SparkPeople Healthy Canada Team Messageboard Just a friendly group for fellow Canadians to join in the fun. Let's see how we do in the rankings! Come chat with us on the boards. Let's get healthy together. Click the link below :) SparkPeople Healthy Canada Team Messageboard New Brunswick travel tips Hi! I'm going to a wedding near Fredericton in August. I hope to have a couple days to boot around for hiking and bird watching. I've searched online...there are quite a few nature areas! <BR> <BR> If you've hiked in New Brunswick, please let me know what you liked! Thanks! Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:32:57 EST Hi! Greeting from Ponoka, Alberta <img src=""> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 15:25:29 EST Hello, from the Okanagan! I have been a long time member of SP, Been absent for sometime. I am happy to say I reached my goal weight, losing 115 pounds. When it comes to loosing extra poundage I am happy it is gone. I have come back to Spark People to make sure I stay at goal weight. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 07:01:36 EST You know winter is on its way when... I know that winter is on the way when the dog walkers wear hats and gloves. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 07:41:35 EST Hello from Quebec Hello <BR> I am from Quebec and on and off SP from 2009. <BR> I am losing weight and getting healthy again. <BR> Like to be a part of a Canadian spark team <BR> KazA Sat, 6 Sep 2014 08:44:21 EST Hello from Barrie HI, <BR> <BR> My name is Jan and I am a single, disabled mom with 1 teenage child at home. I have a passion for life and enjoy many diverse things. <BR> <BR> I enjoy politics ( which right now is particularly interesting), I enjoy speaking about Religion of which I spent 3 years at the U of Toronto studying. I enjoy quilting, knitting, crocheting, counted cross stitch, crafting for my church, amongst other things. <BR> <BR> I enjoy reading, especially my Bible and Christian books. They gi... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 11:36:46 EST Hello From Alberta Hello, to everyone! Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:18:01 EST genetically modified foods? Hi everyone <BR> I am Lori I am from Kitchener I have been back on Sparkpeople for a couple of months and really am enjoying it. I have learned so much this time around. I have been trying to eat healthy and help my family clean up their diets too. <BR> I have been researching genetically modified foods. Terribly scared stuff. <BR> It has gotten me so fired up I have been emailing politicians and government agencies. Which is so not like me, but sometime things strike you, and this has ... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 20:41:51 EST Looking for Canadian Success Success Stories! Hi Healthy Canada Team, <BR> <BR> My name is Terri Vian and I work for SparkPeople in the Public Relations dept. We have recently received a new media request that I would like to bring to your Team's attention. Huffington Post/ Canada Healthy Living is beginning a new feature on their online news source featuring weight loss success stories. The criteria? Well, you must be Canadian for starters! They would prefer over 100 lbs. lost; however, they will accept any loss over 50 lbs. at th... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:26:48 EST Hello from Alberta! I started the program yesterday, so I'm very new to the site! I wish everyone success! Fri, 31 Aug 2012 20:57:16 EST Anyone from Orillia? Age 55+? More than 13 years ago I lived in Orillia worked for a bank..looking to connect with long lost friends...could that be you? Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:14:03 EST Hello from BC! Hello everyone! <BR> My name is Danielle and I currently live in the Lowermain Land. I grew up in the interior (Boundary/Kootenay area). <BR> I've used SP before, but only the nutrition and fitness tracker. I'm thinking the reason the weight loss didn't catch on the first few times was because I wasn't active in the community. <BR> Good luck on your journey's everyone!! <BR> <em>636</em> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 18:10:30 EST Here in Michigan! 5/7--in Upper Peninsula of Michigan- Thu, 23 Aug 2012 09:52:53 EST Greetings from Ottawa Hi there <BR> <BR> Thought I would introduce myself to the group. Orginally from NS, lived all over US and Canada and a retired Construction Engineer. My husband and I have a great 10 year old son and we all love athletics whether it be as a group or individual. Currently I am training for a triatholon - half Iron Man. I did one last year and loved it. The only part I am no keen on is the running but hey who says you can't walk a little. <BR> <BR> Have a great day....we are off to the... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 08:15:28 EST Hello from Southern Ontario Hi - I'm Gail, originally from Nova Scotia but now living north-east of Toronto. Married for the 2nd time, 4 children, 2 grandsons. Looking forward to meeting others and sharing our weight loss journey. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 18:41:59 EST Hi I am new hey I am from Winnipeg I am a 37 yr old married with 4 kids under the age of 5. My wife and I run half marathons. I am very proud to be a canadian Tue, 5 Jun 2012 15:27:26 EST hello from Toronto but Vancouver bound Hi my name is Miriam and glad to join this community. I was born and raised in the Toronto area but working on heading out west to the Vancouver area (sooner the better but need to be realistic about timing too). Looking to get healthy in the process too! Sun, 22 Apr 2012 23:38:20 EST Name Game, the capital letter starts next name. elizaBeth - barbAra Fri, 6 Apr 2012 07:34:11 EST Conga Game, last two letters begins next word. sunshiNE - neweST <BR> <BR> staTE - Fri, 6 Apr 2012 07:32:05 EST Good Morning from eastern Canada Hi Everyone! <BR> My name is Patricia and I have lost my spark.... I had joined SP before looking for support to help me lose weight, but as you may know, life happened. Elderly parents/in-laws became ill and passed on, DH and I moved, retired, had surgery, and much more. <BR> <BR> So, this time I set up my Spark Page, but received no comments and I wondered why..... I guess I thought that was all I had to do, but that did not get me very far. <BR> So here I am again this morning sendi... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 09:28:55 EST LOL- Just read the label :-)!!! This from a member of another Spark team: <BR> <BR> Check your shampoo bottle label. <BR> I don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner. <BR> <BR> It's the shampoo I use in the shower! <BR> <BR> When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body and <BR> (duh!) printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning: <BR> FOR EXTRA VOLUME AND BODY <BR> <BR> No wonder I have been gaining weight! <BR> Well! I have gotten rid of that shampoo and I am going to start using <... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 16:14:39 EST Pity the poor horses! <link><BR>109375--supersized-saddles-find-home-o<BR>n-the-range-as-americans-get-fat </link> <BR> <BR> Just a thought- maybe getting off the horse and walking might do the trick plus the horse's back and knees would get a break. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 10:33:26 EST Hi my name is Roger I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. I started walking in April of 2011 and weighed 230 lbs, I dropped to 205 lbs and hit <BR> a plateau that I could not break, even when I tried a bit of jogging with my walks, thats when I started to track my <BR> meals and learned that my body was in starvation mode. After a week I have dropped to 203 lbs and noticed I have been lacking in protein, so looking for ideas to bring that up in line. - Roger Fri, 30 Dec 2011 18:32:05 EST SPARKS RALLY IN MONTREAL, CANADA Are there any Montrealers on this site. If so would you be interested in joining us for a rally. If you are interested, please contact me. Dianne, Team Leader Sparks Montreal. <BR> <BR> Would love to have you join us. Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:55:33 EST A warning for the guys! This from today's globe and Mail: <BR> <link><BR>new-health/health-nutrition/leslie-bec<BR>k/vitamin-e-supplements-linked-to-pros<BR>tate-cancer/article2197389/ </link> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 13:42:05 EST Facts About Food <link><BR>6/10-facts-about-foods-might-surprise-<BR>you?utm_source=lw_eNL&utm_medium=email<BR>&utm_campaign=lw-oct-v1_en_emc </link> <BR> <BR> I received this in my email today from Healthy Living. I knew most of the facts but didn't realize that leaving cut vegetables out for 10min prior to cooking increases the nutrition. That was interesting. Thu, 6 Oct 2011 14:24:13 EST Facts About Food <link><BR>6/10-facts-about-foods-might-surprise-<BR>you?utm_source=lw_eNL&utm_medium=email<BR>&utm_campaign=lw-oct-v1_en_emc </link> <BR> <BR> I received this in my email today from Healthy Living. I knew most of the facts but didn't realize that leaving cut vegetables out for 10min prior to cooking increases the nutrition. That was interesting. Thu, 6 Oct 2011 14:23:25 EST The Beauty of Water Just some quick facts about water: <BR> 1. Kids need more water than adults in proportion to their body size so keep them sipping. <BR> 2. Water has ZERO calories- IF YOU REPLACE ONE CAN OF SODA WITH WATER EVERY DAY FOR A YEAR YOU WILL CUT 50,000 CALORIES! <BR> 3. Adults need 1.5 to 2 litres of water daily. <BR> 4. Water represents 73% of the brain and the heart, 71% of the liver, 79% of muscles, 64% of skin and 83% of our lungs- DRINK UP TO STAY HYDRATED. <BR> 5. Start the day with water, de... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 09:03:30 EST Hungry OR just bored? <link><BR>/ </link> <BR> Next time you reach for a snack or maybe a whole meal stop and ask yourself AM I REALLY HUNGRY OR...? Sun, 2 Oct 2011 18:55:35 EST The Canadian Sugar Fix You'll be surprised and I hope appalled: <link><BR>new-health/health-news/sweet-heavens-s<BR>tatscan-finds-average-canadian-eats-26<BR>-tsp-of-sugar-a-day/article2174438/ </link> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:10:29 EST Greetings from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories Greetings...hope to find others from the North on this Team. Just made a huge pot of Southwestern Chicken Vegetable Soup for work tomorrow and am now fending off a four legged critter who seems to think my keyboard is his domain... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 21:44:21 EST Enough Already!- Chicken Wing Record Yes team, I want to throw up. I just read that a US woman has just set a world's record by eating 183 chicken wings in 12 minutes. What!!! No wonder we're in the shape we are in- stupid, stupid, stupid! <em>40</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>24</em> <em>198</em> <em>234</em> Mon, 5 Sep 2011 13:19:46 EST Harvest It has been some time since I have posted anything here. Summer has been busy here in Saskatchewan as always when you live on a grain/cattle farm. We are now well into harvest with bountiful crops and beautiful weather. It's difficult to find the time to fit in a walk and there is also lots of baking, jelly making etc. going onm as well as helping to drive grain trucks - and that's usually when I'm done my work day in the city! With the arrival of September I am looking forward to a bit of a ... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 11:25:50 EST Outdoor activities!! Hello everyone! <BR> Well here we go moving into Autumn already....and all across our country we can feel the chill in the night air starting to happen! <BR> Let's make the most of it and list our daily outdoor activities from now until the end of September!! <BR> Copy and paste the following and add your outdoor activity (with the date) to the top! <BR> (I'm writing this in the wee hours of the I'll post what I did yesterday) <BR> <BR> August 26 Bike Riding Sat, 27 Aug 2011 06:16:10 EST What locally grown fruit or veggies are you eating Hi Everyone! <BR> Love this time of year!! <BR> The blueberries are!!! <BR> Baby carrots from the garden, we still have some fresh peas, and raspberries! YUM! <BR> What are you enjoying that either you've grown or have bought from a local farmer?? Tue, 9 Aug 2011 15:52:56 EST Hi from Manitoba! I'm new to the site but not to Spark People. Glad I found you, should be fun! I'm a life long, health, fitness nut and now that I am 52 it is sure paying off. Feel better than I did when I was in my 30s. Sun, 7 Aug 2011 14:17:12 EST Hello From Nova Scotia Canada Hi, I never knew that there was a Place where you can post where you are from..I live in Nova Scotia, and have also lived in a few other provinces growing up. I am a stay at home mom that has alot of free time on my hands. My goal is to loss 100lbs over the next year and I know with support and fitness I can achieve my goal. I work out at a gym in Truro Nova Scotia and it has been going great, I have lost 1.5 lbs so far and will be looking forwards to losing more.. