SparkPeople SP Class of February 14-20, 2010 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from February 14-20, 2010. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of February 14-20, 2010 Team Messageboard Two Words - Change One Join in if you'd like; I'll start: <BR> <BR> Good morning Thu, 4 Feb 2016 06:43:20 EST optifast anyone had first hand experience? my son is starting 4 wks before his surgery- only optifast so how do you feel when foods are added, how about your wt loss? Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:52:08 EST I would like to share this with you <link><BR>ome </link> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:19:33 EST Question April 8 Do you have an artistic side? Do you write, draw, paint? create something? Mon, 8 Apr 2013 14:22:09 EST New username on SP I've been thinking about changing my Spark username for a few months now. Chalk it up to mid-life crisis - or the glass of wine I'm enjoying - or the fact that I just watched the Monkees video in the link below. Whatever the reason, I'm changing my SP username to SweetYoungThing. I'm 53 - kinda "tough-in-cheek" but it makes me chuckle and I'm going with it. I thought I'd let people know so they weren't wondering who the "young" gray-haired lady was that was leaving messages on the team bo... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 12:55:17 EST Question April 2 have you every used/tried a Gaiam's Balance Ball Chair? <BR> <BR> Never heard of it before reading this SP blog; interesting! <BR> <link><BR>ff_we_love_gaiams_balance_ball_chair </link> Tue, 2 Apr 2013 06:13:51 EST Question April 1 What challenges have you set for yourself for the month of April 2013? <BR> <BR> My goal is to drop 5 lbs (it crept back on) and to stay off of Facebook. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 05:41:44 EST Question of the day - March 31st Do you observe Easter? <BR> <BR> I don't participate in any organized religion but God and I are pretty close <em>30</em> So, while my family and I don't attend any church services, we do gather on this day with family. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day, Pat Sun, 31 Mar 2013 07:35:46 EST Question - March 30 What is your favorite aspect of Springtime? Sat, 30 Mar 2013 08:04:21 EST Question - March 29 What are your Easter Plans? Are you traveling or staying home? And what is your dinner choices? <em>172</em> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 06:34:38 EST Wheel Points for March 2013 10 + 3 for me <em>347</em> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 08:32:29 EST Question - February 12 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> If you could have just ONE of the following advantages in your weight-loss journey, which would you choose? <BR> <BR> A personal trainer <BR> A personal healthy chef <BR> A motivational life coach <BR> A fridge that constantly refills itself with healthy food <BR> One extra hour per day for exercise <BR> A fully-stocked home gym <BR> Other (Share it in the comments! <BR> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 06:50:12 EST Question - January 22 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Do you exercise more consistently on weekdays or weekends? <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:12:39 EST what would you try if you KNEW you would not fail? i would become a doctor - travel the world to help the people who needed me - because i would know i would succeed in helping them. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 10:09:49 EST Question - Jan 6 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Does your weight affect how happy you are in life? <BR> Sun, 6 Jan 2013 07:23:23 EST Wheel Points for January 2013 2 & 7 Fri, 4 Jan 2013 06:25:25 EST Happy New Year 2013! Happy New Year to all my team members - I hope you all had a healthy and happy holiday season. Here's to all the Best in 2013!! Love, Pat <em>9</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 07:42:31 EST Question - December 27 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> New Years Resultions - Do you make them? If you do, do you stick with it? <BR> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 10:33:37 EST Queston - December 22 How do you keep yourself motivated? <BR> <BR> <BR> I have someone who pushes me <BR> Lots of positive self-talk <BR> I hang motivational pictures <BR> I read a lot of motivating things Sat, 22 Dec 2012 09:06:06 EST Question - December 20th Having received the fitbit this morning I am feeling new motivation. My question for you is does new exercise products (equipment, dvd's, clothes...) help to motivate you? Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:41:39 EST Question - December 10 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Do you find the holiday season to be a happy time? Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:53:29 EST What do you want for the Holidays <em>38</em> Tue, 4 Dec 2012 12:45:19 EST Wheel points for December 2012 <em>444</em> Tue, 4 Dec 2012 12:44:27 EST Question - December 4 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> How well did you meet the goals you set in 2012? <BR> <BR> <BR> I exceeded my expectations <BR> I met all of my goals <BR> I met most of my goals <BR> I was THISCLOSE to meeting my goals <BR> I didn't do as well as I hoped <BR> My performance was horrible <BR> I didn't set any goals for the past year <BR> Other <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Dec 2012 11:08:13 EST Question - December 2 How does all the holiday hustle and bustle affect you workouts? Sun, 2 Dec 2012 07:15:41 EST THANKSGIVING 2012- WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR? <em>429</em> Fri, 9 Nov 2012 12:18:49 EST BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH! SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! <em>390</em> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:51:37 EST Question for the team! Sept 1 How do you beat stress? Sun, 2 Sep 2012 06:38:56 EST Daily Check In - let us know how you're doing I'm sleepy but working on my second cup of coffee and getting dressed for my morning walk. Have a great day everyone, Pat <em>9</em> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 05:36:37 EST Answer a Question; Ask a Question - New Topic In lieu of emailing out a question of the day link to team members on a daily basis, I'd like to start a new topic called "Answer a question; ask a question" You may have seen such a topic on other spark teams. This will give the team members a chance to interact or grab some easy points for the day. I'll start off with a question: <BR> <BR> What's your favorite type of music to listen to? <BR> <BR> (another team member answers and then asks a question and the string will continue alon... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 08:14:16 EST Question of the day July 16th It wouldn't be summer without the.............................??? <BR> <BR> fresh fruit and produce stands in our local area! Yum :-) Mon, 16 Jul 2012 05:18:15 EST Question of the Day July 15th <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37710x489<BR>89132 </link> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 07:30:17 EST Question of the Day July 15th What is your favorite type of apple? <BR> <BR> For snacking, Red delicious - for making applesauce, Mackintosh <em>150</em> <em>180</em> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 07:29:35 EST Question of the Day July 11th Who is your favorite movie actor? <em>272</em> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 06:00:41 EST Question of the Day July 10th What is a key Lesson you learned from your mother/father? <BR> <BR> My Dad taught me a lot of lessons - most of all to work hard and take pride in your work. My Mom has taught me that if you don't take care of your body, you will "pay for it" in your older years (unfortunately she is going through a lot of problems right now due to the fact that she doesn't take care of her health) <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 08:29:11 EST Question of the Day July 9th What was the best vacation you've ever had? <em>218</em> Mon, 9 Jul 2012 11:33:08 EST Question of the Day July 7th When was the last time you tried something new? Sat, 7 Jul 2012 06:43:55 EST Question of the Day July 5 If you could choose another career than the one you have now, what would it be? <BR> <BR> Something in the medical field for me. Thu, 5 Jul 2012 05:47:15 EST Question of the day July 4th First, I hope everyone has a fun and safe 4th of July! <em>652</em> Question: <BR> <BR> Do celebrate the things you do have? Wed, 4 Jul 2012 06:47:14 EST Question of the Day July 3rd Where have you learned your greatest Lessons? <BR> <BR> I saw this question on an inspirational blog/website and thought perhaps this was too "deep" of a question. However, it only took me a very short time to realize that my "where" is an ongoing process. My greatest lessons come from the time I wake up until the time I fall asleep. I don't think we ever stop learning lessons and that's, quite frankly, exciting! Tue, 3 Jul 2012 09:11:52 EST Question of the Day July 2 Sorry I've been MIA for some time. My daughter got married this past Saturday and, of course, there were all sorts of things going on. <BR> <BR> Question of the day: "What are your plans for the Fourth of July holiday?" <BR> <BR> Honestly, we don't have any as of right now. It's awkward with the holiday being smack in the middle of the week. Probably just sleep in a bit and go for a bike ride that day. Whatever you choose to do, please be safe! Mon, 2 Jul 2012 05:33:11 EST Question of the day June 22nd What is your favorite healthy meal to make? <BR> <BR> I think ANYTHING you make in a slow cooker (taking into consideration that you are using lean meats) is healthy. I throw in lots of veges to create a stew-like meal. Good stuff. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 12:44:07 EST Question of the Day June 21st How does your fiber intake measure up? Thu, 21 Jun 2012 05:31:38 EST Question of the Day June 20th How often do you eat in the car? Wed, 20 Jun 2012 05:26:29 EST Question of the Day June 18th what is your best accomplishment to date? For me, that would be my 3 children. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 06:21:42 EST Question of the Day June 13th What's your favorite "summer time" food? <em>45</em> <em>289</em> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 05:28:28 EST Question of the Day June 12th What would you do differently if you knew no one would judge you? Tue, 12 Jun 2012 05:52:18 EST Question of the Day June 7th How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were? <BR> <BR> for me, 30 sounds about right. <em>214</em> Thu, 7 Jun 2012 20:30:59 EST Question of the Day June 6th How often do you indulge? <BR> <BR> for me, it's usually when holidays roll around and I have been known to not track properly on the weekends. My bottom line answer is: too often since I keep yo-yoing around my goal weight. Wed, 6 Jun 2012 09:30:57 EST Question of the Day June 5th Do you tend to toss-and-turn at night or sleep soundly? <BR> <BR> I sleep soundly as long as I take something that turns my brain off :-( I know SP speaks loudly about not taking a night time sleep aid but if I don't sleep, I am TOAST the next day. Tue, 5 Jun 2012 05:51:06 EST Question of the Day June 4th Do you think women are more critical of other women's bodies than men are? <BR> <BR> Yes, I do. I find it so disturbing when I hear women gossiping about another woman and 'name calling'. I'm sure it's because of jealousy and their own insecurities but I just don't feel at all comfortable listening to women belittling another woman. <BR> <BR> As far as men go, I think we women are far too judgmental of our bodies. I know I am - my husband would love me/be attracted to me whether I was 10... