SparkPeople Angels Amongst Us (AAU) Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=43998 A friendly place to come and meet others while reaching our goals. We believe in angels and believe that we can do this together!!. SparkPeople Angels Amongst Us (AAU) Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=43998 I am Back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x43998x64637298 Hi everyone How are you? just stopping by to say Hi and I am back on sparkpeople. <em>244</em> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:34:30 EST AAU May word game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x64258359 Fill in a word or phrase for the letters in the word MAY <BR> <BR> M = model <BR> A = <BR> Y = Mon, 2 May 2016 16:29:33 EST AAU May Color Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x64258349 May is know for its (mostly) blue skies and green grass. <BR> <BR> Name something blue or green (example: blue sky or green grass) Mon, 2 May 2016 16:27:59 EST AAU Spark MAY Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x64242046 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For May, that means strengthening your bones. <BR> <BR> Here are 31 daily tips that will help you build stronger bones and prevent future fractures. Click below to download and print your May calendar. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-05.pdf </link> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:47:23 EST 6 Foods That Damage Your Metabolism http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x64182147 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9af5e2f1-b8e4-4bd0-acae-e49df5fae66e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hey <BR> <BR> There’s nothing worse than starting an exercise program, making some good diet changes, but still not seeing the results you want to see. <BR> <BR> Has that ever been you? It can be really frustrating. <BR> <BR> The reason this happens is, even though you think you’re consuming a healthy diet, there's often some hidden food in your diet that is ruining your weight l... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:07:14 EST How Do You Repair Leaky Gut? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x64148344 The 4-Step Plan to Heal Leaky Gut <BR> <BR> The good news is there’s a solution to successfully healing leaky gut. There is a four-step process that includes: <BR> <BR> REMOVE foods and factors that damage the gut <BR> REPLACE with healing foods <BR> REPAIR with specific supplements <BR> REBALANCE with probiotics <BR> Here’s the protocol I have used with my patients over the years that has helped them see incredible results. <BR> <BR> Remember, the top foods to remove that cause leaky gut ... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 14:56:25 EST 7 Signs and Symptoms You Have Leaky Gut http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x64148325 The GI condition commonly known as “leaky gut syndrome” has been gaining a lot of attention lately for several reasons: <BR> <BR> A growing body of research has linked leaky gut to a number of “seemingly unrelated” health concerns and chronic diseases. <BR> As more Americans are affected by poor diet choices, chronic stress, toxic overload and bacterial imbalance it appears that the prevalence of leaky gut has reached epidemic proportions. <BR> The medical profession is just now agreeing thi... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 14:54:10 EST Do You Have Leaky Gut Syndrome? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x64147323 Leaky gut syndrome is a rapidly growing condition that millions of people are struggling with and don’t even know it. From the sound of it, you might think leaky gut syndrome only affects the digestive system, but in reality it can lead to many other health conditions. <BR> <BR> According to research, the cause of your food allergies, low energy, joint pain, thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions and slow metabolism could be leaky gut symptoms progression. <BR> <BR> In this article, I will ... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 11:53:18 EST AAU Boy/Girl Name Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x64042605 Alternating a boy name then a girl name <BR> <BR> Boy - Alexander Sun, 3 Apr 2016 14:39:14 EST AAU APRIL Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x64042587 In ABC order, type in a 4 or 5 letter word that has NO doubles. (Examples not allowed: oo, tt, ss, etc.) <BR> <BR> A - April Sun, 3 Apr 2016 14:36:45 EST AAU Spark APRIL Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x64042536 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For April, that means reducing your impact on the environment. Find out just how easy it is to be green! <BR> <BR> Here are 30 daily tips that will each help you develop more eco-friendly habits. <BR> <BR> Click BELOW to download and print your April calendar. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-04.pdf </link> Sun, 3 Apr 2016 14:25:27 EST AAU APRIL Question of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x64042484 <em>38</em> <em>353</em> <BR> <BR> Your ideal workout would be... <BR> <BR> <BR> Pumping some serious iron in the gym <BR> <BR> Relaxing movements set to peaceful music <BR> <BR> Being led by a trainer or instructor <BR> <BR> A fast-paced cardio workout <BR> <BR> Lots of abdominal work <BR> <BR> Other (please specify) Sun, 3 Apr 2016 14:18:47 EST Revealing Our True Selves http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x63913270 Our true selves exist whether we acknowledge them or not, often buried under fears and learned behavior. <BR> <BR> <BR> Identity is an elusive concept. We feel we must define ourselves using a relatively small selection of roles and conscious character traits, even if none accurately represents our notion of “self.” The confusion surrounding our true natures is further compounded by the fact that society regularly asks us to suppress so much of our emotional, intellectual, and spiritual vib... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:44:11 EST AAU March Question of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x63827987 Which is more helpful to you: Motivational Music or Motivational Quotations? <BR> <BR> Motivational music <BR> <BR> Motivational quotations <BR> <BR> Other (please specify) Sat, 5 Mar 2016 20:22:39 EST Dog Influenza? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x63797246 What Every Dog Owner Needs to Know About the New Canine Influenza <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee5382e6-c263-40e1-a355-5afa6479eff7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Was last year’s much-publicized canine influenza outbreak just media hype, or an emerging threat to canine health every dog owner should be paying attention to? <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, this one isn’t hype. There really is a new strain of canine influenza virus (CIV), dubbed H3N2, in the U.S. While for most dogs it... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 20:12:02 EST AAU Spring game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x63795778 In alphabetical order, type in a word or phrase that remind you of spring. <BR> <BR> A - azaleas Tue, 1 Mar 2016 16:43:15 EST AAU March Madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x63795763 What makes you mad? <BR> <BR> rudeness...makes me mad Tue, 1 Mar 2016 16:41:58 EST AAU Spark March Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x63795708 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For March, that means improving your diet during National Nutrition Month. <BR> <BR> Here are 31 daily tips that will help you eat more nutritious, healthy foods. Click below to download and print your March calendar. (You need something like Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-03.pdf </link> Tue, 1 Mar 2016 16:32:36 EST Signs and symptoms that your dog is in pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x63773060 By Josh Weiss-Roessler <BR> <BR> When people are in pain, it’s pretty hard to miss most of the time. We complain about our aching back. We yell out because we’ve stepped on something pointy. We limp because it hurts to put pressure on a leg. We lay down in the middle of the day in complete silence and darkness because we have a migraine. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/98e2f012-ea25-45ef-9319-3b441379b968.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dogs, unfortunately, aren’t always quite s... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 20:13:58 EST I know you're out there. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x63768548 Something for us pet lovers. I know you're out there <BR> <BR> How to tell when felines aren't feeling fine: Researchers reveal the 25 signs that could mean your cat is in pain <BR> Researchers determined 25 behaviours that sufficiently reveal cat is in pain <BR> Through four elimination rounds, researchers narrowed down list from 91 <BR> Some signs of pain include difficulty jumping, hunched posture, less play <BR> By CHEYENNE MACDONALD <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.co... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 08:04:52 EST What we eat and drink http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x63723680 What we eat and drink can have a powerful effect on our ability to focus, mental clarity, mood, and stress levels. <BR> <BR> <BR> At its simplest, food is fuel. Though our preferences regarding taste and texture can vary widely, we all rely on the foods we eat for energy. Most people are aware that it is vital we consume a diverse assortment of foods if we aspire to maintain a state of physical well-being. However, the intimate connection between diet and our mental well-being is less under... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 11:07:15 EST Curious: Praying for angelic help? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x63679124 Does anyone else actually pray that angels would help them throughout the day? I have started doing that, and the answers to prayer I have seen have been really nice! They are real! And they are there to be ministers to us! Would love to hear your stories. I have asked for peace and wisdom with difficult situations at work (behavioral issues with people) and it's amazing how well things have turned out. <BR> <BR> Plus I just had a good weigh-in! Woot woot! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>18... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 11:23:11 EST AAU - February Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x63574614 In ABC order, type in a word or phrase that makes you think of February. <BR> <BR> A - adore Mon, 1 Feb 2016 21:01:07 EST AAU "I LOVE...". fill in the blank http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x63574594 With Feb. being designated the month of love, thought you'd like to comment on one thing (a day) that you like/love. <BR> <BR> I love... my new puppy. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 20:59:00 EST AAU Spark Feb. Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x63565583 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For February, that means improving your heart health for National Heart Month. <BR> <BR> Here are 28 daily tips that will help you improve your health. Click below to download and print your February Calendar. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-02.pdf </link> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:51:32 EST AAU Feb. Question of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x63565523 What healthy foods do you like to eat? <em>129</em> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:43:29 EST Foods that Offer Protection Against Colds and Flu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x63521315 I can certainly give testimony to this! How many of you can too? <BR> <BR> As you continue with the Nutritarian style of eating, you will notice that you are less susceptible to illness, and if you do get sick, your recovery is swift. Eating a nutrient-dense, plant-rich diet that includes daily servings of mushrooms, cruciferous vegetables, berries, onions and garlic provides your body with a spectrum of immunity-boosting phytochemicals that helps you throughout the cold and flu season. Vita... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:11:04 EST error http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x63485598 error message <em>30</em> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:12:52 EST Prayer request for angels of traveling to cover us http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x43998x63415447 Hi. I'm taking my daughter and her hubby and baby to the airport in Kansas City where they will be flying to North Carolina for a week. Will you all pray for our safety, both mine in the car and theirs in the air? Thanks so much. Please pray that the car will run well and that I will not be nervous. <BR> <BR> <em>188</em> <em>67</em> <em>535</em> <em>304</em> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:07:58 EST Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x43998x63405601 July 27th <BR> <BR> We can do this! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/13f67f6d-546e-494b-b665-30fec17913c8.jpg"> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 06:54:28 EST AAU Which TRACKER did you use today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x63317973 Spark has several things to track and you can even add your own goals to track. Which one did you use today? Sat, 2 Jan 2016 09:54:55 EST AAU Jan. QUESTION of the WEEK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x63317910 What’s your tip/trick for drinking more water? Remember 8 glasses of water may not be for everyone - drink BEFORE you are thirsty, by then you have started to dehydrate. Sat, 2 Jan 2016 09:47:42 EST AAU Year Event http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x63304765 Pick a year and name something important that happened either to you personally or around the globe. <BR> <BR> 2015 - Princess Charlotte born to British monarchy. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:57:20 EST AAU New Things game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x63304747 In ABC order, name something you would like new. <BR> <BR> A - appliances Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:54:15 EST Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x63298131 I just want to say <em>304</em> to all who sent birthday goodies and wishes. I appreciate them all. Bonnie Wed, 30 Dec 2015 19:44:14 EST AAU Spark Jan. Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x63278375 Behavior experts say that it takes about one month to form a new habit, and many people try to create (or break) habits at the start of each year. With the right attitude and focus, you can stick to your New Year's resolutions and achieve long-term success. Here are 31 daily tips that will help you do exactly that. <BR> <BR> Web page: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=746 </link> <BR> <BR> Printable (need a pdf reader): <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resou... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:53:18 EST The holiday eating frenzy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x63231618 The holiday season is a joyous time when we celebrate with our family and friends. However, the festivities often present us with tough choices — tempting, unhealthy foods are everywhere. It has become accepted in our culture to use the holiday season as an excuse for a six-week binge on dangerous foods loaded with sugar, fat, and salt. <BR> <BR> Maybe overindulging while celebrating the holidays has left you feeling unhealthy and regretful in the past. When you are not in good health, it ex... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:55:32 EST Making The Perfect Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x63229986 The holidays are here (when did THAT happen?) and you’re busy, busy, busy: juggling work, the kids, gift shopping, holiday parties, family gatherings and more. But no matter how much chaos is swirling around you, you can still take time to do one good thing for yourself every day: enjoy a delicious, healthful and satisfying salad. <BR> Dr. Fuhrman has put together a handy, informative infographic that makes it easy to build the perfect salad and create a delectable salad dressing. His simple ... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 12:13:03 EST The holiday eating frenzy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x63158924 <em>460</em> <BR> The holiday season is a joyous time when we celebrate with our family and friends. However, the festivities often present us with tough choices — tempting, unhealthy foods are everywhere. It has become accepted in our culture to use the holiday season as an excuse for a six-week binge on dangerous foods loaded with sugar, fat, and salt. <BR> <BR> Maybe overindulging while celebrating the holidays has left you feeling unhealthy and regretful in the past. When you are not ... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 20:37:07 EST AAU Dec. Question of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x63129492 1. Will you be traveling this holiday season? (If YES, please continue to question 2) <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. What's your biggest challenge when traveling? <BR> <BR> <BR> Not being able to cook <BR> <BR> Getting out of my routine <BR> <BR> Fitting in exercise <BR> <BR> Jet lag / Time changes <BR> <BR> Being forced to dine out <BR> <BR> Not having support <BR> <BR> Something else not listed here (please specify) Sat, 5 Dec 2015 16:58:01 EST AAU December Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x63076691 Name something that is a challenge for you during the month of December. <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> Staying away from the baked goods at work. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:41:02 EST AAU Favorite December Image http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x63076672 Find a photo, graphic, image or picture of something cute that is related to December. <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c1e84c33-89a0-4224-b54a-760c629e05bc.jpg"> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:38:39 EST AAU Favorite December Memory http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x63076659 What is something you like about December? Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:36:21 EST AAU Words Ending in "S" or "R" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x63076639 Type in a word that ends in "S" or "R" <BR> <BR> Examples: Christmas or December Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:34:48 EST AAU Spark Dec. Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x63071546 Gathering with close friends and family members during the holidays creates lasting joy and memories. But with so many parties, celebrations and errands to run, it can be hard to keep up with your healthy lifestyle! <BR> <BR> Here are 31 daily tips that will help you make healthy choices throughout the holiday season. <BR> <BR> <BR> (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-12.pdf </link> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:01:23 EST When change comes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62984950 Two images, same location. Same camera, different filters. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/552091c1-e904-4861-a727-2996e736f549.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df96f18f-62a1-46d6-a166-71ecff0d5ab1.jpg"> <BR> Life is like an open road, there are twists and turns, dangers on every side. Sometimes life is uphill and sometimes we coast. It's easier to coast, but when we need to do some climbing it takes a little more energy, at times a lot m... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:26:46 EST AAU Words ending in 'ing' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x62873133 Type in a word that ends with 'ing' <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving Sat, 31 Oct 2015 21:22:49 EST AAU Would You be Thankful For.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x62873052 Answer the question of which item you would be most thankful for and then make-up your own choice for the next person to answer. <BR> <BR> Would be thankful for .... a bigger house or a newer car? Sat, 31 Oct 2015 21:14:30 EST AAU November Question of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x62871013 How would you define a Healthy Food Lifestyle? Sat, 31 Oct 2015 15:36:01 EST AAU November Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62870989 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For November, that means increasing the happiness in your life so that changing of the seasons won't get you down. <BR> <BR> Here are 30 daily tips that will each give you reason to grin and help increase your overall happiness. Click below to download and print your November calendar. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-11.pd... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 15:32:27 EST It's Not Always About You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62825929 Try not to take everything personally, things that people say and do don''t always have anything to do with you. <BR> <BR> <BR> Every time you interact with others, you have the choice to listen to, acknowledge, and let go of their words, or you can take what they are saying personally. Taking things personally is often the result of perceiving a person's actions or words as an affront or slight. In order to take something personally, you must read negative intent in an individual's words o... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 17:08:09 EST Letting your light shine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62758666 At times, we’ve all wanted to crawl under a rock and hide away from the world. We may have preferred to be invisible rather than let other people see us or notice that we exist. This desire not to be seen often happens when we are feeling very hurt, angry, or simply weary of the world. And while we may console ourselves with the defense that we are shy, an introvert, or a loner, we may actually be hiding. <BR> <BR> When we hide and make believe that we are invisible, we can think that we no ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 21:09:51 EST They Said That Drinking Lemon Water In The Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62724744 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e8afd9a-ba43-4645-b365-013d3c2c9c05.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We often hear that consuming lemon water after wakening up in the morning is very healthy and beneficial, but not a lot of us are familiar with the real effects that this miraculous this drink has on our body. <BR> You should know that lemon juice has a high content of potassium, flavonoids, proteins, antioxidants, also vitamins B and C. Plus; it’s a strong antiviral, antiseptic and anti-inf... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:59:37 EST Thank you all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x62717901 I just wanted to say thank you for all the goodies and birthday wishes. I am two months late in getting this out and for that I am sorry. I have been so busy I have not taken the time to check my emails. Hopefully since winter is soon to be upon us, I will have more time. At least canning season is over and done with. Sun, 11 Oct 2015 18:07:21 EST AAU OCTOBER Word Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x62653180 Using the letters in the word October, fill in one of the blank spots. If you can find a word/phrase relative to this month all the better (optional) <BR> <BR> O - oh my, time for witches and ghosts <BR> C - <BR> T - <BR> O - <BR> B - <BR> E - <BR> R - <BR> Sat, 3 Oct 2015 16:23:21 EST AAU Spark Oct Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62653146 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For October, that means helping your kids develop healthy fitness and eating habits to last a lifetime. <BR> <BR> Here are 31 daily tips that will each help you do just that! Click below to download and print your October calendar. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-10.pdf </link> Sat, 3 Oct 2015 16:16:57 EST AAU OCT Question of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x62653109 On average, how long are your exercise sessions? <BR> <BR> <BR> 10 minutes or fewer <BR> <BR> 11-20 minutes <BR> <BR> 21-30 minutes <BR> <BR> 31-40 minutes <BR> <BR> 41-50 minutes <BR> <BR> 51-60 minutes <BR> <BR> More than 1 hour Sat, 3 Oct 2015 16:09:32 EST Association with High-Salt Intake and Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62589155 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c77f9bb5-392d-465f-805d-a95689c81d56.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wild RiceThe typical American’s sodium intake is 3,600 mg/day, which is more than double the maximum recommended by the American Heart Association (1,500 mg/day).1,2 Salt doesn’t contain calories, of course, but several studies have now found that a high-salt diet is associated with a greater likelihood of being overweight or obese. Earlier in 2015, in Chinese adults, the risk of overweight,... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 21:15:57 EST Speaking From Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62538571 I'm sure we all have experiences with weight-loss we can share; what has worked what hasn't, what is presently working for you. In sharing our experiences we may help someone who is at a stand still, frustrated, even ready to give up. Rather than have that happen let's tell our stories! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 16:19:11 EST Hot & Sweet Ginger Garlic Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62509411 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/86deeec5-ae03-4159-ae39-6f3e682637f7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This flavorful chicken tastes great alongside roasted root veggies or sauteed greens! <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 5 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 35 <BR> Number of Servings: 3 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil <BR> sea salt & black pepper to taste <BR> 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (or other cut, cooking time will vary) <BR> 1 small onion, finely sli... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 21:46:41 EST Making it Happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62509326 The universe is fully supportive of what you want, but it is up to you to go for it. <BR> <BR> <BR> There are times in our lives when all the signs seem to be pointing us in a particular direction. Our thoughts and dreams are echoed in the songs and stories we hear and the media we see. Maybe the message we are getting from the universe doesn’t even make sense in the “real” world, but somewhere inside, these urges feel right. Maybe you feel you are being told to move to a new city although ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 21:33:07 EST My 7.5 mile walk to the cemetery and back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x62482792 Just Completed my 7.5 mile walk to the cemetery and back <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef8e3957-da5f-40ee-a3aa-53e9428ff920.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88ea4233-cf38-46a6-9426-ffe5847ee09f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f2a28a4-6430-4e55-b238-e6ffa9c25c8c.jpg"> Sat, 12 Sep 2015 13:46:34 EST Letting Go with Forgiveness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62481401 Letting Go with Forgiveness <BR> by Ana Holub <BR> <BR> Forgiveness is a very tender subject. It brings up a lot of memories, emotions and desire in most of us. <BR> <BR> Forgiveness truly is heart medicine. It involves the healing experience of Divine contact. The Divine has many names, including the Holy Spirit, the Divine Mother, Father God, Great Spirit, Nature, or the “peace that passeth all understanding.” Whenever I mention the word “Divine,” please substitute any name that wor... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 10:32:04 EST Get Out of Your Own Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62441311 Unhindered Movement <BR> <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> We truly want to succeed but may be afraid so we subconsciously create circumstances to keep ourselves stuck. <BR> <BR> When you find yourself facing obstacles that appear to be blocking you from your goals, it is important to try not to get discouraged. It can be easy to feel “stuck” or that “life” is creating circumstances preventing you from getting what you want. And while it is easy to look at everyone and everything outside of... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 10:15:08 EST The power of superior nutrition! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62435206 Melissa's son Madison no longer has asthma flare-ups, before he had to use his inhaler on a daily basis <BR> Melissa <BR> <BR> “We thought we were doing our best to feed our boys healthy foods. Their diet used to consist of cereal with milk, yogurt, cheese sticks, turkey and cheese sandwiches, school lunches, lunchables, and meat, every day. They had vegetables with dinner and fruit desserts. However, after reading Disease Proof Your Child we knew we could be doing so much better. <BR> <BR... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 12:26:22 EST Apple-Escarole Salad with Gorgonzola and Walnuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62429279 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8aeabe5b-7624-41b5-bf29-4de85740742f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This salad is full of distinct, strong flavors. It's a great way to get new greens onto your plate. <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 10 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 12 <BR> Number of Servings: 4 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 Granny Smith apple, cored, quartered and sliced horizontally (1/4 inch slices) <BR> 1/4 cup gorgonzola cheese crumbles <BR> 1/4 cup walnuts halves <BR> 1 head esc... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 16:32:31 EST Overcoming Self-Sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62428961 Overcoming self-sabotage is one of the most exciting conversations you will ever have, because on the other side of it is the emotional freedom and depth of joy that you were born to have. And the process of breaking through denial, facing your fear, anger, and other difficult emotions, and making peace with your pain is going to lead - step by step - to an ending of the internal war with yourself so that you can step fully into the greatest expression of yourself. So let's begin... <BR> <BR... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 15:28:38 EST Mexican Zucchini Burrito Boats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62408281 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0efb4be-4727-4b0f-b3d1-1dfa1e4db860.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Prep Time: 25 minutes <BR> Cook Time: 30 minutes <BR> Total Time: 55 minutes <BR> Yield: 8 boats <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 4 large zucchini <BR> <BR> 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed <BR> <BR> 1 cup cooked brown rice <BR> <BR> 1 cup salsa (use your preferred level of spiciness) <BR> <BR> 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced <BR> <BR> 1/2 red onion, diced <BR> <BR>... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 21:37:32 EST AAU September Word Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x62389065 How to play: <BR> Copy the whole list to your post and fill in just ONE answer. You can choose any word/phrase that starts with the letter that is next, no limit on size. Please do not reuse a word that is in this group (especially for the E's, for example not putting the word egg 3 times in this one set.) <BR> <BR> When the list is full, we'll start over. <BR> <BR> S = school starting <BR> E = <BR> P = <BR> T = <BR> E = <BR> M = <BR> B = <BR> E = <BR> R = Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:45:09 EST AAU Sept. Spark Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62371664 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For September, that means increasing the number of fruits and veggies you eat so you can meet your 5-a-day quota. <BR> <BR> Here are 30 daily tips that will each help you do just that! Click below to download and print your September calendar. (You may need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-09.pdf </link> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:32:15 EST AAU Sept. Question of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x62371643 <em>17</em> If you have a technical question (about your program or the site), where is the first place you should go for help? <BR> <BR> <BR> Click on the "Help" icon, located at the top of any page <BR> <BR> Post your question in the Site/Technical Help forum on the Message Boards <BR> <BR> Send an email to SparkPeople’s staff <BR> <BR> Send a SparkMail to one of our Coaches <BR> <BR> Other (please specify) <BR> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:27:41 EST The importance of antioxidants. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62361285 Question: I hear and read a lot about the importance of antioxidants. I am still a little unsure however, about what they actually are, what they do, and why we need them. <BR> <BR> Answer: Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons, which make them unstable and highly reactive. Antioxidants are substances that prevent free radicals from damaging DNA, proteins and lipids in the body. This is important for our health since free radical damage (or oxidative damage) to the healthy ce... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:06:15 EST Can I Really Eat All Day and Lose Weight? Well No. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62343394 It is well known that in recent years, restaurant portion sizes have steadily increased, and many single meals at fast food outlets and restaurants pack in enough calories for an entire day. Overall in the U.S., we are surrounded by calorie-dense food all the time. Today, we eat more and more often than we did 20 or 30 years ago. We eat constantly. Calorie-dense, nutrient-poor snacks are everywhere. And many of our beverages contain enough calories to be meals in themselves. <BR> <BR> Howeve... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:54:40 EST Trouble Sticking to Exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62279470 Exercise is hard, even for those of us who do it on a regular basis. One reason we can stick to it is implementing a few little hacks that give us one less reason to skip our workouts. I've got some fitness hacks to help you out. <BR> <BR> I know quite a few people who already walk around in workout clothes all day long It's one of my husband's pet peeves. LOL He floated the question, "Do women automatically get a pair of yoga pants when they turn a certain age?" I could tell him, but t... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 21:08:44 EST Debunking the Anti-Soy Myths http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62262674 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8ac68260-3d1e-48aa-aa78-ea529d34b2e6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Despite the abundance of scientific evidence demonstrating the benefits of whole soy foods, many people have been scared off from healthful foods like edamame by anti-soy propaganda (lacking responsible scientific integrity) that continues to float around the internet. <BR> <BR> It is true that the nutrient-depleted isolated soy in protein powders and processed foods is likely problematic.... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:26:54 EST 21 Brilliant Kitchen Hacks To Keep Your Food Fresh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62241157 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/add1ad1c-5053-4443-8d80-58493fe7b536.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Whether you're trying to stretch out your weekly grocery trip, or are just plain tired of trying to prep for your meals and finding moldy food past its prime, there are a few tried and true tricks that could help you out in your kitchen endeavors. It's as simple as storing your food just a little bit differently, or maybe taking the extra step to rinse your berries, but soon enough, you'll f... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 20:43:13 EST Obtaining The Best Skin Ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62197466 Have you ever noticed that the most coveted style for models and celebrities is a “no-makeup” look? Except for special occasions, like runway or awards shows, most strive to look natural, refreshed and flawless. In our culture, there is a huge emphasis placed on dewy complexions, smooth, glowing skin, clear eyes, and so on. But while a skilled makeup artist can mask many imperfections, there’s no getting away from the fact that what you look like on the outside is a direct reflection of your ... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 09:48:57 EST AAU - August Question of the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x62150354 <em>38</em> A fitness acronym to solve this week <em>38</em> <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> What is BMR? <BR> <BR> Basic Muscle Rate <BR> <BR> Body Mass Rate <BR> <BR> Basal Metabolic Rate <BR> <BR> (Answer given next week) <BR> Sat, 1 Aug 2015 15:03:18 EST Favorite Motivating Quote or image http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62144446 What is a favorite quote or image that lifts your spirits when nutrition and/or fitness problems hit you? <BR> <BR> One of mine is: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f99defc2-9ae3-4e20-8c1b-8f84517ba446.jpg"> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:18:41 EST AAU 5 letter word game - no repeats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x62144370 In alphabetical order, any 5 letter words that does NOT contain the same letter more than once,. <BR> <BR> Example: apron (okay) apple (not okay) where (not okay with 2 'e') <BR> <BR> Apron Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:02:21 EST AAU - Spark Aug. Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62144315 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For August, that means improving the quality and quantity of your sleep. With a little effort, you can catch those Zzz's. <BR> <BR> Here are 31 daily tips that will each help you sleep better each night. Click below to download and print your August calendar. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-08.pdf </link> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:47:00 EST Ten Best and Worst Foods for Health and Longevity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x62003544 I am often asked for my list of the best foods to eat — the foods that contain the most micronutrients, phytochemicals and other health-promoting compounds. People want to know which high-nutrient foods provide the keys to optimum health and longevity. They are searching for a simple answer to the question, “What should I eat to reach my ideal weight, achieve immunity to disease and feel my best every day?” <BR> <BR> It is difficult to squeeze all the nutrient dense, health promoting foods i... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 22:29:56 EST AAU - July Question of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x61918917 <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> True or False: To lose fat, it doesn’t matter what you eat as long as you stay within your calorie range. <BR> <BR> <BR> (Check back next week for the answer!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 15:18:41 EST AAU July Spark Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61918845 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For July, that means decreasing and managing the stress in your life to better enjoy the lazy days of summer. <BR> <BR> Here are 31 daily tips that will each help you de-stress and relax. Click below to download and print your July calendar. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-07.pdf </link> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 15:06:07 EST AAU - Summer words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x61918783 In alphabetical order, type in a word/phrase dealing with summer. <BR> <BR> A - airplane ticket for a vacation trip Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:59:51 EST The Benefits of Berries, Cherries and Pomegranates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61896717 Berries, cherries and pomegranates are powerful, health promoting foods—and I recommend including one of the three in your daily diet. <BR> <BR> What makes berries, cherries and pomegranates unique and beneficial? Berries and cherries are high in nutrients, phytochemicals, and fiber—all of which protect your health. Notably, berries have the highest nutrient-to-calorie ratio of all fruits. <BR> <BR> Berries, cherries and pomegranates are full of beneficial phytochemicals, many of which act ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 07:52:38 EST Unblocking Subconscious Blocks To Weightloss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61864556 There are many wonderful tools for clearing our energy or releasing blocks. <BR> <BR> “Our genes dance with our awareness. Our emotions and behavior have the power to shape our biology. This awareness can make a critical difference in health and longevity.” C. Norman Shealy, MD, Ph.D. <BR> <BR> An intention to lose weight may come from our conscious awareness. We aren't happy when we look in the mirror or get dressed in the morning. We don't feel good in our bodies, have low energy, may eve... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 14:04:38 EST Overcoming Discouragements http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61756807 Life is full of failures (which I would much rather call unfinished non-accomplishements), rejection and heaven knows each and every one of us has had more than our fair share of discouragements. I believe that the difference in how persistent people are often comes down to how we handle and deal with the discouragement. While some people are able to immediately pick themselves up, brush themselves off, others enter a negative cycle of thoughts that persists for weeks, months or even years. <... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:38:52 EST 10 Tips for Morning Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61750346 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17d5e26e-6994-4a79-b533-1465aacc1c57.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you ever roll out of bed in the morning, sleepily pour yourself some coffee, and wish you could just crawl back under the covers and sleep away your responsibilities? We’ve all been there at some point, dreaming about a day when we could feel motivated and excited about our lives. <BR> <BR> While life isn’t always smooth-sailing, these tips can help you stay encouraged on those days whe... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 15:11:24 EST The Effects Of Negative Emotions On Our Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61750232 Humans experience an array of emotions, anything from happiness, to sadness to extreme joy and depression. Each one of these emotions creates a different feeling within the body. After all, our body releases different chemicals when we experience various things that make us happy and each chemical works to create a different environment within the body. For example if your brain releases serotonin, dopamine or oxytocin, you will feel good and happy. Conversely, if your body releases cortisol ... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 14:48:48 EST Spark Motivation - Quotes Resource http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61688696 Looking for that extra oomph? Here's a great resource: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quotes.<BR>asp? </link> Sat, 6 Jun 2015 09:51:02 EST AAU - Goodie Giveaway http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x61688671 (Continued) <BR> <BR> 58 <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Jun 2015 09:48:10 EST Angel Goodie Giveaway http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61658229 If the last TWO numbers are the same, please find a team member to give a goodie to at that point. <BR> Take a minute to learn about this person; this is a great way to learn about other members. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 Tue, 2 Jun 2015 20:00:27 EST Seasonal Activities - game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x61658028 In alphabetical order, name something you do mostly in that one season. Be sure to name the activity (in abc order) and then include the season. <BR> <BR> (Example: swimming-summer; ice skating-winter, etc.) <BR> <BR> <BR> apple bobbing-fall Tue, 2 Jun 2015 19:39:31 EST Ways to Deal with Toxic Attitudes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61627705 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03838401-8c72-42ec-9f35-4bac29942564.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dealing with difficult attitudes from others is a sure path to patience, compassion and kindness… <BR> <BR> The seemingly abundant challenges in the world today breed a lot of angry, self-serving, negative attitudes (unfortunately). Some choose to use the obstacles they face as opportunities to grow and learn, but many take a different route and inflict their bad moods on others. If you ar... Sat, 30 May 2015 15:40:18 EST AAU - June Spark Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61627293 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. <BR> <BR> For June, that means achieving an active lifestyle <BR> <BR> Here are 30 daily tips that will each help you de-stress and relax. Download and print your June calendar. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-06.pdf </link> Sat, 30 May 2015 14:39:57 EST AAU - June Question of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x61627246 Fresh produce is always healthier for you than frozen produce. True or false? <BR> <BR> True - Freezing depletes the healthful nutrients <BR> <BR> True - It is just common sense <BR> <BR> True - Frozen food is often eaten months after picking, so much of the nutritional value has diminished <BR> <BR> False - Produce is often picked before it has had enough time to develop the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals <BR> Sat, 30 May 2015 14:32:37 EST Things to Remember When Everything Falls Apart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61622045 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23e5b4a3-130b-4e7c-b52a-4e183b1317a9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together.” – Marilyn Monroe <BR> <BR> In this story book of life, things rarely go as planned. However, the hiccups along the way serve as valuable lessons in our evolution as spiritual beings. Also, the challenges we meet help us appreciate the victories even more, and give us perspective on the beauty within those difficult times... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:38:09 EST When We Practice Self-Love and Self-Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61620891 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/006ad555-8ef5-4756-acff-2f3fad84a1eb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Self-love and self-care aren’t about being self-centered and selfish. They’re not about a “me, me, me” mentality. They’re not about fighting against the world to express ourselves or to get what we want. Self-love and self-care are about loving ourselves for who we are and taking the time to care for ourselves. What would you love about yourself if there was no little voice of self-doubt buz... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:14:45 EST Don't Worry, Be Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61613568 Our lives are rich with potential sources of happiness, but sometimes we become victims of negative thinking because we believe that focusing on all that has gone wrong will provide us with the motivation we need to face the challenges of survival. When we choose to focus on what makes us happy, however, a shift occurs in the fabric of our existence. Finding something to be happy about every single day can help this shift take place. The vantage points from which we view the world are brought... Thu, 28 May 2015 22:57:18 EST Things 2 Remember When Negative Energy Surrounds U http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61612861 Negativity can affect every area of your life. Identifying negative energy and thought patterns are an important part of challenging yourself and those around you to a more realistic viewpoint. It can improve your relationships and your overall outlook on life. <BR> <BR> Keep these things in mind when you find yourself surrounded by negative energy and use them to help you move out of the negative space. <BR> <BR> Find the Source of the Negative Energy <BR> <BR> Question your thoughts and ... Thu, 28 May 2015 21:34:57 EST Nuts & Seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61561260 Nuts & Seeds <BR> <BR> Nuts and seeds are healthful, natural foods that are full of beneficial nutrients and phytochemicals. Although the myth that nuts and seeds are fattening has persisted, the research suggests that nuts are actually beneficial for weight loss. In any case, it’s not the fat content of a diet that makes it healthy, it’s the nutrient content. And based on their nutrient content, nuts are a health-promoting source of calories. <BR> <BR> Nuts and seeds are nutritionally impo... Fri, 22 May 2015 20:15:49 EST Make Salad the Main Dish http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61544528 For years, I have recommended making the salad the main dish, and here’s why: <BR> <BR> Eating large salads is an effective weight-loss strategy. Raw leafy greens contain less than 100 calories per pound, so you can eat huge quantities of these healthful foods with almost no caloric impact. Leafy greens and other raw vegetables are bulky and rich in fiber, which promotes satiety and blunts appetite. For those who desire to lose large amounts of weight, eating a large salad at the start of lu... Wed, 20 May 2015 20:51:01 EST Not Motivated to Exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61524878 Not Motivated to Exercise? Maybe You Need to Change Your Mind <BR> If you find yourself feeling really unmotivated to exercise, it may be because your dog is lazy and doesn't want to go for a walk. Or maybe that's why I'm not motivated. <BR> <BR> Why you're not motivated may be due to other issues. Maybe it's the way you look at your workout - As something to dread rather than something to look forward to. Or maybe it's just been awhile since you've worked out and you're having trouble getti... Mon, 18 May 2015 18:55:04 EST All natural back pain relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61521186 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f04a47d3-503b-4d0a-9ca4-bc1178ffb107.