SparkPeople SP Class of April 22-28, 2012 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from April 22-28, 2012. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of April 22-28, 2012 Team Messageboard post a comment or picture until you want Get your points. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:08:56 EST hello all my name is Rose. my goal is to lose 15lbs. <BR> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:29:32 EST heiler Hi everyone. I have joined this site to keep me on track of my goals and to give me motivation along the way. My goals consist of losing 15 pounds and jogging a 5k by August. I enjoy walking, rollerblading, swimming and hanging out with my kids. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:12:08 EST Post points from wheel spins 10 / 20 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:20:02 EST Not Sure How To Start Hi everyone. I'm new.... not to losing and gaining weight though! I have lost about 50 pounds in the past and gained it all back. I don't know how to begin again. Any advice? Sun, 18 Aug 2013 22:32:40 EST April Challenge The challenge this month is to track your food and exercise. <BR> <BR> Challenge yourself to walk so many miles or exercise so many minutes each week. <BR> Track your food and stay within range all week. <BR> Log your progress here as each week ends. <BR> <BR> Lets see how many team members we can get involved this month. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Apr 2013 15:52:11 EST 03.17.13:Start With a Breakfast Don't let lack of time or other hurdles keep you from having a balanced breakfast. Research shows many benefits of eating breakfast every morning. <BR> <BR><BR>ort/diet-nutrition/start-with-a-better<BR>-breakfast.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthW<BR>omensHealth_20121224 Sun, 17 Mar 2013 12:05:12 EST 03.10.13:Boost Metabolism and Shrink Appetite It's not enough to count calories when you're trying to lose weight. Your success depends on how fast your body burns those calories (your metabolism) and how satisfied they make you (your appetite). Here are five ways to make metabolism and appetite your allies. <BR> <BR><BR>tion/surprising-ways-to-boost-your-met<BR>abolism-and-shrink-your-appetite-6463.<BR>aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHealth_20130120 Sun, 10 Mar 2013 11:33:34 EST 3.5.13: Whats for dinner I thought it might be interesting to see what others fix for dinner. Maybe sharing it with everyone we can all have a chance to change up our own menu's. Here you can post what you fixed or plan to fix. <BR> <BR> Tonight I had 1.5 oz of whole wheat pasta with sauteed cabbage, onions, mushrooms, yellow bell peppers, diced tomatoes and broccoli tossed with 1/4 cup lite Alfredo sauce. and topped with 3 oz of diced blacken grilled chicken. With all the veggies it sure did make a plate full an... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 20:37:33 EST 03.03.13: How To Stick with an Exercise Routine For some of us out there, if we could just convince ourselves that there is enough time in the day to exercise, we could be on track to a great fitness program. For others, we get started but quickly lose momentum and give up. To help get started and stay on track, here are a few tips: <BR> <BR><BR>ess_articles.asp?id=73 Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:17:52 EST March Challenge Hello All of SP Class of April 22-28 2012's <BR> <BR> Its hard to believe it is already March. <BR> *For the Challenge this month I would like for everyone to share what you do for your exercise. Share your routine with all of us. <BR> *Then once we get started I would like to challenge you to try someone else routine or exercise for a few days or even a week and then try the next persons routine or exercise and so on. <BR> *Each time you do somebody's exercise or routine tell all of us w... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:47:17 EST 2.27.13: Breaking Your Sugar Addiction That white, powdery substance just makes you feel good. You can't get it off your mind, and you keep coming back for more. The more you have it, the more you want it! But even when you try to stay away from it, it finds ways to sneak into your life almost daily. What can you do? <BR> <BR> We're not talking about some dangerous or illegal drug here; we're talking about sugar. Although it's considered harmless in comparison, sugar, in excess, can cause a host of problems for a lot of us: cravi... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:58:39 EST 02.24.13: Signs It's Time to Change Your Workout When you started a regular exercise program, whether to lose weight or improve your overall health, your enthusiasm and motivation were high. Even though exercise wasn't the most exciting activity you had experienced, you began feeling better and seeing results from your hard work. You managed to get yourself out of bed early, to squeeze in a little gym time each day, and stick to your plan without much effort. <BR> <BR><BR>ess_articles.asp?id=874 Sun, 24 Feb 2013 12:39:04 EST 2.19.13: All About Banana's Here is some great information that I found on Medical Medium's page on facebook. <BR> <BR> Bananas are one of the most nutritional and healing fruits readily available today. They are 76% water and are packed with vitamins such as vitamins C and B6 and minerals such as potassium, copper, and manganese. This high water/nutrient ratio makes them a great electrolyte food perfect for busy moms, workout enthusiasts, and people on the go. Bananas are also an excellent “brain food” great for heav... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:03:27 EST starting new again Why does this always have to be so hard? I need to do this. I want to have more energy and feel better. It all seems so overwhelming. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:24:20 EST 02.17.13: Hate to Exercise? Are you the type of person who hates to exercise? You're not alone! If your motivation (or creativity) is lacking, try some of these workout ideas from SparkPeople members like you. They're simple, accessible and fun—you'll never dread another workout again! <BR> <BR><BR>ess_articles.asp?id=955 Sun, 17 Feb 2013 10:51:33 EST 2.15.2013 Which girl scout cookie to buy? Ah yes, it is that time again. Here is nutrition info on the girl scout cookies to better help you make up your mind on which kind to buy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ut-cookies-nutrition/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:34:33 EST 2.10.13: Bode Composition Measures Results Some people can measure their weight loss by the way they feel and look: firmer thighs, a smaller waist, jiggle-free arms. But then there are the number-crazy ones who desperately need some kind (any kind!) of concrete proof that all their hard work is paying off. They want to gauge their progress a different way. Give them numbers on paper, or some kind of chart and they’re ecstatic. <BR> <BR><BR>ess_articles.asp?id=286 Sun, 10 Feb 2013 14:49:59 EST 02.09.2013 Winter Workouts <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=351 </link> <BR> Winter just showed up in my neck of the woods. So far I have gotten in about 10 minutes of shoveling. The above article has more enjoyable ways to burn calories in the snow! Sat, 9 Feb 2013 07:16:17 EST 02/08/2013 Motivate your weightloss <link><BR>-Stay-Motivated-Weight-Loss-13289463 </link> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 11:20:38 EST GIVEAWAY: Win a BodyMedia FIT Armband! BodyMedia is giving away 3 LINK (Bluetooth-enabled) armbands and 3 CORE armbands, all with a 12-month subscription to the BodyMedia Activity Manager! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eaway_win_a_bodymedia_fit_armband </link> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 14:49:07 EST 2.3.13: Ready, Set, Lose Weight Weight loss is a journey. Make sure you're in the right frame of mind by mentally preparing yourself for the road ahead. <BR> <BR> Losing weight — and keeping it off for good — requires both physical and mental preparation. You need to determine a weight-loss plan that you are able to stick with for the long haul. It's not easy, but there are steps you can take to stay motivated. <BR> <BR><BR>paring-mentally-for-weight-loss.aspx?x<BR>id=nl_EverydayH... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 13:16:47 EST 02.02.2013 Smartphone Help I love when my daily SP email lines up so perfectly with what I am thinking. I have days when I get home from work tired, then have to run errands or do work around the house, and before I know it, the day is over and I just want to get some sleep. Unfortunately, I still need to get my computer booted up and log into SP to track my foods for the day. If I had a smartphone, I could have just tracked everything as my day progressed. DH has been asking my if I am interested in a new phone for ov... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 07:02:28 EST FEBRUARY TEAM CHALLENGE 2013 FEBRUARY TEAM CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> 1. Log your nutrition (either on Spark People or in a journal) <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses + water daily <BR> 3. Eat at least 5 fruit/veggies daily <BR> 4. Exercise daily at least 20 minutes <BR> (cardio & weights - alternate days) <BR> <BR> <BR> February seems like an excellent month for BONUS CHALLENGES! <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> BONUS CHALLENGES <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Valentine's BONUS CHALLENGE..................5 points per day <BR> <BR> Give som... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 23:58:53 EST 1.29.13: 6 Fun Facts about Peanut Butter Did you know today is National Peanut Butter Day? <BR> <BR> In honor of our favorite nut butter day, we decided to share some fun facts with you. Read on for a super-cool graphic, our best peanut butter recipes, and a poll with an urgent question: chunky or creamy? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>un_facts_about_peanut_butter </link> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:18:05 EST 01.27.13: How Much Can You Eat? Wonder what 300 calories looks like? 300 calories look drastically different when you're eating in instead of dining out. Choosing healthier, more nutritious foods--at home and away--means you can eat much more food and still lose weight. Check out these 18 meal comparisons to see for yourself, share forward this story to your friends! <BR> <BR><BR>ition_articles.asp?id=1260 Sun, 27 Jan 2013 07:10:36 EST 01.26.2013 Not Weight Loss Related <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=672883 </link> <BR> <BR> A friend's daughter over-dosed last spring. Since then, the only thing holding my buddy's world together is her fight against drug abuse. So this is for her. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:38:37 EST 1.25.13 New habits Rehab your bad habits. How is your new year going so far? Still unwinding from the holiday season. I personally haven't been to the gym to run sense mid December. I thought I would after the holidays but I still have a list to do after work. I am winding it up so I should be back to running at the gym next week. How about you? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>healthy-toolkit/fix-unhealthy-habits/ </link> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:48:13 EST 1.22.13: Learn to Love Breakfast As a working mom with three kids at home, mornings are always hectic. Getting everyone up, fed, dressed and out the door takes precision timing and a level of organization that most businesses couldn’t match. And while I insist my children have a good breakfast every day, making sure I have something to eat before I start work is usually at the bottom of my priority list. <BR> <BR> Don’t get me wrong—I know all the reasons why I should eat breakfast. But knowing what I should do and actually... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:42:53 EST 01.21.13: Sharing Is Achieving “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’” (C.S. Lewis) <BR> <BR> To succeed, tell others about your goals <BR> <BR><BR>vation_articles.asp?id=501 <BR> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:42:25 EST 01.19.13: Approach to Meatless Meals I am not a vegetarian, but I have noticed that I eat less meat now that I eat healthier and do not use any processed products. I know it is easy to just open a box, jar or can and warm it up and most of the time it tasted good, too. It definitely was a time saver,too, but then on the other hand I have been asking myself if all the stress and rushing through a meal even caused the unhealthy eating habits and therefore the weight gain/ unhealthy weight. One answer I can give is that you learn a... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 07:13:50 EST 1.18.2013 Build a Healthier Salad Sometimes a salad can be misleading. I found this neat little salad tracker. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d-a-salad/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>301</em> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 08:11:31 EST 01.16.13: SMART Goals Actually, I planned to post another article that I saved to my favorites but somehow it wasn't saved. So if anyone has an idea why it didn't work I will be grateful. <BR> Anyways, I noticed that it is important to keep reminding myself of the basics on this journey from time to time and I am sure that getting lazy and forgetting about them were the reasons that I fell of the wagon. <BR> Here is for everyone some good tips to think about on your journey: <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:37:07 EST 1-15-13: Delicious Ways to Boost Fiber Intake Fiber is one of the easiest nutrients to incorporate into your diet, and one of the most important. However, many Americans don’t get the much needed 25 to 30 grams recommended daily for a healthy diet. Insufficient fiber intake can increase your risk for many health problems, including constipation, high cholesterol, weight gain, irritable bowel syndrome, and even cancer of the colon. <BR> <BR> What is Fiber? <BR> Fiber is the fibrous part of a plant food that your body cannot digest. There... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:47:05 EST 1.13.13: How to Start Eating Healthier <BR> Most people are creatures of habit. We go to the grocery store on the same day every week and fill our carts with the same stuff. If it’s Monday, chicken's for dinner and Wednesday always means spaghetti. We are comforted with knowing what to expect—even if our meals aren’t that exciting, we know what we’re going to eat. <BR> <BR><BR>ition_articles.asp?id=1011 Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:28:31 EST 01.12.2013 - 8 Super Snacks to Try This Year This wasn't my originally planned post. However, when I read it this morning and saw one of my favorite things listed, I figured I needed to share the news. <BR> <link><BR>uper_snacks_to_try_this_year </link> <BR> Yup, it is the Ghirardelli individually wrapped chocolates. <em>4</em> I'm not talking about the mild ones filled with mint or raspberry, though. One square of the 85% Cacao chocolate will keep me away from other sweets that have way more ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 07:43:17 EST 01.09.13: Meet HAPIfork, The Smart Electronic Fork I just read this article and I am not sure what to think about it, but I thought I would share this link. It definitely is an interesting invention. <BR> <BR><BR>mart-electronic-fork-62220077.htm Wed, 9 Jan 2013 11:51:35 EST 1/8/13: Walk Off Up to 10 Pounds in 28 Days Walking is a triple threat. It not only gets you where you're going, but also serves as a form of relaxation and, of course, as a route to weight loss. How do you make sure those extra steps lead to a smaller jeans size? Follow one of our three expert-designed programs to help you shed up to 10 pounds in one month. Just don't expect a leisurely stroll to success. <BR> <BR> Check out the 2 links below. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>k_off_up_to_10_pounds_in_28_days... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 15:00:36 EST Motivational Quotes/In spiration New topic- lets get this spark started. Add a motivational quote or something that inspires you! Just click on reply. <BR> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back on track."~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> "A journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step." ~Lao-Tzu Sun, 6 Jan 2013 12:24:57 EST New Challenge Ideas With the new year starting out lets see if we can get this team more involved. I am looking for New challenge Ideas and what better way to do it by getting to know what everyone is thinking. What challenges would you like to see? What is your motivation? What do you want to challenge yourself to do? Is it the same ole thing or a challenge? Are you motivated by seeing other members push themselves that extra step? Lets post some feed back and get this team moving!! <BR> <BR> Together we can a... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 11:50:51 EST 01.06.13: Think Yourself Thin Healthy weight loss comes along with confidence and self-esteem. Try these expert tips to think your way thin. <BR> <BR><BR>ort/eating-for-better-health/thinking-<BR>your-way-to-weight-loss.aspx?xid=nl_Ev<BR>erydayHealthWomensHealth_20120923 Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:25:11 EST 01.05.2013 Cats as Weight-Loss Coaches How about something a little bit silly today? <link><BR>ght_loss_dos_and_donts_from_hilarious_<BR>cat_videos </link> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 12:40:00 EST 1.4.13 Ward off winter weight Hello everyone. I hope you had a good holiday season. Found some tips for the winter. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1708 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 07:24:04 EST 1/03/13: 9 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated Everyone tells us to stay motivated. Our friends, our co-workers, our relatives say to keep going, don’t quit. Sometimes, though, you ask, "Why? Why try my hardest when it ends in disappointment? Why go through something when it’s going to hurt? Why?" <BR> <BR> Because it’s going to be different this time! Because you can’t accomplish anything that you give up on. Disappointments and failures happen to everyone. The difference between those who reach their goals and those who don’t is stayin... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 09:48:53 EST January Challenge 2013 Given that it's the start of a new year, I have a suggestion, and would welcome others: <BR> <BR> <BR> Winter fitness challenge - finding ways to stay active all winter and posting about that (could mean giving tips on the best indoor exercise or Ideas to keep you moving through the cold months such as dancing, Wii fitness games, workout DVD's etc.) <BR> <BR> Now is the time- this is the place- track your progress here, try to keep up with each other...How Motivating is that???? Give your... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 00:11:51 EST 01/02/13: Stock Your Kitchen for Weight Loss Happy New Year everyone! <BR> I hope everyone is still motivated to live a healthier life and to get rid of those pounds. Maybe we can even welcome back some members who have taken some time off. <BR> What are your plans for the new year? We all know that New Year's resolution usually don't last long and many people stopped making them. On the other hand a new year always marks a new beginning and why not starting now to get healthier. Noone is perfect and noone expects you to loose five or ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:17:41 EST 12.31.12: Happy New Year It is amazing how fast this year has passed. We all had our ups and downs and even though we might not have stuck to our New Year's resolution of last year or achieved all our goals, I am sure that most of us were able to adapt at least a few healthier habits. <BR> The last few weeks have not been great for me, but I know I will get better once all the holidays are over. <BR> I hope everyone has a great start into the new year. <em>283</em> <BR> <em>107</em> <em>408</em> <em>410</e... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:28:14 EST Top 10 Strategies for Success Use These Ideas to Meet Your Goals <BR> <BR> 1. Start Small <BR> Quite possibly the biggest mistake people make is pushing the accelerator too soon. You can’t lose 20 pounds in a week. But you can lose one. Taking small bites and chewing slowly have as much to do with goal achievement as they do with your mom’s dinner table scolding. <BR> <BR> 2. Get It On Paper <BR> Whether setting your first goals, tracking daily progress, or sharing your deepest thoughts with a journal, writing thing... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 11:22:16 EST Exercise Equipment at Aldi's I just noticed that Aldi sells exercise equipment next week (starting January 2): <BR> elliptical 249.99 <BR> exercise ball 7.99 <BR> ankle and wrist weight set 14.99 <BR> kettleball set 24.99 <BR> fitness book/dvd set 3.99 <BR> I'm thinking about getting the exercise ball and maybe the weights because I always had the perfect excuse for not exercising at home since I didn't have any equipment. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 11:18:52 EST 12.29.12 31 Days to Unbreakable Resolutions Losing weight and getting healthier this past year was, for me, the result of an accidental resolution. I made a decision and I stuck to it, only later realizing that I made the choice to get healthy on New Years Day. I struggled quite a bit getting started and I also stumbled. It took over 4 months to realize I needed help and find my place here at SparkPeople. <BR> Just because I got lucky (or just really wanted it) with keeping last years resolution does not mean I won't need help with thi... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 11:36:29 EST 12.27.12:New Year's Resolutions We have all been there. Every year we make the resolution that we will start a new diet and finally lose all the weight in the new year. Every year this resolution works out great for a week or two, but then we (slowly) slide back into our old habits. Question is, why do we have to make New Year's resolutions at all if we won't stick to them any way? <BR> Well, this time it can be different because it will be the first time we have the support of this wonderful site and all these awesome peo... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 09:15:24 EST 12-25-12 Merry Christmas My Holiday wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your heart, and a safe and happy holiday season! <BR> ((Hugs)) <BR> Amy <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>444</em> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 00:21:03 EST 12.23.12:Which Super Seeds Pack the Most Nutrition Two of the most talked-about seeds are chia seeds and flax seeds. Both have been prominently featured in the media in recent years for their health benefits. If you had to choose, which seed will give you the most nutrition per ounce? <BR> <BR><BR>which_super_seed_packs_the_most_nutrition Sun, 23 Dec 2012 13:58:13 EST 12.22.12 The Cost of a Cocktail It's the holidays and that means parties and drinking. Drinking in moderation won't derail your weight loss plans but, what if you were to drink more often? <link><BR>_cost_of_a_cocktail_up_to_18_pounds_a_<BR>year </link> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 09:05:59 EST 12.21.12 New goals With the year coming to a close, it is time to start thinking about goals for next year. It is a good idea to go over your goals every so often and start new. With the start of the new year it is a good mile marker for a new start and reflect on what is working and what isn't working. I post mine on my sparkpage so that I am forced to think about them when I see them. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=105 </link> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 11:12:58 EST 12.19.12: Perfect Layering for Winter Workouts Believe it or not, outdoor exercise can be enjoyable year round—yes, even in the winter months! <BR> <BR><BR>perfect_layering_for_winter_workouts Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:15:03 EST 18 Ways to Stay on Track over the Holidays <BR> While there are a variety of excuses to overindulge during the holidays, the best defense against holiday eating disasters is a good plan of action. There is no better way to formulate a plan for holiday survival than to learn from how others stay healthy during this time of joy and celebration. Use these helpful SparkPeople member tips to stay on track into the New Year. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ways_to_stay_on_track_over_the_holidays </link> <BR> ... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:00:35 EST 12.16.12: Goals that Help, Goals that Hurt Whether you’re brand new to SparkPeople, or a seasoned veteran, you have no doubt noticed that we put a lot of emphasis on setting goals. From the small first steps you take during the "Fast Break" phase, to the long-range visions that shape the new lifestyle you are trying to create, we know that the people who succeed at permanent weight loss are the ones who have chosen their goals wisely and pursued them vigorously. <BR> <BR><BR> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 08:00:41 EST 12.15.12 Enter to Win a FitBit One No thinking for anyone this morning-it's too close to the holidays! Instead, how about entering to win a gift for yourself? Something you may have wanted to buy but, it just isn't in your budget right now? <BR> <link><BR>eaway_enter_to_win_a_fitbit_one </link> <BR> The link to the entry form is in the article, just fill in the blanks and click "Submit" Sat, 15 Dec 2012 09:04:46 EST 12.14.12 Top 10 holiday diet tips <link><BR>oliday-diet-tips-of-all-time </link> <BR> <BR> Don't be disappointed if you don't lose over the holiday glad you haven't gained!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 08:40:33 EST 12.12.12: The Real Meaning of Expiration Dates Sell by, use by, freeze by: How do you intepret the language of food expiration? Do the dates mean you may make yourself sick if you eat something after it's expired? Sharpen your food safety smarts by learning the truth about these dates. <BR> <BR><BR>health/the-real-meaning-of-food-expira<BR>tion-dates.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthW<BR>omensHealth_20121209 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:42:36 EST 50 Simple Acts of Kindness Tis the season! <BR> Lets see if we can do some random Acts of Kindness throughout the rest of the month. <BR> <BR> <BR> Winston Churchill famously said, "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." Here are 50 easy, affordable ways to give — and get — joy. <BR> <BR> Read more: Acts of Kindness - Random Acts of Kindness Ideas - Good Housekeeping <BR> <link><BR>ness/acts-of-kindness </link> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:21:28 EST 12.9.12: Healthy Beverage Guidelines Eight to twelve cups of water daily, that’s what the SparkPeople plan suggests. Whether you are having a hard time drinking that much water, or just want to drink a variety of beverages (coffee, tea, diet soda, juice), many dieters challenge and question the "8-12" rule. <BR> <BR><BR>ition_articles.asp?id=605 Sun, 9 Dec 2012 10:55:46 EST 12.8.12 The Weight-Loss Nutrient You're Not Eating <link><BR>t-loss-superfood-youre-not-eating-1556<BR>00879.html </link> <BR> <BR> Fiber. This is the only nutrient I added to my nutrition tracker. I try to get at least 25 grams daily and I swear it really helps! Fiber keeps me full longer, and that helps prevent to mindless eating I tend to do if I get even the tiniest bit hungry. I also drink more water (I made the mistake of not drinking enough and suffered the mysterious "digestive distress") to mak... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 10:09:31 EST 12.7.2012 Healthy hoiday desserts and sides If you are in charge of the holiday cooking this year, here is some good recipes from spark. THEY WILL NEVER KNOW THEY ARE EATING HEALTHY!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=967 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>341</em> Fri, 7 Dec 2012 09:14:51 EST 12.6.12: 5 Reasons to Get Rid of Your Skinny Jeans We all have them in our closet and we all hope that one day we will be able to wear them again: our skinny jeans (cothes). The question is will it be helpful to keep our skinny clothes or will they even keep us from succeeding in weight loss? <BR> <BR><BR>ness_articles.asp?id=1274 <BR> <BR> I have clothes in different sizes in my closet and I have thought about throwing them away or donating them because a few months ago I was at a point where I tho... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 13:03:14 EST 12.5.12: Fall Foods for Weight Loss What is your favourite food for weight loss? Do you need some ideas for foods that will support your healthier lifestyle? <BR> <BR><BR>ight-loss/top-50-fall-diet-foods-weigh<BR>t-loss Wed, 5 Dec 2012 11:42:34 EST Rally Time for SSMITH-BA One of our team mates is going through a hard time and could use some support and words of comfort and encouragement. SSMITH-BA just lost her mom to cancer, but is asking for help to refocus on a healthier lifestyle. I am sure she will really appreciate if you take a minute or two to drop some caring words on her page. <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155914 Tue, 4 Dec 2012 12:19:07 EST 25 Ways to Get Back on Track Today Not long ago, you were energetic and determined to start your healthy lifestyle. Starting with enthusiasm and hope, you watched your food intake diligently, exercised like it was going out of style, and even avoided the temptation that seemed to lurk around every corner. You were confident that you were going to reach your goals once and for all! <BR> <BR> Then certain tragedy struck! You ate an extra piece of birthday cake. Realizing you had “blown” your diet, you ate another and another an... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 10:37:29 EST 12.3.12: Fruits that Fuel You in the Morning There are so many options for breakfast in the morning, it can be tricky to choose just one! While morning muffins and donuts can be delicious and feel like they are giving you a burst of energy, that energy won’t last. <BR> <BR><BR>r-fuel-fruits-that-get-you-buzzing-in-<BR>the-morning?xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomen<BR>sHealth_20121202 Mon, 3 Dec 2012 13:02:00 EST 12.2.12: Fresh vs. Frozen One of the first things we learn when we start to live a healthier life is to forget about frozen foods and to buy food in the fresh food department instead. But there are exceptions and there are certain foods you can buy frozen without feeling bad about it. <BR> <BR><BR>-frozen-5-items-to-grab-in-the-freezer<BR>-aisle?xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHeal<BR>th_20121129 <BR> <BR> I usually buy spinach (when out of season), broccoli, corn and peas frozen.... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 13:22:56 EST 12.1.12 How to Turn Your Walk into a Run <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1373 </link> <BR> <BR> Okay, I've read this article many times, and I still haven't run. However, today I am doing my first 'real' 5K and we will have to see what happens. <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday everyone, I'll check back in later! Sat, 1 Dec 2012 06:08:39 EST 11.30.2012 Winterproof your workout <link><BR>vation/get-started/winter-fitness-work<BR>out-tips/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>444</em> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 09:12:22 EST 11.29.12: Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation Do you often find yourself wondering where your motivation went? Do you suddenly revert back to your “old ways” without really understanding why? <BR> <BR><BR>vation_articles.asp?id=630 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:18:20 EST 11.28.12: How to Store Fruit How do you store fruit? This video clip gives you great (new) tips to keep them fresh longer. <BR> <BR><BR>it-31181120.html Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:06:51 EST December Challange Here is a Challenge for those of you that want to participate. Lets see if we can do this along with our fitness routine at least 2 days a week. <BR> This will incorporate cardio and strength training together. <BR> <BR> Prevent Holiday Pounds with the 12 Moves of Christmas Workout! <BR> <BR> The holiday season has officially started, and you may have already noticed your fitness routine start to slip a little. To keep your motivation high in the crazy days ahead, we've created this fun, ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:38:16 EST 10 Portion Control Pointers <BR> With portions ballooning to extreme sizes, it's sometimes tough to stick to what we know are proper serving sizes. Eating contests, "value" meals and bags that contain "30% more free" all contribute to our environment of excess. You've chosen to fight back and take control of your portions. Great! It's a key step to weight management and will make you feel powerful in your food choices. Use some of these methods to help control the crazy portions so you can reach your goals. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:46:10 EST 11.26.12: Workout Mistakes You Are Making ou do the rowing machine at the gym and walk outdoors when weather permits. So why does your back hurt and why don't your skinny jeans still fit? Poor form can up injury risks and common calorie-burning misconceptions can sabotage weight-loss results. Here, top experts share the biggest exercise mistakes women make and safer ways to get the most out of your favorite workouts. <BR> <BR><BR>10_workout_mistakes_you_dont_know_your<BR>e_making <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 09:21:22 EST 11.25.12: 30 Ways to Stay on Track Starting a healthy lifestyle might seem overwhelming at first, but taking it one step at a time can make your new habits much more manageable. Use these 30 tips to keep moving in the right direction. <BR><BR>vation_articles.asp?id=1789 Sun, 25 Nov 2012 09:00:08 EST 11.24.12 Maintenance Before Weight Loss? From the DailySpark: <link><BR>uld_you_maintain_your_weight_before_yo<BR>u_lose </link> <BR> <BR> It is a little late for me to try now--but the idea seems sound. Basically, you spend some time learning about healthier choices and calorie limits and get comfortable with those things before you start losing. These tools help you through your loss phase and back into maintenance when you reach your goals. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 10:54:22 EST How to Breathe During Exercise The Ins and Outs of Proper Breathing for Every Workout <BR> <BR> When people begin a fitness program, they understandably have lots of questions, from how to perform certain moves to which exercises are most effective. One question that everyone seems to ask is how to breathe properly when working out. <BR> <BR> I know what you are thinking. "Who would need instructions on how to breathe?" Breathing doesn't take thought; it is involuntary, just like blinking your eyes. Shouldn't we stop thi... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 19:04:43 EST 11.19.12: Fast-Food Diets I read this article on yahoo<BR>/photos/5-fast-food-diets-are-they-safe#0 and found it very interesting. Can you imagine losing weight with one of 'those diets' or would you (continue) do the 'spark way' again? <BR> I can definitely say that I would prefer the 'spark way' over any other diet even though it might take longer to lose all the weight. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:54:13 EST 11.18.12: Overcome Overeating I personally don't like this time of the year. November is such a depressing month and the days get shorter and colder. I always catch myself trying to hide in the house because the weather i too bad to go outside. Definitely not a helpful move for a healthier lifestyle because I get bored and lazy easily and if there is nothing to do, I eat (ugh). And if eating out of boredom wasn't bad enough, there are also all the holidays coming up where I (we all) have to face huge amounts of food. So h... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 11:23:15 EST 11.17.12 - 6 "Biggest Loser" Lessons to Unlearn I admit I never watched this show but I have watched the Food Network copycat and it struck me how impossible their weight loss goals and results seem. You can be intimidated or even discouraged when you watch and decide that you are a failure. <BR> Not true! This article reminds us of the differences between reality and reality television. <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1192 </link> <BR> <em>306</em> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 07:05:20 EST 11.16.12 Slim Down your Thanksgiving dinner <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1238 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>53</em> <em>429</em> Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 12:18:27 EST 11.15.12: Ways to Slim Down Thanksgiving Feast With only few days until Thanksgiving, here are some ideas to make your meal more diet friendly. <BR> <BR><BR>ition_articles.asp?id=1238 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:24:11 EST 11.14.12: Cardio Workout Ideas We all know that cardio workout is important for our journey to lose weight and also has some positive effects on our health. To change up our cardio routine, the following article offers new ideas for a cardio workout. <BR> <BR><BR>ess_articles.asp?id=1596 <BR> <BR> <em>231</em> <em>363</em> <em>332</em> <em>237</em> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:45:06 EST 3 Ways to Refresh Your Treadmill Workout Is there anything more boring than the treadmill? After endless hours staring at the same wall, anyone would start to wonder if that’s all there is to exercise. But it doesn’t have to be that way. By shaking it up and loading your workout with variety, you can rediscover the fun of a good treadmill workout. <BR> <BR> The first thing to remember is that any workout is and can be what you make it. The opportunity to go all out or to barely break a sweat is completely up to you. With that being... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:04:56 EST Anybody know...? If they archive message board posts? In particular in the "introduce yourself" board. <BR> I'd kinda like to find my original post. I know I entered the journey with a little trepidation and fear. I'd like to see what a letter from my "old self" looks like. <BR> <BR> Maybe others in our "class" would want to share theirs too. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:48:49 EST 11.12.12: Ways to Take a Mental Vacation November can be a depressing month. The days are getting shorter and it is getting colder. Sometimes all we need is a short break from our busy lives. <BR><BR>ving/take-a-mental-vacation.aspx <BR> <BR> Some of you might have noticed that Kelly is not available at the moment, but Cheryl (IMELECTRIC), Lora (HAWAII5YEARS) and I will try to keep this team active, but we would really appreciate and encourage anyone who would like to post something on this ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:44:26 EST 11.11.12: What Trouble Spots Say About Your Health Where you store fat on your body does more than affect your pant size – it could put you at a greater risk for some health conditions. <BR> <BR><BR>tures/what-your-trouble-spots-say-abou<BR>t-your-health.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHeal<BR>thWomensHealth_20121106#/slide-1 Sun, 11 Nov 2012 11:36:47 EST 11.10.12 The Stress Test-How vulnerable are you? In today’s society, most of us can’t avoid stress. But we can learn to behave in ways that lesson its effects. Researchers have identified a number of factors that affect one’s vulnerability to stress- among them are eating and sleeping habits, caffeine and alcohol intake, and how we express our emotions. <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=496 </link> <BR> <BR> I was honest with my answers and I scored a 54, which, considering the aftereffects of Sandy... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 06:30:10 EST 11.9: Team Member Spotlight is on Slendermama1 Meet Slendermama1, <BR> <BR> This member is NOT ready to give up on herself. She is determined to learn to lead a healthier life for herself and reach goals. She has currently lost 19 pounds! <em>243</em> Hopefully, she has some plans in store now for exercise activity to accommodate the cooler weather. <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> ************************************* <BR> <BR> Slendermama1 <BR> <BR> I started putting on weight about 5 years ago. It has been a gradually going up, ... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 13:40:54 EST Modifying old habits or learning new ones? Are you losing up to your potential? As I look at a few friend's tracker's that I refereed to SP, I wonder "How much they are learning?" I see them doing the same thing I did when I first started SP to lose weight. I tried to eat the same Pop Tarts, candy bars, and fast food but just reduce the amount. This left me hungry all the time. Then I realized that all the tools are here, I just wasn't using them. I first let SP plan my nutrition with the tracker setting. Then I experimented with some... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 12:35:34 EST 11.8: Team Member Spotlight is on CHOOSINGLIFENOW Meet CHOOSINGLIFENOW, <BR> <BR> So far, she's making some great progress by losing 18 pounds! <em>243</em> I love that she blogs regularly and I think my favorite one is the one titles "Celebrating Myself." We all should take time out to do that for ourselves. <BR> <BR> ***************************** <BR> <BR> I'm Choosing Life Now!! <BR> <BR> Profile <BR> <BR> Member Since: 4/26/2012 <BR> <BR> SparkPoints: 3,843 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes: 3,446 <BR> <BR> BLOGS <BR> <link> Thu, 8 Nov 2012 02:31:20 EST Healthy Holiday Recipes I thought this was an appropriate post to the team to help plan some upcoming holiday menus from <BR> <BR> Healthy Holiday Recipes <BR> <BR> We dug through our archives to gather some of our favorite seasonal recipes for your and yours to enjoy this holiday season. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hy-holiday-recipes </link> Thu, 8 Nov 2012 01:10:45 EST 11.7.12: 1 Week Down Good morning team. I hope this finds you having a good week so far. If you celebrate it, what's your game plan for that big ole Thanksgiving dinner(s) that are just around the corner. Do you plan to have a plan of action? are you just going to eat what you want? or are you going to eat in moderation? The holidays are fun to spend with family and friends; however, if you don't watch it, it's also a time where it's so easy to down all of the holiday goodies all around you. <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Nov 2012 11:41:54 EST 11.7: Team Member Spotlight is on SPARRISH7 Meet Sandra, <BR> <BR> She has already got in some serious fitness minutes this month and this member is very busy in her life with having a very large family. She's very lucky. She's already feeling great about herself and I'm sure she will reach her health and fitness goals in no time. <BR> <BR> ***************************** <BR> <BR> SANDRA SHARES <BR> <BR> I AM A 58 YEAR OLD WOMAN; WHO IS A WIFE, MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, DAUGHTER, SISTER, FRIEND TO MANY PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT ME. I HAD OP... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 11:32:50 EST 12 Must-Have Tools To Save You Money easy ways to save money <BR> 12 Low-Tech Tools You'll Always Use <BR> They're guaranteed to save you money, no matter how fast technology advances. <BR> By Alice Mangum Perry <BR> <BR> GPS, smartphone, laptop? Sure, they'll help you find your way out of an urban jungle or dig up a recipe for dinner. But they also cost big bucks and are major environmental downers, filled with toxic heavy metals and flame-retardant chemicals that leach into groundwater near landfills and poison children wh... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 10:08:33 EST Spark Radio How cool is that? I don't know if it is a new option, but I just found out about it. I can't tell much about it, but I am sure that I am not the only one who will check it out. <BR> <BR><BR>radio.asp <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 6 Nov 2012 15:57:54 EST 11.6.12 4 Signs It's Time to Change Your Workout R Good morning team. I hope this finds you in good spirits and ready to take on a new day. Since you've been a member for awhile, it might be time to tweak your exercise program. Below is an article that can help: <BR> <BR> 4 Signs It's Time to Change Your Workout Routine <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=874 </link> Tue, 6 Nov 2012 04:24:58 EST 11.6: Team Member Spotlight is on SKIPROF Meet SKIPROF, <BR> <BR> This member is going for the gusto. It's very rare to see a member have more fitness minutes than spark points. SKIPROF is over the top. <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> ***************************** <BR> <BR> Firm and Fit Senior <BR> <BR> Mother of two sons and 5 grand-daughters! <BR> <BR> Profile <BR> <BR> Member Since: 4/28/2012 <BR> <BR> SparkPoints: 4,968 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes: 9,355 <BR> <BR> BLOGS <BR> <BR> None yet, but hopefully soon. <BR> <BR> Spar... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 04:16:02 EST Low-Fat Versions of Your Favorite Recipes Low-Fat Versions of Your Favorite Recipes <BR> Fun Foods Without the Fat <BR> <BR> When you're trying to eat healthier, sometimes your favorite foods go by the wayside. You may think of them with fondly, but avoid them after discovering that they're caloric landmines, "trigger" foods for overeating, or made with all the wrong kinds of fat. <BR> <BR> Check out our top-rated and editor's choice recipes for "fun" foods without all the fat. We've made them healthier with simple substitutions th... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 04:09:23 EST 11.5: Team Member Spotlight is on JAIRIE813 Meet Jaime, <BR> <BR> She knows the answer to succeed. "Persistence" Jaime has lost a whopping 56 pounds! That's 196,000 calories gone forever! <em>243</em> She lives in a place where everyone knows your name. I hear ya Jaime. <BR> <BR> ********************************* <BR> <BR> The key is persistence. If you never give up you MUST succeed! <BR> <BR> My name is Jaime, I am 35, mother of 4--3 at home. I have always been overweight and I am so DONE! I want to live a healthy, active lif... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 10:35:19 EST Where is Danger Lurking in Your Kitchen? Where is Danger Lurking in Your Kitchen? <BR> Stop Trouble Before it Starts <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> Anytime is a good time to give your kitchen a healthy inspection. Nasty foods and hidden pitfalls are just waiting to tempt you into reverting to bad habits. They may even be disguising themselves in a "healthy" cloak. To have healthy habits and a healthier lifestyle, you first must live in a healthy environment. <BR> <BR> Face it: No matter how motivated you are to get... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 09:32:36 EST 11.4.12: Open Co-Lead Spots Good morning team. I hope this finds you enjoying your weekend. It's a chilly, rainy day in TN. First of all, I'm very proud of those of you who are active with your health and fitness program. A lot of you have made some serious achievements and several of you are still finding the groove in what will work for you in achieving your goals. This holds true for me. We've all been on Spark now long enough to use the Fitness and Nutrition trackers and navigate Spark to find the information that w... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 08:38:26 EST New DVD Releases for 11.6.12 HORROR <BR> <BR> The Pact Starring Casper Van Dien and Caity Lotz (2012) ((looks good)) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Rec 3 Starring Diego Martin (2012) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> ********************************** <BR> <BR> Gay Themed <BR> <BR> Kiss Me Starring Lena Endre, Krister Henriksson, Liv Mjönes, et al. (2012 <BR> <BR> <link> </link> ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 08:23:52 EST 11.4: Team Member Spotlight is on SK8NCHUTE Meet SK8NCHUTE, <BR> <BR> As their Spark Page Introduction reads, "New and Improved." I love it! So far, this member has lost 10 pounds, awesome, and with their continued hard work in learning to live a healthier lifestyle, this member will be at their goal weight in no time. <BR> <BR> *********************** <BR> <BR> New and Improved <BR> <BR> I am in my 40s, single and caring for my mother who has Alzheimer's. <BR> <BR> Profile <BR> <BR> Member Since: 4/21/2012 <BR> <BR> SparkPoint... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 07:38:44 EST Make Tastier Tacos in 5 Steps Yum, tacos! <BR> <BR> Tyler Florence's 5 Upgrades To A Tastier Taco <BR> Learn the chef's secrets for making a spicier, crunchier, fresher-tasting taco <BR> <BR> <link><BR>de-your-tacos?cm_mmc=DailyDoseNL-_-107<BR>7758-_-10182012-_-TastierTacos-hed </link> Sun, 4 Nov 2012 06:04:31 EST 11.3: Team Member Spotlight is on KAITLYNZUMBAS Meet Kaitlyn, <BR> <BR> This recent newlywed is getting tons of support and motivation from her husband who also wants to join the journey with her. How awesome is that? <BR> <BR> Don't give up! <BR> <BR> ************************************* <BR> <BR> Welcome! :) <BR> <BR> Hi my name is Kaitlyn. I am 24 going on 25 and I am the heaviest I have ever been. A few years ago I I faced a devastating emotional loss, I lost my Dad at 21 yrs old and I stopped taking care of myself. I am so fort... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 01:35:38 EST 11.3.12: How Much Weight Have You Lost So Far? Inquiring minds want to know. Come on, this is your chance for bragging rights. Also, do you think at this point you're able to navigate Spark and that you're using the Fitness and Nutrition trackers? <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 00:46:15 EST Video: Show Me How: Cutting Winter Squash Hard-shelled winter squash can be intimidating to cut, but not with these tips from chef and food stylist Betsy Nelson. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-cutting-winter-squash </link> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 00:35:35 EST October 2012 Team Stats: Final Good evening team and congratulations to those of you who are taking your health and fitness goals seriously. Based on the October stats below, 49 met the 600 fitness minute goal set for the team. 11 of you were very close within the 500 range. Congratulations. <BR> <BR> I took a look at the September stats and noticed more activity in September than in October. At this point it appears that this team needs a reboot based on the number of members on the team. What do you think? <BR> <BR> Wh... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 00:18:06 EST New Movies in Theaters: 11.2.12 Wreck-It Ralph (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG 108 min - Animation | Comedy | Family <BR> Metascore: 72/100 (27 reviews) <BR> A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. <BR> Director:Rich Moore <BR> Stars:John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Man with the Iron Fists (2012) <BR> <BR> Certif... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 10:29:04 EST 11.2.12: Voting on Members Who Motivate You Good morning team. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if you are aware of this; however, when you visit someone's Spark Page and they truly motivate you, vote for them using the drop down box that is asking you why they motivate you. The options are: <BR> <BR> Community Involvement <BR> Fitness Achievements <BR> Inspirational Story <BR> Overall Motivation <BR> Positive Attitude <BR> Weight Loss <BR> <BR> Choose one of the options listed above and then click on the "Submit Nomination icon." <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 10:19:13 EST 11.2: Team Member Spotlight is on PEZMOM1 Meet PEZMOM1, <BR> <BR> She's done extraordinarily well in her health and fitness journey. She has REACHED her weight goal and has lost a whopping 40 pounds! How awesome is that? Very! She is now in maintenance mode and she's truly an inspiration to the team. <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> ******************************** <BR> <BR> Pezmom1 <BR> <BR> I started with the SparkPeople app in November 2011. I lost 30 pounds. I am trying to take off 10 more before summer. <BR> <BR> When ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 10:09:06 EST Movie Theater Snack Attack! Movie Theater Snack Attack! <BR> Two Thumbs Up or Blockbuster Diet Disaster? <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> The aroma hits you as soon as you walk through the doors of any movie theater…popcorn! For many people, a trip to the movies isn’t complete without a big tub of buttery popcorn and a giant cup of soda. But if you don’t choose carefully, that treat could be scarier than the next blockbuster horror flick! With a little planning, you can still enjoy a yummy s... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 08:25:07 EST 11.1 Team Member Spotlight is on BMW9295 Meet Beth, <BR> <BR> What I love about Beth's situation is that she has a very supportive family that supports her in her health and fitness journey. Not everyone can say that. So far, Beth has lost 18 pounds and she's almost at her weight loss goal that she has listed on her ticker. <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> Keep your eyes focused on your health and fitness goals and maintain a positive attitude and you'll reach them in no time. <BR> <BR> **************************** <BR> <BR> A new me ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 08:15:36 EST 40 Things to Try When You Don't Want to Work Out By: Nicole Nichols <BR> We all have the days where we plan to work out and know that we should, but when it's time to lace up your shoes and go…You. Just. Don't. Wanna. <BR> <BR> I have those days, too, but when I remind myself how GOOD exercise makes me feel, and how it will help me reach my goals, I generally suck it up and do it anyway. Getting started really is the hardest part. Once you get going, you're generally glad you did. And when it's over, you feel even better. <BR> <BR> But ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 08:02:02 EST 11.1.12: A New Month: What's On Your Mind Today? Good morning team. Very original Topic to this thread eh? <BR> <BR> Congratulations to those of you who joined the challenge last month and hopefully, you'll join this month's as well. I also want to thank those of you who are staying active on the threads and/or supporting each other through this journey. I can't stress enough how important this aspect of Spark really is. <BR> <BR> If you're struggling, reach out. If you achieved a goal, brag about it! Hey, think of us as your own person... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 07:58:46 EST 40 Things to Try When You Don't Want to Work Out 40 Things to Try When You Don't Want to Work Out <BR> By: Nicole Nichols <BR> <BR> We all have the days where we plan to work out and know that we should, but when it's time to lace up your shoes and go…You. Just. Don't. Wanna. <BR> <BR> I have those days, too, but when I remind myself how GOOD exercise makes me feel, and how it will help me reach my goals, I generally suck it up and do it anyway. Getting started really is the hardest part. Once you get going, you're generally glad you di... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 06:30:56 EST Rally Time: SSMITH-BA's Mom is in bad shape If you have the time, please visit her page and post some kind words of support. <BR> <BR> Thank you. :o) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>MITH-BA </link> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:35:08 EST 10.31 Team Member Spotlight is on VTWINLUVER Meet VTWINLUVER, <BR> <BR> She is one of many of our team mates who was affected by Hurricane Sandy. Check out her latest blog. <BR> <BR> VTWINLUVER has been very successful in her weight loss journey. She has lost a whopping 47 pounds. That's 164,500 calories gone forever! AWESOME! What an inspiration. So, let's check out her spark page and post some comments congratulating her on being in the spotlight of the day. <BR> <BR> ********************************** <BR> <BR> Injury impeded my ... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:32:50 EST 11 Dairy-Free Calcium Sources 11 Dairy-Free Calcium Sources <BR> No Dairy? No Problem! <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1061 </link> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:08:13 EST 10 Spookily Spectacular Halloween Light Shows [VID Some of these area really good. Give it some time to load, it takes a bit. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ght-shows/#97059Call-Me-Maybe </link> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:00:54 EST 10.31.12 Happy Halloween Good morning team and Happy Halloween. For those of you who celebrate(d) it, I hope you had a blast. <BR> <BR> Being that it's the last day of the month, be sure to log in your fitness minutes on the days that you may have missed to ensure all of your fitness time is logged and accounted for this month. <BR> <BR> If you've already celebrated Halloween, what did you do? Did you dress up? What did you dress up as. If you're celebrating it tonight, same questions. <BR> <BR> I do love Hallowee... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:52:32 EST Hurricane Assistance For those of you in the path of this week's big storm, I thought I would share some helpful links: <BR> <BR> If you are in need of shelter or help; <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> If you need to leave messages for loved ones that you are safe, or find loved ones that you have been separated from: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Be safe everyone!!!! Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:32:02 EST 10.30: Team Member Spotlight BIGSKYCHERIE Meet Cherie, <BR> <BR> A huge bridge player fan who just so happens to have lost a whopping 85 pounds!!! That's 297,500 calories gone forever! <em>243</em> Truly inspiring! <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>* <BR> <BR> One Day at a time for the rest of my life <BR> <BR> I've lost and regained thousands of pounds over the years, including 100 lb. twice and 180 lb. one time (that one nearly killed me as it was too drastic). I'm a stress eater and raising kids and lat... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 09:13:18 EST 10.30.12: Hurricane Sandy is Quite A Storm Those of you affected by this massive hurricane we hope that you're safe and sound. Please sound off that you're ok. <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 09:03:55 EST 4 Signs It's Time to Change Your Workout Routine <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=874 </link> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:41:39 EST 10.29: Team Member Spotlight is on 11TERRY20 Meet 11TERRY20, <BR> <BR> I love her page. She is dead on in knowing how to plan for success in reaching her health and fitness goals. Looking forward to seeing you achieve them. <BR> <BR> ****************************** <BR> <BR> moving forward every day <BR> <BR> I'm 54 and need to lose about 10 pounds, but the most important goal for me is good health, good outlook and good energy. <BR> <BR> Profile <BR> <BR> Member Since: 4/25/2012 <BR> <BR> SparkPoints: 7,495 <BR> <BR> Fitness Mi... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:39:18 EST 10.29.12: Are you Gearing up for November? Now's the time to get out that sheet of paper and grab a pencil to determine what obstacles you're going to face in next month and write a game plan to avoid as much damage as possible. You've come this far to quit now. I'm very happy to see that some of you have already joined the goal. Keep it real and make it obtainable. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day everyone. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:35:21 EST Halloween pet hazards: What you need to know Halloween is a festive day -- and night -- for children, and a hectic one for adults: there are the decorations, the candy, pumpkin carving, crowds of trick-or-treaters to be lavished with seasonal treats, and generally good-natured mayhem. <BR> <BR> But for the family pet, there are some Halloween hazards to be aware of. Here's our list of the top five, with suggestions on how to keep your Halloween celebration pet-safe and pet-friendly. <BR> Halloween hazard #1: Chocolate <BR> <BR> With c... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:11:07 EST November Bi-Weekly Challenge: 11.18 - 11.30 This challenge is to try a new healthy recipe 2-3 times each week. This challenge is later to allow you time to look for recipes to try and buy the ingredients for them. After you try it, post what you tried and whether or not you would make it again. If you choose a Spark Recipe, copy and paste the link to the recipe so we can try it too. That is, if it's a keeper. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 13:06:16 EST November Bi-Weekly Challenge: 11.1 - 11-17 Get in those veggies and fruits. To make this challenge a little less mundane, out of the 5 servings of fruits and veggies each day, try one that contains one of the letters in November. If you have time, reply to this post with what you ate. <BR> <BR> This too begins on November 1st. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_prod.asp </link> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 13:04:51 EST November Monthly Challenge: Check it out. :) Choose one option from each category (copy the template and click on REPLY. Paste the template and delete the ones that you don't want to do. If you're creating your own challenge, type what it is. Cool eh? This will being on November 1st - the 30th. For those who participate will receive a Team Goodie. <BR> <BR> Fitness minute challenge options: <BR> <BR> a) at least 500 monthly fitness minutes <BR> b) at least 1000 monthly fitness minutes <BR> c) at least 15 daily fitness minutes <BR> d) ... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 13:02:38 EST New DVD Releases for 10.30.12 HORROR <BR> <BR> Rosemary's Baby (Criterion Collection) Starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, et al. (2012) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sick Boy Starring Skye McCole Bartusiak, Marc Donato and Debbie Rochon (2012) <BR> <BR> ((gore warning)) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> 666: The Ritual Starring Domiziano Arcangeli, Adriana Barrera, Zenova Braeden, et al. (2012) aka The... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 06:54:59 EST 10.28.12: Thank You Good morning team. Here's a quick thank you to those of you who are remaining active and dedicating yourself to your health and fitness goals. Also, thank you to those of you who are active on the threads and who are supporting each other through your challenges as well as celebrating your victories. As always, if you're going through a hard time, reach out. <BR> <BR> Never, Never Give Up! <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day and do something just for you. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 06:23:58 EST 10.28: Team Member Spotlight is on 3G1RLS4ME Meet 3G1RLS4ME, <BR> <BR> She is one busy Mom and she is being successful in her health and fitness journey. She only has 29 more pounds to go to reach her goal weight and then she'll be in maintenance mode. Cool, eh. Your hard work is paying off. <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> ****************************** <BR> <BR> 3 girls 4 me weight loss journey <BR> <BR> ive had three girls our firstborn is in heaven and a three year old and a 7 month old I had gestational diabetes my heaviest I was 235... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 06:18:33 EST 5 Amazing Pumpkin Recipes Bake a Pumpkin Pie, and Try 4 Other Great Pumpkin Recipes <BR> <BR> Jack o' Lanterns are great, but this year try our easy pumpkin recipes and tips for cooking with this seasonal squash. <BR> By Amy Ahlberg <BR> <BR> This time of year, pumpkins are everywhere. But if all you do is make them into jack o' lanterns, you're missing out on a nutritional powerhouse. The versatile pumpkin is an excellent source of beta-carotene, which our bodies use to make the eye-protecting, disease-fighting a... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 00:50:50 EST 10.27: Team Member Spotlight is on KATYFUHR Meet Katy, <BR> <BR> This team member is very nice and although leads a very hectic life, she always has the time for her Spark Friends. As with all of us, she's looking to lead a healthier life, reach our goal weight and keep the weight off. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> ************************************* <BR> <BR> Katy's <BR> <BR> Hi!! <BR> <BR> Looking to shed the pounds, get some discipline and lots of health!!! <BR> <BR> Profile <BR> <BR> Member Since: 4/26/2012 <BR> ... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 07:51:01 EST The Best Ways to Deal with Fall Leaves People love the smell of burning leaves, but is that the best way to dispose of pesky lawn litter? <BR> <BR> By Emily Main <BR> <BR> The changing leaves of fall are one of nature's most spectacular displays, but getting rid of those leaves once they hit the ground can become the season's most spectacular headache (or backache). How you cope with lawn litter is not just a matter of keeping your landscape neat and tidy, though. The right choice affects the health of your lawn and your lungs.... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 07:43:43 EST 10.27.12: Team Goal(s) for November Uh, oh.... it's just around the corner. The holidays where goodies galore are all around you and everything that you've worked very hard for can be undone in just a few weeks. Horrible to think about isn't it? But, unfortunately, it's true. Been there, done that. <BR> <BR> With that said, I'm asking for suggestions on what you think a team goal(s) would be appropriate for the entire team to participate in. Keep in mind, each of us are at different fitness levels; however, I've noticed very ... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 07:40:39 EST 10.26.12: Restaurant Rating Scorecard Good morning/afternoon team! I hope this finds your smile a little bit brighter now it's the weekend. How many of you have achieved your goals for this month and what was your goal(s) that you set for yourself? <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day! <BR> <BR> Restaurant Rating Scorecard <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=547 </link> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:40:12 EST 10.26: Team Member Spotlight is on: SWEETEYES0601 Meet Ashley, <BR> <BR> Ashley is working on leading a healthy lifestyle mainly because it's something she wants to do for herself; however, she is also doing this for her family. She is very active on Spark and so far, she has lost 12 pounds. That's 42,000 calories gone FOREVAH! <BR> <BR> ******************************** <BR> <BR> ashley's healthy goal <BR> <BR> I have an amazing, supportive family and I want to be healthy enough to keep up with them. My husband does a lot of very physica... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:34:55 EST New Movies in Theaters: 10.26.12 Cloud Atlas (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate R 172 min - Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi <BR> Metascore: 52/100 (37 reviews) <BR> An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. <BR> Directors:Tom Tykwer | Andy Wachowski | Lana Wachowski <BR> Stars:Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving <BR> <BR> <link>www.i... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 07:00:52 EST 10.25: Team Member Spotlight is: BERKCHIK Meet BERKCHIK, <BR> <BR> She some cool background pics on her Spark Page and in reading her profile, her energy pops off of the page. She's lost 36 pounds so far and she doesn't see herself slowing down soon. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> ******************************* <BR> <BR> Half-way DONE with 80 pounds! <BR> <BR> Weight loss desired translates to about 80 pounds on a 5'4'' frame, with a goal of roughly 134 pounds...though I wouldn't begrudge a final weight of 129 ;-p --I rea... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:48:42 EST 10.25.12: Good afternoon Sorry for the late post. I've been having some computer issues lately. Thanks to those of you who sent me well wishes, it truly means a lot. <BR> <BR> I hope your day is going well and that you're preparing for any new challenges that you would like to work on in November. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the rest of your day/evening and I'll see you in the morning. That is, if the computer cooperates. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:43:16 EST 10.24.12: Less Work, More Living Good morning team. Millions of Americans have lost control over the basic rhythm of their daily lives. They work too much, eat too quickly, socialize too little, drive and sit in traffic for too many hours, don't get enough sleep, and feel harried too much of the time. It's a way of life that undermines basic sources of wealth and well-being -- such as strong family and community ties, a deep sense of meaning, and physical health. Earn less, spend less, emit and degrade less. That's the formu... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:09:22 EST 10.24: Team Member Spotlight is on JOANJAM Meet Joanjam, <BR> <BR> I came across this team mate by a recent blog that she posted titled, "The Power and Disempowering of Excuses." She's dead on! Below is a direct link to this blog. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110880 </link> <BR> <BR> Back to Joan, she's taking charge of her life and knows what she needs to do to achieve learning how to live a healthier life. <BR> <BR> ****************************** <BR> <BR> TAKING CHAR... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:02:36 EST 10.23: Team Member Spotlight is on BLUJEANLADY Meet BLUJEANLADY, <BR> <BR> This is the very 1st member that I've seen who has more fitness minutes than spark points. Very cool. She's also lost a whopping 66 pounds!!!! <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> **************************** <BR> <BR> Changing My Life One Day At A Time.... <BR> <BR> Profile <BR> <BR> Member Since: 4/25/2012 <BR> <BR> SparkPoints: 9,476 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes: 11,570 <BR> <BR> BLOGS <BR> <link><BR>urnal_summary.asp?id=BLUJEAN... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:47:19 EST 10.23.12: Team Status Update Good morning team. I just checked the team stats and there are currently 462 active members who have earned Spark Points and 208 active members with Fitness Minutes. If memory serves me correctly, this is an increase from last month's activity. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> With a little over a week left in October, it's that time of the month to focus on the goals that we're working on, get rid of what's NOT working and tweak your program and implement something new. Trial and error. <BR> <... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:02:10 EST Maximize your workout with these nutritional noshe Maximize your workout with these nutritional noshes <BR> <BR> Snacks That Power Up Weight Loss <BR> <BR> Energize your workouts with these 14 calorie-smart combos! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-loss-tips/diet-foods-weight-loss-sna<BR>cks?cm_mmc=ETNTNL-_-1054796-_-09282012<BR>-_-WeightLossSnacks-dek </link> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:55:18 EST 10.22.12: Team Member Spotlight is on SPIRIT42013 A soon Grandma to be, this member is blogging regularly and recently, decided to be more accountable to keep her health and fitness goals real. Check out her latest blog and you'll see what I mean. Congratulations by the way on the 17 pound weight loss. <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> ************************ <BR> <BR> GETTING FIT FOR GRANDBABY <BR> <BR> Hi, I'm Spirit! I moved from Michigan to Colorado to be near my sons in February, 2012. And it's a good thing I did as my first grandchi... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:13:37 EST 10.22.12: Big Trigger Alert Around the Corner HALLOWEEN <BR> <BR> I know we talked about this; however, you can't go to any store without bags of candy on sale EVERYWHERE! For those of you who will be buying candy for the kiddies, what's your game plan to not eat more than what you give out? Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:06:03 EST 10.21.12: Team Member Spotlight is on JACKSON1224 Meet Christine, <BR> <BR> She's no stranger to the yo-yo dieting over the years. Losing weight and then gaining it all back. This time, her approach is to learn to lead a healthy lifestyle so the weight that is lost stays gone forever! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> **************************** <BR> <BR> Chris' Journey <BR> <BR> I'm new to Spark People but not new to the weight loss roller coaster. This time seems different. I'm trying to get healthy. A nice bonus from getting healthy will b... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 08:56:14 EST 10.21.12: Smart Substitutions Calorie Chart Good morning team. I hope you are enjoying the weekend. It's quite chilly in Tennessee this morning. <BR> <BR> For those of you who plan your weekly meals today, this is a really cool tool to use. Go check it out by clicking the link below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=162 </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day. Sun, 21 Oct 2012 08:43:44 EST 10.20.12: Any plans today/tonight? Good morning team. I apologize for the later than usual post; however, it couldn't be helped. <BR> <BR> I'l be cleaning, organizing some things and putting some stuff away. Hopefully, I'll be able to watch a dvd later tonight. I like watching scary movies throughout the month of October. Of course, the lights have to be turned off. <BR> <BR> What about you? What's on your agenda? <BR> <BR> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 11:02:24 EST 10.20.12: Team Member Spotlight is on STROMSP Meet STROMSP, <BR> <BR> From the looks of her Spark Page, she has a very decisive plan in reaching her health and fitness goals. She's loves the outdoors and on one of her hikes, she came upon a pleasant surprise. A crisp $5.00 dollar bill. How cools it that? <BR> <BR> ********************************* <BR> <BR> Something to Lose <BR> <BR> Over the past few years I've watched my weight creep up and up. In April 2012 I decided that I've had enough. I joined SparkPeople with about 35 pounds... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 10:54:48 EST Cook Once, Eat Twice Meals Super Meals for Big Batch Cooking <BR> <BR> <link><BR>k_once_eat_twice_meals </link> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 10:42:03 EST New Movies in Theaters: 10.19.12 Alex Cross (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG-13 101 min - Action | Crime | Mystery | Thriller <BR> Metascore: 33/100 (26 reviews) <BR> A homicide detective is pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled serial killer who specializes in torture and pain. <BR> Director:Rob Cohen <BR> Stars:Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols, Edward Burns <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Paranor... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:30:16 EST 10.19.12: What's Your Biggest Struggle? Good morning team. For those of you who are off on the weekends I bet this finds your smile just a bit brighter. Currently, what is the biggest challenge for you in reaching your health and fitness goals? <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:14:44 EST 10 Things You Should Have Learned in Home Ec 10 Things You Should Have Learned in Home Economics <BR> <BR> Self-sufficiency can be simple, cheap—and rewarding. <BR> By Leah Zerbe <BR> <BR> Self-sufficiency is making a comeback. All around the country, people are banishing the use of dehydrated potato flakes, prefabricated pancake mixes, fast-food drive-through windows, and trips to the dry cleaner's because they yearn to make things from scratch again, just as our ancestors did. But unless you grew up with an ambitious Home Ec teach... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:12:55 EST 10.19.12: The Team Spotlight is on IMELECTRIC Meet IMELECTRIC, <BR> <BR> This team member is very active on the team and is there for her team mates. She too stepped up to the plate and posted to the team while I was away. Thank you. So far, she has lost a whopping 28 pounds since joining Spark and is almost at her goal weight. <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> I love one the pictures that's on her page. It reads: <BR> <BR> "When you feel like quitting, think about why you started." <BR> <BR> *************************** <BR> <BR> 45 and no... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:08:42 EST Specific Tips to get through the Weekend Check out what is working for other Spark Members to help them get through the weekend without breaking their routine: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=29047983 </link> <BR> <BR> Have anything to add? Thu, 18 Oct 2012 01:51:28 EST Restaurant Nutrition Index Restaurant Nutrition Index <BR> An Alphabetized Index of Your Favorites <BR> <BR> The truth about what nutrients make up your favorite restaurant foods. <BR> <BR> Check it out at the link below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=545 </link> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 01:49:08 EST 10.18:12 The Team Spotlight is on NFsister Meet NFsister, <BR> <BR> She too stepped up to the plate during my absence to help keep the team engaged and she did an awesome job posting topics of interest. She has also lost almost 14 pounds. <em>345</em> She had a rough beginning trying to find out what was causing what appeared to be allergic reactions to food; however, I believe she is in a good place now and is doing quite well. I love how supportive she is of the team and how dedicated she is to her program. <BR> <BR> <em>244... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 01:44:53 EST 10.18.12:What Foods Do You Love This Time of Year? Ahhh, the smell of wood burning stoves from those who have wood burning stoves, the crunching of the leaves and the chill in the air. What are some of your staple favorite foods that you like to eat this time of year? I think my favorite is chili. I'm not a big fan of soups. For some reason, I don't find them filling. <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 01:31:32 EST 10.17.12: How's Your Week Going? Good morning team. Hopefully, your week is going without a hitch. What's going on in your part of the world? I have a busy day planned and the yard beckons to be mowed. Hey, I'm getting in some fitness minutes. How about you? <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:12:28 EST Clean Your Microwave With a Lemon! A few nontoxic kitchen cleaners can bring a sparkle back to your fridge and oven. <BR> By Jean Nick <BR> <BR> Microwave Makeover <BR> <BR> Cleaning grubby microwaves is easy! Spray the insides with your nontoxic spray, put a cup of water in a microwave-safe container in the center of the microwave, microwave on high until the water boils (in mine, that takes two minutes), and then wait 10 minutes. Use the microwave's timer to keep track. When it beeps, use a sponge to wipe the microwave cl... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:09:06 EST 11 Healthy Fall Comfort Foods 11 Comforting Cold-Weather Recipes <BR> <BR> By Melinda Hershey, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> Indulge in the warm, sweet, and spicy flavors of fall with these recipes! As a bonus, each dish contains fewer than 260 calories--so you can still enjoy your favorite flavors while meeting your weight-loss goals. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ow.asp?show=84 </link> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:04:13 EST 10.17.12: Team Member Spotlight is on TIBI183 Meet TIBI183, <BR> <BR> Tibi has been very active on the threads and helped out with posting while I was away. Tibi is also active in supporting the team and being a very good support system. Thank you for all that you do Tibi. Tibi is well on the way in reaching 1,000 Fitness Minutes for the month! <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> ******************************* <BR> <BR> There Is No Way Back <BR> <BR> I signed up after reading an article about this wonderful site. I have been tryin... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 07:33:41 EST Tired of Starting Over? Check this out: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ivation_monday_tired_of_starting_over </link> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 07:30:07 EST 10.16.12: Team Member Spotlight is on HAWAII5YEARS Since the beginning of this team, Lora has been very active on the threads and very supportive of her team mates. Since she started Spark, she's lost a whopping 27 pounds. That's 94,500 calories GONE FOREVER! If you have time, let's go to her spark page, the link is at the bottom of the page, and add a comment of congratulations. <BR> <BR> ********************************* <BR> <BR> Confessions of a future healthy person <BR> <BR> I'm Lora. I'm 41 years old, married and my only children ar... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 07:23:45 EST 10.16.12: Where Do You Rank This Month So Far? Good morning team. Wow, a lot of you have earned some serious fitness minutes so far this month. Those of you who are really trying, pat yourselves on the back. So far this month, I rank #40 out of 176 members who have earned any kind of fitness minute activity for the month. I'm half-way there in reaching the 600 minute fitness goal for this month. Although, the participation is great, I'm still surprised at how low the team member activity for fitness minutes is considering the amount of me... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 07:06:06 EST FitBit/Sp arkpeople is anyone trying it? Today SP announced that you can get a FitBit pedometer that you can link directly to SparkPeople. <BR> I have been using an NB Via Mini pedometer for a month or two and I have been unimpressed with its randomness. I was planning on upgrading to the Omron HJ-112. Now I see the FitBit and I am wondering if that might be a better choice. Does anyone have one? What type of step tracking does it use (spring, accelerometer, or GPS?) Is it treadmill compatible? Does it work fairly accurately? <BR> I... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 18:00:23 EST Safe Home Alert! What's Wafting From Your Dryer? laundry detergent ingredients <BR> Safe Home Alert! What's Wafting from Your Dryer? <BR> <BR> By Leah Zerbe <BR> <BR> The same toxic compounds that pour out of car tailpipes could be spewing from your home's dryer vent! But it's not the dryer that's causing it. <BR> <BR> RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Looking for natural home products to help keep your family and planet healthy? You can put a big, fat "X" over any scented laundry products on your shopping list. Turns out popular laundry deterg... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 08:58:12 EST Team Member Spotlight of the Day: MEDICGREENCAT Meet Tereasa. So far, she has lost almost 11 pounds since she's been on Spark. <em>345</em> Although, she has some health issues, she isn't letting that stop her from working to reach her health and fitness goals. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> *********************************** <BR> <BR> Working on taking up less space :D <BR> <BR> Hi, <BR> My name is Tereasa and I am doing my best to lose weight for my overall well being. I have recently been afflicted with a photosensitivit... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 08:49:30 EST 10.15.12: Getting to Know You.... Good morning team. I hope this finds you well rested and ready to take on a new week. If you have time, please complete the "Getting to Know You Extravaganza" located in the "Introduce Yourself to the Team Forum." <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday and don't forget to get in some fitness minutes today! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 07:57:30 EST Getting To Know You Extravag anaza!!! Simply copy the template below, click on reply, paste the template and provide your own answers to the questions and make sure you delete the previous person's info. <BR> <BR> <BR> Name: Kelly <BR> <BR> Age: 41 <BR> <BR> Bed size: queen <BR> <BR> Chore you hate: cleaning the bathroom, oy vay! <BR> <BR> Have any pets? No, but I wish I had a dog. <BR> <BR> Essential start your day item: I know it's unhealthy but it's drinking coffee. :( <BR> <BR> Favorite color: hunter green <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 07:54:06 EST New DVD Releases for 10.16.12 <BR> 2016 Obama's America (2012) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Starring Ben Stiller and Jada Pinkett Smith (2012) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Moonrise Kingdom Starring Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis and Bill Murray (2012) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Half the Sky: Turning Oppression I... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 10:44:31 EST Soft-Serve Banana Ice Cream Missing Ice Cream? Give this recipe a try and I dare you to not think you're eating soft-served ice cream. :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=694221 </link> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 07:55:02 EST 10.14.12: The 11 Best Halloween Candies Good morning team. Halloween is just around the corner. Unless you've already mastered self-control, this holiday can lead to disaster. If you think you're not strong enough to be around a large bowl of candy, I recommend staying away from home and maybe catch a movie. In the meantime, instead of passing out the regular stuff, you can pass out something that's a bit more healthy for the kids that isn't as bad for them to eat. Check out the link below: <BR> <BR> The ingredients list on most p... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 07:53:13 EST 9 Steps to Achieving Flow (and Happiness) at Work <link> </link> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 09:29:01 EST 10.13.12: Do Anything Fun Lately? Good morning team. I hope this finds you enjoying your weekend. It's a bit chilly here in TN; however, the sun is bright and making the colors of the leaves that much more beautiful. What's the weather like in your part of the world today? <BR> <BR> As most of you know, I love taking pictures; and although, the weather hasn't been that great this week, I was able to get out and about and snap some shots. <BR> <BR> What about you? What have you done lately that was "fun" for you? Sat, 13 Oct 2012 09:25:52 EST The 7 Best Cold & Flu Prevention Tips <link><BR>-7-best-natural-cold-and-flu-preventio<BR>n-tips/?cm_mmc=TheDailyFixNL-_-1070502<BR>-_-10112012-_-the_7_best_natural_cold_<BR>and_flu_prevention_tips </link> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 09:09:52 EST 10.12.12: Organize Your Kitchen to Fall into Healt Ahhhh, FRIDAY! I bet this finds you with a smile on your face. At least, I hope it does. In places where Fall starts to get cold, it's time to put away the summer clothes and drag out the Fall & Winter clothes. <BR> <BR> Spring cleaning is something that we've always heard of; however, what about Fall cleaning? What are some good ideas? Check out the link below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>anize_your_kitchen_to_fall_into_health<BR>y_habits </link> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 08:25:39 EST New Movies in Theaters: 10.12.12 Argo (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate R 120 min - Drama | Thriller <BR> As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador. <BR> Director:Ben Affleck <BR> Stars:Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sinister (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate R 110 min - Horror |... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 07:11:48 EST 10.11.12: Team Member Spotlight of the day Intro. Seeking your advice on this one: <BR> <BR> In addition to what I'm already posting, it's just as important to get to know each other better. If you agree, I will be spotlighting a member on the team and posting it in the Introduce yourself forum. Once it's posted, and if you have time, it would be nice to go to their spark page and post a comment or give a goodie with words of encouragement. A link to their profile will be provided. I will start doing this on Monday. In the meantime, update ... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:18:34 EST Strengthen Your Self Control By Joe Donatelli <BR> <BR> Strengthen Your Self-Control <BR> How to improve your willpower and overcome urge <BR> <BR> Self-improvement often requires willpower, a word the dictionary defines as “energetic determination,” but in modern times has come to mean “the ability not to inhale a donut every time you see one.” <BR> <BR> As important as willpower is for establishing good health habits, Americans know little about it. Acquiring willpower is not something that is taught in public scho... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:54:52 EST 10.10.12: What Makes You Happy? Good morning. So, you've been reading the articles on Spark and checking out the links posted to the team and the other teams that you're on. You've learned how to plan your goals and use the tools on Spark to help you reach your health and fitness goals. In the meantime, you've probably been very busy taking care of your family and friends and finding yourself with very little "me" time. <BR> <BR> Learning a healthier way to live is not all about eating and exercising. It's also about main... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 05:03:55 EST GE Foods May Shorten Your Life GE Foods Shorten Life, Cause Tumors <BR> Says First-Ever Long-Term Study <BR> <BR> by Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, senior scientist at Pesticide Action Network <BR> <BR> I found this very disturbing. Check out this article below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>foods-shorten-life-cause-tumors-says-f<BR>irst-ever-long-term-study/?cm_mmc=TheD<BR>ailyFixNL-_-1050700-_-09242012-_-ge_fo<BR>ods_shorten_life_cause_tumors_says_fir<BR>st_ever_long_term_study </link> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 04:52:18 EST 10.9.12: What's Your Favorite Part about Spark? As you already know by now that there are tons of tools and information on this website. What is your favorite part of Spark? The interactions with each other? Bouncing health and fitness ideas with each other? Are you a loner? Do you like the articles or do you just want to collect those coveted Spark Points? lol <BR> <BR> Also, what is helping you the most in your health and fitness journey? Tue, 9 Oct 2012 07:21:39 EST 10.8.12: Embrace Your Inner Overachiever Good morning team. I hope this finds you well rested and ready for the week. I came across this article that I enjoyed and I hope you do to: <BR> <BR> By Brian Johnson / October 2012 <BR> <BR> John Eliot, PhD, is one of the world’s leading authorities on peak performance. He’s also more than willing to challenge conventional wisdom on the subject. Too often, he argues, the focus is put on minimizing stress, when in many cases, learning how to thrive in the face of pressure is a far more ef... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 07:16:02 EST Read Any Good Books Lately? Aside from the Spark Cookbook, have you read any books that you would recommend? I personally read more articles on the net, hence the posts, however, I do recommend a self-help book "Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-Therapy/dp/0380810336/ref=sr_1_1?s=bo<BR>oks&ie=UTF8&qid=1349694468&sr=1-1&keyw<BR>ords=feeling+good+the+new+mood+therapy </link> <BR> <BR> If you haven't seen it yet, I also recommend the website... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 07:10:06 EST The 15 Best ''But'' Busters <link><BR>_15_best_but_busters </link> Mon, 8 Oct 2012 07:04:46 EST 10.7.12: What's Your Plan B? Good morning team. I don't know what the temperature is in your part of the world; but in my area, fall is definitely here. If you plan on getting your exercise in outdoors and you feel that it's too cold outside, do you have a plan B? If so, what is it? For me, I drag out my exercise DVDs. <BR> <BR> I hope this finds you enjoying the weekend and staying on target with your goal(s) this month. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 09:52:40 EST Recall List of Peanut Butter Products Expands Furt Recall List of Peanut Butter Products Expands Further – <BR> <BR> The recall of products containing peanut butter and other nut butters sold by many retailers under many labels has more than doubled to 240 products, with the FDA reporting a "fast-moving outbreak" of salmonella-induced sickness in 19 states. <BR> <BR> By Charles Burress <BR> <BR> Responding to what it called a "fast-moving outbreak" of salmonella-caused sickness in at least 19 states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 09:37:39 EST 3 quick fixes that'll have you running faster Are You Running Wrong? <BR> <BR> by Brian Dalek <BR> <BR> Want an edge on your buddy when it comes time to racing your upcoming 5K? Work on your form and you’ll leave him huffing to the finish line as you down your post-race drink. <BR> <BR> A recent Brazilian study took 16 experienced runners and looked at a handful of running mechanics to see how they affected performance. Researchers found that having attributes like a faster stride, less torso movement, and a freer movement of your ar... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 10:12:36 EST 10.6.12: What is your favorite motivational quote? It's hard sometimes, isn't it? To stay on track? What is your favorite motivational quote? Do you visit any websites, other than Spark People to find motivation or inspiration? <BR> <BR> One of my favorites is: <BR> <BR> "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Oct 2012 10:07:48 EST 25 Cheap Foods that are Good for You! We all love a good bargain, right? Here's a list of foods that are good for you that won't hurt your cash flow too much: <BR> <BR> 25 Cheap Foods that are Good for You! <BR> Get BIG Nutrition for Less Dough <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1210 </link> Fri, 5 Oct 2012 07:55:51 EST 10.5.12: Question for the Team Good morning team. I bet you're all smiles today with it being the weekend. Do you have any plans? <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how many men and women are on this team. I was thinking to update one of our forums to address Women's Issues and a separate thread to address Men's issues. What do you think? <BR> <BR> I look forward to reading your responses. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, have an awesome day! <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Oct 2012 07:53:10 EST New Movies in Theaters: 10.5.12 Taken 2 (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG-13 91 min - Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller <BR> Metascore: 47/100 (9 reviews) <BR> In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter. <BR> Director: Olivier Megaton <BR> Stars: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Frankenweenie (2012) <BR> ... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 06:35:27 EST 10.4.12: 3 Ways to Save Energy This Fall Good morning team. I hope this finds you in good spirits. The weekend approaches. :) <BR> <BR> Everyone is looking to save where-ever we can. I came across this cool article with some cool tips to save you some bucks when cooler weather approaches. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day and keep your chin up and that smile bright! <BR> <BR> ************************** <BR> <BR> It's time to stop thinking about air-conditioning bills and more about your heating bill. <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 06:15:48 EST 7 Local Food Recipes for Fall These look very yummy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>heDailyFixNL-_-1056950-_-09282012-_-7_<BR>fall_recipes_to_immerse_yourself_in_se<BR>asonal_eating </link> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 06:10:16 EST 267 and going down I am a 30 year old working mother of two boys ages 3 and about to be a year. My husband of four years works shift work and I find myself alone with the kids a lot. I have been struggling with depression for a while now and am an emotional eater. I want to be a great example for my boys of how to live life and not what not to do. I desire to make us all a family that is active and healthy eaters. I am learning each day, but can not seem to break the habit of eating junk and just eating for eve... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 22:20:43 EST Break Out of Your Food Rut! Break Out of Your Food Rut! <BR> 5 Ways to Make Happier Meals <BR> <BR> What's for dinner? What are you eating for breakfast or lunch tomorrow? <BR> <BR> If you aren't feeling excited about your meals, or if your kids are complaining about eating chicken again, you may be in a food rut. <BR> <BR> It happens easily; between work obligations, social plans, and kids' soccer practices, we tend to fall back on easy-to-prepare staple meals that don’t require much thought or effort. And for some... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 08:04:43 EST 10.3.12: What's on Your Mind? Good morning team. I hope this finds you starting off the month strong. If you haven't done so already, please post any goal(s) that you want to achieve in the October Create Your Own Challenge in the October Challenge thread. <BR> <BR> We haven't had a check-in for awhile, so I was wondering, What's on your mind. How are things going your way? Are you making strides in making yourself a priority? Are you getting into the groove in leading a healthier life? Inquiring minds want to know. <BR>... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 08:01:26 EST September Team Stats: Final You all should be very proud of yourselves. This team has 22,475 members and YOU have NOT given up on yourselves. Most of you have some staggering stats and those of you who have been working hard on your program; it's paying off. For those of you who have thrown in the towel, DON'T GIVE UP and it's NEVER too late to jump back on the wagon. For those of you who have been on vacation during the month of September, we look forward to seeing you bounce back for this month. <BR> <BR> For those ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 18:54:23 EST 10.2.12: Flu Shots? It's a rainy morning here in TN and quite chilly. With the Flu season approaching, do you get one every year or do you think by getting one will make you sick? I get one every year. What about you? <BR> <BR> Have a good day guys. If you made it through Monday, today will be a breeze. <BR> <BR> ********************* <BR> <BR> Flu vaccine for the 2012-13 influenza season has begun shipping from manufacturers. Shipments will continue throughout the fall. Everyone 6 months of age and older sho... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 04:23:14 EST 10.1.12: Stop Binge Eating for Good Good morning team! Don't you love the 1st of the month? Well, aside from the bills... Fall is the perfect time to get some exercise in, and if you like to take pictures, it's also a great time of year to take some cool photos. What is your favorite seasons and why? <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day and don't forget to post what your personal challenge is for this month in the "October Create Your Own" challenge thread. <BR> <BR> Have a great day. <BR> <BR> *************************** <BR> <BR> Stop... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 10:03:42 EST Slow Cooker Chicken & White Bean Stew/ low-fat/cal I have a recipe for a stew that I call Pork & bean stew (it's actually a BHG recipe called Slow Cooker Holiday Pork Stew) that DH and I absolutely love. Realistically, it isn't too unhealthy for a main dish that uses pork shoulder and kielbasa as its main ingredients. It is, however, a great format to use to create new flavors. Two years ago I played aound with the idea of changing the sausage for pancetta and adding escarole. This weekend I decided to drop the pork completely and see what wo... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 09:59:31 EST New DVD Releases for 10.2.12 Horror <BR> <BR> Hypothermia Starring Michael Rooker and Blanche Baker (2012) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hole Starring Chris Massoglia and Nathan Gamble (2012) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Chained Starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Weber, Eamon Farren, et al. (2012) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Seance: The Summoning Starring Chri... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 11:10:39 EST The 8-Minute Workout (Video) Michael Y. Seril, MS demonstrates a full-body workout done in under 10 minutes for those on the go. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-workout </link> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 10:08:59 EST 9.30.12: The 3 Reasons People Regain Weight Good morning team. A lot of you have made some serious progress with your health and fitness goals. Isn't it frustrating to lose the weight to only gain it back? Absolutely! I came across this article that I thought was very interesting, I hope you do to. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day folks! <BR> <BR> ************************** <BR> By Brad Pilon <BR> <BR> The 3 Reasons People Regain Weight <BR> <BR> Changed your diet, dropped some pounds, built a new body? Here are the surprising saboteurs o... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 10:04:16 EST Protein Found this article on protein and thought I would share since it also came with two recipes which sound delicious <em>4</em> <BR><BR>cipes/easy-ways-to-get-protein.aspx?xi<BR>d=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHealth_20120929 Sat, 29 Sep 2012 20:44:37 EST What's your favorite movie genre or movie? Do you have a favorite movie? What is your favorite movie genre? <BR> <BR> One of my favorite movies is The Hours with Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep. Sat, 29 Sep 2012 09:51:52 EST 9.29.12: What's Your First Name? Good morning team! If you don't care to do so, it would be nice to know each others first name for whenever you post something. To have your first name appear on your posts, simply update your Spark Page. To make this change, please do the following: <BR> <BR> 1. From the Start page, click on "View My SparkPage." <BR> 2. Next, click on "Edit My SparkPage." <BR> 3. Scroll down to the heading that reads "Personal Signature." <BR> 4. At the bottom of whatever you have listed there, simply type ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 09:48:58 EST 25 Foods That Fight Cold & Flu 25 Foods That Fight Cold & Flu <BR> Millions of Americans get the cold or flu each year. But you can combat both with a knife and your spice grinder. <BR> <BR> By Emily Main <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d-flu?cm_mmc=TheDailyFixNL-_-1047518-_<BR>-09192012-_-25_foods_that_fight_cold_and_flu </link> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 08:57:52 EST What are a few of your favorite songs? What's your favorite workout music or music that helps you relax and unwind from a very long day? <BR> <BR> If you can find the song on You Tube, feel free to post the link to the songs; however, it's not necessary. <BR> <BR> Personally, I like 80's remixes during exercises and playing some classical music when I want to just chill and relax. Add a nice hot bath to the mix with some candles lit = a very relaxing evening. <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 02:55:02 EST The Mind Trick That Motivates You You know that inner voice that tells you that you can do your exercises tomorrow, or sabotages your healthy eating habits by saying "one candy bar won't hurt." I know it's hard, but you can do it. Check out this article to help you stay motivated in staying focused on your goals. <BR> <BR> The Mind Trick That Motivates You <BR> Stop daydreaming—you’re doing it wrong. Psychologists and job coaches are fond of telling you to “think positive” and to “picture your goals.” But if you really want ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 02:50:53 EST 9.28.12: This is Your Team :) Good morning everyone. I hope this finds you in good spirits and ready for the weekend. For those of you who have to work the weekends, I hope you enjoyed your time off during the week. <BR> <BR> By the way, how many active guys do we have on the team? <BR> <BR> Going forward, keep in mind that this is your team. Take a look at the main page of the team and feel free to post something of interest that you find interesting. Don't be shy. Have you tried a new recipe? Post what you tried and ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 02:44:47 EST October Challenge: Create Your Own Challenge Since we are all on different fitness levels, creating your own personal goal(s) seems to be the best challenge for the team. <BR> <BR> If you're new to Spark or have been away from some time and have just returned, there have been some changes made to the trackers. For those of you in the beginners mode, I encourage you to watch the 4 short videos at the link below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1182 </link> <BR> <BR> For help in establis... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 00:48:38 EST Why these specialty H2Os are more hype than help Why these specialty H2Os are more hype than help <BR> <BR> The Truth Behind Bottled Water Claims <BR> 10 Sketchy "Enhanced" Waters—Exposed! <BR> <BR> Sports drinks, electrolyte-enhanced water, coconut juice and more: What's worth it, and what's a ripoff? <BR> <BR> By Stephanie Castillo <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ving/truth-behind-bottled-water-claims<BR>?cm_mmc=ETNTNL-_-1054706-_-09272012-_-<BR>SketchyWater-dek </link> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:47:26 EST 9.27.12: How Much Weight Have You Lost So Far? Good morning team! I hope this finds you in good spirits and gearing up for the weekend. Since you've joined Spark, how much weight have you lost? Are you getting into the Spark groove and making some real changes in your life that are working? If so, now's the time to reply with your bragging rights. You've earned it. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:46:02 EST Think Yourself Thin<BR>t/eating-for-better-health/thinking-yo<BR>ur-way-to-weight-loss.aspx?xid=nl_Ever<BR>ydayHealthWomensHealth_20120923 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:31:48 EST The Secret Powers of Time <link> </link> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:06:04 EST The 15 Most Pointless Foods in Your Supermarket You have to hand it to food-industry execs. They seem to have an unparalleled ability to turn the healthiest foods into the absolute worst junk, or convince you that you can only get nutrition from Day-Glo water additives or cookies pumped full of vitamins. Here are some of the most absurd examples of their efforts so far, and how you can truly eat healthy—no fake health claims required. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>DailyFixNL-_-1046402-_-09182012-_-the_<BR>15_mo... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:04:57 EST 9.26.12: Give Yourself a Break Good morning team. I hope this finds you in good spirits and finding you having a good week so far. On the next day that you're off from work or when you find yourself with some down-time. Take a look at the goal(s) that you set for yourself this month. Especially, what's working and what's not and find some ways to substitute what's not working for you to try to help you succeed. Next month's goal will be to create your own Personal Goal. <BR> <BR> If you're having any trouble, reach out to... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:01:52 EST Favorite thing to to in your spare time? In the spirit of getting to know each other better. What are some of the things that you like to do during your spare time? Read books, watch movies, are you into crafts or any other hobby? Inquiring minds want to know. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:41:42 EST 9.25.12: The Practice of Presence Good morning team. How is everyone doing? Hopefully, all is well your way. Don't forget to start thinking about what goals you would like to achieve for October. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day and I hope that you like the short article at the link below: <BR> <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> Practice of Presence: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tml </link> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:39:12 EST 7 Wickedly Delicious Natural Snacks <link><BR>=TheDailyFixNL-_-1050700-_-09242012-_-<BR>7_wickedly_delicious_natural_snacks_title </link> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:27:40 EST 9.24.12: 25 Ways to Make Time for Fitness Good morning team. I hope all of you had a great weekend. You have been working very hard this month. I just checked our team stats and this class ranks #14 our of all of the other Spark Classes. You've earned a well deserved pat on the back. Extra kudos to those of you who are active on the threads and cheering your team mates on. It does make a difference. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day and for those of you who are struggling right now, don't give up. Even if you have to focus one day at a time,... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 02:40:40 EST 9.23.12: 10 Life-Changing Perspectives On Anger Good morning team. Can you believe this weather change? It's quite chilly out there. Personally, I love this type of weather and Fall is my favorite season. What about you? <BR> <BR> We're entering the final stretch for this month, so it's time to think about what personal goal you would like to achieve for October. <BR> <BR> Have a good day and remember, if you're struggling with something, feel free to shoot me an email if you don't feel comfortable to post on the threads. <BR> <BR> Enjo... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 06:09:50 EST Dog Rescue at 14,000 Feet <link><BR>/dog-rescue-at-14000-feet.html </link> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 04:52:42 EST 5 FOODS THAT KEEP YOU THIN <link><BR>foods-that-keep-you-thin/?utm_source=n<BR>ewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaig<BR>n=09122012 </link> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 04:42:16 EST 9.22.12: Four Ways to Respond in an Argument Good morning team. I hope this finds you well rested and well on your way in reaching your goal(s) for September. Thanks to those of you who kept the team active with daily posts. I love the team spirit that this team has. <BR> <BR> There's more to Spark than just making some cool friends, losing weight, getting in exercise and learning how to cook and live healthier. It's also important to work on our mental states and how we deal with life's challenges. I came across this article that I wa... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 04:38:12 EST 9/21/12 Struggles And Restarts It seems like some of us are struggling at the moment to stick with the new routine and have or are about to fall off the.wagon. If you feel like you got off track, what are your most difficult challenges on this journey to a healthier lifestyle. And for those of you who have already been successful and may have achieved their goal weight, do you have any tips for the rest of us? Fri, 21 Sep 2012 09:52:43 EST 9/20/2012- --Exercise every woman should do <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=936 </link> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 07:41:55 EST 9/19/12 Mid day pick me up For those of you that sit at a desk all day or need a good afternoon stretch. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=131 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:36:08 EST 9-18-12 How to Pick a Goal Weight (article) <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1008 </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:22:07 EST 9-17-12 More Motivation <link><BR>translation.asp?id=382 </link> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 19:39:40 EST 9/16/12 motivation Believe with all your heart that you will do what you were made to do. <BR> <BR> Orison Swett Marden Sun, 16 Sep 2012 19:15:08 EST How do you "Huddle"? I always hit the " Huddle Now" link but never get spark what am I doing wrong? Sun, 16 Sep 2012 09:09:58 EST 9/15/12 Fear Since fear is mostly about ignorance, the best part is that it's as temporary as you choose. <BR> <BR> Christine Comaford Sat, 15 Sep 2012 19:15:11 EST 9-14-2012 This Weekend I Plan To: Work, unfortunately. <BR> I am mandated to work on Sunday, which I hate. The only benefit, is that I think I burn a lot more calories on workdays than when I am free. <BR> If it is nice on Saturday, maybe I will head to the park for a walk and try one of those fitness courses along the side of the path. <BR> <BR> What are your plans for the weekend? Is there a fitness benefit, or is there any benefit you can create? Thu, 13 Sep 2012 21:13:49 EST 9.13.12 Workout DVD review Everyone should have atleast a few dvd's for the times we need a quick fix or can not make it to the gym. I found a review to help you decide what to buy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>kout-routines/10-best-fitness-dvds-104<BR>111#slide-1 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 07:22:53 EST 9.12.12 Do you need an preworkout snack? Hi everyone! I always find myself wondering if I should workout on an empty or full stomach. Here is what I found. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>you_need_a_preworkout_snack </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 20:40:50 EST 9-11-12 another challenge for you This challenge I am going to ask you to do is to find 3 things positive about yourself and blog about it. Any one who does this gets a goodie as well. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 19:46:41 EST 9-10-12 a challenge for you to do I know this is late I forgot but I will give you this as a way to start to change your lifestyle. I am in BLC 20 right now. I have this challenge where I had to write a letter to myself for the challenge start. So I thought maybe I could implore you to do the same. So here is the idea of it write a letter to yourself either future or current self saying how you can lose the weight and keep it off. Any one who chooses to do it will get a spark goodie from me! Tue, 11 Sep 2012 19:44:40 EST strength training videos <BR> I really need suggestions for strength training videos. I CAN'T use the videos here because I don't have internet in the room I can work out in. I need a dvd that I can buy or check out from the library. I have a resistance band, hand weights, and a stability ball. This is all the equipment I can afford at this time. <BR> <BR> Is there a sparkpeople video with this equipment? If so where can I buy it? What is the name? <BR> <BR> What videos would you all suggest? Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:16:23 EST 9/9/12 A Thought Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. <BR> Maria Robinson <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Sep 2012 12:38:19 EST 9/8/12 A thought There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something. Henry Ford <BR> <BR> <BR> Take a moment to think about something you have accomplished since starting this journey to a healthier life. Sat, 8 Sep 2012 12:51:49 EST Rally Time for one of our team mates: 3G1RLS4ME If you see that someone is having a very difficult time please create a new post with the header "Rally Time" and include the link to their blog or Spark Page that shows what they are going through. If you have time, when you see a posting like this, please visit their page and post a supportive comment or give a Spark Goodie of support. I noticed today that 3G1RLS4ME is really going through a rough patch due to a death in the family. Let's show some team spirit by dropping by her page to sho... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 06:54:03 EST 9.7.12: 22 Fat-Fighting Snacks Happy Friday team! I hope you've had a good week and that you're ready for the weekend. We are day 7 into a new month and I hope that you're keeping your eyes on the prize, which is you. Keep your body moving and track what you eat. It does help. <BR> <BR> This will be my last post to the team until the 23rd. Wish me luck on the move. I want to thank those of you who have volunteered to post to the team threads to keep the team engaged and I apologize that I'll be away. <BR> <BR> In the mea... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 06:48:24 EST New Movies in Theaters: 9.7.12 <BR> <BR> The Words (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG-13 96 min - Drama | Romance <BR> Metascore: 42/100 (7 reviews) <BR> A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work. <BR> Directors:Brian Klugman | Lee Sternthal <BR> Stars:Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Cold Light of Day (2012) <BR> <BR> Certific... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 06:33:34 EST 6 Shocking Secrets from a Food Industry Insider <link><BR>=ETNTNL-_-1009762-_-08252012-_-FoodAdd<BR>itives-hed </link> Thu, 6 Sep 2012 06:56:18 EST 9.6.12: Learn to Love A.M. Exercise Good morning. Ready to take on a new day? Absolutely! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be my last post until the 23rd. I'm driving to Chicago from TN to pack up my apartment and have the movers deliver my stuff to TN on the 22nd. I won't have Internet access during this time. I don't know about you, but I hate moving. Especially, such a long distance. I've sent an email to some active teammates for help in posting something of interest to the team. If you notice something, or would like to post somet... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 06:55:36 EST 9.5.12: Breaking Up (with Junk Food) is Hard to Do Good morning team! It's only 5 days into the month and this team is slaying some serious calories. So far, this team reflects 16,311 fitness minutes completed. How awesome is that? Very! <BR> <BR> For those of you who are participating on the threads and sticking to your program, pat yourselves on the back. For those of you who haven't been active, it's never too late to get back on the wagon. YOU CAN do this! <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day, whatever part of the world that you're in. <BR> <BR> *... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 07:55:01 EST 9.4.12: A Dozen Ways to Quell Your Sweet Tooth Good morning team! The end and the beginning of the month is always a hectic time; so, I apologize for not being active on my Friend Feed or replying to posts. I plan on doing that today. Looking forward to seeing what you've been up to. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day and get in at least 10 minutes of fitness activity today. <BR> <BR> ********************************** <BR> <BR> A Dozen Ways to Quell Your Sweet Tooth <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ow.asp?show=23 </link... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 06:26:50 EST 9.3.12: 8 Ways to Put Yourself on Your Priority Li Good morning team, <BR> <BR> I hope this finds you well rested and ready to grab September by the horns and make this a great month in your health and fitness journey. Like Tibi said in one of the threads, "The intentions are there, but the motivation is not." Great post by the way. Like with anything new, it's hard to make changes in our life; however, if you want it bad enough, you will find a way to make it happen. It also doesn't have to be viewed as "hard work." Instead, approach this a... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 08:20:13 EST Intention is there motivation is not! Hi All <BR> I am 31 years old; and about 35 kgs overweight; all of it piled in the last 3 years. <BR> <BR> Going through some stressful time and I am trying so so so hard to be on track and just want to battle it out but hitting brick walls. Any help or suggestions on how to overcome my lack of motivation even though things are tough... <BR> <BR> Thanks so much for hearing me out <BR> <BR> October Sun, 2 Sep 2012 21:30:17 EST Final Team Stats for August 2012 You should be very proud of yourselves. This team has 22,479 members. Out of this number 337 were active with exercising and 637 members earned Spark Points. I was a bit surprised at how few of the members joined the walk/run/bike 5 miles each week. In case you didn't know, if you go to our home page and would like to join this goal, please click on the icon that reads "Join Goal" if you would like to get in 20 miles during the month. If you don't reach that number, that's ok. At least you're... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 15:56:57 EST 9.2.12: The Worst Reasons to Work Out Good morning team! How did the first day of the month go for you? Did you fit in any fitness minutes? If so, what did you do? I went for a 2-hour hike in the mountains. Nothing better than getting in fitness minutes surrounded by nature. <BR> <BR> Whatever you have planned for today, make it a good one! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> The Worst Reasons to Work Out <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1615 </link> Sun, 2 Sep 2012 04:12:03 EST If You’re Waiting for the Perfect Moment, You’ll J If You’re Waiting for the Perfect Moment, You’ll Just Keep Waiting <BR> <BR> <link><BR>youre_waiting_for_the_perfect_moment_y<BR>oull_just_keep_waiting </link> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 05:31:48 EST New Movies in Theaters: 8.31.12 <BR> <BR> Lawless (2012) - [Opens 8/29] <BR> <BR> Certificate R 115 min - Crime | Drama | Western <BR> Metascore: 58/100 (33 reviews) <BR> Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy and other authorities who want a cut of their profits. <BR> Director: John Hillcoat <BR> Stars: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jason Clarke <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Possession (2012) <BR>... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 05:28:15 EST September Goal 1: Advanced Challenge Due to the size of this team, there will be 3 different challenges that best suits your current progress. <BR> <BR> September Goal 1 will be Advanced <BR> September Goal 2 will be Intermediate <BR> September Goal 3 will be Back to Basics <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>************** <BR> <BR> Advanced Challenge <BR> <BR> You've mastered the tools on Spark and you're using them, accurately, on a consistent basis. You are seeing some serious positive results; however,... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 08:31:05 EST September Goal 2: Intermediate Challenge Due to the size of this team, there will be 3 different challenges that best suits your current progress. <BR> <BR> September Goal 1 will be Advanced <BR> September Goal 2 will be Intermediate <BR> September Goal 3 will be Back to Basics <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>************** <BR> <BR> Intermediate Challenge <BR> <BR> You're using the Nutrition and Fitness tracker on a regular basis and you have a good plan of action that's working. You will want to choose th... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 08:17:17 EST September Goal 3: Back to Basics Due to the size of this team, there will be 3 different challenges that best suits your current progress. <BR> <BR> September Goal 1 will be Advanced <BR> September Goal 2 will be Intermediate <BR> September Goal 3 will be Back to Basics <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>************** <BR> <BR> September Goal 3: Back to Basics <BR> <BR> If you haven't been active on Spark since you joined in April, or haven't been consistent with your program, I encourage you to selec... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 08:01:47 EST 8.29.12: Friendly Reminder Good morning team. Out of all of the Spark Class teams, our team ranks #12 in Fitness Minutes for the month of August with 142,192 minutes and counting! Awesome job and pat yourselves on the back for all of your hard work. <BR> <BR> If you haven't done so already, please subscribe to the team threads that have "Sticky Topic" next to it and then click on "Subscribe to this Discussion." By doing so, you will receive a notification when a member replies to that topic. This is a good way to get ... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 07:12:49 EST 8.27.12: Lessons for All Walks of Life Good morning team. I hope you had a good weekend. I apologize that I haven't been posting on your blogs or responding to emails yet. I'm currently mobile and I don't have my computer with me that has all of my Spark People stuff. I'm using my brother's computer; which, is extremely old and SLOW! I'll be in another location tonight and I plan on starting to catch up on my friend feed and emails over the next couple of days. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day! <BR> <BR> <link> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 05:49:24 EST 8.26.12: Start Planning A Personal Goal 4 Sept. Good morning team. We're getting a lot of good feedback from you from the "What's Your Status" questionnaire. In the meantime, think of 1 small personal goal that you want to achieve for the month of September. Remember, to make it a realistic one. <BR> <BR> With that said, what have you achieved so far this month? <BR> <BR> Enjoy the rest of the day. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 12:18:59 EST 8.25.12: Ahhh, the Weekend Good morning team. <BR> <BR> First of all, I want to thank those of you who posted and replied to the "What's Your Status" update. Boy, my email runneth over; but, I LOVE it. I will be going through the information provided and plan future posts based on this information. As mentioned before, you will also receive a team spark goodie for your time. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, enjoy your weekend and don't forget to get some fitness minutes in today. <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 08:52:27 EST Today's "Motivation Lombardi Style" "Once you have established the goals you want and the price you're willing to pay, you can ignore the minor hurts, the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures." Vincent Lombardi Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:20:53 EST 8.24.12: Team Changes Liz will be leaving the team at the end of the month. Thank you Liz for all that you've done for the team. You will be missed my friend. <BR> <BR> You may have noticed that there have been changes made to the team Forums. The first 4 months are the hardest by learning what Spark is all about and how to use the tools on this site. In addition to learning new tips and tricks on leading a healthy lifestyle, I thought it would be fun to add another Forum for Entertainment purposes. Check out the... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 06:19:18 EST Team Recipes Thread <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS THREAD. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Please create a new topic within this Forum for future team recipes and cooking tips. <BR> <BR> To browse the previous recipe thread, please click on the link below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53992x483<BR>92563 </lin... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 05:49:10 EST 8.23.12: Smile, Friday is Tomorrow. :) Good morning team! Your week is almost over and I hope you have some fun plans for this upcoming weekend. Thank you to those of you who completed the "Status Update" questionnaire that was posted yesterday. If you haven't done so already, please complete it so we can determine what information that YOU want to see for future posts. You can find this thread at the link below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53992x495<BR>70635 </link> <B... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 08:26:22 EST 8.22.12: What's Your Status? Good morning team. With all of us at different fitness levels, if you don't mind, please answer the questions below to help determine the content to post that will help you most on your health and fitness journey. You can copy and paste the questions below and omit what you're NOT doing and add to the list if you're doing something different. You can also copy the info below and shoot me an email with your answers if you don't want to post your answers within this thread. <BR> <BR> 1. Are yo... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 06:55:23 EST Aquatics Hello Everyone! <BR> I am Mary (56Club). Although I joined Spark People in April, I am just now beginning to participate. <BR> Five weeks ago, yesterday, my husband and I began the South Beach Diet. I also began attending an Aquatics class three mornings a week. So far I have lost 14 pounds ( I hope to lose a total of 120 lbs) and feel good! Yesterday, I added the Aqua Pilates class to strengthen my core muscles and increase my metabolism. <BR> I would be interested in corresponding with o... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 08:36:28 EST 8.21.12: 200+ Ways to Get Inspired Right Now Good morning team. I hope this finds you bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready to take on a new day. So, how are your health and fitness goals coming along? Having any trouble? Reach out. Made any progress, let's celebrate your achievements. Personally, I've gained a few pounds during my hiatus; however, I'm back on track. We look forward to reading your responses. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I came across this article that I hope you will find helpful. <BR> <BR> 200+ Ways to Get Inspired ... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 02:22:32 EST Weekly Challenge August 13 - 19 Something a little different. We are going to combine TWO previous challenges into one this week. <BR> <BR> Weekday Challenge - Sleep & Exercise <BR> Starting Sunday Night (8/12) - Thursday Night (8/16) <BR> Everyday get 6-8 hours of sleep AND at least 30 minutes of exercise (remember 1 rest day is recommended) <BR> <BR> This weekend we are expanding on this.... <BR> <BR> Quick Mini - Weekend Challenge August 17-19 (Friday - Sunday) <BR> <BR> Everyday this weekend: <BR> 1. 30 minutes of C... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 09:49:56 EST POST HOW MANY POUNDS YOU'VE LOST SINCE APRIL 15 wk 15.6 <em>244</em> (I thought that all I could do was gain weight!) <em>252</em> Tue, 7 Aug 2012 20:29:27 EST Hello everyone, I'm Chelsie, and I would like to lose 30 pounds. My original goal was 40, and I've lost 10 by simply altering my diet. So I suppose I'm well on my way. <BR> <BR> I have question though. <BR> Does anyone else have ankle pain while simply walking on a treadmill? <BR> If so, how do you cope/get rid of it? <BR> <BR> Its really hindering me and I can't seem to fix it. <BR> <BR> Thank you and good luck with all of your goals ^____^ Mon, 6 Aug 2012 14:51:28 EST Weekly Challenge Aug 6 - 12 We all know vegetables are our healthiest snack option, so your challenge this week is to eat more vegetables!!! (Fruits are not included in this week’s challenge.) We are also trying to create a streak of exercise and tracking. Use the tracking Template below to keep track of your points throughout the week. <BR> <BR> Veggies! <BR> (Streak) 10 Fitness Minutes (1 point per day): 0/1 M 0/1 T 0/1 W 0/1 T 0/1 F 0/1 S 0/1 S <BR> (Streak) No Night-Time Snacking (1 point per day):0/1 M 0/1 T 0/... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 09:35:18 EST Monthly Challenge - August 2012 - Team Mile Goal For this month we are going to set our own mileage goal. look at the past couple of months of your mile tracking and set your own goal. Make it realistic but challenge yourself. If you did 55 miles for the whole month of July how about you aim for 60 or 65 this month? You can use this template or just keep track of your own... <BR> <BR> August Mile Goal: ____ <BR> Week of Aug 1-4: <BR> Week of Aug 5-11: <BR> Week of Aug 12-18: <BR> Week of Aug 19-25: <BR> Week of Aug 26-Aug 31: <BR> <BR> To... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 09:28:06 EST Post how many pounds lost since April. 14 Wed, 1 Aug 2012 20:54:18 EST 7.30.12: Measure Progress Without the Scale Good morning. I hope that you had a great weekend. For those of you who are still active, AWESOME. NEVER, give up on yourself! <BR> <BR> Below is a great article if you find yourself focused more on the scale... <BR> <BR> Measure Progress Without the Scale <BR> An Arsenal of Tools for Your Motivation <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=487 </link> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 05:06:06 EST 7.27.12: 20 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR BODY!! Compiled by Margo Maine, Ph.D. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Dir/files/documents/handouts/20WaysTo.pdf </link> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:51:20 EST Weekly Challenge July 30 - August 5 Please forgive me but I am recycling past challenges. This one seemed to be pretty popular and it is really hard coming up with these challenges to keep everyone involved and excited! LOL I am adding a bonus point this time so here we go! <BR> <BR> Exercise Tracking <BR> Here's how this one works: <BR> <BR> Points are awarded per day as follows: <BR> * track between 0-29 minutes of exercise for 1 pt (per day) <BR> * track between 30-59 minutes of exercise for 2 pts (per day) <BR> * track be... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:37:52 EST Expert Solutions: Motivating Goals Expert Solutions: Motivating Goals <BR> SparkPeople Experts and Coaches Weigh-In on Motivation Issues and Dieting Frustrations <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=391 </link> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:29:41 EST Smarter Sips: Try These Low-Cal Beverages for Summ Smarter Sips: Try These Low-Cal Beverages for Summer <BR> <link><BR>rter_sips_try_these_lowcal_beverages_f<BR>or_summer </link> <BR> <BR> Do you have a favorite healthy summer beverage? <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> <em>67</em> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:44:38 EST Weekly Challenge July 23-29 I CAN! No Excuses (“I can’t do it by myself!”) <BR> <BR> Are you feeling alone in your efforts? Feel like there is no support for you? Guess what? The best support system lies right within you! This weeks challenge is working toward being your own life coach. You will decide on your own goals. Consider carefully. The goals you set should be do-able, but also challenge you. <BR> <BR> In order to be awarded any points, you must post to the thread what you have chosen for your goals. You may d... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:36:29 EST Challenge Ooops! posted this on the wrong Forum! See the Challenge Form Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:35:15 EST July Mid-Month Team Update Out of all of the SP Class Teams, this team ranks #8 in fitness minutes, with 97,203 minutes. Give yourselves a huge pat on the back for a job well done. <BR> <BR> If you've been inactive, jump back on that wagon my friend. If you need help, reach out! <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 06:26:35 EST 7.15.12: How to Grocery Shop for 1 or 2 <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1764 </link> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 06:22:00 EST Hi from Ohio Hi, I'm new here and ready to lose weight :) Thu, 12 Jul 2012 21:56:14 EST