SparkPeople Team Popeye...WE'RE STRONG TO THE FINICH!! Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=42759 Come make some great friends...Together we will help eachother STAY STRONG & make our lifestyle change a permanent & successful one! PLEASE REMEMBER TO READ THE TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT! SparkPeople Team Popeye...WE'RE STRONG TO THE FINICH!! Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=42759 Did I miss 'em? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x42780491 What are July goals? <BR> <BR> What are this week's goals? <BR> <BR> If I haven't given you time to do this yet, tell me to buzz off! lol <BR> <BR> If I don't know what I'm going to learn these goals--please tell how to find out. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Sun, 3 Jul 2011 14:17:16 EST Challenge June 19-25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x42506671 Ok team new challenge for the week! Let's do this. <BR> 1. 7 8oz glasses or more of water per day and recorded in your other goals team popeye section. <BR> 2. Get 7- 8 hours of sleep per night and keep track of how many days you've done some. <BR> 3. Record everything you eat for at least 4 days, and keep track, report at the end of e week. <BR> 4. Do at least 180 minutes of exercise during the week, and track it in your tracker! <BR> 5. Eat 5 freggies per day and let us know your success at... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 21:52:31 EST Challenge June 8-14 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x42311738 Hello team. Welcome back to those of you that choose to join us. I sent an email a few days ago. I got one response for suggestions. I am going to keep the next few weeks goals simple until we have members back and in the swing of things. We need to see where everyone is at level wise. Ok...so are we ready!!??? Come on lets get on the path back to strength and good health!! <BR> <BR> GOALS: <BR> 1. Track your meals at least once a day 4 days at least. <BR> 2. Drink at least 6 glasse... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 12:58:42 EST Just joined today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42759x42220060 Hi, my name is Juanita. I am the team administrator of Pain into Gain. I joined that team because I was miserable and couldn't walk more than 10 minutes w/o having to sit down even it was on a curb somewhere. I couldn't stand that long in one spot. This team name caught my eye and soon nobody was responding except me. I took over and we have gained some members after first losing some who were devoted to the original leader (which is understandable). I push myself harder than I push my ... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 18:58:38 EST keeping the team going under the temp leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x42195499 Hello all. It's been awhile since our fearless leader and coleader have been able to be around. I don't know how or when I became leader, but ok. I love Alicia. She has been a great friend. I will gladly step in until she is able to come back. Once she is back though she takes the reins, I hope because I really feel she did an awesome job. <BR> <BR> This new temp leader needs your suggestions. What kinds of goals are everyone looking at? What kinds of things do you want to see for the... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 15:02:29 EST Where is everyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42759x40425241 I've been checking in from time to time. I suggested challenges. No responses. I know it has been hard since Ali and Nixie have had their personal family things going on. But we can't let this team fall!!! It would crush them! Who is up to keep it running and strong?? Tue, 8 Mar 2011 14:45:32 EST Challenge anyone?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x39070529 So I was thinking. Seems to me there is to much inactivity going on here. Alicia started this team and it was hopping. I know she will come back some time. I've been giving her space. Until than what do you say to us keeping this team going strong?? How about creating a challenge this week coming or remaining of the month?? I definitely have ideas but I want to know who will participate! Tue, 11 Jan 2011 11:45:19 EST What do you think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42759x38950276 So I was thinking. Seems to me there is to much inactivity going on here. Alicia started this team and it was hopping. I know she will come back some time. I've been giving her space. Until than what do you say to us keeping this team going strong?? How about creating a challenge this week coming or remaining of the month?? I definitely have ideas but I want to know who will participate! Thu, 6 Jan 2011 23:08:57 EST Need Support and new friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42759x38255705 I have been a member of the Spark for the past 3 years but most of my original friends have fallen away or stopped visiting the site all together. Would love to meet new active people. Let me know if you are interested in supporting or corresponding with me. <BR> <BR> MJ- <BR> <BR> Thu, 2 Dec 2010 20:04:46 EST Weekly Challenge Sept. 27 to Oct. 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x36945723 Beating the BLahs! <BR> Gimme an M! <BR> Gimme an E! <BR> WHAT DOES THAT SPELL?? ME!!! <BR> IT'S TIME TO BE OUR OWN CHEERLEADERS! YAY US! GO TEAM! <BR> <BR> Every time you feel blah, or down, or even just bored, I want you to kick your legs in the air as high as you can,(one at a time...lol) and pump a fist or two! Yell "GO ME! I AM AWESOME!" or your own version of a cheer to get you going again! We are going to get the blood pumping people! We are THE BEST! <BR> <BR> Then, I want you to co... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 08:28:51 EST Thursday's Hot Topic...A Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x36868479 Think about this...you are about to stray, or are being dogged to eat something you shouldn't, or you need someone to talk you into the gym, and "ding" there they are! <BR> <BR> I have been considering this for some time now, as I know I am not the only one struggling. How interested would anyone be in a buddy system? I know that most if not all of us have cell phones. How about we buddy up, and exchange some phone numbers, and get some text-support going? <BR> It can be done privately with ... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 08:20:08 EST Thursday's Hot Topic... Drifting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x36745045 Are you really living your life, or are you just drifting through it? <BR> <BR> I am pretty sure I am just drifting through most of it. When was the last time you really put any extra effort into your day? Fri, 17 Sep 2010 08:23:22 EST Weekly Challenge September 13th to September 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x36661768 I am going to combine the two threads this week and see how it goes. This will be both the challenge thread, and the goal setting thread. Your challenge for this week is to set and meet your own goals! <BR> <BR> I am re-focusing this week, and renewing my commitment to Sparks and myself! Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:00:47 EST Thursday's Hot Topic... Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x36577718 What type of attitude do you have? Are you just faking it through the day, or do you try to find something positive in everything? Your attitude can make a huge difference in how people see you, how you see yourself, and the choices you make. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to have a more positive attitude lately, as I was informed by friends that I am a very negative person. I was doing ok for a while, but the last couple months I have been slipping back in to my old habit of whining and compl... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 09:03:51 EST Tuesday's Hot Topic..The Benefits of Laughter. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x36533078 Laughter helps: <BR> <BR> Reduce blood pressure <BR> Reduce depression <BR> Boost immunity <BR> Increase feelings of relaxation -- laughter provides physical and emotional release <BR> Reduce stress – levels of stress hormones actually fall <BR> Increase energy <BR> Increase feelings of well-being – laughter raises levels of feel-good hormones like endorphins <BR> Make you more attractive – yes, happy people appeal to others <BR> Increase your joie de vivre <BR> <BR> Do you manage t... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 09:02:09 EST Weekly Weigh in and Goals Sept. 6 to Sept. 