SparkPeople I Deserve a Treat Because... Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=42117 Go ahead, pat yourself on the back! Share with us why YOU deserve a treat, and tell us about the simple rewards you use to keep yourself motivated. If you make a post sharing how you plan to treat yourself, you will be entered to win a $1,000 Shopping Spree! By joining this sponsored team you will also receive discounts & special offers by email from The Skinny Cow Brand. SparkPeople I Deserve a Treat Because... Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=42117 Hi there Im happy to be here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x58124346 I have been dieting ( alone) for many years since teen years different diets ...I did Atkins modified for me for 14 years...and I hope to be able to eat more regular foods as Im quite tired of soooooooo much meat! Thu, 5 Jun 2014 22:48:20 EST Rewards on the fly... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x57520243 Hi there! Currently I'm 6 weeks into a 100 day program and 'rewarded' myself two weeks into that by taking on a 12week total body makeover challenge (one that was attempted at the end of last yr but not completed due to health reasons).Starting today, I'm 4wks into that 12wk program. SP articles recommend a structured reward system to line up with goals achieved...love the idea, but don't have a set one in place...so far as a combined reward/'me' time thang, trying new workouts to put togethe... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:03:40 EST I Deserve A Treat Because ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x54996935 For Over a year I have stuck with the plan , ate right , cooked all my meals , packed my lunches , educated myself on nutrients and positive affirmations , measured every morsel of food and worked out even when I did not want too - I just keep going through all the stages of weight loss and its paid off - 112 pounds thinner from a size 22- 14 or a 12 depending on the manufacturer . I have speed walked 8 - 5ks after damaging both legs and six surgeries to walk I started from a wheelchai... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 20:09:39 EST I thought yes i do http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x54488800 I wanted to say HI....Yes I do deserve a pat, i got out and walked for close to 2+hours today browsing at several shops, Sun, 11 Aug 2013 23:46:26 EST Team Challange http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x52569312 Well spring is here and it is almost time for swim suites. I would like to make a team challange to everyone. There will be a sprak goodie given to the won wo does the best. I challange the team to walk 1 mile a day for the next 30day, Sun, 17 Mar 2013 07:52:45 EST Congrats to BIGDOG 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x52569186 Congrats to BIGDOG 18 for having the most fitness minutesthree weeks in a row.A job well done <em>243</em> <BR> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 07:39:17 EST Congrats to BIGDOG 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x52468182 Congrats to BIGDOG 18 for having the most fitness minutes two weeks in a row.A job well done <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 10:35:49 EST Congrats to BIGDOG 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x52363736 Congrats to BIGDOG 18 for having the most fitness minutes this week.A job well done <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 07:25:54 EST I deserve a treat because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x52353268 I am attending school to become a social worker that helps people but pays very low. I also volunteer every week as a co-leader traveling to different schools trying to empower girls 10-12 years of age to help prevent teen pregnancy, bullying, and racism. I deserve a treat not just because I am an idealist thinker, but also because I am a doer in my community. Sat, 2 Mar 2013 11:22:48 EST Congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x52259215 Congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE for havin g the most fitness minutes 2 weeks in a row.A job well done. <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 07:51:51 EST I Deserve a Treat Because I lost 8 lbs in 7 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x52178280 <em>243</em> Today I took the time to make myself a hot bubble bath and deep condition my hair , I lost 8 lbs this week , I have a very stressful life and when things get hard I usually , reach for food , today i replaced that food with a hot bubble bath with really expensive bath oil just sat back and enjoyed the smell of the water , took the time to deep condition my hair and topped it off with some very expensive lotion and perfume I got for Christmas that i usually only use for somethi... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:22:57 EST Hello am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x52110148 HI AM KELLY <BR> <BR> a little about me.. Hi am 44, mother of 5 boys, 24,21,19,16 and 13. I love God and life am always looking for the good in people I love to sing ,act ,cook and hang out at the beach. I own my own business ,And I also am working to start my own theater company I truly believe that one's life can be transformed through music , dance, drama and art. I majored in musical theater,I moved to Florida from Toledo Ohio Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:14:41 EST Congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x52061179 Congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE for havin g the most fitness minutes this week, <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 08:38:07 EST Congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x51954566 Congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE for havin g the most fitness minutes this week, <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 08:01:21 EST Congrats to BIGDOG 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x51615694 Congrats to BIGDOG 18 for having the most fitness minutes this week.A job well done <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:15:19 EST Congrats to BIGDOG 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x51497297 Congrats to BIGDOG 18 for having the most fitness minutes this week.A job well done <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:02:23 EST Congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x51379042 Congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE for havin g the most fitness minutes this week, Sun, 30 Dec 2012 08:06:57 EST Congrats to BIGDOG 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x51303698 Congrats to BIGDOG 18 for having the most fitness minutes4weeks on a row.A job well done <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Dec 2012 08:26:07 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x51265230 Hi, am new to joining teams & posting. I don't facebook or twitter (GASP). I have been trying to really be the best I can, trying new things & setting new goals. I deserve a treat because I started running this summer- 11/2 miles & this morning I completed my first 10k! That last mile was tough, but I did it. Any tips from experienced runners would be appreciated. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 12:41:36 EST Congrats to BIGDOG http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x51226244 Congrats to BIGDOG 18 for having the most fitness minutes3 weeks on a row.A job well done <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 06:29:19 EST Congrats to BIGDOG 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x51141710 Congrats to BIGDOG 18 for having the most fitness minutes 2 weeks on a row.A job well done <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Dec 2012 07:04:30 EST Congrats to BIGDOG 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x51050964 Congrats to BIGDOG 18 for having the most fitness minutes this week. A job well done <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Dec 2012 07:16:51 EST Congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x50955670 Congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE for having the most fitness minute this week. A job well done Sun, 25 Nov 2012 07:22:27 EST Congrats to BIGDOG 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x50872751 Congrats to BIGDOG 18 for having the most fitness minutes this week. A job well done Sun, 18 Nov 2012 07:12:39 EST Congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x50779248 Lets say congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE for having the most fitness minutes the week. A job well done and not easy to do <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 08:07:50 EST I deserve a treat because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x50767525 Hi everyone this is something new for me I don't post much and I don't blog much, this is two of the things I would like to work on. I also have a lot of the sparkpoints I am suppose to spend on treats for myself and others and I would like to learn how to use those better. I have been with Sparks for about 10 months I have tried to track everyday and I know it's working because I have lost a total of 25 pounds since joining. I have tried to lose those same pounds for about 6 years now and... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 08:46:02 EST Congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x50681517 Congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE for having the most fitness minutes 5 weeks in a row. A outstanding job Sun, 4 Nov 2012 07:36:22 EST Congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x50582474 Lets say congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE for having the most fitness minutes the week. A job well done and not easy to do <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 08:07:12 EST Cograts to MI-ELLKAYBEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x50279629 Cograts to MI-ELLKAYBEE for having the most fitness minutes 3 week in row Sun, 7 Oct 2012 09:48:11 EST Cograts to MI-ELLKAYBEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x50279615 Cograts to MI-ELLKAYBEE for having the most fitness minutes 3 week in row Sun, 7 Oct 2012 09:47:21 EST Cograts to MI-ELLKAYBEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x50169573 Lets say congrats to MI_ELLKAYBEE for having the most fintness minutes this week a job well done Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:56:23 EST Crongrat to BIGDOG18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x50064552 Congrats to BIGDOG18 for having the most fitness minutes this week. A job well done. Sun, 23 Sep 2012 08:07:56 EST Congrat to MI-ELLKAYBEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x49523624 Congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE for having the most fitness minutes for 3 wieeks in a row. A awsome job Sun, 19 Aug 2012 07:38:58 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x49434603 Hi nice to meet you all. I am here to stay motiviated and be postive, and I want to learn and share what I am experiencing along the way. <em>381</em> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 07:01:32 EST Mini Rewards for Mini Milestones http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x49434557 I have over 100+ pounds, I am down 16 so far since I started July 19, 2012. My first mini reward was I treated myself to all new work out clothing from head to toe. When I lost my first 10 pounds. I splurged with a Max budget of $50.00, and with the great end of summer sales, I am dress for my workout success. <BR> <BR> I feel so good I rewarded myself with something other than food. My big reward is for me and my daughters, I am planning a Holiday cruise for them and I and I want my we... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 06:57:43 EST Congrat to http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x49420280 Congrats to bigdog18 for having the most fitness minutes this week. A job well done. Keep up the awsome work Sun, 12 Aug 2012 07:58:20 EST Congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x49314523 Congrats to MI-ELLKAYBEE <BR> for having the most fitness minutes this week. A job well done Sun, 5 Aug 2012 08:01:27 EST Congrat to http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x49205194 Congrats to biddog18 or having the most fitness minutes this week.A job well done Sun, 29 Jul 2012 07:55:04 EST Congrats to MI-Ellkayabee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x48989455 For having the most fitnes minutes this week. Sun, 15 Jul 2012 08:01:04 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x48635828 Your only limits are self-imposed <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 06:19:45 EST How I plan to treat myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x47827254 I have been struggling with making progress on my loss weight and exercise. I have been able to lose 8 lbs since January. I have been trying to work at it and stay focused. I will treat myself with a full body massage as soon as I reach 10 lbs. I have two to go only. Hopefully it will happen this week. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 19:23:02 EST HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x47827213 I'm finally introducing myself. I don't really blog or have any facebook, twitter account, so I have a hard time figuring this out but finally, I managed to post on this page. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 19:20:10 EST Low-Fat Eggplant Parmesan recipe – 154 calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x47701295 Ingredients: <BR> 1 lb eggplant, peeled and sliced <BR> 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> 8 ounces tomato sauce <BR> 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning <BR> 2 garlic cloves, minced <BR> 1/2 teaspoon vegetable bouillon granule <BR> 1/2 teaspoon oregano <BR> 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated <BR> 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded <BR> olive oil flavored cooking spray <BR> Preparation: <BR> 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. <BR> 2. Peel and slice the eggplant into 1/2-... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 09:22:38 EST quote of the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x47173076 Failure is only a fact when you give up. Everyone gets <BR> knocked down, the question is: Will you get back uP <BR> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 08:12:47 EST I deserve a treat because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x46542936 In 1998 I weighed 500+ pounds and now I weigh less that 200. Even though it seems like I have complications every year resulting in another surgery I have not given up on life. Sun, 12 Feb 2012 02:44:51 EST Valentines Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x46248535 I deserve a treat because I work hard. <BR> <BR> (I eat a vanilla peep one week to reward myself, yummy peeps!) Thu, 26 Jan 2012 08:23:33 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x46116393 Hi everyone, just joined the team. Thought I would say hi :) Thu, 19 Jan 2012 04:36:21 EST HAPPY HOLDIDAYS TEAM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x45642638 I just wanted to take moment to wish everyone a Merry and Blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year. May this Christmas bring you many blessing and my your New Year be better than 2011. Sun, 25 Dec 2011 08:46:08 EST HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x45635005 I hope your holidays are filled with love and joy and that this continues throughout the new year! <BR> <BR> <em>499</em> <em>446</em> <em>409</em> Sat, 24 Dec 2011 10:50:30 EST QUOTE OF THE WEEK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x45558248 The power of one - one thought, one action, one solution <BR> Sun, 18 Dec 2011 08:46:18 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x45464930 Dare to soar - how successful you are is determined by <BR> your attitude <BR> Sun, 11 Dec 2011 08:25:26 EST QUOTE OF THE DAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x45400524 Have the courage to act on your dreams - leave behind you <BR> the internal forces that hold you back. Tue, 6 Dec 2011 14:46:25 EST TIS THE SEASON http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x45284002 Well it is that time a year again and people seem to forget the true meaning os Christams. AS Christmas fast appoarches and we get bust trying to get all oour holiday shopping done please take a moment to remember what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 06:20:13 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x44646527 I finally am getting projects done in my life--stuff other than sitting and studying. I've been with SparkPeople long enough, and have done enough, to know my body well enough to predict how I will feel when I exercise and/or eat in a particular manner. Yeaaaaay!! <BR> <BR> No more wondering if I can get the energy to do something the next day. If I eat wrongly--sometimes from poverty--I can switch my plans a bit, and sometimes recover with certain types of exercise or rest. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 11:06:32 EST I Deserve a Treat Because . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x44592634 I am a kind and caring person that works hard to accomplish my goals and be the person I want to be. I need to remember to step back every day and reward all of my hard work with treats and relaxation! ;-) Fri, 14 Oct 2011 21:18:19 EST HERE IS MY FAMOUS CHEESY TURKEY MEATBALLS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x44314809 450 CALORIES <BR> NEEDED <BR> ½ POUND LEAN GROUND TURKEY <BR> 1 TABLESPOON DICED ONION <BR> 1 TEASPOON MINCED GARLIC <BR> 1 EGG BEATENED <BR> ½ TEASPOON WHOLE WHEAT BREAD CRUMBS <BR> 2 TABLESPOONS NON-FAT MILK <BR> 1 TEASPOON SEA SALT <BR> ½ TEASPOON PEPPER <BR> MOZZERELLA CHEESE IN ½ INCH CUBES <BR> 2 MINCED GARLIC CLOVES <BR> 1 TEASPOON OLIVE OIL <BR> 2 CUPS CHOPPED ZUCCHINI COOKED FOR 5 MINUTES <BR> 1/3 CUP COOKED WHOLE-WHEAT ORZO <BR> ½ CUP TOMATOE SAUCE <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> MIX THE GROU... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:06:36 EST A GREAT LUNCH SALMON WITH ASIAN SLAW http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x44261832 400 CALORIES <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS <BR> 4 OUNCE SALMON FILLET <BR> ASAIN MARINADE SUCH AS SOY VAY <BR> 1 TABLESPOON SESAME OIL <BR> ½ CUP RICE WINE VINAGER <BR> 2 TEAPOONS SUGAR <BR> 1 TEASPPON SALT <BR> 3 CUPS CHOPPED CABBAGE <BR> 1 TEASPOON TOASTED SESAME SEEDS <BR> 1 TABLESPOON TOASTED ALMONDS <BR> <BR> <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> MARINATE THE SALMON IN THE ASIAN MARINADE FOR 15 MINUTES. REMOVE FROM MARNINADE. BAKE 20 TO 25 MINUTES AT 350 DEGREES <BR> MIX TOGETHER THE SESAME SEED OIL RICE WIN... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 09:57:40 EST HERE IS MY THAI TUNA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x44196757 NEEDED <BR> ½ TABLESPOON SOY SAUCE <BR> ½ TEASPOON CUMIN <BR> ½ TEASPOON BROWN SUGAR <BR> ½ TEASPOON ASIAN DARK SESAME OIL <BR> PINCH OF CAYENNE PEPPER <BR> 6 OUNCE TUNA STEAK <BR> WAX PAPER <BR> 1 SCALLION SLICED <BR> <BR> <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> 1. MIX THE SOY SAUCE, CUMIN, BROWN SUGAR, SESAME OIL AND PINCH OF CAYENNE PEPPER IN A GLASS PIE PLATE. <BR> 2. ADD TUNA STEAK AND TURN TO COAT. LET STAND 5 MINUTES. <BR> 3. COVER PIE PLATE WITH WAX PAPER AND MICROWAVE ON HIGH FOR 1 ½ MINUTES. SPRI... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 08:53:01 EST THE SALAD I LOVE HOT SPINACH SALAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x44142907 NEEDED <BR> 1 CHOPPED SHALLOT <BR> 2 TEASPOONS OLIVE OIL <BR> 2 TABLESPOONS VINAGER <BR> 2 CUPS BABY SPINACH <BR> 1 HARD BOILED EGG CHOPPED <BR> 1 STRIP TURKERY BACON COOKED CRISP AND CRUMBLED <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> 1. COOK CHPPED SHALLOT WITH THE OIL IN A SKILLET OVER MEDUIM HEAT FOR 2 MINUTES. <BR> 2. ADD VINEGAR COOK FOR 1 MINUTE. <BR> 3. TOSS SHALLOT MIXTURE IN LARGE BOWL WITH BABY SPINACH, AND EGG. TOP WITH BACON. <BR> SEVERS ONE WITH 450 CALORIES <BR> Sun, 18 Sep 2011 09:08:57 EST WORKOUT GET A TIGHT AND TONED WAIST http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x44129158 SIDE PLANK RAISE <BR> TO 2 TO 3 SETS OF 12-15 REPITIONS <BR> 1. TARTGET MUSCLES INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL OBLIQUES <BR> SET UP—LIE ON YOUR SIDE WITH YOUR FEET STACKED. PROP YOUR UPPER BODY ON THE ARM CLOSEST TO THE GROUND, POSTIONING YOUR FOREARM PERPENDICULAR TO YOUR BODY AND YOUR UPPER ARM DIRECTLY BELOW YOUR SHOULDER. PLACE YOUR OTHER HAND LIGHLY ON YOUR WAIST. <BR> 2. ACTION---EXHALE AS YOU CONTRACT YOUR ABDOMINALS TO RIASE YOUR CORE AWAY FROM THE GROUND, FORMING A STRIAGHT LINE FROM THE TOP... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 09:06:13 EST HERE IS MY ZUCCHINI AND MOZZAREALLA FLATBREAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x44077785 Makes 1 serving with 400 calories <BR> <BR> NEEDED <BR> NON STICK COOKING SPRAY <BR> ½ CUP SCLICED ZUCCHINI <BR> 1 WHOLE WHEAT FLAT BREAD <BR> 1 OUNCE SHREDDED MOZZERALLA CHEESE <BR> ½ CUP DICED TOMATO <BR> 2 TABLESPOONS PESTO <BR> RED PEPPER FLAKES <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> MIST A PAN WITH NON STICK COOKING SPRAY; SAUTE’ THE ZUCCHINI 3 TO 4 MINUTYES. <BR> TOAST THE FLATBREAD. TOP WITH THE MOZZARELLA, ZUCCHINI, TOMATO, AND PESTO. SEASON TO TASTE WITH PEPPER FLAKES. BROIL ON LOW UNTIL CHEESE IS ... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 09:00:17 EST HERE IS MY OVER MEXICAN CHICKEN- EGATABLE SOUP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x44021676 PREP 15 MINUTES <BR> COOK 25 MINUTES <BR> SREVES 4 1 ¾ CUPS <BR> CALORIES 280 TOTAL FAT 8 GRAMS <BR> <BR> <BR> NEEDED <BR> I TABLESPOON OLIVE OIL <BR> 1 MEDUIM SWEET ONION, CHOPPED <BR> ¾ POUNDS GROUND SKINLESS CHICKEN BREAST (CAN GRIND IN A BLENDER) <BR> 11/2 TEASPOONS GROUND CUMIN <BR> 1 32 OUNCE CARTON LOW-SODUIM CHICKEN BROTH <BR> 1 10 ONCE CAN LOW-SODIUM DICED TOMATOES AND GREEN CHILES SUCH AS ROTEL <BR> 1 ¾ POUND SWEET POTATO, PEELED AND CUT INTO ½ INCH CUBES <BR> 1 LARGE PARSNIP, PE... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 09:35:04 EST A GREAT STAIRMASTER WORKOUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x44006035 THREE WAYS TO HIT THE STAIRS <BR> AT HOME—WALK IN PLACE WHILE YOU ARE WATCHING YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW. DURING THE COMERCIAL BREAKS WALK UP AND DOWN AT A SET OF STAIRS IF HAVE THEM, YOU CAN USE THE STAIRS ON YOUR PORCH OR IF YOU LIVE IN A APARTMENT BUILDING USE THE STAIRS THERE. <BR> AT THE GYM—HOP FROM THE STAIR CLIMBER TO THE TREADMILL IN 5 MINUTE INTERVALS ON EACH, WORKING UP TO A TOTAL OF 25 MINUTES. TIP—IF YOU ONLY HAVE 15 MINUTES TO WORK OUT, HIT THE STAIR CLIMBER. IT’S THE CARDIO MACHINE... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 08:52:22 EST HERE IS MY SPINACH AND GRAPEFRUIT SALAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43956059 MAKES 4 1 ¼ CUPS SERVING <BR> CALORES 250 <BR> 1. BRING JIUCE OF ONE LARGE LEMON, 2 TABLESPONN DIJON MUSTARD, 2 TABLESPOONS HONEY, 1 MINCED SHALLOT, AND 1/8 TEASPOON DRIED TARRAGON TO BOIL IN A SKILLET. REDUCE AND SIMMER FOR 1 MINUTE. <BR> 2. TOSS SHALLOT MIXTURE IN A LARGE BOWL WITH 6 CUPS BABY SPINACH, 1 LARGE PEELED AND SECTIONED GRAPEFRUIT, AND ¼ CUP TOASTED SLICED ALMONDS, <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Sep 2011 12:57:33 EST A day at a time-- I deserve a treat sweeps entry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x43898651 A day at a time, I deserve a treat when I meet my goals of exercise! I volunteer in many community activities and care for my grandchild! Sun, 4 Sep 2011 12:55:15 EST MY FAMUOS MELON FRAPPE’ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43895449 PUREE 1 CUP CUBED CANTALOUPE AND 1 TEASPOON CRYSTALLIZED GINGER IN A BLENDER. ADD 2/3 CUP FAT-FREE MILK, ¼ C PLAIN FAT-FREE YOGURT, 2 ICE CUBES, AND ½ TABLESPOON HONEY AND PUREE MAKES 2 CUPS ONE SERVING IS ONE CUP <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Sep 2011 09:25:10 EST SHAPE UP LIKE A CELEB A GREAT WORKOUT PLAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43880612 YOUR WORKOUT PLAN <BR> 1.DO FOUR TIMES AWEEK, EVERY OTHER DAY FOR 4 WEEKS <BR> 2.DO THE WORKOUT FOR 20 MINUTES <BR> 3. DO EACH EXERCISE IN 2 SETS WITH 12 REPS PER SETS <BR> 4.ADD 30 MINUTES OR CARDIO YOUR CHOICE 3 TO 4 TIMES A WEEK <BR> YOUR EXERCISES <BR> 1.CURTSY LUNGE---STAND WITH FEET HIP-WIDTH, HANDS ON HIPS.TAKE A BIG STEP DIAGONALLY BACK WITH LEFT FOOT, CROSSING IT SLIGHLY BEHIND RIGHT. BEND KNEES REACH LEFT HAND TOWARD FLOOR ON THE OUT SIDE OF RIGHT FOOT. RETURN TO STARTTING POSTION D... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 08:31:46 EST HERE IS MY MADE OVER MODERN TUNA PASTA CASSEROLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43826995 NEEDED <BR> 4 OUNCES DRIED WHOLE WHEAT ROTINU (ABOUT 1 ½ CUPS) <BR> 1 16 OUNCE BAG FROZEN MIXED VEGABLES SUCH AS A CARROT BROCCOLI AND CALIFLOWER BLEND, THAWED <BR> 2 5.5 OUNCE CANS LOW-SODUIM CHUNK LIGHT TUNA, PACK INTO WATER, FLAKED <BR> 1 10.75 OUNCE LOW-FAT CONDENSED CREAM OF CHICKEN SOUP (LOWEST SODUIM AVAILABLE) <BR> ½ CUP CHOPPED BOTTLES ROASTED RED BELL PEPPERS, RINSED BEFORE CHOPPING <BR> ½ CUP FAT-FREE HALF AND HALF <BR> 1 TEASPOON ALL-PURPOSE SEASONING BLEND <BR> ¾ CUP LIGHTLY CRUS... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 08:41:33 EST tea room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x43776408 I took my sister &mom to a ban new tea room the other day and we all enjoyed an had lots fun <BR> and laths. Sun, 28 Aug 2011 13:28:55 EST HERE IS MY MADE OVER STUFFED CHICKEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43772294 MAKES ONE SERVING CONTAINING 500 CALORIES <BR> <BR> NEEDED <BR> 4 OUNCE CHICKEN BREAST <BR> 1 OUNCE GOAT CHEESE <BR> 1 TEASPOON PESTO <BR> 1 SLICED SUN DRIED TOMATO PACKED IN OIL <BR> 1 ARTICHOKE HEART THINLY SLICED <BR> 2 TEASPPONS OLIVE OIL <BR> 2 CUPS GARDEN SALAD <BR> 1/3 CUP CHICK PEAS RINSED AND WELL DRAINED <BR> 2 TABLESPPOONS BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE <BR> BAKING SHEET <BR> <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> 1. BUTTERFLY THE CHICKEN BREAST <BR> 2. STUFF IT WITH THE GOAT CHEESE, PESTO, SUN DRIED TOMA... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 08:45:57 EST WORKOUT ROCK AND ROLL MASSGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43757269 FOAM ROLLER THEY ARE SOLD IN THE SUMMER AT DOLLAR STORES. THE ARE USED IN A POOL. <BR> HOW TO DO <BR> ALWAYS—USE THE ROLLER WHEN YOUR MUSCLES ARE WARM,SUACH AS AFTER A WORKOUT. <BR> POSITION---THE ROLLER UNDER THE SOFT TISSUE ARE WANT TO RELEASE OR LOSSEN. <BR> GENTLY—ROLL YOUR BODY PART BACK AND FORTH ACROSS THE ROLLER WHILE TARGETING THE AFFECTED MUSCLE;M ALWAYS AVOID ROLLING DIRECTLY OVER BONES OR JOINT. <BR> CONTROL—THE PRESSURE BY APPLYING MORE OR LESS BODY WEIGHT ON THE FOAM ROLLER, USE... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 08:13:43 EST I deserve a treat because I care! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x43735721 I deserve a treat because I care! I care for myself first to be healthy, then I can care for my family and needy people in the community. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 21:26:13 EST HERE IS MY 300 CALORIE ROASTED APRICOTS OVER GREEK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43704158 PREAHEAT OVEN TO 450. HALVE 2 TO 3 RIPE APRICOTS; PLACE IN A GLASS BAKING DISH COVER WITH FOIL AND ROAST 20 MINUTES. (APRICOTS CAN BE ROASTED THE NIGHT BEFORE) MIX 1 CUP NONFAT GREEK YORGURT WITH 2 TABLESPOONS SILVERED ALMONDS AND A DRIZZLE OF HONEY. TOP WITH APRICOTS <BR> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 08:16:09 EST HERE IS MY EASY SICILLIAN CITRUS SALSA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43649735 MAKES 4 CUPS <BR> CALORIES 50 <BR> NEED <BR> 3 ORANGES PEELED AND DICED <BR> 1 ½ CUP FINELY CHOPPES FENNEL <BR> 3 TABLESPOONS CHOPPED GREEN OLIVES <BR> 1 TABLESPOON EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL <BR> ¼ TEASPOON SALT <BR> ¼ TEASPOON PEPPER <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> IN A BOWL MIX ALL INGRIENIENTS TOGTHER. <BR> Sun, 21 Aug 2011 09:23:32 EST THREE ROWS, ZERO MACHINES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43634568 ONE ARE DUMBBELLL ROW – DO 2 SETS OF 12 IN EACH ARM MAY DO IT SITTING DOWN <BR> SEATED RESITANCE BAND ROW—USE A RESINTANT BAND AND ON EACH ARM FOR 2 MINUTES ACT LIKE YOU ARE ROWING A BOAT. <BR> BENT OVER BARBELL ROW.—TAKE A FREE WIEGHT SET AND TAKE ALL THE WEIGHTS OF. TAKE THE BARBELL AND ROW WITH BOTH ARMS FOR 2 MINUTES ACTING LIKE YOU ARE ROWING A BOAT BUT NEVER TAKE THE BARBELL OVER YOU HEAD. THIS EXERCISE IS DONE CLOSE TO THE BODY AND THE BARBELL ROWS OVER YOUR ARMS. <BR> Sat, 20 Aug 2011 08:23:01 EST I Deserve a Treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x43590051 So as much as I enjoy my fat free frozen yogurt sometimes I just want a cup cake. I know I know its not good for me or my goals but there is a cupcake truck that parks itself at my job and it is so tempting, Does anyone have any helpful hints to keep me away from these sweet temptations:) or a really good substitute?/ Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:29:06 EST HERE IS MY MADE OVER CLASSIC SWEET AND SOUR PORK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43530180 PREP 20 MINUTES <BR> STIR FRY 10 MINUTES <BR> SERVES 4 <BR> CALORIES 290 PER SERVING <BR> NEEDED <BR> 1/3 CUP LOW-SUGAR APRICOT PRESERVES <BR> 3 TABLESPOONS KETCHUP <BR> 3 TABLESPOONS APPLE-CIDER VINEGAR <BR> 2 TABLESPOONS WATER <BR> 1 TABLESPOON CORNSTARCH <BR> 2 TEASPOONS OLIVE OIL <BR> ¾ POUND BONELESS CENTER CUT PORK LOIN CUT INTO THIN STRIPS <BR> 2 CLOVES GARLIC MINCED <BR> NON STICK COOKING SPRAY <BR> 2 BELL PEPPERS SLICED <BR> 2 CUPS FRESH BROCCOLI FLORETS <BR> 1 CUP FRESH SNOW PEAS T... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 09:07:53 EST I deserve a treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x43515493 Hello all, my name is Holly. I am a 31 year old with a more recent weight problem, I have always been thin by society standards but as I get older I find it more difficult to stay on track. I recently joined spark people and find that tracking my food and exercise daily helps me focus more on what I am putting into my body. I have a very bad sweet tooth and in the past tend to gravitate towards cookies, ice cream and chocolate as my snacks. For the past 2 weeks I have been doing p90x and avoi... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 08:58:53 EST HERE IS A SUMMER THREE WEEK TRAINING PLAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43515129 WEEK ONE <BR> MONDAY—REST, SWIM OR BIKE FOR 15 MINUTES <BR> <BR> TUESDAY—RUN OR WALK YOUR FASTEST FOR 30 MINUTES <BR> <BR> WENSDAY-- SWIM 30 MINUTES OR WALK FOR 30 MINUTES <BR> <BR> THURSDAY-- BIKE AND RUN OR WALK YOUR FASTEST FOR 50 MINUTES <BR> <BR> <BR> FRIDAY—REST <BR> <BR> SATURDAY—SWIM 15 MINUTES, RUN OR WALK YOUR FASTEST FOR 50 MINUTES <BR> <BR> SUNDAY--- BIKE 60 MINUTES <BR> Sat, 13 Aug 2011 08:27:13 EST HERE IS MY MADE OVER BITE SIZE BROWNIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43464174 PREP TIME 20 MINUTES <BR> BAKE 25 MINUTES <BR> MAKES 24 BROWNEIS <BR> CALORIES PER SERVING 120 <BR> <BR> NEEDED <BR> 6 OUNCES SEMISWEET OR DARK CHOCOLATE CHIPS (70 PERCENT CACAO) <BR> 1/3 CUP UNSALTED BUTTER <BR> 2 LARGE EGGS <BR> ½ CUP SUGAR <BR> ½ CUP ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR <BR> ½ TEASPOON BAKING POWDER <BR> PINCH OF SALT <BR> 1 TEASPOON VANILLA EXTRACT <BR> 1 CUP CHOPPED WALNUTS <BR> <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> <BR> 1. PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 F. SPRAY AN 8 INCH SQUARE PAN WITH COOKING SPRAY. <BR> 2. M... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 08:23:03 EST I deserve a treat (sweeps entry) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x43433232 I deserve a treat because I am getting better every day! I am learning to eat better, exercise better, and be good to myself and others. <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Aug 2011 13:36:00 EST HERE IS MY MADE OVER PEANUT BUTTER OAT BITES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43410892 PREP 30 MINUTES, SERVES 24 <BR> CALORIES 125 FAT 7 GRAMS FIBER 2 GRAMS <BR> NEEDED <BR> 2 TABLESPOON UNSALTED BUTTER <BR> 2/3 CUP CREAMY NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER <BR> ¼ CUP CINFECTIONERS SUGAR <BR> 3 TABLESPOONS HONEY <BR> 1 TEASPOON VANILLA EXTRACT <BR> 1 ½ CUPS RICE KRISPIES CEREAL <BR> 1 CUP QUICK OATS <BR> ¼ CUP RAISINS <BR> ¼ CUP MINI CHOCOLATE CHIPS <BR> ¼ CUP FINELY CHOPPED LIGHTLY SALTED DRY-ROASTES PEANUTS <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> 1. MELT BUTTER IN A MEDUIM SAUCEPAN OVER MEDUIM HEAT. REMOV... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 08:57:03 EST HERE IS A GREAT WORKOUT VIDEO FOR ALL DO TRY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43395881 THIS IS NOT EASY.I GAVE IT A TRY IN A CLASS <BR> http://youtu.be/JGDdZ2yDR-k Sat, 6 Aug 2011 08:25:31 EST HERE IS MY MAPLE DIJON SALMON http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43344164 MAKES ONE SERVING CONTAINING 500 CALORIES <BR> <BR> NEEDED <BR> 4 OUNCE SALMON FILLET <BR> 1 TEASPOON MAPLE SRYUP <BR> 1 TEASPOON DIJON MUSTARD <BR> 1 TEASPOON CANOLA OIL <BR> 2/3 CUP COOKED BROWN RICED <BR> ½ TABLESPOON DRIED CHERRIES <BR> ½ TABLESPOON CRUSHED PISTACHIOS <BR> 1 TEASPOON CHOPPED PARSELY <BR> 1/8 CUP ORANGE JUICE <BR> 1 CUP STEAMED BROCCOLI <BR> <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> 1. TOP THE SALMON WITH THE MAPLE SYRUP MIXED WITH THE DIJON MUSTARD/ BAKE AT 400 FOR 8 TO 10 MNUTES. <BR> 2. ... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 08:46:16 EST I deserve a treat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x43258377 I deserve a treat because I am getting better every day! I am learning to eat better, exercise better, and be good to myself and others. <BR> <BR> This weekend, I'll treat myself to a Glam Slam. My Glam Slam is time that I devote to making myself feel beautiful. I take an hour or so to treat myself to a mini spa at my house. I give my face and body a full exfoliation & lotion treatment, deep condition my hair, whiten my teeth, and finish it off with a manicure/pedicure. I can look at ... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 13:11:29 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x43230215 ...I've started again and have kept going! I'm calling my current situation square 2 <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not just back on the wagon, I"m planning on driving it this time! Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:49:22 EST I deserve a treat because this is my 1st blog ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43217608 For the first time ever, I speak out now because every time I typed before, I felt like I were talking to a wall, in this case a electronic journal. Here I am now, feeling like I am a part of society where everyone has the same goals. To live healthy and stay fit and do something they knew would be hard to do. I don't even care about the money! I am just proud to see people who push themselves that next step for every mile walked/ran, not looking back and staying determined to keep moving for... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 09:06:24 EST HERE IS MY MADE OVER GINGER SHRIMP STIR FRY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43161091 <BR> NEEDED <BR> 1 TEASPOON MINCED GARLIC <BR> 1 TEASPOON GINGER <BR> 2 TEASPOONS SESAME OIL <BR> ¼ POUND SHRIMP SHELLED CLEANED AND DEVEINED <BR> ¼ CUP SLICED MUSHROOMS <BR> ½ CUP PEELED AND CHOPPED CARROTS <BR> ¼ CUP RED PEPPER SLICED <BR> ½ CUP BOK CHOY CHOPPED <BR> ¼ CUP HOISIN SAUCE <BR> ¾ CUP COOKED BROWN RICE <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> SAUTE THE MINCED GRALIC AND GINGER IN THE SESAME SEED OIL. ADD THE SHRIMP AND SAUTE’ 1 MINUTE PER SIDE AND REMOVE FROM PAN. ADD THE MUSHROOMS, CHOPPED CARRO... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 09:21:10 EST HERE IS ANOTHER GREAT AB WORKIOUT LINK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43145496 http://youtu.be/0BjWLaGqEAg Sat, 23 Jul 2011 08:30:19 EST MY MADE OVER SMOKEY BARBECUE BEANS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43090662 <BR> PREP TIME 15 MINUTES, SLOW COOK 2 HOURS SERVES 12 <BR> <BR> NEEDED <BR> 2 15 OUNCE CANS LOW SODUIM PINTO BEANS RINSED AND DRAINED <BR> 1 15 OUNCE CANS LOW SODUIM BLACK BEANS RINSED AND DRAINED <BR> 2 LARGE YELLOW ONION CHOPPED <BR> ½ CUP KETCHUP <BR> ¼ CUP BROWN SUGAR <BR> ¼ CUP WATER <BR> 3 SLICES CRISP COOKED SMOKED TURKEY BACON CRUMBLED <BR> 1 TABLESPOON PAPRIKA <BR> ½ TEASPOON SEA SALT <BR> PINH OF CAYENNE <BR> <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> COMBINE PINTO BEANS, BLACK BEANS, ONION... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 08:25:53 EST HERE IS MY MADE OVER WARM JICAMA-ORANGE SALAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43032347 MAKES 4 1 CUP SERVIN <BR> CALORIES 300 <BR> 1. COOK 1 SMALL THINLY SLICED RED ONION, ½ CUP ORANGE JUICE, 1 TABLESPOON OLIVE OIL, 1 TABLESPOON RICE-WINE VINGER, AND 1/8 TAESPOON PEPPER IN A SKILLET FOR 3 MINUTES. <BR> 2. TOSS ONION MUXTURE IN LARGE BOWL WITH 1 MEDUIM PEELED JICAMA THAT IS CUT IN STRIPS, AND 2 CUPS ORANGE SECTIONS. <BR> 3. TOP WITH ½ SMALL DICED AVOVADO AND 1 TABLESPOON COPPED CILANTRO Sun, 17 Jul 2011 09:22:53 EST HERE IS A GREAT AB VIDEO WORKOUT TO TRY LINK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x43015969 http://youtu.be/O9Q0t-ZiMy0 Sat, 16 Jul 2011 08:28:42 EST I deserve a treat because.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x43006501 I now realize I must take care of ME first, in order to appreciate those around me. I have learned that it's okay to eat those foods that I'm craving, everything in moderation. I have learned to really listen to my body, what it needs. I am treating myself to a mini vacation (1 week) in Minneapolis to spend with my grown-up daughter (she's 21), wow she's an adult! I will have fun, no schedules, no itinerary...just lounging (after I workout), laughing, talking and playing!! Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:48:34 EST I deserve a treat today because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42966791 I deserve a treat today because I have been consistently going to the gym for a month now. I am having a great time working out and I love the results. <BR> I was told by someone at work today that I was looking skinny!!!!! <em>334</em> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 12:27:53 EST I Deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x42943290 I have not given up on my weight loss. I've continued to tweak what I'm doing until I make it to goal. I was away from Spark for a little while but I'm back and I'm starting to log my food, pay attention to what I'm eating and doing things to stay focused on my goal. <BR> <BR> I joined this team because I think a treat for doing well is good and may also keep me motivated. Unfortunately it's something I'm not very good at doing - giving myself a healthy or non food treat to celebrate meetin... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 09:18:30 EST HERE IS MY SMOKED TURKEY SALAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42903075 NEEDED <BR> ¼ CUP SILVERED ALMONDS <BR> 1 10 OUNCE BOX PLAIN COUSCOUS <BR> ¾ POUND SMOKED TURKEY DICED <BR> 1 ½ CUPS CHERRY TOMATOES HALVED OR QUARTERED <BR> ½ CUP PITTED KALAMATA OLIVES, SLICED <BR> ½ CUP BOTTLED OR HOMEMADE GREEK SALAD DRESSING <BR> ¼ CUP CHOPPED ITALIAN FLAT-LEAF PARSLEY <BR> <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> 1. IN A MEDIUM SKILLET, TOAST ALMONDS OVER MEDIUM HEAT, STIRRING FREQUENTLY, UNTIL LIGHLY BROWNED, 4 TO 5 MINUTES. REMOVE FROM HEAT <BR> 2. IN A MEDUIM SUACEPAN, COOK COUSCOUS A... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 09:17:33 EST GET LEANER WITH EVEY LAP PART 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42885976 BACK STYLE STROKE <BR> <BR> 1. BAN NECK BEND--IN BACK STORKE, YOU ROTATE FROM SIDE TO SIDE AS YOU STROKE. TO BREATH EVERY THREE STROKES AND MAINTAIN SPEED, KEEP YOUR HEAD AND BODY IN LINE AS YOU WORK YOUR HIPS AND CORE TO BREATHE TAKE A BREATH THRIOGH YOUR MOUTH EVERY THREE BAK STORKES. WHEN YOUR NOT BREATTHING, HOLD YOUR HEAD FACING UP <BR> 2. ARC YOUR ARMS-- WITHEACH STROKE, YOUR ARM SHOULD ENTER THE WATER SLIGHTLY CURVED, . YOU REACH OUT, BUT DON’T EXTEND A STRIGHT ARM, THAT PREVENTS FRO... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 08:20:31 EST HERE IS MY CURRIED LENTIL SOUP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42828493 SAUTE’ 2 CUP EACH DICED CELERY, CARROTS, AND ONION IN 4 TEASPPONS OLIVE OIL FOR 5 MINUTES. ADD 4 TEASPOONS CURRY POWDER AND A PINCH OF CUMIN. COOK 4 MINUTES. ADD 1 CUP DRIED RED LENTILS, 4 CUPS LOW-SODUIM VEGTABLE BROTH ABD 2 CUPS CANNED CRUSHED TOMATOES WITH JUICE. SIMMER 15 MINUTES, PARTIALLY COVERED, UNTIL LENTILS ARE SOFT. SEASON WITH SALT AND BLACK PEPPER. SOUPS MAKES 4 SERVINGS. SERVE WITH 1 WHOLE-GRAIN ROLL AND SMALL GREEN SALAD DRIZZLED WITH 1 TABLESPOON VINAIGRETTE. <BR> Wed, 6 Jul 2011 08:39:43 EST HERE IS MY PEACH SALAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42776962 HEAT A GRILL. SPRAY 1 HALVED PEACH WITH COOKING SPRAY. GRILL 2-3 MINUTES PER SIDE. COOL AND SLICE. TOSS WITH 1 ½ CUP BABY ARUGULA, ¼ CUP LOW-FAT GOAT CHEESE. 1 TABLESPOON SLICED ALMONDS, ½ TABLESPOON OLIVE OIL AND 1 TEASPOON VINEGAR Sun, 3 Jul 2011 09:45:15 EST HERE IS ANOTHER WORKOUT TO TRY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42760270 ALWAYS REMEMBER TO GET A DR APPORVAL BEFORE STARTING ANY EXCERICE PROGRAM <BR> THREE ROWS NO MACHINE <BR> 1. ONE-ARE DUMBBELL ROW DEMO ON SPRAKPEOPLE EXERCIES 24 REPS <BR> 2. SEATED RESTINTANT BAND ROW ( SIT ON FLOOR WITH A RESTITANT BAND AND ACT LIKE YOU ARE ROWING A ROW BOAT) DO FOR 2 MINUTES <BR> 3. BENT-OVER BARBELL ROW DEMO ON SPRAKPEOPLE EXERCIES DO 24 REPS. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Jul 2011 08:24:28 EST HERE IS MY SOUTHWEST CHICKEN AND ORZO SALAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42704991 NEEDED <BR> ½ CUP COOKED WHOLE WHEAT ORZO <BR> 3 OUNCES GRILLED CHICKEN DICED <BR> ½ CUP HALVED CHERRY TOMATOES <BR> ¼ CUP CUVUMBER DICED <BR> ¼ CUP RED BELL PEPPER DICED <BR> 2 RADISHES THINLY SLICED <BR> 2 TABLESPOONS BLACK BEANS DRAINED AND RINSED <BR> 2 TABLESPOON CORN DRAINED <BR> 1 TEASPOON OLIVE OIL <BR> 2 TEASPOONS RED WINE VINEGAR <BR> JUICE OF ONE LIME <BR> PINCH OF CUMIN <BR> PINCH OF CHILI POWDER <BR> 1 TABLESPOON CHOPPED FRESH CILANTRO (OPTIONAL) <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> THE SALD ... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 09:35:56 EST HERE IS MY MADE OVER CHEESY EGG WRAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42645179 SPARY SMALL NON-STICK SKILLET WITH NON STICK COOKIING SPRAY, SET OVER MEDIUM HEAT. ADD ¼ CUP EGG SUBSTITUE AND 1 TABLESPPON HERB GOAT CHEESE. COOK EGGS UNTIL SCRAMBLED, 3 MINUTES. SPOON INTO 1 SIX INCH FAT-FREEE TORTILLA SPRINKLE WITH 2 TABLESPOON PIMEINTO. ROLL MAKES ONE WRAP <BR> Sun, 26 Jun 2011 09:27:33 EST HERE IS A GREAT WORK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42628815 15 MINUTE FITNESS FLASH <BR> THIS 15 MINUTE WORKOUT WILL KICK YOUR BUTT <BR> 1. DUMBBELL SQUATS DEMO ON SPRAKPEOPLE EXERCIES 15 REPS <BR> 2. JUMPING JACKS 30 SECONDS <BR> 3. PUSH-UPS 12 TO 15 REPS NOT ON KNEES <BR> 4. SKATERS SQUATS DEMO ON SPRAKPEOPLE EXERCIES 30 SECONDS <BR> 5. DUMBLELL LUNGES DEMO ON SPRAKPEOPLE EXERCIES 15 REPS EACH LEG <BR> 6. JOGGING IN PLACE AS FAST AS YOU CAN FOR 30 SECONDS <BR> 7. BICEP CURLS DEMO ON SPRAKPEOPLE EXERCIES 12 TO 15 REPS. <BR> 8. FRONT KICKS, KICK ... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 08:31:26 EST HERE IS MY CHUNKY GREEK SALAD WITH CHICKPEAS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42571719 <BR> NEEDED <BR> ½ CUPS CUCUMBER <BR> ½ CUP CHOPPED TOMATOS <BR> ½ CUP RED AND GREEN PEPPERS <BR> ½ CUP CHICKPEAS RINSED AND DRAINED WELL. <BR> 5 KALAMATRA OLIVES PITED AND SLICED <BR> ¼ RED ONION THINLY SLICED <BR> 2 TABLESPOONS RED WINE VINAGER <BR> ½ TABLESPOON OLIVE OIL <BR> 2 TABLESPOONS CRUMBLED REDUCED FAT FETA CHEESE <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> MIX TOGETHER THE CUCUMBER, CHOPPED TOMATO, AND THE RED AND GREEN PEPPERS.. ADD THE CHICKPEAS, OLIVES, RED ONION. TOSS WITH THE RED WINE VINEGAR AND... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 08:48:58 EST I deserve a treat today because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42529446 I lost almost 6 pounds from last week!!!!! HAPPY DANCE!!!!!! <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:30:22 EST HERE IS MY WHOLE-GRAIN BANANA MUFFINS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42511920 <BR> PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGRESS. MIX TOGETHER ½ CUP WHOLE WHEAT FLOURS, 1 CUP OATS, ¼ TEASPOON SALT, 1 ½ TEASPOONS CINNAMON, ½ TEASPOON BAKING SODA, AND 1 ½ BANANAS MASHED. MIX TOGETHER ½ CUP PLAIN NON-FAT YOGURT, 1 EGG, ¼ CUP HONEY, 2 TABLESPOONS CONOLA OIL AND 1 TEASPOON VANILLA; ADD TO BANANA MIXTURE AND STIR UNTIL ALL INGREDIENTS ARE COMBINED. PLACE IN 6 GREASED MUFFIN TINS AND BAKE 12 MINUTES. SERVE WITH A GLASS OF SKIM MILK. <BR> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 09:11:52 EST GET LEANER WITH EVEY LAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42497260 SWIMMING WORKOUTS <BR> THIS HOW I SMAM MY WAY SLIM <BR> FREE STYLE STROKE <BR> <BR> 1. BAN NECK BEND--N FREESTYLE, YOU ROTATE FROM SIDE TO SIDE AS YOU STROKE. TO BREATH EVERY THREE STROKES AND MAINTAIN SPEED, KEEP YOUR HEAD AND BODY IN LINE AS ROLL INSTEAD OF TURNING YOUR NECK. WHEN YOUR NOT BREATTHING, HOLD YOUR HEAD FACING DOWN. IF YOU ARE JUST BEGINNING AND HAVE A HARD TIME BREATHING FOR THE LENGTH OF A POOL USE A SNORKLE TO BREATH AND KEEP YOUR HEAD IN THA WATER ALL THE TIME AND YOUR BOD... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 09:31:12 EST HERE IS MY SOUTHWEST CHICKEN AND ORZO SALAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42378746 NEEDED <BR> ½ CUP COOKED WHOLE WHEAT ORZO <BR> 3 OUNCES GRILLED CHICKEN DICED <BR> ½ CUP HALVED CHERRY TOMATOES <BR> ¼ CUP CUVUMBER DICED <BR> ¼ CUP RED BELL PEPPER DICED <BR> 2 RADISHES THINLY SLICED <BR> 2 TABLESPOONS BLACK BEANS DRAINED AND RINSED <BR> 2 TABLESPOON CORN DRAINED <BR> 1 TEASPOON OLIVE OIL <BR> 2 TEASPOONS RED WINE VINEGAR <BR> JUICE OF ONE LIME <BR> PINCH OF CUMIN <BR> PINCH OF CHILI POWDER <BR> 1 TABLESPOON CHOPPED FRESH CILANTRO (OPTIONAL) <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> THE SALD ... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 09:49:40 EST I deserve a treat because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x42368161 after losing 30 lbs, I had to put an extra hole in the only belt I own (I was never comfortable in them). My treat will be another belt (in color)!!! Sat, 11 Jun 2011 15:57:04 EST HERE IS YOU LAST WEEK OF WALKING WORK OUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42363227 MONDAY-- REST <BR> <BR> <BR> TUESDAY --- SLOW WALK FOR 40 TO 50 MINUTES <BR> <BR> WENSDAY-- 30 SECOND SURGES (WARM UP FOR 5 TO 10 MINUTES AT A SLOW WALK PACE AND THEN DO 30 SECONDS OF BRISK WALKING THEN AND RECOVER AT A SLOW WALK FOR 30 SECONDS) REPEAT 8 TO 10 TIMES COOL DOWN AT SLOW PACE FOR 10 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> THURSDAY-- WALK AT A BRISK PACE 15 TO 25 MINUTES <BR> <BR> FRIDAY-- WALK AT BRISK PACE FOR 15 TO 20 MINUTES <BR> <BR> SATURDAY-- REST OR CROSS TRAIN <BR> <BR> SUNDAY--... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 08:58:37 EST Cheap reward thats SOO worth it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x42351775 On days that I work out I treat myself to my Bath & Body lotions. If I don't work out I have to use plain old boring lotion. I got my workout done today so I used Dark Kiss...it is luscious! Fri, 10 Jun 2011 14:01:50 EST I deserve a treat because- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x42336776 I have been sticking with my diet plan for almost two months and no cheating! Thu, 9 Jun 2011 18:21:15 EST Deserving a treat... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x42307908 I believe we all deserve a treat for acknowledging our need for better health and facing ourselves that we need to change our life styles and get out of the rut we find ourselves in. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Wed, 8 Jun 2011 09:53:00 EST HERE IS MY QUICK BANANA-CHIP YOGURT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42306837 MASH ½ BANANA IN SMALL BOWL WITH FORK, STIR IN ¼ CUP PLAIN FAT-FREE YOGURT UNTIL BLENDED. TOP WITH 2 TABLESPOONS BRAN FLAKES CEREAL AND ½ TABLESPOON SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS. MAKES 2/3 CUP <BR> Wed, 8 Jun 2011 09:09:01 EST I deserve a treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x42302024 because I just came back from a wonderful vacation in Cabo San Lucas to celebrate with my husband our 41 years of marriage and even though my scale shows I'm up a bit, I'm back to keeping my food journal and exercising to get back to my "before vacation" weight loss (30 lbs) and finishing up the 18 still to go to reach my goal :-) Tue, 7 Jun 2011 23:53:53 EST I deserve a treat for swimsuit courage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42296353 I deserve a treat today because I courageously replaced an old swimsuit this week with one that looks great. I graciously accepted the bumps, scars, and imperfect thighs that showed so prominently in the fitting room mirror, congratulated myself on looking pretty darn fine for 56, and passed up the Sees Candy sample that had my name on it when I walked past the store to get to my car. It is the first time I've tried on swimsuits with that much grace. YEAH! Tue, 7 Jun 2011 18:54:43 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x42294862 I recently have been diagnoised as hypo-thyroid and poly-cystic ovarian syndrome. I am currently working towards losing 80 lbs. I have recently start weightwatchers and continue to use spark people to obtain my current goal. 10lbs down as of today!! I currently have a few goals i've decided upon. "onederland" a new pair of non-prescription sunglasses, 25 lbs down a manicure, 40lbs down a pedicure, 55lbs down a pair of prescription sunglasses, 70lbs down a spa day, "goal" a new wardrobe to... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 17:10:25 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42290100 I deserve a treat because I increased my distance I walk even though I am grieving the loss of my mother. I also haven't gain any weight either Tue, 7 Jun 2011 12:34:50 EST We all deserve a treat... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x42287212 I started Spark in an effort to find a new me. I didn't like the way I felt or looked. Last year, I had a miscarriage. After being sick and depressed for 3 months, I had gained 15 pounds! I had tried several different ways of losing the weight, but none of them had worked. Every time I looked in the mirror I was reminded of that trial. Last week, I read an article on Yahoo and decided to check out SparkPeople. I wanted to feel better, look better, and leave the past in the past and it looked ... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 10:14:16 EST I created a reward plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x42286912 I created a reward plan and printed it out to hang in a spot where I will see it every day. For every 5 pounds I lose, I will get myself a small reward. I love reading and crafting so I alternated buying a new book and buying new craft supplies. I also set mid-way and final rewards. At the mid-way, my hubby and I will have a romantic date without our children. I still have not set my final reward. Because of our financial situation, I tried to keep my goals below $20. I will have to save up s... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 10:00:45 EST I plan to treat myself by.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x42285886 Doing my yoga routine to its fullest and working extra hard so that I can do the splits today. Ive never been able to do them before and I almost did yesterday! Its an amazing accomplishment for me and the best treat I could think of! But of course I will sneak in a little spoon full of organic lemon sherbert and a dark chocolate covered ginger peice:) Tue, 7 Jun 2011 09:15:50 EST I Deserve A Treat Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x42285808 I work incredibly hard everyday to find peace within myself. I believe that true happiness comes from within and can not be touched by extrenal factors. External factors can only enrich this happiness. I work everyday to find that happiness and enrich my life. I work to find peace with my body and to appriciate my inner and outter beauty. I read books that enrich my life with philisophical understandings of life and how to go about it. I stay true to myself always. My workout routine is yoga ... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 09:11:30 EST HERE IS MY CUCUMBER AND DILL CHICKEN SALAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42245250 NEEDED <BR> ½ CUP SHREDDED COOKED SKINLESS BONELES CHICKEN BREAST <BR> ½ CUP BABY GREENS <BR> ¼ CUP SHREDED CARROTS <BR> ¼ CUP GREENS BEANS CUT INTO BITE SIZE PIECES <BR> ¼ CUP CUCUMBER CHOPPED <BR> ½ CUP COOKED QUINOA <BR> 1 TABLESPOON OLIVE OIL <BR> ¾ TEASPOON CHOPPED DILL <BR> 1 TABLESPOON WHITE WINE VINAGER <BR> SUGAR <BR> SALT <BR> Sun, 5 Jun 2011 09:38:14 EST HERE IS WEEK NINE IF YOUR WALKING WORKOUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42228041 MONDAY--- REST <BR> <BR> TUESDAY--EASY WALK FOR 30 TO 40 MINUTES <BR> <BR> WENSDAY-- 4 MINUTE SURGES (WARM UP FOR 5 TO 10 MINUTES AT A SLOW WALK PACE AND THEN DO 4 MINUTES OF BRISK WALKING THEN AND RECOVER AT A SLOW WALK FOR 2 MINUTES) REPEAT FOR 30N MINUTES THEN COOL DOWN AT SLOW PACE FOR 10 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> THURSDAY-- WALK AT A HAS HARD AS YOU CAN FOR 20 TO 30 MINURES <BR> <BR> FRIDAY-- FAST FINISH ( GO TO A STEADY MODERATE PACE FOR MOST OF YOUR WALK, THEN PICK UP THE SPEED AT THE ... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 09:00:27 EST MY SHRIMP, BELL PEPPER, AND CHERVIL OMELETTE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42162601 PREP 15 MINUTES <BR> COOK 10 MINUTES <BR> SERVES 4 ¼ OF OMELETTE <BR> CALORIES 199 <BR> TOTAL FAT 3 GRAMS <BR> NEEDED <BR> 2 16 OUNCE CARTONS FET-FREE EGG SUBSITITE <BR> ¼ CUP FRECH CHERVIL LEAVES <BR> 2 TABLESPOONS FRECH CHERVIL LEAVES <BR> 2 TABLESPOONS SNIPPED FRESH CHIVES <BR> ½ TEASPOON SALT <BR> ¼ TEASPOON PEPPER <BR> NON STICK COOKING SPRAY <BR> 1 RED BELL PEPPER, DICED <BR> 1 SHALLOT FINELY CHOPPED <BR> ½ POUND SMALL COOKED SHRIMP <BR> 2 TEASPOONS OLIVE OIL <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> 1.WH... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 07:53:10 EST HERE IS MY NUT AND HONEY CRUNCH MIX http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42103697 MAKES 10 ½ CUP SERVINGS <BR> PREP 5 MINUTES <BR> COOK 15 MINUTES <BR> CALORIES 150 <BR> TOTAL FAT 2 GRAMS <BR> NEEDED <BR> 1 EGG WHITE <BR> 3 TABLESPOONS HONEY\2 TEASPOONS LIGHT STICK BUTTER <BR> 1 TABLESPOON WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE <BR> 1 CUP UNSALTED DRY ROAST PEANUTS <BR> 1 ½ CUPS ROATED ALMONDS <BR> 1 ½ CUPS PRETZEL MINI TWIST <BR> 2 CUPS MUTLI-GRAIN CRISPY CEREAL SQUARES (MULTI-BRAN CHEX BRAND) <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> 1. PREHAT OVEN TO 300. SPRAY A LARGE SHALLOW BAKING SHEET WITH NON-STICK S... Sun, 29 May 2011 09:09:19 EST HERE IS WEEK EIGHT OF WALKING WORK OUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x42087475 MONDAY-- REST <BR> <BR> TUESDAY --- BRISK WALK FOR 40 TO 50 MINUTES <BR> <BR> WENSDAY-- 4 MINUTE SURGES (WARM UP FOR 5 TO 10 MINUTES AT A SLOW WALK PACE AND THEN DO 4 MINUTES OF BRISK WALKING THEN AND RECOVER AT A SLOW WALK FOR 4 MINUTES) REPEAT 3 TO 4 TIMES COOL DOWN AT SLOW PACE FOR 10 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> THURSDAY-- WALK AT A BRISK PACE 15 TO 25 MINUTES <BR> <BR> FRIDAY--FAST FINISH ( GO TO A STEADY MODERATE PACE FOR MOST OF YOUR WALK, THEN PICK UP THE SPEED AT THE END TO A FAST P... Sat, 28 May 2011 09:07:00 EST God deserves all of us because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x42063542 My "testimony" gift from God, and reason i can speak again. TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED! <BR> .by Sam Norton on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 8:23pm. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was schizophrenic, manic-depressive, bi-polar- drug addict, self-loather, cuter,big into mutilation, prostitute, stripper and hated God and all He was trying to do for me. Hated life, lived in constant sin, and wanted out. Of all of it. I spent ALL of my years from 10-17.9 in rehabs/instituitions to keep me from killing myself.... Thu, 26 May 2011 21:01:41 EST I Deserve a Treat Because.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x42040040 in less than 15 moths I have lost 100 lbs. It was sometimes rough and I got discouraged but I kept putting one foot in front of the other! Wed, 25 May 2011 16:49:16 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x42019718 I do not give up or in. I keep putting one step in front of the other. I reward my little and big successes! Tue, 24 May 2011 17:39:10 EST Today I treated myself to...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x42000737 Please feel free to share what you treated yourself to today. <BR> <BR> Today I treated myself to new training shoes. They are silver and purple, girly and comfortable. In March I joined a gym wearing pristine shoes I bought in 2006. Tomorrow I make my 50th trip to the gym since March 16 :-). I deserve a treat! Mon, 23 May 2011 20:19:40 EST HERE ARE SOME MADEOVER SNACKS FOR YOU TO ENJOY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41969532 ANOTHER SNACK###### <BR> ½ CUP MANGO SHORBET WITH 1 TABLSOON CHOCOLATE SAUCE <BR> <BR> <BR> TUNA BITES <BR> CUT 1 ENGLISH CUMCUMBER INTO 1 INCH ROUNDS. SCOOP OUT CENTERS WITH A SPOON TO FORM SHELLS. MIX 1 DRAINED 3 OUNCE CAN WATER PACKED TUNA, 1 TABLESPOON LOW-FAT MAYONNAISE, AND 1 CHOPPED SCALLION IN A CUP. SPOON INTO SHELLS. MAKES 6-7 BITES <BR> <BR> BERRY SALSA <BR> COURSLEY MASH 1 6 OUNCE CONTAINER FRESH RASPBERRIES. ADD 1 TABLESPOON CHOPPED RED ONION, 1 TABLESPOON CHOPPED FRESH CILAN... Sun, 22 May 2011 09:26:12 EST My Dream Treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x41965682 Thinking about 'dream treats' is fun! <BR> <BR> Some time ago (3 years? 4?), I decided that I would buy myself a Red Dress...when I felt I was ready for that reward. No pound-reached number or other criteria sits on this particular reward: it is my dream treat. Actually, it has been a dream treat since around 1977! That was when I passed a store in my town and saw a red dress in every window on the corner-lot store. About 15-20 red dresses; sun dresses, casual dresses, long ones, short ... Sun, 22 May 2011 00:08:30 EST My treat list http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x41958696 Whenever I see something that I'd like but is a bit too expensive or takes too much time or is too many calories, I add it to my treat list. Then I make a list of goals (big and small) that I continually add to. Whenever I reach one, I allow myself one thing from the list. The last goal I reached was obtaining my Master's degree. I rewarded myself to a dinner out with my family at a local restaurant I wanted to try. The next thing on my list is a set of Wen hair care products. Sat, 21 May 2011 15:05:06 EST new member of team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x41955665 Just found this team in Sparks. Sounds very interesting and I hope motivating. I am a Jerseyite of 62 age and looking for goals, ideas and ofcourse treats to help me continue my weight lifestyle change. <BR> I deserve a treat and usually take one because I DESERVE it. Let's keep each other moving toward our goals of a healthy lifestyle. Sat, 21 May 2011 11:22:42 EST HERE IS WEEK 8 OF YOUR WALKING WORK OUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41953268 MONDAY--- REST <BR> <BR> TUESDAY ---WALK AT A BRISK PACE FOR 30 TO 40 MINUTES <BR> <BR> WENSDAY--REST OR CROSS TRAIN <BR> <BR> THURSDAY--WALK AT A BRISK PACE FOR 15 MINUTES OR CROSS TRAIN <BR> <BR> FRIDAY--REST <BR> <BR> SATURDAY-- REST OR CROSS TRAIN <BR> <BR> SUNDAY- PAT YOUR SELF ON YOUR BACK YOU CAN NOW RACE IN A WALKING 5 K RACE. <BR> Sat, 21 May 2011 08:40:19 EST Reward yourself by giving yourself away http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x41927855 I wanted to let folks know about a reward I gave myself, which has given so much back to me. When I reached 25lbs down I decided to reward myself by finding a way to get involved with horses again. I chose to do this by volunteering at a riding stables where they serve disadvantaged kids, and they need volunteers to help clean the stables, do office paperwork, and help out with lessons and lead the kids around on horses during special events. This is the best idea I ever had! I not only get t... Thu, 19 May 2011 19:34:09 EST I deserve a treat because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41927739 After 42 years my weight is going DOWN for the first time ever! And even though I have made great progress, I have a long haul ahead of me to reach my goal! Thu, 19 May 2011 19:26:05 EST I deserve a Treat Because.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41927230 I worked my butt off (literally) to lose the 160 pounds I've lost and stayed true to myself through it all, and I always do the best I can. Thu, 19 May 2011 18:47:56 EST A non-food reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x41921434 I've always rewarded myself with food--mainly dessert. I'm working on my masters degree right now and am very stressed out. I typically (over)eat when I am stressed, and I just haven't been feeling my best lately. So, I joined SP, have been tracking my food, am making a concerted effort to eat better--buy fresh, take my lunches, just say 'no' to the snack machine, etc-- and now only keep fat free pudding in my apartment. <BR> <BR> My reward for eating better and finishing my proposal fo... Thu, 19 May 2011 12:54:38 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41919212 I just graduated college and all that time I used to spend studying I'm now learning to play the piano and to cook. Between the two, learning to cook is harder for me. My goal is to be able to wear shorts this summer without fear or embarrassment. I usually only wear pants and sometimes skirts but only with tights. I am trying to learn to cook to be healthier and slimmer. However, being a good cook and making something that I truly enjoy versus eating it because its healthy is something new t... Thu, 19 May 2011 11:01:11 EST Reward me! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41904164 I deserve a treat, because I met my first and second goals, here on SP. :) YAY! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Not only am I losing weight, but my husband and I are getting out of debt! We just put $1000 in an emergency fund, and we are about to knock out my student loan. <BR> <BR> A $1000 shopping spree would be just the thing to help us push our debt-snowball even farther! <BR> <BR> I already have a rewards system set up, and my next reward is a makeup order from E.L.F. However, the ultimate ... Wed, 18 May 2011 16:22:29 EST What a treat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41903512 Sure, I deserve a treat - I went to my exercise class and 'left it all there"! And I had to push myself to go this morning.... <em>43</em> Wed, 18 May 2011 15:45:22 EST I deserve a treat because..this is hard work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41901600 In all actuality this is why everyone on this site deserves a treat...because we have signed up to do some hard work at being AND staying healthy! As a yo yo dieter, I am hoping that this is my last stand to keep the weight off this time and stay active as a lifestyle that is a part of who I am not a passing fad. <BR> <BR> Previously I lost weight because I was graduating, I was going to be in a wedding and these were events that I wanted to look different for. I also wanted to be healthier... Wed, 18 May 2011 13:59:20 EST I Deserve a Treat Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x41899579 Not only am I creating new healthy habits for myself, but I am being a healthy role model for my children and teaching them it is important and cool to be fit and healthy. I will ultimately live a happier lifestyle for myself and for them with these positive changes, and THAT is the BEST treat of ALL! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 18 May 2011 12:22:36 EST I deserve a treat because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41898752 i deserve a treat because i have finally decided i simply must get serious about losing weight or i will be miserable for years to come. i have finally accepted that my weight and body image have that direct effect not only on my health but on my emotional well being as well. it is time for change that will be permanent. Wed, 18 May 2011 11:45:24 EST I Deserve a Treat Because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41898490 I deserve a treat because I have final decided to stop making excuses and start getting serious about losing this weight. I am tired of being overweight and feeling awful. So when I start losing it and get to my goal weight I want to buy me some nice new clothes that fit, instead of having big clothes. Use to wear dresses and dress up really nice not anymore, time to do it again. <em>15</em> This is what I feel like. Wed, 18 May 2011 11:32:51 EST My treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x41897869 When I hit a milestone, such as working out a certain amount of days in a row, or doing well on my diet, or losing a certain amount of weight I try and find healthy ways to reward myself. <BR> <BR> One of my treats are to set aside time no matter how busy I am to do something for me. <BR> - I'm and english major so I like to write and read so I set aside an hour to do that uninterrupted. <BR> - I give myself 1 hour of uninterrupted snuggle & play time with my 6 month old son. <BR> - If I dro... Wed, 18 May 2011 11:02:10 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41897321 I deserve a treat today because I have not had a sinbgle soda in 2 MONTHS!!! I am also getting 8-12 glasses of water each day. Wed, 18 May 2011 10:38:09 EST treat for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41897154 I deserve a treat becuase I have committed myself to a healthier lifestyle and I come to SparkPeople everyday to help me stay focused. <BR> Wed, 18 May 2011 10:32:14 EST HERE IS MY BROCCOLI AND PARMESAN EGG SCRAMBLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41894666 NEEDED <BR> 2 EGGS <BR> COOKING SPRAY <BR> ¾ CUP CHOPPED BROCCOLI FLORETS <BR> 1 ½ TABLESPOON GRATED PARMASAN CHEESE <BR> 1 SLICE WHOLE WHEAT TOAST <BR> <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> WHISK TOGETHER THE EGGS SET ASIDE. COAT A FRYING PAN WITH NON STICK COOKING SPRAY AND SUATE’ THE CHOPPED BROCCOLI FLORETS FOR 2 MINUTES; ADD EGGS AND SCRAMBLE. ONCE EGGS ARE COOKED, SPRINKLE WITH THE PARMASAN CHEESE. SERVE WITH THE TOAST. <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 May 2011 08:47:26 EST I Deserve a Treat Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41893459 Simply because I haven't had one in soooo long! In my freezer is a President's Choice Red Velvet Cheese Cake with my name one it. Literally. I put a note on it saying do not touch without Mommy's permission! Once I reach my goal weight (2 more pounds to go!) I will crack open that cheese cake and have a smallish piece and of course, share it with my family. Wed, 18 May 2011 07:38:27 EST I deserve a treat because.