SparkPeople Rants from MommyLand Team Messageboard If you're part of MommyLand and you want to get healthy with a bunch of snarky snitches - this is the team. SparkPeople Rants from MommyLand Team Messageboard Jammin' in June and July Hi Fabulous Ladies - thought I'd step up and create a new challenge for us for the beginning of Summer. I want us all to be healthy and have fun with our summer routines. The challenge is to be active every day (I don't care how long you're out there - just do something!) So we stay hydrated I'd love for each of us to set a water goal and report. Wear your sunscreen and hat when you are out! Bonus points if you try something new or do something fun (new exercise, healthy recipe - report w... Thu, 30 May 2013 11:13:12 EST Spring Challenge Good Morning to all you mommies! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> It just occurred to me that the first day of spring is just a short 12 days away! That's March 20th. In light of this I hoped we could all ban together for the next two weeks and do a Spring into Shape Fitness Challenge to prepare us for the up coming season. <BR> <BR> If you're all like me the Halloween to Christmas Death Spiral didn't just throw you off till Christmas, but continued to plague you to this day. So let start small a... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 09:19:04 EST Missing my RFML Motivation Hey ladies! <BR> <BR> No ones really been on the site lately and I'm feeling like I'm missing my Mommy friends love. I noticed we have lost our beloved team leader and hope that someone will take up the reins soon... if I get particularly ambitious I may try myself... but just FYI, I'm not that fabulous at comitment. <em>33</em> Anyways... Maybe someone has an idea for a goal for this beautiful month of March? (It's my birthday this month so I particularly love March) If anyone has some... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 11:13:47 EST Mini December Challenge Here it is, your little December challenge (to go along side the Holiday Challenge). Lets work it ladies!! <BR> <BR> Daily: <BR> 15 Squats <BR> 15 Push Ups <BR> 30 Second Plank *choose your favorite) <BR> <BR> REPEAT x2 <BR> <BR> Weekly: <BR> Post your favorite good for you holiday recipe HERE! <BR> <BR> Happy holidays y'all! Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:52:55 EST Countdown to Christmas (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc) However your family celebrates, there's almost certainly something you're looking forward to in the coming months. Feasts & hors d'oeuvres, wine & cocktails, parties & dresses. In all honestly, my life is not nearly so glamorous but a girl can dream. I want to eat well as I flit through this season which includes many of my favorite foods. I want to look good in clingy dresses seeing old friends and family. I want to experience joy in the midst of the holiday stress parade. <BR> <BR> Here's ... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 15:50:10 EST I'm in! It's time! I need to get on with it... my youngest is 4, and I no longer have any excuses! This is it! I am making some changes! <BR> I look forward to hearing what is (or isn't) working for everyone!!! <BR> Right now, this is easy... does typing count as exercise? Thu, 11 Oct 2012 18:55:28 EST BOO! Its already October! How is everyone feeling about a challenge this October? <BR> <BR> This October I want to hear your personal goals and how we can help you get there, the holidays are coming, and we'll need each other for support- okay, I'll need you for support! <BR> <BR> My challenge for myself this october? <BR> 1. Just say no to SODA! <BR> 2. Drink Water <BR> 3. 30minutes of exercise every day! <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 16:33:02 EST Hello again! I'm baaaacckk! Hehe. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:21:57 EST Spark it In September!! Sept 3rd-30th I know, I'm totally starting this challenge on Labor Day but what a good day to watch your current eating habits...Or something! <BR> (Take pity, its my first attempt at this challenge thing) <BR> <BR> Daily Challenge! <BR> <BR> 1. Drink more water- track your water for the team goals! <BR> 2. 25x3 When I was riding horses this stood for 25 crunches, 25 squats, 25 pushups <BR> - Depending on where you're at you can do 15x3 or 50x3 <BR> - Remember, pushups- even girly- work your ab... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 21:32:22 EST Awesome in August One goal: Set it. Stick with it. You can do it!!! Wed, 1 Aug 2012 08:45:34 EST Jiggle Less July Another month. And, at least where I am, a hot, sticky, deep fried month. What are you going to do this month to jiggle less? Tue, 3 Jul 2012 07:43:58 EST Jumpin' through June My goal for June is to get out and enjoy active time outside every day. Morning or evening walks, playground, sports in the shade, etc. The other goal is to do strength exercises 5 days a week. Fri, 1 Jun 2012 10:27:03 EST Mother's Day Challenge!! I have decided, as a Mother's Day gift to myself, to finally get motivated and work my 8lbs of winter weight back off. I think it'd be a fun goal to see if I can drop it by my 31st birthday (June 18th). Eight pounds in six weeks YES I CAN! If anyone would like to join me, please do! Follow along with me on my blog. <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=ALLIECAT1881&abepu=true </link> <BR> <BR> I did my first measurements today and will be doing one every Sun... Sat, 12 May 2012 10:18:18 EST New Addiction Sobe Life Water ... have y'all tried these things? Very yummy. The flavors are fruity and fun, and they're not necessarily healthy for you - tho the bottles say they are *shrug* .... but they're not BAD for you. Its a nice break from "just" water. <BR> <BR> 0 calories - low sodium - almost no sugar at all. Diabetes boy hubby's doctor told him to replace one soda a day with one of these, and they're awesome. <BR> <BR> OH, and also? Remember when I stopped drinking Coke back in November?... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 17:18:14 EST MAY MOTIVATION!!!! Girlies, I need to do weights and crunches to get me ready for the thing in June--- 6 weeks away. Has anyone found a challenge they like and/or would anyone like to start posting one exercise a day for all of us to do? It is our "Challenge for the day" and we report back when we are done. <BR> Tuesday, April 24, 2012 <BR> 50 sit ups <BR> 60 reps on arms--anything from biceps, triceps, fly. <BR> <BR> GO TEAM!!!! Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:10:43 EST Allow myself to reintroduc ...myself. Hello ladies, <BR> <BR> I see so many familiar names. I was a part of this team back in the spring of 2011 and participated in the 100 Days to Summer Challenge. Until the reality of a mother truckin 100 day challenge set in and I bailed on the challenge. Then I got knocked up and sort of fell away from SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> But now, I'm back and not pregnant. I'm so glad you all are still here. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 20:55:28 EST New Year, New Beginnings!! Ah, my Calendar says it's January 1st. Brand new year, full of possibilities! <BR> My family has a goal to get healthier. How about you? Thoughts for the new year? Sun, 1 Jan 2012 11:10:34 EST January Jump Start Ok, Ladies!!! Time to get our butts moving again!! We can do it!! <BR> <BR> We're going easy - we all need easy, right? <BR> <BR> Starting Jan 1 - 30 minutes of movement a day, for 30 days. That's it. 30 for 30. Report progress here. You can do it!!!! Who's in?? Fri, 30 Dec 2011 18:41:17 EST CCC - Week 3 Keep Tracking!!!!! (I'm not and I totally see the difference, so I need to get back to that) <BR> <BR> Get your move on! Pick any video or wii or routine you'd like and dance it out - 30 minutes at least 3 times!! <BR> <BR> Let's start planning for Thanksgiving! Let's discuss ways to make our favorites a little less killer, and let's brainstorm ways to put in more moving around to balance out the extra calories we're going to consume. <BR> <BR> You can do it!!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Nov 2011 17:09:05 EST CCC - Week 2 Track your food! Everyday!!! <BR> <BR> Exercise! 25 crunches, 25 oblique crunches, 25 cross over lunges or regular. <BR> <BR> And try and get out and do something with the fam 3 times this week- jump on the trampoline with your kids, go to the park with them and swing, play tag, anything, get yourself and your kids moving! If you went trick-or-treating Monday, that totally counts! <BR> <BR> And lastly, try and do something this week for you! Tell us what you did!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Nov 2011 10:55:20 EST CCC - Week 1 Plan!! <BR> <BR> Plan all three of your major meals for tomorrow. I never plan ahead, so this is going to be a toughie for me. Bonus props for snacks. <BR> <BR> Drink!! <BR> <BR> No, not clean out the booze from your cabinet ... get your eight glasses of water in!!! <BR> <BR> Move!! <BR> <BR> 50 squats a day! I dare ya!! Tue, 25 Oct 2011 14:09:04 EST Christmas Countdown Challenge The time is upon us to start looking at our budgets, making lists (and checking them twice), and - gasp - looking great for all of those holiday parties! <BR> <BR> From today, October 25, we have SIXTY days until Christmas - so let's get our tinsel in gear!! <BR> <BR> We'll be doing quick and easy challenges that last a week, and we'll be featuring (and asking for) healthier alternatives to our favorite holiday treats ... who's with me?? <BR> <BR> Let's go!!! Tue, 25 Oct 2011 14:05:23 EST Anyone do Weight Watchers??? I have a love/hate relationship with them (blog likely coming soon?) but I wonder if anyone else "does" WW? Do you like it? Are you back on? What is your favorite snack and how many points plus is it? Tue, 13 Sep 2011 10:13:57 EST Where my Cardio Girls at??? I'm sorry to have been such a slacky-slack all summer. <BR> Anyone found any different cardio activities they like to do? Anyone been doing your closet jumping jacks?? <BR> Holla! Mon, 12 Sep 2011 15:35:10 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Renee'. I am a new mom, new to Rants from Mommyland, and new to SparkPeople! I discovered the Rants from Mommyland blog a couple months ago when a friend sent me a link to the "Domestic Enemies of the New Mom". After that, I was hooked. <BR> <BR> I had my son six months ago, and I realized that I can no longer use the excuse "Well, I just had a baby!" to explain my extra fluffy figure. My son is a very active baby, which has made me fear for the toddler years (what if he runs awa... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 17:20:52 EST 31 Days to Better Sleep August 1 <BR> <BR> Relieve stress! People with uncontrolled stress are more prone to insomnia. But exercise, meditation, yoga, and other techniques can help you relax. Do something to relieve that stress each day. <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************* <BR> <BR> What did you do today to relieve some stress? Mon, 1 Aug 2011 15:49:55 EST WHY a sleep challenge? So, let's discuss some of the things that trip us up with sleep. What are your worst habits and biggest roadblocks to a solid night? <BR> <BR> For me, my husband works nights. It used to not bother me when he worked nights a few years ago, but this time... I don't know what it is. Its just annoying. OK, now, granted, I like having the bed all to myself because I'm a cover hog ;) I don't feel that I can go to bed. It's that simple. He's up all night busting his butt, shouldn't I be, as... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 15:42:37 EST Week 1 - Goals and Discussion <em>102</em> Let's get this (slumber) party started!! <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> Let's start with a quiz, to see you sleep savvy you are. I got an 8 out of 10 ... one I misread, one I was totally thinking the wrong thing. So read carefully! Also? You'd think with an 8 out of 10 I'd be all rested and awesome? Yeah ... NO. Don't forget to collect your points for taking the quiz! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_start.asp?quizid=43 </link> <BR> <BR... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 22:15:17 EST August Team Challenge - Sleep & Move! Make sure you check your SparkMail for info on the challenge :) Also, let me know what some of your favorite exercises were during the 100DTS, and I'll make sure I get them in :) Sat, 30 Jul 2011 23:43:18 EST Week 4 - Goals and Discussion I'm a day late on this, took me longer to repair from my trip than I had expected (will post blog later). :) <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing on the challenge? Are you learning more about how to keep your family and yourself a little more healthy? This is the last week - and at the end of the week you can claim your trophy!! W00H00 - TROPHY!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 4 Action Plan <BR> <BR> 1. Eat as a family at least 3 times per week. It may be tough for busy families, but sitting down... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 17:34:31 EST Drinking Water We've had discussions on here about how much water we're supposed to drink daily. This article came in a Spark email yesterday. How much water do YOU drink?? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e_experts.asp?q=47 </link> Sat, 16 Jul 2011 10:38:18 EST Week 3 - Goals and Discussion Do you enjoy playing with your kids? Playing leads to exercising and sets them on the path headed for a healthy lifestyle :) <BR> <BR> Week 3 Action Plan <BR> <BR> 1. Understand your child's needs for exercise. Every child--from an infant to a teenager--needs physical activity each day. Since we can't count on schools to meet all of these requirements, it's up to parents to ensure kids are getting the activity they need. How are your kids stacking up with these exercise recommendations?... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 17:08:22 EST Oops - week 2 Ok, I totally bailed on you ladies for Week 2, I'm soooo soooo sorry!! I hope you all kept with it, and I'm going to go post week 3 now. I'm getting annoyed, I never struggle this much during the summer. *eyeroll* Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:07:35 EST Ready Just here to mingle with my friends to meet some goals for my wedding. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 20:54:40 EST I come late to other parties, too. I know RfM has been here at SP for months now, and I did read about it on the RfM blog at the time. I was just busy rebuilding my post-apocalyptic (post-separating-from-husband-and-moving-f<BR>our-kids-from-Oregon-to-Arkansas) life and didn't think weight loss was a do-able thing. <BR> <BR> Now I'm in a shiny-new, awesome life and would like to add contentment with my appearance and freedom from food-slavery to my overall joy and freedom from codependency. <BR> <BR> So here I am, late to th... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 08:41:45 EST Week 1 - Goals and Discussion Week 1 Action Plan <BR> <BR> 1. Reduce screen time. The more time your family members spend in front of a TV, computer or game console, the less time you'll have to cook, eat as a family, and get active. Assess your family's screen habits and place strict limits on how much you'll participate in screen media each day. Try to free up at least one hour per person per day. Find out how TV affects your family's health. <BR> <BR> 2. Hold a family meeting. Sit down and talk about the perks ... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 00:39:37 EST July Challenge - Healthy Family Makeover In case you've been so enraptured with what we do here in our own little RantsLand, and haven't done much Spark exploration, you might not know that Spark has all kinds of neat challenges that can help you along your journey. I thought, since it was summer and we're stuck with the kids a lot more, we could do something a little family-oriented and fun. So, I introduce you to the Healthy Family Makeover Challenge. <BR> <BR> I joined it early so I could get a good taste of it and make sure i... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 08:51:50 EST June Alternative Challenge Again, I realize that there is only a couple of days left in the month. If you're not doing the daily exercise, what are you going to be doing to challenge yourself today? Mon, 27 Jun 2011 01:47:35 EST June Challenge Yes, I realize there is only like 5 minutes left in the month, but that shouldn't be an excuse to not have a routine ready!!! For the rest of the month, I want you to try the exercise of the day. You can find it easily by clicking on your Fitness tab, and its down on the right-hand side. However, it will also show up on lots of other pages you're on as well. <BR> <BR> After trying the exercise, come back and tell us how it felt! Mon, 27 Jun 2011 01:42:02 EST General Info - Read Me First! After doing the 100Days, we all learned that short and simple is much easier for us to come up with and and for us all to follow through with. I've gotten together with all of the leaders from 100Days and we're each going to take turns coming up with something awesome each and every month for you. It won't be a competition, its just something for us all to do together. Also, please don't feel pressure to join us. What works for some doesn't always work for others. In fact, there are time... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 01:38:15 EST Roll Call!! We've had some Ladies come and go ... if you're still active and hanging around, say hello here, so we know who you are!!! xoxo Mon, 27 Jun 2011 01:07:15 EST Official Welcome Message Hello there!! <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> <em>235</em> <em>235</em> <em>235</em> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> Whether you're new to the team or just coming back after the latest challenge, we're glad you're here!! <BR> <BR> We are revamping a few things around here, so make sure you take a few minutes to get to know your way around, or reacquaint yourself with some old favorites. <BR> <BR> - Daily Check-In Thread ... What's going on in your life? Give us some gossip! Hu... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 00:32:06 EST Cardio Challenge - Week 15 - final week! Week 15 in the RFML 100 Days to Summer Cardio Challenge!!! <BR> <BR> Like normal, do your regular 7 miles this week. Walking, Swimming, Cycling, elliptical, just 7 measurable miles for 1 point. <BR> <BR> Last sexy video for us to do... again the Pussycat Dolls Video <BR> <link><BR>ST6OWU </link> <BR> do this twice this week for 1 point. <BR> <BR> Play! 30 minutes x3 days = 1 point <BR> Either play hide and go seek outside, race your kids from point A t... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 16:33:44 EST Bringin Secksie Back! You asked us again and again, and we tried to play coy and be all flirtatious ... and now we're giving in: <BR> <BR> For the week 15 challenge: we're going to have you repeat the sexy bonus challenge! I've made a couple of tweaks, and added a last one. This is the last week, ladies, let's make it the most memorable yet!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Challenge 1: No school like the old school. Recreate a special moment between you and your lovie. First date, first kiss, proposal, whatevs - make it ... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 23:59:02 EST Nutrition Team Challenge - Week 15 (June 20 - 26) It's week 15! The Last Week!!! We made it! Everybody run around giving high fives and fist bumps. If you want, do a little Mia Hamm action. Go ahead, I'll wait. Now, give yourself a point. Just for being here on week 15. <BR> <BR> Ok, now calm down, and go track your food, seven days this week. One point. <BR> <BR> If you are feeling a little tired from all that celebrating, it might be an iron deficiency. Let's learn about iron: <link><BR>on... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 12:55:20 EST Holy Crap - WEEK 15!!!! Some of us did great, some of us barely pulled thru ... but come on, snitches - lets make this last week ROCK!!! <BR> <BR> Then, we'll try something more sane for a little while. Or, like for ever. ;) Sun, 19 Jun 2011 08:54:32 EST Warriors - Challenge Week 14 Hello, warriors. I was busy entertaining family and celebrating my big 3-0 early. I am planning on rocking it out this week and getting my butt back in gear... cuz it's already starting to droop again :P lol. It happens so very fast! Anyway - here's the "all in one place" blog! KICK SOME BUTT!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=42<BR>96038 </link> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 14:45:21 EST Cardio Challenge - Week 14 (June 13-19) Week 14 in the RFML 100 Days to Summer Cardio Challenge!!! <BR> <BR> 1) Get your 7 miles in. Walk, biking, run, swimming, if you can measure the distance then get your 7 miles of it in for 1 point <BR> <BR> 2) Coach Nicole video: Day 4 Bootcamp workout (8 mins) x2 days = 1 point <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1086 </link> <BR> <BR> 3) Play! 30 minutes x3 days = 1 point <BR> Either play hide and go seek outside, race your kids from point A to point B, ... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 08:52:15 EST Nutrition Team Challenge - Week 14 (June 13-19) Hey Ladies! It's week 14, which means we have two weeks left! It also means we need to give a big fat thank you to our fearless nutrition leaders, Angel and Siri. They have been busting their behinds to teach and guide us. I for one am so grateful for their leadership. They spent their precious time helping me, a total stranger from the internet who wanted to be healthier. Awesome! Thank you so much! <BR> <BR> We've learned so much about so many things! Calories, fat, protein, sodium, chole... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 16:59:42 EST Strength Challenge - Week 13 Here's my blog about exercise as required by our grand pirate hooker pubbah for week 13. <BR> <BR><BR>_journal.asp?id=BEAKIEBEAN Fri, 10 Jun 2011 20:36:36 EST Nutrition Team Challenge - Week 13 (June 6 - 12) Hi Ladies - anyone still out there in Nutrition Land? I've been doing my challenges, but have forgotten to report my points the last TWO weeks. Loser. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I don't want to step on our fearless leader's toes. I am offering to come up with a challenge for this week, to keep our team going, if you need me! <BR> <BR> I really loved the fat challenge from last week. It really helped me understand what it all means. <BR> <BR> Ok, that's all of my random thoughts for today! ... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 19:40:02 EST Cardio Challenge: week 13 (June 6 - June 12) Welcome to week 13. <BR> Hope everyone is doing well. To report points, go here: <BR> <BR> OK let's get down to business. <BR> <BR> 1) Get your 7 miles in. Walk, biking, run, swimming, if you can measure the distance then get your 7 miles of it in for 1 point <BR> <BR> <BR> 2) Jogging In Place – Jogging is a great exercise for your heart. You can jog in place at home while waiting on something to upload on your computer, while watching TV, or while the wa... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 01:22:15 EST Getting back on track Hey there... team is kind of quiet these days. Thought some of you might some motivation - check out this article. Even if you've dropped off the team challenges, you can still be active here with our team! And we've got more stuff to come in the future after this month when the 100 day challenge is over... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1062&page=2 </link> Thu, 2 Jun 2011 09:50:09 EST Warrior Shout Out! Come on gals, we have 4 weeks left!! Let's do this! <BR> <BR> I have been a slacker for a number of reasons but I want to finish this challenge! I still can't do much cardio/ strength since I sprained my ankle but I am going to do as much as I can. We can't quit. We can do this. Remember, the goal is to challenge yourself. The point is not to kill yourself trying to get all 20 points every week. That is where my downfall was/is. I wanted to have the most the points. Each week as I saw that n... Tue, 31 May 2011 11:53:22 EST Spreadsheet for week 12 ready <link> </link> <BR> <BR> All the weeks are there so you can also find your cardio for this week from a previous week. <BR> <BR> Have Fun! <BR> Tue, 31 May 2011 11:07:47 EST Cardio Challenge: week 12 (May 30 - June 5) 3 day weekend has me all messed up. <BR> Tomorrow is my New Years day, again! <BR> <BR> Please re-do a week you did before. I will have more for you next week, but I'm using this week as a barometer. How's your progress? We only have 3 more weeks to go!!! Mon, 30 May 2011 13:31:40 EST Nutrition Team - Challenge Week 12 (May 30-June 5) 1. We’ve had 11 long weeks of challenges and you guys have been doing great. I hope you got to enjoy the 3-day weekend and be with family and friends and to reflect and remember what this day off is all about. In light of the fact that we are celebrating Memorial Day and those soldiers that help make our country FREE, you can have one FREE nutrition point this week. Congratulations! <BR> <BR> 2. And now, back to the same old grind… Enter the food you eat this week into the nutrition track... Mon, 30 May 2011 13:19:31 EST Strength Team: Week 11 (May 23-May 29) Welcome to Week 11 snitches! <BR> <BR> In case you are following along at home, or for some reason didn't get NinjaKate's email, here are the challenges! <BR> <BR> This week it's all about the Yoga! <BR> <BR> Pick your Level for each challenge: <BR> <BR> NINJA <BR> JEDI <BR> Cheerleader <BR> <BR> 1. SUN Salutation ( for how-to's) - 5 days! Worth 2 points! <BR> Ninja: 3 cycles, beginning to end <BR> Jedi: 2 Cycles, beginning to end <BR> Cheerleader: 1 cycle, beginning t... Mon, 23 May 2011 09:37:20 EST Warriors - Challenge Week 11 We are hitting the home stretch, ladies!! I improved a bit from last week, but I know I can do better. Unfortunately I have a lot of family visiting right now so I have no idea if I'll get it all done. This week looks like fun thus far! I am 6hrs ahead so I'm waiting on the strength challenge, but I will be sure to update the blog when it's out. Week 11, all in one place. <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=42<BR>50134 </link> <BR> <B... Mon, 23 May 2011 05:42:09 EST Cardio Challenge: Week 11 (5/23-5/29) Welcome to week 11. <BR> Hope everyone is doing well. To report points, go here: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> OK let's get down to business. <BR> <BR> 1) Get your 7 miles in. Walk, biking, run, swimming, if you can measure the distance then get your 7 miles of it in for 1 point <BR> <BR> 2) Coach Nicole's 10 minute Jump Start video x 2 days = 1 point <BR> <link><BR>fitness_articles.asp?id=1038 </link> <BR> <BR> 3) Pick a ... Sun, 22 May 2011 23:23:45 EST Nutrition Team - Challenge Week 11 (May 23-29) Hey all, thought I'd post this early because I have a crazy day tomorrow running a 5K and my daughter's dance recital. Why do they have to be on the same day?? Oh well, it was either post now or waaaay later (if I remembered). So, here you go, your challenges for Week 11! <BR> <BR> 1. Remember week 3, how we said, “If you bite it, write it?” Well, we are going back to that again this week. We’re now in week 11 – only a month to go before summer is here! This week, if you put an item in... Sat, 21 May 2011 23:37:17 EST How many of you blog separately? I keep a blog on blogger, and I have trouble keeping up with my Spark one because of that. Do any of you keep a separate blog? And if so, how do you keep up with both? Wed, 18 May 2011 16:23:12 EST Strength Team: Week 10 (May 16-May 22) New Week, New Thread! <BR> <BR> W00tW00t! <BR> <BR> Bee and I were goofing around and he pretend punched me in the belly and was taken aback by my new forming baby abs. hehe THANKS NINJA KATE! <BR> <BR> <BR> For all those who like to see the challenge here... <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Strength Ninjas - WEEK 10 IS ABS WEEK- a Recap! <BR> <BR> You get FIVE challenges to complete. <BR> ONE will be a recurring exercise that you will do FIVE of the days of the week. <BR> The other four will be f... Mon, 16 May 2011 13:54:26 EST Best Running Shoes? Okay, my poor Nikes have just about had it. They're slowly falling apaprt and the traction is all but nonexistent. It's time for new shoes. Suggestions anyone? Mon, 16 May 2011 11:55:53 EST Cardio Challenge: week 10 (5/16 - 5/22) Week 10 in the RFML 100 Days to Summer Cardio Challenge!!! <BR> <BR> I haven't been giving exact instructions on reporting points this week, but I will guess that it's the same link as always. <BR> <link><BR>H </link> <BR> <BR> 1) Get your 7 miles in. Walk, biking, run, hopping, swimming, if you can measure the distance then get your 7 miles of it in for 1 point <BR> <BR> 2) Belly Dancing with Veena and Neena : Do this twice this week for 1 point. <BR... Mon, 16 May 2011 09:47:22 EST Warriors - Challenge Week 10 Here are all the links and challenges in one place (will update when cardio is posted). <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=42<BR>35315 </link> <BR> <BR> So how is everyone doing? Still motivated? Developing your ninja pirate hooker skills in secrecy? ;) Mon, 16 May 2011 03:32:05 EST Nutrition Team week 10 (5/16 - 5/22) Hellleeww fellow team members! I'm feeling pretty yucky and run down, so if I mess up typing this stuff feel free to have a laugh at my expense and correct me : ) <BR> <BR> Here's the challenges for this week, I hope you like them. <BR> <BR> #1 - Of course, there's the ever present - Track your food 7 days this week. <BR> <BR> Now, that part is out of the way so here's the ones you don't know. <BR> <BR> #2 - Find a way to make a recipe healthier. <link> Sun, 15 May 2011 13:23:09 EST Balance Team - Challenge Week 9 I noticed one of the biggest issues we've had as a team is meditation. I was fortunate enough to be shown this article about the benefits and importance of Solitude. I thought it was inspirational and gave me many more reasons to FIND THAT TIME! Maybe even a little more than those measly 5 minutes (why is it so difficult?!). Here's a teaser ;) AND you get a point for reading this week!! <BR> <BR> "Solitude has long been linked with creativity, spirituality, and intellectual might. The l... Thu, 12 May 2011 11:56:16 EST Warriors - Challenge Week 9 Wow... I am so behind this week!! I finally did the blog though, all in one place. Hope you are all doing better than I am! haha <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=42<BR>24620 </link> Wed, 11 May 2011 02:32:24 EST Cardio Challenge: Week 9 (5/9 - 5/15) Week 9 in the RFML 100 Days to Summer Cardio Challenge!!! <BR> Same reporting link in use: <link><BR>H </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> •Every week we have 7 measurable miles to do for a point. These can be done any way that you can measure. Walking, Running, Elliptical, Swimming, Skipping, whatever works best for you and your exercise situation. Do your miles for 1 point. <BR> <BR> •Aloha! How about something completely different. Let's try the Island Girl Work... Sun, 8 May 2011 23:51:22 EST Strength Team: Week 9 (May 9+) It's the week you've been looking forward to. It's "Pick Your Week" Week. <BR> <BR> Meaning, think back over our last 8 weeks, choose ONE week you liked -- or hated -- and do it again. Please weigh in here on the board and tell us which week you chose and why. <BR> <BR> All the weeks' challenges are here on the thread if you can't find your emails. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Sun, 8 May 2011 20:40:09 EST Nutrition Team - Emotional Eating Discussion (Wk9) PLEASE NOTE: This topic is meant for members of the Nutrition Team. They are responding to this topic as part of their points challenge for Week 9. If you wish to join in on the conversation but are not part of the Nutrition Team, feel free. Now, for those who are participating and want to earn their point, please read the two articles I posted on the challenge thread and then respond to the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Are you an emotional eater? <BR> <BR> 2a. If yes, describe the situation(... Sun, 8 May 2011 16:59:41 EST Nutrition Team - Challenge Week 9 (5/9 - 5/15) NUTRITION CHALLENGE – WEEK 9 <BR> <BR> First, don’t forget to report your points for week 8 ( And don’t forget your username!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Track your food. Angel gave you a break last week… but it’s time to get back into it (for those of you who stuck with tracking, quite impressive! I confess I was not one of you. But I am definitely getting back on board this week.) Track your food for 7 days and get a point. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Pick a n... Sun, 8 May 2011 16:59:36 EST Warriors - Challenge Week 8 All in one place :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=42<BR>06432 </link> Tue, 3 May 2011 03:02:06 EST Strength Team: Week 8 (May 2 - May 8) I know we all get the letter from Ninja Kate, but I like a fresh new thread each week to post in. Kinda like a fresh new bath towel! I wipe my sweat on you! Not really my about my word sweat? Eww... Nevermind. <BR> <BR> I heart all of your faces! I can't wait to kick week 8 in the taco! Mon, 2 May 2011 10:48:21 EST Nutrition Team - Week 8 (5/2 - 5/8) Ok, so, I have a hodge-podge of things to do this week. Just so you know, it's really hard to come up with new stuffs every week that's interesting and interactive. And I'm going to be mean too. I've come up with 5 challenges that I got all worked out, then remembered one of them was supposed to be to track your food 7days/wk. Well, you get to do all 5 plus track! But mine are generally a little easier on average, so you'll all be ok right? It's all in the name of getting healthy. And me bein... Mon, 2 May 2011 08:52:20 EST Cardio Team - Challenge Week 8 (5/2- 5/8) Week 8 in the RFML 100 Days to Summer Cardio Challenge!!! <BR> <BR> Same reporting link in use: <link><BR>H </link> <BR> <BR> How did last week go? Were you able to go back and kick some butt? Gain some confidence? I hope so!! Which week did you pick and would you go back and do other weeks after the challenge? I'm keeping all of these challenges in word document and will post it in our tinyurl google docs place at the end. <BR> <BR> Now, for week #8... Sun, 1 May 2011 19:28:11 EST The ultimate mommy wine accessory?<BR>eirdest-inventions.aspx?cp-documentid=<BR>28497762&imageindex=6&cp-searchtext=Wi<BR>ne%20rack%20bra&FORM=MSNIIT <BR> <BR> Copy/Paste the link, it'll take you to an article on MSN. Wed, 27 Apr 2011 16:38:07 EST High Heels and Exercise So I was playing around on Google and admiring my shoes when I thought about something... There are a handful of new exercise programs coming out that encourage their participants to wear heels in class. Then there's that old rumor that wearing heels will actually help you burn more calories while doing your normal every day activities (be it walking around the office or vacuuming the house). Looking down at my very pretty shoes with their 5" heels, I have to wonder if there is any truth to t... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 13:31:47 EST Thought I'd share a recipe This is a salmon recipe that I used recently and it was freaking amazing. Anywho, if you want to try it, it's healthy and awesome and well, that's pretty much all you need to know. <BR> <BR> You'll need: <BR> -Fillet of salmon <BR> -olive oil <BR> -2 parts honey <BR> -2 parts soy sauce <BR> -2 parts orange (or mixed citrus) juice <BR> -1 part mustard (I used Moosetard's Alder Smoked mustard. This stuff: <BR> -2 parts water <BR> <BR> Bake the salmon... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 20:34:17 EST Warriors - Challenge Week 7 Since I'm living in the future and all, figured I'd start the thread ;) Here's the blog, all in one place. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=41<BR>88481 </link> <BR> <BR> I am ready to KICK A$$ this week (since I was so extremely lazy over spring break)... WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! YEAH! Mon, 25 Apr 2011 09:47:46 EST Week 7 spreadsheets are ready <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This week and every week prior is in there. Every time one of the spreadsheets is updates (there are 2 versions to choose from), the previous week is kept in there as a sheet. I also include all the text of the challenges in my spreadsheet to refer to if I need the details. Also, each week has its own collection and in there are the files from the team leaders. <BR> <BR> Have a great week! Mon, 25 Apr 2011 01:16:24 EST Cardio Team - Challenge Week 7 (4/25 - 5/1) Well, well - we're in to week 7 now. <BR> <BR> Reminder: Week 6 points should be entered here... <BR> <link><BR>5H </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Since we just had Easter and by the looks of the blog roll it seems many of us fell off the wagon. If you didn't then SUPER good for you. <BR> Either way let's get to week 7 and get some pounds off and our hearts pumpin'. <BR> <BR> <BR> I hate to admit it, but week 7 is going to be a ladies choice. ;0 <BR> <B... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 22:57:22 EST Lunch Ideas Hi friends, <BR> <BR> Often for lunch I will have a Hillshire Farms Honey Ham sandwich on one of those Sandwich Thins. While I think it's an adequate lunch, I want to see if I can reduce my sodium intake, so I am looking for suggestions on alternate lunches. I want to find a high-protein lunch. Any suggestions? What do you eat for lunch? Sun, 24 Apr 2011 20:50:45 EST Strength Team: Week 7 (April 25) Dear Strength Ninjas - WEEK 7 IS T&A WEEK! <BR> <BR> FIRST: <BR> Be sure to submit your points for Week 6. <BR> <BR> SECOND: <BR> This particular letter contains one or two images that are probably not safe for work. But they are examples of the hotness to which we all aspire. Just sayin’. Nobody complain. <BR> <BR> THIRD: <BR> We are going to incorporate some of what we learned last week (the start-and-stops), but are going to switch it up. <BR> <BR> Here’s the scoop. For every exe... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 20:17:47 EST Nutrition Team - Challenge Week 7 (4/25-5/1) Welcome to Week 7 ladies! <BR> <BR> 1. Track your nutrition 7 days. Now, this is week 7 already. Let’s be honest, it’s time… if you haven’t already started… to be doing MORE than just tracking. Have you set some goals for yourself? If you are trying to lose weight, have you reduced your caloric intake? Not only do I want you to track your food every day this week, I also want you to examine what you should be eating. Read this article: <link><BR>on_... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 09:06:51 EST Ranting from Alaska Hey everybody! I'm new to the group, although not new to SparkPeople. Sadly, I got started on SparkPeople a couple of months ago and have gotten virtually nowhere thus far... Mainly, I'm having trouble with two things: <BR> 1. Daily motivation. <BR> 2. Finding kid-friendly workouts. <BR> Overall, I'm pretty motivated to get rid of the layer of blubber that has been hitching a ride around my midsection since 2008. The problem is that at the end of the day when I've gotten off work, picked the... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 19:24:38 EST Tips for Measurement Success? In one week I'll have my final measuring session at the gym and I still want to win the contest. Does anyone have any tips for what I should do the day before / the day of / the night before etc... I mean I know that the main work needs to have already been done... and hopefully that's the case... but you know, sometimes there are things to avoid (like Chinese food because of the sodium and water retention...etc.) <BR> <BR> Just looking for suggestions! Tue, 19 Apr 2011 21:35:36 EST Warriors Week 6 Hey Gals!!! Congrats for making it through the first leg of the challenge!! I must say it is totally kicking my flabby a$$!!! I am curious how you all are doing. I know myself, I am having a hard time juggling all of the challenges. It seems if I kick butt in 2 of the areas, I am lacking in others. I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!!! <BR> <BR> Keep up the good work!!! Mon, 18 Apr 2011 21:38:21 EST Cardio Team - Challenge Week 6 (4/18 - 4/24) To report week #5, go here. <BR> <link><BR>5H </link> <BR> <BR> I hear week #6 we get new members if they want to come over to the cardio-side. So, welcome newbies! Welcome everyone on the team and if you're still here in week #6 I'm happy to have you here. <BR> <BR> I tried to send everyone a sparkgoodie if you posted in week #5's Cardio thread and I was able to give you one. That's because I think you're all great to still be here 5 weeks in. WOO!!... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 00:41:39 EST Nutrition Challenge- week 6 Hey all, I know Easter is around the corner so I'm trying to be fair. I know we all take a nibble here and there of things and it's such a major pain to track them. I was conflicted b/c on one hand, that would maybe make some more hesitant to eat some things. But in the end my nice side won. So: <BR> <BR> Challenge 1 is to <BR> <BR> 1.) Track your food 6 days this week ; ) <BR> <BR> The next one is easy, but a pain to remember. I want you to: <BR> <BR> 2.) Drink a full cup (8oz.) of water... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 13:53:56 EST Strength Team: Week 6 (April 18 - a week later) Welcome any new Strength Ninjas. I'm Kate in Michigan, your stealthy, deadly Cruise Director. <BR> <BR> Dear Strength Ninjas - WEEK 6 IS RESET WEEK! <BR> <BR> FIRST: <BR> Be sure to submit your points for Week 5. <BR> <BR> <BR> SECOND: <BR> We are welcoming new members this week, so WOOT! <BR> <BR> THIRD: <BR> You are welcome to do the “extra steps” I’m recommending this week, but if you hate them, skip ‘em. I won’t be hurt. <BR> <BR> <BR> -... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 13:29:38 EST Not new, but haven't been here in awhile. And my daughter, MandaRJ85, tells me this is the BEST team to be on :) I really really really need to get back on track with my health. I'm turning 45 in two days, and I am SO out of shape, and at least 50 lbs overweight. <BR> <BR> I have 5 kids, three of them still at home. I home school them all, and haven't slept normally in over 7 years. I am going to try and sign on here at least once a day, and start out smallish, so I don't disappoint myself. Can't wait to get to know you all! <BR> ... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 14:13:36 EST Balance Team - Challenge Week 5 Anybody think this could have an entirely different meaning this week? ;) Sun, 10 Apr 2011 22:05:46 EST WEEK 5 SUPER SEXY CHALLENGE!!!! This week, we are doing something a little off-kilter. And, before we get any emails, please know that we're not trying to be total whack-jobs are super-offensive. We just thought it would be a lot of fun to stretch ourselves into different arenas. ;) If you are offended, just ignore us this week, and next week we'll be back to normal. <BR> <BR> Also, I'm totally going to say it here ... I am tired, and my brain is fried. I tried to think of challenges that would include our single la... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 22:03:57 EST Champions Team - Challenge Week 5 Rock it hard core, Ladies!!! Sun, 10 Apr 2011 21:08:02 EST Strength Team - Challenge Week 5 After seeing Riki's Cardio challenges this week - I'm scared/excited to see what NinjaKate is going to bring!!! <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**** <BR> <BR> An update, just in case you don't get the email Kate sends out. Due to some minor technical difficulties, Kate will be posting the strength challenge later this morning. We apologize for any inconvenience, and you may now return to your regularly scheduled programs. Thx!! xoxo Sun, 10 Apr 2011 21:06:40 EST Warrior Team - Challenge Week 5 This is going to be an AWESOME week!!!!! Sun, 10 Apr 2011 21:04:30 EST Cardio Team - Challenge Week 5 (4/11-4/17) OK, first off here's the link to report points for week 4, the same as last week: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> NOW, week #5 <BR> <em>342</em> <BR> It's SEXY week. We're 5 weeks in and we're ready to being sexy back. :) <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> <em>309</em> <BR> 1) Like normal, do your regular 7 miles this week. Walking, Swimming, Cycling, elliptical, just 7 measurable miles for 1 point. <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> <BR> 2) A new video for us to do, this one ... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 16:18:19 EST I'm Baaackkkk From where, who knows. Today ended my 12-week challenge. While I have little chance of winning, I finished it. This past (& last week) has been super challenging with basement remodeling that made me not want to workout (gym is in the basement). I think because I knew I had no chance of taking 1st place, my eats went in the crapper and I almost had a free-for-all. In the past 12 weeks, I lost 12 pounds, a total of 12" around my body and about 3.5% body fat. I've eaten more sp... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 09:48:16 EST Nutrition Team - Challenge Week 5 (4/11-4/17) Ladies: <BR> <BR> Some of our Week 5 Challenge requires some pre-planning, so I thought I'd get this posted early so that you could plan accordingly. Note that Week 5 doesn't start until Monday, April 11. Good luck! <BR> <BR> NUTRITION CHALLENGE – WEEK 5 <BR> <BR> All right ladies, as Yca has promised, this week is the week to kick things into high gear! Three times during this challenge (at weeks 5, 10, and 15), we will be taking things over the top. Here we go…! <BR> <BR> #1 - Track... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 21:18:18 EST Hi Ranters :) *waves* <BR> <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I'm Cheli. I'm 27 and the mother of 4 beautiful hellions. I have 2 boys, River is 5 and Journey is 3 and then 2 beautiful girls, Kaeda and Ember who are going to be 8 months old next week. We live in North East Florida outside of Jacksonville. <BR> <BR> Before I got pregnant with my girls I lost 70 lbs (got with in 20 lbs of my goal) by using Spark People and exercising and eating right. Nursing school, twin pregnancy, and pos... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 21:33:34 EST FlowMama - Periods & Exercise Could a big change in physical activity affect my period? I've worked out more and harder this week than I have in a long time, but it was also my week (blech). Ever since I had Mace, my periods have been extremely painful and very heavy (not to mention have no timing sense whatsoever) ... but this week it was actually really manageable. I only had one day (instead of 6) that I felt like dying, and even then, it wasn't too bad - I was just really really tired. <BR> <BR> Alls I'm saying,... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 07:55:05 EST change to week 4 spreadsheet the spreadsheet is at <link> </link> I added another week 4 tracking tab with changes in the strength category. <BR> <BR> Just fyi. Wed, 6 Apr 2011 11:16:25 EST Nutrition Challenge week 4 - 4/4/11 - 4/10/11 Hello dearies. Sorry I didn't post this yesterday.I tried to and my computer crashed, then I tried again and it crashed again. So I figured I'd do it in a few, but well... ok I dropped the ball and watched wrestlemania! I hope you all still lurve me : ) So, here are your challenges for this week. After these if you did still lurve me, you won't anymore. <BR> <BR> Track your food daily. For me this, along with steady exercise, is truly the key to success. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let yourself step o... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 08:11:00 EST Week 4 Spreadsheet up Just need to add nutrition. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Mon, 4 Apr 2011 00:51:33 EST Champions Team - Challenge Week 4 You gals are awesome, keep up the good work!!! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 21:39:01 EST Balance Team - Challenge Week 4 Meditate on this: look to yourself for strength, you are much stronger than you think ;) Sun, 3 Apr 2011 21:25:24 EST Nutrition Team - Challenge Week 4 Eat smarter, work harder!!! Keep up the good work, gals! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 21:16:12 EST Strength Team - Challenge Week 4 Ok, Ninjas!!!! Let's build some muscle!!! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 21:09:42 EST Cardio Team - Challenge Week 4 Let's get some moving and groovin, and get heart-healthy!!!!! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 21:06:55 EST Warrior Team - Challenge Week 4 Are you ready?!?!?!?!?!? Let's kick some Ninja @$$!!!!! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 21:04:18 EST Where is everybody from? Just curious, getting to know you kind of thing. <BR> <BR> I live in Frederick, MD. Go Ravens! <BR> <BR> I grew up in Chattanooga, TN. Go Vols! Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:35:57 EST **Please Read! An important note** I've gotten a lot of emails in the past couple of weeks. A LOT. In fact, I've never been so popular in my entire life!! ;) I have not had a chance to respond to all of them, I promise I'm getting there. <BR> <BR> There is a theme that is occupying most of the emails as of late, and I've decided to address all of you at once instead of individually ... that way, we're all on the same page. Any questions can all be addressed here openly and publicly. Also, that way I'm only answering t... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 09:22:01 EST Suggestion Box So many of you are making some excellent suggestions about the challenge and other things, and we thought it would be helpful to put them all in one place. Please feel free to use this thread to suggest exercises, challenges, or anything else you'd like us to consider. The leaders are going to be checking - and commenting - on this thread daily, so your suggestions will be taken into consideration. We want our team to be the most awesome snarky team on Spark, and we can't experience succes... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 08:19:42 EST Week 3 Spreadsheets up All the new spreadsheets and resources are up at <link> </link> If you have something to add, feel free to add it or if you're not sure how to do that you can email Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:43:11 EST BalanceTeam: Challenge Week 3 (3/28 - 4/3) Getting into the zone? Hitting your stride? or still getting into the swing of things? <BR> For me it varies from day to day... <BR> <BR> This week I'll be putting a new strategy into action in my daily routine. While the kids are home for Spring Break, so that should be extra fun. I'll be reporting on that here, and looking to see what is making a difference for y'all - everyone is doing a fantastic job of sharing and supporting! <BR> <BR> Need a reminder of what to do? Here's our poin... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 08:34:48 EST Warrior Team Challenge - Week 3 WOOOOHOOOOO! Alright, ladies!!! This is going to be a tough week... let's tackle it to the ground and make it our bitch. TOWANDA!!! <BR> <BR> Here it is with links all in one place (except for well-being, which is the same every week). <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=41<BR>23025 </link> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 04:18:39 EST Cardio Team - Challenge Week 3 (3/28-4/3) First off, don't forget to track your points for week #2! <link><BR>5H </link> <BR> It's easy and takes less than a minute. Thanks again to Julie for putting it together for us. :) <BR> <BR> Reflection time: <BR> How's it been going so far? In general for Cardio have you found it too hard? easy? time consuming? Have you gotten most points you set out to get? What's gotten in your way? <BR> Other than sickness which I totally understand. Just wondering ... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 01:45:07 EST So, I'm finally here I am here. I need to get my butt in gear. I've lost weight before and have been healthy and then I had kids. There is really no reason I can't do this again. Well...No. Those are excuses not reasons. I'm going to need quite a bit of help figuring out this board. I do much better with accountability, so this should help tons. I'm going to concentrate on exercise first and once that's in a groove work on my food issues. I'm glad I took the leap and joined you guys! <em>41</em> Sun, 27 Mar 2011 19:55:42 EST STRENGTH TEAM - Week 3 (3/28 - 4/3) Dear Strength Ninjas - WEEK 3 IS UPPER BODY WEEK! <BR> <BR> <BR> [That’s right, I said UPPER BODY!] <BR> <BR> There are THREE LEVELS to choose from for each and every challenge. CHALLENGE yourself, but don‘t be an idiot*. Even on one person, strength varies by body part. (*said with love) <BR> The three levels are: <BR> NINJA (deadly, silent, invisible), <BR> JEDI (serious, but not yet perfectly invisible), and <BR> CHEERLEADER (cute, cheerful, but none too subtle). <BR> <BR> <B... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 19:15:37 EST NEW LINK TO REPORT POINTS FOR WEEK 2 <link><BR>5H </link> <BR> <BR> It's all my fault. I am so sorry that this link is getting posted so late. <BR> <BR> Hanging head in shame. Sun, 27 Mar 2011 15:58:22 EST Nutrition Team - Challenge Week 3 (3/28-4/3) Allrightly ladies, here is your Nutrition Team Challenge for the third week of the 100 Day RFML Challenge! <BR> <BR> Earn 1 point if you... <BR> -Track every single bite you take in the nutrition tracker this week. Pay special attention to things that you may have been leaving off in previous weeks. Did you track that piece of gum? That nibble from your daughter’s plate? Make this your mantra: "If you bite it, write it!" <BR> <BR> Earn 1 point if you... <BR> -Go to your grocery store an... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 13:47:07 EST Inspirational Blog Perhaps you have already seen this, but I thought it was worth re-posting. It's very true, and I really like the approach she takes towards 'long-term' successes. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4014446 </link> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 16:34:28 EST How to get more FIBER in your diet Long heralded as part of a healthy diet, fiber appears to reduce the risk of developing various conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, diverticular disease, and constipation. <BR> <BR> The best sources are whole grain foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes and nuts. <BR> <BR> **Fruits & Veggies: Snack on carrot sticks, celery sticks, sliced cucumber, broccoli, dried fruits, berries, grapes, bananas, kiwis, apples, pears, clementines, melons... <BR> <BR> **Grains: toasted whole... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:47:17 EST Sources of Protein A lot of people have asked me about how to get in more protein, as I am routinely getting 100+ grams per day. Here are some of my tricks: <BR> <BR> *Eggs / eggbeaters <BR> *Cottage cheese (add fruit and it's not so bad) <BR> *Greek yogurt (the brands do make a difference, try a few before you decide - I like Oikos and Chobani) <BR> *Chicken (white meat with no skin is your best choice) <BR> *Tuna fish (I have been known to have a whole can of tuna fish for lunch...add a little miracle whip ... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:41:20 EST New to Spark People Hello fellow weight loss friends, <BR> I am new to Spark People. I joined because my fellow gymrat buddy DananotDayna convinced me to join and do the challenge with her. I have not been very good about exploring this website, but I wanted to say hello and I'm happy to have this support to add to my arsenol. I got the answer to my growing belly issue today. OLD AGE!!! Appently when you hit 38ish, you tummy starts to get flabbier. Since I had tummy issues before, this was not well received.... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 13:32:24 EST Top 10 Warriors Hey Ladies!!! Here are the top 10 Super Kick A$$ Warriors for Week 1 <BR> <BR> With 20 points, yes 20 points are <BR> <BR> ALEANERCHICA <BR> JACKSONSMOMMY12 <BR> KIM_RINGER <BR> VLDILLARD <BR> <BR> and not far behind with 19 points <BR> <BR> AURYNGURL <BR> BEAKIEBEAN <BR> DENAROX <BR> LILMRSNELSON4 <BR> LJOHIOSTATE <BR> MAKEESHA2 <BR> <BR> Holy wow...kudos to all of you for all of your hard work! I honestly don't know how you did it!!! Keep up the awesome work!!!! Wed, 23 Mar 2011 07:19:28 EST I took on too much I've been debating if this should be a post here or a blog. Seeing how more people may read it here, it's here. <BR> I started a transformation contest mid-January thru a different website. It is a 12 week deal and my last day is April 9. It is more of a bodybuilding thing and I've been very faithful to my workouts and eats. My friend (who I haven't seen here yet) "sparked" my interest in this challenge. I signed on knowing that it would add to my already challenging workouts. Then my body cr... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 22:50:21 EST Hello everyone! hey everyone im new to this so bare with me! i am ready to lose some weight! i always set a goal and never stick to it but hopefully by me being on a team and meeting other mothers with the same goals as me it will make it exciting! im a mother of 3 girls and im 26 years old weighing at 176 my goal weight is to be 145-150 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 13:26:20 EST helloooooo! Newbie to Spark, newbie to Momyland team, long-time ranter. Very excited to be here. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 00:28:14 EST Giving Back-For all you artsy fartsy types like me <link> </link> <BR> Those of us who have had babies in the NICU probably got a quilt from a wonderful organization called Project Linus. And if you didn't this is a talented group of quilters who make quilts for infants and children who are in the hospital for lengthy stays. <BR> <BR> We got a really pretty quilt from them for Eddie, and my step brother was hit by a car when he was 15 and in a coma for 3 months and they made him one too. As far as non-profit... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 15:59:49 EST STRENGTH: getting Fitness Minutes I believe Strengthers should get Fitness Minutes for our exercises. Having done research like a MoFo, I have found this: <BR> <BR> Our bicycle crunches are "Crunches, Vigorous" <BR> Our "SUPERBEEYOTCHES" (dry swim) are PILATES! Yes they are. <BR> Our Lightning Bolts are POWER YOGA. <BR> <BR> So there you go. :-) Sun, 20 Mar 2011 14:35:17 EST Starting again New to the message board. Starting the "diet thing" AGAIN. Trying to get myself in gear. New to the whole spark team. Hoping to at least be able to go somewhere and gain some form of support (or just air successes, frustrations) of trying to eat healthfully in a family of a husband and two boys who never need to watch what they eat and NEVER gain weight! I am sure many of you have the same struggles! Sun, 20 Mar 2011 13:59:33 EST Homeschooling Families I've noticed that I'm not the only homeschooling mommy here - let's share our stories!!! <BR> <BR> I didn't start out with the idea of homeschooling. Before I had kids, I had always thought that homeschooling was either for extreme freaky conservative families or for weird hippie commune type families. Or, you know, kids with illnesses - but "that didn't count" ;) <BR> <BR> Kindergarten for my oldest (Jack) was a struggle, but we were blessed to have a very experienced teacher who was ab... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 11:50:41 EST Special Needs Families Many of us have children that face special challenges ... let's make sure we give a hand up when and where we can ... as well as a shoulder! <BR> <BR> Tell your story here! Sun, 20 Mar 2011 10:20:36 EST What are you reading? If you are reading something that could help us all on our journey, give it a shout-out! Nutrition, fitness, self-improvement, religion ... whatever! Sun, 20 Mar 2011 10:16:20 EST Champions Team - Challenge Week 2 Now that we know what we're doing - we've so got this!!!! Sun, 20 Mar 2011 10:11:36 EST Warrior Team - Challenge Week 2 Now that we know what we're doing - we've so got this!!!! Sun, 20 Mar 2011 10:11:15 EST Balance Team - Challenge Week 2 Now that we know what we're doing - we've so got this!!!! Sun, 20 Mar 2011 10:10:43 EST Nutrition Team - Challenge Week 2 Now that we know what we're doing - we've so got this!!!! Sun, 20 Mar 2011 10:10:21 EST Strength Team - Challenge Week 2 Now that we know what we're doing - we've so got this!!!! Sun, 20 Mar 2011 10:09:53 EST Cardio Team - Challenge Week 2 Now that we know what we're doing - we've so got this!!!! Sun, 20 Mar 2011 10:09:08 EST Links to Report Points Our lovely and fearless leader, Lydia/Julie, did some beautiful work in creating a way for us all to submit our points simply! YAY!!!! <BR> <BR> Please follow the links to report your points each and every Monday by 5pm EST. Thanks! <BR> <BR> Cardio: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Strength: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 10:05:53 EST Where can I buy T-Box near Manhattan? I haven't seen the T-box at any of the local Targets (Brooklyn or New Jersey). Just wondering if anyone knows if any Targets near Manhattan sell wine! Fri, 18 Mar 2011 14:01:07 EST How the heck do I start a blog here? Now I am no computer or website dummy. I do most of my work on the computer. But this darn site has befuddled me completely. How the heck does one start a blog? I've read the "getting started" section on the blog pages and an totally unable to find the tab they are referring to on my start page. I searched the help to no avail. Whuck?! Can any of you wonderful people lead me in the right direction? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Monica Tue, 15 Mar 2011 21:26:07 EST Anyone know how to quit a Spark Team? I think the site signed me up for other teams by default and I can't for the life of me, figure out how to make them go away. <BR> <BR> Grrr, so annoyed. Tue, 15 Mar 2011 13:01:50 EST ALL STRENGTH NINJAS READ: March 15 Here is the list of ALL THE EMAILS I have for Strength Ninjas. If you are not on here, I don't know about you. <BR> <BR> I AM CLOSING THE TEAM TO NEW MEMBERS -- IF YOU HAVE POSTED SOMEWHERE THAT YOU WANT TO BE A NINJA, YOU MUST GET YOUR EMAIL (REAL, NOT SPARK) TO ME BY 7 P.M. EST TODAY. END OF STORY. FINITO. NIENTE. BOLSHOI. AGUILERA. <BR> <BR> <BR>,,,,, anne.keogh@y... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 11:25:40 EST Making things easier to manage? I was just wondering if instead of all the points emailing, we could just have a centralized Google docs spreadsheet for putting in points. A tab for each team? It would be easy enough to make Google acct for the challenge. <BR> <BR> I also wondered if on the weekly threads, the first post could always be the post with the tasks. I had a hard time searching through everything and finding the information yesterday. It would be nice to know exactly where to get the info. <BR> <BR> Maybe neit... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 09:48:20 EST Googledocs folder for challenges I really need all these challenges centralized for my sanity so I created a googledocs folder and made it public in case anyone else finds it helpful. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> That should get you there :) <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 22:14:17 EST am I a moron?? or just depleted of all brain cells....cannot figure out how to join one of the challenge teams....anyone? anyone? Bueller? HELP! Mon, 14 Mar 2011 21:50:46 EST Hey Ladies! I saw the post on RFM, and I decided to join in. I assume all of the laughing I do while reading the blog is partially toning me, but I could probably give a little more. Spark People seems very cool, but it is a little overwhelming; is it okay to break out some wine while I surf just to grease the wheels a bit? ;) <BR> <BR> It's nice to meet all of you, and I look forward to learning and laughing with you. <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> Jenn Mon, 14 Mar 2011 21:11:31 EST New Here I just read today blog entry from the wonderful Mommyland ladies & decided this would be a fun thing to take part in! My daughter is 3 1/2 yrs old and I'm still carrying entirely TOO MUCH baby weight around with me, so here I am. <BR> <BR> Can someone point in the direction of the goals/teams/activities for the 100 Day Challenge, please? <BR> <BR> Thank you for allowing me to join the fun! <em>30</em> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 17:21:36 EST No Confirmation e-mail Hi team, <BR> I am new here. I just joined SparkPeople. I'd like to join the Wellness team challenge but the SparkMail keeps telling me I haven't confirmed my e-mail. I never received a confirmation e-mail with a link. There is none in any of my spam folders (outlook or server). I have even added to my whitelist. And though I have clicked Resend E-Mail several times, nothing has come in. Please help. <BR> Thanks a lot. <BR> Bouqui Mon, 14 Mar 2011 11:46:29 EST Is this right? I really want to join a team. Am I doing this right? My name is Suzanne. I have a boy 12 and a girl 10. Married 19yrs to the most patient man on the planet, I think the martinis help a lot. I'm turning 40 this summer and have been carrying around the same 30/40lbs of 'babyweight' for the past 10yrs. and it's time for it to be gone....or at least be replaced with something I can actually use. Like muscle. Mon, 14 Mar 2011 11:19:22 EST Welcome from Kate & Lydia!! Kate & Lydia here! <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for being part of this! <BR> <BR> If you're new, the whole SparkPeople site is pretty overwhelming and hard to get used to. We totally get it. Kate is dealing with the same learning curve right now, too. Just hang in there and take some time up front to mess around with its features. It gets easier, we promise! Also if you have an iphone or droid you can download the free Sparkpeople app and track your fitness and nutrition stuff. <BR> ... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 09:53:46 EST Salad recipes? I can't remember which one of you posts the amazing salad recipes. Its one of you that I really love lots and lots. I need some twists for salads. <BR> <BR> Everybody, give me your best!!! Mon, 14 Mar 2011 09:32:10 EST Hi Hi, I'm a sahm of two (ages 7 and 3). I'm tired, bored and pretty much have given up on any hope for my former figure. I hope to find some motivation and inspiration. Mon, 14 Mar 2011 07:57:12 EST Share Our Nutrition Articles for Week 1 Challenge Might it be a good idea for us to post the nutrition articles we find for our challenge this week (section #3) so that others may benefit? <BR> <BR> I found a nice one on the Fiber One website, "10 Tips to Get Your Daily Fiber" <BR> <link><BR>px </link> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 02:17:00 EST oops sorry-accident-can't figure out how to delete! Sun, 13 Mar 2011 14:54:49 EST New and inspired Ready to shed 45 pounds and change some habits for good before heading into empty nest time of life. Looking forward to the support. Sun, 13 Mar 2011 14:53:18 EST Water Issues Quick question for you ladies: <BR> <BR> Does Crystal Light count towards water intake? I have a REALLY hard time getting down plain water and want to break the soda habit. I would count the calories and such on my nutrition log. Sun, 13 Mar 2011 14:40:13 EST Introduction I'm 31 years old, I've had 6 children in the past 12 years and according to this site and my pant size I am considered obese. I bought running shoes yesterday and I'm beginning to train for a 1/2 marathon that will take place in June. According to spark, I need to lose over 50 lbs. Shoot me now. Sun, 13 Mar 2011 14:13:45 EST READ ME FIRST!!!! Hello!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>199</em> <em>229</em> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> We are so very glad that you are here!!!!!! <BR> <BR> There is so very much going on with our new team challenge, that I thought I would throw in a very simple guidemap to get you started. This is very overwhelming, we understand!! Even those of us that have been here for awhile, we still have a lot of questions :) <BR> <BR> 1. Don't get too overwhelmed!!! This website can be confusing and frustrating. It t... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 12:23:30 EST Ready(ish) to get my spark on! This is my first ever post on a message board, so hopefully I'm doing it right! I am Jamie, a 36 year old mother of two. I live in Las Vegas, NV, where it will be a lovely 80 degrees today. Don't another couple months it will reach about 112 degrees for 90+ days. Ninety plus swimsuit-wearing days. You're not feeling so jealous now, right!?! You're welcome. <BR> <BR> I was excited to see the 100 day challenge information, so I'm trying to muddle my way through this Spark site an... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 11:55:16 EST Me too! I'd like to join in too! I'm pretty good at getting cardio time in, I was better when I had a gym pass, but moving to a small town and my workouts moving to home, more motivation is key...I'd also like to start running and build up my stamina to do longer work outs than I currently do! Sun, 13 Mar 2011 10:18:08 EST Warrior Team - Challenge Week 1 Ok, Ladies! It is time to get this party started!! This is the thread your lovely captain will post your challenges in for this week. It will be a great place for questions, explanations, general encouragement and support. Remember, you are amazing and absolutely deserve this!! <BR> <BR> (ps - I am so going to win!!!! lol) Sun, 13 Mar 2011 09:03:38 EST Champions Team - Challenge Week 1 Ok, Ladies! It is time to get this party started!! This is the thread your lovely captain will post your challenges in for this week. It will be a great place for questions, explanations, general encouragement and support. Remember, you are amazing and absolutely deserve this!! Sun, 13 Mar 2011 09:02:44 EST Balance Team - Challenge Week 1 Ok, Ladies! It is time to get this party started!! This is the thread your lovely captain will post your challenges in for this week. It will be a great place for questions, explanations, general encouragement and support. Remember, you are amazing and absolutely deserve this!! Sun, 13 Mar 2011 09:02:05 EST Nutrition Team - Challenge Week 1 Ok, Ladies! It is time to get this party started!! This is the thread your lovely captain will post your challenges in for this week. It will be a great place for questions, explanations, general encouragement and support. Remember, you are amazing and absolutely deserve this!! Sun, 13 Mar 2011 09:01:31 EST Strength Team - Challenge Week 1 Ok, Ladies! It is time to get this party started!! This is the thread your lovely captain will post your challenges in for this week. It will be a great place for questions, explanations, general encouragement and support. Remember, you are amazing and absolutely deserve this!! Sun, 13 Mar 2011 09:01:02 EST Cardio Team - Challenge Week 1 Ok, Ladies! It is time to get this party started!! This is the thread your lovely captain will post your challenges in for this week. It will be a great place for questions, explanations, general encouragement and support. Remember, you are amazing and absolutely deserve this!! Sun, 13 Mar 2011 09:00:34 EST Hi There from Pike's Peak! Hello RFML Ladies! <BR> <BR> I am Jenn. I am 30 and am currently a SAHM. I live in the shadow of Pike's Peak with my husband, 3 step-sons (ages 9, 7 and 6), three silly dogs and a cat. <BR> <BR> I am originally from Georgia but have live in Colorado for 1 1/2 years. <BR> <BR> My parents both are older (in their 70s) and suffer from high BP as well as Type 2 diabetes. I DO NOT want this to be my future, so it's time to step up my game and stop the excuses. <BR> <BR> Additionally, my sons ... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 01:38:09 EST oops..... nevermind Would LOVE to delete this. Sorry. Sat, 12 Mar 2011 23:57:31 EST Katie in the Hooooooouse! Hi Everyone, <BR> Have you ever had one of those days where you are just like WTH is going on here? Yeah, that was me today when I got up on the scale. I threw up a little in my mouth.... <BR> <BR> I entered the "decade" on the scale that I swore I'd never be in again.....This after a week of being "good" and eating so many sweet peppers as snacks that I honestly was burping them up day and night. Got my rear off that scale and literally was signed up for 3 months of Weight Watchers onli... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 23:18:17 EST Measuring our Success For those of us that really watch our numbers in order to see just how well we're doing, I offer an additional challenge - not for the faint of heart! Every week, we'll weigh ourselves, and record the changes. Additionally, at the end of each of the five week legs, we'll take measurements from around our body to see just where we're losing the weight from. We can also calculate our percentage lost - just like on Biggest Loser! <BR> <BR> If you would like to participate, simply copy and ... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 10:22:21 EST Hi guys! I am new in town! Good evening - My name is Sandie - I am 47, mother of 2 (14 and 12). I have been on the weight roller coaster most of my memory - ranging in weight from 135 (scary skinny when I look back on pics) to 235 just before delivering my babies. <BR> In real life - I like to hang at 160, and had reached that goal ( several times) between 2000 and 2006. It's not the getting there - it's the staying there! <BR> <BR> 4 years ago began a very stressful time for my family - we were in the real estate... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:28:49 EST Hello Hi there! New here. My name is Bonnie. I am 30 years old, from California, married, and mommy to three boys. I saw something about the 100 days challenge on someone's page and it looked interesting. Fri, 11 Mar 2011 19:25:46 EST New Here Hello all! <BR> <BR> I just started ACTUALLY trying to lose weight this week, of course I have been trying for 2 years. But my whole not dieting, not exercising routine wasn't working for me. So now I have put myself on a diet of 1450 calories, and so I can actually eat food that I like I workout so I can eat more. Twisted I know, but hey I think it is working, we will have to see :) <BR> <BR> I happy to be hear with other people who are working towards the same goal, being able to wear a b... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 12:13:45 EST Warrior Team Hosted by the ever-impressive DugieStoner!!! <BR> <BR> Welcome to the team! Introduce yourself, and let us know why you wanted to be THIS insane and join all four teams :) Thu, 10 Mar 2011 23:11:19 EST Champions Team Hosted by the lusty PirateGirlMel - careful, she's armed! <BR> <BR> Welcome to the team! Introduce yourself, let us know what your goals are, as well as what tow other teams you're going to be joining :) Thu, 10 Mar 2011 23:09:55 EST Emotional Well-Being Team Hosted by the Queen of Snarkdom, DanaNotDayna :) (Careful, she uses really big words - drink coffee before reading) <BR> <BR> Welcome to the team! Make yourself at home, introduce yourself, and let us know what your goals are! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 23:08:18 EST Nutrition Team Hosted by the ever-lovely DTWAMF1 :) <BR> <BR> Welcome! Make yourself at home! Introduce yourself, and let us know what your goals are :) Thu, 10 Mar 2011 23:05:49 EST Strength Team Hosted by KateInMichigan (aka Half-@$$ed Strength Ninja - she gave herself that name, its awesome) <BR> <BR> Welcome! Make yourself at home, introduce yourself, and let us know what your goals are! Thu, 10 Mar 2011 23:04:14 EST Cardio Team Hosted by the Lovely (and slightly not sane) CrazyRiki :) <BR> <BR> Welcome to the team! Introduce yourself and let us know your goals :) Thu, 10 Mar 2011 23:02:50 EST Official Challenge Explanation First, let me tell you again just how excited I am to be doing this challenge with you gals! The next 100 days are going to be a lot of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears (kind of like motherhood), but it is absolutely going to be worth it!! I also want to thank all of you for your input on helping me get this challenge put together. I’ve never done something like this and got so confused! You ladies were so awesome and patient. I took into account all of your suggestions, but obviously ... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 20:44:30 EST Glycemic Index/Gly Load Info & Resources - Help! Hi there! Does anyone have any great resources or books or info on Glycemic Index or Glycemic Load? I have been doing a lot of research and have figured out that I'm insulin resistant and need to be mindful of GI/GL. But it seems really complicated. <BR> <BR> Help! Mon, 7 Mar 2011 09:17:12 EST 100 Days to Summer!!!! For years, the commercials that pop up in the spring advertising beach vacations, bikini-perfect bodies, and discounted gym memberships have taunted me. Those bronzed bodies running through the sand without a single ounce of fat wiggling or jiggling. This is the last year that I threaten to bash the television with a baseball bat. Although … that would be a great cardio workout! <BR> <BR> June 21 is the official first day of summer. There are 100 days starting on March 14 until that drea... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 14:42:27 EST Welcome Baby Eddie!!! It didn't take long, but our little board here has its first baby!!!! We are so glad that Mandar is home and recovering, and we are celebrating her first baby with her! So, I was thinking we could have a mini-baby shower for our sweet girl! Leave a msg with a funny comment, piece of advice (not the kind the old ladies in the store stop to give you, but something good), or an other miscellaneous gem for our brand new mommy! <BR> <BR> Mandar, we love you and are so excited for you! Sun, 27 Feb 2011 23:01:58 EST An inspiring blog by a friend! I just wanted to share this with you all because this blog is touching and fantastic!!! I hope it inspires many of you!