cards, not unlike playing cards, in a box. Everyday, I pull a card out and read the inspiration on it. I'm intending on posting a new one each day, starting today. I hope you enjoy them and make use of them. <BR> I cannot find the author but the ISBN # is: <BR> 6006937062863 if you are interested in finding out where to purchase them. :) <BR> <BR> CARD ONE <BR> INTRO: Are you feeling woeful, worn-out or worried? Here are 101 tips to feel tops again, to put a sm... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 18:53:13 EST Hi everyone Hi. I am new to SP and I am STRESSED!!!! Stress is my biggest downfall. I eat emotionally, I stress way too easy, I am a single mom of a 2 yr old daughter, I'm a full time student and I live with my parents who are not in the best of health. <BR> <BR> I need to find balance and sanity in my life. I can't wait to start meeting people and making some changes for myself. <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> Wed, 17 Mar 2010 12:54:20 EST New To Team I just wanted to say, "Hi" to everyone here and introduce myself. I am 41 years old and trying to have my first child. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for more than two years now, and we've gone through one IUI and one IVF so far, and I am running out of financial resources to continue. We have enough for one more round of IVF, so I am taking three months off between the last one and the next one to lose weight, detox, and DE-STRESS! <BR> <BR> I am just finishing up my fou... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 10:58:31 EST Hi from sewinglady I am new to this group. I live in Brick, NJ, am 60 yrs old, a newly widow whick is very hard. I have three daughters and three grandchildren who help so much with my effort. I totally feel that I am stressed most of the time. Some of it is self induce and other times it is enviroment. I do think that I am handling this stress but like the idea of advice from others. <BR> My work is also doing a Health Challenge and one of the first goals had to do with stress. Mon, 11 Jan 2010 11:56:19 EST Hi! I've been with SP for quite awhile but haven't really been able to get a good streak going. Stress is definitely one of my key issues and managing the way I handle the stress in my life is going to be a key component to staying on track. <BR> <BR> I am the mother of six children (hence my username) between the ages of 10 and 16. The children have a variety of special needs among them which make everyday a little challenging for my husband and me. I am also the CEO of a small company whi... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 23:27:37 EST Introducing myself Have been with SparkPeople for a while now but have not gotten very far and am really to beginning a new start with the new year. Just discovered this team and just maybe with some stress relief I will be more up to working on other challenges. Tue, 5 Jan 2010 04:07:19 EST Stress has gotten the better of me Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Kirsten and l live in Bellingham, WA. I used to workout 5-6 days per week without fail for about 3 years - then I got a promotion, my stress level soared, and here I am - haven't worked out in a month, have gained back all but 15 lbs of the 35 I lost. I have got to learn how to change my reactions to stress so that I stop endangering my health! <BR> <BR> Kirsten Sun, 3 Jan 2010 14:41:22 EST I'm relieving stress and shame by pulling out of S Folks - I'm withdrawing from all my spark teams. <BR> <BR> I commented on Nicole's seventh blog about how untoned she is as she announced the sales of the video and it got deleted. <BR> <BR> Coach Jen then said I could be blocked from blogging if I attacked like that (I didn't criticize her, just the repetition of "how untoned she is). I did look for a back channel to comment on this. <BR> <BR> Yeah, some of my stuff is negative, but so much more has been positive. Anyway, pulling out. ... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 11:22:17 EST Christmas calorie burning game ideas! Hello everyone! I run a weightloss group for individuals who have brain injuries on Monday afternoons. We are having a Christmas party and I need ideas of active things to do. There are some restrictions (which is why I need ideas...) I have 2 consumers in wheelchairs and 1 who has leg issues and 1 who can't walk very far. But...even with those things I know you can come up with something for me! Thanks in advance! <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Dec 2009 15:07:20 EST NEVER BE BORED AGAIN!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!! PART 2 What will you try today? <BR> <BR> Let a helium balloon float up to your ceiling and throw things at it to pop it <BR> Listen to a type of music that you don't normally listen to <BR> Listen to really hard music and head bang <BR> Clean or organize something that you have been avoiding for a long time <BR> Plan a party! What is your party idea? Will you make party invitations? What will your party appetizers be? <BR> Make a list of all the fun things you've already done in your life, th... Sat, 12 Dec 2009 02:35:27 EST NEVER BE BORED AGAIN!!!!!!! PART 1 What will YOU do today? :) <BR> <BR> Fun things to do list when bored; Alternative lifestyles; Would you rather questions <BR><BR>un/index.html <BR> Scan through this list and check fun things to do instead of <BR> 1.eating too much <BR> 2.drinking <BR> 3.feeling sad or bored <BR> 4.doing whatever you want to stop doing. Fun Stuff to do When ur Bored <BR> Blow bubbles with bubble gum <BR> Blow on a beer bottle or a blade of grass <BR> Crank up ... Sat, 12 Dec 2009 02:34:21 EST 50 Simple Ways To Reduce Stress... 50 Simple Ways To Reduce Stress at Home and at Work <BR> <BR> 1. Breathe, when you feel tense, take 10 slow, deep breaths in through your nose, out through your mouth. <BR> <BR> 2. Touch, hug someone, hold hands, stroke a pet, make non-s*xual physical contact with people, brush your hair. <BR> <BR> 3. Communicate, be honest with your Self and others. Ask for what you want. Express your true feelings when they occur. <BR> <BR> 4. Drink at least eight, 8 oz. glasses of good water a day. ... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 01:42:22 EST Mine is HIGH Payday, no money, fighting guilty feeling for being a bad mom Sun, 15 Nov 2009 02:44:47 EST Hello Everyone! Hi! I'm new to the team, but not SP. I lapsed on SP for over a year. Now I'm back with 20 more pound additional pounds. I'm a horrible emotional eater among other things. As you can guess, I find myself under a lot of stress. My worst side-effect of the stress (besides the eating) is my teeth clenching. I can control it while I'm awake, but at night.....that's totally different. I sleep with a mouth guard, but it doesn't seem to be helping since I usually take it out in my sleep. I'm hoping ... Sat, 14 Nov 2009 17:45:34 EST Self-care during the holidays I wanted to bring up the topic of self-care during the holidays. The holidays are filled with calorie traps and too little time to exercise, this is true...but they can also be filled with stress, family squabbles or drama, no down time or relaxation, extra duties on top of an already full schedule etc. I can come up with a plan for diet and erxercise by looking at all the great ideas everyone has shared, my real promblem is doing things to care for myself during this time. I need ideas for s... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 12:57:44 EST Introductions Hola fellow stressed Sparkers, I am Lynne and I have been pretty much successfully managing my stress well, since becoming a fitter and more focused person with the help of SP since late May 2009. Every year, however, there is a seasonal trigger when the days grow shorter and the night descends @ 5PM, and I realize the Holiday Season is more rapidly approaching than I am ready for. The stress closes in like a cloak of squelching darkness. I DO NOT want to sacrifice my current fitness level/... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 22:08:42 EST WEIGHT LOSS INSPIRATIONS FROM SHERI'S EMAILS got this from a friend through email and there is no author known yet...this is part is long. <BR> <BR> Think You're a Weight Loss Failure? <BR> Well you're WRONG! <BR> You are NOT a failure. <BR> <BR> You may eat the wrong food. <BR> You may be overweight. <BR> You may not control your weight well. <BR> You may have huge thighs. <BR> You may even vote Democrat. <BR> (Whoops! Just kidding) <BR> But you are NOT a failure. <BR> <BR> Why not? <BR> Because none of this has anything to d... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 01:14:21 EST ACQYR - Lesson/Day 4 Congratulations -- you've reached Day 4 of the five day stress course from ACQYR. <BR> <BR> In this lesson, I want to share some time-saving organization tips from David Allen's great book Getting Things Done. Master these, and you'll be well on your way to saving yourself a lot of frustration and wasted time. <BR> <BR> When you create your list of daily actions, you have to first decide if the task or information is actionable, then you have to fit it into one of the four categ... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 01:10:42 EST WRAP LESSON FIVE - EARLY WARNING SIGNS PART 5 <BR> EARLY WARNING SIGNS <BR> <BR> Early warning signs are internal and may be unrelated to reactions to stressful situations. They are suble signs of change that indicate you may need to take some further action. <BR> <BR> The next part of the WRAP program is called EARLY WARNING SIGNS. <BR> Insert these three worksheets into the thrid tabbed section of your WRAP notebook, followed by several extra sheets of filler paper (lined). Early warning signs may come in response to trigger... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 01:07:43 EST SHARE YOUR GOALS HERE! What are your goals for weight loss, nutrition, career, your spiritual life, personal life, social life etc.? Post them here and let us encourage each other. This thread was inspired by a member from another team. Thank you Dennis. <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> My weight loss goals are to continue to walk and do the little strength I can until we figure out my back conditions altogether. <BR> Nutrition-wise I don't worry. With hypoglycemia I eat very well. Nutrition has never been a probl... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 09:48:58 EST NEW COURSE - ACQYR's STRESS MANAGEMENT CRS 3 Today I want you to re-focus your thoughts and negative energy. <BR> <BR> While stress is a fact of life, you do have a choice in how you react. <BR> <BR> When you're stressed, you tend to have oodles of energy. You really do! It may not feel like it, but let's think about it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you're stressed because of a conflict in your life, are you wasting your energy by fighting back or defending yourself? <BR> <BR> <BR> If you're stressed out because of a loomin... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 09:17:00 EST RESOURCES THAT WILL HELP YOU POSTED HERE WRAP - WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN <BR> <BR> JOURNALING COURSE <BR> <BR> ACQYR STRESS COURSE <BR> <BR> SHARE A GIGGLE AND A SMILE <BR> <BR> ABC's OF POSITIVE STRESS RELIEF <BR> <BR> ARTICLES ON STRESS AND COPING <BR> <BR> ...more to come/as I remember to put them here. <BR> <BR> Please refer to this page often for updates. <BR> <BR> Sheri Sun, 11 Oct 2009 09:04:57 EST What A Group Is Made Of Please add your ideas as well. What do you think makes a group...a group? What makes a good, strong Team/Group? Here's what I think: <BR> <BR> What a group Is made of !!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Owners <BR> Cause she/he <BR> Is the one's who shows <BR> Their love and passion <BR> Through words and deeds. <BR> Never gives up on their group <BR> No matter what the odds. <BR> <BR> <BR> The Moderators <BR> They give freely <BR> Of themselves and try <BR> To help out whe... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 08:59:12 EST NEW COURSE - ACQYR's STRESS MANAGEMENT CRS 2 Today's lesson is in the form of a story. <BR> <BR> Have you ever spent hours looking frantically for something you've lost? I have. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I spent hours scrambling to remember a forgotten combination for a lock that was securing my computer to an old desk that was to be replaced that day. I began to get frustrated because I needed to get things done and any delays were going to put me behind schedule. Plus some negative thinking had squeezed its way into my m... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 01:15:20 EST A Giggle and a Smile On Senility <BR> <BR> Two elderly women were eating breakfast in a restaurant one morning. Ethel noticed something funny about Mabel's ear and she said, ''Mabel, do you know you've got a suppository in your left ear?' Mabel answered, 'I have a suppository in my ear?' She pulled it out and stared at it. <BR> Then she said, 'Ethel, I'm glad you saw this thing. Now I think I know where to find my hearing aid.' <BR> <BR> <BR> An elderly couple were on a cruise and it was really stormy. They ... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 00:43:35 EST Lists To Live By - Encouraging and Wise! The first book I am going to work through is called LISTS TO LIVE BY: Simple Living, by Alice Gray, Steve Stephens, John Van Diest <BR> <BR> INTRODUCTION <BR> <BR> Stillness <BR> Harmony <BR> Gentleness <BR> Peace <BR> Just the sound of these words brings comfort. But in our fast-paced, co mplex world, how do we find the simple path? Or we might even ask if such a path truly exists. The wonderful answer is yes. <BR> <BR> The gateway to the path of living simply is... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 00:33:14 EST Stress Quiz Rate yourself as to how you typically react in each of the situations listed below: <BR> Always (4); Frequently (3); Sometimes (2); Never (1) <BR> <BR> ___ 1. Do you try to do as much as possible in the least amount of time? <BR> <BR> ___ 2. Do you become impatient with delays or interruptions? <BR> <BR> ___ 3. Do you always have to win at games to enjoy yourself? <BR> <BR> ___ 4. Do you find yourself speeding up the car to beat a red light? <BR> <BR> ___ 5. Are you unlikely to ask... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 03:42:10 EST A Letter of Support Too Ourself Sounds a little narcistic but what the heck. We are our own worst enemies at times putting ourselves down, and kicking ourselves when we do something bad, or eat a bad food. The challenge for this week is for you to write yourself a letter of support. Pretend that you are your best friend that's going through a rough time, and write whatever you would write for her/him. Pretty much write yourself a love letter either in your blog, or paper journal if you have one, or just on a piece of paper,... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 03:41:33 EST NEW COURSE - ACQYR's STRESS MANAGEMENT CRS Welcome to ACQYR's Five Days to True Stress Management course. In this lesson, I'm going over what stress management really means. Then I'll outline the ONE key principle about stress that is going to allow you to have a happier and healthier life! If you want to learn how to manage your stress and have a calmer, stress-free life - I'm here to help. So, let's get started with the first lesson in the 5-day stress course! <BR> <BR> Stress Management <BR> <BR> What Stress Management is Not: <B... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 03:35:49 EST A New Course is Coming to the TEAM Hi there Team. I hope you are doing well this Friday least for me it is evening :) <BR> <BR> I took an ecourse on stress by Ronnie Nijmeh. It is an amazing course and I have been given permission to shaire it with you. <BR> <BR> Before I go on, if you have a cell phone, which I SO WISH I DID!!!!! :) Ronnie has some wonderful thingsn for on your phone. Please check the following link: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> I go to this page just to read the affir... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 21:53:04 EST WRAP LESSON FOUR I thought I had done lesson four, but I fail to see it in the list. Therefore, I'm going to put lesson 4 here again. It is good to go over the 3 previous lessons now anyway because it has been a while since I have been able to post the lessons due to bad weather in my area. So, without further ado, here is lesson 4. I have lessons 5 and 6 ready and will continue working on the following ones until the end. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> PART 4 <BR> Triggers <BR> <BR> Extermal events or c... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 19:17:50 EST Hello! Hi all -- I just joined SP a little over a week ago and I'm looking for all of the support I can get! I have a difficult time dealing with stress -- one of my first go-to's is food. I work full time, go to graduate school and am involved in a mess of other things, so I'm looking for any way to de-stress my life! So, hello stress relief community! Mon, 21 Sep 2009 16:50:48 EST Letting people down Hi All, <BR> As I sit here this morning, planning my day, I realize that one of the big sources of stress that I've been feeling lately is about letting people down. <BR> <BR> As I've carved out time to focus on my current goals, I've had to take time away from other pursuits--turning down social invitations, limiting the amount of overtime I work, being less available to attend to my family's needs--and this is naturally having an effect on other people's lives. Many of them (mostly in rela... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 07:44:03 EST WRAP - just a note Okay, just a note to let you know that I will get typing up the lessons 4 and on for WRAP. We had so many thunderstorms that I could barely get online for anything. So give me a couple of days and I will get the rest of it going. <BR> You need to take care of yourself, especially now, because you just dealt with triggers. I gave you two weeks on purpose, then the storms hit our area and I could not get online. So reread what you have learned so far and take care of yourself, using your Da... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 01:37:37 EST Summer is coming to a close... How is everybody doing so far? Summer holidays are nearly over. Do you think that will help you? Most people do better when they have a schedule to follow. What do you think will be more beneficial to you: no more lying around on the lazy hazy days of summer, getting back to seeing your friends and co-workers, a regular schedule etc.? <BR> <BR> Sheri Fri, 28 Aug 2009 23:16:15 EST start again i start a new job a few months ago. it was then that i realized that i'm a stress eater. omg... i had to stop at a store and get ice cream, donuts, chips, it was a very eye opening moment but i couldn't control it, (or maybe i didn't want too...i needed relief). now three months later, after training, my job will begin this week. i am nervous, but i can't stand how i feel and look, i want to get back in control and feel more confident. i need to learn how to control my stress. Sun, 23 Aug 2009 05:17:28 EST WRAP - WEEK AND LESSON 3 PART 3 <BR> <BR> DAILY MAINTENANCE LIST <BR> Describe yourself when you are feeling all right. Do it in list form. Some descriptive words that others have used are: <BR> <BR> bright <BR> reserved <BR> quiet <BR> energetic <BR> humorous <BR> contemplativie <BR> difficult <BR> reasonable <BR> responsible <BR> cheerful <BR> talkative <BR> introverted <BR> content <BR> happy <BR> dramatic <BR> compuolsive <BR> supportive <BR> competent <BR> withdrawn <BR> outgoing <BR> boisterous <BR> calm <B... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 11:21:29 EST JOURNAL LESSON 5 OF 5 HOW TO JOURNAL - LESSON 5 (last lesson) <BR> Step 1 <BR> Find a journal that's classic in form and layout. Buying a neutral journal is the best option because it doesn't go out of style. Keeping your journals and periodically refreshing your memory about your growth is a great source of encouragement as you face personal battles. <BR> Step 2 <BR> Retreat to a secret, safe place where you can be alone with your thoughts. Make sure you're free from distraction and have a set time you can coun... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 11:19:09 EST Back home from the doctor and my parent's Turns out I have SIX herniated discs. No wonder I hurt and sweat all the time! :) My weekend with my parents was great. It was so nice to be home with them and just veg with them. Wish I could turn back time and move back in with them, but I have a cat and Mom is severely allergic. So that is my update. I have to have an EMG and Nerve Conductor Test done on my back on Sept 2. I encourage you to look them up. Don't sound fun at all! So that's my update! <BR> <BR> Sheri Fri, 14 Aug 2009 02:10:16 EST Article about stress There is an interesting article about stress. It's called, "10 High-Stress Personality Characteristics - Chronic Stress Isn't Normal." Link<BR>ss_articles.asp?id=499 <BR> Wed, 12 Aug 2009 12:24:24 EST walking trevor our poodle and i had a good 30 min walk Sun, 9 Aug 2009 15:42:32 EST do you know? I like to drink a cup of herbal or fruit (non caffienated) tea sometimes, especially when I am sick or during (what passes as) winter. Does anyone know if I can count it toward my 8 cups a day of water? I look at it as hot flavored water, which helps it go down faster sometimes. If you could clear this up for me, I would appreciate it! Thanks Sat, 8 Aug 2009 09:35:33 EST JOURNAL LESSON 4 OF 5 This week is all about poetry. Now before you close this page and think, "I can't write poetry!" watch what comes below. <BR> <BR> THE POETRY TYPES - LESSON 4 <BR> Way back at number 15, I put in a Poetry Journal. So you think you are no poet and you know it!? Take a look at these and see if they are not so far away from some of the things you've seen around. Give your had a whirl at it. As Little Fivel in AN AMERICAN TALE SINGS, Never say Never!!!!! <BR> <BR> **51 Types of Poetry <BR>... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 20:55:36 EST WRAP - WEEK AND LESSON TWO LESSON TWO <BR> <BR> Your WELLNESS TOOLBOX <BR> <BR> The instructions on the page I HAVE say to list any tools you learned in this workship por from your own life experience including things you would like to try, even if you haven't already. Then keep adding new ones/crossing out ones you decide aren't right for you. Keep this list in the beginning of your WRAP notebook, at the beginnning. <BR> This list is for you to write down things you ALREADY do to relieve stress or things that you ... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 20:51:05 EST Question about stress relief daily challenge forum OK, should we post every day a new response to the questions in this forumn. Can't think today. It is 5 years today I lost my Dad, so giving myself permission to just be. <BR> <BR> Have a great week-end all. <BR> <BR> Nancy Sat, 1 Aug 2009 15:59:03 EST What New Stress Relief Technique Would You Try? I'm going to post a list of relaxation ideas. Out of them, I'm going to ask you what would you be willing to try and the reason. Then come back after a week and let us know how you made out. <BR> <BR> 1.Keep a daily journal. <BR> 2.Write down your dreams and nightmares. <BR> 3.Meditate and/or pray. <BR> 4.Take naps. <BR> 5.Give yourself rest breaks. <BR> 6.Draw (or do another visual art). <BR> 7.Dance by yourself. <BR> 8.Sing in the shower or car. <BR> 9.Buy yourself flowers. <BR> 10.Spend... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 12:32:38 EST Lifetime of weight issues. Spent my whole life being large. My mom put me on a diet in high school, mentioning that my backside looked like the back of a bus. Still struggling with it today....the weight loss/weight gain cycle. Now an insulin-dependent diabetic, wear cpap mask to sleep to help with sleep apena, and wonder if I will ever getting my eating disorder under control. As a 47 year old mother of five, I am hoping to just to learn to enjoy eating healthy and getting exercise. My goals have gone from weight loss... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 22:15:31 EST Lifetime of weight issues. Spent my whole life being large. My mom put me on a diet in high school, mentioning that my backside looked like the back of a bus. Still struggling with it today....the weight loss/weight gain cycle. Now an insulin-dependent diabetic, wear cpap mask to sleep to help with sleep apena, and wonder if I will ever getting my eating disorder under control. As a 47 year old mother of five, I am hoping to just to learn to enjoy eating healthy and getting exercise. My goals have gone from weight loss... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 22:15:31 EST Final Stress Relief Challenge-July 31 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 31 Challenge: Keep posting and making friends here on the forum. When we share a common bond with others who are willing to walk this journey with us, life can only get better with time. <BR> <BR> I wish you all well!!! Thu, 30 Jul 2009 20:59:30 EST Report one good thing that happened today Idea - to focus on the positive at the end or beginning of your day, or both. <BR> <BR> For me on Wednesday, I got the majority of my laundry done. The first time since I found out about my back about 1 1/2 months ago that I've been able to do it. And we all know clutter can stress. So I'm working on my laundry again Thursday to get at least my clothes finished! <BR> <BR> What about you? What ONE GOOD THING can you share with us about your day today? :) <BR> <BR> Sheri Thu, 30 Jul 2009 00:41:53 EST The ABC's of POSITIVE Stress Relief Just for fun, let's work through the alphabet and see how many ideas we can come up with on how to deal positively and effectively with the stress that is guaranteed to come into our lives. Remember that the keywords here are POSITIVE and EFFECTIVE. <BR> <BR> A - Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. <BR> B - <BR> <BR> Sheri Wed, 29 Jul 2009 23:58:40 EST Hello! Hello, Im currently deployed in Afghanistan and of course my days can get pretty stressful. Because of the hours i work it is also hard to stay motivated to exercise. A friend of mine recommended Spark and I have found this website to be very useful. I didn't realize this challenge was almost over when I joined and i wished i had of joined sooner Wed, 29 Jul 2009 22:21:26 EST Day Thirty Stress Relief Challenge-July 30 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 30 Challenge: Say “Thank you”. Showing gratitude to others has been shown not only to lessen stress, but to help us see our lives in a more positive light. <BR> <BR> So before I say good-bye I would like to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your life with me. I feel blessed and touched to have had such a positive experience with each of you. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>304</em>... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 20:57:45 EST Day Twenty-nine Stress Relief Challenge-July 29 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 29 Challenge: Know that a little stress in our lives is not always a bad thing, but it is how we cope with it that allows us to grow. Tue, 28 Jul 2009 22:45:29 EST hello Stress has really taken control of me these days I really need help Tue, 28 Jul 2009 21:23:07 EST I JUST JOINED HI!! TO YOU ALL! Tue, 28 Jul 2009 07:41:29 EST JOURNAL LESSON 3 OF 5 TYPES OF JOURNALS TO CONSIDER - LESSON 3 <BR> <BR> 1 Daily Journal - The daily of who, what, when where, why and how in your life. <BR> <BR> 2 Career Journal - Where are you now? Where would you like to be in 1 year: 3 Years? 5 Years? <BR> <BR> 3 Education Journal - What are you doing, what have you done and accomplished? <BR> <BR> 4 Fitness Journal - track what you have done for fitness, including housework and career <BR> <BR> 5 Medical Journal - keep track of all your doc... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 23:55:06 EST Day Twenty-eight Stress Relief Challenge-July 28 <em>227</em> </b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 28 Challenge: Get a massage. Massage has been shown to be a great stress reliever as well as helping the body relax. Mon, 27 Jul 2009 22:13:57 EST A New Spark Hi everyone! I am about five days into SparkPeople and feeling pretty good about it all. I have a long, long, long, long way to go . . . and I am praying that I will see success. My first measurement of success will be to hang in there when the numbers are not going down, as that is when I always fail. <BR> <BR> I am from CT - a working mom of two in college. My husband and I enjoy watching hockey, and in my spare time I love papercrafts, quilting, etc. <BR> <BR> I am so looking for... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 17:39:08 EST Hi my name is jane.I joined sparkpeople afew months ago and made no attempts to workout or change diet.This morning I weight my self and did not belief that two pounds added.I was checking the messages and I read inspiring stories and Feel so fired.I am not turning back.Any motivational support appreciated.Thanks. Mon, 27 Jul 2009 17:25:31 EST Day Twenty-seven Stress Relief Challenge-July 27 <em>227</em> </b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 27 Challenge: Avoid turning to food, alcohol, or drugs during times of stress. These measures of self-medication do nothing to change our reaction and may actually lead to greater stress in our lives. Sun, 26 Jul 2009 22:09:16 EST Day Twenty-six Stress Relief Challenge-July 26 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 26 Challenge: It’s OK to cry and be emotional. Releasing our emotions has been shown to lessen our stress levels. Sat, 25 Jul 2009 20:50:50 EST WRAP - WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN This is an ongoing course I am part of at my local Canadian Mental Health Association that I thought would be extremely beneficial here. I'm further along than you so I will be doing this is segments as well. <BR> <BR> Here's an overview: <BR> <BR> The Wellness Recovery Action Plan was developed by a group of people who had been dealing with difficult feelings and behaviors for many yyears, people working to feel better and