SparkPeople the Turn It Around Girls Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=32848 We will help you to stretch yourself to make changes for better health. We will support, challenge, laugh with and cry with you as you make those essential changes. SparkPeople the Turn It Around Girls Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=32848 Who Is Still Around Here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x55564970 Who is still around here and interested in getting/keeping this team going? <BR> <BR> Let us know! <em>306</em> Fri, 8 Nov 2013 14:41:07 EST Better than a Gold Medal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x49306673 Better than a Gold Medal <BR> by Kelly Givens, Editor at Salem Web Network <BR> <BR> “Do you not know that in a race, all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make i... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 16:06:18 EST Prayer requests http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x47926811 This is a prayer request from my mom concerning her sister that lives in California............ <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Please put Evelyn on your prayer chain, she is back in the hospital and she is in the cardiac unit where they are testing her, she has three tumors on her liver and a blockage in the tube that goes to her stomach and she is not able to eat anything at all...because she is so thin and weak they are going to hook her up to an IV to feed her to try and get her nourished before ... Sat, 5 May 2012 15:36:35 EST What did you tell yourself today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x47862262 I told myself I am loved by God and worth making changes to better my life and health Tue, 1 May 2012 16:53:37 EST Quotes and Bible verses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x47862178 You never know when a moment and a few sincere <BR> words can have an impact on a life. <BR> --Zig Ziglar Tue, 1 May 2012 16:47:11 EST It's Springtim e.....A-Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x47862124 A: Alergies Tue, 1 May 2012 16:43:03 EST Healthy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23313x32848x47861713 Lets post ideas, articles, stories etc about getting everything else in our lives back on track. be it time management or organization or cleaning tips etc....anything we can share to help make our lives others lives run smoother. Tue, 1 May 2012 16:15:10 EST Physical health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23313x32848x47861626 Lets post weight loss and exercise ideas, articles, stories etc here to help each other out in getting our physical bodies back to a healthy place. Tue, 1 May 2012 16:10:15 EST Spiritual Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23313x32848x47861575 Lets post ideas, stories, articles, suggestions and testimonies etc that help us stay spiritually healthy! Tue, 1 May 2012 16:07:09 EST What are your GOALS for 2012- short and long term? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x45752321 I decided that I need to make smaller goals so that they are more attainable and will keep me focused. <BR> <BR> My first goal is to lose 10% of my body weight. <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> My second goal is to make sure that I drink 100oz of water a day. <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> My third goal is exercise daily for at least 15-30 min. <em>311</em> <em>326</em> <BR> <BR> My fourth goal is to follow my healthy eating plan. <em>267</em> <em>258</em> <em>496</em> <em>53</em> <em>485</em> <... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 17:29:55 EST Spin it here thread #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x45277144 HI Team Let's continue our chats here. We are supposed to stop around 1000 for ease of loading, but I forgot. So please continue with your news on this thread. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 18:12:35 EST 7 phrases to never use...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x44756937 <BR> <BR> 7 Phrases NEVER to Use at Work (or Anywhere Else) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> By Robert Pagliarini for CBS MoneyWatch.com <BR> <BR> Comedian George Carlin famously spoke about the “seven words you can never say on television,” but the following seven seemingly innocuous words/phrases might be even worse. To say them is almost like dousing your goals, hopes and dreams with sulfuric acid. <BR> <BR> Creating a better life is hard work! It takes little effort to maintain the status quo,... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 12:36:09 EST What i did for ME today was________ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x44578295 Come and share what you did just for you to give yourself some ME time. Thu, 13 Oct 2011 22:08:18 EST Today my goal is ____________ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x44087931 Tell us what you want to get done today. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 19:07:35 EST Today I will be active by ____________ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x44087908 Tell us what and how you plan on being active today Wed, 14 Sep 2011 19:06:16 EST Weightloss devo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x43653296 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My Triple-Braided Cord <BR> Karen Ehman <BR> <BR> <BR> "A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken." Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NLT) <BR> <BR> I've been embattled in a knock-down, drag-out fight for over a quarter-century now. Sometimes, I feel the little daily battles that are part of this clash completely defeat me, leaving me helpless... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 13:14:24 EST Don't Eat Your Way Out of the Pit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x42588042 <BR> <BR> Don't Eat Your Way Out of the Pit <BR> Lysa TerKeurst <BR> <BR> <BR> "Three times a day, he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before." Daniel 6:10b (NIV) <BR> <BR> Have you ever been in a pit? Yesterday I was. And you know what pits make me feel besides frustrated and down? Hungry. <BR> <BR> Usually my pit comes when circumstances roll into my life that I can't control. <BR> <BR> Circumstances that affect me, but that are beyo... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 00:11:57 EST I've done a 360 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x40032450 Ok, I hate to admit it, but I let myself get off track...it was so easy. I took a trip to Texas to visit my daughter, and I left my goals at home. After a week of undisciplined eating, I returned home and continued. Did you know it is a lot easier to gain 5 pounds a month than it is to lose it? Well, I am back on SP now, and I have lost 6 pounds in the first two weeks. I am really hating having to re-lose those pounds, but I really want to feel better, and live longer. Cokes, fast food, carbs... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 19:17:05 EST A-Z What are you thankful for? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x39455406 I saw this on another team and thought it was a great idea for us! <BR> <BR> What are you thankful for, in a word follow the alphabet. <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:19:59 EST 2011 TAG OF THE WEEK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x39056700 This is the new thread for our 2011 TAG of the week! <BR> <BR> GOING2LOSENOW! YOU ARE OUR TURN AROUND GIRL OF THE WEEK!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <em>220</em> <em>285</em> <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> Ladies! Please help me congratulate Tina as our TAG of the week! Mon, 10 Jan 2011 21:48:31 EST PRAYER MEETING - BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x38908262 CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO ASK FOR PRAYER WHEN YOU NEED IT!!! NOT ONLY FOR HEALTH AND FITNESS ISSUES, BUT IN ALL AREAS OF YOUR LIFE. ADD YOUR REQUEST HERE OR USE THIS THREAD TO LIFT SOMEONE ELSE'S REQUEST. THIS IS OUR TEAM PRAYER MEETING FORUM. <BR> <BR> Phillipians 4:6-7 says: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mi... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 14:40:52 EST Prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x38908152 Our Father which art in Heaven, please be with our team "The Turn Around Girls". As we embark on new goals and challenges for 2011, we would ask for your strength and perseverance to "press on towards our goals". Amen <BR> Ph 3:14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Wed, 5 Jan 2011 14:36:55 EST EMOTICON YOUR MOOD TODAY :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x38816847 <em>244</em> Sun, 2 Jan 2011 17:11:46 EST QUESTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x38816786 Ask anything. If we don't know we'll try to find out. Sun, 2 Jan 2011 17:09:12 EST I'M STRUGGLING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x38816661 We all encounter struggles along the way. Write yours here so we can know, pray and most important, overcome together!!! Sun, 2 Jan 2011 17:04:17 EST What I did right today :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x38816516 Today I completed day one of bootcamp. With a bad back. Sun, 2 Jan 2011 16:58:32 EST Declare Your 2011 Goals Here - Write Them Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x38816461 Writing down your goals is one of the keys to success. Write them here, review them often and let's keep each other encouraged. Sun, 2 Jan 2011 16:56:46 EST SPIN IT HERE - OUR DAILY THREAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x38816213 LET'S CONTINUE OUR CHATS HERE. JEWELL Sun, 2 Jan 2011 16:46:28 EST Apologies to my TAG team ladies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x38151404 I wanted to say sorry that I haven't been around much lately. Things have been CRAZY! My stress level has been out of this world! <BR> <BR> I was supposed to be getting on a Cruise ship tomorrow, but my ship is the one that caught fire two weeks ago. At first, they said, that our sailing would be fine, then 10 days before we were to leave, we were told it was cancelled. We had to take care of Amtrak reservations, hotels, etc. Trying to figure out our options with the cruise itself! <BR> <B... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 18:23:49 EST And..What does your username mean? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x37611136 WCATAP= with Christ all things are possible Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:26:36 EST Where are you from? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x37597437 Hi, l was wondering where our team members are from? <BR> Also what's the weather like there just now? <BR> <BR> I'm from Ayrshire, on the west coast of Scotland. <em>706</em> <BR> The last couple of days it's been windy & raining a lot, getting quite cold too. The autumn leaves are starting to come off the trees - the copper/golden colours are very pretty. <em>465</em> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 19:33:51 EST What's in a name? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x37443209 A little game - using each of the letters in your Sparkpeople user name think of positive terms to describe yourself. <BR> To start here's mine: <BR> D - Dedicated <BR> I - Inspired (by the great folks here on Sparkpeople) <BR> S - Sincere <BR> N - Never give up <BR> E - Enthusiastic <BR> Y - Yearning (to maintain my weightloss) <BR> P - Practical <BR> A - Accepting <BR> R - Romantic <BR> I - Interested (in getting fitter and healthier) <BR> S - Smiling <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Oct 2010 03:56:30 EST Mini Challenges for the Week October 10-17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x37222528 OKAY Ladies, we need to kick it up a notch- time for some mini challenges again. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> Let's shoot for at least 8 glasses of Water a day <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>491</em> <em>488</em> <em>277</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em> <em>265</em> <em>69</em> <em>485</em> <em>291</em> Let's try and consume at least 2 servings a day <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> <em>84</em> <em>311</em> <em>231</em> <em>217</em> <em>414</em> <em>406</em> <em>326</em> <em>23</em> ... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 09:45:59 EST Food or Calorie Log October 10-17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x37222395 Let's have another Great week! Sun, 10 Oct 2010 09:37:05 EST Physical Activity October 10-17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x37222372 Keep on moving!!! Sun, 10 Oct 2010 09:35:45 EST New Spark People Feature http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x37178930 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/mix-and<BR>-match-meal-planner.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Check out this new Spark People feature! Thu, 7 Oct 2010 21:09:06 EST Food or Calorie Log for Week Oct 1-8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x37053293 Here is a place to log calories, or food if you want! Fri, 1 Oct 2010 23:30:17 EST Physical Activity - Oct 1-8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x37053260 Here is a thread to log your activity each day! All physical activity counts!!! <BR> <BR> We can do it!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Tina Fri, 1 Oct 2010 23:28:31 EST Nauseous most of the time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x35207596 You would think I would be losing weight since almost everything makes me nauseous these days. Even water gets to me so by the end of the day, I am quite ill. Yes, I've been to the doctor; I've been to several specialists; I've tried medication; I've tried acupuncture. Nothing works!! <BR> <BR> So on the average day this is what happens: I get up and delay breakfast because I don't want to be sick all day. I want to feel good for a part of the day. However, I start drinking water right away.... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 23:58:08 EST Active living tips 6/14-6/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x34782724 These are from the June Spark calendar- how many can you incorporate into your daily life and become more active? <BR> <BR> 6/14:Tune-in to your body. When watching TV, think of other activities you can do instead of lounging, such as marching in place or riding your exercise bike. Try a few push ups, crunches and squats during the commercial breaks too. <BR> <BR> 6/15: Do it yourself. Hiring painters, housekeepers, and other laborers may save time, but doing repairs and maintenance yoursel... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 23:49:44 EST Tip a day for active lifestyle 6/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x34508734 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For June, that means achieving an active lifestyle. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Be your own dishwasher. Washing a few dishes by hand keeps you on your feet and active. <BR> You'll burn calories, save water and electricity, and have clean dishes in a matter of minutes. Tue, 1 Jun 2010 09:33:34 EST Mini Challenges starting June 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x34504515 1) Exercise 30 min a day at least 5 days a week <BR> <BR> 2) Drink 10 glasses of water a day- colder the better, for the metabolism <BR> <BR> 3) Eat 2 servings of fruits and veggies a day <BR> <BR> 4) Take some time for yourself daily <BR> <BR> 5) Check in with your Turn Around Girls at least 3 times a week <BR> <BR> Feel free to come back and report in- <BR> <BR> Let's have a great week! <BR> <BR> Tina Tue, 1 Jun 2010 02:48:54 EST Hey new members! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x34427539 <em>229</em> <em>235</em> <em>199</em> <em>247</em> <em>229</em> <em>235</em> <em>199</em> <em>247</em> <em>229</em> <em>235</em> <em>199</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> We are so happy you have joined the Turn Around Girls. Post your birthday and anniversary so we can honor you on your special days. You can either leave info here and I'll transfer it. Or go to birthday and anniversary topic and follow the directions. <BR> <BR> Also the welcome center has some fun questions for ... Thu, 27 May 2010 19:55:28 EST Announcing TAG of the week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x34192372 It is "Dancemore" <BR> <em>247</em> <em>243</em> <em>410</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 17 May 2010 07:55:17 EST Happy Birthday ANNAKAYAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x34152475 Hope you have a blessed day. Sat, 15 May 2010 07:12:38 EST How to Eat Healthy on a Budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x34077805 Some more good tips <BR> <BR> <link>www.qualityhealth.com/eating-nutriti<BR>on-articles/eating-healthy-budget?prin<BR>tArticle=true </link> Tue, 11 May 2010 22:27:01 EST 5 Ways to Boost Your Willpower http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x34077211 Great tips <BR> <link>www.qualityhealth.com/dieting-articl<BR>es/5-ways-boost-your-willpower?printAr<BR>ticle=true </link> Tue, 11 May 2010 22:04:15 EST Having a really rough time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x34077082 <BR> <BR> Very frustrated with lack of progess,seemed to be doing the right things but obviously not! Also, aggravated my foot tat I broke in December,not sure how, but it has been extremely painful, and that has sidelined me, and I was doing so well walking, and walking also helped relieve my stress and depression, so I seem to be in a vicious cycle at the moment. I really want to snap out of it, know hubby would like it if I did too! Just feeling like no one gives rip about me, but deep ... Tue, 11 May 2010 21:58:26 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVVYSBABY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x34053275 Ladies! Please help me wish EVVYSBABY a very happy birthday! <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> Mon, 10 May 2010 22:44:36 EST Drink This to Help Undo a Heavy Meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x33894874 <BR> Very interesting article. <BR> <BR> <link>www.realage.com/tips/drink-this-to-h<BR>elp-undo-a-heavy-meal </link> Tue, 4 May 2010 00:51:34 EST What are your goals? What changes have you made? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x33878457 My first goal is to lose 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> I eat mostly whole grains, limit sweets, and portion control. <BR> <BR> I still have to make exercise a habit that I can live with. Mon, 3 May 2010 12:56:37 EST BIRTHDAY/A NNIVERSARY LIST http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x33865039 If your name is not listed, feel free to copy and paste the list and add your name in the appropriate place. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Tina Sun, 2 May 2010 23:03:40 EST New Team Goals for May http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x33846336 Ladies, wanted to let you know that there are new team goals on the main team page. <BR> <BR> Here's to a healthy month ahead! <BR> <BR> Tina Sun, 2 May 2010 03:55:31 EST What I Did RIGHT Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x33789961 Let's focus on the positive side of things! <BR> <BR> What did you do RIGHT today? Give yourself the credit you are due! And remember; even baby steps lead towards the goal line! Thu, 29 Apr 2010 13:26:43 EST Motivating Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x33729473 I read this recently: <BR> <BR> "You'll never regret a time you didn't cheat" <BR> <BR> So true. <BR> <BR> Anyone else have any motvating quotes? Tue, 27 Apr 2010 03:37:10 EST The Best Foods For Every Part of Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x33633633 Today's busy, high-stress lifestyles often lead to a diet of convenience—one that's lacking in vitamins and minerals, and overloaded with sugar, fat, and calories. The result: a body that never realizes its full potential. But you can fight back with food; start today and you'll hit your peak from head to toe. