SparkPeople TRANSFORMATIONS TEAM Team Messageboard "Change is the only constant" and we have to keep moving ahead in our life to bring this change. Let's transform ourselves into the person we want to be in 2013. SparkPeople TRANSFORMATIONS TEAM Team Messageboard Balance Challenge SPIRIT * HEART * MIND * BODY - Balancing my WHOLEself ............. 12/21/2016 <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> ~*~ <em>26</em> ~*~ <em>58</em> ~*~ <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> ~SPIRIT~*~HEART~*~MIND~*~BODY~ <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> Started day off as usual with Prayer &amp; Meditation <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> feeling WONDERfilled today...... <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> Thinking I need to focus on WONDERfilled thoughts <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> making sure I &amp; fit in physical movement t... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:24:18 EST Monitoring STRESS LEVEL (0 low - 10 high) stuck between 4 and 5 <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:59:10 EST March Madness - Strive for 500 Hey Transformers woops March started without a challenge! <BR> <BR> Well here it is lets all strive to get at least 500 fitness minutes in March, walk, dance, clean, or kickbox it in but get those minutes tracked! <BR> <em>326</em> <em>311</em> <em>237</em> <em>355</em> <em>548</em> <BR> <BR> We can all check in on this thread and just edit our posts, check in daily or weekly it's up to you <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 10:27:53 EST This song is for you! Lately I've been learning more about how to love myself. As always, when I open myself to something then opportunities to learn more about it seem to present themselves. The past few weeks have been no exception. This morning I remembered this song that I have always loved. I think it's written to apply to one's lover or spouse, but I want to ask you to watch this video and sing this song to yourself. Read the lyrics and dedicate them to yourself. <BR> Love and blessings to all of you, thank... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:38:23 EST Hello hello! Hello! I recently joined a gym and started tracking on Spark, but I haven't spent much time getting to know the community yet. <BR> <BR> I'm a graphic designer and illustrator living in Minneapolis, MN. <BR> <BR> I love video games, dinosaurs, drawing, building stuff, reading, cycling, and cooking. <BR> <BR> Feel free to check out my page for a bit more of my story, and add me as a friend if you'd like! Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:16:43 EST February 2014 Be Your Own Valentine Challenge Hey there Transformers!! Since February is a month for celebrating L O V E we wanted to remind everyone to show love to yourself as well. <BR> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> So this months challenge is to do one kind thing for YOU per day, and post it on this thread. Be it taking time for meditation, a mani/pedi, or even just watching a favorite movie. I bet a lot of us will find this challenge a real eye opener. <BR> <BR> <em... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:30:13 EST Introducing myself <em>184</em> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> <em>524</em> Hi, new to the team/forum so just want to say Hi to everyone .. my name is Colleen and i am off to a good start with my new years intentions, i am resolute about maintaining my new year intentions .. LOL will be looking forward to talking to / getting to know everyone and sharing this journey with you all!! <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> and question?? how do you get the pics across the pobbot of your posts with weight lost?? i would lik... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:29:59 EST Introduce Yourself to Team Forum Hello. I am very excited to be a part of the Transformations Team. I look forward to talking with all of my transformers and giving and receiving encouragement from you. My first day on the SparkPeople program will be January 24, 2014. <em>521</em> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:54:10 EST buzz words According to FItNESS magazine , a recent study suggests that action words or buzz words like go , run, start can help you make good on that promise to exercise more often. They recommend that you implement an action mantra like go go go to get you going the next time you want to skip a work out . So my question is , do you have a buzz word or mantra that keeps you going ? For me its the phrase "just do it " Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:38:28 EST buzz words According to FItNESS magazine , a recent study suggests that action words or buzz words like go , run, start can help you make good on that promise to exercise more often. They recommend that you implement an action mantra like go go go to get you going the next time you want to skip a work out . So my question is , do you have a buzz word or mantra that keeps you going ? For me its the phrase "just do it " Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:28:54 EST January 2014 Month of Self-Compassion Challenge <em>411</em> <em>41</em> <em>411</em> <em>41</em> <em>411</em> <em>41</em> <em>411</em> <em>41</em> <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> A brand new year awaits us. It is up to us to seize those moments, day by day. One focus that Transformations Team invites you to explore is that of cultivating self-compassion in its challenge for the month of January. This is an area which Oprah Winfrey explores in her 30-Day Plan For Finding Your True Purpose in ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 03:38:33 EST bye bye BMI ? Just wanted to share an article from fitness magazine : According to this article , the BMI is not an accurate way to determine ones health and fitness. The BMI doesn't differentiate between muscle and fat or account how it is distributed . According to the article , sedentary people and short people ( that would be me ) have an unfair advantage over athletes and those who are tall . The article suggest that a waist to height ratio is an easier and more accurate alternative . <BR> <BR> What... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:03:40 EST Look in the Mirror & say, I'm Beautiful! -emoticon <em>204</em> Fri, 6 Dec 2013 22:53:45 EST Butterfly Symbol of Transform ation-Let Yours Fly! <em>88</em> Fri, 6 Dec 2013 21:13:21 EST what is your favorite form of exercise / activity I am starting to really enjoy taebo Thu, 5 Dec 2013 16:18:01 EST What do you see when you look in the mirror? <BR> <BR> When you look in the mirror what do you see? <BR> <BR> <BR> What’s typically the first thought that comes to mind when you glance at your reflection? Would you say it’s a positive thought, a neutral response, or maybe a little negative grumble? <BR> <BR> As you glance at your face, do you notice your greatest features – your bright eyes, your friendly smile, your healthy soft hair? Or, do you immediately notice what you think are your flaws? Be honest… <BR> <BR> Last week I c... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 09:34:29 EST miles 260-8=252 Mon, 5 Aug 2013 20:33:58 EST What Can You Change This Week? The Transformation team is all about making healthy choices. This will be an on going challenge to make one change per week. <BR> <BR> Whether it's a big change like going vegan <em>69</em> <em>277</em> <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> Or something small, like switching from cream to milk in your coffee <em>287</em> <BR> <BR> Lets commit to making those changes one week at a time! <em>381</em> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:27:31 EST Change one letter and make a new word Male Mon, 1 Jul 2013 14:00:25 EST Birthdays <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>107</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>107</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> We would love to celebrate your birthday with you. Just copy below, paste and add your information. <BR> <BR> January: <BR> <BR> February: <BR> <BR> March: <BR> <BR> April: <BR> <BR> May: <BR> <BR> June: <BR> <BR> July: <BR> <BR> August: <BR> <BR> September: <BR> <BR> October: <BR> <BR> November: <BR> <BR> December: <BR> <BR> Crystle 7th Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:54:30 EST What is hindering your progress? At some point we all struggle with different things in this journey. Even when we have officially "made it". What is an area that you have to be aware of and work on? <BR> <BR> Social eating is an area that I still struggle with. When I get in large group settings I tend to put more on my plate and go back for seconds. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:35:29 EST 500 Miles! Here we go! Who will be the first to post? <BR> Whoever is just subtract your miles from 500 <BR> Example 500 - 3 = 497 <BR> Then the next person subtracts from there until we reach our collective goal! <BR> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:14:19 EST good morning I'm Anna, looking forward to working with a team and meeting my weight loss goals. Hope everyone has a really inspiring day! Fri, 14 Jun 2013 09:25:20 EST What is your motivation? What motivated you to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle? Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:34:17 EST What have you given up to be a healthier you? Have you quit smoking? Quit drinking soda? What have you given up to be a healthier you? Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:06:07 EST What are you looking forward to? As we transform we change not only our bodies but our minds. We go places we never dreamed or maybe we have dreamed of them. <BR> <BR> What is one thing you are most looking forward to in this process? <BR> <BR> Mine was being able to walk a mile and wear cute clothes again. The next thing I'm looking forward to is to run a half one day. I'm not there yet not even close but it gives me something to shoot for. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 09:47:15 EST Hi team! My name is Lori (if you didn't already guess from my SN. lol) I am a 34 year old, full-time working, wife and mom. I've been married for almost 15 years and have two sons. Our oldest is 11 and youngest is 4. <BR> <BR> In 2011 I joined SP and I went from weighing 247 to 189. Unfortunately, I gained all that weight back the past 2 years and added another 38 pounds. I believe part of the reason I gained it all back (plus some) was because I was depriving myself of the foods I love. This time I ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:37:08 EST The Secrets of Success: Sneak in More Exercise... The Secrets of Success: Sneak In More Exercise <BR> <BR> By: Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 3/10/2010 6:05 AM : 108 comments : 53,156 Views <BR> See More: fitness, weight loss, secrets of success, <BR> <BR> We've been talking a lot in the past few weeks about exercise and weight loss: why it matters, how much you need, and ways to vary your routine for better results. What if working out and dieting alone aren't really enough to lose weight? Yes, both exercise and a healthy, calo... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 08:03:50 EST Positive Self-Talk Leads to Success... Positive Self-Talk Leads to Success <BR> Good Things Come to Those Who Believe <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health and Motivation Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most people are naturally motivated—even excited—when they begin a new exercise routine or adopt a healthier diet. You’ve got your goals set, a plan to reach them, and nothing can get in your way! <BR> <BR> But as time goes by, the novelty wears off and your optimistic attitude can give way to feelings of doubt and dissatisfaction. Or e... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 07:55:11 EST 13 Ways to Get Moving at Work..... 13 Ways to Get Moving at Work <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 5/31/2013 6:00 AM : 67 comments : 47,441 Views <BR> See More: fitness, stretching, sitting, work, <BR> <BR> Like so many of you, I suffer from back pain, which I keep in check by taking care of my body with daily yoga, weekly Pilates classes, and being conscious about my posture. And though my job is pretty awesome, I do spend my days in front of a computer. I love writing and editing, but I don't ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 07:52:48 EST Sneaky Ways to Get Fit & Healthy. .Without trying. 10 Sneaky Ways to Get Fit and Healthy—Without Really Trying <BR> <BR> By: Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 9/23/2009 7:33 AM : 193 comments : 146,485 Views <BR> See More: quick tips, excuse busters, healthy living, getting started, changes, <BR> <BR> Faster than a speeding bullet, there's a new approach to healthy living can make you fit as a fiddle. And it's as easy as 1-2-3! <BR> <BR> It's called "stealth health" and it's a philosophy that's gaining ground among experts, food m... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 09:35:34 EST 10 Signs You are Getting Healthier Even if ...... 10 Signs You are Getting Healthier Even if the Scale Doesn’t Move <BR> By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> <BR> By Beth Donovan, ~INDYGIRL <BR> <BR> Sometimes the scale doesn’t budge and you wonder if you are getting any healthier on your fitness plan. Well, here are 10 signs that you are! <BR> <BR> You feel like taking on something new. That’s a great sign that you are getting healthier. It shows a heightened energy level and more active mentality. You are obvi... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 07:48:49 EST Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up? Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up? <BR> A Look at Self-Destructive Thoughts <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If we had friends that treated us the way that many of us treat ourselves, they wouldn’t be our friends for very long. Imagine a friend who calls up just to complain–about you. Or an alleged buddy who quickly says “I told you so” when you screw up. Or someone who encourages you to give up instead of encouraging you to do your best. <BR> <BR> Why do we do this? Why... Fri, 31 May 2013 08:03:07 EST Do Detox Diets Work? Are They Safe? Do Detox Diets Work? Are They Safe? <BR> <BR> By: Becky Hand, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 3/8/2013 12:00 PM : 40 comments : 79,159 Views <BR> See More: weight loss, healthy eating, spring, diet myths, <BR> <BR> Spring is right around the corner, and as I glance around my home, I see that a thorough cleaning is in order. Dust bunnies are multiplying under my bed, spider webs are glistening on my chandelier, and a layer of dust has settled on all places too difficult to comfortably reach... Thu, 30 May 2013 07:30:47 EST 29 Proven Methods to Manage Aches & Pains.... 