SparkPeople Mindful Eating Challenge Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=34334 Participate in four self-guided challenges to learn the basics of mindful eating. SparkPeople Mindful Eating Challenge Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=34334 SALADS? DELICIOUS !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x60037034 Today was my # 4 day with different salads for lunch and dinner. Different greens, different low fat or lite dressing and tuna . If the fat and calories let me do it some low fat cheese and sure some different chili for better flavor, I add anything, since onion, tomato, olives, fresh mushrooms, collard greens cooked, green beans, corn, apple, grapes, nuts, seeds, just inventing combinations, sweet, sour, little creamy, we have a lot of possibilities with a little imagination, is like playing... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:40:23 EST Bleh...finding my way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x58472624 <em>40</em> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 21:10:09 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x57142777 I'm thrilled to find a group specifically about this on SP! I'm recovering from Binge Eating Disorder, so mindful eating has been a HUGE tool towards recovery! I'm excited for support w/ this and to support too! :-) Thanks! <BR> <BR> Emily Sun, 16 Mar 2014 00:25:18 EST Hello, wow I am so excited to find this team!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x56897325 Hello, I am not new to sparkpeople, but I drifted away some time ago and have paid the price! I was looking for a team I thought could help me stop this roller coaster of a ride. I absolutely love the concept of mindful eating ! It simply stopped me in my tracks! I am retired along with my not too well other half. We have an in law apt in our sons home and enjoy our grandsons, age 7 and 10. However being retired and living in the snow country now leaves too much time for "unmindf... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:08:27 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x56683907 Nice to meet all of you. I really want to learn everything I can about this topic. <BR> <BR> Does this make sense...I would eat something and wouldn't be present. Then I felt disappointed in myself for not being fully present so would feel obligated to eat some more. This is a typical way that I would overeat. <BR> <BR> In any case, I hope that this is great experience for me. Looking forward to getting to know all of you. Fri, 7 Feb 2014 11:44:35 EST New to forum! Nina from Missouri http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x56567914 I'm new. After writing on my blog that something was not right with my weight loss effort, I thought about it, and realized that I needed to be more mindful in many areas of my life. Eating and Health are two major areas in which I need to practice mindfulness. I found this board after visiting Whispy's page and seeing she is a member. I'm ready. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:48:57 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x56514196 What a wonderful team to have found! <BR> <BR> Thanks, Ciara, for helping me find it. I saw it on your page and then came to visit. <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> <BR> I have been practicing Buddhist meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh for six years. The emphasis is on mindfulness, so this group seems to be a good fit for me. <BR> <BR> 3. Does applying mindfulness to other areas of your life interest you? <BR> <BR> Absolutely. I try to sp... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 20:00:05 EST Hi, I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x56450044 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> <BR> I was looking up groups dealing with emotional eating. <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> <BR> I would say it's an area that might help me most. I'm full of good intentions all day until I get into the kitchen, then I tune out and give in to the momentary pleasure of eating. Afterwards, I'm angry and sad. Why did I do that? <BR> <BR> 3. Does applying mindfulness to other areas of your life interest you? Y... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 02:31:40 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x56100071 I'm Elizabeth from MO. I'm a stay at home wife and mother of 3. <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? It was on my recommended teams list, and thought it like something I was looking for. <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> I started my diet a bit over a month ago, and I noticed when I was doing a food journal that I was eating a lot food, and drinking a lot of soda ans sugar with even realizing I did it. I would think I just had a sandwich an... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 02:28:56 EST Hi there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x56087349 Happy to be here. It is Boxing Day here in New Zealand and I have enjoyed the seasons festivities with gusto!!!! <BR> <BR> Time to get serious again and restore my balance in mind and body. I think being part of this challenge will be good for me. Being accountable always helps and mindfulness is a wonderful way of life. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you guys. <BR> <BR> Wispy Wed, 25 Dec 2013 16:57:05 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x56073578 Hi everyone. I'm back on spark after a couple of years of being away and am looking forward to moving on with my goals through mindfulness, meditation and learning about myself. I am working on being more mindful of not only what I eat, but why. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 20:55:56 EST New to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x56058453 Hi, I'm new.... I believe that becoming more mindful of eating is going to be key for me. So often I find myself eating all through the day not really tasting my food. I eat out of boredom, I eat to numb my emotions, I eat when I can make up my mind, when I feel distress, when I feel happy.... I really want to get a handle on this. To use food to nourish my body.... Looking forward to making progress.... Joyce Sun, 22 Dec 2013 09:19:52 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x55764038 Hi, I'm also a new member. Actually, I was a member a few years ago, but I kind of got lost. Now that I've found myself again I'm giving SO another try--it really is a great program. I do have a question though: what happened to the weight trackers at the bottom of the spark pages? I liked being able to see my progress from where I began. <BR> <BR> Oops...I found it. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:06:53 EST Hi! I'm also new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x54708420 Hi, <BR> I'm Sandra...Zeedra is a fun name. I put my intro on the first thread of this Intro. forum...maybe I was supposed to do it here. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:50:53 EST I'm new too http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x54696354 Hi, I'm Gail, an almost 70-year-old wife, mother and grandmother who lives near Toronto, Canada. I'm hoping that this team will help me understand why I eat when I'm not hungry, and teach me new skills to avoid emotional eating. Looking forward to meeting other members of this team and learning from your experiences. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:57:16 EST hi I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x54547433 My name is Sarah. I am not new to spark people but I saw this group and thought that mindful eating would be something good to do on my road to good health. I look forward to learning new things and meeting new people. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:24:29 EST Here goes ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x53080301 Right - I'm starting today on this Mindfulness journey! <BR> I do lots of mindless eating at present (sic) <BR> - if I plan my meals, I eat them whether I am hungry or not <BR> - I eat standing up, at the computer, on the run, reading emails, texting, reading <BR> - if I haven't planned, I wait until I'm hungry then throw something together and eat fast <BR> - I use eating for breaks, comfort, pleasure, etc etc. <BR> So - there's a lot to be gained on this challenge <BR> <em>414</em> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:04:33 EST between mindful and not so mindful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x52957432 I have just realized that I can be mindful, easily as long as i'm not in pain, sick and especially if I don't have my trigger foods. <BR> <BR> I've had my trigger foods and its gonna be a while to get it out of my system. <BR> <BR> sigh. <BR> <BR> are there any techniques mindful and not so minful that can help. <BR> <BR> because of my binge, my body's natural low blood sugar state is saying more sugar but intuition is telling me to go heavy on the protein to balance out my body. <BR... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:39:16 EST new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x52915790 I am married with 3 kidz <BR> <BR> used to have a hard time with compulsive eating and binging. I have heard or mindful/intuitive eating before, but didn't know much about it. sounded too x-files to me when I was younger lol <BR> <BR> but I have been exerpimenting with it lately with some success and would love some support in exploring this. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:57:27 EST Advice... thoughts??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x52676689 Hi there, <BR> I was just wondering what you may have had success with... journaling food? counting calories? Just being mindful? a combination of all things? I'm really struggling with what to do? I've done it all, but... Mindfulness is the hardest one. There is definitely a part of me that prefers to "zone out" while I eat... as a matter of fact... I believe I eat so I can "zone out". I would love to hear what others have done that seems to work for them. I'm thinking of journaling food and... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:23:52 EST How to get started? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x52259630 I have a hard time with this challenge. I usually read while eating, so I'm finding it very hard to not do anything. Even when I try to focus on my food, my mind wanders. Any tips for getting started? How do you stay focused? Sun, 24 Feb 2013 08:25:38 EST Mindful Eating Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x52000560 I'm Jimini, and 73 years old. I live by myself, with my two cats. There is a grocery store down the road but I can't get to it in winter. Some time ago I was beaten by 2 of my foster children leaving me with a balance deficit. then last year one of my cats invited a young skunk into my living room to play; in my effort to avoid both of them, I fell hard, on my knee, on the concrete floor. I spent 3 months in a nursing home and wasn't too stable when I got home. I have no sidewalk going by my ... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 00:29:20 EST I'm New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x51951755 Well I've been on and off my sparking for awhile and need to get back on. I'm good for a few days and then I slide down. I'm here to be more mindful of my actions and eating habits: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? I was browsing teams under the emotion eating category and came across this team. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? It's something I would like to learn and I really need to know how to decipher if i'm hungry because I'... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:32:00 EST Eating to Live http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x51890634 Hi, this year I'm focusing on eating clean foods. This week I bought organic peanut butter made right at the health food store. Every week I make a new change. <BR> Today I'm casting all my care on Him, for HE cares for me. <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229708 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 05:40:07 EST dieting and still gained weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x51805207 Hi Team, <BR> Really been working the diet hard for three weeks with workouts every other day and 2 meals a day, mostly healthy. I went to see my primary care and I gained 3lbs and how was your day my doctor asks. I told him I feel great, but getting fatter. He said we'll work on it and ordered lab work. Well, on my way out to 24hr. fitness. Have an Awesome day everyone. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:19:55 EST hi. I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x51804137 Hi. My name's Heather. Joined sp 1/7/13. Just joined this challenge. Hope I can stick to it! <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 13:40:21 EST Hi my name is Christa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x51802741 The time is now so the commitment is reaffirmed tracking my snacking :-) Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:53:40 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x51751267 My name is RoAnne. I'm 39, will be 40 in May. I've been a binge eater and compulsive eater my whole life. I really want to learn to control my cravings for food. I think sometimes I know what a drug addict feels like because there are times that I need to eat so badly that I feel frantic and almost shaky. I'm hoping that by learning to be mindful I can control these feelings. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:33:33 EST Hello, I'm Amber http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x51338662 Hello to the group, my name is Amber. I was first diagnosed with depression in 2008, and later this was changed to Bipolar II. I also live with chronic pain and illness. In addition to depression, I struggled with disordered eating and body dysmorphia, so being sure that I have mindful eating in addition to going into this journey with the support and help of my physician, psychologist, and nutritionist is very important to me. I was very excited to find this group and hope it serves as a m... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 22:47:14 EST Losing weight for the military and myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x50550534 My goal is to be under a 31% BMI by January. I'm 18, 5'2" and i weigh 164. I have muscle but I still want to bounce and not jiggle. I want to feel confident about myself and I need to lose at least 14 pounds before I go to National Guard basic in May. It's hard to balance school, work, friends, and training all at once but i'm trying. I've started the Special K challenge and I've ran 1+ miles everyday for the past four days. I hope I can keep it up! Thu, 25 Oct 2012 19:00:15 EST Please help me help myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x50382144 I am new to the group. I am hoping to get some ideas from you to help stop thinking about that cupcake when I have an apple in my lunch bag. I want to be able to drive home (1 hour commute) without stopping at gas stations along the way Sun, 14 Oct 2012 09:38:10 EST New to SP-- add me if you'd like! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x50132676 Hi! <BR> <BR> I really like the idea of this group. I was actually thinking of losing my weight by doing what man Tibetan monks do and eat only at 11am (and eat mindfully at that!). I realized after trying it that it wasn't the time for me just yet to take that approach, but I'm so glad to see that this aspect of being mindful while you eat is on SP. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm new here and I am looking for SP friends, so if you are looking for more friends to add to your SP page, then hit me u... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:36:33 EST new to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x50076131 Hello I so need to do this challenge. I have worked in fields where you scarf down meals because there is always a crisis happening. I am now semi retired and do not know how to eat normal. I believe this group will help me do that. <BR> My name is Maggie , am 51 living in illinois. I am single and all kids grown so I have no one to blame for my bad habits now. I have been a spark member for a few years off and on but now after dealing with several health issues I am committed to improving... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 22:12:50 EST Just joined team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x49997384 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> Heard about mindful eating from doctor who diagnosed my osteoarthritis. <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> I tend to be attracted to anything that involves self-improvement especially regarding <BR> weight-loss and fitness. <BR> <BR> 3. Does applying mindfulness to other areas of your life interest you? <BR> Definitely.I would like to be the best me possible exploring all of my potentials a... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 18:32:11 EST New to sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x49898163 Hi everyone, <BR> I found this site and so far I think its amazing...very helpful. I am excited and nervous because I feel that I truly have no more excuses left. I am done--ready for the person I know I can be. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:51:54 EST I'm Pattimyself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x49896788 Hi, <BR> That's my user name, but then again it always is. My name is Patricia and though I'm American I live in the South-East of England. I love reading, quilting and hand sewing of any description except for mending clothes, that I don't like. <BR> <BR> I am married and have been for a long time. We have three grown up children and four grandchildren who are the loves of my life (besides my husband of course). <BR> <BR> I need to lose around 30bs which will take me forever as I don'... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 10:45:28 EST A New Hope... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x49881926 Hi there. Like many people I am not new to trying to lose weight. Over the years I've lost and gained more than I want remember. Now I am the heaviest I have ever been and realizing this must stop. I remember saying by the time I'm 30 I will be slim and feeling great. Instead I went deeper into depression and gained what I wanted to lose. Now closing in on my 40th birthday I have not changed in the way I wanted to. <BR> <BR> At this point in my life I am in a place mentally that feels wonde... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:36:47 EST Embarking on a New Phase of My Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x49821306 I recently joined SparkPeople, and was searching for groups related to mindfulness, and was excited to find this group! <BR> <BR> I lost 70 pounds in 10 1/2 months in 2010 participating in a challenge on eDiets and using LoseIt to track my calories and exercise. I then lost 10 more pounds -- which was probably too much -- but in the past year have gained 15 back, so I'm currently working to lose a couple more pounds to at least get back to goal. I’ve recently weaned myself off calorie-c... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 22:02:45 EST This is a little scary. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x49727712 This is new to me so I am a little nervous about posting. I am 47... 48 in a couple of weeks. I have gained and lost and gained over the last twenty years. I am excited about all of the tools that are available on this site I have been wading in slowly and have already lost 7 lbs. What I have found to be the most difficult is staying on track. It seems as soon as I turn my back, pounds are creeping up on me.I am married and have two mostly adult children (depends on the day) that are still l... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 21:44:53 EST weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x49579873 i am size 14 or 16 i want to reach size 12 but how? Wed, 22 Aug 2012 18:32:04 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x49579804 i am a 52 years old woman i am trying to loose weight i heard about your site from my dietician i found so interesting that all your service is for free last month i was hospitalized i had an a fib heart issue my doctor asked me to loose weight i joined your site it been a week i am doing all my best and so far did not loose any thing i even gained 1 pound help me please thank you i can not eat to much of greens i am on coumadin blood thinner thank you. ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 18:26:28 EST Newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x49492864 Hey, I'm new here. I've just started practicing meditation and mindfulness. I've talked a lot about this with my therapist and for some reason just can't give in to the mindfulness during EATING. It's like I know that I will be shown the error of my ways and ignorance is bliss haha. <BR> <BR> Anyway, guess I'm looking for support and the jump start I need to make mindfulness and integral part of my life. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:08:03 EST Has anyone ever been addicted to protein powders? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x49285033 I love soy powder and yogurt. I have enjoyed protein shakes. But, at times I eat these to excess. I wonder if I have developed another food addiction. Has this happened to anyone before? I seem to not be able to stop at one! Fri, 3 Aug 2012 02:41:54 EST I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x49108686 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> <BR> I was in Chapters looking in the nutrition section. There was a book called , "Eating Mindfully" by Susan Albers. I have heard of and practice Mindfulness in other areas of my life but had never considered it when eating. It makes so much sense! <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> <BR> I started going to Hospice when my mom was dying. Through that process I started reading a lot of books on Mindfulness ... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:06:22 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x48855787 Hi, I'm Kelly. I have been trying to live everyday doing at least one thing mindfully. I've been reluctant to eating minfully so I needed to be challenged. So here I am, I need to be held accountable. Fri, 6 Jul 2012 13:12:11 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x48727507 Hi everyone. <BR> I'm new to Spark people. I've joined this team because I realise mindlessly snacking is my downfall. Also I don't seem to concentrate on my food when I'm eating any more. I used to, and I remember enjoying food so much better then as well as being a healthier weight. I'm really looking forward to trying the mindful eating challenges. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 02:43:51 EST Hello, I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x48381632 Hello everyone! I have been challenging myself to practice mindful eating and some days are I'm successful and some days not. While browsing through SP I found this team page. And I'm at a place where I'm really trying to be mindful in all areas of my life, so, if not now, when? <BR> I have read the book Savor, Mindful Eating, Mindful Life by Thich Nhat Hanh and find it to be very inspiring. Hopefully, with support from this team, I will be able to put into action the things I have read. <em... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 07:24:18 EST Hi every body http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x48034418 This message will go into all of the challenges and forums I am in. I have still not figured out how to post to individual boards yet. I joined sparkpeople because I want to be fit. I have tried in the past but never stuck with it. I have run 5k races before but this time I want to beat my best time of 40 min. I am also a breast cancer survivor and a Registered Practical Nurse <BR> Patricia Sat, 12 May 2012 11:08:28 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47924417 Hello everybody, my name is David Berkowitz. <BR> <BR> I joined Sparkpeople a little over a year ago and have lost 75 pounds of my goal of losing 35 pounds. <BR> <BR> For the past few months, my weight has slowly been creeping back up, my healthy meals have turned more and more into fast food garbage and my stomach is becoming soft. <BR> <BR> When I reached my goal weight, I lost my spark. Somewhere along the line I lost the spark in all aspects of my life. <BR> <BR> My travels have led... Sat, 5 May 2012 11:44:55 EST SORRY I WILL BE LEAVING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x47759975 I am so sorry but due to DH running up huge debts that I have only just been told about I am now in the process of sorting things out. <BR> Cancelling Broadband Satellite TV and getting payments down to reasonable amount's just the start of a long haul. <BR> I will be around until the end of April as everything will be cancelled then. <BR> Please see my blog entry. <BR> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:56:33 EST Hi I'm New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47602383 Hi everyone <BR> I am new here and ready to learn how to eat mindfully. <BR> I live in Milton Keynes England with my Husband and our cat Dylan. <BR> I have learnt a lot on Sparkpeople even how to enjoy exercise and that is a huge thing for me. <BR> Iove my food thats why I'm the size I am <em>246</em> <BR> Time to learn how to eat better and mindfully so here I golearning something new <em>334</em> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 04:08:51 EST eat2much9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47575229 Hi, I'm new to this program, but it looks like what I've been looking for. I'm also not too computer knowledgeable, so am a bit leery of getting into opening up something I shouldn't have. I have a solid 30+ pounds I need to lose. I am 73 and healthy, but overweight and tired. Sat, 14 Apr 2012 09:30:34 EST Trying again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47556114 I have made several feeble attempts to lose weight and have lost the same few pounds time and again. Maybe this time I'll be successful at changing my lifestyle. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 22:52:50 EST I'm a newbie! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47551407 Hi! I'm Katie, and I am working my way to being habitually healthy. I have to admit, I get discouraged when I do not get the results I want in the time frame I expect, so I would love to join up with some motivators who can help me stay on track! I am just now learning the whole "Spark System," so my trackers and page are not exactly up to par yet, but I am working on it! Glad to be here and ready to meet my fellow weightloss and wellness peeps! :) Thu, 12 Apr 2012 17:14:36 EST Hi There Am New to SparksPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47542262 Hello I am Alloser, new to the SparksPeople World! <BR> I have been losing the weight loss battle for almost 9 years now. And this year I want to end the battle and win! I have 50 lbs to lose. I am in the late 40's age group which I would like to think is contributing to my weight issues. Also I have a problem with my right knee. But ENOUGH with the excuses. I need to defeat this and lose the weight for once and for all! I have come here for you help and support. And from what I have... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 03:16:09 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47542126 First thing I love about this site is that I can do one "intro" message to all my boards - yay! (Because it's late, and I have to work tomorrow! :) <BR> <BR> But just a short note to say hi to everyone out there reading this and doing this journey alongside me! My name is Katie - I'm wrapping up a graduate degree this semester, and finally finding the personal motivation to lose the extra weight I've been carrying my whole life. <BR> <BR> I'm an amputee and a childhood cancer survivor,... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 02:15:49 EST Just begininng my weight loss journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47528984 Hi ya'll! Just starting today on my weight loss journey. Want to lose a hundred pounds but will be happy to lose 65! Hope I can stay motivated! Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:00:23 EST Hello Everyone I am ready to make a big change!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47501897 Hello All my name is Lori and I am ready for a new me!! I am sick of feeling tired, sick of having those nasty elastic marks on my stomach from my pants! I want energy not only for me but my kids. I have a six year old that wants mommy to play but mommy is always tired and afraid to move. I have a four month old boy and the delivery was hard. I thought that after he was born I was going to start working out hard but no of course not. My bladder was tilted and any movement I made (well you get... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 18:04:14 EST Hello!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47327129 Hello Everyone! My name is Angela. Being mindful of what I am eating is one of my biggest battles with my weight loss journey. I lost 25 lbs last spring before I took a cruise. I worked really hard in those 8 weeks before to only return from the cruise and start back eating mindlessly. <BR> <BR> Back again preparing myself to start over slower to learn to change my eating daily instead of only for the moment! <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone the best on their journey! <BR> Angela Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:58:16 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47316020 Hi, <BR> I've been struggling with binge eating. It's been so hard to admit that I have a problem with it, but I really want to take control of my life again. I feel like my entire life revolves around food, and I just don't want that to be the case anymore. I'm hoping that by doing the challenges, I'll start having a healthier relationship to food again. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 22:33:35 EST Hi there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47313867 Hi there! I'm Mia and I'm thankful for the chance to get to know great people who wanted to be fit and healthy. I'm a mom of two and I'm nearing my 50's. <BR> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 20:28:05 EST Hello everyone :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47258369 Hi there, <BR> <BR> I am a 20 year old college student trying to break the habit of using food as a coping mechanism. I have tried mindfulness meditation and found it be VERY beneficial for me. It has changed the way I view many things in my life. <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? It caught my eye when I did a search for "emotional eating" teams :) <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? As I mentioned earlier, I have benefited greatly from mi... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 17:34:56 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47243535 Hi all! <BR> <BR> I had my second child about 8 weeks ago and after the pregnancy and with joy of a life that depends on me, I have found it PAST TIME to get serious about my health, including my eating habits and weight. For years I have scarfed down food (both good and bad stuff). I am working to practice mindfulness and become more in tune with my eating habits as well as my thoughts and emotions- believing that so much of this is connected. I look forward to participating with this grou... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 17:10:58 EST Hello Mindful Eating Challenge! I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47227305 Too often I find myself rushing through my meals, not even absorbing it's flavors. Also, it's gone before I realizing it which makes me go for seconds. I have developed the bad habit of eating while working on my computer, trying to get things done quicker, but this has just turned into a disaster for me. Unconscious eating. I'm looking forward to learning mindful eating, so the food I eat is a pleasure and not just packed on weight. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 14:21:58 EST Greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47195315 Hello everyone I have rejoined spark people in hopes of getting my weigh under control and improving myself all round. I've always struggled with my weight and self image and just have never been happy with myself. I've tried diets before, and have successfully lost some weight only to regain it plus more. Here's hoping to make some lasting changes this time around. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 18:04:14 EST 15 pounds to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47176842 Just turned 60 and the number screwed me up. Or better, the number on its own piled up the pounds around my hips and send my willpower down the drain. I am a fighter. Let's start Tue, 20 Mar 2012 11:43:01 EST To live heathy, to be heathy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47154829 I lived my life on a incline,decline of heath. Wishy washy with heath and my knowledge on exercise limited. I have tried very few things that really worked. My goal is to lose the unwanted wait, but mostly to live healthy. I joined sparks for my voals and encouragement. I have 50 or so lbs to shake off. Im motivated!! Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:04:08 EST Very Excited to start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47147618 Hi! <BR> I just wanted to stop by and say how excited I am to use this website. I just joined today, because a friend introduced it to me, and I can no longer to vigorous exercise, so I had to find another way to lose weight. I guess that's all I have to say. <BR> Goodbye Sun, 18 Mar 2012 21:11:14 EST New one around here ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47142776 Hello to all! <BR> I've never been mindful when it came to food - I C-food & loose myself (not good). My new goal in order to succeed on this journey, <BR> I'm ready for change and I've become aware - I must be MINDFUL! <BR> <em>410</em> Sun, 18 Mar 2012 15:38:00 EST Heyyy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47136359 Well im a newbie :) First day, && im excited and optimistic, anyone got any tips? x Sun, 18 Mar 2012 07:24:39 EST Hi Everyone! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47129801 Just want to introduce myself. I'm a 23 year old senior undergraduate student at UC Davis. My goal is to loose 40 pounds by the end of July (or August..life happens so I want to be flexible with the timing of my goal). I'm exited to be joining this community and hope the best for each of your journeys as well as mine. I have to get back on studying for finals (bad timing to start eating health right?! i'm doing my best by choosing healthy snacks!). that's just a lil' about me. <BR> Have a ni... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 19:09:07 EST So it Begins!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47123803 Hey everyone, I am a single mom of three beautiful girls. I am looking forward to losing weight, gaining energy and setting a good healthy example for my girls. It is time to seek wellness. Sat, 17 Mar 2012 11:40:11 EST Newbie from LA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47081009 Hello everyone, I'm Annette from Los Angeles, CA. I thought this forum would be interesting due to the Buddha symbol for starters and the spiritual insight it may have to offer me, therefore I joined. I look forward to staying in touch and seeking advice, as well as giving, upon request. So far, so good; but its only been a week and therefore, I'm not weak. ;) <BR> <BR> Looking forward to continuing my daily walk around downtown LA during my breaks. I'm ready for a new me. I'm had it ... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 19:25:48 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47077694 Hello. I am trying to lose weight and I hope to accomplish this goal by means of this system and the motivation of the groups I am joining Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:32:03 EST Hello team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47060511 Hi everyone, just joined the team and wanted to say hi. I struggle at times with mindful eating, I find my mind wandering and I'm not paying any attention to the food, so I thought this would be a good team for me. I also joined Spark today as well, so if anyone would like to add me as a new friend that would be great too. I look forward to this challenge & talking with other people. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 17:04:42 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x47008712 Hi I'm new to sparkpeople. I am a single parent and a college student and I didn't really prioritize my weight during the last few years... gaining about a hundred pounds so far...... I'm hoping that I can finally get serious about my weight loss and keep myself motivated enough to have some real results... My overall goal is to lose between 100-140 pounds by June of next year... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 18:15:25 EST need pointers & support to lose last 15 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x46934910 Hi, my name is Jojo and to date I have lost 102 lbs. I am quite active through the day, with Zumba classes 3x a week, strengthening & toning classes and ladies' billiards, but I find myself binge eating in the evenings through to bedtime. Most of my choices are healthy foods but I know I am eating too much of them and likely out of boredom or habit. Help!!!! Tue, 6 Mar 2012 12:00:29 EST 20lbs by end of August http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x46933165 Hi. I am new here. I have been trying to lose weight for as long as I can remember.I need help. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 10:25:20 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x46883585 My name is Cassie, I'm 29, and I'm obese. I put a lot of junk in my body and didn't exercise. I am changing that now though. :) Sat, 3 Mar 2012 14:21:27 EST hello!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x46881283 good day to all!! being mindful in all aspects of life allows a person to realize the most of a given situation...mindful eating has been a gradual process & i believe i am ready to be successful. i find that quantifying what you are eating in the tracker will help me realize all of my goals. thank you for being available (: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 11:32:13 EST Really need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x46691832 I really struggle with night time eating (middle of the night) to be specific. I wake up every 3 to 4 hours and cant feel good to relax enough to get back to sleep till I eat some food. I tried leaving something healthy by my night stand. But it seems I greatly enjoy going to my fridge to pick what I want. In fact it feels utterly impossible to not eat in the middle of the night. Can anyone Identify with this? I really need help, support and ideas. I am seeing a therapist and I have come real... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 09:22:33 EST Really need support badly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x46691746 I really struggle with night time eating (middle of the night) to be specific. I wake up every 3 to 4 hours and cant feel good to relax enough to get back to sleep till I eat some food. I tried leaving something healthy by my night stand. But it seems I greatly enjoy going to my fridge to pick what I want. In fact it feels utterly impossible to not eat in the middle of the night. Can anyone Identify with this? I really need help, support and ideas. I am seeing a therapist and I have come re... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 09:16:31 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x46634893 Hi SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> I'm Sophie, I'm 18 and I've just joined the site :) <BR> I've lost 3 stone since July and am having trouble keeping my motivation up, so have joined the site in a bid to do so! Any advice anyone can give me would be great! <BR> I'm a boxer and avid kettlecise fan, so if anyone shares these interests then feel free to message me :) <BR> Currently in my first year of uni studying Psychology, and hope to do a doctorate in Clinical Psychology when I've finished. <BR>... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:04:56 EST Newbie Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x46405636 Hi everyone, <BR> My name's Grace, I'm 18. I'm really into yoga and mindful living and I need to take off about 14 lbs so this looks like a great way for me to improve my lifestyle and also help me lose weight! Fri, 3 Feb 2012 21:10:56 EST Hey there!! New <--- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x46220008 I am new here this group seems like something that I need to get with. I have 26 with 2 active boys. I have no problem with exercise and staying active but I for the life of me can not stop binging. Thought maybe this team could help! Look forward to making friends and kicking it in the bud. <em>20</em> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 18:12:19 EST new...(kind of) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x46130345 Hi everyone! I joined this team a while ago but never really followed the challenge...I'm going to start tomorrow with week 1..just being more aware of what I'm eating and how it tastes. I'm excited and ready to keep up with it and learn more about my body/mind as well as what I'm eating and why. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 20:33:34 EST help please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x45815132 Hi, <BR> <BR> I really struggle with night eating so badly. I wake up in the middle of the night and I have to eat. I wake up one or two times to eat it doesnt matter what it is I will eat. I eat dinner and throughout the day so its not a food inbalance of any sort. I struggle with this so badly. I dont want to deal with the painful desperate urges of resisiting food, so I cave. I do great during the day and this completely sabatoghes my weight loss. ANy thoughts would be super, I really ne... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 09:48:28 EST mindful eating with a newborn? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x45776611 I was wondering if anyone on the team could offer any tips or advice for eating mindfully when caring for a newborn? I have a 4 week old at home and ever since he was born I find myself quickly stuffing my face when I get a chance since I never know when he'll need me next. I have a swing which I try to place him in during meals but sometimes after a few minutes he wants out and won't stop screaming until I take him out so even on those days he stays in longer I eat quickly just in case. I'd ... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 17:01:52 EST I am committed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x45476972 Hi, <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I have come very far with the emotional part of what keeps me heavy and now its time I must release this weight from my body. I am seeking out people who are interested in being committed to speaking everyday if not almost everyday for support, guidance, accountablility and whatever else would benefit us. I have found this tool to be very useful for me and if you feel that it helps you too, lets connect. Good luck to all and this ... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 03:33:02 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x45396513 Hey all! <BR> I was browsing challenge sparkteams this morning and this team will benefit me a lot! <BR> I've been having trouble with food and doing a lot of mindless eating when bored or eating more when I'm with my friends. I try to eat healthy though! <BR> Go team! Tue, 6 Dec 2011 09:44:56 EST Post work-out hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x45302157 Dear frnds, <BR> <BR> The worst problem I face is that I feel ravenous after any workout. I go mad if I don't eat immediately. Also I tend to gobble lots of food in no time. I simply grab whatever I get at hand. Of course, myself being a GERD patient, the after effects are totally negative. But at that moment my brain doesn't work. Any suggestion ? Wed, 30 Nov 2011 09:26:48 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x45219746 Hi :) I am so glad this group is here...I really could use your help and support. While I am able to stick to my diet most of the time, I find it extremely challenging when I go to a social occasion. I am not even hungry but I will eat it because it's "my favorite" or because "it's just this once and I will get back to my diet tomorrow." I usually get very upset after I've eaten because I won't even taste the food most of the time because I will be talking to people, eating very quickly and n... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 02:51:41 EST Just found the perfect team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x44923711 I'm Debra, new to this team as of this evening. I didn't know it existed until I responded to a comment on my blog Sanctuary Garden. THANK YOU, MRS*RADISH; I noticed this team on your Sparkpage. I've practiced mindfulness in other areas, but have struggled with attempts to apply to emotional eating. After 2 & 1/2 months of success with SP, I'm looking forward to a mindfully eaten snack this evening as the beginning of my new challenge. I realize now that I got through a major urge to bin... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 20:07:21 EST Good morning..day...eve ning...whatever... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x44882178 Hi all, I'm Sarah. I'm 21 and going to school full time. I'm working on becoming healthier. & to do that I know that I need to be mindful of what I'm putting in my mouth and not just shoving stuff in it :/ I'm an emotional eater, unfortunately, and I'm working on not eating out of emotions, I think that this team will help me in that goal. I'm looking forward to talking to you guys and for us all to get better about being mindful of what we eat. Wed, 2 Nov 2011 10:02:19 EST New Team Leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x44841012 Hey y'all! I just wanted to drop a quick note... <BR> <BR> This is my first role as team leader, so I'm not sure what kind of learning curve I have. I really enjoy this challenge and am becoming more and more aware of what I'm eating and all that's involved in getting it to my plate. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone will gain some insight during this challenge and share your experience and wisdom with others. <BR> <BR> Savor the moment! <BR> Kim Sun, 30 Oct 2011 22:05:39 EST Dipping a toe or two (back) in the water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x44794719 Hello, Mindful Eating Team! I'm not new to SP, but as happens to so many of us, once I successfully lost most of the weight I wanted to lose (in my case, in time for a Vegas trip in April 2010), I got lazy... stopped checking in with SP... stopped tracking my calories... and started slowly gaining back the pounds. Boooo. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I'd like to take Earthseame's suggestion and answer the following copy-pasted questions from her "official" welcoming post: <BR> <BR> 1. How d... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 17:50:45 EST Day One of Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x44378387 Okay, I joined this group months ago, and ahem, I been too busy to notice what you do here. So, I am going to start the challenge. This is Day One of Week One for me. It's late, I've had my meals for the day, although earlier, I did want to have a night snack but, it would have put me over my limit (by the way, this resisting is big for me). So, I started to do some house cleaning on my site which, led me here. Anyways, I think I was pretty mindful and appreciative of my food today, it w... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 23:56:54 EST looking for a new way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x44295670 Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm a newspaper reporter living in Maine. I'm trying sparkpeople for the first time. <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> I was in therapy for a few years, including group therapy, based on practices of mindfulness. It was really healthy for me, because I spend a lot of time thinking about the future instead of being in the present. Mindful eating seems like an extension of that. <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> Just... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 07:55:32 EST New kid on the block...not so mindful of an eater. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x44052226 Hi all! My name is Misty...27..I've been sparking since late june..I LOVE it. I've lost about 20 lbs since I started my quest for a healthier lifestyle...but eating is still an issue. If I'm tracking I become sort of consumed by the numbers..and with the workouts I do and the range I'm giving..I find myself hungry...so I find myself..with my hand in the bag of chips...or something else thats not so good...."just a few, right?...I'm hungry"....UGH! So I would love to work on mindful eating wit... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 21:37:08 EST Hi.. My name is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x44033304 Hi Everyone! ... My name is Kim. Been here before - needed a new start. I am hoping this time will be the time that my spark is re-lighted. :) I live in Toronto Canada with my husband. Don't have any kids but lots of stuffed animals. :) I am addicted to horror movies, facebook, hello kitty, black&white photography, reading, listening to music (all kinds), and apparently collecting stuffed animals. :) <BR> <BR> I am a binge-eater, late night snacker, emotional eater, addicted to food... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 22:42:29 EST Grace my daughter and her family use....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x43967889 "We receive this food in gratitude to all beings <BR> <BR> Who have helped to bring it to our table, <BR> <BR> And vow to respond in turn to those in need <BR> <BR> With wisdom and compassion." <BR> <BR> followed with "itadakimasu", meaning literally "I humbly receive" but functioning like the phrase "bon apetit" or "let's eat"! <BR> <BR> My husband is not a fan of grace - smacks too much of religion for his tastes, but I just love that my grand-daughter is learning this practice, and... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 00:24:23 EST Not So SparkyPeople New.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x43794743 Hi Sparkies... My name is Kim. I've been on SP since January 2010... but closed my page so many times (lost count) ... I have re-opened this one in an attempt to refind my spark that I lost. Hopefully this time will be the one that lasts longer than a week. (lol!) :) <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say hi! :) Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:02:00 EST I need a Mindful Spark Buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x43763733 My biggest challenge is consistency. I find that when I check in daily with someone, it makes me more accountible. Any body looking for same? <BR> Ponderful Sat, 27 Aug 2011 16:29:19 EST Time to switch gears to Minful Eating ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x43591948 Hi, all. <BR> <BR> My real-life nickname is Sam, real name Carol. Live in upstate NY in the foothills of the Adirondacks. A SP member for several years, I've jumped many hurdles, many huge improvements in my journey toward a healthy lifestyle. But I developed serious anti-eating feelings from all the calorie-counting... and remain an undereater. However, I do now almost always go just above the lower limit of my calorie requirements set my my dietician (RD). I'm overweight by lots and n... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 16:51:26 EST just (re)joined team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x43579998 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I think I may have participated in this challenge a while back - a year or more ago? But I don't think I was terribly active on the thread and know I didn't complete the challenge. I'm ready to commit now! <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> As a concept, from the Inside Out Weight Loss podcast. As a thread, from a SparkFriend's page. <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> Counting calories does not work for me. S... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 23:16:29 EST Recovery Blogs – Intuitive eating w/Mindfulness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x43563281 <BR> Hi there! Just a heads up for anyone who is interested in working directly and more in-depth with intuitive eating practice: <BR> <BR> Based on my own decades of recovery from eating disorders, as well as my professional and personal counseling experience, I've created a series of blogs here that are designed to help aid in the goal of making peace with food. Awareness/mindfulness practice is part of my approach and part of what I address. <BR> <BR> My approach is very much aligned w... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 04:06:31 EST Mindful Eating at Work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x43493060 How do you mindfully eat if you only get 30 minutes for a lunch? I take awhile to mindfully eat and am unsure if 30 minutes is enough time to eat and eat enough that I will feel full. Do I just need to break up my meal and try to get it in over all of the breaks I am allotted during the day? Thu, 11 Aug 2011 20:47:07 EST Hi! :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x43360957 Hi, my name is Samantha. I am 19 and a fulltime college student. :) Some of the things that I like to do is swimming, going on walks, and a few other things. My goals are to lose pounds to be close to 125 or a weight that is good for me, become fit and healthy, and a few other goals. :) <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> I was looking for a challenge sparkteam and found this one. :) <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> What attracted me ... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 05:48:02 EST Just Joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x43278966 Hello, My name is Kim and I just joined today. <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> <BR> I first head of the idea in the book The Beck Diet Solution. (Very good book, by the way). I just happened to stumble on this team though. <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> <BR> I find it to be a good way to concentrate on my meal, get the most enjoyment out of it, so that I'm not finished and feeling as if I haven't even eaten. <BR> <BR> 3. Does ... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 20:54:34 EST It makes sense. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x42756119 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> <BR> * I found it on a friend's SparkPage. <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> <BR> *It just makes sense to slow down and enjoy the food that nourishes our bodies. <BR> <BR> 3. Does applying mindfulness to other areas of your life interest you? <BR> <BR> *Of course it does, I've been dabbling in this area for years and now I desire to become more disciplined with a practice. <em>4</em> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 22:23:59 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x42619286 Hello I am new here my name is Linda... I have been working on being more mindful of my eathing habits and my blessings. Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:27:46 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x42579860 Hi, My name is Jesse and I overeat. I have trouble sticking to diets and am trying to find a way to change my way of eating to a healthy one. I'm a 34 year old woman and 300 pounds. I am ashamed of myself for letting it get this bad.Hopefully this will help. <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? From a Sparkpeople thread called Help!!! I am addicted to food! Someone posted a link to this team. <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? I am addicted to foo... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 15:49:37 EST Summer's here--got any plans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x42556343 Today at 1:16 PM summer is officially here. Summer Solstice, Midsummer, Litha--whatever you call it--Happy Day! <BR> Do you have plans for this summer? <BR> <BR> I wish I could say that I am going to Tahiti, but I'm not. No $$$ for vacation this year. Will try to stay at home and enjoy my family. <em>67</em> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 13:20:23 EST Hiya ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x42265891 Hello all ! <BR> My name is Victoria and I am new to this team and new to mindful/intuitive eating. I follow Paul McKenna and Amanda Stanhope's books and hynosis cds. Simple on paper, can be a challenge to follow however for somebody such as myself with nearly a 30 year history of an ED. Eat what you want, eat when you are hungry, stop when you had enough, that is it in a nutshell. <BR> <BR> I have gotten to the stage where I can no longer continue to live as I have for these many years... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 10:52:51 EST New Member! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x42163944 Hi I am Lindsay, I'm new! I am 24, I just started doing Spark. 4-5 years ago I lost 25 lbs, and have kept it off, but I stopped before I reached my true goal. I would like to lose another 10-15 lbs. <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> - Just searching through the groups <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> - This is a huge goal of mine this time. I have a serious stress eating problem, that I am trying to over come. Additionally, I want to... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 08:53:35 EST New Member! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x41951191 Hello, everyone! My name is Jennifer, and I am 24 years old. I've been a member of SparkPeople for a number of years (on this and another account), but I'm just now joining this team. Mindful eating and emotional eating are huuuuge issues for me, as I am discovering in my quest to lose this weight and live more healthfully, and I am looking forward to hopefully mastering my body and eating behaviours. <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> - I was reading through the "M... Sat, 21 May 2011 02:09:03 EST Trying to slow down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x41845538 With way too many irons in the fire, I tend to eat (among other things) mindlessly and don't really enjoy what I'm eating or remember what I've done over the course of the day. I've got the book "Savor" by Thich Nhat Hanh, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. (too much trouble concentrating) <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? -- I was reading a randomly selected blog and noticed this team on her sparkpage. My first thought was "Cool!!! One of the things I want to wo... Sun, 15 May 2011 22:59:23 EST Slowing down so I can do more http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x41752668 My life is crazy busy, but I've found that the more I slow my thoughts down, the more I seem to accomplish in less time. I would like to see if that holds true for eating as well. I have come to realize that I don't really enjoy the act of eating anymore. I'd like to get to a point where I enjoy meals again. Wed, 11 May 2011 00:53:58 EST The Daily Savor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x41716708 My vision for this thread is that members can check in and tell everyone about a food or beverage that they've eaten recently that they found particularly flavorful. <BR> <BR> Have you found a food that you enjoyed more than you expected because you chose to savor it? Maybe you discovered that after mindfully savoring a particular food, you dont like it at all? Mon, 9 May 2011 12:13:31 EST New from NW burbs of Chicago http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x41695366 Hi, I am new to this team, though not to SP. I don't know anything about mindful eating, though it sounds like something I can certainly benefit from. This team was highly recommened by my new bud JSPEED4. Looking forward to doing the weekly challenges Sun, 8 May 2011 09:30:07 EST Has Mindfulness Helped You Resist Cravings Lately? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x41623590 It has for me. Today at lunch, my mindfulness training saved me from making a terrible decision about food. Unfortunately work has been pretty crazy today, and I didn't have time to make my lunch this morning. This is a recipe for disaster for me, as the combination of those two things usually leads to me giving into a craving, rather than making a healthy and informed decision. <BR> <BR> I went to the supermarket with the hopes of being able to get some meat, a raw veggie, and a piece of f... Wed, 4 May 2011 13:19:42 EST A Few Changes to the Team Area http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x41577137 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've made some changes which, I think, will help with the organization within the Team area, as well as increase exposure to other Spark Members. I've moved (and edited) the Challenge description to the General discussion area. <BR> <BR> I then created new week to week threads in the "CHALLENGES" section, as it seem that discussion of the challenge should reside there, not in the general discussion which should be reserved for...well...general discussion. <BR> <B... Mon, 2 May 2011 13:51:16 EST TV DINNERS--A NO-NO? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x41575730 In America, I think it has become the norm to eat in front of the T.V. more often than not. <BR> <BR> What effect do you think that has on mindful eating? Do you feel that it inhibits you? Compare your meals--when eating in front of a TV do you eat more? How about the time between bites? Are there differences in the quality of food? Mon, 2 May 2011 12:49:41 EST Mindful Breathing Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x41573990 Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in. <BR> <BR> Breathing out, I know that I am breathing out. <BR> <BR> Set aside 10 minutes today to monitor your breathing. Don't alter your breathing in any way, just breathe normally. Feel the air move into your lungs, think to yourself "I know that I am breathing in" <BR> <BR> Feel the air move out, acknowledge it. "I know that I am breathing out" <BR> <BR> <BR> This practice is a very basic but beautiful way to increase mindfulness. <BR... Mon, 2 May 2011 11:37:35 EST May we be mindful of those who are new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x41498044 <em>235</em> <em>199</em> <em>229</em> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 14:35:09 EST HELLO EARTH DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x41384150 Today is EARTH DAY <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> In our own way, we can all make a difference for the good of our environment. Fri, 22 Apr 2011 15:36:30 EST Good Day Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x41244778 Just thought it might be useful to have a thread where we can all hang out on a daily bases otherwise the threads are very specific. <BR> <BR> Mindfulness is something that I continue to work on and I am into my first week mind you, for the second time around. <BR> <BR> I see, we don't have a team leader. Anyone considering it? <BR> <BR> It a great concept (mindfulness) and we can all grow from it. <BR> <BR> Pray tell, how are you all doing? Fri, 15 Apr 2011 15:32:51 EST New to the Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x40907288 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> I've seen this team on somebody elses page and was immediately interested. <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> I want to be aware of what I am feeding myself and my family. There is a lot of information out there, good and bad - true and false. Its been weighing heavy on me about whats a fad and whats real. I want to make choices because I believe in them, not because the media tell... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 01:13:46 EST I want to be mindful but........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x40810477 I need a little some help from my Spark friends. <BR> <BR> So, here I am. Sat, 26 Mar 2011 17:44:57 EST Just joined ... and hopeful :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x40721270 Hi there, <BR> <BR> I appreciate the opportunity to join the group. <BR> <BR> I just read Susan Albers' book "Eating Mindfully" so was delighted to find this SparkTeam and Challenge. <BR> <BR> One story in the Ms. Albers' book that resonated with me (as a recurring "dieter") was about a woman who felt she needed to symbolically "let go" of some things in her life. She chose to write herself a letter, fold the page into a paper boat, and let it float off in pond somewhere. Well, this morni... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:17:49 EST I managed one mindful meal today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x40556748 for lunch i ate an italian sub (not too high in calories). I slowed down, took 20 chews of each bite, ate slowly and savored the flavor. a breakthru for me. now if I could od it with more of my meals!!! but it is a good start <BR> --marcella Mon, 14 Mar 2011 17:48:15 EST hello everybody http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x40504246 I'm really excited about sparkpeople. I cannot wait for the eating guides for a healthier lifestyle. Sat, 12 Mar 2011 02:25:05 EST Hello from England http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x40366736 Hi - I'm quite new to SP. I found the site in the New Year and have learned a great deal being here. 2 months in and I'm much more active, energised and I've lost some weight. <BR> <BR> I feel the time is right to look at some of the persistent little flaws in my attitude to the process of eating. I understand and follow good nutrition but I grab and I graze during the busy parts of my day. I also have a huge urge to feed myself with snacky carbs during quiet times. <BR> <BR> Last month I ... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 05:58:11 EST Foodie Fatty http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x39761137 I manage a small cafe, and I spend my time at work planning menus and cooking. It occurs to me that I am more careful of what I am feeding other people than what I am feeding myself, and that has to stop. <BR> <BR> I don't really get a break at work. I'm always on the go and only get a break when everything is finished, and when there are no customers. I consume a lot of calories tasting things I cook, and when I'm hungry, tend to eat whatever happens to be in front of me at the time! It... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 19:04:22 EST New to mindful eating - Where to start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x39747943 Hey everyone! I have had many accomplishments when it comes to health and weight loss over the last year, but I realized recently that a lot of my success didn't stick because I hadn't worked on the mental portion of this whole journey. Something I KNOW that I need to work on is mindful eating and it is obvious that that is where a lot of my portion issues and hunger issues come from. The problem is there is a big different between realizing this and actually acting on this. I understand this... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 09:53:39 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x39695773 Hi everyone, my name is Sarah, I'm starting my 3rd week on spark and last wasn't very good for me, and I think it was because I wasn't being mindful of what I eating or even if I was hungry. <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? I'm not sure, I've heard of it before but had never really given it a try. <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? I want to try getting back into meditation and this seemed like it would be good thing to also get into, I think ... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 21:33:56 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x39645814 Hi! I just joined the team. <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? Searching for a new challenge and this was on the list <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? Overeating is a big problem for me because I don't pay attention. I eat while watching TV, in front of the computer, etc. <BR> <BR> 3. Does applying mindfulness to other areas of your life interest you? Yes. I need to learn "mindful listening". I tend to let my mind wander when people ta... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 20:27:38 EST Mindful Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x39257046 Today was my first mindful meal. I have to say it was hard at first, because my flatmate was home and he had the tv on pretty hard, but somehow I pulled through. <BR> I had a simple lunch, pea soup and seafood stir fry, but I was mindful for each bite. I though about the green color of the peas, and the texture they had in my mouth, the taste. <BR> I was very present during the stir fry, it had shrimp, a little octopus, and crab, all with diferent tastes and textures, and the veggies, spina... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:14:27 EST New member here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x39253955 Hi everyone, I would like to learn more about mindful eating because I think it is inspiring. Just wanted to say hi. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 09:31:15 EST Howdy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x39211096 I am just taking a moment to say Howdy! I joined SP on 9/11/10 and I am happy to say I have lost 26 lbs. since then. Like many, I have indulged in mindless eating, as well as emotional eating and binge eating. Those behaviors are becoming less frequent now, thanks to SP! As I close in on my goal weight, I hope to learn how to make mindful eating a way of life! Sun, 16 Jan 2011 18:37:27 EST check out dbtselfhelp.com for ideas on mindfullnes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x39160531 dbt stands for dialectical behavioral therapy and the CORE of the therapy is the practice of mindfulness. check out this site for more information on this therapy--which I am in and highly recommend (i'm in a therapy group that uses the method). there are many ideas for practicing mindfulness here, as well as ideas for emotional regulation and what they call crisis survival skills--which are skills for getting through emotional pain without doing things to make your situation worse or harm yo... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 14:58:41 EST breaking the "gulping" habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x39030237 I am so used to bolting down my food that it is almost uncomfortable to slow my eating down-all I can think about is getting that next bite in my mouth. Even when i force myself to chew every mouthful for 20 seconds to slow myself down, the whole time i AM JUST itching to shove more food in my mouth. it seems almost impossible for me to slow down. i was raised in a family with two older brothers--both football players, one six-three, one six-five, both in the mid 200's weight wise.If you wa... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 02:22:53 EST More Mindful eating help. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13032x34334x38980737 I just discovered another source for mindful eating. I was listening to IOWL podcast #107 with Jena la Flamme. She has a website www.jenawellness.com. It has some free downloads and her blog it interesting. It has helped me get started. Sat, 8 Jan 2011 08:13:11 EST new memeber saying hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x38977603 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> <BR> I heard about this group when I saw in my friend feed that one of my spark friends had joined this group. I've been working on mindful eating since I started listening to the Inside Out Weight Loss podcast in April 2009. <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> <BR> I've made a lot of progress but still have a lot to learn. I'm excited to have found a group of people who are committed to eating mindfully rat... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 00:03:24 EST I need to slow down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x38682959 Hi everyone!!!! <BR> I am new to this team and I need to slow down and watch what I am eating. I think this group will help me be aware of what I am eating. Mon, 27 Dec 2010 19:37:55 EST Getting Mindful!