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In modern times, back pain has become one of the most common ailments. It occurs as a result of sedentary lifestyle, improper or strenuous physical activity, and even mentally stressful working conditions. <BR> <BR> Its treatment involves expensive massages and alternative treatments, but many experts also suggest increasing the consumption of natural, organic ingredients that provide... Mon, 18 May 2015 11:13:58 EST 7 Effective Ways to Manage Anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61520822 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/148c8110-19c9-4abb-a8a6-35e67cd712f8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.” – Eckhart Tolle, author of “The Power of Now” <BR> <BR> The American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts ... Mon, 18 May 2015 10:33:38 EST This Natural Home Remedy To Quit Smoking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61520616 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bbbb00ae-0338-4cd9-bef7-54a1254ce45d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We all know how addictive smoking is and how very hard it is to stop even when and if you've tried to many times. This habit is strong despites all the attempts and you feel hopeless. There is one natural recipe on Internet for quit smoking and many people said that is very effective. <BR> <BR> The ingredients are very simply and the author of the recipe says that you will stop the cigaret... Mon, 18 May 2015 10:11:05 EST AAU - Streets, Avenues, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x61381338 Spring is a good time for traveling. In alphabetical order, name a street, avenue, boulevard, etc. <BR> <BR> A - Archer Drive Sat, 2 May 2015 12:28:39 EST AAU May words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x61381282 Add a word that begins with the next letter in the word MAY. Please copy and paste the whole thing so folks know which letter is next. Start over when all 3 letters are done. <BR> <BR> M - mother (next person does the letter A) <BR> A - <BR> Y - <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 May 2015 12:21:56 EST AAU Spark May Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61381236 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For May, that means strengthening your bones. <BR> <BR> Here are 31 daily tips that will help you build stronger bones and prevent future fractures. Click here to download and print your May calendar. (You need something like Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-05.pdf </link> Sat, 2 May 2015 12:17:07 EST AAU - Question of the Week (May) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x61381182 <em>38</em> NEW QUESTION <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>194</em> <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What's easier: Meeting your daily water intake quota, or meeting your daily Fitness quota? <BR> <BR> <BR> Water! <BR> <BR> Fitness Activity! <BR> <BR> I struggle equally with both <BR> <BR> I have no problem meeting either of them Sat, 2 May 2015 12:10:31 EST Be the Change! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x61295255 I love the thought of this! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1699639956.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you woke up tomorrow with no idea of who you are, who you’ve been or who you are supposed to be … what would you choose? If the rules of this reality no longer applied … what would you create? <BR> <BR> Imagine if you could wake up tomorrow and push the reset button on your life, living and reality? <BR> <BR> The projections and expectations from your friends and ... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:28:33 EST AAU Spark April Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x61124476 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. <BR> <BR> For April, that means reducing your impact on the environment. Find out just how easy it is to be green! <BR> <BR> Here are 30 daily tips that will each help you develop more eco-friendly habits. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-04.pdf </link> Sat, 4 Apr 2015 13:22:59 EST AAU - Question of the Week April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x61124453 <em>38</em> <em>550</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Check back next week to get the answer. Goodie for those participating. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Which of the following represents one serving of vegetables? <BR> <BR> A - 1 cup of salad or lettuce <BR> B - 1/2 cup of corn or cooked vegetables <BR> C - 1 small potato <BR> D - 1 cup of baby carrots <BR> E - All of the above <BR> F - A and B only <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Apr 2015 13:17:02 EST AAU - Guess that emoticon phrase http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x61115953 Using one or two emoticons, create a phrase. The next person tries to guess what it is and creates one of their own. <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> <BR> On <em>292</em> Fri, 3 Apr 2015 13:19:42 EST Kick Your Sugar Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x60896773 Sugar is the new fat. It’s everywhere—flour, added sweeteners—and on average, we gobble down a pound of it every day. Cut it out and, instead, enjoy endless health benefits like weight loss, increased energy and clearer skin. <BR> <BR> 9 Ways To Use Coconut To Kick Your Sugar Habit <BR> <BR> Coconut oil is mostly made up of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which produce a whole host of health benefits. They’re small enough to easily permeate cell membranes, do not require special enzymes t... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 22:53:02 EST AAU - Spring Words in ABC order http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x60796496 Think of a Spring word/phrase in alphabetical order. <BR> <BR> A - azaleas Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:34:26 EST AAU - MARCHing to the Beat game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x60796444 What's a song you really like? One of the first letters anywhere in the title has to have a M or A or R or C or H. (It does not have to be the first word in the title.) <BR> <BR> Examples : (made up titles) <BR> MUSIC Galore [or] <BR> A HAPPY Camper [or] <BR> Rocking the Night AWAY [or] <BR> Baby's CRADLE [or] <BR> I Need HELP <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:24:16 EST Spark March Calendar - AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x60796308 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For March, that means improving your diet during National Nutrition Month. <BR> <BR> Here are 31 daily tips that will help you eat more nutritious, healthy foods. Click here to download and print your March calendar. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda r_ 2007-03.pdf </link> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:01:32 EST Question of the Week - March AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x60793273 What makes you feel less positive about reaching your goal? <BR> <BR> <BR> Eating "badly" for a day or meal <BR> <BR> Not exercising for a day <BR> <BR> Both <BR> <BR> Neither <BR> <BR> Other (please specify) Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:55:35 EST 8 Simple Steps to Lower Cholesterol Naturally http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x60748841 Almost 50% of American adults have total cholesterol levels above 200 mg/dl, placing them at risk for cardiovascular disease – elevated cholesterol is one of the most important risk factors for heart disease.1 Elevated cholesterol is also associated with increased risk of several cancers. <BR> <BR> A high-nutrient diet is by far the most effective method of reducing cholesterol while avoiding side effects. A dietary intervention study using my recommended eating style found that LDL choleste... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:24:27 EST Green Vegetables Protect the Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x60573561 Green leafy vegetables are superior to other foods in their nutrient density, and unsurprisingly, greater intake of leafy greens is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Greater consumption of cruciferous vegetables (a family of vegetables known for their anti-cancer effects, it includes many leafy greens such as kale, cabbage and bok choy), are similarly associated with lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and from all causes <BR> <BR> <link>www.drfuhrman.com/... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 20:29:19 EST Stroke Prevention: Hold the Franks, Have the Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x60552798 Stroke is a leading cause of disability and death and about 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke each year. But, the good news is eating a nutrient-rich diet can help to prevent the most common type of stroke! <BR> <BR> In fact, there have been countless studies on dietary factors and their relationship to stroke risk, and within the past few years, new meta-analyses have strengthened these dietary links. In particular, higher fiber intake, from eating foods such as beans, lentils, cooke... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 20:36:29 EST Act of Kindness - AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x60519331 Since February (hopefully) puts us in a loving mode, let us know what you did that is an act of kindness today. Be sure to come back often! <BR> <BR> <BR> I helped a friend find a coupon to help lower the cost of a computer they wanted to buy. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 20:21:10 EST I Love To ... game AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x60518745 February is the month associated with the heart and love. Tell one thing you love/like to..... in ABC order (first word of your choice) <BR> <BR> A - <BR> <BR> I love to - Arrange furniture Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:15:22 EST 8 STEPS TO OPTIMAL HEALTH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x60517211 8 STEPS TO BECOMING A NUTRITARIAN AND SUSTAINING PERMANENT WEIGHT LOSS FIGHTING CANCER AND OTHER HEALTH ISSUES <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866592 </link> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:41:18 EST Spark Feb. Calendar AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x60516281 28 Days to a Healthier Heart <BR> A Tip of the Day Calendar for February <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For February, that means improving your heart health for National Heart Month. <BR> <BR> Here are 28 daily tips that will help you improve your health. Click below to download and print your February Calendar. (You need a pdf reader like Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:30:41 EST Question Of the Week - Feb AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x60516105 <em>38</em> When you face a craving, how often do you give in to it? <em>38</em> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Every time! Find it hard to do portion control! <BR> <BR> Every time, but a small portion <BR> <BR> Most of the time <BR> <BR> Sometimes <BR> <BR> Hardly ever <BR> <BR> Never <BR> <BR> Other (please specify) <BR> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:13:14 EST Benefits of following the Nutritarian Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x60402720 The Nutritarian diet is not a program with tricks or gimmicks. It takes time to gain mastery over this body of knowledge, but once you have an understanding, it becomes easy to gain control of your weight, earn back excellent health and enjoy your life to the fullest. <BR> <BR> The benefits of following the Nutritarian diet are numerous and life-changing. By following the Nutritarian diet, it is possible to: <BR> <BR> Achieve your ideal weight <BR> Improve your overall health <BR> ... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:51:32 EST AAU Goodie Game - Play Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x60282732 When the last 2 numbers match, visit a team members page and share a goodie with them. A nice way to visit other members and hopefully learn something new about them. <BR> <BR> Examples of goodie numbers: 11, 244, 699, etc. <BR> <BR> Starting with <BR> <BR> 1 Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:32:36 EST Make This The Best Year Of Your Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x60281384 Welcome to the best year of your life! This year is all about falling deeply and passionately in love – with yourself. You may wonder what loving yourself has to do with creating your best life. Well, in a word, everything! I can tell you that loving yourself is the most essential prerequisite to living your best life. When you feel great about who you are, you radiate an undeniable magnetic energy that attracts all the things you desire to you. <BR> <BR> People you've been meaning to call "... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:15:19 EST Question of the Week - Jan. AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x60200702 <em>38</em> Do you keep a cold and flu emergency kit ready for when you or a loved one becomes ill? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes <BR> <BR> No <BR> <BR> No, but my medicine cabinet is usually pretty well stocked with the basics. <BR> <BR> <em>282</em> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 16:28:56 EST AAU - words for JANuary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x60178331 Can you post a word that starts with EITHER a "J" OR an "A" OR an "N"? (Jan.) <BR> <BR> jello Thu, 1 Jan 2015 16:48:18 EST AAU - Positives game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x60178304 State a positive word - can be health, nutrition or fitness based. <BR> <BR> Encouragement Thu, 1 Jan 2015 16:44:17 EST AAU - Memories game in ABC order http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x60178295 With the new year starting, what do you remember from past years in ABC order? <BR> <BR> A - almost didn't marry my DH Thu, 1 Jan 2015 16:42:45 EST AAU - Winter Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x60170195 What is happening in your life today? Share with us your successes, your trials, and your everyday activities. We love to hear from you! <BR> <BR> Am sharing some New Year's wishes from MissM66: (hopefully she doesn't mind) <BR> <BR> May Light always surround you; <BR> Hope kindle and rebound you. <BR> May your Hurts turn to Healing; <BR> Your Heart embrace Feeling. <BR> May Wounds become Wisdom; <BR> Every Kindness a Prism. <BR> May Laughter infect you; <BR> Your Passion resurrect you. <B... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 21:21:40 EST AAU Spark Calendar - Jan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x60145603 Behavior experts say that it takes about one month to form a new habit, and many people try to create (or break) habits at the start of each year. With the right attitude and focus, you can stick to your New Year's resolutions and achieve long-term success. Here are 31 daily tips that will help you do exactly that. <BR> <BR> Download (need a pdf reader) <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda r_ 2007-01.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> **OR** <BR> <BR> Read it here: <BR> <BR> <link>... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:36:17 EST Christmas Silly sentences http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x59908256 <BR> Pick one from each of the 3 topics and put together a sentence! <BR> <BR> <BR> Pick a month someone you know has a birthday: <BR> <BR> January: I danced with <BR> February: I loved <BR> March: I chopped <BR> April: I decorated <BR> May: I trimmed the tree with <BR> June: I drove <BR> July: I baked with <BR> August: I ate with <BR> September: I sang holiday songs with <BR> October: I lit candles with <BR> November: I knocked down <BR> December: Santa and I ran over <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 17:44:40 EST AAU - Post for a Goodie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x59897630 Post on this thread at least 10 times during December for a team goodie at the end of the month! <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:46:13 EST AAU-Question of the Week-Dec http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x59897436 <em>38</em> How are you tracking the progress you make to reach your goal? <BR> <BR> A checklist <BR> <BR> I take a mental tally of my progress <BR> <BR> I track my daily actions online or in a journal/planner <BR> <BR> Other (please specify) <BR> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:23:10 EST AAU - Spark Calendar-Dec http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x59897377 Gathering with close friends and family members during the holidays creates lasting joy and memories. But with so many parties, celebrations and errands to run, it can be hard to keep up with your healthy lifestyle! Here are 31 daily tips that will help you make healthy choices throughout the holiday season. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-12.pdf </link> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:16:00 EST November Word game - AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x59675322 Using the letters in the words "November" and "Thanksgiving" - what words can you create? You can not use the same letter more than once unless it is already duplicated, for example there is only one 'b' so you can only use it once in a word. You can use letters from both words. <BR> <BR> vein Wed, 5 Nov 2014 17:46:30 EST AAU - Spark Calendar (Nov.) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x59655558 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For November, that means increasing the happiness in your life so that changing of the seasons won't get you down. <BR> <BR> Here are 30 daily tips that will each give you reason to grin and help increase your overall happiness. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-11.pdf </link> Mon, 3 Nov 2014 20:10:27 EST AAU - Question of the Week (Nov.) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x59655489 How do you actually exercise during the holidays? <BR> <BR> <BR> Same routine as always <BR> <BR> Schedule it in, but run out of time <BR> <BR> On some days, off some days <BR> <BR> I give up even trying! <BR> <BR> Other (please specify) Mon, 3 Nov 2014 20:04:14 EST Grocery Shopping-Post your grocery items A-Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x59630570 A-applessauce Sat, 1 Nov 2014 13:09:06 EST AAU Goodie Give Away Challenge (Autumn) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x59369201 Rules for this game/challenge are: <BR> <BR> 1. Type in the next number. <BR> 2. When the last two digits match (such as: 22, 311, 477, etc.), find a team member to give a goodie to. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> 1 Sun, 5 Oct 2014 20:40:10 EST Question of the Week - Oct (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x59358947 Who gives you the most support? <BR> <BR> My spouse or partner <BR> <BR> Family and friends <BR> <BR> My workout buddies <BR> <BR> Members on the message boards and/or SparkTeams <BR> <BR> People in my community <BR> <BR> Other (please specify) <BR> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 20:08:42 EST October Word Game - AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x59326941 In the U.S., October is associated with Halloween and scary things. In ABC order, write something spooky or scary. <BR> <BR> A - adorable gremlins Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:49:43 EST Oct. Calendar - AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x59326915 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For October, that means helping your kids develop healthy fitness and eating habits to last a lifetime. <BR> <BR> Here are 31 daily tips that will each help you do just that! Click here to download and print your October calendar. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-10.pdf </link> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:44:43 EST AAU Chat Thread - Autumn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x59243348 Share what is going on in your life and get encouragement and support from other members. <BR> <BR> <BR> In-laws visited for several days, this is the sil that had major intestinal surgery about a year & a half ago. She is doing so much better. However, I am so far behind here on Spark!!! UGH. Tomorrow I teach an AARP Safe Driver class all day, so catching up as I can. Please have patience with me. Have read posts from previous session. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:09:12 EST Sept. 7-13 LeaderBoard Awards AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x59143040 Congratulations on achieving the honor of being on the Participation Leader Board (earning points for participating on Spark) for this team during this past week! Way to go! <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember, team goodies can only be given out to members that participate on the team within the past 30. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>242</em> <em>345</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Each week I try to find 5 different names to add during the current month. This week's recipients are: <BR>... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:49:01 EST Aug. 31 - Sept 6 Leader Board Awards AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x59073581 Congratulations on achieving the honor of being on the Participation Leader Board (earning points for participating on Spark) for this team during this past week! Way to go! <BR> <BR> Krys <BR> <BR> Remember, team goodies can only be given out to members that participate on the team within the past 30. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>242</em> <em>345</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Each week I try to find some different names to add. This week's recipients are: <BR> <BR> OLDERDANDRT... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 19:16:18 EST Aug. 24-30 Leader Board Awards http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x58992051 Congratulations on achieving the honor of being on the Participation Leader Board (earning points for participating on Spark) for this team during this past week! Way to go! <BR> <BR> Remember, team goodies can only be given out to members that participate on the team within the past 30. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>242</em> <em>345</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Each week I try to find some different names to add. This week's winners are: <BR> <BR> CHIBIKARATE <BR> ICECUB <BR> D... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:20:37 EST Question of the Week AAU Sept. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x58990754 <em>38</em> Two part question this week. <em>38</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> #1. Do you think it helps to set goals including but beyond weight loss? <BR> <BR> #2. What kinds of goals keep you motivated to stick to your program? <BR> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:46:40 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x43998x58977343 I am from the Texas panhandle. My biggest challenges are motivating myself to exercise and also making healthier and better food choices. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:51:00 EST Sept. Calendar - AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x58975350 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For September, that means increasing the number of fruits and veggies you eat so you can meet your 5-a-day quota. <BR> <BR> Here are 30 daily tips that will each help you do just that! Click below to download and print your September calendar. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-09.pdf </link> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:34:49 EST Aug. 17-23 LeaderBoard Names AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x58935419 Congratulations on achieving the honor of being in the top 25 on the Participation Leader Board (earning points for participating on Spark) for this team during this past week! Way to go! <BR> <BR> Remember, team goodies can only be given out to members that participate on the team within the past 30. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>242</em> <em>345</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Each week I try to find some new names to add. This week's winners are: <BR> <BR> JUDITH316 <BR> WILLOW4... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:03:13 EST Aug. 10 - 16 LeaderBoard Winners AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x58868680 Congratulations on achieving the honor of being in the top 25 on the Participation Leader Board (earning points for participating on Spark) for this team during this past week! Way to go! <BR> <BR> Remember, team goodies can only be given out to members that participate on the team within the past 30. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>242</em> <em>345</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Each week I try to find some new names to add. This week's winners are: <BR> <BR> SETTIMIA <BR> MISSM66 ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:25:43 EST Aug. 3 - Aug. 9 Leader Board Winners AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x58800065 Congratulations on achieving the honor of being in the top 25 on the Participation Leader Board (earning points for participating on Spark) for this team during this past week! Way to go! <BR> <BR> Remember, team goodies can only be given out to members that participate on the team within the past 90 days per Spark policy. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>242</em> <em>345</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Each week I try to find some new names to add. This week's winners are: <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 14:47:03 EST July 27 - Aug. 2 Leader Board Winners AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x58731283 Congratulations on achieving the honor of being in the top 25 on the Participation Leader Board (earning points for participating on Spark) for this team during this past week! Way to go! <BR> <BR> Remember, team goodies can only be given out to members that participate on the team within the past 30 days per Spark policy. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>242</em> <em>345</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Each week I try to find some new names to add. This week's winners are: <BR> <BR>... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 15:07:31 EST Question of the Week - AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x58721621 Do you have a favorite way to say, "No, thank you," to food pushers? Share your strategies. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 14:48:06 EST Spark August Calendar - AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x58692319 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For August, that means improving the quality and quantity of your sleep. With a little effort, you can catch those Zzz's. <BR> <BR> Here are 31 daily tips that will each help you sleep better each night. Click below to download and print your August calendar. (You need a pdf file reader like Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-08.... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:28:37 EST July 20-26 Team Points Leaders AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x58661181 Congratulations on achieving the honor of being in the top 25 on the Participation Leader Board (earning points for participating on Spark) for this team during this past week! Way to go! <BR> <BR> Remember, team goodies can only be given out to members that participate on the team within the past 30 days per Spark policy. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>242</em> <em>345</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> This week's winners are: <BR> <BR> DJ4HEALTH <BR> ICECUB <BR> MISSM66 <BR> GOOZLEBE... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:44:39 EST July 13-19 Team Points Leaders (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x58592410 Congratulations on achieving the honor of being in the top 25 on the Participation Leader Board (earning points for participating on Spark) for this team during this past week! Way to go! <BR> <BR> Remember, team goodies can only be given out to members that participate on the team within the past 30 days per Spark policy. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>242</em> <em>345</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> This week's winners are: <BR> <BR> JUDITH316 <BR> 19DIAMOND54 <BR> DBELLE39 <BR> WI... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:12:40 EST July 6-12 Team Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x58521503 Congratulations on achieving the honor of being in the top 25 on the Participation Leader Board (earning points for participating on Spark) for this team during this past week! Way to go! <BR> <BR> Remember, team goodies can only be given out to members that participate on the team within the past 30 days per Spark policy. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>242</em> <em>345</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> This week's winners: <BR> <BR> MOMMA48 <BR> NYKIMMIE <BR> JAMER123 <BR>... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:12:49 EST From the top of a mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x58494385 From the top of a mountain, we are able to witness life from a different perspective bringing us a new awareness. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mountains have always captured my imagination, calling to me to scale their heights, to circle and worship at their feet, and to pay homage to their greatness. Mountains can be seen from thousands of miles in the distance, and if we are lucky enough to be on top of one, we can see great stretches of the world that surrounds us. Mountains symbolize vision, the abil... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:07:31 EST When to IGNORE the Scales http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x58483633 We all fight with this one and so many times become discouraged by it SO here are some most valuable tips! <BR> <BR> The scale can be a valuable tool in any weight-loss journey. It can tell you where you started and help you track your progress. It's the tool people use most as a measure of success--or failure. <BR> <BR> As useful as the scale can be, don't forget that it's just one tool you can use, not the only tool. It's entirely possible for those numbers not to budge, but you find your... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 21:21:25 EST Keep A Word and Drop A Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x58470772 This is easy. Just keep one word and drop one of the other words to form two words that go together. <BR> <BR> Spark People Tue, 8 Jul 2014 16:54:05 EST AAU Spark Participation Leader Board Winners 7/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x58447427 Week of June 29 - July 5 - Team goodie has gone out to: <BR> <BR> MSLZZY <BR> 1CRAZYDOG <BR> KATHYJO56 <BR> GARDENSFORLIFE <BR> JANIEWWJD <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Congratulations on achieving the honor of being in the top 25 on the Participation Leader Board (earning points for participating on Spark) for this team during this past week! Way to go! <BR> <BR> Remember, team goodies can only be given out to members that participate on the team within the past 30 days per Spark policy. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 15:32:14 EST AAU - Enjoyable Pastimes and Hobbies ABC game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x58388460 Spark designated July as stress free month! To keep in that spirit, name some pastime or hobby in ABC order! <BR> <BR> A - absolute peace and quite time for meditating Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:52:45 EST AAU - Goodie Give Away (summer) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x58388328 1 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:34:32 EST AAU - July Spark Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x58367183 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For July, that means decreasing and managing the stress in your life to better enjoy the lazy days of summer. Stress has been so ingrained in our days and in our culture that you probably don’t even recognize it any more <BR> <BR> Here are 31 daily tips that will each help you de-stress and relax. Click belowto download and print your July calendar. (You need a pdf reader like Adobe Acrobat Reader to downloa... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:14:30 EST AAU - July Question of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x58363410 <em>38</em> What is your favorite type of exercise? <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Cardio (treadmill, walking, biking, etc.) <BR> <BR> Weights and strength training <BR> <BR> Fitness classes <BR> <BR> Yoga or Tai chi <BR> <BR> Sports and games <BR> <BR> Other (please specify) <BR> <BR> I do not exercise Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:16:06 EST AAU - Summer Chatting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x58289673 We love to discuss everything that is going on in the world, in our geographical area, and at home. Join us! Sat, 21 Jun 2014 11:03:54 EST AAU - Summer Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x58061466 In ABC order, name something associated with summer. <BR> <BR> A - Aruba vacation Sat, 31 May 2014 14:24:42 EST AAU - June Question of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x58059649 In general, how many days per week do you exercise? <BR> <BR> <BR> 0 days <BR> <BR> 1 day <BR> <BR> 2 days <BR> <BR> 3 days <BR> <BR> 4 days <BR> <BR> 5 days <BR> <BR> 6 days <BR> <BR> 7 days <BR> <BR> I don't exercise regularly Sat, 31 May 2014 10:48:39 EST AAU - June Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x58052273 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For June, that means achieving an active lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Many of the health and weight problems that people face today are related to a lack of physical activity. Although we're "on the run" during the day, we're sedentary as we drive, work, watch TV and use the computer. On top of that, modern technology gives us timesaving shortcuts (like dishwashers, car washes, escalators and remote controls) that e... Fri, 30 May 2014 16:21:58 EST AAU - Opinion of new Spark look? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x57794252 Hello team! <BR> <BR> We hope that everyone had a lovely weekend. As you may know, SparkPeople launched many changes to the look and functionality of the Team Pages last week. Many people around SparkPeople were disappointed to see some of the old features disappear, but were happy to see that SparkPeople decided to restore the Recent Member Blogs feature so quickly--an important tool for staying in touch with other members of our teams. <BR> <BR> Many people have also expressed concerns ... Wed, 7 May 2014 17:37:42 EST What is your goal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x57743974 What is your goal for today, for the week, for the month or any time period? Share often what you are working on! <BR> <BR> My goal for today is to get caught up with Spark threads for May! Sat, 3 May 2014 16:58:00 EST Plants - ABC game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x57743942 May is the month many plants start blooming and growing. Can you think of a plant (flower, vegetable, fruit, etc.) to add to our alphabetical list? <BR> <BR> A - azalea Sat, 3 May 2014 16:51:59 EST AAU - May Question of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x57743723 <em>38</em> How often do you count calories? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Before every meal, snack and beverage I consume <BR> <BR> Rarely, if at all <BR> <BR> Occasionally, especially when I've altered my eating habits or set a weight-loss goal <BR> <BR> Other (please specify) <BR> <BR> Sat, 3 May 2014 16:20:41 EST Scrabble http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x57730700 One person writes a word. The next changes one letter to make a new word. The order of the letters can be changed, but always change only one letter. There can only be 4 letters in the word. Fri, 2 May 2014 12:55:35 EST May Calendar AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x57730125 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For May, that means strengthening your bones. <BR> <BR> Here are 31 daily tips that will help you build stronger bones and prevent future fractures. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-05.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> (You may need a pdf reader like Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) Fri, 2 May 2014 12:07:48 EST Once upon a time, I was healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x57532887 Once upon a time, I was healthy; at least I thought I was. <BR> <BR> Sure, I lacked enough energy to get me through the day, but with all the commercials on TV touting energy drinks for America’s tired masses, I always assumed I wasn’t the only one suffering. And sure, everyone in my family dreaded the coming cold and flu season, but again, I thought come January everyone develops some degree of germophobia. <BR> <BR> At least, that’s what I thought until I heard some disturbing new infor... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:24:24 EST How Toxic is sugar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x57400573 Evidence that sugar is indeed toxic continues to grow - sadly, as does the global health crisis, from obesity and diabetes to cancer! It's time to block the harmful effects of too much sugar and increase the level of nutrients now missing from food... <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n29ZIJ-jQA </link> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:09:18 EST Greens and There Benefits! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x57397239 Food Concept: Greens <BR> Green vegetables are the foods most missing in modern diets. Learning to cook and eat greens is essential to creating health. When you nourish yourself with greens, you will naturally crowd out the foods that make you sick. Greens help build your internal rainforest and strengthen the blood and respiratory system. They are especially good for city people who rarely see fields of green in open countryside. Green is associated with spring, the time of renewal, refresh... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 14:44:56 EST Nutritional and/or Fitness Success of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x57360958 What did you eat or not eat - do or not do to help you reach your goal? (You can answer just one part or both.) <BR> <BR> Today I ate fruit instead of Oreo cookies. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 16:35:54 EST AAU True or False? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x57335390 Each person write a sentence...NOT a question! The person who reads the question, answers ONLY True or False. That person then writes another sentence...not a question. The following person responds with only True or False and places a statement below it. <BR> <BR> True or False: <BR> Drinking 8 glasses of water is good for you. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:19:28 EST A-P-R-I-L Name It Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x57334962 We will use the letters in the word APRIL to answer these questions. So on this one all the answers must start with a word beginning with A, when we finish these, the next group all the answers will start with the letter P, etc. I did the first one, help me fill in the rest! (you do not have to go in order.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> NAME IT GAME: <BR> <BR> <BR> Name an animal: anteater <BR> <BR> Name someone who's been on tv: <BR> <BR> Name a color: <BR> <BR> Name a carmaker or mode... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:44:17 EST AAU April Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x57334546 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For April, that means reducing your impact on the environment. Find out just how easy it is to be green! <BR> <BR> Here are 30 daily tips that will each help you develop more eco-friendly habits. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-04.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> (You need a pdf file reader [like Adobe Acrobat Reader] to download this PDF.) Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:01:34 EST AAU - Question of the Week-April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x57302265 Spark Goodie to those answering at the end of the week. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Which of the following are ways you can earn SparkPoints by using the Community? <BR> <BR> <BR> A - By posting on the Message Boards <BR> <BR> B - By commenting on someone's SparkPage <BR> <BR> C - By creating a SparkPage <BR> <BR> All of the above <BR> <BR> A and C only Sat, 29 Mar 2014 07:38:15 EST Does it have to be like this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x57098101 Why have we made exercising -- at least the way we do it in the places that have come to be known as "health clubs" -- such an awful experience? It's a question I had time to mull recently. <BR> It seems that gyms have become temples of physical well-being, with their bright lights, loud thumping music, uncomfortable furniture and machines that seem to have been designed by sadists, and populated by people who often seem miserable, joylessly going through the strenuous motions so they can ch... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:08:41 EST Hi Yall http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x43998x57066253 My name is Janet ,been here before & left the team. My name then was haileysmemaw....Sure did miss this team. Cant wait to get started..... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 20:05:53 EST Some help for overcoming self-sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x57053546 <BR> <BR> This just might turn out to be one of the most exciting conversations you will ever have, because on the other side of it is the emotional freedom and depth of joy that you were born to have. And the process of breaking through denial, facing your fear, anger, and other difficult emotions, and making peace with your pain is going to lead - step by step - to an ending of the internal war with yourself so that you can step fully into the greatest expression of yourself. So let's beg... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 16:30:34 EST AAU - March Question of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x56977246 <em>38</em> <em>41</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What 3 positive things would you like for others to know about you? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>41</em> <em>38</em> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:55:56 EST AAU - Benefits of Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x56977036 Name something you like about Spark! <BR> <BR> I like the message boards. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:35:57 EST AAU - March Lucky Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x56976775 You have found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! In ABC order, name something you would buy. <BR> <BR> A - Alaskan Cruise Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:15:54 EST AAU - "March"ing to a different beat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x56976532 What is something you have seen, done, eaten, worn, etc. that you think was unique or different from your normal routine! <BR> <BR> Eating frog legs (really does taste like chicken! LOL) Sun, 2 Mar 2014 15:57:00 EST AAU - Spring Words Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x56976470 In alphabetical order, name something that reminds you of spring! <BR> <BR> A - April showers Sun, 2 Mar 2014 15:52:21 EST Calendar - March (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x56966595 You've probably heard the phrase "you are what you eat." While it's true that food is fuel, it's also true that food is broken down and transformed into cells, hormones, muscles and YOU! When you think of food in this light, it can make it easier to make healthy and nutritious choices for your body. March is National Nutrition Month®- -a time to focus on making informed food choices for a balanced and healthy diet. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-03.pdf </lin... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 20:27:48 EST AAU - Spring Chatting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x56954316 Welcome! This thread is to let us know what is going on in your life that you would like to share! We love to hear about your events and how you are doing. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:37:53 EST I love to .... (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x56619265 What is something you love to do, read, eat, etc? Sun, 2 Feb 2014 17:57:25 EST Question of the Week - Feb (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x56618784 <em>38</em> New Question <em>38</em> <em>341</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> How's it going with all your meals' plan? <BR> <BR> <BR> Do not have a plan for my meals <BR> <BR> Have a meal plan and feeling better because of it <BR> <BR> Difficult, but I follow the meal plan when I can <BR> <BR> Other (please specify) Sun, 2 Feb 2014 17:09:33 EST Calendar - Feb. (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x56595295 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For February, that means improving your heart health for National Heart Month. <BR> <BR> Here are 28 daily tips that will help you improve your health. Click below to download and print your February Calendar. (You need a program like Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-02.pdf </link> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:36:25 EST Places To Visit A-Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x56429075 A-Applebees Sun, 19 Jan 2014 15:12:31 EST How do we get and stay motivated to exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x56352857 How do we get and stay motivated to exercise? <BR> <BR> This question is one that's tried to be answered so many times, I've lost count. After all that thinking and writing and writing and thinking, I know one important thing about motivation: It isn't something that's just going to happen. <BR> <BR> Motivation is kind of like getting your husband to put his dirty clothes into the hamper...you have to work for it in one way or another. In other words, you can't wait until you feel like... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:37:37 EST Prayers Requested For A Team Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x56319388 I have been in touch daily with one of our active team members, AuntB63 (Barb) Her husband, Chet, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer that has completely destroyed his liver. The prognosis is 1-3 months. Barb is currently looking for hospice care for him and he will be leaving the hospital once that has been completed. I am asking for our team to remember Barb, Chet, and their family in our prayers and to please support her the best that we can. She is in shock and devastated rig... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 15:07:04 EST Question of the Week - Jan (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x56234606 <em>68</em> Which of the following fitness trends did you try/use in 2013? <BR> <BR> Zumba <BR> <BR> TRX (suspension training) <BR> <BR> CrossFit <BR> <BR> At-home workout programs (P90X, Insanity, Bodyrock TV) <BR> <BR> Barre (or ballet-inspired workouts) <BR> <BR> The Color Run/Color Me Rad 5K <BR> <BR> More than one of the above <BR> <BR> None of the above <BR> <BR> Other (please specify) Sun, 5 Jan 2014 21:27:59 EST Another angel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x56194838 My Mom was informed on New Year's Day that her sister, Fran passed away on 12/29. She was 99 years old. My Aunt Hazel who is still alive and doing great is 101 My Mom was not close with this sister and hadn't talked to her in years. I think it is affecting her more than she is letting on. I do remember my Aunt Fran and her kids from my childhood when my Grandma was still alive. My Mom had 9 sisters, and 4 brothers. Now Aunt Hazel 101 and the twins, Aunt Joan and Aunt Jane are the only ones le... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 09:38:27 EST challenge anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x56194034 Has anyone done any of the spark challenges? <BR> I am doing both the fit food and the January jumpstart ones. This is the first time I've tried challenges and I love it. They are keeping me motivated for both food and exercise. <BR> <BR> I was just wondering what other peoples experiences with spark challenges have been. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 08:47:24 EST Raw vs. Cooked – Which is Better? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x56157548 While there are plenty of benefits to eating raw fruits and vegetables such as their anti-cancer properties and positive effects on longevity, are there any advantages to eating a strictly raw diet and excluding all cooked foods? The answer is NO! In this article, find out why eating only raw foods can actually be a disadvantage and learn the best ways to get the most nutrients out of the foods you are eating. <BR> <BR> <link>www.drfuhrman.com/faq/question.aspx?<BR>sid=16&qindex=4 </link>... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:24:22 EST Emoticon Your Day (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x56154100 How's your day going? Emoticon or write out your feelings. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:47:05 EST Favorite Things - ABC order game (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x56153994 What are some of your favorite things? List them in alphabetical order. <BR> <BR> A- apples Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:40:03 EST Re-organizing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x56153440 New Year and new organization of posts. Let me know what you think! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:52:32 EST Last letter starts new word game (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x56153366 Type in a word that starts with the last letter the previous person posted (3 letters or more please.) <BR> <BR> Example: Spark <BR> Next person would type in a word starting with 'k' - ketchup <BR> Next person would type in a word starting with 'p' <BR> <BR> I'll start: year Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:47:12 EST Being Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x56153311 Borrowed from Ray: (please emoticon or state a positive for the day!) <BR> <BR> The good and the bad of it! Is the glass half full or half empty? <BR> To each person there's always a good side to every situation that we face! Did you know that? The problem is in how we perceive the situation and how we act on it! The question I have for you is this... When something bad happens, do you get miserable, angry with yourself and others, do you put the blame on others? Is there another way to appr... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:41:14 EST Goodie Give Away Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x56153269 A great way to learn about other team members is to visit their Spark Page. In this team challenge, you type in the number coming next. If the LAST TWO numbers are the same, you visit a team member and give them a goodie - be sure to invite them if they are not already participating! <BR> <BR> Example of goodie numbers: 11, 255, 1899, etc. <BR> <BR> I'll start - 1 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:36:06 EST Calendar - Jan. (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x56153193 Behavior experts say that it takes about one month to form a new habit, and many people try to create (or break) habits at the start of each year. With the right attitude and focus, you can stick to your New Year's resolutions and achieve long-term success. Here are 31 daily tips that will help you do exactly that. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-01.pdf </link> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:29:32 EST Points Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x56153121 How many point did you get from the log-in wheel? Bonus points? Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:21:51 EST Name A Fruit or Veggie That You Ate Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x56152937 Honeydew Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:06:13 EST I Smiled Today Because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x56152837 I smiled today because I got my hair cut Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:58:22 EST Today I dream... I ponder... I muse... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x56115601 What are you dreaming about for 2014? I like the idea of *dreaming* about what I want next year. Dreaming feels relaxed and effortless, the kind of diffused energy that's far more powerful than pushing and striving (my old way of achieving goals). Today I dream... I ponder... I muse... And I'm filled with the peaceful anticipation of what Life has in store for me next. Tell me what you're dreaming about for 2014 Sat, 28 Dec 2013 15:29:02 EST Twenty years tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x56113409 Twenty years tonight heaven received an angel. My Dad passed away on 12/28/93 at 7:15. His wife, children and his only living sister and her DH were by his bedside. He is sorely missed but lives on in all of our hearts. R.I.P. Dad R.I.P. Auntie Wanda. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>382</em> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:12:21 EST Discouraged, Feeling Hopeless With Your Journey? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x56108542 Aside form eating too much of the wrong foods there are actually 15 other possible causes of Unintentional weight gain <BR> <BR> PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) <BR> <BR> Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a condition that affects a woman's emotions, physical health, and behavior <BR> <BR> Hypothyroidism <BR> <BR> The thyroid gland is an important endocrine gland that controls the body's metabolism <BR> <BR> Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) <BR> <BR> Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a chronic co... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:23:58 EST Reasons To Stick to Getting Fit in 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x56097544 Is your New Year's plan to shed some pounds, or the last of the weight remaining, but you tend to bail on workouts? Try these five simple ways to overcome excuses and reach your goal. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sharecare.com/videos/5-Ways-to-F<BR>ind-Time-to-Exercise-1833055622001-196<BR>5910470001?eid=1010699643&memberid=323<BR>38005&_sid=afa8d4ad-59f5-4067-a5b9-05f<BR>b9ff20530&#cmpid=sceml00 </link> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 19:50:17 EST The best gifts life ever offered http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x56077626 <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> I have a list of folks I know, all written in a book <BR> And every year when Christmas comes, I go and take a look, <BR> And that is when I realize that these names are a part <BR> Not of the book they are written in, but really of my heart <BR> <BR> For each name stands for someone who has crossed my path sometime, <BR> And in the meeting they've become the rhythm in each rhyme <BR> And while it sounds fantastic for me to make this claim, <BR> I really feel that ... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 09:36:21 EST Two Words Duck Dynasty http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x56071033 Duck Dynasty, any opinions? <BR> About the show? About recent events? Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:46:45 EST Its Just ONE Meal. How Bad Could It Be? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x56017172 Sorry folks Not to put a downer on your festivities for the holiday season but I had to put this out there. <BR> It made me put the brakes on and think about re-planning my holiday meal! <BR> And if we're really honest with ourselves how many of us stop at ONE meal? There's all the side treats; ordourves and desserts....at every get together and outing. <BR> Believe me this will make you stop and rethink or it should <BR> <BR> Rich foods packed with oils, animal products, white flour, and su... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 01:38:43 EST Juicing vs.Smoothies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x55961709 Vegetable juices and green smoothies help to get more leafy greens into your diet. Is one or the other better for weight loss? For maximizing micronutrient absorption? Is it better to chew your leafy greens in a salad? <BR> <BR> Green JuiceVegetable juices and green smoothies (also called blended salads) both have a place in the Nutritarian diet. Both are great ways to get more raw leafy greens into your diet, in addition to your usual salads. <BR> <BR> Satiety and blood glucose <BR> A gree... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:41:17 EST Silly Santa Game - AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x55830240 <BR> Pick one from each topic and put together a sentence! <BR> <BR> <BR> Pick a month someone you know has a birthday: <BR> <BR> January: I danced with <BR> February: I loved <BR> March: I chopped <BR> April: I decorated <BR> May: I trimmed the tree with <BR> June: I drove <BR> July: I baked with <BR> August: I ate with <BR> September: I sang holiday songs with <BR> October: I lit candles with <BR> November: I knocked down <BR> December: Santa and I ran over <BR> <BR> <BR> Pick today... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 20:32:33 EST December Words ABC game - AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x55830193 Think of a word or phrase that reminds you of December in alphabetical order. <BR> <BR> I'll start. <BR> <BR> A - already getting very cold Sun, 1 Dec 2013 20:28:28 EST Leaderboard Awards-Nov (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x55817009 It's the last part of the month, which means it is time to announce the top 25 Leader Board names on our team for participation points earned during November 2013! The Participation Leader Board is a compiled number of all the Spark points a member has earned during a month. <BR> <BR> Remember YOUR participation on this team keeps it going! <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> Each of these participants (that has a Spark Page) was awarded a team goodie for their efforts. ... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 18:09:21 EST Question of the Week - Dec (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x55813204 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>460</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> New Question <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>460</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> How will you fit in exercise this upcoming holiday season? <BR> <BR> I will stick with my regular routine <BR> <BR> I will wake up earlier <BR> <BR> I will schedule my workouts around my busy holiday schedule <BR> <B... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 10:33:52 EST Think Twice about White Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x55800778 In the past, white rice was looked upon as a healthful, low fat staple of a vegetarian diet. However, as knowledge has progressed we have learned that white rice is not healthful, — it is a high-glycemic, low-nutrient, disease-causing food. Dr. Fuhrman discusses studies on the link between white rice consumption and risk of diabetes <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/wh<BR>iterice_diabetes.aspx </link> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 01:22:30 EST If you could have just one wish... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x55778872 If you could have just one wish come true, what would it be? What can you do to make it happen for real? Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:30:39 EST I will miss you all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x55774529 I will not be taking part in the threads for awhile. I am having real bad computer issues and it is a real hassle to be on the threads. It has robbed me of all the joy of sparking and turned it into nothing but frustration. It has taken 32 minutes to write this so far. I wish everyone Happy Holidays. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:12:06 EST Holidays and weight gain Got it covered! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x55768966 It's that time of year, y'all. The time in which I use words like 'surviving' and 'weight gain' and 'holidays' in the titles of my newsletters. The time in which I invoke the horrifying phrase 'turkey butt' and I ask you annoying questions like: "How will you stay fit over the holidays?" <BR> <BR> I can't really stop the holiday weight train, but I can help you stop the holiday weight gain train. <BR> <BR> Yes,,,I'm a poet and didn't know it. <BR> <BR> We all know that with Thanksgivi... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:12:26 EST Calendar - Dec. (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x55753284 Gathering with close friends and family members during the holidays creates lasting joy and memories. But with so many parties, celebrations and errands to run, it can be hard to keep up with your healthy lifestyle! Here are 31 daily tips that will help you make healthy choices throughout the holiday season. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-12.pdf </link> <BR> (You need a pdf file reader (like free Adobe Acrobat Reader) to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <B... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 17:01:04 EST Turns out mom was right http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x55740584 Anti-Cancer Foods: Cruciferous Vegetables <BR> <BR> Turns out mom was right when she always told you to “Eat Your Broccoli!” <BR> <BR> All vegetables are nutrient rich and promote good health, but green cruciferous vegetables (like kale, broccoli, and bok choy) have the highest nutrient density scores and are associated with the most substantial health benefits. Why is that? In addition to vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, cruciferous vegetables contain an exclusive class of phytochemic... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 12:36:40 EST Update on Laurie (my niece) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x55664358 For those who don't know the story, here is a short recap. During a routine gall bladder surgery, Laurie was diagnosed with a rare ovarian type cancer. Since than she has had surgery to remove abdominal cancer cells along with a small section of her small intestine. <BR> She needed to wait approximately 28 days (to let her small intestine heal a bit) before starting chemo. This Thursday she will be starting her chemo regiment. The stats for this type of cancer is a 50% for 5 years. We know sh... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 07:50:59 EST What’s Your Jack Daniels? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x55628313 We all have our vices don't we? <BR> <BR> Here's a lady who has it down cold. <BR> <BR> Every year since 2008, I’ve made it my mission, once a year, to re-read Drunkard, written by Neil Steinberg. For those of you who know my story, reading that book was one of my ‘turning point’ moments, because it demolished my concrete wall of denial. It forced me to face the ugliness of food addiction head on...smack-in-the-face, kind of head on. <BR> <BR> Every time that I’ve read it something new pop... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:23:10 EST 10 ways to curb conquer and control http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x55614973 Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn. ~ Mahatma Ghandi <BR> <BR> Never let life impede on your ability to manifest your dreams. Dig deeper into your dreams and deeper into yourself and believe that anything is possible, and make it happen. <BR> <BR> How are you on this most amazing day? "What's amazing about it," you ask? Well, for one thing, the sun, the clouds, the wind, the birds, the air, the water--all elements are freely flowing--a... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:00:31 EST Do you like what you see in the mirror? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x55599527 We all want to look our best, but a healthy body is not always linked to appearance. In fact, healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes! Changing our body image means changing the way we think about our body. <BR> <BR> When you look in the mirror, do you like what you see? <BR> <BR> Do you see a positive or negative image? Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:47:57 EST The Positive Side of Negative Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x55590753 <BR> “People have always treated failure like an infection and believe that if they spend too much time thinking about it they will ‘catch’ it, when in fact the reverse can be true,” <BR> <BR> “Come on, give me a smile!” <BR> You're all wondering where in the world is SHE going with this now!? <BR> <BR> Hang on you'll see. <BR> <BR> Somewhere along the way, positive thinking became the holy grail of self-help <BR> says Oliver Burkeman, author of The Antidote: Happiness For People Who Can... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 23:28:29 EST What do you do to make your workouts more fun? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x55519417 I'm going to put together two words that may shock you: 'Workout' and 'fun.' Specifically: Can working out be fun? It's the kind of question that won't work for multiple choice tests (my favorite kind). After all, it all depends on your definition of 'workout' and your definition of 'fun.' <BR> <BR> exercise, like chocolate, can solve a multitude of problems. It can make you smarter and give you more energy. It can increase your confidence and help you feel good about yourself. It can help y... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 22:23:24 EST Question of the Week - Nov. (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x55492732 What's the first thing you look for on a nutrition label? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Calories <BR> <BR> Serving size / Number of servings <BR> <BR> Fat <BR> <BR> Carbohydrates <BR> <BR> Protein <BR> <BR> Sodium <BR> <BR> Sugars <BR> <BR> Vitamins and/or Minerals <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> Something else not listed here (please specify) Sat, 2 Nov 2013 21:58:27 EST AAU - Winter Chatting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x55492486 Hard to believe the weather is changing so fast and here it is November! Share what is going on in your life. <BR> <BR> From the Autumn Chat: <BR> <BR> NORMA - you are a good daughter helping her with the move. The dining room table sounds like it was quite the chore to put together! Enjoy the birthday party. <BR> <BR> Donna B. - have you started that Christmas list yet? Hope that cold goes away soon. <BR> <BR> PURPLESPEDCOW - what did you think of the shred DVD? <BR> <BR> JUDITH - y... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 21:43:24 EST Nov. - I am thankful for... (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x55478021 There are so many blessings around us. Name one thing you are thankful for each day or as often as you like! Fri, 1 Nov 2013 16:51:23 EST Calendar - Nov. (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x55468108 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For October, that means helping your kids develop healthy fitness and eating habits to last a lifetime. <BR> <BR> Here are 31 daily tips that will each help you do just that! Click below to download and print your October calendar. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-10.pdf </link> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:06:23 EST LeaderBoard Points awards - Oct. AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x55467554 It's the last part of the month, which means it is time to announce the top 25 Leader Board names on our team for participation points earned during October2013! <BR> Remember YOUR participation on this team keeps it going! <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> Each of these participants (that has a Spark Page) was awarded a team goodie for their efforts. <BR> <BR> MOMMA48 6,887 <BR> MSLZZY 6,744 <BR> IAMAGEMLOVER 5,684 <BR> MOMMA_BEAR_69 5,577 <BR> SILVER1369 5,272 <BR> ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:19:27 EST Update on James thanks for praying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x55394142 UPDATE................................from my friend Ione.......... <BR> Alot has been going on with James this week. He had surgery on Tuesday to drain the Hematoma (bleed) in his brain. The original plan was to put another shunt into his brain which would have made him very susceptible for seizures. Late Monday night, his oncology doctor, Dr Li had come up with a different plan and called his Neurosurgeon, Dr Moss at 11:00pm to try and convince him to take a different approach. After some c... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 19:04:55 EST My biggest hurdle...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x55388352 Fill in the blank: My biggest hurdle to weight loss right now is ___________________. Then, come up with at least one solution for overcoming it! Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:15:57 EST What's YOUR must-have holiday dish? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x55371442 Hey, everyone! Prepping some awesome content for the holidays? What's YOUR must-have holiday dish that you look forward to every year? (Doesn't necessarily have to be healthy.) Ready, GO! Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:33:22 EST Should We Cut Back or Avoid Salt Altogether? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x55370334 Every now and then, there is a news report claiming that salt isn’t as bad as we thought – that it won’t increase our risk of heart disease and stroke. Can we trust these reports? Read this article to find out. <BR> <BR> <link>www.drfuhrman.com/faq/question.aspx?<BR>sid=16&qindex=1 </link> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:58:41 EST Sparks new start up page. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x55325993 I am really excited about sparks new spark start up page to come! I have been thinking about switching weight loss sites. I may just stay. They are stepping up to the competition around them. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 04:19:45 EST FYI: Laurie is going home. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x55320171 Stopping by to let everyone know that Laurie is going home today. She did what she needed to do to get home....so proud....she is so strong in her resolve to do everything she can/has to. <BR> Her boys are still home until Monday so she will be able to spend a coupe of more days with them. Doctors decided to wait for a few weeks before starting chemo, gives her more time to heal. My family wants to thank all of you for your prayers and continued support. <BR> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 14:47:37 EST Update on my neice's surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x55279734 For those of you who didn't know Laurie's surgery was rescheduled from Sunday to today. <BR> There was an emergency so her 2 o'clock surgery didn't happen until 5:30. But once it got started everything went much better than expected. The doctor felt confident that a good recovery is to be expected. There will be chemo follow up, but not as aggressive as they first thought. <BR> I want to thank all of you for your prayers. The power of prayer truly is miraculous. We have some hurdles to jump y... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 23:39:53 EST Circle of Prayer October 12th @ 7 PM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x55198508 My only niece, Laurie, in her forties, married with three children in their twenties has been diagnosed with an advanced stage of an ovarian related cancer. This was found during a routine gall bladder removal, She will be having surgery on Sunday Oct. 13th. We are asking everyone to join us in our "circle of prayer". If you could please take a moment on Saturday Oct. 12 @ 7 PM, to say a prayer with us. We will be forever grateful. We believe there is power in prayer and need to let Laurie kn... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 07:59:12 EST October ABC game (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x55178169 Think of words that go with the month of October in alphabetical order. <BR> <BR> A - apples to bob for on Halloween Mon, 7 Oct 2013 17:51:48 EST Prayers for my friends 4 year old grandson http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x55121338 James is 4 years old and he recently had surgery to remove a brain tumor, I am not sure that got it all so he is having to go thru radiation. Tonight she posted on FB that he has sores on his body that look very bad and also inside his mouth, throat and tummy. He can not eat and they can not give him anything to drink. Please pray for him and his family, this child has been fight since the middle of August. He has no energy and no one can touch him because of the sores. My heart is so broken ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 00:12:23 EST LeaderBoard Points awards - Sept AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x55075746 It's the last part of the month, which means it is time to announce the top 25 Leader Board names on our team for participation points earned during September 2013! <BR> Remember YOUR participation on this team keeps it going! <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> Each of these participants (that has a Spark Page) was awarded a team goodie for their efforts. <BR> <BR> MSLZZY 5,340 <BR> IAMAGEMLOVER 4,903 <BR>  MOMMA_BEAR_69 4,826 <BR>  BABY_GIRL69 4,566 <BR>  JANIEWWJD 4,2... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 15:40:53 EST Calendar - Oct. (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x55063808 <em>24</em> Are you getting bored with your workout routine? Stop enduring exercise and start enjoying it! Our printable calendar provides 30 fun ways to squeeze fitness into your day. Take the "work" out of working out and find out just how fun fitness can be! <BR> <BR> <em>353</em> Click below to download and print your Fun Fitness Ideas Calendar. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2009_fun_fitness_i... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 12:41:01 EST Question of the Week - Oct. (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x55063696 How will you recommit to your program this fall to get a jump on the holidays and keep your program fresh and exciting? Sat, 28 Sep 2013 12:30:12 EST Nature's Fountain of Youth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x55046046 The human diet contains thousands of antioxidants—nutrients that may help do everything from preventing wrinkles to killing off cancerous cells. But while many foods from chocolate to popcorn promise these health benefits, your best bet for a long, vibrant future begins with produce. <BR> <BR> What say that again? I didn't quiet hear that " your best bet for a long, vibrant future begins with what, produce? <BR> <em>211</em> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Tomatoes <BR> Lycopene, an antioxidan... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:56:18 EST My Mom needs angels http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x54960977 My Mom is 87 and going in for surgery tomorrow to have a kidney stone removed. Please pray that all will be alright. My brother told me that her cardiologist has some concerns about her having the lithotripsy done but the stone is causing a lot of problems and pain and must come out. She will be monitored closely but I don't feel good about this. He was not suppose to tell me because I am "emotional". He is in the dog house and I was told to stay away from the hospital and I will be call... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:38:12 EST Surgery update http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x54935679 First I want to thank you for your prayers and ask that you keep them coming. The outcome is not anything we expected. The gall bladder was removed, but they found numerous tumors (which they believer to be cancerous) in her lower and upper abdominal area. They are sending her home with a specialist follow up on Monday to discuss a plan of attack. They did indicate another surgery. I will admit that I am beside myself right now, but will keep positive thoughts and say many prayers too. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:07:13 EST Prayer Request http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x54925318 Please say an extra prayer for my niece who is going in for surgery tomorrow. She is having her gall bladder removed but also has a mass on her small intestine so they will biopsy that and if need be remove part of the intestine. She is at high risk for complications when being put under anesthetic due to a "botched" neck surgery many years ago. thank you in advance and I will post as soon as I know how things turned out. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:36:47 EST What's your favorite way to unwind on Sundays? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x54912240 Happy Sunday, all!! If you're going to take some time out for YOU today to help rest up for the week ahead, what's your favorite way to unwind on Sundays? Sun, 15 Sep 2013 17:53:09 EST #1 Diet for Digestive Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x54796829 If you're interested in improving your digestive health and lowering your LDL cholesterol levels, we have just the answer: fiber. See which fiber sources Dr. Mike Roizen recommends and find out how much you need to consume daily. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sharecare.com/videos/Nutrition-H<BR>ealth-Smarts-1876663737001/?eid=101069<BR>1095&memberid=32338005&_sid=afa8d4ad-5<BR>9f5-4067-a5b9-05fb9ff20530&#cmpid=sceml00 </link> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 21:26:37 EST Settting Those Autumn/Winter Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x54772106 1. How Excited and Inspired Are You, Really? Are the goals you set your own, or are they coming from the ‘should’s’ – ‘musts’ and ‘have to’s’ that other people have laid upon you? If you are not excited, forgetaboutit. <BR> <BR> 2. Did You Bite Off More than You Can Chew? (Pardon the pun.) Be realistic for goodness sake. You can’t start off with 300 pound weights. Try a 3 pounder first! Small changes create big results. <BR> <BR> 3. Help!!! No woman is an island unto herself. We all need pe... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 22:15:12 EST AAU - Word Association http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x54743643 What do you think of when you hear the word water? Give a one word thought and the next person puts in their one word thought to your word. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 19:54:56 EST Team Goal Challenge - Sept. AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x54743498 Working on getting fit and nutritionally focused! <BR> <BR> 1. Choose an exercise that lasts at least 10 minutes three times a week. <BR> <BR> 2. Write one thing you like about Spark at least twice a week. <BR> <BR> 3. Eat at least 2 vegetables and/or fruits each day. <BR> <BR> 4. Go to a Sparks friends Page and say something nice to them today. <BR> <BR> 5. Go to SparkRecipes <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/home.asp </link> and name a recipe you would like to try. <BR> <BR> Pleas... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 19:39:12 EST Goodie Give Away (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15934x43998x54733257 If the last two numbers match, you give a goodie to someone on this team. Great way to learn about our team members and visit their page! <BR> <BR> Example: 11, 344, 5888, 6099 would get a goodie. <BR> <BR> I will start off with 1 Sat, 31 Aug 2013 21:47:21 EST AAU-Autumn Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x54733160 Welcome to the Chat Thread. We discuss anything and everything that comes to mind. Share what is happening with you! Sat, 31 Aug 2013 21:40:30 EST Calendar - Sept (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x54732363 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For September, that means increasing the number of fruits and veggies you eat so you can meet your 5-a-day quota. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-09.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> (You need a pdf reader like Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) Sat, 31 Aug 2013 20:44:43 EST Cucumbers are cooler than you think ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x54731891 1. Fat busting: Do you ever wonder why women put cucumbers on their eyes to relieve puffiness? The photochemical in cucumbers makes the collagen in your skin tighten, thus the lack of puffiness. Did you know that you can rub a cucumber on a problematic spot of cellulite anywhere on your body to lessen the visibility of it? Did you also know that it has the same effect on wrinkles? Wow, it makes purchasing those fifty dollar creams seem a little silly, doesn’t it? You can also rub a little bit... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 20:01:28 EST LeaderBoard Points awards - Aug AAU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15935x43998x54730621 It's the last part of the month, which means it is time to announce the top 25 Leader Board names on our team for participation points earned during August 2013! <BR> Remember YOUR participation on this team keeps it going! <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> Each of these participants (that has a Spark Page) was awarded a team goodie for their efforts. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> MSLZZY 5,675 <BR> IAMAGEMLOVER 5,168 <BR> MOMMA_BEAR_69 5,023 <BR> BABY_GIRL69 4,918 <BR> 1CRAZY... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:29:18 EST Question of the Week - Sept. (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x54730104 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>470</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> How do you enjoy yogurt? <BR> <BR> Straight up! <BR> <BR> With cereal or granola <BR> <BR> Mixed with fruit or nuts <BR> <BR> In smoothies <BR> <BR> In baked goods <BR> <BR> All/mixture of the above! <BR> <BR> I don't enjoy yogurt. <BR> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 16:35:01 EST The mind is a powerful thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x54642140 Definition of Terms <BR> <BR> The Now: The Now is defined most simply as the present moment. Of course, the present moment is all that exists, since the past and future are simply thoughts about the past and the future. But because we are programmed to pay attention to our thoughts, we often fail to notice what is actually going on now. Most people live in a mental world. When we drop out of this mental world into the Now, we experience a depth, a richness, and a joy and peace that feel sacr... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 10:55:02 EST Should Premenopausal Women Take Iron? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x54624944 Because of the differences in absorption between plant and animal sources of iron, pre-menopausal women following plant-based diets are more likely to be low in iron. This iron deficiency is particularly pronounced in pregnant women and women with heavy menstrual bleeding. <BR> <BR> Iron is an essential nutrient whose major function is transporting oxygen in the blood, and deficiency can cause fatigue and compromised immunity. There are two types of dietary iron: heme iron, which is found in... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:52:34 EST What you need when you have cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x54592718 Here's a guide to what you need when you have cravings instead of giving in to the not so healthy craving. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=NOMORESTALLING </link> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:19:26 EST Can You Drink Too Much Water? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x54578836 It's come to my attention that there are people drinking 11-12 glasses of water daily. WHY? <BR> When you eat your daily required portions of high water content fruits and vegetable you don't need all that water! <BR> Do you know that I drink maybe 4-6 glasses of water a day...maybe. I drink when I'm thirsty, PERIOD. And that's all one should have to or need to do! It's more than adequate. <BR> But if you're not eating the high water content foods and enough of then sure then the body require... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:16:54 EST dig deep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x54513069 Happy Tuesday, everyone! How are you doing with your staying on track&#8236;? If you need some extra motivation today, listen to these words of wisdom from SparkPeople member SHERYLDS: <BR> <BR> "Motivation is like a fire. Feed it fuel to keep that fire burning. Throw in some rewards from time to time, and enjoy a nice steady warmth. Too many logs at once and you’ll overwhelm yourself in a blaze, but you’ll run out of wood and burnout quickly. Sometimes you just need to stoke things up and m... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:24:51 EST thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x43998x54500026 <BR> <BR> thank you all so much for the gifts and the birthday wishes , my wonderful angel friends. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:26:51 EST What was your highlight Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x54486878 Reply if you did at least 10-15 minutes of fitness today or took any other steps to reach your goals -- let's all get ready for a great week ahead! <BR> <BR> 60 for me. Today's highlight was starting off the day relaxing with hubby then having everything completed and ready for another week. <BR> <BR> What was your highlight? Sun, 11 Aug 2013 21:00:27 EST What Motivates You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x54483103 Have you ever noticed that some days more than others, you have that determination to get everything done today, due to your ability to focus more efficiently ? For me it's definitely a part of the feelings of satisfaction I get from accomplishing tasks and a job well done tat I feel so determined in the first place. <BR> How often do we take the time to reflect on what engages us to be so determined, motivated and focused on these days? You might find that there are things that fascinate yo... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 14:44:42 EST Smoothie Smarts Simple, Healthy, and Delicious http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x54471571 Dig out your blenders! All it takes is a few simple, nutritious ingredients, hitting the button and you’ve got a super-quick breakfast, snack, or mini-meal. Who can resist these icy cold, frothy concoctions, fondly known as “smoothies”? Kids as well as adults love them! Follow these simple guidelines and blend up your own batch today. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=490 </link> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 14:29:04 EST Question of the Week - Aug. (AAU) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x54379321 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>298</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you work out on vacation (Yes/No)? If so, what is your favorite way to exercise on vacation? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>298</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Sat, 3 Aug 2013 10:37:03 EST A Year From now. Where will you be? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22563x43998x54360468 A year form now. Where will you be How are you shaping it to make it yours? <BR> <BR> The first step to success is envisioning your success; waking up with more energy, having time to take care of yourself, and making an impact on the lives of others <BR> <BR> Just imagine a year of: motivation to create opportunities for health and happiness at home, in your community, and beyond! <BR> <BR> I say; "Why wait to get started on your dream?" Start Now! <BR> <BR> Imagine your own personal tra... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 22:03:04 EST