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41890600 Well, everyone deserves a treat from time to time. I am feeling quite worthy of a treat these days though. This is the first time I have stuck with a diet/fitness plan and seen results, even better I feel like I am creating a healthy lifestyle for not only myself, but my family as well. There is plenty of resistance from the hubby and kids, but I kept pushing forward and we are all benefiting from it. Everyone is feeling like they have more energy, attitudes and moods are improving, and motiv... Tue, 17 May 2011 23:55:45 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41889610 I not only reached my goal weight, I surpassed it without even trying to! (In fact, I'm not sure how to make the weight loss stop without going back to old eating patterns.) I give myself Spark goodies when I reach 100% of my daily goals: diet, water, and exercise. I was doing really well with that until I got sick for about 4 months. I need to get back to that. Tue, 17 May 2011 23:04:20 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41888547 For over two months I haven't quit exercising even though the scale hasn't moved! I am understanding that fitness feels better than looking for a certain number on the scale. Unhealthy eating habits have led to several years of yo-yo dieting and I am DONE! Fitness and better food choices are becoming part of my lifestyle and because I no longer feel validated by that number on the scale...I can continue my journey to a better me! Tue, 17 May 2011 22:12:44 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41884734 I have a full time demanding job, to go to the next full time demanding job of being a father of 3 young children, attending school for a Master's in Engineer, and still finding time to workout at least 45 min/ day/ 4-5 times a week. <BR> <BR> Already am seeing quite an increase in exercise and lifting performance. I've vowed not to step onto the scale until the end of the month. <BR> <BR> The simple way I reward myself is by entering my activity and nutrition on SparkPeople for the day. ... Tue, 17 May 2011 18:22:39 EST treat for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41879467 I have been getting up at 5:30 AM for almost 2 months now for a spinning class. Hate getting up early, but love how I feel after the class! Tue, 17 May 2011 13:23:29 EST 6 daily shows http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41878941 I teach 120% percent contract to make up for my husband's job loss. This is a six daily show routine in science. I love teaching but really need to update my wardrobe. There has just not been money in our budget to do that. My students are lovely but Im sure that they would love to see me next year in some newer clothing. Especially since they have to look at me for 55 minutes a day. With that I would love to have my hair done more stylishly. <BR> Add to this that I have lost 25 pounds now t... Tue, 17 May 2011 12:55:54 EST I plan to treat myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x41878785 I currently teach and through some hard financial times have had to cut back on the little things that would make my wardrobe look better. Plus having found spark people at the beginning of the year I have already dropped 25 pds and ran my first 5k. So I would like to be able to stay consistent and treat myself to some clothes to show off the new me to the students at the beginning of the school year. <BR> Since I love cooking I would like to work on sprucing up my kitchen with some new pain... Tue, 17 May 2011 12:48:56 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41876427 I deserve a treat because I'm an optimist trying to keep my chin up during a challenging time in my life. I'm a New Year's resolutioner who joined Spark in preparation for 2011 - since then I have lost 30.8 pounds, competed in my first 5k, and been named a Spark Motivator. Within the past week, my world has been turned upside down: unexpected legal trouble and debt, a baby niece who had open heart surgery, I put notice in at my job - and then I found out that I'm expecting. Trying to face the... Tue, 17 May 2011 10:53:31 EST I DESERVE A TREAT .......... .......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41875555 I've never posted on spark before but thought what a treat $1000 would be!! I've been working hard for almost 3 years now. I'm down almost 50 lbs. Things are a lot slower than I was hoping for but I haven't given up hope that those last 30lbs will go. I deserve a treat for sticking to it and not giving up it hasn't been easy!! One of my treats was to go shopping for a new outfit for my daughters graduation. It was fun to have choices of things that actually fit and looked good. I recei... Tue, 17 May 2011 10:19:17 EST I deserve a treat because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41873459 My husband always says " you have to have something to look forward to". This advice fits so many aspects of our lives but I really think it's important when your really working hard to attain a goal. Life is busy.... for everyone. That makes goals like working out on a regular basis, taking the time to cook and eat nutritious meals, getting enough sleep, etc. even tougher. When you start it's almost like another job. Having something to look forward to is like the carrot (no not chocolate ca... Tue, 17 May 2011 08:50:19 EST REWARDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41873325 My husband always says " you have to have something to look forward to". This advice fits so many aspects of our lives but I really think it's important when your really working hard to attain a goal. Life is busy.... for everyone. That makes goals like working out on a regular basis, taking the time to cook and eat nutritious meals, getting enough sleep, etc. even tougher. When you start it's almost like another job. Having something to look forward to is like the carrot (no not chocola... Tue, 17 May 2011 08:43:44 EST How I Plan To Treat Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x41871760 I plan to treat myself in many ways. I have been swaying off and on while just starting using sparkpeople's website. I love it! So much help from others and enthusiasm. Before leaving for our trip to the Oregon coast (here right now sitting in the hotel room) I treated myself to a new cd. I bargain shopped. I had $10 store credit and got the deluxe version of the compact disc so paid a little more out of pocket. I told myself if I did well when I am on the trip by actually walking the beaches... Tue, 17 May 2011 07:06:20 EST I deserve a treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x41871271 Hello everyone, seems like there are lots of people who deserve a treat. I am currently training for a local 5K. I have walked now for a number of years, I try to walk a 5 mile loop but this running is so different. I deserve a treat just for trying <em>334</em> Tue, 17 May 2011 06:16:01 EST happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41870414 Because im actually pleased with myself ! thats it . Tue, 17 May 2011 03:08:27 EST My crazy busy life... I deserve a treat.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41869261 I deserve a treat because everyday I go out of my way to meet the expectations, goals, and wants of others and myself as well. I make time to push myself in the gym, I am reliably constantly showing up wherever people need me to be whenever, rearranging my schedule to make it possible for everything to happen. I produce quality work in school, my internship, and at work. I can say I accomplish a lot in a day and exhaust myself doing so working between 30-40 hours a week between 2 jobs, plus t... Mon, 16 May 2011 23:53:41 EST I Deserve a Treat Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41868862 Because I'm worth it and I care about myself and my health :) Everyone deserves to indulge once in a while, especially after working hard to complete a goal! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 16 May 2011 23:32:21 EST ideas for how to treat myself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x41868551 For the first half of my weight loss, I was bad about treating myself. When I decided I needed to reward the small goals, I got a new pair of earrings for the first 5 lbs, and new nailpolish for the next 5 lbs. Then...I was away from home for a bit and didn't get a reward for the next 5 lbs. <BR> <BR> So, once I reach a total of 20 lbs, I am going to get a massage! And, some much needed new clothing!!! Mon, 16 May 2011 23:13:43 EST I deserve a Treat Because.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41868035 I deserve a Treat because.. well, I don't like to say I deserve it. I't always nice to recieve a treat, whether it's because I've helped someone or I've really taken care of myself and worked hard at accomplishing one of my goals. Mon, 16 May 2011 22:46:06 EST My fitness goals have inspired my wife http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41867414 I deserve a treat (that I would actually give to my wife) because my pursuit of my better body has finally inspired my wife to get off her duff and start working towards her better body. Fitness is always more fun, and easier, when you have someone supporting you, encouraging you, competing against you (we're both very competitive people!) and eating healthy with you. <BR> <BR> Like I mentioned earlier, I'd treat myself with a happy wife by letting her go shopping for the new clothes she'll ... Mon, 16 May 2011 22:17:33 EST Social Workers Aren't Known for Self-Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41866945 I deserve a treat for three reasons: <BR> 1) Everyone does! <BR> 2) I do not currently have any daily indulgences. My coworkers all have that little treat that adds up financially: smoking, chewing gum (this friend budgets $90/month for it--multi-pack/day habit!), drinking coffee, manicures, facials, etc. I don't have a regular indulgence. <BR> 3) I'm a social worker and need to spend more time on myself. I spend my day caring for others and have tried to make a 30 minute commitment to myse... Mon, 16 May 2011 21:54:22 EST I deserve a treat because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41866929 I reach one of my mini-goals or a larger goal, weight loss-related or not! Mon, 16 May 2011 21:53:38 EST New to team from Coralville, Iowa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x41866572 After a week of workouts one of my favorite treats is a Skinny Cow truffle treat! After a week if workouts that's what I deserve! Mon, 16 May 2011 21:38:19 EST I reach a Great Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41866360 3 years ago I took a Semi-retirement because my health was so bad I couldn't keep up with a full time job. I had been off work for 3 months because I couldn''t walk around my house without getting short of breath and having my heart race. I was badly out of shape, required daily vicodin at leat 3 times a day for my osteoarthritis pain, my asthma (life long) was worse and I was very over weight. This year I was better, but my Doctor told me that unless I lost weight and exercised more I wou... Mon, 16 May 2011 21:29:22 EST I deserve a treat because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41866012 I had lost a huge amount about 5 years ago and I was feeling great! Over the last 2 years I had 3 major surgeries, was diagnosed with GERD and Hpylori. Today even now I have 2 acl tears that I am dealing with while still trying to work out daily. <BR> All that recovery time made my scale start creeping up and I got scared!! <BR> I also felt down and unattractive as I had gotten used to a new me! <BR> But I am getting back on track and am slowly feeling more attractive again. <BR> I worked wi... Mon, 16 May 2011 21:15:01 EST love life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41865662 I love life and I am doing my best to prolong mine. Mon, 16 May 2011 20:59:33 EST Little treats and big treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x41864312 As I work towards my goal of getting healthier, I treat myself along the way with little things, like a new article of clothing or a healthy treat, like a low-cal snack or beverage. But there are big treats on my list that I use for significant goals, they include ziplining (check!), massage, a new tattoo and in the end, a vacation to somewhere I can lounge by the pool in a swimsuit! Mon, 16 May 2011 19:44:49 EST Newbie from Kentucky http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x41863617 I joined SP last week, and I've been working hard. I know this is a lifestyle change and that its going to take a lot of work, but I know with friends to help me along it is completely possible. Mon, 16 May 2011 19:04:33 EST I Deserve a Treat Because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41863300 I have quit a 25year addition to Diet Pepsi in the last month Mon, 16 May 2011 18:47:28 EST Caring for an elderly parent http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41863007 I deserve a treat because I'm leaving town taking time off work to care for my mother, who is on hospice care. I do not want to treat myself with food or candy, so I am going to enjoy the beach, some good runs, and maybe some time with old friends between caregivers. It's a sad time... Mon, 16 May 2011 18:32:49 EST I Deserve a Treat Because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41862184 I joined SparkPeople on April 1 and am sticking to my goals to track every meal and every snack. I have increased my exercise and added strength conditioning. And I am blogging every morning as a way of keeping my focus on my goals planning my day. And yes, I am getting results. I have lost weight, I have more energy and I think I look a bit more toned too. Mon, 16 May 2011 17:37:57 EST I plan to treat myself.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x41861609 with new earrings after 5 lbs, new workout clothes after 10, a new swimsuit after 15. If I reach my goal of losing 20 lbs, I'll treat myself to an updated wardrobe!!!! Mon, 16 May 2011 17:06:48 EST I deserve a treat... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41861337 because I am deliberately changing the way I do things -- the way I eat, the way I use the stairs instead of the elevator, the way I park in the far lot, not close to my work door, the way I am getting outdoors on weekends to work in the yard and to walk the dogs. Here is the treat I will give myself -- I will stay in my jammies one full day on a weekend to reward myself for the hard work I do in my job and on my health and wellness. I will still eat healthily, but I will catch up on my rest,... Mon, 16 May 2011 16:52:41 EST I Deserve a Treat Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41861190 I'm fully embracing my new lifestyle. I'm not a yo-yo dieter, I decided that I was tired of being heavy, I'm tired of knowing what to do but not knowing how to do it and I found Spark. I quit Diet Coke in the beginning of 2011 because when I drank less of it, I wasn't as hungry, that was my first answer to how to do it...and I lost a little weight. I knew exercise was a key (my second how) and I had an elliptical machine that I pathetically made 11 minutes on before I was exhausted - that ... Mon, 16 May 2011 16:45:15 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41861096 I caught the Spark a year ago and have been slowly losing weight and getting healthier! Mon, 16 May 2011 16:41:17 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41859795 I have finally committed to changing my lifestyle rather than be on a diet. I need to prepare myself to a family in the future. After my first week of commitment I have lost 8.5 lbs! Mon, 16 May 2011 15:30:20 EST Treats!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41859689 Skinny cow...yummy! ha ha....I deserve a treat because I won't give up. I may cry, I may hurt, but I will not just roll over and give up! Mon, 16 May 2011 15:24:43 EST I Deserve a Treat Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41858920 I've lost 86 pounds and after more than 50 years of being obese, I've learned -- to a large extent due to SparkPeople -- how to eat and move to live at the weight I've wanted to be since I was a teenager! I wake up every morning amazed to see me in the mirror. <BR> <BR> While I was losing, I found that treats really helped me reward myself and stay motivated. Sometimes it was a bubble bath, a manicure, a massage, some new make up, or a new smaller outfit. Other times, yummy foods in sensibl... Mon, 16 May 2011 14:46:51 EST I deserve a treat... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x41858899 b/c I am running 3 days a week and have lost 12lbs since March. Mon, 16 May 2011 14:46:09 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41858789 I deserve a treat because I have lost 3.9 pounds this week!!!! Making healthy choices isn't as hard as I thought it would be and I love SparkPeople!!! What a fabulous website!!! I've been on this journey since March 1, 2011 and have lost 23 pounds total (39 since June of 2009). Tracking food, etc. has really helped me a lot and I couldn't find another site that would allow me to do it for free!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>334</em> Mon, 16 May 2011 14:40:25 EST I deserve a treat because.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41858735 I deserve a treat because I am currently the sole breadwinner for our family. My husband has been down and out for 6 months due to back issues that have pretty much made it impossible for him to continue as an Union Carpenter. <BR> <BR> Despite being the only one working, keeping house, doing laundry, yard work....etc...I have started a healthier lifestyle during all this stress. I am eating better, I am actually drinking water and not just coffee all day, and I am working out. I have onl... Mon, 16 May 2011 14:37:34 EST I deservce a treat because.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41857940 <BR> I deserve a treat because I AM WORTH IT!!! All my life I have always put others before me. As a mother of 3 very active boys and an active husband I'm always doing stuff for them, going to their events but it's never about it. A couple months ago I started playing volleyball with a group and I love it. It's my out. I wish I got more of those, so would love, love, love to be able to be pampered and have an all about ME day <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 16 May 2011 14:03:37 EST i deserve a treat today because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41857721 I am working sooo hard. I am tracking my goals and sticking to my diet. Mon, 16 May 2011 13:53:33 EST treating myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41857128 treating myself has become a great way to motivate myself. this helps me to enjoy food more, which actually works to help me eat better in the long run. every saturday, i hit up a gourmet ice cream shop in my town (Jeni's ice cream in columbus, ohio; if you live there, i highly recommend it) and have 2 half scoops of ice cream (no cone). throughout the week, i look forward to my jeni's trip, which helps me say no to other sweets my roommates have lying around the house. if having ice cream on... Mon, 16 May 2011 13:26:58 EST I have small treats and larger treats ~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41857092 I love to "save" something for a treat after a hard workout. Whether it is taking a long hot bath and then settling in to read the evening newspaper with a cup of orange-cinnamon hot tea, or a half of a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich or my serving of raw almonds and dried cherries. A "long-term" treat may be going shopping for new workout gear for a new class that I have signed up for. Currently taking kettlebell classes at our local Y and really liking the great workout. Yes, I am sore af... Mon, 16 May 2011 13:25:13 EST I plan to treat myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x41856775 I plan to work hard this week..stick to my diet and workout for a minimum of 45 minutes on Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sat...and on Sunday my daughter and I are going to a Gold Canyon / 31 Party where they will be doing "Rock Star" toes! I am so excited to treat the both of us to something fun!! :) Mon, 16 May 2011 13:10:24 EST I deserve a treat today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x41856698 because I have tried so many times over the years to lose weight and keep it off. I have lost so much weight over the years, but now it is hard to loss it. So, I have to use a different plan and I plan to stay with SparkPeople. It is my daily treat! Mon, 16 May 2011 13:07:08 EST Newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x41856653 Hello everyone! I'm new to the team and looking forward to working hard and getting to know some of you! Mon, 16 May 2011 13:05:24 EST I Deserve a Treat Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41856519 ...changing my lifestyle is hard work! By giving myself something fun to work towards each week (like some luxurious lotion, bubble bath, or a new shirt!) I motivate myself to stick with my healthy goals! Before I know it I'll be at my goal weight and it won't have felt like torture to get there! Mon, 16 May 2011 12:58:40 EST What An Awesome Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x41856466 I recently decided I should start rewarding myself for sticking to my eating and exercising pan. I think this will help motivate me to stay with it! Otherwise I feel like I am depriving myself for nothing! Now, if I treat myself to something small each week (like this Friday will be a cute $8 T-shirt I found at the mall) I'll be motivated to stick with my plan and earn my treat! (^_^) I'm so glad I found this team! Mon, 16 May 2011 12:55:58 EST Reward myself? YOU BETTCHA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41856197 I have been on a mission for Permanent Weight Release for over a year. I've consistently tracked calories in and out and for that alone I shout hurrah! I've released 42 pounds so far and am on the last five towards my goal. For further incentive in reaching this goal, I plan to reward myself by spending a day at the aquarium, peacefully watching the fish with a followup walk on the beach. I will be wearing a beautiful silky blouse, holding my husband's hand, and smiling a lot because we both ... Mon, 16 May 2011 12:41:14 EST I Deserve a Treat Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41856174 I'm working hard everyday to break years of bad habits and learning to live a healthly life! Mon, 16 May 2011 12:40:23 EST I Deserve a Treat Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41856141 What a great coincidence! I decided today that I would start rewarding myself for the days that I track what I eat. I know this is how I am going to lose weight, and thought if I rewarded myself I would feel more motivated. <BR> <BR> If I track every day for 14 days I will let myself get a new outfit! Mon, 16 May 2011 12:38:33 EST I Deserve a Treat Because...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41855862 I keep plugging away day after day to change myself for the better. To eat healthier, be stronger and more active and take good care of my amazing body and mind. There are MANY temptations in daily life to eat badly or not take the time to workout. These temptations do derail me from time to time, but I will never give up and throw in the towel. I want to be the best me that I can be! <BR> <BR> When I reach my first "stepping stone" goal, I am going to treat myself to a really good haircut ... Mon, 16 May 2011 12:26:34 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41855727 Since Sparking I have lost 35 lbs and gone from rehabbing a broken ankle to running a half marathon in less than one year! Woohoo! Mon, 16 May 2011 12:20:18 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41855682 I have updated my weight loss plan and goals now that I am trying to lose my last ten pounds. When I have lost 5 pounds, I will reward myself with a new outfit! <BR> <BR> <em>205</em> Mon, 16 May 2011 12:18:00 EST I deserve a treat because.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41855589 I have been getting up and doing the Zumba class every Saturday for 2 months now. This past Saturday was Fiesta Zumba and I danced for 1 1/2 hours! Go ME! Mon, 16 May 2011 12:13:27 EST I Deserve a Treat Because.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41855578 Because I consistently plan my meals and exercise. I have been on this journey to great health for over 16 months! In that time I've lost 48 lbs and have lost over 40 inches off my body. I never miss a workout session and if you looked at my calendar on my desk, you would see my workouts written on it - not just my time with my trainer, but my "at home" workouts. I bring a huge sack of food to work everyday fill with fruits, lean turkey, string cheese, yogurt, salad and soup every day. I... Mon, 16 May 2011 12:12:58 EST I Deserve a Treat Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41855412 I have learned so much through SparkPeople, and have gained a much better positive outlook on things. I've learned that when I'm feeling down that I CAN get back up. If I find myself feeling negative, I am able to brush it off and think of something positive. Sometimes mind over body really works. <BR> <BR> When I'm feeling positive in one area of my life, it's amazing how other areas of my life seem positive too. Negativity only brings on more negativity. Who needs it? <BR> <BR> I stro... Mon, 16 May 2011 12:06:03 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41855184 Years ago I struggled with addiction and just celebrated 3 years of recovery. However, I have learned that anything I do (including food, sports, work, relationships, etc.) can quickly become an addiction for me, so moderation, focus and goal setting is very important in my life today. When I quit drinking I gained weight. I was also in a car accident and later broke my elbow in another incident and am FINALLY back on track to losing weight! <BR> <BR> I have never had to be on a diet before ... Mon, 16 May 2011 11:56:30 EST A hard one to swallow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x41855136 Hi, I'm new to this team and I deserve a treat because I am learning how to feed and hydrate myself better than ever. At 51, as my Mom says, "The chickens have started coming home to roost." This means that all the good and bad choices I have made throughout my life are coming back to haunt and/or reward me. <BR> Drinking water, unfortunately, has never been a habit of mine, in spite of everything I know about how good it is for me. It wasn't until I started drinking AT LEAST 8 glasses of wat... Mon, 16 May 2011 11:54:58 EST How I treat myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x41855010 I set up specific goals with treats like a pedicure, a new book on my kindle, or if its a BIG GOAL new smaller jeans!!! Mon, 16 May 2011 11:50:45 EST I Deserve A Treat Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41854928 ... I am actually following through on my goal to track my nutrition after every meal! Plus I'm on a fitness streak. Slowly and surely I'll be seeing those results, but I already FEEL so much better. And that is a treat in and of itself. :) Mon, 16 May 2011 11:48:20 EST Not giving in to negative thinking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41854888 I read something on SP.com the other day that stopped me in my tracks, "Lack of motivation may be a result of secretly wanting to think and feel negatively about yourself." I don't know why because it seems crazy but this is me. As much as I want to improve my health and physique, I repeatedly sabotage my own efforts because I am afraid to succeed, held hostage by my own low self-esteem. <BR> <BR> Giving myself a reward for sticking to my goals is one way to turn my negative thinking int... Mon, 16 May 2011 11:46:34 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41854570 I deserve a treat because I broke through and achieved a new lowest weight this week! I have lost 27 pounds since joining Sparkpeople. My next treat is to buy new work out clothes when I hit 185 pounds. I am hoping to do this in the next week or two - 2 pounds to go!! Mon, 16 May 2011 11:34:35 EST How do you plan to treat yourself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x41854514 When I reach my goals, both weight and school, I plan to get a little more sleep! I also plan to have more stress-free days where I can spend real quality time with my baby girl without thinking about the million other things I need to get done. Mon, 16 May 2011 11:32:32 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41854337 I survived a wedding reception (of overeating) and am back at the gym. I've kept a stable weight (- 50 pounds from 1 year ago) for over 2 months now! Mon, 16 May 2011 11:25:37 EST This is a great concept for a group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41854279 I love the concept behind this group! It's not often that we (or I) stop and celebrate our (my) successes. Sometimes a treat feels like a lapse in discipline though, and I have to learn to feel the difference. Mon, 16 May 2011 11:23:44 EST I plan to treat myself to: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41854233 a new dress for my son's wedding if I lose 10 lbs by the first of August! Mon, 16 May 2011 11:22:03 EST I Deserve a Treat Because . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41854184 I am moving towards a healthier mind, body, and spirit. I plan to treat myself by getting a massages and manicures when I meet my goals. Mon, 16 May 2011 11:20:24 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41854000 By 18 i have tried several times to lose weight and have fallen off. Two different times i fell off due to the death of a grandparent. With being in college and working anywhere from 20-40 hours it is a challenge but this time i have expect to complete it. i feel on sparkpeople i have found the way to stay motivated. With the 1000$ I would update my wardrobe with my love of fashion. I would also donate my old clothes because let's face it that could be a lot of new clothes. Someone else coul... Mon, 16 May 2011 11:13:27 EST I've earned it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41853930 I deserve a treat because I've earned it! As part of my weight loss and better living plan, i am also replacing negative self talk with positive affirmations. I treat myself with a fun crafting project, visit to a new park, a new workout top, or something like that because i deserve to enjoy myself for working hard to improve my life! Mon, 16 May 2011 11:10:40 EST My treat will be http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41853772 My treat to keep motivated is the new workout clothes as I lose weight. I also eat healthy, but treat myself to a dessert once in a while. Mon, 16 May 2011 11:05:12 EST New to Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x41853647 I'm new to this team, my goals is to lost 30lbs before the end of the year. I hope everyone will keep me motivated. i'm happy to be here with people of divine goal and accomplishments Mon, 16 May 2011 11:00:01 EST I Deserve a Treat Because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41853577 Hi, my name is Misty and I am slowly getting to my goal. I am a PCA (personal care assistant) and I also take care of my aunt who is disabled, so sometimes it's hard to put my goals first. Even when I have a bad day I just start over the next day and don't let it get me down. I have started setting goals for myself and when I reach them I reward myself with a treat. I love going to the spa but it can get expensive. So every week I put $20 back and then when I reach my goal I treat myself... Mon, 16 May 2011 10:57:04 EST I deserve a treat because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41853317 I am really encouraged with my progress in my mindset. I can look at options are start tot make better choices or acknowlege the less good ones. Mon, 16 May 2011 10:45:41 EST I will treat myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41853057 Learning to reward myself without food is a huge step for me. I've learned to put aside $2-3 for every pound I lose. When I've lost 5 lbs, then I use the money to buy something fun--a new lipstick or nail polish, or a dress or coat from the resale store. It's a way to celebrate being a little more beautiful as I become healthier. Mon, 16 May 2011 10:34:36 EST I Deserve a Treat Because.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41852927 I havent given up!! <em>104</em> Mon, 16 May 2011 10:28:40 EST I Deserve a Treat Because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41852723 it will keep me going. 