get on with their lives. <BR> <BR> WRAP will: <BR> 1. Help you s... Sat, 25 Jul 2009 16:56:39 EST Journaling Lesson 2 of 5 Here is lesson 2. Three more weeks and you will have what you need to want to do regarding journaling. I hope you enjoy it. <BR> <BR> LESSON 2 <BR> 22 PERFECT REASONS TO JOURNAL <BR> <BR> 1. Faster self-discovery. <BR> 2. Improved focus and clarity., <BR> 3. New solutions to solve problems. <BR> 4. Creativity is enhanced. <BR> 5. Sanctuary and excape. <BR> 6. Emotional Empowerment. <BR> 7. Can physically help healing. <BR> 8. Shows you how to enjoy life more. <BR> 9. Timeline <B... Sat, 25 Jul 2009 16:24:53 EST Day Twenty-five Stress Relief Challenge-July 25 <em>227</em> <B>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</B> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 25 Challenge: Develop a schedule or routine at home and at work. Many times we are faced with stress when we are out of a routine. Coming up with a schedule helps us manage our time which will help deter some of that daily stress. Fri, 24 Jul 2009 20:39:25 EST Day Twenty-four Stress Relief Challenge-July 24 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 24 Challenge: Lean on others. If you are feeling overwhelmed in your family or work situation, ask others to help you out. People are not mind readers and many times our family and co-workers are unaware of the stress that we are facing. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Thu, 23 Jul 2009 20:24:27 EST Day Twenty-three Stress Relief Challenge-July 23 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 23 Challenge: Set goals and then determine ways on how you will achieve them. Don’t just write them down and put them in a drawer. Place them in a location where you will see them every day. Wed, 22 Jul 2009 22:04:19 EST Day Twenty-two Stress Relief Challenge-July 22 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 22 Challenge: Consider becoming a volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to take the focus off the day in and day out stress many of us are forced to face. By giving back to others is how many of us learn to appreciate our own blessings. Tue, 21 Jul 2009 23:38:58 EST Day Twenty-one Stress Relief Challenge-July 21 <em>227</em> </b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 21 Challenge: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Decide what is important and what isn’t. Focus on the things you need to have in your life while learning to let go of the other less important ones. Mon, 20 Jul 2009 21:29:37 EST Day Twenty Stress Relief Challenge July 20 <em>227</em> <B>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</B> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 20 Challenge: Don’t allow this healthy lifestyle to overwhelm you. When we try too hard to do everything too perfectly, this can only add more stress to our lives. Know that making small, permanent changes can be as beneficial, if not more so, as totally revamping our livestyle all at once. Sun, 19 Jul 2009 22:31:46 EST teresa4a new im new and i was wondering where do i find my challenge. Sat, 18 Jul 2009 21:53:00 EST Erin I am returning to SP after a 2 month absence. My major stress is dealing with a really low (think nonexistant) self-esteem--I look bad, I feel bad, I can't control my spending, I can't control my fast food or soda addictions, etc. I am a christian and I know I can turn to god with this but am finding that very hard to do. Sat, 18 Jul 2009 21:49:28 EST Day Nineten Stress Relief Challeng e-July19 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 19 Challenge: Read a positive self-help book. I love Cheryl Richardson’s books. <BR> <BR> What are some of your favorite self-help books? Sat, 18 Jul 2009 20:49:52 EST Healthy HUMOUR - keep it clean please! :) Stress: <BR> <BR> A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked 'How heavy is this glass of water ?' <BR> <BR> Answers called out ranged from 20 grams to 500 grams. <BR> <BR> The lecturer replied, 'The actual weight really doesn't matter. It depends <BR> on how long you try to hold it. <BR> <BR> If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. <BR> <BR> If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. <BR> <BR> If I ho... Sat, 18 Jul 2009 03:02:12 EST LIST YOURSELF - Listmaking (Way to Self-Discovery) LIST YOURSELF <BR> Listmaking as the Way toi Self-Discovery <BR> A Provocative, Pprobing and Personal Expedition Into Your Mind, Heart, and Soul <BR> By Ilene Segalove and Paul Bob Velick <BR> <BR> YOURSELF - COME UP WITH AT LEAST 10 ANSWERS FOR EACH <BR> 1. List all the qualilties you love about being human. <BR> 2. List the activities you'd do if you weren't so afraid. <BR> <BR> 3. List your Sunday Ritual <BR> <BR> We will only do 3 of these per week. For some, self-exploration is a ... Sat, 18 Jul 2009 02:46:24 EST Day Eighteen Stress Relief Challeng e-July18 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 18 Challenge: Work on erasing negative self-talk and replace it with the positive self-talk. Positive self-talk helps empowers us over the stress in our lives. Fri, 17 Jul 2009 18:29:41 EST Boredom at work I was told by a therapist that boredom at work is the #1 cause of workplace stress. <BR> <BR> How do you all handle it? <BR> <BR> I'm not talking about being bored with your tasks. I have literally nothing to do (so far today I've done about 90 minutes of work, including a 45 minute meeting, and that was my entire to-do list). My boss told me that it's a great challenge for him - I'm so smart, fast and accurate - but still, I'm sitting here with 3.5 hours and the instruction to "Look busy" ... Fri, 17 Jul 2009 16:21:16 EST Day Seventeen Stress Relief Challenge-July 17 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Hey team, you may be wondering why the early posting...well, as some of you may already know my computer (the mother board) died last week and I had to get a new one, which came today. The hubby is transferring all my stuff over tonight so I didn't want to miss getting this out. You all will be quite proud of me...I did not cry or shout or get angry, I went for an hour long run and came back in a little less str... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 17:09:50 EST 18 Good Character Traits 18 GOOD CHARACTER TRAITS <BR> <BR> I am a good citizen. <BR> <BR> I control myself. <BR> <BR> I am cooperative. <BR> <BR> I am courteous. <BR> <BR> I am brave. <BR> <BR> I am caring. <BR> <BR> I am fair. <BR> <BR> I am honest. <BR> <BR> I am kind. <BR> <BR> I respect my environment. <BR> <BR> I respect myself. <BR> <BR> I respect others. <BR> <BR> I am responsible. <BR> <BR> I am sharing. <BR> <BR> I have self-pride. <BR> <BR> I am a thinker. <BR> <BR> I keep on trying. <BR> ... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 16:42:14 EST POSITIVE SELF-STATEMENTS WHEN DEALING WITH ANXIETY POSITIVE SELF-STATMENTS FOR COPING WITH ANXIETY <BR> <BR> Typically, we don't think very positive when it comes to anxiety. We go into fight or flight motion and react without thinking. Somebody I didn't even get along with at the time taught me this. When I'm upset or feel like I'm going to spin out of control to <BR> <BR> STOP!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THINK!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> REACT! <BR> <BR> By doing those three steps you most likely not say something you would regret later. You woul... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 16:41:24 EST YOUR BILL OF ASSERTIVE RIGHTS 1. You have the right to put yourself first sometimes. <BR> 2. You have the right to make mistakes and be responsible for them. <BR> 3. You have the right to your own opinions and convictions. <BR> 4. You have the right to change your mind. <BR> 5. You have the right to protest unfair treatment or critcism. <BR> 6. You have the right to feel and express pain. <BR> 7. You have the right to receive formal recognition for your work. <BR> 8. You have the right not to have to justify yours... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 16:40:26 EST LIST OF 11 IRRATIONAL BELIEFS <BR> LIST OF 11 IRRATIONAL BELIEFS COMMON TO THIS CULTURE <BR> <BR> 1. One should be loved or approved of, by almost everyone. <BR> <BR> 2. In order tot be worthwhile, one should be competent in almost all respects. <BR> <BR> 3. Somoe people are intrinsically bad and desesrve punishment. <BR> <BR> 4. Things should always be exactly the way we want them to be. (That is, it is terrible when they are not). <BR> <BR> 5. Individuals have little internal control over their per... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 16:39:16 EST YOUR CHOICE - YOUR RIGHTS Read the following list of traditional assumptions. Do any of them remind you of rules you learned as a child? Do you still believe that they apply to you as an adult? Listed below each traditional assumption is a statement of your legitimate rights as an adult. These rights are a reminder that you have a choice about what you believe and that you are no longer an unquestioning child, but rather an adult with alternatives. <BR> <BR> MISTAKEN TRADITIONAL ASSUMPTION 1 <BR> It is selfish to... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 16:03:05 EST Coping With Anxiety/Panci Attacks Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Since this is the stress relief team I thought I would ask How do you cope with anxiety, stress, or panic attacks, because they do play a role in stressful times. So if you suffer from any of those problems how do you get through them? <BR> <BR> I practice deep breathing, positive self talk, and aromatherpy. Thu, 16 Jul 2009 12:27:26 EST Day Sixteen Stress Relief Challenge-July 16 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 16 Challenge: Watch a funny movie or TV show. Laughter has been shown to be one of our biggest outlets for stress by allowing our bodies to release those feel-good hormones. Wed, 15 Jul 2009 23:12:59 EST Avoiding the office gossip. This is cause of major stress in my job. I try really, really hard to walk away from it but it seems to just suck you in. I work as a nurse in a hospital and am surrounded by alot of females. That means gossip, cattiness, and stress through the roof. Most of the time I try to just go on with my day and only talk about the things that relate to my job and not the people around me... but like a said, I get sucked into talking about this person here and the other there. <BR> I am trying to r... Wed, 15 Jul 2009 16:25:47 EST Day Fifteen Stress Relief Challenge-July 15 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 15 Challenge: Avoid office gossip if possible. With layoffs and company closures at record highs, it isn’t surprising that stress on the job is also on the rise. Try to avoid the office gossip mill and instead elect to walk away. Now may be a good time for a meditative walk. Tue, 14 Jul 2009 23:44:32 EST Day Fourteen Stress Relief Challenge-July 14 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 14 Challenge: Talk with a positive friend not one who is negative. Negative emotions can be contagious, so talking with a friend who is positive may help you alleviate some of the pent up stress. Mon, 13 Jul 2009 23:57:23 EST Day Thirteen Stress Relief Challenge-July 13 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 13 Challenge: Find your passion. Whether this is gardening, walking, scrapbooking, or reading, find a passion that will allow you to be distracted from the stress. Sun, 12 Jul 2009 23:38:16 EST Ann I just joined the challenge and am trying to understand what the challenge is. From what I have read it looks like we each find out own way of relieving stress. My past relief was to eat but I am now needing to find another way. I work at 40 hr week as a call center supervisor and some days I could eat forever. If anyone has any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated. Sun, 12 Jul 2009 21:33:09 EST Work Stress Hello! I joined SparkPeople a week ago to support my weightloss efforts. I joined this team because I finally realize that stress at work is my biggest weightloss road block. (During this economic struggle we've downsized, lost some hours, lost benefits) So I'm finding ways to combat the stress and not turn to the vending machine at 3pm. Last week I started doing the "Boxing" exercise (found on the exercise page) several times a day in my office. It's a good way to stretch your back and sho... Sun, 12 Jul 2009 10:17:50 EST Day Twelve Stress Relief Challenge-July 12 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 12 Challenge: <BR> <BR> Stop before you eat. Identify if you are eating out of hunger or stress. Until we identify the reasons for turning to food then and only then can we change our behavior. Unless you are feeling the true pangs of hunger, try using distraction techniques until the stress subsides. Sat, 11 Jul 2009 21:45:24 EST Day Eleven Stress Relief Challenge-July 11 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 11 Challenge: <BR> <BR> Spend a few minutes clearing the clutter from your desk, kitchen, closet, or even your purse. Studies have shown that being able to locate misplaced objects easily leads to less stress in our lives. Fri, 10 Jul 2009 19:21:57 EST Day Ten Stress Relief Challenge-July 10 Day 10 Challenge: Develop a play list of your favorite relaxation songs. Music is a great stress reliever and a great way to start a busy day. <BR> <BR> A few of my favs are Josh Groban's You Raise Me Up and Amazing Grace by Ronan Tynan. Thu, 9 Jul 2009 20:25:05 EST Hope I can still join?? I just found this team, and its DEFINTELY something I could benefit from! I am feeling major stress wedding is coming up August 15, I graduated from college in March and can't find a fiance just immigrated here from England and we are stuck living with my parents until I find a job...etc... <BR> <BR> I am going to try and catch up on the daily challenges! Hopefully we can help eachother become less stressed! Thu, 9 Jul 2009 10:00:51 EST Saying No! I have always had the problem of being a people pleaser and not being able to say no to anything. However, in most cases I find that this ends up having the opposite impact; you overextending yourself and cracking or at a minimum flaking out on something you committed to and disappointing people anyway. Little by little I have realized that saying yes to everything ends up making you feel worse because you just can't do everything and people start to not trust you. I have finally began (with... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 07:51:30 EST Day Nine Stress Relief Challenge-July 9 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 9 Challenge: Practice telling others NO. <BR> <BR> For many years I was a people pleaser. I hated to tell other people no, but what I have discovered is that by refusing to tell them no I was actually creating a more stressful environment for me and my family. <BR> <BR> If you are asked to do something that you know would only make your life more stressful, it is fine to tell them, “Sorry, but I am... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 22:00:31 EST What to do when you can't complete a challenge? I'm not talking about an "Oh, I don't feel like making time for this" situation, but rather, what do you do when the parameters of the challenge aren't possible within the realm of possibility in your life? How can you make adjustments to get the benefits of the challenge's lesson? Wed, 8 Jul 2009 10:40:58 EST Day Eight Stress Relief Challenge-July 8 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 8 Challenge: <BR> <BR> Talk to a friend about your concerns. Many times when we feel as though we are carrying the whole world’s problems on our shoulders the stress can become quite overwhelming. Leaning on friends can be a big help in coping with stress. Tue, 7 Jul 2009 22:57:27 EST JOURNALING FOR STRESS RELIEF I posted in another thread that I would start a thread to help you all understand the importance and benefits of journaling. I'll also be sharing the different kinds of journals one can keep. I have dozens of them. <BR> Over the years since 1990 until now, I have filled 20 journals for my daily journal. I have others, but I am not going to give them away until this thread gets going. Don't want to spoil all the fun at once. <BR> <BR> Sheri Adams Tue, 7 Jul 2009 00:46:30 EST Day Seven Stress Relief Challenge-July 7 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 7 Challenge: <BR> <BR> Take a 10-15 minute meditative walk. Try letting go of your problems and just take in the sights, sounds, and even smells of your walk. Feel the warmth of the sun and let your mind wander away from the stress of the day. Mon, 6 Jul 2009 23:44:09 EST Day Six Stress Relief Challenge-July 6 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 6 Challenge: <BR> <BR> Work on getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Try building a bedtime routine and keep that routine during the weekends too. Work on letting go the day’s problems well before your head hits the pillow. Sun, 5 Jul 2009 21:26:48 EST Response to In The Daily Spark Hoping everyone gets this email. Today there was an article entitled "My Bill of Rights to Healthy Living" by SP_Nancy. <BR> <BR> I loved it, have copied it and am creating a personal bill of rights. I also added each one to my stress jar. <BR> Nancy Sun, 5 Jul 2009 11:45:59 EST Day Five Stress Relief Challenge-July5 <em>227</em> <B>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM</B> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 5 Challenge: Take a 5 minute mental break using visualization and guided imagery. Close your eyes, relax your body, and visualize yourself letting go of all those things we cannot control in our lives. And don't forget to breathe that good old deep diaphragmatic breathing. <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Jul 2009 00:04:40 EST Hi Everyone! Hi! My name is Sara and I joined because one thing that it is imperative that I do is learn how to deal and cope with stress. It's my downfall, especially considering my job (I work with at risk homeless youth) and I feel the need to work on how that affects me. I used to be an emotional eater- any time anything bad happened to me I would eat and that of course has lead to me being almost 80 lbs overweight. I have taken measures to try and curb this and they are working so far- I don't eat pa... Sat, 4 Jul 2009 07:57:00 EST Day Four Stress Relief Challenge-July 4 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND ON THIS FORUM</B> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> I thought I would put Day Four's Challenge so that if any of you have plans you will have it under you belt. <BR> <BR> Day 4 Challenge: <BR> <BR> HAPPY 4th of July! Many of us will be spending time with family today which can become a great source of stress. First and foremost, understand that you cannot control other people’s actions; therefore, this is not the time to change their perception of you. Try ke... Fri, 3 Jul 2009 16:38:12 EST Day Three Stress Relief Challenge-July 3 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND ON THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 3 Challenge: Practice deep breathing techniques. Deep breathing has been shown to reduce stress as well as bring down our heart rate and blood pressure. This technique is used by people of all walks of life, from business execs to athletes. <BR> <BR> Sit or stand- then slowly inhale through your nose for 5 counts allowing your diaphragm to expand then slowly exhale through your mouth for the count of... Thu, 2 Jul 2009 22:30:35 EST Hello there Hi everyone! <BR> I am super excited for this months challenge and can't wait to get started with the first two days! <BR> I am currently between schools since I just graduated from college and I am starting Grad school in September. I know that this challenge will be good for me since I know I get really stressed and anxious during the semester! Hope everyone has fun and let's kick some stress butt! <BR> Tatjana <BR> Thu, 2 Jul 2009 21:09:13 EST hello Hi my name is Paula.I need to learn how to manage or eliminate stress. Thu, 2 Jul 2009 11:43:35 EST Day Two Stress Relief Challenge-July 2 <em>227</em> <B>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND ON THIS FORUM</B> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Day 2 Challenge: Start a journal, whether here on SparkPeople or on paper. Begin by writing down the stressors you experience each day. <BR> <BR> How did you deal with them? In other words, how did you manage the stress? Did you turn to food, take an exercise break, call a friend, go for a walk, come to the message boards, etc? <BR> <BR> Did these measures help? Did writing them down help? Did anyone offer any... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 20:15:38 EST STRESS JARS I have an idea. I thought of it while copying quotes on stress for future use. <BR> <BR> You will need two jars with lids, paper and pen, and some stress quotes. <BR> <BR> Get your Jars and on one put STRESSES OF THE DAY. <BR> You write out all the stresses of the day and the things that are bothering you on a piece of paper, fold it up and put it into the jar and leave the stress of the day there. You don't think about it again. <BR> <BR> On the other jar your put STRESS QUOTES. <BR> ... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 17:42:18 EST STRESS * RELIEF... The Venting Room.... Sometimes.... just jotting down your stressors, can help relieve the stress... too often we keep it all pent up... when all we need is an outlet to jot down the things that are piling up inside.... <BR> <BR> <BR> *** Please let it out Here in this thread.... <BR> (just remember common courtesy and sparkpeople rules while letting go) <BR> <BR> also feel free to add what you are doing to relieve the stressor.... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 17:24:00 EST Tipped the scales this weekend I've always been one of those "hippy type" stress gurus. Yoga, incense, relaxation therapy, rock climbing, etc. And my strategies worked really well to reduce daily stress. <BR> <BR> But this last month has been a disaster, and for all kinds of reasons, all the good things I did, I don't do. Which then ups my stress, which then reinforces the bad behaviors. It's effecting my sleep, my diet, and my moods. Of course the moods then effect the hubby, which causes even more stress. ARRRUGGGH... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 12:41:58 EST Stress Eating Something I read in Self Mag, June 2009 issue: "Simply setting a goal to curb your calorie intake could help you cut back on stress eating. When offered dried fruit and chocolate after tackling an anxiety-inducing task, dieters downed 32% less than nondieters, a study in the journal "Appetite" finds. Seeing a healthy option may remind dieters of their eat-right goals. Keep nutritious food in view when tension mounts." Any thoughts? Wed, 1 Jul 2009 12:07:18 EST new member here Hi all, <BR> <BR> My name is Nancy and I am excited to bepart of this Challenge. For the first time I am motivated to give it a try. Could be I shared the site wirh my doctor and counselor. <BR> <BR> I have suffered from depression/anxiety most of my life. I managed fairly well until the death of my Dad in Aug. of 2004. I had lost my job as a counselor and then took care of my dad for 2 years and forgot to take care of me!! <BR> <BR> I have been on Spark for 2 years. I was active until ... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 11:39:12 EST Today's Focus Note ... to Remember to Relax A mantra, a motto, a visual... a place to come to when you are feeling over stressed and anxious... <BR> <BR> to lower your anxiety / stress <BR> <BR> (this has helped me not only ride out my panic attacks but lower my stress to sometimes preventing them) <BR> <BR> When You are calm... take some time to really think on a phrase that can stop your worrying thinking, <BR> also another suggestion think of a place that brings you happy feelings... joyful feelings... and when you get over str... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 09:23:15 EST Stress Management Quotes One of my favorite things to help me in times of stress is reading inspirational quotes. Feel free to add some of your own and copy some of these and put them in a place where you will read them every day! <BR> <BR> Nancy <BR> <BR> A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for. — William Shedd <BR> <BR> <BR> "The time to relax is when you don't have time for it." <BR> Author Unknown <BR> <BR> "Don't sweat the small stuff... and it's all small stuff." Richard Carlson <BR> ... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 19:15:50 EST Day One Stress Relief Challenge-July 1 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND ON THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 1 Challenge: Take the Stress Quiz and see where your vulnerability to stress lies. (See link below) <BR> <BR> <BR> Use the Daily Discussion thread in this forum (under the General Team Discussion Forum to discuss where your vulnerability lies. <BR> <BR> Many times when we feel as though we have no control in our lives, is when our stress begins to rise, therefore once we know where our stress lies ... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 18:46:10 EST new member i will try to be brief. Have joined other challenges also trying to cope. I am dealing with my 94 old mother's alzheimer decline. i took care of her in her home as long as i could, over 2 years and then had to move her to an assisted living memory facility. all her money is gone and I have had to apply for medical assistance. There in comes further stress to the big time. i have been on the phone, copying, sending, etc. etc. etc. It had upset me to the point I think my husband was thinking i ... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 16:28:18 EST Daily Stress Quote <BR> Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. <BR> ~Etty Hillesum <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Jun 2009 14:24:04 EST New Member Today Want to know the challenge so I can participate. I'm about as stressed as they come. <em>198</em> Tue, 30 Jun 2009 12:33:49 EST Hello I just started Sparkpeople this year, and I love it! I am a 44 y/o married mother of 3, and grand mommy of 1. I have been dealing w/the effects of stress in my life for about 11 years, I am always looking for ways to deal with it, and eventually I hope to eradicate the excess stress in my life. Thank you for this challenge! Tue, 30 Jun 2009 11:40:49 EST Stress Relief Daily Challenge Discussion Forum Please feel free to share with your fellow members any questions and concerns you may have with each of the daily challenges. I wish you all well... <BR> <BR> HAPPY STRESS RELIEF SPARKING! <BR> Nancy Mon, 29 Jun 2009 19:22:34 EST PLEASE READ <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THE DAILY CHALLENGES IN THIS FORUM. FEEL FREE TO DISCUSS THE DAILY CHALLENGES IN THE GENERAL TEAM FORUM.</b> <em>227</em> Mon, 29 Jun 2009 19:19:18 EST SP's Stress Relief Calendar <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS THREAD</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=889 </link> <BR> <BR> <b>PLEASE FEEL FREE TO PRINT AND POST WHERE YOU CAN READ EVERY DAY</b> Mon, 29 Jun 2009 19:11:25 EST Hi I chose to join this team because stress is one of my "mindless eating" triggers. I want to improve my stress mgmt skills so that I can reach my goals! <BR> <BR> Go Team!! Mon, 29 Jun 2009 11:16:32 EST New I seem to have alot of stress in my life. I look forward to this challenge of learning how to relieve myself of it. Sat, 27 Jun 2009 13:17:32 EST NEW MEMBER HEY EVERYBODY, <BR> <BR> IM NEW TO SPARKPEOPLE (JUST JOINED 3 DAYS AGO)! THIS SITE IS MORE THAN I EXPECTED IT TO BE. REALLY! <BR> SO YEAH IM DEALING WITH A LOT OF STRESS WITH THE BABY AND SICK HUSBAND AND ALL. AND I EAT ALOT WHEN IM STRESSED. SO MAYBE THIS WILL HELP! IM LOOKING FORWARD TO GET TO KNOW PEOPLE THAT ARE IN SIMILAR SITUATIONS AND HOW THEY HANDLE IT! Fri, 26 Jun 2009 18:57:12 EST New to Spark not New to Stress! Hi! I am new to Spark and reasonably new to being focused on exercise and overall fitness. Unfortunately, I am not new to stress, have plenty and am always look for better ways to keep it in check! Tue, 23 Jun 2009 20:23:05 EST New Member Hi all, im new here and i have been stressed out since i moved back home. i lost weight after i graduated and moved home but im still stressed out and thats no way to be. because stress will make u gain weight. So im new here and i ready to live stress free. any helpers. Tue, 23 Jun 2009 13:13:16 EST SP's Stress Management Articles Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Here's a list of articles from our Resource Center that you might find helpful: <BR> <BR> Stress Relief Calendar <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=889 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> 3 minutes to De-Stress <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=596 </link> <BR> <BR> Stress Balls <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=127 </link> <BR> <BR> 7 Simple ... Tue, 23 Jun 2009 11:44:22 EST New Here Hello everyone! <BR> I am new to all of these forums. I am enjoying the SparkPeople site. <BR> <BR> Each day is a huge challenge for me to keep on track. My job is very stressful at times. <BR> <BR> Hope to get to know you all more. <BR> Make it a great week!! <BR> Nancyp Mon, 15 Jun 2009 06:37:15 EST Hey there Hi! My name is Jen. I was shocked off my scales when I finally weighed myself two weeks ago. NOT A PRETTY SIGHT! Just like everyone else, I have my fair share (and then some) of STRESS! I have not been exercising or eating right as well as indulging in a beer habit in order to take the edge off my daily stress. Anyway, back to the scale story, I have gained 11 lbs in the last 6 months which I swear just crept up out of no where! LOL. No really, it did seem that way. Well, shocked as I ... Sat, 13 Jun 2009 09:22:34 EST June 2009 - Daily Chat and Check-In Let's Check-In and Chat while we are waiting for our New Challenge to start in July. <BR> <BR> We could get to know one another and do a little encouragement along the way. <BR> <BR> Have a Blessed Day and Breathe. Tue, 2 Jun 2009 14:39:22 EST