SparkPeople Progress, Not Perfection Team Messageboard For those who are active, involved, serious and committed to doing their best and never giving up. No one is perfect, but everyone is capable of making progress each day, one small step at a time. SparkPeople Progress, Not Perfection Team Messageboard GOAL Setting.... set some goals for yourself Sun, 11 Dec 2016 14:01:46 EST INSIDE or OUTSIDE Exercising Working out <BR> <BR> did you exercise indoors or outdoors today <BR> <BR> or tood a rest day Sun, 11 Dec 2016 13:58:24 EST PROGRESSing or REGRESSing <BR> Sharing... areas...where there is PROGRESSing.. to celebrate... <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> Sharig areas ... where... REGRESSing has occured... and need to work on Sun, 11 Dec 2016 13:54:20 EST SHARING * WORDs * INSPIRATIONS * QUOTES * PICs <BR> <BR> Lets Share Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:42:28 EST Hello new here Hello all! <BR> <BR> My name is Janel and I am new to this team. I am really excited to be a part of this team because my goal is to be motivated to progress and not regress. I am tired of the yo yo dieting and want to be at a healthy weight once and for all. I can't wait to meet you. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:46:08 EST Not Perfect <img src=""> Thu, 26 May 2016 14:21:18 EST Spring 2016 - daily chat! It has been hotter than usual lately. It's kind of hard to get in exercise for me when it's hot. But I did manage to catch a walk before the 80's kicked in here. Wondering what kind of summer we willl have with heat showing up "early"... <BR> <BR> DS graduates w/ his BS, 2 wks from today, and then turns 21 the day after that. I'm excited for him! Lots of changes! -- He bought his first car on Saturday. It will make things easier for him. His new job starts May 16th. --Even though he will... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 19:29:35 EST What is your go-to exercise in HOT weather? I either have to get going quite early in AM before it's hot, or find someplace w/ AC. (none at my house &amp; heat just saps all my energy) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 19:22:51 EST February 2016 Coming up on Valentine's Day. Do you have plans for the day? <BR> <BR> My DH &amp; I had an outing last Sunday since I will be unavailable from the 14th - 21st. We went out to eat &amp; then for a 4 mi hike on a local trail. Nice combination! <em>30</em> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 02:04:53 EST Hello! Hello! Im new here. Just wanted to say hi. I am trying to motivate to lose about thirty pounds. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 12:31:58 EST January 2016... How is everything with you? Welcome to a new year! (Can you believe that last year was just 2 days ago??!) <em>211</em> <BR> Anyway, how's the weather? Your workouts? Your food choices? Plans for this month? <BR> <BR> I've decided on a word-of-the-month for me. January is Mindfulness! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 3 Jan 2016 02:31:06 EST Question for 10/15 <em>38</em> What season is it right now where you live? What do you like about it the best? Wed, 14 Oct 2015 21:07:35 EST Hello! Hi! <BR> I just joined Spark and I'm looking forward to the team's motivation. I am logging my meals and walking 3 miles per day on weekdays with my neighbor and our pups. So far I haven't lost any weight - my goal is 50 lbs. by Spring. At least I'm conscious of what I eat and trying to exercise at least 5 times per week. <em>224</em> <BR> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 15:27:18 EST Fall & Association Post anything that you think of or is connected to the Fall Season. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 19:47:40 EST Fall Chat <em>213</em> Stop by and say hi, or share your plans for the day or how your day has gone. <BR> <BR> Fall is in a couple of days. Let's make it a good one! <em>381</em> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 19:41:32 EST QOTD---9/13 Do you or have you award(ed) yourself when you reach goal(s) of x amount of weight lost, inches, or whatever? Sun, 13 Sep 2015 21:01:49 EST QOTD--9/2 <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Are you a procrastinator? What do you put off or have put off doing? Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:18:15 EST QOTD--8/24 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Are you currently or have you ever joined challenge teams? (Like BL, 5% Challenge, BLC or others) Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:38:47 EST QOTD---8/20 Do you have children/grandchildren? Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:22:06 EST Question or July 19 Have you ever thought about joining a structured weight loss program? <BR> <BR> I don't like the ones that restrict food. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:19:37 EST Question for July 13 Do you like to do yard work? <BR> <BR> No I hate it. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:44:52 EST Question for July 6 Have you ever been on a cruise? <BR> <BR> I haven't but I would live to on the Disney cruise. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:13:24 EST Question of the day July 1 Do you go see movies in the theater or wait for Dvds? <BR> <BR> It just depends on the movie for me. We saw Inside Put on sunday at the theater. Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:59:10 EST QOTD--6/29 <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> If you could visit any area in the United States (cost free) ....where would it be? Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:19:03 EST QOTD--6/28 If you were given $500 to spend however you wanted...what would you do with it? Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:20:55 EST Challenge June 2--June 6 We are all extremely busy with work, school, children, spouse, caregiving, etc. Everyone, but, ourselves. It's time we spend some time for "Me". <BR> <BR> Post how you spent some time just for yourself and/or that you really enjoy. It doesn't have to be the same thing each day. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 20:21:25 EST May is out...June coming in.... Well, May is almost over. How did you do? <BR> <BR> Exercise-- <BR> Freggies (Fruits & Vegetables)-- <BR> Water-- <BR> Portion Control-- <BR> Weight Loss-- <BR> Other-- <BR> <BR> Goal(s) for June? Thu, 28 May 2015 22:33:08 EST A-Z Alliterative Sentences Write a sentence where EVERY word must begin with the SAME letter. We start with a and go to z. Sentences may be as long as you like or as short as 3 words. Tue, 26 May 2015 12:25:19 EST Finish out May Challenge <em>102</em> We all know we need it. Try to get at least 6-7 hours each night, if you can. <BR> <BR> <BR> Come back and post how many hours of sleep that you got. Mon, 25 May 2015 12:05:07 EST May Goals What are your goals for May? Tue, 5 May 2015 10:57:42 EST Challenge for April 4 to 5 servings of Freggies a day Thu, 9 Apr 2015 11:06:17 EST April Support How is your month going so far? Thu, 9 Apr 2015 11:00:42 EST Question of the day? Are getting much snow where you live? <BR> <BR> We are getting alittle bit here and there here in Texas. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:25:06 EST February Support How was January? What are you goals for February? Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:22:13 EST Support for January Do you need any support just let us know? Mon, 5 Jan 2015 13:23:08 EST Hi Hi everyone I am new here. I have a massive amount of weight to lose so i'm aiming at 50 lbs. per time as a goal. I have struggled with staying commited to any program and came across sparkpeople while doing an internet search. I'm hoping to meet fun, supportive people who have the same goals as myself. So far i'm liking the website however i'm sure i'm not understanding the entire thing and all the benefits it has to offer so any suggestions and tips would be appreciated ! Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:53:57 EST December support How is your month going? Mon, 1 Dec 2014 12:45:40 EST Hi I just wanted to quickly introduce myself :) My name is Michelle and I am from Canada, I am not new to spark but have decided to start over again and re give it a go. In the past I have joined teams and stayed pretty quiet not really getting active on the message boards and this time through i'm hoping to change that. Its super easy to just walk away from spark when your quietly in the backround unnoticed but if I actually get to know people who can help keep me accountable I won't be able to... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:22:52 EST Challenge week of Nov 16 4 to 5 servings of freggies a day. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:48:38 EST Challenge of the week of Nov 9 Are you drinking enough water? Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:25:06 EST Challenge of the week of Nov 2 Strength training 3 times this week Mon, 3 Nov 2014 13:11:12 EST What are you thankful for? I am thankful for my kids and they way they always make me smile. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 13:08:26 EST November support How you doing so far in this new month? If you need any support this is the place to go. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 13:07:13 EST Challenge for the week of Oct 26 30 minutes of cardio 5 times this week Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:45:30 EST Challenge for week of October 19 How many serving of freggies can you eat a day? Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:35:18 EST October chat and support We are a little way in to October. How are you doing? <BR> <BR> What is your plan to overcome any challenges this month? <BR> <BR> Let us know how you are doing. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:23:56 EST June to July Today starts a new month. So, how did you do for the month of June? What would you like to see accomplished or your goal for July? Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:31:55 EST What Are You Struggling With? We all struggle from time to time. Sometimes the mere fact that we share them can help and others may have suggestions to help. This can be health wise or anything. We are here for each other. