SparkPeople Made in CANADA! Team Messageboard Hello! Canadian SparkFriends! Whether you were made here or in another country, come on in you are welcome. SparkPeople Made in CANADA! Team Messageboard I'm a newbie Hi to everyone, <BR> I was originally born in London, Ontario. I have worked all over North America. I spent most of my time in the western part of the continent. I now have retired in Ohio in my husband's home town, along with our 2 dogs and a kitty. <BR> I have been hypothyroid for over 4o yrs. Was having some medication issues which are getting better. <BR> I was diagnosed with prediabetes in June and that is when I found SparkPeople. <BR> I am almost half way to my goal weight! Still s... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 20:54:52 EST All About Belly Fat A good article about the two types of belly fat. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_s=oyivfyjnctj4futtezrb </link> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:14:25 EST Snacking and Weight Loss Good read! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>weight/ </link> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 22:46:08 EST How Eating Organic Affects Pesticide Levels Even if you can't do a lot of organic, it helps your body anyway. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-organic-food-affects-pesticide-leve<BR>ls-bodies/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_m<BR>edium=email&utm_campaign=0527_f_con </link> Thu, 28 May 2015 08:48:37 EST How to Choose Foods Less Processed <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oose-foods-that-are-less-processed </link> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:23:58 EST Food is Our Medicine Fennel is considered both a vegetable and a herb due to its wide ranging nutritional and healing benefits. Fennel is rich in folic acid, vitamin C, magnesium, cobalt, iron, and essentials oils that contain powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is excellent for indigestion and is commonly used as a natural antacid in order to help reduce acidity and inflammation in the digestive tract and to facilitate proper absorption and assimilation of nutrients from food. Fennel has poten... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:12:52 EST Stop Eating Crap All the Time Yes, it's okay for a little break from your healthy diet but everything in moderation. ! <BR> <BR> <img src="">> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:05:08 EST Stand Up, Live Longer Stand Up, Live Longer <BR> <BR> Want to make a solid stand for your health? Sit less and stand up more. Why? Doing so protects your DNA, and, in turn, can extend your life, according to scientists. In fact, a sedentary lifestyle creates obesity, diabetes, and poor health, says Dr. Joan Vernikos, former director of NASA's Life Sciences. <BR> <BR> Here’s the deal: a study found that sitting too much shortens telomeres, the protective caps which are found at the end of our DNA chromosomes. Th... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 16:59:07 EST Surprisingly Delicious High-Protein Smoothies Here are some delicious smoothie receipes, great way to increase your protein intake. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ie-recipes?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_med<BR>ium=email&utm_campaign=daily_newslette<BR>r_2015-04-07_mails_daily_new_header </link> Wed, 8 Apr 2015 16:56:08 EST 12 Steps for Self Care Some good works to live by! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:00:27 EST Brain Smart Protein Brain-Smart Protein <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you know that, next to water, protein makes up most of the weight of our bodies? It’s true—and easy to see why—because muscles, ligaments, organs, nails and hair are all made up of proteins. In short, complete protein is essential for the body. The truth is that everyone needs it. It’s one of the macronutrients our bodies simply can’t do without. Of course, we think the cleaner the protein, the better—which is why we whole-heartedly believe in Certifi... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:48:12 EST How Good is Your Sense of Smell Take this test…your health could depend on it. <BR> <BR> Can you smell the rose that’s under your nose? What about the odor of burning toast? Or the foul smell of spoiled food? <BR> <BR> Just as it’s common to have fading vision or diminished hearing as you age, many people lose at least some of their ability to smell. In fact, about 25% of adults over the age of 53 have a reduced sense of smell, and the percentage rises to more than 60% in those age 80 and older... <BR> <BR> <link>bott... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 09:41:41 EST 5 Easy Ways to Eat Better No better time than now to start! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_ways_to_eat_better </link> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:13:26 EST What Did You Have for Breakfast Today? Breakfast is important so what did you have to start your day off? Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:28:22 EST Household, FitnessTips Dishcloths and sponges often harbor a stale smell that just won't go away, even after running them through the washing machine or dishwasher. Old sponges you can throw out, but dishcloths are made to recycle. Here's what to do… <BR> <BR> Soak your dishcloth (or sponge, if you're not quite ready to throw it out) overnight in a solution of one cup hot water (we like to boil the water first), one-half cup white vinegar and three tablespoons table salt. This amount is enough to soak one eight-in... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 08:55:35 EST Smoothies Am I drinking to many green smoothies a day? I usually have 4 a day. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:46:11 EST Motivation <em>213</em> It's snowing outside. Not the start to a vacation. Hoping to go to BC for a few days and want some more outdoor cycling. I guess today it's the gym (and then sauna). I will get in my 10,000 steps <BR> <em>324</em> <em>543</em> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:56:42 EST Two Words....Change One carrot cake Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:10:30 EST Did you sleep well last night??? <em>334</em> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:51:06 EST Change one letter....Word Game bent Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:47:51 EST A-Z.....Girls Names Agnus Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:46:53 EST Daily Points for our team....... On the start page of Spark People, you will notice on the right hand side bottom a section that says SPARKPOINTS TODAY. It will have a red flag in this section.. Click on that and it will show you all the teams you belong to (they will have a red flag beside them) <BR> <BR> 1.. Click on the flag. <BR> 2. The Points earned for the team will appear for the day. <BR> 3. Then post the results in here. <BR> <BR> You can choose to post up to 5 different teams you belong to each day. <BR> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:27:14 EST Say your team mates. <em>213</em> have yourself a sparking day! <em>334</em> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:07:34 EST WOOHOO...If you huddled on the team Wall. <em>244</em> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:06:03 EST New Question Each Day....?????? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Which one of these heart-healthy tips is the most difficult for you to follow? <BR> <BR> Sticking with consistent exercise <BR> Eating a healthy diet <BR> Brushing and flossing every day <BR> Getting a good night's sleep <BR> Not smoking <BR> Practicing stress management <BR> Decreasing negativity and increasing positivity <BR> None of the above <BR> All of the above <BR> More than one of the above <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:57:08 EST What is YOUR SPORT? I love golf. Watching the pga. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 08:11:55 EST A WORD GAME else <BR> there <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:50:34 EST How are you finding your goals? Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to know how everyone is getting on with their goals, (fitness or otherwise?) I have found that for me as prices have gone up especially for fresh produce I have been eating a lot less fruits. I even recall realizing that it had been a full week or so and I had not eaten one piece of fruit! Does anyone else find some challenges or changes to goals given the economic climate we are in at present? How have you handled it thus far? Wed, 16 Nov 2011 10:03:44 EST Hi Team Hi Team! <BR> <BR> I am not new to sparkspeople nor this team but I would like to introduce myself here. I have been working on my journey and I have been up and down on the scale. And up and down on my fitness regime as well. Currently I am in the upward swing of getting back and focused before the holidays as well before the New Year hits as I figure it would be better to start fresh prior to all that resolution talk and be already committed to my goals. <em>213</em> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 09:59:02 EST Fell off the "FOOD" wagon Hi fellow Canucks and everybody. I don't know what happened the other afternoon. I had been following the Spark food menus faithfully but.............. for some unknown reason, I ate everything in sight. I absolutely PIGGED out. I am so ashamed of myself. I couldn't seem to stop myself. Sat, 16 Jul 2011 12:51:11 EST Yes or No......Should this team continue I sent out a Sparkmail to you all, and have had 2 responses......if I have no other messages by Thursday,I think this team's time might be over....or my time as a leader anyway. Mon, 2 May 2011 23:25:11 EST May 2, 2011 ELECTION DAY If you haven't already, don't forget to go out and vote tomorrow. <em>479</em> Mon, 2 May 2011 00:48:51 EST Displaying the weight ticker in pounds vs. kilos I should have called this post "Instantly lose hundreds of pounds!" to get your attention in a sensationalistic, infomercial kind of way... <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople seems to assume we Canadians like to use the metric system, but the reality is that (I think) most of us think and weigh ourselves in pounds. If you sign up for SparkPeople and don't adjust your preferences, your weight ticker will be displayed in kilograms based on the numbers you enter in pounds, since it will ... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 14:00:10 EST Checking In! :) Hey all. Just wanted to see how everyone is doing so far in 2011!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm getting back to my workout routine, trying to catch up on sleep. <em>20</em> The groups I was a part of before Christmas is re-starting our Biggest Loser Challenge this week...can't wait. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:29:28 EST New Challenge Coming Soon (to a theatre near you) So what kinds of challenges are you guys up for? I hesitate to make fitness challenges because everyone's at different fitness levels, and I hesitate to make weight loss challenges because I don't believe it's all about the numbers. <BR> <BR> So what does that leave us with? What challenges would you like to see? Tue, 4 Jan 2011 09:26:00 EST 5 Things Tell us five random things about yourself! Tue, 4 Jan 2011 09:24:25 EST What are your goals for this year? Come on ... let's hear 'em! What do you have planned for this year? <BR> <BR> I have just agreed to run a half marathon in the spring and a full one in the fall ... my SparkFriends can be a bad influence - haha. I'm completely freaking out right now! Tue, 4 Jan 2011 09:23:42 EST Christmas dinner ideas I am hosting Christmas dinner on the 24 th in the eve. I am trying to figure out what make? Any suggestions. I work the whole day till 3:15 and then I am home for an hour and then to church. My husband will have to make the majority of the meal. Tue, 14 Dec 2010 01:33:01 EST Cookie recipes I am doing a baking exchange at work. I am looking for great <em>495</em> or <em>494</em> treat recipes. Please post your fav here... we can all share them... <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Sat, 20 Nov 2010 12:15:59 EST New Year, Less Rear - Check in #1 <em>412</em> Number of KM run: 18 <BR> <em>412</em> Number of cups of water consumed: 70 (avg. 5 per day) <BR> <em>412</em> Number of times I did something just for me: 3 <BR> <BR> I'm gonna beat that next week! Wed, 17 Nov 2010 12:07:47 EST New Year, Less Rear Welcome to the NEW CHALLENGE!!! This one is called "New Year, Less Rear" and it will run (of course) until the end of the year. Or, I guess if we want to get acronym crazy, the NYLR Challenge! <BR> <BR> <em>412</em> <em>412</em> <em>412</em> <em>412</em> <em>412</em> <BR> <BR> The purpose of this challenge is simple: to carry us through the holidays. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has to deal with Christmas goodies and potlucks at the office, not to mention gatherings with family a... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 10:58:51 EST Support your team members! Lets support everyone on this team. Start by taking the time to visit someones spark page on this team, of someone you don't know. Remember to mention the team name. Lets get everyone involved. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>17</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 12 Oct 2010 13:48:58 EST Use an emotion to show how you are feeling today! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Using the spark emotions above. Post how you are feeling. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 23:17:40 EST What did you do for exercise today? Fall has arrived and I decided to go take a walk in the park after work. It was wonderful 4k in 49 mins and 566 calories burned. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 17:10:39 EST Announcement: New Team Leaders Hi Everyone! Please welcome your new team co-leaders: SUEINWLOO, YAHTZEE, SUNSHINE084 and RACINETTE. You might remember my email asking if you'd like to be a co-leader and you might also be wondering why I chose four of them instead of one (and no, the answer isn't because I'm passive aggressive :)). <BR> <BR> Well, let's try an explanation. For one, I thought it would be nice if we had more than one area of Canada represented. And for two, I think these wonderful people all have something t... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 13:25:54 EST Turkey... are you getting rid of yours and how? I did the JM NTZ last night. It was a killer. I am thinking and wanting to exercise tonight but don't know. Maybe a walk? it is really cold here. Share your exercise idea's. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 19:29:14 EST Two Week Challenge: Sept 2-16 With the summer winding down and a new season about to start, it seems like the perfect opportunity to try something new. <BR> <BR> That's why, for this two week challenge, I want you to conquer a new fear every day. Yep, you read that right. Every day. <BR> <BR> The fear can be anything you want ... from trying a new class at the gym to asserting yourself at work, to adding to a discussion on a sparkteam or going skydiving! <BR> <BR> The important thing is that you realize that your fears... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 13:47:59 EST Exercise while on vacation ? I am going to Vegas for a family wedding. I am thinking about some short forms of exercise I can do while I am there. I will be doing a lot of walking... I don't think I can really swim in the pool. Due to the hot weather and prob being crowded. Any idea's for me. Any tips on places to go and food to eat. Thanks everyone. Will share about my trip when I get back. <em>334</em> Mon, 23 Aug 2010 21:55:50 EST The Next Two-Week Challenge <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> For the next two weeks, my challenge to all of you is to do at least 30 minutes of exercise every day! Pick your poison - you can walk, run, rollerblade, do yoga, get out your bike, hike, dance, or whatever else it is you do! And of course you can mix it up ... but the goal is 30 minutes every single day! <BR> <BR> Get out there and work it - Lose that