SparkPeople HEALTHY LIFESTYLE FOREVER Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=48486 A team for people everywhere to help encourage, support, and challenge each other while striving for a healthier lifestyle and to have fun while doing it. Come and join us! SparkPeople HEALTHY LIFESTYLE FOREVER Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=48486 JULY CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x58419439 ***Please post celebrations for the month of JULY here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> Some Highlights: <BR> National Blueberry Month <BR> National Anti-Boredom Month <BR> Unlucky Month for weddings <BR> National Cell Phone Courtesy Month <BR> National Hot Dog Month <BR> National Ice Cream Month <BR> July1: Canada Day! <BR> July 4: U.S. Independence Day <BR> July 30: Father in Law Day Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:48:16 EST Alphabet Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x58383293 Each day we start with the next letter of the alphabet and list all the words we can, that start with that letter. <BR> <BR> Today's letter is "A" <BR> first "A" word: allspice Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:48:18 EST Write a compound word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x58383270 It must be made up of two words that could stand alone. <BR> <BR> <BR> hotdog ('hot' and 'dog' could each stand alone) <BR> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:45:53 EST I smiled today because..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x58383252 Name something that caused you to smile. <BR> <BR> <BR> I smiled today because we picked-up Darby after another long weekend away. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:43:59 EST I'm proud of myself for..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x58072716 Name something you're proud of yourself for/about. It could be graduating from post-high school education, for not over-eating today, whatever. <BR> <BR> I'm proud of myself for making a delicious, nutritious lunch today. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 15:01:09 EST What, and what color, are you wearing now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x58072693 You can name a single piece of clothing, and what color it is. <BR> <BR> I'm wearing brown slacks Sun, 1 Jun 2014 14:59:21 EST Name things you associate with SUMMER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x58072679 Humidity Sun, 1 Jun 2014 14:57:49 EST HUDDLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x57750801 In response to popular demand/request/interest, let's use this thread as an on-going Huddle - not to be confused with the General Discussion thread. What say you?? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> My huddle for Sunday -- Let's all do the best we can. Sun, 4 May 2014 09:40:58 EST Nouns http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x57706884 Name a common noun then a proper noun for it. Example: Day = Valentine's Day <BR> <BR> First noun: street = Main Street Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:07:24 EST Spit or Swallow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x57706842 State whether you'd spit or swallow the food item submitted before your posting; then add your own for the next person to 'spit or swallow'. For example: 'someone' posted spinach that I will reply to. <BR> <BR> I would say 'swallow' then ask pizza? The next person would answer to 'pizza' then add their own food. <BR> <BR> First food: avocado Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:02:11 EST Where in the World is...... .......? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x57706816 We'll name a place and the next person will name another place. If the first place named is Hawaii, the next person can use either the H or the last letter I. The place can be any actual place: river, country, town, etc. <BR> <BR> First place: Kauai Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:59:41 EST Double Letter Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x57333924 Starting with "A" and going in order through the alphabet, post words that have double letters in them. Post more than one word at a time if you wish, as long as the first word starts with the next alphabetical letter. <BR> <BR> First: "A" accent Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:04:06 EST Synonym http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x57333921 I'll post the first word. The next person will post either a synonym (same) or an antonym (opposite) for the posted word. Then that person will post another word and the next person will post a synonym or antonym, and so on. <BR> <BR> First word: humble <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:03:55 EST Alphabetical Books and Movies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x57333918 I'll start with the letter "A", and the next person names a book or movie title that starts with "B" and so on through the alphabet. <BR> <BR> First title: All Quiet On The Western Front Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:03:46 EST APRIL CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x57332881 ***Please post celebrations for the month of APRIL here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> Some Highlights: <BR> April 1: April Fool's Day <BR> April 4: National Walk to Work Day <BR> April 13: Palm Sunday <BR> April 14: Passover begins at Sundown <BR> April 15: Tax Day (U.S.) <BR> April 18: Good Friday <BR> April 20: Easter Sunday <BR> April 22: Earth Day (U.S.) <BR> April 23: Administrative Professionals Day <BR>... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:11:06 EST What are you reading? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x57102654 What are you reading or (if it's an audio book) listening to now? <BR> <BR> I'm reading Tom Clancy's last book "Command Authority" <BR> I'm going to miss getting new books from him - he died in December. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:38:01 EST Alphabet Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x56947777 Yes, we'll have to start the alphabet over, but let's give it a shot. Each day we'll have a new letter of the alphabet to list all the things beginning with that letter that we can think of. <BR> <BR> First letter (of course) is "A" <BR> first item is abacus Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:32:28 EST Plans for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x56947754 Earlier in the day, (or night before) list your plans for the day. Then that evening, come back in same posting and tell us if you were able to accomplish them. <BR> <BR> My plans for today (Fri Feb 28th actually) are to go grocery shopping, then crochet Amigurumi. <BR> <BR> early afternoon - I don't even have to wait until this eve....we got to the grocery store and realized we'd forgotten our list and coupons. We'll try again tomorrow. I AM crocheting Amigurumi today, though. So I've ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:30:28 EST What color are you wearing now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x56947719 Name one of the colors you are wearing now. <BR> <BR> I'm wearing blue (jeans) Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:28:26 EST MARCH CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x56900597 ***Please post celebrations for the month of MARCH here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> Some Highlights: <BR> Sun. March 1: Peanut Butter Lover's Day (that's me!) <BR> Mon. March 3: I Want You To Be Happy Day (I WISH I made that up!) <BR> Tuesday, March 4: Mardi Gras! <BR> Weds. March 5: Ash Wednesday (Lent begins) <BR> Sat. March 8: International Women's Day <BR> Sun. March 9: Daylight Savings Time begins <BR> Mon. Ma... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:14:48 EST MARCH CHALLENGE: SPRING SEASON KICK START http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x56900452 Hey team! Spring officially starts Thursday, March 20. Aren't you glad?! Let's encourage it to start off in our favor. <BR> For this month, I'd like to challenge you a bit to try something new. Sparkpeople has a 30 Day Plan called "Countdown to Skinny Jeans". Even if that's not what you're going for, it looks like a reasonable challenge that may give us a little motivating push. Check it out: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/countdo<BR>wn-to-skinny-jeans.asp </link> <BR> For ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:04:47 EST Hi From Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x48486x56884668 I'm a 57 year old woman that has a total of 83 lbs to lose to reach a decent weight where I can possibly get off of blood pressure pills and also not hurt so much from RA of the spine. I've been told by my doctor that the less extra weight I'm carrying the less stress there will be on my joints. I don't expect to lose it fast. It took me 8 years to put on all the weight. My goal is to drop 2 lbs every month and keep it off til I reach my 92 lb goal. <BR> I am married to Bob and he's just had... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:18:36 EST February Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x56621293 Please post celebrations and mikestones for February here. We'd love to help you celebrate. <BR> Some highlights: <BR> Feb. 2 Groundhog Day <BR> Feb. 4 Rosa Parks Day <BR> Feb. 14 Valentines Day <BR> Feb, 15 Susan B. Anthony's birthday <BR> Feb. 17 Presidents Day <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 21:03:53 EST Name a piece of clothing..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x56601116 Name a piece of clothing you are wearing.... <BR> <BR> me: jeans Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:33:15 EST Word Association http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x56601097 First person posts a word and the next person posts the first word that comes to mind. Then the third person posts the first word that comes to mind upon reading the second person's word. <BR> <BR> First word: Valentine Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:31:12 EST Give a goodie..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x56601050 Give a goodie to a teammate and in the message portion, tell them something you like about them, or give encouragement. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:27:34 EST FEBRUARY CHALLENGE: TRACK YOUR FITNESS HERE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x56496343 Track your Fitness Minutes here and I'll send you a Goodie each week for your great work! <BR> <BR> We'll track week by week again this month. That way, if you want to increase your exercise each week (even if it's only by 5 minutes per week!) you can. <BR> <BR> How many fitness minutes each day? <BR> Week 1 <BR> Feb. 1: 360 (very active day on the bicycle!) <BR> Feb. 2: Rest day <BR> Feb. 3: 20 <BR> Feb. 4: 170 <BR> Feb. 5: 220 <BR> Feb. 6: 175 <BR> Feb. 7: 120 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:59:06 EST JANUARY CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x56172949 ***Please post celebrations for the month of JANUARY here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> Some highlights: <BR> Jan. 1: Happy New Year! <BR> Jan. 3: Fruitcake Toss Day! <BR> Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day <BR> Jan. 21: National Hugging Day <BR> Jan. 13: Make Your Dream Come True Day <BR> <BR> January 18 is my sister's birthday, but that's more a gift for me:) <BR> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 21:46:38 EST JANUARY CHALLENGE: FROM RESOLUTION TO LIFESTYLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x56172839 Do you have a New Year's resolution? Let's turn it into a lifestyle change this month! <BR> <BR> Pick a goal or your New Year's resolution for the month. Track your success here each week. For example, if your goal/resolution is to exercise 5 days a week, track your fitness minutes here each day. <BR> Here's another example: I don't struggle with exercise as much as I struggle with staying below my calorie max each day, so my resolution this year is to add more days at or below my calori... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 21:39:25 EST Where in the World Is...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x56152218 Name a place (river, lake, ocean, state, country, city - wherever) and the next person will name another place using the last letter of the place or the next letter in the alphabet, based on the first letter of the place. For example: If someone uses Canada, then the next person either uses the "C" or the "A" to start their place. <BR> <BR> FIRST PLACE: Canada Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:57:24 EST Spit or Swallow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x56152174 State whether you'd spit or swallow the food item submitted before your posting; then add your own for the next person to 'spit or swallow'. For example: 'someone' posted spinach that I will reply to. <BR> <BR> I would say 'swallow' then ask pizza? The next person would answer to 'pizza' then add their own food. If I'm not clear, please let me know. : ) <BR> <BR> FIRST FOOD: raisin bread? <BR> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:53:38 EST Boy or Girl Names http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x56152173 Using the last letter of the name, write a new name (either a girl's or boy's name) <BR> <BR> FIRST NAME: Cheryl <BR> <BR> (So the next name would start with "L") Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:53:33 EST DECEMBER CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x55818465 ***Please post celebrations for the month of DECEMBER here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> <BR> Some highlights: <BR> Dec. 1: World AIDS Day and Advent begins <BR> Dec. 5: Hanukkah ends <BR> Dec. 7: Pearl Harbor Day <BR> Dec. 10: Human Rights Day <BR> Dec. 21: Winter Solstice (Northern hemisphere) <BR> Dec. 25: Christmas <BR> Dec. 26: Boxing Day Sat, 30 Nov 2013 20:55:13 EST DECEMBER CHALLENGE: MORE FITNESS MILES + YOU TIME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x55815496 With December being a busy month for many, let's make sure we stay the course with our fitness. Can we beat last month? Let's see how close we can get! <BR> Track your fitness minutes each day. I'll add them up and keep track of how many "miles" we travel together (each fitness minute equals one mile). <BR> <BR> Bonus Challenge: <BR> Do something each day that qualifies as stress relief, relaxation, or Take Care of You time. Give yourself 25 points for each day you complete the Bonus Cha... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 15:09:11 EST What Will This Word Become? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x55803041 Take a five (5) letter word and either change one (1) letter to make a new word or shift the letters around to make a new word. <BR> <BR> Starting word: teams Fri, 29 Nov 2013 09:55:49 EST Funny Alternate Book Titles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x55802944 Think of a real book title, then change things up to make it funny. <BR> <BR> First: (real book) Cardinal of the Kremlin <BR> (alternate) Reds in Russia <BR> <BR> Next poster - come up with a new real book title and alternate. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 09:46:39 EST Name Winter Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x55802900 What comes to mind when you think of winter? <BR> <BR> First: Cold Fri, 29 Nov 2013 09:42:03 EST NOVEMBER CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x55488452 ***Please post celebrations for the month of NOVEMBER here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving! Sat, 2 Nov 2013 14:16:03 EST November Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x55488443 Let's take another trip courtesy of our Fitness Minutes! <BR> <BR> We'll track week by week again this month. That way, if you want to increase your exercise each week (even if it's only by 5 minutes per week!) you can. <BR> <BR> Each of your active minutes will count as a mile. At the end of each week, I'll calculate how far we got. <BR> <BR> How many fitness minutes each day? <BR> Week 1 <BR> Fri. 11/1: 120 <BR> <BR> Sat. 11/2: 120 <BR> <BR> Sun. 11/3: 10 <BR> <BR> Mon. 11/4: ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 14:14:55 EST Start New Word With LAST Letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x55463613 Start new word with the last letter of the previous word. <BR> <BR> First word: ability <BR> <BR> The next word must start with a "y" Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:21:17 EST What Are You Thankful For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x55463595 Name one thing (per posting) you are thankful for......does NOT have to be alphabetical. <BR> <BR> First: I am thankful for roast turkey. <BR> <BR> P.S. - the category is not important. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:19:36 EST Double-Letter Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x55463577 Going in order from A to Z for the starting letter, make sure your word has at least one doubled letter. <BR> <BR> First word: accommodations <BR> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:17:45 EST If I Only Knew Then What I know Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x55428933 Hello Friends! Looking back, what would you tell the old you? <em>306</em> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:50:01 EST Two Word Book Titles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x55201037 With a tip of the hat and thanks to Rose (MEMORIES7), I'm adding this game to our games for October. <BR> <BR> "Rules" - Give a book title that has only two words in it. Alphabetical does NOT matter. <BR> <BR> First two word book title is: Love Story <BR> Wed, 9 Oct 2013 10:55:53 EST What Color Are You Wearing Right Now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x55084595 As the title suggests. <BR> <BR> Right now I am wearing white with flowers Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:49:27 EST Book Titles - Alphabeticaly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x55084570 The first word in the book title is to start with the next letter of the alphabet. <BR> <BR> The first book title is "A Day's Work" by Eve Bunting Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:48:23 EST Word Association http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x55084479 One person posts a word. The next person posts the very first word that came to mind from that word. <BR> <BR> The first word is FICKLE Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:42:33 EST FitBit and Consumer Reports http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x55083667 Well, as if we needed Consumer Reports to verify what we already know......in the November 2013 issue, they rated six 'gadgets' and FitBit One rated first. For steps, use, features, FitBit One rated 'excellent' and for calories (counted) it rated 'very good' for a total score of 80 out of 100. The next highest overall score was 70 for the Nike+ FuelBand. <BR> <BR> C.S. also rated FitBit Flex, but slightly lower: steps, use, and features were 'very good' and calories were 'good' for an ove... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 08:41:38 EST OCTOBER CHALLENGE: WEEK BY WEEK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x55080187 ***Note - Instead of posting the thread for the entire month, we'll each post a weekly thread. Instructions below... <BR> <BR> For October's challenge, choose something to measure and compare each week of the month. <BR> You can choose the same goal each week, increase a goal each week (for example, Week 1 might be to exercise for 10 minutes and add 5 minutes each week). Or you can pick a completely different goal each week! <BR> <BR> Here are some examples: <BR> -Stress levels <BR> -Weigh... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 22:51:13 EST October Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x55080166 ***Please post celebrations for the month of OCTOBER here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> <BR> Some highlights: <BR> Oct. 1: International Day for the Elderly <BR> Oct. 14: Columbus Day <BR> Oct. 14: Thanksgiving Day in Canada <BR> Oct. 15: Eid-Ul-Adha <BR> Oct. 16: Boss's Day <BR> Oct. 19: Sweetest Day <BR> Oct. 24: United Nations Day <BR> Oct. 26: Make a Difference Day <BR> Oct. 31: Halloween Sun, 29 Sep 2013 22:49:26 EST OCTOBER CHALLENGE: WEEK BY WEEK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x55064776 ***Note - Instead of posting the thread for the entire month, we'll each post a weekly thread. Instructions below... <BR> <BR> For October's challenge, choose something to measure and compare each week of the month. <BR> You can choose the same goal each week, increase a goal each week (for example, Week 1 might be to exercise for 10 minutes and add 5 minutes each week). Or you can pick a completely different goal each week! <BR> <BR> Here are some examples: <BR> -Stress levels <BR> -We... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 14:51:07 EST Fall (Autumn) things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x54728105 Name things you associate with Fall. <BR> <BR> First one: leaves changing color Sat, 31 Aug 2013 12:27:17 EST Do You Prefer This or That? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x54728083 We can use food items, or any other 'this or that' things. Answer the question, then post your own. <BR> <BR> First one: Do you prefer regular books or electronic books? <BR> <BR> Answer: ......... <BR> <BR> Next question: ............ Sat, 31 Aug 2013 12:25:29 EST Where In The World Is............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x54728056 we will name a place and the next person will name another place using either the first or last letter of the previous place. For example: let's say the first place is Hawaii. The next person will use either H or I to start another place. Let's keep this real places (countries or cities or other places are fine). <BR> <BR> First place: State College Sat, 31 Aug 2013 12:23:16 EST SEPTEMBER CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x54708652 ***Please post celebrations for the month of SEPTEMBER here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:17:26 EST SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE: CELEBRATE DAILY SUCCESSES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x54708643 1. Log your exercise either on Spark People or in a journal (Count each exercise minute as 1 point whether it's weights or cardio) <BR> <BR> Give yourself 1 point for each of the following each day: <BR> <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses or more of water daily <BR> 3. Eat a healthy breakfast every day <BR> 4. Eat at least 4 fruit/veggies daily <BR> 5. Warm up for 5 minutes before exercising <BR> 6. Stretch for 5 minutes after exercising <BR> <BR> Bonus Points <BR> Add 10 points for giving yourself ... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:16:18 EST Thanksgiving in August http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x54338828 You've heard of Christmas in August, well, let's make it "Thanksgiving in August" instead. Name something you're thankful for. Don't worry if nobody else would think it's worth being thankful for....if YOU'RE thankful, go ahead and list it. <BR> <BR> My first thankfulness (is that even a real word?) is that I'm thankful for God's comfort in times of difficulty Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:52:18 EST Alphabet Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x54338741 Each day we'll go to the next letter of the alphabet and see how many items we can list that start with that letter. The items can be food, places, or any other thing. <BR> <BR> First letter is (what else?) "A" <BR> <BR> Accordian <BR> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:46:16 EST AUGUST CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x54315428 ***Please post celebrations for the month of AUGUST here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> <BR> Some highlights: <BR> August 3: National Watermelon Day <BR> August 10: National S'mores Day <BR> August 13: National Left Handers Day <BR> August 14: V-J Day (End of World War 2) <BR> August 30: National Marshmallow Roasting Day <BR> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:49:47 EST AUGUST CHALLENGE: A MONTH OF FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x54315372 We work hard at our healthy lifestyles, right? Let’s add some fun to our monthly challenge! We deserve it. <BR> Here are some easy ideas for daily fun, but if you have other ideas, those count too. <BR> -Play some of Nancy’s games each day. You can find them on the Healthy Lifestyle Forever team page under the “This & That Forum” <BR> -Meet up with a friend you want to spend more time with <BR> -Go on a date with your honey <BR> -Start a new hobby <BR> -Keep your hobby going each day <B... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:43:10 EST Name A Fruit or Vegetable http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x53947667 Name a fruit or vegetable, but keep it alphabetical. <BR> <BR> First - Apple Sun, 30 Jun 2013 15:12:57 EST Double Lettered Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x53947650 Make sure your word has at least one double letter. You can use as many words as you can think of in one posting - as long as they all have double letter. <BR> <BR> My first word is Wellington Boots Sun, 30 Jun 2013 15:10:35 EST Where In The World Is.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x53947620 Name a place and the next person will name another place using the same first or last letter of the word. For example: word: Hawaii. The next person could say "Hampton" or "India" Remember, these are real places - no "Narnia" etc. <BR> <BR> The first place is St. Petersburg Sun, 30 Jun 2013 15:06:42 EST JULY CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x53934938 ***Please post celebrations for the month of JULY here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> <BR> Some highlights: <BR> <BR> July 1: Canada Day <BR> July 4: Independence Day (U.S.) <BR> July 9: Ramadan begins <BR> July 22: Hammock Day - a great reason to relax! Sat, 29 Jun 2013 13:10:58 EST JULY CHALLENGE: 31 ACTIVE DAYS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x53934896 Since folks tend to travel during the summer, I'm simplifying the challenge for this month. <BR> But we must keep MOVING! <BR> Even on your rest days, try to get 10 minutes of an activity that will make you feel good; stretching, walking during a break, gardening, a leisurely swim... <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE POINTS: <BR> 1. Give yourself one point for each minute of cardio or strength training work out you complete each day. <BR> 2. Give yourself 10 points for drinking at least 8 glasses of wat... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 13:06:45 EST JUNE CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x53560475 sol***Please post celebrations for the month of JUNE here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> <BR> Some highlights: <BR> <BR> June 14: Flag Day <BR> June 16: Father's Day <BR> June 19: Juneteenth Day <BR> June 21: Summer Solstice Sat, 1 Jun 2013 12:19:18 EST JUNE CHALLENGE: STREAK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x53559318 It's getting warm out, right? Let's Streak! <BR> For June's challenge, determine a streak you want to work on. This article "Stay Motivated with SparkStreaks!" tells you how to add SparkStreaks to your page: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=988 </link> <BR> <BR> If you liked last month's stress busting challenge, feel free to keep that streak and see how many days you can add up. If you're going for fitness, decide how many minutes you want to a... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 10:39:17 EST Please Welcome SALLYKWITT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x48486x53539390 Hello friends! Please come on in and give a warm welcome to Sally! Username: SALLYKWITT <em>235</em> Thu, 30 May 2013 19:37:38 EST Start new word with last letter of existing word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x53537630 First word: Google <BR> Thu, 30 May 2013 15:58:35 EST Change a letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x53537614 We're going to use only FIVE letter words - change a single letter of the existing word to create a new word. <BR> <BR> First word - weeks Thu, 30 May 2013 15:56:45 EST Name book titles A to Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x53537596 I'll start with the letter "A", and the next person names a book title that starts with "B" and so on through the alphabet <BR> <BR> A - Abandoned <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 May 2013 15:55:26 EST MAY CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x53158791 ***Please post celebrations for the month of MAY here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> <BR> Some highlights... <BR> May 1: May Day <BR> May 5: Cinco de Mayo <BR> May 6: National Teacher's Day <BR> May 12: Mother's Day <BR> May 18: Armed Forces Day <BR> May 27: Memorial Day Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:47:36 EST May Challenge: Stress Busting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x53158604 Summer won't be here officially until June, but let's make sure we start it off right and practice our stress busting now! <BR> This month's Team Challenge has bonus points for anything you do to treat yourself extra well. Here are some suggestions: <BR> ~Take a slow deep breath <BR> ~Plan a non-food treat for yourself for getting through a stressful time <BR> ~Read a passage from your favorite book <BR> ~Pull up a short video on stretching, chair exercises, or do any kind of exercising <BR>... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:33:04 EST Spring Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x53149702 What do you think of when you think of Spring? (What activities do you do, for example) <BR> <BR> budding trees <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:42:12 EST Name a common noun, then add a proper noun for it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x53149578 As the title states, name a common noun, then add a proper noun for it. <BR> <BR> First noun: highway - Interstate 95 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:35:21 EST Do You Prefer This or That? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x53149550 The object of this game is to state which you prefer, then come up with the next 'preference' question. <BR> <BR> First question: <BR> Do you prefer frozen vegetables or canned vegetables? <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:33:48 EST Synonym/Antonym http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x52756181 I'll post the first word. The next person will post either a synonym (same) or an antonym (opposite) for the posted word. Then that person will post another word and the next person will post a synonym or antonym, and so on. <BR> <BR> First word: cold Sat, 30 Mar 2013 14:39:26 EST Plans for today/Did you accomplish them? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x52756148 In the morning, list what you want to do that day. At the end of the day, go back to that posting and tell us if you were able to do those things? <BR> <BR> Ex: I plan to cook dinner this evening, then work some more on knitting. <BR> Later: <em>248</em> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 14:35:58 EST APRIL CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x52701030 ***Please post celebrations for the month of APRIL here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> <BR> Some highlights... <BR> 1st - April Fool's Day <BR> 6th - Passover begins <BR> 7th - World Health Day and Holocaust Remembrance Day <BR> 15th - Tax Day <BR> 22nd - Earth Day <BR> 26th - Arbor Day <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic month! <em>27</em> <em>437</em> <em>126</em> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:04:44 EST APRIL CHALLENGE: Team Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x52694250 Determine a weight loss goal for April, whether it’s one pound for the whole month or 2 pounds each week. Just make sure it’s a realistic goal for you. <BR> <BR> If you’re at your goal weight and practicing maintenance, feel free to still join us. Have your April goal be to maintain your ideal weight through the month, which we all know requires hard work. <BR> <BR> Either way, use the following goals and feel free to add your own goals that you know will work for you. <BR> <BR> Make a ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 23:13:34 EST WHAT ARE YOU WEARING RIGHT NOW? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x52328519 I am wearing black slacks and a red shirt Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:02:46 EST ADD WORDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x52328468 Add words to make this sentence more exciting. It is okay to replace the verb. Be sure to add adjectives and adverbs and finishe the original sentence. After you finish, write a simple sentence for the next person to make more exciting. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1st sentence: The dog ran into the street Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:59:37 EST HOW ARE YOU TODAY? (EMOTICON) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x52328438 You can post more than once a day if things change. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:57:06 EST MARCH CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x52243303 ***Please post celebrations for the month of MARCH here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> Some highlights... <BR> Sunday, March 10: Daylight Savings Time begins <BR> Sunday, March 17: St. Patrick's Day <BR> Wednesday, March 20: First Day of Spring <BR> Sunday, March 24: Palm Sunday <BR> Tuesday, March 26: Passover <BR> Friday, March 29: Good Friday <BR> Sunday, March 31: Easter <BR> <BR> Have a healthy Sp... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 23:21:33 EST March Challenge: Meal Planning Made Simple! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x52243158 For the month of March, we'll be working on our Meal Planning. <BR> <BR> Here's an article called "Meal Planning Made Simple" to help get you started: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1485 </link> <BR> It tells you how to plan according to your schedule and family size as well as how to gather recipes and make grocery lists. <BR> <BR> Another option is this calendar that includes daily recipe suggestions. You can even add the meals to your trackers ... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 23:07:38 EST February Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x51919125 ***Please post celebrations for the month of FEBRUARY here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> Have a happy and healthy Valentine's Day and Women's Heart Health Awareness Month! <BR> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:34:54 EST February Challenge: Ask for flowers, not chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x51919063 This month's challenge is inspired by a few of us on the team who are trying to reduce or eliminate the amount of sugar we eat. Let's reduce our Valentine's Day grazing and reduce our waistlines! <BR> <BR> I'll admit it - I stole the ideas for the bonus challenges right from this great article called "Breaking Your Sugar Addiction". <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1663 </link> <BR> <BR> The Challenge is below. Please note that 1 through 3 under "F... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:31:43 EST Compound Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x51914015 Let's see how many compound words we can make <BR> <BR> First - football Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:51:17 EST Name an Occupation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x51913999 As it says - <BR> <BR> first - bricklayer Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:49:48 EST Boy or Girl? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x51913993 Using the last letter of the previous name, write a new name (either a girl's name or a boy's name) <BR> <BR> <BR> First - Cindy <BR> next - Y - Yolanda <BR> next - starts with "A" Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:49:05 EST JANUARY CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x51399939 ***Please post celebrations for the month of JANUARY here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> Have a happy and healthy New Year! <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:10:02 EST January Challenge: A New YOU each week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x51399730 This month's challenge was inspired by many Spark articles and blogs posted in the past week about losing weight in the New Year. <BR> It's different than our other monthly challenges, because for the month of January, we'll add more ways to be healthy as the month goes along. Watch your points add up as you improve each week! <BR> If the first week or two seems too easy, do them anyway and use them as free confidence boosters to remind you of how <em>345</em> you already are! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:52:41 EST WHERE IN THE WORLD IS............ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x51399568 Name a place and the next person will name another place using the same first or last letter of the word. For example: word: Hawaii. The next person could say "Hampton" or "India" Remember, these are real places - no "Narnia" etc. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> First Word: Cologne (German) Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:38:00 EST ALPHABET GAME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x51399510 Each day we'll go to the next letter of the alphabet and see how many items we can list that start with that letter, doesn't have to be food or anything else particular. <BR> <BR> First letter "A" <BR> item - apple <BR> <BR> Now, what can you come up with that starts with "A"? Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:32:59 EST Boy or Girl Names http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x51399487 Using the last letter of the name (last name posted), write a new name.....either a boy's or girl's name. No made-up ones, please. <BR> <BR> Start name: Michael Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:30:37 EST Christmastime Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x51209860 "borrowed" this from another team <BR> <BR> 1. Do you prefer Eggnog or Hot Chocolate? Hot chocolate <BR> 2. Do you hang a mistletoe? No <BR> 3. When do you hang your decorations up? early December <BR> 4. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? pumpkin pie <BR> 5. Do you open a gifts on Christmas Eve? nope - Christmas morning Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:40:25 EST I smiled today because.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x51030204 Name one thing that caused you to smile. <BR> <BR> I smiled today because my husband cracked a joke. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:25:21 EST What are you wearing right now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x51030193 Ex: jeans, dress, night shirt, etc. <BR> <BR> I'm wearing jeans right now (my 'uniform') Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:24:04 EST Affirmations and Encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x51030167 Our first 'game' for December is to give affirmations or encouraging words. You don't need to address someone in particular. <BR> <BR> For example, "Just like a baby learning to walk, you may fall down a number of times, but remember, that baby keeps getting up and trying again." Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:21:37 EST DECEMBER CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x50986961 ***Please post celebrations for the month of DECEMBER here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> Have a happy and healthy holiday season! <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:59:21 EST DECEMBER CHALLENGE: THE GIFT OF HEALTH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x50980887 Happy Holidays! It tends to be a busy month, but let's stay focused on our own health and wellness anyway. <BR> I find it too easy to "graze" on holiday party food. I hope this article about snacking helps you stay on track. Don't forget to get your 3 Sparkpoints at the end of the article. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=504 </link> <BR> <BR> Here's this month's challenge. Give yourself one point for each of items 1 through 5. <BR> 1. Post a "G... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 23:29:45 EST General Discussion Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x50811185 Let's start using this instead of Team Chat II.....that's become very long. : ) Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:38:40 EST Synonyms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x50626759 I'll post the first word, the next person posts a synonym for that, then posts another word (not necessarily a synonym for my word). The third person posts a synonym for the second person's word, then posts another word. <BR> <BR> First word: fright Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:18:08 EST Giving Thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x50626725 Name one thing (per posting) for which you are thankful. <BR> <BR> First thanks: cats Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:16:15 EST Word Association http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x50626700 One person posts a word. The next person posts the first word that comes to mind from the previous word. Then the next person posts the first word that comes to mind from the (second) word, and so on. Let's see how our minds work! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> First word: hurricane <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:14:56 EST NOVEMBER CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x50589044 ***Please post celebrations for the month of NOVEMBER here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> Have a happy and healthy month! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 17:33:36 EST November Challenge: Portion Control! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x50588913 Happy November! Since all sorts of holiday food-filled gatherings are starting up, this month's challenge is Portion Control. Get ready to limit your food portions while you increase your exercise portions, so to speak! <BR> <BR> Here's a great article called "9 Simple Tricks to Eat Less". I'm including some of the tips in the challenge this month. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1386 </link> <BR> Don't forget to get your 3 Sparkpoints for reading ... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 17:20:57 EST OCTOBER CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x50191635 ***Please post celebrations for the month of OCTOBER here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> Have a happy and healthy month! <BR> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 13:55:43 EST OCTOBER CHALLENGE: Shanghai to Perth to S.Africa! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x50184646 I don't know about you, but I love armchair traveling! You all did an impressive job getting to from L.A. to Shanghai, China last month. Now let's head 7,018 miles directly south to Perth, Australia. Let's make like a Koala Bear and make sure we eat our "roughage" this month; you get bonus points for eating your veggies! <BR> <BR> ***********All YOU have to do is YOUR BEST to rack up points for the team. I'll track our weekly progress and you'll get a goodie each week for your contributio... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 07:26:01 EST Start new word with last letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x50174568 Start a new word with the last letter of the posted word (four or five letter words) <BR> <BR> First word: mental Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:25:53 EST Cities, A to Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x50174535 Post the names of cities, alphabetically. So the first city will start with "A" and the next one with "B" and so on through the alphabet. <BR> <BR> First city: Albequerque, NM Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:23:39 EST What color are you wearing right now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x50174519 Plan to check in each day and let us know what color you are wearing. <BR> <BR> I'm wearing burgundy Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:21:34 EST Hi REGILIEH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x48486x49964504 <em>199</em> to the team, but we can't interact with you until you create a Spark Page. We glad that you've joined us, but hope you'll create the Spark Page so we can interact directly with you. <BR> <BR> Nancy Sun, 16 Sep 2012 18:56:52 EST How are you today? (emoticon) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x49713072 Self- explanatory. <BR> <BR> I'm <em>30</em> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 19:50:09 EST Words ending in "ing" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x49713053 I would like to keep this one alphabetical - it's more challenging. <BR> <BR> First words starts with the letter "A" and ends in "ing". Second word starts with the letter "B" and ends in "ing". Let's see what we can do! : ) <BR> <BR> Adding <BR> <BR> Now, your turn.... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 19:49:04 EST Double lettered words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x49713027 Forget about "A to Z" - let's just post any word with double letters. <BR> <BR> First one: winning Fri, 31 Aug 2012 19:46:39 EST SEPTEMBER CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x49680757 ***Please post celebrations for the month of SEPTEMBER here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> Have a happy and healthy month! <BR> Some highlights: <BR> Labor Day Sept. 3rd <BR> Rosh Hoshana Sept. 16-18 <BR> International Day of Peace Sept. 21 <BR> Fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere Sept. 22 <BR> Yom Kippur Sept. 26 <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:50:09 EST September Challenge: Let's travel! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x49671380 Did you hear about the kitten that traveled from Shanghai to Los Angeles in a freight container back in July? If you're interested, here's an article about how "Ni Hao/Lucky" went 6,500 miles: <BR> <link>www.bideawee.org/News-800819110 </link> <BR> <BR> Our summer travel plans may be over, but we can still dream, right? Let's see if we can virtually travel the same number of miles with our collective points this month! <BR> <BR> ***********All YOU have to do is YOUR BEST to rack up poi... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 22:53:04 EST Encouragement/Affi rmations/Healthful suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x49243205 I confess, I've stealing this from a magazine, but hey, you take your ideas where you can get 'em! <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Post an encouragement, heathful suggestion or affirmation. <BR> <BR> "Take three deep breaths - 5 seconds in, 5 seconds out - to slow your heart rate and the pace of your stress hormones." Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:40:47 EST Giving Thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x49243147 Beginning with the letter "A", and the next person uses "B" and so on, post a word for something for which you are thankful. Let's take it through the alphabet! <BR> <BR> A - alleys <BR> <BR> now you post something you're thankful for that begins with "B"..... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:36:09 EST Change a Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x49243096 Start with a two (2) word phrase. The next person must replace ONE of the two words. For example, if the first post is "sliced bread". The next person might use "bread crumbs" or "sliced peaches". <BR> <BR> First posting is: "Finished Product" <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:33:09 EST AUGUST CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x49240270 ***Please post celebrations for the month of AUGUST here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> Have a happy and healthy month! <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 11:50:12 EST AUGUST CHALLENGE: DRINK UP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x49231757 Happy August! <BR> This month's challenge will focus on making sure we get enough water during the hottest month of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway). <BR> <BR> This month's article: "12 Tips to Drink 8 Cups a Day" <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1014 </link> <BR> I <BR> Don't forget to scroll down to the tab to get 3 Sparkpoints for reading the article! <BR> <BR> August Challenge Points <BR> Give yourself 1 (one) point for each i... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 21:20:12 EST Word Association http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x48763311 One person posts a word. The next person posts the very first word that comes to mind from that word. <BR> <BR> First word: stagnant Sat, 30 Jun 2012 14:47:39 EST What are your plans for today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x48763297 As the title suggests: What are your plans for today? <BR> <BR> My plans for this afternoon (since it's already almost 3 pm.) are to attend a cook-out at a friend's house. Sat, 30 Jun 2012 14:46:10 EST Name movies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x48763267 Name movies and tell whether or not you like them. Please name them alphebetically. <BR> <BR> First movie: A Time to Kill - from Grisham's book of the same name. "Like" is hard to say - it's about a guy on death row. Am I glad I saw it? Yes. Sat, 30 Jun 2012 14:43:43 EST JULY CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x48739742 ***Please post celebrations for the month of JULY here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> <BR> July 1: Canada Day <BR> July 4: Independence Day <BR> <BR> Have a safe and happy month! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 21:27:39 EST JULY CHALLENGE ...READY, SET, GOAL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x48676394 July's challenge is here to get you setting new goals! <BR> In addition to meeting the first 5 goals below, make a goal you'd like to improve on a daily basis. <BR> Pick anything that will help you ADD to your good habits; maybe it has to do with fitness, healthy eating, sleep, applying sun block before you go out, taking a vitamin supplement... vIt's up to you! <BR> Yours new goal can be anything you may want to accomplish but haven't gotten around to, or a goal you've accomplished in... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 22:36:47 EST June Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x48326075 ***Please post celebrations for the month of JUNE here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> <BR> Some of June's highlights: <BR> June 14: Flag Day (U.S.) <BR> June 17: Father's Day <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Jun 2012 12:01:19 EST JUNE CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x48325991 Hi friends, <BR> <BR> Welcome to June! <BR> I've decided to make this month's challenge about preparation and portion control, since summer BBQ's and outdoor parties make it too easy to mindlessly nibble. <BR> I apologize for not getting this challenge posted until June 1st, but we hear it from Sparkpeople.com all the time: it's never too late to start making healthy changes. <BR> Hopefully, we're already practicing some of these habits and we'll spend the rest of the month cleaning up our... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 11:56:24 EST Colors http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x48316082 What color are you wearing right now? <BR> <BR> I am wearing purple Thu, 31 May 2012 20:44:40 EST How are you today - emoticon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x48316076 Today, I am <em>224</em> Thu, 31 May 2012 20:43:51 EST Words A to Z ending in 'ing' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x48316059 All words are to end in 'ing' and are to be alphabetical, starting with "A" <BR> <BR> First word: Acting <BR> next word will start with "B" and end in "ing" Thu, 31 May 2012 20:42:28 EST MAY CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x47841972 ***Please post celebrations for the month of MAY here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> <BR> May's highlights: <BR> May 13: Mother's Day <BR> May 21: Victoria Day (Canada) <BR> May 28: Memorial Day (U.S.) <BR> <BR> Happy May! Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:07:57 EST A-MAY-ZING YOU! MAY CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x47841893 Happy May! I hope April did as the saying goes and brings you lots of May flowers. <BR> May's challenge is focused on keeping us all moving. Here are a couple of articles I hope you'll find helpful and inspiring. Don't forget to click on the tab at the end to get 3 Sparkpoints for reading the articles. Have a happy healthy month of May! <BR> <BR> 7 Strength Training Excuses: Busted! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1641 </link> <BR> <BR> 5 Exercis... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:02:37 EST Book Titles A to Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x47836865 Starting with "A" list book titles. The second one will start with "B" and so on through the alphebet. <BR> <BR> First title: Acts of War by Tom Clancy Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:08:27 EST Synonym game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x47836799 Each person posts a word plus a synonym for that word. The second and succeeding persons will post their own words and synonyms. <BR> <BR> First word: Huge <BR> synonyn - large <BR> <BR> <BR> The next post can have whatever word you want....it does not have to be related to 'huge' or 'large' Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:04:21 EST Start New Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x47836704 Start a new word with the last letter of the posted word (five letter words) <BR> <BR> First word: fever <BR> <BR> next word should start with "R" Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:00:10 EST GIVING THANKS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x47354216 Beginning with the letter A (and the next post using a word that begins with B, and so on) give a word for something for which you are thankful. <BR> <BR> First word: APPLES Sat, 31 Mar 2012 10:56:58 EST DOUBLE LETTERED WORDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x47354189 Go in order from A to Z as the starting letter. Make sure your word has at least one double letter (it does not have to be the alphbetical letter). <BR> <BR> First Word: ALLOW <BR> <BR> the next word must start with "B"...... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 10:55:16 EST CHANGE A LETTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x47354143 Change one letter and create a new five letter word. <BR> <BR> First word: FIRST Sat, 31 Mar 2012 10:52:30 EST APRIL CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x47343489 ***Please post celebrations for the month of APRIL here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:22:32 EST NO FOOLING! NEW CHALLENGES FOR APRIL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x47343383 Happy Spring! <BR> Easter and Spring time bring growth and regeneration (even if you don't celebrate the holiday). Nancy (IAMWINNING) and I wish you a beautiful Spring season! <BR> Unfortunately, it also brings candy and other sugary temptations all around. So for this month's challenge, the goal is to get us thinking about ways to cut back on sugar, and make snack time more intentional and healthy. <BR> As you'll see, I've expanded the challenge. This month's challenge is focused on eatin... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:13:31 EST CITIES A TO Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x46818264 Post the names of cities, beginning with the letter "A". The next person will post a city that starts with "B" and so on through the alphabet. <BR> <BR> First city: Albuquerque Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:40:54 EST WORD ASSOCIATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x46818192 I'll post a word. The next person posts the very first word that comes to mind. Keep it going! <BR> <BR> First word: LEAP YEAR Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:36:51 EST Change a Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x46818159 I'll post a two word phrase. The next person must replace ONE of the two words. For example: "sliced bread" is the post. The next post could be "bread crumbs" or "Sliced Peaches". Keep it going! <BR> <BR> The starting two word phrase is: HIGH FIVE Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:34:40 EST TEAM CHAT LINE II http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x46818039 Hi again! The other 'sticky' was getting too long, so let's start here. <BR> <BR> Nancy Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:28:12 EST MARCH CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x46812358 ***Please post celebrations for the month of MARCH here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> <BR> The highlight of the month for me is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time, which starts Sunday March 11. <BR> <em>67</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a fun and safe St. Patrick's Day! <BR> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>437</em> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 12:31:40 EST MARCH FORWARD CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x46812261 I hope everyone had a healthy February. I know the weather makes it hard to believe, but we're so close to Spring. Hang in there and let's March Forward! <BR> <BR> REGULAR CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> 1. Log your nutrition (either on Spark People or in a journal) <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses + water daily <BR> 3. Eat at least 4 fruit/veggies daily <BR> 4. Sleep at least 7 hours every night <BR> 5. Exercise daily at least 15 minutes <BR> <BR> BONUS CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> No eating after 8p.m................ Tue, 28 Feb 2012 12:25:13 EST Winter Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x46308922 What do you think of when you think of winter? <BR> <BR> I'll start: sledding <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 Jan 2012 18:53:19 EST Plans for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x46308913 What are your plans for today? <BR> <BR> My plans for 1 February are to recuperate from surgery. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 18:52:18 EST Yucky or Yummy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x46308894 Harking back to a previous month, let's play "Yucky or Yummy". List a food, and the next person posts either 'yucky' or 'yummy' then adds their own food. <BR> <BR> I'll start - spaghetti squash Sun, 29 Jan 2012 18:50:34 EST FEBRUARY CELEBRATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x46290628 ***Please post celebrations for the month of February here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> <BR> Happy Leap Year! For those of us who find ourselves saying "I wish I had 48 hours today!", you might say you get one of those this year at the end of the month! <BR> <BR> Also, Happy Valentine's Day! I wish you all a month full of health, love and happiness! Sat, 28 Jan 2012 16:40:19 EST LEAP INTO HEALTH FEBRUARY CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x46290536 Happy Leap Year! <BR> <BR> REGULAR CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> 1. Log your nutrition (either on Spark People or in a journal) <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses + water daily <BR> 3. Eat at least 4 fruit/veggies daily <BR> 4. Sleep at least 7 hours every night <BR> 5. Exercise daily at least 15 minutes <BR> (cardio & weights - alternate days) <BR> <BR> February seems like an excellent month for BONUS CHALLENGES! <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> BONUS CHALLENGE <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Valentine's BONUS CHAL... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 16:32:03 EST Healthy Reflections 1/27/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x46265731 <BR> <BR> If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average. <BR> <BR> - Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Persevering through failure <BR> <BR> Of course try, try again, but when you don't succeed at something it's best not to beat yourself up or hold yourself to an unrealistic standard of achievement. Feeling as if you're a failure, simply for not reaching a goal, is not who you truly are. Do you think you're the only one who fails? Of course not! Most problems involve s... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 07:33:43 EST Today's Heathly Reflection 1/6/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x45856929 I wanted to be sure y'all saw this - I acknowledge it may not strike the same chord in you as it did me. I especially like the second to last sentence - 'allow for extra time to be spent on personal matters.' Nancy <BR> <BR> Valuing time before it is too late <BR> <BR> Often our days are busied with worry, stress, complaining, work, and a general wasting of time. Once we finally realize the value of our time, often for many of us it is too late. While your life might seem like a long ti... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 08:59:47 EST THOUGHT FOR TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x45813454 I was adding my THOUGHT FOR TODAY on the challenge thread but realized that they'd probably be more useful on a thread of their own. <BR> ........................................<BR>......................................... <BR> <BR> <BR> - JANUARY 4th <BR> <BR> START THE DAY OFF RIGHT <BR> <BR> Always start the day off right with breakfast. Although many of us are not in the "mood" to eat when we get up, it's really important. Heading off to work or your daily routine without enough fue... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 08:25:25 EST January's colors http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x45732285 What color are you wearing right now? (Just choose one) Sat, 31 Dec 2011 15:25:31 EST Five (5) letter words for January http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x45732270 Start a new word with the last letter of the previous word. <BR> <BR> eater Sat, 31 Dec 2011 15:24:16 EST January's Alphabetical Book Listing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x45732229 Alphabetically list (one per time, but multiple times per day ok) the title of a book. If you've read it, what did you think of it? <BR> <BR> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 15:22:13 EST NEW YEAR - NEW YOU - JANUARY CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x45730178 NEW YEAR -NEW YOU CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> 1. Log your nutrition (either on Spark People or in a journal) <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses + water daily <BR> 3. Eat at least 4 fruit/veggies daily <BR> 4. Do something nice for someone (either here on SparkPeople or at home or work) <BR> 5. Exercise daily at least 15 minutes <BR> (cardio & weights - alternate days) <BR> <BR> COUNTING POINTS <BR> Give yourself 1 (one) point for each item except for #5 - <BR> #5 Count each exercise minute as 1 ... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:57:45 EST January Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x45659164 Happy New Year! <BR> Please post celebrations for the month of January here. We'd love to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new happenings, or any other milestones! <BR> Here's wishing you all a healthy and happy New Year. Mon, 26 Dec 2011 21:14:47 EST DAILY Stress Relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x45338863 Ok, I love the responses from the Stress Relief thread, and then realized we can make this a place to track each other's daily/weekly stress relief tactics if we want. I do! <BR> <BR> So far today, when I felt overwhelmed and wanted to "eat it out", I sat and breathed it out instead. Fri, 2 Dec 2011 12:15:22 EST Stress relief, anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x45334331 Hello! <BR> Lately, I've been noticing that as stress adds up in my day, I have 2 choices: <BR> continue to let it build up, or take a few minutes to practice those easy but powerful stress busters, like, <BR> -Breathing techniques <BR> -Gentle stretching <BR> -Doing a favor for someone that would make you feel helpful <BR> -Adding to my calendar; "9p.m. Take a hot bath" <BR> -Looking at something pretty! <BR> <BR> What are those extra little stress busters you can add to your day? Fri, 2 Dec 2011 06:56:51 EST DECEMBER DASHING THROUGH THE MONTH CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x45314141 Here we are - one of the busiest months of the entire year has arrived and it's time for our new challenge too. <BR> In an effort to lessen all the extra work you have in December I've decided to change it up a bit. By now you are all well into logging your nutrition and exercise and drinking your 8 glasses of water etc. so let's try something different. Instead of counting up all those points we'll make it easier by giving ourselves 10 points per day for doing the suggested daily challen... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 22:55:20 EST Inspirational Quotes/Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x45308995 Please post just one at a time in December - but you can post more than once per day. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:56:30 EST How Are You Today? - Emoticon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x45308974 How are you emoticon - you may post more than once a day if things change. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:55:21 EST December/ Christmas words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x45308944 Please post one word at a time - words you think of when you think of December and/or Christmas. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:53:10 EST DECEMBER CELEBRATIONS - ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x45168194 Here is the thread for any of you celebrating during December <BR> <BR> BIRTHDAY - - ANNIVERSARY -- SPARK ANNIVERSARY -- NEW JOB-- <BR> <BR> What ever you are celebrating, we'd like to know because we'd like to celebrate with you. So please take a moment to let us know what events are coming up in December! Sun, 20 Nov 2011 12:41:44 EST 568ANN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x48486x45095910 Hi! We're glad you joined us, but we can't get back to you directly - have you built a Spark Page yet? <BR> <BR> Bernadette (MISTYRIVER64) Nancy (IAMWINNING) <BR> co-leaders Tue, 15 Nov 2011 16:43:13 EST Today's Healthy Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x44978479 <BR> <BR> I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. <BR> <BR> - John Locke, philosopher <BR> <BR> <BR> Living according to your true values <BR> <BR> The best intentions matter little if your daily life doesn't reflect those values. How can you make sure that your thoughts and actions match? Good or bad, your values are shaped by your actions just as much as they do the shaping. Actions that are true to your values build a stronger personal foun... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 09:19:51 EST WHAT A WONDERFUL IDEA - 'JUST BE' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x44929180 Again, Healthy Reflections from SparkPeople has posted a wonderful message. If only we'd all take the time to do this - allow our cares and worries scatter to the wind and refresh our spirit. <BR> <BR> <BR> DON'T PUT OFF LIVING THE LIFE YOU WANT <BR> <BR> <BR> There is no lesson for today. You have permission to stop thinking for a moment and just enjoy yourself. Stop looking at your computer right now and go look at the world. Rediscover the natural wonders that you walk pas... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 07:58:53 EST IT'S YOUR DAY - CONGRATULATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x44906937 When we began this team about 10 months ago I set up a birthday section but with time, it's been forgotten. <BR> <BR> Let's try once more to be able to celebrate our special days together but this time we will only write our name if we have a special day during THIS MONTH. (next month we'll do the same for December etc. etc.) <BR> <BR> So, if you have a special day coming up any time during NOVEMBER (birthday, anniversary, sparkanniversary etc. please let us know so that we can celebrate w... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 18:32:49 EST NOVEMBER CHALLENG -GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x44854929 Only two months left in 2011. Have you given it your best? Well, don't worry if you haven't because you're not alone! <BR> Let's give it a great try during November and see what we can accomplish. <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE: <BR> <BR> 1...Post nutrition daily....1 point <BR> 2...Drink 8+ glasses of water daily.....1 point <BR> 3...Eat 4+ veggies/fruit daily.......1 point <BR> <BR> 4...Muscle strengthening.........15 minutes 3 times a week.....25 points each of those 3 days <BR> <BR> 5...Card... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:56:39 EST NOVEMBER - FIND A WORD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x44854684 EACH DAY I'll give you a new word. Your task is to make as many words out of the word. <BR> Only one word per post please - but you can come back as many times a day as you wish. <BR> <BR> Thanks to Yiche12 for inspiring this game <BR> <BR> ..........N.B. Words should have at least 4 letters....... <BR> <BR> November 1st: TOLERATE <BR> <BR> <BR> late Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:39:57 EST NOVEMBER - LOVE OR DISLIKE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x44854390 It's easy to say whether we love something or dislike it but when we have to list our most favorite (or what we love the most) and then say which we like the least (or abhor) it might be a bit tricky. So...... <BR> Name something you really love and then which of the same thing you really hate. Any subject is fine! ie: cars, colors, seasons, etc. etc. <BR> <BR> Fruit: Love - blueberries detest - melons Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:21:53 EST REALLY GOOD ARTICLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x44845206 This was one of the articles in my Sparkmail this morning and I wanted to share it with you in case you had not had a chance to read it before. It makes so much sense and I hope you'll find it helpful. <BR> ........................................<BR>.......................... <BR> <BR> ANOTHER FITNESS MYTH DEBUNKED <BR> <BR> Somewhere along your journey to fitness, whether in the gym, reading the latest books, or talking with your friends, you'll hear a lot of advice about exercise--not a... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 08:16:36 EST God is my refuge ad strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x44708593 Psalm 46 (NIV) <BR> God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, thought its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. <BR> <BR> There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kindgoms fall; he li... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 10:32:59 EST Need healthy snack ideas!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x44545996 Hi there. Today I had an appoinment with my cholesterole nurse. The meeting went well until she said that I need to be mindful of what I eat at night. I've been eating all the wrong food because of my medications that I have to take at night. What I want to get is healthy snack ideas for at night. So if anyone has some I would be trully grateful. <BR> <BR> So if you can I would be really happy to get healthy cnack ideas. Tue, 11 Oct 2011 22:35:43 EST Adios for now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x44523656 As you all know, it's been a busy Sept. with the moving etc..Thank you to all my team friends who didn't give up on me even though I wasn't able to log on often or spend time with you guys on SP as often as I would have liked to. <BR> <BR> It's time to pack, clean and getting ready to close up the cottage for the winter. <BR> <BR> We are heading up North early tomorrow morning to visit friends & family before leaving for Malaysia on the 26th. Therefor once again I will not be able to keep i... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:40:25 EST OCTOBER FALLING LEAVES CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x44369142 Here is the challenge for October. I've tried to change it up a bit and hope you like it. <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> REGULAR CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> 1).......8+ glasses of water daily <BR> 2).......log nutrition (either on SP or in a journal) <BR> 3).......20 minutes of specific physical exercise (ie: cardio or strength training) <BR> 4).......eat at least 4 fruits/vegetables <BR> 5).......sleep at least 7 hours nightly <BR> 6)..... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 12:46:25 EST October - Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x44351121 Life is what happens when you have other plans. <BR> <BR> What are your plans for today? <BR> <BR> My plans include grocery shopping. Nancy Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:17:04 EST Finish the sentence...I smiled today because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x44351093 I smiled today because the sun is shining - no rain this morning! Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:15:42 EST October - Fall Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x44351068 When you think of the Fall/Autumn, what do you think of? <BR> <BR> cooler temperatures <BR> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:13:50 EST SEPTEMBER 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x43970266 Hi <BR> We are almost at the 10th anniversary of a day that will live in our minds and hearts. <BR> If you wish, please share your memories of the day - where you were when you heard the news, who you were with, what you did. <BR> It has affected us profoundly, that is for certain and it's consequences are still with us. Let's share our feelings - past and present. Thu, 8 Sep 2011 07:42:50 EST Confused http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x43880276 Hi Spark Friends: <BR> I joined the team last week but have been so busy moving that I didn't have time to introduce myself. I have been sending the team a huddle each morning but this morning when I went to do the same I was told that I was not a member of this team. <BR> <BR> So I had to join again! This time I will introduce myself at least :) <BR> <BR> My name is Sue, I'm Snuglbunie's sister. I'm in the process of moving so I only have time to log on early in the morning and back to c... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 08:02:33 EST How is it going? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x43818736 Use words or an emoticon to describe your feelings today - if you need a bit of encouragement you can ask for it here too. Tue, 30 Aug 2011 19:33:25 EST BACK TO SCHOOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x43818702 Name things that are associated with school <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 19:31:40 EST FIVE letter word - LAST letter begins new word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x43818252 This is an easy one - think of a five letter word using the last letter of the previous word as your first letter <BR> <BR> <BR> LUNCH Tue, 30 Aug 2011 19:01:06 EST SEPTEMBER SHAPE-UP CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x43818161 So where has the summer gone? It's hard to believe that September is here! Now that the holidays are over and it's back to the grind perhaps it's time for us to get on with our HEALTHY LIFESTYLE FOREVER! So here's the challenge for September - not too different from the others but it's meant to be a help to you - not a punishment! So let's Shape-Up together! <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------------------------------------<BR>------- <BR> TEMPLATE <BR> ______________... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 18:54:29 EST Food/snack reviews/reco ommendations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x43583776 I thought I'd like to create a new topic that would be helpful in deciding which pre-packaged foods/snacks might be worthwhile trying. Of course, fresh is always better but I do bring a fiber bar product to work with me in the morning to accompany my fresh fruit and hard boiled egg. <BR> <BR> With that said, this morning I tried, for the first time, Fiber One's 90 calorie brownie. It was very good but be sure to take small nibbles because if you take 'bites' it will be gone in the blink of... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 08:25:42 EST Burnt Out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x43491164 Yesterday I only popped on 'Spark People' for about 3 minutes. Just long enough to post a blog and get my log in spark points. I felt like I had the flu/cold. I was cold, achy and tired. So I had an early night. Today there is no sign of any cold so what I think happenned was that I had had a busy day physically, mentally and emotionally. Therefore burnt out. It just goes to show that you can feel all the symptoms of an illness when in reality it is burn out. So feel better today and ... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 18:33:28 EST Our SparkJourney http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x43382051 This quote from SparkPeople's Healthy Reflections is such a reflection of our SparkJourney - <BR> and it's one that we should keep in mind. It sums up all our SparkFriends - without them we wouldn't be able to get back up again. <BR> ........................................<BR>......................... <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. <BR> <BR> - Emily Kimbrough Fri, 5 Aug 2011 10:18:22 EST Good sleep. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x43334911 My anxiety levels are down to 2 today. This has resulted in me getting 11 hours of good sleep. I have many challenges and am working through them one by one. Yesterday is like a bit of a blur and certainly feel better today. Amazing how sleep works on the physical, mental, family and spiritual health. So in a great space today. Tue, 2 Aug 2011 18:41:19 EST MOVIES in alphabetical order - http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x43307038 This month we'll keep the movie thread because it seemed popular in July - this time you might want to add a few words of comment - ie: if you liked it or not - when it was released - did it get good reviews - an actor/actress you liked in it <BR> Anything you'd like to say about the movie <BR> You don't have to have seen it though - <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A - Amityville Horror (haven't seen it) Mon, 1 Aug 2011 11:59:19 EST Me, cats and becoming a Team Leader support. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x43300355 Hi there, an update on Pango and her sore eye. She was given a clean bill of health from her fav vet called Amy. Her eye has recovered. Apparently if we did not do all the treatment that she received from us she would have lost the eye. I have to say I have had a cat loose an eye in the past and it wsa horrid. They even put a button over where her eye was. She got run over crossing the road. I'm just glad that Pango is better and doesn't have to have that horrid medication anymore. I ... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 05:23:22 EST SEEN ANY GOOD MOVIES LATELY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x43298311 Old or new, good or bad. Box office success or bust! Name movies in alphabetical order. <BR> <BR> A - Amityville Horror Sun, 31 Jul 2011 23:40:25 EST EMOTICONS - how are you feeling today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x43298281 <em>247</em> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 23:38:29 EST GAMES - August - what will this word become??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x43298205 Take a five (5) letter word and either change one (1) letter to make a new word or shift the letters around to make a new word <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> lets begin with STEAM Sun, 31 Jul 2011 23:33:03 EST SUNSHINE CHALLENGE - AUGUST http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x43298062 Here is our challenge for August - the same as July but we have a few new games that you may enjoy. Best of luck! <BR> <BR> THIS IS A TEMPLATE FOR THE AUGUST CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> 1. Log your nutrition daily (either on line or in a journal)...1 pt. <BR> 2. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily...........................1 pt. <BR> 3. Sleep at least 7 hours each night..................................1 pt. <BR> 4. Eat at least 4 fruit/veggies per day................................1 pt. <BR>... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 23:23:52 EST GOOD NEWS ABOUT WORKOUTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x43253344 From Sparkpeople's Workout Tip of the Day comes this good news. We don't have to tie ourselves in to long workout routines. If we have only 20 or 25 minutes we can use them to reach our fitness goals. Read on........... <BR> ________________________________________<BR>__________________ <BR> <BR> Use Shorter Workouts to Build Consistency <BR> <BR> Most experts recommend that you exercise up to 90 minutes most days of the week, emphasizing that you gradually work your way up to that dur... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 08:34:48 EST SPARKPEOPLE DOES IT AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x43197625 Once again, I've found a wonderful Sparkpeople article and want to share it with you. I'm sure that many of you have already seen it but just in case I thought it might be of benefit to some. Hope this helps. <BR> <BR> ........................................<BR>......................................<BR>................. <BR> 6 FITNESS RULES MEANT TO BE BROKEN <BR> New takes on outdated advice <BR> <BR> Old rule: Tone up a specific area of your body by exercising it more. <BR> You know t... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 07:44:06 EST Getting back my health. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x48486x42814144 Hi, I'm a 64 year old woman living in Ontario Canada, I'm on medication for high BP, Cholesterol, Reflux and I have type 2 diabetes, not on medication for that one (yet). I'm sure with the loss of 50 lbs and exercise I would be able to come off and or lower the dosage. <BR> I really want to make this a lifestyle change.. I need all the support I can get.. <BR> <BR> Nobody can peddle your bike for you, but with support we can be in tandem. Tue, 5 Jul 2011 13:42:39 EST JULY GAMES - ARE YOU A MOVIE BUFF??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x42734008 Let's see if we can name movies (old or new) BUT following the alphabet <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> we'll start with <BR> <BR> AVATAR Thu, 30 Jun 2011 18:35:40 EST JULY GAMES - ICON DOODLES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x42733944 Do you like to use emoticons - Here's your chance. Show how you feel using any icon you choose! Have fun <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 18:32:11 EST JULY GAMES - 3 WORDS/CHANGE ONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x42733903 A short 3 word phrase - the next person changes one of the words to make a new phrase <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes I can Thu, 30 Jun 2011 18:29:02 EST THE HEAT IS ON - JULY CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x42733848 THIS IS A TEMPLATE FOR JULY'S CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> 1. Log your nutrition daily (either on line or in a journal)...1 pt. <BR> 2. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily........................1 pt. <BR> 3. Sleep at least 7 hours each night...............................1 pt. <BR> 4. Eat at least 4 fruit/veggies per day.............................1 pt. <BR> 5. Play at least 1 HLF* game per day............................1 pt. per game xxx <BR> 6. Cardio or exercise ........................ Thu, 30 Jun 2011 18:24:58 EST REALLY GOOD INFORMATION ABOUT EXERCISE FROM S.P. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x42611690 You may have already seen this article, but "just in case" - here it is again: <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople Experts Answer Your Fitness Questions <BR> <BR> Question: A trainer told me that to burn fat I need to exercise at a lower intensity. I also noticed that my treadmill has a "fat burning zone." At this intensity I don't feel like I'm getting a good workout. Do easier workouts really burn more fat? <BR> <BR> Expert Answer: The information on those machines can be deceiving. The ... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 09:01:04 EST CORN - Good or Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x42550096 Do you LOVE corn? Well, so do I. And lately there has been so much controversy about the benefits/dangers of eating it that I decided to do a bit of research. I found this article that answered most of my questions as to why corn is getting such a bad reputation lately and I thought it would be good to share it with you. It was written by Lisa Nelson, a dietitian and contains a lot of good information. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Vegetable <BR> <BR> If you want to delve into botany, you coul... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 08:26:18 EST STRATEGIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x42511418 You may have already read this article from SparkPeople, but it is so important and such good strategy. I've made it into a more compact page so that you can copy and stick it on your wall to help motivate you through the day. <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>------------ <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Start Small <BR> Quite possibly the biggest mistake people make is pushing the accelerator too soon. You can’t lose 20 pounds in a week. But you can lose one. Taking small bites and chewi... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 08:37:12 EST Blueberry Hill http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x42226948 I found my thrill........................on Blueberry Hill <em>334</em> I just had some lowfat yogurt and some fresh blueberries for breakfast - so yummy! What is your favorite summertime fruit/vege and how do you eat/prepare it? <BR> <BR> I love the choices we have at this time of year and would like to get some ideas from fellow Sparkers! <em>9</em> Pat Sat, 4 Jun 2011 07:43:30 EST BIRDS OF A FEATHER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x42112628 Birds are so beautiful - and so different. Let's see how many we can name. If you have the bird you mentioned in your area write local beside the name - it will be interesting to see what birds are in the different areas! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll start off with: <BR> <BR> Robin - local Sun, 29 May 2011 19:33:44 EST BIKINI CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x42112336 PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS CHALLENGE UNTIL JUNE 1ST (Wednesday) <BR> <BR> <BR> Not a bikini wearer? Well, no matter. This challenge is for everyone - those that will wear them and those that don't. lol <BR> <BR> 1) Log nutrition daily (or keep a written journal).........1 point <BR> 2) Water - 8+ glasses per day.........1 point <BR> 3) Exercise................ 1 point for each minute daily <BR> 4) Antonyms (words with opposite meanings).....1 point (unlimited) <BR> 5) Synonyms (words... Sun, 29 May 2011 19:11:44 EST Do you like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Anne Bronte etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x42112205 JUNE CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> Perhaps you are a budding Shakespeare? Well then, why not write your own poetry? <BR> <BR> Nothing too long - and it doesn't have to be fantastic - just give it a try. <BR> <BR> If you prefer to keep the Limerick challenge going, that's fine too. Either write a line and let someone else write the next one or just write a little poem of your own. Whichever way you like best. Who knows, we may discover another Elizabeth Barret Browning!!!!! Sun, 29 May 2011 19:02:02 EST It's the same - Synonyms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x42112085 Here's another word game but this time we're looking for words that have the same, or nearly the same meaning <BR> Again, it's for the JUNE challenge - Points don't count until June 1st (Wednesday) <BR> <BR> hot - torrid - sweet - sugar mean - nasty <BR> <BR> Good luck Sun, 29 May 2011 18:53:26 EST NEAR OR FAR - Antonym game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x42112043 Here is a new game for JUNE (DO NOT count this for your challenge points until June please) <BR> <BR> Antonyms are words that have opposite meanings <BR> near-far hot - cold etc. etc. <BR> Have fun! Sun, 29 May 2011 18:50:22 EST I'm going to be a Grandmother!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x41934233 My beautiful daughter, Maggie, is due December 12th and we are all so excited!! I feel so Blessed. We can't wait and I'm sure the rest of her pregnancy term will go quickly :-) I'm taking her out to lunch this afternoon then off to the stores to check out "baby stuff". <BR> <BR> I'm telling the entire world so you'll have to pardon me if you are on more than one team with me and I post this there as well <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Please make suggestions for Grandmother nicknames - I'd lov... Fri, 20 May 2011 06:45:25 EST NOT" Reality Television programs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x41914858 I see some posts about some of the reality talent shows on TV. I have only watched (briefly) DWTS and enjoyed it. However, there are WAY too many of these kinds of shows on television, anymore. I happen to have unfortunately stumbled across "Mafia Wives" (another reality show about spoiled, self-entitled women) and was so disgusted with it that I watched for 10 minutes 'tops' until I couldn't listen to it anymore. <BR> <BR> I know scandal and wealth make money for Hollywood but I am SICKE... Thu, 19 May 2011 07:36:42 EST FLOWERS IN MAY - A to Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x41594027 Hi - because the Limerick thread doesn't seem to be catching on too well, here is another "game" for you to play. Let's name flowers in alphabetical order - it's a natural for our Flower theme this month <BR> N.B. you can count this thread for your challenge points too - <BR> <BR> ASTER Tue, 3 May 2011 08:27:41 EST LIMERICK FUN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x41538736 Remember Limericks? Let's have fun building some (but keep it clean, please). <BR> Rules: <BR> Limericks are 5 lines long. Lines 1, 2 and 5 must end in words that rhyme and lines 3 & 4 must end in words that rhyme.... like this: <BR> <BR> Person 1 will start <BR> person 2 will provide the 2nd line of the limerick (it must rhyme with line 1) <BR> person 3 will provide the 3rd - <BR> person 4 will add line 4 and it must rhyme with line 3 <BR> person 5 will finish the limerick, rhyming it ... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 20:05:07 EST TWO-WORD PHRASES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x41538622 Remember those "old" sayings or two word phrases that say so much? Well, let's see if we can write a few down. <BR> <BR> sayings like: sky high or all right! <BR> <BR> OK - your turn Sat, 30 Apr 2011 19:57:56 EST HOMONYMS - A TO Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x41538564 This game will have us finding words that SOUND the same, but have totally different meanings and we will do them in alphabetical order WHERE POSSIBLE . <BR> If you can't discover any for the harder letters ie: Q, X, Y, Z please feel free to jump to the next letter <BR> <BR> So here goes: <BR> <BR> ad - add Sat, 30 Apr 2011 19:54:13 EST MAY FLOWERS CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x41538306 Naturally as a followup to our April Showers Challenge we'll have to have a May Flowers challenge. This month flowers will be given to the winners of the weekly challenges <BR> <BR> PLEASE - ONLY ONE POST PER PERSON (you can edit it to update it) Thanks <BR> <BR> The challenges for this month is as follows: <BR> <BR> 1. log nutrition daily ..................1 point <BR> 2. drink 8+ glasses water daily.......1 point <BR> 3. send a spark goodie to a teammate......1 point <BR> 4. Hap... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 19:35:55 EST "THE" Wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x41467437 I wasn't very interested in all the hype over the Royal Wedding but I'm getting into it now. I think it's exciting that we can watch Royal history evolve right from our own livingrooms. Actually, I can't wait to see Kate's gown <em>337</em> I don't know if I'll be awake at 4 a.m., however, to see it all begin but I'll watch what I can. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone! Pat Wed, 27 Apr 2011 06:16:38 EST ASSOCIATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x40926659 This game is worth 1 point (unlimited times) <BR> You look at the previous post for the word and write a new word that you associate with it. <BR> example: blue - and the next person might write - sky <BR> <BR> leaf Thu, 31 Mar 2011 21:52:15 EST DOUBLE THE FUN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x40926606 This game is worth 1 point (unlimited) <BR> <BR> Write a word with double LETTERS (either vowels or consonants) <BR> ie: trolly or look. These words are random - no order <BR> <BR> <BR> willow Thu, 31 Mar 2011 21:49:47 EST GIRL or BOY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x40926456 This game is worth 1 point - (unlimited per day) <BR> <BR> Using the last letter of the name, write a new name (either a girl's name or a boy's name. <BR> <BR> <BR> Victoria Thu, 31 Mar 2011 21:43:00 EST APRIL SHOWERS CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x40926401 The old song says April Showers bring May flowers (and that means warm weather) so let's get a start on sprucing up our bodies for all the fun in the sun we'll have this summer <BR> <BR> N.B. ONE POST PER WEEK ONLY and UPDATE IT. Thanks <BR> <BR> Here is the challenge <BR> ........................................<BR>......................................<BR>........................ <BR> Items 1, 2 and 3 are worth 2 points each <BR> <BR> 1. Log your nutrition daily (on SparkPeople or i... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 21:40:27 EST Did you know????? ????????