SparkPeople Motivation AND So Much More! Team Messageboard Ready to be Motivated? Here it is! Come on and join in our fun, supporting friendships and let's stay positive and motivated together all the way to our healthy and great goals! SparkPeople Motivation AND So Much More! Team Messageboard did you laugh today? <em>104</em> Fri, 1 May 2015 21:44:24 EST What motivated you today? I woke up and realized that Thanksgiving is next week. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:29:11 EST Hi...I'm Risa! Hi Team! My name is Risa.... I have been on & off on SparkPeople for a few years... I think 7 or so...? Anyways... In February 2014, I had a stroke. I hardly remember anything between February and May/June but I have been recovering.... the stroke really hasn't affected me much except for my short-term memory, and I have some balance issues...I started back on Sparkpeople this summer trying to get my weight back down...which is working...I'm almost back down to where I was. before my stroke. ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:01:45 EST A-Z Places I've Been Arkansas Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:51:22 EST TRIVIA CHALLENGE Today you have answered 3 of 3 questions correctly, 100% correct. <BR> <BR> This month you have answered 21 of 22 questions correctly, 95% correct. Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:12:06 EST CHANGES TO SPARKPEOPLE & OF HELP TO YOU! You may have seen a few changes here at Sparks today and, the reason being, they are always working on ways to make the site more convenient and easier for the members to find info, use the trackers and so much more! That's why this is such a remarkable site! They really do care! <BR> <BR> I'm adding a link to a video that shows and explains the changes, so to see the same and better understand what those changes mean to you and how they can be help, please click on the link below and it... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:29:42 EST PLEASE READ--UPDATE ON OUR FRIEND IRENE (DIDMIS)! I wanted to pass along the update I read this morning as to Irene and her current medical condition. She has had a heart attack and, per the information provided in the blog (the link to the same is shown below) is not doing well. <BR> <BR> Please keep Irene and her family in your prayers and if anyone receives further updates on her condition, please let us know, as we all know how wonderful of a lady she is and how much she has always cared and supported everyone. <BR> <BR> <em>247</e... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:47:33 EST Streak Challenge This is more or less what I posted to the other team. <BR> <BR> Streak (not what you might think) <BR> <BR> Choose something you battle with and see how many days you can go. <BR> <BR> If you do mess up one day start the next day as number l again. <BR> <BR> I chose not to eat desserts or candy. <BR> <BR> One time I went almost 300 days but then had to go to rehab and they gave us so many desserts. <BR> <BR> I had to eat to keep my strength up for my PT so lost out. <BR> <BR> I kept e... Mon, 19 May 2014 16:11:09 EST How do I give out Spark Goodies? <em>20</em> I give up. I've been trying to figure this out myself. But this has me puzzled. I know it must be quite simple. I see on my sparkpage that I can give myself Goodies. But what do I do to give out Goodies? Thu, 8 May 2014 17:19:33 EST SPARKS REDESIGNED TEAM PAGES COMING UP! Just a heads up--Sparks will be redesigning the Team pages in the coming days. I've added a link to the Utube video that explains the changes, so feel free to click below and check it out. I'll be curious to see how our Team page will look--but from what I see, we'll keep posting and sharing our friendships, tracking and more as we have been--so, here's to a new and exciting Sparks' change! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Thanks everyone!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:31:02 EST Today, I am happy because I get to pick up my daughter Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:43:08 EST LET'S GO FOR IT!!! I joined SparkPeople in 2008. I was on the site quite a bit. I began to slack off. I went from 155 to 209 gradually as time went on. I have had so many health problems occur. I had Graves Disease that turned to Hypothyroidism. <BR> About 1 1/2 years ago I was diagnosed with Lupus & Sjogren's Syndrome. I think I got it under control, except in February. My mom died from Lymphoma. We were very close. It was so hard on me. <BR> Then the end of March, I had a mini-stroke. Luckily, I got all my ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:22:33 EST Lord Help me Lord thank you so much for all that you have done for me. Now have to go out to see the Pain management Dr. today & I still haven't done my exercises..Give me strength & determination please Lord to get them done when I get back, even without the privacy of being alone. <BR> <BR> And it's funny too that I had just printed out A list- "100 reasons you should work out. It's quite the list if you haven't already seen it, I highly recommend you look for it on SparkPeople. <BR> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:08:37 EST Shouting From the Rooftops!!! Here I am, a month into my new 'plan' and I can't believe how different things are! I have been holding out to weigh on the 1st and I didn't think it would ever get here! LOL As of today, I have lost a total of 21.6 lbs (meeting my first goal) and a total of 17"! I have a long way to go, but I'm feeling on top of the world and want to shout it from the rooftops! I have so much energy and am still very motivated. Usually by now, I've given up on a diet, but I'm still rearing to go and fe... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:14:16 EST I AM Motivated! Hello... I just joined the team as I am so motivated that I want to help others! I have started back on this weight loss journey on January 1, 2014 and am coming on one month in! I weigh on the first and 15th of the month, so am actually very excited for Saturday to get here so I can step on the scales. I am on a different plan this time and have so much energy and feeling great! It's amazing how feeling so good can change your attitude! <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know everyo... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:47:14 EST Hi I'm new. Just joined Sparkpeople and looking for motivation to help me loose weight. I am happily married with 3 children. I also have 2 pets, 1 dog and 1 cat. I lost weight last Christmas but piled it back on over this Summer.In 6 weeks I will be 40 and would like to be able to look good and feel great about myself. My weight at the momment is 174lbs but would like to be 140lbs. Please help me reach my goal.. Sun, 13 Oct 2013 17:52:49 EST Amazed<BR>inspires-fitness-world-her-ability-101<BR>506751--abc-news-health.html <BR> <BR> I watched this and thought to myself that I can no longer say that I can't do something. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:09:11 EST Need Some Motivation? Watch this. It sure motivated me this morning! <BR> <BR><BR>YA <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:36:31 EST Any one interested in a study on "Heaven"? If no one is interested or has the time but me, I am still going to be doing a study on Heaven! If anyone wants to do it with me you are so welcome. I will cover 10 specific areas, at least, over a period of time. I am sure there will be additional ones. I would encourage any and all to have your Bibles ready to respond with your thoughts. It will be a great time of learning from each other. I will just be the monitor or whatever you call it. Ha! I am just so very excited to study from my... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:54:52 EST "Difficult Childhood" feel free to come and share. Feel free to come and share with your sparks friends about difficult childhood experiences. <BR> You may find out that you were not alone. Here you can share and reach out to others with similar experiences. This is a caring and loving team who is here for all of its members. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:22:06 EST unscramble a state name and leave another one. <BR> eneseneTs= Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:02:48 EST The Father's Pleasure Luk 12:32 "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. <BR> <BR> I wonder why I often become paralyzed by fear; fear of failure, upset, hunger, being stuck unable to find my way out of obesity. Is it because worldly gods are so selfishly angry with their own lusts that I forget that there is none like Jehovah? <BR> <BR> Jehovah is a provider, healer, comforter, sustainer, creator of love life and his eternal kingdom. Amazing love, He gave me his ki... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:36:49 EST The Father's Pleasure Luk 12:32 "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. <BR> <BR> I wonder why I often become paralyzed by fear; fear of failure, upset, hunger, being stuck unable to find my way out of obesity. Is it because worldly gods are selfishly angry with their own lusts that I forget that there is none like Jehovah? <BR> <BR> Jehovah is a provider, healer, comforter, sustainer, creator of love life and his eternal kingdom. Amazing love, He gave me his king... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:24:04 EST Something to make you Laugh SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU LAUGH. (STAY YOUNG) <BR> <BR> A man on a train got pretty chummy with the passengers. He said to a group__"I can tell you fellows what you are__" <BR> He said to one__"You're a blacksmith." <BR> "Yes" <BR> To another he said "You're a lawyer" <BR> "Yes" <BR> He looked at at a little dried up, weazened man and said, "You're a preacher." <BR> "No, I'm not" said the man, "I've just been sick three weeks." <BR> By Rev. Leon Hill (book O' for the life of a preacher" Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:26:47 EST starting over Hi spark friends. My name is Nicole . I'm a 36 year old mom to my wonderful boys Christian and Logan. <BR> I was a member back a few years ago. Im back and determined to be successful. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 09:27:27 EST Tribute to Teresa, from her husband Marcus! I just saw this on Teresa's page. I hope the link comes in for you, it is a beautiful tribute Marcus did on Youtube! <BR> <BR> <link> -GQnk8un-VM& </link> Mon, 5 Nov 2012 13:12:33 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY, IRENE (DIDMIS)!!! <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday, Irene! I wish you the most wonderful birthday today and every new day to come! <BR> <BR> And, dear friends, I've added the link to Irene's page below, so please visit our sweet friend and wish her a happy birthday! Keep that friendship coming everyone! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>DMIS </link> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 09:14:59 EST My first 7 min on elliptical need help 2 keep goin Hi <BR> My name is Brandi ...I am looking for on line buddies who would like to Skype with me and work out at the same time!!! I just bought an elliptical machine which I just set up a few days ago and I can’t wait to start using it on a regular basis lol! I have about 100 pounds to lose and I am more than ready to do it with your help! Here’s the thing with me…If I am by myself I won’t do it. BUT…if I have a buddy or if I know someone is watching me I will push myself to get done what I se... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 06:12:52 EST Hello, New to the group... Hi everyone! My name is Pam. I am 51 yrs old and live in Maryland. I am very happily married and have 3 grown children and 5 granddaughters. <BR> I am very over weight and as my Dr said, either I lose it or I can die, the chose is mine. I have approx 150-160 pounds to lose. Have just joined WW this week. I am praying with Gods help and family, friends, and this site I can do it. <BR> Looking forward to working together and motivating each other to be happy healthy and wise! Fri, 5 Oct 2012 15:12:47 EST Desperate for work out buddies Via Skype My name is Brandi ...I'm new to this online support group and I am looking for on line buddies who would like to Skype with me and work out at the same time!!! I just bought an elliptical machine which I pick up in a few days and I can’t wait lol! I have about 100 pounds to lose and I am more than ready to do it with your help! Here’s the thing with me…If I am by myself I won’t do it. BUT…if I have a buddy or if I know someone is watching me I will push myself to get done what I set out to ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 19:04:27 EST new to this page need help with motivation to lose hey guys new to this website and pretty excited to loose some weight and get healthy again Mon, 1 Oct 2012 16:35:54 EST Looking for Motivation! Hi Spark People... This is my second attempt with Spark People, but this time I am committed to visiting the site daily and making friends who will help me reach my goal. I joined Weight Watchers in February of 2012 and lost 40 pounds but have started to gain some back (about 4 pounds). It works and it's a great program but the cost is becoming prohibitive. Many stresses in my life so I'm looking for some pointers and "chatters". Thanks... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 06:03:07 EST Hi I appreciate honesty as we strive to accomplish our goals with my new SP friends. I am still struggling with sweets and breads, but have managed to start to change some lifelong bad habits. Your ideas and friendship really helps me daily. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:11:30 EST New to Spark People hello, I am new. I weigh over 300 + and right now I am highly motivated to lose weight. Looking for spark friends to help stay motivated. I will be 40 in 4 months and I at least want to lose some weight by then. I am not expecting miracles just some relief of some of this weight. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:54:35 EST Teresa (Unstoppable) has passed away Teresa is no longer with us, she is an Angel in Heaven. Go to her page and read the status her husband Marcus put on. <BR> <BR> My deepest sympathy to him and their family. Teresa was a bright light on Sparks, on this team and many teams. She will be sadly missed by many. <BR> <em>458</em> <em>296</em> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:08:38 EST THE NEW GUY HI I JUST SIGNED UP TODAY <BR> MY FIRST DAY IN TRYING TO REACH MY GOAL Sat, 15 Sep 2012 16:11:05 EST Newbie :D Hello my name is Brittany! I am 23 years old, I am from Texas. I am a student and a mother of a 3 year old. I have always been healthy after I had my daughter and getting out of the military, I gained weight. I want to get back to being healthy and lose the weight I have about 100 pounds I want to lose by Sept 1, 2013. My husband and I want more kids, but I have to get this weight off!! I know I can do it. Any tips, advice anything is appreciated!! I look forward to meeting new people and ma... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 11:15:54 EST Hi, I'm Rosa Hi <BR> My name is Rosa <BR> I'm 35 and I'm overweight. I'm reacently diagnozed to have diabetes, high chlesterol and I have a knee joint injury. <BR> These are the most important facts about my health right now. <BR> I'd love to have many friends here on the site. <BR> I really love it here. <BR> I wish all of us good luck. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 01:28:01 EST Hi, I'm Rosa Hi <BR> My name is Rosa <BR> I'm 35 and I'm overweight. I'm reacently diagnozed to have diabetes, high chlesterol and I have a knee joint injury. <BR> These are the most important facts about my health right now. <BR> I'd love to have many friends here on the site. <BR> I really love it here. <BR> I wish all of us good luck. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 01:18:53 EST Age 57 Need to lose 195 pounds Long time since I exercised; need and want to lose 195 pounds. Female. Member 24 Hr Fitness 183/McArthur. Need workout partner or just to converse and support each other. It is so easy to come home from work and tell myself I am too tired to work out. Live in Irving, TX. Have thyroid/allergy issues but that isn't enough to stop me now. I am so out of shape I cannot sit down on floor and get back up by myself. I just can't live like this anymore. I remember what it felt like to be he... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:55:39 EST Hi I'm new to the group Hi I'm Mary and I am new to the group. Single mom of 1 14yr old teen girl and Hoping to stay motivated and shed these 50 plus unwanted pounds and keep them off. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:18:22 EST EYES TO THE SKY There is a brighter day ahead i believe as long as God gives me the strength I can and will lose over 100 lbs being healthier and living healthy is a blessing in itself hello brothers and sisters. Fri, 7 Sep 2012 19:08:38 EST 42 and 40lbs to lose. Hi I'm Annie, I have 40lbs to lose looking forward to adventure, PRAYING for success - looking for support as I spend the next 9 months transforming my life. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:42:20 EST Emotional Eater For years, my weight has been fluctuating by 10, 20, even 30 pounds! I couldn't seem to find out why, and I finally realized it was due to my bingeing. I noticed I would reach for food, even when I was not hungry all out of emotions! I'm finally ready to recognize my emotions (and actually hunger) so I can finally lose 30-40 pounds and be happy and healthy again! I'm hoping spark people will help me meet people who can inspire me and keep me on track! Mon, 27 Aug 2012 20:37:31 EST Day one Today is the first day of a new journey. I feel like I can break my life up into little parts of a big journey and now I am at a new phase. This one is self improvement and my daughter is one of my biggest motivators. The only thing I am lacking is someone to help hold me accountable. Anybody out there up for the challenge? Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:06:37 EST Hi I want to introduce myself. I was a friend of Monty's and i was missing him. He once told me he found me and my blogs by putting a search word,in the Search Engine. so I decided to put in the word Monty in the Search engine and it led me to your Team. I think it was a sign from Monty that your Team might be good for me. I wrote a blog about Monty and I just felt that he some how led me here to you. <BR> Janice <em>250</em> Sat, 18 Aug 2012 16:54:02 EST Three Word Phrases A - Z A: ask a question Sat, 11 Aug 2012 21:51:28 EST VERBS.... A to Z A: acting Sat, 11 Aug 2012 21:17:54 EST What wheat does to the body Cut Wheat Products From Your Diet And You Won't Be Hungry <BR> <BR> <BR> Dr. William Davis says Wheat rapidly turns into sugar and accelrates aging and chronic illness in most of us. Whole wheat and white bread have essentially the same impact on blood sugar, which is to say you might as well be eating a big spoonful of sugar. <BR> <BR> Slices of whole wheat bread increase blood sugar to a higher level than a candy bar does. <BR> <BR> If you eliminate wheat from your diet, you're no longe... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 10:13:25 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GLORIA <em>383</em> <em>220</em> <em>410</em> <em>214</em> <BR> And may you have many more. <BR> Irene Sat, 4 Aug 2012 14:43:32 EST WE WILL MISS YOU, MONTY! MAY U REST IN PEACE! I am sorry to pass along the emotional news that I just received. Our super friend, Monty68, passed away on July 16th. He will be sadly missed and what a wonderful friend to so many of us. <BR> <BR> We love you, Monty, and you'll always remain in my heart and thoughts! <em>220</em> Thu, 2 Aug 2012 17:08:08 EST Let's show Monty our support and appreciation. Hi all here is the new topic I spoke of. <BR> Irene Tue, 24 Jul 2012 03:19:39 EST Hi From Florida I'm 55, soon to be 56 and I have been married 16 years to a wonderful guy. I've got about 60 lbs I'm working towards losing but it has no time table. I'm not dieting, I'm living, and learning to make the heathiest choices I can when it comes to treating my body well. <BR> Tue, 3 Jul 2012 18:00:44 EST OPPOSITES Name a word and then its opposite. <BR> <BR> For Example: <BR> <BR> up-down <BR> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:51:20 EST My Quote for the day <BR> “Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” Ernest Holmes Wed, 23 May 2012 19:18:42 EST Cinnamon and honey Cinnamon and Honey <BR> Whoever thought? Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. What it will do is what some call 'turning to sugar'. In reality, honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will "crystallize". When this happens loosen the lid, boil some water and sit the honey container in the hot water, but turn off the heat and let it liquefy naturally. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwav... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 10:42:25 EST DOUBLE LETTER WORDS.....(A to Z) Easy game...just give a double letter word. I will start with a word that begins with the letter A...., the next person will give a B word, and so on. The double letters can be any letters, as long as they are side by side, lol..If you need to skip a letter when it gets to X and Z, you can! <BR> <BR> First word; <BR> <BR> A....aPPle Fri, 16 Mar 2012 19:38:07 EST ABC...WORDS THAT END WITH "ING" Arguing Thu, 15 Mar 2012 21:03:51 EST HELLO! I'M NEW TO YOUR TEAM! But you're just what I need. Highly motivated people who want this program real badly. I 'm still getting my feet wet; finding park Teams to join, making Spark Friends, reading, writing n artihmetic! <BR> Reards, <BR> Squinqile <BR> Tue, 7 Feb 2012 00:17:10 EST Hello all!! I'm looking for that motivation, that drive, to get my butt to the gym. I'm looking for new healthy recipes, diets, and exercises. I need a drill instructor lol. I look forward to reading up on your comments and advice!! Please don't hesitate to say anything!! Feel free to add me as a friend as well. I'm a good support system. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 14:29:46 EST Make someone feel good Say something nice about someone on your team each day. A different one each day. <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 12:08:09 EST Team Well,this is a bad day for me.I don't feel motivated at all today.I have been going to alot of DR.and taking alot of tests to see where to go next.I have so many different DR.that i need to see,and you get to where you just want to give up,but i am tring to hang in there.My health is just getting worse everyday.Love you all. <em>198</em> <em>230</em> <em>223</em> Sun, 9 Oct 2011 11:07:03 EST Fat 2 Fit #125 – Avoid Impromptu Cheat Days! Click on the link below and check out the latest podcast from Fat 2 Fit Radio! <BR> <BR> Here is just an excerpt of the podcast, so click on the link below and check it out! Sounds like another great one! <BR> <BR> "Cheat days. Many diet plans tell you to take a day off a week and eat anything you want. The idea is that you minimize your calories during the week to an unhealthy level and with one day of binge eating you make up the difference, but not completely. By the end of the week y... Sun, 1 May 2011 08:49:04 EST New Team: SP Class of May 29-Jun 4, 2011 If you have a SP anniversary during this time, please join us. Sat, 23 Apr 2011 09:47:21 EST Fat 2 Fit #122 – Overcoming Temptations at Work! Here is a great podcast and one that alot of us deal with in our day -- the break room temptations -- or the candy dishes on other's desks or in their areas! But, click on the link below and see if there is info that can be of help to you to say "no" to those temptations! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-122-overcoming-temptations-at-work/ </link> Sun, 3 Apr 2011 15:47:01 EST (Daily) Share A MOTIVATING & POSITIVE WORD 2-Day! Energized Sun, 3 Apr 2011 10:23:47 EST Chat about your day We had a good time at the women's meeting where I spoke yesterday and felt the presence of the Lord <BR> Everything started late though and i didn't leave until 6:00 instead of 5:00 and then was to go to the families house who adopted me. Our pastor and his daughter were there and he showed us a ton of pictures they took on their recent trip to Africa. Very interesting. <BR> Then I got home late all worn out. Did try to post the devotional before midnight though and didn't notice they had p... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 16:45:18 EST DIET & MOTIVATING BUDDY LIST! <em>220</em> Staying on track with our diets, physical activities and our feeling motivated to get to that goal is part of a happy and healthy life! BUT, if you would like someone here to be a "motivating/diet" buddy with you, please let us know by posting a "I need a Buddy" AND, for our friends here, if you see someone needs a Buddy, please post you're "I'll be your Buddy, ______(name)." <BR> <BR> Then you can email the friend and let them know that you'd like to be their Buddy and begi... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 09:16:13 EST Need help getting back on track... Hi everyone it's been a long winter and I've used every excuse in the book not to exercise even though I've been indoors alot. I need a good kick in the pants and some words of wisdom and encouragement to get me back to walking & exercising as the weather breaks. I'm usually very disciplined in most aspects of my life and once I make a commitment I should be good but it's getting started and being held accountable. All support or nagging would be appreciated. Sun, 20 Mar 2011 17:53:37 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (3-18-2011) This was one of Sparks' polls - but I thought it was a great one and one that can also pass along to others ways to stay motivated! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How do you keep yourself motivated? <BR> <BR> (1) I have someone who pushes me; <BR> (2) Lots of positive self-talk; <BR> (3) I hang motivational pictures;and/or <BR> (4) I read a lot of motivating things! Fri, 18 Mar 2011 09:49:40 EST DID U DO YOUR EXERCISES 2-DAY? We all do a variety of exercises, be it <em>342</em> <em>34</em> <em>319</em> and more! <BR> <BR> So, let's stay motivated by tracking if we did our exercises today! Fri, 18 Mar 2011 09:31:11 EST Fat 2 Fit Radio #120-EXCESS SKIN AFTER WEIGHT LOSS Fat 2 Fit #120 – Excess Skin After Weight Loss! <BR> <BR> Click on the link below and remember to hit the play button on the middle of the page on the site -- and listen those motivational words, ideas and more! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-120-excess-skin-after-weight-loss/?<BR>utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email<BR>&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+fat2fit+%28Fat+2<BR>+Fit+Radio%29&utm_content=Yahoo!+Mail </link> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 15:31:14 EST DEVOTIONALS FOR DIETERS March 6 <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 Thessalonians 3:3 <BR> But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. <BR> <BR> All her life she had tried to kid herself and say she didn't really have a weight problem. To admit she was fat would have been to admit that she needed to change her habits. She wasn't ready for that. Then her closest and dearest friend had a heart attack. It really scared her and forced her to look at the truth. She was fat, and nothing could change that f... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 19:35:52 EST New to the team, looking for friends & support!!! Hi all, I am new to sparkpeople and this group and am looking forward to staying positive and motivated through my weightloss journey. In my past attempts to lose weight, I have lost motivation along the way for some reason and had a hard time staying on track but I hope that this site and this team will help me to stay accountable and realize I am in this for life! <BR> <BR> Feel free to add me as a friend or stop by my page- the more support and encouragement the better!! :) Fri, 25 Feb 2011 21:22:09 EST DID U TRY or DO THE NECK STRETCH 2-DAY? Here is a great exercise/stretch to relieve those tense neck muscles and I hope you all do and enjoy! <BR> <BR> The link is shown below for a demo of the exercise! <BR> <BR> STARTING POSITION: <BR> Begin in a seated position with your legs crossed or in the butterfly position. <BR> <BR> ACTION: <BR> Bring your left ear down towards your left shoulder and hold. Roll your head down towards the ground and bring your chin to your chest. Hold and finally, roll your head to the right and brin... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 14:28:55 EST Hi New to Group Hi my name is Pam. I live in Maryland. Married with 3 grown children and 4 granddaughters with another on the way. I am very overweight and have some health issues that can be fixed if I would just get the weight off. Looking forward to working towards our goals with you all. Mon, 21 Feb 2011 09:09:16 EST DEVOTIONALES FOR DIETERS <link> </link> <BR> <BR> February 16 <BR> <BR> <BR> Isaiah 30:21 <BR> And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, 'This is the way, walk ye in it,' when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. <BR> <BR> Diet plans come and go. Weight comes off, weight goes back on. One thing will not change, and that is the loving kindness of the Lord. When the frustration sets in, the Lord is there. When we lose our patience, He will for... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 11:35:09 EST WAYS TO STAY MOTIVATED (INFO TO SHARE!) Click the link below if you'd like and read Sparks' article on: <BR> <BR> Become Your Own Best Motivator! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=694 </link> Sat, 12 Feb 2011 12:18:27 EST Fat2Fit #115 - Food Journaling Tips and Tricks! Here is one of the latest podcasts for you to listen to and enjoy! Just click on the link below and check it out and see it if helps you! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-115-food-journaling-tips-tricks/ </link> Sat, 12 Feb 2011 11:51:15 EST WHAT'S ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE COLORS? (EMOTICON FUN) <em>248</em> Sat, 12 Feb 2011 11:11:40 EST FRIDAY'S DO A FRIEND A FAVOR AND ASK THEM TO JOIN! <em>220</em> Happy Friday everyone! And It's Do Your Friend a Favor Day by inviting one of your friends to join us! It's a great way to share the motivation and fun that we share here and help our friends as well get to their goals by sharing in the same! <BR> <BR> So, have you asked a friend to join today? <em>30</em> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:51:12 EST TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEART TIPS TO SHARE! <BR> <em>26</em> Healthier Heart Tips to Share! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Get moving! <BR> <BR> Physical activity is an important part of a heart-healthy routine. It can also help you control your weight, lower your blood pressure, and improve your cholesterol levels. Shoot for at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Fri, 4 Feb 2011 07:33:10 EST TRY/DO THE SEATED KNEE LIFT EXERCISE FOR ABS Here is an exercise that you can do just about anywhere -- a sturdy chair and you! And, the best part -- it's great for the ab muscles! The link to the exercise demo is shown below, so check it out and lift those knees -- you'll love it! <BR> <BR> Starting Position <BR> Sit on edge of chair, knees bent, feet flat. Grasp sides of chair, lean back slightly. <BR> <BR> Action <BR> EXHALE: Pull knees toward chest as you crunch upper body forward using abs, not arms. <BR> <BR> INHALE: Lower fe... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:54:26 EST Love the name of this team! Hi Folks! <BR> <BR> I started sparking on April 26, 2009 and have loved every minute. I reached goal in September of 2009 and finally settled at a comfortable weight (10 below goal) last January. I work full-time (teacher librarian) and am in grad school, so there are times that my Spark time is extremely limited, but I consider it extremely important to stay in touch with those who motivate me to not forget where I came from, AND to hopefully be a motivator to others. I look forward to g... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 11:38:03 EST Fat 2 Fit Radio #2 – Realistic Expectations Check this podcast out! It's a great one! Just click, listen and keep learning everyone! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-radio-2-realistic-expectations/ </link> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 09:02:55 EST Fat 2 Fit #113-Achieving Goals in the New Year Happy New Year and click on the link below and see if you can pick up a few tips to achieve those goals everyone! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-113-achieving-your-goals-in-the-new<BR>-year/ </link> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 08:59:24 EST Fat 2 Fit #110 – All Hail the Twinkie Diet Twinkies??? Please click on the link below and check it out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-110-all-hail-the-twinkie-diet/ </link> Sat, 18 Dec 2010 10:15:31 EST Fat 2 Fit Radio #108 - Secrets of Fat Loss! I think I forgot to post #108 -- so here we go! The "secrets" -- click on the link below and enjoy! Remember, to hear the podcast, click on the link below, scroll down on that page that comes up and you'll see "Listen Here" - click the arrow and find out what secrets are shared! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-108-secrets-of-fat-loss/ </link> Sat, 4 Dec 2010 13:04:34 EST D IS FOR DECEMBER and......????? Drama Tue, 30 Nov 2010 18:39:06 EST It is the season to gain Weight? Challenge Hi everyone <BR> I am committed to maintaining my weight through the holiday season. Wed, 17 Nov 2010 08:49:13 EST Fat 2 Fit #109 – Your Own Operation Hot Bod Here we go! The latest podcast and click on the link below and enjoy that extra motivation to get you to your goals! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-109-your-own-operation-hot-bod/ </link> Fri, 12 Nov 2010 14:22:50 EST GIVE YOUR TEAM A HUG! Everyone loves and needs a hug sometimes -- so, please pass one along to your friends here! I'm sure they'd want to hug you right back! Sat, 6 Nov 2010 12:26:51 EST DID U HAVE BREAKFAST 2-DAY? <em>106</em> <em>40</em> Sat, 6 Nov 2010 12:21:21 EST EMOTICON BLUE-OUR TEAM COLORS! Let's go team and show those team colors! Share a blue emoticon and have fun! Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:33:09 EST EMOTICON YELLOW-OUR TEAM COLORS! We're working off the colors of our Team icon-- so, please share any yellow emoticon and have fun! Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:30:43 EST EMOTICON RED! <em>212</em> Sat, 16 Oct 2010 08:14:26 EST Fat 2 Fit #107 Corn Sugar-Kitchen Fresh Chicken Here is the latest Fat2Fit podcast and I hope everyone clicks on the link shown below and loves the motivation and information that can help us make that goal! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-107-corn-sugar-and-kitchen-fresh-ch<BR>icken/ </link> Fri, 15 Oct 2010 10:19:12 EST New To Group Hello, my name is Elizabeth and i am new to Spark-People. Wanting to meet new people, make new friends and have some stress free fun! <em>104</em> Sat, 9 Oct 2010 03:35:26 EST LET'S DO THE "STANDING SIDE BENDS!" This is a Sparks exercise and it's a great stretch while helping that waistline as well! Give it a try and let us know if you've done them today! <BR> <BR> Starting Position <BR> Stand with legs hip-width apart, knees slightly bent. Holding ends of a rolled-up towel, extend arms overhead in a V formation. <BR> <BR> Action <BR> Lift up and out of your rib cage and reach about 10 degrees to the left without moving your lower body. Return to start. Bend to opposite side to complete one rep. ... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 21:11:19 EST Fat 2 Fit #106 – Faster vs. Better Weight Loss The new podcast is up and looks like another great one! Click on the link below and check it out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-106-faster-vs-better-weight-loss/ </link> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 20:31:26 EST "O" IS FOR OCTOBER and..... ...(Word Fun!) Thinking caps on??? It's October and let's come up with any word that begins with the letter "O" and have an "O"utstanding time sharing! Thu, 30 Sep 2010 18:10:38 EST (TEAM CHALLENGE) SUNDAY'S SAY THANKS! <em>304</em> <em>220</em> <em>30</em> <em>220</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> It’s always so great to “hear” a thank you and it’s even better to say it to another and to let them know you appreciate their kindness and care. <BR> <BR> So, there is our challenge for today! Remember to thank someone for being a great friend or neighbor, for someone who shares their politeness with you by merely holding a door open for you, to the Good Lord above for all you have been blessed with, etc. ... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 10:10:03 EST (TEAM CHALLENGE) SATURDAY'S SAVE X-TRA TIME FOR U! Here is our "challenge" for the day -- and that is to save a little extra special time for YOU! Do something that YOU super enjoy, take a great walk, relax, anything that is YOUR time to enjoy! <BR> <BR> Are you in??? Can you do it??? <em>30</em> Sat, 18 Sep 2010 10:15:09 EST Fat 2 Fit #105 – Reversing Osteopenia Here we go! The latest podcast and it definitely sounds like a super interesting one! So, click below and enjoy!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-105-reversing-osteopenia/ </link> Fri, 17 Sep 2010 21:54:08 EST DID U DRINK SODA TODAY? The latest podcast was a super reminder to us all as to soda -- diet or regular! <BR> <BR> Did you <em>91</em> <em>262</em> today? Thu, 16 Sep 2010 18:31:23 EST SHARE YOUR IDEAS FOR A MONTHLY TEAM CHALLENGE! We have various trackers for cardio, strength, pedometer tracking and more! But, would anyone be interested in us starting a Team Exercise, Etc., Challenge for the Month? <BR> <BR> Please share your ideas and let's see what we come up with! Teamwork, yes, -- but friends staying motivated and moving <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It could be something like getting in 30 minutes of exercise in a day (just like our Team goal at the bottom of our page), a water challenge to get those 8 glasses in f... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 14:11:01 EST HOW IS YOUR ENERGY LEVEL TODAY? (1-10) I think we've all had those days, where we are just tired and feel we don't have the energy that we wished we had. But, the next day, we're feeling totally energized and ready to go! <BR> <BR> So, please is your energy level today...1 being totally tired out to 10 being I'm ready and raring to go! Sun, 12 Sep 2010 13:58:01 EST "M" is for MOTIVATION and.... Please share a word beginning with the letter "M" to represent that fantastic Motivation that we're all sharing here! <BR> <BR> M: Moving! Sun, 12 Sep 2010 13:31:17 EST DID U READ A SPARKS SECRETS OF SUCCESS 2-DAY? I just love Sparks' Secrets of Success and there is such a variety of helpful hints, ways to stay motivated and sooooo much more! <BR> <BR> So, don't forget to check them out and let us know if you read one today! <BR> <BR> And, here is the link to the Secrets Section, so pick your hint/tip and enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ss.asp </link> Sat, 11 Sep 2010 15:24:42 EST DID U READ A SPARKS' HEALTH ARTICLE 2-DAY? There is so much valuable and helpful info here at Sparks, and I hope everyone is taking advantage of the same! So, please share -- did you read an article today, and, if you did, remember, you can earn 3 points as well! <BR> (3 Articles-and 9 Points!) <em>244</em> Sat, 11 Sep 2010 15:17:55 EST DID U TRY or DO SINGLE LEG CALF RAISES 2-DAY? Here is a great exercise to strengthen those calves and, if you don't have a step, find something similar to take its place and keep strengthening those muscles! <BR> <BR> *The link to the exercise is shown below -- so check it out and enjoy! <BR> <BR> SINGLE LEG CALF RAISES! <BR> <BR> Starting Position <BR> Begin by standing in front of a step or riser with feet shoulder width apart, facing forward. <BR> <BR> Action <BR> Step up onto the step with one foot, rising up onto your toes as h... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 11:30:23 EST QUESTION FOR TODAY! (9/11) I saw this question on a Sparks' poll and I thought it was a great one, so let's see how we all feel about: <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What are the weekends for? <BR> <BR> To me, it's a time to do family activities, run errands, clean the house and just to relax! Sat, 11 Sep 2010 10:57:40 EST READY TO TRAVEL? (A-Z Style) Please share any country, city, you name it, that we could travel to A-Z style! Bags packed and ready to go? Let's go! <BR> <BR> A: Australia Fri, 10 Sep 2010 13:48:50 EST SEASONAL - ROLL CALL FUN! I live in Wisconsin and, even though it's still officially Summer, it's feeling more like Fall with the cooler temperatures! So, my seasonal roll call is <em>427</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Sep 2010 00:18:19 EST DID U LOG IN YOUR FOOD INTAKE TODAY AT SPARKS? <em>224</em> Thu, 9 Sep 2010 23:55:10 EST SHARE A SMILEY OF FUN & FRIENDSHIP WITH US! <em>30</em> Thu, 9 Sep 2010 23:53:16 EST (GAME TIME) HEALTHY FOODS! (A-Z STYLE) Please share a food item A-Z style! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> I'm about you! <BR> <BR> A: Avocado Thu, 9 Sep 2010 23:51:40 EST LET'S COUNT UP BY 2'S! Ready??? Here we go -- how high can we goooooo??? <BR> <BR> 2 Thu, 9 Sep 2010 23:48:18 EST NAME GAME (A-Z) Share either a female or male's first name A-Z style and have fun everyone! <BR> <BR> A: Ann Thu, 9 Sep 2010 23:46:42 EST WORD FUN - (A-Z Style) Please share any word A-Z style and let's keep our minds active and sharp! Here we go..... <BR> <BR> A: Antelope! Thu, 9 Sep 2010 23:44:46 EST SHARE THE LAST VEGGIE or FRUIT EATEN! <em>258</em> Thu, 9 Sep 2010 23:40:51 EST DID U HAVE A GOOD DAY YESTERDAY? Thumbs Up/Down? <em>48</em> Thu, 9 Sep 2010 23:37:40 EST FEELING POSITIVE TODAY? GIVE YOURSELF A THUMBS UP! <em>250</em> Thu, 9 Sep 2010 23:27:13 EST LOVE THOSE FRUITS/VEGGIES! (EMOTICON FUN!) <em>258</em> Thu, 9 Sep 2010 23:05:58 EST (DAILY) WHAT WAS FOR BREAKFAST THIS MORNING? <em>106</em> Thu, 9 Sep 2010 23:00:09 EST DID U READ A FRIEND'S BLOG TODAY? A great way to see how your fellow teammates and friends are doing -- is to read their blog for the day! <BR> <BR> So, here we go! <BR> <BR> Did you read a member/friend's blog today and leave a comment for them? <BR> <BR> Share the <em>30</em> and spread the support! Thu, 9 Sep 2010 22:53:42 EST (DAILY) DID U GET YOUR CARDIO IN TODAY? <em>324</em> <em>313</em> and more! Thu, 9 Sep 2010 22:46:17 EST (DAILY) DID U DO STRENGTH EXERCISES TODAY? <em>34</em> this morning! Thu, 9 Sep 2010 22:41:30 EST HEY WALKERS! TRACK YOUR STEPS, MILES or MINUTES! My September Step/Mile Tracker: <BR> My goal and challenge to myself is to get in at least 20,000 steps a day! <BR> <BR> 09-01: 23612 steps-11.18 miles <BR> 09-02: 27287 steps-12.92 miles <BR> 09-03: 21669 steps-10.26 miles <BR> 09-04: 21584 steps-10.22 miles <BR> 09-05: 23316 steps-11.04 miles <BR> 09-06: 29187 steps-13.82 miles <BR> 09-07: 24668 steps-11.68 miles <BR> 09-08: 23337 steps-11.05 miles <BR> Thu, 9 Sep 2010 22:30:33 EST "S" IS FOR SEPTEMBER and..... Please share any word that begins with the letter "S" for the month of September! How many can we come up with...... <BR> <em>38</em> Let's see! <em>30</em> Thu, 9 Sep 2010 21:00:12 EST Fat 2 Fit #104 – Diet Coke: Good or Bad Here is the latest podcast! Click below and enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-104-diet-coke-good-or-bad/ </link> Thu, 2 Sep 2010 20:17:46 EST Fat 2 Fit #103 – Body Fat Calculation Here's the latest podcast! Click on the link and enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-103-body-fat-calculation/ </link> Sat, 21 Aug 2010 00:57:49 EST Fat 2 Fit #93 - I Want to Look Like That Guy! Please click on the link below and check out "I Want to Look Like that Guy!" It's a great discussion and hope you enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-93-i-want-to-look-like-that-guy/ </link> Wed, 18 Aug 2010 21:40:57 EST Fat 2 Fit #102 - Curing Disease with Weight Loss Please click the link below and enjoy another super great podcast! <BR> <BR> **And, remember, you can come back and click on any of the previous podcasts as posted and it's a super way to stay motivated and learn! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-102-curing-disease-with-weight-loss/ </link> Wed, 4 Aug 2010 21:00:20 EST (DAILY) ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR PROGRESS 2-DAY? Be it weight loss, inch loss, or attitude! Please share if you're happy with your progress today! <BR> <BR> Everyone is doing <em>345</em> and <em>242</em> to all! Fri, 23 Jul 2010 09:38:26 EST Fat 2 Fit #101 – Losing Weight Too Quickly! Sounds like another great one -- so please click on the link below, hit play and enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-101-losing-weight-too-quickly/ </link> Fri, 23 Jul 2010 09:18:57 EST "R" is for RADIO and....... .......... Please share any word beginning with the letter "R" representing Fat2Fit RADIO which we love to listen to! Have fun everyone and here we go.......... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 15:26:23 EST Fat 2 Fit #100 - Reminiscing & Annoucements! I haven’t listened to this show yet, as it just came out, but it sounds interesting and motivating for sure! So, please click on the link below, click on the "play" button, listen and enjoy! <BR> <BR> Here is an excerpt of the show! <BR> <BR> “Jeff also put together two clips. The first clip contains parts of our first show way back in Oct. ‘07. It’s a little painful to hear those early shows, the pauses and such, but the information is still valuable. The second clip is Russ’ weigh-ins ab... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 18:17:11 EST Share Your Log-In Points and Have Fun! <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>30</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> Sun, 4 Jul 2010 08:59:23 EST What will you accomplish today (daily)? What can you say will be something you will accomplish today? <BR> Take on a new workout? <BR> Try a new healthy dinner? <BR> What is something you would really like to tackle today. <BR> and how will it benefit you? Thu, 24 Jun 2010 13:31:38 EST Jeff's Homework - Episode 99 "The homework this week is to try some typical vegetarian foods that you have never tried. I’m going to leave a link in the show notes to an article that lists their top 7 foods that they selected for their versatility and convenience in vegetarian cooking, and they are also supposed to taste great. Here is the list: <BR> <BR> Tofu, Seitan, Egg Replacer, Nutritional Yeast, Textured Vegetable Protein, Tempeh and Soy Ice Cream. <BR> <BR> This doesn’t mean that you have to become veg... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 09:26:14 EST Fat 2 Fit #99 – Being a Vegetarian Episode #99 is up today (well, last night...) It looks like another great one. I will listen today at work. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>fat-2-fit-99-being-a-vegetarian/ </link> <BR> <BR> Stop by and tell us what you thought of this episode. <BR> I am really excited to see this. I have been playing with having vegetarian days, not going Vegan or completely Vegetarian, just having meatless days. We will see what I think after listening today. <em>30</em> Thu, 24 Jun 2010 09:24:13 EST Fat 2 Fit #89 – Your Questions, Our Answers Here's an interesting one -- so, click on the link below and enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-89-your-questions-our-answers/ </link> Tue, 22 Jun 2010 18:27:39 EST What other podcasts do you love? What other podcasts keep you motivated as you are waiting for the new F2F podcast to come out? <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Jun 2010 20:23:14 EST I will be out of town again Howdy all! I just wanted to tell you that I will be in the mountains of Southern New Mexico for about a week, and I will not have much internet access. I will check in as I can. See ya soon, and happy sparking! Wed, 16 Jun 2010 14:25:43 EST POST A WORD FROM FRIEND'S FIRST LETTER FUN! Ready to take on this one -- it's a fun one! Please post any word that begins with the FIRST letter of the friend before you's profile name! <BR> <BR> Example -- MOMMA48 -- then you'd post any word beginning with the letter "M". SMEGGLY leaves her "m" word and the next friend posts a letter starting with the letter "S" for Smeggly, etc. <BR> <BR> Ready.........I'll start us out and have fun everyone! <BR> Sun, 13 Jun 2010 15:23:32 EST Jeff's Homework for #98 The homework this week is to do a one week lifestyle assessment for yourself similar to what Jeff discussed in the show. Keep track for one week, how many hours per night that you sleep, what and when you are eating, how many hours per day are you working, traveling, watching TV, exercising, socializing etc. The goal after a week is to really look at what you do in your daily life. If you gave this to someone else anonymously, would they think they are looking at the lifestyle of someone who ... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:19:31 EST Fat 2 Fit #98 – Starting a Healthy Lifestyle Newest podcast up. I will either listen to it at work today, or on the way to Kilgore tonight. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>fat-2-fit-98-starting-a-healthy-lifest<BR>yle/ </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:18:14 EST New tools on the Fat 2 Fit site Hey, all. Russ and Jeff put up new body fat calculators and such on the site. Here is a link if you are interested: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 4 Jun 2010 07:32:43 EST New to Spark... not new to weight issues! Hello. <BR> <BR> I've lost significant weight twice before... and gained it back each time. I remember marveling at how easy it was to stick to my eating plan when I got "in the zone". It defies logic as to why it's so difficult to GET in the zone. <BR> <BR> I've read several sp home pages and got inspired by the before/after photos and stories. It worked for so many people, I hope this can help me get into "the zone". <BR> <BR> I set up my spark account back in January but got overw... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 15:44:53 EST How many login points in June? What did you spin today? Wed, 2 Jun 2010 15:16:49 EST Question of the week (June 2 - June 8) Do you work out to music? If so, what is on your play list? <BR> <BR> I love to workout to Vampire Weekend. The catchy tunes and lyrics inspire me to push myself Wed, 2 Jun 2010 07:59:37 EST "J" IS FOR JUNE WOO HOO!! <em>67</em> <em>298</em> <em>218</em> <em>67</em> <em>298</em> <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> June is here! Please share any word that begins with the letter "j" representing the wonderful month of June!! Mon, 31 May 2010 20:09:52 EST HEY WALKERS!! TRACK YOUR STEPS, MILES OR TIME! I know we have some happy steppers here! So, let's track those steps, miles or time walked! However, you'd like to post that works the best for YOU! <BR> <BR> Just keep getting in those happy <em>311</em> steps and walks in your day! Your body and heart will love you for it! Mon, 31 May 2010 12:08:11 EST Fat 2 Fit #65 – Advanced Weight Loss Techniques This episode is mentioned in todays podcast <link><BR>it-65-advanced-weight-loss-techniques/ </link> Thu, 27 May 2010 10:40:21 EST Jeff's Homework for Podcast 97 "The homework this week is all about fruit. Most people get in a rut of only eating the same 2 or 3 types of fruit all the time. In the summer there is just so many varieties in season. Your goal is to eat 10 different types of fruit this week. If you want to be very adventurous, make at least 5 of those types of fruit, ones that you have never tried before. Hopefully you will find something new that you enjoy." <BR> <BR> What new types of fruit are you going to try? Thu, 27 May 2010 07:38:16 EST Podcast 97 - "Orthorexia" I have not listened to it yet. I will at work today. Here is the link: <BR> <link><BR>it-97-orthorexia/ </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy and let me know what you think. Thu, 27 May 2010 07:36:13 EST (GAME TIME) POST ANY 3-LETTER WORD (A-Z Style!) It's amazing how many 3 letter words there are -- and, let's see how many we can come up with -- A-Z Style! Ready to start us out???? Here we go!!! <BR> <BR> A: And Wed, 26 May 2010 14:33:55 EST Podcast #95 – Why Exercise? Here is another great one! Click and enjoy everyone! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-95-why-exercise/ </link> Tue, 25 May 2010 11:34:37 EST Welcome Monty68! Cheryl and I are pleased to announce that our wonderful friend and motivator, Monty is stepping up to help with the team! YAY, Monty! Thank so much for your support. <BR> <BR> Please, everyone, welcome Monty to the leadership of this team! Mon, 24 May 2010 13:12:33 EST Fat 2 Fit #88 – Yoga for Weight Loss Check out this past broadcast -- and it's a great one! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-88-yoga-for-weight-loss/ </link> Sat, 22 May 2010 08:54:11 EST WHAT NUMBER WERE U ON THE HUDDLE BOARD TODAY?? 2nd Thu, 20 May 2010 15:28:42 EST HOW'S THE WEATHER WHERE U LIVE? (BY EMOTICON) <em>67</em> Thu, 20 May 2010 15:05:46 EST SPARKS' HEALTHY REFLECTIONS TO SHARE & DISCUSS! <em>204</em> Sparks' Healthy Reflections! <BR> <BR> Is procrastination curable? <BR> <BR> Procrastination. Putting off until tomorrow what you could do today. Is there a more counterproductive habit? It causes more stress and anxiety than the Grinch in December. Procrastination solves nothing and usually makes things worse. It piles up unfinished business and preoccupies the dark corners of your brain. You hope the pile will disappear but for some reason it doesn't. The worst part is that ... Thu, 20 May 2010 14:32:13 EST Fat 2 Fit #87 - Podcast! "Fat Enablers" Here is a past show -- please click on the link below and enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-87-fat-enablers/ </link> Wed, 19 May 2010 06:57:13 EST RED, YELLOW or GREEN -- HOW DO U FEEL TODAY? Just like stoplights -- red, yellow and green! Which color do you feel like today? <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> -- Not a good day! <BR> <em>228</em> -- A so-so day, but, please don't pressure me. <BR> <em>229</em> -- It's a fantastic day and it's a go ahead all the way! <BR> <BR> Show your color -- and you can do it by the emoticons shown, or pick another one that represents how you feel today -- but let's try to stick with that red, yellow or green and have fun everyone! Sat, 15 May 2010 20:56:53 EST WEIGHT LOSS HORMONES & MORE!! Please click on the link below and listen to a previous podcast -- and enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-94-weight-loss-hormones/ </link> Sat, 15 May 2010 11:13:25 EST GENERAL INFO & HOW TO USE AND ENJOY THE PODCASTS! As I'm fairly new to listening to these podcasts myself, I thought maybe I'd just pass along some general info so you are able to hear and get the most out of the podcast. <BR> <BR> When you click on the link shown in a new podcast up today post, scroll down where you'll see the "play" button -- and click! That's it and get ready to hear some great info! <BR> <BR> And, I've found that just by listening to the podcast while I'm here on Sparks, it reinforces that healthy way of feeling! ... Sat, 15 May 2010 11:04:51 EST (DAILY) DID U DO STRENGTH EXERCISES TODAY? Here is our tracker for being sure to get in our strength exercises in our day! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Did you do yours today <em>38</em> Fri, 14 May 2010 23:31:58 EST WORD ASSOCIATION FUN! Please post the FIRST word you think of when you read the word left by the friend before you! Let's see how those minds think -- and have fun!!! Fri, 14 May 2010 22:52:52 EST DID YOU STAY IN YOUR CALORIE RANGE YESTERDAY? We're trying to stay in our suggested calorie range, so let's see how we're doing <em>306</em> Fri, 14 May 2010 19:56:08 EST (GAME TIME) LET'S COUNT DOWN! (1,000 to....???) We'll start with 1,000 and please count down by 1 -- can we get to 0?? Let's see what we can do <em>244</em> Fri, 14 May 2010 18:53:27 EST LAST LETTER - STARTS THE NEXT WORD FUN! Here is another fun one and one that'll keep that mind active and thinking -- all part of overall health! <BR> <BR> Please post a word that BEGINS with the LAST letter of the word you are replying to. <BR> <BR> (Ex. ArtisT -- reply: Trip and next friend begins their word with the "P" from trip.) <BR> <BR> Ready????? <BR> <BR> We'll start out with: <BR> <BR> AardvarK Fri, 14 May 2010 17:59:22 EST IF U WERE ACTIVE TODAY-- SHOW US YOUR WOO HOO! <em>244</em> Fri, 14 May 2010 17:01:11 EST (DAILY) DID YOU DRINK YOUR 8 TODAY or YESTERDAY? We know that drinking water is so important for our bodies and minds -- so, let's stay on track and reply to this post if you've had your 8 glasses of water today or yesterday! <BR> <BR> Cheers <em>91</em> Fri, 14 May 2010 16:59:40 EST WHAT ARE YOU DRINKING RIGHT NOW? Water! Fri, 14 May 2010 16:57:38 EST ARE U READY TO MAKE IT A GREAT DAY TODAY? We can do it everyone!! Stay motivated, energized and keep those <em>250</em> days coming <em>30</em> Fri, 14 May 2010 16:51:35 EST DID YOU GET YOUR CARDIO IN TODAY? <em>224</em> Fri, 14 May 2010 16:50:03 EST (DAILY) HOW ARE U FEELING TODAY (By Emoticon Fun!) <em>306</em> Fri, 14 May 2010 16:43:31 EST (DAILY) DO YOU FEEL MOTIVATED TODAY (1-10) Some days we feel "raring and ready to go", and other days, maybe not as much! But, let's track that motivation by rating it from 1 (being, "I don't want to even move today") to 10 ("Let's go"!!) Fri, 14 May 2010 16:41:59 EST DID U HUDDLE or SHARE A COMMENT ON OUR TEAM WALL? I love to add comments to Team huddles as what a great way to share that friendship, support and fun! <BR> <BR> So, please join us and "huddle" and feel the friendship on the Team Wall as well <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Did you huddle or share a comment with us today? Fri, 14 May 2010 16:39:23 EST KEEP THAT MIND ACTIVE AND COUNT UP BY 10 FUN! Please add 10 to the previous comment and let's see how high we can goooo................up,up and up!!! <BR> <BR> We'll start with: <BR> <BR> 10 Fri, 14 May 2010 16:36:36 EST (GAME TIME) "M" IS FOR MAY! ! Please share any word beginning with the letter "M" for May! And, have fun everyone!!! Fri, 14 May 2010 16:33:46 EST 5/14 "HOMEWORK" TO DO & DISCUSS! 