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:26:26 EST What Makes/Made You Smile We constantly are hearing bad, depressive things on the television, in the newspapers, magazines and on the internet, etc. <BR> <BR> Think it's about time that we try to remember what can make us happy or smile. <BR> <BR> What makes you smile, when you think about it? Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:22:37 EST What Did You Do Right Today? So many times we always think of all of the things that we do wrong each day. Here is a place to come each day and tell " WHAT WE DID RIGHT TODAY " !!! Doesn't matter how big or small. Let us know. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:19:21 EST Question for 6/25 What is your biggest wise? <BR> <BR> food <BR> water <BR> exercise <BR> other Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:08:16 EST Question for 6/24 What is your favorite outdoor activity? Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:22:21 EST Give A Goodie when you get a ZERO! The previous thread was getting very long...let's start another one. <BR> <BR> The first person to post will post the number ONE. <BR> The second person posts the number TWO. <BR> And so on. <BR> <BR> <BR> Whenever anyone posts a number with a ZERO in it, that person will send a goodie to anyone on this team. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:16:54 EST QOTD 6/17 Do you have a set routine or time for your exercise? Or fly by the seat of your pants? Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:18:00 EST QOTD 6/14 A lot of people will be acknowledging Father's Day this weekend. What are or do you have plans to celebrate? Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:47:24 EST QOTD 6/11 What would your advice be to newcomers to Sparkpeople? Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:15:40 EST QOTD 6/3 What do you do for cardio exercise? Tue, 3 Jun 2014 10:30:04 EST QOTD 6/2 What goal(s) have you made for month of June? Mon, 2 Jun 2014 08:12:05 EST QOTD 5/28 How did you do over the weekend....healthwise? Tue, 27 May 2014 21:50:18 EST QOTD 5/22 If you could be anywhere right now...doing whatever....where would you like to be? Thu, 22 May 2014 07:25:24 EST QOTD 5/21 What is your favorite way to relax or spend down time? Wed, 21 May 2014 07:33:57 EST QOTD 5/20 Name a person...past or present....that you would like to meet...and why. Mon, 19 May 2014 22:42:29 EST QOTD 5/19 What are your goals or what do you wish to accomplish this week? Sun, 18 May 2014 23:07:24 EST QOTD 5/17 What is your favorite outdoor activity? Fri, 16 May 2014 21:42:17 EST QOTD 5/16 Have you ever been or are you on any of the challenge teams <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser <BR> Biggest Loser Challenge (BLC) <BR> <BR> or others? <BR> <BR> How do you feel about them? Thu, 15 May 2014 22:10:00 EST QOTD 5/15 Do you ever take an electronic break? tv, phone, computer, etc? Wed, 14 May 2014 20:33:00 EST QOTD 5/14 What was the last food/drink that you ate/drank until now? Wed, 14 May 2014 09:15:27 EST QOTD 5/13 What kind of music do you like? Tue, 13 May 2014 08:15:10 EST QOTD 5/9 A lot of people will be acknowledging Mother's Day this weekend. What are or do you have plans to celebrate? Fri, 9 May 2014 07:51:29 EST QOTD 5/8 Do you depend solely on scales to determine weight loss? How often do you weigh? Thu, 8 May 2014 07:48:01 EST QOTD 5/7 Do you like flowers? What is or do you have a favorite? Wed, 7 May 2014 08:10:09 EST QOTD 5/6 Do you like to cook? How often do you cook a meal? Mon, 5 May 2014 22:54:16 EST QOTD 5/2 Do you battle/deal with allergies? Fri, 2 May 2014 08:07:39 EST QOTD 5/1 What is your thoughts of the new design of the Team Page(s)? Thu, 1 May 2014 07:53:09 EST QOTD 4/30 How have you done for the month of April? Wed, 30 Apr 2014 08:04:29 EST QOTD 4/29 Which would you rather have help with? <BR> <BR> 1. Cooking <BR> 2. Cleaning <BR> 3. Childcare <BR> 4. Yard work <BR> 5. Other (explain) Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:52:48 EST QOTD 4/28 How many teams are you on/active with here on Sparkpeople? Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:22:28 EST is a sudden weight loss stall to be expected? Ok, I know the answer sounds obvious, but I don't necessarily mean the natural pounds lost decline that comes after the first weeks of dieting. I've been losing like 7-10 pounds a month, but I've noticed that during the last couple of months, it's only 5-6 pounds a month... <BR> I'm 21, walk a lot almost every day and I've been a low vegan for quite a while now. I have hypothyroid and a few other hormone issues.... It's just so sudden a decline... It wasn't gradual like I guess it should be.... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 09:58:01 EST QOTD 4/25 If you could own any vehicle....what would it be? Fri, 25 Apr 2014 07:40:08 EST Name That: Place This is a fun one. You have to give a place name (country, town, city etc) that starts with the last letter in the previously given place name. So if I say have to say a place name that starts with "A"....and so on.... <BR> <BR> I'll start..... TORONTO Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:47:09 EST QOTD 4/23 Do you eat meatless meals? How often? Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:37:56 EST QOTD 4/22 Do you think you would be interested in or could live in a tiny house? <BR> <BR> Check this out..... <link><BR>ny-house-for-dollar30000 </link> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:29:04 EST QOTD 4/21 Do you have/use the Spark Activity Tracker or something else? Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:50:12 EST QOTD 4/18 Wishing each of you a blessed Easter weekend. <BR> <BR> What are your plans for the Easter weekend? Any made? Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:35:33 EST QOTD 4/17 Did you see or watch the Lunar Eclipse ..blood moon ...this past Tuesday morning? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:55:12 EST QOTD 4/16 If you could change anything here on Sparkpeople, what would it be? <BR> <BR> Reason I ask, I have seen more complaining lately from some. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:34:53 EST QOTD 4/15 What kind of book(s) do you like to read or are you reading? Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:46:25 EST QOTD 4/14 Are you on facebook or other sites like it? Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:37:37 EST QOTD 4/11 Do you or have you posted a blog on Sparkpeople? Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:41:09 EST QOTD 4/10 Do you track your food and fitness on Sparkpeople or somewhere else? Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:37:48 EST QOTD 4/9 Have you bought anything from the Spark store? If so, what and were you pleased? Wed, 9 Apr 2014 07:18:29 EST QOTD 4/8 Do you or have you used Spark Coach? What do you think about it? Would you recommend it? Tue, 8 Apr 2014 08:01:16 EST QOTD 4/7 Do you or have you used any exercise videos from here on Sparkpeople? Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:19:03 EST QOTD 4/5 & 4/6 Do you sleep in or later on the weekend than during the week? Sat, 5 Apr 2014 07:20:48 EST What to do when the weather is good? I have lived in the Netherlands for 38 years and the climate isnt all that good. But since 3 months i live in Florida and the temperature is rising and so is the sunshine. <BR> <BR> But ive been raised with the idea that as soon as the weather is good i HAVE to go outside and enjoy the weather. Well, when the weather is good, you WANT to go outside too, cause you never know how long its gonna last anyway. <BR> <BR> And NOWWWW....... I just feel guilty whenever i am inside the house. More ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:36:42 EST QOTD 4/4 Do you play any musical instruments? If so, what do you play or would like to learn to play? Fri, 4 Apr 2014 09:18:52 EST QOTD 4/3 Favorite beverage: <BR> <BR> a. soda <BR> b. coffee <BR> c. tea <BR> d. water <BR> e. other, explain Thu, 3 Apr 2014 07:27:47 EST QOTD 4/2 Which would you rather have: <BR> <BR> personal trainer <BR> personal chef <BR> personal dietitian Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:06:00 EST I am coming off Lyrica Today its the second day in where i have taken 1 3/4 of my daily dosis of Lyrica. <BR> This is a thread i found about the Lyrica withdrawal syndrome: <BR> <BR><BR>read.php?t=192315&highlight=Lyrica <BR> <BR> The withdrawal syptoms are: <BR> <BR> Exhaustion, coupled with insomnia (horrible combination) <BR> Depression <BR> Crying jags <BR> Rage <BR> Extreme episodes of sweating <BR> Chills <BR> Inability to regulate temperature <BR> Flu like sympt... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 18:38:02 EST QOTD 4/1 Do you or have you participated in April's Fool's Day jokes, tricks, pranks, etc.? <BR> <BR> Share, please. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 07:54:51 EST Hello I am new to his team but have been a Spark member since 2008. I have struggled over the years to stay motivated and active. Sadly, more times than not, I lost the struggle. I'd gain back whatever weight I lost, be embarrassed by my failures and leave the website altogether. I nearly let it happen again. I joined this team last week and the very next day I pinched a nerve in my back. Tomorrow, I finally get to return to work driving a school bus. Tomorrow will be my DAY ONE to finding my w... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:33:31 EST March Out.....April In..... How did you do for the month of March? <BR> <BR> Any new goals or things you want to change for April? <BR> <BR> Please share with us. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:45:34 EST What Physical Activity Did You Do Today? We all realize that we need, let's post what we did today. Be it, certain exercises, dancing around, walking, playing with kids, housework, etc. <BR> <BR> Post whatever you did. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:21:28 EST QOTD 3/31 Do you ever incorporate veggies into your breakfast? <BR> <BR> Yes--every day! <BR> Sometimes <BR> Hardly ever <BR> I never have <BR> Other <BR> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:53:49 EST Summertime Chat. What's going on......... How are you doing? <BR> Tell us what's going on with you. Anxious to hear.......... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 07:58:25 EST New Perfectionist in the group Hi guys and girls, <BR> <BR> I am on a transformational path yes. But............. letting go of perfectionism is SOO difficult! <BR> I cannot combine a paid job with marriage, cause i want to do everything RIGHT. <BR> <BR> Even now on this SPARK page, its so overwhelming that i dont know what to do first. <BR> <BR> hhmmm Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:02:06 EST QOTD 3/28 Do you take a rest day from exercise or whatever? Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:42:56 EST QOTD 3/27 What kind of cardio exercise do you do or like to do? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:38:44 EST QOTD 3/26 Would you be on a reality show? If so, which one(s) Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:40:13 EST QOTD 3/25 What motivated you to start this healthy journey? Or motivates you to keep going? Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:14:50 EST Hi Everyone Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this team, but not to SP. Looking forward to chatting and meeting new people. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:16:38 EST QOTD 3/24 What is your favorite food(s)? Mon, 24 Mar 2014 01:17:07 EST Challenge Monday 3/24--Saturday 3/29 <em>102</em> We know we need it, but, sometimes we don't get it. <BR> <BR> Aim for 6/7 hours each night! <BR> <BR> Post how many hours you slept. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:36:41 EST QOTD 3/21 Do you need to de-clutter? If so, what? Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:31:12 EST New to the Team! Hi, my name is Lori. I've been a spark member for a long time, and have renewed my efforts this year to get to a healthy BMI. As you all know, it's a struggle some times, and life happens to the best of our efforts to get healthy sometimes. I'm here for the long haul though, even though I am not doing so well at this moment in time. My motto is "Never Give Up"! Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:25:51 EST QOTD 3/20 What is your favorite animal? Do you have any animals? Thu, 20 Mar 2014 07:25:03 EST QOTD 3/19 Do you collect anything? Or, would like to start collecting? Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:08:06 EST New to the team! Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Amy and I live in Ontario, Canada. I am working towards losing about 50 pounds and returning to running as I have been all about being a mommy to my two children (ages 4 and 2) and have not been making myself much of a priority since the birth of my son in 2012. I struggle with "all or nothing" thinking so I am really trying to focus this time on not aiming at perfection and taking things one day at a time (which is what drew me to your team). <BR> Hoping to ge... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:32:22 EST QOTD 3/18 What is your LEAST favorite exercise? Tue, 18 Mar 2014 07:54:14 EST QOTD 3/17 St. Patrick's Day.......... <BR> <BR> Do you celebrate it in any way? Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:54:57 EST Challenge Monday 3/17 through Saturday 3/22 We all know that we need water to survive, and, some of us don't get as much as we should or are consistent with the drinking of water. So, this each day how much you drink. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 15:29:56 EST QOTD 3/14 If you have a choice, how do/would you like to spend your weekend? Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:21:37 EST QOTD 3/13 Are you left, right handed or ambidextrous? Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:04:58 EST QOTD 3/12 Are an morning person or night owl...or both? Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:38:10 EST QOTD 3/11 Are you an introvert or extrovert? Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:48:44 EST QOTD 3/10 What is your favorite season and why? Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:54:27 EST QOTD 3/7 What has been or would be your favorite vacation? Fri, 7 Mar 2014 06:57:36 EST QOTD 3/6 What exercise do you have trouble doing or can't do, least favorite...or would like to learn? Thu, 6 Mar 2014 10:57:31 EST 3rd Letter Starts New Word Post a word starting with the 3rd letter of the previous posted word. <BR> <BR> Example: word posted " work <BR> <BR> New word: rage <BR> <BR> Next word: gain <BR> <BR> Let's see what we can come up with. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 08:57:54 EST St. Patrick's Day Challenge (now through March 17) <em>137</em> Green is IN <em>441</em> <BR> <BR> As we know, St. Patrick's Day is March 17. So, let's see how many green fruits and veggies that we can collect from now until then. Post the number of GREEN (only green) that you eat....add to the previous count. Our point is to see how many we can get as a team, plus, helping each of us health wise. <BR> <BR> So...let's get to eating... <em>69</em> <em>368</em> <em>373</em> <em>371</em> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 08:54:33 EST QOTD 3/5 What area(s) do you have the most trouble with? <BR> <BR> a. drinking enough water <BR> b. getting exercise <BR> c. emotional eating <BR> d. food portion control anytime <BR> e. other (explain) Wed, 5 Mar 2014 07:24:18 EST QOTD 3/4 If you were given the day to spend only as you wanted, how would you choose to spend it? <BR> <BR> a. Sleeping <BR> b. Reading/Crafting/Hobbies <BR> c. Shopping <BR> d. Visiting With Friends <BR> e. Other (Explain) <BR> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 07:36:14 EST QOTD---3/3 If you were told you could have any piece of exercise equipment for free....what would you choose? Mon, 3 Mar 2014 11:59:05 EST Help Earn Bonus Points for Our Team If you're one of those Sparkers who like to earn Bonus Points, don't miss out on the Start Page opportunities. <BR> <BR> You already know you earn points by spinning the wheel when you Log-in to Spark, and you earn points by tracking and making comments. However, when you go to the Start Page, you can earn points by clicking the pennants in Section 3 to give Team Bonus Points to your teams. If your team gets 50 points, so do you. If, when you start to click the pennants, you don't yet have t... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 11:24:53 EST Great News: New Team Leaders On The Way Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have had two team members step up and offer to co-lead the team. <BR> <BR> I'm so thankful to these two ladies as life has gotten a bit out of control for me and I really need to be off the computer and focusing on some other things in my life. And the timing couldn't be better as I'm in full tax season mode. <BR> <BR> Please help me in welcoming ZENRYAKU and -WRKNG2ABTTRME- as our new co-leaders. <BR> <BR> Welcome and thank you both. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Ja... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 18:58:06 EST Stepping down Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> With a heavy heart I am stepping down from my role as co-leader of the team today. I have enjoyed this team and all the great participation & friendships, but life is just getting in the way right now and I have to return my focus. I'll be limiting my computer/SP time for awhile but will still be around. I don't want to lose the wonderful friendships & support formed here. <BR> <BR> I wish you all the continued success! Thank you for all your support! <BR> ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 07:27:49 EST WANTED: New Team Leaders Several weeks ago Kim and I reached out via Spark mail looking for new team leaders. Unfortunately no one stepped forward. If anyone is interested in taking over the team, please Spark mail me. Regrettably we both have other things that are taking our attention away from our computers and Spark. <BR> Thank you to those who have stayed active on the team. We both wish all of you the best on your journeys. <BR> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:28:18 EST QOTD 2/3 Borrowing this from a magazine I read today..... <BR> <BR> What would the name of your autobiography be? Mon, 3 Feb 2014 19:52:11 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: Heart Healthy (2/2): This week we will be focusing on doing things that are “Heart Healthy”. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The following is from; Bite Size Wellness <BR> <BR> As you may or may not know, February is Heart Health Month. While the amount of research and information on the topic is vast, there are some simple changes you can make right now to lower your risks for hea... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 12:55:09 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: Healthy Dinners (starts 1/26) This week will be a healthy dinner challenge. Eating good nutritious food is important as we go on our journey to our healthier lifestyles. So our Challenge this week is to make the healthiest dinners that you can. Whether you are cooking for one, two or ten having healthy options is important to staying healthy. <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> <em>104</em> <em>306</em> <em>341</em> <em>492</em> <em>244</em> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> I found the following on WebMD: <BR> Health... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:19:21 EST Foot/Knee Pain & Weight Gain...?? I've never been heavier. Lately, my feet HURT. My knees too. Especially my right foot. It's not my ankles per se, but right where my foot connects to my lower leg bone has been hurting for a couple of weeks now. The arch of my foot hurts, the top of my foot hurts, and all the areas in between. At the end of the day, my foot/ankle just feels like it's broken. I'm assuming it's because of my excess weight. I have very nice, relatively new sneakers with good support that I wear during the day, s... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:48:44 EST Netflix exercise DVDs?? I want to start putting exercise DVDs on my Netflix queue. If you have gotten any exercise DVDs from Netflix that you'd recommend, please let me know. I'm considering myself a "beginner" since I'm starting completely over. I am totally out of shape. I got Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred a couple of years ago (from Netflix) and although I enjoyed it very much, I know I'm nowhere near ready for something that intense Sun, 19 Jan 2014 00:59:21 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: Healthy Lunches (begins 1/19) I received a ton of positive feedback from our healthy breakfast challenge and was asked to do one for lunches and then dinners. So this week we will be focusing on eating and sharing our healthy lunches. <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> <em>341</em> <em>381</em> <em>180</em> <em>274</em> <em>244</em> <em>265</em> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Paste the following and stop by each day and update your post: <BR> <BR> Healthy Lunch: <BR> <BR> 1/19: <BR> <BR> 1/20: <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 21:46:40 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: Exercise-extra 10 (begins 1/12) This week our challenge will be to add an extra 10 minutes of exercise every day. If you have a full exercise regimen than try adding an extra 10 of stretching, yoga, walking, etc… <BR> <BR> If you are struggling to get into a good exercise routine than use this extra 10 minutes and turn it into a longer workout. The point is to just get moving. <BR> <BR> Copy and Paste the template below into your own post and then each day come back and edit your post. Please make sure to use the e... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 22:05:12 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: Healthy Breakfast (begins 1/5) Eating a healthy breakfast is important to starting off your day right. Do you eat breakfast every day? Please stop by daily and share your healthy breakfast. <BR> <BR> The literal meaning of the word "breakfast," is to break the fast between dinner and the meal eaten after a person wakes up the next morning. <BR> <BR> Ten reasons to eat a healthy breakfast: <BR> <BR> 1. Energy Boost to Start the Day <BR> 2. Sharper Focus <BR> 3. Breakfast Helps Reduce Morning Crankiness <BR> 4. Metabo... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 18:24:02 EST Winter Chat <em>444</em> <em>412</em> <em>444</em> <em>412</em> <em>444</em> <em>412</em> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! It's a New Year and a new season so it was time to change up the chat thread. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is off to a healthy & happy New Year!! One day at a time! What goal(s) are you setting for yourself for the long cold winter season? How are you going to make it happen? <BR> <BR> Let's chat here and give each other support all season long! <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 08:26:57 EST Spark Tracker To those of you who have a spark tracker... are you happy with it??? They are running a special of $10 off and I have some Christmas money. Pros/Cons??? Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:12:49 EST New to the team (but not to the journey!) Hello, <BR> My name is Joanne and I am from Australia. <BR> I have been struggling with my weight for the better part of 20+ years and I am at the point where I have had enough! I make plans for "when I am thin" but in all this time I have never gotten there and other than one time where I lost nearly 20 kg have not made any significant progress; in fact I weight so much more than when I first thought I was fat. <BR> <BR> Well that is in the past (god I hope so!) and I want to now get health... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 20:17:16 EST QOTD 12/26 <em>411</em> <em>107</em> <em>408</em> <em>412</em> <em>411</em> <em>107</em> <em>412</em> <BR> <BR> Do you traditionally make New Year's Resolutions? If so, what is your resolution for 2014? Even if you don't make resolutions, what is your primary goal for the New Year? <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> <em>107</em> <em>412</em> <em>107</em> <em>411</em> <em>408</em> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 06:40:42 EST Merry Christmas team!! <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> Please use this thread to wish your team members a Merry Christmas. <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 20:48:39 EST Fat Talk pretty eye opening... I think this is a must for the new year and it starts today!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-Were-So-Offended-Then-They-Realized-I<BR>t-Was-Their-Own-Fault--4434.html?utm_s<BR>ource=GodVine%20Daily&utm_medium=email<BR>&utm_campaign=12/22/2013 </link> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 15:36:57 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: Sharing 12/22-12/28 <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>445</em> <em>443</em> <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>445</em> <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> This week is the week of Christmas. Come by once or seven times and “share” your holiday plans and what healthy habits you use to stay on track through the holidays. <BR> <BR> Do you have any holiday traditions? <BR> Are you hosting a group of family and friends? <BR> If you don’t celebrate Christmas, please share what holiday you celebrate thi... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 11:31:12 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: Water?? (Begins 12/15) <em>274</em> <em>91</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>91</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>91</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> How much water do you drink each day? Do you feel that you are hydrated enough? <BR> <BR> Stop by each day and log the number of cups (8 ounces each) that you consume each day. <BR> <BR> I know for me if I have a busy day running errands and I’m away from my home I tend to consume less water. The next day I feel a bit sluggish and once I’m... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 11:47:23 EST QOTD 12/12 <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> What is your favorite holiday movie or special that you must watch every year? Thu, 12 Dec 2013 06:50:05 EST Secret Santa <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>443</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Well...technically it's more like a "Not So Secret Santa" but it'll be fun to spread some holiday cheer!! <BR> <BR> Here's how it'll work..if you are interested in playing, please sign up here by 12/18. I will then put everyone's name in my Santa Hat and draw a name for each of you. I will send you a SparkMail with the name of the pe... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 06:54:56 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: Time for me: (begins 12/08) Our challenge this week comes from Cathy (111BUTTERFLY111). Thank you Cathy! <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> This time of the year is always so busy with holidays, changing weather and crowds everywhere. Because it's such a busy season, we each need to take extra good care of ourselves. So each day take 5 or 10 minutes for just “YOU” it can be with a good book, a few minute... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 19:51:36 EST QOTD 12/7 What is your favorite holiday song/album? Sat, 7 Dec 2013 10:34:05 EST Let us give thanks I received this a from a friend the other day & thought I'd share it. <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>428</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>428</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> Let us give thanks for a bounty of people: <BR> <BR> For children who are our second planting and, <BR> though they grow like weeds and the wind too <BR> soon blows them away; may they forgive us our <BR> cultivation and fondly remember where their <BR> roots are. <B... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:56:17 EST QOTD 11/26 With Thanksgiving upon us, what is your favorite part of the meal? Turkey? Sweet potatoes? Pumpkin Pie? Will you still be indulging in this favorite? Making a healthier version? Smaller portion? Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:03:31 EST How do you handle Thanksgivin g/holidays? Do you count calories on Thanksgiving? Do you "watch what you eat," or do you just eat whatever you want? Do you stay within your limits, or take the day off, so to speak? Please share what you do on Thanksgiving, or any other big holiday (Christmas, etc.) Sun, 24 Nov 2013 21:34:08 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: Gratitude (begins 11/24) “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> Since this week we (Americans) are celebrating Thanksgiving, our challenge will be to stop by each day and share something that we are grateful for. Take a moment and think about the wonderful things in your life or mayb... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 12:42:34 EST Sparkin' in Bay City - Hello PNP Team I've always loved the expression 'Progress Not Perfection' so this team seemed like a good fit. This saying applies to many things we do in life. It is one that helps me feel positive about what I have accomplished and not feel bad about the things I haven't. I have a tendency to join a team and do nothing so for a while I removed myself from all teams. My sister said that the stats show that participating in a team helps you be more successful, so....that brings me here. One thing I noticed ... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 16:31:48 EST Amber's Intro Hello, my name is Amber, I'm 26 years old and my whole life, I've had a pretty unhealthy view of food. It started young with my mom classifying food as "good" or "bad" and repeatedly putting me and my dad on diets. I remember when I was about 10 my mom weighing and measuring me daily as we did the Atkins diet as a family. As a result, I have always known I was overweight, but had very unhealthy ideas of how to lose weight. When I was 20, I began to develop and eating disorder (eventually ... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 15:50:21 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: Roll the Dice (begins11/17) <em>311</em> <em>332</em> <em>315</em> <em>34</em> <em>403</em> <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> Roll the Dice or Pick a Card <BR> <BR> Our next challenge was inspired by a post from team leader Kim. Last Sunday (11/10) Kim posted a new thread called “Workout Ideas”. In that thread she shared an idea she had read about to make a list of exercise ideas and number each one. Then roll the dice to see which exercise you would do that day. I chirped in later in the thread and suggest... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:12:47 EST QOTD 11/13 When you look back on your weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey to this point, what in particular amazes you the most? Wed, 13 Nov 2013 06:55:35 EST One step closer to goal because ... Hi, we have moved this up to the top of the page. <BR> <BR> On this thread, please post each day to tell us what you've done (or are doing) to make you one step closer to goal! If you are "streaking", you can also use this thread to count your streak! <BR> <BR> So...what are you doing today to get you one step closer to goal? <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:17:17 EST Workout Ideas I was just reading a magazine article and it had an interesting way to do a workout. You make a list of exercises, assign them a number and then roll the dice. You then do the exercise assigned to the that number 15 times resting 10 seconds between sets. They had squats, lunges, crunches, bicycle crunches, pushups, curls, burpees, frog jump & 1/2 mile job as their list (the job you don't do 15 - just go for the 1/2 mile jog). I like this idea since you can customize to the exercises yo... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:42:08 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: :Something Each Day (begins 11/10) Hi All, This week our team challenge is changing things up a bit to get you involved each day in a Spark activity. Come back each day and let us know how you did. <BR> <BR> Copy and Paste the template below into your own post and then come back and “edit” your post. <BR> <BR> ***Please make sure to use the "EDIT" feature for easier tracking rather than making multiple posts. Thank you!*** <BR> <BR> Sun 11/10 - Post on the Huddle Board. What # were you? <BR> <BR> Mon 11/11 - Log in & S... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 11:02:27 EST A BIG THANK-YOU TO OUR TEAM LEADERS! I say with all sincerity, --this team is one of the reasons I was able to dig in and go forward again. treading water keeps you from drowning, but it doesn't move you anywhere. Without this team and a few others I love, I would still be running in place. <BR> <BR> THANK-YOU TEAM LEADERS! Fri, 8 Nov 2013 09:57:25 EST QOTD 11/6 If you could bring back any tradition that seems to have faded into the past, what tradition would you bring back? Why? Wed, 6 Nov 2013 06:51:38 EST I am Thankful for... <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> In preparation for Thanksgiving, here's a "game" to write what we are thankful for in our lives. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am thankful for my family & friends. Sat, 2 Nov 2013 10:11:04 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: New Healthy Food (begins 11/03) This week’s challenge is to try new healthy foods three times this week. We are well into a new season and with it comes fun new fruits and vegetables. <BR> If you can’t find something that you have never tried then try making new healthy recipes three times this week. Remember it doesn’t have to be a main dish it can be a snack or side dish <BR> . <BR> Copy and Paste the template below into your own post and then come back and “edit” your post. Please tell us what new healthy food you ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 11:28:01 EST QOTW Oct 30 With the holiday season fast approaching, what are your strategies for staying healthy & on track? Healthier variations of holiday favorites? More activities? Cheat days? What steps do you plan to take to reach your goals? <BR> <BR> For those you of you who may have already mastered the art of navigating this time of year, what tips can you share with the rest of us who may be struggling? Wed, 30 Oct 2013 06:51:28 EST Come Trick or Treating with us! <em>431</em> <em>421</em> <em>422</em> <em>431</em> <em>421</em> <em>422</em> <em>431</em> <em>421</em> <em>422</em> <BR> <BR> Halloween is coming soon, so grab your mask or your broom! <BR> <BR> Sign up here if you'd like to go Trick or Treating with us SparkPeople style. <BR> <BR> Starting Tuesday 10/29 through Halloween Thursday 10/31 start Trick or Treating by going to the SparkPages of those who have signed up here and post to their SparkPage, "Trick or Trea... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:44:17 EST Team Goals - Need Your Input! <BR> <BR> Hi Team PNP, we are looking to add some Team Goals to our team. We thought that getting your input would help make us all more accountable in achieving the goals. Please Sparkmail me with ideas you have for goals and we will pick the top three to set up as Team Goals. If your goal is picked, we will send you a team goodie. Thanks for your input. Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:32:17 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE – Exercise (begins 10/27) Hello All; we got a lot of positive feedback about the weekly challenges. So starting this Sunday (Oct. 27th) we will be starting a new one. This first one will be an exercise challenge. To make it easy we want you to pick your exercise of choice. Make it something that you can do and be challenged with every day. Remember we are striving for “Progress Not Perfection”. <BR> <BR> For example: I have fallen out of getting the daily steps that I had set for myself. So I will be challen... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:07:00 EST Autumn Chat <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>431</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! We wanted to try to spark a new chat thread so to help, we've moved it to the top of the team page so it's more accessible. In case you haven't checked out the "Under Construction" thread, the "Just for Today" thread is still available, we've just moved it to the Challenges Forum. It has a sticky note so it will remain at the top of that ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:06:00 EST Just for today We know this is a popular post - we've just moved it to this forum. I've pasted the original post here for those who may not be familiar with it. <BR> <BR> We all have heard that if we take this weight loss journey one day at a time we can reach our goals. This thread is to help us focus on one day at a time. <BR> <BR> You can do anything for just one day. Come here to post what your focus is for the day and then let us know how you did. While you're at it, post something positive about y... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:52:58 EST Successes this week Let's use this thread to post our progress, successes, and scale & non-scale victories (NSV's) for the week. Even the baby steps in the right direction are amazing progress toward our ultimate goals! Share yours here! Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:45:08 EST Struggles this week We all have them - those challenges that appear in our life, those struggles to stay on track, etc. Use this thread to post any struggles or challenges you are facing this week. We can share how we got through similar challenges. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:42:01 EST ABC's of what makes a great Spark Team With our team going through a transition phase, we thought it'd be nice to know your thoughts on what makes a great team. We're going to do it a game format using the letters of the alphabet, IN ORDER, we are going to come up with what makes a great team. <BR> <BR> I'll start us off.... <BR> <BR> Accountability <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:15:53 EST Getting reacquainted As our team goes through some changes, we thought it would be fun to get reacquainted with each other and hopefully learn more about our newer members. Only answer the questions you feel comfortable answering - - don't think any of them are too personal, but that is up to you! Thank you for sharing with us and we hope more of our members participate because we'd like to learn more about everyone! <BR> <BR> Feel free to copy and paste this list to your own post - and add to if you'd like! ... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:12:44 EST Under Construction Hi everyone! Jane and I had our first meeting and have come up with several ideas and changes to re-spark our team. It's going to take a little time to get all the pieces into place so we ask for your continued patience as we begin our "reconstruction" on the team page. <BR> <BR> As always, your feedback is important and welcome. If we move or change something that is important to you, please let one of us know and we'll do what we can. We realize that we won't be able to please everyone al... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:58:00 EST QOTW 10/20-10/26 Hi everyone! While we are transitioning we are going to make a minor change....I've received several mixed responses regarding the QOTD. For now, we are going to split the difference and opt for a question of the week. Jane & I will be meeting shortly to put some of our plans into affect like challenges & games. Be on the look out for more changes this week! <BR> <BR> <BR> What is your biggest addiction? How do you manage it? Sun, 20 Oct 2013 06:58:38 EST QOTD Oct. 19 How often do you usually go grocery shopping? Once a week? As needed? <BR> Do you always use a list? Sat, 19 Oct 2013 08:34:10 EST Changes are coming to the Start Page Sparkpeople is changing the Start Page. This will happen on Monday; <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=introducing_a_brand_new_sparkpeople<BR>_experience </link> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:29:23 EST QOTD Oct. 18 If you could give your 10 year old self advice, what would it be? Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:06:50 EST New Team Co-Leader Hi everyone! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It's official!! JANESLOSS has graciously accepted our offer to be the new team co-leader!!! I am very excited to work with her and know we'll be able to get the team re-sparked! Please join me in welcoming Jane to her new position within the team!!! <BR> <BR> You may have seen her post in the "chat" thread - - she is currently on vacation but is returning soon & we will meet to get things moving again. Thank you all for your patience during this... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 06:51:47 EST QOTD Oct. 17 What are you struggling with today? Thu, 17 Oct 2013 07:02:06 EST Is this an insane idea? I've been slacking for about a month, especially on my nutrition. I eat healthy food--that's all I have, but I've been exceeding my calories most days. Not my much. Si I'm thinking about changing my goal so it will increase my calorie range just a little. Is this a totally insane idea?Please give your opinion and be honest. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:51:18 EST QOTD Oct. 16 What is your favorite food that starts with the letter "P"? Wed, 16 Oct 2013 07:10:15 EST QOTD Oct. 15 What is your favorite thing to eat with a cold glass of milk? Tue, 15 Oct 2013 05:43:53 EST QTOD Oct. 14 What is your favorite food that begins with the letter "B"? Mon, 14 Oct 2013 08:27:53 EST QOTD Oct. 13 With the holiday season fast approaching, what is your favorite family tradition? Sun, 13 Oct 2013 08:22:32 EST QOTD Oct. 12 I'm a bit late with this one but......What is your favorite sign that autumn has arrived? Sat, 12 Oct 2013 08:29:31 EST QOTD Oct. 11 What is your favorite way to play at a park (even as an adult)? Fri, 11 Oct 2013 08:12:34 EST QOTD Oct. 10 What is your favorite comfort food? Thu, 10 Oct 2013 08:56:45 EST QOTD Oct. 9 What is your favorite store to walk through even if you are just browsing? Wed, 9 Oct 2013 08:35:38 EST QOTD Oct. 8 What is your favorite accent to listen to? Tue, 8 Oct 2013 08:07:51 EST QOTD Oct. 7 What is your favorite refreshing drink? Mon, 7 Oct 2013 16:37:49 EST Spark Tracker I got the Spark Tacker a few days ago and thought I would give a not so quick review. <BR> <BR> What I Like: <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> 1) It is very small, thin and light <BR> <BR> 2) The clip on the back is solid and tight, I don't worry about it coming loose and falling off. <BR> <BR> 3) It syncs your data whenever you are within 50 ft of your computer as long as the computer is turned on and "awake" <BR> <BR> 4) You can set your food tracker to coordinate with the information from yo... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 10:26:03 EST QOTD Oct. 6 What is your favorite song to rock out to? Favorite song to dance or workout to? Sun, 6 Oct 2013 08:30:22 EST QOTD Oct 4 What is your favorite meal to cook when you're in a rush? Fri, 4 Oct 2013 05:45:26 EST Check it emoticons! We got new emoticons are a few of them; <BR> <BR> <em>525</em> <em>526</em> <em>548</em> <em>534</em> <em>537</em> <em>541</em> <em>542</em> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 17:21:08 EST Happy Oct everyone Happy Oct everyone hard to believe that its Fall already. yes Fur babies are good company. Racey had a busy morning guarding the house he is now napping its getting cloudy so glad we were out walking early. now going to the library have three books on hold so Racey will earn his bananas as he is going back on guard duty. <BR> <em>358</em> <BR> <BR> Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” <BR> ~ Emily Kimbrough ~ <BR> Though n... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 22:54:58 EST What streaks do you have? What other goals did you turn into a 'streak'? <BR> And how is it going? What are your best streaks? <BR> <BR> It took me a while to figure out what a 'streak' is and how to use it. But now I feel that it's a very handy tool for motivation and consistency. <BR> <BR> How about you? Mon, 30 Sep 2013 04:32:00 EST September checkup! October is almost its a good time to give yourself a check up. How did you do in September? What successes did you have...and what were your struggles? What will you do differently (if anything) in October? Sat, 28 Sep 2013 09:24:49 EST QOTD Sept 28 Whats your favorite thing about your face? <em>334</em> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 09:20:26 EST QOTD Sept 27 What is your favorite inspirational saying or scripture verse? Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:58:02 EST QOTD Sept 26 What is your favorite way to travel? (Cruise, plane, bus, train, etc.) Thu, 26 Sep 2013 08:16:06 EST QOTD Sept 25 What is your favorite tear jerker movie? Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:06:43 EST *Help Wanted...New Co-leader Needed* Hello Progressors! <BR> <BR> This message is to inform you that I will be stepping down as team leader in October. I have loved being co-leader of this team ever since I started it 3 years ago, but lately it has become overwhelming to me as I also co-lead 2 other teams. So I have decided that the best thing for me would be to just be a member of this team instead of a leader. <BR> <BR> Kim (Tigtaz325) is doing a great job as leader of this team but she can't do it alone. So she and I would ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 07:37:29 EST QOTD Sept. 24 What is your favorite 30 minutes of a typical day? Tue, 24 Sep 2013 07:07:42 EST A new member to the team! Hi everyone I am a long time sparker have had lots of success and just got cleared to be able to diet and exercise after having my son. <BR> <BR> I am excited to get back into the swing of things and lose the baby bulge and some more (many more) pounds to look and feel great! <BR> <BR> I joined this team because I have been looking for a few days for an active team to help keep me motivated and I noticed that there seems to be some wonderful action on here. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 17:08:02 EST QOTD Sept. 23 What is your favorite things to do that most people you know don't like to do? Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:58:14 EST Just for this week... I was thinking I'd like a 'just for this week' thread too... <BR> A place to express an intention for something to do for one week and to post about how it's going. Hope it's okay for me to start one. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 05:51:13 EST QOTD Sept. 22 Has any part of your healthy journey become easier or a new habit? What do you still struggle with? Sat, 21 Sep 2013 22:34:36 EST QOTD Sept. 21 How many "diet" books have you read? How many did you try? Sat, 21 Sep 2013 07:54:17 EST ...Value... <BR> Value <BR> -Unknown <BR> <BR> A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?" <BR> <BR> Hands started going up. <BR> <BR> He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this." He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. <BR> <BR> He then asked, "Who still wants it?" <BR> <BR> Still the hands were up in the air. <BR> <BR> "Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dro... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 07:40:38 EST QOTD Sept. 20 What was your favorite cartoon growing up? Fri, 20 Sep 2013 07:00:02 EST Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!! <BR> <em>221</em> <em>8</em> <em>221</em> <em>8</em> <em>221</em> <BR> <BR> Avast me mateys! Its Talk Like A Pirate Day! So while you're talkin' like a pirate, be sure to take time to workout like one too! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=172 </link> <BR> <BR> Q: What do you call a group of pirate ships? <BR> <BR> A; And ARRRRmada! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> A pirate walks into the bar and orders a jug o' grog. Barte... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 09:21:50 EST QOTD Sept. 19 If you were stranded on a tropical island, what 2 things would you want with you? Thu, 19 Sep 2013 07:53:44 EST QOTD Sept. 18 You're out to eat at a nice restaurant & you've decided to allow yourself one indulgence for the night. what would you most likely choose? <BR> <BR> A glass of wine/cocktail <BR> A fried appetizer <BR> A warm roll from the bread basket <BR> A decedent entree <BR> A rich dessert <BR> Small samples of the items listed above <BR> Other/please specify <BR> <BR> (Sorry I'm so late posting this morning - lack of sleep hit me hard this morning!) Wed, 18 Sep 2013 09:41:15 EST Tips and Tricks When I was having trouble staying in my calorie range I created a favorite food called Miscellaneous Calories and gave it a value of 100. Then I added this to my daily food tracker first thing in the morning, putting it in my Second Snack at the end of my meals so I wouldn't see it until the end of the day. It is an easy and painless way to trick yourself into eating 100 calories less each day. <BR> What little secrete or tip have you discovered that helps you succeed? Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:49:08 EST QOTD Sept. 17 What made you decide to lose weight for good this time? <BR> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 07:01:15 EST QOTD Sept 16 What is your favorite strength training workout? Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:03:59 EST QOTD Sept 15 What is your favorite magazine? Do you subscribe to any magazines? Sun, 15 Sep 2013 10:35:00 EST QOTD Sept 14 How many jobs have you had in your life, and which was your favorite one? Sat, 14 Sep 2013 13:56:28 EST Want to increase your steps? This is a wonderful blog about how someone increased their steps without making a huge time committment. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478784 </link> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:36:35 EST QOTD Sept 13 Do you have a favorite card game? Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:59:37 EST Steps For Enhancing Your Health Through Self-Care Seven Simple Steps For Enhancing Your Health Through Self-Care (by Dr. Christiane Northrup at <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Step 1 - Tap into the stream of healing energy regularly. <BR> <BR> Your body is connected to a healing stream of energy (also known as chi, prana, light, Source, and God) that you can absorb at will. All you need to do is be aware of it and be open to receive it! This is the basis for the healing power of prayer. A particularly powerful way to absorb t... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:01:44 EST QOTD Sept 12 What is your have a favorite board game? Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:17:50 EST QOTD Sept 11 What is your fashion style? Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:58:47 EST QOTD Sept 10 Do you collect anything? If so, what? Tue, 10 Sep 2013 08:22:09 EST QOTD Sept 9 Do you prefer to shop in-store, online, or via catalog? Mon, 9 Sep 2013 09:43:58 EST QOTD Sept 8 What is your favorite flower? <BR> <BR> <em>125</em> <em>146</em> <em>87</em> <em>214</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>375</em> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 09:43:08 EST QOTD Sept 7 Today's QOTD was suggested by Monibelly. Thanks Monica! <BR> <BR> If anyone else has a suggestion for a future QOTD, please Sparkmail it to me or Kim (Tigtaz325). When we use your question, we'll send you a team goodie! <BR> <BR> <BR> What is a good book you read over the summer? Sat, 7 Sep 2013 08:01:46 EST QOTD Sept. 6 What is your favorite scent or smell? Fri, 6 Sep 2013 07:28:56 EST QOTD Sept. 5 Who is your favorite actor or actress? Thu, 5 Sep 2013 07:00:56 EST QOTD Sept. 4 What profession would you not like to ever attempt? Wed, 4 Sep 2013 07:00:36 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: Sleep Challenge (begins 9/6) <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Our next challenge comes to us from CHRISTASP - <em>304</em> Christina! <BR> <BR> For this Sleep Challenge, you pick the specifics of the challenge. For example, do you want to go to bed on time each night? Maybe you want to get 8 hours of sleep....or maybe you want to get up earlier to fit in a workout, etc. It's a flexible challenge to meet your needs. Post your specific goal ... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 19:50:47 EST QOTD Sept. 3 What profession would you like to attempt? Tue, 3 Sep 2013 07:03:42 EST What You Love This is from Geneen Roth.... <BR> <BR> <BR> "Here's what I remember (and remind myself to remember!) daily: discipline is the act of showing up for what you love. <BR> <BR> I know that seems a bit paradoxical, that you or we need to show up for what we love because if we love it, why wouldn't we show up for it automatically? If I love to come out to my writing studio, why wouldn't I come out everyday no matter what and pick up my pen or sit down at my computer? <BR> <BR> If I love to f... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 08:21:49 EST QOTD September 2 What sound or noise do you hate? Sun, 1 Sep 2013 23:49:50 EST QOTD September 1 What sound or noise do you love? Sun, 1 Sep 2013 00:27:24 EST QOTD August 31 With summer winding down, what is your favorite part of summer? Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:08:06 EST Ten Minutes or Less! What healthy lifestyle habit can you do in ten minutes or less? It doesn't have to be only about weight loss. <BR> Think about your overall health, and then think about things you can do it ten minutes or less to benefit your health! Let's list them one at a time! <BR> <BR> 1. Put a healthy snack in your purse before going out....that way if you get hungry you won't be tempted to stop at the drive thru. <BR> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:26:06 EST Over And Over Again Over And Over Again <BR> by Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> <BR> "What you do over and over again, becomes a part of you. What you do over and over again, becomes so comfortable and familiar that you don't even think about it. <BR> <BR> So what do you do over and over again? What thoughts do you think to yourself again and again? <BR> <BR> What words do you repeatedly say to others? What habits have you built into your daily life? <BR> <BR> Do something once, and it has a small effect. Do someth... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:22:28 EST QOTD August 30 What is your least favorite word? Fri, 30 Aug 2013 06:59:33 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: Upper Body (begins 8/30) <em>34</em> <em>323</em> <em>317</em> <em>34</em> <em>323</em> <em>317</em> <em>34</em> <em>323</em> <em>317</em> <BR> This week we are going to Pump It Up! The challenge is to do at least 15 minutes of upper body exercises 3 times this week. Use a couple of dumbbells or resistance bands to work those biceps. You can even use household items likes soup cans, water jugs, etc. Even body weight exercises count! Try some triceps dips off the couch! <BR> <BR> Fo... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:20:50 EST QOTD August 29 Thursday I entered the wrong day yesterday - sorry for the confusion! <BR> <BR> What is your favorite word? Thu, 29 Aug 2013 07:01:59 EST QOTD August 29 What was your favorite class in school? Wed, 28 Aug 2013 06:53:39 EST QOTD August 27 When choosing a workout, the ____________ is MOST important to me. <BR> <BR> fun factor <BR> convenience <BR> effectiveness <BR> location <BR> calories burned <BR> ability to be modified or adapted <BR> level of ease or difficulty <BR> other (please specify) Tue, 27 Aug 2013 06:58:53 EST QOTD August 26 Sorry I'm a bit late today!! <BR> <BR> What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten? Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:33:54 EST QOTD August 25 What TV sitcom family would you like to be a member of? Sun, 25 Aug 2013 00:10:49 EST QOTD August 24 What would you do if you won Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes? <BR> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 08:10:26 EST Make It Happen Make It Happen <BR> — Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> The obstacle itself is not enough to stop you. What stops you is your assumption that you can’t get past that obstacle. <BR> <BR> The problem is not that you have too much of this or too little of that. The problem is, you’re waiting for perfect conditions that will never come. <BR> <BR> The achievement that really happens, happens in the real world. The things that get done, get done in less than ideal conditions. <BR> <BR> Don’t make excuses... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 08:57:09 EST QOTD August 23 Today's question is a fill-in the blank. <BR> <BR> I know I am healthy because...... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 07:02:05 EST Mermaid or a whale? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Recently, in a large city in Australia, a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym. <BR> It said, "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?" <BR> <BR> A middle-aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym. <BR> <BR> To Whom It May Concern, <BR> <BR> Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curio... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:32:42 EST QOTD August 22 Today's QOTD comes to us from Pattie441 - thank you!! <BR> <BR> What is a favorite food combo or recipe that is really filling and keeps you satisfied? <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 06:56:45 EST Just for fun! What did you do today? <BR> <BR> Pick the month you were born: <BR> <BR> January-------I kicked <BR> February------I loved <BR> March--------I karate chopped <BR> April----------I licked <BR> May----------I jumped on <BR> June----------I smelled <BR> July-----------I did the Macarena With <BR> August--------I had lunch with <BR> September----I danced with <BR> October-------I sang to <BR> November-----I yelled at <BR> December-----I ran over <BR> <BR> Pick the day (number) you were born on... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 08:32:04 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE: CARDIO (starts 8/23) Starting on Friday 8/23, we are going to get our heart rates up! The challenge is to do 30 minutes of cardio 5 times this week or 150 minutes total. It can be broken down in any increments that work for you. It can be done in multiple shorter minute sessions throughout the day, a few longer workouts; whatever method works best for you. <BR> <BR> (I apologize for the odd start of the week but we wanted to try to get a couple weekly challenges in before I leave on vacation.) <BR> <BR> Cop... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 07:12:42 EST QOTD August 21 Today's QOTD the suggested by Monica (MONIBELLY). Thank you! <BR> <BR> What is your favorite book of all time? <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 07:05:28 EST QOTD August 20 Who is your favorite author? <BR> <BR> If you have any suggestions for future QOTD's, please send them to me by SparkMail. when I use your question, I'll send you a SparkGoodie. <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 06:50:14 EST QOTD August 19 What is the best advice you've received? Mon, 19 Aug 2013 06:57:58 EST How do you calm yourself? What do you do to be emotionally stable and / or to have peace of mind? Mon, 19 Aug 2013 03:26:08 EST Non Scale Victories I was in the shower and felt a small pointy lump on the top of my shoulder and thought "what the???" When I got out of the shower I looked in the mirror and as I turned to see the lump my shoulder moved and so did the lump. It was a joint bone! How cool is that!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 09:45:50 EST QOTD August 18 What factor is most important to you when deciding what to eat? <BR> Calories <BR> Portion size <BR> Nutrition <BR> Other Sun, 18 Aug 2013 07:23:07 EST QOTD August 17 What is the one thing you have always wanted to do? Sat, 17 Aug 2013 08:31:21 EST Announcement; NEW CO-LEADER! <em>244</em> <em>410</em> <em>244</em> <em>410</em> <em>244</em> <em>410</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Hello Progressors! Just wanted to let you know that we have a new co-leader! Tigtaz325 (Kim) has kindly agreed to be co-leader of the team. She will be posting our QOTD's from now on and I'm sure she'll do a great job! <BR> <BR> Welcome aboard as co-leader, Kim! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>410</em> <em>244</em> <em>410</em> <em>244</em> <em>410</em> <... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 17:09:07 EST National Tell a Joke Day! <em>30</em> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Happy National Tell a Joke Day, Progressors! Let's celebrate the day by telling our best (or worst) jokes here on this thread! I'll get us started... <BR> <BR> <BR> Q: Where do bees go to the bathroom? <BR> <BR> A: At the BP station! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 08:36:18 EST QOTD AUGUST 15 DO YOU HAVE ANY PET PEEVES AT THE CHECK OUT COUNTER? Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:48:50 EST QOTD August 15 Another great question from Tigtaz325. Thanks, Kim! <BR> <BR> <BR> How do you reward yourself for meeting goals? Are these monetary or non-monetary rewards? Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:48:29 EST Three Steps To Success Three Steps To Success <BR> Here are three simple steps to make things happen in your life: <BR> <BR> 1. DO IT. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale put it like this: "Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. <BR> Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; <BR> perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all." <BR> <BR> If you wait until you have all the facts or until ... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 09:57:50 EST QOTD August 13 Do you own a heart rate monitor? Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:03:54 EST QOTD August 12 I was thinking about this quote today; <BR> <BR> "Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. <BR> In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. <BR> Release the hurt. Release the fear. <BR> Refuse to entertain your old pain. <BR> The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. <BR> What is it you would let go of today?" <BR> -- Mary Manin Morrissey <BR> <BR> Are you holding on to old pain and doubt? Is this ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:59:14 EST Self-app eciation I get a weekly email from a site called "The Positivity Blog" and thought I'd share today's topic of self appreciation: <BR> <BR> "Hi there! <BR> <BR> I hope your weekend is going well. <BR> <BR> This Sunday I would like to quickly share a tiny habit that in the long run - and if you keep up with it every day - can have huge positive impact on your self-esteem and life. <BR> <BR> The habit? <BR> <BR> To simply take 2 minutes at the end of your day to appreciate yourself. To think back a... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:05:05 EST QOTD August 10 Another great question from Kim (Tigtaz325). Thanks Kim! <BR> <BR> Do you have a bucket list? If yes, what's #1 & have you done it? Sat, 10 Aug 2013 08:32:56 EST QOTD August 9 Today's QOTD was suggested by Tigtaz325. Thanks, Kim! <BR> <BR> <BR> What's your favorite place you've traveled to? <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> Fri, 9 Aug 2013 08:43:06 EST QOTD August 8 Todays question was suggested by Termitemom. Thanks for the great question! <BR> <BR> If anyone else has a suggestion for future QOTD's, please send them to me by Sparkmail. When I use your question, I will send you a team goodie! <BR> <BR> <BR> Question; <BR> Do you buy pre-packaged salads or veggies for convenience? If you do, do you wash them before putting them in the serving bowl? Thu, 8 Aug 2013 07:38:01 EST Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Health 7 There are no health bailouts <BR> <BR> <BR> The US financial sector was recently rescued from their appalling behaviors by a shiny $700 billion government bailout. But appalling health behaviors cannot be similarly rescued. Why? Because poor health behaviors create health debts that cannot be neutralized by a pen stroke. <BR> <BR> What are these health debts? The things that matter - quality of life, longevity of life, emotional health, disease prevention, psychological health, physical he... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 09:59:32 EST How do you help a family member take responsibilit Hi Team, my name is Lori, I am new to this team. I was just reading the post "Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Health: 1 of 7", which spoke about taking responsibility for your own health. <BR> <BR> It stirred something in me and I posted a reply, I am now re-posting as a new thread in hopes that someone might be able to help. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any tips on helping or showing someone HOW to take responsibility for their own health and diet? <BR> <BR> My father is so overweight,... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 13:49:15 EST Discussion about the inspirational pics Came across this article today, a discussion about motivation and the pics that are used to increase it. I thought it was interesting. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/19/fitspo-sucks-5-reasons-photos-of-h<BR>ot-women-and-catchy-slogans-are-ruinin<BR>g-the-world/ </link> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:43:45 EST Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Health; 6 of 7 One more discussion from an online article; <BR> <BR> Unhealthy ignorance is not healthy bliss <BR> <BR> Pretending our society's unhealthy plights don't exist exacerbates the problems. Ignorance is not bliss. It's an intellectual and human-decency crisis. <BR> <BR> 67% of US adults are overweight or obese. The US ranks 1st in health care costs (as % of GDP), but 49th in life expectancy. US health care costs are estimated to be $13,100 in 2018 for every man, woman, and child. <BR> <BR> We... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 09:56:47 EST Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Health; 5 of 7 <BR> Here is another discussion from an article I found online. What do you think? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pain is not gain <BR> <BR> "No pain, no gain" - or so the saying goes. I disagree. <BR> <BR> Pain is painful. Humans have a simple response to anything painful - we stop! So, isn't the whole "no pain, no gain" argument backwards? Pain incites de-motivation, resentment, rejection, even fear. Which of those promotes improved health and happiness? Try none. <BR> <BR> The Eureka! Lesson: ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 09:05:03 EST Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Health; 4 of 7 <BR> You cannot out exercise poor nutrition <BR> <BR> "It's 'okay' for me to eat this gluttonous cake wedge because I'm going to the gym later." <BR> <BR> How silly. <BR> <BR> You cannot out exercise poor nutrition. First, losing fat, gaining muscle, and just getting healthier isn't only about "calories in, calories out". That's far too simplistic. Your nutrition choices affect your metabolism, sleep patterns, mental acuity, stamina, and happiness (just to name a few). <BR> <BR> Second, ... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 10:54:08 EST Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Health; 3 of 7 Here's another truth for us to discuss. What do you think? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Your health won't be perfect, ever <BR> Is health perfection really the goal, or is health greatness? I vote greatness! After all, perfection doesn't guarantee greatness, and greatness isn't perfect. <BR> <BR> Perfection is quicksand. It snares you in a devilish trap of illusion and frustration. It's too heavily nuanced with details, rules, false promises, and other venomous constraints. As a result, your enth... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 09:21:11 EST Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Health; 2 of 7 Another discussion from an article I found online. What do you think? <BR> <BR> <BR> Health (like life) is unfair. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, all things health are not created equal. Some people have better genetics than others. Some have received more meaningful health education than others. Some have better socio-economic conditions than others. Some are flat out luckier. And all of these things are excuses. <BR> <BR> The Eureka! Lesson: <BR> Fairness isn't the point. Opportunity is. Amer... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 06:13:09 EST Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Health: 1 of 7 *This is something I posted a couple of years ago but I thought it was worth a re-post. There are 7 parts so I will be posting them for the next week. <BR> <BR> I got this from another website, from an article entitled "7 Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Health." I thought it would be interesting to discuss these 7 "truths" one by one... so here is the first one. What do you think? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Nobody is responsible for your health but you <BR> The quality of your health is not... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 08:36:24 EST Challenge for August 1 Here's a little challenge where you can earn a team goodie...and its not only an EASY challenge, but its also one that could help someone else. <BR> <BR> Please visit the pages of at least TWO Sparkfriends who have been missing in action lately. Let them know that you've missed them, and give them some encouragement to come back. You never know...your message might be just the thing to help them get their Spark back! <BR> <BR> Your missing Spark friends do not have to be a part of this team... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:10:53 EST October Chat & Support New thread for August! Share whatever you'd like to...what you're struggling with...your your day is going....a new recipe you've tried....or ask for input on any issue you have on your mind. Let's chat! <BR> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:05:20 EST QOTD July 31 What are you afraid of? Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:00:50 EST July check up! July is almost done! Time for a self check up! How did you do this month? What progress did you make, and what did you struggle with? What are your plans for a successful August? Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:28:41 EST QOTD July 29 What are you looking forward to? Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:27:49 EST QOTD July 28 What exercise equipment do you own? Sun, 28 Jul 2013 08:47:31 EST Happy Take Your Pants For a Walk Day! :) Yes...a real holiday! Today is Take Your Pants for a Walk Day! <BR> <BR> Walking is a great way to get some why not take your pants for a walk today? Just make sure you're in them, lol. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>342</em> <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> PS: And don't forget to hydrate! <BR> <em>194</em> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 09:46:45 EST Get Off The Scale! This is something I've posted on my teams before, so it might seem familiar to you...but I think its definitely worth re-posting. <BR> <BR> Please understand that this is not about NEVER weighing yourself. Its about not letting the scale be the entire world or the only way you judge your progress or self esteem. <BR> <BR> Whether you weigh yourself once a week or once a month or even every single day...or if you're like me and don't weigh yourself at all....remember that its just a number, ... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:58:11 EST