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:23:07 EST Manitoba here I have a lot of weight to lose and it's a slow go of it. <BR> <BR> Irene Mon, 25 Jul 2011 02:03:29 EST Describe the hiking/biking trail that you love.... Hello everyone! <BR> Use this thread to describe your favorite hiking/biking/kayaking/canoeing trail, path or route that you love to explore while we have our great summer weather! <BR> This will give us all ideas of the fantastic places we have in Canada ~ right across our country and allow each of us a chance to travel through another's "eyes"! <BR> <BR> We have an amazing sea walk that travels from the southern tip of our community right into the heart of our town ~it's well used and is... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 11:37:01 EST Hello from Vancouver Island! I'm starting up again ~ aiming to regain a healthy focus and enjoy our amazing Canadian summer! Does anyone want to start a "summer travel" group where we could describe our hiking, biking (etc) destinations? It would be a great way to travel through others "eyes". I'll post this on our team's site to see if others are interested as well. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 11:29:09 EST Walk to dogs challenge hi Team! <BR> <BR> I'm making an effort to be more involved in the team again. I need the support and I enjoy giving support to all of you. We\re all in this together and for the same reasons - to be healthy Canadians! <BR> <BR> I'm finding it a challenge to fit in walking the dogs along with my daily commute, looking after the home, the yard, the boy's soccer practices etc. I figure I'm likely not the only one who struggles to fit it all in, so I'm starting a walk the dogs challenge. I've ... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 22:17:35 EST Lunch Ideas!!! Hello Canucks! <BR> <BR> I'm starting to get bored with lunches. I don't usually take left overs because we try to make just enough for meals. I also really don't care much for sandwiches or wraps. It's getting a little too hot for soup! <BR> I do like salads that can be kept in the fridge for a few days like Tabouleh or salads of tomatoes, cucumbers & feta etc. <BR> <BR> What do you eat for lunch? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking maybe just some fruit & yogurt. Crackers and cheese etc. Veggies &... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 18:56:58 EST Canada Day food (poutine doesn't work in my plan!) I hope you all will humour me by considering me an honourary Canadian. I am actually from Los Angeles, but I feel like I was born just a little too far south. I can't be the only one! <BR> <BR> Last year, my partner and I celebrated Canada Day for the first time. We drank Moosehead, watched Strange Brew, and enjoyed a veganized version of poutine. (Typing that out, it sounds pretty ridiculous. I assure you, we celebrated with the utmost respect.) The poutine was oh so delicious and cal... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 18:38:38 EST Hello, I'm looking for a buddy! Hello. I'm in need of a buddy from Canada. I used to have a buddy in the US but due to texting rates it's not working anymore. I need someone I can text. I prefer a female around my weight (304) and my age (23). I struggle a lot with motivating myself but I'm good with motivating others. Please post on my wall or sparkmail me if interested in talk a bit. Thanks! <BR> <BR> -- <BR> Michele <BR> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:32:53 EST I'm not new, but I think it's time to re-introduce Hello friends! <BR> <BR> I've been MIA for a while and it's time I get back to the basics. My name is Melanie, I'm 36 and I live in Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. We just moved here from Halifax in December because I choose to transfer with my job. We really love it here! We have one child and 2 dogs. <BR> <BR> I've been with SP for just over 5 years. I've lost & gained 35 pounds in that time. Since January I have lost 9 pounds with the help of Weight Watchers. Right now, I'm at 203pds.... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 19:43:31 EST Canucks or Bruins- who will win? Who are you cheering for- or are you the rare Canadian who doesn't have hockey fever at the moment? Thu, 2 Jun 2011 08:00:38 EST How many log in points? How many log in points did you get on the wheel? Fri, 27 May 2011 23:47:55 EST Food for Thought <link><BR>-button/want-fries-with-that-youre-lik<BR>ely-a-conservative/article2037085 </link> <BR> <BR> Something to ponder as you prepare your next meal and reflect on the politics of our country. <em>211</em> <em>4</em> Fri, 27 May 2011 11:33:06 EST Hi! Hi, all! <BR> <BR> My name is Christina. I am a Canadian stay at home Mom of a 5 and 6 year old. I grew up in NS, but now live in MB. We are in the process of getting my son diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. I suffer from social anxiety and have only recently begun leaving my home to meet other people. My husband suffers from depression and anxiety & works at Hooters as a manager. I volunteer at my children's school a couple of times a week, and I am also an executive member of the board for my loca... Sat, 21 May 2011 13:10:51 EST Just getting started HI everyone, just started here on Sparks two days ago the meal tracker is going fine, can't believe how much food I was eating before, especially snacking at night. But by tracking my food I'm full and able to stay on track . Hope to be able to bring my sugar under control with out meds. and lose weight. I live in Southern Ontario and finally the last two days have been very nice, tomorrow is suppose to be rain, and all next week a chance, But eh this is better than what Slave Lake has gone ... Sat, 21 May 2011 11:14:52 EST Singers Who are your favourite male and female singers? Any particular songs? Thu, 19 May 2011 14:53:36 EST New and stuggling Hi there I am a mom of 2 beautiful girls 3 and 18 months old and I really haven't had anytime for myself. I still don't to be honest but my health is really suffering and I am prediabetic. I know I will feel better once I lose some weight and gain some energy back. Its the getting started that I am struggling with, no energy as my blood sugar is high and not sleeping enough. My husband works out of town so I am single parenting 4 days a week with no breaks! So I just wanted to say hello and ... Thu, 19 May 2011 14:34:02 EST vcary57 cary for short I have Multiply Myeloma which is a blood cancer. I never realized that there were so many types of cancer in the world and I had to find a rare one. I have been over weight for 30 years at one time I was 310 lbs now I am 270 I have been trying to loose for 20 years and the most I have loss is 80 lbs but gained most back. I have stayed at or around 265 until I found out about the cancer. I have not loss weight with chemo like everyone said I would. It seem to be the best way to loose at first ... Wed, 11 May 2011 12:22:40 EST Self Defense Many years ago I had to defend myself from a raging boar in a pig barn. I was helping my dad vaccinate some wiener pigs,they were squealing and the boar in the next pen jumped the fence and came after us. My reaction was to kick him as hard as I could- his snout was very hard and I broke my toe. He did turn tail though which gave us time to escape. <BR> Anyone else have a a crazy and maybe harrowing experience that turned out well? Wed, 11 May 2011 08:57:28 EST Greetings! Just wanted to introduce myself as a returning member to SparkPeople. It has been quite a long time since I have been to the site and am starting afresh. I look forward to accomplishing my weight loss/control goals plus meeting new friends and learning from them. <BR> <BR> Wishing all members who are mothers, a Happy Mothers' Day! Fri, 6 May 2011 09:52:24 EST Greetings! Just wanted to introduce myself as a returning member to SparkPeople. It has been quite a long time since I have been to the site and am starting afresh. I look forward to accomplishing my weight loss/control goals plus meeting new friends and learning from them. <BR> <BR> Wishing all members who are mothers, a Happy Mothers' Day! Fri, 6 May 2011 09:50:22 EST 10 Ways to Increase Your Energy Levels Briefly from an article in a local paper this week- 10 easy ways to get your energy levels up: <BR> <BR> 1) Ditch strict schedules and allow yourself to work on those things that are most appealing to you when you are under stress. <BR> 2) Sleep in the dark. Absolute pitch black if possible- even small amounts of light will reset your biological clock. <BR> 3) Eat sufficient brain food. Think fish (as in wild salmon, mackerel,anchovies) and dark green leafy veggies to enhance your energy a... Sun, 1 May 2011 15:28:39 EST What are your fitness goals for May? Thought I would set some personal goals for May 2011. <BR> <BR> • Add stretching and weight training into my days. Stretching every day, weights every other. <BR> <BR> • Each week make sure I have done something active with my family (at least 3X each week). A bike ride, a walk or even throwing a frisbee around. <BR> <BR> • Each week have at least one or more, truly hard, workouts. <BR> <BR> • Try a new fitness activity this month. Something out of the norm. <BR> Play in a soccer game, g... Sun, 1 May 2011 12:54:11 EST Hello From Brantford!!!! Hi, I’m Joan Minnery. I am a recovering food addict and I have a story to tell… <BR> <BR> I’ve spent my whole life being an overweight person. Sure, I’ve had times when I’ve been thin but I’ve spent the better part of my 45 years, in the thick of things. In August of 2010, I decided that I am no longer going to be a victim of my own self. I made a promise to myself, to my son, my family and my friends, that I was going to stop watching them in fear of my health and take control of the most ... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 10:51:29 EST Careers When we are kids we dream about who or what we want to be when we grow up. Have your dreams come true? Thu, 28 Apr 2011 08:39:27 EST New comer... Hi everyone! <BR> I'm new on here and I'd like to have a buddy :) Tue, 26 Apr 2011 13:11:02 EST Colours April 14 ???? <BR> <BR> What is your favourite colour? Your least favourite? Thu, 14 Apr 2011 14:19:37 EST Happy to be here! Hello fellow Sparkies, <BR> <BR> As my topic reads, I am happy to be here with you! I am also truly overwhelmed by what lies ahead. I am excited, but scared also. <BR> <BR> I am fast-approaching my 41st birthday - it is just over one week away. I currently weigh in at 190 lbs. I work, don't have children (I avoid dating & meeting new people because of my feelings about my weight). Therefore I have loads of free time & no excuses not to use it! Yet I am bursting at the seams at 190 & am ter... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 15:24:26 EST Kitchen Utensils What is your "can't do without" favourite kitchen utensil? Thu, 7 Apr 2011 08:12:18 EST Hair Style?????- March 31 (guys too!) When did you last change your hair style? Colour? Plans for change? <em>211</em> <em>38</em> <em>32</em> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 07:48:11 EST Health Warning re Sprouts and Bagged Veggies <link><BR>tory/2011/03/30/bean-sprouts-bacteria.