SparkPeople Spark + Friends Helping Each Other Succeed ! Team Messageboard SparkPeople is great because no matter what, you've got your and help you along your journey. SparkPeople Spark + Friends Helping Each Other Succeed ! Team Messageboard NEW I have 97 lbs to lose and could use some support along the way. Since reaching my 50's it's been a real challenge to get any weight off. But I know with hard work and determination, I will lose all I need to lose to get back the body I know I have under all this fat. <BR> Sun, 19 May 2013 16:40:50 EST Be the Friend You Want to Have What Makes A True Friend---Why it takes courage to be a good friend <BR> by Alex Lickerman, M.D. in Happiness in this World <BR> <BR> <BR> The Japanese have a term, kenzoku, which translated literally means "family." The connotation suggests a bond between people who've made a similar commitment and who possibly therefore share a similar destiny. It implies the presence of the deepest connection of friendship, of lives lived as comrades from the distant past. <BR> <BR> Many of us have pe... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:33:18 EST The Home Town News ! Hello Friends, I thought that it would be great if we could share a little bit of news from our neck of the woods. So come on in and share with us something that is going on in your Home town ! Fri, 4 Jan 2013 17:34:46 EST What does it mean to huddle? We ask you as a team member to huddle each day. But why? To huddle" each day helps your team members and YOU. When you huddle you motivate each other, celebrate success, and earn SparkPoints! I cannot think of one reason not to huddle. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:14:42 EST Diabetic Recipes Only ! Hello Friends, If you are a diabetic or know of a member that is, please come here to post recipes or look for one that maybe you can use. Sun, 23 Dec 2012 09:56:01 EST Wheat Free Recipes Only ! Hello Friends, Are you allergic to wheat? If so, please come to this thread to find wheat-free recipes. Also, if you have a wheat-free recipe that you can contribute to this thread, please do so. Thank you ! Sat, 22 Dec 2012 18:47:12 EST Scripture Of The Day Hello Friends, Please post any scripture here. You will be spreading the Gospel and you will never know who you may touch ! Thu, 20 Dec 2012 18:44:20 EST Team Accountability (December) Hello Friends, Have you been accountable to your team this month? What I mean is, Have you huddled, posted, added a new thread, etc? We not only have to be accountable to ourselves so we can reach our goals, we also have to be accountable to the team that is trying to help you in reaching those goals ! So, what I am asking is, is to please come in and be accountable and do one of the things listed above on a daily basis and make it count ! <BR> #1. Huddle <BR> #2. Post <BR> #3. Add a new thre... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:22:06 EST Give a goodie During the reminder of this week and next week, give a goodie to a team member you do not know & introduce yourself. <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:06:03 EST Three Letter Word Can you think of a three letter word? Wed, 12 Dec 2012 04:10:10 EST Word Game Name anything that you think of connected with winter Wed, 12 Dec 2012 04:04:01 EST Thought Of The Day Hello Friends ! Come on in and add your thought of the day ! Sat, 8 Dec 2012 22:06:33 EST Old-Time Herbal Beauty Tips For centuries, herbs were the main source of beauty aids, then along came the big cosmetic companies and the world was swamped with (sometimes dangerous) chemicals. Lately, however—as we rediscover organic recipes—herbs, fruits, and vegetables have found their way back onto milady's makeup table--here is more information: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>th/herbal-beauty-tips-zmaz79jfzraw.aspx </link> Mon, 3 Dec 2012 11:04:45 EST Need help... Not confident right now and I am constantly getting sick. Need to revive coping skills. I believe the Lord can help but right now it is very hard to get myself feeling better for the moment. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:27:50 EST Hello! I'm new to this team! Hi Everyone! My name is Avanell. Thank you, Joyfilled Me, for inviting me to join this team. <BR> <BR> I live in Tennessee with my sweet husband, Gerald, and our little poodle, Abby. I've been on Spark People for almost two years but didn't really get serious about sparking until sometime this past Spring. I am a yo-yo dieter. I think I started my first diet in the 6th grade. I've been up and down and it seems to be a repeat thing for me. Once I achieve my goal I relax and go back to... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:06:25 EST Did you do something to care for yourself today? It is easy for many to take care of someone else and forget about them self. What did you do to take care of yourself today? Tue, 27 Nov 2012 08:53:39 EST Do you reach out to a team member? We have lots of team member, some we may know, some we never met. Did you reach out to a team member today? Tue, 27 Nov 2012 08:52:07 EST Christmas Survival Guide Stay On Track Throughout Christmas Survival Guide <BR> Stay On Track Throughout the Holiday <BR> <BR> Holidays revolve around food and family, but Christmas actually has its roots in a feast. December 25 officially became the day for Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus around the fifth century, but the Romans held winter festivities and feasts around that time, including the "Yule" holiday, which involved setting large fires. The traditions merged as time passed, bringing us the Yule log and the special impor... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 12:58:07 EST Team Leader Board for this Week SPARK PTS. <BR> <BR> 1) POSEY440 3,200 <BR> 2) CIERAPOET 2,493 <BR> 3) MEMORIES7 2,433 <BR> 4) EVWINGS 2,417 <BR> 5) JOYFILLED_ME 2,409 <BR> <BR> SPARK FITNESS MINS. <BR> <BR> 1) MEMORIES7 3,000 <BR> 2) FRANCESCHA 2,520 <BR> 3) EVWINGS 2,425 <BR> 4) POSEY440 2,245 <BR> 5) AWESOMECAROL55 1,868 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 06:18:43 EST Hi..I'm new Hello everyone....Rose invited me to join the team. I checked it out and really liked what the team is all about!! I look forward to meeting you all. You can never have too much support! <BR> <BR> A little about me..I'm from Kansas, and have been a member of Sparks for a little over 2 years. I am currently in the maintenance phase of my journey after losing 118lbs. Please feel free to stop my my page and add me as a friend! <BR> <BR> ((HUGS)) <BR> <BR> Carol Fri, 23 Nov 2012 17:33:18 EST Did you get 8 hours of sleep? Please post YES if you got 8 hours of sleep. (YOU WILL GET A GOODIE FOR POSTING) Fri, 23 Nov 2012 16:06:09 EST WELCOME CIERAPOET & CHERYLL1949 Wow, today has been a special day for this team. We have 6 new members join so far. Welcome Cietpoet & Cheryll1949. We are so very happy to have you here with us. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 15:12:46 EST Prayer Needed Friends support & encourage one another, plus. they pray fr one another. Also, they pray for friend's friends & family too So please post your need here. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 13:24:27 EST WELCOME TO NY_KAREN_2012 AND GIMMIENACHOS Welcome to NY_KAREN_2012 & GIMMIENACHOS!! Wow, our team is growing and we are getting great new members. Welcome ladies!! It is wonderful to have you both as team members. We sure are blessed with awesome new team members! Fri, 23 Nov 2012 13:16:02 EST WELCOME SKINNYPAT62 & FRANCHESCHA Welcome!! I am so very happy that you both joined our team. It is great to have you join us. Welcome! Fri, 23 Nov 2012 11:55:17 EST Idea for December-be a Christmas Angel We are a team that helps and supports one another. Holiday time is not easy for everyone. I can remember, in the past, spending hours crying because it appeared to me that I was the only person without a family for Christmas. I truly felt all alone. <BR> <BR> That is why I would like to have a challenge that each team member who enters this challenge, be given a member's name to be that member's Christmas Angel until December 26th. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 11:52:28 EST Motivtional Story The Story of the Butterfly <BR> <BR> A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. <BR> One day a small opening appeared. <BR> He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours <BR> as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole. <BR> Then it stopped, as if it couldn’t go further. <BR> <BR> Butterfly <BR> So the man decided to help the butterfly. <BR> He took a pair of scissors and <BR> snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon. <BR> The butterfly emerged easily but <BR> it had a swollen ... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 10:12:50 EST Holiday Survival Plan We all have to go through the holidays and we face temptations. Since this team is all about helping one another to succeed, this is an excellent time for each of us to share ideas so we can put together a personal Holiday Survival Plan. <BR> <BR> Please post your ideas under this thread. <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 10:07:05 EST WELCOME CARRIES925 We have a new member to welcome, CARRIE925!! CARRIE, so delighted to have you join us!!! WELCOME!! Fri, 23 Nov 2012 09:03:23 EST The most important things in life A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter. <BR> <BR> He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. <BR> <BR> So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas betwe... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 03:45:47 EST Did You Hear? Hello Friends, I was wondering if you listened to spark radio today? I listen to it when I am working around the house and at my computer. The radio has a way of keeping you moving ! <BR> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 09:00:07 EST Hope You Enjoy this Lord, I need your help! You have set a bounteous table in front of me which I have enjoyed time and time again and for which I am grateful! But it seems I may have enjoyed this a little too much and my body is reflecting the bounty! Please help me to choose healthy foods, to know that I will be fully satisfied with smaller portions and give me the strength to resist overeating. Amen. <BR> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:28:13 EST I'd like to Introduce Myself Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> My Spark name is Joyfilled_Me, please call me Joy. I live in the USA, New York State to be exact. But in the back woods, not NY City. Spark has been part of my life since 2008 and I have been a stubborn Sparker. Yes, I did it my way until I got really ill--a cancer scare can do a lot to wake you up. <BR> <BR> My Spark journey has been one that has taught me about me. A journey that has brought beautiful friends into my life who have helped me to finally l... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:15:41 EST Have you spread the SPARK today? Hi there Friends, During the course of your day today have you taken a minute to spread the spark with someone? Tue, 13 Nov 2012 07:38:27 EST Kitchen Talk Hi there friends ! What is the talk in your kitchen today? Come on in and chit chat ! Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:31:30 EST What's Cook'in In The Kitchen ! Hello Folk's How are you all doing today? I was just wondering what you all are cook'in? It sure smells good in there ! Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:21:58 EST Hello Everybody! Hello. I'm Vinia from Michigan. I'm 31, I've never been married, but currently have a boyfriend, and I have no kids. I've been overweight since I was 8 years old and i'm just looking to change that. My highest weight was back in 2006 when I was at 283. I think my last weight in was 209. So i'm just hoping to find support and maybe speed up the process a little. I'm really looking forward being 130 lbs. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 09:59:43 EST How was your St. Patricks Day? What did you do for the all GREEN Day? Sun, 18 Mar 2012 09:38:57 EST Reward yourself How will you reward yourself when you reach your goal weight? Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:30:06 EST Congradulations team First let me say congradulations everyone for all your hard work. Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:02:39 EST Starting out Spark, friends, always means success you start out by saying hello and become friends here on our page then we work at being really smart at following the spark way of life... <BR> <BR> Hello I am dutch_pearl aka Leanna, tink. <BR> I believe we can make this team grow what doyou say people.... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:00:58 EST Xocai chocolate What is your opinion of Xocai Healthy Chocolate? Does it really do what the salepeople say? My husband has lung cancer and his mother is pushing the stuff on him. We've asked his doctors about using it, and they just smirk and they don't know anything about it. They've never heard of it. It says it has flavonoids and antioxidants. If you think it could help, let me know. I <BR> don't like to see extra money spent for stuff that doesn't work.. Thu, 3 Nov 2011 11:03:21 EST Fruit and Vegetables or Pizza What would you have if no one was watching Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:38:10 EST What motivated you today? <em>252</em> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 09:05:18 EST What are your goals for tomorrow? add your daily goals here Mon, 24 Oct 2011 21:44:29 EST Did you Huddle today? yes I did <em>244</em> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 