SparkPeople Ready to take control of Your Life? Team Messageboard It's never to late to take control of your life. You are the Director of where you want to be. You can achieve your goals. Dream, Execute and Succeed! You Can Do It! Let's enjoy this journey! SparkPeople Ready to take control of Your Life? Team Messageboard Scavenger Hunt! Scavenger Hunt - Spark Style! <BR> <BR> Find it! Take a picture of it! Post it! <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:57:57 EST What did you visualize today? Creative Visualization Explained <BR> By Tania Kotsos <BR> <BR> Creative visualization is the fundamental technique underlying reality creation. It is the process of using your thought power to consciously imagine, create and attract to yourself that which you intend to experience in your life. Mastering creative visualization grants you direct control over your thoughts at the subconscious level. While there are several ways to programme the subconscious mind, visualization is the most effe... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:17:35 EST Take Control of Your Life! Most people want to be in good health, experience well-being, be satisfied with work, accept themselves, be respected, and have supportive relationships. If your life feels hectic, monotonous, or incomplete, then you need to get back in control. Anything that holds value in life requires time, effort, focus, and is likely to cause discomfort along the way. Be the person you want to be, and live the life you want by learning how to change your thinking, make lifestyle modifications, and be pro... Wed, 29 Nov 2017 12:27:57 EST DECLUTTER TODAY? Thumbs up or Thumbs down In order to succeed we sometimes need to clear out the clutter in order to focus on what we need to do. <BR> <BR> Let's declutter and focus!!! AND feel good about ourselves and our environment!!!! Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:46:44 EST POST a HOLIDAY or SEASONal Pic or Emoticon <img src=""> Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:54:24 EST What will you CHOOSE to FOCUS on Today <BR> <BR> Today... focusing on HAPPY Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:48:44 EST Spit or Swallow.... Hot Chocolate Sat, 12 Dec 2015 15:42:20 EST Did You Use The Trackers Today.... <img src=""> Sat, 12 Dec 2015 15:23:01 EST Money Jar Challenge - December REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON (TUESDAY ) December 1ST. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of December. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok, because it will ... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 12:11:33 EST Money Jar Challenge - October REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON (SUNDAY ) OCTOBER 1ST. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of October. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok, because it will eve... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 15:15:37 EST What Separates Weight-Loss Winners & Losers 7 Things that Separate Weight-Loss Winners & Losers <BR> <BR> As you've probably figured out, winning at weight loss is about making long-lasting, life-altering change. Just like any sport or skill, you might start out a little rocky. Choosing healthy foods, trying different workouts, and finding the strategies that work for you will take a little practice. As you find your stride, those habits will get easier and you'll start knocking down more barriers that try to get in your way. Your mo... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 08:21:27 EST Tips To Take Back Control Of Your Health Tips To Take Back Control Of Your Health And Get On The Path To Wellness <BR> <BR> The most valuable and prized possession is our health. Without our health, we wouldn’t be able to achieve the things we want to in our life, go places we want to go and do things we want to do.Over the last few decades, as more and more junk food places have opened and lots of artificially enhanced products created, more and more people have turned to them and forgotten about their bodies. These poor habits al... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 14:19:40 EST A Master Plan for Taking Back Control of Your Life Here’s the problem we face, every day of our lives. Nearly everything that generates enduring value requires effort, focus, and even some discomfort along the way. At the same time, we’re deeply wired to avoid pain, which the body reads as mortally dangerous, and to move toward pleasure, the more immediate the better. <BR> We’re also exposed to more temptation than ever. The world is literally at our fingertips, a few keystrokes away. It’s forever beckoning us, like the Sirens singing to Ody... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 14:07:15 EST Give a WooHoo if you posted on the wall today! <em>244</em> Tue, 4 Aug 2015 14:00:33 EST Money Jar Challenge - August REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON (SUNDAY ) AUGUST 1ST. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of August. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok, because it will event... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:58:25 EST Daily...... Question of The Day ?????? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it? <BR> <BR> <BR> FOR ME....behind the camera. <BR> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:14:01 EST Inspirational Quotes of the Day...Come Share <img src=""> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:04:01 EST Ways To Get Better Sleep - SP As a college student, I had my fair share of sleepless nights. But as I matured (and learned from the adverse affects I suffered because of those late nights), I began to realize that at the core of a healthy, long life is good sleep. Surprisingly, what we hear about health usually revolves around exercise and nutrition; the truth about sleep—one of the most important factors to attaining vitality—is often left out of the mix. <BR> <BR> Losing sleep is certainly not something to be taken lig... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:29:38 EST As the Boss of You.... What describes You Today? Your thoughts are powerful! How would you like to see yourself? What do you need to do to be this to your boss? See it, say it, act it, be it! What are you today? Mon, 4 May 2015 22:25:35 EST she did it, we can too! Inspirational article provided by news station I follow on fb. Thought y'all might want to check it out. <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>0-pound-weight-loss-life-back-12162088<BR>2--abc-news-wellness.html <BR> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 01:41:19 EST goal setting Personal Goal Setting: Planning to Live Your Life Your Way <BR> <BR> (small excerpt from link shown below) <BR> <BR> Key Points <BR> <BR> Goal setting is an important method of: <BR> •Deciding what you want to achieve in your life. <BR> •Separating what's important from what's irrelevant, or a distraction. <BR> •Motivating yourself. <BR> •Building your self-confidence, based on successful achievement of goals. <BR> <BR> Set your lifetime goals fir... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:05:09 EST WATER TODAY? THUMBS UP OR DOWN <em>48</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:35:10 EST GET MORE OUT OF YOUR DAY! <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=149 </link> <em>250</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:24:30 EST Stress Level 1-10 <BR> 7 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:03:16 EST Did you know I love my spark friends <BR> I am a twin <BR> I do not like winter <BR> I like watching sports <BR> I have a secret desire to be published author <BR> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:24:39 EST Took a year off, but I'm back !! Hi, my name is Marci. I need to lose 40 pounds, but I'll take 2 for now ! I am 67 and a grandmother of two. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 00:11:34 EST I'm new to your team! Hello Everyone, My name is Kelli. I am 55 yrs. old and had a medical scare the other day that has me in high gear to get the 70 or 80 lbs. left towards my goal to get off . <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Long story short, I was worried because I had lab. tests done a month ago and I had been waiting and waiting to hear about them. Ya' know, while you wait, you tend to think the worst. Well, I do and I sent a message to my doctor that her office had phoned me (I didn't take the call it was a... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:28:40 EST Half year CHALLENGE!! So here's the challenge, which is sometimes tough as we head into July and half this year is behind us: Do at least 20 minutes of exercise at least 5 days a week. I almost hate using the word exercise but must as weight lifting is just as important as cardio. <BR> <BR> Let's go team:) I may not be watching everyday but that's because you are the Boss!! Tue, 25 Jun 2013 08:03:14 EST You Can Achieve ANYTHING With The Right Attitude! YOU CAN DO SOMETHING <BR> <BR> Hello everyone... <BR> <BR> In the past little while I've heard so many people saying that nothing is happening, I'm not losing weight, I'm not making progress, the scale must be broken, but the truth to the matter is... nothing is being done to correct the problem or to find the solution. <BR> <BR> I ask you... What have you done to better your situation? What have you done make progress in your fight towards fitness? What exercises have you added (If any) ... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 13:35:22 EST Can You Accept Change? Have you ever experienced a change in your life that was so great that you didn't know what to do? <BR> Sooner or later you'll experience a crisis in your life, and how you meet it will determine your future happiness and success. <BR> I just went through a multitude of Crisis' and it isn't easy to get back on track... <BR> <BR> I lost my Dad in December, I almost ended up in the hospital due to complications due to Diabetes, I have multiple nerve problems now because of the complications,... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:05:58 EST 01 - 06 - 13 TIP OF THE DAY. Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight. <BR> To test; close the door over a piece of paper so it’s half in and half out of the refrigerator. If you can pull the paper out easily, either the seal may need replacing or the latch may need adjustment. <em>243</em> Sun, 6 Jan 2013 10:49:49 EST 01 - 05 - 13 TIP OF THE DAY. Saving Home Energy <BR> <BR> 1. Fully load your dishwasher before starting. Select the shortest cycle and allow dishes to air dry. <BR> 2. Install motion sensors for us with outdoor lighting. They use less energy than lights that say on. <BR> 3. Check for hot and cold spots or drafty areas inside your home near windows, doors. <BR> 4. If you have a fireplace make sure it has properly fitting damper and remember to close them when fireplace is not in use. <BR> 5. Lower electric water heater ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 08:20:51 EST 01 -03 -13 TIP OF THE DAY Whole Chicken or a roast is the very best buy for any family. Bake a chicken; serve the drumsticks, wings, and thighs first. Save the Breast for sandwiches and the back for soup. A roast, cook until tender and serve it as a roast the first night, next night tacos, next night maybe burritos, or hash. You will find that you not only have wonderful meals but also saving a lot of money, and your family will love your creativeness <em>53</em> <em>368</em> <em>369</em> <em>370</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 04:17:24 EST 01-01-13 TIP OF THE DAY Combining your life insurance and investments into one policy is not a good idea if you want to have enough money to live on when you retire. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 05:20:04 EST 31 Days to Unbreakable Rsoolutions Behavior experts say that it takes about one month to form a new habit,and many people try to create (or break) habits at the start of each year, with the right attitude and focus, you can stick to your New Year's resolutions and achieve long-term success, here are 31 daily tips that will help you do exactly that. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 15:49:07 EST ANY DOUBLE LETTER WORD Cook Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:47:35 EST ANY WORDS STARTING WITH "D" Down Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:40:10 EST Stop by and leave a SMILEY. <em>30</em> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:37:41 EST Did you take your Vitamin(s) today? <em>248</em> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:35:00 EST POST A FOOD ICON <em>491</em> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:31:10 EST ANY WORD STARTING WITH N November Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:27:42 EST BIBLE A-Z , places, names, animals, whatever. Adam Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:25:49 EST JANUARY FITNESS CHALLENGE. Happy New Year <em>408</em> <em>408</em> <em>412</em> <em>412</em> <em>411</em> <BR> I Will do 120 minutes a day. <BR> 1/1==120 <BR> 1/2==95 <BR> 1/3==115 <BR> 1/4==Travel day <BR> 1/5==Sick day <BR> 1/6==Sick day <BR> 1/7==Sick day <BR> 1/8==Sick day <BR> 1/9==Sick day <BR> 1/10==Sick day <BR> 1/11==Sick day <BR> 1/12==getting better,starting my exercise tomorrow <BR> 1/13==30 minutes walk <BR> 1/14==60 mins <BR> 1/15==60 mins <BR> 1/16==60 mins <BR> 1/17==75 mins <BR> 1/18==... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:17:25 EST 12 - 29 - 12 TIP OF THE DAY Keeping a computer on day and night will consume about 250 kilowatt-hours of electricity and will cost you around $50 dollars a month, by shutting down your computer at night, will consume around 100 kilowatt-hours saving you about $30 a month. Make sure you point this out to others and at work. <em>387</em> <em>17</em> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 07:14:44 EST 12 - 28 - 12 TIP OF THE DAY Life is not complicated; it is just the way we interpret. <BR> If we consider the happened thing as a common matter, we can easily accept, live and learn with them. But if we consider the happened thing as an obstacle, we will down and give up our hope. <em>381</em> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 03:34:44 EST 12 - 27 - 12 TIP OF THE DAY Call your airline before leaving home to make sure that your flight is scheduled to depart on time. This little phone call helps end your frustration of rushing to the airport to make your flight and arriving only to find out that your flight has been delayed. <em>243</em> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 05:31:29 EST 12 - 26 -12 TIP OF THE DAY No matter how bad it hurts or how alone you feel keep telling yourself that you are not alone. Things will eventually get better. If you begin to feel as if you are the only one left on earth look around you. You will see that there are people everywhere who truly and deeply care for you. Keep trying and remember you are truly not alone. <em>220</em> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 03:53:02 EST 12 - 25 -12 TIP OF THE DAY Never become complacent with what is, always strive for what can be. The desire for more will lead to a higher level of success. <em>381</em> <em>243</em> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 06:13:05 EST 12 - 24 -12 TIP OF THE DAY Independence is a great gift. Use it to your best ability. If you use others to hold you up, you will never learn to live for yourself, and you will always need someone else to do everything for you. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 06:08:51 EST 12 - 23 - 12 TIP OF THE DAY Walk barefoot – doing so stimulates pressure points on the soles, releasing the calming hormone dopamine. <BR> <BR> Not even in my apartment I can walk barefoot <em>246</em> Sun, 23 Dec 2012 04:56:53 EST 12 - 22 - 12 TIP OF THE DAY. "There is something in a simple hug that alway warms the heart;it welcomes us back home and makes it easier to part. Give someone a Hug Today <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <BR> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 05:48:12 EST 12 - 21 -12 TIP OF THE DAY. If you don't have a paper shredder, and you have a large number of papers that you want to make unusable by someone that might discover them in your rubbish, just soak them for several hours in soapy water; remove them and then wad them into balls of mush and discard with your other rubbish. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 04:19:08 EST 12 - 20 -12 TIP OF THE DAY Whole Chicken or a roast is the very best buy for any family. Bake a chicken; serve the drumsticks, wings, and thighs first. Save the Breast for sandwiches and the back for soup. A roast, cook until tender and serve it as a roast the first night, next night tacos, next night maybe burritos, or hash. You will find that you not only have wonderful meals but also saving a lot of money, and your family will love your creativeness. <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 05:13:54 EST 12 - 19 -12 TIP OF THE DAY Always keep a record of all hang ups and harassing or bothersome phone calls. Do not engage or speak with the caller, instead hang up and call the Public Safety number. Never put your name or telephone number on your answering machine message. <em>230</em> <em>303</em> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 04:06:10 EST 12 -18 -12 TIP OF THE DAY. This one is almost too easy. Drinking five glasses of water a day can reduce your chances of getting a heart attack by 50%. Other fluids like juice, tea, or milk won't do it, your body needs water. Remember, water keeps your body hydrated, which allows your kidneys to function properly, your stomach to digest, it keeps your joints lubricated, your lungs breathing, your temperature warm, and your body to feel energized and alive. If your feeling lethargic or have a headache, its a good possibi... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 03:51:57 EST 12 -17 -12 TIP OF THE DAY Doing Christmas shopping is always a nightmare when you´re not prepared. First of all, try to be polite. Treat others as you wish to be treated. Don´t argue and fight while you're in the stores, even if it's down to the last gift you want. Count down from ten! Remember that everyone else is out shopping the same as you are and they want to get their gifts and items just as fast as you do. Often in this period stores are open 24 hours so a good idea is to go shopping early or at odd hours like... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 05:43:40 EST 12 - 16 -12 TIP OF THE DAY Meditation. <BR> <BR> One way to prepare your mind for the practice of meditation is through mindfulness. Unlike meditation, mindfulness can occur in any place and at any time. Mindfulness only requires that you put yourself into the present and make your self aware of what is around you. Rather than absorbing yourself in one thing, whether it be on the computer at work or the TV at home, try to be mindful of everyone and everything. Notice details, experience all your senses, and discover h... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 04:05:23 EST 12 - 15 -12 TIP OF THE DAY Our task is to strike a balance, to find a middle way, to learn not to overstretch ourselves with extraneous activities and preoccupations, but to simplify our lives more and more. The key to finding a happy balance in modern lives is simplicity. <BR> Sat, 15 Dec 2012 05:24:21 EST 12 - 14 -12 TIP OF THE DAY recent study shows that America is the most sleep-deprived nation. Perhaps due to our strict work ethics and busy lives, many Americans have been treating sleep as if it were an option. The study also found that pessimism, crankiness, and overall stress is linked to a lack of sleep. <BR> <BR> To stay healthy and combat stress, make sure to schedule in a good amount of sleep as priority <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> guys for reading my TIP OF THE DAY <em>304</em> <em>381</em> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 03:38:20 EST It's Habit Forming If you want to be successful... Your Habits Should Be Positive And Successful! <BR> <BR> Good intentions are never enough when it comes to weight loss and lifestyle changes! The habits that you form early on and continue to use throughout your lifestyle change will be the habits that you'll keep. <BR> <BR> First you make your habits, and then your habits make you. <BR> <BR> If you form a habit of eating a bag of double filled Oreo Cookies and a 2 liter of Coke every night before you go to... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:22:08 EST 12 - 13 - 12 TIP OF THE DAY The best way to shop is alone. "Helpers" will only add to the grocery cart. The most expensive brands are at eye level to get your attention, so look at the higher and lower shelves for bargains or alternative items. Ask staff rather than wasting time looking for items or better deals and charge your purchases to your credit cards to get air miles/rewards Thu, 13 Dec 2012 06:23:55 EST 12 - 12- 12 Are you tired of going in for an oil change and then paying for the oil change, an air filter, a transmission flush, and new alignments that you were told you needed? Your car may not have needed any of the extra maintenance so be wary of what mechanics are telling you. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 05:23:04 EST 12 - 11 -12 TIP OF THE DAY Decrease your sugar intake gradually making some changes in your diet. For example, add less sugar to your morning coffee or replace soda for water or natural juice. Buy brown rice instead of white rice. Also you can replace white bread with a whole grain alternative. These simple things can help you to begin a new life by replacing sugar with healthier foods. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 05:54:40 EST 12 - 10 12 TIP OF THE DAY When dealing with people, keep this in mind: Every one likes to hear their name. I doesn't matter what business you are in, you will get more repeat business from the customers that you can call by name. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 20:07:07 EST 12 9 12 TIP OF THE DAY Find a service that you can contact before you arrive in your chosen destination area that will give you a "Heads Up" about the area. Such a service should be able to give you maps, door-to-door directions, area attraction brochures, as well as set up reservations for transportation, dining, lodging, tours and local attractions. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 05:56:09 EST 12 -6 -12 TIP OF THE DAY Treasure every moment that you have! Treasure it even more, when you share with someone special, special enough to spend their time with you. Remember that time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present!!! Sat, 8 Dec 2012 03:11:14 EST 12-7-12 TIP OF THE DAY Honey just might be the pre-exercise energy source. Honey has been found as a better pre-exercise carbohydrate than other sweet treats used to energize, such as candy and soft drinks. Studies show that eating as little as 3 tablespoons of honey an hour before you workout can keep you from losing steam during your workout. Honey seems to give you more energy flow than other sugars do. Fri, 7 Dec 2012 07:36:09 EST Dec: 6 TIP OF THE DAY Dec: 6 TIP OF THE DAY. <BR> <BR> Resolve to be tender with the young, <BR> Compassionate with the sick and the aged, <BR> Sympathetic of the poor, <BR> Tolerant of the weak and the sometime in your life you will have been all of these things. <em>183</em> <em>220</em> Thu, 6 Dec 2012 05:29:28 EST 12 -5 -12 TIP OF THE DAY For people who do not like to eat fish, you can use Flax seeds to get your essential weekly Omega 3 fats. Flax seeds can be bought at any local nutrition store. Many companies offer the seeds already grinned, but can be expensive. You can purchase Flax seed in bulk for much less money and you can grind them in your coffee grinder. One tablespoon in any meal per day will increase your health. You may also consume the whole flax seed without grinding them, however, your body does not absorb it ... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 05:33:41 EST 12 - 4 - 12 TIP OF THE DAY Caregivers sometimes are tempted to leave a baby in their crib or playpen for convenience or to put them on a pre-determined routine for feeding, changing, and sleeping regardless to the child's day-to-day rhythms or preferences. Having a secure attachment to the caregivers is vital to healthy emotional development of the child. Make sure to hold, touch, talk to, and comfort the children in your care. <em>381</em> <em>243</em> Tue, 4 Dec 2012 04:08:43 EST 12 - 3 - 12 TIP OF THE DAY The old adage has been backed up by a recent study. Findings show that people with a good sense of humor and a propensity to laugh may be less likely to develop heart disease when compared to aggressive, antisocial personalities. So go ahead, laugh and make others laugh. <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Dec 2012 05:01:12 EST 12-2-12 TIP OF THE DAY To build a sense of attachment and security in your child, do not skimp out on cuddling. Show your child how much they mean to you by giving hugs and kisses at all ages. <em>381</em> Sun, 2 Dec 2012 10:51:34 EST 31 DAYS TO A HEALTHIER HOLIDAYS. Dec:1 <BR> <BR> Take inventory.Identify all the situations (office parties,mall food courts,family gatherings) that make it difficult for you to eat healthy during the holiday season.Make a plan for staying on track in every situation, <em>45</em> <em>289</em> <em>370</em> <em>291</em> <em>277</em> <em>492</em> <BR> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 14:20:25 EST New Article on Bones. Bone Health <BR> <BR> This is a 8 part Article on Bones,Please Read. <BR> <BR> Your skeleton may hold one of the main keys to a long, healthy life. Weak bones put you at risk of slips, falls, and fractures, which can have shockingly devastating consequences. (After a hip fracture, just 15% of patients can walk across a room without help after 6 months; 25% require long-term care and may become disabled.) Osteoporosis, a bone-thinning condition that causes deadly fractures and primarily a... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 09:06:06 EST You Can Achieve ANYTHING With The Right Attitude! November 22, 2012 <BR> <BR> You Can Achieve ANYTHING with the right attitude! <BR> It's not enough to want something... you also have to believe that it is possible to get it and you must have the willpower to keep pursuing the thing that you desire! <BR> <BR> Your new lifestyle depends on the right frame of mind and the constant desire to obtain it! <BR> The only thing that stands between you and what you want from life, is simply the will to pursue it and the faith to believe that it is ... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 08:48:18 EST Are Your Dreams Becoming A Reality?? Are You Acting On Your Dreams or Just Dreaming? <BR> <BR> The opportunity for a new life and a new lifestyle has been handed to each and every one of us... I've dreamed of this for years... but am I acting on my dreams or am I continuing to simply dream with no action? <BR> <BR> The opportunity to change is there, the opportunity to better ourselves is in our grasp and yet... for some... it's still a dream! All of the ideas are there, all of the concepts have been presented, all of the plan... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 09:54:24 EST Are You Positive?? November 20, 2012 <BR> <BR> The good and the bad of it! Is the glass half full or half empty? <BR> To each person there's always a good side to every situation that we face! Did you know that? The problem is in how we perceive the situation and how we act on it! The question I have for you is this... When something bad happens, do you get miserable, angry with yourself and others, do you put the blame on others? Is there another way to approach the situation other than negative thinking? YES... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 11:13:59 EST There's Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself! The only thing to fear... is fear itself! <BR> <BR> We've all heard it... but have we ever thought about how it affects us and keeping us from completing our Goals? Fear... The fear of not being able to accomplish what we want and need to accomplish... Fear of what other people will say if we don't make it... Fear of the unknown... Fear of wrong decisions... Fear within... Fear to take that first or next step! <BR> <BR> Yes Fear is (In many cases) the deciding factor in preventing you from... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 13:06:09 EST 10 ways to Boost your Body with Baking Soda, This is a Ten Part Article, and I will Post one everyday, This is telling us that Baking Soda is very good. <BR> <BR> ( 1 ) As an all-over scrub <BR> Just add oatmeal for a nourishing, refreshing body Exfolator gentle enough for daily use. Make a paste of three parts baking soda, one part water, and one part ground oatmeal. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells. Rinse clean with warm water. <BR> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 12:39:22 EST Today Is A New Day! November 09, 2012 <BR> <BR> You've probably heard the old saying "If life gives you lemons you should make lemonade" What else could you do with them? Well, lately I've been making lots of lemonade while changing what I thought was a "changed" life style" <BR> <BR> All of the research, all of the exercise, all of the changes don't mean a thing unless you are prepared to commit 110% to the cause. No cheating, No "just once won't hurt" attitude... No! It has to be a permanent change and you h... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 10:04:41 EST The results are in! November 2, 2012 <BR> <BR> YOU GAIN STRENGTH OVER COMING OBSTACLES <BR> <BR> Sooner or later you'll encounter a crisis in your life, and how you meet it will determine your future happiness and success. I just met with quite a crisis last week. My tests came in and although my glucose reading was normal to high, 5.8 the Doctor asked me to come into the office to discuss the rest of the findings. Through bumping and prodding, poking, tests, ECG's, Nerve testing, treadmill testing and the ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 19:47:06 EST Small Steps mean Great Success! You CAN do it! It has long been a theory of mine that when some people start something that they're passionate about, they try to do too much, get discouraged and quit before they can reap the benefits... they quit! <BR> <BR> I know through experience that before I had Spark people and the amazing support group on my side I tried to do everything myself. I walked blindly through... day by day and when things got tough... I hid in snack food, junk food and comfort food! There was no support for me! <BR> <B... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 11:18:41 EST When you are given an opportunity, do you take it? October 26, 2012 <BR> <BR> When you are given an opportunity, do you take it? <BR> <BR> When it comes to making decisions regarding your lifestyle change do you let things just"Happen" or do you make your own opportunities? I make my own opportunities for the most part. I put reminders on the fridge and calendar. like "Make salad your "Big" meal" or "think before you eat!" I also post reminders to weigh myself, book on to Spark People or Planning of daily meals. <BR> <BR> You need to mak... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:10:15 EST Are We Pre-programmed to Lose? Have you ever experienced any failures on your weight loss journey? I know I have... As human beings, I believe we are pre-programmed to fail!... Let me explain. When you go into a grocery store, do you just get the things you need or do you get some things that you like? <BR> <BR> This used to be part of my list... Icecream, chocolate, potato chips, dip, pop, pretzels, candy, pastries, chocolate milk, rich and sugary salad dressings, cookies, cake, and the list goes on... But every mouthfu... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 18:39:36 EST Today is your day! It doesn't matter if you only have a few pounds to lose or a couple of hundred, the concept is the same. You have to change what you're doing in order to make changes in your life. Short of surgeries (Which is still a change) How will you get to your goals? <BR> <BR> For me, I take small steps towards small goals... something that is attainable. I find that if I try to do it all at once I get frustrated. My thoughts go everywhere and I don't know what direction that I'm heading! Yup, small ... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 11:56:41 EST On the road again... 10/8 = I begin the challenge this morning. I have ran/walked for 55 minutes, with 48 of those running. Already drank 24+12 oz water in my water bottle at the gym Mon, 8 Oct 2012 08:22:15 EST 5% CHALLENGE! Please begin by weighing yourself. You do not have to share what that is as that is a part of being Your Own Boss. But please write down that number someplace as your start to your 8 weeks. Anyone can join but this Challenge ends on 12/1. <BR> <BR> Please log in everyday in this area to state if you have met your goals. We will recognize you at the end of the week for number of minutes stated. <BR> 1) Note each day how many minutes of exercise you did. If you didn't do any, wait to log i... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 15:31:49 EST Hello Everyone... My name is Angel and I am new to this team. I am not married and I do not have any children. I am trying to take control of my life and my decisions. That may sound strange but I am finding the more I try to make healthy personal choices the more negative people are around me. The more I am trying to live for me the more everyone wants more of my time. I have lost over 30-pounds and I am planning to lose another 20-pounds. I took time for me in order to achieve my "30-pounds goal". I am now m... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 12:43:52 EST Do you want to be successful? Do You Want To Be Successful? <BR> <BR> October 05 / 2012 <BR> <BR> If you want to be successful at your new lifestyle you can start at anytime.... But If you want to be successful... you have to start. <BR> <BR> Today is the day, now is the time, and you've made the right decision to start now! Why wait. It's a proven fact that most people will wait rather than start and that first step is never taken! (Sad but true!) <BR> <BR> You won't accomplish anything if you wait for all the po... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 09:58:02 EST Hi everyone! How're you doing? My name is Monica and I just re-joined SP. I've been on the site before and used it to lose about 15 lbs, but lost motivation for nearly a year and have been at the same weight since then. I'm still a little bit overweight (I'm 5'1") and need to lose somewhere in the ballpark of 18-25 lbs. I decided to join back up and start the process over from the beginning! Right now, my biggest issue is my eating habits and dealing with some college blues. I've been having trouble with ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 22:43:35 EST Earn SparkTrophies for Reaching Your Goals.... Earn SparkTrophies for Reaching Your Goals <BR> Start Earning and Displaying Your Virtual Awards Today! <BR> -- By SparkPeople Support <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkTrophies are motivational tools designed to reward you for activities you perform at, from earning SparkPoints to losing weight. The trophies will be displayed on your SparkPage in two places: <BR> On the main page of your SparkPage, your five most recent trophies will scroll through under the "Awards" section on the... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 09:11:23 EST Safety Tips for Nighttime Exercisers..... Safety Tips for Nighttime Exercisers <BR> Because You Can Never be Too Careful <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone knows how important it is to maintain a regular fitness routine, but sometimes the day is so jam-packed with other responsibilities that exercising during daylight hours is next to impossible. However, if you like to exercise outdoors, there are some safety issues to consider if you’re going out after dark (or before sunrise). <BR> ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:10:48 EST Why a Fast-Food Nation Needs a Slow-Food Movement. Why a Fast-Food Nation Needs a Slow-Food Movement <BR> Spend More Time in the Kitchen and at the Table <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We eat in our cars, at our desks, on the go, in front of the TV. We eat drive-thru, take-out, delivered, packaged and prepared meals. Why? Because it fits our not-enough-time-in-the-day lifestyles. Our food matches our lives. <BR> <BR> Well, I'm certainly not the first one to think it—or say it—but we all need to slow dow... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:08:33 EST 15 Diet-Friendly Ice Cream Choices..... 15 Diet-Friendly Ice Cream Choices <BR> Get the Scoop on Picking a Healthier Ice Cream <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health Writer and Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! We are a society of ice cream lovers, with the average American licking her way through almost 5 gallons of the creamy confection each year, according to the Canadian Dairy Info Centre. (Only New Zealanders, at 6 gallons a year, eat more!) With their bright pa... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 09:39:32 EST Newbie Seeking Motivation Hi y'all! I'm Laura from Tennessee, and I need some motivation and accountability. A combination of sedentary lifestyle, lazy food choices, and medication have caused me to gain a lot of weight over the past couple of years. Joining SparkPeople is my second step in the journey to weight loss and better health (the first step was visiting my doctor and getting switched off the "bad medicine" to an alternate plus a strong diuretic). I lost a lot of water weight, but still have a long way to go.... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 19:56:02 EST Can Money Buy Happpiness?.... <BR> Can Money Buy Happiness? <BR> How Your Bottom Line Affects Your Outlook <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ''The best things in life are free, But you can give them to the birds and bees, I want money, That's what I want, That's what I want.'' In 1959, these words were written by Barrett Strong in a song called ''Money (That's What I Want).'' The song was later made famous throughout the United States and the UK when The Beatles covered it in 1... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 11:54:49 EST INTRODUCING RAVISHIN72 IT IS A PLEASURE TO MEET YOU ALL.I AM VERY HAPPY AND ANXIOUS TO GET STARTED. I AM A 40 YEAR OLD FEMALE.WHEN I TURNED 40 ON THE 19TH OF LAST MONTH,I WAS REALLY FORCED TO TAKE STOCK OF MY LIFE.DOING THAT,I AM NOT PLEASED WITH THE SELF-DESTRUCTIVE PATH,I HAVE PUT MY BODY AND MYSELF OWN.IT REALLY GOT BAD FOR ME IN 2000.AND THEN IT GOT PROGRESSIVELY WORSE AS THE YEARS CONTINUES TO FLY BY. I JUST CAN'T CONTINUE TO SIT THERE AND WATCH LIFE PASS ME BY.I AM DETERMINED TO TAKE CONTROL OF MY LIFE AND FI... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:19:43 EST Healthier Ways to Top Your Salad Healthier Ways to Top Your Salad <BR> Smart Substitution: Salad Dressings <BR> -- By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Salad. It’s the symbol for eating healthy. With piles with crisp romaine lettuce, spinach leaves, tomatoes, carrots, onions and all other kinds of veggies, what could spoil such a healthy dish? The infamous salad dressing, that's what! Although a very tasty condiment with available in countless flavors, salad dressing often hides excess fat, calories and oth... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:10:30 EST Sharing is Achieving...... Sharing Is Achieving <BR> To Succeed, Tell Others About Your Goals <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’” (C.S. Lewis) <BR> <BR> Which is why—whether you’re looking to eat healthier, increase your energy, lose a few pounds, or build up those nearly atrophied muscles—it’s good to find a fitness friend, maybe even several! In fact, experts say s... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 09:18:57 EST Successful people follow their plan to success! How successful have you been lately when it comes to your new lifestyle? Have you been up and down? On again off again, Flying by the seat of your pants when it comes to staying on track! <BR> OR......... <BR> Have you followed your tried and true plan to success? But has your plan been followed to the letter? <BR> I have news for everyone.... <BR> <BR> SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE FOLLOW THEIR PLAN! <BR> <BR> Successful people will follow their plan from start to finish until they've not only met... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:29:02 EST Too Much Work Can Pack On the Pounds.... Too Much Work Can Pack On the Pounds <BR> Overtime May Add More to Your Waistline than Your Wallet <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you have a schedule that requires you to work more than forty hours per week, leaving you exhausted at the end of every workday? If so, go weigh yourself. If the number on the scale is higher than you believe it should be, you can probably blame your busy schedule for contributing to your excess weight. <BR> <BR> Work can add wei... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:13:49 EST DID YOU TRACK YOUR..... NUTRITION TODAY <em>224</em> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 17:48:12 EST WOO HOO.....TO WATER <em>91</em> 8 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:53:14 EST DID YOU TRACK YOUR..... EXERCISES TODAY <em>224</em> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:52:40 EST DID YOU TRACK YOUR..... EXERCISES TODAY <em>224</em> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:52:18 EST WOO HOO.....TO MOVING THAT BEAUTIFUL BODY OF YOURS <em>244</em> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:51:53 EST SPARKPOINTS PLUS BONUS 7 plus 5 <em>347</em> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:48:09 EST INSPIRATION QUOTE OF THE DAY....COME SHARE Take what you can use and let the rest go by. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This seems to be such a great philosophy. We all make mistakes. All of our lives have ups and downs. The key is to extract that which you can learn from, and not let the rest bother you, or keep you down. This, of course, means keeping the positive things, the things easy to remember. But it also entails looking at the hard things, mistakes you might have made, trials you may have been through, and learning from all of thes... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 06:54:44 EST NEW QUESTION EACH DAY???? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you belong to a gym? <BR> <BR> Yes <BR> No <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For me the answer is no....I prefer to do my exercises in the privacy of my own home. I have the equipment that I need, it's cheaper (no membership fees), and I can do it on my time line schedule. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:33:13 EST CHIT CHAT ROOM....What Are You Doing Today! I've been keeping busy doing laundry and getting ready to go to the lake tomorrow! Have a wonderful evening my sparking friends. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:26:38 EST Please Welcome our new Co-leader... It's time to welcome our newest Co-Leader Whisperingpine9 Congratulations and welcome aboard! <BR> <BR> Ray Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:00:47 EST Hi, I'm Rosa Hi <BR> My name is Rosa <BR> I'm 35 and I'm overweight. I'm reacently diagnozed to have diabetes, high chlesterol and I have a knee joint injury. <BR> These are the most important facts about my health right now. <BR> I'd love to have many friends here on the site. <BR> I really love it here. <BR> I wish all of us good luck. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 01:28:02 EST Hi, I'm Rosa Hi <BR> My name is Rosa <BR> I'm 35 and I'm overweight. I'm reacently diagnozed to have diabetes, high chlesterol and I have a knee joint injury. <BR> These are the most important facts about my health right now. <BR> I'd love to have many friends here on the site. <BR> I really love it here. <BR> I wish all of us good luck. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 01:18:54 EST Do You Think Ahead Regarding Your Health? Do you think ahead regarding your health? I know I sometimes let things go when I should be seeing a Doctor, partially because I'm afraid of what the Doctor might find or what the Doctor might make me do... but you know what? Sometimes it's better to stay ahead of the pain, ahead of the problems, ahead of the worry... and not have to worry as much about stress! I know I feel better knowing when I'm in better health! <BR> <BR> Keeping a little ahead of conditions is one of the secrets of st... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 13:16:42 EST I LIVE TO LAUGH AND LOVE!!!! (-_-) HELLO, I AM MOTHER OF 2, OVER 40 YRS OLD, 26LBS OVERWEIGHT AND WANT TO START A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. LOVE EXERCISING HOWEVER, WORKING AT HOME FOR THE LAST 4MTHS I HAVE NOW REALIZE MY JEANS ARE SHRINKING (HAHA). WORKING OUTSIDE OF MY HOUSE WAS QUITE A PHYSICAL JOB THAT KEPT ME IN SHAPE AND ALWAYS EASY TO LOOSE WHAT I GAINED, WHICH IS NO MORE, SO YOU CAN NOW UNDERSTAND MY PLIGHT. SO "LETS DO THIS" Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:44:15 EST Going thru mean pause and quit smoking The demons are upon me and looking for support and to say hello. Trying to get fit and loose 15 lbs and for any new supporting friends&#128522; Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:59:00 EST A Newbie Hi my name is Shenieka I am a mother of 8 and I am so tired of being over weight. I just want to be able to play with my kids without feeling like I'm about to pass out!! Thanks I look forward to getting you know everyone!!! Sat, 25 Aug 2012 02:03:34 EST mandiesmiles hi all my name is mandie im currently 65kg and am hating it it i think i look horrible my wonderful husband says different but this yr im looking at my self in the mirror and i dont think i could wear a bikini im scared of how gross i look to others i know it shouldnt matter what others think but all i want is too look fit would love to reach my goal i was doing work outs but i just fell back as i went down to 62kg in just 2wks but ive currently put it back on please any advise would b great ... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 18:24:42 EST Are Your Wishes Coming True? Are Your Wishes Coming True? <BR> <BR> <BR> Are you wishing on a star only to find out someone else got to it first? Have you closed your eyes tightly and waved your magic wand only to find you've used a wand that doesn't work? A wand that doesn't live up to your expectations? How about that incantation that you say hoping you'll experience that "Hollywood" POOF!!! Lets be realistic here... Your wishes won't come true unless you work at them! That's right no Al Lah Peanut butter sandwiches ... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:25:18 EST Are You a Great Leader? Do you have what it takes to be a leader? For years people have been trying to lead others by taking on a position or title without regard to what people really want or need! Luckily I have had the opportunity to share leadership with some of the most influencial, knowledgeable, motivating, sharing, caring and loving people that you'd ever want to meet! <BR> <BR> They spend their time, day in and day out, researching, writing, helping, befriending and caring about people that have become lik... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:47:38 EST I need your help!! It took a long time, but I lost more than 50 pounds while on Weight Watchers (WW). Then, two things happened: in December, 2011 the "WW at Work" program was canceled, and in May 2012 the company I worked for closed the office I was employed out of. Since December, I gained back 15 pounds so decided to start going to WW. After weeks of following the program religiously, I've only lost .8 pound (that's eight-tenths of a pound). I'm told it's probably due to cortisol production because of stre... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 10:58:53 EST Two and a half years - Let the change begin! This will be the last time that I "start over" on my weight loss journey. The way I see it if I don't get results or don't have a "perfect" day, I will just chuck it up to the experience and keep going. I have committed to myself for the next 2.5 years to change my body. Wish me luck! Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:13:28 EST Why it's important to set good goals! August 7, 2012 <BR> <BR> Why you must set a goal to get to where you want to be! <BR> <BR> You can't go anywhere without a goal... When there's no purpose there's no interest... without interest there's no ambition... and without ambition you have nothing! <BR> <BR> I guess you could become an Olympic couch potato. Picture this... The Olympic theme playing in the background, your coach rubbing your shoulders, Remote control ready ...and set... The thumb serves a massive volley on the remo... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 12:46:22 EST Does "No pain No gain" mean anything to you? When you're working out and someone says "No Pain, No Gain"... can we apply this to our own circumstances, our lives, our eating habits... and should we? Let's take a look at it... <BR> No Pain (EWWW...Pain) ok no pain... great if there's no pain I'm in but wait... If I don't gain anything, why should I do it! Well... that's the point! There has to be some pain... There has to be a sacrifice, There has to be change in order to move ahead. <BR> <BR> The man's nuts you say... Say it isn't so R... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:57:47 EST I want to lose weight!!!!!!!!!! Hello, I am just beginning my lifestyle change. I have been a fast food and eating out junkie for the last five years as a result of working 16 hours a day and sitting behind a desk. I can't walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded and the last time I could touch my toes was about three years ago. My body is crying out for help, is anyone else going through this? Is this shocking? It was to me it was like I awoke after five years and THIS is my body....HELP!!! Thanks for listen... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:34:45 EST I Wanna Be A Bear A Bear <BR> I want to be a bear...... <BR> <BR> If you're a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months. I could deal with that. <BR> <BR> Before you hibernate, you're supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that too. <BR> <BR> If you're a bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you are sleeping and wake to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that. <BR> <BR> If you're a mama bear, everyone knows ... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 12:44:16 EST New Member Who Needs to be More Bossy! Hi Folks, <BR> <BR> I'm new and found this group by looking at someone's personal sparkpage and seeing it there. <BR> <BR> I think I probably misunderstood the intent of this group,but I like it even still. I thought it was a group that helped us learn to "take control of the steering wheel of our lives" in our personal life as well. I'm a person who has allowed other people to "be the boss of me" for far too many years. As a song says, "I've been to paradise but I've never been to me". (A... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 09:50:36 EST August Challenge - "All In, In August." Hi Gang, <BR> <BR> I hope that this note finds you happy and healthy, if so great. If not, I just may have the answer to putting a smile on your face, making you feel better and getting healthier each and every day. <BR> <BR> When ever anybody asks me just how I lost 238 lbs. in 19 months, I always give them the same answer. I tell them that SparkPeople helped me establish SENSIBLE eating habits, and that SparkPeople helped me establish regular exercise habits. <BR> <BR> You'll notice tha... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 00:56:01 EST Finding Win Hello, My name is Win Sat, 28 Jul 2012 21:43:39 EST How Are You Staying On Track? July 27, 2012 <BR> <BR> You have goals... goals that define who you are! As you know, successful people follow their plans and keep updating their plans to achieve their goals! The question I have for you today is... how often do you change your plans ...updating the path of success to achieve your goals! <BR> <BR> Think about it! When you first started in Spark People or even before Spark People did you set out to lose weight for a specific reason only to find out that the original plan d... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:25:40 EST low fat snacks/Ideas? I'm new to the site. my names Tanya any ideas or tips would be great <BR> Thanks... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:21:57 EST How Do You See Yourself? Do you ever dream of how you look... How good it would be if... 30, 40, 50 or more pounds taken from you and how great you'd feel if they were gone? Have you ever stood in front of a mirror and flexed those muscles or turned sideways and great am I going to look when all this fat isn't there any more... one more question... Have you ever tried to stand funny on a scale trying to make it read lighter... I have... Guilty as charged... I've sprained my ankle trying to get the scal... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:07:34 EST Introduction of a newbie! Hello! My name is Katie! Just signed up tonight. Looking to forward to meeting some great people and hearing inspiring stories. The ups, the downs, and in between. Motivation will help us all! <BR> <BR> A little about myself: I'm 23 and studying to become a dental assistant (ultimate goal of dental hygienist). My current weight is 325 (ish), my goal being around 175. The number doesn't concern me as much as the way I feel. My goal is to to FEEL healthy, whatever the number on the scale may b... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 03:08:54 EST Hi everyone! New here Im Brandy, 26 married with 3 kids. I live in phoenix az, and im on here because Im overweight. Im having a hard time. Finding all the motivation to really get in a routine and actually stick with it. Im queen of excuses :-( im looking forward to getting to know new people who might have some of the same goals as me and maybe find a few to help me stau motivated and encouraged to stick with this. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 01:33:42 EST Are You Enjoying Your Successes? Are you enjoying your Successes? <BR> <BR> July 16 / 2012 <BR> <BR> You'll never achieve real success in your lifestyle change unless you like what you're doing and like what you're eating! It's true. If it hurts when you exercise or if you do exercise that you don't like doing, chances are you'll quit is a short period of time due to lack of interest! The same is true about what you're eating. If you're forced to eat things that are not what you like, chances are you'll give it up and retu... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:08:57 EST member here! Good morning!! I just joined this site..looked interesting and informative. It also seems like a good way to meet people who have similar goals in reference to their health. Sun, 15 Jul 2012 11:35:10 EST Are You Feeling a Little Trapped? Are you feeling a little trapped? I know I am... with bills piling up, My wife losing her job... I know about 4 years ago, at this point I would have thrown my hands up in the air... felt sorry for myself and headed to the refrigerator for Ice cream and comfort food. I know now why this isn't an option any more... I know I have to keep my goals in mind. I have to stay on track even though THAT ICE CREAM IS CALLING MY NAME! But what am I to do? <BR> <BR> There are many options available to ... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 11:35:36 EST Apologies to my teams I'm sorry I haven't been able to post as much but my wife lost her job 7 weeks ago and we've had to shut down the internet at home. I still have internet at work but not much time other than lunch time to post. I hope to be up and running soon <BR> <BR> Ray Thu, 12 Jul 2012 07:55:26 EST New Spark Member I just joined and hope this will really make a spark in my new start! Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:15:34 EST Spark Buddy Moms with Kids ONLY Taking care of your children and taking care of youself is an overtime-job. <BR> <BR> How do you find time to make those important life style changes you so desperately need? <BR> <BR> How do you manage cooking healthy for yourself and your kids who love Happy Meals? <BR> <BR> How do you get your exercise time in? <BR> <BR> Share here what works for you and what does not, your tips and your advice, with other team moms. <BR> <BR> <em>361</em> Sun, 8 Jul 2012 07:52:07 EST For Men Only Did you know that there is a Spark Forum just for men........ <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oard_topics.asp?imboard=60 </link> Sat, 7 Jul 2012 14:39:54 EST Who can we blame for the way we look? I have a statement that has been brought up to me and I would like to address this statement and how it affects our progress in the new lifestyle change that we're working on! This statement is... "You are what you eat!" Let me repeat this... "You are what you eat!" <BR> <BR> The Ideas for preserving foods have been around forever with canning and salt curing but the revolution really didn't start happening until 1944 when frozen foods were introduced to travelers on airline flights. In 195... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 12:16:54 EST The Power of Positive Thinking The Power of Positive Thinking <BR> <BR> A positive outlook on life is arguably one of the most powerful assets you can have. <BR> <BR> Positive people expect success, good health, happiness, wealth and good relationships and those things tend to show up in their lives. This is not because they are already successful, or because they are more confident and thus more outgoing, it is simply the attitude. This is a basic law of attraction: positive thoughts breed positive results. Your though... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 13:47:08 EST How to reach your goals! In a nutshell, to reach your goals that you've set for yourself you must do the following things. <BR> 1. Be persistent! don't quit! Keep working at it! <BR> 2. Repetition... Keep doing the activity until it becomes second nature to you <BR> 3. Constantly Learning new things and new ways to better yourself! <BR> <BR> #1 Persistence... <BR> Keep trying is the rule that must be followed to be successful at anything. To try and fail means you've just found another way how "Not to Do It". Your ... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 11:44:24 EST Jump into July Join me in Jumping in July. Jump roping either by yourself or with your kids is a great exercise. I'll probably start off slow since I haven't done it in awhile. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 08:43:54 EST July Challenge - Join In, In July! Hey Gang this is my first challenge and it is based on "Getting Active." <BR> <BR> I'm calling it "Let's Join In, In July.'' The goal ACTIVITY. You can walk, jog, run, ride or swim a block a day. Here in Canada, the Government has been promoting Particip-Action for years, and as we all know action is the precursor to success. We all know that we have to get moving to get our bodies to do the things that we want them to do, so let's all Join In, In July and then keep doing it for the rest of... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:40:03 EST Hello Handsome... My Name is Rose (Motivational) Hello Handsome... My Name is rose (Motivational) <BR> <BR> June 26 / 2012 <BR> <BR> The first day of school our professor introduced him and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. <BR> <BR> I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being... <BR> <BR> She said, ’Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. <BR> Can I give you ... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:19:56 EST What's in an accomplishment? What is the greatest accomplishment to date that you have ever accomplished in your life? <BR> Mine would be having my wife tolerate me and my little idiosyncrasies and stay married for 22 years. Was yours to buy and pay for a home? buy a new vehicle? Take the kids to Disneyland? <BR> Run a marathon? There are lots of great accomplishments and they are great to be sure, but what about your new Lifestyle... <BR> <BR> To me... This is one great accomplishment! It's an ongoing accomplishment th... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:36:35 EST July Challenge-Lose a Pound a Week OK team. I know for me this can be challenging in the summer. So many gatherings and outings and really good food. All the more reason to be focused on this challenge. Weigh in is each Saturday. If you have some really good tips that work for you please share them. We all can use those. I would say good luck but there is no luck here...just persistence and consistency. I did say Challenge, right? Mon, 25 Jun 2012 08:21:30 EST Eating Healthy On A Budget From Choose My Plate <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>ing-on-budget.html Sun, 24 Jun 2012 12:28:14 EST Small Ways to Improve Life Want to smile more and be more positive then try this challenge: <BR> <BR> Make a check list of at least 12 small things that you enjoy doing or make you feel good. <BR> <BR> It can be as simple as watching the sunrise with your morning coffee or taking a bubble bath. <BR> <BR> Every day for the next 12 days do one thing on that list then check it off. <BR> <BR> You can even keep a journal of your daily thoughts related to this challenge. <BR> <BR> And at the end of 12 days you just ma... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 07:41:08 EST Are You Finding It Hard To Stay On Track? June 20,2012 <BR> <BR> Do you find it hard to stay on track when it comes to your new lifestyle change? <BR> <BR> I know I do... I sometimes have this "It's only this once" attitude and I'm drawn away to comfort foods rather than staying on track but why is this so... I don't think it's fair to have all of this fattening food where I can reach for it. It's not fair that I'm the only one having to change my lifestyle rather than being able to do what I want, and eat what I want! Why can't I ... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:10:47 EST Do You Want To Be Successful At Weight Loss? June 19 / 2012 <BR> <BR> Do you want to be successful at weight loss? <BR> <BR> Of course everyone including me is saying yes right now! Of course we want to lose weight but the real question we should be asking ourselves is what are we doing to lose the weight? <BR> Are you staying on track, choosing the right foods, practicing portion control, drinking the right things and exercising to stay fit? <BR> <BR> Well... do you want to be successful? <BR> <BR> In weightloss as in life itself.... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 09:58:06 EST PLEASE READ - FEATURED TEAM FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DID NOT GET THE TEAM EMAIL, I SUBMITTED OUR TEAM TO BE A SPARKPEOPLE "FEATURED TEAM" I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE, BUT KEEP WATCHING THE SPARK TEAMS PAGE FOR OUR NAME. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:10:10 EST Are You Ready To Plant The Seeds To Your Future? June 14 / 2012 <BR> <BR> Are you ready to Plant Your Seeds? Your imagination is the seed to your success! <BR> <BR> Do you look in the mirror and don't like what you see? You're not alone. I look in the mirror and still hold out my hands to block out the parts of me I want to disappear! I still have a protruding belly but it's not like it once was and those double chins have all but disappeared but yet, there's still the turkey skin that I look at under my chin... <BR> <BR> It's time to p... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 10:07:43 EST LEARNING TO SAY NO Practice Saying "No" <BR> <BR> For many women, saying "No" doesn't come naturally. <BR> But practice makes perfect, so start now! <BR> In choosing your responses, remember the K.I.S.S. principle: Keep It Short and Simple. <BR> You can try it in the mirror, or even walk around the house saying it. Get used to hearing yourself say the word, and then you'll be ready to use it with other people! <BR> <BR> When I was younger, I could not say no, no matter what. I think I thought that people wo... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:21:04 EST Do You Take Risks Or Do You Play It Safe? Do you take risks or do you play it safe? <BR> June 12 / 2012 <BR> <BR> Losing weight can be a very difficult thing to do... especially when everywhere you turn there's another snack, pastry, comfort food, junk food platter, sugar drink and the very annoying person that says..."If you all have just one more bite then I won't have to put any of this away!" But lose we must and the beat goes on! <BR> <BR> I know things can be hard on us but do we really have to take chances with our lives whi... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:55:39 EST What to Do If The Weather Doesn't Cooperate! Hello everyone... <BR> <BR> I have been getting a lot of E-mails and Spark Mails about what can do when the weather doesn't cooperate! I hear people moping around, not feeling "In the mood", Generally feeling lousy and giving into the weather. (and their food cravings!) <BR> <BR> Well today, we can change that! If you want an alternative to the summer time blues because of weather, here's a few things you can do! <BR> <BR> Exercise Videos have been a great workout tool for me and I'm sur... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:02:48 EST SETTING BOUNDARIES SETTING BOUNDARIES <BR> <BR> This is by far the most difficult if you have a busy life, a demanding boss, and a problem with saying “no.” <BR> <BR> Setting boundaries means you recognize what’s important to you, you set a reasonable amount of time to enjoy/take action on it, and do it no matter what. <BR> <BR> You may encounter resistance from others on this, but think about it: This is your life, and you are the most important person in it......You're The Boss Of You!! <BR> <BR> Even ... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 08:19:42 EST Why is it so hard to lose weight? June 07 / 2012 <BR> <BR> I ask you this... Why is it so hard to lose weight? Answer... (I know I know) It's complicated... but it doesn't have to be! <BR> <BR> Basically, your fears rule your actions! If everything is going well for you, you'll find, your weight loss is easier. When something runs amok, (I have a pet muck and I loose weight by running my mok) When things run amok the "I don't know what to do" syndrome kicks in! At that point the insecurities set in and Bingo Bango Bongo Th... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 14:07:58 EST If You Want To Lose Action Is Required! If you want to lose weight then the time to start is NOW! Not tomorrow, not next week, not next month.... Now! It isn't a "When I feel like it type thing is a now thing with commitment attached. You have to be prepared to change your ways in order to change your weighs! <BR> <BR> This Challenge has to be right for you! The right food, the right exercise and the right direction to keep you headed towards your goals! But before you try your new lifestyle change be sure that this lifestyle chan... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 10:10:07 EST Do You Have Any Vacation Plans for This Summer If you do, share them with us, we'd love to hear them <BR> <em>36</em> <em>237</em> <em>502</em> <em>256</em> <em>47</em> <em>218</em> <em>298</em> <em>462</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll be taking my grandkids to Wildwood Crest NJ for 4th of July week. They love it there.....all family friendly. Sat, 2 Jun 2012 09:17:50 EST June 2012 Cycling Challenge A little summer fun challenge beginning June 1st. Whether it's riding "outside" on your bike or "inside" on your stationary. <BR> <BR> The links below will bring you to a sample cycling plan by Livestrong. As you can tell this plan goes beyond 30 days. <BR> <BR> However, our challenge for June is to see how many minutes and / or days we can increase our riding exercise in a 30 day period and hopefully, at the end of 30 days , we will have developed a new exercise program that can take us u... Sat, 26 May 2012 08:05:32 EST It's Time To Do What's Right! May 21 / 2012 <BR> <BR> I have been thinking lately that I have been putting a few things off and I'm not getting myself back in the game! I want to do more with my family but I also can't forget about all the hard work that I've put in that's gotten me this far! I know I have to succeed but still the temptation is there to sabotage my efforts! They keep giving me extra snacks, pop, chips etc no matter where I go and to tell you the truth... I don't like it! What am I going to do... give in ... Mon, 21 May 2012 13:47:22 EST How Do You Motivate Yourself? May 17 / 2012 <BR> <BR> What keeps you Motivated? <BR> <BR> I'll tell you how I stay motivated and perhaps it will help you along your journey! <BR> <BR> When I was first told that at an early age, I would only live for another 6 months, that got me to thinking. I told myself... I said "Self... It's time to figure out exactly what you want to do!" I was told by the doctor that in 6 months time, if I didn't do something about the situation that I was in that I would lose my eyesight, have m... Thu, 17 May 2012 11:26:28 EST Are you having one of those days? Are you having one of those days? You're feeling frustrated because there's no "YOU" time? <BR> You're not alone! A lot of people are feeling the crunch and having to work extra hours, pulling you away from the things you would rather be doing! <BR> <BR> Think about this... When you get home and you only have a couple of hours possibly before you go to bed, what do you do? <BR> <BR> Clean up your house,do the dishes, Do laundry, Make supper, etc I must admit, I'm guilty of this but in the ... Wed, 16 May 2012 11:03:44 EST Dreams Do Come True If You Know What To Do! So... You have this dream of losing weight... you keep looking in the mirror but very little seems to be happening and you want it to happen NOW! I know I know... you step on the scale and you seem to be on the dreaded weight loss roller coaster... what can you do! you can make your dreams of weight loss a reality! <BR> <BR> If you have the power, knowledge and the opportunity to change your life. You can make anything you want of it. It's not difficult, it just takes some effort, consistenc... Tue, 15 May 2012 11:19:47 EST Exercise At Your Desk Stay Healthy At Work: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>res/exercise-at-your-desk </link> Mon, 14 May 2012 05:38:29 EST Success at Weightloss and How To Get It! Here is the problem ... I carry around too much weight with me daily!... My question is how can I be successful at losing that weight? Before we get started, if you really want to see what it's like... carrying around extra weight, you actually have to feel what it's like to carry the weight! <BR> <BR> Here's the test!... I am 45 pounds overweight! How do I see what it's like to carry around 45 pounds? This is how my doctor described it to me. If you can put a backpack on and fill it with 2... Fri, 11 May 2012 12:07:15 EST If you Don't Like Where You Are... Change It ! May 10 / 2012 <BR> When did you find out that where you are is not where you want to be? For me it was when I finally came to terms with not being able to do things any more with my family... Like being able to participate in things like walks at the zoo or playing a round of golf with my Dad, Singing in church because I got winded really easily! <BR> When I discovered Spark People I finally realized why my therapists and Doctors had said all along... If you don't change your ways, you're goi... Thu, 10 May 2012 09:48:18 EST Do You Have The Courage To Go Forward? Do you have what it takes to go forward? <BR> <BR> In each and every one of us is the courage to go forward... but we have to find it to get us where we want to go! Your courage takes you to places where you never thought possible! It makes it possible to take that next step to complete your goals. It's also your courage that makes you face the unknown and and still move forward! <BR> <BR> Your Courage also makes it possible for you to keep trying and trying and trying even if there are tho... Wed, 9 May 2012 10:03:02 EST HELPFUL TIPS TO FALL ASLEEP. Try these tips to fall asleep now... <BR> <BR> 1. Address any minor physical issues that are preventing sleep. While long-term use of over-the-counter medications is not healthy, addressing indigestion, headache, or muscle ache may help you get to sleep tonight. <BR> <BR> 2. If you have muscle aches and pains, massage the painful places - try a pain-relieving gel. Progressive muscle relaxation may also help the aches as well as relax you overall. <BR> <BR> 3. If you are feeling too hot or ... Tue, 8 May 2012 08:16:22 EST Weight not going down? Plateau Again? Good day everyone... <BR> <BR> The latest round of E-mails, Spark Mails etc has people asking why... if they're trying so hard, why aren't they losing weight! Of course this has no one answer but I'll give some insight around the Phenomenon known as the Plateau! This is the time when everyone feels that no matter what they do, they just can't lose weight! <BR> <BR> It's true that when you get to your plateau there are certain things happening in your life that make it impossible to lose wei... Mon, 7 May 2012 09:39:50 EST Who Do You Thank For Your Accompli shments? Who do you thank for your accomplishments? <BR> <BR> Before I joined Spark people I had so many mentors, friends, concerned bystanders, family and most of all, my Doctors, Therapists, Nutritionists and it’s true these people were instrumental in the progress that I’ve made so far… But when Spark People came along these incredible individuals stepped up to the plate! <BR> <BR> Not a day went by that I didn’t get positive feedback, compliments, prayers, encouragement, motivation and dir... Sun, 6 May 2012 01:42:20 EST Are You Ready To Open The Door To Opportunity When the door to your future, your goals, and to your success is closed and you hear someone knocking on the other side, will you be ready to answer it? Will you have the confidence to turn the handle, face the responsibility and take the responsibility to the next level? <BR> <BR> It's time to open your own door to success! Success on any major scale requires that you accept responsibility and Take the chance and run with it! You'll never get anywhere waiting for the right opportunity to c... Fri, 4 May 2012 09:57:59 EST SWIMMING IS FOR EVERYONE!! A GREAT CHANGE OF EXERCISE WITH THE SUMMER MONTHS NOT FAR AWAY: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/fitness-basics-swimming-is-for-everyo<BR>ne?print=true </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> from WEB MD <em>237</em> Thu, 3 May 2012 06:32:15 EST Excuses Excuses Think you've heard them all? Hi Guys... In the amount of time I've been with Spark People I have heard many many excuses why people couldn't exercise and I'd like to clear the air a bit... I've used the excuse mill to get into and out of everything from exercise, eating junk food, justifying why I couldn't do anything "That day" and you know exactly what I mean! so without further adieu... Here are some of the excuses and / or sayings that I've heard or used. <BR> <BR> My cat is sick <BR> My dog is sick <BR> I have t... Wed, 2 May 2012 09:55:26 EST You Cant Win If You Don't Take The First Step! Tuesday, May 01, 2012 <BR> <BR> Here you are at the biggest race of your life... The incredible lifestyles change race... the horn is about to sound but you're hesitating... you don't know if you want to step into the starting block or walk away from this life changing event. <BR> <BR> to your right is a person dressed in white track shorts and white shirt! She's been running the race for years! She looks incredible and you're feeling a little bit intimidated... she calmly says "Don't worr... Tue, 1 May 2012 11:28:04 EST JUNK FOOD TOUR IN PA <link> </link> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:19:36 EST Making Healthier Food Choices #4 ___ Have half a tuna salad sandwich instead of a whole, plus two cups of raw vegetables. <BR> 6" Subway Tuna 530 Calories .....Save 265 calories by eating half <BR> <BR> ___ Switch from cream soup to vegetable-based soup at lunch and dinner. <BR> <BR> ___ Switch from 1/2 cup premium to light ice cream <BR> Approx 145 calories in regular vanilla ice cream....80 in Blue Bunny FatFree SugarFree Mon, 30 Apr 2012 06:36:15 EST Don't try these at home! During my Motivation research, I found a little article that I got a laugh out of. How many things did you try to look thinner? I'm not going to tee up the article but I will give you some of the highlites! <BR> <BR> Here are some of the more creative ways to look and feel younger... (don't try this at home,,, you may hurt yourself) <BR> <BR> 1] By using duct tape, you can wrap your fat up tight so you look smaller. (If you use this one be sure to wear a tee shirt where the tape goes or y... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 19:20:28 EST What is Motivating You to Change Your Lifestyle? Is that a loaded question or what? <BR> <BR> What is Motivating you to Change your Lifestyle? <BR> When I first joined Spark People I was going to the be like my trainer... sleek and trim, confident, a wealth of information and he had a 6 pack that wouldn't quit! I wanted to impress my wife by being just like him! <BR> <BR> Before him, there was Arnold Schwarzenegger... The body builder... but at the time, I wasn't in good enough shape to even watch him work out much less do it my sel... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 14:50:13 EST Are You Ready For Change? Are You Ready For Change? <BR> Saturday, April 28, 2012 <BR> <BR> If you are ready for a change?... then this blog is for you! In order for you to grow in your life you have to accept the fact that there will be changes in your life as well! <BR> You see... all personal growth involves change! <BR> <BR> It's not the fact that there's change, but it's how you and others around you deal with that change. When you grow into the new lifestyle, you are going to be responding positively to the ch... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 12:00:54 EST Dreams Do Come True! A wise old cricket once sang When you wish upon a Star your dreams come true! <BR> Have you ever sat on the grass and just stared up at the stars in all of their magnificence? <BR> Have you ever wished on that bright star only to find out the someone else used their wish on that star? Not to worry... There are Billions and Billions of stars up there... just waiting for your wish! <BR> <BR> So... what was your wish? <BR> <BR> I remember wishing to be a bodybuilder, because I thought it was... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 12:11:58 EST What Does a Goal Do For You? A goal is not unlike your best friend. A goal gives you something to think about when you think that what you're doing is impossible! The Goal keeps you going... and if you're dedicated to the goal nothing else will get in your way until you complete your goal! Your goal will give you the willpower to continue when all others say you can't do it! <BR> <BR> If you have no goal you have no place to start. Goals help you to stay focused and see you through to the end! It's that important! If yo... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:49:50 EST Symptoms of Anemia. just want to share some info with you guys, <BR> <BR> <BR> If you have mild anemia, you may not experience any signs of the problem at all. However, as the anemia worsens you may develop: <BR> Fatigue <BR> Pale skin <BR> A fast or irregular heartbeat <BR> Shortness of breath <BR> Chest pain <BR> Dizziness <BR> Cognitive problems <BR> Cold hands and feet <BR> Headache <BR> Be sure to see your doctor if you suddenly feel tired for no apparent reason or experience any of the other above sympt... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 11:41:13 EST Do you know how to motivate yourself? For some people, the act of staying motivated is a struggle! For some, it's easy but do you know what it takes to stay motivated... Let me tell you! <BR> <BR> Simply put, Motivation is the driving factor that keeps you focused on what you do! If you want something, you have to live it, sleep it, breath it, eat it! What ever it is... it's the one thing that you'll do anything for to accomplish! You may be depressed, you may be sick, you may be excited but you'll keep on doing what you're doin... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 14:38:41 EST Who Did You Blame For All This? I remember, years back, when I was 330 pounds, I couldn't take responsibility for my actions no way... no how! I recall blaming my wife for the good food that I always ate, I blamed her saying it was all her fault because I was so big! I've blamed my Mom... saying it was heredity and I was "Big Boned". (She fed me well) and she made sure that we never went away from the table hungry! My Dad always wanted us to join in Hockey, soccer, basket ball... whatever would get us out of the house but u... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 12:00:53 EST Do You Truly Believe In What You Are Doing? I have some questions for you and I want you to answer them truthfully... When it comes to the weight loss program that you set up for yourself do you truly believe that your program is effective? <BR> <BR> Do you believe that your efforts are 100 percent towards that program? Could you do better? <BR> <BR> Statistically Speaking, nobody can be 100 percent in any program that is developed or any program that is used! but, there is a factor that you can always count on! If you truly believe... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 14:28:25 EST You want to be successful? Channel your energy When you wake up in the morning after a good night sleep, you've had your breakfast and you're all prepared for the rest of your day, do you turn into a tornado and mindlessly do things without thinking? Or... Do you channel your energy on the Important tasks that need doing and leave the lesser tasks until later? <BR> <BR> Your success depends on how you focus or direct your energy to accomplish the most important tasks first. If you choose the tornado and mindlessly go from place to place ... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 10:17:14 EST Making Healthier Food Choices Challenge #3 MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES THAT LAST: <BR> <BR> Let’s also not forget the emotional aspect of change, particularly when it comes to food. As I’m sure you are well aware, emotions play a starring role in decisions around food for the vast majority of the population. If you make small changes to your diet consistently, allowing yourself time to integrate the changes into your routine and become comfortable with them, you will give your emotional and physical body the opportunity to shake each othe... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 17:13:30 EST You do have a choice regarding weight-loss This is your starting point! Right here and right now. You're at the cross-roads ready to make a decision! Probably the biggest decision of your life... Yes, your family or friends are behind you no matter what you decide, and there may be Nay-Sayers in the crowd that'll tell you that "You'll never do it so forget it! <BR> <BR> It just doesn't matter... Why... Because you're in control of your life and of your decisions! When It comes right down to it... you have the final say as to what you... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:26:09 EST You are your environment! Take a look around... is your environment holding you back? No I'm not talking where you live but also who you're associating with! Everywhere you go... everything that you do... your environment impacts who you are! <BR> <BR> In the weight loss game it would be nice if everything were to the letter perfect... but guess what... They're not! At work do you see vending machines, calling your name... Have a soda, have a chocolate bar, have some chips, and how about on the way home? Triple burge... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:19:41 EST How do you exercise? How do you exercise?. you have to ask yourself what exercise is and you'll be surprised as to how many ways you can exercise! If you are unable to exercise then obviously you can't but you still can enjoy a lifestyle change and maybe even participate with family and friends to a degree! <BR> <BR> Remember this before we get into the list...No exercise could be hard on your health and shorten your life.I do have one question for you before we start... do you do any form of exercise? <BR> <BR... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:51:38 EST What have you given up to be healthy again? What have you given up to be healthy again... What a loaded question. <BR> <BR> There are no easy road when it comes to change... especially lifestyle changes! Your being asked to give up your lounging time to devote to exercise and movement! You're being asked to give up your personal comfort foods like chips, dip, pop, fatty foods, chocolate and for what? so you can be healthy and fit? EXACTLY! What did you have to give up? <BR> <BR> Whatever you want in life, you must give up something t... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:32:05 EST Derek Jeter Workout From Men's Health <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/derek-jeter-workout </link> <em>84</em> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 08:23:58 EST Making Healthier Food Choices Challenge #2 Week April 13th - April 19th <BR> <BR> If you are still working on your Week 1 change, don't worry about week 2. Take whatever time you need....this is not a race and there is no deadline. <BR> <BR> <BR> Replace your higher fat, higher calorie salad dressing by making your own lower fat, lower calorie dressing using olive oil <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Add one additional serving of fruit or vegetable to you daily menu. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> <BR> If you reduced your coffee sugar to "1" no... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:45:46 EST If You Are Winning Then You're Not Afraid To Lose If you consider yourself average and you would like to be great, listen up... there's not much difference in the two! <BR> <BR> The difference between great and average is how often you repeat what you have to do to succeed in your goals! To Accept risk as a normal part of living. There is no risk if you want to remain the same! No change is deemed to be your lowest point... your starting point! <BR> <BR> If you do just a little each week and are on again off again when it comes to your ... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 14:32:53 EST It's Time To Take Action! It's time to break away from the old you and say hello to the new and improved you! <BR> <BR> New opportunities are always coming up but are you ready to take advantage of it? You must be ready when an opportunity comes before you. When talking to others are you prepared to change your thinking, to research the new way and discard the old? <BR> <BR> I try to keep an open mind and I do my homework when it comes to my health! Nothing goes in my mouth until I'm convinced it's the right thing f... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 14:25:10 EST How did I do it? Hello everyone... <BR> <BR> I have been receiving Spark mails and E-mails asking me how I lost all of my weight! I won't be able to give you every detail but I can get you started with the main things that worked with me... <BR> <BR> 1. Use a 9 inch plate! By using a 9 inch plate you tend not to overeat (put down your fork between chews) <BR> <BR> 2, When you're through cooking, weigh out how much food you're eating and arrange it on the plate I usually don't go over the size of a deck of... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:09:36 EST Plan to Fail...If You Fail To Plan! I recall back in my youth going camping with the Boy Scouts out at camp Gardner. .. and one of the things they had us do was to bring the supplies we needed. This list had a magnifying glass, a compass, a sleeping bag, small candles for warmth, a can opener for the canned food, rope, and other miscellaneous things like clothes pins, extra clothing, socks, underwear etc... everything that we needed to survive in the wilderness! <BR> This plan was set out weeks before. we must have had 5 or 6 m... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:11:00 EST Your Best Exercise Partner Could Be Your Pooch From The Bark: <BR> <BR> Why walking your dog is great exercise: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>your-dog-great-exercise </link> <BR> <BR> <em>313</em> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 05:13:57 EST The Good Side Verses Tha Bad Side (good wins) I remember when I was a young lad of about 8 My Mom would say "you've been lying... It's written all over your forehead" and as a young child I'd run to the bathroom to have a look to see if the word "LIE" was there...! Well times haven't changed all that much for some of us... <BR> <BR> You know what I mean... go to the fridge and get that last piece of pie or leftover turkey and after we're through we'd run to the bathroom and look at ourselves in the mirror to see if the goodies had put o... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 17:59:18 EST Get back on track! Easter extras add a little extra weight? Did the chocolate get to you? How about less exercise while entertaining guests for Easter... If you said yes to one or more of these, it's time to get back on track! <BR> <BR> It's easy to get sidetracked when you have chocolate bunnies, Chocolate eggs, Cream filled Eggs, Mountains of food and time taken away because of preparing the full meal deal for family and friends! You may also have had soft drinks or a few beer... Lets Face It... When it come... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 10:18:53 EST Are You A Dreamer? Do you dream? Do you wish upon a star for your dreams to come true? I do!! <BR> <BR> Did you know that most people, who are successful, are dreamers? It's true. Sometimes your dreams or visions give you a better direction of where you want to go! This vision is maybe what you'll see at the end when you reach your goals, or... it may be incentive to keep moving forward when you go for your goals! <BR> <BR> Dreams are a most useful tool... especially when you're trying to change your lifest... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 10:16:00 EST Making Healthier Food Choices Challenge #1 This challenge has nothing to do with physical exercise !! Yeah!!! <BR> <BR> It has to do with letting go of the old and forming new and healthier eating habits. <em>473</em> .... <em>289</em> <BR> <BR> This is a Small Steps Challenge which means we take one small unhealthy habit and change it to a healthier one. We take as long as we need. No giant steps or huge leaps here!! <BR> <BR> At the beginning of each week there will be posted here 3 choices for changing. <BR> <BR> You j... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 08:04:08 EST Setting and Achieving Goals and Why! Do you have a goal? Do you know where you want to go or where you want to end up? <BR> <BR> You can go anywhere when you have a goal! You can do many things with a goal! The "GOAL" sets us apart from people who have no hope!... Why? The goal gives us something to work towards! It gives us a feeling of accomplishment when the goal is achieved! <BR> <BR> The goal gives us a purpose to live! It gives us a reason to get up in the morning... yes, it's that reason to live that keeps us going...... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 20:01:09 EST A Beginners Walking Program for the obese From Livestrong & the Mayo Clinic <BR> <BR> <link><BR>beginning-walking-program-for-obese-pe<BR>ople/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>00060 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> from Spark <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lking.asp </link> Wed, 4 Apr 2012 18:01:46 EST SEATED LOW IMPACT EXERCISE LOW IMPACT CHAIR EXERCISE MUSICAL VIDEO <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 4 Apr 2012 14:32:46 EST Attitude is Everything! When you get up in the morning, do you go to the bathroom, look in the mirror and growl, frown, feel a little down, do you put a negative feeling or emotion on t your day without even thinking about it? I know that I have! But do you know that with a little bit of conditioning you can make yourself feel better, look better and live better by changing what you do and how you act? It's true... <BR> <BR> This is what I found out. If when you get up and you frown at yourself it will carry on mo... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 11:30:22 EST I have a Secret! I have a secret that I want to share and it isn't the amount of food that you eat, nor is it the exercise that you do, It's not the supplements that you take, Not the diet group that your with.... Are you ready... <BR> <BR> The secret that I'd like to share contains all of the above! <BR> What is the secret you ask? My little secret is in the participation! That's right! If you want to lose weight or get to your goals... you have to Show up consistently, every day and complete the tasks that... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 12:24:53 EST The Why Is This Happening To Me Syndrome In the last little while I have been flooded with E-mails about people who start the conversation with... Why Me? or why is this happening to me? Why can't I lose the extra weight? Why do I snack all the time, Why do I keep craving Ice Cream? or Why can't I be like you? <BR> <BR> Those are actually hard questions to answer but they're easy to answer if you want to do something about it! For example: Why Me? First off you are you and you make the decisions that you have to live with (good or ... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 16:16:24 EST Video - Helathy Eating Tips <link><BR>feature=relmfu </link> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 06:46:24 EST Small Steps mean Large Victories! I know that everyone who is on this site is here for one thing... finding success in the weight loss field! Some have already reached their final goal weight and are moving forward in other ways... like keeping the weight off or toning or bulking up with muscles. <BR> <BR> What ever the reason there's only one way to get to your goals! There's only one way to keep your weight off... There's only one way to stay focused on any activity that keeps you on track for your present or next goal and... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 16:05:20 EST Do You Have What It Takes To Succeed? This is your starting point... Where you are now... <BR> <BR> No matter what you do, you'll have to come up with a plan to go from where you are to where you want to be! Will you wave a magic wand? No... Will you wave your hands around like a Jedi Knight?... No ...Will you say an incantation and "POOF" it happens? (Ah-La Peanut butter Sandwiches works for me) Not likely! <BR> <BR> What will you do to get to your goal! What will you have to sacrifice to get to your goal? Will wanting to rea... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 14:02:22 EST How to Exercise Your Eyes Exercise, Exercise, Exercise !!! How many of us exercise our face, neck & eyes?? <BR> <BR> You may like to try these as part of your routine: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <em>40</em> <link><BR>to-exercise-your-eyes/ </link> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 08:15:25 EST What is Motivation? I was asked a while ago about what I thought Motivation was and me being a "Motivational Speaker" you would think I would have an answer right there, but you know, I had to think about it so the right explanation would be given. <BR> <BR> Here it is... In a nutshell... <BR> <BR> Motivation is what's inside you that gives you the ability to take action in thought, word or deed whether you feel like it or not. <BR> <BR> Somewhere inside, you have to harness the power to say I have to do th... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 16:32:54 EST Now is the time to Face Your Fears! In your new lifestyle, what do you fear most? Is it the Change? Is it the willpower, Is it peer pressure? How about the fear of failure? We've all faced these and more in our daily lives and yet how did we overcome our fears? <BR> <BR> We've conquered our fears with action, doing what needs to be done in order to accomplish the hurdle that is in front of us! That hurdle in front of us is there to test us only! Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Knowledge and und... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 14:06:32 EST Positive Change in your Life is a good thing! Positive Change in your life is a good thing! <BR> <BR> <BR> When making changes in your life, you must be ready when things don't go your way. Change is something that puts extra pressure on your life, your job, your family but change is necessary to improve your way of life! You must embrace change... you must want to change in order to improve yourself! <BR> <BR> By recognizing and accepting the fact that change will inevitably take place. You'll become secure in your decision to cha... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:21:35 EST The Choices that YOU make Shape Your Future! Your life is a made up of the choices that you make! <BR> <BR> The choices are what define you! Good or bad, right or wrong they’re your choices and in the end the choices that you make will define who you are and where you end up! <BR> <BR> Success and failure also depends on your choices that you make! Do I have seconds at the table, do I have an extra piece of cake, do I have a large bottle of pop, I don’t want to exercise… I’d rather watch TV, Maybe I’ll just go to bed and read a book… ... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 11:12:21 EST The Benefits of Walking - Mayo Clinic <link><BR>01612 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> Sat, 24 Mar 2012 08:50:45 EST Taking that first step You can start at anytime if you want to be successful at losing weight!. That's right... totally successful... but you have to start. You have to take that first step to your new lifestyle... your new you! It's you that has to do it! Eating right, exercising, getting more sleep, gaining the knowledge to make your journey easier... it's all there in front of you but YOU have to take that first step! <BR> <BR> You won't accomplish anything if you wait for all the possible objections to be ove... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 09:53:09 EST Have you mastered your life? Do you think that you’ve mastered your life? <BR> Some people are successful in mastering life, while others permit life to master them. <BR> <BR> On one hand part of you that knows what you should do… (proper nutrition, exercise, 8 or more hours of sleep per night, drinking 8 glasses of water per day …etc), and on the other hand a part of you does what it feels like doing (Cookies, cake, second helping, taking the day off of exercising!). <BR> <BR> Don't let passion drive you, let ... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:47:06 EST Knowledge is Power KNOWLEDGE IS POWER <BR> <BR> The most successful people in life are the ones with the best information. This is so true and people with power are people who know how to get things done. How do I know this? I'm one of them! I love to research, I love to read about may subjects that help a lot of different people! Weight loss, cooking, nutrition, reading nutrition labels, exercise, and much much more... but the thing that I love to do best is motivate people... That takes a lot of reading ... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 11:30:45 EST Participate to Rejuvenate! You can't have success without some form of hardship! <BR> You can't expect to take a magic pill, or wave a magic wand or rub the magic lamp and expect that the genie in the lamp will grant you the wishes that you're looking for! <BR> <BR> The world is so constructed that if you wish to enjoy its pleasures, you must also endure its pains. Through thick or thin... you are in control of your destiny! The next decision and every decision that you make will guide your outcome! <BR> <BR> Are... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:35:14 EST How To Say No Gracefully Are you a person who always says "yes" because you can't say "no"?? <BR> <BR> Being the Boss of You means knowing how to say no. <BR> <BR> This article from Woman's Day offers some advice: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ners/how-to-say-no-gracefully-113856 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> This one is from the Mayo Clinic <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ief/SR00039/METHOD=print </link> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 07:39:21 EST KEEP THE PARTY GOING <em>244</em> You are invited to the YOU'RE THE BOSS OF YOU TEAM PARTY <em>179</em> <em>179</em> <em>179</em> <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Keep the party going everday to celebrate all the hard work and dedication we put into making ourselves the persons we want to be. <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> here everyday and KEEP THE PARTY GOING <em>306</em> WE HAVE EARNED IT!! <BR> <BR> <em>408</em> Fri, 9 Mar 2012 09:24:39 EST UPPER BODY STRENGTH CHALLENGE We spend so much time exercising our lower body that we so often neglect to exercise and <BR> strengthen our upper bodies which are just as important. <BR> <BR> How many times, like me, have you had to hand that jar over to someone else to open it for you? Then with one twist they have it opened after you struggled for 5 minutes?? <BR> <BR> What about those little arm flaps.......summer is coming and we will be exposing those upper arms again. <BR> <BR> This will be an ongoing challenge st... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 07:27:53 EST WEATHER REPORT,IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS. very windy the <em>67</em> is coming up and 73 degrees,in west palm beach Florida. Thu, 8 Mar 2012 07:11:38 EST Reality Shows I was wondering how many besides me watch a reality show or 2 <BR> <BR> would like to start a few threads 4 reality show discussions <BR> <BR> for me my favorite is Biggest Loser & presently I m also watching the voice Wed, 7 Mar 2012 14:02:30 EST NEED HELP WITH SPARK?? If you need help learning how to get around the Spark site or if you can help us get around on Spark......this is the place to be <em>104</em> Tue, 6 Mar 2012 13:24:20 EST Goals for March Hi Team. <BR> Question.... <BR> Do you have any goals for March? It is just one of those months that I find drives me a bit nuts...kind of long...not really Spring but just a tease...not much in the way of special holidays. You know what I mean. So I am curious if any of you have decided to do any special Sparking as we head into Spring. I think my goal will be to get outside and not hide downstairs with my treadmill. What's yours? Sat, 3 Mar 2012 07:41:47 EST marching thru March for each day of the wk that u march u can put an icon of anykind & the end of the wk there should b an icon 4 each day that u commited today <BR> <BR> ex Week 1 <em>248</em> <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 13:52:02 EST March your way to Fitness well March is right around the corner sooooo I was thinking about a new challenge for us <BR> <BR> how about if we march thru the month of March; if @ least a cpl of ppl r interested then we can each decide how many minutes to march each day <BR> <BR> ex - I will march 10 minutes a day doing chair marching @ least 5 days a wk <BR> <BR> so who will join me Mon, 27 Feb 2012 18:26:07 EST Stars of the Week NEW!!!!! <em>8</em> Stars of the Week <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> Here is a place to recognize and applaud all outstanding members of our team for reaching goals, supporting other members, helping new members or just being a good team member. <BR> <BR> As long as its Spark related you can fluff your feathers right here for yourself or another team member. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Pass it ON Thu, 23 Feb 2012 06:56:42 EST SPRING 2012 WALKING INSIDE CHALLENGE SPRING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER <em>448</em> <BR> <BR> This is the perfect time to get in shape to look your best in those summer clothes!! <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> ...and what better way to get moving after a long winter......WALKING <BR> <BR> For many of us Spring is a rainy season but with this challenge you don't have to leave your home. <BR> <BR> Lots of indoor walking videos you can use everyday @ the link below, <BR> <BR> Just check in here at least once a week (or daily... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 06:36:10 EST Share Your Recipes Chocolate-Banana Grahams <BR> <BR> A graham cracker smeared with Nutella and topped with banana and coconut is a light way to satisfy your sweet tooth. <BR> <BR> 1 serving | Active Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 5 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •1 square graham cracker, broken into 2 rectangles <BR> •1/2 teaspoon Nutella or other chocolate-hazelnut spread, divided <BR> •2 slices banana, about 2 inches long <BR> •1/2 teaspoon sweetened shredded coconut, toasted if desired, divided ... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 06:10:26 EST LEADERBOARDS JANUARY 2012 - <BR> <BR> SPARK POINTS - <BR> <BR> YOUR'RE THE BOSS OF YOU WAS #64 OUT OF 412 TEAMS <BR> <BR> TOTAL POINTS: 75,331 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> FITNESS MINUTES <BR> <BR> WE WERE #62 OUT OF 374 TEAMS <BR> <BR> TOTAL MINUTES: 60,274 <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <em>243</em> <em>244</em> <em>285</em> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 8 Feb 2012 17:32:26 EST HELP!! I Need Support NOW !! At the suggestion of one of our active team members, this topic is for those who need help or support now for any reason. <BR> <BR> Whenever possible our leaders will send out a message to the team to alert them that one of us needs the team's help. <BR> <BR> We hope that many of you will respond and offer your support. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Sun, 5 Feb 2012 08:10:09 EST Spark Trivia Game Sharpen your mind and learn more about healthy living in a few minutes each day! You need to get 3 questions correct to finish the game. Click here to get to the questions: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ome.asp </link> <BR> <BR> And you earn 3 Spark Points <em>347</em> Sat, 4 Feb 2012 09:32:38 EST Motivation Monday Here is a place 2 meet on a wkly place to share motivation w each other Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:03:54 EST Support Challenge This is a support challenge challenge ourselves to support teach other as a team. Together Everyone Achieves More <BR> <BR> <BR> We can support each other in several ways; comment on a blog; huddle; send goodies or leave a comment on someones page <BR> <BR> So each day that u show someone support u can chart it. At the end of Feb who ever has shown the most team support will receive a team goodie <BR> <BR> 1/29 <em>248</em> Sun, 29 Jan 2012 21:35:12 EST Share Your Weight Loss Advice with Us So many of you have lost 25, 50, 100 pounds while others struggle to lose just 1 pound and fail. <BR> <BR> This is the place to offer your team members your weight loss advice, secrets, tips...whatever you feel helped you in your weight loss success. Whatever kept you going and kept you from giving up. <BR> <BR> This is the place where you can make a difference in another team members life. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Marion Fri, 27 Jan 2012 06:40:49 EST Looking for Team Challenge Ideas Here !!! I'm sure many of you have some good ideas for team challenges. <BR> <BR> Well, this is the place to share your ideas for new challenges <em>309</em> . We can do as many as you can come up with. <BR> <BR> We have 298 members just waiting to join in <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:04:22 EST POST SOMETHING RED <em>129</em> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 18:31:57 EST MOVIES A to Z Following the alphabet, name a movie (title) starting with the letter A and continue thru Z: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> An Affair to Remember <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 21 Jan 2012 07:20:51 EST Improve Your Fitness Level in 4 Weeks <link><BR>e_detail.asp?challenge=2 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spark Challenge Central - 10 Minute Daily Exercise Streak Sat, 21 Jan 2012 06:41:32 EST Motivation and 90 Days Motivation and 90 Days <BR> <BR> Happy New Year Everyone! Sorry I haven’t been able to get back to everyone sooner but between my work, overtime, and continuing health problems I haven’t been able to get on the computer to be with you! This year I’m going to intensify my efforts and make more solid progress. I have gained back 10 pounds and I had the New Years Blues but… now that is in the past! New Year… New Goals! What I have learned over the years is that your past is in the past and you... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 14:22:15 EST Single Best Exercise by Spark What's the best exercise to lose weight?? <BR> <BR> Here's one answer in Spark's April 2011 blog <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_single_best_exercise_for_weight_loss_<BR>and_fitness </link> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:33:32 EST Lose 1 Pound in 1 Week Challenge This challenge focuses on losing 1 pound during a 1 week period (7 days only). It's attainable for all of us and certainly not an overwhelming number. <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> "The Journey of a Thousand Miles Starts with a Single Step" <BR> <BR> Good Luck to all of us <BR> <em>137</em> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 04:45:12 EST What Was Your Last Serving of Fruit / Veggie ? This is a simple topic that we can all join in on. <BR> Fruits and vegetables are a very important part of a healthy eating plan. <BR> Posting here can be one way of reminding us to eat those fruits & vegetable every day. <BR> And, always, if you have tips to share with our team on how to get more into our daily plans we would love to hear about them. <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> <em>267</em> <em>277</em> <em>258</em> <em>291</em> <BR> <BR> <em>473</em> oops, how did that sneak in her... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 05:56:50 EST What Will You Be Reading This Summer ? <em>149</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 19:08:19 EST Just For Fun - What's Your Favorite TV Show Bones and the Young and The Restless. I almost never miss an episode. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 15:13:01 EST Two Words, Change One Two words - Change one <BR> <BR> Examples: <BR> <BR> Hot Dog could be replaced by Hot Tip, Hot Shot or Hound Dog. You would only change one of the words at a time. <BR> <BR> <BR> Apple Pie. The next person could choose Apple cider then the next person might write crab apple then next person changes it to crab cake then the next person writes chocolate cake and so on.... changing only one of the two words. <BR> <BR> Let's see how far we can take it Sat, 7 Jan 2012 14:45:35 EST Top Ten Leaders for December, 2011 Happy New Year! Let's give a shout out for the teammates who scored the most Sparkpoints last month! <BR> * * * * * * * <BR> 1) MISSM66 <BR> 2) NUTRON3 <BR> 3) ALLYALLYT <BR> 4) BOOKWORM27S <BR> 5) RSSSLHB <BR> 6) 3016DEBRA <BR> 7) DIANN111 <BR> 8) JOAN_HEO <BR> 9) SHREKWARD <BR> 10) EVER-HOPEFUL <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> on a great job! Fri, 6 Jan 2012 18:22:56 EST TEAM DAILY CHAT Happy New Year to the You're The Boss of You Team !! EVERYTHING our team members have to say or share is important. This topic is for support, feelings, questions, answers, advice, sharing our ups and downs, comments, announcements,or just plain getting to know each other. Whatever is important to you is important to the team. <BR> <BR> Please remember to be RESPECTFUL AND NON-JUDGEMENTAL of each other. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Jan 2012 07:15:47 EST What are you doing just for you today? Every morning when I put on my coat to leave for work I think about how many years I've been wearing it and how tired and old it looks and how it most likely makes me look tired and old too. So just for me today I'm going shopping for a new one <em>244</em> Something stylish with color that perks me up. Year end sales here I come !!! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 05:31:25 EST Get Control of Your Life Challenge 2012 This challenge is for those of us who not only feel that our weight is out of control but other areas of our life are out of control too. This challenge is to choose just one thing ( at a time ) in our everday life that we feel we may have lost control of and reclaim it. For instance, if you are like me, when the mail comes each day I glance it over, throw it in a pile, and run around at the last minute when a bill needs to be paid. Maybe you have a hobby that you have neglected for too lo... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 13:25:22 EST SPARK ANNIVERSARY -- WHEN IS YOURS? <BR> <em>504</em> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 10:47:51 EST 7 Resolution Suggestions for the New Year <em>247</em> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1289 </link> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 18:48:48 EST A HUG to start your day! <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 10:00:56 EST New Leader <em>213</em> <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>199</em> <BR> Hi Everyone, Good night just came home from work, and see the Good news the Team have a new Leader,and her Profile name is SHE-Lion please stop by to say Hi and welcome to her, I also expect some more team members to help out with Co leader as well, thanks to you my team Friend to step up and help out the team, <em>304</em> <em>235</em> <em>229</em> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 21:05:22 EST Resolutions. Do you have any? Good afternoon! <BR> <BR> Time is closing in on ending 2011. If you have any resolutions, what are they? <em>411</em> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 15:14:11 EST Are you Allergic to your Christmas Tree? There's nothing quite like the smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree. That is, unless it makes your nose run and your eyes turn red. For many allergy sufferers, real trees are a source of discomfort during the holidays, even if the tree itself isn't to blame. <BR> <BR> That's right. Very few people actually have an allergy to the tree itself, according to the American Academy of Asthma and Immunology. For some people, the tree's piny fragrance may be irritating, but in most cases the offending... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 13:35:20 EST The Importance of Breakfast After a night without food, your body needs refueling to get through the next day. "Think about the word 'breakfast,'" says Tallahassee, Fla.-based dietitian Evette O'Connor, MS, RD. "It literally means to 'break your fast,' the 8 or 10 hours your body has gone without food. When you don't eat breakfast, your body has to call upon other nutritional stores in order to function. It's just like your car. You can't drive without gas, and your body won't function properly without replenishing its ... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 14:09:46 EST DEC....POST A CHRISTMAS EMOTICON <em>442</em> Thu, 1 Dec 2011 09:50:02 EST DEC....MINS. PLEDGED FOR THOSE THAT ARE NEW TO THIS CHALLENGE ...THIS IS HOW IT WORKS!!!! <BR> <BR> YOU DECIDE HOW MANY MINUTES A DAY YOU WILL COMMIT TO EXERCISE AND MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY HOW MANY DAYS ARE IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. <BR> <BR> LET'S SAY YOU WILL MAKE A PLEDGE TO DO 30 MINS. A DAY YOU THEN MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY 31 (DAYS IN DECEMBER) YOU WOULD THEN PLEDGE 930 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> LET'S SEE IF WE CAN MEET OR BEAT OUR PLEDGES!!! <BR> <BR> WHO'S UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?? Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:26:37 EST DEC......MONEY JAR CHALLENGE $$$$$$$$$$ REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON (THURSDAY) DECEMBER 1ST. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of December. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:07:31 EST BEAT BRAIN FOG AS YOU AGE. Beat Brain Fog As You Age <BR> We all have those moments when we forget where we put our glasses, blank on a friend's name, or discover at the supermarket that we've left the shopping list at home. <BR> Such occasional lapses are common, especially once we hit our forties. And while it may be alarming to have a "senior moment" now and then, the good news is that we are not destined to increased memory gaps as we age. Research shows that by keeping your brain healthy with the right diet, and e... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 07:46:53 EST 31 DAY ....TO HEALTHIER HOLIDAYS TOMORROW WILL START A NEW MONTH WITH GREAT TIPS TO HEALTHIER HOLIDAYS <BR> <BR> <BR> Gathering with close friends and family members during the holidays creates lasting joy and memories. But with so many parties, celebrations and errands to run, it can be hard to keep up with your healthy lifestyle! Here are 31 daily tips that will help you make healthy <BR> choices throughout the holiday season. <BR> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 22:31:31 EST Have you Sparked someone today, This is a Sample, of what you must do on the 12/1/11 <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:38:35 EST Sweet Potatoes, Packed with Vitamin,A,& Fiber. I just want to Share this article with you Guys. <BR> <BR> Sweet potatoes, we often associate them with Thanksgiving. But in fact, they weren't on the menu at the first Thanksgiving. <BR> Today, the average American eats about five pounds of sweet potatoes a year. <BR> A medium sweet potato contains more than seven times the recommended daily amount of vitamin A. Sweet potatoes are also a good source of fiber, vitamin C and potassium. And they cause less of a spike in blood sugar than white ... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 12:19:55 EST How Many..... TOTAL.... Sparkpoints Do You Have ?? 11,481 Tue, 8 Nov 2011 08:20:16 EST NOV....30 DAYS TO GREATER HAPPINESS <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting on Nov. 1st I will be posting some useful tips how to enjoy November to the fullest. <BR> <BR> Don't fall's colder, shorter days get you down. Try to enjoy every moment of this beautiful season! After all, November brings football, falling leaves, and backyard fires, so flash those pearly whites as often as you can. Here are 30 daily tips that will each give you reason to grin and help increase your overall happiness. <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 08:49:26 EST NOV.......MONEY JAR CHALLENGE $$$$$$$$ REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON (TUESDAY) NOVEMBER 1ST. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of December. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok,... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 08:34:32 EST NOV....... .....MINS. PLEDGED FOR THOSE THAT ARE NEW TO THIS CHALLENGE ...THIS IS HOW IT WORKS!!!! <BR> <BR> YOU DECIDE HOW MANY MINUTES A DAY YOU WILL COMMIT TO EXERCISE AND MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY HOW MANY DAYS ARE IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. <BR> <BR> LET'S SAY YOU WILL MAKE A PLEDGE TO DO 30 MINS. A DAY... YOU THEN MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY 30 (DAYS IN OCTOBER) YOU WOULD THEN PLEDGE 900 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> LET'S SEE IF WE CAN MEET OR BEAT OUR PLEDGES!!! <BR> <BR> WHO'S UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?? <BR> <BR> <BR> I wil... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 08:29:09 EST Good morning all! Hi there - I am ready to get serious about losing weight. I've said that same statement about 100 times this year, but this time I mean it. I keep getting told what a beautiful girl I'd be if I lost weight (which is good and bad in meaning) but my main focus is to lose weight before I start a family. We are not talking about having kids for a few more years, but I know it's taken me about 10 years to put all this weight on so it'll take a while get off. I also want to get it off and be stable... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 11:22:49 EST OCT......MONEY JAR CHALLENGE $$$$$$$$$$$$ REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON (SATURDAY) OCTOBER 1ST. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of November. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok,... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 08:53:57 EST OCT......MINS. PLEDGED FOR THOSE THAT ARE NEW TO THIS CHALLENGE ...THIS IS HOW IT WORKS!!!! <BR> <BR> YOU DECIDE HOW MANY MINUTES A DAY YOU WILL COMMIT TO EXERCISE AND MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY HOW MANY DAYS ARE IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. <BR> <BR> LET'S SAY YOU WILL MAKE A PLEDGE TO DO 30 MINS. A DAY YOU THEN MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY 31 (DAYS IN OCTOBER) YOU WOULD THEN PLEDGE 930 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> LET'S SEE IF WE CAN MEET OR BEAT OUR PLEDGES!!! <BR> <BR> WHO'S UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?? <BR> <BR> <BR> I will p... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 08:42:35 EST OCT..... EMOTICON FOR HALLOWEEN OR THANKSGIVING <em>422</em> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 07:58:52 EST OCT.....31 DAYS TO BETTER SLEEP <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sleeping is just as important to survival as eating, drinking, and breathing. But for lots of people, getting enough sleep can range from challenging to impossible. This month, you'll learn to sleep more soundly and improve your energy levels by using these 31 daily tips. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will start a new month with new information on how to sleep better. <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 07:55:01 EST EVERYDAY LIVING.....TIP OF THE DAY !!! SHOPPING AT THE DOLLAR STORE.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Bring a list to the dollar store <BR> The trick to saving money sometimes is not spending money. Just because it costs a dollar doesn’t mean that it is a bargain especially if you don't need it. Stick to the list! <BR> <BR> Overspending without thinking is easy at dollar stores, so before you toss an item into your cart, ask yourself whether it’s on your list– and, if it’s perishable, whether you will consume it before it spoils. <BR> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 08:22:34 EST EMOTICON.. ..FAVORITE FRUIT OR VEGGIE TODAY... <em>45</em> Fri, 2 Sep 2011 10:46:39 EST SEPT.....MONEY JAR CHALLENGE ?????? REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON THURSDAY....SEPT. 1ST <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of SEPTEMBER. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok, ... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:06:34 EST SEPT... MINUTES PLEDGED CHALLENGE FOR THOSE THAT ARE NEW TO THIS CHALLENGE ...THIS IS HOW IT WORKS!!!! <BR> <BR> YOU DECIDE HOW MANY MINUTES A DAY YOU WILL COMMIT TO EXERCISE AND MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY HOW MANY DAYS ARE IN THE MONTH OF APRIL. <BR> <BR> LET'S SAY YOU WILL MAKE A PLEDGE TO DO 30 MINS. A DAY YOU THEN MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY 30 (DAYS IN JUNE) YOU WOULD THEN PLEDGE 900 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> LET'S SEE IF WE CAN MEET OR BEAT OUR PLEDGES!!! <BR> <BR> WHO'S UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?? <BR> <BR> <BR> I will pledge... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:00:31 EST SEPT CHALLENG .....EAT A RAINBOW We all know the importance of eating fruit & vegetables, but how many of us actually get our 5 a day. With this challenge we will be able to eat a variety of fruit & veg and maybe try something we haven't tried before. <BR> <BR> Rules:- <BR> *Eat as many fruits & veggies as you like. <BR> *If you only eat the inside of a piece of fruit or veg, you don't count the colour of the skin or peel. For example-if you pick a red apple, but peel it before you eat it you count the white of the pulp ... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:33:57 EST SEPT.....30 DAYS TO MORE FRUITS AND VEGGIES As summer winds to an end, fall is a time for harvest. September is many things to many <BR> people, including 5-a-Day month, Fruit and Vegetable month, and even Organic Harvest <BR> month! Since most people struggle to get the recommended five to nine servings of produce each day, these 30 tips will help you add more fruits and vegetables to your diet—and enjoy every bite! <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>488</em> <em>491</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:20:24 EST FELL OFF THE WAGON!!!!! HELP I really been trying to get back this week into action. Its been too hot to walk and I really been going to too many COOK-OUTS. Thats where all my weight come in. The last few weekends been like pull me from the table. Thu, 4 Aug 2011 20:49:18 EST THIS MY MONTH TO REALLY DROP THE POUNDS I need to really get it together. I have so many clothes that I cant fit. Was doing good . Thu, 4 Aug 2011 20:45:33 EST CONVERSTION CHART Here is a conversion chart for those that want to convert exercises to miles. <BR> <BR> <BR> CONVERSION CHART <BR> <BR> <BR> Use this conversion chart to determine the number of steps per minute for activities other than walking. Multiply the number of minutes you participated in the activity by the number indicated in the chart. <BR> <BR> For example, high impact aerobics for 30 minutes equals 6,090 steps (30 x 203 = 6,090). <BR> <BR> 2,000 steps equal one mile. <BR> <BR> <BR> <B... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 00:49:09 EST 2011 MILES TO 2012 CHALLENGE I know this year is almost over but let's leave it with a bang!! Lets get 2011 miles before we roll into 2012!! Just post your mileage here and add them up each day!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Aug 2011 16:19:31 EST AUGUST....MONEY JAR CHALLENG E$$$$$$$ REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON (MONDAY) AUGUST 1ST. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of August. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok, beca... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 09:22:25 EST hAS ANYONE HERE TAKEN ON SOMEONE WHO IS IN ATHORY TO PROVE TO YOU THAT YOUR NOT CAPALBE OF DOING SOMETHING YOU SEE YOUR ABLE TO & CHANGLE THEM TO PROVE YOU WORNG OR HAVE TOLD THEM THAT IF THEY DON'T WANT TO. & TOLD THEM THEN I SEE WE HAVE SOMEONE IN CHARGE WHO IS SCARDY OF THE THURTH & SHOULD HAVE THEIR JOB LOOKED AT TO SEE IF THEY REALY DESERVE TO HAVE THAT TITLE OF ATHORTY. WELL I HAVE & HAVE SHUT ALOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE ATHORTY OVER UP & BEGING ME NOT TO SPEARD IT THAT THEY'LL GIVE ME WHAT EVER I WANT. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 14:16:08 EST WHO KNEW.... ..PLEASE SHARE!!!. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for Blood plasma. <em>482</em> Fri, 8 Jul 2011 18:46:59 EST JULY....MONEY JAR CHALLENGE $$$$$$$ REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON (FRIDAY) JULY 1ST. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of JULY. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok, because ... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 14:50:57 EST