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <em>29</em> <em>234</em> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 12:12:51 EST Getting past the BLAHS Well I was having a pretty horrific couple of days, was really feeling terrible and could not seem to get past having the Blahs, well i got over it, put the little ones to bed and jumped on the stationary bike for 40 min and worked it out. Just what i needed now I feel much better. YAY! <em>244</em> Sat, 26 Mar 2011 20:51:42 EST Muffin top OMG! Muffin top and LOL! <BR> <BR> These three "words" are now officially recognized in the Oxford English Dictionary. <em>211</em> <em>246</em> Sat, 26 Mar 2011 09:38:09 EST I'm New Hi there, just wanted to introduce myself to this group. I am from NS and New to SP into my second week now. Although I have been on the quest to find THE NEW ME since the end of February when my Dr told me that if i wanted to be around to see my kids grow up then I needed to take my life back and get back into shape. Especially since I have high blood pressure. So I found this sight which has been a great motivator. 9 lbs down 63 more to go. Fri, 25 Mar 2011 20:44:28 EST You know it's Spring when...???, March 22 Every region of this country seems to have an unique indicator of the arrival of Spring. What is it where you live? Tue, 22 Mar 2011 14:42:18 EST Great exercise for tight abs. <link><BR>sns=em </link> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 15:42:56 EST Great exercise to tighten your abs. This from a Spark friend on another team: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sns=em </link> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 12:25:19 EST A Canadian Game- ????, March 10 Whatever you want to call them (*$&^@***) :-), the game in my neighbourhood right now is "Dodge the Pothole". Is is a rite of Spring where you live as well? Any hair raising tales of falling in? Thu, 10 Mar 2011 14:43:24 EST Just wanted to say hello! I'm back! Hi everyone, <BR> I just wanted to say hello again! It's been a year...I had a baby boy in February 2010, and as a result, joined the SparkPeople sister site, BabyFit. But....I'm back to SparkPeople now!!! Glad to see many familiar faces still here, and many new ones who have joined in the past year. Looking forward to Sparking with you guys again! :o) Wed, 9 Mar 2011 20:06:06 EST Winter funk- ??? March 3 Apparently winter is going to linger longer than normal for most of us- what is your favourite "works every time" way of dealing with the winter blues? <em>39</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> Thu, 3 Mar 2011 14:47:14 EST I'm a transplanted Nova Scotian, now in Ontario Joined SP six weeks ago, and got off to a great start but now am dragging my feet on the exercise part. No excuses; I have a treadmill, exercise bands, fitness ball, weights... just can't force myself to use them. Any tips will be appreciated. Sat, 26 Feb 2011 09:55:24 EST Canada Winter Games-???, Feb. 25 Nova Scotia has been hosting the Games the last two weeks- does anyone here have family or friends competing? If so, I hope they are having a great time! Fri, 25 Feb 2011 10:24:02 EST Again Why is it that I tell myself that I am going to start over and I make it until lunch and then it is all over????AUGH!! <BR> <BR> I have a trip coming up where I have to wear a bathing suit. I knew this trip was coming since Christmas time.. Have I done anything besides starting a gazillion times??? Nope!! <BR> <BR> So my mission is to start again tomorrow with my mission to feel better about myself by the middle of march . I am not expecting to be down 10 pounds ( nice thought though). But... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 21:25:13 EST Chicken- ???, Feb. 17 There has been recent talk and investigation about the safety of chicken- do the results alarm you, turn you off the product or are you comfortable about food safety? Thu, 17 Feb 2011 08:36:19 EST Exercise and osteoporosis <link><BR>ask-a-health-expert/ask-a-trainer/i-ha<BR>ve-osteoporosis-can-i-still-do-sit-ups<BR>-and-crunches/article1904555/ </link> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:39:49 EST Oh no, not chocolate! <link><BR>avour-that-chocolate-while-you-can-sti<BR>ll-afford-it/article1904608/ </link> <em>46</em> Sat, 12 Feb 2011 11:44:23 EST Favourite Soup ???- Feb. 10 Lots of discussion about soup here this week so share your favourite soup- bought or homemade. Include the recipe if you wish! <em>4</em> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 09:10:08 EST PCOS For members here who deal with this syndrome check this out: <link><BR>st-winner/ </link> Wed, 9 Feb 2011 20:35:57 EST Hello from Acton Ontario I am a 46 year old mother of 2 teens. I have always had a weight problem, but since I quit smoking 4 years ago, I put on 40 lbs that I cannot lose! <BR> I am not someone who enjoys exercising AT ALL! Last year, I did the Toronto SDM Weekend to End Women's Cancers and and planning on walking in it again this year. I am hoping to start training soon and to lose weigh while I am doing it this year. <BR> I have a very picky family, including an Asian hubby who can eat anything. I have found that... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 20:35:09 EST Chinese zodiac <link> </link> Today is the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. <BR> <BR> Have some fun this week and discover your animal. BTW, I am a pig. <em>38</em> Thu, 3 Feb 2011 10:23:00 EST Hi from Mississauga I just joined and am feeling my way into dieting and excersizing. The diet thing is hard for me as I have never had to watch my weight. The age thing though really changes the body and can see I need to now begin to look more closely. <BR> <BR> I wish to start regular excersize first then look closer to my diet. I need to loose 30 pounds. <BR> <BR> This sounds like a great site to support each other. <BR> <BR> Roberta <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Jan 2011 20:12:19 EST Hi from GTA Hi I am from the GTA (greater Toronto area) Born and raised in Toronto but I live east of there now. <BR> <BR> I have been on SP consistently for over a year now and I have kept off over 100 pounds. I would love to get below the 200 mark by this time next year! <BR> <BR> <em>479</em> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 20:14:13 EST A Fun FYI <BR> <link>v<BR>ou-dropped-food-on-the-floor-do-you-ea<BR>t-it.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>211</em> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 12:41:04 EST Purses ?????- Jan. 27: Are you a BIG or SMALL purse person? Do you even carry a purse? What item in your purse could you not live without? Thu, 27 Jan 2011 09:52:38 EST Hi I'm from Central Ontario and I hate winter. I am really tempted to eat a lot in the cold weather and I don't like doing any winter sports. I am trying to do an exercise DVD in my bedroom for physical fitness. Wish me luck! Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:35:28 EST Strength Training vs Chronic Cardio This is a very interesting article from today's blog at <BR> <BR> <link><BR>gs-the-dumb-jocks-myth/#more-19089 </link> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 15:41:40 EST Hi everyone - I'm from Hamilton I'm 54 years old and started with SP a couple of years ago. Lost the weight and left the site. Well you guessed it - I'm back because the weight is back. Don't underestimate how good this site is for reaching and then maintaining your goals. <BR> <BR> It is a great support system. Everyone is here to help everyone else to achieve their goals. Mon, 24 Jan 2011 13:53:35 EST ????- Jan. 20: Activity minutes? "Canadian activity: Put butt on couch and leave it there". This was the headline in the newspaper this morning- a national health survey reveals that just 15% of adults and only 7% of children and teens are getting the minimum amount of activity to benefit their health. How much do you need at minimum? 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous activity for adults and children from age 5 through 17 require at least 60 minutes daily. <BR> How do you rank? Thu, 20 Jan 2011 08:41:13 EST 10 Diet Myths From Globe and Mail, January 19: <BR> <BR><BR>th/leslie-beck/fact-or-fallacy-10-weig<BR>ht-loss-myths/article1874640/ <link><BR>leslie-beck/fact-or-fallacy-10-weight-<BR>loss-myths/article1874640/ </link> <BR> <BR> Sorry guys- I've had a bit of a brain freeze today- more later:)!!! Wed, 19 Jan 2011 19:37:01 EST ?????- Jan. 13- Do you watch weight loss shows? The CBC, in conjunction with its "fit for life" initiative on radio is also televising the series "Village on a Diet". Are you watching the series? Have you signed up with the fit for life program? (go to and click on radio and follow the link). Thu, 13 Jan 2011 10:43:40 EST Bite sized changes= super sized results From CBC online January 9: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-nutrition-holwegner-small-changes-big<BR>-results.html </link> <BR> <BR> Not sure I totally agree with her thoughts on organic but lots of good advice here. Sun, 9 Jan 2011 17:47:36 EST ????? January 6- Do you eat seasonally? Do you eat seasonally- why or why not? Thu, 6 Jan 2011 12:17:29 EST We think we are healthier than we are! <link><BR>anada-weighs-in-poll-health-myths.html </link> <BR> <BR> This is a good article, especially as CBC starts its "Live for Life" programs for the next 6 months. Mon, 3 Jan 2011 11:58:54 EST ????- Words that need to be abolished... A small university in Sault Ate. Marie, Michigan has just published it's list of words and expressions from 2010 that should be abolished from the English language, what would you like to see gone forever? Here's their list, what would you like to add or delete? <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's the full list of 14 from them: <BR> <BR> 1) Viral: “This linguistic disease of a term must be quarantined.” Kuahmel Allah, Los Angeles <BR> <BR> 2) Epic: “Cecil B. DeMille movies are epic. Internet fallouts ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 19:16:05 EST Need inspiration and motivation in 2011? An excerpt from the Globe and Mail today- this is inspiring for sure: <BR> <BR> On Jan. 1, 2010, I set myself a goal (a “resolution” sounded way too definitive and restrictive). I would try to row one kilometre for every day of the year, bike one kilometre for every day of the year and run one kilometre for every day of the year. <BR> <BR> Not one km of each thing every day – I allowed myself to row five km in one day, then take the next four days off, for example. No restrictions on speed ... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 21:45:22 EST 11 WEEK GOAL CHALLENGE- January 3 to March 20 It's time to set goals for the coming year, these can be related to diet, fitness, rewards... Each week set a different goal, then post what you achieved. <BR> <BR> Here I go: <BR> 1. Water flush- 8 glasses every day <BR> Goal achieved with 8-9 every day. <BR> 2. Plan menu for the week and stick to it <BR> Menu is planned <BR> 3. 8+ freggies every day <BR> 4. Try one new vegetable this week <BR> 5. My birthday week, also Chinese New Year- prepare oriental meal <BR> 6. Reward ... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 13:34:40 EST Keeping Resolutions From today's online Globe and Mail: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r/7-tips-for-keeping-your-new-years-re<BR>solutions/article1850207/page1/ </link> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 09:08:55 EST Hello from Calgary! I'm new to this team as of yesterday, but I've been back in action on SP for the last couple months. I find that participation makes a huge difference, so I'm hoping to be an active face around here. <BR> <BR> Happy health! Wed, 15 Dec 2010 17:07:06 EST ?????- Dec. 9- Morning or night person? Thank Yiche12 for this idea- Are you a morning or a night person? How does your preference affect your diet and fitness? Thu, 9 Dec 2010 15:39:09 EST Puppies <em>24</em> <em>198</em> <em>234</em> Is there anyone else here who would like to deal with those horrid puppies on the pop up ad from AAAARRRRGGGHHH! Wed, 8 Dec 2010 09:12:03 EST Just wanted to share this blog with you all I enjoyed reading it because it relates to so many of us out there. Read on - <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3824878 </link> Sun, 5 Dec 2010 11:53:20 EST Important news for the guys From the Globe and Mail, Dec. 1: <BR> A new study has revealed that men whose index finger is longer than their ring finger have a 1/3 less chance of developing prostate cancer. This is good news for doctors screening for the disease- the PSA test is not always conclusive and of course many men shy away from regular digital exams. A quick finger length check will quickly reveal those at higher risk who might require more invasive screening. It is believed that male finger length is determi... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 11:40:03 EST ?????- Dec. 1- Holiday strategies??? An early question of the week but tomorrow is the beginning of December with all its possibilities for diet and fitness failure. What will be your strategy (ies) this year to survive this season of holiday foods, travel, stress and even cold and stormy weather? Time to share your ideas and concerns so shout out! Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:12:46 EST ??????- Who are your inspiration?- Nov. 25 It's been a long time since the last question of the week- this one is in response to 2 amazing blogs from members ELYMWX and PINKCOCONUT this week. <BR> Who are the members of this team, both past and present, who inspire you to dig deeper, stick to your plans, strive for your goals and adopt a healthy lifestyle? This a great chance to honour many of the members here who make a difference! <em>224</em> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 20:05:11 EST November 11th, Remembrance Day Are you doing something for November 11th? <BR> <BR> I am going to the ceremonies. We had to move the ceremonies from the small seniors centre that holds around 400 people to the large high school gym. Last year people were outside looking in, it was so full. It is wonderful to see such turnout. I go with Girl Guides of Canada. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> "Pittance of Time" Wed, 10 Nov 2010 22:55:52 EST Some humour for a rainy weekend... Copied from a blog on another team this is for all members who are coming up to midlife, are in midlife or just wish they were still in midlife:). <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mid-life is when the growth of hair on our legs slows down. This gives us plenty of time to care for our newly acquired mustache. <BR> In mid-life women no longer have upper arms, we have wing spans. We are no longer women in sleeveless shirts, we are flying squirrels in drag. <BR> Mid-life is when you can stand naked in fr... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 16:09:58 EST Do you need to be more accountable to yourself? I sure do! In October, I had more days of eating above my calorie range. Therefore, I've decided that I would put down my calorie intake every day this coming month just so I can be accountable not only to myself but to you too. Join me, if you think this will help you. Hugs. <BR> <BR> If you do join me kindly copy the dates below and paste them into a reply. Do edit your input every day. Thanks. <BR> <BR> My calories should be within: 1200-1550 <BR> <BR> Nov. 1 - 1452 cals <BR> Nov. 2... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 09:21:15 EST November '10 - 5 more pounds off Do it team! Record how many pounds you want to lose in November. <BR> <BR> November 1 - I weighed = 150.9 lbs <BR> <BR> November 7 = 150.48 lbs <BR> November 14 = 149.38 lbs <BR> November 21 = 149.38 lbs <BR> November 28 = 149.6 lbs <BR> <BR> On November 30 I weighed = 149.6 lbs <BR> <BR> Pounds lost/gained in November = 1.3 lbs <em>20</em> Wed, 3 Nov 2010 14:32:40 EST Fit adults get fewer colds <link><BR>-button/fit-adults-get-fewer-colds-stu<BR>dy/article1782351/ </link> Tue, 2 Nov 2010 11:42:10 EST This will motivate you to lose! Sharing this from a member on another team- if this doesn't get you up and exercising,watching what you eat and working on a healthy lifestyle I don't know what will motivate you- <BR> <link> hy-eating-article/body-sca n-of-a-250-lbs-woman-vs-a- 120-lbs-woman/940665 </link> Sat, 23 Oct 2010 09:58:47 EST Looking for a buddy! PAT2152 lives in Yukon. Show up your pretty or handsome face if you want to buddy up with her. It doesn't matter if you don't live in Yukon but it would help. Thanks. Fri, 22 Oct 2010 19:07:20 EST Hi from the Yukon Is there anyone out there from Yukon? Need a buddy!!! <BR> Pat Fri, 22 Oct 2010 18:33:58 EST hello from Ontario Canadian mom here of 2 and been an emotional and addictive eater through the majority of my life, and want to end it. Once and for all. Been working on ways to do so but have lots more to go. <BR> <BR> Miriam Fri, 22 Oct 2010 01:10:39 EST ?????- October 7: Favourite cartoon strip? It is almost time to remember Charlie Brown and the Giant Pumpkin so what is your favourite CURRENT cartoon strip? Thu, 7 Oct 2010 08:52:32 EST Working out on EMPTY- yes or no? <link><BR>can-i-work-out-on-an-empty-stomach/art<BR>icle1741097/ </link> Wed, 6 Oct 2010 11:08:32 EST ?????- October 1: Thanksgiving menus and exercise After all you have learned about healthful eating and exercise here at Spark how will your Thanksgiving food and exercises choices differ from this time last year? Fri, 1 Oct 2010 15:47:48 EST October Challenge- 5 more pounds Keep it going team! <BR> <BR> SW: 138 <BR> October 8: <BR> October 15: <BR> October 22: <BR> October 31: Thu, 30 Sep 2010 08:37:39 EST ????? Sept. 24: Your shopping habits? What kind of shopper are you? Disciplined, inpulsive, thrifty, apt to splurge, a total shopaholic or one who researches their purchases before laying down the cash? Where do you fit into the world of shopping? Fri, 24 Sep 2010 12:47:58 EST 13% of Canadians have a serious food allergy Two "crazy" studies published on one day- first the flu shot info and now this one. <BR> 13%- that is a very significant number of Canadians, both adults and children that have at least one life threatening reaction to a certain food, i.e. the next time they eat that food they will suffer anaphylaxis. <BR> Do you have food allergies and have you had a life threatening reaction to them? Please share. Wed, 22 Sep 2010 20:13:01 EST Another good reason to get a flu shot! The full article appears in yesterday's (Sept. 21) online Globe and Mail but in a nutshell a study done in England on 79,000 people aged 19-64 showed that those who had an annual flu shot were 19% less likely to have a first heart attack. Even more amazing was the fact that the earlier in the flu season the shot was given the greater the cardiac advantage with a 22+% decrease. Conventional wisdom has always suggested the flu vaccine should be given in late autumn, early winter, now research... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 15:36:36 EST Sept. 16: What is your potato chip intake? I heard on CBC radio last night that Canadian's intake of potato chips has risen 22% in the last 3 years- OMG!!!! Chips have become our favourite snack it seems and of course you have to consider the dips that often go with the chips. <BR> SO Healthy Canada, what is your chip intake? Thu, 16 Sep 2010 08:51:04 EST Saskatchewan Canada, and proud of it!! I joined Sparkpeople last August but never really tried it will 10can 0% effort. This July I put effort into sparkpeople, and am slowly understanding how to get around the site. I have yet lost any weight but that is due to the lack of effort. This time it is going to be different I am going to put as much of me into myself as I do for my jobs, boyfriend, and family. I deserve it and I can do it. Its going to be a long journey but I got a good feeling about it this time. So Im looking f... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 20:55:25 EST Sept.9- ?????: Career Path? Today's poll in the Halifax paper asked over 3000 people if they were happy with their career choice or did they wish they had done something different. A whopping 70% said they had made the wrong choice. <BR> Are you happy with your career choice or do you long for something different? Thu, 9 Sep 2010 08:02:07 EST Only Your Hairdresser Knows... This is interesting for sure: <link><BR>hair-may-signal-pending-heart-attack/a<BR>rticle1694502/ </link> Fri, 3 Sep 2010 11:37:50 EST ?????- Sept. 3: Movie Genres What is your favourite movie genre? What have you watched and enjoyed recently? Fri, 3 Sep 2010 08:31:48 EST How to Boost Immunity After Exercise <link><BR>d/how-to-boost-immunity-aft_b_684050.html </link> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 12:01:11 EST Are We Mired in Media? From today's Mark's Daily Apple- many ideas to ponder: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ia/#more-14561 </link> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 15:27:52 EST When Weight Loss Organizations Take it too Far Take note of the Canadian study here : <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ton/the-link-between-weightlo_b_691159<BR>.html </link> Thu, 26 Aug 2010 12:11:40 EST ??????- Aug. 27: Gym membership? A poll of 2700 people in the Halifax paper today shows that 21% of them belonged to either a gym or health club, 79% did not. What about you? Reasons for or against? Thu, 26 Aug 2010 12:05:58 EST Hi from a New Brunswicker living in Utah! Hello everyone! I've been in the USA for just over a year after marrying an American. Nice place, but there's NO place like home --- especially for a proud CANUCK!! I miss it soooo much.. <BR> <BR> I've been on SP since April, working hard to meet my goals daily & become "40 & Fabulous" next June. <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> Christy Wed, 25 Aug 2010 14:43:41 EST Weight Gain- You are what you drink. <link><BR>t-ms-rd/beverages-weight-gain-you_b_67<BR>4907.html </link> <BR> <BR> Excellent info... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:24:06 EST One Person Making a Difference Her name is Emily Forrest and she has just finished a 3 month, 2995 km walking journey around the coastline of Nova Scotia. She logged 3.4 million steps on her pedometer and visited 88 communities along the way. Why did she do it? First, to inspire Nova Scotians to walk for health and take steps towards taking responsibility for their well- being. She promoted the Nova Scotian Heart and Stroke Walkabout program everywhere she stopped along the way (www.walkabout, Second, she raise... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:47:22 EST ??????- August 20: Are you making progress? Are you on track to meet your goals here on Spark? What plans do you have to make them happen? Fri, 20 Aug 2010 07:22:05 EST Staying Healthy During Fire Season Some of you may be aware that BC is being slammed with wildfires for the 2nd summer in a row. This year it's moved up from the southern urban areas to more isolated central interior areas, specifically to the west and east and into hundreds upon hundreds of hectacres of dead pine. As a result bascially the southern Cariboo region has been slammed with an almost permanent air advisory since May. In my community at the northern end of the region, we've had advisories on and off since the fir... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 12:47:27 EST 2nd Chance Newbie Hi everyone, <BR> I am Carolyn. It's been over a year since I have made time to actively spark every day. I have come back because it helped me last time and this time I am even more committed to being healthier and fit. A bit about me, I am 38. I was working as a personal support worker until about week ago when I was fired for taking 5 days off to visit my folks for the 50th anniversary. (Boss only wanted to give me 3 days even though my co-workers were willing and able to cover for me) I ... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 16:36:15 EST ?????- August 13: Friday the 13th Is this an unlucky day for you? Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:11:36 EST Obesity in Young Girls= Early Puberty <link><BR>obesity-linked-to-more-girls-hitting-p<BR>uberty-as-young-as-7- </link> Tue, 10 Aug 2010 11:28:15 EST ????? Aug. 6- Do you reward your Spark progress? Do you reward yourself when you have reached a goal? If so, what are those rewards? Fri, 6 Aug 2010 07:59:25 EST Can extra calcium hurt your heart? <link><BR>can-extra-calcium-hurt-your-heart/arti<BR>cle1661064/ </link> Wed, 4 Aug 2010 07:51:39 EST 30 Day Challenge I challenge you to lose 5 pounds by September 1- ready, get set, GO! <em>306</em> <em>224</em> Mon, 2 Aug 2010 09:04:18 EST Sodium and its troubled place in our diets <link><BR>-vp-strauss-sodium-diet-psychology.html </link> <BR> <BR> This is well worth the read. Why, for instance, do Corn Flakes in Canada contain 3X the sodium as in the US??? Sat, 31 Jul 2010 12:42:12 EST July 30-???????