SparkPeople WORKING TOGETHER Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=43272 Coming together, sharing together, working together, succeeding together. We CAN DO IT together now and in 2014. SparkPeople WORKING TOGETHER Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=43272 HOW MANY HOURS OF SLEEP DID YOU GET http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x56646551 8 Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:50:22 EST COME ON IN AND SAY HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x56646253 <em>213</em> Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:25:26 EST BONUES POINTS FOR OUR TEAM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x56646222 10 Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:23:10 EST Jan....GOODIES 30 mins for 31 days challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x56114168 <em>381</em> Come and post how many minutes you worked out today. Any kind of exercise will do. walking, skiing, swimming, golfing, weight lifting....you name it, you can do it! At the end of Jan. I will hand out goodies for all those that take on the challenge. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:32:30 EST Jan.....Say Hi For Goodies Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x56114009 <em>524</em> .....This challenge will start on Jan. 1st. I've already handed out this month goodies for Dec. Thanks for participation...Let's make Jan. rock! <BR> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:14:59 EST Jan......Bonus Points For Our Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x56111792 This thread will start on Jan. 1st. Let's see how many points we can make for our team. <BR> <BR> <BR> On the start page on of Spark People, you will notice on the left hand side, you will see the teams you belong to, with a flag beside it <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, the points you earned for the team. <BR> <BR> You can choose to post up to 5 different teams you belong to each da... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 08:49:17 EST Bonus Points For Our Team.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x55866791 On the main page on of Spark People, you will notice on the left hand side, you will see the teams you belong to, with a flag beside it <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, the points you earned for the team. <BR> <BR> You can choose to post up to 5 different teams you belong to each day. <BR> <BR> If you don't have time to post to all your teams, keep a tally of the points and the dates f... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 17:17:38 EST Dec......Hi's For Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x55866701 Come on in and say Hi to your team mates. At the end of the month I will hand out goodies to all those that participate. <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 17:07:49 EST Dec.....Get Up and Go Challenge For Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x55866659 Let us know what you did to get moving today....you can use an emoticon or write what you accomplished today. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 17:03:15 EST STEP UP CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x54887334 If you get 2,500 steps that day, you get 1 pt. <BR> If you get 5,000 steps that day, you get 2 pts. <BR> If you get 7,500 steps that day, you get 3 pts. <BR> If you get 10,000 steps that day, you get 4 pts. <BR> If you get 15,000 steps that day, you get 5 pts. <BR> If you get 20,000 steps that day, you get 6 pts. <BR> <BR> Sun, Sept. 15- ________ steps ______ point(s) <BR> Mon, Sept. 16 - ________ steps ______ point(s) <BR> Tue, Sept 17 - ________ steps ______ point(s) <BR> Wed, Sept. 1... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:00:13 EST 30 DAY PLANK CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x54887173 Day 1: <BR> <BR> 20 seconds Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:47:07 EST Questions, Suggestions, Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x54809026 This is the page that you can ask questions, make suggestions, or just chat. I would like to know what each of us needs, me a swift kick in the rear for letting myself get to almost where I started in 2007. I can't believe it. <BR> <BR> I'll start off and maybe some will answer these questions and maybe we can come up with something unusual and fun: <BR> 1) do you feel that challenges help you with weight loss goals <BR> 2) what is your biggest motivation <BR> 3) what is your worst enemy... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 21:57:01 EST UPDATE ON TEAM MILE TOTALS...Do Not Post Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x54406794 <BR> Fitness In Motion Team......................................<BR>.........589.11 miles <BR> Rainbow of Faith, Hope and Cure Team................120.2 miles <BR> Working Together to Reach Our Goals Team.......333.16miles <BR> Believe, Achieve, Succeed Team...........................689.68 miles <BR> 60's and Beyond Team......................................<BR>.........195 miles <BR> World's Best Grandmas And Grandpas Team....375.60 miles <BR> A Brand New Road Ahead Team..................... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 13:32:45 EST GET-UP AND GO CHALLENGE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x54353199 As of today, let's see how far our daily mileage takes us!! Remember to post the team total!! We are in this together!! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 10:33:51 EST LIST A SMALL GOAL THAT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x54338575 Let's think of something that you would like to accomplish today!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine would be to go for a walk. I know it's supposed to rain all day but I can try!! Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:32:30 EST Good News Will Be Where You Look For It.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54286973 Good News will be Where You Look for It <BR> Optimism Lengthens Lifespan <BR> -- By Rachel Von Nida, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am a big believer that attitude and outlook on life accounts for a lot. Research clearly shows that people are actually healthier and much happier when they wake up each day with a positive mind-set. For example, in a 23-year study by Miami and Yale Universities, people with a positive perception of aging lived 7.5 years longer. <BR> <BR> This notion may ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 09:43:30 EST Why Strength Training is a Must For Everyone.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54275242 Why Strength Training is a Must for Everyone <BR> Strength Becomes More Important with Age <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Think you’re too old to start a strength training program? Well think again! Strength training is just what your body needs to fight the loss of muscle, bone mass and strength that comes with age. <BR> <BR> Everyone, no matter how young or old, should be doing some kind of regular strength training. This could be at the gym, or a... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:20:44 EST Tune In to a Healthier You..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54249038 Tune In to a Healthier You <BR> Time to Turn Off Those TV's! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> How often do you come home from a hard day, only to plop on the couch and "relax" in front of the TV? If you find it hard to escape the sights and sounds of the tube, or if watching your favorite show turns into more wasted hours than you planned, you're not alone. Americans watch TV for an average of 4 hours every day; even when we're not watching, the televi... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:25:30 EST Sunny Disposition and Your Heart... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54235133 Sunny Disposition May Shield You From Heart Problems <BR> Study of 7,400 people found fewer heart attacks, other conditions among optimists <BR> <BR> <BR> MONDAY, July 22 (HealthDay News) -- Being cheerful and optimistic may greatly reduce your risk of heart problems, according to a new study. <BR> <BR> "If you are by nature a cheerful person and look on the bright side of things, you are more likely to be protected from cardiac events," study leader Lisa Yanek, an assistant professor in g... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:47:25 EST The Causes of Allergies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54220028 The Causes of Allergies <BR> Most Factors are Out of Your Control <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health Writer & Nicole Nichols, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While scientists don’t completely understand why allergies develop, they do believe that a combination of things create the immune system confusion, from genetic predisposition to environmental factors. <BR> <BR> There are two main categories of risks that can contribute to the development of allergies—those that you can't change,... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 05:26:45 EST The More You Spark The More You Lose.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54209263 The More You 'Spark,' The More You'll Lose <BR> Groundbreaking Study Shows Using SparkPeople Improves Weight-Loss Results <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Editor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Researchers have been studying what works—and what doesn't—for real, permanent weight loss for years. Various weight-loss interventions (from specialized diets to in-person support groups to educational sessions to weight-loss apps) have been analyzed, scrutinized, and reviewed in hopes of finding "the" a... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 09:06:50 EST Top 10 Reasons to Drop 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54162236 Top 10 Reasons to Drop 10 <BR> Motivation to Lose <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> If you are overweight or obese, there are some powerful reasons to drop 10 percent of your body weight this year. Losing this amount of weight can significantly improve your health and well-being. It may not sound like a lot. In fact, most people trying to lose weight set much loftier goals for themselves, but unrealistic goals can often end in disaster. <BR> <BR> A 10 pe... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:49:43 EST Allergy- Proofing Your Home.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54148848 Allergy-Proofing Your Home <BR> Reduce Dust Mites, Dander, Mold and Pollen <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Allergic reactions to everyday substance in the home can make life uncomfortable, no matter how much medication you take. Avoiding known allergens and making your home as allergen-free as possible can help minimize your symptoms and increase your quality of life. While no home can ever be 100% allergen-free, with the right steps you can reduce yo... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:57:49 EST 10 Products to Pamper a Fitness Fanatic... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54137406 10 Products to Pamper a Fitness Fanatic <BR> Holiday Gifts for the Active People in Your Life <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's holiday gift time again, and, like me, you may be at a loss as to what to buy your fitness-loving loved ones, especially those who are already decked in top-notch performance wear and already own the best workout gear. Well, here's an often-forgotten gift idea for your loved ones: beauty produc... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:22:55 EST Transition into a Healthy Retirement... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54123362 Transition into a Healthy Retirement <BR> Retirement Can Be A Renaissance <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Once upon a time there was a distinguished politician who went into retirement after a long career of hectic schedules, important tasks, and continual limelight. After hanging around the house for the first week of his new-found freedom, he was gently chastised by his wife, who informed him that she ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 12:49:50 EST FUNctional Fitness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54112421 FUNctional Fitness <BR> We All Want Fitness to Be More Fun! <BR> -- By Mare Petras, Fitness Expert & Author <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What fun is being laid up with a stiff or bad back? What good is a perfect body if you are feeling less than perfect? <BR> <BR> As far as your back is concerned, more fun comes from more functional fitness. The simplest, easiest, most basic moves are usually the most important gift you can give your body every day. These exercises are common sense, preventative m... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 13:37:29 EST Good Carbs v. Bad Carbs . . . Really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x54099930 I've been doing a little reading, & with all the protein-focused "diets" out there, it really seems like carbs are getting a bad name. Does the body really process carbs from a peach any different than it does from a pasta? What do you guys think? Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:38:44 EST So Many Ways to Enjoy Soy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54097604 So Many Ways to Enjoy Soy! <BR> How to Incorporate Soy Foods into Your Diet <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There was a time in recent history when the closest Americans willingly came to soybeans was by driving through farm country. The only milk you could find at the grocery store came from cows, and the word “tofu” conjured images of bell-bottomed hippies. Times have changed however, and what was once a staple only in Asian markets has found its way to mainst... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:51:46 EST Is Evening Eating Destroying Weight Loss Efforts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54084592 Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts? <BR> Cues to Eating and How to Control Them <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Balanced breakfast? Check <BR> Mid-morning snack? Check <BR> Healthy lunch with your co-workers? Check <BR> Passing up your friend's homemade cookies? Check <BR> Coming home in the evening and going on a feeding frenzy? CHECK!! <BR> <BR> Does this sound like the bulk of your days? You're in control, everything is goin... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:43:02 EST CHIT CHAT ROOM..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x54071878 Good morning team. I've opened up this topic for all those that like to chat and get to know each other better. Let us know how your day/week is going. Tell us about some of your successes or struggles. Remember we are here to help and support you in any way we can. have yourselves a wonderful sparking day my friends. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 09:18:55 EST Healthy Smile, Healthy Body.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54070865 Healthy Smile, Healthy Body <BR> How Your Teeth Affect Your Health <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Health and Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You probably don't think about your teeth that much unless you drink something icy cold or that little postcard reminding you to schedule your next dental appointment shows up in the mail. However, you should really give your pearly whites more attention. After all, your teeth are one of the first things people see when you smile and greet them, and... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:11:31 EST "You Know You're a SparkPerson When... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54057210 ''You Know You're a SparkPerson When...'' Contest Rules <BR> See if your favorite is a winner! <BR> -- By SparkPeople <BR> <BR> Recently we held a contest based on the Message Board thread "You know you're a SparkPerson when…" Members were asked to vote for their favorite responses, and below are the top 10! <BR> <BR> You know you're a SparkPerson when… <BR> <BR> 10…You mentally count the calories that other people eat too. (KARMONSTER) <BR> <BR> 09…You look forward to your time at the gy... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 07:48:17 EST 14 Ways to Add Variety to Your Walks.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54043988 14 Ways to Add Variety to Your Walks <BR> Bored with Walking? Try These Ideas! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller & Nicole Nichols, Fitness Experts <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While a walking program can be exciting and challenging at first, you don’t want to fall into a rut by doing the same thing month after month. Here are some ways to add variety to your workouts, whether outdoors or inside on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> Add an Incline <BR> Even adding a moderate hill can significantly boost your energy exp... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 08:15:16 EST how to Set and Reach SMART Goals.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54030953 How to Set and Reach SMART Goals <BR> A Printable Goal-Setting Worksheet <BR> -- By Melinda Hershey, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You might be gung-ho about tackling new goals in the New Year, but not so fast! The best way to set yourself up for success is to make sure that your goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Using these guidelines is a proven way to create goals that you can stick with for the long haul. After reading the explanation of SMA... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 08:01:28 EST GO YOU CHICKEN FAT, GO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x54023445 I think most of you will remember this?! I was looking for something to make me laugh (or at least smile) while I was working out and thought of this old song we used to have in P.E. in school. I looked it up on the internet and couldn't believe how many versions there were and how funny some of them are. I didn't know that Robert Preston was the singer. Loved him in "The Music Man" and even more in "Victor, Victoria". I did know that JFK had this done as part of his "President's Council on P... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 13:20:56 EST 6 Steps to Strengthen Your Immune System... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54019622 6 Steps to Strengthen Your Immune System <BR> Boost Your Body's Defenses <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Your immune system is important. Very much like your own personal army, it guards your body against attacks from invaders (like bacteria, fungi, and viruses), defending against infections and several kinds of cancer. And it’s smart, too, often “remembering” certain infections so it’s ready for them the next time they try to attack. But just like any other bod... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 07:11:33 EST 10 Signs You Need to Loose Weight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x54008669 Top 10 Signs You Need to Lose Weight <BR> Can You Relate? <BR> -- By John McGran, Professional Writer (and Dieter) <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> I don’t know about you, but I’d rather laugh than cry when life sneaks up on me and cracks me right between the eyes. Case in point: my weight. <BR> <BR> It wasn’t that long ago that I was arguably in the best shape of my adult life. But being the yo-yo dieter that I am—with emphasis on the yo-yo p... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 08:24:29 EST Beat the Crowds at the Gym.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53997199 Beat the Crowds at the Gym <BR> 9 Ways to Wait Less and Work Out More <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you have a gym membership, you know how frustrating it can be when the gym is too crowded for comfort. Isn't it tough enough to muster the motivation to head out the door to exercise? Then you arrive, dressed and ready for a workout, only to find a fitness center so crowded that the waiting time for an elliptical is longer than the line for a mo... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 08:02:27 EST Stop Weekend Binges... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53984473 Stop Weekend Binges <BR> Is Weekend Eating Destroying Your Diet? <BR> -- By Megan Patrick, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The structure of the work (or school) week can be extremely conducive to maintaining good eating habits. If you have a very predictable daily routine, it can be easier to plan meals and snacks and eat on a consistent schedule so that you never get too hungry. But when the weekend comes, all that structure disappears and leads many people into making unhealthy eating c... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 08:16:11 EST JULY.....MONEY JAR CHALLENGE $$$$$$$$$$ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x53971152 REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON JULY 1ST...2013. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of JULY. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok, because it... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:42:18 EST Taking Care of Yourself When You are the Caregiver http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53970694 Taking Care of Yourself When You Become the Caregiver <BR> Finding Health and Balance When Caring for Others <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As I sat across the cafe table from my dearest friend, Margie, I was struck by how tired and drawn she looked. This was the first time we had seen in each other in months. Before, we had made a point to meet for lunch or coffee once a week. Now that she had moved her folks close by to help with her father’s c... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:11:29 EST JULY...HOW MANY MINUTES WILL YOU PLEDGE.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x53959277 FOR THOSE THAT ARE NEW TO THIS CHALLENGE ...THIS IS HOW IT WORKS!!!! <BR> <BR> YOU DECIDE HOW MANY MINUTES A DAY YOU WILL COMMIT TO EXERCISE AND MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY HOW MANY DAYS ARE IN THE MONTH OF JULY. REMEMBER ANY TYPE OF EXERCISE IS GREAT....TENNIS, GARDENING, GOLFING, SWIMMING etc. <BR> <BR> LET'S SAY YOU WILL MAKE A PLEDGE TO DO 30 MINS. A DAY YOU THEN MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY 31 (DAYS IN JULY ) YOU WOULD THEN PLEDGE 930 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> LET'S SEE IF WE CAN MEET OR BEAT OUR P... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:51:22 EST 8 Ways to Keep Active When You Can't Exercise .. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53955913 8 Ways to Keep Active When You Can't Exercise Like Normal <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 10/4/2012 2:00 PM : 32 comments : 13,498 Views <BR> See More: injury, exercise, sunscreen, <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I had a spot removed from my shoulder. My dermatologist cut out a pretty hefty chunk that required several stitches and has left me with a one-inch scar. <BR> Relief that the sketchy spot was history was soon replaced by panic when I was given post-op instructi... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 08:03:55 EST 31 DAYS....TO LESS STRESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x53942995 Stress has been so ingrained in our days and in our culture that you probably don’t even recognize it any more .But summer is the perfect time to relax,slowdown,and Just enjoy the weather.What better time than July to use these lazy days to relieve any stress you've been experiencing? Learn to cope with stress from this month forward by starting with these 31 daily tips. <BR> <BR> I will post a daily tip each day this month to help make your summer more enjoyable. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 07:54:21 EST Stay Motivated with SparkStreaks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53942670 Stay Motivated with SparkStreaks! <BR> How (and Why) to Start Your Own Streak Today! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller & Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Experts <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> At SparkPeople, we believe that streaking can motivate you to reach your goals. Put your clothes back on—we're not talking about running naked in public (although that sure could inspire you to tone up or drop a few pounds)! We're talking about a different kind of streak—when you consistently meet a goal, like tracking your fo... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 07:28:32 EST How to Create the Perfect Workout Playlist... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53931800 How to Create the Perfect Workout Playlist <BR> Boost Your Exercise Mojo with the Right Music <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You know that scene in High Fidelity where John Cusack is touting the importance of the perfectly crafted mix tape? A tape that has to kick off with a killer track to grab attention, then take it up a notch, then cool it off a notch? <BR> <BR> Sure, that guy was creating a playlist to woo a girl, ... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 08:31:18 EST Dealing with Boredom in Your Diet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53918568 Dealing with Boredom in Your Diet <BR> Everything Needs a Little Shake-Up <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You start a new diet. You see some fantastic results pretty quickly. The struggle, of course, is then maintaining this weight loss. Changing eating patterns for a short period is different than sustaining them. This is the area people seem to have the most problems with. Once frustration and boredom sets in, once dieters have reached that plateau, it becomes so... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 07:17:57 EST Snacking Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53906910 Snacking Healthy <BR> Add Snacks to Subtract Pounds <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While some dieters happily accept when someone suggests a snack, others feel pangs of guilt when a nibble is merely suggested. However, there is nothing inherently wrong with a bite between meals. In fact, snacking might be the missing ingredient that will help you reach your weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> But how can this make sense, since snacking theoretically adds calories? <BR> ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:17:31 EST The Before-Dur ring-After Journal..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53893316 The Before-During-After Journal <BR> The Write Way to Build Your Intrinsic Motivation <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> Do you often have trouble finding the motivation to stick to your exercise and nutrition goals? If so, then you might not be looking in the right place. <BR> <BR> Experts who study motivation have long recognized two basic types of motivation: <BR> Extrinsic (external) motivation, when you are motivated primarily by external rewards and conse... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:01:44 EST Choose Olive Oil as a Healthy Alternative... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53880566 Choose Olive Oil as a Healthy Alternative <BR> Cook as the Mediterraneans Do <BR> -- By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> Would you be surprised to learn that you CAN feel good about fat in your food? Here’s a refresher on one source of fat – olive oil – the healthier oil of all oils and the natural juice of the olive fruit. Its most talked about benefit may be its ability to reduce the risk of heart disease by controlling LDLs (the bad cholesterol) and raising HDLs (the good cholestero... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:04:56 EST Exercises to Boost Your Brian Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53865883 Exercises to Boost Your Brain Power <BR> Strengthen Your Mind with These Healthy Habits <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When you work out, a few things probably run through your mind: changing your body composition, burning calories, building more muscle and strengthening your cardiovascular system. But did you know that there is one body part that most of us neglect to think about in terms of exercise? This specific organ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:47:23 EST Optimism and the Power of Positive Thinking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53852285 Optimism and the Power of Positive Thinking <BR> Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life! <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “How do you do it?” my friend asked me one day over coffee. “You’ve had some awful stuff happen to you over the years, but you’re still so cheerful. What gives?” <BR> <BR> My friend was right, my life had been rough at times. I’d gotten divorced and I’d been laid off a couple of times within a five-year period. I should have been a... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 08:24:30 EST What to Eat Before You Work Out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53840824 What to Eat Before You Work Out <BR> Eating Before Exercise for Maximum Results <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone knows that athletes must plan and time their meals and snacks very carefully to reach their performance goals. But what about the rest of us? You try to squeeze in 30-60 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Do you have to be careful about what you eat before and after your workouts, too? <BR> <BR> Usually not. If you’re eating a health... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 08:11:53 EST A Blueprint for Goal Achievement.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53828001 A Blueprint for Goal Achievement <BR> Strategies to Reach Any Goal <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was just a coffee table. A resting place for coffee cups and gatherer of used magazines. Normally, it would have no meaning for me. But because I invented this table and scraped my knuckles raw for it…I was a proud papa. <BR> <BR> This Christmas gift to my wife was more than a hobbyist’s diversion. It taught me how to succeed at anything in life. I’m now confident... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:50:52 EST What to Wear When You Walk.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53815069 What to Wear When You Walk <BR> Clothing, Shoes and Gear for Walkers <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Rain or shine, warm or cold, walking outside can be a year-round activity. But before you head out, you’ll want to make sure you are dressed for the elements. It can be a very uncomfortable walk if you don’t have on the right gear! Here are some tips to help you stay cool, dry and comfortable, no matter what Mother Nature throws at you! <BR> <BR> Feet... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:00:25 EST A Beginner's Guide to the Farmers Market... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53803211 A Beginner's Guide to the Farmers Market <BR> The How and Why of Buying from Local Growers <BR> -- By Sarah Haan, Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> From hot summer days through those cool early fall months, farmers markets are in full swing, yielding a bounty of beautiful, fresh, local produce. Visiting a farmers market is a lovely weekend outing, but there are many other reasons to bypass the market for your weekly fresh fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> While grocery stores boast... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:21:40 EST Your Nutrition Plan for Weight Maintenance... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53789529 Your Nutrition Plan for Weight Maintenance <BR> How to Adjust Your Calories after Reaching Your Weight Loss Goal <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Congratulations on reaching your goal weight! This article will help you figure out how to use SparkPeople’s tools just as effectively to maintain your weight as you have used them to lose that weight in the first place. Make sure you’re logged in now so that the links below will work for you. <BR> <BR> Ste... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:10:49 EST Smarter Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53773958 Smarter Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth <BR> Simple Tips for Mastering Your Sugar Cravings <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’re watching your calorie intake, the most problematic part of your anatomy may be your sweet tooth. Our bodies are hard-wired for an attraction to sweet foods since sweetness signals that we’re taking in the calories (energy) needed for survival. The problem arises, of course, when we’re not burning those calories. But we can ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:10:58 EST Remember to Reward Yourself.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53761879 Remember to Reward Yourself <BR> How to Pat Yourself on the Back <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Everyone likes a pat on the back every once in a while. And there’s no better time to get one than when you’re out of your comfort zone, challenging yourself to improve, nervous about whether you can succeed. <BR> <BR> Most people approach changing their health habits from a position of "pain". They... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:43:40 EST 8 Exercise Energy Zappers.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53751038 8 Exercise Energy Zappers <BR> How to Beat Your Mid-Workout Slump <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The scene seems right. An up-tempo song blasts through the speakers around the room. All around you, people race on the treadmill and grunt as they lift weights. An upbeat personal trainer stands nearby, ready to assist at a moment’s notice. Something is not right, though. You're partway through your workout, and you’ve hit a slump. Is it a c... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:13:40 EST 8 Exercise Energy Zappers.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53751030 8 Exercise Energy Zappers <BR> How to Beat Your Mid-Workout Slump <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The scene seems right. An up-tempo song blasts through the speakers around the room. All around you, people race on the treadmill and grunt as they lift weights. An upbeat personal trainer stands nearby, ready to assist at a moment’s notice. Something is not right, though. You're partway through your workout, and you’ve hit a slump. Is it a c... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:13:16 EST Lactose Intolerance and a Healthy Diet.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53738200 Lactose Intolerance and a Healthy Diet <BR> Ditch the Pain, Not the Calcium <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian, with Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Milk. It does a body good. <BR> <BR> Unless it doesn't, that is. <BR> <BR> While milk is an excellent source of calcium and protein, up to 75% of the world's population cannot properly digest lactose, the sugar found in milk. When they try, the result is tummy trouble that can range from a mild discomfo... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:39:29 EST Think Yourself Fit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53724665 Think Yourself Fit! <BR> How Your Thoughts Affect Your Body <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I love motivational quotes. One of my favorites is, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re probably right!” I believe that there is a lot of truth to that statement. As a runner, I know that if I focus on the fatigue setting in, it seems as though everything goes downhill (or uphill, for a better euphemism). There are also times when, no matter how ... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:47:00 EST Homemade Beauty Recipes for Summer.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53710306 Homemade Beauty Recipes for Summer <BR> Natural Treatments for Healthy Skin <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Summer is the season for showing skin. But with more exposure to the elements and greater oil and sweat production, skin problems (namely sunburn, heat rashes and breakouts) seem to increase right along with the temperature. Luckily, you can fight summer skin problems and you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars at the cosmetics counter to do so. Try th... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 08:56:34 EST How to Avoid the Diet Blues.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53695359 Moderation in All Things <BR> How to Avoid the Diet Blues <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What comes to mind for you when you hear the word diet? If you’re like most people, you probably imagine eating carrot sticks, going to bed hungry, and giving up your favorite foods—and that's why so many diets fail. Most people just can’t tolerate those kinds of restrictions for very long. <BR> <BR> The more you try to eliminate your favorite foods, the mor... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:15:14 EST 7 Fun Ways to Burn BIG Calories this Season.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53681117 7 Fun Ways to Burn BIG Calories this Spring <BR> <BR> By: Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 5/17/2013 6:00 AM : 87 comments : 25,258 Views <BR> See More: fitness, cardio, spring, <BR> <BR> Do you love spring as much as I do? It's so energizing to wake up when the sun is shining, enjoy the outdoors without wearing a coat, and see the green grass and tiny flower buds flanking the streets. Every sunny day, I lament that I'm in the office instead of outdoors, which is why I get outside ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:06:56 EST Sharing Is Achieving.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53667096 Sharing Is Achieving <BR> To Succeed, Tell Others About Your Goals <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’” (C.S. Lewis) <BR> <BR> Which is why—whether you’re looking to eat healthier, increase your energy, lose a few pounds, or build up those nearly atrophied muscles—it’s good to find a fitness friend, maybe even several! In fact, experts say sha... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 08:29:37 EST The Truth About Juicing and Your Health... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53655662 The Truth about Juicing and Your Health <BR> To Juice or Not to Juice;That is the Question <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed and Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A couple decades ago, juicing was something that only overzealously health-conscious people did. You just knew someone was into healthy living if he or she owned a juicer or drank fresh juice regularly. Today, it's much more popular. People are juicing to lose weight, to cleanse and to consume more nutrients. Juicers are pop... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 08:47:00 EST 5 Ways to Love Your Body... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53642363 5 Ways to Love Your Body <BR> Let Cupid Take Aim at You <BR> -- By Carrie Myers Smith, Health & Exercise Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While many of us have an easy time showering other people with love, we find that Cupid has yet to hit us with the "body love" arrow. Don’t wait for Cupid! Begin today to start appreciating, accepting and yes, even loving your body. <BR> <BR> Stop picking yourself apart <BR> Let’s face it: No matter how close-to-perfection body you have (and just what is the ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 08:20:33 EST 5 Healthy Habits that Can Cause Headaches.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53628394 5 Healthy Habits that Can Cause Headaches <BR> These Good-for-You Habits Might Be a Pain in the Head <BR> -- By Robin Donovan, Health Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> Headaches can be frustrating, popping up when you're tense, stressed, dehydrated or otherwise unbalanced. It's easy to blame them on the obvious culprits: a late night, a skipped meal or an insane work schedule. But some of your healthiest habits could be to blame for that recent headache, too. Here are five good-for-you habits that can... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 08:10:06 EST HOW FAR DID YOU GO TODAY... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x53628099 14 miles....5 biking....9 on the elliptical machine Thu, 6 Jun 2013 07:45:26 EST WHAT JOURNEY ARE YOU ON..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x53628069 My challenge is to cross Canada starting at Victoria, B.C. and going across the Trans Canada Highway to Novia Scotia, Halifax. <BR> <BR> <BR> WALKING ACROSS CANADA...2,780 miles (starting date April 1st, 2013) <BR> <BR> Today's Miles:... 13 miles <BR> Total Miles To Date:....251 miles <BR> <BR> <BR> 2519 miles to go to my Destination <BR> Thu, 6 Jun 2013 07:42:39 EST The Secrets of Success: Sneak in More Exercise... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53614142 The Secrets of Success: Sneak In More Exercise <BR> <BR> By: Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 3/10/2010 6:05 AM : 108 comments : 53,156 Views <BR> See More: fitness, weight loss, secrets of success, <BR> <BR> We've been talking a lot in the past few weeks about exercise and weight loss: why it matters, how much you need, and ways to vary your routine for better results. What if working out and dieting alone aren't really enough to lose weight? Yes, both exercise and a healthy, calo... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 08:01:27 EST Positive Self-Talk Leads to Success... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53599503 Positive Self-Talk Leads to Success <BR> Good Things Come to Those Who Believe <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health and Motivation Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most people are naturally motivated—even excited—when they begin a new exercise routine or adopt a healthier diet. You’ve got your goals set, a plan to reach them, and nothing can get in your way! <BR> <BR> But as time goes by, the novelty wears off and your optimistic attitude can give way to feelings of doubt and dissatisfaction. Or e... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 07:53:18 EST 13 Ways to Get Moving at Work..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53584222 13 Ways to Get Moving at Work <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 5/31/2013 6:00 AM : 67 comments : 47,441 Views <BR> See More: fitness, stretching, sitting, work, <BR> <BR> Like so many of you, I suffer from back pain, which I keep in check by taking care of my body with daily yoga, weekly Pilates classes, and being conscious about my posture. And though my job is pretty awesome, I do spend my days in front of a computer. I love writing and editing, but I don't ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 07:48:38 EST Sneaky Ways to Get Fit & Healthy. .Without trying. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53570732 10 Sneaky Ways to Get Fit and Healthy—Without Really Trying <BR> <BR> By: Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 9/23/2009 7:33 AM : 193 comments : 146,485 Views <BR> See More: quick tips, excuse busters, healthy living, getting started, changes, <BR> <BR> Faster than a speeding bullet, there's a new approach to healthy living can make you fit as a fiddle. And it's as easy as 1-2-3! <BR> <BR> It's called "stealth health" and it's a philosophy that's gaining ground among experts, food m... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 09:32:56 EST 10 Signs You are Getting Healthier Even if ...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53557248 10 Signs You are Getting Healthier Even if the Scale Doesn’t Move <BR> By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> <BR> By Beth Donovan, ~INDYGIRL <BR> <BR> Sometimes the scale doesn’t budge and you wonder if you are getting any healthier on your fitness plan. Well, here are 10 signs that you are! <BR> <BR> You feel like taking on something new. That’s a great sign that you are getting healthier. It shows a heightened energy level and more active mentality. You are obvi... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 07:45:12 EST Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53544977 Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up? <BR> A Look at Self-Destructive Thoughts <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If we had friends that treated us the way that many of us treat ourselves, they wouldn’t be our friends for very long. Imagine a friend who calls up just to complain–about you. Or an alleged buddy who quickly says “I told you so” when you screw up. Or someone who encourages you to give up instead of encouraging you to do your best. <BR> <BR> Why do we do this? Why... Fri, 31 May 2013 08:00:32 EST Do Detox Diets Work? Are They Safe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53531782 Do Detox Diets Work? Are They Safe? <BR> <BR> By: Becky Hand, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 3/8/2013 12:00 PM : 40 comments : 79,159 Views <BR> See More: weight loss, healthy eating, spring, diet myths, <BR> <BR> Spring is right around the corner, and as I glance around my home, I see that a thorough cleaning is in order. Dust bunnies are multiplying under my bed, spider webs are glistening on my chandelier, and a layer of dust has settled on all places too difficult to comfortably reach... Thu, 30 May 2013 07:28:07 EST 29 Proven Methods to Manage Aches & Pains.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53519006 29 Proven Methods to Manage Aches & Pains <BR> Self-Care Tips from Chronic Pain Sufferers That Really Work <BR> -- By SparkPeople Staff <BR> <BR> <BR> Many people struggle with pain. Whether it's short term from an injury or chronic due to disc issues, neuropathy or Fibromyalgia, we all want to find relief. Pain clinics and medical interventions are great places to begin, but some pain sufferers look for additional ways to find relief that don't always involve drugs, appointments or doctor ... Wed, 29 May 2013 07:52:33 EST A Beginner's Guide to Container Veggie Gardens.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53509463 A Beginner's Guide to Container Vegetable Gardening <BR> A Versatile Way to Grow Your Favorite Plants <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth and Jenny Sigler, SparkPeople Contributors <BR> <BR> Container gardening is a useful method of growing both edibles and ornamentals when you have little or no yard, have compromised soil, or you simply enjoy the freedom to move your plants from place to place. It is an ideal technique for those in urban situations such as apartments. One of the biggest bonuses to contai... Tue, 28 May 2013 12:57:00 EST Have You Found Your Inner "Normal Eater"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53493198 Have You Found Your Inner 'Normal Eater'? <BR> <BR> By: Dean Anderson, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> One of the goals of making a “lifestyle change” (as opposed to going on a diet) is to develop a healthy relationship with food and eating that feels normal, comfortable, usually enjoyable, and relatively easy to maintain over time. <BR> <BR> No elaborate eating rules, no worries about “good” foods and “bad” foods, no guilt feelings or verbal self-abuse for breaking the rules, no getting ob... Mon, 27 May 2013 07:31:22 EST Common Foods that Can Trigger Migraines... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53471519 Common Foods that Can Trigger Migraines <BR> How Your Diet Can Cause a Headache <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed and Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Often described as an intense throbbing or pulsing in one specific area of the head, a migraine headache is a condition that can't--and shouldn't--be ignored. This severe headache can last for a few hours or up to several days. People who suffer from migraines are often left incapacitated, seeking a dark, quiet place to rest and recup... Sat, 25 May 2013 07:21:41 EST 6 Sunless Tanning Secrets.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53460096 6 Sunless Tanning Secrets <BR> What the Bottle Won't Tell You <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Beauty Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Want to enjoy that sun-kissed look without the risks of tanning? Whether you just want to touch up some tan lines or need all over bronzing, the latest generation of self-tanners will have you glowing in a matter of minutes. <BR> <BR> The active ingredient in most self-tanners is DHA, a simple sugar that turns golden brown when exposed to certain proteins. W... Fri, 24 May 2013 07:43:36 EST Concentrate On Your Core... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53447587 Concentrate On Your Core <BR> Exercise Your Body from the Inside-Out <BR> -- By The American Institute of Cancer Research <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whenever you walk or run, your core muscles are active, keeping you upright, balancing your body as your weight shifts, and absorbing the impact as your feet hit the ground. Your body’s core forms the foundation of all your movement. If your core is weak, you are susceptible to poor posture and injury. Lower back pain is also more likely to occur. <... Thu, 23 May 2013 07:58:22 EST Can You "Cheat" on Your Diet and Still Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53435937 Can You 'Cheat' on Your Diet and Still Lose Weight? <BR> How Cheat Meals and Cheat Days Affect Your Weight Loss <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Cheating" is the act of deceiving others or being dishonest. The word conjures up images of copying someone else's answers during an exam, fudging your taxes, or counting cards. Needless to say, these are not positive activities. But does the same negative connotation apply to a cheat meal (or day) for a person o... Wed, 22 May 2013 09:22:57 EST 10 Best Strategies for Long-Term Weight Loss .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53421127 10 Best Strategies for Long-Term Weight Loss Success <BR> What Really Works to Keep the Weight Off Forever <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So, you don't just want to lose weight, you want to lose the extra weight forever. Ta-ta. Sayonara. Good riddance. While losing weight does take focus and dedication, it's important to remember that losing weight isn't really a start-and-end process. Sure, you have a weight-loss goal t... Tue, 21 May 2013 06:23:34 EST Plan Today, Succeed Tomorrow.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53409014 Plan Today, Succeed Tomorrow <BR> 4 Ways to Think Two Steps Ahead <BR> -- By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Athletes do it. Chess players do it. Novelists, successful scientists and even salespeople do it. These days, everyone who wants to make big things happen is planning ahead in order to succeed. What about you? When it comes to planning ahead to reach your goals, are you falling in line or falling behind? <BR> <BR> Thinking ahead can help you achieve your goals a... Mon, 20 May 2013 08:20:51 EST Shopping Cart Essentials.