15 pounds over weight doctor says I should be. Have gone up and down 5 pounds but can't seem to reach the goal. Would chuck it all in but actually feel great at current weight with all I"m doing. Treats help keep me motivated to keep exercising, improving my eating habits and tracking. Try to rarely use food as a treat. My treats include taking a nap, pedicure, books, facial...anything not involving food! Mon, 16 May 2011 10:20:46 EST I Deserve a Treat Because I Stopped My Weight Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x41852565 I deserve a treat because I stopped my weight gain before I gained back the pounds I previously lost. I have a common habit of slowly gaining the weight back after I lose it. I think it is because I do not have something to strive for - a big motivator this time was my friends coming to town for a concert. My new goal is to keep a motivator - swim suit season, fall travel, holidays, whatever - to stay on track. I also write down my weight each day. This is a motivator for me by itself. ... Mon, 16 May 2011 10:14:21 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41852399 I've lost over 100 pounds since last summer and am on the path to improving my life exponentially. Mon, 16 May 2011 10:07:35 EST I deserve a treat because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41852311 I'm working hard to be consistently good to by body by eating healthy and exercising almost every day. It is sometimes hard to ignore all the fattening tasty foods that surround us and since I can't have treats that are food orientated I should have one that included shopping! <BR> Mon, 16 May 2011 10:03:53 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41852286 My life doesn't include deprivation. I choose to have a healthy lifestyle not a diet. Treats like skinny cow are petfect because I can have 1 filling serving and enjoy desert knowing I am staying on track. Mon, 16 May 2011 10:02:48 EST I deserve a treat because . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41852215 I deserve a treat because this is the first time in a long time that I am doing something for me and sticking to it. I am always giving so much to others in my life by taking care of the kids, my husband and other family and I very rarely just take a little time to do something for myself. My workout time is a chance for me to give back to me. I reward myself for the little goals by taking a little time to mysekf to watch my favorite movie or read a new book, things that I rarely have time... Mon, 16 May 2011 10:00:05 EST I deserve a treat because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41852204 I deserve a treat because I am working hard on my getting healthier journey.I am now down 20 pounds and one fourth of the way to my goal.I do cardio at least 5 times a week and strength training twice a week.I am a 60 year old grandmother and very proud of how well I am doing on my journey! Mon, 16 May 2011 09:59:42 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41852008 I finally believe that I deserve a treat. For the last couple of years, I have made myself believe that I had to be supermom, superwife, superdaughter, superemployee, superstudent, superfriend,superhousekeeper...you get the idea. I have been overscheduled, overtired and overwhelmed. When I joined this site, I made a commitment to myself to just be the best me I can be. I am in the process of setting my short and long term goals, but it is a huge thing for me just to agree that I deserve a... Mon, 16 May 2011 09:51:26 EST I deserve a treat because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41851921 I'm working hard to be consistently good to by body by eating healthy and exercising almost every day. It is sometimes hard to ignore all the fattening tasty foods that surround us and since I can't have treats that are food orientated I should have one that included shopping! Mon, 16 May 2011 09:47:26 EST New To Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x41851850 Hi everyone I am new to the team.I truly beleive that I deserve a treat and should treat myself every time I reach a milestone in my getting healthy journey.I started on this journey January 1st and am now down 20 pounds.I am a fourth of the way to my goal.For Mother's Day I received a European charm bracelet.My plan is to buy a glass bead for my charm bracelet for every 10 pounds I have lost.Need to catch up and buy 2 beads now.I want everything on my charm bracelet to have a special meaning... Mon, 16 May 2011 09:44:00 EST I don't DESERVE a treat, I choose to have one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41851838 I realize that being miss Grumpy Pants is not going to win me the prize, but I'm a little taken aback by the title "I Deserve a Treat Because". I don't know that I do deserve a treat. <BR> <BR> As a matter of fact, I don't think I DESERVE anything. I'm the one who messed up her body in the first place. I lost and regained weight once before and falling into the mindset that I deserved anything is partly why I got fat and out of shape again. When I get started eating crummy stuff I start... Mon, 16 May 2011 09:43:18 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41851772 Maybe not a "treat" in the sense of a sugary snack but something more useful like new workout clothes. Mine are finally starting to get too big on me and as I become more active in this process and begin trying new activities. New clothes are a great way to keep motivated. And maybe a piece of chocolate. Mon, 16 May 2011 09:40:23 EST I Deservev a Treat Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41851528 I've lost 145 pounds and kept it off for over a year! Mon, 16 May 2011 09:30:12 EST I Deserve a Treat Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41851436 I deserve a treat because I'm succeeding. I'm putting my health and fitness knowledge to work for me. I deserve a treat because I'm no longer a spectator, I'm the athlete! <BR> <BR> Most of the treats I've come up with involve spending money as I lose weight. New clothes, new workout clothes and shoes, haircut, spa treatment, heart rate monitor, bike, Caribbean cruise, photo shoot. Mon, 16 May 2011 09:26:42 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41851275 I am working REALLY hard to finally take care of myself. Fuel myself in a healthy, but enjoyable way, working out, and treating myself kindly. I will reward myself with a nice long relaxing day at the spa. Mon, 16 May 2011 09:20:39 EST I Treat Myself to.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41851274 I treat myself to mostly non food items during the week like an hour of me time! But on the weekends I make a Skinny Cow Sundae - I use a mint skinny cow in a bowl, add sliced fruit and whipped cream! I REALLY look forward to the weekends and my treat! Mon, 16 May 2011 09:20:30 EST xraylady65 deserves a treat because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41851102 I havelost 90 pounds and have kept it off.... my treat is to get biweekly manicures... when I lose my 10 pounds I plan to treat my self with a goal ring.,... 2 stones of my choice with one side engraved with my old weight and the other side with my new weight.. I can only wear it if I am within 5 pounds of my goal weight,,, Mon, 16 May 2011 09:12:42 EST I Deserve a Treat Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41851043 I gained 60 lbs while battling with 3 year struggle with depression. Looking back is still hard. I was a newlywed, but so unhappy. I hated myself, which made it SO hard for him to make me believe I was beautiful, smart, funny. I couldn't look a single person in the eye. I'd stare at the ground, I knew I was inadequate, and I "KNEW" they thought that I was worthless. I was too embarrassed to talk about my feelings to anyone, so i hid it. I completely stopped talking to my friends, I stopped re... Mon, 16 May 2011 09:10:25 EST this requires hard work and dedication! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41850911 I have committed to living a healthier lifestyle. Doc says I need to lose at least 50 lbs to address some serious health concerns I am facing. No better way to do it than by following the Spark plan, getting support here on the forums, and tracking everything from calories to exercise to moods! And a yummy skinny cow ice cream sandwich once a week as my snack fits my plan perfectly! Mon, 16 May 2011 09:03:13 EST I deserve a treat because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41850817 One of the treats I have given myself already is the treat of going back to school after raising four wonderful, productive kids. At 51 I thought it might be too late for me to do something like that and questioned whether I was smart enough. I changed that thinking and just finished my first semester with 2-A's and a B. So, I'm worth it and smart enough. :) <BR> <BR> Now my treat is to become part of the Sparkpeople community to get myself on track with my health and the strength and self-e... Mon, 16 May 2011 08:59:27 EST Hi! I am new to the team... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x41850774 Good Morning! <BR> Spark People and the folks I work with have helped me out a lot. I saw this new group and it looked great to join. <BR> I deserve a treat today because I have lost 5 inches off my waist in less than a month!!!! Time for the happy dance! Mon, 16 May 2011 08:57:30 EST New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x41850772 I just love the sound of this team!! So often I think that we forget why we are on this adventure and rewarding ourselves helps us remember that. Mon, 16 May 2011 08:57:27 EST ALWAYS a treat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41850568 What's life without a treat? If you don't feel good about yourself, then you probably aren't giving your inner self "treats" for being that good person that you are. The best treat is taking yourself out on a date. Yes, a date. Not to dinner, not for a hot fudge sundae (although I have done both in the name of treats) - but an honest to goodness special "happening" just for you. One of my favorite "treats" is going over to Disneyworld (yes, I know, we don't all live 10 mins away from this pla... Mon, 16 May 2011 08:48:29 EST I deserve a treat beacuse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41850508 I've lost 86 pounds since September 2010 and none of my clothes fit! I work out hard everyday and count every calorie I eat. It's been a struggle, but I am so proud of myself! Mon, 16 May 2011 08:45:40 EST I deserve a treat because.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41850476 ...for the past 10 years I have put myself last, always sacrificing for my kids, my husband, my job, my friends. I do it with love and caring (yes, even my job <em>20</em> ) but now I have recognized that years of this have taken a toll and I need to start giving back to myself. This is my start - Day One and I can't wait! <BR> <BR> I have decided that I will treat myself at every 5 pound loss. First spa treatments, then new clothes as they become necessary. Thank you in advance for ... Mon, 16 May 2011 08:44:26 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41850463 Even though I have not lost any weight yet, I am still sticking to my nutrition plan, and exercising. I know the scales will move eventually! Till then I just "keep on keeping on"! <em>306</em> Mon, 16 May 2011 08:43:39 EST I Deserve a Treat- A POEM!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41850293 I clean, I feed, I taxi, I listen. <BR> This is how a mom's job goes. <BR> <BR> I work, I plan, I watch my weight. <BR> The food I eat is what I chose. <BR> <BR> Portion size and conscious eating. <BR> The effort for health now really shows. <BR> <BR> Pedicures are my special treat! <BR> Because what I reaps is what I sows. <BR> <BR> I get more than restful time to myself. <BR> I get a foot massage and pretty toes. Mon, 16 May 2011 08:35:14 EST I deserve at treat because.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41850177 I work hard to get my 10,000 steps a day, I work hard to keep my calorie intake under 1600, I work hard making sure everything I have to do is done as well as leaving time for myself. <BR> <BR> How do I treat myself? with a healthy smoothie or a mini ($20or less) shopping spree usually buying workout gear, attire or fitness mag. More things to inspire me to workout! I'd feel foolish laying on the couch in my new running pants! Mon, 16 May 2011 08:29:10 EST I deserve a treat because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41850156 I have lost 23lbs thus far. I really began my journey in February and my weight has consistently gone down (even if it is only 1.5lbs/week)! Yay Me! Mon, 16 May 2011 08:28:00 EST how I treat myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x41849984 Bubble baths for weekly goals, Kindle books for monthly goals and whne I hit a large goal, a trip to the movies (minus the popcorn those calories scare me!) Mon, 16 May 2011 08:19:02 EST I Deserve a Treat Because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41849797 I have been working on my weight loss for a very long time. I have wanted to make a change and three years ago i started that change- I have lost 50lbs.. and I want to loose 30 more. I know I can do this. I deserve a treat because I have worked hard both in my weight loss but professionally as well. I use to work 70 hrs a week at two different jobs, I choose to move to England to do graduate school and be a grad assistant coach- I am going to reward myself when I get back home to the sta... Mon, 16 May 2011 08:04:56 EST Hi I am new to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x41849734 Good Morning - today is the day I have decided that in order to make any real progress I need to be on a team. I have read various blogs for a long time, and am in awe of the progress some of you make. <BR> I have a long road ahead, but for my health and self esteem I am going to put my best foot forward. <BR> My Treat is being part of a group where I will get inspiration from all of you strong members. <BR> I am ashamed of my weight and basically hide from the world as much as I can, but... Mon, 16 May 2011 08:01:10 EST I deserve a treat because..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41849727 I've lost 20 pounds so far doing Jazz It Off...jazzercising and counting my calories on Spark People. I will buy new cowboy boots and take my husband on a surprise two-steppin' date!! Mon, 16 May 2011 08:00:47 EST I deserve a treat because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41849670 I do not want to reward myself with food so I am starting to give myself pedicures. For every 5 pounds I lose, I going to buy myself a pretty new bottle of nail polish. Mon, 16 May 2011 07:57:43 EST because I made it off a plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41849125 Sticking to the plan and using my faithful digital preprogramed scale the mountan is becoming smaller again. <em>334</em> Mon, 16 May 2011 07:19:37 EST Hi new to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42117x41849093 Hi my name is Karleen I am a proud mother of 3 children 2 girls and 1 boy. One is 17 year old and the other is 13 and my son is 10. They keep me going and they help me with my motivation to stay on track. I have been happily married for 17 years. <BR> <BR> I decided to start my weight loss journey because I was just plain tired of being fat. I was tired of feeling like my body doesn't fit anywhere having my back side getting stuck in the door way. Or having trouble helping my residents to ... Mon, 16 May 2011 07:17:51 EST I'm treating myself along the way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41848938 In January I started this journey, this change in my life. I set out to lose more than 70 pounds. I worried about my dedication so I lost 10 pounds at home and then rewarded myself with a membership at the gym. When I lost 10 more pounds, I rewarded myself with two months worth of workouts with a trainer. When I lost 10 more pounds, I had to throw out most of my old clothes -- I bought a new pair of jeans. I HAD TO!!! But I rewarded myself with an afternoon of shopping in "normal" peopl... Mon, 16 May 2011 07:05:21 EST I DESERVE A TREAT BECAUSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41848837 I deserve a treat because, I am reading the spark and I also am working out with my busy schedule. I am also loosing weight because I am not eating after 9pm that in itself deserves me a treat. As for the how I reward myself, I get myself all my new fetishes as a treat for loosing 5 lbs or more. I get shoes after, I get a new purse, or I get clothes. That has been the biggest problem that I face is buying new clothes knowing that I am going to out grow/shrink out of my clothes, so why buy ne... Mon, 16 May 2011 06:57:29 EST I Deserve a Treat because. ........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41848107 This is my 3rd week of my new way of life with food not controlling me but me controlling my food intake. I feel very empowered and I no longer have heartburn, stomach aches and a ton of other issues. My skin feels better and I'm no long puffy from too much salt and processed foods. Of course my energy level has skyrocketed. It's kind scary to think that if I have this much energy after this short of time, what will it be like when I get to my target weight?!!! But with this gradual and s... Mon, 16 May 2011 05:21:33 EST HARD WORK. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41847753 I think i deserve a treat because im actually giving this a go. its quite easy to eat the proper food, but snacking is the only hard bit. also cooking without fat makes the food tasteless. but im up for giving it a proper go. Mon, 16 May 2011 03:25:04 EST I deserve a treat because.