SparkPeople SP Class of August 1-7, 2010 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=41798 This team is for all members who joined SP from August 1-7, 2010. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of August 1-7, 2010 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=41798 1.5 year SparkVersary Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x45862179 It is one month until our 1.5 year SparkVersary. The 6 month point is probably a time when many of us saw some significant progress. For me, it is when I made my goal weight and had lost a total of 40 pounds. I am challenging the members of my class to work extra hard over the next month to have something to show in February. Share your plan here and in February I think it would be nice to post a before SparkPeople photo and a current photo or a 6 month with SparkPeople photo and current phot... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 13:37:08 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x43352118 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you find that you have the following symptoms at times: tiredness, lethargy, looking pale, feeling faint and breathless? If so, your body might be running low on iron. <BR> <BR> Your CHALLENGE FOR TODAY is to get in your iron (see your Spark nutrition table for your personal needs). Many of us take a multi-vitamin for vitamins/minerals that we might not be getting through food. That is great, but for iron you can also try: <BR> <BR> * Roast beef... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 16:15:47 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x43333622 Happy Wednesday! <BR> <BR> How did you do with your July cardio/fitness minutes? If you are unsure, go back in the for the July cardio/fitness minutes <BR> <BR> Your challenge TODAY is to make a challenge for yourself for August cardio/fitness minutes. This is your personal challenge. Don't worry about what others are challenging themselves. Post what you think is a good goal for YOU. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday! Tue, 2 Aug 2011 17:19:39 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x43311206 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you ! <BR> <BR> <BR> UPDATE YOUR SPARKPAGE! <BR> <BR> Isn't it nice to know that others are experiencing the same trials and accomplishments as you are on Spark? <BR> <BR> When you post to a board, many folks click on your photo and read your Sparkpage. I am sure you have done it too. You find a picture or post that is interesting and click to learn more about that person. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to update your Sparkpage. If you haven't started your... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 15:36:19 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x43286048 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> We all do it...eyeball that pasta or cereal. <BR> We don't count that chip or extra cream in our coffee. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to TRACK EVERYTHING that you consume - food AND beverages. <BR> Measure everything and keep track of it in your Spark tracker. <BR> Cheating here and there adds up on the scale. <BR> Stay honest with what you consume and your reward will be a healthier you! <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Mon... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 10:19:36 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x43243326 <BR> Have a great Friday!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> Drink you daily quota of water <BR> Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. Let us know what you are going to do to... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 15:51:39 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x43223718 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 350 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> ***Remember to work at your own pace and fitness level*** <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a great workout Thursday! Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:39:34 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x43204957 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> challenge: COMPLETE ALL YOUR DAILY GOALS. <BR> <BR> You can change your personal daily goals under: <BR> *Nutrition <BR> *Change Nutrition Goals <BR> *Add Another Kind of Goal to track <BR> <BR> Some ideas for daily goals: <BR> <BR> *Brush teeth 2x <BR> *Make Bed <BR> *Meditate/pray <BR> *Take multi-vitamin <BR> *Drink 10 glasses of water <BR> *Do Upper body exercises <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to complete ALL OF YOUR DAILY GOA... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:15:16 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x43182099 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you meet your fiber requirements each day through your food? Do you find that you need to take a fiber replacement to meet your daily needs? <BR> Try to meet your fiber requirements with foods rather than supplements. <BR> <BR> A large increase in fiber over a short period of time could result in bloating, diarrhea, gas, and all-around discomfort. It is better to add fiber to your diet gradually over a recommended period of about three weeks, to avoid a... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 11:55:40 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x43162316 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> (1)Have a healthy breakfast <BR> <BR> (2)Have at least one healthy snack to keep your body "fueled" <BR> <BR> (3) Measure & notate ALL food consumed <BR> <BR> (4) Do something physical that burns AT LEAST 200 calories <BR> <BR> Can you do ALL FOUR items on today's challenge? YOU KNOW YOU CAN! <BR> <BR> Share with us how many you got done........... <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday! <BR> Sun, 24 Jul 2011 10:44:59 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x43117554 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to burn off AT LEAST 300 CALORIES. Get moving! Here are some suggestions that can get your body on the move: <BR> <BR> *Take the stairs instead of the elevator <BR> *Park your car far out in the parking lot <BR> *Walk or take your bike to work or school <BR> *Walk on your lunch break or after dinner <BR> *Go to the gym <BR> *Do strength exercises while you are waiting for a commercial to end <BR> <BR> You get the id... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:04:53 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x43096861 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> As our team continues to quickly grow in members I thought we could encourage one another. <BR> <BR> There are so many new faces on our board (as you can see if you scroll down on the team home page). Many of us also blog what is going on in our lives. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to find 3-5 members of the Team and encourage them. You can respond to their blog, send on note on the Sparkpage, or send them a note via Sparkmail. <BR> <BR> Let's show... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:18:59 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x43078013 <BR> Happy Wednesday!!! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - We are going WALKING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer and try to get in 10,000 or more steps. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk or you can use a time method of measure. It takes about 1 hour to walk about 5 miles at a moderate speed. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> <BR> ****remember to work at your o... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:06:20 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x43061460 <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> We all know that our bodies need protein. Do you know why? Protein is important for the growth and repair of your muscles, bones, skin, tendons, ligaments, hair, eyes and other tissues. Without it, you would lack the enzymes and hormones you need for metabolism, digestion and other important processes. <BR> <BR> When you have an infection, you should eat more protein because it helps create the antibodies your immune system needs to fight ... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 19:35:15 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x43035875 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR CORE! <BR> You can do any (or all) of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do at least THREE exercises (and appropriate reps) that work your CORE area. Spark Fitness has great suggestions for core exercises. <BR> <BR> *Do an exercise video that focuses on your core muscles <BR> <BR> *Do what works for you at your level of fitness <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a LOOKING AND FEELING GREAT Monday! <BR> Sun, 17 Jul 2011 13:12:59 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42987824 <BR> <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to tailor your cardio workout to your fitness level. If you are: <BR> <BR> *New to Exercise - Try to get in 30 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> *Have been exercising for a while (more than a month) - Try to get in 45 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> *Have been exercising for a long while - Try to get in 60 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! Remember to drink your water, have a nutr... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:54:32 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42969259 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! The 15th of each month, we take our measurements. Keep track of your measurements as soon as you can to see how your are progressing. There are times when the scale is a "frustrating beast", but the tape measure can show you that you are indeed shrinking. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a tape measure, just go online and type in your search engine "printable tape measure". You should be able to find many out there. <BR> <BR> Suggest... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:04:16 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42953501 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Shorts season is here . There isn't a better time to get our legs trim and toned than now. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do an exercise (or several if you are doing strength training) to tone up your legs. Some activities could be: <BR> <BR> *Strength training your lower body (i.e. squats, lunges, leg lifts, etc.) <BR> *Bicycling (Spinning class) <BR> *Rowing <BR> *Step Aerobics <BR> *Kickboxing (Turbo Jam & Tae Bo too!) <BR> *Jogging ... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 19:09:29 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42930111 <BR> Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> Avoid processed foods day! <BR> <BR> Can you eat a healthy breakfast at home? Can you pack your lunch & snacks today? <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to really try to avoid "convenience foods" (i.e. drive throughs, candy machines, pre-packaged items that are high in salt, etc.) today. If possible, try to make all of your meals. You will find that you can make healthier, less expensive, and lower in sodium meals. If you really need a snack today, why not take... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 15:54:33 EST Day 23 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x42911418 July 9: Day 23 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge <BR> Sunday, July 10, 2011 <BR> <BR> Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> Note: I will blog much more about this, but I have re-started my goal to see if I can do 1,000 days in a row of at least 10 minutes of fitness. As you can see from the title of this blog, today is Day 23. I will also try to blog as many days as possible. One of my goals is to motivate as many people as possible around America and the world to reach their goals using health and f... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 18:31:01 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42905270 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 3-5 DIFFERENT EXERCISES THAT FOCUS ON FIRMING UP YOUR ARMS. Feel free to use weights, bands, etc. to increase the difficulty of your work-out. There are great suggestions for exercises targeting arms in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> Feel free to share which exercises you completed. <BR> <BR> Have a WE ARE GOING TO PUMP YOU UP Monday! <BR> Sun, 10 Jul 2011 11:27:35 EST LIVE SUPPORT & MOTIVATION..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x42874387 THIS IS PART OF A NOTE FROM coach JEN <BR> <BR> SparkPeople is excited to partner with Livemind to introduce;SparkPeople eMeetings& our new online support meetings! <BR> <BR> We designed these meetings to provide SparkPeople members with live support and motivation. Each week we’ll cover a different topic related to weight loss, exercise, healthy eating or motivation to help you meet your goals. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We'll ask you to participate in the meeting, and then afterward join a ... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 13:38:56 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42856649 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge for Friday is to: <BR> <BR> 1) Get in 10-12 glasses of water <BR> <BR> 2) Take your multi-vitamin <BR> <BR> 3) REST - Just kick back and enjoy your day. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> Thu, 7 Jul 2011 15:29:53 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42835616 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 350 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> ***Remember to work at your own pace and fitness level*** <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> Wed, 6 Jul 2011 14:32:20 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42819827 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to leave THREE different Spark members messages on their Spark page. Send a note regarding their weight loss, something they said that really inspired you (or that you can relate to), a "WELCOME TO SPARK", etc. We are looking to encourage others. Who knows? Maybe YOU will get a few on your page today! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday! <BR> <BR> P.S. Should you get the urge to leave more than THREE, feel FREE! Tue, 5 Jul 2011 19:41:14 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42799393 <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed th... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 17:11:28 EST happy 4th of july.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x42791038 Now this different for the 4th of July <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?c ode=1221321706636&source=jl999 </link> Mon, 4 Jul 2011 08:17:19 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42759434 <BR> <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do 3-5 strength training exercises. <BR> <BR> You can find exercises to match your current fitness level in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> Need a bit more of a challenge? You can incorporate weights, bands and/or balls into your arm workout. <BR> <BR> Remember to have fun, drink plenty of water and rest between reps. <BR> <BR> Have a MUSCULAR Monday <BR> Sat, 2 Jul 2011 06:47:00 EST 2 Members in First for Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x42739490 2 Members in First for Women <BR> Thursday, June 30, 2011 <BR> <BR> Two SparkPeople members are featured in the July 18, 2011, issue of First for Women magazine. Tia and Anna are on pages 32 and 34, respectively. <BR> <BR> Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine today (it hit newsstands Monday!) <BR> <BR> Way to go, ANNALISSAS, who lost 80 pounds, and TIAGAYEPFA, who lost 42 pounds! <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 00:39:33 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42730920 <BR> Have a great Friday!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> Drink you daily quota of water and take your vitamins too <BR> Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. Let us know w... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 15:01:54 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42711380 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is time for determining your JULY CARDIO MINUTES. How many minutes of cardio are you doing daily? How many is that in a week? How much is that for a month? Can you increase that for the month of JULY? <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DETERMINE HOW MANY CARDIO MINUTES YOU CAN DO IN THE MONTH OF JULY. Make a pledge to yourself. You DESERVE to be healthy. <BR> Don't put off until tomorrow, what you can do TODAY. <BR> <BR> Were you with ou... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 14:59:35 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42690488 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> From reading your posts, I see that many of us are juggling many things in our lives. While we are in the midst of it all, it is hard to remember how blessed we all are. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to stop and find 5 things in your life that you are thankful for. Really think these through. Make a mental note of these when you are having a rough hour, day, or week. We all have something to be thankful for. Those things get us through life and ... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 14:53:57 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42690464 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> From reading your posts, I see that many of us are juggling many things in our lives. While we are in the midst of it all, it is hard to remember how blessed we all are. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to stop and find 5 things in your life that you are thankful for. Really think these through. Make a mental note of these when you are having a rough hour, day, or week. We all have something to be thankful for. Those things get us through life and ... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 14:52:48 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42673356 <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> As a challenge to myself, I wanted to see if I could make a day of eating strictly vegetarian. I don't see myself becoming vegetarian, but I think some of the health benefits are worth a try. This is something I have NEVER done before. I DID IT! Actually, it wasn't that difficult. That got me to thinking..... <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT ONE COMPLETELY VEGETARIAN MEAL. You choose the meal and what you eat. <BR> <BR> The one m... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 18:39:49 EST Starting over-- again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x41798x42672113 I have been with with spark people for almost a year, but I have never posted on the message board. I am or was going well on my new lifestyle and weight loss, but went back to my old ways and gained all the weight back and than some. I am more set than ever to lose this weight, get fit, have a new lifestyle and become more focused on what I got to do. I can't go back to my old habits, it's time for a new me and a total 180 degree change for the better with my weight and way of thinking. Mon, 27 Jun 2011 17:08:32 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42653040 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> How was everyone's weekend? Did you get a bunch accomplished? Did you spend time with loved ones? Did you rest and relax? GREAT FOR YOU! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR CORE! You can do any (or all) of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do at least THREE exercises (and appropriate reps) that work your CORE area. Spark Fitness has great suggestions for core exercises. <BR> <BR> *Take a class such as kickboxing or martial arts etc. <BR> <BR> *... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 18:28:26 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42604987 <BR> <BR> Have a happy Friday! <BR> <BR> 1) Get in 10-12 glasses of water <BR> <BR> 2) Take your multi-vitamin <BR> <BR> 3) Just kick back and enjoy your day. <BR> <BR> 4) You choose your exercise for your level of fitness <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 21:24:30 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42604972 <BR> <BR> Have a happy Friday! <BR> <BR> 1) Get in 10-12 glasses of water <BR> <BR> 2) Take your multi-vitamin <BR> <BR> 3) Just kick back and enjoy your day. <BR> <BR> 4) You choose your exercise for your level of fitness <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 21:23:50 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42578035 <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to TRY SOMETHING NEW. This could be: <BR> <BR> *A healthy food, recipe, beverage, or restaurant <BR> <BR> *An exercise or piece of equipment incorporated into exercise <BR> <BR> *Tackling something in your life that you have never done before (i.e. a project, facing a fear, etc.) <BR> <BR> *A new way of doing something that you do regularly <BR> <BR> These are just some suggestions. <BR> <BR> What will yo... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:07:24 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42560403 <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get in 45 minutes of cardio. <BR> <BR> Give it your BEST today. Really work your body! <BR> <BR> ****always remember to work at your own pace and your level of fitness*** <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday! <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 17:21:18 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42538707 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Are you tracking Cholesterol in your Spark tracker? Today's challenge is to add Cholesterol to your tracker (if you haven't already) and try to keep it below 250. Why the big deal about Cholesterol? <BR> <BR> (Taken from the American Heart Organization) <BR> <BR> "Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like, waxy substance found in the bloodstream and in all your body's cells. It's normal to have cholesterol. It's an important part of a healthy body because it's used... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 17:22:38 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42515521 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> The challenge is to try to get as many points as can. <BR> This IS NOT a race against others. <BR> This is a way to challenge yourself. <BR> <BR> How do you get points? You can: <BR> *Spin the wheel <BR> *Log in all your food <BR> *Exercise, exercise, exercise <BR> *Drink all of your water <BR> *Read articles <BR> *Make an appointment <BR> *Make a Spark recipe <BR> *Post messages <BR> *Mark off items under Other Exercise <BR> *Mark off your... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 13:33:39 EST Earn More Points and Trophies on SparkPeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x42470261 Now You Can Earn More Points and Trophies on SparkPeople! <BR> Thursday, June 16, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes, even if the scale isn't moving, it can still be motivating to earn SparkPoints and reach new levels of rewarding yourself. That's why we are delighted to announce some new features related to SparkPoints and SparkTrophies that just launched today! <BR> <BR> A Chance to Spin the SparkPoints Wheel TWICE—Every Single Day! <BR> Need more reason to perform all those healthful S... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 18:47:38 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42469821 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 400 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> Remember that you don't have to burn these calories through one workout. <BR> Feel free to break up your exercise throughout the day. <BR> <BR> ****Always remember to work at your at your own pace and level of fitness **** <BR> <BR> Have a KICKING OFF THE WEEKEND RIGHT Friday! <BR> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 18:13:48 EST More Ways to Save, Share and "Like" Things....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x42451984 More Ways to Save, Share and "Like" Things on SparkPeople <BR> Wednesday, June 15, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning we added some new options to “Like” and “Tweet” many of the articles and other resources on SparkPeople.com. You'll see these buttons on more pages across our website, which will make it , even easier to Spread the Spark. <BR> <BR> In addition, we've also added more “Save” buttons to these various features and pages as well so that you can add them to your SparkFavorite... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 20:53:17 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42447460 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! On or around the 15th of each month, we take our measurements. Keep track of your measurements as soon as you can to see how your are progressing. There are times when the scale is a "frustrating beast", but the tape measure can show you that you are indeed shrinking. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a tape measure, just go online and type in your search engine "printable tape measure". You should be able to find many out there. <BR> ... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 15:49:49 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42426409 <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Here is an interesting challenge: Watch your Sugar intake. <BR> <BR> Some of us drink our coffee with sugar, or have a regular soda during our busy days. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is this: Can you cut your daily sugar or switch your regular sugary foods for lighter versions? Instead of: <BR> <BR> *A regular soda - Try a diet soda <BR> *A spoon of sugar in your coffee - Try a partial packet of artificial sweetener <BR> *Regular chocol... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 15:43:14 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42406998 <BR> Happy Tuesday!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to get moving.....you can walk and shoot for that 10,000 steps, go to the gym and do some time on a stationary bike or an elliptical. or you can do something as simple and inexpensive as dancing to music videos or the radio. Let's get moving and get the blood flowing and shoot for 400 to 500 calories burned. <BR> <BR> ****always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level**** <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a Terrific Tuesday!! <BR> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 17:57:20 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42381836 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to watch your carbohydrate and refined sugars. Stick to whole grains, rolled oats, and low sugar foods. Try to keep your carbohydrate level between the low and middle of your range. Carbohydrates are not the only food that will help you to feel satisfied. Why not try: <BR> <BR> *Low fat proteins (poultry, fish, lean cuts of beef) <BR> *Raw fruits/vegetables <BR> *Legumes and soy <BR> <BR> Hope all have a FANTASTIC Monday! <... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 13:21:41 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42334057 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to burn off AT LEAST 300 CALORIES. Get moving! Here are some suggestions that can get your body on the move: <BR> <BR> *Take the stairs instead of the elevator <BR> *Park your car far out in the parking lot <BR> *Walk or take your bike to work or school <BR> *Walk on your lunch break or after dinner <BR> *Go to the gym <BR> *Do strength exercises while you are waiting for a commercial to end <BR> <BR> You get the idea - G... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 15:14:10 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42314065 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you find that you have the following symptoms at times: tiredness, lethargy, looking pale, feeling faint and breathless? If so, your body might be running low on iron. <BR> <BR> Your CHALLENGE FOR TODAY is to get in your iron (see your Spark nutrition table for your personal needs). Many of us take a multi-vitamin for vitamins/minerals that we might not be getting through food. That is great, but for iron you can also try: <BR> <BR> * Roast beef... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 15:02:11 EST Perfect Produce' App Content Now Available Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x42313821 'Perfect Produce' App Content Now Available Free on SparkPeople.com <BR> Wednesday, June 08, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> No Smart Phone? No problem! <BR> <BR> Back in March we released our first premium app for the iPhone: Perfect Produce. <BR> <BR> We think this content is so useful, that we wanted to make it available to more people. So yesterday, we added Perfect Produce to the SparkPeople.com website. Now you can access all of this produce picking and prepping content when you're online... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 14:48:16 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42295299 <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to leave THREE different Spark members messages on their Spark page. Send a note regarding their weight loss, something they said that really inspired you (or that you can relate to), a "WELCOME TO SPARK", etc. We are looking to encourage others. Who knows? Maybe YOU will get a few on your page today! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday! <BR> <BR> P.S. Should you get the urge to leave more than THREE, feel FREE! Tue, 7 Jun 2011 17:43:21 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42271557 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge yesterday was to work your core muscles. Today's challenge is to WORK YOUR HEART. <BR> <BR> It is a cardio day. Work your heart, large muscles, and BURN CALORIES! <BR> <BR> The activity and intensity level are up to you. The goal is to GET MOVING FOR AT LEAST 20 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> You can do this! <BR> <BR> Have a GETTING MY HEART PUMPING Tuesday! <BR> Mon, 6 Jun 2011 15:46:03 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42248719 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to ONLY EAT HEALTHY FOODS. Steer clear of processed, junk foods. You know which ones: <BR> <BR> *Regular Chips <BR> *Candy Bars packed full of sugar & fat <BR> *Cookies <BR> *Ice Cream <BR> *Full-Sugar Soda <BR> *Deep Fried Foods <BR> *Pastries, donuts, full-fat muffins <BR> *Sugared cereals <BR> <BR> Instead of eating these today, try to focus on healthy alternatives such as: <BR> <BR> *Fresh Fruit <BR> *Diet Soda <BR> *... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 13:14:51 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42196459 <BR> <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's get together and kick up our June cardio minutes! <BR> Your challenge today is to get in 45 MINUTES OF CARDIO. You don't have to do 45 minutes of continuous cardio. Feel free to break up the minutes. <BR> <BR> So...put on your exercise shoes, grab your gym bag, pump up your bike tires....WE ARE MOVING NOW! <BR> <BR> ****Always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level **** <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday everyone! <BR> Thu, 2 Jun 2011 15:54:36 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42177092 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> As our team continues to quickly grow in members I thought we could encourage one another. <BR> <BR> There are so many new faces on our board (as you can see if you scroll down on the team home page). Many of us also blog what is going on in our lives. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to find 3-5 members of the Team and encourage them. You can respond to their blog, send on note on the Sparkpage, or send them a note via Sparkmail. <BR> <BR> Let'... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 19:17:21 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42157001 <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> **REMEMBER ALWAYS W... Tue, 31 May 2011 22:32:34 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42128766 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many Sparkpoints you can get. <BR> <BR> Go to your Sparkpoints page to see ways to earn points. Some areas are: <BR> <BR> *Drinking your water <BR> *Exercising <BR> *Reading articles <BR> *Making a recipe <BR> *Completing Lifestyle scale <BR> *Eating right <BR> *Web search <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT!!! <BR> <BR> How many points did you earn??? <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday!! <BR> Mon, 30 May 2011 16:33:51 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42107295 <BR> Monday Challenge.....Are you up to it? <BR> <BR> 1. Get 60 minutes of cardio exercise.....go to the gym, go for a long walk, or even break it up into smaller intervals of 10 or 15 minutes at a time. <BR> ***always work at your own pace and level of fitness for you**** <BR> <BR> 2. Stay within calorie range, drink at least 8 glasses of water every day, take your vitamins and get enough protein. <BR> <BR> 4. Track it all....your water, your food, protein and/or any other vitamins or... Sun, 29 May 2011 13:00:07 EST Happy Memorial Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x42095385 HAVE A HAPPY, HEALTHY & SAFE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Click on the link below..................... <BR> <BR> <link>www.dobhran.com/greetings/GRinspire4<BR>27.htm </link> Sat, 28 May 2011 18:24:20 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42059263 <BR> <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to CONSUME 5-7 FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. For some, this may sound like a lot of "healthy rabbit food". However, getting in your fruits and vegetables doesn't have to be difficult. Try any of the following to get in extra fruits and vegetables: <BR> <BR> *Fruit Smoothies <BR> *Vegetable juices (watch the sodium) <BR> *Vegetable soup <BR> *Grilled vegetables <BR> *Saute vegetables into an omelet or put onto your sandwi... Thu, 26 May 2011 16:09:00 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42039760 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 350 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE.... <BR> what ever you choose to do.... <BR> <BR> ***remember to work at your own level of fitness**** <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have an awesome Thursday! Wed, 25 May 2011 16:31:58 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x42024708 Have a great Wednesday! <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you know? <BR> <BR> *Getting 1,000 mg to 1,200 mg of calcium per day is one of the best ways to prevent bone-weakening osteoporosis later in life. <BR> <BR> *Calcium from dairy products in combination with a balanced, low-fat diet can help keep blood pressure in check. <BR> <BR> *Calcium in food is better absorbed by the body than calcium in a supplement. Strive to consume at least three calcium-rich foods daily such as low-fat or nonfat yo... Tue, 24 May 2011 22:16:16 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41996191 Happy Tuesday!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to get moving.....you can walk and shoot for that 10,000 steps, go to the gym and do some time on a stationary bike or an elliptical. or you can do something as simple and inexpensive as dancing to music videos or the radio. Let's get moving and get the blood flowing and shoot for 400 to 500 calories burned. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a Terrific Tuesday!! <BR> Mon, 23 May 2011 15:56:48 EST new Spark*D program for people with diabetes.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x41995969 Introducing new Spark*D program for people with diabetes <BR> Monday, May 23, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> Today we are very pleased to announce the official launch of a complete diabetes-management program from SparkPeople called Spark*D. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Free for all SparkPeople members, Spark*D offers: <BR> Personalized meal plans for type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes <BR> Easy-to-use trackers for food, calories and carbs <BR> A blood glucose tracker with printable reports ... Mon, 23 May 2011 15:44:14 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41973043 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to: GET ACTIVE with Family, friends, and co-workers. <BR> We are seeing our communities getting more and more overweight. <BR> We work hard and play hard, but forget to exercise hard. <BR> <BR> Take today and get moving with family, friends, or co-workers. <BR> Play a game outside with the kids <BR> Go for a bike ride. <BR> Ask a co-worker to go for a walk at lunch. <BR> Invite a friend to your gym as a guest. <BR> <BR> Show th... Sun, 22 May 2011 13:07:25 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41927208 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR CORE. You can do any of the following: <BR> <BR> *Get in 3-5 core exercises from the Spark Fitness area <BR> <BR> *Use 3-5 pieces of gym equipment that works your core <BR> (you can also use a balance ball, weights, or bands at home) <BR> <BR> *Take a fitness class that works your core (i.e. kickboxing, Turbo Jam, martial arts, etc.) <BR> <BR> *Play a sport that works your core <BR> <BR> *Do a workout video that ... Thu, 19 May 2011 18:46:32 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41904489 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! Usually the middle of each month, we take our measurements. Keep track of your measurements as soon as you can to see how your are progressing. There are times when the scale is a "frustrating beast", but the tape measure can show you that you are indeed shrinking. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a tape measure, just go online and type in your search engine "printable tape measure". You should be able to find many out there. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 18 May 2011 16:47:39 EST Young Wife and Mother Needing to Lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x41798x41902946 My name is Nikki and i have a 3 yr old and a 1 yr old and am needing/wanting to lose about 65 lbs. Going to DisneyWorld in August and would like to be at least around 30 lbs lost by then... I need all the motivation i can get as my husband isnt as supportive as he could be .... he just doesnt get everything that goes into raising these kids pretty much by myself... he work from 5 am to 5 pm and then he is tired and cranky when he gets home and so i still do all the work with the kids and hous... Wed, 18 May 2011 15:13:21 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41884294 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to keep a close eye on your consumption of processed foods. <BR> You know which ones these are: <BR> <BR> *High Fat <BR> *White Flour <BR> *Low Fiber <BR> *High Salt <BR> *High Sugar <BR> <BR> Make an effort to eat: <BR> <BR> *High fiber & Whole Grains <BR> *Low Salt/Fructose (simple sugars) <BR> *Lean Proteins <BR> *Low Fat Dairy <BR> *Whole fruits & vegetables <BR> <BR> Let's really make an effort to EAT HEALTHY t... Tue, 17 May 2011 17:51:49 EST Nutrition Tracker enhancements launched today..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x41869582 Nutrition Tracker enhancements launched today <BR> Monday, May 16, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> If you've visited our My Nutrition page today you likely noticed some enhancements we made to our food tracker. We made some changes that will make the tracker easier for both new and experienced members, and also adding some new tools such as the ability to search your favorites. <BR> <BR> You can click here to read our full announcement and explanation of the changes <BR> ... Tue, 17 May 2011 00:23:43 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41860822 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to keep a close eye on your consumption of processed foods. You know which ones these are: <BR> <BR> *High Fat <BR> *White Flour <BR> *Low Fiber <BR> *High Salt <BR> *High Sugar <BR> <BR> Make an effort to eat: <BR> <BR> *High fiber & Whole Grains <BR> *Low Salt/Fructose (simple sugars) <BR> *Lean Proteins <BR> *Low Fat Dairy <BR> *Whole fruits & vegetables <BR> <BR> Let's really make an effort to EAT HEALTHY today. <B... Mon, 16 May 2011 16:27:27 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41836320 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> How was your weekend? Did you stay busy? Did you get in any exercise? How did you do on eating healthy foods? Well, today IS A NEW DAY! <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to get in 3-5 EXERCISES. Where do you find a listing of Exercises that would be appropriate for your activity level? <BR> Go look under My Fitness, Add Strength Exercises. <BR> Pick 3-5 exercises that are challenging for you, but DON'T HURT YOURSELF. <BR> <BR> Have you been doing strength trai... Sun, 15 May 2011 13:32:04 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41791879 Have a great Friday!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> Drink you daily quota of water <BR> Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. Let us know what you are going to do to make... Thu, 12 May 2011 22:05:08 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41765633 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PAMPER YOU! Take time out of your day to spoil yourself. Simple ways you can do this are: <BR> <BR> *Sleep in <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Take a relaxing bubble bath <BR> *Buy something for yourself <BR> *Rent a special movie or go see one <BR> *Buy a healthy food you rarely buy <BR> *Ask family or friends to make YOU dinner for once <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do today, make sure to take time for YOU. <BR> <BR> Have a ... Wed, 11 May 2011 17:00:06 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41745772 <BR> Happy Wednesday!!! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - We are going WALKING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer and try to get in 10,000 or more steps. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk or you can use a time method of measure. It takes about 1 hour to walk about 5 miles at a moderate speed. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> <BR> ***Always remember to work out... Tue, 10 May 2011 18:12:53 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41720650 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you meet your fiber requirements each day through your food? Do you find that you need to take a fiber replacement to meet your daily needs? <BR> Try to meet your fiber requirements with foods rather than supplements. <BR> <BR> A large increase in fiber over a short period of time could result in bloating, diarrhea, gas, and all-around discomfort. It is better to add fiber to your diet gradually over a recommended period of about three weeks, to a... Mon, 9 May 2011 15:28:26 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41693848 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get to 24 Points of Cardio for the day. The longer you exercise today, the more points you accumulate. Remember, you don't need to do all of your cardio at once. Taking several walks throughout the day is a GREAT way to get in your cardio and adding up points. <BR> <BR> Remember that cardio makes you sweat. Therefore, drink your water!!! <BR> <BR> Have a MOTIVATING Monday! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 May 2011 07:43:31 EST Happy Mother's Day..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x41673822 <BR> Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, mothers of the heart, <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.dobhran.com/greetings/GRmother.h<BR>tm </link> Fri, 6 May 2011 22:47:31 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41651659 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to burn off AT LEAST 300 CALORIES. Get moving! Here are some suggestions that can get your body on the move: <BR> <BR> *Take the stairs instead of the elevator <BR> *Park your car far out in the parking lot <BR> *Walk or take your bike to work or school <BR> *Walk on your lunch break or after dinner <BR> *Go to the gym <BR> *Do strength exercises while you are waiting for a commercial to end <BR> <BR> You get the id... Thu, 5 May 2011 19:22:12 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41628801 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get in THREE OR MORE repetitions of arm exercises. <BR> Summer will be on us soon. Let's get our arms trim/toned for those summer parties and dances. <BR> <BR> Need a few ideas for arm exercises? Check out the Spark Fitness area under "Upper Body". <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Thursday! <BR> Wed, 4 May 2011 17:58:31 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41603840 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> challenge: COMPLETE ALL YOUR DAILY GOALS. <BR> <BR> You can change your personal daily goals under: <BR> *Nutrition <BR> *Change Nutrition Goals <BR> *Add Another Kind of Goal to track <BR> <BR> Some ideas for daily goals: <BR> <BR> *Brush teeth 2x <BR> *Make Bed <BR> *Meditate/pray <BR> *Take multi-vitamin <BR> *Drink 10 glasses of water <BR> *Do Upper body exercises <BR> <BR> ...etc. Your challenge today is to complete ALL OF YOUR DAILY GO... Tue, 3 May 2011 15:56:51 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41585413 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> We all know that our bodies need protein. Do you know why? Protein is important for the growth and repair of your muscles, bones, skin, tendons, ligaments, hair, eyes and other tissues. Without it, you would lack the enzymes and hormones you need for metabolism, digestion and other important processes. <BR> <BR> When you have an infection, you should eat more protein because it helps create the antibodies your immune system needs to fight disease. If you ar... Mon, 2 May 2011 20:44:13 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41555260 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> (1)Have a healthy breakfast <BR> <BR> (2)Have at least one healthy snack to keep your body "fueled" <BR> <BR> (3) Measure & notate ALL food consumed <BR> <BR> (4) Do something physical that burns AT LEAST 200 calories <BR> <BR> Can you do ALL FOUR items on today's challenge? YOU KNOW YOU CAN! <BR> <BR> Share with us how many you got done........... <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday! <BR> Sun, 1 May 2011 16:00:32 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41499528 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> As we start to "get a hang" of this lifestyle change, we become confident that we can "eyeball" a serving. Have you gotten to this point? Do you: <BR> <BR> *Pour cereal straight from the box into your bowl? <BR> *Say "that looks like about 2 Tbsp. of half & half"? <BR> *Say: "I'm sure I ate only 1/2 cup of ice cream"? <BR> <BR> If you find yourself overly confident about your portions, you might be in for a shock. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today i... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:56:48 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41481905 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PAMPER YOU! Take time out of your day to spoil yourself. Simple ways you can do this are: <BR> <BR> *Sleep in <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Take a relaxing bubble bath <BR> *Buy something for yourself <BR> *Rent a special movie or go see one <BR> *Buy a healthy food you rarely buy <BR> *Ask family or friends to make YOU dinner for once <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do today, make sure to take time for YOU. <BR> <BR> Have a ... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 19:05:04 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41458216 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to find 5 different Sparkers and send them an encouraging message. It could be a welcome message. It could be "you are an inspiration to me" message. It could be a "I am here for you if you need someone to talk to" message. <BR> <BR> Where can you find Sparkers to send messages to? How about: <BR> <BR> *Visit Message Boards under Community (example: Introduce Yourself board, etc.) <BR> <BR> *See All Recent Blogs under Community... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 17:28:28 EST SparkRecipes Enhancements: Better Search, Serving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x41443335 SparkRecipes Enhancements: Better Search, Serving Sizes, Photos and More <BR> <BR> <BR> Monday, April 25, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> Have you visited www.SparkRecipes.com lately? If so, you've likely noticed several helpful changes to our free healthy recipes website. Here are some of the enhancements we've recently launched—many of these were suggested by our very own members! <BR> <BR> Better Search Options <BR> Our advanced recipe search has just gotten better! You can now search for recipes... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 23:30:00 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41443007 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> We all know that our bodies need protein. Do you know why? Protein is important for the growth and repair of your muscles, bones, skin, tendons, ligaments, hair, eyes and other tissues. Without it, you would lack the enzymes and hormones you need for metabolism, digestion and other important processes. <BR> <BR> When you have an infection, you should eat more protein because it helps create the antibodies your immune system needs to fight disease. If you ar... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 23:09:55 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41418061 <BR> <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> TRY TO GET IN EXERCISE <BR> <BR> Whether it is cardio or strength training, set time aside today FOR YOU. <BR> Feeling stressed out? Exercise is a great stress reliever. <BR> Get in some cardio and burn off some of those calories. <BR> <BR> *****Always remember to work with in your fitness range**** <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday everyone Sun, 24 Apr 2011 19:58:13 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41367828 <BR> <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to tailor your cardio workout to your fitness level. If you are: <BR> <BR> *New to Exercise - Try to get in 30 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> *Have been exercising for a while (more than a month) - Try to get in 45 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> *Have been exercising for a long while - Try to get in 60 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> ***always remember to work at your level of fitness**** <B... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 18:22:50 EST New Free iPad App from SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x41348507 New Free iPad App from SparkPeople <BR> Wednesday, April 20, 2011 <BR> <BR> Over 300,000 recipes at your fingertips! <BR> <BR> Looking to lose weight and save money? Cooking at home is one of the easiest ways SparkPeople members do both! Our new Healthy Recipes application for iPad is your perfect kitchen companion, allowing you to browse and search more than 300,000 recipes. You can browse by course, ethnicity, preparation time, dietary needs, and more. We also provide calories, carbs, an... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 20:01:50 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41346595 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! Around the third week of each month, we take our measurements. Keep track of your measurements as soon as you can to see how your are progressing. There are times when the scale is a "frustrating beast", but the tape measure can show you that you are indeed shrinking. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a tape measure, just go online and type in your search engine "printable tape measure". You should be able to find many out there. <BR> <BR... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 18:22:02 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41323183 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> It is nice to look back and see how far I have come too. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to write in your blog/journal/diary. <BR> How has your year been so far? <BR> Have you made progress in the areas you wanted to address? <BR> <BR> Feel free to write down whatever you want. The challenge is to GET IT DOWN. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday everyone! <BR> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:52:40 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41302166 Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - We are going WALKING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer and try to get in 10,000 or more steps. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk or you can use a time method of measure. It takes about 1 hour to walk about 5 miles at a moderate speed. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great walking Tuesday!! Mon, 18 Apr 2011 18:20:08 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41276529 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Make a note of 5 things that YOU WILL GET DONE BY FRIDAY! <BR> You can jot down the 5 things that you will get done here (or keep them somewhere that you can refer to them). <BR> <BR> Also, let's shoot for 8-10 glasses of water today. <BR> Starting the week of hydrated is a great beginning to a sure to be busy few days. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday! <BR> Sun, 17 Apr 2011 13:30:56 EST 1,000 Day Fitness Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x41266855 <BR> 1,000 Day Fitness Streak <BR> Saturday, April 16, 2011 <BR> <BR> Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm starting an experiment. I will try to do a 1,000-day streak of 10+ fitness minutes. I once did a 700-day streak that directly led to the creation of SparkPeople. Today is day 1 with a bike ride around the neighborhood. Hit like if you'll do at least some of the days with me! If enough people consistently do 10+ minutes most days (not the 1,000-day streak part), it will change the world! <BR> <BR>... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 22:13:11 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41226056 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Get on your running shoes, gym clothes, or your pedometer - <BR> <BR> It is time to BURN 400 CALORIES! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get your body moving and burn 400 or more calories. <BR> <BR> ***Remember to work at your own pace and fitness level*** <BR> <BR> Let's kick off the weekend with some serious cardio! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday everyone! Thu, 14 Apr 2011 18:09:46 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41205017 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> There are so many faces on our board (as you can see if you scroll down on the team home page). Many of us also blog what is going on in our lives. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to find 3-5 members of the Team and encourage them. You can respond to their blog, send on note on the Sparkpage, or send them a note via Sparkmail. <BR> <BR> Let's show one another that WE ARE LOSING WEIGHT TOGETHER!!! <BR> <BR> Have a WARMHEARTED Thursday everyone! <BR> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 18:30:34 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41184343 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to get in 3-5 EXERCISES. <BR> Where do you find a listing of Exercises that would be appropriate for your activity level (so glad you asked)? <BR> Go look under My Fitness, Add Strength Exercises. Pick 3-5 exercises that are challenging for you, but DON'T HURT YOURSELF. <BR> Make sure you are working at your fitness level for you! <BR> <BR> Have you been doing strength training/core exercises for a while? If so, why not add... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 19:48:47 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41165040 <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday day to you! <BR> <BR> Let's forget the mistakes of the past and how many times you have done something you know you should not have or not done the things that you should have. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 8 or more 8 ounces of water <BR> 2. Exercise for at least 30 minutes. <BR> 3. Make sure you get enough protein <BR> 4. Get 2 to 3 servings of dairy <BR> 5. Get 5 to 7 servings of fruit and veggies. <BR> 6. Take 5 minutes to just clear your mind. <BR> <BR> If you c... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 22:32:11 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41136474 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to declutter around you. I don't know about everyone else, but my desk is a disaster. Come to think of it, so is my closet. Hmm..... <BR> I think those are things I should try to tackle today. <BR> <BR> What do you need to DECLUTTER today? <BR> <BR> Have a great DECLUTTER Monday! Sun, 10 Apr 2011 17:57:25 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41080846 Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> Drink you daily quota of water <BR> Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. Let us know what you are going to do to ... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 19:41:28 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41057558 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: <BR> <BR> DRINK 8 GLASSES OR MORE OF WATER <BR> <BR> Get out your recyclable bottle first thing in the morning, and fill it up. Take a sip here and there. Before you know it, you have had your water for the day. <BR> <BR> ps don't forget your vitamins too <BR> <BR> Have a STAYING HYDRATING Thursday! Wed, 6 Apr 2011 20:06:06 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41034111 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to TRY SOMETHING NEW. This could be: <BR> <BR> *A healthy food, recipe, beverage, or restaurant <BR> <BR> *An exercise or piece of equipment incorporated into exercise <BR> <BR> *Tackling something in your life that you have never done before (i.e. a project, facing a fear, etc.) <BR> <BR> *A new way of doing something that you do regularly <BR> <BR> These are just some suggestions. What will you do that is NEW TO YOU today... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 19:25:32 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x41009095 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> I went out yesterday and filled our shopping cart with strictly fruits/vegetables, and healthy foods. I bought beans, whole grain pita & bread, rolled oats & brown rice, nonfat soymilk & cow's milk, herbal tea, fish, chicken, etc. <BR> <BR> As a challenge to myself, I wanted to see if I could make a day of eating strictly vegetarian. I don't see myself becoming vegetarian, but I think some of the health benefits are worth a try. This is something I have NEV... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 18:49:10 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40979567 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's get together and kick up our April cardio minutes! Your challenge today is to get in 45 MINUTES OF CARDIO. You don't have to do 45 minutes of continuous cardio. Feel free to break up the minutes. Always work at your own level of fitness for you. <BR> <BR> So...put on your exercise shoes, grab your gym bag, pump up your bike tires....WE ARE MOVING NOW! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday everyone! <BR> Sun, 3 Apr 2011 13:51:49 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40923754 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to tailor your cardio workout to your fitness level. If you are: <BR> <BR> *New to Exercise - Try to get in 30 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> *Have been exercising for a while (more than a month) - Try to get in 45 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> *Have been exercising for a long while - Try to get in 60 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! Remember to drink your water, have a nutritious snack... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 19:20:31 EST New Perfect Produce iPhone App from SparkPeople... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x40920574 New Perfect Produce iPhone App from SparkPeople <BR> Thursday, March 31, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Learn to Select, Store and Cook Hundreds of Fruits and Vegetables Before You Buy <BR> <BR> Do you know how to pick the best cantaloupe, prepare an artichoke, or properly store garlic before you use it? When you're trying to eat more fruits and vegetables, it can be difficult to know how to chose, store, and cook with all the different varieties you see. That's why SparkPeople created the Perf... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 16:19:00 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40900437 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> Your challenge today is to concentrate REALLY HARD on eating: LEAN PROTEINS & WHOLE GRAIN CARBS <BR> Don't even look at highly processed proteins (i.e. lunch meat, hot dogs, etc.) or enriched white flours (i.e. donuts, white bread, white flour crackers, enriched white pasta, etc.) <BR> <BR> Today, try having these healthy alternatives: <BR> <BR> *Grilled fish or chicken <BR> *Whole grains breads and cereals <BR> *Legumes (beans are a GREAT source of f... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 18:49:15 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40874979 Happy Wednesday!!! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - We are going WALKING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer and try to get in 10,000 or more steps. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk or you can use a time method of measure. It takes about 1 hour to walk about 5 miles at a moderate speed. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> <BR> ****remember to work at your own pac... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 16:35:48 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40854234 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get creative with UNPLANNED EXERCISE. What does that mean? Well, make the most of your "off moments" throughout the day. Things like: <BR> <BR> *While you are waiting for your coffee/tea to brew, or your toast to get done - Do some squats or leg lifts <BR> <BR> *While waiting for a fax or copies at the copier - Do some calf raises or glute squeezes <BR> <BR> *While at your monitor typing or waiting in traffic - Tighten y... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 19:10:20 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40823823 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the better. Bran... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 12:04:40 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40778019 <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get in 45 MINUTES OF CARDIO. <BR> You don't have to do 45 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> Feel free to break up the minutes and always remember to exercise at your own pace and fitness level. <BR> <BR> So...put on your exercise shoes, grab your gym bag, pump up your bike tires....WE ARE MOVING NOW! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday everyone! Thu, 24 Mar 2011 22:13:32 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40749038 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> I thought we could do some sharing for today's challenge. We have all been down the "diet yellow-brink road". We have all tried crazy things that didn't work. We have learned what NOT to do. We are starting to learn what we SHOULD do. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to share something you have learned along the way to healthier living. You can mention: <BR> <BR> *What you have tried in the past that didn't work <BR> *Ways that you get in your wa... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 15:51:37 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40729193 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> *Taking out the recycle for an elderly neighbor <BR> *Giving the person in front of you the change they are short <BR> *Striking up a polite conversation with a complete stranger, and wishing them a good day <BR> <BR> do something kind today. The items above are but a few things You can spread sunshine in the lives of others. Feel a challenge coming? YOU BET! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PASS IT ON! Throw out random acts of kindness. With a... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 19:08:51 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40705920 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET 8 HOURS OF SLEEP. For many of us, getting a full night of sleep is next to impossible. In order to complete this challenge, you need to turn off the television, or put down the book. <BR> <BR> Take a warm bath, put on your jammies, and GET SOME SLEEP! <BR> <BR> Have a SWEET DREAMS Tuesday! Mon, 21 Mar 2011 19:43:46 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40683246 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> How was everyone's weekend? Did you get a bunch accomplished? Did you spend time with loved ones? Did you rest and relax? GREAT FOR YOU! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR CORE! You can do any (or all) of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do at least THREE exercises (and appropriate reps) that work your CORE area. Spark Fitness has great suggestions for core exercises. <BR> <BR> *Do an exercise video that focuses on your core muscles <BR> <BR... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 20:35:29 EST fun quiz..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x40636822 <BR> borrowed this from another spark friend.........HAPPY-DESTINY's blog... <BR> <BR> Fun Quiz! <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a Chinese Feng Shui horoscope. <BR> If you are honest this tells the truth. <BR> Write your answers on paper. <BR> To find your Feng Shui horoscope scroll down. <BR> <BR> 1. Which is your favourite color: Red, Black, Blue, Green or Yellow? <BR> 2. Your first initial? <BR> 3. Your month of birth? <BR> 4. Which color do you like more, Black or White? <BR> 5. The n... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 10:22:29 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40627777 <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's get together and kick up our cardio minutes! <BR> Your challenge today is to get in 45 MINUTES OF CARDIO. <BR> You don't have to do 45 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> Feel free to break up the minutes. <BR> Work at your own pace to fit your level of fitness. <BR> <BR> So...put on your exercise shoes, grab your gym bag, pump up your bike tires....WE ARE MOVING NOW! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday everyone! <BR> <BR> <BR... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 21:08:36 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40606341 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! It is around the 15th of each month, we take our measurements. Keep track of your measurements as soon as you can to see how your are progressing. There are times when the scale is a "frustrating beast", but the tape measure can show you that you are indeed shrinking. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a tape measure, just go online and type in your search engine "printable tape measure". You should be able to find many out there. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 21:17:31 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40584794 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Shorts season is coming soon . There isn't a better time to get our legs trim and toned than now. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do an exercise (or several if you are doing strength training) to tone up your legs. Some activities could be: <BR> <BR> *Strength training your lower body (i.e. squats, lunges, leg lifts, etc.) <BR> *Bicycling (Spinning class) <BR> *Rowing <BR> *Step Aerobics <BR> *Kickboxing (Turbo Jam & Tae Bo too!) <BR> *... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 21:46:03 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40557716 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SMILE AT EVERY PERSON YOU ENCOUNTER (even if they don't smile back!) Change the world around you by giving a smile. Someone driving you crazy? Kill them with kindness and a smile. Your actions just might change those of the world around you. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a TOTALLY TERRIFIC TUESDAY! Mon, 14 Mar 2011 18:39:56 EST Who Are You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x40539368 this was written by my friend Ray AKA jukebox 2 <BR> i hope you find it helpful......... <BR> <BR> <BR> Who Are You? <BR> <BR> Or maybe a better question is … Who do you want to become! <BR> Have you been labeled by society as a (whatever) and you want to know why? Identity labels are not only a useful tool, they also help us define who we are and what we may become! They’re a necessary evil when you’re trying to become something other than what you are! They define us . They shape ... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 22:23:15 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40530734 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> How was everyone's weekend? Did you get a bunch accomplished? Did you spend time with loved ones? Did you rest and relax? GREAT FOR YOU! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR CORE! You can do any (or all) of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do at least THREE exercises (and appropriate reps) that work your CORE area. Spark Fitness has great suggestions for core exercises. <BR> <BR> *Take a class such as kickboxing or martial arts. <BR> <BR> *Do ... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 14:35:28 EST spring forward.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x40507609 don't forget....... <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.dobhran.com/greetings/GRdaylight<BR>spring.htm </link> Sat, 12 Mar 2011 09:49:35 EST EXERCISE IS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR THE KNEES...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x40507501 EXERCISE IS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR THE KNEES, STUDY SHOWS <BR> <BR> Examining impact on individual parts of the knee shows physical activity is beneficial to joint health <BR> INDIANAPOLIS – For years, studies have offered conflicting opinions on whether exercise is good for knees. A new report released today by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) provides strong evidence that exercise is, in fact, good for the knees. <BR> The report, titled “What is the Effect of Physical Activity on ... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 09:44:10 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40477278 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: <BR> <BR> 1-KEEP TRACK OF EVERYTHING YOU EAT & DRINK TODAY <BR> 2-STAY WITHIN YOUR CALORIE RANGE. <BR> 3- DRINK ALL YOUR WATER <BR> <BR> Just remember to write down/track all food & beverages consumed. <BR> <BR> PS: DON'T FORGET TO TAKE YOUR VITAMINS TOO. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have an EATING RIGHT FOR A HEALTHIER ME Friday! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:16:40 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40455650 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SPOIL YOURSELF. <BR> Do something kind and pampering JUST FOR YOU! <BR> Go ahead, you deserve it! <BR> Come back and share what you did.... <BR> <BR> Have an I'M WORTH IT Thursday! <BR> Wed, 9 Mar 2011 19:56:15 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40430656 <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> *At your own level of abi... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 19:15:15 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40407894 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT ONE COMPLETELY VEGETARIAN MEAL. You choose the meal and what you eat. <BR> <BR> The one misconception that many of us have is that vegetarians don't consume protein. This just isn't true (or healthy). Great ways to get protein into your vegetarian meal are: <BR> <BR> *Beans (kidney, black, garbanzo, lentils, etc.) <BR> <BR> *Soy products (soy milk, edamame, etc.) <BR> <BR> *Nuts & seeds (Almonds, Cashews, Filberts, Hemp ... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 20:31:23 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40376548 <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Does anyone enjoy soups, casseroles, or healthy crockpot meals during the cooler months? I know I love this time of year. With a little planning, you can have a healthy, hearty meal that everyone enjoys. <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is a RECIPE SWAP. What do you enjoy making during these cooler months that is healthy? Do you have a recipe to share? Do you have a link to a healthy recipe (whether on Spark Recipes or another site)? If possib... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 15:25:23 EST Emotional Hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x40353053 Emotional Hunger <BR> <BR> <BR> FRIDAY, MARCH 04, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD <BR> <BR> When you experience emotional hunger you feel truly hungry, and at the moment when the craving for food grips you, you can't tell that your hunger originates in your mind, and not in your belly. <BR> <BR> If you want to stay on the lose-some-pounds-and-gain-them-back cycle for a lifetime, go on a conventional diet. But if you want to stay trim for the rest of your life, you need to stop focusing on what... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 12:21:10 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40317342 <BR> <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 400 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> Remember that you don't have to burn these calories through one workout. Feel free to break up your exercise throughout the day. <BR> Feel free to modify these exercises to fit your fitness level. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THESE! <BR> <BR> Have a KICKING OFF THE WEEKEND RIGHT Friday! Thu, 3 Mar 2011 20:05:55 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40293729 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SPOIL YOURSELF. <BR> Do something kind and pampering JUST FOR YOU! <BR> Go ahead, you deserve it! <BR> <BR> Have an I'M WORTH IT Thursday! <BR> Wed, 2 Mar 2011 21:10:30 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40267325 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to IMPROVE YOUR ENVIRONMENT AND CLEAN SOMETHING THAT REALLY NEEDS ATTENTION! You know what that area is that needs to be cleaned and straightened. You don't have to do this all day long. You can take as little as 5 minutes to straighten your environment and make it better. <BR> <BR> What will you be working on today? <BR> <BR> Have a SQUEAKY CLEAN Wednesday! <BR> Tue, 1 Mar 2011 20:59:11 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40241769 <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge yesterday was to work your core muscles. Today's challenge is to WORK YOUR HEART. <BR> <BR> It is a cardio day. Work your heart, large muscles, and BURN CALORIES! <BR> <BR> The activity and intensity level are up to you.Modify these to fit your fitness level The goal is to GET MOVING FOR AT LEAST 20 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> You can do this! <BR> <BR> Have a GETTING MY HEART PUMPING Tuesday! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 22:23:04 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40211797 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT AT LEAST 5 FRUITS & VEGETABLE SERVINGS. <BR> <BR> YOU can fit in healthy food choices TODAY. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have an ENJOYABLE Monday! <BR> Sun, 27 Feb 2011 18:54:04 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40155686 <BR> <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> How do you feel when someone gives you a compliment out of the blue? Does it make your day? YOU BET! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GIVE 5 COMPLIMENTS TO 5 DIFFERENT PEOPLE. These people could be family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, or even strangers. Make the day of 5 people by telling them they are doing something right. <BR> <BR> Just by your words and actions, you could make 5 people feel better about themselves. How aweso... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 23:46:02 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40128104 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: <BR> <BR> DRINK 8 GLASSES OR MORE OF WATER <BR> <BR> Get out your recyclable bottle first thing in the morning, and fill it up. Take a sip here and there. Before you know it, you have had your water for the day. <BR> <BR> Have a STAYING HYDRATING Thursday! <BR> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 19:54:15 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40105182 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR LEGS. Great ways to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Lunges <BR> *Jumping Jacks <BR> *Squats <BR> *Kickboxing <BR> *Jogging <BR> *Bicycling <BR> *Rollerblading <BR> *Step class, DVD, or stair stepper <BR> *Power walking <BR> <BR> How will you work your legs today? <BR> <BR> Have a SEXY, SCULPTED LEGS Wednesday! Tue, 22 Feb 2011 21:05:11 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40081175 <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT 3 HEALTHY MEALS & 2 HEALTHY SNACKS. You will need to plan ahead for this one so you don't go over on your calorie range. <BR> <BR> Keeping your body fuelled throughout the day keeps those "binges" away. Pack a lunch box. Bring healthy snacks to work or in your glove box. YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a KEEPING THE ENERGY COMING Tuesday Mon, 21 Feb 2011 21:45:30 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40044285 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do 3-5 strength training exercises. <BR> <BR> You can find exercises to match your current fitness level in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> Need a bit more of a challenge? You can incorporate weights, bands and/or balls into your arm workout. <BR> <BR> Remember to have fun, drink plenty of water and rest between reps. <BR> <BR> Have a MUSCULAR Monday <BR> Sun, 20 Feb 2011 11:57:41 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x40003783 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE. This is an open exercise day, which means that you can do cardio, strength training, or a combination. The duration and intensity are left completely up to you. <BR> <BR> What are you waiting for? GET MOVING!! <BR> <BR> Have a BURNING CALORIES BEFORE THE WEEKEND Friday! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:57:44 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39971831 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> On or about the 15th of each month, our challenge is always to measure ourselves. Keeping track of your measurements can be very motivational. This is especially true when the number on the scale isn't going down, but the measuring tape is. <BR> <BR> Get out your measuring tape (or print out a free one online) and measure the areas listed below. Make sure to keep these numbers handy to compare for next month. <BR> <BR> Areas to measure: <BR> <BR> *Ches... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 22:20:15 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39946778 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> How is your winter winding down? Have you worked hard over the winter to eat healthier, exercise more, and get plenty of water? Have you been so busy that you haven't been as diligent as you would like? <BR> <BR> If you are like me, you have been on full steam and haven't spent as much time doing what we know is right. It is time to dust ourselves off and RECOMMIT TODAY! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to: <BR> <BR> 1) FIND 3 THINGS ABOUT YOUR PHYSI... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 21:24:47 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39924263 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK OUT FOR 30 CONTINUOUS MINUTES. You can make this as easy as a 30 minute brisk walk, or as challenging as a kick-boxing class or run. YOU CAN DO THIS! Do what fits your fitness level best! <BR> <BR> Have a BURNING OFF THOSE CALORIES Tuesday! Mon, 14 Feb 2011 22:16:00 EST HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x39902388 HAVE AN AWESOME DAY EVERYONE............ <BR> <BR> <link>www.dobhran.com/greetings/GRvalentin<BR>e6.htm </link> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 00:14:47 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39879196 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to ONLY EAT HEALTHY FOODS. Steer clear of processed, junk foods. You know which ones: <BR> <BR> *Regular Chips <BR> *Candy Bars packed full of sugar & fat <BR> *Cookies <BR> *Ice Cream <BR> *Full-Sugar Soda <BR> *Deep Fried Foods <BR> *Pastries, donuts, full-fat muffins <BR> *Sugared cereals <BR> <BR> Instead of eating these today, try to focus on healthy alternatives such as: <BR> <BR> *Fresh Fruit <BR> *Diet Soda <BR> *... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 21:18:26 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39838680 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE. This is an open exercise day, which means that you can do cardio, strength training, or a combination. The duration and intensity are left completely up to you. <BR> <BR> What are you waiting for? GET MOVING!! <BR> <BR> Have a BURNING CALORIES BEFORE THE WEEKEND Friday! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 21:39:11 EST NEW Fitness Features: 5K Training Plans etc..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x39837048 NEW Fitness Features: 5K Training Plans, Virtual Races and More <BR> Thursday, February 10, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> At SparkPeople, we're continuously improving the site by adding new features to help our members reach their goals. Today, we're happy to launch several new running tools and features: a brand new Running Center, our 5K Your Way training plans, and Virtual Races! <BR> <BR> Many of our most successful members have taken up running as a way to lose weight, get fit, and stay m... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:21:35 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39814231 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is COMMENT ON EVERY ONE OF THE SPARK TEAMS YOU BELONG TO. This could be a huddle, reply, or new post. <BR> <BR> What a perfect time to gear up for healthy eating, exercise, and goals. Get back in touch with all of your Spark Teams. These teams will encourage you and keep you on track. <BR> <BR> Have a TOUCHING BASE & LOSING AT A HEALTHY PACE Thursday! <BR> Wed, 9 Feb 2011 21:09:24 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39791522 <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to TRY SOMETHING NEW. This could be: <BR> <BR> *A healthy food, recipe, beverage, or restaurant <BR> <BR> *An exercise or piece of equipment incorporated into exercise <BR> <BR> *Tackling something in your life that you have never done before (i.e. a project, facing a fear, etc.) <BR> <BR> *A new way of doing something that you do regularly <BR> <BR> These are just some suggestions. What will you do that is NEW... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 22:31:39 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39770240 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT 7 SERVINGS OF FRUITS and/or VEGETABLES. Great ways to get in servings can be: <BR> <BR> *Make fresh fruit/vegetable juice in your juicer <BR> *Have a fruit smoothie <BR> *Have a bowl of fresh fruit salad <BR> *Have a big vegetable salad <BR> *Put vegetables on your sandwich <BR> *Chop up vegetables and dip them in hummus or salsa <BR> *Have a bowl of vegetable soup (watch that sodium!) <BR> *Grill vegetables on th... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 05:47:13 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39737302 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 250 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> We all enjoyed the amazing meals, laughter, and time with family & friends over the weekend. <BR> It is time to get back on track. WE CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a LOOKING FORWARD TO A NEW ME Monday! <BR> Sun, 6 Feb 2011 20:05:36 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39668887 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE. This is an open exercise day, which means that you can do cardio, strength training, or a combination. The duration and intensity are left completely up to you. <BR> <BR> What are you waiting for? GET MOVING!! <BR> <BR> Have a BURNING CALORIES BEFORE THE WEEKEND Friday! <BR> Thu, 3 Feb 2011 18:22:30 EST SIX MONTH SPARKVERSARY - WOO HOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x39653694 Everyone from this team that is still active on SP is celebrating their 6 month sparkversary this week. I'd love for us to share a sentence or two about what we've accomplished and why we're still here. I'll start - in this 1st six months I'm almost to the 30 lb mark, have raced in a 5k and have come off anti-depressants. I love exercise and miss it when I can't - such a huge accomplishment! I'm still here because first of all I love SP. The sparkbuddies I've made, the great info and tools he... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 07:18:54 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39645272 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your week is almost over. How are you holding up? Are you needing more energy around 10am & 4pm each day? Maybe you should consider spreading your calories throughout the day with smaller meals AND snacks. Hmm....that's a GREAT IDEA! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT TWO HEALTHY SNACKS. Have one in the morning after your body has used the energy from your breakfast. Have a healthy snack during the late afternoon when your body is starting to g... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 20:04:51 EST small doses of exercise make a big difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x39620523 Do you set huge exercise goals for yourself that you couldn't possibly accomplish? Do you pay for expensive gym memberships, equipment or DVDs that you never use? Do you always intend to exercise but then tell yourself that you don't feel like it? If so, you're not alone. This week's tip could help you finally get out there and start moving. <BR> <BR> We all know that exercise makes a huge difference to your health, your well-being, and your peace of mind. But, why is it so hard to do it, an... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 21:44:34 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39619301 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to <BR> <BR> MEASURE EVERYTHING YOU EAT/DRINK & STAY WITHIN YOUR CALORIE RANGE. <BR> <BR> You CAN do this! <BR> <BR> Have a HEALTHIER ME Wednesday! <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 20:52:31 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39587258 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> It is the first day of February. This month can be filled with food related obstacles (i.e. pot lucks, parties, Mom's cooking, etc.). You set your February cardio minutes yesterday. Today, we are going to act on our pledge. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET MOVING & KICK OFF FEBRUARY WITH CARDIO. It doesn't matter what you decide to do to burn calories today. The idea is to GET MOVING & BURN CALORIES! <BR> <BR> What exercise(s) did you do and for h... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:49:08 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39555061 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET OUT FOR A WALK. The distance and the pace are up to you. Put on your walking shoes and GET MOVING! <BR> <BR> Have a MERE STRETCH OF THE LEGS Monday! <BR> Sun, 30 Jan 2011 13:56:13 EST making wishes come true...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x39532382 written by my friend Ray aka jukebox2 <BR> <BR> <BR> Have you ever watched Pinocchio? Does Pinocchio get his wish? At what cost... you can't get anything today, it seems, without it costing something!... <BR> <BR> Does The little Mermaid get her man... What changes does she have to go through to get Prince Eric? <BR> <BR> Will you have to take a chance and kiss a few frogs to get what you want? <BR> <BR> We all have within us the power to making all of our wishes come true. But there ... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 11:39:35 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39497870 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to LOOK TO THE RIGHT OF THIS PAGE AND DO THE EXERCISE OF THE DAY. <BR> <BR> Should the exercise of the day require gym equipment, pick something in the Spark Fitness area that is comparable to the exercise shown.Work at your own level that works best for you. <BR> <BR> WE CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a GETTING PUMPED FOR THE WEEKEND Friday! <BR> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 19:51:48 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39471131 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> You have THREE CHALLENGES today. They are: <BR> <BR> 1) Get in 30 minutes of cardio at your level <BR> 2) Drink AT LEAST 8 glasses of water <BR> 3) Take a multi-vitamin <BR> <BR> Pretty easy, huh? You can do these with no problem. Right? RIGHT! <BR> <BR> Have a THREE FOR A SLIMMER ME Thursday! <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 18:35:09 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39444321 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DRINK AT LEAST 8 GLASSES OF WATER. <BR> <BR> Did you know?: <BR> <BR> *You lose water through urination, respiration, and by sweating. <BR> <BR> *If you are very active, you lose more water than if you are sedentary. <BR> <BR> *Twenty percent of your water need will come from the foods you eat. The rest of your water need should come from the beverages you drink. Water is the best choice. Sodas have a lot of sugar in them,... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 19:18:17 EST important message..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x39430099 Hi everyone <BR> <BR> This is just a friendly reminder to please not pass along "chain" type SparkMails or comments on your SparkPage. There's one going around right now about being a beautiful person and passing it along to 3 other people you know. It's nice in theory, but can easily get out of hand. <BR> <BR> I'd ask that you spread the word to prevent things like this from continuing. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Tue, 25 Jan 2011 09:34:22 EST listen 2 coach Nicole live today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x39429299 Big News From Chris Downie, SparkGuy! <BR> <BR> "We're happy to announce that SparkPeople's Coach Nicole will be leading a free, hour long weight-loss seminar on Hay House Radio this Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 3-4 p.m. EST. Please tune in if you can. Participants will also have the opportunity to call in and ask questions toward the end of the show." <BR> <BR> Go to this link to sign up for the free event which you can listen to at any time, but try to join in so that you can ask questions tha... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 09:09:49 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39421916 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many different COLORS you can eat from the fruit & vegetable group. Having a variety of colors daily insures that you are eating a range of foods that are loaded with different vitamins and minerals. <BR> <BR> Remember to drink your water today as well. Fruits and vegetables are not only loaded with good vitamins/minerals, but they are also full of fiber. Opt for the fresh or steamed items whenever possible too. <BR... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 22:27:00 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39386151 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Anyone here been tempting with treats at: work, school, church, or with family/friends? This time of year is full of sweet delicacies that sabotage our new healthy lifestyle. How do we combat these little "Whoops!" moments? WITH EXERCISE! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN OFF 300 OR MORE CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. Be proactive this week by MOVING & BURNING CALORIES! <BR> <BR> Have a THAT MAY BE TASTY, BUT I NEED TO BURN SOME CALORIES B... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 16:52:34 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39325399 <BR> <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 400 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> Remember that you don't have to burn these calories through one workout. Feel free to break up your exercise throughout the day and work at your own pace. <BR> <BR> Have a KICKING OFF THE WEEKEND RIGHT Friday! <BR> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 21:41:04 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39294281 <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 350 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE.Do it at your level of ability... <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a Great Thursday! Wed, 19 Jan 2011 17:40:59 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39271493 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET IN 10,000 STEPS. This can be achieved with walking, running, jogging, or a combination of them. Think about this: <BR> <BR> 1) How far is 10,000 steps? The average person's stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long. That means it takes just over 2,000 steps to walk one mile, and 10,000 steps is close to 5 miles. <BR> <BR> 2) A sedentary person may only average 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. For these people adding steps ha... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 20:58:02 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39241844 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET AS MANY POINTS AS YOU CAN. You are not up against anyone else with this challenge. In order to get a bunch of points for the day, you need to eat well, exercise, drink water, and participate in the Spark Community. <BR> <BR> How many points can you get today? GO FOR IT! <BR> <BR> Have an ADDING UP THE NUMBERS FOR A HEALTHIER ME Tuesday! Mon, 17 Jan 2011 20:02:46 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39216211 <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> How was everyone's weekend? Did you get a bunch accomplished? Did you spend time with loved ones? Did you rest and relax? GREAT FOR YOU! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR CORE! You can do any (or all) of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do at least THREE exercises (and appropriate reps) that work your CORE area. Spark Fitness has great suggestions for core exercises. <BR> <BR> *Take a class such as kickboxing or martial arts. <BR>... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 22:07:31 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39216174 <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> oops a mistaken post....so sorry...... <BR> <BR> <BR> below is the link to get to the post..... <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798<BR>x39216211 </link> Sun, 16 Jan 2011 22:05:56 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39144159 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to TAKE 30 MINUTES OF PEACE & QUIET. Set aside just 30 minutes to: <BR> <BR> *Relax <BR> *Take a snooze <BR> *Enjoy nature <BR> *Meditate or pray <BR> *Read something inspiration or comforting <BR> <BR> Whatever you do, DO IT FOR YOU! <BR> <BR> Have a MUSIC TO MY EARS Friday! <BR> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 22:25:51 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39114893 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 25 OF EACH OF THESE EXERCISES: <BR> <BR> *Crunches <BR> *Push-Ups <BR> *Hamstring Curls (each leg) <BR> *Jumping Jacks <BR> *Lunges or Squats <BR> <BR> Feel free to modify these exercises to fit your fitness level. YOU CAN DO THESE! <BR> <BR> Have a FEELING GOOD Thursday! <BR> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 21:04:26 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39088652 <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SEND OUT THREE (3) SPARK GOODIES TO THREE RANDOM MEMBERS. It is preferable that you send these goodies to members that you don't usually correspond with. These could be three people on three different boards. These people could be new members. These people could be ones that are asking for guidance/motivation in their blog. <BR> <BR> Have a SPREADING SOME SPARK CHEER Wednesday! <BR> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 23:11:45 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x39056939 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to MAKE A LIST OF THINGS YOU HAVE A HARD TIME CONQUERING AND ACCOMPLISH THEM. <BR> <BR> For example, I have a hard time with sodium, strength training, and getting enough water. Those are the things I will be focusing on today. <BR> <BR> What will your challenge be today? Feel free to share what you did. <BR> <BR> Have a TACKLING THE TOUGH ONES Tuesday! Mon, 10 Jan 2011 21:56:22 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38998074 <BR> <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 3-5 DIFFERENT EXERCISES THAT FOCUS ON FIRMING UP YOUR ARMS. Feel free to use weights, bands, etc. to increase the difficulty of your work-out. There are great suggestions for exercises targeting arms in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> Feel free to share which exercises you completed. <BR> <BR> Have a WE ARE GOING TO PUMP YOU UP Monday! Sat, 8 Jan 2011 21:12:13 EST Questions about Spark Buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x38948074 I hope I'm not the only with with questions, but if I am, oh well. I'm asking because I want answers. <BR> <BR> How do Spark Buddies work, in general, I guess is what I am questioning. Is a Spark Buddy usually just someone you interact with online, or usually in person? Is it a way to commit yourself to helping someone and getting help from them as opposed to Sparkfriends which seems to be more casual? <BR> <BR> I'd really like some more support on this journey and maybe a Spark Buddy ... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 21:32:32 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38947509 What a week! <BR> <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's finish up this busy week with a great workout. <BR> <BR> Can you fit in 30-45 minutes of cardio today? Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! Thu, 6 Jan 2011 21:13:34 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38919122 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PAMPER YOU! Take time out of your day to spoil yourself. Simple ways you can do this are: <BR> <BR> *Sleep in <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Take a relaxing bubble bath <BR> *Buy something for yourself <BR> *Rent a special movie or go see one <BR> *Buy a healthy food you rarely buy <BR> *Ask family or friends to make YOU dinner for once <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do today, make sure to take time for YOU. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 21:43:28 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38885100 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Hope all have a FANTASTIC Wednes... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 19:42:32 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38861124 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the better. Bra... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 23:48:09 EST If I lost One Pound Every Week of 2011! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x38828619 If I lost One Pound Every Week of 2011! <BR> <BR> By Valentine's Day I'd be 7 pounds lighter! I'm loving it! <BR> <BR> By St. Patrick's Day I'd be 11 pounds lighter! <BR> With the luck-O-the Irish I'll make it to my goal. <BR> <BR> By Easter I would be 16 pounds lighter! <BR> I'd be a cuter bunny. <BR> <BR> By Memorial Day I'd be 23 pounds lighter! <BR> Won't let it rain on my parade. <BR> <BR> By Flag Day I'd be 25 pounds lighter! <BR> Boy, could I wave my flag then. <BR> <BR... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 23:52:44 EST most recent Sparkpeople news...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x38806575 while i was away these the recent new clipping on sparkpeople......sorry of they are a little late..... <BR> <BR> SparkPeople Member in People--and on the Today Show! <BR> Thursday, December 30, 2010 <BR> <BR> Great news! SparkPeople member Christina Cores (at right on the cover), who lost 122 pounds, is featured on the cover of People magazine's annual "Half Their Size" issue (on newsstands tomorrow, Dec. 31)--and she'll be on the Today Show on Monday, Jan. 3 between 7 and 9 a.m. (we don't... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 10:51:30 EST YOU MAKE YOUR OWN OPPORTUNITIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x38805261 another great post from my friend Ray aka jukebox2 <BR> <BR> <BR> YOU MAKE YOUR OWN OPPORTUNITIES <BR> <BR> Your destiny isn't a matter of chance, it's a matter of the choices you'll make in the coming year. <BR> <BR> Success isn't something you wait for, it's something you must pursue in the months ahead. <BR> <BR> Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities to be successful. Seize common occasions and turn them into great ones. Opportunities sometimes come disguised in the form of mi... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 10:03:49 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38802281 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> It is time for determining your JANUARY CARDIO MINUTES. How many minutes of cardio are you doing daily? How many is that in a week? How much is that for a month? Can you increase that for the month of JANUARY? <BR> <BR> Many of us were faced with holiday food temptations. Increasing your exercise minutes for JANUARY is a great way to fight the "5lbs. holiday weight gain". <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DETERMINE HOW MANY CARDIO MINUTES YOU CAN DO IN ... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 07:24:10 EST Merry Christmas one & all.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x38643836 my Christmas <BR> wishes for you.................... <BR> <BR> <BR> Why God Made Friends <BR> God made the world with a heart full of <BR> love Then He looked down from Heaven above, <BR> And saw that we all need a helping hand, <BR> Someone to share with, who'll understand. <BR> He made special people to see us through <BR> The glad times and the sad times, too; <BR> A person on whom we can always depend, <BR> Someone we can call a friend. <BR> God made friends so we'll carry <BR... Fri, 24 Dec 2010 22:33:55 EST The Spark: Now in Paperback http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x38518938 The Spark: Now in Paperback (with 3 GREAT Reasons to Buy) <BR> Thursday, December 16, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> Last year, SparkPeople reached a major goal and milestone when we released our first book, The Spark, and subsequently landed on several best-seller lists thanks to the support and sales that were largely driven by our members. <BR> <BR> We are proud to announce the release of the paperback version of The Spark , which is now available at online and brick-and-mortar booksellers. There... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 23:25:23 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38517386 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> We are going to work off any extra calories that we have consumed this week with a bit of fun cardio. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get moving and get in 25-45 min. of cardio. Some great ways to burn off calories can be: <BR> <BR> *Turn up the music and dance away those calories (great for house cleaning when no one is watching) <BR> *Put on your headset and go for a walk or jog <BR> *Do some gardening (i.e. mow, pull weeds, rake leaves) <BR> *Pl... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 21:46:45 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38498930 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! It's near the 15th of each month, we take our measurements. Keep track of your measurements as soon as you can to see how your are progressing. There are times when the scale is a "frustrating beast", but the tape measure can show you that you are indeed shrinking. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a tape measure, just go online and type in your search engine "printable tape measure". You should be able to find many out there. <BR> <BR> Sug... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 21:27:34 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38480550 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to MEASURE EVERYTHING YOU EAT/DRINK & STAY WITHIN YOUR CALORIE RANGE. <BR> <BR> You CAN do this! <BR> <BR> Have a HEALTHIER ME Wednesday! <BR> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 21:26:45 EST 'Woman's Day' Features Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x38463507 SPARKGUYANDTEAM's Recent Blog Entries <BR> <BR> <BR> 'Woman's Day' Features Member's 100-Pound Weight Loss <BR> Monday, December 13, 2010 <BR> <BR> Check newsstands tomorrow for another SparkPeople member in the news! <BR> <BR> <BR> 30-year-old SparkPeople Motivator Roni Yonka (RONIROO2U) reached her 100-pound weight-loss goal with help from SparkPeople, and Woman's Day magazine was so impressed by her story that they will be featuring it in their January 2011 issue, which hits newsstand... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 23:00:25 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38462471 <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge yesterday was to work your core muscles. Today's challenge is to WORK YOUR HEART. <BR> <BR> It is a cardio day. Work your heart, large muscles, and BURN CALORIES! <BR> <BR> The activity and intensity level are up to you. The goal is to GET MOVING FOR AT LEAST 20 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> You can do this! <BR> <BR> Have a GETTING MY HEART PUMPING Tuesday! Mon, 13 Dec 2010 21:57:05 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38437760 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> You have TWO CHALLENGES for today. They are: <BR> <BR> 1) Re-evaluate your goals and calorie needs <BR> <BR> 2) Update your status on your Sparkpage <BR> <BR> Using these tools can be a GREAT MOTIVATION to you and others that read your Sparkpage. Those holiday parties will be here sooner than we know. Let's get working on healthier eating and exercise. WE CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a MAKING A BETTER ME Monday! <BR> Sun, 12 Dec 2010 16:13:07 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38392129 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Wooohooo! We made it to the end of the week! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is: GO FASTER, HARDER, OR LONGER! <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training today, can you: <BR> <BR> 1) Use a bit more weight? <BR> 2) Do a few more reps? <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training today, can you: <BR> <BR> 1) Go farther than you usually do? <BR> 2) Go longer than you usually do? <BR> 3) Go faster than you usually do? <BR> <BR> Today is all abo... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 20:50:11 EST YOU ARE YOUR ENVIRONMENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x38379623 here is another great post by my friend Ray.....hope it is helpful ............ <BR> <BR> YOU ARE YOUR ENVIRONMENT <BR> <BR> Always be mindful that you're a product of your environment. <BR> <BR> So choose an environment that will best develop you toward your objective. <BR> <BR> Analyze your life in terms of your environment. <BR> Are the things around you helping you toward your success, or are they holding you back? <BR> <BR> The first step toward getting somewhere is to decide t... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 08:48:01 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38371513 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: <BR> <BR> DRINK 8 GLASSES OR MORE OF WATER <BR> <BR> Get out your recyclable bottle first thing in the morning, and fill it up. Take a sip here and there. Before you know it, you have had your water for the day. <BR> <BR> Have a STAYING HYDRATING Thursday! Wed, 8 Dec 2010 20:03:19 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38352163 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Who can burn 300 or more calories today through exercise? Any takers? Challenge yourself to GET MOVING. YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday everyone! Tue, 7 Dec 2010 21:40:00 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38332136 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT ONE COMPLETELY VEGETARIAN MEAL. You choose the meal and what you eat. <BR> <BR> The one misconception that many of us have is that vegetarians don't consume protein. This just isn't true (or healthy). Great ways to get protein into your vegetarian meal are: <BR> <BR> *Beans (kidney, black, garbanzo, lentils, etc.) <BR> <BR> *Soy products (soy milk, edamame, etc.) <BR> <BR> *Nuts & seeds (Almonds, Cashews, Filberts, Hemp ... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 22:04:49 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38302949 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the better. Bran... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 13:11:00 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38259389 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to: <BR> <BR> DRINK AT LEAST 8 GLASSES OF WATER TODAY and take your VITAMINS too! <BR> <BR> MOVE YOUR BODY AND BURN as many calories as you can <BR> <BR> Let's kick off the weekend with this challenge! <BR> <BR> Share how many calories you burned <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday everyone! <BR> Thu, 2 Dec 2010 23:28:20 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38234282 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's make the challenge interactive. "How about trying this?" <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to come up with THREE CHALLENGES FOR YOU TO COMPLETE BEFORE THE DAY ENDS. <BR> <BR> Come up with 3 goals that you want to complete by the end of the day. They can do with diet, exercise, chores, errands, etc. YOU make the challenge for YOURSELF today. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Thursday everyone! Wed, 1 Dec 2010 20:06:06 EST I guess I don't pay too much attention... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x41798x38216163 I have been on Spark for 3 months and never thought to introduce myself! Duh! So, hello! I started my life change the first week of August 2010. I was 220 pounds, give or take. Today, I am 192. Mostly from diet change, but being able to do more should help me lose even more of these extra pounds! My goal is 145 lbs, and that is still putting me on the "overweight" side because I am only 5'3". I'm okay with being fluffy, just not morbidly obese, which is where I currently am. Whew! Blah-blah-b... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 00:49:44 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38213970 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> It is nice to look back and see how far I have come too. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to write in your blog/journal. 2010 is coming to an end. <BR> How has your year been? <BR> Have you made progress in the areas you wanted to address? <BR> <BR> Feel free to write down whatever you want. The challenge is to GET IT DOWN. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday everyone! Tue, 30 Nov 2010 22:27:32 EST class wants to know???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x38192573 Are The Holidays Stressful For You? <BR> <BR> How Stressful Is The Holiday Season For You? <BR> <BR> Not Stressful At All. <BR> <BR> Somewhat Stressful. Mon, 29 Nov 2010 22:22:52 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38191612 <BR> Happy Tuesday!!! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - We are going WALKING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer and try to get in 10,000 or more steps. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk or you can use a time method of measure. It takes about 1 hour to walk about 5 miles at a moderate speed. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we have consumed. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday!! Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:32:55 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38166819 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's start off the week with a "to do list". Make a note of 5 things that YOU WILL GET DONE BY FRIDAY! You can jot down the 5 things that you will get done here (or keep them somewhere that you can refer to them). <BR> <BR> 1- Let's aim for 8-10 glasses of water today. <BR> 2-Try for at least 30 minutes fo cardio/strenght training. <BR> <BR> Share with us what you managed to get done or organized <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday <BR> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 17:24:49 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38132128 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> Drink you daily quota of water <BR> Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. <BR> <BR> Let us know what you did to do to make yo... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 11:12:27 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38113169 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> Your challenge today is to concentrate REALLY HARD on eating: LEAN PROTEINS & WHOLE GRAIN CARBS <BR> Don't even look at highly processed proteins (i.e. lunch meat, hot dogs, etc.) or enriched white flours (i.e. donuts, white bread, white flour crackers, enriched white pasta, etc.) <BR> <BR> Today, try having these healthy alternatives: <BR> <BR> *Grilled fish or chicken <BR> *Whole grains breads and cereals <BR> *Legumes (beans are a GREAT source of fiber) <BR> *... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 21:03:45 EST 12 Days of Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38109100 It's Almost Time Again for the 12 Days of Cookies Emails--and Blog Posts <BR> Wednesday, November 24, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and before you know it the rest of the winter holidays will be upon us. You know that means: cookies, and lots of them! <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople is here to help. We've rounded up 12 of our favorite (healthier) cookie recipes just for you. Whether you like gingerbread men or chocolate chip cookies, sugar substitutes or the real deal, w... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 15:38:15 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38097257 <BR> Happy Wednesday!!! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - We are going WALKING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer and try to get in 10,000 or more steps. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk or you can use a time method of measure. It takes about 1 hour to walk about 5 miles at a moderate speed. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s Work Out Wednesday ... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 21:48:20 EST Dealing With Difficult People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x38080584 saw this and thought of many people,friends and family getting together at this time of year......hope this will be helpful.......... <BR> <BR> <BR> Dealing With Difficult People <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes we spend Thanksgiving with people we love, but who bring stress to the table. Having some strategies for dealing with difficult people can smooth out the rough edges in these encounters. Here are some tips to remember <BR> <BR> <BR> Become Adept at Dealing With Difficult People and Avoi... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 23:15:24 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38078222 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get creative with UNPLANNED EXERCISE. What does that mean? Well, make the most of your "off moments" throughout the day. Things like: <BR> <BR> *While you are waiting for your coffee/tea to brew, or your toast to get done - Do some squats or leg lifts <BR> <BR> *While waiting for a fax or copies at the copier - Do some calf raises or glute squeezes <BR> <BR> *While at your monitor typing or waiting in traffic - Tighten your stomac... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 21:04:31 EST Class was wondering.. ........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x38067013 <em>303</em> <em>38</em> <em>303</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> NEW QUESTION........... <BR> <BR> So do you use cranberry jelly from a can ? or do you make a sauce? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> <em>38</em> <em>303</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 10:37:54 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38056397 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the better. Bran, fo... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 19:28:53 EST leaders fo the team so far..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x38046842 so far this November top 5 the Team Leaders are: <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> <BR> 1. L*I*T*A* <BR> 2. MOBETTAMERF <BR> 3. FALASTIN <BR> 4. GARIHOOD <BR> 5. VTSKIER805 <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1. SHARON579 <BR> 2. L*I*T*A* <BR> 3. MOBETTAMERF <BR> 4. FALASTIN <BR> 5. MFORD2651 <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <em>243</em> <em>306</em> <em>220</em> <em>224</em> Sun, 21 Nov 2010 08:40:45 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38027094 due to time constraints i will no longer be posting weekend challenges......thanks for your understanding..... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge this weekend is to find 5 different Sparkers and send them an encouraging message. It could be a welcome message. It could be "you are an inspiration to me" message. It could be a "I am here for you if you need someone to talk to" message. <BR> <BR> Where can you find Sparkers to send messages to? How about: ... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 21:46:37 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x38007103 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to: <BR> <BR> DRINK AT LEAST 8 GLASSES OF WATER TODAY and take your VITAMINS too! <BR> <BR> MOVE YOUR BODY AND BURN as many calories as you can <BR> <BR> Let's kick off the weekend with this challenge! <BR> <BR> Share how many calories you burned <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday everyone! <BR> Thu, 18 Nov 2010 19:11:43 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x37990866 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! It's the 17th of the month, and time we take our measurements. Keep track of your measurements as soon as you can to see how your are progressing. There are times when the scale is a "frustrating beast", but the tape measure can show you that you are indeed shrinking. <BR> If you don't have a tape measure, just go online and type in your search engine "printable tape measure". You should be able to find many out there. <BR> <BR> Suggeste... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 20:11:17 EST Thanksgivng versus Christmas... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x37983142 <BR> Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpking pie are almost here and I can't wait! Just love Thanksgiving!! <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> The anticipation, spending time with family, the looks of joy on my children's faces. What more can I say?? They are all things I am very thankful for in my life. emoticon Then there are many events in the area, like parades, tree lightings, the decorations for Christmas that put that warm feeling in my heart <BR> <BR> <em>4... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 12:29:00 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x37972426 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to TRY SOMETHING NEW. This could be: <BR> <BR> *A healthy food, recipe, beverage, or restaurant <BR> <BR> *An exercise or piece of equipment incorporated into exercise <BR> <BR> *Tackling something in your life that you have never done before (i.e. a project, facing a fear, etc.) <BR> <BR> *A new way of doing something that you do regularly <BR> <BR> These are just some suggestions. What will you do that is NEW TO YOU... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 21:52:04 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x37949490 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> We all know that our bodies need protein. Do you know why? Protein is important for the growth and repair of your muscles, bones, skin, tendons, ligaments, hair, eyes and other tissues. Without it, you would lack the enzymes and hormones you need for metabolism, digestion and other important processes. <BR> <BR> When you have an infection, you should eat more protein because it helps create the antibodies your immune system needs to fight disease. If yo... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 19:47:33 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x37930054 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> (1)Have a healthy breakfast <BR> <BR> (2)Have at least one healthy snack to keep your body "fueled" <BR> <BR> (3) Measure & notate ALL food consumed <BR> <BR> (4) Do something physical that burns AT LEAST 200 calories <BR> <BR> Can you do ALL FOUR items on today's challenge? YOU KNOW YOU CAN! <BR> <BR> Share with us how many you got done........... <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday! Sun, 14 Nov 2010 21:22:40 EST weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x37897603 <BR> Weekend Challenge! <BR> <BR> A Dozen Things to Do This Weekend! <BR> <BR> 1. Remember that some of the world's nicest joys are its most special people, and that you are definitely one of them. <BR> <BR> 2. Take care of that special person. <BR> <BR> 3. Enjoy the ride. <BR> <BR> 4. When the world is too busy, slow it down. <BR> <BR> 5. Climb one rung higher on the ladder to your stars. <BR> <BR> 6. Imagine what the view will look like when you get where you're going. <BR> ... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 23:10:32 EST great blog..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37887546 <BR> still not thankful.... <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=PLAYBLUES22 </link> Fri, 12 Nov 2010 11:52:07 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x37877880 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to work on your CORE areas (i.e. stomach, back, sides). <BR> <BR> These are the areas that most of us have trouble with. <BR> <BR> Exercising your core helps your posture and MAKES YOU LOOK THINNER. <BR> <BR> Who can argue with that? <BR> <BR> See the Spark Fitness area for CORE exercises that are appropriate for your fitness level. <BR> <BR> Feel free to share what you did. <BR> <BR> You can also share a fitness DVD or type... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 21:42:32 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x37864763 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 25 OF EACH OF THESE EXERCISES: <BR> <BR> *Crunches <BR> *Push-Ups <BR> *Hamstring Curls (each leg) <BR> *Jumping Jacks <BR> *Lunges or Squats <BR> <BR> Feel free to modify these exercises to fit your fitness level. YOU CAN DO THESE! <BR> <BR> Have a FEELING GOOD Thursday Thu, 11 Nov 2010 09:29:10 EST thank you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x41798x37839511 <em>304</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>304</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> i have received so so many emails so far.........which is quite a positive response so i will be here for you as long as i am needed..........i will try to answer as many as is possible it may be slow but will give it my best shot........... <BR> <BR> we must remember the purpose of the class teams.........they were mainly set up to help new people navigate and orientate to th... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 22:28:02 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16111x41798x37837545 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the better. Bran, for example, is a superb source of fiber. <BR> <BR> * Eat more fruits and vegetables. Eat them unpeeled, such as baked potatoes or apples with their skin. <BR> <BR> * Drink plenty of liquids. Otherwise fiber can slow down or even block proper intestinal digestion. <B... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 20:40:44 EST color personality test.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x37813733 let's give it a try and have a bit of fun,,,,,,,, <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.chinapaint.com/eng/flash/coloran<BR>dme_en.swf </link> Mon, 8 Nov 2010 18:37:08 EST dksprowl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x41798x37719372 Hi! I'm Deb & new at using message boards etc so have patience with me. Hoping to meet & talk with people who can keep me motivated towards a healthier lifestyle. Wed, 3 Nov 2010 21:29:09 EST Thank you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x37634710 Thank you so much for the goodie today!! What a beautiful cornucopia!! It is a wonderful suprise!! Sat, 30 Oct 2010 23:02:43 EST Question of the Month Nov. 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x37611586 Which exercise do your prefer cardio or strength training <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:49:43 EST November 2010 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37610627 Another month is upon us....what are your goals for the month of Nov. Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:00:50 EST class was wondering???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x37566867 Halloween begins the holiday eating season. Do you have a plan to keep from overdoing and gaining weight during this time? <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 10:52:27 EST Daily Challenge 10/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37556208 It's bootcamp workout #3 <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1085 </link> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 20:44:46 EST Daily Challenge 10/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37535473 It's bootcamp workout number 2 <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1084 </link> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 21:15:56 EST Daily Challenge 10/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37511415 It's bootcamp workout with coach Nicole day 1 <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1083 </link> Sun, 24 Oct 2010 19:44:01 EST YOU CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x37486085 this was posted on another team i am on and with Ray's (aka jukebox2)permission have posted it here......hope you find this helpful.... <BR> <BR> YOU CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING <BR> <BR> <BR> The only thing that stands between you and what you want from life, is simply the will to pursue it and the faith to believe that it is possible. <BR> <BR> You can have anything on earth that you want, once you mentally accept the fact that you can have it. <BR> <BR> If you want success, begin thinking... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 11:11:18 EST Daily Challenge 10/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37460554 It's cardio time again lets do this video twice today <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1038 </link> Thu, 21 Oct 2010 22:45:05 EST Daily Challenge 10/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37418807 Try and get 8 full hours of sleep tonight report back and let us know how you did <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 22:41:24 EST Change How You Talk to Yourself ............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x37417714 To Achieve Your Goals, Change How You Talk to Yourself <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.self.com/fooddiet/blogs/nutritio<BR>ndata-dieting-weight-loss/2010/10/to-a<BR>chieve-your-goals-change-h.html </link> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 21:51:32 EST Daily Challenge 10/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37393847 It's time for resistance bands check out the link below <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=720 </link> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 20:33:13 EST Daily Challenge 10/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37373620 Try a Sparkpeople recipe today Sun, 17 Oct 2010 22:30:06 EST Daily Challenge 10/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37322150 Today eat 2 fruit & 2 veggies <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Oct 2010 00:23:39 EST Daily Challenge 10/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37297774 It's posting time again.... post something motivational on at least three other members' page Wed, 13 Oct 2010 20:53:26 EST hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x41798x37280921 i'd just like to introduce myself - i'm a newly converted vegetarian living in the heart of the midwest. i've recently had a lot of stressors in my life and it's kind of a mess right now. however, i'm hoping to find some friends and gain some support on here. i'm determined to turn my life around...mind, body, and soul. Wed, 13 Oct 2010 01:38:58 EST Daily Challenge 10/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37272798 It's Hips, Glutes and Thighs today....check out the link below <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1059 </link> Tue, 12 Oct 2010 17:25:06 EST Daily Challenge 10/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37254123 Below is a link to try do at least 50 of them...if you don't have a step that's ok use the floor <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis<BR>es.asp?exercise=132 </link> Mon, 11 Oct 2010 20:19:59 EST Question ~ Do you get hungry after exercising? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x37207163 Ok...so will pose this question (here and in several other places). <BR> <BR> Do you get hungry after exercising? <BR> <BR> I ask because my wife is always hungry afterwards...and it seems many people are. However, for myself, I find after exercising I am even less hungry. Is that strange? Sat, 9 Oct 2010 10:54:08 EST Daily Challenge10/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37207092 Heh....will try to fill in for Tema this morning and take some of the challenge burden off her today. <BR> <BR> Today's challenge ~ <BR> <BR> Try to eat 3-5 serving of veggies and 2-3 servings of fruit. Sat, 9 Oct 2010 10:50:06 EST Daily Challenge 10/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37179944 Today's challenge is to burn between 300 & 350 calories how ever possible.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 Oct 2010 21:56:03 EST Fun New Feature: Mix and Match Meal Planner....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x37173166 Fun New Feature: Mix and Match Meal Planner <BR> Thursday, October 07, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Are you in a food rut? In a hurry but don't know what to cook quickly? Then we have a new food feature for you! <BR> <BR> We're happy to announce today's launch of a cool new feature in the Nutrition Resource Center of the site: The Mix and Match Meal Planner! This new tool will help you create healthful, tasty and portion-controlled meals that fit your calorie... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 15:36:54 EST Daily Challenge 10/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37168384 <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=8_g<BR>reat_stability_ball_exercises </link> <BR> <BR> Look at the link above and find two stability ball exercises to workout to Thu, 7 Oct 2010 11:15:26 EST Daily Challenge 10/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37109983 It's crunch time today do 5 reps of 15 crunches <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Oct 2010 20:32:18 EST CT Team Member of the Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x37109821 I've just be honored with team member for the month of Oct by Spark People team leaders Yay...I just had to share I'm so excited <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Oct 2010 20:24:13 EST Daily Challenge 10/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37087050 Today's daily challenge is step aerobics for those of you who have a wii balance board or a step board or something stirdy you can step up and down on then your challenge today is to do that for 30 mins come back and report what you've done <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Oct 2010 20:38:55 EST Daily Challenge 10/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37028335 Jumping jacks or Jumping rope 4 reps of 15 Thu, 30 Sep 2010 20:23:56 EST Daily Challenge 9/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x37008422 Today your challenge is to stretch before and after your workout <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 22:17:44 EST Daily Challenge 9/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36984868 Drink up.....Drink 1 more glass of water than you normally do so if you drink 8 shoot for 9 and so on <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 21:44:24 EST October 2010 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36984502 Well this month I want to focus more on walking and doing my treadmill 4 out of 7 days <BR> <BR> Continue to drink more water I'll shoot for 11 glasses a day <BR> <BR> Lose 5 lbs <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 21:23:18 EST Daily Challenge 9/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36964140 Walk 2 miles today....Outside, treadmill,dvd or walking in place in front of your tv set <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 22:53:03 EST YOUR HABITS WILL PUSH YOU TO SUCCESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x36947890 i am posting this with permission from my friend Ray aka jukebox2 as i thought it may be of help to some here...... <BR> <BR> YOUR HABITS WILL PUSH YOU TO SUCCESS <BR> <BR> <BR> First you make your habits, and then your habits make you. <BR> <BR> Break those habits that can break you. Adopt those practices that will become the new habits that will help you achieve the success you desire. <BR> <BR> Your habits are a form of exercise. The harder you work at something, the harder it is ... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 10:00:51 EST A-Z inspirat ons..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36947504 Is there a memory, thought, phrase or word that moves you? Inspires you? Helps you focus?? <BR> <BR> Share some thought or inspiration with the team! <BR> <BR> It can be a one-word plopping of cheer, a huddle-type phrase, or a tale about some success you experienced. <BR> <BR> Organization: First word should start with next consecutive letter of the alphabet. <BR> <BR> Purpose of thread: <BR> This is a thread for nice thoughts. <BR> Let them flourish. <BR> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 09:47:43 EST Signs Your Thyroid is out of whack!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x36947373 Signs Your Thyroid <BR> Is Out of Whack <BR> <BR> Weight gain or weight loss may be the most <BR> well-known symptom, but that's not the only <BR> hint your thyroid may be going haywire. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>women.webmd.com/slideshow-thyroid-sy<BR>mptoms-and-solutions?ecd=wnl_wmh_092010 </link> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 09:43:06 EST Daily Challenge 9/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36940297 Today find one of Coach Nicole Videos and get busy...click on Healthy Lifestyles above and scroll down to videos and pick one report back which one you've done <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Sep 2010 22:39:41 EST Who Motivates You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x36921928 After reading a member's blog I had to think about this and decided to ask you all "Who Motivates You" <BR> <BR> My motivation is all the older ppl I see walking the path...they give me no excuse to slack up...I see some riding bikes some walking with canes yes I said canes and some skating and most just walking and might I add some outwalking me....go figure that one...So these are the people that truly motivate me to keep going what about you... <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Sep 2010 23:28:15 EST Question of the Month Oct. 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x36921678 What are you doing to become a success story <BR> <BR> For me logging is vital...I work out 4 to 5 times a week and I stay within my Calorie range...I read the motivational articles to keep myself motivated...I also drink plenty of water to stay full.... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 23:12:59 EST Here Goes-learning and growing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x41798x36898035 Hello Spark People! I have been a slightly increasing mega yo-yo since my late teens. At 6 feet I am a "big girl" never allowing myself to get heavier than 250-yet reaching this and never really descending below 190 for an eon now. Yet, I appear once again to be gaining the momentum needed to keep losing! I started reading and playing around on this site in early August to see what inspiration I might find. I enjoy most of the articles and blogs and although I need to get much more consi... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 15:44:11 EST Daily Challenge 9/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36882525 Walk in place during your favorite tv show for at least 15 mins <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Sep 2010 20:46:56 EST Write Your Own Contract for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x41798x36839936 Write Your Own Contract for Success <BR> <BR> A Simple Way to Make Yourself More Accountable <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> You know that keeping yourself accountable is a key to weight loss success. Even with all the information in the world and all the right intentions, you won’t get very far if you let yourself off the hook when it’s time to actually do what you should. <BR> <BR> There are two very effective ways to increase your accountability. The fi... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 21:52:47 EST Daily Challenge 9/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36839830 Do an exercise you have never done before Tue, 21 Sep 2010 21:48:09 EST Sparkpeople announce ents.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x36839810 New SparkPoints Wheel Prompt on Start Page <BR> Tuesday, September 21, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> We made a small change to the Start page (where you are taken after login). The first time you visit the page each day we give you an easy prompt to spin the SparkPoints wheel. We've found that members who get involved with SparkPoints both have more fun and are more successful on SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> If you don't want to see the prompt again simply click the "Never show this... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 21:46:54 EST Daily Challenge 9/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36793140 Today comment on/and support at least three bloggers <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Sep 2010 20:45:09 EST jokes and stuff......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x36755080 Ladies, … here is one for YOU! <BR> <BR> Men, read carefully and take note … <BR> <BR> <BR> A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and 20 wrappers strewn all around the front yard. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The door of his wife's car was open, and so the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog. Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 17:26:51 EST Daily Challenge 9/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36736818 This is National Yoga Month so check out the link below and collect 3 points after reading the article and lets do some yoga....at least try <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=nat<BR>ional_yoga_month_lets_celebrate </link> Thu, 16 Sep 2010 19:53:27 EST Daily Challenge Ideals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36727143 I'm creating this thread so that I can get help with daily challenge ideals....I would really appreciate if everyone submit and ideal or three...feel free to leave the ideals here anytime thanks <BR> <BR> Thu, 16 Sep 2010 10:55:23 EST Daily Challenge 9/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36716918 do a 10 minute spurt of exercise somewhere random in the day (something not previously planned) <BR> <BR> Wed, 15 Sep 2010 21:03:04 EST HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x41798x36709430 Hello, my name is Shannon and today I've decided to turn my life around and lose the weight I"ve gained over the last year and a half. My goal is to learn to eat right and to lose 80 pounds by next July. I hope to learn as much as possible and get as much support as I can. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 13:56:30 EST Daily Challenge 9/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36697067 post something motivational on at least three other members' page Tue, 14 Sep 2010 22:24:31 EST help im new an Im lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x41798x36693684 hello to all I am new here an totally lost lol Trying to learn the ropes Tue, 14 Sep 2010 19:35:45 EST Daily Challenge 9/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36674947 Log everything you put in your mouth today <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Sep 2010 22:49:13 EST Daily Challenge 9/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36659729 Do a blog about your weight loss today <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Sep 2010 10:43:17 EST Announcing SP free iPad application http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x41798x36652788 Announcing our free iPad application <BR> Sunday, September 12, 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> We're very happy to announce our first Application for the Apple iPad. You can visit sparkpeople.com/ipad from your iPad's browser for a quick link to the application in the iTunes Store. Our free "Diet & Fitness Tracker for iPad" has all the great features of our iPhone version, but takes advantage of the iPad's big screen to make it even easier and more helpful to use. And of course,... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 00:26:10 EST Daily Challenge 9/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36588328 Today I challenge you to do 30 push ups or sit ups which ever one pushes past your comfort zone <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 9 Sep 2010 18:23:17 EST Daily Challenge 9/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36571215 walk at least 1 1/2 miles today..outdoors, indoors, treadmill, walk it out or dvd workout <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 8 Sep 2010 22:00:20 EST Daily Challenge 9/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36549315 Stay within your calorie range today <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Sep 2010 21:53:27 EST Daily Challenge 9/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36520340 Do 20 mins of strenght training today use weights or bands or whatever you have but be like nike and just do it <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Sep 2010 16:07:28 EST Daily Challenge 9/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16112x41798x36506611 Today support an unknown sparker with a kind word of encouragement <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Sep 2010 22:02:21 EST