29 Proven Methods to Manage Aches & Pains <BR> Self-Care Tips from Chronic Pain Sufferers That Really Work <BR> -- By SparkPeople Staff <BR> <BR> <BR> Many people struggle with pain. Whether it's short term from an injury or chronic due to disc issues, neuropathy or Fibromyalgia, we all want to find relief. Pain clinics and medical interventions are great places to begin, but some pain sufferers look for additional ways to find relief that don't always involve drugs, appointments or doctor ... Wed, 29 May 2013 07:54:43 EST A Beginner's Guide to Container Veggie Gardens.... A Beginner's Guide to Container Vegetable Gardening <BR> A Versatile Way to Grow Your Favorite Plants <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth and Jenny Sigler, SparkPeople Contributors <BR> <BR> Container gardening is a useful method of growing both edibles and ornamentals when you have little or no yard, have compromised soil, or you simply enjoy the freedom to move your plants from place to place. It is an ideal technique for those in urban situations such as apartments. One of the biggest bonuses to contai... Tue, 28 May 2013 12:58:44 EST Have You Found Your Inner "Normal Eater"? Have You Found Your Inner 'Normal Eater'? <BR> <BR> By: Dean Anderson, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> One of the goals of making a “lifestyle change” (as opposed to going on a diet) is to develop a healthy relationship with food and eating that feels normal, comfortable, usually enjoyable, and relatively easy to maintain over time. <BR> <BR> No elaborate eating rules, no worries about “good” foods and “bad” foods, no guilt feelings or verbal self-abuse for breaking the rules, no getting ob... Mon, 27 May 2013 07:33:24 EST Common Foods that Can Trigger Migraines... Common Foods that Can Trigger Migraines <BR> How Your Diet Can Cause a Headache <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed and Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Often described as an intense throbbing or pulsing in one specific area of the head, a migraine headache is a condition that can't--and shouldn't--be ignored. This severe headache can last for a few hours or up to several days. People who suffer from migraines are often left incapacitated, seeking a dark, quiet place to rest and recupe... Sat, 25 May 2013 07:25:28 EST Hello all... ...I'm hoping to start shedding some of the extra baggage I've gathered over these last 17 years. I look forward to working with you all, hoping that by seeing your progress (...and sharing mine with you all) I will be more inspired to "stick to it". I'm starting with the simple goal of drinking more water, because, as simple as that seems, I don't think to do it. I'll be thinking more about it, and working on how to actually follow thru on this and many other goals. Thanks for being here...y... Fri, 24 May 2013 23:33:13 EST Hi Sparkies! My name is Mary Catherine. I live in Pittsburgh. I am so thrilled to be on Spark People and sparking. Good luck to all of you on reaching your goals. Dont hesitate to send spark mail to me and I will try to answer each and every one. Mon, 20 May 2013 15:35:23 EST Can Certain Foods Help You Burn More Fat? Can Certain Foods Help You Burn More Fat? <BR> What the Research Really Says about Acai, Green Tea, Carbs and Dairy <BR> -- By Robert J. Davis, PhD <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Though food is supposed to be one of life's simple pleasures, few things cause more angst and confusion. It's no wonder why. We're constantly being told which foods we should eat to be healthy, which diets we should follow to be skinny, which preparation methods we should use to be safe, and which chemicals and contaminants ... Sat, 18 May 2013 09:53:50 EST Allergy Tips for Every Season.... Allergy Tips for Every Season <BR> Don't Let Symptoms Prevent You from Enjoying the Weather <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Every season of the year brings new obstacles to allergy sufferers. Whether you suffer from seasonal allergies (such as sensitivity to pollen in the spring or mold in the fall), or allergies that are a nuisance in every season (like pet dander and dust mites), there are plenty of things you can do to lessen your symptoms year-rou... Fri, 17 May 2013 09:42:59 EST Turn Money Problems into Rewarding Solutions.... Turn Money Problems into Rewarding Solutions <BR> Got Money Problems? Find Peace with Your Paycheck <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Got money problems? These days, when many people earn the equivalent of 4 gallons of gas per hour, who doesn’t? <BR> <BR> For many people, money problems go beyond coping with rising prices or tweaking your budget to keep your expenses within your means; they're a way of life. No matter how much money you have, it's ... Thu, 16 May 2013 07:42:23 EST 8 Tips for Deciphering Diet Claims.... 8 Tips for Deciphering Diet Claims <BR> Separate the Food Fact from the Fiction <BR> -- By Robert J. Davis, PhD <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Though food is supposed to be one of life's simple pleasures, few things cause more angst and confusion. It's no wonder why. We're constantly being told which foods we should eat to be healthy, which diets we should follow to be skinny, which preparation methods we should use to be safe, and which chemicals and contaminants in food we should shun to avoid illn... Wed, 15 May 2013 09:16:25 EST How to Deal With Setbacks..... How to Deal with Setbacks <BR> Bounce Back from Life's Hurdles <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We’ve all hit that bump in the road, the setback, the problem. What sets people apart is how they react to that bump. Are you one to spin out of control, in despair? Or do you grab a hold of that wheel and steer yourself straight? Whether it’s a school assignment, a work project, or a volunteer mission, we all encounter things that slow us down. You just have to keep in ... Tue, 14 May 2013 09:03:56 EST Body Composition Measures Results.... Body Composition Measures Results <BR> Use these Numbers to Track your Progress <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some people can measure their weight loss by the way they feel and look: firmer thighs, a smaller waist, jiggle-free arms. But then there are the number-crazy ones who desperately need some kind (any kind!) of concrete proof that all their hard work is paying off. They want to gauge their progress a different way. Give them numbers on paper, or som... Mon, 13 May 2013 07:43:19 EST Common Myths about Happiness... Common Myths about Happiness <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> Finish this sentence: “I could be happy if…” <BR> <BR> Did you answer something like, “If I lost 15 pounds,” “if I got that promotion,” or “if I had more money”? If so, you’re not alone. <BR> <BR> For many people, happiness is some elusive thing that’s always out of reach. You’re never happy right here and now—your happiness depends on something that’s got to happen in the future, something outs... Sun, 12 May 2013 09:09:56 EST An Exercise in Self-Esteem.... An Exercise in Self-Esteem <BR> Exercise Your Way to Feeling Better About Yourself <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’re like most people who want to lose weight, you probably think that shedding a few pounds will help you feel better about yourself. And chances are, you see exercise simply as something you need to do to accomplish that goal. But here’s something you may not know: this "necessary evil" approach to exercise may actually be prevent... Sat, 11 May 2013 09:22:24 EST What Was Your High Today? Today my high is that I ran last night for the first time in 3 years and my ankle doesn't hurt today!! (old injury) <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Fri, 10 May 2013 11:46:52 EST Finding Inspiration In Your Biggest Temptations... Finding Inspiration In Your Biggest Temptations <BR> Change the Way You Look at Obstacles on Your Journey <BR> -- By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Getting motivated--and staying motivated--can be difficult, and when temptations abound, it seems like the world is conspiring to keep you indoors, on the couch and stuck in your unhealthy life. <BR> <BR> Instead of viewing temptations as roadblocks, think of them as motivators--the devil on your shoulder, if you will. Thei... Fri, 10 May 2013 08:36:10 EST Put the "I" Back in Your Vocabulary.... Put the ''I'' Back in Your Vocabulary <BR> Increase Your Chances for Weight-Loss Success <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Would you believe me if I told you that knowing the answer to one simple question could improve your chances for weight loss success by up to 100%? Well, it’s true. Here’s the question: <BR> <BR> Which of the following is the single most important factor in long-term weight loss success? <BR> <BR> A. Calorie Counting <BR> B. R... Thu, 9 May 2013 06:27:15 EST Hi everyone!! <em>213</em> <BR> Just wanted to REintroduce myself to everyone, I'm not new to the team but I am new as a leader and it's a first for me, so thanks to WISPERINGPINE9 for the invite. <BR> <BR> My name is Kelly and I've been using Spark since January 2013. I joined because I got engaged and wanted to lose weight for my wedding (coming up in September) Since then I've learned so much about this process and my reasons have changed, I noticed as I changed my eating habits and started exerc... Wed, 8 May 2013 09:02:46 EST An Active Approach to Managing Menopause... An Active Approach to Managing Menopause <BR> Get Moving to Relieve Discomfort <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You’ve heard the jokes and the horror stories. But often, faced with the onset of menopause, most of us don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Luckily, if you’re determined to stay fit—or get fit— there’s no time like perimenopause to begin a sensible physical regimen. <BR> <BR> Physical activity, the most effective alternative therapy available for women ... Wed, 8 May 2013 08:08:07 EST 100...POINTS A DAY CHALLENGE 167 Tue, 7 May 2013 11:24:55 EST 7 Myths and Facts about Chocolate.... 7 Myths and Facts about Chocolate <BR> Melting the Myths for Good <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whether you prefer a gooey chocolate truffle or a mug of hot cocoa, chocolate is the number one indulgence for most of us—especially on Valentine’s Day. But this indulgence comes at a price, right? After all, isn’t chocolate bad for us, full of caffeine and saturated fat? Not so fast—new research has shown that chocolate can be a part of a healthy diet af... Tue, 7 May 2013 09:01:45 EST 10 Ways to Stay Healthy When Working from Home.... 10 Ways to Stay Healthy When Working from Home <BR> Make Your Home Workplace Work for You <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Working from home may seem like a dream. You have no boss popping up behind you. No employees to interrupt you with the latest office gossip. No donuts to avoid. But, working from home—with all of its perks and pluses—also presents some unique challenges when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.... Mon, 6 May 2013 08:25:30 EST No Pain = BIG Gain..... No Pain = BIG Gain <BR> Is Your Exercise Program Wearing You Out? <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We’ve all heard that a combination of diet and regular exercise is the best way to lose weight and keep it off long term. <BR> <BR> For some of us, common sense dictates that the more you work out—and the higher the intensity—the better. But that’s not necessarily true. Even if you’ve gradually increased the intensity, duration and/or frequency of your ... Sun, 5 May 2013 06:27:14 EST Yoga and You'll Go to Sleep... Yoga and You'll Go to Sleep <BR> Health News Flash <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia each year. Many of these people rely on medication to fall asleep, but research shows that relaxation and meditation exercises can also be effective at treating insomnia. <BR> <BR> A new study from the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospi... Sat, 4 May 2013 09:31:15 EST Find Meaning in a Job Well Done... Find Meaning in a Job Well Done <BR> How to Make All Your Work Rewarding & Satisfying <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For most of us, work is a fact of life. Whether your paycheck helps care for a family, a home, tuition, or simply what you need to stay alive, we spend a large percentage of our waking hours doing some kind of work. <BR> <BR> According to recent research, most of us also have conflicting feelings about our work. Over 84 percent of... Fri, 3 May 2013 08:59:45 EST Getting Rest with RLS... Getting Rest with RLS <BR> Control Restless Legs Syndrome to Sleep Better <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> When your legs ache, you can usually lie down and relax to alleviate your symptoms. But for people who suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS for short), relaxing only makes them hurt more. According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as 12 million Americans are suffering from RLS, which... Thu, 2 May 2013 11:04:44 EST Homemade Beauty Recipes for Spring.... Homemade Beauty Recipes for Spring <BR> 8 Fresh Ideas for Healthier Skin and Hair! <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tulips and daffodils are pushing up through the thawing ground, buds are exploding from once-lonely tree branches, and I’ve got mashed carrot and avocado all over my face. No, I’m not spoon-feeding a baby, but I am babying my skin with a spring-inspired face masque. Carrots and avocados are excellent sources of skin-nourishing vitamins that can help... Wed, 1 May 2013 09:06:03 EST 4 Steps to Healthier Surroundings 4 Steps to Healthier Surroundings <BR> Spread the Spark to the World Around You <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you're eager to be a positive force, there’s no shortage of people that could use some help. In 1994, 10-20% of every U.S. state’s population was considered obese. By 2001, the numbers in 30 states grew to 20% or more. According to the American Medical Association, more than 1 of every 4 adults in Alabama is obese. <BR> <BR> Being overweight is an int... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:11:53 EST Exercise Keeps Your Mind Sharp.... Exercise Keeps Your Mind Sharp <BR> Fitness News Flash <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A new study from the National Institutes of Health found that the most sedentary individuals (i.e. couch potatoes) are 2.5 times more likely to develop dementia than regular exercisers. Dementia is a condition of declining mental abilities ( especially memory) that affects your personality, skills (like driving a car), and verbal abilities. <BR> <BR> A... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 09:03:46 EST April Challenges. ...Calories IN...Calories OUT This challenge can be done seperately or in combination with each other. This is a great way to visually see how we are doing with Calories IN (food and drinks that we put into our bodies) and Calories OUT (the exercises that we do each day) that will wear calories away. You may want to post your day before results each day. <BR> <BR> Let's be accountable for the amounts of food or drinks that we par-take in each day and the amount of activities that we do in order to achieve the results tha... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 11:56:50 EST How a "Bad Food" Attitude Can Backfire.... How a 'Bad Food' Attitude Can Backfire <BR> Make Peace with Your Cravings to Drop More Pounds <BR> -- By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you struggle with cravings and wish you had the will power to cut out certain foods completely? When we work toward a healthy diet, so many of us think that making a list of food culprits and calling them off-limits will help us to succeed. However, if you take a deeper look at the psychology behind this flawed method, you’ll see so ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 09:18:50 EST Wake Up to the Importance of Exercise..... Wake Up to the Importance of Exercise <BR> Working Out Improves Sleep Patterns <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You stayed up late last night to finish a project, woke up groggy only to realize that you’d slept through the alarm clock, skipped breakfast, then almost fell asleep in the middle of an important morning meeting. It’s now mid-afternoon and, as you’re having yet another cup of coffee to stifle yet another yawn, you realize you’re seemingly sleep walking ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 09:20:40 EST APRIL....30 DAYS....TO A GREENER LIFESTYLE.... Each day I will post a daily tip to help us keep our planet cleaner.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> With all the buzz surrounding eco-friendly living these days,you maywonderwhere to start.But reducing your impact on the planet can be simple,and every action does make a difference. Want even more incentive to change? Most green actions will save you money,limit waste,enhance your health and even increase your over all physical activity—all while benefiting the planet. <em>432</em> <em>433<... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 08:37:40 EST Are You a Veggie Head or Just Plain Fruity? Are You a Veggie Head or Just Plain Fruity? <BR> Nutrition News Flash <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A recent study randomly selected 508 adults and categorized each of them as either a vegetable lover or fruit lover by using a cross-classification technique, based on their preference ratings for fruits and vegetables and by each participant’s self-perceptions. Vegetable lovers differed from fruit lovers in both their cooking habits and their foo... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 07:17:48 EST Can Stress Cause Weight Gain? Can Stress Cause Weight Gain? <BR> What the Research Really Shows <BR> -- By The American Institute of Cancer Research <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some advertisements claim that hormonal changes from high stress lead to weight gain. These ads offer products that will supposedly normalize your hormones, thus decreasing your waist size. Should you use these products? <BR> <BR> Research does support some link between stress and weight. Stress often causes people to drop good eating and exercise habi... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 08:41:27 EST Pave the Way for Persiste nce..... Pave the Way for Persistence <BR> Be Consistent and Persistant to Reach Your Goals <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When it comes to permanent weight loss, persistence is where the tire meets the road. There will be many ups and downs along this road, and you'll have to keep yourself going even when things get tough. If you’ve been working the previous eight steps in this plan, you have already done much of the preparation necessary to cultivate an... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:57:15 EST Chocolate: A Not-So-Guilty Pleasure.... Chocolate: A Not-So-Guilty Pleasure <BR> A Love Affair with Good Reason <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For years, you’ve tried to break it off. You’re certain this relationship is wrong, even sinful. But try as you might, you just can’t end it—your willpower inevitably crumbles, and you always go back for more. <BR> <BR> We’re talking of course about your love affair with CHOCOLATE— that dark seducer even more likely to attract as you're surrounded by heart-sha... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 07:03:13 EST Building a Weight-Loss Wardrobe on a Budget..... <BR> Building a Weight-Loss Wardrobe on a Budget <BR> <BR> 6 Tips for Finding Clothes When You're on Your Way to Your Goal Weight <BR> <BR> -- By Caitlin Boyle, SparkSavings Contributor <BR> If you ever stared at your closet full of clothes and thought, “I have nothing to wear,” imagine how Amanda McQueen, a 28-year-old from Alabama, felt during her weight loss journey. “I’ve lost 115 pounds in total. I started at 260 pounds and a size 22, and now I’m at 145 pounds and a size 8,” she says.... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 08:41:31 EST How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed.... How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed <BR> Get Your Friends, Family and Fellow SparkPeople on Board <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> You wake up to your husband preparing a platter of fruit and a slice of whole wheat toast for breakfast. Your wife always has a healthy dinner—lean protein and fresh veggies—ready at 6 o’clock. Your co-workers have teamed up to start a healthy lunch club. You have countl... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 07:23:08 EST How To Make Fitness Matter.... How To Make Fitness Matter <BR> Framing Your Big Picture <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> To stick around and work, weight loss has to fit within the bigger picture -- and then made into a daily priority. Like a movie extra struggling to be seen on a blockbuster film, if weight loss isn’t in the big picture, it won’t get watched. <BR> <BR> Weight loss is a classic “out of sight, out of mind” matter. If you’re busy with bigg picture stuff (which hopefully you are), ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 08:02:59 EST 6 Tips to Deal with Daylight Saving Time.... 6 Tips to Deal with Daylight Saving Time <BR> Time-Tested Ways to Cope with the Time Change <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s that time of year again, when we reset our clocks and try to readjust to the time change associated with Daylight Saving Time (DST). Some of us breeze through the change seamlessly, yet others feel out of sorts for days. If you have trouble dealing with this sudden disruption in your routine, it is for good reason. <BR> <BR> Even thou... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 07:43:37 EST DID YOUR TRACK YOUR NUTRITION and/or EXERCISES ... <em>248</em> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 10:40:40 EST Laugh Your Way to Health & Happiness.... Laugh Your Way to Health & Happiness <BR> Health News Flash <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A recent study conducted by the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine reported that laughter not only enhances your mood, but it may also protect your heart. During the study, 20 healthy participants were shown 2 movies: a funny comedy and a war saga. After viewing the war (stress-inducing) film, participants' blood vessels constricted and blood flow wa... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 09:14:11 EST Post an emoticon for SPRING!! Post something spring related with an emoticon! <BR> <BR> <em>448</em> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 13:52:07 EST Manage Yourself in No Time.... Manage Yourself in No Time <BR> Tips to Fit More Into Your Day <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As the world of technology evolves, there are more and more devices to make life easier for us. Think of all the time we save with things like garage door openers, snow blowers, remote controls, dishwashers, elevators, high speed internet, digital everything, laundry and cleaning services, gas powered mowers, online shopping… <BR> <BR> It seems like no matter how many ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 09:58:56 EST Throw a Fitness Party!.... Throw a Fitness Party! <BR> Burn Calories While You Bond <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I needed to get a social life. This revelation hit me late on a Friday night when I realized I had spent another evening knee-deep in laundry when I really wanted to be out having some fun. Busy with work and family, I hadn’t seen my girlfriends for weeks. I was so overwhelmed with housework and children’s activities that I couldn’t remember the last time I had pi... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:00:47 EST 5 Signs It's Time to Get Serious about Weight Loss 5 Signs It's Time to Get Serious about Weight Loss <BR> The Time to Commit to Losing Weight is Now <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's easy to say that you want to lose weight. It's also easy to find the motivation to hit the gym regularly and choose the right foods in the beginning. After a few weeks, our motivation seems to wane and those old, unhealthy habits of yours start to creep back in. What seemed so easy at firs... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 04:36:46 EST Garlic: The Big Flavor with Benefits..... Garlic: The Big Flavor with Benefits <BR> Behind Garlic's Bold Taste is a Healthy Nutritional Profile <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Garlic is a great way to add bold taste to your cooking without extra calories or sodium. But did you know that garlic offers more than big flavor? It's such a common ingredient in so many dishes that it's easy to overlook its health benefits. <BR> <BR> Garlic is a member of the Allium family, along with onions, leeks and ... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:12:57 EST Going Through the Emotions... Going Through the Emotions <BR> Why It's Worth the Trouble <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The world can be a beautiful place, full of possibilities and life. You can feel invincible and in control. But it’s not always like that, is it? The world can also be a stressful, upsetting, confidence-crushing place. At times, it seems like even something as clear-cut as weight loss is harder than it really needs to be. Is it worth the trouble, you ask. Why am I banging my ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:54:42 EST Saying Hello I am not new to Spark, but I am new to the Transformations team. I have had a lot of success, but am stuck in a rut right now and have joined some new teams and returned to the basics here on Spark to help me out of it! <BR> <BR> Please feel free to visit my page to learn more about me... or ask any questions you'd like. I look forward to getting to know all of you! Sun, 17 Mar 2013 22:30:35 EST Vacations: The Perfect Reward? Vacations: The Perfect Reward? <BR> Planning a Quick Trip Can Hold the Answers <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You’ve tried every reward you can think of to keep yourself motivated. You’ve coaxed yourself with new clothes, rewarded yourself with nights out or days off, even promised yourself a new CD if you would (please, please, please) just get up this once, lace on those shoes and go jogging this morning in the rain. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, the rewards are worki... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 08:15:47 EST Encouragement Eases Exercise.... Encouragement Eases Exercise <BR> Fitness News Flash <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A Bloomsburg University study found that women reported that their treadmill workouts seemed easier when they received positive feedback from another person. Encouraging words like "You can do it," "Good job," or "Keep going" can come from a friend, trainer, instructor, or buddy. Researchers aren't sure why the words have such an impact—whether the commen... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 08:16:47 EST How to Get Ripped Off....Gua aranteed!! How to Get Ripped Off - Guaranteed! <BR> Tips for Consumers <BR> -- By Christopher Stormann, Ph.D. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bogus exercise equipment and nutrition scams have been assaulting us for about as long as anyone can remember. According to author Dr. James Harvey Young, the scams date back as early as 1630. That was the year Nicholas Knopp of Massachusetts Bay was fined five pounds for vending, as a cure for scurvy, nothing more than high-priced water. <BR> <BR> Flash forward to 2007 a... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 08:34:35 EST 1 Step Back, 2 Steps Forward.... 1 Step Back, 2 Steps Forward <BR> Don't Let a Setback Stop You from Pushing Ahead <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Fall seven times, get up eight." - Japanese Proverb <BR> "Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams <BR> "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." - Chinese Proverb <BR> "Never give in. Never. Never. Never. Never." - Winston Churc... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:09:00 EST Tools for a Healthy Kitchen... Tools for a Healthy Kitchen <BR> Save Time & Eat Healthy with these Small Appliances <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Standard kitchen appliances like ranges, ovens, and refrigerators undoubtedly revolutionized the way we prepare food. Chances are you probably have all three, and use them constantly. But there’s a whole world of gadgets and small appliances that can further reduce the time and effort you have spend creating delicious and healthy cuisine. These ga... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 09:04:16 EST Wake Up Naturally to a More Energized Day... Wake Up Naturally to a More Energized Day <BR> <BR> Small Changes, Real BIG Energy <BR> <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> 7:00 a.m.: An infuriating alarm jolts you awake. <BR> 7:30 a.m.: After three snooze delays you finally turn it off and force yourself to jump out of bed. <BR> 8:15 a.m.: Two cups of coffee later, you're stuck in maddening morning traffic. <BR> 2:30 p.m.: You practically fall asleep at your desk. <BR> <BR> "I got eight hours of sleep last night," ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 08:28:17 EST Causes of High Blood Pressure <BR> The Causes of High Blood Pressure <BR> <BR> Learn Which Risk Factors You Can Control <BR> <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> Lowering your blood pressure isn't always as simple as eating fewer high-sodium foods. The fact is that multiple factors combined affect your blood pressure. There are two main categories of risks that contribute to hypertension—those that you can't change, and those that you can. <BR> <BR> Uncontrollable Risk Fac... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 10:07:47 EST Feeling a Little Mixed Up About Your Diet? Feeling a Little Mixed Up about Your Diet? <BR> Here's a Fun Game that Will Straighten Things Out <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> Let’s take a break and have a little fun! <BR> <BR> Dieting is important business, but that doesn’t mean we have to take it so darned seriously. Time to play a game! <BR> <BR> Below are some jumbled up words and short phrases. See how long it takes you to solve the puzzles (answers are below with a short explanation). <BR> <BR> Hint: Each word sp... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 09:48:23 EST Empty Nesters Find Purpose and Motivation... Empty Nesters Find Purpose and Motivation <BR> The Action Step Guide Once the Children Leave <BR> -- By Life Coach Mary Guarino, Ph.D <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What will you do with your time once your children leave the nest? You may not have thought about it, but a new career path could be your best option. The years of parenting are spent focusing on other people’s needs, often with little time for self-reflection. Career exploration is a wonderful opportunity for self-discovery and personal ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 09:28:47 EST 50# in 2013 no more excusses im ready to lose these 50# and it begin today Fri, 8 Mar 2013 08:59:30 EST MAR. CHALLENG .....EAT A RAINBOW <em>437</em> Since March is the month for eating healthy diet why not make it more fun by doing this challenge. <BR> <BR> <BR> We all know the importance of eating fruit & vegetables, but how many of us actually get our 5 a day. With this challenge we will be able to eat a variety of fruit & veg and maybe try something we haven't tried before. <BR> <BR> Rules:- <BR> *Eat as many fruits & veggies as you like. <BR> *If you only eat the inside of a piece of fruit or veg, you don't count t... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 07:06:02 EST The Surpising Benefits of Being in Love... The Surprising Health Benefits of Being in Love <BR> How Positive Relationships Boost Wellness <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When I was newly home from graduate school and working my first full-time job, finding a husband and starting a family seemed to be the next expected step in the progression toward adulthood. I was looking forward to having someone to share my life with—someone to be a steady roommate, a sharer of responsibilities, and a t... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 06:56:16 EST Emoticon, something healthy or something green... <em>368</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 06:33:43 EST 31 DAYS....TO A HEALTHIER DIET... This month I will post a daily tip on how to work towards a Healthier Diet. <BR> <BR> <BR> You've probably heard the phrase "you are what you eat."While it's true that food is fuel, it's also true that food is broken down and transformed into cells, hormones, muscles and YOU! When you think of food in this light, it can make it easier to make healthy and nutritious choices for your body. March is National Nutrition Month--a time to focus on making informed food choices for a balanced and he... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 06:07:09 EST Alternative Therapies for IBS...... Alternative Therapies for IBS <BR> Relieve Symptoms Naturally <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causes uncomfortable and painful symptoms like cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. In the U.S., this condition affects between 10% and 30% of the population. Traditional treatment for IBS usually involves medication, which is effective, but often causes undesirable side-effects. However, according the National I... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:30:30 EST Choosing a Walking or Running Route... Choosing a Walking or Running Route <BR> On the Road to Fitness <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness can be incredibly simple. Sometimes, the most effective workouts don't need celebrity spokespeople or a payment plan. Walking and running are excellent ways to stay in shape year-round. These basic workouts are convenient, feasible almost anywhere, and require only a good pair of shoes- all you need is a place to go! <BR> <BR> Depending on the time of year, as... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 08:22:00 EST He Did What He Had No Business Doing... He Did What He Had No Business Doing <BR> The Story of Art Tatum <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Cheers to a boy who didn’t know any better. <BR> <BR> Cheers to a man who didn’t let a little thing like reality stand in his way. <BR> <BR> Cheers to a self-taught musician whose creativity and skill is the stuff of legend. <BR> <BR> Cheers to Art Tatum, maybe the greatest jazz piano player who ever lived. <BR> <BR> Art Tatum was remarkable before he was good. Blin... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 07:37:13 EST Moving "inspite of it" I am challenging myself and others to move on all of those days you have a legitimate reason not to move. Got a sinus infection, 10 minutes won't hurt. Have fibromyalgia or other pain disorder, move gently, move carefully and still find a way to move, perhaps twice for five minutes. That medication the doctor has you on for ..... or .... making you fell sick, try leg raises in your chair. <BR> <BR> There are a bunch of reasons I am where I am with my wieght and strength. We can't let any... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 07:21:36 EST Bust Your Bad Mood with Exercise... Bust Your Bad Mood with Exercise <BR> Use Fitness, Not Food, to Change Your State of Mind <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some days, I am just in a mood. I don’t know what you call it, maybe stressed, bored, lonely, angry, sad, anxious, or tired. I call it "getting into a funk." When it happens, I have allowed my circumstances to dictate my attitude and my thinking and then—bam! Before I know what hit me, I’m in a full-blown funk. While I like to e... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 08:25:46 EST Slip into a Steady Slumber.... Slip into a Steady Slumber <BR> Tips for Curing Insomnia <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sleep is something that your body craves, but also something that everybody struggles with periodically. You’ve tried to cure it the right way. You stopped drinking caffeine late in the day; you didn’t eat a heavy meal right before bed; you made sure that the lights were off; you’ve tried to keep a definite bedtime schedule consistently. And yet, as you lie in bed sleepless and... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 08:59:10 EST 7 Good Reasons to Smile..... 7 Good Reasons to Smile <BR> When You Smile, the World Smiles Back <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Health and Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> Smiling happens without much thought. When you watch a friend do something silly or embarrassing, you smirk. When a police officer lets you off without a ticket, you grin. And when you are recognized for your top performance in academics or at work, you beam. Smiling is a very natural response that shares our happiness with others. <BR> <BR> But did you ... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 08:34:09 EST How is the weather where you live? Post here what the weather is like where you live.. <BR> <BR> Use an emoticon if you would like! Fri, 15 Feb 2013 17:17:55 EST Smart Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles.... Smart Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles <BR> Decode, Treat and Prevent 5 Common Types of Post-Workout Pain <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pain is a real, well, pain! How many times have you been gung-ho to start a new workout routine only to feel like you've been hit by a ton of bricks on day two? Something as simple as walking down the stairs can feel like torture. Most of us have "been there, done that" when it comes to musc... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 07:26:30 EST 2013 my time hi my name is cyndi im 56 yrs old im married to my best friend i have 2 children and 2 grandchildren i like to read i have alot of medical problems and i know by losing weight and changing my life style i will live a longer and happier life and beable to spend the time with the grandchildren Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:40:34 EST 7 Reasons for Eating Chocolate Today..... 7 Reasons You Can Feel Good about Eating Chocolate Today <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, DailySpark Blogger <BR> 2/14/2013 6:00 AM : 4 comments : 958 Views <BR> See More: chocolate, health, treats, valentine's day, <BR> <BR> Chances are good that you'll encounter chocolate at some point today. Chocolate has earned a bad rap as a guilty pleasure, but this superfood has some pretty amazing health benefits. We think you should feel good about eating chocolate--the dark variety, in moder... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:35:48 EST Soda Drinkers Beware! Soda Drinkers Beware! <BR> Nutrition News Flash <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Studies now correlate an increase in certain health risks with soda consumption. For four years researchers tracked the soda drinking habits of 50,000 women. When women went from drinking one regular soda drink a week to at least one a day, they gained an average of 10 pounds over the 4-year period. An increase in body weight was also seen when using fruit drinks, but ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:59:19 EST Whole Grains are the Whole Package... Whole Grains are the Whole Package <BR> These Natural Grains Pack a Nutritional Punch <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Health experts agree that we need to eat more whole grains for optimal health. But most people don’t know what whole grains are. They have been shown to reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity, but knowing the health benefits doesn't help you find them in your local grocery store or learn how to cook wit... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:07:08 EST Use Smart Goal-Setting Techniques.... Use Smart Goal-Setting Techniques <BR> All Weight Loss Goals are Not Created Equal <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What is the most important factor of success and achievement? IQ, self-confidence, perseverance? <BR> <BR> Actually, that's a trick question. According to intelligence studies, the answer would be none of the above. In fact, the tendency to set goals is the #1 predictor of success. <BR> <BR> Your SparkPeople program is based on a goal. You've already... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:15:33 EST New Member Hi!! Very excited to add this online support group for getting healthy. I am actually nervous about starting this journey as I have had so many failed attempts in losing weight throughout my 50 years. But I am committed to getting healthy and look forward to additional support from this group!! Sun, 27 Jan 2013 22:02:47 EST Talk Yourself into Reaching Your Goals..... Talk Yourself into Reaching Your Goals <BR> How Self-Talk Can Help (or Hinder) Your Progress <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all know that getting support and encouragement is crucial to losing weight and becoming healthier. That’s why the Message Boards, SparkPages, SparkMail, and SparkTeams are such important components of the SparkPeople program. <BR> <BR> But getting support from others is only one part of the formula for success. Equally ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 08:20:15 EST 12 Tips to Drink 8 Cups a Day... 12 Tips to Drink 8 Cups a Day <BR> Water Tactics that Make Every Day an 8-cup Success <BR> -- By Cindy Dyson, SparkPeople member <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Eight glasses of water every day? No matter how you pour them, that’s a lot of liquid. We're talking cups and cups…and cups. Even knowing about the many benefits of meeting your daily quota—increased fat burning, healthier skin, more energy, better digestion, fewer cravings—doesn't make drinking it (or dealing with increased bathroom visits) a... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 07:40:24 EST Be Ready When Opportunity Knocks...... Be Ready When Opportunity Knocks <BR> Take Risks to Take Your Life to the Next Level <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Certified Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> One of life's biggest ironies is how often people complain about their circumstances, yet rarely do anything about them. It's not that they don't have good intentions, or the desire for change isn't great. It's that change is scary and risky. Even when we're unhappy with our current situation, we are familiar with it. Change is just ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 09:38:46 EST Lessons for All Walks of Life..... Lessons for All Walks of Life <BR> Basics for Success <BR> -- By Julie Isphording, former Olympian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If there were dreams for sale, what would you try to buy? No matter what you "purchase" – find a better job, run a marathon, lose ten pounds, learn a new skill – motivation usually makes the difference between success and failure, misery and fun. These tips will help get you started: <BR> Surround yourself with friends who think positive. The beliefs and attitudes of your ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 07:36:24 EST Small Bits of Fitness Add Up.... Small Bits of Fitness Add Up <BR> Exercise Comes in All Shapes and Sizes <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Where did the day go?" <BR> <BR> Is this a common question in your life? Many of us jam-pack so much stuff into our daily routines, seemingly there’s no time to relax for just one minute, let alone exercise. Lack of time is one of the most common excuses for not having a decent fitness regimen. But do you realize that in the time it might take you t... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 03:31:48 EST Nervous about Gym membership - ugg I know this sounds stupid but I am going for a tour of a 24 hour gym today and I am so nervous. I only have been walking and heart is so out of shape that I don't know if I can keep up with any of the classes etc. I am usually pretty secure in myself but I am afraid of looking stupid. I would be going very very early in the morning so there might now be very many people there. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 05:37:24 EST South Carolina Girl - 100lb Weight Loss Goal Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to SP and new to this board. I am three weeks post op from the gastic sleeve and I realize it is just a tool to help me lose weight and get healthy. I am excited to be here <BR> <BR> Darlene Mon, 14 Jan 2013 02:33:30 EST What Your Bad Habits Say About You.... What Your Bad Habits Say About You <BR> Tailor Your Plan to Fit Your Personality <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When Robert works, he’s glued to his computer screen, consumed for hours with phone calls and deadlines, oblivious to hunger pangs. He often skips meals or grabs whatever might be in his desk drawer—potato chips, Girl Scout cookies, leftover Christmas candy. Over the last couple of years, he has started gaining weight, despite intensifying his exercis... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:41:04 EST this is my time this i my time and i am ready to do this i am ready to begin Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:49:07 EST The Truth about Green Tea..... The Truth about Green Tea <BR> A Health Powerhouse or Mostly Hype? <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed and Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whether you drink it as a hot beverage to ward off Old Man Winter or iced to cool off on a hot summer day, tea is an invigorating drink that people around the world consume in copious amounts. In America alone, each person drinks approximately 155 cups of tea per year! And as researchers discover more health benefits from those little leaves, tea ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 08:27:55 EST Too Much Work Can Pack On the Pounds.... Too Much Work Can Pack On the Pounds <BR> Overtime May Add More to Your Waistline than Your Wallet <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you have a schedule that requires you to work more than forty hours per week, leaving you exhausted at the end of every workday? If so, go weigh yourself. If the number on the scale is higher than you believe it should be, you can probably blame your busy schedule for contributing to your excess weight. <BR> <BR> Work can add wei... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 08:41:39 EST Turning "Someday" into Today.... Turning ''Someday'' into Today <BR> Weighing Some Tough Options <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s time for some cold, hard facts: <BR> You’re not going to be able to read every book that you want <BR> You’ll never have time to watch all of your favorite shows <BR> The house will never be clean enough <BR> There will always be another errand to run <BR> The grass will continue to grow <BR> Everything you buy will need to be dusted, repaired, maintained or dispos... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 04:30:09 EST DAILY CHALLENGE .....GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT !!! <em>306</em> GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT.......JAN. 9TH <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to eat a fruit and/or vegetable EVERY MEAL AND SNACK. You can do this!!! <BR> <BR> Have a SWEET, TANGY, AND CRUNCHY Wednesday! <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em> <em>485</em> <em>291</em> <em>368</em> <BR> Wed, 9 Jan 2013 07:58:27 EST Now & Zen: Easy Relaxation Technigues.... Now & Zen: Easy Relaxation Techniques <BR> A Calmer, Healthier You is Within Reach <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> People are busier than ever in today’s fast and furious lifestyle. This constant stress can have a negative impact on your health, contributing to ailments like insomnia, emotional overeating and high blood pressure. Unless you’re lucky enough to be able to escape to a tropical island at the drop of a hat, learning how to deal with stres... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 06:11:44 EST How to Deal with Setbacks..... How to Deal with Setbacks <BR> Bounce Back from Life's Hurdles <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We’ve all hit that bump in the road, the setback, the problem. What sets people apart is how they react to that bump. Are you one to spin out of control, in despair? Or do you grab a hold of that wheel and steer yourself straight? Whether it’s a school assignment, a work project, or a volunteer mission, we all encounter things that slow us down. You just have to keep in ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 07:54:23 EST Moving Forward with the Run/Walk Training Method.. Moving Forward with the Run/Walk Training Method <BR> Adding Walk Breaks Isn't a Step Backwards <BR> -- By Nancy Howard, Certified Running Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> I started running as a way to lose weight, get fit and most of all to prove to my 6th grade P.E. teacher that I could run. Once I ran my first race, I was hooked. I love the challenge of running, and although not every run is joyful, running is my passion. <BR> <BR> When I laced up my first pair of running shoes well over three yea... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 08:20:15 EST Lose Twice the Weight by Tracking Your Food.... Lose Twice the Weight by Tracking Your Food <BR> Weight Loss News Flash <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You hear all the time that to lose weight, you should track what you eat. Well, a 2008 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that keeping a "food diary" may double your weight loss efforts. <BR> <BR> Researchers from Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research kept tabs on 1,685 overweight and obese adults (men and women)... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:09:20 EST The Frequent Traveler's Guide to Staying Healthy.. The Frequent Traveler's Guide to Staying Healthy <BR> Maintain Your Diet and Fitness Routine away from Home <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitting in fitness, eating well and having the time to relax and rejuvenate can be an overwhelming quest for anyone—and if you add business travel to the mix, it may even feel impossible. <BR> <BR> However, if traveling for business is part of your routine, it is imperative that you do everything possible to adju... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 08:53:47 EST Fruit & Vegetable Portion Sizes..... Fruit & Vegetable Portion Sizes <BR> <BR> <BR> Feb 26, 2011 | By Melodie Tomas As a student researcher, Melodie Tomas has been able to contribute to both scholarly and consumer publications since 2008. Her first publications for the Middlesex-London Health Unit included "Healthy Holiday Eating" and "Fast Food Facts." Melodie is pursuing her master's degree in foods and nutrition at The University of Western Ontario as well as completing her internship to become a Registered Dietitian. ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 07:16:48 EST Get Others Involved in Your Goals.... Get Others Involved in Your Goals <BR> Don't be a Weight-Loss Loner <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Coaches, mentors, trainers, teammates, partners, fans. Even the greatest athletes in the world can’t do it alone. <BR> <BR> People naturally perform better when others are on their side and helping out. Even in everyday nutrition and fitness, we’ve found that people who involve others and ask for help get much better results and stick to their programs l... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 07:58:26 EST Arm Yourself Against Exercise Excuses.... Arm Yourself Against Exercise Excuses <BR> Winning the Fight Against Yourself <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I got into a fight this morning. It was not a “discussion." It was not a “disagreement.” It was a full blown fight. No, it wasn’t with my wife or kids or even the other drivers on the highway. The fight started before work and even before anyone else in the house was awake. The person I had a fight with was myself. <BR> <BR> You see, if I... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 08:32:56 EST A Story of Priorities and a Jar A Story of Priorities and a Jar <BR> Tips for Squeezing More into Your Life <BR> -- By Julie Isphording, former Olympian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The following story is one that’s been circulating for awhile. I believe it holds a very important message regarding appropriately setting priorities in our lives. <BR> <BR> A professor of philosophy stood before his class with some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fil... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 08:44:33 EST 31 DAYS form a new habit.... JAN. 1ST....... <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to a New Year with New Challenges. In this thread I will write a message each day to help you achieve your goals for this month. <BR> <BR> <BR> Behavior experts say that it takes about one month to form a new habit, and many people try to create (or break) habits at the start of each year. With the right attitude and focus, you can stick to your plan and achieve long-term success. Each day I will give you a tip that will help you doexactl... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 08:25:51 EST Motivation to Work Out All Year Long.... Motivation to Work Out All Year Long <BR> 12 Tips to Keep Moving Today, Tomorrow--and Beyond! <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When you first start a new fitness routine, you are energized and your motivation levels are at an all-time high. But over time, that motivation begins to wane and what used to seem easy to do (popping in that workout DVD, heading out for a walk or getting to the gym) is now like pulling teeth. Can... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 08:38:49 EST 10 Habits of Unsuccessful Dieters.... 10 Habits of Unsuccessful Dieters <BR> Bad Habits That Are Preventing You from Losing Weight <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What could be more frustrating than not seeing the scale drop despite days or weeks of doing everything right? After all that hard work—all the cookies you didn't eat, all the willpower you maintained, all the time you logged at the gym—how could you not have lost any weight? It's enough to make even the most determined pers... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 09:10:07 EST Take the Stress Out of Weighing In... Take the Stress Out of Weighing In <BR> Regain Your Power Over the Scale <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> Does seeing the wrong number on the scale make you crazy? Many people find that a “bad” weigh-in ruins their mood and saps their motivation, making it difficult to keep doing what they know they need to do. <BR> <BR> Things don’t need to be this way. You can learn to use the scale as a helpful tool, instead of giving it the power to dictate your fe... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 11:24:02 EST Use Shorter Workouts to build Consistency.... Use Shorter Workouts to Build Consistency <BR> Fitness News Flash <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most experts recommend that you engage in up to 90 minutes of physical activity most days of the week, emphasizing that you gradually work your way up to that duration. However, a recent study conducted at Boston Sports Clubs found that participants who exercised for 20-30 minutes did so more consistently than those involved in 45-60 minute ... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 08:57:50 EST How to Start Eating Healthier..... How to Start Eating Healthier <BR> 15 Simple Ways to Eat Better Today <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most people are creatures of habit. We go to the grocery store on the same day every week and fill our carts with the same stuff. If it’s Monday, chicken's for dinner and Wednesday always means spaghetti. We are comforted with knowing what to expect—even if our meals aren’t that exciting, we know what we’re going to eat. <BR> <BR> That’s what makes ... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 08:47:34 EST The Quest for Functional Foods...... The Quest for Functional Foods <BR> Foods with Function or Designed for Deceit? <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> All kinds of foods provide nutrients that your body needs. But some foods, known as "functional foods," do more for you body than just provide nutrients. They may also play a role in the prevention and treatment of certain chronic diseases. Orange juice is enhanced to help lower cholesterol; new sodas add ingredients that help you lose weight... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 08:41:03 EST Healthy Beverage Guidelines... Healthy Beverage Guidelines <BR> Drink Up, But Drink the Right Stuff <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Registered & Liscensed Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Eight to twelve cups of water daily, that’s what the SparkPeople plan suggests. Whether you are having a hard time drinking that much water, or just want to drink a variety of beverages (coffee, tea, diet soda, juice), many dieters challenge and question the "8-12" rule. <BR> <BR> Both the beverage-drinking patterns and overall health of U.S. ad... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 15:18:28 EST DAILY ACCOMPLISH MENTS..... I got some more Christmas shopping done today <em>446</em> <em>144</em> Sun, 23 Dec 2012 00:03:03 EST 11 Nice Ways to Say "No" to Food Pushers..... 11 Nice Ways to Say 'No' to Food Pushers <BR> Politely Turn Down Food at Parties and Gatherings <BR> -- By Erin Whitehead, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> During the holiday season, food temptations are everywhere. From stuffing and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving to eggnog and sugar cookies in December, the seasonal temptations are endless. It can be tough enough to navigate the turkey buffet without having your great aunt force an extra helping of potatoes on your plate or resisting Gr... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 23:47:19 EST Did you track your Nutrition or Exercise ...... <em>248</em> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 23:45:53 EST DID YOU DRINK SOME WATER TODAY.... <em>91</em> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 23:44:45 EST WOOHOO.....If you moved those beautiful bodies.... <em>244</em> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 23:44:09 EST SPARK POINTS....PLUS BONUS 5 plus 3 Sat, 22 Dec 2012 23:42:47 EST Post A Seasonal Emoticon..... <em>446</em> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 23:40:36 EST A BUTTERFLIES TOUCH FOR YOUR TEAM MATES.... <em>88</em> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 23:39:26 EST EMOTICON.. .Encourage your team mates.... <em>306</em> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 23:38:16 EST EMOTICON....How are you feeling today..... <em>252</em> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 23:35:56 EST INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES....COME SHARE Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be. <BR> - John Wooden <BR> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 23:35:19 EST JUST SAY HI.....EMOTICON <em>213</em> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 23:31:00 EST Dawn From Columbus Ohio HI <BR> Overwhelmed by this you can tell I am new.....hopefully this is my last stop on my weight loss journey Wed, 12 Sep 2012 10:27:52 EST Hi Joining for a better way of life :) Hi My name is Donna. I have about 50 pounds that I would like to lose. It is hard for me to get motivated but am gonna try. I am going to become a grandma for the 1st time next month and can't wait so want to make sure I have alot of energy for him. Fri, 30 Mar 2012 22:34:44 EST Back after a long time Hi everyone. I'm back on SP after a 2 year hiatus. (If you want the long version of my SP journey, check my blog. <em>30</em> Anyway, I just wanted to say hi. I'm recommitting to my health, so you should be seeing me around here. <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Mar 2012 16:29:08 EST i will do this! Hello, my name is Sharon. I've been changing my life style for almost 2 months, I've lost 13 pounds and 1 inch around my waist-YIPEE!! I have diabetes,and really would like to get off my meds.I am also working on stopping my intake of diet dr.peppers,I am on my third day,pop free. I am so excited to be here,I need all the help I can get,and having folks out there giving me thumbs up really helps! Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:11:32 EST 100 Homemade Gift Ideas One way to save money in today's difficult economy is to make Christmas gifts for our loved ones. This article has some awesome ideas with simple instructions. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e/tp/HomeMadeGiftIdeas.htm </link> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 14:13:55 EST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN POSTS The following request is from Coach Jen. While the sentiment is so sweet, all the repeated posts deplete the site's resources enormously. Please refrain from repetitious posts. <BR> <BR> ~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~ <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> This is just a friendly reminder to please not pass along "chain" type SparkMails or comments on your SparkPage. There's one going around right now about being a beautiful person and passing it along to 3 other people you know. It's nice in theory, bu... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 17:49:02 EST SPARKPEOPLE WILL BE DOWN TONIGHT, 11/14/11!!! SparkPeople and all of our sister websites (including SparkRecipes and dailySpark) will be down for maintenance tonight from 11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. EST (eastern standard time). Thanks for understanding! Mon, 14 Nov 2011 16:56:35 EST Making Excuses Making Excuses <BR> by Chuck Gallozzi <BR> <BR> He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else (Benjamin Franklin) <BR> <BR> Most of us are guilty of having done something we shouldn't have or of not doing something we should have. When we are questioned about our misconduct, do we accept responsibility and admit we are at fault? Usually not. Instead we make excuses. Making excuses for mistakes is not new. In fact, we can trace this undesirable habit all the way back... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 09:15:38 EST Making Excuses Making Excuses <BR> by Chuck Gallozzi <BR> <BR> He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else (Benjamin Franklin) <BR> <BR> Most of us are guilty of having done something we shouldn't have or of not doing something we should have. When we are questioned about our misconduct, do we accept responsibility and admit we are at fault? Usually not. Instead we make excuses. Making excuses for mistakes is not new. In fact, we can trace this undesirable habit all the way back... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 09:15:06 EST 9 Ways to Not Get Sick This Sick Season Can petting your pup, doing down dog, and eating fat keep you healthy? Yes they can.--Laurel House <BR> <BR> By Laurel House <BR> <BR> Unless you live in a bubble, never leave your home, or are simply not fessing up, you know at least one person suffering from a bad cold, flu, or even swine flu this season. To help thwart a similar fate, you could get a flu shot-- if, that is, you can find a pharmacy, doctor, or clinic still carrying them, but the likelihood of that is honestly low. No inje... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 12:21:38 EST Allow me to reintroduce my self (1.5 years away) Hey all, <BR> <BR> I'm JP and I'm returning to SP after almost a year and a half. My wife and I started SP together a few years ago. We followed the program faithfully for over a year and both saw good results. Unfortunately life got in the way and we both stopped coming to SP. We still try to use the things we learned here and live a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Well to be honest, I've kinda got away from the healthy eating and excercising thing. Which is why I'm back. I want to recommit t... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 14:51:11 EST How Much Sleep Do I Need? The Power of Rest <BR> <BR> Why sleep alone is not enough–and how to reset your body. <BR> Published on September 9, 2010 by Matthew J. Edlund, M.D. in The Power of Rest <BR> <BR> How much sleep do I need? <BR> Less rest, less life. Time to give sleep a chance. <BR> <BR> Enough to feel awake, aware, and creative throughout the day. Most Americans never feel fully rested, which affects your productivity, pleasure, mood, and happiness - plus how long you'll live. Consider these facts: <BR> ... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 15:41:35 EST Benefits of Sunlight I live in the deep south, having been born and raised in New Orleans. Summers here are brutal. The temperatures and humidity are enough to make you want to sit in the central air conditioning and not come out until football season. This article caused me to purpose in my heart to get more sunlight in my world. I hope you will find it interesting and helpful, too! <BR> <BR> Benefits of Sunlight <BR> <BR> Benefits of sunlight? After hearing all the recent bad press about sunshine, you may... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 13:06:52 EST 9 Tips to Treat Colds and Flu the 'Natural' Way As some of you know, I've been under the weather with a miserable head cold that just won't let go of me. In doing some research about treating colds, I came across this WebMD article and thought I'd share it with you. I hope you find it helpful. May you prosper and be in health, even as your soul shall prosper. <BR> <BR> 9 Tips to Treat Colds and Flu the 'Natural' Way <BR> <BR> With no cure in sight for the cold or the flu, current treatments can at best bring symptom relief or shorten ... Sat, 21 May 2011 11:48:50 EST Apple Cider Vinegar I was so pleased to find this article. I have used raw, unpasturized apple cider vinegar for many years to rid my body of a plague of yeast infections over the years. I did not know the other great health benefits of this product. I buy mine from the health food store. Whether plain ACV will suffice I do not know, but I think I'll continue buying the raw, unpasturized stuff just incase it is more effective. I hope you find this helpful! <BR> <BR> Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar <... Mon, 9 May 2011 16:48:09 EST Jayne Matthews Hi I'm Jayne I'm 24 from swindon in the UK, just weighed myself at 13stone 6pounds (190 pounds). I have problems with stress and anxiety which I am trying to overcome. I need to change my diet to mentally feel better as well as physically. I lack motivation and would really like people to contact me who will be able to help me stay motivated. I am due to do the 3 peaks challenge in september for clic sargent and the way I am going I won't make it. Sun, 10 Apr 2011 11:27:28 EST 13 Healthy Habits I will be posting here daily over the next couple weeks with suggestions for healthy habits taken from a WebMD article found here: <link><BR>althy-habits-to-improve-your-life </link> . I hope you will follow along and that your life will be blessed by these posts. I don't know about you, but I do better when I take long articles in bite-size pieces. Today I will share only the introduction, and one of the healthy habits will be posted per day thereaf... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:02:15 EST Got Stress? Ease It with These Tips Got Stress? Ease It with These Tips <BR> By Roberta Lee M.D. <BR> <BR> Think of stress as either acute or chronic. Acute stress is what I consider the "good" kind -- it is the "fight or flight" evolutionary trigger that helps us dodge the oncoming bus in the same way our ancestors outran the saber tooth tiger! In a short-term emergency, the physiological changes (the rapid release of neurohormones) do very little harm to the body -- we use up more vitamins and calories but we can recover qui... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:24:54 EST Sunshine - good or bad for your health? Sunshine - good or bad for your health? <BR> <BR> Written by Gabrielle Collett-White, health journalist <BR> <BR> We have all been told to stay out of the sun because harmful UV rays can cause premature ageing and skin cancer. But are we missing a trick? <BR> <BR> Many experts now say that some sun exposure is necessary because the skin only makes vitamin D in the presence of sunlight. <BR> <BR> Sunlight has benefits as well as risks. <BR> <BR> No-one should underestimate the danger of t... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 15:21:14 EST Potassium and Fitness Go Hand in Hand! Potassium <BR> <BR> Are you getting enough of this important nutrient? <BR> <BR> * A diet that contains sufficient amounts may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. <BR> * A decrease in muscular strength is often due to a lack of this mineral in the diet. <BR> * Sufficient potassium in your diet helps soothe feelings of anxiety, irritability and stress. <BR> <BR> Sources: United States Food and Drug Administration, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, ... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 09:56:20 EST What have you learned this year? I've learned that even when I quit I keep going....that half the battle is trying...that the decision to be healthy is mad multiple times per day....and that 1 step back, 2 steps forward gets you pretty far along the road! <BR> Wed, 2 Mar 2011 15:49:14 EST Get Organized, Get Healthy What can getting organized do to help your health? Learn six ways organizing can improve almost every aspect of your life, from diet to healthy living. Then, think of your own ways to maximize life through better organization. <BR> <BR> <BR> Organizing can improve so many aspects of your life, including helping you to live a more healthy lifestyle. Here are just six examples: <BR> <BR> 1. Being organized reduces stress. If you regularly spend your time trying to rummage through clutter ... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 13:49:42 EST Music's Health Benefits Almost everything goes better with music. We know how uplifting music can be in worship, how energizing it can be as we tend to mundane chores, how deeply it can move us romantically or patriotically. Medical studies are proving that there are even greater benefits to music and how our brains respond to it. <BR> <BR> Using Music to Ease Patient Stress During Surgery <BR> By Coeli Carr Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009 <BR> <BR> Someday music may be widely used in operating rooms to help ease patient... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:29:47 EST Vitamins & Minerals That Boost the Immune System Vitamins & Minerals That Boost the Immune System <BR> By Dr. Rachel Levine, eHow Contributor <BR> <BR> The immune system identifies and destroys foreign invaders in the body. Different parts of the immune system are involved in protecting the body from invaders, identifying invaders and making an appropriate attack on those invaders. Many different vitamins and minerals support the immune system. <BR> <BR> Vitamin A <BR> 1. Vitamin A is a group of compounds that play a role in regu... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 23:08:02 EST Body Fuel: What to Eat Before a Workout Body Fuel: What to Eat Before a Workout <BR> Meredith Bergman and Amy Leibrock <BR> <BR> Learn why eating the right combination of foods before exercising can help you get the most from a workout, plus get expert suggestions on healthful, tasty meals that'll help your body go the distance. <BR> <BR> Just as you'd fill up your car's gas tank before a road trip, it's vitally important to make sure your body has the right fuel to sustain you during a workout. <BR> <BR> Proper nutrition, both ... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 15:57:07 EST 21 Ways to Boost Your Energy Boost Your Energy with These Simple Refreshers <BR> By Janice Taylor* <BR> <BR> Fatigue can attack us winter, spring, summer, or fall, day or night, on workdays or weekends. So how can we wake up, rev our engines, recharge our batteries, and strut our stuff? Get ready to find out! <BR> <BR> Here, I will share with you my best energizing secrets that will bring a smile to your face, a bounce to your step and a zippidy-doo-dah to your day! <BR> <BR> You can incorporate some of these 21 tips ... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 14:54:56 EST The Benefit of Laughter I believe laughter truly IS good medicine and this article supports that notion. I hope you find this helpful and that you will laugh a bit more today! <BR> <BR> The Stress Management and Health Benefits of Laughter <BR> Health Benefits of Laughter: Stress Relief, Immunity, and More <BR> <BR> By Elizabeth Scott, M.S., Guide <BR> <BR> Updated January 10, 2011 <BR> <BR> "Laughter has many benefits." <BR> <BR> Laughter is good for your soul--and your body! <BR> <BR> Stress Mana... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 12:45:09 EST Health Benefits of a Good Night's Sleep Adequate sleep is vital to our well being. I hope this article will be helpful to you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y/tp/healthy_sleep.htm </link> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 13:00:02 EST Food TV: Food Labeling: Beware the “Health” Halo If you're a label reader, this is a must read. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1/01/07/food-labeling-101/ </link> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 16:06:11 EST Hello Everyone, I Am New To The Team!!! Hello, I am new to the team! I joined SparkPeople in March 5, 2010 and found my class today! <BR> <BR> Here are ten things about me to introduce myself and allow you to know me better. <BR> <BR> 1. I am Carmen. <BR> 2. I am from Puerto Rico. <BR> 3. I have 3 grownup girls, living on their own, up states, in TX and PA. <BR> 4. I am a First Grade teacher, but not working this year. <BR> 5. I love water aerobics. <BR> 6. If no water aerobics, I love water jogging. <BR> 7. I love to do ... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 22:19:53 EST Favorite/ Motivational Quotes "It is well to think well: it is divine to act well." Horace Mann Thu, 30 Sep 2010 14:34:25 EST I am going to try again Hi, my name is Tammy. Now that I am well entrenched in my 40's, with a busy work and family lifestyle, I am finding it harder and harder to make the 35 pounds I need to lose a priority. Yet, at the same time I know how important it is because I am a nurse, and I see the effects of obesity and poor lifestyle choices on peoples health every day! I fall into the trap (usually every Monday) of "starting over" and an all or nothing approach. I need to make this a priority, for myself and my fam... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 10:20:05 EST Breast cancer I am OS excited, I was finally able to sign up to walk my first 3 day, 60 mile walk for breast cancer in 2011. Please stop by my page & check out the link & help in any way that you can, & feel free to share it with others, I need all the help I can get! THANK YOU for your support!!!XOXOXOXOXOX <em>304</em> <em>247</em> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 17:48:41 EST WALLYBALL I'm looking to get a group together and rent a court at Foreside Tennis and Fitness in Falmouth. I've never played, but it looks like we'd have fun and burn some cals at the same time. <em>198</em> Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:18:38 EST July Challenge - Track Your activity I haven't seen any challenges to record your activity for this team. So why don't we pick an activity (walking, treadmill, pilates, cycling) whatever you like and record our minutes for that activity this month? <BR> <BR> You could use a simple 3 line entry <BR> <BR> Activity: Your choice and what tracking (i.e. treadmill and miles, pilates and sessions, walking and miles or steps or minutes). <BR> Today's activity: <BR> Month Totals: <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> <BR> Treadmill miles <BR> Toda... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 20:38:54 EST getting started Loving the site. Been on for two months. Definately helps me track foods etc. I have 15 pounds I'd like to lose and really need this extra push. I look forward to participating in this community for some support. Tue, 25 May 2010 12:06:14 EST Hello I have been using the nutrition track for several weeks now and I have learned a lot about calories and portion control. My problem is I am having a very hard time getting off my behind and exercising. I need some ideas and hits about what gets you going. Fri, 14 May 2010 10:52:54 EST Hello I am married, have 3 children, 7 grandchildren. I am going to lose weight, but I sure need help to accomplish it. We don't have the internet at home, so I use public facilities. I usually get online 1 or 2 times a week. I may not be timely on some stuff because of this. I need all the support I can get to help me get on & stay on the right track. Quite new doing this sort of thing, online group, essentially ignorant of a lot of procedures, but am persistent. Fri, 7 May 2010 11:51:05 EST Hey HEy Hi, my name is Jasmine and I am introducing myself to the boards... I'm looking for advice, on just about anything from someone who knows more than me... Weight Loss, relationships,family, career, college, budgets, overcoming my obstacles, strengthening my faith, quit smoking.... just about anything. So if you reading this and think you might be able to help me and maybe I can help you in someway then shoot me a email i.e. spark mail. I hope all is well with everyone and each of you are maki... Fri, 7 May 2010 07:41:07 EST Healthier Lifestyle Hi, I am looking for healthier lifestyle techniques and motivation. I really need to loose weight to better my many health issues & to gain more self confidence. I love small dogs & enjoy taking photos, starting a pot garden & doing beginning sewing machine quilting. I want to loose 60-70 lbs. I am 49 & holding. LOL We've been married 29 years & have 2 sons; JP is 14 & in the 8th grade. Ace is 19 & is in his 2nd yr of college to be a mechanical engineer. My husband & I are licensed te... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 18:04:01 EST Healthier Lifestyle Hi, my name is Clara. I am looking for healthier lifestyle techniques and motivation. I really need to loose weight to better my many health issues & to gain more self confidence. I love small dogs & enjoy taking photos, starting a pot garden & doing beginning sewing machine quilting. I want to loose 60-70 lbs. Fri, 16 Apr 2010 17:43:13 EST A Healthier Me. I am just starting to work with the Spark Program. I am in my infancy stages of learning and to be honest I am not sure of what I am doing or supposed to do. I just recently bought the book - The Spark - and it should arrive in the begining of the week and can't wait to delve into it. I am hoping to not only loose weight but become a healthier person and an example to those around me. I am not looking at the weight that I need to loose as much as the need to change what I am eating to a h... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 12:33:48 EST Hello all! Hi there! I am new to Spark, and extremely hopeful that this is the first day of my life changing radically for the better. <BR> <BR> I am recently divorced after 25 years of marriage, in a new town, and raising a pre-teen on my own. I was a follow-the-husband's-career wife for 25 years, and have not been employed, even though I have a professional degree. I now must find my way in to the work force in a rather immediate fashion. Oh yeah, AND i have 200 pounds to lose!!! <BR> So it all seem... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 13:33:36 EST New to Spark People I am new to Spark People. I would love to lose 60 pounds and lower my cholesterol. Since starting on Spark People I have increased my exercise and lost 4 pds. I plan to eat from the meal plan this week and I have a few questions. I am allergic to strawberries and shellfish. What are good substitutes for strawberries and for shrimp? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Sat, 10 Apr 2010 23:47:28 EST Use an emoticon to show how you're feeling today <em>58</em> Tue, 30 Mar 2010 22:51:53 EST How to find a sparkbuddy I've seen on other sparkpages an icon that reads, looking for a sparkbuddy. I'd like to look for a sparkbuddy also. Some one to hang out with and share the plan. Can you help me. P. Mon, 29 Mar 2010 16:54:56 EST Hello Been on for about a month - still trying to figure all of this out. Hoping this will keep me motivated to loose some weight and keep exercising. Would really like to get in shape before summer starts. Colorado here. Sun, 28 Mar 2010 16:36:21 EST Give it a try! I have tried many different ways with only short term sucess. Sparks People is exciting and it covers all bases. Tracking, tracking,tracking. It is the most effective reminder of what was eaten and is stopping the handful of this or that along the way. Thu, 25 Mar 2010 10:40:15 EST Need Support My first week was a good learning experience. Then, I completely ignored SparkPeople website for 5 days. Yippee, now I'm back and making lifestyle progress. I KNOW that I need the help of others to make the life changes I need. I'm not thrilled about what may be revealed about me, but then again if it helps me to change I'm all for it! Let's go! :) Wed, 24 Mar 2010 12:04:11 EST ME+2 HELLO, I'M HAPPY TO BE JOINING SPARKPEOPLE . I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO LOSE EXTRA POUNDS FOR OVER SEVEN YEARS. I HAD STARTED TO LOSE THEN FOUND OUT I WAS EXPECTING AFTER 14 YEARS. IT HAS BEEN SEVEN YEARS SINCE I HAD MY SON AND I STILL AM TRYING TO LOSE THE EXTRA WEIGHT. HOPEFULLY WITH EVERYONES HELP AND SUPPORT I CAN FINALLY MAKE A CHANGE ,BECAUSE I WANT TO BE HERE FOR MY FAMILY AS LONG AS I CAN. Tue, 23 Mar 2010 18:19:09 EST weekly Cardio challenge March 22 How is everyone doing on their cardio minutes. Time to pledge them for the week. How I do it is minutes per day x how many days you want to do it. So for me it's 60 minutes a day *6 days which is 360. If you're just starting out don't try for that just start with 15 or 20 minutes a day and work from there. Mon, 22 Mar 2010 21:05:55 EST What's everyone reading out there? What is everyone reading? Me I'm reading a couple of books. Scent of Evil by Archer Mayor, and Weather 101. I'm also reading the HitchHiker's Guide to the Universe triology. Any other thoughts out there. Mon, 22 Mar 2010 20:58:01 EST hi Hi <BR> FOUND THE SPARK BOOK FIRST THEN THIS WEBSITE. Have set goals and raring to go... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 18:08:06 EST Hello everyone I am pianiste (in true i love to play the piano but i am not a concert pianist). I am married with three girls. They keep me very busy. I am at that age that I want to reclaim my body however I don't have a million bucks to put into it. I have to say that i did try a couple of programs (la weight loss, weight watcher & ediet) my last attempt has been the six weeks body makeover. I don't seem to be able to stick to it and there is my problem. My doctor told me about and ... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 16:43:10 EST Just me starting over Hi everyone. I am a 45 year old female from Ohio. I am starting over again today. I have tried many different things in the past and hope to finally stick with something. I was thin in highschool (werent we all) but after 4 kids and alot of excuses later i am about 50 pounds over where i want to be. I watched my mom struggle for years with obesisty and do not want to go through what she did. I also want to be a better example to my daughters. My biggest problem is motavation. I started last y... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 14:12:25 EST How do you track Nicole's Fit Workout from the DVD Does anyone have a clue? Fri, 19 Mar 2010 15:55:27 EST 50 and not Fabulous Hi there everyone. I just turned 50 and I am not Fabulous. I am having a really hard time with this weight loss thing. <BR> I just started Meridia today and I am hoping that will help me out. I am looking forward to reading all your posts and learning lots. Thanks for listening and good luck to you all. <BR> cheers! Fri, 19 Mar 2010 02:29:18 EST Hi, im new i like to bike ride to keep fit, i look on spark for healthy receipes and encouragement, i welcome any spark people <BR> to post a contact. i joined the 50+ club Tue, 16 Mar 2010 14:47:05 EST Week three challenge How are you doing on your spark streaks? Have you set any yet? This is the place to post them. Mine are logging in every day, and getting points, and also doing a blog a day which I started at the beginning of February. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 19:38:31 EST Just Starting Hi, my name is Robin and I joined spark people two weeks ago. I'm a little shy about posting and starting a spark page, but I'm trying. My goal is to loose 35lbs and to firm up enough to wear a swimsuit this summer. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 14:43:36 EST kbeloch My name is Kelly and I joined a weight loss competition at work. The competition has given me the motivation to lose more weight. Last year I lost 50 pounds total. I went from 210 to 155. The weight came off easily by just watching my food intake and drinking plenty of water. I drink 80 to 100 oz of water a day. After losing the weight I plateaued and have been struggling to lose more weight since. This January is when the competition started and it ends April 1st. So far I have lost... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 14:16:05 EST portion control i must have not answered the quiz correctly, because i scored highest on portion control. i already eat very small portions and eat very slowly. my problem is eating too often and eating the wrong things. i would like to better adhere to my exercise routine. my nme is marty and i live in south-central kentucky. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 09:48:54 EST Hi all I joined about 10 days ago, but am having difficulty finding time to check in and even manage my nutrition tracking. I know it would be helpful if I would just do it! I am an elementary school teacher and am also going to school myself, working on my PhD. It seems all I do is work or study - writing papers and sitting on my ever increasing derriere! I can't/don't take time for myself because I guess I'm afraid I'll fall behind in something. Luckily my sons are grown and I have no other "li... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 20:06:11 EST My name is Sibo l love myself but would like to be a bit lighter.l am happy to be part of a group of people fighting for the same cause. Sat, 13 Mar 2010 16:43:32 EST How was you's first week? How was everyone's first week? Mine was good. I was able to log my meals, add foods to SP, and some how I managed to get off my butt and ride my stationary bike 30 minutes everyday. I fell better and I think my cloths are fitting better. Of course, it could be my imagination! <BR> <BR> I really put a lot into last week, but my weigh in at the doctor's office really bothered me. As for SP, there is more to this site than I thought. I created a page, but no pictures yet. I made my fir... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 15:45:30 EST Hi, SP Hi, I am new in SP and I would like make some friends that can help me to reach my goal. Fri, 12 Mar 2010 15:30:20 EST Hello--new, happy, yet disappointed Hi! I've been on SparkPeople for one week today and have really enjoyed using the nutrition tracker, fitness tracker and reading the message boards. <BR> <BR> I decided to join after a visit to my doctor last week and talking with her about the ridiculous weight I am at right now. That wasn't the actual reason for my visit, but I was SO mad when I got on that scale there. <BR> <BR> A little about myself: my husband and I have been married for 8 years and we have a wonderful 6 year old son.... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 13:25:55 EST Hi, I'm new to Spark and my name is Kathy I am still learning how to use Spark, but I can see already that the best part of Spark for me is the support and encouragement I can get from members. I have a few health problems that contribute to my weight, but my major weakness is emotional eating. Fri, 12 Mar 2010 10:15:53 EST ready to glow hello my name is pam. i am a 60 year old retired great-grandma. i want to be all i can be at this age and place in my life. i need all the help i can get because of my life style. i play bingo. the food there is always fast and fatty. i just found me a part time job however i need more help on what to eat and how to exercise. Fri, 12 Mar 2010 07:32:12 EST Hello everyone! My name is Sara and I have been on and off my weight loss journey since 2005. I have kept the original 20 off that I lost back in 2005 but have been hovering in the same 20 pound range since. I have tried many different things and am now going to give Spark People a chance. I know it all has to do with me and my own motivation, but hopefully can find what I need here. Right now I have been exploring the site and getting spark points. I have not tried to enter in nutrional information on ... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 22:31:02 EST FIRST WEEK! Hi! I just finished my first week of SparkPeople and I'm so excited! I've already lost a few pounds in this short time. I've started eating right before and did not succeed, but why can't I start again? I really want to be back where i was only 5 years ago. In those last 5 years 60lbs have crept up on me and I am ready to get rid of them! I just went through my closet and got rid of most of the skinny clothes that have been lying around for years because they remind me that I've never been ab... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 19:02:21 EST monkeylou69 Hi there! I am very new to this site and trying to figure everything out. Love the website. I just turned 41 last Fri. and need to lose 20-30 lbs. I have been eating more fruits and veggies, less pasta,rice, & potatoes for the past 2 wks. Have also been going to the gym on the treadmill for 30-45 min. 5-6 days a week, drinking 64 oz. or more . I'm scared I'm gonna lose motivation and quit.... i've always done it before and i don't want it to happen again. That's why I joined SP. Hope this hel... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 17:56:33 EST I'm new I was introduced to after I read an article in Good Housekeeping. It seemed too good to be true. I'm still trying to get the hang of things but I feel good about this. I've been drinking way more water then I ever did before and tracking my meals is making me aware of what I'm eating and is a huge help. Wed, 10 Mar 2010 15:09:44 EST Nutrition Plan and Questions I did not begin this with the diet they have and have just been eating what I have in the fridge and adding it. Would it be better to just go with the meal choices they have? I am quite prudent and don't like to waste food so I am just wondering if anyone has followed their meal plan completely? I am going to print out the grocery list and try it next wee. I do think so far it has made me really check myself in the is that really healthy or are you kidding yourself? Also, walking whenever I g... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 14:11:10 EST Hi Hi, <BR> <BR> I joined last week and am familiarizing myself with the site. I hope that the community will help me to stay motivated. As a lifelong vegetarian who doesn't eat/enjoy soy products, I'm hoping that I can find some nutritional guidance -- any information on Indian foods will be incredibly helpful to me. <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> N. Wed, 10 Mar 2010 12:40:40 EST HI! I've just rejoined the Spark community. I thank all who sent messages to welcome me and encourage me in my goals. I am not working at this time but I keep busy helping out with the grandchildren when needed and other activites I enjoy. I find I need to lose weight so I can continue to keep up with them and do all the acivities they enjoy. I also want to remain healthy so I need to lose the weight. Thanks again for your support! Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:15:16 EST Guys vs Girls We talk about where we are from a few posts down. How about M/F and age. What effect does that have on the wieght loss process? <BR> <BR> Erin <BR> Male, 45 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 07:10:54 EST When do you weigh in? Like the topic says, when do you weight in and why? What day of the week? I got mad and started on a Thursday, so that my starting weight. I choose to weigh in first thing in the morning. I might move my day to Wednesday just to put it into the middle of the week. <BR> <BR> What about you? <BR> <BR> Erin Wed, 10 Mar 2010 07:08:15 EST Hi all! I'm a new Sparkie, been on the site about a week. I've tried to lose weight for years but only gained. I've never met a community as supportive as this one!! It has inspired me to start tracking calories (and actually, I'm starting in enjoy it) and stop letting excuses get in the way of gym time. Tue, 9 Mar 2010 23:03:16 EST Karen986 Hi. I'm really, really nervous about doing this, but I know we're all working toward the same thing - healthier bodies and whatever it takes to get there - so I hope you can help me. I need to lose about 160lbs, but I'm trying to focus on little steps first, like smaller portions and I'm giving myself almost two years to do it so I don't get stressed out. I'm kind of overwhelmed by all this website covers and I don't have regular access to the internet but I'm trying to do what I can. Any... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 15:50:02 EST Calories Burned Anyone know where you can see the calories burned? I can see the ones burned via cardio, but not from my strength training... also anyone have any good links to find average calories burned for doing things not listed on SP? Like playing with the kids, light housework, mopping/sweeping, etc? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Tue, 9 Mar 2010 12:50:11 EST Hi everyone, I'm so glad to meet you!!! Hello, my name is Lilly, and I'm 26 years old. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this site, right at the time that I decided to claim my life back. I've been stuck in a rut for a few years now since my mom passed away. I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired, and I now feel strong enough to surpass my horrible reality. Tue, 9 Mar 2010 12:27:58 EST Let me introduce myself Hi, <BR> Just started today and I have a lot of hard work ahead. I am orginally from Virginia Beach, Va. but now live in Maryland. I look forward to getting your support and giving mine as well. Mon, 8 Mar 2010 22:37:02 EST Hi! I am trying this with some trepidation. I lost about 45 lbs. over about 18 months using the Jenny Craig program and kept it off for a few months until I had surgery last winter. I gained back about 10 lbs. over the summer even though I was eating reasonably and walking/jogging about 4 miles 4-5 days per week. Then school started and I couldn't control my eating--by November I was back to my original starting weight of 218 pounds. Since Christmas, I have been trying to lose the weight aga... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 18:25:35 EST NYC or North NJ? Any local yokels? I'm thinking of finding a local support person to help keep eachother on the level with things! Mon, 8 Mar 2010 14:10:37 EST Greetings from NW Wisconsin Thanks for offering to take me in! I have been dieting with WW since last July of last year. I hit a plateau at the end of November after losing 24 lbs and have maintained ever since. I tried everything that they wanted me to do to no avail. I found this site Friday night when I was doing some research on other ideas for weight loss and/or a plateau. I immediately joined! So hopefully here I can lose the last 20 lbs that I have to go. It would be dream come true for me to be able to find a ... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 13:03:28 EST Are there any Hamptonites? Hi, I live in Hampton Virginia, anyone else from this area??? Mon, 8 Mar 2010 11:00:08 EST 1st Week on SP not what I expected. Need advice Hey Team, <BR> So I had my first weigh in this morning and after following the SP guidelines pretty religiously I only lost .4lbs. I'm not sure if you can see my info but. I met my calorie goals every day and only went over once. I met all the other nutrients each and only went over on carbs once and didn't meet fat once. I went above and beyond my cardio goals as well. I was really hoping this plan would help me be successful. I do exercise a lot because I teach fitness classes and am traini... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 10:49:41 EST Hello My name is Doris and I have been struggling all my life to lose weight, eat right and exercise. I have lost 8 pounds since the 3rd week of January. I struggle all the time. I struggle to exercise. I can make time in my day to do it, but it is such a chore. Any helpful ideas would be appreciated. Mon, 8 Mar 2010 08:02:02 EST Where to start? I have been looking around the site for 3 days but I still am lost about how to proceed. <BR> I am not quite sure what the 'diet' is all about. <BR> As for motivation, I wish I had some but I really feel stuck. <BR> Some days are okay some days are just awful. <BR> How does this really work? <BR> I see all the postings, everyone seems pretty keen about their progress but <BR> I just cant seem to get into it. <BR> I wish I could find peoples stories for motivation instead of just <BR> readin... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 01:35:14 EST mee.. I am 22 F. I am a Cna with a home health and hospice company. I got married in Nov of 09 (it was our 5 year anniversary). I think I am doing this as much for him as myself.. I was 136 when he met me and at the end of last year I reached 199.. I said no more! I want healthy children that I can interact with.. I want to be able to go into stores at the mall and try on stuff for the hell of it.. and I want to be the woman my husband and I both loved.. Mon, 8 Mar 2010 00:48:06 EST I am from the idaho falls, idaho area Looking to do a weight loss challenge with someone. Sun, 7 Mar 2010 23:04:48 EST Hi I'm Tammy I live in beautiful Montana. I am trying to lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle. In the last year I have lost 16 pounds through our worksite wellness program and still need to lose 30-50 more. I am trying to incorporate more exercise into my very busy life as well as better portion control and a more balanced diet. Sun, 7 Mar 2010 22:12:24 EST Hi from Fargo Hi- this is all a new experience for me. I'm pretty good at exercising but really struggling with portion control. Also new for me is sharing via my computer. I'm getting through my first week okay, but know I can do better! Sun, 7 Mar 2010 20:36:51 EST I'm new today!! Hi - I'm a mom of 3 with about 50 lbs to lose. Used to be fit and trim. In the past 6 years or so, I've taken myself "off the list". No time for me to watch what I ate, exercise, or take time for myself. I was so engrossed in working 2 jobs and making sure that everyone else was on "the list", I put myself dead last. Now, despite a whole lot of bad luck recently , divorice, no support, a job under $30 a year, a second job, bankruptsy, and 3 kids, I HAVE to make time before my unhealthy h... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 20:28:25 EST so much info to read Hi I have been on spark for a week now and I'm just getting to introduce myself. <BR> I'm Jane from just outside of boston, Mass and I am really hoping this 'new lifestyle' works for me. There is so much information on this site - it can be a bit overwhelming. I have been trying to read the articles and some posts and get familar with some new recipes. Sun, 7 Mar 2010 19:54:10 EST Hello My Name is Alysssa my name is alyssa and this is my 1st time on here. Sun, 7 Mar 2010 07:09:45 EST New here but trying fo a while Hey all, <BR> <BR> I just turned 27 and it seems that my emotional eating has gotten the better of me in the last few months. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for 17 months and it has been very difficult for me in the last several months. I noticed my weight creeping up about a year ago and joined a gym with my husband. <BR> <BR> I had just started losing a little weight and noticing that my clothes were fitting better when the stresses of life over shadowed my attempts t... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 02:30:21 EST My goals My goal is to wake up every day and feel good about myself. I love to read, have many knitting projects in process, along with a stash of yarn, love the Lord and really want to be healthier. I want to stop taking meds for cholesterol and high blood pressure. I need help with regular exercise. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak!! Sun, 7 Mar 2010 00:27:14 EST glo hello...well i'm here...i am fat and over 50 and i want to be sexy by 60................ Sat, 6 Mar 2010 23:08:28 EST Hello! My name is Alicia, I am 21 years old and trying to make a change to my life so I will be happy with myself! I heard of this site through a friend and hope that it can help me.... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 23:06:19 EST Gotta make changes so I don't die young. Hi. My name is Kevin. I am 31 years old. The week after my birthday, I went in to the doctor and was diagnosed with insulin resistance/pre-diabetes. I know that I need to change, but I'm struggling to find the will. I have plenty of motivation: I want to live past 40, I have a beautiful wife to take care of, and we want to have children soon. I also love to sing and perform in musical theater. I can't do it anymore. I want to audition for a play in early 2011, so I have to get in shape by the... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 22:25:27 EST Mary Ann here Just heard about this from my good friend at work - she says it's really great. I am a WW member, but find their site too narrow in focus, esp. for tracking my diabetic needs. Hope to have better tracking here as the doctor wants me to lose weight to help my A1C levels. <BR> Mary Ann Sat, 6 Mar 2010 22:03:29 EST New, unsure but excited I am new to this site. Seems great and hope it will help me to succeed. I have lost 30 lbs since September on my own but have plateau'd and cannot figure out how to get started again. I want to lose 40 more pounds. I love to walk but hate doing it alone. I have moved to a home on a cul-de-sac off a main road. So there really is nowhere to walk. I am a Media Consultant and so I am behind the wheel all day seeing clients. I ofter skip breakfast and don't stop for lunch because I don't h... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 22:01:04 EST new to sparks Hi, I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Karen. I have no clue how this thing works but I think it might help me. I want to get healthy and lose some weight. I don't diet well. I am an emotional eater so I don't eat because I'm hungry. I eat because I'm board, anxious, tired, or uncomfortable. I think most people know they need to eat fruits and veggies and avoid processed foods. We know we need to exercise but knowing these things doesn't seam to be enough to create lasting weight ... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 21:53:54 EST Newbie Here! Steffi is the name! Hello all. So, I gained 80 pounds with my pregnancy 7 years ago. For the first 4 years I was ashamed and not happy with how 'fat' I had become but I didn't do anything about it. Three years ago I started making friends who were very accepting of my size and it took no time at all for my ego to be boosted and for me to be proud of my size. <BR> <BR> I've been walking confidently and comfortable in my skin, having no hesitations of showing off my body. It's been great being super happy in my ... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 21:40:49 EST I am excited! <em>213</em> I have never been on a social network before but I am looking forward to seeing where this goes. I have heard nothing but good stuff about Spark People from various reviews. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 21:37:35 EST hey everyone! My name is Neisha Bennett. Iam 18 years old. I have a 3 month old baby his name is Levi. i am recently engaged to an amazing guy Cody. we have been together for 3 years now. we are getting married on December 15, 2012. I'm always open to your help and i am a great listener if you need to talk. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 21:12:42 EST Here I Go Again Hi, I'm cautiously stepping into another diet program. But this one is different. To Start, it's free! And there is so much emphasis on living healthy that has piqued my interest. But most of all, I've changed. I'm commiting come hell or high water. My goal is to lose 90 lbs. I'm in SP class of 2/28 - 3/6. I'm a caretaker of my parents (they are a hoot!) and I am finally spiritually aware and growing into my God-self. I am looking forward to having great success with Sparkpeople. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 20:46:38 EST Hi, new at this... My daughter joined and had success. She suggested for me to join and then I talked my husband into joining. Hope <BR> it works. I want to look good for my reunion this summer. lol! Sat, 6 Mar 2010 19:00:46 EST drichardson5 I'm really sad about my weight gain. I have been sick with various upper respiratory illnesses since mid September, 2009 and have gained twenty-five lbs. I believe most of the extra weight is due to several series of prenisone taken to improve breathing caused by congestion. I have found myself fighting depression. I want to lose weight. I want to try this. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 18:05:21 EST Tired of yo-yoing Hello everybody, <BR> First I have to say that I am french so please excue me for any mistake I could make. <BR> I am 30 and have been struggling with my weight for most of my life. Twice already I succeeded in losing enough kilos to make me feel comfortable with myself but only for a few months and then.......Well back to the old chubby me. I am really looking forward to improve thanks to your program, your advices and your energy. <BR> Littlmooz Sat, 6 Mar 2010 17:23:12 EST Hello everyone! My name is Jess. I am so happy I stumbled across this site! I'll be turning 28 at the end of this month. I live with my boyfriend of 3 years, who has stuck with me even as I gained over 50 pounds since we've met! I started on my weight loss journey last summer, have lost 30 lbs. so far. This site is awesome, what can I say? I'm excited about the future! Sat, 6 Mar 2010 17:07:19 EST Hi from Kansas Hi, I am a 62 year old female that is trying to get in better shape and quit smoking. I did quit smoking on January 17th and I am a weight watcher and have lost 30 lbs since October 14th. So....I am on my way but I thought that 'Spark' might be helpful and worth a try. I am still smoke free but still have about 25 lbs to lose. <BR> <BR> I live in the country, SE of Topeka, KS with my husband and 2 dogs. I am SICK of winter and looking forward to getting out in the yard, without snow. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 16:51:09 EST Hi! Its very hard star something with my self. I hope that with you sparkpeople, its possible.... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 16:23:33 EST hello hi im new and i would like some support Sat, 6 Mar 2010 16:14:27 EST I want to be there for everything I need to lose weight so I can actually be involved in my own life. Feel like things are passing me by because I am too self-conscious to let go and join in. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 15:12:59 EST New to Sparkpeople Hello everyone I just joined sparkpeople yesterday. I didn't know this existed until I read a First magazine 2 days ago. I decided to give this a try. I like the fact that there is alot of support on the site. I am looking to loose at least 50 pounds in the next year. I would be very happy to lose more if that happens. I recently purchased a bike and started bike riding today. My goal is 30 minutes 3 x's a week. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 14:29:00 EST sparking Marylanders My name is josean my goal is to loose 20 - to 30 pounds and most important my belly fat. <BR> One of the reason I joint SparkPeople is because encourage me not to give up and they have much to offer . Sat, 6 Mar 2010 13:10:27 EST new to sparkpeople what a cool website! I'm still getting aquanted with everything on here i'm just amazed at all the things you can do on here and the amount of info it has! and all for free! how cool is that! Still trying to bumble my way through the nutrition tracker in adding all amy favorite do you use the nutrition tracker anybody try and stick to the meal plan?? how are the recipes? Sat, 6 Mar 2010 12:46:58 EST 40 and Counting too Quickly I am43 and have put on a few unwanted pounds and can't seem to loose it as quickly as I used to. So here I am. My name is Nancy. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 11:04:39 EST Glad to meet you! As I'm getting older hovering around 200 is no longer acceptable to me. I really want to feel better and be more active. I need all the encouragement I can get and I'm really glad someone told me about this site. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 10:32:33 EST Hello all from a SparkPeople newbie I became a member four days ago and am just getting around to posting my first message. I have been perusing the site and taking it all in. I love it already! Very informative, motivational and fun. I look forward to achieving the goals I've set. I also look forward to meeting you all. I've joined a few teams and was surprised to get an email from each of them so quickly! Thank you. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 09:48:06 EST Finally I'm a SC first grade teacher. I'm so excited to have finally found a place where people are dealing with the same issues as I am...weight, raising a teenager, teaching. I'm looking forward to using the site! Sat, 6 Mar 2010 09:47:53 EST Know No Boundaries I am 51 yrs old & currently going through a divorce. I have two teens at home, work full time, and go to college part time working on my nursing degree. I could very easily weigh more than I do now. I have battled my weight my entire life. I am a stress eater, so I can feel the pounds adding up. I need all the help & encouragement I can get. Anybody out there want to be friends? Sat, 6 Mar 2010 08:46:04 EST Hello to evrybody Hi my name is Andrea, I am from Toronto, Canada. I am originally from Ecuador, South America. I am a very friendly individual who is currently trying to lose weight. My goal is to reach to 120lbs. The problem that I tend to have is that most Latin American people tend to eat lots of carbs, specially rice!!!!!!! But I know that if you put your mind into it, one can reach a goal. In my case is to eat healthy and reach my goal weight. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 01:46:08 EST hello to all from pineapple new to here and already love it Fri, 5 Mar 2010 23:21:15 EST Hello World =] Hello Sparks Community! My name is Mia (Pronounced Meeyah), I am new to the dieting and exercising world. But I know in order to be healthy I have to take the first step. I know I have a long road ahead of me, but I am willing to make the sacrifices I need to be healthier. I'm going to try to stay strong and stay focused.. I need all the support I can get and I know this is the place to get it! =] Fri, 5 Mar 2010 22:59:07 EST Hi. I'm new to SparkPeople. Hi. My name is mamateetee and I found out about Sparkpeople because my 15 year old daughter began receiving emails from Sparkteen. I read the emails and found them inspiring and educational, so I decided to buy the book. Wow - it's a great book! Very enjoyable to read and I'm learning a lot about myself through the stories of other members who have struggled with some of the same issues that I have. They have found a way to take charge of their lives and bodies again and now I truly beli... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 22:57:39 EST juditholson1 Hi my name is Judi. I'm a register nurse-Assistant director of nursing at a nursing home in Weyauwega Wisconsin. I am going to be 52 yrs old this summer and I need to lose about 50 lbs. I had a hysterectomy of all days on christmas eve morning due to I was profusely hemorrhaging. My blood pressures were extremely high. So now that I am feeling beeter my gyn specialist has given me the okay to go on a diet plan. Hopefully, I can be successful in this plan. I am married to a wonderful m... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 21:56:14 EST Hello! I am really looking forward to being a part of this community. I have really only been on here less than 24 hours and I have already learned a great deal and expect to learn a lot more! Fri, 5 Mar 2010 21:24:34 EST Never thought I would need help with weight loss.. I always tolled myself this would be easy and said it was pregnancy weight that was bound to just "fall off"... my twins are 3 now. I think it's time for me to get off my butt. But it's harder then I thought it would be. <BR> <BR> I'm a 26 year old mother of twin boys. I'm hoping this site will give me the motivation I need to get myself toned and slimmer. Fri, 5 Mar 2010 21:00:42 EST New to the site Hello everyone, I just joined the site a few hours ago. So I am still figuring it all out. I have joined two of the teams goals (not up to 30 minutes cardio everyday yet - but maybe someday I'll get there). I look forward to getting to know my class mates. <BR> Fri, 5 Mar 2010 20:52:14 EST