- Do you eat tube steaks? Do you eat hot dogs? If you do, what kind and what are your favourite condiments? Thu, 29 Jul 2010 15:18:08 EST Energy Drinks and Children- A Warning Caffeinated energy drinks are a potential danger to children and need stronger scrutiny from government health officials, warns a new editorial in Canada’s leading medical journal. <BR> <BR> The editorial, published online Monday by the Canadian Medical Association Journal, argues that the growing availability of highly-caffeinated energy drinks poses a serious threat to the health of young people who are vulnerable to the effects of caffeine. <BR> <BR> “It is time for the federal minister ... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 15:00:50 EST Let's get healthy together What changes have you made in your diet or lifestyle for the better lately? <BR> <BR> I've made first. Thu, 22 Jul 2010 15:48:34 EST Do you know how to run? From the Globe and Mail, June 22 <BR> <BR> Article Comments (2) <BR> Dave McGinn <BR> From Thursday's Globe and Mail <BR> Published on Thursday, Jul. 22, 2010 8:33AM EDT <BR> Last updated on Thursday, Jul. 22, 2010 11:34AM EDT <BR> It all started with a photograph. David Papineau looked at himself running a half-marathon in 2003 and suddenly realized that he had been doing it all wrong. <BR> <BR> “I was thinking, ‘Oh my God. Do I really look like that?' ” Mr. Papineau says. “I was a prett... Thu, 22 Jul 2010 11:59:01 EST June 23- ?????- What kind of hat (s) do you wear? It's hot, sunny and humid so what kind of hat or other head gear do you wear to protect your face, ears and neck? Thu, 22 Jul 2010 11:43:37 EST Where you live affects your weight... A recent study at the State University of New York in Buffalo looked at women's BMI's in relation to their neighbourhood food amenities. Turns out that women living closest to a supermarket had the lowest BMI's, those depending on convenience stores or close to restaurants had the highest. The greater number of restaurants within a 5 minute walk, the higher the woman's BMI. Location, location:). <em>4</em> <em>15</em> Sat, 17 Jul 2010 10:59:33 EST Are you a "news nut"? In other words do you keep up with current events? <BR> <BR> I love to exercise with the TV on. News and all. <BR> <BR> Hard to believe that oil spill was 2,000,000 Liters a day for 87 days. Fri, 16 Jul 2010 23:40:09 EST Question of the Week- July 16 Are you a "news nut"? Otherwords do you keep up with national and world news on a daily basis? Fri, 16 Jul 2010 12:13:29 EST easy exercises What are your favorite quick easy exercises. <BR> <BR> I like to do push ups off the edge of the kitchen counter, with your feet far away from the counter. I do 10 of them a day. <BR> <BR> I also like to walk up to a favorite chair and pretend I'm going to sit down but just before you sit, change my mind and stand up again. Do that 10 times a day too. <BR> <BR> What other fun exercises are there? Fri, 16 Jul 2010 00:16:34 EST avoiding some foods What food choices can you happily live without? <BR> <BR> I can definitely live without; <BR> french fries, mayo, butter, margarine, potato chips, chicken skin, and ranch dressing. Fri, 16 Jul 2010 00:12:18 EST healthy choices What recipe modification have you made to make your life healthier? <BR> <BR> I substitute olive oil anywhere I would have used butter or margarine. Fri, 16 Jul 2010 00:06:46 EST LOOKING FOR AN ACTUAL TOPIC Topic: CAN HARDLY FIND ONE ON YOUR FORUM. <BR> <BR> A TOPIC: is what will be DISCOURAGED. That's a topic! <BR> <BR> I'm discouraged with these useless topics. <BR> <BR> Question of the Week- June 18 <BR> Exercise of the Week- June 18 <BR> Question of the Week- June 3 <BR> Exercise of the Week- June 3 <BR> Question of the Week- May 29 <BR> Exercise of the Week- May 29 <BR> Question of the Week- May 21 <BR> Exercise of the Week- May 21 <BR> Question o... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 23:57:29 EST Exercise of the Week- July 9 Bicep curls with band or free weights Fri, 9 Jul 2010 08:29:50 EST Question of the Week- July 9 What is your favourite way to stay cool? Fri, 9 Jul 2010 08:28:04 EST For all of our team members that run.... Article Comments (2) <BR> Alex Hutchinson <BR> From Thursday's Globe and Mail <BR> Published on Thursday, Jul. 08, 2010 10:58AM EDT <BR> Last updated on Thursday, Jul. 08, 2010 11:11AM EDT <BR> The question <BR> <BR> I keep on getting painful muscle cramps. What’s the deal? <BR> <BR> The answer <BR> <BR> Nothing brings a pleasant run or bike ride to a grinding halt like a suddenly spasming calf muscle. One solution is to quaff a quarter-cup of pickle juice. That’s what researchers from Br... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 12:05:15 EST The food for your picnic- is it safe? <BR> Leslie Beck <BR> Globe and Mail Update <BR> Published on Tuesday, Jul. 06, 2010 8:19PM EDT <BR> Last updated on Wednesday, Jul. 07, 2010 7:29AM EDT <BR> The season of outdoor dining, backyard barbecues, family picnics and weekend camping trips is finally here. But it’s also the season that brings a greater risk of food poisoning. <BR> <BR> Health Canada estimates that as many as 13 million cases of food-borne illness occur in Canada every year, most of which can be prevented by handlin... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 11:32:08 EST In need of a buddy! I have re-started my weight loss and I am really in need of someone to share the journey with. Send me a message through sparkmail if you are interested. Sun, 4 Jul 2010 14:40:44 EST Eating Well on $1 (US) a Day???!!!! This is interesting....maybe.... <BR> <BR> A California blogger slashed his grocery budget by hunting deals, and wound up with extra food to share <BR> Share with friends <BR> Print or License <BR> <BR> See also: <BR> <BR> Angela Self's Smart Cookies: Need fashion advice on the cheap? There’s an app for that <BR> Online shopping: Have we got a deal for you (and 49 other people) (today only!) <BR> Home Cents: The best apps for saving money <BR> Article Comments (7) <BR> Dakshana Bascaramu... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 11:27:35 EST Exercise of the Week- June 25 Hip flexors Fri, 25 Jun 2010 08:09:18 EST Question of the Week- June 25 How will you celebrate Canada Day? <em>636</em> Fri, 25 Jun 2010 08:08:22 EST Women ???...You are the greatest*** Men vs. Women... <BR> <BR> Eleven people were hanging on a rope under a helicopter, ten men and one woman. <BR> <BR> The rope was not strong enough to carry them all, so they decided that one had to leave, because otherwise, they were all going to fall. <BR> <BR> They were unable to decide who would let go, until the woman gave a very touching speech. <BR> <BR> She said that she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because, as a woman, she was used to giving up everything for her husba... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 12:51:48 EST Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and Liver Disease A study of over 40,000 Ontarians produced the following obsservations: <BR> <BR> <BR> Globe and Mail Update <BR> Published on Monday, Jun. 21, 2010 7:18PM EDT <BR> Last updated on Monday, Jun. 21, 2010 7:33PM EDT <BR> It’s well understood that Type 2 diabetes can lead to vision loss, kidney damage and a host of other health problems. Now it appears the disorder may also be a signal of serious liver disease. <BR> <BR> Canadian researchers have found that adults who are newly diagnosed with ... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 12:01:05 EST 10 Risk Factors Lead to 90% of Strokes André Picard Public Health Reporter <BR> From Friday's Globe and Mail <BR> Published on Friday, Jun. 18, 2010 9:57AM EDT <BR> Last updated on Friday, Jun. 18, 2010 11:36AM EDT <BR> More than 90 per cent of strokes can be attributed to 10 common risk factors, a new Canadian-led study shows. <BR> <BR> The research, published in Friday’s edition of The Lancet, found that high blood pressure poses by far the greatest risk, but that smoking, obesity (particularly around the belly), inactivity and... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 12:44:51 EST Exercise of the Week- June 18 Get a hula hoop and start hooping. One article I read this week says that hooping can burn up to 600 calories in an hour, on top of that it's fun! Fri, 18 Jun 2010 10:47:56 EST Question of the Week- June 18 What is your favourite summer fruit and how do you serve it? Fri, 18 Jun 2010 10:46:13 EST Moving to the Next Stage Because I'm too logistical for my own good sometimes, I was wondering if anyone could tell me how moving on to the next stage of the sparkdiet works. <BR> <BR> I'm nearing the end of the first two weeks of the fast break stage and was wondering if I automatically move on and get the proper updates from or if I have to manually make these changes myself? And what if I'm not ready to move on? <BR> <BR> Also, does the site automatically change my exercise routine or do I do th... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 14:05:28 EST Exercise of the Week- June 3 Hip flexors Thu, 3 Jun 2010 12:29:12 EST Question of the Week- June 3 Staycation or vacation this year? Thu, 3 Jun 2010 12:28:25 EST Is that sugar in your drink? Have a gander at this:<BR>5/harmful-drinks-in-america.html Sun, 30 May 2010 16:29:52 EST Exercise of the Week- May 29 Lateral lunges Sat, 29 May 2010 15:07:50 EST Question of the Week- May 29 Do you consider everyday activities such as gardening or walking the dog as part of your fitness routine OR are do you rely on gym classes or running as your routine? Sat, 29 May 2010 15:06:25 EST Carbs and the Risk of Heart Disease Time to ditch the donuts and pick up some fresh fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> Leslie Beck <BR> Published on Wednesday, May. 26, 2010 10:53AM EDT <BR> Last updated on Wednesday, May. 26, 2010 11:11AM EDT <BR> If you want to prevent a heart attack, watching your fat intake isn’t enough. When it comes to diet, what seems to be more important is eating the right type of carbohydrate. <BR> <BR> A landmark study to be published in the June issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition prov... Wed, 26 May 2010 12:02:14 EST Exercise of the Week- May 21 Wall squats with dumbbells Fri, 21 May 2010 11:55:49 EST Question of the Week- May 21 Will you plant a garden this coming week? If so, what will be in it? Fri, 21 May 2010 11:54:22 EST New to group Hi everyone, I joined the group about a week ago, sorry I am just saying hi now. <BR> My name is Diane. Born and raised in Toronto, now reside just east of there with hubby, 2 kids and 2 cats. I decided to get real serious about losing weight January 1/10 and I haven't looked back since. I have 2 more pounds to lose and then I will have lost 100 pounds all togeather from my highest recorded weight. I have also been able to get off of 1 of my 40mg blood pressure pills just this past week, so I... Wed, 19 May 2010 19:20:52 EST The Last Ten Pounds- why is it so hard? <BR> Published on Tuesday, May. 18, 2010 6:50PM EDT <BR> Last updated on Tuesday, May. 18, 2010 7:44PM EDT <BR> With summer just around the corner, losing a few pounds is top of mind for many people. And if you’ve been working hard since the New Year to shed excess weight, you’re probably anxious to drop those last 10 before swimsuits and shorts become regular weekend attire. <BR> <BR> Ah, those last 10 pounds. Why are they so hard to get rid of? It’s a question I’m often asked by clients i... Wed, 19 May 2010 11:52:32 EST Exercise of the Week- May 14 Jumping Jacks Thu, 13 May 2010 15:36:08 EST Question of the "week"- May 14 Cook at home or eat out? Thu, 13 May 2010 15:35:07 EST Perfume- a chemical stew... Groups that tested 17 products say Canada should do more to protect consumers from unlisted ingredients. CHRISTINE GLADE/iSTOCKPHOTO <BR> Many of us are unable to tolerate perfumes and the fragrances that are added to various household products- check this article for more reasons to ban their use. <BR> <BR> From Wednesday's Globe and Mail <BR> Published on Wednesday, May. 12, 2010 9:15AM EDT <BR> Last updated on Wednesday, May. 12, 2010 10:16AM EDT <BR> <BR> <BR> Several perfumes sold acr... Wed, 12 May 2010 11:39:59 EST Greetings from Ontario... Hello fellow Canadians. <BR> My name is Christina from Ontario. I'm a newbie and am looking for a larger support group to share my goals with. Canada seems large enough lol. I'm looking for a healthier lifestyle and i'm excited to start this journey. I'm 23 years old, married for 2 years and am looking to have a baby after I loose some weight so i can make life easier on me and the baby. <BR> <BR> there's my intro:) <BR> thanks friends. <BR> -CCC Tue, 11 May 2010 12:22:11 EST Exercise of the Week- May 7 Jumping Jacks- go for it!!!! Thu, 6 May 2010 19:47:45 EST Question of the "week"- May 7 Is ketchup (catsup) a food group in your household? Thu, 6 May 2010 19:46:28 EST Here Comes "Toots" from Ontario :) Hello Guys and Gals. My name is Lori. I live about an hour north of Toronto, On. I am a caged animal and would kill to move up north to the Timmins/Dowling area, but that's not in the cards for now. I need to get this blubber off, summer is coming and I have/need to get back my energy and enthusiasm to do things again. Anyhoooo, I am happy that I found this Team. I am looking forward to some good tips and good conversation in the forums. Keep Sparkin! Nice to meet you. (oh, p.s. "Toots... Wed, 5 May 2010 12:03:04 EST Exercise of the Week- April 30 Lying Overhead Triceps Extensions with Dumbbells- time to tighten up those flabby underarms! Fri, 30 Apr 2010 11:47:32 EST Question of the "week"- April 30 1/3 of 2010 is gone- wow! What are your goals for the next 4 months? Fri, 30 Apr 2010 11:46:09 EST Exercise of the Week- April 23 Lateral lifts with a resistance band. BTW, WalMart has bands on sale for $6.47 this week. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 08:43:47 EST Question of the "week"- April 23 Did you do anything to promote or celebrate Earth Day? <em>432</em> <em>435</em> <em>87</em> <em>311</em> <em>332</em> Thu, 22 Apr 2010 08:42:05 EST Sugar Intake and Heart Disease Comments (8) <BR> <BR> Leslie Beck <BR> Published on Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2010 10:01AM EDT <BR> Last updated on Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2010 10:21AM EDT <BR> For decades, advice to ward off heart disease has promoted a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol as a means of keeping blood cholesterol levels in check. <BR> <BR> A study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests there’s something else we need to do – scale back our intake of added sugars. <BR> <BR... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 15:43:54 EST Exercise of the Week- April 16 Resistance Band lateral Leg Lifts: 2 sets of 10, 3 X this week Fri, 16 Apr 2010 10:41:37 EST Question of the "week"- April 16 What is your "go to when life gets hectic" meal? Fri, 16 Apr 2010 10:39:55 EST Back at it again With the sun shining in my window, and all those fun summer clothes staring me in the face, I realize that I've put back on all the weight I lost last summer. I am not really a new member, but have been away for awhile. I'm starting to exercise more, eating less and finding I have energy to get moving. <BR> <BR> Any exciting spring/summer activites that anyone can recommend would be appreciated. I get out walking and swimming with my husband, and dancing at work, so what else can I do outsid... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 21:47:19 EST The Health Risks of Working Graveyard Shifts Article Comments (9) <BR> Martin Mittelstaedt <BR> Globe and Mail Update <BR> Published on Monday, Apr. 12, 2010 6:48PM EDT <BR> Last updated on Monday, Apr. 12, 2010 7:08PM EDT <BR> Shift work has long been a necessary and unpleasant part of modern life, with more than a quarter of the Canadian work force estimated to be on the job during non-traditional hours in the evenings and overnight. <BR> <BR> Those working these shifts often experience disrupted sleep patterns, fatigue and other mi... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 15:16:04 EST Question of the "week"- April 8 Do you play a musical instrument? As I write this someone on our street is playing an Irish lilt on a recorder- lovely:) Thu, 8 Apr 2010 15:10:19 EST Exercise of the Week- April 8 A stretch this week- good for your back: Lying Single Knee Hug Thu, 8 Apr 2010 15:08:25 EST Hello From Ontario! Hi, I am from a small town north of Toronto, Ontario! Looking forward to all the great information on this site-I have found so much already!! <em>213</em> Thu, 8 Apr 2010 12:14:29 EST Fat for Breakfast is Just Fine Column Comments (15) <BR> <BR> Leslie Beck <BR> Published on Wednesday, Apr. 07, 2010 10:19AM EDT <BR> Last updated on Wednesday, Apr. 07, 2010 10:29AM EDT <BR> No doubt you’ve heard the adage “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” <BR> <BR> Now, a study published online in the International Journal of Obesity suggests this proverb contains sound advice toward a leaner body and better health. <BR> <BR> According to the new findings, starting your day wi... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 20:03:45 EST A Funny ? A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner. <BR> <BR> The man took out his wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, 'If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?' No, I had to stop drinking years ago, 'the homeless man replied. <BR> <BR> 'Will you use it to go fishing instead of buying food?' the man asked.' No, I don't waste time fishing, 'the ... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 19:10:18 EST From Beautiful, Serene Toronto ~ Now that you have had a chuckle....... My name is Meg and I am determined that I will do what I need to do to return to my normal weight. <BR> <BR> I have been with Sparks for awhile now but not truly focused on what I need to do. This will change from this day forth. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you. <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 16:09:56 EST Exercise of the Week- April 1 Planks- keep increasing your number every day. Thu, 1 Apr 2010 11:32:34 EST Question of the "week"- April 1 Three months are now gone in 2010. What have you accomplished in those 3 months and what are your goals for the next 3? Thu, 1 Apr 2010 11:30:23 EST New Canadian Weight Loss Poll- Discouraging:( <BR> Share with friends <BR> Print or License <BR> Recommend | 3 Times <BR> Article Comments (38) <BR> André Picard <BR> Globe and Mail Update <BR> Published on Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2010 10:00AM EDT <BR> Last updated on Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2010 10:57AM EDT <BR> Almost two-thirds of Canadians have tried losing weight in the past five years, but the vast majority have failed to keep it off, according to a new poll. <BR> <BR> That so many are riding the weight-loss, weight-gain rollercoaster ... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 11:58:04 EST Hello from Medicine Hat Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I was part of this group a few years ago but life got in the way of my goal. I took a long break. I have since gained back all the weight I lost plus a more. I feel like I'm on a roller coaster with my weight while trying to get my life back in order. I have many goals in mind but don't really know were to begin. Everything seems so overwhelming and I don't know why. I should know what I need to do because I have a certificate in Dietary Technology. I can help ... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 22:10:52 EST How Do I Look?" Ever felt like you need fashion advice? Feel like you can't get a straight answer to the question "does this make me look fat?" Here's a website that might just be the ticket: Log on, submit a digital photo of your conundrum and let other users give you their verdict. An online version of What Not to Wear. Sat, 27 Mar 2010 14:36:33 EST Exercise of the Week- March 26 Dumbbell lateral lifts- 2 sets of 12-15, 3 X a week Thu, 25 Mar 2010 11:43:45 EST Question of the "week"- March 26 When did you last eat potato chips (and dip)? Thu, 25 Mar 2010 11:42:14 EST More Sobering Thoughts About Vitamin D <BR> Share with friends <BR> Print or License <BR> Recommend | 9 Times <BR> Article Comments (33) <BR> Jill Mahoney <BR> Globe and Mail Update <BR> Published on Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2010 9:01AM EDT <BR> Last updated on Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2010 11:13AM EDT <BR> Two-thirds of Canadians do not have enough vitamin D for overall health and disease prevention, according to a landmark Statistics Canada study. <BR> <BR> In addition, one in 10 Canadians have “inadequate” concentrations of the vitamin f... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 11:32:26 EST Brantford If there are any Brantford people on this link, I'd love to get to know you, perhaps we can be walking buddies? If interested, please contact me. Mon, 22 Mar 2010 13:44:39 EST I really need some help How do you stay postive and focussed when you cannot break through a plateau? I am so very disappointed in myself right now. For the last two weeks I have exercised mininmum an hour a day, I have weighed and tracked all the food I have been eating, and I have been drinking 8-12 glass of water a day and nothing has changed. I have been at this weight since October and nothing I do is changing it. I started back on SP two weeks ago, hoping that a new committment and focus to this would help and... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 13:00:56 EST spring Another 101 minutes and spring will officially be here @ 1:32 pm. YEAH. <BR> <BR> Sure doesn't feel like it in Ontario today. We've been spoiled with really warm temps. Anywhere between 12-16 C. How I miss the Farenheit system. <BR> <BR> Can't wait for Easter and the beauty that spring brings. <em>247</em> Sat, 20 Mar 2010 11:52:54 EST Exercise of the Week- March 19 SKIP! Use a rope or just skip as you walk or run. Sat, 20 Mar 2010 08:47:56 EST Question of the "week"- March 19 What will you do to celebrate the official arrival of Spring? Sat, 20 Mar 2010 08:46:37 EST Stretching Before Running- Good or Bad? Article Comments <BR> Alex Hutchinson <BR> Globe and Mail Update <BR> Published on Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2010 9:21PM EDT <BR> Last updated on Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2010 9:40PM EDT <BR> The question <BR> <BR> How does stretching before the big race affect my performance? <BR> <BR> The answer <BR> <BR> The scene just before the start of any big 10K race is always the same: thousands of runners balancing on one leg while grasping the other ankle, or straining to reach their toes. It’s a perfect... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 08:29:32 EST Vitamin D Study Article Comments (12) <BR> Martin Mittelstaedt <BR> Globe and Mail Update <BR> Published on Monday, Mar. 15, 2010 5:06PM EDT <BR> Last updated on Monday, Mar. 15, 2010 7:40PM EDT <BR> Popping a vitamin D pill every day may give people a significant edge in reducing their odds of having heart disease, the leading cause of premature death in Canada. <BR> <BR> Doctors at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah, reviewed 31,000 of their patients and found that those wit... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:43:48 EST difference Is there a difference between aspartame & sucralose? <BR> <BR> If so, anybody know what it is? Fri, 12 Mar 2010 07:16:20 EST Hello from beautiful BC! Just thought I'd drop a note say hello to all my fellow Canadians! Hope everyone is doing well! Thu, 11 Mar 2010 15:36:54 EST Exercise of the Week- March 12 Working on triceps again: Pirate lifts with dumbbells, 2 sets of 15 reps at least 3 X this week. <BR> <BR> What is a pirate lift? They are also known as one handed triceps rows. Thu, 11 Mar 2010 12:32:24 EST Question of the "week"- March 12 When did you last change your hairstyle? Is it time to make a change? Thu, 11 Mar 2010 12:28:05 EST What would you be? I found this interesting list on: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here are my answers: <BR> If I were a month I’d be September. <BR> If I were a day I’d be Monday. <BR> If I were a time of day I’d be 6:00am <BR> If I were a planet I’d be the moon. <BR> <BR> <BR> If I were a sea animal I’d be a seahorse. <BR> <BR> If I were a direction I’d be North-east. <BR> If I were a piece of furniture I’d be a lovely curio cabinet. <BR> If I were a liquid I’d be chai tea. <... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 19:19:33 EST Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary... To which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. <BR> <BR> ( I have been going through rough times, lately ) <BR> ( And it came to my mind, what my Grandma' tought me ) <BR> <BR> There was once a simpler, quieter time. <BR> There was a time before our cell phone would regularly light-up with text messages, email notifications, Twitter updates or Facebook statuses. <BR> <BR> This time has been taken over by the "seemingly urgent" but it has not fully disappeared. <BR> <BR> Somewhere... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 08:09:10 EST Why do people respond to posts unpleasantly? I'm just wondering, if you aren't interested in a topic or disagree with the topic, then why bother responding to that post?? <BR> <BR> Just because you aren't interested in the information, that doesn't mean that someone else isn't very interested. <BR> <BR> Just trying to understand the reasoning.... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 22:39:36 EST Kashi Bars and Crystal Light Just an FYI, the Kashi Dark Chocolate Coconut bars feel like a real indulgence for just 2 WW points, and the new Acai Berry, White Peach and Papaya Tea is amazing!!! Sat, 6 Mar 2010 04:55:48 EST Hello from BC Hello fellow Canadians <BR> <BR> I am from southeastern BC and have joined SparkPeople because I have lost my path on my journey. I started on a healthier lifestyle last March. From March to August I lost 40 pounds. I went on a two week vacation and happily lost 1/2 pound during that time. I came home, continued on and promptly hit a plateau. I was almost 4 month at that weight and nothing I could do would budge the scale. I became discouraged and soon stopped exercising regularly, measuring... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 14:16:17 EST Exercise of the Week- March 5 Reverse crunches with arms folded on chest Thu, 4 Mar 2010 11:33:57 EST Question of the "week"- March 5 Are you guilty of a fashion faux-pas? Is there one fashion faux-pas of others that drives you to distraction? Thu, 4 Mar 2010 11:32:47 EST Back to it from PEI Hey everyone! I've been on Sparkpeople for quite some time but have never really fully taken advantage of it's tools and support from other people. I live in Summerside PEI. I'm trying to start running again... I'm currently in my second week of training :) If there is anyone near my area who would like a running partner I would love to have someone at my level to go jogging with. Tue, 2 Mar 2010 14:29:01 EST Exercise of the Week- Feb. 26 Wide leg wall sit with calf raises- try to build up your numbers as the week progresses. Thu, 25 Feb 2010 15:36:13 EST Question of the Week- Feb. 26 Tea, coffee or...? Thu, 25 Feb 2010 15:34:34 EST Ontario Hi, from Ontario where it is stopped flurrying, for now. I'm not a snow person. Can't wait for spring. <BR> Hope to hear from lots of people. <em>213</em> Thu, 25 Feb 2010 09:51:26 EST Snacks can help weight loss efforts From Globe and Mail, Feb. 24 <BR> <BR> ments (4) <BR> Leslie Beck <BR> Published on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 9:11AM EST <BR> Last updated on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 9:13AM EST <BR> If you like to snack, you’re not alone. According to a survey released this month, snacking is on the rise among Canadians. <BR> <BR> And for many of us, that’s not a bad thing. The new study, conducted by NPD Group Inc., a global market research firm, revealed that we’re snacking more often during the day than... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 12:12:52 EST Hi from Newfoundland!! Hi Just wondering if there any fellow newfoundland spark ppl members on here. Mon, 22 Feb 2010 07:48:58 EST Fast Foods and Why You Don't Want to Indulge From Mark's Daily Apple site: <BR> <BR> 4 Shocking Secrets About Fast Food <BR> <BR> By David Zinczenko, with Matt Goulding - Posted on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, 10:31 am PST <BR> Eat This, Not That <BR> by David Zinczenko, with Matt Goulding a Yahoo! Health Expert for Nutrition <BR> VISIT NUTRITION HOME » <BR> MORE BY THIS EXPERT <BR> 4 Shocking Secrets About Fast Food <BR> 7 Reasons You're Still Overweight (and How to Get Slim Fast) <BR> 10 Worst Sandwiches in America <BR> All Blog Posts <BR> D... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 14:24:58 EST Happiness for a Healthy Heart New study just published: <BR> <BR> <BR> Being happy may help to avoid a heart attack, a new study suggests. <BR> <BR> Researchers at Columbia University in New York rated the happiness levels of more than 1,700 adults in Nova Scotia with no heart problems in 1995. Trained nurses interviewed the 862 men and 877 women to assess their heart disease risk and measure negative emotions like depression, hostility and anxiety, as well as positive emotions like joy, happiness, and enthusiasm. <BR>... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 12:07:05 EST Exercise of the Week- Feb. 19 One arm dumbbell lifts- 2 sets, 15 reps, 3 X this week <BR> <BR> This one targets the "flop" on the underside of the arm- get ready for sleeveless summer shirts. Thu, 18 Feb 2010 09:34:47 EST Question of the Week- Feb. 19 Which describes you best?- I live out of a suitcase OR I live out of a walk in closet. Thu, 18 Feb 2010 09:32:44 EST Frozen Foods- Are They Good For You? From today's Globe and Mail: <BR> <BR> eks <BR> Globe and Mail Update <BR> Published on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 5:52PM EST <BR> Last updated on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 8:11PM EST <BR> The advertisement is as simple as the ingredients in the product it’s promoting: a glass jar containing a few tomatoes, basil, olive oil and garlic. <BR> <BR> The pitch for Classico tomato and basil pasta sauce is that it’s made with fresh, natural ingredients, “just what you’d put in your homemade sauce.” <BR> ... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 11:30:15 EST Beer for Strong Bones A study at the University of California reveals that beer, a rich source of dietary silicon, is good for increasing bone density. Over 100 commercial beers were analyzed with results varying depending on the type of beer and the malting process. Pale ales had the most silicon and thus are more effective in preventing osteoporosis. Those made from barley had higher levels than wheat beers. The full study results are reported in this month's issue of the Journal of the Science of Food and A... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 15:05:05 EST Exercise of the Week- Feb. 12 Lateral lunges- 2 sets of 12, 3 X this week Fri, 12 Feb 2010 08:37:58 EST Question of the Week- Feb. 12 Is anyone taking in the Olympics live? Fri, 12 Feb 2010 08:34:57 EST Help needed - Email buddy wanted I know that I have asked before but I really would love to connect with an email buddy. You know, someone that I can motivate and vice versa. Someone who I would have to be accountable to and vice versa. <BR> <BR> It would be great if we were close in age and lifestyles... I am 37 work outside the home, married, and I have 2 children ( 7 and 9 ) But does not have to be. <BR> <BR> I am wanting to lose about 10-15 pounds. <BR> <BR> My major problem is..........having excuses for not exercisi... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 23:20:52 EST Exercise of the Week- Feb. 5 Genie sit- try to do everyday and each time out add one rep. Fri, 5 Feb 2010 08:40:56 EST Question of the Week- Feb. 5 What reward did you give yourself this week? Fri, 5 Feb 2010 08:39:44 EST How to eat less salt From the Globe and Mail- Feb. 3 <BR> <BR> ments (37) <BR> Leslie Beck <BR> Published on Wednesday, Feb. 03, 2010 8:25AM EST <BR> Last updated on Wednesday, Feb. 03, 2010 8:44AM EST <BR> The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s 2010 Annual Report on Canadians’ health, released last week, made one thing very clear: No one – old or young, male or female – is immune to the threat of heart disease. <BR> <BR> The report painted a sombre picture of our nation’s heart health. Between 1994 and 2005, major... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 11:52:38 EST Wishing for snow in Southern Ontario! Hi! I'm Talya. I have been part of Spark for a week today <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> After trying a bunch of different ways to stay in shape and failing, I decided to join Spark. I never thought I would have to count calories, but it appears to be working...I am down a few pounds already! Now to increase my water intake and my exercise time! <BR> <BR> Mollie, thanks for the motivation! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 18:35:41 EST Bust a Move- January 30, 2010 800 join Bust a Move in Halifax <BR> Last Updated: Saturday, January 30, 2010 | 8:04 PM AT Comments6Recommend18 <BR> CBC News <BR> About 800 people exercised all day Saturday in Halifax as part of a charity event that included an appearance by fitness celebrity Richard Simmons. <BR> <BR> Organizers of Bust a Move were hoping to raise $750,000 to buy a new breast-cancer screening machine for the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital and IWK Health Centre. <BR> <BR> Participants did everything from yog... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 12:57:12 EST Exercise of the Week- Jan. 29 Dumbbell shrugs- 2 sets of 15, 3 X this week. No hand weights? - use whatever you have! Fri, 29 Jan 2010 09:11:44 EST Question of the Week- Jan. 29 Do you have any "sneaky" tactics for getting others to adopt a healthy lifestyle? <BR> <BR> I have this "thing" about fast food outlets and I avoid them like the plague. Where I live these outlets line both sides of the main shopping centre- the street is two lane with an additional middle turning lane and it is always incredibly busy with traffic.. This may sound mean but I've taken to not allowing cars to either turn into or pull out of these establishments when I'm driving by. Maybe my... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 09:09:41 EST Weight Training and Cognition This from today's CBC: <BR> <BR> Weights flex seniors' cognitive muscles <BR> Last Updated: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | 10:42 AM ET Comments14Recommend11 <BR> The Canadian Press <BR> Seniors in the study exercised on resistance-training machines and used free weights. (Ron Heflin, Associated Press) <BR> Resistance training can slow seniors' cognitive decline as well as improve their strength and mobility, researchers in B.C. say. <BR> <BR> Previous research has found that aerobic exercise... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 12:03:58 EST Exercise of the Week- Jan. 21 Calf raises on steps- 2 sets of 15 at least 4 X this week. Fri, 22 Jan 2010 08:43:08 EST Question of the Week- Jan. 21 Do you eat to live or live to eat? Fri, 22 Jan 2010 08:41:33 EST Eat Fish to Slow Down Aging From today's Globe and Mail: <BR> <BR> Column Comments (11) <BR> Leslie Beck <BR> Published on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 2:24AM EST <BR> Last updated on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 3:00AM EST <BR> Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids from fish – it’s well-trodden advice in the battle against heart disease. Now, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, it’s a move that may also turn back the biological clock. <BR> <BR> Researchers from the... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 10:13:29 EST C'mon, get happy, it's easier than you think An excerpt from the Houston Chronicle that was in our paper this morning: <BR> <BR> Several years ago a UK psychologist crunched numbers to identify the most depressing day on the calendar. Since then, the third Monday in January- a date determined by factors such as weather and debt- has been called Blue Monday. One can either surrender to the blues or fight back. The article goes on to suggest things like grabbing a fedora and belting out a Judy Garland song, going flamenco dancing or g... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:22:52 EST Commitment Challenge It's easy to set goals but how many of us remain committed to them? Here's your chance to set weekly goals for 2010- each week, starting today, list 2 or 3 Spark goals. Next Sunday report in and then prepare for the following week. <BR> <BR> Here goes: This week I will <BR> 1. Walk 10,000+ steps each day. <BR> 2. Do 25 minutes on the elliptical X 3. <BR> 3. Finish reading Michael Crummey's book "The Wreckage". <BR> Sun, 17 Jan 2010 10:45:24 EST Exercise of the Week- Jan. 14, 2010 Wall pushups- 2 sets of 15, 3 X this week <BR> <BR> These will get progressively harder as the year goes on and each week will highlight either core, upper or lower body. Keep it going! Fri, 15 Jan 2010 13:16:47 EST Question of the Week- Jan. 14 Will you donate money or volunteer time to the Haitian relief effort? Fri, 15 Jan 2010 13:14:35 EST Gen Flab This essay from the Jan. 15 Globe and Mail is a followup to the medical survey released by Statistics Canada this week. This partial excerpt is definitely worth reading and thinking about. <BR> <BR> Yet, leadership has been sorely lacking in this area. We simply don't take the issue seriously. <BR> <BR> Instead we trot out lame excuses like “Canadians aren't fatter, they're just bigger” and we hide behind rhetorical notions like “people's weight and fitness are personal choices.” <BR> <BR... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 12:58:26 EST Bad News About Canadian Health and Fitness From today's Globe and Mail: <BR> <BR> <BR> The Canadian Press <BR> Published on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 10:11AM EST <BR> Last updated on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 10:24AM EST <BR> The first comprehensive study of fitness and obesity levels in Canada in 20 years shows that Canadians at all age groups are becoming fatter and less fit. <BR> <BR> The lead researcher for the project, Dr. Mark Tremblay, says the findings confirm the worst fears of those involved in the field. <BR> <BR> The st... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 11:41:53 EST Nuts - A Healthy Snack <link><BR>s/diet-fitness/articles/diet/eatingwel<BR>l/20036/the-nut-case/ </link> <BR> <BR> The Nut Case <BR> <BR> After years of being frowned upon by fat-phobic nutritionists—and being relegated to the "Use Sparingly" ghetto at the top of the government's food pyramid—nuts are starting to look like nutritional heroes. Not a day goes by, it seems, without the release of another study confirming the health benefits of nuts, from reducing the risk of he... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 12:58:23 EST I'm back Well I fell off the wagon and got ran over by all four tires, and I'm not feeling to proud of myself. I was down over 80 pounds, moved across country to be with my boyfriend(which is going great) and stopped doing everything I was suppose to do. I weighed myself tonight for the first time since May and realized I gained most of my weight back. SO ...tomorrow is a new day and I have to get back on track. I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself right now and just need a word or 100 of encouragem... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 20:30:13 EST Exercise of the Week- Jan. 7, 2010 Bridges to tighten your core muscles- 2 sets of 15 reps at least 3X this week. Thu, 7 Jan 2010 14:37:50 EST Question of the Week- Jan. 7 Did you receive any fitness/nutrition/health promoting gifts over the holidays? Thu, 7 Jan 2010 14:36:11 EST Just wondering Are there any members on this team from Richmond Hill Ontario north of Toronto? Thu, 7 Jan 2010 01:56:41 EST Happy 2010 from Alberta Great to see fellow Canadians! <BR> Greetings from Calgary. Tue, 5 Jan 2010 13:23:19 EST Exercise of the Week- Jan. 1, 2010 Standing Hip Flexors- 2 sets of 15 reps at least 3X this week Tue, 29 Dec 2009 14:24:03 EST 2010 Step Challenge Aim for at least 6500 steps per day, that is almost 5 km and is considered to be on the low end of moderately active. As you get fitter, try for more. Just think, in an average month you will have walked at least 150 km:). <em>68</em> Tue, 29 Dec 2009 14:13:03 EST "Lose a Pound a Week in 2010 Challenge" Start on Friday, January 1 with weigh ins every Friday thereafter. If you don't lose, pop some change in your reward jar and try harder the next week. Don't forget to reward yourself along the way. Reach your goal or lose 52 pounds in 2010, whichever comes first. <em>192</em> Tue, 29 Dec 2009 14:07:54 EST 28-12-09 Todays Weight 239.8 <BR> <BR> I am still not sleeping well this week. I did realize today when I woke that I haven't been using my sound machine. I will use it tomorrow and hopefully will get a good sleep for my last shift of nights. I am still writing everything down I eat in my book and on the Daily Plate which keeps track of calories. Now as long as I stay on plan when not at work I will continue to lose. Mon, 28 Dec 2009 20:34:27 EST Flu shot and positive consequences An interesting article in the on-line Globe and Mail, Dec. 22. Family doctors and emergency room physicians are reporting a significant decrease in the incidence of colds and food borne illnesses since the onset of the H1N1 vaccination program. They are not suggesting that the vaccine is necessarily the reason but note that hand washing and coughing into one's sleeve were both highly publicized during the outbreaks. Keep scrubbing and cover those coughs!...MJ Wed, 23 Dec 2009 15:10:45 EST Nova Scotia Newbie.... Hi everyone, have just joined Sparkpeople and getting to grips with it all - exhausting!!! I moved to NS from the UK 17 months ago and love it. Felt it was finally time, with my 40th looming, to get off my bottom and lose some weight - so here I am!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hopefully I will meet some friends and get some advice and motivation on this site - fingers crossed......... <em>213</em> Tue, 22 Dec 2009 14:41:45 EST Goal of the Week- Dec. 22 to Jan. 3 Keep to your eating and exercise plans through the holiday season. Tue, 22 Dec 2009 09:19:45 EST Question of the Week- Dec. 22 to Jan. 3 There are lots of stories about good deeds from strangers at this time of year- shoveling snow, leaving money for the next person in line at the drive through are examples. Are you guilty of doing a good deed like this:)? Tue, 22 Dec 2009 09:18:09 EST Goal of the Week- Dec. 14 Get enough sleep every day this week. Sun, 13 Dec 2009 12:43:34 EST Question of the Week- Dec. 14 What do you hope to achieve here on Spark in 2010? Sun, 13 Dec 2009 12:40:56 EST Need Food Ideas I have finished my first week of nights and now have 3 days of living in daylight. They have changed my schedule again to 12 hr. night shifts starting at 8 pm. I need to figure out lunches that I can take that are carb free and can be eaten while in a car. In otherwords nothing that needs heating up. I have hard boiled eggs, nuts, protein shake, and cold meats that I have cooked, eg; chicken breast, turkey, roast beef etc. <BR> <BR> Do you have any ideas? I need some veggies in there. I need... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 11:39:43 EST Screen Time and Your Kids (and you) Screen time refers to the total amount of time spent watching TV, playing video games and playing on the computer. It does not include computer time doing homework. <BR> In 2008, the Canadian Paediatric Society reported that on average youth 10-16 years of age spent 6 hours a day in front of a screen. All children who spend more than 4 yours a day on screen time are more likely to be overweight due to lack of movement and unhealthy snacking. Researchers found that more than 10 hours of scr... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 11:39:58 EST Goal of the Week- Dec. 7 Plan for some "me" time in the midst of holiday preparations. Sun, 6 Dec 2009 11:29:39 EST Question of the Week- Dec. 7 What is your favourite item to bake for the holidays? Sun, 6 Dec 2009 11:27:51 EST Hello all you Slimming Canadians I first started on Sparkle back in January and then forgot about it. I have been searching for buddies on other websites since. Not once did I consider SP to look again. I even started a Support group on Facebook,<BR>id=179355540741 to find buddies. I have 9 join but I am still the only one that does the talking. I use the wall like a blog I guess until someone starts talking with me. I just hope the looky-lous are enjoying what I write. <BR> <... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 14:51:40 EST December KM Challenge Keep it rolling! <BR> <BR> Dec. 1- 7.8 <BR> 2.- 9.4 <BR> 3.- 4.2 <BR> 4.- 10.4 <BR> 5.- 10.8 <BR> 6.- 4.3 <BR> 7.- 10.4 <BR> 8.- 10.1 <BR> 9.- 11.3 <BR> 10.-10 <BR> 11.- 8.2 <BR> 12.- 4.3 <BR> 13.- 8.4 <BR> 14.- 10 <BR> 15.- 11.7 <BR> 16.- 8.5 <BR> 17.- 8.9 <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22.-47.6 for last 5 days <BR> Tue, 1 Dec 2009 14:37:41 EST Can Vinegar Work Miracles? The holiday season poses particular hazards for people who are diabetic or those that are sensitive to blood sugar spikes that may follow big meals. Italian researchers have found that when healthy subjects consumed 20 mls of white vinegar as a salad dressing with a meal that included white bread with 50 grams of carbohydrate, there was a 30% reduction in their rise in blood sugar compared with another group who used neutralized vinegar in their salad dressing. A 2004 study published by the... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 12:05:45 EST Where is everyone from Winnipeg?? Now there has got to be some Winnipegers around here somewhere...Come out , come out, where ever you are...... Sat, 28 Nov 2009 22:35:52 EST Goal of the Week- Nov. 30 Make one major Spark goal for the month of December. Sat, 28 Nov 2009 16:16:37 EST Question of the Week- Nov. 30 You were right- the answers were a) brussels sprouts and b) false. <BR> <BR> This week- <BR> <BR> 1. How long can cooked foods safely sit before needing refrigeration? <BR> <BR> 2. Can a hangover be prevented or cured? Sat, 28 Nov 2009 16:15:08 EST Bone Density update This is from the New York Times: <BR> <BR> Phys Ed: The Best Exercises for Healthy Bones <BR> By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS <BR> <BR> Digital Images/Getty Images <BR> Several weeks ago, The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that should give pause to anyone who plans to live a long and independent life. The study looked at the incidence of hip fractures among older Americans and the mortality rates associated with them. Although the number of hip fractures has declined in ... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 11:26:57 EST Help!! I don't get e-mails when new topics are posted in this group.. <BR> <BR> I use my e-mails to keep active in my teams.. but for some reason I get nothing from this team.. <BR> <BR> I've tried deleting the team and readding and still nothing.. <BR> <BR> Is there anyway to check my team settings... What I'm set up to receive e-mails for?! Sun, 22 Nov 2009 09:30:11 EST Goodies from Consumer Reports "Health" 1. A US study of over 45,000 adults revealed that reading the newspaper daily led to higher levels of happiness, while watching lots of TV led to lower happiness levels. It pays to exercise your brain! <BR> <BR> 2. When washing your hands aim for at least 20 seconds, the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice. Make sure to use a scrub brush under your fingernails and avoid antibacterial soaps as the main ingredient, triclosan, may help breed drug resistant bacteria. <BR> <BR> 3. Hate... Sat, 21 Nov 2009 14:45:14 EST Goal of the Week- Nov. 23 Assess how you did this month and set some new goals for December. Sat, 21 Nov 2009 14:36:36 EST Question of the Week- Nov. 23 A bit of a change in pace for the next few weeks- will pose a couple of questions each week and will provide the answers at the end of the week. Here we go: <BR> <BR> 1. Which food is highest in Vitamin C? <BR> a. one clementine <BR> b. 50 ml. cranberry sauce <BR> c. six cooked brussels sprouts <BR> <BR> 2. Sweet and white potatoes have the same number of calories <BR> a. true <BR> b. false <BR> <BR> Sat, 21 Nov 2009 14:34:39 EST Goal of the Week- Nov. 16 Track your food this week-pay attention to Calcium as this is National Osteoporosis Month. Sat, 14 Nov 2009 08:51:09 EST Question of the Week- Nov. 16 What is your best strategy for getting back on the Spark wagon? Sat, 14 Nov 2009 08:49:43 EST Health Canada News 1. Don't Eat Raw Sprouts- Health Canada advises that all sprouts should be well cooked as they harbour salmonella and E. coli. This is especially important for children, the elderly, pregnant women and anyone with a suppressed immune system. Not great news for dieters who look to fresh sprouts as a low calorie ingredient. <BR> <BR> 2. Biocard Celiac Test Kit- approved by Health Canada as a simple at-home test kit that requires only a drop of blood. If you test positive, talk with your doc... Sun, 8 Nov 2009 14:25:24 EST Goal of the Week- Nov. 9 Cook up some "winter" veggies this week- find new recipes for them. Sun, 8 Nov 2009 09:07:31 EST