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>eatthis.womenshealthmag.com/slidesho<BR>w/best-foods-every-part-your-body?cm_m<BR>mc=ETNTNL-_-2010_04_22-_-HTML-_-1 </link> Thu, 22 Apr 2010 21:51:58 EST 10 Reasons to Eat Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x33632971 It's often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Find out why it's so important to get off to a good start. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.qualityhealth.com/dieting-articl<BR>es/10-reasons-eat-breakfast?printArtic<BR>le=true </link> Thu, 22 Apr 2010 21:22:27 EST Happy Birthday Biglittlewoman http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x33590957 And may God bless you, have a great day! Happy Birthday! <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> Wed, 21 Apr 2010 08:09:15 EST 20-MINUTE HEALTHY MEALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x33588400 Whip up one of these healthy dinner ideas any day of the week <BR> <BR> <link>www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/quic<BR>k-meals </link> Wed, 21 Apr 2010 01:30:50 EST Foods That May Stop You from Sleeping http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x33587932 <link>www.qualityhealth.com/featured-artic<BR>le-segment?fa=107054&rf=45167&mc=ODU4N<BR>zE2NA..&ct=36917 </link> <BR> <BR> Some good reminders. Wed, 21 Apr 2010 00:33:49 EST Share your high and low today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x33567278 Since the day just started, I'll share from yesterday. <BR> <BR> My low was a bad stomach/my high was being there to listen and encourage my hair dresser, who is dealing with a difficult client. Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:17:54 EST 6 Rules of Good Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x33504568 Good reminders! <link>eatthis.menshealth.com/slide/never-s<BR>kip-breakfast?slideshow=77650#title </link> Sat, 17 Apr 2010 14:11:41 EST 7 Stomach- Slimming Selections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x33449054 <link>www.qualityhealth.com/featured-artic<BR>le-segment?fa=104298&rf=45099&mc=ODU4N<BR>zE2NA..&ct=43594 </link> Thu, 15 Apr 2010 01:47:03 EST 9 Weight-Loss Rules that Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x33255848 <link>www.menshealth.com/mhlists/lose_weig<BR>ht/ </link> Tue, 6 Apr 2010 23:18:26 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY FLMOMX2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x33202740 <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY FLMOMX2! (Sorry I am a day late.) <BR> <BR> Ladies, please help me wish Vicky a Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>244</em> <em>223</em> Sun, 4 Apr 2010 23:24:49 EST One blessing today is http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x33042551 I am rested and have a fresh outlook. Mon, 29 Mar 2010 08:38:01 EST 5 Ways to Boost Your Willpower http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32972339 <link>www.qualityhealth.com/featured-artic<BR>le-segment?fa=106448&rf=44178&mc=ODU4N<BR>zE2NA..&ct=36917 </link> Thu, 25 Mar 2010 23:27:06 EST 8 Quick and Healthy Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32971978 <link>www.womenshealthmag.com/health/heart<BR>-healthy-diet </link> Thu, 25 Mar 2010 23:04:52 EST request http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32900027 On Saturday is a marriage seminar offered free to the community by our church. I am administrating it and also leading the music. Please pray that God will be glorified in all areas. A few specific requests.. <BR> Many would attend <BR> Salvation of any unsaved <BR> A quickening for all to His will <BR> For the Speakers to be powerfully used by the Spirit <BR> Every detail of the music and technical end <BR> I still have details to work out with the music, pls pray that it would be edif... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 09:20:01 EST Food Solutions For Everyday Ailments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32894784 <link>www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/fo<BR>ods-that-stop-you-from-feeling-sick?cm<BR>_mmc=AD_Newsletter-_-2010_Mar_22-_-Abs<BR>_Diet-_-stockuponchicken </link> Tue, 23 Mar 2010 00:14:49 EST Discovering Negative calorie foods! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32865196 <link>www.weightlossecretstore.com/blog/di<BR>scovering-negative-calories-a-dieters-<BR>dream-in-the-aid-to-weightloss/ </link> Sun, 21 Mar 2010 21:50:37 EST Happy Birthday Pepperleah!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x32858906 Happy Birthday Leah:-) I hope you're having a GREAT day. You SO deserve it! <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>475</em> <em>408</em> Sun, 21 Mar 2010 16:33:12 EST 7 signs sweating to max results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32800486 <link>www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/how-<BR>to-get-the-best-workout-3?cm_mmc=AD_Ne<BR>wsletter-_-2010_Mar_15-_-Abs_Diet-_-to<BR>tellifyourbikerideorweightroutine </link> Thu, 18 Mar 2010 21:30:02 EST STAND UP FROM THE SOFA FOR REAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32771701 <BR> HEYYY EVERYONE!! <BR> <BR> My weight lost problems come basically from 2 reasons. <BR> <BR> I'm an emotional eater, because of stress, loneliness and anxiety <BR> and I'm also very lazy to start exercising. <BR> <BR> Actually, i like exercising, but I hate the start.. i always say I need to start doing some exercise but then i create this excuses, like: "ohh I have to change my clothes to go runing" or "it's to hot to go play basketball" or "i dont want to do it on m own" <BR> <B... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 18:48:55 EST Fat burning condiment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32700538 <link>www.realage.com/tips/choose-this-fat<BR>-burning-condiment </link> Mon, 15 Mar 2010 08:15:26 EST Protein Packed Snacked Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32697955 <link>www.menshealth.com/mhlists/protein-p<BR>acked-snacks/ </link> Mon, 15 Mar 2010 01:39:17 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY IAMGOJO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x32697217 Happy Birthday IAMGOJO! <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day! Mon, 15 Mar 2010 00:27:03 EST Email Problems of Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32693894 Explanation from Coach Jen: <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> Most of our recent email issues (with the exception of Yahoo) have been because of the email system all of our emails go through. I don't know all of the details (I'm not a Tech person), but we have been working directly with the company who owns this system, and they know that it's on their end. So we're just as frustrated as you are, trying to be patient as they try to figure out what's going on. <BR> <BR> <BR> I just ask th... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 21:41:45 EST Happy Anniversary LOYUSFLOWER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x32668400 I would like to wish Kathy (LOTUSFLOWER) a very happy and blessed anniversary! <BR> <BR> <em>408</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>408</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>408</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>408</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> Sat, 13 Mar 2010 17:01:01 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARTHA! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x32569871 <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARTHA! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <em>247</em> <em>250</em> <em>220</em> <em>285</em> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 21:09:02 EST still overwhelmed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x32527584 Okay, how do you organize your time on SP to make the most of the site. What is important on the boards to hit. I've had contact and lots of encouragement. But what is the priority to hit daily so I can feel connected? Mon, 8 Mar 2010 11:30:22 EST COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32474630 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Recently we've had a number of issues with members posting copyrighted information- primarily in their blogs. The original authors have been contacting us, asking that their work be removed, or properly cited, or in some instances they want to be paid for the fact that someone else is using it. <BR> <BR> I'm asking that you pass along this reminder to your teams: <BR> <BR> If you are going to post something on the boards or in your blog that someone else has writt... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 23:31:40 EST Non-Scale Victories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x32374055 There are so many way we can measure our success other than the scale! It is so important to recognize out success along the way! It is what keeps us motivated, and moving in the right direction! <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <em>265</em> <em>45</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>488</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em> <em>485</em> <em>69</em> <em>284</em> <em>291</em> <em>210</em> <em>34</em> <em>317</em> <em>318</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>217</em> <em>315</em> <em>332</e... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 11:39:15 EST Fiber Foods Help You Slim Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32370983 Here are 28 ways to sneak more fat-fighting fiber into your diet—without sacrificing flavor. <BR> <BR> <link>www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/fi<BR>ber-and-your-diet?page=1 </link> Tue, 2 Mar 2010 10:05:45 EST What 4 Fewer Pounds Can Do for You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32362671 What 4 Fewer Pounds Can Do for You <BR> <BR> Haven't reached your ideal size yet? Hang in there. In fact, make a pact that you'll at least shave off 4 pounds. <BR> <BR> Why? Because a new study showed that dropping a mere 4 pounds could cut hypertension risk by 8 percent in middle-aged people and by 11 percent in the 50-plus set. <BR> <BR> More Is More <BR> Of course, bigger weight loss had even better blood pressure benefits in the 8-year study. For example, losing 15 pounds reduced h... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 23:50:40 EST Virtual Buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x32315772 Ladies, we all know that it is much easier to keep up with our fitness minutes and goals when we have a "buddy" to keep us accountable. I know that some of us do not have a buddy near by to walk with us, etc. <BR> <BR> This month, we are beginning a "virtual buddy" challenge. Please "sign up" here and let us know if you will be willing to buddy up with a team member for the month of March. This can be for 30 minutes a day, or more, if you wish. <BR> <BR> We want to begin this buddy syste... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 14:43:48 EST New team goals posted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32304830 I have posted new team goals on the main team page. Make sure you check them out and track them! <BR> <BR> Lets make March a great month for us all!! <BR> <BR> Tina Sun, 28 Feb 2010 03:46:50 EST March Food Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x32304816 <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> This month strive to eat a green food daily, shouldn't be too hard. <BR> <BR> Let's see what kind of variety we can come up with. <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Feb 2010 03:38:32 EST Fitness Challenge for March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x32304810 This challenge is to help us with our fitness goals. We have all read the articles, increase steps to lose pounds. <BR> Increased movement- increased metabolism. <BR> Once an hour get up and move <BR> <BR> So, incorporating all of these different points, this is what we have come up with <BR> <BR> Once an hour: stand up, or stay standing, and take 50- 100 steps, march in place, walk around the desk, the chair, a circle or whatever, wherever you are. This should take a minute or less. Try ... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 03:34:55 EST March Challenge- How many Gold Coins can we toss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x32304783 Ok, Let's see if March is a better month for all of us. <BR> <BR> Instead of chocolate hearts- we are going to toss gold coins out along the way to the pot of gold which is pounds gone FOREVER!!!!! <BR> <BR> I did investigating and found that the quarter size gold foil coins 1 lb is 105 coins. <BR> <BR> Lets see how full we can get that black pot of gold by the end of the month!!!! Sun, 28 Feb 2010 03:25:40 EST Fat Fighting Soups http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32304705 Fat Fighting Soups <BR> <BR> Soup is a great weight-loss food because it is filling and satisfying. But the superstar soups in this collection contain ingredients known to help you feel more satiated, eat less, avoid blood sugar and insulin spikes, and burn more fat. Even better, these effects target belly fat first. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.dlife.com/photoGallery/viewGalle<BR>ry.php?albumId=236&photoId=748&ts=1267<BR>343988556 </link> Sun, 28 Feb 2010 03:05:13 EST Lose Fat Just by Standing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32290504 Lose Fat Just by Standing? <BR> <BR> Your body might be able to break down fat better if you do this one simple thing: stand more. <BR> <BR> A small study suggests that when people sit around too much, enzymes that help break down fat are practically turned off. Bad news not just for your waist but also for your heart and artery health. The solution? Fidget, pace, get up, get down. Do whatever you have to do to move those legs of yours. Often. <BR> <BR> Couch-Potato Science <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 12:53:53 EST Sharpen Your Memory with This 6-Calorie Snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32290269 Sharpen Your Memory with This 6-Calorie Snack <BR> <BR> For a razor-sharp memory, give your mouth this 6-calorie snack to munch on: a stalk of celery. <BR> <BR> Celery is a top source of a high-powered flavonoid known as luteolin, and these compounds may help cool off destructive inflammation in the brain's memory center (otherwise known as the hippocampus). Not a bad trade for 6 calories. <BR> <BR> Sending a Signal <BR> <BR> Over time, brain inflammation can interfere with memory, ma... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 12:41:33 EST 15 Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32290136 <link>www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/<BR>boost-your-metabolism?cm_mmc=Newslette<BR>r-_-2010_Feb_26-_-Dose-_-readon </link> Sat, 27 Feb 2010 12:35:11 EST 5 Surefire Ways to Get More Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32254560 <link>www.womenshealthmag.com/health/energ<BR>y-tips?cat=18743&tip=18738 </link> Thu, 25 Feb 2010 22:30:33 EST Low blood sugar symptoms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32229876 Low blood sugar symptoms <BR> <BR> Symptoms such as weakness, feeling tired, shaking, sweating, headache, hunger, nervousness and irritability are signs that a person's blood sugar is getting dangerously low. <BR> <BR> A person showing any of these symptoms should check their blood sugar. If the level is low (70 mg/dl), a sugar-containing food should be eaten right away. <BR> <BR> Reviewed By: Elizabeth H. Holt, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology and Metabo... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 01:37:19 EST HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MOMZO52! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x32138368 <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>214</em> <em>129</em> <em>236</em> <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>247</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Anniversary MOMZO52! <BR> <BR> Ladies, please help me wish Martha a Happy Anniversary! Sun, 21 Feb 2010 22:10:30 EST Happy Birthday TEDDYBEA RGIRL!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x32093975 <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday Teresa! <BR> <BR> Ladies! Help me wish Teresa a Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <em>247</em> <em>250</em> <em>220</em> <em>285</em> Sat, 20 Feb 2010 00:00:23 EST 37 Fat-Burning Power Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32067059 37 Fat-Burning Power Recipes <BR> <BR> Delicious ways to enjoy the fat-fighting, muscle-building power of protein. <BR> <link>www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/lo<BR>w-fat-recipes?cm_mmc=Newsletter-_-2010<BR>_Feb_18-_-Dose-_-readon </link> Thu, 18 Feb 2010 20:38:17 EST St. John's wort may cool hot flashes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32019290 St. John's wort may cool hot flashes <BR> By Amy Norton <BR> <BR> NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The popular herbal remedy St. John's wort may help ease menopausal hot flashes, a small study suggests. <BR> <BR> St. John's wort is probably best known as an herbal antidepressant, with some clinical trials suggesting that it can help relieve mild to moderate depression symptoms. <BR> <BR> A few studies have also investigated the herb's effects on menopausal symptoms, but have focused on its imp... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 01:22:38 EST In women, exercise may keep high pulse in check http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32019233 In women, exercise may keep high pulse in check <BR> By Frederik Joelving <BR> <BR> NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A speedy ticker could increase your chances of suffering a fatal heart attack, according to a new study. But in women, regular workouts might help keep the risk low. <BR> <BR> Based on more than 50,000 healthy adults, researchers from Norway found that with each increase of 10 beats per minute in resting heart rate, a woman's risk of dying from a heart attack climbed by 18 perc... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 01:14:57 EST The Skinny on Your Weight Loss Vocab http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x32017468 The Skinny on Your Weight Loss Vocab <BR> Knowing the right get lean lingo will help you lose weight quick <BR> Amy Paturel <BR> <BR> <BR> A is for Alcohol <BR> You booze, you lose: A daily serving of hooch may be better for keeping off weight than abstaining. Alcohol may increase leptin, a hormone that curbs your appetite for sweets. To get the perks with minimal calories, order a glass of sauvignon blanc (119 calories per 5 ounces). See WH's Top Wine Recommendations. <BR> <BR> B is for ... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 23:13:00 EST The Best Foods for Your Eyes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31990081 The Best Foods for Your Eyes <BR> By Susan McQuillan <BR> <BR> <BR> Read on for tips on what to eat in order to ward off macular degeneration and other serious eye diseases. <BR> Will a carrot a day keep the ophthalmologist away? It just might, especially if you include tomatoes, sweet peppers, dark leafy greens, blueberries, papaya, and other antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables in your diet as well. <BR> <BR> A variety of problems can affect your eye health and eyesight as you age.... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 01:24:22 EST Fibro-Friendly Exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31916700 Fibro-Friendly Exercises <BR> By Kate Francis <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Many people living with fibromyalgia think that exercise will exacerbate their pain. The opposite is true. Exercise is actually one of the most beneficial treatments for fibromyalgia symptoms. <BR> <BR> If you are living with fibromyalgia, then you well know the discomfort and pain that comes along with it. Many fibromyalgia patients fear that exercising will increase their pai... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 22:48:27 EST FYI: Going to be gone for 10 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31869902 Hubby and I got an offer to do some promo work up in Washington state for the next 10 days, hard to refuse when the company will pay for gas and lodging, besides pay us!!! <BR> <BR> I will have my laptop and will try to check in when I can, but if it seems like I am missing, know that I am thinking about you and cheering you on! <BR> <BR> Take care, and keep shedding those chocolate candy hearts!! <BR> <BR> Tina Thu, 11 Feb 2010 03:35:58 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADAMST3!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x31868834 Ladies! Please join me in wishing ADAMST3 a happy birthday! <BR> <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY, T! <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 00:38:50 EST THE BEST WEIGHT LOSS SNACK FOOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31855305 THE BEST WEIGHT LOSS SNACK FOOD <BR> <BR> Add Healthy Snacks to Your Diet Plan <BR> Make healthy snack food choices that are so filling, you won't blow your weight loss diet plan <BR> Shelley Levitt <BR> <BR> Snacking when you're trying to lose weight is like having premium cable on a budget: When it's time to cut back, they're the first things to go. But swearing off between-meal eats can actually have an adverse effect on your waistline: "Studies show that people who avoid eating between ... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 14:20:00 EST Hi!! Newbie to the team!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x31808921 A lil about me!! <BR> <BR> 1. where are you from? Long Island, NY <BR> 2. how you came up with your screen name- read my intro to my SparkPage <BR> 3. age range - 28, but will be 29 on March 4th!! <BR> 4. kids? grandkids? None yet!! <BR> 5. married/single - living with my boyfriend of 6 years, Ed <BR> 6. birthday - Whoops!! March 4th <BR> 7. pounds to lose - 90 <BR> 8. tell us something you are doing to help yourself lose weight - changing all my evil ways!! eating better and slowly adding... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 22:34:51 EST Lessons we can learn from Geese http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31797403 This was shared on another team, thought it was worth sharing here. <BR> <BR> Lessons we can learn from Geese <BR> <BR> FACT: As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an "uplift" for the bird following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. <BR> <BR> LESSON: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. A ... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 15:01:45 EST HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MSMEADOWANN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x31778608 <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>214</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO YOU & YOUR HUSBAND! Sun, 7 Feb 2010 22:13:07 EST Happy Birthday MERCYNGRACE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x31702129 Happy Birthday, Sue! <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> Thu, 4 Feb 2010 20:30:46 EST Did we miss it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31651963 OH NO! Did we miss Tina's birthday yesterday? Wed, 3 Feb 2010 07:32:13 EST Could a B12 Deficiency Be Causing Your Depression? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31648899 Could a B12 Deficiency Be Causing Your Depression? <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> If you're not getting enough B12 in your diet, your entire well-being may be paying the price. <BR> You may pop a vitamin pill (or several vitamin pills) daily to keep your body strong and healthy. <BR> <BR> But did you know that certain vitamins can also be good for your mental health--and that the lack of them may affect your mood? Vitamin B12 in... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 00:03:33 EST The 7 Worst Diet Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31631615 The 7 Worst Diet Ideas <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Maple syrup? Green tea? Grapefruit? Can these things really help you lose weight fast? Here, the diet advice to avoid. <BR> <BR> Maybe you want to lose weight for your class reunion. Or perhaps you're getting married in a few months and want to look your best for the big day. Or maybe you just want to wear those skinny jeans again. Whatever your reason, it can be tempting to believe the get-fit-quick... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 12:56:27 EST 5 Surprising Health Benefits of Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31628806 5 Surprising Health Benefits of Coffee <BR> By Susan McQuillan <BR> <BR> Before you put down that mug for good, there's something you should know: This caffeinated beverage may actually be a boon to your health. <BR> The next time you enjoy a cup of coffee, enjoy the fact that it may be protecting your health. <BR> <BR> If you're sensitive to caffeine, there's no doubt that drinking coffee, especially multiple cups of coffee, may have some adverse effects, such as nervousness, restlessn... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 11:36:21 EST Are you Iron Deficient? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31628107 Are you Iron Deficient? <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> <BR> <BR> While iron is plentiful in many foods, some people don't get enough. This can lead to fatigue, paleness, and problems concentrating. <BR> <BR> Everybody needs iron, a mineral that performs many functions. Iron disperses oxygen from our lungs throughout our bodies, produces red blood cells, and aids in digestion, among other things. While iron is plentiful in many foods, some people still don't get enough. This can be due to r... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 11:13:04 EST Healthier Chocolate Indulgences http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31617757 Healthier Chocolate Indulgences <BR> <BR> If you can't resist eating chocolate or giving it as a Valentine Day’s gift, you should know that choosing the right type of chocolate can benefit your heart while other types are overly fattening, says Lona Sandon, a registered dietician at UT Southwestern Medical Center and American Dietetic Association spokesperson. <BR> <BR> The Good Stuff <BR> <BR> Pure chocolate, made from cocoa beans, is rich in flavanol, an antioxidant that may help prot... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 00:11:18 EST Wear something red on Feb 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31617440 Show your support for the fight against heart disease in women: Wear something red on Feb 5. <BR> <BR> The Heart Truth for Women <BR> <BR> Think that breast cancer is your biggest health risk? Here's the heart truth: Heart disease is the number one cause of death among women in the United States. <BR> <BR> The good news is you can reduce your risks--starting now! Follow the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's action plan for women. <link>www.remedylife.com/heart/articles/co<B... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 23:56:01 EST 2nd February Challenge- Eat Something Red Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x31574853 <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>494</em> <em>255</em> <BR> <BR> OK I am stuck on February and Valentine's - Hearts and Red! So my next challenge for February is each day eat something RED and then come here and post it with us. <BR> <BR> Lets see how many different things we eat that are RED! Maybe try something new- maybe others will trigger you to venture forth into uncharted waters! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>289</em> <em>491</em> <em>267</em> <em>258</em> <em>180<... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 18:37:17 EST February Challenge- Shed excess Chocolate Hearts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x31574700 OK LADIES- We are going to keep the motivation and momemtum going! <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> <em>255</em> <em>494</em> <em>255</em> <BR> <BR> Our mission is to see how many excess chocolate candy hearts we can get rid of this month. <BR> <BR> According to one candy site 55 chocolate candy hearts <em>129</em> are in one pound- 275 for 5 pounds <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> <em>255</em> <em>494</em> <em>255</em> <BR> <BR> Come back to this thread each week and let us know how you are do... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 18:31:56 EST Heads Up- Going out of town this week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31569287 Hi Everyone! <BR> Just wanted to let you know that hubby is taking me to the coast for our anniversary ( its Tuesday) so we are leaving Thursday and won't be back until late Sunday night. <BR> I may be able to check in once in awhile, but not as nearly as often as I do now. <BR> So, just didn't want you to panic that I disappeared! <BR> Hope everyone has an awesome week! <BR> <BR> <BR> Tina Sun, 31 Jan 2010 14:45:12 EST Top Weight Loss Foods for 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31530658 Interesting article! <BR> <BR> <link>health.yahoo.com/experts/eatthis/419<BR>03/top-weight-loss-foods-for-2010/ </link> Fri, 29 Jan 2010 22:53:58 EST Red Wine Fights Tooth Decay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31490187 Red Wine Fights Tooth Decay <BR> By Sylvia Booth Hubbard <BR> <BR> Red wine may stain your teeth, but new research shows it also keeps them from decaying. Italian scientists demonstrated red wine made it difficult for harmful bacteria to cling to teeth, and, in a statement on the United Kingdom's National Health Service site, concluded that the prevention of tooth decay "may be another beneficial effect of the moderate consumption of red wine." <BR> <BR> <BR> The bacteria that causes the... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 12:48:45 EST The 5 Smartest Midnight Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31489994 The 5 Smartest Midnight Snacks <BR> By Susan McQuReviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board illan <BR> <BR> <BR> If you're going to do some late-night nibbling, your best bet is to eat light. Here, we've got some suggestions. <BR> <BR> Like any type of snacking, late night nibbling may or may not be good for you, depending on what you choose to eat. Your best bet under any circumstances is to eat light: Stick to a100-calorie snack pack or, better yet, choose a midnight munchie t... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 12:41:26 EST Better Health Results in a Better Sex Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31486614 Better Health Results in a Better Sex Life <BR> By Rosemary Black <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Good health ups the odds that you and your partner will have a better time in bed. <BR> It's hard to get revved up for sex if you're not feeling well. Before you start blaming your less than vigorous libido on getting older or becoming disinterested in your partner, take a long, hard look at your health profile. <BR> <BR> Medications used to treat everythi... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 10:49:58 EST What are you cooking today?/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x31479238 <em>291</em> <em>284</em> <em>210</em> <em>69</em> <em>485</em> <em>497</em> <em>267</em> <em>258</em> <em>53</em> <em>496</em> <em>190</em> <em>341</em> <em>490</em> <em>487</em> <em>474</em> Thought this would be a good place to share different things that we are making and give each other some ideas about changing things up! So we don't get bored with the same old thing all the time. <em>469</em> <em>481</em> <em>140</em> <em>478</em> <em>286</em> <em>302</em> <em>30... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 04:18:24 EST Frustrated- but walked and didn't eat it away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31478708 For some reason the kids have been on my nerves this week, attitude with a capital A at times! <BR> <BR> This afternoon the 9 yr old came home from school in a grumpy mood, and then everything was a hassle, an argument, or huge ordeal. A routine that we have had for over 2 years, and today it was like I didn't know I had to do it now! ( hello????) The 12 yr old realized that I had had enough, so she was being more cooperative, and didn't want my wrath! I got to the point that the 9yr old ... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 02:17:15 EST To ACHIEVE your DREAMS remember your ABC's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31465619 To ACHIEVE your DREAMS remember your ABC's <BR> <BR> Avoid negative sources, people, places, things and habits. <BR> <BR> Believe in yourself. <BR> <BR> Consider things from every angle. <BR> <BR> Don't give up and don't give in. <BR> <BR> Enjoy life today, yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. <BR> <BR> Family and friends are hidden treasures: seek them and enjoy their riches <BR> <BR> Give more than you planned to. <BR> <BR> Hang on to your dreams. <BR> <BR> Ignor... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 15:48:17 EST 5 Ways Honey Can Heal You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31449516 5 Ways Honey Can Heal You <BR> By Susan McQuillan <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Science has confirmed what folk medicine has pretty much already proven: Honey heals. <BR> Honey, one of nature's most natural and intense sweeteners, has been used for centuries as a home remedy for various ailments. In more recent years, science has confirmed what folk medicine has pretty much already proven: Honey heals. <BR> <BR> The color of honey, which ranges from pa... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 03:24:04 EST Burn More Fat With Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31404068 <BR> Burn More Fat With Breakfast <BR> <BR> You can give your body a little fat-burning advantage by including items like these in your morning meal: eggs, yogurt, and whole-grain cereal. <BR> <BR> Breakfast is the most important meal of the day if you're trying to control your appetite and lose weight, but these three items in particular have been credited with extra fat-burning and pound-dropping powers in recent studies. <BR> <BR> How They Help <BR> <BR> Eggs: When people on low-... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 15:56:53 EST Food Rules http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31397967 Donna shared this on another team, thought it was worth sharing here also. <BR> <BR> <BR> Food Rules <BR> By Leanne Ely, C.N.C. <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> One of my heroes, Michael Pollan, recently wrote a book on his food rules. I read a review of his book and started to laugh. So many of these have been my “food rules” for a long time! <BR> <BR> I thought about all I’ve been talking about for all these years and decided to drill it down to a few “rules”. What the heck? I’ve done ... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 12:43:52 EST Mini Challenges Starting Jan 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x31386227 Ladies, you did great last week- lets keep the motivation going this week! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>231</em> Physical Exercise DAILY at least 15 min- even 5 min a day has health benefits! Do more it you can. <em>34</em> (I did bump up the time by 5 min- you can do it!!!) <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> Try and get in at least 8 glasses of water a day! <em>274</em> ( This is so essential to our efforts!!) <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> Tell yourself that you ARE WORTH IT! YOU ARE SP... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 03:08:51 EST How many Log In Points did you get today???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x31307877 <em>323</em> <em>326</em> Fri, 22 Jan 2010 03:47:36 EST Happy Birthday LAURIEBLT ( Jan 21) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x31277658 <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> Laurie Hope you have a wonderful day!!! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Take time and do something EXTRA special just for you!! <BR> <BR> Tina <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Jan 2010 01:54:05 EST Seafood and it's Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31245729 Seafood and it's Health Benefits <BR> <BR> Seafood is consumed in large quantities in Japan and other parts of Asia. Consequently they suffer far less of certain cancers and diseases and the link with seafood is confirmed. Here we tell you those benefits and why you should involve seafood into your diet. <BR> <BR> <BR> Seafood today <BR> Nowadays, people have come to realize the importance of seafoods in our diet. Various studies and researches have proved that the best sources of good ... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:43:46 EST Beginners Guide to Flax Seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31245625 Beginners Guide to Flax Seeds <BR> <BR> The benefits of flax seeds are numerous and include constipation relief, clearing up acne, smooth skin, they assist in building muscle and burning fat, they're good for heart health and they might even help with depression and arthritis. <BR> <BR> <BR> What are flax seeds? <BR> <BR> Flax seeds are small seeds that at first glance look like the sesame seeds used on hamburger buns. They are very inexpensive and you can chew them up in their natural... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:35:51 EST 10 Delicious Snacks Under 100 Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31245406 10 Delicious Snacks Under 100 Calories <BR> By Emily L. Ciraolo <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Who says you have to eat rabbit food to lose weight? Check out these tasty low-cal treats. <BR> <BR> For many people, the hardest part of dieting is dealing with feelings of deprivation. And is it any wonder? In an effort to cut calories, most weight-loss plans restrict or eliminate your favorite foods—leaving you stuck with snacks that taste more like cardboa... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:22:55 EST LAST NAME GAME- LETS HAVE SOME FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x31214979 Use the first letter OF YOUR LAST NAME to answer each of the following questions. <BR> <BR> They have to be real places, names, things, nothing made up. <BR> Use different answers if the person in front of you had the same first initial. <BR> <BR> You can't use your name for the boy/girl question. Have fun!! <BR> <BR> 1. What is your last name? BENDER <BR> 2. A boy's name: BARRY <BR> 3. A girl's name: BRENDA <BR> 4. An occupation: BARBER <BR> 5. A color: BLUE <BR> 6. Something yo... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 01:39:19 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x31204789 Hi all, I am Charity and I am new to this team. I have been a member of Spark for a while but haven't been consistently active. I am hoping that joining a team like this can help motivate me!! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 18:37:42 EST What have you done for yourself today???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x31199233 We are all busy, and always doing things for other people, so I am starting this thread. Consider it another mini challenge if you will. <BR> <BR> I would like you to do something for YOURSELF and come here DAILY and post it!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Take care, <BR> Tina Mon, 18 Jan 2010 15:17:19 EST Mini Challenges Starting Jan 18, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x31183023 Ladies, you did great last week- lets keep the motivation going this week! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>231</em> Physical Exercise DAILY at least 10 min- even 5 min a day has health benefits! Do more it you can. <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> Try and get in at least 8 glasses of water a day! <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> Tell yourself that you ARE WORTH IT! YOU ARE SPECIAL!! DAILY!!!! <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> Visit a team members page an... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 03:35:40 EST New Computer Virus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31177736 Ladies, there is a brand new virus attacking computers. It got the computer in the office. It is called: <BR> <BR> Internet Security 2010. <BR> <BR> It is a mess. My husband looked it up on our computer today, in hopes of finding out how to get it off the other computer. There are already several sites conecrning it. Please be careful. It comes up and tells you that you have been infected with spyware, and keeps giving critical alerts. If you click on any part of it to uninstall or d... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 21:44:14 EST 3 Ways Stress Can Destroy Your Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31137947 3 Ways Stress Can Destroy Your Skin <BR> By Shama Davis Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> <BR> Ever noticed that you always break out on the day of a job interview or another big event? It's not just an unlucky coincidence. <BR> <BR> Ever noticed that you always break out on the day of a job interview or a big event? It's not just an unlucky coincidence—doctors have discovered there are many ways that stress can negatively impact your skin. <BR> <BR> The Imp... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 11:54:28 EST WOOHOO!!! Hubby offered a job today!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31130905 After two LONG years- hubby was offered a regional sales position today. It is a consulting company for electronic medical records. With all the new legislature being passed, offices have to have this in place by 2014 in order to be reimbursed by Medicare. So they have to get onboard! This company offers the doctors financing, and all sorts of other support. Plus the government is giving them money to do it. It definitely is a legit product. I feel good about it. He will be trained on the pro... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 03:07:13 EST 5 Surprising Facts About Fats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31071672 5 Surprising Facts About Fats <BR> By Susan McQuillan <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Sure, eating too much of the wrong fats can lead to weight gain and a host of serious diseases. But that's not reason enough to eliminate it from our diets. <BR> We all know what's bad about dietary fat; we hear it all the time. Sure, eating too much fat will cause weight gain and can eventually make you sick, especially if you regularly eat too much of it over the cour... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 02:26:14 EST Diet No More! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31017543 Diet No More! <BR> By Robert Ferguson, M.S., C.N. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have you ever thought about why we are so fat? Do you think it is our sedentary consumer driven lifestyle that piles on the pounds? Or, is it more fundamental—something genetic perhaps? Either way, the unsolved medical mystery of obesity has been handed over to what I define as false promises—also know as "diet disasters"! <BR> <BR> If you were to investigate who is being preyed upon by these diet disasters, you will quick... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 12:49:23 EST 10 Dead-of-Winter Fitness Motivators http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31004331 10 Dead-of-Winter Fitness Motivators <BR> By Barbara Call Bourassa <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Follow these tips to keep your fitness levels up when temperatures drop. <BR> <BR> When the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall outside, it's hard to justify a good reason for getting off the couch. But even though lounging in front of the television feels a lot more tempting than taking a jog or even driving to the gym, there's no reason you hav... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 02:01:40 EST Happy Birthday NHGRL68 ( Jan 11) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x31004257 <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> Sorry I got this posted so late- Hope you had a great Birthday today! <BR> <BR> Hope this is a healthy year for you! <BR> <BR> Tina Tue, 12 Jan 2010 01:51:43 EST 5 minute energy boost workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x31000703 Need an energy boost- here is a 5minute energy booster workout from Leslie Sansone. This link will take you to the main page, go down to the last video on the right. <BR> <BR> 5 minutes- 500 steps <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.walkathome.com/ </link> Mon, 11 Jan 2010 22:47:03 EST FREE meditations - serenity prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30991141 I used to subscribe to MyThoughCoach, a great resource for guided meditations and such. Since revamping my budget I've had to cancel my subscription, however she has FREE samples throughout the month of January on her website. I thought I would pass these along. <BR> <BR> <link>www.mythoughtcoach.com/LibraryPage.a<BR>spx?pageName=Addiction&labelName=addic<BR>tion </link> Mon, 11 Jan 2010 17:40:17 EST Ladies' Night Out: Don’t Let it Wreck Your Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30968092 Ladies' Night Out: Don’t Let it Wreck Your Diet <BR> By Susan McQuillan <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> While it may relieve stress, give you a few hours away from the kids, and help you stay in touch with good friends, an evening out with the girls could also turn your diet on its head. <BR> <BR> One night out on the town-what harm could it do? While it may help relieve stress, give you a few hours away from your kids, or just help you stay in touch wit... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 01:52:42 EST Mini Challenges for the week Monday Jan 11, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x30967213 OK- I didn't post any challenges last week, so I am sure you are ready for some this week! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> Make sure you get some physical activity of at least 15 min 4x this week- yes I am pushing it up a bit, but not too drastic at once. <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> Go for 8 glasses of water a day 5x this week- You can count iced tea too! <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> take some time to pamper yourself at least 10 min 5x this w... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 00:38:39 EST Where are you from?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x30967119 Just for fun- list where you living? So we can get more of an idea where everyone is from. <BR> <BR> Put your name and place, then when the next person responds put your info and the person before you, so by the time we are done, it all be on one message and I think it will be pretty interesting to see. <BR> <BR> Tina- Salem, Oregon Mon, 11 Jan 2010 00:32:56 EST The 5 Most Fattening Winter Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30939147 The 5 Most Fattening Winter Foods <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Rich and creamy seasonal foods can quickly pile on the pounds. Check out these delicious, low-fat alternatives. <BR> <BR> When temperatures drop, it's tempting to stay indoors, bundled up in cozy blankets, surrounded by satisfying comfort foods. But along with these foods come extra pounds, which can be tough to lose once the weather warms up. Fortunately, there are alternatives to winter'... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 04:11:10 EST Five steps to greater self confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30938318 Five steps to greater self confidence <BR> <BR> 1 - Remind yourself of past successes - <BR> Confidence builds on past success. Since you have had success before, you can (and will) have it again. We strengthen our confidence in any activity when we review or remind ourselves of past successes. <BR> <BR> If you are trying to build confidence in a new area, past success can still help us strengthen our confidence. For example, if you have had success in doing something new in the past, rev... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 01:39:19 EST How Does Stress Affect Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30897534 How Does Stress Affect Health <BR> <BR> With our lives being as sedentary as they are excessive stress is the ultimate 21st century disease. Here we look at stress, stress management and stress reduction in detail. But most importantly how does stress affect health. <BR> <BR> <BR> What is stress? <BR> <BR> The definition of stress is our mind and body placed under difficulty or strain. When this happens we have stress hormones released in our bodies so we can change the impending situa... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 15:38:56 EST Could Your Carb Cravings be a Sign of Depression? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30880109 Could Your Carb Cravings be a Sign of Depression? <BR> By Tabby Biddle <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Research shows that eating carbohydrates can provide in instant mood lift because they trigger the release of serotonin, the “feel-good hormone”. <BR> <BR> If you reach for the potato chips, pastries, cookies, candy or ice cream when you are feeling down, you're not alone. People tend to crave certain foods when they are feeling blue. Research shows th... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 01:11:46 EST Caffeine May Make Depression Worse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30879995 Caffeine May Make Depression Worse <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Learn more about caffeine's effect on your state of mind. <BR> Caffeine is often thought of as an upper, not a downer. And it's true that the substance, found in large amounts in coffee as well as tea, soda, sports gels and other foods, is a stimulant. People who eat or drink caffeine often experience a perk-up in mood and become more productive. It definitely can l... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 01:02:54 EST 7 Foods for Better Bone Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30857836 7 Foods for Better Bone Health <BR> By Natalie Vavricka <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Drinking milk isn't the only way to strengthen your bones. Check out these calcium-rich foods. <BR> Nearly 10 million Americans are living with dangerously fragile bones that are susceptible to breaks and fractures, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. But as it turns out, osteoporosis is preventable. The first step is incorporating the recommended daily ... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 11:58:59 EST Is Your Home Depressing You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30845616 Is Your Home Depressing You? <BR> by Laurie Saloman <BR> <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> Learn how the environment around you can significantly impact your mood. <BR> <BR> Can your physical surroundings exacerbate or contribute to depression? Some experts believe they can. While living in a pristine mansion won’t necessarily make a sad person into a happy one, and many poor people seem quite content in small apartments and houses, studies indicate there is a... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 00:18:28 EST Today is a great day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30830095 Today is a great day. <BR> <BR> First last night my pants fell down because they were too big. <BR> <BR> Secondly I saw a real change in my face and can actually see my cheekbones now (see blog post for pix). <BR> <BR> Thirdly I weighed in and lost 2.5 lbs., bringing my BMI to 39 - UNDER 40 finally! <BR> <BR> Fourth I checked in my state and I apparently have unclaimed money. It's under 100 bucks, but I'll take it! <BR> <BR> What a great day!!!!!! Wed, 6 Jan 2010 15:08:45 EST Essential Exercise & Fitness Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30829648 Essential Exercise & Fitness Tips <BR> <BR> For those beginners or even the seasoned veterans who need a refresher. Here are some essential exercise and fitness tips for before, during and after your workout. <BR> <BR> <BR> Before Your Workout <BR> <BR> Listen to Your Body... Any strains, pains or aches from previous training days need to be looked at. It's better to have a lighter workout or rest day than a 4 week injury. <BR> <BR> Carb Load... Should your next routine be a vigorous on... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 14:53:41 EST Beg Guide to Starting Exercise Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30829567 Beg Guide to Starting Exercise Routine <BR> <BR> Experts Now Recommend 30-60 Minutes of Exercise, Everyday? <BR> This is the latest advice to the public and many are surprised at the sheer quantity and confused as to what constitutes exercise. <BR> <BR> <BR> Finding the time <BR> For those of us with busy lives, fitting this into a day is not going to be easy. Little time is left after a job, commuting, laundry, cooking and everything else. After a busy day do you feel like exercising ... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 14:50:44 EST BMI EXPLAINED & HOW TO REDUCE IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30812547 Body mass index is a relatively well known phrase but do you know what it is and how to measure it. <BR> <BR> Here we explain the term, how to calculate your body mass index and the best ways to reduce it to improve your health. <BR> <BR> Being overweight <BR> <BR> For some, the need to lose weight is clear. Those whose body weight places them into the obese or morbidly obese categories are well aware that they are carrying too many pounds. <BR> <BR> But what about those who are only s... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 01:24:42 EST Essential Dieting & Weight Loss Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30812418 HERE ARE SOME GOOD REMINDERS <BR> <BR> Essential Dieting & Weight Loss Tips <BR> <BR> Losing weight can be hard at the best of times. But there are some things you can do that can aid and even speed up your weight loss. Here are some simple tips to give your dieting and weight loss efforts more bite. <BR> <BR> <BR> Eating <BR> <BR> Eat Slowly... Give your food time to reach your stomach so you know when you're full and you won't eat more. <BR> <BR> Eat Breakfast... This increases met... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 01:13:11 EST 7 Immune-Boosting Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30792680 7 Immune-Boosting Foods <BR> By Theresa Stahl, RD, LDN <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Eat these foods to keep your immune system going strong. <BR> <BR> Your body's immune system is your natural defense system, fighting off thousands of attacks daily. While research reveals the important role that nutrition plays in improving immunity, there's still much to learn. Phytochemicals, which are beneficial compounds found in plant foods, probiotics and omeg... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 14:14:38 EST The Incredible Heart Benefits of Avocados http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30792550 The Incredible Heart Benefits of Avocados <BR> By Jo Cavallo <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Learn about the wonders that avocados can do for your heart. <BR> Avocados are more than just a delicious fruit to be enjoyed in favorite party dips like guacamole or as a garnish on sandwiches; they're a nutrient-rich food that packs a variety of nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. They're also high in heart-healthy, unsaturated fats. Unlike saturate... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 14:10:24 EST Gum May Help You Shed Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30738580 Gum May Help You Shed Pounds <BR> By Susan McQuillan <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Researchers have stumbled onto some real physiological benefits to the popular dieting distraction of chewing gum. <BR> <BR> Losing weight is hard work. It's all about eating less, exercising more and, at least initially, latching on to any tip or trick that will help make the process easier. Any method or distraction that helps you buy time (or kill time, depending on ... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 23:25:08 EST Mexican Food: Best and Worst Diet Picks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30738360 Mexican Food: Best and Worst Diet Picks <BR> By Susan McQuillan <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> It's possible to make sensible selections at a Mexican restaurant. Here's a rundown of the best bets and the poorest picks. <BR> Often fresh, never boring, but infamously high in fat, Mexican food has a built-in fun factor that might make all those extra calories seem worth it. But one look at the nutrition profile of most south-of-the border fare, and you know... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 23:17:54 EST Success!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30709267 Good Morning ladies! As I tend to do on Sunday mornings I made peace with me and the scale only today the scale had a surprise in store. I have reached my goal weight today (129; well 128.8 actually, but I round)! I knew going into Christmas week that I was close, but I was going home (Chicago; I live in Maine) and didn't want to worry about what I was eating since I only get it every other year. I just ate what I wanted and stopped when I was full. I was shocked when the scale had good news ... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 09:17:16 EST How much exercise to lose weight & Tips to help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30671046 From the article <BR> Exercise to Lose Weight <BR> What kind of exercise -- and how much -- is best when you're trying to lose weight? <BR> By Barbara Russi Sarnataro <BR> WebMD Weight Loss Clinic-Feature <BR> <BR> Do the math: You need to burn 3,500 calories to lose a pound. So if you're burning 300 calories in one workout, it will take you nearly 12 workouts to lose one pound. If you cut your calorie intake by 300 calories in addition to burning 300, it will take you half as long to lose ... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 22:38:11 EST 4 Surprising Things That Pack on the Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30647509 4 Surprising Things That Pack on the Pounds <BR> By Valerie Banner <BR> <BR> Weight gain is about more than just what you eat and drink. These surprising influences could be making you fat. <BR> <BR> You might know that certain foods and drinks are loaded with hidden calories, but other unexpected factors such as your friends or your zip code could cause you to gain weight. Here are a few surprising things that might contribute to an expanding waistline. <BR> <BR> Skipping meals. <BR> No... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 04:45:55 EST 5 Most Effective Diet Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30647491 <BR> 5 Most Effective Diet Tips <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Here, get tried-and-true advice that really works. <BR> Don't eat your favorite foods. Never snack between meals. Always avoid the scale. When it comes to shedding pounds, you've probably heard it all. But unfortunately, these tiny tidbits could end up doing you more harm than good. Want tried-and-true advice that really works? Here, we reveal the five most effective diet tips of all time. ... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 04:40:00 EST 10 Supermar et-Savvy Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30623207 10 Supermarket-Savvy Tips <BR> By Emily L. Ciraolo <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> The next time you head to the grocery store, follow these tips to save money and make healthier choices. <BR> The average American family spends $4,300 per year on food, according to the National Grocer's Association (NGA). This may seem like a lot, but don't worry: There are ways to cut down on spending and make healthier choices when grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> First, y... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 01:01:43 EST 5 Ways to Improve Your Relationship with Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30623076 <BR> 5 Ways to Improve Your Relationship with Food <BR> By Susan McQuillan <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> If you overeat or routinely have negative feelings about food or your body, neither of these relationships can be healthy or happy. The good news: you can take steps to change that. <BR> Did you ever notice that you have two different relationships with food? One is physical, and it is based on the type of diet you follow and the different types of... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 00:50:49 EST 21 Ways to Boost Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30594908 21 Ways to Boost Energy <BR> You can do it in just 10 minutes a day! <BR> <BR> By R. Morgan Griffin <BR> WebMD FeatureReviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD <BR> <BR> Feeling rundown and foggy on the job? Does the prospect of an afternoon’s worth of housework seem unspeakably grim? It’s time for a break to refresh and boost your energy. <BR> <BR> Although you may not be able to take the afternoon off, you can surely afford 10 minutes to recharge yourself, no matter how hectic your life might be.... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 22:14:16 EST 7 Stomach- Slimming Selections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30547925 7 Stomach-Slimming Selections <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> For flatter abs, bring these foods and drinks into your daily diet. <BR> While certain foods can make bellies appear bloated and flabby, there are several selections that can give virtually any stomach a leaner, more toned look. To get started, stock your fridge with this ab-flattening fare. <BR> <BR> 1. Turkey. A lean cut of turkey offers the protein your body craves without the additional cal... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 04:26:02 EST 5 Reasons Why Food Diaries Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x30547901 <BR> 5 Reasons Why Food Diaries Work <BR> By Seth Czarnecki <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Americans expect results, and they expect them fast. Perhaps that's why fad diets and home gyms that promise miracle weight loss are so popular. With all the hype surrounding food diaries, they might seem as though they're just another fad. So the question remains, does recording your food intake actually help you lose weight? <BR> <BR> Americans spend almost $35 ... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 04:21:02 EST Mini Challenges Dec 28- Jan 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x30547831 OK Ladies, <BR> I gave you a breather the past month, but its time to pick it up so we can go into the New Year with good practices already in motion!! <BR> <BR> Exercise: <em>23</em> Try for at least 10 min a day 3x this week <BR> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> Water: Try to drink 8 glasses a day 5x this week <BR> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Spark: drop by and leave a comment on a team members page at least 5x this week. ( We can all use the encouraging words!!) <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 28 Dec 2009 03:51:43 EST Best Foods to Eat in Your 40's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30493237 Best Foods to Eat in Your 40's <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Learn about key foods to eat once you hit the big 4-0. <BR> Remember those pizza-and-margarita binges you went on in your single-girl-about-town days? Or all the peanut butter and jelly sandwich crusts you inhaled when your kids were picky toddlers? You might have been able to eat that way regularly and still fit into your pants the next morning. Now? Simply eyeing a sl... Thu, 24 Dec 2009 02:16:58 EST 5 Ways to Boost Your Body Image http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30482754 5 Ways to Boost Your Body Image <BR> Emily L. Ciraolo <BR> <BR> <BR> The way you view your body can affect your health. Follow these tips for an instant body-image boost. <BR> At some point, most of us have wished that we were thinner, more muscular, or better looking. After all, in today's world, we're constantly bombarded with images of celebrities and models. After a while, many people want to be like them or even believe they're happier because of the way they look. But according to ... Wed, 23 Dec 2009 11:20:23 EST 10 Holiday Eating Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30460538 <BR> 10 Holiday Eating Tips <BR> By Emily Dillon <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> With these healthy eating tips, you can make it to New Year's without the extra pounds or the guilt. <BR> A healthy diet can be difficult to maintain at any time of year, but once the holiday season rolls around, the task becomes ten times harder. It all begins at Thanksgiving dinner with freshly carved turkey, mashed potatoes with sour cream, corn-bread stuffing, and of co... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 03:27:07 EST 5 Ways to Stay Happy During the Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30460523 5 Ways to Stay Happy During the Holidays <BR> By Seth Czarnecki <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Although the holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, they can also be a time of stress and depression. Find out how you can avoid the holiday blues. <BR> Many of us will attend or host a winter holiday party this season. We have to balance normal work and home demands with special holiday events and shopping for gifts. Festive lights, warm fires, and family... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 03:22:03 EST Holiday Eating Habits Can Wreck New Year's Resolut http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30426411 Your Health: Holiday Eating Habits Can Wreck New Year's Resolutions <BR> <BR> If you've been celebrating the holidays by eating with reckless abandon, you probably won't be surprised to find that you've picked up a few extra pounds and inches. Like most Americans, you may plan to slim down in the New Year. <BR> <BR> Most of us know from experience that it's easier said than done. Recent research suggests that the more decadent foods we consume over the holidays, the harder it is to get ba... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 02:32:46 EST Why Daydreaming is Good for You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30378763 Why Daydreaming is Good for You <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Recent research suggests that not only is daydreaming extremely common (experts say we spend one-third of our lives doing it) it’s actually good for us, too. <BR> <BR> Daydreaming gets a bad rap. How many times were you scolded by teachers or parents for letting your mind wander when you were supposed to be paying attention to something else? And even now, while you're ... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 04:21:23 EST 4 Powerful Food Combinations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30359616 VERY INTERESTING INFORMATION <BR> <BR> 4 Powerful Food Combinations <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Check out our suggested meals and snacks to get the most out of every bite. <BR> <BR> Did you know that you can actually give yourself a health boost by pairing up particular foods? Some foods, while okay on their own, become nutritional powerhouses when eaten in combination with other foods. And some foods can actually cancel out othe... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 01:23:33 EST 3 New Health Benefits of Eating Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30338236 3 New Health Benefits of Eating Chocolate <BR> <BR> Chocolate has all but been elevated to superfood status. And the good news keeps rolling in. <BR> <BR> So here are three more reasons why you may not want to be too quick to break that chocolate habit. (As long as you're hitting the dark stuff.) <BR> <BR> * Chocolate makes you smarter. Ample research suggests that the flavonols in dark chocolate increase cerebral blood flow, which in turn may trigger the creation of new blood vessels and ... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 22:29:42 EST Which Nuts Are the Healthiest? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30327523 Which Nuts Are the Healthiest? <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Numerous studies have confirmed that people who eat nuts several times a week enjoy better heart health and protection from some serious diseases. <BR> <BR> Nuts, those reliable old standbys for vegetarians and bar patrons, are much en vogue these days. And for good reason. Numerous studies have confirmed that people who eat nuts several times a week enjoy better heart hea... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 12:35:31 EST 6 Shocking Fast-Food Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30327192 This will really make you think twice about going stopping at the drive thru! <BR> <BR> <BR> 6 Shocking Fast-Food Secrets <BR> By Jodi Rigotti <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> What really goes into your burger and fries? The answers may astonish you. <BR> <BR> A hamburger, fries, and a large strawberry shake. It's the recipe for an all-American meal—one on which we spend a whopping $124 billion dollars a year, according to the National Restaurant Associa... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 12:21:28 EST 8 Reasons to Hit the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30302425 * Reasons to Hit the Gym <BR> <BR> * 1. To Battle Depression <BR> * 2. To Feel Sexy <BR> * 3. To Stay Healthy <BR> * 4. For The Kids <BR> * 5. To Achieve New Goals <BR> * 6. To Feel Happier <BR> * 7. To Build Stamina <BR> * 8. To Have Your Cake (and Eat It Too!) <BR> <BR> From Women's Health Magazine <BR> Sun, 13 Dec 2009 02:19:09 EST Don't Forget About Salt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30302392 Your Health: Cutting Back on Sugar and Fat? Don't Forget About Salt <BR> <BR> Around this time of year, most Americans are working hard to avoid eating too many sweets and high-fat treats. While limiting your intake of fat and sugar is a great way to stay healthy during the holidays, cutting your consumption of salt may be just as important. <BR> <BR> Americans love the taste of salt, and most of us eat far too much of it. On average, people in the U.S. consume 10 grams of salt daily, the a... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 02:11:18 EST The Nutritional Magic of Mushrooms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30284851 The Nutritional Magic of Mushrooms <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> There's a lot to learn--and love--about this fantastic food. <BR> <BR> They may not be nature's most beautiful creation, but they're nutritional powerhouses and a great addition to a healthful diet. We're talking about mushrooms, which come in many varieties, are extremely versatile, and are popular in many different cuisines. They're low calorie, contain no fat or cho... Fri, 11 Dec 2009 21:37:36 EST Stock Your Freezer with Fruits and Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30228718 Stock Your Freezer with Fruits and Vegetables <BR> <BR> <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Is fresh produce always better? In the summertime, when peaches, plums, tomatoes and berries of all kinds are at their peak, there’s nothing like hitting the local farmers market and bringing home salad fixings picked just that day or the day before. But in colder weather, when many foods are out of season, you should consider buying some of your ... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 03:20:52 EST Five Tips for Taming PMS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30217548 Interesting article- may be helpful for some. <BR> <BR> <link>www.jillianmichaels.com/fitness-and-<BR>diet-tips/tips-for-taming-pms </link> Tue, 8 Dec 2009 14:18:41 EST A Child's Explanation of God http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30195599 A Little Boy's Explanation of God -- Fabulous!!! <BR> <BR> It was written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who lives in Chula Vista , CA . He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to "explain God" I wonder if any of us could have done as well ? <BR> [ .... and he had such an assignment, in California, and someone published it, I guess miracles do happen ! .. ] <BR> <BR> EXPLANATION OF GOD: <BR> "One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that ... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 14:26:57 EST 10 Ways to Improve Your Flexibility http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30192959 10 Ways to Improve Your Flexibility <BR> By Jeanne Faulkner <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Here, ten fun moves to get you all limbered up. <BR> <BR> Flexibility training keeps your muscles and ligaments pliable, resilient, and able to adjust to the rapidly changing demands of exercise. It also increases range of motion, improves circulation, and decreases stress. People who don't practice flexibility exercises get hurt more frequently than those who do. B... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 12:30:10 EST Olives: A Powerhouse Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30192853 Olives: A Powerhouse Food <BR> By Theresa Stahl, RD, LDN <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Olives are fruits that grow on trees. They contain a pit, and their flesh is filled with oil. Fresh olives, taken right off of the tree, taste bitter and are therefore cured for eating or pressed to extract the olive oil. Green and black olives come from the same tree and are actually the same olive at different stages of ripeness. Black olives are the most ripe. <BR> <... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 12:26:38 EST 5 Moves to a Better Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30148686 5 Moves to a Better Butt <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Here, simple exercises to get you looking great from behind. <BR> <BR> How can you transform a flat or flabby behind into an enviable end? It's easy, if you follow a few simple steps. Here, five ways to get a better butt. <BR> <BR> 1. Squats. By far one of the best butt boosters out there, squats work your glutes, thighs, and back. Try this exercise twice a week, doing two to three sets of 10 to 15 r... Sat, 5 Dec 2009 01:20:04 EST Could You Be Exercising Too Much? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30148644 Could You Be Exercising Too Much? <BR> By Jeanne Faulkner <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Find out if you're getting too much of a good thing. <BR> <BR> While few people run the risk of over exercising (most people run the opposite end of the spectrum), some people use exercise as an emotional crutch or allow it to control their lives and ruin their health. These are the folks who go running the day after surgery or the gym-junkies who take every class, eve... Sat, 5 Dec 2009 01:16:01 EST 5 Ways to Shed Stubborn Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30148560 5 Ways to Shed Stubborn Pounds <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Losing those last few pounds can be a challenge, even for the most dedicated dieters. Here, five ways to reach your goal weight. <BR> <BR> When you've got a lot of weight to lose, you may see noticeable, even dramatic, results within a matter of months. But when you want to shed five or 10 vanity pounds, that's when dieting can get tricky. Have you been stuck at the same weight for weeks? Follow... Sat, 5 Dec 2009 01:08:08 EST Exercise slows 'biological clock' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30106880 Exercise slows 'biological clock' <BR> <BR> HOMBURG, Germany (UPI) -- Long-term physical activity has an anti-aging effect on the body at the cellular level, German researchers say. <BR> <BR> The study, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, finds intensive exercise helps prevent the shortening of telomeres -- DNA that protects chromosomes from damage. <BR> <BR> The shortening of telomeres, say the researchers, limits the number of divisions cells can make and... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 02:55:07 EST Whole grains may help keep blood pressure in check http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30105991 Whole grains may help keep blood pressure in check <BR> <BR> Wed, October 7, 2009 <BR> <BR> NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Eating lots of whole grains could ward off high blood pressure, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. <BR> <BR> In the study, men with the highest whole-grain consumption were 19 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than men who ate the least amount of whole grains. <BR> <BR> While refining grains removes their outer coating, w... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 00:40:13 EST Regular exercise may help battle the flu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30105937 ** Thought this was interesting! <BR> <BR> <BR> Regular exercise may help battle the flu <BR> <BR> NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Regular exercise may help reduce the misery of the flu by boosting the immune system's response to the virus, a study in mice hints. <BR> <BR> Studies have suggested that people who exercise moderately suffer fewer and less severe colds and flu infections than couch potatoes do -- while exhausting workouts may increase a person's vulnerability to these infections.... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 00:35:36 EST Exercising in the heat may help you eat less http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30105797 Exercising in the heat may help you eat less <BR> <BR> Fri, November 13, 2009 <BR> By Amy Norton <BR> <BR> NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Exercisers who are trying to cut calories might want to take a run in the sun instead of a climate-controlled gym, a small study suggests. <BR> <BR> The study, of 11 physically active men, found that participants ate less immediately after working out in hot conditions -- about 97 degrees Fahrenheit -- than in a more moderate, 77-degree environment. <BR> <... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 00:24:12 EST How Colors Can Boost Your Mood http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30088943 How Colors Can Boost Your Mood <BR> Seth Czarnecki <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Some shades are calming, others inspire conversation. Find out how colors can improve your surroundings and your mood. <BR> <BR> Have you ever wondered why a clear blue sky puts you in a good mood? Or how the off white walls of your office seem to put you to sleep? Studies show that colors have a profound affect on our emotions. <BR> <BR> Marketing companies and advertisemen... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:54:53 EST Beating the Holiday Blues: Understanding SAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30088876 Beating the Holiday Blues: Understanding SAD <BR> By Natalie Pronio <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> For many, the holidays are a time to celebrate... <BR> <BR> For many, the holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends. But for some, the season can bring on feelings of intense stress and sadness. In fact, an estimated 10 million Americans, or about 6 percent of the U.S. population, experience these feelings in their most extreme form--a conditio... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:52:42 EST Seasonal Affective Disorder: Is Tanning a Good Ide http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30088846 Seasonal Affective Disorder: Is Tanning a Good Idea? <BR> By Andrea Neblett <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Health professionals warn against using tanning beds or booths to relieve seasonal affective disorder symptoms. <BR> <BR> In the midst of the winter seasonal affective disorder period--generally October to March--you may be tempted to take drastic measures, such as getting UV rays from a tanning bed or booth. <BR> <BR> Some studies suggest that tanni... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:51:21 EST How broccoli can protect your arteries http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30088713 How broccoli can protect your arteries <BR> Fri, September 4, 2009 <BR> <BR> LONDON (Reuters) - It's long been thought that broccoli is good for your heart, and now British scientists think they know why. <BR> <BR> Researchers at Imperial College London have found evidence a chemical in broccoli and other green leafy vegetables could boost a natural defence mechanism that protects arteries from the clogging that can cause heart attacks. <BR> <BR> In a study funded by the British Heart Foun... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:45:53 EST New Ways to Get Your Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30088647 New Ways to Get Your Vegetables <BR> By Susan McQuillan <BR> <BR> Looking for new ways to factor some greenery into your diet? If so, read on. <BR> <BR> Low in calories, packed with vitamins and minerals, and essential for good health--vegetables are a powerhouse food! Nutrition experts say you can never have too many veggies in your diet but most of us aren't eating enough to reap their benefits. <BR> <BR> In addition to simple side dishes, there are many familiar and easy ways to enjoy a... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:43:03 EST HOT TAG MOTIVATION!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30059305 Happy December Diva's!!! <BR> <BR> Beautiful Diva's we have 4 weeks left til 2010 rolls in & I don't know about you but I AM going into 2010 (Lord willing) a healthier, confident & a Diva weighing less!!! I am going to give it my all these next 4 weeks & plan to lose 6 pounds this month. I challenge each of you Diva's to really challenge yourself this last month of the year. Let's get rid of the excuses & reasons why but instead focus on HOW we can reach our goals! <BR> <BR> There are ... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 07:58:03 EST The Lowdown on Fiber and Heart Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30055946 The Lowdown on Fiber and Heart Health <BR> By Valerie Banner <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Long known to help your digestive system, fiber is good for your heart health, too. Find out why, and how you can incorporate more of it in your diet. <BR> <BR> As the saying goes, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." And for those who have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, this may very well be true. Apples are good sources of fiber, and experts believe ... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 00:38:43 EST Supplements or Food: Which Offers Better Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30055916 Supplements or Food: Which Offers Better Nutritional Value? <BR> By Seth Czarnecki <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> You may be taking unnecessary supplements at a financial and nutritional expense. Read on to find out why. <BR> <BR> For strong bones and teeth, you need calcium. To boost your immune system, experts recommend iron. Potassium is good for healthy kidneys. These and other nutrients are necessary to help your body function at its best. But if you ... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 00:36:45 EST 10 Foods That Give You Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30055811 10 Foods That Give You Energy <BR> By Nathan Schiller <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Feeling sluggish? These good eats will give you the perfect pick-me-up. <BR> <BR> Being tired is no fun at all. You can't concentrate at work, you exercise less, and getting out of bed takes a lot of effort. It's a miserable way to trudge through life. But did you know that having more energy may be as simple as choosing the right foods? <BR> <BR> Overall, the key is to f... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 00:29:26 EST The Top 9 Fitness Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30039141 The Top 9 Fitness Mistakes <BR> By Amber Pietrobono <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Regular exercise offers a host of health benefits from preventing heart disease and diabetes to promoting a longer life. But exercising the wrong way can undermine both your fitness goals and your wellness. To prevent injuries and setbacks, the American Council on Exercise and Bill Sonnemaker, 2007 IDEA International Personal Trainer of the Year, recommend that you watch o... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 11:04:20 EST 7 Shocking Diet Flubs and Fixes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30038983 7 Shocking Diet Flubs and Fixes <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Dieting is a bit like walking a tightrope: easy to start but hard to stay on. And according to experts, the most common diet missteps are caused by things that might surprise you--your schedule, your friends, your shopping habits, even your clothes. While these sneaky saboteurs could derail your efforts, the good news is that you can stop them from undermining your long-term weight-loss goals. F... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 10:57:29 EST Top Diet Tips As You Age http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30038852 Top Diet Tips As You Age <BR> By Allison Van Dusen <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Forbes <BR> <BR> When you think about aging well, wrinkle creams, exercise programs and even plastic surgery probably come to mind. But if you really want to make sure you're able to enjoy those later years, experts say you've also got to know something about fine-tuning your diet. <BR> <BR> Even if you've mastered the art of maintaining a healthy weight and you're eating r... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 10:52:02 EST Making Wise Carb Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30038675 Making Wise Carb Choices <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> There’s no need to abandon carbs completely. It’s all a matter of selecting the right ones. <BR> <BR> In the wake of popular protein-heavy diets such as South Beach and Atkins, some people still consider carbohydrates to be the enemy. But it's important to remember that there actually are two types of carbs: complex carbs and simple carbs, otherwise known as good carbs and bad c... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 10:45:09 EST Mini Challenges for Week Mon Nov 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x30033153 It's a brand new week! Time to kick it up a notch this week, as we head into the Christmas season. <BR> <BR> This week, I would like for us to really TRY and work on a bad habit- trying to make it better, or less often. IF its fast food, make it one less time this week, try and take at least a 5min walk if you don't exercise at all. Don't eat in front of the TV for at least one meal if that is one of your weaknesses or munching while at the computer. Just think about an area that needs impro... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 02:26:25 EST The Heart-Healthy Benefits of Grapes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30022461 The Heart-Healthy Benefits of Grapes <BR> <BR> By Jo Cavallo <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> If you want lower blood pressure and better heart function, try eating grapes and drinking grape juice, especially dark red and purple grapes and grape juice. New studies are showing a link between grapes and reduced heart risks-and it's believed to be the result of phytochemicals, naturally occurring antioxidants found in plants. The studies suggest that the phyto... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 15:11:30 EST 5 Scary Health Risks of Sleep Deprivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30022399 5 Scary Health Risks of Sleep Deprivation <BR> By Danielle Dowling <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Not getting enough z's? You could be doing serious damage to your health. <BR> <BR> With a long list of to-dos and not enough hours in the day, you might be tempted to skimp on the amount of z's you get. Besides, you can sleep when you're dead, right? But, if you sleep less than six or seven hours a night, death might come sooner than you think. Over the past ... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 15:07:45 EST 4 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30005710 4 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget <BR> By Danielle Dowling <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Follow these tips to start cutting food costs without compromising nutrition. <BR> <BR> With dollar menus aplenty, feeding yourself cheaply is rather easy, but finding food that is both nutritious and inexpensive is a lot harder. According to a study published last year in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers at the University of Washington fo... Sat, 28 Nov 2009 14:51:25 EST 5 Worst Eating Habits of All Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30005684 5 Worst Eating Habits of All Time <BR> By Danielle Dowling <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> These daily behaviors may be seriously damaging your diet. <BR> <BR> Relying on fast food. Eating when we're upset. Bingeing until we're full. When it comes to bad eating habits, Americans sure have a lot of them. Fortunately, these no-good behaviors could be doing a number on our waistline and our health. Read on for a list of the five worst eating habits of all time... Sat, 28 Nov 2009 14:49:40 EST Can Vinegar Help You Drop Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30005658 * I have heard a lot about vinegar, thought this was an interesting article* <BR> <BR> Can Vinegar Help You Drop Weight? <BR> By Susan McQuillan <BR> <BR> It dresses up your salads, puts the pucker in your pickles and now, researchers say, vinegar may help you fight body fat. <BR> <BR> It dresses up your salads, puts the pucker in your pickles and now, researchers say, vinegar may help you fight body fat. <BR> <BR> Japanese scientists found that laboratory mice who followed a high-fat die... Sat, 28 Nov 2009 14:47:42 EST Is There Really Such Thing as a Broken Heart? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x30005600 Is There Really Such Thing as a Broken Heart? <BR> Emily L. Ciraolo <BR> <BR> As it turns out, heartbreak may be more than just a metaphor. <BR> <BR> You've seen the movies, read the books, and heard the stories of love and loss of people not being able to go on without their significant others. But is there really such a thing as a broken heart? A growing body of research suggests that the emotional trauma of losing someone you love may lay the groundwork for a genuine medical condition. <... Sat, 28 Nov 2009 14:42:18 EST How was your Thanksgiving?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29998777 Hello Ladies, <BR> Just wondering how you all did with Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> I had a house full of people- hubby and I hosted our families. I was busy didn't really have time to graze so that was a very good thing. I was pleased with myself, did not overload my plate, nor go for seconds on anything. <BR> <BR> I sent leftovers home with everyone so I will not be forced to eat it all! <BR> Sat, 28 Nov 2009 00:34:05 EST Detox Your Home for Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29989586 Detox Your Home for Your Health <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> <BR> Simple steps can make your home a much healthier place in which to live. <BR> <BR> Did you know that the air inside your home can be more dangerous than what's floating around outside? Since people tend to spend a lot of time indoors in cold weather, winter often brings with it a buildup of toxic particles inside the house. Think about it-you probably haven't opened windows in weeks, if not months, and you rarely leave the doo... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 11:21:31 EST Eating Your Way to Healthy Hair http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29989566 Eating Your Way to Healthy Hair <BR> By Danielle Dowling <BR> <BR> Fruits, vegetables, and even buffalo can help you realize success with your tresses. <BR> <BR> You do almost everything to maintain healthy hair: You wash and condition it regularly, you stay away from blow dryers, curling irons, and all manner of other heat-styling devices, you neither perm nor bleach it, you use a scrunchie rather than an elastic when pulling it up into a ponytail, you wear a bathing cap when swimming, you... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 11:19:53 EST 6 Habits That Can Help You Live Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29989448 6 Habits That Can Help You Live Longer <BR> <BR> By Tanya Reynolds <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> These days, the average American man can expect to live for up to 74 years, while the average U.S. woman will see her 79th birthday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although genetics and sheer luck play some part in life expectancy, our longevity also depends largely on the habits we incorporate into our daily lives. <BR> Liv... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 11:11:11 EST How to Become a More Positive Thinker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29988893 How to Become a More Positive Thinker <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> <BR> You have the power to change your attitude for the better. <BR> <BR> It's not easy to be around people who are downers. But if you're the type who sees the bad in everything, you might be hurting more than just your social life. Several studies have revealed that those who think positive actually live better and longer than those whose glass is perpetually half empty. Changing the way you think can reduce stress, boost y... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 10:27:35 EST HAPPY ANNIVERSARY- ANNAKAYAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29976708 ANNAKAYAN <em>242</em> <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>407</em> <BR> I PRAY THAT YOU HAVE A BLESSED THANKSGIVING AND WONDERFUL ANNIVERSARY TODAY! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Tina Thu, 26 Nov 2009 09:56:56 EST Happy Birthday and Annivesary- REDCAT4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29976564 <em>242</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you have a wonderful BIRTHDAY, Blessed Thanksgiving, and great Anniversary today!!! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Tina Thu, 26 Nov 2009 09:47:25 EST The 5 Healthiest Foods You're Not Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29973770 The 5 Healthiest Foods You're Not Eating <BR> <BR> By Emily Dillon <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Add these little-known superfoods to your diet, and give your health an instant boost. <BR> <BR> By now, you probably know which foods you should avoid sugary colas, greasy snacks, fatty fast foods. But what about the many nutritious foods nature has to offer? While many people are familiar with the well-publicized superfoods, such as berries, salmon, and spi... Thu, 26 Nov 2009 02:55:15 EST 8 Tips for a Heartburn-Free Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29973755 8 Tips for a Heartburn-Free Thanksgiving <BR> By Jo Cavallo <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> On a day when Americans consume nearly three times the recommended amount of daily calories, staying heartburn-free can be hard; but it's certainly possible. <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season-a joyous time when families come together to give thanks and celebrate the coming year. But it's also a time when food temptations are at their pe... Thu, 26 Nov 2009 02:50:30 EST 8 Condiments That Can Ruin Any Meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29973742 8 Condiments That Can Ruin Any Meal <BR> By Seth Czarnecki <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Who knew two tablespoons could be so costly to your diet? <BR> <BR> Few meals are worse than a dry turkey sandwich or a bland hamburger. Condiments can be a great way to spice, flavor, or moisten otherwise flavorless fare. They can also destroy an otherwise healthy meal. Choosing healthy condiment options can be the difference between nutritious and diet disaster. Her... Thu, 26 Nov 2009 02:44:44 EST Eating disorders: Thanksgiving a challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29973625 Eating disorders: Thanksgiving a challenge <BR> <BR> DEL MAR, Calif. (UPI) -- Thanksgiving can provide special challenges for people with eating disorders, a U.S. education and treatment referral service says. <BR> <BR> Christine Hartline, director of EDReferral.com, advises family and friends of those with eating disorders not to focus on body image. Comments about weight should be avoided. Instead consider compliments such as, "You look healthy and happy!" <BR> <BR> Hartline also suggest... Thu, 26 Nov 2009 02:15:44 EST 8 Easy Stressbusters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29944075 8 Easy Stressbusters <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Feeling stressed out? Regain your calm with these tips. <BR> <BR> Sometimes daily life can get the best of us, and our stress levels can zoom off the charts. With family issues, workplace worries, and day-to-day obligations, anxiety can take a toll on how we feel, both physically and emotionally. <BR> <BR> To ease feelings of anxiety or tension, try these methods of stress reduction: <BR> 1. Take a Deep... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 13:25:06 EST Can You Overdose on Caffeine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29944039 Can You Overdose on Caffeine? <BR> By Theresa Stahl, RD, LDN <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Iced tea, coffee, Red Bull. When is it too much? <BR> <BR> According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), caffeine is a substance that exists naturally in certain plants. It is found in the leaves, seeds and fruits of more than 60 plants, including cocoa beans, coffee, tea leaves, and kola nuts. <BR> <BR> It can also be produced synthetically and used as an ... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 13:23:17 EST 10 Delicious Snacks Under 100 Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29913899 10 Delicious Snacks Under 100 Calories <BR> By Emily L. Ciraolo <BR> <BR> Who says you have to eat rabbit food to lose weight? Check out these tasty low-cal treats. <BR> <BR> For many people, the hardest part of dieting is dealing with feelings of deprivation. And is it any wonder? In an effort to cut calories, most weight-loss plans restrict or eliminate your favorite foods—leaving you stuck with snacks that taste more like cardboard than the savory treats you once enjoyed. The good news i... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 05:10:15 EST 10 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29913886 10 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda <BR> <BR> Trying to lose weight, save money, or help the environment? Putting a stop to the pop can help with all of these goals and more. <BR> <BR> Whether you call it soda, pop, Coke, or a soft drink, one thing is standard: it's not good for you. Even so, Americans, on average, drink more than 43 gallons of the stuff each year. That's over 5,500 empty calories a year. No wonder that drinking soda is connected with weight gain. And that's just the beginning... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 05:08:11 EST 3 Fabulous Foods for Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29913709 3 Fabulous Foods for Weight Loss <BR> <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> There's no one food that can magically transform an overweight body into an ideal figure. Eating plans that consist solely of grapefruit aren't realistic or effective, nor are plans that promote eating only cabbage soup or special "weight-loss cookies." <BR> <BR> But there are foods that are beneficial to eat on the journey to a slimmer body. <BR> <BR> Yogurt <BR> A recent 14-day study ... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 04:10:14 EST 6 Most Disgraceful Diet Myths http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29913695 6 Most Disgraceful Diet Myths <BR> <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> If you can't seem to keep the weight off, you may simply be following bad advice. The fact is, there are a lot of bogus diet claims out there-ones which could sabotage your good intentions. Here, the six most outrageous diet myths of all time. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Snacking will destroy your diet. This is true-if your snacks of choice consist of large quantities of potato chips, candy bars, o... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 04:06:52 EST Mini Challenges for the week Monday Nov 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x29913690 Since this is Thanksgiving week- <BR> <BR> 1)Name something that you are truly thankful for and post on this thread- at least once this week, feel free to post more than once! <BR> <BR> 2) Exercise at least 2x this week <BR> <BR> 3) Take a poll at least 1x this week <BR> <BR> 4) Drink 8 glasses of water at least 2x this week <BR> <BR> 5) Enjoy Thanksgiving with friends and family! <BR> <BR> Take care, <BR> Tina Mon, 23 Nov 2009 04:04:34 EST How to Overcome Your Exercise Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29913682 How to Overcome Your Exercise Excuses <BR> <BR> By Jeanne Faulkner <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> What's the best way to battle your top 10 exercise excuses? Create a better top 10. Read on for tips on how to go from flabby to fit and apathetic to enthusiastic by throwing your exercise excuses out the window. <BR> <BR> 1. It's boring - I'll find a way to make it fun. Nobody says you have to spend your 30 minutes/ 5 days per week (recommended by the Center... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 03:59:08 EST Can Exercise Banish Your Bad Mood? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29913636 Can Exercise Banish Your Bad Mood? <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Learn how fitness can have a positive effect on your mind. <BR> <BR> Although exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing when you're down in the dumps, research shows that it can definitely help. Exactly how exercise boosts your spirits isn't fully known, but there's evidence showing it increases neurotransmitters in the brain that regulate mood. Working out al... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 03:42:09 EST Cut Stress And Calories At Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29894831 Cut Stress And Calories At Thanksgiving <BR> Constance Weygandt <BR> <BR> From Thanksgiving to Christmas, increased stress and overeating are a part of life in our society. Due to increased stress levels, we are more likely to eat for emotional reasons. The smells in our homes, on Thanksgiving day, stir up childhood memories of happy times spent with family and friends. This can be a wonderful time of the year and with a few tips, we can manage both emotional needs and caloric intake. <BR> ... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 01:57:59 EST 4 Ways to Get Fit on Your Commute http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x29894795 4 Ways to Get Fit on Your Commute <BR> <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Unless you work at home, your commute is a necessary part of your job, adding minutes or even hours to your day. But no matter what form it takes, your commute doesn't have to negate your efforts to stay in shape. Whether you drive, walk, take public transportation, cycle, or even skate to work, use your time getting to and from the office in a productive and satis... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 01:51:14 EST 5 Strange But True Health Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x29894758 5 Strange But True Health Facts <BR> <BR> By Danielle Dowling <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Maggots can heal wounds. Yawns are contagious. Laughter can keep the doctor away. Perhaps you've heard some of these before and have seriously doubted their verity. Is it possible, though, that they really are true? Read on for five of the strangest—yet truest—health facts: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Drinking too much water can be harmful. A healthy kidney can p... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 01:47:17 EST Eat This, Not That: Holiday Food Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29879350 Eat This, Not That: Holiday Food Choices <BR> <BR> By Seth Czarnecki <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Let's face it, completely maintaining a guilt free diet is like climbing Everest--next to impossible. Smart holiday dining relies on two factors: eating in moderation and making good choices. Anyone can cut back on second, third, and forth helpings, but can you make the diet-wise decision between pumpkin pie or apple? Here's some assistance to help you choos... Sat, 21 Nov 2009 02:51:34 EST Sugar Shockers: Seemingly Safe Foods that Aren't http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29879323 Sugar Shockers: Seemingly Safe Foods that Aren't <BR> <BR> By Kyle McClure <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Whether you've been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, type 1 diabetes, or type 2 diabetes, monitoring your blood glucose levels is extremely important. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), what you eat is a key factor in keeping glucose levels in check and managing diabetes. And sugar is a surefire way to send blood glucose levels spiral... Sat, 21 Nov 2009 02:44:03 EST 6 Amazing Anti-Aging Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29871123 6 Amazing Anti-Aging Foods <BR> <BR> Want younger-looking skin? Try incorporating these six foods into your daily diet. <BR> <BR> Yes, aging is inevitable, but looking older than you are isn't. Smooth skin can take years off your appearance, and there are several things you can do to keep yours looking young and healthy. Start by avoiding activities like tanning and smoking, which can cause skin to age more quickly. <BR> <BR> In addition, certain antioxidants and vitamins can help to comba... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 16:13:57 EST Most Filling Foods You Should Be Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29871053 Most Filling Foods You Should Be Eating <BR> By Theresa Stahl, RD, LDN <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> These foods can help curb hunger and cut your calorie intake. <BR> <BR> Foods that are filling are said to have a high satiety value. Satiety is the feeling of fullness at the end of a meal. It's the feeling that tells you that you aren't hungry anymore. Feeling full also helps control how much you eat at each meal and throughout the day. <BR> <BR> So... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 16:08:35 EST 7 Foods for Better Bone Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29870961 7 Foods for Better Bone Health <BR> By Natalie Vavricka <BR> <BR> Drinking milk isn't the only way to strengthen your bones. Check out these calcium-rich foods. <BR> <BR> Nearly 10 million Americans are living with dangerously fragile bones that are susceptible to breaks and fractures, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. But as it turns out, osteoporosis is preventable. The first step is incorporating the recommended daily amounts of calcium and vitamin D into your diet. And ... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 16:02:40 EST Don’t Let Stress Take Away Your Breath http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29848893 Don’t Let Stress Take Away Your Breath <BR> <BR> QualityHealth News <BR> <BR> Stress and asthma...is there a connection? <BR> <BR> If you've been under a lot of stress lately, you may feel your asthma symptoms kicking in with increased frequency. The fact is that challenges at work and home can be difficult to manage even without any health conditions to complicate things, but when you suffer from asthma, you can find yourself feeling even more overwhelmed and leaving you out of breath mor... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 14:53:56 EST 10 Steps to Smaller Jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29838395 10 Steps to Smaller Jeans <BR> By Jeanne Faulkner <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> Combined with a healthy diet, the following moves will have you slipping into a smaller size in no time. <BR> <BR> Want to drop a jeans size fast? It's all about toning up your "jeans muscles" (abdominals, glutes, and thighs) while trimming excess body fat all over. We've combined cardio and muscle-toning exercises for a circuit-training style workout. Be sure to perform th... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 05:05:32 EST 7 Exercise Tips for Diabetics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29838382 7 Exercise Tips for Diabetics <BR> By Tanya Reynolds, Quality Health News <BR> <BR> Being active is one of the best ways to keep diabetes under control. Here, what you need to know about starting an exercise routine. <BR> <BR> Many diabetics rely on injections and medications to keep their blood sugar levels stable, but exercise is another effective way to help control diabetes. Before starting a new fitness routine, it's important that you schedule an appointment with your doctor to discus... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 05:02:42 EST How to Conquer Mindless Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29837969 How to Conquer Mindless Eating <BR> By Emily L. Ciraolo <BR> <BR> Are you really aware of what you're eating? Learn about the psychology behind mindless munching and start taking control of your food choices. <BR> <BR> You've just finished a pasta dinner, and you're stuffed. So you put on your sweatpants and plop down in front of the TV to relax for the night. But before you know it, you've finished half a bag of potato chips. Welcome to the world of mindless eating. <BR> <BR> According to... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 02:37:11 EST Are You Eating Hidden Calories? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29832672 Are You Eating Hidden Calories? <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> <BR> If you're choosing your meals carefully and exercising on a regular basis but still not seeing the scale move, there's something you may not have considered: Some foods and beverages carry a lot of hidden calories-so you could be consuming hundreds of extra calories a day without even knowing it. Read on for some of the worst offenders. <BR> <BR> Coffee creamer. If you make just three trips to the office coffeepot daily, you c... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 20:17:41 EST The 7 Deadliest Sins of Dieting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29832543 The 7 Deadliest Sins of Dieting <BR> <BR> Even if you’re counting calories and eliminating fast food, you won’t reach your goals if you fall victim to certain dieting blunders. <BR> <BR> Even if you're counting calories and eliminating fast food, you won't reach your goals if you fall victim to certain dieting blunders. Read on to uncover the seven deadly sins of dieting-and to ensure weight-loss success. <BR> <BR> 1. Depriving yourself. This behavior can only last for so long. At some po... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 20:10:52 EST Easy Steps to Reduce Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29822341 Easy Steps to Reduce Stress <BR> <BR> Next time you feel stressed, try one or two of these tips to find a healthier and happier you. <BR> <BR> Reducing stress is imperative to good health. "The amazing thing about de-stressing is that in moments, you can change the internal bio-chemical "climate" in your body from high cortisol to lowered levels of stress hormones," says clinical psychologist Penny B. Donnenfeld, Ph.D. <BR> Luckily, stress reduction isn't only beneficial for you, it is also... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 11:31:07 EST “Never Give Up” http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29815427 Here’s a great poem called “Never Give Up”, by Charlie Remiggio: <BR> <BR> Never give up <BR> Never lose hope. <BR> <BR> Always have faith, <BR> It allows you to cope. <BR> <BR> Trying times will pass, <BR> As they always do. <BR> <BR> Just have patience, <BR> Your dreams will come true. <BR> <BR> So put on a smile, <BR> You’ll live through your pain, <BR> <BR> Know it will pass, <BR> And strength you will gain. Wed, 18 Nov 2009 03:58:15 EST Can a Bad Marriage Affect Your Health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29815414 Can a Bad Marriage Affect Your Health? <BR> By Andrea Neblett <BR> <BR> New study finds that a bad marriage takes a toll on a woman’s health increasing their risk of heart disease and diabetes. <BR> <BR> A recent study from the University of Utah revealed that a woman in a strained or bad marriage is at risk for depressed mood, hypertension, obesity and other signs of metabolic syndrome. This makes women more vulnerable to diabetes, heart disease and stroke. <BR> <BR> While a man in a bad ... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 03:52:16 EST Are You Drinking Enough During Your Workouts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29815338 Are You Drinking Enough During Your Workouts? <BR> By Jeanne Faulkner <BR> <BR> Here, simple ways to ensure you replace the water you lose during exercise. <BR> <BR> With water and sports drinks readily available, there's no excuse for not drinking enough during your workout. Unfortunately, many athletes allow themselves to get dehydrated. What should you drink and how much? <BR> <BR> Water is our body's most natural and welcome source of hydration. Very few of us drink as much as we sho... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 03:33:57 EST 5 Time-Wasters That Burn Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29815317 5 Time-Wasters That Burn Calories <BR> By Emily L. Ciraolo <BR> <BR> Who says losing weight has to be hard? These effortless activities can help rev your metabolismand melt the pounds away. <BR> <BR> Actor Pete Postlethwaite once said: "I exercise every morning without fail. One eyelid goes up and the other follows." That quote may seem nonsensical, but the sentiment actually makes some sense. <BR> <BR> Take a closer look at your daily routine, and you'll find plenty of opportunities for ... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 03:29:10 EST 5 Ways to Nix Nighttime Nibbling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x29792575 5 Ways to Nix Nighttime Nibbling <BR> By Jo Cavallo <BR> <BR> Eating a late-night snack before bedtime may not only pack on unwanted pounds; it could keep you up at night with indigestion and even set off episodes of heartburn. <BR> <BR> Eating a late-night snack before bedtime may not only pack on unwanted pounds; it could keep you up at night with indigestion and even set off episodes of heartburn. Here, five tips to distract you from that late-night munching and ensure that you get your ... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 03:38:43 EST 6 Staples Every Pantry Should Have http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29792545 6 Staples Every Pantry Should Have <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> <BR> Keep these items around, and you’ll never need to order take-out again. <BR> <BR> After a long day at work, the drive-through may look mighty welcoming. But don't give in to the call of fast food just yet. With a little planning and know-how, you can have on hand all the pantry staples you need to put a healthy meal on the table. Keep these items around, and you'll never need to order take-out again: <BR> <BR> * Sweet ... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 03:30:07 EST Thanksgi ing-More Than A Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29780591 More Than A Day <BR> <BR> As Thanksgiving Day rolls around, <BR> It brings up some facts, quite profound. <BR> We may think that we're poor, <BR> Feel like bums, insecure, <BR> But in truth, our riches astound. <BR> <BR> We have friends and family we love; <BR> We have guidance from heaven above. <BR> We have so much more <BR> Than they sell in a store, <BR> We're wealthy, when push comes to shove. <BR> <BR> So add up your blessings, I say; <BR> Make Thanksgiving last more than a day. <BR>... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 15:01:52 EST Mini Challenges for the week Monday Nov 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x29767495 Ladies this week, lets try and: <BR> <BR> Exercise at least 2x <BR> <BR> Huddle at least 1x <BR> <BR> Take a poll at least 1x <BR> <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water at least 2x <BR> <BR> Visit a team members spark page and leave a message at least 1x <BR> <BR> You don't have to do them all- and you don't have to do them all on the same day. <BR> <BR> Let's see what we can do. and have a good time doing it. <BR> <BR> Wishing the best for all of you!! <BR> <BR> Tina Mon, 16 Nov 2009 01:26:11 EST TAG- You're it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x29767419 OK ladies, <BR> Time to have some fun. We are going to play a game of computer tag. <BR> Its easy and fun. I will start- I will post on someone's spark page- and then they have to go and tag someone else's page. <BR> Come back to this thread let us know you got tagged and who you tagged- no tag backs- let's see how many pages we can tag this week!! <BR> Have fun! <BR> Tina Mon, 16 Nov 2009 01:12:59 EST 8 Easy Stressbusters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29755039 8 Easy Stressbusters <BR> <BR> Feeling stressed out? Regain your calm with these tips. <BR> <BR> Sometimes daily life can get the best of us, and our stress levels can zoom off the charts. With family issues, workplace worries, and day-to-day obligations, anxiety can take a toll on how we feel, both physically and emotionally. <BR> <BR> To ease feelings of anxiety or tension, try these methods of stress reduction: <BR> 1. Take a Deep Breath <BR> <BR> When people are stressed, they tend to... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 13:36:35 EST 10 Easy Ways to Eat More Lean Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29754841 10 Easy Ways to Eat More Lean Protein <BR> By Theresa Stahl, RD, LDN <BR> <BR> Here, simple ways to ensure you're getting enough of the good stuff into your diet. <BR> <BR> Proteins are important parts of muscles, blood, skin, and most body structures. They act as antibodies, enzymes, and hormones. They carry nutrients and other molecules and provide calories. Protein foods require more calories to be metabolized then carbohydrates or fats, therefore, they burn more calories to be proces... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 13:25:59 EST Apple Harvest Brings a Bounty of Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29747429 Your Health: Apple Harvest Brings a Bounty of Health Benefits <BR> <BR> Fall is apple season, and there's no better time to enjoy the rich tastes and textures of the fresh, ripe fruit. In addition to their tantalizing flavors, all varieties of apples offer a number of health benefits that are hard to beat. <BR> <BR> The results of dozens of studies performed in recent years have linked apple consumption to reduced risks of several illnesses, ranging from the common cold to cardiovascular di... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 01:57:17 EST Practicing Mindful Eating during the Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29738943 The following tips are from the Am I Hungry?® workshop program, developed by Michelle May, M.D. and facilitated by Gorman McClarty. <BR> <BR> • Turn off the television and focus on the people. Engage in interesting conversations. Ask questions and really listen to your companions. <BR> • Notice how hungry you are. If you aren’t hungry, become aware of the reasons you feel like eating anyway. If it is for social reasons, then be social for awhile longer. Eat when you get hungry. <BR> • Decide... Sat, 14 Nov 2009 14:18:33 EST 5 Fruits That Fight Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29730432 5 Fruits That Fight Disease <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> <BR> The next time you’re in the produce aisle or the local farmers’ market, don’t pass the following fruits by. <BR> <BR> There's a world beyond the same old apples and oranges you've been buying forever. For starters, certain fruits have been shown to lower cholesterol levels and even ward off certain cancers. So, the next time you're in the produce aisle or the local farmers' market, don't pass the following fruits by. <BR> <... Sat, 14 Nov 2009 00:10:17 EST Antioxidants: Are You Eating Enough? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29730369 Antioxidants: Are You Eating Enough? <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> <BR> Antioxidants in fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods can help combat the negative effects of pollution and a poor diet. <BR> <BR> We all know what happens when we slice an apple and leave it out--it turns brown due to oxidation, or the interaction of the molecules in the apple with oxygen, which breaks the apple down. But savvy cooks know that a little lemon juice on the apple slices halts the oxidation process ... Sat, 14 Nov 2009 00:03:54 EST Practicing Mindful Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29730300 The following tips are from the Am I Hungry?® workshop program, developed by Michelle May, M.D. and facilitated by Gorman McClarty. <BR> <BR> • Turn off the television and focus on the people. Engage in interesting conversations. Ask questions and really listen to your companions. <BR> • Notice how hungry you are. If you aren’t hungry, become aware of the reasons you feel like eating anyway. If it is for social reasons, then be social for awhile longer. Eat when you get hungry. <BR> • Decide... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 23:56:59 EST When Do You Decorate Survey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29728655 Thought it would be fun to do this survey I found on an e-mail site I get. <BR> <BR> When Do You Start Your Christmas/Holiday Decorating? <BR> <BR> (1) Do you start the day or weekend after Thanksgiving? Or wait until farther along in December? Or, do you start even before Thanksgiving (Gasp!LOL!)? <BR> <BR> (2) Do you put everything up yourself or have family help? <BR> <BR> (3) How long does it take you to get everything up and reasonably tweaked . . . as I know most of us continue to ... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 22:00:58 EST Do you exercise less in the winter months? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29690800 Are you inclined to exercise less in the winter months? I know l am. <BR> I'm just not getting out walking/jogging like l was when the weather was better/warmer & the evenings lighter (at the moment it gets dark by 5pm here in Scotland). I need to remind myself l don't need to hibernate over the winter and get motivated re exercise again, even if it's exercising indoors. <BR> <BR> How do you keep the exercise momentum going? <BR> Thu, 12 Nov 2009 06:57:59 EST 5 Food Habits That Sink Your Mood http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29668309 5 Food Habits That Sink Your Mood <BR> By Laurie Salamon <BR> <BR> Not feeling yourself? Your eating habits could be the reason. <BR> <BR> We all have them at times-days when life really tests us. Your car gets a flat on the way to work, you flub an important report, you can't help your child with his math homework, and to top it all off, you burn dinner. Your mood? Lower than this week's stock market, and understandably so. But what about days when things are okay on the surface, and yet y... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 05:02:18 EST The Best (and Worst) Mall Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29668262 The Best (and Worst) Mall Foods <BR> By Laurie Saloman <BR> <BR> The next time hunger strikes at the mall, heed the following advice. <BR> <BR> There's nothing like a few hours of shopping to make you work up an appetite. But while malls aren't usually known for their nutritious cuisine, they have more healthful options than they used to. In addition to fast food, mall food courts are expanding their offerings to include calorie-friendly meals and snacks to tide you over between stores. Nex... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 04:48:38 EST How to Be a Smart Snacker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x29668207 How to Be a Smart Snacker <BR> <BR> Follow these tips to make smart snacking a part of your daily routine. <BR> <BR> The snack choices you make really can lead to weight-loss success or sabotage. Potato chips, doughnuts, and candy bars, for example, can add hundreds of empty calories to your daily intake. Fortunately, there are healthier options. Follow these tips to make smart snacking a part of your routine. <BR> 1. Beware of energy bars. <BR> <BR> At first glance, these conveniently pac... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 04:28:41 EST Mom was right: Eating fast makes us fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x29643212 Mom was right: Eating fast makes us fat <BR> <BR> ATHENS, Greece (UPI) -- Greek researchers say mom was right when she said "wolfing down your food will make you fat." <BR> <BR> The study, published in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, finds those taking a full 30 minutes to eat ice cream tend to have higher concentrations of two satiety inducing gut hormones -- peptide YY and glucagon-like peptide -- and had more of a feeling of being full than those w... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 01:30:25 EST The Best Foods to Eat Before a Workout By Jeanne F http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29627608 The Best Foods to Eat Before a Workout <BR> By Jeanne Faulkner-Quality Health Newsletter <BR> Can certain foods help you run harder, lift more, and last longer? Find out now. <BR> <BR> There are lots of opinions about how to eat before a workout. Some say eating a pre-exercise meal gives them the energy they need to keep up the pace or go the distance. Others say food sits like a gut bomb and gives them cramps. We all grew up with Mom's rule about no swimming for an hour after lunch. Who... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 12:25:41 EST Mini Challenges for the week Monday Nov 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x29618084 Hey ladies! <BR> <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water <em>274</em> at least 3x this week <BR> <BR> Exercise at least 3x a week <em>231</em> <BR> <BR> Leave a message on a team members page at least once this week! Encourage each other! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great week! <BR> <BR> Tina Mon, 9 Nov 2009 01:01:14 EST What To Do When You Blow Your Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29548005 What To Do When You Blow Your Diet <BR> Follow these tips to keep minor slip-ups from becoming major setbacks. <BR> <BR> You started your diet with the best of intentions, but then the inevitable occurred. You went to a party and polished off a plate of hors d'oeuvres. You took a trip to new city and splurged on the local fare. You woke up in the middle of the night and ate a whole pint of ice cream. <BR> <BR> No matter what your weight-loss blunder, you're not alone. According to experts, ... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 14:01:23 EST God Wants You To Know.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29541882 Nov. 5 <BR> <BR> On this day of your life, dear friend, I believe God wants you to know... <BR> <BR> <BR> ...that your security is guaranteed through the sharing <BR> <BR> of your love. <BR> <BR> <BR> The peace and safety for which you yearn is not a <BR> <BR> matter of food, clothing, and shelter. It is a matter of <BR> <BR> love. Love and be loved, and all else will be added <BR> <BR> unto you. <BR> <BR> <BR> The world will perform its magic when you step into <BR> <BR> yours. T... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 09:46:33 EST Funny Stories or Jokes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x29492988 My brother sent me this one. Thought I'd start a funny thread. Hope you enjoy and will post yours too...... <BR> <BR> A police officer pulls over a speeding car. The officer says,' I clocked you at 80 miles per hour, sir.' <BR> <BR> The driver says, 'Gee, officer, I had it on cruise control at 60; perhaps your radar gun needs calibrating . ' <BR> <BR> Not looking up from her knitting the wife says: 'Now don't be silly, dear -- you know that this car doesn't have cruise control.' <BR> <BR>... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 10:16:31 EST Mini Challenges for the week Monday Nov 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x29446807 This week the mini challenges are: <BR> <BR> <BR> Visit <em>213</em> a team members sparkpage 3x this week. (Doesn't need to be same person, spread the cheer!) <BR> <BR> Huddle <em>104</em> with the team 3x this week. <BR> <BR> <BR> You are welcome to do more if you have time! We want to encourage and support one another! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Take care, <BR> Tina <BR> Sun, 1 Nov 2009 14:46:35 EST Happy Birthday-D ISNEYPARIS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29436253 <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>44</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> DISNEYPARIS- Hope you have a fantastic fun filled Happy Happy Day!! <BR> <BR> Tina Sun, 1 Nov 2009 01:42:11 EST Hello, hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32848x29434377 I am married, 56, from Michigan and looking for an active group. I need a push now and then. I'm losing but ever so painfully s-l-o-w. Sat, 31 Oct 2009 22:56:48 EST Happy Birthday- SWEETLADY1313 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29423024 <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>44</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you have a fantastic Birthday today!! Take time for yourself. <BR> <BR> Take care, <BR> Tina Sat, 31 Oct 2009 10:20:01 EST Happy, Happy Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29420302 Tomorrow (1st November) is my birthday, l'll be age 43. It will be the first birthday in over 15 years that my weight is within the healthy range for my height. I've still got another 7 lbs to lose to reach my goal weight of 129 lbs, those last few lbs will likely be very slow in coming off, but l will get there. Having lost 69lbs so far I'm so happy that l've managed to get this far. I know the real big challenge of maintaining my weight loss lies ahead, but l feel positive and determined ab... Sat, 31 Oct 2009 05:52:41 EST Devotions For Dieters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29376099 I post these on other teams and thought I'd see if you like them too. If not, please let me know. You will not hurt my feelings. If you do like them. let me know and I'll post daily. Thanks...Elayne <BR> <BR> October 28 <BR> <BR> James 5:16 <BR> Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. <BR> <BR> The best idea the group ever had was to pray for one another. Every Monday morning, th... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 21:06:23 EST Mini Challenges for the week Monday Oct 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11292x32848x29309769 HI there, <BR> Wanted to post some mini challenges for the week- nothing too stressful. <BR> <BR> Monday- try and get 15 min of some type of exercise in-even if its in 5 min increments. Just something to help us get our bodies into shape! <BR> <BR> Tuesday- Don't forget to get your login points! <BR> <BR> Wednesday- Read an article, get your points at the same time <BR> <BR> Thursday- Take an SP poll, also get points <BR> <BR> Friday- Try and drink your 8 glasses of water, and be sur... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 02:44:50 EST I would like to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11291x32848x29309306 All of us have unique talents and abilities. We all have dreams! What is something you would like to do? Are you an artist, who would like to have your paintings/sculptures, etc. displayed in an art show? Have you always wanted to start your own business? Do you dream of traveling? Are you a writer? There is something inside of each of us that we have always wanted to do! <BR> <BR> Please share with us what your dreams are! Mon, 26 Oct 2009 01:21:19 EST Prayer Request or Praise- Share Here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29254641 I would like to start a Praise and Prayer Request Thread here. If you have a request or a praise you would like to share- please feel free to do so. I think it is awesome when we can pray for one another, encourage, support, and share in the joys that we have. <BR> <BR> <BR> A Payer for the Start of Your Day <BR> <BR> This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice <BR> and be glad in it. —Psalm 118:24 <BR> <BR> Dear Lord, thank You for the night’s rest <BR> You gave me. I am grateful... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 04:19:27 EST Welcome to our new leader! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29231142 Tina, (GOING2LOSENOW) has graciously agreed to become a co-leader of our team! Please join me in welcoming her! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>410</em> <em>244</em> <em>410</em> Thu, 22 Oct 2009 00:01:44 EST Need a laugh- check out this short video! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29125607 <link>www.facebook.com/TNTSassyRedHead?v=f<BR>eed&story_fbid=151728647608#/video/vid<BR>eo.php?v=1074977036425&ref=mf </link> <BR> <BR> Warning don't drink while watching this video!! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Tina Sat, 17 Oct 2009 02:36:19 EST Laughter is Healing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x29049257 Thought I'd start a laughter thread. Please feel free to add your own funny stories too. <BR> <BR> Oct. 13 <BR> <BR> 10 Easy Ways To Say No <BR> <BR> <BR> I'd love to, but... <BR> <BR> 1 I have to floss my cat. <BR> <BR> 2 I've dedicated my life to linguini. <BR> <BR> 3 I want to spend more time with my blender. <BR> <BR> 4 The President said he might drop in. <BR> <BR> 5 The man on television told me to say tuned. <BR> <BR> 6 I've been scheduled for a eyelash transplant. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 14:42:46 EST Into the 130s at last! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32848x28977340 Yay! - weighed myself this morning and l've lost another 2 lbs - I'm into the 130s (just!) at last - l now weigh 139lbs. Last time l weighed under 140lbs was way back when l was a student (over 20 years ago). Sat, 10 Oct 2009 03:04:32 EST