SparkPeople Bring It... 2014 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=46186 Don't settle for good when you can achieve greatness! It is up to YOU to decide to make the change towards success. This team supports you wholeheartedly in all your goals. BRING IT!!! SparkPeople Bring It... 2014 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=46186 SPRINT TO SPRING 8 WEEK CHALLENGE WEEK 1 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x51599109 STARTS JANUARY 2OTH...THIS IDEAL IS TAKEN FROM THE 2012 MESSAGE BOARD <BR> <BR> Sprint to Spring Challenge--WEEK 1 of 8--January 20-26 <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise--At least 30 min. of exercise day= 10 points /day <BR> Nutrition--5-7 freggies/day=10 pts; 2-4/day= 5 pts <BR> Hydration--64oz/day = 10 pts; 48oz/day= 5 pts <BR> Challenge YOURSELF!--make one challenge/goal for yourself that you can do each day= 10 pts/day for each day you meet your own self-challenge <BR> <BR> Sun, Jan 20 <BR> Exer... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 06:59:11 EST Roses and Thorns...2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x51414113 Share your highs (roses) and lows (thorns) of your day/week. Let's make an effort (myself, included!) to stay better connected on our team pages this year. Personally, I am going to try for at least one check-in per week on this thread. Hope you will join me!!! <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> <BR> Bring It...2013!!! <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:17:54 EST Missing my team mates =[ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x51172229 I sure miss everyone <em>220</em> and their updates on family and life in general. I see Elizabeth and MEEBELO are gettin' her done posting their daily exercise routine <em>243</em> And I know Iona runs regularly. Exercise has been my bane this year... I have lots of excuses <em>211</em> but that doesn't get me any where <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> Can you believe 2012 is coming to an end <em>412</em> <em>408</em> I've maintained the 70+ pounds I lost for a year now. Eating healthy ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:32:51 EST 100 days left to "BRING IT... 2012" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x50026279 <em>198</em> Sunday, September 23rd marks the beginning of the end <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> There will be 100 days left in 2012 to BRING IT as we wrap <em>389</em> another year ladies <em>408</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <em>3</em> So, what are we going to do about it???? <em>386</em> <em>194</em> <em>102</em> <em>311</em> <em>195</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> Autumn starts Saturday 9/22 and will be asking... "What have you been doing all summer?" <em>67</em> <BR> <B... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:47:15 EST Summer SIZZLE Challenge--July 29-Aug 4--Wk 6 of 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x49208074 Summer SIZZLE Challenge--WEEK 6 of 6--July 29-Aug 4 <BR> <BR> This is it! The home stretch!!! <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> Exercise--Whether you run, dance, walk, lift, or chase kids all day, earn points for whatever activity you choose to do as long as you give 100% effort! <BR> At least 30 min. or more/day= earns 10 points /day; 15-25 min/day= 5 pts <BR> <BR> <em>140</em> Nutrition--Whether you are counting calories, counting carbs, gluten-free, or vegan, earn points for staying on track ... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 12:00:26 EST Summer SIZZLE Challeng ----July 22-28--WEEK 5 of 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x49099566 Summer SIZZLE Challenge--WEEK 5 of 6--July 22-28 <BR> <BR> 4 down, 2 to go! Are you still SIZZLIN'? <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> Exercise--Whether you run, dance, walk, lift, or chase kids all day, earn points for whatever activity you choose to do as long as you give 100% effort! <BR> At least 30 min. or more/day= earns 10 points /day; 15-25 min/day= 5 pts <BR> <BR> <em>140</em> Nutrition--Whether you are counting calories, counting carbs, gluten-free, or vegan, earn points for staying on tr... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 12:26:17 EST Summer SIZZLE Challenge--July 15-21--Week 4 of 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x49001468 Summer SIZZLE Challenge--WEEK 4 of 6--July 15-21 <BR> <BR> How you feeling?...HOT! HOT! HOT! Let's keep the momentum going, ladies! <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> Exercise--Whether you run, dance, walk, lift, or chase kids all day, earn points for whatever activity you choose to do as long as you give 100% effort! <BR> At least 30 min. or more/day= earns 10 points /day; 15-25 min/day= 5 pts <BR> <BR> <em>140</em> Nutrition--Whether you are counting calories, counting carbs, gluten-free, or vega... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 23:54:46 EST Summer SIZZLE Challenge--July 8-14--Week 3 of 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x48876857 Summer SIZZLE Challenge--WEEK 3 of 6--July 8-14 <BR> <BR> What!?! Are you as surprised as me that we are going to already be at the halfway mark? Don't blink, or you might miss out!!! <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> Exercise--Whether you run, dance, walk, lift, or chase kids all day, earn points for whatever activity you choose to do as long as you give 100% effort! <BR> At least 30 min. or more/day= earns 10 points /day; 15-25 min/day= 5 pts <BR> <BR> <em>140</em> Nutrition--Whether you are co... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 23:37:53 EST Summer SIZZLE Challenge--July 1-7--Week 2 of 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x48781128 Summer SIZZLE Challenge--WEEK 2 of 6--July 1-7 <BR> <BR> I don't know about y'all, but Week 1 just flew by for me! I have a feeling this entire summer is going to pass in a blink, so enjoy every moment while you can ...and BRING IT! every chance you get! <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> Exercise--Whether you run, dance, walk, lift, or chase kids all day, earn points for whatever activity you choose to do as long as you give 100% effort! <BR> At least 30 min. or more/day= earns 10 points /day; 15-25... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 19:53:08 EST Summer SIZZLE Challenge--June 24-30--Week 1 of 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x48671451 Summer SIZZLE Challenge--WEEK 1 of 6--June 24-30 <BR> <BR> Time to break out the shorts, tank tops, flip-flops, and bikini's (if you so dare!)....No matter your summer-wear of choice, it almost always calls for baring a lil' more skin. So, let's get our "challenge on"..... <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> Exercise--Whether you run, dance, walk, lift, or chase kids all day, earn points for whatever activity you choose to do as long as you give 100% effort! <BR> At least 30 min. or more/day= earns 10... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 16:32:39 EST NEW TO TEAM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x47243779 I'm VB and I live in Florida. <BR> I'm working towards making the healthiest choices I can when it comes to taking care of myself. I've put away the scale and will no longer weigh myself except when at the doctors office. I don't want to define who I am ever again by a number on the scale. I've done that for way too many years. <BR> I do want to make exercise a top priority as I have a couple of health issues that exercise would improve. Also it would definately give me more energy. <BR> I'l... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 17:32:47 EST Sprint to Spring Challenge--WEEK 8 of 8--Mar 11-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x47038913 Sprint to Spring Challenge--WEEK 8 of 8--Mar 11-Mar 17 <BR> <BR> Shorts or a sweater? I simply do not know what to wear these days. It was 80-some degrees here last week, and today it is looming around the 60-degree mark. I guess it is that time of year when you just leave everything out! <BR> <BR> Exercise--At least 30 min. or more/day= 10 points /day; 15-25 min/day= 5 pts <BR> Nutrition--Fantastic Food Choices=10 pts; So-So choices= 5 pts; Totally off track= 0 pts <BR> Hydration--60+... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:48:43 EST Sprint to Spring Challenge--WEEK 7--Mar 4-Mar 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x46916017 Sprint to Spring Challenge--WEEK 7 of 8--Mar 4-Mar 10 <BR> <BR> Just 2 weeks left to the "official" start of Spring. Although the weather in SoCal this past weekend has me feeling like it is already here! <BR> <BR> Exercise--At least 30 min. or more/day= 10 points /day; 15-25 min/day= 5 pts <BR> Nutrition--Fantastic Food Choices=10 pts; So-So choices= 5 pts; Totally off track= 0 pts <BR> Hydration--60+oz/day = 10 pts; 24-60oz/day= 5 pts <BR> Challenge YOURSELF!--20 TOTAL extra minutes ... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 12:09:50 EST Sprint to Spring Challenge Week 6--Feb 26--Mar 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x46798425 Sprint to Spring Challenge--WEEK 6 of 8--Feb 26-Mar. 3 <BR> <BR> Hope things are looking up for everyone as we pull through the downhill stretch of our challenge. <BR> <BR> Exercise--At least 30 min. or more/day= 10 points /day; 15-25 min/day= 5 pts <BR> Nutrition--Fantastic Food Choices=10 pts; So-So choices= 5 pts; Totally off track= 0 pts <BR> Hydration--60+oz/day = 10 pts; 24-60oz/day= 5 pts <BR> Challenge YOURSELF!--5 extra minutes of exercise + 1 extra freggie + 8 extra ounces= 10 ... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 17:04:59 EST Sprint to Spring Challenge Week 5--Feb. 19-25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x46688563 Sprint to Spring Challenge--WEEK 5 of 8--Feb 19-Feb. 25 <BR> <BR> Looks like (once again) this past 'Week 4' was a struggle for some of us...me included. SO many things going on, but at least I am feeling back to 'normal' after being sick for a good while. Therefore.....once again we will focus on the basics this week--exercise, food, and water. The challenge will be doing those three "basics", and doing them very well! <BR> <BR> Exercise--At least 30 min. or more/day= 10 points /day; 1... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 01:32:44 EST Sprint to Spring Challenge Week 4--Feb 12-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x46556441 Sprint to Spring Challenge--WEEK 4 of 8--Feb 12-Feb. 181 <BR> <BR> Looks like this past 'Week 3' was a struggle for some of us...me included. Like some of you, I was down & out with sickness, too, this week (along with my kids). In addition, my work is preparing for our WASC Accreditation that is happening this week. Those of you that teach or know teachers, know that this is a HUGE big deal. (So if you don't "see" me a lot this week, now you know why.) <BR> <BR> Some times to get back... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 22:59:38 EST Sprint to Spring--8 week Challenge--Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x46447883 Sprint to Spring Challenge--WEEK 3 of 8--Feb 5-Feb. 11 <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise--At least 30 min. or more/day= 10 points /day; 15-25 min/day= 5 pts <BR> Nutrition--Fantastic Food Choices=10 pts; So-So choices= 5 pts; Totally off track= 0 pts <BR> Hydration--60+oz/day = 10 pts; 24-60oz/day= 5 pts <BR> Challenge YOURSELF!--Give yourself a COMPLIMENT today!= Post it here each day & give yourself 10 pts <BR> <BR> Sun, Feb 5--SUPERBOWL! <BR> Exercise-- <BR> Nutrition-- <BR> Hydration-- <BR> Cha... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 11:59:30 EST Sprint to Spring--8 Week Challenge--Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x46313960 Sprint to Spring Challenge--WEEK 2 of 8--January 29-Feb. 4 <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise--At least 30 min. or more/day= 10 points /day; 15-25 min/day= 5 pts <BR> Nutrition--Fantastic Food Choices=10 pts; So-So choices= 5 pts; Totally off target= 0 pts <BR> Hydration--64+oz/day = 10 pts; 24-48oz/day= 5 pts <BR> Challenge YOURSELF!--make one challenge/goal for yourself that you can do each day= 10 pts/day for each day you meet your own self-challenge <BR> <BR> Sun, Jan 29 <BR> Exercise-- <BR> Nut... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 00:11:40 EST Sprint to Spring--8-Week Challenge--WEEK 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x46174176 Sprint to Spring Challenge--WEEK 1 of 8--January 22-28 <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise--At least 30 min. of exercise day= 10 points /day <BR> Nutrition--5-7 freggies/day=10 pts; 2-4/day= 5 pts <BR> Hydration--64oz/day = 10 pts; 48oz/day= 5 pts <BR> Challenge YOURSELF!--make one challenge/goal for yourself that you can do each day= 10 pts/day for each day you meet your own self-challenge <BR> <BR> Sun, Jan 22 <BR> Exercise-- <BR> Nutrition-- <BR> Hydration-- <BR> Challenge YOURSELF!-- <BR> <BR> M... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 12:21:23 EST Hi From Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x45884529 Hi, I'm Vicki. I live in Titusville, Fl. I'm 55 years old and about 80 lbs over weight. I've been trying for over a year to get my weight down and all I've done is yo-yo back and forth. So I've started a lower carb plan like I did back in the 80's ( I lost 105 lbs in 13 months and kept it off for 18 years), and I'm hoping to get the weight back off over the course of the next 2 years. I'm not nearly as active as I used to be so I know the weight won't come off as fast as it did back then. Plu... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 17:06:03 EST New Years Countdown Challeng e--Final Week!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x45658218 New Year's <em>412</em> Countdown Challenge--WEEK 5 of 5--Dec 25-Dec 31 <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise--MINIMUM GOAL= 50 minutes. Give yourself 10 pts /day for hitting the MIN. <BR> Nutrition--Great choices/portions= 10 pts; So-So = 5 pts; Out-of-control = 0 pts/day <BR> Hydration--At least 64 oz/day (8 cups)= 10 pts /day; up to 48 oz (6 cups)= 5 pts/day <BR> CHALLENGE WEEK 5--Post on a SP buddy's wall & offer some encouragement= 10 pts/day (and if you missed Sun & Mon just do 2 extra today an... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 19:43:32 EST New Years Countdown Challenge--WEEK 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x45581929 New Year's <em>412</em> Countdown Challenge--WEEK 4 of 5--Dec 18-Dec 24 <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise--MINIMUM GOAL= 50 minutes. Give yourself 10 pts /day for hitting the MIN. <BR> Nutrition--Great choices/portions= 10 pts; So-So = 5 pts; Out-of-control = 0 pts/day <BR> Hydration--At least 64 oz/day (8 cups)= 10 pts /day; up to 48 oz (6 cups)= 5 pts/day <BR> CHALLENGE WEEK 4--Post on the 'Team Huddle'= 10 pts/day <BR> <BR> FYI-- <BR> -So basically, if you hit all your marks each day, you wil... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 01:30:08 EST New Years Countdown Challenge--Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x45481943 New Year's <em>412</em> Countdown Challenge--WEEK 3 of 5--Dec 11-Dec 17 <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise--MINIMUM GOAL= 45 minutes. Give yourself 10 pts /day for hitting the MIN. <BR> Nutrition--Great choices/portions= 10 pts; So-So = 5 pts; Out-of-control = 0 pts/day <BR> Hydration--At least 64 oz/day (8 cups)= 10 pts /day; up to 48 oz (6 cups)= 5 pts/day <BR> CHALLENGE WEEK 3--Post something on the 'Daily Motivation' board= 10 pts/day <BR> <BR> FYI-- <BR> -So basically, if you hit all your ma... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 11:52:29 EST New Years Countdown Challenge--WEEK 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x45370548 New Year's <em>412</em> Countdown Challenge--WEEK 2 of 5--Dec 4-Dec 10 <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise--At least 40 minutes of intentional exercise/day = 10 points /day for hitting the minimum <BR> Nutrition--Great choices/portions= 10 pts; So-So = 5 pts; Out-of-control = 0 pts /day <BR> Hydration--At least 56 oz/day = 10 points /day <BR> Countdown CHALLENGE WEEK 2--10 additional minutes of exercise beyond the minimum goal listed above = 10 pts/day <BR> <BR> FYI-- <BR> -So basically, if you hit... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 18:13:51 EST New Year's Countdown Challenge--WEEK 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x45274710 New Year's <em>412</em> Countdown Challenge--WEEK 1 of 5--Nov 27-Dec 3 <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise--At least 30 minutes of intentional exercise/day = 10 points /day <BR> Nutrition--Great choices/portions= 10 pts; So-So = 5 pts; Out-of-control = 0 pts /day <BR> Hydration--At least 48 oz/day = 10 points /day <BR> Countdown CHALLENGE WEEK 1--At least 5 freggies /day = 10 pts/day <BR> <BR> Sun, Nov 27 <BR> Exercise-- <BR> Nutrition-- <BR> Hydration-- <BR> Countdown CHALLENGE Week 1: Freggies-- ... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 14:53:13 EST FALL Challenge--Week 8--Nov 11-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x45035189 Challenge Specs--Week 8: <BR> <BR> F <em>319</em> --F is for FITNESS. Every minute of exercise will count as one point. Minimum Goal--60 min/day <BR> <BR> A <em>306</em> --A is for ACCEPTANCE! Each day name one thing you accept about yourself--the good, the beautiful, the bad, and/or the 'ugly'. Then give yourself 5 points! <BR> <BR> L <em>194</em> --L is for LIQUIDS. Don't let the cooler weather slow down your water intake! 1 point for every ounce per day. All non-caffeine, non-su... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 19:49:51 EST FALL Challenge--Week 7--Nov 4-10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x44922096 Check back later tonight or tomorrow (Sat.) morning for details! <BR> <BR> ...and, don't forget to add-up Week 6. Everyone's looking pretty busy around here. Hang in there, team!!! <BR> <em>306</em> Fri, 4 Nov 2011 17:42:49 EST FALL Challenge--Week 6--Oct. 28-Nov 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x44805316 Good Morning, Team!!! <BR> <BR> Check back later tonight or Saturday Morning for this week's Challenge. I am in a meeting all day today, so I will not be able to post until much later this evening. I didn't want you to think I went MIA. Keep track of the usual...exercise minutes, food tracking, water....and then we will catch-up. <BR> <BR> Have a great day & keep up the AWESOME work, team!!! <BR> <BR> Bring It!!! <BR> <em>306</em> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 10:52:30 EST FALL Challenge--Week 5--Oct. 21-27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x44695949 Challenge Specs--Week 5: <BR> <BR> F <em>319</em> --F is for FITNESS. Every minute of exercise will count as one point. Minimum Goal--50 min/day <BR> <BR> A <em>306</em> --A is for Awesome. Did you meet the minimum goal in exercise today (50 min)? If so, give yourself 10 extra points. If you exercised, but didn't quite meet the minimum, still give yourself 5 points....BE AWESOME TODAY!!! <BR> <BR> L <em>194</em> --L is for LIQUIDS. Don't let the cooler weather slow down your water... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 12:09:40 EST FALL Challenge--Week 4--Oct 14-20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x44588299 Challenge Specs--Week 4: <BR> <BR> F <em>319</em> --F is for FITNESS. Every minute of exercise will count as one point. Minimum Goal--45 min/day <BR> <BR> A <em>306</em> --A is for ACTION. Did you meet the minimum goal in exercise today (45 min)? If so, give yourself 5 extra points. If not, better luck tomorrow....TAKE ACTION!!! <BR> <BR> L <em>194</em> --L is for LIQUIDS. Don't let the cooler weather slow down your water intake! 1 point for every ounce per day. All non-caffeine... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 14:36:25 EST FALL Challenge--Week 3--Oct. 7-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x44497901 Challenge Specs--Week 3: <BR> <BR> F <em>319</em> --F is for FITNESS. Every minute of exercise will count as one point <BR> <BR> A <em>306</em> --A is for AIM HIGH. Are you getting your daily dose of freggies? For 8+ servings give yourself 10 points/day; between 5-7 servings, get 5 points/day; between 1-4 servings, get 2 points/day; and, of course, 0 for 0. <BR> <BR> L <em>194</em> --L is for LIQUIDS. Don't let the cooler weather slow down your water intake! 1 point for every ounce p... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 00:01:00 EST FALL Challenge Week 2--Sept 30-Oct 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x44363435 Challenge Specs--Week 2: <BR> <BR> F <em>319</em> --F is for FITNESS. Every minute of exercise will count as one point <BR> <BR> A <em>306</em> --A is for ALL-OUT effort. Hit the following minimum daily goals & give your self 10 extra points per day that you do: 60 minutes daily exercise AND 64 oz. daily water AND all food tracked. <BR> <BR> L <em>194</em> --L is for LIQUIDS. Don't let the cooler weather slow down your water intake! 1 point for every ounce per day. All non-caffeine, ... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 01:16:00 EST FALL Challenge Week 1--Sept. 23-29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x44220333 Challenge Specs: <BR> <BR> F <em>319</em> --F is for FITNESS. Every minute of exercise will count as one point <BR> <BR> A <em>306</em> --A is for ATTITUDE. Every week pick and share with us a new phrase, slogan, saying, mantra, or quote that will be your motivational focus for the week. 10 points each week for posting it. Another 10 for BLOGGING about it. <BR> <BR> L <em>194</em> --L is for LIQUIDS. Don't let the cooler weather slow down your water intake! 1 point for every ounce p... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 14:39:23 EST F.A.L.L. Challenge-- Information ONLY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x44220127 Our 8-week F.A.L.L. Challenge will run from Sept. 23 (the first official day of autumn!) through November 17. It will end the week just before Thanksgiving. It will run the same as our Summer Challenge, one week posted at a time. So, if a full 8 weeks seems overwhelming to you, just jump-in on the weeks you can. But, of course, we hope you stick it out for the full 8!!! <BR> <BR> Challenge Specs: <BR> <BR> F <em>319</em> --F is for FITNESS. Every minute of exercise will count as one p... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 14:20:43 EST SUPER Summer SIZZLE--Week 11--Aug 30-Sept 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x43811470 Week 11....THIS IS IT!!! We are in the FINAL WEEK of our Summer Sizzle Challenge! Kudos to those of you that have stuck with it from the start....and a HUGE HIGH FIVE to everyone that has participated. <BR> <BR> Week 11 Challenge--August 30- Sept. 5: <BR> Exercise--1 point for every MINUTE of exercise (MINIMUM GOAL is 390--65 minutes a day x 6 days) <BR> Food tracking--10 points each day you track ALL food; OR 5 points a day for partial tracking; OR 0 for no tracking (MINIMUM GOAL is 60) <B... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 11:16:37 EST SUPER Summer SIZZLE--Week 9-10--Aug 16-29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x43562094 Week 9-10....Time to give it ALL you got!!! We are in the home stretch, team! LET"S GO!!! This is the time to really make it count....you get from it what you put into it, so make it happen!!! <BR> <BR> (Remember, the entire summer challenge runs from June 21 through Sept 5 (11 weeks), but each week is posted separately so you may jump-in (or out) at any time. Hopefully, everyone will stick it out to the end! Just do the very best that YOU can do!!!) <BR> <BR> Week 9-10 Challenge--August... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 00:08:28 EST Super Summer SIZZLE--Week 8--Aug. 9-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x43443818 Week 8....here we go!!! 7 weeks down and only 4 more to go. Can you believe it!?! Just like Summer, time is flying by. Keep that SIZZLE going, team!!! <BR> <BR> (Remember, the entire summer challenge runs from June 21 through Sept 5 (11 weeks), but each week is posted separately so you may jump-in (or out) at any time. Hopefully, everyone will stick it out to the end! Just do the very best that YOU can do!!!) <BR> <BR> Week 8 Challenge--August 9-15: <BR> Exercise--1 point for every MINUT... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 01:09:55 EST SUPER Summer Sizzle--Week 6 AND 7-- July 26-Aug 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x43207579 Details to follow....check back later today! <BR> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 17:08:23 EST SUPER Summer Sizzle--Week 5--July 19-25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x43079599 Sorry, I am running behind today, but I will have Week 5 Challenge posted later today!!! Stay tuned...........(and don't forget to total your stats for Week 4) <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>67</em> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:43:37 EST SUPER Summer Sizzle--Week 4--July 12-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42954000 And so, week 4 begins of our Summer Challenge. We are about a third of the way there! Time to dig-in and push!!! <BR> <BR> (Remember, the entire summer challenge runs from June 21 through Sept 5 (11 weeks), but each week is posted separately so you may jump-in (or out) at any time. Hopefully, everyone will stick it out to the end! Just do the very best that YOU can do!!!) <BR> <BR> Week 4 Challenge--July 12-July 18: <BR> Exercise--1 point for every MINUTE of exercise (MINIMUN GOAL is 270 ... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 19:41:09 EST SUPER Summer Sizzle--Week 3--July 5-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42815645 I don't know about you, but this week was tough with the holiday weekend. Nevertheless, I hope you all are still SIZZLIN'!!! <BR> <BR> (Remember, the entire summer challenge runs from June 21 through Sept 5 (11 weeks), but each week is posted separately so you may jump-in (or out) at any time. Hopefully, everyone will stick it out to the end! Just do the very best that YOU can do!!!) <BR> <BR> Week 3 Challenge--July 5-July 11: <BR> Exercise--1 point for every MINUTE of exercise (MINIMUM go... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 15:19:35 EST SUPER Summer Sizzle--Week 2--June 28-July 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42691740 Still SIZZLIN"!?! I hope so!!! Remember, the entire summer challenge runs from June 21 through Sept 5 (11 weeks), but each week is posted separately so you may jump-in (or out) at any time. Hopefully, everyone will stick it out to the end! Just do the very best that YOU can do!!! <BR> <BR> Week 2 Challenge--June 28 to July 4: <BR> Exercise--1 point for every MINUTE of exercise (MINIMUM goal is 180--30 minutes a day x 6 days) <BR> Food tracking--10 points each day you track ALL food; OR 5... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:02:53 EST SUPER Summer Sizzle--Week 1--June 21-27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42547399 ....and here we go!!! <BR> <BR> Ready to work hard & "sizzle"? The entire summer challenge will run from June 21 through Sept 5 (11 weeks), but each week will be posted separately so nobody gets "lost in the shuffle" (and just in case people jump-in late or need to drop out for a week here or there). Hopefully, everyone will stick it out to the end as best they can!!! <BR> <BR> Week 1 Challenge: <BR> Exercise--1 point for every MINUTE of exercise (MINIMUM goal is 180--30 minutes a day x ... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 02:26:21 EST Super Summer Sizzle - Warm Up Day 15 (final day) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42530415 By now, everything should be ready. Exercise, goals, food. There's nothing in the way. Today is the last day of our warm-up, and then Franco1230 will take over for the actual sizzle. <BR> Today's task: review your vision board. Yes, hang it up. Maybe it is time to do another one? Or add to your current one? How have you been doing? Have you realized your vision yet? If so, celebrate. If not, now is the time to refocus and re-tool. <BR> Read something new today. Some new knowledge,... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:13:27 EST HI THERE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x42526027 im samantha i live in saint.petersburg,fl. i love belly dancing, kettle bells,nia etc Mon, 20 Jun 2011 03:40:30 EST Super Summer Sizzle Warm -up Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42499923 It's a day off! Happy Father's day! Enjoy your day, enjoy your family, enjoy your Father! Sat, 18 Jun 2011 12:25:01 EST Super Summer Sizzle warm-up day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42489287 OK, everything is cleared up and organized! All our best buddies have been invited to join, and now we're getting ready for the REAL sizzle. <BR> So, for day 13, it's time to reflect on what our goals are for the sizzle. Do you have a weight loss goal? An exercise achievement? A habit that you want to streak? <BR> Think about it, and then put it in the thread for your goals. Let's be specific, and hold ourselves accountable. <BR> <em>259</em> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 19:26:50 EST Super Summer Sizzle - Post your goal here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42489242 Post 'em here!!! <em>259</em> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 19:23:34 EST super summer sizzle warm-up day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42482619 Hi sizzlers! Today, lets make it an even more fun summer by inviting some friends to our team so we can have even MORE fun with the Summer Sizzle!!! Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:31:50 EST Super Summer Sizzle Warm-up day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42452903 OK, here's the last one for the kitchen and then we are moving on! Same as yesterday, only today we move to that place where all the water bottles fall out when we open the door. <BR> Get rid of all the bottles that smell funny, have leaky or ill-fitting lids, won't stand up, are butt-ugly. <BR> Enjoy a nice frosty glass of water when you are finished with this task. <BR> Now......getting all that water is easy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wed, 15 Jun 2011 21:39:56 EST Super Summer Sizzle Warm-up Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42452717 We're still in the kitchen!! Today is the day to tackle that place where you store all those containers and the ill-fitting, unmatched lids. How can we ever keep track of what we need to store correctly if we can't find anything?? (You know what I am talking about.....) <BR> So, today's challenge is to actually enter that place and toss, recycle or re-purpose any container that no longer serves its function or meets your needs. <BR> Hey, go on over to the crafty recycler team if you want ... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 21:30:22 EST Super Summer Sizzle Warm-up day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42421941 We're still in the kitchen. Today it is the pantry. It's time to get rid of all the buggy cereal boxes, and all the boxes with crumbs. OK, OK, I guess it is time for me to toss that 5-year old box of egg-replacer. As before, lets clear out the foods that no longer work for us. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 11:40:26 EST Super Summer Sizzle Warm-up Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42404752 Well, hope ya'll had a nice break. Today we're heading to the kitchen. Spend 5 minutes or so cleaning out the fridge. Time to either use up or toss those 10 bottles of salad dressing, that old block of cheese way in the back, stuff we no longer want to eat. <BR> Toss, donate, trade, compost!!!!!! Mon, 13 Jun 2011 15:41:44 EST Super Summer Sizzle Warm-up day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42364823 Rest day! Enjoy a good book, or some inspiring music. Call your uncles and say hi. Take some quiet time to reflect and plan on your week. Enjoy! Sat, 11 Jun 2011 10:36:20 EST Super Summer Sizzle Warm- Up Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42364800 Hey, it's about YOU!!!! Give yourself a pedicure! We gotta take care of ourselves, right? Sat, 11 Jun 2011 10:34:54 EST Super Summer Sizzle Warm-up: Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42350183 OK, today is for the exercise sock drawer. Match 'em all up! You know the drill! Take out all those anklets that lost their elastic and won't stay up at the heel. Organize them two by two, so there is no excuse for grabbing a pair for an early morning walk when your eyes are still half-glazed over. Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:25:33 EST Super summer sizzle warm-up Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42310017 OK, here's a fun one for Thursday June 9. Go through your exercise clothing, and send the ripped or damaged clothing to the repair pile. If it's TOO BIG!!!!!!, put it in the donate pile. Now is the day to pull out all the summer-weight exercise gear and put away the snow pants!!! <BR> If we're going to sizzle this summer, we have to have look GOOD!!! Bring it! Wed, 8 Jun 2011 11:29:39 EST super summer sizzle warm-up Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42309898 OK, you probably guessed where this is going! Today is the day to go through your exercise shoes. Wash or replace those ratty shoelaces, check for wear and tear and toss out those pairs that no longer serve you. It's time to wash that old pair, while it is getting hot enough outside to get them to dry properly. <BR> Enjoy! Wed, 8 Jun 2011 11:23:46 EST Super Summer Sizzle Warm-up: Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42282304 OK, we really need this one!! Time: 5 minutes <BR> What's up with the exercise DVD's, under the coffee table, still in the DVD!!!! Take some time to organize them, put them back (in order) on a shelf or basket. Get rid of the extras, donate the copies you no longer use. <BR> It's much easier to be motivated to exercise if everything is in place. Tue, 7 Jun 2011 03:18:34 EST Super Summer Sizzle Warm-up: Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42267350 Hey there sizzlers! Here's day 1, and it's easy, but really important. So today I want you to sign up on this here sparkteam for the Summer Sizzle challenge. I hope it is still sticky'd. <BR> But, wait, we're still in the warm-up phase. <BR> Day 1 challenge: Visit your Goals page and add the Summer Sizzle challenge as a goal. The action is to check in with the team or your goals EVERY DAY (so mark that 7x!). Stumbling is OK, but totally fartin' off isn't. Mon, 6 Jun 2011 12:01:59 EST Super Summer Sizzle Warm-Up: Jun 6-June 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42254580 OK, here's a mini challenge, to get ramped up for the Super Summer Sizzle!!! This is the time to get our heads on straight, get focused after a spring of graduation parties and finishing finals. NOW is the time to get back on track!! <BR> It's only 15 days <BR> Every day, we'll do a NEW mini-challenge. Not too big, just little adjustments. Sun, 5 Jun 2011 20:06:03 EST Super Summer Sizzle - June 21-Sep 5 - Sign Up HERE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x42254505 Bring it! Sign up here, details to follow. Sun, 5 Jun 2011 20:00:38 EST Marvelous May--Week 4--May 22-28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x41991271 Challenge Reminders: <BR> <BR> FITNESS--Every minute counts this month! Log ALL of your workout minutes for each week of the challenge. <BR> <BR> FOOD--What is your vice? Cake, chips, soda, margarita...??? On your honor, you will count a -2 (yes, that is a MINUS sign) for EACH serving of really UNhealthy food you indulge in for each week of the challenge. So, if you are going to splurge, make sure it is worth it!!! <BR> <BR> FUN--Give yourself one extra point for EACH truly "fun" thing you... Mon, 23 May 2011 11:47:43 EST Marvelous May--Week 3--May 15-21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x41846693 Challenge Reminders: <BR> <BR> FITNESS--Every minute counts this month! Log ALL of your workout minutes for each week of the challenge. <BR> <BR> FOOD--What is your vice? Cake, chips, soda, margarita...??? On your honor, you will count a -2 (yes, that is a MINUS sign) for EACH serving of really UNhealthy food you indulge in for each week of the challenge. So, if you are going to splurge, make sure it is worth it!!! <BR> <BR> FUN--Give yourself one extra point for EACH truly "fun" thing you... Mon, 16 May 2011 00:17:33 EST Marvelous May--WEEK 2--May 8-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x41703211 Challenge Reminders: <BR> <BR> FITNESS--Every minute counts this month! Log ALL of your workout minutes for each week of the challenge. <BR> <BR> FOOD--What is your vice? Cake, chips, soda, margarita...??? On your honor, you will count a -2 (yes, that is a MINUS sign) for EACH serving of really UNhealthy food you indulge in for each week of the challenge. So, if you are going to splurge, make sure it is worth it!!! <BR> <BR> FUN--Give yourself one extra point for EACH truly "fun" thing you... Sun, 8 May 2011 19:30:18 EST Marvelous May--WEEK 1--May 1-7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x41581056 Challenge Reminders: <BR> <BR> FITNESS--Every minute counts this month! Log ALL of your workout minutes for each week of the challenge. <BR> <BR> FOOD--What is your vice? Cake, chips, soda, margarita...??? On your honor, you will count a -2 (yes, that is a MINUS sign) for EACH serving of UNhealthy food you indulge in for each week of the challenge. So, if you are going to splurge, make sure it is worth it!!! <BR> <BR> FUN--Give yourself one extra point for EACH truly "fun" thing you do for... Mon, 2 May 2011 17:01:38 EST Marvelous May--Food! Fitness! Fun! Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x41580988 Happy May!!! With just a short time left between now & the official start of summer, it is time to take the Marvelous May Challenge. We are going to track food, fitness, & fun!!! Most of us have a good handle on one or two of these components of a healthy lifestyle...but the challenge is juggling ALL three! <BR> <BR> FITNESS--Every minute counts this month! Log ALL of your workout minutes for each week of the challenge. <BR> <BR> FOOD--What is your vice? Cake, chips, soda, margarita..... Mon, 2 May 2011 16:58:09 EST April Team Challeng e--Bring on the Miles!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x40937159 This month we will be logging miles! Don't worry...if you don't run or walk you can convert any CARDIO minutes into miles....1 mile for every 15 minutes of cardio. (So, for example, 30 minutes of cardio = 2 miles.) <BR> <BR> To give you a little push, there will be NO partial credit on miles. What I mean is, if you you run 2.5 miles, you can only earn 2 miles of credit. If you do 40 minutes of cardio, that is only 2 miles of credit. Hopefully that will motivate you to finish that last... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 11:32:10 EST April TEAM challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x40893083 Only a day away! Any ideas for this month? What are YOU planning???? Wed, 30 Mar 2011 12:19:00 EST Yummy Food Alert! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x40787796 Just by chance I tried these new snack chips. The brand name is Late July and I tried 2 flavors - Ranch and Mild Green Mojo. I think I am now addicted to the Mojo ones. Seriously. <BR> <BR> They are 100% organic, gluten free, and have 16 grams of whole grains per serving. The chips are pretty substantial - and you get 13 per serving for 110 calories, 4.5 grams of fat and 17 grams of carbs. (3 points for WW folks) <BR> <BR> They are awesome for a snack - they have a TON of flavor - or as... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 11:54:37 EST Read Any Good Books Lately...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x40593849 Hey there Team! <BR> <BR> Has anyone ready "Mind Over Fat Matters" by Dr. Lavinia Rodriguez? <BR> <BR> Just interested in your thoughts, comments? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:14:13 EST Question of the Day 3/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x40516251 butter or margarine? Sat, 12 Mar 2011 18:21:14 EST Question of the day 3/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x40455122 Are you planning a St. Patty's party? (Not a pity party...) Wed, 9 Mar 2011 19:29:45 EST March Into Spring"--Team Challeng e--MARCH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x40396770 Happy March, Team! <BR> <BR> I know we all cannot wait for Spring to arrive! It will mean warmer weather, new beginnings, renewal of life, and let's not forget, a step closer to summer (bathing-suit season). <BR> <em>257</em> <em>259</em> <em>437</em> <em>67</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> Here is the break-down of our March Challenge: <BR> <BR> 1.) Since we are all at so many different levels of fitness & have such varying workouts, we will set our own persona... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 12:08:19 EST Question of the Day 3/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x40395354 I can't believe we are one week into the month already! Do you have any special plans for this week? I plan to watch Dr. Oz this afternoon. Gary Taubes will be on, and I don't want to miss it. Mon, 7 Mar 2011 11:14:39 EST Question of the weekend 3/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x40356310 OK, 5 days in. How are the March goals going???? Sat, 5 Mar 2011 15:46:02 EST Question of the Day 3/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x40335243 What are you doing to get ready for Spring? Fri, 4 Mar 2011 14:52:45 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x40170487 Hi, my name is Kathy and I just joined this team today. Carolyn, thank you for the invite! I've been Sparking since March 2010. Long story short, I lost 30lbs before joining SparkPeople, and since then have gained back 20. I'm determined to meet and maintain my goal weight this year, and I'm on my way. The scale is moving in the right direction and I'm feeling great. I'm looking forward to being a part of the team and getting to know all of you! Fri, 25 Feb 2011 17:29:43 EST New Team Name?