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53395594 Shopping Cart Essentials <BR> Stock Up on these Healthy Staples <BR> -- By Liza Barnes & Nicole Nichols, Health Educators <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So, you’re going to start eating healthy. Congratulations are in order—and so is a trip to the grocery store. Stocking up on some new items is a must. If your pantry is full of healthy fare, you’ll stress less about meals, and you’ll be less likely to snack on nutritionally-empty junk. <BR> <BR> But should you buy 12-grain or whole wheat bread? Low... Sun, 19 May 2013 07:20:59 EST Can Certain Foods Help You Burn More Fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53386439 Can Certain Foods Help You Burn More Fat? <BR> What the Research Really Says about Acai, Green Tea, Carbs and Dairy <BR> -- By Robert J. Davis, PhD <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Though food is supposed to be one of life's simple pleasures, few things cause more angst and confusion. It's no wonder why. We're constantly being told which foods we should eat to be healthy, which diets we should follow to be skinny, which preparation methods we should use to be safe, and which chemicals and contaminants ... Sat, 18 May 2013 09:54:21 EST Allergy Tips for Every Season.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53374454 Allergy Tips for Every Season <BR> Don't Let Symptoms Prevent You from Enjoying the Weather <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Every season of the year brings new obstacles to allergy sufferers. Whether you suffer from seasonal allergies (such as sensitivity to pollen in the spring or mold in the fall), or allergies that are a nuisance in every season (like pet dander and dust mites), there are plenty of things you can do to lessen your symptoms year-rou... Fri, 17 May 2013 09:43:29 EST Turn Money Problems into Rewarding Solutions.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53364966 Turn Money Problems into Rewarding Solutions <BR> Got Money Problems? Find Peace with Your Paycheck <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Got money problems? These days, when many people earn the equivalent of 4 gallons of gas per hour, who doesn’t? <BR> <BR> For many people, money problems go beyond coping with rising prices or tweaking your budget to keep your expenses within your means; they're a way of life. No matter how much money you have, it's ... Thu, 16 May 2013 07:43:00 EST 8 Tips for Deciphering Diet Claims.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53352957 8 Tips for Deciphering Diet Claims <BR> Separate the Food Fact from the Fiction <BR> -- By Robert J. Davis, PhD <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Though food is supposed to be one of life's simple pleasures, few things cause more angst and confusion. It's no wonder why. We're constantly being told which foods we should eat to be healthy, which diets we should follow to be skinny, which preparation methods we should use to be safe, and which chemicals and contaminants in food we should shun to avoid illn... Wed, 15 May 2013 09:16:48 EST NEW MEMBERS... .INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x43272x53340568 <em>235</em> New members....it's great to have you on board. Please tell us a little about yourselves so that we can get to know you better. Tue, 14 May 2013 09:45:29 EST How to Deal With Setbacks..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53339913 How to Deal with Setbacks <BR> Bounce Back from Life's Hurdles <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We’ve all hit that bump in the road, the setback, the problem. What sets people apart is how they react to that bump. Are you one to spin out of control, in despair? Or do you grab a hold of that wheel and steer yourself straight? Whether it’s a school assignment, a work project, or a volunteer mission, we all encounter things that slow us down. You just have to keep in ... Tue, 14 May 2013 09:04:24 EST Body Composition Measures Results.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53324598 Body Composition Measures Results <BR> Use these Numbers to Track your Progress <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some people can measure their weight loss by the way they feel and look: firmer thighs, a smaller waist, jiggle-free arms. But then there are the number-crazy ones who desperately need some kind (any kind!) of concrete proof that all their hard work is paying off. They want to gauge their progress a different way. Give them numbers on paper, or som... Mon, 13 May 2013 07:43:43 EST Common Myths about Happiness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53313615 Common Myths about Happiness <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> Finish this sentence: “I could be happy if…” <BR> <BR> Did you answer something like, “If I lost 15 pounds,” “if I got that promotion,” or “if I had more money”? If so, you’re not alone. <BR> <BR> For many people, happiness is some elusive thing that’s always out of reach. You’re never happy right here and now—your happiness depends on something that’s got to happen in the future, something outs... Sun, 12 May 2013 09:10:33 EST An Exercise in Self-Esteem.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53302074 An Exercise in Self-Esteem <BR> Exercise Your Way to Feeling Better About Yourself <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’re like most people who want to lose weight, you probably think that shedding a few pounds will help you feel better about yourself. And chances are, you see exercise simply as something you need to do to accomplish that goal. But here’s something you may not know: this "necessary evil" approach to exercise may actually be prevent... Sat, 11 May 2013 09:23:14 EST Finding Inspiration In Your Biggest Temptations... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53290296 Finding Inspiration In Your Biggest Temptations <BR> Change the Way You Look at Obstacles on Your Journey <BR> -- By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Getting motivated--and staying motivated--can be difficult, and when temptations abound, it seems like the world is conspiring to keep you indoors, on the couch and stuck in your unhealthy life. <BR> <BR> Instead of viewing temptations as roadblocks, think of them as motivators--the devil on your shoulder, if you will. Thei... Fri, 10 May 2013 08:36:35 EST Put the "I" Back in Your Vocabulary.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53276201 Put the ''I'' Back in Your Vocabulary <BR> Increase Your Chances for Weight-Loss Success <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Would you believe me if I told you that knowing the answer to one simple question could improve your chances for weight loss success by up to 100%? Well, it’s true. Here’s the question: <BR> <BR> Which of the following is the single most important factor in long-term weight loss success? <BR> <BR> A. Calorie Counting <BR> B. R... Thu, 9 May 2013 06:27:39 EST An Active Approach to Managing Menopause... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53264650 An Active Approach to Managing Menopause <BR> Get Moving to Relieve Discomfort <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You’ve heard the jokes and the horror stories. But often, faced with the onset of menopause, most of us don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Luckily, if you’re determined to stay fit—or get fit— there’s no time like perimenopause to begin a sensible physical regimen. <BR> <BR> Physical activity, the most effective alternative therapy available for women ... Wed, 8 May 2013 08:08:32 EST 7 Myths and Facts about Chocolate.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53252398 7 Myths and Facts about Chocolate <BR> Melting the Myths for Good <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whether you prefer a gooey chocolate truffle or a mug of hot cocoa, chocolate is the number one indulgence for most of us—especially on Valentine’s Day. But this indulgence comes at a price, right? After all, isn’t chocolate bad for us, full of caffeine and saturated fat? Not so fast—new research has shown that chocolate can be a part of a healthy diet af... Tue, 7 May 2013 09:02:22 EST 10 Ways to Stay Healthy When Working from Home.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53238370 10 Ways to Stay Healthy When Working from Home <BR> Make Your Home Workplace Work for You <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Working from home may seem like a dream. You have no boss popping up behind you. No employees to interrupt you with the latest office gossip. No donuts to avoid. But, working from home—with all of its perks and pluses—also presents some unique challenges when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.... Mon, 6 May 2013 08:25:53 EST No Pain = BIG Gain..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53224637 No Pain = BIG Gain <BR> Is Your Exercise Program Wearing You Out? <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We’ve all heard that a combination of diet and regular exercise is the best way to lose weight and keep it off long term. <BR> <BR> For some of us, common sense dictates that the more you work out—and the higher the intensity—the better. But that’s not necessarily true. Even if you’ve gradually increased the intensity, duration and/or frequency of your ... Sun, 5 May 2013 06:27:39 EST Yoga and You'll Go to Sleep... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53215192 Yoga and You'll Go to Sleep <BR> Health News Flash <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia each year. Many of these people rely on medication to fall asleep, but research shows that relaxation and meditation exercises can also be effective at treating insomnia. <BR> <BR> A new study from the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospi... Sat, 4 May 2013 09:31:39 EST Find Meaning in a Job Well Done... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53203272 Find Meaning in a Job Well Done <BR> How to Make All Your Work Rewarding & Satisfying <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For most of us, work is a fact of life. Whether your paycheck helps care for a family, a home, tuition, or simply what you need to stay alive, we spend a large percentage of our waking hours doing some kind of work. <BR> <BR> According to recent research, most of us also have conflicting feelings about our work. Over 84 percent of... Fri, 3 May 2013 09:00:12 EST Getting Rest with RLS... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53191890 Getting Rest with RLS <BR> Control Restless Legs Syndrome to Sleep Better <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> When your legs ache, you can usually lie down and relax to alleviate your symptoms. But for people who suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS for short), relaxing only makes them hurt more. According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as 12 million Americans are suffering from RLS, which... Thu, 2 May 2013 11:05:12 EST Homemade Beauty Recipes for Spring.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53176411 Homemade Beauty Recipes for Spring <BR> 8 Fresh Ideas for Healthier Skin and Hair! <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tulips and daffodils are pushing up through the thawing ground, buds are exploding from once-lonely tree branches, and I’ve got mashed carrot and avocado all over my face. No, I’m not spoon-feeding a baby, but I am babying my skin with a spring-inspired face masque. Carrots and avocados are excellent sources of skin-nourishing vitamins that can hel... Wed, 1 May 2013 09:00:29 EST 4 Steps to Healthier Surroundings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53162667 4 Steps to Healthier Surroundings <BR> Spread the Spark to the World Around You <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you're eager to be a positive force, there’s no shortage of people that could use some help. In 1994, 10-20% of every U.S. state’s population was considered obese. By 2001, the numbers in 30 states grew to 20% or more. According to the American Medical Association, more than 1 of every 4 adults in Alabama is obese. <BR> <BR> Being overweight is an i... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:03:20 EST Prevent Fitness Sebacks Before They Happen.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53148864 Prevent Fitness Setbacks Before They Happen <BR> Clearing the 12 Most Common Exercise Hurdles <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Even the most dedicated exercisers suffer from fitness setbacks from time to time. Whether it's losing our workout mojo or over-scheduling ourselves, we're human (think: imperfect). But what if you could prevent those setbacks from ever occurring? What if you could somehow stop setbacks in their tra... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:41:54 EST Break Out of Your Food Rut! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53136575 Break Out of Your Food Rut! <BR> 5 Ways to Make Happier Meals <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What's for dinner? What are you eating for breakfast or lunch tomorrow? <BR> <BR> If you aren't feeling excited about your meals, or if your kids are complaining about eating chicken again, you may be in a food rut. <BR> <BR> It happens easily; between work obligations, social plans, and kids' soccer practices, we tend to fall back on easy-to-prepare staple mea... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 09:03:58 EST 10 Tips for a Healthier Weekend..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53125406 10 Tips for a Healthier Weekend <BR> How to Stay on Track 7 Days a Week <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all know how it goes. You make good food choices, avoid temptations, and work out every morning only to find that on Friday or Saturday night, your willpower goes out the window. Somehow you begin noshing on chicken fingers and guzzling beer then snoozing through your Spinning class the next morning. Sound familiar? <... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 08:26:12 EST How to Stop a Migraine in Its Tracks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53115190 How to Stop a Migraine in Its Tracks <BR> Triggers & Treatments for Migraine Pain <BR> -- By Robin Donovan, Health Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you live with migraines, you might already be familiar with the pain and discomfort they cause. Migraines are a specific type of headache often identified by episodes of throbbing pain and, sometimes, nausea, vomiting or sensitivity to light. Migraines can be mild or severe, and they occur more commonly in women than in men. <BR> <BR> Some people... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 08:52:56 EST Surround Yourself with the Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53103689 Surround Yourself with the Positive <BR> Picture Yourself in a Positive Light <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you put yourself in a positive frame of mind, you can accomplish anything. If you can clearly see your goal, see that it’s within your grasp, there’s nothing stopping you. That’s why surrounding yourself with positive images and visual reminders can be just what the doctor ordered. <BR> <BR> You may already have an inner voice telling you that you can d... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:13:44 EST Health and Fitness Benefits of Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53090546 Health and Fitness Benefits of Walking <BR> Reasons to Walk Yourself Fit! <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> Starting a regular walking program offers numerous health and fitness benefits! <BR> <BR> Good for your heart: Walking regularly can help reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol, both of which contribute to heart disease. <BR> According to the long-term Nurses' Health Study, which follows the habits and health of 72,000 female nurses, th... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 09:28:34 EST Get Fit & Give Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53078192 Eco-Exercise: Get Fit & Give Back <BR> Plus 5 Ways to ''Green'' Your Workout <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some people would only run if a bear were chasing them. Others do it to lose weight, get fit, or relieve stress. But Wisconsinite Samuel Huber runs to help the planet. He is part of a growing movement of runners who realize that this form of exercise doesn't just get you from point A to point B, but can also be a vehicle for change. <BR> <BR> Huber is a ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:05:16 EST The Importance of Setting Medium-Term Goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53050018 The Importance of Setting Medium-Term Goals <BR> A Reward System to Reach Your Dreams! <BR> -- By Joe Downie, Certified Physical Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So often we daydream and think of some far-off goal that we would like to achieve. "I want to play the guitar in a band," "I want to run a marathon", "I want to be better at my job," etc. It's not difficult at that point to break it down into short-term goals… practice some chords in the evening, run on the weekends, or arr... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 07:37:01 EST Healthy Eating Horoscopes.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53041246 Healthy Eating Horoscopes <BR> Your Perfect Diet is in the Stars <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> When it comes to cooking and eating healthy foods, you might not reach your goals if you're following a plan that goes against your true nature and personality. If you're spontaneous, then meal plans might make you feel stifled, while an outgoing personality won't stick to a diet plan that involves cooking a lot of meals solo, for example. If you're struggling t... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:26:49 EST Healthier Ways to Follow a Recipe.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53027248 Healthier Ways to Follow a Recipe <BR> Smart Substitution: Baking Ingredients <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s dinner time again and all of your tried and true recipes your family loves call for cups of oil, sticks of butter, and several ounces of whole milk. But you have the solution – smart substitutions. <BR> <BR> Cookware <BR> For starters, invest in a good set of non-stick pans and skillets. These alone will help cut down the amount of oil you use to coo... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:50:17 EST 10 Signs a Fitness Gadget is a Gimmick..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53014569 10 Signs a Fitness Gadget is a Gimmick <BR> Questions to Ask Yourself to Avoid a Scam <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness infomercials promise a lot: dramatic weight-loss, big results, a six pack in 30 days! But unfortunately, most of them do not deliver on those promises. When those ads are so intriguing and believable, how do you know which new products deliver and which ones leave much to be desired? <BR> <BR> To ... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 09:07:50 EST Finding the Courage to Win...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x53001858 Finding the Courage to Win <BR> A Lesson about the Strength of Vision <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is the story of an unassuming electrician working hard at a city zoo. He was not known as the kind to stir up trouble, but as mounting injustice swirled around him, he couldn't help himself. He wrote and published a couple of essays expressing his beliefs - and was promptly arrested and sentenced to 15 years in a violent prison. <BR> <BR> The man is Wei Jing... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:54:44 EST 25 Green Spring Cleaning Tips... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52987347 25 Green Spring Cleaning Tips <BR> Good for You, Your Home and the Planet <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After being cooped up in a stuffy house all winter long, it’s finally time to fling open the windows, shoo away the cobwebs, and take on your annual spring cleaning. But often, the chemicals found in conventional cleaning products can be more dangerous than the dirt they’re intended to clean. And the way we clean (with lots of disposable paper towels) isn’t... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:53:46 EST April-May Chatting 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x52982815 Seems we quit chatting, mostly me. But this is the place where if you want to vent you can or ask questions or whatever. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:59:35 EST Boomerang Kids... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52973740 Boomerang Kids: <BR> <BR> <BR> When Boomerang Kids Move Back Home <BR> <BR> <BR> Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D., Yahoo! Contributor Network <BR> Sep 8, 2011 "Share your voice on Yahoo! websites. Start Here.". <BR> More: <BR> Boomerang Kids <BR> Boomerang Generation <BR> Coping with Unemployment <BR> Not since the Great Depression have so many fledgling adults moved into the empty nest with mom and dad. This cyclical trend has accelerated along with the economic crisis. Faced with school loans, ... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:22:35 EST A Solution -Focused Approach to Weight Loss... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52973613 A Solution-Focused Approach to Weight Loss <BR> Ask the Right Questions, Find the Right Answers <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What do you do when you don’t achieve the weight loss results you’re looking for? <BR> <BR> Do you resolve to cut calories even more, try harder to resist temptations, or log extra treadmill time? These ideas could work—if you’ve been doing less than what you know you need to do to lose weight in the first place. <BR> ... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:12:55 EST Empty Nesters Find Purpose and Motivation.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52959152 Empty Nesters Find Purpose and Motivation <BR> The Action Step Guide Once the Children Leave <BR> -- By Life Coach Mary Guarino, Ph.D <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What will you do with your time once your children leave the nest? You may not have thought about it, but a new career path could be your best option. The years of parenting are spent focusing on other people’s needs, often with little time for self-reflection. Career exploration is a wonderful opportunity for self-discovery and personal... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 07:36:02 EST Nutrition Tips and Supplements for Insomnia.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52948999 Nutrition Tips and Supplements for Insomnia <BR> Dietary Changes for a Better Night's Sleep <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Is a good night’s sleep eluding you? <BR> Tossing and turning the whole night through, <BR> Drowsiness, fatigue, a lack of sleep, <BR> There is more help than just counting sheep. <BR> <BR> There are many factors that can cause sleep problems, and even more potential solutions. The steps you take to improve your sleeping pa... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 09:46:01 EST Tips to Stay Full Longer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52935241 Tips to Stay Full Longer <BR> Beat Hunger and Boost Satisfaction <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> No doubt about it, hunger is unpleasant. In fact, it can be downright embarrassing when your tummy grumbles for your attention at the most inopportune times. When you’re watching your calorie intake to lose or manage your weight, there will be days when you might experience ongoing hunger, even when you’re eating at the top of your calorie range. It c... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 08:13:44 EST 5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52921635 5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing <BR> These Common Tricks Never Motivate--Find Out Why <BR> -- By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Motivation is like cold hard cash: You can never have too much! And when you’re trying to lose weight (for the umpteenth time for many of us) you know that you need a wealth of motivational strategies you can count on. But, with so many motivational tips and tricks to sift through, why are we so often losing our motivation rather than re... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 08:03:59 EST Do You Suffer from Diet Rage? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52907509 Do You Suffer from Diet Rage? <BR> Rules of the Road to Help You Reach Your Destination <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After slowing down to an unexplained stop for the 147th time in the space of 2 miles, I decided that I hated the world. Surrounding me were an ocean of maddening brake lights, rain pelting the windshield and thousands of tons of steel and fiberglass flung around by a clueless pack of selfish morons who obviously didn’t know the first thing about ... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 08:46:30 EST 15 Natural Mood Lifters.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52851353 15 Natural Mood Lifters <BR> Quick and Easy Ways to Lift Your Spirit <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> One morning I awoke and decided it was the perfect day to mix myself a "happiness cocktail." After indulging in my happy hour, I felt more than ready to take on the day! Just in case you’re wondering why a wellness coach is reaching for a cocktail at the crack of dawn, let me explain. <BR> <BR> While getting dressed, I thought about the many natu... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 09:16:13 EST Exercising with Type 2 Diabetes...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52836998 Exercising with Type 2 Diabetes <BR> Manage Glucose, Lose Weight, and Reduce Complications <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If your doctor has diagnosed you with Type 2 diabetes, then she has probably already told you about the importance of adding exercise to your treatment plan. Physical activity can help you improve your blood sugar control, lose weight, and reduce your risk of heart disease, peripheral artery disease and nerve problems that are o... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 07:50:11 EST 9 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52823425 9 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated <BR> Ways to Rediscover Your Drive <BR> -- By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone tells us to stay motivated. Our friends, our co-workers, our relatives say to keep going, don’t quit. Sometimes, though, you ask, "Why? Why try my hardest when it ends in disappointment? Why go through something when it’s going to hurt? Why?" <BR> <BR> Because it’s going to be different this time! Because you can’t accomplish anything that you give up ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 09:03:42 EST Exercise Keeps Your Mind Sharp.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52808857 Exercise Keeps Your Mind Sharp <BR> Fitness News Flash <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A new study from the National Institutes of Health found that the most sedentary individuals (i.e. couch potatoes) are 2.5 times more likely to develop dementia than regular exercisers. Dementia is a condition of declining mental abilities ( especially memory) that affects your personality, skills (like driving a car), and verbal abilities. <BR> <BR> A... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 09:01:36 EST April Challenges. ...Calories IN...Calories OUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x52796223 This challenge can be done seperately or in combination with each other. This is a great way to visually see how we are doing with Calories IN (food and drinks that we put into our bodies) and Calories OUT (the exercises that we do each day) that will wear calories away. You may want to post your day before results each day. <BR> <BR> Let's be accountable for the amounts of food or drinks that we par-take in each day and the amount of activities that we do in order to achieve the results tha... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 11:55:01 EST Mini Challenge- Week 4/8-4/14 ***Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x52794368 Team Mates Just post your weight by 4/8 in this topic. <BR> <BR> 4/8/13--- Tue, 2 Apr 2013 09:53:39 EST Mini Challenge- Week 4/8-4/14 ***(64 in 24 or 1/2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x52794344 4 in 24 or 1/2 <BR> <BR> Are you all ready for The First Week’s challenge? I am!!! <BR> <BR> This week’s Mini-Challenge (MC), as you may have guessed is 64 ozs. of liquid in 24 hours for 4 out of the 7 days the MC is in effect. The MC will include a Start Weight Weigh-In & it will also include logging in daily to post your water intake, this is not pressure just to keep us accountable, if you miss a daily post don’t worry post it the next day. <BR> <BR> Where does the ½ come in, you ask?... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 09:51:49 EST How a "Bad Food" Attitude Can Backfire.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52793738 How a 'Bad Food' Attitude Can Backfire <BR> Make Peace with Your Cravings to Drop More Pounds <BR> -- By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you struggle with cravings and wish you had the will power to cut out certain foods completely? When we work toward a healthy diet, so many of us think that making a list of food culprits and calling them off-limits will help us to succeed. However, if you take a deeper look at the psychology behind this flawed method, you’ll see so ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 09:17:57 EST Wake Up to the Importance of Exercise..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52777258 Wake Up to the Importance of Exercise <BR> Working Out Improves Sleep Patterns <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You stayed up late last night to finish a project, woke up groggy only to realize that you’d slept through the alarm clock, skipped breakfast, then almost fell asleep in the middle of an important morning meeting. It’s now mid-afternoon and, as you’re having yet another cup of coffee to stifle yet another yawn, you realize you’re seemingly sleep walking ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 09:19:27 EST APRIL....30 DAYS....TO A GREENER LIFESTYLE.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x52776515 Each day I will post a daily tip to help us keep our planet cleaner.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> With all the buzz surrounding eco-friendly living these days,you maywonderwhere to start.But reducing your impact on the planet can be simple,and every action does make a difference. Want even more incentive to change? Most green actions will save you money,limit waste,enhance your health and even increase your over all physical activity—all while benefiting the planet. <em>432</em> <em>433</... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 08:35:27 EST Are You a Veggie Head or Just Plain Fruity? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52762577 Are You a Veggie Head or Just Plain Fruity? <BR> Nutrition News Flash <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A recent study randomly selected 508 adults and categorized each of them as either a vegetable lover or fruit lover by using a cross-classification technique, based on their preference ratings for fruits and vegetables and by each participant’s self-perceptions. Vegetable lovers differed from fruit lovers in both their cooking habits and their foo... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 07:16:29 EST Can Stress Cause Weight Gain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52752087 Can Stress Cause Weight Gain? <BR> What the Research Really Shows <BR> -- By The American Institute of Cancer Research <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some advertisements claim that hormonal changes from high stress lead to weight gain. These ads offer products that will supposedly normalize your hormones, thus decreasing your waist size. Should you use these products? <BR> <BR> Research does support some link between stress and weight. Stress often causes people to drop good eating and exercise habi... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 08:35:51 EST Pave the Way for Persiste nce..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52740798 Pave the Way for Persistence <BR> Be Consistent and Persistant to Reach Your Goals <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When it comes to permanent weight loss, persistence is where the tire meets the road. There will be many ups and downs along this road, and you'll have to keep yourself going even when things get tough. If you’ve been working the previous eight steps in this plan, you have already done much of the preparation necessary to cultivate an... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:54:29 EST Chocolate: A Not-So-Guilty Pleasure.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52725481 Chocolate: A Not-So-Guilty Pleasure <BR> A Love Affair with Good Reason <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For years, you’ve tried to break it off. You’re certain this relationship is wrong, even sinful. But try as you might, you just can’t end it—your willpower inevitably crumbles, and you always go back for more. <BR> <BR> We’re talking of course about your love affair with CHOCOLATE— that dark seducer even more likely to attract as you're surrounded by heart-sha... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 07:02:04 EST No better day to start than today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x43272x52722718 Hi! My name is Shaela, I have joined SparksPeople to find some great tools to keep motivating me to reach my goal! <BR> <BR> I have always been a very active person, playing soccer, running, swimming, the whole 9 yards, although when I became an adult, and started doing adult thing (i.e. working behind a desk) it all stopped. <BR> <BR> At 22 I've found myself in a rut. Having been such an active person, to all of a sudden, waking up, going to work, going home and sleeping. That's what my ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:54:22 EST Which State are you from? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x43272x52712931 I am from East TN Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:09:55 EST Building a Weight-Loss Wardrobe on a Budget..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52712440 <BR> Building a Weight-Loss Wardrobe on a Budget <BR> <BR> 6 Tips for Finding Clothes When You're on Your Way to Your Goal Weight <BR> <BR> -- By Caitlin Boyle, SparkSavings Contributor <BR> If you ever stared at your closet full of clothes and thought, “I have nothing to wear,” imagine how Amanda McQueen, a 28-year-old from Alabama, felt during her weight loss journey. “I’ve lost 115 pounds in total. I started at 260 pounds and a size 22, and now I’m at 145 pounds and a size 8,” she says.... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 08:40:00 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x43272x52699733 Hi everyone! <BR> Thanks for the invite! <BR> I have been on SparkPeople before, but have not really committed to it.. This time around I want to make it work, for me, for my fiance (want to look good on my wedding day!) and just be happier and healthier all around <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Good luck to all of us! Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:33:16 EST Prayer Request http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x52699238 Leave you prayer request here for all of us to gather around and pray for our loved one!! Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:57:15 EST How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52696946 How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed <BR> Get Your Friends, Family and Fellow SparkPeople on Board <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> You wake up to your husband preparing a platter of fruit and a slice of whole wheat toast for breakfast. Your wife always has a healthy dinner—lean protein and fresh veggies—ready at 6 o’clock. Your co-workers have teamed up to start a healthy lunch club. You have countl... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 07:21:04 EST Chatting for Month of March 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x52683943 Just wanted to set up a chatting forum. If you are new and have questions, we have been here for a while, if you've been here as long as us and have great advice, we would also love to hear that! <BR> <BR> Or if you just want to say hi! <BR> <BR> I lost 3lbs water weight from Friday through today. I can feel a difference but today is my first day of no soda's (diet or regular) so I have a feeling, I may drop down more! But prayers for my family, no cokes = bad moods!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I w... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:09:19 EST How To Make Fitness Matter.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52681940 How To Make Fitness Matter <BR> Framing Your Big Picture <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> To stick around and work, weight loss has to fit within the bigger picture -- and then made into a daily priority. Like a movie extra struggling to be seen on a blockbuster film, if weight loss isn’t in the big picture, it won’t get watched. <BR> <BR> Weight loss is a classic “out of sight, out of mind” matter. If you’re busy with bigg picture stuff (which hopefully you are), ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 08:01:18 EST 6 Tips to Deal with Daylight Saving Time.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52668467 6 Tips to Deal with Daylight Saving Time <BR> Time-Tested Ways to Cope with the Time Change <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s that time of year again, when we reset our clocks and try to readjust to the time change associated with Daylight Saving Time (DST). Some of us breeze through the change seamlessly, yet others feel out of sorts for days. If you have trouble dealing with this sudden disruption in your routine, it is for good reason. <BR> <BR> Even thou... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 07:43:14 EST Laugh Your Way to Health & Happiness.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52657162 Laugh Your Way to Health & Happiness <BR> Health News Flash <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A recent study conducted by the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine reported that laughter not only enhances your mood, but it may also protect your heart. During the study, 20 healthy participants were shown 2 movies: a funny comedy and a war saga. After viewing the war (stress-inducing) film, participants' blood vessels constricted and blood flow wa... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 09:13:44 EST FILL IN THE WORD....