SparkPeople Sparkle N Shine Team Messageboard Don't wait.....Jump in today and join in the fun and challenges this team has to offer. Let's get fit and stay fit together. Let's get ready to SPARKLE N SHINE!! SparkPeople Sparkle N Shine Team Messageboard Emoticon: How Are You Feeling? <em>9</em> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:46:33 EST Say Hi to Your Teammstes <em>524</em> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:45:25 EST March...Did You Know That Did you know that.... <BR> <BR> The tongue of a blue whale is as long as an elephant. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:54:28 EST New Fun Feature to Upload Pics to Your Messages.. Coach Jen announced today that SP has added the ability to upload images into regular message board and team message board posts today. It works just like uploading an image to a blog post. When you go to make a post, you’ll see a new button that says “add an image.” Click that button, select an image (from your Picture folder) and upload it. Once you submit the post, the image shows up in the appropriate place in your post. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:57:50 EST Double Letter Words A-Z apply Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:15:25 EST 2015...Emo icon...How Are You Feeling Today? <em>345</em> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 16:06:26 EST 2015....Emo ticon...Say Hi <em>213</em> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 16:04:37 EST 2015: QUESTION OF THE DAY <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> True or False: Alcohol is metabolized DIFFERENTLY than other foods and beverages. <BR> <BR> True <BR> False <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What do you think? Tomorrow, I'll give the answer! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 23:52:05 EST WHAT WAS THE LAST FRUIT OR VEGGIE YOU ATE Lettuce salad Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:56:17 EST POST SOMETHING GREEN <em>446</em> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:46:12 EST April...30 Days to a Greener Life . <BR> <BR> 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 <BR> waste,enhance your health and even increase your over all physical activity—all while benefiting the planet. <em>43... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 23:25:10 EST 31 Days to Make OR Break a Habit Jan. 1 <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the new year and the chance to begin with a clean slate! Every day, I will post a tip to hep us all reach our goals. <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 rig... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 16:26:53 EST A-Z 5 Letter Words with NO Repeating Letters along Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:31:01 EST Holiday Words---A-Z Angels Sun, 25 Nov 2012 10:14:54 EST 8 Ways to Ward Off Winter Weight Gain 8 Ways to Ward Off Winter Weight Gain <BR> Be Slimmer and Healthier by Spring <BR> -- By Melinda Hershey, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Imagine that it’s April. The weather is warming up and it’s time to pull your spring clothes out of storage, including the bathing suit you shoved in the back of your closet in September. While doing your spring cleaning, you start to try on your warm-weather clothes and…they’re a little more snug than you remember. <BR> <BR> No, the magic clothes-s... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:49:04 EST 5 Things You CanLearn From Your Mistakes 5 Things You Can Learn from Your Mistakes <BR> Find Life Lessons When You're Less Than Perfect <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've always known that I'm a bit of a perfectionist. In high school, a B was never enough. In college, being in the middle of the bell-shaped curve wouldn't do. While the do-everything-perfectly mentality has pushed me in my adult life to advance my career and start my own business, my Type-A perso... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:13:59 EST Adults with Arthritis Need to Get Active <BR> Adults with Arthritis Need to Get Active <BR> Fitness News Flash <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, adults with arthritis aren't exercising enough. According to researchers, who analyzed data from a 2002 National Health Interview Survey: <BR> More than one-third of adults with arthritis do not exercise at all. <BR> People with arthritis are less likely than ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 10:44:37 EST Why a Fastfood Nation Needs a Slow Food Movement Why a Fast-Food Nation Needs a Slow-Food Movement <BR> Spend More Time in the Kitchen and at the Table <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We eat in our cars, at our desks, on the go, in front of the TV. We eat drive-thru, take-out, delivered, packaged and prepared meals. Why? Because it fits our not-enough-time-in-the-day lifestyles. Our food matches our lives. <BR> <BR> Well, I'm certainly not the first one to think it—or say it—but we all need to slow dow... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 23:38:17 EST October---Tame Your Sweet Tooth <em>495</em> <em>493</em> <em>475</em> <em>471</em> <BR> <BR> # 1 Check Your Health <BR> <BR> It pays to have your blood sugar level checked so that a right approach action may be taken. For example, a pre-diabetic condition may well trigger cravings for sugary and refined carbohydrate foods. It is best to seek professional help first. Giving in to cravings even if the food is considered safe to eat is a mistake. It can do more harm to both health and weight management. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 23:32:55 EST Shopping Cart Essentials Shopping Cart Essentials <BR> Stock Up on these Healthy Staples <BR> -- By Liza Barnes & Nicole Nichols, Health Educators <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So, you’re going to start eating healthy. Congratulations are in order—and so is a trip to the grocery store. Stocking up on some new items is a must. If your pantry is full of healthy fare, you’ll stress less about meals, and you’ll be less likely to snack on nutritionally-empty junk. <BR> <BR> But should you buy 12-grain or whole wheat bread? Low-... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:57:14 EST Earn Spark Trophies for Reaching Your Goals Earn SparkTrophies for Reaching Your Goals <BR> Start Earning and Displaying Your Virtual Awards Today! <BR> -- By SparkPeople Support <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkTrophies are motivational tools designed to reward you for activities you perform at, from earning SparkPoints to losing weight. The trophies will be displayed on your SparkPage in two places: <BR> On the main page of your SparkPage, your five most recent trophies will scroll through under the "Awards" section on the... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:09:34 EST Safety Tips for Nighttime Exercise Safety Tips for Nighttime Exercisers <BR> Because You Can Never be Too Careful <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone knows how important it is to maintain a regular fitness routine, but sometimes the day is so jam-packed with other responsibilities that exercising during daylight hours is next to impossible. However, if you like to exercise outdoors, there are some safety issues to consider if you’re going out after dark (or before sunrise). <BR> ... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:57:44 EST Can Money Buy Happiness? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Can Money Buy Happiness? <BR> How Your Bottom Line Affects Your Outlook <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ''The best things in life are free, But you can give them to the birds and bees, I want money, That's what I want, That's what I want.'' In 1959, these words were written by Barrett Strong in a song called ''Money (That's What I Want).'' The song was later made famous throughout the United States and the UK w... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:06:19 EST 15 Diet-Friendly Ice Cream Choices <BR> 15 Diet-Friendly Ice Cream Choices <BR> Get the Scoop on Picking a Healthier Ice Cream <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health Writer and Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! We are a society of ice cream lovers, with the average American licking her way through almost 5 gallons of the creamy confection each year, according to the Canadian Dairy Info Centre. (Only New Zealanders, at 6 gallons a year, eat more!) With their bri... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 10:48:55 EST Healthier Ways to Top Your Salad <BR> Healthier Ways to Top Your Salad <BR> Smart Substitution: Salad Dressings <BR> -- By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Salad. It’s the symbol for eating healthy. With piles with crisp romaine lettuce, spinach leaves, tomatoes, carrots, onions and all other kinds of veggies, what could spoil such a healthy dish? The infamous salad dressing, that's what! Although a very tasty condiment with available in countless flavors, salad dressing often hides excess fat, calories an... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:45:33 EST Sharing is Achieving Sharing Is Achieving <BR> To Succeed, Tell Others About Your Goals <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’” (C.S. Lewis) <BR> <BR> Which is why—whether you’re looking to eat healthier, increase your energy, lose a few pounds, or build up those nearly atrophied muscles—it’s good to find a fitness friend, maybe even several! In fact, experts say sha... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:53:13 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 weig... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:27:07 EST A Blueprint for Goal Achievement <BR> A Blueprint for Goal Achievement <BR> Strategies to Reach Any Goal <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was just a coffee table. A resting place for coffee cups and gatherer of used magazines. Normally, it would have no meaning for me. But because I invented this table and scraped my knuckles raw for it…I was a proud papa. <BR> <BR> This Christmas gift to my wife was more than a hobbyist’s diversion. It taught me how to succeed at anything in life. I’m now con... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 09:21:09 EST Healthy Smile--Healthy Body <BR> Healthy Smile, Healthy Body <BR> How Your Teeth Affect Your Health <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Health and Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You probably don't think about your teeth that much unless you drink something icy cold or that little postcard reminding you to schedule your next dental appointment shows up in the mail. However, you should really give your pearly whites more attention. After all, your teeth are one of the first things people see when you smile and greet the... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:33:51 EST Wake Up Naturally to a More Energized Day..... Wake Up Naturally to a More Energized Day <BR> Small Changes, Real BIG Energy <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <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," you think ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 08:15:01 EST Come On, Get Happy!...... Come On, Get Happy! <BR> Let Go of Negativity and Increase Your Happiness Set Point <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I looked out my kitchen window at the pouring rain, and thought, "Oh good, this rain will really help the grass grow." <BR> <BR> My husband entered the room, and with disgust lamented, "What a miserable day!" <BR> <BR> Later today, while coaching a client, she complained, "I can't ever get anything done. My daughter c... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 08:50:38 EST 60 Second Health and Fitness Boosters.... <BR> 60-Second Health and Fitness Boosters <BR> Simple Ways to Improve Your Health--Almost Instantly! <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When it comes to losing weight or making healthy choices, you probably think that it takes hours at a gym plus long nights preparing and planning nutritious meals. What you may not realize is that quick and easy changes can really improve your immediate health and wellness. <BR> <BR> So ju... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:19:30 EST Give Yourself a Reality Check-Up.... Give Yourself a Reality Check-Up <BR> Are Your Weight-Loss Expectations Realistic? <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Perhaps the biggest reason that permanent weight loss is so difficult is that it is stressful—for your mind and your body. And when you're stressed out, you just don’t function at your best, mentally, emotionally, or physically. In fact, chronic stress tends to make you into your own worst enemy, impairing your judgment, making you em... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:20:20 EST Help Yourself Over Exercise Hurdles..... Help Yourself Over Exercise Hurdles <BR> Make Options Instead of Excuses <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s the time of year when those New Year’s Resolutions are getting more difficult to keep, and the winter weather isn’t making it any easier. You probably had a lot of enthusiasm for the first few weeks—you joined the gym, exercised regularly, probably even improved your endurance and strength by now. But as the weeks go by, more obstacles start to creep in. Do... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:01:15 EST Vote With Your Fork..... Vote with Your Fork <BR> Create Change, One Bite at a Time <BR> -- By Liza Barnes & Nicole Nichols, Health Educators <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> One-quarter of Americans are obese. Sixty percent live a sedentary lifestyle. And this generation of kids is the first generation since 1900 that may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. The health of America, the world’s richest nation, is failing. And what we eat (or don't eat) could be to blame. A bag of Cheetos is cheaper than a bag of a... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 09:13:36 EST Moderation In All Things...... Moderation in All Things <BR> How to Avoid the Diet Blues <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What comes to mind for you when you hear the word diet? If you’re like most people, you probably imagine eating carrot sticks, going to bed hungry, and giving up your favorite foods—and that's why so many diets fail. Most people just can’t tolerate those kinds of restrictions for very long. <BR> <BR> The more you try to eliminate your favorite foods, the mor... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 08:17:22 EST Secret Weapon Ingredie nts..... Secret Weapon Ingredients <BR> Healthy Foods That Go With Almost Anything <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ahem. . . allow us to introduce to you several Secret Weapon Ingredients. And what, you might ask, are Secret Weapon Ingredients? They are versatile foods that are perfect for mixing into many recipes and dishes and provide a nutritional punch to any meal. They are easy and convenient, and their nutritional benefits are numerous. Do you have trouble making your... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 08:44:49 EST 4 Steps to healthier Surround ings.... <BR> 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... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 08:57:40 EST Common Fitness Blunders - Part 1 Common Fitness Blunders - Part 1 <BR> Even Experienced Exercisers Can Be Guilty of These <BR> -- By Joe Downie, Certified Physical Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Both beginners and experienced exercises can be guilty of a few fitness blunders from time to time. Some may even become a regular part of your fitness routine, much like a bad habit. But, to get the best results from all your hard work, it’s important that you don’t find yourself creating a fitness routine filled with mis... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 09:19:04 EST Consistency Eventually Leads To Breakthroughs! Consistency Eventually Leads to Breakthroughs! <BR> Sweat the Small Stuff <BR> -- By Chris <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Consistency, so important to the SparkPeople System, is something our society often overlooks. People are so focused on wanting things now that they aren't willing to spend the time consistently doing small things over time. This attitude results in loads of stress and lost opportunities. <BR> <BR> Here's how you can reap the benefits of consistently doing small things: <BR> <BR... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:18:46 EST Prevent Weight Gain With Daily Weigh-Ins.... Prevent Weight Gain with Daily Weigh-Ins <BR> Fitness News Flash <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes the hardest part of weight loss is keeping it off. It can be daunting to know that within two years, most dieters regain two-thirds of what they lost! But researchers at Brown University Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island studied 291 people (mostly women) who had lost at least 10% of their body weight (an average of 44 pounds) in the previous tw... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 08:24:33 EST 30 Days..To More Fruits and Vegetables s.....Day2 <em>277</em> <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Add flair with fruit. Raisins, apples and tangerine slices add sweetness and texture to salads. Apples complement pork, pineapple is great with fish, and orange slices are perfect with chicken. Sun, 2 Sep 2012 07:32:21 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... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 06:50:05 EST Think You're Too Heavy to Exercise? Think You're Too Heavy to Exercise? - Part 1 <BR> Getting Off To a Good Start <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I’m not going to sugarcoat things here, or tell you that starting and sticking to an effective exercise plan will be easy or fun. The fact is that if you’re very overweight and out of shape, you’re likely going to face some obstacles—both physically and mentally—that will challenge you in every possible way. <BR> <BR> But I can tell you this... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 10:04:40 EST SEPT.......EAT A RAINBOW CHALLENGE <em>437</em> <BR> <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 the colour of the skin or peel. For example-if you pick a red apple, but peel it before you e... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 08:54:30 EST 30 Days......To More Fruits and Vegetables. As summer winds to an end, fall is a time for harvest. September is many things to many people, including 5-a-Day month, Fruit and Vegetable month, and even Organic Harvest month! Since most people struggle to get the recommended five to nine servings of produce each day,these 30 tips will help you add more fruits and vegetables to your diet—and enjoy every bite. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dip it. Instead of dipping your chips and veggies into creamy dressings, make a healthy dip out veggies--hum... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 08:42:30 EST Tips for a Healthy Weekend Tips for a Healthy Weekend <BR> Keep the Week's Momentum Going <BR> -- By Elizabeth Evans Fryer, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Keep it up. Your healthy habits, that is. <BR> <BR> We all tend to relax – or be lax – on weekends; that’s what they’re for, right? But loosening our grips on a healthy lifestyle, even just for the weekend, can sabotage our efforts to reach health and fitness goals. <BR> <BR> Recent studies indicate that we tend to take in more calories on Fridays, ... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 09:16:50 EST What Causes Insomnia..... What Causes Insomnia? <BR> Learn Which Risk Factors You Can Control <BR> -- By Liza Barnes & Nicole Nichols, Health Educators <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most people have experienced sleep problems at one time or another, but what causes insomnia is very individual. There are actually two different forms of insomnia—secondary (when insomnia occurs as a symptom or side effect of something else) and primary (when insomnia is a disorder in itself, not occurring as the side effect of another condition... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 07:36:23 EST 10 Fitness Items to Splurge and Save On.... <BR> 10 Fitness Items to Splurge and Save On <BR> Tips to Save on Workout Accessories <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Getting fit can be a pricey endeavor. From having the proper footwear to the right sweat-wicking apparel to the gadgets, gizmos and equipment that promise to help get you to your fittest and healthiest, you can spend a small fortune on working out. But—and this is a big but—you don't have to! Whether you'r... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 08:40:43 EST 25 Cheap Foods That Are Good For You! 25 Cheap Foods that are Good for You! <BR> Get BIG Nutrition for Less Dough <BR> -- By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Watching your wallet and your waistline can be tricky. Eating right is easy when money is no object, but a trip to the supermarket often yields frustration for healthy eaters on a budget (which is most of us!). Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein are on your list, but they're so much pricier than Ramen noodles, frozen pizzas and bottles of ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 09:15:49 EST Shifting Gears..Weight Loss to Weight Maintenance <BR> Shifting Gears from Weight Loss to Weight Maintenance <BR> Using SparkPeople to Establish New Goals <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whether you’re reading this because you’ve reached your goal weight or because you’re getting close—congratulations on your success! Now you’re ready to make the shift from weight loss to weight maintenance, but wondering where to begin. What you’ll find out is that there are quite a few things you’ll need to think... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 09:11:20 EST NEW GIVE A GOODIE.... .CHALLENGE 8526 Sun, 26 Aug 2012 10:13:56 EST EMOTICON.. .Encourage the Next Reader <em>306</em> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 09:33:04 EST From Wallet to Waistline.... <BR> From Wallet to Waistline <BR> Super-Sized Portions may be More than You Bargained For <BR> -- By American Institute of Cancer Research <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Americans who take advantage of larger sizes for just a few pennies more when eating out may be getting more calories than they bargain for, according to a new report by a coalition of health organizations. The report found that the food industry's "value marketing" encourages overeating and contributes to the skyrocketing rates of... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 09:02:06 EST EMOTICON.. .Encourage the Next Reader <em>306</em> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 10:30:19 EST WHAT'S UP....WHAT ARE YOU DOING TODAY!!! Working in the garden <em>376</em> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 10:27:10 EST NEW MEMBERS.. ...PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE.. <em>235</em> to the team. Please tell us a little something about yourself so that we can get to know you better. <BR> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 10:22:59 EST Starting Small is No Bull... <BR> Starting Small is No Bull <BR> Start Slow for BIG Results <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Imagine you’re in Pamplona, Spain, in July. You’re sightseeing, shopping through downtown for that perfect souvenir for your spouse back home (hey, someone had to watch the kids, right?). You notice a crowd. Then a commotion. Then, right in front of you, an avalanche of panicked, spirited men and women sprint by, followed by a dozen confused, snorting, larger-than-you-ev... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 09:09:13 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> <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 yo... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 09:27:54 EST Stop Feeling Guilty About Every Mistake.... Stop Feeling Guilty about Every Mistake <BR> Don't Let Toxic Guilt Wipe Out Your Willpower <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Does this story sound familiar to you? You’re doing pretty well sticking within your calorie range until that box of candy shows up in the office, or all heck breaks loose and the only way to squeeze in lunch is at the local fast food joint. You give in to the candy or the double cheeseburger with fries and after that, things ... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:07:23 EST SAY HI....TO YOUR TEAM MATES... EMOTICON <em>213</em> <em>306</em> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 08:38:50 EST HOW ARE YOUR FEELING TODAY... EMOTICON <em>244</em> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 08:36:20 EST Eating Healthy on a Budget.... Eating Healthy on a Budget <BR> Save Money Without Sacrificing Quality <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When you’re on a tight budget, the thought of preparing tasty, healthy meals on a regular basis can seem daunting. Not only is it easy to get sucked in by grocery merchandising tricks, but it’s also normal for most of us to fall into a mealtime rut, eating the same foods over and over. But you’re in control of your kitchen—and if you cook smart, you c... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 07:20:59 EST New to Sparkpeople :) Hi my name is Katie but my friends call me Boo! <BR> <BR> I am 23 years old with a BMI of 36- obese. I have lost all confidence and self esteem and feel very unhappy with the way I look. I find it hard looking good in clothes and feel uncomfortable with the way I look when I go out with friends, especially when they are skinnier than me. <BR> <BR> I could do with all the help I can get as I find it hard to get motivated. <BR> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:16:34 EST 15 Natural Mood Lifters...... 15 Natural Mood Lifters <BR> Quick and Easy Ways to Lift Your Spirit <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> One morning I awoke and decided it was the perfect day to mix myself a "happiness cocktail." After indulging in my happy hour, I felt more than ready to take on the day! Just in case you’re wondering why a wellness coach is reaching for a cocktail at the crack of dawn, let me explain. <BR>... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:50:38 EST Helping Others Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices.... Helping Others Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices <BR> The Do's and Don'ts of Motivating Others <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’ve been working hard to lose weight and adopt a healthy lifestyle, you probably know how difficult that can be, and how important it is to have the support and help of others who are doing the same thing. You’ve probably been inspired by someone else’s success, gotten some important advice, or found a sympathetic liste... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 12:39:26 EST Get Fit Without Leaving the House... <BR> Get Fit Without Leaving the House <BR> Home Gyms are Practical and Affordable <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Imagine a gym you can commute to in seconds. It’s open 24-hours, so you can come and go as you please—on your time. It’s comfortable, and you feel completely at ease when you work out there. Oh, and membership is free. You may be daydreaming, but the perfect gym is a dream that can come true…in your own home. <BR> <BR> There is no reason that you can... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 06:44:25 EST 10 Surprisingly Healthy Packaged Foods.... 10 Surprisingly Healthy Packaged Foods <BR> Convenient Can Also Be Healthy! <BR> -- By Sarah Haan, Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> You've probably heard this advice before: For a healthy grocery trip, shop the perimeter of the store. Avoiding the middle aisles is a good tactic to help you make great choices and pick the most nutritious foods, but if you stick to this advice completely you'll be missing out on some of the nutritious items that do come in packages. These packaged foods—no... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:15:19 EST 5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing.... 5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing <BR> These Common Tricks Never Motivate--Find Out Why <BR> -- By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Motivation is like cold hard cash: You can never have too much! And when you’re trying to lose weight (for the umpteenth time for many of us) you know that you need a wealth of motivational strategies you can count on. But, with so many motivational tips and tricks to sift through, why are we so often losing our motivation rather than rea... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 08:25:05 EST Prevent Fitness Setbacks Before They Happen.. Prevent Fitness Setbacks Before They Happen <BR> Clearing the 12 Most Common Exercise Hurdles <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Even the most dedicated exercisers suffer from fitness setbacks from time to time. Whether it's losing our workout mojo or over-scheduling ourselves, we're human (think: imperfect). But what if you could prevent those setbacks from ever oc... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 09:39:53 EST Using the "Talk Test" during exercising.... Using the ''Talk Test'' as a Measure for Exercise Intensity <BR> Fitness News Flash <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Talk Test has been a generally accepted method of measuring (aerobic) exercise intensity for a long time now, although fitness experts have questioned whether or not the test is accurate across populations and different types of exercise. The test is self-administered to help exercisers determine whether or not they are ... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 09:47:20 EST Increase Your Chances Of Losing Weight Increase Your Chances of Losing Weight <BR> SparkPeople Message Boards are Proven to Work! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, SparkPeople Community Leader <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you know that SparkPeople members who post on the Community Message Boards are more likely to lose weight than those who do not? In fact, in a recent survey, message board users lost more weight and stayed with the program longer than non-posters. Have you thought about using the Message Boards, but you’re just not sure how ... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 09:46:21 EST De-Stress in 3 Minutes or Less... De-Stress in 3 Minutes or Less <BR> Stop Emotional Eating Before It Starts <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What is the single, most common problem that most dieters face when trying to lose weight? Will power? Nah. Temptation? Sometimes. Emotional eating? Bingo! That’s why it takes so much more than good intentions and information about nutrition and exercise to be successful. The ability to manage difficult situations and feelings effectively—wit... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 09:58:08 EST Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting <BR> Key Pieces to the Puzzle <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Goal achievement, especially when it comes to health and fitness, can be a mystery. Most of us have no trouble with Step 1 (Setting the Goal). Setting a goal is the easy part, it's those other steps that can be a puzzle. But you CAN turn achieving your goals into a science with the right strategies. Here are a few of our favorites: <BR> <BR> DO create a plan. DON’T wait f... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:00:08 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> <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 countless friends ready to work out at a moment’s notice. A persona... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 10:12:50 EST Tune In to a Healthier You.... Tune In to a Healthier You <BR> Time to Turn Off Those TV's! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> How often do you come home from a hard day, only to plop on the couch and "relax" in front of the TV? If you find it hard to escape the sights and sounds of the tube, or if watching your favorite show turns into more wasted hours than you planned, you're not alone. Americans watch TV for an average of 4 hours every day; even when we're not watching, the televi... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 11:12:36 EST Let's Play Darts <em>292</em> Fri, 3 Aug 2012 17:00:16 EST Count By 5's 5 Mon, 5 Dec 2011 17:46:19 EST Count by 2's 2 Sat, 29 Oct 2011 23:39:06 EST Count by 10's 10 Sat, 29 Oct 2011 12:48:23 EST HOW MANY POINTS FROM YOUR BONUS WHEEL? I got 3 today Fri, 17 Jun 2011 22:49:33 EST 30 DAYS.....TO A GREENER LIFESTYLE <em>435</em> <BR> <BR> April 1st is a new month with a new beginning. Let's make it a greener one <BR> <BR> With all the buzz surrounding eco-friendly living these days, you may wonder where 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 overall physical activity—all while benefiting the planet. Here a... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 01:08:10 EST GIVE A GOODIE TO THE LAST ONE Share some friendship and support. Always send a goody of your choice to the last person before you. This way every one that joins in will receive a goody every day! <BR> Support and motivation is great! Let's count and see how many we can send! <BR> Hey I am the first so you get to send me one first! <BR> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:45:14 EST MARCH----TIPS FOR EATING HEALTHY March1, <em>3</em> <BR> <BR> Keep a food diary. Before you can improve your diet, you have to know where you stand. Record everything you eat and drink for five days and use these tips to improve your diet a little bit each day. <BR> Tue, 1 Mar 2011 23:02:39 EST I Am Leaving The Team Hi everyone,Good morning to you all, this is to let you all know that I am leaving the team. I am sorry that I have to do that,but since I start to work I have so much to do,and not much time in the day to do them,and I don't want to be on a team just to show that I am on a lot of teams,so I am cutting down on my teams,I love to do things a 100% and if I can't do it I feel like I am failing my self and my team mates, <BR> so I think the best thing for me to do is to cut back on some ... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 11:13:08 EST FIRST LETTER OF WORD ENDS THE NEW WORD Here's a new twist on a word game, the first letter of the posted word will end the new word. If the word posted is Great, then the next word could be beinG. <BR> <BR> The first word is meal <BR> the nest word needs to END with an l Mon, 7 Feb 2011 18:28:35 EST Brain Challange--What did you get on Trivia? 3/3 Sat, 5 Feb 2011 21:53:33 EST Post Something Red <em>212</em> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 15:46:56 EST FEBRUARY---28 DAYS TO A HEALTHIER HEART <BR> February may be a month for romance, but it's also a time for you to focus on loving yourself--and your heart. During National Heart Month,we'll help you focus on one small thing that you can do each day to lower your risk of heart disease and improve your quality of life. Share this valentine with your friends and loved ones to show them how much you care! <BR> <BR> And here is the tip for today. February 1 <BR> <BR> Get a checkup. Your doctor doesn't just treat <BR> disease. She... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 00:58:28 EST NEW QUESTION OF THE DAY......???? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Is cross-training part of your workout program? <BR> <BR> Yes <BR> No <BR> What is cross-training? <BR> I don't work out. <BR> <BR> No...I just have favorite exercises that I know work for me so I do them everyday that I can. <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Jan 2011 07:22:03 EST BEEN AWAY TOO LONG apparently not having support is worse than having a trainer that pushes you way too hard and burns you out.....i gained inches, i hit a platue and have been there for 2 months now and i am having trouble controlling my hunger again.... I am ssssooooo glad to be back even if it is only for support Sat, 11 Dec 2010 11:48:41 EST Things that fly <img src=""> Sat, 27 Nov 2010 17:03:33 EST POST YOUR FAVORITE FITNESS EMOTICON <em>319</em> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 11:52:04 EST How Many Points to Your next Trophy 0 <BR> Thu, 21 Oct 2010 20:55:34 EST FILL IN A WORD How to play: <BR> Copy the whole list to your post and fill in ONE (anyone you want) answer starting with the letter given. <BR> <BR> When the list is full, we'll move on to the next letter. <BR> <BR> Let's see how long it takes us to go through the alphabet. <BR> <BR> ________________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Letter "A" <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - <BR> <BR> 4. A mood - <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 21:55:07 EST SPELL A WORD each person will add one new letter until we spell a word. When you can add no more letters, the next word will begin with the last letter. <BR> <BR> The first word begins with <BR> <BR> S <BR> Sun, 10 Oct 2010 20:27:58 EST Did U Read a Teammate's Blog Today? I did! Wed, 6 Oct 2010 00:20:07 EST Birthday List <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> Please do not post in this thread! <BR> <BR> January 24 Deb2448 <BR> February 5 CONNIESUIT <BR> <BR> <BR> March 6 MMAZZIE <BR> March 16 CARRIEBARBAGEL <BR> <BR> June 5 RETRAC57 <BR> June 11 SHANNONC714 <BR> June 20 ANIMALMAGIC <BR> <BR> July 30 MOMMBYCHOICE <BR> <BR> September 6 KellyKris <BR> <BR> October 30 Elainekido <BR> <BR> December 12 JUDY1676 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 12:09:48 EST When's Your Birthday? Let's celebrate each other's Birthdays. Post yours here. <BR> <BR> JUDY1676 Dec. 12 Sun, 18 Jul 2010 15:42:48 EST Water Power How many glasses of water today? Sun, 18 Jul 2010 15:40:30 EST JUNE....MINUTES PLEDGED CHALLENGE... FOR THOSE THAT ARE NEW TO THIS CHALLENGE ...THIS IS HOW IT WORKS!!!! <BR> <BR> YOU DECIDE HOW MANY MINUTES A DAY YOU WILL COMMIT TO EXERCISE AND MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY HOW MANY DAYS ARE IN THE MONTH OF APRIL. <BR> <BR> LET'S SAY YOU WILL MAKE A PLEDGE TO DO 30 MINS. A DAY YOU THEN MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY 30 (DAYS IN JUNE) YOU WOULD THEN PLEDGE 900 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> LET'S SEE IF WE CAN MEET OR BEAT OUR PLEDGES!!! <BR> <BR> WHO'S UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?? <BR> <BR> <BR> I will pledge... Sat, 29 May 2010 14:37:32 EST GIVE A WOO HOO.... IF YOU HUDDLED TODAY!! <em>244</em> Sat, 29 May 2010 14:15:51 EST DAILY CHALLENGE..... MAY.....23RD <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to just say no to all of your vices. <BR> <BR> For today, say no to junk food, no chips, candies, no soda, no fried foods, no coffee, whatever you know that is not beneficial to your well being. Replace the snacks with veggies and the beverages with water. Let today be the first day you make a serious attempt at making better and healthier choices. <em>306</em> Sun, 23 May 2010 12:24:14 EST 30 Ways to Outsmart Temptation <BR> <BR> 1. Take a deep breath. When you're stressed or anxious, instead of reaching for a bag of chips, focus on your breath. A few slow, steady breaths through the nose can calm frazzled nerves. Add a mantra: Inhale peace, exhale tension. Mon, 3 May 2010 12:16:43 EST A-Z Things in Your Fridge A--apricots Sat, 1 May 2010 22:07:17 EST Double Letters A-Z Post 2 words both beginning with the same letter <BR> <BR> A---amazing apes Sat, 1 May 2010 22:06:22 EST May Steps Post how many steps you take each day! <BR> Sat, 1 May 2010 20:33:07 EST Total Points -- How Many Did You Get Today? 124 Sat, 1 May 2010 19:43:25 EST My Life Has Changed Forever 2 weeks ago (April 13) at 9:40am, my Dad was killed in a tragic and <BR> devastating car accident. <BR> <BR> I talked to my Dad at 9am that day <BR> because we were supposed to meet at 11:30 at the library for Papa Day. I got to <BR> the library a few minutes late and tried to call him, of course <BR> he didn't answer. I then started to hear gentle promptings: "He's not <BR> coming, go to the house." these promptings kept getting louder and <BR> louder until I finally left to go to my paren... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:58:16 EST Say Something To Encourage The Next Reader..... <em>306</em> Tue, 27 Apr 2010 09:13:08 EST new here Hi! <BR> <BR> My name is Leslie and I am a single mom to two wonderful boys! I have sparked before, and am hoping this time I will stick with it. I really am motivated to lose weight this time, and so far have been able to make some of the life style changes that I know I need to do! <BR> <BR> Thanks for the invitation to join! I hope to find lots of support and encouragement...and I hope to give a ton, too! <BR> <BR> Leslie Mon, 19 Apr 2010 22:43:17 EST THE BEST I'VE EVER FELT!!!! Today is the best i even felt. I got a rave review from a sparkfriend on some of my new pics and it has me absolutely beaming!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I now know without a doubt that i can do this. I may have gotten big without notice but i am getting small with a lot of attention from everyone. Show me your pics plz i want to see some success!