SparkPeople Spark Texas The Official Team Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=34 If you are Texas born, got here as soon as you could,or just WISH you where here; WELCOME to a family of friends! So, wherever you hang your hat, join in the fun and lets reach our goals together! SparkPeople Spark Texas The Official Team Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=34 Hi from Dallas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62379407 Hello! I have been on Sparkpeople for a week and have lost 4 pounds so I am really excited. I need some Spark Friends, however. I am 53 and need to lose about 53 pounds. I don't feel as overweight as I am . . . but the camera does not lie. I am motivated to have a good second week. Cheers! Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:23:55 EST New and motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62370606 I am excited to get my whole family eating healthier as well as my husband and I losing weight. We can do this! Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:13:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62362284 QUOTE: “Every day matters. The awareness of our mortality can help us pursue a goal. We all have a limited amount of time on earth. Those who live in active awareness of this reality are more likely to identify goals and make progress toward them. Or to put it another way: Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.” ~ Chris Guillebeau, The Happiness of Pursuit <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Is running part of your fitness routine? <BR> <BR> Yes, it's my go-to exercise <BR> Yes, but only occa... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:31:39 EST CompletionMel May Well Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62356415 CompletionMel is a former physical education teacher turn cubicle jockey. The addition of two pregnancies (growing my family to four children), death of a parent, loss of a job and bouts of depression led me to a very fluffy "me". I want to change. I know all the right things to do and have I a lot of guilt for not doing them. Shedding the guilt, moving forward to find me. My two youngest have never seen me at a healthy weight (except through pictures).So far, I'm managing to log my nu... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:48:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62354410 QUOTE: “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” ~ Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What way do you enhance the flavor of your foods? <BR> <BR> 1. Adding ingredients like herbs, spices, soy sauce or salt. <BR> <BR> 2. Buying high-quality ingredients to being with (fresh, local, organic, etc.). <BR> <BR> 3.Using the best cooking method to lock flavor in the food (broiling, grilling, etc.). <BR> <BR> 4. Including some healthy fat to help carry the flavor. <BR> <BR> 5. O... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:08:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62346436 QUOTE: “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” ~ Anne Lamott <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you "know now" that you wish you "knew then"? <BR> <BR> I wish I knew that I needed to eat and watch my portions vs. starving myself and only eating once a day when I was in HS. <BR> <BR> Priscilla, she prefers Pepsi and I try to make sure she has lunch prepared and snack... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:24:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62338249 Quote: “Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit; and the choice is yours.” ~ Tom Hopkins <BR> <BR> Question: If you were given the weekend to spend any way you wanted (all expenses paid)....what would you do or how would you spend it? <BR> <BR> I think I would like to go back to Hot Springs...with a better plan in place. When DH and I celebrated our honeymooniversary there a few years ago, we enjoyed a massage and a hot bath. It was a nice escape, but we were able to get some wal... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:12:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62329595 QUOTE: “The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no man has ever been before.” ~ Francis Phillip Wernig <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When you are cooking/baking, is there a particular brand of flour that you use or do you use whatever is on sale? <BR> <BR> I grew up using Gold Medal flour, but I have pretty much switched over to the King Arthur Flour. <BR> <BR> Feeling accomplished last night although I di... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:41:32 EST QUOTE & ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - Weekend Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62315131 QUOTE: “The reality is that everybody makes mistakes. The issue isn’t whether you will make them, it’s what you will do about them. It’s whether you will choose the path of humility and courage or the path of ego and pride.” ~ Stephen M. R. Covey, The Speed of Trust <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you think about office workouts? <BR> <BR> Not very feasible at my workplace, I need more practical options, It works for me! Or I've tried it, but I wasn't convinced. <BR> <BR> For me, I have bee... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 11:39:29 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 08/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62306333 QUOTE: “Success is processional. It’s the result of a series of small disciplines that lead us into habitual patterns of success that no longer require consistent will or effort.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Which is your frozen dessert of choice? <BR> <BR> <BR> Frozen yogurt, Gelato, Ice cream, Sherbet or sorbet, Non-dairy frozen dessert or I don't eat any of these. <BR> <BR> For me, I enjoy each from time to time. Gelato is always enjoyable to share... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:40:55 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 08/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62298146 QUOTE: “A healthy outside starts from the inside.” - Robert Urich <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite music, the music that gets you moving? <BR> <BR> I am a child of the 80’s…so 80’s music generally gets me moving whether it’s a walk or the arc trainer, etc. <BR> <BR> I have been having a pain in my heel. I asked for some opinions on FB in a group I’m in and they think that it is Plantar Faciatis and I’m trying to take care of it until it feels better. Although everyday this wee... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:45:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62291287 QUOTE: “Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite food to grill? <BR> <BR> Chicken or steak or burgers. Hmmm…I guess that isn’t really narrowing it down, is it? <BR> <BR> So apparently I was supposed to drain and rinse the beans in the Quinoa Enchilada Bake…it made a lot and turned out good. I’m having it for lunch... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:30:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62283695 QUOTE: “Every athlete hears two competing voices. One is a negative critic, and the other is a positive coach. Which voice we listen to is a matter of choice.” ~ Gary Mack,Mind Gym <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you snack on plain/salted nuts? <BR> <BR> I try to buy plain, but oftentimes if I am buying it for DH, they are salted. <BR> <BR> After my visit to the grocery store, I think I have everything I need to finish out the meal plan for the week. The Quinoa Enchilada Bake has been put in t... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:41:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62275512 QUOTE: “Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain.” ~ Henry Ford <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What type of water do you drink? Bottled, filtered, well, tap, etc? <BR> <BR> Mine is Filtered. Although at work, if I don’t bring enough, it’s bottled. <BR> <BR> So I am a little frustrated today. I had a new crockpot recipe for us to try today and I couldn’t find the can opener. We just have a hand opener but it was nowhere to be found. So I don’t know what I am doing for dinner tonig... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:50:52 EST Back to Basics Challenge - Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=594x34x62254272 This week focus on getting 2 dairy servings and 2 tsp of healthy oils and continue with weeks 1 and 2. Serving are 1 cup of milk or yogurt or 1.5 oz of most cheeses. Also continue with week 2’s focus on 1 to 2 servings of lean protein and continue with week 1’s focus of water and vitamin/mineral supplement. <BR> <BR> Posting this in advance because tomorrow will be crazy! Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:32:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62253940 QUOTE: “Today, keep working hard and don’t get discouraged. Know you are going in the right direction…Stay focused on your dreams…and never (ever) give up.” - Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What was the best thing that happened to you this past week? <BR> I managed to meal plan and meal prep and felt good about what I was doing. <BR> <BR> I gained what I lost last week. While I can tell you that I am disappointed, I know I am doing what I need to do to ultimately get me to my goal. As dif... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:38:58 EST QUOTE: “Once you replace negative thoughts with p http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62245699 QUOTE: “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” ~ Willie Nelson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What time did you go to bed last night? <BR> <BR> It was close to 10:30 before I turned out the light. <BR> <BR> This morning has not gone well, but I’m trying to change my attitude about it. Mom needs a med refill, but the savings card that we got for it seems to have gone missing…so if I can’t get another one, it will cost around $250.00. I’m going ... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:51:24 EST Hi there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62244998 I discovered the SparkGuy exercise videos about a year ago when I was recuperating from a broken ankle. Just loaded the app, and am now trying to learn how to track my foods&#128522; Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:38:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62237970 QUOTE: “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” ~ Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If you could sit on a bench in a beautiful woods, who would you like sitting next to you on the bench and why? <BR> <BR> I think it would have to be my husband. He and I both enjoy just sitting and enjoying the view. <BR> <BR> Last night I finally added some strength training back to my routine and I am feeling it this morn... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:26:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62229204 QUOTE: “Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Share one important thing that you hope to accomplish before the end of the year. <BR> <BR> I hope to make exercise a habit again. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a little scary. Jarrod, my oldest son, fell in the shower and banged himself up pretty good. He was experiencing dizziness and such so I... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:05:55 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62221616 QUOTE: “I am not interested in the past. I am interested in the future, for that is where I expect to spend the rest of my life.” ~ Charles F Kettering <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have a plan for lunch? If yes, what is it? <BR> <BR> Yes, while I really try to take Sunday as a rest day I took a little time yesterday evening and browned some ground buffalo with taco seasoning so I could put together a salad. I have salad for lunch and had a smoothie for breakfast. <BR> <BR> Besides the tac... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:46:36 EST New here in ALVIN, TX http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62218079 HI everyone. My name is Julia I am 35. I have 3 beautiful girls and a loving husband. I work at a Gelato store, and I love cooking and baking. I need to loose 50 pounds. This is a battle I have been fighting for years, but I am determined to do it this time and be able to one day look back and say I DID IT!!!! Is there anyone near me that might want to get together and workout? I have only lived here for a little more than a year and have yet to make friends. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:53:32 EST Back to Basics Challenge - Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=594x34x62204682 This week focus on 1 to 2 servings of lean protein and continue with week 1’s focus of water and vitamin/mineral supplement. Sat, 8 Aug 2015 09:56:30 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 08/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62204629 QUOTE: “Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> I am seriously pondering going to my leader's Sunday meeting to get a positive start to the week. So, today is my anniversary. Chris and I have been married for 6 years today. We are going to a steak/smoke house tonight, which I always enjoy. So much to do today...I hope I can find time to hit the rec center. I better get moving! Happy Saturday! <BR> Sat, 8 Aug 2015 09:48:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/07 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62197930 QUOTE: “Light tomorrow with today.” ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What are your plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> It's Tax Free weekend so we are trying to avoid the stores…well, perhaps not the grocery stores. I need to get meals planned and hopefully some stuff prepped this week. <BR> <BR> So I think I mentioned that I was excited about seeing what the scale says last night…I am down 1.2. I was excited to see the scale move a direction other than up. I feel like I... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 10:39:56 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 08/06 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62188831 QUOTE: “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” ~ Henry Ford <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Does the time you start your day vary depending on what day it is or whether it’s a weekend or weekday? <BR> <BR> Yes. This morning it started earlier than normal, but we typically get up between 5:30 and 6 a.m. on the weekdays. Weekends, we try to sleep until 7 or 7:30. It doesn’t always work, but we try. <BR> <BR> I’m already tired and I’ve not even been to wor... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 08:22:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/05 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62182376 QUOTE: “In life, never spend more than 10 percent of your time on the problem, and spend at least 90 percent of your time on the solution. Most important, don’t sweat the small stuff… and remember, it’s all small stuff!” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name a favorite hobby from your past. <BR> <BR> Dancing. I used to love to go dancing. My sweet hubby is not much for dancing, but I simply don’t have anyone to go with around here so I don’t go. <BR> <BR> I ... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 11:04:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/04 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62174349 QUOTE: “Having a mental snapshot of where you are, where you are going, and what you are moving toward is incredibly powerful.” ~ Sara Blakely <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite sport to watch either on TV or in person? <BR> <BR> I always loved watching hockey. Truthfully, I can watch any sport, but I may not understand them all. Hockey on tv is much easier to keep up with the puck than in person, or it is for me. <BR> <BR> Overall, yesterday was good, I got over my amount in wate... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:54:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/03 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62164679 QUOTE: “‘Why me?’ rarely produces a positive result, while ‘How can I use this?’ usually leads us in the direction of turning our difficulties into a driving force to make ourselves and the world better.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Is it harder for you to stay OP and get your water and such in on the weekends? <BR> <BR> YES! I really have to think about it and focus on planning ahead. <BR> <BR> Saturday was a lot of fun. My cousin and I went shopping. ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:46:20 EST One of Us Has Cancer-She Needs Our Love and Hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62158347 Texas-size prayers for and blessings on CopiousJoy! Sun, 2 Aug 2015 15:45:33 EST QUOTE AND WEEKEND UPDATE - 08/01-08/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62148441 QUOTE: “Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> I am excited about this challenge, but honestly as I am going to be out and about today, I know it will be hard to get in water so I’m taking a bottle with. It is going to be tough, but I am a woman determined! I am pondering taking my Brita water bottle so that I don’t have to worry a... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 10:38:00 EST Back to Basics Challenge - Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=594x34x62140907 This week focus on Water and vitamin/mineral supplement. For me, I am aiming for 8-8 oz. cups of water. I hear different perspectives on it like drink half your body weight, etc., but I know if I am for 8, I should be good and if my body wants more, then I can drink more. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:14:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62140865 QUOTE: “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” – Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What are your goals for August? <BR> <BR> I want to master the basics. I feel like if I can do that, I will truly be moving forward. <BR> <BR> I will post a challenge in the "Challenge" Section for the Back to Basics, if you want to join m... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:11:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62133447 “Every positive change in your life begins with a clear, unequivocal decision that you are going to either do something or stop doing something.” – Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you bring your own shampoo and conditioner when you travel, or do you use what the hotel provides? <BR> <BR> I always bring my own. My hair is picky. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I listened to Joyce Meyer’s book Look Great Feel Great and found it informative. I’m hoping that I can incorporate some of the mantras, etc. ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:36:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62124849 QUOTE: “Worry pretends to be necessary, but serves no useful purpose.” – Eckhart Tolle <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Is there a fruit that you really really don’t like? <BR> <BR> Canteloupe. My mother loves it, but I can't stand it. I buy it and cut it up for her, but I can't eat it. <BR> <BR> I am feeling a little better today, but yesterday I decided to focus on meal planning videos. I found one girl that interested me. She doesn't meal prep/plan the way most people I have seen videos for. H... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:21:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62116861 QUOTE: “It’s no coincidence that good words make us feel good and that hurtful or angry words make us feel bad. There is a 100 percent correlation between the words we choose and how we feel.” ~ Sean Stephenson, Get Off Your “But” <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you get out of the negative headspace when it happens? <BR> <BR> I am having difficulty with this of late and need to hear how others handle it. <BR> <BR> I don't know what has put me in this negative head space, but I need to pull m... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:26:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62109622 QUOTE: “Binge on life. Purge negativity. Starve guilty feelings. Restrict unhappy thoughts. Count blessings, not calories. The only weight you ever need to lose is the weight of the world on your shoulders.” ~ Anonymous <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name one of your favorite ways to relax during the summer. <BR> <BR> Hanging out at the lake or by the pool with my family. <BR> <BR> I was pretty proud of myself on Saturday. The restaurant that we stopped at had a buffet, we all opted not to get the... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:17:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62086754 QUOTE: “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~ Anna Quindlen <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What did you have for breakfast this morning? <BR> <BR> Smoothie with milk, spinach, baby carrots, banana, strawberries, flaxseed, chia seeds, chocolate peanut butter. Yum! <BR> <BR> Chicken got cooked and eggs got cooked. My mother appreciated the eggs because she had them for breakfast. I fixed her a “breakfast sandw... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:53:29 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 07/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62077059 QUOTE: “The greatest of all miracles is that we need not be tomorrow what we are today. The greatest of all insights is that we cannot be tomorrow what we do not do today. That is why today matters.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Today Matters <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have a "signature dish" that you do for guests or that you enjoy cooking and eating? <BR> <BR> Not really. I was really trying to be creative for awhile. I need to get back to my meal planning. <BR> <BR> You are probably wondering ... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:15:32 EST granny is still going http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62076724 As a previously employed full-time nurse,I was always taking care of everyone but me. <BR> Then at 58 I had Triple Bypass, no sooner was I back to work,tan bam...I lost my mother in January and then had a stroke in may. Now I am on disability and learning to live a new normal. I decided to start taking better care of me. I havelost 60 lbs to date and have 20 more to go. Exercise is the hardest for me, but I find a reason everyday to do something. If anyone has ideas for home exercises would l... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:56:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62070849 QUOTE: “Fairness is an illusion. Fairness never existed and never will. No one in life gets less or more than anyone else. We just get different stuff. That’s right. No one is dealt a bad or a good hand in life; we’re just dealt cards. It’s up to us to stay in the game and play. Sure, some cards look “better,” but they’re really not. If you look closely, you’ll see that anything you feel has been taken from you – or never given to you at all – was replaced with other amazing opportunities and... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:33:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62062555 QUOTE: “Practice this. Every action you take today, no matter how little … give it weight. Put some space around it. Start it intentionally, with the intention to be mindful, to inhabit that action fully, to notice with all your senses the entire moment. When the action is done, don’t just rush to the next one, but take half a second to appreciate what you just experienced. Then move to the next with equal weight and space. If you don’t start treating this next action like it’s just as import... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:45:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62054483 QUOTE: “Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes; work never begun.” ~ Christina Rossetti <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When did you first travel on a plane? Where did you go? <BR> <BR> Home. I was in Florida for travel and tourism school. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is well. The event at the Frontiers of Flight was fun and then Chris and I snuck off after church and had lunch just us. It was actually kind of nice. I'm going to try to plan the rest of the menu for the week. Tonight, howe... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:55:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62031249 QUOTE: “The extent to which you learn more about the world increases the depth of your experience. To live smarter means to live fuller. It also means to be aware of how much you can never know. To understand the limits of your knowledge is a wonderful thing. It is our responsibility as human beings to deliberately take advantage of the fact that we are living at a time when valuable information is more accessible than ever before.” ~ Unknown, The Daily Zen <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Would you rat... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:30:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62023791 QUOTE: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Would you rather eat broccoli or carrots? <BR> <BR> I guess that would depend on my mood because I like both. <BR> <BR> I am still struggling with my workouts and getting 10,000 steps, but I'm trying to fight it. I am determined to get back OP today after a not so great day yesterday. I had my smoothie for breakfast, I have Ski... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:42:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62016144 QUOTE: “Having a mental snapshot of where you are, where you are going, and what you are moving toward is incredibly powerful.” ~ Sara Blakely <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name one of your favorite things about summer. <BR> <BR> I love having access to more things at the Farmer's Market. As winter closes in and the Farmer's Markets close down, I miss the fresh produce that I can get from them. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is well. Yesterday was a bad day for me step wise, I'm not sure I managed to ... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:16:19 EST Howdy from central Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62011837 Hi y'all <BR> <BR> I just joined this site yesterday (moved from Lose It!) <BR> <BR> I'm 56, mom and grandma, music lover, line dancer, recently (October) moved (escaped!) from Colorado. <BR> <BR> In 2006 I lost 76 pounds, but have let a few too many come back for a visit!!! Working on getting rid of them for good. <BR> I swim 2-3 times a week, bicycle and jog/run, as well yoga, and dancing. <BR> <BR> Hope to get to know y'all. <em>213</em> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:59:15 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62010140 Hi, <BR> I am looking forward to sharing this experience with you. A little about me. I just turned 55 this month. I have an awesome husband and 2 spoiled little dogs. We live in Burnet, TX. I am looking to drop about 25 pounds. Have done Weightwatchers before and was successful. But over the years the weight has crept back when I wasn't looking. :) Anyway I hope we can all encourage each other when we want to have those naughty days of pounding cookies. <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:41:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62007803 QUOTE: “Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If you had to choose between running or riding a bike, which one would you choose? <BR> <BR> I think it would be riding a bike. I enjoy that more than running right now. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:28:16 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62001106 Just moved in to Texas - very happy to be here! Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:07:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61998903 QUOTE: “Success is not arriving at the summit of a mountain as a final destination. It is a continuing upward spiral of progress. It is perpetual growth.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Did you attend elementary school, junior high and high school in the same town? <BR> <BR> Yes, I did. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well. It was a busy weekend for us. Unfortunately, the kids didn't get a chance to swim because we had a late lunch and then had to leave to me... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:08:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61975472 QUOTE: “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have anything planned for the weekend? <BR> <BR> It will be another busy one for me. We are supposed to go to my Aunt's again to have some family time and enjoy her pool. So glad that she doesn't mind that we use it. Then we have to take the kids 3.5 hours away to their summer camp. I know they will have fun. <BR> <BR> My light sensit... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 10:48:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61967192 QUOTE: “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” ~ Henry Ford <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name one goal you would like to accomplish by the end of the summer. <BR> <BR> I want to be back to getting 10,000 steps per day and making time for myself. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get up and walk in place, at least, to help myself get back into the habit. I realized something yesterday that I don't think I'd paid attention to before...I am not drinking nearly as much water. I brought... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 10:22:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61958090 QUOTE: “Good people are good because they have come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success.” ~ William Saroyan <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What's your preference? Sugar, Cane Sugar/organic sugars, Stevia, Splenda, Aspartame, or other artificial sweetener or natural sweetener? <BR> <BR> I prefer sugar/raw sugar or organic sugar. I like Stevia in some things, but sometimes the aftertaste is a bit much. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a nice but busy day. I had to stop at the gr... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 09:48:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/07 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61949758 QUOTE: There are 7 days in a week and someday isn’t one of them. - Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you deal with sore muscles after a workout? <BR> <BR> I have been using Deep Blue Rub, which is an essential oil rub by DoTerra along with some stretching and such. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well. I realized earlier that I am feeling out of sorts and it may well be because I haven't been to a meeting in a bit. I plan on remedying that this week provided things are not crazy at wo... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 10:50:28 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61942384 HI, just wanted to introduce myself, My name is Ben, I've struggled with my weight for about the last 10 yrs. I want to lose 100 lbs over the next 18 months, just recently had back surgery so this will be a challenge, but I'm confident with some support from my family & spark people friends, I will meet my goals. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:39:31 EST Cedar Park, TX July 5th 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61933479 Hi I'm Megan. I just posted a reply to an year old post for Cedar Park. The thread looks like it might be dead. :( <BR> <BR> Anyways... I need friends and motivation. I don't want to pay out money for gyms or anything else health related that just going to go to waste. I've done a lot of that. <BR> <BR> I like to walk, swim, hike, camp, take care of animals and people. Surely I can lose weight with these things. <BR> <BR> I was told before that weight lose is won in the kitchen. So I ha... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 15:42:45 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 07/03 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61917063 QUOTE: “Every living cell in your body is made from the food you eat. If you consistently eat junk food then you’ll have a junk body.” ~ Jeanette Jenkins <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Did you or do you celebrate Independence Day? If so, what did you do or what do you have planned? <BR> <BR> We are hoping to go hang out at the airport tonight and enjoy the fireworks. Tomorrow we are supposed to go to my Aunt's and enjoy the swimming pool and possibly leftover wedding cake. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:53:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/01 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61898736 QUOTE: “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> QUESTION: July Goals? <BR> <BR> I am trying to hit 10,000 steps each day this month. I have done it before and it makes me feel better when I do. <BR> <BR> Last night was a bit frustrating; I had to go to the store and DH wound up working really late. At least I successfully managed to find some shoes that work for Mom without... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:40:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61889851 QUOTE: “Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you handle a change to your routine? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I wish I handled it better. It seems to throw me off and I feel like I spend too much time trying to regroup. <BR> <BR> It seemed to take forever with the doctor's appointment for my mom yesterday. Her appointment was at 2:45 a... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:22:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61880718 QUOTE: “It’s no coincidence that good words make us feel good and that hurtful or angry words make us feel bad. There is a 100 percent correlation between the words we choose and how we feel.” ~ Sean Stephenson, Get Off Your “But” <BR> <BR> QUESTION: With July fast approaching, have you hit your goals for June? <BR> <BR> With the move and everything, no, I have not. I am shooting for July to be better though! :-) <BR> <BR> I am out this afternoon so that I can get my Mom to the doctor. ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:03:33 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61855554 QUOTE: “There’s an importance of keeping an open mind. The brain is programmed to protect us, and that can mean imposing limits on what it thinks we can or should do. Constantly push at those limits, because the brain can be way too cautious.” ~ Chrissie Wellington <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If you drink sodas, how many do you drink in a week? Are they diet or regular? <BR> <BR> I try to limit it to 3 or less per week. <BR> <BR> Sorry I wasn't able to post yesterday, but we were so busy once t... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:40:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61840395 QUOTE: “When I say I lack the time to exercise, is this really true given that I have time to watch television? Perhaps it is just difficult for me to admit that I may be lazy.” ~ Keshavan Nair, A Higher Standard of Leadership <BR> <BR> QUESTION: List a few common items that can always be found in your fridge <BR> Eggs, cheese, milk. <BR> My Fitbit came in sooner than expected. I am so excited to have something again. This one is a little different but I think it will be a quick adjustmen... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:15:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61830849 QUOTE: “One of the best things you can do to improve the world is to improve yourself.” ~ Jen Sincero, You Are a Bad@$$ <BR> <BR> QUOTE: Do you prefer fresh, frozen or canned vegetables? <BR> <BR> We usually use canned or fresh. I don't buy a lot of frozen veggies. <BR> <BR> My weekend was nice. Since we had no children this past weekend or this week, we just hung out and enjoyed spending time together. We took in a movie after church on Sunday. This week, so far, we have spent a lot of ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:45:37 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61820999 Good Morning Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to SparkPeople, I actually joined last week but only discovered this message today. <BR> <BR> My name is Cindy and I am from South Texas. I am looking to lost 50 lbs, 25 of which I gained with my last pregnancy. I want to lose this weight by the time we start trying for baby #2 so hopefully that gives me a little over a year. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:20:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61798372 QUOTE: “A near win shifts our view of the landscape. It can turn future goals, which we tend to envision at a distance, into more proximate events. We consider temporal distance as we do spatial distance. (Visualize a great day tomorrow and we see it with granular, practical clarity. But picture what a great day in the future might be like, not tomorrow but fifty years from now, and the image will be hazier.)” ~ Sarah Lewis, The Rise <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Any plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:27:33 EST I'm BAAAACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61794702 Howdy, y'all!! I'm back! It's been a crazy 3 years since I was a co-leader here, and in all the craziness, I have gained back a BUNCH of weight, and was hospitalized with congestive heart failure less than a year ago.. <BR> so, it really is life or death that I get to Sparkin'! <BR> Happy to be here!! Thu, 18 Jun 2015 21:31:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61791242 QUOTE: “You have the power to heal yourself, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds. Claim and consciously use your power.” – Louise Hay <BR> <BR> QUESTION: As a child, did you prefer to play inside or outside? <BR> <BR> Mostly outside, but as I got into those teen years, etc., it seemed to be more indoors. <BR> <BR> Calling the doctor today since this still hasn't passed. She said 5 to 7 days and it has be... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:23:17 EST new to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61786924 Hello! <BR> <BR> I moved to Texas last July from Maine! Love it here, recently bought a house. I'm a night shift nurse and need to get back on track and lose weight. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 50lbs by January. I plan on exercising, not eating fast food and drinking more water. Easier said then done but I am determined! <BR> <BR> Thank you all and I would love to make new friends to keep me accountable :) Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:52:25 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61782427 QUOTE “We don’t have to feel negative about weeds. They’re a part of life. We need to see them, acknowledge them, focus on the solution, and immediately do whatever it takes to eliminate their influence from our lives.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite retail store? <BR> <BR> I have to say Target. I do enjoy Belk and Macy's, but our go-to store for most stuff is Target. <BR> <BR> Still not feeling well. I have a feeling I'll be calling... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:26:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61773148 QUOTE: “You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you change things up when you are in a food rut? <BR> <BR> I am getting in a food rut so I would like to hear how others handle it. <BR> <BR> Sorry for not starting things yesterday, but I was in the bed for two days not feeling well. Still not feeling well this morning, but the doctor said it was viral so no meds. If it hasn't ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:32:16 EST help--line b/w awkward & sexual harassment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61749314 my best friend's not reachable at the moment (on vacation with family after her surgery--good for them, they need it), and I'd ask her. I talked to some of my friends last night, but I'm still bereft of good advice (and a female perspective). <BR> <BR> Part of my issue the past week with work and my "blowing things out of proportion" post reared its head on Thursday and Friday morning when I realized that some boundaries b/w me and a co-worker were getting crossed. he expressed a liking for... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 12:04:14 EST Howdy from Amarillo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61748069 I just wanted to say hi! I'm 33 and from Amarillo! I have done lose it ! for a while, but this site seemed like it would give me a lot more support! Thanks for letting me join the Texas Team! Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:23:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61742666 QUOTE: “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite seasoning? <BR> <BR> I have to say if I have to choose just one, it would have to be garlic. I put it on everything. <BR> <BR> I went home yesterday not feeling well and pretty much just went to bed. I wound up putting ear plugs in because DH was watching a movie that was way too loud, took some meds and went to sleep for the night. Sadly, that left... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:12:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61734205 QUOTE: “The storms will come and the winds will rise and the gusts will threaten to pull you from your roots. Let the winds come. Let them rage and know that you will not break in the breeze, you will bend. Bend. Always bend because you are made of more strength than you know, because you are better than the breaking.” ~ Tyler Knott Gregson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Calories aside, what is your favorite breakfast? <BR> <BR> Eggs, bacon, hasbrowns, gravy, biscuits...yep, totally unhealthy but it... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:00:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61724371 QUOTE: “Don’t waste time calculating your chances of success and failure. Just fix your aim and begin.” ~ Guan Yin Tzu, Chinese Master <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Where do you get inspiration for your meals? <BR> <BR> Honestly, from Pinterest and from things I remember my mom cooking. <BR> <BR> The doctor's office called this morning and they are seeing her this afternoon. I am just hoping we can get this knocked out. I did about 15 minutes on my bike yesterday...not much perhaps but it's somet... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:59:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61715594 QUOTE: “The professional does not wait for inspiration; he acts in anticipation of it.” ~ Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you tried a new recipe lately or are you planning to? <BR> <BR> Not recently, but yes, I am going to a new crockpot salisbury steak recipe. My mom said that's what she wanted so I found a crockpot recipe. I just hope it works well and my family likes it because I think there may be leftovers. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is well! Mom is doing a l... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 11:19:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61705944 QUOTE: “When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.” ~ John Wooden <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What fruits do you have on hand right now? <BR> <BR> Cherries, grapes, mangoes, apples, bananas, blueberries, and strawberries. I had blackberries, but I used them to make a cobbler yesterday for DH. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a good weekend. I did not get to take a walk around the neighborhood the way I wanted to, but it was a busy weekend. My mom is not feeling well and is sounding a little... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 10:50:53 EST just beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61697457 I am 67 and ready to do something. This appealed to me as I need encouragement and accountability. Weight watchers always worked but could not get to meeting anymore. So I have bloomed up to 190 and stretching out of my up size 14. I have ordered the book and already did one of those exercise video this am.so I'm so glad you're here. <em>249</em> Sun, 7 Jun 2015 11:45:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/05 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61681370 QUOTE: “What got us to where we are today is not going to get us to where we need to go tomorrow.” ~ Blake Mycoskie <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have summer vacation plans? If so, where are you going? <BR> <BR> No, we don't. I hope to at least take a weekend trip, but I'm not sure we can unless I can find someone to stay with my mom. She's still not getting around like she needs to. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed some quiet time for myself yesterday when everyone was gone for lunch, I took a 15 minu... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 10:39:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/04 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61672573 QUOTE: “Grit is not just simple elbow-grease term for rugged persistence. It is an often invisible display of endurance that lets you stay in an uncomfortable place, work hard to improve upon a given interest, and do it again and again.” ~ Sarah Lewis, The Rise <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you prefer sun or snow or rain? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I think I prefer the sun. <BR> <BR> I ate too many PointsPlus yesterday, but today is a new day and my Weekly PointsPlus restart today. I made sure I pack... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 11:09:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/03 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61662942 QUOTE: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you use cable, DSL or something else? <BR> <BR> We have AT&T U-Verse and seem to like it pretty well. <BR> <BR> The allergy meds seem to be working their way in Daisy's system so that's a positive. I left the house this morning and realized my FitBit was still on the charger. I'm a little frustrated with myself, but what can... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 10:14:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61655402 QUOTE: “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~ Anna Quindlen <BR> <BR> QUESTION: PC or Mac? <BR> <BR> I've heard good things about Mac, but we're PC all the way. <BR> <BR> It was a late start to the workday because my poor baby dog (she is around 17 or 18) had some serious hotspots and had ripped out most of her hair off her tail and was making herself bleed. I was concerned that her allergies had ... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 13:02:18 EST Greetings from the soggy Texas Hill Country! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61647981 It says I joined in 2010, but I'm actually joining NOW. <BR> <BR> Have to have my knees replaced and have to get about 80 pound off as fast and as safely as possible. So excited to see a Texas team! I'm originally from Tomball and now living in the Kerrville area. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 19:25:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/01 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61643638 QUOTE: “Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” - unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have any hobbies that you used to do that you are wanting to do again? <BR> <BR> Cross-stitch and embroidering. I used to enjoy doing it, but I just quit and I haven't picked it back up yet. <BR> <BR> Weekend was restful. We had to get up and head to Denison yesterday as my cousin's youngest was getting married. It was a beautiful ceremony. I better get busy. Happy Monday! Mon, 1 Jun 2015 10:47:03 EST Kayla's weight loss story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61640130 the journey continues even though I have previously lost 60 pounds since about April 2015. I began my weight loss journey January 2014 and I have had success with weight watchers. I got SICK of those meals!! I LOVE food so I don't understand how I could get sick of them!! I'm doing the Healthy Choice meals, slim fast shake and atkins replacement meals. I thought the atkins meals were snacks but I didn't read it carefully before I bought it. I have since April have gained a few pounds but some... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 01:55:52 EST Howdy from Houston, TX http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61637532 Greetings, <BR> <BR> A pleasure to meet you all! I'm Irene, a Southern California transplant in Houston. I found my way to SparkPeople from Jessica Smith's 5 Mile Challenge (http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?<BR>post=kick_off_summer_with_a_fun_fitnes<BR>s_challenge). After moving to Houston 7 years ago, I've gained > 20 lbs. It took me about 2 years with inconsistent exercise and motivation to lose about 10 lbs. I'm hoping to lose another 10 lbs. with greater gusto this time around. <... Sun, 31 May 2015 19:45:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61617239 QUOTE: “The obstacle is the path. Face the problem, and in doing so, become more aware. See what is really happening with you. Learn about yourself. This is a valuable education.” ~ Leo Babauta, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I feel...tired after a trip to the E.R. <BR> <BR> So I was experiencing a headache (since I started taking the meds) and when I called the doctor's office, I was told that it doesn't cause headaches. I had already checked the drug's website and it causes headaches in... Fri, 29 May 2015 10:58:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61609763 QUOTE: “We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.” – Max DePree <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have a favorite dish that you loved as a kid and still love as an adult? <BR> <BR> Macaroni and cheese. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that this new med is not what is causing my headache, but I'm afraid it is. I didn't get much done last night that I needed to, but I did get some rest. I better get back to it. Happy Friday eve! Thu, 28 May 2015 13:15:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61600638 QUOTE: “True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems,but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.” ~ Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I saw...a woman that reminded me of a friend of mine that I recently found out has been diagnosed with lung cancer, stage 4. <BR> <BR> Yesterday seem to be so hectic. I had the doctor's appointment th... Wed, 27 May 2015 12:53:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61590451 QUOTE: “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~ Anna Quindlen <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What did you do this weekend? <BR> <BR> We got lots of rain and did some shopping and I wound up saving over $100 at Target and we got stocked up on some things. <BR> Tue, 26 May 2015 10:48:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61558836 QUOTE: “The storms will come and the winds will rise and the gusts will threaten to pull you from your roots. Let the winds come. Let them rage and know that you will not break in the breeze, you will bend. Bend. Always bend because you are made of more strength than you know, because you are better than the breaking.” ~ Tyler Knott Gregson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought? <BR> <BR> Is it sad that I honestly can't r... Fri, 22 May 2015 13:49:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61550369 QUOTE: “It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling that no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now.” – Hugh Laurie <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you noticed that your trigger foods have changed during this journey? <BR> <BR> Yes, they definitely have. Things that were serious triggers when I first started this journey, are not triggers now. <BR> <BR> I was able to get my car to Discount Tire yest... Thu, 21 May 2015 13:21:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61541247 QUOTE: “Your life is a result of the choices you make…If you don’t like your life it is time to start making better choices.” - Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name the unhealthiest thing in your fridge. <BR> <BR> I am not sure which would be more unhealthy, butter or soda. I have been trying to clear out the processed foods, but we seem to not be able to get rid of the soda. I generally only drink one occasionally these days. <BR> <BR> Busy morning already and it's looking like it's going ... Wed, 20 May 2015 13:17:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61531660 QUOTE: “Success is processional. It’s the result of a series of small disciplines that lead us into habitual patterns of success that no longer require consistent will or effort.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you eat more fresh produce, frozen or canned produce? <BR> <BR> I try to eat more fresh, but I do eat frozen fruit (usually with my smoothies) and canned occasionally. <BR> <BR> DH and I went walking Saturday and Sunday evenings, but we weren't ... Tue, 19 May 2015 12:47:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61496690 QUOTE: “A near win shifts our view of the landscape. It can turn future goals, which we tend to envision at a distance, into more proximate events. We consider temporal distance as we do spatial distance. (Visualize a great day tomorrow and we see it with granular, practical clarity. But picture what a great day in the future might be like, not tomorrow but fifty years from now, and the image will be hazier.)” ~ Sarah Lewis, The Rise <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you know how to swim? <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 15 May 2015 13:01:45 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61487316 QUOTE: “The art of thinking is the greatest art of all, for ‘as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.’ The thinker knows he is today where his thoughts have taken him and that he is building his future by the quality of the thoughts he thinks.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Describe your life as it was in high school. Are you the same person? Have you changed? <BR> <BR> High school was so long ago. I was so insecure, had no idea how to respect myself, cared ab... Thu, 14 May 2015 11:38:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61478233 QUOTE: The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do. – unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite summer fruit? <BR> <BR> Watermelon. Although, I do also love berries. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is well. It is starting out a most frustrating morning, but I'm going to just try to be thankful that I woke up this morning. I went to go get the lipid panel done this morning and while waiting for them to open, I started checking my email. I realized that I ha... Wed, 13 May 2015 11:01:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61469289 QUOTE: “Be determined to be positive. Understand that the greater part of your misery or unhappiness is determined not by your circumstances, but by your attitude. So smile at those who often try to begrudge or hurt you, show them what’s missing in their life and what they can’t take away from you.” ~ Marc Chernoff, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you tidy or messy? <BR> <BR> Both to some extent. There is usually a method to my madness, but someone who doesn't know would say it was a mess. ... Tue, 12 May 2015 12:00:25 EST Hi yall! Im Joey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61462962 I wish Joey was short for Josephine, but it isn't. It isnt short for anything, and that was rough when I was little. Nowadays, I am 33 and have 3 daughters and I love my name, haha! I am looking forward to this journeey - I am always looking for motivational pictures and friends. Oh, and polka-dots are divine! <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day, friends! Mon, 11 May 2015 19:08:45 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61459608 looking to lose weight and keep it off. I need to lose 50+ lbs and keep it off. Basically im tired of being fat and having trouble finding cute clothes and i don't want to end up like many in my family that now have weight related health problems. Mon, 11 May 2015 11:36:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61459551 QUOTE: “Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit; and the choice is yours.” ~ Tom Hopkins <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Were you taught to be a member of the “Clean Plate Club?” Did it have affect your eating habits as an adult? <BR> <BR> Yes, and yes, it does affect my eating habits. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy their families. We had lunch with my mother in law and spent some time with my mom. My DS24 came up to spend time with us. DS15 got ... Mon, 11 May 2015 11:29:27 EST Hello From East Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61439845 Hello my name is Brandy, I currently live in Tyler, TX. You will notice I am a blue blood Texan with much love for my state, and nation. My goals on this journey are to lose 92lbs, maintain a new and healthy lifestyle that will make my now 2 year old son proud of me; and honor my just recently passed father. I am also very much interested in getting healthy so I can feel good enough about myself to get out into the world and find myself and my son a man! Thanks all for the support, in advance... Fri, 8 May 2015 22:55:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61435551 QUOTE: “In our culture, we grow up thinking that failure is a terrible thing, that it’s a setback, or worse, the end. Often it turns out to be the beginning of something better.” ~ Katherine Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What plans do you have for your weekend? <BR> <BR> I know we have an appointment or two, but I am hoping to get to the Farmer's Market. I also want to meal plan this weekend. <BR> <BR> I had a 1 pound gain last night. I am really not all that surprised with all the... Fri, 8 May 2015 12:04:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/07 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61427186 QUOTE: “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What was your favorite subject in school? <BR> <BR> I think if it was the basics, it was English. If you are talking about extra curricular, it was Colorguard. I twirled a flag and it was one of my favorite things. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what to expect tonight. My eating has definitel... Thu, 7 May 2015 13:07:18 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61427042 Hi, I'm Kali. I'm 19 years old and in college. My goal is to lose 68 pounds. I don't completely know how I'm going to accomplish this yet. Thu, 7 May 2015 12:44:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/06 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61417238 QUOTE: “You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.” ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Tell us about your favorite spot in your city. <BR> <BR> I think my favorite spot is my backyard. It just makes me feel good to go sit outside and be thankful for where my life has taken me. <BR> <BR> I am really trying to be better about tracking this week. Little changes definitely help. I've put myself back in my wrist brace for the moment. I did something stupid and it was hur... Wed, 6 May 2015 11:46:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/05 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61407332 QUOTE: “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” – C.S. Lewis <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you see right now? <BR> <BR> My computer screen and the hotel out my window. <BR> <BR> I had quite the headache yesterday and am thankful that it finally eased and I didn't wake up with it this morning. Although I must admit that I am a little frustrated because my first edition Kindle Fire has decided to not ch... Tue, 5 May 2015 10:53:06 EST Turtle-ing My Way to Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61407312 Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm a recent transplant to the DFW area and have been on fast decline -heathwise- for the past 5 years. I desperately need to make a change and spark is my 1st step! <BR> <BR> See y'all around! :) <BR> <BR> WC Tue, 5 May 2015 10:51:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/04/2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61398040 QUOTE: “Life is an ever-flowing process and somewhere on the path some unpleasant things will pop up – it might leave a scar, but then life is flowing, and like running water, when it stops it grows stale. Go bravely on, my friend, because each experience teaches us a lesson. Keep blasting because life is such that sometimes it is nice and sometimes it is not.” ~ Bruce Lee, Striking Thoughts <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How was your weekend? <BR> <BR> Saturday, we got up and ran to the vet and the... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:17:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/01 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61371553 QUOTE: “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.” ~ Aldous Huxley <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Is there a particular sport that you enjoy watching? <BR> <BR> I used to love to watch hockey, but haven't watched in several years. I enjoy watching baseball (in person) and soccer was fun as well (in person). <BR> <BR> I did not go to weigh in last night because our family went to the premier of The Avengers. We met at 5:45 at Jersey Mike's to eat and t... Fri, 1 May 2015 09:53:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61363715 QUOTE: “The storms will come and the winds will rise and the gusts will threaten to pull you from your roots. Let the winds come. Let them rage and know that you will not break in the breeze, you will bend. Bend. Always bend because you are made of more strength than you know, because you are better than the breaking.” ~ Tyler Knott Gregson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: With May fast approaching, have you thought about your goals for next month? <BR> <BR> I haven’t really had much time to do that. <B... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:49:36 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61355105 Quote: “We don’t have to feel negative about weeds. They’re a part of life. We need to see them, acknowledge them, focus on the solution, and immediately do whatever it takes to eliminate their influence from our lives.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> Question: Do you look for the “organic” label when you shop? <BR> I do, especially for things that are on the “dirty dozen” list. <BR> <BR> The doctor’s office had called back yesterday and said everything was fine with m... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:34:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61345319 QUOTE: “The same boiling water that softens potatoes hardens eggs. Its all about what you are made of not your circumstances.” <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever participated in a CSA? <BR> <BR> Not technically, but I did get Greenling for some time. Now, we are just going to the farmer’s markets or I buy from Sprouts or Natural Grocers. <BR> <BR> After a super busy weekend, I woke up yesterday with a migraine, which was not the way to start my Monday. I wound up calling in and not waki... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:59:20 EST Joining team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61345002 Hi, I've recently rejoined SP. I used it years ago with success, fell away, had a baby and over time gained a lot of weight. My husband, 2 teen aged daugters, 2 year old daughter and I live in North Texas. I've never been part of an "online community" but I think I need to be. Doing this alone is hard, and I want to be able to encourage others and be inspired by others. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:23:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61310107 QUOTE: “In the end, we need two things to lead a balanced life – a sense of the world and a sense of ourselves; it’s like breathing in and breathing out. And if you can only get to know the world by stepping out, and losing yourself in experience, you can only get to know the self by stepping back, and finding yourself in contemplation. One without the other leads to a kind of madness.” ~ Pico Lyer <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite snack? <BR> <BR> I think I really need to work on... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:32:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61300653 QUOTE: “The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.” ~ Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite type of food? (Italian/Mexican/etc.) <BR> <BR> I guess I would have to say my favorite is Indian. It is not something we have often and I have to order it without cilantro because it triggers migr... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:03:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61290950 QUOTE: “Dealing with our overweight – or with any of our life’s difficulties, for that matter – is not a battle to be fought. Instead, we must learn how to make friends with our hardships and challenges. They are there to help us; they are natural opportunities for deeper understanding and transformation, brining us more joy and peace as we learn to work with them.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you vegetarian or vegan or flexiterian? If not, have you ever considered or t... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:42:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61281611 <BR> QUESTION: Are you a "cook in advance" person or a "last minute" cook? <BR> <BR> I tend to be a last minute cook, but I'm trying to change into a cook in advance person. <BR> <BR> Since it was asked...this batch of "momlets" were browned half pound of sausage 10 eggs and a little bit of cheese. It is a variation of a theme, I guess. I have tried cooking whole eggs, the "boiled" egg, scrambled eggs, etc. Last time I made them with ham. I am trying to cook those things in advance for M... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:37:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61271965 QUOTE “The obstacle is the path. Face the problem, and in doing so, become more aware. See what is really happening with you. Learn about yourself. This is a valuable education.” ~ Leo Babauta, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you more a "convenience" cook or "cook from scratch" cook? <BR> <BR> I definitely used to be a "convenience" cook, but have turned into a "cook from scratch" cook. <BR> <BR> It was a busy day yesterday. 2 dozen muffins made, 10 "momlets" and two "boiled" eggs. I made ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:04:00 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 04/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61254215 QUOTE: “In the end, we need two things to lead a balanced life – a sense of the world and a sense of ourselves; it’s like breathing in and breathing out. And if you can only get to know the world by stepping out, and losing yourself in experience, you can only get to know the self by stepping back, and finding yourself in contemplation. One without the other leads to a kind of madness.” ~ Pico Lyer <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you tried a new food lately? Did you like it? How did you prepare it... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:18:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61245760 QUOTE: “The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.” ~ Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever tried essential oils? <BR> <BR> Yes. I remember a friend giving me some years ago to try and I have dabbled in them here and there, lavender to help me relax and sleep better, etc. Today, I am trying Wint... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:32:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61236657 QUOTE: In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. - Lee Iacocca <BR> <BR> QUESTION: As our tax deadline just past, do you file at the last minute? File early? File an extension? <BR> <BR> We try to file early, but sometimes it doesn't always work that way. I think we have only filed an extension one time. <BR> <BR> It was a busy day, but not so bad. I think that food wise, it wasn't great. Since my bo... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:23:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61227018 QUOTE: “There is power in the tongue to give life or tear down.” – Adam Houge, If You Change Your Words It will Transform Your Life <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How old would you feel if you didn’t know how old you are? <BR> <BR> That depends on when you ask me. Some days I feel like I am older than dirt and other times, I feel like I'm a spring chicken. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a little better. I managed to get some veggies cut and crockpot "roasted" for both Mom and me today. I gave her sweet p... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:38:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61217251 QUOTE: “He who hopes to avoid all failure and misfortune is trying to live in a fairyland; the wise man realistically accepts failures as a part of life and builds a philosophy to meet them and make the most of them. He lives on the principle of ‘nothing attempted, nothing gained’ and is resolved that if he fails he is going to fail while trying to succeed.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you handle your stress? Do you eat? Do you forget to eat? <BR> <BR>... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:35:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61180856 QUOTE: An arrow can only be shot by pulling backwards. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, just imagine it’s going to launch you into something great. – unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you participate in SparkPeople Challenges? <BR> <BR> I have in the past, but am putting those on the back burner for the time being to focus on what I need to do to take care of myself. <BR> <BR> Things were so swamped yesterday I didn't have time to look at anything other than work. By the ti... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:56:57 EST hello from Fort Worth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61173466 Hello, getting all this figured out going to hit it hard starting this sunday, planning out the meal plans and shopping list. I love that option sure makes it easy. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 16:32:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61163778 QUOTE: “You’ve gotten to where you are right now by doing whatever it is you’re doing, so if you’re less than impressed with your current situation, you clearly need to change things up.” ~ Jen Sincero <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What are you doing to make today a good on plan day? <BR> <BR> I took time, even though things were super hectic this morning to prepare my salad ingredients and a back up plan. I finally stopped about an hour ago to eat lunch and decided to go for the broccoli (steamed ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 16:21:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/07 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61151430 QUOTE: “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” ~ Eleanore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you deal with feeling like you need to eat all the time? I seem to be dealing with this more when I'm at work than at home. <BR> <BR> I have been eating lots of air-popped popcorn. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 10:41:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/06 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61141397 QUOTE: “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” ~ Nelson Mandela <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How did you spend your weekend? <BR> <BR> We had company and I fixed a big meal for dinner. Since it rained, we had to do a makeshift egg hunt in the house. It was busy but fun. <BR> Mon, 6 Apr 2015 11:15:14 EST New Texan to be .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61125636 I never know how to start an introduction, but here goes. My name is Sue, I am married and the mom to 2 delightful little yorkies and one crazy cat. I currently live in North Central Montana, but my darling husband came home this past Thursday to let me know he had just got a promotion which includes a transfer to South Eastern Texas. We don't have an exact date yet, but we are looking at probably the June/July time frame. Not sure exactly where we will land yet either, but his job is located... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 16:27:44 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 04/04 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61125061 QUOTE: “Most answers reveal themselves through doing, not thinking.” ~ Jen Sincero, You are a Bad@$$ <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite walk? DVD, walking outside? <BR> <BR> I enjoy trying to change things up occasionally. I enjoy Leslie's walks (including the old ones) and have tried the Prevention Walk dvd, Jessica Smith, etc. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 15:08:49 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61117768 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1038781491.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hello, I am Patb128, <BR> <BR> Thank you for allowing me to join your team. Fri, 3 Apr 2015 18:19:39 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61117628 Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thank you for the wonderful welcome, I am looking forward to this. It is always great to see more Christians that are also working on some goals, I know I can do it and it is great to have some support. I am a Military Spouse my husband is currently deployed and has been gone 2 years this month but we are praying for his return home soon. I talk to him online daily and so I know that God has heard my prayers. He is fine but is also praying to come home soon. Please ... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 17:47:34 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 04/03 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61114981 QUOTE: “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. ” ~ William B. Sprague <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you do anything special to celebrate Easter? <BR> <BR> We normally try to go to church and have lunch as a family. This year, I am cooking dinner. Fri, 3 Apr 2015 11:03:07 EST My apologies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61105697 I am sorry that I abruptly disappeared. I was going through some things and just sort of went off the grid. It was not planned, it just sort of happened. However, it gave me some time to reflect on what was important to me. I need to remember to take care of myself and not put everyone else before my health. I hope everyone will forgive me for disappearing and allow me to continue with what I was doing previously. Thu, 2 Apr 2015 11:25:34 EST Hi from North ATX! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61078062 Hi, I'm Sabrina. I'm a 40something mom of 3 and have quite a lot to lose. Currently working with a low carb plan, and getting back into the groove of things. I work out at home and outdoors for now, but will rejoin a gym when the weather gets icky. Hopefully not for a while. It's so lovely here! <BR> <BR> I enjoy horror movies, reading, dancing, yoga, shopping, wine tasting (a lot....like a LOT! hah), and I'm still a stay at home mom. We haven't lived in the area long, so I don't have many ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:11:08 EST Hill Country Food Binger is on board http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61041634 I am new and still exploring the website which has so....many aspects. I hope now that the Bluebonnets are starting to bloom and the weather is getting better, I can get outside more and get in more exercise. I eat by the clock, when something looks good, smells good or just plain tempting! I eat when I'm bored, when I read, when I am cooking, before meals and after meals. So you see, I need lots of help! But I have faith that this community might be just what I need. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:23:20 EST Just Joining http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61031592 <em>524</em> <em>252</em> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:20:53 EST New to Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61023766 Hello from the Rio Grande Valley! <BR> <BR> I am new to spark people and a little (lot) overwhelmed <em>40</em> by all of the pages, readings, forums, etc. but thought this would be a good place to start. I am excited to get on track with eating healthy and getting enough exercise. I want to get into better shape, right now I am a circle but hope to become more oval ;) by summer. <BR> <BR> Bonnie <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:23:54 EST Hi, Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61014839 I've never done this type of thing before, so here I go. I joined on 3-21-15 so I'm still learning what is available on the website. Since I live in Texas I thought this would be an excellent forum to join. I'm 53 and decided that I'm tried of not being able to get down on my knees or getting up from being on my knees without holding on to something for assistance. The extra weight has got to go. So far I love the site and sticking to my goals and I like the idea of being able to get a li... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:04:55 EST Love life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60996620 I am a health care provider and want to serve as a role model to my kids and patients. Lifestyle change is the best treatment and it is time for me to follow my own advice . My mom developed a chronic illness in her mid 50's and I am worried the same could happen to me. I have neglected my health over the past two years. I want to feel sexy towards my husband again and healthy enough to keep up,with my two young children. Keeping a commitment to exercise and better eating are difficult. I kno... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 21:37:50 EST Texan in Exile http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60983535 Good Morning All! <BR> <BR> I don't really like doing introductions, but I figure I should give it a try. I am 37 and have actually been on Sparkpeople for a while, but decided I needed to try a fresh start with a new profile and see if I could finally make it stick. At this point, because of my career, it has been about 7 years since I actually lived in Texas, and even though I wasn't born in Texas, I spent the majority of my life (about 24 years) living in San Antonio so I consider myself ... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:11:33 EST Hello from Lake Livingston http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60952272 Hi, I go by Alli. I recently decided to get back into shape after seeing the scale at my doctor's office. I am new to Texas, I took a job here about 7 months ago and relocated from Florida. <BR> <BR> Long story short, when I had my son six years ago I ballooned up. I gained over 75 lbs. during pregnancy. Afterwards, I did a lot of cardio and dieting and went from 217-170 (prebaby weight was 155). I never could get past that, I seemed to plateau out and just gave up once I started going thro... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:34:54 EST Hey to all you beautiful people! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60931775 Going to be trying this again. Hope all of you can help keep me motivated. I have two daughters getting married in 2016, so I have to do this! Please help me. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:06:17 EST Today is day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60874207 Hi everyone...my first day here. I have no idea how I'm going to attack this weight problem, but I'm just proud of myself for taking the first step and joining this community. <BR> <BR> I lost 30 pounds last year but several months of family drama, health challenges, and a new ultra-sedentary job later...well, I've gained it all back. And as I'm in the home stretch to transitioning from my 40s to turning 50 in a few months - well, it just seems like what I did before isn't working so well no... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 17:32:14 EST Hi, I am Casey and new here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60834623 I am crazy overwhelmed with weight-loss, and a little overwhelmed with this sight. <em>24</em> <BR> My daughter is getting married May 30, I hope to kick off my journey with 20 pound loss before the wedding!! And then continue on to lose another 30 by my birthday in September. <BR> <BR> I have PCOS and type 2 diabetes. I am off to walk on the treadmill before my boys get home from school (7 & 8 yo) That gives me about 4 house to motivate myself and get going. <BR> <BR> If you are lo... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:52:05 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60831146 Hi I'm Redneckprinces1. I am hoping to get back in shape physically and keep up with my grandsons Wed, 4 Mar 2015 06:14:26 EST H http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60797566 Hi!, I'm Becky. I am 26 years old, 5'e, and 280 pounds. I'm sick of not feeling well all the time and being tired and self conscious. I'm getting to the point where it is getting hard to even find plus size clothes that fit comfortably. I've been through so much in my life, and have not had a very good start in life as far as being taught healthy eating etc...I am one of those that have lost weight, gained it and more back. The pattern seems to be that I'll loose about 40 pounds and then stop... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:51:35 EST Hello out there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60769683 Hey y'all! I am Erica. I'm a 33 year old Stay at Home Mom from Texas. I got about 85lbs to get off of this body! Hoping to find inspiration and motivation to do so. Look forward to meeting you all and reading your posts. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:01:56 EST New To he Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60763539 Good Morning, <BR> It's cold and crisp here in southern Texas and It feels like a lazy day..... <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, my name is Debbie and I am 54 years old with 178 pounds left to drop. I have a multitude of physical challenges and a few mental ones as well. I am a wife of 36 years, mother to four grown children, Nana to 15 grandchildren and a great Nana to six..... <BR> DH and I are two years from retirement and have already made the huge move into full time RVing. I look forward to me... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:29:45 EST Hi Y'all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60758149 Hi everyone! I'm new here, but not new to Texas. Born in San Antonio, grew up in Midland. Although I have lived in many different places, Southwest Florida and Japan to name a couple, I always end up back in Texas. Currently I reside in Midland where I'm raising a grandchild, dealing with several health issues and attempting to work my way back to good health. My doctor didn't mince words last week and I jumped right to it. I am looking forward to learning from all of you and maybe, jus... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:04:14 EST Hi all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60709350 hey everyone, i have no idea what to do in this message board thing I have been with spark for 10 days now. I love the recipes awesome ideas and well I'm trying to my blood pressure down and my weight lost 7 lbs already hoping to lose more have a blessed day spark people. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:06:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60648679 QUOTE: “The reason most goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.” ~ Robert J. McKain, Author <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you celebrating Valentine's Day? <BR> <BR> We are cooking a nice meal (steaks, baked potatoes, dessert) and celebrating as a family. <BR> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:30:43 EST Concerts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60630301 George Strait <BR> Reba <BR> Late Johnny Paycheck <BR> Steve Wariner <BR> Highway 101 <BR> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 14:02:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60628649 QUOTE: “Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: List 5 bands/artists that you have seen in concert. <BR> <BR> 1. Alabama <BR> 2. George Strait <BR> 3. Reba McEntire <BR> 4. Tanya Tucker <BR> 5. Travis Tritt <BR> <BR> I've seen more, but those are the ones I thought of first. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 11:08:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60607430 DAILY QUOTE: “Through imagination, we can visit the past, contemplate the present, and anticipate the future. We can also do something else of profound and unique significance. We can create.” ~ Ken Robinson, The Element <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How do you handle appliance purchases? <BR> <BR> We look at reviews online to see how they are rated, etc. I did that with my breadmaker before I bought it. <BR> Mon, 9 Feb 2015 10:42:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/06 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60579413 DAILY QUOTE: “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What will the weather be like in your area this weekend? <BR> <BR> National Weather Service says we are going to be unseasonably warm. I am hoping to get some plants repotted outside. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 11:42:25 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/05 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60568723 DAILY QUOTE: “There’s an importance of keeping an open mind. The brain is programmed to protect us, and that can mean imposing limits on what it thinks we can or should do. Constantly push at those limits, because the brain can be way too cautious.” ~ Chrissie Wellington <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How do you keep yourself organized? Day Planner? Electronic Calendar? <BR> <BR> I use both actually, an electronic calendar (my Google Calendar) which I can see on the computer and on my phone an... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:19:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/04 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60558146 DAILY QUOTE:“While others were out partying, I was training. While they were out dancing at the clubs, I was training… and training… and training.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have a housework schedule? <BR> <BR> No, sometimes I wish we did. <BR> Wed, 4 Feb 2015 10:14:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/03 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60547813 DAILY QUOTE: “Change is inevitable. Progression is a choice.” – Sonya Teclai <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you do laundry every day or loads at a time? <BR> <BR> I've done it both ways. We generally do a load here and a load there these days because we would spend all day doing laundry otherwise. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 10:54:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60536110 DAILY QUOTE: “Don’t let anyone rent space in your head, unless they are a good tenant.” - Unknown <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How often do you take a break from social media? How long of a break do you usually take? <BR> <BR> I seem to be doing it more often these days. I enjoyed not getting on social media yesterday. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 10:48:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60516225 DAILY QUOTE: “All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first thousand days, nor in the life of this administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.” ~ John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you hit the goals you set for yourself in January? <BR> <BR> No, but I am trying to set some small ones for February so I can focus and hopefully exceed them. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:25:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60504639 DAILY QUOTE: “When I say I lack the time to exercise, is this really true given that I have time to watch television? Perhaps it is just difficult for me to admit that I may be lazy.” ~ Keshavan Nair, A Higher Standard of Leadership <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How do you handle your budget? Is it written? Do you do a cash envelope? Do you carry cash? <BR> <BR> I let Chris handle the budget. No, it isn't written. We did a cash envelope system when we first got together, but don't know. Not v... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:22:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60493840 DAILY QUOTE: “One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.” ~ Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you cook multiple meals or a single meal at a time? <BR> <BR> I try to make enough for multiple meals, but it doesn't always work that way. <BR> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:47:25 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60483106 DAILY QUOTE: “Players with fight never lose a game, they just run out of time” ~ John Wooden <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What kind of laundry detergent do you use & why? <BR> <BR> We don't strictly use one brand of detergent. We get what I can get a good deal on with coupons and stock up. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:46:10 EST Hello SparkTeam! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60476068 I am here today to set my new lifestyle goals. I needed some motivation and someone to hold me accountable. So here I am! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:02:33 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60472586 DAILY QUOTE: “With strength and determination you can do anything you want in life, as long as you believe in yourself, because if you don’t, no one else will.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Name 5 things that remind you of your childhood. <BR> <BR> My butterfly bike, Barbies, Cabbage Patch kid (I got a red headed one), rare snow days and running around outside. <BR> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:18:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60461377 DAILY QUOTE: “When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape.” ~ Andy Andrews, The Noticer <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What’s your favorite hobby? <BR> <BR> Probably reading. I don't feel like I get to do nearly enough of it though. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:28:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60430039 DAILY QUOTE: “When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you take vitamins? What kind? <BR> <BR> I take Raw Vitamins for Women. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:19:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60419114 DAILY QUOTE: :(: - You decide! <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Manicure or Pedicure? <BR> <BR> If I have to choose only one, it would be a pedicure. I like feeling like I have pretty feet. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:33:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60407687 DAILY QUOTE: “To think that the world can ever change without changes in our mental models is folly.” ~ Joseph Jaworski, Synchronicity <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite movie from the 80’s? <BR> <BR> I'm not sure I can pick just one. I love 80's movies. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:20:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60396269 DAILY QUOTE: “You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” ~ Dale Carnegie <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you had a garden (square foot garden, container garden, window box garden, etc.), what is one thing that you would have to have in it? <BR> <BR> For us, it would have to be tomatoes. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:32:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60383083 DAILY QUOTE: "DON’T LET YOUR MIND HOLD YOU BACK ANYMORE!" - Bob Harper, Biggest Loser <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Name your favorite piece of clothing that you own. <BR> <BR> With the cooler weather, I love my skirt made with sweatshirt fleece. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:41:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60373560 DAILY QUOTE: “‘Why me?’ rarely produces a positive result, while ‘How can I use this?’ usually leads us in the direction of turning our difficulties into a driving force to make ourselves and the world better.