SparkPeople SparkPeople's Official Healthy Habits Challenge Team Messageboard Even the longest journey starts with a single step. Take time to focus on small healthy habits like drinking more water or stretching after each workout. Small changes can lead to big progress! SparkPeople SparkPeople's Official Healthy Habits Challenge Team Messageboard 10 Pound Challenge: December-June Who is up for a December to June Challenge? Let's challenge ourselves to drop 10 lbs. <BR> You weigh monthly with the final weigh in being June 1st. Just cut &amp; paste the templet below then update monthly by editing your original post. <BR> ****************************************<BR>****************** <BR> Starting Weight: <BR> December 1st: <BR> January 1st: <BR> February 1st: <BR> March 1st: <BR> April 1st: <BR> May 1st: <BR> June 1st: <BR> Ending Weight: <BR> Pounds Lost: Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:00:31 EST Wednesday, Nov. 25th What's your favorite Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert? <BR> ******************* <BR> Bob loves cherry or pecan pie. I love pumpkin or mincemeat pie. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:52:25 EST Tuesday, Nov. 24th Do you have someone in your immediate circle of friends or family that don't support you in your weight loss efforts? <BR> ****************************************<BR>****************** <BR> <BR> For me, it's not so much give his opinion as much as sabotage. Bob doesn't mean to put roadblocks in my path but he wants me to eat like he does, good or bad. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:33:58 EST Monday, Nov. 23rd When was the last time you went on vacation? <BR> ************************************ <BR> <BR> It's been over 16 years for us. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:50:14 EST Sunday, Nov. 22nd What's your favorite Christmas song? <BR> ************ <BR> <BR> I have two. One is I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas. The other one is I'll Be Home For Christmas. Sun, 22 Nov 2015 11:07:54 EST Sat., Nov. 21st Will you be having a big Thanksgiving meal this year? <BR> ************************************ <BR> We're keeping ours very simple this year. Just having fried chicken, dressing, cranberry sauce, rolls, and one pie (cherry). It's just going to be the two of us so no reason to make a huge meal. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 10:08:35 EST Friday, Nov. 20th How do you reward yourself for NSV's? <BR> ************************************* <BR> I like to buy a new book or some little thing I see that I like, like a new nail polish or maybe a new angel item for my collection. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:54:54 EST Thursday, Nov. 19th Land line or cell phone? <BR> *************** <BR> We have both but the cell phone is our emergency phone if we're out in the car somewhere. My son got it for us for Christmas 2 years ago and buys us a years worth of minutes every year so we can keep it. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:57:15 EST Wed. Nov. 18th Do you do holiday baking? <BR> ******************* <BR> <BR> I bake one pie for Thanksgiving and for Christmas I do one pie and I make NO-Bake cookies for Bob ( family tradition). Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:52:57 EST Tuesday, Nov. 17th Do you plan to visit relatives over Thanksgiving or will you be staying home? <BR> ************************************* <BR> <BR> All of our family live hundreds of miles from us so it'll just be Bob &amp; me for both Thanksgiving &amp; Christmas. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:16:17 EST Mon Nov 16 <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Do you like peanut butter..almond butter...any special nut butter? <BR> <BR> <BR> - I like peanut butter and have not really tried any of the others Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:54:52 EST Saturday Nov 14 <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What was your favorite toy as a child? <BR> <BR> For me it was my barbie doll Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:01:39 EST Friday Nov 13 <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Do you think stress causes over eating? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> - I think it certainly helps. Stress can cause emotional eating. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 10:58:46 EST WED., NOV. 11TH Do you have any family that is in the service or that served? <BR> ****************** <BR> Bob was in the Navy. My sister and my dad were in the Army. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 10:59:07 EST Monday, Nov. 9th Have you started Christmas shopping yet? <BR> **************************** <BR> <BR> I'm done except for 2 I still need to buy for family members, then I have to get something for Bob. Mon, 9 Nov 2015 18:09:46 EST Friday, Nov. 6th Have you started Christmas shopping yet? <BR> ************************** <BR> I have most of mine done. Only a couple more things to buy, then I have to wrap and mail them off. Fri, 6 Nov 2015 18:10:48 EST stay healthy I want to at least lose 60 pounds Thu, 5 Nov 2015 19:02:59 EST Tuesday, Nov. 3rd How many calories to you normally try to stay under daily? <BR> ******************************** <BR> I had been working to stay between 1300-1600 but I've cut it back down to 1000-1200 per day. Tue, 3 Nov 2015 09:27:16 EST Nov. 1st, Sunday Will you spend Thanksgiving at home or elsewhere? <BR> **************** <BR> <BR> We'll be staying home. Plan to keep it very simple this year. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 17:20:41 EST Sat., Oct. 31st Do you decorate for the holidays? <BR> *********************** <BR> <BR> I used to but we decided not to do it this year. Sat, 31 Oct 2015 16:53:24 EST Friday, Oct. 30th I didn't realize I missed yesterdays QOTD. Sorry about that. <BR> Todays question: What are your November goals? <BR> *************************** <BR> I have 2 goals for November. 1) Just weigh on the 1st, then no more all month. <BR> 2) Once again cut out all sugar. I just feel better off of it. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 17:29:10 EST Wed., Oct. 28th What is the worse spook/evil movie you've ever watched? <BR> *************************** <BR> For me it had to be "The Exodus". I had read the book so wanted to see the movie. I saw the last 10 minutes of it then the starting 15 minutes and that was all she wrote. Walked out shaking. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:54:57 EST Tuesday, Oct. 27th How often do you walk into a room and "forget" what you went in there for, or someone tells you something or asks you to do something, and 5 minutes later you've completely forgotten? <BR> ******************************** <BR> <BR> I'm like that all the time now ( since menopause). It used to scare me a little but no one in my family (blood kin) has had alzheimers so I think it's just something that's hit me since I went into full menopause. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 16:23:37 EST Monday, Oct. 26th What is the last thing you ate that you feel you shouldn't have eaten? <BR> ******************************* <BR> I made BBQ pulled pork sandwiches for supper and I ate 2 instead of just one, so I'm feeling a little overstuffed. Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:16:52 EST Sunday, Oct. 25th If you could only eat one specific meal/food for the rest of your life, what would it be? <BR> ******************** <BR> Mine would be buttered rice with some type fish (steamed), mixed together like a stir-fry. I ate this for 2 months straight back in the early 90's because money was too tight to buy anything but the cheapest foods. A friend gave me a freezer of assorted fish filets he had caught and cleaned and cut into filets and I bought a 20 lb. bag of rice, and 10 lbs. of margarine. Th... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 16:30:50 EST Sat., Oct. 24th How do you celebrate Halloween? <BR> **************** <BR> <BR> We give out treats to the kids, but that's it. <BR> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 16:58:56 EST Fri., Oct. 23rd What's your favorite board game? <BR> ******************** <BR> Mine's Monopoly Fri, 23 Oct 2015 16:24:21 EST Thursday, Oct. 22nd What is your favorite saying? <BR> **************** <BR> <BR> Mine is: When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on ! Thu, 22 Oct 2015 17:08:28 EST Wed., Oct. 21st How much weight do you feel you need to lose to feel good in your own skin? <BR> ******************** <BR> In a perfect world I'd lose 100 lbs, but since the world isn't perfect and I'm definately not perfect, <BR> I'm rethinking my goals and am going to try and drop 35 lbs. If or when I manage that, then I'll decide where I want to go from there. Wed, 21 Oct 2015 17:27:11 EST Tuesday, Oct. 20th How flexable are you when it comes to your weight loss goals? <BR> ********************* <BR> <BR> Up until now I've been pretty rigid, but now I'm looking at things in a totally different way, so we'll see what happens. Tue, 20 Oct 2015 17:18:27 EST Monday, Oct.19th Do you ever feel like what you do to try to be healthier is never enough? <BR> ************************** <BR> I feel that way ALL the time. Mon, 19 Oct 2015 17:02:35 EST Sunday, Oct. 18th Is there anyone here on spark people you kind of look to as inspirational? <BR> ********************************** <BR> <BR> For me it has to be Beth Donovan ( ~INDYGIRL). She has come so far and nothing stops her. Sun, 18 Oct 2015 14:39:53 EST Sat., Oct.17th If you had to change one thing in your weight loss journey, what would it be and why? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**** <BR> For me, if I could do it without a lot of arguing from Bob, I'd do a very strict low carb plan because I have a real weakness for carbs and I know the less of them I eat, the better off I am, weight wise. Sat, 17 Oct 2015 17:29:36 EST FRIDAY, OCT. 16TH Is there a sports team you like above all others? <BR> ************************* <BR> I've always been a Cubs fan. Fri, 16 Oct 2015 16:51:42 EST Wed. 14th & Thurs. 15th What is one thing you've done in the past that you wish you had never done? <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> There are plenty of things I probably shouldn't have done but I'm going to say nothing because my past is what has made me the strong minded woman I am today. Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:14:37 EST Tuesday, Oct. 13th What is your all time favorite breakfast? <BR> ************************************** <BR> <BR> Mine would have to be biscuits and gravy with scrambled eggs. Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:42:12 EST Monday, Oct. 12th Are you a milk drinker? <BR> *************** <BR> <BR> I love it but have to drink lactoise free as I'm allergic to most dairy products. Mon, 12 Oct 2015 17:09:42 EST Sunday, Oct. 11th Who plans the meals in your home? <BR> ************ <BR> I will ask Bob what he wants for supper for the next day then plan the meal around it. Sun, 11 Oct 2015 17:14:11 EST Sat., Oct. 10th How often do you eat dessert? <BR> *************** <BR> Bob has gotten to where he wants a fudgecycle after dinner just about every night, but I usually only have one a couple times a week. <BR> <BR> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 16:52:05 EST FRIDAY, OCT. 9TH Do you like to shop in secondhand stores ? <BR> *************** <BR> <BR> I like to when I can because sometimes you can come across some real bargains. Fri, 9 Oct 2015 17:00:30 EST THURSDAY, OCT. 8TH Do you think the minimum wage should be $15.00 an hour ? <BR> ****************** <BR> I do since the cost of living keeps going up, up, up. People can't live on $5.00 an hour anymore; not unless they still live at home and have no bills to pay. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:56:18 EST WED., OCT. 7TH Do you tuck your shirt in or let it hang loose? <BR> ******************* <BR> I let mine hang loose. I prefer tunics to cover my butt area. Wed, 7 Oct 2015 16:37:52 EST Tuesday, Oct. 6th What part of the nutrition tracker do you feel is most important for you? <BR> ************************ <BR> For me, it's counting the grams sodium as I retain fluid so badly. Next would be the calories. I try to stay between 1300-1500 calories a day. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 16:47:56 EST MONDAY, OCT. 5TH How old were you when you married your current spouse? <BR> ****************************************<BR>********************** <BR> I was 39 years old. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:59:24 EST Sunday, Oct. 4th Do you get up during the night for bathroom breaks? <BR> ****************************** <BR> I get up at least 2 times a night. Sometimes even more than that. Sun, 4 Oct 2015 16:43:41 EST Sat., Oct. 3rd What is the one thing you've learned since starting your weight loss journey? <BR> ****************************************<BR>***************** <BR> <BR> For me, I've learned to have patience because I'm not going to lose it overnight, and things don't always go as planned. Sat, 3 Oct 2015 17:52:38 EST Friday, Oct. 2nd When was the last time you hugged someone "just because"? <BR> ************************************** <BR> I'm always hugging hubby but the other day a friend stopped by to check up on us and I gave her a big hug. Fri, 2 Oct 2015 18:07:28 EST Indy Area Organic Food Tasting W/ ~Indygirl FREE Nov 7@ 11:30 am Organic Food Tasting Event- food and beverages provided at no cost. <BR> We will be tasting organic Wild Tree products made light and learning how to make them. <BR> <BR> Food, water, and teas provided. <BR> <BR> Talk will be on organics, whole foods and weight loss. <BR> <BR> Spark mail me to reserve a seat. I have room for 12 people <BR> <BR> Event is in Fishers, IN, NE Indianapolis area. Put on by SparkPeople Members and not by SparkPeople, the company. <BR> <BR> SPARK... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 17:40:50 EST October Discussion Would you hire a personal trainer who is overweight/obese even if they have the same knowledge and education as the personal trainers who are fit and in shape? Fri, 2 Oct 2015 09:33:24 EST Thursday, Oct. 1st Do you think the USA is ready for a woman President? <BR> ******************************* <BR> <BR> I really don't think so. At least not the ones that are in the running right now Thu, 1 Oct 2015 17:17:33 EST Healthy Habits That Will Actually Change Your Life Healthy Habits That Will Actually Change Your Life <BR> Do these five things, and watch your mindset, and physique, change. <BR> <BR> BY JEFF HADEN <BR> <BR> Why do most people fail to stick to something challenging, like losing weight or getting in better shape? They don't start small. They immediately go all in. <BR> They change everything, which pretty soon results in not changing anything. <BR> Why going all in never works <BR> The temptation to go all in is understandable. Take losing ... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:15:30 EST Wed., Sept. 30th Does your town allow trick or treating on Halloween? <BR> ********************* <BR> Ours does but only until around 8:30pm. We don't get but around 25 kids to our area though <BR> But the fire stations have Halloween get togethers for the kids. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 17:02:53 EST Tuesday, Sept. 29th Which do you prefer: coffee or tea in the mornings? <BR> ********************************* <BR> Coffee for me, to be sure. I'll drink herbal tea at night or iced tea during the day but I have to have my 2-3 cups coffee when I first get up. It used to be 2-3 POTS of coffee, so I've cut way back on it. <img src=""> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:32:36 EST Monday, Sept. 28th How often to you remember to say thank you in a day? <BR> ************************ <BR> <BR> I'm always saying thank you for something thru-out the day. I was raised to be very polite. Mon, 28 Sep 2015 17:54:18 EST Sunday, Sept. 27th Who is your favorite musical group? <BR> ********************** <BR> I have a number of them but my favorite would have to be the Oakridge Boys. Sun, 27 Sep 2015 17:10:03 EST Sat., Sept. 26th When you were a kid, what was your favorite outdoor activity? <BR> ************************ <BR> I loved to ride my bike. That was my big thing to do. Sat, 26 Sep 2015 17:17:27 EST Friday, Sept. 25th Do you celebrate Halloween? <BR> ****************** <BR> We do support the kids around our neighborhood with a few suckers. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:47:45 EST THURSDAY, SEPT. 24TH If you had to pick one diet book as your favorite ( NOT counting spark people books), what book would you pick and why? <BR> ************************* <BR> I actually have 2. One is: "When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair" by Geneen Roth and the other one is: "Trust God, and Buy Broccoli" by Gerri Helms. <BR> Both follow more into intuitive eating and listening to your inner self. Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:12:47 EST WED., SEPT. 23RD When you think of the Fall season, what do you enjoy most about it? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******* <BR> I love the slightly cooler temperatures and the changing colors on the trees. You don't see it as much in Florida as you do other states but you can still see small changes. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:11:57 EST Tuesday, Sept. 22nd When you think about actors and actresses and their sizes, who would you most like to have a body like? <BR> ****************************** <BR> <BR> For me, it'd be Marg Helgenberger , who plays Catherine on CSI. She's not all skin and bones but has a nice shape and looks like a woman should look (HEALTHY). Tue, 22 Sep 2015 16:32:05 EST Monday, Sept. 21st If you were an animal ( not human), what would you be? <BR> ******************************* <BR> I think I'd want to be a cat. I could do my own thing and noone would expect otherwise. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 17:53:54 EST Sunday, Sept. 20th If it only took one day for you to learn something and do it well, what would it be, and why? <BR> ********************************* <BR> I would take flying lessons to overcome my fear of flying. Sun, 20 Sep 2015 16:38:23 EST Sat., Sept. 19th What is your biggest trouble spot body wise? <BR> ******************* <BR> <BR> Mine would have to be my stomach. Sat, 19 Sep 2015 16:57:30 EST Friday, Sept. 18th What is your favorite junk food? <BR> ************************ <BR> <BR> Mine would have to be Dorito's with bean dip. I rarely get it but once in awhile I'll get a craving for it. Fri, 18 Sep 2015 17:07:39 EST Thursday, Sept. 17th When you put on weight, do you gain all over or do you tend to have specific trouble spots? <BR> **************************************** <BR> <BR> I gain all over but tend to show it first in my stomach unless it's fluid retention. Then it shows more in my hands and ankles. Thu, 17 Sep 2015 18:00:45 EST Wed., Sept. 16th Where could you improve your chances to do more to reach your goals? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************** <BR> By being more careful over my food choices when grocery shopping and meal planning. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 16:54:33 EST Intro 1) User Name? Egcsimile <BR> 2) Name You Want To Be called Here? Egcsimile's or just Emily <BR> 3) Married or Single? married <BR> 4) Kids? two daughters and a son <BR> 5) Pet's? none <BR> 6) Hometown? California <BR> 7) I Hobbies? Video games, crochet <BR> 8) Favorite Food? Cereal <BR> 9) Favorite Color? Blue <BR> 10) Where Would You Like To Vacation? Yosemite <BR> 11) Your Favorite Exercise? My new peddler <BR> 12) Your Birthday? Jan 20 <BR> <BR> Thanks to John for the invite! Tue, 15 Sep 2015 21:43:01 EST Tuesday, Sept. 15th When you were in high school, what after school activities were you involved in? <BR> ************************************ <BR> <BR> I was in the high school chorus and in the 4-H Club. I also was on the volleyball team. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:08:47 EST Monday, Sept. 14th When eating out, what's your favorite restaurant to go to? <BR> ******************************** <BR> I really like Golden Corral. It gives a variety to choose from and the prices are reasonable. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:46:53 EST Sunday, Sept. 13th Do you have a Presidential candidate you really like? <BR> ********************************** <BR> I'm for Marc Rubio all the way. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 14:48:28 EST Sat., Sept. 12th If you could live anywhere, were would you live? <BR> **************************************** <BR> ******* <BR> I've loved Florida all my life so I'm satisfied living right in this state. I might would go a little further South but still stay in Florida. <BR> <BR> Sat, 12 Sep 2015 16:52:22 EST Friday, Sept. 11th How many hours daily do you spend watching TV? <BR> ****************************************<BR>* <BR> I'd say generally for me it's about 4 hours in the evening unless it's something Bob is watching I don't like, then I'll read while he's watching his shows. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 16:41:00 EST Thursday, Sept. 10th Do you like spicy foods? <BR> ****************** <BR> I do but they don't like me since I have GERD. Have to be very careful about spices. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 17:36:03 EST Wed.,Sept. 9th Do you like regular books or do you prefer e-books or those you can download? <BR> ************************************* <BR> I much prefer a regular book as I like to hold it in my hand and turn the pages. I get lost in a good book. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 18:03:46 EST Tuesday, Sept. 8th Do you pay all your bills thru bank bill pay, auto transfer, by check, cash, or a little of all? <BR> ********************************** <BR> <BR> Most of ours are paid thru the bank thru either bill pay or automatic transfer, but there's a couple we pay by regular check and one we pay cash. I do as much thru the bank as possible so I don't have to worry about it. Tue, 8 Sep 2015 16:50:04 EST Monday, Sept.7th When you think of being healthy, what does it mean to you? <BR> ********************************** <BR> For me it would mean being at a size where I could do things much more easily and not have to worry about pills for blood pressure or daily pain meds. It would mean being comfortable in my own skin. Mon, 7 Sep 2015 14:33:39 EST Sunday, Sept. 6th Do you prefer showers or baths? <BR> ********************************** <BR> <BR> I prefer baths cause I love a bubble bath but I'm getting to the point where it's difficult for me to get down into the tub and out of it. I'm afraid of falling. So I'm probably going to have to switch to showers in the very near future. Sun, 6 Sep 2015 16:44:51 EST Sat., Sept. 5th How long does a meal take you most days? <BR> ********************************* <BR> <BR> I try to make each meal last at least 20 minutes but some days it's quicker, depending on what we're eating. Sat, 5 Sep 2015 09:21:53 EST Friday Sep 4 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Do you snack on plain/salted nuts? <BR> <BR> ****Yes I do on both - for peanuts mostly salted but other nuts mostly unsalted Fri, 4 Sep 2015 10:43:40 EST Thursday Sep 3 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Did you take typing in school, or did you just learn it on your own? <BR> <BR> <BR> ****yes I took it in Grade 9 <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Sep 2015 11:26:37 EST Wednesday Sep 2 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What's your biggest healthy eating accomplishment so far? <BR> <BR> **I have stopped drinking pop and reach for water Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:50:43 EST September Discussion So many smokers are switching over to the electronic vapor cigarettes in attempt to quit smoking. And E-Cigs can be smoked where smoking cigarettes is prohibited. What are your feelings about Electronic Vapor Cigarettes ? Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:15:23 EST Tuesday September 1 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you like all-you-can-eat buffets? <BR> <BR> ***I do - but I try to stay away from them as I eat way too much <BR> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:24:00 EST Monday August 31 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you enjoy listening to music that is in a language you don't understand ? <BR> <BR> ****Yes I love the opera Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:34:15 EST Saturday August 29 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Do you give to the food banks? <BR> <BR> <BR> ****Yes I do Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:43:18 EST Friday August 28 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> How many keys do you have for your front door? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ***5 - I have one, my husband has one, our neighbor has one for emergencies, my daughter has one and there is a spare just in Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:32:37 EST New to spark people and the team hello, my name is Tammy. A little about me? I am a 42 year old female, I live alone. I live in Delaware. I weigh well over 300 pounds. my goals are to get some daily exercise in even though I have bone on bone arthritis in my knees. Drink 8 glasses of water daily and eat plenty of vegetables and some fruit. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:54:14 EST Thursday Aug 27 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Do you like jelly/jam on your toast? <BR> <BR> <BR> I do but I prefer marmalade Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:35:51 EST Wednesday August 26 Sometimes when you have a stressful day or week, you need some silliness to break up the day. Here is your dose of humor... <BR> <BR> Follow the instructions to find your new name. <BR> <BR> The following is excerpted from a children's book, Captain Underpants And the Perilous Plot Professor Poopypants, by Dave Pilkey, in which the evil Professor forces everyone to assume new names... <BR> <BR> <BR> So:- <BR> <BR> 1. Use the 3rd letter of your first name to determine your New first n... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:15:58 EST Monday Aug 24 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Is walking part of your fitness routine? <BR> <BR> Yes it is what I do most Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:43:09 EST Saturday August 22 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> You have been given a five day vacation all expenses paid. However, you have to choose from two places. <BR> <BR> 1./ The Paris catacombs <BR> <BR> 2./ Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel in Bali <BR> <BR> <BR> I would choose the Paris Catacombs Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:43:12 EST Friday Aug 20 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Are you a happy person? <BR> <BR> I think so <BR> <BR> And sorry this should say Friday Aug 21...sheesh Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:02:54 EST Thursday Aug 20 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Do you do the same exercise routine all the time or do you change things up occasionally? <BR> <BR> <BR> I have mostly the same routine, although I do have a number of dvd's Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:55:19 EST Wednesday August 19 What drives you crazy? <BR> <BR> for me it is people who dont do what they said they were going to do Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:44:29 EST Monday, Aug. 10th What is your favorite restaurant? <BR> ******************** <BR> I love Golden Correl. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:11:07 EST Sunday, Aug. 9th How old were you when you had your first boy/girl kiss? <BR> ************************************** <BR> <BR> I was 9 years old and a 13 year old neighbor's boy kissed me. Sun, 9 Aug 2015 16:14:01 EST Sat., Aug. 8 What non scale victory are you looking forward to reaching in the next 4 months? <BR> ****************************************<BR>****************** <BR> I'd love to see a drop of 5 inches from my waist by Jan. 1-2016 Sat, 8 Aug 2015 16:34:20 EST Friday, Aug. 7th Do you like card games? <BR> ********** <BR> I like to play solitaire and gin rummy. Fri, 7 Aug 2015 17:29:08 EST Thursday, Aug. 6th Do you feel losing weight will make <BR> everything better for you? <BR> ************************* <BR> I think it'll help as far as making <BR> things a little easier for me, energy wise, but <BR> it won't cure everything. Thu, 6 Aug 2015 16:35:24 EST Wednesday, Aug. 5th Do you think you'd make as much progress in your weight loss goals if you weren't a member of sparkpeople? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************ <BR> I love the motivation I get from the website and the awesome friends I have here, but to be honest, sometimes I feel I'd do better with my personal goals if I went it alone. Coming to the site daily tends to keep me thinking about "diets" and constantly thinking about weight, etc. On my own I don't think about it as much... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 16:44:17 EST Tuesday, Aug. 4th How healthy is your food pantry? <BR> *********************** <BR> <BR> Mine could be a lot better. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 17:39:15 EST Monday, Aug. 3rd When you were younger and weren't worried about growing old, <BR> what was the one thing you swore you'd never let happen when you got old? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************** <BR> I swore I'd never get to the point where I needed others help. That I'd stay <BR> slim and active and be able to care for myself. But now that I am older <BR> I find myself not able to do as much as I'd thought I'd be able to do and I certainly <BR> didn't stay slim and activ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 16:37:16 EST Sunday Aug. 2nd What is the one thing you plan to do in August to help you reach your goals? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*************************** <BR> I'm going to push myself the rest of this month to stay below 2000 grams of sodium each day. This tends to be hard for me so I think it's something I really need to work on. Sun, 2 Aug 2015 17:03:40 EST Sat., Aug. 1st What is one healthy habit you plan to start or continue with this month? <BR> ******************************* <BR> I intend to continue my no soda streak. I'm on day 42 so far. Sat, 1 Aug 2015 16:21:36 EST Friday, July 31st Do you feel you did everything you could do this month to go in the right direction in your healthier living plan, and what will you do differently in August? <BR> ****************************************<BR>********** <BR> I needed to be a lot more mindful of what I was eating, especially foods high in sodium, so next month I will be working to keep my sodium between 1500-2000 grams. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:39:04 EST Thursday, July 30th How many hours per day do you generally spend on the computer? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************************** <BR> <BR> If I'm home all day then I average 6 hours ( 2 hours 3 times a day). If it's a busy day like on our shopping day then I average about 3 hours total. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:21:10 EST Beat the Heat August Challenge Let's Beat the Heat to stay Healthy: <BR> Just edit your page when you update your point status. You can just put the date and the total of the up to date points. For example Aug 1 total points = 30 <BR> Aug 2 total points= 30= 60 <BR> <BR> <BR> 6 to 8 hours of sleep= 5 points <BR> 30+ minutes of cardio exercise= 10 points <BR> Make a Sparkpeople recipe= 20 points- Please list the recipe on your update <BR> pushups- 1 poi... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:11:10 EST Wed., July 29th Does your home have smoke alarms? <BR> ********************************** <BR> <BR> We have one but just came from a seminar on them and what we found out is that most are completely useless. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:12:44 EST Mon. & Tues. July 27 & 28 Sorry I missed yesterday's QOTD. It slipped my mind. <BR> <BR> When was the last time you were really scared about something? <BR> ****************************************<BR>****************** <BR> For me, it was Sep. 13-2014, when I had to call an ambulance for Bob. He was having another bout with Congestive Heart Failure and couldn't even make it out to the car for me to drive him to the emergency room. For him to tell me to call an ambulance let me know it was serious. And it was. Since ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:54:09 EST Sunday, July 26th Do you believe things happen for a reason? <BR> *************************************** <BR> <BR> I do and I think it can either break you or make you stronger. That choice is up to you. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 16:52:04 EST Saturday, July 25th What color are your eyes? <BR> ********************************* <BR> <BR> Mine are hazel Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:15:32 EST Friday, July 24th Do you do the big Sunday dinner like our families did way back when? <BR> ****************************************<BR>***** <BR> <BR> I used to, but these days I'm more apt to put a roast in the crock pot with assorted veggies, and let that be it. Saves me a lot of cooking time and the food is still great. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:56:07 EST Thursday, July 23rd What changes do you feel you need to make to reach your healthier goals? <BR> ****************************************<BR>********** <BR> <BR> I need to stop worrying about how others see me and focus more on taking care of myself. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:50:50 EST Wed., July 22nd Do you think you get enough exercise on a daily basis? <BR> ************************************* <BR> <BR> Some days I get more than enough, some days not so much. I figure it evens out over a weeks time. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:24:32 EST Tuesday, July 21st What do you like doing on a daily basis that is just for you? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******** <BR> <BR> I love my pen palling and I love to sit down with a good book. <BR> Both make me feel happier. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:46:48 EST Monday, July 20th Are you right or left handed? <BR> ******************************* <BR> <BR> I can do some things left handed but I'm right handed in as far as writing, etc. goes. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:10:00 EST Sunday, July 19th If you could only do ONE of the two below, which would you choose and why? <BR> 1) Lose weight <BR> 2) Exercise <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************** <BR> <BR> This is a tough one for me. I know with exercise you can lose the weight <BR> but you may be in constant pain from it because of your weight. <BR> But you can lose the weight without exercise and then once you've lost the weight, <BR> then you could exercise to firm things up as much as possible. <BR> But ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 16:41:27 EST Sat., July 18th What is the one kitchen tool you can't do without? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******** <BR> I actually have two. I couldn't do without my coffee maker or my can opener. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 11:41:19 EST Friday, July 17th How many OTC meds do you take per day? <BR> ******************************** <BR> I take 4 a day. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11:49:55 EST Thursday, July 16th Do you think ALL restaurants should post the nutrients for everything <BR> they serve? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**** <BR> <BR> I do think so because it'd make it much easier to pick what you want to eat <BR> if you know what all it has in it as far as calories, carbs, Proteins, Fat, and sodium. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 17:46:35 EST Wed., July 15th Do you see your doctor regularly for check-ups? <BR> *************************** <BR> I tend to only see mine when I'm sick and that's not very often. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:08:37 EST Tuesday, July 14th What type disposition do you normally have? <BR> ************************ <BR> For me, I'd have to say I tend to be a very serious <BR> minded person with a heavy dose of daily stress. I've <BR> forgotten what it's like to be care-free. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:34:52 EST Monday, July 13th Do you watch the cooking channel or watch cooking shows? <BR> ********************************* <BR> <BR> We do seem to watch a good many of them which is funny <BR> since neither of us would eat half of the foods cooked on those <BR> shows. We tend to eat foods well done and most meats they cooked <BR> are rare or close to it. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:57:28 EST Sunday, July 12th What is the craziest diet you ever tried? <BR> ********************************** <BR> This is hard for me to answer because I've tried a LOT <BR> of different diets. I guess it would have to be the chew and spit <BR> diet. You could chew any food you wanted but you couldn't <BR> swallow it. You had to spit it out. You were supposed to get all the nutrients <BR> from the juices without all the added weight from the actual food. I think I was about <BR> 17 when I tried that one. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 17:11:39 EST Sat., July 11th Have you ever read any books by Geneen Roth, and do you like her books? <BR> **************************************** <BR> ****** <BR> I've read all of her books but my favorite is <BR> "When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair". <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 16:24:31 EST Friday, July 10th What is your greatest fear? <BR> ******************** <BR> Mine would have to be dying alone. <BR> I'm not really afraid of dying per se, I just don't want to die <BR> and no one know it and me just lay there. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:21:29 EST July 7-9 QOTD Sorry I've not been here to post the QOTD the last couple of days. I'll do a 3 question one today... <BR> <BR> 1) Do you prefer being all natural or do you think make-up is important to make you look your best? <BR> ********************** <BR> I wore make up for years but Bob prefers me all natural so I haven't worn make-up in about 10 years now. <BR> <BR> 2) Do you follow your astrology sign? <BR> ************************************** <BR> I like reading what mine says but only for ... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 16:45:46 EST Monday, July 6th If you could change your look without losing weight ( magic wand), <BR> what would you change? <BR> ****************************************<BR>* <BR> I'd have very thick long hair ( mine is short and baby fine thin) <BR> and I'd have a full set of very white teeth ( I have peridontal disease <BR> and have lost most of my teeth, especially on the bottom) Mon, 6 Jul 2015 17:20:39 EST Sunday, July 5th What is one thing you feel you could be doing <BR> that would improve your chances of reaching <BR> a healthier weight? <BR> ***************************** <BR> <BR> For me, it would have to be getting more exercise. <BR> I have a daily routine but I feel I need to up it a little more. Sun, 5 Jul 2015 12:45:26 EST 4th of July Do you take your measurements as well as weigh? <BR> ***************************** <BR> I generally weigh daily but measure once a month. Sat, 4 Jul 2015 16:41:39 EST Friday, July 3rd What kind of books do you like to read? <BR> ***************************** <BR> <BR> I love anything diet related as well as Harlequin Intrigue, and a good mystery. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 15:31:26 EST Thursday, July 2nd What is the lowest and highest weights you've been as an adult? What is your current goal to reach? <BR> **************************************** <BR> ******************************** <BR> <BR> My highest was 267 lbs., last August. <BR> My lowest was 117 lbs., Jan. 1-1996. <BR> My goal is 180 lbs. or less <BR> <BR> Thu, 2 Jul 2015 16:40:24 EST Wed., July 1st What is the hardest exercise for you to do? <BR> **************************** <BR> <BR> For me it's any exercise where I have to bend from the knee <BR> or do squats. Because of my lower back, those type movements <BR> can put me down for days at a time. Also any exercise where I have <BR> to get down on the floor as I have considerable trouble getting back on <BR> my feet once down. Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:13:56 EST July Step it up Challenge! July is a new month and a great time to challenge your fitness goals by stepping it up in July with a steps challenge. Get out your pedometers, fitbits,and Garmins and start logging those steps.. Just think of the Gazillions of steps we wil ltake as a team! And adding a healthy habit to our already great fitness journeys! Log your steps in the " Step it up Challenge" forum. Feel free to log your weekly totals as well! <BR> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 00:10:21 EST New today...Where do I start????? Hi I am new just signed up this afternoon. I need to lose 50 lbs. I have tried to lose weight before doing weight watchers years ago but I can't afford to sign up so I am hoping this site can help me. There seems to be so much info on here I am not sure where to start. I did set up my Spark page and now I don't know where else to go. So if any of you could point me in the right direction I sure would appreciate it. :) Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:34:09 EST Tuesday, June 30th Do you prefer city living or country living, or something in between? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*** <BR> <BR> I grew up on a farm so I definitely prefer country living but I currently live in a medium sized town. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:06:31 EST Monday, June 29th Do you like or have a tattoo? If so, what is it? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************* <BR> <BR> I like tattoo's as long as they aren't all over your body. Some people carry it too far. <BR> I got a red rose just below my right collarbone when I turned 50. I'd wanted one since I was 17 and I swore if I reached the age of 50 I'd get one. That was almost 9 years ago. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:07:01 EST Hello, I'm a Newbie Just joined the team, & am here checking in to tell EVERYONE Hello! I hope 2 make MANY New Friends & can offer ALL the support & Good Cheer I can muster! <em>213</em> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:01:22 EST Sunday, June 28th Do you like really rich desserts? <BR> ****************************** <BR> <BR> Once in a blue moon I want something really rich and chocolately, but I found out today some are too rich even for me. <BR> Our neighbor brought us over 4 HUGE slices of "kill me with chocolate" cake topped with extra fudge and whole strawberries. One slice is too much for 2 people and it was so rich it makes your teeth ache. And there's still 3 slices in the fridge. It's good but way, way too much for me. I ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:41:51 EST Saturday, June 27th How much exercise do you try to get in on a daily basis? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************** <BR> <BR> I've set a goal for 30 minutes a day but am working towards 45 minutes daily. A couple times a month I'll get in much more due to shopping day. On those days I usually get in 2-3 hours of walking. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:27:19 EST Hi, I'm Vicki Over the last 10 years I've gained 127 lbs and now it's time for me to reclaim my body <BR> in the healthiest way I can. I've struggled to lose the weight and would drop a few pounds <BR> only to regain them plus a few extra pounds. But since Sept. 2014 I've been working to <BR> help my hubby lose necessary pounds so his heart function will improve and although <BR> I worked towards my own goals, it was never 100%. But since June 20th I've taken back control <BR> of my own body and will be w... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:32:49 EST Injuries and worred about setbacks. I sprained my ankle something horrible, and now I am really scared about the setback it is going to cause me <BR> <BR> Anyone else deal with an injury setback? How did it come out in the end for you? How did you overcome the setback? Sun, 24 May 2015 10:25:47 EST The Fact on Fat The Facts on Fat <BR> <BR> All fat is not created equal. Abdominal fat, particularly the visceral fat stored deep inside, is much more dangerous than the flab on your hips, butt, or thighs. The reason: Location, location, location. Think of it this way: Your liver and pancreas are like stately apartment buildings — they're efficient, well-oiled machines that have been there forever. Belly fat is like the loud, disruptive neighbor who buys the building next door and turns it into an all-night... Sun, 17 May 2015 08:16:03 EST Healthy Habit 21 day challenge I want to start challenge for everyone. I took this from the very first challenge on this group and put my spin on it. <BR> <BR> I want everyone to start with 1-5 habits that you want to work on, and put them in your goal list on your step 2 of your start page so you can accurately record them. I want you to focus on the hiccups you have had in this journey lately. Give yourself one habit that you KNOW you need to change and if you choose others, some that you know you need to add to the j... Mon, 11 May 2015 08:39:49 EST Weekly Weighin Lets start by saying I have always had a hate only relationship with my scales. Today was my 2nd weigh in and I have officially GAINED 4 lb compared to when I started. I have a great idea as to what has caused the weight gain I just don't like it. I wish it were easier for me to loose weigh.. 1 lb would have been great. So now set myself up with 5 more goals to track daily, you can read about them in my newest blog. <BR> <BR> I am not discouraged. I will not fail this time around. Weigh ga... Mon, 11 May 2015 08:31:20 EST Being new I have a couple questions This seems like a great group, but there seems to be a lot of really old posts and challenges. Is there anyway to clean up the forums and get some of them deleted? <BR> <BR> I love that there is a step challenge, is this the only challenge going on right now? Wed, 6 May 2015 13:30:13 EST May Challenge Let us continue on getting our steps in this month. <BR> <BR> Another healthy habit is to track our food and stay within our calorie range. So, make sure to track everything you eat in your Heart healthy nutrition plan. Post whether you stayed within range. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> and together we will! Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:29:25 EST Working hard at trying...... Hi my name is Michele. I live in Las Vegas. Honestly don't like this town. I could go on about the negative things here lol. I am disabled so between that and the heat working out to be fit an loose weight is rough. But I am stubborn an determine. Just currently getting started so I am trying to find ways to get it all done. I once was a vegan but due to hospital stays an not always being able to stand for any length to prep an fix my meals I have had to turn more into a flexatrerin. I am op... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:51:16 EST .the "A-B-C's" of me. This game was posted by one of my friends on his blog here. I thought it was kind of a cool way to get to know each other. <BR> <BR> Feel free to Copy / Paste the list below into your comment, delete my answers and fill in your own! Let's find out about our team members! <BR> <BR> This is who I am: <BR> <BR> A - Available or married: Married- 31 years <BR> <BR> B - Book: American Sniper (Chris Kyle) <BR> <BR> C - Cake or pie: Cake - but not really big on sweets and has to be gluten free... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:38:40 EST April Fool Challenge During the month of April lets make sure to get in our steps daily. As a bonus daily try getting in 1% more steps each day than the day before. <BR> <BR> Track your food. It helps keep you in your calorie range. <BR> <BR> Do at least 10 minutes of exercise daily. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Who is in this with me? Wed, 1 Apr 2015 13:12:20 EST Make Working Out A Lot Easier Let's have a discussion about the article that BOBCATGIRL posted on "9 Little Tricks that Make Working Out A Lot Easier ". <BR> <BR> Prompt Question: <BR> <BR> Does any of the tricks shared work for you? <BR> Does one stand out more than the others? <BR> Do you have a trick that works for you that was not mentioned? <BR> <BR> Please elaborate... <BR> <BR> <BR> John Wed, 18 Mar 2015 22:41:07 EST Make Working Out Easier Ever feel overwhelmed by the thought of exercise? Try some of these little tricks to make it a little easier. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=9_little_tricks_that_make_working_o<BR>ut_a_lot_easier </link> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:43:02 EST Introduction. ..........All about me. 1) User Name? mladysweet <BR> 2) Name You Want To Be called Here? Sweet/or Diana <BR> 3) Married or Single? Happily Married <BR> 4) Kids? 6 +2 = 8 (I had 4, He had 2, We had twins = 32 years ago.) <BR> 5) Pet's? 2 Horses and one dog named Jack. <BR> 6) Hometown? Topeka, KS <BR> 7) I Hobbies? Singing, Walking, Dancing <BR> 8) Favorite Food? Mexican <BR> 9) Favorite Color? All of them. <BR> 10) Where Would You Like To Vacation? Texas. <BR> 11) Your Favorite Exercise? Walking <BR> 12) Your... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:56:28 EST Hi! Hi everyone! My name is Kelly everyone calls me Kel. I am happily married with 4 kiddos 3 daughters ages 7,2,4 and son that is 17. I homes chool my daughters and with my son I am high school football and JROTC mom. I want get back into shape and be fit once again. I want to enjoy life more than ever! I let myself go for too long. I have hobbies of photography and scrapbooking. I enjoy to learning something new. I live in Arizona about 17 miles from the Mexico board. We enjoy going to Tombsto... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:16:20 EST New to the team today Hello just joined the team today and it looks like an amazing group of people here. I am excited to be part of the group. My name is Kathleen or Kat for short either is fine.:) I am a HUGE cat lover, a mom of 3 kids 19, 10 and 7. I am 43 and need to lose a lot of weight. I currently weight 230 and I am not sure what I want my goal weight to be so I am hoping to lose 50 pounds by next March. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:37:14 EST Out with the bad habits and in with good ones... I just wanted to introduce myself, I am Kris and I am pleased to join this group after a warm invite. I hope that I can reach out and support others while getting support from you all, as well!! Tue, 10 Mar 2015 22:55:01 EST Introduce Yourself To Your Teammates <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> 1) User Name? <BR> 2) Name You Want To Be called Here? <BR> 3) Married or Single? <BR> 4) Kids? <BR> 5) Pet's? <BR> 6) Hometown? <BR> 7) I Hobbies? <BR> 8) Favorite Food? <BR> 9) Favorite Color? <BR> 10) Where Would You Like To Vacation? <BR> 11) Your Favorite Exercise? <BR> 12) Your Birthday? <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:45:31 EST New to the group ... Hello everyone! First, I would like to thank John for inviting me to join the group. I have been a member of SP for quite a few years. I have not been using the website to its fullest potential. I have finally decided to get serious about getting healthy. I have a very busy schedule and I tend to use this for and excuse why I eat poorly and do not exercise. I need to start making time in my schedule for me. I am coming to the realization that if I am not taking care of myself, I cannot take c... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 22:53:38 EST How long does it take to break or form a habit? Please read the article in "Healthy Habits Resource Forum" <BR> Named: How long does it take to break or form a habit? <BR> <BR> Tell us what you think....on this thread.... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:19:50 EST How long does it take to break or form a habit? How Long to "Habit?" <BR> <BR> If you've ever tried to break any habit at all, you can get a good feel for the reality of the 21-day rule by examining the following statement made by the "Self Improvement Mentor:" <BR> <BR> …complete abstinence of a habit for 21 to 30 days will be enough to break it. So, you don't have to worry about having to continuously struggle to not indulge in a habit for the rest of your life. After 21 to 30 days, you would have surpassed the required threshold. <BR... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:09:27 EST Hi, Everyone! My name is Audrey. I'm 57 and happily married to my child-hood sweetheart. I've weighed as much as 235 pounds in my lifetime. <BR> <BR> I first lost nearly 100 pounds many years ago and kept most of it off until I went through "The Change" and my hormones went wonky. I reached 210 about 4 years ago and have struggled ever since to lose this weight again. <BR> <BR> My husband and I both had health scares in January; He has a Left Bundle Branch Block in his heart and I was told that I am pre... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:38:12 EST Hi everyone I just wanted to say hello and thank you for the opportunity to join this team. <BR> I hope to participate and be a good member (I do tend to get behind). <BR> I am near my maintenance weight (up 1.8 pounds this month). I have been with Spark People a few years and have lost about 15 pounds (not counting my gain) and wish to stay active so I can stay healthy and happy. <BR> Thank you, <BR> Donna Wed, 4 Mar 2015 12:52:52 EST New Habits for the year Thank you John for inviting me to this team. I have been a member of SpartPeople since 2010, but got "off track" for a while. I made the decision last year, January 1, 2014 to be exact to get back on. I have faithfully logged my food and weight and lost 77 lbs. I Stepped it up last October and began tracking exercise. This year, I am attempting to participate in teams and blog. It helps to add healthy habits and this team sounds like a good place to do that. <em>213</em> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 10:34:00 EST I'm here to take back control! Hello SP and TY John for the invite! I'm Linda from VA and have made the decision to ditch this extra weight and get fit and healthy, once and for all!! Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:52:52 EST Step into March This month with it being March we will be doing a fitness challenge. Time to get up and start moving that wonderful body of yours. So here is this month's challenge. <BR> <BR> Move at least 7500 steps daily <BR> <BR> March in place 3 sets of 10 reps daily <BR> <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water <BR> <BR> Please come back and post your results daily in this forum. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>311</em> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:11:54 EST Which Habits Sound More Like You? Spark recently posted two articles that list habits of weight loss winners and losers. If you have a second to read both, it may open your eyes as to what habits you should keep up, and a few you may want to lose. <BR> <BR> Successful Habits <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1732&page=3 </link> <BR> <BR> Unsuccessful Habits <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1681 </link> <BR> <BR> I know that I struggle when I... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:44:54 EST New Member Good morning. I am new to the team and hope to learn new healthy habits for a new healthy lifestyle. I'm excited about the journey ahead of me. <BR> <em>386</em> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:45:11 EST New Team Member Hi, my name is Kayte, I'm 32 and I need to lose 49 lbs. I'm trying to lose weight before I get pregnant again; my last pregnancy ended in a loss at 22 weeks. <BR> <BR> I'm just trying to change my lifestyle so I can maintain health and wellness for the rest of my life. I like being supportive and being supported in return. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday and stays warm!! <em>104</em> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:14:08 EST Hopeful new Beginnings Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I love words and tend to write a lot of them but I will try to keep this as short as I can. <BR> <BR> When I was in the hospital last November I weighted 552 and I'm sure my weight has gone up since then. (Hence why I put my start weight at 580) I'm going to talk to my doctor about a way to weight myself monthly and see if there is a way I can do that, so hopefully I will be able to update at least that often. <BR> <BR> I also have Lymphedema which grows consta... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:34:05 EST Stoppin' In To Say Hi !!! I was invited to join your Team. Much thanks for the invite John ! My name is Tony. I reside in Halifax NS Canada. A 51 yr old with one son & my DW. I am back to SP for a second round. I am in serious trouble if I don't get my issues with food under control. I don't know my current weight but in the Fall it was 638 lbs. I'm pretty sure that number will climb come 04 Feb. <BR> <BR> I'm glad to be apart of this Team. God Bless & I look forward to talking to you in the near future. All the bes... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:27:47 EST Getting To know me.... I think it is important as a team here on Sparkpeople to try to get to know each other the best we can. <BR> <BR> This was my very first blog....I had never blogged in my life. Please read: <BR> <BR> Monday, April 26, 2010 <BR> <BR> Mark this day. Going to do what I have never done before...Reach my goal weight. I don't know how long it will take but I am sold out. Drawing strength from the creator of all things. Staying the course! <BR> <BR> When I went back to my first blog it brought... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:19:16 EST February Exercise Challenge February is Heart Month, a time to show yourself the love. <BR> <BR> Warm up before beginning <BR> <BR> Loosen tight hips. <BR> <BR> Balance on right leg (hold a chair or wall for support) with left leg bent so heel is behind you. Rotate left leg out to left side and forward as if drawing a circle with knee. Do 15 times, then switch legs. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Relaxe shoulders and neck. <BR> <BR> Stand with arms at sides. Circle right arm up in front of you overhead, and then down behi... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:47:08 EST Mini February Daily Challenge Post on the Team Wall daily <BR> <BR> Post in Lets Chat <BR> <BR> Do 30 minutes of exercise <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Come back here daily and post what you did!! Let's wake this team up!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:22:04 EST February 2015 Challenge February is Heart Month, a time to show yourself the love. With that being said our challenge this month will center on what we can do to make our hearts healthier. <BR> <BR> 1 Eat breakfast Daily <BR> <BR> Make sure it's a good breakfast with mainly protein and natural fiber — not just empty calories from simple carbohydrates and saturated fat. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 Get moving to boost your cardiovascular fitness <BR> <BR> Beyond your routine of daily walking or stairs, try for more... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:19:10 EST Good Book Review Just started to read an old book, Shipwreck at the bottom of the World. It is a extraordinary true story of Shackleton and the Endurance. In 1915, a British crew of 28 men was strand <BR> ed there, with no ship and no way to contact the outside world. They all survived! I am looking forward to reading how they accomplished this feat. <BR> <BR> Often we find that it take a lot of endurance as well as many other factors to form healthy habits....We can do this.....Stay the course! <BR> <BR> P... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:52:55 EST new member I joined SparkPeople to learn how to manage my life, to face the challenges of health issues associated with a chronic illness that is destroying my body. I feel that Spark People saved my sanity through education. The articles and video's, the challenge teams, tracking my food and exercise puts me back into control of how I live day to day. <BR> <BR> I am married, have grown children (3), grand-kids(4),cats(5),and a dog. We live in Reno, Nevada and love it here. I am co-leader of “Living... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 00:11:21 EST I joined and now am wondering about it I hate water. I've tried everything. I've even tried lemon in it and flavored waters. I can get about 4 cups in a day thats it. I need way more than that from the research I've done. So, I joined here hoping to get some good advice on how to train myself to drink it. I don't use artificial sweeteners so Crystal light and those flavor packets are out. I don't drink soft drinks or tea either. I drink mostly coffee but the thing is I don't drink a lot in a day anyway (about 3 cups of coffee and ... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:53:44 EST Keep track of your achievements Keep track of your achievements. Sometimes, when you’re working hard to fit healthy habits into your schedule, it can feel like the rest of the world is against you. Seeing the progress you make toward your own goals will help you notice change and stay true to your healthy self—even in the event that you mess up. Log your workouts online, track your calories and H2O intake, and draw smiley faces on your calendar when you finish each yoga class. Keeping track will remind you how far you've co... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 18:59:22 EST Healthy habits Good or bad, habits don't happen over night. It takes time to create the habit. There has to be a benefit, something we get in return for the time vested. What healthy habit do you now have and how did you achieve that habit? Sat, 5 Oct 2013 22:44:51 EST Good bye all... I remember when I was invited to this team by "GETNFITMAMA" she had said this was a fun team and she was sure I would like it. In the beginning she was right but sadly where as this team use to post a lot and there were all kinds of fun things like the challenges they just stopped. I have been struggling with the want to stay to be faithful and the want to move on to better things. In the end I decided I must move on I need motivation and inspiration and I just don't get that here anymore. Th... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 03:18:31 EST SparkLive! - Cold Weather Exercise Tips SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 21:56:07 EST SparkLive! class - Noteworthy Nutrition Goals SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 22:50:45 EST WARNING!!!! New SparkPeople feature This info was passed on to me from another team I am on: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "This information came to me from another member <BR> Through another blog I just learned of a new feature on SparkPeople that automatically added a "Share Bar" to our blog entries. I do not like this feature. <BR> <BR> If you'll notice your own blog now there is a "Share" bar at the top of the blog. That means if someone likes your blog entry they can "share" on their Facebook wall!! Who wants his/her blog about... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 21:49:05 EST SparkLive! Class - Choosing A Gym SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 16:25:35 EST SparkLive! class - Secrets of Strong Starters SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 12:35:55 EST SparkLive! Class - 7 Rewarding Resolutions Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 17:19:55 EST SparkLive! class - Simple Stress Busters Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 16:19:54 EST SparkLive! class - Avoiding Holiday Gains Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 18:22:24 EST SparkLive! class - Healthier Holiday Recipes Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 22:50:57 EST Spark Live! 5 Ways to Prevent Weight Gain at Work Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 17:00:13 EST SparkLive! topic - Thanksgiving Survival Guide Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 17:21:59 EST SparkLive! class - The Power of Positive Thinking Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 10:47:43 EST SparkLive! class - Thinking Inside the LunchBox Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 19:01:56 EST SP Live! topic - Eating Healthy on a Budget Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 22:25:37 EST SP Live! meeting: Healthier Halloween Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 17:01:55 EST SP Live! meeting: Breakfast s-Getting A Great Star Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 10:12:30 EST Slo' Pitch Challenge With Summer just around the corner, the thoughts of many turn to the traditional <BR> summer sport of Baseball ! Since a lot of us are older, and not Professional Baseball <BR> Players, the slower version, known as Slo' Pitch, was chosen for out Challenge. <BR> In Slo' Pitch, the ball, very much like a baseball, is thrown underhand, instead of <BR> overhand, like they do, in Baseball. <BR> <BR> In this Challenge, we won't actually be throwing baseballs, at all ! <BR> We will each be doing o... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 06:26:24 EST Hundred-calorie question What is a treat that you would call "decadent" that is around 100 calories? Mine (and I'm enjoying it right now) is Great Value light yogurt (cherry) with a couple of tablespoons of Cool Whip Lite swirled in! <BR> <em>4</em> Thu, 5 May 2011 21:47:46 EST APRIL DAILY POINT CHALLENGE Hi Team!! As you can see, I am now a co-leader for this team and we are going to start off the month ( well the middle of it anyway) with a brand new challenge!! <BR> <BR> This challenge is based on a point system and thisis how it works: <BR> <BR> Each member joining this challenge will devise his/her own things that they need to work on /want to accomplish for the month. They can be anything from tracking your goals to something more personal like exercising with your family/pets. <BR> <... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 18:06:00 EST How About A New Challenge?? When are we going to have a new challenge?? I noticed that the last monthly challenge was in February and March went by with nothing new. I would really enjoy a new healthy challenge to kick of Spring with!! <BR> Does anyone have any ideas? Mon, 11 Apr 2011 23:36:35 EST Hi! New to This Team Hello! I'm not new to SparkPeople but new to this team. <BR> <BR> I need to lose about 20 pounds but I get overwhelmed trying to change everything at once. I usually just give up. I'm ok with taking it slow so I decided to focus on changing one habit at a time, starting with breakfast. I want to learning to create a balanced, healthy breakfast within about 400 calories. Anyway..... <BR> <BR> This seemed like a great Team to help me with these goals. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 11:26:36 EST Daily Challenge for 2-10-11 Hello!!! I'm so sorry I haven't had these up! <BR> <BR> Here's today's challenge: <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get in a one mile walk. I know there is snow on the ground but you could walk extra steps (2000 steps equal a mile) in our houses, in the Target or wherever you shop, outside if your weather is good enough or a walking DVD, however you can get it in. The goal is to get in a mile. <BR> <BR> You can do it!! Have a great day!! Thu, 10 Feb 2011 10:49:29 EST Daily Challenge for 2-5-11 and 2-6-11 Your challenge for both days this weekend is going to be yoga!!! <BR> <BR> Pop in a DVD, your Wii Fit or look up the poses online and do yoga for 30 minutes each day!! Your body will be happy and you will burn calories too!! <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Feb 2011 09:38:46 EST Daily Challenge 2-4-11 It's Friday so dance, dance, dance!!! See if you can log in 30 minutes of dancing today and see how many calories you burn while you have fun! <BR> Fri, 4 Feb 2011 10:33:27 EST Daily Challenge 2-3-11 We are back to one of my favorite videos and from the response we've gotten on here, one of yours too!!! <BR> <BR> Here goes: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1085 </link> Thu, 3 Feb 2011 10:24:22 EST February SLEEP Challenge I know, another one that was on here, but it's important. I didn't really realize how important a good nights sleep was until I started doing some research. Your body needs rest so that it can get up and go again the next day. So I am challenging myself and all of you to join with me and do our best to get 8 hours a night. I have a tendency to stay up late and get up early and I don't get 8 hours. So I am committing to going to bed a little earlier and getting the rest my body requires. ... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 13:04:36 EST February Breakfast Challenge I know this team has done a breakfast challenge in the past, but I think we should do it again. Breakfast is really important to get your body going, get your metabolism pumping and feed your brain. This is also a good meal to grab some of that all important fiber. I am terrible at eating breakfast. I feed my kiddos, start school and by the time I look up its nearly lunch, so this will be a challenge for me. I am going to make it my priority to eat a heart healthy breakfast EVERY morning... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 13:00:27 EST February FIBER Challenge Just the thought of fiber spikes fear in some people. Fiber is a HUGE part of weight loss, but more importantly it is important nutrient that our bodies need and most of the time doesn't get enough of!! So for February our challenge is going to get the daily recommended amount of fiber: 35 grams per day! There are plenty of ways to get your fiber but the best way is through food. One of my favorite fiber foods is raspberries. <BR> <BR> Check in daily and tell us how you did on fiber i... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 12:57:59 EST Daily Challenge 2-2-11 Okay!! So since this month is a cardio month, let's pull some cardio out today!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1251 </link> Wed, 2 Feb 2011 12:40:37 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-31-11 Let's blast fat, cardio, cardio, cardio!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1330 </link> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 11:01:05 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-28-11 Good morning!! Here's today's challenge: <BR> <BR> Today lets do some cardio fun!! Put on the music and dance, dance, dance!! Dancing is heart pumping, fat blasting and fun, but more than all that it is mood boosting. Have the winter blues?? Dance them blues away!!! <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to log in at least 30 minutes of dancing in. Fri, 28 Jan 2011 08:52:46 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-27-11 Hey everyone!! Let's work on core today!! Here's our video: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1086 </link> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 10:09:41 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-26-11 Hello!! Today's challenge is going to be legs, legs, legs!! <BR> <BR> Let's do~~ <BR> ~~20 calf raises <BR> ~~20 squats <BR> ~~20 lying leg curls <BR> <BR> For an extra challenge, double it and do two sets of each!! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 09:06:04 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-21-11 Sorry, I forgot to post the challenge for yesterday!! <BR> <BR> Today lets do yoga! Your challenge is to find (if you have never done any) and do 5 yoga poses, holding each poses for 15-30 seconds. <BR> <BR> I will be doing these: <BR> <BR> Warrior Pose <BR> Chair Pose <BR> Spinal Extension <BR> Sun Salutation <BR> Tree Pose <BR> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 10:06:15 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-19-11 Today's challenge is lower body!! We need strong legs, feet and lower back!! So here is a short Coach Nicole video: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1087 </link> <BR> <BR> You can do it!! Have a sparktastic day!!! Wed, 19 Jan 2011 07:46:40 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-18-11 Sorry this is so late!!! I was out of town over the weekend and didn't get back until late afternoon yesterday!! <BR> <BR> Here is today's challenge: <BR> <BR> ~~30 Wall push-ups <BR> ~~20 Tricep extensions <BR> ~~20 Bicep curls <BR> <BR> Tomorrow's challenge will be more inventive, I promise!! LOL Tue, 18 Jan 2011 14:43:48 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1/15/11 and 1/16/11 So sorry about not having this up yesterday. I posted it or so I thought and didn't realize that it hadn't loaded all way!! Anyway, here is your challenge for today and tomorrow!! I am going out of town so I wanted to go ahead and put it up! <BR> <BR> Saturday: <BR> <BR> ~~20 Squats <BR> ~~20 Calf raises <BR> ~~20 Lying leg curls <BR> ~~20 Standing leg raises <BR> <BR> <BR> Sunday: <BR> ~~Do 30 minutes of yoga or simple stretching. <BR> <BR> Come here and let us know how you did eac... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 11:16:17 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-13-11 Our core needs to be strong and lean!! So today let's do some core work, most of it standing!! Here's a video for today: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1086 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 08:36:54 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-12-11 Good morning everyone!! Its an upper body day!! Let's tone those arms!! <BR> <BR> Let's do <BR> ~~30 wall push ups <BR> ~~20 Alternating Dumbbell curls (each arm) <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=69 </link> <BR> ~~20 Boxer <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=110 </link> <BR> <BR> Have a sparktastic day everyone!!! Wed, 12 Jan 2011 07:54:29 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-11-11 Woo Hoo!! Let's blast some fat and work our hearts with some cardio!! <BR> <BR> Here is another Coach Nicole video: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1251 </link> <BR> <BR> Put it in your tracker and see how many calories you burned!! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 09:48:08 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-10-11 Let's tone that lower body!! Woo Hoo!! Let's also focus on slow controlled movements and correct form. <BR> <BR> 20 Bridges <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=153 </link> <BR> <BR> 15 Each leg of Lying Abduction: <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=149 </link> <BR> <BR> 35 Lying Leg curls <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=152 </link> Mon, 10 Jan 2011 08:16:38 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-8-11 So you think you can dance???? <BR> <BR> You're right, you can!! Let's get up and move, move, move to some groovy tunes!! Here's your challenge: <BR> <BR> Put on some music, 3 of your favorite songs and dance from beginning to end. Then track however many minutes it took you to get through three songs and see how many calories you burned! Last part of the challenge is to come back to the thread and instead of just putting goal met, reply with how many calories you burned!! <BR> <BR> Have f... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 10:26:01 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-7-11 Sorry today's challenge is up so late. I had an early morning doctor's appointment and I am just now getting to spark!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge: <BR> <BR> Find three strength exercises that you have never tried and try them out. Then post here what you tried! If you have tried all of spark's strength exercises then choose three you know how to do and do 10 more reps than you usually do!! <BR> <BR> Have fun!! Fri, 7 Jan 2011 13:49:47 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-6-11 Cardio day!! <BR> <BR> Let's burn up some calories with some extra cardio!! Here is a 10 minute Kickboxing workout with Coach Nicole. Let's kick those unhealthy habits!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1330 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> Thu, 6 Jan 2011 09:50:35 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-5-11 Onto core work!! <BR> <BR> Today let's crunch those abs!!! <BR> <BR> ~~20 Crunches <BR> ~~20 Hip flexor <BR> ~~20 Classic Wood Chop <BR> <BR> Hip flexor: <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=113 </link> <BR> <BR> Classic Wood Chop: <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=466 </link> <BR> <BR> Let's whittle our middles!! Woo Hoo!! Tue, 4 Jan 2011 22:09:57 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-4-11 Tone those arms!! <BR> <BR> Let's do: <BR> ~20 tricep extensions <BR> ~20 bicep curls <BR> ~20 dumbbell lateral raises <BR> <BR> Have a good workout!! Tue, 4 Jan 2011 13:12:54 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-3-11 Good Monday morning!!! <BR> <BR> Your fitness challenge today will be to work those legs!! <BR> <BR> Lets do: <BR> <BR> 20 squats <BR> 20 lying leg curls <BR> 20 lunges (each leg) <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> Mon, 3 Jan 2011 08:54:27 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-2-11 Good morning!! <BR> <BR> For most of us, me included, Sunday is usually my break day from workouts. So for the daily fitness challenge today lets just do some stretching. Here are some good articles and guides on stretching: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing_benefits.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e_demos.asp </link> <BR> <BR> So I challenge all of us to do 20 minutes of stretching today and two choose at least... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 09:32:00 EST Dropsite for pounds and inches lost in 2011!! This thread is for you to come by and drop off those pounds and inches you have shed. We keep a running total and then we can see how our team is doing!! <BR> <BR> I'll start us off. I weighed in this morning and I had lost two pounds and one inch. <BR> <BR> Pounds: 2 <BR> Inches: 1 <BR> <BR> Then the next person that comes by can drop off their weight and/or inches and just add it to the previous total. Then at the end of the year we will see how much we have lost!! <BR> <BR> This ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 07:59:16 EST January Meal Planning Challenge In my own weight loss journey I have discovered that when I plan my meals, I not only save money at the grocery store I also do better with calorie consumption. Unfortunately I am not consistent with this particularly good habit. I know menu planning goes on in lots of families every week, but I mean more than that. Here is an example: yesterday my daughter had an eye appointment at 9 a.m. I fed her and the boys and then we left. I realized that I had a protein shake about 2 hours earli... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 07:40:29 EST January Calorie Challenge One of the most important things in weight loss is calories in calories out. We all know that eating too many calories a day landed us overweight and feeling generally blah. So for the month of January lets really focus on staying within our calorie range. I suggest first, going to your start page and adjusting your goal for this year and then sparkpeople will generate for you a calorie range. This is a fresh start for a fresh year. I know that staying within range may not seem like a ch... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 07:28:04 EST January Water Challenge Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!! Water is good for us in so many ways but it is key for losing weight. I know for me and I am sure others that some days getting enough water can be a challenge. I know for me, drinking isn't a problem, I can drink a gallon per day, I just prefer sweet tea over water. Not the best option when trying to lose weight! So for the month of January let's work on getting our water consumption at the recommended level of 64 ounces per day. <BR> <BR> For some of you th... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 07:18:51 EST Daily Fitness Challenge 1-1-11 As the Healthy Habits team I think we should all be working toward living an action lifestyle, that's why we are here right? And I am sure that most of us have an exercise plan or routine already. But this is just to give us an extra little boost, a few minutes more and a way to burn a few more calories. And for those who haven't yet gotten into the habit of exercising daily, this will create a habit of doing something physical everyday. <BR> <BR> I will post a new challenge daily and t... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 07:07:22 EST Let's Chat!! Its a new year so how about a new general, just checking in chat thread!! Come here to post how you are doing, what you are doing or just an emoticon to let us know you are still around! Check in here daily and update us on how you are doing with your goals and challenges. <BR> <BR> I am up super early this morning and will go back to bed shortly. I had a round of coughing, so I thought I would have some tea and get the new posts up!! <BR> <BR> I'll be back later to check in!! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 06:54:07 EST Last Week of 2010 Challenge Chat Let's chat!!! How are you all doing today?? My day has started off well and that's always a good thing!! <BR> <BR> I'll check back in this evening to let you all know how I did on my food and exercise!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 12:26:49 EST Last Week of 2010 Challenge I know it's normal to start doing something new on January 1, but since all of us around here are on a continuous journey we don't need to wait on a certain date. Right? <BR> <BR> So I thought we would get a jump on the new year by having a last week of 2010 challenge! Let's make this last week of 2010 FANTASTIC!! And I know that if you are like me, you might have gotten a little out of routine last week. <BR> <BR> So here is the challenge: <BR> <BR> ~Eat within your calorie range eve... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 12:23:54 EST 2011 Healthy Habits! I know its Christmas week. Not a week when most people are thinking about healthy habits, but since on this team that is our goal, what better time to start thinking about the New Year. I want us to kick off the New Year with a BANG! So what is your top three healthy habit goals (no more) for 2011? Maybe it concerns exercise, or a certain food habit or maybe it is to quit smoking or take your meds everyday. <BR> <BR> I will post mine one day this week. I just wanted to get this starte... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 12:47:40 EST Calling All Suggestions Since I am the newbie around here I thought I would ask all of you what kind of challenges you would like or what kind of habits you want us to work on as a team? I would love to hear you opinions and ideas. Also do you all want more challenges, where we battle it out for a victory? What about games to keep up motivated? Any of these things interest you, let me know. <BR> <BR> I have a few ideas already floating around in my head too. Give me some feedback so that we can start off the ne... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 16:04:27 EST Healthy Holiday Habits Hello everyone!! I thought I would put up a new discussion thread since we are in the holiday season! I know this is a hard time of the year for almost everyone. There is yummy food and delicious desserts at every turn~~office parties, office candy dishes, holiday parties and even your own kitchen. So what are some of your healthy holiday habits that you either already have in place or are trying to get to stick?? Do you have a plan for staying on course during the perilous food time? ... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 15:59:40 EST gratitude challenge Hello team! I find myself feeling so much better when I focus on the good in life! When I make an effort to recognise good things all sorts of stuff comes to mind that I have taken for granted in the past. As I express my gratitude for these blessings I find myself more willing to work hard at attaining my goals. This month I hope you will take a moment to focus on things that are good in your life. <BR> <BR> My challenge to you is to post things you are grateful for here and make a... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 06:23:08 EST Gratitude Challenge Hello team! I find myself feeling so much better when I focus on the good things in life! When I make an effort to recognise good things all sorts of things come to mind that I have totally taken for granted in the past. As I express my gratitude for these blessings I find myself more willing to work hard at attaining my goals. This month I hope you will take a moment to focus on things that are good in your life. <BR> My challenge to you is to post in the team general discussion boa... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 06:16:39 EST I Want to Keep Things Going I have belonged to Sparks for 14 1/2 months and lost 120 lbs. I have gotten good with the water, fruits, veggies, and even the exercise. I just don't want to get slack with things because I want to lose 110 more pounds. Wed, 27 Oct 2010 22:22:27 EST I'm Jim. Have a great Columbus Day. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 05:43:28 EST Get Enough Sleep Challenge Most nights I get five hours of sleep and I am thankful for that. I have tried meds and that did not work very well. I was hoping that losing weight would help. I hope that some Healthy Habit Sparker may be able to share how they won the battle. I so want to be able to get more sleep. Fri, 3 Sep 2010 21:56:57 EST Get Enough Sleep Challenge "Your body has to have enough time to rest," says Michael Fleming, MD, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Otherwise, he says you may find yourself feeling cranky and tired. <BR> <BR> This may sound like common sense, but according to the National Sleep Foundation, more than two-thirds of older adults suffer from sleep problems and many American adults don't get the minimum amount of shuteye needed to stay alert. <BR> <BR> Sleep is vital to good health and to mental and ... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 20:15:20 EST Just joined.. smiles.. Hi my name is Tanya.. I just joined today hoping to create some long lasting healthy habits.. I have lost a bit over 230lbs from my starting weight of 410lbs...and I am basically maintaining now..but I want to keep a healthy lifestyle of eating right and exercise.. Ive gone through alot and want to take care of myself..and I think this is the perfect team to do that.. <BR> Happy to join... <BR> Smiles.. <BR> Tanya Mon, 30 Aug 2010 13:49:46 EST Breakfast Challenge I do breakfast every day. Since going back to school I have less time in the morning. What do you find to be a quick and good breakfast? What seems to stick with you? Share with us what work for you. <BR> Staying the course! John Fri, 27 Aug 2010 23:07:11 EST Breakfast Challenge Eat Breakfast Every Morning. Starting your day off right is all important to your health. Research shows people who have a morning meal tend to take in more vitamins and minerals, and less fat and cholesterol. The result is often a leaner body, lower cholesterol count, and less chance of overeating. What a wongerful habit to start. I can tell a big difference in how my day goes when I miss breakfast. <BR> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 22:49:05 EST Ideas for a new challenge? HI team! My summer is just flying by! I hope you are enjoying yours! I never quite got around to posting a new challenge this month... So I was wondering what you all thought we should work on? What is a challenge that would help you make your health a little better? <BR> As a team we all have different ideas and experiences, but as we work together we can take the best tips from each member and have a huge wealth of motivation and ideas. Thank you in advance for sharing your idea... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:32:46 EST Newbie From California So sorry I haven't introduced myself yet. I am Sandra live in California with DH of 40 years. I have had some serious health issues....A few things I have to watch. My blood sugar is 109 I am pre diabetic which will go down as I lose weight. My B/P is normal 129/77 my bad cholesterol is high 170 have to get that down Dr wanted to put me on medicine for that but I said let me try for 4 months with diet and exercise to get it down. I do have to have an ultrasound on my kidneys cause I have to m... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 15:39:42 EST Week 9 - VEGGIES! <em>227</em> Don't post here. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> HI - summer always seems so busy for me! This challenge is going to be for the rest of July. The challenge is to make sure you are eating enough veggies daily. This will really help you feel more satisfied on fewer calories leading to a better weight loss. Make the veggies the real stars of your meals. Find yummy ways to prepare them and it won't be a chore to eat enough! You can do this, and will be so glad you did - as you se... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 19:52:59 EST Week 9 Discussion Veggies - how do you like them? Are you getting enough? You will find it so much easier to lose weight once you increase your healthy veggie intake. Tell us how you fit in enough veggies daily HERE... Thank you! Wed, 14 Jul 2010 19:39:50 EST hurt knee I was wondering if any one knew of exercises I can do, that won't hurt my knee it is swollen, I hurt it real bad and had to stop exercising for a while. but I what to keep some of my exercises going, without putting to much pressure on my knee <em>198</em> Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:11:53 EST Week 8 Discussion This week’s challenge is to focus on eating enough fruit daily. You can post your favorite fruit recipes HERE. Let us know how you fit fruit into your diet and what your favorite fruits are… This should be a yummy way to help bring you one step closer to that healthy lifestyle we all want. <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>265</em> <em>491</em> <em>488</em> Sun, 27 Jun 2010 23:53:41 EST Week 8 Challenge <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND HERE <BR> USE THE GENERAL DISCUSSION BOARD <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> When I decided to change my lifestyle last fall the first thing I did was to start buying lots of apples (they were a great price in season). I found that I could buy three apples for the price of my favorite candy bar. So whenever I craved sweets I remembered this and ate an apple instead. Usually by the time the apple was gone I felt satisfied and that craving was gone. Each ti... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 23:49:05 EST Need help sticking with a lower carb diet. (advice Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am finally committing to this healthy habits challenge. Yes one and a half months too late but hey better late than never. <BR> <BR> I just committed to reducing my carbs down to 150 carbs or less a day. I need serious help and advice since I need to do this for my health and my blood sugar. I am currently on Metformin and want to regulate my blood sugar thru my diet not this pill. Can anyone give me an idea of what they eat in a given day to help them keep at... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 17:15:41 EST Healthy Learning! Hi there! I am new here and am interested in learning healthy habits. <BR> My name is Marian, married, have 2 grown children, am diabetic, and having motivation troubles. My mind knows but my body doesn't want. <BR> I haven't created my sparkpage yet, but will let you know when it is complete. <BR> Looking forward to overcoming my obstacles and meeting new friends. Thu, 17 Jun 2010 18:32:57 EST Week 7 discussion This week your challenge is to think of each habit you are working on as a small puzzle piece in your healthy lifestyle puzzle. Think of one more small thing you can do to make these habits a permanent part of your lifestyle. You can read more about this challenge in the weekly challenge forum. This is the place to share with the team how you are strengthening your habits and really trying to make them a permanent and comfortable part of your life. Tue, 15 Jun 2010 11:54:20 EST Week 7 Challenge <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT POST HERE <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I just read the blog JOHNWBROCKSR777 wrote “Thousand Piece Puzzle Syndrome” and thought it was a great way to think about creating a healthy lifestyle. Some the first three habits I worked on creating were: eating at least one fruit a day, having at least one whole grain a day, and having at least three vegies a day. For me the veggies were like the corner piece... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 11:49:37 EST Confused <em>24</em> <BR> When I in some manner found myself receiving notices about keeping track of healthy habits, I began by posting what I had been doing, and what I needed to continue to work on. I must have missed something, and didn't realize this was a new team in itself. I know I read some of the articles such as mind over matter, but must have considered them interesting mail. To get to the point, it is now week six, and I received a specific e-mail with helpful hints to practice and tr... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 00:25:31 EST Week 6 Challenge Discussion What one change are you committed to? Can you believe? Sat, 5 Jun 2010 01:19:07 EST Healthy Challenge Week 6 <em>227</em> Do not post here. Post on discussion board. <BR> <BR> Here we go...looking toward week six. "Can Do" has given some great direction for week 5. <BR> <BR> Write it Down –What "Healthy Habit" do you want to committ to? Don’t leave that commitment in your brain. Write it on paper. This does two things. First, it creates clarity by defining in specific terms what your change means. Second, it keeps you committed since it is easy to dismiss a thought, but harder to dismiss a pro... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 00:59:38 EST Week 5 Challenge Discussion This week the challenge is to come up with 3 ideas to increase your physical activity and share them with the team. Then choose one to focus on this week. Really take the time to think of how you can build this physical habit into your life… AND THEN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Keep us posted about your success HERE. <BR> <BR> Good luck this week! You can read more about this challenge in the challenge forum below. Fri, 4 Jun 2010 16:12:05 EST Week 5 Challenge - get moving! <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT POST HERE – YOU CAN USE THE GENERAL DISCUSSION FORUM ABOVE TO TELL US YOUR GOALS AND SHARE YOUR SUCCESS! Thank You!! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> As it warms up here I am starting to think about all the fun things there are to do outdoors this time of year! I love the idea of building a healthier life one habit at a time and would like to focus on physical activity this week. The great thing about this team is that everyone is at a different level ... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 16:05:34 EST What are you thankful for today? It is so easy to get down on myself when I have a bad day. I forget about all the amazing things my life is blessed with. I am healthy! I have a loving family! I live in a beautiful part of the world with abundance all around me! <BR> <BR> When I focus on these things my life seems so much happier and my goals are so much easier to work for. I wonder - what are you thankful for? Wed, 2 Jun 2010 20:53:21 EST What motivates you to create healthy habits? It is so much easier to build a healthy habit when I am motivated by meaningful things in my life. I want to be healthy so I can run and play with my kids. I want to eat healthier foods so I can live a healthy life without medical problems. What motivates you? Wed, 2 Jun 2010 20:49:37 EST what results do you see from healthy habits What is the greatest thing you have noticed as a result of working on developing healthy habits? What changes do you see in your attitude and outlook on life as these habits become second nature? Mon, 31 May 2010 18:20:29 EST JUST JOINED THIS TEAM PAGE Hello everyone, <BR> I joined the healthy habits challenge because is easier for me to make gradual changes to my lifestyle and balance goals. <BR> Lately I have not been able to even think of my weight loss goals, due to over commitments in my life. Hoever, today is a new day! I have made a decision today to place my health first. <BR> I look forward to what the next few months will bring. I always feel more confident when I work out on a daily basis and make decisions to eat healthier. ... Sun, 30 May 2010 18:26:23 EST Just saw this.... I know it's too late to really get involved this time but want to be in line for next month. Thu, 27 May 2010 17:30:44 EST Strength Exercises I had heard when doing strength exercises that it was best to work as many muscles at once as possible. I was wondering if this was true and if so would it be better to do full body work outs than work on only a part one day then another the next Thu, 27 May 2010 01:07:40 EST newbie to spark people hello everyone my name is Tammy I am also new to the site. So far I love this site, I find it very helpful and very useful to me, and I am very motivated. I have over 100 pounds to lose and I dont want to lose my motivation. My habits that I need to change is drink more water and exercise more. I probably have more habits that I need to change for the better but small steps equal success. Thu, 27 May 2010 00:54:23 EST What Music do you listen too? I'm looking for music to switch out of my MP3 player for the month of june to switch it up when i'm cycling...So i'm wondering what are some of your fav's.. doesn't all have to be fast as certain programs have slow spots so i need to fill those voids as well. :) Wed, 26 May 2010 14:40:02 EST Found this team just browsing!! Hello! I'm Linda but I go by Lyn. I have been married for 22 years in October, I have 2 son's 18 and 20. I have been overweight since the birth of my first son. I gained 45 pounds and never lost it. Then I gained 18 with my second. But now I'm on the road to healthy!! <BR> <BR> I guess I'll start next month, when the new challenge starts!!?? Wed, 26 May 2010 14:15:06 EST This is my first time... Hey everyone. My name is Donna. I am pretty fresh and new to this site. I was actually referred to it by a friend. So far it's exciting and overwhelming. I don't have a whole lot of patience with myself, so I am hoping that I can do this. My goal is to quit drinking altogether. It's not that I am an alcoholic, I just enjoy a few beers on the weekends every now and then, and I know especially during dieting that it's just not good to drink. I could be doing so well for a week or two and have o... Tue, 25 May 2010 01:20:10 EST How are you coming on your challenge? Slow steady steps. I do a little research to find solutions to the roadblocks which make exercising difficult. I found a trike with fenders so I can ride in the rain more comfortably. I am now looking for clothes which will wick away sweat for my 4X size--not found yet...but something will come up! Sun, 23 May 2010 14:42:26 EST Week Four Challenge Discussion Hey Team! <BR> <BR> Feel free to use this forum to post your ideas on how you are letting go of the diet mentality by embracing healthy habits or by letting go of those unhealthy ones. <BR> <BR> Make it a GREAT week! Keep up the AWESOME job! <BR> <BR> HAPPY SPARKING! <BR> Nancy Sun, 23 May 2010 11:12:45 EST Healthy Challenge Week 4 <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND ON THIS FORUM. THANK YOU <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Hello Team! This has been a crazy, busy month for me. With graduations--both college and high school-- weddings, Mother’s Day, the hubby’s birthday and the month wrapping up with Memorial Day next weekend, let’s just say the challenge to stay on track is just that—a challenge. It seems as though every weekend is filled with something to do. And with those events come the foods that tempt me beyond words. <... Sun, 23 May 2010 11:08:40 EST Hello Everyone! Hello Everyone, I am new to SP. A co-worker introduced this cite to me. I really enjoy it. It actually helps me to stay focused on my weight loss goals. I enjoy the challenges; they give me a reason to want to exercise and drink my water. My biggest challenge is cutting the junk food from my diet (mostly chips, fast food, processed foods, etc.) and not getting enough exercise. Just before joining SP, I made a goal chart of the number of calories I plan to lose 2-3 lbs each week by my bir... Sun, 23 May 2010 10:30:57 EST Empty Nestor @ 60 I heard about SparkPeople on TV and it sounded like something I could use in my life. I have been a member for only 5 days, but am already encouraged by the changes I've felt. I am an empty nester and joined to feel better about myself, not only physically, but also emotionally. Sat, 22 May 2010 23:12:59 EST Hi from New Mexico I'm Jean and I live in Carrizozo. I joined the team last week (I think) and forgot (got busy/procrastinated/ran around like a chicken with its head cut off) to introduce myself. My BF and I are in the process of remodeling our trailer. We just moved here from Arizona last year about July. We are enjoying the change in weather and want to lose weight. We are out of shape and it is taking a toll on us. He also is on SP but set as private. So I'm going to do my best to check in everyday e... Thu, 20 May 2010 18:31:09 EST Hello from Canada This looks like a great group and am excited to join the challenges. I'm 29 have 2 boys and engaged. I keep postponing setting the date for our wedding because it would be nice to actually buy the dress I want instead of just what fits. I've done the yo-yo after having both of my boys and am now just wanting to change the lifestyle that I have. Although the weightlose is important (Why wouldn't it be?) but it's not my only goal. I just want to be healthy and enjoy life. Thank you for sharing ... Thu, 20 May 2010 09:54:19 EST Hi from Illinois!! Hi--I'm Lauren and I'm 22 years old!! I joined SP on March 9th of this year and quit smoking on February 15th. For the first time in my life, I'm losing weight instead of gaining (I started out at 197 pounds and today I weighed in at 171.8)! I'm absolutely obsessed with SP!! Really trying to get everything I can out of it. :) :) Thu, 20 May 2010 01:43:58 EST Getting Started Just getting started so my goals are: <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water per day <BR> Log in and track progress <BR> Eat at least 2 fruits a day <em>104</em> Wed, 19 May 2010 20:57:50 EST Hi from West Texas I need to get motivated. I weigh now what I weighed when I gave birth to my twins 12 years ago! OMG what happened? My clothes are tight and I am disgusted with myself. I need some motivation! <BR> Glad to be here. Wed, 19 May 2010 20:27:19 EST introducing myself Hi! My name is Julia. I am a 23 year old mother to two children, Aaliyah is 2 and Derric is 11 months. I have recently begun working out with 3 of my bestfriends. Today was day 9 for me in working out and it is starting to get hard, not for me but my friends. I'm really motivated and I've begun loving to workout, although hard. I have lost 3 lbs so far. We weigh in every Tuesday. I have 63 more lbs to lose. <BR> I'm writing to see how it is best to keep by friends motivated and encouraged. I... Wed, 19 May 2010 15:07:59 EST Just joining need to get motivated! Hello My name is Veronica and I am 40 years old. I just joined spark people and saw this challege and am very interested...Where do I begin Wed, 19 May 2010 14:54:04 EST Mind Over Body Series <BR> <BR> <BR> Hey Team! <BR> <BR> If you missed the Mind Over Body Series, below is a link to it. It is a GREAT series that may just help you develop the all important habits to get you closer to meeting your goals. <BR> <BR> HAPPY SPARKING! <BR> Nancy <BR> <BR> <a href="" target="_blank">Mind Over Body</a> Tue, 18 May 2010 10:14:40 EST Start and finish I've reently realized I have a bad habit of starting something and not finishing it (maybe mixed with a little bit of procrastination). Last week I started two, yes TWO, big projects around the house and I haven't finished either of them yet! Of course I have a bunch of excuses and some of them are valid (I have a 6month old at home who is starting to crawl). However, this week I'm vowing to work on and finish at least one of my big projects. I'd like to get into the habit of starting som... Mon, 17 May 2010 13:07:00 EST Hello from Nashville! It's better late than never. Hi guys it's Key here from Nashville, Tn. <BR> <BR> Hope to talk to you soon. Mon, 17 May 2010 10:32:10 EST Week Three Challenge Discussion Hey Team! <BR> <BR> Make it a great week and start posting what one habit you are going to really focus on this week. Post your habit, your plan then come on daily and let your teammates know how you are doing. <BR> <BR> I wish you a wonderful SPARK week! <BR> <BR> HAPPY SPARKING! <BR> Nancy Sun, 16 May 2010 10:56:08 EST Healthy Challenge Week 3 <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT POST ON THIS FORUM. THANK YOU!</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Looking back six years ago I basically lived me life on auto-pilot. I never really put too much thought behind my meal planning and let’s face it exercise was not a part of my life. At the time exercise was something that I HAD to do to lose weight and well,let's just say food was a comfort, especially foods high in fat, sugar and salt. <BR> <BR> So when I decided in February 2005 that it was time to m... Sun, 16 May 2010 10:50:59 EST New to Team Baby steps Struggling to change & learn to enjoy healthy habits - my new goal is setting baby step goals that are so easy I can't fail - rather than olympian goals I dread facing. Today I walked to the mailbox & back after breakfast and was short of breath (not a far distance). My goal is that brief walk every morning just before or after breakfast, until I am no longer out of breath... Sun, 16 May 2010 09:36:43 EST Nutrition Tracker and Calories I get 60 min of exercise 6 days a week(204 lbs), and the Nutrition Tracker has set my calories limit at 2200-2550. This seems like too much, is it? What is a good calories limit for me? I heard between 1200 and 1500 but honestly leaves me feeling a bit hungry; not sure if that means its too little or its good to be a bit hungry. Fri, 14 May 2010 16:10:51 EST