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4042329 </link> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 02:30:05 EST What REAL Women Look Like.... The following link is a website that gathers pictures of real women (sent in by users) at different weights and heights! I came across it last night and was really intrigued.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I think this would be an EXCELLENT thing to contribute to! I mean, I looked up my current height and weight and really had an eye-opening experience. <BR> <BR> Another great thing is that after looking at lower weights with my height, I am pretty certain that 1... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 21:35:31 EST I'm back! Did you miss me? Feels like I haven't been on here forever! <BR> <BR> There was a horrible virus going around here, and the kids and I were all sick. Nothing too serious, slight fever and aches, sinus congestion. Almost ended up with a sinus infection, but managed to avoid it. <BR> <BR> Being sick freaks me out and means I have to be very careful about how much I do. Last year I spent 7 months unable to function. Sweeping the floor meant I had to go have a nap. Walking to the store took 2 days to recover f... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 07:44:46 EST motivation idea I'd like to see this across the country. Our lady's group is rewarding themselves for walking. In addition to any change they find along their walks, we are putting in a jar a set amount of change per block or mile, depending on their personal goals (about a quarter a day for most). At the end of 1 month, we have a bingo party using the change as ante. :D Personally, My goal is 1 mile a day. I put a quarter in my jar every time I make my goal. It motivates me because I want to show up with a... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 11:06:38 EST Week 7, 2011 - Goals At this point, all I can do is keep apologizing for not being around much this week and at some point y'all are going to get tired of hearing me whining about wearing the loser hat. <BR> <BR> I'm going to hit the ctrl + alt + del button in my world. I'm going to have to get myself back to the wayyyy basics and really try hard to begin again. For the rest of the week, I'm going to focus on tracking everything again, drinking my water, and moving when I can. <BR> <BR> How are you gals doing... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:23:44 EST Calories vs Breastfeeding? I'm trying to work a meal plan for when the kid gets here. I intend on breast feeding but I'm kind of stuck, anyone have any advice on calories? I asked my doctor and they said since I'm overweight I shouldn't try to add anymore then 300 a day but man that sounds painful! That's only like 1800 cals a day! I'm sure I can do it but right now I'm having problems staying under 1500. If that's the only way I can do it any advice on getting through it? Higher protein or something? lol Every time I ... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 14:10:57 EST Week 6 Goals - 2011 I'm finding it hard to stay on track and deal with stress and a little bit of depression. My challenge to myself this week is to definitely get in my 8 glasses of water (I've noticed a huge difference since I haven't been getting them in) ... do at least my yoga every day, and a nice long walk on the days I don't work ... and spend a little more time planning out snacks. <BR> <BR> What are you looking at this week? Sun, 6 Feb 2011 20:01:21 EST Grrrr, Frustration all around OK, I need a moment to vent and then I need to hear the unvarnished ugly truth and hopefully get a kick in the rear. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure I didn't lose this week. Because I'm psycho and weigh myself every day, unless I magically lose 2 pounds tonight, the scale will suck tomorrow. I'm eating within my limits I would say 99% of the time. (I made my food logs public so you can check it out on my page.) When I average the last 7 days together, I eat approximately 1500 cals daily. And I fee... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 21:10:06 EST I've been put on notice! Help! Just when I was settling into life in New Jersey, the husband comes home yesterday with news. Apparently the only other guy in his office that does his job has been promoted and moved to an office in another state. This makes my husband the senior in his office. He was also warned from his boss that it means he is getting closer to the top of the promotion pile and that it usually means an out of state move, most likely to the DC area or OH. I interpreted this as a sign that his company i... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 13:16:47 EST Getting started when sick Dear Guru FlowMama, <BR> I keep trying to get started towards my weight loss goals, but just when I think I am ready to go, BAM! I am sick. Not just a little cold either. I am talking about knocking you on your backside sick. I've been sick a total of 5 times this year already. Being sick makes my willpower evaporate. I use all the energy I can muster to get through work and then run out of steam. I haven't had the energy to make a list and go to the grocery store so I have been relyin... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 12:40:32 EST Ok.. got another one for ya. I've been making home made hash browns and instead of frying them in oil I do then on my griddle with cooking spray that has 0 everything in it. How do I count that? So far I've been counting it as a baked potato and just putting the measurements I think is about the same. What do you guys think? I'm getting a little tired of this guessing stuff. Fri, 4 Feb 2011 12:33:14 EST Hmmm... how do I do this? I just danced for 45 minutes (it doesn't hurt my feet or knees, Yay!).. and for 20 minutes of it I was holding my 35 lb. toddler (wow right?) and the other 25 I was using a 7.5 lb. weight. I only have one so I was doing one arm at a time. I wasn't just holding it, I was like um.. pumping my arms in reps. Like I would pump my arm straight up 30 times, and then do the other arm. Then I would do it straight out and repeat with the other arm. I'm sweating and panting and my heart is racing. So th... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 17:51:55 EST Meeting my caloric intake Ok ... so this is something that we've thrown around on the board a little, and I thought it would be a really good way to kick off the questions... <BR> <BR> There are days when I'm just not hungry. Either because I'm not doing a lot anyway, or maybe I'm not feeling all that great, or a hundred other reasons. So, how do I know if I'm getting enough? And how long does that last before my body goes into shock and I'm not losing any weight and actually doing damage? And how low is too low?... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 23:03:13 EST Our very own guru! It is my pleasure to introduce to you our very own resident expert! *drum rolllllll* Welcome, FlowMama!!! <BR> <BR> Now, I think it is only appropriate to start by saying that it is this gorgeous lady that introduced me to Rants from Mommyland. We were hanging out at her neighborhood pool, and she said to me, "OMG, you have to go read this blog these two women wrote - they made rules for the pool!" After both of us laughing hysterically, I went home and googled RFM, and laughed and rea... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 22:55:12 EST Week 5 - 2011 Goals It seems as if so many of had a really rough ending to last week. Let's just get back to basics this week!! <BR> <BR> I'm starting back with my water and my steps, what are you doing? Mon, 31 Jan 2011 10:49:16 EST Behind the 8 ball - but not for long! Before I start writing this, I want to say that I was going to make this a blog ... but then decided there are just some things I want to keep with my closest gals, and not the whole spark-iverse ;) <BR> <BR> ~ * ~ * ~ <BR> <BR> Do you ever feel like now matter how hard you try, you are just never going to get all caught up? <BR> <BR> I have lived my life like this for the past five years. Every single time I think I'm on top of my game, I get knocked off my horse. It started not lon... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 13:07:36 EST A round of applause ... .... goes to VegLils!!! <BR> <BR> She has been named as a SparkPeople motivator of the day!!!!! <BR> <BR> We are very glad to have you as part of our team, Lillie. Your bright smile, wealth of knowledge, and never-ending determination are an integral part of MommyLand. <BR> <BR> We love you!!! Thu, 27 Jan 2011 12:38:48 EST Super Discouraged Ug. ladies, it's been horrible lately. <BR> <BR> I had strep, and then was on antibiotics. We've had 2 snow storms in the past two weeks and another one coming tomorrow. Kids have been cranky and not sleeping well, I've hardly been out of the house and I'm alergic to my cat. <BR> <BR> Also, I've been having odd symptoms lately, similar to when I was sick last year. I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrom, which basically means I was tired all the time and no one could figure out why. It started abo... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 22:22:10 EST Hi from eternally sunny Seattle Yeah, and if you believe that, then I only weigh 150 pounds. ;) <BR> <BR> Hi, ladies! I'm Di, I'm 30 something, and stay at home wife and mom of three special needs kiddos. My boys are both on the autism spectrum, and (depending on what the 'experts' are saying today) my daughter kind of is. She is 'just' adhd. My husband and I also support and care for my disabled parents. My mom is a verbally abusive breast cancer survivor (two of her children refuse to speak to her, one does only whe... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 02:29:03 EST 117 Cardio Workouts For those of you who want to change it up every once in a while, this is a great list of cardio activities. =) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1596 </link> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 01:52:47 EST Stick With It! I really like this article. It has good advice for getting going and sticking with exercise. =) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=73 </link> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 01:48:31 EST Burning Calories So, I just input my calories for my C25k and it told me that I burned more than 900 calories. I only jogged/walked for 25 minutes. Surely that can't be right .... can it? Input, please!! Tue, 25 Jan 2011 20:21:27 EST How does that work? I've been trying to make healthy substitutions with my food. Good right? Well, yes, but it also makes it harder to track in some cases. The latest one is spaghetti. <BR> <BR> I used one can of spag. sauce, 1 yellow squash, 1 zucchini squash, 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1/4c. onion, and 1/2 bell pepper in it. It fills it out so well, and really you can barely tell the squash are in there lol! <BR> <BR> It wasn't even like regular sauce looks, it was thick and chunky. So when I log that.. how ... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 10:31:22 EST The Buddy System The Minister of Ass Reduction, Ms. GCB, and I were speaking this morning about the need for a buddy system. If you are interested in joining up with someone on our team, please leave a msg and we will do our best to get everyone matched up. Be sure to state your purpose for buddy: accountability, similar goals (be sure to list the goal), fitness, nutrition, etc. If you don't have anything specific, let us know that, too. <BR> <BR> OH!! For the time being, please limit yourself to one bu... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 11:39:41 EST Week 4 - 2011 As a team, we are starting our 4th week, altho I know some of you have not been here that long. Girls we are doing great, let's really end January on a high note!! <BR> <BR> This week I'm still going to be working on my steps. It should be a little easier because this week (drum roll please) I'm starting the C25k!!! Can I get a whutwhut!! I'm giving myself until Valentine's Day to see if I can get running to enter the Ragnar Race with Kate. I'm nervous and scared and excited. I haven't... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 23:23:51 EST Red zone Today I came really close to hitting the red zone. What is the red zone you may ask??? It is the point of no return, where you are eating just to eat, and it ain't no salad. <BR> <BR> Today started off rushed. I got up late for church, hopped in the shower, got my boys ready with my <BR> husband, and got out of the door in 30 minutes. So, obviously no breakfast. At church, for the ministry workers that stay for two services, they put out snacks, which include pecan pinwheels, poppy seed c... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 22:05:05 EST Wii Fit recommen dations? I have wii fit plus and really like it, but I get frustrated with the amount of time spent standing still pressing buttons and waiting. Can anyone recommend some other things to do on my balance board that will give me a good workout? I have heard Zumba is good and also Dance 2 or something like that. Anyone tried them? <em>312</em> Sun, 23 Jan 2011 13:27:21 EST Workout DVDs I was wondering what other DVDs you all use (and like). I know 30 Day Shred is popular, but are there any other faves? I like Crunch Bootcamp and Turbo Jam but I need something new. <BR> I am also looking for a yoga dvd that my 12 y.o. DD and I can do together. She does yoga at school and loves it. <BR> I appreciate it the help. Sun, 23 Jan 2011 10:55:20 EST (ignore my blond moment please) Awww, this was as close as I could come to deleting this topic... lol Sat, 22 Jan 2011 10:37:01 EST Glad to be here Hello everyone! My name is Melissia, I'm 33 and currently a stay at home mom. My husband recently left me, and that has motivated me to try to live a healthier lifestyle. It has also meant a great many things are changing. I can't afford to stay at home anymore and I'm searching for a job and trying to build a new life. I'm an emotional eater, so being healthy through this time is going to be especially hard for me. I'm hoping this team and site will help me through the hardest parts. ... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 04:29:21 EST Weekend Challenge Hey all! So, this place is a ghost town on the weekends. My challenge to you all is to log on this weekend and post to the message boards or write a blog. Maybe it will help keep us all on track and motivated through the weekend. =) Fri, 21 Jan 2011 16:23:59 EST My Disney Goal Hi there, folks. My name is Lesley. Decided that I would try to become all Sparkly after reading about this on Mommyland (Geniuses, by the way!). I am a court reporter in south Louisiana, just outside of New Orleans. My main addiction in the world is Disney. I have decided that if I can lose 100 pounds by December, I am going to take a mommy only trip to Disney World in January and walk/run the half marathon. My husband said, "Great idea. But I didn't agree to let you do that." To whic... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 15:05:00 EST Newbie here! Well, I am a best friend of Mel's (PirateGirlMel). She told me about this group on spark and also about the ragnar relay, which I am really excited about!! <BR> <BR> A little about me... <BR> <BR> I'm 27 (28 next month)and live just east of San Diego. I have been married to my husband for 4.5 years and we have 5 year old twin boys. I just graduated from Nursing school last week, and am waiting to take my state boards to become an actual Registered Nurse. I currently work night full time... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 07:38:36 EST low cal/ high prot seems impossible Hi snitches. So, I'm working pretty hard at this diet/workout thing. I've got the added motivation to drop fast right now b/c I've got a trip planned in March. So, I'm trying to stick to 1200-1400 calories/day, but I'm finding it practically impossible to get enough protein in while staying under my calorie limit. Any ideas for easy low cal protein sources? Thu, 20 Jan 2011 21:25:19 EST Looking up user? Anyone know how to look up a specific member? Thu, 20 Jan 2011 17:20:05 EST Hello! Just decided to join. . . I've heard of SparkPeople... and thought I'd give it a good try before spending money on weight watchers again. . . <BR> <BR> Anyway, usually I forget to introduce myself, but I though I'd say Hello here and then go look around. Thu, 20 Jan 2011 15:07:32 EST Thankful Thursday! Good Morning, Ladies! Today is THANKFUL THURSDAY! <BR> <BR> This is lame, I know, but you love me anyway. Remember in Legally Blonde 2 when they all gave "snaps" to each other? I thought it would be fun to do our own version on here. Encouragement is so much more a part of our success than what we give it credit for. Because when we really really want that huge slice of chocolate cake or contemplate a ceremonial burning of the Shred DVD's, we have each other to lean on to get us thru ... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 08:34:39 EST track strength I'm thinking there is place where I've set up sparkpeople so that I only track cardio. I can track strength training on my ipod and on the mobile site, but not on the computer. Anyone know how I can fix that? I searched a bit and don't see the logical place to add it back in there. Thanks! Wed, 19 Jan 2011 22:51:17 EST What do you do? So, what do you do when you are just not hungry and haven't made your calorie allotment for the day? Today, I feel like I ate a lot of food, I hit my goals for carbs and protein, but was under my minimum calorie guidelines and also under the recommendations for fats. So, I made a single serving no-fat brownie with a 2 tablespoons of icecream to put me just over the calorie line. Would it have been better to just not eat that at all? Should you eat when you're not hungry? My relationship w... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 22:29:38 EST What's for dinner? Tonight on our menu we have bbq chicken, steamed green beans, sauteed yellow and zucchini squash and a whole wheat roll. MMmmm.. <BR> <BR> What are you having? Wed, 19 Jan 2011 16:11:21 EST Sharing I found a site that actually has some yummy looking stuff that's low cal. If you're like me though, you aren't willing to run out and buy expensive ingredients you've never heard of. Some of these do have recipes like that, but some aren't like that. Anyway, here's the link. <link><BR>s/ </link> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:49:12 EST Breakfast Ideas? Does anyone have any quick breakfast ideas? I'm cool with something I can make the night before. I dislike cereal in general and I can only eat so much yogurt. Something I can warm-up maybe? Protein is a plus. But ANYTHING is probably better than this morning's breakfast which was: 4 shots of espresso, a cup of milk, and carnation instant breakfast mix all in a to go cup which I drank on the way to school..... But it was quick ;) Tue, 18 Jan 2011 23:10:47 EST Cups of Water? So here I am frantically trying to get in 8 water bottles full of water every day...and totally not succeeding. Then I realize it says "8 cups" is that like, MEASURING CUPS? In that case, I am way OVER my 8 cups of water. My water bottle holds 20 oz. of water, and 1 cup = 8 oz. So I am doing 2.5 cups every time I drink the water bottle. So I just need to refill this thing a little over 3 times??? Wow, I am flooding myself - LOL! <BR> <BR> Am I right on this? Does anyone know for certa... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 15:16:54 EST Yca's Links Yoga for Beginners: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Belly Dancing for beginners: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Each one of these has follow up videos, but I haven't done all of them yet. I will be adding on as I continue. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 20:52:41 EST Week 3 - 2011 Goals So, how is everyone doing? Feel like you're empowered and a goddess? Or do you feel like you're struggling to keep up? Me? I feel both!! ;) <BR> <BR> I did much better on my water last week, but I'm still not meeting my step goals. I have a small house and a small office and a packed-full day. I just don't know how to get my steps in!!! <BR> <BR> This week? I'm trying again to get those steps in. But I'm also adding the bellydancing and yoga every single day. <BR> <BR> Most of yo... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 20:44:33 EST Restart week 1 So I was all motivated the first week and doing great; tracking my calories, working on drinking 8 glasses of water a day, excercising for 20 minutes, and even challenging myself to do 100 crunches a day (I cheat and have a machine) Then the weekend hit and it dragged into the week and here I am 2 weeks in not a week consistent and no lbs loss. :( <BR> I know it happens but wth!!!! I am tired of looking the way I do and really really want this but I think I just burn out and then give up a... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 10:31:06 EST Hello =) Hello, everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Beth, a 29yoa mama to two little boys, aged 2yrs and 3mos, and stepmama to three girls, aged 17, 14, and 12. I've been a RfML fan for the last year - you girls keep me sane when the whole world is looking completely whacked! <BR> <BR> I didn't used to have much of a weight problem, but then I started having babies... and switched from my very active job as a law enforcement officer to a much less active job as an emergency dispatcher (something about having l... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 05:06:00 EST I need encouragement Lydia here. I weighed in on Friday morning and I'd gained 1.1 pounds. I swear it was mostly because we'd had friends over for dinner the night before and had sort of gorged ourselves with food and wine. But I reacted to that number so badly. I said shrugged, said F it and haven't worked out or done anything healthy in 2 days. I have totally fallen off the wagon since Friday morning and I need help getting back on. Tomorrow's another day, right? Sun, 16 Jan 2011 15:41:52 EST Challenge Help Have questions about the challenge? Need help getting started? Let us know! Sun, 16 Jan 2011 15:41:51 EST Challenge Progress Let us know how the challenge is going for you! <em>306</em> Sun, 16 Jan 2011 15:40:49 EST January Challenge <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Please do not post replies to this thread! Please start a new topic or reply to the Challenge Progress or Challenge Help threads. <BR> <BR> An overwhelming majority of you said you needed help getting exercise in. Spark Challenge Central has a perfect challenge for us for us called 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak. The challenge is to go 30 days exercising at least 10 minutes a day, EVERYDAY. <B... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 15:37:36 EST Yay! I am so elated right now! We just insulated our entire attic. It took 2 1/2 hours and I was working my ass off the entire time. It was something that HAD to be done, but it had the benefit of me getting some exercise. I won't go into details, but it worked every part of my body and I'm even a little shaky everywhere lol. I didn't know exactly how to add it to my fitness minutes since it's not a regular exercise, so I just added two hours? Still, go me! Sun, 16 Jan 2011 15:01:15 EST Greetings Hi everyone! So I signed up and have been exploring the site over the past few days. I am excited to be a part of this team. It is great to meet such a great group! <BR> <BR> Laura Sat, 15 Jan 2011 10:57:33 EST 30 Day Shred Update Here! I thought I'd start a thread where we update and post what day we completed, how we feel, how much we hate Jillian, how much we love Jillian, etc. It will be nice to have people all over the board to see how they are doing and motivate others to keep going, etc! Fri, 14 Jan 2011 20:50:41 EST Hey Ya'll! My name is Carla. I've Looved Rants for a year and a half now;0) Helps me not feel alone in my SAHM house! A few years ago, I lost 90lbs in 3 months. And then have slowly gained it back plus 10 after a pregnancy/miscarriage/pregnancy/wedding/ne<BR>w baby/gall bladder issues and then removal/Grandma passing/move from family for 1st time EVER. I recently took my blood sugars at my Mom's house and THEN saw pics from xmas. Ya. It's do or die for this girl! Am hoping that by just changing ... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:06:04 EST Veterans look : ) Ok, so who knows tons about this site and is willing to be grilled by me quite often? I'm full of questions but don't know who to ask! So, if you're a SP veteran and don't mind being bugged, let me know so I can friend you. Please and thank you! Fri, 14 Jan 2011 16:22:34 EST Tips for Surviving the Weekend Happy Friday, Ladies! Below is two articles with some tips for staying on track on the weekend. It's a challenge for all of us as our weekday routine goes out the window. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=409 </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=466 </link> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 12:22:15 EST hello hello! So here I am 5 months post partum, and I was asked yesterday when I was due. Yeah, that was tons of fun. <BR> <BR> Today, I went grocery shopping with my 2.5 year old and my aforementioned 5 month old. I brought along my printed Spark people grocery list and roamed around the store trying to at least find half of the stuff. <BR> <BR> I am ready and am totally willing to lose these 50lbs that are dragging me down. <BR> <BR> My name is Deidre, and I am a 26 year old mom, wife, and social ... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 20:58:24 EST R U Doing the 30 Day Shred in 30 days???? My goal is really do the "program" as intended. 30 Days straight. Is anyone else trying to do it this way also? Completed it? Starting over? Need a 30 Day Shred Buddy! Thu, 13 Jan 2011 14:38:35 EST day 3 Alright all, on day 3 of eating better and drinking water. lots.of.water. Day Day 2.....sucked. Day 1......sucked. I know this will get easier, but I tell you, all I want to do it crawl in my closet and eat food that I shouldn't. It's not that I am een craving it, it is that I can't have it, and it makes me want it more. Maybe its the rebel in me. Who knows. Worst part of the day, between 3 and 5. All I want to do is snack. Am I hungry? No, not really. But I am making snacks for ... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 14:17:09 EST Kate and the Ragnar Race Ok, Team RFM, time to get those running shoes out!!! <BR> <BR> The Ragnar Race is going to be held in DC in late September, and Kate would love to get a team from our beautiful family to run with her! Who's in? I'll post the link below, but here's the bullet list: <BR> <BR> - Needed: 12 runners, 3 volunteers, 2 van drivers <BR> <BR> - Race: 200 miles, relay style, in the DC area. Each team member will run 3 sections of the course, each section will range in varying degrees of difficul... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 09:55:57 EST Jillian Jillian is on her way to my house, in DVD form. She will arrive on Saturday and the 30 day shred shall begin. I also ordered Your Shape for the Kinect in case I chicken out. But I'm kind of excited. Oh and I start a Pilates class with my mom on Monday. Kind of excited about that too. Yay for exercise! Thu, 13 Jan 2011 01:51:59 EST **READ ME!** Now that I have your attention, I sent you all an e-mail, but here it is in message board form. Your feedback is much appreciated. =) <BR> <BR> Hello Mommyland Team! <BR> <BR> We are going to be doing a team challenge starting Sunday 1/16 and more information will be distributed before then. I am still ironing out the details and I would love feedback from you all. I want to to know what you all need. Is there something your struggling with? Do you need more motivation in some areas than ot... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 01:45:32 EST Can I hire Jillian to ride on my back like Yoda?? Hey Everyone! My name is Cherie and I'm a full time mom of 2 boys (6 & 4). I also have a paid full time job(haha). <BR> <BR> I lost 50lbs last year (ya me!) but still have 20lbs to go. So why do need to hire Jillian to go all Jedi boot camp on my a$$? <BR> <BR> My sisters wedding. I have the awesome honor of being the Matron of Honor in my sissys wedding in EXACTLY 77 days. Oh and theres this little bachlorette cruise thingy we are going on the week before!? Swimsuits AND bridesmaids dres... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:26:55 EST How do you drink your water? One of my goals is to drink 8 glasses of water a day. My issue is I really hate plain old water. Any suggestions, other than putting a splash of lemon or lime juice in it? I have tried that before and after a while I can't seem to make myself drink that either. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Sharon Wed, 12 Jan 2011 14:07:01 EST Putting all mommys first in 2011! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am so inspired by everyone here trying to finally do something for yourself, that I am going to take the plunge too. It is scary to think that I have yet ANOTHER thing to put on my daily to do list...but it is for me...and in the end....I hope it is worth it. I work full-time, have a three and a four year old girl, and a husband who is helpful...but still gives me the "deer in headlights" look when I ask him to give the girls a bath or pick out clothes for them. So I wi... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 10:12:59 EST Oh Hai! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined today. I've been losing and gaining the same 10lbs every since I had a baby a year ago and really need to lose baby weight plus husband weight. <BR> <BR> I struggle so much with finding anytime to exercise. I work full-time and as I mentioned above have a 1 year old daughter at home. Add to that an hour of DC traffic each way and time is not my friend. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping a little motivation here can inspire me to spend 20 minutes with Jillian tonight... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:39:43 EST An introduction from the Sunflower State! Just thought I'd introduce myself, seeing as how I joined this group many days ago and have yet to do so. I'm Shannon, a 30-something mom of two and wife to the big guy. In a nutshell, I'm a stay-at-home mom, I do volunteer work around my community, and I want to lose this extra poundage. I've set my goal here at SP to lose about 20 pounds by mid-June. In doing so, I'll feel better about myself, and I'll (hopefully) motivate my hubs to take action for his own health. He has a much longer... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 08:23:26 EST Brand new! Hi! Hello! I -just- joined SP and have been poking around the site a little. So much potential. :) <BR> <BR> I'm 24, and seeking to gain some athleticism. I'm a fire-dancer, dog trainer, and farm hand. I dabble a little in art and I fancy myself something of a writer when the mood strikes, though I spend most of my free time playing DnD or other such role-playing games, because I am a remarkably large nerd. <BR> <BR> Aside from that, my husband and I have stopped trying to avoid pregnancy, so a... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 00:36:24 EST Really new, and confused! Hey all! I just heard about this through mommyland and I am excited! I need to make a change! The site is a little overwhelming. Any suggestions how to not feel so confused.....? Tue, 11 Jan 2011 22:32:14 EST Just joined I just joined SP and this group and am looking forward to it! I turned 39 in December and am hoping to lose about 50 lbs by my next birthday; "fit by 40" has become my new mantra! <BR> <BR> I don't know much about SP, but it seems WAY cool. I downloaded their app for my iPhone a while back but then never did anything else with it. I'm a SAHM from Tennessee; I get no exercise other than the occasional walk around the block. Got Wii Fit for Christmas and so far enjoy it. <BR> <BR> I look for... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 22:27:30 EST Well met Hello fellow Mommies! I've been meaning to check Sparkpeople out, so thanks for the motivation! <BR> <BR> Uh oh, I just got a "nothing" from the other side of the house. "BANGBAMSLAM" "What are you doing??" "Nothing!" <BR> <BR> Gotta run! Tue, 11 Jan 2011 21:25:56 EST Is this where we sign up for the diet wine? I'm Gwen, mom to two boys, 4 & 7. I'm working on losing the 30 lbs I gained in the last three years. I've laid off the booze, except for the occasional glass of wine or non-sugary cocktail. I'm following the Food For Life food plan, low fat, whole foods, one day off a week to eat three quarter pounders. I'm working on running at least a few 5Ks. My biggest motivator, my husband gets back from his latest vaca in Iraq in June and I want to blow his mind, literally, I'd like to see a little s... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 21:25:32 EST Hi Y'all My name is Sharon, I have 2 kids under 5 and I am trying to lose the weight I gained prior to getting pregnant with #1. I need to lose 50 lbs but also need to be more active so I can keep up with my kids. I love RFML and they seem to know exactly what it is like being a Mom and the many, many hats we wear. I hope to be able to get motivated to work out more. I just started going to a Zumba class once a week, but it is only a 6 week class and I want to do fun workouts more than just once a... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 21:14:21 EST struggling with juggling Does anyone find that crazy pace of life and the Sisyphusian effort of Mommyhood make for a million moments in the day where the smart, sparky, choice is in conflict with an unending list of to-dos? I have tried the whole FLYLady thing, can't keep it going. Even smart snacking is hard for me because that's two extra times a day I have to think about food, obtain food and then eat food. Right now I have to choose between exercising and folding laundry. I am a champion procrastinator and ex... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 17:58:07 EST SP Challenges Is anyone participating in SP Challenges? Let me know which ones you like or are interested in or terrified of. And if you have no idea what I'm talking about check out Challenge Central: <link><BR>e.asp </link> <BR> <BR> We (your fearless group leaders) have been discussing doing a challenge or two as a group. But I want to know what you all think about it. <em>304</em> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:31:28 EST Biggest Loser Fans I'm a huge fan of The Biggest Loser, and after sitting on my big fat butt and watching for years, I'm finally going to be a big loser, too. No, I'm not going on the show ... I just mean in life! I love watching the show even more this season - now that I have something at stake, too. I'm know I'm not the only fan, so I thought it'd be fun to have a thread just to comment on what's going on this season. <BR> <BR> Also, purely for selfish reasons ... my small group from church meets on Tu... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:14:41 EST The Cupcake Baked by the Devil We love reading Julie's stories about Mini-mini-me and all of the destruction she incurs. We ALL have days when our little angels make us want to run screaming down the street or crawl into a T-Box. Share some of your favorite stories and daily insanities! Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:57:24 EST Would you like some snow to go with your snow? It's past midnight and I can't sleep because I hear the town's salt truck brining the road and the backhoe moving snow off the corners to make way for even more snow. Not sure where they are going to put it since last week's snow hasn't melted. Now I now how Kate and Lydia felt last winter. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:20:03 EST Favorite Recipes Eating healthier can be a challenge for those just starting out, and even for those who have been sparking for awhile hit meal planning walls. Share some family favorites that are healthy and still make everyone (or almost everyone) happy. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 15:08:14 EST Celebrity Goof of the Week One of our favorite aspects of reading Kate & Lydia is when they dish on the goofs and idiocies of celebrity-dom. We thought it would be fun to join in ourselves! Who is your favorite to make fun of? Who irritates you the most? Mon, 10 Jan 2011 15:06:10 EST Week 2 - 2011 Goals Hope everyone's first week went well, and also hope you had a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Me: I didn't do my water every single day, but I know I'm on the right track for the first time in ages, and am proud of myself. <BR> <BR> My goal this week is all about walking. I had thought that 5000 steps would be so much easier and there were several days that I didn't even hit that. I've got to find a way to get my steps in. There is no reason I can't get up and move! <BR> <BR> What is your... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 23:41:45 EST ? about cardio/fitness minutes I work at a nursing home and am on my feet most of the day. I've been wearing my pedometer and it tracks exactly how long I've been moving and how many calories burned. Would you count that towards your cardio/fitness minutes or no? Sun, 9 Jan 2011 16:35:57 EST Loves this motivation! Well a little bit about what Im going through...this is day 6 of no smoking for me! I feel AMAZING and so empowered! Which has led me to stick even more with my excersise and diet! So far since January 1st Ive lost 5 lbs and can feel an energy I knew I was lacking. I do some sort of circuit workout 5 days a week(Jillian, 10 LB slimdown is my FAVE!) it seems to burn the most calories. And Im on a low GI diet which at times sucks but my body feels great not having all that processed crap. <BR>... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 16:27:17 EST Greetings My name is Stella and I am a SAHM to a 7-year-old boy. <BR> <BR> I plan to use sparkpeople to track my fitness goals so that, even if I don't see the numbers on the scale go down or have a little slack in my pants, I'll feel like I've accomplished something. Like Lydia, "I have no illusions about the size of my own ass." <BR> <BR> Rants from Mommyland is, by far, my favorite thing to read on a daily basis. We all know it's hysterically funny but the best part, for me, is what a relief it is... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 15:20:16 EST Anyone feel this way? Does anyone else ever feel this way? I've tried to lose this weight before and have never gotten below 160 pounds since I've gained it (5 years ago!). Now I have an extra 15 pounds from baby face. I know exactly what to do. Eat well. Excercise. Both I which I have a hard time enjoying :) But for some reason I never make it there. I never make it under 160....and it feels like I will never do it. It's hard for me to get excited about doing it this time because I already have myself failing. N... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 14:22:10 EST Two snarky articles from ! THIS is the biggest reason that I like Sparkpeople better than Weight Watchers. Most people would edge away nervously if I brought this up at a WW meeting, but I know that you all might enjoy these articles as much as I did. <BR> <BR> 'Plus Sized' Clothes: Translating the Baffling Euphemisms <BR> <link><BR>ized-clothes-translating-baffling-euph<BR>emisms.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 5 Weight Loss Tips for Cynical Bastards <BR> <link>www.crack... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 11:26:32 EST Hi there! Hi Ladies! <BR> I thought I would introduce myself...I'm Sara. I'm a stay at home, homeschooling mom of 4, ages 6, 4, 2 1/2, and 11 mos. I'm in desperate need of some motivation to get rid of the final pregnancy pounds. I've been pg and/or nursing for the past 6 years, so the weight has actually never stayed off for long. Our baby is our last baby, so I better get a move on before I start gaining out of habit. <BR> Good luck to all of you! I look forward to getting to know you all a bit! <BR... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 22:43:54 EST The Biggest Loser I just watched it for the first time tonight and guess what?? It's all over my Facebook network that the new male trainer is a guy named Bret Hoebel WHO I WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL WITH! Get out of town! Tue, 4 Jan 2011 22:19:14 EST Tracking The 30 Day Shred? Anyone know how to track The 30 Day Shred on here? I'm tired of it telling me how many calories I've consumed but not how many I've burned! :) <BR> <BR> I keep hoping I can just choose the work out from some list and it'll do the calculations for me. Is that just wishful thinking? Do I need to find someway to list out the individual exercises? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any suggestions! <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Jan 2011 20:01:51 EST How Do You Set a New Year's Resolution That Sticks Great article on the daily Spark. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_do_you_set_a_new_years_resolution_tha<BR>t_actually_sticks </link> Tue, 4 Jan 2011 17:42:27 EST Introducin ng.....ME! \o/ Hello fellow Mommies! I had quit sparkpeople awhile back, but I rejoined to get in on the mommyland fun :) I'm a sahm of three wild monkeys, ages 6 1/2, 4 and 2 1/2. We went to disneyland in August and seeing the pictures made me both throw up a little in my mouth and get motivated. Who is that fat woman and why is she hugging my children?! My overall goal is to lose 47 lbs. I started in early September by eating MUCH smaller portions (I eat the same size portions as my youngest), drink... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 15:41:23 EST Hello! Greetings from chilly Iowa! I've been a member (off and on, mostly off) of spark people for several years now and am now really committed to this. The fact that I may or may not be going to Hawaii in April and will be forced to wear a bathing suit has a great deal to do with it! I am a SAHM of 3 girls, A(14), M1(6), M2(5). In my previous life I used to run, a lot and loved it so I downloaded the Couch2 5K app and started it yesterday. It is based on working out 3 times a week and I can handle... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 09:54:44 EST Hello fellow snitches! [Fanatically waving] Just joined, entered my info, and began tracking my meals...whew! What an awe.some way to get started. <BR> <BR> I have been saying for oh like 4 years now...I will lose this baby fat from having dear precious angel and here I am 4 years later...not losing but gaining. <BR> <BR> I am glad that I can join all of you in this because we all know we have real lives. <BR> <BR> Good luck! Mon, 3 Jan 2011 20:40:44 EST Hullo and Welcome from Lydia! Hi there! Lydia from Mommyland here. In real life, my name is Julie Miner. You can call me either Julie or Lydia. Totally up to you. A couple of things: <BR> <BR> 1) I have no idea how to run this whole SparkPeople team thing. But if you can be patient with me and my idiocy, I promise to try to get up to speed as soon as I can. <BR> <BR> 2) I hope this will be a chance for us to get to know each other and support each other and get way hotter in 2011. <BR> <BR> 3) I plan on checking i... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 13:20:32 EST A few fries short of a Happy Meal Hey! <BR> <BR> As this is for introductions: <BR> Name: Heather <BR> Age: 38 (Yikes!) <BR> How much to lose: ~35 pounds <BR> Biggeest Hurdle: Getting off my fat ass and my unequaled ability to justify just about anything <BR> <BR> <BR> I have 7-year-old twins (Thing 1 and Thing 2 - well-earned nicknames. They even answer to them.) and a 2 year old. All boys. Sigh. Quiet is not something that I get to experience. Like, ever. I have started running, sorta, and have decided to train... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 12:49:10 EST blog posts question How do I get my blog posts to show up here on the team page like the others I see? Mon, 3 Jan 2011 11:55:38 EST Hello from Germany - - - kind of :) Hey, just joining here, been following RFL pretty much from the beginning - i am a SAHM to two, an 8yo, and an 18mo - - life is fun and hectic... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 08:40:35 EST Kinect workout is anyone else using the kinect to help w/ their workout? I am using ea sports active 2, and so far, so good..... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 08:38:52 EST Tips for Newbies!! If you have been on Spark for awhile, you are BOUND to know some interesting little tidbits and tips for newbies! <BR> <BR> Post them here! <BR> <BR> There are my "12 steps" that I list on my SparkPage: <BR> <BR> 1. post and reply to messages on here-- giving support is as good for you as receiving it!! Doing this a couple times daily really helps to keep you involved! <BR> <BR> 2. join a team-- this keeps you involved and helps you meet other people like you!! You can find a team base... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 01:30:55 EST Wow...Spark People IS as cool as they say! Hi there. I have heard a lot of good things about Spark People (for at least a year now) but it took me this long to check it out for myself. New year resolutions always "spark" people to do new things!! Ha. <BR> <BR> I have successfully lost weight with Weight Watchers in the past but because of a tighter budget right now I'm so grateful that Spark People exists. I look forward to using the many tools on this site to reach my goals. I'm not trying to lose 47 pounds in 2011, I WILL lose... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 23:27:29 EST Hi, Fellow MommyLand Fanatics! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am excited to join a new group of people who are A) fellow snitches from MommyLand, B) aiming for a more healthy lifestyle so I have a community of people to turn to and cheer on and C) real parents with real lives! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you!! <BR> <BR> MamaMayhem Sun, 2 Jan 2011 21:59:34 EST Anyone using P90X? I'd love to start this with someone else!! I'm starting the regular program tomorrow! Sun, 2 Jan 2011 21:51:16 EST