SparkPeople Supportive Sparklers Team Messageboard This is a place to make supportive friends that actually use this site, friends who comment on pages/pics/blogs and who really care about their Spark friends! SparkPeople Supportive Sparklers Team Messageboard September 2017 TEAM Goals Nothing fancy, folks, because it is the basics that keep us moving in the right direction. <BR> <BR> (1) SLEEP : Too little sleep can lead to us eating more to compensate for feeling worn out. Enough sleep gives us more energy and keeps our mind and body fresh. <BR> <BR> (2) WATER : Staying properly hydrated keeps our body in good order, helps us avoid issues in hot weather, and keeps us from mistaking thirst for hunger. <BR> <BR> (3) ACTIVITY : Every step is our body and mind learning to... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:33:43 EST Is there anyone out there? Hello Supportive Sparklers! <BR> <BR> I'm back after a several year hiatus, and I've stepped forward to act as team leader - but obviously it takes more than one person to be a team. I'd love to hear from those who are still around, those who've returned, and those who are newer to the group. <BR> <BR> Introduce yourself. <BR> What kind of support would you like to receive? <BR> What ways do you enjoy supporting others on their journeys? Sat, 9 Sep 2017 18:45:17 EST 2014 Intro's and Re-Intro's Rejoined ( new user name) after months gone.... <BR> <BR> Fri, 7 Mar 2014 17:27:31 EST 2014 Weekly or Daily Weigh-in's I started at my highest in August 2013 at 267 lbs. <BR> I'm currently 254.4 lbs. <BR> My goal is to get down to 175-180 lbs. <em>192</em> Fri, 7 Mar 2014 17:24:57 EST 2014 Chit-Chat Let's talk about our day and get to know each other. <em>247</em> Fri, 7 Mar 2014 17:22:12 EST Not New Co-leader Hi Team, <BR> I thought I'd give it a shot, co-leading but I don't think this team wants to continue. So I'm not going to push it. Fri, 7 Mar 2014 17:13:10 EST Active and Supportive Sparklers? Summary: Is this Team interested in being more active? Are there Sparklers willing to co-lead? What can this Team do that would help and provide more support? What sort of topics or discussions might get "you" more involved? <BR> <BR> <BR> Detailed Blue Wall o' Text: <BR> <BR> Supportive Sparklers was founded by AmandaShrinking (Manders) in September 2011, not long after I got serious about changing my health, and I joined here and a few others. I've been a co-leader since November of... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 01:31:18 EST 2013 Daily Chat Yesterday was a rough day. We had severe thunderstorms and it knocked out all of our power for 12 hours. They finally got it back up and running at 2am this morning. Had to use our camping stove to cook by last night and kerosene lamps for lights. Thankfully it didn't last any longer than it did. Today it's nice out although still a little windy. We drove around earlier to see what damage the area had. Here it wasn't too bad. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:57:51 EST Happy Birthday, KOKITTY and CEYLONDON! <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you both! <BR> <BR> (KOKITTY's is on the 11th, which is ending, and CEYLONDON's is on the 12th which is beginning.) Tue, 12 Mar 2013 02:34:28 EST Happy belated birthday, LORILEEPAGE! <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you had a most marvelous day celebrating the anniversary of your birth! <BR> <BR> <em>245</em> about the delay -- I have gotten really behind on things these past weeks! Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:48:37 EST Happy Birthday, ANNAFISH and HDHAWK! <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you both! Hope you've had a marvelous day! Thu, 7 Feb 2013 02:52:29 EST Happy belated birthday, JENNIGIRL06! <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry belated birthday wish to you! Sun, 3 Feb 2013 02:03:31 EST Happy belated birthday, VICKLET31! Whoops, didn't even make it to check yesterday, and of course missed a birthday. <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you, Vicklet31! Sat, 12 Jan 2013 02:13:21 EST Happy Birthday, KRISTINAALYSSA and SAX_88! <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you both! <BR> <BR> <BR> Also, while she is no longer a Supportive Sparkler, if you know MISSLISA1973 or just like giving out SparkGoodies on people's birthdays, it is hers as well. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 18:38:03 EST Words ending with -LY (A to Z) absently Thu, 3 Jan 2013 18:27:53 EST Back to the Basics for 2013 <em>409</em> We had a fun year in 2012 with a variety of monthly team challenges. <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> For 2013, I'm not going to come up with something new each month. Instead, I've updated the Team Goals and want to encourage everyone to join those goals that fit in with the healthy lifestyle YOU want to lead. <BR> <BR> All five are important basic healthy habits: <BR> <BR> 1) Do 500 minutes of fitness activities per month <em>318</em> <em>23</em> <BR> 2) Drink 8 cups... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:18:18 EST Happy Birthday, KisaKatt! <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! Mon, 24 Dec 2012 15:58:14 EST Happy Birthday, karl1266! <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <em>107</em> <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! Sat, 22 Dec 2012 00:37:55 EST Happy Birthday, LIVINGFREE19! <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! Wed, 19 Dec 2012 03:24:10 EST Happy Birthday, MSDIVA2X! <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday weekend to you! Sun, 16 Dec 2012 01:58:09 EST Happy Birthday, PEACOCK_121360! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 02:33:31 EST Big Goals, Small Goals - 2013? Do you have any big or small goals, dreams, ideas, hopes, plans - for 2013? <BR> <BR> If every barrier and obstacle could be guaranteed to be overcome, what would you most want to do next year? Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:12:17 EST Happy Birthday, EDGYKITTEN and ALEANAI! <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday weekend to you both! Sun, 9 Dec 2012 00:43:02 EST Happy Birthday, paraeast! <em>236</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! Fri, 7 Dec 2012 03:02:38 EST DECEMBER 2012 Team Challenge DECEMBER <BR> A <BR> N <BR> C <BR> E <BR> <BR> Dance your way through December! Your challenge is to dance at least 50 minutes a week - or 10 minutes a day, at least 5 days. If you get your heartrate up doing so and dance at least 10 minutes, you can count it as cardio! For the purpose of the challenge, though, all I ask is that you have fun in an active way. <BR> <BR> Many songs are only 3-5 minutes long, but if you dance to two or three, you can create a 10 minute mini-cardio workout t... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 03:12:34 EST Happy Birthday, YIWEN39! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:46:59 EST What has 2012 held for you? We're almost to the last month of the year. Whether you've been rocking your goals this year or struggling, hopefully you've made at least some changes in how you think or live. <BR> <BR> Looking back over 2012 so far, what positive memories do you have of this year? (And if you can't see ANY, you've got five weeks - plenty of time to make at least one good memory!) Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:36:18 EST Happy Belated Birthday, MSKIZ69! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May you see all the results of your healthy life you wish to see! Sun, 25 Nov 2012 12:28:22 EST Happy Belated Birthday, spdragon! <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday weekend to you! Sun, 18 Nov 2012 13:34:01 EST Happy Birthday, SARAH_ARAUJO! <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>107</em> <em>214</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:59:35 EST A - Z : Double lettered words! Starting with... Apple Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:47:18 EST Happy Birthday, Horsetcher63! <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! Tue, 13 Nov 2012 14:51:55 EST Most memorable support What is the most memorable support you've ever received from someone? This doesn't have to be specific to weight loss or even health. <BR> <BR> <BR> ME: I remember a favorite teacher. I had her in Junior High (9th grade for me) and then again in High School in my senior year. Being raised with the idea I wouldn't be going to college because it would be useless teaching with Armageddon around the corner, I was just coasting along to graduate. She pushed me to apply myself more, to even ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:17:49 EST Happy Birthday, Susan (Dr4g0nf ly_LMT)! <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>407</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! Sun, 11 Nov 2012 22:32:01 EST Happy Birthday, luvmycrazykids! <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:03:09 EST NOVEMBER 2012 Team Challenge <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to November, Sparklers! Whether you're in the United States or not, I'm sure you're aware the American Thanksgiving <em>430</em> is celebrated at the end of November. While part of this holiday is focused on the harvest and sharing of food, another part is focused on what the word says - THANKS-giving. Gratitude. Appreciation of our blessings. <BR> <BR> So this month's challenge is simple. Pick a number - 1, 3 or 5 (o... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 12:46:02 EST Happy Birthday, begood2y ourself! <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! Wishing you the best in the coming year! Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:05:32 EST Happy Birthday, EVWINGS! <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>179</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May the coming year be filled with joy and many snuggles with Snuggles. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 19:32:33 EST Have you huddled today? Yes! Sat, 27 Oct 2012 18:53:33 EST Happy Birthday, PrincessBeiter! <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>383</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:44:50 EST Happy Belated Birthday, Mitchdy! <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you had a wonderful birthday! Thu, 25 Oct 2012 19:22:11 EST Happy Birthday, PEPIPOI! <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! Life has given you another year to truly claim and make yours! Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:23:45 EST Happy Birthday, KATIEANN59! <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! Sat, 20 Oct 2012 00:15:38 EST Planning Ahead for Success I know, I know. No one really wants to think about the upcoming potential pitfalls, but there's a very appropriate phrase: <BR> <BR> He who Fails to Plan - Plans to Fail. <BR> <BR> <BR> The OBVIOUS pitfalls are family get-togethers (whether that's joyous or drama-filled), holiday foods, and inclement weather. Mixed amongst those are other possible pitfalls. For some Sparkers, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a real issue - shorter days, less sunlight, sapping their drive. For other... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:04:31 EST Giving Thanks (A to Z) A = Apple Juice <BR> <BR> Name something that you are thankful or grateful for starting with the next letter of the alphabet. Sun, 14 Oct 2012 23:43:45 EST Last fruit eaten Strawberries <em>45</em> Mon, 8 Oct 2012 19:55:52 EST OCTOBER 2012 Team Challenge This can be a dangerous time of year for many Sparkers for a variety of reasons: family gatherings centered around food, holiday treats, shorter days for those with S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder), stressful demands on time and money and attention. <BR> <BR> This month's challenge is to look at our idea of what a reasonable portion of a food is and what the actual serving size used to measure nutritional value is. <BR> <BR> Pulling these from a SparkPeople article: <BR> <BR> Portion ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 18:04:13 EST Do you have a link for the Team Stream? There always seems to be more on SparkPeople than we already knew about. I honestly was here for something like 7 or 8 months before I discovered I could read the notes people attached to the SparkGoodies they gave me! (Go to the See All My SparkGoodies link on your SparkPage and there will be a link to Read Note.) <BR> <BR> So, another thing many don't know they can do is in our Team Stream (along the right where the huddles and blogs show up): Add Links, Photos, and Announcements. Have... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:36:51 EST Happy Birthdays, WOLFWYND (late) & WESTERNGIRL87! Ack, somehow I got the dates mixed up. Many apologies for the two-day delay! <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>407</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday wish to you both. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:40:41 EST Im NOT new BUT Im BACK! Hey guys and girls... <BR> Im soooo soooo sooo sorry Ive been lost in action..... <BR> My laptop broke and as most of you know... <BR> Cody ( my live in boyfriend) moved out one night while I was at work and then moved to FL in that next I had to deal with that and my kids and finaces BUT now all that is under control I did gain about 5lbs in those couple of months BUT not Im getting stuff together I bought a new car...well new to me a 2006 honda civic hybrid the car payment is more... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:55:29 EST Happy Birthday, PINK_GODDESS! <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May your goals be attained and your dreams reached! Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:05:30 EST "Support is not a passive action." I was very moved by the team email from BLUE42DOWN. I am one of the quiet ones. And while I don't really feel moved to lead because I am not on very often I thought I would at least start a new thread! <BR> <BR> I tend to stay away from SP just when I need the support the most. I put my head down and start thinking I am the only one struggling. I forget that if I put a hand out to support others, they support me in return. AND if I ASK for support, it comes by measures too big to describe!! ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 08:27:42 EST Spin + Bonus Spin - was the wheel kind or cruel? Just a thread to post your spin results. <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> 2 + 5 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:46:28 EST SEPTEMBER 2012 Team Challenge One step back, two steps forward - creating a better attitude. (I'll explain some things in a reply to this, but this post is just the basics of what this challenge is.) <BR> <BR> Any time you find yourself leaning toward the negative this month (stepping back), decide that you can be positive and support yourself (step forward). Then find a positive thought at least as strong as the negative thought. <BR> <BR> "I can't do this. It's too hard." STOP! <BR> "I can be positive and believe ... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 03:20:43 EST Happy belated birthday, HOTTEXAN! So sorry I missed that - new line made me think it was a different day! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>107</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you had a wonderful birthday and get to enjoy the whole birthday weekend. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:01:15 EST Happy Birthday, RICHILA! <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! Thu, 30 Aug 2012 13:03:52 EST Happy Birthday, MEGHANK2011! <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:10:26 EST Happy belated birthday, WENDYLADY003! Again I missed a birthday! <em>245</em> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you had a marvelous time yesterday. May you have a fulfilling weekend and a coming year of life filled with love and laughter. Sat, 25 Aug 2012 01:25:53 EST Word association Sun <BR> <BR> What word does the prior word make you think of? Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:22:58 EST Word ladders HEAD to TAIL <BR> <BR> HEAD <BR> _ _ _ _? <BR> <BR> If you're a fan of word games, you may be familiar with word ladders. Your goal is to take the last word provided (in this case the first word HEAD) and change just one letter without changing the letters around to make a new word. Common words are preferred. If multiple people play, we might not get there the fastest way, but it will be fun to see how far afield we can get. (I'll post the first step as a reply to show how.) Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:06:44 EST Happy Birthday, TAMMI-ULLRICH! <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May you have a day full of delights and a year full of family, friends, and fun! Fri, 10 Aug 2012 04:58:48 EST Happy Birthday, Ragamuffinkel! <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>19</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May your coming year of life be filled with friends and family! Wed, 8 Aug 2012 01:02:15 EST Happy Birthday, _JODI404 <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>407</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! Hope you had a wonderful day (that extends into this weekend). Sat, 4 Aug 2012 02:15:01 EST New Start Hey guys! I'm not exactly new to the Spark world...but I had to get a new account because of certain issues...anyway, y'all can feel free to add me as a friend and I'll add you back! :) Fri, 3 Aug 2012 13:32:55 EST Happy belated birthday, GOGEMMA! <em>198</em> <BR> I did it again and missed a birthday. <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> A very merry birthday to you, GoGemma! Thu, 2 Aug 2012 15:05:16 EST AUGUST 2012 Team Challenge <em>186</em> <BR> How about a little Streaking? <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> No, really! August is a 31-day month - a nice stretch of time to take small actions that can move us toward a better future. (In fact, there's a lot of calendars and charts both on SparkPeople and elsewhere of "31 days to ..." or "30 days to ..." that could be used.) <BR> <BR> Some ideas: <BR> <BR> 1) Affirmations. Every day spend a few minutes telling yourself that you are valuable and worth the effort to ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 03:09:56 EST Happy Birthday, MSLZZY! <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>19</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you. Here's to many future days filled with activity! Wed, 1 Aug 2012 01:50:30 EST The Little Red Hen story Saw this in one of the highlighted blogs in the Daily Spark email (PINKHOPE): <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987234 </link> <BR> <BR> === QUOTE ============ <BR> The problem was while I longed to wear smaller clothes, feel better, look better, and be more fit I didn't "WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT". I didn't want to do the work. I didn't WANT to make the dietary changes. I didn't WANT to walk/bike/workout. <BR> <BR> Remember the story of the li... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 15:18:14 EST Fall in Love, Express your Love Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write what you love, and love what you write The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for. <BR> <link><BR>quotes_translation.asp?id=367 </link> <BR> <BR> This is the healthy inspiration quote I saw today while doing a SP Websearch for a point - a quote by the sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury. <BR> <BR> I've heard before that love grows only when it is give... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 13:43:08 EST QUOTES to inspire, motivate, or just make us think Quotes that make you go Hmmmmmmmm? <BR> <BR> ** A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse. ** <BR> -- Stephen Dolley, Jr. <BR> <BR> ** Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back. ** <BR> -- Unknown Tue, 17 Jul 2012 14:53:17 EST Happy Birthday, E_MITCHELL and LEKLOV! <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to both of you! May your day be full of family, friends and fun. Sat, 14 Jul 2012 20:15:55 EST Happy Birthday, SHERIO5! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May your day be filled with joy and the coming year be one of successes and achievements! Tue, 3 Jul 2012 12:56:56 EST Happy Birthday, MOMOFJTEAM! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May you have a fun-filled day, surrounded by the love and best wishes of family and friends! Sun, 1 Jul 2012 03:40:14 EST JULY 2012 Team Challenge <em>195</em> <BR> We the Sparkpeople, in Order to attain a greater state of fitness, establish ourselves as capable individuals, insure our peace of mind, provide for our future, promote healthful behaviors, and secure our place amongst those who have successfully reached a goal weight and maintained it, do establish visions and dreams, set goals, plan ahead, and take action. <BR> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> Okay, okay. Enough of that silliness. <BR> <BR> Even if you are not a citizen of th... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 03:37:27 EST Awesome job in June, Sparklers! The month isn't quite over, but as a Team we have 77,581 fitness minutes as of right now (making us #18 on the leaderboards - only 16 minutes behind the team ahead of us!) <BR> <BR> We've also recorded 4,416 glasses of water. To put that into perspective, 128 ounces is a gallon. At 8 ounces per glass, 4,416 glasses is 35,328 ounces, or 276 gallons! (No wonder I'm sloshing! ^_~ ) Fri, 29 Jun 2012 13:32:17 EST Movie and Actor / Actress Just to add another little game for those who like to get their message board posting points. I'm listing a movie and an actress in that movie. Name another movie she played in and a different actor or actress from that movie. See how far we can go. <BR> <BR> Top Gun - Meg Ryan Fri, 29 Jun 2012 13:26:34 EST Happy Belated Birthday, Here2Lose2011 and PLPEEP! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> ACK! How did I forget? Many apologies to the both of you for missing your actual birthdays! <BR> <BR> 24 June - Here2Lose2011 <BR> 25 June - PLPEEP <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> I hope your special day was full of love and cheer. May the coming year have many successes and achievements, a year to be glad to be alive! Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:27:48 EST Fun with emoticons Not all emoticons are shown when we go to "Add an Emoticon". And many emoticons really don't get used much. Soooo, have fun with emoticons here. Post ones that tickle you for some reason, post ones that make you think, post ones you're surprised are an emoticon, write a poem that has as many emoticons as words. <BR> <BR> Aim for the stars! <BR> <BR> So, here's one I discovered that just makes me raise an eyebrow (yes, I'm physically able to individually raise each of my eyebrows Spock-st... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 16:14:03 EST Have you tried and did you enjoy ...? Have you tried baked sweet potatos, plain, with the skin? Did you enjoy? <BR> <BR> (Game is to answer the prior person's question, then ask your own about either a food or a physical activities. We might learn some neat new things to try out from each other!) Sat, 9 Jun 2012 02:04:43 EST Daily Chat Good Morning. Hope everyone's having better weather than we're having today. It's pouring here with a good bit of thunder and lightning. 80% chance it's going to be this way all day. Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:48:39 EST Happy Birthday, CARRIETHEBEAR! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May your day be filled with joy and love and the coming year with many a success to celebrate! Tue, 5 Jun 2012 15:04:22 EST Keep on Rocking, Supportive Sparklers! First order of business: May 2012 Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> We had lots of active Sparklers and I just want to give a BIG <em>321</em> <em>244</em> for everyone who tracked some fitness minutes! <BR> <BR> SAX_88 and LIVINGFREE19 recorded 120 minutes per day! <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> SPARKCHANTAL, TECAVINESS, RICHILA, MSLZZY, FABN50S, BOOKWORM27S, KCNEWF, PARAEAST, ONICAM, BLUE42DOWN, ANANDA82, SHERIO5, _JODI404, SAMI199, MSKIZ69, NATEJANINE, and JUTAN-SAN all recorded at least 60 minu... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 15:09:17 EST JUNE 2012 Team Challenge This month's challenge is consistency. Let's hear it for some Streaking! <BR> <BR> So, consistency at what? That, my dear fellow Sparklers is up to you. While there are basic guidelines for what will help you on the journey to health, fitness, and even growth as a person, what works for one person may not work for another. <BR> <BR> To make this easy on yourself, pick something that you can do every day and easily know that you've accomplished it once you have. Some examples: <BR> <BR>... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 01:16:33 EST June events? Okay, I have no idea of the validity of this, but came across a silly list: <BR> <BR> 1 is Dare Day <BR> 2 is National Rocky Road Day <BR> 3 is Repeat Day <BR> 4 is Old Maid's Day <BR> 5 is Festival Of Popular Delusions Day <BR> 6 is Teacher's Day and National Applesauce Cake Day <BR> 7 is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day <BR> 8 is Name Your Poison Day <BR> 9 is Donald Duck Day <BR> 10 is National Yo-Yo Day <BR> 11 is National Hug Holiday and King Kamehameha Day <BR> 12 is Machine Day <BR> 1... Thu, 31 May 2012 14:58:13 EST Positive Character Traits Think of a Positive Character Trait you either feel fits you now or that you want to have. In what ways can that trait help you reach your goals? (You can certainly list the same character trait as another has - just think about how you express it in your own way.) <BR> <BR> **Independent** <em>36</em> <BR> This is one that is so naturally a part of my personality, I was doing things like walking to school by a route I chose to avoid the crossing guards in first grade. I moved out of my... Tue, 29 May 2012 00:01:28 EST Are you happy? . <em>30</em> <em>39</em> <em>30</em> <em>39</em> <em>30</em> <em>39</em> <BR> First of all, it would be nice to know how to be <BR> happy...right? Happiness has more to do with your attitude about the things that happen to you than it does with what actually happens. I figured it would be a good thing for people to discuss openly. Are You Happy? Most of us don't stop to consider whether or not we're happy on a day 2 day basis. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share this with everyone here... Sun, 27 May 2012 19:12:09 EST Life Changes or Changes Life I'm posing this Blog wondering if anyone will even see it or read it for the simple fact that I'm new to using Until recently I was only using the smart phone app to track what I ate, drank, or how much I exercised. So I don't have may friends. But on to the question.... <BR> <BR> A year ago I came to the realization that I was in an unhappy marriage. I was almost 200 lbs. I'd lost myself some where along the line! I was no longer the snarky, fun loving, joking person I had... Sun, 27 May 2012 10:05:05 EST Happy Birthday, KSCHRAUT! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May your day be as special as you deserve and the coming year filled with friends, family, and fun! Thu, 24 May 2012 12:52:19 EST A to Z Goodies A <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Okay, so this game isn't about coming up with words. It's about getting to the vowels (A, E, I, O, U, and we'll count Y). Post the next letter in sequence. If you get a vowel, add your choice of Emoticon then pick a random Teammate to give a SparkGoodie to! <BR> <BR> I've gotten us started with A, a vowel, and will be off to send someone a SparkGoodie. <BR> <BR> (Altered from team Spark Calfornia's Fun in the Sun Goodie Game.) Fri, 18 May 2012 14:46:28 EST Happy Birthday, ANANDA82! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May your birthday be filled with fun, friends, and family - and the coming year with many successes and victories! Fri, 18 May 2012 14:40:09 EST Where do your dreams take you? Just the other day I was reading through one of those "getting to know you" memes, the kind with 100 questions such as "Your preferred name" and "Dogs or Cats". One of those questions had me thinking a little. "What would you do if you won the lotto?" <BR> <BR> I do on rare occasions buy a lotto ticket. Not because I'm a gambler. I honestly do not even expect to win $1 or $2 or $5 off of them. So why do I buy? Because it lets me daydream. I spend my $5 on a quick pick ticket that give... Thu, 17 May 2012 14:33:59 EST Happy Birthday, Redjewel_7734! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May your day be filled with love and joy! Tue, 15 May 2012 14:33:04 EST Happy Birthday, KJFITNESSDUDE! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May the coming year be filled with fitness and health! Mon, 14 May 2012 01:14:22 EST Positive Influence (This is spawned in my mind by the imminent Mother's Day - but does not have to be about a Mother or even a woman.) <BR> <BR> Others can be a big influence on our lives. Sometimes it is our mother or father, which we may reflect on come Mother's Day or Father's Day. But sometimes it is another relative, a teacher or neighbor, maybe even a stranger we see as a hero or mentor or role model. <BR> <BR> 1) Who influences or influenced you most positively? <BR> <BR> 2) What do you think was ... Fri, 11 May 2012 13:18:48 EST Happy Birthday, KAILIIA! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you. I hope your day was filled with joy and the coming year brings you much that you dream of in your life! Fri, 11 May 2012 01:18:10 EST Happy Birthday, AIMEESINGS! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! Best wishes for a most wonderful day and may the coming year be filled with goals achieved and successes aplenty! Tue, 8 May 2012 20:02:14 EST Happy Birthday, FABN50S! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May you have a wonderful day with the love of family and friends, and may your coming year of life be filled with many successes and delights! Mon, 7 May 2012 15:04:01 EST MAY 2012 Team Challenge I'd like to make the May 2012 challenge a little different. There have been several thoughts going through my head, but I'd like to start with involving more of our Team. <BR> <BR> <BR> ACTIVELY ENCOURAGE YOUR TEAMMATES <BR> <BR> We have around 160 members, some active, some not so active. Pick one a week and either send them a SparkGoodie, put a comment on their page, or reply to one of their blogs. Don't just pick the most active members. Sometimes that SparkGoodie or comment you sen... Thu, 3 May 2012 03:46:16 EST Happy Birthday, POOH97015! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May your birthday be filled with joy and the coming year with many goals achieved and non-scale victories! Wed, 2 May 2012 03:32:48 EST Would you, could you, do you Chair March? <link><BR>t_to_lose_weight_ready_march </link> <BR> <BR> Would you chair march? <BR> Could you chair march? <BR> Do you chair march? <BR> <BR> Me? Nah ... but I do sometimes bounce one leg up and down a lot (a la Restless Leg Syndrome, but I do it intentionally and swap legs). <BR> <BR> What about you? If not Chair Marching, do you do anything when you're sitting for long stretches to be more active, like squeezing those glutes? Fri, 27 Apr 2012 02:37:54 EST Happy Birthday, calidais y030406! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May your day be filled with family, friends, and fun! Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:02:14 EST Happy Birthday, MISSG180! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May this coming year be filled with many successes and adventures! Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:23:02 EST Healthy Habits Check-In Did you get enough <em>102</em> ? <BR> Are you drinking your <em>194</em> <em>91</em> ? <BR> Did you get at least 10 minutes of <em>311</em> <em>319</em> ? <BR> Did you eat servings of <em>45</em> <em>267</em> ? <BR> <BR> Pop in and <em>321</em> getting one or more of those done each day! Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:14:36 EST Happy Birthdays! (two belated and one today) I cannot believe I missed a day - and an important one at that! <BR> <BR> Happy (belated) Birthday to our very own team leader, AmandaShrinking! <BR> Happy (belated) Birthday to our Sparkler, MzMelissa2007! <BR> Happy Birthday today to our Sparkler, MelCarter78! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday wish to you all. May the coming year see you meet many of your goals and set new ones, may it see life and love and purposes fulfil... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 18:21:36 EST Happy Birthday, SPARKCHANTAL! Ack, so late!!!! I should have done this after midnight this morning to be sure I got it done promptly. Instead last minute birthday greetings. <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you. May the coming year be filled with friends, family, fun, and fitness! Sat, 7 Apr 2012 02:58:47 EST Happy Birthday, ONICAM! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May your day be filled with family, friends and fun - and the coming year with goals met and challenges overcome! Tue, 3 Apr 2012 04:01:28 EST APRIL 2012 TEAM CHALLENGES April <em>27</em> <em>257</em> bring May <em>87</em> <em>126</em> <em>214</em> ! That can be a fine example for us in our lives and our journeys. We need gentle rains, gentle changes and adjustments to how we live our lives, to blossom into who we can be. Adding a little more activity (by steps, miles, or minutes) and healthy food (fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains), getting enough sleep and having a little "ME" time to ease stressful days, learning to love ourself in... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 19:30:21 EST Happy Birthday, Kathyjo56! Apologies for the lateness of the posting - I've been out all day! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May the coming year see many goals met and many successes reached. Sun, 25 Mar 2012 23:56:24 EST count down from 9999 9998.... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 18:57:36 EST Spring delights Tell us something about spring that you enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> -- The new buds on the trees. I love to spot them when they first start bulging on the branch, then the faintest bit of green starts to poke through. Soon the bare trees will be covered in new growth! Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:28:58 EST Thank you! The team goodie was so awesome. I am baking up a storm <BR> for Lent and the bread never goes to waste. Thanks again! Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:48:32 EST Happy Birthday, GUNNARSMOMMY! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May you have a day filled with family, friends, and fun. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 17:09:16 EST Seasonal goals - Spring to Summer One of the things I've come to love doing on SparkPeople is setting seasonal goals. A season is 3 months long (13 weeks). <BR> <BR> For losing weight, a 5% to 10% loss (of pounds - not sure how it works for kg) in a single season is a good yardstick that takes into account how much you may yet need to lose. That's easy math for most, too. Take your current weight (e.g. 203) and move the decimal over (e.g. 20.3). That's the top end. Divide it in half (e.g. 10). That's the bottom end. S... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 16:45:05 EST Put a little SPRING in your step! <em>67</em> <em>27</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> It's official. Spring is here! (Or Autumn if you just so happen to be in the southern hemisphere.) So tell us, what are you doing to put a little SPRING in your step? How are you adding activity to your life outside of deliberate workouts? Are you pushing yourself a little harder, faster in your workouts? Tue, 20 Mar 2012 16:23:10 EST Happy Birthday, GEORGIAGIRL26! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May your day be filled with fun and friends, and the coming year filled with many successes, achievements, and joys! Mon, 19 Mar 2012 03:53:54 EST Happy Birthday, Britteeg! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you. May your day be filled with family and fun! Thu, 15 Mar 2012 18:44:09 EST Happy Birthday, CEYLONDON! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you. May you meet many of your goals and have great success in the coming year! Mon, 12 Mar 2012 15:08:01 EST Thank you <em>304</em> Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your team. My schedule is about to get much busier (this is a good thing, though), so I will have less time for Sparking. Because of my limited Sparktime, I have decide to reduce my number SparkTeams significantly. It's painful, but for the best. Thank you again. You've been wonderful. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Lisa Sun, 11 Mar 2012 21:32:13 EST Happy Birthday, PROUDLILMOM! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May your coming year be filled with family, friends, and fun - as well as many successes on your journey to health and fitness! Mon, 5 Mar 2012 12:06:51 EST Happy Birthday, LadyIrish317 <em>236</em> <em>137</em> <em>236</em> <em>106</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you. May the coming year be filled with the people and activities you love most! Sat, 3 Mar 2012 15:46:13 EST March 2012 Challenges - Reporting In, Questions, + Make sure to have Joined the team goals and be reporting your numbers under Other Goals. In addition, this thread is where we can ask questions, state what our goal is and report on our progress, and anything more related to the two challenges. Fri, 2 Mar 2012 13:04:27 EST Getting those Fruits and Vegetables <link>//www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.or<BR>g/ </link> <BR> <BR> Some of you may already be aware of this site, but for those of you who are not it can be a great help in adding fruits and vegetables to your daily menu. For example, if you follow the Shopping and Planning Tab, there is an option to see what fruits and vegetables are in season (useful for those who are budget conscious as those are likely to be more available at better prices). <BR> <BR> It's also a great way to avoid b... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 00:42:57 EST February 2012 Congratu lations! A big congrats to every single Supportive Sparkler who recorded Fitness Minutes for the month of February 2012! <BR> <BR> 3,480 minutes <BR> (2 hours daily - the maximum SparkPeople gives credit for) <BR> Congrats to JUTAN-SAN, LIVINGFREE19, and SPARKCHANTAL. <BR> <BR> 2,610 to 3,479 minutes <BR> (minimum daily average of 90 minutes) <BR> Congrats to SAX_88 and MSKIZ69. <BR> <BR> 1,740 to 2,899 minutes <BR> (minimum daily average of 60 minutes) <BR> Congrats to NATEJANINE, RICHILA, ONICAM,... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 00:34:10 EST Happy Birthday, JUTAN-SAN! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May the coming year be filled with many successes and goals met! Thu, 1 Mar 2012 12:24:09 EST A-Z Fruits and Veggies For the next letter, name a fruit or vegetable that includes that letter in its name. <BR> (e.g. Q = butternut sQuash) <BR> <BR> A = Artichokes Wed, 29 Feb 2012 00:51:36 EST MARCH 2012 TEAM CHALLENGES CHALLENGE ONE: LUCK OF THE IRISH <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <BR> <BR> Everyone knows about green and "Irish" for St. Patrick's Day. However, Ireland's flag actually has green, white, and orange. <BR> <em>646</em> <BR> The green and orange stand for opposing factions in Ireland, partly politics based (republic vs royalty) and partly religion based (Catholic and Protestant). The white represents a lasting truce between that was hoped for, even if not realized. Okay, hist... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 00:23:06 EST Happy Birthday, HAPPYNOW26! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! Hope your day was fun and full of cheer and many successes fill the coming year! Mon, 27 Feb 2012 01:39:46 EST Happy Birthday, GreenFoxFire! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you. May your day be filled with joy and friendship and the coming year be one of overcoming challenges and finding beauty! Fri, 24 Feb 2012 04:13:30 EST Support is ... Support is cheering others on for every success, big or small! Wed, 22 Feb 2012 01:31:45 EST Happy Birthday, LORILEEPAGE! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May this day and the coming year be full of love, joy, and accomplishment! Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:56:16 EST Words that begin with the letter p panther Fri, 10 Feb 2012 17:11:34 EST Words that begin with the letter n nap Fri, 10 Feb 2012 17:10:49 EST Valentine Special: What do you LOVE about you? Credit in part to LYNN-LOVES-LIFE (not sure if she's doing this from a challenge or on her own) for the idea. <BR> <BR> In honor of the February holiday, Valentine's Day, tell us what you <em>26</em> about you? You can name one thing or more, name a new thing or three every day. <BR> <BR> I <em>26</em> my hair. It's multi-colored no matter what I do, having been blonde when I was little and darkening over the years to the brown in my profile picture that is well scattered with many wh... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 02:36:04 EST Happy Birthday, ANNAFISH and HDHAWK! <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you both! May you have a delightful day and much joy and success in the coming year of life! Mon, 6 Feb 2012 12:28:29 EST FEBRUARY 2012 TEAM CHALLENGE - STEP IT UP! We didn't get enough people voting to really pick one challenge. Since the building one requires a bit of research, I'm going to put that off to come up with a list with some variation. From looking, I saw challenges that had people doing actual stairs to count toward it - and I'd like a broad selection of activities that could count as a step. <BR> <BR> Another was to set weekly challenges. We do have a weekly weigh-in thread, but the other part was perhaps something exercise related. I'... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 01:21:22 EST Happy Birthday, JENNIGIRL06! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May the coming year be filled with many successes and the overcoming of any challenges that come your way! Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:55:14 EST Vote for a February Challenge Here they are - a little later than I planned - the suggestions for possible February Team challenges. <BR> <BR> A) Set individual goals each week in 3 areas: exercise, nutrition, & reflection (roadblocks, challenges, etc) -- HDHAWK <BR> <BR> B) Virtually climb buildings over a specified period of time -- MISSLISA1973 <BR> <BR> C) A steps challenge; 10,000+ a day for example -- JENNIGIRL06 <BR> <BR> D) Mini-challenges like a weekly weigh-in including exercise time -- SPARKCHANTAL <BR... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 02:42:42 EST Happy Birthay, TheTurtleBear! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you. May the coming year bring the accomplishment of more goals and many wonders of life to enjoy and appreciate! Sun, 29 Jan 2012 14:37:31 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm 19 and almost half way done becoming a registered nurse. I have always struggled with my weight and have made the decision that enough is enough. I have 65lbs I want to lose and would love someone to journey with and stay accountable to. <BR> <BR> The majority of my motivation comes from the Lord, and wanting to become healthier to better glorify Him! <BR> <BR> Let me know if you're interested! Sat, 28 Jan 2012 19:47:48 EST Remember to suggest challenge ideas for February Just a reminder - the cutoff is midnight 28 January to make suggestions for February's Team challenge. Directions can be found in this thread and your submissions can be made there too: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=21441x53375<BR>x45735071 </link> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 16:32:51 EST Introducing myself Hi, <BR> I am Peggy from Kentucky. AmandaMorris invited me to join a while back but I have been absent from SP for a few months. When I read the premise of the group - support / help - I thought yeah - that sounds great - I need it. <BR> <BR> I joined SP in 2009 and by mid-2011 I had lost about 80 lbs and was really looking / feeling great about myself. I mean really excited. No sob story - just background ... within one week in May 2011 I broke my wrist and required surgery and one week... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:33:30 EST Happy Birthday, DELTAGIR LFRIEND! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May the coming year be filled with joy and excitement, successes and the achievement of goals! Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:46:26 EST What's your favorite ________ ________ ? Fill in the blank with the word of your choice, then tell us what your favourite is. <BR> <BR> Colour = Green (that's right, not Blue =P) - preferably deeper, blue-tinted, like forest green Sat, 14 Jan 2012 17:47:12 EST Happy Birthday, MARTHAMBRYCE! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you! May you have many more years filled with family, friends, and fantastic fun. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:23:21 EST Happy Birthday, VICKLET31! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you. May this upcoming year of your life be filled with successes, achievements and the love of friends and family! Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:53:34 EST Happy B-day KRISTINAALYSSA, MISSLISA1973 & SAX_88 <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to all three of you. May you each find this coming year full of joy and success, learning and achieving! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>107</em> <em>144</em> <em>407</em> Mon, 9 Jan 2012 03:27:08 EST Limerick Fun Think of a five letter word. The five lines of your limerick will start with those letters. <BR> Be serious, be fun, give your brain a little workout! <BR> <BR> B-R-A-I-N <BR> Biting into this cake, <BR> Really enjoying this steak, <BR> And soon it's too late, <BR> I've cleaned off the plate, <BR> Now hours for exercise I take. Thu, 5 Jan 2012 16:13:37 EST Hows your month going??? Hey guys just wanted to make a place where you could stop in and say how you are doing... love ya all good luck this month and every month Thu, 5 Jan 2012 09:44:55 EST Earning those SparkPoints - Hints and Tips Do you have any particular "tricks" to earning more SparkPoints? Share here and help our team rock past 125,000 in January 2012! Sat, 31 Dec 2011 19:01:01 EST ONGOING 2012 TEAM CHALLENGE - CHALLENGE IDEAS! This second challenge is to come up with ideas for ongoing monthly challenges throughout the year 2012. Each month an idea will be selected and become the new challenge for that month. The person whose challenge idea is chosen will be announced and they will receive a SparkGoodie gift. <BR> <BR> (( I also realize that one person might have a basic idea and others may have suggestions to improve upon it or refine it or make it more fitting for the whole group. If that happens, both the ori... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 18:56:24 EST JANUARY 2012 TEAM CHALLENGE - SPARK POINTS! Welcome to January 2012, Supportive Sparklers! (Okay, so I'm posting this a good bit early, but better early than late.) <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> <em>412</em> <BR> <BR> We're going to be starting off the year with a Spark Point challenge. Copying these from my announcement of the challenge in the General Team Discussion Forum: <BR> <BR> ** Team goal will be 125,000 SparkPoints. ** <BR> <BR> We are already at 121,000 for December, so this should definitely be doable with only a little... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 18:33:33 EST Love those blogs! Another of my SparkTeams has a thread called Blogspotting. The idea is to make sure others see Blogs that are encouraging, motivating, inspirational, or just plain worth a read - especially when those aren't (yet) highlighted as Popular. So if you see a Blog by someone else that you think we'd love to read ... post it here. <BR> <BR> I'll start with this one: <BR> <BR> Don't be so hard on yourself <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4642478 </l... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 21:56:39 EST D-E-C-E-M-B-E-R D - Delight in the spirit, whether you celebrate or not <BR> E - Enjoy what you have and who you are close to <BR> C - Challenge yourself to end the year well <BR> E - Eat in moderation with neither denial nor excess <BR> M - Make your health and sanity a priority <BR> B - Brighten the day with a smile, even if you're not feeling it yet <BR> E - Exercise and activity fit in daily, 10 minutes or more <BR> R - Rest and relaxation, get those 8 hours at night to recharge for the next day <BR> <B... Sat, 24 Dec 2011 15:06:15 EST Post an Emoticon that fits your day <em>12</em> <BR> <BR> I'm sitting here at work wishing the time would go faster because my boss is leading into the holidays with a micro-managing streak of calling constantly to ask "what are you working on now" and, even if I have a list, to say "I want to make sure you have enough work to do". <BR> <BR> So there's a little of this too: <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:53:06 EST A New Year Team Challenge <em>409</em> <em>411</em> <em>409</em> <em>249</em> <em>409</em> <BR> Let's Spark it up in January 2012 with two challenges for the Supportive Sparklers: <BR> <BR> The first is simple - Spark Points. Do you only log in long enough to spin the wheel? Do you take time to track the food you eat, your workouts, the water you drink? Do you read blogs, articles, reply to others, Huddle with this Team and others, comment on this forum or even consider starting a new thread? There are ... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:41:01 EST Happy Birthday, LIVINGFREE19! <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you. May the coming year be full of those things that make life worth living! Mon, 19 Dec 2011 13:17:40 EST Happy Birthday to MANDALORE and PEACOCK_121360 <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to both of you. May the coming year bring scale and non-scale victories as well as great blessings in your lives. Tue, 13 Dec 2011 13:05:03 EST Name one of your strengths! This is tied in to a blog I read today: <BR> <BR> You DO Have Strengths! <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4619507 </link> <BR> <BR> Soooo, name one. Explain how and why that is your strength. And take a moment to think about how you can use that strength to help you on this journey to health and fitness and a lifestyle that you can live with and love. Sat, 10 Dec 2011 17:17:55 EST Happy Birthday to EDGYKITTEN (( and ALEANAI )) <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry 29th birthday to you. May the coming year be filled with things to be grateful for! <BR> <BR> =============== <BR> <BR> Seems we have a second Team birthday, so I'm editing to append this: <BR> <BR> A very merry 47th birthday, ALEANAI. May you have a wonderful day and a great year to come. Thu, 8 Dec 2011 11:54:21 EST Happy Birthday to PARAEAST and CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you both. May the coming year be filled with goals mets, new healthy habits learned, and appreciation of life. Wed, 7 Dec 2011 15:53:12 EST Ok you guys I am in need of advice. I really enjoy SP the wonderful diversity of viewpoints from people similar to me, so here it is, I have had an amazing run since June 20th 2011, lost over 70lbs and have learned to love to workout and be much healthier despite all that my life has going on with work, school and kiddos. Last week I had my very 1st gain since I started, and I also found out that I am 5 weeks preggo with baby #4. Its finals week and I am super stressed right now, a little depressed about my gain and having diff... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 11:43:05 EST Do you need Help? <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> The point of this team is to be Supportive of one another. In order for people to know you need Support, Help, Advice, a Spark Buddy, or whatever else, you have to ASK. So ask away! Sat, 3 Dec 2011 18:55:39 EST A little December holiday challenge! Sometimes with the holidays it is so easy to get focused on stress. How will we avoid eating this or that, how will we afford this or that, will we be able to avoid fighting with that family member or standing being in the same room as another. <BR> <BR> Time to change that around a little. Here's the challenge: <BR> <BR> Find the positive. Look back over the years and find a memory or memories of the holidays that are not related to food and that make you feel warm inside. <BR> <BR> (A... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 17:53:40 EST Team Goals and Challenges! Looking at how we've done for November, we grew and we clobbered those goals as a group. It will probably be even more by the end of today, but right now I see: <BR> <BR> 500 minutes of fitness <BR> GOAL: 25,000 minutes <BR> TEAM: 101,000 minutes <BR> <BR> 4X the goal, Sparklers. WELL DONE! <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 8 cups of water a day <BR> GOAL: 1000 <BR> TEAM: 6060 <BR> <BR> 6X the goal, Sparklers. WELL DONE AGAIN! <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>242</em> ... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:44:13 EST A - Z Reward yourself or someone else Typical A-Z game here, but the goal is to think of non-food rewards that you might like for yourself or think would be great for someone else. <BR> <BR> A = Armband (notably the fitness ones that track calories, heart-rate and the like) Mon, 28 Nov 2011 13:22:09 EST Happy Birthday to BEAR_GURL and YIWEN39 Twice the party for twice the birthdays! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you both. May your day be filled with gratitude, family, friends, reflections on positive memories, and whatever more makes your day special! Sun, 27 Nov 2011 15:15:53 EST Happy Birthday to MSKIZ69 <em>236</em> <em>344</em> <em>236</em> <em>344</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday (and Happy Thanksgiving as well). May 2012 see your body as toned and shapely as you're working so hard to reach! Thu, 24 Nov 2011 18:11:57 EST What else weighs that much? I saw a chart once that had different things that could represent different weights. For example, a 25-pound loss could be "losing a beagle". So, taking either the total amount you want to lose or how much you've lost so far: <BR> <BR> What else weighs that much? <BR> <BR> I've lost 15 pounds - or an average raccoon. Sun, 20 Nov 2011 13:31:51 EST Happy Birthday to spdragon Best wishes and hope you have a great day happy birthday Thu, 17 Nov 2011 09:45:16 EST Happy Birthday to SARAH_ARAUJO <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A very merry birthday to you. May the coming year be filled with successes and joys and quiet moments of appreciation! Wed, 16 Nov 2011 14:34:12 EST In need of support! My progress has been almost nonexistent after two months of Spark People. I've lost 12 pounds, but only half an inch off thighs, waist, and hips. That's a bit discouraging, but then I have to remember that I had two weeks of being sick where I didn't really work out much. And while I'm eating in my calorie range, my food choices could be better. So I'm trying hard not to give up. But it's really discouraging. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 10:10:05 EST Check out this blog! There is a blog written by SWDESERTLOVER and is named "Best Friends" and it is sooo touching. You will need to keep a kleenex handy when reading through this. What a courageous woman! Sat, 12 Nov 2011 23:34:10 EST How do you keep yourself going when it gets rough? Do you put positive mantras on sticky notes and place them all over the house, reading them when you're down? <BR> <BR> Do you grit your teeth and pretend to be Superman fighting his kryptonite? <BR> <BR> Do you depend on someone else to jump-start your day? <BR> <BR> Do you just make some things such a routine you'd miss them too much? <BR> <BR> <BR> ===================== <BR> <BR> I'm fighting a cold virus right now. Started Monday afternoon with the twinge in the throat, Tuesday was... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 21:54:44 EST new co-leader yay I am happy to announce blue42down as accepted my invite to colead with me yay she has been such an active supportive supportive sparkler lol I am very happy to have her and wanted you all to give her a warm welcome. Mon, 7 Nov 2011 08:48:00 EST Support you give, support you receive Just a little thinking exercise (and don't limit these to weight loss): <BR> <BR> <BR> What is support to you? <BR> <BR> What does it mean to support someone? <BR> <BR> What was the most recent support you gave to someone else? <BR> <BR> What was the most recent support you received? <BR> <BR> In your life, what was the most supportive you remember a person being? <BR> <BR> How can you be more supportive to others? <BR> <BR> What sort of support do you most wish to receive? <BR> <BR>... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 17:37:42 EST Intro Hi, Amanda invited me to join this team over a month ago and since I've done nothing but continue to gain weight I thought I'd join. It never hurts to try something new. <BR> I've been on spark for over 3 yrs. I lost 33 lbs., kept it off for over a year (new for me) and have now gained it all back plus another 8 lbs. or so. I'm at my highest weight ever and am not happy about it although I have yet to do anything about it. I've gained 15 lbs. since July alone. I'm struggling with being consis... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 22:26:09 EST Happy Birthday to luvmycrazykids <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Happy birthday! May the coming year be filled with more successes and joy. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 12:21:01 EST Happy Birthday to begood2yourself <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday! May this coming year be full of things to be grateful for. Mon, 31 Oct 2011 13:30:20 EST Happy belated birthday to annemac5 A day late and a pound short (we hope). <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Happy birthday and best wishes for the coming year! Mon, 31 Oct 2011 13:06:59 EST GAME: Two words Change one How this works: <BR> <BR> Street Fighter could be replaced with "Street Carnival" or "Fire Fighter". <BR> <BR> <BR> we left off on.........Y2K run <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Oct 2011 13:11:26 EST Question with a Question The Rule: <BR> <BR> Answer the question posed by the previous poster with a question of your own. <BR> <BR> Do you understand the rules? <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Oct 2011 13:00:54 EST I Am (alphabe tically) Amanda adventurous, adorable, absent-minded, appealing, alluring, awesome, athletic, amazing, and active.....WOW A was fun lol how many with the next letter can you get BCD and so on Sat, 29 Oct 2011 12:57:05 EST happy birthday to BESTMEICANBE11 happy happy happy birthday Sat, 29 Oct 2011 03:22:07 EST Nov. Challenge: How Many Minutes Will You Pledge Let's make this month more interesting and see how many fitness minutes you willing to pledge and help support our team to get there! I personal plan on updating my mins about ounce a week maybe some people will just do it at the end of the month what ever you want but please make the pledge asap and GOOD LUCK ALL!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Pledge mins/Actual mins <BR> <BR> I'll start and if you can please just copy and paste this whole message and add your name to the list and do the same when you ... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 16:23:04 EST Happy belated birthday Princessbeiter Sorry I missed it yesterday - I try to make a point of checking birthday lists every day. <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Happy birthday and best wishes for the coming year of healthier living! Thu, 27 Oct 2011 12:55:07 EST GAME: Two words Change one How this works: <BR> <BR> Street Fighter could be replaced with "Street Carnival" or "Fire Fighter". <BR> <BR> I'll start it off with: <BR> <BR> Doggy Paddle. <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 14:05:18 EST Happy Birthday to MITCHDY <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday and welcome to the beginning of a healthier and happier year. Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:23:55 EST Happy Birthday to PEPIPOI <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Celebrate the beginning of a new and wonderful year of life. Sun, 23 Oct 2011 14:52:12 EST Defining a good day! Today was a rest day, but still managed to be full of small victories. We went to a movie and I refrained from popcorn. After the movie, everyone wanted to go to the ice cream shop. I have vowed not to deprive myself of things, but when I looked over the menu I decided that it wasn't where I wanted to spend my calories, so I just had a diet coke. <BR> <BR> Then we went to dinner at a very nice restaurant. I had one cocktail, and shared a fig appetizer wtih my hubby. I ordered the rack of la... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 19:29:14 EST Happy Birthday to GUYNAMEDFRANK Welcome to the next year of your life. <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 13:00:11 EST Happy Birthday to KATIEANN59 May the coming year be the best yet! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 12:32:55 EST Very nice new avatar I like it. Definitely conveys the idea that we're all in this together. Wed, 19 Oct 2011 12:31:14 EST Remember the kind words and the compliments This is something I don't always handle well and reading other Sparkers' blogs I can see it's not just me. It is sometimes difficult to take any positive comments or compliments about weight loss, eating, appearance at face value. A common refrain I hear is "great, so they knew I was fat before" or "why are they complimenting me? I'm still fat." <BR> <BR> Well, STOP THAT! <BR> <BR> Would we be here if WE didn't know we were too heavy, didn't know it affected how we look, how much energy ... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 13:19:58 EST support... having a hard time with the actual feeling of support. <BR> I feel like everyone i know just says the same thing, "you can do it!" yes thats appreciated, but its about as helpful as a therapist who sits there and says "uh huh, uh hmm, uh huh" while you talk, and offers no real insight. <BR> Feeling down today about this, and everything else. Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:06:56 EST Happy Birthday plus one day to TTM1012 Yep, a day late and a dollar short, but hope you had a great day yesterday. <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 13:12:07 EST Supportive, yes, but do you have a "line"? Okay, so I need to lose a few pounds but most of my family and friends say that I look good already since I lost my initial 60+ pounds a few years ago. Since then I have made it a goal to lift weights and build muscle mass (at 49 my muscle mass building years are sunsetting). So my "supportive" friends & family seemed more annoyed than supportive of me now when it comes to my weight and physical health. <BR> <BR> My lowest weight was 168 and at 5'6" you'd think I would look pretty healthy s... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 06:48:14 EST Hungry 90 mn after breakfast This is a tough one. I am hungry, and had breakfast 90 mn ago. Not sure what to do, I'm trying to drink water, but it's not doing the trick; trying to ignore the growling sounds (no, it's not digestive, it's hunger :-), not working so well since I'm writing this; trying to focus on my work, but my mind keeps saying FOOD! <BR> <BR> What do you do in this case? <em>18</em> EAT? Tue, 11 Oct 2011 12:25:06 EST Supportive Sparklers' Birthdays (Copying this from other forums. I personally love keeping track and giving little SparkGoodies to birthday people each day.) <BR> <BR> == Please include these directions with your reply. Copy the whole list to a new message, add your birthday, then post. Make sure you're copying the most recent list (usually at the top of the page unless you changed your sort order). == <BR> <BR> JANUARY <BR> <BR> FEBRUARY <BR> <BR> MARCH <BR> 17 - Blue42Down <BR> <BR> APRIL <BR> <BR> MAY <BR> <BR>... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 17:42:53 EST this is weird, but I cant eat enough calories! ok, so over the weekend i had the stomach flu and I still have some lingering naseua, however, thats not the issue. ever since I got sick, I just cannot eat enough calories, by the end of the day, ive barely made it to 1200! Im still exercising, and I feel fine, but i dont know what to do differently... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 01:04:47 EST Songs to make you feel good....... I don't know about you but I find music makes me feel <em>345</em> <BR> Thought it might be fun (for me at least!) to name a song - past or present (preferably with a link to the video) that makes you feel <em>250</em> <BR> I'll kick it off with Stephanie De Sykes singing "I was born with a smile on my face". A huge hit here in the UK back in the 70's but probably did nothing anywhere else. Sit back and watch a treat - if nothing else to check out her 'hunky' backing singers! <em>211</em>... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 04:55:07 EST Saw this getting to know you survey in another to I thought it would be fun to share here too, I'll start. It's pretty long, i hope they dont get upset that i copied it :3 <BR> <BR> STATISTICS <BR> Name? Erin <BR> Current Location? Concord, California, United states <BR> Starting Weight? 300 <BR> Goal Weight? 150 <BR> When do you want to reach your goal by? February 2013 <BR> When is your birthday? February 24th, 1986 <BR> Eye Color? Blue <BR> Hair Color? Strawberry blonde <BR> Height? 5"5" <BR> Piercings or tattoos? 4 Tats, the Triforce fr... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 00:21:02 EST What do you spend most of your SP time doing? It doesn't take me all that long to spin the spark wheel or track the food or exercise of the moment. <BR> <BR> What I seem to spend the most time doing right now is reading new blogs. I don't bother reading past the first few lines of some (I won't bother reading a whine-fest usually), but there are a lot of people in all sorts of stages of the journey. Reading and cheering on the small steps, the successes, the motivational actions, or just the downright courage and focus of so many help... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 14:46:25 EST Introduction Hi I'm Pamela, <BR> Amanda found me lost as can be on my first week here, I so needed a friend and she was there to help me. I am totally committed to losing this weight and with all your support I know I can do it!!! I have an introduction video of myself on my sparks page in my blogs, I always blog every day or try to, it helps keep me focused. I look forward to getting to know all of you!!! Sun, 2 Oct 2011 10:55:30 EST Go Team Sparkle! Hey guys! I am excited to be a part of this team. I can always use more support. My name's Anastasia. I live in Austin, TX. I have type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. I am a mom of three. Married to my best friend. I also work nights which presents a unique struggle with my diet plan and insulin intake. <BR> <BR> I am enjoying spark people and looking forward to getting to know Team Sparkle! Sun, 2 Oct 2011 01:16:39 EST What is a personal goal? (not weight loss) Mine is to spend more time with my kiddos....and not be so grumpy when I do! Sat, 1 Oct 2011 02:23:10 EST Fav. part of your body??? So I have to say I love myself the way I am there is alot I want to change and I WILL but I WILL also love me now for who I am and work on the other things sometimes you cant change things and no matter what others think you have to love YOU!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> But I love my eyes my lips my hair and my big butt!! Sat, 1 Oct 2011 02:19:38 EST Where do you leave the most sweat? I'm a huge fan of group classes. It's where I picked up Hustle. I LOVE LOVE LOVE hip hop and dance and I never would have known if I didn't give the class a try. <BR> <BR> Where do you guys like to work out the most? Fri, 30 Sep 2011 19:27:36 EST Hello all! Hey everyone! Nice to meet all of you! My name is Meghan. I am a SAHM and an independent team beachbody coach. I am in the process of trying to get to a healthy weight since I am obese (YES THE O WORD, UGGH!) And I was pre-diabetic and had knee problems. I gained a lot of weight last year after having a baby. I have lost 30 pounds this year and I have another 25 to go which I am hoping to lose with the 90 day challenge I am starting tomorrow and from using the workout TurboFire that I have be... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:04:35 EST How much water is too much?!? I hated water untill I cut it out pop three months ago and started drinking water with crystal light and now I dont drink any pop and it is not even hard I would have died before and now when I take a drink of someones pop it is kinda gross! The only problem is I am drinking from a one litter bottle which is 4-8oz ser. and Im drinking any where from 4 to 9 bottles and there is no forcing that I am just wondering if that is gonna be too much water and hurt me in some way but I can... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 01:36:26 EST