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 09:45:49 EST Question of the Day June 2nd what's your favorite way to prepare vegetables? <em>291</em> Sat, 2 Jun 2012 13:28:54 EST Question of the Day June 1st What is your all-time favorite movie? <BR> <BR> For me, it's Somewhere in Time with Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve Fri, 1 Jun 2012 05:35:11 EST Question of the Day May 31st What's on your "healthy" bucket list? <BR> <BR> I wasn't quite sure how to answer this question but I'm going with the "typical" bucket list scenario. I'd like to go skydiving. I've been talking about it for years and need to start looking into it....prices, etc. <BR> <BR> Going by the more obvious SparkPeople vernacular, I want to buy a recumbent bike. Just found out my DH has high blood pressure and he needs to exercise on a regular basis. He has arthritis in his knees and can't go on... Thu, 31 May 2012 05:27:28 EST Question of the Day May 30th First, I apologize for being missing in action these past days. Today marks 1 more month until my oldest daughters wedding and then 2 weeks after her wedding, my son gets married. Mix some family drama into that picture plus working close to 50 hours a week and you have a 'zombie-like' Pat by the end of the day. Here's the question: <BR> <BR> What sports did (do) you play in school? I was always involved in intramural, not scholastic but I did a number of things.....bowling, tennis, badm... Wed, 30 May 2012 05:42:04 EST Question of the Day May 22nd What helps you stay fuller longer? <BR> <BR> I drink as much water as I can during a meal and then after. Always works for me. <em>194</em> Tue, 22 May 2012 06:02:11 EST Question of the Day May 21st Do you eat red meat? If so, how often? Mon, 21 May 2012 10:38:11 EST Question of the Day May 19th What are your plans for this weekend? <BR> <BR> I'm hopefully finding a dress for my daughter's wedding; keeping my fingers crossed. Enjoy! Pat Sat, 19 May 2012 07:47:17 EST Question of the Day May 18th <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37710x481<BR>21773 </link> Fri, 18 May 2012 06:21:42 EST Question of the Day May 18th Would you consider "going" vegetarian or vegan? Maybe you already are!? Fri, 18 May 2012 06:21:09 EST Question of the Day May 17th If you experience arthritis, do you use medication to manage it? Thu, 17 May 2012 00:30:25 EST Question of the Day May 15th How often do you use tanning beds? Tue, 15 May 2012 06:32:16 EST Question of the Day May 13th Who motivates you the most? Sun, 13 May 2012 07:48:11 EST Question of the Day May 11th What do you like, if anything, about aging and getting older? Fri, 11 May 2012 06:10:30 EST Question of the Day May 8th How do you deal with setbacks? Tue, 8 May 2012 05:18:34 EST Wheel Points & Emoticon May 2012 10 points <em>213</em> Mon, 7 May 2012 12:33:36 EST Question of the Day May 7th What's your number 1 food weakness? Mon, 7 May 2012 06:16:54 EST Question of the Day May 5th What will you be planting in your garden this season? <BR> <BR> I'm planting more lavender and need to get my basil. Definitely some impatients and marigolds - mums in the fall. I may get adventurous and plant some tomatoes :-) Sat, 5 May 2012 06:48:40 EST Question of the Day May 4th How much do you know about your family's health history? <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! <em>9</em> Fri, 4 May 2012 06:07:21 EST Question of the Day May 2nd If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be? <BR> <BR> My first thought for myself was "rocky road" because of all the chaos going on in my life right now. Then I asked my husband and he said I'd be 'cookies and cream' because of my dark hair and light skin. <BR> <BR> Ask your significant other what flavor you'd be - should get some fun answers! Wed, 2 May 2012 05:11:43 EST Question of the Day May 1st First, Happy May! I can't believe how quickly time goes. <BR> <BR> Question: what is your favorite hobby? Tue, 1 May 2012 05:50:41 EST Question of the Day April 30th How do you work in your 5 fruits and veggies? <BR> <BR> I eat as much raw veges as possible, but do have frozen veges with dinner. I love fruit so that's never a problem for me. I do drink V8 from time to time as well. Have a great day, Pat <em>265</em> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 05:52:02 EST Question of the Day April 27th What is your favorite mind-body exercise? <BR> <BR> For me, it's walking/hiking. I love how it helps to clear my mind! <em>311</em> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 18:21:19 EST Question of the Day April 26th Who do you feel judges your weight more: yourself or others? Thu, 26 Apr 2012 18:24:32 EST Question of the Day April 25th Paying bills: do you still write checks or pay online? <BR> <BR> I pay the majority online but have one or two that make check writing a necessity. <em>17</em> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 05:42:54 EST Question of the Day April 24th do you volunteer for a cause? Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:34:05 EST Question of the Day April 23rd Are you an emotional eater? <BR> <BR> I used to say 'no, I'm not' but after the past 3 weeks of problems I've put 7 pounds back on and now realize otherwise. <BR> <BR> Time to get serious and stop feeling sorry for myself. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 06:08:45 EST Question of the Day April 20th Do you have, or have you had, any healthy eating resentment? <BR> <BR> Personally, for me, I start to feel grouchy, irritable, down right B*!&#y if I don't have a glass of wine at least every other week. I don't need or want wine every day but when I'm really watching I, of course, cut out any and all alcohol. I do allow myself to 'cave' however and include the calories in my day. <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 15:39:49 EST Question of the Day April 19th What's the best "find" you've discovered at a yard sale? <BR> <BR> I never have, really. My husband and I love Antiques Roadshow (showing my age here!) and I can't believe how many people say "I bought this at a yard sale for $5" and it ends up being worth BIG bucks! A lot of the valuable items they showcase are ugly, in my opinion, and I would never buy it - even 'cheap'. I think I have to re-train my eyes <em>334</em> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 13:45:42 EST Question of the Day April 18th Has anyone ever tried Sensa? <BR> <BR> I've been asking around on different teams but no one seems to know anything about it. I'm considering using it and have done some research on it but like a "real review" from team members I trust than random reviews online. Thanks! Have a great day, Pat Wed, 18 Apr 2012 06:06:22 EST Question of the Day April 17th How do you exercise your brain? <BR> <BR> My job, no matter how much I may not like it at time, is definitely exercise for my brain. I feel like I'm solving puzzles all day long - I coordinate a lot of paperwork. Sounds boring but it can be quite stressful and challenging at times. <BR> <BR> My 83 yr old Mother does crossword puzzles everyday and is sharp as a tack!! Tue, 17 Apr 2012 05:43:37 EST Question of the Day April 16th What do you do for yourself when you are feeling "down in the dumps" and need a pick-me-up?? <em>67</em> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 10:16:40 EST Question of the day April 13th Have you ever had surgery to alleviate a health condition? <BR> <BR> Yes, for me. A total left hip replacement and a bunionectomy on my foot. Ah, age!!!! Fri, 13 Apr 2012 05:19:41 EST Question of the Day April 11th How do you stay healthy during flu season? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I get a flu shot at some point between October and December and hope for the best! So far, that approach has worked. I have had the flu a number of times in the past and don't take the chance of NOT getting the shot. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 06:18:14 EST Question of the Day April 10th What advice would you give to a new SparkPeople member? Tue, 10 Apr 2012 06:22:41 EST Question of the Day April 6th Which is your favorite meal of the day? <BR> <BR> I always look forward to my breakfast around 8 a.m., however, I love having dinner with my husband after spending the day apart from each other. Fri, 6 Apr 2012 09:59:34 EST Question of the Day April 5th Which part of your body makes you feel most confident? <BR> <BR> For me, it's my shoulders - broad and strong <em>344</em> Thu, 5 Apr 2012 06:02:42 EST Question of the Day April 2nd What is your favorite outdoor activity? <BR> <BR> For me, it's walking/hiking followed by gardening <em>214</em> Mon, 2 Apr 2012 05:24:34 EST Question of the Day March 31st What prevents you from getting enough sleep? <em>102</em> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 07:38:42 EST Question of the Day March 30th do you have arthritis? How do you treat it? Fri, 30 Mar 2012 06:25:52 EST SITE BECOMING ANNOYING sorry to complain guys - but my cursor cannot help but pass over/touch many many ads and things - like this morning - the spark vegan box just kept popping up while i tried to answer the 'question of the day' - <BR> this site is getting so crammed full of ads - they open immediately and won't go away lots of the time. <BR> the things i DO WANT to open take forever. <BR> please - no more stress - stop adding, changing and otherwise bunging up this site. BB Thu, 29 Mar 2012 09:58:31 EST Question of the Day March 29th What's the one go-to food item you're never without? <BR> <BR> Strange as it sounds, for me it's bananas! <em>265</em> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 08:46:14 EST Question of the Day March 28th Do you think drinking water improves your skin? <em>247</em> Pat Wed, 28 Mar 2012 05:42:15 EST Thanks for the goodie and the encouragement Thanks so much for giving me a pedicure - just what I need! And for the encouragement. I have been bummed out by a new knee injury - it will heal up in a few weeks, but I am missing walking. I will not give up - no way. It might take me a little longer to reach my goal - but I'm in it for the long haul anyway!! Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:15:50 EST Question of the Day March 27th Have you ever exercised in water to help a health condition? Tue, 27 Mar 2012 05:24:10 EST Question of the Day March 26th Do you prefer mini workouts or long workouts?? <BR> <BR> Have a great day, Pat <em>9</em> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 05:10:17 EST Question of the Day March 21st What is your favorite low calorie, healthy recipe? Wed, 21 Mar 2012 05:45:15 EST Question of the Day march 29th How did you sleep last night? How do you do in general with your sleep? Tue, 20 Mar 2012 05:56:33 EST Question of the Day March 19th Which do you prefer? Salty or Sweet............. <BR> <BR> While I really enjoy salty snacks, I can control them. Sweets, on the other hand, tend to send me spiraling so I avoid them. <BR> <BR> My answer - I prefer sweets <em>473</em> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 14:16:34 EST Question of the Day March 18th Work has been hectic these last few weeks and I haven't had much time to spend on SP but I have a question for today. <BR> <BR> Did you do anything special for St. Patricks Day yesterday? We went to a party with some friends and had a nice time - took a motorcycle ride yesterday as well. Gorgeous weather here! <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday <em>252</em> Sun, 18 Mar 2012 07:44:15 EST Question of the Day March 15th Can you believe it's March 15th already? Time goes too fast! Here's the question: do you feel pressured at work to eat unhealthy? <BR> <BR> I work with men and they don't care if I eat the junk food laying around or not. If I don't eat it; more for them :-) I have found, in the past, that when there are other women around, they seem to push everyone else to eat some of the cookies, cakes, bagels, etc that may have been brought in by them or clients. Must be a maternal 'eat, eat, eat!" th... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 06:23:23 EST Question of the day March 14th How often do you go out to eat? <BR> <BR> My husband is a big fan of restaurants; me....not so much! I think we go out way too often; at least 4 times per week, always breakfast on Saturday and Sunday - usually dinner Friday and Saturday. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 06:00:33 EST Question of the Day March 12th How do you deal with special ocassions? Mon, 12 Mar 2012 09:21:46 EST Question of the Day March 10th Spring is coming!! How does the rain effect your mood, day, workout?? <em>27</em> Sat, 10 Mar 2012 06:15:43 EST Question of the Day March 9th Do you like to experiment with cooking? Fri, 9 Mar 2012 06:03:22 EST Question of the Day March 8th What time of day is your will power challenged the most? <BR> <BR> For me, it's immediately right after I get home from work. I have to really hold myself back from eating 'whatever' and not taking into account what I'm eating. Not sure why, but that's the time of day I have to have a lot of inner dialogue going on! Thu, 8 Mar 2012 14:45:00 EST Thank you to the team leaders! I want to send a note out to the team leaders of SP Class of February 14-20, 2010! Ya'll have been so wonderful at making questions, responding to things, and sending spark goodies! The clown that you sent to cheer up my kids (who have been sick) was so thoughtful and that isn't the first time you have done something like that. I really appreciate it! Thank you for your support and encouragement! <BR> <BR> I haven't been very present in the team questions and such, but will work harder... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 15:10:59 EST Question of the Day March 5th What local restaurant chain/s would you recommend for healthy eating and menu items that won't through you off track? Mon, 5 Mar 2012 05:15:06 EST Question of the Day March 4th Inexpensive ideas for rewards for yourself? <em>247</em> <em>9</em> Pat Sun, 4 Mar 2012 06:21:11 EST Question of the Day March 3rd Healthy snack ideas under 200 calories?? <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday, Pat <em>9</em> Sat, 3 Mar 2012 06:39:26 EST Question of the Day March 2nd Do you experience negative self-talk? <BR> <BR> I do, at times, but nothing like I used to. Since I've joined SP and have been able to communicate with other people on a weight loss journey, I've learned to be more forgiving of myself and to not be so tough on myself. <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! Pat <em>9</em> Fri, 2 Mar 2012 06:39:34 EST Question of the Day March 1st Happy March 2012! What are your plans/goals for March? <BR> <BR> I lost 4 pounds in February. I'm taking my goals in smaller chunks and going with a "week streak" for the first week of March - Track water, exercise, food as usual, work on my cuticle biting habit, read 15 minutes per day, continue working on picture gallery. Thu, 1 Mar 2012 05:21:10 EST Question of the Day February 28th What foods keep you satisfied? <BR> <BR> For me, it's fruit. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 04:06:08 EST Question of the Day Feb 27th How do you change up your workouts? <BR> <BR> For me, I simple change order the weights routine without changing the actual exercise. Some days I'll substitute a long walk in the morning with the elliptical or visa versa. <BR> <BR> Happy Monday, Pat <em>9</em> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 05:45:29 EST Question of the Day Feb 26th What's your LEAST favorite type of exercise? <BR> <BR> Crunches/reverse crunches - without a doubt! <em>344</em> <em>84</em> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 09:45:20 EST Question of the Day Feb 25th Did you gain weight after getting married? <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Feb 2012 05:38:16 EST Question of the day Feb 24th On average, how many hours of television do you watch each day? <BR> <BR> I truly don't know but I am going to start to write it down. I saw this question on another site (had to do with heart health) and it got me thinking. I sit most of my day in front of computer monitors so it's not t.v. but it's sedentary. Gives me something to think about! Pat <em>9</em> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 06:10:09 EST Question of the Day February 23rd Who/what is your support? <BR> <BR> My friends on Spark People...........................all the way! Thu, 23 Feb 2012 06:50:06 EST Question of the Day February 21st What do you like about the winter? <BR> <BR> I like that it's the time of year when I can "hunker down" and get projects done around the house. I find I cook more and find more time to meet friends for lunch/dinner. <BR> <BR> The older I get the less I enjoy the snow but we haven't had any snow to speak of here in Central PA this season. Everyone is talking that we may get 'hit' with a storm in March - I'd be okay if we didn't. A light snow that melts within a few days would suit me. <BR... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 05:37:53 EST Question of the Day February 20th When it comes to eating healthy, do you "cut it out" or "Cut back"? <BR> <BR> I actually saw this question on a thread on SP this morning and it got me to thinking. Spark People has taught me that I must cut out some food items - simply because if I have 1, I'll surely have another and my day will be sabotaged. However, there are a lot of food items that I don't feel the need to stay away from and can have a moderate serving and not feel like I'm being punished for the rest of my life (i.e... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 08:46:35 EST Question of the Day Feb 19th do you buy special exercise apparel? <BR> <BR> No...........I don't...........maybe I'd feel like I should if I had a gym membership or took yoga. I've checked certain items out in stores and couldn't believe how expensive they are! Of course, just because they have some brand name on them. I wear basics from Walmart and t-shirts. The most money I spend is used to invest in good, sturdy walking sneakers. Other than that, it's plain ol' Pat! Sun, 19 Feb 2012 07:28:18 EST Question of the Day February 18th Do you manage to get in your 8 glasses of water each day? <BR> <BR> I bought a big glass from Walmart that holds 24 oz. of fluid and I drink 3 of them during my workday. At home, on the weekends, I drink as much as I can. If we go out to a restaurant, I am always asking for water refills but must admit I don't keep track of the water consumption as carefully on the weekends. <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday! Pat <em>9</em> Sat, 18 Feb 2012 06:54:59 EST Question of the Day February 17th Do you have anyone nearby that also belongs to Spark People? <BR> <BR> I live in Central PA and joined that team hoping to hook up with other near my community that I could walk with, etc. but have never had any luck with that approach. I have read some blogs where people are getting together with a large group to do a weekend walk. I'm envious of that! <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 06:08:04 EST Question of the Day February 16th Would you rather cook the meal or clean the kitchen? <BR> <BR> Easy one for me........I'm very anal retentive and would rather spend time cleaning my house or car rather than cooking. I enjoy baking but the problem is I eat what I bake so I avoid it. <BR> <BR> Have a great day, Pat <em>9</em> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 05:39:54 EST Question of the Day February 15th Do you do your own taxes or do you have them done by someone else? Wed, 15 Feb 2012 05:49:13 EST Question of the Day February 14th What are your reflections as we celebrate 2 years on Spark People together? <BR> <BR> I've learned a lot about exercise, my food choices and myself. I've met some wonderful friends that I love to learn more about through their blogs, posts and writings. Of course, the support we give each other here is incredible as well. I've considered it a Blessing from God to have stumbled across Spark People on the internet two years ago when I was feeling quite lost and disgusted with myself and the... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 03:55:24 EST Question of the Day February 12th How's your cholesterol? (taken from SparkPeople health tip) <BR> <BR> Health Tip: Improving Your Cholesterol <BR> Here are some suggestions <BR> (Health Day News) -- High levels of LDL (the so-called "bad" cholesterol) or triglycerides puts you at higher risk of heart attack and stroke. <BR> While there's no surefire way to lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides, the American Diabetes Association mentions these practices that can help lower your numbers: <BR> * Quit smoking. <BR> *... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 12:22:14 EST Question of the Day February 11th Do you eat Greek yogurt? <BR> <BR> I've tried it and it's okay. It does have a different consistency than 'regular' yogurt. I like that it has more protein but don't like the price of it! Once again, the marketing of it runs the price up. <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday, Pat <em>9</em> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 02:53:36 EST Question of the Day February 10th What's your biggest challenge, health/food-wise, on the weekends? <BR> <BR> I am tempted to snack more on the weekends, even on healthy foods, and the calories can add up quickly. Some weekends I struggle with it, other times I sail right through. <BR> <BR> Happy Friday gang, Pat <em>9</em> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 05:34:59 EST Question of the Day - February 9th What One Bad Habit Do You Wish You Never Started? <BR> <BR> For me, it's biting my cuticles. I've been doing it since I was a child and it's a habit I've passed onto both my girls. VERY hard habit to break! <BR> <BR> Have a great day, Pat <em>9</em> Thu, 9 Feb 2012 05:06:05 EST Question of the Day February 8th Do you take herbal supplements? I've tried them in the past but am leery of them so I stick with the basic supplements - multi, vit d, omega <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=506 </link> Wed, 8 Feb 2012 06:17:37 EST Question of the Day February 7th What's your favorite color of the rainbow? I lean more towards blue, indigo and violet. Have a great day, Pat <em>9</em> Tue, 7 Feb 2012 06:06:44 EST Question of the Day February 6th what do you find to be your biggest challenge during the course of your day? <BR> <BR> Mine is not snacking between dinnertime and bedtime - or throughout the day if I happen to have a day off.. <BR> <BR> Happy Monday, Pat <em>9</em> Mon, 6 Feb 2012 05:56:54 EST Question of the Day February 5th You know you're getting more fit when? <BR> <BR> I feel it in a number of ways: my energy level, the way my clothes fit, my overall attitude and, of course, I am a believer in using the scale to gauge where I'm 'at'. Although, I don't use the scale as much as I did when I first joined SP. I'm challenging myself this month to only weigh in once - that will be February 28th (ignoring the fact that it's leap year) <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day everyone, Pat <em>9</em> Sun, 5 Feb 2012 07:07:03 EST Question of the Day February 4th What do you eat when craving something sweet? <BR> <BR> I don't really crave sweets but I reach for fruit, of some kind, and that satisfies my sweet tooth when the mood strikes. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend everyone, Pat <em>9</em> Sat, 4 Feb 2012 06:42:10 EST Question of the Day - February 3rd Do you believe people can be healthy at any weight? Pat <em>9</em> Fri, 3 Feb 2012 00:30:12 EST Question of the Day - February 2nd Which meal typically makes up the bulk of your calories for the day? <BR> <BR> For me, it's dinner but it runs a very close second to breakfast. Pat <em>9</em> Thu, 2 Feb 2012 05:13:20 EST Question of the Day February 1st How do you like to reward yourself - for weight loss or otherwise? <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day and Happy February 1st! Pat Wed, 1 Feb 2012 04:58:16 EST Questions for the Day January 31st <BR> Do you volunteer for a cause? Tue, 31 Jan 2012 06:13:34 EST THE OLD 'BAIT AND SWITCH' alive and well! yep - consumers - yet again today - another conversation with the cell phone company who have stated i am on the 'lowest cost plan' bar none. so when i saw some of their recent ads i called about it - <BR> all of a sudden - since i was about to close my account - I AM ELIGIBLE for a half price six mos deal with a more upgraded phone and added minutes to my monthly schedule no extra charge. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm - <BR> the cable company has a new twist on their 24 mos so called 'locked ... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:36:21 EST Question of the day January 30th What types of foods do you pack for lunch at work? <BR> <BR> I usually go the lazy route and have a frozen Healthy Choice meal (not sure it's all that healthy!) or Progresso high fiber soup. I'll also pack fresh fruit, carrots and celery when I take the time to plan. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 06:27:54 EST Question of the day January 29th Are You Prepared to Reach Your Goals? Is your goal specific, meaning that it includes details like numbers (lose 20 pounds, eat 5 fruits and veggies, walk 30 minutes) and dates (by January, every day, each week)? <BR> <BR> With February approaching I have to re-exam my goals and write down specifics for myself. January was busy with my granddaughters birth and work getting busier and, truthfully, I haven't taken care of myself as far as planning food/exercise like I should have. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 19:13:11 EST Question of the Day January 28th Do you use Spark People with your significant other? <BR> <BR> I (we) do not; he knows what SP is all about and how much I enjoy it but he doesn't have an account. He does need to lose weight but we all must feel the need ourselves. I try to lead by example; the rest is up to him <em>337</em> Sat, 28 Jan 2012 08:05:03 EST Question of the Day January 27th What is your favorite fruit?? <BR> <BR> Mine is banana <em>265</em> but lots of summer fruit when in season. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 01:53:38 EST Question of the Day January 25th My first question is...............did I miss January 24th with a question? Oh my; so many things going on. Okay, so I didn't clog up your in boxes for one day <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Here's the question for today.........January 25th: What are your thoughts on the Paula Deen "controversy"? No, I don't really consider it a controversy but I AM a little disappointed that she didn't acknowledge her diabetes sooner when she was promoting (and making money off of) her high fat/high sugar re... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 19:10:23 EST Question of the Day January 23rd Do you journal? <BR> <BR> I used to - years ago - and while I find journaling (or keeping a diary very helpful) - I just don't have the time for it. I like that some sparkers use blogging as journaling; haven't taken that approach yet. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 07:23:12 EST Question of the Day - January 22nd Have you ever tried Tai Chi? <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=475 </link> <em>9</em> Sun, 22 Jan 2012 07:29:55 EST Question of the Day - January 21st What do you feel is your best asset? Physical ................ or otherwise. Sat, 21 Jan 2012 01:08:33 EST Question of the Day - January 20th Do you own a Nintendo Wii? If so, what's your favorite game? <BR> <BR> My husband and I don't own one yet, but keep checking out prices/sales. I see one in our future soon <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Have a great day, Pat Fri, 20 Jan 2012 06:55:49 EST Question of the Day - January 19th What’s your favorite way to prepare eggs? <BR> <BR> I like them hard boiled with some seasoned salt on them. Great protein source to take along for lunch when I'm working. Scrambled if I'm ordering them out for breakfast. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 07:51:43 EST ITS A GUY THING using ten times the amount of dish detergent for two dishes- <BR> <BR> ditto for laundry soap - freaky friday for sure. <BR> <BR> FEEL FREE TO KEEP THE THREAD GOING - GENTLEMEN TOO <BR> <BR> BB Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:50:27 EST biggest loser won't be around too much longer hey - in the beginning it was inspiring, interesting and even tho the wt. loss was 'out of this world and non attainable or realistic for most of us' - we still cheered all the participants and could not wait for each week. <BR> then as i have mentioned before - it became unbearably repetitive - before and after every commercial the same shots over and over - it became nauseated with everyone snotting and puking with the first weeks of work outs. <BR> it became unbelievable that 'trainers' w... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:39:28 EST Question of the Day - January 18th Are you a worrier? How do you calm your mind? <BR> <BR> I am a worrier. When I find myself obsessing over something during the day, I talk about it with my husband or one of my kids and they can help alleviate the worry. Sometimes I write things down that have me concerned and write down a possible solution to erase the worry (this helps a lot actually!) <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone, Pat <em>9</em> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 06:38:35 EST Question of the Day January 17th How often do you REALLY floss your teeth? <BR> <BR> For me, it's either once or twice a day. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 07:40:30 EST Question of the Day January 16th what sport did you play in high school (if any?) <BR> <BR> I was only involved in intramural sports - badminton, tennis, bowling - but was never on any official school team. Working was more important to me than to be tied down to a schedule. <BR> <BR> Have a gerat day, Pat Mon, 16 Jan 2012 07:31:13 EST Question of the Day - January 15th What is your biggest reason for working out? <BR> <BR> As I age, I realize the importance of simply having "working parts" in my body! My Mom is 83 and, while she's mentally alert, she's neglected her body all her life and is really paying for it now. Has very little mobility; I don't want to be that way if the Good Lord lets me stay on earth that long. <BR> <BR> Have a great day, Pat Sun, 15 Jan 2012 07:35:01 EST Question of the Day - January 14th What do you think about when you exercise? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I try to NOT think too much about anything. I try to enjoy the workout and drown out my thoughts by listening to a DVD playing in the room with me. It's about the only time I don't have serious thoughts. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 00:11:31 EST Question of the Day - Jan 13 Being Friday the 13th I want to know if you are superstitious? <BR> <BR> I've always thought of Friday the 13th as lucky - I think it is because I like the number 13. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:03:03 EST Question of the day - January 8th How do you stick to healthy eating/living on the weekends? <BR> <BR> On the weekends, I may not take or find the time to exercise like I do from Monday to Friday but that's okay. I just get back into my workout routine when I get back into my work routine. As far as eating goes, I just try to make good choices and prepare for different situations... parties, going out with friends, etc., the best I can. Pat <em>9</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 04:18:04 EST Question of the Day January 7th If you had to choose a theme song for yourself, what would it be? (I actually do have odd questions like this going through my mind all day and night) :-) <BR> <BR> Mine would be Mr. Blue Sky by ELO - love that sound! Sat, 7 Jan 2012 06:47:36 EST Question of the Day - January 6th Have you ever had a mentor? Share with us how he or she impacted your life! Fri, 6 Jan 2012 04:05:00 EST Question of the Day - January 5th Coffee or Tea? <BR> <BR> I prefer coffee and have limited myself to two cups in the morning. <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> Have a great day, pat Thu, 5 Jan 2012 05:20:20 EST Question of the Day - January 4th Do you binge eat? I can but don't often do so because of how sick I feel afterwards. Believe it or not I can with Twizzlers (of all things!) I read this article Spark has regarding binging and thought it may be helpful. <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1703 </link> <BR> <BR> Have a great day, Pat <em>9</em> Wed, 4 Jan 2012 05:39:30 EST Question of the Day - January 3rd Do you have a favorite workout DVD? I don't but thought those of us that do can share some ideas. Pat Tue, 3 Jan 2012 05:44:57 EST Question of the Day - Jan 2nd How do you feel about morning workouts? For me, it's the only way to fit in my workout/exercise unless I can walk at lunchtime, or around our local mall, as I did yesterday. If I don't "just do it" first thing in the morning, it won't get done. <em>252</em> Pat Mon, 2 Jan 2012 07:34:51 EST Question of the Day - January 1, 2012 First, I wish you all a wonderful and Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> What dreams do you have for yourself that you don't mind sharing with the Team? <BR> <BR> I want to write....I have an idea in mind for a book and I want to see myself embrace and nurture it this year. <BR> <BR> Have a good day; here's to us Sparkers! <em>9</em> Pat Sun, 1 Jan 2012 10:26:50 EST Question of the Day - December 31st Can you believe it's the LAST day of 2011 already? Where'd this year? (Sorry, that wasn't the question) <BR> <BR> What "diet" dilemma, if any, do you usually struggle with? Personally, the holidays are always my biggest challenge and this season was no different. I give myself permission to eat/drink whatever I want and ultimately gain weight back that I fought so hard to lose over the year. <BR> <BR> I have promised myself the 2012 holidays will be different. I came to my senses on 12/... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 06:27:49 EST Question of the day - December 30th What's your favorite color? (Yes, Val, it's okay to say you like the rainbow!) <em>334</em> Pat Fri, 30 Dec 2011 05:44:58 EST Question of the Day - December 29th Do you have any big plans for New Years Eve or NY Day?? <BR> <BR> My DH and I are staying home for a romantic dinner on NYE - no plans NY day. Maybe take a bike ride, weather permitting. Of course, all plans will change if our oldest daughter goes into labor (poor girl looks like a tick about to pop!) Have a great day all, Pat <em>107</em> <em>411</em> <em>9</em> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 06:05:11 EST Question of the Day - December 28th When was the last time you updated your Spark page? <BR> <BR> I started with Spark People almost 2 years ago and I need to update my intro and goals, etc. I've been reading others SP pages and am impressed with how specific they are on their pages. I'm going to do that also; just in time for the New Year! Happy Wednesday, Pat <em>9</em> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 05:37:35 EST Question of the Day - December 27th How do you actually exercise during the holidays? <BR> <BR> I haven't been "doing what I am supposed to do". Way off my routine but have promised myself to get back into as of yesterday morning; I'm not waiting for January 1st. Tue, 27 Dec 2011 05:16:50 EST Question of the Day - December 26th Do you go for an annual physical? <BR> <BR> I have to call to make the appointment. I don't run to the doctor for every little ache and/or pain but I do believe in preventative medicine. Have a beautiful day, Pat <em>9</em> Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:23:29 EST NOT a Question!!! Just a statement.................. I wish you all a Merry and Blessed Christmas - Pat <em>446</em> Sat, 24 Dec 2011 12:48:21 EST Question of the Day - December 23rd Do you plan on tracking your food on Christmas day?? <em>446</em> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 06:46:56 EST Question of the Day - December 21st Do you send out Holiday/Christmas cards? I've cut way back. In years past I sent out a ridiculous amount to people and decided to only send out to immediate family/friends this year. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 06:29:46 EST Question of the Day - December 19th Are you "done"?? How are your plans coming for the holidays? I was supposed to do all the wrapping this weekend....and didn't. I am avoiding getting things done. I'm just not into the Holidays this year. The older I get the less I enjoy Christmas. (yes, I know that the gift/dinner thing is not the real meaning of Christmas but try telling family members - 'sorry, no Christmas dinner or gifts this year). Turning into Scrooge :-) Actually, I've done more donating this year to charities ... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 06:36:51 EST Question of the day - December 18th What is your favorite Holiday movie? I have too many to mention but the first one that came to mind was "A Christmas Story" with Ralphie. I enjoy that movie any time of year - enjoy the rest of the weekend, Pat <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>446</em> Pat Sun, 18 Dec 2011 03:17:44 EST Question of the Day December 17th What are your plans for the weekend? Sat, 17 Dec 2011 07:53:53 EST Question of the Day - December 15th What is your favorite Holiday? <BR> <BR> Mine is Halloween (if you consider that a holiday). I already miss the smell of the autumn air and the vibrant colors. Now, our Christmas tree adds a different kind of color and when that's taken down the house seems so empty! I think an interior decorator would say that means I need more color around my house <em>465</em> <em>446</em> Have a great day, Pat Thu, 15 Dec 2011 05:46:29 EST monotony = HOUSEWORK, EXERCISING AND DIETING vacuuming is the most monotonous, thankless job - break your back - kill your wrists, jerk your neck, and on on on. <BR> i swear i dust - and two hours later - where the h--- did it all come back from???? <BR> clean sink ?? yes for about two minutes - until some body brushes teeth, hair or washes hands. <BR> exercising - how many ways can you squat ? you are supposed to keep the muscles surprised - try to find a way!! i can't do a push up if my life depended on it - maybe it does - i don't ... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 14:55:09 EST Question of the Day - December 14th What's your favorite to burn calories in the winter? <BR> <BR> I continue to walk when the weather cooperates but stick with the elliptical and weights in my nice warm basement <em>334</em> Have a good day, Pat Wed, 14 Dec 2011 06:03:48 EST Question of the Day December 13th Do you do a lot of baking during the holidays? <em>446</em> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 06:14:00 EST Question of the Day December 11th Do you send out a lot of Christmas cards? I've cut back significantly on the amount I send out. I found I was sending out more than I was receiving so I'm sending out the bare minimum and the money I would have spent on postage has been put into the Salvation Army contribution box. Have a great day, Pat <em>445</em> Sun, 11 Dec 2011 06:45:28 EST Question of the Day December 10th What color do you look the 'best' in? Sat, 10 Dec 2011 06:59:34 EST Pats Question of the Day December 9th What was your favorite toy as a kid? Fri, 9 Dec 2011 06:43:17 EST Pats Question of the Day - December 7th Do you experience Insomnia? If so, how do you deal with it? Easy question for me this morning - it's 2 a.m., I'm on SP because I'm having one of THOSE nights. A lot of my problem stems from perimenopausal 'stuff'. Lovely........... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 02:08:30 EST Pat's Question of the Day December 6th Do you take Vitamin D at all – just during the winter or all year round? <BR> <BR> I've increased my dose of Vit. D since I'm not out in the sun as much this time of year. I've never been diagnosed but I know I get SAD symptoms December through March and the Vitamin D supplements seem to help. Tue, 6 Dec 2011 06:44:24 EST Pat's Question of the Day December 5th Do you use a food scale? Mon, 5 Dec 2011 05:39:22 EST Pat's Question of the Day December 2nd? Do you exercise your mind? If so, how? <em>149</em> <em>150</em> Pat Fri, 2 Dec 2011 06:14:45 EST Pat's Question of the Day December 1st Does your skin care change from season-to-season? Mine is actually the same except for my hands. I use a lot more moisturizer with hand warmers to keep my skin from getting so dried out. Not sure if it really helps or not but it feels good <em>334</em> Pat Thu, 1 Dec 2011 05:42:30 EST Pat's Question of the Day November 30th How do you get yourself back on track? I have The Spark on CD and listen to it when I need a boost. It really helps. Sitting and re-assessing my goals helps too. <BR> <BR> Have a great day, Pat <em>9</em> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 05:50:21 EST Pat's Question of the Day November 29th Have you started to think about your New Year's resolutions/goals for yourself? Have a great day, Pat <em>9</em> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 05:29:36 EST Pat's Question of the Day November 28th How do you handle stress? Exercise and meditation/prayer. A long walk always helps too. Writing my feelings down...........a combination of all of the above :-) Mon, 28 Nov 2011 06:22:20 EST Pat's Question of the Day November 27th What do you celebrate during the Holidays? For me it's Yule and Christmas. <em>446</em> <em>460</em> Have a great day, Pat Sun, 27 Nov 2011 07:41:52 EST Pats question of the day - November 26th Are you fitting in some exercise during the holidays? I haven't been sticking to my routine like I did before mid-November but I have to get back to it; my body can feel the absence! Have a great day everyone, Pat <em>324</em> Sat, 26 Nov 2011 06:45:48 EST Pat's question of the Day - November 25th Do you go shopping on Black Friday? If so, what specific bargains are you hoping to find? <em>429</em> <em>446</em> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 13:48:08 EST Favorite piece of exercise equipment? I'm looking into adding another piece of equipment to my basement. Does anyone have a recumbent bike or can you suggest another item you find helpful? I have an elliptical and a really nice Body Gear weight station. Thanks! Pat Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:58:57 EST JUNE begins with Summer Goals! It is the month of June. Set a summer goal. Believe in yourself! Have fun throughout your journey! Reap the rewards from your progress! You CAN achieve your summer goal! <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> Have a Sparktacular Summer! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>298</em> <em>237</em> <em>300</em> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Jun 2011 12:55:57 EST I'm going to be a grandmother! My beautiful daughter, Maggie, is due December 12th and we are all so excited!! I feel so Blessed. We can't wait and I'm sure the rest of her pregnancy term will go quickly :-) I'm taking her out to lunch this afternoon then off to the stores to check out "baby stuff". <BR> <BR> I'm telling the entire world so you'll have to pardon me if you are on more than one team with me and I post this there as well <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Please make suggestions for Grandmother nicknames - I'd lov... Fri, 20 May 2011 06:48:06 EST Changes to Spark People I love the changes SP has made with the Nuitrition Tracker! This is so much more convenient and fast. I love that you can just go in and enter all your food at once instead of having to go in and enter each food separately. <BR> <BR> Have they made other changes that I haven't come across yet?? <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone, Pat Tue, 17 May 2011 05:25:49 EST May - Move Move Move!!! Let's Move it!!! <BR> <BR> The Month of May is for MOVING That Body! ! <em>320</em> <em>216</em> <em>312</em> <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> Who can move the most? Let's Report those Fitness Minutes and Make them Count. Sat, 30 Apr 2011 22:55:24 EST The Royal Wedding Anyone 'into' all the activity going on? I wasn't at first but I think it's pretty cool to watch Royal history evolve. I must admit, I'm excited to see what her gown looks like <em>334</em> Pat Wed, 27 Apr 2011 06:19:20 EST April Fitness Challenge Let's work on our fitness this month. During a week try to do 3 different days of strength training and 3 other days do cardio. <BR> <BR> Your choice of exercises...find something that will fit in your busy life. <BR> <BR> Post your daily or weekly results here! Come on team this will help with the stress too! <BR> <em>318</em> <em>326</em> <em>216</em> <em>323</em> <em>23</em> <em>300</em> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:33:03 EST April - Stress Awareness Month Health Tip: Coping With Stress <BR> Steps toward a less-pressured lifestyle <BR> (HealthDay News) -- Who isn't stressed these days? Whether it's your job, family, finances, social life, or illness, no one is immune. <BR> <BR> Learning to manage the stress in your life can help you live healthier and happier; enjoy your job, family and friends more; and focus your energies on things in life that really count. <BR> <BR> The AARP recommends these steps to less stress: <BR> <BR> Make a list of... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:18:56 EST March is National Nutrition Month Your goal this month should be to eat the rainbow! Here is a breakdown of the importance of color in our foods: <BR> <BR> Red: These foods have lycopene in them. They are beneficial for for certain cancers, especially prostate. They are also powerful antioxidants. Examples: beets, cherries, watermelon, red peppers, and tomatoes. <BR> <BR> Orange and Yellow: These foods have carotonoids in them. They are good for vision, immune health, heart health and are a good source of Vitamin A, C, ... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 10:19:53 EST Hello again! Just wanted to say hello to everyone. I recently got back to it and am feeling really terrific about it:) It is awesome to come back and recognize that soe familiar faces have stuck with it and had wonderful success. Happy Sunday everyone! Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:31:05 EST Happy ONE YEAR Sparksversary Team! Woo Hoo!! Let's share the story of our journey with the team! Even if your weight loss is not as much as you would have hoped (like me), you have stuck with it. You have done a fantastic job staying on Sparks for a whole year - have you ever done that with another program? I know your lives are different in more ways than weight loss since you joined Sparks one year ago. Tell us how you have changed! Celebrate your success!! <BR> <BR> Weight lost: <BR> <BR> Inches Lost: <BR> <BR> Change... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 08:43:20 EST My goals are to: Walk to & from work every day (15 min each way) <BR> Pack my lunch for work <BR> Drink more water <BR> Drink less pop <BR> Sun, 6 Feb 2011 11:30:31 EST Time for New Goals! A new month is upon us, and it is time to reflect upon your goals for February. I noticed that many of you already did this, but for those of us that haven't... <BR> <BR> Not everyone likes to set goals, but I think it is a valuable tool to use on this journey. Goals help to provide focus and a vision for what we want to accomplish. Even if we fail to meet our goals, the experience provides valuable feedback. What went wrong? What behavior do we need to change to attain what we set out to d... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 12:17:06 EST Reply to Message- About Me This Year This year what have I accomplished? Well... <BR> <BR> I lost about 50 lbs. The only problem with this is that it has been in a yo-yo fashion. For example, I'll lose 10 and then regain it, lose it and regain it. I can't seem to sustain the discipline long enough to see it to goal and keep it off. I inspire myself in that I have lost so much weight, when I add it all up. The problem, as I said, is that I celebrate it and get lax, then regain. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I made the resolution this... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 09:37:36 EST How is your Journey going? Here we are at the 11 Month Spark anniversary! Are you still with me? <BR> <BR> I've not grown out and farther and actually lost a bit of weight. I'm exercising more and feel overall better about who I am. Drop into the team and let me know that you are still here with me! <BR> <BR> Please share your thoughts about your journey too. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:32:40 EST Just signed up for this team I'm Pat and I'm new to this team. I think it's fun to have an "anniversary" group to celebrate with when my 1 year rolls around. I started on Valentines Day 2010 - a gift to myself - and feel so blessed to have found this site. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone! Pat Sat, 15 Jan 2011 06:57:17 EST New Year - New Goals! Here we are at the last day of this year! We are 6 to 7 weeks away from our 1 year Anniversary with Spark People! <BR> <BR> Are you still in the game? <em>300</em> <BR> <BR> Are you waiting for the New Year to make those changes? <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> To me resolutions are like the goals we set, we need small, medium and long term goals so we don’t lose focus. Stop by the Class Thread and let me and others know how you have done and what your plans are in the coming new year! <BR> <... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 09:22:34 EST December 2010 - Fitness Minutes! Your challenge today is to determine how many cardio/fitness minutes you want to accomplish in December. Remember...the holiday season is in full swing...many things pull us away from our scheduled routines this month. If you are like me, most of December is exercising when I have time, can squeeze it in, or rushed. A great reason to commit to this challenge!!! <BR> <BR> Think about your current weekly minutes. Got that number? Okay, figure out how much that would be for a whole month. Got ... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 11:43:19 EST 9 Motnhs on SparkPeople! Here is the thread to share your story of the last 9 months! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:45:20 EST This week's goals 1) Exercise 45 minutes 5x <BR> 2) Complete my vision collage <BR> 3) Read another chapter of The Spark <BR> <BR> I completed my weekly goals last week! Sun, 7 Nov 2010 22:01:32 EST November Goals and Challenges! New Month - New Goals- New Motivation - New Incentive - New Challenges <BR> <BR> No Excuses! <BR> This is my mantra for the month. What is yours? <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Mon, 1 Nov 2010 08:30:33 EST New Mom Hi this is going to be my real test, I have a 8 week old baby and need to loose the 10 pounds I have left of baby plus the 45 I gained prior to getting pregnant.. can't stand this belly, though I love the reason I have it but can't wait for it to go.. Mon, 25 Oct 2010 13:26:15 EST Thanks! Thanks to the team for the awesome veggies and dip I received on my page! <em>291</em> Fri, 1 Oct 2010 20:40:07 EST The Holidays are Coming! <em>423</em> <em>429</em> <em>444</em> <em>499</em> <em>500</em> <em>501</em> <BR> <BR> We are heading to the Holiday Months and it is time to make a plan on how we will make it through and stick to our Healthy Lifestyle! Let’s not let the holidays get the best of us! <BR> <BR> Get your water in <em>194</em> <BR> Stay within Calorie range <em>301</em> <BR> Exercise consistently <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Let’s make a plan in October! Stop by and let us know how you will get thi... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 10:47:33 EST head or body Do you follow your head or your body? <BR> Lately my head says I need to workout and measure my food(neither of which I have done since Wed) but my body says I need a nap and just wants to pick at food here and there. I don't think I'm sick I'm not sure what's going on but I can not make it through the day without a nap and looking at an actually plate of food is just irritating. Mind you I'm eating plenty I'm just not doing it in one sitting. So should I over ride my body and get moving aga... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 17:51:31 EST Weekly Goal Challenge How about an easy challenge to finish up Spetember with? <BR> <BR> Just post what your main goals to accomplish THIS WEEK are...I am going to limit you to three goals! It can be anything from cleaning a certain room you have been wanting to get done, getting your water intake in each day, exercising at least 30 minutes a day for ? days this get the picture.... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 08:08:05 EST September Challenges! What are your goals for September? Please stop by and post your Weight Loss, Fitness Minutes, Inches lost or ANY other goal you have for the month! <BR> <BR> Let's keep the Spark Alive Team! <em>215</em> <em>321</em> Mon, 30 Aug 2010 18:52:29 EST 10/10/10 Challenge Here is a new challenge I've come across and I hope some of you are interested in! Copy and past the information below and fill in the blanks: <BR> <BR> <BR> I, (name), do declare that I will lose 10 pounds by 10/10/10. Today I way (weight). My weight on 10/10/10 will be (weight-10) or less. <BR> <BR> I will accomplish this goal by completing the following: <BR> <BR> Eating: <BR> <BR> Cardio: <BR> <BR> Strength training: <BR> <BR> Water: <BR> <BR> Sleep/relaxation: <BR> <BR> O... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 20:32:07 EST Six Month Update! Please share your successes and struggles with the team! <BR> <BR> How has your life changed in the last six months? Thu, 12 Aug 2010 09:46:05 EST July Challenge Results! You all did a great job! <BR> <BR> heyjudh46 was the Top point leader with 7991! <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> IAMREJN came in second with 7750 points! <BR> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Christan6 was in Third place with 6690 Points! <em>242</em> <BR> <BR> You were all on the Odd Team and that was the Team Leader with 32865 Points! Mon, 2 Aug 2010 21:25:05 EST August Inches Lost! Ask and you shall recieve! How many inches do you pledge for August? <BR> <em>7</em> <em>207</em> Sun, 1 Aug 2010 10:56:18 EST August Weight Loss Challenge I had a teammate ask about a Weight Loss Challenge. I think it is a great idea to set a small goal for the month. My weight loss has been slowing down, but I still want to take off 8 - 10 pounds for August! <BR> <BR> <BR> How many will you Pledge? <BR> <em>9</em> Sun, 1 Aug 2010 07:52:23 EST August Fitness Minutes Your challenge is to determine how many cardio minutes you want to accomplish in August. Consider how many cardio minutes you achieve right now for a week. How much would that be in a month? Can you increase that by a bit for August? <BR> <BR> Once you have come up a cardio and strength minutes target for August, MAKE A NOTE OF IT. Put that number on your calendar. Stick a Post-It note to your bathroom mirror. Put a note in your gym bag. POST IT HERE! <BR> <BR> Let's go Team <em>306</em>... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 21:18:14 EST OK. I think I'm ready Hello, everyone - <BR> <BR> My name's Carolyn, and I have well over 100 pounds to lose. I've tried everything short of surgery - and when I say everything, I mean it. From Atkins to veganism. Eventually, I can't stand it any more, and I just decide to stop being so miserable all the time and EAT. <BR> <BR> I've done absolutely nothing since we joined together. Seriously. Nothing. It's just so overwhelming to think of all that work to lose SO much weight, especially when I've lost and ... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 14:21:53 EST Hi! Hi there! My name is Angel and i am starting out ....again. Kind of sounds like an introduction to an addiction meeting doesn't it? Well, I can't say i am really addicted to weight loss but i am working on incorporating it into my life style. I want to have that healthier life style. I am a mother of 2 gorgeous girls and a wife. I live in Harrison, Michigan and a full time college student. I am not really all that good at talking and introducing myself to new people but here i am. Wor... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 11:18:50 EST Have you Blogged? Ideas and Tips To Help! Often blogging is a new and novel idea for members who have just joined SparkPeople. One of the wonderful benefits of having your SparkPage up and running is to be able to put your ideas out in the form of blogs. Others can comment on your blogs and you can comment on other blogs. This quickly builds some VERY helpful support within your SparkFamily and opportunities abound to "pay it forward!" <BR> <BR> If privacy is of concern, you can always elect to allow only your "friends" access to y... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 08:55:10 EST Introduction Hi. My name is Heather. I'm 34 and I'm a software trainer that travels a lot (and works from home when not on the road). I've struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. Even at my smallest, I still considered myself fat. Since 2008, I've managed to lose and keep off 40 pounds; however, I have another 30 to go. I'm focusing on a healthy lifestyle. I focus on a healthy balanced diet, emotional health, and exercise. I'm starting training for a half marathon this week since I'm regis... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 11:03:53 EST thin wilson Just doing an intro. Thought I would check out Spark People and see what it is all about. Tue, 6 Jul 2010 17:41:54 EST Daily - What was your last Fruit or Vegetable? I had orange pepper with hummus! Sat, 3 Jul 2010 14:48:53 EST July Fitness Minutes Your challenge is to determine how many cardio minutes you want to accomplish in July. Consider how many cardio minutes you achieve right now for a week. How much would that be in a month? Can you increase that by a bit for July? <BR> <BR> Once you have come up a cardio and strength minutes target for July, MAKE A NOTE OF IT. Put that number on your calendar. Stick a Post-It note to your bathroom mirror. Put a note in your gym bag. POST IT HERE! <BR> <BR> let's go Team <BR> <em>215</em>... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 13:11:56 EST July Challenge Points Here is the point thread and also your weight goals. Weigh in once a week. Add measurements if you like, I do find them helpful when the scale does not move much. <BR> <BR> Beginning Weight: <BR> Goal Weight: <BR> Current Weight: <BR> <BR> Team: <BR> Date: <BR> <BR> Nutrition <BR> <BR> Stay within calorie range (25 points) - <BR> Eat at least two Fruits (10 points) - <BR> Eat at least two vegetables (10 points) - <BR> Drink at least 8 glasses of water (10 points) - <BR> <BR> Bonus 5 t... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 21:08:42 EST Odd Team - Chat Folder kelells (Kelley) <BR> mickeymax (Mary) <BR> juicyjacei (Jacei) <BR> heyjudh46 <BR> becca023 <BR> DEBRA106 <BR> 161SLIM <BR> mhoffman31179(Linda) <BR> rfield136 (Beka) <BR> IAMREJN <BR> Christan6 <BR> ksm9999 <BR> ALITTLEFROGGY26 Sun, 27 Jun 2010 19:37:09 EST Even Team - Chat Folder Here is a list of your team members: <BR> busyb72 (Beth) <BR> lllihs (Lisa) <BR> MtnWmn55 (Robin) <BR> heatherlong79 (Heather) <BR> cathy559 <BR> SPARKYTENNIS <BR> TINNYMC222 <BR> Taffin2000 <BR> risenshine10 (Ann) <BR> jarmccoy (Julie) <BR> LUVLIFE5 <BR> SOLLASCIVA <BR> CarolCommits Sun, 27 Jun 2010 19:34:16 EST July Challenge Sign Ups. Please join us for a Team Challenge in July. We will get points for exercise, nutrition, and spreading our Spark! <BR> <BR> Just Copy and Paste with your name added: <BR> 1. RainbowFalls (Val) <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> Tue, 22 Jun 2010 16:59:32 EST Today's Question? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> How much do you garden or work in the yard? <BR> <BR> None. I'm a city, apartment, or condo dweller <BR> The bare minimum. I mow and do the basics <BR> Some. I landscape and maintain it each year <BR> A lot. My thumb, hands, and feet are green! Mon, 21 Jun 2010 08:29:06 EST Biggest Loser! This was shared in another team folder and I thought I would share i. <BR> You should read this interview with BL contestant Kai from season three. She is currently battling an eating disorder she says she developed as a result of being on the show. <BR> <BR> The interview makes some pretty startling revelations about how unhealthy the weight loss on the show really is. <BR> <BR> Please pass this around. It's a very eye opening interview. <BR> <BR> This was shared in another team folde... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 08:08:06 EST DAILY - Did you Exercise Today! Let's share our exercise for the day! Mon, 21 Jun 2010 07:42:59 EST DAILY - Share Log in points and Emoticon! 3 <em>20</em> Mon, 21 Jun 2010 07:37:32 EST Hey, there Sorry I've gone so long without introducing myself to this team. My name is Jeff. I'm in this team because that is when I joined SparkPeople. Unfortunately, I was inactive for a few months on the site. But I got serious about it and became active back in May when I bought the book and began reading. Everything has fallen into place quite nicely since then. I've got a nice streak of exercise going, I've been tracking my food, now for almost two weeks, and I've lost 15 pounds! <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 17:19:25 EST Four Months Down - Are you? I was wondering how everyone was doing at the Four month mark? <BR> <BR> Is your momentum, still strong? <BR> Are you making progress? <BR> Do you feel Stronger? <BR> Have you reached a plateau or are you still losing? Wed, 16 Jun 2010 08:37:45 EST Daily Quote "Goals that are not written down are just wishes" <BR> <BR> Do you write down your goals? Writing down your goals can be a crucial step in achieving them. First, by writing them down you are sending a message to your brain that you are committed. Second, it helps to keep your priorities straight. Finally, it allows you to track your successes and step backs so that you can improve and reevaluate your plan. Set aside some time to reflect on your goals. Where do you want to go? What is your pl... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 08:26:48 EST Are you still following the SparkDiet Strategies? As a teammate huddled today we are nearing 4 months! Wow! <BR> <BR> I've just posted the required blog for the SparkDiet, Stage 3 Lifestyle change and I wondered if others in this team where also doing these steps in the plan? I have found it interesting and helpful to follow the plan. Sun, 13 Jun 2010 11:41:59 EST HEY EVERYONE! My name is Shawna and I am 31 years old. I am tired of always being the big girl! I am ready to make a change and push forward! I don't want to give up anymore! Wed, 9 Jun 2010 09:36:18 EST I'm Here Working on my goals! Sun, 9 May 2010 12:47:19 EST Want to try a challenge? I belong to the biggest loser challenge here on Spark People. That is a group of teams who compete to see who can lose the most weight as a team and a host of other challenges that go along with that. It is fun and the challenges last about 10 weeks. There is an overall team you can join without being invited and then you can sign up to get on one of the biggest loser teams. I am a Periwinkle! We have a weekly interteam challenge and we keep track of our fitness minutes and weight. If y... Tue, 4 May 2010 17:17:26 EST Still working the program Wow, has it been 3 months...I guess this new way of living has become routine that I don't think about how long I have been doing it. At first I was faithfully doing the fitness and the nutrition tracker. But I am not as diligent now with the tracking, mostly because I know how many calories are in my various regular breakfasts, lunches and snacks etc. Also, I know how many calories my usual walks burn, or how long I need to stay on my stationary bike... so tracking is not so critical anymo... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 22:37:07 EST Three months in!!! You have all be on here for 3 months now. How about sharing your experience. Let your team members know what is working for you and where you are needing some help or advice. Someone may have a solution for your problems and you may have the very thing for someone else. Helping each other and learning from each other is one of the best features we have here! Wed, 21 Apr 2010 14:56:36 EST Never too old Hi everyone. My name is Annie. Nanner to all my kids and grandkids. A few years ago I weighed 460 pounds. I tried every diet around that I could afford. Then came the gastric bypass stage. I figured that was my last hope. Well I got down to 220 pounds. Then my weight losing stopped no matter what I did. I walked a lot. Stayed on a strick diet, even bought an exercise bike during the weight loss from the surgery. But during one of the surgeries a got shingles. It is very painful. I was put on ... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 10:28:27 EST Never too old Hi everyone. My name is Annie. Nanner to all my kids and grandkids. A few years ago I weighed 460 pounds. I tried every diet around that I could afford. Then came the gastric bypass stage. I figured that was my last hope. Well I got down to 220 pounds. Then my weight losing stopped no matter what I did. I walked a lot. Stayed on a strick diet, even bought an exercise bike during the weight loss from the surgery. But during one of the surgeries a got shingles. It is very painful. I was put on ... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 10:28:26 EST Creating a Link Hello Frannie and Team! <BR> I have a very stupid question. I am not a computer boffin, am actually a bit electronically slow. <BR> So sorry if you all go 'duh' but I need to know how to do this. <BR> How do I create a link from a fitness video I liked on youtube to a team post or an email? <BR> If you tell me I'll link you up with some great workouts!! <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 10 Apr 2010 00:44:02 EST New recruit here!!! When I enter my daily food intake, I am told that I don't have enough Calcium. How do I enter that I take Calcium Supplment Tablets? and will that be taken into consideration of my daily intake? Thanks. Sun, 28 Mar 2010 18:28:17 EST Haven't been here in awhile. Hi All, <BR> I did really well with this diet the first couple of weeks, it was amamzing! Then my Grandpa passed away, and we spent two weeks in CO for his funeral and the kids' spring break. It was too hard to track calories there. Now, I'm home, and I just can't seem to get back to it. I'm sad about my grandpa. I've recently been told NO exercise at all by my Dr until I get an injury taken care of, I'm frustrated about that. Then, I'm mad at myself for eating so much and gaining all the wei... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 13:08:04 EST Fat Burner's Saw an ad on here yesterday that got me to thinking. Big mistake on my part, now I can't stop wondering. lol <BR> Fat Burners, do any of you take them? If so what kind and how much? <BR> Now I know I need to eat right, exercise, drink water etc. <BR> Just got me to wondering if they work? Darn ad's lol <BR> <BR> Thu, 25 Mar 2010 10:24:33 EST Sparking from central nebraska Hi, I have been on this sight several times,but haven't posted a message, so here it goes. this is an awesome sight, and all of you are giving me inspiration to get the "spark" to lose the weight I need to, to feel better about myself and get healthier.Thanks!!! Wed, 24 Mar 2010 00:45:22 EST Challenge for month 2 Lets keep this one up all month! <BR> <BR> There are 3 parts, one for food, one for cardio and one for strength training. Post your progress here and let us know how you are doing. Post daily if that helps you or a couple of times a week if that is better for you. <BR> <BR> 1. Stay within calorie range at least 6 days each week. <BR> <BR> 2. Increase your cardio by 30 minutes a week, each week. (that is only 10 minutes a day if you exercise 3 days a week) <BR> <BR> 3. Strength traini... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 08:24:46 EST Hurray! So far, I have lost 8 pounds! I am so happy! I have been trying so long without success, I just pray I will have the discipline to keep it up! :-D Sun, 21 Mar 2010 21:14:47 EST 16 more to go Hi, <BR> My name is Celia. I have lost so far 34 pounds but still have 16 more to go. It's getting more and more difficult to loose more weight for me. I stay at home all the time, I'm a full time mom, and sometimes get unmotivated. My family and friends are overseas so I don't have to much support here, only from my husband. My baby is 8 months old. <BR> Anyways, I just want to congratulate all of you who are loosing weight. I'm in the same battle and I know how difficult it is. I learnt tha... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 12:26:29 EST Hello to All I am in my mid 50's and have been on many diets over and have lost probably hundreds of pounds, only to gain them back in a short time, plus a few new pounds. I have come to realize that if I am not following some sort of nutrition regimen then I am gaining weight. I love sparkspeople for the nutrition and fitness tracking. I am in week 4 and have lost 5 pounds so far. My goal is to lose a total of 25 pounds by mid-August. This week is not looking good. I have stayed within all my goals... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 22:24:42 EST Challenge Am I over looking it or is there a challenge for this week? Got so used to seeing one, and it does keep me motivated to do more. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 08:28:28 EST It's been a month!! It has been a month now and some of you are doing really well. If you are not hang in there, there are a lot of people here that took awhile to get going but then passed up everyone! This has to be an "in it for the long haul" endeavor and not just an "when I lose those pounds" program. By making permanent change you can not only drop pounds but you can get healthy and develop the habits that will help you stay that way! <BR> <BR> So, how are you doing? Let us all know how the month has g... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:37:24 EST cheeseck48 I joined to lose weight Tue, 9 Mar 2010 10:38:21 EST WEEK #4 CHALLENGE Week #4...March 7, 2010 through March 13, 2010 <BR> <BR> This week let's put it all together. <BR> 1) Daily water-How many every day? <BR> 2) Nutrition- Are you staying in your calorie range? <BR> 3) Fitness- Are you getting fitness/exercise? Sat, 6 Mar 2010 23:33:30 EST Big salad or little salad Ok, so this week I have been measuring everything. I made a big greek salad. It was big. When I put in the nutritional content, it was just under 300 I ate it all for lunch this week. I know I need to watch portion size. So, my question is: Is it fine to eat a big salad or should I cut the size back and eat something else with it? Sat, 6 Mar 2010 12:31:30 EST Sparker for 2 weeks now This program is cool. You guys all seem extremely cool. I'm still learning my way around. Completed the first 2 weeks. I know I can do this. The stage 2 emails I got this AM said to join the "Community" so here I am. Help learning to get the most out of this program will be much appreciated. Thu, 4 Mar 2010 10:27:57 EST Just beginning! Hi all! I'm 23 and have about 20 pounds to goal is 130. Sticking to my guns is a challenge for me but I'm hoping that SparkPoeple, healthy (but still yummy) foods and an investment in a gym membership/personal trainer will help me stay on track! Wish me luck!!! Wed, 3 Mar 2010 17:13:52 EST Introducing myself Hi all. I am starting week 3 on spark people and have decided it was time to introduce myself. I am working to loose a total of 65lbs. I am a little intimidated by the number, but know I can do it. I have signed up for the Avon 2-day breast cancer walk in July in order to push myself to get out there and work out. So far so good. I have been walking 4 nights a week for the last 3 weeks. Hopefully I will be ready to walk the full 39 for the event! Wed, 3 Mar 2010 15:34:51 EST A shy "hello" I laugh at myself as I attempt to say hello one more time. I usually begin these messages not really knowing what to say and wondering if I would write enough or get long winded... and then I stop writing and delete what I have done. I've decided to take the change and just write. <BR> <BR> This is the *counts on fingers and toes and objects laying around" ... time I have started a program to try to lose this overburdening weight I've carried with me. I've read many of the supporting comm... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 11:30:04 EST New, good going so far Hey! I'm 45 and from MIchigan. I have previously lost over 50 pounds but have gradually gained it back and then some. The weight gain was gradual and much of it stress-eating. I now have 86 pounds to lose that was gained over the course of 4 years. I'm disappointed in myself for letting myself go but I'm confident that I can take it off again. Slow and steady wins the race. I know it will take time but I'm willing to make the commitment to be slim and fit again! Mon, 1 Mar 2010 15:57:30 EST starting today Hi all! <BR> Beginning today, I am taking a different kind of responsibility in my life. There is so much I want to do that I have yet to do and I am making the changes that allow me to do these things. One of the big ones (and that is no pun intended!) is to lose weight. I have a lot to lose but more to gain so here I go. <BR> I do best with support and interaction. I do best when I can support others, too. <BR> Time to get started... <BR> ellie Mon, 1 Mar 2010 11:41:20 EST Luke Hi my name is Luke, and I really needed a change to my eatting habiats and to drop weight. I stopped fitting into my clothes, and I had zero energy and wasn't feeling good about myself. Then a few weeks ago, I decided to take things into my own hands and start losing weight. I came into this program weighing 330 lbs. I can proudly so, in few weeks I have alot of energy, and have lost 27 lbs. My eatting habiats have changed dramatically, no more fast food, candy, potato chips, ice cream and th... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 11:32:09 EST looking for the new me Good morning everyone!I am not new to this but its time for me to buckle down and get this weight off. I feel like i need to be held accountable for my actions. So if you anything that might help i'm wliiling to try!!!!!! Mon, 1 Mar 2010 09:00:27 EST Hi, all I joined Sparkpeople on February 18th, but found this team today. <BR> <BR> Have posted a bit about myself in the bio thread, but here it is: I'm 27 years old, married, a mum, sister and friend. I love Pilates and walking outdoors, music, singing, dancing, books and computers. Sun, 28 Feb 2010 12:33:23 EST Introduction Hello SparkPeople!!! I hope this message finds you all well and working hard toward your goals. My name is Crystal, my friends call me Chris. I love anything that has to do with fitness. I do not have a gym membership..yet. I have 2 school-age children and work from home currently so I workout at home, which is very convenient. I have a large range of free weights, a bench, weight machine and numerous workout DVDs. I'm a diehard Beachbody fan and have many of their programs. I also recently g... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 10:27:35 EST My Challenge Calories Daily Range: 1,200 - 1,550 <BR> 2/22 - 1,618 Yikes! <BR> 2/23 - 1,144 Ok <BR> 2/24 - 975 Hmmm... <BR> 2/25 - 1,343 Good <BR> 2/26 - 1,352 Good <BR> 2/27 - 1,798 Yikes!! <BR> <BR> I'm proud of myself for making the steps. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encum... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 08:30:16 EST Just stopped by to say hello Hi, i am using sparkpeople for two weeks now and appreciate very much the overall concept of the site. <BR> I try to have a baby for the first time and improving my physical condition a little bit and learning to cope with stress, wont hurt now and help a lot, when being a mother ;-) <BR> I think pounds and attitudes, which developed over years, need long term changes, not just skipping dinner for a week or two. I love, how you guys are supporting eachother ! Sun, 28 Feb 2010 07:05:57 EST SoCal Linda I'm just getting started so this is very new to me. I haven't been very successful losing weight in the past, probably because I didn't have to worry about my weight until I crossed the 50 year mark. Now it's not as easy as it was before. I am looking forward to having the support of others who are in my position. Finding this website is great. I am glad to be a Sparkperson and a member of my teams. Sun, 28 Feb 2010 00:02:10 EST WEEK #3 Challenge Let's work on our fitness this week. On 3 different days, do strength training. On 3 other days, add cardio.Your choice of execises...find something that will fit in your busy life. This challenge starts Sunday, February 28, 2010 & runs through March 5, 2010. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll come back later & add links to SP videos you might like to try. <BR> <BR> <BR> CARDIO~*~*~ <BR> <BR> 10 minute Cardio Kickboxing <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1330 </link> ... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 17:00:35 EST Are you moving to Stage 2 or staying in FB I just moved to Stage 2 and wondering if everyone else is ready to move on or staying in Fast Break for a little longer? Sat, 27 Feb 2010 16:17:12 EST 40lbs to go hi iam joanal iam trying to absorb all that sparkpeople has to offer.thanks for the warm wellcome from everyone. <BR> i just wish i was alittle faster technology wise but i am learning. <BR> love u all. Thu, 25 Feb 2010 17:42:42 EST Hello from Ottumwa Iowa I live in Ottumwa Iowa and have just started back on the long road to a healthy lifestyle, I am 45 and married with 3 children, It is my goal to learn how to cook better meals for my family and to loose weight and get fit n healthy at the same time. My interest in simple- to learn and teach my children how to be healthier on their way to adult hood. I joined sparkpeople because it helps me to track the calories that i take in and the amount of caloried that I burn. To be able to track th... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 15:55:10 EST Attitude is Everything. I wanted to say something about attitude, I know that people are always going on about it but it is true here too. <BR> <BR> So many of us have felt down on ourselves, we have started programs and then quit, or eaten way too much food and then we berate ourselves and feel guilty, leading to more eating and less positive movement forward. It just doesn't help us at all, we are only human, we all need to accept that we will slip up, we will slack off, it is human to do that. But we can pick ... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 13:00:37 EST Workout Music! If you work out with music, you know that hearing the same old songs can get boring after a while. My playlist has gotten really stale, so I'm looking for new music to download. <BR> <BR> What workout songs really get you going? <BR> <BR> (It's OK if they're songs you wouldn't normally be caught dead listening to. Workout songs have their own rules.) <em>211</em> Thu, 25 Feb 2010 11:25:25 EST end of my first week-weigh in starting 261 now 254.8 pretty happy with that, not happy my period started today! <BR> Thu, 25 Feb 2010 09:19:25 EST New to the site I have been exploring the website for the past week. Just received "The Spark" book via mail and will start reading tonight! By this weekend I should be ready to begin.....all of this is very new to me. My work wanted to start a Weight Watchers At Work program but they required you to have a minimum number of people in order to participate. One of my co-workers told me about this website.....I'm going to try it out and maybe the other people at work would like to do so too! Well, that's ... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 22:29:44 EST Introduction! Hello everyone, I have been on the site checking things out and tracking myself for about a week. This seems to be a great site! Wed, 24 Feb 2010 19:30:45 EST New to SparkPeople I joined SparkPeople in order to change my lifestyle. I am 55 and have acquired a few health issues along the way and am trying to turn them around. My weight plays a huge part with each of these conditions so losing the weight will help tremendously. I have previously tried many diets and even though I know what I have to do, it's my willpower and motivation that seem to be my downfall. Wed, 24 Feb 2010 17:40:55 EST ABCs of good health We will follow the alphabet, post a healthy habit or food for the next letter! Wed, 24 Feb 2010 16:01:00 EST Are you Strength Training?!? This seems to be one of the hardest things for many people. They get in cardio, do well with diet but adding ST just doesn't happen! I admit, I have struggles with this myself. I hope to give you some good reasons to motivate you to start a ST program. <BR> <BR> 1. It really helps your body look slimmer and more toned. When muscles are flabby and lax your body reflects that. <BR> <BR> 2. Muscles burn more calories than fat. This is the most motivating reason for me. As I develop more... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 15:59:02 EST Have you set up shop?? If so what have you done?? I have been eating healthy for months but just recently got all my home workout stuff out (again). <BR> <BR> I have 2 kinds of dumbells, resistance bands, 2 swiss balls, jump rope, inflatible balance board. I have also gotten out my workout wear (shorts & tank, sweats and dance shoes. <BR> <BR> I have some fun cooking items (new cookie sheet, citrus zester, new tongs, veggie steamer and a lot more). <BR> <BR> How about you?? Wed, 24 Feb 2010 14:56:27 EST Hello Spark family, My name is Lisa. I weighed in at 225 pounds a few weeks ago. I have a friend who introduced me to SP and I'm so grateful. I'v lost 5 pounds already and I've recruited a buddy to do this with me. I am a mother of six children, a Pastor's wife, a High School Special Education teacher and a full time college student (my husband says I'm a professional student b/c I've been going to college off and on for 25 years, and steady for the past 8 years). I have 3 new grandbabies, and I want to be aroun... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 14:20:56 EST