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x40807021 I received this information from a friend and thought it was interesting, so I'm passing it on to you. <BR> <BR> This year, July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens <BR> once every 823 years. <BR> <BR> Isn't that something? I kind of don't think any of us will be around the next time it happens, do you? <BR> Sat, 26 Mar 2011 13:38:09 EST Spring Cleaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x40727203 After reading about some spring cleaning a spark member was doing, I thought we could start a new game. <BR> <BR> Instead of A to Z, maybe we could proceed like the places board. <BR> <BR> Post things that you have to clean or want to clean that begin with the same letter as the post before or begin with the last letter of the post before. <BR> <BR> kitchen cabinets for a start....next one could begin with k, c, or s We don't have to make it hard. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 17:15:25 EST Daily Thoughts Become Beliefs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x40658966 I am a woman on a mission! <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> To make any progress I need to work on my thoughts daily. <BR> <BR> Affirmation: I am easily losing weight in a healthy way <BR> Why would I want junk food when there is so much good food to eat? <BR> <BR> List of my insane beliefs that I am working on: <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Food comforts me. TRUTH IS that overeating is self inflicted abuse. <BR> 2. I can always wait til tomorrow to start eating healthy again. TRUTH IS my body will ... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 14:33:47 EST Are You Getting Slim and Healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x40657216 <em>9</em> <em>311</em> <em>108</em> <em>34</em> <em>414</em> <em>9</em> <em>91</em> <em>102</em> <BR> This summer I am going to look good in shorts. I have been losing and finding the same couple of pounds for years. This is my summer to be <em>9</em> I need to see progress so I will assume if I enjoy small healthy meals I will have lost 1/7 lb. and will weigh 149 lbs by 3/25. <BR> <BR> Week One <BR> 3/17 - 150 lbs <BR> 3/18 - 149 6/7 <BR> <BR> Need to keep my eyes on my goal... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 12:26:37 EST What is your Mantra? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x40632382 In the depth of winter, I finally learned within me there lay an invincible summer. <BR> Albert Camus - I love this quote. I tell myself "invincible summer" over and over again. I used to call it 'talking to myself' but Spark People calls it a Mantra - that sounds so much better. <BR> <BR> What's your Mantra? Fri, 18 Mar 2011 05:34:23 EST SPRING THINGS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x40573896 Now that we're all thinking about spring let's put our thinking caps on and name things <BR> Associated with Spring. (not alphabetically) <BR> <BR> <em>47</em> <em>434</em> <em>257</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's start with <BR> <BR> thaw Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:46:00 EST FRUIT & VEGGIES A to Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x40573681 Got a favorite fruit or veggie - or know one that's not well known? Here's your chance to test your knowledge. <BR> <BR> The first person names a fruit and the next person goes to the next letter of the alphabet to name the next fruit or vegetable <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>267</em> <em>485</em> <em>265</em> <em>291</em> <BR> <BR> Let's start off with <BR> APRICOT Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:35:59 EST New Jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x40484374 My jeans have all become too big for me so I'm going to buy some more tomorrow in a smaller size; good feeling! Happy Friday, Pat Fri, 11 Mar 2011 05:52:08 EST SPARK INTO SPRING - VIRTUAL 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x40416668 So you signed up. Great. Now let's have our own thread where we keep track of how we are doing - how our training is going etc. Anything you'd like to share about getting ready for the race can be posted here. <BR> <BR> ........................................<BR>....................................... <BR> <BR> This is the link to the page. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/springsp<BR>5k.asp </link> Tue, 8 Mar 2011 08:11:39 EST Our attributes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x40354232 name three things you like about yourself.............. <BR> <BR> 1. I'm loyal <BR> 2. I'm funny <BR> 3. I'm open-minded Sat, 5 Mar 2011 13:35:57 EST CELEBRATIONS - Share your Birth date, Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x40302585 Hi - <BR> This is a thread for anyone wishing to let us know when their birthday/anniversary/special day/ etc. etc. is. <BR> For some of you I already know when your birthday is but I'd really like everyone to list their special days so that we can share as a group. <BR> <BR> And not only birthdays - but any other milestone you want to celebrate - after all, this is a CELEBRATIONS - thread. We can even celebrate your 5 pound weight loss, for example. <BR> So let's celebrate......PARTY TIME Thu, 3 Mar 2011 08:42:24 EST MARCH THRU MARCH CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x40224637 Here is the March challenge - Let's give it our best effort. <BR> Please post at least once a week - at least by these dates:8th, 15th, 22st, and 31st <BR> <BR> One point for # 1 to 6 and unlimited for #7 <BR> <BR> <BR> TEMPLATE <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>----------------------------------- <BR> <BR> 1. March in place 125 steps daily. _____ <BR> 2. Carry weights while you are marching.________ <BR> ........................................<BR>........ <BR> 3. L... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:09:48 EST NEWS & VIEWS - anything you'd like to share http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18836x48486x40159735 I've created this forum because of all the wonderful information we have to pass on to each other and I think it warrants a forum of it's own. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to share your news or views on different subjects with the team. We still have our daily chat line for talking to each other but this one is for something that we may have seen or want to comment on or share with our team <BR> <em>432</em> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 08:30:37 EST Winter Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x40157495 does anyone use a UV lamp to help in these gray months of winter? I see one on Amazon that I'd like to buy. The reviews seem to be good but I thought I'd ask some Spark friends for their thoughts and feedback. Thanks in advance, Pat Fri, 25 Feb 2011 04:58:40 EST What is your 6-Word Success Story ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x40086048 Now I enjoy exercising and nuitrition Tue, 22 Feb 2011 05:49:21 EST Thank you all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x39954861 Thank you for your love and prayers for my family and I. They mean a great deal to me. <BR> <BR> Mom had had a number of mini strokes which led to dementia and all sorts of physical problems. Knowing that she's now of sound mind and (new) body in Heaven gives me great comfort. <BR> <BR> I probably won't be participating in many SP threads for a little while - but I am continuing to work on healthy eating and getting exercise. <BR> <BR> Thank you all, <BR> Nancy Wed, 16 Feb 2011 08:58:22 EST WHERE IN THE WORLD IS...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x39919557 This is a new game and here we will name a place and the next person will name another place using the next letter in the alphabet so if the place named is <BR> <BR> Hawaii the next person can use either the H - and write Halifax or Houston <BR> or use the last letter i and write Idaho or India etc. etc. <BR> <BR> You can use either a the name of a City, Country, State, Province or even a Continent as long as it is a Place. <BR> <BR> So for th... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 18:38:32 EST Happy anniversary to me :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x39891472 TODAY IS MY ONE YEAR Anniversary with Spark People! I'm so thankful and grateful everyday for having found this website. It is everything I was hoping for and more. I've made some wonderful friends - down-to-earth people who have all the same goals and objectives that I do and the support system on Spark People never ceases to amaze me. <BR> <BR> Truly I am as grateful today, as I was a year ago, to have become a part of the Spark People family. <BR> <BR> Best of luck and love to all of us ... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 14:18:01 EST FEBRUARY'S CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x39530979 This is our team challenge for February <BR> <BR> 1. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily <BR> 2. Log your nutrition daily <BR> 3. Do Cardio at least 15 minutes daily <BR> 4. Five minutes for YOU <BR> 5. Eat at least 4 fruit or veggies daily <BR> 6. Your choice to do: (some examples) <BR> .....something for the environment <BR> .....sleep at least 7 hours per night <BR> .....offer support/motivation to a team member <BR> .....extra exercise <BR> .....extra water <BR> .....a challenge of... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 10:32:55 EST New Team Name http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x39453282 I like it <em>334</em> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 05:53:41 EST ALPHABET GAMES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x39438744 Each day we'll go to the next letter of the alphabet and see how many items we can list that start with that letter <BR> <BR> Today, January 25th we'll begin with A, tomorrow the 26th will be B etc. etc. etc. <BR> <BR> <BR> So let's begin <BR> <BR> allergy Tue, 25 Jan 2011 15:02:22 EST FUN QUESTIONNAIRE #2 (THREE THINGS) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x39404324 THREE THINGS <BR> <BR> This questionnaire was submitted by IAMWINNING (you can see her answers in her blog - at the right of this page) <BR> <BR> <BR> The names I go by: <BR> * <BR> * <BR> * <BR> <BR> Three places I've lived in the past: <BR> * <BR> * <BR> * <BR> <BR> Three sports I have played: <BR> * <BR> * <BR> * <BR> Three things I love to watch: <BR> * <BR> * <BR> * <BR> <BR> Three places I have visited: <BR> * <BR> * <BR> * <BR> <BR> Three people I love: <BR> * <BR> *... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 10:57:29 EST FUN QUESTIONNAIRE #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18222x48486x39404201 This is a questionnaire submitted by Yiche12 and asks lots of questions - answer those that you feel comfortable with - leave the others blank. <BR> <BR> HAVE FUN <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Where do you live? <BR> <BR> 2. Start weight? <BR> <BR> 3. Goal weight? <BR> <BR> 4. How many cm or feet/inches are you? <BR> <BR> 5. How old are you? <BR> <BR> 6. When is your birthday? <BR> <BR> 7. Single? Married? Kids? Pets? <BR> <BR> 8. How did you come to Sparkpeople? <BR> <BR> 9. Favourite veggie?... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 10:52:59 EST DID YOU CHALLENGE YOURSELF TODAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x39341308 Each day, we should look for a small way (or a large one) that will challenge us towards our goal of healthy living. <BR> <BR> If you did something that falls into that category share it here. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 14:20:17 EST WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x48486x39282698 Hello and welcome to HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. We are so glad you stopped by and we hope you will join this team. We are still a very small team and I hope this will give us all a chance to interact and support each other. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 09:56:52 EST TEAM 15 DAY CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18004x48486x39145466 Here is the challenge for January 15-30, 2011 <BR> <BR> 1. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily <BR> 2. Track your nutrition daily <BR> 3. Do minimum 15 minutes of cardio 4x weekly <BR> 4. Eat 1 fruit & 1 veggie daily <BR> 5. Do something for the planet <BR> (recycle, walk instead of drive, reuse) <BR> 6. Something you choose (may be changed daily) <BR> see below for suggestions <BR> HERE IS A TEMPLATE FOR THE CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> date.......... <BR> <BR> 1. 8 glasses wa... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 23:19:05 EST Sign up for our 15 day challenge here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x39145291 If you'd like to be a part of our 15 day challenge sign up here. Challenges will begin on the 1st and the 15th of each month. <BR> <BR> The challenge and a template can be found in the Team Challenge Forum on our team's main page Thu, 13 Jan 2011 23:11:20 EST What are your goals for 2011? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x39145142 Have you set up goals for this year? or do you make resolutions? Thu, 13 Jan 2011 23:04:40 EST Tell us a bit about yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x48486x39144730 Hi and welcome to the team. Tell us about yourself. We're glad you joined us Thu, 13 Jan 2011 22:47:42 EST TEAM CHAT LINE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x39144540 What have you planned for today? Thu, 13 Jan 2011 22:40:18 EST SHARE SOME INSPIRATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x48486x39144491 This is the place where we can inspire others with our words or an emoticon. Thu, 13 Jan 2011 22:38:38 EST