21:29:50 EST What did you have for dinner tonight? Homemade chicken and rice <em>334</em> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 21:17:30 EST Has anyone bought the Sparkpeople cookbook yet? For all you sparkers that love to cook, you need the sparkpeople cookbook ! It is AWESOME !! Hugs, Rose <em>252</em> Sun, 16 Oct 2011 11:03:02 EST What was your greatest challenge today? Please share your struggles. Sun, 16 Oct 2011 09:11:10 EST Where were you In 1950? Please share your story Sun, 16 Oct 2011 08:58:38 EST The Daily Funnies What was your favorite today? Sun, 16 Oct 2011 08:46:09 EST What was the first thing on your agenda today? <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> Sun, 16 Oct 2011 08:34:53 EST Quote of the Day I thought it would be nice for everyone to share their own quote for the day or to comment on previously posted quotes! Hope to hear some great quotes from everyone! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances. - Mohandas K. Gandhi <BR> <BR> ~Kate Sun, 25 Sep 2011 22:13:42 EST Hello From Puerto Rico Hello team members!!! <BR> <BR> I am Carmen from Puerto Rico. I am married to a great guy, who supports me all my weight loss journey. I have 3 grown up girls living on their own, 1 in PA, and 2 in TX. so we are living the empty nest phase, very depressing right now. I joined SP about 18 month ago. I have also a beautiful, sweet little granddaughter, named Sofia who is 2 years old. I have lost 25 pounds so far, it is going slow because of my conditions, But I can honestly tell you tha... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 12:34:06 EST treadmills I would like to buy a treadmill to use at home. I don't get outside to walk anymore. I can't go to the Y or gym because of the hours I work. I am still gaining weight. Will a regular treadmill be okay to get where I can walk or run, or should I have one that I have to workout my arms and upper body, too? I'm afraid that if I have to do the whole body workout, that it will be too physical and I will lose interest and I won't use anymore. What do you suggest? Thu, 15 Sep 2011 11:22:03 EST daily weigh-ins and exercise time I would like to just post my weigh-ins, how long I've done my exercises--I do stepping--but also get encouragement and motivation. I do my weigh-ins everyday. If others don't like how often I do this, then don't join me on this fight to lose weight. I want to walk every night so I have to try harder to do so. Feel free to add your weigh-ins and exercise time and give advice. <BR> <BR> 9-1 149.4 <BR> 9-2 149.8 1 hr. stepping/ 20 min. walking Fri, 2 Sep 2011 20:50:22 EST A Friendly Reminder ! You have cancer is something that no one wants to hear. Did you do your monthly screening this month? You can record that here. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 09:32:11 EST Mama's Cookin Share a favorite Recipe with all of us here daily. Try the Recipe and get feedback! <em>302</em> <em>286</em> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 09:10:05 EST Use it or Lose it challenge your Mind, Body, and Soul . Which of these Three did you challenge today ? And in what way? Tue, 30 Aug 2011 19:23:18 EST The Old Days Grab a seat and share some old stories Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:22:25 EST ACCOUNTABLE FRIENDS <BR> <BR> When joining teams we usually always feel alone, like the last child picked for a game or like you are at a party with the wrong colored shoes and mis-matched socks, blouse too long and pants too short. <BR> Like someone gave you a mint and it turned your teeth all green! <BR> <BR> WELL; we promise you will not feel that way here! When someone joins we would like to give you the opportunity to pick an "Accountable Buddy"! What's that you may ask, it is someone just like you,but y... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 13:41:47 EST Living Water Devotionals Please add your daily Devotional here Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:16:58 EST What made you to smile today? My children telling me they love me! Tue, 30 Aug 2011 11:50:48 EST WELCOME FRIENDS <em>235</em> <em>244</em> <em>247</em> <BR> We are so thrilled to have you on board with us! <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Please introduce yourself to the team and make yourself at home! <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Always remember we are always here to assist you through your journey! <BR> <BR> Your Friendly Team Leaders <BR> &#10034;*¯*&#10034; &#10034;*¯*&#10034; <BR> &#10034;,»*¯*«,ROSE &#10034;*¯*&#10034; <BR> &#10034;,»*¯*«, &#10034;*¯*&#10034; <BR> &#10034;,»*¯*«and, <BR> »*¯*«&#1003... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:00:22 EST ¸.•*¨)DID YOU MEET YOUR GOALS TODAY¸.•*¨) DID YOU MEET YOUR GOALS TODAY? <BR> <BR> We all need personal goals to keep us on track. <BR> <BR> Always remember we have our TEAM GOALS WHICH ARE GREAT! <BR> <BR> Keeping track of your mini goals are great achievements! <BR> <BR> Did you meet your goals today? <BR> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:49:53 EST Sharing Time Tips <BR> <BR> I know with my daily schudule every easy cleaning tip,especially if it works and is easy to my pocket is amazing! Also special tricks in cooking,shopping and organzing are just as imporatant in our daily lives. <BR> <BR> One way of finding these amazing ideas is through your friends and family! <BR> <BR> If you save time at home,you get to spend a little more time with your loved ones and even with your Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> Come share some Spark tips! <BR> <BR> Tip for tod... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 12:01:50 EST Laughter Share your jokes Mon, 29 Aug 2011 11:47:53 EST Word Association <BR> Word Association <BR> <BR> <BR> I will write a word and you come up with the first word that comes to mind. Thats how it will get started. Don't think about it! Just write the first word that pops in your mind! This should be fun! <BR> I will start it off! <BR> <BR> Family Mon, 29 Aug 2011 11:43:19 EST &#10034; WHAT'S IN THE POT&#10034; I love to cook! I know many women and men know days share the responsibility of making meals for their family and coming up with quick healthy ideas sometimes become challenging. <BR> It is also a boring ordeal with every week you know what's for dinner by the day of the week. <BR> <BR> Well why not post your favorite recipes and shake things up! <BR> <BR> By sharing this gives our friends an opportunity to look at a glance at what will become a recipe file to choose from every week. Please... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 11:39:39 EST -:¦:-SNUGGLY HUDDLE-:¦:- Did you Huddle today <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What number were you on the huddle board <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> You know Huddling is like giving the whole team a great big" HUG" <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> How did you feel today when you Huddled? <BR> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>224</em> <em>104</em> <em>252</em> <em>220</em> <em>246</em> <em>9</em> <BR> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 09:58:04 EST &#9834;HEART&#9829;T O&#9829;HEART&#9834; Sparkpeople is great because no matter what , you have your friends. New and old to help you through your journey. So come on in and share your stories ! Sun, 28 Aug 2011 22:31:36 EST &#9835;&#9834; &#9829; &#9829;HEA ART&#9829; TO&# To all my spark friends, <BR> Welcome! I would like to welcome you to the team, "With a Little Help from my Spark friends." We are a team that believes in #1. Staying focused, keeping your eyes on the BIG picture, Getting healthy and fit ! #2. Never giving up, If you give up, where can you go? NOWHERE! And #3. And that little word that people like to use sometimes called "cant" No such word ! We CAN do all things through Jesus who gives us strength ! I hope you will stop by and check ... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 21:37:12 EST Sensa I don't know if anyone else has asked about this product, but does it work? How do you feel while using it--any side effects? My mil and her niece just started trying it. The niece said she got stomach cramps and mil got diarrhea. Do you have to sprinkle 7 times on everything? It sounds like a lot if you have a small bowl of food. Opinions? Wed, 27 Jul 2011 10:59:55 EST Question about Strength Training! Hello, <BR> <BR> I have a question for any of you that would like to help me out. I am thinking of changing up my exercise routine to hopefully get better results in my fitness and weight. So here goes: <BR> <BR> I have been doing strength training three times a week and do a full body workout. But I am considering going to 6 days a week doing 2 days a week of each area: upper, lower and core (alternating of course). I was wondering if you think I will get better results. Please let ... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 14:41:04 EST It's a hard decision .............. this was posted by my friend jukebox2 and he has given me permission to repost it and thought it was worth the read............ <BR> <BR> It's a hard decision <BR> <BR> <BR> Ever since I started with Sparkpeople I've seen so many individuals quit and others sitting on the fence when it comes to making a commitment to their health. It's sad you know... They start with good intentions and for what ever reason or perhaps it was something that someone said to them, they just quit! <BR> <BR... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 13:14:59 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Sherree and I am new to Sparkpeople. I have been married for 23 years and we have 4 sons from age 22 to 9. I am a stay at home mom so food is alway an issue with me. It's constantly calling my name. I have always loved exercising until this past March when I had some health issues that made it painful. I am better now but having trouble getting myself started and excited about it again. I have found that groups like this are wonderful for motivating me to get moving and ignorin... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 16:16:26 EST do you need HOPE...... truly motivational blog!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=BUTTERFLYSONGS </link> Thu, 5 Aug 2010 21:49:40 EST The Truth About Toning Shoes The Truth About Toning Shoes <BR> Do these shoes help you shape up? Health and fitness experts size up toning shoes. <BR> By Denise Mann <BR> WebMD Feature <BR> Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD <BR> Can a pair of shoes help you burn more calories, tone your butt, banish cottage cheese thighs, and curb joint pain? <BR> <BR> Rocker sole shoes started as more of a specialty shoe for people with diabetes or ankle problems, but they are increasingly marketed as toning shoes. Masai Group Internatio... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 10:12:00 EST 65 new goodies........ 65 New SparkGoodies to Give and Receive! <BR> Tuesday, July 20, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> We know how much our members love giving and receiving SparkGoodies, and you've been great about sharing your suggestions with us. So yesterday, we added 65 brand new SparkGoodies for you to choose from when rewarding yourself and others for a job well done! <BR> <BR> Many of these were suggestions from our members, such as seasonal Goodies (we added a rake, snow shovel, pumpkin, Mardi Gras beads, and more... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 18:35:30 EST save money on groceries.... "If you are what you eat, then I should weigh-in at under $1 a pound........... <BR> <BR> cool rule of thumb, can you try to only buy foodstuffs that costs under a buck per pound....... Under $1 a pound, year-round -- CAN YOU DO IT??!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyone have MORE $$$ saving ideas...? Post away! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hy-foods-for-under-1-a-pound-1677000/ </link> Tue, 13 Jul 2010 11:19:49 EST Weekly weigh-in Hi team! <BR> <BR> I remember having a discussion with some of you a while back about weigh-in. This is thread is completely voluntary and is not connected with the fitness minute challenge! <BR> <BR> If you think you need the extra accountability, please feel free to weigh in here every week! <BR> <BR> With the new month starting on Thursday, I'd suggest using that day to weigh in with your starting weight. <BR> <BR> Stephanie Tue, 29 Jun 2010 09:23:40 EST Jump into July challenge: Questions and Discussion Please post any questions or comments about the challenge here! Tue, 29 Jun 2010 09:18:52 EST Jump into July Fitness Minute Challenge Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Lo and behold, I'm finally getting around to post an update on the new fitness minute challenge. I have survived this extremely stressful month and have handed in my dissertation, so that I can now finally focus on Spark again. Thank you so much for your patience! <BR> <BR> Alright, now let me tell you the rules of the challenge, which is a revamped version of the April challenge: <BR> <BR> Jump into July is a challenge based on fitness minutes and there will be a ... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 09:17:17 EST wean yourself off processed foods Not bad stuff..check it out..use it..don't use it..the choice as always is YOURS <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>wean-yourself-processed-foods-7-steps </link> Tue, 22 Jun 2010 14:33:22 EST jokes This is priceless! <BR> <BR> A man feared his wife wasn't hearing as well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the family Doctor to discuss the problem. <BR> <BR> The Doctor told him there is a simple informal test the husband could perform to give the Doctor a better idea about her hearing loss. <BR> <BR> Here's what you do," said the Doctor, "stand about 40 feet away from her and in a normal conversational speaking t... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 20:06:15 EST Game - ABC Foods First letter-a <BR> <BR> apple <BR> <BR> now add a food that starts with a b Sun, 13 Jun 2010 17:52:57 EST Must-see video This was posted in one of my other teams. Take a look. Something to learn about motivating ourselves. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> irl-gives-herself-a-pep-talk/20ajmekq <BR> <BR> <BR> [sorry, I don't know how to copy or make a link.] <BR> <BR> Laurie <BR> Fri, 21 May 2010 23:41:29 EST 6 Rules of Good Nutrition <link><BR>kip-breakfast?slideshow=77650#title </link> <BR> <BR> Some good reminders! Sat, 17 Apr 2010 14:15:56 EST Warning for pet owners! Please read!!! Please share this with all the pet owners you know and ask them to do the same - the information you take a few minutes to share might prevent the senseless loss of other pets. <BR> <BR> Please tell every dog or cat owner you know.. Even if you don't have a pet, please pass this to those who do. <BR> Over the weekend, the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 04:47:10 EST Hello from Illinois My name is Pam. I am a mother of one and grandmother of4 and another that is like a grandson. <BR> I came to join in the challenge and thought I would check out the team. Thanks for the opportunity. Pam Sat, 3 Apr 2010 13:53:01 EST Hello everyone Hi everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Angela. I have been apart of Spark for a long time. New to this team. I joined this team because another team I am on posted about one of your challenge and it sounded great to me. Even though I have been apart of Sparkpeople for a while I really found my Spark in January. I'm looking forward to this team and getting to know you. Wed, 31 Mar 2010 21:22:50 EST It's survey time! I saw this survey on one of my other teams and thought it would be a fun thing to do! <BR> <BR> I'll start! <BR> <BR> <BR> SP NAME: Dazzledsteph <BR> <BR> AGE: 23 <BR> <BR> WHAT IS YOUR GOAL WEIGHT: 155 <BR> <BR> WHEN WOULD YOU LIKE TO REACH YOUR GOAL WEIGHT: It has to be doable, so mid-October would be nice. <BR> <BR> MARITAL STATUS: Engaged <BR> <BR> KIDS: In a few years. I need to graduate college and find a job first... <BR> <BR> PETS: 2 cats (Boo and Elvis) <BR> <BR> WHERE WE... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 09:27:48 EST April Challenge Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> After taking a break from challenges this month, we're back on for April! Tricia is on a Spark break right now, so it was up to me to create a challenge! <BR> <BR> I finally decided to do something similar to a challenge one of my Sparkfriends once held - it will be a fitness challenge and there will be a reward at the end! <BR> <BR> Everyone who wants to participate needs to sign up here: <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 19:01:29 EST April Challenge Sign-Up! Please sign up here, telling me your 2010 fitness minutes. Mon, 29 Mar 2010 18:49:07 EST Heads-up on posting rules from Coach Jen Hey guys! <BR> <BR> We received a heads-up from Spark Coach Jen on the teamleaders team today about posting and were asked to share it with our teams. So here goes: <BR> <BR> "Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Recently we've had a number of issues with members posting copyrighted information- primarily in their blogs. The original authors have been contacting us, asking that their work be removed, or properly cited, or in some instances they want to be paid for the fact that someone else is using it... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 13:23:25 EST FFF challenge weigh-in: Week 3 Please weigh in here! Mon, 22 Feb 2010 07:10:33 EST FFF challenge weigh-in: Week 2 So how did everyone do for week 2? Mon, 15 Feb 2010 15:17:05 EST FFF challenge weigh-in: Week 1 Please weigh in here for week 1. Mon, 8 Feb 2010 00:52:48 EST FFF challenge weigh-ins: Starting weight Please post your starting weight for the Fat Fighting February Challenge here. Wed, 3 Feb 2010 06:09:07 EST NEW challenge: Fat Fighting February! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> It did take Tricia and I a while to decide on what the challenge was going to be for the month of February, but we finally made up our minds. Sorry for the delay! <BR> <BR> We decided that we didn't just want to have a February challenge, we wanted this month to be Fat Fighting February! <BR> <BR> This is going to be a challenge with weigh-ins and everyone who's interested can join. We're gonna start with something basic and easy - we want all participants to wa... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 06:07:59 EST NEW challenge! Hey guys! <BR> <BR> One of Tricia's and my Sparkfriends is running a special challenge and she encouraged all of her friends to invite their teams to join. So here goes: <BR> <BR> The contest runs from 1/17 to 2/17 and it's based on fitness minutes. If you manage to log certain numbers of fitness numbers, you'll be entered in a draw to win gift certificates for the Sparkpeople store. Isn't that awesome?! <BR> <BR> You can find more information about the challenge on her blog <link>www.s... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 02:27:40 EST Quote of the Week (January 4-January 10) Here is this week's quote...Sorry I'm a little bit behind! Comment here about what this quote means to you. <BR> <BR> "Training yourself to live in the present - without regretting the past or fearing the future - is a recipe for a happy life." Jonathan Lockwood Huie Tue, 5 Jan 2010 10:13:58 EST New Year goals/re olutions Happy New Year everyone! <BR> <BR> It's January 1, so I thought I should start a thread about resolutions for the new year because it would be interesting to hear what you guys think about them. Some people hate New Years resolutions and never make them, others make them and never ever stick to them... And others succeed! <BR> <BR> I was wondering in which category you fall. I used to think resolutions were stupid and never made any - especially because I think you can ALWAYS make resolut... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 06:25:49 EST Progress & Success We're all going through the same helps a LOT to hear about the progress you're making...or if you made it to your goal. Share all of that here! Sat, 26 Dec 2009 15:46:32 EST HELP! Are you having problems? This can be for weight loss issues, or eating, or problems with the challenges. You can also post here if you're having a hard time getting around Spark...we want to help! Sat, 26 Dec 2009 15:45:03 EST Team Chat Post here when you've got something to say...or questions to ask. Sat, 26 Dec 2009 15:43:34 EST You Say it's your Birthday! Share your birthday here...I know that I like it when people acknowledge my birthday, so we want to make sure that everyone gets some recognition on their special day! Sat, 26 Dec 2009 15:42:02 EST My name is _______... Tell us your name and 3 things that most people don't realize about you (or some interesting facts). We want to get to know you please be sure to take the time to do this! Sat, 26 Dec 2009 15:40:22 EST My Favorite Recipe Use this link to post your favorite recipes...we're all trying to eat healthier, so we can all use good recipes to try out at home. <BR> <BR> Maybe you've got a recipe that isn't too healthy and are looking for ideas to make it better...this is the place! Sat, 26 Dec 2009 15:37:45 EST Quote of the week (December 28-January 3) Here is this week's quote...comment here about what this quote means to you. <BR> <BR> " You failed? Congratulations! Surprised? People are never successful by birth. Whomsoever is a Tycoon in their domain has come across innumerable failures but they never gave up; they overcame those failures! So, did you fail? Congratulations!!! You are on the right track!" <BR> Written in 2009 by Mandar Chandrakant Jambotkar --- India Sat, 26 Dec 2009 15:36:10 EST Daily Goals There are a couple of things that we should focus on each and every day for good health...the amount of water we drink, the produce we eat, and how much sleep we get each night. <BR> <BR> These things will be ongoing goals each month, we'll just try to focus on getting better and better as we go along! <BR> <BR> 8 glasses of water/day <BR> 5 servings of fruits/veggies/day <BR> 7 hours of sleep each night <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> Sat, 26 Dec 2009 15:30:36 EST January Challenge For our January challenge, we're going to take some help from another team. <BR> <BR> This month's challenge is to join the Spark Your Body Bootcamp Challenge...just copy and paste the link below to get started. <BR> <BR><BR>dy <BR> <BR> You can post here once you've can also use this post to discuss the challenge...likes, dislikes, or general comments. 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