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17497x43272x52649916 How to play: <BR> Copy the whole list to your post and fill in ONE (anyone you want) answer starting with the letter given. <BR> <BR> When the list is full, we'll move on to the next letter. <BR> <BR> Let's see how long it takes us to go through the alphabet. <BR> <BR> ________________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Letter "A" <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - ASPARAGUS <BR> <BR> 4. A mood - <BR> ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:43:43 EST Unscramble a State name and leave another. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17497x43272x52649124 For example: <BR> ioho=ohio <BR> <BR> your time= taxes Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:16:38 EST DID YOU HUDDLE ON YOUR TEAM TODAY.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x43272x52647566 sure did <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For new members....look on the right hand side of this page and you will the words TEAM STREAM go to the bottom of this scrolling section and click on the words VIEW HUDDLE WALL/HUDDLE NOW. Use one of the suggestions there or type in your own message. SEE YOU ON THE HUDDLE WALL my sparking friends. <em>220</em> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:36:29 EST 1 Step Back, 2 Steps Forward.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52647422 1 Step Back, 2 Steps Forward <BR> Don't Let a Setback Stop You from Pushing Ahead <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Fall seven times, get up eight." - Japanese Proverb <BR> "Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams <BR> "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." - Chinese Proverb <BR> "Never give in. Never. Never. Never. Never." - Winston Churc... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:23:15 EST Going Through the Emotions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52647412 Going Through the Emotions <BR> Why It's Worth the Trouble <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The world can be a beautiful place, full of possibilities and life. You can feel invincible and in control. But it’s not always like that, is it? The world can also be a stressful, upsetting, confidence-crushing place. At times, it seems like even something as clear-cut as weight loss is harder than it really needs to be. Is it worth the trouble, you ask. Why am I banging my ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:22:35 EST 5 Signs It's Time to Get Serious about Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25795x43272x52647397 5 Signs It's Time to Get Serious about Weight Loss <BR> The Time to Commit to Losing Weight is Now <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's easy to say that you want to lose weight. It's also easy to find the motivation to hit the gym regularly and choose the right foods in the beginning. After a few weeks, our motivation seems to wane and those old, unhealthy habits of yours start to creep back in. What seemed so easy at firs... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:21:48 EST NEW QUESTION EACH DAY ???????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x52647297 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What Would You Rather Eat Canned Beans or Dried Beans? <BR> <BR> <BR> Canned <BR> Dried <BR> Other <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For Me...I would rather eat fresh beans or frozen beans. <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:13:38 EST New Introductions 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x43272x52647000 Hi, I'm Lori some call me LoriAnne due to my family. <BR> I'm 42 about to be 43. Been up and down since 2007. Total weight Loss has been 90 lbs, total kept off 25 lbs. I want to lose weight for my health, but I get so discouraged about things that I eat it back on, well not eat when I do keep up with calories I barley go over, its my cokes that are killing me. <BR> <BR> Okay i'm 5'2 215 lbs. Mother of 2 boys (Dylan 21-just got married to Brit) (Dalton 15- better not be thinking about mar... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:49:02 EST Throw a Fitness Party!.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x52645414 Throw a Fitness Party! <BR> Burn Calories While You Bond <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I needed to get a social life. This revelation hit me late on a Friday night when I realized I had spent another evening knee-deep in laundry when I really wanted to be out having some fun. Busy with work and family, I hadn’t seen my girlfriends for weeks. I was so overwhelmed with housework and children’s activities that I couldn’t remember the last time I had pi... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:00:32 EST Manage Yourself in No Time.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x52645402 Manage Yourself in No Time <BR> Tips to Fit More Into Your Day <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As the world of technology evolves, there are more and more devices to make life easier for us. Think of all the time we save with things like garage door openers, snow blowers, remote controls, dishwashers, elevators, high speed internet, digital everything, laundry and cleaning services, gas powered mowers, online shopping… <BR> <BR> It seems like no matter how many ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 09:59:37 EST WOOHOO...IF YOU MOVED THAT BEAUTIFUL BODY.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x52631237 <em>244</em> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:53:36 EST NOVEMBER ...MONEY JAR CHALLENGE $$$$$$$ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x44849478 REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON (Tuesday) NOVEMBER 1ST. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of November. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok,... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 12:17:07 EST OCTOBER. ...MONEY JAR CHALLENGE $$$$$$$ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x44355475 REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON (SATURDAY) OCTOBER 1ST. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of October. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok, ... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 15:16:29 EST SEPTEMBER ....MONEY JAR CHALLENGE $$$$$$$ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x43835478 REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON (THURSDAY) SEPTEMBER 1ST. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of September. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:49:35 EST Leave for Honduras in 1 week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x43747500 Today I had lab work done, Monday = two doctor appts; Thurs=leave for Honduras. Which means that this weekend will be a time of packing - lots!. Four large suitcases! Much stuff for the missions and a little for my new house <em>40</em> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 14:36:31 EST Share an Inspirational Quote Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x43482562 If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes. <BR> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 09:08:25 EST A--Z...3 Letter Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17497x43272x43467141 Ate Wed, 10 Aug 2011 11:00:32 EST What is the last fruit or veggie you have eaten? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x43467046 Banana Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:56:05 EST Hola, I'm katti http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x43272x43383200 I was diagnosed as Type 2 Diabetic last year. For this past year I have tried to change what I am eating and managed to get my fasting glucose to +/- 130 and A1c of 6.4% . On June 1 my Doc said I was doing "pretty good" but needed to get FBS to 80-100 and exercise everyday. <BR> <BR> On the way home I had a talk with God and asked for some help from somewhere. When I logged onto the the internet, there was a little ad about SparkPeople. I checked it out and found the Diabetes Nutrition Plan ... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 11:20:21 EST AUGUST....MONEY JAR CHALLENGE $$$$$$$ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x43303662 REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON (MONDAY) AUGUST 1ST. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of August. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok, beca... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 09:28:19 EST JULY....MONEY JAR CHALLENGE $$$$$$$ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x42730783 REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON (FRIDAY) JULY 1ST. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of JULY. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok, because ... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 14:52:33 EST How Many Bonus Points Did You Get Today???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17497x43272x42725331 20 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 10:03:59 EST Read the Bible today, Give a WOOHOO!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x42725304 <em>244</em> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 10:02:25 EST DID YOU GET YOUR QUOTA OF WATER FOR TODAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x42530324 <em>248</em> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:09:13 EST Goodie Give Away Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19831x43272x41798912 This game is a great way to get to know each other by visiting other spark pages and giving support, motivation and encouragement to team members. <BR> Each person posts the next number in order. If your number contains 2 or 3 of the same digits, you give a goodie to someone on our Angels Amongst Us Team. <BR> For example: if you get 11, 44, 121, 333, 2445 etc. you give a goodie! <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> Fri, 13 May 2011 09:40:32 EST Chatting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x38686843 What is your New Years Resolution: <BR> <BR> Mine is: <BR> <BR> My New Year Resolutions: <BR> <BR> Take care of myself more. <BR> Use All the tools I have before me to help me reach my goal! <BR> Staying on track! <em>409</em> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 23:03:57 EST How Many Login Points Did You Receive Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17497x43272x38569752 10! Mon, 20 Dec 2010 09:26:02 EST Things I Like http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17497x43272x38469023 A-Apple cake <BR> <BR> <BR> Tell us what you like. We will be going through the alphabet. Let's see how long it takes. Tue, 14 Dec 2010 09:43:30 EST What Food Is On Your Mind Right Now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x38265089 Lets discuss what we would like to eat but know we are not going too because we are strong enough to say no. Fri, 3 Dec 2010 10:03:28 EST Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x36823704 We are all looking forward to being the healthy, happy person that we are working to achieve. A good resource to getting healthy is by tuning in to the show "Biggest Loser." The show comes on tonight at NBC at 8. If you have never seen the show, they bring in unhealthy Americans and help them achieve their goals to becoming happy, healthy people. The show also gives little tips as to reach your goals at home. So tune in. Tue, 21 Sep 2010 08:41:43 EST Introduce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x35360401 Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Jessica and I am 23 yrs old. I have battled my weight for as long as I can remember. Finally, in 2008 I got a hold of myself and started to lose weight. It has been off and on but the weight is slowly coming off. I have lost a total of 67 lbs and I have only 25 lbs left. By Christ alone, I am able to get it off and it's only Christ that I can thank for allowing me to get this far too. This is a lifestyle change and not a diet. Have fun and never give up. Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:17:54 EST INTRODUCING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x43272x35355761 Hi, my name is Lori Anne Y. I am 40 years old and trying to change my life. I wanted the weight change, and tried. I did have success but I went back to my old ways. This time, I am trying it slow as a turtle and asking the main person for support, GOD. With GOD all things are possible, so I am relying on his word to help me. This site is created to give all Christians a true clean place to go and blog about their life and to receive inspiration from others. <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> L... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 11:02:01 EST Get started on the basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x34627190 I've never done this before, but I thought this would help me if I can relate to the other people! Sun, 6 Jun 2010 16:42:18 EST SEPT. 10, 2010 Initial Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43272x34627147 would love to delete this topic!!!!!! Sun, 6 Jun 2010 16:40:03 EST