SparkPeople WORLD'S BEST GRANDMAS AND GRANDPAS TEAM Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=38393 This team is fun and has great challenges to keep us happy, strong and active so we can enjoy all our precious grandchildren. SparkPeople WORLD'S BEST GRANDMAS AND GRANDPAS TEAM Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=38393 What Time Is It In Your Neck Of the Woods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13793x38393x57508452 10:44 am Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:44:25 EST Introducing myself to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x38393x57026326 Hi- my name is Janet <BR> I joined in the middle of November but there has been a lot of drama in my life since December and I just couldn't get motivated to become serious at that time. I am 61 and have worked for the last 40 years. I am still working. My 2 grandchildren ages 15 and 17, and my great-granddaughter age 17 months all moved in with me on December 1st. After having no one living in my house except for my husband for the last 10 years; this has been very overwhelming. Anyways, li... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 10:01:35 EST March: Say Hi & Post for a Goodie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x56942725 <em>524</em> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:48:55 EST Mar. Challenge....30 mins. fitness for 31 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13794x38393x56934449 You can do this !!!! Let us know what you did to keep moving today. 30 mins. a day is very achieveable. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:15:21 EST Mar......Bonus Points For Our Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x56932912 On the start page of Spark People, you will notice on the right hand side a section that says SPARKPOINTS TODAY. It will have a red flag in this section.. Click on that and it will show you all the teams you belong to (they will have a red flag beside them) <BR> <BR> 1.. Click on the flag. <BR> 2. The Points earned for the team will appear for the day. <BR> 3. Then post the results in here. <BR> <BR> You can choose to post up to 5 different teams you belong to each day. <BR> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 08:35:35 EST New...Give a Goodie Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13793x38393x56705700 We had a lot of posts on the last thread so starting a new one....last number was... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 15,672 Sun, 9 Feb 2014 09:20:54 EST Feb....Hearts and Roses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13793x38393x56625425 <em>214</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 07:54:05 EST February: Say Hi for a Goodie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x56595940 <em>524</em> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:21:29 EST FEB....GO ODIES.... 30mins for 28 days challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13794x38393x56580123 <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:53:43 EST Feb.....Bonus Points For Our Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x56574679 This thread will start on Feb. 1st. Let's see how many points we can make for our team. <BR> <BR> <BR> On the start page of Spark People, you will notice on the right hand side a section that says SPARKPOINTS TODAY. It will have a red flag in this section.. Click on that and it will show you all the teams you belong to (they will have a red flag beside them) <BR> <BR> 1.. Click on the flag. <BR> 2. The Points earned for the team will appear for the day. <BR> 3. Then post the results in h... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:34:11 EST Prayers for Judy and her family... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x56327993 <em>245</em> to hear of the passing of your dear husband. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family in this time of sorrow. <em>247</em> to you my dear friend. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 09:29:33 EST January: Say hi/ Post for a Goodie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x56158742 <em>524</em> And Happy New Year! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 00:11:21 EST Jan....GOODIES 30 mins for 31 days challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13794x38393x56114175 <em>381</em> Come and post how many minutes you worked out today. Any kind of exercise will do. walking, skiing, swimming, golfing, weight lifting....you name it, you can do it! At the end of Jan. I will hand out goodies for all those that take on the challenge. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:33:22 EST Jan......Bonus Points For Our Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x56111803 This thread will start on Jan. 1st. Let's see how many points we can make for our team. <BR> <BR> <BR> On the start page on of Spark People, you will notice on the left hand side, you will see the teams you belong to, with a flag beside it <BR> <BR> 1.. Click on the flag. <BR> 2. The Points earned for the team will appear for the day. <BR> 3. Then post the results in here, the points you earned for the team. <BR> <BR> You can choose to post up to 5 different teams you belong to each da... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 08:50:46 EST Today I am grateful for (fill in the blank) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x55987833 the peaceful quiet that blankets the earth when it snows Sun, 15 Dec 2013 11:29:13 EST December Daily Hi's & Post for Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x55798764 <em>524</em> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 20:20:48 EST Dec.....Get Up and Go Challenge For Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13794x38393x55793418 Use an emoticon or write what you did today or plan on doing today to get those beautiful bodies moving. <BR> <BR> <BR> This challenge will start on Dec. 1st..... (Sunday) Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:05:36 EST Bonus Points For Our Team.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x55594231 On the main page on of Spark People, you will notice on the left hand side, you will see the teams you belong to, with a flag beside it <BR> <BR> 1.. Click on the flag. <BR> 2. The Points earned for the team will appear for the day. <BR> 3. Then post the results in here, the points you earned for the team. <BR> <BR> You can choose to post up to 5 different teams you belong to each day. <BR> <BR> If you don't have time to post to all your teams, keep a tally of the points and the dates f... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:30:00 EST November: Daily Hi & Post for Goodie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x55470072 <em>524</em> Fri, 1 Nov 2013 00:38:39 EST NOV....GET UP AND GO FOR GOODIES CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13794x38393x55460687 Emoticon or right what exercise you did today. Let's just GET UP AND GO. At the end of the month I will hand out goodies to all those that challenge themselves to getting back into shape. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:11:10 EST CLICK.....IF YOU LOVE SPARKS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x55246087 <em>252</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 08:47:20 EST OCT.....GET UP AND GO CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13794x38393x55110702 3 miles <BR> <BR> <BR> Team Total... 3 miles Wed, 2 Oct 2013 08:51:27 EST October: Daily HI"S and Post for Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x55094661 <em>213</em> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 00:25:14 EST DID YOU SLEEP WELL LAST NIGHT???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13794x38393x55078925 <em>102</em> but DH woke me up with a <em>106</em> of coffee. <em>334</em> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 21:07:51 EST SEPT.UPDATE ON TEAM MILE TOTALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13794x38393x54802190 1st Place.....Believe, Achieve, Succeed Team <BR> 2nd Place.....A Brand New Road Ahead Team <BR> 3rd Place......V.I.P....Your License To Succeed Team <BR> 4th Place.......World's Best Grandmas and Grandpas Team <BR> 5th Place........Strengthen and Tone Your Body Team <BR> 6 the Place.....Calling All Canadians Team <BR> 7th Place.........Rainbow of Faith, Hope and Cure Team <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Rainbow of Faith, Hope and Cure Team................243.75 miles <BR> V.I.P.....A License To Succ... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 09:35:58 EST September: DAILY HI"S and POST FOR GOODIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x54734582 <em>213</em> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 00:21:21 EST SEPT.....GET UP AND GO CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13794x38393x54728931 Hello Team Mates. <BR> <BR> I HAVE A CHALLENGE FOR YOU.... <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a challenge for Sept. called GET-UP AND GO CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> This is how the challenge will work......For each mile of exercise you do whether it be by bike, elliptical, treadmill or walking (with or without a pedometer). Go to our TEAM CHALLENGES FORUM and join in on the thread GET-UP AND GO CHALLENGE. Post what you did for the day....week. Add your miles to the last miles posted. <BR> <BR> I will han... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 13:53:27 EST UPDATE ON TEAM MILE TOTALS...Do Not Post Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13794x38393x54406812 Fitness In Motion Team......................................<BR>.........589.11 miles <BR> Rainbow of Faith, Hope and Cure Team................120.2 miles <BR> Working Together to Reach Our Goals Team.......333.16miles <BR> Believe, Achieve, Succeed Team...........................689.68 miles <BR> 60's and Beyond Team......................................<BR>.........195 miles <BR> World's Best Grandmas And Grandpas Team....375.60 miles <BR> A Brand New Road Ahead Team........................... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 13:34:04 EST GET UP AND GO CHALLENGE.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13794x38393x54385390 Hello Team Mates. <BR> <BR> I HAVE A CHALLENGE FOR YOU.... <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a challenge for August called GET-UP AND GO CHALLENGE. Jesse (one of my team leaders) started this challenge on 3 of our teams. I have decided to extend a challenge to all the rest of teams that I lead. I'm a little late getting this challenge in but that makes it more fun and more competitive. <BR> <BR> This is how the challenge will work......For each mile of exercise you do whether it be by bike, el... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 21:28:25 EST August Daily Hi's & Post for Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x54348291 <em>213</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 00:29:47 EST LIST A SMALL GOAL THAT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x54340682 I will give myself a well deserved haircut today. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:20:52 EST Good News Will Be Where You Look For It.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x54287009 Good News will be Where You Look for It <BR> Optimism Lengthens Lifespan <BR> -- By Rachel Von Nida, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am a big believer that attitude and outlook on life accounts for a lot. Research clearly shows that people are actually healthier and much happier when they wake up each day with a positive mind-set. For example, in a 23-year study by Miami and Yale Universities, people with a positive perception of aging lived 7.5 years longer. <BR> <BR> This notion may ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 09:45:56 EST Tune In to a Healthier You..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x54249079 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, 24 Jul 2013 08:28:04 EST Sunny Disposition and Your Heart... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x54235158 Sunny Disposition May Shield You From Heart Problems <BR> Study of 7,400 people found fewer heart attacks, other conditions among optimists <BR> <BR> <BR> MONDAY, July 22 (HealthDay News) -- Being cheerful and optimistic may greatly reduce your risk of heart problems, according to a new study. <BR> <BR> "If you are by nature a cheerful person and look on the bright side of things, you are more likely to be protected from cardiac events," study leader Lisa Yanek, an assistant professor in g... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:49:02 EST The Causes of Allergies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x54220042 The Causes of Allergies <BR> Most Factors are Out of Your Control <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health Writer & Nicole Nichols, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While scientists don’t completely understand why allergies develop, they do believe that a combination of things create the immune system confusion, from genetic predisposition to environmental factors. <BR> <BR> There are two main categories of risks that can contribute to the development of allergies—those that you can't change,... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 05:29:18 EST SCAM ALERT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x54212527 I received a Sparkmail from another team I am on, and wanted to pass it on, just to be on the safe side. I didn't find the Sparkname. <BR> <BR> Someone who is a Spark member calling him/herself FRIEND4YOU5. She calls herself <BR> Princess Sameera Michel & is asking for help in getting a very large amount of money out of her country and also for her to relocate to our country!! <BR> <BR> SCAM - I guess he/she thinks that sending through Sparkmail - you might think its genuine !! <BR> DO ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 14:07:49 EST The More You Spark The More You Lose.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x54209283 The More You 'Spark,' The More You'll Lose <BR> Groundbreaking Study Shows Using SparkPeople Improves Weight-Loss Results <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Editor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Researchers have been studying what works—and what doesn't—for real, permanent weight loss for years. Various weight-loss interventions (from specialized diets to in-person support groups to educational sessions to weight-loss apps) have been analyzed, scrutinized, and reviewed in hopes of finding "the" a... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 09:08:46 EST Top 10 Reasons to Drop 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x54162263 Top 10 Reasons to Drop 10 <BR> Motivation to Lose <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> If you are overweight or obese, there are some powerful reasons to drop 10 percent of your body weight this year. Losing this amount of weight can significantly improve your health and well-being. It may not sound like a lot. In fact, most people trying to lose weight set much loftier goals for themselves, but unrealistic goals can often end in disaster. <BR> <BR> A 10 pe... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:51:49 EST Allergy- Proofing Your Home.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x54148873 Allergy-Proofing Your Home <BR> Reduce Dust Mites, Dander, Mold and Pollen <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Allergic reactions to everyday substance in the home can make life uncomfortable, no matter how much medication you take. Avoiding known allergens and making your home as allergen-free as possible can help minimize your symptoms and increase your quality of life. While no home can ever be 100% allergen-free, with the right steps you can reduce yo... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:59:55 EST 10 Products to Pamper a Fitness Fanatic... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x54137437 10 Products to Pamper a Fitness Fanatic <BR> Holiday Gifts for the Active People in Your Life <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's holiday gift time again, and, like me, you may be at a loss as to what to buy your fitness-loving loved ones, especially those who are already decked in top-notch performance wear and already own the best workout gear. Well, here's an often-forgotten gift idea for your loved ones: beauty produc... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:25:22 EST Transition into a Healthy Retirement... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x54123385 Transition into a Healthy Retirement <BR> Retirement Can Be A Renaissance <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Once upon a time there was a distinguished politician who went into retirement after a long career of hectic schedules, important tasks, and continual limelight. After hanging around the house for the first week of his new-found freedom, he was gently chastised by his wife, who informed him that she ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 12:51:57 EST FUNctional Fitness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x54112450 FUNctional Fitness <BR> We All Want Fitness to Be More Fun! <BR> -- By Mare Petras, Fitness Expert & Author <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What fun is being laid up with a stiff or bad back? What good is a perfect body if you are feeling less than perfect? <BR> <BR> As far as your back is concerned, more fun comes from more functional fitness. The simplest, easiest, most basic moves are usually the most important gift you can give your body every day. These exercises are common sense, preventative m... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 13:40:15 EST So Many Ways to Enjoy Soy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x54097653 So Many Ways to Enjoy Soy! <BR> How to Incorporate Soy Foods into Your Diet <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There was a time in recent history when the closest Americans willingly came to soybeans was by driving through farm country. The only milk you could find at the grocery store came from cows, and the word “tofu” conjured images of bell-bottomed hippies. Times have changed however, and what was once a staple only in Asian markets has found its way to mainst... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:55:41 EST Is Evening Eating Destroying Weight Loss Efforts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x54084491 Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts? <BR> Cues to Eating and How to Control Them <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Balanced breakfast? Check <BR> Mid-morning snack? Check <BR> Healthy lunch with your co-workers? Check <BR> Passing up your friend's homemade cookies? Check <BR> Coming home in the evening and going on a feeding frenzy? CHECK!! <BR> <BR> Does this sound like the bulk of your days? You're in control, everything is goin... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:36:11 EST Healthy Smile, Healthy Body.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x54070892 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 them, and... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:13:21 EST "You Know You're a SparkPerson When... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x54057228 ''You Know You're a SparkPerson When...'' Contest Rules <BR> See if your favorite is a winner! <BR> -- By SparkPeople <BR> <BR> Recently we held a contest based on the Message Board thread "You know you're a SparkPerson when…" Members were asked to vote for their favorite responses, and below are the top 10! <BR> <BR> You know you're a SparkPerson when… <BR> <BR> 10…You mentally count the calories that other people eat too. (KARMONSTER) <BR> <BR> 09…You look forward to your time at the gy... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 07:50:36 EST 14 Ways to Add Variety to Your Walks.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x54044010 14 Ways to Add Variety to Your Walks <BR> Bored with Walking? Try These Ideas! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller & Nicole Nichols, Fitness Experts <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While a walking program can be exciting and challenging at first, you don’t want to fall into a rut by doing the same thing month after month. Here are some ways to add variety to your workouts, whether outdoors or inside on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> Add an Incline <BR> Even adding a moderate hill can significantly boost your energy exp... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 08:16:57 EST how to Set and Reach SMART Goals.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x54030992 How to Set and Reach SMART Goals <BR> A Printable Goal-Setting Worksheet <BR> -- By Melinda Hershey, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You might be gung-ho about tackling new goals in the New Year, but not so fast! The best way to set yourself up for success is to make sure that your goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Using these guidelines is a proven way to create goals that you can stick with for the long haul. After reading the explanation of SMA... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 08:03:49 EST 6 Steps to Strengthen Your Immune System... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x54019668 6 Steps to Strengthen Your Immune System <BR> Boost Your Body's Defenses <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Your immune system is important. Very much like your own personal army, it guards your body against attacks from invaders (like bacteria, fungi, and viruses), defending against infections and several kinds of cancer. And it’s smart, too, often “remembering” certain infections so it’s ready for them the next time they try to attack. But just like any other bod... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 07:15:04 EST 10 Signs You Need to Loose Weight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x54008689 Top 10 Signs You Need to Lose Weight <BR> Can You Relate? <BR> -- By John McGran, Professional Writer (and Dieter) <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> I don’t know about you, but I’d rather laugh than cry when life sneaks up on me and cracks me right between the eyes. Case in point: my weight. <BR> <BR> It wasn’t that long ago that I was arguably in the best shape of my adult life. But being the yo-yo dieter that I am—with emphasis on the yo-yo p... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 08:26:21 EST Beat the Crowds at the Gym.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53997220 Beat the Crowds at the Gym <BR> 9 Ways to Wait Less and Work Out More <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you have a gym membership, you know how frustrating it can be when the gym is too crowded for comfort. Isn't it tough enough to muster the motivation to head out the door to exercise? Then you arrive, dressed and ready for a workout, only to find a fitness center so crowded that the waiting time for an elliptical is longer than the line for a mo... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 08:04:25 EST Stop Weekend Binges... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53984510 Stop Weekend Binges <BR> Is Weekend Eating Destroying Your Diet? <BR> -- By Megan Patrick, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The structure of the work (or school) week can be extremely conducive to maintaining good eating habits. If you have a very predictable daily routine, it can be easier to plan meals and snacks and eat on a consistent schedule so that you never get too hungry. But when the weekend comes, all that structure disappears and leads many people into making unhealthy eating c... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 08:18:42 EST JULY.....MONEY JAR CHALLENGE $$$$$$$$$$ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13794x38393x53971226 REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON JULY 1ST...2013. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of JULY. <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... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:46:33 EST Taking Care of Yourself When You are the Caregiver http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53970725 Taking Care of Yourself When You Become the Caregiver <BR> Finding Health and Balance When Caring for Others <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As I sat across the cafe table from my dearest friend, Margie, I was struck by how tired and drawn she looked. This was the first time we had seen in each other in months. Before, we had made a point to meet for lunch or coffee once a week. Now that she had moved her folks close by to help with her father’s c... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:13:45 EST JULY...HOW MANY MINUTES WILL YOU PLEDGE.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13794x38393x53959298 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 JULY. REMEMBER ANY TYPE OF EXERCISE IS GREAT....TENNIS, GARDENING, GOLFING, SWIMMING etc. <BR> <BR> LET'S SAY YOU WILL MAKE A PLEDGE TO DO 30 MINS. A DAY YOU THEN MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY 31 (DAYS IN JULY ) YOU WOULD THEN PLEDGE 930 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> LET'S SEE IF WE CAN MEET OR BEAT OUR P... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:52:34 EST 8 Ways to Keep Active When You Can't Exercise .. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53955973 8 Ways to Keep Active When You Can't Exercise Like Normal <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 10/4/2012 2:00 PM : 32 comments : 13,498 Views <BR> See More: injury, exercise, sunscreen, <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I had a spot removed from my shoulder. My dermatologist cut out a pretty hefty chunk that required several stitches and has left me with a one-inch scar. <BR> Relief that the sketchy spot was history was soon replaced by panic when I was given post-op instructi... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 08:07:53 EST July:Daily Hi & Post for Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x53954049 <em>213</em> hello July! Mon, 1 Jul 2013 01:10:51 EST 31 DAYS....TO LESS STRESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x53943018 Stress has been so ingrained in our days and in our culture that you probably don’t even recognize it any more .But summer is the perfect time to relax,slowdown,and Just enjoy the weather.What better time than July to use these lazy days to relieve any stress you've been experiencing? Learn to cope with stress from this month forward by starting with these 31 daily tips. <BR> <BR> I will post a daily tip each day this month to help make your summer more enjoyable. <em>414</em> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 07:56:18 EST Stay Motivated with SparkStreaks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53942690 Stay Motivated with SparkStreaks! <BR> How (and Why) to Start Your Own Streak Today! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller & Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Experts <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> At SparkPeople, we believe that streaking can motivate you to reach your goals. Put your clothes back on—we're not talking about running naked in public (although that sure could inspire you to tone up or drop a few pounds)! We're talking about a different kind of streak—when you consistently meet a goal, like tracking your fo... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 07:30:39 EST How to Create the Perfect Workout Playlist... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53931820 How to Create the Perfect Workout Playlist <BR> Boost Your Exercise Mojo with the Right Music <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You know that scene in High Fidelity where John Cusack is touting the importance of the perfectly crafted mix tape? A tape that has to kick off with a killer track to grab attention, then take it up a notch, then cool it off a notch? <BR> <BR> Sure, that guy was creating a playlist to woo a girl, ... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 08:33:08 EST Dealing with Boredom in Your Diet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53918583 Dealing with Boredom in Your Diet <BR> Everything Needs a Little Shake-Up <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You start a new diet. You see some fantastic results pretty quickly. The struggle, of course, is then maintaining this weight loss. Changing eating patterns for a short period is different than sustaining them. This is the area people seem to have the most problems with. Once frustration and boredom sets in, once dieters have reached that plateau, it becomes so... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 07:19:28 EST Snacking Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53906933 Snacking Healthy <BR> Add Snacks to Subtract Pounds <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While some dieters happily accept when someone suggests a snack, others feel pangs of guilt when a nibble is merely suggested. However, there is nothing inherently wrong with a bite between meals. In fact, snacking might be the missing ingredient that will help you reach your weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> But how can this make sense, since snacking theoretically adds calories? <BR> ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:19:08 EST The Before-Dur ring-After Journal..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53893360 The Before-During-After Journal <BR> The Write Way to Build Your Intrinsic Motivation <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> Do you often have trouble finding the motivation to stick to your exercise and nutrition goals? If so, then you might not be looking in the right place. <BR> <BR> Experts who study motivation have long recognized two basic types of motivation: <BR> Extrinsic (external) motivation, when you are motivated primarily by external rewards and conse... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:04:37 EST Choose Olive Oil as a Healthy Alternative... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53880611 Choose Olive Oil as a Healthy Alternative <BR> Cook as the Mediterraneans Do <BR> -- By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> Would you be surprised to learn that you CAN feel good about fat in your food? Here’s a refresher on one source of fat – olive oil – the healthier oil of all oils and the natural juice of the olive fruit. Its most talked about benefit may be its ability to reduce the risk of heart disease by controlling LDLs (the bad cholesterol) and raising HDLs (the good cholestero... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:08:11 EST Exercises to Boost Your Brian Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53865908 Exercises to Boost Your Brain Power <BR> Strengthen Your Mind with These Healthy Habits <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When you work out, a few things probably run through your mind: changing your body composition, burning calories, building more muscle and strengthening your cardiovascular system. But did you know that there is one body part that most of us neglect to think about in terms of exercise? This specific organ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:49:10 EST Optimism and the Power of Positive Thinking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53852305 Optimism and the Power of Positive Thinking <BR> Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life! <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “How do you do it?” my friend asked me one day over coffee. “You’ve had some awful stuff happen to you over the years, but you’re still so cheerful. What gives?” <BR> <BR> My friend was right, my life had been rough at times. I’d gotten divorced and I’d been laid off a couple of times within a five-year period. I should have been a... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 08:26:20 EST What to Eat Before You Work Out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53840841 What to Eat Before You Work Out <BR> Eating Before Exercise for Maximum Results <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone knows that athletes must plan and time their meals and snacks very carefully to reach their performance goals. But what about the rest of us? You try to squeeze in 30-60 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Do you have to be careful about what you eat before and after your workouts, too? <BR> <BR> Usually not. If you’re eating a health... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 08:13:48 EST A Blueprint for Goal Achievement.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53828033 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 confident... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:53:24 EST What to Wear When You Walk.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53815091 What to Wear When You Walk <BR> Clothing, Shoes and Gear for Walkers <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Rain or shine, warm or cold, walking outside can be a year-round activity. But before you head out, you’ll want to make sure you are dressed for the elements. It can be a very uncomfortable walk if you don’t have on the right gear! Here are some tips to help you stay cool, dry and comfortable, no matter what Mother Nature throws at you! <BR> <BR> Feet... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:02:22 EST A Beginner's Guide to the Farmers Market... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53803242 A Beginner's Guide to the Farmers Market <BR> The How and Why of Buying from Local Growers <BR> -- By Sarah Haan, Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> From hot summer days through those cool early fall months, farmers markets are in full swing, yielding a bounty of beautiful, fresh, local produce. Visiting a farmers market is a lovely weekend outing, but there are many other reasons to bypass the market for your weekly fresh fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> While grocery stores boast... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:23:24 EST Your Nutrition Plan for Weight Maintenance... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53789564 Your Nutrition Plan for Weight Maintenance <BR> How to Adjust Your Calories after Reaching Your Weight Loss Goal <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Congratulations on reaching your goal weight! This article will help you figure out how to use SparkPeople’s tools just as effectively to maintain your weight as you have used them to lose that weight in the first place. Make sure you’re logged in now so that the links below will work for you. <BR> <BR> Ste... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:12:51 EST Smarter Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53773999 Smarter Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth <BR> Simple Tips for Mastering Your Sugar Cravings <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’re watching your calorie intake, the most problematic part of your anatomy may be your sweet tooth. Our bodies are hard-wired for an attraction to sweet foods since sweetness signals that we’re taking in the calories (energy) needed for survival. The problem arises, of course, when we’re not burning those calories. But we can ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:12:37 EST Remember to Reward Yourself.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53761906 Remember to Reward Yourself <BR> How to Pat Yourself on the Back <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Everyone likes a pat on the back every once in a while. And there’s no better time to get one than when you’re out of your comfort zone, challenging yourself to improve, nervous about whether you can succeed. <BR> <BR> Most people approach changing their health habits from a position of "pain". They... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:45:32 EST Words That Begin and End With the Same Letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13793x38393x53754107 going Sat, 15 Jun 2013 13:57:08 EST 8 Exercise Energy Zappers.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53751066 8 Exercise Energy Zappers <BR> How to Beat Your Mid-Workout Slump <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The scene seems right. An up-tempo song blasts through the speakers around the room. All around you, people race on the treadmill and grunt as they lift weights. An upbeat personal trainer stands nearby, ready to assist at a moment’s notice. Something is not right, though. You're partway through your workout, and you’ve hit a slump. Is it a c... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:15:20 EST Lactose Intolerance and a Healthy Diet.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53738225 Lactose Intolerance and a Healthy Diet <BR> Ditch the Pain, Not the Calcium <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian, with Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Milk. It does a body good. <BR> <BR> Unless it doesn't, that is. <BR> <BR> While milk is an excellent source of calcium and protein, up to 75% of the world's population cannot properly digest lactose, the sugar found in milk. When they try, the result is tummy trouble that can range from a mild discomfo... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:41:23 EST Think Yourself Fit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53724704 Think Yourself Fit! <BR> How Your Thoughts Affect Your Body <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I love motivational quotes. One of my favorites is, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re probably right!” I believe that there is a lot of truth to that statement. As a runner, I know that if I focus on the fatigue setting in, it seems as though everything goes downhill (or uphill, for a better euphemism). There are also times when, no matter how ... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:48:44 EST Homemade Beauty Recipes for Summer.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53710366 Homemade Beauty Recipes for Summer <BR> Natural Treatments for Healthy Skin <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Summer is the season for showing skin. But with more exposure to the elements and greater oil and sweat production, skin problems (namely sunburn, heat rashes and breakouts) seem to increase right along with the temperature. Luckily, you can fight summer skin problems and you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars at the cosmetics counter to do so. Try th... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 08:59:50 EST How to Avoid the Diet Blues.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53695385 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... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:17:39 EST 7 Fun Ways to Burn BIG Calories this Season.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53681153 7 Fun Ways to Burn BIG Calories this Spring <BR> <BR> By: Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 5/17/2013 6:00 AM : 87 comments : 25,258 Views <BR> See More: fitness, cardio, spring, <BR> <BR> Do you love spring as much as I do? It's so energizing to wake up when the sun is shining, enjoy the outdoors without wearing a coat, and see the green grass and tiny flower buds flanking the streets. Every sunny day, I lament that I'm in the office instead of outdoors, which is why I get outside ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:09:12 EST Sharing Is Achieving.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53667133 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... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 08:32:51 EST The Truth About Juicing and Your Health... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53655678 The Truth about Juicing and Your Health <BR> To Juice or Not to Juice;That is the Question <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed and Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A couple decades ago, juicing was something that only overzealously health-conscious people did. You just knew someone was into healthy living if he or she owned a juicer or drank fresh juice regularly. Today, it's much more popular. People are juicing to lose weight, to cleanse and to consume more nutrients. Juicers are pop... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 08:48:57 EST 5 Ways to Love Your Body... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53642400 5 Ways to Love Your Body <BR> Let Cupid Take Aim at You <BR> -- By Carrie Myers Smith, Health & Exercise Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While many of us have an easy time showering other people with love, we find that Cupid has yet to hit us with the "body love" arrow. Don’t wait for Cupid! Begin today to start appreciating, accepting and yes, even loving your body. <BR> <BR> Stop picking yourself apart <BR> Let’s face it: No matter how close-to-perfection body you have (and just what is the ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 08:22:58 EST 5 Healthy Habits that Can Cause Headaches.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53628448 5 Healthy Habits that Can Cause Headaches <BR> These Good-for-You Habits Might Be a Pain in the Head <BR> -- By Robin Donovan, Health Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> Headaches can be frustrating, popping up when you're tense, stressed, dehydrated or otherwise unbalanced. It's easy to blame them on the obvious culprits: a late night, a skipped meal or an insane work schedule. But some of your healthiest habits could be to blame for that recent headache, too. Here are five good-for-you habits that can ... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 08:13:13 EST The Secrets of Success: Sneak in More Exercise... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53614197 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 08:04:29 EST Positive Self-Talk Leads to Success... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53599537 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 07:55:57 EST 13 Ways to Get Moving at Work..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53584286 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 07:54:08 EST Sneaky Ways to Get Fit & Healthy. .Without trying. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53570804 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 09:36:27 EST 10 Signs You are Getting Healthier Even if ...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53557308 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 07:51:16 EST June: Daily Hi's & Post for Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x53555600 <em>213</em> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 00:29:55 EST Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53545064 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 08:06:01 EST Do Detox Diets Work? Are They Safe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53531826 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 07:31:45 EST 29 Proven Methods to Manage Aches & Pains.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53519051 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 07:55:22 EST A Beginner's Guide to Container Veggie Gardens.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53509492 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 12:59:40 EST Have You Found Your Inner "Normal Eater"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53493229 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 07:34:05 EST Common Foods that Can Trigger Migraines... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53471541 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 07:24:17 EST 6 Sunless Tanning Secrets.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53460122 6 Sunless Tanning Secrets <BR> What the Bottle Won't Tell You <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Beauty Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Want to enjoy that sun-kissed look without the risks of tanning? Whether you just want to touch up some tan lines or need all over bronzing, the latest generation of self-tanners will have you glowing in a matter of minutes. <BR> <BR> The active ingredient in most self-tanners is DHA, a simple sugar that turns golden brown when exposed to certain proteins. Wh... Fri, 24 May 2013 07:45:11 EST Concentrate On Your Core... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53447647 Concentrate On Your Core <BR> Exercise Your Body from the Inside-Out <BR> -- By The American Institute of Cancer Research <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whenever you walk or run, your core muscles are active, keeping you upright, balancing your body as your weight shifts, and absorbing the impact as your feet hit the ground. Your body’s core forms the foundation of all your movement. If your core is weak, you are susceptible to poor posture and injury. Lower back pain is also more likely to occur. <B... Thu, 23 May 2013 08:02:00 EST Can You "Cheat" on Your Diet and Still Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53435987 Can You 'Cheat' on Your Diet and Still Lose Weight? <BR> How Cheat Meals and Cheat Days Affect Your Weight Loss <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Cheating" is the act of deceiving others or being dishonest. The word conjures up images of copying someone else's answers during an exam, fudging your taxes, or counting cards. Needless to say, these are not positive activities. But does the same negative connotation apply to a cheat meal (or day) for a person on a... Wed, 22 May 2013 09:25:34 EST 10 Best Strategies for Long-Term Weight Loss .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53421140 10 Best Strategies for Long-Term Weight Loss Success <BR> What Really Works to Keep the Weight Off Forever <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So, you don't just want to lose weight, you want to lose the extra weight forever. Ta-ta. Sayonara. Good riddance. While losing weight does take focus and dedication, it's important to remember that losing weight isn't really a start-and-end process. Sure, you have a weight-loss goal to... Tue, 21 May 2013 06:26:16 EST Plan Today, Succeed Tomorrow.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53409057 Plan Today, Succeed Tomorrow <BR> 4 Ways to Think Two Steps Ahead <BR> -- By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Athletes do it. Chess players do it. Novelists, successful scientists and even salespeople do it. These days, everyone who wants to make big things happen is planning ahead in order to succeed. What about you? When it comes to planning ahead to reach your goals, are you falling in line or falling behind? <BR> <BR> Thinking ahead can help you achieve your goals an... Mon, 20 May 2013 08:23:01 EST EAT THIS ACCORDING TO DR. OZ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53404841 Dr. Oz doesn't have alot I would recommend, however the other day, he was saying if you want to lose weight, you must eat 25 grams of protein a meal. THAT is NOT easy. One really has to pay attention to what you are eating. The nice thing....the nutrition information at Spark People gives you <BR> a read out on your protein. Protein fills you up longer, supposed to help with weight loss. Sun, 19 May 2013 21:38:36 EST Shopping Cart Essentials.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53395625 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, 19 May 2013 07:24:56 EST Can Certain Foods Help You Burn More Fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53386470 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 09:57:17 EST Allergy Tips for Every Season.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53374643 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 09:52:42 EST Turn Money Problems into Rewarding Solutions.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53365006 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 07:46:35 EST 8 Tips for Deciphering Diet Claims.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53353006 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 09:20:03 EST How to Deal With Setbacks..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53339966 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 09:07:36 EST Body Composition Measures Results.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53324697 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 07:49:57 EST Common Myths about Happiness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53313643 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 09:13:03 EST An Exercise in Self-Esteem.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53302119 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 09:26:09 EST Finding Inspiration In Your Biggest Temptations... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53290345 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 08:39:45 EST IN MY GARDENS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x38393x53278341 I had the cutest site yesterday. My Maple tree has thin branches that hang just a foot off the ground and then curve outward. A plump Robin was sitting on this...as it swayed in the breeze as though it was on a garden swing! <BR> <BR> I awoke to my apricot trees in bloom as well as the forsythia! My daffodils are starting and my cherry tree isn't far behind. <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> Gardening is great for all ages. What are your plans to garden this year. Container gardening counts too! ... Thu, 9 May 2013 09:24:44 EST Put the "I" Back in Your Vocabulary.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53276215 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 06:30:54 EST An Active Approach to Managing Menopause... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53264705 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 08:11:53 EST 7 Myths and Facts about Chocolate.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53252493 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 09:09:11 EST 10 Ways to Stay Healthy When Working from Home.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53238412 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 08:28:54 EST No Pain = BIG Gain..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53224668 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 06:32:46 EST Yoga and You'll Go to Sleep... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53215236 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 09:35:07 EST Find Meaning in a Job Well Done... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53203325 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 09:03:40 EST Getting Rest with RLS... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53191928 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 11:07:37 EST Homemade Beauty Recipes for Spring.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53176465 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 09:04:18 EST May: Daily Hi's & Post for Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x53173448 <em>213</em> Wed, 1 May 2013 00:31:54 EST 4 Steps to Healthier Surroundings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53162730 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 09:07:26 EST Prevent Fitness Sebacks Before They Happen.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53148848 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> <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 occurring? What if you could somehow stop setbacks in their tra... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:40:33 EST Break Out of Your Food Rut! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53136564 Break Out of Your Food Rut! <BR> 5 Ways to Make Happier Meals <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What's for dinner? What are you eating for breakfast or lunch tomorrow? <BR> <BR> If you aren't feeling excited about your meals, or if your kids are complaining about eating chicken again, you may be in a food rut. <BR> <BR> It happens easily; between work obligations, social plans, and kids' soccer practices, we tend to fall back on easy-to-prepare staple mea... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 09:02:57 EST Let's Dance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13793x38393x53127880 <em>350</em> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 12:21:50 EST 10 Tips for a Healthier Weekend..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53125395 10 Tips for a Healthier Weekend <BR> How to Stay on Track 7 Days a Week <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all know how it goes. You make good food choices, avoid temptations, and work out every morning only to find that on Friday or Saturday night, your willpower goes out the window. Somehow you begin noshing on chicken fingers and guzzling beer then snoozing through your Spinning class the next morning. Sound familiar? <... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 08:25:19 EST How to Stop a Migraine in it's Tracks..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53114767 How to Stop a Migraine in Its Tracks <BR> Triggers & Treatments for Migraine Pain <BR> -- By Robin Donovan, Health Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you live with migraines, you might already be familiar with the pain and discomfort they cause. Migraines are a specific type of headache often identified by episodes of throbbing pain and, sometimes, nausea, vomiting or sensitivity to light. Migraines can be mild or severe, and they occur more commonly in women than in men. <BR> <BR> Some people... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 08:23:37 EST Surround Yourself with the Positive.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53103092 Surround Yourself with the Positive <BR> Picture Yourself in a Positive Light <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you put yourself in a positive frame of mind, you can accomplish anything. If you can clearly see your goal, see that it’s within your grasp, there’s nothing stopping you. That’s why surrounding yourself with positive images and visual reminders can be just what the doctor ordered. <BR> <BR> You may already have an inner voice telling you that you can d... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:30:40 EST Health and Fitness Benefits of Walking..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53089501 Health and Fitness Benefits of Walking <BR> Reasons to Walk Yourself Fit! <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> Starting a regular walking program offers numerous health and fitness benefits! <BR> <BR> Good for your heart: Walking regularly can help reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol, both of which contribute to heart disease. <BR> According to the long-term Nurses' Health Study, which follows the habits and health of 72,000 female nurses, th... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 08:18:04 EST Eco-Exercise: Get Fit & Give Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53077376 Eco-Exercise: Get Fit & Give Back <BR> Plus 5 Ways to ''Green'' Your Workout <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some people would only run if a bear were chasing them. Others do it to lose weight, get fit, or relieve stress. But Wisconsinite Samuel Huber runs to help the planet. He is part of a growing movement of runners who realize that this form of exercise doesn't just get you from point A to point B, but can also be a vehicle for change. <BR> <BR> Huber is a ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:18:06 EST Managing Arthritis with Exercise.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53065162 Managing Arthritis with Exercise <BR> Pain, Pain, Go Away <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Does this sound familiar? "My joints are achy, I feel stiff all the time, and it’s hard to get out of bed in the morning." If there were ever a good excuse not to exercise – if there were ever a defensible time to throw in the towel – this would be it, right? Wrong! <BR> <BR> In fact, when arthritis is a problem is precisely the time for you to get up and get mo... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:55:18 EST The Importance of Setting Medium-Term Goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53050062 The Importance of Setting Medium-Term Goals <BR> A Reward System to Reach Your Dreams! <BR> -- By Joe Downie, Certified Physical Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So often we daydream and think of some far-off goal that we would like to achieve. "I want to play the guitar in a band," "I want to run a marathon", "I want to be better at my job," etc. It's not difficult at that point to break it down into short-term goals… practice some chords in the evening, run on the weekends, or arri... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 07:41:55 EST Healthy Eating Horoscopes.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53041299 Healthy Eating Horoscopes <BR> Your Perfect Diet is in the Stars <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> When it comes to cooking and eating healthy foods, you might not reach your goals if you're following a plan that goes against your true nature and personality. If you're spontaneous, then meal plans might make you feel stifled, while an outgoing personality won't stick to a diet plan that involves cooking a lot of meals solo, for example. If you're struggling t... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:30:06 EST Healthier Ways to Follow a Recipe.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53027298 Healthier Ways to Follow a Recipe <BR> Smart Substitution: Baking Ingredients <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s dinner time again and all of your tried and true recipes your family loves call for cups of oil, sticks of butter, and several ounces of whole milk. But you have the solution – smart substitutions. <BR> <BR> Cookware <BR> For starters, invest in a good set of non-stick pans and skillets. These alone will help cut down the amount of oil you use to cook... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:53:37 EST 10 Signs a Fitness Gadget is a Gimmick..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53014622 10 Signs a Fitness Gadget is a Gimmick <BR> Questions to Ask Yourself to Avoid a Scam <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness infomercials promise a lot: dramatic weight-loss, big results, a six pack in 30 days! But unfortunately, most of them do not deliver on those promises. When those ads are so intriguing and believable, how do you know which new products deliver and which ones leave much to be desired? <BR> <BR> To s... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 09:10:33 EST Finding the Courage to Win...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x53001914 Finding the Courage to Win <BR> A Lesson about the Strength of Vision <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> This is the story of an unassuming electrician working hard at a city zoo. He was not known as the kind to stir up trouble, but as mounting injustice swirled around him, he couldn't help himself. He wrote and published a couple of essays expressing his beliefs - and was promptly arrested and sentenced to 1... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:57:50 EST 25 Green Spring Cleaning Tips... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52987416 25 Green Spring Cleaning Tips <BR> Good for You, Your Home and the Planet <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After being cooped up in a stuffy house all winter long, it’s finally time to fling open the windows, shoo away the cobwebs, and take on your annual spring cleaning. But often, the chemicals found in conventional cleaning products can be more dangerous than the dirt they’re intended to clean. And the way we clean (with lots of disposable paper towels) isn’t ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:57:58 EST Boomerang Kids... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52973810 Boomerang Kids: <BR> <BR> <BR> When Boomerang Kids Move Back Home <BR> <BR> <BR> Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D., Yahoo! Contributor Network <BR> Sep 8, 2011 "Share your voice on Yahoo! websites. Start Here.". <BR> More: <BR> Boomerang Kids <BR> Boomerang Generation <BR> Coping with Unemployment <BR> <BR> <BR> Not since the Great Depression have so many fledgling adults moved into the empty nest with mom and dad. This cyclical trend has accelerated along with the economic crisis. Faced with sc... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:26:30 EST A Solution -Focused Approach to Weight Loss... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52973665 A Solution-Focused Approach to Weight Loss <BR> Ask the Right Questions, Find the Right Answers <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What do you do when you don’t achieve the weight loss results you’re looking for? <BR> <BR> Do you resolve to cut calories even more, try harder to resist temptations, or log extra treadmill time? These ideas could work—if you’ve been doing less than what you know you need to do to lose weight in the first place. <BR> <... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:17:16 EST Empty Nesters Find Purpose and Motivation.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52959235 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 ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 07:42:21 EST Nutrition Tips and Supplements for Insomnia.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52949043 Nutrition Tips and Supplements for Insomnia <BR> Dietary Changes for a Better Night's Sleep <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Is a good night’s sleep eluding you? <BR> Tossing and turning the whole night through, <BR> Drowsiness, fatigue, a lack of sleep, <BR> There is more help than just counting sheep. <BR> <BR> There are many factors that can cause sleep problems, and even more potential solutions. The steps you take to improve your sleeping pat... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 09:49:44 EST Tips to Stay Full Longer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52935322 Tips to Stay Full Longer <BR> Beat Hunger and Boost Satisfaction <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> No doubt about it, hunger is unpleasant. In fact, it can be downright embarrassing when your tummy grumbles for your attention at the most inopportune times. When you’re watching your calorie intake to lose or manage your weight, there will be days when you might experience ongoing hunger, eve... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 08:18:20 EST 5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52921722 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... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 08:09:55 EST Do You Suffer from Diet Rage? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52907599 Do You Suffer from Diet Rage? <BR> Rules of the Road to Help You Reach Your Destination <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After slowing down to an unexplained stop for the 147th time in the space of 2 miles, I decided that I hated the world. Surrounding me were an ocean of maddening brake lights, rain pelting the windshield and thousands of tons of steel and fiberglass flung around by a clueless pack of selfish morons who obviously didn’t know the first thing about d... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 08:52:58 EST Think Your Too Busy to Eat Healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52893027 Think You're Too Busy to Eat Healthy? <BR> Quick Shopping & Cooking Tips for People on-the-Go <BR> -- By Tanya Jolliffe, Healthy Eating Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whether you're overworked or just plain overstressed, time is valuable to all of us. When making a lifestyle change, it can easily seem overwhelming to include new habits like exercise and healthy eating into your jam-packed days. Between everything else you've got going on, how are you also supposed to find time to prepare healt... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 08:27:16 EST The Worst Reasons to Work Out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52878462 The Worst Reasons to Work Out <BR> Stay Motivated by Exercising for the Right Reasons <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all have our own reasons for working out. And while all reasons have merit (and there is nothing wrong with wanting to feel good about the reflection you see in the mirror), some reasons for hitting the gym are definitely better and more motivating than others. <BR> <BR> In fact, the goals you set and t... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 09:12:20 EST 10 Tips to Keep from Overeating at a Party.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52863995 10 Tips to Keep from Overeating at a Party <BR> Resist Temptation at Your Next Celebration <BR> -- By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Temptations abound at parties, but celebration doesn't have to mean overindulgence. Follow these tips to stay on track. <BR> <BR> Say no the first time to passed hors d'oeuvres. Chances are good that food will come around again. See what's being served before you decide what to eat. <BR> <BR> Limit your alcohol. Inhibitions are lowered w... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 09:01:27 EST 15 Natural Mood Lifters.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52851386 15 Natural Mood Lifters <BR> Quick and Easy Ways to Lift Your Spirit <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <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> <BR> While getting dressed, I thought about the many natur... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 09:20:16 EST Exercising with Type 2 Diabetes...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52837039 Exercising with Type 2 Diabetes <BR> Manage Glucose, Lose Weight, and Reduce Complications <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If your doctor has diagnosed you with Type 2 diabetes, then she has probably already told you about the importance of adding exercise to your treatment plan. Physical activity can help you improve your blood sugar control, lose weight, and reduce your risk of heart disease, peripheral artery disease and nerve problems that are of... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 07:53:17 EST 9 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52823481 9 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated <BR> Ways to Rediscover Your Drive <BR> -- By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone tells us to stay motivated. Our friends, our co-workers, our relatives say to keep going, don’t quit. Sometimes, though, you ask, "Why? Why try my hardest when it ends in disappointment? Why go through something when it’s going to hurt? Why?" <BR> <BR> Because it’s going to be different this time! Because you can’t accomplish anything that you give up o... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 09:06:48 EST Exercise Keeps Your Mind Sharp.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52808878 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 09:02:41 EST April Challenges. ...Calories IN...Calories OUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13794x38393x52796238 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 11:55:56 EST How a "Bad Food" Attitude Can Backfire.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52793744 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 09:18:26 EST Wake Up to the Importance of Exercise..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52777272 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 09:20:11 EST APRIL....30 DAYS....TO A GREENER LIFESTYLE.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x52776536 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 08:36:34 EST April Daily Hi's & Post for Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x52773617 <em>213</em> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 00:14:21 EST Are You a Veggie Head or Just Plain Fruity? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52762586 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 07:17:25 EST Can Stress Cause Weight Gain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52752099 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 08:36:37 EST Pave the Way for Persiste nce..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52740839 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 09:56:53 EST Chocolate: A Not-So-Guilty Pleasure.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52725490 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 07:02:47 EST Building a Weight-Loss Wardrobe on a Budget..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52712459 <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 08:41:02 EST How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52696966 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 07:22:43 EST How To Make Fitness Matter.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52681947 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 08:01:53 EST 6 Tips to Deal with Daylight Saving Time.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52668461 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 07:42:02 EST Laugh Your Way to Health & Happiness.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52657139 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 09:11:36 EST Manage Yourself in No Time.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52645364 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 09:57:22 EST Throw a Fitness Party!.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52630393 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 08:59:19 EST 5 Signs It's Time to Get Serious about Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52613280 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 04:35:43 EST Garlic: The Big Flavor with Benefits..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52599393 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 08:06:14 EST Going Through the Emotions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52588702 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 13:52:29 EST Vacations: The Perfect Reward? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52569509 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 08:12:47 EST Encouragement Eases Exercise.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52556599 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 08:14:34 EST How to Get Ripped Off....Gua aranteed!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52543204 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 08:31:52 EST 1 Step Back, 2 Steps Forward.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52528443 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 09:06:46 EST Tools for a Healthy Kitchen... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52513093 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 09:01:42 EST Wake Up Naturally to a More Energized Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52497280 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 08:22:25 EST Causes of High Blood Pressure... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52482645 <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 10:04:28 EST Feeling a Little Mixed Up About Your Diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52467526 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 09:45:43 EST Empty Nesters Find Purpose and Motivation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52454518 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 09:31:17 EST 4 Good Reasons to Buy Local Food..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52439000 4 Good Reasons to Buy Local Food <BR> The Benefits of Eating Locally Grown Produce <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’re buying California-grown organic strawberries because you know organic food is better for the environment, then you might want to reconsider your purchase—or at least your motivations. While choosing organic over "conventional" does reduce the pesticide burden on the ecosystem, shipping organic food thousands of miles across the country cre... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 07:38:56 EST What is Cholesterol? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52423134 What Is Cholesterol? <BR> Get the Facts & Improve Your Numbers <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like substance. It is a building block of body cells and hormones, makes up 50 percent of your nervous system, and is necessary for metabolism. In moderate amounts, it is essential to good health. But the dangers of high cholesterol, including artery blockage and damage, are well-documented. Other studies suggest that very low ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 04:12:55 EST 7 Things ...Separate Weight-Loss Winners & Losers. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52409860 7 Things that Separate Weight-Loss Winners & Losers <BR> How to Stay on Top of Your Game <BR> -- By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> As you've probably figured out, winning at weight loss is about making long-lasting, life-altering change. Just like any sport or skill, you might start out a little rocky. Choosing healthy foods, trying different workouts, and finding the strategies that work for you will take a lit... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 08:02:52 EST Is Your Car Making You Fat?..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52394573 Is Your Car Making You Fat? <BR> More Drive Time May Mean More Unwanted Pounds <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You needed a few things from the store, so you drove a couple blocks to pick them up. Then you were hungry (but in a hurry), so you pulled through Big Burger. And now, ready for your requisite workout at the gym, you’re repeatedly rounding the parking lot trying to find a spot near the door. <BR> <BR> What’s wrong with this picture? More to the point, w... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 08:01:38 EST Chew Slowly to Prevent Heartburn.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52377966 Chew Slowly to Prevent Heartburn <BR> Nutrition News Flash <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Heartburn may feel like your heart is on fire, but what’s “burning” is actually your esophagus. Acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), occurs when the stomach acids enter the esophagus, causing pain and burning sensations. Left untreated, GERD can lead to serious medical consequences, including narrowing of the esophagus, bleeding, or even a condition call... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 06:57:12 EST Goal Buddies are Golden.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52364038 Goal Buddies are Golden <BR> Who's Your Buddy? Anybody! <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What would you call people who can help keep the weight off, boost your confidence, and help make fitness fun? You might call them "miracle workers." <BR> <BR> We call them Goal Buddies. <BR> <BR> Most people make the mistake of going it alone. Sometimes, it’s just too tough to stay consistent by yourself. But a good fitness buddy won’t let you quit. <BR> <BR> Fitn... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 07:53:51 EST "Free" Foods for Diabetes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52351213 ''Free'' Foods for Diabetes <BR> A List of Foods That Don't Impact Blood Sugar <BR> -- By Amy Poetker, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In diabetes meal planning, blood sugar control is the main goal. Typically, people with diabetes are advised to follow carbohydrate-controlled diets in order to minimize blood sugar spikes and manage their disease. Since many foods contain carbohydrates, this can be a challenge. One must learn not only which foods co... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 08:44:47 EST MAR. CHALLENG .....EAT A RAINBOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13794x38393x52335331 <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 07:04:19 EST The Surpising Benefits of Being in Love... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52335233 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 06:54:53 EST Emoticon, something healthy or something green... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13793x38393x52335047 <em>368</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 06:32:17 EST 31 DAYS....TO A HEALTHIER DIET... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x52334862 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 06:05:35 EST March Daily Hi & Post for Team Goodie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x52332816 <em>213</em> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:19:51 EST Alternative Therapies for IBS...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52319809 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 07:29:20 EST Choosing a Walking or Running Route... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52305537 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 08:20:49 EST He Did What He Had No Business Doing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52289361 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 07:35:55 EST Thanks for the invite! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x38393x52276195 Hello everyone, I am Addisons- Nana also known as Darlene. I started my journey to a healthier life in January and so far I have lost 29 pounds! I have a long way to go but feel I am off to a good start. <BR> <BR> Addison is my first little grand daughter , she will be 2 in April... I am so excited as I am expecting 2 more grand daughters in June....YES identical twins are coming our way!! <BR> <BR> I want to be fit and healthy to enjoy these precious children and set a good example or ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:23:45 EST Your Fitness Plan for Weight Maintenance.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52273713 Your Fitness Plan for Weight Maintenance <BR> How to Adjust Your Fitness Program after Reaching Your Weight Loss Goal <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’re thinking that reaching your goal weight means you can finally slack off when it comes to exercise, then it’s time to change that thinking right now. The fact is that people who are successful at maintaining their weight loss over time do as much or more physical activity than they did while lo... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 07:51:22 EST A Little Imagination Can Boost Your Motivation.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52259197 A Little Imagination Can Boost Your Motivation <BR> Building a Better Body Image <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “I really want to lose weight. I hate the way I look and feel, and I know things will be much better when I get the weight off. But I just can’t stay motivated to do it. I think there must be something wrong with me.” <BR> <BR> If this sounds like something you say to yourself, I’ve got good news for you. There probably isn't anything ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 07:50:08 EST How to Choose and Use a Pedometer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52246242 How to Choose and Use a Pedometer <BR> Get Fit the Right-Left-Right Way <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A recent study from the RAND Corporation found that people who live in the suburbs are more prone to chronic physical health problems than people living in compact urban areas. The theory is that "suburban sprawl" reduces the time people spend walking, thus increasing the time they spend sitting in cars, which is associated with higher rates of obesity, high b... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 08:50:55 EST 7 Secrets to Outsmart Your Supermarket... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52232240 7 Secrets to Outsmart Your Supermarket <BR> Look Past the Super Marketing to Protect Your Wallet and Your Waistline <BR> -- By Sarah Haan, Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Conniving. Manipulative. Scheming. I’m not talking about your ex; I’m talking about your grocery store. On your next trip, be prepared to fight back against the tactics most supermarket chains use to get you to spend more money on "extras" that you don't really need—tactics that affect your wallet and your health... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 08:16:57 EST Are You a Workaholic? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52218282 Are You a Workaholic? <BR> How Overworking Can Hurt Your Health <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> We live in a culture that's always on the go. We are constantly plugged in to the Internet and are accessible to everyone all the time. We eat in our cars, rushing from must-dos to have-tos. We get in to the office early. We stay late. We take care of our families. We d... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 08:49:23 EST Yoga Helps Prevent Middle-Age Spread.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52202587 Yoga Helps Prevent Middle-Age Spread <BR> Fitness News Flash <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A new study by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington has found that regular yoga practice may help normal-weight people prevent middle-age spread and may promote weight loss among those who are overweight. <BR> <BR> The study involved 15,500 healthy, middle-aged men and women (between the ages of 45 and 55) and measured ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 07:23:52 EST Gender : How Your Sex Affects Your Success.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52187988 Gender and Weight Loss: How Your Sex Affects Your Success <BR> Fitness and Weight Loss Differences Among Men and Women <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> No, this is not an article on that ever-popular question about whether sex counts as aerobic exercise. (It doesn't. Get over it.) <BR> <BR> This article is about gender differences in exercise and weight loss. This is your chance to get the facts you need to answer such burning questions as: <BR> Does... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 07:50:09 EST Did you know that some of these are REAL FRUITS... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x52175753 As I was eating my share of Avacado today...I asked my DH if avacados are considered a fruit or a vegetable. He didn't know for sure so I looked up on the internet for some answers. I guess I'm using some fruits as vegetables such as....peas, beans, cucumbers and much more. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A: Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Abiu, Acai, Acerola, Ackee, Arhat, American Mayapple, African Cherry Orange, Amazon grape, Araza, Alligator apple, Ambarella <BR> <BR> B: Banana, Berry, Bayberry, Blueb... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:08:31 EST Bust Your Bad Mood with Exercise... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52173047 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 08:24:15 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x38393x52160124 Thanks for the invite WHISPERINGPINE9. <BR> I am really trying hard to beat depression since my husband left with no warning Dec 28, and Valentines was our Anniversary, and the first time we had not spent it together in 32 years. <BR> I am trying to get over it, but it is hard when you have no one to talk to. <BR> I am doing my best to stay on track with healthy eating, so far so good. Sun, 17 Feb 2013 10:01:15 EST Slip into a Steady Slumber.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52159073 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 08:57:35 EST 7 Good Reasons to Smile..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52146482 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 08:32:35 EST Smart Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52132873 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 07:22:34 EST 7 Reasons for Eating Chocolate Today..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x52120093 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 08:34:39 EST Soda Drinkers Beware! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52119533 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 07:57:33 EST Whole Grains are the Whole Package... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52105311 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 08:04:50 EST Use Smart Goal-Setting Techniques.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52089944 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 07:33:46 EST What to Do After a Workout..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52075037 What to Do After a Workout <BR> When Exercise is Over, the Work Isn't <BR> -- By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Many of us have a great pre-workout and workout routine. We drink plenty of water before and during exercise, warm up, stretch, work the entire body, and even get in some cardio training as well. Then, after the last exercise, we promptly head back to the locker room, change, and journey home. <BR> <BR> What so many out there do not realize is the importance of ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 08:33:01 EST Give Yourself a Reality Check-up.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52061561 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... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 09:07:03 EST What is your take on these Valentine Treats ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x52047878 How Many Calories Are in Your Favorite Valentine's Treats? <BR> <BR> <BR> By: Melinda Hershey : 2/9/2013 6:00 AM 2 comments : 659 Views <BR> <BR> Whether you're single, taken, or somewhere in-between this Valentine's Day, one thing is for certain: You're bound to be bombarded with chocolate. From the office candy jar, to the red and pink display in the grocery store, there's no escaping decadent truffles, chocolate-covered strawberries, and other pretty, sugary delights. The good news is t... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 08:12:18 EST 8 Lessons from "The Biggest Loser" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52047548 8 Lessons from ''The Biggest Loser'' <BR> Advice to Take Away from the Show <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> They say that people love a winner. Well, I love losers! In October 2004, NBC introduced the reality show called "The Biggest Loser." Today, after completing its fifth season, it is a fan favorite. The show features individuals, couples, and — coming next season — families, who sign on to get fit and lose weight. These individuals are assigne... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 07:38:50 EST A Guide to Walking Meditation..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52033445 A Guide to Walking Meditation <BR> Zen and the Art of Multitasking <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The word "meditation" is likely to conjure up a mental image of a cross-legged person sitting still in a quiet, peaceful room. While this is the method of choice for many who meditate, others choose a more active route to mindfulness. It's called walking meditation, and by doing it, you get to enjoy the benefits of walking (health and endurance) and meditation (awa... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 07:25:19 EST Meditate Daily to Reduce Blood Pressure... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52017990 Meditate Daily to Reduce Blood Pressure <BR> Health News Flash <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In the United States, hypertension (chronic high blood pressure that can lead to heart disease and stroke) is most prevalent among African Americans. In fact, 34 percent of the African American population has high blood pressure—a rate higher than any other racial or ethnic group. A year-long study, reported in the American Journal of Hypertensi... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 06:35:23 EST The 10% Solution.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x52002497 The 10% Solution <BR> You May Not Need to Lose as Much as You Thought <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Are you a weight loss failure? <BR> <BR> Before you answer that question, let’s talk about what failure means. <BR> <BR> A recent study found that, in the nonsensical weight loss world, most failure has more to do with failing to meet faulty expectations than with failing to lose weight. This may not seem like a big difference, but in reality, it’s HUGE. <BR> <B... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 07:28:18 EST Get Fit Without Leaving the House.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51987356 Get Fit Without Leaving the House <BR> <BR> Home Gyms are Practical and Affordable <BR> <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> <BR> <BR> There is no ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 09:06:42 EST Goals that Help, Goals that Hurt... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51969252 Goals that Help, Goals that Hurt <BR> Remember to Think Positive <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whether you’re brand new to SparkPeople, or a seasoned veteran, you have no doubt noticed that we put a lot of emphasis on setting goals. From the small first steps you take during the "Fast Break" phase, to the long-range visions that shape the new lifestyle you are trying to create, we know that the people who succeed at permanent weight loss are the on... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 07:44:43 EST Waist - to -Hip Ratio Estimates Health Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51947804 <BR> Waist-to-Hip Ratio Estimates Health Risk <BR> <BR> Are You an Apple or a Pear? <BR> <BR> -- By Jen Mueller & Nicole Nichols, Fitness Experts <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ever notice how some people can have big bellies but lean legs, or how women tend to store most of their fat in their thighs, hips, and butt? These are examples of fat distribution, which refers to where your b... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 18:29:20 EST February Daily Hi's & Post for Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x51920562 <em>213</em> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:52:36 EST Re..my computer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x51909111 <BR> Gaye for posting this message. Right now I'm on DH iPad. It,s taking me along time to cut and paste information. So please be patient with me as I figure out DH iPad usage. I may not be able to reach all forums in the next couple of days. Thanks for you patience everyone. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:13:17 EST Shoot For The Moon.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51892218 Shoot for the Moon <BR> Harnessing a Child's Enthusiasm to Achieve Your Goals <BR> -- By Sue Dickinson <BR> <BR> <BR> Whoooosh! As I relaxed in a lawn chair, my six-year-old sank yet another basket. Watching his skill develop, I couldn’t help but dream about him becoming an NBA star some day. I could just picture it…I, his proud mama in the stands adorned in the appropriate team sweatshirt. After the game - a big hug and kiss for his mom while fans surround him and scream "We’re Number One!... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 08:19:43 EST Smart Shopping Tips For Small Households.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51876937 Smart Shopping Tips for Small Households <BR> 11 Ways to Save Money and Stop Food Waste <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ever notice how the grocery shopping experience seems specifically designed to entice us to buy more? With all of the family-size packaging, buy-one-get-one sales and better deals for bigger quantities, food shopping can be particularly challenging for small households. Those of us who live alone or with one other person often end up buy... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:11:11 EST 10 Signs You're Watching Too Much Television.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51858841 10 Signs You're Watching Too Much Television <BR> Is Your TV Habit Interfering with Your Healthy Habits? <BR> -- By Erin Whitehead, Health and Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Many people claim that they don't have time to work out or cook healthy meals, yet they do find the time to park themselves in front of the TV. In fact, the average American watches 31.5 hours of TV per week, according to a 2010 Nielsen report. That's almost as many hours as most of us spend working! That's a lot o... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 08:11:12 EST 10 Ways to Save Money at the Gym..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51843586 10 Ways to Save Money at the Gym <BR> Get Insider Tips from a Gym Expert! <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Joining a gym is not a decision you should take lightly—especially since it affects your wallet. Fitness centers come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges, offering everything from basic workout equipment to upgrades like massages, tanning, and even laundry service! But most of us are... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 08:39:10 EST What is "Normal Eating "?.....Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51829216 What is ''Normal Eating''? --Part 3 <BR> Eat Mindfully, Lose Weight, Be Happy <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you often feel like your weight loss efforts are a constant battle, with as many defeats as victories? Are you plagued by frequent cravings when you stick to your diet, and by guilt or shame when you don’t? Do you even remember what real hunger feels like? How much time do you spend thinking about food, counting calories, and worrying a... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:15:53 EST What is "Normal Eating"? ....Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51829161 What is ''Normal Eating''? --Part 2 <BR> Checklist of Disordered Behaviors & Attitudes <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you often wonder how “normal” your eating habits are, or how they compare to what experts consider to be a “healthy” approach? <BR> <BR> If you’ve adopted SparkPeople's "lifestyle” approach to weight loss, then you know that a crash diet—or any other temporary diet—isn’t a good idea. But what does “normal” eating look like, es... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:09:43 EST What is "Normal Eating"? ....Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51829125 What is ''Normal Eating''? --Part 1 <BR> Test Your Knowledge with the Normal Eating Quiz <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you often wonder how “normal” your eating habits are, or how they compare to what experts consider to be a “healthy” approach? <BR> <BR> If you’ve adopted SparkPeople's philosophy of a "lifestyle” approach to weight loss, then you know that a crash diet—or any other temporary diet—isn’t a good idea. But what does “normal” ea... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:05:36 EST 3 Simple Ways to Build Consistency.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51814685 3 Simple Ways to Build Consistency <BR> Because Consistency is the Key to Success! <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You don’t have to be an expert to figure out that consistency is pretty essential to successfully change your life, your health, and your weight. But it’s also pretty clear that building a consistent routine of regular exercise and healthy eating is not an easy thing to do. <BR> <BR> You start off the day with the best intentions—to exe... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 08:12:23 EST Busting the Top 4 Cardio Machine Myths..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51799042 Busting the Top 4 Cardio Machine Myths <BR> Don't Let These Myths Get in the Way of Your Success <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spending a good 60 minutes on the treadmill is a surefire way to make you feel accomplished. After completing the machine's fat-burning workout, you feel great and quite proud of yourself as you stare at the number flashing on the screen: 752 calories burned. "Wow," you think. "That's enough to s... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:01:28 EST Eating to Prevent Osteopor sis..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51782396 Eating to Prevent Osteoporosis <BR> Early, Continuous Prevention is Key <BR> -- By Jennifer Putnam, Nutritionist <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Good eating habits are directly related to the prevention of osteoporosis in both men and women. It is often thought that only women suffer from this disease, but this is not true. While women are more prone to develop osteoporosis, men also suffer from this preventable disease. <BR> <BR> Osteoporosis causes bones to lose mass and density. As the bones becom... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:00:16 EST Talk Yourself into Reaching Your Goals..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51766174 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 08:18:01 EST 12 Tips to Drink 8 Cups a Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51748101 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 07:38:31 EST What Are Sugar Alcohols?.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51732597 What Are Sugar Alcohols? <BR> What You Need to Know <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you spend any time looking at nutrition labels, you’ve probably noticed some intriguing ingredients in sweet foods that are touted as diet-friendly, sugar-free, low-carb, or even formulated for people with diabetes. One ingredient, known as sugar alcohol, is a special type of sugar replacement that is frequently found in soft drinks, gums, cookies, and sugar-fre... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 08:45:25 EST Be Ready When Opportunity Knocks...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51718655 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 09:36:52 EST Lessons for All Walks of Life..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51701836 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 07:33:54 EST Small Bits of Fitness Add Up.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51684541 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 03:29:57 EST Probiotics: A Billion Good Bugs..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51669340 Probiotics: A Billion Good Bugs <BR> Friendly Bacteria for Your Digestive System <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you know that your digestive tract contains more than 400 types of “friendly” bacteria? These little guys, commonly referred to as probiotics (which means "pro-life"), help reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a healthy digestive system. That’s right! Probiotics are live bacteria with clinically-documented health benefits. <B... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 08:36:18 EST 15 Easy Ways to Go Green on the Cheap.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51651792 15 Easy Ways to Go Green on the Cheap <BR> <BR> Save Money and the Planet at the Same Time <BR> <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, SparkSavings Staff Writer <BR> During the past few years, "green" living has gone mainstream. Words like "carbon footprint" are commonplace and many companies are trying to highlight (sometimes even fabricate) how eco-friendly they are so that consumers will view them more favorably. <BR> <BR> I have long considered myself an environmentalist, and the fact that eco-fr... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 08:33:05 EST Improve Your Mood Without Food..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51633332 Improve Your Mood Without Food <BR> Beat Stress, Boredom, and More with These Tips <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s another crazy day at work. The phone is ringing off the hook, yet another co-worker needs your attention, and your boss is anxious for the report that was due yesterday. So you do what anyone would do in this situation—you grab some chocolate or a bag of chips to help you deal with the stress. But then, instead of feeling better, you... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:19:35 EST Riddles for the Grandchildren http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13793x38393x51619076 What do you call twin Police officers? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Copies Sun, 13 Jan 2013 11:50:11 EST What Your Bad Habits Say About You.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51616021 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 exercise... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:42:42 EST The Truth about Green Tea..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51600109 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 s... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 08:30:17 EST Too Much Work Can Pack On the Pounds.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51583942 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... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 08:43:26 EST Turning "Someday" into Today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51565334 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 dispose... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 04:31:53 EST DAILY CHALLENGE .....GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13794x38393x51550279 <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> Wed, 9 Jan 2013 08:03:49 EST Now & Zen: Easy Relaxation Technigues.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51549162 Now & Zen: Easy Relaxation Techniques <BR> A Calmer, Healthier You is Within Reach <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <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 i... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 06:13:14 EST How to Deal with Setbacks..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51532998 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 m... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 07:56:00 EST Moving Forward with the Run/Walk Training Method.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51515201 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 year... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 08:24:07 EST Lose Twice the Weight by Tracking Your Food.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51497429 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 08:10:47 EST The Frequent Traveler's Guide to Staying Healthy.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51482143 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 adjus... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 08:55:35 EST Have You Read One or More Spark Articles? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13794x38393x51475005 <em>48</em> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 18:57:29 EST Common Sense from a 5 year old http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x38393x51468768 My son and daughter in law just moved into their new home. My son dropped his 5 year old twins off at school. as my son was making sure the twins put their coats and hats away he turned and asked where is Joseph? the teacher replied he's at the table making me a picture of his new house. she asked James if he would like to draw her a picture of his new house. <BR> HIS ANSWER= Why we live in the same house. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 11:17:47 EST Fruit & Vegetable Portion Sizes..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51464743 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 07:19:24 EST Get Others Involved in Your Goals.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51447540 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 lo... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 08:00:12 EST Arm Yourself Against Exercise Excuses.