SparkPeople Choosing Health and Happiness Team Messageboard Every day is an opportunity to Choose to create a healthy & happy Life. Join our fabulous team to learn how to celebrate life's festivities in a creative, positive, healthy way! SparkPeople Choosing Health and Happiness Team Messageboard Seasonal & or Holiday Photo Share (or emoticon) <em>576</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2017 16:11:50 EST What motivates you today... <BR> <BR> what is keeping you on track <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Jan 2017 16:07:45 EST Tracking Movements ... miles steps minutes... etc. <BR> <BR> for those who like to track their movements Sun, 8 Jan 2017 16:05:08 EST Choosing to MOVE.... Emoticon your movements <em>311</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2017 16:03:27 EST Choosing Personal Monthly Goals <BR> <BR> <BR> what are your goals for the month Sun, 8 Jan 2017 16:02:26 EST July Goals What will your personal goals for July be. Mine will be to keep a better food journal. <BR> <em>252</em> <em>381</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 22:06:16 EST April Challenge - Mini bursts Lets see how many different mini bursts of exercise we can do for the month of April. <BR> Maybe when watching TV on commercials get up and walk or run in place or when standing at the stove cooking try doing a few leg lifts. <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Apr 2015 21:12:01 EST What to do with our team I know I have not been around due to family issues. But I would really like to keep this team going. But I do need your input. Please let me know how you feel and what you would like to see done with the team. <BR> <BR> Mariam <em>30</em> Fri, 3 Apr 2015 21:14:20 EST Weekly Challenge Nov 3-9 With all the left over candies and chocolates from Halloween there will be treats everywhere. I know in my office they will be there. <BR> It will be very hard to pass the bowl without having one. <BR> Lets record each day that we are able to say no to the treats. Sun, 2 Nov 2014 22:44:28 EST June Outdoor Challenge I have been trying to come up with a good challenge that we will all want to participate in. Here it is Starting June 1st the challenge will be to do 30 minutes of outdoor activity. This can be anything from playing with the kids, biking, walking or sports. The list is endless.. <BR> <BR> I hope you will all join in. <em>381</em> <em>252</em> Thu, 29 May 2014 21:28:25 EST How Many Log In Points What were your log in points today. <BR> I had 3 Fri, 23 May 2014 22:40:00 EST What makes you happy Is it possible to list only one thing that makes you happy; not likely but lets try. <BR> Talking to my mom every morning before I leave for work it the perfect way to start my day. And yes I do mean every morning like clockwork When I lived at home growing up I would never have thought I would do such a thing now I'm 51 and mom is 81 and we are closer than ever. My daughter says mom don't expect me to call you every day like you do with your mother, we will see she is up to at least 4 times ... Thu, 22 May 2014 22:37:03 EST Spring Is In The Air I love spring, getting outside after a very long and cold winter. This weekend I hope to plant some flowers, the chance of frost should be gone at least I hope. One of my favorite flowers has to be roses. <em>214</em> <em>250</em> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:20:49 EST Weekly Challenge Jan 5 - 11 This one is easy. Stop in and say hi once per day every day <em>524</em> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 12:31:22 EST Whats your favorite holiday memory For all the stress of the holidays, trying to make sure the house is perfect. Treats are out for family and friends, wrapping gifts....the list goes on as we all know. But I would not change any of it nothing could make me happier than having my family & friends together on Christmas Eve. <em>9</em> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:48:37 EST Where does the time go Its hard to believe that yet another summer has gone, kids are back to school and now we are into fall. When I was a kid it seemed like time lasted forever now blink and miss it lol. As I am preparing for Thanksgiving this weekend I am looking for new and healthier ways to prepare our feast <em>4</em> . Im the only one in the family who really needs to be careful on what I am eating, my family wants a dinner with no diet,fat free , lite..... words <em>198</em> . Mon, 7 Oct 2013 06:54:42 EST August 19 is World Humanitarian Day What are some traits you feel embody a humanitarian? Is there anyone (past/present) you look up to as a humanitarian? <BR> <BR> For more info on this holiday: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:20:06 EST Golf-Acronym Challenge {August 2013} August is Golf Lovers Month. And while my own golfing skills are limited to a few rounds at Putt-Putt, here's a way to appreciate this sport that doesn't (necessarily) require a golf club, windmill, or hours of patience and strategy. <BR> <BR> If you complete this challenge, you will be awarded 100 points. <BR> <BR> G= Gratitude. List 5 things in your life that you are currently grateful for. <BR> O= Obliques. Search through the Spark website for exercises that focus on toning the obl... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 14:37:10 EST weekly challenge April 23 - 29 With spring upon us its time to start our spring cleaning. A few suggestions. <BR> <BR> 1. Clean windows <BR> 2. Clean out closets <BR> 3. Purge - oh my the stuff we can collect. <BR> <BR> Spring is the beginning of a new start flowers bloom, trees bud and the birds come home. <BR> I always feel so much better after I have finished my cleaning. I think I will work on my closets first and anything that has not been used in the last year will be donated. <BR> What will you do. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 21:21:23 EST Spring Is In The Air - Your Favorite Things My favorite things about spring <BR> Working in the garden & having daylight after 7pm , taking long walks in the evening. <BR> What do you like best about spring Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:53:43 EST WEEKLY CHALLANGE FEB 18-24 Hi All <BR> <BR> I would really like to get our team going again,so lets try something simple. <BR> Huddle everyday for a week. <em>381</em> <em>252</em> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:22:57 EST What are you happy for today Today I am happy to spend a quiet evening with my family <em>381</em> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:13:35 EST Record your steps So I recently bought a new pedometer an boy was I shocked as to how many steps I was acutally doing in a day. Or should I say not doing in a day. This was quite the eye opener. On the weekends I did great but during the week not so good. <BR> <BR> Lets start a challange: Record your steps each day for a week and try each day to beat the previous day by at least 250. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:24:22 EST Happpy Days Streak I have been in a funk lately. Time to do something about it. <em>334</em> <BR> My happiness depends on me. <BR> If I am upset, I am being judgmental. Reframe. <BR> If I am tired, take a nap. <BR> If I am bored, get busy cleaning, gardening, learn something, etc. <BR> If I have emotional hunger, write it out and figure what is bothering me. <BR> If I have a problem, remember the Serenity Prayer <BR> Figure out how to laugh and smile at least 5 times each day. <BR> Today will be <em>249</... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 13:25:37 EST ONE WEEK CHALLENGE: NOV. 4-11 Last week didn't do so well so lets try it again... <BR> ****************************************<BR>*************** <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>250</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Pick which challenge you want to do from the list below then at the end of the challenge, tell us how you did. <BR> 1) Lose 2 lbs <BR> 2) Do something outside each day for at least 30 minutes <BR> 3) Exercise for 30 minutes every day <BR> 4) Huddle each day <BR> 5) Pick Your Own Challenge <BR>... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 17:16:24 EST 3 simple Tips For Keeping Your Diet...SIMPLE <link><BR>2/10/3-simple-tips-for-keeping-your-di<BR>et-simple/ </link> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:06:38 EST One Week Challenge: Oct. 28-Nov. 3 <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>250</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Pick which challenge you want to do from the list below then at the end of the challenge, tell us how you did. <BR> 1) Lose 2 lbs <BR> 2) Do something outside each day for at least 30 minutes <BR> 3) Exercise for 30 minutes every day <BR> 4) Huddle each day <BR> 5) Pick Your Own Challenge <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************************** <BR> <BR> I'l... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:37:25 EST What I Did Right Today... What did you do right today? <BR> ********************************** <BR> I logged on to sparkpeople plus I got in a 30 minute walk. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:55:58 EST Weekly Weigh In or Monthly Measurements Post your weekly weight here. Or post if you've lost or gained for the week. <BR> Or post if you've lost inches. <BR> <BR> ***Starting Measurements*** <BR> <BR> Bust: 49 <BR> Waist: 43 <BR> Hips: 50 <BR> Thighs: 26-1/4 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:54:24 EST Kitchen Table Chat Here we can talk about our day and what's on our minds. <BR> Hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday and "Sandy" isn't in your neck of the woods. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:51:51 EST Rejoined, New Username I was a member of sparkpeople a couple times under different user names but since menopause, my thinking gets all screwed up and I let emotions get the best of me. So I end up dropping teams or leaving sparkpeople completely. But I'm back to stay this time, no matter what til I lose this weight. <BR> ******************UPDATED 10-27-2012******************** <BR> Ok, I had these big plans and guess I'm trying to do too much all at once. So here's an update on what I will be working towards now... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 12:52:49 EST NEW TO TEAM INTRO I've been on sparkpeople for awhile and I'm looking for a team that I can connect with and feel a big part of. <BR> Due to breaking my right wrist 12 days ago and surgery 10 days ago to repair the damage, there are some things I simply can't do right now as I'm right handed. That makes simple chores and cooking a workout in itself. But I'm working to get back down to a weight where I can move more freely and hopefully get off blood pressure pills. Currently my goal is to get down to 200 lbs o... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 09:31:31 EST Daily Mini Challenges Each day (ideally), I will share a "holiday" here. The purpose is to prompt reflection, action, and ideas on how to celebrate health and happiness. <BR> <BR> Feel free to respond to the questions, check out the corresponding resource or react to the daily quote. <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> July 12 is the birth anniversary of Henry David Thoreau. In honor of his simplicity-centered philosophy, today is a good day to reflect on ways you can bring balance into your life. <BR> <BR> How can y... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 23:13:40 EST July 2012 Challenges There are several challenges going on in July; each in honor of National Blueberry Month! <BR> <BR> You can find them here: <BR> <BR> Blueberry Scavenger Hunt <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=13273x35162<BR>x48885250 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Blueberry Cooking Challenge <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ssageboard_thread.asp?board=13273x3516<BR>2x48882732 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Blueberry Ac... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 15:08:45 EST Blueberry Scavenger Hunt {thru 7-31-12} Your findings will be posted in a blog on your Spark page. When you’ve completed the Scavenger Hunt, post the link to your blog post in this thread. This challenge is worth 10 points. <BR> <BR> Please note, for items on the list that ask for a picture, if you prefer not to upload pictures directly into your blog post, simply substitute a link to the corresponding item’s photo online. <BR> <BR> <BR> B - a link to info on Bosu Ball exercises, techniques, or tips <BR> L - a quote or sayin... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 14:55:43 EST Blueberry Acronym Challenge {runs thru 7-31-12} With National Blueberry Month underway, here's a challenge that will exercise your mind, body and well-being. This challenge is filled with fun, inspiring and healthy activities that are derived from the word "blueberry". <BR> <BR> Everyone who completes the challenge will be awarded 100 points for the month of July. You are also going to be tracking your fitness/exercise minutes for the month and include the total at the end. Those minutes will count as a point each to be added on to the ... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 12:51:30 EST Blueberry Cooking Challenge {runs through 7-31-12} This challenge is worth 20 points. <BR> <BR> July is National Blueberry Month! This Vitamin C-rich, low-cal, no-fat, high fiber fruit is in season at this time of year. Below are several yummy Spark recipes featuring our benevolent friend, the blueberry. Your task is simple! Choose one recipe to make, make it, and then tell us what you thought. <BR> <BR> Rules: <BR> 1. You must rate and comment on the recipe on the Spark Recipe page it was featured. <BR> 2. The recipes selected belo... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 11:33:01 EST Time to ACTIVATE this group again! Hi there, <BR> <BR> I just became the leader of this group and I hope some of you are still out there! <BR> <BR> I love celebrating the seasons and all sorts of fun, sometimes quirky and unusual holidays. I have some great ideas for combining these with fitness and health and I look forward to facilitating the group and helping it to thrive once again. <BR> <BR> Feel free to say hi and jump right on in! Sat, 7 Jul 2012 14:23:10 EST Easter: the last foodie holiday before Halloween It's just been one chocolate and candy-centric holiday after the next. We have one more to go: Easter. ! <em>449</em> And then we have a "dry spell" until October. <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> Let's take those few months where we have warmer weather, the sweetest fresh fruit, and make the best of them! <BR> <em>491</em> <em>306</em> Sun, 6 Mar 2011 09:10:39 EST 100 Day Memorial Day Challenge! Today, Sunday Feb 20 marks 100 days or 14 weeks till Sat May 28 Memorial Day weekend- a very significant date that for some also means the start of summer (i.e. bathing suit season!!!). During those 100 days is also Lent, another significant season in which many of us make sacrifices for different reasons. <BR> <BR> Plan what you will do for the next 100 days to start the summer off in great shape! <BR> - set goals for nutrition, strength, cardio, and any other area you need to work on! <BR>... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 20:36:57 EST Superbowl Sunday Challenge For many this is a holiday to rival holidays. I challenge you to make 'health touchdowns' this week, leading up to the game on Sunday, however you wish and then come and post it(or multiple touch downs) Try a healthy food, or a new exercise...get in your exercise or more something that relaxes you...ANYTHING counts as long as it improves the health of your body, mind, or spirit! Let's go people! <BR> <BR> Even if you don't watch the actual game, you can still make touchdowns t... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 21:51:28 EST Hi Took a hiatus for a while, but now I'm back...I hope I will succeed this year. Happy to join this team! <BR> Check out my blog: <link> </link> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:45:03 EST Daily Challenge- 20 minutes exercise To restart the daily challenge, we have decided on an ongoing challenge of getting in at least 20 minutes of exercise each day. Anything counts- yoga, strength training, walking, etc. You can split it up and do 10 minutes of walking and 10 minutes of strength training, and it doesn't have to be all at once. 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there is all it takes! <BR> <BR> So get in your 10 minutes of exercise, and come back and let us know how you got it in! Track in your daily goals as well! ... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 09:02:44 EST 5 Week Valentines Challenge 5 weeks from today is the day that we assign to showing our significant other and familiy how much we love them. We do this by showering them with jewelry, roses, and CANDY!! We work so hard to get this weight off, only to allow holidays to derail our efforts! <BR> <BR> This challenge is two-part: <BR> <BR> 1. Why wait to show your SO/family/friends that you love them? Lets look for ways to show them our love, ways that don't involve candy and other foods! Each week, look for ways to show t... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 20:32:06 EST Daily Challenge The team has a goal of participating in the daily challenge. <BR> How are we notified of these? Mon, 10 Jan 2011 17:34:25 EST New Year's Challanges Tomorrow is New Year's Eve. <BR> <BR> For many, that means parties and excess. What challenges do you face for New Year's? How will you handle the parties and not go overboard? What steps will you take to ensure that you have fun, but don't overindulge? Thu, 30 Dec 2010 09:03:21 EST Holiday Thrive guide (don't just survive, thrive!! We are in the final 2 weeks before Christmas! How have you been doing so far this month? What challenges do you have approaching in the next two weeks? How will you face them? <BR> <BR> Look here for some helpful information and strategies! Then come back and share what you plan to do to thrive through the holidays! <BR> <BR><BR>ition_articles.asp?id=479 Sat, 11 Dec 2010 13:01:23 EST Reflections on Thanksgiving Good or bad, we made it through the Thanksgiving meals and treats! Post your reflections on the holiday here. <BR> <BR> What worked well for you? <BR> <BR> What did you struggle with? <BR> <BR> How did you avoid overeating and too many treats? Sun, 28 Nov 2010 08:52:50 EST New things for your Thanksgiving? I made a "FIND" yesterday and wanted to share it! Went to Great Harvest Bread thinking that starting my dressing with good whole grain bread would be better than the packaged stuffing mix. What I found surprised me: they make "Stuffing Bread" -- with all the onion, celery, and spices baked into the bread! I've got it cut into cubes and drying out. It already smells/tastes like stuffing!! Will just need to add some sauted mushrooms, maybe apple chunks and cranberries, and the chicken broth and... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 11:15:04 EST Thankfulness Countdown to Thanksgiving We are going to countdown to Thanksgiving with things that we are thankful for! Each day, log in and post something that you are thankful for. It can be nutrition and health related, but it doesn't have to be. Sun, 14 Nov 2010 16:36:30 EST 6 week Christmas Challenge Can you believe we have only 6 weeks until Christmas?! <BR> <BR> In the chaos of Christmas shopping, holiday meal planning, and family and work get-togethers, it is often easy to put our own needs last and forget to eat healthy, exercise, and take care of ourselves. Please post your goals here regarding weight-loss/maintenance, healthy eating, sleep, personal time, and any other goals you have for this holiday season! Sun, 14 Nov 2010 09:21:01 EST Skipping Christmas Christmas is very difficult for me. My in-laws come for a long visit since they're flying in from overseas and it's expensive. They don't believe in celebrating Christmas and scoff at gift-giving and special holiday foods yet they insist on coming during Christmas because it's a "special" time. They literally tell us we're greedy, over-consumers while we open presents, that we're killing the earth by having a tree as we decorate, and talk through any Christmas movie we watch and make derogato... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 12:53:32 EST Hi Everyone My name is Stacy and technically I joined quite a while back but I wasn't really active with the team because I was expecting our second child. I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl about 8 weeks ago and now I'm trying to juggle the demands of an 8 week old, a 4 year old and a husband who isn't home much due to him being a basketball coach and trying to exercise and lose the baby weight. If anyone has any tips or suggestions drop me a line and I can't wait to get started! Thu, 7 Oct 2010 16:48:47 EST This team is so quiet!! I was hoping it would be active since we have many Holidays coming up here within the next 3 months. <BR> <BR> Were is everyone including the leaders? Fri, 1 Oct 2010 18:54:18 EST daily challenge results ok how did you do with todays challenge? Tue, 21 Sep 2010 06:49:28 EST Daily Challenges! Lets have some fun! Anyone can take part in creating or doing these challenges. I'll start us off with a challenge for today (9/21) and whoever gets here first tomorrow can set that days challenge. Lets focus on fun, quirky, healthy challenges! I'm going to make this a team goal so you will be able to streak with it! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Today's challenge is : Step 1:RESEARCH 1 fall activity that you have always wanted to do, or enjoy doing each fall...anything goes (fro... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 06:48:07 EST what holidays do you celebrate during fall? What holidays do you celebrate during fall, and HOW do you celebrate them? <em>422</em> Sun, 19 Sep 2010 20:39:05 EST what fall foods do you love, and ... What fall foods do you love and how do you make them healthy? If you do NOT make them healthy and would like HELP to make them healthy, let us know! <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> Sun, 19 Sep 2010 20:35:16 EST Fall is For.... What says fall to you? What do you want to do, always do, or have never done but ALWAYS wanted to in FALL?? <em>465</em> Mon, 13 Sep 2010 15:41:18 EST Harvest Crops ...Post HERE! This is the place to post your Harvest challenge Crops! Let us all see what you are able to reap! <em>426</em> Mon, 13 Sep 2010 08:49:20 EST Harvest challenge <em>227</em> DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD! AFTER YOU'VE READ THIS GO BACK OUT TO WEEKLY CHALLENGES AND POST UNDER "HARVEST CROPS" <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>427</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <BR> So fall is the time for harvest....a harvest is all about reaping what you have sowed....all the sweat and tears are rewarded with a crop.... <BR> <BR> Often in this journey to find our healthy weight and best healthy lives, we spend time focusing on the scale as the measure of ... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 08:47:26 EST Fall 5% Challenge I would like let everyone about the Fall 5% Challenge that is currently being organized and should start soon. For the challenge, you set a goal weight to lose during the challenge, and post to weekly weigh-ins in addition to other team challenges where you compete with the other teams to reach different goals. <BR> <BR> I have participated in the the last two 5% Challenges. I lost the 5% during the first one, and came close on the second. They have really kept me on track and I have had a t... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 20:08:47 EST New! HI everyone! <BR> <BR> I am new here to the team and looking forward to setting small goals for each Holiday! I think that is such a wonderful way to work knowing that there is anywhere from 4 weeks to 4 months in between Holidays. It helps to things manageable taking it in chunks!! Mon, 6 Sep 2010 21:36:40 EST Halloween Challenge Halloween will be here in about 9 weeks; the first holiday leading into the holiday season! <BR> <BR> ~In 9 weeks, you could have lost 4.5-18 pounds (.5 to 2 pounds per week) <BR> <BR> ~ You could have more energy to take the kids trick-or-treating, or for that fun Halloween party! <BR> <BR> Where do you want to be in 9 weeks? Post your goals here, then let us know how you are doing! Treats will be given out as we work towards our Halloween goals! Thu, 2 Sep 2010 13:43:08 EST August is about attitude! I have been challenged lately with reframing my attitude....seeing things in a more positive light. For the rest of August, I challenge you to check in with your attitude and rethink it as necessarry. Every time you change your attitude you earn an <em>345</em> . How awesome can you be in August?? Sun, 15 Aug 2010 08:26:25 EST What challenges you about fall? I know summer's not over yet...but lets start thinking ahead and planning for possibile pitfalls! So what trips you up about fall? I know that it starts the whirlwind of food centered holidays...but what else? <em>465</em> <em>422</em> Sun, 15 Aug 2010 08:18:35 EST Back to School & Labor Day Many of us are preparing to send our children back to school, and it will not be long before the Labor Day holiday is here. <BR> <BR> Do the weeks before school starts feel like a whirlwind of shopping, last chance sleepovers, and a rush to do all those fun things you planned to do but haven't had time for yet? Are there different challenges that you face when your children return to school? Where does your nutrition and exercise fit into the chaos? <BR> <BR> Discuss the issues and challe... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 22:52:10 EST Looking for an active co-leader.... I have sent out a team wide e-mail explaining why I think this is necessary. Please read the e-mail if you haven't and respond either to the e-mail or here. Mon, 9 Aug 2010 10:09:13 EST Finally! Hey everyone, I have been on for awhile but just never got around to talking on the message boards. I have heard many great things about getting involved with everyone else on the site so i thought i'd try it to get some extra support! thanks everyone! Mon, 21 Jun 2010 16:18:11 EST Summer Survival Kit We did Holiday Survival Kits and they proved quite helpful. Let's take the same idea and apply it to this tricky season. The challenge is to list your struggles for the summer and then create a kit to use that addresses these struggles! Get to thinking this challenge is going from now until the 1st official day of Summer (6/21)! <em>67</em> Thu, 3 Jun 2010 09:02:57 EST How do you celebrate the fourth of July? What healthy things do you do to celebrate independence day? What things do you do that are not so healthy, but you feel are tradition and would like some help dealing with in a healthier way? Thu, 3 Jun 2010 08:59:54 EST What are your summer challenges? less than a month summer will officially be upon us! <em>67</em> Let's be proactive and brainstorm challenges we face during this season along with strategies for dealing with these challenges! I have some: <BR> Hot weather can make me feel sluggish <BR> <BR> I crave ice cream during summer, usually not a problem <BR> <BR> Barbeques and pie and lemonade <BR> <BR> Fairs and festivals and the food that goes with it <BR> <BR> Eating during vacation <BR> <BR> Bathing suits <BR> <... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 08:58:01 EST What flower are you growing? This week you get to PICK the flower(s) you grow! You can grow the same one all week or, change it daily, or some kind of combo. Whatever you want. You can feel free to use some we've done (daisy, pansy, tulip) or have all new ones (roses, lilacs, azaleas(how's THAT for a challenge??!!) Whatever you want and the rest of the rules from previous weeks apply. I'll post an example. <em>214</em> <em>126</em> <em>146</em> Sat, 22 May 2010 17:54:36 EST Growing Pansies! We've got lots of tulips and lots of it's time for some pansies (the hardy, beautiful, yet often overlooked flower). If you've been playing along, you know how it works, if not go to flower challenge under the weekly challenges and you'll see directions. Feel free to use the singular or plural of the word pansy. <em>184</em> <BR> <BR> Have fun team! Mon, 17 May 2010 08:08:50 EST Growing Daisies! Ok here's week 2 of the flower challenge! You are growing Daisies, which you can do in the singular or plural form (daisy or daisies) rules are the same as for the tulip challenge and can be found under flower challenge! So let's get growing! <em>125</em> Sat, 8 May 2010 08:20:48 EST Growing Tulips! <em>126</em> <BR> Ok, this is where you will come and post each letter to grow your tulips! Let's go team! Woohoo! Wed, 5 May 2010 09:07:09 EST Flower Challenge Ok, I'm a BIT late in starting this, but I believe better late than never! <em>334</em> Here's the idea...for the month of may each week we are going to "grow" a flower. <em>126</em> How it works is as follows: <BR> <BR> 1. each week a flower will be named. For this week the flower is Tulip. <BR> <BR> 2. You need to do health enhancing things in order to "grow" your flower letter by letter. <BR> <BR> 3. When you do something health enhancing that starts with 1 of the letters in th... Wed, 5 May 2010 09:05:45 EST May challenge ideas ok, we need to breathe new life into this team, and May will be the perfect month to do so! Anyone have some fun ideas for challenges for May? Let us know! <em>67</em> Thu, 22 Apr 2010 06:59:27 EST Spring Challenge Check in THIS is where you check in to let us know how YOU are celebrating SPRING! Mon, 22 Mar 2010 08:42:14 EST Ok first spring challenge <em>227</em> Don't post in this forum! <em>227</em> <BR> Alright it's time to recommit to this team and get revved up! Hibernation is over <em>211</em> <BR> I challenge you to find a non-food way to celebrate the fact that spring is here and then post in the forum spring challenge check in to let us know how YOU are celebrating! Here's the link! <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=13273x35162<BR>x32871901 </link> Mon, 22 Mar 2010 08:41:04 EST Following Easter what is your NEXT major holiday Following Easter what is your NEXT major holiday that you celebrate? Mon, 22 Mar 2010 08:36:19 EST If you celebrate Easter, HOW do you do it?? If Easter is a holiday you recognize...what do you do to celebrate? What are you going to do DIFFERENTLY this year to be more health conscious? Mon, 22 Mar 2010 08:34:29 EST Spring challenges What are some spring challenges for you? Mon, 22 Mar 2010 08:32:18 EST Memorial Day Challenge Monday is exactly 11 weeks from Memorial Day. Let's set some goals for ourselves for where we want to be by that date, May 31. <BR> <BR> Weight loss: 1-2 pounds per week= 11-22 pounds lost <BR> Energy: consistency with exercise= more energy for summer activities <BR> <BR> Share your goals, come back and post your updates. Let's see what we can accomplish before summer gets here!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Mar 2010 11:16:32 EST Do you ever make your own holidays? I do. In fact, tomorrow night is one of them -- Oscar Night. Whether or not I've seen any of the movies (not, this year), I dress up in one of my velvet caftans and have an elegant dinner while I watch. This year it'll be quiche and champagne. <BR> <BR> As a football fanatic I also throw myself mini-parties for the Super Bowl, whichever BCS Bowl game my USC Trojans are in, and NFL Draft Day. <BR> <BR> Do you do this? If so, what do you celebrate and how? Sat, 6 Mar 2010 11:25:23 EST What holiday(s) do you celebrate from Valentines d Do you celebrate any holidays, or events between now and st. paddy's day? If so post here and let us know so we can support you! Mon, 15 Feb 2010 08:36:42 EST Sad on Valentine's Day The whole thing depresses the wits out of me. A man hasn't looked at me in almost 19 years. They tell you that your self-esteem shouldn't depend on being in a relationship or not, but when nobody thinks you're worth even asking out how can it not? <BR> <BR> I have a coworker whose husband sends her elaborate bouquets at work. Tomorrow she'll hold them literally under my nose and say, "See my roses? Aren't they beautiful?" I'd love to stuff those roses down her throat. <BR> <BR> I have a lot... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 13:30:40 EST Valentines day challenge number 2..... Ok, here's a challenge for today only (although I suppose if you wanted you could do this WHENEVER <em>20</em> ) <BR> <BR> Today give a Valentine, a goodie, or a message to the people ho support you and you appreciate here on spark. For every Valentine you give to someone, post something you like about yourself on your page (or in a blog!) <BR> <BR> Let's see if we can do this people! <em>129</em> Sun, 14 Feb 2010 07:18:20 EST So if you could create your own holiday... So if you could create your own holiday...what would it be? When would it be? How would you celebrate it? <em>67</em> <em>31</em> <em>8</em> <em>437</em> <em>126</em> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 11:41:50 EST What do you think would be a good idea for a team Let's brainstorm what we think will be a good team goal...I'm listening??!! Sat, 6 Feb 2010 22:17:49 EST What holiday do you struggle with the most and why More questions to get to know you better! What holiday do YOU struggle with most and why? Sat, 6 Feb 2010 22:16:07 EST What is your FAVORITE holiday and why? Let's get to know each other a bit better by finding out the answer to these 2 questions:1. What is your favorite holiday and why ? <BR> 2. What is your favorite season and why? (Maybe that counts as 4 questions...ANYWAY <em>211</em> let's here your answers!) Sat, 6 Feb 2010 22:14:13 EST Superbowl Sunday Challenge! Ok, for many this is a holiday to rival holidays. I challenge you to make 'health touchdowns' today (Sunday) however you wish and then come and post it(or multiple touch downs <em>211</em> ) Try a healthy food, or a new exercise...get in your exercise or more something that relaxes you...ANYTHING counts as long as it improves the health of your body, mind, or spirit! Let's go people! <em>281</em> Sat, 6 Feb 2010 22:07:43 EST Valentine's Day challenge #1 Ok, so either post your valentine to yourself here, or post that you wrote a valentine for yourself! Valentine's day is about love...but not just romantic love...ALL love! And we need to love OURSELVES first! <em>26</em> Sat, 6 Feb 2010 09:15:56 EST Restaraunt Secrets A must read! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/4-must-know-restaurants-secrets/ </link> Fri, 29 Jan 2010 20:40:50 EST Thank You! I want to thank everyone of you who have stopped by my page and left comments and goodies! I have been trying to personally respond to as many as possible, but it has been quite overwhelming. You are all so supportive and wonderful! I can't thank you enough for being there for me through this journey! <em>304</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>252</em> Wed, 27 Jan 2010 17:14:26 EST 50lbs Gone Forever! I was down another 2.4lbs this week, putting my 16 week total at 50lbs lost! Mon, 25 Jan 2010 09:20:02 EST What's your favorite chick flick? My girlfriend is giving me a girlie day for my birthday and we're gonna watch chick flicks! What are your favorites?? Thu, 14 Jan 2010 16:59:22 EST Weekend survival kit challenge! Just like we made holiday survival kits, let's apply that to every week's challenge 'the weekend'. Many of you have lamented the struggles the weekend causes (as have I!) Let's get a secret weapon in our corner with the weekend survival kit! (WSK) I will be again awarding a prize for the most creative/applicable/fun weekend survival kit! Decisions will be made on Sunday night, no later than 10pm my time (EST)So get to work! Create your kit and then post about it, pictures are always grea... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 09:02:25 EST What do you do on vacation? Ok, so HELP! I need ideas! I'm going stir crazy having never had a vacation before! Thu, 14 Jan 2010 08:55:11 EST How do you celebrate without food? How do you celebrate anything without food being the focus? What kinds of things do you DO to make your day special!? Let's get a list going! Wed, 13 Jan 2010 07:50:00 EST 34 days until Valentine's day <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <BR> Valentine's day.... <BR> What does it mean to you? Do you celebrate it? Why or why not? Let's get some healthy creativity flowing here! I want to know what you do and could do to celebrate love and life on Valentine's day! <BR> <BR> You don't have to be in a relationship, you can celebrate other types of love...including SELF_LOVE!!!! I know Valentine's day has turned into Hallmark and Godiva's UTOPIA, BUT you can change what it means to YOU and how you... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 08:09:24 EST Winter Challenges... <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>27</em> <BR> Depending on where you live winter hits in different ways...frigid air, snow, ice, more snow...rain, gray days, wind...less sun and day light.... <BR> <BR> Depending on your personality winter can provide fun and excitement or, um.... <em>101</em> let's just say LESS than fun and excitement! <BR> <BR> SO chat here about what winter is like for you personally, where you live and the challenges that your location present, any emotional challenge... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 08:00:29 EST Season by Season Challenges I was wondering if people have different challenges during different seasons, aside from holidays and other special events. I am thinking that targeting those special seasonal challenges (see below) may help me. I would love to hear your thoughts. <BR> <BR> winter = cold, dark, blah = inactivity and comfort eating <BR> <BR> spring = major allergies & allergy medication gives me munchies BIG time - and - it's hard to exercise outdoors <BR> <BR> summer = picnics (lotsa potato salad,cookout... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 18:14:43 EST I am Leaving the team, Hi Everyone, <BR> I just want you all to know that I am leaving the team,not because I don't like the team,but because I am on too much team and don't have much time to interact with all of them and that is not fair for my team friends,I will be going to school to learn to speak Greek so I don't have much time to spend on the computer if I can't get to do the things that I like to do 100% then I should not do it,you all have motivate me and support me even when I was on my vacation and I a... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 16:47:42 EST What upcoming holidays or celebrations challenge y <BR> Post here for YOUR tricky, challenging holidays or celebrations! They could be popular holidays like Valentine's day or you could be having a birthday or anniversary...or reunion...or vacation...whatever! Post what's hard for you so we can help you over the hurdle! <em>236</em> <em>179</em> <em>410</em> <em>137</em> <em>26</em> <em>19</em> Sun, 3 Jan 2010 10:07:13 EST Now that the New Year is here... Now that the new year is here how do you feel? <BR> Thanksgiving, Christmas (or other holidays) and New Year's Eve are behind us for about 300 more days. How does this make you feel? Sun, 3 Jan 2010 10:03:20 EST week 1 challenge for January! Ok, this is a two part challenge! <BR> <BR> 1. Post if you maintained your weight through the holidays (we are talking about thanksgiving through New Years) or if you lost weight. I mean overall for that time period. Maybe you gained some and lost some but overall broke even or were down for that time period! <BR> <BR> 2. Check out the posts from other people and congratulate at least 2 people for either maintaining or losing, through a time of year that is notorious for weight gain! Yo... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 09:58:51 EST Drumroll please..... As you can probably already see...we have a FANTASTIC NEW TEAM NAME! Healthy Holiday Living, Season to Season! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Awesome interaction on this process everyone! Please stop by VXWALL1942's page <BR> <link><BR>WALL1942 </link> <BR> ( I hope I am getting better at adding links!) <BR> <BR> and congratulate her on successfully tweaking our team name into the fabulous new name we have! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> In case you can't tell... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 09:46:38 EST Okkkkk...we need to tweak the name winner just a b Ok everyone, your votes counted! Healthy Living Season to Season was the CLEAR winner by a landslide! I like the name, BUT I have 1 big reservation about re-naming the team this. That is this, this team was originally created to help people get through the holidays and now the word holiday is not in the team name. You can argue that the holidays come during seasons, but I am concerned that if people search for a team to help them through the holidays (as I did to find this fantastic team!)... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 22:22:14 EST First holiday with weight loss! Hey guys, <BR> I lost a pound between Dec. 24 and Jan. 2. Not a big deal to some, but I ALWAYS gained a lot of weight over the holidays...and I spent 5 of these days in Scotland! <BR> I am looking forward to more non-weight-gaining holidays in the future. A new experience for me!!! Happy New Year, everyone...let's make this the best one yet! Sat, 2 Jan 2010 07:42:27 EST Coffee Mate commercial Has anyone seen the coffee mate commercials for the holiday flavors of coffee cream. I have always been a big fan of these creams. It has always been "would you like a little coffee with your cream!" That was until I started SparksPeople and started reading serving sizes and contents. A serving size for these flavored creams are one tablespoon, ONE TABLESPOON!. If you watch the commercials the guy pours enough cream into the girls coffee to amount to the recommended daily allowance of total f... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 00:45:23 EST Biggest Loser 2010 challenge thread... If you so choose you may post your weigh ins here every week and at the end of the week anyone with the lowest weight loss total will fall below the "yellow line" and get voted off by the team members. Anyone with the highest percentage of loss will be safe from elimanation. Just like the show. <BR> <BR> I will start--My weight this week was 158.2 a .8 lb. gain. <BR> <BR> The rules are simple even though I use the BL format I will not vote anyone off permantly I will however warn you about ... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 23:00:30 EST My Semi-final vote is... Alright this is a close race! The top 3 votes are: <BR> 1. Healthy living season to season <BR> 2. Changing with the seasons <BR> 3. 4 seasons Holiday Healthquest <BR> <BR> Now out of those 3 re-vote and we'll pick by tomorrow night! <BR> Fri, 1 Jan 2010 14:26:18 EST My vote is! Ok, post your votes for team name here! Woohoo this is exciting! Wed, 30 Dec 2009 23:30:12 EST New Team name voting! <em>303</em> <em>227</em> <BR> Don't reply to this e-mail!! I want it to be easy for everyone to read. Please go to the forum entitled "my vote is" which will be located under the heading of general Team discussion forum. <BR> <BR> That being said the vote is to keep this team going! <em>244</em> Now we need a rockin' name to go with our awesome team! This team is about motivating each other through all of life's holidays and celebrations I want the name to reflect that. The team i... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 23:29:21 EST Last week of December challenge! Ok everybody! I want to know healthy ideas for celebrating New Years! What are you going to do to Celebrate spark style?? Post with your great, exciting ideas so we call all benefit! Mon, 28 Dec 2009 08:42:23 EST Post Christmas feelings... Come here if you need to and post your is often hard after all of the frenzy of activity and buildup of excitement, to gracefully come back to 'regular' life. You may feel vaguely disappointed or struggle with melancholy feelings...or maybe you are having strong feelings...they may be good or bad. Maybe your just a bit sad that the special time is over or maybe you are supremely <BR> relieved. Whatever your feelings, here is a place to honor them and work through them! <BR> ... Sat, 26 Dec 2009 09:17:00 EST Holiday HELP ME Hotline!! <em>46</em> <em>39</em> <em>2</em> <em>40</em> <em>24</em> <em>234</em> whatever you may be feeling during this 'most wonderful time of year' we need to support one another now more than EVER so that we don't <em>29</em> <em>15</em> So, let's use this hotline to either vent, ask for help, process through 'stuff' or , yes, even celebrate! I challenge each of you to use it and to come check in and support OTHERS who are using it for the remainder of this week! We can do this people! ... Wed, 23 Dec 2009 07:44:15 EST need some active ideas for my workparty Hello everyone! I run a weightloss group for individuals who have brain injuries on Monday afternoons. We are having a Christmas party and I need ideas of active things to do. There are some restrictions (which is why I need ideas...) I have 2 consumers in wheelchairs and 1 who has leg issues and 1 who can't walk very far. But...even with those things I know you can come up with something for me! Thanks in advance! <em>211</em> Thu, 17 Dec 2009 14:57:48 EST my third week chalenge well mine is all about me <BR> i'm quiting smoking <BR> trying to eat right as much as i can <BR> (with quiting it will be hard) <BR> and i got an stasionary bike <BR> well santa came early to me <BR> just jocking it was my birthday on december9 <BR> and i decoded this year i would give myself a gift <BR> since no one else does <BR> today got up had coffee nonono cigs <BR> huddled in my teams <BR> wrote a couple of messages <BR> well i've been here for 1 hour and a half <BR> this year maggie ... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 00:33:21 EST the feeling of wrong doing... I have to ask how you all feel when you know that you ate something wrong and just want to puke...How to recoup, how to deal... Im feeling like crap... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 14:32:20 EST So....Who got to buy a smaller coat this year??? I am completely thrilled that i got to buy a new coat this year! I feel like I have won I gave away both of my very expensive coats at the end of last winter. They were both a 3x and getting too tight. I now am able to walk into any store and buy a 1x!! and with that 1X a hoodie will fit underneath it! I am so thrilled that I want to scream! I hope that there are others out there that got to experiance that liberation..if so, please share your experiance for motivation! Mon, 14 Dec 2009 11:22:19 EST wk 3 12 days of self-care challenge! Ok everybody! Post what you are doing each day to care for yourself during this time! Think about more than 'eating right' or 'exercising' which are great things, but how are they helping you care for yourself? <em>460</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> Mon, 14 Dec 2009 08:32:56 EST I Love the Fat Reindeer! What a hoot! It's a well-chosen representation. Good job, healthquester! <em>244</em> Sat, 12 Dec 2009 12:53:19 EST i think i got it well yesterday was my birthday <BR> and i got myself a exercise bike <BR> (it will be here tomorrow) <BR> so in the evening i can exercise <BR> eat a little more exercise a little more <BR> i'm not here to loose weight <BR> my doc told me i'm very thin so don't look at my tracker <BR> i'm a extra small-small size clothes <BR> but i don't let myself eat what it wants <BR> i try to eat healthy <BR> Thu, 10 Dec 2009 01:31:26 EST WEEK 2 December challenge: What lights you up?? I've sent the team an e-mail describing this challenge: simply, engage in 5 things this week that just make you glow, shine, sparkly, illuminate, you get the picture! Post here daily to let us see (and maybe get ideas <em>211</em> ) of the things you are doing to light up your life and your world! Mon, 7 Dec 2009 22:33:22 EST What can we do to support each other through these Ok, so December really is here (I know, I know, I don't believe it either! <em>211</em> ) We are almost to the first weekend in December, and I would think that would mean the first round of parties or other 'festive holiday engagements'. So let's get talking and PLANNING about how we can give and receive support starting with this weekend! Thu, 3 Dec 2009 08:02:27 EST Happy Holidays I survived my first holiday: Thanksgiving. I also have been pretty good about my diet. I enjoy tracking etch meal and seeing the breakdown of all the nutrients I still need for the day. I hope everyone else is having the same experience! Wed, 2 Dec 2009 21:29:11 EST Snack ideas Seems like we're always looking for healthy, tasty snacks to keep us from raiding the vending machine or making a run to the drive thru. I got this email today and thought I'd share it with the group. <BR> <link><BR>ng-started/9-snacks-under-150-calories<BR>/?sssdmh=dm17.413347&esrc=nwdt&email=1<BR>740078490 </link> <BR> <BR> One of my go to snacks is raw veggies and actually going to take that to work tomorrow to snack on the rest of the ... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 16:37:14 EST Operation HSK creation completed! Ok everybody, I'm trying to get the hang of the 'technical aspects' of leading a team <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> So here is the place to talk about your Holiday survival Kit creation...and if you want to show pictures of it, apparently you will have to create a blog about it and then just tell us the name of your blog so we can check it out! I'm off to create mine now! Have fun! Tue, 1 Dec 2009 10:02:13 EST Week 1 December challenge! Merry December 1st everybody! <BR> My name is Monique and I am the new co-leader of this team! I'm very excited to be here and motivate our team to give and receive support throughout this holiday season to make it out healthiest one yet! <BR> <BR> The name of this weeks challenge is : <BR> Operation Holiday Survival Kit Creation <BR> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> I challenge you to use your utmost creativity to create for yourself a kit that will help you survive these holidays! To get started... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 09:58:28 EST Week 1 Challenge for December Merry December 1st everybody! <BR> My name is Monique and I am the new co-leader of this team! I'm very excited to be here and motivate our team to give and receive support throughout this holiday season to make it out healthiest one yet! <BR> <BR> The name of this weeks challenge is : <BR> Operation Holiday Survival Kit Creation <BR> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> I challenge you to use your utmost creativity to create for yourself a kit that will help you survive these holidays! To get started... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 09:49:49 EST Week 5 challenge running through end of 2009 Hello all, <BR> <BR> I am the new administrator and my name is Lance992. I am starting a challenge for now through end of 2009 and need name suggestions. Anyone is welcome to come up with names (Tasteful and creative only) and myself and my co-leader will consider them. The rules of this next challenge are set based on coachjen's rules of developing a gameplan for now through january 1st of 2010. Mon, 30 Nov 2009 20:16:50 EST Hi I'm Arlene from Alaska Thanksgiving is finally over and I am trying to get back on track. Mon, 30 Nov 2009 18:19:33 EST Looking forward to a healthier lifestyle I'm happy to find the Sparkpeople website and look forward to losing weight this winter instead of gaining it! <BR> I'm amazed at the many facets of this website. I'm working on drinking the 8 glasses of water. So far -- I've <BR> managed to do it two days in a row. I struggled with all the wonderful food during Thanksgiving -- but rebounded quickly because of the info and support that is offered here. This is a good time of year for me to start -- with the holidays here - this year --... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 16:34:58 EST Iam going away, Hi everyone, I will be going away for 30days I am going to Jamaica,so I am not going to take part in any CHALLENGES until when I get back, I will do some walking while I am there and try to eat healthy <BR> too,this is my first Christmas in Jamaica since I leave there,so I am looking forward to have a good time we are planning to have a family dinner and just have fun,so I want to wish each and everyone a <BR> wonderful happy and healthy holiday season,I will try and check in when I can,... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 13:13:58 EST I KNOW I WAS BAD,,,,,,, I tried, I thought I was doing really good watching what I put on my plate, and not taking more than a serving of each. butr in one meal I ate 1400 calories! I was blown away. I ended up with almost 1800 calories for the day!!!!!! I was so mad. I thought I would do double walking to kind of make up for it....LOL got one set done, and fell Happy Thanksgiving..... Well today is a new day, and I'll try to get the extra walking in today... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 06:45:09 EST My menu came from SparksPeople Every recipe I am making for Thanksgiving came from the recipe corner of SparksPeople so I know that not only is it better for all of us, but it will taste good if not better. Thank you all for the choices, the options and most of all the encouragement. We can all get through tomorrow and feel wonderful about ourselves. Have a truly wonderful Thanksgiving. <em>428</em> Wed, 25 Nov 2009 23:49:35 EST I'm new to the team. Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Cindy and I live in SW Minnesota. The Holiday's are always a tough time for me as far as weight gain. I am determined to be picky about what I do and don't eat! Wed, 25 Nov 2009 12:59:08 EST Any ideas? For years my son has asked for what our family calls "Mississippi Mud" in place of his birthday cake. It consists a nut crust, cream cheese layer, chocolate pudding layer, topped with cool whip. I can make it relatively re-deuced calorie, except for the crust. He has asked that I make it for him for Thanksgiving and beings his family is the only ones that are coming I decided that I would. But how do I "lighten up" the crust? It only has three ingredients-- 1 cup chopped walnuts, 1 cup flour ... Wed, 25 Nov 2009 10:14:13 EST Joining the challenge late I'm new to the team because I want to join the challenge. We'll see how I do! Wed, 25 Nov 2009 10:08:52 EST Julie's new here Hi, my names Julie. I happen to come across this team. I am doing really good on my journey ( so far). Very nervous about going to the inlaws house. Everytime it's like a buffet even if it's not the holidays. I guess it's just a habit to eat there. Were going there Thursday and I'm need any advise , tips that I can take in. Hopefully I can help others along the way too. <BR> Tue, 24 Nov 2009 17:10:34 EST what's wrong with me? Last night I got home from a 3.5 hour work out and got on the scales, still 150, took my measurements and still the same. I feel like I'm gaining weight. My husband says it looks like I'm losing, I know I'm toning up, but I just feel like I'm gaining, what is wrong with me? <em>198</em> Tue, 24 Nov 2009 08:02:58 EST Praying I've found that prayer sooths me and keeps me calm thru the HOLYDAYS and I have no prob with overeating. By the way, I just QUIT smoking!!! WOO HOOOOO Mon, 23 Nov 2009 21:22:24 EST Happy Sparklin' Holiday gifts .....? Hi, I posted here before I introduced, but here I am. I am grandmother of 8 with extended family. And I am co-leader for the Fit Buckeye Fans! who are working on a Rose Bowl Bound challenge. My first team was Northeast Arkansas Sparks who are very supportive. <BR> Right now I am cogitating Christmas gifts from Spark People Store for relatives and friends. I am mailing a mug ($6) to my niece today. I specially want to sent something to relatives who are on SP too. We don't normally exchan... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 11:15:46 EST Holiday Challenge Hi, I'm Spark's really helped with calorie counting/nutrition advice. I've lost 26 pounds since July 7 09 - I REALLY want to keep going over the holidays and not gain anything back. I've lost consistently every week with only a 1/4 # gain one week. I'm feeling GREAT and starting to really feel the weight loss. I'm doing a lot of planning for holiday meals - I think that will really help. <BR> I'm a mom of 6 (grown) children and 8 grandchildren. It's easier for me... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 20:19:54 EST Sure ... I'm Game ... what cha' gotta do? :) I am looking to get into shape for the summer. I was going to start all this NYE but we (as of today) have 6 weeks to go till that day comes. I figure if I start NOW ... I will Hit The Ground Runnin' come that 6 week mark! <BR> <BR> Yup, I'm ready to kick My Butt~! Fri, 20 Nov 2009 14:32:14 EST Discuss Week 4 Challenge Here! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Please use this thread to discuss Week 4's challenge, creating a game plan to fight Thanksgiving temptations. <BR> <BR> What are your weaknesses? What 3 things will you do to stay on track? Will you enlist others to support your plan? <BR> <BR> Let us know your thoughts! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen <BR> Fri, 20 Nov 2009 06:52:16 EST Week 4 Challenge: Develop a Thanksgiving game plan <b>PLEASE DON'T POST IN THIS THREAD. POST IN THE DISCUSSION THREAD IN THIS FORUM. THANKS!</b> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Can you believe it's already Week 4? This will be the last challenge for the month! <BR> <BR> <b>Week 4's challenge begins on Sunday, November 22nd.</b> <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving is coming! Do you have a plan? While this holiday is a great chance to spend time with loved ones, it's also a great chance to get off-track with a healthy diet. You'll face lots of t... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 06:51:01 EST Exercise Hey everyone! I need some help. I have absolutlely no time to get to the gym, by the time I get home from work I have three kids and a hubby to spend time with. It is also dark by the time I get home. I am looking into exercise machines and or videos...anyone have any stories or products they could tell me about?? I really need to get on this routine before the holidays take ahold of me! Thanks in advance! Thu, 19 Nov 2009 12:08:22 EST My Pedometer is a Great Motivator Hi Spark People <BR> My name is Lyn and I'm from Pretoria, SA, but originally born in England. <BR> I have just joined SparkPeople this week. I am making sure that I record at least 6,000 steps per day and increasing by 100 steps each time I reach my goal. I work at a computer most of the day so I am now making sure that I get some extra exercise <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone for the coming holidays. Thu, 19 Nov 2009 11:45:47 EST advice...please :o) Does anyone know of any good cardio workouts that are simple and can be done indoors? My boyfriend has band practice tonight and our daughter is in bed so I can't go to the gym or leave my house for a walk...I need to stay inside and I feel stuck. Any advice??? Tue, 17 Nov 2009 20:46:10 EST Anyone NOT celebrating the upcoming holidays? We are on the road for Thanksgiving and I am not sure yet about Christmas. My husband is a over the road trucker and I live with him in the truck. I had thought about trying to prepare an extremely limited Thanksgiving dinner, but just can't come up with anything as we are limited in food storage, grocery access, and well, quite frankly, we just don't need all the food. We cook in two lunch box sized ovens, so that makes it difficult to come out with anything...let along be able to get any ... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 16:41:59 EST Hi Im new! Hi everyone! I am so looking forward to this journey in taking off some weight and also making myself more healthy and living a healthier lifestyle for good! I can use all the support I can get since I tend to get off track easily! Looking forward to hearing lots of suggestions! Tue, 17 Nov 2009 00:46:04 EST Any tips for surviving the holidays @ the office? I really enjoyed the "tips for surviving the holidays" thread... <BR> <BR> Any suggestions for the office? I am REALLY struggling... <BR> <BR> from my Nov. 4th blog. <BR> <BR> "My biggest challenge - I have so much temptations I face at work! I work at a company that is famous for cake and cookie mixes, cereals, and yummy snack foods! Almost everyday, the culinary area rolls out trays with their test products, encouraging everyone to try and sending emails that there's free bakery goods. ... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 21:52:20 EST NEW TO THIS TEAM Hi saw this team and new I had to join !!!!!!!! I think it will help me to stay more focused on my goal to loose and during the holidays its hard enough so with team support SHOULD SUCCEED <BR> HAPPY HOLIDAYS ALL OF YOU <em>429</em> <em>446</em> <em>411</em> Sun, 15 Nov 2009 17:56:24 EST Please hellp me HI... I´M LEYLA AND I LIKE SPARK PEOPLE EVEN I´M NEW HERE.. <BR> I TRY TO JOIN ME TO THIS TEAM BECAUSE THE NOVEMBER GOALS. <BR> <BR> BUT, I HAVE NOT CLEAR WHAT IMPLIES THAT I HAVE TO DO. <BR> <BR> SO, IF SOMEONE WANT TO HELLP ME PLEASE.... WHAT I HAVE TO DO IN NOVEMBER? <BR> <BR> THANKS..... <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> OH.... ANOTHER THING.... I´M FROM VENEZUELA AND FOR THAT MY ENGLISH IS NOT SO GOOD BUT I´M WORKING IN THAT... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 11:53:49 EST An Invitation I would like to invite all the members of this team (and all sparkers for that matter) to join my team: <BR> Clean Eats Recipes. We are a team of spark members who are united by a commom belief. Whole, healthy, unprocessed foods. We have several monthly challenges and exchange recipes (ONLY healthy recipes) <BR> Anyhow, if anyone is interested, the link is below in my signature. Fri, 13 Nov 2009 22:18:24 EST I'm up for a challenge! Count me in! Fri, 13 Nov 2009 15:17:07 EST Discuss Week 3 Challenge Here! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Please use this thread to discuss Week 3's challenge, taking time for yourself each day. How's it going? Do you notice that taking some time makes a difference in how you're feeling, your energy level, etc.? <BR> <BR> Let us know your thoughts! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen <BR> Fri, 13 Nov 2009 08:57:44 EST Week 3 Challenge: Taking Time For Yourself <b>PLEASE DON'T POST IN THIS THREAD. POST IN THE DISCUSSION THREAD IN THIS FORUM. THANKS!</b> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> <b>Week 3's challenge begins on Sunday, November 15th.</b> <BR> <BR> The holiday season is a busy time when your stress level can really increase. It's important to take time for yourself all year long, but especially in times like these. Taking even just a few minutes to relax and unwind can improve your mood, give you a burst of energy, and help you tackle th... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 08:55:44 EST HI from Germany My name is Kristin Turner, I currently live and work in Germany. Losing weight has always been hard but i know that i can do it, I'm glad that I have found Spark People because i think that it is going to be a great tool in my weight loss journey. Fri, 13 Nov 2009 04:54:52 EST self-care during the holidays I wanted to bring up the topic of self-care during the holidays. The holidays are filled with calorie traps and too little time to exercise, this is true...but they can also be filled with stress, family squabbles or drama, no down time or relaxation, extra duties on top of an already full schedule etc. I can come up with a plan for diet and erxercise by looking at all the great ideas everyone has shared, my real promblem is doing things to care for myself during this time. I need ideas fo... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 11:10:22 EST walkin is fun! I've been walkin the dog 4 a half hour in the day! Or, should I say she's walkin me! I'm havin fun and burnin calories too! Wed, 11 Nov 2009 20:47:02 EST newbie! Hi, I'm Angela, 26 and weight 242. I need to loose weight for health reasons (prediabetic, high cholesterol) and i also want to look/feel better. <BR> I just got a treadmill and love walking on it. I can't believe i'm saying this, but i actually look forward to working out! <BR> Any tips, advice, anything would be appreciated! Wed, 11 Nov 2009 18:09:39 EST HELP...... My dilema is that I usually have at least one day a week in which I have to work 12 hours. today is a case in point. It is 1:40 Am. and I am getting ready for work. I am working from 3-3.. I work in a factory, and I get hungry. How can I get food that will satisfy me for the 12 hour shift, and still have enough calories left to eat a decent dinner when I get home???? and veggies don't always fill me up..... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 01:50:53 EST Avoiding Holiday Flavored Temptation I have a special weakness for pumpkin flavored anything around this time of year. Does anyone have any healthy alternatives to pumpkin spiced lattes and pumpkin pie? Tue, 10 Nov 2009 22:05:09 EST starting to walk I'm making a stand to start walking the steep hills where I live for a half hour each day thru the Holydays. I really haven't been tracking my nutrition since my best friend died but I haven't gained any weight, I'm just flabby <em>198</em> no, for real, I haven't been doin any weight lifting or cardio, and I smoke. I'm not takin care of myself right now cause I been in a depression but I m committing myself to this walk every day as a start upward! That would be a lot of progress 4 me! <em... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 07:16:44 EST New from Minnesota "Oh ya" I'm finding it difficult to keep from eating when i'm bored which is not hard to become when it's cold outside. I have lot's of exercise equipment but all the sudden lost interest. I lost 20lbs easily and was excited about exercise but all the sudden have no energy. Any suggestions. Mon, 9 Nov 2009 17:38:08 EST Friends can not show up for Thanksgiving I am really bummed out tonight, I just found out that very good friends of ours won't be here for Thanksgiving. I'm not mad, well maybe a little, but I know it is something out of their control but I am disappointed, I had so many plans for us to do together and that just got shot down. I know I'll get over it, I guess I just need to vent. I still love them all to death and maybe we can spend New Year's together, well here's hoping. <em>39</em> Sun, 8 Nov 2009 20:03:19 EST My weigh in day today, Good day everyone, I must say I am very happy this morning today is my weigh in day and i am down 1.5 pounds not a lot but every little adds up,and I did work fowards it this past week, I workout every day last week 7 for 7,but today I am taking off, have a wonderful week day team,Olive Sun, 8 Nov 2009 12:35:20 EST Need an accountability Buddy thought it would be a good idea to start this thread for any of us that need an accountability buddy that checks in alot to sparkmail thanks!heres hoping ! <em>214</em> Sat, 7 Nov 2009 15:40:15 EST Alcohol and the Holidays Hi! <BR> My major stumbling block for the holidays is alcohol. Alcohol is at every social function I go to during the holidays and its hard to resist. But, one, it is full of calories without any nutritional value, and two, I often eat more when I am drinking (we've all heard this before). It also makes me feel tired the next day and more likely to overeat again and not exercise. <BR> <BR> What I've started doing (when I can control myself) is drinking a beer and then going into the ba... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 12:10:43 EST Thanksgiving joy and traditions (non-food) For me, one of the challenges of being healthy during this season is that so many of our holiday traditions involve food. I'm hoping that planning indulgences and fun that doesn't focus on food will result in a happier, healthier experience for me and my family. <BR> <BR> What does your family do to celebrate Thanksgiving(other than eat :) ? <BR> <BR> This year I'm thinking of a nice stroll in the afternoon when the whole world is quiet at home - maybe looking for especially pretty leaves... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 11:17:18 EST Discuss Week 2 Challenge Here! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Use this thread to discuss Week 2's challenge that begins on Sunday, November 8th. <BR> <BR> The challenge is to plan meals ahead. As the week goes on, do you notice planning ahead helps you stick to your program more easily? Are there any negatives you've found with trying to plan ahead? <BR> <BR> Discuss this week's challenge here! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Fri, 6 Nov 2009 09:16:32 EST Week 2 Challenge: Planning Ahead <b>PLEASE DON'T POST IN THIS THREAD. USE THE WEEK 2 DISCUSSION THREAD IN THIS FORUM. THANKS!</b> <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Thanks so much for all of your weekly challenge suggestions! There were some great ones! <BR> <BR> Week 2's Challenge will begin on Sunday, November 8th. <BR> <BR> <b>Your challenge is to plan meals ahead- either for the whole week, or one day at a time. The choice is yours.</b> <BR> <BR> This is the time of year when we start to get really busy. There's ... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 09:15:01 EST How'z bout those sweets? When it comes 2 Holiday sweets I'm a real ouch! But since I joined, I expect do better this year! Thu, 5 Nov 2009 16:15:56 EST ~~Our Christmas Wish List~~ Thought it might be fun to start a 'What I Want for Christmas' wish list. It can be material goods or otherwise... <BR> <BR> My Christmas Wish List: <BR> <BR> 1. Motivation, Ambition and Perseverance to last the whole of 2010. (I believe this will arrive in abundance due to making wise choice after wise choice!) <BR> <BR> 2. A nice treadmill, doesn't have to have lots of bells and whistles, just give me a good workout. <BR> <BR> 3. A hearing aid for my husband :o) Had to throw that one in... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 11:36:19 EST Weekly Challenge Suggestions? Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I've got some ideas in mind for upcoming weekly challenges, but also wanted to get input from you. So if you have ideas for challenges to help us get through the holidays sucessfully, post them here! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Thu, 5 Nov 2009 07:13:29 EST New from Oklahoma Hey all! My name is Ashley. I'm a previous SP member, and was with Spark for 2 years before I decided I needed a break. It just got too time consuming for me. I was a multiple team leader, and crunched everyone else's numbers. It got to where I was spending more time in front of the computer than actually exercising and taking care of myself. I'm back now, and ready to kick the holidays in the butt! I'm going to develop these healthier habits BEFORE the end of the year so next year will be th... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 11:57:46 EST Holiday Challenge Forum Walk, run, jog or ride bike to take some food to a food bank, Salvation Army, church food bank, or a needy relative/friend or homeless once a week in Nov. and Dec. <BR> <BR> I took dried foods this week as they are lighter. But have canned ravioli for next week. <em>182</em> <em>217</em> <em>206</em> <em>237</em> <em>429</em> <em>460</em> Mon, 2 Nov 2009 11:40:56 EST 1st weekly challenge I drink lots of soda, from regular to diet, with or without caffeine. <BR> So my challenge to myself is to NOT drink soda for one week. If anyone would like to join me...WELCOME! <BR> <BR> Noe Mon, 2 Nov 2009 10:23:52 EST Week 1 Goal My Week 1 Goal: <BR> <BR> 1) Not hit the snooze button in the morning and use that 20 minutes to do an exercise video to get my morning started right <BR> 2) Cardio 5 days a week <BR> 3) Get below 200lbs by the end of November Mon, 2 Nov 2009 09:34:58 EST Hello! Hi! I have been a Spark member since September. I struggle with the holidays. I love to bake for my family and of course think it is not Christmas unless I do. But I have to ask myself if I am baking just for my family or am I doing it because I love to eat goodies! I look forward to being apart of this team and hope we can help one another during this tempting time of the year as well as all year long. I know I need lots of HELP! Sun, 1 Nov 2009 20:33:42 EST I'm in charge! Its my holiday mantra. I am in charge! And to start off, I am having thanksgiving at my house, so I can have some control over what's cooked and how. So I can use skim milk instead of whole in the mashed potatoes, and I can't believe its not butter instead of Real Butter in the stuffing. I also found a great recipe for sweet potatoes that doesn't call for sugar and marshmallows. <BR> <BR> The at work temptations are probably going to be easier this year. I only work on the weekends, and the... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 17:34:05 EST Hello :) Hello, I'm back to spark people. I started it a long time ago and decided to try it again to lose my baby weight. I have a 10 month old boy who is my whole world! So I'm joping to have fun, meet people, and get healthier! Sun, 1 Nov 2009 10:27:06 EST yay! It was a battle, but I managed to not eat a single piece of candy this Halloween!! I feel proud. :] Sat, 31 Oct 2009 22:48:11 EST Holiday weight loss challenge This challenge will be for the month of Nov. to the end of Dec. Anything loss over 8 pounds during this time will be a real BONUS! Also---for every pound you lose, give a friend a GOODIE in memory of that lost pound and---for every pound you gain, CONFESS to a friend that you have welcomed that pound back. <BR> Do you agree to this <em>429</em> <em>460</em> (original idea credit goes to NUTNFANCY of Northeast Arkansas Sparks) Sat, 31 Oct 2009 10:50:01 EST It's all about committment. Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Samantha. I've been with Spark People for a few years now, but just recently became active and consistent on the site. It seems I'm on again/off again while following my husband's deployment schedule. We are Navy. HOWEVER...he's home now and I'm still here so I'm pretty excited about it. <BR> <BR> I've made a committment and that feels awesome. <BR> <BR> The holidays can be hectic, but I have high hopes that I'll be fine! Sat, 31 Oct 2009 09:35:30 EST Newbie... Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm new to this Team. I am looking forward to the Holiday Season, but I don't want to give into the temptation of eating all the "goodies" that come with it. I hope to find much needed advice here and motivation to stay on track. <BR> <BR> God Bless! <BR> EffieD Fri, 30 Oct 2009 11:20:52 EST A Goal for the November <em>465</em> <em>426</em> I, Susan, being of semi-sound mind and determined spirit, hereby declare my goal for the month of November! <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> On every day with the exception of Thanksgiving, I will stay within my calorie range. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> Fri, 30 Oct 2009 11:20:42 EST New to the Team I'm Catherine and I have lost 90 lbs! I am on maintenance and want and need all the support and encouragement I can get. I am also a giver so count on me! <em>9</em> Fri, 30 Oct 2009 11:01:56 EST Holiday Meal Planning - Managing Expectations I'm hosting the big holiday meals this year as I have in the past - but this year, I want to make it healthier for everyone. <BR> I can manage to make a few substitutions and "slim down" the main course and side dishes. But how can I make those sweet traditional items that everyone expects - so that it meets their expectations? One candy in particular (peanut butter/butter/powdered sugar/almond bark) is nearly a legendary tradition in my family - and I have already been getting requests! ... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 07:16:10 EST reformed (hopefully) holiday baker here Hi all! <BR> My name's Lila, and I have a problem with the holidays. I love to cook decadent things. As in, Southern Living, throw the whole dozen eggs into that torte kind of problem. I need to find away to get through this holiday season without the horrible caloric value of my favorite recipes. Hoping this team will help! Wed, 28 Oct 2009 21:39:46 EST New to the team, Hi my name is Olive I am new to the team but not new to sparkpeople, I would love to join your team I am a very active person, I just get back from my vac I was away for three months gain back some of my weight,so I am back in the gym working out hard and eating healthy, I love challenges and I do challenge my self at time, <BR> I have one son and a new Granddaughter I am married and I will be celebrating my 57th on 10/30 just a few days from now,if its ok for me to join your team th... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 17:48:21 EST Sharing Words to Encourage, Inspire & Motivate Please join me in sharing some words <BR> to encourage, Inspire and motivate through the holidays and onward Wed, 28 Oct 2009 12:49:30 EST Exercise 5 days during the first week of November Sticking to my exercise regimen is becomming very difficult, but with the holidays comming up i have taken on a new attitude. I have committed myself to exercising 5 days during the first week of November. THIS IS MY TIME TO SHINE!!!! <em>244</em> Wed, 28 Oct 2009 09:42:23 EST I am new to this team! =) My name is Laura.....I am full of energy, and I love Life! Every day is fresh with inspiration to be creative. <BR> <BR> I have been with SP for almost 4 months now, and consider this a really special place in cyberspace! I have accomplished my goal to lose 50#s, and now I am journeying towards the end of my ultimate goal -- to be fit, lean and down to 145#s........just 6 more #s! I am just a breath away from my 60# goal! <BR> I feel so "Alive"!! ....and whole. <BR> <BR> I look forward to... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 22:12:31 EST week 1 goal My goal for November is to lose 6 lbs by sticking to my calorie goals and working out 4-5 times per week. My goal for week one is to lose at least 1 lb and eat healthy, exercise at least 4 times for 30minutes each and get enough sleep to feel rested...not an easy goal while working three 12 hour nights in a row. Tue, 27 Oct 2009 15:46:53 EST Pam G says it's about time to put myself FIRST! I've been aware of this web site since a volunteer worked in my office in an attempt to set up a wellness program for our company. Due to the downsizing and non-committment of the remaining workers the program did not get launched. I finally decided to bring my own moral up by starting with myself and sought this site out and started walking and watching what I eat. It's working, but I do not make the time for formal exercise and I sit at a computer most of the day. I am finding this site... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 15:11:26 EST introduction to the team Hi, I'm Kris and I have been with spark for one week. I love a challenge and the upcoming holiday season is definitely that. This team is just what I need. Tue, 27 Oct 2009 12:36:56 EST Tips for surviving the holidays? Post them here! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Use this thread to share tips on how to get through the holidays while staying on track with your health and fitness goals! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Tue, 27 Oct 2009 12:12:28 EST Discuss your Week 1 Challenge here! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Use this thread to discuss the Week 1 challenge. Let us know what your goal is for the month and how you plan to reach that goal. <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Tue, 27 Oct 2009 12:09:46 EST Week 1 Challenge: Set a goal for the month <b>PLEASE DON'T RESPOND TO THIS POST. THANKS!</b> <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Your Week 1 Challenge begins on Sunday, November 1st. <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to create a goal for the month related to the temptations/stress/etc. of the holidays. What do you want to accomplish this month? What's your primary reason for joining the team? <BR> <BR> It's important to make your goal specific and then start to develop a plan for how you're going to reach that goal. Here's a few arti... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 12:08:41 EST Introduce Yourself to the Team! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> If you haven't already, please use this thread to introduce yourself to the Team and let us know why you're here. I'll get us started: <BR> <BR> I'm Coach Jen. I've been with SP for almost 5 years, and I'm excited to be leading this challenge! The holidays are tough for me. I LOVE sweets- cookies, cake, candy- you name it. So I'm hoping this challenge will help me stay on track through the new year. <BR> <BR> Welcome to the group! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Tue, 27 Oct 2009 11:30:05 EST Ready for a test? Try this quiz! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Here's the Holiday Calories quiz to get you thinking about how to make healthy choices through the new year: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_questions.asp?quizid=38 </link> <BR> <BR> Take the quiz and let us know how you did! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Tue, 27 Oct 2009 11:25:44 EST SP Articles and More <b>PLEASE DON'T RESPOND TO THIS THREAD. THANKS!</b> <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Here are a few articles and a slideshow with great tips to get through the holidays: <BR> <BR> Lose Weight Over the Holidays <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1241 </link> <BR> <BR> 10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=978 </link> <BR> <BR> Holiday Cookie Calorie Showdown (SLIDESHOW) <BR> <... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 11:23:23 EST Healthy Holidays Survival Guide <b>PLEASE DON'T RESPOND TO THIS THREAD. THANKS!</b> <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> The Healthy Holidays Survival Guide has TONS of great information to help you get through this time of year. Here's a link to check it out: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=479 </link> <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Tue, 27 Oct 2009 11:15:39 EST Slim Quick Has anyone tried Slim Quick and had any results, today is my first day trying and i am taking a colon cleanser at night. Tue, 27 Oct 2009 09:24:53 EST easy to get distracted here! I'm excited about a new motivation to lose weight! I love to be organized, and I'm looking forward to using the menu-planning tools (wow, there are so MANY things to explore!) Hopefully I'll be able to use a combination of the meal suggestions on the site, and my own recipes, and then click on the grocery list & print the menu even though it's the combination. It's going to take a long time at first, to get organized, and decide which links to use, how often, etc.! Tue, 27 Oct 2009 09:18:32 EST Challenge: 2 Fold Halloween Challenge 1. Eat no Halloween Candy: Oct.26 - Nov. 7 <BR> <BR> 2. 1 Pound Down Challenge: Report loss week of November 1st to the 7th. <BR> <BR> Post Daily or every couple of days, how you are doing with the no candy challenge. <BR> <BR> Cherie Sat, 24 Oct 2009 15:54:58 EST Weight Loss! Whoooo Hooooo!!! Report your losses, if you turtle(stay the same), or if you gain. <BR> <BR> What helped? What hurt? Wed, 21 Oct 2009 18:40:40 EST Is it really that soon?! I was blissfully unaware how quickly the holidays were approaching. I get irritated by the christmas decorations which appear in shops in September and so I try to ignore it as long as possible. <BR> <BR> And then, I was planning a 10 week program at work and realised that I can't fit it in before christmas-it starts next week and we can only do 9 weeks before christmas. Argh! <BR> <BR> This all means that I can't sit around and pretend that I will run tomorrow, or that the ice cream won'... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 04:46:23 EST Halloween is the start of temptation Halloween candy is the start of holiday temptation. It just excellerates from there until after my birthday January 4th. I love the holidays but eating sensibly is tough. Sat, 17 Oct 2009 14:50:32 EST Candy Dishes Ugh... I get to work this morning and everyone has Halloween candy on their desks in cute little pumpkin dishes. Resisting the "good chocolate" is going to be a major challenge for me! Mon, 12 Oct 2009 14:24:20 EST Keeping my gut in check! Hi everyone! Very excited for this team! The holidays are fast approaching, and it is my favorite time to cook (and of course eat the fruits of my labor!). I'm not going to do that this year and regret it later. Just gotta exercise some portion control. I can hear Prince singing now! Wahhhhhh, portion control! Haha, my husband always sings that when we are cooking. <BR> <BR> Well, looking forward to working with all of you to get through these holidays! Wed, 30 Sep 2009 15:22:35 EST SHARING * GREETINGS * Hi and Hello* <em>188</em> **GREETINGS** Everyone.... <BR> <BR> I know our leader will be sharing with us in November... I just thought would be nice until then to have a place to join together and share.... <BR> <BR> <BR> blessings Everyone ~~Deby Thu, 24 Sep 2009 17:00:00 EST Please Introduce Yourself to the Team.... <em>220</em> Thu, 24 Sep 2009 16:52:42 EST Holidays OH MY!!!! My friends call me Maggie and I have been a member of Spark People since March 17,09. I can't believe that the holidays are upon us. I am really concerned that I may not get through them with out some help here. I have been doing pretty well since I started with SP and I want to continue with that. I love meeting new people and I hope that I can be helpful to this team also. I am a certified water aerobics instructor and I tech class 3 X a week. I am also going to the Spark Convention i... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 00:39:56 EST Surviving the Holidays? I just joined SP in April, so this year will be my first Holiday Season. I am concerned that I will gain weight during this time. It almost scares me. I want to survive the holidays with out having to re-lose some of the same pounds I already lost. I think I would be happy with just maintaining. Anyone have any tricks that have worked in the past? Tue, 4 Aug 2009 01:03:53 EST