Turkey! <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> Fri, 20 Aug 2010 10:13:02 EST What is considered a serving of Cherries I am wanting to know according to the Canadian Food Guide, What is a serving of fresh Cherries. If anyone knows please send me the info. Thanks... gotta love those B.C. Cherries right now. <em>289</em> Mon, 9 Aug 2010 15:27:17 EST New Challenge: Lose that Turkey! Did you know that wild turkeys (turkies?) can weigh anywhere from 11 to 24 lbs? No? Well they can! The Canadian Thanksgiving this year is on October 11th which gives us just over nine weeks to make a difference: do you think you can lose a turkey by then? <BR> <BR> This challenge will be broken up into smaller two week periods, with the final week being a "race for the turkey" week where we'll just go all out. Sound good? <BR> <BR> For the first two weeks here is your template (please custo... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 11:45:00 EST Hillside Festival, Guelph Ontario I just thought I would share my weekend with you. I had a great time. I went to the Hillside Festival in Guelph and had an amazing time ( I blogged about it) I have never been to Hillside before but will definitely be going again. This was an amazing Canadian festival. So eco friendly as well. Nothing went to waste. It felt really good to participate in such a great music festival. Just thought I would share in case anyone wanted to try this in future yeats :) <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 Jul 2010 14:00:06 EST JUST FOR TODAY, I VOW ... To not eat a single potato chip! Tue, 20 Jul 2010 13:06:03 EST New Challenge: Civic Holiday Slimdown! <em>464</em> <em>47</em> <em>464</em> <em>47</em> <em>464</em> <em>47</em> <BR> <BR> CIVIC HOLIDAY SLIMDOWN TEMPLATE <BR> <BR> <em>464</em> <em>47</em> <em>464</em> <em>47</em> <em>464</em> <em>47</em> <BR> <BR> NUTRITION: <BR> <BR> 1. Stay within nutritional ranges 6/7 days per week. <BR> 2. Drink at least 8 cups of water per day. <BR> 3. Limit of 1 Diet Coke per day. <BR> <BR> FITNESS: <BR> <BR> 1. Start and complete the 30 Day Shred <BR> 2. Improve running (... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 09:08:54 EST I need help I have been going btw wts of 199, 201, 200lb in the last three weeks. What can I do to get my metabolism going? I am wondering what I am doing wrong. Mon, 28 Jun 2010 14:24:14 EST NEW CHALLENGE ... coming soon! Thursday is July 1st, marking the end of our Canada Day Challenge! This gives you THREE full days to get your workout on before the official weigh-in. <BR> <BR> Another challenge will be announced on Friday (or Thursday night if I can swing it) that will end on the August civic holiday. Details coming soon to a computer screen near you! Mon, 28 Jun 2010 10:04:08 EST Canada Day! Canada Day is just a week away, folks! How do you celebrate? Wed, 23 Jun 2010 11:25:16 EST 5 Things I thought it might be a good idea for us to set mini goals for the week. I know I'm starting this on a Tuesday but let's just pretend it's Monday. I'll start: <BR> <BR> 1. I want to go for 3 runs <BR> 2. I want to try out a new recipe <BR> 3. I want to go for at least one walk, with no purpose other than walking. <BR> 4. I want to drink my 8 cups of water every day. <BR> 5. I want to not hit the snooze button! Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:16:49 EST What did you do for yourself this week? On Sunday I sent out an email challenging you to take a few minutes out of every day to do something just for you. What did you do? <BR> <BR> I've done a few things for me this week - I had ice cream for my brother's birthday (just a little, I promise!), I went to a concert with my BFF on Tuesday, I got a pedicure ... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 10:22:32 EST Losing it "Canadian Style"??? When I saw that TORONTO_GRRL_79 had created this group, I immediately had to join, cause honestly, there is nothing cooler than being Canadian. Am I right? <BR> <BR> Of course I am!! <BR> <BR> But it got me thinking about what losing it "canadian style means... <BR> <BR> -a maple syrup based diet? <BR> -beer-based diet? <BR> -chasing beavers to get cardio? <BR> -shivering to tone up cause it's so cold? <BR> -shovelling yourself skinny (and so you can get your car out)? <BR> -um, hockey a... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 15:42:52 EST Food What are some of your favourite weight loss food finds in Canada? <BR> <BR> What are some food products you hear mentioned so often that you wish they were more available in Canada? Fri, 4 Jun 2010 10:02:39 EST Canada Day Challenge Canada Day is less than one month away and it's the beginning of summer for many of us! Who doesn't want to look great for summer (you didn't raise your hand, did you?) <BR> <BR> So ... as a group, let's make it our mission to lose five pounds before the first of July (this works out to 1.4 lbs a week)! Or, if you're at your goal weight, make it your goal to maintain until then! <BR> <BR> You can blog about your progress here, including your weight, or you can simply use this forum as a pla... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 10:00:16 EST Introduce Yourself! Hi Everyone! My name is Amanda and I'm from Toronto (as my screen name would suggest). I've been an SP member since January of 2010, but I've kinda fallen off the wagon a bit lately. I'm trying to give my weight loss another boost! Fri, 4 Jun 2010 09:50:46 EST