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41847726 Living alone, I find it hard to keep my motivation going. It's also hard for me to reward myself. But I still keep plugging away. Consistency is my big thing right now. Mon, 16 May 2011 03:18:01 EST I definitely deserve a treat :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41847618 I deserve a treat because by believing in myself and using the tools available to me I have lost 65 lbs and have been able to help many, many people from my own experiences. I brought together goal setting, visualization, hard work, a positive attitude and continual learning to successfully lose 65 lbs and to get me through the next 20! From my own personal experience with it I have helped 100's of people on their journey at a weight loss clinic I worked for. I have made a true lifestyle chan... Mon, 16 May 2011 02:46:51 EST My treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x41847592 I have 5 lb mini goals. Every time I reach one of my mini goals I plan to treat myself. Each mini goal gets me things I have had my eyes on for a while. Goal 1 I purchase a hat. Goal 2 a new set of makeup brushes. Goal 3 a new purse. Goal 4 a new bikini!! We all know we could just get these things for ourselves when ever we want. But it makes it much or exciting and we have a better feeling about it when we get the things we want as rewards! Mon, 16 May 2011 02:40:29 EST I deserve a treat because.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x41847381 I deserve a treat because no matter what I do, I know I have the power, the tools, and the drive to keep going. I do it for my kids. I do it for my marriage...but most of all I do it for me! Mon, 16 May 2011 01:56:20 EST Special Treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15139x42117x41847296 A few of my special treats include: <BR> Foot massages and mani/pedis <BR> Quiet time to read anything... books, magazines, blogs <BR> Fresh fruit <BR> Play time with the family Mon, 16 May 2011 01:41:27 EST HERE IS MY GREAT MORNING GLORY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41832777 MAKES ONE SERVING WITH ONLY 300 CALORIES <BR> NEEDED <BR> 1 WHOLE-GRAIN ENGLISH MUFFIN <BR> 2 TABLESPOONS LOW-FAT FARMER CHEESE ( OR OTHER SPREADABLE LIGHT CHEESE) <BR> ½ TEASPOON CHOPPED FRESH DILL <BR> 1 SLICE TOMATO <BR> ½ SLICED HARD BOILED EGG <BR> 2 SLICES CUCUMBER <BR> SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> TOAST THE MUFFIN AND SPREAD ON CHEESE 1 TABLESPOON EACH SIDE. ADD THE DILL, TOMATO, HARD BOILED EGG, CUCUMBER. SEASON TO TASTE WITH SALT AND PEPPER Sun, 15 May 2011 09:57:44 EST HERE IS WEEK SEVEN OF YOUR WALKING WORKOUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41816012 <BR> MONDAY--- REST <BR> <BR> TUESDAY ---WALK AT A BRISK PACE FOR 30 TO 40 MINUTES <BR> <BR> WENSDAY--REST OR CROSS TRAIN <BR> <BR> THURSDAY--WALK AT A BRISK PACE FOR 20 TO 30 MINUTES <BR> <BR> FRIDAY--REST <BR> <BR> SATURDAY-- CROSS TRAIN DO TO CARDIO WORKOUTS <BR> <BR> SUNDAY-- WALK AT A SLOW PACE FOR 30 SECONDS THEN AT A BRISK PACE FOR 10 MINUTES DO THIS FOR 30 - 40 MINUTES <BR> Sat, 14 May 2011 08:33:15 EST HERE IS MY GREEK BERRY WAFFLES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41755461 NEEDED <BR> 2 LOW-FAT WHOLE GRAIN WAFFLES <BR> ½ CUP FAT-FREE VANILLA GREEK YOGURT <BR> 1 CUP BLUEBERRIES <BR> 1 TEASPOON AGAVE SYRUP OR HONEY <BR> 1 TEASPOON SLICED FRESH MINT (OPPTIONAL) <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> TOAST THE WAFFLES AND TOP THE YOGURT, BERRIES AND THE AGUVE JUICE OR HONEY AND IF YOU LIKE SPRINKLE WITH THE FRESH MINT. <BR> Wed, 11 May 2011 08:24:28 EST HERE IS ABOTHER GREAT AND HEALTHY SUMMER DRINK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41695214 TOFRUITTI SMOOTHIE####### <BR> MAKES ONE SERVING WITH ONLY 300 CALORIES <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> IN A BLENDER COMBINE 1 ½ CUPS FROXEN BERRIES, ½ BANANA, 3 OUNCES SILKEN `TOFU, 1 TABLESPOON GROUND FLAX SEEDS, 1 TABLESPOON WHEAT BRAN, JUICE OF ONE LARGE ORANGE (0R ¼ CUP ORANGE JUICE) 1 TEASPOON HONEY, AND ONE CUP ICE. BLEND UNTIL SMOOTH <BR> Sun, 8 May 2011 09:22:16 EST WEEK 6 OF YOUR WALKING WORKOUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41678706 MONDAY--- REST <BR> <BR> TUESDAY --- WALK AT A FASTER PACE FOR 1 MINUTE THAN AT A BRISK PACE (AS FAST YOU CAN) FOR 5 MINUTES DO THIS FOR 30 TO 40 MINUTES <BR> <BR> WENSDAY--REST OR CROSS TRAIN <BR> <BR> THURSDAY-- WALK AT A FASTER PACE THAN SLOW A SLOW PACE FOR 1 MINUTE. THEN WALK AT A BRISK PACE FOR 10 MINUTES. DO THIS FOR 20 TO 30 MINUTES <BR> <BR> FRIDAY--REST <BR> <BR> SATURDAY-- CROSS TRAIN DO TO CARDIO WORKOUTS) <BR> <BR> SUNDAY-- WALK AT A SLOW PACE FOR 1 MINUTE THEN WALK AT ... Sat, 7 May 2011 09:01:43 EST HERE IS A GOOD SUMMER DRINK POP-APPLE SMOOTHIE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41617492 PUREE ¾ CUP VANNNILA FAT-FREE YOGURT, ½ CUP POMEGRANTE JUICE, ½ SMALL DICED PEELED APPLE, AND ¼ CUP CRUSHED ICE IN BLENDER <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 May 2011 08:57:31 EST HERE IS A QUICK AND EASY BREAKFAST RECIPE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41547418 <BR> MUG SCRAMBLE <BR> MIX ½ CUP EGG SUBSTITUTE AND 2 TABLESPOONS SKIM MILK IN 12 OUNCE MICROWAVABLE MUG SPRAYED WITH COOKING SPRAY. MICROWAVE ON HIGH JUST UNTIL SET, 1 ½ MINUTES, STIRRING AFTER 45 SECONDS. STIR IN 2 TABLESPOONS SHREDDED FAT FREE CHEDDER CHEESE. <BR> Sun, 1 May 2011 09:22:30 EST HERE IS WEEK FOUR OF WALKING OUTWORK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41529194 MONDAY--- REST <BR> <BR> TUESDAY --- WALK AT A SLOW PACE FOR 1 MINUTES THEN AT A BRISK PACE FOR 5 MINUTES DO THIS FOR 25 TO 30 MINUTES <BR> <BR> WENSDAY-- CROSS TRAIN (DO TO CARDIO WORKOUTS) OR REST <BR> <BR> THURSDAY--WALK AT A SLOW PACE FOR 1 MINUTES THEN AT A BRISK PACE FOR 10 MINUTES DO THIS FOR 20 TO 30 MINUTES <BR> <BR> FRIDAY--REST <BR> <BR> SATURDAY-- CROSS TRAIN DO TO CARDIO WORKOUTS) <BR> <BR> SUNDAY-- WALK AT A SLOW PACE FOR 2 MINUTES THEN WALK AT A BRSIK PACE FOR 7 MIU... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 09:05:25 EST HERE IS MY TASTY TOSTADA MADE OVER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41468824 NEEDED <BR> ONE 6 INCH WHOLE WHEAT TORTILLA <BR> 2 EGGS SCABLED <BR> 2 TABLESPOON BLACK-BEAN-AND-CORN SALSA <BR> 1 TABLESPOON REDUCED FAT CHEDDER CHEESE <BR> 1 SLICE AVOCADO <BR> 1 TABLESPOON LIGHT SOUR CREAM <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> WARM THE TORTILLA IN MICROWAVE. TOP WITH SCRABLED EGGS, BLACK-BEAN-AND CORN SALSA, CHEDDER CHEESE AVOCADO AND SOUR CREAM <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 08:07:21 EST HERE IS MY GARLIC AND HERB LEMON CHICKEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41412105 NEEDED <BR> ¼ CUP FLOWER <BR> 1 TEASPOON GARLIC AND HERB SEASONING <BR> 1 POUND THINLY SLICED BONELESS SKINLESS CHICKEN BREAST HALVES <BR> 2 TEASPOONS OLIVE OIL <BR> 1 CUP CHICKEN BROTH <BR> 1 TEASPOON LEMON JUICE <BR> 1 TEASPOON CHOPPED FRESH PARSLEY <BR> <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> 1. MIX FLOUR AND SEASONING IN A SHALLOW DISH. RESERVE 1 TABLESPOON. MOISTEN CHICKEN LIGHTLY WITH WATER, COAT EVENLY WITH REMAINING FLOWER MIXTURE. <BR> 2. HEAT OIL IN A LARGE NON STICK SKILLET OVER MEDIUM HEAT. ADD ½ ... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 11:37:02 EST HERE IS WEEK THREE OF YOUR WALKNG PLAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41394649 MONDAY--- REST <BR> <BR> TUESDAY --- WALK AT A SLOW PACE FOR 2 MINUTES THEN AT A BRISK PACE FOR 2 MINUTES DO THIS FOR 15 TO 20 MINUTES <BR> <BR> WENSDAY-- CROSS TRAIN (DO TO CARDIO WORKOUTS) <BR> <BR> THURSDAY--WALK AT A SLOW PACE FOR 1 MINUTES THEN AT A BRISK PACE FOR 10 MINUTES DO THIS FOR 20 TO 30 MINUTES <BR> <BR> <BR> FRIDAY--REST <BR> <BR> SATURDAY-- CROSS TRAIN DO TO CARDIO WORKOUTS) <BR> <BR> SUNDAY-- WALK AT A SLOW PACE FOR 2 MINUTES THEN AT A BRISK PACE FOR 5 MINUTES D... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 09:18:25 EST HERE IS MY GREAT GINGER SHRIMP STIR FRY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41335484 NEEDED <BR> 1 TEASPOON MINCED GARLIC <BR> 1 TEASPOON GINGER <BR> 2 TEASPOONS SESAME OIL <BR> ¼ POUND SHRIMP SHELLED CLEANED AND DEVEINED <BR> ¼ CUP SLICED MUSHROOMS <BR> ½ CUP PEELED AND CHOPPED CARROTS <BR> ¼ CUP RED PEPPER SLICED <BR> ½ CUP BOK CHOY CHOPPED <BR> ¼ CUP HOISIN SAUCE <BR> ¾ CUP COOKED BROWN RICE <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> SAUTE THE MINCED GRALIC AND GINGER IN THE SESAME SEED OIL. ADD THE SHRIMP AND SAUTE’ 1 MINUTE PER SIDE AND REMOVE FROM PAN. ADD THE MUSHROOMS, CHOPPED CARROTS TO ... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 08:59:14 EST HERE IS ANOTHER WALKING ROUTINE WEEK TWO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41255985 MONDAY--- REST <BR> <BR> TUESDAY --- WALK AT A SLOW PACE FOR 2 MINUTES THEN AT A BRISK PACE FOR 2 MINUTES DO THIS FOR 15 TO 20 MINUTES <BR> <BR> WENSDAY--REST OR CROSS TRAIN (DO TO CARDIO WORKOUTS) <BR> <BR> THURSDAY- WALK AT A SLOW PACE FOR 2 MINUTES THEN AT A BRISK PACE FOR 10 MINUTES DO THIS FOR 15 TO 20 MINUTES <BR> <BR> FRIDAY==REST <BR> <BR> SATURDAY--CROSS TRAIN (DO TO CARDIO WORKOUTS) <BR> <BR> SUNDAY-- WALK AT A SLOW PACE FOR 2 MINUTES THEN AT A BRISK PACE FOR 2 MINUTES D... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 09:27:49 EST HERE IS MY ROAST BEEF ROLL-UP WITH CAULIFLOWER SOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41128006 NEEDED <BR> ½ ONION SLICED <BR> ½ BELL PEPPER SLICED <BR> ½ TEASPOON OLIVE OIL <BR> 4 SLICES ROAST BEEF LEAN <BR> SPICY MUSTARD <BR> 4 WHOLE WHEAT CRACKERS <BR> 2 GRALIC CLOVES MINCED <BR> 1 TEASPOON OLIVE OIL <BR> 3 CUPS CHICKEN STOCK <BR> 2 CUPS CALIFLOWER FLORETS <BR> SALT <BR> PEPPER <BR> 2 TABLESPOON PERMAESAN CHEESE <BR> <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> SAUTE’ THE ONION, BELL PEPPER, IN 2 TABLESPOON OLIVE OIL. DIVIDE AMONG THE ROAST BEEF AND SPREAD WITH MUSTARD TO TASTE ; ROLL UP. <BR> HOW TO ... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 09:31:36 EST HERE IS ANOTHER WALKING ROUTINE WEEK ONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41109640 MONDAY--- REST <BR> <BR> TUESDAY ---WALK AT A BRISK PACE FOR 20 TO 30 MINUTES <BR> <BR> WENSDAY-- 1 MINUTE SURGES( WARM UP FOR 5 TO 10 MINUTES AT A SLOW WALK PACE AND THEN DO WALK AT A FAST PACE FOR 10 TO 12 MINUTES THEN WALK AT A SLOWER PACE FOR 2 MINUTES THEN WALK AT A SLOW PACE FOR 5 TO 10 MINUTES <BR> <BR> THURSDAY--WALK AT A BRISK PACE 15 TO 25 MINUTES <BR> <BR> FRIDAY--WALK AT A BRISK PACE FOR 20 TO 30 MINUTES <BR> <BR> SATURDAY-- REST OR CROSS TRAIN <BR> <BR> SUNDAY-- WALK AT... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 08:22:23 EST HERE IS MY MADE OVER SMOKED TURKERY AND AVOCADO SA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x41042863 NEEDED <BR> <BR> ½ MASHED AVOCADO <BR> LEMON JIUCE <BR> SALT <BR> PEPPER <BR> 2 SLICES WHOLE GRAIN BREAD <BR> 3 OUNCES SMOKED TURKERY <BR> 2 TABLESPOONS SLASA <BR> ½ CUP RED GRAPES <BR> <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> SEASON THE MASHED AVOCADO TO TASTE WITH LEMON JUICE SLAT AND PEPPER. SPREAD ON ONE SLICE OF THE BREAD AND TOP WITH TURKEY, SALSA. AND TOP WITH THE OTHER SLICE OF BREAD . SERVE WITH THE GRAPES <BR> MAKES ONE SERVING OF 400 CALORIES <BR> <BR> PEPPER <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> TOSS TOGETHER TH... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 08:11:18 EST HERE IS AN EASY BREAKFAST RECIPE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x40974593 WHOLE-GRAIN BANANA MUFFINS <BR> <BR> PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGRESS. MIX TOGETHER ½ CUP WHOLE WHEAT FLOURS, 1 CUP OATS, ¼ TEASPOON SALT, 1 ½ TEASPOONS CINNAMON, ½ TEASPOON BAKING SODA, AND 1 ½ BANANAS MASHED. MIX TOGETHER ½ CUP PLAIN NON-FAT YOGURT, 1 EGG, ¼ CUP HONEY, 2 TABLESPOONS CONOLA OIL AND 1 TEASPOON VANILLA; ADD TO BANANA Sun, 3 Apr 2011 09:32:37 EST HERE IS A NEW WORK OUT FOR ALL TO TRY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x40954989 JUMP ROPE <BR> JUMPING ROPE IS HIGH ON THE LIST OF CARDIOVASCULAR EXCERISES AND IT REQUIRES LITTLE SPACE. AT ABOUT 12 CALORIES BURNED PER MINUTE ROPE JUMPING IS LIKE RUNNING A NINE MINUYE MILE. JUMPING ROPE IS TOUGH AT FIRST BUT WITH PRACTICE IT COMES EASIER. MOST BEGINERS JUMP TOO HIGH. JUMP JUST HIGH ENOUGH TO CLEAR THE ROPE. WEAR CROSS TRAINERS OR OTHER SHOES WITH CUSHOINS ON THE BALSS OF THE FEET. A 9 FOOT JUMP ROPE WORKS BEST FOR THOSE THAT ARE 5 FT 4 INCHES TO 5 FT 10 INCHES IN HIEGHT. ... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 09:09:54 EST HERE IS MY PASTA E FAGIOLI WITH TURKEY SAUSAGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x40888569 NEEDED <BR> ½ POUND LEAN TURKERY SAUSAGE <BR> 1 TEASPOON OLIVE OIL <BR> 1 SMALL ONION CHOPPED <BR> 3 GLOVES GARLIC GLOVES MINCED <BR> 2 CELERY STALKS CHOPPED <BR> 2 CARROTS CHOPPED. <BR> 2 QUARTS CHICKEN STOCK <BR> 1 CAN DICED TOMATOES <BR> 1 CUP COOKED PASTA <BR> 1 CAN KIDNEY BEANS <BR> WHOLE WHEAT ROLL <BR> <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> BROWN THE TURKERY SAUSAGE IN OLIVE OIL, SET ASIDE. SAUTE’ THE ONION, GARLIC, CELERY, AND CARROTS FOR 3 TO 4 MINUTES. ADD THE CHICKEN STOCK AND DICED TOMATOES. BRIN... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 09:12:06 EST HERE IS MY SMOKED TURKEY SALAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x40820512 NEEDED <BR> ¼ CUP SILVERED ALMONDS <BR> 1 10 OUNCE BOX PLAIN COUSCOUS <BR> ¾ POUND SMOKED TURKEY DICED <BR> 1 ½ CUPS CHERRY TOMATOES HALVED OR QUARTERED <BR> ½ CUP PITTED KALAMATA OLIVES, SLICED <BR> ½ CUP BOTTLED OR HOMEMADE GREEK SALAD DRESSING <BR> ¼ CUP CHOPPED ITALIAN FLAT-LEAF PARSLEY <BR> <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> 1. IN A MEDIUM SKILLET, TOAST ALMONDS OVER MEDIUM HEAT, STIRRING FREQUENTLY, UNTIL LIGHLY BROWNED, 4 TO 5 MINUTES. REMOVE FROM HEAT <BR> 2. IN A MEDUIM SUACEPAN, COOK COUSCOUS A... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 09:18:01 EST are the treats gone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15138x42117x40816064 where are the treats and the special offers? <BR> <em>43</em> Sat, 26 Mar 2011 23:40:38 EST SOME HELPFUL TIPS ON HOW TO TRACK YOUR WIEGHT LOSS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x40802586 Measuring your fitness in pounds is like measuring your net worth by the contents of your wallet- its only part if the picture. Instead, pinpoint areas that need a little extra TLC. DO these self-tests and repeat them every four to eight weeks. <BR> 1.SIT AND REACH measures flexiblity. Sit with your legs extended in front of you, feet against the wall, Place one hand on top of the other and reach toward your toes.Measure the distance from your toes to your finger tips. After a month if the d... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 09:05:20 EST MY POP-APPLE SMOOTHIE IT EASY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x40739588 PUREE ¾ CUP VANNNILA FAT-FREE YOGURT, ½ CUP POMEGRANTE JUICE, ½ SMALL DICED PEELED APPLE, AND ¼ CUP CRUSHED ICE IN BLENDER <BR> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 08:50:55 EST HERE IS MY SOUTHWEST CHICKEN AND ORZO SALAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x40671297 NEEDED <BR> ½ CUP COOKED WHOLE WHEAT ORZO <BR> 3 OUNCES GRILLED CHICKEN DICED <BR> ½ CUP HALVED CHERRY TOMATOES <BR> ¼ CUP CUVUMBER DICED <BR> ¼ CUP RED BELL PEPPER DICED <BR> 2 RADISHES THINLY SLICED <BR> 2 TABLESPOONS BLACK BEANS DRAINED AND RINSED <BR> 2 TABLESPOON CORN DRAINED <BR> 1 TEASPOON OLIVE OIL <BR> 2 TEASPOONS RED WINE VINEGAR <BR> JUICE OF ONE LIME <BR> PINCH OF CUMIN <BR> PINCH OF CHILI POWDER <BR> 1 TABLESPOON CHOPPED FRESH CILANTRO (OPTIONAL) <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> THE SALD ... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 09:29:46 EST TREE WAYS TO NIX KNEE PAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x40653288 Did you know that more than 18 million runners will get injured this year, and the most common banged-up body part is the knees. I know this from experience cause I have had 3 knee surgeries. <BR> Tight hamstrings, repetitive high impact, and overtraining are the most common causes of knee trama and they all are preventable. Here's how <BR> STRECH IT OUT Inflexable hamstrings put an added stress on your knees. Do hamstring stretches every time you walk or run. <BR> REPLACE YOUR SNEAKERS Cu... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 08:29:33 EST HERE IS MY TOFRUITTI SMOOTHIE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42117x40592125 MAKES ONE SERVING WITH ONLY 300 CALORIES <BR> HOW TO MAKE <BR> IN A BLENDER COMBINE 1 ½ CUPS FROXEN BERRIES, ½ BANANA, 3 OUNCES SILKEN `TOFU, 1 TABLESPOON GROUND FLAX SEEDS, 1 TABLESPOON WHEAT BRAN, JUICE OF ONE LARGE ORANGE (0R ¼ CUP ORANGE JUICE) 1 TEASPOON HONEY, AND ONE CUP ICE. BLEND UNTIL SMOOTH <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 09:00:47 EST