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: When looking for a living space, what is the one thing that you really look for? <BR> <BR> When I was buying my house in Denison, I was really focused on the kitchen. I wanted something that I could actually cook ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 13:03:51 EST MacKenzie - new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60367425 I'm just a 26 year old guy from Pearland Tx trying to do what I can to get in touch with my body, and nourish it with better nutrition, exercise, etc. <BR> <BR> Three months ago I quit smoking after ten years of smoking. I'd failed to quit many times before but this was different. My life has changed a lot in the last year in how I treat my body, mind, and spirit. I believed I was lazy, not athletic, and that all of this would always someday be an uphill battle that I would have to face at ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 21:30:11 EST This is me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60353080 I'm a 32 year old mom with a full time job. Recently separated, now going through a divorce. <BR> <BR> I figured it time for me to focus on me! So eating right and exercising at a gym and with a personal trainer... Lets see where this goes! Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:20:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60350971 DAILY QUOTE: "Rule your mind or it will rule you." - Buddha <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How often do you read for pleasure? <BR> <BR> I generally try to read a little each day. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:15:39 EST Hello from Carol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60350795 Good morning all. Just wanted to drop a short note about joining this forum. I am trying to lose 50 lbs by Dec 31st. Thanks in advance for all of the support. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:55:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60340801 DAILY QUOTE: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your opinion on social media’s impact on our society? Does it make life better or worse? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I think it is a double edged sword. I love that I can get inspiration from people that are far away and keep in touch with friends from years past, but I think there is much that gets taken as gospel when it is a ... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:25:13 EST Wrestling for flexibility and strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60338741 Looking for adult male wrestlers for recreational wrestling match in Northeast Texas. 40 years old and above with weight of 150 to 170 lbs. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:58:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60328349 DAILY QUOTE: “Tomorrow never comes.” ~ Osho, The Book of Understanding <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What kind of vacations do you like to take? <BR> <BR> For me, DH and I have enjoyed going to museums or hiking to see the sights. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:13:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60319197 DAILY QUOTE: “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you ever met anyone online before meeting them in person? <BR> <BR> Yes, my husband. We are an internet dating success story. <BR> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:58:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60304258 DAILY QUOTE: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How do you keep your household organized? Do you use applications on your phone? <BR> <BR> I am trying a new one for groceries. I am going to download it to DH's phone too so we can share it and know what we need no matter who goes to the store. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:12:35 EST I am back and plan to stay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60296602 My names Keli and I was on this site a while back and lost 30lbs, then sadly gained it back when I lost track during the holidays. I am back now even more motivated. I can not let the fact last time I fell off track get me down! I am happily married to a very supportive man and we are ready to start trying to conceive. I am so ready to see what's in store for me. Looking for great friends and motivation to stay on track. It easier and very rewarding to find a site where I am NOT alone. I look... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:25:37 EST Howdy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60295234 My name is Melissa. I was a member years ago, but left. I need motivation so I am back. I am 44 years old and need to lose about 45 pounds. <BR> <BR> I am mom to two boys, 23 and 17, and two miniature schnauzers, 8 and 1 1/2. Married to my best friend for almost 20 years. Live in Bryan, work at TAMU. <BR> <BR> I have tried every diet. Honestly, I just want something to help me control my portions. So, here I am. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 15:19:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60282705 DAILY QUOTE: “Change isn’t made by asking permission. Change is made by asking for forgiveness, later.” ~ Seth Godin, Tribes <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you eaten many of the "heirloom" varieties of veggies or fruit? <BR> <BR> No, but I am hoping to change that soon. <BR> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:29:34 EST Hello!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60273684 My name is Leta and I'm looking to lose the extra pounds I've gained after being in a car wreck where I had both ankles crushed. I have a hard time getting around so I'm on my butt a lot. looking forward to getting started. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 16:03:49 EST QUOTE AND QUESTION OF THE DAY - Jan. 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60269691 DAILY QUOTE: “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” ~ Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Favorite board game? <BR> <BR> Is Yahtzee a board game? If so, then that is definitely it. we don't really play board games. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 09:45:20 EST my name is tammy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60263582 hello everyone!!! MY NAME IS TAMMY, I AM MAKING A HUGH EFFORT TO GET BACK IN SHAPE AFTER A CAR WRECK THAT TOOK THREE YEARS TO FINALLY GET BACK INTO A WORLD WITH LESS DR VISITS. STILL HAVE MORE SURGRIES TO GO BUT I GAINED 100 PLUS LBS IN THE 3 YEARS THAT I WAS UNABLE TO DO ANYTHING. I HAVE BEEN GOING TO A TRAINER AND AM WORKING ON GETTING BACK IN SHAPE AND LOSING WIEGHT AND PROVING ALL MY DRS WRONG... THANKS Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:44:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60258225 DAILY QUOTE: “Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” ~ Augustine of Hippo <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have a favorite card game? <BR> <BR> Mom and I used to play rummy at night and that was fun, but I don't really play card games these days. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:06:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/07 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60246290 DAILY QUOTE: “Don’t learn to do, but learn in doing.” ~ Samuel Butler <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Looking back at the past year, name one thing that you accomplished that you are proud of. <BR> <BR> I managed to go 6 weeks with 10,000 steps per day. <BR> Wed, 7 Jan 2015 09:55:14 EST Hello all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60234207 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Aryana and I live in the Fort Worth area. I've had a sparkpeople account for three years, but I haven't been active with it. Now that I'm three years older and wiser, I am actively trying to take the right steps and change my life. With the help of my supportive (and sometimes naggy ;-) ) husband, I've started this year right. I hope to become more active in the message boards as well. Anyway, enough about me... Happy Exercising! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:14:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/06 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60233997 DAILY QUOTE: “Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite fruit pie? <BR> <BR> Banana cream pie, I think. Although I haven't had it in years. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:00:16 EST I'm ready for the challenge!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60229403 Hello My name is Lm, <BR> I am very happy to be a part of this wonderful community. I look forward to making many new and exciting changes in my life this year. I wish everyone a Happy New Year!! Mon, 5 Jan 2015 22:14:30 EST I'm ready for the challenge!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60229393 Hello My name is Lm, <BR> I am very happy to be a part of this wonderful community. I look forward to making many new and exciting changes in my life this year. I wish everyone a Happy New Year!! Mon, 5 Jan 2015 22:14:13 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60219535 DAILY QUOTE: The only thing you really control in life is your preparation. You may be up against more devious, more intelligent, or more excitable people, but you can’t control their conduct, steal their skills, or tranquilize their emotions. You can’t control external events. But if you prepare yourself and your team fully, you know that you will have done all you can do to achieve an optimal result.” ~ Ronald Shapiro, Dare to Prepare <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite flower... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 08:04:43 EST Hi I'm Deborah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60200344 I hope I can meet knew Friends on here. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 15:55:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60185650 DAILY QUOTE: “Taking chances on opportunities, even if they aren’t right for you, gives you a clearer picture of where you want to go with your life and career.” ~ Lauren Bush Lauren <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How many portions of fruit do you eat a day? <BR> <BR> Generally speaking 4. Some days are more and some are less, but on average 4. <BR> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 10:19:52 EST Hello 2015! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60173763 I am a native Houstonian. Now live in Katy, TX. Mom of 4, grandmother of 6. Been absent from SP for a long time. Working on making this year different and sticking with it. <BR> Encouragement and accountability helps! <BR> Blessings to you all and success on your journey! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 09:34:24 EST Newbie Bio Post! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60160859 Hey ya'll. My name is Megan, and I am glad to be joinin' this Spark Texas Team! I am hoping to lose 30lbs by this coming summer (2015), and I am looking forward to the journey with ya'll! Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:02:40 EST Been Absent since 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60157235 Hi, I'm back after a LOA of 3 years. After the loss of my fiancé this summer and a stressful school year, I decided that I better get back to Spark where i felt motivated. <BR> <BR> I live in Copperas Cove. I'm a third grade teacher, mom of two. I join 5Ks and belong to a local running group but I am the turtle of the group, but we have fun. <BR> <BR> Excited to be back! Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:56:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60155678 DAILY QUOTE: “To this day, even when I hear about problems, as you’ve probably noticed, I tend to call them challenges. I don’t dwell on them, and I immediately focus on how I can convert the challenge into an opportunity.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Would you rather go without television or fast food for the rest of your life? <BR> <BR> I think it would have to be fast food. I don't watch that much tv these days, but I like the option. We tend to... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 11:10:13 EST New Year New Life Resolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60149594 I haven't been on here in probably a few years. I have a hard time doing this by myself and just never came back on here. I am going to give it a try once again and see what happens. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:10:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60145556 DAILY QUOTE: It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to, has power over you. - unknown <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What are your thoughts on re-gifting presents? <BR> <BR> It depends on what the gift is, but generally speaking, I will re-gift. <BR> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:33:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60135787 DAILY QUOTE: “All goal setting must be immediately followed by both the development of a plan, and massive and consistent action toward its fulfillment.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you send holiday cards? <BR> <BR> I definitely try to, though it doesn't always happen that way. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:11:14 EST Abilene,Tx http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20963x34x60128188 Hello everyone in Texas <em>30</em> . Sat, 27 Dec 2014 12:32:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60127559 DAILY QUOTE: “Although we can’t control which roles are assigned to us, it must be our business to act our given role as best we possibly can and to refrain from complaining about it. Where ever you find yourself and in whatever circumstances, give an impeccable performance.” ~ Epictetus, The Art of Living <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have food that you have every New Year's Day? <BR> <BR> Yes, we cook black eyed peas (for luck) and cabbage for finances. <BR> <BR> Sorry I have been ... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 11:17:15 EST Back for Round 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60122978 Hi, everyone! I am a returning sparker...lost 30 pounds the first round and then got waylaid by life. Since then, I've put every pound back on, plus a few. So this Texas is done and determined to get rid of it all for good! I have been married for 24 years and have two sons, ages 15 and 10. I've been teaching in the same school district for 21 years now but have left the traditional classroom this year to provide special services for dyslexic students and gifted/talented students. I look forw... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 20:09:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60106391 DAILY QUOTE: “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you ever been part of a parade? <BR> <BR> Yes. I was in Colorguard and twirled a flag in HS so we were always in the parades. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 09:39:32 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60074943 DAILY QUOTE: “The people who are good in the long run fail a lot, especially at the beginning. So, when you fail early, it might be worth realizing that this is part of the deal, the price you pay for being good in the long run. Every rejection is a gift. A chance to learn and to do it better next time. An opportunity to figure out how to bounce, not break. Don’t waste them.” ~ Seth Godin, Blog <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Share one pet peeve that causes you more grief than it should. <BR> <... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:49:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60066716 DAILY QUOTE: “Look at what you’ve got and make the best of it. It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” ~ Proverb <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What color ink do you prefer to write in? <BR> <BR> I always write out official documents in black or blue as I think it looks more professional, but when I send greeting cards I tend to use green ink. <BR> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:23:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60057681 DAILY QUOTE: “To this day, even when I hear about problems, as you’ve probably noticed, I tend to call them challenges. I don’t dwell on them, and I immediately focus on how I can convert the challenge into an opportunity.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Share your favorite material object that you already own. <BR> <BR> My Kindle. <BR> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:40:46 EST Introduction! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60041553 My name is Stephanie. I am a 23 year old single mother of a wonderful 3 year old boy. I work full time, and I am an online continuing college student. I have a lot on my plate, so I end up putting my health on the back burner. I eat what I have time for, and when I cook(which is less than I should) I make whatever is fast. However, I was recently told I have pre-diabetes and need to start watching myself. This really struck a chord with me because I realized that if I am unhealthy, then my so... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:49:54 EST HEEEELLLLO from SAN ANTONIO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x60040044 <em>524</em> <BR> Hi to all. I am April (Metarubbish) and I have been on Sparkpeople since Dec 8, 2014. So far I have lost 7 lbs and plan to lose at least 11 more. I am an avid non-profit volunteer; a mom, Disabled Army Veteran; wife to a disabled Army soldier (retiring this yr-YAY!);a multi-medium artist that creates repurposed/recycled gifts and art, and a few other titles for other business ventures. <BR> So here is the "meat" of me as well: I've had multiple military injury surgeries ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:46:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60039827 DAILY QUOTE: “Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Name one hobby that you would like to improve on. <BR> <BR> I want to improve at sewing on the sewing machine. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:30:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60030787 DAILY QUOTE: “If you want to make a positive impact, no matter how far-reaching, start at home. Treat your family members like treasures.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Today Matters <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If money and time were no object, what would you be doing right now? <BR> <BR> If I were honest, reading or baking. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:50:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60021178 DAILY QUOTE: “Dealing with our overweight – or with any of our life’s difficulties, for that matter – is not a battle to be fought. Instead, we must learn how to make friends with our hardships and challenges. They are there to help us; they are natural opportunities for deeper understanding and transformation, brining us more joy and peace as we learn to work with them.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you had to be allergic to a food, what food would it be? <BR> <B... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:56:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60011938 DAILY QUOTE: “Always take the stairs. There’ll be plenty of days where you can’t, so accept the opportunity to take the stairs as a gift and make a deposit into your Future Health account.” ~ Nick Crocker, Medium <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: When using the dishwasher do you use powder detergent or liquid? <BR> <BR> We use the Finish Powerball Tabs...not sure what you would consider that. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:52:08 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x60005154 DAILY QUOTE: “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.” ~ Haruki Murakami <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone and mailed it? <BR> <BR> I have to admit that it has been awhile probably over a year. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:19:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59996538 DAILY QUOTE: “Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Name your three favorite winter drinks: <BR> <BR> Hot Chocolate, hot tea, water. <BR> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:32:40 EST Ideal Protein beginner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x59990246 Hi, I have joined sparkpeople to get more tips and support for fellow Ideal Protein dieters. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:43:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59988049 DAILY QUOTE “If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything.” ~ David Foster Wallace <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: List 3 of your favorite holiday movies. <BR> <BR> It's a Wonderful Life <BR> Miracle on 34th Street (with Natalie Wood) <BR> Shop Around the Corner (although not technically a Christmas movie, it does have Christmas in it) Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:31:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59978237 DAILY QUOTE: “You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you ever made a difference in someone’s life during Christmas? <BR> <BR> Yes, the place where I worked several years ago took on several families that had requested assistance through the food pantry. I have to admit that it was one of the most rewarding Christmas experiences that I have ever had. There was nothing like ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:58:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59967939 DAILY QUOTE: “As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking.” ~ James Allen, As a Man Thinketh <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you ever learned a second language? <BR> <BR> I learned American Sign Language as a kid. I wish that I had continued with it. It frustrates me now when I run into someone who is deaf and I can't talk to them. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:08:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/07 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59959717 DAILY QUOTE: “When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice that it is small, but we do not criticize it as “rootless and stemless.” We treat it as a seed, giving it the water and nourishment required of a seed. When it first shoots up out of the earth, we don’t condemn it as immature and underdeveloped; nor do we criticize the buds for not being open when they appear. We stand in wonder at the process taking place and give the plant the care it needs at each stage of its development. The... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 12:04:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/06 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59951101 DAILY QUOTE: “Your journey to a healthier weight is not a journey that you start and then give up. It is a journey that you are living every day for the rest of your life.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you ever baked a cake from scratch? <BR> <BR> Yes, I made carrot cake and a chocolate cake, both with cream cheese icing/chocolate cream cheese icing for my husband and co-worker's birthdays. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 11:22:23 EST Hey everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x59944085 My name is Ashley, and I am new to this site. I have tried diets before, and they never last. I am hoping that by joining with a community and having that extra support around me, I will be more determined. I am 30 years old and I need to lose about 40 pounds, just so I can feel better about myself, as well as being more healthy, and increasing energy to do fun things with my daughter. I sit behind a desk at work all day, and when I get home I am taking care of household and kids. I want to l... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 12:54:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/05 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59942711 DAILY QUOTE: “As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.” ~ The Buddha <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Finish this sentence: I am interested in…new recipes and new adventures. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 10:08:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/04 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59934255 DAILY QUOTE: “Light tomorrow with today.” ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Complete this sentence: I am happy when…I have quiet time to sit down and read. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 10:42:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59914669 DAILY QUOTE: “Having a mental snapshot of where you are, where you are going, and what you are moving toward is incredibly powerful.” ~ Sara Blakely <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Finish this sentence: I am good at…baking. I still feel like I'm coming to my own when it comes to cooking, but I have always enjoyed baking. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 10:05:58 EST Hello Spark Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x59905750 Good morning everyone! My name is Regina Everman and I'm a native Texan born and still live in San Antonio, Texas. I'm 61 years young and can still keep up with my 6 grandchildren ranging from 12 months to 9 years. My husband and I have been married for 33 years and have 3 grown children, 2 girls and the youngest is my wonderful son. I graduated in 2007 from Wayland Baptist University at the age of 54. I decided at my 50th birthday to go back to school and get my degree I never was able to ob... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 12:25:08 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/01 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59904485 DAILY QUOTE: “Think of your mind, your emotions, and your spirit as the ultimate garden. The way to ensure a bountiful, nourishing harvest is to plant seeds like love, warmth, and appreciation, instead of seeds like disappointment, anger, and fear.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Finish this sentence: I enjoy...spending time with family and baking. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:17:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59887547 DAILY QUOTE: “You’ve achieved cheerfulness the day you realize that no matter what’s happening around you, being anything other than cheerful will not make it better.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you celebrate Christmas and/or Hanukkah or some other holiday (forgive me, but I don't know all of them)? <BR> <BR> We celebrate Christmas. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:54:51 EST Who Would be interested in a Rally in Kyle/Austin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=595x34x59881486 Hoosiergirlindy and I are thinking about bringing one of our rallies there this spring/summer. <BR> Would anybody be interested? <BR> <BR> We give away Spark/health related prizes. <BR> Meet our Spark Friends and make buddy lists. <BR> Listen to speakers who have lost up to 200 pounds plus and kept it off... they tell us how they did it and how you can too! <BR> Have lunch together at a local restaurant. <BR> Get INSPIRED! <BR> <BR> My family lives in Kyle/Austin, so I would love to visit! ... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:59:36 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59880103 DAILY QUOTE: “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nDAILY QUOTE: “I hope that in this year to ... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:22:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59874293 DAILY QUOTE: “When you suffer, you can look deeply at your situation and find the many blessings that are already surrounding you. It is wonderful to sit with a pen and paper and write down all the conditions for happiness that are already there, already available to you right in this moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What are you thankful for today? <BR> <BR> Aside from that I woke up this morning, I am thankful that my crew is under one roof. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:25:11 EST Happy Thanksgiving from North of Dallas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x59872905 Hi everyone! I started 4 days ago & just found my mail inviting me to this forum. It might seem crazy to start the week of Thanksgiving but I figure holidays and challenging times come all year, every year. If I truly mean this to be a life change, not a diet, there's no better time to start! Allison Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:20:43 EST Hello from Mountain Home,Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x59867497 Hello and I'm back. Forgotten how challenging I found the trackers but I'm sure I'll figure it out. <BR> <BR> I'm fixing to have my 70th birthday, I'm a born Texas, retired operating room nurse, a widow for 3 yrs. and I live with 2 dogs and a cat 23 miles from Kerrville. Mountain Home really isn't a town. It's a post office, a volunteer fire dept. and Baptist Church. <BR> <BR> I belong to the Diabetes Management team also. Will check in from time to time and thanks for the welcoming. <... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:40:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59866649 DAILY QUOTE: “Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: When you’re holiday shopping, do you make lists? <BR> <BR> No, but I probably should. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:46:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59858244 DAILY QUOTE: “You don’t win an Olympic gold medal with a few weeks of intensive training. There’s no such thing as an overnight opera sensation. Great law firms or design companies don’t spring up overnight… Every great company, every great brand, and every great career has been built in exactly the same way: bit by bit, step by step, little by little.” ~ Seth Godin <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you could purchase one thing that you don’t need at all for yourself today, what would it be? <B... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:09:25 EST Hello everyone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x59852926 My name is Corliss, I am a Christian and child of the Most High God. I am a divorced mom of 11 children, all 11 are from my ex husband. Seven of them are grown and on their own. I am also a grand mother of 4 with a 5th on the way. I am engaged to a wonderful man who loves me and my children. We home school the four children that are still at home. I am from Killeen Texas but currently the six of us live in La Marque, Texas where my fiance' was born and grew up. I started with Spark Peopl... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:52:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59848427 DAILY QUOTE: “Don’t learn to do, but learn in doing.” ~ Samuel Butler <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Does your significant other shop with you? Do they love it/hate it? <BR> <BR> Depends on if I'm doing the speedy man shopping (only what's on the list) or if I'm lazily checking out extra racks, etc. <BR> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:17:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59840199 DAILY QUOTE: “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.” ~ Aldous Huxley <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: List a few of your favorite stores. <BR> <BR> Target, Macy's, Belk, Kohl's, Joann's and Hobby Lobby. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:29:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59832090 DAILY QUOTE: “If you’re feeling really sad, there is only one reason: it’s because you’re deleting all the reasons you could be feeling good. And if you’re feeling good, it’s because you’re deleting all the bad things you could be focusing on.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you prefer to shop in-store or online? <BR> <BR> Depends on what I am shopping for. If it is for something I know will fit or I don't have to try on, then I will buy online. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:07:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59822175 DAILY QUOTE: “By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own.” ~ Mark Victor Hansen <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you started shopping for Christmas gifts yet? <BR> <BR> Not really. I just recently got a list from 2 out of the 3 kids and I am still trying to extract a list from DH. <BR> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:45:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59813147 DAILY QUOTE: “To achieve goals you’ve never achieved before, you need to start doing things you’ve never done before.” ~ Stephen Covey, The 8th Habit <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you shop on Black Friday? <BR> <BR> I have once or twice, but I just don't get into the craziness these days. There is too much that I can get online, etc. to bother with it. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:57:45 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59804130 DAILY QUOTE: “Failures are life’s way of nudging you and letting you know you are off course. Trying new things and not being afraid to fail along the way are more important than what you learn in school.” ~ Sara Blakely <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Is there one dish that you look forward to having on the holidays? <BR> <BR> I greatly enjoy our cornbread dressing and Cherries Delight. I still indulge, but I have found that I don't have to eat half of the container to be satisfied. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:37:33 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59795124 DAILY QUOTE: “Doing your best is taking the action because you love it, not because you’re expecting a reward. Most people do the exact opposite: They only take action when they expect a reward, and they don’t enjoy the action. And that’s the reason why they don’t do their best.” ~ don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you make seasonal goodies for Thanksgiving/Christmas? If so, has it changed since you started your weight loss journey? <BR> <BR> I try to, it doe... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:06:25 EST QUOTE AND QUESTION OF THE DAY - Nov. 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59785566 DAILY QUOTE: “Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and all achievement.” ~ Claude M. Bristol <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What are your "go to" shoes when the cooler weather hits? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I tend to wear boots for most of the winter. However, this year I seem to be sticking with tights and my Vionic flats. We'll see how things continue. <BR> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:49:15 EST Here in TX by way of WI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x59778278 Howdy!! <BR> <BR> I'm Leann. I joined SP the end of July of this year and I absolutely LOVE this website! I'm originally from MN, but now my husband and I spend our winters here in southern TX and summers in northern WI at our cabin. Actually, we're TX residents, too! No State Income tax here! Looking forward to meeting all you Texans!! <em>244</em> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:11:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59776036 DAILY QUOTE: “The straight line cannot proceed through the torturous twists of life.” ~ Giambattista Vico <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Finish this statement: Today I decided...that I am going to head to the Farmer's Market and pick up some produce. I am also going to make some chicken and dumplings because it is yummy comfort food. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:33:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59768881 DAILY QUOTE: “There’s always a way – if you’re committed.” ~ Anthony Robbins <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Finish this sentence: Today I am buying...(hopefully) my daughter a dress for the Christmas party at the Country Club that her bio mom's family has every year. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 13:11:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59758833 DAILY QUOTE: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ~ Alan Watts <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How often do you read? <BR> <BR> Not nearly as often as I would like. I love to have hours that I can just snuggle under a blanket and sit and read. It's one of my favorite things to do. I just need to carve out more time to do it. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:13:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59749801 DAILY QUOTE: “Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What makes you awesome? List at least five qualities/hobbies/habits make you cool and unique? <BR> <BR> Although my parents came from families with multiple children, I am an only child. I did not learn to bowl until I was in college and then I bowled leagues with my cousin for a ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:58:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59740006 DAILY QUOTE: “Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and all achievement.” ~ Claude M. Bristol <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you generally get your hair done/cut/colored by the same person? <BR> <BR> Now I just do it myself. Before, aside from my Mom, I can count on one hand the number of people that have cut/permed my hair. <BR> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:08:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59729318 DAILY QUOTE: “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.” ~ Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: I am really trying to steer clear of my "favorite" winter drink, which is hot chocolate because it is loaded with sugar. I do allow myself to have it but not drink it all day. What is your "go to" drink in the winter time? <BR> <BR> I am trying to switch to tea. I have found several that I li... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:11:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59719429 DAILY QUOTE: “I’ve learned that there is absolutely no value in pessimism.” ~ Franklin Leonard <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How often do you change up what you eat? <BR> <BR> Probably not nearly as often as I should. I seemed to be in smoothie mode for breakfast and it works for me. I do try to change up what I put in it occasionally. I've started added spinach, which my daughter thinks is just gross, but I like it. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:33:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59710428 DAILY QUOTE: “If you’re feeling really sad, there is only one reason: it’s because you’re deleting all the reasons you could be feeling good. And if you’re feeling good, it’s because you’re deleting all the bad things you could be focusing on.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What was the best thing that happened to you this past week? <BR> <BR> I'm certain that there are multiple things, but what comes to my mind is celebrating my Mom's birthday and g... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 12:39:30 EST Wasn't Born Here, But Got Here FAST http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x59703371 I was raised Texan from 4 yrs old, and and educated in Aggieland. <BR> <BR> I'm new (again) to SP and WW. I'm just going to keep trying until, one day, I reach my goal and have to learn how to maintain my weight! That'll be a great season... but just as trying in some ways, I'm sure. lol <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Deb Sat, 8 Nov 2014 16:53:23 EST Hi Im New To The Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x59694475 My name is Merida I am a mother of 6 wonderful kids, married to the most amazing supportive husband ever. I once was a member of Spark and stopped using it when unfortunate things happened in my life but I'M BACK! I now have a new life, new husband and had two beautiful babies back to back. I need to go back to the weight I once lost years ago and I'm determined to start running again and live a healthy lifestyle for my family but most importantly ME. I'm a very happy go lucky type of girl, w... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 16:02:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/07 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59692372 DAILY QUOTE: “When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you ever decided to go vegetarian? Do you do "meatless Mondays"? <BR> <BR> I generally try to prepare meals that are meatless once a week or so, but it's not something that always happens on a Monday. There are times that I will put a small amount of meat in, but bulk it up with lots of veggies and beans. Fri, 7 Nov 2014 11:09:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/06 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59681954 DAILY QUOTE: “Life is meant to be enjoyed. Sure, I agree with this statement (as many of us would) but the problem is this is used to justify all kinds of cr@ppy behavior. Might as well scarf down those Doritos and Twinkies, because hey, life is meant to be enjoyed, right? No. You can do without junk food and still enjoy life. You can exercise and enjoy it. You can give up pretty much anything and still enjoy life, if you learn to see almost any activity as enjoyable.” ~ Leo Babauta, Blog <B... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 10:39:01 EST Returning Backslider! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x59672022 Well, I am here again. This is my umpteenth start with Spark People. I have given up so many times before but a recent trip to Branson (I just got back 2 days ago) has made me realize that I want to be able to walk where I want to walk and not feel like I am going to die! I am the only one responsible for me and what I have done to myself. I weigh a whopping 305 pounds again and I am disgusted with myself. But, I have no one to blame but me. So here I am again starting from where I have found... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:10:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/05 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59671591 DAILY QUOTE: “Don’t find yourself, create yourself. We have the ability to become whoever we want to become, and to materialize the kind of lives we want to live. That’s a power that we can cultivate. The person you think you are, the kind of life you have right now, isn’t all that there is. You won’t always be this person, you can change, you can be better. You are meant to do great things, create yourself to become that person.” ~ Satori, infinitesatori.org <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Were ... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 10:42:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/04 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59661198 DAILY QUOTE: “Man creates what he is, man creates himself. The meaning has to be created. You have to sing your meaning, you have to dance your meaning, you have to paint your meaning, you have to live it. Through living, it will arise; through dancing, it will start penetrating your being. Through singing, it will come to you. It is not like a rock just lying there to be found, it has to bloom in your being.” ~ Osho, The Book of Understanding <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you (or someone in... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 10:22:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/03 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59650447 DAILY QUOTE: “Sometimes our grandiose plans to do great things at some later time interfere with our chances to do little things right now.” ~ Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? <BR> <BR> I am not sure anything I've eaten I would classify as weird. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:21:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59639392 DAILY QUOTE: “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you had last week over again what would you do differently? <BR> <BR> Eat better. I didn't eat horribly, but lunches were not planned nearly so well. I'm shooting for fixing a big soup in the crockpot to take for lunch all week. <BR> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 10:06:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/01 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59631148 DAILY QUOTE: “If you can find happiness inside you, then no matter what’s happening externally, you can access this source of happiness. You might lose your job, get sick, lose a loved one, have to go through a difficult medical procedure, go through a divorce … and you can still find this happiness. It’s there if you choose to use it. The external circumstances of your life matter, but they don’t take away your true source of happiness.” ~ Leo Babauta, Zen Habits <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 14:05:28 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x59624908 Hi! My name is Mary Beth and I'm new to SparkPeople and the Texas forum. I'm recommitting to my low-carb lifestyle. I blogged about that, so I don't need to go too in-depth here. Let's just say my daughter told me I was going to be a grandma and I'm the one who's gained the baby weight. <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting everyone! Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:50:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59620263 DAILY QUOTE: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is, we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:04:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59611128 Daily Quote: “Problems are just mile markers. Each one we pass means we’ve gotten better.” ~ Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How do you handle outings, etc. that may get you off plan? <BR> <BR> I try to deal with them as they come. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:27:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59601087 DAILY QUOTE: “You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” ~ Dale Carnegie <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have a plan for Halloween? Do you partake in any of the Halloween candy? <BR> <BR> I generally will allow myself to have a piece or 2 of candy, but I limit myself to 1 or 2 pieces. We have not bought candy for the last couple of years...we give away Takis instead. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:19:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59591398 DAILY QUOTE: “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” ~ Alphonse Karr <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you read a book or seen a movie recently that you would recommend? <BR> <BR> I am reading Gone Girl, but haven't had much time since Mom has moved in and honestly I can't remember the last movie we saw. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:14:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59579530 10/27/2014 10:31:34 AM report this post | ground rules <BR> DAILY QUOTE: “Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.” ~ English Proverb <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Name one staple that you keep in your refrigerator year round. <BR> <BR> Apples. We try to keep tomatoes in there too, but when they start getting too expensive or don't look good, we go without. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:34:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59571003 DAILY QUOTE: “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How do you get your water in everyday? Do you mix things in? Drink Infused water? <BR> <BR> I just drink water. My body craves it. Every now and again if I want something different, I will drink unsweet tea. Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:00:13 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59561777 DAILY QUOTE: “When you walk with purpose, you collide with destiny.” ~ Bertice Berry <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your first morning beverage? <BR> <BR> I normally have my morning coffee before I have my water. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:59:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59552062 DAILY QUOTE: "Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” ~ Willie Nelson <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have a favorite day of the week? <BR> <BR> I think it would have to be Thursday to be honest. My PointsPlus start over and I have the weekend to look forward to. <BR> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:44:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59543563 DAILY QUOTE: “You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite ice cream? <BR> <BR> Mine is actually not an ice cream. My favorite thing is Lime Sherbet. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:12:16 EST my name is Angel. I suffer from chronic illness. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x59528057 My name is Angel, I really need to get back into shape. I have fibro and a muscle disease, it all peaked last fall when I caught the Epstein barr virus from my little boy. I still get painful lymph nodes/spleen. My energy and strength were starting to disappear. The weekly shots I have been getting have made significant changes, and I am starting to regain my life, little by little. Have a great day! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:10:45 EST New here from Deer Park, TX http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x59524591 Hey Everyone <em>213</em> Just getting started and looking forward to being apart of the team! <BR> <BR> I am starting this with a new attitude. My goals are simple....show up everyday, track my food (whatever that may be) and track some movement. Total honesty and No excuses. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you! <em>381</em> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:44:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59522540 DAILY QUOTE: “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” ~ Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Is there a form of exercise that you have never tried that you really want to? What and Why? <BR> <BR> Hot Hula. A girlfriend of mine started taking it several years ago and is now teaching it. It looks like so much fun. <BR> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:58:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59500688 DAILY QUOTE: “Life doesn’t reward the naturally clever or strong but those who can learn to fight and work hard and never quit. ~ Bear Grylls <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you plan vacations around exercise? <BR> <BR> We have. A couple of years ago for our honeymooniversary, we went to Hot Springs so we could use their Y facilities there. :-) Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:00:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59492605 DAILY QUOTE: “Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite thing about your favorite exercise? <BR> <BR> Even though it is walking, I can change it up. I can pick a different DVD, I can walk outside or on the treadmill. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:02:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59462300 DAILY QUOTE: “The only thing we can control is what we do in the present. The more we replay yesterday, the further we get from today’s opportunities. And the further away we move from opportunities, the tougher the road is to get back. Opportunities never look as good coming as they do going, and they wait for no one. We need to be highly attentive to spot them. And we must be focused on our present capabilities, not past regrets.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTIO... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:00:26 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x59460682 just wanted to introduce myself and say I am happy to be apart of this Texas Team. <BR> <BR> Hope to celebrate our healthy journey together. <BR> <BR> Melissa Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:23:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59433624 DAILY QUOTE: “The grass is always greener where you water it.” ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Does your name have a special meaning or were you named after someone special? <BR> <BR> My first name does not, but my middle name is a family name. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:51:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59425062 DAILY QUOTE: “You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Are you making progress with your October goals? <BR> <BR> Yes. I am excited about how I am doing and to keep moving forward. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 10:41:30 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x59417352 Hi. I'm Bre. <BR> Born and raised in Katy, Tx. <BR> Started looking for other ways to stay motivated and came across this website. <BR> Officially set my winter goal to lose 40 Lbs. Wish me luck.! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:29:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59416870 DAILY QUOTE: “You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” ~ Dale Carnegie <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What’s your favorite cartoon character and why? <BR> <BR> I love the classics (Roadrunner & Coyote, Tom & Jerry), but I think that Scooby will always be my favorite. I watched him, my DS23 watched him with me too. <BR> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:41:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59407117 DAILY QUOTE: “Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. Soak it then in such trains of thoughts as, for example: Where life is possible at all, a right life is possible.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have seasonal allergies? How do you battle them? <BR> <BR> I do have them and I take Zyrtec everyday and when they are really bad, I add at least a 1000 mg of Vitamin C with Rose Hips. It seems to... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:01:30 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59396073 DAILY QUOTE: “Never accept or be too comfortable with the status quo, because the companies that get into trouble are historically the ones that aren’t able to adapt to change and respond quickly enough.” ~ Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Is there any skill that you used to know and would like to re-learn (or wish you still knew) or a new skill that you would like to know? <BR> <BR> Yes, I wish I could still sign fluently like I could when I was younger. It is o... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:49:36 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/07 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59386276 DAILY QUOTE: “The straight line cannot proceed through the torturous twists of life.” ~ Giambattista Vico <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you had one day to live over again, what day would that be? <BR> <BR> I think it would be my wedding day. I feel like I didn't get to spend time with everyone because I was so torn by all the things that we needed to do. <BR> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:22:03 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/06 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59374569 DAILY QUOTE: “You cannot buy or win happiness. You must choose it.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Today Matters <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you had to be allergic to something, what would it be? <BR> <BR> I would prefer not to be allergic to anything, but if I had to be allergic to something, I think I'd prefer for it to be something I don't like. Cantaloupe or something like that. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry for not starting a thread yesterday, we had a fur baby hurt himself and we had to find a vet. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:15:33 EST Newbie from Goldthwaite, TX http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x59358956 New to SP and working on losing about 25 pounds( I've already lost 5 since I started my journey Aug 30) Here for all the great stuff SP has to offer and for a good support system :) Sat, 4 Oct 2014 20:09:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/04 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59354475 DAILY QUOTE: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ~ Alan Watts <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If I gave you $10,000 what would you spend it on? <BR> <BR> As boring as it is, I think I would pay off some debt, and save some for future use! Sat, 4 Oct 2014 10:06:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/03 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x59344848 DAILY QUOTE: “A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.” ~ James Allen, As a Man Thinketh <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you set new goals for the month of October or are you continuing with the goals for September? <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:33:13 EST