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x36511082 What are your goals this week, and how can we help each other reach them? <BR> <BR> I need a serious kick in the behind. I could use some accountability right now. Mon, 6 Sep 2010 07:58:08 EST Weekly Challenge September 6 to September 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x36511060 Wow, it's still hard to believe it's September already! Have all of you set your goals for this month? <BR> <BR> For this weeks challenge, I would really like to see more responses! We have so many team members, and so few actually seem active in the team! I challenge all of you to just participate this week. Drop in and say hi, comment on a blog, or update us with how you are doing. Supporting each other goes a long way to helping ourselves! Mon, 6 Sep 2010 07:56:06 EST In The Month of September I Will..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15481x42759x36493587 Get back on track, as I seem to have slipped off it again somewhere... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 07:59:42 EST Weekend Mini Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x36471978 Are you really tracking EVERYTHING?? Even that little nibble here, or the cream in your coffee there? <BR> <BR> Try tracking every little bit this weekend, just for two days. You might be surprised! Fri, 3 Sep 2010 21:23:41 EST Thursday's Hot Topic...New Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x36442699 A little while ago I wrote a blog on the Tofu experiment, and introducing it to my children. Today we tried real coconut, freshly drained and cracked open in a bag on the sidewalk. My oldest (and most experimental) child loves it, the other two....not so much. LOL <BR> What new foods have you or do you want to introduce to yourself or your family? Thu, 2 Sep 2010 13:19:04 EST Tuesday's Hot Topic...Ar omatherapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x36387890 Aromatherapy has been used for hundreds of years for various things, mostly commonly known for treating depression and anxiety. There is new research however, that indicates it may be useful for weightloss as well. Has anyone tried aromatherapy for any reason and how well did you find it worked? <BR> <BR> I am going to try a suggestion given to me by a friend, to help control my overeating at work. She said she used to put vaporub under her nose so she couldn't smell the food. That it made a... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 08:05:09 EST Weekly Weigh-in and Goals August 30th to Sept. 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x36364240 A new month is about to start, what are your goals for this week? For September? <BR> <BR> I did not make my goal of 239lbs for August, but I am going to end the month down! <BR> <BR> For September, I am definately going to hit the under 240 mark, but mostly just going to try and get through the month. Mon, 30 Aug 2010 07:46:04 EST Weekly Challenge August 30th to September 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x36364168 I found this challenge posted from another team, and thought it would be a great one to try! <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Bathroom Challenge! What is one thing we all do several times a day, especially if we are drinking enough water? <BR> <BR> The challenge is to pick an exercise you can do in the bathroom, and do it every time you go. At home, work, shopping, whatever! Do ten of your chosen exercise every bathroom trip. Pick a different exercise every day if you want, or do the same one all ... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 07:41:51 EST Thrusday's Hot Topic...Bad Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x36286728 First off, let me apologise for not get a Tuesday topic in. Between work, kids and something else I will share if it works out, I ran out of time. I am sorry. <BR> <BR> What bad habits do you have that you would like to get rid of? It can be anything! Do you have an action plan in place yet to get rid of them? <BR> <BR> Mine is smoking, and talking too much when I am nervous. Smoking I am forming a plan for, talking too much, I try chewing gum. It seems to help. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 07:54:46 EST Weekly weigh in and goals August 23rd to 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x36220419 What are your personal goals this week? <BR> Mine are to ease back in to some exercise now that I am beginning to feel better, and to re-introduce solid foods to my stomach again. Mon, 23 Aug 2010 08:51:36 EST Weekly Challenge August 23rd to August 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x36220377 It's the last week of August Popeyes! What are you going to do with it? Summer is almost over, the kids will be back to school, a couple more months will see snow on the ground for most of us. I, for one, have a harder time exercising in the winter because I hate cold weather! <BR> <BR> This weeks challenge is a goodbye to summer. I want you all to get outside and enjoy the nice weather, if you can. <BR> You get 2 points for every outdoor fun activity you do. (Yard work counts) <BR> You also... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 08:49:37 EST Weekend Mini Challenge August 20 to 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x36166513 I would like for us all to continue to focus on positivity, so for the weekend challenge there are two parts. <BR> The first, is to continue to counter negative self talk. You get two points every time you catch yourself saying/thinking something negative, and can change it into a positive thought or action. <BR> The second part is to each do something nice for ourselves this weekend. You get five points for this. <BR> Have a great weekend sparkers! Fri, 20 Aug 2010 08:51:31 EST Thursday's Hot Topic..Negative Self Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x36145699 Negative self talk has to be one of the worst sabatoeurs in our lives. Often we do this without even realizing it, and it plays havoc with our motivation and self-esteem. <BR> <BR> Why do we do it? There can be many reasons. It ismostly a learned behaviour though, and anything learned can be re-learned or improved. <BR> <BR> What are some ways you stop your negative self from taking over? How many of you realize you do it? Thu, 19 Aug 2010 08:43:27 EST Vitamins and supplements http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15481x42759x36117659 So I just forked over $50 for the GNC Women's Ultra Mega Active VitaPak. I am going to give it a shot this month. $50 seems a bit steep to me and I might have a hard time dishing out that kind of money every month. <BR> <BR> Anyone take vitamins/supplements that they love? <BR> What are they? <BR> How much do they cost for a month's supply? <BR> Have you noticed a difference in your energy level or your weight loss? <BR> <BR> Tell me more!!! <BR> <em>30</em> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 19:36:01 EST Weekly Weigh-in and Goals August 16th to 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x36107690 What are your goals this week? What day does everyone weigh in on? <BR> <BR> My goal for myself this week is to fight through my PMS cravings, and still lose weight. I have done it before, I know I can do it now! Tue, 17 Aug 2010 11:20:40 EST Weekly Challenge August 16th to 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x36107641 Bear with me, I am still kind of new at this. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> For this week, I would like all of you to go back to the basics. From time to time I find we can get off track without even realizing it. Just track your basics for this challenge. Here is a template if you like; <BR> <BR> Water- 1 point for your eight, 1 point for each glass over. <BR> Exercise- 1 point for every ten minutes <BR> Calories- 5 points for every day you stay in range. <BR> <BR> I think we may have done this ... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 11:18:42 EST Tuesday's Hot Topic...Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x36107493 We all have it, we all deal with it. From the ordinary, every day kind to the life event kind, how do you handle it? Does everything go out the window or do you find routine to be more comforting? <BR> <BR> For me, I had to build my coping skills along the way. I never used to deal well with stress, and had to learn to prioritize. Tue, 17 Aug 2010 11:12:42 EST Weekly challenge August 16 - August 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x36095286 Nixie I hadn't seen you today, so I took the reins to set a challenge. We can do one you set if you like. Otherwise here was my idea. <BR> Let's do a virtual challenge! 