SparkPeople Pet Lovers Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=53170 Welcome all pet lovers, no matter what pet you love- Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Rats, Cats, Dogs, Fish, Birds...? For all pet lovers who want to get healthier and make sure your pet is healthy too! SparkPeople Pet Lovers Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=53170 Positive Change Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x57406811 Do you ever find that all this healthy lifestyle gets overwhelming at times? Staying within calories, getting proper fat and carbs, getting 5-8 freggies each day. There is so much to keep track of. If you are like me it is hard to keep up each day. You pay more attention to one thing and the others fall apart. <BR> <BR> This week I want to challenge you to make one positive change each day. You may do the same thing each day or make a different change each day. What do you need to focus on? ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:10:24 EST Make A Positive Change Challenge 4/7/14 - 4/13/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x57406793 Do you ever find that all this healthy lifestyle gets overwhelming at times? Staying within calories, getting proper fat and carbs, getting 5-8 freggies each day. There is so much to keep track of. If you are like me it is hard to keep up each day. You pay more attention to one thing and the others fall apart. <BR> <BR> This week I want to challenge you to make one positive change each day. You may do the same thing each day or make a different change each day. What do you need to fo... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:09:34 EST Mindful Eating Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x57325959 It's been awhile since we did this challenge and heaven knows I need to practice mindful eating. <BR> <BR> Read the article at the end of the challenge. Don't forget to get your points. (Points are always important!!) <BR> <BR> This week try to be mindful about your eating. Often times we eat in front of the TV or multi-task and do not focus on our food. Take time to actually taste your food. See how it feels in your mouth, the different textures. How does it smell? What does it look like? ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:53:10 EST Mindful Eating Challenge 3/31/14 - 4/6/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x57325943 It's been awhile since we did this challenge and heaven knows I need to practice mindful eating. <BR> <BR> Read the article at the end of the challenge. Don't forget to get your points. (Points are always important!!) <BR> <BR> This week try to be mindful about your eating. Often times we eat in front of the TV or multi-task and do not focus on our food. Take time to actually taste your food. See how it feels in your mouth, the different textures. How does it smell? What does it loo... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:52:02 EST SPRING Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x57237350 So, how did everyone do with their streak week??? I made my 7 day streak of exercise each day. WooHoo!!! <BR> <BR> This week we're going to work on SPRING! An easy challenge. <BR> <BR> Try to do as many of each letter each day as you can. <BR> <BR> S - "Sleep," aim for 8 hours a night <BR> P - "Park" further away from the office or store door <BR> R - "Reach" for the sky!! Stretch your arms over your head and hold. Do this 10 times each day. <BR> I - "Imagine" yourself in a peaceful place ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:34:12 EST SPRING Challenge 3/24/14 - 3/30/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x57237342 So, how did everyone do with their streak week??? I made my 7 day streak of exercise each day. WooHoo!!! <BR> <BR> This week we're going to work on SPRING! An easy challenge. <BR> <BR> Try to do as many of each letter each day as you can. <BR> <BR> S - "Sleep," aim for 8 hours a night <BR> P - "Park" further away from the office or store door <BR> R - "Reach" for the sky!! Stretch your arms over your head and hold. Do this 10 times each day. <BR> I - "Imagine" yourself in a peaceful p... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:33:37 EST Streak Week Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x57149989 How many of you have streaks going? Do you even bother with streaks? I have a few going and get motivated when I see how long I can do something. It is a kind of challenge to myself. <BR> <BR> This week I want you to start a streak. It is just for a week. But, if after you do it for a week you want to continue it, please feel free to do so. <BR> <BR> Read the article at the end and remember to get your points. <BR> <BR> What streak will you start??? <BR> <BR> - exercising daily <BR> - dri... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:19:08 EST Streak Week Challenge 3/17/14 - 3/23/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x57149976 How many of you have streaks going? Do you even bother with streaks? I have a few going and get motivated when I see how long I can do something. It is a kind of challenge to myself. <BR> <BR> This week I want you to start a streak. It is just for a week. But, if after you do it for a week you want to continue it, please feel free to do so. <BR> <BR> Read the article at the end and remember to get your points. <BR> <BR> What streak will you start??? <BR> <BR> - exercising daily <BR> ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:17:42 EST What Do You Need Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x57058712 So, what is it that you need this week? We get so busy during the week with demands, work, family, friends, etc. I am sure there are things you need. I want you to think about it. Here are a few ideas, but feel free to come up with your own based on what you need: <BR> <BR> - Do you need more Vitamin D? If so take 5 minutes a day and spend time outside in the sun. <BR> - Do you need a calcium boost? Have an extra serving of dairy. Eat some yogurt, drink a glass of milk, eat 1/2 cup ice cream... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 07:22:43 EST What Do You Need Challenge 3/10/14 - 3/16/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x57058698 So, what is it that you need this week? We get so busy during the week with demands, work, family, friends, etc. I am sure there are things you need. I want you to think about it. Here are a few ideas, but feel free to come up with your own based on what you need: <BR> <BR> - Do you need more Vitamin D? If so take 5 minutes a day and spend time outside in the sun. <BR> - Do you need a calcium boost? Have an extra serving of dairy. Eat some yogurt, drink a glass of milk, eat 1/2 cup i... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 07:21:25 EST Fiber Up Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56991706 This week I want you to focus on your fiber intake. Fiber is an important part of our diet. It helps to fill us up and stave off hunger. As fiber works through your digestive system it takes some cholesterol with it so bulk up. Of course the side benefit is your bathroom time!!! LOL!!! <BR> <BR> Read the following article and earn your 5 points: <BR> <BR> How will you get your fiber this week?? Come back to the results forum and tell us how you are getting in your fiber and how you are reac... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 17:26:00 EST Fiber Up Challenge 3/3/14 - 3/9/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56991689 This week I want you to focus on your fiber intake. Fiber is an important part of our diet. It helps to fill us up and stave off hunger. As fiber works through your digestive system it takes some cholesterol with it so bulk up. Of course the side benefit is your bathroom time!!! LOL!!! <BR> <BR> Read the following article and earn your 5 points: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpoeple.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=442 </link> <BR> <BR> How will you get your fiber this week?? ... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 17:24:28 EST WHAT ARE YOU EATNG TO LOSE WEIGHT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x56943640 I know this sounds crazy but at almost 290 lbs. and scared of death because my LDL is so high, i know I need to lose the weight. The problem is that i can't seem to get enough calories. I have no appetite. So I decided to try the boxed of 5 day Nutrisystem from Walmart. It's not bad. Your suppose to add healthy carbs and protein to the meals. I have been on Muscle Ensure for a while now because I am so de-conditioned. So I found drinking a chocolate Ensure and eating a Nutrisystem meal for br... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:37:58 EST Fitness Test Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56881075 Okay, so you exercise on a regular basis, but how fit are you? Where do you rate for others your age? <BR> <BR> This week I want you to take the Sparkpeople Fitness test. Go to the following link to find it and get your 5 points for reading it: <BR> <BR> www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_art<BR>ic <BR> les.asp?id=1112 <BR> <BR> Anytime during the week do the fitness test. You don't have to do it all in one day. Take one day for each aspect of the test. Then come back to the results for... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 08:52:27 EST Fitness Test Challenge 2/23/14 - 3/2/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56881062 Okay, so you exercise on a regular basis, but how fit are you? Where do you rate for others your age? <BR> <BR> This week I want you to take the Sparkpeople Fitness test. Go to the following link to find it and get your 5 points for reading it: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1112 </link> <BR> <BR> Anytime during the week do the fitness test. You don't have to do it all in one day. Take one day for each aspect of the test. Then come back to ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 08:51:46 EST Progressive Exercise Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56808279 I did this challenge last week on another team and I enjoyed it so much I thought I would share it with you this week. It is a progressive challenge so each day when we do a new exercise you add on the exercise(s) from the previous days. It ends up being a nice little workout that you can add to your regimen. <BR> <BR> Monday - 10 arm stretches (each arm total of 20) Stretch your arm over your head, straight up and reach high for the sky. Hold it for 3-5 seconds then put it down and do the o... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:33:52 EST Progressive Exercise Challenge 2/17/14 - 2/23/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56808271 I did this challenge last week on another team and I enjoyed it so much I thought I would share it with you this week. It is a progressive challenge so each day when we do a new exercise you add on the exercise(s) from the previous days. It ends up being a nice little workout that you can add to your regimen. <BR> <BR> Monday - 10 arm stretches (each arm total of 20) Stretch your arm over your head, straight up and reach high for the sky. Hold it for 3-5 seconds then put it down and do t... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:33:11 EST Exercise results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56705564 Okay, so we pampered ourselves. Back to work!! This week I want you to exercise for at least 15 minutes 5 out of 7 days this week. If you are past 15 minutes then do more, but commit to 5 out of 6 days. <BR> <BR> I often read comments by sparkers that they don't seem to find time in their busy schedules to exercise. Some people haven't worked out a schedule that fits into their lives. That always seems to be a problem, doesn't it? Finding time to do everything on this healthy lifestyle journ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 09:10:45 EST Exercise Challenge 2/10/14 - 2/16/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56705553 Okay, so we pampered ourselves. Back to work!! This week I want you to exercise for at least 15 minutes 5 out of 7 days this week. If you are past 15 minutes then do more, but commit to 5 out of 6 days. <BR> <BR> I often read comments by sparkers that they don't seem to find time in their busy schedules to exercise. Some people haven't worked out a schedule that fits into their lives. That always seems to be a problem, doesn't it? Finding time to do everything on this healthy lifestyle... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 09:09:51 EST Pamper Yourself Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56625519 Everyone has been working really hard since the first of the year. Already February and everyone seems to be on track. Working towards their goals. Trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle is work, right?? <BR> <BR> So this week I want you to take time for yourself. So often we are running around taking kids places, helping parents or other family members that we forget about ourselves. We need time too. Burn out comes fast when you don't see to your own needs. Believe me I know. As a nurse I... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 08:02:08 EST Pamper Yourself Challenge 2/3/14 - 2/9/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56625512 Everyone has been working really hard since the first of the year. Already February and everyone seems to be on track. Working towards their goals. Trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle is work, right?? <BR> <BR> So this week I want you to take time for yourself. So often we are running around taking kids places, helping parents or other family members that we forget about ourselves. We need time too. Burn out comes fast when you don't see to your own needs. Believe me I know. As a... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 08:01:21 EST Commitment Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56531240 So, my challenge this week is for you to commit to at least one thing and stick to it all week. <BR> With the new year many of you made resolutions and for some those have already fallen by the wayside. Some of you may have made too many resolutions and couldn't manage all of them. <BR> <BR> This week pick one thing that you want to work on and commit to do it every day. Make it personal to you. What so you need to work on that you haven't given your all to? <BR> <BR> - Exercise <BR> - Wate... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 07:27:16 EST Commitment Challenge 1/27/14 - 2/2/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56531222 So, my challenge this week is for you to commit to at least one thing and stick to it all week. <BR> With the new year many of you made resolutions and for some those have already fallen by the wayside. Some of you may have made too many resolutions and couldn't manage all of them. <BR> <BR> This week pick one thing that you want to work on and commit to do it every day. Make it personal to you. What so you need to work on that you haven't given your all to? <BR> <BR> - Exercise <BR> - W... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 07:26:28 EST Water Challenge results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56425171 This week I want you to focus on water. By now we all know the importance of drinking water as opposed to soft drinks or sugary drinks. The old school of thought is to drink 8 - 8 oz. glasses a day. Some authorities say you should drink half your body weight in ounces. Either way you go, drinking water in important to maintaining good health. <BR> <BR> So this week We're going to drink our way to health. <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Decide which way you're going to go, 8 glasses a day or bod... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:35:20 EST Water Challenge 1/20/14 - 1/26/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56425154 This week I want you to focus on water. By now we all know the importance of drinking water as opposed to soft drinks or sugary drinks. The old school of thought is to drink 8 - 8 oz. glasses a day. Some authorities say you should drink half your body weight in ounces. Either way you go, drinking water in important to maintaining good health. <BR> <BR> So this week We're going to drink our way to health. <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Decide which way you're going to go, 8 glasses a day o... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:34:14 EST New Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x56354938 i finally re-learned how to add pics to my spark page. Please check out my little ones if you have time--all my fur babies are rescues. I am going to try to find time to write all of their stories in my blogs soon. I thank God for allowing me to share the lives of these special angels. They give me so much love and ask for so little! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 05:06:44 EST Update on Mango and Frankie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x56348289 Thanks to all of you who sent prayers and good thoughts for Mango and Frankie! God's grace and the power of prayer is AMAZING!! Mango is doing great with his heartworm treatment--no coughing and he is eating well. The biggest problem I am having is keeping him from being too active because he has to rest for the next month! The next two weeks will be critical as the heartworms die and his system gets rid of the dead worms, but I am very optimistic that he is going to be OK. Please continue to... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:29:41 EST Progressive Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56330013 We haven't done a progressive challenge in quite some time so here it goes. This week I want you to do the activity for each day adding the previous day to it. I changed up the activities from what we normally do and hope it is a little more challenging. At least it will be fun!!!! <BR> <BR> Remember the challenge starts on Monday so be ready. <BR> <BR> <BR> Monday: 10 toe touches <BR> Tuesday: 10 toe touches, drink 8 glasses of water <BR> Wednesday: 10 toe touches, drink 8 glasses o... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:59:20 EST Progressive Challenge 1/13/14 - 1/19/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56329998 We haven't done a progressive challenge in quite some time so here it goes. This week I want you to do the activity for each day adding the previous day to it. I changed up the activities from what we normally do and hope it is a little more challenging. At least it will be fun!!!! <BR> <BR> Remember the challenge starts on Monday so be ready. <BR> <BR> <BR> Monday: 10 toe touches <BR> Tuesday: 10 toe touches, drink 8 glasses of water <BR> Wednesday: 10 toe touches, drink 8 glasses o... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:58:07 EST Please keep Frankie and Mango in your prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x56317084 Mango is one of my fosters--he is a little tan mixed breed boy who just had the second round of injections for heartworms. The second shots are the worst--both in terms of serious complications and just plain making the dog feel awful. But its necessary to save his life, so it has to be done. Mango spent two days in the hospital and came home yesterday. He was sooo glad to be back on his couch--he slept all afternoon! Today he is a little mopey but seems OK. We have to watch him closely and r... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:49:36 EST PIE Eating Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56243655 We haven't had a PIE Eating contest in quite some time so here we go!! No, it isn't what you think. We all had enough PIE over the holidays. <BR> <BR> This week after you track your food go to the bottom of the page and on the right side there is a tab for "See today's full report." Click on that and you will get a full screen of your intake. Scroll to the bottom of the page and there will be a PIE chart with your intake of Carbs, Protein and Fat. One chart is for what you ate and the other ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:39:14 EST PIE Eating Challenge 1/6/14 - 1/12/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56243642 We haven't had a PIE Eating contest in quite some time so here we go!! No, it isn't what you think. We all had enough PIE over the holidays. <BR> <BR> This week after you track your food go to the bottom of the page and on the right side there is a tab for "See today's full report." Click on that and you will get a full screen of your intake. Scroll to the bottom of the page and there will be a PIE chart with your intake of Carbs, Protein and Fat. One chart is for what you ate and the o... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:38:38 EST WINTER Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56117389 Since Winter has started I thought I would do another season themed challenge. I am posting early so you can get ready. <BR> <BR> This week I want you to do all the things listed for "Winter" 4 out of 7 days. A goodie if you complete all 7 days. <BR> <BR> W - lift weights. Do 3 sets of 10 dumb bell curls using weights if you have them. If not use things from around the house like cans of food or water bottles. <BR> I - Take some "I" time. After the holiday we all need at least 10 minutes a ... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:55:42 EST WINTER Challenge 12/30/12 - 1/5/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x56117371 Since Winter has started I thought I would do another season themed challenge. I am posting early so you can get ready. <BR> <BR> This week I want you to do all the things listed for "Winter" 4 out of 7 days. A goodie if you complete all 7 days. <BR> <BR> W - lift weights. Do 3 sets of 10 dumb bell curls using weights if you have them. If not use things from around the house like cans of food or water bottles. <BR> I - Take some "I" time. After the holiday we all need at least 10 min... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:53:36 EST Foregoing Chores for the animals sake!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x56009098 Does anyone else forego some of their chores so as not to bother the animals??? Once the cats settle down in bed I feel bad moving them so I can make it. Unless I make it right away after getting up if one of them has settled in for their after breakfast snooze fest I won't move them so the bed stays unmade. Am I the only one who is crazy enough not to do something because it might disturb the pets???? Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:26:04 EST 10 Minute Exercise Challenge Resutls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55982049 So, how's the exercise program doing? Have you been slacking off due to holiday schedules and parties?? This week try to get 10 minutes of exercise in each day. I know for me this will truly be a challenge as I have not been doing any regular exercise. Well, I take that back, I was going to the gym 2 days a week for 30 minute ST, but I didn't go last week. No more excuses. <BR> <BR> Try something new with your exercise routine if you are bored with your usual routine. There are plenty of vid... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 19:57:40 EST 10 minute exercise challenge 12/16/13 - 12/22/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55982032 So, how's the exercise program doing? Have you been slacking off due to holiday schedules and parties?? This week try to get 10 minutes of exercise in each day. I know for me this will truly be a challenge as I have not been doing any regular exercise. Well, I take that back, I was going to the gym 2 days a week for 30 minute ST, but I didn't go last week. No more excuses. <BR> <BR> Try something new with your exercise routine if you are bored with your usual routine. There are plenty... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 19:55:26 EST Check out this flash mob http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x55946442 The US Air Force Band at National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C - <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIoSga7tZPg </link> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:30:58 EST Cosmo was busy last night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x55886194 <em>240</em> <BR> Our dining room has a door leading into the garage. During the day we leave the door open and the kitties go back and forth, sleeping, playing, using the litter boxes in the garage. At night Cosmo usually sleeps in the house and Henry and Toby like to sleep in the garage. The door gets shut and locked overnight. There are a couple of beds there and a collapsible hamper that I made into a “cave”, with a blanket inside and another covering the outside. Henry likes slee... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 09:40:20 EST Eat a Rainbow Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55824843 Eat a <em>437</em> this week. As usual, the challenge starts on Monday. <BR> <BR> Each day this week I want you to eat at least three different colors of freggies. Just because it is holiday season doesn't mean we have to give up good eating habits. A few healthy freggies during the splurge times can help keep you on track. If you're going to an office party fill your plate with the raw veggies and light on the dip. Eat the higher calorie foods in moderation but if you fill up on veggi... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 11:47:02 EST Eat a Rainbow Challenge 12/2/13 - 12/8/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55824796 Eat a <em>437</em> this week. As usual, the challenge starts on Monday. <BR> <BR> Each day this week I want you to eat at least three different colors of freggies. Just because it is holiday season doesn't mean we have to give up good eating habits. A few healthy freggies during the splurge times can help keep you on track. If you're going to an office party fill your plate with the raw veggies and light on the dip. Eat the higher calorie foods in moderation but if you fill up on veggie... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 11:42:08 EST Eat a Rainbow Challenge 12/2/13 - 12/8/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53170x55824770 <em>227</em> DO NOT POST HERE <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Go to the Challenge thread for this challenge! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 11:40:07 EST Snack Attack Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55750268 I know it is a holiday week, but we can still do this challenge. I know if I don't get my two snacks in each day I am more prone to over-eat at my scheduled meal. So, this week I want you to have two snacks a day under 200 calories each or whatever your calorie range allows. <BR> <BR> www.Sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_a<BR>rticles.asp?id=504 Get your spark points for reading this article. <BR> <BR> Come back to the results forum to share what kind of snacks you're eating and how they h... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 11:36:10 EST Snack Attack Challenge 11/25/13 - 12/1/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55750260 I know it is a holiday week, but we can still do this challenge. I know if I don't get my two snacks in each day I am more prone to over-eat at my scheduled meal. So, this week I want you to have two snacks a day under 200 calories each or whatever your calorie range allows. <BR> <BR> www.Sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_a<BR>rticles.asp?id=504 Get your spark points for reading this article. <BR> <BR> Come back to the results forum to share what kind of snacks you're eating and how the... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 11:34:57 EST De-Clutter Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55667122 Thanskgiving is right around the corner so I am bringing back everyone's favorite challenge. I will also recycle it again closer to Christmas. Is family coming for the holiday? Do you have hot spots in your home where stuff piiles up and gets a little unruly?? My desk and the area around my recliner are my hot spots. I never can keep them clean. So this week spend just 15 minutes a day de-cluttering the areas in your house that need a touch-up before company comes. <BR> <BR> Come back to the... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 11:44:49 EST 15 Minute De-Clutter Challenge 11/18/13 - 11/24/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55667065 Thanskgiving is right around the corner so I am bringing back everyone's favorite challenge. I will also recycle it again closer to Christmas. Is family coming for the holiday? Do you have hot spots in your home where stuff piiles up and gets a little unruly?? My desk and the area around my recliner are my hot spots. I never can keep them clean. So this week spend just 15 minutes a day de-cluttering the areas in your house that need a touch-up before company comes. <BR> <BR> Come back t... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 11:39:34 EST Keeping Kitty Busy When You Are at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21257x53170x55618188 What do you kitty owners do to keep your cat's busy when you are at work? Mine seems to get some separation anxiety. <BR> <BR> Joanne Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:39:53 EST How do you know when it's time to say goodbye? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x55595329 I know this is a sad topic but it's one I may be facing very soon for our 16 year old Braveheart. <BR> <BR> Two years ago he was diagnosed with kidney failure, a common cause of death in older cats. We discussed treatment options, which were a special diet and subcutaneous fluid infusions. We decided that quality of life was the most important consideration so we ruled out the infusions since he's a very shy and sensitive guy, but did try the diet. Bravy has always been a picky eater and sto... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:54:49 EST Exercise Pledge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55583212 If you are like me exercise is a second thought on my list of things to do. This week I want you to make a pledge on how much exercise you will do. It's easy. <BR> <BR> Example: If you plan on exercising 30 minutes a day for 7 days that would be 30 x 7 which would equal 210 minutes for the week. Each day subtract how many minutes of exercise you did from your weekly total. 210 - 30 = 180 Keep a running total. Come back to the results forum to share your progress. <BR> <BR> What will you ple... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 10:05:55 EST Exercise Pledge Challenge 11/11/13 - 11/17/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55583202 If you are like me exercise is a second thought on my list of things to do. This week I want you to make a pledge on how much exercise you will do. It's easy. <BR> <BR> Example: If you plan on exercising 30 minutes a day for 7 days that would be 30 x 7 which would equal 210 minutes for the week. Each day subtract how many minutes of exercise you did from your weekly total. 210 - 30 = 180 Keep a running total. Come back to the results forum to share your progress. <BR> <BR> What will... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 10:05:06 EST "PUSH ON" Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55499099 No matter how rough your journey is you have to "Push On." Don't give up, keep pushing yourself. This week I want you to "Push On" by doing the following things: <BR> <BR> P - "Plan" your day the evening before. It helps keep you organized. <BR> U - Get "up" on time. <BR> S - "Stretch" your body each day. Especially if you sit at a desk. Take 5 minutes every hour to stretch out your muscles. <BR> H - "Hydrate." Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water each day. <BR> O - "Offer" a helping... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 11:28:31 EST "PUSH ON" Challenge 11/4/13 - 11/10/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55499073 No matter how rough your journey is you have to "Push On." Don't give up, keep pushing yourself. This week I want you to "Push On" by doing the following things: <BR> <BR> P - "Plan" your day the evening before. It helps keep you organized. <BR> U - Get "up" on time. <BR> S - "Stretch" your body each day. Especially if you sit at a desk. Take 5 minutes every hour to stretch out your muscles. <BR> H - "Hydrate." Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water each day. <BR> O - "Offer" a helping... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 11:26:06 EST Bathroom Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55409060 I am bringing back a team favorite...The Bathroom Challenge. This week after each trip to the restroom do one minute of strength training exercise. They type of exercise is up to you. You can do once exercise for the course of the day or change it up each trip. <BR> <BR> Remember to come back to the results forum and share what type of exercise you're doing and how you're getting along with it. Challenge starts Monday!!! <BR> <BR> Enjoy!!! <BR> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 08:01:59 EST Bathroom Challenge 10/28/13 - 11/3/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55409054 I am bringing back a team favorite...The Bathroom Challenge. This week after each trip to the restroom do one minute of strength training exercise. They type of exercise is up to you. You can do once exercise for the course of the day or change it up each trip. <BR> <BR> Remember to come back to the results forum and share what type of exercise you're doing and how you're getting along with it. Challenge starts Monday!!! <BR> <BR> Enjoy!!! Sun, 27 Oct 2013 08:01:23 EST "I Give Up" Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55328664 What? Did I really say, "I Give Up!" Yes, this week it is an "I Give Up" challenge. Whatever do I mean??? No, the motto is "Never give up," but this week I want you to give up something for the entire week. Don't give up something easy or that you are already doing. Make it a real challenge. <BR> <BR> Some suggestions are: <BR> <BR> - give up soda <BR> - give up sweets <BR> - give up sleeping in <BR> - give up second helpings <BR> - give up excuses to not exercise <BR> <BR> Feel strong, th... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 11:03:26 EST I Give Up Challenge" 10/21/13 - 10/27/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55328652 What? Did I really say, "I Give Up!" Yes, this week it is an "I Give Up" challenge. Whatever do I mean??? No, the motto is "Never give up," but this week I want you to give up something for the entire week. Don't give up something easy or that you are already doing. Make it a real challenge. <BR> <BR> Some suggestions are: <BR> <BR> - give up soda <BR> - give up sweets <BR> - give up sleeping in <BR> - give up second helpings <BR> - give up excuses to not exercise <BR> <BR> Feel stro... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 11:02:18 EST My Pet's Weight Loss Tracker. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x55231571 I made a weight loss tracker for my cat, Emerald. She was 8 LBS 6 Oz when we adopted her in February. She had just weaned a litter of kittens then (a baby having babies at one year old!) She had just been spayed also. She ballooned up to 12 LBS within 5 months. She had some problems during that time among them kidney issues. <BR> <BR> I thought it might be fun for her to have her own weight loss tracker. It would be neat if the Spark People gadgets would allow us to post our pets wei... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 21:44:39 EST Mini Challenge results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55160180 Simple challenge this week. Do 4 out of the 6 following parts of the challenge each day: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat 2 servings of fruit each day. Post what you're eating. <BR> 2. Give a goodie or emoticon to 10 different team members over the week. <BR> 3. Track your food. <BR> 4. Track your fitness. <BR> 5. Exercise 15 minutes a day - ST or Cardio <BR> 6. Drink 8 glasses of water each day. <BR> <BR> Complete 4 out of the 6 each day and get a goodie at the end of the week!!! Remember to go ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 09:59:16 EST Mini Multi Challenge 10/7/13 - 10/13/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55160172 Simple challenge this week. Do 4 out of the 6 following parts of the challenge each day: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat 2 servings of fruit each day. Post what you're eating. <BR> 2. Give a goodie or emoticon to 10 different team members over the week. <BR> 3. Track your food. <BR> 4. Track your fitness. <BR> 5. Exercise 15 minutes a day - ST or Cardio <BR> 6. Drink 8 glasses of water each day. <BR> <BR> Complete 4 out of the 6 each day and get a goodie at the end of the week!!! Remember to go ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 09:58:41 EST Roaring 20's Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55084606 An exercise challenge this week. This week I want you to work on doing the following exercises 5 out of 7 days. If you complete it you'll get a goodie!!! WooHoo!!! <BR> <BR> - 20 lunges <BR> - 20 crunches <BR> - 20 squats <BR> - 20 jumping jacks <BR> <BR> If you can do more that's fine, but 20 is the minimum. If you have to do it 10 at a time that's fine too as long as you get in 20 of each exercise per day. <BR> <BR> Enjoy!!!!! <BR> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:50:00 EST The Roaring 20's Challenge 9/30/13 - 10/6/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x55084593 An exercise challenge this week. This week I want you to work on doing the following exercises 5 out of 7 days. If you complete it you'll get a goodie!!! WooHoo!!! <BR> <BR> - 20 lunges <BR> - 20 crunches <BR> - 20 squats <BR> - 20 jumping jacks <BR> <BR> If you can do more that's fine, but 20 is the minimum. If you have to do it 10 at a time that's fine too as long as you get in 20 of each exercise per day. <BR> <BR> Enjoy!!!!! Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:49:24 EST Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x55073819 what costume are you buying for your baby this year <em>431</em> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 12:19:52 EST FALL Challenge results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54997026 Since Sunday is the first day of Fall I thought we would have a FALL challenge. <em>465</em> The challenge starts Monday. It is an easy challenge so daily participation is recommended. You only have to do 4 things each day. <BR> <BR> <BR> F - Forgive and go on. Forgive yourself for any slip-ups you may have had. Feel free to share so we can support you on your journey. <BR> A - Activate those muscles by doing 5-10 minutes of strength training each day. You pick which muscle groups to e... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 20:17:15 EST FALL Challenge 9/23/13 - 9/29/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54997018 Since Sunday is the first day of Fall I thought we would have a FALL challenge. <em>465</em> The challenge starts Monday. It is an easy challenge so daily participation is recommended. You only have to do 4 things each day. <BR> <BR> <BR> F - Forgive and go on. Forgive yourself for any slip-ups you may have had. Feel free to share so we can support you on your journey. <BR> A - Activate those muscles by doing 5-10 minutes of strength training each day. You pick which muscle gr... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 20:16:17 EST Support Yourself Challenge results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54907958 This week it is all about taking care of ourselves. Typically we put all our effort into the support and care of others. I want you to support yourself this week. <BR> <BR> Give yourself 1 point for every completed task and if you complete all 7 then add 5 bonus points. <BR> <BR> 1st Place = 12 points, 2nd Place = 5-6 points, 3rd Place = 3-4 points <BR> <BR> S -SUN __ <em>248</em> _ Some type of exercise for one minute every time you use the rest room!! <BR> <BR> U -MON __ <em>248</em... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 09:41:16 EST Support Yourself Challenge 9/16/13 - 9/22/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54907946 This week it is all about taking care of ourselves. Typically we put all our effort into the support and care of others. I want you to support yourself this week. <BR> <BR> Give yourself 1 point for every completed task and if you complete all 7 then add 5 bonus points. <BR> <BR> 1st Place = 12 points, 2nd Place = 5-6 points, 3rd Place = 3-4 points <BR> <BR> S -SUN ___ Some type of exercise for one minute every time you use the rest room!! <BR> <BR> U -MON ___ Up your water by 2 glasse... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 09:40:35 EST How far can you walk Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54737417 This week we are going to see how far we can walk during the week. If you have a pedometer or Fitbit, great. That will be easier to count your steps and mileage. If you don't have one then you can use this conversion chart. <BR> <BR> 500 steps = 1/4 mile <BR> 1000 steps = 1/2 mile <BR> 2000 steps = 1 mile <BR> <BR> Get walking team and see how much ground you can cover during the week. Remember to come back to the results forum to share your daily or weekly mileage. <em>331</em> <BR> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:43:08 EST How far can you walk this week Challenge? 9/2/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54737403 This week we are going to see how far we can walk during the week. If you have a pedometer or Fitbit, great. That will be easier to count your steps and mileage. If you don't have one then you can use this conversion chart. <BR> <BR> 500 steps = 1/4 mile <BR> 1000 steps = 1/2 mile <BR> 2000 steps = 1 mile <BR> <BR> Get walking team and see how much ground you can cover during the week. Remember to come back to the results forum to share your daily or weekly mileage. <em>331</em> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:42:17 EST Mini Multi-Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54664957 This week I want you to work on at least 4 out of the 6 items on the challenge. Each day do 4 out of the 6 of the following: <BR> <BR> 1. eat 2 kinds of fruit a day and post what you ate <BR> 2. give a goodie or emoticon to 10 different people over the week <BR> 3. track your food in the nutrition tracker <BR> 4. track your fitness in the fitness tracker <BR> 5. drink 8 glasses of water each day <BR> 6. Exercise 15 minutes each day and post what you did <BR> <BR> Complete 4 out of the 6 and... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:45:44 EST Mini Multi-Challenge 8/26/13 - 9/1/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54664939 This week I want you to work on at least 4 out of the 6 items on the challenge. Each day do 4 out of the 6 of the following: <BR> <BR> 1. eat 2 kinds of fruit a day and post what you ate <BR> 2. give a goodie or emoticon to 10 different people over the week <BR> 3. track your food in the nutrition tracker <BR> 4. track your fitness in the fitness tracker <BR> 5. drink 8 glasses of water each day <BR> 6. Exercise 15 minutes each day and post what you did <BR> <BR> Complete 4 out of th... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:44:30 EST Snack Attack Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54578090 Snacks can be a positive addition to our healthy lifestyle. Eating small, healthy snacks between meals can keep us from over-eating at the main meal times. Include lean protein and carbs in your snacks. <BR> <BR> This week I want you to eat two snacks a day and share with us what you're having for snacks. Snacks should be between 100-200 calories. Sparkpeople sets my snacks at 150-180 calories so I try to stay in that range. <BR> <BR> .www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_<BR>ar <BR> ticl... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:27:21 EST Snack Attack Challenge 8/19/13 - 8/25/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54578077 Snacks can be a positive addition to our healthy lifestyle. Eating small, healthy snacks between meals can keep us from over-eating at the main meal times. Include lean protein and carbs in your snacks. <BR> <BR> This week I want you to eat two snacks a day and share with us what you're having for snacks. Snacks should be between 100-200 calories. Sparkpeople sets my snacks at 150-180 calories so I try to stay in that range. <BR> <BR> <link>. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:26:35 EST Progressive Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54480797 This week we are going to do a Progressive Challenge. The last time we did this was in December. My how the time flies. In this challenge there will be something new to do each day. Do the new task as well as continuing on with the activity from the previous day(s). <BR> <BR> Ready? <BR> <BR> Monday - Exercise for 15 minutes <BR> <BR> Tuesday - Exercise for 15 minutes, Drink 8 glasses of water <BR> <BR> Wednesday - Exercise for 15 minutes, Drink 8 glasses of water, Earn 60 Sparkpoin... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 11:00:54 EST Progressive Challenge 8/12/13 - 8/18/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54480773 This week we are going to do a Progressive Challenge. The last time we did this was in December. My how the time flies. In this challenge there will be something new to do each day. Do the new task as well as continuing on with the activity from the previous day(s). <BR> <BR> Ready? <BR> <BR> Monday - Exercise for 15 minutes <BR> <BR> Tuesday - Exercise for 15 minutes, Drink 8 glasses of water <BR> <BR> Wednesday - Exercise for 15 minutes, Drink 8 glasses of water, Earn 60 Sparkpoin... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 10:56:59 EST Bob the street cat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x54469054 This was on the Today Show this morning. Neat story. <BR> <BR> <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.today.com/pets/stray-cat-inspire<BR>s-recovering-addict-change-his-life-6C<BR>10855939 </link> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:04:29 EST New Team Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x54404950 I would like to change up our team goals. Do you have any suggestions about what you would like to track or have as goals?? PLease feel free to make suggestions. I welcome any ideas. Mon, 5 Aug 2013 11:05:31 EST Exercise Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54396007 This week will be an exercise challenge. Do 5-10 minutes of exercise working the following areas of the body: <BR> <BR> Monday - core <BR> Tuesday - lower body <BR> Wednesday - upper body <BR> Thursday - core <BR> Friday - lower body <BR> Saturday - upper body <BR> Sunday - sstretch <BR> <BR> The type of exercise is up to you. I know I can always use more strength training. It is a weak area for me. <BR> <BR> Make sure to go to the results forum to report in they type of exercise you ar... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 18:51:05 EST Exercise Challenge 8/5/13 - 8/11/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54396002 This week will be an exercise challenge. Do 5-10 minutes of exercise working the following areas of the body: <BR> <BR> Monday - core <BR> Tuesday - lower body <BR> Wednesday - upper body <BR> Thursday - core <BR> Friday - lower body <BR> Saturday - upper body <BR> Sunday - sstretch <BR> <BR> The type of exercise is up to you. I know I can always use more strength training. It is a weak area for me. <BR> <BR> Make sure to go to the results forum to report in they type of exercise you ar... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 18:50:23 EST Mindful Eating Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54298632 This week I put out the challenge to eat mindfully. For me this is really a challenge. I tend to inhale my food, not really tasting what I am eating. It's almost like I am in a race to eat as quickly as I can. Eating like that can cause us to eat more calories than we need. We don't give ourselves time to feel full before we are eating more. <BR> <BR> So, this week I challenge you to eat mindfully. I got a good article in my regular email and I want to (try) and share it with you. <li... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:37:02 EST Mindful Eating Challenge 7/29 - 8/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54298617 This week I put out the challenge to eat mindfully. For me this is really a challenge. I tend to inhale my food, not really tasting what I am eating. It's almost like I am in a race to eat as quickly as I can. Eating like that can cause us to eat more calories than we need. We don't give ourselves time to feel full before we are eating more. <BR> <BR> So, this week I challenge you to eat mindfully. I got a good article in my regular email and I want to (try) and share it with you. <li... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:36:33 EST Rainbow Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54211833 This week is the Eat A Rainbow Challenge. This week aim for eating three different color freggies each day. Simple. With the fresh produce available it should be tasty too!! If you feel adventurous try a new fruit or veggie. <BR> <BR> Come back to the results forum to share what freggies you are eating. <BR> <BR> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 12:54:42 EST Rainbow Challenge 7/22/13 - 7/28/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54211828 This week is the Eat A Rainbow Challenge. This week aim for eating three different color freggies each day. Simple. With the fresh produce available it should be tasty too!! If you feel adventurous try a new fruit or veggie. <BR> <BR> Come back to the results forum to share what freggies you are eating. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 12:53:56 EST Declutter Challenge results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54126599 It has been awhile since we did this challenge. It had good results the last time so let's bring it around again. I know I have several areas to work on. The spot by the side of my recliner is always full of books and journals. It is in need of a decluttering. <BR> <BR> This week work on decluttering any areas in your home or office, even garage if you feel motivated to tackle it. Do 15 minutes a day and soon the area will be nice and neat. It may look like a big project but if you bre... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:31:07 EST Declutter Challenge 7/15/13 - 7/21/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54126589 It has been awhile since we did this challenge. It had good results the last time so let's bring it around again. I know I have several areas to work on. The spot by the side of my recliner is always full of books and journals. It is in need of a decluttering. <BR> <BR> This week work on decluttering any areas in your home or office, even garage if you feel motivated to tackle it. Do 15 minutes a day and soon the area will be nice and neat. It may look like a big project but if you bre... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:30:15 EST Calcium results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54032582 We all know calcium is important for our bones but did you know that it is also necessary for proper function of your heart and muscles? Without the proper amounts of calcium our hearts cannot pump and do the job well. Nerves conduct impulses with calcium so if your calcium level is low your nerves may not function properly. Calcium is also necessary for the enamel on our teeth. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople has two good articles on ways to get more calcium in our diets. Read the following articles ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 10:04:35 EST Challenge: Calcium Anyone?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x54032548 We all know calcium is important for our bones but did you know that it is also necessary for proper function of your heart and muscles? Without the proper amounts of calcium our hearts cannot pump and do the job well. Nerves conduct impulses with calcium so if your calcium level is low your nerves may not function properly. Calcium is also necessary for the enamel on our teeth. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople has two good articles on ways to get more calcium in our diets. Read the following artic... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 10:03:06 EST SUMMER Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53943181 I now find that I am needing to get back into the swing of things and what better way then to do a SUMMER challenge. It is summer now so the timing is appropriate. <BR> <BR> This week I want you to do one or more of the following challenges of summer each day. The challenge starts on Monday. <BR> <BR> S - Stretch every day. Try to do this first thing in the morning. Our pets do a great job of stretching and they seem to enjoy it so much. <BR> U - Utilize trackers, either fitness or nutritio... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 08:06:02 EST The SUMMER Challenge 7/1/13 - 7/7/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53943053 You all have been doing so well with the challenges posted by SUPERACHIEVER. I am very proud of all of you. Great job, well done!! <BR> <BR> I now find that I am needing to get back into the swing of things and what better way then to do a SUMMER challenge. It is summer now so the timing is appropriate. <BR> <BR> This week I want you to do one or more of the following challenges of summer each day. The challenge starts on Monday. <BR> <BR> S - Stretch every day. Try to do this first t... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 07:58:34 EST Let's Do It For CatLady RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53853008 Let's converse here about our obstacles, our successes and where we may have slipped up so that we can all encourage one another. Let's do it for CatLady! <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 09:26:33 EST Let's Do It For CatLady http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53852994 Let's Do It For CatLady Challenge! <BR> <BR> Ok, people. We're going to utilize the suggestions from our team mates this week and implement a challenge that will include your suggestions. Now, it's going to be a very active challenge so get ready to "hustle" to that better you we're all striving to be, There's no better time than the present to get a fresh start. That way, we'll be ready for the upcoming 4th of July celebration! Ok, here we go! <BR> <BR> Get at least 10" of exercise da... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 09:25:30 EST The KISS Challenge RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53772292 Let me see your progress with this challenge here. :) Mon, 17 Jun 2013 03:10:57 EST The KISS Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53772291 The KISS Challenge (Keep It Simple Silly) <BR> <BR> How do you include carbohydrates in your diet in a safe, effective, and controlled way? By having an eating plan that is geared to control one's carbohydrate intake. We're going to work on doing this in this challenge by following the rules mentioned below: <BR> <BR> RULE 1: Include the following in your diet: <BR> <BR> • Fruits: 2-4 servings daily <BR> • Vegetables: 3-5 servings daily <BR> • Grain: 6-11 servings daily (Whole grain brea... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 03:09:52 EST Sodium Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53683719 Do you find that controlling your sodium is a problem? Does it sneak into your diet despite your best efforts? Until recently that was my problem. I thought I was doing a good job at controlling my sodium intake yet my tracker always said I was over my limit. I finally made some tweaks in my diet and I am now staying within limit, most days. <BR> <BR> This week I want you to focus on your sodium intake. I am including two articles by SP about sodium in hopes they will enlighten you. <BR... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:40:11 EST Sodium Challenge 6/10/13 - 6/16/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53683706 Do you find that controlling your sodium is a problem? Does it sneak into your diet despite your best efforts? Until recently that was my problem. I thought I was doing a good job at controlling my sodium intake yet my tracker always said I was over my limit. I finally made some tweaks in my diet and I am now staying within limit, most days. <BR> <BR> This week I want you to focus on your sodium intake. I am including two articles by SP about sodium in hopes they will enlighten you. <BR... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:39:36 EST Exercise Pledge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53586104 This week we are going to do some more exercise but I will let you pick the type and quantity. We will make a pledge as to our exercise. Determine how many days of the week you are going to exercise, then set the amount of time you will be exercising each day. Get your weekly total time ad then put it in a formula like this: <BR> <BR> My pledge is to exercise 5 days of the week for 15 minutes each time for a total of 75 minutes this week. Your formula should look something like this: <BR... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 09:46:39 EST Exercise Pledge Challenge 6/3/13 - 6/9/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53586091 This week we are going to do some more exercise but I will let you pick the type and quantity. We will make a pledge as to our exercise. Determine how many days of the week you are going to exercise, then set the amount of time you will be exercising each day. Get your weekly total time ad then put it in a formula like this: <BR> <BR> My pledge is to exercise 5 days of the week for 15 minutes each time for a total of 75 minutes this week. Your formula should look something like this: <BR... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 09:45:51 EST Exercise Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53495028 This cahllenge will bring us to the first few days of June. It is an exercise challenge. I want you to do 5 or 10 minutes of the following exercises each day. <BR> Monday - core <BR> Tues.- lower body <BR> Wed. - upper body <BR> Thurs. - core <BR> Fri. - lower body <BR> Sat. - upper body <BR> Sun. - stretch <BR> <BR> How you work each area is up to you. Make sure you go to the results forum to share your progress and the type of exercises you are doing to reach the goal. Move those be... Mon, 27 May 2013 09:55:54 EST Exercies Challenge 5/27/13 - 6/2/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53495009 This cahllenge will bring us to the first few days of June. It is an exercise challenge. I want you to do 5 or 10 minutes of the following exercises each day. <BR> Monday - core <BR> Tues.- lower body <BR> Wed. - upper body <BR> Thurs. - core <BR> Fri. - lower body <BR> Sat. - upper body <BR> Sun. - stretch <BR> <BR> How you work each area is up to you. Make sure you go to the results forum to share your progress and the type of exercises you are doing to reach the goal. Move tho... Mon, 27 May 2013 09:54:47 EST Helping Hand Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53408294 This week I want you to provide support & encouragement to someone else. Reach out to someone on the team, write on their Sparkpage or give a goodie or emoticon, respond to a <BR> post on a thread , comment on a blog, help provide support & encouragement to someone else. <BR> <BR> Go to the results forum and share who you gave some support/encouragement to. Maybe you found a good blog we need to check out. This is a good time to look at the members list and find someone you don't see ... Mon, 20 May 2013 07:30:13 EST Helping Hand Challenge 5/20/13 - 5/26/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53408288 This week I want you to provide support & encouragement to someone else. Reach out to someone on the team, write on their Sparkpage or give a goodie or emoticon, respond to a <BR> post on a thread , comment on a blog, help provide support & encouragement to someone else. <BR> <BR> Go to the results forum and share who you gave some support/encouragement to. Maybe you found a good blog we need to check out. This is a good time to look at the members list and find someone you don't see ... Mon, 20 May 2013 07:29:35 EST Microwave Exercise Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53324551 Please log your results on this forum. <BR> <BR> Did this on another team so time ago. It is pretty simple and can get good results. This week every time you use the microwave I want you to do some form of exercise for the time the microwave is running. I think some kind of strength training might be the easiest exercise to do but the type of exercise is up to you. So, if you good cook a frozen meal that takes 5 minutes then while the microwave is running you will do 5 minutes of some fo... Mon, 13 May 2013 07:40:57 EST Microwave Exercise Challenge 5/13/13-5/19/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53324540 Did this on another team so time ago. It is pretty simple and can get good results. This week every time you use the microwave I want you to do some form of exercise for the time the microwave is running. I think some kind of strength training might be the easiest exercise to do but the type of exercise is up to you. So, if you good cook a frozen meal that takes 5 minutes then while the microwave is running you will do 5 minutes of some form of exercise. Got it?? Simple. <BR> <BR> Pl... Mon, 13 May 2013 07:39:57 EST Mini-multi challenge results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53240740 : This week we are going to do a simple multi-mini challenge. Pick 1 or all of the things to do every day this week: <BR> 1) eat 4-6 freggies, <BR> 2) give a goodie or emoticon each day to another member of the team, <BR> 3) every day post something you love about yourself, <BR> 4) do at least 10 minutes of exercise <BR> <BR> The last time we did this challenge no one picked #3 to do. I challenge you to do #3 and look deep within yourself and acknowledge things you love about yoursel... Mon, 6 May 2013 11:00:21 EST Mini multi-challenge 5/6/13 - 5/12/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53240725 : This week we are going to do a simple multi-mini challenge. Pick 1 or all of the things to do every day this week: <BR> 1) eat 4-6 freggies, <BR> 2) give a goodie or emoticon each day to another member of the team, <BR> 3) every day post something you love about yourself, <BR> 4) do at least 10 minutes of exercise <BR> <BR> The last time we did this challenge no one picked #3 to do. I challenge you to do #3 and look deep within yourself and acknowledge things you love about yoursel... Mon, 6 May 2013 10:59:42 EST Snack Attack Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53151778 This week I challenge you to eat 1 or 2 good snacks each day. Your nutrition tracker tells you what calorie range your snack should be. Mine is 150-188 calories for each snack. Try to stay within your range or at least keep your snack under 200 calories. Snacks help keep you from eating too much at each meal. Being over hungry can make you eat more at the meal. Snacks help take off the edge and also help your metabolism. <BR> <BR> What you eat is up to you. Fruit, crisp veggies with s... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:15:34 EST Snack Attack Challenge 4/29/13 - 5/5/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53151717 This week I challenge you to eat 1 or 2 good snacks each day. Your nutrition tracker tells you what calorie range your snack should be. Mine is 150-188 calories for each snack. Try to stay within your range or at least keep your snack under 200 calories. Snacks help keep you from eating too much at each meal. Being over hungry can make you eat more at the meal. Snacks help take off the edge and also help your metabolism. <BR> <BR> What you eat is up to you. Fruit, crisp veggies with s... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:12:20 EST Fun video - big cats and boxes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x53088543 Saw this neat video on youtube yesterday - <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=J11uu8L8FTY </link> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 06:28:24 EST Bathroom Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53062775 Everybody's favorite is back!!! This week we are doing the Bathroom Challenge again. It is a good and simple way to get in some extra exercise. This week, every time you use the bathroom, upon exiting do a set of strength training exercises. The exercise is your choice. Do different one each time or change it up daily to work all the muscle groups during the week. <BR> <BR> Come back to the results forum and share with us what type of exercises you have been doing and how many reps y... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:31:01 EST Bathroom Challenge 4/22/13 - 4/28/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x53062761 Everybody's favorite is back!!! This week we are doing the Bathroom Challenge again. It is a good and simple way to get in some extra exercise. This week, every time you use the bathroom, upon exiting do a set of strength training exercises. The exercise is your choice. Do different one each time or change it up daily to work all the muscle groups during the week. <BR> <BR> Come back to the results forum and share with us what type of exercises you have been doing and how many reps y... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:29:03 EST Metabolism Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52976483 So what's going on with your metabolism? Is it slow? Need to rev it up? This week we're going to work on some simple things you can do to boost your metabolism. There are 7 things you can do. Pick the ones you want to work on this week and let us know in the results forum which ones you picked and how you're doing with them. <BR> <BR> Metabolism Boosters: <BR> <BR> 1. Check your metabolism rate (BMR). You can go to the following site to calculate your BMR: <BR> <link>www.bmr-calcul... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:32:43 EST Metabolism Challenge - Rev It Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52976440 So what's going on with your metabolism? Is it slow? Need to rev it up? This week we're going to work on some simple things you can do to boost your metabolism. There are 7 things you can do. Pick the ones you want to work on this week and let us know in the results forum which ones you picked and how you're doing with them. <BR> <BR> Metabolism Boosters: <BR> <BR> 1. Check your metabolism rate (BMR). You can go to the following site to calculate your BMR: <BR> <link>www.bmr-calcul... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:29:45 EST SPRING Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52866366 This challenge starts Monday the 8th. <BR> <BR> Since Spring has sprung in many areas I thought we would do a SPRING challenge. <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> From the list below pick at least 2 things to work on this week. You could even do them all. You can switch up each day as long as you do 2 of them. <BR> <BR> S - Spark. Spread the spark this week by giving a goodie or emoticon to someone on the team <BR> P - Positive. Identify your positive steps each day. <BR> R - Recognize your a... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 12:04:26 EST The SPRING Challenge 4/8/13 - 4/14/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52866354 This challenge starts Monday the 8th. <BR> <BR> Since Spring has sprung in many areas I thought we would do a SPRING challenge. <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> From the list below pick at least 2 things to work on this week. You could even do them all. You can switch up each day as long as you do 2 of them. <BR> <BR> S - Spark. Spread the spark this week by giving a goodie or emoticon to someone on the team <BR> P - Positive. Identify your positive steps each day. <BR> R - Recognize your a... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 12:03:29 EST 'Just One More' Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52770769 This challenge starts on Monday the 1st of April and no it isn't an April Fool's joke. <BR> <BR> Do one extra thing each day to bring you over to the lite side. It doesn't matter whether you chose somethign easy or more difficult but it must be soemthing that you knowwill help you with your healthy lifestyle journey. You can even chose seomthing different each day. Here are some examples but feel free to come up with your own: <BR> <BR> - an extra workout video <BR> - an extra 5 minutes ... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:37:05 EST 'Just One More' Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52770734 This challenge starts on Monday the 1st of April and no it isn't an April Fool's joke. <BR> <BR> Do one extra thing each day to bring you over to the lite side. It doesn't matter whether you chose somethign easy or more difficult but it must be soemthing that you knowwill help you with your healthy lifestyle journey. You can even chose seomthing different each day. Here are some examples but feel free to come up with your own: <BR> <BR> - an extra workout video <BR> - an extra 5 minutes ... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:34:03 EST 60 Second Challenge Resutls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52686057 Where did the week go. It's time to start another challenge. Sorry I am late posting. The weekend got away from me and before I knew it, it was Monday morning! <BR> <BR> This week we are going to do bursts of exercise. If you can, do this first thing when you get up, and then as often as possible throughout the day. I want you to do 60 seconds of some kind of exercise. The type of exercise is up to you. You can change it up during the course of the day or change it daily. <BR> <BR> Some exa... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:32:48 EST 60 Second Challenge 3/25/2013 - 3/31/2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52686043 Where did the week go. It's time to start another challenge. Sorry I am late posting. The weekend got away from me and before I knew it, it was Monday morning! <BR> <BR> This week we are going to do bursts of exercise. If you can, do this first thing when you get up, and then as often as possible throughout the day. I want you to do 60 seconds of some kind of exercise. The type of exercise is up to you. You can change it up during the course of the day or change it daily. <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:31:46 EST Nat'l Puppy day 23 March 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x52656581 Here's a link to celebrate Nat'l Puppy day. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/celebrate-<BR>national-puppy-day-slideshow.html </link> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 08:21:39 EST Cute video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x52616230 Saw this on the Today show this morning. Very short video but really cute - <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.today.com/pets/smile-error-puppy<BR>-botches-catch-viral-clip-1C8953667 </link> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 09:31:41 EST Let's Get Pysical Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52584596 Let's get physical, physical!! <em>335</em> Remember that song? Well this week that's just what we are going to do!! Get your exercise outfit on. This week I want you to do 30 minutes of aerobic exercise each day. Don't get bummed out if you can't do 30 minutes at one time. Remember you can do 3 sets of 10 minutes. Break it up into smaller groups of time. 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes at lunch and 10 minutes in the evening. It all counts as long as you get in 30 minutes... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:54:53 EST Let's Get Physical Challenge 3/18/13 - 3/24/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52584586 Let's get physical, physical!! <em>335</em> Remember that song? Well this week that's just what we are going to do!! Get your exercise outfit on. This week I want you to do 30 minutes of aerobic exercise each day. Don't get bummed out if you can't do 30 minutes at one time. Remember you can do 3 sets of 10 minutes. Break it up into smaller groups of time. 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes at lunch and 10 minutes in the evening. It all counts as long as you get in 30 minutes... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:54:14 EST Eat A Rainbow Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52484414 This challenge is all about color. We all know we're suppose to include lots of colorful freggies in our diet but how many of us do it? Let's aim for at least 3 colors per day on our plates. Do this once a day. The color choices are up to you. Mix and match colors. <BR> <BR> Examples of colors are as follows: <BR> <BR> Red - strawberries, apples, tomatoes, watermelon <BR> Green - broccoli, green peppers, kale, lettuce <BR> Yellow - squash, banana, yellow peppers, corn <BR> White - onion... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:55:13 EST Eat A Rainbow Challenge 3/11/13 - 3/17/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52484400 This challenge is all about color. We all know we're suppose to include lots of colorful freggies in our diet but how many of us do it? Let's aim for at least 3 colors per day on our plates. Do this once a day. The color choices are up to you. Mix and match colors. <BR> <BR> Examples fo colors are as follows: <BR> <BR> Red - strawberries, apples, tomatoes, watermelon <BR> Green - broccoli, green peppers, kale, lettuce <BR> Yellow - squash, banana, yellow peppers, corn <BR> White - onion... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:54:33 EST Mini Multi-Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52382732 Post your results to the Mini Multi-Challenge here. Don't forget to check in so I can award goodies. <BR> <BR> Simple challenge this week. There are 6 possible things to do on this challenge. You pick 4 things you want to focus on and do them for 4 out of 7 days and get a goodie. <BR> <BR> Pick your 4 from the following list: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat 2 fruits a day and post which ones you eat <BR> 2. Give a goodie or emoticon to 10 different people on the team over the week <BR> 3. Track all yo... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 12:18:03 EST Mini Multi-Challenge 3/4/13 - 3/10/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52382721 Simple challenge this week. There are 6 possible things to do on this challenge. You pick 4 things you want to focus on and do them for 4 out of 7 days and get a goodie. <BR> <BR> Pick your 4 from the following list: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat 2 fruits a day and post which ones you eat <BR> 2. Give a goodie or emoticon to 10 different people on the team over the week <BR> 3. Track all your food in the nutrition tracker <BR> 4. Track all your exercise in the fitness trakcer <BR> 5. Exercise at least... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 12:16:54 EST 15 minute Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52269888 If you're like me you have several places in your house where there is clutter. It may seem over-whelming to see piles of magazines or mail on your kitchen table or piles of clothes that are clean but not put away. This week I want you to take 15 minutes a day and work on your clutter. If you have several rooms, like I do, do one room a day. Cleaning these areas will make you feel good. I know my areas to work on are the computer desk where bills pile up before they get filed, the top of... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 21:55:20 EST 15 minute Challenge 2/25/13 - 3/3/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52269870 If you're like me you have several places in your house where there is clutter. It may seem over-whelming to see piles of magazines or mail on your kitchen table or piles of clothes that are clean but not put away. This week I want you to take 15 minutes a day and work on your clutter. If you have several rooms, like I do, do one room a day. Cleaning these areas will make you feel good. I know my areas to work on are the computer desk where bills pile up before they get filed, the top of... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 21:54:31 EST Exercise Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52177227 Sorry I am late posting the challenge for this week. Time got away from me yesterday and then DH was hogging the computer this morning. <BR> <BR> This week we'll focus on exercise. I know I need it. I have really been slacking off in this department and need to seriously get back on the wagon. So what I want you to do is to do 30 minutes of aerobic exercise each day. If you already have an exercise routine and want to stick with it then go for it. If you're tired of your old exercise p... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:53:31 EST Exercise Challenge 2/18/13 - 2/24/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52177221 Sorry I am late posting the challenge for this week. Time got away from me yesterday and then DH was hogging the computer this morning. <BR> <BR> This week we'll focus on exercise. I know I need it. I have really been slacking off in this department and need to seriously get back on the wagon. So what I want you to do is to do 30 minutes of aerobic exercise each day. If you already have an exercise routine and want to stick with it then go for it. If you're tired of your old exercise p... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:52:55 EST Portion Distortion Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52068110 Share your results here. <BR> <BR> By now you should be well versed in how much you should eat of each component of your diet...grain, dairy, meat, etc. but how well do you manage? I know there are some things in my diet that I struggle with, like grains. I have done well to increase my freggies and that is good but a well-rounded diet is important to our weight loss efforts. <BR> <BR> Here is an article form SP that you can read: <BR> <link>sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_a<BR>rtic... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 18:25:22 EST Portion Distortion Challenge 2/11/13-2/17/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x52068095 By now you should be well versed in how much you should eat of each component of your diet...grain, dairy, meat, etc. but how well do you manage? I know there are some things in my diet that I struggle with, like grains. I have done well to increase my freggies and that is good but a well-rounded diet is important to our weight loss efforts. <BR> <BR> Here is an article form SP that you can read: <BR> <link>sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_a<BR>rticles.asp?id=177 </link> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 18:24:15 EST do you feel guilty? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x52067332 I am sitting here listening to the rain outside. It is cold, rainy, dreary and icy outside and I feel absolutely horrid that I have not walked my dogs in days! <BR> We have a fenced in yard, and we did go to the dog park on Friday but I don't remember the last time we have taken a REAL walk! <BR> The problem is I really worry about falling, or getting pulled down. I know it sounds wimpy but I am. All my current exercise is done indoors. One of my dogs (the Boston Terrier) hates this kind of ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 17:15:51 EST Helping Hand Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x51965282 Post your results to the Helping Hand Challenge here. <BR> <BR> We are now into the second month. People are coming off their new year high and getting down to brass tacks. For some people the new year has gone well and for others there have been some challenges to over-come. <BR> <BR> This week we are going to provide support and encouragement to others on the team. I want you to reach out to someone each day this week. Write on their sparkpage, give them a goodie, respond to a post on a t... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 21:45:52 EST Helping Hand Challenge 2/3/13 - 2/10/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x51965255 We are now into the second month. People are coming off their new year high and getting down to brass tacks. For some people the new year has gone well and for others there have been some challenges to over-come. <BR> <BR> This week we are going to provide support and encouragement to others on the team. I want you to reach out to someone each day this week. Write on their sparkpage, give them a goodie, respond to a post on a thread or comment on a blog. Help them celebrate accomplishm... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 21:44:35 EST Cat likes popcorn! Really?????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x51899482 Just read a post in another team I'm on where they're talking about their cat liking popcorn and tortilla chips. Can you believe it????? Really???? <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x39487x518<BR>91269 </link> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:49:34 EST Bathroom Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x51850330 Post your results for the challenge here. <BR> <BR> This is a simple challenge and had good participation and good results the first time we did it. I'm bringing it back so we can all try to do better. <BR> <BR> In this challenge we will incorporate exercise (Strength training) into our bathroom time. Upon exciting the bathroom you will do some form of strength training exercise. The type is up to you. You will do this each time you use the bathroom. Challenge yourself with more reps o... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 17:20:39 EST Bathroom Challenge 1/28/13 - 2/3/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x51850318 This is a simple challenge and had good participation and good results the first time we did it. I'm bringing it back so we can all try to do better. <BR> <BR> In this challenge we will incorporate exercise (Strength training) into our bathroom time. Upon exciting the bathroom you will do some form of strength training exercise. The type is up to you. You will do this each time you use the bathroom. Challenge yourself with more reps or different exercises each time. <BR> <BR> Each day,... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 17:19:42 EST the joy of dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x51845987 This morning in Wisconsin it is a balmy 24 degrees out. I wanted to just do a quick run to the dog park so the dogs get SOME exercise. Instead my stepdaughter said, She would much rather walk the dogs. <BR> So we bundled up and headed out (I wasn't that excited, not a fan of the cold) But we got out and got moving and before I knew it we did a brisk 5 mile walk! The dogs LOVED it, and ya know I did too! <BR> So Thanks Brittney (and Alaska and Mollee) for getting me out of the house before th... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 11:52:50 EST really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x51844230 Let me start off by saying I know how this works, I know it all isn't about the scale and all loss is a good loss.... <BR> <BR> Now that being said for the month of January I have lost 9.5 lbs!! Really I couldn't have pulled off that extra half of pound??!! Geez talk about a let down! Hee he! <BR> <BR> Seriously I am VERY happy with my progress and changes!! <BR> <BR> I have also lost some inches over the last month so yea, I am ok! Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:43:04 EST need some animal advice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21257x53170x51812974 my boy georgie is deteriorating fast. he's losing his sense of balance. <BR> <BR> one vet thought it was a glaucoma, so he sent me to an eye specialist, who said it was the 'organ of balance', both sides, more on the right. causes could be infection or tumor. <BR> she gave me antibiotics for him, but anyone with a cat can imagine how that went over... and my impression was that he got a lot worse the days i managed to get some inside him, improved a bit when i gave up. <BR> <BR> the interne... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 03:25:41 EST Mini Multi-Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x51736038 This challenge starts on Monday. I am posting it early so you all can look at it and decided what part or parts of the challenge you want to do this week. <BR> <BR> Pick one or all of these things to do every day this week: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat 4-6 freggies each day <BR> 2. Each day give a goodie to someone on the team <BR> 3. Everyday post something you love about yourself <BR> 4. Do at least 10 minutes of some kind of exercise every day <BR> <BR> Share with the team which ones you have ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 12:17:47 EST Mini Multi-Challenge week of 1/21/13-1/27/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x51736028 This challenge starts on Monday. I am posting it early so you all can look at it and decided what part or parts of the challenge you want to do this week. <BR> <BR> Pick one or all of these things to do every day this week: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat 4-6 freggies each day <BR> 2. Each day give a goodie to someone on the team <BR> 3. Everyday post something you love about yourself <BR> 4. Do at least 10 minutes of some kind of exercise every day <BR> <BR> Share with the team which ones you have ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 12:17:12 EST Exercise Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x51618697 Please post your exercise challenge results here. <BR> <BR> So we are well into the new year and everyone should be back into their routine. Tracking food and fitness. All the holiday goodies should be gone by now. <BR> <BR> This week we are going to do an exercise challenge working a different part of the body each day. The type of exercise you do is left up to you. <BR> <BR> Monday - Core <BR> Tuesday - Lower Body <BR> Wednesday - Upper Body <BR> Thursday - Core <BR> Friday - Lower Body ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 11:28:15 EST Exercise Challenge 1/14/13-1/20/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x51618679 So we are well into the new year and everyone should be back into their routine. Tracking food and fitness. All the holiday goodies should be gone by now. <BR> <BR> This week we are going to do an exercise challenge working a different part of the body each day. The type of exercise you do is left up to you. <BR> <BR> Monday - Core <BR> Tuesday - Lower Body <BR> Wednesday - Upper Body <BR> Thursday - Core <BR> Friday - Lower Body <BR> Saturday - Upper Body <BR> Sunday - Stretches <BR> <... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 11:27:08 EST I walked http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x51601328 I live in Wisconsin and it is January so NORMALLY this time of the year it is just too damn cold to do much outdoors. This morning it was a balmy 40 degrees! So I woke up about 6:30, woke up my husband and we walked the dogs for 4.5 Miles! It was a beautiful morning and one of those morning I was thankful I got out and enjoyed! The dogs were pretty darn happy tooo!! <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend all, and remember appreciate the small things it make life a lot better! Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:56:18 EST Felina's post gave me an idea...please chime in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x51500928 Felina and I seem to be the only 2 doing the abc pet name game BUT her last post on there explained how she calls her cat several different things. So I was thinking, why do we give our pet's "pet" names and what our they? <BR> <BR> Ok 1st my cat Mater- he has several "pet names" D, Detzler, Mo, Ima, Mater 'D, and Manly of Stanlydom. and Kitzel Burger with Fries <BR> <BR> ~Alaska- is Bean/Beaner, Badooba dooba, Girlie <BR> <BR> Mollee- Drippy, Dripper Flipper, Drippy Butt <BR> <BR> Maddi... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 11:58:01 EST Snack Attack Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x51487168 Snack attack!!! Do you get in two healthy snacks a day? What are your snack choices? Do you use snack packs or single serving snacks? Snacks are an important part of our daily food plan. They help us to not eat so much at meal time by keeping hunger at bay. <BR> <BR> Read the Spark article and get your 3 points <BR> www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art <BR> icles.asp?id=504 <BR> <BR> This week your challenge is to get in at least 1 snack a day that is under 200 calories. I know my n... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 14:39:34 EST Snack Attack Challenge! 1/6/13 - 1/13/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x51487157 Snack attack!!! Do you get in two healthy snacks a day? What are your snack choices? Do you use snack packs or single serving snacks? Snacks are an important part of our daily food plan. They help us to not eat so much at meal time by keeping hunger at bay. <BR> <BR> Read the Spark article and get your 3 points <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=504 </link> <BR> <BR> This week your challenge is to get in at least 1 snack a day that is under 200 ca... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 14:38:50 EST Create a Pet Name A-Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21255x53170x51468318 Aria- like the chorus of an opera Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:51:27 EST Name a Pet Related Thing A-Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21255x53170x51468279 Apple bites for treats Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:49:23 EST Tell Us About Your Pets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x51468218 I have 4 rabbits and 2 cats. <BR> <BR> <BR> My rabbits are rescued house rabbits because I don't believe in keeping them outdoors where they can freeze or overheat due to human error. <BR> <BR> I work with an exotic animal rescue that rescues pets that are non traditional like rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, anything except farm animals, cats and dogs. <BR> <BR> My cats are also rescued house cats. <BR> <BR> I love them like my children! Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:45:51 EST dogs, cats, rats and kids! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53170x51404645 Hello! My name is Cherie, I am from Wisconsin. I decided this <BR> was the team for me because my life revolves around animals! First off I am a veterinary receptionist I have worked at the same clinic for 16+ years. My home life is a little crazy too! I have 3 dogs, a cat, 4 rats and 6 kids! SOOOO my life is never boring but it can be VERY difficult to find time for myself sometimes! <BR> I am looking forward to joining this team, sharing my goals and of course my animal antics! <BR> Suc... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:47:28 EST Comfort Dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x51253910 I saw this story on the Today show this morning. It really touched me. <BR> <BR> <link>animaltracks.today.com/_news/2012/12<BR>/18/15993307-therapy-dogs-are-furry-co<BR>unselors-for-newtown-community?lite </link> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:46:02 EST Get To Know You Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x51149355 Post the sparkpages you visit here. <BR> <BR> This week I decided to go for a challenge that will help us get to know each other. We have a lot of new members. This week I want you to visit the sparkpage of a team member and leave a comment. Simple!! Let us know who you visited each day. <BR> <BR> A goodie for those of you who visit 5 sparkpages out of 7 days. <BR> <BR> Get to know someone!!! <BR> Sun, 9 Dec 2012 18:58:21 EST Getting To KNow You Challenge 12/10-12/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x51149339 This week I decided to go for a challenge that will help us get to know each other. We have a lot of new members. This week I want you to visit the sparkpage of a team member and leave a comment. Simple!! Let us know who you visited each day. <BR> <BR> A goodie for those of you who visit 5 sparkpages out of 7 days. <BR> <BR> Get to know someone!!! Sun, 9 Dec 2012 18:57:10 EST A holiday serenade http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x51131753 My favorite holiday video - <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddVZOK_9UUI </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy ! <BR> <em>446</em> Sat, 8 Dec 2012 08:59:26 EST Introduce Yourself Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53170x51072124 Please use this thread to introduce yourself to the team. This way I can subscribe to the thread and reach out to new memebr sin a timely fashion. Tell us about yourself and your pets. Mon, 3 Dec 2012 17:17:28 EST Cute Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x51053968 Hi everybody. Came across this link from another team here and had to share it with all of you. <BR> <BR> It is precious! So funny! <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/_kLdO3EsECs </link> <BR> <BR> this next one is a video I got from someone I know on Facebook. This one is a stitch! <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/Nupfxo2ihQc </link> Sun, 2 Dec 2012 11:35:05 EST Progressive Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x51053854 We've done this kind of challenge before. I thought it was time to run another Progressive Challenge. The way it works...Each day will be something new to work on. Each day we will do the new thing and keep the previous days activities going as well. <BR> <BR> Monday - Do 15 minutes of exercise <BR> <BR> Tuesday - 15 minutes of exercise, drink 8 glasses of water <BR> <BR> Wednesday - 15 minutes of exercise, drink 8 glasses of water, earn 60 sparkpoints <BR> <BR> Thursday - do 15 minute... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 11:23:30 EST Progressive Challenge 12/3-12/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x51053850 We've done this kind of challenge before. I thought it was time to run another Progressive Challenge. The way it works...Each day will be something new to work on. Each day we will do the new thing and keep the previous days activities going as well. <BR> <BR> Monday - Do 15 minutes of exercise <BR> <BR> Tuesday - 15 minutes of exercise, drink 8 glasses of water <BR> <BR> Wednesday - 15 minutes of exercise, drink 8 glasses of water, earn 60 sparkpoints <BR> <BR> Thursday - do 15 minute... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 11:22:45 EST Water Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50965621 Post your water intake here and any tips you have for getting your water in. <BR> <BR> Do you have a problem getting your water in? It is recommended that we get 64 oz. of water on a daily basis, but fluid needs are affected by diet, physical activity, body composition and climate. Don't wait until you are thirsty to start drinking your water. You could already be dehydrated at that point. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople has two good articles on water. Read them and get your 3 sparkpoints per ar... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 21:35:57 EST Water Challenge 11/26 - 12/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50965610 Do you have a problem getting your water in? It is recommended that we get 64 oz. of water on a daily basis, but fluid needs are affected by diet, physical activity, body composition and climate. Don't wait until you are thirsty to start drinking your water. You could already be dehydrated at that point. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople has two good articles on water. Read them and get your 3 sparkpoints per article: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=54 ... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 21:34:46 EST Fiber Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50889226 Post fiber results here: <BR> <BR> I know this week is a holiday week, but that doesn't mean we give up on our healthy eating habits. We'll continue to use our nutrition tracker to monitor our fiber intake for the week. <BR> <BR> We get fiber from unprocessed foods such as fruit, veggies, whole grain, nuts, seeds and beans. High fiber foods contain more nutrients and fewer calories. Fiber is digested more slowly and helps us feel full sooner. Fiber can lower cholesterol and helps keep us "r... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:50:53 EST The Fiber Challenge 11/19-11/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50889192 I know this week is a holiday week, but that doesn't mean we give up on our healthy eating habits. We'll continue to use our nutrition tracker to monitor our fiber intake for the week. <BR> <BR> We get fiber from unprocessed foods such as fruit, veggies, whole grain, nuts, seeds and beans. High fiber foods contain more nutrients and fewer calories. Fiber is digested more slowly and helps us feel full sooner. Fiber can lower cholesterol and helps keep us "regular." <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:49:39 EST Sneaky Sodium Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50795462 Please post results here!! <BR> <BR> This week we'll take a look at sodium (Na+). The nutrition tracker does a great job of tracking our daily sodium intake. How many of us stay within our range? I know for me it is a slippery slope. <BR> <BR> Sodium is an important electrolyte in our body. It helps muscles and nerves work properly. It also helps regulate blood pressure and fluid volume. In nursing school they taught us a phrase about sodium, "Where sodium goes so goes water." <BR> <... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:39:25 EST The Sneaky Sodium Challenge 11/12-11/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50795442 This week we'll take a look at sodium (Na+). The nutrition tracker does a great job of tracking our daily sodium intake. How many of us stay within our range? I know for me it is a slippery slope. <BR> <BR> Sodium is an important electrolyte in our body. It helps muscles and nerves work properly. It also helps regulate blood pressure and fluid volume. In nursing school they taught us a phrase about sodium, "Where sodium goes so goes water." <BR> <BR> The problem with sodium is when th... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:38:22 EST Holiday Temptations Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50697400 Holiday festivities are fast approaching. With the office parties, family gatherings and school functions come the temptations. Do you dread the holiday weight gain? <BR> <BR> This week is a two part challenge. Part one of the challenge is to share what your holiday temptation is. What food item(s) leave you with no willpower to resist? Part two is to share your tips for dealing with the holiday temptations. Do you allow yourself a few bites of your favorite food item? Do you eat more... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 08:49:03 EST Holiday Temptations Challenge 11/5 - 11/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50697380 Holiday festivities are fast approaching. With the office parties, family gatherings and school functions come the temptations. Do you dread the holiday weight gain? <BR> <BR> This week is a two part challenge. Part one of the challenge is to share what your holiday temptation is. What food item(s) leave you with no willpower to resist? Part two is to share your tips for dealing with the holiday temptations. Do you allow yourself a few bites of your favorite food item? Do you eat more... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 08:48:20 EST Do It, Log It, & Share It Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50597795 This week the challenge is along the same line as last week only we are going to do it with fitness/exercise. Do your exercise, log it in the fitness tracker and then share your results on the results forum. Do you have fitness minute goals or calories burned goals then share them with us and your progress with those goals. Share with us the kind of exercise you do. If youa re not a regular exerciser maybe this week you can push yourself to do at least 10 minutes a day. Remember a little... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:38:20 EST Do It, Log It & Share It Challenge 10/29-11/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50597768 This week the challenge is along the same line as last week only we are going to do it with fitness/exercise. Do your exercise, log it in the fitness tracker and then share your results on the results forum. Do you have fitness minute goals or calories burned goals then share them with us and your progress with those goals. Share with us the kind of exercise you do. If youa re not a regular exerciser maybe this week you can push yourself to do at least 10 minutes a day. Remember a little... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:37:28 EST My zoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53170x50524922 Hi <BR> I am new to Spark and am introducing myself to the group. I am a owner of 4 dogs, a goat and 2 pigs. My house is a literal zoo. My daughter is applying to veternarian school, I guess early influences played a part. I look forward to chatting with others about getting healthy, animal antics and the human animal bond. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 23:26:56 EST Define "Exercise WITH your pet(s)" please? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x50522120 OK, I have two dogs that I COULD in THEORY take for a walk, but A) Sassy would get halfway to the mailbox and insist on being carried HOME, and B) Cinnamon is still learning that a leash is not a torture device. <BR> <BR> Soooo, does yoga stretching in the living room with seven cats standing on me/swarming me/wanting loves/thinking its playtime during various poses count? <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 20:13:35 EST A free lap for two minutes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53170x50520892 Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm married with three kids in college, two silly girldogs and seven cats. The "silly girldogs" are really more my daughter's babies than mine, but she still lives at home. The eldest puppy is Sassafras (Sassy) who is a fluffy oversized papillon (some kind of mix) that is now about 9 years old (not really sure, she was a rescue when we got her from her former family). Our other silly girldog is Cinnamon (Cinni) who is a purebred red tri miniature Australian Shepherd. We... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:50:17 EST Eat It, Log It & Share It Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50496309 Post your daily results here. <BR> <BR> This week your challenge is to eat your food as usual, track it in the nutrition tracker and then come to the results forum and share your daily calories with us. Share whether you are under, over or within range. Simple!!! There may be a goodie in for you if you Eat It, Log It and Share It for 6 out of 7 days. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 08:36:16 EST Eat It, Log It, & Share It Challenge 10/22-10/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50496296 This week your challenge is to eat your food as usual, track it in the nutrition tracker and then come to the results forum and share your daily calories with us. Share whether you are under, over or within range. Simple!!! There may be a goodie in for you if you Eat It, Log It and Share It for 6 out of 7 days. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 08:35:24 EST Mindful Eating Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50391142 "There are two very beneficial reasons that it's important to alwyas eat slowly and pay attention to what you're eating: <BR> - When you eat slowly, your brain has time to register that you're full <BR> - When you notice and enjoy every mouthful, you feel more staisfied when the food is gone." <BR> - Judith Beck <BR> <BR> Research has shown that it can take up to 20 minutes from when y... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 21:40:15 EST Mindful Eating Challenge 10/15-10/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50391127 "There are two very beneficial reasons that it's important to alwyas eat slowly and pay attention to what you're eating: <BR> - When you eat slowly, your brain has time to register that you're full <BR> - When you notice and enjoy every mouthful, you feel more staisfied when the food is gone." <BR> - Judith Beck <BR> <BR> Research has shown that it can take up to 20 minutes from when y... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 21:39:25 EST Hello from Tennessee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53170x50345309 Hi all! CatLadyX8 invited me to join this team, so I thought I'd introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I am a 31 year old from TN who has a herd of cats. Yes, a herd. I looked it up and a group of cats is typically called a "clowder" but I feel herd is much more accurate, particularly at dinnertime. I actually have eleven, all rescues. I started off with three, but thanks to an ex-husband who knew I could never say no to a cat, well, here I sit with eleven. And the funny part is, they are more self-su... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:43:38 EST Do It Anyway Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50288876 Do It Anyway. Even if you don't feel like using a diet skill, I have to do it anyway. If I do only what I feel like doing, I won't be able to lose weight and keep it off." - Judith Beck, The Beck Diet Solution <BR> <BR> This week I am offering the Do It Anyway Challenge. If you're like me there are aspects of this weight loss journey that you don't like and therefore avoid doing. For me it is exercise. I put it off or make excuses not to do it. Well, this week the motto is "Do It Anyway." <... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 22:03:11 EST Do It Anyway Challenge 10/8-10/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50288855 Do It Anyway. Even if you don't feel like using a diet skill, I have to do it anyway. If I do only what I feel like doing, I won't be able to lose weight and keep it off." - Judith Beck, The Beck Diet Solution <BR> <BR> This week I am offering the Do It Anyway Challenge. If you're like me there are aspects of this weight loss journey that you don't like and therefore avoid doing. For me it is exercise. I put it off or make excuses not to do it. Well, this week the motto is "Do It Anywa... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 22:01:21 EST Bathroom Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50180953 This challenge was suggested by a team member. This week every time you make a trip to the bathroom when you exit do a strength training exercise. I will leave it up to you to decided what kind of strength exercise you want to do. If time permits do several. Come back to the results forum to share with me what kind of exercise you are doing and how you are progressing with the exercise. Good luck!!! <BR> <BR> Post your resutls here. Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:24:30 EST Bathroom Challenge 10/1-10/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50180892 This challenge was suggested by a team member. This week every time you make a trip to the bathroom when you exit do a strength training exercise. I will leave it up to you to decided what kind of strength exercise you want to do. If time permits do several. Come back to the results forum to share with me what kind of exercise you are doing and how you are progressing with the exercise. Good luck!!! Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:21:31 EST Challenge Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x50180811 Please use this forum to help me come up with challenges you all want to participate in. The Progressive challenge we did seemed to go over big and I can do another one of those if you want. Tell me what you want to do or what you want to work on accomplishing over the course of a week. Please share ideas!!!!! Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:17:06 EST You're bringing a WHAT to my house??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50095652 My laugh is a memory that took me back to when I adopted my first 2 guinea pigs, Jojo and Koko. Shortly after the little piggie girls became a part of the family, we had a visit planned to my mother's house. Since we always brought the family pets, and she always welcomed them (even the lizards!), I almost forgot to tell her that we would be bringing two guinea pigs this time. Imagine my surprise when I casually mentioned that Jojo and Koko the guinea pigs were coming to visit her and my mom ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 03:49:23 EST Laughter is the best medicine - Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50075966 We've all heard the saying, "Laughter is the best medicine," but who'd believe it. My friends it is true. I don't mean a little chuckle, no, I mean a big belly laugh, the one that brings tears to your eyes. It is good for you. As good as exercising. Here are two articles that might help explain the benefits: <BR> <BR> www.drstandley.com/facts_laughing.shtml <BR> <BR> http:recipes.howstuffworks.com/laughter-<BR>natural-weight-loss.html <BR> <BR> Copy and past the addresses into your br... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 22:01:49 EST Laughter is the best medicine Challenge 9/24-9/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x50075940 We've all heard the saying, "Laughter is the best medicine," but who'd believe it. My friends it is true. I don't mean a little chuckle, no, I mean a big belly laugh, the one that brings tears to your eyes. It is good for you. As good as exercising. Here are two articles that might help explain the benefits: <BR> <BR> www.drstandley.com/facts_laughing.shtml <BR> <BR> http:recipes.howstuffworks.com/laughter-<BR>natural-weight-loss.html <BR> <BR> Copy and past the addresses into your br... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 22:00:11 EST Adorable Video to watch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x50041845 Here’s an adorable video about a Jack Russell and all the many things these dogs can do. I want one for my own. He could do all my housecleaning for me. Maybe I should suggest this to my FlyLady friends. ;) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/jess<BR>e-the-jack-russells-helpful-tricks/20e<BR>8rerw?q=quadrocopters%20&from=en-us_ms<BR>nhpvidmod&rel=msn&cpkey=ea28d624-8b9d-<BR>442c-b93d-696d384757a7|quadrocopters+|msn|| </link> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 14:46:28 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53170x50019226 I have not been very active since I joined this team but I hope to change that! I am a 56 year old animal rescuer who loves animals of all kinds but especially dogs, cats, and guinea pigs. I am owned by 6 rescued dogs (a retired racing greyhound, a standard poodle mix, a shih tzu mix, a chihuahua mix, a jack russell mix, and a little black terrier) and a grumpy black rescued cat who thinks she's a dog. I also foster special needs dogs (usually the elderly,the very young, or those with chronic... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 04:13:48 EST Me Time Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x49967069 Reading the posts on the message boards shows that everyone is always so busy. During our busy lives when do we really take some much needed time for ourselves? This week's challenge is to have some Me Time. Take 15 minutes out of your busy day to do something for yourself. Go to the result post and share with us what you are doing for your Me Time. <BR> <BR> Some suggestions: <BR> Devotional reading <BR> Praying <BR> Taking a bubble bath <BR> Reading a good book <BR> Listening to your favor... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 21:52:27 EST Me Time Challenge 9/17/12-9/23/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x49967027 Reading the posts on the message boards shows that everyone is always so busy. During our busy lives when do we really take some much needed time for ourselves? This week's challenge is to have some Me Time. Take 15 minutes out of your busy day to do something for yourself. Go to the result post and share with us what you are doing for your Me Time. <BR> <BR> Some suggestions: <BR> Devotional reading <BR> Praying <BR> Taking a bubble bath <BR> Reading a good book <BR> Listening to your f... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 21:50:08 EST The 10% Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x49852748 The 10% Solution - losing 10% of your initial body weight <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=454 </link> <BR> <BR> First <em>248</em> : as from today I lost 10% of my original body weight. <BR> <BR> Dec 25, 2011: 250 lbs <BR> July 24, 2012: 237 lbs <BR> Sept 9, 2012: 224.4 lbs <BR> <BR> <BR> Before SparkPeople, on my own, trying to develop healthy eating habits: <BR> Dec 25, 2011 to July 22, 2012: 13 lbs lost over 30 weeks = 0.43 lbs average pe... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 23:40:18 EST PIE Eating Contest RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x49849884 A what????? A PIE eating contest. My kind of challenge!!! Hold on, it's not what you think. This week's challenge is about getting benefit from the reports on Sparkpeople. The challenge will run from Monday through Sunday. <BR> <BR> What you will do this week is to track your food in the nutrition tracker and then go to the bottom of the page to the box where it says, "See today's full report." Click on that box and and scroll to the bottom of the page that comes up. There you will see 2 pie... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 20:26:54 EST PIE Eating Contest http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x49849841 A what????? A PIE eating contest. My kind of challenge!!! Hold on, it's not what you think. This week's challenge is about getting benefit from the reports on Sparkpeople. The challenge will run from Monday through Sunday. <BR> <BR> What you will do this week is to track your food in the nutrition tracker and then go to the bottom of the page to the box where it says, "See today's full report." Click on that box and and scroll to the bottom of the page that comes up. There you will se... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 20:24:56 EST Progressive Challenge RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x49734321 Here is where you'll be placing your results for above mentioned challenge. <BR> Sun, 2 Sep 2012 10:53:45 EST Progressive Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x49733659 This week's challenge is a Progressive Challenge and will run from Monday through Sunday. The Progressive Challenge will start with one activity and then each day we add a new one and keep the previous day(s) activity going. <BR> <BR> Monday - Exercise for at least 10 minutes. You can include your pet if you want to. <BR> Tuesday - Exercise for 10 minutes, drink 8 glasses of plain water <BR> Wednesday - Exercise for 10 minutes, drink 8 glasses of plain water and track your food. <BR> Thurs... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 10:02:21 EST Our favorite recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x49694135 It is called Snobby Joes a play on words. <BR> <BR> 1 cup uncooked lentils <BR> 4 cups water <BR> 1 tbsp olive oil <BR> 1 medium size onion cut into small dice <BR> 1 green pepper seeded cut into small dice <BR> 2 cloves garlic minced <BR> 3 tbsp chili powder <BR> 2 tsp dried oregano <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1 8 oz can tomato sauce <BR> 1/4 cup tomato paste <BR> 2-3 tbsp maple syrup <BR> 1 tbsp prepared yellow mustard <BR> 4-6 kaiser rolls <BR> Can be 4-6 servings. Was 395 with 1/4 recipe and th... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 13:12:48 EST All For One, One For All RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x49640582 Here is where you'll input your discussions and your responses to this challenge. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 23:18:40 EST All For One, One For All Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x49640565 All For One, One For All Challenge: <BR> <BR> For our members with no animals: <BR> ****** Your challenge is to eat a high fiber breakfast, lunch or dinner 4 out of the 7 days this week. And, whenever you feel the need to eat, stop and do some exercising for 5 minutes. Things like jumping jacks, sit ups, push up, calf lifts, dumbbell routines. This will help those of us suffering from the emotional/binging daily eating habits by keeping us from snacking at night. You'll be sooooooo full, yo... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 23:17:03 EST Owned by four kitties ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53170x49632459 I was invited to join the team, stopped by and read a few forums and here I am ! <BR> <BR> I have 4 kitties ranging in age from 2 years to 16 years, and they rule our home ! But I wouldn't have it any other way ! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to joining the forums and reading/talking about our pets. <BR> <BR> <em>240</em> <em>240</em> <em>240</em> <em>240</em> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 11:44:23 EST Daily Sign In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x49606880 Just thought I'd set up a thread where we can check in with each other. Let us know what's going on with you on your journey through life!!!! Look for feedback on or discuss your weight loss journey, your life's struggles, your successes. Anything that happens to be on your mind. Feel free to share your day!!!!! Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:07:14 EST Animal Antics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x49604042 Here is where we'll continue our talks about our animals and their lives and antics. <BR> <BR> Thanks for understanding! ;) Fri, 24 Aug 2012 11:00:58 EST Fitness Minutes (Moved From Games Forum) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x49596005 Here is the new location for the "Fitness Minutes" Topic which was originally located under the "Games" Forum. <BR> <BR> Kindly continue your input here. Much appreciated! <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 20:26:43 EST Animal Lover http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53170x49563201 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I posted this on our little families but wanted to get to know everyone a little bit better. Thanks for allowing me to introduce myself. Here is what I posted there. <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I was invited here by two people. I have been debating ever since whether I would be a good team member. I am definitely an animal lover. Last year I read the Kind Diet by alicia Silverstone and she awoke a feeling for animals I had when I was very young. I became a vegan ... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 17:02:39 EST update http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x49543203 Thank you all for the support and comfort offered. <BR> <BR> As you know, my son was wounded sometime Saturday and we received a text on Sunday around midnight notifying us he'd been wounded. He sustained a serious wound to the leg from being shot with an assault weapon. <BR> <BR> Had surgery to repair the leg. don't really kow the extent of damages, but at this point he's not walking. He'll be transferred back to ft. Wainwright in Alaska for physical therapy and help then will be re-d... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 12:13:25 EST Yinzer here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53170x49534177 Hi everyone! My name is Jacy and I'm from Pittsburgh! I look forward to getting to know everyone! Sun, 19 Aug 2012 21:29:57 EST Goodies For Participation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x49525111 Congratulations to the first FIVE members that have submitted an entry into our first challenge, "Our Little Families" and have helped us grow this team. <BR> <BR> As promised, a goodie is on its way to you for having been one of the first ten to have posted here. Congratulations and KUDOS off to all of you for helping us get off to a great start here! <BR> <BR> Here are the members that have the goodies coming to them: <BR> <BR> 1CRAZYDOG <BR> RAZORBLADEMIST <BR> SUPERACHIEVER <BR> CAT... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 09:48:06 EST Daily Fitness Activities http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x49524920 Welcome to our very first challenge here. We're starting slowly so we can get to know each other a little bit better before we tackle tougher challenges. This week, we want to know what fitness activities you've done and how you've included your pets in on it. So, tell us what you've done with your pets daily that has contributed to your fitness requirements. Sun, 19 Aug 2012 09:36:58 EST Four Year Old Girl's Proof Of God! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x49487986 Hi guys, I had to share this with you. It was a blog written by IAMAGEMLOVER and it's all about the love between a 4 year old and her beloved lab. You have got to take the time to read this and come back to discuss! <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5016669 </link> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:11:19 EST Introducing your new leader! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x49485217 Just saw CatLadyx8 come on board here to post! <BR> <BR> Let's all welcome her with warm wishes and open arms to our team here. She's already written about her little family (which I still have to do) so let's get her involved in a general conversation here! <BR> <BR> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 10:51:03 EST Our Little Families http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x49477347 Really want to get this team jump-started. So here's our first challenge to help bring some activity to this team. <BR> <BR> Being that we need to get to know each other so we can converse better, let's start out by talking about our little families. <BR> <BR> What animals do you have in your family? <BR> How long have you had them? <BR> What do they do that makes you laugh? <BR> Do you have a favorite? <BR> Do you exercise with them? <BR> Do you talk to them? <BR> Do they talk b... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 20:53:00 EST Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x49477324 <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> DO NOT POST OR ANSWER THREADS IN THIS TOPIC - THIS IS FOR CHALLENGES ONLY - PLEASE REFER TO TOPICS WITH CHALLENGE NAMES TO ENTER YOUR RESPONSES. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Really want to get this team jump-started. So here's our first challenge to help bring some activity to this team. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate Topic under the Forum, ... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 20:51:25 EST We're here for you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x49460091 As promised, here is the thread we'll use to converse with you to see what you'd like to see in this team and we'll also get to know you better here. <BR> <BR> By the way, thanks for sticking around as long as you did while you went without a team leader. We were working on getting it together and there were some delays but we worked through it! <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:42:35 EST Hello from Illinois http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53170x49427312 My name is Sharron. I have 2 cats, one male & one female. Toby is my 5 year old male, fixed and declawed. He's orange & white and he loves milk, chicken and spaghetti. Yes, I said spaghetti. He loves playing with a shoe string more than life itself. He loves curling up on his blanket on one end of our sofa. He is a lover with a big voice. <BR> <BR> Precious is my 7 month old kitten. She's a calico and is afraid of nothing. She's tiny, but makes Toby very aware she's here to stay. My boyfrien... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:57:40 EST Greetings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53170x49426783 Saw your group and loved your idea. I'm a huge dog person (hubby calls me dog obsessed) but I love the small furries too. We occasionally have rats and hamsters. They are fun to have around. <BR> <BR> My hubby is a cat person. I keep promising that someday I will learn to understand his cats. LOL! <BR> <BR> Kitty Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:10:44 EST Bad Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21255x53170x48774449 My new puppy is not doing well with house training. We take him out multiple times a day, every couple of hours and we spend a great deal of time outside waiting for him to go. He might go and then he might not. Often after we take him out and he doesn't go he comes in and uses my bedroom for his bathroom!!!!! He is not consistent with his going to the bathroom outside. Because of this we have had to relegate him to the outside kennel at night and he definitely doesn't like it. Any sugg... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 10:59:33 EST My New Addition - Boone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53170x48614530 I got a new puppy Tuesday. He came from the county pound. He was found with his sister by the side of the road. He is a black lab mix. He is about 4 months old and is all legs right now. Boone is his name. He is a very docile puppy and very laid back. When we introduced him to the cats there was no response. The cats are totally disinterested in him. He does get territorial when one of the cats goes near his food bowl. The trip home was a problem. Four miles form the house and Boon... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 19:01:00 EST Cinderella is very sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x46326092 Please pray for Cinderella, my rabbit (the pointed mini satin in my avatar). She is very sick and we just got back from the vet's. She has a middle ear infection and a high temperature. She was fine at breakfast but when I went to check on her this afternoon she was rolling and wheezing. The vet looked at her right away and the mild sedation is helping her stay calm while the other medication can work. I have her in a softly lined laundry basket so she doesn't hurt herself but Houdini, her hu... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:56:46 EST Chubby Pets? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x46233986 Do you have chubby pets that need to loose weight to get healthier? This is the place to chat about it and help our pets come up with a plan to slim down too. <BR> <BR> I have a rabbit, Cinderella, that came from a life behind bars. After 4 years at a rescue she had gained far too much weight from being so sedentary (hhhmmm, sound familiar?) Cindi is a mini satin weighing in at 7 pounds! <em>15</em> The poor girl couldn't even keep herself clean. <BR> <BR> My house rabbits are free roam w... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 12:26:54 EST My zoo keeps me going http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53170x45969697 My name is Brandy and I am a 30-something married woman in the Philadeliphia suburbs. My husband's name is Joshua. I adore animals and rescue all my babies: <BR> Victoria Elizabeth- 11 year old tortiseshell cat <BR> Andre Pascal- 4 year old turkish angora cat <BR> Rebecca Lynn- 4 year old mini lop rabbit <BR> Ghirardelli Square- 6 month old mini rex rabbit <BR> Cinderella Lu- 5 year old mini satin rabbit <BR> Houdini Muppet 1 year old english angora rabbit <BR> Barnum & Baily- 4 year old gerb... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:21:02 EST Toys for your Pet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x45875206 My rabbits LOVE to chew, so I get them things from the Busy Bunny online Sat, 7 Jan 2012 07:32:46 EST January 2012- What's your 1st goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x45481798 To get back to regular workouts for me Mon, 12 Dec 2011 11:42:37 EST What are your Pets getting for the Holidays? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x45468477 Do you celebrate with your pets? What kinds of presents are awaiting them? <BR> <BR> My bunnies love things to chew, so I buy at the busybunny,com for them. My cats like soft things or balls. Sun, 11 Dec 2011 13:43:20 EST Closed Topic- Stop Posting Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21255x53170x45143309 How many have you logged today? Fri, 18 Nov 2011 15:19:12 EST SparkPeople Cookbook SALE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x44421486 It's on sale for about $16 on Amazon right now (a $27.95 value). We want to get this on the best-sellers lists and really spread the spark! Tue, 4 Oct 2011 11:24:37 EST Greetings from hollyjae and thedulcimerguy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53170x44216842 Hello fellow animal lovers in Indianapolis! We are both very excited to learn about this new SparkTeam! We have several pets including many exotics and almost all of them are rescues. We currently have 3 ball pythons, 1 water cobra, 1 blue tongue skink, 1 crested gecko, 1 bearded dragon, 1 ornate box tortoise, 1 red eared slider, 1 Russian tortoise, two rats, 1 guinea pig, three cats, 1 Arizona blonde tarantula, 1 axolotl and an assortment of fish. We look forward to meeting other animal ... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 10:40:37 EST In Memory of_______. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21255x53170x44184466 One of the horrible things of pet ownership is the loss of our companion animals. Here's a place for an in memory of or tribute to your companion animals. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I had to say good bye to my oldest rat, Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii (Talula). I originally started fostering her December 2008 and then adopted her shortly after. Talula had really started showing her age this past few weeks. She was at least 3 years old but here age wasn't know when I adopted her... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 14:09:09 EST Products for Pets and their People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x44152442 I want one of these- a carraige/ stroller for my rabbits so I can take them walking Sun, 18 Sep 2011 20:57:05 EST Getting Fit With Your Pet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21255x53170x44152399 <BR> <BR> Put down walk times with your dog or any fitness you shares with your pet Sun, 18 Sep 2011 20:54:28 EST Today My Goal Is _______. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x44152321 Get rested up from the Spark Rally so I can work out tomorrow. Sun, 18 Sep 2011 20:50:32 EST Hi! I'm a new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53170x44129872 Hi! <BR> I'm Dee and am owned by a Pug.:-) <BR> My DH feeds the birds, squirrels & Chipmunks daily & we get an occasional Raccoon who joins in for a meal. When our boys were younger they had every pet possible. Pets make for a happier home. Sat, 17 Sep 2011 10:00:23 EST Life can be RUFF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53170x44113592 I am Spot the Wonder Dog (Spot for short -- Mom only calls me Spot the Wonder Dog if I'm in trouble . . . which is hardly ever! LOL) Anyway, I am shi-tzu and poodle, love to go for walks with Mom, love looking out the windows to see what's going on in the outside world when I'm inside, love naps in the sun and LOVE my treat after my evening walk (a Milk Bone!) <BR> <BR> I go to my vet (LOVE him!) for check ups because Mom says that's what I have to do. <BR> <BR> Mom is a spark member... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 08:40:36 EST I have a sick _____, what would you do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21255x53170x44087087 While we cannot give exact advice, Vettechinhippie is a Vet Tech. She can tell you what she would do if it were her animal or give general information. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 18:00:17 EST What foods do you feed your ______? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21256x53170x44087048 My rabbits eat Oxbow Timothy hay and Bunny Basics T pellets. The mostly eat hay though, and fresh greens. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 17:56:55 EST Other Teams We Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21257x53170x44082769 A GREAT team with new leadership if you love bunnies is the Bunny Lovers Hop Away the Pounds. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 13:09:12 EST Meetings in the Indianapolis, Indiana Area http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53170x44068553 Soon to come! Pass it on to your friends! Tue, 13 Sep 2011 19:07:36 EST Rescue News http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x44068509 Sometimes animals are abandoned outside or abused by their owners. Non traditional pets, such as chinchillas, rabbits, hamsters, hedgehogs, rats, mice, guinea pigs, and the like have found help through EARPS.ORG, a not for profit 501c3 registered rescue in Indiana. If you are interested in fostering, or volunteering, please contact one of the group leaders. <BR> <BR> ANY RESCUE WELCOME TO POST! Tue, 13 Sep 2011 19:05:07 EST What Pets Won Your Heart? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53170x44068484 I love rabbits and cats. I have 3 bunnies and 2 kitties that rule here. Tue, 13 Sep 2011 19:03:04 EST