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> Mon, 19 Apr 2010 11:00:32 EST POST SOMETHING GREEEN.... <em>243</em> Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:43:34 EST New to team I'm fairly new to this team. I not only fell off the wagon but was run over by it. Today I am rededicating myself to watching my calorie intake and exercising. My excuses don't work anymore and my body is showing signs of my excess weight. I went shopping today and by the time we got home my hips hurt so bad I could barely take it. Sun, 11 Apr 2010 16:07:11 EST Week Two Down 1.5 lbs more! In the zone, very encouraging. Sun, 11 Apr 2010 10:32:48 EST Procrast inator's JUST FOR TODAY Challenge Clean out our bedroom closet!!! <em>39</em> Wed, 7 Apr 2010 12:40:12 EST Hi Everyone Hi Everyone, I am new here just joined a few days ago and really motivated to get my weight in check.... need to lose weight feel better about myself and fit into clothes. I hope i can do it and I hope to find some friends here to motivate me along the way. Feel free to contact me.!! <BR> lauen Tue, 6 Apr 2010 08:50:40 EST Hi... Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Gucci has invited me to join the team (thank you!). So here I am :) <BR> <BR> My name is Beth (aka iilaad65). I live in the St. Louis area with two daughters, ages 15 and 18. My oldest graduates in May (am I really that old? lol).. and I will be 45 in Sept so am really trying to fit in some old very CUTE clothes for my bday. <BR> <BR> I have some other goals as well and am hoping for support as I move through this journey. <BR> <BR> Beth Sun, 4 Apr 2010 20:35:43 EST Last Letter Starts the New Word Look at the last letter of the word and your s begins with that letter. <BR> <BR> Easter (next word needs to start with r) Sun, 4 Apr 2010 00:25:31 EST One Week and Lost One Pound ~ Yay! It's been one week and I've lost one pound! This might not seem like much, however it's really big to me. In the past few years when I tried I lost nothing. Yay! This provides encouragement that I'm in the right direction, even though I still haven't gotten close to all the water nor all the exercise. I'm using discipline and eating correctly, and I am getting more exercise and more to come with a Nordic Walking Class that starts in one week, my yoga 2x/wk, and dancing in the morning. L... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 12:11:45 EST Hello Everyone!!! Hey everyone my name is Lori and I am new to the team. I am excited to get started taking part in discussion boards and challenges while making some new friends!! I hope everyone is having a lovely Friday! Fri, 2 Apr 2010 11:59:32 EST Hey Everyone!! :) I just joined SparkPeople yesterday and look forward to being a part of your team! I am a Marine wife, originally from Vermont but stationed in California. I have a gym membership at Fitness Elite and intend to use that as means of losing weight along with changing parts of my diet. I currently weigh about 167 and would like to get down to the 125 range by mid-January of next year. That is my goal. Can't wait to learn more about all of you! :) Fri, 2 Apr 2010 11:56:10 EST Hello! Hello Everyone!!! I am so excited to be a part of this team. I look forward to have some buddies to share all this with. Good Luck!! to you all. <em>247</em> <em>213</em> Fri, 2 Apr 2010 00:10:25 EST APRIL ~~ 30 Days to a Greener Lifestyle Recycle. Most people can recycle more than they do. Paper, magazines, cardboard, cereal boxes, glass, aluminum foil, cans and even grocery bags should go in your bin, NOT your trash. Thu, 1 Apr 2010 10:52:13 EST Hello! Hello! I'm new to Spark People as of last night & I'm really looking forward to using the program. The more I'm reading on here, the more excited I'm getting about losing the weight & becoming a healthier person. <BR> The hardest part for me is time. I'm a full-time graduate student, full-time teacher, and a part-time I'm always busy. I'm also an extremely picky eater. I've been looking through many of the recipes on here & they look fantastic. <BR> I'm so excited to be a ... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 16:55:40 EST April is SPRING time....join us in this challenge This challenge was on another team I am on. It's from YO~YOLANDA: <BR> <BR> Spring is here! <BR> <BR> S ~ Share, blog, 5 points per blog/day <BR> <BR> P ~ Pump it up, 1 point for every 10 minutes of strength training (Maximum 6 points/day or 60 minutes/day) <BR> <BR> R ~ Rest, get 6 or more hours of Sleep each night, 5 points/day <BR> <BR> I ~ Include cardio, 1 point for every 10 minutes of cardio <BR> <BR> N ~ Nutrition, stay in your range, 5 points/day <BR> <BR> G ~ Get hydrat... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 09:38:19 EST APRIL.....HOW MANY MINUTES WILL YOU PLEDGE ?? LET'S KICK IT UP A NOTCH IN APRIL!!!! <BR> <BR> Let's start this month off by making small LIFE CHANGES!!! <BR> <BR> Let's pledge cardio minutes that we want to achieve for April. <BR> <BR> How many cardio minutes are you going to pledge? Can you pledge 30 minutes of cardio 3 times per week? That would be 360 minutes for the month of April. How many minutes per month are you going to pledge? <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is how it works. You make your pledge and subtract daily or 3 times per w... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 08:04:21 EST HINT OF THE DAY..... MARCH 30TH <BR> <BR> Eat with others whenever possible. Eating with other people has numerous social and emotional benefits—particularly for children—and allows you to model healthy eating habits. Eating in front of the TV or computer often leads to mindless overeating. Tue, 30 Mar 2010 08:29:44 EST Change One Letter Word Game In this game, you change one letter to make a new word. (Example:time--fine) <BR> <BR> starting word : kind Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:29:11 EST SPIT OR SWALLOW strawberries <BR> <BR> Please indicate if you would spit - dislike - or swallow - like the item and then below it add an item for the next person Wed, 24 Mar 2010 21:16:05 EST Healthy Hints for 2010 <link><BR>art-choices/healthy-habits-00400000062<BR>061/page13.html </link> Wed, 24 Mar 2010 09:56:43 EST Hello Howdy, I'm Chacha from MT, about to turn 50 with 50 lbs to lose. Married to a great guy, inspired by an awesome looking daughter who took fitness 1 step further & will be going for her yellow belt in crav magaw (Israeli hand to hand combat fight class) she's doing this for fun. I'd like to be mistaken for her sister again someday. :-) Tue, 23 Mar 2010 20:33:49 EST Hello Ok I am hoping I did this right lol My name is Gayle I am a 34 year old SAHM to 2 wonderful kids, I just start on this site a few days ago. I am finally motivated myself enough to start going to the gym and begin to feel better about myself. I have 91lbs to get rid of so it will be a lot of work but I feel I am ready for it. looking forward to interacting with all of you. Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:21:48 EST Oppps Made a post in the wrong spot Tue, 23 Mar 2010 10:51:24 EST What was the last fruit or veggie you ate today ?? mine was a banana <em>265</em> and lettuce.(Caesar salad Sun, 21 Mar 2010 08:18:11 EST St. Patrick Day Just to post a little about St. Patricks day. <BR> <BR> Please let us know how or if you celebrate it. <BR> <BR> St. Patrick's Day honors St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. We celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17. Americans march in parades, dance the Irish jig and gather to sing Irish songs. People wear green in memory of Ireland, the Emerald Isle and wear shamrocks, clover with three leaves. <BR> <BR> March 17 was not the day St. Patrick was born but the day he died. Even thoug... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 10:43:20 EST Chair exercises This was posted on another team by someone who cannot do strength exercises well due to knee issues. It is an exercise routine you can do while sitting in your chair. <BR> <BR> <link> /exerciseworkouts/l/blobes eexercise.htm </link> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 20:09:57 EST EXERCISE CHALLENGE FOR TODAY.... MARCH 9TH <BR> <BR> <BR> SINGLE LEG CALF RAISES: <BR> <BR> Starting Position <BR> Begin by standing in front of a step or riser with feet shoulder width apart, facing forward. <BR> <BR> <BR> Action <BR> Step up onto the step with one foot, rising up onto your toes as high as possible in one smooth motion. Hold for a couple seconds and lower. Step back off the riser to the original starting position. Try doing 2 sets of 10-12 repetitions for each leg. <BR> <BR> <BR> Special Instructio... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 11:10:01 EST MOVE IT OR LOSE IT.....WHAT EXERCISE DID YOU DO?? Today is a rest day....sort of....I'm going to be sewing curtain liners for the living room and dinning room windows today. Tue, 9 Mar 2010 11:06:20 EST WORDS THAT BEGIN WITH THE LETTER......"S" Sparkers Tue, 9 Mar 2010 11:02:46 EST HOW MANY LOG IN POINTS DID YOU GET TODAY??? 6 <em>341</em> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 11:00:51 EST A - Z ....3 letter words Ape Tue, 9 Mar 2010 10:57:55 EST A GOODIE A DAY GIVE AWAY CHALLENGE... 200... Here I go to give a goodie <em>311</em> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 10:56:09 EST HOW MANY POINTS TO YOUR NEXT TROPHY ????? 1458 Tue, 9 Mar 2010 10:53:24 EST WHAT'S UP....WHAT ARE YOU DOING TODAY??? I will be making curtains for the living room and dinning room today!! That ought to keep me out of trouble for today! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day my friends. <BR> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 10:46:58 EST A HUG A DAY KEEPS THE GRINCH AWAY.... <em>247</em> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 10:44:29 EST A JOKE A DAY.....HELPS TO KEEP THE DOCTOR AWAY!!! An Antartian named Babbette finds herself in dire trouble. Her business has gone bust and she's in serious financial trouble. She's so desperate that she decides to ask God for help. She begins to pray... "God, please help me. I've lost my business and if I don't get some money, I'm going to lose my house as well. Please let me win the lotto." <BR> Lotto night comes and somebody else wins it. Babbette again prays..."God, please let me win the lotto! I've lost my business, my house and I'm goi... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 10:42:15 EST HOW ARE YOU FEELING TODAY......USE AN EMOTICON <em>345</em> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 10:38:22 EST SOMTHING TO THINK ABOUT.... March 9th <BR> <BR> <BR> Most people are searching for happiness outside of themselves. That's a fundamental mistake. Happiness is something you are, and it comes from the way you think. <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 10:36:20 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY ??????? March 9th <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> This or That: Fresh Herbs or Dried Herbs? <BR> <BR> 1. Fresh herbs <BR> <BR> 2. Dried herbs <BR> <BR> 3. Other <BR> <BR> I have used both but mostly dried works better for me as far as storage goes. <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 10:33:36 EST NEW MEMBERS.. ...PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE <em>235</em> to the team. Please tell us a little something about yourself so that we can get to know you better. Tue, 9 Mar 2010 09:16:23 EST DAILY CHALLENGE..... <em>469</em> <em>254</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> *****FEB. 26TH***** <BR> <BR> Challenge today is to SIP GREEN TEA!! You can have it hot or cold. It is packed with antioxidants that help prevent plaque from forming on artery walls.It's GOOD for your HEART so have 1-2 cups a day! <BR> <BR> Fri, 26 Feb 2010 09:10:15 EST March Fitness Challenge - Spring into Shape This thread starts March 1st. Advise the team of your goal and monitor your progress throughout the month on this thread. <BR> <BR> You can choose to work on cardio <em>315</em> and set a minute goal for the month, or work on walking <em>311</em> and set a mile goal for the month, or keep track of your steps. <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a template to keep track. <BR> <BR> Goal <BR> <BR> Date <BR> 1-Mar <BR> 2-Mar <BR> 3-Mar <BR> 4-Mar <BR> 5-Mar <BR> 6-Mar <BR> subtotal week ... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 06:28:33 EST Mini Strength Challenge This is a fun challenge which will start Feb 22nd and run till Feb 28th. <BR> <BR> Let's strengthen our upper bodies by doing wall pushups, or whichever push ups you prefer <em>320</em> . <BR> <BR> Each time you go to the washroom, do 10 wall pushups. If you are like me, drinking all this water, you're in there all the time. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Here's the link to show you how to do them. Very easy and quick to do. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 21:13:34 EST Sparkle N Shine Official Progress Thread We all love to share successes and we need motivation when we have a set back. <BR> <BR> Please stop by as often as you like and share your weight loss updates <em>192</em> , or if you are tracking measurements <em>7</em> , BMI, etc. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to hear from you! <em>306</em> Sat, 20 Feb 2010 12:36:07 EST Name a Place from A - Z Name a place in alphabetical order. It can be a city, town, state, province, country...whatever you wish. <BR> <BR> I'll start...... <BR> <BR> Antigonish, NS <BR> <BR> Have fun! Tue, 9 Feb 2010 18:20:29 EST 10 Day weight loss challenge. I am starting a 10 day challenge today, Feb, 8, 2010. To join in, these are my goals <BR> 1. Track nutrition daily, keeping calories in control. <BR> 2. Eliminate all sugar and sweeteners. Read nutrition labels and don't buy any food with more than 5 g of sugar. You will be amazed at how many cereals have huge amts of sugar in them. <BR> 3. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. <BR> <BR> These are just 3 simple things to do. Of course, weigh in the first day. Join ... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 11:11:14 EST Hello...... Hi everyone, Im Wally. A newbie to Spark. And I am very greateful to have found this site. Looking forward to getting healthy, making new friends and just living the life I deserve to live. Take care and look forward to talking to all of you. :) Quite the feat but can be done. <BR> <BR> Adios my Sparky Peeps, <BR> ~Wally~ Sat, 6 Feb 2010 20:36:06 EST Snow Day! This is a great day to stay home and read my new spark Book. We have about 2 feet of snow in SW PA and only emergency vehicles are allowed on the road. hope everyone is safe and warm, Micki:) Sat, 6 Feb 2010 13:14:26 EST To a healthier life Hi my name is Lydia. I joined SparkPeople because I needed to start a new healthier lifestyle. I work in a nursing home in the kitchen and am on my feet all day. so getting the weight off will help my bones to stop screaming at me. I hope I can encourage others as others encourage me. God bless you all in your journies. Sat, 6 Feb 2010 10:34:59 EST Name a Food This is just a fun game to get us thinking of healthy foods. Name a food in alphabetical order. <BR> <BR> I'll start this off.... <BR> <BR> A - Apples <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Feb 2010 20:54:34 EST Heart Healthy Walk - Mini Challenge This challenge starts Feb 7th. Feb is heart month. One of the best ways to have a healthy <em>26</em> , is to walk. Even a mile a day, or approx 15 mins, makes a difference. <BR> <BR> Who would like to join me and walk this week? Your heart will <em>129</em> you for it. <BR> <BR> Walk a mile or any distance you choose and post back with your results. For those who may not be able to walk outside, due to inclement weather or uneven ground, here's a link to a 14 min, one mile Leslie San... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 18:23:40 EST Heart To Heart Challenge...... How many hearts can you collect for the month of Februay. You have the chance to collect 5 hearts a day. <BR> <BR> 1 <em>26</em> for <em>91</em> water <BR> 1 <em>26</em> for <em>265</em> fruit <BR> 1 <em>26</em> for <em>267</em> veggies <BR> 1 <em>26</em> for <em>195</em> blogging <BR> 1 <em>26</em> for <em>26</em> exercising <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Who's up for the challenge? <BR> Tue, 2 Feb 2010 16:33:22 EST FEBRUARY.. ........28 DAYS TO A HEALTHIER HEART!!! Tomorrow is the start of a new month and a chance to keep those wonderful hearts of ours healthy. I will give you a tip a day to help us all do that. LOVE YOURSELF.....LOVE YOUR HEART!! <BR> <BR> February may be a month for romance, but it's also a time for you to focus on loving yourself....and your heart. During National Heart Month, we'll help you focus on one small thing that you can do each day to lower your risk of heart disease and improve your quality of life. Share this valenti... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 09:38:12 EST I am new to Spark, my name is Melinda Hi everyone. <BR> Like I said above, I am new to Spark. I could use all of your recommendations about this site. I have been obese since I graduated high school in 98'. I was recently laid off from my job, so I have all the time I need to change my lifestyle, but yet I am having a very HARD time trying to start. I am again already saying, "I will start tomorrow". I eat great in the morning and by lunch time, I have already completely messed it up. Any of you ever go through that?? If so, wha... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 16:55:18 EST I WONDER WHY.......... What do you ever wonder about.... <BR> <BR> <BR> I wonder why the phone always rings when I'm in the shower. Sat, 23 Jan 2010 17:15:39 EST Hey! Hey! I just joined the group - My name is Erin...and I'm finally bound and determined to lose this 60 pounds that's hangin onto me. I've kind of let myself get frumpy over the last few years, and I'd like to find the me that loved getting manicures, getting facials, and being super duper happy. <BR> <BR> So...Hi! I look forward to chatting with y'all. Feel free to add me as a friend! MUAH! Tue, 19 Jan 2010 12:06:00 EST TAG YOUR IT....... Lets end the month with a fun mini challenge! <BR> <BR> Lets play a game. Here is how it works. <BR> <BR> I post a mini challenge such as, 20 crunchs <BR> <BR> Then the next person that clicks on the thread and wants to take my challenge, types "did it" and post a mini challenge of thier own and types "tag your it" <BR> <BR> Challenges should be quick, easy and healthy. Examples: drink a glass of water, eat a piece of fruit or do 20 push-ups. <BR> <BR> Lets have fun!! <BR> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 16:18:41 EST Just For Today I will....... Find some time to do something just for me!! Fri, 15 Jan 2010 15:08:10 EST Have you established any WEIRD eating habits?? I thought it would be interesting to find out if ANYONE else has established WEIRD eating habits since starting their weight loss journey?! <BR> <BR> Ill tell you mine so you know what I mean.... I do the following because for SOME ODD reason to me it makes them taste better, and makes me feel like I am eating more (though I know I am not). I have a feeling I am the only one lol but here ya go <BR> <BR> I never did these til I started my journey. <BR> <BR> 1. When I eat mixed vegetables an... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 13:50:10 EST DAILY CHALLENGE...... <em>140</em> <em>284</em> <em>478</em> <em>190</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> TUESDAY, JANUARY 12 <BR> <BR> Challenge for the day is EATING OUR VEGGIES! We know that they are good for us! Build strong muscles and good for our bodies. So today lets aim for 3/5 servings!! <BR> Tue, 12 Jan 2010 09:44:17 EST EVERBODY NEEDS A HUG..... <em>247</em> Sun, 10 Jan 2010 08:55:58 EST MONEY JAR CHALLENGE. ...$$$$$$$ <BR> THIS IS HOW IT WORKS. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's see how many pennies we can collect $$$$$$ <BR> <BR> For those that are new to this challenge here is how it works: <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!!! <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok, because it will eventually still be spent on YOU. This is to reward yourself for ... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 09:56:47 EST What Are Your Plans For Today...... I'm going to get back to my regular exercise program. Our company is gone and the festivities are over. Time to get back on track for this ol gal. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day everyone!! Sun, 3 Jan 2010 08:14:35 EST Two Words..... ....Change One closed door Sat, 2 Jan 2010 11:29:34 EST Double Letters A - Z angelic angel Sat, 2 Jan 2010 11:28:08 EST What does this word remind you of.... weather Sat, 2 Jan 2010 11:25:42 EST SMILES AND CHUCKLES....... ***** JAN. 2ND ***** <BR> <BR> <BR> A man being mugged by two thugs put up a tremendous fight! Finally, the thugs subdued him and took his wallet. Upon finding only two dollars in the wallet, the surprised thug said "Why did you put up such a fight?" To which the man promptly replied "I was afraid that you would find the $200 hidden in my shoe!" <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Jan 2010 09:11:14 EST INSPIRATION TO START YOUR DAY..... ***** JAN. 2ND ***** <BR> <BR> <BR> "May you live every day of your life.” <BR> <BR> <BR> Stop and really think about this one. How often do we go through each day, moving from home to work to home again, stuck in the same routine, not really paying attention to things that are going on around us? Is each day the same as the last one? Are you able to live each day? “Living” each day means different things to different people. What does it mean to you? Does it mean laughing everyday? Does ... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 09:02:59 EST JANUARY...31 DAYS TO UNBREAKABLE GOALS.. ***** JAN. 2ND ***** <BR> <BR> ARE YOU GOALS SPECIFIC AND POSITIVE?? <BR> <BR> <BR> Rather than vowing "to exercise" for example, reword each goal so that it is clear and measurable. I will walk 30 minutes every day. I will complete a 5k race. I will do a yoga DVD twice a week. Sat, 2 Jan 2010 08:57:17 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY ?????? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you have a fitness buddy to help you stay accountable? <BR> <BR> Yes, I love my fitness buddy! <BR> <BR> Yes, but my buddy isn't that helpful <BR> <BR> No, but I DO want one <BR> <BR> No, I DON'T want one <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I work out at home so I do my exercises by myself or with my DH. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Jan 2010 08:45:58 EST Did You Get Your Quota Of Water Today??? <em>248</em> Tue, 22 Dec 2009 23:15:15 EST Did You Have Your Fruit....or ....Veggies Today??? <em>248</em> Tue, 22 Dec 2009 23:14:28 EST How Many Log In Points Did You Get ?? 3 Tue, 22 Dec 2009 23:13:15 EST How Many Points Until Your Next Trophy.... 1643 Tue, 22 Dec 2009 23:12:32 EST What Exercise Did You Do Today????. Let us know what you did to get your body moving and in shape today...did you walk, jog, run or any kind of outdoor activity. <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Dec 2009 23:08:34 EST Did You Drink Your Quota Of Water Today... <em>227</em> <em>227</em> CLOSED....PLEASE GO TO THE TEAM CHALLENGES!! Tue, 22 Dec 2009 23:07:01 EST Did You Have Your Fruit ....or.. ..Veggie Today <em>227</em> <em>227</em> THIS THREAD IS CLOSED....PLEASE GO TO TEAM CHALLENGES. Tue, 22 Dec 2009 23:06:11 EST Give A Goodie Game.... This game is a great way to get to know each other by visiting other spark pages and giving support, motivation and encouragement to team members. <BR> Each person posts the next number in order. If your number contains 2 or 3 of the same digits, you give a goodie to someone on our Stampinup team. <BR> For example: if you get 11, 44, 121, 333, 2445 etc. you give a goodie! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll start... <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> Tue, 22 Dec 2009 23:04:43 EST New Members... ....Please Introduce Yourselves Her We would like to get to know you better. Please tell us a little something about yourself. <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Dec 2009 23:02:54 EST Chit Chat Room.... Stop by and let us know what is happening in your corner of the world. This is a great place to meet new sparkfriends. <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Dec 2009 23:00:52 EST Use An Emoticon To show How You Are Feeling Today <em>250</em> Tue, 22 Dec 2009 22:59:43 EST POPULAR QUESTIONS and ANSWERS <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> PLEASE do NOT post to this thread. I've made this a "sticky topic" which means even if no one replies then it will stay on the top 3. <BR> <BR> <BR> To quickly 'find' your topic, hit your 'CTRL' button and the F key. <BR> <BR> SO, here are the LINKS to those POPULAR QUESTIONS: <BR> <BR> NUTRITION/WATER QUESTIONS: <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>91</em> <BR> ... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 22:58:05 EST