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x38656952 Looking forward to going direct with my friend Mercury..........mindful eating. Sun, 26 Dec 2010 09:06:31 EST Slowing Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13032x34334x38576976 Mindful Eating: Slow it Down <BR> <BR> Here are some methods for helping yourself to slow down your eating by creating pauses: <BR> <BR> 1. Pause before beginning the meal. Look at each item of food, taking it in with the eyes. Notice colors, textures, shapes, arrangement on the plate or bowl. <BR> <BR> 2. Take a moment to say grace. Thank the animals, plants, and people who brought this food to you. Be aware of their gifts as you eat. <BR> <BR> 3. Begin the meal by pausing to inhale the ... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 17:20:36 EST Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x38554951 Hey ya'll <BR> <BR> I am working to really get my diet together before I go back to school January 2 and especially by January 22, the date of my first conference tennis match. I know that once I've become a more mindful eater, weight loss will follow. Therefore, I'm more concerned about improving my habits than anything else. So, it's Week 1 for me and I'm going to be focused on slowing down and really aware of what I'm eating. So glad to a part of the team! <BR> <BR> Bri Sun, 19 Dec 2010 11:18:35 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x38419253 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> Searching through spark teams <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> I think this will help me to pay attention to my eating habits and mental cues of how I eat etc. <BR> 3. Does applying mindfulness to other areas of your life interest you? <BR> I think this is a good method to use for other areas in life in order to stop and pay attention to what you are doing and just enjoy life on a daily basis. <BR> Sat, 11 Dec 2010 12:39:07 EST Just what I need http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x38312641 Hello Mindful eaters.. <BR> I've been really bad in my past but I've learned a thing or two from Weight Watchers, but since I'm now maintaining an 18 pound loss, I have had more moments that could get me slipping down that slippery slope. These challenges sound intriguing. I think I'll scope it out. <em>88</em> Sun, 5 Dec 2010 23:15:04 EST Sugar-free? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13032x34334x38246147 People have been asking how I've made it 23 days now without any candy. <BR> <BR> Read on! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=134 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Tara Thu, 2 Dec 2010 11:09:01 EST Multiple disabilities, eating disorder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x38242527 Morning, All. <BR> My name is Tara. New to the team, about 2 years with the Sparkpeople website. So glad I found you! <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? Oh, I was just being nosey, really. :) My friend feed had an entry about a buddy commenting on a blog, read that blog, commented, started poking around to see what teams the buddy was a member of and this one looks like it's right up my alley! <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? Honestly, the titl... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 08:18:05 EST How the Challenges Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x38195994 <em>227</em> Please do not reply to this post. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> This team follows a four-week self-guided challenge that teaches us the basics of mindful eating. <BR> <BR> Do one challenge a week and post about your experience in the discussion threads in the General Discussion Forum. <BR> <BR> Week One's Focus: Slow down and become aware while you are eating. <BR> <BR> Week Two's Focus: Do a self-scan before eating to become aware of how your thoughts, emotions, and energy leve... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 05:54:19 EST Discussion: Week Four Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x38195897 Discuss the Week Four Challenge here. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 05:36:47 EST Week Four Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x38195887 <em>227</em> Please do not reply to this post. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> A wonderful feeling of freedom comes when you stop judging your body and just learn to assess what you need to feel good. This week, notice when negative thoughts about your body, your eating patterns, or your self come up. Rethink the negative thought and turn it into a positive statement. Write these positive thoughts down and read them whenever you want to defuse your negativity. <BR> <BR> Examples of negative thin... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 05:35:52 EST Discussion: Week Three Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x38195860 Discuss the Week Three Challenge here. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 05:30:14 EST Week Three Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x38195853 <em>227</em> Please do not reply to this post. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> This week's challenge will help us become aware of physical hunger and satiety cues so we can develop intuitive eating skills. <BR> <BR> Every time you eat, assess the level of your hunger before you begin eating. <BR> <BR> Level 1 is ravenous hunger to the point of light-headedness, level 5 is neutral - neither hungry or full, and level 10 is so full that you feel very uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> Mid way through yo... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 05:29:21 EST Discussion: Week Two Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x38195822 Discuss the Week Two Challenge here. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 05:19:15 EST Week Two Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x38195820 <em>227</em> Please do not reply to this post. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Before you eat, do a self-scan and check in with your thoughts, emotions, and body sensations. <BR> <BR> Take a deep, slow breath and close your eyes. Ask yourself: <BR> <BR> How does my body feel at this moment? (Are you tense? What is your energy level?) <BR> <BR> What is my mind doing right now? (Is it worrying, planning, remembering?) <BR> <BR> What emotions am I experiencing? (Am I rushing lunch because I'... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 05:18:21 EST Discussion: Week One Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x38195795 Discuss the Week One Challenge here. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 05:09:49 EST Week One Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x38195787 <em>227</em> Please do not reply to this post. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Let's begin by slowing down and becoming aware of what we are eating. Do the following the meditation and write down the thoughts and emotions that occurred during it. <BR> <BR> Mindful Eating Meditation <BR> <BR> • Find something that is small and tasty, like a grape, and hold it in the palm of your hand. <BR> • Think about where the grape came from and the kindness and hard work of the people who grew it. <BR> •... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 05:07:50 EST paroblems with emotional eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x38038363 I have binged and gulped my food my whole life and trying to slow dowen enough to savor it is actually....excruciating, actually. I just want to gulp it down. But I am chewing each bite 20 times and paying attention to the flavors, so that is something--when I remember to do it. <BR> --marcella Sat, 20 Nov 2010 16:41:32 EST Tricks for mindful eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x37077980 I could use some tricks here. I have been trying this for a while. I only know that it relates to eating slower and not near a computer. Both of theses seems to be more difficult than what I thought. I am constantly on a computer due to my classes and I have been having only a little bit of time between my classes, so I have a choice of waiting until 3:30 for lunch while my stomach growls or eat only a bite or 2. Sun, 3 Oct 2010 11:51:34 EST Hello, from Jorja http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x36747689 Hello, my name is Jorja. I have not always had a great relationship with food myself although I love clean eating and enjoy feeding other people. I have been practing mindful eating for some time in an attempt to round out my food experiences. I hope this team will inspire me Fri, 17 Sep 2010 10:33:48 EST I really am happy to join this group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x36705559 Hello Everyone! <BR> My name is Meg and I just joined this group. I think it will be very helpful, I use mindfulness skills in my DBT therapy to help me to live better with bipolar disorder. I am new to mindfulness so I am just starting out. I do not at this time do yoga or meditation, but I do my 5 prayers a day(I am Muslim) and it is very helpful to use mindfulness when I do my prayers. Nice to meet all of you! <BR> Meg Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:56:17 EST New Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x36647599 I had joined the team before but I was overwhelmed with the team thing and removed myself from most of the teams that I joined. BUT there are two things I am passionate about on this weight loss journey <BR> 1. Inside Out Weight Loss (I am the new leader) <BR> 2. Intuitive Eating <BR> For me they go hand in hand. So here I am <BR> PLEASE TAKE ME BACK!!!! Sun, 12 Sep 2010 19:34:02 EST Another newbie saying hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x36531368 Hi, I'm hoping by joining this forum that it will help me focus on being more mindful. I managed 2 weeks and then I kind of lost conentration and went back to my old ways. When I was being mindful I actually lost 4 pounds quite easily. <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> I recently got in touch with an old friend from Uni on Facebook and she teaches Mindful Eating. On her recommendation I read a book about it which I finished not long ago and thought it seemed amazing! ... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 07:21:06 EST May I join in? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x36517381 Hi there! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get back to practicing IE principals and am looking for for some support. Since the birth of my daughter in January IE has turned into a free for all and that's not the point! I struggle with stress and boredom eating and it looks like you have some good challenges that might keep me motivated. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to joining in and getting to know everyone! Mon, 6 Sep 2010 13:17:13 EST Hello : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x36274602 Hello! I'm going to use the handy team questioner to introduce myself : ) <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> <BR> Was just looking over the various teams. <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> <BR> I look and join teams that I feel I can learn from and hopefully give back too,(trying to do better on participation). I hope to learn to be more aware of my choices, the preparation of a meal and its effect on myself and my family. <BR> <B... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 15:58:52 EST New to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x35979410 I found this group through searching and surfing the groups. I am so happy to see this group. <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? Through reading Thich Nhat Hanh's Miracle of Mindfulness and Jon Kabat Zinns Mindfulness for Beginners <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? Peacefulness and trying to become more present. <BR> <BR> 3. Does applying mindfulness to other areas of your life interest you? Most definitly. I try to teach each yoga class I off... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 09:59:27 EST Hi from Oregon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x35628800 Hi, I am new to this post and found it one day when looking through teams. This is something I am trying to work on now. I am trying to be mindful of everything I eat and do. This goes for all areas of my life. Before I accept anything I am trying to really see if I need it or is it just a mindless action. Hopefully, I will start to live a more centered life being mindful of everything I do or eat. Sun, 25 Jul 2010 18:32:39 EST Sharing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x35504071 Share your victories and learning experiences ("defeats" sounds too negative. <BR> <BR> Right now I am in my learning mode. I now when I get to tired I do not make the best decisions. So I think I will take a little nap, read some motivating quotes and be victorious tomorrow. Mon, 19 Jul 2010 17:19:13 EST Living Mindfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x35452048 Hello all :) <BR> <BR> I'm back on track with Spark again (after a 10 week absence), and my 2 main focuses will be challenging myself with exercise and mindful eating. <BR> <BR> Exercise is the easier of the two. I'm an emotional eater, and I know I need to slow down and pay attention to my food and how I really feel when I'm hungry. I want to "be present" in all aspects of life -- I'll just start with food :) Fri, 16 Jul 2010 21:06:00 EST New challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x35443189 Since we don't have a leader anymore I guess we will have to work as a team. Does anyone have ideas for next weeks challenge? <BR> RP <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> Fri, 16 Jul 2010 11:39:56 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x35440462 Hi all! I saw this team and thought I would join in. I have been on SP for a loooong time (over 3 years) and have managed to drop a bit of weight (almost 40 pounds) but am ready to free myself from food obsessions so I am working on Intuitive Eating (I just bought the book) and mindful eating is one of the 10 principles of the book so I thought I would swing in and join!! Fri, 16 Jul 2010 09:25:48 EST Newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x35360874 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'll start by replying shortly to the three questions: <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> I made a search on mindfulness on SP and this was one of the first links to come up. <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> I haven't even made the connection between mindfulness as a concept and eating before this moment, but the pure logic of it really grabbed my attention. <BR> <BR> 3. Does applying mindfulness to other areas o... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:40:19 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x35352177 Hello: I am very happy to find this group here. I had been hoping that there were others who were using mindfulness techniques for eating (and the rest of our lives as well). <BR> <BR> To answer the questions in the "sticky" for newcomers: <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> I was introduced to Buddhist meditation practice and philosophy a few years ago, and it just felt as though I had found something I had been seeking all my life. <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attr... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 08:23:42 EST Hello everyone.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x35334479 My name is Nikki, and I decided to join this team because I really want to learn, or relearn; how to eat mindfully, and not to suffocate my emotions with unnecessary calories. I hope to learn and share with the team. I am 32, and a flexitarian. <em>30</em> Sun, 11 Jul 2010 10:43:37 EST LINDSAY1964 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x35324257 Been on this site for years but never posted a message. I am vegetarian, love exercising, and eating well. Love this site and all it offers. Sat, 10 Jul 2010 18:58:17 EST Let's try this one http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x35185745 I've been a spark member for 3 months and I'm still experimenting with which teams I think will serve me best. This one sounds great since overall my goal is to be a "normal" person. That is, to be able to eat the foods that I love and still maintain a healthy weight. Sat, 3 Jul 2010 16:24:47 EST 7/4/10 Challenge Discussion: Eat Mindfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x35183418 This week's challenge is to eat mindfully EVERY time you eat. Remember to be gentle and kind with yourself. Even if you become mindful halfway through your meal, you are succeeding! <BR> <BR> Here are The Principles of Mindful Eating to refresh your memory: <BR> <BR> The Principles of Mindful Eating <BR> <BR> • Mindfulness is deliberately paying attention, non-judgmentally. <BR> • Mindfulness encompasses both internal processes and external environments. <BR> • Mindfulness is being aware o... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 13:10:11 EST Weekly Challenge 7/4/10: Eat Mindfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x35183389 <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS POST. <em>227</em> <BR> This week's challenge is to eat mindfully EVERY time you eat. Remember to be gentle and kind with yourself. Even if you become mindful halfway through your meal, you are succeeding! <BR> <BR> Here are The Principles of Mindful Eating to refresh your memory: <BR> <BR> The Principles of Mindful Eating <BR> <BR> • Mindfulness is deliberately paying attention, non-judgmentally. <BR> • Mindfulness encompasses both internal pr... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 13:07:48 EST Share your goals for July http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x35139631 Have you set some new goals for the new month? Thu, 1 Jul 2010 09:28:14 EST Happy I found this group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x35074319 I'm finding that mindful eating is the key to success. <BR> Counting calories or points definitely works but I focus more on making sure I get every last calorie/point I've got coming rather than focusing on if I'm really hungry or not. <BR> <BR> glad i found this group! Mon, 28 Jun 2010 09:27:24 EST 6/27/10 Challenge Discussion: Normal Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x35065171 This week's mindful eating challenge is to trust ourselves to make good food choices without having to diet, count calories, or have too many rules around eating. <BR> <BR> Read the following short essay by Ellyn Satter. Are you ready to try one week, a day, or even just one meal of trusting yourself? Why or why not? Share your thoughts here on this discussion thread! <BR> <BR> What is Normal Eating? by Ellyn Satter <BR> <BR> Normal eating is going to the table hungry and eating until you... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 19:55:06 EST Weekly Challenge 6/27/10: Normal Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x35065131 <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS POST. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> This week's mindful eating challenge is to trust ourselves to make good food choices without having to diet, count calories, or have too many rules around eating. <BR> <BR> Read the following short essay by Ellyn Satter. Are you ready to try one week, a day, or even just one meal of trusting yourself? Why or why not? Share your thoughts on the discussion thread! <BR> <BR> What is Normal Eating? by Ellyn Satter <BR> ... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 19:52:32 EST A Mindful Technique for Impulse Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13032x34334x35043106 This a great blog post by Bruce Corwin about a useful mindfulness technique for impulse eating. Bruce is known on SparkPeople.com as LOSEBUDDHABELLY and is Communications Director at SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=the<BR>_impulse_eating_buster_thats_right_und<BR>er_your_nose </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 26 Jun 2010 13:07:46 EST What is Mindful Eating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13032x34334x35009735 "Mindful eating is a practice that engages all parts of us — our body, our heart, and our mind — in choosing, preparing, and eating food. It immerses us in the colors, textures, scents, tastes, and even sounds of drinking and eating. It allows us to be curious and even playful as we investigate our responses to food and our inner cues to hunger and satisfaction. <BR> <BR> Mindful eating is not based on anxiety about the future but directed by the actual choices that are in front of you and b... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 16:50:29 EST 6/20/10 Challenge Discussion: Non-Judging http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x34915724 A wonderful feeling of freedom comes when you stop judging your body and just learn to assess what you need to feel good. This week, notice when negative thoughts about your body, your eating patterns, or your self come up. Rethink the negative thought and turn it into a positive statement. Write it down, blog about it, or share it with the group in this thread. <BR> <BR> Examples of negative thinking: <BR> * I just can't lose this weight <BR> * Why can't I shed these lousy 10lbs? <... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 11:09:33 EST Weekly Challenge 6/20/10: Non-Judging http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x34915700 <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS POST. <em>227</em> <BR> A wonderful feeling of freedom comes when you stop judging your body and just learn to assess what you need to feel good. This week, notice when negative thoughts about your body, your eating patterns, or your self come up. Rethink the negative thought and turn it into a positive statement. Write it down, blog about it, or share it with the group. <BR> <BR> Examples of negative thinking: <BR> * I just can't lose this w... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 11:08:46 EST July 31 is National Dance Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x34899877 The Dizzyfeet Foundation is a charitable organization that provides scholarships to promising young dancers who might not otherwise be able to afford the training their talent deserves. <BR> <BR> The foundation has designated July 31 as National Dance Day. The goal is to get all of us to dance or even just MOVE! The husband-wife team of Tabitha and Napoleon (who are regular choreographers on So You Think You Can Dance) have put together a simple routine for people who'd like to dance. <BR> ... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 11:39:23 EST How I found this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x34899529 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? Browsing Sparkteams looking for teams about healthy eating issues. <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> My therapist and I had discussed just that week that I need to stop mindless eating. It just seemed like fate that I found this team right now. <BR> <BR> 3. Does applying mindfulness to other areas of your life interest you? Oh, yes! <BR> Sat, 19 Jun 2010 11:16:01 EST Want to eat better http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x34895089 Welcome! You are cordially invited to start a new thread and introduce yourself. If you like, copy and paste the following questions into your new thread: <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? i saw that SASSY_LILAC was a member. i was visiting her page <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> i have been overeating a lot lately and have regained about 5 lbs even though i have been doing a lot of exercise. i am not sure what made me forget all of ... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 02:01:22 EST New 23 year old chicky ^_^ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x34876723 Hey, <BR> This group looks like exactly what I'm looking for!! My emotions and eating are definately very intertwined and I am looking to form a more positive relationship with food. I have suffered with depression and all in the past and have been doing very well the past year or so with that and now it's time to conquer the food issues! <BR> <BR> I know about mindfulness and all from DBT and definately think it would help in this area of my life. I look forward to meeting new people... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 07:27:43 EST Northern California newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x34828877 Hi! My name's Mary, and I live in the California Wine Country. I'm wildly overweight, looking (at the ancient age of 57) to lose the weight and regain my health. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to meeting all of you! Tue, 15 Jun 2010 22:51:45 EST I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x34772251 Hi all! Looking forward to be on this team. It seems like the next step in my journey to use food as fuel for my body instead of using food for comfort. This is just another tool in my belt for doing just that. I not too long ago read Women Food and God. Got some great insights from that book and hoping to do the same here. <em>88</em> Sun, 13 Jun 2010 13:27:40 EST 6/13/10 Challenge Discussion: Satiety Awareness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x34764196 This week's challenge will help us become aware of physical hunger and satiety cues so we can develop intuitive eating skills. <BR> <BR> Before eating, assess the level of your hunger. <BR> <BR> Level 1 is ravenous hunger to the point of light-headedness, level 5 is neutral - neither hungry or full, and level 10 is so full that you feel very uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> Mid way through your meal and at the end of your meal, assess your hunger again. <BR> <BR> Remember to do this exercise ... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 23:56:39 EST Weekly Challenge 6/13/10: Satiety Awareness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x34764161 This week's challenge will help us become aware of physical hunger and satiety cues so we can develop intuitive eating skills. <BR> <BR> Before eating, assess the level of your hunger. <BR> <BR> Level 1 is ravenous hunger to the point of light-headedness, level 5 is neutral - neither hungry or full, and level 10 is so full that you feel very uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> Mid way through your meal and at the end of your meal, assess your hunger again. <BR> <BR> Remember to do this exercise ... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 23:53:53 EST Weekly Challenge: 6/6 - 6/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x34763382 Prepare a meal that is at least 75% fresh, raw ingredients. Eat it mindfully. Afterward, journal about how you feel. Sat, 12 Jun 2010 23:05:06 EST Does any here have a spirited child?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x34731973 Some may refer to the child as strong willed. Though I am reading and learning a lot about how to cope... being mindful (esp when eating) is extremely challenging in this situation. <BR> Anyone out there have any suggestions or experiences. <BR> P.S. I used to be one of those people who thought strong willed children just lacked in good parenting...of course I thought that when I just had one fairly average kid... LOL! Fri, 11 Jun 2010 08:26:52 EST I'm New and Loving It http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x34698771 Hello, <BR> I am Karen. I am 44 years old. I am married with one beautiful little girl. I started my first diet when I was 14. I am currently on diet number 1,0000000000000000000000000000000000000000<BR>00000000000000000000000000000000000000<BR>000000000 or so. I think it is hard to remain commited to something for a long while for me because I get easily 'bored' -- sorry, I hate that word. But I think that Spark has so much variety that this may be the place for someone like me. I am t... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 18:14:42 EST Hello from Sacramento http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x34670628 Hello! <BR> I have issues with binge/compulsive eating and feel that mindful eating will help me to overcome these problems. <BR> <BR> When I binge, I often put myself in a mindless setting, such as driving or watching television. <BR> <BR> I want to be more mindful and thankful for the food I eat. I hope that this team will support my goals to become a more mindful eater! <BR> :) <BR> Thank you! Tue, 8 Jun 2010 14:10:15 EST 6/6 - 6/12 Challenge Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x34625658 Prepare a meal that is at least 75% fresh, raw ingredients. Eat it mindfully. Afterward, journal about how you feel. <BR> <BR> (My computer is down so I won't be online this week as much as I would like to be.) Sun, 6 Jun 2010 14:57:11 EST Looks like a great team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x34485884 Hello everyone! My name is Lisa. <BR> I found this team while browsing Spark teams, I love positive vibes and that is what attracted me to this team-not to mention I usually check out who the team leaders are of teams before I join them and the leaders here are my kind of peeps;) <BR> I would love to use mindfullness in all areas of my life. <BR> Glad to be here!! <BR> ~Lisa Mon, 31 May 2010 07:42:50 EST Weekly Challenge 30th May - 5th June http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x34468375 This week is my last week here before I move overseas - I need to practice carb and calorie cycling with the sort of easy to prepare food I will be eating while on holiday over the next month! <BR> <BR> Is there anyone who wants to join me carb cycling this week or just sticking to the menu plan they have made for themselves every day? I will go and look at my menu plan now :) Sun, 30 May 2010 06:10:09 EST 30th May - 5th June Challenge Results & Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x34468348 This week is my last week here before I move overseas - I need to practice carb and calorie cycling with the sort of easy to prepare food I will be eating while on holiday over the next month! <BR> <BR> Is there anyone who wants to join me carb cycling this week or just sticking to the menu plan they have made for themselves every day? I will go and look at my menu plan now :) Sun, 30 May 2010 06:02:58 EST Hello from Ontario http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x34420922 Hi everyone: <BR> My name is Kathy and I am from southeastern Ontario. I am 54 years young and have joined SparkPeople 4 months ago. I have been looking for a team that supports a more holistic approach to weight loss. <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> I just finished reading Geneen Roth's latest book, "Women Food and God" and mindfulness is one of the basic core practices of her philosophy. It really resonated with me, so I typed "mindfulness' in the team search a... Thu, 27 May 2010 13:48:05 EST Biggest challenge for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x34416875 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> The hardest thing for me is mindful eating and eating slowly! <BR> <BR> I'm always thinking about food. <BR> <BR> When I am bored I eat. I "snack" on whatever I can find that is easy and convenient. Of course we all know what kind of foods these are.. I live with my parents too and my mom buys lots of snack foods like cheez its, chips, cookies. She only weighs about 100 lbs and doesn't eat any of it. I tell her not to buy it but she does any way AND I END UP EA... Thu, 27 May 2010 10:48:19 EST Butter vs Margarine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x34400875 I have always used margarine due to butter having such a bad reputation. I have recently heard that margarine is just as bad (or worse depending who you talk to). I rarely use it anymore (moslty olive oil) however there are certian things you just can't substitite (on biscuits, baking, etc). What is really better for you or worse for you? Wed, 26 May 2010 15:38:03 EST I'd like to introduce myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x34399325 Hi. Age 51 yr old female who's finally feeling her age. Still young at heart and love to be outdoors but wants to feel good. Broke my ankle about 5 yrs ago and still feeling the arthritis that set in afterwards so got lazy and quit walking (which was a favorite) being out outside. Want to get back the motivation I used to have and with all the Spark members out there to chip in and motivate me, I feel better already just taking the first step. I am also joining a gymn. Ready, set, go,go,go...... Wed, 26 May 2010 14:20:14 EST 5/23 - 5/29 CHALLENGE DISCUSSION & RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x34311000 For this week's challenge we'll be creating mindfulness before eating by doing a session of meditation, mindful movement or relaxation. Choose what you love or try something new! <BR> <BR> Here are some suggestions: <BR> Yoga <BR> Tai Chi <BR> Progressive Relaxation <BR> Deep Breathing <BR> Meditation <BR> Prayer <BR> Flow of Consciousness Writing <BR> Listening to Soft Music <BR> Meditative Walking <BR> <BR> Here is a link to a SparkPeople article on relaxation techniques: <BR> <link>www... Sat, 22 May 2010 12:00:02 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: 5/23 - 5/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x34310933 For this week's challenge we'll be creating mindfulness before eating by doing a session of meditation, mindful movement or relaxation. Choose what you love or try something new! <BR> <BR> Here are some suggestions: <BR> Yoga <BR> Tai Chi <BR> Progressive Relaxation <BR> Deep Breathing <BR> Meditation <BR> Prayer <BR> Flow of Consciousness Writing <BR> Listening to Soft Music <BR> Meditative Walking <BR> <BR> Here is a link to a SparkPeople article on relaxation techniques: <BR> <link>www... Sat, 22 May 2010 11:55:43 EST 16 - 22 MAY DISCUSSION & RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x34182362 This week I want to make sure I have protein in every meal, even if it’s just 10 almonds or a tablespoon of hummus or peanut butter I WILL have protein in all 6 meals a day this week! (I’m aiming for about 60 grams a day). <BR> <BR> Here is Sparkpeople information on protein for anyone who isn’t sure why it’s so important: <BR> <BR> ~ Function ~ <BR> Protein is an essential part of your body and diet. Found in almost every living cell and tissue, its main function is to maintain and replace... Sun, 16 May 2010 18:55:21 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE 16 - 22 MAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x34182218 This week I want to make sure I have protein in every meal, even if it’s just 10 almonds or a tablespoon of hummus or peanut butter I WILL have protein in all 6 meals a day this week! (I’m aiming for about 60 grams a day). <BR> <BR> Here is Sparkpeople information on protein for anyone who isn’t sure why it’s so important: <BR> <BR> ~ Function ~ <BR> Protein is an essential part of your body and diet. Found in almost every living cell and tissue, its main function is to maintain and replace... Sun, 16 May 2010 18:46:15 EST new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x34173019 Hi I am new! Sun, 16 May 2010 10:08:05 EST Mindful eating? That's my challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x34129787 Hi all! I am a 50 year old mother of 4 and scholar living in Croatia (Europe) and trying to loose 50 pounds (I don't have a particular time frame, but I would like for it to be for good this time). I need to work out a lot to keep on top of it, which lately has been a challenge. So I decided that what I really need is a new attitude towards eating: to be able to be mindful for long periods and not blow it on week-ends or when I'm feeling overwhelmed (and I do that often). <BR> <BR> I'm open ... Fri, 14 May 2010 02:56:46 EST Hello from Houston, TX http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x34117396 Hello, I'm Angela and I heard about this team by just browsing another sparker's sparkpage. Sometimes that's how I find the best teams to join. This team seems to be right up my alley since this is a sensitive area for me. I'm really hoping that this can help me make better diet choices. One habit that I would like to break is eating in the car (unless it's a long trip). I am often eating while doing something else. Very rarely am I eating and actually enjoying my food. I'm looking for... Thu, 13 May 2010 14:28:18 EST Working on mindfullness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x34044639 I have been at it for a few weeks. Most times, I forget... <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> But, the times I am remembering to be mindful of what I am eating, I am filling up quicker and take longer to get hungry again. That is such a new feeling that I enjoy those times. <BR> <BR> I need to work on consistency now that I know what I am looking at. I am not even consistent on my computer at the present time due to job and illness. But, I have intentions of getting better at this. <BR> <BR> 1.... Mon, 10 May 2010 16:11:25 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: 5/9 to 5/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x34025568 The new challenge for this week will help us eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. The Rainbow Diet Challenge: By the end of each day, try to have eaten at least one food from every color of the rainbow. Processed or junk food with artificial color does not count! <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS POST. <em>227</em> Sun, 9 May 2010 20:33:17 EST 5/9 - 5/15 DISCUSSION AND RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x34025489 The new challenge for this week will help us eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. The Rainbow Diet Challenge: By the end of each day, try to have eaten at least one food from every color of the rainbow. Processed or junk food with artificial color does not count! Sun, 9 May 2010 20:29:10 EST Maybe this will be what works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x33908105 Hi, I am Faith. I have been dieting all of my adult life. Have been overweight since I had my children. I have always thought that there should be a way to not have to focus on all of the rules of dieting, etc. so I do want to try this for at least a week. <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? I heard about this on sparkpeople from different posts I have read and then now with these articles. <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> I want to be a... Tue, 4 May 2010 14:13:19 EST What are your goals for May? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x33894275 Have you set any new goals for May? Tue, 4 May 2010 00:05:27 EST Glad I Found You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x33876004 I am really happy to see a team like this. I am working on being mindful in other areas of my life as well and relish the opportunity to join you on this journey. Mon, 3 May 2010 11:35:10 EST Hello Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x33865322 Being mindful (especially when I consume food) has always been challenging for me. My life tends to be fast paced...meals are often on the run. More recently...I have consciously begun to create more harmony and peace in my world...working less...spending more quality time with loved ones...spending more time in Nature. I strive to be in the moment as much as possible. Consciously joining a group of Sparkers committed to becoming more mindful with their eating is exactly where I want to be... Sun, 2 May 2010 23:19:13 EST 2 - 8 MAY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x33862961 Here is this weeks challenge, I will post Monday evening: <BR> <BR> BACK TO BASICS <BR> <BR> This week I really need to concentrate on getting my 8 glasses of water, and if I do cardio or weights need up to 10 glasses, so who is with me in tracking this? If I get all days this week I will reward myself with any magazine I want! <BR> <BR> I will start tracking Monday evening under the General discussion Forum...please join me over there (and post any positive effects you notice from drinki... Sun, 2 May 2010 21:19:49 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE 2 - 8 MAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x33862918 BACK TO BASICS <BR> <BR> This week I really need to concentrate on getting my 8 glasses of water, and if I do cardio or weights need up to 10 glasses, so who is with me in tracking this? If I get all days this week I will reward myself with any magazine I want! <BR> <BR> I will start tracking Monday evening under the General discussion Forum...please join me over there (and post any positive effects you notice from drinking all your water) see you there! Sun, 2 May 2010 21:17:47 EST Does anyone belong to a community garden? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x33679937 I now live where I don't have space for a garden and I miss it. We have a very shady yard and extremely poor soil. I can grow azaleas and holly but that is about it. <BR> I am wondering if a buying land and setting up a community garden plot might be an idea for me and others who might be interested. Does anyone have experience with this type of thing? Sandy Sun, 25 Apr 2010 07:10:00 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: 4/25 - 5/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x33676704 <em>227</em> Do not reply to this post. <em>227</em> <BR> Please post your progress in the Discussion and Results thread. <BR> <BR> An important element of Mindful Eating is nurturing compassion for yourself and for others. This week's challenge is a two-parter: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat your meals in an attitude of love and non-judgment. Take a moment before eating and fill your heart with thoughts of kindness towards your body. See each bite as nurturing, healing, and strengthening. <BR> <BR... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 23:02:56 EST 4/25 - 5/1 DISCUSSION AND RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x33676656 An important element of Mindful Eating is nurturing compassion for yourself and for others. This week's challenge is a two-parter: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat your meals in an attitude of love and non-judgment. Take a moment before eating and fill your heart with thoughts of kindness towards your body. See each bite as nurturing, healing, and strengthening. <BR> <BR> 2. Choose some foods this week that are organic, vegetarian/vegan, ethically produced or locally grown. Give your support to the people ... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 22:59:40 EST What is Mindfulness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13032x34334x33600599 In a nutshell, mindfulness is about being completely in touch with the present moment and being open to experiences as they come. Mindfulness has been around for ages. <BR> <BR> Skills of Mindfulness <BR> <BR> Mindfulness is made up of a number of skills, all of which require practice. These skills are briefly described below: <BR> <BR> 1. Awareness <BR> One skill of mindfulness is learning how to focus your attention on one thing at a time. This includes being aware of and able ... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 14:35:45 EST Eating Healthy @ Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x33571164 Good morning. I have a problem... Monday - Thursday, I work from 7:30 am until 6:30 pm. I go walking straight from work, so I don't get in until 8:10 or later. What can I eat that is healthy, but will help put me in my caloric range? Tue, 20 Apr 2010 11:25:50 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x33519005 Hi everyone, <BR> I joined this team earlier this week. I was browsing the different teams that were available on sparkpeople.com and this one caught my eye. I read some of the posts and thought I should give it a try. <BR> <BR> I am definitely guilty of multitasking while eating making it difficult to enjoy my food and listen to what my body is telling me. I'm hoping that I can use this team and its challenges to help me learn to eat more mindfully. <BR> <BR> I am also interested in app... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 10:37:52 EST 18 - 24 APRIL CHALLENGE DISCUSSION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x33515227 I will post Monday night... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 04:10:29 EST 18 - 24 April Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x33515211 Challenge for this week is to try some of the following mindful eating tips: <BR> <BR> Main Meals: <BR> <BR> * Minimise distractions by finding a quiet place away from electronic equipment. <BR> <BR> * Eat using the other hand and try a different utensil you don’t normally use like a little spoon for breakfast or chopsticks for lunch or dinner. <BR> <BR> * A glass of water before each main meal helps (provided you don’t have any digestive issues) with not being so ravenous while you eat s... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 04:07:11 EST looking forward to eating mindfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x33514742 I am so grateful to have discovered this team and am looking forward to pursuing mindful eating with you. <em>334</em> Sun, 18 Apr 2010 01:57:50 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x33422893 Hi, I'm Gale <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? Healthy_Carolyn <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? To me, this is the main key toward weight loss. <BR> <BR> 3. Does applying mindfulness to other areas of your life interest you? Of course! I try to be mindful in most areas of my life. <BR> Tue, 13 Apr 2010 23:47:02 EST Greetings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x33365465 Hi everyone, I'm glad to have found you. I've been on a journey toward health ever since spending most of 2009 fighting breast cancer. Now that my treatments are over and I feel well again, I'm putting focus on losing weight, eating healthier foods, and being more mindful of everything in my life. There's nothing like spending months on end too sick to be mindful of anything, to put things into perspective. <BR> <BR> I'm doing very well about buying healthy, whole foods. I'm losing weight. I... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 19:37:45 EST Do a Body-Scan Before Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13032x34334x33357030 This is a quick exercise designed to bring your awareness to your body and the process of eating. Before you begin to eat, take a deep breath and sense each part of your body, if you sense any muscle tension, relax. Then, identify any strong emotions that you are feeling or have recently felt, take a breath and let them go. Finally, notice what your mind is doing - is it racing a bit thinking about things you need to get done? Leave those thoughts for later and bring your mind to the present ... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 12:03:57 EST New Members *Please Read* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x33353487 Welcome! You are cordially invited to start a new thread and introduce yourself. If you like, answer the following questions: <BR> <BR> 1. How did you hear about Mindful Eating? <BR> <BR> 2. What was it that attracted you to Mindful Eating? <BR> <BR> 3. Does applying mindfulness to other areas of your life interest you? <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> This post is for reference only. Please do not reply to it. <em>227</em> Sun, 11 Apr 2010 09:12:05 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: 4/11 - 4/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x33344010 This week's new challenge: <BR> <BR> 1. Do the following Eating Meditation. <BR> 2. Blog about your experience with the words "Eating Meditation" in the title. <BR> 3. Read the blogs of other team members and leave a comment. <BR> <BR> Mindful Eating Meditation <BR> <BR> • Find something that is small and tasty, like a grape, and hold it in the palm of your hand. <BR> • Think about where the grape came from and the kindness and hard work of the people who grew it. <BR> • Take a few se... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 18:10:12 EST 4/11 - 4/17 DISCUSSION AND RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x33343986 Please use this thread to talk about this week's challenge which is: <BR> <BR> 1. Do the following Eating Meditation. <BR> 2. Blog about your experience with the words "Eating Meditation" in the title. <BR> 3. Read the blogs of other team members and leave a comment. <BR> <BR> Mindful Eating Meditation <BR> <BR> • Find something that is small and tasty, like a grape, and hold it in the palm of your hand. <BR> • Think about where the grape came from and the kindness and hard work of th... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 18:08:21 EST So glad I found this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x33306161 Hi everyone! <BR> I'm Lily from Orlando and I'm new to this group, but really could have used this all my life! I've been told that I am "addicted to food" and that I need to be more mindful when I'm eating. <BR> I've been reading the book "Mindless Eating" by Brian Wansink and it's scary how many of the principles apply to me! <BR> I hope that by participating in the challenges and staying active on this board that I will be able to be more mindful of my eating! <BR> Smiles, <BR> Lily Thu, 8 Apr 2010 22:23:30 EST Mindful Eating Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13032x34334x33297839 Mindful Eating Meditation <BR> <BR> • Find something that is small and tasty, like a grape, and hold it in the palm of your hand. <BR> • Think about where the grape came from and the kindness and hard work of the people who grew it. <BR> • Take a few seconds to notice your preconceived ideas of what it may taste like. Take a deep breath and let go of those thoughts. Observe it as though you’ve never seen a grape before. Allow your senses to become alive and alert. Notice the shape. The siz... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 15:31:20 EST Awareness Practices for Mind, Body, & Emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13032x34334x33295954 Mind: <BR> Get out of your head and into your body. Observe the taste, texture, smell, and sound of food. This helps you to pay attention to what you are doing and to remain in the present. Feel what your body is experiencing and when your mind wanders, observe and label your thoughts – do not respond to them, just go back to noticing your body sensations. Labeling your thoughts: Are you worrying about the past? Planning the future? Feeling fear, anger or love? Judging something? Name the typ... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 14:02:35 EST Mindful Eating Reading List http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13032x34334x33271171 Here is a short list of some good books having to do with Mindful Eating. <BR> <BR> Eating Mindfully by Susan Albers <BR> <BR> Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch <BR> <BR> Breaking Free from Emotional Eating by Geneen Roth <BR> <BR> Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink <BR> <BR> Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays <BR> <BR> Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life by Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Cheung <BR> <BR> Eating the Moment by Pavel Georgievich Somov <BR> <BR> Emotional Inte... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 14:38:35 EST Mindful Eating Basics: Emotional Awareness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13032x34334x33270654 Repressed emotions are one of the causes of mindless eating, binge eating, or emotional eating. Developing awareness of your emotions is a key step to become a mindful eater. The following article outlines the basics of emotional awareness. <BR> <BR> "Emotional Resilience: Noticing Emotion" <BR> by Harry Mills, Ph.D. & Mark Dombeck, Ph.D. <BR> <BR> "By their nature, emotions are consuming. During the moment, it is very easy to simply remain embedded inside them and not quite recognize that ... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 14:14:57 EST Weekly Challenge Instructions *Please Read* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x33191418 The Weekly Challenges Forum is a collection of our team's weekly challenges. The current week's challenge is the first sticky subject and will appear at the top of the Forum. Please do not reply to the posts here. Discussion of the challenges should take place in the "Discussion and Results" thread in the General Team Discussion Forum. The current "Discussion and Results" thread will be the first sticky topic there. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS POST. <em>227</em> Sun, 4 Apr 2010 11:38:23 EST 4 - 10 APRIL CHALLENGE DISCUSSION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x33179326 Discuss challenge here - I will hopefully get internet hooked up at new house to post my Sun 4th April results tonight! Sat, 3 Apr 2010 18:01:14 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE 4 - 10 APRIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x33179286 Self-assess: <BR> Before each meal or snack, first think about the reasons you are eating. i.e. hunger, taste, habit, subconsciously copying someone else etc. <BR> <BR> Identify: <BR> Any foods you are eating for the wrong reasons, comment in a notebook, or on the discussion board – appropriate during Easter weekend I think! Last Easter I went overboard on the hot cross buns and wasn’t aware until the whole pack was gone in a few days! I was well aware of the dangers of Easter eggs from pr... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 17:58:48 EST What are your personal goals for April 2010? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x33127028 Has anyone set new goals for the new month? Thu, 1 Apr 2010 10:56:21 EST HI there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x33117108 HI everyone! I'm Erin, an almost 32 year old special education teacher in south TX. I am so glad I found this team! I am definitely in need of an overhaul when it comes to mindless eating - so this team will be a great teacher for me! I'm looking forward to learning new tips and talking with all of you! <em>223</em> <em>252</em> <em>304</em> Wed, 31 Mar 2010 22:56:07 EST Mindful Eating vs. Mindless Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13032x34334x33079997 MINDLESS EATING <BR> <BR> -Routinely skipping breakfast or meals <BR> -Ignoring signs of hunger <BR> -Continuing to eat when full <BR> -Eating impulsively or for instant gratification <BR> -Doing other things while eating i.e. working, using computer, watching TV, reading <BR> -Grazing on snacks all day <BR> -Using food to comfort yourself or to deal with stress <BR> -Feeling like you have no control over your eating <BR> -Having a long list of rules surrounding eating <BR> -Eating only b... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 14:45:27 EST New book on mindful eating by Thich Nhat Hanh... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x33044415 I don't know if everyone else already has this information, but I picked up a book this weekend called, "Savor, Mindful Eating, Mindful Life" by Thich Nhat Hahn and Dr. Lilian Cheung. It is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it! Mindful eating is one of my goals so I was thrilled to find this book! Mon, 29 Mar 2010 09:47:43 EST MAR. 28 - APR. 3 DISCUSSION AND RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x33023841 This week's challenge: <BR> <BR> Plan your menu ahead of time. This will help you fend off impulse eating because you'll always know what you're going to eat. <BR> <BR> In this Discussion and Results thread you can share your menu or simply note that you ate as planned and stayed within calorie range. Sun, 28 Mar 2010 12:25:27 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: 3/28 to 4/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x33023803 This week's challenge: <BR> <BR> Plan your menu ahead of time. This will help you fend off impulse eating because you'll always know what you're going to eat. <BR> <BR> In the "MAR. 28 - APR. 3 DISCUSSION AND RESULTS" thread in the "General Team Discussion Forum", you can share your menu or simply note that you ate as planned and stayed within calorie range. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS POST. <em>227</em> Sun, 28 Mar 2010 12:23:21 EST Exercise Log http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x32981092 <em>311</em> 1 mile and <BR> <em>34</em> 10 minutes Fri, 26 Mar 2010 11:17:35 EST Did you choose happiness, laugh or dance today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x32947475 Being happy is the best gift you can give yourself and the world. <BR> Laughter is good for the soul and <BR> Dancing is just plain fun. <BR> Today I chose to be happy, laughed and danced. It was a wonderful day. Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:07:37 EST Mar 21 - 27 DISCUSSION & RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x32858296 Sunday 21st March: <BR> <BR> PROTEIN (goal 3-4)= 2 soy milk, almonds <BR> CALCIUM (goal 2-3)= 2 fortified rice milk, almonds <BR> IRON (goal 1-2)= 1 dried seaweed added to salad <BR> E.F.A. omega 3, 6 & 9 (goal 1) = 3 fish oil capsule, chia seeds & flax oil added to salad! (woohoo looks like I don't need those fish oil caps any longer!) Sun, 21 Mar 2010 16:00:41 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE for Mar 21 - 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x32858163 Hi all, hope you are enjoying this team and participating with like minded people in these weekly challenges. We have a thread under general tab if you have any ideas for challenges and if anyone would like to step up and become a co-leader and have turns at running challenges please private message myself or Evelyn, cheers. <BR> <BR> This week I really need to knuckle down and get my intake of protein, calcium and iron up as a preventative measure (to avoid going to a doctor for a cure!) <B... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 15:53:05 EST Hello Everybody http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x32815973 Hello: <BR> I am Carmen. I am from Puerto Rico and a First grade teacher. I join SparkPeople about two weeks ago, because I believe this is my last resource to loose all my excess weight and start living in a new healthy lifestyles. <BR> <BR> I hope this team will start to help me in taking this step. <BR> <BR> Carmen Fri, 19 Mar 2010 14:04:13 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x32754016 I realized that I haven't officially introduced myself to the team yet. My name is Amy, and I have been a member of SP for about a month. This team seemed like a perfect fit for me, since I've been trying to eat more intuitively instead of just whenever. I love the challenges; I've found that tracking my food, paying attention to my hunger level, and keeping a food journal have helped me eat more mindfully. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 04:11:09 EST Mindful Eating Meditation Links http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13032x34334x32733304 <link>www.oprah.com/spirit/Apple-Meditatio<BR>n </link> <BR> An Apple Meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Cheung from the book "Savor". Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:55:29 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x32716021 Hi My name is Elaine, I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. <BR> I have been with Spark for awhile, but had a relapse back to old habits, I am starting all over again! <BR> I am looking forward to joining in on the challenges, and getting to know people on the team! <em>213</em> Mon, 15 Mar 2010 18:10:04 EST Mar. 14 - 20 Discussion and Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x32684316 How are you doing with this weeks challenge? Sun, 14 Mar 2010 13:47:39 EST Weekly Challenge for Mar. 14 - 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x32684276 Before you eat, do a self-scan and check in with your thoughts, emotions, and body sensations. <BR> <BR> Take a deep, slow breath and close your eyes. Ask yourself: <BR> <BR> How does my body feel at this moment? (Are you tense? What is your energy level?) <BR> <BR> What is my mind doing right now? (Is it worrying, planning, remembering?) <BR> <BR> What emotions am I experiencing? (Am I rushing lunch because I'm afraid of a work deadline? Am I grabbing a doughnut because I'm feeling sad?... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 13:46:03 EST Think I need this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x32603046 I think that I need to be challenged more to be thinking about what I am eating. I tend to be low on sleep and energy and then fall into eating unaware. Having a different focus each week might help me stay focused. I find I can hold a healthy habit about a week and then I start to wane. Maybe shifting focuses will help me keep an overarching plan/direction... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 00:39:21 EST This is the team I've been looking for.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x32580497 Hi everyone! I am excited to find like minded individuals on my journey here. I have been working very hard to be mindful when choosing to eat, what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, and as I eat. It is a muscle that I continue to strengthen, but right now is not as strong as it will be. So - Hello to all and I am glad to meet you! Wed, 10 Mar 2010 09:32:14 EST Second Challenge Discussion & Daily Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x32505913 SUNDAY 7th MARCH results: <BR> <BR> Low GI Carbs / grains: (3-6 servings per day) = 2 <BR> Fruits: (2-3 servings per day) = 4 <BR> Veggies: (3-4 servings per day) = 1 <BR> Protein: (2-3 servings per day) = 2 <BR> Calcium: (2-3 servings per day) = 2 <BR> Healthy Fats: (1-2 servings per day) = 1 Sun, 7 Mar 2010 14:39:21 EST Second Challenge - 7 Mar - 13 Mar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x32505820 This week’s challenge is for us to be more aware of portion sizes and post our results daily on number of servings of the following: <BR> <BR> Low GI Carbs / grains: 3-6 servings per day e.g. rye bread, oats, brown rice, quinoa <BR> Fruits: 2-3 servings per day <BR> Veggies: 3-4 servings per day <BR> Protein: 2-3 servings per day e.g. protein shake, meat, dairy, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes & grains <BR> Calcium: 2-3 servings per day e.g. dairy, almonds, beans, greens, oranges, molasses, sa... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 14:34:39 EST Eating, Watching, Change, Join Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x32489522 I have been on the site for about 3 weeks, but I am just now getting to introduce myself to some of the sites. This is one of them I am especially glad to join. <BR> <BR> I have been trained in Zen, and Tibetan Buddhist mindfulness and have also read Jon Kabot-Zinn and have relied on my training every day this last year trying to regain my health. <BR> <BR> I have been working on my weight seriously for the last year, and have worked with nutritionists, a naturopath, trainers, yoga teacher... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 18:28:50 EST New here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x32442386 ...and what a great idea this team is. I just can't "diet" any more, but I can pay attention and be more mindful in all my life. <BR> <BR> I hope that we can help each other live more mindfully! Thu, 4 Mar 2010 18:06:00 EST Weight Meditations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x32389529 If you feel like snacking, start writing. Notice that you will forget about your false hungry in about ten minutes. Tue, 2 Mar 2010 21:14:12 EST Everything unhealthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x32383336 Ask for my favorite foods, and you get a list of McDonalds, hardees, pizza, kfc and a ream of artery-clogging tastefull badness. <BR> <BR> I'm restricting my "gotta-have" foods to once a week (i've only ever ate out a couple times a week because its friggin expensive), and trying to more watchful about what I put in my mouth. <BR> <BR> I also do 99 percent of my grocery shopping at Aldis, so I'm interested in finding out if I can be a mindful eater without switching grocery stores. <BR> <... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 17:14:57 EST First Challenge Discussion 02/20/2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x32316503 Check in here every day and tell how you did with this week's challenge. <BR> <BR> First Challenge <BR> 1. Track your nutrition with the nutrition tracker (or on your own if you prefer). <BR> 2. Use the fruit/veggie tracker. <BR> 3. Journal about your eating habits (aim for at least once a day). Sun, 28 Feb 2010 15:13:19 EST What did I learn today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x32298360 I keep making the same mistakes. Sat, 27 Feb 2010 19:45:01 EST FEB 22nd - 28th CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x32116834 This week I want to plan everything I will be eating at least the night before (including meal & snack times) and before I stray from the plan I will drink a glass of water or cup of tea first and delay my 'hunger' / boredom by at least 10 mins! <BR> <BR> I will try to keep up the last 2 challenges too, I have been having my 8 glasses of water most days and have a sit down meal with minimal distractions to eat slowly and enjoy my food at least once a day. <BR> <BR> Please join me in this,... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 03:00:35 EST Greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x31998413 Hi, new to this team and looking forward to practicing a more mindful way of eating. I need to be more aware of what I am putting in my mouth and what drives the behavior. <BR> Good luck to all on their journey. <BR> <BR> Peg Tue, 16 Feb 2010 10:56:39 EST What a great team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x31978919 Hi all: My name is Carol and I live in Maryland. I practice Kripalu yoga and have actually been on a quest to eat mindfully since my visit to the Kripalu center in September. <BR> <BR> At Kripalu breakfast is a silent meal. How wonderful. Also, on the tables there are ideas for mindful eating. One is to imagine the journey of each ingredient in your meal from source to you. <BR> <BR> I am excited to join in the challenges with this team! <BR> <BR> Carol Mon, 15 Feb 2010 17:09:45 EST FEB 15th - 21st CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x31938591 Imagine you're at a lovely cafe for weekend brunch taking your time over food, enjoying your surroundings and having a good time with friends and family. <BR> <BR> This week the challenge is for at least one meal a day, to transport that feeling to your own home. <BR> <BR> We shouldn't have to stop and enjoy our meal times only when we're out at an expensive cafe but in our own home as well! <BR> <BR> First, choose one of the following that suits you personally: <BR> <BR> ~ Sit quietly fo... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 00:39:45 EST IDEAS FOR NEXT CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x31798866 Hi everyone please post ideas for next weeks challenge, I can only think of things that I need to work on like: instead of rushing through my food because I am starving and I want to sit back and relax, the next challenge could be to: <BR> <BR> Find somewhere peaceful to sit and relax while eating, bite, stop, put fork down, chew, sip water and look at your surroundings before the next bite! <BR> <BR> We shouldn't have to enjoy our food only when we're out at an expensive cafe but in our o... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 15:55:45 EST Trying this out.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x31777836 I took a class on Buddhism at my college and was intrigued by the class on mindful eating... I'd never realized before that the reason I had acid reflux was related to the fact that I was unconciously eating too fast! <BR> <BR> So, I'm here to give this a try. Already impressed by the posted resources (thanks, Coach Denise!) and can't wait to get into the rest of it! <BR> <BR> Will there be any new upcoming team challenges? It looks like December was the last team challenge... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 21:41:56 EST Feb 8 - 14 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13033x34334x31769027 Hey everyone I like the idea of this team and don't want to see it go inactive - how bout we all pick our own challenge for this week while our leader is away and post it here. You can copy off one of the old ones that are still listed, maybe its something you noticed you still need to work on? - for me its drinking 8 glasses of water a day, I'm going to work on increasing my herbal tea intake cos they count towards my water goal - lets go people we can do this! Sun, 7 Feb 2010 15:27:06 EST Hey there everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x31735863 I am a long time emotional eater and have decided to work on eating to nourish and not to numb. So here I am. Can you tell me how active this team is? Sat, 6 Feb 2010 06:52:09 EST Inspiring Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x31718138 "In my food world, there is no fear or guilt, only joy and balance. So no ingredient is ever off limits." -Ellie Krieger <BR> <BR> I think eating mindfully increases joy and balance in my life! Fri, 5 Feb 2010 12:00:29 EST Wishing you happiness & health - hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x31567862 Thanks so much everyone for the warm welcome. Just getting going on my 3rd week ... and am finding all the advice, tips and community goals to be energizing and fun, too. Lost a few inches so far, and am learning much more! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 13:50:16 EST New to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x31555621 Please stop by and visit my SparkPage. I am 61, married, very happy with recent changes I have made in my life! Looking forward to learning mindful eating habits here! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 00:02:02 EST Marie Callendar's Nutrition Calculator http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34334x31532468 Wanted to share this with folks who want to dine out at Marie Callendars. They actually have a calorie and nutrition tracker. I am going tomorrow with my two sisters. We are taking my daughter out to treat her for her 21st birthday. Since I splurged tonight on Church's fried chicken <em>334</em> , I decided to plan ahead and check their menu on the website. Well, I found a gem! God is so awesome! They had a link to their own nutrition tracker on all the foods on the menus. It's broken down i... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 00:44:18 EST Hi I am new, please read my blog! Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x30911226 I am new to the group. I have just made a discovery about myself that is very disturbing. I am using food to punish myself, not be withholding it, but by stuffing myself to the point of pain. I haven't heard of anyone else doing this. I would appreciate any insight you can offer. I already plan to talk with my therapist. However, to me research is king, so I would like to research it myself. Thanks, and I look forward to getting to know you. <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Ro <em>15</em> Sat, 9 Jan 2010 01:57:54 EST A new challenge for 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x30621635 Hi everyone, I am new to the team and need to be mindful of what I eat at all times. <em>213</em> Wed, 30 Dec 2009 23:16:14 EST Hi! I am new to the team and sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x30618314 Hi! I am happy to be a part of this team. I am making peace with food instead of dieting and restricting food. I want to live a balanced, healthy life. I feel that if I live a healthy lifestyle the weight loss will come. I am excited to get started on the challenges; they look very interesting. <BR> AM Wed, 30 Dec 2009 21:00:35 EST Hello - am a new member to this team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x30607569 Hey everyone. I'm at the starting block for my nutrition and exercise life change. My husband and I have been quasi-working out since the end of November and we have made one big change of cutting out soda completely. It's helped him alot! I've lost about 5 pounds since then so I'm starting my spark adventure at 175, trying to achieve 140. Wish me luck. <BR> <BR> I look forward to reading everyone's posts. Thanks! <BR> <BR> ~H Wed, 30 Dec 2009 13:13:44 EST Giving Mindful Eating a Try http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34334x30585733 I would really like to get some accountability with eating habits though that really scares me because I have a lot of problems right now with my eating habits. I am not ready post mine on my page or anything like that. But, I am going to try to make most of the team goals and work a little harder to achieve mindful eating. I have been on the loose for a while and it is time to reign myself in. I think I am in the right place. Hopefully this will help. I am a little nervous but I am going to ... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 15:22:36 EST