5/14: <BR> <BR> "The homework this week is to buy or find a piece of clothing that is just a little bit too small for you. It could be a shirt that is a little too tight for your comfort or a pair of pants that you just can’t do up. Find something that you want to be able to fit into in the next 8 weeks for summer. This is your short term goal clothing, or motivation clothing. When you are at home and have the desire to eat a snack that you don’t really need, put on that clothing, look in th... Fri, 14 May 2010 16:30:25 EST MAY FLOWERS - ROLL CALL! <em>214</em> <em>184</em> <em>146</em> <em>125</em> <em>214</em> <em>146</em> <em>125</em> <BR> <BR> May showers, bring May, how about we share those May flowers as our daily roll call and watch our flower garden grow! Fri, 14 May 2010 16:25:04 EST (GAME TIME) GET ACTIVE-SHOW US IN EMOTICON FUN! Please share any fitness EMOTICON -- it can show the exercise you've done today, or any other fitness emoticon. Think moving, staying active and share those ways to do just that! Have fun!! Fri, 14 May 2010 16:20:27 EST GIVE A GOODIE FUN! (DOUBLE or TRIPLE NUMBERS) I think we know how this friendly fun game works -- we start with "1" and the next friend posts the next number, etc., and, when the friend who posts any number that contains DOUBLE numbers (11, 101, etc.) or even TRIPLE numbers (1,011, 2022, etc.) gives a goodie to another friend on the Team. <BR> <BR> It's a great way to share the friendship and, mostly, the fun!!! <BR> <BR> Ready?????? Fri, 14 May 2010 16:18:27 EST Welcome Momma48 I am please to announce that my dear friend Cheryl is going to help me with leadership of this team. I am on several teams that she co-leads and she is grand! <BR> <BR> Thank you, Cheryl, for your help! <em>247</em> Fri, 14 May 2010 16:10:24 EST May 13, 2010 - New Podcast up today <link><BR>fat-2-fit-96-healthy-for-a-lifetime/ </link> <BR> <BR> It looks like a good one! Thu, 13 May 2010 10:02:30 EST Where do you workout... and what do you do? Do you work out at home? Do you use videos? Do you go the gym? Do you take classes? <BR> <BR> I workout at home, mostly. I use videos and dumbbells. I walk to the gym and use machines there 3 times a week. I want to join a yoga class and a Zumba class but I am nervous about joining them. Wed, 12 May 2010 07:16:15 EST Question of the week What is your favorite exercise? Mon, 10 May 2010 20:33:03 EST What is in your fridge, freezer or pantry? What are your go to healthy foods? Mon, 10 May 2010 16:35:42 EST I will be out of town -- Please Read All, I am getting ready for my dream vacation. I have not had a chance to be on all day. I will not be on tomorrow (packing). I am leaving for Ireland on Sunday and I will not be back until next Saturday evening. Which means I will not be Sparking until next Sunday (May 9). <BR> <BR> See you all soon! <em>247</em> Fri, 30 Apr 2010 18:02:13 EST Daily check in thread Please stop by and tell us how you are doing today. <BR> <BR> Today is my 15th wedding anniversary. 15 years with my soul mate. Today is my last day of work until May 11. Today is only 3 days until I leave for Ireland. <BR> <BR> I am doing good today! <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Apr 2010 07:42:36 EST Buisness plan for weight loss A while back the guys did a podcast on making a business plan for weight loss ( <link><BR>it-90-business-plan-for-weight-loss/ </link> ). <BR> <BR> Have any of you ever made such a weight loss plan? I have thought one out but never put it in writing. Maybe it is time for me to do so. <BR> <BR> If you have one and would like to share, please feel free to post it here. Thu, 29 Apr 2010 07:39:52 EST Jeff's Homework for April 29, 2010 We listed well over 100 reasons why you need to exercise. The homework this week is to choose the top 10 reasons that are most meaningful to you and will motivate you to continue exercising. If you don’t feel that there is a need to exercise, come up with more than 100 reasons why you don’t think exercise is beneficial to you – if you can. <BR> <BR> Please post your top 10 reasons <BR> <BR> I am going to make my list on paper then post when I get home. Thu, 29 Apr 2010 07:16:30 EST New podcast up today! I am not listening to it until I am on the plane to Newark, if I can wait that long. LOL! Looks like it is going to be a good one. Please feel free to discuss it here. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>it-95-why-exercise/ </link> Thu, 29 Apr 2010 07:14:22 EST The SP Meal Planner This may be old news to you all, but I just discovered this myself today, and thought I would share. Sorry but it is a copy and paste from a post I posted in my class: <BR> <BR> I have not used it in a while, so today I went to play with it, so I could be more educated on it. <BR> <BR> WOW! They have improved it dramatically. You have always been able to customize it, but now if you do not want to eat one of the suggestions, you can click it and it will give you a whole other list to choos... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 13:30:04 EST Positive Quotes and affirmations Please post quotes and affirmations that motivate or speak to you. Mon, 26 Apr 2010 10:00:53 EST Thought I would share I posted this on another team, and I am using it as my welcome post for new members, I thought I would share it with you: <BR> <BR> Tips to help you start your Spark: <BR> <BR> 1) Take it slow. Fast weight loss does not last. You are here because you want to lose weight and keep it off. Be patient with yourself and your results. <BR> <BR> 2) Use the community aspect of SparkPeople. You will find many friends and tons of motivation on your teams and the message boards. <BR> <BR> 3) Blog. I... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 09:42:25 EST Jeff's Homework fro April 14 I am a little late getting this posted, due to the criaziness of my life, but ever podcast, Jeff gives homework, and I will be sharing it here. <BR> <BR> This is the current "homework": <BR> <BR> Fat loss is all about making those little decisions every single day, that over time add up to improving your health. The homework this week is to make “intentional substitutions”. The goal is to make 1 food substitution and 1 exercise substitution every single day to something that is more healthy... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 11:23:34 EST Sorry about being MIA I found out yesterday that my youngest son is going to have 8 baby teeth pulled tomorrow. He has 12 baby teeth at the age of 12, 13 in May. 8 need to come out NOW to make room for this permanent teeth. One of his permanent teeth is on a collision course with the root of one of the few permanent teeth he already has, and if it hits it, it could knock it out. <BR> <BR> I am stressed. I trust our dentist. I am not worried about the procedure. I am just stressed in general. <BR> <BR> This was... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 07:38:41 EST How do you measure success in weight loss? Losing weight the right way takes time. Sometimes there is little or no movement on the scales. How do you measure your success without using the scales? Sun, 11 Apr 2010 15:19:22 EST Have you figured your BMR? How close is your calculations to SP's suggestions? Sun, 11 Apr 2010 15:17:10 EST How many login points? April and May How many points did you spin? Sun, 11 Apr 2010 15:15:48 EST Welcome! Please take a few minutes to tell us a little about yourself. You can reply to this thread or start a new one. Sun, 11 Apr 2010 15:14:12 EST