232 miles on the Appalachian national scenic trail in the Pennsylvania section. If you do a walk or run and know the mileage that will get subtracted from 232. Otherwise every 20 minutes of exercise will equal 1 mile. <BR> So we post like so <BR> <BR> # miles today <BR> # miles remaining <BR> <BR> Who ever completes ... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 20:22:08 EST Thursday's Hot Topic...dieting tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x35998277 We've all got them...things that we've learned along the way to make this healthy lifestyle change a bit easier. Share yours... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 02:26:51 EST Tuesday's HOT TOPIC...fish and Omega 3's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x35951643 How much fish do you eat? If you don't eat fish, do you try and get Omega 3's from somewhere else like nuts, other foods, or supplements? Do you know much about Omega 3's? How important do you think they are? I'm being told that they are very important and help us in several ways...both mentally and physically. I am now taking a fish oil supplement daily. What are your thoughts? <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!! Tue, 10 Aug 2010 01:22:41 EST Weekly Weigh In & Goals: August 9th - August 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35930608 Check in for the week. How are you doing? What are you hoping to accomplish this week? Have a great week Popeyes! <BR> <BR> The weekly challenge will be a day late this week...be on the look out for it! <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!! Mon, 9 Aug 2010 00:40:29 EST Weekly Challenge: August 9th - August 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35930590 This week it is up to you…what do you need to improve upon? Make your own challenge this week and then reply to let us know what it is you are going to challenge yourself to do. EVERYONE that participates in this challenge will be getting a goodie as long as they post once to let us know what their challenge for the week is and then post at least one more time letting us know how they did for the week. <BR> <BR> Good Luck Popeyes!! <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!! <BR> Mon, 9 Aug 2010 00:38:58 EST Weekend Mini Challenge: August 7th & 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35892337 Focusing on fitness minutes...let's see who can get the most minutes in this weekend...anything counts(within reason!)...be mindful all weekend of all the different times you could be fitting some kind of fitness in...AND DO IT! Do some lunges while waiting in line or cooking, park your car in the farthest spot at the grocery store, engage your ab muscles when you are sitting at your desk or in front of the tv...whatever you can think of! Keep track of ALL your fitness minutes for the weeke... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 22:03:15 EST Thursday's HOT TOPIC...do you drink soda? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x35852423 yes? no? diet or regular? Do you feel there is a place for soda in your healthy lifestyle, or are you trying to cut it out? Thu, 5 Aug 2010 05:13:43 EST Tuesday's HOT TOPIC...team challenges! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x35816359 I am looking for some ideas...what would HELP you guys reach your goals? What are you looking for in a challenge? What are you wanting? Suggestions would be greatly appreciated...thanks! <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!! Tue, 3 Aug 2010 14:35:12 EST Weekly Challenge: August 2nd - August 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35816164 This week I just want you to go to the following link and let us know what your monthly goals are. It is important to have goals to strive for, both weekly and monthly...even daily goals are good! So let us know what your monthly goals are...go to the following link: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=15481x42759<BR>x35815946 </link> <BR> <BR> Have a great week, Popeyes! <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!! <BR> Tue, 3 Aug 2010 14:25:17 EST In the month of August I will __________ _________ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15481x42759x35815946 What are your monthly goals? We, as a team, will try and keep you accountable and encourage you to meet them! Tue, 3 Aug 2010 14:14:07 EST Weekly Weigh In & Goals: August 2nd - August 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35779722 Check in for the week. How are you doing? What are you hoping to accomplish this week? Have a great week Popeyes! <BR> <BR> The weekly challenge will be a day late this week...be on the look out for it! <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!! Mon, 2 Aug 2010 01:23:06 EST Thursday's HOT TOPIC... favorite Spark Tool http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x35701548 What is your favorite Spark Tool? What has helped you along your journey the most...if you feel the need to list more than one, go for it!! Thu, 29 Jul 2010 01:16:08 EST Tuesday's HOT TOPIC..."Me Time" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x35658138 So, what do you do when you want to take care of yourself...just get away and get a little bit of "Me Time"? Do you read, take a bath, listen to music...what? And, MORE IMPORTANTLY, do you actually get ENOUGH "Me Time"? What is ENOUGH? Taking care of ourselves is so very important, and yet, for some reason, I have a feeling most of us don't get ENOUGH "Me Time"...do you???? Tue, 27 Jul 2010 01:40:47 EST Weekly Challenge: July 26th - August 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35635382 This week's challenge is all about putting a stop to our procrastination...pick one(or 2 or 3 if you dare!) thing you have been procrastinating on doing and DO IT! Let us know what it is, and then do it sometime this week. I have several, so I'm not sure which one I am going to choose! I really need to write my affirmations, I still want to get my motivational collage done, and I really want to get my butt to a Zumba class...not sure I am brave enough to take on more than one! <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 01:26:30 EST Weekly Weigh In & Goals: July 26 - August 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35635306 Check in for the week. How are you doing? What are you hoping to accomplish this week? Have a great week Popeyes! <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!! <BR> Mon, 26 Jul 2010 01:15:36 EST Weekend Mini Challenge July 23rd - 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35593797 For this weekend's challenge, get in as much physical activity as possible. Report back here by Monday with your total weekend activity minutes...the one with the most minutes will earn a goodie! When reporting, please list each activity you did with the total minutes of each activity. <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong! Fri, 23 Jul 2010 17:13:39 EST Thursday's HOT TOPIC...gym membership vs. home gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x35559211 An interesting discussion was started the other day about this in another topic...thought I'd bring it back up here. What are your thoughts about and/or experiences with belonging to a gym? Do you like working out at a gym, or in the privacy of your own home? If you have a home gym, what workout equipment do you have? <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!! Thu, 22 Jul 2010 01:33:55 EST MAP Step #11: Instant Skin Makeover http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x35536559 We are discussing Laura DuPriest's book, "A Beautiful New You", and her “Makeover Action Plan” (MAP), which is intended to not only make over your physical being, but your attitude, self-esteem and entire life, as well. Go to the following link if you are interested in purchasing the book: <link>books.google.com/books?id=Sx-ZKUErUS<BR>sC&dq=Laura+dupriest+a+beautiful+new+y<BR>ou&source=bl&ots=Ky3UPZXgxL&sig=iomOR2<BR>h0XSmwqlhXR_e-6PmAUuk&hl=en&ei=TSn3S4j<BR>tJJbKM-_grKYF&sa=X&oi=book_resul... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 03:26:11 EST TUESDAY’S HOT TOPIC…Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x35511238 I’ve been told by many you need at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Others have told me that everyone requires different amounts of sleep…some may need only 6 hours while others need 9 or more. <BR> <BR> What are your feelings on sleep and how much you get compared to how much you need? How important do you feel sleep is? What about those catnaps…are those of any true value? <BR> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 23:04:22 EST New here and love the Team name http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42759x35491762 Hello all my name is Myranda and I loved the team name and challenges so I thought I would join. I am from FL and trying to lose 45lbs. I have started with increasing my water intake and treadmill 30 mins a day. I have a WII FIT that doesnt see me but to weigh me at the moment. THis week my goal is to get my veggie and fruit intake up as well. <BR> Good luck to everyone. <BR> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 07:58:45 EST Weekly Challenge: July 19th - 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35489614 This is going to be an easy one this week. We all have an area that we would like to see ourselves improve upon...whether it be finding the time to get in a walk or go to the gym, drinking just one extra glass of water a day, staying within your calorie range ALL 7 days, logging EVERYTHING you put in your mouth, or whatever...sometime Monday (or when you get a chance) let us know what the one area you want to work on improving this week is, and then let us know how you do on it EVERY DAY...... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 01:34:06 EST Weekly Weigh In & Goals: July 19th - 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35489515 Check in for the week. How are you doing? What are you hoping to accomplish this week? Have a great week Popeyes! <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!! <BR> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 01:21:49 EST Weekend Challenge July 16-19th. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35454599 I posted this late, so I thought we could carry over in to Monday. <BR> <BR> Ok, here is the challenge! I want all of you to set up your own challenge this weekend! Think of what you struggle with on the weekends, plan for it, and follow through! Sat, 17 Jul 2010 00:04:37 EST Thursdays Hot Topic.....Fear of Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x35419939 We are all afraid of change in one way or another, it's how you react to it that matters. <BR> <BR> As we follow our journeys in weight loss, we go through a lot of changes, and not just physically. Our minds begin to change too. There is the confidence boost that comes from accomplishment, as well as the boost to self esteem. <BR> <BR> This can affect all areas of our lives in different ways. What changes have you noticed in your life, that aren't physical changes, but are positive? <BR> ... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 09:00:33 EST Bye http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42759x35402845 I wanted to stop bye to say that I am leaving the team at this time. I have been unable to fulfill my commitment to the team to encourage and support other members and have not posted in a while. I am still very much committed to my goals and fitness. However, the marathon training and other fitness challenges I am involved in keep me busy and an active full life is what I desire. That being said, I would love to stay in contact with members of the team. I am a great cheerleader and frie... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 11:29:39 EST Hump Day Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35398363 It is mid-week, hump day as some call it. How many of you get the mid-week blahs? <BR> Here is the challenge. Nothing extraordinary, just something to maybe perk you up a bit. <BR> I want each of you to try a new recipe before Saturday. Post the recipe here, and give us a quick review. There will be a goodie reward for the most interesting/creative new recipe, and one for the most detailed review. Wed, 14 Jul 2010 08:10:09 EST Tuesday's Hot Topic.....Body Dysmorphic Disorder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x35375603 "Characterized by excessive preoccupation with imagined defects in physical appearance. People with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) are obsessed by the idea that some part of their body -- their hair, nose, skin, hips, whatever -- is ugly or deformed, when in truth it looks normal." *courtesy of WebMD* <BR> <BR> Some of you may be asking why this is relevant to us, some of you may already know. The medical definition is a generalization of a condition that comes in varying severities, for var... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 08:23:30 EST Fighting a Craving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x35349586 I eat when I'm not hungry because I'm bored or anxious or whatever. I'm working on getting better by training my mind to be stronger. Sometimes it's like I'm having a full-on argument inside my mind, or like having a very strict mother living in there. <BR> I thought I'd share the conversation I just had with myself over the afternoon munchies I've got at the moment: <BR> <BR> "I'm hungry, I think I'll have a slice of cake" <BR> "Are you really hungry? Have an orange instead" <BR> "Yes, it's... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 02:31:44 EST Thursday's HOT TOPIC...Your Workout Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x35270279 Ok so I know it's not Thursday in the US yet...but it's Thursday afternoon here so I'm starting the topic anyway! <BR> <BR> Many trainers and health professionals recommend that you change your workout routine periodically to use different muscle groups and overcome decreases in calorie burn that occurs when your body becomes more efficient at doing a particular activity. <BR> <BR> So, let's hear it - Do you do the same routine all the time, or do you switch it up? <BR> How often do you cha... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 23:50:45 EST SPARK Challenge (7th-18th July) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35246002 Anyone up for a challenge? <BR> <BR> I'm not sure when our fearless leader is leaving on her holiday, but I know I could certainly use some motivation for the next couple of weeks! <BR> <BR> This challenge will run from Wednesday 7 July through until ALIMESSA returns on Sunday 18 July (so 18th will be the last day of the challenge). I know the dates are a little weird, but bear with me! <BR> <BR> At the end, the member with the most points will receive a Spark Goodie from me! <BR> <BR> ~~... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 21:48:22 EST Tuesday's Hot Topic..Vitamins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x35232220 Ok everyone, I am not sure when Alimessa leaves for her holidays, but I am giving her a break anyway, and starting today's hot topic. <BR> <BR> We hear all kinds of conflicting reports about which vitamins and minerals we are all lacking, and the dire consequences of this. We also hear plenty of reports on getting too much, or taking too many. So what do we do? How do we sort the good from the bad and the unneeded from the needed? <BR> <BR> What kinds of vitamins do you take and how much? W... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 09:55:03 EST TWO Week Challenge: July 5th - 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35207669 Well, Popeye's, between our family vacation and other obligations, etc., I am going to be pretty much out of the picture for the next couple weeks, so.... <BR> <BR> THE CHALLENGE FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS: <BR> <BR> 1) To support each other by reading eachother's blogs <BR> 2) To create topics for discussion...I won't be creating any for the next couple weeks, so it is up to you! <BR> <BR> I'm counting on all of you to keep Team Popeye alive and kickin'!! This will definitely be a test to se... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 00:05:22 EST Weigh In & Goals: July 5th - July 18th (2 weeks!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35207470 Check in for the next 2 weeks! How are you doing? What are you hoping to accomplish in these 2 weeks? Have a great couple weeks Popeyes! <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!! <BR> Sun, 4 Jul 2010 23:46:34 EST Weekend Mini Challenge July 2nd - 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35158011 For this weekend's challenge...sometime Friday or early Saturday post what it is you plan on doing for exercise Saturday and Sunday...both the activities and the minutes...then report back on Sunday evening or Monday morning letting us know if you stuck with your weekend plan. A goodie will be given to ALL participants who STICK WITH THEIR PLAN! YOU are in control of what you do...so, let's STICK WITH IT and get active this holiday weekend!! <BR> <BR> Good luck, and have a GREAT 4th of Jul... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 02:09:39 EST In the month of July, I will_________ ____________ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15481x42759x35136167 What are your goals, or perhaps obstacles you need to over come in July??? This is where to share them! <BR> <BR> Let's really Spark it in July!! <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!! <BR> Thu, 1 Jul 2010 04:43:02 EST Thursday's HOT TOPIC... favorite SparkRecipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x35134325 Share your favorite SparkRecipe...or, if you have a recipe of your own that isn't on Spark, feel free to share it as well! <BR> <BR> Hope you are all having a GREAT week!! <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!! Wed, 30 Jun 2010 23:54:24 EST MAP Step #10: Mind Over Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x35114068 We are discussing Laura DuPriest's book, "A Beautiful New You", and her “Makeover Action Plan” (MAP), which is intended to not only make over your physical being, but your attitude, self-esteem and entire life, as well. Go to the following link if you are interested in purchasing the book: <link>books.google.com/books?id=Sx-ZKUErUS<BR>sC&dq=Laura+dupriest+a+beautiful+new+y<BR>ou&source=bl&ots=Ky3UPZXgxL&sig=iomOR2<BR>h0XSmwqlhXR_e-6PmAUuk&hl=en&ei=TSn3S4j<BR>tJJbKM-_grKYF&sa=X&oi=book_resul... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 00:35:29 EST Tuesday’s HOT TOPIC... Favorite DVD workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x35091782 So, what's yours...some CHALENE or Jillian Michaels workout, or maybe something not so well known...whatever it is...share your pleasures!! <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!!! Tue, 29 Jun 2010 00:24:42 EST Weekly Weigh In & Goals: June 28th - July 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35069949 Check in for the week. How are you doing? What are you hoping to accomplish this week? Have a great week Popeyes! <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!! Mon, 28 Jun 2010 00:50:47 EST Weekly Challenge: June 28th – July 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35069884 This idea was inspired by CALLIKIA and another SparkFriend that I’m not recalling at the moment(so sorry)! Thought this would be fun to try for a team challenge…I am trying new things to see what gets people interested and willing to participate! <BR> <BR> Who ever racks up the most points for the week gets a special goodie! Just keep track of your points and then report back at the end of the week, showing how many points you got for each of the 6 categories. <BR> <BR> Here's the challen... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 00:43:29 EST Weekend Mini Challenge June 25th - 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x35018475 So, for this weekend's mini challenge, let's work on squeezing in fitness when ever and where ever we can...park in the farthest parking spot, take the stairs instead of the elevator, do lunges or squats while waiting in line, exercise while watching TV...get creative...and keep it up ALL weekend. Post what all you did over the weekend to get some EXTRA exercise in. (This is EXTRA exercise, not including your normal exercise routine.) The team member that makes the most effort to get in EXTR... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 02:43:40 EST Thursday’s HOT TOPIC...If I couldn’t fail, I'd____ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34996097 This topic was inspired by MICHELLEEJK’s blog regarding June 20th’s Healthy Reflections Spark email: <BR> <BR> "Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. <BR> - Louisa May Alcott, author <BR> <BR> What would you do if you knew you wouldn't fail? <BR> <BR> What would you do if you knew you could not fail? What kind of person would you be? What would a typical day look... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 00:32:01 EST MAP Step #9: Giving Yourself the Gift of Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34974887 We are discussing Laura DuPriest's book, "A Beautiful New You", and her “Makeover Action Plan” (MAP), which is intended to not only make over your physical being, but your attitude, self-esteem and entire life, as well. Go to the following link if you are interested in purchasing the book: <link>books.google.com/books?id=Sx-ZKUErUS<BR>sC&dq=Laura+dupriest+a+beautiful+new+y<BR>ou&source=bl&ots=Ky3UPZXgxL&sig=iomOR2<BR>h0XSmwqlhXR_e-6PmAUuk&hl=en&ei=TSn3S4j<BR>tJJbKM-_grKYF&sa=X&oi=book_resul... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 02:12:54 EST Tuesday’s HOT TOPIC...HRM vs. Pedometer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34950995 …which one do you use? <BR> …what brand and make do you use? <BR> …what are the pros and cons of what you are using? <BR> <BR> Thought this would be an interesting discussion. Hope everyone participates and can learn something from it! <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!! <BR> Tue, 22 Jun 2010 00:02:52 EST Weekly Challenge: June 21st – 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34926891 We are doing the 31 Days to Unbreakable Resolutions calendar which focuses on setting (and keeping) solid goals. There are 31 daily tips that will help you achieve long-term success in setting goals on this calendar. Here is the link to the calendar so you can print it: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-01.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Some people are not able to get the above link to work, so for those who can't open it, here's another: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/mot... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 23:23:33 EST Weekly Weigh In & Personal Goals: June 21st - 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34926331 Check in for the week. How are you doing? What are you hoping to accomplish this week? Have a great week Popeyes! <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!! Sun, 20 Jun 2010 22:51:24 EST Weekend Mini Challenge June 18th - 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34873771 OK…so, let’s make sure we get our water in this weekend…at least 8, 8oz. glasses each day…if you normally drink more, than do what you normally do. Report back here and let us know you got in your water both days. <BR> <BR> For a GOODIE…1) post and let us know what you normally drink per day; 2) drink MORE than that BOTH days; 3) report back here and let us know how much you drank and how you managed to get in more than your usual!! <BR> <BR> Good luck, everyone…and have a GREAT WEEKEND!... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 23:39:23 EST Thursday's HOT TOPIC: Water....do you get enough? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34852919 Water...it is so very important to meet your daily quota, but do you even know what your daily quota really is? And, how do you possibly drink ALL that water??? Read the following article and then let us know how YOU get your daily quota in...do you have any tricks or advise/suggestions for those of us struggling to get enough? <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1014 </link> Thu, 17 Jun 2010 00:21:07 EST MAP Step #8: Putting on Your Ruby Slippers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34831090 We are discussing Laura DuPriest's book, "A Beautiful New You", and her “Makeover Action Plan” (MAP), which is intended to not only make over your physical being, but your attitude, self-esteem and entire life, as well. Go to the following link if you are interested in purchasing the book: <link>books.google.com/books?id=Sx-ZKUErUS<BR>sC&dq=Laura+dupriest+a+beautiful+new+y<BR>ou&source=bl&ots=Ky3UPZXgxL&sig=iomOR2<BR>h0XSmwqlhXR_e-6PmAUuk&hl=en&ei=TSn3S4j<BR>tJJbKM-_grKYF&sa=X&oi=book_resul... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 01:21:19 EST Thanks Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34822811 I just wanted to thank you all for all of your kind words on my bike ride Saturday. And for the goodie. I know it's just a little goodie on my computer screen, but it really does mean a lot to me. I feel like I made you all proud by conquering that bike trail. And I made myself proud at the same time. Thanks again and I hope you all have a wonderful and sparked day. <BR> <BR> Tiffany <em>332</em> Tue, 15 Jun 2010 17:42:10 EST Tuesday's HOT TOPIC: Sparking and time management http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34806931 OK...so, this is a totally selfish topic...I'll admit that right up front! I need to know how you all do it! How do you Spark (some of you earning some unbelievable amount of SparkPoints daily), get your daily chores around the house done, juggle kids, and some of you even have jobs to go to every day...I just can't fathom it! What all do you do on Spark? Track you nutrition and fitness? Blog daily? Do you subscribe to others' blogs? How do yo find the time to do it all??? I am definitel... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 00:23:03 EST Weekly Weigh In & Personal Goals: June 14th - 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34783420 Check in for the week. How are you doing? What are you hoping to accomplish this week? Have a great week Popeyes! <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!! Mon, 14 Jun 2010 00:48:30 EST Weekly Challenge: June 14th - 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34783296 We are doing the 31 Days to Unbreakable Resolutions calendar which focuses on setting (and keeping) solid goals. There are 31 daily tips that will help you achieve long-term success in setting goals on this calendar. Here is the link to the calendar so you can print it: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-01.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Some people are not able to get the above link to work, so for those who can't open it, here's another: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/moti... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 00:35:52 EST Let's Celebrate Birthdays_June? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34746932 Anyone celebrating a birthday in the month of June? <em>236</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 22:15:59 EST Weekend Mini Challenge June 11th - 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34729294 This weekend, let's get in some extra exercise...don't care what you do, but it needs to be something you don't normally do. So, post and let us know 1) what your normal exercise routine is for the weekend, and then 2) what you are going to do above and beyond that as "extra" exercise. The person who does the most "extra" exercise this weekend will get a goodie, so you will also need to report back here and let us know 3) what you ACTUALLY DID DO as extra exercise...Good luck to you all, an... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 01:53:44 EST Thursday's HT: ON THIS JOURNEY I 'VE LEARNED...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34706683 What have you learned since joining Spark and starting on this journey to a healthy lifestyle? You don’t HAVE TO list EVERYTHING…you can just share the single most important thing that you feel has helped you be successful on this journey. <BR> <BR> Can’t wait to ready your replys! <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!! <BR> Thu, 10 Jun 2010 02:40:32 EST MAP Step #5-7: Love, Truth&Tr st..Your Foundation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34683500 We are discussing Laura DuPriest's book, "A Beautiful New You", and her “Makeover Action Plan” (MAP), which is intended to not only make over your physical being, but your attitude, self-esteem and entire life, as well. Go to the following link if you are interested in purchasing the book: <link>books.google.com/books?id=Sx-ZKUErUS<BR>sC&dq=Laura+dupriest+a+beautiful+new+y<BR>ou&source=bl&ots=Ky3UPZXgxL&sig=iomOR2<BR>h0XSmwqlhXR_e-6PmAUuk&hl=en&ei=TSn3S4j<BR>tJJbKM-_grKYF&sa=X&oi=book_resul... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 02:13:56 EST Introducing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42759x34681706 Me!! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Hi!! My name is Leanne and I'm new to the team. I'm looking to find just the right team for me and hopefully this will be what I need!! I can't wait to get to know you all!! Tue, 8 Jun 2010 23:23:48 EST Tuesday's HOT TOPIC: Tunes you ROCK to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34659495 What tunes have you found motivating and good to listen to while working out? All our posts should make a great list of workout tunes...I'm in need of updating my ipod! (I guess I'm making this a HOT TOPIC for selfish reasons...hope you all don't mind!) <BR> <BR> As always, <BR> Stay Strong!! Tue, 8 Jun 2010 00:48:41 EST Weekly Weigh In and Personal Goals June 7th - 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34633898 Check in for the week. How are you doing? What are you hoping to accomplish this week? Have a great week Popeyes! <BR> Sun, 6 Jun 2010 23:07:04 EST Weekly Challenge June 7th - 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34633702 We are going to try something a little different for the rest of the month...we are going to take on a Motivational Spark Calendar which focuses on a specific habit. This month we are going to do the 31 Days to Unbreakable Resolutions calendar which focuses on setting (and keeping) solid goals. There are 31 daily tips that will help you achieve long-term success in setting goals on this calendar. Here is the link to the calendar so you can print it: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/ca... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 22:55:09 EST Quote of the Week...What's your favorite? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15481x42759x34599890 Post your favorite quotes here...at the end of the week we should have a great collection! Sat, 5 Jun 2010 04:07:02 EST Weekend Mini Challenge June 4 - 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34585831 <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Weekend Mini Challenge - Spread the Spark! <BR> <BR> How can you spread the Spark? <BR> <BR> Send a message to a Spark friend that could use some support. <BR> Tell someone new about Spark. <BR> Send out a Spark article to your email list. <BR> <BR> What can you do to spread the Spark this weekend??? <BR> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>2... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 12:03:07 EST Thursday's Hot Topic...R EWARDS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34555385 1. What are some of your rewards for reaching that certain goal, or overcoming that certain something? <BR> <BR> 2. Do you have just big rewards, or do you have smaller ones, too? <BR> <BR> 3. What are the goals/accomplishments you feel are worthy of being rewarded? <BR> <BR> 4. Do you have your rewards written down somewhere, or how do you use them to motivate you? <BR> <BR> There is a SparkTeam that is all about this Hot Topic. If interested, go to the following link: <BR> <... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 02:21:20 EST MAP Step #4: Using Your Imagination http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34530389 We are discussing Laura DuPriest's book, "A Beautiful New You", and her “Makeover Action Plan” (MAP), which is intended to not only make over your physical being, but your attitude, self-esteem and entire life, as well. Go to the following link if you are interested in purchasing the book: <link>books.google.com/books?id=Sx-ZKUErUS<BR>sC&dq=Laura+dupriest+a+beautiful+new+y<BR>ou&source=bl&ots=Ky3UPZXgxL&sig=iomOR2<BR>h0XSmwqlhXR_e-6PmAUuk&hl=en&ei=TSn3S4j<BR>tJJbKM-_grKYF&sa=X&oi=book_resul... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 02:13:53 EST In the month of June, I will _________ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34513856 step it up. I will take on BlacKandi's 30 day challenge and continue my Couch 2 5K program (C25K) <BR> Tue, 1 Jun 2010 12:38:29 EST Tuesday's Hot Topic... MEASURING YOUR PROGRESS... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34503187 …WITH OUT the scale. <BR> <BR> The scale can be so frustrating…so how do YOU go about seeing your progress with out getting on it? What, besides losing weight, can show or be an indicator that you are making progress? Share your thoughts/ideas. <BR> Tue, 1 Jun 2010 00:01:00 EST Weekly Weigh In and Personal Goals May 31 - June 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34484100 Check in for the week. How are you doing? What are you hoping to accomplish this week? Have a great week Popeyes! Mon, 31 May 2010 01:02:46 EST Weekly Challenge May 31st - June 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34484060 <em>23</em> <em>319</em> <em>23</em> <em>319</em> <em>23</em> <em>319</em> <em>23</em> <em>319</em> <BR> <BR> Time for a Fitness Challenge! <BR> <BR> This week, pick one strength training exercise that you have not tried before. Check out the Spark Fitness Demos if you need ideas. Once you've picked your exercise, decide how many reps and sets you're going to do and how many days this week you're going to do it. Then pledge your total number of reps here. Hopefully, everyone can us... Mon, 31 May 2010 00:58:41 EST Quote of the Week...about WORRY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15481x42759x34451278 Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. <BR> <BR> - Corrie Ten Boom, author and human rights activist <BR> <BR> Legend has it that 90% of what we worry about never comes to pass. Whether that is statistically precise or not, there's probably some truth to it in your life. How much of our lives do we miss because we're agonizing over what might happen down the road? How often do we fail to act--even if it's the right thing to do--because we fear any num... Sat, 29 May 2010 01:23:35 EST Weekend Mini Challenge May 28th - 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34438344 <em>88</em> <em>67</em> <em>88</em> <em>67</em> <em>88</em> <em>67</em> <em>88</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> This weekend challenge goes along with the MAP step from this week. Your challenge this weekend is to do something that makes you feel pretty, beautiful, or smoking hot!!! Ideas could include: <BR> <BR> ~ give yourself a manicure or pedicure <BR> ~ do up your hair for a night <BR> ~ try something new with your makeup <BR> ~ get dressed up <BR> ~ head out to the salon <BR> ~ thr... Fri, 28 May 2010 10:43:48 EST new here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42759x34412352 morning all! <BR> alimessa invited me :) <BR> I am a mom/wife from NYC! and I have lost 26pounds since joining SP..and am going strong! <BR> slowly but surely I will lose 70 more lbs!! <BR> Gotta do this! for me and for my daughter!! Thu, 27 May 2010 07:04:33 EST Thursday's Hot Topic...Organic or Locally Grown? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34411114 Farmers markets are everywhere. The season is upon us! Do you buy organic, locally grown or store bought produce? The following is an article regarding this very subject: <link>health.yahoo.com/experts/joybauernut<BR>rition/9335/should-you-go-organic-or-l<BR>ocally-grown/ </link> <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you buy other organic products, besides produce? Thu, 27 May 2010 02:06:24 EST Caleinate...2nd ingredient found in Muscle Milk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34397678 Information gotten from the Supplement Research Foundation's website: <BR> <BR> Casein is a milk derived protein and comes in various forms including calcium caseinate, sodium caseinate, and micellar casein. Casein has a reputation for being the “anti-catabolic” protein and has some advantages over whey. First, casein is absorbed more slowly and can provide a sustained release of amino acids into the blood stream over a longer period of time. It forms a gel in the stomach and the amino ac... Wed, 26 May 2010 12:56:40 EST MAP Step #3...Your Beauty Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34387538 We are discussing Laura DuPriest's book, "A Beautiful New You", and her “Makeover Action Plan” (MAP), which is intended to not only make over your physical being, but your attitude, self-esteem and entire life, as well. Go to the following link if you are interested in purchasing the book: <link>books.google.com/books?id=Sx-ZKUErUS<BR>sC&dq=Laura+dupriest+a+beautiful+new+y<BR>ou&source=bl&ots=Ky3UPZXgxL&sig=iomOR2<BR>h0XSmwqlhXR_e-6PmAUuk&hl=en&ei=TSn3S4j<BR>tJJbKM-_grKYF&sa=X&oi=book_resul... Wed, 26 May 2010 00:08:57 EST Tuesday’s Hot Topic…Aerobic vs. Strength Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34365397 The following blog was posted by fellow team member NANCYANNE55. In it, she discusses her preference to strength training: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3209068 </link> <BR> <BR> What is your exercise routine, and how often do you do it? Do you do both aerobic and strength training workouts? If so, do you combine the two into one workout or do you stagger the days, preferring to do aerobics one day and strength training the next? Which do y... Tue, 25 May 2010 01:57:39 EST Weekly Weigh In and Personal Goals May 24th - 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34364905 This board gives us all a place to discuss our weigh-ins as well as our personal goals for the week. <BR> What are you focusing on this week? How did you feel about your weigh in this week? What are you aiming for going into next week? Tue, 25 May 2010 00:38:48 EST Weekly Challenge May 24th - 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34359874 <em>265</em> <em>489</em> <em>210</em> <em>265</em> <em>489</em> <em>210</em> <em>265</em> <em>489</em> <em>210</em> <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is all about expanding our knowledge. Do you know where you food comes from? Do you know what it's made of? <BR> Each day this week (or as many days as you can manage), take a look at the list of ingredients on the packaging of an item of food in your fridge or pantry. Choose one ingredient each day that you do not recognize and resea... Mon, 24 May 2010 20:06:35 EST Hi, I'm... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42759x34348760 Lynda, from Canada. I am 32 yrs old, three kids, and need to lose a lot of weight. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? Desk <BR> Spouse? Sleeping <BR> Your hair? Red <BR> Your mother? Home <BR> Your father? Deceased <BR> Your favorite thing? Books <BR> Your dream last night? Nightmare <BR> Favorite drink? Crystal <BR> What room are you in? Livingroom <BR> Your hobby? Fantasyhair <BR> Your fear? Alone <BR> Where do you want to be in 6 years? Roller Derby! <BR> Where were you last n... Mon, 24 May 2010 11:08:36 EST What is your Monday Mini-Goal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34348599 I thought it would be interesting to find out if anyone has a Monday mini-goal. <BR> <BR> It could be: drinking 8-10 glasses of water, staying off the scale, 10 mins of cardio, etc. <BR> <BR> I'll start.... <BR> <BR> Monday mini-goal: Attempt to jog 1.5 miles today for the first time to test my endurance. <BR> <BR> Now.. your turn... <em>20</em> Mon, 24 May 2010 11:03:26 EST Cool poem regarding QUITTING...must read!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15481x42759x34342773 Rhyme from ANDYLIN90’s BLOG <BR> <BR> JUST DON'T QUIT <BR> <BR> When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down, <BR> and you feel like the biggest failure in town. <BR> When you want to give up just because you gave in <BR> and forget all about being healthy and thin. <BR> <BR> SO WHAT! You went over your points a bit. <BR> It's your next move that counts, So don't <BR> you quit! <BR> It's a moment of truth, it's an attitude change. <BR> It's learning the skills to get bac... Mon, 24 May 2010 06:14:09 EST Quote(s) of the week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15481x42759x34310695 There will be a new quote of the week every Saturday. <BR> <BR> Thought I'd start with a Spark motivational article which has 7 of them...all very profound...Read them and then reply to reflect on them here, or maybe one of them will inspire you to write your own blog. <BR> <BR> A REMINDER: Start your own topics whenever you feel like it! This is YOUR team, so GO FOR IT!! Also, I have posted several articles, blogs, etc. in the "links" section, so please remember to look there, as well..... Sat, 22 May 2010 11:42:19 EST Dieting vs. Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34268656 MOMM4LIFE recommended this great article and thought it would be good for the team. <BR> It talks about the difference between dieting and changing your lifestyle. I encourage you all to take a quick read through the article and post your thoughts!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=620 </link> <BR> <BR> P.S. Thanks MOMM4LIFE for the great suggestion! Thu, 20 May 2010 11:09:10 EST Thursday’s Hot Topic…What are your ACTIVE HOBBIES? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34261085 I was inspired to do this topic when so many of us expressed an interest in Zumba, which was mentioned by SPIRALDANCER in her posting for the team challenge. <BR> <BR> Everyone has something they love to do, or possibly something you haven’t done yet, but really want to try…many are activities that others of us may not have heard of before or even know what they are exactly (like Zumba). So, let’s hear what active hobbies you have or are interested in, and PLEASE give a description of the... Thu, 20 May 2010 00:05:54 EST MAP Step #2...Looking Glass Self- Evaluation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34237520 We are discussing Laura DuPriest's book, "A Beautiful New You", and her “Makeover Action Plan” (MAP), which is intended to not only make over your physical being, but your attitude, self-esteem and entire life, as well. <BR> <BR> The 1st step in her MAP was to write down your epiphany, or "light bulb" moment, that indicated to you that you'd had enough. If you haven’t already done so, please go to the following link and post your epiphany now and then come back here for Step #2. <link>www.... Tue, 18 May 2010 23:55:19 EST Popeye food Yum Yum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42759x34225605 Hello, I am in need of a feel good team and this team poped out at me. I am trying to get healthy. I have 3 children 2 still at home who have been walking with me. Glad to meet you. Tue, 18 May 2010 13:26:53 EST Tuesday's Hot Topic...how do you eat your SPINACH? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34215332 Candy Sagon of the Washington Post reported that "We've become a nation of Popeyes. We are eating record amounts of spinach -- five times more fresh spinach than we did in the 1970s and the highest levels since the 1950s, when parents urged their kids to eat spinach to be strong, just like the animated cartoon sailor... <BR> The big difference is that Popeye ate his spinach straight from a can to give him strength before he pummeled his nemesis, Bluto. Americans today have all but abandoned t... Tue, 18 May 2010 01:32:25 EST Going to change my list of goals ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34207701 I just looked up what my health BMI would equate to in actual weight and I'm 10 lbs over on my goal weight. *sigh* So, I'm off to readjust my list of mini goals. <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> Mon, 17 May 2010 18:39:50 EST Weekend Mini Challenge May 21st - 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34181992 <em>67</em> <em>67</em> Weekend Mini Challenge details will be posted each Friday. Stay tuned! <em>67</em> <em>67</em> Sun, 16 May 2010 18:34:18 EST Weekly Weigh In and Personal Goals May 17th - 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34181943 This board gives us all a place to discuss our weigh-ins as well as our personal goals for the week. <BR> What are you focusing on this week? How did you feel about your weigh in this week? What are you aiming for going into next week? Sun, 16 May 2010 18:31:44 EST Weekly Challenge May 17th - 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34181850 <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <BR> “It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect it’s successful outcome.” <BR> –William James <BR> <BR> Cultivating and maintaining a positive outlook will help us to stay focused and achieve our weight loss goals. Your challenge for the week is to develop a list of at least 5 things that help you to stay positive and motivated. <... Sun, 16 May 2010 18:24:43 EST Tips and Recommendat ions...fave foods, books, etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34170436 Share your great finds with us, including foods, books, magazines, protein supplements, clothes, work out equipment, etc. Click the link below to get some recommendations from NANCYANNE55... <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3214254 </link> Sun, 16 May 2010 07:36:33 EST What are your "poisons" or "triggers"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34163834 What are they, and how do you handle them? Do you keep away from them all together, or can you handle them in moderation? Sat, 15 May 2010 19:48:10 EST What are your favorite products ..foods, books, et http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15481x42759x34163651 Share your great finds with us, including foods, books, magazines, protein supplements, clothes, work out equipment, etc. Click the link below to get some recommendations from NANCYANNE55... <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3214254 </link> Sat, 15 May 2010 19:36:44 EST introducing Chris Donner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42759x34161798 OK, I'm not good at one word answers. If anyone wades through all this I'll send you a goodie. LOL <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? on my desk in front of me. <BR> Spouse? 21 years of wonderful life experiences shared so far with my partner, Cee Neuner <BR> Your hair? ugh.... baby fine and straight as a board <BR> Your mother? living in a fantasy world where she can be happy for the first time in her life <BR> Your father? has gone deaf and is slipping into forgetfulness <BR> Your f... Sat, 15 May 2010 17:15:02 EST K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Silly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34149766 We are all more likely to stay on our programs if they are simple and easy to incorporate in our daily lives. What do you do to Keep It Simple? Tips, tricks, and general ideas are all welcome! Fri, 14 May 2010 23:23:27 EST The Brag Board! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34146913 Did you do something great today? Meet a goal? Resist a temptation? Make a positive change? Post about your success here so we can all cheer you on!!! Fri, 14 May 2010 20:40:57 EST Challenge Suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15478x42759x34146664 Hey Popeyes! <BR> What kind of challenges would you like to participate in? How long would you like the challenges to run for? Would you prefer a challenge that focused on nutrition? Fitness? Something else? <BR> Let hear your ideas! Fri, 14 May 2010 20:26:34 EST The dreaded scale...to use it or not...that's the? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34145853 Do you use the scale? Are you obsessed with it? How often do you get on it? Does it frustrate you and affect your moods? What else do you do to measure your success? <BR> <BR> Below is a link to a blog by SparkFriend SUNSHINE667, with her opinion of our friend, the scale... <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2873943 </link> Fri, 14 May 2010 19:39:15 EST this post has been deleted... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15481x42759x34145313 see links on the team page... Fri, 14 May 2010 19:00:30 EST favorite blogs have been moved to links section http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15481x42759x34145259 on team page Fri, 14 May 2010 18:56:28 EST Deleted blog...moved to links section http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15481x42759x34145117 on team page... Fri, 14 May 2010 18:47:12 EST What we can learn from Popeye! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15481x42759x34144932 This is a great blog about what the cartoon Popeye can teach us...I never knew how great the team name was until I read this! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3228195 </link> Fri, 14 May 2010 18:36:41 EST What are your affirmations? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34129430 I feel affirmations are a very important part of keeping our self talk positive. Below is an article on how to write affirmations. It also has a link to "how to use your affirmations for maximum effect". I suggest reading both of these articles, and then list some of your affirmations you come up with here. <BR> <BR> <link>www.positive-attitude-tips.com/effec<BR>tive-affirmation.html </link> Fri, 14 May 2010 01:20:38 EST Bridge building...a lifestyle change vs. dieting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34127983 Read the blog below, and then comment on it...what makes the "bridge" successful? What makes it strong? What can weaken it? What problems do you have with your "bridge"?? <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3216805 </link> Thu, 13 May 2010 23:15:25 EST Your Epiphany or "light bulb" moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x42759x34127675 In Laura DuPriest's book, "A Beautiful New You", she promises that after reading her book and using it to transorm your life, your makeover (our makeovers) will reach far beyond our reflection in the mirror. It will make over our attitudes, self-esteem and our entire lives. <BR> <BR> She wants us to create a "Makeover Action Plan". The first step in this action plan is to write down your epiphany, or "light bulb" moment, that indicated to you that you'd had enough. Was it a comment someon... Thu, 13 May 2010 22:58:06 EST A little bit about the leader.. ALIMESSA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x42759x34126916 My name is Alicia, I have been married to a wonderful man, James, for almost 24 years now (got married when I was 17 and it actually stuck!), have 2 beautiful teens...Lyndsi is 13 and Matthew is 15, and I am 42. I've struggled with my weight since I was a freshman in high school, and done lots of yoyo dieting. I think the main difference for me this time is that I am really looking to change my entire lifesyle and make it healthier, not just get on the scale and see that I've lost weight. I a... Thu, 13 May 2010 22:23:50 EST