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51428775 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 08:34:52 EST A Story of Priorities and a Jar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51409087 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 fill... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 08:49:22 EST 31 DAYS .....to form a new habit.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x51408905 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 08:34:58 EST January--Hi's and Post for Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x51404641 <em>213</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:47:02 EST Motivation to Work Out All Year Long.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51394289 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 08:40:24 EST 10 Habits of Unsuccessful Dieters.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51379814 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 perso... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 09:11:25 EST Take the Stress Out of Weighing In... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51369076 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 fee... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 11:26:11 EST Use Shorter Workouts to build Consistency.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51354799 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 w... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 08:59:23 EST How to Start Eating Healthier..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51341758 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 08:49:40 EST The Quest for Functional Foods...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51330101 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 08:42:45 EST Healthy Beverage Guidelines... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51317180 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. adu... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 15:20:02 EST 11 Nice Ways to Say "No" to Food Pushers..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51294412 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 08:20:17 EST Dealing with Boredom in Your Diet.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51284082 Dealing with Boredom in Your Diet <BR> Everything Needs a Little Shake-Up <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You start a new diet. You see some fantastic results pretty quickly. The struggle, of course, is then maintaining this weight loss. Changing eating patterns for a short period is different than sustaining them. This is the area people seem to have the most problems with. Once frustration and boredom sets in, once dieters have reached that plateau, it becomes so... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:22:30 EST Hitting That Big Old Wall..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51274699 Hitting That Big Old Wall <BR> How to Keep Going When You Feel Like Stopping <BR> -- By Julie Isphording, Olympic Marathoner <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just about everyone has heard of the "Wall," as in "hitting the wall." And lots of us - in running and in life - have run straight into it. Head on. <BR> <BR> A wall is the point in a race (or in life) where you're used up. You're officially done. You feel as if you are draining away into a little puddle on the ground. Your legs don't respond to ... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:23:21 EST Exercising with High Blood Pressure...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51262839 Exercising with High Blood Pressure <BR> Exercise Your Right to Lower Blood Pressure <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you have high blood pressure, the best piece of advice anyone can give you is to listen to your body. How you feel can and should dictate the frequency and intensity of your workouts. While it is possible—and preferable—to lose weight while reducing your blood pressure, your top priority is to neutralize the threat of blood pressure ... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 08:48:36 EST 12 Ways to Spot a Fad Diet...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51249970 12 Ways to Spot a Fad Diet <BR> Identifying Weight Loss Scams <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The next time you watch an infomercial, read an advertisement, or spot a new supplement reporting miraculous weight loss results, we wouldn’t blame you for cocking a wary eyebrow. When evaluating claims for weight loss products, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends a healthy portion of skepticism; most don’t come close to fulfilling their claims.... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 07:05:48 EST 8 Ways to Put Yourself on Your Priority List..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51239877 8 Ways to Put Yourself on Your Priority List <BR> Finding Time for ''Me'' Time <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> How often have you found yourself thinking or saying the following? <BR> <BR> "I wish I had more time for myself." <BR> <BR> "I'm so busy! I don't have a moment to breathe." <BR> <BR> "I need more hours in the day." <BR> <BR> "I don't have time for that." <BR> <BR> We lead crazy, busy lives. And the one thing we never seem to have t... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:50:58 EST Walking and Running Tips for City Dwellers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51227806 Walking and Running Tips for City Dwellers <BR> Get a Great Workout in an Urban Landscape <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Living in a big city can be exciting. If you reside in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago or San Francisco, you have access to some of the hottest and trendiest health clubs and group exercise classes right in your back yard. And even if you live in an urban part of Dallas, Seattle, Kansas City, Pitts... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 09:20:57 EST Is Gluten-Free the Way to Be? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51217641 Is Gluten-Free the Way to Be? <BR> Gluten Fear: Necessary for Some, Not for Others <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Health Educator with Becky Hand, Licensed and Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's blamed for a host of ailments: headaches, digestive distress, weight gain, poor immune function, hormonal disruption, and even behavioral problems in children. But does gluten, the natural-occurring protein found in wheat, barley, rye and some oats, really the cause of all these health evil... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 09:51:49 EST Why Calories Are King..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51206603 Why Calories Are King <BR> 5 Questions with Becky Hand, SparkPeople Dietitian <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> 1. What is the most common misconception about calories? <BR> I’d say it’s the belief that calories from different foods are worth more or less. It’s true that fats are higher density in calories than protein or carbohydrates. But in the end, all that matters is whether your body needs those calories or not. If your body has met all of its immediate e... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 09:46:33 EST Earn SparkTrophies for Reaching Your Goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51192682 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 SparkPeople.com, 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 th... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 06:47:58 EST Think Two Steps Ahead.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51181596 Think Two Steps Ahead <BR> Find the BIG Picture <BR> -- By Joe Downie, Certified Physical Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The house is a mess, the kids need a ride somewhere, you haven’t sat down in hours, and you have 10 minutes to eat something. <BR> <BR> It’s 1 p.m., you’ve been working non-stop to finish a project because your boss is breathing down your neck, and it’s time for a quick, 20-minute lunch before getting back to the grind. <BR> <BR> We often face situations simil... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 08:27:02 EST Adults with Arthritis Need to Get Active.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51173361 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 peopl... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:34:25 EST Plan Today, Succeed Tomorrow.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51154851 Plan Today, Succeed Tomorrow <BR> 4 Ways to Think Two Steps Ahead <BR> -- By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Athletes do it. Chess players do it. Novelists, successful scientists and even salespeople do it. These days, everyone who wants to make big things happen is planning ahead in order to succeed. What about you? When it comes to planning ahead to reach your goals, are you falling in line or falling behind? <BR> <BR> Thinking ahead can help you achieve your goals a... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 07:45:31 EST Shifting Gears..Weight Loss/Weight Maintenance... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51141724 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 abou... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 07:05:58 EST Stop Feeling Guilty about Every Mistake... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51131800 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... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 09:02:00 EST No-Excuses Appeal of Fruits & Veggies.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51119483 The No-Excuses Appeal of Fruits and Veggies <BR> Check Your Reasons at the Door <BR> -- By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> By now you know the importance of getting at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day (if not, click here). Perhaps you are still not convinced? Use the excuse-buster list below when you find yourself reasoning your way out of reaching for the good stuff. Excuses are easy to make, but with a little exploration, you’ll find that you can reach you... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 07:56:42 EST Weight Loss Can be a Team Effort..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51106644 Weight Loss can be a Team Effort <BR> Build Your Own Support System <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So there I was, cruising along on the exercise bike (as I often am) and thinking (as I often do). I was thinking about the positive, sometimes amazing changes I’ve made in my life thanks to fitness. <BR> <BR> I was just about to congratulate myself when I realized I should have been grateful. I should have been thanking the people around me that made this possible: ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 07:53:25 EST Answers to Your Beverage Questions..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51092954 Answers to Your Beverage Questions <BR> Make the Best Choices for Your Health <BR> -- By The American Institute for Cancer Research <BR> <BR> Q: Does cranberry juice help prevent bladder infections? <BR> A: Maybe. Cranberries contain two compounds that seem to prevent bacteria from sticking to cells in the kidney, bladder, and other parts of the urinary tract. The effect of cranberries on the acidity of urine may also reduce the rate of infections. Although we need more studies for clear ans... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 07:59:46 EST Meal Planning Made Simple..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51079478 Meal Planning Made Simple <BR> 4 Steps to Plan Meals and a Healthy Grocery List <BR> -- By Sarah Haan, Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Without a shopping list, a casual trip to the grocery store can be a recipe for disaster. Sometimes, even with a list in hand, we still find ourselves in a state of confusion as we meander through the store. <BR> <BR> Organizing your shopping list can smooth out your grocery shopping experience and make shopping and cooking more efficient. <BR> <... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 07:45:26 EST Chips and Dips Get a Healthy Makeover.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51065103 Chips and Dips Get a Healthy Makeover <BR> Skip Chips and Slim Down Dips for Healthier Party Fare <BR> -- By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> What would life be like without parties? And what's a party without great snacks? Too often, food is an afterthought to the drinks at cocktail, Super Bowl and holiday parties. What's a healthy eater to do when her only choices are a cheese ball (100 calories, 7 grams fat per serving) and crackers or a bowl of thick and creamy onion dip (... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 07:40:56 EST A New Definition For "Old"...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51050759 A New Definition For ''Old'' <BR> Life Tales From a Former Olympian <BR> -- By Julie Isphording, former Olympian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> According to Webster's Dictionary, the word “old” is defined as “having been in use for a long time,” “worn, dilapidated, ancient, or decayed by time.” After an experience as a volunteer at the 1995 St. Louis Senior Olympic games, I may have to give Webster a call. <BR> <BR> On May 28-31, 1995, the Jewish Community Center on Aging in St. Louis held their 16... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 06:52:22 EST 14 Tips .Starting & Sticking to a Workout Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51039073 14 Tips for Starting and Sticking with a Workout Routine <BR> Stop Failure Before it Starts <BR> -- By Julie Isphording, former Olympian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For some of us out there, if we could just convince ourselves that there is enough time in the day to exercise, we could be on track to a great fitness program. For others, we get started but quickly lose momentum and give up. To help get started and stay on track, here are a few tips: <BR> <BR> Throw away the bathing suit you wore i... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 09:09:52 EST December Hi's/ Post for Goodie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x38393x51036412 <em>213</em> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 00:49:43 EST Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23960x38393x51024854 Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas <BR> Eat Right, Even When There's No Time <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it 937 times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why? You just spent eight hours with no food or water. You’re dehydrated, your blood sugar is low and you have little energy. And now it’s time to hurry the kids off to school before the eight-hour wo... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 07:28:33 EST