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x40120603 Hello Team! <BR> <BR> I am so sorry I have been MIA - rough couple of months.... I am trying to get back on track and I am beyond excited to see that you are all still her active on this team page. <BR> <BR> However - I am thinking we need to update the names, etc. Please post your ideas here. <BR> <BR> I hope you will all forgive me of disappearing - crazy life got in the way. I need help getting back on track and I can't think of a more supportive group! <BR> <BR> I hope you are all ... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 13:43:37 EST February TEAM Challenge--Week 4--Feb. 22-28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x40101082 Week three was a good effort, Team, but we didn't quite do as well as the previous week. We are in the home stretch---let's not lose steam now!!!! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Here are our weekly team stats thus far: <BR> <BR> Week 3: <em>250</em> <BR> Exercise 2923 <BR> Points 3421 <BR> Water 453 <BR> Freggies 205 <BR> <BR> Week 2: <em>345</em> <BR> Exercise 3796 <BR> Points 3559 <BR> Water 455 <BR> <BR> Week 1: <em>244</em> <BR> Exercise 2632 <BR> Points 3033 <BR> <BR> As you can see... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 17:36:41 EST Food Tracker Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x40027157 Hello all, <BR> <BR> My husband asked me for this one. Does anyone use a site that has all of the following: <BR> Nutrition Tracker <BR> Healthy recipies <BR> Meal planner that creates a shopping list <BR> <BR> If you do use something like this, do you like it? <BR> <BR> Meghan <BR> Sat, 19 Feb 2011 13:28:22 EST February TEAM Challenge--WEEK 3--Feb. 15-21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x39936644 Week two was fantastic, Team! Time is flying by!!! Week 3 takes us into the second-half of the month, so time to kick-it into high-gear! <BR> <BR> Week THREE (February 15-21) <BR> Team Challenge: <BR> <BR> Total Team Exercise Minutes: 3750 <BR> Total Team Sparkpoints: 3500 <BR> Water In-take (in cups): 450 <BR> Freggies (count 1 for each serving): 250 <BR> <BR> --We logged 3654 exercise minutes in 'Week Two'. This week's goal is just 100 minutes more divided amongst us all. Totall... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 12:47:43 EST February TEAM Challenge--Week 2--Feb. 8-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x39777595 Week one was fantastic, Team! Let's not lose steam now. Week 2 will end on Valentine's day, so all the more reason to LOVE YOURSELF and make it happen here!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week TWO (February 8-14) <BR> Team Challenge: <BR> <BR> Total Team Exercise Minutes: 2750 <BR> Total Team Sparkpoints: 3500 <BR> Water In-take (in cups): 450 <BR> <BR> --We logged 2632 exercise minutes in 'Week One'. Let's see if we can beat that. Adding just 5 minutes extra to each workout should get us... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 11:43:02 EST February TEAM Challenge--WEEK 1--February 1-7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x39605631 So that we can celebrate and emphasize the comradery that comes with belonging to a team, I thought we should work on a few goals together this month. (***Personal weight & exercise goals have been posted on a separate topic***) <BR> <BR> Week ONE (February 1-7) <BR> Team Challenge: <BR> <BR> Total Team Exercise Minutes: 1500 <BR> Total Team Sparkpoints: 3500 <BR> <BR> When you reply to this topic, post YOUR minutes & sparkpoints for the day. Then add them to the previous person's post to ... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 11:52:38 EST February Self-Challen nge----"Love YOURSELF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x39604963 Happy February! Let us begin this month by setting some personal "self" challenges/goals. <BR> <BR> Part of loving yourself is making sure you are healthy and active. Since we are all at different fitness levels and at different points in our weight-loss, we are going to set our own goals for these two areas: <BR> <BR> 1) Post your weight loss goal for the month. This could be in pounds, or inches. Or perhaps you are in "maintenance mode", like me. That's ok, too. Holding-steady at ... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 11:32:03 EST Question of the Day 1/3/2011!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38837661 Happy New year Team!!! We made it to January!!! <BR> <BR> Today's questions is: Did you meet your goals for our 12 week challenge? <BR> <BR> If not, don't despair - there is still plenty of time. We will continue to work together! <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Mon, 3 Jan 2011 10:06:48 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 12/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38753533 Good Morning!!! <BR> <BR> For today's fun challenge, please list your ideal (or actual) New Year's Eve menu... <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Fri, 31 Dec 2010 06:45:41 EST Question of the Day 12/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38753522 Happy New Year's Eve Team!! <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: <BR> <BR> How will you spend this evening - what will you be doing when the clock strikes 2011? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT Day! <BR> Carolyn Fri, 31 Dec 2010 06:44:04 EST Question of the Day 12/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38734031 Good morning. Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What is your favorite exercise DVD or piece of equipment (or both!)? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Thu, 30 Dec 2010 09:51:14 EST DAILY FUN CHALLENGE 12/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38713710 Here is our fun challenge for today.. Take 2... <BR> <BR> Create your "12 Days of January". Make a list of 12 small personal goals you want to achieve in January. Nothing major - just things you have been meaning to do - or want to get out of the way early in the year. <BR> <BR> Post here if you don't mind to inspire your teammates. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:31:17 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY 12/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38713613 HELLO TEAM!!!! <BR> <BR> Sorry for the unexpected hiatus. If it weren't for bad timing - I would have none at all. <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: <BR> <BR> What was the most indulgent thing you ate over the Christmas holiday? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:27:37 EST New Year, New You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x38702153 Let's share! How are you going to make 2011 a great year for YOU? You may want to include fitness, nutrition, and/or personal goals you'd like to work towards...basically, ANYTHING you plan to do to "Make It Happen" for YOU in 2011. <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>283</em> <em>409</em> <em>283</em> <em>410</em> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 18:12:15 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 12/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38504208 Today's challenge: <BR> <BR> Now that we have been together on our journey for a few weeks - create a positive affirmation that you can share with your Team members. <BR> <BR> We can all mix and match these affirmations and glide successfully through the next 2 1/2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Woo Hoo! <BR> Carolyn Thu, 16 Dec 2010 08:02:46 EST Question of the Day 12/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38504144 Good morning Team! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What is the most important/significant thing you learned about yourself this year? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Thu, 16 Dec 2010 07:58:56 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 12/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38486906 Good morning Team! <BR> <BR> Here is our challenge for today: <BR> <BR> Please post some suggestions for what kind of Spark Team you would like to be involved with after our Bring On January 12 Week Challenge is over. <BR> <BR> I would love for us to stick together - just not sure what it should look like? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Wed, 15 Dec 2010 08:56:53 EST Question of the Day 12/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38486853 Good morning Team! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What is the one gift you are really hoping is under the tree this year??? <BR> <BR> I know we all want peace on earth, quality family time, and a great year ahead - but what is the one thing you are really hoping to unwrap this year? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn <BR> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 08:53:29 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 12/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38469220 Good morning. <BR> <BR> Since I am still a little under the weather, I am turning our daily challenge over to you. <BR> <BR> Please post a challenge that you would like to share with our team! It could be one we have done before or one you have been hoping would come up.... <BR> <BR> Thanks for helping me carry the load today Friends. <BR> Carolyn Tue, 14 Dec 2010 09:55:43 EST Question of the Day 12/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38468981 Good morning. <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What - if any - magazines do you subscribe to or purchase on a regular basis? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Tue, 14 Dec 2010 09:41:08 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 12/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38399675 Happy Friday!!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge will provide a tool you can use in areas of fitness. Determine your resting heart rate and use that to determine your heart rate zones. <BR> <BR> Helpful links/calculators: <BR> <BR> http://www.brianmac.co.uk/hrm1.htm#rhr <BR> <BR> http://exercise.about.com/od/cardioworko<BR>uts/ss/findtargetheart.htm <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 09:19:03 EST Question of the Day 12/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38399573 Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!!! <BR> <BR> OK SparkFriends when is your Birthday? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Fri, 10 Dec 2010 09:13:42 EST Oops! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x38399507 Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 09:10:25 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 12/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38381650 Good Morning!!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge revisits one we had back in October. But with the end of our 12 week challenge in sight, and the holidays right around the corner, I think it is appropriate. <BR> <BR> Sometime before the end of the day - write yourself a note for next Monday. Then put it away, to be opened on December 13. <BR> <BR> Make it a good one filled with encouragement, praise, advice - whatever you want to say to yourself to start off the LAST THREE WEEKS of our challen... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 10:27:25 EST Question of the Day 12/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38381526 Good Morning Team!!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What is your all-time favorite Christmas cookie? <BR> (Be prepared to share recipes) <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Thu, 9 Dec 2010 10:21:04 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 12/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38357887 Good morning!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge has to do with one of my favorite topics - FOOD! <BR> <BR> List you Christmas Eve/Day menu - indicating where - if any - you are planning to make healthy swaps. <BR> <BR> This should give us all some good ideas for our own menus. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Wed, 8 Dec 2010 07:55:12 EST Question of the Day 12/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38357835 Good morning Team!!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> How many Christmas/Holiday cards do you mail out each year? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Wed, 8 Dec 2010 07:52:34 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 12/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38340596 Hello Team! trying to get back on track today - thanks for holding down the fort while I was away. <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is a repeat from a few weeks ago - but still relevant and important. <BR> <BR> In addition to your scheduled meals today - add 2 extra servings of fruit/vegetables. Shoot for 8 total servings today! <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Tue, 7 Dec 2010 10:48:27 EST Question of the Day 12/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38340468 Hello Team!!! Thanks for holding down the fort while I was away. <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> Do you have a Christmas stocking? If so what does it look like? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Tue, 7 Dec 2010 10:42:59 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 12/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38245089 Good morning Team!! <BR> <BR> Here is our challenge for today - it deals with "Team Building" <BR> <BR> Sometime today or tomorrow re/connect with a Bring on January Team member. There may be someone out there that is looking for support, a nudge or just a friendly hello. <BR> <BR> We need to stick together - we are 85 people strong - we can do anything together!!! <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Thu, 2 Dec 2010 10:23:01 EST Question of the Day 12/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38245028 Good morning!!!! <BR> <BR> Here is today's QOTD: <BR> <BR> What is your favorite Christmas/Holiday movie? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Thu, 2 Dec 2010 10:20:32 EST GRAND Challenges Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x38221454 OK - here is where we will log our progress toward our December GRAND Challenges. <BR> <BR> Since we are counting minutes logged and calories reduced it will essentially be a day behind. <BR> <BR> SO - check in tomorrow and let us know how you did today! <BR> <BR> Carolyn Wed, 1 Dec 2010 09:43:48 EST Question of the Day 12/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38221161 OK Team - December is here! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> This is an easy one since we had to work so hard on our challenge for today... <BR> <BR> What is the weather where you are today - state the place too if you don't mind. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Wed, 1 Dec 2010 09:30:02 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 12/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38221119 Woo Hoo - December is here!!! <BR> <BR> So today is part 2 of yesterday's challenge: <BR> <BR> Time to share your fine-tuned, updated December goals. We are starting on the home stretch here - make it count! <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Dec 2010 09:27:39 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 11/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38200890 OK - here is our last Fun Challenge for the month of November: <BR> <BR> Since we are starting our last full month of this challenge tomorrow - we need to prepare ourselves. <BR> <BR> So - today your task is to spend 5-10 minutes re-evaluating and fine tuning your goals. Knowing what works best for you and how the holidays effect our diet/exercise plans. <BR> <BR> This is a two part challenge - today plan it out and really dial in what the next 4-5 weeks are going to look like for you. T... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 10:48:25 EST Question of the Day 11/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38200685 Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What was the most interesting thing you learned during November? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Tue, 30 Nov 2010 10:36:23 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 11/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38179954 Good morning!! <BR> <BR> Here is our post-Thanksgiving fun challenge: <BR> <BR> For the last two days of November - today and tomorrow - DOUBLE your extra 11 minutes of physical activity. Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> We are going to kick December off right! <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Mon, 29 Nov 2010 11:06:54 EST Question of the Day 11/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38179903 Good morning!! Sorry I am so late checking in. <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD <BR> <BR> Truth time... What was your biggest indulgence over the Thanksgiving holiday? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Mon, 29 Nov 2010 11:04:49 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 11/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38103442 Good Morning!!! Happy Thanksgiving Eve! <BR> <BR> Today's fun challenge is a little silly - but what the heck, we can't take life too seriously. <BR> <BR> 1. Say Hello to 5 complete strangers. <BR> <BR> 2. Find a way to incorporate the word "turkey" into at least 5 conversations today. And try to make it funny - humor during these stressful times of year can be very welcome. <BR> <BR> 3. Thank at least 5 people for something - big or small. You know those little everyday things that usu... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 09:29:00 EST Question of the Day 11/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38103336 Good Morning Team!!!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What is your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Wed, 24 Nov 2010 09:23:13 EST Apologies 11/22-11/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38089301 I am so sorry I wasn't around yesterday or today. I got hit hard with a horrible migraine on Sunday and was out of commission all day yesterday. Today I have just been swamped trying to catch up at work before the holiday break. <BR> <BR> Things will be back to normal tomorrow morning - I PROMISE!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Carolyn Tue, 23 Nov 2010 12:45:16 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 11/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38016220 Good morning - Happy Friday!! <BR> <BR> Today's fun challenge is a little something you can do for yourself today - tomorrow - any day! But try it out today to start your weekend off with a little pampering - HAND AND FOOT MASSAGE! <BR> <BR> Hands <BR> 1. Stroke the back of your hand, pushing firmly up toward the wrist and gliding back gently. Then squeeze the hand all over, pressing it between your palm and your fingers. <BR> <BR> 2. Squeeze each finger and make circular pressures over t... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 09:43:03 EST Question of the Day 11/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x38016142 Good morning - Happy Friday!!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What - if anything - are you afraid of? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day!! <BR> Carolyn Fri, 19 Nov 2010 09:39:31 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 11/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37996228 Happy Thursday!!! <BR> <BR> Here is today's fun challenge: <BR> <BR> Before we get to next week and the holiday - take 5 minutes to reflect on what you are truly thankful for. Focus on new developments in your life over the past year that you are grateful for. <BR> <BR> If it's not too personal - post here and share with your Team. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Thu, 18 Nov 2010 09:14:31 EST Question of the Day 11/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37996141 Good Morning Team!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> Did you get enough sleep last night? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day!! <BR> Carolyn Thu, 18 Nov 2010 09:11:35 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37990020 I know I'm late but, I just ran across this team and joined today. <BR> My name is Yvonne I'm 31 years old and I have one 8 year old son and a husband of 10 years. <BR> We live in NC and this is not my frist time to Sparkpeople but, I'm hoping this time I can stick to my goals! Wed, 17 Nov 2010 19:21:54 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 11/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37979583 Good morning!! <BR> <BR> Today we are going to revisit one of our past fun challenges: <BR> <BR> Within 2 hours of reading this stand up and stretch for 3 minutes. Start at the top - neck, shoulders, arms, waist, hips, legs and feet. Relax, breathe and enjoy this time for your body. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day!! <BR> Carolyn <BR> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 09:40:51 EST Question of the Day 11/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37979533 Good morning!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What is your favorite song that you would sing at a karaoke bar? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Wed, 17 Nov 2010 09:38:21 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 11/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37960173 Good morning. <BR> <BR> Today's fun challenge is a little trip down memory lane.... <BR> <BR> Take about 15 minutes and jot down your family tree - starting with yourself and going back. Nothing formal - just a walk thorough all those aunts, uncles and cousins.... See how far back you can go! <BR> <BR> For something a little more formal - check out this link and the 3 chart options you can download and print for free. <BR> <BR> http://genealogy.about.com/od/free_chart<BR>s/ig/genealogy_... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 10:03:50 EST Question of the Day 11/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37960033 Good morning!!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> If you were granted three wishes from an angel or genie what would they be? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Tue, 16 Nov 2010 09:58:35 EST Weekly Check In 11/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16905x46186x37935513 Weekly check in - here we go starting Week 6!! Woo Hoo. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT week. <BR> Carolyn <BR> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 07:40:20 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 11/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37935434 Happy Monday!!! <BR> <BR> To start our week off right - we are going to start with a little goal setting. I know we all have goals for the 12 week challenge, but then what? <BR> <BR> Spend some time today writing up at least 5 goals for the New You in the New Year. We will revisit these again as January gets close - so don't stress too much about it. Also - shoot for the moon now - you can always adjust these goals later. <BR> <BR> Choose goals that will not only keep you motivated, but... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 07:36:06 EST Question of the Day 11/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37935309 Good morning. Happy Monday!! <BR> <BR> Here is our question of the day: <BR> <BR> What is your favorite season of the year and why? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Mon, 15 Nov 2010 07:28:34 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 11/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37885527 Happy Friday!!!! <BR> <BR> Here is our fun challenge for today: <BR> <BR> Since I don't often get to play much online over the weekends - this challenge will tide you over until Monday. <BR> <BR> Part of the success that we are all going to have with our 12 week challenge is by finding balance for all those things that come with this time of year. So here is one task to complete over the next few days and mark of your To Do list. <BR> <BR> Sit down and write/type up your Holiday card lis... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 10:11:35 EST Question of the Day 11/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37885360 Good Morning!!! TGIF!!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What is your happiest childhood memory? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Fri, 12 Nov 2010 10:03:08 EST Question of the Day 11/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37866366 Happy Thursday!!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What favorite food puts you in a good mood? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn <BR> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 10:40:23 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 11/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37866263 Good morning!! Here is your fun challenge for today: <BR> <BR> Time to stimulate the mind - or prepare to at least. <BR> <BR> Take just a few minutes and make a wish list of at least 5 books you would like to read over the next few weeks/months. Please post so we can all expand our own reading lists. <BR> <BR> And if you don't already have one - sign up for a library card!! <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn <BR> Have a GREAT day. <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 10:36:01 EST Question of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37866134 Happy Thursday!!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What favorite food puts you in a good mood? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Thu, 11 Nov 2010 10:30:15 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 11/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37847287 Good morning... Here is today's fun challenge. <BR> <BR> Using the link provided - or another source you have - look up the meaning of your name. <BR> <BR> http://www.meaning-of-names.com/ <BR> <BR> If you aren't comfortable posting your name - just post the definition. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day. <BR> Carolyn Wed, 10 Nov 2010 10:29:16 EST Question of the Day 11/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37847183 Good morning. Sorry I am so late getting here - day off and I was running errands..... <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyway - here is our QOTD? <BR> <BR> What color best represents your personality? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day!! <BR> Carolyn Wed, 10 Nov 2010 10:24:25 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 11/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37825402 Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is something that will help us every day - especially as we hit the season of higher stress. Traffic, shopping, money, calories, family, you name it! Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Exercise 1: <BR> The Stimulating Breath (also called the Bellows Breath) <BR> <BR> The Stimulating Breath is adapted from a yogic breathing technique. Its aim is to raise vital energy and increase alertness. Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed bu... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 09:46:32 EST Question of the Day 11/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37825076 Good Morning!!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What is the one thing that you have done in your life that you would want to undo? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day!! <BR> Carolyn Tue, 9 Nov 2010 09:33:48 EST Weekly Check In 11/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16905x46186x37802456 Welcome to Week 5!!! Time is really flying by! <BR> <BR> My progress: <BR> <BR> Weight 186.2 - still going down little by little. Really need to make some big progress here though..... <BR> <BR> Fitness: Back to normal - burning between 500-700 cal;ores at the gym 6 days a week. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to next week and breaking 185 pounds!! <BR> <BR> Carolyn Mon, 8 Nov 2010 09:20:34 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 11/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37802143 Good morning!! Happy Monday!! <BR> <BR> Today's fun challenge is another tool we all need for our diet/exercise journey - Resting Heart Rate. <BR> <BR> Take your pulse first thing in the morning before engaging in any significant activity. Because the resting heart rate is a representation of the least amount of beats required to sustain the body, taking the pulse upon waking is the best time to get an accurate reading. <BR> <BR> Place the index and middle fingers on either side of the ne... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 09:09:24 EST Question of the Day 11/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37801999 Good Morning!! Happy Monday!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What are your nicknames (if any)? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Mon, 8 Nov 2010 09:03:31 EST Just joined today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37784990 Hi everyone my name is Deborah and I came across this team by accident but I'm glad that I found it and glad I can join a little late. <BR> <BR> I have two girls, work full time and go to school so I'm super busy. I've been on Spark for almost a year and I have fell into a rut, the holidays are hard for me because I have birthdays all sprinkled in throughout December. I look forward to celebrating with everyone on all your victories throughout the rest of the year! Sun, 7 Nov 2010 10:53:09 EST It"s Spunki!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37750846 Hello All, I will try to keep this short.... My name is Brande, I am 35yrs old, I am a full time mom to 3 school aged children, I also work full time outside of the home...I say outside the home, because SAHM's have a ful time job too! =) <BR> <BR> In June 2009, I reached my goal of 135, My SW was 250ish lbs...took me 5yrs to get to goal... this past year or so, I've went thru a very emotional, exhausting, stressful, divorce. which left me completely, unmotivated to wake up in the mornings,... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 11:36:43 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 11/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37749252 Good morning!! TGIF!! <BR> <BR> Today's fun challenge has 2 parts. <BR> <BR> Part 1: Make a list of 3-5 people that you have lost contact with - or not contacted lately. Let's say since we have been in the challenge (4 weeks) or longer. <BR> <BR> Part 2: Over the next few days - by Monday morning - contact at least 2-3 of them. Contact can be phone call, email, text message or even the good old fashioned hand written note or card. <BR> <BR> You have an opportunity to spread some joy ... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 10:26:16 EST Question of the Day 11/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37748997 Happy Friday!!!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What was your most embarrassing moment? <BR> <BR> Don't be shy - we have all had doozies I am sure... <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Fri, 5 Nov 2010 10:15:16 EST Joining today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37734852 I am joining late but better late than never right?? I'm Julie, new to this team but not new to Spark. I've been a member of spark for a few years and need something to get me through the holidays in a healthy way! Thu, 4 Nov 2010 15:43:35 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 11/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37727646 Good morning! Happy Thursday!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's "Fun" Challenge is all about standing up straight and showing the world you are here!! <BR> <BR> 3 Exercises to Improve Your Posture <BR> <BR> These three exercises are simple yet powerful; practiced regularly, they can fundamentally remake your posture. Start by doing a set of each exercise once a day for a week or two, just to get used to them. Then bump up the frequency to three times a day, or whenever you feel your posture saggi... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 09:53:49 EST Question of the Day 11/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37727488 Good morning!!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What was your favorite sitcom growing up? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day!! <BR> Carolyn Thu, 4 Nov 2010 09:46:50 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 11/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37708449 Today's challenge is all about sharing with your Team. <BR> <BR> We all learn so much from each other - one of the real benefits of having a place like SP to come to. <BR> <BR> PLease post a link here to an article/website/newsletter you have found to be particularly helpful/informative. It can be an SP link or an external link - as long as it contains appropriate content..... <BR> <BR> We are going to learn so much today!!! <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Wed, 3 Nov 2010 11:50:05 EST Question of the Day 11/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37708269 Happy Wednesday!!! Sorry I am so late getting to our Team - crazy morning at work.... <BR> <BR> So here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What is the first thing you thought about when you woke up this morning? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Wed, 3 Nov 2010 11:42:17 EST Glad to find a Holiday Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37700878 Hello Team! <BR> <BR> My name is Anna, and I am from So Cal. I am a little late joining the team, but I am so glad to discover you here today. I lost 45 lbs on SP since April, and I would like to continue in that direction managing through the holidays. Halloween was a big test, and I think I failed. So I am glad to be here where we help each other to stay focused! <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you! <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 3 Nov 2010 01:16:38 EST How might you implement the November Challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x37692769 I just read the November Challenge to add 11 minutes of exercise to what we are currently doing. <BR> <BR> My first thought was, "I can't do this because I have a limited time at the gym!" Then I realized that I didn't have to add the 11 minutes at the gym. How silly I was. I like the idea of adding 11 minutes a day. I've been wanting to do some of the balance/coordination exercises and yoga exercises on my Wii. I think that's what I might do for my 11 minutes. Or I could walk the dog a... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 17:18:55 EST Sami Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37691465 Hello, <BR> This team is so perfect it;s spooky! I've been struggling on my own to figure out how NOT to gain waeight over the holidays-I am looking forward to working with you. It should be fun! <BR> Sami <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 2 Nov 2010 16:02:13 EST Weekly Check In 11/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16905x46186x37685527 Sorry I am late with this - but here is our weekly check in. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT week! <BR> Carolyn Tue, 2 Nov 2010 11:08:44 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 11/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37685038 Good morning!! <BR> <BR> Here is your challenge for today..... <BR> <BR> Add 2 extra serving of fruit and/or veggies to your diet today. On top of what you already planned. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Tue, 2 Nov 2010 10:46:22 EST Question of the Day 11/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37684956 OK - here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> If you could meet any celebrity or other personality in the world, who would it be and why? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Tue, 2 Nov 2010 10:42:14 EST Dieting With Charley Daily *CLOSED* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x37679723 Here we can talk about "all things diet". <BR> <BR> I, Charley, will do my best to walk with you on this journey to health. <BR> <BR> Tips, motivation, goodies, challenges, games, kicks and kudo's will be here for all of us. <BR> <BR> Come here and take part in this journey. <BR> <BR> Together we can accomplish anything. <BR> <BR> It takes work and determination. <BR> <BR> Are you ready to do this with me, Charley? <BR> <BR> If so, use your FAVORITE icon and lets begin. <BR> <BR> HUGS... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 04:11:26 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 11/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37657727 OK - here is our challenge for today..... <BR> <BR> It is time for... TRUE CONFESSIONS! <BR> <BR> Take just a minute and list the little treats that you tricked (just one "mini" snickers can't hurt, I'll walk an extra 20 minutes tomorrow, etc.) yourself into eating over the weekend... <BR> <BR> BE HONEST!!! We are here to succeed and fail (we are human) - but we will do it TOGETHER!! <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Mon, 1 Nov 2010 08:19:33 EST Question of the Day 11/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37657566 Good Morning!! Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What is your favorite book of all time? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Mon, 1 Nov 2010 08:13:15 EST It's Time To Talk Turkey (daily things) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x37655373 Let's share fun, trivia, facts, recipes and whatever else we can to TALK TURKEY! <BR> <BR> Turkey eggs are tan with brown specks. Mon, 1 Nov 2010 04:07:03 EST Happy Halloween Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x37637571 <em>423</em> Don.t be scared to say NO to all of the goodies. <BR> <BR> What are your plans? Sun, 31 Oct 2010 07:00:19 EST Lucky #77 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37632922 Hi everyone! I guess I'm # 77 and I'm glad to be here! Had I discovered this team sooner, I would have been one of the first team members to arrive. I was hoping to find a team that will guide us into the New Year on a healthier, happier level. <BR> My name is Kathy, and I am from Napa, California, home of the <em>277</em> and world famous <em>181</em> <BR> I am a proud Gramma, and owner of an adorable little dog named Snoopy. It's been rainy lately, so we haven't been able to get out ... Sat, 30 Oct 2010 20:56:29 EST Halloween Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x37621571 You are going to a Halloween party. <BR> <BR> Do you go early or late? <BR> What are you wearing? <BR> What are you taking for the buffet? <BR> What are you going to eat? <BR> Will you splurge? <BR> Will you take part in any games? <BR> Do you have fun? Sat, 30 Oct 2010 03:47:07 EST Better late than never =] http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37614493 I'm slippin' in here as lucky team member #75 <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I know I'm a late joiner... typical for me, I'll probably be late for my own funeral but I want to play too and not only is this team exactly what I need but some of my favorite SparkPeople are team members as well so <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I'm Linda from Southern California and I'm looking forward to welcoming in the New Year as a new me so "BRING ON JANUARY" <em>411</em> <em>412</em> cheers <em>408</em> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 16:57:10 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 10/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37606869 Happy Friday!! <BR> <BR> Today's fun challenge is basically Part 2 of yesterday's. But it is important - so play along... <BR> <BR> Now that you know your BMR - we are going to take the next step. <BR> <BR> Determine your normal level of activity. Rate it from sedentary with little or no exercise to very active with rigorous activity seven days a week. Depending on your level of activity, multiply your BMR by 1.2 for a sedentary lifestyle, or 1.9 for an active lifestyle. Multiply by 1.3... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 09:56:08 EST Question of the Day 10/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37606770 Happy Friday!!! Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What was the best- favorite - Halloween costume you ever wore? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day!! <BR> Carolyn Fri, 29 Oct 2010 09:51:43 EST What Spices Do You Use? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x37602900 My gosh, I have a cupboard full. <BR> <BR> I like blends. <BR> <BR> Curry is ineresting. <BR> <BR> Saffron wow! <BR> <BR> And of course all of the usual ones. <BR> <BR> Fresh goes to waste since I forget that I have them. <BR> <BR> I don't like sage, oregano, or basil and cilantro. <BR> <BR> Cinnamon is good for the heart. <BR> <BR> Here is a great list of spices for you. <BR> <BR> <em>205</em> <em>205</em> <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> Culinary Spices & Herbs <BR> Allspice <BR> Lemo... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 04:37:05 EST The Lean, Tall Man http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x37591049 Halloween is around the corner so lets make up a spooky story about Halloween. <BR> <BR> You need to add a sentence or two after the ... and then the next one will and so on and so forth. <BR> <BR> <em>424</em> <em>333</em> <em>275</em> <BR> <BR> Damian, where are you? <BR> The lights were flickering and I could see what I thought was a figure staring at me from my frontroom window. <BR> Damian...... <BR> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 13:24:36 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 10/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37587221 Today's challenge is a little math equation... <BR> <BR> One of the most important factors in any weight loss journey is determining how many calories you should take in each day. Of course this depends on many different factors. So - let's start with BMR - Basal Metabolic Rate. BMR is defined as the minimum calorific requirement needed to sustain life in a resting individual. Simply put BMR tells you how many calories you would burn if you did nothing all day long. <BR> <BR> So - here ... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 10:04:44 EST Question of the Day 10/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37586751 Good morning!!! Here is our question for today? <BR> <BR> What makes you unique? <BR> <BR> Now be honest and don't be afraid to flatter yourself!!! The more we truly know ourselves and understand how we feel about who we really are - the greater our success will be. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Thu, 28 Oct 2010 09:45:53 EST How Have You Changed Since Eating Better? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x37586714 I feel that on the days I eat better I am in control and I look forward to the day when I always do this. <BR> <BR> I am making better choices and I am thinking about what I am eating. <BR> <BR> If I eat something 'bad' I usually won't finish it. <BR> <BR> Rightful thinking and eating will go hand in hand. Thu, 28 Oct 2010 09:43:58 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 10/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37565354 OK - here is our fun challenge for today: <BR> <BR> Spend 10 minutes today making a menu for next week. Even if it is just breakfast and lunch - but try for all three meals. <BR> <BR> If you need meal ideas - post it here - we will all throw in our ideas. Share your entire weekly menu when you are done if you want! <BR> <BR> Just think - you are all ready for grocery shopping now and it is only Wednesday!!! <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day!! <BR> Carolyn Wed, 27 Oct 2010 09:52:36 EST Question of the Day 10/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x37565260 Good Morning!!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What were you doing the last time you had a really good laugh? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Wed, 27 Oct 2010 09:49:00 EST What Are Your Food Favorites? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x37561394 Sharing with your team can really help us try new things. <BR> <BR> What are some of your food favorites? Wed, 27 Oct 2010 05:47:16 EST A Colorado Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37561155 Here I am hoping that I will meet some friends that will inspire me and and keep me on the straight and narrow and in return I will be there for each of you and give you the best of me that I can. <BR> <BR> I am 58, happily married and we have a 16 month old Shih Tzu named Charley Cooper. (He has his own last name!) <BR> <BR> I do not exercise but I am trying to. <BR> <BR> I love to cook and to learn. <BR> <BR> May this team be the best for us all. <BR> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 04:57:29 EST Hey Y'all!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37552651 I just signed up for SparkPeople today, so I hope I can tag on & get in on this challenge. I could use the enthusiastic team energy and support. <BR> <BR> I'm just now getting my page together, so you'll learn more about me later, but right now I'm still at work. Shhhhhh! ROFL! <BR> <BR> Ummm..my name's Jae ("J"). I'm 33 y/o & I have two daughters, 3 almost-stepchildren. ROFL! (I'm not married, but I will be at some point. He's hot!) <BR> <BR> I've been overweight my entire life and it jus... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 17:14:50 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 10/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37543869 Happy Tuesday - here is our fun challenge for today: <BR> <BR> A little something for your mind as well as your soul. Using the link below, (or any books you many have on hand) spend 5 minutes reading poetry and select a poem that really speaks to you. <BR> <BR> Open your mind to interpretation and remember: your opinion is yours alone - there is no right or wrong answer. <BR> <BR> Feel free to share poem title and author here if you'd like. <BR> <BR> I promise this is not as boring as i... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 09:42:31 EST Question of the Day 10/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37543492 Good Morning Team!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What one thing would you take with you on a deserted island? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Tue, 26 Oct 2010 09:26:10 EST Weekly Check In - 10/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16905x46186x37521095 OK - we will use this sticky topic once a week - on Mondays to check in and post your progress toward your goals for this challenge. <BR> <BR> Way to go Team!! <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT Week 3! <BR> Carolyn Mon, 25 Oct 2010 09:35:27 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 10/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37521055 Happy Monday Morning!!! <BR> <BR> Here is our fun challenge for today: <BR> <BR> Sometime before the end of the day - write yourself a note for next Monday. Then put it away, to be opened on November 1. <BR> <BR> Make it what you want it to be - encouragement, praise, advice - whatever you want to say to yourself next week to start off Week 4 right! <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day!! <BR> Carolyn Mon, 25 Oct 2010 09:33:24 EST Question of the Day 10/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37520990 Happy Monday Morning!!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> Which character in a book best describes who you are? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day!! <BR> Carolyn Mon, 25 Oct 2010 09:29:08 EST Am I too late?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37506468 I finally found a group that doesn't seem to have been going so long that it will be overwhelming to jump in and catch up! Hope I am not too late! <BR> <BR> I am Abby, mom to a 2.5 year old and 17 month old. I SAH and somehow still rarely have a free minute. I really need some motivation to get back on track to being healthy! Hope to get to know all of you and help each other meet our goals! Sun, 24 Oct 2010 14:59:07 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 10/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37465181 Happy Friday!!! Here is your Fun Challenge for today: <BR> <BR> Now that we have two weeks under our belt, we need to step up our progress toward our goals. BUT before we do that - we need a little something to help us get through.... <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to develop your own personal mantra, which you will use over the 10 weeks we have left in our challenge. <BR> <BR> By definition a mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that are considered capable of "creat... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 08:23:29 EST Question of the Day 10/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37464936 Good Morning and Happy Friday!!!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> What kitchen utensil/small appliance could you absolutely not live without? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn <BR> Carolyn Fri, 22 Oct 2010 08:08:32 EST Late but finally found THE team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37449047 Hi, I'm Cindy. I lost 63 pounds on SP and then got stuck, gained some back, and have finally started the right way again. I really wanted to "get started" in October and be doing well by the New Year and wanted to find an active team to do so with. I'll figure out my specific goals soon and post them but I know I want to lose 20 pounds by 2011. I look forward to getting to know you all and moving toward our goals together!! Thu, 21 Oct 2010 11:11:17 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 10/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37446380 Happy Thursday!! <BR> <BR> So - one of our Team Goals is to save $1 a day. I know this might not be possible for everyone, or seem silly - but it really is an important goal. <BR> <BR> The money you save will be used to buy yourself a fantastic reward in January. And the amount really just depends on what you can afford. For instance, right now I am able to save $5 a week - every Monday - $5 in a shoebox. <BR> <BR> SO - today's "Fun" Challenge is to tell what you will spend your Reward ... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 09:11:00 EST Question of the Day 10/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37446299 Good morning - Happy Thursday!!! <BR> <BR> Here is our QOTD: <BR> <BR> Do you collect anything? What? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Thu, 21 Oct 2010 09:05:56 EST Better late than never!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37435142 This time of year is the hardest, but this year I am determined it will be different. I am looking forward to ringing in the New Year healthier and slimmer than I have been in a LONG time. <BR> <BR> I turn 40 this weekend and I am determined to prove to everyone that 40 is an opportunity, a fresh start, a positive event...BRING IT ON!!!! Wed, 20 Oct 2010 17:44:41 EST a little late but im up to the challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37431636 Okay i am a little late but i am up to doing a new year challenge. My goal is to loose 20 lbs by 1/1/11. I am going to be doing this with exercise and healthy eating. Right now my main workouts are walking outside while i still can( i live in chicago so it will be getting real cold soon) doing in home walking and dancing videos. I am also starting a food diary to track my eating. So i am looking forward to this. Wed, 20 Oct 2010 14:18:53 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 10/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37427626 Here we go with our Daily Fun Challenge: <BR> <BR> Today we learn a few things..... <BR> Using your initials (e.g CSY) Look up three new words in the dictionary - online or hard copy - that start with each initial. <BR> <BR> There! Look how much smarter we all are now!!!! <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day. <BR> Carolyn Wed, 20 Oct 2010 11:01:45 EST Question of the Day 10/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37427527 FINALLY! Back to our QOTD.... <BR> <BR> If you could travel back in time and meet yourself as a 10 year old kid what advice would you want to give to her/him? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! Wed, 20 Oct 2010 10:57:14 EST A little late... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37402136 ..but still here for the party. :) <BR> I love this idea - and I desperately need a challenge and a supportive group to help me. I've been off the horse for some time - but just this past week rejoined the gym and did my first two workouts. <BR> Looking forward to making it back there nice and early tomorrow morning for some serious cardio. <BR> <BR> In any case, it's nice to meet you all. Looking forward to spending the next 11 weeks together. :) <BR> D Tue, 19 Oct 2010 08:45:26 EST Question of the Day 10/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37327716 Happy Friday - here is today's QOTD: <BR> <BR> When you were growing up what did you want to become in life? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Fri, 15 Oct 2010 10:34:13 EST Daily Fun Challenge 10/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37327640 OK - here is today's "Fun" Challenge: <BR> <BR> We are all working so hard with physical fitness, here is a little workout for the brain - memory to be specific... <BR> <BR> Make a list of all the teachers you had in school grades K-12. (just homeroom teachers are fine for those high school years, etc.) See how many you can get! <BR> <BR> Have fun!! <BR> <BR> Carolyn Fri, 15 Oct 2010 10:30:37 EST Share Your Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x37309214 Hi Everyone..I'm am so ready for January and this 12 week challenge. So share at least your top 3 goals you would like to achieve by January 1, 2011. I'll start <BR> <BR> By 01/01/11 I would like to: <BR> 1. Lose 15lbs <BR> 2. Stick to my exercise routine <BR> 3. Fit into my goal dress <BR> <BR> What about you? Thu, 14 Oct 2010 11:46:30 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 10/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37308355 OK Team! Here is our "Fun" challenge for today: <BR> <BR> Part 1: Choose one tried and true, makes you happy, old (or new) family recipe that you would love to make "lighter" or more "healthified". <BR> <BR> Part 2 (Optional): Share with your "Bring on January Team" and we will work together to make and updated healthier version. <BR> <BR> Could be fun - and definitely Yummy! <BR> <BR> Carolyn Thu, 14 Oct 2010 11:02:56 EST Question of the Day 10/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37308257 Happy Thursday Team!! <BR> <BR> Here is our daily question: <BR> <BR> Would you rather have the power to be invisible or the power to read minds? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:58:25 EST Joining In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37305643 Hi I'm Renee, I'm 48 year old mother of 2 teenagers. We live on a Navy base in Italy. My goal is to make it through the holiday season without gaining any weight, I would love to actually lose weight. Have a great day! Thu, 14 Oct 2010 08:54:08 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37295679 Hi! I was excited to see this challenge. I had been part of a 10/10/10 challenge and didn't do great, but it did help me to keep focused. I was wondering when that was over if I could find a 12/12 challenge, but this is even better. I often gain weight over the holidays and am hoping not only to NOT gain weight this year, but between now and the end of the challenge to lose 12 pounds. <BR> <BR> I like to blog about this life style change journey here on SP. I also have a blog about life ... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 18:53:36 EST 12 weeks is a great idea..hi all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37285342 saw this team and i was thrilled.. that said something to me.. this is it.. 12 weeks... i'm weighing in today and set a goal of 20 pounds gone by the end of this challenge...hello all! Wed, 13 Oct 2010 09:41:40 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 10/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37285071 Good morning!!! Happy Wednesday! <BR> <BR> Today's "Fun" Challenge: <BR> <BR> Sometime today - take 5 minutes and make a list of your Top 10 Vacation Destinations. Make it place you have not yet visited. Basically your "wish list" of 10 vacation spots. <BR> <BR> Share here if you'd like. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Wed, 13 Oct 2010 09:29:18 EST Question of the Day 10/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x37284970 Good morning... <BR> <BR> Today's QOTD: <BR> What song always makes you happy when you hear it? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Wed, 13 Oct 2010 09:24:54 EST Yo-yo Dieter :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37284883 Hi all......after a long break from SparkPeople I'm back because I did it again! Lost 30lbs and then put it back on over the last year! Looking forward to trying to take it back off before my 35th Birthday Feb 18....need help because I'll tell you just like everyone else I have such a hard time staying motivated its unbelievable!!! Anyway heres to a new beginning :) Wed, 13 Oct 2010 09:19:38 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge 10/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37263274 OK here is today's FUN challenge: <BR> <BR> Within 2 hours of reading this stand up and stretch for 3 minutes. Start at the top - neck, shoulders, arms, waist, hips, legs and feet. Relax, breathe and enjoy this time for your body. <BR> <BR> Come on!! You can do it! <BR> Tue, 12 Oct 2010 09:24:39 EST Question of the Day 10/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37263183 Good Morning!! Today's QOTD: <BR> <BR> Who is your favorite superhero? <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> Carolyn Tue, 12 Oct 2010 09:19:39 EST Hello, what a great idea! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37251771 I had said on another team's tread that my goals are (from Halloween through the New Year)...to enjoy myself, eat a bit of my favs, but still lose weight...even if it's a bit slower. I'd settle for a 'stay the same' ONLY the weigh in after Thanksgiving and the one after Christmas. All the other weeks must have at least a small loss. <BR> <BR> I REALLY want to get under 200 by the new year! That's 13-14 pounds! <BR> <BR> Check my page, if you will, read my latest blog...I'll check in here an... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 18:17:54 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37245543 Hi I'm new to the team but not new to Spark. I love Spark. My name is Angela. I am a wife, a mother of three grown young adults. I have been on the real journey to better health for almost a year. On spark I have lost a little over 50lbs but for real a little over 8o. I gained 30lbs more pounds after joining and really not being here. But I am back to really living again. I am looking forward to getting to know you all and BRING ON JANUARY. <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> Angela Mon, 11 Oct 2010 12:50:14 EST By 1/2/2011, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37244770 I plan to be in the 200s! I'm 27 and African. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 12:05:28 EST Daily Gripe.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37244722 Stress happens... Why not have a place where we can vent - just a little bit. We all need it now and then. <BR> <BR> I know we are supposed to focus on the positive, but let's be honest.... <BR> <BR> You are among friends - speak freely.... <BR> <BR> So - today I am venting about the cost of bras (sorry guys). Seriously - $50 for a bra? And they fall apart, lose shape in the wash, etc. For such an evolved society - can't we be reasonable about the "necessary" items lin life????? <BR> ... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 12:03:51 EST Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x37244477 Have you bought candy yet? Do you plan to? <BR> <BR> I am not going to this year. One - it's just crazy expensive. Two - I will eat it. <BR> <BR> My light is staying off this year. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 11:53:15 EST Daily "Fun" Challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37243566 OK - we are also going to have daily mini/fun challenges. Again - feel free to drop me a note with suggestions... (I promise they will get better!) <BR> <BR> Monday 10/11 <BR> Within 2 hours of reading this eat one piece/serving of fruit. Come on - you can do it...... <BR> <BR> CSYounce 11:09 am one Fuji apple... <BR> Mon, 11 Oct 2010 11:13:01 EST Just a Note About Fitness/ Activity Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16905x46186x37242366 Hello Team! <BR> <BR> I am not an expert on fitness - not even close. But I wanted to say that for this 12 Week Challenge, it is understood that we are all at different fitness levels and the activities we choose to post toward our goal minutes will be very different. <BR> <BR> Some may run, walk, cycle and count up miles. Others may do yoga, strength train, do DVD's, Wii Fit or swim. <BR> <BR> IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU DO - JUST MOVE, EVERYDAY!! <BR> <BR> In my house vacuuming, cleani... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 10:17:59 EST Question of the Day 10/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37241389 I will do my best to update this every day - I hope you all participate. <BR> <BR> Carolyn <BR> <BR> Today's Question: <BR> Describe yourself in a single sentence? <BR> Mon, 11 Oct 2010 09:37:05 EST Glad to have a Holiday Challenge!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37237299 Hi my name is Jill and I joined this Challenge Team today as I want to make healthy choices forever even through the holiday season when we're all so busy and have more delicious temptations around us. My goal is to lose 20#s by Dec. I'm 2/3 of the way there. Wishing everyone much success!! <em>345</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 11 Oct 2010 01:05:33 EST :Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37234004 Hi! this year has gone by so fast! I am looking forward to 2011 and I want to start it out with a decent loss! so here I am...going to work hard and feel good. <BR> <BR> I am judy and I am 48. I live in Minnesota and am a single mom of 3 older kids (25, 19 and 17) I work full time at the local clinic as a LPN. I tend to be a stress eater and boy have I been stressed! <BR> <BR> so looking forward to getting to know you all and losing this weight! <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Oct 2010 21:16:27 EST Returning to try this again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37223739 <em>249</em> again! <em>198</em> Sun, 10 Oct 2010 11:01:21 EST Just joined! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37223022 Hi, everyone. I have just started getting re-focused this past week, so I'm looking to be more active on SP. This looks like the perfect challenge for me! I am a middle school teacher who is constantly trying to stay caught up with grading papers, parent meetings, etc. I often get so distracted by work that I forget to take care of myself. But I am going to work very hard to change that starting now! I look forward to getting to know you all! Sun, 10 Oct 2010 10:17:44 EST Hi, Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37221422 Hi, everyone! I am glad to be a part of this team - I really want to see what I can do by January. <BR> <BR> My main goal is to get healthier and become the best me I can be. I am doing fairly well so far, but I know I can do better. In addition, it never hurts to get more support to reach your goals! <BR> <BR> I am here for you all if you need a boost - I'll do my best to help! <em>247</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 10 Oct 2010 08:33:45 EST Retired & Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37213672 Yes, bring it on! I am newly retired and ready to take care of myself the way I have taken care of everyone else. I was an educator for 30 years, wife mom, church leader, etc. and now its my turn. Sat, 9 Oct 2010 19:03:24 EST Yes, Bring on January! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37210776 I'm ready for a change.... I hope. I've been doing a yoyo weight loss thing and I'm ready to make some progress. <BR> <BR> I'm a Co-Leader for the Slowest Losers team but I'm really a "No loser" so I would like to actually lose some weight. <BR> <BR> I'm from Omaha, Ne but work in Gabon Africa as a nurse. My specialty is Maternity nursing. I teach in a nursing school. We have 13 new students who started just September 6th. <BR> <BR> My name is Carolyn too.... like the Co-Leader on this te... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 15:15:38 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37210422 I joined Spark last april completly motivated and ready to go. I lost 17 pds from April thru July, but I don't know what went wrong in August. Then I lost touch because I had no computer or internet connection until mid september. I'm back now and I'm ready to sparkle!! A new team is exactly what I need to get that motivation back. Carolyn, thanks for the invite! <BR> Lets Bring on January_-- <BR> <BR> Susan Sat, 9 Oct 2010 14:44:35 EST New Kid (yeah right) on the block! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37199337 Hi Everyone....Just thought I take a sec to introduce myself...My name is Penny, and I'm from the Philly area....I joined Sparkpeople in January, went great guns for a few months, hit a plateau in June and haven't done anything but lose and gain back the same 2 pounds since...Frustrating! I'm going to need you guys to keep me honest through the Holidays....and I will reciprocate...Let's Do This! <em>244</em> <em>104</em> Fri, 8 Oct 2010 20:49:30 EST Hello, a New Team Member From Puerto Rico http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37198801 Here are ten things about me to introduce myself and allow you to know me better. <BR> <BR> 1. I am Carmen. <BR> 2. I am from Puerto Rico. <BR> 3. I have 3 grownups, living on their own, up states. <BR> 4. I am a First Grade teacher, but not working this year. <BR> 5. I love water aerobics. <BR> 6. If no water aerobics, I love water jogging. <BR> 7. I love to do crafts, specially jewellery. <BR> 8. I am starting gardening with indoor plants. <BR> 9. I relax going to Borders, having ... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 20:15:42 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37193724 Hello, my name is Karen. This year has been up and down in my weight loss journey. Just haven't been committed. <BR> <BR> Did good for three weeks then last weekend made bad choices and it showed up on the scale on Monday. Knew the choices were not good so I don't feel like I failed, just a bump in the road. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, yesterday was really bad, I vegged out on the couch and ate all evening, having a pity party for myself. It was the, I can't do this, it's too hard, why... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 14:31:29 EST Weekends!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x37193214 How do you all stay on track over the weekend. I usually blow it pretty bad at least one day. <BR> <BR> And of course I usually end up having a few drinks - beer or wine. <BR> <BR> I hate the guilt of undoing all the good I did during the week on the weekends. Fri, 8 Oct 2010 14:07:12 EST bag-0-some esthins... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46186x37191763 hi, <BR> Im new to this team. I have a ways to go and found so many people with great ideas. Lately i have been feeling like a bog-o-something.You know those days when the holidays are creeping up.And today this new group showed up, what a great idea.We all have our holiday struggles...i just got back from the doc and bought a bag-0-carrots, greens and brown rice.It was scary Ill admit..all tha Halloween candy lurking on the ailes.Whats in your bag-o-somethings tonight? LOl <em>258</em> Fri, 8 Oct 2010 12:50:38 EST We are all in this together! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16906x46186x37190532 Bad days happen. Setbacks happen. We have all experienced the good - the bad - and the ugly. <BR> <BR> Come here to share, vent and ask for support. <BR> <BR> We are committed to doing this together so don't be shy.... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 11:47:36 EST Start Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16905x46186x37190438 This is the place to share your individual goals for the 12 week challenge. <BR> <BR> Even though we share the same journey, we have very different goals. <BR> <BR> But let's not forget - a win is a win!! Fri, 8 Oct 2010 11:43:21 EST Healthy Recipes/Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x37189949 Share both the good and bad here. Recipes as well as packaged foods. <BR> Fri, 8 Oct 2010 11:20:23 EST What did you NOT eat today that you could have? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x37189863 Cravings happen. Old habits are hard to break. <BR> <BR> Share your victories here! Fri, 8 Oct 2010 11:17:26 EST Daily Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46186x37189821 Stop in and let everyone know how your day is going. 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